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* Topin's defeat:
** The Shadow's army seemed invincible, its monsters starting to overwhelm the last free humans... And then, before facing death, Rat-Man admits a truth he desperately wanted to deny, and a single ray of light pierces the veil of darkness surrounding the world and kills one of the monsters. ''The entire world follows suit'', and the Shadow's army is wiped out.
** In the meantime, however, Topin has kidnapped [[spoiler:Thea, Rat-Man's daughter]], planning to make her the Shadow's next host. Rat-Man goes to save her but is repeatedly overpowered by Topin's monster form, as Rat-Man's cannot access the power of The Rat-Man anymore because it was the manifestation of people requesting his help and now that they've won nobody is doing it anymore... Then [[spoiler:Thea]] does just that, and The Rat-Man proceeds to ''break'' Topin.
** Battered and broken, Topin proceeds to mock Rat-Man, because if he doesn't kill him he'll be back and ''will'' take [[spoiler:Thea]], if he does he's not a hero anymore... And then, [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Valker comes out of nowhere and stomps his head]], shouting "Ma vuoi morire una cazzo di buona volta?!", translating as "Can't you [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] finally die?!"
*** Valker being still alive. The last time he had been seen he was wounded and unarmed in a backstreet, had just sent away [[spoiler:Thea]] after admitting he had always expected to die in a nameless backstreet, and had just asked what that alley's name was to the monsters surrounding him. And now he's alive, [[ImprovisedWeapon quipping about the many uses of thrash as weaponry]] and stating that alley's name.


* How Valker breaks the Shadow's DemonicPossession of Rat-Man: he goes to [[spoiler:Thea, Rat-Man's daughter]], and has her talk to him as [[spoiler:daughter to father]], annihilating the Shadow's host body and freeing Rat-Man. This is also a moment for Rat-Man for why Valker knew: [[spoiler:Rat-Man had saved ''him'', and so he knew that "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming If your child can't save you, who can?]]"]].

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* How Valker breaks the Shadow's DemonicPossession of Rat-Man: he goes to [[spoiler:Thea, Rat-Man's daughter]], and has her talk to him as [[spoiler:daughter to father]], annihilating the Shadow's host body and freeing Rat-Man. This is also a moment for Rat-Man for why Valker knew: [[spoiler:Rat-Man had saved ''him'', and so he knew that "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming "[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments If your child can't save you, who can?]]"]].


* How Valker breaks the Shadow's DemonicPossession of Rat-Man: he goes to [[spoiler:Thea, Rat-Man's daughter]], and has her talk to him as [[spoiler:daughter to father]], annihilating the Shadow's host body and freeing Rat-Man. This is also a moment for Rat-Man for why Valker knew: [[spoiler:Rat-Man had saved ''him'', and so he knew that "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming If your child can't save you, who can?]]"]].

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* How Valker breaks the Shadow's DemonicPossession of Rat-Man: he goes to [[spoiler:Thea, Rat-Man's daughter]], and has her talk to him as [[spoiler:daughter to father]], annihilating the Shadow's host body and freeing Rat-Man. This is also a moment for Rat-Man for why Valker knew: [[spoiler:Rat-Man had saved ''him'', and so he knew that "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming If your child can't save you, who can?]]"]].can?]]"]].
* It might not be exactly awesome, but it's pretty cool and telling of how ruthless Valker could be even when fathering Rat-Boy: Rat-Boy was getting beat up by [[TheBully Raymond]], the biggest kid in the orphanage, when Valker grabbed him by his shirt and lifted him. Raymond told him "You can't hurt me because I'm a child". Valker's response? "I'll wait".[[spoiler: Guess [[BoomHeadshot what]] happened during his 18th birthday.]]
-->'''Raymond:''' I've been waiting for this moment for so long!\\
[[spoiler: '''Valker:''' Me, too.]]\\
[[spoiler: '''BANG!''']]


* After Valker is rescued from The Shadow to fight it, he dies. We are treated to a long DyingDream, two Endings come to claim his body... And Valker kills them ''while still dead''. His heartbeat only returns ''after'' strangling them with a hand each...

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* After Valker is rescued from The Shadow to fight it, he dies. We are treated to a long DyingDream, two Endings come to claim his body... And Valker kills them ''while still dead''. His heartbeat only returns ''after'' strangling them with a hand each...each...
* How Valker breaks the Shadow's DemonicPossession of Rat-Man: he goes to [[spoiler:Thea, Rat-Man's daughter]], and has her talk to him as [[spoiler:daughter to father]], annihilating the Shadow's host body and freeing Rat-Man. This is also a moment for Rat-Man for why Valker knew: [[spoiler:Rat-Man had saved ''him'', and so he knew that "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming If your child can't save you, who can?]]"]].


