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13th Apr '18 2:34:32 PM Zuxtron
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* ExtradimensionalPowerSource: The Authority's ship is powered by a baby universe.
28th Feb '18 3:02:52 PM StarSword
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-->'''Hawksmoor:''' We're supposed to be killing these militaristic scumbags, not bonding with them. Take him out!
--> '''Midnighter:''' Why bother? He's already shattered into a thousand pieces.

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-->'''Hawksmoor:''' We're supposed to be killing these militaristic scumbags, not bonding with them. Take him out!
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'''Midnighter:''' Why bother? He's already shattered into a thousand pieces.


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* PowerfulPeopleAreSubs: {{Implied}} with Apollo. Despite being the SupermanSubstitute of the team, Apollo seems to be the submissive in his relationship with ComicBook/{{Midnighter}}.
25th Jan '18 9:51:14 AM Ramidel
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* RapeAsDrama: The Commander, an {{Expy}}/TakeThat against Captain America does this to a couple of nurses during a mission to find [[spoiler: the infant Jenny Quantum]] and then [[spoiler: Apollo after Thor expy Storm-God knocked him down and drains some of his solar charge via [[ShockAndAwe a lightning strike]]]]. This results in Midnighter being pissed and the aforementioned OhCrap example and it's implied that Midnighter's going to return the favor and [[spoiler: use the jackhammer to rape Commander back.]]

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* RapeAsDrama: The Commander, an {{Expy}}/TakeThat {{Expy}}[=/=]TakeThat against Captain America does this to a couple of nurses during a mission to find [[spoiler: the infant Jenny Quantum]] and then [[spoiler: Apollo after Thor expy Storm-God knocked him down and drains some of his solar charge via [[ShockAndAwe a lightning strike]]]]. This results in Midnighter being pissed and the aforementioned OhCrap example and it's implied that Midnighter's going to return the favor and [[spoiler: use the jackhammer to rape Commander back.]]


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* SketchySuccessor: Jack Hawksmoor is not Jenny Sparks. Sparks was, for all her faults, honestly trying to make a better world; under her leadership, the team were a bunch of ruthless bastards but could still look in the mirror at the end of the day and call themselves heroes. Hawksmoor is the biggest JerkAss on the team, and with him in charge, they were barely any better than their enemies, with no concern whatsoever for collateral damage or civilian lives.
5th Jan '18 12:25:59 AM Matchstick
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** Any depiction of then newly elected President of the United States George W Bush was removed and replaced with a nameless President who beard a striking resemblance to President Merkin Muffley from Dr. Strangelove. Which appropriately fits the over the top nature of the series.

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** Any depiction of then newly elected newly-elected President of the United States George W W. Bush was removed and replaced with a nameless President who beard bore a striking resemblance to President Merkin Muffley from Dr. Strangelove. Which appropriately fits the over the top over-the-top nature of the series.series quite appropriately.
4th Jan '18 11:59:41 PM Matchstick
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The original series appeared in May, 1999. The story continued on from the recently-cancelled ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'', where most of the team members first appeared--during Warren Ellis' run--as members of the Stormwatch Black Team Division. Ellis started ''The Authority'' by blowing up UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}} and continued in suitably bombastic fashion, threatening the Earth with an imperialistic army from an alternate universe and a battle with [[GodIsEvil God]] itself. Hitch's detailed but kinetic panels conveyed the action with aplomb, and the series's style essentially spawned the trend for {{Decompressed Comic}}s.

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The original series appeared in May, 1999. The story continued on from the recently-cancelled ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'', where most of the team members first appeared--during Warren Ellis' run--as members of the Stormwatch Black Team Division. Ellis started ''The Authority'' by blowing up UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}} and continued in suitably bombastic fashion, threatening the Earth with an imperialistic army from an alternate universe and a battle with [[GodIsEvil God]] itself. Hitch's detailed but kinetic panels conveyed the action with aplomb, and the series's series' style essentially spawned the trend for {{Decompressed Comic}}s.



