History ComicBook / CerebusTheAardvark

20th Jul '16 5:54:42 AM Willbyr
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** Cerebus' "Spore" persona is a walking parody of ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, costume and all.
19th Jul '16 9:02:20 PM Willbyr
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** Cerebus and New Joanne. Her age isn't revealed but when the reader first sees her, but she appears to be somewhere in her 20s, whereas Cerebus has lived a long, long time and looks it.

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** Cerebus and New Joanne. "New Joanne." Her age isn't revealed but when the reader first sees her, but she appears to be somewhere in her 20s, whereas Cerebus has lived a long, long time and looks it.
19th Jul '16 7:42:09 PM Bicorn
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* OrphanedPunchline: Invoked by Cerebus in ''Latter Days'' when he recounts the most disgusting thing he ever said and spares his audience everything but the punchline.

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* OrphanedPunchline: Invoked by Cerebus in ''Latter Days'' when he recounts the most disgusting thing he ever said and spares his audience everything but the punchline.[[note]]"...the worst part was trying to get the diaper back on after!"[[/note]]
15th Jul '16 1:14:51 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]].



* BestHerToBedHer: Yet another layer of the Film/RedSonja parody. Red Sophia's father hires Cerebus to torture the man who besmirched her honor. During the journey her logorrhea is too much, they fight, he wins, she pledges service. (He refused to demand sexual favors from her at that point, instead trying to teach her a lesson by using her as a pack mule. She didn't learn; Sophia is simply TooKinkyToTorture.) The eventual torture is forcing the blackguard (who saw her naked) to marry Sophia. Years later she marries Cerebus.

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* BestHerToBedHer: Yet another layer of the Film/RedSonja parody. Red Sophia's father hires Cerebus to torture the man who besmirched her honor. During the journey her logorrhea is too much, they fight, he wins, she pledges service. (He refused to demand sexual favors from her at that point, instead trying to teach her a lesson by using her as a pack mule. She didn't learn; Sophia is simply TooKinkyToTorture.) The eventual torture is forcing the blackguard (who saw her naked) to marry Sophia. Years However, years later she marries Cerebus.ends up married to Cerebus (she much more happy about the prospect than he, given the circumstances).



--->(''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''*\\



* DeathSeeker: In ''Latter Days'', [[spoiler:Cerebus eventually decides to stop aimlessly wandering around waiting to die and let the Cirinists do the job]].

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* DeathSeeker: In ''Latter Days'', [[spoiler:Cerebus eventually decides to stop aimlessly wandering around waiting to die and let the Cirinists do the job]]. [[SubvertedTrope However]], [[spoiler:the Wise Fellows get to him before the Cirinists do]].



* FatalFlaw: Cerebus' fixation on Jaka, combined with his simple-minded, self-absorbed outlook on life. In his mind, they are meant to be together simply because he loves her. When "Dave" shows Cerebus in ''Minds'' that Jaka doesn't love him romantically anymore, and that Cerebus doesn't understand Jaka at all, he can't handle it and tries to manipulate "Dave" into ''making'' Jaka love him "that way". "Dave" responds by showing him multiple possible futures where the two are in a relationship, all of which are horribly flawed no matter how Cerebus tries to get "Dave" to fix him so they will work, due to Cerebus' selfishness, controlling ways, and propensity for violence, which are fundamentally incompatible with Jaka's need for freedom and artistic expression. Their time together in ''Going Home'' and ''Form and Void'' is marked by their initial happiness and passion slowly but steadily crumbling as their personalities and what each wants for the future clash more and more, and eventually explosively crashing. At the end of ''Latter Days'', Cerebus falls for the reporter who looks a lot like Jaka, [[spoiler:and this sows the seeds for his eventual ruin and demise]].

