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* WhatTheHellHero: Dum Dum Dugan leaves Fury a voicemail in the end of the comic, asking Fury bitterly if it was worth it and cementing the end to their friendship.

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*FatherToHisMen: This is pretty much THE difference between Fury and Gagarin.


Not to be confused with ''MadMaxFuryRoad''.

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Not to be confused with ''MadMaxFuryRoad''.''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.


* BlackComedy: To be expected from a Creator/GarthEnnis work. The high (low?) point has to be Wendell, Nick's utterly hopeless dork of a "ward", suffering a ''graphic'' abdominal hernia while trying to deadlift a barbell four times his weight. Fuckface's method of [[RapeAsComedy "disciplining"]] an incompetent Napoleon Island officer is right behind it.

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* BlackComedy: To be expected from a Creator/GarthEnnis work. The high (low?) point has to be Wendell, Nick's utterly hopeless dork of a "ward", suffering a ''graphic'' abdominal hernia while trying to deadlift a barbell four times his weight. Fuckface's method of [[RapeAsComedy [[BlackComedyRape "disciplining"]] an incompetent Napoleon Island officer is right behind it.


* BlackComedy: To be expected from a GarthEnnis work. The high (low?) point has to be Wendell, Nick's utterly hopeless dork of a "ward", suffering a ''graphic'' abdominal hernia while trying to deadlift a barbell four times his weight. Fuckface's method of [[RapeAsComedy "disciplining"]] an incompetent Napoleon Island officer is right behind it.

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* BlackComedy: To be expected from a GarthEnnis Creator/GarthEnnis work. The high (low?) point has to be Wendell, Nick's utterly hopeless dork of a "ward", suffering a ''graphic'' abdominal hernia while trying to deadlift a barbell four times his weight. Fuckface's method of [[RapeAsComedy "disciplining"]] an incompetent Napoleon Island officer is right behind it.


* EyeScream: Fury is unable to get used to modern attitudes towards smoking, and decides he'll extinguish his cigar in the eye of the next person to complain about it. Guess how his meeting with Li ends.



* TakeThat: It's a Creator/GarthEnnis comic, of course Bush gets shown to be a moron. Although Gagarin claims the people who let him talk into a live mike are even worse.

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* TakeThat: It's a Creator/GarthEnnis comic, of course Bush gets shown to be a moron. Although Gagarin claims the people who let him talk into a live mike are even worse.stupider.


** As Gagarin is laughing aloud during an airstrike, two mercs complain about the pay. He tells them this ''is'' the pay.



* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Almost entirely. Gagarin is dead and a full-scale war between America, China and Russia has been avoided, but Napoleon Island has been utterly devastated, Nick's fire-team has been wiped out, his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely to be terminated after he half-blinds Li and ''machineguns the names of his dead squad on the huge S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem in the lobby'', and Nick has admitted to himself that's he's no less a war-addicted BloodKnight than Gagarin was.]]

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Almost [[spoiler:Almost entirely. Gagarin is dead and a full-scale war between America, China and Russia has been avoided, but Napoleon Island has been utterly devastated, Nick's fire-team has been wiped out, his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely to be terminated after he half-blinds Li and ''machineguns the names of his dead squad on the huge S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem in the lobby'', and Nick has admitted to himself that's he's no less a war-addicted BloodKnight than Gagarin was.]]



* TakeCareOfTheKids: The dying request of a soldier who Fury fought alongside was that Nick keep an eye on the man's son. The boy is a total wiener who "[[HonoraryUncle Uncle]] Nick" clearly detests having to spend time with, to the point that he fantasizes about killing him.

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* TakeCareOfTheKids: The dying request of a soldier who Fury fought alongside was that Nick keep an eye on the man's son. The boy is a total possibly-retarded wiener who "[[HonoraryUncle Uncle]] Nick" clearly detests having to spend time with, to the point that he fantasizes about killing him.him.
* TakeThat: It's a Creator/GarthEnnis comic, of course Bush gets shown to be a moron. Although Gagarin claims the people who let him talk into a live mike are even worse.

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Not to be confused with ''MadMaxFuryRoad''.


* TheCameo: Spider Jerusalem of Transmetropolitan can be [[IncrediblyLamePun spied]] in the press conference just before the assault on Napoleon Island, looking quite amused at Nick's hilariously blunt appraisal of [[WarIsHell how it will go]].

