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-->--''There's a fella's gonna be coming for me. An' you couldn't stop him wi' a hundred've yer scum. You couldn't stop him wi' a thousand guns.''
-->'''Cassidy''', praying for the main character to save him.

GarthEnnis' ''Preacher'' tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-at-heel Texan preacher whose life is turned around when he is cursed with The Word of God, which compels people to do whatever he commands. After finding out that God has abdicated His throne, Jesse sets out on a quest to bring Him to task, joined by Tulip, his ex-girlfriend-turned-hitman, and Cassidy, an Irish vampire.

Their quest takes them across the dark heart of America, from the streets of New York to the Louisiana swamps, and along the way they meet inbred hicks, serial killers, JohnWayne's ghost, The Saint of Killers, the retarded descendants of Jesus, an ancient religious conspiracy, a pair of perverted Sexual Investigators, Creator/BillHicks, the anti-Pope, fallen angels, voodoo children, psycho goths, TheKlan and a kid with a face like an arse.

[[GodIsEvil The book enthusiastically denies the Christian concept of a loving God]], satirizes various aspects of modern living and throws in a few good fistfights and explosions along the way. It was published by VertigoComics. The series lasted for 66 regular issues, running from April, 1995 to October, 2000. There were also a number of specials and a 4-issue mini-series featuring the Saint of Killers.

After over a decade of DevelopmentHell, a TV series adaptation has been announced to air on AMC, with Sam Catlin (''Series/BreakingBad'') serving as executive producer and showrunner, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'') as executive producers and writers.


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!!This series provides examples of:
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Sheriff Hugo Root is feared and loathed by everyone in Annville, his wife left him and it's heavily implied that even his deputies despise him. Seeing as the man was basically just a thug with a badge, this comes as no surprise. Ironically, the one person who doesn't hate him at the start of the series is his biggest victim: Arseface, his own son, whom he mercilessly abused until the latter's failed suicide attempt.
* AchillesHeel: Jesse Custer's Word of God can only affect those who can hear and understand it, so plugging your ears or not understanding English will prevent the Word from affecting you. Several people also try to hold Jesse at gunpoint and threaten to shoot if he should start talking, though he does manage to creatively overcome this on occasion.
* ActionGirl: Tulip, although it's clear that Jesse would [[InHarmsWay rather she wasn't]].
* AlwaysAccurateAttack: The guns of The Saint Of Killers-he literally, magically cannot ever miss.
* AlmightyIdiot: [[spoiler:Genesis -- as its own father describes it, it has power and knowledge, but no will of its own without a host. It's basically a divine battery rather than a sapient being.]]
* AncientConspiracy: The Grail.
* AnythingThatMoves:
** T.C. - though, in all honesty, even the "moves" part seems to be negotiable.
** Jesus [=DeSade=]. If it has a hole, he's probably fucked it.
* ArmoredClosetGay: [[spoiler: Detective Bridges]]
* AssShove. [[spoiler:Jesse told Sheriff Root with the Voice to go fuck himself. So, he did...]]
* AttemptedRape: Foiled with a truck through the wall.
* AuthorTract: Ennis is clearly talking through various characters when they get off on tangents about a particular subject.
** Jesse makes a long tirade against political correctness, with a brief stop against body piercings, before undercutting it by saying that he might just need to get laid.
** Jesse and Cassidy talk about how the worst thing a man can ever do is hit a woman (instead of serial murder, cannibalism, or betraying loved ones).
* BackFromTheDead: Played straight and literally for the most part, with several characters directly resurrected.
* BadassBoast: The Saint of Killer just lives off of these:
** "[[EvilerThanThou There ain't worse than me in all of Hell.]] [[LikeABadassOutOfHell Go an' look.]]" (Gunshot)
** "Give me all the hell you got to spare."
** *spits* "[[NukeEm Not enough]] [[NoSell gun.]]"
* BadassCreed: Jesse Custer learned his from his father, cribbed from JohnWayne;
-->'''John Custer''': ''Don't take no shit off fools. Judge a person by what's in 'em, not how they look. An' you do the '''right thing'''. Be one of the good guys. 'Cause there's way too many of the bad.''
* BadassBookworm: Jesse mentions having read every book in the library while in Annville.
* BadassFamily: The Custers.
* BadassGrandpa:
** The Saint of Killers was pretty old BEFORE he became immortal.
** The Texas Ranger also falls into this trope.
* BadassLongcoat:
** The Saint of Killers.
** The Texas Ranger
* BadassNormal: Tulip out of the major three characters. She doesn't have Jesse's word or Cassidy's vampiric powers. She's just an excellent shot.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Arseface is a combination of two. There was at least one teen who committed suicide upon learning of Kurt Cobain's own; and there was a teen who attempted the same kind of suicide (though unrelated to the death of Cobain) that Arseface did with the same results (lived, but missing most of their face).
* BeleagueredAssistant: Featherstone increasingly becomes this as Starr becomes more unhinged.
* BiTheWay: Amy admits to herself that she would like to trade places with ''either'' Jesse or Tulip.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The L'Angelles. Jesse remarks that the L'Angelles must have the "Devil's own piss" running in their veins instead of blood. It was something of a miracle that Jesse's own mother turned out as well as she did -- which is probably why she fled in the first place.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Even God's a prick.
* BlackBestFriend: "Space" to John Custer, and arguably Cindy to Jesse in ''Salvation''.
* BlindAndTheBeast: Subverted by Lorry Bobs and Arseface. Both of them are TheGrotesque who will [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn Their Happy Ending]].
* BodyHorror: Used as a method of torture - A paralyzed man is distracted by Eisenstein for several minutes until he is allowed to look to the side and sees Eisenstein's bodyguard [[spoiler: eating his hand.]] He gives up the information.
