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  • Complete Monster: Over the years, Blake and Mortimer faced various enemies, but a few managed to stand out from the crowd through their sheer evil:
    • The Secret Of The Swordfish: Emperor Basam-Damdu is the head of the Yellow Empire. After claiming that he wanted peace, he attacked the free world, bombing several capitals in order to break the free world's minds, successfully taking over the world. When La Résistance starts fighting back, Basam-Damdu and his Great Council put the blame on Colonel Olrik, subtly threatening him and telling him to force Mortimer to reveal the Swordfish's plans in two days, or he will send someone to torture Mortimer. When the resistance is slowly winning, Basam-Damdu launches his empire's nuclear arsenal, attempting to destroy the world out of spite. A selfish, uncaring man who didn't care even for his own empire, Basam-Damdu was among the first, and among the worst, of the comic's villains.
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    • The Time Trap: The Sublime Guide is the descendant of Asian people who wanted to recreate civilization in an "ant colony way". Inheriting its ancestors' depravity, the Sublime Guide reigned upon the Subdued, the remnants of human civilization, with an iron first, "mercilessly" crushing the Subdued's first revolt in the 31th Century. In the 51th Century, upon learning that some its underlings plotted against its rule, the Sublime Guide asked Dr. Focas to permanently brainwash the entire world. When Focas secretly helped Mortimer and the Subdued's revolt, the Sublime Guide had Focas's traitorous second-in-command Krishma hid transmitter relays close to Mortimer and Focas to attract the police robots. Summoning Focas, the Sublime Guide viciously mind raped him into obeying it, before having Focas and Krishma lead the rebels outside, where the Sublime Guide can easily exterminate all of them with superior weaponry before proceeding similarly with the rest of the world's rebels. When Mortimer manages to defeat the police robots, the Sublime Guide sends the Thing in a last-ditch effort to slaughter the Resistance. Despite being minor, the Sublime Guide remains one of the comic's cruelest villains.
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    • The Voronov Plot: Dr. Voronov, thinking that the current Soviet leaders fail to follow Josef Stalin's ideas, plans to take over the USSR and kill its current leaders. Discovering the bacteria Z, which can kill adults in a day while children are immune to it, Voronov, against the government's orders, decides to use it against the West and the United States, having his agents send children bearing the bacteria to kiss celebrities, thus infecting and killing them. When Colonel Olrik fails to prevent Blake and Mortimer from foiling Voronov's plan, Voronov sends Olrik to London to retrieve or destroy the sample of the bacteria stolen by Blake and his allies. He also wants Olrik to frame the Kremlin, which, combined with their assassination attempt against Elizabeth II, would lead to a nuclear war, killing millions, something Voronov is fully aware of. When General Oufa tries to stop him, Voronov kills him with a drill. When learning that Grace, the infected girl who kissed the queen, had sickle-cell anemia, thus destroying the bacteria, Voronov sent Olrik to kidnap her. Loyal to none but his fanatic Stalinist ideals, Voronov is one of the comic's most depraved non-Jacobs villains.
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    • Animated: Colonel Olrik is even more fiendish than in the comics. A mercenary willing to work for the highest bidder, Olrik is first introduced working as a military adviser for an empire and leads bombing runs against several major cities, devastating them and killing thousands in the process. Olrik wants to steal Professor Mortimer's new invention the Swordfish plane, betray the Empire and rule the world himself. After that scheme is foiled, Olrik returns, leads a military coup that turns a democratic country into a dictatorship and joins forces with a rogue general in Atlantis, trying to encourage a military coup there as well that would leave hundreds dead, just to plunder Atlantis's resources. Olrik later shows up and commissions a Mad Scientist to build a machine that controls the weather. Olrik uses this machine to cause disasters across Europe, until he unveils his master plan to blanket Western Europe in a toxic fog, killing everyone, so that a foreign power can successfully invade. Much later Olrik is seemingly killed after trying to using alchemy to gain immortality, but he is merely banished to an alternate world, where he takes over and rules as a dictator. Wanting revenge for being banished from the Earth, Olrik plans to use a powerful moon medallion in a ritual that would destroy the Earth.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans refuse to acknowledge the stories written after Jacob's death, some just chose to ignore the Sente / Juillard productions.