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Spider Jerusalem of Transmetropolitan can be [[IncrediblyLamePun spied]] in the press conference just before the assault on Napoleon Island, looking quite amused at Nick's hilariously blunt appraisal of [[WarIsHell how it will go]].go]].
** Nick has a brief visit with Dum Dum Dugan, in what is notably the only instance of Ennis using one of Fury's preexisting supporting characters.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Features some pretty obvious cameos, courtesy of Darick Robertson. [[DemolitionsExpert Specialist Steiner]] looks unerringly like JaneaneGarofalo, the Li brothers could easily be played by JetLi, and Fury himself is (as is par the course for GarthEnnis protagonists) pretty much a buffed-up ClintEastwood.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Features some pretty obvious cameos, courtesy of Darick Robertson. [[DemolitionsExpert Specialist Steiner]] looks unerringly like JaneaneGarofalo, Creator/JaneaneGarofalo, the Li brothers could easily be played by JetLi, Creator/JetLi, and Fury himself is (as is par the course for GarthEnnis Creator/GarthEnnis protagonists) pretty much a buffed-up ClintEastwood.Creator/ClintEastwood.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Features some pretty obvious cameos, courtesy of Darick Robertson. [[DemolitionsExpert Specialist Steiner]] looks unerringly like JaneaneGarofalo, the Li brothers could easily be played by JetLi, and Fury himself is (as is par the course for GarthEnnis protagonists) pretty much a buffed-up ClintEastwood.



** Comes up in the first issue, after Fury and a DEA squad wipe out a drug cartel stronghold. Fury recognizes two of the dead cartel mercenaries: one used to work for S.H.I.E.L.D., and the other for Hydra. After both organizes collapsed or were downsized, both men ended up working for whoever paid them.

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** Comes up in the first issue, after Fury and a DEA squad wipe out a drug cartel stronghold. Fury recognizes two of the dead cartel mercenaries: one used to work for S.H.I.E.L.D., and the other for Hydra. After both organizes organizations collapsed or were downsized, both men ended up working for whoever paid them.


* BlackComedy: To be expected from a GarthEnnis work. The high (low?) point has to be Wendell, Nick's utterly hopeless dork of a "ward", suffering a ''graphic'' abdominal hernia while trying to deadlift a barbell four times his weight. Fuckface's method of [[RapeAsComedy "disciplining"]] an incompetent Napoleon Island officer is right behind it.



** One quote from Fury about Gagarin epitomizes this trope perfectly:

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** One quote from Fury about Gagarin epitomizes this trope perfectly:trope:



** The native soldiers of the disputed island Gagarin effectively takes over are much the same. Gagarin even references them as "the idiots", but keeps them around because "you never know when you might need the bodies".

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** The native soldiers of the disputed island Gagarin effectively takes over are much the same. Gagarin even references them as "the idiots", morons", but keeps them around because "you "it never know when you might need the bodies".hurts to have some cannon fodder around".



* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Almost entirely. Gagarin is dead and a full-scale war between America, China and Russia has been avoided, but Napoleon Island has been utterly devastated, Nick's team has been wiped out, his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely to be terminated after he blinds Li and ''machineguns the names of his dead squad on the huge S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem in the lobby'', and Nick has admitted to himself that's he's no less a war-addicted BloodKnight than Gagarin was.]]
* CringeComedy: To be expected from a GarthEnnis work. The high (low?) point has to be Wendell, Nick's utterly hopeless dork of a "ward", suffering a ''graphic'' anal prolapse while trying to deadlift a barbell three times his weight. Fuckface's method of [[RapeAsComedy "disciplining"]] an incompetent Napoleon Island officer is right behind it.

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Almost entirely. Gagarin is dead and a full-scale war between America, China and Russia has been avoided, but Napoleon Island has been utterly devastated, Nick's team fire-team has been wiped out, his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely to be terminated after he blinds half-blinds Li and ''machineguns the names of his dead squad on the huge S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem in the lobby'', and Nick has admitted to himself that's he's no less a war-addicted BloodKnight than Gagarin was.]]
* CringeComedy: To be expected from a GarthEnnis work. The high (low?) point has to be Wendell, Nick's utterly hopeless dork of a "ward", suffering a ''graphic'' anal prolapse while trying to deadlift a barbell three times his weight. Fuckface's method of [[RapeAsComedy "disciplining"]] an incompetent Napoleon Island officer is right behind it.
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* GentleGiant: Fuckface ''was'' this, even being referred to in those exact words. Sadly, after a "tragic shark fishing accident", that was... [[TheBrute no longer the case]].
* MadeOfIron: Fuckface, again. Having a ''satchel charge'' blow up feet from him, which sends part of an AK-47 spearing into his torso, apparently does nothing to slow him down. [[spoiler: It takes an M203 grenade shot ''directly into his throat before detonating'' to kill him.]]

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* GentleGiant: Fuckface ''was'' this, even being referred to in those exact words. Sadly, after a "tragic "unfortunate accident while shark fishing accident", fishing", that was... [[TheBrute no longer the case]].
* MadeOfIron: Fuckface, again. Having a ''satchel charge'' blow up feet from him, which sends part parts of an AK-47 spearing into his torso, apparently does nothing to slow him down. [[spoiler: It takes an M203 grenade shot ''directly into his throat before detonating'' to kill him.]]



