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Series: Flander's Company

Nous servons le mal, et nous le servons bien.

Flander's Company is a French amateur series, airing on the Nolife broadcast and edited for DVD in 2009 by Kaze (recently acquired by Viz Media).

The title company aims at providing heroes worthy foes, and as such recruits, trains and supports Supervillains. The series follows its employees in their daily routine.

The main characters are:
  • Hippolyte Kurtzmann, the human resources manager, who spends most of his time receiving wannabe supervillains in his office. Sadistic and short-tempered. Was known as "Sadoman" when he was an active Villain.
  • Caleb, the resident Brilliant, but Lazy Gadgeteer Genius who's supposed to run the research department, but spends most of his office hours next to the coffee machine. Was known as "Pr. Kaos" whan he was an active Villain.
  • Mr. Armand Trueman, the Affably Evil CEO, who inherited the company from his father. Hates slackers, and thus Caleb.
  • Cindy, Mr. Trueman's niece, a 16-year-old barbarian with an axe. Known as "Freya" when she is an active Villain.
  • Dr. Parker, a friendly psychiatrist who runs the psychological assistance department, helping Supervillains with their issues. Well, when he isn't in Damien mode. Then, he's a psychopatic killer with insane powers that just wants to make Your Head Asplode.
  • Carla Burnelle, co-CEO of C.C Corporation, who masters electric powers.

The first season is centered around Hippolyte and his job, and features a lot of Application of the Week episodes, but starting with the second, it becomes a lot less repetitive, with genuine story arcs, and other regulars are featured more prominently, even if Hippolyte is still the main character.

Budget is non-existent (at least in the beginning), so there is no set and almost everything is shot during weekends in the offices of French Animation magazine Animeland, hence the anime DVDs and posters in the background. The show's creator and co-writer, Ruddy Pomarede, also directs, acts (as Caleb), edits and does the visual effects. All this on his free time, which explains the slow production (twenty short episodes a year).

The overall style is very cartoonish, so the fact that everybody overacts does not ruin the show, but participates to the general mood.

Unlike Flanderization and Stupid Sexy Flanders, has nothing to do with Ned Flanders.


Flander's Company provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Addiction Powered: Caleb got himself some short-range teleportation capabilities after drinking an average of 8-liters of coffee a day. Eventually he drank enough to teleport a whole building.
  • Amplifier Artifact:
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: In the Easter special episode, the Spirit of Easter shows up. To get shot by Nadège and eaten by the cast.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Trueman is implied to be responsible for Magneto's return, the Morlocks Massacre and Temptation Island.
    • Three things are a big no-no in the FC universe: messing with the timeline, manufacturing Kryptonite and producing albums from North Canadian divas.
    • This gem from Georges in season 4:
      George: We survived Chantal Connasse, those raving mad loons of Aegis, Caleb's experiments, Cindy's puberty crisis!...
  • Ascended Extra: The serie is known to use this trope a lot:
    • Carla Burnelle was initially introduced as one of Hippolyte's several candidates and a parody of (former) French president's wife Carla Bruni. She was later ascended to the protagonists Arch-Enemy and later again became a protagonist herself.
    • Similarly, Kevin was first seen as this then ascended to a member of the C.C Corp. He is one of the only three survivors of the C.C by now.
    • Igor initially appeared with Countess Von Bathory as a cameo character. He later comes back and becomes Caleb's personnal assistant. Even more in season 4, where he serves as the main scientist due to Caleb missing.
    • Though not specifically ascended as character, several actors appeared first as candidates to Hippolyte to later return playing major characters.
  • Aside Comment:
    • In the season 2 finale, Hippolyte's Bond One-Liner after he killed Kevin is addressing the latter. However, he then gets back to add "Just kiddin'..." straight at the camera.
    • In season 4 episode 4, Caleb looks straight at the camera and says "I can't miss this!" (about Hippolyte tearing a new one to the marketing guys).
  • Ass Shove:
    • Sadoman's final move involves ripping his enemies' heart by the anus. This is how he defeats Kevin.
    • In the season 3 finale, Déborah and Kevin bring a big battery to supercharge Carla's power. Guess where the plug goes....
    • In season 4, when a candidate superhero has for sole power the ability to generate flowers, Hippolyte asks for some with thorns and demonstrates a possible offensive use....
  • Astronomic Zoom: The intro sequence.
  • Atomic F-Bomb:
    • Caleb after teleporting to Egypt at the end of "Unlimited".
    • Caleb again in "Angy Junkie", yelling "BITCH!" at Carla.
  • Attack Backfire: It happens a lot against Sadoman. Any attack that hurts him but fails to kill or incapacite him will just supercharge his pain-based powers and result in a fierce, and often lethal counterattack.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: In the second half of season 4; more precisely, attack of the Killer Sadako-Expy Stringy-Haired Zombie Girls with psycho-ultrasonic powers and born from mutated singers.
  • Audible Sharpness: Cindy's axe, a lot.
  • An Axe to Grind: Cindy and Gladys' weapons of choice.
  • Babies Ever After: Carla in the series finale. Armand doesn't seem to take it well...
  • Badass Family: The Truemans.
  • Badass Normal: Armand Trueman possesses no power of his own, but he makes up with his intelligence, charisma and crazyness. Too bad it clearly doesn't satisfy him.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: An unusual example since the bad guys are the protagonists, but in season 4, it is doubtful Alternates Armand and Cindy would have applied as final a solution to Alternate George's problem than Hippolyte and Caleb did.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In "PWNED!", Hippolyte gets turned into a potted plant by one of Caleb's experiments. Mr. Trueman is not amused.
