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* BewareTheSuperman: Atoman is a rather blatant CaptainErsatz of Superman, but he appears rather hulking and muscular and is perpetually scowling in his first appearance. [[spoiler: He's also been raping his niece Atomaid and the other sidekicks to the Seven Sentinels for years.]]


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* HarmfulToMinors: The Seven Sentinels. [[spoiler: Their so-called battles in outer space and other dimensions are really a cover to hide they're a child molestation operation, and have been sexually abusing their children/sidekicks for years.]]
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* ForeseeingMyDeath: M'rgalla Qualtz gets a vision of her upcoming death. In the event she forces the issue by attacking her killer-to-be on sight and getting slain in self-defense, but it's not clear if it's a SelfFulfillingProphecy because the killer then proceeds to lay waste to the surroundings, so she might well have died in any case.
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There was a twelve issue series published in 1999-2000, plus a SpinOff involving the character Smax published in 2003, and a prequel published in 2005, all written by Creator/AlanMoore. Also in 2005, another five-issue series set five years later was published - written by Paul Di Filippo and drawn by Jerry Ordway- which pretty much nobody liked, as well as "Season Two," ''another'' five-issue series written by Zander Cannon with Gene Ha returning on art in 2008, which most people did. While 2005's ''Beyond the Furthest Precinct'' was an {{Anvilicious}} TakeThat towards the Bush administration, ''Season Two'' was much more faithful to the original series and avoided the pitfalls of ''Beyond...'' by [[{{Retcon}} completely ignoring it]].

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There was a twelve issue series published in 1999-2000, plus a SpinOff involving the character Smax SpinOff, ''ComicBook/{{Smax}}'', published in 2003, and a prequel prequel, ''The Forty-Niners'', published in 2005, all written by Creator/AlanMoore. Also in 2005, another five-issue series set five years later was published - written by Paul Di Filippo and drawn by Jerry Ordway- Ordway - which pretty much nobody liked, as well as "Season Two," Two", ''another'' five-issue series written by Zander Cannon with Gene Ha returning on art in 2008, which most people did. While 2005's ''Beyond the Furthest Precinct'' was an {{Anvilicious}} TakeThat towards the Bush administration, ''Season Two'' was much more faithful to the original series and avoided the pitfalls of ''Beyond...'' by [[{{Retcon}} completely ignoring it]].



* GenreShift: The main series is a humorous but still pretty straightforward hybrid of a PoliceProcedural and a [[SuperHero superhero comic]]. The ''Smax'' miniseries that follows it, however, is pretty much a parody of generic {{fantasy}} literature.



* SurvivorGuilt: Smax left his home, and went as far away as Precinct 10, because he couldn't save a little girl from a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]. Her handprint was permanently burned onto his chest, which didn't exactly help matters.
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* FakeUltimateHero: The Seven Sentinels, a superhero team who have fought many monsters and defeated many alien invasions -- always in space, or in alternate universes, or in other conveniently-uncheckable locations.
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A PoliceProcedural ComicBook with a twist, written by Creator/AlanMoore, drawn by Zander Cannon and Gene Ha, and published by Creator/AmericasBestComics. ''Top 10'' follows the lives of the officers of precinct 10, Top Ten, as they patrol the streets of [[CityOfAdventure Neopolis]]. The twist is that every single man, woman, and child in Neopolis is a costumed "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Science Hero]]" complete with CodeName. Despite the [[FantasyKitchenSink fantastic]] setting, the PoliceProcedural premise is played [[MundaneFantastic completely straight]]. Transportation accidents, a SerialKiller targeting [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitutes]], and a pervert groping woman are all things they deal with. The twist is that instead of car accidents there are [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] accidents, the SerialKiller is a [[EldritchAbomination grotesque]] space alien [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe ex-porn star]] and the prostitutes include Immune Girl whose power is that she can't get AIDS or [[TheCorruption S.T.O.R.M.S.]] (a [[BodyHorror mutagenic]] form of VD), while the pervert groping women is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] who just shifts into the form of a chair.

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A PoliceProcedural ComicBook with a twist, written by Creator/AlanMoore, drawn by Zander Cannon and Gene Ha, and published by Creator/AmericasBestComics. ''Top 10'' follows the lives of the officers of precinct 10, Top Ten, as they patrol the streets of [[CityOfAdventure Neopolis]]. The twist is that every single man, woman, and child in Neopolis is a costumed "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Science Hero]]" complete with CodeName. Despite the [[FantasyKitchenSink fantastic]] setting, the PoliceProcedural premise is played [[MundaneFantastic completely straight]]. Transportation accidents, a SerialKiller targeting [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitutes]], and a pervert groping woman women are all things they deal with. The twist is that instead of car accidents there are [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] accidents, [[TeleFrag teleportation accidents]], the SerialKiller is a [[EldritchAbomination grotesque]] space alien [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe ex-porn star]] and the prostitutes include Immune Girl whose power is that she can't get AIDS or [[TheCorruption S.T.O.R.M.S.]] (a [[BodyHorror mutagenic]] form of VD), while the pervert groping women is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] who just shifts into the form of a chair.



* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: Joe Pi casually detaches his head and tucks it under his arm to amuse Irma's children.



* FunTShirt: Sgt Caesar's dress sense goes in for dog-inflected versions of fashionable or humorous t-shirts, such as the one with the slogan ''What part of "ARF" don't you understand?''.

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* FunTShirt: FunTShirt:
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Sgt Caesar's dress sense goes in for dog-inflected versions of fashionable or humorous t-shirts, such as the one with the slogan ''What part of "ARF" don't you understand?''.understand?''.
** When King Peacock visits an alternate parallel where the Roman Empire never fell, there's a tourist in the background wearing a T-shirt that says, "I came, I saw, I bought this lousy T-shirt".



* HeelFaceTurn: In ''The Forty-Niners'', Skywitch/Leni was originally a German science hero, but defected to the Allies in 1943, apparently because she disapproved of the policies of the Nazis.

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* HeelFaceTurn: In ''The Forty-Niners'', Skywitch/Leni Leni "Skywitch" Muller was originally a German science hero, but defected to the Allies in 1943, apparently because she disapproved of the policies of the Nazis.



* LogicBomb: Jokingly invoked by Joe Pi.
-->'''Irma Geddon''': You know, you AIs are almost too cute. How do I unplug you when you take over the world?\\
'''Joe Pi''': Ask me the purpose of existence, and I explode.



* MeaningfulEcho: Toybox's first call-out after being assigned to the tenth precinct is a domestic assault, the most recent of many for the couple in question. Joe Pi's first call-out after being assigned to the tenth precinct is a death, which turns out to be the result of the same couple's deteriorating relationship finally going too far.



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* RocketRide: Sky WitchSkywitch, in ''The Forty-Niners'', rides a rocket-powered flying "broomstick".


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* SymbolicBlood: After King Peacock is forced to kill a robot in self-defense, he's left with machine oil on his hands that looks like blood, and which he reacts to as if it were.


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* TeleFrag: A traffic accident attended by Peregrine involves several sets of teleporters, one of whom wasn't obeying the traffic rules, resulting in a fatal overlap.
* ThreeLawsCompliant: Joe Pi mentions "Asimov's Laws" at one point, but in context these appear to be statutory laws rather than inherent restraints; after confirming that Neopolis, unlike his home town of Turingville, has no such laws on its books, Joe demonstrates that he's quite capable of harming humans if he judges it necessary in the line of duty.


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* VisualPun: The rubber-neckers around a traffic accident include a few who literally have rubber necks.
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* CaptainErsatz and {{Expy}}: Listing the sheer number of these in Top 10 might cause the wiki to crash... Funnily enough, none of the main characters are obvious Ersatzen besides Jetman, who is based on WWII boy aviators Airboy and Hop Harrigan.

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* CaptainErsatz and {{Expy}}: Listing the sheer number of these in Top 10 might cause the wiki to crash... Funnily enough, none of the main characters are obvious Ersatzen of comic book heroes besides Jetman, who is based on WWII boy aviators Airboy and Hop Harrigan.Harrigan. (Mostly, they're Ersatzen of ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' characters instead.)



* ChalkOutline: Smax gets Toybox to draw one around the victim in the Godz bar.



* [[CodeName Code Names]]: Absolutely everyone. Their drivers' licences even have a space for one's A.E. (alter ego). Consequently, nobody really has a SecretIdentity.
* CompellingVoice: Lovelace.

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* [[CodeName Code Names]]: CodeName: Absolutely everyone. Their drivers' licences even have a space for one's A.E. (alter ego). Consequently, nobody really has a SecretIdentity.
* CompellingVoice: Lovelace.Harry "The Word" Lovelace, the hostage negotiator. His occasionally poor phrasing is played for comedy. When he uses his power, his printed dialogue turns red, like Jesse Custer in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''.



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Smax's dream in issue #6.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Harry "The Word" Lovelace appears in the background of a lunchroom scene a few issues before he's properly introduced.



** Precognitives have very stringent restrictions on where they can work, so Ron spends most of his appearances job-hunting.

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** Precognitives have very stringent restrictions on where they can work, so Irma's husband Ron spends most of his appearances job-hunting.



