is a Franco-Belgian School comic following the adventures of Rahan, a prehistoric caveman who wanders the earth, encountering a wide variety of tribes and challenges on his way.
Wherever he goes, Rahan carries his trademark ivory cutlass, and his collar — one comprising five claws, each one representing a virtue he tries to live up to: courage, loyalty, generosity, resilience, and wisdom. Nearly Once per Episode
, Rahan figures out a new primitive technology to deal with with this issue's challenge.
Rahan provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abhorrent Admirer: At one point Rahan is kidnapped by a tribe of hyena-women (really, really ugly women). He saves himself for the hideous fate of sleeping with all of them.
- Animated Adaptation: Done in France in 1987, lasted one season.
- Badass: Rahan, while still only human, is pretty much at the top of his game, being smarter and a better fighter, tracker, hunter, runner, swimmer and all-around human being than most of the people he encounters.
- Bamboo Technology: Often literally. Including a phone network.
- Battle Cry: "RAAAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!" He'll use it more often as a victory cry, though.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Most animals are called by their physical characteristics, such as fourhands for monkeys and longteeth for saber-toothed cats.
- Character Title
- Doing In the Wizard: Rahan often debunks superstitious beliefs he comes across, be they merely misinterpretations of natural events or the acts of manipulative shamans.
- Doomed Hometown: By a volcano, no less.
- The Hero: Rahan himself, very much so.
- I Am X, Son of Y: He will usually introduces himself as "Rahan, son of Crao".* Improvised Lightning Rod: The eponymous caveman once defeats a Tyrannosaurus rex throwback by planting an iron spear into the dinosaur's head during a thunderstorm, thus attracting lightning and frying the T. rex. This scene is also present in the Animated Adaptation, including the opening credits.
- Loin Cloth
- Mighty Whitey: Rahan is the only pale-skinned blond man.
- Mushroom Samba: Rahan gets a nasty nightmare after eating some unknown mushrooms while starving after crossing a desert. At first he believes to be dead and to have reached the afterlife.
- Palate Propping: Rahan once does this to a big crocodile while bound hands and feet.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Forget dinosaurs, Rahan has even once been confronted to a Godzilla Expy.
- Rousseau Was Right
- Science Hero: Windmills, bridges, rafts, and so many more... Rahan seems determined to single-handedly get humanity out of the stone age.
- Somewhere, a Palaeontologist Is Crying: Rahan regularly encounters dinosaurs. It's made even weirder by the fact that he also comes across regular paleolithic fauna such as mammoths and cave bears. The writers try to handwave the dinosaurs by repeatedly stating that they're leftovers from a bygone age, but it really just comes across as either carelessness or Rule of Cool.
- Third-Person Person: Rahan and all other characters talk like this, being cavemen.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Rahan himself takes pride in never having killed a human being. In one issue, he suffers a Heroic BSOD when he believes he broke his own code.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Rahan manages to kill one by planting a metal spear on its head during a thunderstorm, which then attracts lightning, frying the T. rex.
- Walking the Earth: Rahan is the prehistoric analog of The Drifter, wandering from place to place and righting wrongs.