History ComicBook / CerebusTheAardvark

22nd Mar '18 7:02:53 PM Bicorn
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** Weisshaupt is a combination of Adam Weishaupt and George Washington, in a reference to the claim in [[Literature/Illuminatus the ''Illuminatus!'' trilogy]] that the former had murdered and taken the identity of the latter.

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** Weisshaupt is a combination of Adam Weishaupt and George Washington, in a reference to the claim in [[Literature/Illuminatus the ''Illuminatus!'' trilogy]] ''[[Literature/{{Illuminatus}} Illuminatus!]]'' trilogy that the former had murdered and taken the identity of the latter.
22nd Mar '18 7:00:26 PM Bicorn
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** Weisshaupt is a combination of Adam Weishaupt and George Washington, in a reference to the claim in [[Literature/Illuminatus the ''Illuminatus!'' trilogy]] that the former had murdered and taken the identity of the latter.
19th Nov '17 10:10:42 PM Willbyr
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* TheLadette: Depending on how generous you want to be toward Sim's intentions, Mary Ernestway can be seen as either a mean-spirited {{exaggerat|edTrope}}ion or a particularly vicious {{deconstruction}}. Sim has great disdain for "women who attempt to be men", and thus Mary, who is based on Sim's interpretation of Mary Hemingway's diaries and filtered through his usual parodic formula, is a boorish buffoon: loud, unnecessarily profane, tending to put exaggerated emphasis on every third word, and coughing up and spitting loogies like it's a sport. She also seems to take pride in the fact that she has out-"manned" Ham, who is little more than a shell of his former self and has what little personality he has left crushed whenever he's around Mary. Mary's also a terrible shot, [[spoiler:and leads the group around in circles on their travels, leaving Cerebus and Jaka stranded in the forest in the wake of a blizzard when they flee after Ham kills himself]].

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* TheLadette: Depending Sim has great disdain for "women who attempt to be men", so depending on how generous you want to be toward Sim's his intentions, Mary Ernestway can be seen as either a mean-spirited {{exaggerat|edTrope}}ion or a particularly vicious {{deconstruction}}. Sim has great disdain for "women who attempt to be men", and thus Mary, who is based {{deconstruction}}. Based on Sim's interpretation of Mary Hemingway's diaries and filtered through his usual parodic formula, she is a boorish buffoon: loud, unnecessarily profane, tending to put exaggerated emphasis on every third word, and coughing up and spitting loogies like it's a sport. She also seems to take pride in the fact that she has out-"manned" Ham, who is little more than a shell of his former self and has what little personality he has left crushed whenever he's around Mary.her. Mary's also a terrible shot, [[spoiler:and leads the group around in circles on their travels, leaving Cerebus and Jaka stranded in the forest in the wake of a blizzard when they flee after Ham kills himself]].
1st Nov '17 10:24:23 PM Willbyr
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* {{Irony}}: Sim, at one point, pointed out the irony of readers' horror at [[spoiler:Sheshep Ankh's sphinx cloning experiments]] when said readers were completely accepting of Cerebus, who by his very nature is equally monstrous in the most literal sense of the word.

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* {{Irony}}: Sim, at {{Irony}}:
** At
one point, Sim pointed out the irony of readers' horror at [[spoiler:Sheshep Ankh's sphinx cloning experiments]] when said readers were completely accepting of Cerebus, who by his very nature is equally monstrous in the most literal sense of the word.word.
** Given Sim's disdain for homosexuality, it's very ironic that [[TheBear a tall, burly, bearded, hirsute man]] who's an object of Cerebus' conflicted attraction is named [[IronicName Bear]].
21st Oct '17 12:36:33 PM Willbyr
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* ChickMagnet: Cerebus (makes no sense, but...) and Dirty Drew. This even extended outside the comic; one promotional artwork for ''ComicBook/{{Hepcats}}'' featured Cerebus at a strip club being told by one of the dancers that Jaka was right about him being cute.

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* ChickMagnet: Cerebus (makes no sense, but...) and Dirty Drew. This even extended outside the comic; [[http://www.oocities.org/area51/vault/1495/cerebabe.gif one promotional artwork artwork]] for ''ComicBook/{{Hepcats}}'' featured Cerebus at a strip club being told by one of the dancers that Jaka was right about him being cute.



