Comic Book / The Scrameustache

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The Scrameustache is a Belgian comic book by author Gos and his son Walt, published by Dupuis and later, by Glenat. 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 Khena, a teenager human alien abandoned on Earth after his parent's ship was sabotaged, and uncle George, the archaeologist who adopted Khena.

Other recurring characters include the Galaxians, green aliens about the same size of Scrameustache and living on Khena'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.

Has a 3D animated TV series adaptation in the works. The trailer can be found here.

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.
  • Action Girl: Pilili. When the Kromoks ransacked her house, she picks up a rifle and shoot at them. Brediline knows martial arts.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Usually involves the Galaxians with the main characters making a small cameo.
  • Air-Vent Passageway
  • Alien Abduction: How Scrameustache and Khena met the first time. Normally, Scrameustache will just freeze or paralyze an intruder that get too close. When Khena proved to be immune to these effects, Scrameustache decided to kidnap him to learn why.
  • All Trolls Are Different: In two volumes, trolls are introduced, but their appearance, behavior and culture are much closer to traditional dwarves.
  • Ancient Astronauts: A major theme in the series. Several ancient civilizations had ties with aliens such the Incas or the Olmecs.
  • And This Is For...: When Galaxian accidently hit Uncle George's car, the hatch fell on his back. Uncle George then gave the Galaxian a spanking.
    Uncle George: This for my back! This is for the car! And this is for you!.
  • Anti Gravity:
    • Scrameustache wears an anti-gravity belt. If he falls from great height, the belt will safely slow his descent.
    • The Galaxians carry Anti Gravity's pistols. When shot, the victim will be paralyzed and float in the air.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 2 thanks to the people of Atlantis.
  • Arch-Enemy: The wizard Falzar is closest thing to an archnemesis to Scrameustache. They met more than once before the start of the series and Falzar's infamy is well known among the Galaxians.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Uncle George refuse to believe that Santa Claus and tiny leprechaun-sized Human Alien exist, despite the fact that he has an alien living in his house, met a ghost and witnessed magic firsthand.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: The Galaxian Princess toward a nameless medic. Later, the same medic gets hit by the Galaxian Prince.
  • Arranged Marriage: Falzarine and the Renegade marriage is set up by the Galaxian Elders. She is thrilled while he's not happy as he finds her repulsive.
  • Art Evolution: Noticeable on the first volumes.
  • Art Shift: In the third volume, when we're first introduced to Pilili, she looks like a little girl. A few panels later, she looks like the same age as her cousin Khena.
  • Atlantis: The continent of Atlantis existed 12000 years ago. Its people were highly advanced technologically and magically. The core of their civilization was the Crystal of Atlantis which was worshiped religiously.
  • Bad Future: Our heroes travel in the year 2857 where nuclear cataclysm has destroyed much of the environment, leaving nothing but desert wastelands with very few parches of green spaces.
  • Bald of Evil: Ener Sleihcim is bald and is not a very good man. He sabotaged Khena's parents flying saucer so he could usurp his job. This caused Khena to be left behind on Earth and his parents to disappeared without a trace.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Falzar favorite form of attack is to change people into half-animals.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Scrameustache and the gang came face-to-face with an angry black bear in the forest of Quebec. M. Paradis knew the bear and tried to calm it down, except the beast was being mind-controlled by alien invaders.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Lila is beautiful while her rival, Ivagora, is ugly. Guess which one is good?
  • Berserk Button:
    • Seriously Khena, don't ever insult Iridia's father in front of her. And the Galaxians should know better than to annoy Uncle George.
    • Provoke any Figueuleuses with naming-calling and they'll retaliate violently against you.
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • Black Bead Eyes: Varies inconsistently between this trope and cartoon eyes, sometimes with the same characters.
    • Played With sometimes to show emotion or shock, though there are some characters with which they are never used.
  • Bridge Bunnies: A very mild example, Iridia.
  • Butt Monkey: Uncle George is the frequent target of Scrameustache, the Galaxians and other aliens' mischief.
  • 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 Crossover.
  • Canada, Eh?: Alien Invasion in Quebec led by the Stixes. Although, they were behind the invasion, none of them were seen.
