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'''Suske en Wiske''' (''Spike and Suzy'' in English) is a [[PrintLongRunners long-running]] (since 1945) Flemish comic book series,. It was created by Willy Vandersteen (1913-1990), and since his death, a dedicated team of writers and artists have continued publishing new stories. It's aimed at children, but adults have enjoyed it too over the years.

The series started with a young girl named Louise (nicknamed "Wiske"), who lived with her brother Rikki and their aunt Sidonia. After their first adventure, ''Rikki en Wiske in Chocowakije'', Rikki [[BrotherChuck vanished from the series]], and Wiske was instead joined by the young boy Franciscus Antigoon of Amoras (nicknamed "Suske"), who was adopted into her family.

Other characters include:

* '''Lambik''': The BreakOutCharacter of the series. A TooDumbToLive middle aged man who is somewhat of a SmallNameBigEgo. Sidonia's [[WillTheyOrWontThey love interest]] when the plot calls for it.
* '''Jerom''': A [[AllCavemenWereNeanderthals thawed-out caveman]] who is the WorldsStrongestMan. Lambik's best friend.
* '''Professor Barabas''': An intelligent, but AbsentMindedProfessor whose inventions often steer the plot, especially his time machine, which allows for TimeTravel stories.
* '''Schanulleke''': Wiske's rag doll, who magically comes to life in a few issues.
* '''Sus Antigoon''': Suske's ancestor, an OffTheWagon ghost powered by alcohol.
* '''Arthur''': Lambik's [[LongLostRelative long lost twin]], who, thanks to the sap of a plant, can fly.
* '''Krimson''': The main villain. He is assisted by a butler, Achiel, who feeds him pills whenever he loses his temper.
* '''Anne Marie & Pa Van Zwollem''': A rich young landlady who lives in a castle with her CloudCuckooLander father. They appear in a few albums, here and there and are considered to be friends of the cast.

''Suske en Wiske'' is the most popular comic strip in Flanders and the Netherlands and has been translated in many languages across the globe. The stories are often inspired by fantasy elements, {{Folklore}} and history. Many albums are still considered classics, especially the stories Vandersteen drew for the youth magazine Franchise/{{Tintin}}. The series' popularity [[FollowTheLeader caused other Flemish newspapers to start their own comic strips]], hence the creation of ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}, ComicBook/PietPienterEnBertBibber'' and ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}''.

From the very start, ''"Suske and Wiske"'' has had a strong moralistic undertone, which increased over the years. In 1972, Vandersteen handed over the series to his successors. ''Suske en Wiske'' has lent its name to countless merchandise, including a puppet series on TV, an animated series, two stage musicals, a SoBadItsGood live-action film, ''De Duistere Diamant'' (2004), a 3-D animated movie, ''De Texasrakkers'' (2009), a short-lived comic book magazine, and so on.

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!!This series provides example of:

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Characters sometimes do impossible things with their arms and legs. Usually for one gag.
* AbsenteeActor: In some of the older Suske en Wiske stories Lambik or either Sidonia were sometimes absent, despite having been added to the main cast already. Vandersteen was still experimenting with his characters in those days and sometimes tried having Suske, Wiske and Lambik going alone on adventure, other times tried to have Sidonia and the children do the same, without Lambik.
* ActionMom: Tante Sidonia, despite being Suske and Wiske's ''adoptive'' mother.
* AdventuresInTheBible: "De Kale Kapper" (''The Bald Barber'')
* AlienInvasion: The aliens in "De Gezanten Van Mars", "De Stervende Ster", "De Wolkeneters" (''The Envoys of Mars, The Dying Star, The Cloud-Eaters'')
* AlliterativeTitle: One of the series' most iconic traits. A lot of "Suske and Wiske" titles have alliterative titles. Interestingly, this became prominent only after Vandersteen's influence on the comic started to fade. Most classic stories avert it completely. After Vandersteen retired, nearly every story got an alliterative title. These days it's being downplayed somewhat.
* AllJustADream: A hypnotist sends Suske, Wiske and Lambik into a dream adventure in "De Tartaarse Helm" (''The Tartan Helmet'') and they get so caught up in the adventure that they eventually forget that they are dreaming.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: In "De Schat van Beersel" an identical looking triplet plays an important role.
* AmusingInjuries: Usually Lambik, Jerom and the villains.
* AncientRome: Story location in "Het Geheim Van De Gladiatoren" en "De Nerveuze Nerviërs".
* AnimalAssassin: Used in "De Scherpe Schorpioen" and "De Gouden Circel".
* AnimateInanimateObject: Vitamitje the living car.
** A chair comes alive in "De Geverniste Zeerovers" (''The Varnished Pirates'').
** Living trees in "De Koning Drinkt" (''The King Drinks'')
** Playing cards come alive in "De Kaartendans" (''The Dance of cards'')
** Objects come alive in "De Sputterende Spuiter" (''The Sputtering Gusher'')
** Characters from paintings come alive in "Het Spaanse Spook", "De Raap van Rubens", "De Dulle Griet", "Het Rijmende Paard" (''The Spanish Ghost, The Apprentice of Rubens, The Warrior Waif, The Rhyming Horse'')
* AnAesop: Nearly all stories have one, in varying degrees of [[{{Anvilicious}} anviliciousness]]. Vandersteen's comics promoted a fairly conservative, GoodOldWays-heavy message, while later stories switched to [[GreenAesop GreenAesops]] instead.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Many of the later albums end with a message to the readers, usually hoping that the world will change for the better.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Lambik is saved from being killed by Native Americans in "Bibbergoud" (''Shivergold''), but has to marry an old hag who fancies him.
* AntiHero: Lambik and Wiske, who both have many bad traits, but still have a heart of gold.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: When the characters travel back in the time the people they encounter often use old fashioned words and expressions, typical of that time period.
** Vandersteen also enjoyed puns, rhyme, alliterations, abbreviations and used them as a source for comedy.
* ArabianNightsDays: Used as plot basis for "Prinses Zagemeel". (''Princess Sawdust'').
* ArabOilSheikh: Main character in "Sjeik El Rojenbiet".
* ArtEvolution: The oldest albums were very crudely drawn. When Vandersteen wanted to publish ''Suske en Wiske'' in Creator/{{Herge}}'s magazine "Tintin" he was asked to change his style completely because it was simply too ugly. Vandersteen agreed. Later many of his earlier work was completely redrawn, although some stories were kept in the style they were originally created in.
* ArtImitatesArt: In "Het Spaanse Spook" the characters are zapped into Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder's "Peasant Wedding". In "Het Rijmende Paard" Anthony Van Dyck's painting of "St. Martin" is brought to live, while the same happens to Bruegel's "De Dulle Griet" in "De Dulle Griet".
* ArtInitiatesLife: Characters from paintings are brought alive in "De Dulle Griet", "Het Rijmende Paard", "De Raap van Rubens". (''The Warrior Waif, The Rhyming Horse, The Apprentice of Rubens'').
