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A 12-volume French bande dessinée (the last two volumes are a prequel focusing on one character) written by Alain Ayroles (also author of the Fractured Fairy Tale comic Garulfo) and illustrated by Jean-Luc Masbou.

In Europe of the 17th century, two noblemen united by an indestructible friendship, Don Lope de Villalobos Y Sangrin, a rash and impulsive Spanish wolf, and Armand Raynal de Maupertuis, French Gascon fox poet, dash into an epic adventure in search of the treasure of the Tangerine islands. During their trip, which will lead them to the borders of the world, and even elsewhere, they will meet their companions of adventure: Eusèbe, a naïve but cunning rabbit, Raïs Kader, who hides a generous personality under surly airs, and promises Lope a duel to the death but becomes his friend, Doña Hermine, Don Lope's lover, who hides a similar feeling, Séléné, Cenile's adopted child, who lives an idyll with Armand, and Bombastus, learned German so cultivated as to be annoying. Besides this heterogeneous troupe, they will also meet Andreo, Séléné's brother and his servant, Plaisant, a troop of pirates without scruples, a ruthless capitàn and strange exiles from the moon...

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De Cape et de Crocs provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Hermine. She does not fight often, due to lacking in combat skills (at least compared to the other main characters), but never hesitates to jump into the action, and manages for instance to steer a large galleon to safety in the middle of a storm, and on the Moon becomes quite skilled at driving a house. In a Funny Background Event, she forces Don Lope to sew in her stead while she replaces him... at cutting logs with an axe. Later on, she asks Kader to teach her how to fight.
  • Actual Pacifist: Most of the selenite population (except the mimes).
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: The pirate Captain shoots the rope Don Lope was dangling from, then comments to one of his subordinates who compliments him on the shot that he was actually aiming for Don Lope.
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  • Afraid Of Heights: Armand is an usually courageous gentleman, but great heights make him very nervous. When he tries Bombastus’ first heavier-than-air machine, he’s paralyzed with fear and his teeth are chattering
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Cénile’s last scene is played tragically as it is highlighted that his greed has developed into a mental dependence. His son Andreo tries to drag him out of a forest of gold but he refuses, shouting: “No! I cannot get away from my gold ! It is mine! I am his!... You do not understand!... My gold ! I love it!”
  • The Alleged Steed: On the Moon, Armand and Don Lope find themselves out of horses and forced to ride giant ducks to cross the land, walking at a snail’s pace because of that. Subverted when after they switch ducks with horses again, Don Lope discovers that the ducks could have flown all the way, they just didn’t know how to make them fly.
  • Alliterative Name: The Spooneristic Smugglers (contrebandiers contrepeteurs), and Captain Boney Boone are examples of this.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Among Mendoza’s many faults is his boundless ambition. As soon as the opportunity presents himself, Mendoza decides to become a lunar conqueror, plotting to steal the throne of the Moon and even planning to invade earth and become the most powerful king of Earth.
  • Anachronism Stew: Among many other things, the Heavy Metal concert onboard a pirate ship (with period instruments to boot).
  • And the Adventure Continues: The last page of the main series ends up with Armand, Don Lope and Eusèbe in Venice (where the whole story began in the first place) about to interfere with what seems to be the kidnapping attempt of a beautiful masked woman by sinister masked figures.
  • Arch-Enemy: Armand and Mendoza are mortal enemies ever since Armand gave him a nasty scar on the cheek. Mendoza hates the fox for this and swears to personally kill him. They feud climactically ends in the final volume of the main adventure.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Eusebe's backstory takes place in Paris under Louis XIII, so naturally we encounter lots of them.
  • Art Evolution: In the first book, Rais Kader looks like an Arabian Mario, he nows looks more the badass he's supposed to be.
  • As You Know: Several plot points or description are presented as this, for the readers to have context for what is happening. Notably, Armand openly laments that they must wander Europe together because of a previous duel, explaining why a French and a Spanish nobleman are doing in the streets of Venise.
  • Atlantis: Mentioned (as being a myth). At one point, our heroes are stranded on a tiny patch of rock in the middle of the ocean, which is later shown to be the roof of a drowned Greek-type building with statues. It is later referenced as having been in contact with the Selenites at some point in the past.
  • At the Opera Tonight: On several occasions, the characters disturb a theatrical representation organized by Prince Jean. They actually meet him that way by wreaking havoc on scene during a farce and ultimately defeat him when he presents his own play.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How Armand wins against Mendoza (though shutting up probably helped).
  • Badass Bandolier: The Rais carries four pistols like this during the You Shall Not Pass! moment.
  • Bad Boss: Mendoza is one, as he readily inflicts cruel punishments and summary execution on the galley slaves of his ship. He even forces the slaves to row despite a favourable wind just to hear them struggle.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Armand finds "absurd" Prince Jean's order to his musicians to play a minuet while the heroes are fighting the mimes guards - he thinks a rigaudon or a passepied would have been more appropriate.
    • On the Moon, the heroes encounter a hellish sight of horrible creatures and terrible giants whose body are filled with seemingly miserable souls. They are convinced to be in hell but then it is suddenly revealed that it is Carnival, when the human and affable Selenites only celebrating in disguise.
  • Balcony Wooing Scene: Armand attempts this at night in the tenth volume. He tries to woo Séléné, who cannot see her interlocutor and declares her love for the Maître d’Armes, which breaks Armand’s heart.
  • Bamboo Technology: Anything Bombastus builds. The guy managed to build a multi-storey tree-house, including an observatory and a winch-powered lift chair, using parts from shipwrecks. He eventually builds with TWO friggin' MOON ROCKETS.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Plaisant to Andreo; also Cigognac to Cap'tain Boone.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The love life between Don Lope and Hermine. They are both very proud in their own ways and refuse to compromise despite their clear love for each other. It results in most of their dialogs beginning well until one of them perceives a slight and they walk out angrily. They actually come around and become bethrothed for good.
  • Berserk Button: The Maître d’Arme has one: mentioning his very big nose. In fact, he’s so touchy that even alluding to noses makes him draw his sword to cut down anyone unlucky or foolish enough to have done that.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Downplayed. Other than a few foreign words here and there (some of the Rais Kader's exclamations, Captain Boone's attempted mannerisms), the work is entirely in French.
  • Big Bad: Prince Jean for a good chunk of the story.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: There are separate villains in the series, first of all Mendoza who represents the greatest physical threat to the heroes because of his group of thugs, but then there is Prince Jean, who is relatively harmless but whose status as prince gives him the scope to be a lunar threat through his many servitors.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Prince Jean fancies himself the conqueror of the Moon, but he's a pampered noble who poses little threat by himself. The only reason his forces are a credible threat is because Mademoiselle does all the thinking for him and Mendoza leads his army.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Happens several times during the course of the series. When Armand and Don Lope are cornered by superior forces, it is regularly Eusèbe who comes to the rescue. In Volume 9, the Maître d’Arme also enters the scene as an army of mimes approaches to off the heroes; thanks to the mimes accompanying him, the Maître d’Arme convinces the mimes to lay down their weapons.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The prequel books about Eusèbe's past, as expected, since they recount how he ended up being sent to the galleys. In addition, they feature a rather sad Heel–Face Door-Slam and the meaningless murder of a harmless poet, Lisière. On the other hand, Eusèbe and his brother Fulgence part on rather good terms, Fagotin eventually turns away from his murderous grudge, and Lisière's works will be published under his name.