  • The Chosen One: Uncle George, much to his shock, is chosen to be the savior of humanity from a cataclysm that will wipe out all life on Earth. Luckily for him, his friends are here to help him.
  • Cloning Blues: Scrameustache gets cloned in one story. The clone is less intelligent and more mischievous.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The color of the Galaxians' jumpsuit indicate their function and rank, although some colors are used for multiple roles.
    • Purple: Chief.
    • Red: Bridge Bunny, Communications Officer, security guard.
    • Blue: Mechanic.
    • Green: Electronics
    • Yellow: Ecologist, wet nurse.
    • White: Medic, nurse, cook.
    • Orange: Astronaut, firefighter.
    • Brown: Quartermaster.
    • Pink: Special force.
    • Gray: Prisoner.
  • Cool Starship: Several.
  • Colony Drop: 12000 years ago, an asteroid collided with Earth's second moon. The debris fell on Earth causing a gigantic flood that destroyed Atlantis and most life on Earth.
  • Cool Sword: Thorgull's sword. It was forged by trolls with an alien metal. It's still in good condition after many centuries.
  • The Comically Serious: Uncle George is always serious and has to constantly endure the aliens' antics.
  • Crossover: There was a intertwined story between the Scrameustache and another Belgian comic book, Les Petits Hommes. You have to read both stories to fully understand what happened.
  • Curse: After accidentally offending a Norse God, uncle George has a viking helmet stuck on his head. While doing some research, they discovered that this curse was also afflicted to a Viking centuries ago. The helm will only detach itslef after death.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Tobor as a single red eye.
  • Deflector Shields: Most Ships and even houses are equipped with anti-matter shields. Scrameustache's home planet is protected by a massive one to repel the war-like Kromoks who live on one of the planet's moon.
  • Demoted to Extra: Khena's family on his home planet. The Galaxians replace them as the frequent alien visitors.
  • Detonation Moon: 12000 years ago, Lunica, Earth's second moon get destroyed by an asteroid.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: Happens between a Galaxian and a Figueuleuse. Seriously, it's a kids' comic book.
  • Distress Ball: Khena needs rescuing from Scrameustache quite a lot, although there is one case where their roles are reversed.
  • Does Not Like Shoes:
    • Scrameustache, although he wears shoes during winter or in space.
    • All the Kromoks.
    • All the Figueuleuses. Since they all live in a tropical island near the beach, it's understandable.
  • 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' cellular structure. The wave is completely harmless to other living beings. There's subversion because the emitter is used purely for defense.
  • The Dragon: Falzar to Satic, his creator.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Female Galaxians are terrible drivers, whether it's piloting a spaceship or a Hover Car.
  • Driven to Madness: On the planet Aktarka, there's a waterfall whose fumes will cause anyone who breathe them to go insane. Ener becomes its victim and thinks he is a Napolean-like galactic conqueror. He is taken away by asylum personal.
  • Easily Conquered World: The Sharbakan's homeland had little to no resistance when the Togons conquered them. Ironically, the Sharbakan have a Doomsday Device to repel their enemy. They thought that the Togons' fear of the weapon alone would be enough to protect them, so they disbanded their army. They were wrong. Upon learning of this from a traitor, the Togons launched a surprise attack, giving no time for the Sharbakan to power the weapon.
  • Emergency Impersonation: Khena replaces Triocca so the latter can escape without arousing his jailers' suspicions.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Renegade was frustrated by Scrameustache tampered his every move, so he set his gun to maximum power and fired on him. One of the escaped convict yelled a warning to Scrameustache who ducked just in time. The Renegade made his escape while the convict surrendered. He believes that the Renegade has crossed the line and his violent methods were too extreme.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Galaxian known as The Renegade. Formerly known as The Cheater. They still refer him as The Renegade even after his reform.
    • In fact, every Galaxians are referred by their titles/jobs unless the plot says otherwise.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Iridia, Lila, from another planet and Atlantis respectively. There's also the Galaxian Princess who's unnamed.
  • Evil Prince: Prince Chilmac who betrayed his own people, the Sharbakan, to the Togons.
  • Fainting: Iridia when seeing Khena for the first time.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: All large ships are capable of going faster to one place to another.
