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23rd Apr '16 7:22:19 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* MotiveRant: An uncommonly well thought-out one during his interview with Spider when he explains his beliefs:
-->'''The Beast:''' Look, my job isn't to make everything beautiful. My job isn't to make living life a good time. My job is to keep the majority of people in this country alive. That's ''it.'' If fifty-one percent eat a meal tomorrow and forty-nine percent don't, I've done my job. That is the absolute fucking limit of what can be done. Anyone who says otherwise is a con artist. My job is just to keep things the way they are. Everyone stays the same. I do the job. I keep the money coming. I provide the television and a few spare dollars and space for a fuck or two. You might not like that. You might not think that's the way a President should behave. But, you know... that's fucking ''tough.''


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* MisanthropeSupreme: He wants to be President because he hates everyone and wants to fuck with them.
* MotiveRant: Like The Beast, he gives one in his interview with Spider. [[spoiler:Unlike The Beast, he disables all Spider's recording equipment because he doesn't want it to get out.]]
-->'''The Smiler:''' [[MisanthropeSupreme I hate people more than anything.]] And I'm going to be President. I really need [[RightHandCat a white cat to stroke]], Alan. Like a Franchise/JamesBond villain. Can you arrange that? 'course you can. You're my political director. You can arrange ''anything,'' can't you, Alan? I hate you all, you know? All you scum. I want to be President because I hate you. I want to fuck with you. I want to make you shut up and do things properly. Get through your doomed little lives quietly. I want to be President because I think I should be.
23rd Apr '16 7:06:29 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Incredibly he appears to be capable of being this at times; when Spider completely loses his temper during the interview with the Beast and attacks him, one of the Secret Service bodyguards comes in and stops him at gunpoint. The guard is about to take Spider down the hall and summarily execute him for attempting to kill the President, but the Beast tells him to leave Spider alone, even though he could easily get away with having Spider killed under the circumstances[[note]]although admittedly he'd lose the interview[[/note]].
-->'''The Beast:''' No, really. It's OK. He's ''little people.'' You have to allow the little people their shot sometimes.
22nd Apr '16 11:03:40 AM lolface123
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* AxeCrazy: Besides his irrational paranoia, which caused him to order the needless massacre of a peaceful protest of college kids, he's also incredibly capricious with his dictations.
28th Oct '15 3:08:46 PM Kalaong
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* DoesntLikeGuns: ZigZagged; he owns quite an impressive arsenal, it's just that he rarely ''uses'' it for anything besides intimidation. One of his first actions in the comic is to ''blow up a bar close to his mountain with a bazooka''(though apparently no-one was inside), when he charges into the Word to ask Royce for a job he's swinging [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo's blaster]], and he's often seen with something that looks like a chrome Desert Eagle. However, if his life's not in danger he prefers to humiliate people rather than kill them, and eschews firearms in favor of bowel disruptors and snowball throwers for the majority of the comic. Late in the series, after a lot of death threats and a few assassins, he [[BatmanGrabsAGun begins using a gun, much to everyone's surprise]]. [[spoiler: It turns out in the end to be misdirection; the BigBad is so worried about him having a gun that he only searches him for weapons, and Spider instead swathed himself in nanotech microphones, something that they didn't bother to look for.]]

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* DoesntLikeGuns: ZigZagged; he owns quite an impressive arsenal, it's just that he rarely ''uses'' it for anything besides intimidation. One of his first actions in the comic is to ''blow up a bar close to his mountain with a bazooka''(though apparently no-one was inside), when he charges into the Word to ask Royce for a job he's swinging [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo's blaster]], and he's often seen with something that looks like a chrome Desert Eagle. However, if his life's not in danger he prefers to humiliate people rather than kill them, and eschews firearms in favor of bowel disruptors and snowball throwers for the majority of the comic. Late in the series, after a lot of death threats and a few assassins, he [[BatmanGrabsAGun begins using a gun, blowing mooks away, much to everyone's surprise]]. [[spoiler: It turns out in the end to be misdirection; the BigBad is so worried about him having a gun that he only searches him for weapons, and Spider instead swathed himself in nanotech microphones, something that they didn't bother to look for.]]
28th Oct '15 3:08:18 PM Kalaong
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* KnightInSourArmor: The key to his Jerkass facade. The reason he's so pissed all the time is because he's been MaddenIntoMisanthropy at how the powerful abuse the powerless for money, power, votes, or just for the hell of it, and all he can see is how ''pointless'' all that is in a world full of wondrous technology that could cure all ills but somehow hasn't managed to do so. His entire reason for being an IntrepidReporter is exposing such actions, praising human achievement, and asking why the latter is necessary in light of the former.
28th Oct '15 3:02:37 PM Kalaong
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* DoesntLikeGuns: ZigZagged; he owns quite an impressive arsenal, it's just that he rarely ''uses'' it for anything besides intimidation. One of his first actions in the comic is to ''blow up a bar close to his mountain with a bazooka''(though apparently no-one was inside), when he charges into the Word to ask Royce for a job he's swinging [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo's blaster]], and he's often seen with something that looks like a chrome Desert Eagle. However, if his life's not in danger he prefers to humiliate people rather than kill them, and eschews firearms in favor of bowel disruptors and snowball throwers for the majority of the comic. Late in the series, after a lot of death threats and a few assassins, he [[BatmanGrabsAGun begins using a gun, much to everyone's surprise]]. [[spoiler: It turns out in the end to be misdirection; the BigBad is so worried about him having a gun that he only searches him for weapons, and Spider instead swathed himself in nanotech microphones, something that they didn't bother to look for.]]
25th Oct '15 11:53:47 PM MechWarrior
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* Phlegmings: He's constantly drooling.

