History YMMV / Transmetropolitan

7th May '18 8:58:29 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Senator Gary "The Smiler" Callahan]] is a [[CorruptPolitician sadistic politician]] who desires ultimate power for no reason other than [[MisanthropeSupreme to hurt others]]. On his campaign trail for President, Callahan first shows his cruelty when he has his political advisor shot dead to [[FalseFlagAttack gain sympathy for his cause]]. Once elected {{President|Evil}}, Callahan begins running The City into the ground even more than it already was, orchestrating the release of vicious criminals so as to gun down the ensuing protesters, having all the prostitutes he ever slept with and those who associated with them hunted down and executed to cover up his illicit acts, and ordering several people sniped to lower the City's awareness of an incoming storm, hoping it would wipe out more evidence of his crimes. As [[AntiHero Spider Jerusalem]] begins taking apart his cabinet and ruining his reputation, Callahan slowly becomes more [[AxCrazy unhinged]] and desperate for ratings, having his wife and kids killed in an accident to gain sympathy and instituting martial law across the City, setting an entire complex aflame and endangering dozens in the process. In perhaps his most despicable act, Callahan gives his troops the order to use lethal force on a group of young college protesters, leading to dozens of protesters being mowed down. Described by Spider as a man who believes in nothing but his own power, Gary Callahan was a [[CardCarryingVillain self-described]] "Franchise/JamesBond villain" who simply hated every last person on the planet that wasn't himself, and stood out even in this CrapsackWorld as an absolute evil.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Senator Gary "The Smiler" Callahan]] is a [[CorruptPolitician sadistic politician]] who desires ultimate power for no reason other than [[MisanthropeSupreme to hurt others]]. On his campaign trail for President, Callahan first shows his cruelty when he has his political advisor shot dead to [[FalseFlagAttack gain sympathy for his cause]]. Once elected {{President|Evil}}, Callahan begins running The City into the ground even more than it already was, orchestrating the release of vicious criminals so as to gun down the ensuing protesters, having all the prostitutes he ever slept with and those who associated with them hunted down and executed to cover up his illicit acts, and ordering several people sniped to lower the City's awareness of an incoming storm, hoping it would wipe out more evidence of his crimes. As [[AntiHero Spider Jerusalem]] begins taking apart his cabinet and ruining his reputation, Callahan slowly becomes more [[AxCrazy unhinged]] unhinged and desperate for ratings, having his wife and kids killed in an accident to gain sympathy and instituting martial law across the City, setting an entire complex aflame and endangering dozens in the process. In perhaps his most despicable act, Callahan gives his troops the order to use lethal force on a group of young college protesters, leading to dozens of protesters being mowed down. Described by Spider as a man who believes in nothing but his own power, Gary Callahan was a [[CardCarryingVillain self-described]] "Franchise/JamesBond villain" who simply hated every last person on the planet that wasn't himself, and stood out even in this CrapsackWorld as an absolute evil.
21st Mar '18 2:43:17 PM Mullon
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* ValuesDissonance: Toward the very beginning of the series. Spider's first story is covering the "Transients", who are people transitioning between being human and alien which began as a kind of temporary body mod. Spider finds the whole thing distasteful, says Transients should be treated like the kids they are (in so many words), and there's an overwhelming implication that Fred Christ, the spokesman for the "Transient Movement" protesting in the City, is faking it for the exclusive purpose of getting access to sex. In 1997, just about everyone probably would've agreed with Spider's (and Ellis') take on the situation... but two decades later, it's hard not to make comparisons to actual transsexuality and for the section to come off as more than a little transphobic for hitting just about every negative stereotype of transsexuals (just faking it, it's just temporary, et cetera). [[spoiler:Of course, the City government and police then use the flimsiest of constructed excuses as justification to send in the riot cops to ''crush, kill and erase the Transients'', and Spider shines a light on the utter ridiculousness and naked power-displaying of this (as he notes that he might not agree with what the Transients do to themselves, but they weren't hurting anyone and in no way or form deserve what's happening) resulting in the whole thing whipping straight back around into a kind of ValuesResonance that Ellis may not have even ''intended''.]]

