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22nd May '16 7:59:07 PM Willbyr
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* WouldHurtAChild: The comic doesn't pull punches on this topic. There's Cerebus being stabbed by a bully when he was young, the baby toss in ''Church and State'', his killing the child mercenary, a Cirinist killing a girl who saw [[spoiler:Cerebus' failed revolution in ''Flight'']] (not depicted but the Cirinist is ready to strike the blow), and the baby fling in ''Latter Days''.

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* WouldHurtAChild: The comic doesn't pull punches on this topic. There's topic.
** As a kid,
Cerebus being is stabbed in the belly by a bully when he was young, the baby toss in bully.
** In
''Church and State'', State I'', as one of his "lessons" (namely, that you can get what you want and still not be very happy), Pope Cerebus blesses a baby whose mother had repeatedly asked him to, and then hurls the baby away like a football.
** Cerebus's talk about
killing the child mercenary, a Cirinist killing a girl who saw mercenary during the "Mothers and Daughters" arc.
** After
[[spoiler:Cerebus' failed revolution revolution]] in ''Flight'']] (not depicted ''Flight'', the Cirinists purge everyone who saw it happen; one of these unfortunates is a young girl. We don't actually see her death, but the last the reader is shown is the Cirinist is ready drawing back to strike the blow), and the baby fling blow.
** Hinted at
in ''Latter Days''.Days'', when Cerebus uses the long arm of a ComicBook/{{Spawn}}-like costume (it makes sense in-story) as an atlatl to fling away the baby of a dad being really annoying with cutesy-talk. The dad runs after the child, but it's not revealed if he makes it in time.
21st May '16 12:06:53 PM Gideoncrawle
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: [[invoked]] {{Averted|Trope}}, although Sim had "planned ahead" (using this term very loosely) in case this happened. He had mentioned in interviews that, if he ''did'' die before completing the series, the series would continue all the way to issue 300, but all subsequent issues would only have Gerhard's background art. There would be no characters nor text/narrative of any kind.



* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Averted. Neither Cerebus, nor (if ''Latter Days'' is any indication) Sim himself seem to have a high view of either babies or fatherhood in general. It gets even worse in ''The Last Day'' when [[spoiler:Cerebus learns that his ex-wife and their son have not only abandoned him, but are sleeping together and are laying the groundwork for a new religion revolving around them]].



* CheapGoldCoins: Partially averted, in that Cerebus is able to buy room and board at an inn for the rest of his natural life with a single gold coin, but only because [[spoiler:his and the Cirinists' abortive attempt at ascension used up all the gold in the economy]].



* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted. Cerebus had very violent, war-themed daydreams as a child. Also, see CreepyChild below.



* DeathIsCheap: Played hilariously straight with Captain Cockroach's sidekick, "Bunky", then averted after the CerebusSyndrome kicked in.

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* DeathIsCheap: Played hilariously straight Parodied with Captain Cockroach's sidekick, "Bunky", then averted after until the CerebusSyndrome kicked in.



* HollywoodHealing: Simultaneously used and averted in ''Minds''. When Cirin and Cerebus approach Mars and Cirin notes the planet's symbolism for childbirth and healing in their religion, their injuries are magically healed except for [[spoiler:Cerebus's severed ear]] which isn't restored.

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* HollywoodHealing: Simultaneously used and averted in ''Minds''. When Cirin and Cerebus approach Mars in the ''Minds'' arc, and Cirin notes the planet's symbolism for childbirth and healing in their religion, their injuries are magically healed except for [[spoiler:Cerebus's severed ear]] which isn't restored.



* InfantImmortality: Averted:
** In ''Church and State I'', as one of his "lessons" (namely, that you can get what you want and still not be very happy), Pope Cerebus blesses a baby whose mother had repeatedly asked him to, and then hurls the baby away like a football.
** In ''Jaka's Story'', Jaka hints to Cerebus near the start of the story that she miscarried the baby she was carrying in ''Church and State II''. At the end, we learn that she actually had an abortion. [[spoiler:Rick takes this very, very hard, as he wanted a baby more than anything.]]
** Hinted at in ''Latter Days'', when Cerebus uses the long arm of a Spawn-like costume (it makes sense in-story) as an atlatl to fling away the baby of a dad being really annoying with cutesy-talk. The dad runs after the child, but it's not revealed if he makes it in time.



