History ComicBook / TheDarkness

27th Aug '17 3:27:08 AM TheNerevarine
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%%* BlackComedy

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%%* BlackComedy* BlackComedy: More prominent in the first few story arcs which featured jokes at expense of over-the-top deaths and violence.



** However, he's told that he can eventually create {{Artificial Human}}s as good as any woman - given enough time to practice his powers. Later it changed so that he will not die until the baby is born - evidenced in that his grandfather tried to kill his grandmother to prevent his own death.
%%* CartwrightCurse

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** However, he's told that he can eventually create {{Artificial Human}}s as good as any woman - given enough time to practice his powers. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a bad idea]]. Later it changed so that he will not die until the baby is born - evidenced in that his grandfather tried to kill his grandmother to prevent his own death.
%%* * CartwrightCurse



%%* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Often

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%%* * CruelAndUnusualDeath: OftenToo many to count, though one that deserves mention is when Jackie rips out a guy's skeleton ''through his nose''.



%%* DarkAndTroubledPast
%%* DatingCatwoman

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%%* DarkAndTroubledPast
%%* DatingCatwoman
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Jackie Estacado was born to a good-for-nothing psychotic hitman and a prostitute who died in childbirth, he was given up to a orphanage where he turned into a problematic child and was adopted by a ruthless mobs boss who molded him into his enforcer.
* DatingCatwoman: To the Witchblade; she is a police officer, he is a hitman that works for the mob. You do the math. [[spoiler:He ends up fathering her child later on]].



* DudeShesLikeInAComa: [[spoiler: Don Franchetti to his daughter, Appolonia while she's comatose.]]

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* DudeShesLikeInAComa: A very literal and disturbing example with [[spoiler: Don Franchetti to kissing his daughter, Appolonia while she's comatose.]]



%%* EnemyWithin

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%%* EnemyWithin* EnemyWithin: The Darkness, the same entity that provides Jackie with his powers, is a malevolent being in its own right that [[spoiler:subtly plots to get rid of its users by exploiting their carnal desires]].



** Previous Darkness users that were actually competent enough and didn't turn self-destructive like Danny Estacado had the potential to become this trope such as Lord Cardinale from ''Medieval Spawn / Witchblade'' that terrorized the Iberian penisula during Medieval Times with his armies of Darklings.



%%* InTheBlood: The Darkness, that is...

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%%* * InTheBlood: The Darkness, Depressingly for Jackie's lineage, he descends from a black and twisted line of men that is...followed destructive paths. His father was a hitman just like him, albeit one completely devoid of sympathetic qualities that Jackie possess and even disturbed a mobster like Don Franchetti. Seems like the Darkness never picks normal or decent folks as hosts...



** Frankie did a mundane version of this trope by tying down his wife to a chair and forcing her to watch him ''blowtorch her lover to death''. The trauma rendered her completely catatonic for many years.



* RealityWarper: Jackie, to a [[KryptoniteFactor limited degree]].

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* PygmalionPlot: Besides [[MookMaker creating living constructs to serve them]], both the Darkness and the Angelus had the power to create concubines to satisfy their romantic and sexual desires. Angelus is shown surrounded with an all-female harem and several Darkness users made their own since having sex with normal females would lead to their deaths, as their powers would pass to their offspring at cost of their own lives. Jackie is pulled out of his HeroicBSOD after being told he CantHaveSexEver when hearing about this ability, though its very hard to learn and takes practice: he tries creating female darklings, but botches the attempts several times and ultimately needs outside help to successfully create the perfect woman for himself. [[spoiler:Its revealed that this was all part of the Darkness itself, who deliberately designed these women so their users could breed a pure Darkness being devoid of any humanity]].
* RealityWarper: Jackie, to a [[KryptoniteFactor limited degree]].degree]], since they can do anything they want in the complete absence of light.
* RetCon: It was originally established that as soon as Darkness users had a woman impregnated with their seed, they would drop dead. Later issues changed this to their deaths only happening the moment their own children is born.



