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Comic Book / Cybersix

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Cybersix is an Argentinian/Italian Comic Book written by Carlos Trillo and drawn by Carlos Meglia, first published as weekly installments in 1991 for Skorpio, an Italian comic magazine. In addition to the original 113-installment run, it later got spun off into a 45-volume series of books. The series has also been translated into French (separated into 12 volumes) and Spanish (6 volumes in 1993). Unfortunately, an English version never saw the light of day, but a wonderfully adapted 13-episode animation done between Japan and Canada did.

The story centers around Cybersix, the sixth of five-thousand artificial humans in the "Cyber" series created by Dr von Reichter. Von Reichter destroyed 4999 Cybers due to their tendency towards disobedience and doesn't intend to let his last one get away. Cybersix hides in Meridiana city, hunting her creator's other monsters in order to survive and trying to blend into society under the alias Adrian Seidelman, a male school teacher.


The original graphic novels are all quite rare to find in print, though ebooks of the Spanish and French versions are available from EBOOKEE. An English fan-translation of the French is available as well, though it was worked on by two different translators.

Besides of the animated series, there was also a short-lived live-action series made in Argentina made in 1995.

These comics provide examples of:

  • All Germans Are Nazis: Dr von Reichter and his associate Krumens.
  • Animated Adaptation: Various aspects of the show were changed from the comics; Detective Enrique is an Expy of Do, but became a friendly and honest cop instead of a corrupt patrolman, the Monsters of the Week were mostly original creations added by the show's writers, and of course all the sex, nudity, and blood were removed.
  • Artificial Human: Dr von Reichter's domain. He created genetic experiments to be his servants and destroyed the Cyber series when they showed a tendency for disobedience. He also created the Types, the Techno series, who blend into human society, and the Fixed Ideas, who serve him with their brute strength. His age is also handwaved as him making himself new bodies in the years after the war as the current one grew too old.
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  • Art Evolution/Progressively Prettier: Lucas is fairly ugly-looking in the first episodes. As the series progresses, his design changes slightly to be a little more handsome as befitting his role of Love Interest.
  • Art Shift: During the Yashimoto arc, there are several pages drawn in different comic styles while he's knocked out. Cybersix battling Reichter's goons in the style of the McDucks takes the cake, though.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: Despite the cartoonish art style, the plot of the comic is very dark,violent and sexual.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Maura's abusive client calls up Do to solicit him for sex while in bondage gear.
  • Calling Your Orgasms: Done by, of all the characters who have sex, José.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Cybersix considers this to be, morally, an aspect of being a genetically engineered "monster".
  • Captain Ersatz: Betty "Boom"
  • Clark Kenting: Cybersix's "Adrian Seidelman" persona, who is male, wears glasses, and brushes "his" hair differently.
  • Clone Jesus: In the final comic, Von Reichter tries to clone Jesus. And this ends causing his downfall and the destruction of his organization.
  • City Noir: Meridiana in the comics, unlike the Animated Adaptation, is a very dangerous city filled with crime.
  • Coitus Ensues: Often.
  • Daydream Surprise: Pulled often, usually involving sex with Cybersix/Adrian.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: After escaping from Von Reichter, Cybersix comes across a car crash. One of the victims is Adrian Seidelman, who she notices bears a resemblance to her. She steals his identification papers, buries him away from the wreck and assumes his identity.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Referred to as 'resistored dreams' in the first chapter.
  • Erotic Dream: Frequent.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Lori may be a Clingy Jealous Girl to an absurd degree, but she can't stand people who abuse kids, having been abused herself.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier if French: Big Bang, who is constantly depicted wearing a stereotypically French beat striped shirt, is the most desirable male in the series.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Dr von Reichter.
  • Fanservice: Cybersix constantly appears naked in almost every chapter of the comic.
  • Flashback: There are several extensive flashbacks to explain Cybersix's backstory, particularly how she managed to survive and her relationship to Data 7.
    • Yashimoto also gets one explaining the events leading up to his investigating Cybersix.
    • Big Bang gets two, one from his own perspective and one from von Reichter's.
  • Flawed Prototype: The Cyber series, who had too much free will to carry out von Reichter's evil plans.
  • Gag Boobs: Oh, Lori.
  • A God Am I: Dr von Reichter.
  • Go Seduce My Archnemesis: One of von Reichter's plans involves seducing his enemies with a woman who kills whomever she has sex with. She kills one of her targets but ultimately fails when Lucas refuses to make love to anyone but Cybersix, and she seduces José instead.