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* ValuesDissonance: Toward the very beginning of the series. Spider's first story is covering the "Transients", who are people transitioning between being human and alien which began as a kind of temporary body mod. Spider finds the whole thing distasteful, says Transients should be treated like the kids they are (in so many words), and there's an overwhelming implication that Fred Christ, the spokesman for the "Transient Movement" protesting in the City, is faking it for the exclusive purpose of getting access to sex. In 1997, just about everyone probably would've agreed with Spider's (and Ellis') take on the situation... but two decades later, it's hard not to make comparisons to actual transsexuality and for the section to come off as more than a little transphobic for hitting just about every negative stereotype of transsexuals (just faking it, it's just temporary, et cetera). [[spoiler:Of course, the City government and police then use the flimsiest of constructed excuses as justification to send in the riot cops to ''crush, kill and erase the Transients'', and Spider shines a light on the utter ridiculousness and naked power-displaying of this (as he notes that he might not agree with what the Transients do to themselves, but they weren't hurting anyone and in no way or form deserve what's happening) resulting in the whole thing whipping straight back around into a kind of ValuesResonance that Ellis may not have even ''intended''.]]]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: "''Transmetropolitan'' is based on [insert important political election here], the Beast is based on [politician x] and the Smiler is based on [politician y]!" It gets weird when people say the comic was based on elections that happened after it was written.
20th Oct '17 12:46:22 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The technology presented as plenty of {{zeerust}}, being written just on the cusp of the Internet and cellphones coming to dominate the exchange of information.

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** The technology presented as has plenty of {{zeerust}}, being written just on the cusp of the Internet and cellphones coming to dominate the exchange of information.
20th Oct '17 12:45:48 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The work has many hallmarks of being a parody of late-1990s society and politics.
** The technology presented as plenty of {{zeerust}}, being written just on the cusp of the Internet and cellphones coming to dominate the exchange of information.
** The political satire is basely almost exclusively on domestic events and issues. It was predominantly written during a period in American history of unusual peace that gave the nation a chance to focus inward. Toward the end of the series' run, the attacks of 9/11 happened, causing the political landscape of the nation to swing sharply toward international war and foreign policy.
** Spider's character-defining political cynicism and shockingly frank discourse in the face of stuffy, corrupt politicians has lost a lot of its impact in the wake of the 2016 election. Spider gives politicians mocking nicknames, but Trump did this himself to his political opponents while on the campaign trail. Spider's scatological jokes become less shocking when major party primary candidates started making insinuations about their relative penis sizes during debates. Spider declaring victory when he pushes Callahan into making a public promise to work for change comes across as naive when politicians are now making daily and disposable declarations via Twitter.
8th Oct '17 8:56:40 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Senator (and eventually [[PresidentEvil President]]) [[BigBad Gary "The Smiler" Callahan]], in a world nearly without ethics, he goes above and beyond the call of evil. He has his campaign coordinator publicly assassinated to win sympathy for himself after his campaign went into the gutter; he has his ''family'' killed in an "accident" to again win sympathy; he has a member of his StateSec pull a sniper spree on civilians so that no one would notice the freak storm brewing nearby, a storm that causes massive damage and loss of life, all so he could wipe the evidence against him from existence (and that was a fool's errand as Spider kept his own private records, meaning that the Smiler did what he did for nothing); he has a peaceful protest of college students riddled with bullets at the first opportunity of "I thought he was pulling a gun"; he allows the brutal murderers of an innocent kid to go free and orders the cops to butcher all of the protesters as soon as violence was initiated (and it was done so by the murderers) and then (briefly) used his power to prevent the media from even acknowledging the riot and the slaughter of innocent civilians from happening.

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* CompleteMonster: Senator (and eventually [[PresidentEvil President]]) [[BigBad Senator Gary "The Smiler" Callahan]], in Callahan]] is a world nearly without ethics, he goes above and beyond the call of evil. He has [[CorruptPolitician sadistic politician]] who desires ultimate power for no reason other than [[MisanthropeSupreme to hurt others]]. On his campaign coordinator publicly assassinated trail for President, Callahan first shows his cruelty when he has his political advisor shot dead to win [[FalseFlagAttack gain sympathy for himself after his campaign went cause]]. Once elected {{President|Evil}}, Callahan begins running The City into the gutter; ground even more than it already was, orchestrating the release of vicious criminals so as to gun down the ensuing protesters, having all the prostitutes he has ever slept with and those who associated with them hunted down and executed to cover up his ''family'' illicit acts, and ordering several people sniped to lower the City's awareness of an incoming storm, hoping it would wipe out more evidence of his crimes. As [[AntiHero Spider Jerusalem]] begins taking apart his cabinet and ruining his reputation, Callahan slowly becomes more [[AxCrazy unhinged]] and desperate for ratings, having his wife and kids killed in an "accident" accident to again win sympathy; he has a member of gain sympathy and instituting martial law across the City, setting an entire complex aflame and endangering dozens in the process. In perhaps his StateSec pull a sniper spree on civilians so that no one would notice most despicable act, Callahan gives his troops the freak storm brewing nearby, order to use lethal force on a storm that causes massive damage and loss group of life, all so he could wipe the evidence against him from existence (and that was a fool's errand as Spider kept his own private records, meaning that the Smiler did what he did for nothing); he has a peaceful protest of young college students riddled with bullets at the first opportunity protesters, leading to dozens of "I thought he was pulling a gun"; he allows the brutal murderers of an innocent kid to go free and orders the cops to butcher all of the protesters being mowed down. Described by Spider as soon as violence a man who believes in nothing but his own power, Gary Callahan was initiated (and it was done so by a [[CardCarryingVillain self-described]] "Franchise/JamesBond villain" who simply hated every last person on the murderers) planet that wasn't himself, and then (briefly) used his power to prevent the media from stood out even acknowledging the riot and the slaughter of innocent civilians from happening.in this CrapsackWorld as an absolute evil.
26th Feb '17 10:56:47 AM nombretomado
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** On the penultimate pages of the series, Spider [[spoiler:puts a cigarette in his mouth for OneLastSmoke, draws a handgun, puts it under his chin, and it turns out to be a lighter.]] Sad part? Three years later, Spider's inspiration, HunterSThompson, did the exact same thing... [[spoiler: except the gun was real.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson#Death]]]]