  • Flying Car: Used by various aliens.
  • Flying Saucer: Scrameustache's spaceship is a flying saucer. It was specifically commissioned for his size by his commanding officer. In the past, these ships were common place in Scrameustache's home planet, but now he is the only one seen with one. The Galaxians eventually built their own flying saucers, albeit a completely different model.
  • Foreshadowing: They were many hints in the first story that Khena was an alien:
    • As a toddler, Khena was found abandoned in the ruins of a village in Peru. No one knew who he was and he got there.
    • Khena looked like a typical Caucasian, not South-American.
    • In his childhood, Khena kept saying that aliens and spaceships existed. An exasperated and skeptical uncle George took years to convince him that they weren't real.
    • His medallion protected him from some alien weapons. When Scrameustache noticed the symbols on the medallion, he was shocked. Khena tried to ask him about it, but Scrameustache changed the subject.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The Galaxians and several aliens.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The Galaxian Cheater. He was just a lowly electronic technician and not a very competent one. After he got hit by a beam that increased his intelligence and became known as the Renegade, the most dangerous criminal mastermind that the Galaxians ever known.
  • 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.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Thorgull's eyes will glow yellow.
  • Going Native: Khena's parents when they are stranded in 16th century Europe. Khena's father worked in a apothecary while his mother was forced to become a housewife.
  • The Good King: Iridia's father, the King of Sharbakan. While he can take foolish decisions, he rules with the best intentions for the good of his people.
  • Great Escape: The Renegade's escape from jail is spectacular by Galaxians' standards, but not so much by human standards. Crime is very uncommon in Galaxian society and prison punishments are equally light. During the day, convicts are assigned menial chores in the city and go to their assigned tasks unsupervised and unguarded. During the evening, they must return to their cells. The Renegade and his accomplices easily managed to smuggle the tools they need to short out the alarm, bend a fence and hijack a ship.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The Kromoks are wearing nothing but a tunic and an occasional helm for officers.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Golok and Lila's daughter, Brediline. She looks mostly human with her father's blue eyes.
  • Happily Adopted: Khena has been adopted twice: First by a Peruvian who found him abandoned in the ruins of a village. Second by Uncle George.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Renegade started off as a petty cheater, who was jerk and not very competent. After an experiment gave in superior intelligence, he became a dangerous criminal mastermind. His finance, Falzarine, restored him to normal and he was no longer evil, although he was still a jerk. After Falzarine gave him a love potion, he mellowed down considerably.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Falzarine can be morally ambiguous. She has a fondness for Falzar, whom she calls her "spiritual father". She sprung him out of imprisonment once and helped entrapping him after he caused too much trouble. Later in the series, Falzarine tried to have him released again, allying with the Galaxians' sworn enemies, the Kromoks and the Stixes in the process. She get jail time for this, but much later in the series, she's back leading an uneventful civilian life with her husband.
  • Horny Vikings: Ragnar the Cursed is a viking wearing a typical horny viking helm.
  • Hover Tank: Used by the Togons.
  • Human Aliens: Several alien civilizations are made of humans. Some are descendants from people of Atlantis who fled the Earth.
  • Human Popsicle: Princess Lila escaped the destruction of Atlantis in a shuttle and was put in cryogenic sleep. Unfortunately, her ship was hit and crashed inside a mountain before she could make it to orbit. While her capsule was unharmed, she slept undisturbed for 12000 years. When she was unwillingly defrosted, her health deteriorated rapidly despite the Galaxians' advanced medicine. It's only with the help of the mysterious Greys' power that she recovered.
  • Identical Stranger: Prince Triocca look ridiculously like Khena despite living on another planet.
  • Idiot Ball: Khena. He makes many unwise decisions that lead to his rescuing or things to be broken. Although it could attributed to his young age, as he is less experience in space travel and adventuring than Scrameustache.
  • Idiot Hair: Similar to Tintin, Khena's hair stick up in the air.
  • Interspecies Romance: Golok and Lila.
  • Kill Sat: Used by the Kromoks to conquer Khena's home planet. It can also be redirected to fire on spaceships.
