Comic Book / De cape et de crocs

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A 12-volume French comic series (the last two volumes are a prequel focusing on one character) written by Alain Ayroles (also author of the Fractured Fairy Tale comic Garulfo) and illustrated by Jean-Luc Masbou.

In Europe of the 17th century, two noblemen united by an indestructible friendship, Don Lope de Villalobos Y Sangrin, a rash and impulsive Spanish wolf, and Armand Raynal de Maupertuis, French Gascon fox poet, dash into an epic adventure in search of the treasure of the Tangerine islands. During their trip, which will lead them to the borders of the world, and even elsewhere, they will meet their companions of adventure: Eusèbe, a naïve but cunning rabbit, Raïs Kader, who hides a generous personality under surly airs, and promises Lope a duel to the death but becomes his friend, Doña Hermine, Don Lope's lover, who hides a similar feeling, Séléné, Cenile's adopted child, who lives an idyll with Armand, and Bombastus, learned German so cultivated as to be annoying. Besides this heterogeneous troupe, they will also meet Andreo, Séléné's brother and his servant, Plaisant, a troop of pirates without scruples, a ruthless capitàn and strange exiles from the moon...


De Cape et de Crocs provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Hermine. She does not fight often, due to lacking in combat skills (at least compared to the other main characters), but never hesitates to jump into the action, and manages for instance to steer a large galleon to safety in the middle of a storm, and on the Moon becomes quite skilled at driving a house. In a Funny Background Event, she forces Don Lope to sew in her stead while she replaces him... at cutting logs with an axe.
  • Actual Pacifist: Most of the selenite population (except the mimes).
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: The pirate Captain shoots the rope Don Lope was dangling from, then comments to one of his subordinates who compliments him on the shot that he was actually aiming for Don Lope.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Spooneristic Smugglers (contrebandiers contrepeteurs).
  • Anachronism Stew: Among many other things, the Heavy Metal concert onboard a pirate ship (with period instruments to boot).
  • And the Adventure Continues: The main series ends with Armand, Don Lope and Eusèbe about to interfere with what seems to be a kidnapping attempt in Venice, which was how the whole story began in the first place.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil:
  • Eusebe's backstory takes place in Paris under Louis XIII, so naturally we encounter lots of them.
  • Art Evolution: In the first book, Rais Kader looks like an Arabian Mario, he nows looks more the badass he's supposed to be.
  • Atlantis: Mentioned (as being a myth). At one point, our heroes are stranded on a tiny patch of rock in the middle of the ocean, which is later shown to be the roof of a drowned Greek-type building with statues. It is later referenced as having been in contact with the Selenites at some point in the past.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How Armand wins against Mendoza (though shutting up probably helped).
  • Badass Bandolier: The Rais carries four pistols like this during the You Shall Not Pass moment.
  • Bait and Switch: Armand finds "absurd" Prince Jean's order to his musicians to play a minuet while the heroes are fighting the mimes guards - he thinks another dance would have been more appropriate.
  • Bamboo Technology: Anything Bombastus builds. The guy managed to build a multi-storey tree-house, including an observatory and a winch-powered lift chair, using parts from shipwrecks. He eventually builds with TWO friggin' MOON ROCKETS.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Plaisant to Andreo; also Cigognac to Cap'tain Boone.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Downplayed. Other than a few foreign words here and there (some of the Rais Kader's exclamations, Captain Boone's attempted mannerisms), the work is entirely in French.
  • Big Bad: Prince Jean for a good chunk of the story.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The prequel books about Eusèbe's past, as expected, since they recount how he ended up being sent to the galleys. In addition, they feature a rather sad Heel–Face Door-Slam and the meaningless murder of a harmless poet, Lisière. On the other hand, Eusèbe and his brother Fulgence part on rather good terms, Fagotin eventually turns away from his murderous grudge, and Lisière's works will be published under his name.
  • Blood Knight: A very downplayed one: Colin is suffering from bellicism, very rare among the peaceful Selenites, and it makes him attempt to pick fights with everyone he meets.
  • Brains and Brawn: The two main characters are both excellent swordsmen, but Don Lope is notably more hot-blooded and eager to go into a fight, when Armand is more intellectual and diplomatic.
