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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.

!!The ''Fantômas'' movies provides examples of:

* AntagonistTitle
* BaldOfEvil: Fantômas, with his mask on.
* BumblingSidekick:
** Commissioner Juve for Fandor, most of the time.
** Inspector Bertrand, for Commissioner Juve.
* CatchPhrase:
-->'''Juve:''' I'll catch you, Fantômas, I'll catch you!
* TheChessmaster: Fantômas.
* DaChief: Commissioner Juve.
* CreepyMonotone: Fantômas
* {{Determinator}}: Commissioner Juve. It doesn't matter how many obstacles Fantômas throws at him; he stays in hot pursuit whatever the cost, sometimes at great risk to himself, and comes ''very close'' to catching the evil mastermind several times.
-->'''Juve:''' I'll catch you, Fantômas, I'll catch you!
* DiabolicalMastermind: Fantômas
* DaEditor: Fandor's boss, played by Robert Dalban.
* 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.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Fantômas is always very polite even when he explains you that he plans to remove your brain from your body to create a new kind of slave.
* GentlemanThief: Fantômas
* TheHero: Fandor
* IntrepidReporter: Fandor
* JokerImmunity: Fantômas
* 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.
* {{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.
* MasterOfDisguise: Fantômas
* MsFanservice: Hélène, Fandor's fiancée, played by Hélène Mylène Demongeot.
* PhantomThief: Fantômas, [[MeaningfulName naturally]].
* SayMyName: Many a character will dramatically exclaim "Fantômas!" when confronted with the villain. Commissioner Juve's yells have reached memetic status.
* 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.
* 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.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Commissioner Juve. More like "sympathetic inspector protagonist", actually.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Fantômas always manages to escape.
* WickedCultured: Fantômas

* BerserkButton: Fantômas hates to be ridiculed in the public eye. [[DoNotTauntCthulhu Fandor will learn it the hard way]].
* 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: It happens when Fandor tries to control the car sabotaged by Lady Beltham.
* ChaseScene: In the last part of the film, Fantômas is chased by Juve, Fandor and the police.
* 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.
* CrazyPrepared:
-->'''Fantômas:''' I'm a very organized man.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Fantômas plans to use Fandor's brain (and later Juve's) to create a new kind of slave.
* DarkMistress: Lady Beltham.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: When Fantômas explains that he will charm Hélène, Fandor discreetly makes a phone call to Lady Beltham, who can hear everything about Fantômas's plan to cheat on her. Consequently, Lady Beltham decides to release Fandor and Hélène.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Subverted. After Fantômas' 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.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At the end of the first film, when TheEnd appears, Juve says: "This is not the end! We will meet again!"
* MagicBrakes: Happens in the car given to Fandor and Hélène by Lady Beltham. Partly {{Justified|Trope}}, because Fandor says that the brakes and the gear box are sabotaged and because the car is in a mountain road.
* 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.
* OrWasItADream: At first, when Fandor wakes up in his flat, he thinks his vision of Fantômas was a dream. Then Hélène notices that he has a bump on his head, and he notices the "F" that Fantômas tattooed on his chest, so he realizes that it was not a dream.
* 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.
* 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]].
* TheScapegoat: Fandor and Juve in the first movie.
* ScareChord: Plays when Fandor is kidnapped in the first movie.
* 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."
* SupervillainLair: A French castle.
* TrainEscape: During the final ChaseScene, Fantômas jumps on a moving train, followed by Fandor and Juve. Fantômas then unhooks the wagons to escape from them.
* VehicularSabotage: Lady Beltham sabotages the brakes and the gear box of the car that she gives to Fandor and Hélène to escape.
* VillainousCrush: Fantômas has one on Hélène.

[[folder:''Fantômas Unleashed'']]
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: The animated opening sums up the events of the previous movie.
* BatmanGambit: Fantômas releases Hélène and tells her not to tell anything about her kidnapping. Then he sends her an invitation to a MasqueradeBall and a PimpedOutDress. He plans she will either tell Fandor and Juve or be followed by them, so that he can kidnap them at the MasqueradeBall.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Commissioner Juve. His role might be purely comedic most of the time, but he guns down several Mooks and gets to save all the protagonists from captivity thanks to his gadgets.
* DamselInDistress: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]]. Hélène is kdnapped by Fantômas, but he releases her almost immediately. After the MasqueradeBall, he kidnaps her again, but he kidnaps at the same time the male protagonists (Juve, Fandor and Bertrand), who are then in a far greater danger than Hélène. The male protagonists free themselves and rescue Hélène.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Fantômas takes over the TV transmission during an interview of Commissioner Juve. When it gets back to normal, Juve and his interviewer are BoundAndGagged.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Fantômas [[WouldntHurtAChild does not harm Hélène's younger brother]].
* FlyingCar: A flying [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_DS Citroën DS]].
* GoAmongMadPeople: Juve is arrested by the Italian police and sent to an asylum.
* GoGoEnslavement: Hélène wears an oriental PimpedOutDress when she is held captive by Fantômas. She wears it when she escapes.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Juve and Fandor steal the car of campers to chase after Fantômas in the final ChaseScene.
* IHaveYourWife: Fantômas holds Hélène's brother prisoner so that she does not tell Fandor and Juve about her kidnapping and she goes to the masquerade ball.
* InstantDeathBullet: Juve's one-shot cigar-guns.
* {{Kidnapped Scientist}}: Fantômas does this in order to build a MindControlDevice.
* LastRequest: Juve asks Fantômas' henchmen for a cigar as a last request. He also offer them cigars. They are actually cigar-guns.
* LegCannon: Juve has one as part of his pirate disguise during the MasqueradeBall.
* MasqueradeBall: Fantômas organizes one and catches Hélène, Fandor, Juve and Bertrand.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Commissioner Juve's coat.
* PreviouslyOn: The AnimatedCreditsOpening doubles as this, shortly retelling the first movie.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Fantômas threatens to remove the head of Fandor, Juve and Bertrand if Hélène does not agree to become his partner.
* 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.
* 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!]]
* 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 VolcanoLair, with a MadScientistLaboratory and a control pannel to activate trap doors or OminousPipeOrgan music.
* TotemPoleTrench: Hélène's young brother and another kid disguise temselves as Fantômas this way.
* VillainousCrush: As in the first movie, Fantômas has one on Hélène.
* VolcanoLair: Fantômas has a new lair below a volcano.
* WigDressAccent: Juve's Italian ticket inspector disguise.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Fantômas does not harm Hélène's younger brother.

[[folder:''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'']]
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Fantômas kills Lord Rashley, steals the diamonds and manages to escape once more]].
* BedsheetGhost: Commissioner Juve and Bertrand are disguised like this.
* {{Blackmail}}: Fantômas imposes a [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord head tax]] on the richest men in the world, threatening to kill those who do not comply.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Fantômas impersonates Lord Rashley after murdering him.
* HuntingAccident: Lord Rashley's secretary plans to kill his boss during a hunting party. He does not know he is dead already and [[MuggingTheMonster Fantômas impersonates him]].
* ItWasHereISwear: Fantômas adores doing this to Juve, especially in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard''.
* ManInAKilt: The third and last film is set in Scotland. Creator/LouisDeFunes obliged.
* MuggingTheMonster: Lord Rashley's secretary plans to kill his boss. He does not know he is dead already and Fantômas impersonates him.
* SuperWindowJump: At the end of the movie, Fandor jumps through a stained-glass ceiling for no particular reason.
* 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.
* YourCheatingHeart: Lord Rashley's wife has an affair with his secretary.