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Comicbook: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
"The British Empire has always had trouble distinguishing its heroes from its monsters."

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is a Genre-Busting serial comic series by Writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill. It was originally published under Moore's now-defunct Americas Best Comics imprint at Wildstorm. After a re-occurrence of creative disputes between Moore and DC(who had purchased Wildstorm in the middle of the run), Moore and O'Neill who owned the series, took the label to Top Shelf and Knockabout Comics, which has published the series from Volume III onwards.

The League was originally envisioned as a Victorian Justice League of America, specifically as a Crisis Crossover of several iconic characters in Victorian-Era English literature teaming up in a single team to combat threats taken from the same world. Volume 1 dealt with a conflict against Fu Manchu, Volume 2 had the League battling the Martian Invasion from H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. However as Moore clarified in later interviews, the League became less about telling sophisticated adventure stories and became more interested in Deconstruction as a means and an end. Put it simply, the League is set in a Parallel Universe comprised entirely of fictional characters. It asserts that All Fiction is True from the very beginnings of human writing to the future visions dreamed up by science fiction visionaries. Put it simply, the League applies Arc Welding to the whole of human literature, theatre, opera, cinema and television, and of course some odd mentions to comics for good measure.

The League's members(in Volumes I and II) include Mina Murray, formerly known as Mina Harker from Bram Stoker's Dracula, Allan Quatermain from King Solomon's Mines, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, 20 years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's book, Hawley Griffin, the title character of The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells; and the only character outside of English literature, Captain Nemo, from Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and its less renowned sequel The Mysterious Island where Nemo is revealed to be a Sikh Prince, Dakkar of Bundelkhand, which is how he's portrayed in the books. In addition to this, the books feature characters like Mycroft Holmes, Dr. James Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes books, and the great detective himself in a memorable cameo. It also includes an original character Campion Bond, who foreshadows the Lawyer-Friendly Cameo by his famous descendant Jimmy in the later books.

The Black Dossier and Volume III: Century, brought the series into the 20th Century. The former was an elaborate side-story, which features the titular Dossier as a Framing Device for the history of all the different iterations of the League, from the one in Shakespeare's time through to World War II and brings the references to a truly ridiculous level. Volume III Century was first published in 2009 and set up an elaborate End of the World as We Know It arc spanning the 20th and early 21st century. Part I, takes place in 1910, where the League investigates a doomsday cult led by magician Oliver Haddo, while simultaneously dealing with a madman killing prostitutes on the waterfront. Part II, goes to The Sixties, and features characters from film and television alongside the literary characters. Part III takes place in the 21st Century. Recurring motifs include Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera and Iain Sinclair's Andrew Norton, a time traveler who can visit any part of London's history but only in London. Songs from Brecht and Weill lead to on-panel musical numbers.

The first part of Volume III, introduced the character Janni Dakkar, the daughter of Captain Nemo, and in March 2013, Moore and O'Neill set-off on a Spin-Off trilogy. Part 1 was Nemo: Heart of Ice, set in 1925, and features Janni in a race against a team of former Teen Geniuses from the "Edisonades" to a South Pole based on The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and At the Mountains of Madness. Part 2 was Nemo: Roses of Berlin, published in February-March 2014, which brings Janni and her family to the Berlin of Metropolis ruled by the dictator of Tomania, Adenoid Hynkel. Recurring villains include Ayesha from H. Rider Haggard's She. A third part, Nemo : River of Ghosts is announced by Top Shelf for Spring 2015, featuring a 80 year old Janni in the Amazon River Basin.

The sheer number of sly references to Victoriana that are found in the pages of League's first two volumes astound many scholars; each page includes subtle and overt Continuity Nods to British literary tradition and culture, everything from Rupert Bear and other classic Talking Animal characters as Moreau's hybrid monsters, to a Cottingley Fairy in a jar of alcohol at the British Museum. However the League isn't simple adaptations of the original characters and stories. As Moore insists, he is "stealing" these characters, bringing them into fresh contexts and new situations beyond the confines of the original stories, often subject to a Deconstructive Parody and featuring heavy doses of Alternative Character Interpretation. Later volumes often feature controversial depictions and portrayal of famous characters.

Not to be confused with The League of Gentlemen, which is something entirely different. (Although they might be in here somewhere...)

Provides Examples Of:

  • Acoustic License: A flashback sequence actually shows the confrontation between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls, something the original story by Arthur Conan Doyle that it's taken from, "The Final Problem", never bothered with (Watson just finds a letter and signs of a struggle and assumes what happened). Doyle thus sidestepped any problems of two men engaging in dialogue right next to a plunging, roaring waterfall, while Moore forges right through with sesquipedalian flair.
  • Adaptational Badass: Hyde. In the original book, Hyde is a "dwarfish" man who is sometimes comical to look at and whose personality swings between bold and timid. In the comic, he's a towering juggernaut with Super Strength and Super Senses as well as a powerful personality. Jeckyll admits in the comic that Hyde used to be smaller than him, but that Hyde grew as that personality gained dominance.
    • Apparently Don Quixote was this, as he became a member of the original incarnation of the League headed by Prospero, and must have been a fairly accomplished adventurer, rather than the delusional old man he was in his own novel. Though, careful readers of the book, such as Vladimir Nabokov have long observed that Don Quixote is not really all that bad as a Knight Errant, famously pointing out that he wins more fights than he loses. Restoring a little known aspect of a long beloved character is what Moore is all about.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Quatermain is imagined here has a timid, strung-out old junky who is often ashamed of himself. Even when he regains some of his old verve, he's never quite the bold and confident adventurer he is in the original.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Quite a few characters who are Hero of Another Story are presented in a decidedly darker light in the League books, with Society Marches On, Values Dissonance and Genre Deconstruction strongly applied to these works.
    • In general, spies, whether good or bad, are regarded as inherently shifty characters with M, the leader of M16 and the creator of the league, revealed in Volume 1 to be James Moriarty and his successor, the nominally good Mycroft Holmes shown to be if possible, more ruthless. The Black Dossier takes this even further with a very negative portrayal of Cold War era spy fiction, M16 pulling The Coup and installing Big Brother from 1984 and being led by Harry Lime with characters like Emma Peel shown as little more than an Unwitting Pawn and James Bond a misogynist scumbag who is a traitor to England and working for the CIA and becomes a Karma Houdini Villain with Good Publicity.