* BondageIsBad: Ambiguous, with [[DepravedBisexual Jesus De Sade]] and [[TheBaroness Miss Oatlash]] clearly on the bad side, Herr Starr arguably ambiguous, and on the other hand, the fairly sympathetic treatment of TransparentCloset case CowboyCop Paulie, and some of Jesse and Tulip's playing around. BrainsAndBondage generally applies, good or bad.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: A major theme in the series is the fact that Jesse is basically a modern cowboy from a Western. In the end, [[spoiler:when Tulip asks what he wants to become now, we get a two-page shot of Jesse riding into the sunset, and he says, "Can't you guess?"]]
* BottomlessMagazines: The Saint of Killers' revolvers. They were forged by {{Satan}} to have their hammers never fall on empty chambers.
* BrokenPedestal: Subverted with Jody.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Over the course of the series we see the unfortunate genetic result of two sets of inbred families - Billy-Bob's family in "All In The Family" and the handicapped children of Jesus in "Crusaders". Lampshaded by Starr.
-->'''Starr''': ''Son of man or son of God, you can't fuck your sister and expect much good to come of it.''
* BungledSuicide: Arseface's origin story.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Subverted. When Hoover comes back from counting sand, Jessie does not remember him for a few minutes. When he does recognize him, he acknowledges that he was wrong and helps Hoover forget the worst of the trauma.
* ButtMonkey: Hoover and Arseface are sympathetic examples, which is interesting since the former is technically an antagonist. Starr, on the other hand, just lives a never-ending HumiliationConga from one page to the next.
** Joe the bartender also counts, but he's still an optimist. Mistaken (partially his own fault) for a serial pedophile and medically castrated as a result? Check. Inability to sexually satisfy his wife, leading to divorce? Check. Wife winning all the money he got from the state to compensate for destroying his balls? Check.
** Detective John Tool, "the unluckiest cop in the world"
* CallingTheOldManOut: Only it's the Father of all Creation.
* CannibalLarder: One psychopath is found out when another character discovers [[BodyInABreadbox a human head in the fridge]].
* CapturedSuperEntity: The Grail has a captured angel that they use for information in "Crusaders". [[spoiler: It's the angel who fathered Genesis.]]
* CarFu: Cassidy drives a pickup into the Saint in the first volume, [[NighInvulnerable to no effect]].
** Tulip does this with a truck in her teen years to scare off a group of gang rapists after her friend.
* ClusterFBomb:
** This being a GarthEnnis work, one shouldn't be surprised. To quote Sheriff Root: "SON OF A FUCKIN' WHORE WHAT THE FUCK IS GOIN' ON FUCK THIS '''FUCK'''"
** Lampshaded with Saddam Hopper, because he's fucking ''lousy'' at it (Even using the SevenDirtyWords).
* CombatPragmatist:
** Jesse loves his {{Groin Attack}}s.
** Starr's response to a [[SadistTeacher sadistic hand to hand combat instructor]] demanding to know how Starr would defeat him in unarmed combat? Starr [[CuttingTheKnot shoots him in the leg]] and responds that he never intends to be unarmed.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting:
** The Saint looks identical to the late Lee Marvin.
** The Texas Ranger Tom Pickett seems to resemble [[Film/{{Alien}} Tom Skerritt]].
** Saddam Hopper resembles Saddam Hussein (Duh).
** And Cassidy is pretty clearly Shane McGowan from ThePogues.
** There seems to be a resemblance between Jesse Custer and Jim Morrison of TheDoors.
* CompellingVoice: Jesse, due to the Word of God
* CompensatingForSomething: Starr loves his big gun. Or as he calls it, [[MadnessMantra muttering]] "''Doom''cock. '''''Doomcock'''''." Of course, he thought he was just practicing, saying cock then he cocked it and DOOM when he fired it.
** [[TheNapoleon Odin Quincannon]] also has a HandCannon which breaks his arm when he fires it.
* CoolChair: The Throne of Paradise. Even the Saint of Killers can't do anything to someone sitting on it.
* CoolShades: Cassidy
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Jesse initially resists using his powers for his own gain...then decides to just say hell with it. By the end of the series, though, he learns some hard lessons about the unintended consequences of rash action.
* CorruptChurch: The Grail
* CorruptHick: Odin Quincannon in "Salvation". Also known as the Meat King, he is a corrupt hick who operates an inhumane meat plant, orders the death of a local sheriff, is a card-carrying member of TheKlan, tries to blow up a nearby village with napalm, employs a Hitler fetishist as his PA and repeatedly has sex with a giant female figure made out of sides of ham. Seriously. He was so corrupt his fellow Klansmen started wondering if he was taking the whole racism thing a bit too far.
** The L'Angelles are a BigScrewedUpFamily like you would not believe.
** Sheriff Hugo Root, who's an alcoholic racist as well as an abusive father.
** Jody and T.C. T.C. in particular will screw anything whether it moves or not, including dogs, chickens, and a ''birthday cake'' (he claims the cake was just asking for it with that frosting).
* CouncilOfAngels: In "Gone to Texas"
* CoversAlwaysLie: If you're new to the series, the cover of the very first issue might give you the impression that Jesse is the antagonist of the series, or possibly a VillainProtagonist, rather than TheHero. Hell, the first issue's cover is the page image for SinisterMinister!
* CowboyCop:
** Cal Hicks tries to be this, but he seems to embrace the stereotypes of PrivateDetective more. He has a fancy car (repossessed because he can't afford it on a police salary), hot girlfriend (leaving him, probably because he's a virgin with a ridiculously ludicrous idea of what sex is like), on suspension (you can only get away with this if you have a massively perfect arrest record and he doesn't), has a canine sidekick (Doofus, leaves after T.C. spends the night with the dog), and has a drinking problem (probably brought on by hard-drinkin' detectives on TV). Tries to fly a copter and crashes it. Tries to take charge and it's clear Jody has him outclassed. Talks tough and Jody feeds him to a gator. Really, one of the more inept wannabes.
** Jesse becomes this in Salvation. Awesomeness ensues. No doubt inspired by:
** Tom Pickett, the Texas Ranger Jesse and Tulip met when they were younger.
** Detective Bridges is one (he once got a confession out of a guy by shoving his face into a gaping shotgun wound).
* CursedWithAwesome: Cassidy's view of being a vampire.