%%* SiblingRivalry: Jackie and Appolonia

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%%* * SiblingRivalry: Jackie and AppoloniaAppolonia, though its more of an adopted siblings rather than blood related. It later escalates into CainAndAbel scenario.



%%* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: The Darklings.

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%%* * SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: The Darklings.Darklings are a bunch of goblin-like creatures that serve Jackie and have "smartass" as default personality.



%%* SuperPowerLottery: Jackie

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%%* * SuperPowerLottery: JackieJackie can manipulate shadows, summon beings of darkness, teleport, is extremely durable to damage and very strong and that is just in his ''inexperienced'' state. Previous Darkness users were capable of even more with enough practice.
8th Feb '17 9:22:25 PM Kalaong
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* CantHaveSexEver: It is stated that if Jackie ever conceives a child, he will die, making each and every one of his sexual encounters after he becomes the Darkness a game of RussianRoulette; even non-vaginal sex is an incredible risk as it's repeatedly stated that the Darkness is carried in his ''sperm'' meaning if one errant spurt could still kill him, a vasectomy would be quickly nullified by his enhanced healing, it's entirely possible that his blasted demon sperm could regenerate a woman with tubal ligation...

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* CantHaveSexEver: It is stated that if Jackie ever conceives sires a child, he will die, making each and every one of his sexual encounters after he becomes the Darkness a game of RussianRoulette; even non-vaginal sex is an incredible risk as it's repeatedly stated that the Darkness is carried in his ''sperm'' meaning if one errant spurt could still kill him, a vasectomy would be quickly nullified by his enhanced healing, it's entirely possible that his blasted demon sperm could regenerate a woman with tubal ligation...
20th Jan '17 6:46:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks
20th Jan '17 6:46:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler:Kirchner]]

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* %%* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler:Kirchner]]



* AxeCrazy: Jackie (and pretty much everyone else).
* BadassInANiceSuit: Jackie
* BadassLongcoat: Jackie

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* %%* AxeCrazy: Jackie (and pretty much everyone else).
* %%* BadassInANiceSuit: Jackie
* %%* BadassLongcoat: Jackie



* BlackComedy

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* %%* BlackComedy



* BodyHorror
* BottomlessMagazines

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* %%* BodyHorror
* %%* BottomlessMagazines



* ButtMonkey Wenders

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* %%* ButtMonkey Wenders



* CartwrightCurse

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* %%* CartwrightCurse



* CombatTentacles
* ContractOnTheHitman
* CoolOldLady: Jackie's Aunt Sarah.

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* %%* CombatTentacles
* %%* ContractOnTheHitman
* %%* CoolOldLady: Jackie's Aunt Sarah.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Often

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* %%* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Often



* DarkAgeOfSuperNames
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DatingCatwoman

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* %%* DarkAgeOfSuperNames
* %%* DarkAndTroubledPast
* %%* DatingCatwoman



* DemonicPossession: Well duh!
* DistressedDamsel: Jenny

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* %%* DemonicPossession: Well duh!
* %%* DistressedDamsel: Jenny



* DracoInLeatherPants: Seen ''in universe''.

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* %%* DracoInLeatherPants: Seen ''in universe''.



* DrugsAreBad: [[spoiler:Nightfall]]

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* %%* DrugsAreBad: [[spoiler:Nightfall]]



* EnemyMine: At times with Sarah Pezzini and the Magdelena.
* EnemyWithin

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* %%* EnemyMine: At times with Sarah Pezzini and the Magdelena.
* %%* EnemyWithin



* EvenEvilHasStandards

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* %%* EvenEvilHasStandards



* EvilutionaryBiologist: Kirchner

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* %%* EvilutionaryBiologist: Kirchner



* EyeScream: With CHOPSTICKS!!!

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* %%* EyeScream: With CHOPSTICKS!!!



