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The story takes place in Rome during the second half of the eighteenth century. Cardinal Trebaldi decides to reinstate the power of the nine families, based on papacy. Armando Catalano, also known as The Scorpion, is a holy relics dealer. He is the son of a heretic who was burnt alive for misdirecting a priest from the church and Christian beliefs. Armando, the bearer the “mark of the devil”, a birthmark in the shape of a scorpion, will challenge the cardinal’s authority. The cardinal, who seems to be filled with hatred for The Scorpion, sends a young gypsy specialized in poisons to kill him.

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The story takes place in Rome UsefulNotes/{{Rome}} during the second half of the eighteenth century. Cardinal Trebaldi decides to reinstate the power of the nine families, based on papacy. Armando Catalano, also known as The Scorpion, is a holy relics dealer. He is the son of a heretic who was burnt alive for misdirecting a priest from the church and Christian beliefs. Armando, the bearer the “mark of the devil”, a birthmark in the shape of a scorpion, will challenge the cardinal’s authority. The cardinal, who seems to be filled with hatred for The Scorpion, sends a young gypsy specialized in poisons to kill him.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: Like many [[HotGypsyWoman hot gypsy women]], Mejai goes barefoot frequently.



* SlaveBrand / MarkOfShame: All of the prostitutes in Armando's hometown were branded with a 'P' by order of the local bishop.

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* SlaveBrand / SlaveBrand[=/=] MarkOfShame: All of the prostitutes in Armando's hometown were branded with a 'P' by order of the local bishop.





* BarBrawl: Armando starts one between the warrior monks and the Swiss Guard in ''In the Name of the Father'' so he and his allies can slip out of the bar without being seen by the monks.

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* BarBrawl: Armando starts one between the warrior monks and the Swiss Guard in ''In the Name of the Father'' so he and his allies can slip out of off the bar without being seen by the monks.



* CoolMask: The series has both this and FacelessGoons, handily coded by different levels of mask coverage: the BigBad's warrior monk mooks, who wear half-mask helmets, aren't a very big deal; but [[TheDragon their leader]] captain Rochnan, who is distinguished by his ornate mask that covers his entire face except for the eyes, is one of the most dangerous characters in the series.



* CorruptChurch: the Catholic Church is decadent and corrupt, and controlled by the Nine Families.

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* CorruptChurch: the The Catholic Church is decadent and corrupt, and controlled by the Nine Families.

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* HidingBehindReligion: Cardinal Trebaldi. He doesn't even believe in God but plots to become Pope because the Vatican's position will give him a stranglehold on power in Europe.


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* {{Bowdlerize}}: Some nudity is covered up in the official English releases, including at least one case of FanDisservice (a woman being ''tortured'').


* CainAndAbelAndSeth: late in the series it is revealed that Cosimo and Nelio Trebaldi may have an illegitimate half-sibling.

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* CainAndAbelAndSeth: late Late in the series it is revealed that Cosimo and Nelio Trebaldi may have an illegitimate half-sibling.



* DepravedHomosexual or possibly DepravedBisexual: Nelio Trebaldi. he revels in his decadence, mostly because of how much it disgusts his father and brother.
* DistinguishingMark: Why the Scorpion is called the Scorpion: he has a very distinctive scorpion bithmark [[spoiler:(later revealed to be a scar)]] on his shoulder.

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* DepravedHomosexual or possibly DepravedBisexual: Nelio Trebaldi. he He revels in his decadence, mostly because of how much it disgusts his father and brother.
* DistinguishingMark: Why the Scorpion is called the Scorpion: he has a very distinctive scorpion bithmark birthmark [[spoiler:(later revealed to be a scar)]] on his shoulder.


* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: on the cover of ''The Stone Cross'', [[https://67.media.tumblr.com/deb9f44301254a64acddd3a0e5c8bd82/tumblr_mxbn7wRn2t1t1btv6o3_540.jpg the Scorpion is about to shoot you with a crossbow]].

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* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: on the cover of ''The Stone Cross'', [[https://67.media.tumblr.com/deb9f44301254a64acddd3a0e5c8bd82/tumblr_mxbn7wRn2t1t1btv6o3_540.jpg [[http://img.bd-sanctuary.com/bds/big/le-scorpion-bd-volume-3-simple-3245.gif the Scorpion is about to shoot you with a crossbow]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: the prostitutes' brand marks]] in ''The Mark of the Devil'' foreshadow the fact that [[spoiler: The Scorpion's "birth mark" is actually a brand as well]] as seen in ''The Mask of Truth''.