* HappilyMarried: Irma Geddon and her [[PsychicPowers psychic]] husband Ron. Peregrine and her hubby, too. Also [[spoiler:Captain Jetman and Wulf]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Skywitch/Leni was originally a German science hero, but defected to the Allies in 1943, apparently because she disapproved of the policies of the Nazis.

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* HappilyMarried: HappilyMarried:
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Irma Geddon and her [[PsychicPowers psychic]] husband Ron. Ron.
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Peregrine and her hubby, too. Also [[spoiler:Captain hubby.
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Jetman and [[spoiler:and Wulf]].
* HeelFaceTurn: In ''The Forty-Niners'', Skywitch/Leni was originally a German science hero, but defected to the Allies in 1943, apparently because she disapproved of the policies of the Nazis.


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* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: NaiveNewcomer Toybox asks this in the first issue. Jackie Phantom replies, "No, Mondays are usually quiet, but it picks up later in the week."


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* NaiveNewcomer:
** The main series begins with Robyn "Toybox" Slinger arriving for her first day at work.
** ''The Forty-Niners'' begins with Steve Traynor and Leni Muller arriving in Neopolis for the first time.


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* ShockAndAwe: "Shock-Headed Peter" Cheney has electrical zappy powers.


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** Jackie Phantom's speech bubble gets fainter when she phases out.
** If Micro Maid speaks while changing size, the lettering in her speech bubble also changes size.
** All the PhysicalGods in the Godz bar have special lettering in their speech bubbles.


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** In the sequence set in the Godz bar, the foul-mouthed Thunor swears with symbols from archaic alphabets.


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* TalkingWeapon: Smax has a singing sword stashed in his wardrobe.


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* XRaySparks: When Shock-Headed Peter uses his ShockAndAwe powers to their fullest extent, his skeleton becomes visible.
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* MayDecemberRomance: Jetman and Wulf.
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** Mainly against robots (who prefer to be called Ferro-Americans, and don't like being called "[[FantasticSlurs clickers]]"). In ''The Forty-Niners'', there's a robot ghetto neighborhood, and [[spoilers:one of the characters is a robot passing as human by telling people his exoskeleton is PoweredArmor]].

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** Mainly against robots (who prefer to be called Ferro-Americans, and don't like being called "[[FantasticSlurs clickers]]"). In ''The Forty-Niners'', there's a robot ghetto neighborhood, and [[spoilers:one [[spoiler:one of the characters is a robot passing as human by telling people his exoskeleton is PoweredArmor]].
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A PoliceProcedural ComicBook with a twist, written by Creator/AlanMoore, drawn by Zander Cannon and Gene Ha, and published by Creator/AmericasBestComics. TopTen follows the lives of the officers of precinct 10, Top Ten, as they patrol the streets of [[CityOfAdventure Neopolis]]. The twist is that every single man, woman, and child in Neopolis is a costumed "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Science Hero]]" complete with CodeName. Despite the [[FantasyKitchenSink fantastic]] setting, the PoliceProcedural premise is played [[MundaneFantastic completely straight]]. Transportation accidents, a SerialKiller targeting [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitutes]], and a pervert groping woman are all things they deal with. The twist is that instead of car accidents there are [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] accidents, the SerialKiller is a [[EldritchAbomination grotesque]] space alien [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe ex-porn star]] and the prostitutes include Immune Girl whose power is that she can't get AIDS or [[TheCorruption S.T.O.R.M.S.]] (a [[BodyHorror mutagenic]] form of VD), while the pervert groping women is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] who just shifts into the form of a chair.

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A PoliceProcedural ComicBook with a twist, written by Creator/AlanMoore, drawn by Zander Cannon and Gene Ha, and published by Creator/AmericasBestComics. TopTen ''Top 10'' follows the lives of the officers of precinct 10, Top Ten, as they patrol the streets of [[CityOfAdventure Neopolis]]. The twist is that every single man, woman, and child in Neopolis is a costumed "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Science Hero]]" complete with CodeName. Despite the [[FantasyKitchenSink fantastic]] setting, the PoliceProcedural premise is played [[MundaneFantastic completely straight]]. Transportation accidents, a SerialKiller targeting [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitutes]], and a pervert groping woman are all things they deal with. The twist is that instead of car accidents there are [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] accidents, the SerialKiller is a [[EldritchAbomination grotesque]] space alien [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe ex-porn star]] and the prostitutes include Immune Girl whose power is that she can't get AIDS or [[TheCorruption S.T.O.R.M.S.]] (a [[BodyHorror mutagenic]] form of VD), while the pervert groping women is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] who just shifts into the form of a chair.



