History ComicBook / BPRD

20th Jun '16 6:52:05 AM Farnham
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* GodzillaThreshold: Starting with Black Flame, the B.P.R.D. is at war with the various demonspawn spilling out all over the globe. Collateral damage is barely a concern. Half of Indonesia has been obliterated along with Munich, California, Houston, Seattle, London, New York and a zombie plague is devastating Russia. The nuclear option has come up several times... The Bureau and its allies are desperately trying to HoldTheLine... and it's not working.

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* GodzillaThreshold: Starting with Black Flame, the B.P.R.D. is at war with the various demonspawn spilling out all over the globe. Collateral damage is barely a concern. Half of Indonesia has been obliterated along with Munich, California, Houston, Seattle, London, New York and a zombie plague is devastating Russia. The nuclear option has come up several times... The Bureau and its allies are desperately trying to HoldTheLine... and it's not working. At the end of ''End of Days'', with one of the Ogdru Jahad wreacking havoc in the United States, a despondent Iosif Nichayko resorts to releasing Varvara, a powerful demon lord of Hell, from her prison in order to combat the Ogdru Jahad.
27th May '16 7:12:43 PM Mullon
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* CerberusRetcon: The flashback to the first time Hellboy cut off his horns. Before it was portrayed as a way of Hellboy rejecting his evil heritage and no worse than filing your nails, but the first time Hellboy cut of his horns (with a hacksaw) it's like a child mutilating himself to fit in (President Truman was going to the military base for a visit, and Hellboy wanted to dress up so he put a hat between his horns, and a soldier thought it looked funny [[InnocentlyInsensitive and laughed at him]]).

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* CerberusRetcon: CerebusRetcon: The flashback to the first time Hellboy cut off his horns. Before it was portrayed as a way of Hellboy rejecting his evil heritage and no worse than filing your nails, but the first time Hellboy cut of his horns (with a hacksaw) it's like a child mutilating himself to fit in (President Truman was going to the military base for a visit, and Hellboy wanted to dress up so he put a hat between his horns, and a soldier thought it looked funny [[InnocentlyInsensitive and laughed at him]]).
27th May '16 7:11:49 PM Mullon
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[[caption-width-right:350:Notable [[AnyoneCanDie remaining]] BPRD staff and logo.[[note]]From left to right: Ted Howards, Carla Giarocco, Johann Kraus, Andrew Devon, Fenix Espejo, Panya, Tian, Kate Corrigan, Nichols, Ashley Strode, Liz Sherman, and Vaughn[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Notable [[AnyoneCanDie remaining]] BPRD staff and logo.[[note]]From left to right: Ted Howards, Carla Giarocco, Giarocco(?), Johann Kraus, Andrew Devon, Fenix Espejo, Panya, Tian, Tian(?), Kate Corrigan, Nichols, Ashley Strode, Liz Sherman, and Vaughn[[/note]]]]
Vaughn(?)[[/note]]]]


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* CerberusRetcon: The flashback to the first time Hellboy cut off his horns. Before it was portrayed as a way of Hellboy rejecting his evil heritage and no worse than filing your nails, but the first time Hellboy cut of his horns (with a hacksaw) it's like a child mutilating himself to fit in (President Truman was going to the military base for a visit, and Hellboy wanted to dress up so he put a hat between his horns, and a soldier thought it looked funny [[InnocentlyInsensitive and laughed at him]]).
28th Apr '16 9:50:39 PM Mullon
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[[caption-width-right:350:Notable [[AnyoneCanDie remaining]] BPRD staff and logo.[[note]]From left to right: Ted Howards, Carla Giarocco, Johann Kraus, Andrew Devon, Fenix Espejo, Panya, Tian, Kate Corrigan, Nichols, Ashley Strode, Liz Sherman, and Vaughn]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Notable [[AnyoneCanDie remaining]] BPRD staff and logo.[[note]]From left to right: Ted Howards, Carla Giarocco, Johann Kraus, Andrew Devon, Fenix Espejo, Panya, Tian, Kate Corrigan, Nichols, Ashley Strode, Liz Sherman, and Vaughn]]
Vaughn[[/note]]]]
28th Apr '16 9:50:25 PM Mullon
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[[caption-width-right:350:The original team, from left to right: Johann Kraus, Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, Roger, Kate Corrigan.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The original team, from
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[[caption-width-right:350:Notable [[AnyoneCanDie remaining]] BPRD staff and logo.[[note]]From
left to right: Ted Howards, Carla Giarocco, Johann Kraus, Andrew Devon, Fenix Espejo, Panya, Tian, Kate Corrigan, Nichols, Ashley Strode, Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, Roger, Kate Corrigan.]]and Vaughn]]
28th Apr '16 9:20:50 PM Mullon
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* AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler: the strange plug-thing Liz uses on the mountain-sized Ogdru Hem.]]