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Fury and Gagarin go at each other and hold ''nothing'' back in their final confrontation. Eye gouges, low blows, ''knives in kneecaps'', it's all there, capped with [[spoiler: Fury ''disemboweling'' Gagarin and ''strangling him with his own intestines'']].

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Fury and Gagarin go at each other and hold ''nothing'' back in their final confrontation. Eye gouges, low blows, ''knives in kneecaps'', it's all there, capped with [[spoiler: Fury ''disemboweling'' Gagarin and ''strangling him with his own intestines'']].



* WarIsHell: Another theme of the miniseries. Nick and Gagarin may be addicted to the rush, but the chaos unleashed on Napoleon Island is never depicted as anything less than bloody, brutal and utterly unnecessary. Best depicted when a U.S. fighter identifies a ''field tractor'' as a military vehicle and promptly obliterates it.

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* WarIsHell: Another theme of the miniseries. Nick and Gagarin may be addicted to the rush, but the chaos unleashed on Napoleon Island is never depicted as anything less than bloody, brutal and utterly totally unnecessary. Best depicted when a U.S. fighter identifies a ''field tractor'' as a military vehicle and promptly obliterates it.


* BigBad: Gagarin is the driving force behind the story, plotting to create a war.

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* BigBad: Gagarin is the driving force behind the story, plotting to create start a war.



* TheCameo: Spider Jerusalem of Transmetropolitan can be [[IncrediblyLamePun spied]] in the press conference just before the assault on Napoleon Island, looking quite amused at Nick's hilariously blunt appraisal of [[WarIsHell how it will go]].



* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Almost entirely. Gagarin is dead and a full-scale war between America, China and Russia has been avoided, but the island nation in the middle of it all has been utterly devastated, Nick's team has been wiped out entirely, his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely to be terminated after he blinds Li and ''machineguns the names of his dead squad on the huge S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem in the lobby'', and Nick has admitted to himself that's he's no less a war-addicted BloodKnight than Gagarin was.]]

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Almost entirely. Gagarin is dead and a full-scale war between America, China and Russia has been avoided, but the island nation in the middle of it all Napoleon Island has been utterly devastated, Nick's team has been wiped out entirely, out, his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely to be terminated after he blinds Li and ''machineguns the names of his dead squad on the huge S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem in the lobby'', and Nick has admitted to himself that's he's no less a war-addicted BloodKnight than Gagarin was.]]]]
* CringeComedy: To be expected from a GarthEnnis work. The high (low?) point has to be Wendell, Nick's utterly hopeless dork of a "ward", suffering a ''graphic'' anal prolapse while trying to deadlift a barbell three times his weight. Fuckface's method of [[RapeAsComedy "disciplining"]] an incompetent Napoleon Island officer is right behind it.



* RealityEnsues: Crops up quite a bit, considering the gritty real-world setting. A brilliant example is Fury's calm, contemptuous dismissal of Li's reassurances to reporters that there will be next-to-no casualties thanks to smart bombs and modern technology.
--> ''"A stealth fighter is not invisible. A laser-guided bomb is still a bomb. We will lose aircraft and we will kill civilians... If this thing does go ballistic it'll come down to infantry work, just like it always... American troops will die. So will S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel. So will anyone else who sticks their head up."''



* WarForFunAndProfit: Gagarin's entire motivation, and only the first part. He doesn't care at all about money, wanting only to be buried in another war to make himself feel alive. If that means he has to drag an innocent country into a war that will devastate it, well, too bad.

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* WarForFunAndProfit: Gagarin's entire motivation, and only the first part. He doesn't care at all about money, wanting only to be buried in another war to make himself feel alive. If that means he has to drag an innocent country Napoleon Island into a war that will devastate it, well, too bad. bad.
* WarIsHell: Another theme of the miniseries. Nick and Gagarin may be addicted to the rush, but the chaos unleashed on Napoleon Island is never depicted as anything less than bloody, brutal and utterly unnecessary. Best depicted when a U.S. fighter identifies a ''field tractor'' as a military vehicle and promptly obliterates it.


* ArchEnemy: Colonel Rudi Gagarin, to Nick.

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* ArchEnemy: Colonel Rudi Gagarin, to Nick. The line is somewhat blurred since, to paraphrase ''Literature/GoodOmens'', they've been enemies for so long that they're practically friends.



** One quote from Fury about Gagarain epitomizes this trope perfectly:

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** One quote from Fury about Gagarain Gagarin epitomizes this trope perfectly:



* CannonFodder: Gagarin sends a team of assassins to kill Fury after he turns him down to join him in starting a new war. Fury correctly guesses that Gagarin doesn't want him dead, and did not believe for a moment they'd succeed. He just wants to make ''sure'' Fury will go after him, so he throws him a bunch of disposable minions to guarantee it.
** The native soldiers of the disputed island Gagarin effectively takes over are much the same. Gagarin even references them as "the idiots", but keeps them around because "you never know when you might need the bodies".



* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Almost entirely. Gagarin is dead and a full-scale war between America, China and Russia has been avoided, but the island nation in the middle of it all has been utterly devastated, Nick's team has been wiped out entirely, his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely to be terminated after he blinds Li and ''machineguns the names of his dead squad on the huge S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem in the lobby'', and Nick has admitted to himself that's he's no less a war-addicted BloodKnight than Gagarin was.]]



* TheGeneralissimo: General Makawao embodies this trope, but he's far outclassed by Gagarin in terms of wit, cunning, and ability. In fairness, he assumed that Gagarin was on ''his'' payroll to help him seize power, not that he's really planning to restart the Cold War ''just for the hell of it''.



* SirSwearsAlot: A very dry and downplayed example with Trooper Foss: ''every'' time he speaks features him using "fuck" at least once. What makes it so pronounced is that he has maybe ''thirty words of dialogue'' in the entire miniseries.

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* OneManArmy: Fury, naturally, but Gagarin is certainly no slouch. Fury states that Gagarin racked up ''275 confirmed kills'' during the Soviet-Afghan War, entirely by himself.
* SirSwearsAlot: A very dry and downplayed example with Trooper Foss: ''every'' time he speaks features him using "fuck" at least once. What makes it so pronounced is that he has maybe ''thirty words of dialogue'' in the entire miniseries.


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* WarForFunAndProfit: Gagarin's entire motivation, and only the first part. He doesn't care at all about money, wanting only to be buried in another war to make himself feel alive. If that means he has to drag an innocent country into a war that will devastate it, well, too bad.


* ColonelKilgore: Gagarin, very much so. He loves war, to an almost disturbing degree.

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* BloodKnight: Deconstructing this trope seems to be a theme of the series. Special Ops vets like Fury and Gagarin are so addicted to covert warfare that it's nearly ''impossible'' for them to function during times of relative peace. Fury tries to do the right thing despite these urges, but at the very end he [[spoiler: silently admits that Gagarin was right: if he hadn't gone and kicked up a hornet's nest for a fresh slice of action, Fury would have done it himself.]]
** One quote from Fury about Gagarain epitomizes this trope perfectly:
--> "Reportedly the last Soviet soldier to leave Afghanistan. On foot. Returning fire. Laughing."
* ColonelKilgore: Gagarin, very much so. He loves war, to an almost disturbing degree. Fury himself is ''close'' to this, but tries to keep his eyes on fighting a war that will win a peace, rather than just fight them for the sake of it.


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** [[spoiler: After their final fight, Fury collapses on top of a dying Gagarin... whose final act is to rest a reassuring hand on his head, right before he dies. It blurs the line between heartwarming and utterly psychotic.]]
* FriendlySniper: Li (not [[ObstructiveBureaucrat him]], his brother) seems like this. Quiet, polite, professional, and preternaturally accurate with his rifle. Even ''Gagarin'' is impressed, despite the fact it's ''his'' men Li is picking off with ease.
*GentleGiant: Fuckface ''was'' this, even being referred to in those exact words. Sadly, after a "tragic shark fishing accident", that was... [[TheBrute no longer the case]].
* MadeOfIron: Fuckface, again. Having a ''satchel charge'' blow up feet from him, which sends part of an AK-47 spearing into his torso, apparently does nothing to slow him down. [[spoiler: It takes an M203 grenade shot ''directly into his throat before detonating'' to kill him.]]


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*NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Fury and Gagarin go at each other and hold ''nothing'' back in their final confrontation. Eye gouges, low blows, ''knives in kneecaps'', it's all there, capped with [[spoiler: Fury ''disemboweling'' Gagarin and ''strangling him with his own intestines'']].


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** Comes up in the first issue, after Fury and a DEA squad wipe out a drug cartel stronghold. Fury recognizes two of the dead cartel mercenaries: one used to work for S.H.I.E.L.D., and the other for Hydra. After both organizes collapsed or were downsized, both men ended up working for whoever paid them.
* SirSwearsAlot: A very dry and downplayed example with Trooper Foss: ''every'' time he speaks features him using "fuck" at least once. What makes it so pronounced is that he has maybe ''thirty words of dialogue'' in the entire miniseries.
* SmugSnake: Li, a high-ranking bureaucrat in the new S.H.I.E.L.D., ''oozes'' this trope on practically every page he appears. After a whole series on putting up with it, Fury finally has enough and [[spoiler: possibly blinds him via. a ''lit cigar'' in the eye]].

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