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** On the penultimate pages of the series, Spider [[spoiler:puts a cigarette in his mouth for OneLastSmoke, draws a handgun, puts it under his chin, and it turns out to be a lighter.]] Sad part? Three years later, Spider's inspiration, HunterSThompson, Creator/HunterSThompson, did the exact same thing... [[spoiler: except the gun was real.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson#Death]]]]
4th Feb '17 6:05:13 PM Eagal
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* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Vita Severn's murder.]]
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: You can't do a tribute to HunterSThompson and not be anvilicious. 'Business', about child prostitution, is arguably the most famous.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Calahan did a lot of shitty things, but the first one we learn about is ordering [[spoiler:Vita Severn's murder.]]
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: You can't do a tribute to HunterSThompson and not be anvilicious. 'Business', about child prostitution, is arguably the most famous.
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4th Feb '17 6:03:22 PM Eagal
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** Arguably the Beast. His argument to Spider is that, due to the limits of his power, he cannot be expected to do more than the bare minimum. He's not corrupt so much as beaten down and jaded, skating through the time remaining in his term. He's what happens when cynicism wins, as a contrast to Spider's angry, frustrated idealism.

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** Arguably the The Beast. His argument to Spider is that, due to the limits of his power, he cannot be expected to do more than the bare minimum. He's not corrupt so much as beaten down and jaded, skating through the time remaining in his term. He's what happens when cynicism wins, as a contrast to Spider's angry, frustrated idealism.
4th Feb '17 6:02:33 PM Eagal
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** Ellis comes up with ''another'' one of his disturbing and insightful summaries, which could apply to both the "Transient Movement" and transsexuals; the world ''hurt'' them, and going tran is their way of coping with it. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it makes them easy meat for opportunistic demagogues...
-->'''Fred Christ''': You know where most transients start? In the psychiatrist's office. High incidence of dissociative identity disorder. High incidence of self-mutilation. Suicide attempts. Alienation. I mean, fuck, look at us. We're fucking walking alienation. For every transient who wants to explore a new genome, I can give you ten who thought all their problems would be solved by getting another body. Compared to 95% of transients, I'm a god. And you know, when the change gets hold, it gets into your visual cortex, and your sex center. You might see skinny grey things, but in my perception, I'm fucking Marilyn Monroe nine times a day... ''(cue MegatonPunch from [[BullyHunter Channon]])''

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** Ellis comes up with ''another'' one of his disturbing and insightful summaries, which could apply to both the "Transient Movement" and transsexuals; the world ''hurt'' them, and going tran trans is their way of coping with it. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it makes them easy meat for opportunistic demagogues...
-->'''Fred Christ''': You know where most transients start? In the psychiatrist's office. High incidence of dissociative identity disorder. High incidence of self-mutilation. Suicide attempts. Alienation. I mean, fuck, look at us. We're fucking walking alienation. For every transient who wants to explore a new genome, I can give you ten who thought all their problems would be solved by getting another body. Compared to 95% of transients, I'm a god. And you know, when the change gets hold, it gets into your visual cortex, and your sex center. You might see skinny grey things, but in my perception, I'm fucking Marilyn Monroe nine times a day... ''(cue MegatonPunch punch from [[BullyHunter Channon]])''
12th Nov '16 5:10:40 PM ThallianGold
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