History ComicBook / TheSpectre

20th Sep '17 5:59:58 PM Materioptikon
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* NoSell: Despite being virtually omnipotent, there has been a handful of people who he's been unable to kill. Most notably, his powers were useless against Nekron, who, being devoid of a soul, could not be judged. However, he was also unable to kill the Phantom Stranger and Madame Xanadu during his rampage against magic. He still managed to turn the Stranger into a mouse and seared Xanadu's eyes to block her from using her divination.
9th Aug '17 9:01:39 AM Materioptikon
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* ExaltedTorturer: He's technically on the side of the heroes, but never shies from using deadly force even for offense that can be barely construed as such.

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* ExaltedTorturer: He's technically on the side of the heroes, but never shies from using deadly force even for offense offenses that can be barely construed as such.
9th Aug '17 9:01:06 AM Materioptikon
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* ExaltedTorturer: He's technically on the side of the heroes, but never shies from using deadly force even for offense that can be barely construed as such.
2nd Aug '17 6:57:54 AM grammy
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* KarmaHoudini: The Spectre's purpose is to make sure murderers don't become these. He doesn't punish ''every'' murderer; only those who would otherwise escape justice. The Spectre himself is one depending on the case, as the case where he destroyed an entire country and its population with Heaven's later approval and later complete genocide of magicians by ending the 9th Age of Magic with no other punishment than just being bonded to another human host to continue his murderous ways.

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* KarmaHoudini: The Spectre's purpose is to make sure murderers don't become these. He doesn't punish ''every'' murderer; only those who would otherwise escape justice.
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The Spectre himself is one depending on the case, as the case where he destroyed an entire country and its population with Heaven's later approval and later complete genocide of magicians by ending the 9th Age of Magic with no other punishment than just being bonded to another human host to continue his murderous ways.
1st Aug '17 10:45:35 AM Omnicron13
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* KarmaHoudini: The Spectre's purpose is to make sure murderers don't become these. He doesn't punish ''every'' murderer; only those who would otherwise escape justice.

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* KarmaHoudini: The Spectre's purpose is to make sure murderers don't become these. He doesn't punish ''every'' murderer; only those who would otherwise escape justice. The Spectre himself is one depending on the case, as the case where he destroyed an entire country and its population with Heaven's later approval and later complete genocide of magicians by ending the 9th Age of Magic with no other punishment than just being bonded to another human host to continue his murderous ways.
9th May '17 5:29:04 AM rafi
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* TheGodsMustBeLazy: The Presence only intervenes when it damn feels like it.

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* TheGodsMustBeLazy: The Presence only intervenes when it damn feels like it. He's been noticeably sparing about using his gifts against people like, say, actual supervillains. Apparently, there are rules. Somewhere.
** The trope is lampshaded, and explored, in ''Final Crisis: Revelations''. The Spectre and his fellow avatar, the Radiant, find themselves powerless against the forces of evil who have taken over the Earth - and not even ''they'' know why they can't do anything about it.
** The Ostrander/Mandrake ongoing Spectre series cleared up many facts about the Spectre-force: while it is the literal embodiment of God's wrath, it is not allowed to roam free, but must be bound to a mortal soul, who in turn decides how to use its power. But most of this seems to have been forgotten in recent years; for example during the ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis miniseries the Spectre, now without a host, sought to ironically kill anyone he could find [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking regardless of their crimes severity]] (i.e a kid stealing $6 from his mother is drowned in change). He then caused mass destruction (being an unwitting pawn of some villains) and God only stopped it after it caused the end of the 9th Age of Magic (by killing off the Lords of Order and Chaos.)



* JokerImmunity: The Spectre once tried to pass Judgment on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker; he failed, because for all his viciousness, the Joker is still crazy, and thus not responsible for his acts.

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* JokerImmunity: The Spectre once tried to pass Judgment on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker; ComicBook/TheJoker; he failed, because for all his viciousness, the Joker is still crazy, and thus not responsible for his acts.



* TheOmniscient: As a divine agent, the Spectre has access to virtually all of the knowledge in the universe and is even aware of events that have been altered by distortions in time.



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* RealityWarperRealityWarper: The Spectre is capable of warping and controlling reality. He can use his ability to control reality to simulate any form of superpower or ability from shapeshifting to warping time and space.
2nd Mar '17 8:58:42 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* RefusingParadise - Done as a Sadistic Choice early on to The Spectre; the Voice (implied to be God) says he's now earned the ability to pass on to Heaven, one time only offer... just as his love interest has a bullet speeding at her head.