* WouldHitAGirl:
** Played very straight in multiple ways in the comic.
** Sim himself averts it; despite his apparent misogyny, he condemned violence against women in at least one of his editorials, and "Dave" is clearly disgusted with Cerebus' violence toward Jaka in some of the possible futures he shows Cerebus where they're a couple.

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* WouldHitAGirl:
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WouldHitAGirl: Played very straight in multiple ways in the comic.
** Sim himself averts it; despite his apparent misogyny, he condemned violence against women in at least one of his editorials, and "Dave" is clearly disgusted with Cerebus' violence toward Jaka in some of the possible futures he shows Cerebus where they're a couple.
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2nd May '16 1:10:30 PM Willbyr
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** "You can get what you want and still not be very happy." This first shows up as Cerebus' twisted "lesson" in the baby-throwing scene in ''Church and State'', but is repeatedly shown over the course of the entire comic to be the fundamental theme to Cerebus' life. He desires three things in life more than anything: money, power, and Jaka. When he finally has the first two (as Prime Minister and Pope) his selfishness and suspicion of everyone around him keep him from enjoying them. When he finally has Jaka, he takes Rick's "be happy for two" advice[[note]]namely that with a woman who's fundamentally unhappy, to keep the relationship stable you have to be doubly happy[[/note]] too literally and quashes his deepening fear that they could be trapped in a blizzard if they don't reach Sand Hills Creek before winter. That, combined with the slowly widening gulf between he and Jaka and [[spoiler:the incredible blow to his self-identity caused by his favorite author killing himself]] takes such a toll on his nerves that the final break is explosive. When he finally acquires all the issues of his favorite "read" ''Rabbi'' and tries to make a guide to it, he learns what it's actually about and goes insane from the shock. When he falls for the reporter at the end of ''Latter Days'', the relationship eventually goes awry in a way far worse than what happened with Jaka, eventually causing Cerebus' final downfall.

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** "You can get what you want and still not be very happy." This first While this only explicitly shows up as once (as Cerebus' twisted "lesson" in the baby-throwing scene in ''Church and State'', but is State''), it's repeatedly shown over the course of the entire comic to be the fundamental theme to Cerebus' life. He desires three things in life more than anything: money, power, and Jaka. When he finally has the first two (as Prime Minister and Pope) his selfishness and suspicion of everyone around him keep him from enjoying them. When he finally has Jaka, he takes Rick's "be happy for two" advice[[note]]namely that with a woman who's fundamentally unhappy, to keep the relationship stable you have to be doubly happy[[/note]] too literally and quashes his deepening fear that they could be trapped in a blizzard if they don't reach Sand Hills Creek before winter. That, combined with the slowly widening gulf between he and Jaka and [[spoiler:the incredible blow to his self-identity caused by his favorite author killing himself]] takes such a toll on his nerves that the final break is explosive. When he finally acquires all the issues of his favorite "read" ''Rabbi'' and tries to make a guide to it, he learns what it's actually about and goes insane from the shock. When he falls for the reporter at the end of ''Latter Days'', the relationship eventually goes awry in a way far worse than what happened with Jaka, eventually causing Cerebus' final downfall.



* AssShove: At one point in ''Guys'', Bear gets so mad at Cerebus for cheating during their Five Bar Gate games that he knocks Cerebus out with a shot, then picks him up by the tail, "inserts" one of the game balls, and then tamps it in with the handle of his mallet. Marty then shows up, says that he used to have experience in dealing with Cerebus' condition, and produces something that looks like pasta tongs if they were designed by the Inquisition. Bear walks away holding his butt in sympathy pain.