  • Beam-O-War:
    • Pyro vs. Sadoman & Damien in season 3.
    • Carla vs. Alternate Caleb in season 4.
    • Carla vs. Alternate Hippolyte in the series finale.
  • Bear Hug: Gladys to Caleb. Ouch.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do. Not. Mess. With. Caleb's coffee. Do not. Really. Bad idea. Very bad idea. Cataclysmic idea.
    • Also count for Hippolyte:
      Hippolyte: It took me months to find a decent roaster in this universe!
    • Do not make Cindy wear girly clothes. Just... don't. Or blood will flow.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Don't mess with Parker when he's in Damien mode.
    • Georges is an incredibly nice fellow... Just don't mess with him too much, or he will send his younger daughter after you.
  • Big Bad:
  • Big Entrance: Carla's return to Flander's in season four's "Forgiven, not Forgotten". Blasting off the doors is just the start.
    Armand: Bravo, Carla. Nice comeback. Truely. There was tension, light and sound effects, a rather good sense of timing... no, really, it was nearly perfect. A true model of the genre.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Armand at the end of season 4 episode "Born Villain", after Cindy and Alternate Hippolyte side with Damien.
  • Black Comedy: Plenty, along with regular comedy.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Alternate Georges in the season 4 finale:
    Alternate Georges: Fortunately, unlike God, I haven't inbued my creations with free will.
  • Blasting It out of Their Hands: Alternate Cindy does it to a bunch of bank-robbers with a bullet guided by telekinesis.
  • Blood Is the New Black: When Hippolyte is finally allowed to unleash his Sadoman powers in the alternate universe, he rips out Zombieber in two. He then prances around proudly covered in blood, grossing out Alternates Cindy and Armand.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Whenever blood is shown, you can be sure it is going to be completely over-the-top.
  • Bloody Murder: Emo-Man's superpower is to give himself a paper cut that will result in a devastating high-pressure stream of blood.
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • Hippolyte as Sadoman after killing Kevin.
      Hippolyte: If you manage to come back after this, kiddo... I promise I'll hire you. (beat) Just kiddin'...
    • Armand Trueman makes one in the series finale a second before the Super Serum stops acting.
      Armand: Damien, you're fired.
  • Born Lucky: Gontran Fortuna, the supervillain wannabe in episode "Fortuna", has supernatural levels of luck as a superpower.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: In season 4, Carla once "quotes" Igor by imitating his Fang Thpeak and speech pattern.
  • Bullet Time: In "Motus", with thrown tops.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Gilbert the accountant.
    • Maxence in seasons 2 and 3.
    • Kevin in seasons 3 and 4.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Averted most of the time, with some notable exceptions in the season 3 finale by Hippolyte, Caleb and Hitomi. Some more in season 4, mostly from Hippolyte and Cindy.
  • Captain Ersatz: Trucidator is Warduke from France Five — same actor and costume, just with a new name and now a Punch Clock Villain rather than an alien invader.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The whole organization.
  • Caffeine Bullet Time: Caleb's powers — short-range time and space warping — awakened as a side effect of coffee abuse.
  • Camera Abuse: Blood splashing on the camera while Hippolyte "interviews" a candidate.
  • Cat Up a Tree: In season 4 episode 11, this is Hippolyte's first outdoor mission in the alternate universe. He's not happy about it, especially since the "whirlwind of teeth and claws" variation happened.
  • Celibate Hero: Or Celibate Villainess in this case — Cindy clearly has no interest in dating anybody; she rejects Trucidator's advances, and expresses disgust when her father suggests she might find somebody one day. Granted, considering the kind of relationship her parents have, her reluctance is understandable.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Season 1 was mostly a Gag-of-the-Week series with no specific plot; season 2 had an actual plot and got more serious toward the end; finally, seasons 3 and 4 mostly have a plot, and are significantly darker than the previous ones.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Carla (The Heavy of season 2) is introduced as a one-episode character in Season One.
    • Kevin and especially Lose-man also qualify.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Kurtzmann and Trueman, especially when in full supervillain mode.
  • Chibi: The end credits of the Season 2 finale.
  • Chirping Crickets: In "La Rédaction", following the teacher firing on the ceiling, the classtroom ruckus is replaced by this.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Nico, Carla's husband, appears with her in their first episode. She appears again without him and he's never mentionned again. According to Word of God, Nico wasn't her real husband but a secret agent, and came as a cover for that scouting mission.
  • Cliffhanger: Season 3 episode 19 ends with a big one.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Hippolyte as Sadoman...
  • Combination Attack:
    • In season 2, Cindy and Gladys uses a Tornado Move against Maxence and the henchmen with amazing effect.
    • In season 3, Cindy and Gladys initiate it again against Liam, but it doesn't work.
    • Later, Sadoman and Pr. Kaos uses one of their own against Mello. It works perfectly, but there are unwanted side effects.
  • Companion Cube: Gilbert the accountant talks to his calculator (calling it "Chantal").
  • Composite Character: Sue Helen Richards is a composite of the Invisible Woman and a sitcom nympho (the name Sue Helen coming directly from Dallas).
  • Crazy Enough to Work: How Hippolyte saw Caleb's plan to use Lose-man against Carla in the season 2 finale.
  • Creator Provincialism: Curiously enough, as it employs mainly American super-villains, (and with names such as "Trueman"), the Flander's company is explicitely shown to be set in France (including with a few Astronomic Zooms). Notably, in season 4, when expies of Superdupont (a '70s parody of a French superhero) and Nightrunner (a current official hero in the Batman franchise) wonder if the company apply discount prices for compatriots.