* ArtisticLicenseAnatomy: Wiske has a literal ''egghead'' and her hair is held together in a weird way. Jerom has a large chest, but very thin legs. Tante Sidonia is so thin that she is able to hide herself behind lamp posts in such a way that you're unable to see her.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Very stereotyped and/or outdated ideas of certain exotic countries can be found, including Japanese still living in the days of ImperialJapan, Native Americans still living like in the days of TheWildWest and DarkestAfrica full with incompetent and primitive black people. These images have changed, though, since the 1980s.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The characters often TimeTravel to history, but it's a very romanticized idea of the past.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Every time the characters travel to the Stone Age ("Wattman", "De Groene Splinter"[[note]]''The Green Shard''[[/note]], "De Malle Mergpijp"[[note]]''The Silly Marrowbone''[[/note]], "De Slimme Slapjanus" [[note]]''The smart Weakling''[[/note]],...) cavemen and dinosaurs live together in the same time period.
* ArtShift:
** In "Het Rijmende Paard" (''The Rhyming Horse'') Jerom flies into another comic strip by Vandersteen, namely the more realistically drawn "Karl May".
** ComicBook/DeRodeRidder (''The Red Knight''), the title character in a more realistically drawn comic strip of Vandersteen, passes by in the album "Wattman".
** Another Vandersteen character, the dog Bessy, has a cameo in "De Zwarte Zwaan". (''The Black Swan'')
** Marcel Kiekeboe of ''ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes'' has a cameo appearance in "De Speelgoedspiegel" (''The Toy Mirror'')
** Snowy from ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' passes by in "De Kleurenkladder" (''The Colour Messer'')and Lambik sadly notes: "Poor animal. It's just as if I recognize you from somewhere, but I don't know from where. You've lost your owner too, huh?" (Hergé has died a few years before the publication of this album).
** At the end of "The Krimson Crisis" the characters from the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'' make a cameo appearance.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Professor Barabas' name is based on the biblical character of the same name. The story ''De Kale Kapper'' takes place in biblical times, with Jerom as Samson.
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: Jerom singlehandedly defeats an entire army of (relatively) intelligent apes in "De Tamtamkloppers" (''The Tamtam Knockers'') and is later found by his friends on top of one of the piles. He informs them that "the fight was so monotonously easy that he fell asleep while fighting".
* BattleButler: Achiel, the butler of Krimson.
* BedouinRescueService: Whenever the characters get lost in the desert and faint they will be rescued by bedouins passing by.
* BelatedHappyEnding / TheBusCameBack: Rikki ''eventually'' returns for one story.
* BerserkButton: When Lambik senses danger coming to their house he grabs his weaponry from WorldWarOne and digs some trenches.
* BigBad: Krimson.
* BigBallOfViolence: Characters fight in this manner.
* BigEater: Jerom
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Lambik, who is one head taller than Jerom.
* BigLittleBrother: In "De Malle Mergpijp", Jerom is forced to fight a giant "grotkastaar" (an ape-like inhabitant of Jerome’s prehistoric homeworld) who is the “little brother” of a much smaller and less impressive grotkastaar. In the album "De Glanzende Gletsjer", Lambik finds himself in a world inhabited by cave men, who force him to fight against the little brother of their chief; a tall and muscular cave man.
* BilingualBonus
** Wiske speaks untranslated French in "De Apekermis" (''The Monkey Festival'') when she is about to be shot by a group of ape soldiers.
** An Indian who is hit on the head in "Twee Toffe Totems" (''Two Swell Totems'') also speaks untranslated French. A caption note to the reader advises them "to check a dictionary".
* BlackBeadEyes: Most characters, except when wearing glasses.
* BoomerangComeback: In "De Blinkende Boemerang" (''The Shining Boomerang''). A more metaphorical example is Theofiel Boemerang, the annoying salesman the characters can't get rid off.
* BrattyHalfPint: Wiske can be very assertive, aggressive, hysterical and stubborn when something is not going her way.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens a few times
** In "De Schone Slaper" (''The Sleeping Beau'') Wiske dresses up her doll Schanulleke because the readers might see her unclothed.
** At the end of "De Briesende Bruid" (''The Braying Bride'') Vandersteen erases every scene and explains he doesn't want Sidonia to marry because it would mean the end of their adventures.
** Certain albums end with a moral explained to the readers and a message to change their behaviour.
** Wiske's wink at the audience at the end of each story.
** During violent or painful scenes a piece of paper is used to cover the scene for sensitive readers.
* BreakOutCharacter: Lambik, who is generally the most popular character in the series.
* BulletCatch: Jerom is very good at this.
* ButtMonkey: Usually Lambik.
* TheCameo: Occasionally happens (See also "ArtShift" above)
** UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle in "De Kaartendans" (''The Dance of Cards'')
** Illustrator AntonPieck in "De Belhamel Bende" (''The Rascal Gang'')
** Lots of well known Flemish entertainers make a cameo in "De Krimson Crisis"
** Creator/PeterPaulRubens makes an appearance in "De raap van Rubens" (''The Apprentice of Rubens'') and "De Krimson Crisis".
** Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder appears as a character in "Het Spaanse Spook" (''The Spanish Ghost'') and "De Krimson Crisis". Vandersteen was nicknamed "Bruegel of the comic strip".
** Creator/VincentVanGogh appears as a character in "De Kleurenkladder". (''The Colour Mess'')
** Soccer trainer Raymond Goethals and astronaut Dirk Frimout in "De Stervende Ster" (''The Dying Star'')
** Cyclist EddyMerckx in "Het Kostbare Kader" (The Valuable Picture'')
** And WillyVandersteen himself, most notably in "De Briesende Bruid" (''The Raging Bride'') and "De Belhamel Bende" (''The Rascal Gang'')
* CatchPhrase
** "Miljaar!"[[note]]A mild swear, basically [[GoshDangItToHeck drat]][[/note]] - Lambik
** "Woeha!" - Typical scream of fear from all the characters
** "Achiel, mijn pillen!"[[note]]Achiel, my pills![[/note]] - Krimson
* TheCavalierYears: The stories "De Dolle Musketiers", "De Raap van Rubens", "De Jolige Joffer", "De Gladde Glipper", "Angst Op De Amsterdam", "De Kleppende Klipper", "Het Wondere Wolfje" and "Beminde Barabas".
* CharacterDevelopment: often a big part of the plot, though it usually doesn't stick for any of the recurring characters.
* CharacterSignatureSong: Tante Sidonia often sings or hums the song ''"Ons Hutje Bij De Zee"'' (The Dutch translation of the song ''"Our Cottage By The Sea"'')
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Rikki disappears after the first issue.
** He was actually PutOnABus, but the flimsy reason for his disappearance was only mentioned in the preview panel that traditionally appears a day or two before the actual story begins serialisation. However, since these panels were never included in the paperbacks until much, much later, Rikki seems to just disappear for no reason when you read the series now.
* CliffHanger: Since "Suske and Wiske" was published in newspapers Vandersteen often made use of cliff hangers at the end of each episode to keep his readers in suspense until the next day. He was so good at this that readers even read the comics section first before moving on to the other articles.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Whenever Suske seems to have some success with other girls Wiske is instantly jealous.
