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* WrongGenreSavvy: The Cockroach, who thinks he's the protagonist of a superhero story.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: WrongAssumption: The Cockroach, who thinks he's the protagonist of a superhero story.


** During the ''Church & State'' arc, [[spoiler:while interrogating a captive Astoria, Cerebus finally has enough of her mind games and taunts and rapes her.]] In ''Women'', during the confrontation between Cerebus, Astoria, Cirin, and Suenteus Po, [[spoiler:Astoria's comments about the "rape", as she specifically calls it, imply that she may have wanted Cerebus to impregnate her to screw with Cirin even more than she already had, but she didn't get pregnant]].

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** During the ''Church & State'' arc, [[spoiler:while interrogating a captive Astoria, Cerebus finally has enough of her mind games and taunts and rapes her.]] her]]. In ''Women'', during the confrontation between Cerebus, Astoria, Cirin, and Suenteus Po, [[spoiler:Astoria's comments about the "rape", as she specifically calls it, imply that she may have wanted Cerebus to impregnate her to screw with Cirin even more than she already had, but she didn't get pregnant]].



*** As a child, Jaka fell and received a head injury that left her comatose for days. While bedridden, Jaka has hallucinations which include squid-like things around her bed that are later implied to be manifestations of repressed memories of being molested. In discussions about this scene, Julius was hinted to be the culprit, but Sim later {{Jossed}} this.

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*** As a child, Jaka fell and received a head injury that left her comatose for days. While bedridden, Jaka has she had hallucinations which include included squid-like things around her bed that are were later implied to be manifestations of repressed memories of being molested. In discussions about this scene, Julius was hinted to be the culprit, but Sim later {{Jossed}} this.



** This [[UnreliableNarrator seems]] to be [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Roach's]] motivation (in his first incarnation as ''The Cockroach'').

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** This [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Roach's]] first incarnation is as ''The Cockroach'', a parody of Franchise/{{Batman}} who [[UnreliableNarrator seems]] to be [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Roach's]] motivation (in out for revenge for his first incarnation as ''The Cockroach'').parents' murder.



** Cerebus in ''Melmoth'' cuts down [[spoiler:two Cirinists]] in a rage after he overhears them talking about [[spoiler:mistreating Jaka in prison]]. One spits blood on him as she lays dying and he hacks her to pieces.
** Both Cerebus and The Cockroach in ''Flight''.

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** Cerebus in ''Melmoth'' cuts down [[spoiler:two Cirinists]] two Cirinists in a rage after he overhears them talking about [[spoiler:mistreating Jaka in prison]]. One spits blood on him as she lays dying and he hacks her to pieces.
** Both Cerebus and The Cockroach the Roach in ''Flight''.



** Jaka tries to get Cerebus to invoke this trope in ''High Society'', when Iest is under siege. [[spoiler:He refuses and slaps her in disgust. He later apologizes, but still claims that she was in the wrong for trying to convince him to run out on his men]].

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** Jaka tries to get Cerebus to invoke this trope in ''High Society'', when Iest is under siege. [[spoiler:He refuses and slaps her in disgust. He later apologizes, but still claims that she was in the wrong for trying to convince him to run out on his men]].men.]]



* SelfInsert[=/=]WriteWhoYouKnow: Sim shows up in person near the end of ''Rick's Story'' and converses with Cerebus on the stagnation of Cerebus' life.

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* SelfInsert[=/=]WriteWhoYouKnow: SelfInsert: Sim shows up in person near the end of ''Rick's Story'' and converses with Cerebus on the stagnation of Cerebus' life.



*** In one issue during ''Latter Days'', Cerebus says that Mr. Gurtzky had a lot of "reads" and let Cerebus borrow them whenever he wanted, including a 75-issue read called ''Morpheus'', which is how long ''The Sandman'' ran.

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*** In one issue during ''Latter Days'', Cerebus says that Mr. Gurtzky had a lot of "reads" and let Cerebus borrow them whenever he wanted, including a 75-issue read called ''Morpheus'', which is both the name used by the comic's incarnation of Dream and how long ''The Sandman'' ran.



** Sim tends to resort to name-calling with anyone he disagrees with (such as calling Scott [=McCloud=] a weenie and calling [=Heidi MacDonald=] a moron). Whether or not this is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek is...not very easy to determine.

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** Sim tends to resort to name-calling with anyone he disagrees with (such as calling Scott [=McCloud=] a weenie and calling [=Heidi MacDonald=] Heidi [=MacDonald=] a moron). Whether or not this is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek is...not very easy to determine.



* TokenGoodTeammate[=/=]TokenWholesome: Michelle, the only morally upright character in the series, and definitely the most morally upright female character.