  • Cross-Cast Role:
    • Gladys Trueman is played by a male actor.
    • Hitomi Kurtzmann, of course, has the same actor as her half-brother Hippolyte.
    • Chantal Connasse too, with the same actor as her son Jocelyn.
    • And the Naruto Lawyer-Friendly Cameo is a played by a girl.
  • Crossover: With Noob and Le Visiteur du Futur, two series of the same network.
  • Cut the Juice: How Cindy stops the machine that made everybody's powers go mad, instead of smashing it like Hippolyte expected.
  • Cyborg: Staive
  • Dada Ad: One was made In-Universe as an extra video during the fourth season (as a commercial from the alternate universe).
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Cindy (she's this toward her uncle, though, not her father).
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Hippolyte and Carla in the season 2 finale. See also Just Between You and Me below.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The first episode of season 2, "Holidays", features Dr. Parker as the only regular (beyond the intro).
    • The special episode "Super fan de!" follows Hitomi Kurtzmann for a full day.
    • Season 3 episode "La Rédaction" is about Gladys writing a school report, and thus we're seeing the Flander's Company through her eyes.
  • Dead Guy Puppet: Okay, Hippolyte wasn't dead, but he was suffering from a serious breakdown in episode "Cas de conscience". So, what do Caleb and Cindy do? Use him as a puppet to keep engaging lame candidates.
  • Death Glare:
    • A pretty scary one from Silver to Hitomi during the season 3 finale.
    • It's almost Damien's signature move! Seriously, he gives one to almost everyone he fight...
    • Hippolyte isn't shy about them either, usually when the latest idiot candidate is grating on his nerves.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Hippolyte is described to be this way by the TV crew interviewing him in the alternate universe. He has a good reason, however, considering said crew is constitued of all the counterparts of Aegis, the season 3's enemies.
  • Deface of the Moon:
    • Thanks to Caleb's Nuclear Gun and Trucidator falling for Cindy.
    • And in the season 3 finale, where Liam explodes after being teleported there.
  • Deflector Shield: There's one around the machine pertubating superpowers in "Unlimited", to Hippolyte's frustration.
  • Destination Defenestration:
    • Maxence putting Cindy in a girly dress results in his fall from the top of the Flander's building. Luckily an old lady cushioned his landing.
    • Kevin, using his groove powers on Alternate Hippolyte, forces him through a window.
  • Dope Slap: Cindy gives one to Caleb in season 3 for being one-upped by Nadège.
  • Double Take: Alternate Georges Trueman at the sight of a candidate rejected by Hippolyte with flowers in the fundament.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Maxence, shot by Trueman in the season 3 finale. They were on the same team... Kinda. Well, you must remember that Maxence was a member of the C.C Corp., and their cooperation was tied by their fear of Aegis. Once Caleb's potion was ready, they didn't have any reason NOT to kill him. Plus, he wanted the potion...
  • Easter Egg: Real eggs, laid by cast members who've been turned into rabbits, in an Easter special.
  • Eats Babies: The vampiric poodles, from episode "Real Bad Dog". Though only one or two a week, according to Igor.
  • Emo: Emo-Man, duh.
  • Enemy Mime: One of the candidates for a Super Villain job is a mime.
  • Enemy Mine: On season 3, C.C corporation has to work with Flander's Company to defeat Aegis. Trueman even quotes: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." He'll be the one that acts as an Ungrateful Bastard in the end, sending the C.C corp. survivors to North Pole.
  • Epic Fail: Invoked by Hippolyte when he and Caleb blow up their cover during season 4.
  • Epileptic Trees: In-universe, with Cindy being convinced that Dr. Claw was in truth Chief Quimby.
  • Episode Title Card: For seasons 1-3, the episode title is shown printed on a resume or memorandum.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Season 3 episode 13, when Igor's botched spell put the undead secretaries out of control.
  • Evil Laugh: Damien lets one out just after he explodes Silver's head. It isn't pretty.
  • Exact Words: When Georges accepts that Trucidator can date his daugter... he didn't specify which one.
  • Exotic Entree: The Power Party 2009 has dishes such as baby seal canapés or panda pâté.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Armand makes the gesture toward Dr. Shredder in season 4, noting that he's suspiciously always back for the season's climax.
  • Eye Beams: One of the supervillain candidates has this power. Problem, he's blind (and cross-eyed).
  • Face Palm: A few...
    • Hippolyte will sometimes hold the bridge of his nose while interviewing candidates.
    • The most beautiful is certainly Hippolyte and Cindy having a simultaneous one at the end of season 3 episode 16, when Trueman agrees to a cooperation with the ex-C.C Corp members.
    • The Brotherhood of Shadows' members have several despite their short screen time:
      • Lex Luthor, when Dr. Claw accidentally shows his true face.
      • Double-facepalm for Magneto when Dr. Claw and Dr. Doom start arguing.
      • Then Dr. Claw facepalming (with his gloved hand) at Doom's extremely lame joke.
  • Face Palm of Doom: Carla to Gladys, on her return to Flander's in season 4.
  • Fainting:
    • Hippolyte, in the alternate universe, after being overwhelmed by all the differences.
    • Kevin at the sight of Gladys' severed arm.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: The season 4 episode "Karma Tsunami" ends with the surprise return of Jean-Luc Shredder. The ending credits start, but Armand yells for this to stop, demanding an explanation.
  • Faking Amnesia: Both Hippolyte and Caleb in the alternate universe. It's Hippolyte's idea, at first because he thinks the true story would be too unbelievable. Afterward, they don't want their status of supervillains to come into light in a society full of superheroes.