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* Phlegmings: {{Phlegmings}}: He's constantly drooling.



* RedRightHand: The FacialMarking and the rings sealing up his left eye socket are all you need to see to know he's njot one of the goodguys.

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* RedRightHand: The FacialMarking FacialMarkings and the rings sealing up his left eye socket are all you need to see to know he's njot not one of the goodguys.good guys.



* UnkownRival: He gets called in to "check on" Spider, after the latter had to kill three hitmen who break into his apartment. Stomp spends three issues tracking down Spider, and Spider doesn't know about him until [[spoiler:he chucks his ex-wife's head off of a roof. Stomp, blinded, jumps at Spider from a blind angle, only to miss entirely and precedes Spider's wife's head off the roof by a few seconds]]. The most warning Spider gets is [[spoiler:a crunching sound before the "splooshing" sound of his wife hitting the water. Spider walks away, never aware that Stomp was trying to kill him]].

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* UnkownRival: UnknownRival: He gets called in to "check on" Spider, after the latter had to kill three hitmen who break into his apartment. Stomp spends three issues tracking down Spider, and Spider doesn't know about him until [[spoiler:he chucks his ex-wife's head off of a roof. Stomp, blinded, jumps at Spider from a blind angle, only to miss entirely and precedes Spider's wife's head off the roof by a few seconds]]. The most warning Spider gets is [[spoiler:a crunching sound before the "splooshing" sound of his wife hitting the water. Spider walks away, never aware that Stomp was trying to kill him]].
18th Oct '15 9:09:01 PM ShamusAran
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** In his first in-person appearance, he quotes [[Creator/AlfredLordTennyson Alfred, Lord Tennyson]] without much prompting. Most of the entire following passage is the same unnerving panel of the Smiler doing what he does best. He does not move his lips, blink, or emote at all:
--> '''Spider:''' Does he move?
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--> '''Smiler:''' ''The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks: / The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep / Moans round with many voices. / Come, my friends, / 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.'' "''Ulysses.''" Tennyson. My favorite poem. A new world. New opposition. New campaign. New politics. New president.
--> [{{Beat}}]
--> '''Smiler:''' ''(Extends hand)'' Gary Callahan. Nice to meet you.
--> '''Spider:''' ''(Recoils)'' '''AAH!''' It moved!
5th Oct '15 2:41:54 AM Yozzy
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* BadBoss: Besides his general vitriol with Spider ([[HeroWithBadPublicity which is a given]]), it's generally averted. However, he does have at least interrogation cells in the office building, which does raise some concern.

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* BadBoss: Besides his general vitriol with Spider ([[HeroWithBadPublicity which is a given]]), it's generally averted. However, he does have at least three interrogation cells in the office building, which does raise some concern.



The President of the United States. Despite being corrupt, he managed to maintain the presidency for two terms before the comic began.

* AtLeastIAdmitIt: He fully admits to being an awful human being, but compares himself favorably to Callahan because Callahan is at least as bad but tries to hide it.

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The President of the United States. Despite being corrupt, he managed to maintain the presidency for two terms before well into his second term at the comic began.

start of the comic.

* AtLeastIAdmitIt: He fully admits to being an awful human being, but compares himself favorably to Callahan Callahan, because Callahan is at least as bad bad, but tries to hide it.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Beast believes that the president cannot be reasonably expected to do anything more domestically than make sure 50% plus 1 of the population are doing all right. As long as that's true, then he's done his job. However, he at least believes in that much; he claims Callahan believes in nothing but that he should be president.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: Or rather, everyone calls him "The Beast" - even his own children.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Beast believes that the president cannot be reasonably expected to do anything more domestically than make sure 50% plus 1 50-plus-1% of the population are doing all right. As long as that's true, then he's done his job. However, he at least believes in that much; he claims Callahan believes in nothing but that he should be president.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: Or rather, Thanks to Spider, everyone calls him "The Beast" - even his own children.
2nd Oct '15 3:56:46 PM AnimeOtaku
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* AwesomeMcCoolname: He was ''supposed to be'' named Django Heraclitus Jerusalem, but he came out a skinny baby, his mother had very poor eyesight and three different neurological difficulties at the time, so he ended up as Spider instead.
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