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Cover of the second volume "The 30 Bells" note 
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Djinn is a Franco-Belgian adult-adventure thriller comic written by Jean Dufaux and drawn by Ana Mirallès.

The story follows Kim Nelson, a young British woman in search of information of her grandmother's shadowy past. She discovers that she is descended from a harem girl from the Ottoman Empire known as Jade, who used to be the Sultan's favorite during the empire's twilight years and was said to be the incarnation of a djinn. Kim's quest takes her globetrotting to other countries as she searches for what ultimately became of Jade and meets an unusual cast of allies and enemies. Eventually, she discovers that she may have inherited some of her grandmother's djinn traits. The comic ran from 2001 to 2016 and it's split into 13 volumes, the first four taking place in the Ottoman Empire, the following five in Africa and the four final ones in India. These arcs were respectively referred to as the "Ottoman Cycle", the "African Cycle" and the "Indian Cycle".

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This comic provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambiguously Brown: Kim is British, but has an olive complexion due to her Turkish/Middle-Eastern ancestry.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • The Ottoman Sultan is named Murati instead of Mehmed V, who was the reigning sultan in 1912, the time the comic takes place. He is also deposed by Enver Pasha before World War I even begins, whereas his real-life counterpart died a powerless figurehead less than four months before the Ottoman Empire's capitulation at the Armistice of Mudros. His brother and successor Mehmed VI would be the final imperial ruler.
    • It's a plot point that Great Britain wants to secure peace with the Ottomans and prevent them from siding with the Germans in the future conflict. In real life, the Ottomans wanted to remain neutral during the war and tried an alliance with Great Britain, but the latter was uninterested.
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  • Asshole Victim: Kemal is left to be lynched by numerous prostitutes after having abused one of them in revenge for Kim attacking him. Not even his own boss cares about him, stating that he was supposed to "use" the girl, not beat her up.
  • Bi the Way: While she is the Sultan's concubine, Jade states that she prefers women and rarely has pleasure with men. She eventually falls for both Lord Nelson and his wife and begins living together with them.
  • Closet Key: Jade becomes this to Lord Nelson's wife.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In her very first scene, Jade is instructed by the Sultan to seduce a British diplomat to serve their own ends. He also orders her to get rid of his previous favorite because he grew tired of her. Not only does Jade oblige, but she also kills the concubine's little daughter too...
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Black Sultan is clearly disturbed when Jade murders a little girl whose mother was a concubine he ordered her to execute. He also tells the British diplomats who were scandalized by Lady Nelson joining his harem that he "is no brute" and that she is free to leave whenever she wants.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Lady Nelson falls in love with Jade so madly that she willingly becomes a harem girl in the Ottoman seraglio just to be with her.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: The bespectacled Kemal is a violent and misogynistic brute who derives pleasure from abusing women. His master Amin threatens Kim by handing her over to Kemal so that he can do anything he wants with her.
  • Darkest Africa: The comic's setting from the fifth volume onwards.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: After being knocked out by Amin's henchman Kemal, Kim wakes up in a blue dress with Absolute Cleavage. While relatively modest, she is annoyed that Amin saw her naked and dressed her while she was unconscious.
  • Historical-Domain Character: The Three Pashas of the Young Turks revolution show up to relieve the Sultan of his power. In reality, while the Three Pashas did effectively seize dictatorial control over the Ottoman Empire with the Ottoman Coup D'etat of 1913, they allowed Sultan Mehmed V (the real-life sultan at the time) to keep his throne. Even before this event, the sultan had been little more than a figurehead as a result of the Young Turk Revolution of 1908.
  • Horny Devils: The Djinn are a borderline example as highly desirable beings of supernatural power, but also devoid of the ability to genuinely love, though Jade eventually falls for both Nelsons. Kim picks up some traits from her grandmother, like her immense beauty.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty:
    • Kim is threatened to be handed over to Kemal so he can do whatever he wants with her. Amin later threatens another woman with the same fate if she doesn't cooperate.
    • Defied when Lady Nelson enters the Sultan's harem. He assures the outraged British diplomat that she joined of her own free will and she is allowed to leave whenever she wants. Played straight when she is forced to "service" an Ottoman official.
  • Karmic Death: Presumably happens to Kemal when Madame Fazila demands that he pays back for abusing one of her girls to vent his frustration, followed by all the other prostitutes lynching him using sticks like the one he used on the girl. Kim lampshades it in her inner thoughts about how karmic this situation is, and she doesn't know whether or not he survived, though it doesn't matter because nobody even cares.
  • Loss of Identity: It happens to Amin when he is bitten by a magical snake when he finds the Sultan's treasure room, losing his memory, his past and all the ambitions he held.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: To be expected from a European comic, it's very equal opportunity when it comes to male and female nudity.
  • Miss Kitty: Madame Fazila, who assists Kim in her journey, runs a brothel at an old bathhouse.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jade. Not only does she spend more time nude in the comic than any other female character, but most covers feature her in this way too.
  • Our Genies Are Different: Rather than wish-granting spirits, they are something like Middle-Eastern Horny Devils that can enthrall people with their beauty, but are completely devoid of feeling and compassion themselves.
  • Polygamy: Besides the Ottoman harem, this is what happens to Jade when she lives together with Lord Nelson (Kim's grandfather) and his wife.
  • Slave Liberation: In Volume 4, the Sultan disbands his entire harem after Jade's disappearance and before his inevitable overthrow by Enver Pasha.
  • The Stoic: The Sultan. Once it's apparent that his overthrow is imminent, he merely settles his affairs (including disbanding the whole harem and giving Youssouf Sarki one last order: to terminate Jade) and goes to the palace mosque to pray and await for Enver Pasha and his troops. Once they arrive, he tells them, without turning, to put their guns away, as they will not be of use to them in the mosque. This is followed by him calmly giving a few words of advice to Enver Pasha, after which he walks off to an unknown fate.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kim and Jade look eerily similar; the key difference is that the former has straight hair while the latter has curly hair.
  • Royal Harem: The Ottoman seraglio is a big focus of the first four volumes.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Murati orders Jade to get rid of his former favorite concubine Djoua, since "her embrace doesn't hold anymore mysteries" to him. However, he is disturbed when Jade also orders Djoua's daughter Chaali killed too.
    • Karmically done to Kemal when Amin hands him over to Fazila's girls to be punished for beating up one of their friends.
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