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Comic Strip: 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.
  • 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.
  • Executive Meddling: The publication by instalments of the third album was abruptly cancelled by the weekly Spirou because it was considered too mature for the young readership of the magazine.
  • 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: In Les Innommables, 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.
  • Shout-Out: in Alix's spin off series, she's partnered with a Chinese guy named Eh-Nak.
  • 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.
    • 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".

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alternative title(s): Les Innommables
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