    • Boys Adventure Heroes from Charles Hamilton's Greyfriars School stories has the Famous Five's leader Harry Wharton becoming Big Brother with other members of the gang forming the party of Ingsoc, and Billy Bunter shown as a pathetic Man Child who also rats out Mina and Allan Quatermain. Other adventure heroes who are shown as less than noble is Tom Swift or Tom Swyfte who is a racist and Dirty Coward who cares more about his own life than that of his team and whose inventions revolve around developing weapons because he's Only in It for the Money rather than For Science!. In Volume III: Century, Moore builds his climax to a prolonged Take That on Harry Potter, showing the main character as a whiny Spoiled Brat who is also an Eldritch Abomination who murdered the entire supporting cast of his series.
  • All Myths Are True: Or perhaps more accurately, all fiction is true. Except Dr. No. He never existed.
  • All There in the Manual: Knowledge of the books of the period (all of them) is very helpful to understanding the subtle goings-on, if not the main plot.
    • The Black Dossier offers a mountain of information on the previous leagues, their activities are chronicled in supplementary stories. You can seriously read a Shakespearean-style play about Prospero and Caliban and their ilk forming the first League, complete with Shakespearean jokes like guards named Mr. Shytte and Mr. Pysse.
    • There are also books of annotations by Jess Nevins which point out some of the really obscure references, though even Nevins can sometimes get overwhelmed. When cataloguing one of the back-up "world tour" sections from the second volume, he subtitled it "In Which Alan Moore Tries To Kill Me". Said sections have one obscure Victorian reference per sentence.
    • Each Volume ends with a text-only supplement that actually provides clues and Info Dump on the Expanded Universe. In the Spin-Off Nemo trilogy, it takes the form of an interview between Janni Dakkar and Hildy Johnson from Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday.
  • Anyone Can Die: By the end of Volume 3 of Century, Mina is the only original member of the league who's still alive.
  • Anything That Moves:
    • Fanny Hill.
    • Orlando, too.
    • Hyde in his crazier moments.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: These appear with a regularity you'd expect in a universe like this. Of special note is King Jacob, whose puritanical tyranny led to the death of magic in England, and the twisted, degenerate nobles from Silling Castle, whose evil was so horrendous that The Scarlet Pimpernel states that he regrets having ever saved them during the French Revolution.
  • Artifact Title: The League was officially disbanded between the events of Century: 1910 and The Black Dossier, whittling the cast of characters down to a Trio of Extraordinary Gentlemen by the final act. Not to mention that the book's original Victorian setting, which the title is meant to evoke, has been out the window since The Black Dossier (which took place in the 1950s), with the last two volumes taking place in the 1960s and the 2000s, respectively.
    • In conventional terms of a group, probably, but Moore has always insisted that the League was more of a metaphorical crossover than a literal superhero story. So the Artifact Title here is a Justified Trope.
  • Asshole Victim: Griffin to Hyde. Rather literally.
    • Tom Swyfte
  • Ascend To A Higher Plane Of Existance: Christian disappears into the Blazing World at the end of his affiliation with Prospero's Men, and from there, presumably finds a way to return to his own shining country, as he is never seen again.
  • Author Appeal:
    • The m√nage √ trois between Quatermain, Mina and Orlando.
    • Alan Moore's fondness for old-time forms of pornography also tends to come through, to the point where later volumes can focus just as much, if not more at times, on the sexual exploits of the characters as much as their adventures. In particular, the first volume features characters and settings from Victorian pornographic journal The Pearl, and Black Dossier gives us, among others, a Jane-style Tijuana Bible from the world of 1984 and the various exploits (in more than one way) of the eighteenth-century League courtesy of Fanny Hill.
    • Between Mina and Quatermain in the main books and Jenny Nemo and Broad-Arrow Jack in "Heart of Ice", younger women have a tendency to end up with much older men in this series.
    • On a less sexual note, his deep love of Victoriana is prominent throughout the first two volumes, and his enjoyment of punk and the hippie movements of the 1960s in the third. Of course, this comes with a certain ugly dark side, see Nostalgia Filter.
  • Author Avatar: Quatermain in the first two volumes(and Vol 3. Part 3), The Duke Of Milan in the third.
  • Author Tract: Moore is usually respectful of the fictional characters he appropriates and is fairly faithful to their original representations. In Century: 2009, however, his portrayal of Harry Potter is not only unflattering but also inconsistent with how that character appears in their original source material. Moore makes his opinion of that work of fiction particularly transparent when he has Mary Poppins appear and destroy him, in her role as 'guardian of the world's children and their imaginations'.
    • His depiction of James Bond (at least, the literary version) isn't exactly flattering either, although it is more faithful to Fleming's original depiction. He does have Allan Quatermain basically point out that he's a very poor showing for the 'British adventure hero' in such a way that clearly suggests that Moore isn't exactly a fan.
    • His treatment of Harry Potter's assorted characters is at least vaguely justified by the terms of the story and the world Moore and O'Neill have established up until that point. Moore's take on Potter exists in a world where 1984 actually happened, after all.
  • Badass Grandpa: Auguste Dupin is Mina and Allan's liaison in Paris, and despite being in his late 90s if not early 100s, he looks Mr. Hyde straight in the face and blasts his ear off with his pepperbox pistol. Mina is impressed.
  • Badass Normal: The majority of the pre-Victorian League count as this, as well as most of those succeeding it, but Mina Murray stands out - a dainty, slightly-built music teacher rubbing shoulders with the likes of Captain Nemo and Edward Hyde! Other noteable ones include Cat Burglar AJ Raffles who was able to along with Mina go toe to toe with Fantomas and the Nyctalope, and Nathaniel Bumpo and The Scarecrow/Dr Syn/Captain Clegg from the 17th century League.
  • Badass Santa: In the League universe, Santa is an elderly shaman who lives alone in a hut at the North Pole, uses astral projection to travel around the world spreading good cheer every Christmas, and commands an army of malicious sprites (his "little helpers") as his familiars. He also apparently murdered a few employees of the Coca-Cola company when they tried to buy the rights to his image.
  • Bechdel Test: In the first volume, set in 1899, Mina is the Token Girl. By the final scene of Century set in 2009 just about all surviving characters are women, or both in the case of Orlando.
  • Big Bad: The only book that doesn't have a specific antagonistic ringleader is Volume II, which features the Martian hordes. In Volume I, the main antagonist is Fu Manchu (only not really, it's Moriarty), in Black Dossier, it's Harry Lime, and in Volume III: Century, it's Oliver Haddo (up until the last book, where he becomes the Bigger Bad to the Antichrist.
  • Biggus Dickus: Sinbad, according to Orlando.