* CutenessProximity: The Saint gets a couple of moments of this with the girl he later marries, and then with their child, though of course it's largely played for contrast. Also, to his surprise, Tulip's RatedMForManly dad (though it helps that she just burped).
--> ''Aw, so you're a girl. That needn't be so bad.''
* DarkActionGirl: That one chick. You know the one. With the action. And the dark.
* DarkAndTroubledPast:
** A whole lot of people. But Jesse and his family gets a special mention.
** Cassidy's is so bad that it might qualify as a deconstruction of how artificially dramatic this trope usually is.
** Herr Starr's [[IncrediblyLamePun Starrt]] [[StartOfDarkness Of Darkness]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Starr is the outstanding case, but Featherstone does her best, and most others have their moments.
* DeathIsTheOnlyOption: Jesse Custer's plan near the end is [[spoiler:to die so that God himself will return to Heaven thinking it now safe, only to find the Saint of Killers occupying the celestial throne]]. Jesse [[spoiler:returns from the dead but]] comments that [[spoiler:still being alive]] is an empty victory, like using a cheat code in a video game.
* DeepSouth: Where a lot of the story takes place.
* DepravedBisexual:
** Jesus De Sade. Actually, he's a depraved ''everything''.
** Bill, Cassidy's old heroin supplier. When Cassidy can no longer get the money for his habits, he says that Cassidy or his girlfriend can give him a blowjob instead: ''"I'm not particular"''.
* DepravedHomosexual: ''All'' the queer characters in the series are more or less depraved.
* DevilButNoGod: Inverted: The Devil is shot in the face by the Saint of Killers sometime in the 19th century but God is still running around [[spoiler:(until he's shot by the Saint of Killers)]].
* {{Determinator}}: Many, but special mention needs to be given to Herr Starr after his escape from the desert.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:The Saint of Killers shoots God dead]].
* DirtyCommunists: Subverted. They're not longer Communists, but the Russians are still depicted as hard, crazy bastards anyway. Not to mention Jesse's father's famous "Fuck Communism" lighter.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Hoover, who is made by the Word of God to count sand. Even Jesse later admits that this crossed the line.
** Jesse's grandmother catches him cursing at Jody after he [[KickTheDog nails his dog to the fence.]] She responds by nailing him into a weighted box and dropping him in the river for a week with just an air hose to keep him from suffocating. Of course, that was probably more to tighten her control over him and "toughen him up" than anything else.
* {{Eagleland}}: Somehow subverted. Warts and all - and they are very big warts - this series reads like GarthEnnis' love letter to America.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: By halfway through the series, the Saint of Killers is ''completely'' unstoppable and ''nothing'' can survive his guns. [[spoiler: By the end of the series, he kills God.]] The fact that Cassidy is only mildly inconvenienced by being shot by the Saint is probably related to the fact that it happens in the first volume.
* EarthIsYoung: Straight Type C: Literature/TheBible is literal truth, and the reason we have reason to believe otherwise is that [[GodIsFlawed God is desperate to be loved]]: If our lives are HellOnEarth and we don't have any reason to believe that God even ''exists'' but ''still'' love him anyway, then our love is such a sweet ego-boost in His eyes.
* EldritchAbomination: Genesis is described as such by the angels, including its own father.
* EtTuBrute: As cited on the trope page:
--> "Gets ya to fuckin' love him and then stabz ya inna back. Love him so much ya don't believe he did it. Blood all over ya. Big fuckin' knife in ya back. An' ya don't believe he did it. Maybe hez sick. Maybe it wasn't him. Just looked like him. Maybe he made a mistake."
--> ''WHY THE FUCK DID YOU LET ME DOWN SO BAD!!!
* EyepatchOfPower: Jesse.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Though you may feel no need to congratulate either Jody or D'Aronique for their selection.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Odin Quincannon: So monomaniacally racist, other KKK members think he's exaggerating.
** Arguably Starr, who is disgusted by D'Aronique to the point he considers seeking to usurp him as the Allfather of the Grail as the right thing to do.
** The "Sexual Investigators" appear to be prostitutes, rapists and hired killers, yet they're both disturbed by our heroes trapping a cat in a toilet.
* EvilMatriarch: Marie L'Angelle really takes this trope to a whole new dimension.
* EvilUncle: Jesse's grandmother Marie L'Angelle was Allfather D'Aronique's aunt.
* EvilVersusEvil: In ''The Good Old Boys'', Jody and T.C. take on a bunch of goons and their leader, a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed rendition of Saddam Hussein.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Cassidy.]]
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Cassidy. Made more complicated by the shades of gray in his ongoing characterization.]]
* FemaleAngelMaleDemon: Inverted. Genesis is the offspring of a male angel and a female demon.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers:
** After the first quarter of the series or so, Jesse stops using his Word of God almost completely. He explains that he doesn't want to use it for petty or selfish reasons, but he also neglects using it when he and his friends' lives are in danger, preferring instead to just fight it out and hope for the best. He even admits that he totally forgot about his power during one dicey situation.
** Cassidy is so hard-up for smack that he's reduced to sucking dick for hits. Surely someone with his superhuman abilities could think of a less humiliating way to get cash.
* FrenchJerk: [[FamousNamedForeigner Napoleon]] [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys Vichy]]. "I 'ave come to eat your horses". So absurd that in any other series it would qualify as a parody of the trope.
* FunetikAksent: Anyone from 'the South' is depicted as having a stereotypical drawl to a lesser or greater extent, but particularly:
** Arseface (Indecipherable)
** ...and the Sexual Investigators' [[OopNorth Bob Glover]].
** Cassidy's Irish lilt is most notably expressed when he says "Jaysis!" and "Eejit!"
* GilliganCut: When Hoover starts getting worried about Starr's behavior, Featherstone reassures him that he's as stable and rational as ever. Cut to Starr throwing a computer through a high-rise window, with a scream of "FUCKING COMPUTERS!"
* GodIsEvil: While arguably not as bad as God in ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'', God, as depicted here, is a selfish, love-obsessed malicious prick who deliberately engineers suffering and mayhem because people loving him despite all the sadistic tortures he inflicts fills him with joy.
