[[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=40 Genocide Man]] is the story of Jacob Doe, one of the titular Genocide Men, a man tasked with hunting out and destroying dangerous "ideas" in the aftermath of the Open Source Movement, when military secrets became public knowledge, a time period where every possible piece of scientific knowledge was available to everyone, which, among other things, resulted in a ZombieApocalypse in China, the extinction of the Jewish people, and the deaths of two thirds of the world's total population. Ideas can be very dangerous in a future where the technology exists to make even the most terrible ideas a reality. Jacob Doe is 98 years old, and has seen, and done, many terrible things... and his life is about to become much more complicated.

Brought to us by the author who brought us ''Webcomic/IndefensiblePositions''.
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* ArcWords: First delivered by an insane AI, ''They say that there's a secret gene, that Adam had, and it made him clean.''
* AIIsACrapshoot: A terrifying subversion, as every AI is ''guaranteed'' to go insane after it has been active long enough, and the smarter the AI, the quicker it is. One AI had a sanity-span of ''five minutes'', because they needed him clever enough to figure several people's locations on the fly within seconds of activation.
* AnimalThemeNaming: The five Genocide Men: Jacob Doe, Lola Lamb, Kevin Kidd, Peter Pup, and Joey. Presumably Kevin was going for irony.
* AntiHero: Jacob Doe, the central character. He has killed more people than can easily be imagined, both personally and through the use of {{Synthetic Plague}}s, many of whom didn't even deserve it. But his genuine belief in the necessity of his actions, and his equally genuine regret and sorrow over them, combine to help ensure that he falls short of being a real VillainProtagonist.
* BioAugmentation: Genocide Men have artificial glands that produce stimulants and antitoxins during combat.
* BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything: The comic takes place after several extremist groups used open-source biotechnology to kill billions. The titular Genocide Project is an international law enforcement agency that uses targeted plagues to wipe out "genetic deviants" and their creators.
* BioPunk
* CharacterAlignment: An [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=458 alignment chart]] was posted at the end of chapter 9, using "pacifist-conflicted-murderous" as the moral axis.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Girii, maybe. According to the character sheet (as written by the Genocide Project) "She has also demonstrated impressive strength, but a lack of genetic markers indicate her musculature may be from a childhood filled with rigorous labor." However after she rips open a quarantine wall bare-handed Jacob [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=272 suggests]] that Fumiaki developed entirely new musculature genes that they can't detect.
* ConsummateLiar: Lola, the political/scientific founder of the Genocide Project, as showcased when [[spoiler: she rather overstates the chances of their "global therapy package" putting an end to the whole mess]].
--> [[AltText Lola's real skill is that people believe her. Even those that should know better.]]
* {{Cyberspace}}: The [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=145 "Undernet"]]
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Girii's skin tone is hard to discern due to the greyscale, but she is an Inuit with blonde hair.
--> '''Girii:''' Ancient tribal secret - it's called Peroxide.
* DeathSeeker: Jacob Doe.
* DepopulationBomb: In 2109 the world population is down to 3 billion.
* DesignerBabies: Genetic deviancies, the Ugandans were born to mothers who were infected with a virus by "witch doctors".
* DrivenToSuicide: Peter Pup, one of the genocide men, eventually went insane from all of the horrors he was forced to inflict, and killed himself by diving into a wet cement foundation with his virus case. Sadly, the case opened, and a nasty bubble of virus released into the air, killing a lot of people.
** Jacob intended to kill himself after Giri's village convinced him to spare them. It's suggested that they used their empathy to suggest it.
* TheEmpath: Giri and about half her village have this ability.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Joey voted against [[spoiler: the Guyaquil plague, because it would "take the teeth out of the human race".]]
* {{Fanservice}}: [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=478 Chapter 10, Page 11]] "This a test of the Emergency Fanservice Delivery System. This is only a test. If it becomes necessary to deliver fanservice to the readers, be assured that our artist Michael is capable of providing it. This has been a test. :)"
* FlatWhat: [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=119 Freighter captain tells Jacob he has mail]].