* CloudCuckoolander: Mr. Van Zwollem is completely mad and is aided by his daughter Anne-Marie.
* ComicBookTime: The characters never age, although Suske and Wiske were originally a lot younger, almost toddlers with babylegs. DependingOnTheWriter, their estimated age would range from early teens to young adults.
* CoolCar: Vitamitje can do stuff most cars can't and is also able to think for itself.
* ContemporaryCaveman: Jerom was originally a frozen villain from the Stone Age, but later became part of the cast. In many of the early albums he was always dressed as a caveman. Later he changed his outfit and became more civilized, in a rare example of CharacterDevelopment for a main cast member.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Wiske has no parents and is raised by her aunt, Sidonia. Suske too is an orphan and is adopted by Sidonia. Vandersteen often told interviewers that he gave Suske and Wiske an aunt because real parents would never allow them to go on adventure. Indeed, Suske and Wiske never go to school, though they'd sometimes mention homework.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The album cover of ''De Raap van Rubens'' (''Rubens' pupil'') features Lambik posing for Creator/PeterPaulRubens. The reader might think this happens in the story when he meets the painter, but it doesn't. The image only appears on the final page and is just part of a wonderful dream he has.
* CreatorProvincialism: All the stories start in Flanders, Belgium. Some stories have direct references to historical characters from Flemish/Belgian history and the main cast will always fight against the invading troops who occupied Flanders/Belgium in the past, such as the Romans (''Het Geheim van de Gladiatoren'', ''De Nerveuze Nerviërs''), the Spanish (''Het Spaanse Spook'', ''De Zingende Kaars'') and the French (''De Gladde Glipper'').
* CreativeClosingCredits: Happens a few times
** At the end of "De Efteling Elfjes" (''Fairies of the Efteling'') Lambik tries to be the one to end the story instead of Wiske, but it turns out he is too early.
* CruellaToAnimals: Lambik hates Tobias the dog.
* CrossingTheDesert: Suske and Wiske do this in "Prinses Zagemeel". (''Princess Sawdust'')
* CulturalTranslation: The comic strip is made in Flanders, but also hugely popular in the Netherlands. Unfortunately many concessions had to be made: since the 1960s the characters speak standard Dutch and use the Dutch airline KLM to travel instead of the Belgian one. Very specific references to Flanders were removed and replaced by more general references to Dutch society and culture. Like many tropes for this series, however, it's DependingOnTheWriter.
** One particular concession was the naming of Schanulleke, who originally was named Schalulleke, a snigger-worthy name at best in Dutch [[note]] The word "lul" means "dick, penis" in Dutch [[/note]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The new spin-off/reboot series. The first album entitled ''Amoras'' features partial nudity, swearing, blood, substance abuse and a mature theme. The series is written als a multi-album story. So far, critics like it. But old time fans expecting the milder tone of the original series will be in for a very unpleasant surprise.
** The new series was actually ''announced to the press as an obituary for Wiske'', making it very clear that she dies in the first album. In fact, her death scene is the first album's front cover.
* DastardlyWhiplash: Krimson, who is even dressed in the same way as this archetype.
* DesertedIsland: The island in ''"Het Mini-Mierennest"'' (''The Mini-Anthill'').
* {{Determinator}}: Wiske is unstoppable when she knows what she wants.
* DeusExMachina: Jerom, who could rival ComicBook/{{Superman}} when it comes to NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.
** DeusExitMachina: To make the stories a bit more exciting: Jerom has so far been poisoned, drugged, cursed, put asleep, sent on vacation, working a new job, etc. to keep his power away from solving the plot too quickly.
* DisappearedDad: In "De Tamtamkloppers" (''The Tamtam Bangers'') it turns out Lambik's father has been lost for years, somewhere in Africa. So he and his friends decide to go searching for him.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: Wiske's older brother Rikki was clearly modelled after Franchise/{{Tintin}}.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Sidonia once slams the door so violently that Lambik's head, hands and feet are sticking through from behind it.
* DramatisPersonae: After finishing a story, the following story will be announced with a short strip mentioning the main characters - which always includes the famous five (Suske, Wiske, Aunt Sidonia, Lambik and Jerom), and occasionally includes a few more important extras, though that is not always so. It also gives a short indication about the story to come, though it omits any twists and turns.
* DramaticUnmask and TheReveal: Mysterious characters whose identity remains a secret until the end of the story are a regular plot device.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Wiske does this at the start of the album "De Bokkenrijders".
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: used on purpose in "De Schat van Beersel". After being trapped in the dungeons of an old castle by the villains, Priem, the same hypnotist that was responsible for the adventure in "De Tartaarse Helm", uses his power of hypnosis to make Lambik, Suske and Wiske dream of the castles glory days in medieval times so they can learn more of the secret passages and thus a way to escape the dungeon.
* DreamStealer: The entire concept of the album "De Dromendiefstal" ("The Dream Theft").
* DressingAsTheEnemy: An often used tactic.
* DrinkingContest: "De Stoute Steenezel", Lambik wins one against the alcohol devil, by having Jerom getting him a vat of alcohol-free beer and the strongest beer he could find for the devil.
* DropInCharacter: Theofiel Boemerang, a vacuum cleaner salesman that the cast never seems to get rid off.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** In the first album, "Rikki en Wiske in Chocowakije" Wiske is teamed up with a much older brother, Rikki. Vandersteen abandoned this character after only one album because he felt that Wiske needed a companion of her own age.
** Suske and Wiske are five year olds with chubby baby legs in the early albums. In later albums they could be ten to eleven years old, teenagers or perhaps even twenty-something, DependingOnTheWriter.
** Jerom was in a villain in his debut album "De Dolle Musketiers" (''The Mad Musketeers''). He also wore cave men clothing and acted rather uncivilized for several albums after his debut. Only gradually, over the course of many albums, would he start wearing modern suits and become a modern day everyman.
** In "Het Eiland Amoras" (''Amoras Island'') Professor Barabas originally was very fat and had a stuttering problem. Vandersteen cured him from this speech impediment because parents complained that their children started copying this behaviour.
** Also in "Het Eiland Amoras", Suske had a BerserkButton in the form of the BattleCry 'Antigoon Vooruit'. Saying this in his presence was guaranteed to turn him into TheBerserker, and even allowed him to perform some superhuman feats like breaking out of a locked chest or knockin a grown up man out cold. This was dropped after one album.
* EasilyForgiven: Villains usually repent or are forgiven by the protagonists.
* EasyAmnesia: Used regularly.
* EatTheBomb: Jerom once swallowed a bomb and let it explode inside his body, without doing him any harm.
* {{Elseworld}}
** "Het Geheim van de Gladiatoren" (''The Secret of the Gladiators'') shows Suske, Wiske and Lambik as Gauls living in AncientRome rather than the present. No explanation is given how they got there.
** "Het Gouden Paard" (''The Golden Horse'') also takes place in 16th century South America instead of the present. Again no explanation given.
* EpicRace: The race in "Het Sprekende Testament" (''The Speaking Testament'').
