Comic Book / Red Ears

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If you wondered where the "red ears" came from...

Red Ears (Blagues Coquines in French) is an erotic Franco-Belgian Comics series. The series was created in 1990 by Belgian Comics strip artist Dany, but since him several other comic book artists have continued the series.

Red Ears is a gag comic. The jokes are almost never original material, but mostly bawdy comedy you probably heard before on the playground, in the office or in bars. Expect every possible sex cliché to turn up in this comic strip, from adulterers hiding in the closet to black guys having bigger penises than other races.

It's one of the best selling comic book series ever and a veritable Cash Cow Franchise, inspiring calendars, magazines and animated cartoons.


Tropes:

  • All Women Are Lustful: Most girls in this comic book series really enjoy having sex all the time.
  • Anorgasmia: Played for Laughs.
  • Art Shift: This series is drawn by different comic strip artists. So the drawing style can differ album by album.
  • Auto Erotica: One gag has a young couple having sex in a car. The girl then says the guy was great and she adds that the fact that it was "their first time" was the most exciting part. The next shot shows the guy tick off another stripe on the side of his car.
  • Bedroom Adultery Scene: Several gags have this scenario.
  • Bed Trick:
    • One gag has a man ordering a costume in a store. He tells the owner he wants to disguise himself as a famous actor in order to have sex with a girl he fancies a lot and who will be present a costumed party. His plan works and after having doggystyle sex with her he reveals his true identity. The masked girl then takes off her own mask and turns out to be the owner of the store, who happens to be gay!
    • In another gag a women suspects her husband from having an affair behind her back. As he goes to a costumed party she decides to sneak in there too, unrecognizably dressed in costume, in order to see whether he would agree to have sex with another woman, not knowing that it's her. They indeed have sex with each other and she sees all her suspicions confirmed. Back home she waits until her husband returns and then asks him how the party was? He answers: "Awful! I lost my costume to someone else in a bet!"
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: According to the girls in this comic.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Employed occasionally. For instance, one comic featured a tubby guy getting exercise from his female trainer by having her strip nude and run around the room on the first day saying he can have sex with her if he can catch her. However, on the second day the trainer is replaced by a Scary Black Man who tells him to start running before he catches him.
  • Black Is Bigger in Bed: One gag shows a black man having sex with a girl on a deserted Island. His name is "Snow", which causes the girl to say: "I just can't wait to get back home and tell people I was stuck on a tropical Island by 40 centimeters of snow."
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A lothario who has an affair with a married woman every other day receives a letter from a man telling him to stay away from his wife or he'll kill him. When one of his friends offers the simple solution of just complying with the demand, the guy notes that the letter isn't signed.
  • Calling Your Orgasms: Couples do this a lot.
  • Captured by Cannibals: Subverted. In one comic set in Darkest Africa, a father and his son from a cannibal tribe are sent out to hunt for food by his fat, foulmouthed wife when they stumble across a pretty young European woman. After they capture her, the son asks his father if they'll take her home and eat her. The father replies that they'll take her home and eat his mother instead.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Parents or partners often interrupt couples in the middle of sex.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: One gag features a man who looks like Frank Sinatra. Everyone he meets notices the resemblance and it annoys him beyond belief. Then, an attractive young lady says to him: "Say, you look a lot like Frank Sinatra." Whereupon the man bursts out singing "My Way".
  • Cheating with the Milkman: Various strips feature scenarios where housewives cheat with the milkman, the mailman, etc. Possibly the most over-the-top one was where a husband who just departed for work started fearing this outcome when he saw the plumber pull up. He drives back home and finds out that there's a line in front of his house.
  • Cheek Copy: One gag involves an office manager having an affair with his secretary on top of the copy machine for fun. Cut to his wife and her lawyer handing him the divorce papers along with a mountain of photographs displaying his infidelity.
  • Chocolate Baby: In an African village a local Chief accuses the visiting European scientist of getting frisky with one of his wives when the baby comes out white. The scientist tries to convince him otherwise by pointing to a flock of white sheep which, thanks to the miracle of genetics, has an unexplained black sheep in its midst. The Chief then whispers that he'll stay quiet about the scientist's escapades if he'll return him the favor.
  • Christmas Miracle: Hilariously subverted in a comic where a distraught young woman is about to jump off a bridge after a rain of misery that day, but then Santa Claus shows up and promises that when she returns home, her house is no longer burned down, she has her old job back, and her boyfriend (who ran off with her best friend) is waiting for her. He asks for a blowjob, and she returns the favor. After asking her how old she is, he walks off while muttering "27? Aren't you too old to believe in fairytales?".
