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Barbarella is a French comic book character created by Jean-Claude Forest for the French V Magazine. In 1964, her strips were collected in a single book, Barbarella, touted as France's first "adult" comic book. This book ended up inspiring the cult-classic 1968 film with Jane Fonda.

Some years later, Forest produced three more albums, The Wrath of the Minute-Eaters, The False Moon, and The Storm Mirror. Another strip was produced for the Someday Funnies anthology, which languished in Development Hell until the New Tens.

In 2017, Dynamite Comics acquired the rights to produce a new ongoing series.

This series contains examples of:

    The Original Strips 
  • Author Avatar: L'artiste (later called Browningwell) is a blatant stand-in for Jean-Claude Forest.
  • Citadel City: Sogo is surrounded by an impassable labyrinth.
  • Depraved Bisexual: the queen of Sogo.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Bille to Barbarella.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Narval is indignant when Bille actually uses the displacer gun on a guard; he himself only used it as a deterrent
  • Girl of the Week: Given that she's in a Free-Love Future, the titular heroine hooks up with a handsome guy or beautiful woman in every adventure, and is often seen making eyes at her next conquest by the end of it.
  • Planetary Relocation: Barb once hitches a ride aboard a freighter that's delivering custom-made planets to a new star system.
  • Red Is Heroic: Barbarella wears a red suit.
  • Robosexual:
    • Barbarella believes that robots can be just as good, if not better, lovers compared to humans. She has sex with one robot called Diktor in the Sogo chapters. There's another chapter where she drives a Fembot to orgasm just by fiddling with her insides.
    • There's a single-panel gag about Barbarella's current lover — a robot guy — thinking his movements are "a bit mechanical". Might be better in the original French.
  • Sexbot: Diktor might qualify, as he is a robot, and is capable of sex. Also, in "The Wrath of the Minute-Eater", the android prostitute who befriends Barbarella and whose capacity for orgasm Barbarella restores.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Narval in The Wrath of the Minute-Eater. He manipulates Barbarella, takes over her crew and conquers a primitive mineral-rich planet so that his race may leave their backward aquatic planet and be able to breathe air.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Narval's people knew he'd do anything to allow them to leave their planet, so they planned all along to hand him over to justice to pay for his crimes. Nice of them, right ?

    The Dynamite Series 
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The planet of Parosia has absolutely banned sex, to the point that they have developed the means to surgically remove genitalia, which is forcibly employed upon all Parosians and anyone unlucky enough to get caught in Parosian airspace. In the first issue of the series, Barbarella is subjected to this treatment.
  • Christmas Town: The planet Christmas was settled as a yule-themed family-friendly resort, ruled by the benevolent Niklaus von Klaus. Unfortunately, it was founded in a lawless area of space, and thus its visitors consist mainly of criminals who come to the planet to conduct business. Klaus decided to roll with it, letting the criminals conduct business in his village, but subject to extremely strict rules against violence.
  • Church Militant: The Parosian church and military are very tightly intertwined, with the Parosian military being used to spread the word of the Seven throughout the galaxy.
  • Low Culture, High Tech: Parosia has access to all kinds of advanced technology, but years of war has destroyed the planet's economy so badly that the average Parosian lives a borderline-medieval existence.
  • You Need to Get Laid: In the first issue, Barbarella is locked up in a women's prison, and among her cellmates is a Holier Than Thou nervous wreck named Rho who compulsively prays and sings hymns for her own salvation. After she threatens to rat out one of the other inmates for sneaking in an erotic novel, one of her cellmates pulls her into bed in the hopes that she'll mellow out.