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* AssShove: At one point in ''Guys'', Bear gets so mad at Cerebus for cheating during their Five Bar Gate games that he knocks Cerebus out with a shot, then picks him up by the tail, "inserts" one of the game balls, and then tamps it in with the handle of his mallet. Marty then shows up, says that he used to have experience in dealing with Cerebus' condition, and produces something that looks like pasta tongs if they were designed by the Inquisition. Bear walks away holding his butt in sympathy pain.
27th Apr '16 8:50:47 PM Willbyr
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* TheChosenOne: Subverted. Cerebus '''was''' supposed to be this for [[spoiler:the Pigts]] and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have had a grand destiny]] were it not for a seemingly-innocuous decision he'd made prior to his first encounter with them.



* DismantledMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Cerebus' helmet, medallions, and sword]] from the first issue. [[spoiler:Crafted by the first of his aardvark ancestors, they would have given Cerebus the power to conquer the world if he'd had them when he found the Pigt idol...but he sold the helmet a few issues prior]].

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* DismantledMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Cerebus' helmet, medallions, and sword]] from the first issue. [[spoiler:Crafted by the first of his aardvark ancestors, they would have given Cerebus the power to conquer the world if he'd had them when he found the Pigt idol...but he sold the helmet a few issues prior]].prior.]]



* DownerEnding:
** ''The Last Day'', arguably. [[spoiler:Cerebus is apparently dragged into the very afterlife he was trying to avoid, abandoned by God, and the world he left behind is a complete mess that will probably do nothing but get worse as time goes on.]]
** Even before this point, many of the individual arcs (''Church & State'', ''Jaka's Story'', etc.) ended on a depressing note.



** At the very end of ''Form and Void'', [[spoiler:Cerebus]] is shunned by his hometown for [[spoiler:not being there for his father as he was dying and then missing his father's funeral, because he was running around with a woman. Sand Hills Creek is Orthodox Tarimite and very old-fashioned and patriarchal, and this is seen as about as shameful and disrespectful a thing as a child can do.]] The only way he finds out why is because he happens to catch someone outdoors before he can get home.



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* ForWantOfANail: "Dave" reveals to Cerebus in ''Minds'' that [[spoiler:the entire series, except for the first issue or so, has been a chaotic, fractured version of what should have been Cerebus' real destiny--bring the Pigt altar to life with the aardvark artifacts and lead the Pigts to conquer the world--because he didn't have all three of them at the time]].



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* PersonaNonGrata: At the very end of ''Form and Void'', Cerebus is shunned by his hometown for not being there for his father as he was dying and then missing his father's funeral, because he was running around with a woman. Sand Hills Creek is Orthodox Tarimite and very old-fashioned and patriarchal, and this is seen as about as shameful and disrespectful a thing as a child can do. The only way he finds out why is because he happens to catch someone outdoors before he can get home.



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!!!The following tropes themselves are spoilers for the series; read at your own risk:

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* BittersweetEnding: ''High Society''
* TheChosenOne: Subverted. Cerebus '''was''' supposed to be this for the Pigts and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have had a grand destiny]] were it not for a seemingly-innocuous decision he'd made prior to his first encounter with them.
* DownerEnding:
** Even if Cerebus actually went to Heaven, the world he left behind is still a mess and will only get worse and worse.
** Even before this point, many of the indivdual arcs (''Church & State'', ''Jaka's Story'', etc.) ended on a depressing note.
* ForWantOfANail: "Dave" reveals to Cerebus in ''Minds'' that the entire series, except for the first issue or so, has been a chaotic, fractured version of what should have been Cerebus' real destiny--bring the Pigt altar to life with the aardvark artifacts and lead the Pigts to conquer the world.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: When Cerebus tries, he finds himself shunned due to his perceived abandonment of his family (he missed his father's death during the time that he was wandering with Jaka).


