History ComicBook / TheCreeper

23rd Sep '17 9:51:17 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* CreepyGood: The guy is so batshit loco that even ''ComicBook/TheJoker'' considers him a lunatic!
** That's not enough, the Joker actually ''fears'' him. Let us reiterate that: THE MonsterClown of comics who terrifies millions has nightmares about ''this'' guy.

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* CreepyGood: The guy is so batshit loco that even ''ComicBook/TheJoker'' considers him a lunatic!
** That's not enough, the
lunatic! The Joker actually ''fears'' him. Let us reiterate that: THE MonsterClown of comics who terrifies millions has nightmares about ''this'' guy.
1st Sep '17 3:16:05 AM Robbyn
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'''NOTE: Tropes specific for his version from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' go [[Characters/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesAllies here]].'''



* OffhandBackhand: Famously delivers [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom a pretty epic one]] to '''''{{Batman}} himself''''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjRCUhds0hU while trying to flirt with Harley Quinn]].
31st Aug '17 6:29:15 PM SSJMagus
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* OffhandBackhand: Famously delivers [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom a pretty epic one]] to '''''{{Batman}} himself''''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjRCUhds0hU while trying to flirt with Harley Quinn]].
13th Jul '17 9:02:52 AM babil
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Harley Quinn.



* TheCameo: Jack Ryder's voice can be heard on a radio on VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum, and he appears as a minor supporting character in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity.
** One of the tapes unlocked by talking to Quincey in the church makes it clear that the Creeper and Huntress exist.

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* BrownNote: DependingOnTheWriter, the Creeper's laugh can shatter anything from nerves to bones.
* TheCameo: Aside from his many appearances in the comics as both Jack Ryder and the Creeper alike, he figures into animated continuities as this such as ''Batman: The Brave and the Bold'' and, most memorably, the DCAU.
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Jack Ryder's voice can be heard on a radio on VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum, and he appears as a minor supporting character in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity.
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VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity. One of the tapes unlocked by talking to Quincey in the church makes it clear that the Creeper and Huntress exist.



* ClothingDamage: Averted later, but during his origin episode in the DCAU he was running around in severely torn clothes after his chemical bath until he got his costume.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In the Batman TAS episde "Beware the Creeper", the Creeper meets Harley and immediately begins flirting with her. While doing so, he [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask nonchalantly uses one hand to punch out several of the Joker's mooks]]... and also gives an OffhandBackhand to ''Batman''.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In When Hush posed as Bruce Wayne in the Batman TAS episde "Beware the Creeper", comics following Batman’s apparent death, Batman's friends and allies displayed a "show of force" to demonstrate how easily they could stop him if he tried anything. Most of them just block his path when he tries to escape ([[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Katana]] going so far as to hold a sword to his throat), but the Creeper meets Harley ''picks him up like a doll and immediately begins flirting with her. While doing so, he [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask nonchalantly uses one hand to punch out several of throws him across the Joker's mooks]]... and also gives an OffhandBackhand to ''Batman''.room''. Later, he's seen in disguise personally babysitting Hush at work.



* {{Expy}}: The Creeper's resemblance to Batman foe The Joker (both have green hair, clownlike faces and maniacal laughter) first pointed out in an issue of the latter's own comic book in the 1970's (where the two fought) may have led to the character's reinterpretation as being insane.
** Also, consider that The Creeper is remarkably similar to Ditko's own Loki, held over from Thor/Dr. Strange. They are very similar characters.

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
**
The Creeper's resemblance to Batman foe The Joker (both have green hair, clownlike faces and maniacal laughter) first pointed out in an issue of the latter's own comic book in the 1970's (where the two fought) may have led to the character's reinterpretation as being insane.
** Also, consider that The Creeper is remarkably similar These days his "Jack Ryder" persona seems to Ditko's own Loki, held over from Thor/Dr. Strange. They are very similar characters.make a growing resemblance in appearance and attitude to tv personalities Creator/StephenColbert or [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]



* FunPersonified

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* FunPersonifiedFullFrontalAssault: Not quite, but close. Part of the reason he's so terrifying to enemies is that he's literally wearing just a thong and booties.
* FunPersonified: Imagine the Joker in one of his wacky phases... ''as a good guy.'' Including the part where [[BewareTheSillyOnes wackiness doesn't mean not being good at what you do]].



