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Name Fantasio
Other Names Kwabbernoot (Dutch)
Kvik (Danish)
Nicke (Swedish)
Fantazjo/Fantazjusz (Polish)
Valur (Icelandic)
Phan Tân (Vietnamese)[note 1]
Age Unknown
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Blond
Moe Points Reporter, superhero (as Fantastik)[note 2]
From Belgium
Active in Worldwide
Related Characters
Partner: Spirou
Cousin: Zantafio
Rival: Seccotine

Fantasio is a main character in the Belgian comic strip Spirou & Fantasio, published by Dupuis.


Fantasio was created by Jean Doisy in 1942, as a puppet, but with a different design, then molded into his definitive appearance by the cartoonist Joseph Gillain, aka Jijé, in 1944, as a recurring character in Spirou's strips. He quickly became the deuteragonist of the comic, serving as a comic relief to contrast Spirou's seriousness.

Fantasio was also a recurring character in Gaston Lagaffe, another comic strip, in which he served as the boss of Gaston, the main character. However, he left the strip to accompany Spirou in his adventures, passing the torch of that role to another character, Léon Prunelle.


Fantasio was formerly a reporter for the fictional Moustic newspaper, now he is the editor-in-chief of the Journal de Spirou, the magazine in which his and Spirou's adventures are published. He is easily irritable, as shown and during his appearance in Gaston Lagaffe, whenever Gaston does one of his "gaffes" (disasters caused by his clumsiness). Despite this, he also has an "eccentric" side to him, to contrast with Spirou's "grounded" personality.

In La vallée des bannis, after being bit by the Furax Volans mosquito and being infected by the "hostiliase furiasis" illness, he became extremely aggresive and enraged, with no capacity for reasoning, and attacked Spirou while at the same time discharging all his rage toward him: Spirou always got all the credit, while Fantasio was only reduced to a supporting role. He later returned to his senses.[note 3]


  • During the first years of Spirou & Fantasio's run in Germany, the character was renamed Ferdinand,[note 4] then Pit,[note 5] until he reverted to his original name.
  • Fantasio took on various jobs before settling as a reporter.


  1. 1975
  2. Yoann, Vehlmann: SuperGroom - Tome 2: La guerre olympique. Dupuis, September 10, 2021.
  3. Tome, Janry. La vallée des bannis (Valley of the Exiles). Dupuis, November 15, 1989.
  4. Der heitere Fridolin #1. Alfons Semrau Verlag, 1958.
  5. Kauka, Ralf: Lupo Modern #3. Kauka Verlag, May 1, 1965.