  • Big Guy Rodeo: Quatermain attempts this against Mr Hyde. It doesn't work, so he feeds him a mouthful of laudanum.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Frequently enough that some of what you read will completely go over your head if you don't speak Arabic or Chinese. For example, in Fu Manchu's lair a man is being tortured by having words written onto his body in molten metal. The Chinese script translates as, "A man who does not know pain is like a book whose pages have not been written."
    Peg: Wij hebben ons vrijwillig aangeboden. Zijn geslacht is kolossaal. note 
    Mina: She, um, she says they volunteered because of his personality.
  • Biological Weapons Solve Everything: It is revealed that the bacteria which killed the martians during the events of War of the Worlds was in fact a hybrid of Anthrax and Streptococcus developed by Dr. Moreau while working for the British Military.
  • Bi the Way: In Century: 1969, Mina "tortures" a woman for information regarding a cult, and Quatermain and Orlando tend to share a bed regardless of Orlando's current gender.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: Edward Hyde can see people's body heat - including Griffin's.
  • Blood Knight: Orlando, with a bit of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass for good measure.
  • Body Horror
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The dinner scene in volume two, in which Hyde reveals some of his origins. And that he'd (Disturbing spoiler, highlight to read:) brutally beat and sodomized Griffin to near-death a few minutes previous. (The blood on his clothes, hands, and teeth becomes visible as Griffin finally dies in another room. Which happens to be above them, so that the blood is revealed to be dripping through the ceiling as well.)
  • Break the Cutie: Nemo's daughter Janni, oh so much. Ironically her gang rape by her employer and the customers of the bar she works in makes her willing to accept the role of Nemo, the very thing she ran away from home to avoid, in order to have her revenge. And she does. By the end of the volume Ishmael reckons she's more of a monster than her father. "Ain't it bleeding wonderful?"
  • Celebrity Paradox: Averted, see Literary Agent Hypothesis
  • Character Exaggeration: Bulldog Drummond's racism (the reason the original stories haven't aged well) is turned up to eleven.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Hyde's thermal vision. This being Hyde, he's smart enough not to tell Griffin about it, knowing that it might come in handy sometime. It is actually revealed to the reader in a single panel of a Hyde & Griffin in volume 1 showing Griffin in infrared. It isn't revealed that this was through Hyde's vision until the climax of volume 2.
    'I've always been able to see you'
  • Chekhov's Classroom: Very subtly done. In Century: 1969, Norton mentions Helter Skelter and Holden Caulfield - both fictions that inspired real-life killings. By Century: 2009, Harry Potter has become one, too, inspiring school massacres in America.
  • Chickification: Mina is a lot more vulnerable in Century: 1969 than we've seen her before. Explained as a result of the strain of being immortal finally starting to catch up with her.
  • Columbine: And with magic too.
  • Composite Character
    • Orlando is pretty much every fictional character with that name ever, up to and including Orlando the Marmalade Cat.
    • The Antichrist is a combination of Aleister Crowley's Moon Child, Harry Enfield's Kevin the Teenager, Tetsuo, and Harry Potter.
  • Continuity Nod: To a lot of continuity; its Back Story is a distilled mixture of every book written in the 1880s and 90s ever, from Dickens to erotica. And includes a distant ancestor of the Dude from The Big Lebowski.
  • Crapsack World: Particularly by Volume II. Even moreso at the end of Volume 3 where the characters state that 21st Century Anglo-American society is Not So Different from the Victorian era.
  • Creator Provincialism : Despite having a canon comprised of all recorded literature, the League is very England centered, with the focus on British popular culture by and large. Captain Nemo, from Jules Verne is the Token Minority in both senses as the only character not originating from English literature to appear in the mainstream League team.
  • Darker and Edgier: Everything. The Nautilus gains a new, darker look and a lot More Dakka but a lot less Dakkar in volume three.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Griffin.
  • Deconstruction: Initially it began as a straightforward Victorian Justice League, extracting the literary precursors of popular superhero characters, but Moore gradually realized he had created something ambitious, a history of the world as reflected in the literature. As such the books deconstruct the relationship of literature, storytelling and culture to the given society it portrays, where several characters of fiction tend to be Expy and Captain Ersatz of real historical figures.
    • Moore typically foregrounds the subtext of a given story, emphasizing the obscure and little known aspects, which is why the characters that he steals from famous works of literature are not consistent from how they are popularly known. Mina Harker is the heroine of Dracula, a work where she is the Damsel in Distress, here she is a divorced ex-Music Teacher, a depiction in contrast to the loving marriage we see in the narrative of the book but follows on the more feminist interpretations of the book, as seen in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation.
    • Likewise, Allan Quatermain, rather than the stereotypical Great White Hunter, is initially The Load of the League because of his crippling opium addiction, rather than the sure hero of popular imagination and he constantly relapses into his old behavior. Perhaps the biggest stretch is Captain Nemo or Prince Dakkar of Bundelkhand working with The British Empire, when in Jules Verne's stories he is a N.G.O. Superpower anti-colonialist rebel. Though the idea of an old imperialist and a colonialist rebel on the same team is a nice touch.
    • Mr. Hyde is essentially The Hulk, which Moore notes is the literary origin of the Marvel character. This is partially justified since it is noted that Hyde did grow through Stevenson's original story and he could conceivably have been of Hulk proporitons if he and Dr Jekyll lived long enough. Even Hyde being able to see and smell Griffin could be justified because Dr Jekyll's account in Stevensons book speaks of new sensations and how the world seemed different when he changed into Hyde. That Mina finds Mr Hyde terrifying but far from the worst she has seen is also justified. Stevenson points out that Hyde is natural, though representing the very worst in nature. Bram Stoker points out that his Dracula is utterly unnatural. There is, though, no hint in the Stevenson's book that Hyde was particularly xenophobic like Moore's version is. Also while Dr Jekyll says the the sins which embarrassed him terrible were no worse than that some men might have boasted about them, it was probably a little bit more than not returning a borrowed book and masturbating a bit like Moore's Hyde claims.
    • A running theme in the first two books is that "The British Empire has always had difficulty separating its monsters from its heroes." Blurring the lines between hero and villain, with M revealed to be James Moriarty, and his, and Sherlock Holmes' death, used to extend his cover. Later Ms include morally ambiguous characters like Mycroft Holmes and subsequently, Harry Lime of The Third Man.
    • The idea of long running stories with open endings for sequels to make a franchise get torn a new one in ''2009''. The heroes realise how awful fighting forever can be and are physically and mentally exhausted of fighting and just want their stories to end
    "I could have just been a traveller. You could have taught music. But no. We always have to be the heroes, donít we?"
  • Deconstruction Crossover: One of the most typical examples. Probably, even the Trope Codifier.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Moore freely admits that characters he doesn't like will not be treated very kindly.
