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* ArchEnemy: Kevin, a SerialKiller who murdered a hooker he loved.


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* ArchEnemy: In the films, she has Senator Roark, who ruined her hero John Hartigan's life and drove him to suicide.


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* ArchEnemy: Ava Lord, his ex who tries to manipulate him into killing her husband.


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* ArchEnemy: Roark Junior, whom he mutilated for raping children and eventually escapes from prison to take down for good.


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* ArchEnemy: In the movies, he serves as this to Nancy Callahan, due to ruining her hero John Hartigan's life and driving him to suicide.


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* ArchEnemy: Is this to Marv, as he killed a hooker the man loved.


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* ArchEnemy: Is this to Dwight McCarthy, whom she used to date and later tries to manipulate into murdering her husband.


--> '''Manute''': [[spoiler: '''''McCarthy, YOU SHIIIIT!''''']]

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--> '''Manute''': [[spoiler: '''''McCarthy, '''''[=McCarthy=], YOU SHIIIIT!''''']]


* SirensAreMermaids: Ava spends a large time of her time swimming or bathing, Dwight once jokingly referred to her as a mermaid, and she shares the ability to manipulate any man to go their unwitting deaths.
* SmugSnake: Despite her having a near-supernatural affinity to lying, the sheer amount of confidence she possesses is enough that she makes several critical mistakes as the story goes, [[spoiler: which ultimately kills her in the end.]]

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* SirensAreMermaids: Ava spends a large time amount of her time swimming or bathing, bathing. Dwight once jokingly referred to her as a mermaid, and she shares the their ability to manipulate any man to go their unwitting deaths.
* SmugSnake: Despite her having a near-supernatural affinity to lying, the sheer amount of confidence she possesses is enough that she makes several critical mistakes as the story goes, [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which ultimately kills her in the end.]]


* MsFanservice: Well, see for [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/99/b0/2f/99b02f46661f45f228a9ea997189589d.jpg yourself. ]]

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* MsFanservice: Well, see for [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/99/b0/2f/99b02f46661f45f228a9ea997189589d.jpg yourself. ]]


* MsFanservice: Well, see for yourself. [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/99/b0/2f/99b02f46661f45f228a9ea997189589d.jpg]]

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* MsFanservice: Well, see for yourself. [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/99/b0/2f/99b02f46661f45f228a9ea997189589d.jpg]]jpg yourself. ]]


* {{Expy}}: Given his tendency to wear single-color suits (usually white), his immense size, and his [[BaldofEvil baldness]], it's possible that he's basically a German version of ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' villain Wilson Fisk, ComicBook/TheKingpin. It's notable that Frank Miller did some of his better known early work in comics on Daredevil.

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* {{Expy}}: Given his tendency to wear single-color suits (usually white), his immense size, and his [[BaldofEvil baldness]], it's possible that he's basically a German version of ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' villain Wilson Fisk, ComicBook/TheKingpin. It's notable that Frank Miller did some of his better known early work in comics on Daredevil.Daredevil (and was responsible for The Kingpin becoming better known as a Daredevil villain, rather than a ComicBook/SpiderMan villain, which is where he originated).


* ImprobableAimingSkills: He shoots sniper through the scope of his own rifle, using a regular handgun while in a dark room. Later, he kills an entire warehouse full of mooks before any of them have the chance to fire a single round.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: He shoots a sniper through the scope of his own rifle, using a regular handgun while in a dark room. Later, he kills an entire warehouse full of mooks before any of them have the chance to fire a single round.


* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Marv is not really that bad a person but he can go to AntiHero territory. There's no doubt though that there is a person he loves more than his mom. Just ask the Assistant D.A. who got his arm broken in three places for threatening Marv's mama.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Marv is not really that bad a person but he can go to AntiHero territory. There's no doubt though though, that there is a no person he loves more than his mom. Just ask the Assistant D.A. who got his arm broken in three places for threatening Marv's mama.



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* ILied: He apparently told [[TheMole Becky]] that he would let her live. [[CaptainObvious He lied.]]

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* ILied: He apparently told [[TheMole Becky]] that he would let her live. [[CaptainObvious He lied.]]


* HateSink: He's the most despicable piece of filth in a world full of despicable pieces of filth and every action he takes is to make him seem as despicable as possible.

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* HateSink: He's And in this setting it's saying a lot! Unlike the most despicable piece of filth in other villains who are either too cool to hate or have troubled backgrounds, Roark is just a world full of despicable pieces of filth repulsive pedophile and every action he takes a petty coward with no likable qualities whatsoever and it really is to make him seem as despicable as possible.nothing short of cathartic when Hartigan finally beats the living crap out of him.


* AmbiguousDisorder: He very likely has some form of post-traumatic stress disorder.



* TheAlcoholic: [[spoiler:She becomes one after Hartigan's suicide]].



