These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Alternate Character Interpretation: Spider Jerusalem has this in spades. Is he an Anti-Hero, doing what has to be done? Is he a Knight Templar who crosses the line just as much as those he's against, with his constant physical assaults, and violations of people's privacy? Perhaps the most disturbing possibility: he's a massive hypocrite, who thinks that as long as he calls out the powers that be, he's perfectly justified living in luxury, never giving a single cent to anyone in need.
Fred Christ is also a good example. There's no question that he has self-serving motives, but it isn't clear if those are his ONLY motives. There are definitely moments, immediately before his death especially, when he seems to actually be concerned about people other than himself.
Anvilicious: Religion makes you evil, period. If you are religious you can't even die with dignity.
Complete Monster: The Smiler. In a world nearly without ethics, he goes above and beyond the call of evil. If you want a rundown, he has his campaign coordinator publicly assassinated to win sympathy for himself after his campaign went into the gutter; he has his family killed in an "accident" to again win sympathy; he has a member of his State Sec pull a sniper spree on civilians so that no one would notice the freak storm brewing nearby, a storm that causes massive damage and loss of life, all so he could wipe the evidence against him from existence (and that was a fool's errand as Spider kept his own private records, meaning that the Smiler did what he did for nothing); he has a peaceful protest of college students riddled with bullets at the first opportunity of "I thought he was pulling a gun"; he allows the brutal murderers of an innocent kid to go free and orders the cops to butcher all of the protesters as soon as violence was initiated (and it was done so by the murderers) and then (briefly) used his power to prevent the media from even acknowledging the riot and the slaughter of innocent civilians from happening!. This man would make Satan cringe, and this is just the incidents that immediately come to mind. And just to add insult to injury, he also masturbatesinto the American flag whenever he's stressed.
Spider: Hi. I'm Spider Jerusalem. I smoke. I take drugs. I drink. I wash every six weeks. I masturbate constantly and fling my steaming poison semen down from my window into your hair and food. I'm a rich and respected columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper. I live with two beautiful women in the city's most expensive and select community. Being a bastard works. The City Careers Service.Call us now. No matter how much of a fuck you are.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment - Spider has been exposed to Information Pollen twice, once before the comic starts and once early on, whe he visits a futurist reservation. The time we see him exposed, he complains that it causes an Alzheimer's-like effect and asks, "Did you just ruin my brain, you weird-looking fucker?" Near the end, the I-pollen, really does. It becomes even harsher when you realize all the wacky behaviour you, up until then, attributed to his copious use of drugs could just as easily be the degenerative effects of I-pollen exposure.
"Every law that curbs my basic human freedom; every lie about the things I care for; every crime committed against me by their politics; that's what's makes me get up and hound these fuckers, and I'll do that until the day I die... or until my brain dries up or something."