* Issue 86 and 87. A DarkerAndEdgier mini-arc about Janus Walker, set a post-apocalyptic world DreamWorld, specifically Rat-man's subconscious. This "Walker" is Rat-man's memory of his adoptive father. {{Badass}} ensues.

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* Issue 86 and 87. A DarkerAndEdgier mini-arc about Janus Walker, set a post-apocalyptic world DreamWorld, specifically Rat-man's subconscious. This "Walker" is Rat-man's memory of his adoptive father. {{Badass}} Badassery ensues.


* During the ''I Vendicatopi'' story arc (started as a ''Film/TheAvengers'' ShallowParody), [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]] ''fought the alien invasion to a standstill''. Doubles as [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]] due his use of [[Franchise/StarWars Palpatine's lightsaber and trademark Force Lightning]] to do so.

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* During the ''I Vendicatopi'' story arc (started as a ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' ShallowParody), [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]] ''fought the alien invasion to a standstill''. Doubles as [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]] due his use of [[Franchise/StarWars Palpatine's lightsaber and trademark Force Lightning]] to do so.


* During the recent (and final) ''I Vendicatopi'' story arc (started as a ''Film/TheAvengers'' ShallowParody), [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]] ''fought the alien invasion to a standstill''. Doubles as [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]] due his use of [[Franchise/StarWars Palpatine's lightsaber and trademark Force Lightning]] to do so.

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* During the recent (and final) ''I Vendicatopi'' story arc (started as a ''Film/TheAvengers'' ShallowParody), [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]] ''fought the alien invasion to a standstill''. Doubles as [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]] due his use of [[Franchise/StarWars Palpatine's lightsaber and trademark Force Lightning]] to do so.



** One for Mr. Mouse: he may have created [[spoiler: multiple generations of superheroes and villains to profit from their adventures]], but said creations include [[spoiler: an alien invasion and the Rat-Man verse equivalent of ''Galactus'']].



** On a meta level, the story is this for Ortolani because it proved beyond doubt that he ''could'' write a complex and adventurous story if he wanted while still keeping it funny.

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** On a meta level, the story is this for Ortolani because it proved beyond doubt that he ''could'' write a complex and adventurous story if he wanted while still keeping it funny.funny.
* After Valker is rescued from The Shadow to fight it, he dies. We are treated to a long DyingDream, two Endings come to claim his body... And Valker kills them ''while still dead''. His heartbeat only returns ''after'' strangling them with a hand each...


** Issue #103 reveals it wasn't actually Valker but Jorgensson in disguise. Still awesome for Valker, as [[AwesomenessIsAForce his likeness is enough to chase away]] [[EldritchAbomination The Shadow and its minions]]. And that's why Jorgensson and Rat-Man now plans to [[LikeABadassOutOfHell bust the real deal out of hell]].

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** Issue #103 reveals it wasn't actually Valker but Jorgensson in disguise. Still awesome for Valker, as [[AwesomenessIsAForce his likeness is enough to chase away]] [[EldritchAbomination The Shadow and its minions]]. And that's why Jorgensson and Rat-Man now plans to [[LikeABadassOutOfHell bust the real deal out of hell]].hell.


* During the recent (and final) ''I Vendicatopi'' story arc (started as a ''Film/TheAvengers'' ShallowParody), [[ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]] ''fought the alien invasion to a standstill''. Doubles as [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]] due his use of [[Franchise/StarWars Palpatine's lightsaber and trademark Force Lightning]] to do so.

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* During the recent (and final) ''I Vendicatopi'' story arc (started as a ''Film/TheAvengers'' ShallowParody), [[ThePope [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]] ''fought the alien invasion to a standstill''. Doubles as [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]] due his use of [[Franchise/StarWars Palpatine's lightsaber and trademark Force Lightning]] to do so.


-->'''Persian Soldier:''' God Dwarfy! ''(referencing Rat-Man stature)''
-->'''RatMan:''' ''(spears him)'' Say hello to him.

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-->'''Persian Soldier:''' God Dwarfy! ''(referencing (''referencing Rat-Man stature)''
-->'''RatMan:''' ''(spears him)''
stature'')\\
'''Rat-Man:''' (''spears him'')
Say hello to him.