  • Black Cloak: Mendoza sports a black cape which completes his black coat, boots and black everything actually, befitting his sinister nature.
  • Blood Knight: A very downplayed one: Colin is suffering from bellicism, very rare among the peaceful Selenites, and it makes him attempt to pick fights with everyone he meets. It'd deconstructed when Colin gets a taste of modern warfare with guns instead of swords. Hit with a bullet and agonizing, his last words are asking Armand if battles are like this on Earth.
  • Boarding Party: Boarding actions are recurring action scenes in the story, justified since it features many ships of different kind.
  • Brains and Brawn: The two main characters are both excellent swordsmen, but Don Lope is notably more hot-blooded and eager to go into a fight, when Armand is more intellectual and diplomatic.
    • Lope has also proven to be physically stronger and a better fighter than Armand, he has been able to fight and even win against the Sword Master. It even becomes a plot point near the end of the series.
  • Brainy Brunette: Hermine (in stark contrast with Séléné), as a Hot Gypsy Woman, is a brunette, and one of the most clever characters in the cast. Among other things, she successfully manipulates the pirates captain and is the first to guess that Séléné is the daughter of the king of the Moon. She is also shown to be able to perfectly operate the Selenite equivalent of a television, which Armand had failed to do.
  • Breaking Speech: The philosophers on the Moon bring the pirate crew
into a metaphysical ground, leading them to question their own being.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: In volume 10, Armand and Don Lope temporarily end their friendship because Don Lope seemingly “insults” Armand by telling him that Séléné loves the Maître d’Arme and that he must fight him, because he’s the strongest swordsman of the two; angry about the perceived slights, Armand slaps Don Lope with his glove, making the wolf leave. However, they soon regret their words and actions and reconcile during the final battle against Mendoza.
  • Brutal Honesty: Don Lope has a moment of this when he begs Armand not to fight the Maitre d'Armes and let him go in his stead, because he's simply the better swordsman. Armand, who's already dealing with Selene possibly preferring the Maitre d'Armes to him, does not take it well.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Invoked. Colin insults the first people he sees carrying swords, because he really does want to fight them.
  • The Butcher: Mendoza is nicknamed the “Butcher of the Cyclads” by the ottomans, who fear him for his skills in warfare and cruelty. Even hardened pirates get disheartened when they see it is him they are attacking.
  • Book-Ends: The series begins and ends with Don Lope and Raïs Kader duelling.
    • Also, the first and last pages of the series involve the heroes attending a play in Venice and stumble upon a shady plot.
  • Call-Back: In volume 8, the heroes sneak onto the ship in exactly the same way as the first book (down to the mimes making the exact same gestures as their Turkish counterparts).
  • Call-Forward: Many in volumes 11 and 12, which are a prequel focusing on Eusèbe.
    • Eusèbe learning to squeak like a rat.
    • While selling hats, he stumbles under a pile containing not only Bombastus' hat but Armand and Don Lope's.
    • A gypsy fortune teller manages to predict events happening to Eusèbe in the first three books, although in a way that makes the prediction more or less useless.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: While Armand and the rais Kader are held prisoner, Armand starts lamenting that he'll never see his beloved again. Kader tells Armand that once they break out and they get the treasure, Armand will get part of it, as Armand had previously stated that he'll help Kader find the treasure and rescue his daughter. This helps Armand wake up and start plotting escape.
  • Cannibal Tribe: Subverted. The tribesmen do not eat other humans, they are simply fond of dog meat. On the other hand, they don't seem to mind that their food is clearly sentient...
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: On the two occasion Armand indulges in drinking, he always ends up being heavily drunk.
  • Captured by Cannibals: Subverted. In the Tangerine Isles, Don Lope, Armand and Bombastus meet a tribe of savages who capture the trio but only put Don Lope and Armand in their stew. However, they escape and scare the inhabitants with a moonstone until Sabado clears the misunderstanding and reveals that although the tribe are faultless, they eat dogs, hence their confusion about Don Lope and Armand who are a wolf and a fox respectively.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Mendoza. Especially obvious when he rants about how Eusebe's appareance, personnality and behaviour represent everything he hates.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Lampshaded several times for laughs.
  • The Cavalier Years: Set in the 17th century Mediterranean, Italy and Malta, and France for the Eusèbe-centered books.
  • Character Development: Don Lope manages to overcome his fear of rats when a giant rat is about to eat Eusèbe. This is illustrated later where he imitates a rat while sneaking on board a ship: in the exact same circumstances, at the beginning of the series, he had imitated a cat instead, and Armand had mocked him for it.
  • Chase Scene: The most memorable one occurs in book 2 when they are in Malta, and involves Armand chasing Plaisant for the map, then being chased along with Kader by the pirates, Don Lope chasing Andréo for Hermine, and Mendoza and the guards chasing them all. It ends in a gigantic collision involving a religious procession that had the misfortune of passing by.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The moonstone pendant Séléné gives to Armand. It ends up being relevant on two levels, first because it is a moonstone and allows the heroes to go to the moon. Secondly, it reveals that Séléné is actually from the moon since she was found with the pendant as a baby.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Subverted. It looks like Mendoza is at least a devout Catholic, but when ambition goes to his head, he even ambitions to overthrow the Catholic Church, using the “Archdeacon of Canterbury” to gain the religious authority he needs to rule.
  • Clock Punk: Most of the Senelites' technology is based on this.
  • Cloudcuckooland: The Moon. Its peaceful inhabitants live in moving houses, trade with poems, have cheese, eggs, gold and jewel growing on trees, and their fauna is composed of living music instruments and other more fantastical creatures like the chimeras.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: Hermine and the Pirates are forced to perform one of these in Volume 4 for the benefit of their Selenite captors. The performance is rather lackluster until Don Lope and friends burst on the scene to confront their rivals. Fortunately for all involved, the audience thinks it's All Part of the Show.
    • The entire series is written in this style as well.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Cénile Spilorzio, a ship owner from Venice. He’s already a scrooge but doesn’t hesitate to bribe a court to condemn Armand and Don Lope to the galleys.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Armand de Maupertuis, of course, although he rarely displays actual cunning, but he is one of the most clever, quick-witted and cultured member of the cast.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Eusèbe is a cute little rabbit and women all react accordingly. Even hardened thugs find Eusèbe too cute to torture on several occasions. Mendoza is the only one who doesn’t react well to Eusèbe’s proximity, even despising him for it.
  • Dark Action Girl: Mademoiselle is perhaps Prince Jean’s greatest agent, an able manipulator at the court but also taught by the Maître d’Armes who notes she is a gifted swordswoman. She is one of the few characters who have got the better of Don Lope during a duel.
  • Darkest Hour: End of volume 8. Mendoza conquered the Moon, the Moon Cadets are dead, the Maître d'Armes is captured, and Don Lope has been shot.
