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''Gear'', sometimes written as ''GEAR'', is a graphic novel by DougTenNapel, creator of ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' and ''TheNeverhood''. His first graphic novel, originally published by ImageComics and Fireman Press Ltd. in black and white, running six issues from 1998 to 1999. It was reprinted as a trade paperback in 1999, and then again in full color in 2007. The plot revolves around an [[TalkingAnimal animal]] [[AnimalJingoism war]] between the South Plate Insects, the North Plate Cats, the Dogtown Dogs and the Newton Cats. The four states do battle with [[HumongousMecha ancient giant battle robots]] known as Guardians. Having only one Guardian so old it barely functions, Newton sends four less-than-competent [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits misfit cat brothers]] known as Gordon, Simon, Waffle and Mr. Black to hijack a new one from their enemies. Meanwhile, the Newton cat Elder and a dog named Dr. Pilk must protect the Forbidden Mechanism, a legendary holy artifact of incredible power, from the evil forces of North Plate cat Emperor Pago and dog mob boss Big Tomato. Oh, and it's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids really bloody, violent, full of swearing, death and religious allegories]]. Was very, very, [[RuleOfThree VERY]] loosely adapted into a much LighterAndSofter short-lived Nicktoon called ''Main/{{Catscratch}}'' in 2005. The only remnant of the original comic was the three main cats, Gordon, Waffle and Mr. Black (whose name was changed to Mr. Blik for political correctness) as the focus, although it was [[ExecutiveMeddling originally planned just to be a more Nickelodeon-audience-friendly adaptation of the comic]]. Though some people remember Catscratch, the source material is practically unknown outside [=TenNapel=] fans, and thus ''Gear'' NeedsMoreLove to the extreme. ---- !!Provides Examples Of: * AnimalJingoism * AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Simon's death within the first 20 pages]] is just the tip of the iceberg... * ArtifactOfDoom: The Forbidden Mechanism, but only really in the hands of evil. * BackFromTheDead: Neat little subversion. [[spoiler:Gear performs a miracle by temporarily pulling Chee's and Waffle's souls down from Heaven and back to their now-Guardian bodies to help fight Emperor Pago.]] * BeingEvilSucks: Bob will ultimately obey orders no matter what, but that doesn't stop him from feeling conflicted about them. * BigBad: [[spoiler:Emperor Pago of the North Plate Cats.]] * BilingualDialogue: A funny subversion; Waffle the cat and Chee the insect seem to converse in spite of their language barrier, and Waffle even has a change of heart immediately after one of Chee's comments. Then, as he turns to leave, Waffle adds, "By the way, I haven't understood a thing you've said." * BodyHorror: See UnwillingRoboticisation below. ** And then there's [[spoiler: Gear, after he's shoved into the Guardian's heart by Pago...]]. * BittersweetEnding * CallingTheOldManOut: Mr. Black to the Elder, after discovering that [[spoiler:the Elder was responsible for Waffle's transformation into a Guardian]]. * CatsAreMean: More like Cats Are BadAss for most of the cast, but played straight with Emperor Pago. * ConstructedWorld * CoolOldGuy: The Newton Elder. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Gear and Waffle. * {{Cult}}: The F.M. Cult, a group of ninja-like cats who hunt the Forbidden Mechanism. * DarkerAndEdgier: Ridiculously compared to Main/{{Catscratch}}. There's plenty of people who have trouble believing this was its source material. * DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Big Tomato's Death. "He's gonna squash him like a...!"]] * DemotedToExtra: [[spoiler:Mr. Black in the later chapters]] * DiedHappilyEverAfter: Horribly, horribly averted. * DiscOneFinalBoss: Big Tomato. [[spoiler:Pago is the ''real'' BigBad]]. * DeusEstMachina: Gear, who can [[spoiler: revive the dead, at least temporarily, give a Guardian ultimate power, and open