  • La Résistance: The Sharbakan civilians fight off against the Togons, after the latter successfully invaded of their homeland.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Prince Chilmac has betrayed his own people and helped the invading Togons take over his kingdom.
  • 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".
  • Limited Wardrobe: Khena and uncle George are always seen with the same clothes. The latter can sometime be seen with different clothes for archaeological digs or gardening.
  • Little Green Men: The Galaxians.
  • Living MacGuffin: Princess Iridia and prince Triocca both serve as this. They are needed because their handprints are needed to open a secured door to their Doomsday Device.
  • 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.
  • Lost Technology: Many abandoned technologies are found in temples built by old civilizations or Ancient Astronauts. The moon also has strange installations to accommodate starships.
  • Love at First Sight: Justified with Falzarine and the soon-to-be-crowned-princess of the Galaxians. They were created magically and programmed to fall in love with the first person they set their eyes on.
  • Love Potion: Used by Falzarine to make her husband, the Renegade, love her. It may also have contributed to make him less irritable.
  • Luminescent Blush: Believe it or not, it happened to uncle George. When, Ulla, an archaeologist, wanted to dig in George's property, he gave his authorization. She was so thrilled that she gave him a smooch, causing him to have red line on his face.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Stixes make use of them although only once. The Tic-Tac brothers has also many robots for security and menial tasks.
  • Medieval Morons: Invoked by Uncle George and predictably, our heroes gets in trouble because of them.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: Inverted. Sorbon is rare mineral which cause ships to malfunction when mixed in their engines.
  • Mind over Matter: Khena's sister Berengre, although, it's unclear if her powers are permanent after receiving the Applied Phlebotinum.
  • Motive Decay: In Falzar's first appearance, he enslaved humans so they would rebuild a lost cromlech that would to enhance his magical powers. In his second, he wanted revenge on the Galaxians for hurting his spiritual daughter Falzarine. His scheme is transforming a trio Figueuleuses into false female Galaxians and have them sleep with male Galaxians so they would catch STD. Really.
  • Mutants: Descendants of irradiated. They have no superpowers, they just have ingrate physique.
  • Narrating the Obvious: In nearly every stories where Ramouchas display their electrical powers, the narrator will explain that these ape-like creatures have the innate ability to shock people, much like electric eels. Anyone who's been following the series for years or are familiar with science-fiction will quickly get fed up with these reminders.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The unnamed lady in one short. After being accidentally insulted by the chief of police and Uncle George and threatened by bank robbers later, she gave them the beating of a lifetime with her purse.
  • Nice Hat: Falzar is always wearing a hat wherever he goes.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Khena flew the saucer solo for the first time and Scrameustache was flying another ship. An unknown military alien ship came by and didn't know anything about those two. The captain ordered a warning shot fired to see their reactions. Khena reacted immediately by firing back, prompting Scrameustache to call him out as this wasn't the way to handle things. The captain interpreted this as hostility and ordered no quarter to be giving.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The series mix aliens, magic, fairies, ghosts, time travel, archaeology, Cupid and Santa Claus just to name a few.
  • No Name Given: Practically every Galaxians are not named. Khena's mother and Yamouth's wife names were never revealed.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: A robot warrior, Thorgull got shorted out by rain despite being technologically advanced and from outer space.
    • He was surprised when discovering that water could fall from the sky, so maybe he comes from a very dry world. Also, the short out was not immediate and he had time to find cover.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Every Figueuleuses have blue eyes to reflect their magical powers.
  • Obviously Evil:
  • Off Model: Later releases have more occurrences where characters have the wrong height, faces not looking right compared to past comics, starships are less detailed and sceneries lack depth or perspective. This is justified as Word of God is no longer in his youth.
    • The Giant of Imenoc is a particularly bad offender as many pages are drawn wrong. One example is Thibaut's upper body is fine, but his legs are noticeably shorter.
  • Old Master: Master Whu, Tilou's mentor.
  • One-Gender Race: The Figueuleuses.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Snopsy. After his death, his astral double is transfered into a small statue. While he has many abilities related to ghosts, he is technically not an Undead.
  • Out of Focus: Uncle George is seen less when the Galaxians made their debut. He even made less appearances as we the series goes on.