  • Darker and Edgier: Although they remain fairly light-hearted, the prequel books centred on Eugene are noticeably darker than the original series. They contain no fantasy elements and involve a lot of corrupt politicians and rogues fighting for dominance. See also Bitter Sweet Ending above.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Don Lope & Mendoza.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The war at the end of volume 8, in red.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Bombastus claims that the white-skinned savages are obviously more open to discussion than their copper or ebony-skinned brethren.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • Averted when Eusèbe meets the musketeers. Leading the Cardinal's guards, Eusebe attempts to arrest them, but the new Big Bad de Limon arrests them all. The musketeers declare him a Worthy Opponent in prison and cease all hostilities.
    • It is the backstory for Armand's and Lope's friendship.
    • The Maître d’Arme meets the heroes on bad terms and they duel, but when he is defeated by Don Lope and learns that he’s the son of one of his friends Don Pedro, he immediately makes peace with them. He also actually became friend with Don Lope’s father after a duel too, which he lost because of the “un-deux-trois” botte..
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Everything Aldrin de Redondie says only describes what he is doing and thinking at the moment. Including when he dies.
  • Determinator: All the heroes, to some extent, but the Rais gets a good one at the beginning: when it seems the map has been stolen (and so all hope of obtaining the treasure to raise his fleet), he declares it to have been written, and so will continue to scour the seas until they run red with blood.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Mendoza would have never imagined that Armand could counter his secret and fatal move.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Armand sadly doesn't get together with Séléné at the end. Séléné always mistook him for a loyal friend and not a romantic pretender and ends up falling in love with the Maître D'Armes, to Armand's sorrow.
  • Dirty Old Man: Cénile is old and quite lecherous, as Séléné laments that his touches get more and more “tactile”; we’re not shown any of that however. He even plans to marry Séléné, although its partially to save on the dowry.
  • Disney Villain Death: Mendoza perishes like this. Stabbed in the gut by Armand, a shocked Mendoza falls off his ship into the void of space. Although people can survive in space, it is likely that if his stab wound doesn’t kill him, he’d wish it did.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • When the Rais' men lose the map, he orders his ship's mast to be sharpened, so he can impale a dozen or so sailors as an example.
    • Mendoza is ready to execute a bench of rowers for talking back to him.
  • The Ditz: Séléné, especially in the last books. She is shown to enjoy watching mindless soap operas on the Sélénite equivalent of a television, and complains at being unable to understand poetry.
  • Dope Slap: One pirate who doesn't realize they don't need to keep up the honest merchant act anymore gets one.
  • Doorstop Baby: Séléné was found in a well by the Spilorzio during a full moon night. Cénile didn’t want her but his wife pleaded so much he had to eventually relent and adopt her as his ward.
  • Dramatic Unmask: As the heroes try to find the Maître d’Armes, Prince Jean sends a mysterious agents named “The Marquis of the Three Craters” after them, said Marquis’ identity is hidden until it is dramatically revealed that Captain Boone has sold his service to Prince Jean, becoming said Marquis in the process.
  • Dressed to Plunder: Captain Boone’s attire in a nutshell, as well as that of his crew. They all wear the stereotypical accessories of a pirates, with the exception of the “parrot”, which is in reality a chicken that Boone believes to be hoarse.
  • Driven to Suicide: When Armand learns that Séléné is in love with the Maître d’Armes, in the middle of his wooing no less, he is heartbroken and, thinking that he’s lost everything including his friendship with Don Lopé, almost jumps down a cliff. Thankfully, he’s distracted by the small rock.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Bombastus feels like this. Despite coming off as a Know-Nothing Know-It-All and Insufferable Genius, he’s also resentful and sad over being asked to invent new contraptions so often without so much as a “thank you” for his inventions, which for the most part work. Armand finally thanks him for his help and congratulates him for his genius, bringing the old man to tears.
  • Duel to the Death: They happen every so and then, usually for matters of honor. Don Lope and Armand had to flee France after the wolf duelled and killed the wrong nobleman for instance. There is also the case of Armand’s feud with Mendoza which is fought seriously. However, most duels end up well, with both parties becoming friends. It's also subverted in one instance where Don Lope and the Maître d'Arme almost fight each other but Séléné forbids them to do something as stupid as killing each other for her.
  • Dumb Blonde: Séléné thinks herself to be one, being a pampered woman who was denied a great lot of education. However, the Maître d’Arme reassures her since he tells her that she’s not dumb enough not to worry about it and that her mastery of perfume concoction reveals a subtle mind. Andreo also counts, but he also wisens up by the end of the story.
  • Easily Forgiven: It seems the squid doesn't hold grudges for cutting off one of his tentacles and using him as a carrot.
    • It seems to have regenerated, so...
  • Eat the Rich: Fulgence resents the wealth gap between Paris’ poor and the rich and nobles. His end goal with De Limon’s assassination is to provoke chaos from which his army of beggars and criminals will prevail over the rich.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Prince Jean lives in “La Sérénissime », an underground base hidden in the middle of one of the Moon’s seas.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • In the first book, Spaniard ("and therefore bastion of Christianity") Don Lope has to team up with the Ottoman (and Muslim) Rais Kader. They get over it - mostly.
    • In a darker tone, Armand and Mendoza.
  • Enemy Mime: The Mimes are assumed to be ferocious savages. The "wild" ones are a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Amazonian natives.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Mendoza has one, when he orders Eusèbe be whipped for causing trouble, and well Eusèbe is a little rabbit who was innocent in the matter. When Armand and Don Lope express their contempt, Mendoza even says that he actually welcomes the rebellion because that gives him an excuse to oppress the galley slaves. He thus orders Armand’s row to be summarily shot.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • The Maître d'Armes, even though he's obviously (for the audience) Cyrano de Bergerac.
    • Also the Rais Kader, which translates to Boss Kader.
  • Exact Words: Cénile frames Armand and Don Lope for assault and coerces then into giving him their treasure map. In exchange, he promises that the trial will be fast and that they will be seeing the blue sky shortly. The trial is indeed very fast as a Kangaroo Court condemns them to the galleys, guaranteeing that they’ll be seeing the sea sky for a long time.
  • Expressive Hair: The Rais Kader's mustache. Droopy when depressed or confused, horizontal otherwise.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Subverted with Fagotin, an intensely creepy-looking chimpanzee who's gone from street artist to hired killer.
  • Evil Twin: Prince Jean to the King of the Moon, and Fulgence to Eusèbe.
  • Expy:
    • Cap'n Boone is Blackbeard.
    • Aldrin, Colin and Fort-à-Bras are Aramis, Athos and Porthos respectively and also musketeers IN SPACE!: Fort-à-Bras translates as Strong-of-Arm or Armstrong; Colin and Aldrin are for Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin.
    • Colvert and Souchet, while both ducks, are based on Colbert and Fouquet.
    • Several characters are inspired by famous character from French plays.
      • Cénile is an Expy of Harpagon from Molière's The Miser.
      • The Maître D'Armes is a clear lift of Cyrano de Bergerac's character.
      • Séléné is at first an Expy of every Classical French play's young maiden character, but she then becomes an Expy of Roxane, a character from Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Armand and Don Lope are courageous gentlemen who will face death with dignity although they can be saddened at the prospect of their imminent demise. In the contrary, Eusèbe tells that “a rabbit doesn’t die well at all”.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Sélénites against the mimes. Because of their relatively primitive ways and mutism, the Sélénites believe the mimes to be savages that are best kept away from them. It is revealed that all of these prejudices are false of course.