* EscapedAnimalRampage:
** In "De Straatridder" ("The Street Knight") Lambik helps several zoo animals escape and hides them in Suske en Wiske's home.
** In "De Apekermis" ("The Monkey Fair") the apes in the local zoo become intelligent and decide to escape to take over the world. [[note]] This story was drawn way before the ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'' movies were made, though it may have been inspired by Pierre Boulle's novel of the same name. [[/note]].
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Wiske winks at the audience, thus concluding the story.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Used regularly.
* EvilLaugh: The villains do this often.
* ExplodingCloset: Wiske is GenreSavvy (or perhaps just knows the habits of the people she lives with): before opening a medicine cabinet, she places a basin before it and stands back, as the contents falls out of it.
* EyePop: Lambik's eyes do this in the album "De Dolle Musketiers" (''The Mad Musketeers'') when he first sees Jerom.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Jerom. He informs us in ''De Sissende Sampan'' that he does this because his eyelids are too heavy and he prefers peeping through them all the time.
* FakeUltimateHero: Fancies himself The Hero, is actually the comic relief. When he isn't working for the villains, that is.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The isle Amoras is an exact copy of the city Antwerp, where Vandersteen was born.
* FatAndSkinny: In the album "Het Eiland Amoras" all the obese people are villains and the skinny ones are part of the resistance.
* FatBastard: Jef Blaaskop in "Het Eiland Amoras".
* FeatheredFiend: In one episode, Wiske manages to befriend a cassowary, who then saves her from bandits a couple of times by pulling them into a Big Ball of Violence. Even the super strong Jerom respects it: "Always good to have strong friends. Can also be a birdy.
* {{Fembot}}: Tedere Tronica in "Tedere Tronica" (''Tender Tronica'').
* FictionalCountry:
** Chocowakije in "Rikki en Wiske in Chocowakije"
** The isle Amoras in "Het Eiland Amoras", "De Stalen Bloempot" and "Amoris op Amoras". (''Amoras Island, The Steel Flowerpot, Amoris on Amoras'')
** Mocano in "De Bronzen Sleutel" (''The Bronze Key'')
** Frigoria in "Het Bevroren Vuur" (''The Frozen Fire'')
** Bazaria in "De Speelgoedzaaier" (''The Toy Sower'')
** Fantasia in "De Lieve Lilleham" (''The Sweet Lilleham'')
* FingerInABarrel: Jerom does this multiple times. Being MadeOfIron, he doesn't take any damage. Instead, the guns tend to explode in the bad guys' faces, giving them an AshFace.
* {{Flanderisation}}:
** Lambik was originally just a dumb, but good-natured buffoon. Later he became a vain and egotistical buffoon who sometimes has moments of pure genius.
** Jerom was originally an uncivilized caveman. Later he started dressing and behaving more like a 20th century everyman with superpowers.
** Tante Sidonia's neverending man hunt only became a defining trait of her character in later albums.
** Wiske's jealousy towards Suske and other girls who fall for his charms only became more prominent in later albums.
** Krimson originally did not need to take pills frequently to overcome his nervous breakdowns, and did not have his butler Achiel as his right-hand-man.
** The early albums were very Flemish, with references to typical 1940s and 1950s catholic Flanders. Later the stories became more oriented to the Dutch market to the point that the characters even flew with the Dutch airline KLM and used standard Dutch expressions and references.
* FlowerPotDrop: A frequent gag.
* FrenchJerk:
** In "De Klankentapper" a very posh French girl looks down upon Suske and Wiske and speaks in mangled Dutch with French phrases. When she tries to make Wiske jealous by trying to seduce Suske Wiske hates her with passion. Then [[spoiler: the story takes a dramatic turn, as the French girl turns out to be an iron lung patient. Wiske takes pity on her and the French girl apologizes for her arrogance in the past]].
** The baroness in "De Spokenjagers" is also a posh UpperclassTwit who happens to speak French.
* FriendlyGhost: Sus Antigoon is a sympathethic ghost and an ally of Suske and Wiske, because he is the ghost of Suske's dead grandfather.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Tante Sidonia uses frying pans often to defend herself.
* GagNose: Lambik, Jerom, Barabas and Tante Sidonia.
* TheGamblingAddict: Lambik in "De Gekke Gokker" (''The Crazed Gambler'')
* GameShowAppearance: Lambik enters a TV game show competition in "De Speelgoedzaaier" (''The Toy Sower'') and accidentally wins the first price.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Many early Suske & Wiske albums of the 1940s and 1950s have been redrawn, updated and too dated references have been removed to appeal to modern audiences. The original unaltered stories are still available, but only in a special album series.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: In Wiske's case her stuffed doll, Schanulleke, whom she treats as if it was her own child.
* GladiatorGames and GladiatorRevolt: Grand finale of "Het Geheim van de Gladiatoren". (''The Secret of the Gladiators'')
* GoldenAgeOfPiracy: Pirate stories take place in "De Geverniste Zeerovers", "Storm Op de Amsterdam", "De Kleppende Klipper" en "De Regenboogprinses".
* GoodIsBoring: The main problem with the very bland character Suske. He is so heroic, noble, gentle, brave, caring and uncorrupt that he is the least memorable of all the main cast members.
* GratuitousIambicPentameter: Vandersteen loved playing with language:
** Characters that speak in rhyme are often encountered ("De Koning Drinkt", "Sjeik El Rojenbiet", "De Wolkeneters", "De Tamtamkloppers", "Het Rijmende Paard",...) (''The King Drinks, The Cloud-Eaters, ''The Tamtam Knockers, ''The Rhyming Horse'')
** Characters that speak mangled Dutch with French loanwords (usually rich villains, as can be found in "De Zwarte Madam", "De Spokenjagers", "De Klankentapper",...) (''The Black Madam, The Ghost Hunters, The Sound Drainer'')
** Characters who use sdrawkcab... sorry, backwards language ("De [=IJ=]zeren Schelvis", "De Brullende Berg", "De Begeerde Berg",...) (''The Iron Haddock, The Roaring Mountain, The Coveted Mountain'')
** And Jerom always speak in telegram language.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: In "Het Eiland Amoras" (''Amoras Island'') and "Het Wondere Wolfje" (''The Miraculous Wolfy'') people only fall when they notice the ladder beneath them has disappeared.
* TheGreatFlood: "De Adelijke Ark" is about Ut Napisthum's arc.
* HarmlessElectrocution: Jerom and Lambik have both endured and survived electrocution.
* HarmlessFreezing: Jerom is a ContemporaryCaveman.
* HeelFaceTurn: several one-time villains have done this over the years. And in ''Amoris op Amoras'', even BigBad Krimson, of all people, undergoes a heel face turn. This one does not stick though, which is quite frustrating if you realize that Lambik almost made a HeroicSacrifice to help Krimson turn good.
* HelpMistakenForAttack: In the album "De Stemmenrover" (the voice thief), Lambik runs into a Japanese princess who is being attacked by bandits, and comes to her aid. While Lambik single handedly fights the bandits, the princess runs away. Lambik wins the fight but then sees another group of armed men coming his way. Assuming they are bandits as well, he defeats them too, only to learn afterwards that they were actually samurai send by the princess to help him.