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* FatalFlaw: Cerebus' fixation on Jaka, combined with his simple-minded, self-absorbed outlook on life. In his mind, they are meant to be together simply because he loves her. When "Dave" shows Cerebus in ''Minds'' that Jaka doesn't love him romantically anymore, and that Cerebus doesn't understand Jaka at all, he can't handle it and tries to manipulate "Dave" into ''making'' Jaka love him "that way". "Dave" responds by showing him multiple possible futures where the two are in a relationship, all of which are horribly flawed no matter how Cerebus tries to get "Dave" to fix him so they will work, due to Cerebus' inherent selfishness, controlling ways, and propensity for violence, which are fundamentally incompatible with Jaka's need for freedom and artistic expression. Their time together in ''Going Home'' and ''Form and Void'' is marked by their initial happiness and passion slowly but steadily crumbling as their personalities and what each wants for the future clash more and more, and eventually explosively crashing. At the end of ''Latter Days'', Cerebus falls for the reporter who looks a lot like Jaka, [[spoiler:and this sows the seeds for his eventual ruin and demise]].



* GoIntoTheLight: Subverted. [[spoiler:Cerebus dies, and is eventually dragged kicking and screaming into the Light. This, plus Rick not being in the light with all the other characters, pretty much indicates that Cerebus went to Hell given that by the comic's end, the light was associated with the YHWH.]] This was all fine and good until Sim suddenly decided he wanted an even more BrokenBase than he already had. In the author annotations to the final trade paperback, [[spoiler:Sim mentions the possibility that Cerebus actually went to Heaven and was just panicking needlessly at the last second.]]

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* GoIntoTheLight: Subverted. [[spoiler:Cerebus dies, and is eventually dragged kicking and screaming into the Light. This, plus Rick not being in the light with all the other characters, pretty much indicates that Cerebus went to Hell given that by the comic's end, the light was associated with the YHWH.]] This was all fine and good until Sim suddenly decided he wanted an even more BrokenBase than he already had. In the author annotations to the final trade paperback, [[spoiler:Sim mentions the possibility that Cerebus actually went to Heaven and was just panicking needlessly at the last second.]]second]].



** The YHWH, in a metaphysical sense. Sim believes it tries to cover all genders at once, and refers to it as "he/she/it", as opposed to God who is inherently masculine. Interestingly, if you interpret what happens in the final issue as [[spoiler:"Cerebus goes to hell"]], then the apparitions of Bear, Jaka, and Ham Ernestway that appear to Cerebus in the light take on a dual meaning - they're not only the three people Cerebus is most eager to be with, [[spoiler:they represent the three aspects of the YHWH - masculine Bear, feminine Jaka, and neutered Ham ("unmanned" by both Mary's hints about his sexual preferences and his suicide)]], and are thus the perfect lure to trap Cerebus.

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** The YHWH, in a metaphysical sense. Sim believes it tries to cover all genders at once, and refers to it as "he/she/it", as opposed to God who is inherently masculine. Interestingly, if you interpret what happens in the final issue as [[spoiler:"Cerebus goes to hell"]], then the apparitions of Bear, Jaka, and Ham Ernestway that appear to Cerebus in the light take on a dual meaning - they're meaning--they're not only the three people Cerebus is most eager to be with, [[spoiler:they represent the three aspects of the YHWH - masculine Bear, feminine Jaka, and neutered Ham ("unmanned" by both Mary's hints about his sexual preferences and his suicide)]], and are thus the perfect lure to trap Cerebus.



* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy [=/=] SeldomSeenSpecies: Aardvarks are not at all common, but have appeared enough times throughout Estarcion's history that it's not a cause for public wonder. [[spoiler:That ''three'' aardvarks are running around at one time, on the other hand, is exceedingly rare.]]

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* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy [=/=] SeldomSeenSpecies: LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Aardvarks [[SeldomSeenSpecies are not at all common, common]], but have appeared enough times throughout Estarcion's history that it's not a cause for public wonder. [[spoiler:That ''three'' aardvarks are running around at one time, on the other hand, is exceedingly rare.]]



* MadScientist: Necross (although he's technically a mad wizard, but still...)

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* MadScientist: Necross (although he's technically (technically a mad wizard, but still...)



* TheMagicGoesAway: All of the weird esoterics and mysticism that is prevalent through ''Minds'' slowly but surely fades away to be replaced by the more directly religious themes.

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* TheMagicGoesAway: All of the weird esoterics and mysticism that is prevalent through ''Minds'' slowly but surely fades away to be replaced by the more directly religious themes. It ''really'' goes away when [[spoiler:Cerebus' magnifier is destroyed]].