* [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]]: The Franchise/{{DCAU}} version is this in respect to the Joker. In fact, he became the Creeper through the same vat of chemicals that made the Joker except he was also affected with Joker venom (in gaseous form). While both are goofy and dangerous, Joker relies on chemicals, gadgets and smarts while the Creeper has superhuman strength and endurance (taking a crate dropped on him like nothing). Most of all, he retains a basic sense of right and wrong (when purchasing a new outfit, he paid with his credit card, which is what led Batman to the discovery he was Jack Ryder.) Notably, he acts like a StalkerWithACrush towards Harley Quinn, mirroring her behavior towards the Joker.
** In the comics, [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny they once meet, locked in the same room]]. The result? Joker ''begging'' to get out.
*** In the cartoon, the Creeper finally catches up to Joker and Harley at the end of the episode, ending with Creeper hurling Joker away, making him land at Batman's feet. Joker promptly grabs Batman's cape and screams "HE'S A LUNATIC!!", as if begging to be arrested.
** In the DCAU, he appears to eventually have joined the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague, although sadly doesn't get any more speaking parts.



* HealingFactor

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%%* HeroWithBadPublicity



* HeroWithBadPublicity
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Kinda lampshaded; in the DCAU continuity, he actually chooses and buys his costume, assisted by a bored-looking shop attendant who looks as though half-naked psychopaths leaping in, trashing the store, asking for dress advice and paying by credit card is perfectly normal (well, this is Gotham...).
** [[http://editthis.info/superdickery/Thriftie Said shop attendant has fans.]] It's mostly one guy, but it's also hilarious.
** It's also the most {{Stripperiffic}} of any male DCAU character. It's just boots, gloves, the boa and ''a speedo''. It makes a bit more sense in the DCAU than in the comics though, since he seems to have a very high dose of MadeOfIron in his powerset.
** In the original comics the costume was actually a full suit, the yellow part being spandex or similar (and it was also the last suit available in the shop), the hair being a wig, and the cape being made from an old rug that the costume shop cashier threw in. It was also recognized to be a costume by some criminals, but since the doctor's device makes the costume stick like glue, trying to pull the wig off with no effect made them realize it to be the "real deal".
* IntrepidReporter: Occasionally, though more often than not comes off as a {{Paparazzi}}, to the point that at least once he gets scolded by [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].
** However, it was used to establish him before his actual origin episode (like with Harvey Dent, who was in at least three episodes before becoming Two-Face) in order to avoid too much RememberTheNewGuy.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting:
** In ''ComicBook/BatmanGothamAdventures'' #58, the Franchise/{{DCAU}} Ryder is seen to shapeshift if he hasn't taken his medicine or due to a rush of adrenaline. He made the "change with a rush of adrenalin" thing work for him; once he needed to quickly transform, so he ''jumped out a skyscraper window!''
** Jack Ryder spent the good portion of one comic book spontaneously half-transforming into the Creeper without any control. His attempts to make himself scarce in the presence of his co-workers were entertaining.
* {{Keet}}
* LaughingMad: Sort of. Creeper's wild laughter made criminals extremely paranoid and nearly insane.
* LargeHam: Originally, Ryder would talk like a B-Movie horror villain when he was the Creeper to further confuse his enemies.

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* HeroWithBadPublicity
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Kinda lampshaded; in the DCAU continuity, he actually chooses and buys his costume, assisted by a bored-looking shop attendant who looks as though half-naked psychopaths leaping in, trashing the store, asking for dress advice and paying by credit card is perfectly normal (well, this is Gotham...).
** [[http://editthis.info/superdickery/Thriftie Said shop attendant has fans.]] It's mostly one guy, but it's also hilarious.
** It's also the most {{Stripperiffic}} of any male DCAU character. It's just boots, gloves, the boa and ''a speedo''. It makes a bit more sense in the DCAU than in the comics though, since he seems to have a very high dose of MadeOfIron in his powerset.
**
In the original comics the costume was actually a full suit, the yellow part being spandex or similar (and it was also the last suit available in the shop), the hair being a wig, and the cape being made from an old rug that the costume shop cashier threw in. It was also recognized to be a costume by some criminals, but since the doctor's device makes the costume stick like glue, trying to pull the wig off with no effect made them realize it to be the "real deal".
* IntrepidReporter: Occasionally, though more often than not comes off as a {{Paparazzi}}, to the point So much that at least once he gets scolded by [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].
** However, it was used
slips into jerkass territory now and then. He hosts a talk show called ''You Are WRONG!'', not to establish him before his actual origin episode (like with Harvey Dent, who was in at least three episodes before becoming Two-Face) in order to avoid too much RememberTheNewGuy.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting:
** In ''ComicBook/BatmanGothamAdventures'' #58,
say anything of the Franchise/{{DCAU}} Ryder is seen to shapeshift if guest stars he hasn't taken his medicine or due to a rush of adrenaline. He made has on just for the "change with a rush sake of adrenalin" thing work for him; once he needed to quickly transform, so he ''jumped out a skyscraper window!''
**
deliberately antagonizing them.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting:
Jack Ryder spent the good portion of one comic book spontaneously half-transforming into the Creeper without any control. His attempts to make himself scarce in the presence of his co-workers were entertaining.
* {{Keet}}
JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In spite of his assholish tendencies with his fellow reporters, he’s shown to genuinely care where it counts when ex-girlfriend Vicki Vale approaches him for advice on whether or not it’s ethical to publish an incriminating story that could ruin someone’s life.
* LargeHam: He purposefully invokes this in his original Ditko incarnation, in order to terrify criminals into submission. [[{{Flanderization}} All subsequent versions]], though, have portrayed the Creeper persona as being [[CloudCuckoolander genuinely out of his gourd]].
* LaughingMad: Sort of. Creeper's His wild laughter made criminals extremely paranoid and nearly insane.
* LargeHam: Originally, Ryder would talk like a B-Movie horror villain when he was the Creeper to further confuse his enemies.
insane.