* HeroWannabe: Lambik tries to be the hero, but fails often.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lambik and Jerom both live in the same house, but since this a traditional comic nothing special is ever made of this. Both of them have a soft spot for women.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: A frequent plot device in the earlier, classic albums. Mysterious characters dressed in cloaks, hoods, masks, high collars, veils,... hide their identity for the characters and readers driving the suspense to the BerserkButton.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: When travelling back in time the characters will usually meet a historical domain character (or a literary character from historical time periods) like Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Nero}} (''Het Geheim van de Gladiatoren'' (''The Secret of the Gladiators'')), UsefulNotes/MarcoPolo (''De Tartaarse Helm'' (''The Tartarian Helmet''), Maximilian of Austria and Creator/DesideriusErasmus (''De Kleine Postruiter'' (''The Little Postman''), Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder, The Duke of Alva (''Het Spaanse Spook'' (''The Spanish Ghost'')) UsefulNotes/HernanCortez (''Het Gouden Paard'' (''The Golden Horse'')), UsefulNotes/LouisXIV (''Wattman''), Creator/PeterPaulRubens and his first wife Isabella Brant (''De Raap van Rubens'' (''Rubens' Pupil'')), Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart (''Het Wondere Wolfje'' (''The Wonderful Wolfie'')), Creator/VincentVanGogh (''De Kleurenkladder'' (''The Colour Messer'')), Creator/RembrandtVanRijn (''De Nachtwachtbrigade''), Hendrik Conscience (''De Gouden Ganzenveer'' (''The Golden Goose Feather''), Theatre/{{Lohengrin}}, Literature/{{Bluebeard}} and Anthony Fokker (''De Briesende Bruid'' (''The Breezing Bride''),...
* HistoricalHilarity: The cast uses TimeTravel a lot, which allows for several gags about historical time periods and characters.
** In "Wattman" the cast is in the 17th century and introduced to UsefulNotes/LouisXIV. When Lambik asks: "Louis the Fourteenth?" Jerom answers: "The other thirteen Louis are probably on vacation."
* HonestJohnsDealership: Theofiel Boemerang is a salesman who can't be trusted.
* HouseWife: Tante Sidonia.
* HulkSpeak: Jerom. And he was created 11 years before the Hulk!
* HumanLadder: The titular characters form a human tower on the back cover of every album. The main characters form a human tower on the back cover of every album. They even provide a shout-out to it in the album ''De Woeste Wespen'', where Jerom has to transport everybody as quick as possible and therefore just carries them off in the same pose.
* HumanPopsicle: Jerom is from the Stone Age, but was frozen in a block of ice until he was unthawed in the 17th century to be used by the evil count Landru.
* ImprobableHairStyle: Wiske's hair is very weird. She wears a ribbon on top of her head, which supposedly keeps her blond hair tied together. Whenever someone unties her ribbon her hair falls down in front of her eyes.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Suske is above all vices.
* InnerMonologueConversation: Sometimes done to provide readers with exposition.
* InTheHood: The villains in "De Tuf-Tuf-Club" are all dressed in hoods that make 'em appear like TheKlan.
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Characters frequently travel to the past with a time machine and usually encounter various historical characters.
* InvisibleHoles: Played within "De Texas Rakkers"; Lambik enters a saloon and immediately, gunfire can be heard inside. Jerom then rushes in and askes Lambik if he has been hit. To check if he's okay, Lambik takes a glass of water and references this trope.
** A similar gag occurs in the album "De Tamtam Kloppers", where an ape claims they were unable to shoot him, only to take a sip from a jug and to discover his body is full of holes which now sprout water like a fountain.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Lambik is very self-centered.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: In one story two cigarette-smoking {{Mooks}} are guarding a shed when it catches fire, prompting one mook to ask the other "Hey, are you smoking your mattress?"
* JackassGenie: "De Perenprins" features a genie that always grants the exact opposite of what you wish. For example, when Lambik wished for the genie to give them some allies that didn't have to be very tall, he instead gave their enemies three giants as allies. This is not because the genie is evil or malicious, but more that he is extremely clumsy. He always apologizes afterwards for his screw ups. Eventually both Wiske and Jerom get GenreSavvy enough to realize the genie's flaw, and exploit it by actually wishing for the exact opposite of what they really want. When Jerom defeated the giants, he wished for three more giants. The result: the genie screwed up again and accidently made the three already existing giants disappear, exactly what Jerom really wanted.
* JapaneseRanguage: Chinese characters in the comics frequently mispronounce the 'R' in words as an 'L'.
* JawsAttackParody: In the story "Het Kregelige Ketje" (''The Troublesome Tot''), Manneken Pis falls in the sea and is attacked by a shark mimicking the "Jaws" poster. The animal even adds another wink by saying: "Maybe this will make me eligible for "the film"."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lambik, who can be an awful human being, but still fights for what is right.
* JumpedAtTheCall: She can be very impulsive.
* TheKlan: The villains in "De Tuf Tuf Club" are dressed this way.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Tante Sidonia has a huge chin.
* LargeHam: Lambik can be very dramatic in talking about his (non-existant) virtues and talents.
* LeaderWannabe: Lambik always wants to be in charge, even though others rarely let him.
* LegionOfLostSouls: Lambik enlists himself in the French Foreign Legion in ''Het Zingende Nijlpaard (The Singing Hippo)''.
* LeeroyJenkins: Wiske's impulsiveness often brings her and the others into trouble, but it does get the stories rolling.
* LivingToys:
** In ''"Bibbergoud", "Het Vliegende Bed", "De Dulle Griet", "De Poppenpakker"'' Wiske's doll Schanulleke comes alive. (''Shivergold, The Flying Bed, The Warrior Waif, The Dolltaker'')
* LongLostRelative: Lambik's brother Arthur in ''De Vliegende Aap'' (''The Flying Ape'') and his father in ''De Tam Tam Kloppers''.
* LongNeck: Lambik's neck becomes longer in "De Stalen Bloempot". (''The Steel Flowerpot'')
* LotusEaterMachine: Shows up in two episodes of ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske''; both in ''De Tartaarse Helm'' and ''De Schat van Beersel'' they get placed into an illusionary world by Mr. Priem through hypnosis. However, Mr. Priem is not their enemy; the first time he did it as a reward for helping him and the second time it was in a last-ditch attempt to get out of a trap, and in both cases they wake up when the story in the illusionary world has reached its conclusion.
* MagicMeteor: in "De Apekermis", a meteorite causes all apes to become intelligent, en all humans to become mindless puppets.
* MagicMirror: Appears in "De Koning Drinkt", "De Knokkersburcht" and "De Woelige Wadden" ('' The King Drinks, The Knokkersburcht, The Turbulent Mudflats'').
* MamaBear: Despite not being Suske and Wiske's biological parents she still protects them with a passion.
* {{Manchild}}: Van Zwollem, a mad middle aged man who enjoys playing outside like an infant.