  • Fallen Hero:
    • Seiya applies for a job at Flander's in season 1.
    • Recycle-Man in season 3. Hearing the virtues of neutrality from Spawn convinced him to fully become a villain.
  • Fantasy Sequence: Gilbert fantasizing about Nadège falling for him, and them having a baby calculator.
  • Femme Fatale: Andromalia combines this with Horny Devil, being a succubus.
  • Five-Bad Band: Beyond the fact that they are the protagonists, the main Flander's characters fit rather well.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Aegis heroes group:
    • Sanguine — Isis Pyro
    • Choleric — Liam Campbell
    • Melancholic — Mello
    • Phlegmatic — Dana Campbell a.k.a. Silverfox
  • Full Name Ultimatum: Georges gives two to his daughter, Cindy, during the series:
    • The first one was during the 9th episode of the 3rd season, after Trucidator exhausts his patience:
      Georges: CINDY PRISCILLA TRUEMAN, GO AND GET ME MY RIFLE!
    • The second one was during the final episode of season 4, in which he scolds his mind-controlled daughter in a (successful) attempt to snap her out of it.
  • Funny Background Event: In season 4 episode 16, while Cindy and Alternate Caleb are having a conversation, Carla is trying to avoid both Armand and Alternate Hippolyte.
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Superpowered Armand in the series finale, undoubtedly a Fist of the North Star parody.
  • Gale-Force Sound: Hippolyte yelling. Not a superpower, but if he's riled enough...
  • Genre Savvy: All villains are perfectly aware that they shouldn't mess with the timeline, as the Dr. Doom expy points out:
    Dr. Fataloose: Of course, we must not play with the space-time continuum! Everyboy know that, it always monstrously mess up things...
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    • Hippolyte gives a few good slaps to Caleb to help him "focus" in season 4 episode 2.
    • Then in the season 4 finale, Georges slaps Cindy to break Damien's Mind Control.
  • The Ghost: Gladys and Cindy's mother.
  • A Glass in the Hand: Parodied with Caleb crushing his coffee cup in the series finale. Though considering how much Caleb loves coffee, it shows well how upset he his.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • Cindy only uses her axe offscreen.
    • Averted when Damien uses his powers against someone's head.
  • Gratuitous English: A lot of the episode titles. Except one (which is Gratuitous Japanese), any episode title of the fourth season is this.
  • Gratuitous German: Hitomi Kurtzmann. Also used by Hippolyte during his (Anti-)Heroic BSOD against his sister.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The infamous "Schmurtz!" ad and the title episode "Karma Tsunami", both from the fourth season.
  • Groin Attack:
    • One of Cindy's "demonstrations" against a Mook.
    • Carla's farewell to Alternate Hippolyte in the season 4 finale.
  • Ground-Shattering Landing: Cindy can do, notably in "Motus".
  • Funny Afro:
    • Déborah during Hitomi's clip in season 2.
    • Gladys, after Carla shocks her point-blank in season 4.
  • Helium Speech: Mr. Trueman in the musical episode.
  • Heroic BSOD: Well, more like Villainous BSOD, but Hippolyte sure has a big one at the sight of his half-sister Hitomi Kurtzmann. Lovingly described in details by Dr. Parker.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Clearly Recycle-Man before his Face-Heel Turn. He was violently beating up innocent people just for not recycling properly.
  • Hideous Hangover Cure: Caleb prepares one for Armand, directly referencing Back to the Future Part III. It's very, very efficient.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: In "PWNED!", Hippolyte has steam shooting from his ears just before suffering a Baleful Polymorph.
  • Hold Up Your Score: In "Angry Junkie", while the employees are forced to do some gym, Nadège, Jocelyn and Carla scores them (giving notes of 2, 4 and π, respectively).
  • Holographic Terminal: The alternate universe Flander's has a whole room of them.
  • Hot Potato: Happens with the spatio-temporal "egg" about to go off, which Reed Richards first throws to Hippolyte, who passes it to Caleb, and which finally ends up in Damien's hands.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Trueman, the only "Muggle".
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Georges does this with Cindy in the season 4 finale.
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: Alternate Armand will drink a whisky, a bloody mary and a vodka apple.
  • Imagine Spotting: In season 4 episode 18, "Born Villain", when Damien reveals how he manipulated Nadège, the latter suddenly interrupts and protests that she might have been mind-controled, but she'd never "stroked his shell" as just seen in the unreliable flashback.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: Inflicted on the Flander's employees by Maxence and Déborah in episode "Bad Taste".
  • Insult Backfire: In the season 4 finale:
    • Hippolyte to Alternate George, after the reveal he's the Big Bad:
      Hippolyte: It's Evil. Congratulations, little girl: you've just met your first supervillain.
      Alternate George: Oh, coming from such a specialist as yourself, I'll take this as a compliment, thanks.
    • Then Damien does this against Über-Caleb:
      Über-Caleb: You bastard!
      Damien: (grinning) Flatteries will get you nowhere...
  • Intangibility: Nadège Pruneau
  • In the Name of the Moon: By Hitomi Kurtzmann: "In the name of the sow's constellation, I will punish you! GRUIIIIIII!"
  • I Think You Broke Him: Caleb says this about Hippolyte, frozen at the sight of his half-sister.
  • I've Got an X and I'm Not Afraid to Use It: Caleb to Damien.
    Caleb: Beware! I've got a new-generation remote control, and I won't hesitate to use it!
  • Jaw Drop: A collective one when Cindy give a farewell kiss to Alternate Caleb at the end of the season 4 finale.
  • Joke Character:
    • Nearly every villain who wants to join the Flander's Company may qualify.