    • James Bond is shown as a rapist thug, who murders Emma Peel's father and is a traitor to England, secretly a CIA agent. Moore believes that the unsavory aspects of Bond in the original Ian Fleming stories were made Lighter and Softer in the movies with Sean Connery giving him Adaptational Attractiveness.
    • Harry Potter gets a comparatively better deal since he has a Freudian Excuse. He's The Antichrist appointed by Oliver Haddo/Tom Riddle/Voldemort to bring the new aeon, whose adventures in Hogwarts was all a ruse to keep him diverted from his real path. He has an epic Freak Out and goes Kill 'em All on Hogwarts, murdering Ron, Hermione, Draco, McGonagall, Ginny, Dumbledore, Hagrid and Snape(who gives a Defiant to the End speech) before settling at Grimmauld Place for ten years taking anti-depressant pills and procrastinating on self pity. His portrayal as a whiny Spoiled Brat is Moore's Take That on the milennial generation which he feels is increasingly conservative and anti-intellectual.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Janni is the Queen of this trope. Do not mess with her unless you want your city itself attacked, the harbour burnt, looted and pillaged, hundreds of people murdered, on top of which you too will get ass-raped along the way.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Janni is always barefoot.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In Century: 2009, the Hogwarts school massacre is framed and discussed as if it were Columbine-style school massacre where the student doing the massacring has magic powers.
    • And the panels in which the massacre is actually portrayed resemble a first-person shooter video game. Fitting, since video games were blamed for Columbine in real life.
  • The Dragon: "Jimmy" for M in The Black Dossier.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Maybe this is what happens when you mash characters from writers in different styles and genres but the League never coheres and performs the function that it was created for. Their biggest success was in Vol. 1 whereas Vol. 2 is filled with betrayal and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and Vol 3. shows the 20th Century as a relentless Trauma Conga Line for all and at the end, the League is unrecognizable in its modern form. Though considering that Alan Moore wanted to narrate a Myth Arc of cultural decline, this seems a deliberate action on his part.
  • Dystopia Is Hard: Its specifically shown that not only did the Ingsoc goverment only cover Britain itself, like some interpretations of {{1984}} speculates, it also didnt last more than a few years, from the end of WW2 to the early 50s. With Big Brother being assassinated in secret by James Bond.
  • Eldritch Abomination: They do creep in, don't they?
    • H.G. Wells' Martians.
    • Lovecraft's own make an appearance... in a Jeeves and Wooster story. Quatermain and Mina also comes across one of them when they're investigating the bizarre occurences in New England, alongside Randolph Carter.
      • They also show up in a prequel story concerning Quatermaine's activities just after he faked his death, where his body is possesed by a nameless Elder Thing while his spirit encounters the Time Traveller, John Carter and Randolph Carter on the astral plane.
      • Nyarlathotep itself makes an appearance as a "respected diplomat" from Yuggoth to the Blazing World.
      • Nyarlathotep and pals also feature in a William Burroughs style novelette, in which they masquerade as Burrough's Nova Mob (a kind of Mind Virus/ interplanetary crime group/ linguistic terrorist organization. Makes Just as Much Sense in Context)
    • And let's not forget the Antichrist.
  • Eldritch Location: The Mountains Of Madness, Present Land, and Arkham, obviously. Mina also describes the Phantoms tunnels beneath the Paris Opera House as this, describing them as "an abysmal place, where the walls still echoed with grief and rage".
  • Establishing Character Moment
    • Fu Manchu is introduced writing on a man's bare skin with acid. Nice guy.
    • The first time Oliver Haddo appears on panel in Century: 1910, he blasts Orlando across the room with a magic wand before a word has been uttered.
    • The first time the Anti-Christ appears as an actual character in Century: 2009, it is a first person perspective of him committing a school massacre. With magic powers. And the school happens to be Hogwarts...
    • When Griffin (the Invisible Man) is introduced, he's taking advantage of his invisibility to rape schoolgirls, including Pollyanna
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Nemo is a ruthless terrorist vocally committed to killing as many Englishmen as creatively as possible, he draws the line at using poison gas. Or bioweapons.
    • In a 'sort of' example, Hyde does not appreciate what Griffin the Invisible Man has done regarding either Mina or selling everyone out to the Martians... but his response is even worse. Here, it's less because Hyde would never do such a thing (it's suggested he already has, many times), it's because he has some kind of regard for Mina personally.
    • Less 'evil' more 'amoral', but while Mycroft Holmes usually acts aloof and impartial towards the quite morally questionable things he and the League get up to, he is visibly disgusted and angered when the real Jack the Ripper gets out of a well-deserved hanging when someone else who couldn't have done his crimes confesses to them solely to get the attention.
  • Evil Counterpart: ...sort of. The League has counterpart organizations working on behalf of the French (Les Hommes Mysterieux) and German (Der Zweilicht Helden) governments. While The League tends to include at least a few traditional heroes, Quatermain and Mina Murray, the closest thing the French have to a hero is Robur the Conqueror and ArsŤne Lupin. The Germans are strictly villains, with such monsters as Dr Mabuse, Dr Caligari and his somnambulist assassin, and Dr Rotwang from Metropolis and his Robot Maria.note 
  • The Faceless: Fantomas, to the point where none of the League members can seem to give a matching physical description at ALL, save for his black mask.
  • Fan Disservice: Plenty in volume 2. Griffin brutally attacks and humiliates Mina, which is followed by Hyde raping Griffin before killing him, and on the side there's Mina's sex scene. With Allan. Then it got worse. Allan likes Mina's scars. A lot.
  • Fat Bastard: Campion Bond, Mycroft Holmes, Billy Bunter...
  • Faux Action Girl: Mina Murray is introduced as an iron-willed Lady of War. By the end of the first book, she's begging Allan to save her. In the second book, she's nearly raped and serves as little more than Allan's love interest. Any strength she may have had is gone.
  • Feghoot: Some of the references are nothing but elaborate set-ups for truly awful puns. The suicide of 1950s superhero Jack Flash is probably the most cringe-inducing (he jumped off an apartment building after trying & failing to do the deed with stove gas three times).
  • Fictional Counterpart: Not just to places and things but fictional representations of people even come into play as well. Most notably Adenoid Hynkel taking Adolf Hitler's place in WWII. Also, The Rutles were the biggest band of The Sixties. Instead of Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, we have Terner from The Purple Orchestranote  complete with Alternate Universe Sympathy for the Devil. Other notable ones include Horatio Hornblower taking Nelson's place in British military history, and the identity of Jack the Ripper being Mack The Knife. Finally, the Big Bad of Century, Oliver Haddo, is an expy of real-life mystic Aleister Crowley.
