History Comicbook / TheSpectre

29th Dec '17 2:50:38 PM SilentStranger
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* AbusiveParents: John Corrigan's father was a fire-and-brimstone preacher who beat Corrigan savagely as a child, with the excuse that it would "beat the sin out of him". He also had an illegitimate child with their black housekeeper and had both of them thrown out of the house so he wouldnt have to deal with his own sin staring back at him (this eventually led to the boys death during a storm). The end of the 1992 series revealed that Corrigan Sr was himself abused by his mother in the exact same way, twisting him into the monster he became.
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* GodIsEvil: A nightmarish example is shown at the end of the 1992 series, where The Spectre comes looking for guidance after he begins to notice himself becoming more extreme in his behavior, only to discover Heaven completely empty. After searching Hell and various other spiritual realms to no avail, he is eventually led to search inside himself, where he comes upon a dying Archangel Michael... who is being devoured by God (drawn just like the Goya painting ''Saturn Devouring His Sons''). God reveals that he's eaten every last being in Heaven, the angels, the souls, all of them, and scoffs at the Spectres rage at this enormous cruelty, claiming that Creation is his work, and is His to do what he wants with. [[spoiler: Ultimatley averted when it turns out this isnt God at all, it's the personification of Jim Corrigans anger against his abusive father, which has colored his perception of God his entire life. Heaven was never really empty, it was part of a journey Corrigan had to undergo to move on to the afterlife and leave the Spectre and Earth behind.]]
* TheGoodShepherd: Father Craemer from the Ostrander series. Despite his controversial views (by "controversial" we mean he doesnt slavishly follow Catholic doctrine) which eventually gets him defrocked, he's shown to be a wise, loving and faithful man, also serving as a conscience of sorts for the Spectre when he needs advice on his role. It's telling that even ''Amanda Waller'' sticks up for him (he was once the prison chaplain at Belle Reeve where the Suicide Squad recruited). At the end of the run, he's the one who officiates [[spoiler: Jim Corrigan's funeral]].
** He also personally assisted in a few of the adventures such as helping Madame Xanadu and the Spectre in the battle against Lord Sathan. During this story, Sathan ''throws him into hell'', and Father Craemer just climbs back out again!


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* HaveYouSeenMyGod: At the end of the 1992 run, Spectre looks for guidance in Heaven, only to find it completely empty... [[spoiler: It's part of a quest Jim Corrigan has to undertake to move on to the afterlife, it's not empty for real]]


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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Several villains has this as their origin, most notably Asmodeus, who was once one of the Spectre's hosts during the days of imperial India, but was corrupted by a demoness who showed him the fate of his wife and sons souls after his own death, having been reincarnated in injustly cruel lives. Attempting to rebel, the Spectre was stripped of his power and cast down, fusing with the demoness to create Asmodeus, who swore to corrupt all future Spectres in revenge.
** Living people occasionally rage against the Spectre himself, demanding to know why he doesnt help BEFORE horrible things happen.
28th Dec '17 3:08:07 PM SilentStranger
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* CreepyGood: The other heroes regard him as this, even during his time fused with Hal Jordan. They also heavily disapprove of his murderous way of justice, but there's little they can do to stop him.


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* EvilCounterpart: It's been revealed that the supervillain Eclipso is actually this to the Spectre, as he was once the personification of God's Wrath until he became corrupted. If you think the Spectre is overzealous, it's nothing compared to what Eclipso did (and does).


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** He was unable to pass judgement on the Joker when he realized that Jokers insanity meant he wasnt fully responsible for his actions.
9th Dec '17 5:28:45 PM Trooper924
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* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The current host of the Spectre is an African American. Not quite "Black" since the Spectre is always whiter than the moon.

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* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The current Prior to the New 52 reboot, the host of the Spectre is had been an African American. Not quite "Black" since the Spectre is always whiter than the moon.
4th Dec '17 7:48:36 AM Basara-kun
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* VengefulGhost: The OriginStory is about this: the cop Jim Corrigan was murdered by thugs and eventually came back to life as the form of The Spectre. With the time, Spectre becomes more as the Spirit of Vengeance by his own and later he got other human hosts, two of the most famous ones are [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] and [[ComicBook/GothamCentral Crispus Allen]].
10th Oct '17 7:47:11 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.

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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. He was also unable to fight Libra, who at the moment was backed by Darkseid at the pinnacle of his power.
3rd Oct '17 6:55:25 PM SydJones
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* WeaksauceWeakness: As nigh-omnipotent as he is, he's completely powerless against any opponent that does not possess ''both'' a.) a soul and b.) free will. This stipulation on his powers [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum prevented him from ending]] both ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' and ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' instantly.
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.
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