* The attempt to bust Valker out of hell worked, but Rat-Man got trapped behind, with the Shadow planning to make him its new host. And Rat-Man did the improbable: he ''kept it out''. The Shadow expected him to be that good, so it forced Rat-Man to fight his own shadow, something that had destroyed any and all superheroes who had managed to come to the Shadow's realm to fight it. [[{{Determinator}} Rat-Man not only resisted more than any other hero]], he went BeyondTheImpossible and ''won''. In the end the Shadow managed to get a new host after finding a way to break him, but still...

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* The attempt to bust Valker out of hell worked, but Rat-Man got trapped behind, with the Shadow planning to make him its new host. And [[BeyondTheImpossible Rat-Man did the improbable: impossible]]: he ''kept it out''. The Shadow expected him to be that good, so it forced Rat-Man to fight his own shadow, something that had destroyed any and all superheroes who had managed to come to the Shadow's realm to fight it. [[{{Determinator}} Rat-Man not only resisted more than any other hero]], he went BeyondTheImpossible and ''won''. In the end the Shadow managed to get a new host after finding a way to break him, but still...still it's impressive.


* The early three-parter "The Ripped Web"-"The Wrath of Cover-Man"-"Spider Hunt". Because it featured Rat-Man helping the ''real'' ComicBook/FantasticFour... And Ortolani managed to not have to alter their identities in reprints.

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* The early three-parter "The Ripped Web"-"The Wrath of Cover-Man"-"Spider Hunt". Because it featured Rat-Man helping the ''real'' ComicBook/FantasticFour... And not only the adventure is as awesome as the Fantastic Four demands without losing the humour, but Ortolani managed to not have to alter their identities in reprints.reprints.
** On a meta level, the story is this for Ortolani because it proved beyond doubt that he ''could'' write a complex and adventurous story if he wanted while still keeping it funny.


* The early three-parter "The Ripped Web"-"The Wrath of Cover-Man"-"Spider Hunt". Because it featured Rat-Man helping the ''real'' FantasticFour... And Ortolani managed to not have to alter their identities in reprints.

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* The early three-parter "The Ripped Web"-"The Wrath of Cover-Man"-"Spider Hunt". Because it featured Rat-Man helping the ''real'' FantasticFour...ComicBook/FantasticFour... And Ortolani managed to not have to alter their identities in reprints.


* The attempt to bust Valker out of hell worked, but Rat-Man got trapped behind, with the Shadow planning to make him its new host. And Rat-Man did the improbable: he ''kept it out''. The Shadow expected him to be that good, so it forced Rat-Man to fight his own shadow, something that had destroyed any and all superheroes who had managed to come to the Shadow's realm to fight it. [[{{Determinator}} Rat-Man not only resisted more than any other hero]], he went BeyondTheImpossible and ''won''. In the end the Shadow managed to get a new host after finding a way to break him, but still...

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* The attempt to bust Valker out of hell worked, but Rat-Man got trapped behind, with the Shadow planning to make him its new host. And Rat-Man did the improbable: he ''kept it out''. The Shadow expected him to be that good, so it forced Rat-Man to fight his own shadow, something that had destroyed any and all superheroes who had managed to come to the Shadow's realm to fight it. [[{{Determinator}} Rat-Man not only resisted more than any other hero]], he went BeyondTheImpossible and ''won''. In the end the Shadow managed to get a new host after finding a way to break him, but still...still...
* The early three-parter "The Ripped Web"-"The Wrath of Cover-Man"-"Spider Hunt". Because it featured Rat-Man helping the ''real'' FantasticFour... And Ortolani managed to not have to alter their identities in reprints.


** Issue #103 reveals it wasn't actually Valker but Jorgensson in disguise. Still awesome for Valker, as [[AwesomenessIsAForce his likeness is enough to chase away]] [[EldritchAbomination The Shadow and its minions]]. And that's why Jorgensson and Rat-Man now plans to [[LikeABadassOutOfHell bust the real deal out of hell]].

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** Issue #103 reveals it wasn't actually Valker but Jorgensson in disguise. Still awesome for Valker, as [[AwesomenessIsAForce his likeness is enough to chase away]] [[EldritchAbomination The Shadow and its minions]]. And that's why Jorgensson and Rat-Man now plans to [[LikeABadassOutOfHell bust the real deal out of hell]].hell]].
* The attempt to bust Valker out of hell worked, but Rat-Man got trapped behind, with the Shadow planning to make him its new host. And Rat-Man did the improbable: he ''kept it out''. The Shadow expected him to be that good, so it forced Rat-Man to fight his own shadow, something that had destroyed any and all superheroes who had managed to come to the Shadow's realm to fight it. [[{{Determinator}} Rat-Man not only resisted more than any other hero]], he went BeyondTheImpossible and ''won''. In the end the Shadow managed to get a new host after finding a way to break him, but still...

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