  • Fashionable Evil: Prince Jean. He is dressed in beautiful clothes that rival the best courts of Europe in fashion. He’s actually modelled after Louis XIV, who was very fashionable.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Don Lope defeats the giant rat by throwing a barrel of powder in its mouth and shooting it.
  • Femme Fatale:
    • Hermine is one, although unquestionably on the side of the good guys. She’s no swordsman and so by her own admission has to fight with her own weapons: her good looks and acting ability. That way, she manages to both fool Boone and Prince Jean into believing she’s working for them while she’s actually undermining their plans.
    • Mademoiselle is another one but on Prince Jean’s side. She’s also a beautiful woman who feigns being the repentant lady to make her way into the King’s court again, fooling the Sélénites although Hermine doesn’t buy her story.
  • Flying Dutchman: The eponymous Ship makes an appearance but unlike most depictions, it's an ordinary Ghost Ship who only periodically resurfaces because the horned fish it is impaled on also resurfaces.
  • Food Porn: The scenes where the characters are eating will feature at least one panel focusing on the food with minute detail. There is also a whole page dedicated to the feast Armand, Don Lope and Kader are having while barricaded in the pirate's ship larder.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Montmorency was mentioned in a single line in the first book as having been killed by Don Lope in a duel, which caused their expulsion from France. Eusebe runs into him and rubs him the wrong way. Montmorency ends up being killed off screen right before his appointed duel with Eusèbe, which would probably have turned badly for him
  • For Science!: Bombastus’s endgame is to study the world and discover the mechanisms behind every mysterious phenomenon. He’s mostly harmless as a result but he’s also neutral to all of the ongoing conflicts. This means that he readily told Prince Jean that Armand had a moonstone just to have the opportunity to go to the Moon and study it, and when he’s left behind, he associates with Mendoza to build a rocket.
  • Funny Animal: The world of De Capes et De Crocs is sparsely populated by talking sentient animals who dress and speak like humans, and no difference is being made. The most prominent examples are Armand de Maupertuis and Don Lope Villalobos Y Sangrin, a fox and wolf who are part of the nobility, dress like humans and speak like humans despite identifying themselves as animals. Eusebe is rather a Talking Animal.
  • Funny Background Event: All the time.
    • One of the earliest examples is the living roots (?) escaping from the vats of the Kabbalist that Kader visits at the beginning in Venezia and falling to their deaths.
    • A lot of these occur when they are on the savage island, including a dog resisting attempts to being slaughtered for food and Hermine asking Don Lope to sew a sail while she cuts logs in his stead.
    • Eusebe doesn't watch where he's going while carrying a large spit, to the chagrin of a cook's backside.
  • Furry Reminder:
    • When very pissed off, Montmorency (a dog) gets on all fours with teeth bared.
    • Armand has no problem swallowing a live rat, and occasionally yelps when hurt. He also has difficulties controlling himself in the proximity of hens.
    • Don Lope scratching his ear like a dog scraching a flea.
  • Gag Nose: The Maître D'Armes proboscis is quite comparable to a bird's beak. Mentioning it within earful of him is also his Berserk Button.
  • Gambit Pileup: Eusebe's story has multiple plots centring around the duc de Limon, a potential successor to Richelieu as Prime Minister. Eusèbe manages to get on both de Limon and Montmorency (who's opposed to Limon)'s bad sides.
  • Genius Bonus: There are many, many references to French classical literature, from plays to specific poems and the also technical or antiquated terms that were used during the 17th Century. All but the most known references such as La Fontaine or Molière’s work may be flying above the head of the reader.
  • Genius Bruiser:
    • One of the three recurring pirates comes up with the theory of gravitation. Note that he comes up with it after Bombastus hit him on the head with an apple...
    • The two guards in the Turkish ship are discussing philosophy when they get knocked unconscious.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • One scene (not easily translatable) has our heroes break free from the pirates and attack, the pirates loudly proclaiming what body parts were hit, using words containing those body parts (a possible translation would be: "My arm! I've been disarmed!"). So when it's the guy who got bit in the ass', he just goes "What should I say?" note 
    • Also, everything the spooneristic smugglers say is astonishingly vulgar once decoded.
  • Gold Fever: Cénile goes mad in a forest of gold, overwhelmed by the riches in front of him and dying in said forest.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The pair get a spy to talk by having Armand pretend to hold Don Lope, who is playing Rabid Cop, back so he doesn't stab him.
  • Gratuitous Iambic Pentameter: Armand occasionally speaks in alexandrins, the French equivalent of the iambic pentameter. Sabado also does it, but comments he's not very fluent in this.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Don Lope is Spanish and often uses exclamations or insults in Spanish, making it a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar notably when he calls the sea monster swallowing Rais Kader and Eusèbe “hijo de madre puta!”.
  • Greed: Cenile is Harpagon turned Up to Eleven.
  • Greedy Jew: Averted. In volume 1, Rais Kader seeks help from a Jewish savant who deciphers Cananean for him but then only asks Kader for a dagger. When Kader says he expected a higher price from these sorts of people, the savant notes that Kader has travelled a lot yet has not seen much.
  • Grows on Trees: There is an island where cheese and eggs grow on trees. It's later revealed they come from the moon, where almost everything, including precious gems and gold, grows on trees. Selenites think of gold as annoying weed. The only currency on the moon is poetry.
  • Guile Hero: Hermine. While prisoner of the pirates, she manages to drive a wedge between the Captain and his crew and ends up freeing herself, along with Andreo and Plaisant (too bad they get soon captured by the Selenites afterwards).
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Zigzagged. Eusèbe goes completely naked without attracting comment, while Armand and Don Lope go half dressed, not wearing pants.
  • The Heavy: Mendoza is the series' most iconic and recurring villain. Much like Olrik, he usually works as the Dragon with an Agenda / The Starscream for other villains.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: De Limon in the prequel books. Just after Eusèbe's constant optimism, honesty and trusting nature managed to convince him to try amending his ways, Fagotin shoots him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The pirate crew ultimately go from opponents and rival in the search for the treasure to being Armand’s allies during the final battle against Mendoza’s crew. Although they have a bad history together, the pirate crew and heroes find common grounds against Prince Jean and become Fire-Forged Friends.
  • Heroes Act, Villains Hinder: Armand and Don Lope are the second side to go for the treasure of the Tangerine Isles and consistently have Mendoza behind them for the treasure, at least until they go to the Moon. Again, the heroes decide to go look for the Maître d’Arme, with the agents of Prince Jean trying to hinder their efforts.
  • Heroic Lineage: Don Lope is quite proud of his lineages, who comprises his father Don Pedro who was also a great swordsman and another ancestor who fought in the war against the Saracens.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Eusebe's pet pebble jumping in front of Mendoza's gun to save Eusèbe. It is sadder than it sounds as the pebble is actually "killed" by the bullet.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lope and Armand. Also, Andreo and Plaisant.
  • Hold the Line: The battle of the Thyropyles in a nutshell. To protect the capital, the heroes can only muster a dozen men at best, including Andreo, Plaisant and Eusèbe. They do find a chokepoint and reinforce it but are pitted against thousands of mimes commanded by Mendoza. Ultimately, they lose the battle when Mendoza’s men use their rifles.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: The Selenites refer to someone being not quite right in the head as being terratic (where we would use lunatic).
