YMMV / Preacher

  • Acceptable Religious Targets: One of the main reasons this series exists is to make fun of and/or piss off Christians.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Jesse Custer broadly in the right for most of the series, but with a few flaws, or is he initially a macho, judgmental asshole who learns to be more forgiving and empathetic over the course of the run?
    • Within the series, you have Jody and TC, who are Complete Monsters (as seen below) in the main book but get an upgrade to Heroic Comedic Sociopath in their one-shot.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Issue 21 ends with a page showing Jesse in France, lifting up a bartender and yelling "All I did was ask for directions, you atomic-bomb-testin'-motherfucker!!" We're given no context to this, and the next issue starts with Jesse at his destination, with no mention of what happened. It seems to be there just because Garth Ennis has an axe to grind with France's atomic bomb tests.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Marie L'Angell is the terrifying grandmother of protagonist Jesse Custer. She takes "controlling" to a new level and views her own family as tools rather than people. Her usual punishment of her grandson Jesse was locking him into an airtight coffin with an air hose and letting him wallow in his own shit and piss for a week. Then, she attempted to kill her daughter Christina for trying to stop it. But the worst of Marie's cruelties is her obsession with "hardening" Jesse by destroying all his non-family ties, including his puppy dog, his girlfriend, and his childhood friend. And his own father.
    • Jody is generally the instrument of this. Unlike Marie, however, Jody makes no pretense that he doesn't enjoy what he does. He blows Jesse's father's brains out right in front of him and then sneers "fucking crybaby" at a tearful Jesse. When Jesse's dog tries to be friendly to Jody, Jody nails its head to a post and then brutally beats Jesse into submission. Years later, Jody forces Jesse to cry "uncle" while twisting his arm so bad the bone snaps out. In the present, Jody shoots Tulip in the head at Marie's request, while Jesse watches. Later, when Marie finally orders Jesse's death, Jody isn't content with just killing him, but wants to break and humiliate him and make him beg first. When Jesse finally bites a chunk off of Jody's arm, breaks his back and strangles him to death, Jody is too twisted to feel anything but pride that his abuses turned Jesse into a killer.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: More like it crosses the line six times and is still looking for the next line to cross, with no sign of stopping.
    Came the day that T.C. fucked the chicken.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Arseface; he's an extremely minor character who's still reached Memetic Mutation status.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Cassidy's loving tribute to New York City is capped by a city skyline focusing on the World Trade Center, which would be destroyed only a few years after publishing.
  • HSQ: Just keeps going up and up in the War of the Sun arc. The Saint goes from kicking a tank to being hit with a nuke!
  • Magnificent Bastard: Herr Starr. Even after being nigh-completely mentally and physically destroyed, he's still just about the baddest motherfucker in the valley. (Okay. Second baddest.)
    • Arguably Cassidy int he final arc, given that he arranges things so that he gets to walk away with exactly what he wants while Jesse and Tulip think he's dead and won't come looking for him again.
  • Moment of Awesome: After his Happily Failed Suicide, Arseface’s best friend’s sister asked him why he and her brother were Driven to Suicide. Arseface answers (writes) ''Nobody cared''. To the only person who cared enough to visit him in the hospital and whose brother is dead. After she delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech “If you two did you this to yourselves, then you didn’t care neither!”, Arseface has a Heel Realization and his ephiphany let him become the only decent human being in the main cast who truly Earn Your Happy Ending.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Saint crossed it when he Shot A Hostage.
  • Narm: Done deliberately for Arseface. And it works.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Angelville and it's inhabitants. Jesse's childhood. Starr's Start of Darkness.
  • Squick: Odin Quincannon's meat shed. And his meat wife.
  • The Woobie:
    • Arseface - his father is an abusive Jerkass and most of his peers aren't much better. Then he is horribly disfigured by a botched suicide attempt and it goes downhill from there...
    • Sally, the homeless woman Jesse encounters who tells him Cassidy's history.
    • Starr is a villainous example. He Used to Be a Sweet Kid, then a pack of bullies decided to blind him/gouge out his eye by cutting a star into his face, something that also (somehow) left him bald. Then, in the course of the series, he gets raped by a Depraved Homosexual, finds himself unable to be sexually aroused by women anymore and has to resort to being anally penetrated by whores wearing strap-on dildos to get pleasure, gets a scar cut across the top of his head that makes him look like a giant walking penis, gets his genitals bitten off by a dog...
    • His poor assistant, Hoover, was just a shy, decent man who was working for the wrong people.
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