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The comic:

  • Complete Monster: The title character is a wealthy sociopath who paid to become a supervillain. Nemesis travels around the world, slaughtering innocents and targeting honest police chiefs for fun. Choosing inspector Blake Morrow as his next target, Nemesis terrorizes the United States: crashing a plane into Washington; gassing the Pentagon to kidnap the President; and blowing up a prison that detains him after letting himself get caught. To further torment Blake, Nemesis outs the former's son as gay, inseminates his daughter with his son's sperm and triggers her womb to collapse if an abortion is attempted. Confronted by Blake, Nemesis reveals he's strapped bombs to both the President and Blake's wife and ecstatically tries to force the inspector to choose who will die.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's pretty hard to find investment in a story where the title character and main focus does nothing but kill, maim, and spread chaos. But unlike The Joker, who Nemesis takes inspiration from, none of the charisma or mysterious intrigue is there to keep the reader interested. It becomes even more insulting when it's ultimately revealed that Nemesis is just some rich guy who got bored so he became a supervillain. Not only telling the reader that their patience in finding out the full details of the character's apparent Freudian Excuse was a waste of time, but also that they had been following the exploits of a completely one-dimensional character who has done horrible things for no reason at all.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Misaimed Fandom: Inverted and possibly enforced. The point of the series is to have a crazy awesome badass villain to end all crazy awesome badass villains, designed to have the reader rooting for him. With the third issue, however, far few people will cheer on a man who crosses the Moral Event Horizon in the way that he does.
  • Moment of Awesome: The President demanding Blake to blow him up just so he can put Nemesis in critical condition. Also counts as a Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nemesis kidnapped a young woman and had her impregnated by her homosexual brother, somehow rigging her body so that an attempt at an abortion will destroy her womb.
  • Narm: Mark Millar has this happen a lot. The above-mentioned moral event horizon? It's described so clinically that the scene just comes off as ridiculous. Not to mention that the whole thing somehow made front page news.
    • At the end of the story, the protagonist receives a letter from The Man Behind the Man that describes all of the events that occurred down to every specific detail, but the person who delivers it says that they've had the letter for 10 whole years, meaning that the person responsible was able to accurately predict everything that happened. Already pretty extreme, but he was able to predict everything right down to Blake's daughter having triplets from her rape. From 10 years prior.
  • The Woobie: Morrow's children, who Nemesis not only kidnaps, but also forces to have sex with each other, impregnating the daughter and forcing her to bear the child or else her womb with explode. The son in particular gets pity points for being gay and severely depressed for thinking his father won't love him if he knew (actually, he does love him, and just wants him safe), and because what Nemesis did to him is heavily implied to be a form of humiliation for him alone.

The film (from 1992, not to be confused with the comic by Mark Millar & Steve McNiven published in 2009):

  • Older Than They Think: Remember the movie Underworld where the protagonist shoots a hole in the floor with a machine gun and escapes that way? It happened here first, ten years earlier. In fact it's even more extreme here since Alex plunges through several floors of the hotel.
  • Retroactive Recognition: This film features one of the first roles for Thomas Jane.
  • Sequelitis: The quality sharply declines in each sequel in every way possible. Apparently none of the actors (with the exception of Tim Thomerson) or crew wanted to work for Pyun again, so he was forced to come up with... whatever he could.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The very definition. Grab some beer and check your brain at the door and you'll have a smashing time. "I luff to vatch you vurk," says Brion James. We do too.


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