  • Fish out of Water: Christian, the protagonist from The Pilgrim's Progress, who finds himself stranded in 17th Century London after getting lost in the City Of Destruction.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Foreshadowing: An important tidbit is dropped in Volume 1 and only picked up on later, in Volume 2: Hyde lies about being able to see Griffin; While he can't see his normal form, he can see the little bugger's body heat, which is how he corners Griffin in Volume 2 and eventually kills him.
    • AJ Raffles mentions that if a war in Europe does break out, such as Carnacki's visions seem to indicate, he would feel obligated to enlist to make up for his life of crime. The Black Dossier reveals that Raffles is killed during a charge into no-mans land.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Survived the events of the novel, and is currently ruling over other automatons in Toyland. And he's married to E.T.A. Hoffman's Olympia, one of the first robots in fiction.
  • Freakiness Shame: Mina's scars.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The Famous Five from Greyfriars school. All of them became involved with spy organizations. Harry Wharton became Big Brother, Bob Cherry became Harry Lime (who's also M and Mother), and it's implied that Emma Knight's father designed super spy cars and masterminded The Island.
  • Gag Boobs: Rosa Coote's got a pair, complete with permanently erect nipples.
  • Gender Bender: Orlando, obviously.
  • Genre Shift: The Black Dossier brings out of the world of Victorian adventure novels into a mid-20th-century spy caper.
    • Also happens internally at least once per volume, between the main comic narrative and the supplementary materials. These are usually prose of some sort, whether intelligence report, travelogue, or pulp sci-fi, but they can get... bizarre. The Black Dossier, for example, includes sections done in the style of an 18th-century satirical broadsheet, an Elizabethan drama, a Beat Novel, and a Tijuana bible based on 1984, among others; Volume Two includes a board game.
  • Gentleman Thief: Two of the Trope Codifiers, AJ Raffles and ArsŤne Lupin.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In-universe; Black Dossier features several communications between Mina and Allan and the British authorities during their service. In one of them, Mina writes that the 'Fountain of Youth' the characters were seeking didn't work, Allan has died and that she is currently 'racked with grief', explaining the jerky handwriting on the postcard. Since she also mentions that she has quite by coincidence happened to meet a 'long-lost son of Allan's' which is 'some consolation', and since the volume has made it explicitly clear that Allan and Mina are now forever young and virile, the clear implication behind the rather delicate language is that Mina is actually wracked by Allan and her celebrating their newfound youthfulness together rather ... vigorously.
  • God: Revealed to be Mary Poppins.
  • Gratuitous German: "Der Zweilicht Helden" is complete bullshit in German. Later, whole sections in Nemo:Heart of Berlin are conducted in untranslated German.
  • Great White Hunter: Quatermain
  • Guide Dang It: One of the few comics to have (and actually need) a guide. Jess Nevins's incredible guidebooks are essential to understanding all the references for anyone who isn't a professor of Victorian literature.
  • Hellish Pupils: The "Chinese Doctor" has semi-rectangular goat-like eyes.
  • Here There Were Dragons: All of the magic and sorcery that populate fairy tales and folklore was real in the League world in one way or another but that magic has been pushed further and further into the background by various forces, essentially disappearing completely due to the puritanical King Jacobs purge of magical creature's after Queen Glorianas death, which caused the Fairy Realm to seal itself off from Earth. The governments of the world have taken it upon themselves to not only keep a tight lid on this fact but also relegate the amazing things that happen in their own time as fiction.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mr. Hyde dies when defending London from the Martians.
    • After climbing the leg, ripping the carapace off the machine, then eating the Martian inside.
    • Alan dies saving Mina and Orlando from the Moonchild
  • Humanoid Abomination: The true form of the Antichrist (Harry Potter) in Century, which resembles a giant, bald man, covered in eyeballs. Dracula is also implied to have been this, in line with the original novel.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The main trait of Christian, a member of Prospero's League. Justified in that he is the main protagonist from the allegorical christian novel A Pilgrims Progress, and hails from a spiritual realm described in the book.
  • In Name Only: The Movie. The comic book is a Victorian era Crisis Crossover, whereas the movie is an Alternate History Steampunk sci-fi thriller whose characters just happen to be lifted from books. Movie!League makes Quartermain the leader/hero instead of Mina, as well as adding Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer (who only are suspected to have appeared in pictures in the books), replacing Psycho for Hire Hawley Griffin with an invisible Gentleman Thief, and making Mina a vampire. Whether it was this that tanked the movie from the start or was the best decision the film made, well that today even ten years later appears to be a Broken Base
  • Invisible Streaker: Griffin. Not that it helps against Hyde. The second Invisible Man was also this, but his chain smoking and coughing fits made him almost useless as an operative.
  • Jack the Ripper: "In the henhouse, like a fox dear/Jack MacHeath is back in town".
  • John Munch: His father, Pete, appears as an astronaut in the "Minions of the Moon" backup for Century: 1969. Like his son, he also a conspiracy theorist but this being the world of the League it's possible he's actually right.
  • Karmic Death: Griffin suffers this. He pisses off Hyde, who as it turns out, can see him despite his invisibility. He then beats and rapes Griffin to death.
  • Karma Houdini: Arguably, the point of joining the League is to become one via the reward of amnesty (ex. Hyde, Griffin, Jekyll, Raffles, Nemo). Most don't make it though. Mack the Knife of Volume Three is a far more straight example. He even sings about it near the end.
    • Also, the kids at the festival in 1969? Well, Fridge Logic dictates that they'd be the right age to have lost parents to Big Brother's Culture Police, and a few must have denounced their parents...
  • Karmic Rape: the Invisible Man's rape by Mr. Hyde is treated this way. May overlap with Pay Evil unto Evil depending on whether you consider Hyde an Anti-Hero or just another villain.
  • Kick the Dog: Nemo's crew is initially introduced as a group of loyal subordinates who simply follow the man's orders, no matter the morality behind them. In the third book, they not only reveal to have a taste for piracy and murder, but brutally attack London's docks in maniacal glee.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Normally, beating and raping someone to death is a Moral Event Horizon, but when the victim is Griffin...
  • King Arthur: Orlando knew him personally, having known Merlin since a teenager, and became part of Camelot, fighting for it as one of the Knights Of the Round Table. When Arthur died at Salsbury Plane, Orlando took Excalibur with him, and still carries it to this day.
  • Lady of War: Mina
    • Janni Nemo as well. Even bruised after being brutally assaulted and even surrounded by the dead and dying as vicious pirates go about the business of an honest day's slaughter, she still looks graceful and beautiful.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The New Traveler's Almanac does this in regards to the shocking amount of shipwrecked Englishmen involved in discovering previously uncharted isles.