    • Big Bang was supposed to seduce Cybersix at one point, too.
  • Gratuitous English: The comics Yashimoto wants to write about Cybersix all have English titles and taglines. "Chipwoman"?
  • Happily Adopted: Cybersix was once this. For several years she lived happily alongside the slave who helped her escape Von Reichter and adored the man enough to consider him her father. Sadly, he was killed protecting her once more, and his photograph is a beloved Tragic Keepsake for her.
  • Head-Turning Beauty:
  • Lori thinks of herself in this way, but it's unclear if the other characters do.
  • In a Single Bound: Cybersix can jump buildings pretty easily, the explanation being that the Cybers were created with the genes of an acrobat.
    • Lori could do this as well, actually being from an acrobat family.
  • I Have the High Ground: Because of the last trope, Cybersix really loves high places.
  • Informed Attractiveness: The art style of the books is pretty harsh, but we are told that Lori is the most attractive of the human characters. Cybersix is the said to be the Fairest of Them All, and it's a little easier to believe.
    • Rebecca Limon is also referred to as being irresistible, despite her gritty depiction.
  • Insistent Terminology: Cybersix constantly refers to herself as a monster, and corrects Lucas when he calls her a genetic experiment or anything nicer.
  • Lampshade Hanging: At one point, Cybersix wonders how Adrian's clothes manage to hide her breasts, and remarks that they're getting larger.
  • Last of Her Kind: Out of 5000 Cybers, Cybersix is the only one who managed to survive.
  • Leave No Survivors: Dr von Reichter wiping out the Cybers.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Prior to the animated series, there was a very short-live action show made in the year 1995.
  • Love at First Sight: Lucas with Cybersix.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr von Reichter, the evil Nazi variety.
  • Ms. Fanservice: When it comes to fanservice tropes, Cybersix has the full deck:
  • Nice Hat: Again belonging to Cybersix.
  • One Thing Led to Another: Lucas' excuse for having sex with Rebecca Limon.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Although she denies being one when Lucus asks, Cybersix has fang-like canine teeth and drinks Substance from the other artificial humans by biting their necks.
  • Out with a Bang: One of von Reichter's creations is a woman who causes painful death in any man she has sex with.
  • Panty Shot: Cybersix has one in the first chapter of volume one before she started wearing pants with her costume (or forgot to wear them).
  • Phlebotinum Dependence: Cybersix and all of Dr von Reichter's other creations require "Sustenance" to survive.
    • All except for his first, Big Bang.
  • The Pornomancer: Chrysalide and Big Bang both.
  • Precocious Crush: The precocious José wants to make it with the adult Cybersix.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: According to the introduction to the comic, the idea for doing a story about the tortured life of an escaped genetic experiment was inspired by the Elsa and Mario Rios incident that made headlines in the mid-80s.
  • Secret Project Refugee Family: Cybersix and Data 7, even though they aren't the same species. Cybersix even thinks of Data 7 as her biological brother because he was once a Cyber.
  • Selfcest: In order to allay his/her own insecurities, Adrian actually once deliberately concocts and tells Lucas a story about Cybersix 'visiting his apartment' and kissing him, to gauge Lucas's reaction.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Discussed in the first chapter when Lucas stops her from killing a hostile Techno, only to have the Techno throw himself off a building while trying to attack her.
  • Sinister Schnoz: von Reichter
  • Slip into Something More Comfortable: Cybersix seems to spend all of her free time wandering her apartment naked, though instances of her saying this are always directed at the reader.
    • Even while working on Adrian's curriculum, she makes a throwaway comment about how insufferably hot it is and spends the rest of the scene nude.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lori to Adrian, big time. Overlaps with Yandere, below.
    • The policeman Do as well, to Cybersix.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Adrian.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Cybersix's disguise as Adrian to hide herself from von Reichter.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Von Reichter is explicitly stated be an ex-Nazi and performing inhuman experiments during the war.
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: played with a twist. The fact that Cybersix's alter ego is her love interest Lucas's male coworker has led him to believe that they have a thing for each other.
    • In fact, Cybersix once deliberately provokes Lucas to have a jealous reaction towards 'Adrian' in regards to herself.
  • Vapor Wear: Every female character, but most notably Cybersix, who apparently doesn't even bind while dressing as Adrian.
    • Curiously, Cybersix does have a drawer fully stocked with frilly panties in her apartment.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: von Reichter and Krumens.
  • Yandere: Lori.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Big Bang's reaction when Cybersix reveals that she's a virgin.