up the [[{{Hellgate}} GATES OF HELL]].]] * DistantFinale * TheDragon: Bob to Big Tomato * TheDreaded: Big Tomato. * FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Good God, where to start? * FiveManBand ** TheHero: Gordon ** TheLancer: Mr. Black ** TheSmartGuy / TheMedic / TheSixthRanger: The Elder ** TheBigGuy: Simon and (later) [[spoiler:Waffle (after he transforms)]] ** TheChick: Waffle ** TeamPet: Gear * FluffyCloudHeaven * FriendToAllLivingThings: Waffle. He talks to guppies! * GenreRoulette: Switches back-and-forth between the FilmNoir-influenced flashbacks and the main plot's HumongousMecha war-story. * HeroicSacrifice: The two in the final chapter are total [[CrowningMomentOfSadness Crowning Moments of Sadness]], [[spoiler: Gear uses Gordon's knife to stab himself in the heart, killing himself but destroying Pago's Super-Guardian and opening up the Pits of Hell. Pago nearly escapes, but Gordon pushes him down into the pits with him, screaming "You killed my pal... I'LL {{SEE YOU IN HELL}}!"]] * HeroicSociopath: Gordon. He even gets "bloodlust" if you rub blood across his face. * HumongousMecha: The Guardians. * IdiotHero: Both Gear and Waffle again. Not surprising, since Doug [=TenNapel=] loves this trope. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold / GoodIsNotNice: Gordon. He's hard on Waffle, but he has the decency to admit it and apologize for it. * JerkAss: Emperor Pago. * KnifeNut: Gordon is a heroic example of this. * TheMessiah: Gear, who is literally quoted by Doug as a "mechanical Christ figure". * TheMole: [[spoiler: A Newton cat soldier secretly working for the F.M. Cult, who tries to poison the Elder and steal the Forbidden Mechanism.]] ** As well as [[spoiler: Jimmy, a colleague of Dr. Pilk, who was really an informant for Big Tomato. However, he has a HeelFaceTurn, realizing nobody should have the Forbidden Mechanism, which results in him being killed by one of Big Tomato's goons in the opening scene.]] * OneSceneTwoMonologues: See BilingualDialogue above. * OneWingedAngel: Pago and his Guardian in the final chapter, [[spoiler: thanks to Gear.]] * PapaWolf: Dr. Pilk * PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Simon and Waffle later on, who remain important characters even after they technically die.]] * PosthumousNarration: [[spoiler:Simon]] * PresidentEvil: Pago, despite being an emperor falls more under this trope, [[spoiler:since he's a VillainWithGoodPublicity.]] * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The four [[spoiler: (or rather three after chapter 1)]] main hero cats. * TheDitz / TooDumbToLive: Gear, at first. "He's not a hero, he's dumb!" "No, he's retarded!" "Worse... he's ''dumb-tarded''." * RRatedOpening: Despite using a GoryDiscretionShot, the opening still made it clear that this wasn't a kid's comic. * SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Simon. He meets his end very early. We don't even know anything about his personality until after he's dead]] * SecondaryCharacterTitle: Gear doesn't show up until the second-to-last chapter, after all. The word "gear" isn't even mentioned until then either. * SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:Gordon says this to Pago, while '''literally''' pushing him off a cliff and into Hell's opening]]. * SmugSnake: Big Tomato * SoleSurvivor: Out of the four main cats, [[spoiler:only Mr. Black makes it to the end of the story.]] * TheStraightMan: Dr. Pilk. * TalkingAnimal * TookALevelInBadass: ** The Catscratch Gordon can break rocks with his bare hands, and beat Krakens and even vicious ducklings in hand-to-hand combat - but somehow, it's all done for laughs. The Gear Gordon will ''sneak up behind you with a knife in his mouth'', ''slit open your neck'' and ''steal your giant robot''. ** Waffle after he [[spoiler:gets turned into a Guardian]]. * TheUnintelligible: Chee and the insects just talk in "Chk chk"s, so their dialogue is conveniently subtitled. * UnwillingRoboticisation: What happens to [[spoiler: Waffle and Chee due to the effects of Geno-Metal]], may be a subversion because [[spoiler: they die, but their bodies stay behind and become Guardians]]. * WeHardlyKnewYe: Jimmy [[spoiler:and Simon]]. ---- <<|ComicBooks|>>