    • And then we have Hitomi, who is the embodiment of this trope.
    • Kevin takes this trope and runs with it.
  • Just Between You and Me: Averted twice in the same episode.
    • First, wannabe-villain Kevin starts monologuing; Hippolyte hits him and yells, "Rule number 3 of a long-living villain: NO FUCKING MONOLOGUE!"
    • Later, Carla:
      Carla: Now I could talk for a long time, in order to let you have time to find something to save your butts, but I'll go straight to the part where I explode you one after the other!
  • Kamehame Hadoken:
    • Master Kim, to test the Mooks' training.
    • Über-Caleb's final move against Damien.
  • Kayfabe: The relationship heroes-villains in the Flander's Company's universe is likened to Professional Wrestling during a conversation between Cindy and Alternate Caleb.
  • Klatchian Coffee: Caleb's personal blend. Alternate Caleb has the misfortune of drinking one cup because of Gringo, and ends up incapacited for three days.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Damien-in-Carla's-body starts such a monologue, but is interrupted.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • The C.C Corporation, to a minor extent. When they show up, the serie starts having an actual plot and go from pure comedy to action comedy.
    • Aegis, on the other hand, plays this trope pretty much straight.
  • Knuckle Cracking: Lots of characters have this bad habit, most notably Cindy.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A lot of them, but only as minor characters. Usually their name is an untranslatable pun about a French slang variation of the original name. There were cameos of:
  • Lens Flare:
    • Often used in the exterior shots of the Flander's building.
    • And with the outer space shots of the Brotherhood of Shadows' satelite.
  • Lotus Position: In a season 1 episode, Dr. Parker tries to teach relaxation to Hippolyte and Caleb with this position.
  • Loud of War / The Power of Rock: One of Kevin's powers, which he uses against Hippolyte. It backfires spectacularly.
  • Magic Wand:
    • Caleb presents a few of his invention to Henri Potier. The "Terminator" one proves to be quite the blast.
    • Also used by Alternate Hippolyte the Cheesemancer.
  • Man Bites Man: Hippolyte bites Reed Richards' hand to make him let go of his remote-control gizmo.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: In the musical episode, Dr. Parker's reflection in the mirror turns into Damien.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Considering all the Lawyer-Friendly Cameos and some occasional references in dialogs, Flander's Company is set in an universe which mixes the Marvel, DC, Men In Black, Saint Seiya, Harry Potter, Naruto, Star Wars, Inspector Gadget and Mario franchises. There are some cross-over with Damned, Noob and Le Visiteur du Futur (three other French webseries), too.
  • Mass Teleportation:
    • In the season 2 finale, a machine created by Caleb is used to divide the enemies and turn a big brawl into a series of separate duels.
    • In season 3, Caleb's power is amplified by another invention (and a good amount of Klatchian Coffee) to displace the whole Flander's building.
  • Medium Shift Gag:
    • Sadoman's "final moves" are shown as shadowed short animations (also a form of Gory Discretion Shot).
      Sadoman: DOUBLE COSMIC FIST!!
    • The history of the "1983 Holocaust" in the alternate universe is in comic-book style with limited animation.
    • The backstory of the Choristes' universe is also animated, but in a much darker style.
  • Mistaken for Gay: The vilain Trucidator ("Slayator") shortly suffers this from Dr. Parker. Trucidator came to Dr. Parker because he was bullied because he is black, but before the explanation was finished, Parker first thought Trucidator was victim of homophobia. Note that Trucidator's general appearance (hairy, bared chest and iron chains) makes this mistake understandable.
  • Mooks:
    • Cindy's role is to train them. They even have a training camp.
    • The C.C Corp henchmen in season 2.
    • In season 4, the Choristes.
  • More Than Mind Control: How Damien turns Cindy and Alternate Caleb to his side with his psychic powers: he targets those who are already discontent with the return to normal after the alternate-universe mess.
  • Musical Episode: "Once More with Devil", the season 3 opener.
  • Music Videos: A few were made as DVD bonus.
  • Must Have Caffeine:
    • Caleb, who spends almost his entire office time next to the coffee machine. Having it removed prompts his resignation, as hoped by C.C Corporation — what they hadn't planned was the going berserk part. It may be because of his caffeine-induced teleport powers. Anyway, that does NOT explain his worship for George Clooney, who is more-or-less his GOD.note 
    • To a slightly lesser extent, Hippolyte.
  • My Beloved Smother: Gontran Fortuna, to compensate his unbelievable luck, has a very possessive mother. And unfortunately, she's luckier than him.
  • Neck Lift: Damien to Luigi in "Jumpen Hallaucost".
  • Nepotism: Cindy is no doubt a powerful villainess, but she wouldn't have gotten a job at Flander's without her uncle.
  • Newspaper Dating: Caleb checks a newspaper after going through the vortex to make sure they didn't travel through time.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Cindy in an Imagine Spot from Gladys.
  • No Dialogue Episode: "Motus", except for the prologue and The Stinger.
  • No Endor Holocaust:
    • Averted with Aegis blowing up the C.C Corp buildings all over the world, causing hundred of victims, as stated on TV.
    • However, in the season 3 finale, the big hole on the Moon and the meteor shower that ensue doesn't seem to cause a mass extinction.
  • Nose Bleed: Hippolyte has one interviewing Andromalia at the Japan Expo.
  • Not Hyperbole: In season 4, when Gautier says that Caleb "had done the work of four people," he adds "Literally!" — and the camera pans out to show that Caleb has duplicated himself for the additional brain power.
  • Not Me This Time: Pr. Jean-Luc Shredder says this about the season 4 plot.