  • Fridge Horror: The Valley of the Immortals is set during the end of the Chinese Civil War and features a couple of Nationalist Chinese supporting characters among Blake and Mortimer's allies. Since the book ends with the newspaper's articles about communist victory in China, the fate of those characters is unseen but grim.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Secret of the Swordfish is about Tibet conquering the whole world. It predates the historical Chinese annexion of Tibet by a few years.
  • Ho Yay: Between Blake and Mortimer. At one point, they are taken prisoners and sleep on the same bed.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The colonel Olrik, of all people, goes through a lot in The Septimus Wave. Not having recovered from the late Septimus's brainwashing in The Yellow "M", he found refuge in Miss Sing's Chinese establishment, where only morphine injections prevent him from completely going insane. The four Big Bads and Mortimer's activities with two Telecephaloscopes (one of Septimus's machines) doesn't help him; he has visions of a horde of Septimus wanting him back, only increasing his mental instability. The main antagonists kidnap him with the intention of brainwashing him again. The aforementioned Septimus horde actually exists and wants to capture him at all costs, forcing him to make an alliance with Mortimer. Desperate to get rid of the Mind Rapes for good, Olrik even accepts to take over the Mega Wave to end the phenomenon, despite risking to permanently lose his sanity on the process. In the end, he hasn't recovered from his experience and is reduced to repeating a Madness Mantra in Bedlam Hospice. Despite being the overarching villain of the series, Olrik's weaknesses are heavily present throughout the book, making him a surprisingly sympathetic character.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Whether it's their Arch-Enemy Olrik or various Monsters of the Week, Blake and Mortimer faced multiple enemies. However, the following stood out by their sheer brilliance:
    • Under Edgar P. Jacobs' pen, the aforementioned Colonel Olrik is Blake and Mortimer's arch-nemesis and a mercenary. A No-Nonsense Nemesis, he constantly tried to make sure that Blake and Mortimer were truly dead when they tried to fake their deaths (The Secret of the Swordfish), immediately sent assassins after Mortimer once he learned he was in Japan (Professor Sató's Three Formulae), or immediately kill Kisin once he knew that he was a traitor (Atlantis Mystery). A brilliant Master of Disguise, he fooled even the heroes with his disguises, even changing his personality and his accent. A master of improvisation, he out-smarted Blake and the police on Paris's roofs (S.O.S. Meteors : Mortimer in Paris), and forced Blake and the police to let him escape by threatening Mortimer and Sató's lives (Professor Sató's Three Formulae). Proficient in the art of distraction, he triggered an explosion to distract everyone while he steals the necklace (The Necklace Affair) and has his men sabotage Blake and Mortimer's car while he infiltrates Mortimer's apartment (Atlantis Mystery). A charming and cunning character, Olrik is one of the most beloved villains of all Franco-Belgian comics.
    • Introduced as a pleasant scientist in S.O.S. Meteors : Mortimer in Paris, Professor Miloch Georgevitch is at first a minor antagonist, showing Mortimer the Cirrus Network, and planning, under orders, to first control the weather, then later release a toxic fog in Wester Europe, killing millions to allow a foreign power to take over. When Mortimer accidentally triggers the base's self-destruct sequence, Miloch manages to escape despite Olrik locking him inside the base. However, he's left irremediably irradiated and dying, and plans to get revenge on Mortimer in The Time Trap, becoming the album's main antagonist. Creating a time machine, he died soon after, but left the machine to Mortimer as inheritance, playing on his scientific curiosity to manipulate him into using it. Having rigged the machine, Miloch first attempts to lock Mortimer in several eras, from Prehistory to the future. When Mortimer manages to find a way back in the present, it turns out Miloch had planned that possibility as well, leaving a bomb set to blow up the machine with Mortimer inside it case it happens. Hammy, friendly and brilliant, Miloch proved to be a worthy adversary even after his death.