* '''Swift''', "The World's Greatest Huntress" (a woman with the ability to [[{{Animorphism}} grow wings and claws]], low-level FlyingBrick powers, and superhuman senses. Part of Jenny Sparks's Stormwatch team, and in fact the only character from pre-Ellis ''Stormwatch'' to survive into ''The Authority''.)

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* '''Swift''', "The World's Greatest Huntress" (a woman with the ability to [[{{Animorphism}} grow wings and claws]], low-level FlyingBrick powers, and superhuman senses. Part of Jenny Sparks's Sparks' Stormwatch team, and in fact the only character from pre-Ellis ''Stormwatch'' to survive into ''The Authority''.)



* AntiHero[=/=]NominalHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist: The team started out as extremely violent against potential world-ending threats, and was perfectly willing to kill thousands of invading superhuman terrorists, or cause extreme collateral damage and loss of innocent lives in doing so. However, this is no different from the actions of regular soldiers, and could initially have been argued as type III, as they were extremely benevolent in other respects: such as helping to clear up the disaster zones after any conflict; feeding and hosting millions of war refugees, or victims of other disasters; protecting them from militias; freeing them from tyrannies through much less human casualties than a standard military could manage (through outgunning scare tactics); reforming supergenius criminals to help their research for cures to various diseases or life-improving technologies; and overall genuinely making the world into a better place. However, later writers who didn't like the themes arguably severely flanderised and tried to twist around the more idealistic notes that Ellis introduced, so among other things the team was tricked into "overthrowing the government of the US, and briefly taking over".

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* AntiHero[=/=]NominalHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist: The team started out as extremely violent against potential world-ending threats, and was perfectly willing to kill thousands of invading superhuman terrorists, or cause extreme collateral damage and loss of innocent lives in doing so. However, this is no different from the actions of regular soldiers, and could initially have been argued as type III, as they were extremely benevolent in other respects: such as helping to clear up the disaster zones after any conflict; feeding and hosting millions of war refugees, or victims of other disasters; protecting them from militias; freeing them from tyrannies through much less human casualties than a standard military could manage (through outgunning scare tactics); reforming supergenius criminals to help their research for cures to various diseases or life-improving technologies; and overall genuinely making the world into a better place. However, later writers who didn't like the themes arguably severely flanderised and tried to twist around the more idealistic notes that Ellis introduced, so among other things the team was tricked into "overthrowing the government of the US, and briefly taking over".



* CrapsackWorld: The team runs into these every now and then, like Sliding Albion, where human and aliens have lived peacefully since the 16th Century, but went on so many world wars that most of the civilization is destroyed, world is literally poisoned, both races are slowly dying, China has been turned into giant rape camp and all is ruled by mad dictator and mass murderer. Or alternate Earth where a maniac called Adolf X had lead to extermination of all non-black people on the planet and created fascist dictatorship. Or the Earth where life is controlled by an Eldritch Abomination, that feeds on our life energy, its whole presence causes general misery to some people and occasionally makes them commit suicide or other horrible acts. Other than that, it's a world exactly like ours.

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* CrapsackWorld: The team runs into these every now and then, like Sliding Albion, where human and aliens have lived peacefully since the 16th Century, but went on so many world wars that most of the civilization is civilisations are destroyed, world is literally poisoned, both races are slowly dying, China has been turned into giant rape camp and all is ruled by mad dictator and mass murderer. Or alternate Earth where a maniac called Adolf X had lead to extermination of all non-black people on the planet and created fascist dictatorship. Or the Earth where life is controlled by an Eldritch Abomination, that feeds on our life energy, its whole presence causes general misery to some people and occasionally makes them commit suicide or other horrible acts. Other than that, it's a world exactly like ours.