** In ''The Forty-Niners'', the precinct captain is [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} a humanoid alien who came to Earth after his home planet was destroyed, dresses like a Golden Age Kryptonian, and disguises himself for a stake-out in a blue suit and glasses]].
* CaptainGeographic: One of the supporting characters in ''The Forty-Niners'' is an unnamed patriotic hero whose costume features white stars on a blue field, eagle motifs, and the year of the Declaration of Independence printed on his cowl.



* FantasticRacism: Mainly against robots (who prefer to be called Ferro-Americans, and don't like being called "[[FantasticSlurs clickers]]"). Precognitives have very stringent restrictions on where they can work, so Ron spends most of his appearances job-hunting. There doesn't seem to be a very high public opinion of vampires, either.

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* FantasticRacism: FantasticRacism:
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Mainly against robots (who prefer to be called Ferro-Americans, and don't like being called "[[FantasticSlurs clickers]]"). In ''The Forty-Niners'', there's a robot ghetto neighborhood, and [[spoilers:one of the characters is a robot passing as human by telling people his exoskeleton is PoweredArmor]].
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Precognitives have very stringent restrictions on where they can work, so Ron spends most of his appearances job-hunting. job-hunting.
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There doesn't seem to be a very high public opinion of vampires, either.either. They would like you to think that this is unreasoning prejudice against your average innocent "Hungarian American with an inherited medical condition", but if there is such a thing as an innocent vampire he or she hasn't appeared yet.



* HypocriticalHumor: Shock-Headed Peter is strongly bigoted against robots and is eventually kicked off the force for an unsolicited assault on Joe Pi; he starts dating the android Girl Two shortly thereafter.

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Shock-Headed Peter is strongly bigoted against robots and is eventually kicked off the force for an unsolicited assault on Joe Pi; he starts dating the android Girl Two shortly thereafter.thereafter.
** In ''The Forty-Niners'', a gangster shaking down Scowling Joe's Bar responds to the arrival of the newly-formed police force with the question "Who the [[SymbolSwearing £$%&]] are you?", and Steelgauntlet admonishes him for cussing when there are ladies present. "Yeah, you tell 'em! You tell 'em they don't [[SymbolSwearing £$%&]] with Joe!" says one of the ladies in question.



* LivingStatue: Detective Corbeau fights one in a gladitorial match.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: ''The Forty-Niners'' ends with Wulf saying "I give it six months", speaking both of his new romantic relationship and of Neopolis itself. Because it's a prequel, we know already that both will endure and thrive for decades to come.
* LivingStatue: Detective Corbeau fights one in a gladitorial match.



* LoverAndBeloved: Steve Traynor's and Wulf's relationship began this way, since Traynor was Wulf's sidekick. By the time of ''TopTen'', they've been a HappilyMarried (in a sense) couple for about 30 years.

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* LoverAndBeloved: Steve Traynor's and Wulf's relationship began this way, since Traynor was Wulf's sidekick. By the time of ''TopTen'', ''Top 10'', they've been a HappilyMarried (in a sense) couple for about 30 50 years.



* MonochromePast: ''The Forty-Niners'' is not full monochrome, but has a muted color palette compared to the stories set in the present.



* PaintingTheMedium: In a sequence involving a hole through time, the view through the hole is always of something happening earlier or later in the same book, in the position on the page corresponding to the position of the hole.

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* PaintingTheMedium: In ''The Forty-Niners'', there is a sequence involving a hole through time, time; the view through the hole is always of something happening earlier or later in the same book, in the position on the page corresponding to the position of the hole.



* PortalToThePast: In ''The Forty-Niners'', a Nazi scientist develops one in an attempt to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight.



* RoboticReveal: In ''The Forty-Niners'', [[spoiler:the faceplate of Steelgauntlet's powered armor is ripped off in the climactic battle, revealing only printed circuits, glowing lights and a speaker grille underneath]].



* ShameIfSomethingHappened: The Morgia (vampire mafia) are seen running this racket in ''The Forty-Niners''.



* SpeechBubbles:
** Glushko's telepathic speech is depicted with white writing in a wobbly-edged black bubble.
** In ''The Forty-Niners'', ThePaladin Joanne Dark has a golden glow effect on her speech bubbles.



* SymbolSwearing: This is one of the few times where this trope works better than actually cursing. The otherwise calm and peaceful Jetman telling Smax to "Break her %$#@ing neck, son" after [[spoiler:Ultima kills Girl One]].

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* SymbolSwearing: SymbolSwearing:
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This is one of the few times where this trope works better than actually cursing. The otherwise calm and peaceful Jetman telling Smax to "Break her %$#@ing neck, son" after [[spoiler:Ultima kills Girl One]].One]].
** In ''The Forty-Niners'', there's a gangster who's very fond of the word "£$%&".