  • Horse of a Different Color: While there are horses and pegasi on the Moon, giant ducks are an alternate form of transportation.
  • Hot-Blooded: Don Lope, the Maître d’Arme and to a lesser extent Armand. All three are hot-blooded gentlemen quick to draw their swords against any insult but as quick to become friends with the people they like. Armand does say this for Don Lope:
    Armand: You'll have to excuse him, it's in his nature to think with his arteries.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: Hermine is a hot-tempered Gypsy girl with brown skin and black hair. She spends the first half of the series barefoot and doesn't hesitate to use her charms to get her ways. She is quite chaste, though, and deeply in love with Don Lope.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: When Don Lope believes Kader to be lost at sea, his reaction to the loss of his enemy turned adventuring companion is to let out an angry scream: "We were supposed to have a duel!"
  • Hurl It into the Sun: Prince Jean's fate. Though it's mentioned that the sun is an inhabited planet like the moon.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Armand is particularly fond of this trope.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Armand sees Don Lope barrel past on an amputee's cart waving his sword, chasing a sedan chair blinded by Eusebio, asking how one can engage in such farcical behavior. Then he points his sword at Plaisant, on which are skewered several vegetables and a squid.
    • When the pirates threaten to eat the remaining captives, Lope says they wouldn't hesitate to feed on human flesh... while looking as realistically rabid wolf-like as you please.
    • Bombastus is introduced as overjoyed that finally has listeners who can critique his theories (the island only has parrots otherwise). However, when someone contradicts his theory he ignores it completely.
  • I Am Spartacus: Subverted when the musketeers and the Cardinal's guards are facing the police:
    Limon: Who are the leaders here?
    Musketeers (Staring Through the Sword): Us!
    Guards (pointing at Eusebe): Him!
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Don Lope, learning he very likely just ate a dog.
  • Idiot Crook: The three pirates Captain Boone handpicks as his underling when he temporarily betrays his crew. They are particularly stupid, instantly believing Captain Boone’s claim that he will make them Duke of York, Duke of Westminster and most funnily, Archdeacon of Canterbury. The “Archdeacon” was actually normal during his first appearance, but he was used as a battering ram and suffered some brain damage apparently.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: All gentlemen characters do that whenever they greet a pretty lady, usually with a compliment on their stunning beauty. Don Lope attempts this with Mademoiselle but is embarrassed when Hermine surprises him, leading to yet another instance of misunderstanding and jealousy.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: Eusèbe inadvertently tells Mendoza about the treasure this way, which results in Mendoza also trying to take it after he escapes and becoming a recurring thorn on the heroes’ side.
  • Impoverished Patrician: At the beginning of the story, Armand and Don Lope only have four maravedis (the Venitian currency of the time) to their name. Justified as they had to flee France and couldn’t bring much of their stuff with them.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Armand is about to jump from a cliff in despair from losing Selene to the Maître d'Armes and being stranded on the Moon without his friends when the Rock arrives to warn him that his friends have been captured by Mendoza.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Done to Eusèbe after he gets arrested for participating in a duel (in fact trying to prevent it).
  • Insistent Terminology: Boney Boone wants to be called Captain, but nobody seems to remember to call him that. Later inverted since he's trying to pass for a civilian, leading to: "Captain Boone!" "That's Mister Boone!"
  • Interservice Rivalry: A three-way version. While the musketeers and Cardinal's guards is well known, the actual police force harasses both of them, leading to the musketeers making friends with Eusebe.
  • Interspecies Romance: Don Lope and Hermine, Armand and Séléné (at least from Armand's part). Nobody seems to see anything wrong with them, so they must be rather frequent in this universe.
  • Island of Mystery: The Tangerine Islands, a quasi-mythical archipelago plagued by frequent sea storms and linked to the mysterious Atlantide. Many sailors know about it because of the many bottles written in various languages talking about the supposed treasures hidden there but the storms have prevented them from reaching it safely. The pirates reach it first and discover that the inside of the volcano is weirder than they can imagine, with cheese trees, giant crustaceans and water running slowly. The heroes eventually discover that the Isles are influenced by the Moon and that the resident Sélénites have left seeds here and there.* Isle of Giant Horrors: The Tangerine Isles harbour giants crustaceans.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Bombastus' flying machine and moon rockets fly because of the noise generated by explosions... at least, that's how he explains it.
  • Jumped at the Call: Armand and Don Lope are very enthusiastic adventurers. In the first volume, they readily accept to infiltrate a xebec to free a hostage and when they discover a treasure map, try to reach it as soon as possible.
  • Kick the Dog: Mendoza does this regularly. From condemning Eusèbe to be whipped for causing trouble (although Eusèbe escapes the punishment before it can be enacted) to shooting a wild animal from the Moon to make a point about conquest, to going out of his way to make Eusèbe jump into the void of space, just because he hates how cute the rabbit is.
  • Killed Off for Real: The panicky pirate, the Moon Cadets, the Pebble, Mendoza.
    • In the prequel, Lisière and De Limon.
  • Lame Comeback: Subverted. Eusèbe, unaware as always that he's being insulted, replies that Montmorency's ears are very large as well. This is considered a devastating comeback by the present company. Also counts as one of the multiple shout-outs to the play Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Large Ham:
    • Captain Boone, but the others show some signs as well, especially during the theater sequence.
    • The resident Mad Scientist's name is Bombastus.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Armand stops rhyming and starts fighting in the final battle. It works.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: With no explanation whatsoever.
  • Long List:
    • "... les cornemuses, mais aussi les luths, les violes, les violons, les harpes, les clavecins, les hautbois, les bombardes, les flageolets, les pipeaux, les binious..."
  • Longing Look: Armand has one whenever he takes out a memorabilia from Séléné and is reminded of her.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Double subverted. Séléné was a Doorstop Baby and is initially supposed to be the princess of the moon but then the queen reveals that the baby she lost didn’t have a moonstone with her. However, it is then revealed that Séléné was still Connected All Along with the King and Queen because some of the weird crystals on the moon show that Fier-à-Bras put a moonstone necklace on the royal baby during the battle in which she was lost, explaining the discrepancy.
  • Love at First Sight: Both Armand and Don Lope fall in love with Séléné and Hermine respectively.
  • Love Triangle: There are two main ones set in the story.
    • First there's the love triangle between Armand, Séléné and Cénile, the latter of which is replaced by the Maître D'Armes.
    • Secondly the love triangle between Don Lope, Hermine and Andreo.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The heroes' aerial escape route ends up taking them through Bombastus' extravagant fireworks show.
  • Mad Bomber: Bombastus tends to put a little too much gunpowder in his fireworks.
  • Mad Scientist: Bombastus
  • Man Hug: Between Lope and Armand, all the time. Fellow badasses Cap'n Boone and the Rais Kader share one.
  • Manly Tears: Don Lope breaks down when he think the Rais Kader is dead. Later, Don Lope starts telling Armand about his first marriage and the death of his beloved wife. Armand is welling up by the middle.
  • Meaningful Name: Everybody. Sometimes with a Bilingual Bonus: Spilorcio for instance, means miser.
  • Message in a Bottle: In French, English, Latin, Cannanean...