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* RefusingParadise - Done as a Sadistic Choice SadisticChoice early on to The Spectre; the Voice (implied to be God) says he's now earned the ability to pass on to Heaven, one time only offer... just as his love interest has a bullet speeding at her head.
17th Jan '17 5:49:34 AM Cieloazul
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The Spectre also found himself becoming more and more powerful: in his fight against Shathan (a poorly disguised Satan stand-in) they hit each other with ''planets''. Spectre was eventually acknowledged as one of the mightiest beings in the Franchise/DCUniverse, even more so than UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman. About the only beings stronger were ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger and God himself. This limited him to making appearances only when the universe was threatened by supernatural menaces, and usually [[DeusExMachina only long enough to fix some problem and then leave]].

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The Spectre also found himself becoming more and more powerful: in his fight against Shathan (a poorly disguised Satan stand-in) they hit each other with ''planets''. Spectre was eventually acknowledged as one of the mightiest beings in the Franchise/DCUniverse, even more so than UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman. About the only beings stronger were ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger (though pretty much DependingOnTheWriter) and God himself. This limited him to making appearances only when the universe was threatened by supernatural menaces, and usually [[DeusExMachina only long enough to fix some problem and then leave]].
18th Oct '16 4:14:42 PM Mullon
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6th Aug '16 3:29:57 PM nombretomado
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The Spectre also found himself becoming more and more powerful: in his fight against Shathan (a poorly disguised Satan stand-in) they hit each other with ''planets''. Spectre was eventually acknowledged as one of the mightiest beings in the DCUniverse, even more so than UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman. About the only beings stronger were ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger and God himself. This limited him to making appearances only when the universe was threatened by supernatural menaces, and usually [[DeusExMachina only long enough to fix some problem and then leave]].

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The Spectre also found himself becoming more and more powerful: in his fight against Shathan (a poorly disguised Satan stand-in) they hit each other with ''planets''. Spectre was eventually acknowledged as one of the mightiest beings in the DCUniverse, Franchise/DCUniverse, even more so than UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman. About the only beings stronger were ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger and God himself. This limited him to making appearances only when the universe was threatened by supernatural menaces, and usually [[DeusExMachina only long enough to fix some problem and then leave]].



This left the Spectre without a host, which made it reckless; eventually he bonded with the then-dead [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], who tried to twist the Spectre's mission from vengeance to redemption. This was later undone by Jordan's resurrection. Again left without a host, the Spectre was tricked by Eclipso (who ironically was once God's Avenger as well) into killing most of the magic-users in the DCUniverse since she convinced him that "magic goes against God's will". (This turned out to be part of a larger GambitRoulette to recreate the DC Multiverse, as seen in ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis.) He was stopped only by being bonded (by God) to Crispus Allen, another recently-murdered cop. (DC teased the audience by having his killer also be named Jim Corrigan.)

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This left the Spectre without a host, which made it reckless; eventually he bonded with the then-dead [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], who tried to twist the Spectre's mission from vengeance to redemption. This was later undone by Jordan's resurrection. Again left without a host, the Spectre was tricked by Eclipso (who ironically was once God's Avenger as well) into killing most of the magic-users in the DCUniverse Franchise/DCUniverse since she convinced him that "magic goes against God's will". (This turned out to be part of a larger GambitRoulette to recreate the DC Multiverse, as seen in ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis.) He was stopped only by being bonded (by God) to Crispus Allen, another recently-murdered cop. (DC teased the audience by having his killer also be named Jim Corrigan.)



** During ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' itself, the Spectre wrestled the fully-charged [[BigBad Anti-Monitor]], at the Big Bang, empowered by all the magic-users of the multiverse, to determine whose hand would shape the cosmos. At the peak of the battle, the Spectre was implictly more powerful than ''God.'' The result was the collapse of the multiverse into the unified DC Universe. After that, ''everything'' is a letdown.

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** During ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' itself, the Spectre wrestled the fully-charged [[BigBad Anti-Monitor]], at the Big Bang, empowered by all the magic-users of the multiverse, to determine whose hand would shape the cosmos. At the peak of the battle, the Spectre was implictly implicitly more powerful than ''God.'' The result was the collapse of the multiverse into the unified DC Universe. After that, ''everything'' is a letdown.
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