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* BackwardsFiringGun: Ambrose Bierce gives Stanley a backwards-firing water pistol that squirts him in the face. It's filled with holy water to test if he's a demon.

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* BackwardsFiringGun: Ambrose Bierce gives Stanley a backwards-firing water pistol that squirts him in the face. It's filled with holy water to test if he's a demon. Later, Nyx gets her hands on the gun and also ends up squirting herself, and since she IS a demon, the water burns her.


* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Hell works like this to a degree. Since Stanley is a child who believes he's invincible and that demons are dumb and silly, the denizens of Hell are reformed to reflect that while he's there. One demon even lampshades that Stanley pretending to be a demon with a halloween mask should not have worked, since the demon ''knew'' he wasn't a demon, but felt compelled to go along with the ruse anyway since Stanley believed that the demon would.



** Stanley pulls it again when a person asks how Stanley moved all the treehouse materials so fast, and replies that the instructions to build a forklift are in "The Heterodyne Boys Big Book of Fun." When Spot points out that ''he'' was the one to move everything, Stanley replies that he said that the instructions were in the book, but ''not'' that he used one.



* OccultDetective: Ambrose Bierce.

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* OccultDetective: Ambrose Bierce. John Constantine is also mentioned as being one of these, but Ambrose dislikes the man and keeps getting mistaken for him.


* WhiteSheep: Spot (or "The Nameless One") is the only demon in history to have turned his back on Evil, which is proof for Ramiel and Duma that their program of rehabilitating demons can work.

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* WhiteSheep: Spot (or "The Nameless One") is the only demon in history to have turned his back on Evil, which is proof for Ramiel and Duma that their program of rehabilitating demons can work.
work. He was actually exiled from Hell by Lucifer for this reason.


* CerberusRetcon: Played with. The monster, which never had a real backstory before, is actually ''a demon from Hell!''... who was kicked out for being insufficiently evil.

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* CerberusRetcon: Played with. The monster, which never had a real backstory before, is actually ''a demon from Hell!''... who was kicked out for being insufficiently evil.


%%* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his big, red monster. %% Add more context to describe their relationship and what effect it has on them. %%
* FluffyTheTerrible: Spot

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%%* * ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his big, red monster. %% Add more context to describe their relationship Despite the monster being, well, a monster, the two are great friends and what effect it has on them. %%
enjoy doing things like frolicking in the field or dressing up in costumes.
* FluffyTheTerrible: SpotSpot, a giant red monster with razor teeth and tusks. Later, the Foglio version would establish that he's a demon from hell.


* ExactWords:
** "Hell Is Exactly What You Think It Is." Hell is influenced by belief to a degree, so because Stanley knows everything he does about Hell from cartoons and edited tales told by Spot, he believes that Hell is cartoonish and the demons are silly and stupid.
** Stanley pulls this on his parents, who are horrified when they find that Spot is a demon... but Stanley claims that they already said Spot could stay. At the time when they said it, though, they thought Spot was an imaginary dog.



* HeroicSacrifice: Spot grabs Ambrose and screams at him that he will do whatever he wants, since Spot thinks Ambrose is Nyx and Spot wants Stanley and his family to be safe. In his mind, if he goes back to Hell, Nyx will stop bothering them. Since the manner Spot does this involves holding Ambrose in the air while screaming at him, Ambrose is highly confused.



* OccultDetective: Ambrose Bierce

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* OccultDetective: Ambrose BierceBierce.


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* UnderNewManagement: The impetus of the series is that in the wake of Ramiel and Duma being put in charge of hell in ''ComicBook/TheSandman,'' they're giving new rules to Hell, one of which is that Demons can't be outside of Hell anymore. While they can't do anything about Etrigan, they do know that the Nameless One ''can'' be taken back to Hell and assign his ex, Nyx, to drag him back.



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* WhiteSheep: Spot (or "The Nameless One") is the only demon in history to have turned his back on Evil, which is proof for Ramiel and Duma that their program of rehabilitating demons can work.

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* ImagineSpot: All over the place in the first issue, establishing the connections to the DC Universe. It gets to the point that ComicBook/TheSandman has to step in and tell Stanley he's exceeded the dream budget for the month.


* TakeThat: The cover of the 1st issue is Phil Fogio pitching his comedy series to a rather bored editor who instead imagines the concept as being about a NinetiesAntiHero.

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* TakeThat: The cover of the 1st issue is Phil Fogio Foglio pitching his comedy series to a rather bored editor who instead imagines the concept as being about a NinetiesAntiHero.

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* TakeThat: The cover of the 1st issue is Phil Fogio pitching his comedy series to a rather bored editor who instead imagines the concept as being about a NinetiesAntiHero.


* Stripperific: Nyx is rather....minimally dressed for a demon with a human body structure in an otherwise humorous comic.

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* Stripperific: {{Stripperific}}: Nyx is rather....minimally dressed for a demon with a human body structure in an otherwise humorous comic.


''Stanley and His Monster'' was a humorous fantasy series published by Creator/DCComics back in the days when they didn't just do superheroes (the late 1960s, to be precise). Written by Arnold Drake with art by Winslow Mortimer, it concerned six-year-old Stanley Dover, who meets a large red shaggy monster that's more afraid of people than people are of it. Stanley adopts the monster as a pet, and names him Spot.

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''Stanley and His Monster'' was a humorous fantasy series published by Creator/DCComics back in the days when they didn't just do superheroes (the late 1960s, to be precise). The series started its life as a back-up feature of the ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheCrow'' comic series in 1966, before it would briefly take over as the main feature until the book's cancellation in late 1968. Written by Arnold Drake with art by Winslow Mortimer, it concerned six-year-old Stanley Dover, who meets a large red shaggy monster that's more afraid of people than people are of it. Stanley adopts the monster as a pet, and names him Spot.

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* Stripperific: Nyx is rather....minimally dressed for a demon with a human body structure in an otherwise humorous comic.


* IJustWantToBeNormal: Stanley's parents are content to be normal. However, after the shock of learning about Stanley's benign demon companion passes, they realize when since they live in the Franchise/TheDCU with all its fantastic weirdness, Stanley's companion is nothing that strange in itself and allow him to stay.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Stanley's parents are content to be normal. However, after the shock of learning about Stanley's benign demon companion passes, they realize when since they live in the Franchise/TheDCU with all its fantastic weirdness, Stanley's companion is nothing that strange in itself and allow him to stay.

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