    • Lope has also proven to be physically stronger and a better fighter than Armand, he has been able to fight and even win against the Sword Master. It even becomes a plot point near the end of the series.
  • Brainy Brunette: Hermine (in stark contrast with Séléné), as a Hot Gypsy Woman, is a brunette, and one of the most clever characters in the cast. Among other things, she successfully manipulates the pirates captain and is the first to guess that Séléné is the daughter of the king of the Moon. She is also shown to be able to perfectly operate the Selenite equivalent of a television, which Armand had failed to do.
  • Brutal Honesty: Don Lope has a moment of this when he begs Armand not to fight the Maitre d'Armes and let him go in his stead, because he's simply the better swordsman. Armand, who's already dealing with Selene possibly preferring the Maitre d'Armes to him, does not take it well.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Invoked. Colin insults the first people he sees carrying swords, because he really does want to fight them.
  • Bookends: The series begins and ends with Don Lope and Raïs Kader duelling.
  • Call Back: In volume 8, the heroes sneak onto the ship in exactly the same way as the first book (down to the mimes making the exact same gestures as their Turkish counterparts).
  • Call Forward: Many in volumes 11 and 12, which are a prequel focusing on Eusèbe.
    • Eusèbe learning to squeak like a rat.
    • While selling hats, he stumbles under a pile containing not only Bombastus' hat but Armand and Don Lope's.
    • A gypsy fortune teller manages to predict events happening to Eusèbe in the first three books, although in a way that makes the prediction more or less useless.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: While Armand and the rais Kader are held prisoner, Armand starts lamenting that he'll never see his beloved again. Kader tells Armand that once they break out and they get the treasure, Armand will get part of it, as Armand had previously stated that he'll help Kader find the treasure and rescue his daughter. This helps Armand wake up and start plotting escape.
  • Cannibal Tribe: Subverted. The tribesmen do not eat other humans, they are simply fond of dog meat. On the other hand, they don't seem to mind that their food is clearly sentient...
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Mendoza. Especially obvious when he rants about how Eusebe's appareance, personnality and behaviour represent everything he hates.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Lampshaded several times for laughs.
  • The Cavalier Years: Set in the 17th century Mediterranean, Italy and Malta, and France for the Eusèbe-centered books.
  • Character Development: Don Lope manages to overcome his fear of rats when a giant rat is about to eat Eusèbe. This is illustrated later where he imitates a rat while sneaking on board a ship: in the exact same circumstances, at the beginning of the series, he had imitated a cat instead, and Armand had mocked him for it.
  • Chase Scene: The most memorable one occurs in book 2 when they are in Malta, and involves Armand chasing Plaisant for the map, then being chased along with Kader by the pirates, Don Lope chasing Andréo for Hermine, and Mendoza and the guards chasing them all. It ends in a gigantic collision involving a religious procession that had the misfortune of passing by.
  • Clock Punk: Most of the Senelites' technology is based on this.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: Hermine and the Pirates are forced to perform one of these in Volume 4 for the benefit of their Selenite captors. The performance is rather lackluster until Don Lope and friends burst on the scene to confront their rivals. Fortunately for all involved, the audience thinks it's All Part of the Show.
    • The entire series is written in this style as well.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Armand de Maupertuis, of course, although he rarely displays actual cunning, but he is one of the most clever, quick-witted and cultured member of the cast.
  • Darkest Hour: End of volume 8. Mendoza conquered the Moon, the Moon Cadets are dead, the Maître d'Armes is captured, and Don Lope has been shot.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Don Lope & Mendoza.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The war at the end of volume 8, in red.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Bombastus claims that the white-skinned savages are obviously more open to discussion than their copper or ebony-skinned brethren.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • Averted when Eusèbe meets the musketeers. Leading the Cardinal's guards, Eusebe attempts to arrest them, but the new Big Bad de Limon arrests them all. The musketeers declare him a Worthy Opponent in prison and cease all hostilities.
    • It is the backstory for Armand's and Lope's friendship.
    • As well as for Don Lope's father and the Maître d'Armes.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Everything Aldrin de Redondie says only describes what he is doing and thinking at the moment. Including when he dies.
