Characters in Spirou et Fantasio

Characters in Spirou et Fantasio

The long running Franco-Belgian comic series "Spirou and Fantasio" has a number of major and minor recurring characters.

Main characters

pirou

Spirou is the main character of this series.

Fantasio

Fantasio is introduced by Jijé in 1943 as faithful friend and comical sidekick, and appears in all published "Spirou et Fantasio" adventures.

Recurring characters

Bring M. Backalive

Bring M. Backalive is an intrepid poacher who hunts in the Palombian jungles, obsessed with achieving his career's last remaining elusive triumph, to capture a live specimen Marsupilami. The character appeared in two Franquin stories, and later featured in the Marsupilami spin-off series.cite web | last =franquin.com | title = Bring M. Backalive | url =http://www.franquin.com/marsu/perso_backalive_marsu.php fr_icon]

Appearances

*24. "La cage" (in "Tembo Tabou") (Franquin)
*M0. "Capturer un Marsupilami" (in "Capturez un Marsupilami") (Franquin)

The Count of Champignac

Pacôme Hégésippe Adélard Ladislas de Champignac is an old, castle-dwelling aristocrat, genius of a scientist. He works in many fields such as chemistry, biology, physics, but most frequently he creates chemical substances from various mushrooms found in his castle's park. These experiments may have extraordinary effects such as softening metal, allowing the body to resist water pressure, speeding or reversing the body's ageing, giving people super-strength, or even turning people black. Also a skilled engineer, he has constructed numerous incredible machines such as individual dolphin-like submarines, and other handy gadgets. He is also proven to be a paleontologist, an astronomer and an astrophysician.

Champignac is connected to several almost as eccentric scientists who frequently visit him at the castle, bringing new inventions and experiments that often bring about troublesome consequences. Due to his overall brilliance, he has several times been the victim of industrial espionage.

A wife of some time in his past has been mentioned, but no explanation of her absence was ever given. He has no children, but would eventually have a near-identical looking nephew, Aurélien de Champignac ("L'horloger de la comète").

Appearances

*02. "Il y a un sorcier à Champignac"
*05. "Les voleurs du Marsupilami"
*07. "Le dictateur et le champignon"
*09. "Le repaire de la murène"
*10. "Les pirates du silence"
*13. "Le voyageur du Mésozoïque"
*14. "Le prisonnier du Bouddha"
*15. "Z comme Zorglub"
*16. "L'ombre du Z"
*17. "Spirou et les hommes-bulles"
*19. "Panade à Champignac"
*HS4 "Fantasio et le fantôme et 4 autres aventures"(incomplete)

Célestin Dupilon

Célestin Dupilon is a former veterinarian of Champignac-en-Cambrousse, who after retirement has assumed the role of town alcoholic. He paces about the town in a constant state of drunkenness, though he remains impeccably dressed.cite web | last =spirou.com | title = Dupilon | url =http://www.spirou.com/spirou/albums/15/index.htm#persos fr_icon] He was first introduced in "Le voyageur du Mésozoïque" (1957).

Appearances

Duplumier

This mild-mannered, timid official is the Mayor's assistant and right arm. He was first introduced in "Il y a un sorcier à Champignac" (1951).

Appearances

Gaston Lagaffe

Gaston Lagaffe first made a discrete appearance in "Le voyageur du Mésozoïque", a slightly more noticeable appearance in "Vacances sans histoires", and had an active role in "La foire aux gangsters", before appearing in Franquin's two final Spirou adventures. He is better known as the hero of his own series, where Spirou and Fantasio appear regularly as well. Because Franquin kept the rights to this character, he hasn't appeared in any "Spirou et Fantasio" adventures since Franquin abandoned the series.

Appearances

*11. "Vacances sans histoires" (in "Le gorille a bonne mine") (Franquin)
*12. "La foire aux gangsters" (in "Le nid des Marsupilamis") (Franquin)
*13. "Le voyageur du Mésozoïque" (Franquin)
*19. "Panade à Champignac" and "Bravo les Brothers". (Franquin)

John Helena

John Helena nicknamed "The Moray" is a criminal character encountered in Spirou's maritime adventures. Initially introduced in "Le repaire de la murène" as "the good captain" of the sunk vessel "Le Discret", he is eventually revealed to be a hardened antagonist of the worst sort. During this adventure, he elaborates on of his nickname, describing the moray as a fish with teeth that bothers no-one unless a fool comes by to disturb (ie Spirou).

Appearances

*09. "Le repaire de la murène" (Franquin)
*17. "Spirou et les hommes-bulles" (Franquin)
*33. "Virus" (Tome & Janry)

Ibn-Mah-Zoud

Ibn-Mah-Zoud is a character who makes a strong impression, despite appearing in a single "Spirou" adventure: "Vacances sans histoires". A wealthy sheik, he suffers from colour blindness and is notoriously the world's worst driver. This is proved during the course of "Vacances", once he has slipped away from his driver's guardianship and mistakes Spirou and Fantasio's blue "Turbotraction:Turbot-Rhino I" for his own red one. Surviving the catastrophic results of his joyride, he later proves himself to be a man of honour, replacing the destroyed car with a brand new prototype "Turbot 2".