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* AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler: the The strange plug-thing Liz uses on the mountain-sized Ogdru Hem.]]



* ArtificialHuman: Roger the Homunculus.

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* ArtificialHuman: Roger AppliedPhlebotinum: Vril. ''Flamma Reconditus''. '''The Secret Fire'''. The power of God Himself. Apparently a force of creation, but also of destruction when necessary. Mostly seen in modern times to make things that have crossed the Homunculus.GodzillaThreshold go BOOM.



* AstralProjection: Johann Kraus.



* BadassBookworm: Kate Corrigan.



* BiggerBad: The Ogdru Jahad.
* TheBlank: Johann, due to his lack of a physical form.



* CaptainErsatz: Mr. Pope is a pretty blatant parody of [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} David Xanatos]].

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* CaptainErsatz: Mr. Pope is BrokenAngel: The "Seraphim" in B.P.R.D. The Dead. It's not made clear if it's a pretty blatant parody 'real' angel, or a Nazi approximation of [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} David Xanatos]].one.



* CrazySurvivalist: [[spoiler:Daimio, as he appears in ''New World''.]]



* CursedWithAwesome: Liz Sherman.
* DarkMessiah: this is how Memnan Saa sees himself.
* DemonSlaying
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Plays a major part in Daimio's backstory.]]

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* CursedWithAwesome: Liz Sherman.
* DarkMessiah: this
DemonSlaying: But boy is how Memnan Saa sees himself.
* DemonSlaying
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Plays a major part in Daimio's backstory.]]
it getting more and more difficult.



* DullSurprise: Liz Sherman's default expression for most of the comics. Justified, as she's supposed to be depressed and heavily medicated due to her [[DarkAndTroubledPast tragic past]], and in the later ''BPRD'' series, she gets better.



* EvilSorcerer: Memnan Saa

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* EvilSorcerer: Memnan SaaTheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: And there's ''no'' escaping it. The B.P.R.D. is fighting a desperate battle to ensure something of humanity's spirit and legacy will survive after the end. But the Ogdru Hem are rising, the FourHorsemen have been unleashed, cities are swallowed in war with monsters and natural disasters, the world's biggest hope [[spoiler:is dead]], and WordOfGod has said things that are broken aren't getting fixed.



* FishPeople: Abe Sapien.



* {{Geek}}: Kate Corrigan was the occult/mythology geek in the comics (it was her day job before she joined the BPRD). Recently, Johann Kraus seems to be turning into the evil version of this.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Notably subverted with Daimio. He has hideous scarring along the left side of his head, and is missing an ear and most of his left cheek. [[spoiler: Blame the jaguar demon that's now [[DemonicPossession inhabiting his soul.]]]]
* GratuitousGerman: Johann Kraus, when he loses his temper. Allmachtiger!

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* {{Geek}}: Kate Corrigan was the occult/mythology geek in the comics (it was her day job before she joined the BPRD). Recently, Johann Kraus seems to be turning into the evil version of this.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Notably subverted
GodzillaThreshold: Starting with Daimio. He Black Flame, the B.P.R.D. is at war with the various demonspawn spilling out all over the globe. Collateral damage is barely a concern. Half of Indonesia has hideous scarring been obliterated along the left side of his head, with Munich, California, Houston, Seattle, London, New York and a zombie plague is missing an ear devastating Russia. The nuclear option has come up several times... The Bureau and most of his left cheek. [[spoiler: Blame the jaguar demon that's now [[DemonicPossession inhabiting his soul.]]]]
* GratuitousGerman: Johann Kraus, when he loses his temper. Allmachtiger!
its allies are desperately trying to HoldTheLine... and it's not working.



