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What's your opinion on the ornately verbose speech patterns of EMPOWERED's Caged Demonwolf? 

1,156 deviants said Pour it on, baby! To paraphrase Billy Idol: "Too much Demonwolf is not enough."
667 deviants said As long as the Sin-Sensing Celestial's vocabularily rococo rants are deployed in moderation, I can deal
161 deviants said A little (VERY little) of him goes a long way, as the Blazing-Eyed Devilgoat's ultra-alliterative, thesaurus-abusing dialogue often hurts my brain
66 deviants said Other (clarify in Comments below)

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dflpm Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
So long as he waxes eloquent whilst Ninjette poses near, more's the better!
Demonflayer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
I'm kind of stuck somewhere between the first and second option. I do love the Caged Demonwolf, and I think his dialogue is hilarious, but on re-reads of the volumes I do begin to think that he's best in moderation. I'm not sure exactly HOW moderate he should be, though.

I do wish he'd stop using the phrase "much vaunted" so much. Given how...unique his dialogue is, it seems to be a disservice for him to be repetitive.
ScyldScefing Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
The Dire Demonwolf disertations would be dourly debilitated without its poignant penchant for prosaic perambulation.
Eugar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
While CD's mastery of the english language is awesome, now I know why Volume 5 was almost 1/2 Demonwolf-speak.

Yeah, a "Demonwolf depiction of a sex scene" was funny and I'm sure I gained a few IQ points deciphering it, but I disagree with the lot who said "Too much Demonwolf is not enough.".

Think Scott Pilgrim - video game references were there, but they didn't dominate entire flashbacks. Double K, the callbacks to Gurren Lagann are there, but the plot moves forward.

I enjoyed reading MindF*ck's dialogue and I wish she and Demonwolf had the chance to meet, but Demonolf's explanation to Ninjette was getting repetitive after 5 straight pages of it.

But I'm just one person after all. And I admit I had my vocabulary unwillingly expanded trying to decode those conversations.

But unless Demonwolf's going to do something important in Volume 6/the near future - I'd rather not have to listen to him as often.
PQRavik Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
He is what he is. Eternally he exists, fundamentally unchanging as our universe expands, contracts and expires. Represent him however you wish, but the Demonwolf is beyond your mere mortal power to effect, for good or ill....
j2Artist Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Artist
I've never herd him talk but when I read comics everyone sounds like me :)
mystictrout Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I really enjoy the character of the C.D. I love that he speaks so convolutedly. I love his combination of hyperbole and banality. But I agree with @Daigohji that he now uses way way way too much alliteration. It's tedious and contrived and it doesn't become him--he's a king, not a jester. I much preferred the way he spoke when he was newly-caged. He really is awesome, as are all your characters. Beautiful way you have with depth and dynamic of character.
ExperimentalTea Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
It's not so much the C.D.; ever since Vol. 2 you've had Emp and her friends neologize words (for which perfectly serviceable suffixes or conjugations already exist) into horrible portmanteaus of themselves and the suffix "-ness." This gets especially bad in Vols. 3 + 4, where it becomes the single most defining characteristic of any exchange, but seems to have tapered off in the more action-oriented 5 + 6. If you change anything about character dialogue, however, please change the 'ness-ness.
Tanukioh Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I like the Caged Demonwolf. It'd be nice to learn more about him as a character in later volumes. Also, I wonder if prolonged exposure to humans (especially Emp, Thugboy and Ninjette) is affecting his overall evil nature.
lovecrafty Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
I absolutely love Caged Demonwolf, he's one of my favorite characters, and I wouldn't want him to change one bit...but that said, its hard to read page after page of exposition delivered by him - his detailed accounting of Emp and Thugboy's fight and make-up in "Of Clingy Monkeys and Negative Excrescence" did make my eyes glaze over a bit and was definitely the low-point of the book. So an absolute yes to CD's voluminous verbal venting, but maybe avoid having him relate long tales. He's at his best when he gives Emp his trademarkable motivational speeches.

And Adam? Thank you so much for reviving the word "jackanapes." That is a word that deserves to be celebrated.