  • Papa Bear: Professor Najboul's ramoucha is very protective of the baby Scrameustache.
  • Parental Substitute: Professor Najboul acts like one to Scrameustache, since the latter was created in a lab. Later, Najboul's ramoucha becomes its surrogate father. Much later, Yamouth and his wife took over this role.
  • The Plague: The town in 16th century where Khena's family is staying is hit by a plague. His father and brother are infected and the only way to save them is to bring them back to the future.
  • Plot Coupon: Two keys used to power a Doomsday Device that will save the Sharbakan from invading Togons. As a bonus, the first key is already in Iridia's possession.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Khena first contact with the Galaxians was disastrous. He was flying Scrameustache's saucer solo and the Galaxians hailed him. When Khena wouldn't reply out of suspicion, the Galaxians assumed his radio was down, so one of them sent a light signal. Khena interpreted this as an aggression and opened fire. One galaxian ship was shot down and crashed on the streets below. The authorities seize the Galaxian and his ship.
  • Power Crystal: The Crystal of Atlantis
  • 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. Brediline and his father's species.
  • Punny Name: The series is full of them. Uncle George and Khena's hometown is named Chambon-Les-Roses, which roughly translated to "the roses smell good".
  • Purple Is Powerful: Galaxian chiefs wear purple jumpsuits.
  • Really Gets Around: All the Figueuleuses (well the young ones anyway). Whenever they show up, male Galaxians are flocking at their feet and it is heavily imply that they end up in their beds.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Trichtol has Najboul arrested, he ordered the Scrameustache found and killed. Yamouth stepped-in and says he will not shoot any animal unless they are threatened.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Renegade becomes more intelligent through an experiment and becomes much more evil than usual. His eyes also turn red.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Togons. They are yellow skinned Lizard Folk and live in a conqueror-like civilization.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Iridia and Prince Triocca took an active part in the resistance against the Togons.
  • 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.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: "Tobor" is "Robot" backward.
  • She Is All Grown Up: A very bizarre case. Princess Lila was a young girl when she met Khena in the past. After the destruction of Atlantis, Lila's spaceship could not escape Earth and was buried under tons of rocks, while she remained in stasis. 12000 years later, our heroes found her, but some meddling aliens revived her and sped up her age. Lila was grown into a beautiful adult woman, but was completely shocked to see her youth being robbed. This was done so Khena's would not fall in love with her because of their age difference.
  • Shock and Awe: The Ramouchas has the innate ability to shock someone with electricity.
  • Shout-Out: In the latter books, the Force is mentioned and some characters use it. One even says verbatim "May the Force be with you".
  • Smug Snake: Trichtol used his influence to have professor Najboul arrested for illegal experiments, namely, the creation of the Scrameustache. When Najboul's trial began, Scrameustache insulted Trichtol's pride by saying he was jealous of Najboul because he failed at his own researchs. Trichtol was enraged and assaulted Scrameustache, destroying his credibility. Najboul was cleared of all charges and Trichtol's own trial has begun.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The Renegade's gang only has one female convict.
  • Sore Loser The Galaxian known as "The Cheater". He's ill-tempered and a jerkass. He wanted to win the Prince of Galaxian title by tampering with the computer that counted the votes. When his scheme was uncovered, he decided to steal the future Galaxian Princess from the Galaxian Prince so he could still win something. When that didn't work, he kicked the princess, while she was still a bean, in the cold waters.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The Galaxians after their initial debut. It gets to a point where stories revolved around them with Scrameustache and Khena as secondary characters.
  • Start of Darkness: Falzar's origins is shown in story where a Mad Scientist named Satic created a double body of himself. Unfortunately, due to an accident, the body end up with a bird-like head mixed with cat features. Not wanting to let go to waste, he gave him magic powers and named him Falzar, "the Wizard of the Great Bear" (named after the Ursa Major constellation).
  • STD Immunity: Averted with the Figueuleuses. Whenever Galaxians would sleep with them, it's nearly guarantee they'll get STD: their antennaes will become malformed.