** [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=438 Dahnai tells Msaka to let the whale swallow her.]]
* FollowTheChaos: [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=176 A genocide man goes shopping]]...
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Genocide Project was intended to stop extremist groups from committing (larger) genocides. Now they mostly exterminate people who have the wrong genes, though at least ''some'' of those "wrong genes" involve natural weapons, enhanced combat abilities, an insatiable need to kill, etc.
--> "The Genocide Project saved the world. We did good things. But, despite our global dominion and all the mass murder, we somehow lost our way."
--> [[SarcasmMode "Imagine that."]]
* HumanWeapon: The eponymous characters were designed to take on small armies. Often of ''other'' human weapons.
* InformationWantsToBeFree: On the backstory, the Open Source Movement believed this and released a large amount of classified information to the public. The wide-spread horrors that followed [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and which were created with the technology that this information put at reach of the general public]] led to the creation of the United Nations' [[FunWithAcronyms GENOCIDE]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Project]], which believes in the inversion of this (and YouCannotKillAnIdea) and [[KillEmAll carries it]] [[BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything to the]] [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner most logical]] extreme.
* IntrepidReporter: Roger Evers is a rather determined ''blogger''.
* KillEmAll: The government's number one law enforcement tool is now complete annihilation. In a future where you can make anything you please, even a targeted virus that can kill an entire gene line in a matter of days, the only way to prevent abuses of science is to kill anyone with an "idea" that is deemed too dangerous.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Jacob mentions that if he's captured he will be mindwiped, and that it may have happened to him before, Peter was at least three times. [[spoiler: And it's later discovered that at times the Genocide Men use a drug patch called the Lethe Protocol when discussing things that absolutely have to be secret, it prevents them from remembering what they did while on the drug. But Joey's augment tweaks rendered him immune.]]
* LongevityTreatment: Jacob is ninety-eight but thanks to his G-man mods and telomerase treatments he is still one of the deadliest men in the world.
* MadScientist: Dr. Fumiaki, [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=419 just look at him]]. It turns out his madness may be related to [[spoiler: his being an AI.]]
* MagneticWeapon: Jacob's sidearm is a handheld railgun loaded with sarin-tipped darts.
* MonochromaticEyes: Genocide Men are stylized as having dead white eyes. Also counts as a RedRightHand.
* NiceHat: The Senegalese Command Hat, [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=519 as seen here]].
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Transhumanism is specifically forbidden, because of all the problems that genetic engineering has caused:
--> '''Jacob:''' Your threat comes from what you represent -- the idea that human beings can be improved or replaced. Ideas like that are too dangerous to let live.
* OhCrap: Tatsu Fumiaki, the scientist who raised Dahnai, begins calculating the maximum lifespan of Dahnai, who is a lifeform that has no mitochondria in her cells. When he realized that [[spoiler: Dahnai is technically immortal because of her unique biology,]] he had a colossal OhCrap because he had just been told that the world would only tolerate her existence because [[spoiler: her expected life span was only going to be five more years.]]
* RapidAging: Dahnai reached adulthood in just two years, causing the Genocide Project to guess that she'd die of old age in another five so they let her live. But it seems that the AI who created her designed her to become [[spoiler: TheAgeless]]
* RasputinianDeath : [[spoiler: Joey, pumped full of Sarin, electrocuted repeatedly, drowned, and finally eaten by crocodiles.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: It's been revealed that the Genocide Project is actually [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=385 tampering with the human genome on a global scale,]] which is supposed to be one of the things that they were put into place to stop.]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Jacob, when he finds out his contact is an AI, and an incredibly clever one at that. See AIIsACrapshoot above for details on why exactly this isn't good news.
