Comic Book: Les Innommables
The big guy is Mac, the short one is Tim. Tony is probably sulking in a corner somewhere. Les Innommables
is a French-Belgian comic book series by Yann Le Pelletier and Didier Conrad. It tells the adventures of a trio of deserters from the US Army, McButtle a.k.a. Mac, Tony and Tim, who wander throughout post-WW2
Asia, looking for a quick buck and for Mac's one true love, a Chinese girl named Alix Yin Fu. The latter is a fanatically committed agent of the Chinese Communist Party and goes through numerous adventures in her own Spin-Off
series, Tigresse Blanche
Contains examples of:
- Alternate Continuity: After the publication of the third album was cancelled, the series was suspended for a while and then started over with various retconned elements.
- Anti-Hero: Three of them. Mostly, they're the good guys because everyone else is worse.
- Ascended Extra: Alix.
- Asian Babymama: Alix bore Mac's child while they were estranged, and he only finds out a few years later. In an interesting twist, Alix's brainwashing results in partial amnesia, and she herself forgets about her daughter.
- Band of Brothels: While in Hong Kong, Mac bought himself a brothel.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Mac, Tony and Tim.
- Black and Gray Morality
- Black Comedy
- Black Is Bigger in Bed: A black guy is refused entry into an Asian brothel because the girls are afraid he's far too large for them.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Mac.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Basil and Sybil Jardine are incestuous siblings.
- The Chew Toy: Lt. Damage.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Basil Jardine, of Jardine & Matheson.
- Dark Action Girl: Alix.
- Deadpan Snarker: Tony. Snarking is pretty much all he does.
- Death by Sex: Sybil with a Fat Bastard.
- Decoy Protagonist: The first two panels of "Matricule Triple Zero", the first album, depict the character who was ostensibly going to be the real hero of the series, a USAAF pilot with rugged good looks inspired by Buck Danny. And then he gets unceremoniously run over by a Jeep and is never seen again.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Yes, the world was racist back in the forties-fifties, but U.S. Navy personnel probably never went around publicly beating foreigners for "not being American" or "not being white".
- Disposable Sex Worker: Roseau Fleuri and most of the employees of the Crimson Lotus.
- Dragon Lady: Alix is a ruthless secret agent, highly trained in martial arts and assassination.
- Government Conspiracy: While trying to get a private detective agency started, the Innommables get involved in a FBI conspiracy to assassinate the governor of New York State.
- Hammerspace: Lampshaded with Tim's baseball bat. The other characters wonder how it's possible for him to always have it at hand, even when he hasn't taken it with him.
- Historical-Domain Character: Marilyn Monroe and a few other figures from 1950s American history. The Song sisters also appear in the spin-off series.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Roseau Fleuri.
- Identical-Looking Asians: One U.S. scientist declares to a board of Army higher-ups that they've figured a way to reverse Communist brainwashing. He produces his specimen, who starts reciting "Chairman Mao does not like freedom... Chairman Mao is not God...". Then the scientist brings in a new test subject who hasn't undergone brainwashing, and gives him a gun and tells him to shoot. The prisoner happily complies, shooting a dozen generals before he's taken down. The scientist brushes giving the gun to the wrong man off, saying "these Chinese all look alike".
- In the Original Klingon: One Chinese character says Marco Polo stole the concept of pasta on his journey through China; in fact they were thought up separately.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mac.
- Kavorka Man: Despite their ungrateful looks, Mac and Tim are both very successful with beautiful women.
- The Korean War: The characters see it from up close.
- Mind-Control Eyes: Alix had Blank White Eyes while under the telepathic influence of a psychic.
- Multiple Endings: The episode "Alix-Noni-Tengu" has two different possible endings, a happy one and a downer one.
- The Napoleon: General McErnest.
- Official Couple: Mac and Alix.
- Papa Wolf: Mac.
- Pirate Girl: The three characters are at one point abducted by Pirates led by a female captain. She gets a crush on Tim and has Mac and Tony thrown overboard.
- Power Trio
- Psycho for Hire: Colonel Lychee, who really enjoys his work.
- Qipao: Alix.
- Red China: The Chinese Communists are depicted as utterly merciless and depraved, but the main character's love interest is a fanatically loyal Communist agent. And the other sides aren't depicted in a much more favorable light either.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Happens with regularity.
- Shoot Your Mate: Subverted. An American scientist claims he has reversed Chinese brainwashing techniques and proposes to demonstrate in front of high-ranking officers. He gives one of the two Chinese prisoners a gun, and tells him to shoot the other. The man immediately perks up and empties the gun... into the generals. Turns out the gun had been given to the wrong man.
- Shorttank: Claire, a former street urchin that the Innommables have taken in.
- The Slacker: All three started out as complete slackers, but while Mac and Tim shaped up to some extent, Tony has remained one.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Very, very far down the cynical end.
- Smug Snake: Basil and Sybil Jardine.
- Stout Strength: Mac.
- Straight Gay: Tony, in the rebooted version.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Tony was initially assumed to be heterosexual, and in fact behaved as a bit of a Casanova. But in the rebooted version he turned out to be gay.
- Tsundere: Alix.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Mac and Alix, though they aren't technically married.
- Weapon of Choice: Tim is constantly toting a baseball bat, which he uses to painful effect against adversaries.
- Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Happened with Raoul, the trio's pet pot-bellied pig, who turned out to be female.
- Values Dissonance: In-universe, one of the Englishmen in Hong Kong takes offense at Sir Jardine's secretary wearing white at his funeral. His employer reminds him that in China, white is associated with death.