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1[[quoteright:248:]]께->''"'Vengeance is mine,' sayeth the Lord. '''Not anymore!''' Get your bile piled up, get your spite in a bag... It's the best damn vengeance you've ever had!"''께''Scud the Disposable Assassin'' is a graphic novel series by Creator/RobSchrab, set in a [[WorldOfWeirdness bizarre]], [[CrapsackWorld hideously amoral world]] where robotic assassins called Scuds are readily available on every street corner, and dispensed from vending machines. Scuds are deadly, agile, remorseless, heavily armed... and they explode upon terminating their assigned target, so you never have to worry about incriminating evidence. 께Our protagonist is just another Scud, hired to clear out a pest control problem, a monstrous creature called Jeff. Realizing that killing Jeff means immediate death for him as well, Scud instead painfully immobilizes Jeff and has her hospitalized. Seeking the necessary cash to keep Jeff's medical bills paid to keep them both alive, Scud now has to go freelance, in a world that seems doomed to eternal peril.께The series originally lasted for 20 issues, published from 1994 to 1998, with the final issue ending in a cliffhanger. Four additional issues appeared in 2008, continuing the original numbering. The #24th issue is so far the finale for the series. There was also a video game released for the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn in 1997.께----!!This comic book series provides examples of:께* AbnormalAmmo: In the video game, Drywall uses a piranha gun - literally a gun hooked to a tank of piranhas.* AIIsACrapshoot: System ''was'' initially built for evil, but nobody expected him to [[spoiler: out-evil Satan himself and take over hell]].* AFateWorseThanDeath: The werewolf in issue 11 explodes in the vacuum of space, then his natural HealingFactor reassembles himself, then he explodes again, and reassembles himself again, and so on ''until the end of time.''* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Scud [[spoiler: agrees to ''kill the world'' in order to bring Sussudio back from the dead. This is ''not'' presented as the right choice, and Drywall [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on it]].]]* AntiHero: Throughout the comic, Scud's pretty much looking out for himself, and doesn't really do anything that won't directly benefit him in some way (For example, refusing to help the mafia fight off the dinosaurs, even though he's ''right there'', until they pay him.) He ''[[JustifiedTrope is]]'' an assassin, after all.* ArtEvolution: The art in early issues is fairly cartoony and uses lots of round shapes, while later issues use a more angular, expressive style.** This is best seen with Scud himself. In early issues, he's very tall, sharp, his body language is very rigid, he has careful shading and details, and his head is thin and distinctly pill-shaped. By the end, he's gotten shorter, stouter, he bends easier, and has mastered facial expressions despite only having eyes to express. Also, his head is very much a rectangle and his eyes are bigger.* BaitAndSwitch: One of the "H O R S E" arc's issues follows a group of nerdy teens getting attacked by a deranged, masked serial killer. It's established early on that the beach where Scud and the teens are hanging out is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a lifeguard who died there, and the issue seems to be building up to the reveal that this murderer is in fact him. [[spoiler: Nope! The ghost is actually a good guy and drags the serial killer into the ground, where the issue promptly ends. Oh, and that serial killer? He was actually one of the ''Horsemen of the Apocalypse'', for extra insanity.]]* BagOfHolding: Drywall, along with his brothers, Mess and System. [[spoiler:All of them were commissioned by Satan himself to collect all material items in the world after the Rapture begins. System decided to take it the extra mile and collect ''everything, starting with Satan.'']]* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Benjamin Franklin is an Occultist Crime Boss.* BigBad: Voo-Doo Ben.* BottomlessMagazines: Though one line ("I haven't run out of bullets yet.") implies that Scud's guns ''have'' a set ammo capacity. It's apparently just ''really, really high.'' This carries over into the video game, where you never run out of ammo nor need to reload.* CaughtUpInTheRapture: The Rapture, apparently, took place right after the release of ''Film/GhostbustersII'', and due to Satan never showing up and God refusing to throw the first punch, it ''never ended.''* CerebusSyndrome: Enters this around issue 20, then [[spoiler:manages to undo itself by 24.]]* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The God's Tear.]]* CombatTentacles: Sussudio had these back in her stints as a cat burglar named Black Octopus. [[spoiler:She later regains them after Scud revives her with Jeff's heart.]]* CrapsackWorld: Face it, if you can buy assassins on the street from vending machines, you live in one.* CruelTwistEnding: The original run of the comic. [[spoiler: Scud is teleported to heaven, where the Seraphim explain to him and Sussudio that the numerous monstrosities Scud has killed over the adventure are actually the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Since all of them are dead or out of commission, the Seraphim enlist Scud to end the world instead. They do this by brutally hacking apart Sussudio and saying they'll bring her back if he goes through with it- which he agrees to. [[{{Cliffhanger}} The end!]]]] However, this is [[spoiler: inverted come the end of the new run, with the cast earning an EarnYourHappyEnding.]]