Appearances

*11. "Vacances sans histoires" (in "Le gorille a bonne mine") (Franquin)

Marsupilami

The Marsupilami is first encountered in the third act of "Spirou et les héritiers", and from then on remained a near-constant character fixture in the following Franquin adventures. After this he featured in Fournier's first story, "Le faiseur d'or" under Franquin's supervision, and never appeared again, save for depictions as plush animal toys and in framed photos. This is because Franquin kept the rights to the character to himself, while the other characters belonged to publisher Dupuis. Since 1987, the specimen from Le nid des Marsupilamis stars in his own comics.

Appearances

*04. "Spirou et les héritiers"
*05. "Les voleurs du Marsupilami"
*07. "Le dictateur et le champignon"
*08. "Touchez pas aux rouges-gorges" (in "La mauvaise tête")
*09. "Le repaire de la murène"
*10. "Les pirates du silence"
*11. "Le gorille a bonne mine" and "Vacances sans histoires"
*12." Le nid des Marsupilamis"
*13. "Le voyageur du Mésozoïque"
*14. "Le prisonnier du Bouddha"
*15. "Z comme Zorglub"
*16. "L'ombre du Z"
*17. "Spirou et les hommes-bulles" and "Les petits formats"
*18. "QRN sur Bretzelburg"
*19. "Panade à Champignac" and "Bravo les Brothers"
*20. "Le faiseur d'or" (Fournier)
*24. "Tembo Tabou" and "La cage" (in "Capturez un Marsupilami")

Martin

Appearances

*04. "Spirou et les héritiers" (Franquin)
*06. "La corne de rhinocéros" (Franquin)

The Mayor of Champignac

Gustave Labarbe is usually referred to by the title of his office, the Mayor of Champignac. He is notable for his large ego, his pompous and nonsensical speeches, and his suspicion of all things from out-of-town, in particular Spirou and Fantasio themselves. A man who loves to hear himself speak, a simple conversation can turn into a speech in itself. He was first introduced in "Il y a un sorcier à Champignac" (1951).

Appearances

*02. "Il y a un sorcier à Champignac"
*07. "Le dictateur et le champignon"
*13. "Le voyageur du Mésozoïque"
*14. "Le prisonnier du Bouddha"
*15. "Z comme Zorglub"
*16. "L'ombre du Z"
*17. "Spirou et les hommes-bulles"
*19. "Panade à Champignac" (incomplete)

Notary Mordicus

Maître Mordicus is the attorney in charge of fulfilling Fantasio's uncle's will, functioning as arbiter in the battle of skills and wits between Fantasio and Zantafio.

Appearances

*04. "Spirou et les héritiers" (Franquin)

Le Petit Noël

Le Petit Noël (Little Noël) is a melancholic, dreamy boy who lives in "Champignac-en-Cambrousse". He was created for the 1958 Spirou Christmas special issue.cite web | last =franquin.com | title = Noël et L'Elaoin | url =http://www.franquin.com/univers/noel_univers.php fr_icon] He would receive several small cameo appearances and become a good friend to Marsupilami during his stay near the village, the pair appearing in a few short stories together.

Appearances

*14. "Le prisonnier du bouddha" (Franquin)
*19. "Panade à Champignac" (Franquin)
*M0. "Capturez un Marsupilami" (several short stories) (Franquin)

Ororéa

Ororéa is a brave female reporter of Polynesian descent, first introduced in "Tora Torapa". Fournier, who was not interested in using Seccotine, replaced her with this new female character, also a journalist, but more friendly with Fantasio. His infatuation with Ororea contrasts with his frequent exasperation at Seccotine.

Appearances

*23. "Tora Torapa" (Fournier)
*25. "Le gri-gri du Niokolo-Koba" (Fournier)
*27. "L'Ankou" (Fournier)
*30. "Des haricots partout" (Fournier) (Note: she appears only on the last/final page)

Roulebille

Appearances

*04. "Spirou et les héritiers" (Franquin)
*06. "La corne de rhinocéros" (Franquin)
*11. "Vacances sans histoires" (in "Le gorille a bonne mine") (Franquin)

eccotine

Seccotine is a strong-willed reporter, and was the first major female character in the series. She was created by André Franquin, and made her first appearance in "La turbotraction", serialised in 1953 and published in the album "La corne de rhinocéros" in 1955.Cite web|last=franquin.com|title=Un vie - 1953|url=http://franquin.com/bio/1953.php|language=French]