  • Not Wearing Tights:
    • Subverted with Aegis. They wear costumes, but no masks.
    • Nobody in the company has a costume to begin with. Then in season 2 (Cindy, Hippolyte, Damien, Caleb) and 3 (Hitomi, Carla, Truman) more and more characters decide to get (or to wear again) a super costume for fights. Handwaved by Carla at the end of season 3 :
      Carla: I will not fight in a Chanel suit!
      Cindy: Didn't stop you when you fought us last year!
  • Nuclear Nasty: The Murlok in the Japan Expo episode — at least, that is Hippolyte's theory. It doesn't stop Cindy from turning it into sushi, however.
  • Oh Crap:
    • A literal one said in the Season 3 Finale by Mello who is exploded in mid-air by Hippolyte and Caleb's final attack, "Combo Gothic Tits on Fire!"
    • Earlier in the same episode, Mello, stuck in the ground with only his head surfacing, has a Oh Crap moment when Pyro clearly says that she doesn't give a damn about him, as she's ready to unleash a miniature sun on the protagonists and Mello nearby.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: When Caleb is asking Mr. Trueman if he can engage an assistant (who ends up being Igor), the boss seems to be responding positively, but he is in fact talking on the phone (with an earpiece hidden by his hair) and has no idea what Caleb wanted.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Armand has such a reaction in "PWNED!"
      Caleb: What? I said something I shouldn't have?
      Mr. Trueman: No... but my brain crashed while trying to assimilate the fact that you've been working...
    • In the season 4 finale, when Gladys shows up possessed by Damien.
      Carla: She... she's just articulated two grammatically correct sentences!
      Cindy: Who is this monster?!
  • Operation Blank: In season 3, the name of the plan to teleport the whole Flander's building? "Operation: Clooney"
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Parodied with villain wannabe "Transpire-Man" ("Sweaty-Man"). He does indeed sweat a lot when nervous... meaning he can weaponize it by producing a blast of water from his armpits, strong enough to propel an opponent through a wall.
  • Pillar of Light: In season 1 episode "Terroriste !", an accidental discharge of Caleb's Nuclear Gun bursts through 12 stairs and into the sky, finally blowing up a satellite.
  • Pinball Projectile: Used by Hippolyte with his Hand Blast to take Alternate Cindy by surprise and disarm her.
  • Pokémon Speak: "Grunt!"
  • Power Incontinence: Happens to everyone in season 2 episode "Unlimited", thanks to one of Caleb's inventions dysfunctioning. Hilarity Ensues...
  • Power Walk: The Stinger of the Season 2 finale.
  • Predecessor Villain: Oswald Trueman, the father of Armand and Georges, who founded the Flander's Company (in both universes).
  • Promotion to Opening Titles:
    • Carla in season 3.
    • Gladys in season 4, replacing Parker.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Pretty much all the recurring characters. Except they're not exactly nice guys to begin with.
  • Punched Across the Room:
    • Liam to Carla in "Fashion Victim", through a wall.
    • Über-Caleb to Carla in "Forgiven, Not Forgotten", through several walls.
  • Put on a Bus: Nadège, at the end of season 3, where she is caught by a black hole created by Mello. Word of God mentions that she's on a trip to Japan, hence her nonavailability as an actress for the next season, scheduled in late 2010. The Bus Came Back in season 4.
  • Pyro Maniac: Pyro...
  • Raging Stiffie: Andromalia inflicts this on Dr. Parker. Hippolyte resists, but only by thinking about lots of dead puppies.
  • Random Teleportation: Caleb suffers from one in "Unlimited" when his power goes awry. He ends up in Egypt.
  • Readings Blew Up the Scale: Caleb builds a "Millstone Detector" to alleviate a bit Hippolyte's work. That's when Maxence and Déborah shows up; the detector quite naturally explodes.
  • Record Needle Scratch: A frequent comedic effect.
    • The music in "Motus", when everybody try for the last donut.
    • In "Memo to Human Resources", when Alternate Hippolyte is confronted to the first candidate: Shitfly-Man.
    • In "This Is How We Do", when Gauthier interrupts Caleb playing with his labcoat.
    • Echoed in "Forgiven not Forgotten", with Gringo playing with Caleb's labcoat and interrupted by Alternate Caleb.
  • Retired Badass: Before taking desk jobs, Hippolyte and Caleb were quite efficient supervillains.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Carla against Pyro during the season 3 finale.
    • She does it again against Trueman in season 4 after learning he lost his new powers and lack most of his forces. She is however quickly defeated by Über-Caleb.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: In the season 4 finale, Caleb and Hippolyte decides this way who can choose his opponent.
  • Sad Clown: Gladys sees Caleb as such.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Armand, complimenting Carla for her spectacular comeback in season 4.
  • The Scream:
    • A big one by Silver when Hitomi "milked" her in the season 3 finale. The character, who until then was shown to be The Stoic, proceeds to literally obliterate her.
    • Followed, in the same episode, by Liam's when he discovers his girlfriend, Pyro, has burnt down to ashes.
  • Self-Duplication: Caleb's power of duplication went from "I can duplicate myself a little" to Naruto-esque proportions. Which leads to one of the most ridiculous fights in the show, with Caleb fighting against "Narugros".
  • Series Continuity Error: In the series finale, there's view of the energy blast that destroyed Damien rising above the atmosphere. Cool shot, except the stream is clearly coming from France, while the last battle is supposed to happen in Pennsylvania, at Reed Richards' manor, as with the beginning of season 4.
  • Share the Male Pain: The Mooks after one of Cindy's "demonstrations".
