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In an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic]] rendition of America in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] [[HardboiledDetective private investigator]] John Blacksad, a black cat, is embroiled in stories of mystery and intrigue. The albums come critically acclaimed and are a dedicated homage to the FilmNoir genre. There have been five albums published so far (the first three in English in an omnibus edition by Creator/DarkHorseComics, the fourth in a standalone hardcover):

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In an [[PettingZooPeople [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic]] rendition of America in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] [[HardboiledDetective private investigator]] John Blacksad, a black cat, is embroiled in stories of mystery and intrigue. The albums come critically acclaimed and are a dedicated homage to the FilmNoir genre. There have been five albums published so far (the first three in English in an omnibus edition by Creator/DarkHorseComics, the fourth in a standalone hardcover):



* TheKlan: The Arctic Nation is a mix between this and the Nazi Party. At the beginning they wear uniforms resembling Nazi party ones complete with red armbands, and later wear ones resembling those of the KKK. Because this is a setting of PettingZooPeople, they're [[FantasticRacism white fur supremacists]].

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* TheKlan: The Arctic Nation is a mix between this and the Nazi Party. At the beginning they wear uniforms resembling Nazi party ones complete with red armbands, and later wear ones resembling those of the KKK. Because this is a setting of PettingZooPeople, WorldOfFunnyAnimals, they're [[FantasticRacism white fur supremacists]].


* TheresNoBInMovie: In ''Arctic Nation'', Blacksad meets the missing girl's mother at her workplace, a drive-in theater where she works as a waitress. While waiting for her to show up, he watches a movie about giant killer ants menacing the United States (an allusion to ''Film/{{Them}}''), which he feels can barely be called a movie.


* GenderEqualsBreed: Although it appears that most romances are between members of the same species, this still holds true to a certain extent. For example, Smirnov looks like a German Shepherd, and his wife is some kind of collie. Their children - a little boy and a girl -- follow their parents' breeds. And the same for Sebastian and his wife, Hannah - their son looks far more like Sebastian.

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* FurryDenial: After watching a bad sci-fi film, Blacksad comments that he was "relieved to know that humanity had been saved from the terrors of giant ants."
* GenderEqualsBreed: Although it appears that most romances are between members of the same species, this still holds true to a certain extent. For example, Smirnov looks like a German Shepherd, and his wife is some kind of collie. Their children - a little boy and a girl -- follow their parents' breeds. And the same for Sebastian and his wife, Hannah - their son looks far more like Sebastian.



* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Ribs from ''Red Soul'' is a gavial contract killer.



* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Ribs from ''Red Soul'' is a gavial contract killer.


* BadassBiker: a gang of them in the fifth book. Amusingly, all of them are ''sheep''. They're a friendly bunch though, allowing Blacksad to ride with them when his car is stolen. The artist commented he was surprised to hear bikers enjoying the portrayal despite the TakeThat to the gregarious aspect of a biker gang.

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* BadassBiker: a A gang of them in the fifth book. Amusingly, all of them are ''sheep''. They're a friendly bunch though, allowing Blacksad to ride with them when his car is stolen. The artist commented he was surprised to hear bikers enjoying the portrayal despite the TakeThat to the gregarious aspect of a biker gang.



* BrickJoke: In the first scene of ''Amarillo'', Abe Greenberg burns his own poetry and says that the place of Neal's novel (written on a roll of paper) is "in a bathroom so people can wipe their ass with it". [[spoiler:In the end, Neal ends up leaving the roll in a bathroom of a train station in Chicago, where someone finds it and starts reading it]].

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* BrickJoke: In the first scene of ''Amarillo'', Abe Greenberg burns his own poetry and says that the place of Neal's Chad's novel (written on a roll of paper) is "in a bathroom so people can wipe their ass with it". [[spoiler:In the end, Neal Chad ends up leaving the roll in a bathroom of a train station in Chicago, where someone finds it and starts reading it]].