* DecoyProtagonist: Issue 3 of ''Tales of the Vending Machine'' starts out with a group of children reading a forbidden tome, then [[spoiler:it reveals that they are actually demons in Hell and the focus switches to an angel that they inadvertently stranded there, who murders the demons and orders a Heartless 666 Scud to accompany him. '''Then''', the angel gets gunned down]] and the focus stays with Heartless 666 for the rest of the story.* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Sussudio gets no flak for tying Scud to a bed and raping him (inasmuch as a robot without genitals can be raped). Then again, a lot of crimes are committed in this world without consequences.* EarnYourHappyEnding : The final pages of Issue 24 says it all.* EldritchAbomination: Just about every non-human could qualify do to how downright bizarre they look. [[spoiler:But special mention has to go the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse whose ranks include the already mentioned [[MixAndMatchCritter Jeff,]] a Jason Voorhees-esque serial killer who [[AmbiguouslyHuman may or may not be human,]] a giant worm with the head of a dog and multiple breasts, and something that has what can only be described as a ''city on fire'' as its main body.]]** Jeff is a special case since her[[BizarreAlienBiology (?)]] design is so utterly absurd that it has to be seen to be believed. She's an eight foot tall humanoid with an electric plug for a head, mousetraps for hands, a squid belted to her chest, has hands for feet and talks by shouting movie quotes ''out of her kneecaps,'' '''''which have mouths on them!'''''* EyepatchAfterTimeSkip: [[spoiler: Drywall]], kinda. He doesn't actually wear one, though he's still missing one of his eyes when we see him in the Image run.* FatBastard: Voo-Doo Ben certainly qualifies, as does the [[CorruptHick Mayor of Bobsled]].* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: After [[spoiler: losing an arm in his battle with Scud Sol, Scud ends up having to borrow an arm that belonged to a werewolf, which causes his speech patterns to slip in and out of this at times.]]* GodIsGood: [[GoodIsNotNice But he sure is mean.]] The lore of the comic is that God wanted to end the world with the Rapture, but Satan never showed [[spoiler: since he was consumed by System.]] On principle, God decided to never throw the first punch so to speak, and so the rapture has continued on indefinitely.[[spoiler: His angels eventually usurped him and locked him away, and the minute he gets free he goes on a ''brutal'' rampage against them, devouring them whole.]] However, God is not without virtue either- there are numerous hints he's orchestrating the events of the comic to create the best outcome for everyone, and [[spoiler: upon hearing what his Seraphim are doing to Scud by making him kill the Earth, he cries a single tear.]]* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:System. And then later, The Seraphim, as they were the ones responsible for alot of bad events in the series.]]* GunsAkimbo: With ''[[UpToEleven four guns]]'', in one issue. Two in each hand.* HandCannon: Scud's guns are as long as his forearms.** Possibly Lampshaded during a scene we see from Jeff's point of view, in which Scud is depicted with literal cannons for hands.* HandWave: Lampshaded/Parodied. -->SCUD:"Why aren't you dead yet, you fat, evil man?" -->Voo-Doo Ben Franklin:"Early to bed, early to rise, blah blah blah, shut the fuck up."* HowWeGotHere: The video game's first few levels are framed as the computer AM-2 telling Sussudio Scud's origin story, allowing Sussudio to function as an AudienceSurrogate for those unfamiliar with the story.* HyperspaceArsenal: This is pretty much Drywall's entire gimmick.* HypotheticalCasting: Always listed the voices of actors that the creator of the comic imagined would be voicing the characters in animation.* ICannotSelfTerminate: The Scud Sol. Not because it's not programmed to; because its armor is too durable for even its own weapons to pierce.* IdiotBall: [[spoiler:Oswald's cause of death is picking up a porn magazine in the middle of a gunfight.]]* KnightOfCerebus: Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Drywall]], if you stretch the meaning slightly. While the character's immediate introduction doesn't trigger the darker shift, his origin story is one of the first really nightmarish turns.* LifeMeter: In the game. Scud's, as well as boss enemies, are unusual in that they ''fill'' as their owner takes damage. Drywall's is more straightforward, being a zipper (like his mouth) that unzips to represent how much damage he's taken.* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:Not since the seraphim took over Heaven, at least.]]* LogicBomb: Ask a S.A.M. robot to kill a zombie for you. Go on. ''Ask.''* {{Mooks}} : Played with in Issues 21 and 22; Voodoo Ben has purchased Scudco, the company that made the main protagonist. As a result, he has a near unending supply of Scud's, some the same model as our hero. The end result is a montage of Scud kicking the crap out of himself.* MixAndMatchCritters: Jeff is part squid, part plug, part mousetrap, part something or other. She can also replace missing limbs with anything she finds nearby; at her highest point, she was part squid, part plug, part horse, part piano, part crocodile with a chaingun in its mouth, part clown puppet holding a buzzsaw, and part whatever the hell the rest of her is.* MoralityDial: The Contempt Meter which measures Scud's sadism. Set it at one, get the job done. Set it at ten, never see them again.