  • Medium Awareness: Sort of. The beginning of the third book has Armand and the Rais on an curtained elevated platform reading documents, then three sharp raps are heard. They look up, clear their throats, and then start talking, as if they were on a stage. (The raps coming from Don Lope hammering on a shell to crack it open).
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Many characters are seen gesticulating wildly in the background.
    • The pirates and their panic attacks.
    • When Armand gets a little too caught up in his poetry and starts Chewing the Scenery, Don Lope starts imitating him for a laugh.
  • Mighty Whitey: Inverted. The Noble Savage finds a tribe of primitive white-skinned men and is treated as a god before he convinces them otherwise.
  • The Millstone: Eusèbe, the rabbit. A small frail rabbit is hardly useful in an adventure story, but because Eusèbe is also naive and gentle, every bad guy play him like a fiddle against the heroes.
  • Modest Royalty: The King and Queen of the Moon live in a small house, do not have a particular protocol around them and their authority is only moral among the placid Sélénites.
  • Money for Nothing: On the Moon, gold, jewels and other precious objects grow on trees. They use poems as currency.
  • Mood-Swinger: Prince Jean, who can go from happy to angry to happy again in a matter of seconds, with his acquaintances noting that he’s “terratic” (read: lunatic but from the point of view of a Sélénite).
  • Mr. Exposition: Bombastus is the resident savant and among his functions is to provide exposition about how some of the fantastic phenomena the heroes observe work or how something is going to be done.
  • Morality Pet: Eusèbe comes close of becoming this for Limon and his brother Fulgence in the prequel book. Sadly, Limon is murdered and Fulgence decides to flee, though not before trying to help his brother escape prison.
  • Motivation on a Stick: How the Flying Dutchman is moved. It involves a giant octopus and a really big fish.
  • Multinational Team: On the heroes' side, we have the French Armand, Eusebe, the Spanish Don Lope, the German Bombastus, the Turkish Rais Kader, the Venitians Andreo and Plaisant, and the gypsy Hermine. The villains are Venitian (Cénile), Spanish (Mendoza), and English (Mister Captain Boone).
  • My Instincts Are Showing:
    • Armand has some trouble refraining from chasing chickens, and has nightmares involving hens.
    • When feverish, Don Lope sits with his tongue hanging out like a dog would. He also mentions later having behaved like a normal (feral) wolf for some time after his wife died out of despair.
  • Nice Guy: Eusebe, bordering on The Pollyanna in the prequel. The most scathing criticism he can find about an enemy is to say that he is "not nice" or "mean". He actually feels sorry for Mendoza after his death.
  • Nice Hat: Most everybody has one, but Bombastus keeps his the longest.
  • Noble Savage: Double subverted; the members of the savage tribe are caucasian. The only black-skinned member of their village is very educated.
  • Noble Wolf: Don Lope is this in two ways. One, he greatly values friendship and he's part of the hero group; two, he's literally a noble wolf by virtue of his nobleman status. He is happy to slip into Savage Wolf mode when required, and says he was one after his first wife died.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Capitan Mendoza is the French actor Guy Delorme, who wrote the foreword to book 6 confirming it.
  • Noodle Incident: In the main story, how Eusèbe was sent to the galleys in the first place: he always gets interrupted when he is about to explain it. The two prequel books cover this in detail (and, amusingly enough, end with Eusèbe endlessly recounting his whole story to his fellow galley slaves, to their utter boredom).
  • Non-Action Guy: Eusèbe, as he’s just a little rabbit with little to no combat experience pitted against mostly normal humans. However, he manages to earn his place as The Heart and his interventions often save the heroes.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Eusèbe (himself Non-Human Sidekick of two Non-Human Main Protagonists) has a pet animated rock.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Colvert and Souchet's respective right-hand-men are named Lesecq (the dried-up one) and Legros (the fat one), the first is obese and the other skinny.
  • Noodle Incident: During the 10 first volumes, Eusèbe regularly tries to talk about his past and why he was in the galley, which involved being part of the guards of the cardinal. The final two volumes of the series do present Eusèbe’s full story.
  • Not So Stoic: Don Lope, upon the Rais Kader's disappearance.
  • Oblivious to Love: Séléné to Armand
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Bombastus and the Maître d'Armes.
  • One-Man Army: Don Lope is able to fend off a dozen men alone thanks to his superb swordfighting skills, and the Maître d’Armes is said to have defeated a hundred assassins alone.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Don Lope and Rais Kader to each other. When Don Lope believes the Rais Kader gone, he cries out that he didn't have the right to deny him their duel. Later, the Rais tells a badly-wounded Lope that they still have their duel to fight.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Maître d’Armes is never addressed as anything else than this title, and there’s even a The Un-Reveal moment when Séléné asks for his real name and he deflects the subject to her Sélénite name instead. However, It’s all but stated he is the “Cyrano de Bergerac” who is offhandedly mentioned throughout the series since he screams about being stolen his work when he sees Andréo and Plaisant acting out a scene that was said to be from de Bergerac.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Hermine, seeking to get Don Lope to act on his feelings, flirts with Andreo in front of him. It backfires spectacularly as Andreo is madly in love with her, and instantly grabs her and hauls ass for the church to get married.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Mendoza always takes advantage of every opportunity that presents itself, from hearing about a treasure and illegally gathering a crew to take it to readily allying himself with Prince Jean, seeing that the Prince is actually a fool he can easily overthrow.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Played With with Séléné's pendant. It is embedded with a Moon Gem, which is the first hint that she is a Selenite (though the fact that she gets attracted by the Moon like everything Selenite is the definite proof). Hermine and Armand later wonder if this would also prove that she is the Selenite King's long-lost daughter, but her parents deny having equipped her with such a trinket. It is later revealed that one of the Moon Cadet gave his Moon Gem to the Selenite King's daughter before she was thrown into space.
  • Overly Long Name: Don Lope de Villalobos y Sangrin, Messire Armand Raynal de Maupertuis, but the award goes to Herr Bombastus Johannes Theophrastus Almagestus Wernher von Ulm.
  • Overly Long Spanish Name: Don Lope de Villalobos y Sangrin, who always tries to use his full name when introducing himself and is always interrupted before he can get to the end (one character ends up thinking his last name is "de Villalobos Y").
  • Overprotective Dad: Rais Kader to Hermine, making sure she's safe for when Lope gets back and telling Colin to stop flirting with her. Appropriately enough, Hermine is his long-lost daughter Yasmina.
  • Pirate
  • Pirate Parrot: Averted with Captain Boone's... chicken, which he bought for three pieces of eight at St-Domingue, thinking it's a hoarse parrot. On the Moon he acquires what is essentially a mechanical parrot, which the Selenite call... a chickennote .
    • And corsairs, and freebooters...
  • Pirate Song: The pirate crew have a distinctive and catchy sea shanty they sing whenever they feel happy. The song is good enough to be of worth on the Moon, where the currency is poetry. The crew subvert their own song when they turn it into a “corsair song” as they reveal they work for Prince Jean and change the lyrics accordingly.
  • Precision F-Strike: Only once in the whole series, addressed to a fish, and it's in Spanish (but not even hard to figure out).
    • Later, the (other) Porthos expy demands food in a Gascon accent, and just as easy to read.