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* TokenGoodTeammate[=/=]TokenWholesome: TokenWholesome: Michelle, the only morally upright character in the series, and definitely the most morally upright female character.


* YokoOhNo: An InUniverse non-musical example in Ziggy, Bear's on-again-off-again girlfriend, who everyone else calls "Zig-pig" because she's '''incredibly''' obnoxious, has [[AnnoyingLaugh a nails-on-chalkboard laugh]], and because Bear utterly folds in her presence, the thought of getting laid overruling all other concerns about her crap. By Cerebus and the Starkey brothers' reaction to the one time in the comic where she shows up, it's apparent that this is something that's been happening for years. It's bad enough that almost everyone else in the bar makes plans to leave for good the next day because Bear leaving with her shatters the already-tenuous atmosphere in the bar.

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* YokoOhNo: An InUniverse non-musical Non-musical example in Ziggy, Bear's on-again-off-again girlfriend, who everyone else calls "Zig-pig" because she's '''incredibly''' obnoxious, has [[AnnoyingLaugh a nails-on-chalkboard laugh]], and because Bear utterly folds in her presence, the thought of getting laid overruling all other concerns about her crap. By Cerebus and the Starkey brothers' reaction to the one time in the comic where she shows up, it's apparent that this is something that's been happening for years. It's bad enough that almost everyone else in the bar makes plans to leave for good the next day because Bear leaving with her shatters the already-tenuous atmosphere in the bar.


* GambitPileup: [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Pretty much describes the politics of Iest.]]

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* GambitPileup: [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Pretty much describes the politics of Iest.]]



* NoSympathy: Astoria treats the Cockroach this way near the end of ''High Society'', even after the guy nearly kills himself by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments becoming a substitute wheel for her coach]].

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* NoSympathy: Astoria treats the Cockroach this way near the end of ''High Society'', even after the guy nearly kills himself by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments becoming a substitute wheel for her coach]].coach.



* [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack We Named The Sheep Elrod]]: Cerebus becomes a shepherd in ''Latter Days'' and names one of the sheep "Elrod". It is unclear whether he's doing it because the sheep annoys him like Elrod used to, or [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments if (after all these years) he misses Elrod (as well as his other old acquaintances)]]. Outliving everyone you knew can have that effect on you.

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* [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack We Named The Sheep Elrod]]: Cerebus becomes a shepherd in ''Latter Days'' and names one of the sheep "Elrod". It is unclear whether he's doing it because the sheep annoys him like Elrod used to, or [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments if (after all these years) he misses Elrod (as well as his other old acquaintances)]].acquaintances). Outliving everyone you knew can have that effect on you.


* DrunkWithPower: Cerebus becomes this when he is appointed pope (and, to a lesser extent, when he is elected Prime Minister). A certain thing about throwing innocent babies like footballs and booting old people off of buildings to prove {{Broken Aesop}}s...

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* DrunkWithPower: Cerebus becomes this when he is appointed pope (and, Prime Minister, and to a lesser extent, ''much'' greater extent when he is elected Prime Minister).becomes pope. A certain thing about throwing innocent babies like footballs and booting old people off of buildings to prove {{Broken Aesop}}s...



* EmotionsVsStoicism: This is, loosely, the core of Sim's take on the differences between the sexes. The essence of masculinity is an adherence to logic and reason with little influence by emotion, while the essence of femininity is an almost total consumption by emotion and the need to placate those emotions and keep happiness as the ultimate goal, regardless of the consequences. This interplay/conflict is deeply interwoven into the overall story, but is especially prominent in ''The Last Day'', as "New Joanne"'s overthrow of the social order Cerebus established has given everyone free reign to do whatever they want to do, which has led to a complete societal collapse.

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* EmotionsVsStoicism: This is, loosely, the core of Sim's take on the differences between the sexes. The His view is that the essence of masculinity is an adherence to logic and reason with little influence by emotion, while the essence of femininity is an almost total consumption by emotion and the need to placate those emotions and keep happiness as the ultimate goal, regardless of the consequences. This interplay/conflict is deeply interwoven into the overall story, but is especially prominent in ''The Last Day'', as "New Joanne"'s overthrow of the social order Cerebus established has given everyone free reign to do whatever they want to do, which has led to a complete societal collapse.



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: After they're forced to clean up their acts by the Cirinists, [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick and Keef]] are shown with unflattering bowl haircuts. They're not happy.

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: ExpositoryHairstyleChange:
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After they're forced to clean up their acts by the Cirinists, [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick and Keef]] are shown with unflattering bowl haircuts. They're not happy.happy.
** As part of his fanboying over being around Ham Ernestway, Cerbus has Jaka cut his hair into a flattop mimicing Ham's hairstyle, but Ham doesn't even notice.