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''Gear'', sometimes written as ''GEAR'', is a graphic novel by DougTenNapel, creator of ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' and ''TheNeverhood''. His first graphic novel, originally published by ImageComics and Fireman Press Ltd. in black and white, running six issues from 1998 to 1999. It was reprinted as a trade paperback in 1999, and then again in full color in 2007. The plot revolves around an [[TalkingAnimal animal]] [[AnimalJingoism war]] between the South Plate Insects, the North Plate Cats, the Dogtown Dogs and the Newton Cats. The four states do battle with [[HumongousMecha ancient giant battle robots]] known as Guardians. Having only one Guardian so old it barely functions, Newton sends four less-than-competent [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits misfit cat brothers]] known as Gordon, Simon, Waffle and Mr. Black to hijack a new one from their enemies. Meanwhile, the Newton cat Elder and a dog named Dr. Pilk must protect the Forbidden Mechanism, a legendary holy artifact of incredible power, from the evil forces of North Plate cat Emperor Pago and dog mob boss Big Tomato. Oh, and it's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids really bloody, violent, full of swearing, death and religious allegories]]. Was very, very, [[RuleOfThree VERY]] loosely adapted into a much LighterAndSofter short-lived Nicktoon called ''Main/{{Catscratch}}'' in 2005. The only remnant of the original comic was the three main cats, Gordon, Waffle and Mr. Black (whose name was changed to Mr. Blik for political correctness) as the focus, although it was [[ExecutiveMeddling originally planned just to be a more Nickelodeon-audience-friendly adaptation of the comic]]. Though some people remember Catscratch, the source material is practically unknown outside [=TenNapel=] fans, and thus ''Gear'' NeedsMoreLove to the extreme. ---- !!Provides Examples Of: * AnimalJingoism * AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Simon's death within the first 20 pages]] is just the tip of the iceberg... * ArtifactOfDoom: The Forbidden Mechanism, but only really in the hands of evil. * BackFromTheDead: Neat little subversion. [[spoiler:Gear performs a miracle by temporarily pulling Chee's and Waffle's souls down from Heaven and back to their now-Guardian bodies to help fight Emperor Pago.]] * BeingEvilSucks: Bob will ultimately obey orders no matter what, but that doesn't stop him from feeling conflicted about them. * BigBad: [[spoiler:Emperor Pago of the North Plate Cats.]] * BilingualDialogue: A funny subversion; Waffle the cat and Chee the insect seem to converse in spite of their language barrier, and Waffle even has a change of heart immediately after one of Chee's comments. Then, as he turns to leave, Waffle adds, "By the way, I haven't understood a thing you've said." * BodyHorror: See UnwillingRoboticisation below. ** And then there's [[spoiler: Gear, after he's shoved into the Guardian's heart by Pago...]]. * BittersweetEnding * CallingTheOldManOut: Mr. Black to the Elder, after discovering that [[spoiler:the Elder was responsible for Waffle's transformation into a Guardian]]. * CatsAreMean: More like Cats Are BadAss for most of the cast, but played straight with Emperor Pago. * ConstructedWorld * CoolOldGuy: The Newton Elder. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Gear and Waffle. * {{Cult}}: The F.M. Cult, a group of ninja-like cats who hunt the Forbidden Mechanism. * DarkerAndEdgier: Ridiculously compared to Main/{{Catscratch}}. There's plenty of people who have trouble believing this was its source material. * DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Big Tomato's Death. "He's gonna squash him like a...!"]] * DemotedToExtra: [[spoiler:Mr. Black in the later chapters]] * DiedHappilyEverAfter: Horribly, horribly averted. * DiscOneFinalBoss: Big Tomato. [[spoiler:Pago is the ''real'' BigBad]]. * DeusEstMachina: Gear, who can [[spoiler: revive the dead, at least temporarily, give a Guardian ultimate power, and open up the [[{{Hellgate}} GATES OF HELL]].]] * DistantFinale * TheDragon: Bob to Big Tomato * TheDreaded: Big Tomato. * FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Good God, where to start? * FiveManBand ** TheHero: Gordon ** TheLancer: Mr. Black ** TheSmartGuy / TheMedic / TheSixthRanger: The Elder ** TheBigGuy: Simon and (later) [[spoiler:Waffle (after he transforms)]] ** TheChick: Waffle ** TeamPet: Gear * FluffyCloudHeaven * FriendToAllLivingThings: Waffle. He talks to guppies! * GenreRoulette: Switches back-and-forth between the FilmNoir-influenced flashbacks and the main plot's HumongousMecha war-story. * HeroicSacrifice: The two in the final chapter are total [[CrowningMomentOfSadness Crowning Moments of Sadness]], [[spoiler: Gear uses Gordon's knife to stab himself in the heart, killing himself but destroying Pago's Super-Guardian and opening up the Pits of Hell. Pago nearly escapes, but Gordon pushes him down into the pits with him, screaming "You killed my pal... I'LL {{SEE YOU IN HELL}}!"]] * HeroicSociopath: Gordon. He even gets "bloodlust" if you rub blood across his face. * HumongousMecha: The Guardians. * IdiotHero: Both Gear and Waffle again. Not surprising, since Doug [=TenNapel=] loves this trope. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold / GoodIsNotNice: Gordon. He's hard on Waffle, but he has the decency to admit it and apologize for it. * JerkAss: Emperor Pago. * KnifeNut: Gordon is a heroic example of this. * TheMessiah: Gear, who is literally quoted by Doug as a "mechanical Christ figure". * TheMole: [[spoiler: A Newton cat soldier secretly working for the F.M. Cult, who tries to poison the Elder and steal the Forbidden Mechanism.]] ** As well as [[spoiler: Jimmy, a colleague of Dr. Pilk, who was really an informant for Big Tomato. However, he has a HeelFaceTurn, realizing nobody should have the Forbidden Mechanism, which results in him being killed by one of Big Tomato's goons in the opening scene.]] * OneSceneTwoMonologues: See BilingualDialogue above. * OneWingedAngel: Pago and his Guardian in the final chapter, [[spoiler: thanks to Gear.]] * PapaWolf: Dr. Pilk * PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Simon and Waffle later on, who remain important characters even after they technically die.]] * PosthumousNarration: [[spoiler:Simon]] * PresidentEvil: Pago, despite being an emperor falls more under this trope, [[spoiler:since he's a VillainWithGoodPublicity.]] * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The four [[spoiler: (or rather three after chapter 1)]] main hero cats. * TheDitz / TooDumbToLive: Gear, at first. "He's not a hero, he's dumb!" "No, he's retarded!" "Worse... he's ''dumb-tarded''." * RRatedOpening: Despite using a GoryDiscretionShot, the opening still made it clear that this wasn't a kid's comic. * SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Simon. He meets his end very early. We don't even know anything about his personality until after he's dead]] * SecondaryCharacterTitle: Gear doesn't show up until the second-to-last chapter, after all. The word "gear" isn't even mentioned until then either. * SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:Gordon says this to Pago, while '''literally''' pushing him off a cliff and into Hell's opening]]. * SmugSnake: Big Tomato * SoleSurvivor: Out of the four main cats, [[spoiler:only Mr. Black makes it to the end of the story.]] * TheStraightMan: Dr. Pilk. * TalkingAnimal * TookALevelInBadass: ** The Catscratch Gordon can break rocks with his bare hands, and beat Krakens and even vicious ducklings in hand-to-hand combat - but somehow, it's all done for laughs. The Gear Gordon will ''sneak up behind you with a knife in his mouth'', ''slit open your neck'' and ''steal your giant robot''. ** Waffle after he [[spoiler:gets turned into a Guardian]]. * TheUnintelligible: Chee and the insects just talk in "Chk chk"s, so their dialogue is conveniently subtitled. * UnwillingRoboticisation: What happens to [[spoiler: Waffle and Chee due to the effects of Geno-Metal]], may be a subversion because [[spoiler: they die, but their bodies stay behind and become Guardians]]. * WeHardlyKnewYe: Jimmy [[spoiler:and Simon]]. ---- <<|ComicBooks|>>[[redirect:ComicBook/{{Gear}}]]