    • The Oath of the Five Lords: John Hastings (né Lawless) and Lisa Pantry (née Elisabeth Lawless) are Allister Lawless's children and blames the TE Spirit Society for their father's demise. In their quest for revenge, they proved to be brilliant manipulators, Lisa seducing Alfred Clayton (leading to John later switching identities with him to create their cover) before becoming the seemingly nice assistant of Professor Diging in the Ashmolean Museum, and John becoming Diging's aide as the supposedly mentally ill Alfred Clayton. Meanwhile, they steal the parts of Lawrence's manuscript hidden by the society in several objects through the museum, and kills the Society's members. When Mortimer hides in his room one of the objects, John retrieves it from there, having spied on him. Lisa is even responsible for Mortimer's involvement, convincing Diging to asks for his help regarding the thefts, which would lure out Blake, Mortimer's best friend and a member of the Society. By the climax, Lisa's true nature was still unknown and the siblings had retrieved all the parts of the manuscript, and killed all but one member of the society, proving to be unexpectedly competent antagonists despite their young age and low resources.
    • The Septimus Wave: Lady Lisbeth Rowana is a young and charming "inconsolable widow" with a history of marrying ailing men to inherit their fortune upon their deaths. An admirer of Professor Septimus's work, she joins three other people (Lieutenant McFarlane, banker Oscar Balley and Professor Evangely) sharing the same tastes with her, planning to use Septimus's original Guinea Pig, Olrik and brainwash him into doing what their bidding. When she meets Mortimer by accident in the Bedlam Hospice, she easily charms him and invites him to a private party with the intention of using his genius to continue Septimus's work. When the Septimus army attempts to retrieves Olrik, Evangely, Rowana and McFarlane makes an alliance with Mortimer and Olrik which proved useful to them, as the latter two managed to stop the phenomenon. During their escape from the Septimus army, Evangely and Rowana takes advantage of Olrik briefly having a seizure (while Mortimer tends to him) to leave them behind, thus suffering no consequences for their actions.
  • Memetic Mutation : The cover of "The Yellow Mark", which had been frequently parodied by other Franco-Belgian comics.
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  • Only the Creator Does It Right: A significant portion of the comics' fandom still considers the Edgar P. Jacobs albums as the best ones.
  • Posthumous Collaboration : The second book of Professor Sató's Three Formulae was drawn by Bob de Moor, since Jacobs died before he could draw it. However, Jacobs had also finished writing the plot, leaving only the drawing to de Moor. Even then, de Moor also used several drafts Jacobs left behind.
  • Science Marches On
    • Artistic License – Paleontology: The Time Trap. The scene was an homage to one of Jacobs's favorite movies, a stop motion dinosaur flick of the beginning of the 20th century...
    • A memorable line by Mortimer in S.O.S. Meteors is "we don't even know how rain works!"
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The Curse of the Thirty Denarii is basically an unofficial adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. A story located in the Mediterranean region? Check. A biblical artifact serving as MacGuffin? Check. The artifact is rumored of having supernatural powers? Check. The antagonists are a group of Nazi looking for said MacGuffin? Check. A submarine appears as a Deus Ex Machina in favor of the bad guys? Check. The good guys are the first ones to find the artifact, then the villains stole it from then? Check. The mystical power of the artifact kills the Nazi antagonists? Check.
  • Values Dissonance: In the first book, various characters freely refer to the Yellow Peril enemies as, well, "the yellows", and Olrik's willingness to betray them in partially based on his being white.
  • What an Idiot!: When Blake and Mortimer got wind of a terrorist group operating in Antartica, they go there to stop them with Nasir. You think a high-ranking guy working with the MI-5 would have gather a team of agents to intervene instead of just three persons.


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