* FunetikAksent: Sim has a true gift for writing dialogue in this fashion, with everything from [[Creator/MarxBrothers Chico Marx's]] fake Italian accent to Creator/AlanMoore's Britishisms to Cerebus's cold and drunkenness showing up perfectly rendered yet still easy to parse.

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* FunetikAksent: Sim has a true gift for writing dialogue in this fashion, with everything from [[Creator/MarxBrothers Chico Marx's]] fake Italian accent to Creator/AlanMoore's Britishisms to Cerebus's cold and drunkenness dialogue when sick or drunk showing up perfectly rendered yet still easy to parse.



* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:Astoria giving up her political maneuvering once and for all in ''Reads''.]]

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* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:Astoria giving up her political maneuvering once and for all all]] in ''Reads''.]]



** This pops up twice in ''Jaka's Story''. In the early issues, it's strongly implied that Jaka was molested as a young child. Sim later all but confirmed this, hinting (but later Jossing) [[spoiler:Julius]] as the culprit. Near the end, Pud's inner narration of his interactions with Jaka begins to turn very dark, as he starts contemplating raping her. [[spoiler:However, when he finally works up the nerve to attempt this, [[SubvertedTrope it's interrupted by a customer]].]]

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** This pops up twice in ''Jaka's Story''. In the early issues, it's strongly Story'':
*** As a child, Jaka fell and received a head injury that left her comatose for days. While bedridden, Jaka has hallucinations which include squid-like things around her bed that are later
implied that Jaka to be manifestations of repressed memories of being molested. In discussions about this scene, Julius was molested as a young child. hinted to be the culprit, but Sim later all but confirmed this, hinting (but later Jossing) [[spoiler:Julius]] as the culprit. {{Jossed}} this.
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Near the end, Pud's inner narration of his interactions with Jaka begins to turn very dark, as he starts contemplating raping her. [[spoiler:However, when he finally works up the nerve to attempt this, [[SubvertedTrope it's interrupted by a customer]].]]



* [[SandInMyEyes Soot in My Eyes]]: Cerebus claims this in the last issue of the ''High Society'' arc. The Regency Elf isn't fooled.

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* [[SandInMyEyes Soot in My Eyes]]: SandInMyEyes: Cerebus claims this he has soot in his eyes in the last issue of the ''High Society'' arc. The Regency Elf isn't fooled.


* HeroicAlbino: Parodied by Elrod of Melvinbone.


* RageAgainstTheHeavens: At one point in ''Minds'', "Dave" reminds Cerebus via flashback that he furiously denounced Tarim after thinking that Jaka had been killed by the Cirinists, which Cerebus tries to backslide on in embarrassed panic.

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: At one point in ''Minds'', "Dave" reminds Cerebus via flashback sees flashbacks to various points in his life that connected to his faith in Tarim...including that he furiously denounced Tarim after thinking that Jaka had been killed by the Cirinists, which Cerebus tries to backslide on in embarrassed panic.

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* BrownBagMask: After Cerebus ditches the "Spore" costume, he realizes that the white paint he used on his face is indelible, and spends the next issue or two with a paper bag over his head.


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* TheGreatFlood: During the Judge's monologue in ''Church and State II'', he mentions a prior civilization of sentient redwood trees that accidentally set off a climate catastrophe that causes a worldwide flooding event every 12,000 years. The civilizations in existence when it happens call it "the Great Flood", while the redwoods that are around call it "oh no, not ''this'' again."

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* HeadHat: As part of Cerebus' "Spore" costume, he has two Cirinist skulls mounted on his shoulders. Readers will recognize this as a visual cue to ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'s skull-shaped clasps for his cape.


* EvenEvilHasStandards: During the ''Church and State'' arc, where Cerebus is at his most amoral, he reveals that he is disgusted by pedophilia. This plays into a later story arc where he tries to scare his would-be disciples off by stating the most evil thing he could think of.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: During the ''Church and State'' arc, where Cerebus is at his most amoral, he reveals that he is disgusted by pedophilia. This plays into a later story arc where his confinement by the Wise Fellows in ''Latter Days'' when he tries to scare his would-be disciples them off by stating the most evil thing he could think of.of.
-->...The WORST part was trying to get the DIAPER on after!


** Cerebus in ''Melmoth'' cuts down [[spoiler:two Cirinists]] in a rage after he overhears them talking about [[spoiler:mistreating Jaka in prison]]. One spits blood on him and is hacked to pieces.