  • Large And In Charge: Mycroft Holmes as M. (This follows common theories about the character and his "Diogenes Club".)
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Griffin pisses off the one member of the team who has no qualms about killing him and who can detect him despite his invisibility. It... doesn't end well for Griffin at all.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo:
    • "The Chinese Doctor" (Fu Manchu). Also "Jimmy", Miss Night (Emma Peel), and Uncle Hugo (Bulldog Drummond) in The Black Dossier.
    • The map of "The Blazing World" in The Black Dossier had a familiar phone box symbol (positioned over Norway), and the Second Doctor appears in a brief walk-on cameo in Century: 1969. The First and Eleventh Doctors show up in Century: 2009.
    • The Almanacs have several more, including Coca-Cola's polar bears, The Witches of Eastwick, Conan the Barbarian, and Gilligan's Island.
    • Tom in Century: 1969 and in'Century 2009'' has an occult school that can only be accessed by taking a train from a hidden platform at Kings Cross Station. The Antichrist was raised there with a certain distinctive mark on his forehead.
  • Legion of Doom: One composed of Dr.Mabuse, Dr.Caligari, Cesare, Rotwang, and Fake Maria is shown in the Black Dossier.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: All stories are true, we just know them as stories because someone else wrote them down and the truth became distorted. In The Black Dossier we learn that the Big Brother government had a fiction department set up to turn a lot of their cases and biographies into entertainment in order to discredit them.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Orlando seems to have few hang-ups or complaints about being immortal. Deconstructed slightly, however; particularly when male, he can instead go to the other extreme from Who Wants to Live Forever? and come off as unfeeling and even sociopathic.
  • Legacy Character: With a bit of Generation Xerox: Macheath from The Threepenny Opera is apparently descended from the Macheath of The Beggar's Opera. Also, Jack Kerouac's characters Doctor Sax and Dean Moriarty are the descendants of Fu Manchu and Prof. James Moriarty respectively. Its also revealed in Century that James Bond is a title assigned to different agents of British Intelligence, with two specific agents refered to as J3 and J6 looking an awful lot like Roger Moore and Daniel Craig.
  • The Load: Randolph Carter to his teammates in the story Allan and the Sundered Veil, much to his great-uncle John's dismay.
  • Mad Scientist: Nemo, Moriarty, Fu Manchu, Moreau. The Black Dossier throws in Caligari and C.R. Rotwang.
  • Magic Carpet: Gullivar Jones
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover
  • Mind Screw: It starts with the back-up story in Volume One, but the series really gets trippy with The Black Dossier and Century: 1969.
    • The journey in Nemo: Heart of Ice has pretty trippy elements which is justified since the crew of the Nautilus are heading towards the Mountains of Madness though it's also much more straightforward than Century.
  • Mirror Chemistry: In a text feature in Vol. 2, it is revealed that Alice emerged from the Looking Glass world with her entire body mirror-reversed. As a result, she was unable to eat normal food, and ultimately starved to death.
  • Mix-and-Match Creatures: Dr Moreau's creation H-142.
  • The Mole: Griffin allied with the Martians during their invasion.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Boy's Own Adventure tone of the narrator's text boxes is hilarious, but within two pages of a Gorn scene of a semi-likeable female character being beaten to the point of passing out with a splat in a pool of her own vomit, the whiplash spoils the humor.
  • Musical Episode: Volume III: Century has a running motif of The Threepenny Opera as reflection of changes in music style and on-panel numbers to illustrate the volume a la Brecht and Weill. Vol 1, features variations of "Mack the Knife", has a Whole Plot Reference to "Pirate Jenny" and ends with a rendition of "What Keeps Mankind Alive?"(also the title of the Vol 3, Part 1). Part 2, ends with a Punk version of "The Ballad of Immoral Earnings" and Part 3 features a rap version of the Canon Song.
    • Century: 1969 features an Alternate Universe version of "Sympathy for the Devil" as performed by Terner, a character played by Mick Jagger in Performance and his Purple Orchestra with replacement lyrics that scan in perfect alignment to the original.
    • Of course, the mostly non-musical Vol 2, ends with Mr. Hyde facing the Tripods while singing "Did You See Me Dance the Polka?" a reference to Victor Fleming's adaptation starring Spencer Tracy, which uses it as a recurring motif.
  • Musical World Hypothesis: Briefly touched on in one section of "The New Traveller's Almanac", where we learn that the events of Lewis Carroll's poem The Hunting of the Snark were just an extended hallucination by Dr. Eric Bellman, a psychiatrist who went insane after trying to lead an expedition to Wonderland. The dialogue in that poem (arranged in verse) is said to be a side-effect of Bellman's madness, which left him incapable of speaking in coherent prose.
  • My Grandson Myself: Allan Quartermain, Junior. Mycroft Holmes sees right through it, naturally.
    • Humorously, virtually everyone else who caught wind of both "Allan Quartermain, Jr." and the search for Ayesha's Fire of Eternal Life failed to make the connection spectacularly despite the transparency of the lie.
  • My Nayme Is: A few copyrighted characters have their names subtly altered (when they would be too hard to recognize without names) to make them Lawyer Friendly Cameos. A pre-marriage Emma Peel is named "Emma Night" instead of "Emma Knight", Tom Swift is renamed "Tom Swyfte", and Amber St. Clare (a member of Prospero's Men) is renamed Amber St. Clair.
  • Myth Arc : Applies one to the whole of literature but there are specific ones in the issues.
    • Volumes I and II, have the Central Theme of the British Empire finding it difficult to separate its heroes and monsters, exploring famous Victorian creations in the political context of Imperialism, with little difference between Heroes and Villains.
    • Century is a trilogy focusing on the 20th Century, the proliferation of mediums, movies, TV and Rock & Roll music and by 2009, dealing with what Moore feels is an overall decadence of culture.
    • The current Nemo series starring Janni Dakkar seems to have a separate Myth Arc of its own.
  • Nailed To The Wagon: Allan was locked in his cabin to purge the opium from his system, though his addiction would last another issue. Cruelly, his cabin was aboard the Nautilus, so only half of what he saw were hallucinations.
  • New Media Are Evil: Anything post-1970 is shown as decadent, idiotic, or stealing from older, better literature. Oh, and Harry Potter is literally the antichrist.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Happens at least once in every volume, but especially Century where Carnacki's visions of the apocalypse inspire the instigator of Apocalypse to plan accordingly. Carnackis visions of a war in Europe leads to the League fighting their French counterparts in Paris, not realizing that BOTH sides are being played, and that the fight ensures that the German Twilight Heroes are free to plot the war with no one the wiser.
