[[caption-width-right:300: Most of the cast.]]

''Elephantmen'' is a European comic book series published by Creator/ImageComics, created by Richard Starkings and illustrated by Ladronn, Moritat, Marian Churchland and guest artists.

Set in the 23rd century, the series revolves around a group of genetic [[SuperSoldier super soldiers]] created by a MadScientist named Kazushi Nikken. Nikken kidnapped over one hundred women and [[DesignerBabies fertilized their eggs using animal DNA]]. Through brainwashing, he raised a private army of strong, resilient, and intelligent super soldiers, which he then unleashed upon Northern Africa.

Before long, the United Nations raided Nikken's heavily defended facility and put an end to his despicable work. The surviving Elephantmen -- over 15,000 of them -- were sent to various parts of the world and given jobs, education, and even citizenship. When we catch up to them in 2259, the Elephantmen have all the same rights as humans... well, almost.

They are not allowed to run for any position of authority. They are not allowed to have children (though this is a moot point, since they were all neutered by Nikken). They are definitely not allowed to assemble, unless authorized by the government. They are denied the right to bear arms.

After all, when you have over 100 tonnes of muscle walking around, you wanna be careful.

Currently there are three collected volumes of ''Elephantmen'', one volume of the prequel series ''Elephantmen: War Toys,'' and three volumes of ''Hip Flask,'' starring the hippo hybrid who started it all. As of 2010, a [[TheMovie film adaptation]] of ''Elephantmen'' is in the works.

!!''Elephantmen'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Yvette in ''War Toys'', Vanity Case with her Wing Chun skills, and most recently Blackthorne with her GunFu.
* AdaptationExpansion: Started with the Hip Flask advertisements.
* ArtShift: Due to the number of artists contributing to the series. Ladronn is the regular ''Hip Flask'' artist, and Moritat was the regular ''Elephantmen'' artist until issue 18. Now there are several different artists rotating on the book.
* {{BFG}}: Any of the weapons carried by the Elephantmen during the War.
* BioPunk
* CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: ''"You are not God's children! God made you weaker than man! MAPPO made you strong! You will defend MAPPO to your last breath!"''
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The mothers of the Elephantmen, in a variant of DeathByChildbirth. Nikken kidnapped them, implanted them with hybrid embryos, placed them -- naked -- in nightmarish robotic contraptions, waited until their bellies were practically bursting from the sheer size of the baby, then cut them open and tossed their bodies in a mass grave.
* CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain: The Los Angeles of 2259 is much more polluted than it is today, and it rains much more frequently as a result. British-born creator Richard Starkings says that the main reason for all the rain is that Englishmen in LA always miss the rain.
* DesignerBabies: How the Elephantmen are created.
* DoorStopper: Some of the collected volumes are quite hefty.
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Yvette, after she gets a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Horn, Sahara and Flask, in The Killing Season arc]].
* DysfunctionalFamily: [[spoiler:Sahara is the daughter of Serengheti, and Hide's half-sister.]]
* EyePatchOfPower: Trench, a police officer and a Zebra.
* FantasticRacism: Many humans hate the Elephantmen, and call them a variety of [[FantasticSlurs slurs]], the most common being "munt" and "monkey." There is a thriving black market in Elephantman parts.
* {{Flashback}}: Used quite a bit. In issue #0 ("See the Elephant"), Savannah's innocent remarks [[FlashbackEcho trigger]] dark memories for Ebony. Some stories are [[WholeEpisodeFlashback set entirely in the past.]]
* TheFutureIsNoir
* GunshipRescue: In ''War Toys Volume 1'', French freedom fighter Yvette is cornered on the roof of a cathedral by several Elephantmen. Then three or four Red Chinese gunships appear and open up on the Elephantmen with MoreDakka. Subverted, because [[spoiler: the gunships are shot down by the Elephantmen, crash into the cathedral roof, and kill everyone except Yvette who miraculously survives]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Obadiah Horn and Sahara. Flask and Miki.
** Truth be told, it borders on HotSkittyOnWailordAction
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Miki. She is well aware of her beauty ("Just because I'm super-hot doesn't mean I'm not super-smart"), but not always the effect her physical form has on men. In issue #18, she removes her work shirt - which has a transparent window down the front - and dons a t-shirt ''fresh out of the freezer.'' All in front of Tiny, one of the mechanics at the Skycab company. The poor guy tries not to look, but doesn't quite have the self-control.
* InterspeciesRomance: Horn and Sahara. Flask and Miki.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Many of the Elephantmen carry huge katana during the War. Apparently Ebony Hide is the first to use one. He keeps it and uses it to fight three crocodiles in a later story.
* KavorkaMan: The Elephantmen. Miki says she "likes muscles, and you boys are ''loaded'' with them." She also is very interested in seeing their genitals, presumably because BiggerIsBetterInBed is in effect.
* MedicalRapeAndImpregnate
* {{Merchandise Driven}}: Starkings created the original ''Hip Flask'' to advertise some fonts. Nobody was interested in those, but the story garnered considerable interest.
* MsFanservice: Sahara. She usually drapes her curvy figure in [[VaporWear near-transparent white fabric]], and that's about it.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Minor characters are sometimes derived from real people. "Herman Strumm" is a parody of HowardStern, and TV anchors "Bauer" and "Cussick" are obviously based on Matt Lauer and Katie Couric.
* OnlyOneFemaleMold
* {{Paparazzi}}: Both the photographer and the photo-pusher. Both die in terror.
* PeopleFarms
* PrivateMilitaryContractor: MAPPO, Nikken's company.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Elijah Delaney is a crocodile-hybrid thug who may have a taste for human flesh.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: [[spoiler: Simms.]]
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion: Blackthorne in The Killing Season]].
* SceneryPorn: Ladronn and Moritat can draw some jaw dropping scenery.
* ScienceIsBad: Some of the Elephantmen, particularly Trench feel this way.
* SinisterScythe: [[spoiler: Yvette in The Killing Season]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Miki's Skycab uniform is skintight and includes a see-through window down the middle of the shirt.
* ThemeNaming: People named after deserts, Elephantmen named after Old Testament figures, co-workers named after portable objects (Hip Flask, Vanity Case)... Starkings really likes this trope.
** All the trade paperbacks use the theme of "<adjective> <plural noun>".
* UglyGuyHotWife: Obadiah Horn and Sahara. She's a tall, slim, curvy African goddess, and he's a rhino-human hybrid.
* UterineReplicator: Once removed from their mothers' wombs, baby Elephantmen spend time in fluid-filled pods.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Yvette, in The Killing Season arc, ends with her [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]]]].
* WarIsHell
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: This is kind of the whole point of the Elephantmen as characters. They were created from human and animal DNA as "war toys," but they are as intelligent as any human and capable of very human reasoning, emotions and desires. Many of the munt-haters consider them subhuman, animals, and hate them for it.
** [[spoiler: China goes a step over. Once the war is over, they detonate their Tigermen army, and are quite proud of it]].
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: When MadScientist Nikken created his SuperSoldiers he got away with it by people turning a blind eye in exchange for [[BreadAndCircuses promises of cures, ballgames, etc.]]