  • Determinator: All the heroes, to some extent, but the Rais gets a good one at the beginning: when it seems the map has been stolen (and so all hope of obtaining the treasure to raise his fleet), he declares it to have been written, and so will continue to scour the seas until they run red with blood.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Mendoza would have never imagined that Armand could counter his secret and fatal move.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Armand and Andreo.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • When the Rais' men lose the map, he orders his ship's mast to be sharpened, so he can impale a dozen or so sailors as an example.
    • Mendoza is ready to execute a bench of rowers for talking back to him.
  • * The Ditz: Séléné, especially in the last books. She is shown to enjoy watching mindless soap operas on the Sélénite equivalent of a television, and complains at being unable to understand poetry.
  • Dope Slap: One pirate who doesn't realize they don't need to keep up the honest merchant act anymore gets one.
  • Dumb Blonde: Séléné and, especially, Andreo.
  • Easily Forgiven: It seems the squid doesn't hold grudges for cutting off one of his tentacles and using him as a carrot.
    • It seems to have regenerated, so...
  • Enemy Mine:
    • In the first book, Spaniard ("and therefore bastion of Christianity") Don Lope has to team up with the Ottoman (and Muslim) Rais Kader. They get over it - mostly.
    • In a darker tone, Armand and Mendoza.
  • Enemy Mime: The Mimes are assumed to be ferocious savages. The "wild" ones are a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Amazonian natives.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • The Maître d'Armes, even though he's obviously (for the audience) Cyrano de Bergerac.
    • Also the Rais Kader, which translates to Boss Kader.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: The giant squid.
  • Expressive Hair: The Rais Kader's mustache. Droopy when depressed or confused, horizontal otherwise.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Subverted with Fagotin, an intensely creepy-looking chimpanzee who's gone from street artist to hired killer.
  • Evil Twin: Prince Jean to the King of the Moon, and Fulgence to Eusèbe.
  • Expy:
  • Feed It a Bomb: Don Lope defeats the giant rat by throwing a barrel of powder in its mouth and shooting it.
  • Food Porn: The scenes where the characters are eating will feature at least one panel focusing on the food with minute detail. There is also a whole page dedicated to the feast Armand, Don Lope and Kader are having while barricaded in the pirate's ship larder.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Montmorency was mentioned in a single line in the first book as having been killed by Don Lope in a duel, which caused their expulsion from France. Eusebe runs into him and rubs him the wrong way. Montmorency ends up being killed off screen right before his appointed duel with Eusèbe, which would probably have turned badly for him
  • For Science!: Bombastus' primary motivation. Which leads to problems since he'll work for Prince Jean as easily as the heroes.
  • Funny Animal: Don Lope and Armand, obviously. Eusebe is rather a Talking Animal.
  • Funny Background Event: All the time.
    • One of the earliest examples is the living roots (?) escaping from the vats of the Kabbalist that Kader visits at the beginning in Venezia and falling to their deaths.
    • A lot of these occur when they are on the savage island, including a dog resisting attempts to being slaughtered for food and Hermine asking Don Lope to sew a sail while she cuts logs in his stead.
    • Eusebe doesn't watch where he's going while carrying a large spit, to the chagrin of a cook's backside.
  • Furry Reminder:
    • When very pissed off, Montmorency (a dog) gets on all fours with teeth bared.
    • Armand has no problem swallowing a live rat, and occasionally yelps when hurt. He also has difficulties controlling himself in the proximity of hens.
    • Don Lope scratching his ear like a dog scraching a flea.
  • Gambit Pileup: Eusebe's story has multiple plots centering around the duc de Limon, a potential successor to Richelieu as Prime Minister. Eusèbe manages to get on both de Limon and Montmorency (who's opposed to Limon)'s bad sides.
  • Genius Bruiser:
    • One of the three recurring pirates comes up with the theory of gravitation. Note that he comes up with it after Bombastus hit him on the head with an apple...
    • The two guards in the Turkish ship are discussing philosophy when they get knocked unconscious.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • One scene (not easily translatable) has our heroes break free from the pirates and attack, the pirates loudly proclaiming what body parts were hit, using words containing those body parts (a possible translation would be: "My arm! I've been disarmed!"). So when it's the guy who got bit in the ass', he just goes "What should I say?" note 
    • Also, everything the spooneristic smugglers say is astonishingly vulgar once decoded.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The pair get a spy to talk by having Armand pretend to hold Don Lope, who is playing Rabid Cop, back so he doesn't stab him.