* CradlingYourKill: in ''Amarillo'', [[spoiler:after Chad accidentally caused Neal to get hit by a bus]].

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* CradlingYourKill: in In ''Amarillo'', [[spoiler:after Chad accidentally caused Neal to get hit by a bus]].

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* SleepingWithTheBosssWife: Hans Karup's wife Jezebel is having an affair with Huk, his second-in-command in the Arctic Nation, the white supremacist cult they're both part of. Huk uses unsubstantiated allegations that Karup is a pedophile to engineer his betrayal and execution by his followers, even whispering that he'll take good care of Jezebel after he's gone. [[spoiler:This backfires on Huk, as Jezebel later kills him for becoming too much of a loose cannon in her own years-long scheme against Karup.]]


* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Huk and Rose (the skunk who flirts with Weekly) are just about the only people in the entire series to have a tail.

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* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Huk and Rose (the skunk who flirts with Weekly) are just about the only people in the entire series to have a tail.tail...until ''Amarillo'', which introduced a lot of tailed background characters.

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A TabletopRoleplayingGame was published by the Spanish company Nosolorol Ediciones in 2015.

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* StrawHypocrite: Invoked by [[spoiler:Jezebel]], who told Huk that Hans Karup, despite being an outspoken white supremacist in public, was secretly screwing their black maid. Given how deeply racist Huk himself is, this might have played into his motivation for [[TheStarscream having Karup framed and killed]].


[[caption-width-right:350:Gritty anthropomorphic noir goodness]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Gritty anthropomorphic noir goodness]]
goodness.]]



* CopsNeedTheVigilante: Commissioner Smirnov gives Blacksad free rein to avenge Natalia's death after he tried to investigate her murder through the official channels but was [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections quickly shut down when it got too high up]]. After Blacksad kills the wealthy businessman responsible for the murder in a VigilanteExecution, Smirnov even covers for him by lying right in front of the two employees who saw Blacksad carry out the act. He is not especially proud of it though.

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* CopsNeedTheVigilante: Commissioner Smirnov gives Blacksad free rein to avenge Natalia's death after he tried to investigate her murder through the official channels but was [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections quickly shut down when it got too high up]]. After Blacksad kills the wealthy businessman responsible for the murder in a VigilanteExecution, Smirnov even covers for him by lying right in front of the two employees who saw Blacksad carry out the act. He is not especially proud of it it, though.


* CopsNeedTheVigilante: Commissioner Smirnov gives Blacksad free reign to avenge Natalia's death after he tried to investigate her murder through the official channels but was [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections quickly shut down when it got too high up]]. After Blacksad kills the wealthy businessman responsible for the murder in a VigilanteExecution, Smirnov even covers for him by lying right in front of the two employees who saw Blacksad carry out the act. He is not especially proud of it though.

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* CopsNeedTheVigilante: Commissioner Smirnov gives Blacksad free reign rein to avenge Natalia's death after he tried to investigate her murder through the official channels but was [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections quickly shut down when it got too high up]]. After Blacksad kills the wealthy businessman responsible for the murder in a VigilanteExecution, Smirnov even covers for him by lying right in front of the two employees who saw Blacksad carry out the act. He is not especially proud of it though.

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A video game, ''Blacksad: Under the Skin'', developed by Pendulo Studios and YS Interactive and published by Microids, is set for a 2019 release for PC, UsefulNotes/Playstation4, UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, and UsefulNotes/XboxOne.


* ContinuityNod: In the inside cover of ''Red Soul'', you see Blacksad [[spoiler:releasing the ashes of Cotten]] near Las Vegas, fulfilling ThePromise he made to him in ''Arctic Nation''. The action then starts in Las Vegas.

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* ContinuityNod: In the inside cover of ''Red Soul'', you see Blacksad [[spoiler:releasing the ashes of Cotten]] near Las Vegas, fulfilling ThePromise he made to him in ''Arctic Nation''. The action then starts in Las Vegas.