  • No Export for You: In Canada, at least, you can't buy the black dossier in stores. You need to get it online.
  • No Name Given: Nemo is Latin for "no one", his true name is never revealed. In Verne's The Mysterious Island, his name was given as Dakkar (Anglicized version of Thakkoor), which was used as a title by some rulers of princely states. It could be a last name, a first name, or just a title.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Griffin's blood.
  • Nostalgia Filter: The third volume drips with the sentiment that things in general and fiction in particular were better back in Ye Goode Olde Days even when they weren't so great, and consistently depicts the modern world as a grey and gloomy hell of delusion and misery.
    Mina Harker: "People were desperately poor in 1910, but at least they felt things had a purpose. How did culture fall apart in barely a hundred years?"
    Orlando: "By becoming irrelevant, same as always."
    • This trope is also described when describing the Counterculture of The Sixties which Moore was very much a part of and doesn't spare from criticism either. Mina Murray notes that the young 60s children were modern and advanced and creating something new, Orlando being as long lived as he is, retorts:
    "No, they're just nostalgic for their childhood."
  • Nothing but Skulls: in the story "Minions of the Moon", Mina and the Galley-Wag find a field full of human skulls, belonging to the male Lunites that have died from a plague.
  • Occult Detective: Carnacki
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. When Lieutenant Gullivar Jones appeared at the beginning of Volume 2 as John Carter's ally, a few readers were confused by his name and assumed that he was supposed to be Lemuel Gulliver. In fact, Lemuel Gulliver actually is an important (albeit unseen) character in the League universe note , and Gullivar Jones is another character from a fairly obscure book called Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation.
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: a main plot in the "Minions of the Moon" story; the Lunar Amazons need a man since all the men in their colony were killed off by some disease, threatening their race with extinction. Who ends up supplying the necessary genetic material? The frozen body of Professor James Moriarty, still in orbit around the moon where the Cavorite carried him. Mina herself ponders just what future incidents the progeny of Moriarty might bring about
  • Opium Den: Quatermain starts the comic in one.
  • Original Generation: Campion Bond and William Samson Senior are a partial example, as they were created by Alan Moore but are relatives of other characters, the former being the grandfather of James Bond (the first one, anyway) and the latter being the father of The Wolf Of Kabul, a character from several adventure stories serialized in The Wizard and The Hotspur magazines.
    • Janni, Moore's daughter of Captain Nemo, could also possibly be seen as this.
  • Out with a Bang: A gruesome example in the second volume: Hyde rapes the Invisible Man Griffin to death.
  • Papa Wolf: Bulldog Drummond to his goddaughter, Emma Peel Night.
  • Parody Commercial: As extras in each issue, along the lines of "Our cigarettes will cure asthma!"
  • Pet the Dog: Hyde, otherwise portrayed as a cheerful villain, receives one in Volume Two when he has a heart-to-heart with Mina. As with most things in the series, comes complete with a literary allusion.
    Hyde: ...of all the people I've met, you are the only one that does not hate me. You've met worse than me, haven't you?
    Mina (softly): Yes.
    • Nemo rescuing a young Jimmy Grey during the invasion of London after his parents are killed when the Martians attacks the railway bridge. He even tries to comfort him, apparently even Nemo cant quite hate English children, no matter how much he despises the nation itself. Grey would eventually build his own underwater vessel as an adult, which was part of the abysmally failed 1950's version of the League, though he had more success on his own.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Mina has worn a few, given what was expected of high ladies at the time.
  • Pirate Girl: Janni, a.k.a. "Pirate Jenny".
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Most of the villains of the series have some sort of un-PC behaviour played up, especially misogyny, which is shared by several.
    • Except for the Martians who are far too busy commiting genocide to bother with such things.
    • And the heroes aren't exactly the most PC bunch either - though interestingly, Nemo (the only actual minority on hand) is probably the most openly prejudiced.
  • Posthumous Character: Dracula is already dead by the time the story takes place, but his influence has far-reaching effects on Mina, decades and even centuries after the events of the novel. In the Travellers Almanack, Mina and Quatermain return to his castle in Romania. It is abandoned, but someone has left a few letters written in blood there
  • Psycho for Hire: Hyde, Griffin, and to an extent Nemo. The entirety of Les Hommes Mysterieux, as well, save perhaps Lupin. And then there's Die Zweilichthelden...
  • Psycho Sidekick: Everyone except Mina and Allan, as well as possibly AJ Raffles and Carnacki.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Les Hommes Mysterieux, the French government's answer to the League, form a 1-1 match with its counterpart organization.
  • Public Domain Character: All of them, pretty much, save for those mentioned under Lawyer-Friendly Cameo above.
  • Punk Rock: The epilogue of Century: 1969 sees Allan and Orlando hip-deep in the scene, as their underground club has kept up with the times in the eight years since Mina disappeared. It features a Punk cover of a Brecht-Weill song, The Ballad of Immoral Earnings.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
  • Rape as Drama: Janni's personality reversal from rebelling against her father's ideals to eagerly embracing them after being gang-raped contains more than a hint of this trope.
  • Raygun Gothic: The prominent Steampunk aesthetic of the first two volumes is largely replaced by this in The Black Dossier, which shifts the action from the late 1800s to the 1950s.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: Used in early issues, where Chinese people were given dialog in Chinese with no translation for this reason and the arabian in the very first issue not being translated. This is extended to Captain Nemo speaking Bundeli without subtitles and large sections of Nemo: Roses of Berlin features dialogue in German.
  • Reference Overdosed
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-universe, even. The government tries at one point to form a League with a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for every member of the Murray Group. They end up disbanded after one unsuccessful mission.
  • Rule 34: Played for Laughs with the Ingsoc Tijuana Bible in Black Dossier, which does this to Orwell's 1984. Yes, really.
  • Schedule Slip: A regular enough occurrence that there's actually a backup strip in the v2 trade about it.
  • Scrapbook Story: The Black Dossier.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: This becomes a general theme of the overall quest narrative after Vol. 1. In Vol.2, The Martian Invasion is ultimately stopped by biological warfare with the heroes essentially sent by the government to collect package for use and hold of invaders until it can be deployed. Century makes this a recurring theme since the attempt to prevent The End of the World as We Know It is halted because of wrong conclusions, Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and ultimately occurs regardless only for the villain to realize that Victory Is Boring and that his Evil Plan was a stupid idea anyway.
  • Sherlock Holmes: He has a sort of cameo in a flashback sequence.