  • Greed: Cenile is Harpagon turned Up to Eleven.
  • Grows on Trees: There is an island where cheese and eggs grow on trees. It's later revealed they come from the moon, where almost everything, including precious gems and gold, grows on trees. Selenites think of gold as annoying weed. The only currency on the moon is poetry.
  • Guile Hero: Hermine. While prisoner of the pirates, she manages to drive a wedge between the Captain and his crew and ends up freeing herself, along with Andreo and Plaisant (too bad they get soon captured by the Selenites afterwards).
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Zigzagged. Eusèbe goes completely naked without attracting comment, while Armand and Don Lope go half dressed, not wearing pants.
  • The Heavy: Mendoza is the series' most iconic and recurring villain. Much like Olrik, he usually works as the Dragon with an Agenda / The Starscream for other villains.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: De Limon in the prequel books. Just after Eusèbe's constant optimism, honesty and trusting nature managed to convince him to try amending his ways, Fagotin shoots him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Eusebe's pet pebble jumping in front of Mendoza's gun to save Eusèbe. It is sadder than it sounds as the pebble is actually "killed" by the bullet.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lope and Armand. Also, Andreo and Plaisant.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: The Selenites refer to someone being not quite right in the head as being terratic (where we would use lunatic).
  • Horse of a Different Color: While there are horses and pegasi on the Moon, giant ducks are an alternate form of transportation.
  • Hot-Blooded: Don Lope.
    Armand: You'll have to excuse him, it's in his nature to think with his arteries.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: Hermine. Dark hair, hot temper, spends the first half of the series barefoot, and does not hesitate to use her charms to get her ways. She is quite chaste, though, and deeply in love with Don Lope.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: When Don Lope believes Kader to be lost at sea, his reaction to the loss of his enemy turned adventuring companion is to let out an angry scream: "We were supposed to have a duel!"
  • Hurl It into the Sun: Prince Jean's fate. Though it's mentioned that the sun is an inhabited planet like the moon.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Armand is particularly fond of this trope.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Armand sees Don Lope barrel past on an amputee's cart waving his sword, chasing a sedan chair blinded by Eusebio, asking how one can engage in such farcical behavior. Then he points his sword at Plaisant, on which are skewered several vegetables and a squid.
    • When the pirates threaten to eat the remaining captives, Lope says they wouldn't hesitate to feed on human flesh... while looking as realistically rabid wolf-like as you please.
    • Bombastus is introduced as overjoyed that finally has listeners who can critique his theories (the island only has parrots otherwise). However, when someone contradicts his theory he ignores it completely.
  • I Am Spartacus: Subverted when the musketeers and the Cardinal's guards are facing the police:
    Limon: Who are the leaders here?
    Musketeers (Staring Through the Sword): Us!
    Guards (pointing at Eusebe): Him!
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Don Lope, learning he very likely just ate a dog.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Armand is about to jump from a cliff in despair from losing Selene to the Maître d'Armes and being stranded on the Moon without his friends when the Rock arrives to warn him that his friends have been captured by Mendoza.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Done to Eusèbe after he gets arrested for participating in a duel (in fact trying to prevent it).
  • Insistent Terminology: Boney Boone wants to be called Captain, but nobody seems to remember to call him that. Later inverted since he's trying to pass for a civilian, leading to: "Captain Boone!" "That's Mister Boone!"
  • Interservice Rivalry: A three-way version. While the musketeers and Cardinal's guards is well known, the actual police force harasses both of them, leading to the musketeers making friends with Eusebe.
  • Interspecies Romance: Don Lope and Hermine, Armand and Séléné (at least from Armand's part). Nobody seems to see anything wrong with them, so they must be rather frequent in this universe.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Bombastus' flying machine and moon rockets fly because of the noise generated by explosions... at least, that's how he explains it.
  • Killed Off for Real: The panicky pirate, the Moon Cadets, the Pebble, Mendoza.
    • In the prequel, Lisière and De Limon.
  • Lame Comeback: Subverted. Eusèbe, unaware as always that he's being insulted, replies that Montmorency's ears are very large as well. This is considered a devastating comeback by the present company. Also counts as one of the multiple shout-outs to the play Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Large Ham:
    • Captain Boone, but the others show some signs as well, especially during the theater sequence.