* {{Flanderization}}: The team became more and more sociopathic and homicidal as time passed, especially compared to Ellis's version. Usually justified by Jenny Sparks being a MoralityChain for the team.

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* {{Flanderization}}: The team became more and more sociopathic and homicidal as time passed, especially compared to Ellis's Ellis' version. Usually justified by Jenny Sparks being a MoralityChain for the team.



*** "Sociopathic" means "completely without empathy or remorse", not simply "brutally violent and willing to kill". If the Midnighter was truly sociopathic, he wouldn't bother to limit his violence to people who harm innocents or his family and friends. Nor would he be capable of truly loving Apollo and caring deeply about baby Jenny. [[note]]Sociopaths are capable of romantic obsession and sexual attraction, of course, but they can't ''care'' about other people's feelings and well-being, making them emotionally abusive partners and neglectful parents at best. Midnighter, for all his faults, is never that.[[/note]] And at least his later solo comics make clear that he really doesn't like the killing machine been turned into and that he can't do anything better with it other than point it in the right direction (even though he clearly enjoys the fights while they happen), which does imply some capacity for remorse and ethical thinking.

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*** "Sociopathic" means "completely without empathy or remorse", not simply "brutally violent and willing to kill". If the Midnighter was truly sociopathic, he wouldn't bother to limit his violence to people who harm innocents or his family and friends. Nor would he be capable of truly loving Apollo and caring deeply about baby Jenny. [[note]]Sociopaths are capable of romantic obsession and sexual attraction, of course, but they can't ''care'' about other people's feelings and well-being, making them emotionally abusive partners and neglectful parents at best. Midnighter, for all his faults, is never that.[[/note]] And at least his later solo comics make clear that he really doesn't like the killing machine he's been turned into into, and that he can't do anything better with it other than point it in the right direction (even though he clearly enjoys the fights while they happen), which does imply some capacity for remorse and ethical thinking.



* ProportionatelyPonderousParasites: Inside the god-like pyramid creature. . . which has developed into a full civilization!

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* ProportionatelyPonderousParasites: Inside the god-like pyramid creature. . .creature... which has developed into a full civilization!



* SpinOff[=/=]SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Authority'' features many of the characters, plot elements, and themes from Ellis's revamp of ''Stormwatch''.

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* SpinOff[=/=]SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Authority'' features many of the characters, plot elements, and themes from Ellis's Ellis' revamp of ''Stormwatch''.
4th Jan '18 11:47:29 PM Matchstick
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Later writers took the team in a slightly different direction. Picking up on the idea that the team originally formed to ''improve'' the world, not just save it, they had them executing dictators, defusing international crises and even pulling a coup d'etat on the US Government itself. However, as StatusQuoIsGod, they have only rarely been able to effect any kind of serious change.

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Later writers took the team in a slightly different direction. Picking up on the idea that the team originally formed to ''improve'' the world, not just save it, they had them executing dictators, defusing international crises and even pulling a coup d'etat on the US Government government itself. However, as StatusQuoIsGod, they have only rarely been able to effect any kind of serious change.



* '''Apollo''', "The Sun God" (a Franchise/{{Superman}} pastiche with [[FlyingBrick powers of flight, indestructibility and laser vision]], and the lover of the Midnighter. A SuperSoldier who became a PhlebotinumRebel from a Stormwatch splinter cell before reconciling with the main organization.)

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* '''Apollo''', "The Sun God" (a Franchise/{{Superman}} pastiche with [[FlyingBrick powers of flight, indestructibility and laser vision]], and the lover of the Midnighter.Midnighter's lover. A SuperSoldier who became a PhlebotinumRebel from a Stormwatch splinter cell before reconciling with the main organization.)
4th Jan '18 11:44:58 PM Matchstick
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The original series appeared in May, 1999. The story continued on from the recently cancelled ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'', where most of the team members first appeared during Ellis's run as members of the Stormwatch Black Team Division. Ellis started ''The Authority'' by blowing up UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}} and continued in suitably bombastic fashion, threatening the Earth with an imperialistic army from an alternate universe and a battle with [[GodIsEvil God]] itself. Hitch's detailed but kinetic panels conveyed the action with aplomb and the series's style essentially spawned the trend for {{Decompressed Comic}}s.

