The Scrameustache is a Belgian comic book by author Gos and his son Walt, published by Dupuis and later, by Glénat. It relates the adventures of the titular character, a highly intelligent, genetically engineered animal with the features of both a cat and a monkey. He is often accompanied by Khéna, a teenager human alien abandoned on Earth after his parent's ship was sabotaged, and uncle George, the archaeologist who adopted Khéna.Other recurring characters include the Galaxians, green aliens about the same size of Scrameustache and living on Khéna's home planet, Aktarka, the Ramouchas, mischievous bear-like creatures with electric powers, who subvert pretty much all the time the Bears Are Bad News trope, the Kromoks, a (very) Lighter and Softer version of the Klingons, and the Stixes, a race of scheming aliens.
The Scrameustache provides examples of the following tropes:
Achilles' Heel: Thorgull, a menacing robot warrior from outer space, can easily being disabled by hitting his on/off switch on his chest panel.
Not exactly. This is the recharge mode switch. So hitting the switch only works if he is discharged. He was just stupid enough to use the last of his charge before this.
Doomsday Device: The Sharbakan suffered from constant invasions from the Togons who originate from another continent. The Sharbakan eventually built a device which emit waves that destroy the Togons' cell structure. The wave is completely harmless to other living beings. There's subversion because the emitter is used purely for defense.
Fun with Acronyms: Too many to list, but the most notable one is Scrameustache himself: Sujet Créé par Radiations Artificielles et Manipulations Extra-Utérines Sans Toucher Aux Chromosomes Héréditaires Endogènes. This roughly translate to: Subject created by artificial radiation and ectopic manipulation without affecting Hereditary Endogenous Chromosomes.
Global Currency: Not only aliens use paper currency, but one panel show Galaxians using dollars.
LEGO Genetics: Scrameustache himself. He was created from genes of a Ramoucha, Chatalou (some sort of feline), two different kind of apes and a squirrel. He shows the positive and negative traits from all of his "parents".
Lizard Folk: The Togons. The Accusmalas could count as well even if they serve as mounts and labors for the Stixes. They are sentients, communicate with other characters, understand technology and so forth.
Parental Substitute: Uncle George to Khéna. Professor Najboul acts like one to Scrameustache, since the latter was created in a lab. Later, Yamouth and his wife fill Najboul's role in the origin story.
Psychic Powers: Scrameustache received psychic powers (clairvoyance/clairaudience, empathy, telepathy) during his space training and use them during the series. Tilou and his order of monks. Brédiline and his father's species.
Punny Name: The series is full of them. Uncle George and Khéna's hometown is named Chambon-Les-Roses, which roughly translated to "the roses smell good".
Running Gag: The Galaxians show up unexpectedly, much to uncle George's dismay. Strangers swing-by for a visit and uncle George hides the Galaxians. The Galaxians mess up and are spotted. Uncle George makes up excuses to get rid of the visitors. Uncle George blow-up a fuse and spank the Galaxians.
Taken for Granite: One of Scrameustache beam weapon. It turns the subject victim in a salt statue for a limited period of time.
Talking Animal: Scrameustache, although he didn't talk until a biologist altered his vocal cords. Also, the people from Aktarka have technology that give the gift of speech to animals.
Team Pet: Uncle George and Khéna's pet dog Waterloo. Scrameutache's robot guard dog, Tobor, who looks like a robotic mini-brontosaurus.
Telepathy: The Ramouchas are capable of this with training and guidiance from Scrameustache. Khéna's mother has been sending telepathic messages to his son through time.
The Cameo: Papyrus, another Belgian comic book character, show up in one panel during a time travel episode. Characters from Les Petits Hommes also show up in a Cross Over.
The Great Flood: Because of Atlantis meddling with Earth's second moon's orbit, an asteroid collided with it, causing massive meteor showers that destroyed Atlantis and flooded the Earth. A second flood was due to happen in the future, past the 21st century, but our heroes prevented it.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Chatalou, one of Scrameustache's guardians ran away and was never seen again. No one ever bother to look for her, including Scrameustache himself.
Prince Chilmac's fate after the Togons' defeat.
What the Hell, Hero?: At the end of the third album, because of his brother disappearance, Yamouth wants to adopt his nephew Khéna with the council approval. Scrameustache steps in with a gun and threaten to have strategic places blown remotely. He wanted to force Yamouth and the council to reconsider the adoption. He also remind everyone that Khéna has a say in the matter and still has an adopted uncle back on Earth. Point taken, but was the gun and the threats truly necessary?
Goloc using the Greys to age Lila from a 10 years old girl to 25, robbing her of her childhood. He wanted to return the princess to her people who worshiped her as a legend. The age acceleration was done so Lila would have the same age as she does in the legend. After her initial shock and much explanation, Lila was... OK with that.