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* YouHaveFailedMe: Argent tries to get a sorcerer to give him a way to trace the identity of Grendel. When it fails, Argent is not in a forgiving mood.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Hunter Rose is a boy of fifteen when the 35 year old Jocasta Rose seduces him and makes him into her lover. It's never depicted as the disturbing abuse it actually is, largely as it's shown from Hunter's perspective, and he continues idealizing her long after it warps him badly.


* TropesAreNotBad: The entire point of War Child, which plays with dozens of post-apocalypse tropes at once.


* WouldNotHarmAChild: Played with. While Hunter Rose seems to have a fondness for children, going out of his way to save, spare, or avenge them, he's also shown to have an unhealthy interest in Stacy Palumbo. At no point, either, do we see him go out of his way to prevent the death of children in the crossfire of his adventures.

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* WouldNotHarmAChild: WouldNotHurtAChild: Played with. While Hunter Rose seems to have a fondness for children, going out of his way to save, spare, or avenge them, he's also shown to have an unhealthy interest in Stacy Palumbo. At no point, either, do we see him go out of his way to prevent the death of children in the crossfire of his adventures.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Jocasta Rose doesn't seem to be aware just how badly she warped Eddie.

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** Happens to Wiggins, too, who eventually spends all his time either dictating Grendel stories, until he starts going mad.
** Following Susan's death, Grendel Prime goes mad from having no other Grendels close to his standards.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: At the end of "Devil's Choices", Igor, facing a firing squad, dresses them down for being sloppy in their drill and himself gives the order to fire.


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* OneHitPolykill: At the end of "The Devil May Care", Dana, after having been forced to kill her own son in self-defence and seeing her city reduced to ruins by the fall-out of her affair with Hack, kisses him and shoots them both through the head with a single bullet.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: It's kind of blink-and-you'll-miss-it due to the relatively low story prominence of Orion's sisters, but when he first enters the story, they and he are lovers. This is apparently relatively common in Orion's time due to an AIDS epidemic, which raises the question of how bad that would have to be to normalize sibling incest.

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* ComicBookTime: Hunter Rose is canonically 18 or so when he becomes a best selling novelist and begins his campaign as Grendel, and adopts Stacy Palumbo shortly afterward. She does not age noticeably before Hunter's death, and the events of Behold the Devil, a comic running parallel to Grendel's early time before the public knew of him, heavily implies Hunter's death occurs less than a year later.

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*** Also subverted. Several stories indicate Hunter Rose may be attracted to Stacy, and he's definitely jealous of her affection for Argent.


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* FreudianExcuse: Jocasta Rose's seduction of Eddie, a child in his early teens and twenty years Jocasta's junior, is repeatedly shown to be the StartOfDarkness for Hunter.


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* WouldNotHarmAChild: Played with. While Hunter Rose seems to have a fondness for children, going out of his way to save, spare, or avenge them, he's also shown to have an unhealthy interest in Stacy Palumbo. At no point, either, do we see him go out of his way to prevent the death of children in the crossfire of his adventures.

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* ForTheEvulz: Larry Stohler, Hunter's right hand, is repeatedly shown to gain nothing for his association with Grendel. By all appearances, he's helping Hunter Rose for the hell of it.


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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Part of Stacy's own descent into madness is due to Hunter keeping the highly social child away from other children. When her primary interactions are with a sociopath, his confidante, and a literal man-eating monster, it's no surprise she develops problems even before Grendel manipulates her against Argent.


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* WifeHusbandry: A possible motive for Hunter's interest in Stacy. Stacy herself fantasizes about marrying him.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** In Issue #1 of "Devils Legacy" Christine was on the PhilDonahue show where she discussed the legacy of Grendel in her family. She mused that Donahue must be about 70 by now. According to recent estimate (based on when the idea of the original Hunter Rose stories being set in the early-mid 80s), Christine's story arc would have to take place somewhere in the mid 2020's. That would make Donahue more likely to be in his 90s by then. Donahue's long running show ended in 1996 and he had a short lived show between 2002-2003. The fact that the second show didn't last a year might reflect how relevant Donahue was in the 2000s (not very). Even if he's still alive, the "serious" talk show format is DeaderThanDisco. So no one is really holding their breath thinking that he'll try again anytime soon.
** During Brian's tenure as Grendel, someone was discussing going home and watching Creator/DavidLetterman although they felt that the "old fart just aint funny anymore". Letterman retired from Late Night host in 2015; that would be about ten years before the events in the comic.

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* HoverBike: Appear frequently in the far-future parts of the story, ridden by those Grendels who tend to an "outlaw biker" aesthetic. Grendel Prime likes them.


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