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The original series appeared in May, 1999. The story continued on from the recently cancelled recently-cancelled ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'', where most of the team members first appeared during Ellis's run as appeared--during Warren Ellis' run--as members of the Stormwatch Black Team Division. Ellis started ''The Authority'' by blowing up UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}} and continued in suitably bombastic fashion, threatening the Earth with an imperialistic army from an alternate universe and a battle with [[GodIsEvil God]] itself. Hitch's detailed but kinetic panels conveyed the action with aplomb aplomb, and the series's style essentially spawned the trend for {{Decompressed Comic}}s.



* '''Jenny Sparks''', "[[SuperheroSobriquets The Spirit of the 20th Century]]" (a woman who is reborn every 100 years, embodying that century's--or in past times, era's--central concept - in this case, [[ShockAndAwe electricity]]. She was the leader of Stormwatch's black-ops subteam, and assembled the Authority to continue their job on her terms.)

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* '''Jenny Sparks''', "[[SuperheroSobriquets The Spirit of the 20th Century]]" (a woman who is reborn every 100 years, embodying that century's--or century's (or in past times, era's--central concept - in era's) central concept--in this case, [[ShockAndAwe electricity]]. She was the leader of Stormwatch's black-ops subteam, and assembled the Authority to continue their job on her terms.)






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--> '''Regis:''' I can see inside your head, white boy. Did you think your little fight enhancements would let you kill '''''me'''''? You've never fought anything like me, boy. I am '''''Regis'''''. I have been raping and killing better humans than you for half a millennium. ''That's it''. ''Fight me''. Try to '''hurt''' me. I've lost count of how many men's fingers and women's nails have shattered on my skin. Your mothers and sisters will bear my children. You cannot stop me. Burn Albion, burn Europe -- it won't matter. I am '''Regis''', warrior king of this entire filthy planet -- And I will wipe myself with your skin when I'm done violating '''''yours'''''.

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--> '''Regis:''' I can see inside your head, white boy. Did you think your little fight enhancements would let you kill '''''me'''''? You've never fought anything like me, boy. I am '''''Regis'''''. I have been raping and killing better humans than you for half a millennium. ''That's it''. ''Fight me''. Try to '''hurt''' me. I've lost count of how many men's fingers and women's nails have shattered on my skin. Your mothers and sisters will bear my children. You cannot stop me. Burn Albion, burn Europe -- it Europe--it won't matter. I am '''Regis''', warrior king of this entire filthy planet -- And planet--and I will wipe myself with your skin when I'm done violating '''''yours'''''.



* BondVillainStupidity: When the cabal of wealthy private citizens that secretly run the world decide that they have finally had enough of the Authority and their attempts to change the status quo they send Seth, their ''Super'' SuperSoldier, to take the team down. Seth easily defeats and disables every one of the Authority without even smallest amount of difficulty, [[KillItWithFire firing]], [[IAmAHumanitarian consuming]] and [[StuffBlowingUp blowing them all to pieces]]...and then he hands them over to his superiors who do ''not'' kill the Authority, but instead decide to imprison and torture them for months instead of just executing them. Swift in particular is kept as a SexSlave and servant to one of the Cabal without any sort of security or monitoring after being [[{{Brainwashed}} conditioned]], so once she hears enough to learn how to defeat Seth she just kills the entire cabal and [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether gets the rest of the team together]].