** In the early albums Jerom also had an infantile personality, but as he became more civilized he lost this character trait.
* ManInAKilt: Appears in "De Knokkersburcht", which takes place in BonnieScotland.
* ManInTheIronMask: A main character and plot device in "De Dolle Musketiers". (''The Mad Musketeers'')
* MeaningfulRename:
** Wiske's doll Schalulleke was renamed into "Schanulleke" with an "n" instead of an "l", because to Flemish people a "schalul" is a dialect expression for an onion, but Dutch people associate the word "lul" as a BawdyName for a penis.
** Tante Sidonie changed her name into "Sidonia", again to appeal more to the Dutch audience.
** In some Dutch translations of the 1950s Jerom was called "Jeroen", because it sounded more Dutch. For matters of consistency they just named him Jerom in all publications.
** The album "Het Taterende Testament" was changed into "Het Sprekende Testament", again because "tateren" is Flemish dialect for "spreken" (to speak).
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: Used whenever time travel with the help of the time machine is used. If the characters spent several days in the past, several days go by in the present as well between their moment of departure and moment of their return.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: "Het Aruba dossier" ("The Aruba File"). The minor crime: two men ignore a red traffic light and crash into Professor Barabas' car, sending all three of them to the hospital. The major plot: once in the hospital, Barabas is accidently given a briefcase that belongs to the other two men. In the briefcase he finds a file that describes plans of a big criminal organisation to distribute a highly toxic substance as a new fertilizer for crops.
* MoralDilemma: Characters often battle with it, but in the end they choose to do the right thing, though some might not agree exactly what 'the right thing' was.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Krimson has a doctorate, and is especially in the later albums frequently called "Dr. Krimson".
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: The early albums in the first five years after the war frequently poked fun at the Belgian government, Walloons and people opposed to the return of king Leopold III [[note]] who was suspected of having collaborated with the Nazis. There the country was polarized between people who wanted him to return as their king and those who were opposed it. In the end the matter was voted upon and a majority wanted the king back. But tensions didn't end and the country was near a civil war. When three people died in street fights Leopold III abdicated in favor of his son Baudoin I. [[/note]] But as the series became more popular Vandersteen realized it was bad business to upset his readers, so he left these direct stings to Belgian politics out of the stories.
* NameAndName: Suske and Wiske.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Barabas is named after the biblical villain of the same name. Wiske after Flemish opera singer Wiske Ghys. Jerom after author and journalist Jeroom Verten.
* NervousWreck: Both Tante Sidonia and Krimson often have mental breakdowns. In Sidonia's case her entire body bends over backwards and freezes still while she is shaking. Krimson simply gets mad and has to be fed with pills.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Tante Sidonia can get really angry when someone tries to ridicule or anger her.
* OldMaid: She still hasn't found a husband after all those years. De story "De Briesende Bruid" ("The Breezing Bride") had her marry, but then the creator erased the entire story, because he felt it would mean the end of their adventures.
* NiceGuy: Suske never misbehaves.
* NightmareSequence: The album ''"De Bokkenrijders"'' starts off with Wiske telling a nightmare she just had and Tante Sidonia explaining it's symbolic meanings. Of course, as the story progresses Wiske's nightmare turns out to she was DreamingOfThingsToCome.
* NinjaProp: Jerom uses a thought balloon as an actual balloon in "De Tamtamkloppers". (''The Tamtam Knockers'').
* NoahsStoryArc: "De Adelijke Ark" has the characters search for the arc of Ut Napisthum [[note]] The Babylonian counterpart of Noah [[/note]]
* NotBloodSiblings: Suske and Wiske are two orphans adopted by Tante Sidonia and therefore not brother and sister. Still, since Sidonia does raise them as siblings and their backstory is hardly ever brought up, it's not surprising many readers who are not familiar with the series history and have not read "Het Eiland Amoras" (the album in which Suske makes his debut) get the impression that they are brother and sister. This sometimes lead to confusing and disturbing scenes, especially when Wiske shows jealousy towards Suske's success with other girls.
* OldMaid: Tante Sidonia, still trying to find a husband after all those years.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Barabas can build futuristic machines (including a time machine, a machine for talking to inanimate objects and a machine that can bring persons from paintings and other images to life), and has extensive knowledge about various historical and scientific subjects (including astrophysics and genetic engineering).
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Sus Antigoon is the ghost of Suske's deceased grandfather. He doesn't limit himself to only appearing at night, but is also visible during daytime.
* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: time travel with the Teletijdmachine sends people through a dimension that is either completely black or resembles outer space (with stars etc.
* OutOfOrder: "Suske & Wiske" is unique in the sense that the official available color albums don't start with number one, but with number 67! The 66 albums before that were all in black-and-white and aren't available anymore (except in a different series, the "Suske and Wiske Classics" where their original chronological order is respected.) However these older black-and-white stories were colorized and in some cases redrawn and then republished in the official available color series. Yet no effort was made to keep these titles chronological. Older and newer titles follow each other up in one big confusing mess.
** Even the original releases were occasionally out-of-order from their newspaper serialization, creating at least one major continuity issue: "De Sprietatoom," the story in which Lambik is introduced, was released after "De Vliegende Aap" where the title character is Lambik's brother.
* PeopleJars: People are shrunk and put into glass jars in "De Sprietatoom" and "De Texasrakkers".(''The Lignite Atom, The Texas Rascals'')
* PlayingCyrano: Lambik does this literally by dressing up as Cyrano in "De Jolige Joffer". (''The Jolly Maiden'')
* PoirotSpeak: All foreign characters mix Dutch with loan words from their own language.
* PoliceAreUseless: Policemen are always incompetent and prevent the cast from solving cases.
* PrintLongRunners: The series have been in continuous production since 1945, making it one of the longest running BelgianComics in existence.
* ProductPlacement: Some albums outside the regular series are in fact commercials for a certain product. Most of them are limited editions and only of interest to collectors.
** At the end of "De Zingende Zwammen" (''The Singing Mushrooms'') the characters promote the toy "Op-Jerommeke".
* PunnyName: Many characters have names that are puns on Flemish dialect expressions.
* PutOnABus: Wiske's brother Rikki, who disappeared afther just one issue and was never mentioned again. It took almost 50 years for the bus to come back and finally reveal Rikki's fate.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: In "De Gouden Cirkel" (''The Golden Circle'') the characters have to travel to various parts of the globe to collect stuff so they can save a very ill Professor Barabas.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** The name of the character Suske was inspired by Vandersteen's father, who was named ''"Sus"''. Wiske was based on Flemish opera singer Wiske Ghys.
** Krimson was based on a man who visited Vandersteens' daughters manège. Since Krimson is the villain in the story Vandersteen was forced to make him less recognizable.
** Some of the earlier stories were inspired by direct events in Belgium or the rest of the world, for instance the controversy surrounding king Leopold III's abdication in ''De Stalen Bloempot''. In later stories the references became more subtle and less dated. Though scenes with hippies, something that was more prominent during the 1960s than it is now, are still present in ''De Poenschepper'' and ''Het Ros Bazhaar''.