** Early on a laser blast damages Scud's circuitry in a way that [[UpToEleven jacks his Contempt up to 15!]]* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Voodoo Ben revives dinosaur bones at once point, creating ''Zombie Dinosaurs!'' Funnily enough, a bite from them will also turn you into a zombie dinosaur, as one don finds out.** The comic loves this trope. Not only do we get zombie dinosaurs, but werewolf astronauts, a cyborg mafia, and... well, whatever the hell [[EldritchAbomination Jeff]] is.* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The werewolves in the Scud universe have a HealingFactor turned UpToEleven; when one's head gets blown open, the brains ''fly back into his skull'' to heal him.** And turn into a sentient black hole if they ever touch the moon. Yeah, it's that kind of series.* PaperThinDisguise: Every employee at Superior Alien Military is an obvious alien wearing a human face mask. Held on with string and everything.* [[spoiler:RageAgainstTheHeavens]]: The Seraphim try to invoke this by [[spoiler: killing Sussudio in front of Scud, expecting that killing the only thing he really cares about would drive him into an omnicidal depression.]]** [[spoiler: A smaller interior example also took place when the Seraphim overthrew God and took over heaven.]]* RatedMForManly: The Grittites, a cult that worships "manliness and [[StuffBlowingUp unnecessary explosions]]."** Also the Mr. Tough Guy Competition, a yearly global contest in which contestants prove their toughness in events like Jackhammer Fencing and Lava Hockey.* {{Robosexual}}: Sussudio is apparently unable to be turned on by anything that ''isn't'' mechanical.** Scud takes Sussudio to task over this when he finds out that cyborg mafioso Tony Tasty used to date her, prompting her to respond "He's half robot, we had half a relationship."* RogueDrone: Scud was programmed to take down his target and self-destruct, but a glitch in his programming gave him a will to live.** It's not so much a glitch in his programming as much as it is awareness that he will self-destruct if his target dies. He's not the only one, either; half of the hospital patients on life support were brought there by Scuds.* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Scud and Sussudio argue whether the time traveling Horse, which sends them to a new location and disappears each time, functions based on either this or on a 12-hour time limit. [[spoiler:After it sends them to Tony Tastey's wedding, where they spend much less than 12 hours and don't solve anyone's problems, they don't know what to say.]]-->'''Scud''': [[spoiler:[[MediumAwareness You're on your own, fellas.]]]]* ShoutOut:** In issue 3 of the spinoff series, ''Tales from the Vending Machine'', One-shot character, Heartless 666 has tentacles where his mouth should be. [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Hmmm...]]** Scud's internalized gun holsters are a pretty obvious shout-out to Franchise/{{Robocop}}.** [[WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits "Uh-oh, Chongo!]] [[PreAssKickingOneLiner It's Danger Island Time!"]]** Everything that ever comes out of Jeff's mouth. (Mouths. Both of which are located at her knees.)** The UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn video game has a computer called AM-2, named for the developers of ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' and ''VideoGame/VirtuaCop'', among other Sega arcade titles. Scud's handguns are also redesigned to resemble the "Stunner" light gun design Sega sold for the Saturn and used for its arcade cabinets.* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: The series is extremely cynical until the very end where it actually becomes a happy and idealistic conclusion.* SpinOff: Two of them. ''El Cosa Nostroid'', about the mafiosi Scud meets in the beginning of the store, and ''Tales From the Vending Machine'', charting the stories of various different Scud units.* StarfishAliens* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Sussudio, in issue 20. She gets better in issue 24.]]* SuddenlySpeaking: Manages to do this despite being a comic in that [[spoiler: Drywall becomes capable of speaking English like everyone else during the last four issues, with the first time he does so being just before Oswald's death.]]* SuperiorSpecies: Parodied in the form of "Superior Alien Military" military-industrial products and corporation.* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Drywall, in the ten years Scud was in stasis.]]* TheUnintelligible: Drywall and his brethren speak a language that can only be understood by creatures without a soul, such as robots and [[EvilLawyerJoke lawyers]]. Interestingly, the [[{{Wingdinglish}} Wingding]] language contains the same number of symbols as the sentence being translated, so with proper context clues one can roughly translate much of their dialogue.* ThreeLawsCompliant: Inverted. Scud's encounter with Joe Cool reveals his programming houses a warped version of the three laws of robotics, beginning with "A Scud does ''not'' value life and ''will'' allow, through action or inaction, life ''to be'' harmed."* UnsoundEffect: All the time. Some among the lines of "Finger!", "Grab Head!" and "Haul ASS!".* WerewolfThemeNaming: All four of the astronauts on a space shuttle that Scud hijacks. Only one of them is a werewolf, though.* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The giant gatling gun Scud uses on the Grittites is never seen again.* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: As foreshadowed by the title.----


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