* GodIsFlawed: It is eventually revealed that all of the world's problems are caused by being created by a guy who grew up in total solitude (because there wasn't any universe yet!) and thus developed what could be considered a narcissistic personality disorder as well as any number of related mental problems.
* GoGoEnslavement: Rare male example: Jesse is enslaved in "Salvation" and dressed in a Nazi outfit. And is then rescued by his black deputy.
* GoodOldFisticuffs
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: And evil people have weird, fucked-up, unmentionable sex that sometimes barely seems to qualify as sex...
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Herr Starr's scar is ''evil'', especially since it makes him into a walking GagPenis. His "star for Starr" scar is what turned him into a bald, gruff voiced calculating killer in the first place.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Cassidy is a magnet for grievous injuries. He takes mortal wounds within moments of meeting several people, revealing his true nature. It's implied that he simply never had the need to learn how to protect himself. Various characters also take advantage of the fact that he can heal to do more damage to him than they otherwise would.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Rare throughout the series.
** Billy-Bob's fatal wounding in "How I learned to love the Lord" in the second volume.
** The very last death of the comic, though perhaps that's just for artistic nuance.
* TheGrimReaper: The Saint, as well as the previous Angel of Death.
* GroinAttack: Oh so very many. Male genitalia is destroyed in pretty much every possible fashion.
* TheGrotesque: Arseface and Lorry. Noteworthy in that they are some of the only legitimately morally centered characters and get the most overtly happy ending, in contrast with the rest of the cast, who are all pretty much jerkasses and sick fucks (even our heroes). In Preacher, [[AnAesop everyone is a grotesque freak, except the guy with an arse for a face and the one-eyed girl]].
** Even with her deformity Lorry qualifies more as a CuteMonsterGirl.
* GunsAkimbo: It's not enough that the Saint's gun could [[InstantDeathBullet kill in one perfectly accurate shot]]; he just ''has'' to have a pair of them too.
* TheGunslinger: Tulip
* HandCannon: Herr Starr's enormously oversized revolver fits the traditional model. Utterly overshadowed by a [[InfinityPlusOneSword a certain pair of Walker Colt revolvers]].
* HappilyFailedSuicide: Arseface tried to kill himself because he was sad and lonely, and his idol and his only friend had both just killed themselves. After the failed suicide attempt, he does all he can to turn his life around, but can never get away from his face being horribly disfigured by the shotgun blast that so fortunately missed his brain. This may be inspired by the real-life botched shotgun suicide of James Vance after hearing a subliminal message in a Judas Priest song.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: ''The'' key plot element.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:The Saint Of Killers. It certainly says something about the series that that character's decision to kill God Almighty marks his HeelFaceTurn.]]
** To a lesser but no less profound degree, Hoover and Featherstone.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: Discussed, with the main characters taking a very negative stand on this kind of behavior and certain villains being homophobic along with racist.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The series' portrayal of Patrick Pearse, the Irish revolutionary responsible for the 1916 Easter Rising, is unflattering, to say the least. Naturally, reader opinions will differ on how accurate this portrayal is. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement And that's all that needs to be said on the matter.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: God created and then alienated beings more powerful than himself. Satan, too, as he had a hand in making the saint of killers.
* {{Homage}}: The character and backstory of the Saint of Killers are an homage to the characters of William Munny in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' and the unnamed gunfighter in ''High Plains Drifter''.
* HumiliationConga: Starr's whole life from the first page of the series on.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Jesse quoting Theatre/KingLear in a thunderstorm.
* IdealizedSex: Sexual perversion is a major theme in the series, so anything that strays a bit from the norm is ratcheted UpToEleven and made into a characteristic of a psychotic villain.
** Pretty much every sadomasochist in the series is psychotic. Even when our heroes use a pair of handcuffs in their lovemaking, it turns out to actually be a way for Tulip to get revenge on Jesse and punish him.
** Homosexuality is always associated with mental illness, rape, exploitation or depravity. There are no healthy homosexuals.
* IdenticalPanelGag: Starr looking at his new (literal) dick head in the mirror for nine identical panels. Later repeated with only his hat changing.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Sally is implied to be the beautiful blonde girl in the picture she gave to Jessie.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Featherstone to Herr Starr.
* ImplacableMan: The Saint is thwarted ''once'' in the whole series and only because he didn't know that Jesse's [[CompellingVoice Word of God]] could affect him, and even then, he very nearly makes Jesse [[BeyondTheImpossible repeat himself]]; he stops pulling his gun halfway, but doesn't put it back in the holster as ordered, at first. He makes it very clear in his next appearance that [[ItOnlyWorksOnce it will]] ''[[QuickDraw not]]'' [[ItOnlyWorksOnce work again]].
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Angel of Death's sword, which is melted down and reforged into a pair of Colt Walker revolvers which: cannot miss, cannot be empty, and cannot fail to kill their target. Hence why they can kill [[spoiler:the Devil and ''God'']].
* InformedAttractiveness: Tulip versus Amy. They [[OnlySixFaces look exactly]] alike but with different hair colors.
* InMediasRes: Issue 8 begins this way.
* InstantDeathBullet: Usually played straight (especially with the Saint of Killers, specifically mentioned to have a gun of instant-death - his bullets are shown to ''tear people in half'' at some points), but subverted at least thrice. Cassidy survives one, but only because of a CanonDisContinuity. Their instant death is crucial to killing [[spoiler:God]].
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Averted by ''The Story Of You-Know-Who'', which was meant to mention Arseface, being his backstory and all.
* TheJuggernaut: The Saint of Killers. A [[CarFu pickup truck to the face]] won't stop him, an [[RedShirtArmy entire base full of soldiers]] won't stop him, a battalion of tanks won't stop him, a [[UpToEleven direct nuclear strike]] won't stop him. All this is overshadowed by [[spoiler: the entire angelic host of Heaven being mobilized against him]], which of course fails to stop him.
* KarmaHoudini:
** After all of the skeletons in his closet are revealed at how much a monster he is, [[spoiler:Cassidy pulls it off making a deal with God to capture Genesis. The last pages show him alive, with his curse removed.]]