** ''De Tartaarse Helm'' (''The Tartarian Helmet'') was inspired by a helmet he took with him after a trip to Venice, both were written into the story.
** ''De Sissende Sampan'', ''De Wilde Weldoener'' and ''De Gouden Cirkel'' were all inspired by a journalistic voyage Vandersteen and author Maria Rosseels made to Asia.
* RelaxOVision: It employs a flowery curtain when Jerom becomes particularly violent (since Jerom [[GrievousHarmWithABody using enemies as melee weapons]] does show up, one does wonder what's behind this curtain...)
* RhymesOnADime: Characters who speak in rhyme are not uncommon. It happens in "Sjeik El Rojenbiet" and "De Wolkeneters", for instance.
* RollingPinOfDoom: Tante Sidonia uses these often to defend herself.
* RunningGag:
** Lambik overestimates himself and gets hurt. Or he is fooled easily by people who wouldn't be able to fool anyone else.
** Aunt Sidonia gets a nervous attack and freezes stiff in one position.
** Krimson gets a nervous attack and has to be fed his pills to calm down.
** Jerom shows off one of his previously unknown powers.
* ScreamingWoman: Tante Sidonia can get hysterical.
* SdrawkcabName: Characters speak backwards language in several albums ("De IJzeren Schelvis", "De Brullende Berg", "De Begeerde Berg",...) (''"The Iron Haddock", "The Roaring Mountain", "The Coveted Mountain"'')
* SelectiveObliviousness: Lambik is very vain, yet never realizes he's not as clever, powerful or great as he thinks. In "De Dromendiefstal" a villain tricks him into leaving him unguarded and then escapes. As Lambik returns and finds this out he first says: "How stupid of me!" But then he immediately corrects this to: "Stupid? No, he just took advantage of my confidence."
* SentientVehicle: Vitamitje, their car, has a face and a personality of its own, but it can't talk.
* SevenHeavenlyVirtues: A major plot device in "De Zeven Snaren". (''The Seven Strings'')
* SherlockHomage: Lambik dresses up as Sherlock Holmes in ''De Woeste Wespen'', with Jerom taking the role of his sidekick Watson. Naturally Lambik's detective skills are extremely bad.
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow?: Suske and Wiske always have spare time to have adventures in different corners of the world or history. They never go to school: it's not even hinted.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
*** Originally ''De Gezanten van Mars'' had a joke where Lambik, Suske and Wiske pass past the Moon in space. Lambik then says he is uninterested, because "I already know everything I needed to know about the Moon. Haven't you read [[Recap/TintinExplorersOnTheMoon Explorers On The Moon]]" by Hergé?". The joke was later removed from the regular ''Red'' album series, but can still be read in the ''Blue'' series.
*** In ''De Kleurenkladder'' Lambik notices Snowy passing by and says: "Poor dog. It's just as if I recognize you from somewhere. You probably lost your master." This joke referenced the fact that only a few years earlier Creator/{{Herge}}, creator of ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'', had died.
* SingleEpisodeHandicap and TemporaryBlindness: Wiske is temporarily blind in "De Schone Slaper" (''The Sleeping Beau''). This happens after other characters question why the should help handicapped people by donating money. [[spoiler:Eventually she is cured rather simplistically with a magic spell.]] Jerom too is temporarily blind in "De Gouden Ganzenveer" (''De Golden Goose Feather'').
* SinisterSchnoz: Krimson.
* {{Slapstick}}: Many moments, usually with Lambik on the receiving end.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Despite his one word name Lambik fancies himself the best in everything.
* SmartBall: Lambik, who carries the IdiotBall so often that he might as well be super-glued to it, occasionally has moments of pure brilliance.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Professor Barabas.
* SpinOff: Jerom ("Jerom de Gouden Stuntman"[[note]]Jerom the Golden Stuntman[[/note]]), Lambik ("De Grappen van Lambik"[[note]]The Jokes of Lambik[[/note]]), Schanulleke ("Schanulleke"), [[DarkerAndEdgier Amoras]]
** SpinOffBabies: The series "Klein Suske en Wiske"[[note]]Little Suske and Wiske''[[/note]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes'', which is similar in style and content, though a bit more modern and adult. It rivals "Suske en Wiske" in popularity nowadays.
* SquashedFlat: Jerom is squashed flat in "De [=IJzeren=] Schelvis"[[note]]The Iron Haddock[[/note]] due to the water pressure.
* StewedAlive: A recurring plot in the old stories. An interesting subversion is "De Gramme Huurling", where the tribes people tell Suske en Wiske they don't put people in cauldrons anymore, because they are have modernized: "Instead we put them in pressure cookers."
* StockFootageFailure: In the late 1980s and early 1990s a TV cartoon series was made in Flanders. While the designs of the character resembled those in the comics the cartoons themselves were so cheaply made that almost every scene was stock footage. For instance, whenever a specific character was walking from one point to another, they always played the same clip. The animators also animated only one expression of a certain emotion for each main cast member. If for instance a specific character became angry, it was always the same scene without any sort of variation. As one can imagine, watching these cartoons can become rather tedious after a while, especially since they follow the stories of the comic book albums almost frame-by-frame in extremely slow pacing.
* StoryBreakerPower: Jerom has displayed enough SuperStrength to beat a dragon over the head with a tank (After which he proceeded to smash the tank [[GrievousHarmWithABody using the dragon]]), hold his breath long enough to make diving equipment obsolete, X-Ray vision, searchlights from his eyes, leaping over mountaintops, SuperSpeed, and a whole slew of other powers that appeared once or twice. He spends a lot of time being nowhere near the plot just so the other characters can have some trouble.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Jerom often showcases previously unknown powers that will help the plot move forward more easily.
* SuperSpeed: Jerom can run faster than sound, as demonstrated in "De Knokkersburcht". Lambik once ran so quickly in "De Stalen Bloempot" that he ran past himself!
* SuperStrength: Jerom's major characteristic. Nobody can beat him, unless they give him a sleeping potion.
* SwordCane: Krimson owns one.
* TakeThat: Mostly general targets, such as "lying politicians", "thieving tax collectors", "tyrannic police officers", "lazy bureaucratics", "posh noblemen and women", "French-speaking Flemings", lazy and dirty hippies,...
* TalkingAnimal: Frequent plot device. Tobias the dog can talk in some stories, but only with other animals.
* TalkingPlant: Plants are able to talk in "De Klankentapper"[[note]]The Sound Drainer[[/note]].
* TechnologyIsEvil: A frequent theme.
* TemporaryBlindness: Wiske in "De Schone Slaper"[[note]]The Sleeping Beau[[/note]]. [[spoiler:She is cured by a magic spell.]]
* TerribleArtist: When Lambik respectively meets Creator/PeterPaulRubens (''De Raap van Rubens ("Rubens' pupil")'') and Creator/VincentVanGogh (''De Kleurenkladder ("The Colour Messer")'') by traveling back in time he tries to impress him with his own art work, which is nothing more than abstract messing with paint, typical of the late 20th century ''action painting''. Naturally it shocks hem both and they declare him a total hack.