* TheMadHatter
* MagicPants
* NighInvulnerable: In the DCAU, the Creeper has a near identical origin as the Joker, yet he has managed to survive having a crate containing a rock statue the size of a car dropped on him, and going through multiple explosions without a single injury. Or hint of ClothingDamage. Also, he's able to send Batman flying with one punch, and break through walls. And easily dances around any attacks. Batman explains that this power is most likely due to a strange chemical reaction of the acid and the Joker's laughing gas (which may also explain why he retains a basic sense of right and wrong). The REAL reason for this though is just RuleOfFunny.

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* %%* TheMadHatter
* %%* MagicPants
* NighInvulnerable: In the DCAU, the Creeper has MakeMeWannaShout: DependingOnTheWriter, his laugh can range from a near identical origin as the Joker, yet he has managed deadly sonic weapon to survive having a crate containing a rock statue the size of a car dropped on him, and going through multiple explosions without a single injury. Or hint of ClothingDamage. Also, he's able to send Batman flying with one punch, and break through walls. And easily dances around any attacks. Batman explains that this power is most likely due to a strange chemical reaction of the acid and the Joker's laughing gas (which may also explain why he retains a basic sense of right and wrong). The REAL reason for this though is [[TheHyena just RuleOfFunny.plain annoying]].



* NoOSHACompliance: Subverted in the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse origin. There were handrails, but nothing to stop Joker from pushing him over them.
* OffhandBackhand: To the [[MemeticMutation Goddamn Batman]], no less, in the Animated Series.
** Less of a backhand and more of an uppercut.

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* NoOSHACompliance: Subverted OurDemonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: His Creeper side has been revealed to be demonic in the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse origin. There were handrails, but nothing to stop Joker from pushing him over them.
* OffhandBackhand: To the [[MemeticMutation Goddamn Batman]], no less, in the Animated Series.
** Less of a backhand and more of an uppercut.
nature.]]
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* SplitPersonality
* StalkerWithACrush

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* SplitPersonality
* StalkerWithACrush
SplitPersonality: Suffers from this [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the story]].



* {{Stripperific}}: Usually found in just a Speedo and red boa.
* SuperSerum
* TalkativeLoon: In ''Batman: The Animated Series'' at least.
** Continuing the tradition in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
* TerrorHero: In the original comics Creeper used to pull a scare shtick by pretending he was not human, describing the horrible fates of his enemies, laughing and acting weirdly to make his enemies panic (and loving every minute of it). This worked well enough that he actually managed to make one less hard-boiled guy faint. He even managed to make Scarecrow briefly recoil in fright while visiting him in his cell at Arkham.
** Played somewhat the same in the cartoons, namely because he is reminiscent of the Joker.

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* {{Stripperific}}: Usually found in just {{Stripperiffic}}: RareMaleExample. His costume consists of a Speedo green speedo, red boots and gloves, and a giant, fluffy red boa.
*
boa. In the 2006 miniseries, the costume naturally grows on his body as another side effect of the nanocell technology with the “boa” resembling some sort of organic, tendon-like [[BodyHorror growth]].
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SuperSerum
* TalkativeLoon: In ''Batman: The Animated Series'' at least.
** Continuing the tradition in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
Creeper is [[MotorMouth not a quiet or reserved individual]], as [[YouFightLikeACow anyone who has tried to fight him will attest]].
* TerrorHero: In the original comics Creeper used to pull a scare shtick by pretending he was not human, describing the horrible fates of his enemies, laughing and acting weirdly to make his enemies panic (and loving every minute of it). This worked well enough that he actually managed to make one less hard-boiled guy faint. He even managed to make Scarecrow briefly recoil in fright while visiting him in his cell at Arkham.
** Played somewhat the same in the cartoons, namely because he is reminiscent of the Joker.
Arkham.



