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->''"Humanity. What a wonderful puppet show! How could I get bored of it?"''
-->-- '''Fantômas'''

''Fantômas'' is a French 1960s' film [[AdaptationDecay very loosely based]] on the [[Literature/{{Fantomas}} novels of the same name]]. It turned the title character (a criminal and anarchist in the books) into a [[Film/JamesBond Blofeld]]-esque [[DiabolicalMastermind supervillain]] and spawned two sequels, ''Fantômas Unleashed'' and ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard''.

Fantômas (played by Creator/JeanMarais and voiced by Raymond Pellegrin) is very angry with Fandor (also played by Jean Marais), a journalist who has written a fictive (and ridiculous) interview of him. After bombing the editorial offices, he kidnaps Fandor, threatens to kill him, but first goes about ruining the journalist's reputation by committing a sensational theft in Fandor's guise. He also kidnaps Fandor's fiancée Hélène (Mylène Demongeot). Hot on the trail is buffoonish police commissioner Juve (Creator/LouisDeFunes). Fantômas then starts committing robberies with a mask imitating Juve's face to get rid of him.
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!!The ''Fantômas'' movies provides examples of:

* ActionSurvivor: Fandor
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: ''Fantômas Unleashed''
* AntagonistTitle
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Fantômas kills Lord Rashley and manages to escape once more in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'']].
* BaldOfEvil: Fantômas, with his mask on.
* BedsheetGhost: Commissioner Juve is disguised like this in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard''
* BerserkButton: Fantômas hates to be ridiculed in the public eye. [[DoNotTauntCthulhu Fandor will learn it the hard way]].
* {{Blackmail}}: In ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'' (the third and final film of the trilogy), Fantômas imposes a [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord head tax]] on the richest men in the world, threatening to kill those who do not comply.
* BumblingSidekick:
** Commissioner Juve for Fandor, most of the time.
** Inspector Bertrand, for Commissioner Juve.
* CallingCard: Fantômas regularly leaves one behind. The first theft in the first movie has him buying priceless jewelry with a check under a fake name. The writings on the check erase themselves soon after he leaves the jeweler and all is left is Fantômas' actual signature.
* CarSkiing
* CatchPhrase:
-->'''Juve:''' I'll catch you, Fantômas, I'll catch you!
* ChaseScene
* TheChessmaster: Fantômas
* ClearMyName:
** Inverted: Fantômas wants to be [[TheDreaded feared]], not to be mocked/considered as a myth by the medias, so he commits thefts, drive-by shootings and bombing attacks.
** Played straight by Fandor and Juve after Fantômas has impersonated them.
* CollapsingLair: The VolcanoLair in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* CrazyPrepared:
-->'''Fantômas:''' I'm a very organized man.
* CreepyMonotone: Fantômas
* DaChief: Commissioner Juve
* DaEditor: Fandor's boss, played by Robert Dalban.
* DarkMistress: Lady Beltham
* DiabolicalMastermind: Fantômas
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: In ''Fantômas Unleashed'', Fantômas takes over the TV transmission during an interview of Commissioner Juve. When it gets back to normal, Juve and his interviewer are BoundAndGagged.
* EvilGenius: Fantômas
* EvilLaugh: Fantômas does at least one per film, at the end usually. Not really hammy but still sinister.
* EvilPlan
* EvilSoundsDeep: Fantômas was voiced by Raymond Pellegrin, whose voice was notably deeper than Jean Marais'.
* ExpressiveMask
* TheFaceless: Fantômas is always seen wearing an intimidating bluish latex mask.
* FlyingCar: A flying [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_DS Citroën DS]] in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* GentlemanThief: Fantômas
* TheHero: Fandor
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Subverted. After Fantomas' consort learns that he's planning to replace her with Helene, she breaks her and Fandor out of captivity and provides them with a get-away car. Without breaks.
* HotScoop: Hélène
* InstantDeathBullet: Juve's one-shot cigar-guns in the second movie.
* IntrepidReporter: Fandor
* ItWasHereISwear: Fantômas adores doing this to Juve, especially in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard''.
* JokerImmunity: Fantômas
* {{Kidnapped Scientist}}s: Fantômas does this in order to build a MindControlDevice in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* LatexPerfection:
** Fantômas' masks when he wants to impersonate someone. This also includes gloves reproducing exactly the fingerprints. In the first film, both Jean Marais's and Louis de Funés's facial features are slightly exaggerated (larger eyebrows or ears) when Fantômas impersonates them. Played straight in later movies.
** In ''Fantômas Unleashed'', Fandor also uses a perfect disguise.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At the end of the first film, when TheEnd appears, Juve says: "This is not the end! We will meet again!"
* {{Leitmotif}}: Both Fantômas and Juve have their own. Fantômas uses the ominous main theme of the movies. Juve has a much more comedic one. Used to great effect during chase scenes by alternating the two.
* LighterAndSofter: When compared to the books and SilentFilms.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: Just look at the page's picture.
* ManInAKilt: The third and last film is set in Scotland. Creator/LouisDeFunes obliged.
* MasterOfDisguise: Fantômas
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Commissioner Juve's coat in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Fantômas has a fully automatic organ in his lair in the first movie. As Fandor [[WakingUpElsewhere wakes up from his kidnapping]] in Fantômas' lair, it starts to play an ominous piece to announce Fantômas' arrival.
* PerpSweating: Juve's method for making perps sweat is to eat before one while denying him food. Fandor stays rather unfazed.
* PetTheDog: When Fantômas interacts with Hélène, he behaves like a gentleman.
* PhantomThief: Fantômas, [[MeaningfulName naturally]].
* PreviouslyOn: The AnimatedCreditsOpening of ''Fantômas Unleashed'' doubles as this, shortly retelling the first movie.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: As Fandor wakes up in Fantômas' lair, he gives a [[GoodOldFisticuffs good beating]] to some mooks. When he punches Fantômas in the face and the torso, [[NoSell nothing happens]].
* SayMyName: Many a character will dramatically exclaim "Fantômas!" when confronted with the villain. Commissioner Juve's yells have reached memetic status.
* TheScapegoat: Fandor and Juve in the first movie.
* ScareChord: Plays when Fandor is kidnapped in the first movie.
* SequelEscalation: The first film is mostly about Fantômas committing several important thefts and showing to the public eye that he can be a real threat (and avenging the journalistic insult in the process). He uses mostly believable means such as his MasterOfDisguise talents, drive-by shootings, grenade and bombing attacks. The first sequel has him planning to TakeOverTheWorld from his VolcanoLair using a MindControlDevice, with a goofier-than-ever commissioner Juve trying to stop him using Film/JamesBond-esque gadgets. And there's a FlyingCar.
* SettingUpdate: The story of the books and silent films takes place in the Belle Epoque (pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarI France). This version adjusts to its decade, TheSixties.
* ShoutOut:
-->'''Juve:''' What would people think of you if Fantômas was caught by a vulgar [[Film/JamesBond 00-something? We are in an era of secret agents and gadgets!]]
* SlaveBrand: On their first encounter, Fantômas brands Fandor with an "F" on the chest to remind him that "From now on, you belongs to me."
* SoftGlass: Fantômas or Fandor have no trouble jumping through windows.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: The series is fondly remembered partly because Creator/LouisDeFunes starred in. And his role got increasingly important screentime as the series went on.
* SpyFiction: ''Fantômas Unleashed'' spoofs the use of gadgets, extravagant villain plans and lairs from Sean Connery's ''Film/JamesBond'' era (and even predates those of ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'').
* SupervillainLair: A French castle in the first movie, a VolcanoLair in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* SuperWindowJump: At the end of the third movie, Fandor jumps through a stained-glass ceiling for no particular reason.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Commissioner Juve. More like "sympathetic inspector protagonist", actually.
* TotemPoleTrench: In the second movie, Hélène's young brother and another kid disguise temselves as Fantômas this way.
* TrainEscape
* UnexplainedRecovery: A {{mook}} killed by one of Juve's cigars in ''Fantômas Unleashed'' is then seen alive in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'' (same actor in the same role) without explanation.
* VehicularSabotage
* VillainExitStageLeft: Fantômas always manages to escape.
* TheVillainMakesThePlot
* VillainousCrush: Fantômas has one on Hélène.
* WickedCultured: Fantômas
* WigDressAccent: Juve's Italian ticket inspector disguise in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.

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