History Characters / Transmetropolitan

1st Jun '18 3:16:49 AM markband
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* BackInTheSaddle: After years of being a famous journalist, he had had enough with his fans, fame, and celebrity life. He went up to a private residence in a mountain to retire away from people, presumably, for the rest of his life. He only went back because he still owed an old publisher 3 books and had already spent to advanced money. Even when he goes back and begins writing again, he's just going through the motions and trying to just get the books done so he can go back up to his mountain. Then [[CompleteMonster the Smiler]] has a friend of his Vita Severn murdered and vows to fuck over Spider, anyway he can. Suffice it to say, [[ItsPersonal this made things personal]] for Spider and the Smiler unknowingly [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant forced Spider to become]] [[HesBack the passionate journaist he once was]], the bane of everyone in authority and a man who wouldn't be [[TheDeterminator deterred even from threat of death.]]
-->'''Spider:''' I wouldn't want to touch you unless I was wearing a spacesuit. You kept the contacts. You knew they were going to kill Vita Severn. You decided you were going to make some money off of it. What I want to know: Who did you get the word from?\\
'''Kristin:''' Can I get you some pills spider? On the house. Anything you want. Let's relax and talk a little her. There's some rare stuff coming out of old Vilnius. I have some. It's yours.\\
'''Spider:''' '''Speak.'''\\
'''Kristin:''' Come on Spider. We can do business here. This isn't like you.\\
'''Spider:''' You've never met '''me''' before.
24th Mar '18 12:41:07 PM NickHunter26
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* MisanthropeSupreme: He wants to be President because he hates everyone and wants to fuck with them.

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* MisanthropeSupreme: He wants His desire to be President because (which is stated to be his only desire) is motivated by two things, both originating from his hatred of people: 1) Because he hates everyone thinks so little of people that he feels like he should be above them by holding a position of power, and wants to fuck 2) Because this position provides him with them.enough power to oppress people without them being able to fight back. See MotiveRant below.
9th Nov '17 1:18:07 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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--> You take care of yourself, man. You never did anything wrong by me.

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--> You take care of yourself, man. You never only ever did anything wrong right by me.
16th Oct '17 4:27:28 PM Divra
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** Spider seems to actively cultivate the hate towards himself, in order to draw inspiration from the constant conflict. In Royce's words, Spider can't write unless he's hated.



** Whereas his later, bald and sunglasses-wearing incarnation bears no small resemblance to Creator/GrantMorrison.



* {{Stripperiffic}}: Quite often.

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* {{Stripperiffic}}: Quite often.
often. The white dress with nipple- and navel-cutouts she wears for Spider's New Year's party is a standout. And then there's the fact that when she is first seen on page, she is working as an actual stripper.



* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Spider saw the man as pure evil. What he finds is a lazy, venal and incredibly cynical man, but one who has genuinely done his best.

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Spider saw the man as pure evil. What he finds is a man who is in no way a paragon (he is a lazy, venal and bastard on a good day). He is also, like Spider, incredibly cynical man, but one who has genuinely done his best.about the system and the individual's role in it. However, unlike Spider, he sees no way to buck or change the system.
23rd Jul '17 2:40:46 PM Grudgeal
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: More subtle than The Beast, but his 'new way' politics and consistently grinning public figure alludes to UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, who became Prime Minister just as the comic began.
17th Jul '17 7:05:00 PM MBG
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* TeenyWeenie: If Yelena is to be trusted.
3rd Jul '17 10:49:13 AM Divra
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** The most epic one would be the column he wrote when The Beast got re-elected. It consisted of the word FUCK. Typed ''EIGHT THOUSAND'' times.



* BodyguardBabes

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* BodyguardBabesBodyguardBabes: It shouldn't require more explanation than stripper-turned-bodyguard.



* StatuesqueStunner

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* StatuesqueStunnerStatuesqueStunner: Channon towers head and shoulders above her boss, and is stacked and drop-dead gorgeous.



* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Spider saw the man as pure evil. What he finds is an incredibly cynical man.

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Spider saw the man as pure evil. What he finds is an a lazy, venal and incredibly cynical man.man, but one who has genuinely done his best.
22nd Apr '17 5:23:46 AM shrikelet
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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.

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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 [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy Maddened Into Misanthropy]] 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.
16th Feb '17 7:52:53 AM Eagal
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* PresidentEvil: He has people killed to promote his own image, and then invents a pseudo-religion based on them to further aid his career, [[ArsonMurderAnJaywalking he masturbates into the American flag]]. Definitely evil.

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* PresidentEvil: He has people killed to promote his own image, and then invents a pseudo-religion based on them to further aid his career, [[ArsonMurderAnJaywalking [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he masturbates into the American flag]]. Definitely evil.
4th Feb '17 6:19:11 PM Eagal
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* AntiHero [[VillainWithGoodPublicity With Good Publicity]]/HeroWithBadPublicity: Spider's fans either love him and more often hate him, and most public personalities hate him to an extreme. It was so bad that there was once a petition to put a mark out for Spider's life that reached ''500 signatures''.



* CheshireCatGrin: ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'' might be unnerved by Spider's. Then again, the Joker might also be unnerved by Spider's typical drug intake.

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* CheshireCatGrin: ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'' might be unnerved by Spider's. Then again, the Joker might also be unnerved by Spider's typical drug intake.%%* CheshireCatGrin



* {{Expy}}: His job, heavy usage of drugs, and even some of his looks are based on Creator/HunterSThompson. The personality and vitriol are like a magnified, pissed off version of Hunter S. Thompson.
* GonzoJournalism: He is based on Creator/HunterSThompson, after all.

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* {{Expy}}: His job, heavy usage of drugs, and even some of his looks are based on Creator/HunterSThompson. The personality and vitriol are like a magnified, pissed off version of Hunter S. Thompson.
* GonzoJournalism: He is based on Creator/HunterSThompson, after all.
%%* GonzoJournalism



* IconicOutfit/LimitedWardrobe: Though he has access to any clothes he can think of, he's usually wearing at least some of his trademark clothing (or nude), which consist of black pants, shoes, jacket, no shirt, and his shades.

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* IconicOutfit/LimitedWardrobe: HeroWithBadPublicity: Spider's fans either love him and more often hate him, and most public personalities hate him to an extreme. It was so bad that there was once a petition to put a mark out for Spider's life that reached ''500 signatures''.
* IconicOutfit:
Though he has access to any clothes he can think of, he's usually wearing at least some of his trademark clothing (or nude), which consist of black pants, shoes, jacket, no shirt, and his shades.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 99.9% of the time he's an asshole through and through. He'll cuss at you, assault you and brag about how he can get away with it because he's Spider Jerusalem. But he is capable of genuine empathy, remorse, or gratitude, which particularly comes out in his columns (the non-political ones anyway. The political ones tend toward just repeating the word FUCK over 8000 times).

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 99.9% of the time he's an asshole through and through. He'll cuss at you, assault you and brag about how he can get away with it because he's Spider Jerusalem. But he is capable of genuine empathy, remorse, or gratitude, which particularly comes out in his columns (the non-political ones anyway. The political ones tend toward just repeating the word FUCK "FUCK" over 8000 times).



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He looks like a cyberpunk Creator/HunterSThompson ([[{{Expy}} fittingly enough]]).

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He looks like a cyberpunk Creator/HunterSThompson ([[{{Expy}} fittingly enough]]).NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** He's based on Creator/HunterSThompson.



* CheshireCatGrin: TheJoker might ''run'' from his.
** 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:

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* CheshireCatGrin: TheJoker might ''run'' from his.
**
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: all:
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