* ComboPlatterPowers: Parodied with the "reads" character Rabbi. He had hundreds of peculiar and highly specialized powers such as dextrorotatory breath - making the plane of polarization of light spin to the right by blowing.

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* ComboPlatterPowers: Parodied with the "reads" character Rabbi. He had hundreds of peculiar and highly specialized powers such as dextrorotatory breath - making breath--making the plane of polarization of light spin to the right by blowing.



** Cerebus also appeared in the highly self-referential ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}} #10.''

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** Cerebus also appeared in the highly self-referential ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}} ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' #10.''



* DisappearedDad

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* TheGrimReaper: {{Subverted}}; [[spoiler:the figure all in black with the hourglass believes it's Death, but is actually a self-deluded minor entity who gets wiped out of existence by its own devices.]]

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* TheGrimReaper: {{Subverted}}; [[spoiler:the the figure all in black with the hourglass believes it's Death, but is Death [[spoiler:but it's actually a self-deluded minor entity who gets wiped out of existence by its own devices.]]devices]].



* HappyEnding: At the end of ''Rick's Story'', Jaka shows up at the bar out of the blue. She and Cerebus joyfully reunite, and eventually leave the bar. By the end of ''Form and Void'', this is completely subverted.

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* HappyEnding: At Near the end of ''Rick's Story'', Jaka shows up at the bar out of the blue. She and Cerebus joyfully reunite, and eventually leave the bar. By the end of ''Form and Void'', this is completely subverted.
21st Jul '17 5:25:39 AM jormis29
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** Sim had public fall-outs with [[ComicBook/{{Bone}} Jeff Smith]] and [[ComicBook/StrangersInParadise Terry Moore]], infamously publishing an editorial accusing Smith of lying about an argument they had over issue #186 and challenging him to a boxing match, to which Smith replied, "Get stuffed."

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** Sim had public fall-outs with [[ComicBook/{{Bone}} Jeff Smith]] Creator/JeffSmith and [[ComicBook/StrangersInParadise Terry Moore]], Creator/TerryMoore, infamously publishing an editorial accusing Smith of lying about an argument they had over issue #186 and challenging him to a boxing match, to which Smith replied, "Get stuffed."
19th Jun '17 6:54:22 AM Doug86
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* LawyerFriendlyCameo / CaptainErsatz: The Cockroach parodies many comic book characters, including ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/{{Batman}} (both [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} his original iteration]] and Creator/FrankMiller's take in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''), ComicBook/MoonKnight, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Venom}}, and ComicBook/TheSandman.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo / CaptainErsatz: The Cockroach parodies many comic book characters, including ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/{{Batman}} (both [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} [[Franchise/{{Batman}} his original iteration]] and Creator/FrankMiller's take in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''), ComicBook/MoonKnight, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Venom}}, and ComicBook/TheSandman.
5th Apr '17 6:20:53 PM PaulA
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Cerebus'' started off as a parody comic and never really left its roots in this regard. ''Many'' celebrities were parodied, including [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho and Chico Marx]]; Creator/OscarWilde (twice!); Creator/WoodyAllen; [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards]]; MargaretThatcher; Creator/FScottFitzgerald; Creator/ErnestHemingway; and Film/TheThreeStooges. Even famous fictional characters were parodied; for instance, Elrod is a combination of [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] while the McGrew brothers are parodies of WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam and the Roach parodies ''several'' very popular comic book superheroes over the course of his appearances.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Cerebus'' started off as a parody comic and never really left its roots in this regard. ''Many'' celebrities were parodied, including [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho and Chico Marx]]; Creator/OscarWilde (twice!); Creator/WoodyAllen; [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards]]; MargaretThatcher; UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher; Creator/FScottFitzgerald; Creator/ErnestHemingway; and Film/TheThreeStooges. Even famous fictional characters were parodied; for instance, Elrod is a combination of [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] while the McGrew [=McGrew=] brothers are parodies of WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam and the Roach parodies ''several'' very popular comic book superheroes over the course of his appearances.
5th Jan '17 1:58:30 AM Nithael
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* {{Badass}}:
** Cerebus may be an asshole, but he's also a formidable fighter for his size and will take on pretty much any challenge in front of him.
** The unnamed Hsifan Assassin from issues 21 and 22. Even Cerebus and the Roach barely put up a fight [[spoiler:except when he's possessed by Elrod]].
29th Sep '16 12:00:30 PM Willbyr
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** ''Jaka's Story'' fills in some important parts of her childhood and adolescence. However, as these parts are from Oscar's read about her based on anecdotes from Rick, [[[[UnreliableNarrator the reader doesn't know what really happened and what is Oscar filling in the gaps]] with his...[[PurpleProse florid writing]].