    • The resident Mad Scientist's name is Bombastus.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Armand stops rhyming and starts fighting in the final battle. It works.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: With no explanation whatsoever.
  • Long List:
    • "... les cornemuses, mais aussi les luths, les violes, les violons, les harpes, les clavecins, les hautbois, les bombardes, les flageolets, les pipeaux, les binious..."
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The heroes' aerial escape route ends up taking them through Bombastus' extravagant fireworks show.
  • Mad Bomber: Bombastus tends to put a little too much gunpowder in his fireworks.
  • Mad Scientist: Bombastus
  • Man Hug: Between Lope and Armand, all the time. Fellow badasses Cap'n Boone and the Rais Kader share one.
  • Manly Tears: Don Lope breaks down when he think the Rais Kader is dead. Later, Don Lope starts telling Armand about his first marriage and the death of his beloved wife. Armand is welling up by the middle.
  • Meaningful Name: Everybody. Sometimes with a Bilingual Bonus: Spilorcio for instance, means miser.
  • Message in a Bottle: In French, English, Latin, Cannanean...
  • Medium Awareness: Sort of. The beginning of the third book has Armand and the Rais on an curtained elevated platform reading documents, then three sharp raps are heard. They look up, clear their throats, and then start talking, as if they were on a stage. (The raps coming from Don Lope hammering on a shell to crack it open).
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Many characters are seen gesticulating wildly in the background.
    • The pirates and their panic attacks.
    • When Armand gets a little too caught up in his poetry and starts Chewing the Scenery, Don Lope starts imitating him for a laugh.
  • Mighty Whitey: Inverted. The Noble Savage finds a tribe of primitive white-skinned men and is treated as a god before he convinces them otherwise.
  • Money for Nothing: On the Moon, gold, jewels and other precious objects grow on trees. They use poems as currency.
  • Morality Pet: Eusèbe comes close of becoming this for Limon and his brother Fulgence in the prequel book. Sadly, Limon is murdered and Fulgence decides to flee, though not before trying to help his brother escape prison
  • Motivation on a Stick: How the Flying Dutchman is moved. It involves a giant octopus and a really big fish.
  • Multinational Team: On the heroes' side, we have the French Armand, Eusebe, the Spanish Don Lope, the German Bombastus, the Turkish Rais Kader, the Venitians Andreo and Plaisant, and the gypsy Hermine. The villains are Venitian (Cénile), Spanish (Mendoza), and English (Mister Captain Boone).
  • My Instincts Are Showing:
    • Armand has some trouble refraining from chasing chickens, and has nightmares involving hens.
    • When feverish, Don Lope sits with his tongue hanging out like a dog would. He also mentions later having behaved like a normal (feral) wolf for some time after his wife died out of despair.
  • Nice Guy: Eusebe, bordering on The Pollyanna in the prequel. The most scathing criticism he can find about an enemy is to say that he is "not nice" or "mean". He actually feels sorry for Mendoza after his death.
  • Nice Hat: Most everybody has one, but Bombastus keeps his the longest.
  • Noble Savage: Double subverted; the members of the savage tribe are caucasian. The only black-skinned member of their village is very educated.
  • Noble Wolf: Don Lope is this in two ways. One, he greatly values friendship and he's part of the hero group; two, he's literally a noble wolf by virtue of his nobleman status. He is happy to slip into Savage Wolf mode when required, and says he was one after his first wife died.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Capitan Mendoza is the French actor Guy Delorme, who wrote the foreword to book 6 confirming it.
  • Noodle Incident: In the main story, how Eusèbe was sent to the galleys in the first place: he always gets interrupted when he is about to explain it. The two prequel books cover this in detail (and, amusingly enough, end with Eusèbe endlessly recounting his whole story to his fellow galley slaves, to their utter boredom).
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Eusèbe (himself Non-Human Sidekick of two Non-Human Main Protagonists) has a pet animated rock.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Colvert and Souchet's respective right-hand-men are named Lesecq (the dried-up one) and Legros (the fat one), the first is obese and the other skinny.
  • Not So Stoic: Don Lope, upon the Rais Kader's disappearance.
