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Comicbook: B.P.R.D.
The original team, from left to right: Johann Kraus, Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, Roger, Kate Corrigan.
A spinoff series of comics set in the Hellboy universe, which picks up after Hellboy leaves the titular Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. The series follows the remaining agents as they continue trying to prevent The End of the World as We Know It, fighting the rapidly multiplying frogmen and confronting several particularly nasty villains. Long story short, it's not working.

It's written by Mike Mignola working together with John Arcudi, and at first illustrated by Guy Davis, whose artwork sets a different tone from the original series. Beginning in 2011, the series was rebranded as BPRD: Hell On Earth. Davis left shortly after, and was replaced by a number of artists, Tyler Crook and James Harren being the most prevalent.


Provides Examples Of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Several miniseries focus on the adventures of regular BPRD field agents—the redshirts of Hellboy. Agent Giarocco has been prevalent in two series now. This becomes increasingly common as the organization begins to lose the superpowered agents in one way or another.
  • Alternate Continuity: Averted. It's still occurring along the same timeline as Hellboy, but despite the scale of events in both series, they virtually never overlap.
  • Amplifier Artifact: the strange plug-thing Liz uses on the mountain-sized Ogdru Hem
  • Apocalypse How:
    • By King of Fear, Regional Class 1s are occurring all over the world. Munich is destroyed by ancient Hyperborean robots, Nebraska gets ravaged by Katha-Hem, Houston is obliterated by a supervolcano, a gigantic crustacean creature is sitting in the Salton Sea and breathing toxic vapors into the atmosphere, and half the Indonesian archipelago's just disappeared. England is also devastated by Hellboy's battle against the Ogdru Jahad.
    • And as of The Return of the Master the ante is upped further with an earthquake that is seemingly felt everywhere on Earth, resulting in dozens of Ogdru Hem popping up all over the world, from New York to Vladivostok. As if that weren't bad enough, the Salton Sea monster has finally started moving, and it's leaving behind eggs.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: In King of Fear', it's been revealed that Abe will also have a role in the end of the world.
  • Artificial Human: Roger the Homunculus.
  • Ascended Extra: Agent Devon goes from being a Mauve Shirt to a vital member of the central team.
  • Astral Projection: Johann Kraus.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Subverted with Roger. They even spend an entire story arc letting you think it's gonna happen.
    • More or less the plot of Return of the Master. Hellboy's Big Bad Rasputin seems to have finally, successfully been resurrected. As he is repelling an attack from the BPRD, Zinco Corporation, unaware Rasputin is alive, try to resurrect him themselves, but inadvertently bring back the Black Flame instead. The ensuing worldwide chaos destroys the real Rasputin's fortress, leaving his fate ambiguous.
    • Karl Ruprecht Kroenen and Leopold Kurtz, the Nazi scientists who died in Wake the Devil, have somehow been brought back to life and are working for Mr. Marsten, Pope's successor as CEO of Zinco, in the latest arcs of Hell on Earth. In their effort to bring back Rasputin, they inadvertently brought back the Black Flame and caused even further global destruction.
  • Badass Bookworm: Kate Corrigan.
  • Badass Normal: Many of the BPRD agents, especially Carla Giarocco.
  • The Beastmaster: Panya can telepathically control non-sentient creatures. This also includes humans who are severely mentally disabled.
  • The Berserker: Agent Howards, after being awoken from his coma, forgoes the BPRD's armor and firearms, and runs screaming into battle with nothing but a broken Hyperborean sword. He is devastatingly effective.
  • Big Bad: The Black Flame, Memnan Saa.
  • Bigger Bad: The Ogdru Jahad.
  • The Blank: Johann, due to his lack of a physical form.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Moreso than Hellboy, for sure. Guy Davis doesn't make much use of gory discretion shots. Killing Ground is especially violent.
  • Captain Ersatz: Mr. Pope is a pretty blatant parody of David Xanatos.
  • Chiaroscuro: When Mignola's doing the art it borders on tenebrism.
  • Clue from Ed.: Used very sparsely, generally to point you out which prior stories a referenced event occurred in. They are not attributed to an editor.
  • Comic Book Time:
    • The only major character who's aged visibly in the nearly two decades since the comic began is Tom Manning, and that may just be due to Guy Davis' different art style.
