History Characters / Transmetropolitan

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:
4th Feb '17 6:16:10 PM Eagal
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* {{Jerkass}}: All the time.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Glimmers of it under the Jerkass exterior, but they're generally far enough between that any kind of genuine empathy, remorse, or gratitude from Spider comes as a shock.

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* {{Jerkass}}: All the time.
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JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Glimmers 99.9% of it under the Jerkass exterior, but they're generally far enough between that any kind 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 from Spider gratitude, which particularly comes as a shock.out in his columns (the non-political ones anyway. The political ones tend toward just repeating the word FUCK over 8000 times).



* DeadpanSnarker: [[RunningGag See Yelena's entry.]]

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* DeadpanSnarker: [[RunningGag See Yelena's entry.]]%%* DeadpanSnarker



* {{Expy}}: Very clearly based on UsefulNotes/RichardNixon.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Very clearly based on UsefulNotes/RichardNixon.



* BigBad

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* BigBadBigBad: The primary antagonist through most of the series.



* PresidentEvil

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* PresidentEvilPresidentEvil: 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.



* TheDogBitesBack: More literally in this case. His entire motivation is that he had a [[BiggerIsBetterInBed "huge wanger"]], and Spider had it removed for tring to extort strippers.

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* TheDogBitesBack: More literally in this case. His entire motivation is that he had a [[BiggerIsBetterInBed "huge wanger"]], and Spider had it removed for tring trying to extort strippers.
25th Jan '17 11:35:54 AM hullflyer
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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 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.]]

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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 bazooka'' (though apparently no-one 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 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.]]
13th Nov '16 8:29:20 AM Grudgeal
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* TheCynic: Incredibly cynical about the role of the President and appears to be in it only for his own gratification.



* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: Thanks to Spider, everyone calls him "The Beast" - even his own children.

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* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: Thanks to Spider, everyone calls HateSink: InUniverse. He has been attempted assassinated so much that Secret Service started charging him "The Beast" - even his own children.for protection. Presumably he ''has'' supporters, but the comic never shows any of them.


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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Thanks to Spider, everyone calls him "The Beast" - even his own children.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: President Corrupt. He uses campaign funding as his own private slush fund and there are a lot of minor news stories about theft, corruption and prostitution involving him or his administration.
5th Nov '16 4:50:40 PM Morgenthaler
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