-->'''Jaka''' (''after drinking what she thinks is water''): Yuck! It looks like water but it tastes like...watery beer!\\

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-->'''Jaka''' (''after -->'''Jaka''': *''after drinking what she thinks is water''): water''* Yuck! It looks like water but it tastes like...watery beer!\\



* MaleGaze: Those parts of ''Jaka's Story'' told from Pud Withers' point of view.

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* MaleGaze: Those parts of ''Jaka's Story'' told from Pud Withers' point of view.view, especially in the evenings when Jaka's sitting around in her dancing costumes.



** Cerebus and New Joanne. Her age isn't revealed but when the reader first sees her, she appears to be somewhere in her 20s, whereas Cerebus has lived a long, long time and looks it.

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** Cerebus and New Joanne. Her age isn't revealed but when the reader first sees her, but she appears to be somewhere in her 20s, whereas Cerebus has lived a long, long time and looks it.



** This pops up twice in ''Jaka's Story''. In the early issues, it's strongly implied that Jaka was molested as a young child. Sim later all but confirmed this, hinting (but later Jossing) [[spoiler:Julius]] as the culprit. Near the end, Pud's inner narration of his interactions with Jaka begins to turn very dark, as he starts contemplating raping her. [[spoiler:However, when he finally works up the nerve to attempt this, it's interrupted by a customer]].
* ReallyDeadMontage: An entire page is devoted to one after [[spoiler:Cerebus breaks his neck and his body finishes falling to the floor]].

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** This pops up twice in ''Jaka's Story''. In the early issues, it's strongly implied that Jaka was molested as a young child. Sim later all but confirmed this, hinting (but later Jossing) [[spoiler:Julius]] as the culprit. Near the end, Pud's inner narration of his interactions with Jaka begins to turn very dark, as he starts contemplating raping her. [[spoiler:However, when he finally works up the nerve to attempt this, [[SubvertedTrope it's interrupted by a customer]].
customer]].]]
* ReallyDeadMontage: An entire page is devoted to one after [[spoiler:Cerebus breaks his neck and his body finishes falling to the floor]].floor, with the flashback panels interspersed with the life fading from Cerebus' eyes]].
15th Jul '16 9:34:27 AM Willbyr
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* AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin: Cerebus unwittingly ruined his original destiny by [[spoiler:selling his helmet]]. If he'd had [[spoiler:the full set of helmet/medallions/sword when he came upon the Pigts' aardvark idol, it would've come to live as a mecha-like monstrosity and given him the power to conquer the world]]. Whoops.



* 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.]]



* 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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* 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 (his helmet, medallions, and sword) and lead the Pigts to conquer the world--because he didn't have all three of them at the time]].
26th Jun '16 8:12:41 PM thatother1dude
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* [[PutOnABusToHell Put in a Carriage to Palnu]]: At the end of ''Form and Void'', in the wake of Jaka and Cerebus' relationship finally collapsing, the Cirinists who have been pursuing them since they fled the Ernestways show up, revealing [[spoiler:that they found where Cerebus and Jaka had camped, and thus found the gun they took with them; under Cirinist law it's a capital offense for unmarried couples to possess a gun]]. Jaka is carted away in tears and is never seen in the flesh again, leaving Cerebus alone to vent his grief and rage. Sim never revealed Jaka's final fate, although he hinted at least once that [[spoiler:due to her being a public celebrity and Palnu royalty, and with her and Cerebus now permanently separated and thus not an issue to the Cirinists anymore, she was probably placed under permanent house arrest rather than executed]].

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* [[PutOnABusToHell Put in a Carriage to Palnu]]: PutOnABusToHell: At the end of ''Form and Void'', in the wake of Jaka and Cerebus' relationship finally collapsing, the Cirinists who have been pursuing them since they fled the Ernestways show up, revealing [[spoiler:that they found where Cerebus and Jaka had camped, and thus found the gun they took with them; under Cirinist law it's a capital offense for unmarried couples to possess a gun]]. Jaka is carted away in tears and is never seen in the flesh again, leaving Cerebus alone to vent his grief and rage. Sim never revealed Jaka's final fate, although he hinted at least once that [[spoiler:due to her being a public celebrity and Palnu royalty, and with her and Cerebus now permanently separated and thus not an issue to the Cirinists anymore, she was probably placed under permanent house arrest rather than executed]].
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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* 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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