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* VomitingCop: In ''The Forty-Niners'', there's one outside Scowling Joe's Bar after the vampire mafia make an example of Joe for not signing on to their protection racket.


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* YouAreWhatYouHate: In ''The Forty-Niners'', [[spoiler:Steelgauntlet exhibits prejudice against robots, but turns out to be a robot himself, passing as human to avoid trouble with prejudiced humans]].
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* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: In the case of Gograh, more like the five ''hundred'' foot whatever. And falling-down drunk to boot. He doesn't drink beer from cans, he drinks it from beer-filled truck tankers.

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* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever:
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In the case of Gograh, more like the five ''hundred'' foot whatever. And falling-down drunk to boot. He doesn't drink beer from cans, he drinks it from beer-filled truck tankers.



* BadAss: Officer Smax.

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* BadAss: BadAss:
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* BrotherSisterIncest / {{Twincest}}: The core of Smax's embarrassment about his home dimension. Not that it stops him from participating in it (and lying about it to his co-workers)...
** An incestuous relationship was also forced on the superhuman twins Sturm and Drang by Nazi scientists - Drang doesn't like it but knows her brother is [[DumbMuscle too slow]] to understand, so she's been seeing Herr Panzer on the side.

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* BrotherSisterIncest / {{Twincest}}: {{Twincest}}:
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The core of Smax's embarrassment about his home dimension. Not that it stops him from participating in it (and lying about it to his co-workers)...
** An In ''The Forty-Niners'', an incestuous relationship was also forced on the superhuman twins Sturm and Drang by Nazi scientists - hoping to breed more Aryan superhumans. Drang doesn't like it but knows her brother is [[DumbMuscle too slow]] to understand, so she's been seeing Herr Panzer on the side.



** The Libra killer's name and M.O. are based on the Scorpio killer from ''Film/DirtyHarry'', in turn based on the RealLife Zodiac. Professor Gunter Gromolko is based on Dr. Thaddeus Sivana from ''{{Shazam}}'', down to a unique EvilLaugh.

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** The Libra killer's name and M.O. are based on the Scorpio killer from ''Film/DirtyHarry'', in turn based on the RealLife Zodiac. Zodiac.
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Professor Gunter Gromolko is based on Dr. Thaddeus Sivana from ''{{Shazam}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'', down to a unique EvilLaugh.



* InnocentFanserviceGirl / ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Subverted with Girl One, who is naked at all times with the excuse that her shifting skin pigments mean she doesn't technically have to wear clothes -- but she subverts the trope by being quite aware of the nudity taboo, but [[HypnoFool engineered by her creators to have an aversion to wearing clothing]]. When she finds out Hyperdog doesn't see color and can see through her "clothes", she decks him for not warning her.
** He then says he didn't mention it because as a dog he's not attracted to her. Mind you he later marries a human prostitute.
*** In a later panel in the same book he's seen talking to a male colleague where he admits he lied to Girl One, at least about dating a dog.

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* InnocentFanserviceGirl / ShamelessFanserviceGirl: ShamelessFanserviceGirl:
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Subverted with Girl One, who is naked at all times with the excuse that her shifting skin pigments mean she doesn't technically have to wear clothes -- but she subverts the trope by being quite aware of the nudity taboo, but [[HypnoFool engineered by her creators to have an aversion to wearing clothing]]. When she finds out Hyperdog doesn't see color and can see through her "clothes", she decks him for not warning her.
** He then says he didn't mention it because as a dog he's not attracted to her. Mind you he later marries a human prostitute.
*** In a later panel in the same book he's seen talking to a male colleague where he admits he lied to Girl One, at least about dating a dog.
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** Worth pointing out that Shockheaded Peter recognises Qualtz' tentacle monster form ''from a porn movie''.
*** Also worth noting that she can make people (males at least) see what she wants, so she may not actually be a shapeshifter and Shockheaded Peter may be seeing the GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe form.



* YouAreACreditToYourRace: In the Precinct One world, black people are called Nubians, or "Nubies", and are second-class citizens, as King Peacock finds out. After [[spoiler:Commisioner Ultima]] gets him thrown into a series of Gladiator battles, he is often introduced with this description.

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* YouAreACreditToYourRace: YouAreACreditToYourRace:
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In the Precinct One world, black people are called Nubians, or "Nubies", and are second-class citizens, as King Peacock finds out. After [[spoiler:Commisioner Ultima]] gets him thrown into a series of Gladiator battles, he is often introduced with this description.
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