* MaskedLuchador: Lobster Johnson (see ShowWithinAShow, below).
* MightyWhitey: Invoked, but ultimately subverted by Martin "Fu Manchu" Gilfryd.



* MundaneUtility: Liz Sherman lighting her cigarettes with pyrokinesis.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Agent Devon seems to be turning into one.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Captain Ben Daimio. [[spoiler:He was dead for three days, wouldn't you be too?]]



* Abe Sapien eventually gets a {{Spinoff}} of his own.



* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Daimio has one, thanks to the aforementioned DemonicPossession. In ''Killing Ground'', it wakes up.]]
* TheTeamNormal: Kate Corrigan.



* UrbanLegend: Lobster Johnson, and this is the main reason why all the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe stories]] about him are [[StylisticSuck pulpy]] and wildly incorrect.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Memnan Saa's primary motivation was to preserve the human race and civilization. He was willing to resort to any means necessary, however, and he even dismissed Kate Corrigan's offer of an alliance between himself and the BPRD by claiming that the latter was ''not ruthless enough.'' Of course, his ''secondary'' motivation is to rule over the survivors as a god, so there's that too.
-->'''Memnan Saa''': Your bureau, your governments, will try to save ''all'' of this earth. ''That is childish!'' The war has already begun. You believe you've had your victories. You will believe that again. While the truth is, little by little you are ''losing''. So, there is only one question.. a question you will never be able to answer. How much are you willing to lose... to ''win''?
* WreathedInFlames: Liz can do this.



* ZorroMark: Lobster Johnson's lobster claw.
23rd Jan '16 9:28:02 AM morenohijazo
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* BrainMonster: The short comic that introduced Lobster Johnson involves a scientist who gained psychic powers in an experiment, then used those powers to kill his colleagues. When the Lobster shoots the psychic in the head, his brain crawls out of the bullet hole, grows several times larger, then flies around the room. The Lobster barely kills the mutant brain before it strangles him with its spinal cord.
22nd Jan '16 3:42:13 PM ninjadude853
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* Abe Sapien eventually gets a {{Spinoff}} of his own.
30th Dec '15 3:32:57 AM Farnham
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* ComicBookTime: Averted in the sense that the series does not employ a sliding timescale, and most events are dated around the time the arc is published, with, for instance Hellboy quitting the Bureau in 2001, and not being heard from for nearly ten years. The characters are more ambiguous. Tom Manning and Kate Corrigan seem to have aged in real time, but that may be due to Guy Davis's different art style. Liz Sherman looks older than she did in 1994, but she was canonically born in 1962, making her over 50 at present. This was mentioned by a fan in a letter to the editor, who responded with [[HandWave "They look pretty good for their ages, but they're pseudomilitary. They work out."]]

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* ComicBookTime: Averted in the sense that the series does not employ a sliding timescale, and most events are dated around the time the arc is published, with, for instance Hellboy quitting the Bureau in 2001, and not being heard from for nearly ten years. The characters are more ambiguous. Tom Manning and Kate Corrigan seem to have aged in real time, but that may be due to Guy Davis's different art style. Liz Sherman looks older than she did in 1994, but she was canonically born in 1962, making her over 50 at present. This was mentioned by a fan in a letter to the editor, who responded with [[HandWave "They look pretty good for their ages, but they're pseudomilitary. They work out."]]"]] Though in Liz's case her pyrokinesis, hinted to be the living embodiment of Vril power, may have also slowed down her physical aging.
23rd Oct '15 6:13:59 PM Omnicron13
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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Used and inverted by the protagonists and the antagonists in "The Black Goddess."

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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Used and inverted by the protagonists and the antagonists in "The Black Goddess."" Lampshaded by Johann during the "Hell on Earth" story, when he explains to Liz that agents of the B.P.R.D. couldn't care as much for the millions of people who die on their watch as they do their friends as part of the human condition.
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