- Awesome Moments: The President demanding Blake to blow him up just so he can put Nemesis in critical condition. Also counts as a Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Complete Monster: The title character is basically what you’d get if The Joker had Batman's resources. Much like the Joker, Nemesis wants nothing more than to cause as much havoc and death as he can. The comic begins with Nemesis blowing up a SWAT team and the building they were in, killing a police chief, and causing a subway train to derail, killing everyone inside. He then turns his attention to the President of the United States, and to an inspector named Blake Morrow, who he claims caused his father to hang himself when Morrow tried to arrest him. He hijacks Air Force One and purposefully crashes it into a densely populated area of Washington, D.C., killing hundreds; then he takes the President hostage. After that, he uses poison gas to kill 20,000 people at the Pentagon, with the exception of Morrow and his partner, and releases many government secrets online. He then lets himself be captured, only to break out of prison, killing dozens of guards with his bare hands, and releases all of the prisoners into the city, blowing up the prison on his way out. Nemesis then kidnaps Morrow’s children, inseminates his daughter with his son’s sperm and rigs his daughter’s womb to collapse if an abortion is attempted. Then he leads another SWAT team into a deadly trap. When Morrow’s partner reveals that he had been working for Nemesis the whole time, Nemesis casually shoots him, and it’s hinted that he kills all of his henchmen when they outlive their usefulness. He also reveals that he was lying about his family and his past-he has no Freudian Excuse, he’s just, as he puts it, “rich and bored”. Finally, he shows Morrow that he tied bombs to the President and to Morrow’s wife, and tries to make Morrow choose which one dies. An utter maniac, Nemesis proves himself to be nothing but a sadistic, psychotic freak in all of his appearances.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's pretty hard to find investment in a story where the title character and main focus does nothing but kill, maim, and spread chaos. But unlike The Joker, who Nemesis takes inspiration from, none of the charisma or mysterious intrigue is there to keep the reader interested. It becomes even more insulting when it's ultimately revealed that Nemesis is just some rich guy who got bored so he became a supervillain. Not only telling the reader that their patience in finding out the full details of the character's apparent Freudian Excuse was a waste of time, but also that they had been following the exploits of a completely one-dimensional character who has done horrible things for no reason at all.
- Misaimed Fandom: Inverted and possibly enforced. The point of the series is to have a crazy awesome badass villain to end all crazy awesome badass villains, designed to have the reader rooting for him. With the third issue, however, far few people will cheer on a man who ...
- Moral Event Horizon: kidnapped a young woman and had her impregnated by her homosexual brother, somehow rigging her body so that an attempt at an abortion will destroy her womb.
- Narm: Mark Millar has this happen a lot. The above-mentioned moral event horizon? It's described so clinically that the scene just comes off as ridiculous.
- The Woobie: Morrow's children, who Nemesis not only kidnaps, but also forces to have sex with each other, impregnating the daughter and forcing her to bear the child or else her womb with explode. The son in particular gets pity points for being gay and severely depressed for thinking his father won't love him if he knew (actually, he does love him, and just wants him safe), and because what Nemesis did to him is heavily implied to be a form of humiliation for him alone.
The film (from 1992, not to be confused with the comic by Mark Millar & Steve McNiven published in 2009):
- Older Than They Think: Remember the movie Underworld where the protagonist shoots a hole in the floor with a machine gun and escapes that way? It happened here first, ten years earlier. In fact it's even more extreme here since Alex plunges through several floors of the hotel.
- Retroactive Recognition: This film features one of the first roles for Thomas Jane.
- Sequelitis: The quality sharply declines in each sequel in every way possible. Apparently none of the actors or crew wanted to work for Pyun again, so he was forced to come up with... whatever he could.
- So Bad, It's Good: The very definition. Grab some beer and check your brain at the door and you'll have a smashing time. "I luff to vatch you vurk," says Brion James. We do too.