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** ''Jaka's Story'' fills in some important parts of her childhood and adolescence. However, as these parts are from Oscar's read about her based on anecdotes from Rick, [[[[UnreliableNarrator [[UnreliableNarrator the reader doesn't know what really happened and what is Oscar filling in the gaps]] with his...his [[PurpleProse florid writing]].



** Cerebus kills [[spoiler:the wizard Necross, in the form of the giant stone Thrunk]] by shooting him in the head with a cannon.

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** Cerebus kills finishes off [[spoiler:the wizard Necross, in the form of the giant stone Thrunk]] by shooting him in the head with a cannon.



--->*''Sophia and Cerebus are drinking and talking; she'd tried to put the moves on Cerebus earlier, to no avail''*\\

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--->*''Sophia --->[''Sophia and Cerebus are drinking and talking; she'd tried to put the moves on Cerebus earlier, to no avail''*\\avail'']\\



* ChessMotifs: Scattered throughout the first half of ''Mothers and Daughters''. The most explicit is the final mental meeting between Suenteus Po and Cerebus, where they play chess and each piece and its move are compared to a character in the story and how being around Cerebus affected them. The symbolism of this extends past the actual "game", as Suenteus Po realizes that he made a mistake in the game, revealed by Sim to be Cerebus' "magnifier" at work.

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* ChessMotifs: Scattered throughout the first half of ''Mothers and Daughters''. The most explicit is the final mental meeting between Suenteus Po and Cerebus, where they play chess in a kind of trippy astral experience and each piece and its move are compared to a character in the story and how being around Cerebus affected them. The symbolism of this extends past the actual "game", as Suenteus Po realizes that he made a mistake in the game, revealed by Sim to be Cerebus' "magnifier" at work.



* ConstructedWorld: Possibly subverted, as it is implied if not outright stated that [[spoiler:the world Cerebus inhabits eventually becomes ours.]]
* ConvenientMiscarriage: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Jaka reunites with Cerebus in the middle of ''Church and State II'' after a long separation, only to tell him that she is now married and expecting a child. Cerebus is angry, but eventually relents and gives her some money for the baby. When he next sees her (at the start of ''Jaka's Story''), her pregnancy is seemingly {{handwave}}d away with a single line about a miscarriage. It looks like Jaka has fallen victim to this trope...[[spoiler:until the end of the story arc, where we learn that Jaka actually had an abortion behind her husband's back. This leads to the end of her marriage, and to her eventually getting back together with Cerebus. Abortion in the story is very, very illegal, and while Jaka's husband did want to have a child, her main motivation for lying to him was to protect him from criminal liability if she was found out...although her telling Cerebus that she was afraid having a baby would make her ugly casts some dark shadows on her motivation]].

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* ConstructedWorld: Possibly subverted, as it is implied if not outright stated that [[spoiler:the world Cerebus inhabits eventually becomes ours.]]
ours]].
* ConvenientMiscarriage: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Jaka reunites with Cerebus in the middle of ''Church and State II'' after a long separation, only to tell him that she is now married and expecting a child. Cerebus is angry, but eventually relents and gives her some money for the baby. When he next sees her (at the start of ''Jaka's Story''), her pregnancy is seemingly {{handwave}}d away with a single line about a miscarriage. It looks like Jaka has fallen victim to this trope...[[spoiler:until the end of the story arc, where we learn that Jaka actually had an abortion behind her husband's back. This leads to the end of her marriage, and to her eventually getting back together with Cerebus. Abortion in the story is very, very ''very'' illegal, and while Jaka's husband did want to have a child, her main motivation for lying to him was to protect him from criminal liability if she was found out...although her telling Cerebus that she was afraid having a baby would make her ugly casts some dark shadows on her motivation]].
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