* ShootTheMessenger: The Genocide Project's analysts prefer to take their reports to Lola instead of Kevin because [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=604 he killed one of them with his bare hands]] for bringing him bad news before he'd had his tea.
* ShoutOut: While steeling himself up to go into the Undernet and hack some drones [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=143 Roger]] references [[ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}} Spider Jerusalem]] and Creator/CoryDoctorow as bloggers who got theough worse.
** [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender So a bald-headed hero, a moody girl and a sarcastic young man meet a cabbage merchant]]…[[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=177 stop me if you’ve heard this one before.]]
** "[[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=434 Could be worse-- They could be shouting]] [[Webcomic/{{Freefall}} "Doggy"]]".
* SociopathicSoldier: Joey, though technically he was a mercenary. While Jacob, whom Lola considered the Genocide Project's moral center (not that that was saying much), was a UN Peacekeeper.
* SuperSpeed: Genocide Man artificial adrenal glands can pump something like rocket fuel which allow temporary bursts of speed. The Ugandan deviancies were capable of the same due to their enhanced nervous systems.
* SuperSoldier: Genocide Men are augmented with nanotube-infused bones and synthetic glands that produce combat stimulants and antidotes to most toxins. Some deviancies like the Ugandans are designed for this purpose as well.
* SwallowedWhole: By something that at least ''looks'' like a whale.
-->'''Giriii:''' My dad took me whale hunting once. Never thought I'd be swallowed by one.
-->'''Jacob:''' This isn't a whale. Whales don't have card tables, chemical toilets, or crates of [=MREs=].
-->'''Girii:''' It smells like a whale.
* SyntheticPlague: Primary weapon of the Genocide Men and many of the groups they were established to stop.
* TakingYouWithMe: If a Genocide Man is killed in the field, or if his genocide case is stolen, it releases a horrifically deadly "Retribution virus" to contain the situation by killing everyone around it in a city-sized radius.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
--> '''Lola Lamb:''' We kill threats! We use overkill to ensure the threats are gone!
* UpliftedAnimal: Subverted by Dahnai, she looks canine but is actually a completely synthetic organism. Played straight by the "Slo-cows", crosses between giant ground sloths and cattle that Fumiaki chimera'd with human brain tissue.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Ironically, this viewpoint is used by both the Genocide Project, and those that they fight against. In a world where the technology exists to make any idea a reality (and how many people have thought that the world would be perfect if this or that group of people were not in it?), a lot of people have tried to make the world a better place by wiping out anyone that they believed hindered a perfect society. This kind of viewpoint has killed billions in this story. Meanwhile, for the Genocide Men, they justify the many acts they do as being for the greater good. While it may be true that they have more scientific research, more funding, and a wider worldview than most other organizations, the truth is, they have killed just as many, or more, than the ones they have fought against.
* VolcanoLair:
--> '''Dr Fumiaki:''' Then welcome to Corvo Island. Part volcano, part laboratory...well, pretty much just those two things.
* WetwareBody: [[spoiler: Fumiaki is actually an AI in the head of an organic body. Part of a plan by the original Tatsu to create a stable AI by making it believe it was human.]]
* AWorldHalfFull: If your ancestors survived the 21st century, then the 22nd isn't such a bad place:
-->'''Jacob:''' G.U.S. has its faults...but they've solved climate change, overpopulation...
-->'''Girii:''' By killing everyone.
-->'''Jacob:''' Hunger, and war. For most people this is darn near utopia.
-->'''Girii:''' Except people like us, who they hunt down and kill.
-->'''Jacob:''' There are always misfits.
** Of course, [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=414 there are some]] who would say nothing's really changed.
* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: Very much averted. It's actually a shorthand for [=GENOme pestiCIDE=].
* YouCannotKillAnIdea: The Genocide Project [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=88 thinks they can]], and that [[WellIntentionedExtremist for the sake of making sure the world doesn't goes further into hell]], they ''must''.