* FreudianExcuse
* FromASingleCell

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* %%* FreudianExcuse
* %%* FromASingleCell



* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Jackie, and any of his enemies of a supernatural persuasion.
* {{Gorn}}

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* %%* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Jackie, and any of his enemies of a supernatural persuasion.
* %%* {{Gorn}}



* GunsAkimbo
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Apollonia. Sort of.]]

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* %%* GunsAkimbo
* %%* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe
* %%* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Apollonia. Sort of.]]



* HearingVoices: The Darkness.
* HeroicHost: The Darkness.
* HitmanWithAHeart

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* %%* HearingVoices: The Darkness.
* %%* HeroicHost: The Darkness.
* %%* HitmanWithAHeart



* InTheBlood: The Darkness, that is...
* JamesBondage: In one crossover with ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}''.

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* %%* InTheBlood: The Darkness, that is...
* %%* JamesBondage: In one crossover with ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}''.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: Applies to many of Jackie's hits.

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* %%* KickTheSonOfABitch: Applies to many of Jackie's hits.



* LetsYouAndHimFight: Often.

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* %%* LetsYouAndHimFight: Often.



* LivingShadow
* LonelyAtTheTop
* LovecraftianSuperpower
* LudicrousGibs
* MadScientist: Kirchner
* MadeOfPlasticine
* TheMafia

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* %%* LivingShadow
* %%* LonelyAtTheTop
* %%* LovecraftianSuperpower
* %%* LudicrousGibs
* %%* MadScientist: Kirchner
* %%* MadeOfPlasticine
* %%* TheMafia



* MobWar

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* %%* MobWar



* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Darkness.
* MrViceGuy: Jackie
* MuggingTheMonster: HilarityEnsues.

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* %%* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Darkness.
* %%* MrViceGuy: Jackie
* %%* MuggingTheMonster: HilarityEnsues.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast

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* %%* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast



* NighInvulnerability
* NightmareSequence: In the game and in the comics.

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* %%* NighInvulnerability
* %%* NightmareSequence: In the game and in the comics.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
* NobleDemon
* NotBloodSiblings: Jackie and Appolonia.

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* %%* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
* %%* NobleDemon
* %%* NotBloodSiblings: Jackie and Appolonia.



* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Kirchner

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* %%* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Kirchner



* OutOfTheInferno: In the "Empire" arc.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Jackie

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* %%* OutOfTheInferno: In the "Empire" arc.
* %%* PersonOfMassDestruction: Jackie



* ScaryShinyGlasses: Kirchner

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* %%* ScaryShinyGlasses: Kirchner



* SecretLegacy

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* %%* SecretLegacy



* SiblingRivalry: Jackie and Appolonia

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* %%* SiblingRivalry: Jackie and Appolonia



* SmugSnake: Apollonia.
* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: The Darklings.
* SociopathicHero: Jackie
* StayingAlive

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* %%* SmugSnake: Apollonia.
* %%* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: The Darklings.
* %%* SociopathicHero: Jackie
* %%* StayingAlive



* {{Stripperific}}: The Angelus

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* %%* {{Stripperific}}: The Angelus



* SuperPowerLottery: Jackie

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* %%* SuperPowerLottery: Jackie



* TallDarkAndSnarky: Jackie

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* %%* TallDarkAndSnarky: Jackie



* TortureTechnician: Mister Vespasian.

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* %%* TortureTechnician: Mister Vespasian.



* VillainsOutShopping: Frequently...

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* %%* VillainsOutShopping: Frequently...



* VirginPower: Much to Jackie's dismay.

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* %%* VirginPower: Much to Jackie's dismay.



* WhatTheHellHero: Often

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* %%* WhatTheHellHero: Often
20th Jan '17 6:39:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* PublicDomainCharacter: Compare the Darkness with [[Creator/HPLovecraft the Haunter of the Dark]] of the CthulhuMythos.

