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Nicodeme "Nico" Savoy
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First appearance in comic


July, 1900
Place of Birth

New Orleans,
Age at start of comic

Gender Male
Occupation Hijacker

Nicodeme "Nico" Savoy[1] is a hijacker for Marigold.

In the comic

Volume 1

Nico first appears in "Hatchetman". It is revealed via flashback that shortly before the timeframe of the comic, Nico, Mordecai and Serafine are involved in a situation that creates a "high-profile" mess. Serafine suggests that they turn to the pig farmers for assistance, and Nico notes that the pigs "eat anything".

Nico next appears in the Hotel Maribel in "Cutthroat". Asa and Mordecai discuss how Nico and Serafine came to work for Asa. He tells Mordecai that, "we dredged them out of the bayous", where they had been working for a small bootlegging operation. Asa and his associates consequently hired them and they have proven very efficient, so much so that Nico and Serafine have been assigned to accompany Mordecai while he pursues "other ventures" for Asa and his associates.

Volume 2

Nico next appears in a room in the Hotel Maribel in "Calinda", where he is holding court with Serafine. Mordecai arrives and points out that Nico and Serafine were supposed to meet him at 6th and Washington earlier, but they decided it would be more fun to have him come to them.


"Scrapbook" shows an advertisement by the River Queen Tobacco Company for Nico as a heavyweight boxer nicknamed, "The Cajun Gator".

After being asked what the Lackadaisy cats think of the Easter bunny, Tracy revealed that Nico and Serafine had eaten said bunny.[2]


Nico is depicted in color in "Preview 0028".

Nico was born in late July, 1900 in New Orleans, making him 27 years old at the time of the comic.[3][1][4] Nico's height is approximately 6'3".[5] He is ambidextrous.[6] With regards to Nico's voice, Tracy has stated that it would be, "Confident, low and almost lazy sounding in delivery with a distinct Cajun accent. He and his sister should sound like they're accustomed to speaking Cajun French in each other's company, and only deign to speak English for practical purposes when on the job".[6]

Nico and Serafine were not raised by their parents.[7] According to Tracy, Nico did not complete his primary education. His favorite food is, "jambalaya, gumbo or any such mixture, but only if it’s nearly spicy enough to cause internal hemorrhaging. Anything in the soul food department...probably suits (his) fancy too". He enjoys drinking bourbon and spiced rum.[3] Of his childhood, Tracy stated-

Nico and Serafine were born in the city, grew up in the bayou mud surrounded by alligators and superstition, and took whatever bizarre inroads to lucrative adventure they could find. Nico’s not the bullying type by nature. He’d rather be fishing, but I suppose he figures one might as well make an occupation of what one excels at…such as punching faces really hard. Serafine was the propellant, weaving her own mythology and making a living as a charlatan Marie Laveau. Some intriguing new opportunities arose when illicit liquor started flowing in from the Gulf of Mexico.
—Tracy, [8]

Nico appears to be a rather laid-back individual, in both mannerisms and dress.[9] "Scrapbook" includes an advertisement showing Nico as a boxer. He enjoys napping, fishing and rolling his eyes, and is popular with women.[10] Nico is also amenable to baseball as well.[11] Nico is not inclined towards long-term relationships, but has had numerous flings.[6] He is a smoker.[8] According to Tracy, for Christmas Serafine would like fresh shellfish.[12]


Nico is depicted as a human in "Preview 0013" and "Counterpart".



As noted in "Cutthroat", Asa and his associates hired Nico and Serafine after they began interfering with Marigold's business.


Nico appears to enjoy taking advantage of Mordecai's difficulties with humor.[9]


Nico is Serafine's brother or half-brother.[13]


Nico's surname is somewhat of a nod to the Savoy Orphans Band and the Savoy Ballroom.[14]