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* BondVillainStupidity: When the cabal of wealthy private citizens that secretly run the world decide that they have finally had enough of the Authority and their attempts to change the status quo they send Seth, their ''Super'' SuperSoldier, to take the team down. Seth easily defeats and disables every one of the Authority without even smallest amount of difficulty, [[KillItWithFire firing]], [[IAmAHumanitarian consuming]] and [[StuffBlowingUp blowing them all to pieces]]... and then he hands them over to his superiors who do ''not'' kill the Authority, but instead decide to imprison and torture them for months instead of just executing them. Swift in particular is kept as a SexSlave and servant to one of the Cabal without any sort of security or monitoring after being [[{{Brainwashed}} conditioned]], so once she hears enough to learn how to defeat Seth she just kills the entire cabal and [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether gets the rest of the team together]].



* BreakingSpeech: The Midnighter delivers a ''devastating'' one to a Iron Man analogue. It proves so effective that the Iron Man wannabe simply takes off his helmet, hands it to the Midnighter... And calmly, ''walks away''... Never to be seen or referenced to ever again.

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* BreakingSpeech: The Midnighter delivers a ''devastating'' one to a Iron Man analogue. It proves so effective that the Iron Man wannabe simply takes off his helmet, hands it to the Midnighter... And calmly, and calmly ''walks away''... Never away'' never to be seen or referenced to ever again.



** Outright lampshaded during Ed Brubaker's Revolution mini, where it's stated Jenny Sparks would be revolted by what the group has become. The story eventually ends with Jenny Q and the Engineer acknowledging that they're back where they started, which was - in a meta sense - the entire point of the story; To return the Authority to the Ellis days and to give the team a moral and emotional anchor in the form of a Jenny old enough to boss them around again. Subsequent stories naturally ignored this and had the Authority as amoral psychos once more.

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** Outright lampshaded during Ed Brubaker's Revolution mini, where it's stated Jenny Sparks would be revolted by what the group has become. The story eventually ends with Jenny Q and the Engineer acknowledging that they're back where they started, which was - in was--in a meta sense - the sense--the entire point of the story; To return the Authority to the Ellis days and to give the team a moral and emotional anchor in the form of a Jenny old enough to boss them around again. Subsequent stories naturally ignored this and had the Authority as amoral psychos once more.



** ... but the emphasis on the "Sociopath" has ''always'' been true about the Midnighter. He's a killer all the way through, and he never pretends to be anything else.

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** ... but the emphasis on the "Sociopath" has ''always'' been true about the Midnighter. He's a killer all the way through, and he never pretends to be anything else.



** Also Jenny Sparks in her mini solo series.[[spoiler: Apparently during her brief time in Austria she felt sympathetic for a young artist trying to sell self-made postcards to passers-by. She decided to tell the poor lad he had absolutely no talent for art and should just stop trying. She thought he DID have a talent for rhetoric and therefore advised him to try politics. The said artist's [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler name]]?...[[OhCrap Yeah]]]].

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** Also Jenny Sparks in her mini solo series.[[spoiler: Apparently during her brief time in Austria she felt sympathetic for a young artist trying to sell self-made postcards to passers-by. She decided to tell the poor lad he had absolutely no talent for art and should just stop trying. She thought he DID have a talent for rhetoric and therefore advised him to try politics. The said artist's [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler name]]?...name]]? [[OhCrap Yeah]]]].



** Although best embodied by the villain Three-Willy Seth: a government conspiracy spent billions of dollars cramming every enhancement they could come up with into him. He has powers numbering in the ''quadruple digits.'' Some of them are hard to even conceive of- his mention of "nuclear poop vision" was ''probably'' a joke...

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** Although best embodied by the villain Three-Willy Seth: a government conspiracy spent billions of dollars cramming every enhancement they could come up with into him. He has powers numbering in the ''quadruple digits.'' Some of them are hard to even conceive of- his of--his mention of "nuclear poop vision" was ''probably'' a joke...



** PlotTumor - There was a two-page joke scene of Swift sleeping with ''ComicBook/{{Gen 13}}'''s Grunge in "The Nativity." Later, Adam Warren escalated it into an ongoing affair, mostly because of the effect of the reveal on Grunge's [[TheWoobie Woobie]] girlfriend.