  • Shock and Awe: Carla Burnelle's superpower.
  • Shout-Out: Too many to list them all, but notably:
    • The opening theme tune is from the movie Brazil.
    • Staive is a parody of Steve Austin from The Six Million Dollar Man.
    • The logo and sequence revealing the project that created Damien is inspired by LOST.
    • "Motus", one of the first episode to feature action scenes, does so with music from The Incredibles.
    • Season 2 episode 19 begins and ends 24-style.
    • Igor (and his former mistress, Countess Von Bathory of Überwald) came straight out of Discworld.
    • Saint Seiya: Seiya choosing to become a Villain. And once again by Hitomi with one of her attacks: "Nebula Knacki!"
    • Hippolyte: "I'm too old for this shit!"
    • Caleb is often seen using a tool looking suspiciously like a sonic screwdriver.
    • During season 4, Caleb and Hippolyte ends up in an alternate reality, in which Superman's spaceship has landed in North Korea instead of America. It's easy to see here a Shout-Out to Superman: Red Son, a DC Universe Elseworld story in which Superman's spaceship landed in the Soviet Union.
    • Carla's speech when taken over by Damien's mind is straight out of The Lord of the Rings movies, when Galadriel is tempted by the power of the One Ring.
    • Alternate Armand, while moving a fishbowl by magic, sings the same song as Merlin in The Sword in the Stone.
      Cindy: He's forced to sing that when casting a spell?
      Alternate Caleb: No... but it makes him so happy...
    • The high-inquisition A.I. is called HAL.
    • Igor: "In my opinion... it'sh a lupus."
  • Shovel Strike:
    • How Damien welcomes back Carla at Flander's. And then Hippolyte does the same with Kevin.
    • Ironically, Damien then ends up at the receiving end of it (while in Carla's body) from Alternate Caleb.
  • Sibling Team:
    • Cindy and Gladys.
    • Armand and George (though they're not exactly equals).
  • Slipped the Ropes: Parker, twice, in the episode "Holidays".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Cindy is the only female character in the company before the introduction of Gladys. Subverted with the C.C corporation which has more female than male characters. And only Carla and Nadège are competent in the team. Subverted again with AEGIS.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: Said by Nadège in "Unlimited". The force field protecting Caleb's invention is indeed only visible when struck.
  • The Spartan Way: This is how the Mooks are trained, according to the episode when Cindy runs a mooks training camp.
  • Special Edition Title: Season 3 episodes 7, 10 and 11 have the usual music and style of opening, except the title isn't "Flander's Company" but "C.C Corporation" instead, and the cast is from the latter society, since the episodes focus on them.
  • Spider-Sense: Parodied in season 2 episode 9, with Hippolyte's instinct for millstones flaring up (with a typical anime effect) as Déborah and Maxence come near. As for Caleb's Millstone Detector, it explodes.
  • Spit Take:
    • Caleb, after drinking a coffee with what he thought was sugar, but is in fact vampire ashes.
    • Hippolyte, with the first return of Kevin in Season 2, right in Déborah's face. She calls hims a "spitting llama" afterward.
  • Split Screen:
    • To visualize both alternate universes at the same time in season 4.
    • Also abused in the fight between Alternate Caleb and Cindy.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: In season 4 episode 17, between the various superheroes.
  • Spoiler Opening: Carla being promoted to the opening title in season 3 hints of the ensuing Enemy Mine, and then her Heel-Face Turn.
  • Static Stun Gun:
    • Caleb once tries tasering Gladys... to absolutely no effect.
    • Alternate Georges Trueman shocks Hippolyte to stop him from agressing Alternate Kevin.
  • Stern Teacher: Parodied with Gladys' teacher in "La Rédaction", who demands silence while firing a handgun.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Pyro
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Parker has one.
  • Superpowered Mooks:
    • A few of the henchmen enrolled by C.C Corp have superpowers. They still don't slow the protagonists much.
    • The Choristes too, having a dangerous screaming attack.
  • Super Serum: Caleb creates one by combining the DNA of the Supers at hand, thanks to the help of Dr. Shredder's researches as well as the Visitor from the Future. Unfortunately, as Armand Trueman soon finds out, its effect is very limited in time.
  • Super Window Jump: Hippolyte has a very gratuitous one in season 3 episode 12.
    Hippolyte: Lesson number 12 of the supervillain: always indulges in a charismatic entrance.
  • Super Zeroes: A lot of the candidates, even those with potentially strong powers, don't find grace in Hippolyte's eyes because they're way too uncool to make good supervillains. More of them are engaged nonetheless in season 3 because of the dearth of Flander's employees.
    • First and foremost, Lose-Man.
    • But especially Kevin.
    • Staive; Recycle-Man; Sweaty-Man; Emo-Man...
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: It takes some time for the satelites to align, but the Alternate Flander's Company is sure well-equiped.
  • Take Our Word for It: Not everything is seen on-screen; several events are just described by the characters, to ease up the special effects, or just for comedic effect.
    • The Christmas episode during season 2. We hear a lot about the children, but actually never see them.
    • In "Unlimited", we don't see Carla at all, but Nadège mentions that she had to put both hands in the toilet to ground her uncontrolable electric discharges.
  • Take That:
    • President Sarkozy has been amongst Flander's villains.
    • Season 4 episode 17:
      Batman: They hack me off, all of them, by thinking I'm the IMF boss! (pause) Do I look like I'd go to a Sofitel?
    • The whole Choristes backstory is a big Take That to several pop singers.
  • Tears of Blood: In the season 3 finale, Hippolyte at the sight of Kevin's latest costume.