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Both in the sense of "body" and "soul". In ''Nancy's Last Dance'', she puts herself through all kinds of degradation--drinking on stage, driving herself mad with rage and grief, cutting (and apparently dyeing) her hair, and cutting her own face to motivate Marv. Frankly, her last line in the film seems to imply she may not be able to return to her normal life.... However, Marv's presence emphasizes that this takes place before ''The Hard Goodbye''--in which we see her back on stage, fully restored to her former glory.
* BlitheSpirit: She acts as this, not only to Marv and Hartigan, but to [[PuritySue the series as a whole.]]



* BaldOfAwesome: He fits this at first but he later grows his hair out.



* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Marv notes that they "even smell the same." Then again, Marv is crazy enough that he mistakes one for the other... even while knowing full well that one of them is dead.



* AntiVillain: To some small extent. He's as corrupt of a cop as any other and beats up Hartigan for not not signing a false confession. Despite this, he is a devoted family man [[spoiler: and is willing to turn on the Colonel, going so far as to kill him]]. In that instance, he's probably the only sympathetic villain in the entire series.
** In the the second film, Liebowitz goes out of his way to warn Johnny to leave the city after he beats Roark in a poker game.



* MeaningfulName: Named after Charles Manson. His partner, Bundy, was named after serial killer Ted Bundy.

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* MeaningfulName: Named after Charles Manson.UsefulNotes/CharlesManson. His partner, Bundy, was named after serial killer Ted Bundy.



* AdaptedOut: He's replaced by Bob in the film adaptation as the person who drives Hartigan back to Basin City after he makes parole.

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* AdaptedOut: He's replaced by Bob in the film adaptation of ''The Yellow Bastard'' as the person who drives Hartigan back to Basin City after he makes parole.parole.
* AteHisGun: He does this in a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment after he kills Bob in ''A Dame to Kill For''.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: He's a short fat man in the comics. In the films, he's played by Michael Madsen and Jeremy Piven.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: He's a FatBastard in the comics. In the film, he's played by Powers Boothe.



* CardCarryingVillain: He openly admits that he killed his wife and gloats that there isn't a damn thing anyone can do about it.
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* AdaptationalModesty: He's naked when torturing Nancy near the end of his story. He was given shorts in the film.
* AlienBlood: He has yellow blood, though this is more of a stylistic choice than an indication of alien-ness. Either that, or it's because of [[spoiler: the large number of medical procedures done on him after his castration messed with his body's ability to get rid of waste - the blood, given its color and smell, is a direct result of that.]]



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Kevin looks noticeably younger when played by Elijah Wood, but no less creepier.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Kevin looks noticeably younger when In the comic, he was a [[http://www.esensja.pl/obrazki/ilustracje//21996_kto-jest-kim-Sin-City-6-300.jpg pudgy, middle-aged man with a five o' clock shadow and receding hairline]]. He ended up being played by Elijah Wood, but no less creepier.Creator/ElijahWood in the film. However, [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse this probably makes him even eerier]], since it's quite an inversion of how this is usually played.


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* AdaptationalModesty: Despite being a stripper, she doesn't dance with bare breasts and vulva as she does in the graphic novel, at the request of Jessica Alba.



* AdaptationalModesty: In ''The Big Fat Kill'', he's naked in Shelly's apartment. In the film, this he's wearing slacks.



* {{Expy}}: Of Literature/{{Mike Hammer}}, though he lacks some of Hammer's more deranged tendencies.

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* {{Expy}}: TheEveryman: Miller described him as such. Rather than an AntiHero like Marv or a folk hero like John Hartigan, Dwight is simply someone who tries to do the right thing and find his place in the world.
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Of Literature/{{Mike Hammer}}, though he lacks some of Hammer's more deranged tendencies.tendencies.
** In explaining the character to Owen, Miller described him as a modern iteration of Literature/PhilipMarlowe.



* {{Frameup}}: He's convicted of raping Nancy, even though he [[GroinAttack stopped Junior from doing it]]. He takes the hit, though, as he believes it'll save her life.

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* {{Frameup}}: FrameUp: He's convicted of raping Nancy, even though he [[GroinAttack stopped Junior from doing it]]. He takes the hit, though, as he believes it'll save her life.


* AdaptationalHeroism: His film version, while still a cold-blooded hitman, is actually not nearly as bad as his comic book version, as the stories covering his MurderInc operation and HumanTrafficking ring were not adapted into either film.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: His film version, while still a cold-blooded hitman, is actually not nearly as bad as his comic book version, as the stories covering his MurderInc operation organization and HumanTrafficking ring were not adapted into either film.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: His film version, while still a cold-blooded hitman, is actually not nearly as bad as his comic book version, as the stories covering his MurderInc operation and HumanTrafficking ring were not adapted into either film.

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