** The Saint of Killers, too, gets off more or less scot-free despite murdering, what, ''thousands'' of people? Granted, lots of those people had it coming, but many were just unlucky bastards in the wrong place at the wrong time.
** Amy mentions to Tulip that if she tried to press charges to the men who tried to rape her, they'd just get their rich dads to bribe off everyone, and she'd be told she was asking for it. As it is, all they get is a hole in their wall (and pissing himself in the case of one of them.)
* KnightsTemplar: The Grail as the outstanding case.
* LaughablyEvil: As the series progresses, Starr is increasingly played for laughs.
* LaserSight: One shows up on Jesse's side to show Klansmen that he's got them covered.
* TheLastDJ: Colonel Holden provides the page quote, and Jesse qualifies too, considering how much easier his own life would be if he sold out his integrity.
* LawOfInverseFertility: In the Salvation arc, Toby and never-seen girlfriend Turleen aren't even thinking of having a baby (Or much else, for that matter) when he tells Jodie that he thought she was pregnant because she'd missed her period. They're not worried, because it happened once before, last month. God, these two are such ''idiots''.
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Subverted in "Salvation". When Odin Quincannon fires a [[HandCannon gun that's way too large for him]], the recoil [[{{Squick}} breaks his wrist]]. Also a ''cute'' subversion with a very young Tulip driven backwards into a snowbank, with only mittens and boots left visible.
* LightIsNotGood: Angels are all jerks, and God is the villain of the series. Even the mother and father of Genesis, implied at first to be freethinking lovers, are revealed to have been unwilling participants and just as bad as their brethren.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: The Saint of Killers, stopping only just long enough on the way out to [[spoiler: shoot Satan in the face for insulting him]].
* LiteralGenie: Jesse's choice of words with the Word of God sometimes has... unfortunate consequences. Like the time he told [[spoiler: Arseface's father to "go fuck yourself", which resulted in him tearing off his own penis and sodomizing himself with it.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight:
** Tulip and Jesse. While Jesse was on a date with another girl.
** In a non-romantic sense, all of Tulip's father's apprehension about raising a daughter alone vanished the moment he saw his baby girl's face.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Mother, in this case.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Human beings are ludicrously fragile in this series. Every bone broken will immediately sprout forth from the skin- even breaking someone's ''finger'' does this. Kicks to the chin can pop eyes out, punches to the throat are fatal, blood spurts from every single wound, etc.
* MadnessMantra:
** "DOOM cock, DOOM cock"
** "Smear the cheese, smear the cheese... Pluck the hairs, pluck the hairs... Say the name, say the name..."
* MagicAIsMagicA: The rules of the Voice of God.
* MeaningfulName:
** Jesse Custer, apart from the meaningful initials, is also a dual references to frontier legends Jesse James and George Armstrong Custer.
** Napoleon Vichy's name is a dual reference to Napoleon Bonaparte and the puppet government of Nazi-occupied France.
** Jesus [=DeSade=]'s name indicates his high opinion of himself and his sexual perversity.
* MightyGlacier: Jody. Jesse's mother lampshades it before taking advantage of it.
* MookLieutenant: Marseille.
* {{Mondegreen}}: When Jessie, Tulip, and Cass sing along to "What a Feeling" by Irene Cara in "Dixie Fried," they sing the line "got me reelin'" instead of "bein's believin'"
* MoralDissonance: Neither Jesse nor anyone else ever seems to consider that, for example, after his "bank robbery" the teller who gave him the money probably went to prison. For that matter, Jesse's supposedly high moral standards seem to clash with his constant criminality. And at no point does anyone criticize him for his ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer solution to ''everything''. Cindy eventually calls him out on this by pointing out that ''the sheriff'' really ought to observe the law a little more often.
* MoreDakka: Starr has a ''tank'' unload its shells directly into the Saint. And when that doesn't work, well, he's got a backup plan too...
* MotiveDecay: Demonstrated by Herr Starr.
* NeckLift: Cassidy does this during a BarBrawl.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Cassidy tries to attack the Saint of Killers by ramming him with a pickup truck. The Saint doesn't even flinch, the truck ''crumples'' like paper, Cass gets flung through the windshield, past Hugo Root, to land practically on his head next to Jesse. He clearly thought ''that'' plan through... (His repeated tendency to not plan ahead or thoroughly is the main reason why he gets in so much trouble).
* NGOSuperpower: the Grail
* NighInvulnerable: The Saint of Killers, to a degree that's extreme even by comic book standards. Nothing anyone does to him so much as scratches him. He takes the "nigh" out of the trope.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Jesse Custer, the two-fisted, cigarette-chomping, stubble-chinned preacher with a grudge against God. While he has a certain code of honor, he's certainly no choir-boy and is often forced to admit his moral failings.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[JohnWayne The Duke]] and [[ElvisPresley The King]]
* NoDeadBodyPoops: Averted on two separate occasions, after hangings.
* NotUsingTheZWord: They curse, they kill, they blaspheme; but, despite the fact that one of the characters is undead and drinks blood, nobody says the word "vampire" even once. Cassidy does describe himself as "the V word", though...
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont
* [[OddJobGods Odd Job Saints]]: The Saint of Killers, the Angel of Death's replacement. Whenever you're about to kill someone, pray to him, he's the one pulling the trigger.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: The Saint of Killers takes on the ''entire'' Heavenly Host. We only see the aftermath.]]
* OneManArmy: The Saint.
* OneSidedArmWrestling: Cassidy, soon after arriving in the US.
* OnlySaneMan: Played with - Starr, for all his own issues, is fairly clearly this relative to the Grail in general.
** Jesse is this in relation to everyone else in the book, except maybe Tulip. WordOfGod says this is why he's the hero of the piece.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Starr notices that Cassidy's accent is slipping while he's impersonating Jesse.
** Meta, with Ennis' dialogue for the mostly American cast. While he tries to be authentic with southern accents, Americanisms and such, his Irish roots in certain turns of phrase and syntax are noticable.
