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'''''Idées noires''''' ('''''Dark Thoughts''''') is a collection of BlackComedy comic strips by Creator/AndreFranquin and Yvan Delporte. Deeply cynical and the result of Franquin's struggle with depression, it's one long parade of industrial recklessness, suicides, executions, military recklessness, ecological disasters and other accidents and contrast hard with his work on ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'', the ''Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}'' and ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''. Apart from the obvious, the title is also a play on the unique art style which uses so much black that it almost looks like a negative of a regular black and white comic.
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!!''Idées noires'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AccentuateTheNegative: And how! Franquin eventually quit the series because it all became too depressing and formulaic.
* AccidentalMurder: A gruesome example with a tennis racket.
* AdamAndEvePlot: In an unfortunate combination with TooDumbToLive [[spoiler:when they try to light a fire by smashing hand grenades like silex]].
* AfterTheEnd: Several gags, usually the result of nuclear war.
* TheAlcatraz: Three gags feature a man desperately trying to escape from an impossible-to-escape prison.
* AlienAbduction: The Human is only collateral damage though; they're not endangered yet. The aliens are really interested in that nice Lynx she's wearing.
* AllCrimesAreEqual: one famous gag shows a man being executed because he murdered someone. Afterwards [[spoiler:the executioner is executed for the same crime and his executioner as well, as well as his executioner and his executioner, and... well, you get the point.]]
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:God turning all military hardware into shit.]]
* ArmiesAreEvil: Military officers are by far the most common villains.
* AtomicHate: A lot of gags target atomic and nuclear power.
* AuthorTract: Franquin's personal grudges against hunting, the death penalty, the army, war, nuclear power are made clear.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid
** Twice a Catholic priest can be seen acting like an idiot while carrying his crucifix in the background.
** Another gag features a bus with people who just paid a visit to a place of pilgrimage [[spoiler:driving off a cliff. Back home the priest is informed that everyone on the bus died, except for a little pet dog. He concludes: "Brothers, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. His ways are mysterious!"]]
* BerserkButton: After 30 years of working a jackhammer, Carlos does not like woodpeckers.
* BlackComedy: Both literally (everything is drawn in black-and-white) and by figure of speech.
* BodyHorror
** ''Child-Bonsaï''.
** Also any {{mutant}} that shows up.
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: A hunter ends up looking like a rabbit. No points for guessing what happens next.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment
** A convict is dropped in a labyrinth... [[SingleBiomePlanet Covering an entire planet.]] [[FromBadToWorse And then]] a panther is added.
** The same convict stars in a comic about a prison from which it is impossible to escape. [[spoiler: It consists entirely of repeats of the same panels]].
** In his final appearance, however, the convict ''does'' escape, and the comic actually ends on a hopeful note [[PetTheDog as he sets off for freedom.]] In the last panel, he even [[BreakingTheFourthWall Breaks The Fourth Wall]] to [[LampshadedTrope Lampshade]] the fact that for once, there was no brutal or unhappy ending.
* CrapsackWorld: After reading this book you realize how depressing this world can be.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath
-->'''Man at funeral:''' I hadn't taken him seriously when he said he was going to die by a drowning, a car accident and hanging.
* DarkIsEvil: A little boy is too scared to fetch water outside in the dark. His father grudgingly decides to do it himself, [[spoiler:while outside a whole bunch of gigantic monsters wait for him.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome
* {{Determinator}}: The general who keeps trying to [[spoiler:develop an ejection seat for helicoptors, even though all his test pilots [[HelicopterBlender get shredded]].]]
-->'''General:''' I insisted that I'd make the test flight myself, but unfortunately I didn't have the required [[FatIdiot figure]]...
* DownerEnding: Virtually every gag ends with a punchline like this one.
* EgomaniacHunter: Several gags target hunters.
* ExplosiveCigar: The predictable result of a micro missile being mistaken for a cigar.
* ExplosiveStupidity: Several gags, often featuring hand grenades.
* FromBadToWorse: Several gags have a far more depressing ending than you originally expected.
* GaiasVengeance: A string of unexplained car accidents turns out to have been caused by [[spoiler:hedgehogs having evolved tire-piercing spikes.]]
* HopeSpot: Those aren't city lights; they're [[spoiler:a wolf pack's eyes]].
-->'''Man:''' I won't freeze to death...
* HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons: The comic strip takes a lot of pot shots at all the worst aspects of mankind.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Both literally and by figure of speech.
* HumanSacrifice: To the Sun God. [[spoiler:[[VomitDiscretionShot And that's where solar flames come from]].]]