  • Planet of Hats: Every region of the Moon has a different manner of speaking based on a figure of speech (Palindromians dress symmetrically and say the same thing backwards and forwards, Litotians understate everything, Redondians rephrase what was just said or state what they're doing out loud, etc.).
  • Red Filter of Doom: Tome 8's battle sequence is colored only in bright red and white to accentuate the drama and violence of the battle.
  • Reference Overdosed: From literature, theater, tv shows, cinema, comics, science, history...
  • Renaissance Man: The Maître D'Armes, as described by the Selenite:
    Selenite Senators: An exceptional being! At the same time a poet... a philosopher... an erudite... a scholar... brilliant... valiant... gallant...
    Colin: And what a swashbuckler!
  • Regal Ringlets: Séléné; Mademoiselle.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Armand has the habit of frequently breaking into poetry, especially during his fights. The characters also sometimes rhyme for a few sentences during a discussion (usually when Armand is involved). See also Gratuitous Iambic Pentameter above.
    • Mendoza does it once, to mock Armand after he stabbed him.
    • In the prequel books, Lisière does it all the time, except when things get really bad for him. Eusèbe comments on it.
    Eusèbe: When you speak, it does not rhyme anymore.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: When facing chimeras (Lunar creatures that turn into your worst fear), the ship's rats coalesce into a single giant rat the Skaven would be proud of.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Captain Boone does this repeatedly as a morale-inducing method, always promising treasure and reminding them that they are pirates and should act like it.
    • Cigognac's speech, also a CMOA in its own right, especially since his previous attempt to emulate Captain Boone failed miserably. As the pirate crew faces existential dread, Cigognac reminds them about their dreams of liberty and disdain for authority, waving the black flag to turn the pirates to the cheery cutthroats they were before.
    • On the evil side, Mendoza is good at this. When his crew crashes on the Moon, he focuses on the yet to be discovered riches and lands ready to be conquered with their guns. Funnily, he closes his speech by literally "promising them the Moon".
  • Running Gag:
    • Don Lope de Villalobos y Sangrin never gets a chance to fully introduce himself, the closest he ever gets is "De Villalobos y".
      • Turned on its head when Sabado introduces himself as "Sabado. That's all.", Lope calls him "Señor Thatsall".
    • Also, variations on "What the devil was he doing in that galley?"
    • Bombastus missing each opportunity to travel to the Moon. When he finally gets there, he ends up accidentally boarding the ship bringing our heroes back to Earth.
  • Sand Is Water: The non-dark side of the moon.
  • Saved by the Platform Below: After the heroes are made to Walk the Plank, Don Lope comes up gasping when he hears his friends calling to him, seeing that they've somehow managed to find a tiny platform in the middle of the Atlantic. They never figure out what it is, but the reader gets to see that they're standing on the highest rooftop of a sunken city (bonus points for the characters coincidentally discussing the existence of Atlantis). They eventually escape thanks to the Flying Dutchman (actually a ship impaled on a massive fish).
  • Scars Are Forever: Andrea keeps the one he got from his very nearly suicidal attack on Mendoza. Mendoza himself gets one courtesy of Armand in their first battle.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Bombastus gets these a lot in the last book.
  • Scenery Censor: Briefly, when Hermine is bathing naked near the island.
  • Scenery Porn:
    • Gorgeous views of the sea and the Moon landscapes.
    • In the prequel books, 17th century Paris is lovingly rendered as well.
  • Secret Art: The “un-deux-trois" sword technique. Created by Don Pedro, Don Lope’s father, the technique consists in waving the sword in the face of the enemy, invite a straightforward stab while the user evades on the right and switches sword hand behind their back to finally have a clear opening to the throat of the enemy. Don Lope initially believes himself to be the only one knowing about the technique but soon learns that the technique is shared among several other swordsmen.
  • Selective Obliviousness:
    • Captain Boone flat-out refuses to believe the chicken he carries on his shoulder is not, in fact, a parrot.
    This is a parrot! I bought it for three pieces of eight in Saint-Domingue, and the reason it doesn't speak is because it has a sore throat!!!
    • He also does not (or pretends not to) recognise an actual parrot when he encounter ones.
    • Bombastus refuses to acknowledge the pirate's theory of "gravitation" over his own. With Scary Shiny Glasses no less.
  • Shoot the Rope: Subverted. "Well, I was trying to shoot him in the head..."
  • Shout-Out: Too many to count, including references to Reynard the Fox, classical French theater and literature, but also William Shakespeare, Moby-Dick, the works of Jules Verne, and popular culture like Alien, Monty Python, Walt Disney, Lemmings, Rambo, Batman and Robin...
    • Cenile's gold scene is likely a Shout-Out to a similar scene in La Folie des Grandeurs.
    • A musical one: when Séléné tells the Weapon Master that she would like to be called Roxane, she stands under the glow from the Earth which is red because of an eclipse.
    • While they have different names, the three Musketeers met by Eusebe are the usual caricatures of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The name of the book? Twenty Months Earlier.
    • In the prequel, while Eusèbe is on trial for the murder of de Limon, one of the attendees comments that they did not follow the theory of the second rabbit. Amusingly enough, the actual murderer is not a rabbit.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: See Expy above.
    • Also, the last part of Don Lope's last name, "y Sangrin", refers to the wolf's name in Reynard the Fox, Ysengrin (whose wife is called Hermine by the way). Similarly, the fox's estate in this tale is called Maupertuis.
    • Bombastus Johannes Theophrastus Almagestus Wernher von Ulm calls out to Paracelsus (full name: Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), the Greek astronomer Ptolemy (whose main work is the Almagest), Wernher von Braun, and Monty Python. Also probably either to Johann(es) Faust or Johannes Gutenberg. Oh, and Ulm is home to the unlucky early flying/gliding pioneer Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger ("the Tailor of Ulm", 1770-1829) and the birthplace of Albert Einstein.
  • The Show Must Go Wrong: Hermine, Andreo and some of the pirates are forced to act in a play for the Senelites' benefits. It gets interrupted by Armand and Don Lope barging in fighting mimes, and the play soon degenerates in utter chaos. Fortunately, the Senelites think everything is All Part of the Show and like it (the whole scene is also a Funny Moment for the reader).
  • Siblings Yin Yang: Eusèbe is an affable and naïve rabbit but his twin Fulgence is a hardened criminal who can actually fight and defeat humans in a brawl.
  • Silly Reason for War:
    • When our heroes are stranded on a rooftop in the middle of nowhere, Don Lope and Kader are once again arguing, this time insulting their respective country's military ability. When Armand wearily asks what started it this time, Eusebe replies "A periwinkle".
    • Armand and Don Lope themselves met when they were fighting over a flag. The Maître d'Armes even snarks that the battle was actually important since it was about "being a servant of a king with a ruff or a king with a tie".
  • Slave Galley: With the requisite lunatic drummer, whip-toting guards, and slave uprising when the ship is attacked. When the ship's crew is put on the lifeboat, the drummer is still banging away.
    • Also, due to the Running Gag of referring to every ship as a galley, we get this exchange, as Don Lope and Armand have snuck onto the Rais Kader's ship:
    Don Lope:: Ola, amigos! We are Christians, like you! We've come to rescue you from the Barbary scum!