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* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: on the cover of ''The Stone Cross'', [[https://67.media.tumblr.com/deb9f44301254a64acddd3a0e5c8bd82/tumblr_mxbn7wRn2t1t1btv6o3_540.jpg the Scorpion is about to shoot you with a crossbow]].


* DistinguishingMark: Why the Scorpion is called the Scorpion: he has a very distinctive scorpion bithmark [[spoiler:(later revealed to be a scar) on his shoulder.

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* DistinguishingMark: Why the Scorpion is called the Scorpion: he has a very distinctive scorpion bithmark [[spoiler:(later revealed to be a scar) scar)]] on his shoulder.

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* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: At one point, Armando uses on of Mejai's spilled poisons to [[PoisonIsCorrosive to burn through his bonds]].


%%* ActionGirl: Ansea Latal

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%%* * ActionGirl: Ansea LatalLatal is not only gorgeous and intelligent, but also a skilled swashbuckler.



%%* BadassGrandpa: Armando's grandfather.

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%%* * BadassGrandpa: Armando's grandfather.grandfather is a BoisterousBruiser who comes [[HorsebackHeroism comes charging in on horseback]] to save the infant Armando when Trebaldi attempts to have him drowned.



%%* ChurchMilitant: The Warrior Monks
%%* ChurchPolice: The Warrior Monks
%%* CorruptChurch
%%* DarkActionGirl: Mejai, Ansea Latal
%%* DepravedHomosexual or possibly DepravedBisexual: Nelio Trebaldi.

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%%* * ChurchMilitant: The Warrior Monks
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Monks are highly-trained religious fanatics.
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ChurchPolice: The Warrior Monks
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Monks are used by Cardinal Trebaldi to enforce his various decrees.
* CorruptChurch: the Catholic Church is decadent and corrupt, and controlled by the Nine Families.
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DarkActionGirl: Mejai, Mejai is a HotGypsyWoman assassin, while Ansea Latal
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Latal is a FieryRedhead swashbuckler who is part of the AncientConspiracy.
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DepravedHomosexual or possibly DepravedBisexual: Nelio Trebaldi. he revels in his decadence, mostly because of how much it disgusts his father and brother.



%%* FieryRedhead: Ansea Latal.

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%%* * FieryRedhead: Ansea Latal.Latal, a hotblooded swashbuckler who is the equal of any man in a fight.



%%* TheHermit: Gottfried.

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%%* * TheHermit: Gottfried.Gottfried dwells in the middle of the desert, protecting the Cross of Peter.



%%* HotGypsyWoman: Mejai.

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%%* * HotGypsyWoman: Mejai.Mejai the gypsy assassin. Her picture is used as the image on the trope page.



%%* KnightTemplar: Captain Rochnan

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%%* * KnightTemplar: Captain RochnanRochnan, the fanatical leader of the Warrior Monks.



%%* SinisterMinister: Cardinal Trebaldi.

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%%* * SinisterMinister: Cardinal Trebaldi.Trebaldi, the BigBad of the series.


%%* AncientConspiracy: The Nine Families.

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%%* * AncientConspiracy: The Nine Families.Families have secretly ruled Western civilization since Roman times.



%%* BlackKnight: Captain Rochnan

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%%* * BlackKnight: Captain RochnanRochnan dresses in all black armour.



%%* DistinguishingMark: Why the Scorpion is called the Scorpion.

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%%* * DistinguishingMark: Why the Scorpion is called the Scorpion.Scorpion: he has a very distinctive scorpion bithmark [[spoiler:(later revealed to be a scar) on his shoulder.



%%* MasterPoisoner: Mejai

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%%* * MasterPoisoner: MejaiMejai is a gypsy assassin famed for her use of poisons.



%%* VillainousBreakdown: Trebaldi

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%%* * VillainousBreakdown: TrebaldiTrebaldi suffers one as all of his villainous schemes come crashing down around him.


* AgentPeacock: The foppish and vain Neoli Trebaldi is a deadly swordsman with few equals.

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* AgentPeacock: The foppish and vain Neoli Nelio Trebaldi is a deadly swordsman with few equals.