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Our Angels Are Useless]]: As a TakeThat, the only angels we meet are either pricks or weak-willed slobs.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Cassidy has all the urges and appetites of a human. He needs to drink blood to stay alive, but not all that much, and he has no fangs. He lacks all typical vampire weaknesses except direct sunlight, which sets him on fire. He has superhuman strength and speed, regenerates just about any damage over a period of days and weeks, but lacks any other supernatural abilities. {{Lampshaded}} in a story where Cassidy meets another vampire, who tries to act according to cliches of vampire fiction, because he feels this is expected of him.
* OutOfTheInferno: The Saint takes a ''direct hit'' from an atomic bomb. Several scenes later, we cut to him standing amidst the nuclear fire, his perfectly undamaged [[BadassLongcoat duster]] still flapping in the breeze, with a contemptuous look on his face.
-->'''Saint of Killers''': "Not enough gun."
* PapaWolf: John Custer, who would have won against Jody. Seriously, John hit him like a train!
* PedestrianCrushesCar: The first volume has Cassidy attempt CarFu on [[NighInvulnerability The Saint of Killers]]. It doesn't work.
* PeriodPiece: The series is seemingly inexorably tied to the time of its publication, with the (for most of the series) looming year of 2000 being a major plot point, Kurt Cobain's death to Arseface's origin, Jesse's father serving in Vietnam...if the series were to be adapated for a movie or a series, one wonders what kind of headaches it would be if they decided to update it to current events.
* PermaStubble
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The Saint of Killers, which was realized far too late by an unfortunate tank battalion. How dangerous could a guy who looks like he walked out of a Western set be?
* ThePowerOfLegacy: Deconstructed, then averted. When Jesse is hanging on to Cassidy from a plane, he tells Cassidy to tell Tulip he loves her, then orders him to let go. Cassidy then reveals himself by telling Tulip that Jessie didn't say anything. But at the very end, Cassidy's goodbye letter explains to Tulip what Jesse had really told him.
* PrecisionFStrike: Considering that this book uses at least one F-word to describe an adorable baby kitten, it's pretty amazing that they still manage to pull this trope off:
--> Hoover: Motherfucker. You evil, ''soulless, motherfucker''.
** And let's not forget the one that is visible [[InSpace from space]].
* PretenderDiss: Cassidy to [[{{VampireWannabe}}s ''Les enfants du sang'']] and various BadAss characters to {{Heroic Wannabe}}s.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Highly averted, perhaps excessively.
* PureIsNotGood: The Grail is filled with this. Whether they realize it or not. (Honestly, they look at their captive lineage of Jesus's badly atavistic descendants, and they still think that because the line has never had new blood, it's automatically good?!)
--> "Humperdido!"
* PurpleProse: In the one-shot "Blood and Whiskey", the vampire Eccarius speaks this way. It's revealed that he's a self-important poseur dimwit who just followed what was in the books and movies on vampires without question.
* QuickDraw: The Saint of Killers can draw his guns faster than a man can see. He uses this to shut down Jesse's Word the second time they meet.
-->'''Saint of Killers''': "I'm bettin' I can clear holster 'fore your words hit the breeze, preacher. First twitch I see...that's what I'm gonna do."
* RageAgainstTheHeavens
* RapeDiscretionShot: Herr Starr's rape by "sexual investigator" happens entirely off-panel.
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Starr is raped by the Sexual Investigators in "Hunters".
** In ''Ancient History'', the crooked bayou fight promoter, with a baseball bat.
*** And in the Salvation story arc, when Jesse locks up some of Quincannon's unruly workers.
* RatedMForManly: Jesse, Jesse's dad, the Saint, Tulip's dad, Jody...
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jesse delivers a couple of these, including to Cassidy.
** Right after his HappilyFailedSuicide, Arseface’s best friend’s sister asked him why he and her brother were DrivenToSuicide. Arseface answers (writes) [[{{Wangst}} ''Nobody cared'']]. To the only person who cared enough to visit him in the hospital. She angrily screams before leaving in tears:
--> ''What do you mean, nobody cared? You mean nobody coddled you and wiped your asses for you? Your lives didn’t turn out the way you wanted them to? Well, FUCK YOU, you and my asshole brother both! You self-obsessed whining little shits, I bet you never gave a good goddamn about the pain you’d cause! You say nobody cared about you, but I’ll tell you one thing: If you´re enough of a prick to take a guy and try to blow your own head off… YOU DIDN´T FUCKING CARE EITHER!''
* RedemptionFailure: Since he's something of an {{Expy}} of Creator/ClintEastwood's characters, Saint of Killers' gets a backstory about his life as a retired outlaw and gunslinger. Things rapidly go awry in fashion very similar to what befalls Eastwood's character in ''Unforgiven''.
* RetiredGunfighter: The Saint, back when he was a man...
* RetiredMonster: [[spoiler: Gunther Hahn, the Angel of Death and, at the end of the story, the Saint of Killers.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Herr Starr got his scar, voice, and baldness from a childhood incident where a gang of schoolboys cut his eye out with a piece of glass. They ended up dead before his tenth birthday. This incident got him the job as the Chief Executioner of the Grail.
* RunningGag: Featherstone snarling, "Motherfucker!" and a shocked Hoover chastising her, "Featherstone!"
* SayYourPrayers: One of the outlaws who kept the Saint from reaching his family with medicine does this when he sees that the Saint is BackFromTheDead.
* SanctuaryOfSolitude: Cassidy does this. (And no, it doesn't [[OurVampiresAreDifferent hurt him]], either).
* ScopeSnipe: Eisenstein's bodyguard almost kills a sniper this way. It's not a scope snipe because the bodyguard's bullet hits the sniper in the center of the sniper's forehead, not the sniper's eye. In a preceding panel the sniper is looking through his scope at the bodyguard- there was no reason for the sniper, seeing the bodyguard aiming at him, to stop looking through the scope and raise his (the sniper's) rifle to where the scope would have been pointing above his eye level.
* SecretIdentity: Subverted in "Naked City".