    Armand: Once again, Don Lope, this is not a galley, but a zebec. A zebec is a sailboat...
    Don Lope: So these people in the hold are not galley slaves?
    Armand: No!
    Don Lope: But Turkish sailors?
    Sailors: YES!
  • Slave Revolt: Mendoza is so cruel to his galley slaves that Eusèbe easily starts a revolt on board by simply freeing the slaves who run to fight off Mendoza’s soldiers.
  • Space Pirates: Boone’s pirate become a precocious and weird version of those, using 17th Century science to navigate between the Moon and the Earth to attack Mendoza’s ship during the trip.
  • The Speechless: The Mimes, and indigenous people of the Moon, are mute, befitting their names. They communicate through gestures and instead of writing and reciting poetry, they use music instruments and pantomimes. Funnily enough, miming shouting somehow enables Mimes to communicate from a distance.
  • Staring Through the Sword: How the pirates salute Eusebe's rock being cast into space.
    • The musketeers proudly claiming responsibility for the duel in front of the authorities.
  • Stealth Expert: Eusèbe is one, by virtue of being very small and unremarkable compared to Armand and Don Lope. He gets to infiltrate several ships and fortresses or even escape prison, with the crews and guards being unaware or mistaking Eusèbe for a rat.
  • Stewed Alive: The locals of the Tangerine Islands capture Armand and Don Lope, then throw them both into a pot to be stewed. They easily get out though.
  • The Stoic: Lunar duels are fought by each duellist grabbing the other's chin and reciting a sing-song, the loser being the first to crack up. When Don Lope and Kader agree to resolve their duel this way, they're at it all day without flinching, leading to Armand, Eusebe and Hermine making ridiculous faces, ending in a mutual loss.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Used on a living stone. It seems like a parody, but then they start using acid....
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: It doesn't take much to set Cenile off.
    Cenile: You come to account for your mission's failure, having found no prisoner on the Turkish ship.
    Don Lope: Even so. How came you to learn of it?
    Cenile: I learned of it... BY DISCOVERING THE ABOMINABLE CONSPIRACY PLOTTED AGAINST ME BY MY QUASI-PARRICIDE OF A SON AND HIS DEMONIC SERVANT! THEY NEVER SET A SINGLE FOOT ON THAT STUPID GALLEY!
    Armand: Xebec.
    Cenile: It was a plot to steal money from me! My money! My dearest money! They wanted to bankrupt me! They wanted to backstab the heart of a man on his knees!
  • Superstitious Sailors: The pirate crew. As a parody of the many superstitions and legends born in this period, the pirates are easily panicked at the mere thought of stuff like the Flying Dutchman, demons on an island, or a rabbit on board (although having rodents aboard a wooden ship that could gnaw at the oh-so-precious planks and ropes was a very bad idea indeed). Finally, they even panic when confronted with existential dread.
  • Swashbuckler: The serie's main genre, following two adventurous swordsmen who rescue women, fight bad guys, and generally have exciting adventures.
  • Sword Fight: Swordfights are everywhere since the series is set in the 17th Century's cavalier years. Armand, Don Lope, Rais Kader, most of the main antagonists and some of the minor characters are accomplished swordsmen and love duelling, leading to many conflicts being resolved through sword fights. The one instance swords were disdained for firearms, those wielding swords had a very bad time.
  • Taken for Granite: Cenile's fate, refusing to take cover in a gold forest results in him being coated in it during a storm.
  • Taking the Bullet: When Mendoza decides to shoot Eusèbe as an act of spite, the rabbit is saved by his little rock companion who jumps in the way of the bullet. The rock tragically dies, protecting its first friend but Eusèbe is safe and sound.
  • Techno Babble: Bombastus' theories.
  • Timmy in a Well: With a rock.
  • Title Drop: Kind of, capes and fangs are mentioned in the same sentence.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Andreo is not able to see that the "honest merchants" he tries to hire on a treasure hunt are pirates.
  • Treasure Map: Prince Jean and his court, exiled on Earth, hides in the Tangerine Isles and has launched many treasure maps in all Terrian languages insisting that any wannabe-looter brings a Moonstone so he can one day return to the Moon.
  • Tribal Carry: When captured by the savage tribe.
    Armand: Degrading! This is degrading!
  • True Companions: The main cast gradually becomes this through the story.
  • Understatement: The Litotiens' hat. The enormous palace of the no less gigantic Fort-à-Bras on the other side of a mountain is described as "the scrawny guy's hut behind the hill".
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Eusebe repeatedly does this, often without realizing it later, such as bringing a lit candle in a powder room, or a discussing the fearsome rats in a ship's hold while next to Don Lope (who has a crippling fear of rats) and surrounded by mist that turns into a person's worst fears, resulting in a bus-sized rat made of normal rats.
  • Victory by First Blood: Played with. While on the Moon, Armand is challenged to a local form of dueling called rixme, a portmanteau of rixe (brawl) and rime (rhyme) where the loser is the first to lose his flow. It's essentially an Enlightenment-era rap battle.
    Armand: Until first blood?
    Adynaton: Until the last word.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: You need a good knowledge of French literature and theater to spot all the references.
    • And movies and music and comics and English literature and...
    • Even before that, you need a very good vocabulary. The poetry battle and the encounter with the philosophers were especially bad.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: At the end of Album 9.
  • Villain Song: The pirates and the Prince get one.
  • Visual Pun: A court clerk is seen writing with a cat on his desk. In French, "greffier" refers to the job but it is also a cat in argot.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Don Lope and the Rais Kader grow into this.
  • Volleying Insults: The aforementioned rap battle.
  • Walk the Plank: Mendoza inflicts this to Eusebe.
    • The pirates do this to Don Lope as well. When Armand sees blood and jumps off... it turns out Lope had bitten one shark and was getting ready to stab another.
  • Warrior Poet: Armand and the Maître D'Armes are good (in the Maître D'Armes' case, excellent) swordsmen who also appreciate poetry and arts, and can compose verses as they fight.
  • Wham Episode: The end of Volume 8. Dear God, the end of Volume 8.
    • To expand: Mendoza successfully conquered the Moon, the Weapon Master was overrun after a Last Stand with Eusèbe at his side, and Don Lope has been shot unconscious, possibly dead. And some secondary characters have been killed during the battle.
  • Wham Line: I love you... Maître d'Armes!
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Cigognac aspires to the pirates who don't do anything lifestyle, so the repeated betrayings of that ideal come close to breaking him.
  • World of Ham: Given how often they seem to be actual theatrical performers...
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: On the moon, gold and gemstones grow on trees. The Selenite chamberlain gets confused when he hears Earthlings attribute any value to them.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Don Lope is afraid of rats.
    • The pirates are afraid of rabbits, ghost ships, and even metaphysics.
  • Wretched Hive: Paris, which it pretty much Truth in Television when hygiene was limited to emptying the chamberpot out the window.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Armand's first battle against Mendoza and against the Maitre d'Armes. In the other battles, it's mostly him monologuing (in rhyme no less).
  • You Shall Not Pass!: "Messieurs les mimes, tirez les premiers!" "These dogs will know the fury of a janissary!" "No pasaran!"
  • Younger Than They Look: Plaisant, despite looking like he's in his forties, is actually the same age as Andreo and Selene.

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