* MedicationTampering: In "Silent Hell" Sebastian's heroin dealer is being paid by a man dressed as this world's version of the Grim Reaper to give Sebastian his own heroin. The dealer confesses to Blacksad that Sebastian is likely not gonna survive, likening the dope to rat poison. [[spoiler: Weekly finds Sebatian's trail but Blacksad arrives too late to stop him from injecting himself.]]

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* MedicationTampering: In "Silent Hell" Sebastian's heroin dealer is being paid by a man dressed as this world's version of the Grim Reaper to give Sebastian his own heroin. The dealer confesses to Blacksad that Sebastian is likely not gonna survive, likening the dope to rat poison. [[spoiler: Weekly finds Sebatian's Sebastian's trail but Blacksad arrives too late to stop him from injecting himself.]]


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* MenAreUncultured: Smirnov is surprised to see Blacksad in an art gallery, Blacksad is there because his current boss wants to invest in art (who himself fit this trope, commenting is sofa has better pattern that the paintings) as the commissioner is only there because his wife wants their kids to be cultured. Blacksad can appreciate the work put into paintings and enjoys jazz but sees the left leaning intellectuals less like artists and intellectuals but more people that should worry about the black listing and committees.


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** Huk in "Arctic Nation" when Karup is about to kick his ass all over the church after Blacksad outs Huk's relationship with the chief's wife.
--->'''Huk:''' About the cat, you didn't believe anything he- ''[Karup locks the door]''

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* SympatheticAdulterer: Played with in the album "Arctic Nation". Jezebel [[LysistrataGambit refuses her husband Karup sexual relations]], knowing full well that she's pretty much a [[TheBeard social status symbol]] for the WASP police chief. She then seduces Karup's right-hand man Huk, telling him that Karup is actually cheating on her with their black maid Dinah. [[spoiler:None of this is true: Jezebel and Dinah are sisters, and ''Karup's daughters''. It's all part of a decades-long revenge scheme against their father for having left their mother to her death.]]


* SoundtrackDissonance: Hannah singing "Summertime" to her baby as Blacksad races to find Sebastian dead of an overdose.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: Hannah singing "Summertime" to her baby as Blacksad races to find Sebastian dead of an overdose. [[spoiler: Or a poisoning, as it's mentioned that his sellers were ordered to sell him rat poison instead of heroine.]]


* MedicationTampering: In "Silent Hell" Sebastian's heroin dealer is being paid by a man dressed as this world's version of the Grim Reaper to give Sebastian his own heroin. The dealer confesses to Blacksad that Sebastian is likely not gonna survive, likening the dope to rat poison. [[spoiler: Weekly finds Sebatian's trail but Blacksad arrives too late to stop him from injecting himself.]]

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* MedicationTampering: In "Silent Hell" Sebastian's heroin dealer is being paid by a man dressed as this world's version of the Grim Reaper to give Sebastian his own heroin. The dealer dealer confesses to Blacksad that Sebastian is likely not gonna survive, likening the dope to rat poison. [[spoiler: Weekly finds Sebatian's trail but Blacksad arrives too late to stop him from injecting himself.]]



* TheVillainSucksSong: "Pizen Blues" turned out to be this. [[spoiler: It's the story of how a SnakeOilSalesman ended up causing massive poisoning, birth difformities and stillborn, using his wealth the salesman escaped law and renamed himself Faust Lachapelle, now a band producer who shamelessly exploited two musicians with birth defects from his past and had one sent to jail to cover his past.]]

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* TheVillainSucksSong: "Pizen Blues" turned out to be this. [[spoiler: It's the story of how a SnakeOilSalesman ended up up causing massive poisoning, birth difformities and stillborn, using his wealth the salesman escaped law and renamed himself Faust Lachapelle, now a band producer who shamelessly exploited two musicians musicians with birth defects from his past and had one sent to jail to cover his past.]]

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