  • Stealth in Space: After Scrameustache's saucer gets an upgrade from the Galaxians, it's now capable of cloaking.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Scrameustache's red helmet house a beam emitter that act as a paralyzing ray, a petrification beam, a tractor beam, a flashlight or a heat lamp. All those are controlled with his brainwaves.
  • Symbol Swearing
  • Taken for Granite: One of Scrameustache's beam weapons. 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 can give the gift of speech to animals.
  • Team Pet: Uncle George and Khena's pet dog Waterloo. Scrameutache's robot guard dog, Tobor, who looks like a robotic mini-apatosaurus.
  • Telepathy: The Ramouchas are capable of this with training and guidance from Scrameustache. Khena's mother has been sending telepathic messages to his son through time.
  • 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.
  • The Greys: The Greys are mysterious even to other aliens. They are elusive, have hypnotic powers and their technology seem to be superior to the Galaxians. While they are not malevolent, most people are suspicious of their secretive nature. It's later revealed that they wear masks and have human-like faces.
  • The High Queen: Lila, when she's crowned queen of Atlantis II.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The Scrameustache's flying saucer isn't equipped with this, but many other ships has them.
  • Time Travel: Several stories.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • The Scrameustache started out as a helpless intelligent animal. After he learns to speak, he trains as an astronaut and learn how to defend himself.
    • The Cheater who will become known as The Renegade. After being hit with an experimental beam, his intelligence increased tenfold, turning him into a dangerous criminal mastermind.
  • Tractor Beam: Oddly, tractor beams are used to transport people and cargo like an elevator. When they need to tow a ship, they instead use "magnetic harpoons".
  • Trapped in the Past: Khena's parents. They adjusted to the Renaissance's era and had two children who were completely unaware of their true origins.
  • Trojan Horse: The Kromoks' successful hijack of a Galaxian ship is the result of this trope. In another story, Scrameustache makes use of this trope against the Kromoks who in turn fell for it.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Stixes abducted Scrameustache when he was still just a baby animal. When he grew up, the Stixes went after him again thinking he was an easy prey. Now an accomplished astronaut, Scrameustache used his abilities to disable the Stixes who kept their guard down.
  • Unobtainium:
    • Thorgull's energy source is some strange alien metal. He forces the Troll smiths to forge it into a sword, so it would be more practical to carry around.
    • The crystal of Atlantis. Used to power their ships and power other technologies.
  • Unpaused: Happens quite often when Scrameustache petrify people in salt statue. Hilarity Ensues when the effects wear off.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: All the Figueuleuses have different exotic hair color.
  • War Is Hell: One alien civilization fell into civil war. With their technology gone, people don't even know how raised cattle or plant crops anymore.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Chatalou, one of Scrameustache's guardians ran away and was never seen again. No one ever bothered to look for her, including Scrameustache himself.
    • Prince Chilmac's fate after the Togons' defeat.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Because of his brother disappearance, Yamouth wants to adopt his nephew Khena with the council approval. Scrameustache stepped in with a gun and demanded the proceeding stop. He also threaten to have strategic places blown-up by his Ramouchas if they don't cooperate. Scrameustache reminded everyone that Khena has a say in the matter and that he still has an adopted uncle back on Earth. Point taken, but was the gun and the threats truly necessary? One councilman called him out.
    • Golok 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.
  • Weather-Control Machine: One of the Kromoks and the Stixes' latest scheme against the Galaxians.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Uncle George. His adopted son is a Human Alien and has a Talkinganimal living in his house. He also met a wizard, a ghost, different races of aliens. His life's work as an archaeologist was probably thrown out of the window because of strong evidence Ancient Astronauts.
  • When the Planets Align: Somewhere in the future, when the planets will aligned, the long buried Crystal of Atlantis will amplify the gravity pull and cause a massive wave in the ocean that will wipe out all the continents. Scrameustache and his friends traveled through time to prevent this.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The origins of Scrameustache is finally told in the 18th volume. It's full of Continuity Nod toward past issues.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Apparently, time flows faster on Atlantis II than on Earth. So far, it's the only known place in space to behave like this.
  • Zeerust: Technologically advanced aliens use analog controls, huge boxy display monitors, bulky cameras photos, wired telephones, video tapes, paper currency and the list goes on.

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