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Les Sisters (The Sisters in English) is a French slice-of-life comic book about sisters Wendy and Marine (Maureen in the English translation). It is written by Cazenove and drawn by William Maury, who uses his own two daughters as inspiration.

Wendy is 12, and has just begun to discover make-up, boys, and independence. Marine is 6 and idolizes her older sister, while at the same time doing her best to irritate the snot out of her. They are best friends and mortal enemies both - in other words, they are typical sisters.

Occasionally Wendy and Marine dress up and become the indestructible super-heroines "Super-W" and "Super-M", Calvin and Hobbes - style. There is also a spinoff series, Les Super Sisters, dedicated to their adventures in a galaxy far, far away (no, not that one).

The series is tremendously popular in France, with 15 volumes and a number of tie-in products made so far. The first two volumes, Just Like Family, and Doing it our way have been released in English, followed by the rest of volumes in later years.

An animated adaptation premiered in France in September of 2017.

A Party Game, The Sisters - Party of the Year was developed by Balio Studio and published by Microids with Wendy and Marine competing in minigames for the right to host a party at their home.

The series provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: We never see the faces of the girls' parents, and most of the time they just order them to do boring stuff like cleaning their rooms.
  • Alternate Continuity: The spin-off series Les Super Sisters is dedicated entirely to Super-W and Super-M's daily superheroic adventures.
  • Amusing Injuries: A frequent source of comedy.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Most of Wendy's problems tend to be caused by Marine.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Marine and Wendy may get on each others nerves alot, Marine especially, but you don't even really need to dig to see that they truly love each other.
  • Big Little Sister: Downplayed; as a kid, Marine looks her age, but Time Skip stories show that she'll be as tall as Wendy once she's older.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Little kids and preteens have these (except when angry), to make them stand out from teenagers and adults that have visible sclera. Wendy and Marine are almost unrecognizable when they get older, due to this.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Marine sometimes misunderstands key concepts of her sister's life - such as when she overhears Wendy's friend saying that if her boyfriend didn't give her a present on Valentine's Day, she'd dump him. Marine immediately runs out in the street, kisses a random boy, and tells him to get her a video game for Valentine's day, or she'll dump him.
  • Dramatic Irony: In one strip, Wendy is rather unimpressed with the apparently flimsy Halloween costumes that the park employees wear. It turns out that Marine messed them up when she came earlier.
  • Dumb Blonde: While Marine is only 6-years-old, which justifies most of the stupid things she does, one story with a Time Skip to the Sisters when they're older suggests that even as a teen/adult she's still pretty dumb.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: In the last page gag for the first 3 volumes, instances of the sisters being depicted as older were strictly treated as imaginary scenarios. The ones after that are actual anecdotes from later on in their lives.
  • Evil Knockoff: In the second volume of Les Super Sisters, Super-W and Super-M confront clones of themselves. Their older selves.
  • Exact Words: Wendy and Marine's father handed them broom and vacuum cleaner and told them to "clean up this mess". Broom and vacuum cleaner have never been so clean.
  • Fanservice Pack: The strips that depict the sisters when they get older shows that they'll become gorgeous. While it isn't much of a stretch with Wendy (being the elder sister), it's more significant with Marine.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In one strip, Wendy calls one of the celebrities in her teen magazine "kawaii".
  • Humongous Mecha: Super-M and Super-W once stopped one from eating the village. In Real Life it was the vacuum cleaner.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: In one strip, Marine and Wendy both cry and whine that they dislike their own appearances and names. Wendy wants to have curly blonde hair and be called "Marine", while Marine wants straight brown hair and be called "Wendy". Their whining leads to their parents sending them to their rooms, only for the sisters to start crying again because they think each other's room is a lot better than the other.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Marine, at times. For example, after explaining that she'd like to have many babies when she grows up, and put them away in her chest whenever she's done with them for the day, Wendy points out that she can't treat babies like her plush toys.
  • Intimacy Via Horror: In one strip, Wendy and Max talk about watching a horror movie together. When Max mentions when Wendy saw the vampires in the movie, it scared her so much that she screamed and clung to Max for safety.
  • It's All About Me: Marine. In one instance, Wendy promises to treat her like every day is her birthday. Marine is overjoyed. Wendy then notes that she won't do it on her own birthday, however, and Marine then calls her selfish and egoistic despite Wendy giving her 364 days out of 365 (or 365 out of 366 for leap years).
  • Secret Diary: Wendy has one. Marine is constantly trying to get her hands on it.
  • Straight Girl And Wise Girl: Wendy and Marine (although calling her "wise" is pushing it).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: From what we see of the sisters' mom, she's quite the looker. When they become older, they unsurprisingly have supermodel-level builds and almost perfectly resemble each other.
  • Super-Strong Child: Super-W and Super-M.