  • She/He/It/They Are All Grown Up: The Artful Dodger in V2, Billy Bunter in Black Dossier, Baz Thomas in Century. Rather more disturbingly, there's the revelation that Robert Cherry and Harry Wharton of the Famous Five grew up to be Harry Lime and Big Brother, respectively.
  • Shout-Out: They may as well have called it Shout Out: The Comic Book.
  • Sky Pirate: Robur and Captain Mors
  • Sociopathic Hero: Hyde and Griffin.
  • Spiritual Successor: Before The Black Dossier and Century moved the LOEG world into the 20th century, there was Albion by Moore, his daughter Leah and her husband John Reppon, which was basically League for 1970s UK comics.
  • The Spymaster: 'M'
  • Stealth Pun: The Reverend Dr. Syn is described as "a mild-mannered clergyman from Kent". "Clark" is regional slang for clergy. That's right, he's a mild-mannered Clark from Kent.
    • In Black Dossier, the XL series of rockets are named for the fate suffered by the previous incarnation; the one used by Allan and Mina is named "Pancake". At the end of their adventure, it explodes. Its successor, naturally, is the Fireball XL 5.
  • Steam Punk: Fancy whiz-bang devices everywhere! — in the first two volumes and Century: 1910 at least.
    • The Black Dossier has several segments that could probably be better labeled Raygun Gothic.
  • Submarine Pirates: Captain Nemo and his crew.
    • Janni and her crew in Heart of Ice.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Mina recounts her nearly fatal encounter with Fantomas deep in the caverns below the Paris Opera House, where he uttered only a single line, in a deep, terrifying voice. "I win". He then detonates several charges of explosives he had wired throughout the caverns, causing the entire Opera House to cave in, killing hundreds of people and trapping Mina underneath.
  • Take That: The Black Dossier has several. The X-L series of spacecraft are named for an abbreviation of extra-large and it's noted by Mina they could only ever be American because "who else would think that 'extra' starts with an 'X'?" This is in all likelihood a partial dig at the movie, which abbreviated its title as "LXG".
    • Also, James Bond's grandpa was a perverted little coward. Bond himself appears in The Black Dossier, and he seems to have retained his ancestor's qualities as, two pages into his appearance, he tries to rape Mina. She beats him up, and when Allan shows up, he knocks Bond's pansy ass to the ground, kicks him in the 'nads and mocks him. Further, the Bond in this version is specifically stated to be one who defeated Dr. No - the version played by Sean Connery, who also portrayed Quatermain's character in the movie. And then Moore proceeds to take this Up to Eleven in the climax, in which it is revealed that there never even was a Dr. No in the first place, Bond had betrayed England to the U.S, and murdered one of MI5's own agents. By Century: 2009, while "James Bond" has become a Legacy Character handed down to different agents in succession (all the Bond actors from Connery to Craig appear), the original Bond is bedridden and ravaged by syphilis and other diseases.
    • A slightly gentler one is directed at "a maker of phosphate drinks" (Coca Cola). The polar bears from their commercials show up in one of the Almanacs, as well as Santa Claus who accidentally killed a representative from the company.
    • In Century: 2009, Moore's portrayal of the Harry Potter world is less than flattering. Of the Hogwarts Express, he has Andrew Norton declare: "it runs on sloppily-defined magic principles".
  • That Man Is Dead in The Black Dossier:
    M: "Jim, you can call me M. Behind my back, you can even call me Mother. But Harry... Harry died a long time ago in the sewers under Vienna. Let's leave it like that, shall we?
  • The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Inverted — Ishmael prefers Nemo to call him by his first name, rather than "Mr. Mate". On his deathbed, he does. Janni calls him "Mr. Mate", but he lets it slide.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Acording to The Black Dossier, in the LOEG universe, Hitler is replaced by Adenoid Hynkel from (get ready for this)... the 1940 anti-Nazi film The Great Dictator starring Charlie Chaplin; thus ensuring that the same type of facial hair is hated in both worlds.
  • Totally Radical: Mina's efforts to keep up with the times in Century: 1969 take on this edge, as is noted (and made fun of) by Allan and Orlando; deconstructed, as it's her way of trying to cope with the crushing psychological implications of being forever young and immortal.
  • Tripod Terror: Lampshaded
  • Tuxedo and Martini: The basis of the mockery around James Bond.
  • The Unfettered: Mr. Hyde, increasingly.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Orlando, mainly because s/he has been around so long s/he can't remember which historical battles s/he was and wasn't present at.
    • Word of God also says that s/he is a pathological liar.
  • Verbal Tic: Griffin has a memorable low chuckle, typically spelled out "Aheheh", with which he punctuates his sentences. It is often also used to inform the reader that Griffin is in a panel (as he is invisible).
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: So...many...obscure literary references...
  • Villain Song: Jack the Ripper himself gets two in the third volume, one about how little things have changed since his killing spree, the other deriding the ruling class and the law for creating a world where people like him exist. He may be a nutter but he can carry a tune.
  • Villain Team-Up: At the end of the 1969 installment, Haddo possesses Tom Riddle.
  • Wardrobe Flaw Of Characterization: Mina continues to keep her neck heavily wrapped, even as her fashion sense evolves to fit with the times, in order to cover up the many scars that she got from Dracula.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Mina and Allan set alongside the original Victorian League are underwhelming. Much of Mina's second League suffer from this and are relegated to defending themselves with pistols and swords.
  • What Could Have Been: At one point Simon Bisley was considered for regular art duties on the book. It boggles the mind...
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Initally averted; while the consequences of Orlando's immortality are delved into, it's never a cause for Wangst and s/he certainly has fun. Likewise, Mina and Allan's biggest problem with immortality so far is keeping sex interesting. But Mina has more difficulties in Century and Alan eventually loses his grip on his drug addiction and becomes a homeless vagrant again. Its implied that Orlando also suffers from thsi to some degree, since 5000 years of war and bloodshed occasionally drives him into a killing frenzy.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Some of the stories are retellings of specific works: Volume 2 is a Darker and Edgier (if the original wasn't grim enough) retelling of The War of the Worlds, Century:1910 is heavily based on elements of The Threepenny Opera, and Century:1969 is a joint Prequel to Get Carter and Performance.
  • Yellow Peril: Fu Manchu.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Invoked in one of the letter columns in regards to Nemo.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Done with Janni in Volume Three, wherein fighting fate apparently leads to getting gangraped for your defiance.
  • You Shall Not Pass: In Nemo: Heart of Ice, Ishmael stays behind to delay the pursuit of Janni and the others. He takes one of the ice schooners into the crevasse with him in a Heroic Sacrifice.

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