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** Cerebus in ''Melmoth'' cuts down [[spoiler:two Cirinists]] in a rage after he overhears them talking about [[spoiler:mistreating Jaka in prison]]. One spits blood on him as she lays dying and is hacked he hacks her to pieces.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: Cerebus learns in ''Minds'' that he's a character in "Dave"'s story`. This affects his life to varying degrees through ''Guys'' and ''Rick's Story'', although once Jaka shows up again and (later) the religion-centered material becomes really prominent, this seems to go away.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Cerebus learns in ''Minds'' that he's a character in "Dave"'s story`.story. This affects his life to varying degrees through ''Guys'' and ''Rick's Story'', although once Jaka shows up again and (later) the religion-centered material becomes really prominent, this seems to go away.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Cerebus'' started off as a parody comic and never really left its roots in this regard. ''Many'' celebrities were parodied, including [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho and Chico Marx]]; Creator/OscarWilde (twice!); Creator/WoodyAllen; [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards]]; UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher; Creator/FScottFitzgerald; Creator/ErnestHemingway; and Film/TheThreeStooges. Even famous fictional characters were parodied; for instance, Elrod is a combination of [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] while the [=McGrew=] brothers are parodies of WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam and the Roach parodies ''several'' very popular comic book superheroes over the course of his appearances.
** Weisshaupt is a combination of Adam Weishaupt and George Washington, in a reference to the claim in the ''[[Literature/{{Illuminatus}} Illuminatus!]]'' trilogy that the former had murdered and taken the identity of the latter.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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''Cerebus'' started off as a parody comic and never really left its roots in this regard. ''Many'' celebrities were parodied, including [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho and Chico Marx]]; Creator/OscarWilde (twice!); Creator/WoodyAllen; [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards]]; UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher; Creator/FScottFitzgerald; Creator/ErnestHemingway; and Film/TheThreeStooges. Even famous fictional characters were parodied; for instance, Elrod is a combination of [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] while the [=McGrew=] brothers are parodies of WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam and the Roach parodies ''several'' very popular comic book superheroes over the course of his appearances.
** Weisshaupt is a combination of Adam Weishaupt and George Washington, in a reference to the claim in the ''[[Literature/{{Illuminatus}} Illuminatus!]]'' ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy that the former had murdered and taken the identity of the latter.



* SexyShirtSwitch: At the start of ''Church and State'', Cerebus wakes up wearing [[spoiler:Red Sophia's bikini top]]. When [[spoiler:Weisshaupt]] shows up and hears the...details of the previous night ("Oh, at least twelve times...I lost count [...]"), [[VomitDiscretionShot Cerebus pukes in a chamberpot]].

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* SexyShirtSwitch: At the start of ''Church and State'', Cerebus wakes up wearing [[spoiler:Red Sophia's bikini top]]. When [[spoiler:Weisshaupt]] shows up and hears the...the details of the previous night ("Oh, at least twelve times...I lost count [...]"), [[VomitDiscretionShot Cerebus pukes in a chamberpot]].


* DyingRace: Elrod is the last ruler of one, [[spoiler:but this is eventually subverted]].

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* DyingRace: Elrod is the last ruler of one, [[spoiler:but this is eventually subverted]].subverted when his true nature is revealed]].



* EmotionsVsStoicism: This is, loosely, the core of Sim's take on the differences between the sexes. The essence of masculinity is an adherence to logic and reason with little influence by emotion, while the essence of femininity is an almost total consumption by emotion and the need to placate those emotions and keep happiness as the ultimate goal, regardless of the consequences. This interplay/conflict is deeply interwoven into the overall story, but is especially prominent in ''The Last Day'', as "New Joanne"'s overthrow of the social order Cerebus established has given everyone free reign to do whatever they want to do, which has led to a complete societal collapse.



* TheSpock vs. TheMcCoy: This is the essence of Sim's views on the differences between men and women, although '''greatly''' simplified.


** ''The Last Day'', arguably. [[spoiler:Cerebus is apparently dragged into the very afterlife he was trying to avoid, abandoned by God, and the world he left behind is a complete mess that will probably do nothing but get worse as time goes on.]]

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** ''The Last Day'', arguably.Day''. [[spoiler:Cerebus is apparently dragged into the very afterlife he was trying to avoid, abandoned by God, and the world he left behind is a complete mess that will probably do nothing but get worse as time goes on.]]



* TokenGoodTeammate / TokenWholesome: Michelle, arguably the only morally upright character in the series, and definitely the most morally upright female character.

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* TokenGoodTeammate / TokenWholesome: TokenGoodTeammate[=/=]TokenWholesome: Michelle, arguably the only morally upright character in the series, and definitely the most morally upright female character.


-->MIND YOUR MANNERS, son! I've got a TALL, P
OINTY HAT!

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-->MIND YOUR MANNERS, son! I've got a TALL, P
OINTY
POINTY HAT!

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