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Comicbook: Zbeng
Zbeng is probably the most notable Israeli comic, by cartoonist Ouri Fink. It follows the day-to-day lives of a large cast of characters, most of them high-schoolers.

This comic provides examples of:

  • Amusing Injuries: and "Zbeng!" is a very common sound effect
  • All Men Are Perverts: Well, not everyone. Asher was afraid of sex in one story, Nir is a narcissist and Tzachi only cares about eating. But that's often the general feel of the comic
  • All Women Are Prudes: When this was pointed out to Uri, he created Sivan, a Good Bad Girl
  • Alpha Bitch: Maya is the Class Queen
  • Animal Talk: in thought-babbles, Garfield-style
  • Art Evolution: A lot of it over the years.
  • Artistic License - Animal Care: Yes, give your boyfriend's dog chocolate, great idea. Quite puzzling since Uri Fink IS a dog owner and based all the dogs in Zbeng! on his dogs
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In a very early story, Gal disguises himself as a girl and ends up on a magazine
  • Author Avatar: Fink is himself an occasional character in the comic. Other than that, he said Yaron is the character that most closely resembles himself.
  • Author Tract: A lot of stories were made as a way for Uri Fink to complain about annoying stuff in his life.
  • Battleaxe Nurse: The school nurse is pretty damn cruel
  • Berserk Button: Mess with Josepha - or look like she's attracted to you — and Asher will kick your ass.
  • Big Eater: Tzachi, a fat exemple
  • Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: It was mostly bizarre beacause Gal kept putting the balls in horrible places to annoy his dad's boss
  • Blatant Burglar: In an early story, complete with a Domino Mask
  • Blind Without 'Em: Yaron.
  • Blondes are Evil: Maya.
  • Book Dumb: Almost every teen character but Yaron
  • Boyish Short Hair: Sigal's first ,third and current hairstyle.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Gal and Yaron's big sister, Osnat.
  • Broken Pedestal: Gal and Yaron meet a Sylvester Stallone expy, in a story from the late 80's, and discover he's a total crybaby
  • The Bully: While Asher is referred to as "the bully", he’s actually pretty nice and friendly if you don't press his Berserk Button. Hertzel, on the other hand...
  • Bumbling Dad: Gal's dad in early stories, but not so much now
  • Butt Monkey: Mostly averted — while everyone is a Cosmic Plaything to some extent, any character can come up on top when opposed to the others.
  • The Casanova: Golan is pretty much a male version of Maya. Word of God itself says as much.
  • Characterization Marches On: On his first appearance, Asher actually CHEATED on Yosepha. And she herself was almost unrecognisable
    • Nir used to be just a generic Jerk Ass, and Jingji wasn't so horrible at first.
  • Comic Book Time: a necessary trope to keep a teen comic running for over 20 years.
  • Compressed Vice: Osnat being superstitious, Gal being allergic to cats, Sivan being a cellphone addict.
  • Covert Pervert: According to the official website, Yaron is actually higher than his brother Gal on the horniness scale, it's just that "He doesn't do anything with it".
  • Death Seeker: Stav. Very depressed, very lucky.
  • Diet Episode: Both Osnat and her father are on a diet, and they're not very good at it.
  • Disguised in Drag: In Asher's first appearance, Gal tried to disguise himself as a girl to get away from him
  • Distracted by the Sexy: An early story shows Gal giving away his money to pretty girls coming to gather donations for various causes until he runs out of money himself.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Yaron
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Nezek averted this, played straight with Zoe and Schwarze
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Avishai is the coach version
  • Dumb Blonde: Maya avert this trope and resent it
  • Dumb Muscle: Asher has the body of a gorilla and just one brain cell.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The ultra-rare "numberless" Zbeng is very odd to those who are familiar with the later books. For once, it's not just "Zbeng", but a collection of different comics Uri Fink was making at the time.
  • '80s Hair: Maya had that at first.
  • Einstein Hair: YARON, and just got messier and messier as time went by
  • Ensemble Cast: Gal is the closest thing Zbeng has to a main character. That's not saying much.
  • Evil Redhead: Well, "evil" is a strong word, but Jinji is definitely a Jerk Ass
  • Exact Words: Jinji made a bet with Nir that he will get off the railings before Jinji ask him twice, and now Nir needs to sit there and wait for hours until Jinji will ask him a second time.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Tzachi eats Happy Meal toys
  • Fun with Acronyms: A few jokes are like that (It'll be kind of hard to translate) even the comic's name was an Acronym for a while
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Gal and Yaron are a male exemple.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Every character has them, called "Conscience" and "Evil Inclination". They look more muscular/wimpy the more/less moral a character is.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language/Yiddish as a Second Language: Gal's second dog, a black poodle, was called "Schwarze".
  • Harmless Electrocution - In several stories
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Yaron wears glasses, has messier hair and is less tanned then Gal
  • I Was Young and Needed the Money: In one episode of the live-action adaptation, Zaafani is revealed to have been a risqué model in her youth.
  • Lecherous Licking: Jinji's kink involves chocolate syrup, so it probably includes this trope as well.
  • Lethal Chef: Yosepha's cooking is probably Asher's greatest fear, as he doesn't have the heart to tell her it can actually put him in the hospital.
  • Let's Just Be Friends: Said to Yaron by every woman he ever tried to date
  • Lets Wait Awhile: Much of the arguing in Gal and Sigal's relationship comes from the fact she feels that she's not ready to have sex.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Jinji in his better days