  • Oblivious to Love: Séléné to Armand
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Bombastus and the Maître d'Armes.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Don Lope and Rais Kader to each other. When Don Lope believes the Rais Kader gone, he cries out that he didn't have the right to deny him their duel. Later, the Rais tells a badly-wounded Lope that they still have their duel to fight.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Hermine, seeking to get Don Lope to act on his feelings, flirts with Andreo in front of him. It backfires spectacularly as Andreo is madly in love with her, and instantly grabs her and hauls ass for the church to get married.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Séléné's necklace.
  • Overly Long Name: Don Lope de Villalobos y Sangrin, Messire Armand Raynal de Maupertuis, but the award goes to Herr Bombastus Johannes Theophrastus Almagestus Wernher von Ulm.
  • Overprotective Dad: Rais Kader to Hermine, making sure she's safe for when Lope gets back and telling Colin to stop flirting with her. Appropriately enough, Hermine is his long-lost daughter Yasmina.
  • Pirate
    • And corsairs, and freebooters...
  • Precision F-Strike: Only once in the whole series, addressed to a fish, and it's in Spanish (but not even hard to figure out).
    • Later, the (other) Porthos expy demands food in a Gascon accent, and just as easy to read.
  • Planet of Hats: Every region of the Moon has a different manner of speaking based on a figure of speech (Palindromians dress symmetrically and say the same thing backwards and forwards, Litotians understate everything, Redondians rephrase what was just said or state what they're doing out loud, etc.).
  • Reference Overdosed: From literature, theater, tv shows, cinema, comics, science, history...
  • Regal Ringlets: Séléné; Mademoiselle.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: When facing chimeras (Lunar creatures that turn into your worst fear), the ship's rats coalesce into a single giant rat the Skaven would be proud of.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Captain Boone does this repeatedly as a morale-inducing method.
    • Cigognac's speech, also a CMOA in its own right, especially since his previous attempt to emulate Captain Boone failed miserably.
    • On the evil side, Mendoza is good at this.
  • Running Gag:
    • Don Lope de Villalobos y Sangrin never gets a chance to fully introduce himself, the closest he ever gets is "De Villalobos y".
      • Turned on its head when Sabado introduces himself as "Sabado. That's all.", Lope calls him "Señor Thatsall".
    • Also, variations on "What the devil was he doing in that galley?"
    • Bombastus missing each opportunity to travel to the Moon. When he finally gets there, he ends up accidentally boarding the ship bringing our heroes back to Earth.
  • Sand Is Water: The non-dark side of the moon.
  • Scars Are Forever: Andrea keeps the one he got from his very nearly suicidal attack on Mendoza. Mendoza himself gets one courtesy of Armand in their first battle.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Bombastus gets these a lot in the last book.
  • Scenery Censor: Briefly, when Hermine is bathing naked near the island.
  • Scenery Porn:
    • Gorgeous views of the sea and the Moon landscapes.
    • In the prequel books, 17th century Paris is lovingly rendered as well.
  • Selective Obliviousness:
    • Captain Boone flat-out refuses to believe the chicken he carries on his shoulder is not, in fact, a parrot.
    This is a parrot! I bought it for three pieces of eight in Saint-Domingue, and the reason it doesn't speak is because it has a sore throat!!!
    • He also does not (or pretends not to) recognise an actual parrot when he encounter ones.
    • Bombastus refuses to acknowledge the pirate's theory of "gravitation" over his own. With Scary Shiny Glasses no less.
  • Shoot the Rope: Subverted. "Well, I was trying to shoot him in the head..."
  • Shout-Out: Too many to count, including references to the Roman de Renart, classical French theater and literature, but also William Shakespeare, Moby-Dick, the works of Jules Verne, and popular culture like Alien, Monty Python, Walt Disney, Lemmings, Rambo, Batman and Robin...
    • Cenile's gold scene is likely a Shout-Out to a similar scene in La Folie des Grandeurs.
    • A musical one: when Séléné tells the Weapon Master that she would like to be called Roxane, she stands under the glow from the Earth which is red because of an eclipse.
    • While they have different names, the three Musketeers met by Eusebe are the usual caricatures of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The name of the book? Twenty Months Earlier.
    • In the prequel, while Eusèbe is on trial for the murder of de Limon, one of the attendees comments that they did not follow the theory of the second rabbit. Amusingly enough, the actual murderer is not a rabbit.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: See Expy above.