* SelectiveObliviousness: Cassidy does this repeatedly, causing much grievous harm to other people. When Jesse calls him out repeatedly, Cassidy gets self-righteous.
* SerialEscalation: The Saint's accomplishments keep getting more impressive.
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: Herr Starr is given the task of murdering a man in an insane asylum in such a way that the authorities do not investigate his death too deeply. Being a pragmatic man, Starr simply blows up the entire asylum, so that investigators will have several hundred potential targets to sort through. Rather than a serial killing, it's a mass murder, but the intent is the same.
* SerialProstheses: Starr.
* ShoutOut:
** Jesse's spiritual guide "the Duke" is obviously Creator/JohnWayne.
** The beginning of the Saint of Killer's origin story references a grab bag of classic Westerns: ''TheOutlawJoseyWales'', ''TheShootist'', ''LonesomeDove'', ''TheSearchers'' and ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''
** Jesus [=DeSade=] quotes and name-drops Oscar Wilde, which is apparently supposed to add to his DepravedHomosexual characterization, though of course Wilde himself was not depraved.
** Comedian Creator/BillHicks is discussed and even makes an appearance in a flashback.
** Cassidy name-drops a variety of famous people he's known. He also described the ending of a film that summarizes his motivation at that moment.
** In Arseface's special, his teacher has "The Decline of Western Civilization" written on the chalkboard. This is the name of a very famous documentary about the LA punk scene in 1979/80.
* ShoutOutThemeNaming:
** All Cassidy's old drinking buddies in New York are from 'The Irish Rover'.
** Saddam Hopper looks like Hussein but acts like Dennis Hopper.
* SignificantAnagram: Jesse Custer = Secret Jesus. (also, Uses Rejects.)
* SignificantMonogram: Jesse Custer = J.C. = Jesus Christ. Lampshaded by Tulip toward the end.
* SlippingAMickey: Happens with Amy in the past, and it's strongly implied it could have happened to Tulip as well had she chosen an open bottle.
* SmokingIsCool: The heroes are constantly lighting us. Jesse proudly bears his father's lighter, which is emblazoned with the message, "Fuck Communism."
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: One of the reasons why the L'Angelles are so fucked up, passing on the increasingly psychotic tendencies to succeeding generations. Also, why Billy-Bob and Lori come from an increasingly inbred family.
** Undoubtedly the L'Angelles' Grail connections (Allfather D'Aronique, the most powerful man in the world, was Marie's nephew) kept their multitude of crimes - such as kidnapping John Custer and his family, his murder and all the other crap that Jody and T.C. pulled - from being investigated.
* SpiritAdvisor: Jesse is guided on the path to become a Real Man by John Wayne.
* SpoiledSweet: Rich girl Amy is the first person to befriend Tulip, who was pretty lonely at this point.
* StartOfDarkness: For the Saint, though not very straightforwardly.
** Also, "A star for Starr"
* StayInTheKitchen: Probably '''the''' key source of conflict between Jesse and Tulip.
** Played straight by Sheriff Root on his wife.
* StorybreakerPower: As if the Saint of Killers wasn't bad enough, he wields a pair of walker colt revolvers forged with the steel of the sword of the Angel of Death. They fire bullets that are completely impossible to avoid or survive. Even worse is that they ''never'' [[InfiniteSupplies run out of ammunition]] and ''never'' misfire.
* StrawFeminist: Lampshaded, with Martha Moore. Subverted with Jesse.
* StrawmanPolitical: Ulysses Gett, a hilariously offensive conservative who is openly critical of the feminists and liberals.
* SuicideBySunlight
* TheSvengali: Gene Sergeant, Arseface's manager
* TakeThat:
** One long trainride of it against Christianity.
** Plus a generous helping of it for certain historical Irishmen. Michael Collins for one is given a good hard kick, and Cassidy expresses a ''very'' poor opinion of Padraig Pearse.
** A character who is clearly meant to be NeilGaiman has a sheaf of rolled-up poetry forced down his throat by Cassidy. Later in the same arc, he is mentioned as having achieved great success as a writer by "blending genres".
** One of the "sexual investigators" has a trophy for blowing the "entire English rugby team," as well as winning the Navy...blowing championship 3 years in a row.
** Cassidy states that Music/RedHotChiliPeppers is a crappy band.
** There are more than a few shots taken at the music industry, media commentators, media watchdogs, political correctness, psychiatrists and psychology buzzwords, liberal and conservative extremists, Goths, Anne Rice, racists, child molesters, self-loathing homophobes, and hypocrites of every variety. In fact, it's hard to think of anyone who wasn't told to stick it where the sun doesn't shine at least once during this series. Except JohnWayne.
* TankGoodness: Subverted ''epically'' in the "War in the Sun" arc.
* TellMeAboutMyFather
* TheSheriff: Hugo Root is massively the CorruptHick variety of this trope, as well as a supreme {{Jerkass}}. Jim Bewley of Salvation is also a CorruptHick, but a nicer one. Jesse becomes the CowboyCop version of this in Salvation.
* TheStarscream: Starr, to d'Aronique, who thinks being GenreSavvy about this will make using him anyway less risky.
* TheUnfairSex: Cassidy is a horrible person for confessing to Tulip that he's in love with her, but in a flashback issue, Amy openly acknowledges her feelings for Jesse, but he is understanding and they decide not to do anything about it because they both "love her (Tulip) too much". Eventually, some shadier details about Cassidy's past begin to surface to justify this sentiment, but not until after Cassidy has been vilified.
* TheWestern: Oh, ''so'' many examples.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The option is mentioned, but disregarded because "Shrinks are for assholes". Jesse also goes into an amusing rant about the overuse of the word "insecure" and other pop-psych buzzwords and phrases in conversations.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Odin Quincannon.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Featuring NightmareFuel on legs Jody, and {{Squick}} on legs T.C.
** Also, Quincannon's two subordinates.
*** Played with with the sexual investigators, who are just too ButtMonkey to ever really qualify as bad guys no matter how much sleazy shit they're mixed up in.