    • Kate Corrigan also seems to be aging. Guy Davis' art makes Liz look reasonably older, but her birth date's 1962.
    • This was mentioned by a fan in a letter to the editor, who responded with "They look pretty good for their ages, but they're pseudomilitary. They work out."
  • Cosmic Horror Story / Lovecraft Lite: Although the "Lite" is becoming debatable, especially with the Hell on Earth arc.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Daimio, as he appears in New World.
  • Crossover Cosmology: Deities and monsters of classical mythology make regular appearances, while God was responsible for the creation of the (originally non-evil) lovecraft elements mentioned above.
  • Crystal Prison: The Ogru'Jahad's prison.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Liz Sherman.
  • Dark Messiah: this is how Memnan Saa sees himself.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The "War on Frogs" miniseries could count for several agents.
    • "Garden of Souls" is almost completely devoted to Abe Sapien with some supporting action for Daimio.
  • Demon Slaying
  • Demonic Possession: Plays a major part in Daimio's backstory.
  • Deus Ex Nukina: In 1948, the BPRD is sent to investigate the appearance of bizarre monsters immediately after a nuclear test. It's hinted that the nuke somehow opened a portal to an alternate Earth and let the creatures through.
  • Dull Surprise: Liz Sherman's default expression for most of the comics. Justified, as she's supposed to be depressed and heavily medicated due to her tragic past, and in the later BPRD series, she gets better.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Ogdru Jahad and their 369 offspring Ogdru Hem, which are Sadu-Hem and Katha-Hem, among others. H.P. Lovecraft's influence here is no surprise.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Memnan Saa.
  • Extranormal Institute: The BRPD's offices.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The size of an Olympic swimming pool.
  • Fetus Terrible: Mrs. Kihnl's babies in New World, revealed to be more Ogdru Hem.
  • Fish People: Abe Sapien.
  • Geek: Kate Corrigan was the occult/mythology geek in the comics (it was her day job before she joined the BPRD). Recently, Johann Krauss seems to be turning into the evil version of this.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Notably subverted with Daimio. He has hideous scarring along the left side of his head, and is missing an ear and most of his left cheek. Blame the jaguar demon that's now inhabiting his soul.
  • Gratuitous German: Johann Krauss, when he loses his temper. Allmachtiger!
  • Grimmification
  • The Hedonist: Johann in Killing Ground, when he (temporarily) finds a new body, spends as much time as he can working out, masturbating, and eating huge amounts of food (so much that the custodial staff complained he was single-handedly raising their monthly garbage tonnage). Many of the issue's problems could have been solved, and innocent people saved, if he hadn't snuck off-base to carouse with pretty ladies and booze.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Agent Simon Anders' fate in BPRD: Vampire.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Thanks to the vampiric Brezina sisters, Simon Anders has now become a super-vampire determined to wipe out all other vampires from the face of the earth. Even the vampire lords are terrified.
  • Hollow World: The miniseries Hollow Earth.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Hyperborean war machines.
  • Initialism Title
  • Kaiju: Many of the Ogdru Hem are such, skyscraper-sized or larger, burrowing up through the ground and crawling from the ocean to lay waste to many major cities.
  • Kill It with Fire: Liz uses this a lot, obviously. Also, the BPRD usually sends one "flame-thrower guy" with field teams when they expect contact. Most of the abominations can be killed with fire, though not all.
  • Levitating Lotus Position: Liz talks to a Shangri La monk while he's in the Lotus Position three feet off the ground.
  • Love Triangle: A damn weird one in Johann Krauss' past. He fell in love with the ghost of a man's wife he was hired to contact as a spirit medium. Naturally, this did not end well.
  • Masked Luchador: Lobster Johnson (see Show Within a Show, below).
  • Mighty Whitey: Invoked, but ultimately subverted by Martin "Fu Manchu" Gilfryd.
  • A Million is a Statistic: Used and inverted by the protagonists and the antagonists in "The Black Goddess."
  • Mysterious Past: Oh, yeah. The exact amount of mystery varies between characters. Several have even gotten enough plot attention to not be mysterious anymore.
  • Mundane Utility: Liz Sherman lighting her cigarettes with pyrokinesis.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Agent Devon seems to be turning into one.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Frequently, especially the hybrid animals in Garden of Souls.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Given the nature of the series, this is to be expected. In 1946, Bruttenholm and his team have to deal with Vampire-Human hybrids made from injecting the mentally and physically disabled, gay, and other prisoners that the Nazis had rounded up with vampire blood.