* BlindIdiotTranslation: The title of the third French album, "La croix de Pierre" has been translated as "The Stone Cross", where it's pretty clear that the original title refers to the upside-down cross of St. Peter (Pierre meaning both "stone" or "rock" and Peter, which you know, make sense since Peter was given that name since he would be the Rock upon which the Church would be built...) and finding the original Cross of Saint Peter is what the whole album was about [[spoiler: The Scorpion needs to find the original to prove that the upside-down cross Trebaldi is using to establish his claim to the Papacy is a forgery.]] Adding insult to injury, the word "Pierre" in the original title is capitalized, which given French title capitalization conventions means it's a proper name and a lot of the titles are explicitly religious, like "Au Nom du pere"... "In the name of the father."

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* BlindIdiotTranslation: The title of the third French album, "La croix de Pierre" has been translated as "The Stone Cross", where it's pretty clear that the original title refers to the upside-down cross of St. Peter (Pierre meaning both "stone" or "rock" and Peter, which you know, make sense since Peter was given that name since he would be the Rock upon which the Church would be built...) and finding the original Cross of Saint Peter is what the whole album was about [[spoiler: The Scorpion needs to find the original to prove that the upside-down cross Trebaldi is using to establish his claim to the Papacy is a forgery.]] Adding insult to injury, the word "Pierre" in the original title is capitalized, which given French title capitalization conventions means it's a proper name and a lot of the titles are explicitly religious, like "Au Nom du pere"... "In the name of the father."" The best part? The cross in question is ''wooden''.



* CainAndAbelAndSeth: late in the series it is revealed that Trebaldi and Neoli may have an illegitimate half-sibling.

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* CainAndAbelAndSeth: late in the series it is revealed that Cosimo and Nelio Trebaldi and Neoli may have an illegitimate half-sibling.



%%* DepravedHomosexual or possibly DepravedBisexual: Neoli Trebaldi.

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%%* DepravedHomosexual or possibly DepravedBisexual: Neoli Nelio Trebaldi.



* HandyCuffs: In ''The Mask of Truth'', Neoli Trebaldi uses the shackles around his wrists to strangle the warrior monk who is guarding him.

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* HandyCuffs: In ''The Mask of Truth'', Neoli Nelio Trebaldi uses the shackles around his wrists to strangle the warrior monk who is guarding him.



* TheMurderAfter: In ''In the Name of the Father'', Neoli Trebaldi wakes up to find his lover lying dead next to him. This is not an attempt to frame him for murder, but a warning from his father that he can get to him anywhere.

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* TheMurderAfter: In ''In the Name of the Father'', Neoli Nelio Trebaldi wakes up to find his lover lying dead next to him. This is not an attempt to frame him for murder, but a warning from his father that he can get to him anywhere.


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* ActionGirl: Ansea Latal

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* %%* ActionGirl: Ansea Latal



* AncientConspiracy: The Nine Families.
* BadassGrandpa: Armando's grandfather.

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* %%* AncientConspiracy: The Nine Families.
* %%* BadassGrandpa: Armando's grandfather.



* BlackKnight: Captain Rochnan

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* %%* BlackKnight: Captain Rochnan



* ChurchMilitant: The Warrior Monks
* ChurchPolice: The Warrior Monks
* CorruptChurch
* DarkActionGirl: Mejai, Ansea Latal
* DepravedHomosexual or possibly DepravedBisexual: Neoli Trebaldi.
* DistinguishingMark: Why the Scorpion is called the Scorpion.

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* %%* ChurchMilitant: The Warrior Monks
* %%* ChurchPolice: The Warrior Monks
* %%* CorruptChurch
* %%* DarkActionGirl: Mejai, Ansea Latal
* %%* DepravedHomosexual or possibly DepravedBisexual: Neoli Trebaldi.
* %%* DistinguishingMark: Why the Scorpion is called the Scorpion.



* FieryRedhead: Ansea Latal.

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* %%* FieryRedhead: Ansea Latal.



* TheHermit: Gottfried.

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* %%* TheHermit: Gottfried.



* HotGypsyWoman: Mejai.

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* %%* HotGypsyWoman: Mejai.



* KnightTemplar: Captain Rochnan

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* %%* KnightTemplar: Captain Rochnan



* MasterPoisoner: Mejai

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* %%* MasterPoisoner: Mejai



* SinisterMinister: Cardinal Trebaldi.

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* %%* SinisterMinister: Cardinal Trebaldi.



* VillainousBreakdown: Trebaldi

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* %%* VillainousBreakdown: Trebaldi

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