* ImAHumanitarian
** A man kissing his girlfriend ends up devouring her.
** A man feeding seagulls ends up being eaten up by them, unto his skeleton!
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: One gag features two flies talking about the technological achievements they made so far. One of them fears that they might start making the same mistakes as "them". [[spoiler:"Them" turn out to be the human race, since all insects now live inside human skulls.]]
* IronicDeath:
** A man frightened of WorldWarThree decides to dig a nuclear cellar [[spoiler: then accidentally hits a bomb from WorldWarOne with his shovel and explodes.]]
* JugglingLoadedGuns: Or rather, playing pétanque with grenades. And [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped the Earth]].
* KarmicDeath: A lot of people die trying to prevent themselves from being killed.
* LaserGuidedKarma: A politician is merrily walking around town looking up at the military jets he scored the contracts for and gets run over by a car. It's implied that the ambulance won't get there in time, since what with the budget being reallocated towards the military, there are five for the whole city...
* {{Mayincatec}}: One gag is about the human sacrifices done in Middle American civilizations.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: One guy goes to a party and leaves a small audio device behind so he can listen to his walkie talkie afterwards and find out what his friends say about behind his back. [[spoiler:This doesn't go too well. He becomes so depressed that he throws himself between two garbage cans so that the garbage men can throw him away.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Feeding the birds.
* NoSmoking: A smoker is informed about the many awful diseases you can get from smoking and [[spoiler:eventually gets so frightened [[DrivenToSuicide he hangs himself]], as "yet another victim of tobbaco"]].
* ANuclearError: Two military experts taking pride in the rapid increase of new nuclear power plants. One of them gets so excited that he says: [[spoiler:"Soon the nuclear power plants will grow from the ground like... like...." The next image is the mushroom cloud of an atomic explosion.]]
* NuclearNasty: And those who work there still claim nuclear power is good because [[spoiler:they sure as hell don't want to remain the only cases of mutation]].
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Franquin was known for his numerous little drawings of horrifying monsters, something he used in this comic strip as well.
* OverlyLongGag: One gag has a man escaping from ''Backwards Rock'' (which is apparently some sort of prison). As he runs away he is zapped away. Then the gag starts over again for three pages, with always the same four panels. Man climbs down, makes an ''Up Yours!'' to the guards, runs away, gets zapped away. Finally this gag ends, with Franquin writing a note below the page: "Isn't that great! Just when I have a wonderful idea for a new long running comic book series my publisher refuses to do it!!
* PerpetualMotionMachine: And for once in this comic it doesn't go horrible wrong either. It just goes unrecognized.
* {{Precursors}}: Parodied. A post-apocalyptic fly civilisation sees Humans as such, but the advanced cities they left behind are just [[spoiler:piles of skulls and bones, and besides one of the two flies discussing this considers us to be [[HumansAreMorons stupid cunts who blew ourselves up]]]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Some gags are fantasy-oriented, but other are more disturbing since they take their inspiration from real-life fears like nuclear energy, world war, epidemics,...
* ResetButton: [[spoiler:The secret behind one of several TheAlcatraz-es]]
* SavageWolves: One gag [[spoiler:has a man lost in the snow wandering around thinking he is doomed. Then he sees lights in the distance and thinks it's a city, but it turns out to be the GlowingEyesOfDoom of a group of wolves.]]
* SelfImmolation: As a protest against waste. Naturally, onlookers are horrified [[spoiler:at the anti-social wasting of gas.]]
* SenselessSacrifice: One gag tells about the RealLife human sacrifies that the Aztecs committed for the Sun god.
* {{Seppuku}}: The guy at the start of the first page seems pretty amused at discovering a tumour in his guts.
* ShoutOut: To Franquin's own ComicBook/GastonLagaffe, in a very black comic about a misunderstood genius.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: VERY far on the cynic side.
* SmokingIsNotCool: One smoker is told by the others how dangerous the habit can be [[spoiler: until he gets so scared that he eventually hangs himself.]]
* SuicideAsComedy:
** [[spoiler: A smoker hangs himself because he is so frightened of dying from his habit.]]
* TakeThat: Franquin clearly didn't like hunters, the military, the nuclear industry and the death penalty.
* TarAndFeathers: People pray to God for help after a massive oil spill. Cue an exploding plane loaded with feathers in the exact same region.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Happens to an astronaut aboard of a rocket who is accidentally sucked out through the toilet and then catapulted into space.
* VisualPun: "Broyer du noir" (grinding black stuff) is a French expression for having depressing thoughts, as seen on the cover.
* WorldWarThree: Shown in several gags. Others take place AfterTheEnd.
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