Appearances

*06. "La corne de rhinocéros" (Franquin)
*07. "Le dictateur et le champignon" (Franquin)
*11. "Vacances sans histoires" (in "Le gorille a bonne mine") (Franquin)
*12. "Le nid des Marsupilamis" (Franquin)
*HS4. "Joyeuses Pâques, Papa!" ("Fantasio et le fantôme et 4 autres aventures") (Fournier)
*34. "Aventure en Australie" (Tome & Janry)
*38. "La jeunesse de Spirou" (Tome & Janry)
*46. "Machine qui rêve" (Tome & Janry)
*47. "Paris-sous-Seine" (Morvan & Munuera)

Le Snouffelaire

A strange animal from the future that has been suggested to look like the cross breed of a tapir and a vacuum cleaner.cite web | last =spirou.com | title = Le Snouffelaire | url =http://www.spirou.com/spirou/albums/36/index.htm#persos fr_icon] It has appetite to devour nearly anything, and by flatulent biology, is able to quickly pass out what it ate, encapsulated in bubbles.

Appearances

*36. "L'horloger de la comète" (Tome & Janry)

pip

Spip is one of the central characters of the series, Spirou's domesticated, courageous and sharp, grouchy pet squirrel. As his companion in all his adventures. Spip cannot talk, but his thoughts, often witty or sarcastic, are displayed to the reader, reflecting his usually grouchy mood. He's not pleased to frequently find himself in danger, but will be helpful in any situation as much as he can. Over the several authorship periods the character has evolved:

Rob-Vel and Jijé periods

Spip is saved by Spirou in the their first joint adventure "L'Héritage de Bill Money" ("The Inheritance of Bill Money", 1938), and from then on he stands by his master's side. Under Rob-vel his presence is just visual, occasionally serving to gnaw ropes that bind his master, or adding to a comical detail. It is under Jijé's authorship he gains the capacity to speak through "thought balloons". From this point he is given to state his opinion on any situaton, often in a comical manner, and his communications appear to be understood.

Franquin period

Under Franquin's authorship, Spirou and Fantasio lose the ability to understand Spip, and when the Marsupilami joins the family, he also loses a great deal of attention but gains the perspective to feel ignored and underappreciated. In the shadow of his extraordinary fellow pet, he is less influential, although there are exceptions. In "La corne de rhinoceros", he saves his friends from an angry elephant, earning him the title "king of creation".cite web | last =Franquin | title =Excerpt from "La corne de rhinoceros" | publisher = Dupuis | date =1953 | url =http://www.franquin.com/spirou_fantasio/album6_spirou.php | format =comic bookfr_icon] Near the end of this era, in "QRN sur Bretzelburg", he is allowed to shine.

Fournier period

Sprtschk

Sprtschk is an atomic scientist genius, whose mind is constantly fixed on physics formulas in pursuit of discovering the solution to create the ultimate bomb. Invited to The Count's castle for reason's unknown during the hatching of the Mesozoic egg, the Count appears to quite dislike this scientist, and he spends most of the time by himself to ponder his scientific riddle. Sprtschk's appearance in the "Spirou" adventures is very brief, though memorable and ironic. Having presumably just discovered the great goal of his career with sinister satisfaction, he is suddenly eaten, accidentally, by a vegetarian dinosaur. The Count feigns some guilt about his part in Sprtschk's death, but is more distraught when his trees are destroyed.

Appearances

*13. "Le voyageur du Mésozoïque" (Franquin)

Marcelin Switch

Appearances

*18. "QRN sur Bretzelburg" (Franquin)

Zantafio

Zantafio is a recurring antagonist in the series. He was created by Franquin and first appeared in "Spirou et les héritiers" (1952). Zantafio bears a strong resemblance to Fantasio, because they are cousins.

Appearances

*04. "Spirou et les héritiers" (Franquin)
*07. "Le dictateur et le champignon" (Franquin)
*08. "La mauvaise tête" (Franquin)
*16. "L'ombre du Z" (Franquin)
*20. "Le faiseur d'or" (Fournier)
*23. "Tora Torapa" (Fournier)
*42. "Spirou à Moscou" (Tome & Janry)
*48. "L'homme qui ne voulait pas mourir" (Morvan & Munuera)

Zorglub

Zorglub was created by Greg and Franquin, and first appeared in the story "Z comme Zorglub" serialised in 1959, published in the diptych albums "Z comme Zorglub" (1961) and "L'ombre du Z" (1962). Initially Zorglub's character was that of a sinister megalomaniac, mad scientist, but later becomes a reformed villain.

Appearances

*15. "Z comme Zorglub" (Franquin)
*16. "L'ombre du Z" (Franquin)
*19. "Panade à Champignac" (Franquin)
*20. "Le faiseur d'or" (Fournier)
*23. "Tora Torapa" (Fournier)
*37. "Le réveil du Z" (Tome & Janry)

ources

* [http://www.spirou.com/spirou/personnages.htm Spirou official site: characters] fr_icon
* [http://www.franquin.com/spirou_fantasio/personnages_spirou.php Franquin official site: characters] fr_icon;Footnotes


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