17th Oct '12 8:33:12 PM MercenX
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Meanwhile, the Newton cat Elder and a dog named Dr. Pilk must protect the Forbidden Mechanism, a legendary holy artifact of incredible power, from the evil forces of North Plate cat Emperor Pago and dog mob boss Big Tomato. Oh, and it's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids really bloody, violent, full of swearing, death and religious allegories]].
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Meanwhile, the Newton cat Elder and a dog named Dr. Pilk must protect the Forbidden Mechanism, a legendary holy artifact of incredible power, from the evil forces of North Plate cat Emperor Pago and dog mob boss Big Tomato. Oh, and it's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids really bloody, violent, full of swearing, death and religious allegories]].
17th Oct '12 8:32:39 PM MercenX
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Meanwhile, the Newton cat Elder and a dog named Dr. Pilk must protect the Forbidden Mechanism, a legendary holy artifact of incredible power, from the evil forces of North Plate cat Emperor Pago and dog mob boss Big Tomato. Oh, and it's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids really bloody, violent, full of swearing, death and religious allegories]].
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Meanwhile, the Newton cat Elder and a dog named Dr. Pilk must protect the Forbidden Mechanism, a legendary holy artifact of incredible power, from the evil forces of North Plate cat Emperor Pago and dog mob boss Big Tomato. Oh, and it's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids really bloody, violent, full of swearing, death and religious allegories]].
4th Sep '12 11:17:19 PM MisterMyst
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* TheDreaded: Big Tomato.
7th Aug '12 8:33:39 PM MisterMyst
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* OneSceneWonder: Bernie and Weaver take up approximately 2 pages of the entire comic, but they manage to pull off a very moving CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
8th Jun '12 9:25:40 PM MisterMyst
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* DistantFinale
27th Apr '12 11:41:25 AM SamMax
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic
2nd Apr '12 8:36:21 PM KenEl
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** The Catscratch Gordon can break rocks, and beat Krakens and even vicious ducklings in hand-to-hand combat - but somehow, it's all done for laughs. The Gear Gordon will ''sneak up behind you with a knife in his mouth'', ''slit open your neck'' and ''steal your giant robot''.
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** The Catscratch Gordon can break rocks, rocks with his bare hands, and beat Krakens and even vicious ducklings in hand-to-hand combat - but somehow, it's all done for laughs. The Gear Gordon will ''sneak up behind you with a knife in his mouth'', ''slit open your neck'' and ''steal your giant robot''.
20th Feb '12 8:53:22 AM Goldstone
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* RalphWiggum / TooDumbToLive: Gear, at first. "He's not a hero, he's dumb!" "No, he's retarded!" "Worse... he's ''dumb-tarded''."
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* RalphWiggum TheDitz / TooDumbToLive: Gear, at first. "He's not a hero, he's dumb!" "No, he's retarded!" "Worse... he's ''dumb-tarded''."
4th Feb '12 7:00:28 AM turtleking99
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forgot one of the YMMV items
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Younger children who watched Catscratch should wait until they're older to give this a read.
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