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Compare the Darkness with [[Creator/HPLovecraft the Haunter of the Dark]] of the CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
25th Dec '16 9:37:21 AM Morgenthaler
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A whole lot of {{Badass}}, that's what.

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A whole lot of {{Badass}}, badass, that's what.
18th Dec '16 12:28:59 AM Kalaong
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->'''Jenny''': What's this ''Darkness'' you keep going on about?\\
'''Sonatine''': I'll try and put it in idiot's terms. Have you seen ''Star Wars?''\\
'''Jenny''': Well... yes.\\
'''Sonatine''': The Darkness is the Force on crack.
18th Dec '16 12:19:55 AM Kalaong
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*** However, he's told that he can eventually create {{Homunculi}} as good as any woman - given enough time to practice his powers. Later it changed so that he will not die until the baby is born - evidenced in that his grandfather tried to kill his grandmother to prevent his own death.

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*** ** However, he's told that he can eventually create {{Homunculi}} {{Artificial Human}}s as good as any woman - given enough time to practice his powers. Later it changed so that he will not die until the baby is born - evidenced in that his grandfather tried to kill his grandmother to prevent his own death.
13th Dec '16 6:38:44 PM Kalaong
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* AxeCrazy: Jackie (and pretty much everyone else). Jackie's BlueAndOrangeMorality amounts to a stylized version of the mafia's own. Drugs and murder are okay but not killing people outside of the business.

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* AxeCrazy: Jackie (and pretty much everyone else). Jackie's BlueAndOrangeMorality amounts to a stylized version of the mafia's own. Drugs and murder are okay but not killing people outside of the business.



* BlackAndGrayMorality or EvilVersusEvil: Jackie is a merciless bastard whose only redeeming features are a disinterest in hurting innocent bystanders and a familia

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* BlackAndGrayMorality or EvilVersusEvil: Jackie is a merciless bastard whose only redeeming features are a disinterest in hurting innocent bystanders feature is love for his adoptive sister and a familiavague preference for being a [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters stylized mobster]]; Drugs? Fun and profitable. Mass slaughter of rival families and/or cops? Fun and profitable. Killing someone outside of the business? No thanks.
13th Dec '16 6:33:23 PM Kalaong
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* BlackAndGrayMorality or EvilVersusEvil: Jackie is a merciless bastard

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* BlackAndGrayMorality or EvilVersusEvil: Jackie is a merciless bastard whose only redeeming features are a disinterest in hurting innocent bystanders and a familia



* CantHaveSexEver: Played straight and subverted.
At first it is stated that if Jackie ever conceives a child, he will die, making each and every one of his sexual encounters after he becomes the Darkness a game of RussianRoulette; even non-vaginal sex is an incredible risk as it's repeatedly stated that the Darkness is carried in his ''sperm'', a vasectomy would be quickly nullified by his enhanced healing, it's entirely possible that his blasted demon sperm could regenerate a woman with tubal ligation...

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* CantHaveSexEver: Played straight and subverted.
At first it
It is stated that if Jackie ever conceives a child, he will die, making each and every one of his sexual encounters after he becomes the Darkness a game of RussianRoulette; even non-vaginal sex is an incredible risk as it's repeatedly stated that the Darkness is carried in his ''sperm'', ''sperm'' meaning if one errant spurt could still kill him, a vasectomy would be quickly nullified by his enhanced healing, it's entirely possible that his blasted demon sperm could regenerate a woman with tubal ligation...



*** Later it changed so that he will not die until the baby is born, evidenced in that his grandfather tried to kill his grandmother to prevent his own death. Meaning he was alive after having sex - though he still refused Wenders out of respect for her.

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*** However, he's told that he can eventually create {{Homunculi}} as good as any woman - given enough time to practice his powers. Later it changed so that he will not die until the baby is born, born - evidenced in that his grandfather tried to kill his grandmother to prevent his own death. Meaning he was alive after having sex - though he still refused Wenders out of respect for her.
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