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27th Apr '16 6:45:21 PM ryanasaurus0077
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24th Apr '16 11:24:32 AM Willbyr
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It should be noted that this is indeed the TropeNamer for CerebusSyndrome. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Bear that in mind]] [[DarkerAndEdgier as the summary goes on]].
24th Apr '16 7:01:01 AM Eyeshield
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It should be noted that this is indeed the TropeNamer for CerebusSyndrome. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Bear that in mind]] [[DarkerAndEdgier as the summary goes on]].
15th Mar '16 6:21:02 AM skidoo23
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* MoodWhiplash: The first two or so years were a spoof of Conan, and then things get serious and by the end has become an AuthorTract. Considering the fact the entire run (save for a couple of standalone issues) are widely available in collected graphic novels, to experience this trope read the first volume and then immediately skip to either ''Church & State'' or any of the post-''Women'' collections.
24th Feb '16 1:22:29 PM Willbyr
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''Cerebus the Aardvark'' was a comic book created by Dave Sim that [[CerebusSyndrome developed slowly]] from episodic comedy to high drama to AuthorTract. Beginning in December 1977 and ending in 2004, it clocks in at over six thousand pages, making it the longest work in comic form by a single author in the West. Somewhere around the sixth issue, Sim decided to devote the next twenty-five years of his life to producing a three hundred issue storyline with a [[MythArc plotted-out beginning, middle, and end]].

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''Cerebus the Aardvark'' was is a comic book created by Dave Sim that [[CerebusSyndrome developed slowly]] from episodic comedy to high drama to AuthorTract. Beginning in December 1977 and ending in 2004, it clocks in at over six thousand pages, making it the longest work in comic form by a single author in the West. Somewhere around the sixth issue, Sim decided to devote the next twenty-five years of his life to producing a three hundred issue storyline with a [[MythArc plotted-out beginning, middle, and end]].
1st Feb '16 11:35:24 PM Willbyr
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* FourthWallMailSlot: In the letters pages, a regular correspondent mentioned Cerebus [[spoiler:throwing a baby off a roof]]. In a later issue, Astoria berates Cerebus for that action. He replies to her (and to the letter writer), pointing out that [[spoiler:he threw the baby from the front steps; he threw an old man off the roof]]. Next issue had a letter from the original correspondent feeling crunchy for having been corrected by Cerebus himself.



* 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 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 "women who attempt to be men, 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]].



* MassOhCrap: In ''Church & State'', at one point, a bunch of his followers are cheering him as he walks into his HQ. Cerebus interrupts them with, "ANYONE WHO ''MOVES'' BEFORE MOST HOLY COMES BACK OUT WILL SPEND ''ETERNITY'' SIPPING LAVA THROUGH AN IRON STRAW!" The next panel is a hundred frozen followers, and a hundred separate "Oh crap" thought bubbles.



* NiceHat: The tweed cap Cerebus wore as a child, the sunhat Michelle wore in ''Church & State I'', and the beret that Jaka sports in ''Rick's Story'' could all qualify for this.

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* NiceHat: The tweed cap Cerebus wore as a child, the sunhat Michelle wore in ''Church & State I'', and the beret that Jaka sports in ''Rick's Story'' could all qualify for this.this in general, but Elrod actually tries to invoke it when Cerebus tries to brush him off early on.
-->MIND YOUR MANNERS, son! I've got a TALL, POINTY HAT!


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* OwMyBodyPart: In ''The Last Day'', this almost becomes a RunningGag due to Cerebus' many, many aches and pains. However, the final instance isn't so funny, as [[spoiler:it's when his hamstring gives out and foils his attempt to go after Sheshep Ankh to kill him, leading to the fall that kills him]].


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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: At one point in ''Minds'', "Dave" reminds Cerebus via flashback that he furiously denounced Tarim after thinking that Jaka had been killed by the Cirinists, which Cerebus tries to backslide on in embarrassed panic.


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* RebusBubble: In one of the specials, Cerebus introduced an apprentice to the world of alcoholism. After he gets the boy drunk, the boy starts bashing his master (using speech bubbles with a picture of the master in a clown costume), and, after the master finds out, [[HilarityEnsues murder ensues]].
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