Characters: Transmetropolitan

Spider Jerusalem

Famous Outlaw Journalist.

  • Bald of Awesome: Spider loses all hair on his body in an accident with a shower. (although the artists don't always remember.)
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: The Joker might be unnerved by Spider's. Then again, the Joker might also be unnerved by Spider's typical drug intake.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Cool Shades: Spider Jerusalem's trademark camera shades with the mismatched lenses. Bonus points by being created, by accident, by a sentient nanotech manufacturing AI that was stoned out of its goddamned mind. Even he came to think they were so cool that when he lost them, another set was made for him with the same mismatched lenses.
  • Gonzo Journalism: He is based on Hunter S. Thompson, after all.
  • Good Is Not Nice: If we can even call him good. Maybe by comparison.
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Glimmers of it under the Jerkass exterior, but they're generally far enough between that any kind of genuine empathy, remorse, or gratitude from Spider comes as a shock.
  • Intrepid Reporter: He's gone so far for a story as to use an experimental teleporter to interview the Smiler's wife.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The only relationships he has that aren't this are with Vita Severn, Mary and Oscar Rossini. However, his relationship with Mitchell Royce is a standout. The two have yelled at, bullied, threatened and degraded each other over many years (we know that Spider has gotten Royce infected with at least one extremely painful STD, and Royce at one point forced Spider to write a column at gunpoint), but when Spider slips off the net to avoid the police, knowing they may never speak again, his last words to Royce are:
    Goodbye, old friend. You always did right by me.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Only dons any kind of clothing that covers his full upper body on very rare occasions, usually when he's either getting very serious or very crazy. Or feeling cold from Info-pollen degeneration.

Channon Yarrow

A former stripper, she is Spider's first assistant. Later she works as his bodyguard.

  • Action Girl: After her sabbatical.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Channon is very tall and cut, but she's also drop-dead gorgeous.
  • Badass
  • Bodyguard Babes
  • Boobs of Steel: Much more voluptuous and action-oriented than Yelena, though it's implied they're fake.
  • Deadpan Snarker: You've GOT to be one of those to be able to stand working with Spider for any given length of time.
  • Heroic BSOD: Following her boyfriend dumping her, aided in part by the fact that immediately afterward he went Foglet, trading in his human body to become a sentient cloud of nanomachines.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Stripperiffic: Quite often.

Yelena Rossini

Spider's second assistant and Royce's niece (only not really). An aspiring journalist and writer.

  • A-Cup Angst: She claims that for her to fill out the kinds of dresses that look good on Channon she'd "need to be shot in the back by two cruise missiles" first. Which, given Channon's rather more spectacular figure, doesn't necessarily mean much. Still, Yelena seems to have a preference for wearing clothes that understate her figure, seemingly so as not to call attention to it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: See Channon's entry.

Mitchell Royce

Spider's constantly troubled editor.

  • Catch Phrase: "Where's my fucking column?!"
  • Da Editor: The best in the business.
  • Deadpan Snarker: See Yelena's entry.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: How Spider knows something has gone down? Royce misses his trademark Catch Phrase in a phonecall.
  • Precision F-Strike: He generally reserves them for his calls with Spider, when he demands to know where his column is.
    • Inverted once, when Royce opens a phone call without asking for the column or swearing, foreshadowing that things have just gone From Bad to Worse.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After "Two-Fisted Editor", you will never look at Royce the same way again. To sum things up, Spider's sources get knocked out after a (man-made) natural disaster. Royce turns out to have seen it coming and made private back-ups, and then beats, threatens and blackmails three people to fill in the gaps. Then he plonks the copies down in front of Spider, laughs in his face and goes on a bender of epic proportions.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Spider.

President "The Beast"

The President of the United States. Despite being corrupt, he managed to maintain the presidency for two terms before the comic began.

  • Expy: Very clearly based on Richard Nixon.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Beast believes that the president cannot be reasonably expected to do anything more domestically than make sure 50% plus 1 of the population are doing all right. As long as that's true, then he's done his job. However, he at least believes in that much; he claims Callahan believes in nothing but that he should be president.
  • Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: Or rather, everyone calls him "The Beast" - even his own children.

Senator Gary "The Smiler" Callahan

One of the candidates running against The Beast for president.

  • Big Bad
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: The Joker might run from his.
  • Karma Houdini: Discussed in the epilogue, where nobody's quite sure what's going to happen to him. On the one hand, he's buying off most of the charges against him, and some especially depraved souls are actually funding him. On the other hand, there's so many people out for his blood that he may well eventually run out of money, at which point all signs indicate that he will be subjected to Very Bad Things. Even if he does survive, he doesn't get to be President any more, which is the only thing he ever desired.
  • President Evil
  • Slasher Smile: As the wheels begin to come off his presidential administration, largely because of Spider's interference, he graduates to one of these.
  • Stepford Smiler: It's where his nickname comes from.