  • Man Child: The school's Principal is much more interested in cartoons and toys then teaching.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Subverted in an early comic. Shortly after (virgin) Gal and Sigal (temporarily) broke up, Jinji invites Gal over to have sex with a Scandinavian tourist, along with another tourist. After briefly debating the dilemma, complete with a Good Angel, Bad Angel scene, the story cuts to Jinji calling Gal a coward, only to reveal that Gal is happy he didn’t do it, as the tourist gave Jinji and his other friend an STD.
  • Meaningful Name: Most surnames are relevant to the character's behavior.
  • Mood Whiplash: One story from the early 2000's involved the cartoonist trying to shoehorn himself into the cast. First as "one of the guys" (much to the dismay of the teenage protagonists), then as one of the characters' uncle (with even less success), and finally as a teacher at their school, before the characters finally intimidated him away. Gal then ponders what made him want so much to live in their fictional world. We then cut to Ouri Fink's office, where he stares, eyes full of dread, at a live-TV image of the burning World Trade Center.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Zaafani’s first name, Anuga, literally means ‘delicate and exquisite’.
  • Official Couple:
    • Gal and Sigal.
    • Yosepha and Asher.
    • Gili and Aisha
  • Nerd Glasses: Yaron and Noga
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: a necessary trope to keep a teen comic running for over 20 years.
  • No Fourth Wall: The comic has many issues in which Ouri Fink and his characters directly criticize each other.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Yaron.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nobody but his parents calls Jinji "Ronen"
  • No Periods, Period: Averted.
  • The Peeping Tom: Jinji
  • Perverted Drooling: A lot of it.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Gal is popular and a Book Dumb, Yaron is a socially awkward Teen Genius
  • Potty Emergency: With a dog.
  • Precocious Crush: A young girl with hot older sister sent Gal letters using her sister's name to trick him into dating her.
  • Prequel: Zbeng! 1 came out in 1993, and contains mostly Backstory for characters like Maya or the band "My Limpy Sister"
  • Pun: A lot of them.
  • Raging Stiffie: Jinji sits behind a very attractive female classmate at the beginning of the new school year, when a new regulation came into effect saying students have to stand up when the teacher comes in.note  Jinji stares at the girl’s rump for a long while before noticing he has to get up too, at a rather compromising position. Fortunately, he notices the token gay classmate sitting behind him and his stiffie is scared away.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: often lampshaded, as there is No Fourth Wall.
  • Running Gag: In early stories, characters running away to join a Trappist Monastery.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mrs Zaafani. By her own admission, her only joy in life is screaming at people. This was emphasised in the short-lived live-action adaptation, in which she turned from being just very impatient with her students to overtly relishing in tormenting them, as seen in the pilot:
    Zaafani: You will call me ‘Mrs. Zaafani’... and I will tearnote  you to shreds. (Evil Laugh)
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: One story had Jinji discovering, to his horror, that girls fart and burp too, but it turns out Zaafani has never farted or burped in her life, which explains why she’s so mean. When she’s encouraged to finally let it all go, she turns out to be quite beautiful and turns much nicer, but it turns out it was All Just a Dream.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Sigal is more than a little devoted to her political ideals.
  • Speaking Like Totally Teen: In one story, the adults started talking to the teenagers with then-current slang, to communicate with them better. The teens got sick of it and reacted by speaking in Antiquated Linguistics, making their parents mad at their ‘ungratefulness’ at their efforts to relate to them.
  • Status Quo Is God: To the point where changes to a character's haircut are treated like a big deal.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Osnat dressed up as a solider to visit her boyfriend at the base he serves at.
  • Teen Genius: Yaron can make teleporters, potions and robots and he's only 16!
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Zbeng! 1 starts with all the characters getting interviewed by Uri Fink to be the main character in his new comic and getting rejected. In the end Uri realized that comic should be about ALL of them.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite living in a cardboard box, Asaf is easily the happiest member of the cast.
  • Totally Radical: An Israeli version of that is clear in ‘90s stories.
  • Twin Switch: Gal makes Yaron pull it off from time to time, it never works.
  • The Vamp: Maya's entire character is based on her ability to wrap the boys around her finger.
  • Two Decades Behind: A reader once commented on the clothing the teens wear being somewhat outdated. Fink explained that it’s somewhat inevitable, saying that if he tried to go to schools and draw the students’ clothes and take notes he’d ‘spend the night in Abu Kabir’.
  • Vaudeville Hook: Used in the Terrible Interviewees Montage in Zbeng! 1 by Maya.
  • The Unsmile: A short story had Maya and Stav both wear a device that forced their lips into a smile. While no-one even noticed Maya was wearing it, when people saw Stav that way they ran away screaming in terror.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Even without counting numerous instances of All Just a Dream, the cast has encountered aliens, demons, angels, outright miracles from God, time travelers, and more. This doesn't really seem to shock them.
  • You're Cute When You're Angry: Yaron is, according to most female characters

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