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The Marsupilami is a fictional animal species starring in two Belgian comic book series that got adapted twice into an animated series. Marsupilamis are monkeylike, black-spotted yellow creatures with an insanely long prehensile tail, from the BananaRepublic of Palombia.

Marsupilamis were created by Creator/AndreFranquin for the ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' album ''Spirou et les héritiers'' (''Spirou and the Heirs'') in 1956. Capturing one of these elusive and fictional critters was the goal of one the trials the title heirs were tasked to do to receive their inheritance. The captured marsupilami (nicknamed "[[SpeciesSurname the Marsupilami]]") became a TeamPet for the duration of Franquin's run, serving as PluckyComicRelief, BigGuy and DeusExMachina, thanks to his [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands ever-expanding]] list of anatomical peculiarities. When Franquin left the series, he kept the rights to the species, and the appearances of the Marsupilami dwindled in his birth series, before finally stopping in 1970. He remains one of the [[EnsembleDarkhorse most popular characters]] of the series.

In 1987, Franquin created his own ''ComicBook/{{Marsupilami}}'' comic book series, which got its own AnimatedAdaptation in 2000.

In 1992, an InNameOnly ''WesternAnimation/{{Marsupilami}}'' was produced by Creator/{{Disney}}, initially as a part of ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage''. And was first aired on [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC Saturday Mornings]].

In 2012, a French live-action movie, ''Film/SurLaPisteDuMarsupilami'' (''On the trail of the Marsupilami'') was released. Loosely based on the Franquin comics, it tells the story of a French reporter and his guide, who stumble upon the legendary Marsupilami.

And yes, that's two characters, one comic, one film, two cartoons and a publishing house all named Marsupilami.

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!!The Marsupilami provides examples of:

* AppliedPhlebotinum: Is there anything the Marsupilamis' tails are ''not'' good for? They can use it as a lasso, as a fist, as a big spring they can jump on... In fact, the Marsupilami ''himself'' can be categorized as an AppliedPhlebotinum in the ''Spirou'' series. How many times has he conveniently revealed NewPowersAsThePlotDemands?
* BreakoutCharacter: As explained above, the Marsupilami started out as the TeamPet of Spirou and Fantasio.
* {{Badass}}: Marsu eats piranhas and killer ants, [[SuperStrength rips trees out of the ground]], and punches out lions and crocodiles, to the point where he is the most feared creature in the jungle. Yeah, he qualifies. And he [[CurbStompBattle savagely beats up a martial arts master]] who he saw as a threat to his masters, the two of them stopping him just shortly before he killed him.
* BananaRepublic: The marsupilamis live in the jungles of Palombia, a Latin-American country with a chronically unstable government.
* CartoonCreature: The title characters.
* CartoonyTail: Of course.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Houba!" (the full phrase is "houba houba hop!"), present in both comic and animated series. Female marsupilamies go "Houbi!" and juveniles "Bi!" [[ComingOfAgeStory It's a big deal]] when they graduate to the adult versions. It's nearly the only syllables they can ever utter, although it depends on the material. Franquin's work on ''Spirou'' has the Marsupilami growling, roaring and making all sorts of noises beside "Houba!" He could even [[PollyWantsAMicrophone mimic human speech like a parrot]], a trait rarely used in other adaptation. In the Disney series, His other phrase besides "HOUBA!" is "I'm Marsupilami, And this is my gorilla pal, Maurice!"
* DistaffCounterpart: The Marsupilamie
* GreenAesop: Destroying the Amazonian rainforest is bad, mmkay?
* TheKiddieRide: From the makers of the offensive WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck ride, in the same [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3462/3376244737_0a34cc48dc.jpg offensive pose]]. Pass the BrainBleach, please!
* NaturalWeapon: The Marsupilami's tail is as good as one.
* {{Portmanteau}}: "Marsupilami" is one of the words "marsupial", ''Pilou-Pilou'' (the French name for ''Eugene the Jeep'', a character Franquin loved as a kid) and "ami", French for "friend".
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