Flupke (left) and Quick (right).Quick and Flupke
(Quick et Flupke
) is a Belgian comic strip drawn and written by Hergé, best known as the creator of Tintin
. It's his second best known comic book series, but never reached the same universal popularity Tintin did.Quick & Flupke
is a gag comic in which two little boys are the protagonists. Quick is the elder of the two and always wears a beret and a red sweater. Flupke is a bit smaller and always wears a green coat and a long scarf. They live in Brussels and like playing pranks on everybody, including their Arch-Enemy
, police officer "Agent 15".
Quick and Flupke provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adolf Hitlarious: Some 1930s gags poked fun at Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. After World War II, these innocent jokes suddenly weren't that funny anymore and thus no longer appear in the official album series. For Hergé they were an Old Shame.
- Affectionate Nickname: Flupke's official name is actually Philippe. The name "Flup" is a Flemish derivation of this name. The suffix "-ke" is a Belgian diminutive that means as much as "little, tiny, small". Thus "Flupke" is "little Flup". This also implies that he might be Flemish.
- Amusing Injuries
- Animated Adaptation: In 1983–85, an animated cartoon series was made for television.
- Anti-Hero: Quick and Flupke are misbehaving children.
- Arch-Enemy: Agent 15.
- Author Existence Failure: Since Hergé's death, the series has been terminated.
- Black Comedy: In one gag Quick and Flupke die as result of an explosion and end up as angels in Heaven.
- Bottle Episode: All episodes take place in Brussels and usually in the streets.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Quick and Flupke are often seen breaking the fourth wall.
- Butt Monkey: Agent 15.
- Comic Book Time: Nobody ages.
- Creator Cameo: In one gag, Flupke goes skiing and hits the frame of the page. He then visits Hergé and beats him up out of revenge.
- In another gag Hergé is kidnapped by his characters and forced to promise that he will no longer take the monkey out of them in each episode.
- Frozen in Time: All gags take place during the 1930s, the time the comic strip was made.
- Funetik Aksent: Quick's handwriting is full of spelling mistakes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Quick and Flupke are always seen together.
- Karma Houdini: Interestingly enough, Quick and Flupke are not always punished for their bad behaviour.
- Limited Wardrobe: In one gag Flupke is even angry about the fact that Hergé keeps drawing him with a scarf... even in summer!
- Man Child: Agent 15
- In one gag Quick and Flupke play leapfrog. Agent 15 can't resist the temptation and joins in.
- In another gag he catches Flupke drawing a doodle of him on the side of a wall. He demands to have the crayon and then draws himself arresting Flupke.
- Meddlesome Patrolman: Agent 15 always interferes or tries to interfere with Quick and Flupke's actions.
- Minimalist Cast: Apart from Quick, Flupke and Agent 15 there are no notable recurring characters.
- Name and Name: Quick and Flupke
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Several gags have Quick and Flupke accidentally breaking something then trying to get it back together again, with often disastrous results.
- In one gag they saw a book case and had the impression that the books were in danger of being full of mold. They use a hair dryer, a hot iron and then glue everything back together.
- No Name Given: We never learn the kids' last names, nor Agent 15's real name.
- Police Are Useless: Agent 15 is just as childish as Quick and Flupke.
- The Prankster
- Real Dreams Are Weirder: Just like in Tintin the dream sequences are pretty surreal.
- Screwy Squirrel
- The Smart Guy: Quick. He reads a lot and is often dedicated to his studies.
- The Thirties: All gags were published in this decade.
- The Trickster