* ThoseWackyNazis: In Salvation, this leads to a rather intense case of MoodWhiplash. Jesse somehow draws the eye of Ms. Oatlash, a would-be neo-Nazi [[TheBaroness Baroness]][[note]]who apparently sincerely believes that Nazism ''isn't racist''[[/note]] who wants to do all kinds of squishy things with him involving leather and chains. He ends up leaving the nutcase chained to her own bed, but is forced to exit the building and speak to his ''black'' deputy while [[CrossesTheLineTwice fully dressed in a decades-old yet perfectly preserved Nazi uniform.]]
** [[spoiler: Then, of course, immediately subverted with Gunther.]]
* TokenMotivationalNemesis: Grandma Marie L'Angelle. Also Jody, who claims to have been doing this intentionally ("Try'na toughen you up, boy").
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Featherstone turns on Starr when she realizes how far gone he is. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim He just shoots her.]] This causes the same reaction from Hoover, with the same result. Lot of room in that stairwell]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: After being a ButtMonkey for most of the series, Arseface finds a place he can call home, a job, and a new love.
* ToHellAndBack: The Saint's empowerment.
* TrampolineTummy: Disgustingly subverted. The handicapped kid who is the last surviving descendant of Jesus apparently amuses himself by taking flying leaps into the copious fat-rolls of the evil Cardinal who rules The Grail. Rather than just bouncing hilariously off of it, however, it also makes the cardinal puke by the bucketload, which suits him fine since he's bulimic...
* UhOhEyes: Cassidy looks to be a pretty average man in his mid twenties. The only hint of his [[NotUsingTheZWord condition]] is the horribly bloodshot state of his eyes.
* UndyingLoyalty: The closest thing to a redeeming feature Jody ever displays. He is genuinely upset that Miss Marie will die of old age soon and hates Jesse for giving her trouble. He even has a kind of truly sick loyalty to Jesse in his dogged determination to be the father figure from hell.
* UnfriendlyFire: Jesse's dad iced his racist, sadistic commanding officer during the Vietnam War.
* TheUnintelligible: Arseface
** One of Quincannon's subordinates becomes this after Jesse breaks some of his teeth up.
* UnskilledButStrong: Cassidy.
* UrbanLegend: Quite a few show up, whether just for fun or Ennis' not knowing their falsehoods.
** For instance, Jesse's dad meets his mother when she spits on him in his Marine uniform after he returns from Vietnam (she had recently fallen in with some radical hippies); while this was a popular story told about the disrespect towards the military in this era, there's no recorded incident of this ever happening.
** His take on the south in general. Incest is no more rampant there than any other part of the country, nor was it ever, statistically. The KluKluxKlan in modern times is an incredibly marginalized extremist group that rarely shows its face in public (even in the south) anymore, much less has any real power in local politics/communities.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Herr Starr
* VillainousBreakdown: Experienced by Starr near the end.
-->'''Grail Elder''': This is about mankind's salvation.
-->'''Starr''': This is about my genitals.
* VolleyingInsults: Happens whenever Martha Moore and Ulysses Gett appear. Sometimes happens with other people.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: "Improper use of inverted commas, Hoover!"
* WarIsHell / [[ArmiesAreEvil Hate The War, Love The Soldier]]: Billy Baker, AKA "Space", a [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam Veteran]] who owes Jesse's father his life. He shows up in "Texas and the Spaceman" and "The Land of Bad Things" - both times he waxes poetic on the horrors of war and the humanity of solders. His closing words as he stands before the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_Veterans_Memorial Vietnam Veterans Memorial]] simultaneously make you want to donate a million bucks to the [[BandOfBrothers VA]] and spit on every [[WeHaveReserves armchair general]] in existence.
* WateringDown: Custer starts off his massive TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the whole town by telling the bartender he can almost taste the beer through all the water.
* WeakButSkilled: Jesse is weak relative to Cassidy, but the more skilled fighter.
* WeHaveReserves: How the Grail attempted to deal with the Saint.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Subverted to hell and back with Jody's attempts to cast himself as this to Jesse. Even when he's a [[VisionQuest hallucination]] he pulls this: "Git on about yore vision, boy"
* WhamEpisode: ''War In The Sun.''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's never explained what happened to Genesis after it's forced out of Custer's mind at the end. Nor what happened to the Angel of Death, the Saint's predecessor.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Cassidy's reaction to becoming a vampire is actually pretty upbeat.
** It's implied near the end that the Saint of Killers is disgusted, if not outright horrified, at the atrocities he has committed since becoming [[TheGrimReaper who he is]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Frequent. When Jesse rashly or irresponsibly uses the Word, it often comes back to bite him in the ass. A big part of his CharacterDevelopment comes from realizing that he can't just throw his weight around whenever he wants to.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude:
** "So I got kind of a question. 'Proinsias'?"
** Also, for that matter, ''Tulip''?
** Kind-of-lampshaded for Jody, by Jody, while chatting up Tommi.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Jesse and Cindy. The story dances around the possibility of their coupling for some time. Keep in mind that at this point Tulip thinks Jesse is dead and Jesse thinks she's moved on to a relationship with Cassidy and is not sure that dropping in on her life again is fair.
* WorldOfBadass
* TheWorfEffect: Jody gets beaten up by every member of the Custer family to show how tough they all are.
* WrittenSoundEffect: Mostly averted.
* YouFailPharmacologyForever: When Tulip goes to a bar, she speaks to a barman who claims he was wrongfully chemically castrated (his name sounded similar to that of a pedophile). The thing is, he claims his testicles were rendered useless as if he was literally castrated. This does not work as one needs to be constantly chemically re-castrated in order for the effects to last. Given that this was written in the mid 90s, one could forgive Garth Ennis for not knowing this.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Eisenstein has "looked over a hundred" since he was 12.
* YourHeadAsplode: Oh, so ''many'' examples, usually involving the Saint or Tulip.
* YourVampiresSuck: Directed against the Ricean tradition.
* ZenSurvivor: Played with (not for laughs) in the case of Sally, and subverted all sorts of ways for Cassidy. Also the Saint, temporarily.