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** PlotTumor - PlotTumor: There was a two-page joke scene of Swift sleeping with ''ComicBook/{{Gen 13}}'''s Grunge in "The Nativity." Later, Adam Warren escalated it into an ongoing affair, mostly because of the effect of the reveal on Grunge's [[TheWoobie Woobie]] girlfriend.


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3rd Jan '18 1:54:43 AM Cryoclaste
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** "This some kind of [[JakAndDaxter green eco]] thing, isn't it?" [[spoiler: No.]]

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** "This some kind of [[JakAndDaxter [[Franchise/JakAndDaxter green eco]] thing, isn't it?" [[spoiler: No.]]
4th Sep '17 3:59:42 AM VioletVisions
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** During the G7 Authority ark, Swift and the Engineer both get brainwashed and handed over to men they would normally loathe as a SexSlave and an abused wive, respectively. It happens off-screen, but both of them were clearly stated to have been used for sex without their consent many times. Needless to say, Swift is very, very angry once her brainwashing breaks down, and the first thing she does [[spoiler: after killing her abuser is freeing the Engineer from hers.]] Also, Apollo was [[AttemptedRape almost raped]] again during this storyline, this time by his bi-curious replacement Teuton who'd been using him as a punching bag for weeks. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Midnighter arrived just in time to put a constiction bolt through the bastard's brain.]]

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** During the G7 Authority ark, arc, Swift and the Engineer both get brainwashed and handed over to men they would normally loathe as a SexSlave and an abused wive, respectively. It happens off-screen, but both of them were clearly stated to have been used for sex without their consent many times. Needless to say, Swift is very, very angry once her brainwashing breaks down, and the first thing she does [[spoiler: after killing her abuser is freeing the Engineer from hers.]] Also, [[spoiler: Apollo was [[AttemptedRape almost raped]] again during this storyline, this time by his bi-curious replacement Teuton who'd been using him as a punching bag for weeks. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Midnighter arrived just in time to put a constiction construction bolt through the bastard's brain.]]
4th Sep '17 3:55:20 AM VioletVisions
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*** "Sociopathic" means "completely without empathy or remorse", not simply "brutally violent and willing to kill". If the Midnighter was truly sociopathic, he wouldn't bother to limit his violence to people who harm innocents or his family and friends. Nor would he be capable of truly loving Apollo and caring deeply about baby Jenny. [[note]]Sociopaths are capable of romantic obsession and sexual attraction, of course, but they can't ''care'' about other people's feelings and well-being, making them emotionally abusive partners and neglectful parents at best. Midnighter, for all his faults, is never that.[[/note]] And at least his later solo comics make clear that he really doesn't like the killing machine been turned into and that he can't do anything better with it other than point it in the right direction (even though he clearly enjoys the fights while they happen), which does imply some capacity for remorse and ethical thinking.


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** To be fair though, they had been sharing the Carrier with ''thousands'' of dirt-poor refugees for quite some time at that point, and the statement read more like Midnighter wanted them gone because the overpopulation stress caused him to have thoughts about these people that he wasn't proud of, making him realize his subconscious racism. He wasn't casually flinging racist slurs around or anything like that.


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** During the G7 Authority ark, Swift and the Engineer both get brainwashed and handed over to men they would normally loathe as a SexSlave and an abused wive, respectively. It happens off-screen, but both of them were clearly stated to have been used for sex without their consent many times. Needless to say, Swift is very, very angry once her brainwashing breaks down, and the first thing she does [[spoiler: after killing her abuser is freeing the Engineer from hers.]] Also, Apollo was [[AttemptedRape almost raped]] again during this storyline, this time by his bi-curious replacement Teuton who'd been using him as a punching bag for weeks. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Midnighter arrived just in time to put a constiction bolt through the bastard's brain.]]
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