    • The leading vampires have concocted a plan for taking over the world, which basically amounts to vampires hiding themselves long enough for mankind to forget how to fight them.
  • Put on a Bus: What the series did to Hellboy. This also happens to Abe in an awesome way in The Dead.
  • Red Shirt: Just about any regular BPRD agent who has the gall to tag along with the main characters on their missions isn't coming back.
  • Shell-Shocked Senior: Captain Ben Daimio. He was dead for three days, wouldn't you be too?
  • Show Within a Show: After his death in 1939, two-fisted adventure hero The Lobster became the subject of a number of these: Pulp Magazine stories, comic books, Film Serials, and finally Mexican movies with The Lobster (or, rather, "Lobster Johnson," the last name taken from the Secret Identity he was given in the pulps) as a Masked Luchador. Compared to his Real Life, they all make for massive cases of Adaptation Decay, and are all considered atrociously terrible, although some people (including Hellboy himself) enjoy them anyway. The existence of these adaptations allow the Hellboy-verse's US government to cover up the existence of the real Lobster (and the fact that he was a spy for them in WWII), and as a further side-effect, the character is more readily known, on both sides of the Fourth Wall, as "Lobster Johnson."
  • Silent Scenery Panel: Lots of close-ups of thematically-important artwork and statuary.
  • Sixth Ranger: While sorting the various agents into roles is a bit tricky, Captain Daimio seems to be a Sixth Ranger. Johann may also qualify.
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: When the Bureau gets its new headquarters, a disaffected nuclear-proof bunker in the mountains, they find an old scientist whose been living there since its was shut down, writing down notes on a typewriter for so long the keys wore out and it punched holes in the paper, he was so far gone he didn't notice. He later releases an Eldritch Abomination into the base thinking it some kind of angelic creature.
  • Spinoff
  • Steam Punk: The robots encasing Langdon Everett Caul's former colleagues in Garden of Souls.
  • Stylistic Suck: See Show Within a Show, above.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Daimio has one, thanks to the aforementioned Demonic Possession. In Killing Ground, it wakes up.
  • The Team Normal: Kate Corrigan.
  • Technology Porn: One word: Helicarrier.
  • The Unmasqued World: Especially as the series continues, and any semblance of secrecy was torn to shreds in The Black Flame, in which a mountain-sized Eldritch Abomination rampages through the central United States and crushes several cities to rubble.
  • Urban Legend: Lobster Johnson, and this is the main reason why all the in-universe stories about him are pulpy and wildly incorrect.
  • Villains Never Lie: During his efforts to win Liz's trust, Memnan Saa points out that nothing he has told her before was untrue.
  • Villain Team-Up: See main article for details.
  • The Virus: One of the more horrific, and common, fates in the series is being transformed into horrible demon-spawn frog monsters. No race, gender or age group is spared. It gets upgraded in King of Fear: The Frogmen are being replaced by hideous four-legged crablike "hammerheads", and the infecting agent is now airborne.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Memnan Saa's primary motivation was to preserve the human race and civilization. He was willing to resort to any means necessary, however, and he even dismissed Kate Corrigan's offer of an alliance between himself and the BPRD by claiming that the latter was not ruthless enough. Of course, his secondary motivation is to rule over the survivors as a god, so there's that too.
    Memnan Saa: Your bureau, your governments, will try to save all of this earth. That is childish! The war has already begun. You believe you've had your victories. You will believe that again. While the truth is, little by little you are losing. So, there is only one question.. a question you will never be able to answer. How much are you willing to lose... to win?
  • Wreathed in Flames: Liz can do this.
  • Wham Line: Near the end of Hell on Earth: Return of the Master.
    Leopold: What is happening?!
    The Black Flame: Everything.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • The BPRD comes down on the wrong side of this question when it fits Roger the Homunculus with a self-destruct.
    • And this comes up in The Black Goddess a bit with Johann.
  • Zorro Mark: Lobster Johnson's lobster claw.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Large swaths of the American countryside are under the effect of an Ogdru Hem's toxic vapor, which turns people into mutant undead. No One's Safe in the Wasteland, where Johann's team has to cross rural Illinois on foot, almost feels like an issue of The Walking Dead.

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