* TransformationTrinket
* UnderwearOfPower
* WallCrawl
* WallJump: Seen in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''

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* TransformationTrinket
* UnderwearOfPower
* WallCrawl
* WallJump: Seen in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
UnderwearOfPower: As part of his {{Stripperiffic}} outfit.
%%* WallCrawl
21st Feb '17 8:11:58 AM DoctorCooper
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: A variation. The Joker (yeah, [[ComicBook/TheJoker that one]]) thinks he's uncontrollably insane, and wants the Creeper to get away from him, so it's more like "Even Insanity Has Standards."

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: A variation. EveryoneHasStandards: The Joker (yeah, [[ComicBook/TheJoker that one]]) thinks he's uncontrollably insane, and wants the Creeper to get away from him, so it's more like "Even Insanity Has Standards."
25th Jan '17 7:39:37 PM naruto8900
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* AdaptationalVillainy: His ComicBook/{{New 52}} version is very much demonic, and even gets a VillainEpisode in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' during the ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' event. As part of DC Rebirth, Jack Ryder appears to be back to his original pre-New 52 version from before; while investigating a series of murders of criminals in Chicago' Ryder ends up transforming into Creeper again and battling Deathstroke.
* BrownNote: DependingOnTheWriter, the Creeper's laugh can shatter anything from nerves to bones.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: His ComicBook/{{New 52}} version is very much demonic, and even gets a VillainEpisode in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' during the ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' event. As part of DC Rebirth, Jack Ryder appears to be back to his original pre-New 52 version from before; while investigating a series of murders of criminals in Chicago' Ryder ends up transforming into Creeper again and battling Deathstroke.
* BrownNote: DependingOnTheWriter, the Creeper's laugh can shatter anything from nerves to bones.
before.
25th Jan '17 7:36:53 PM naruto8900
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* AdaptationalVillainy: His ComicBook/{{New 52}} version is very much demonic, and even gets a VillainEpisode in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' during the ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' event.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: His ComicBook/{{New 52}} version is very much demonic, and even gets a VillainEpisode in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' during the ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' event. As part of DC Rebirth, Jack Ryder appears to be back to his original pre-New 52 version from before; while investigating a series of murders of criminals in Chicago' Ryder ends up transforming into Creeper again and battling Deathstroke.
30th Dec '16 5:11:46 PM nombretomado
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** He is also the source of a lot of discoverables in DCUniverseOnline, but he never turns into the Creeper.

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** He is also the source of a lot of discoverables in DCUniverseOnline, ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'', but he never turns into the Creeper.
30th Dec '16 4:36:14 PM nombretomado
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* [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]]: The {{DCAU}} version is this in respect to the Joker. In fact, he became the Creeper through the same vat of chemicals that made the Joker except he was also affected with Joker venom (in gaseous form). While both are goofy and dangerous, Joker relies on chemicals, gadgets and smarts while the Creeper has superhuman strength and endurance (taking a crate dropped on him like nothing). Most of all, he retains a basic sense of right and wrong (when purchasing a new outfit, he paid with his credit card, which is what led Batman to the discovery he was Jack Ryder.) Notably, he acts like a StalkerWithACrush towards Harley Quinn, mirroring her behavior towards the Joker.

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* [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]]: The {{DCAU}} Franchise/{{DCAU}} version is this in respect to the Joker. In fact, he became the Creeper through the same vat of chemicals that made the Joker except he was also affected with Joker venom (in gaseous form). While both are goofy and dangerous, Joker relies on chemicals, gadgets and smarts while the Creeper has superhuman strength and endurance (taking a crate dropped on him like nothing). Most of all, he retains a basic sense of right and wrong (when purchasing a new outfit, he paid with his credit card, which is what led Batman to the discovery he was Jack Ryder.) Notably, he acts like a StalkerWithACrush towards Harley Quinn, mirroring her behavior towards the Joker.



** In ''ComicBook/BatmanGothamAdventures'' #58, the {{DCAU}} Ryder is seen to shapeshift if he hasn't taken his medicine or due to a rush of adrenaline. He made the "change with a rush of adrenalin" thing work for him; once he needed to quickly transform, so he ''jumped out a skyscraper window!''

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** In ''ComicBook/BatmanGothamAdventures'' #58, the {{DCAU}} Franchise/{{DCAU}} Ryder is seen to shapeshift if he hasn't taken his medicine or due to a rush of adrenaline. He made the "change with a rush of adrenalin" thing work for him; once he needed to quickly transform, so he ''jumped out a skyscraper window!''
29th Dec '16 11:34:36 AM nombretomado
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* NoOSHACompliance: Subverted in the {{Diniverse}} origin. There were handrails, but nothing to stop Joker from pushing him over them.

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* NoOSHACompliance: Subverted in the {{Diniverse}} Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse origin. There were handrails, but nothing to stop Joker from pushing him over them.
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