  • Comically Missing the Point: In one gag a woman is performing fellatio on a naïve guy. When she asks him: "Well, do you enjoy it?", he answers: "How would I know? You are the one having it in your mouth!"
  • Coming and Going: Men sometimes do this in this comic.
  • Darkest Africa: Strips set in Africa will generally present it as a mysterious continent filled with tribal chiefs (possibly cannibals), exotic women, and dangerous jungles.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Even masturbation is a topic in this comic.
  • Did the Earth Move for You, Too?: A regular question.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: Also a regular question.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Well duh!
  • Excuse Plot: Every gag is simply there to provide cheap erotic thrills or cheap Sex Comedy.
  • Explicit Content: It's not suitable for minors, though not that explicit either. Most of the time it's comparable to soft porn.
  • Fanservice: This comic book series gives horny readers exactly what they want.
  • Fan Disservice: On the other hand, you'll occasionally encounter scenes where unattractive people are seen having sex.
  • Femme Fatale: Several characters portray this function.
  • Gallows Humor: A man is told by his doctor that he has less than a day to live, so he goes home and has a last night of drunken sex with his wife until they're both so exhausted that they collapse from the effort. When he wakes up and wants to continue, she tells him to stop complaining because at least he doesn't have to get up in the morning.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Though most jokes are mostly aimed at a heterosexual audience, lesbian scenes can be found too.
  • The Grunting Orgasm: A popular trope.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Prostitutes are always nice women willing to go along with anything as long as they get paid.
  • Hot Men At Work: A bored woman tries to seduce the handsome young window washer who's hanging outside her window by stripping in front of him. However, he's Not Distracted by the Sexy.
  • Idealized Sex: Definitely. Not always to the level of being a Sex God, but most characters have sex like professionals. This is usually only subverted for laughs.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: There's a comic in which a soldier and his buddies are going out on the town and when they get back to the motel open a package with some cookies that the soldier's wife sent him. Included is a video in which she admits that she's cheating on him, fellates the guy in question and spits out the result in the cookie dough. Cut to the soldiers face down on the toilet.
  • Incompatible Orientation: The punchline to a comic where two men and a woman are sitting in a train cabin and the woman starts to agressively hit on one of the guys, who flatly ignores her advances. After she angrily storms off, the other guy asks him how he could possibly resist and notes that the woman turned him on so much that he's ready to jump a fly. The first guy starts mimicking buzzing.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Several gags have very vocal girls sexually climaxing in the loudest way possible.
  • Intercourse with You: The whole sale premise of the series.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Of course the classic "oh no, my husband is home" situations are here too.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Also a recurring joke scenario. Like the one where a guy boasts about having sex with his wife every single night, but when he is in need of viagra and complains about the price, his wife calls him a cheapskate because he'll only need three pills a year.
  • Lover's Ledge: This trope is played with a bunch of times in comics involving a cheating spouse that don't use the Closet Shuffle instead. One of the balsier examples has the lover crash into the apartment below where an Abhorrent Admirer is ready and waiting.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Whenever the occasion is presented men will have sex. Unless the punchline of the joke is that they are Comically Missing the Point.
  • Minimalist Cast: There is no protagonist or recurring character. Each gag has its own set of one time-characters.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: The female partners always have sex.
  • Naughty Nuns: Subverted in one strip, where a nun plays up to the stereotype when she's sexually assaulted by a rapist. When his pants are all the way down she runs away so he falls flat on his face.
  • Nameless Narrative: This gag comic has no recurring characters and thus many remain nameless.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: First of all, this is a gag comic strip series. So there's no continuing story. Second of all, the plot and even the comedy aren't as important as the erotic scenes.
  • One Thing Led to Another: A lot of gags start this way.
  • Open-Fly Gag: There's a comic that uses this gag when a man flirts with an attractive waitress who passes him several notes. It says that his "fondness" for her was apparent because his fly was open and asks him to zip it up. The second note adds when her shift ends.
  • Peace Pipe: One gag features two Indian Maiden bickering with each other. To end their argument they are given the "peace pipe", which is literally a Native American named "Peace" whom they can give a blowjob. (Note "piper" ("to pipe") is French for "giving a man oral pleasure".)
  • The Peeping Tom:
    • There's a gag where a woman in a hotel sunbathes nude underneath several big lights in her room. The bellhop spies on her through the keyhole, which leaves a keyhole-shaped mark over his eye. When she goes down to the lobby, every man in the hotel has a similar mark.
    • There's another gag where a voyeur spies on a naked woman through a keyhole. When she notices him but decides to let him in, he ignores her and proceeds to spy on the empty hallway.
  • Primal Scene: One gag has a child witnessing his mother and father having sex, and later asking them what they were doing. Since he's still too young for The Talk, the mother explains that she was sitting on the father to make his belly flatter. The child then says that wouldn't help anyway, since their female neighbor comes over when the mother isn't home to blow it up again.
  • Print Long-Runners: In publication since 1990.
  • Professionals Do It on Desks: When a gag starts in an office, this is usually what happens next.
  • Quicksand Sucks: One comic involves a young woman wading through the Thirsty Desert before finding herself sinking into a pool of quicksand. Three travellers happen to chance upon her in quick succession. The first two demand fellatio in exchange for rescuing her, but she refuses. Near death, she begs the third traveler to rescue her in exchange for letting him use her body. Upon hearing this, he angrily stomps on her head—he would have gladly rescued a brave young woman, but he preferred to let a skanky woman die.
  • Really Gets Around: Everybody!
  • Russian Roulette: One gag features a variation on this after the standard use. A European explorer challenges an African chief to play a game of Russian Roulette with him. The Chief agrees, but then dares the explorer to a local variant: the explorer must pick one out of a row of six native girls to give him a blowjob. When the explorer notes that this doesn't seem like much of a challenge, the Chief informs him that one of the girls is a cannibal.
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Women are willing to help virgins get deflowered.
  • Sex Comedy: Summarizes this comic strip best.
  • Sex God: Sometimes.
  • Sex Is Cool: Most sex scenes feature young and sexy people and the atmosphere is always naughty, but amusing.
  • Sex Is Good: Certainly for comic book sales...
  • Sex Montage: One comic shows a montage of couples having sex around the globe, except for the last one.
  • Sexual Extortion:
    • One comic features a boss who keeps getting away with demanding sexual favors from his female employees throughout his career. The last however is smart enough to blackmail him after he's done.
    • Another one features a man in 1955 or so confessing to his priest that he saved a Jewish woman from the Gestapo during the war, but demanded sexual favors for giving her food and shelter. The punchline of course being that he asks the priest if he should tell her the war is over.
  • Sleeping Their Way To The Top: In one strip a young woman who has been turned down on many occasions when applying for a job as a secretary decides to change up by just barging into the employer's office, stripping nude while explaining her credentials, and asking if he'll hire her. Another woman then crawls out from under the desk and asks her if she can wait her turn.
  • Something Else Also Rises: One gag has three old men watching a young girl. They are really excited, but depressed since they are physically unable to have sex anymore. One of them starts giggling, despite being apparently unable to get a Raging Stiffie except for once a year. He acknowledges this, but at least he has this annual erection at that very moment.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Three women are discussing going down on their husbands, and two of them noticed something unusual, namely that their balls are cold. The third woman (who happens to be blonde whereas her two friends are brunettes) arrives with a black eye the next week. She explains that she went down on her husband, but then stopped to remark that his balls are warm, whereas those of the two other guys are cold.
  • Their First Time: Also a lot of gags.
  • Trojan Gauntlet: There's a gag where various men buy condoms from a female cashier. They don't know their own size, so she has to, ehm, manually check them by putting her hand down their pants, then broadcasting stuff on the loadspeaker like "Size XL! Isle 3!" or Size M Isle 3!". The punchline comes when an nervous teenager goes to buy condoms: "Cleanup! Isle 3!"
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The women tend to be drawn more attractive than the often dopey looking men.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: There's a comic where a High-Class Call Girl brings a john to her apartment, who is amazed by her collection of classical paintings, academic literature, and refined taste in music. He asks her why a beautiful, intelligent, educated young woman like herself became a prostitute. Her response: "I guess I was just lucky."
  • You Are Who You Eat: One gag feature a couple in a restaurant. Each time the man wants to order something the woman interrupts him and orders carrots or carrot related dishes for him. Eventually the waiter asks her why she does this, to which she answers: "He fucks like a rabbit, so he should eat like a rabbit too."
  • You Need to Get Laid: Characters help each other out with this.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Characters who cheat on their spouse are pretty common in the strips, sometimes but not necessarily involving a Bedroom Adultery Scene.

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