* TerseTalker: Jerom talks in telegram language.
* ThatDidntHappen: At the end of "De Briesende Bruid"[[note]]The Raging Bride[[/note]] Tante Sidonia marries, but Willy Vandersteen erases the entire scene and tells the audience that, while he wanted to reward her with the greatest happiness after years of adventures, Sidonia's marriage would mean the end of the series. So the story ends as if nothing ever happened at all, with Sidonia [[AllJustADream waking up after a beautiful dream]].
* TheGlassesComeOff: Sidonia on occasion, when she gets [[BerserkButton REALLY mad]].
* TheToothHurts: Lambik suffers from a tooth ache in "De Stalen Bloempot".
* TimeMachine: Professor Barabas' "teletimemachine" is ''Time Cop''-type: the machine does not come with the time traveler, but an operator who stays behind can retrieve the time traveler at any moment, assuming he/she knows where and when the traveller is. This feature is often used for last second rescues.
** In earlier albums like "De Koning Drinkt"[[note]]The King Drinks[[/note]], "Lambiorix" and "De Ringelingschat"[[note]]The Ringeling Treasure[[/note]] characters also travelled back in time, but in different ways.
* TopHeavyGuy: Jerom.
* TowerOfBabel: The villains want to build it in "De Stalen Bloempot"[[note]]The steel Flowerpot[[/note]].
* UnfazedEveryman: Suske is the only normal character in the series, apart perhaps from Anne-Marie Van Zwollem.
* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: Jerom, who after being unfrozen managed to become in essence a sophisticated everyman, even while retaining his prehistoric HulkSpeak and SuperStrength.
* VanishingVillage: Plot of the album ''"Het Verdronken Land"'''[[note]]The Drowned Land[[/note]]
* VerbalTic: Arthur, Lambik's brother, uses the word "tjip tjip" in every sentence he uses.
* VillainousBreakdown: Krimson often has nervous breakdowns and has to take his pills to calm down.
* VisualPun: Wiske literally "burning with curiosity", Suske and Wiske followed by swans ("swans" is a nickname for police on motorcycles in Belgium),...
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Jerom, as a caveman, walked around in his bare chest in the early albums. He eventually learned to wear a tie and suit and became civilized. Vandersteen did this because readers complained that "their breakfast lost its taste after seeing that primitive brute in their newspaper every morning."
* WarIsHell: Many albums, especially those drawn during the Vietnam War era, criticize war. In ''De Gezanten van Mars'' the Martian even calls it ''conflict in which both parties lose.''
* WeirdTradeUnion: In one story a dragon which is a servant of the Devil himself refuses to attack the heroes, claiming he is going on strike for better working conditions. He has to do it anyway, after being told he cannot go on strike without "joining the union" (of the Servants of Darkness, one assumes).
* WickedWitch: De Zwarte Madam in "De Zwarte Madam" [[note]]The Black Madam[[/note]], An Tanneke in "De Zeven Snaren", but she reverts to being good in the end. [[note]]The Seven Strings[[/note]] Alwina in "De Schat van Beersel", Kovertol in "De Tuf-Tuf-Club", De Zwarte Madam in "De Zwarte Madam", Ham Leyn Wecks in "De Mysterieuze Mijn", Jeanne Panne in "Jeanne Panne".
* WildTake: Wiske, Sidonia and Lambik often do this.
* TheWildWest: The stories "Bibbergoud", "De Texas Rakkers", "De Gouden Locomotief", "De Bevende Baobab",... all take place in The Wild West.
* WholePlotReference:
** "De Apekermis"[[note]]The Ape Festival[[/note]] and "Film/JamesBond"
** "De Bevende Baobab"[[note]]The Shaking Baobab[[/note]] and "Literature/{{Tarzan}}"
** "De Dolle Musketiers"[[note]]The Mad Musketeers[[/note]] and "Literature/TheThreeMusketeers"
** "Het Dreigende Dinges"[[note]]the Threatening Something[[/note]] and "Literature/ADogOfFlanders"
** "Jeromba De Griek"[[note]]Jeromba The Greek[[/note]] and "Film/ZorbaTheGreek"
** "De Jolige Joffer"[[note]]The Jolly Maiden[[/note]] and "Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac"
** "De Junglebloem"[[note]]The Jungle Flower[[/note]] and "Literature/TheJungleBook"
** "Robotkop"[[note]]Robot Head[[/note]] and "Franchise/RoboCop"
** "Big Mother" and "[[Series/BigBrother Big Brother]]"
** "Wattman" and "Franchise/{{Batman}}"
** "De Rebelse Reynaert"[[note]]The Rebel Reynaert[[/note]] and "[[Literature/ReynardTheFox Van Den Vos Reynaerde]]"
** "De Ringelingschat"[[note]]The Ringeling Treasure[[/note]] and "Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung"
** "De Ruige Regen"[[note]]The Rugged Rain[[/note]] and "Myth/RobinHood"
** "De Schone Slaper"[[note]]The Sleeping Beau[[/note]] and several FairyTales
** "De Speelgoedzaaier"[[note]]The Toy Sower[[/note]] and "Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda"
** "De Straatridder"[[note]]The Street Knight[[/note]] and "Literature/DonQuixote"
** "De Texasrakkers"[[note]]The Texas Rascals[[/note]] and "Tales of the Texas Rangers"
** "De Kale Kapper"[[note]]The Bald Barber[[/note]] and "Literature/SamsonAndDelilah"
** "De Gouden Ganzenveer"[[note]] The Golden Goose Feather[[/note]] and Hendrik Conscience's ''De Loteling'' and ''Baes Gansendonck''.
* WilliamTelling: In ''"Lambiorix"'' Tante Sidonia has to aim her longbow (and not a crossbow, as you might think) at the apples on Suske and Wiske's heads. Trying to hit two apples with one arrow is a bit more complex than what William Tell had to accomplish, but she manages to pull it off by aiming at a pillar left from them, which causes the arrow to ricochet to the right splitting both apples in the process.
* WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath: Happens to the villain Savantas in "De Sprietatoom". He then returns to Earth to repent for his sins.
* WorldOfSymbolism: Symbolism, bad omens, superstitions, DreamingOfThingsToCome,... are often used as plot devices.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Jerom, whose powers frequently defy physics.
* WrongfullyAttributed: In "De Raap van Rubens" ([[note]]"Rubens' pupil"[[/note]]) Lambik meets Creator/PeterPaulRubens and says to him: ''I saw your "Mona Lisa" in the Louvre: magnificent!''
* {{Yandere}}: Wiske can be a drama queen at times, though mostly in the later stories.
* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord: A common trope.
* ZorroMark: In "De Raap van Rubens "("Rubens' pupil") Lambik travels back in time to meet Peter Paul Rubens, the famous 17th century painter. He decides to have a duel with painter Anthony Van Dyck where they fight with use of their paint brushes. Lambik then paints a Z on Van Dyck's bare chest and says: You don't know him [Zorro], do you? You might learn about him in school, when you're older!
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