  • Teleporters and Transporters:
    • One part of Caleb's superpowers is to make short-range jumps (unless his power is amplified) thanks to his overcomsuption of caffeine.
    • Teleportation is the way to join the Power Party on the Red Witch's satellite.
  • Tempting Fate: Lost in the North Pole, Carla can't help but state that the situation can't get any worse. Cue polar bear.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage:
    • Season 1 is entirely this (except for Seiya's interview).
    • Including the convention special, where only a succubus makes the cut.
    • In season 2, the episode where Hippolyte resign.
    • The one in season 4 where the two Hippolytes unsuccessfully try to handle each other's job.
  • There Are No Therapists: Heavily subverted, on top of the fact that Dr. Parker is very good at his job. Too bad there's no therapist for him.
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts: When asked how he's resisting Andromalia's influence, Hippolyte answers that he's thinking about dead puppies.
  • This Cannot Be!: Damien-in-Gladys'-body in the series finale, about to be obliterated by Über-Caleb.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Damien delivers one to Pyro just before she's annihilated by Carla: "Hasta la vista, bitch!"
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • A lots of the supervillain candidates that Hippolyte "interviews".
    • Maxence and Déborah, especially during Cindy's "makeover".
      Hippolyte: (disbelievingly) But... they have the preservation instinct of a herd of lemmings!
    • Literally in the case of Staive and Lose-Man in season 4.
  • Too Kinky to Torture:
    • Sadoman, of course.
    • Alternate Carla turns out to be this when Hippolyte attempts it on her.
  • Too Much Information: Nadège's report about the world where the Choristes come from is very much this for Alternates Caleb and Hippolyte, as well as Carla. Doesn't bother Igor, though.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Vampire Countess Von Bathory, except it was from a angry mob, after she stole babies to feed her vampire puppies.
  • Tornado Move:
    • Cindy and Gladys can perform one as a combination attack.
    • Alternate Armand can create one on his own thanks to his Super Speed.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: Nadège using chips to lure Gladys toward Damien's brain.
  • Trap Door: Hippolyte has one in the "Super Pouvoir" music video to get rid quickly of pesky candidates. Not seen in the series proper, though.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Hippolyte inflicts this on his half-sister Hitomi in season 2 episode "German Ubber Fantasy".
  • Troperiffic: No, ya think? Seriously, the episodes are short, but the trope concentration of each of them is impressive.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Alternate Hippolyte, on learning that the regular universe Flander's Company manages supervillains and not superheroes.
  • Try to Fit That on a Business Card: Said by Igor about his mistress, Countess Lacrimosa Noctis Genocida Von Bathory.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Done to Damien-in-Gladys'-Body by Superpowered Armand in the series finale.
  • Twinkle Smile: Alternate Hippolyte in the ad opening season 4 episode 5.
  • Twitchy Eye: Hippolyte's eyebrow starts twitching about 30 seconds after meeting Déborah and Maxence.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Starting with episode 18, the season 4 finale follows the storylines in the two universes leading to climactic, simultaneous battles.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue:
    • The beginning of season 4 episode "Memo to Human Resources", with scenes in the two separate universes, where Armand and Alternate George are having a complimentary conversation.
    • Also, the lengthy exposition at the start of episode 18, "Born Villain", switch from one universe to the other, but the dialogue is still in continuity as the same plan is initiated on both sides.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: In season 2 episode 18. When they hear a fart, Caleb accuses the unconscious Dr. Parker.
  • The Undead: Flander's Company's secretaries.
  • The Un-Smile: When Alternate Kevin asks Hippolyte to make a "happy face", he gets this.
  • Villain Protagonist: The whole cast. Parker and Georges, to an extent may be a subversion. The former works for and with villains, but he's a friendly and naïve man. Most of the time...
  • Vomit Discretion Shot:
    • Caleb (on Hippolyte's shoes) during Igor's interview in "Yes Master!"
    • In "We Are Family", a depressive Armand in Cindy's face — any visual being cut short by the end credits.
      Georges: Hey, for once he did eat his breakfast.
      Cindy: (disgusted) DADDY!
    • Carla, on learning that her counterpart and Hippolyte are lovers in the alternate universe.
    • Carla as well as Alternates Caleb and Hippolyte, after hearing the origin story of the Choristes from Nadège.
  • Weird Trade Union:
    • The Flander's Company kinda works this way for supervillains.
    • There's also "Les Larbins Patchwork" agency for evil genius assistants like Igor.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Aegis. They kills dozens of supervillains during 3 months, despite the fact that they were abiding by contracts and thus, not a danger to the general population.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?:
    • Most of the time, the candidates Hippolyte receives have the most useless and ridiculous superpowers the writers could imagine.
      • In an episode of the third season, Hippolyte must engage a man saying that he can cause a deluge by dancing wearing a duck rubber ring and a tutu on a techno/space opera remix of the Lake of Swans. Seriously. (Poor Hippolyte lost it...)
    • The alternate universe has its own lame applicants too. One seems to think he can become a superhero with the sole power of creating flower bouquets. Hippolyte suggests he should create roses, with lots of thorns, and demonstrates how to use them offensively...
  • Where It All Began: The main action of season 4, at least for the regular Flander's Company, begins and end at the manor of the "Quatre Fantastoques".
  • World of Ham: Played for laugh.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Being villains, none of the male characters have any qualms about this. Most notably, Armand during the "Moskau" song, shoving away Hitomi, headbutting Carla and swinging at Déborah from behind.
  • Your Head Asplode:
    • Damien's signature move.
    • Happens to Cindy during her (short) accounting stage.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Maxence with Aegis. Lampshaded with Gratuitous English.


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