    • Also, the last part of Don Lope's last name, "y Sangrin", refers to the wolf's name in the Roman de Renart, Ysengrin (whose wife is called Hermine by the way). Similarly, the fox's estate in this tale is called Maupertuis.
    • Bombastus Johannes Theophrastus Almagestus Wernher von Ulm calls out to Paracelsus (full name: Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), the Greek astronomer Ptolemy (whose main work is the Almagest), Wernher von Braun, and Monty Python. Also probably either to Johann(es) Faust or Johannes Gutenberg. Oh, and Ulm is home to the unlucky early flying/gliding pioneer Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger ("the Tailor of Ulm", 1770-1829) and the birthplace of Albert Einstein.
  • Silly Reason for War:
    • When our heroes are stranded on a rooftop in the middle of nowhere, Don Lope and Kader are once again arguing, this time insulting their respective country's military ability. When Armand wearily asks what started it this time, Eusebe replies "A periwinkle".
    • Armand and Don Lope themselves met when they were fighting over a flag.
  • Slave Galley: With the requisite lunatic drummer, whip-toting guards, and slave uprising when the ship is attacked. When the ship's crew is put on the lifeboat, the drummer is still banging away.
    • Also, due to the Running Gag of referring to every ship as a galley, we get this exchange, as Don Lope and Armand have snuck onto the Rais Kader's ship:
    Don Lope:: Ola, amigos! We are Christians, like you! We've come to rescue you from the Barbary scum!
    Armand: Once again, Don Lope, this is not a galley, but a zebec. A zebec is a sailboat...
    Don Lope: So these people in the hold are not galley slaves?
    Armand: No!
    Don Lope: But Turkish sailors?
    Sailors: YES!
  • Staring Through the Sword: How the pirates salute Eusebe's rock being cast into space.
    • The musketeers proudly claiming responsibility for the duel in front of the authorities.
  • The Stoic: Lunar duels are fought by each duellist grabbing the other's chin and reciting a sing-song, the loser being the first to crack up. When Don Lope and Kader agree to resolve their duel this way, they're at it all day without flinching, leading to Armand, Eusebe and Hermine making ridiculous faces, ending in a mutual loss.
  • Taken for Granite: Cenile's fate, refusing to take cover in a gold forest results in him being coated in it during a storm.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: You need a good knowledge of French literature and theater to spot all the references.
    • And movies and music and comics and English literature and...
    • Even before that, you need a very good vocabulary. The poetry battle and the encounter with the philosophers were especially bad.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: At the end of Album 9.
  • Villain Song: The pirates and the Prince get one.
  • Visual Pun: A court clerk is seen writing with a cat on his desk. In French, "greffier" refers to the job but it is also a cat in argot.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Don Lope and the Rais Kader grow into this.
  • Volleying Insults: The aforementioned rap battle.
  • Walk the Plank: Mendoza inflicts this to Eusebe.
    • The pirates do this to Don Lope as well. When Armand sees blood and jumps off... it turns out Lope had bitten one shark and was getting ready to stab another.
  • Wham Episode: The end of Volume 8. Dear God, the end of Volume 8.
    • To expand: Mendoza successfully conquered the Moon, the Weapon Master was overrun after a Last Stand with Eusèbe at his side, and Don Lope has been shot unconscious, possibly dead. And some secondary characters have been killed during the battle.
  • Wham Line: I love you... Maître d'Armes!
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Cigognac aspires to the pirates who don't do anything lifestyle, so the repeated betrayings of that ideal come close to breaking him.
  • World of Ham: Given how often they seem to be actual theatrical performers...
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: On the moon, gold and gemstones grow on trees. The Selenite chamberlain gets confused when he hears Earthlings attribute any value to them.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Don Lope is afraid of rats.
    • The pirates are afraid of rabbits, ghost ships, and even metaphysics.
  • Wretched Hive: Paris, which it pretty much Truth in Television when hygiene was limited to emptying the chamberpot out the window.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Armand's first battle against Mendoza and against the Maitre d'Armes. In the other battles, it's mostly him monologuing (in rhyme no less).
  • You Shall Not Pass: "Messieurs les mimes, tirez les premiers!" "These dogs will know the fury of a janissary!" "No pasaran!"
  • Younger Than They Look: Plaisant, despite looking like he's in his forties, is actually the same age as Andreo and Selene.

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