Eagerly awaiting Volume 7.
Sam111111 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
It depends where you're using him. i.e. the Demonwolf narrating sex was hilarious. He can be overused at times, though.
J3V1L Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If, and When, Empowered gets the Superhero Movie Treatment, Who do you want to play the Voice of the Caged Demonwolf?
Mark35950 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Speaking only for myself, I would personally like to see/hear the Caged Demonwolf voiced by none other than Maurice LaMarche!*

*For those of you who don't know, Maurice LaMarche is a Futurama voice actor known for playing the part of Lrrr... RULER OF THE PLANET OMICRON PERSEI 8!
J3V1L Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow. that would be epic.
Mark35950 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
No kidding! And I would want Christian Bale as Maid Man and Shane West from Nikita as the lead (Non) Zombie and Ming Na from Mulan as Ninjette and Alison Lohman from Drag Me to Hell as Empowered!
the blazing eye'd demongoat may be wonderfull in his wordings, but often he rambles to an verbose voration. he is, however, a loved evil smiter of stars and villanous vegrant upon a table of coffee.

Caraphae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All power and pagespace to the Caged Demonwolf! CD is the main reason I actually enjoy the sex scenes in Empowered, when normally I find them dull and self-indulgent (no, I'm not offended by sex scenes, just Titanically Bored). Demonwolf makes things funny.

And I thought his vocabulary was rather average material. I am distressed indeed to see so many ostensibly educated people confounded by his stentorian speechways. If CD is indeed forcing the world to remember the full glory of the English language, all the better!
jns-devart Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Heh - the Cthulu-like demon beast trapped on Emp's coffee table uses an amusingly extravagant vocabulary that reminds me a lot of Dr. Smith from Lost in Space, the old TV series.

I read somewhere (Wikipedia, perhaps? meaning - who really knows if it's true) that Jonathan Harris, the actor who portrayed Dr. Smith, laid awake at night thinking up alliterative insults to use in his scenes.

Yes, a little of the caged demon wolf, trapped as he is, goes a long way. But didn't I read a hint that he might escape? If he does - maybe with the help of Kozue-chan, out of desperation - I wonder if he'll wind up using Ninjette as a host and kicking a bunch of Ayakami Clan behinds. But can those worms fit back into the can afterward? On one hand, wearing a titanic, ravening starbeast wouldn't be a very stealthy way to go, but on the other hand, didn't Miyamoto Musashi recommend using all your tools when your life is on the line?

I've been getting a ridiculous amount of enjoyment from Empowered. I've been recommending it to the subset of my co-workers who like anime and comic books. I'm not sure what their tolerance levels might be for naughtiness, so I make sure to warn them about it.
mr-wolfie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Love the Demonwolf's commentary. Might not be perceived so badly if many of the other characters were slightly less verbose. The last volume had several characters giving multi-word balloon monologues, they could have used some editing.

Hate the black censor bars. Sometimes the language is so laden with foul words as to be implausible, this may be better judged if the words used were shown rather than covered up - otherwise I have no problems with language, foul or otherwise.

Plus those bars aren't exactly aesthetically pleasing.
dariensilver Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Verbose?! The Caged Demonwolf speaks not in verbosity! In fact, the Fusion Phalliced Violator of Worlds is clearly too concise in his cunning and clever conversational commentary. All alliterative allocations are appetent at the Attached Archfiend and all his antagonistic agony! (12-word Alliteration Combo with A's!). Those sniviling jackanapes that voted to stifle the Evil Overload had best remember the words of the immortal atom-bombing president, "If the heat be to much for your weak ape-bodies to stand, remove yourself from the room of cooking and occasional counter-top coitus."...
Daigohji Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
He was very entertaining in the first couple of volumes, but two problems have emerged as the volumes wear on. The first is the overuse of alliteration. I know that's supposed to be his gimmick, but it's a cheap and limiting device that quickly becomes irritating. His dialogue in the early volumes was far better. The second problem, and one that is coming to encompass the series as a whole, is repetition. A scene featuring the Caged Demon-wolf is likely to involve an overly verbose recounting of one of the alpha wench's sexual liaisons, be spattered with alliteration combos, and culminate in a request to watch someone commit a filthy monkey act. This was funny the first couple of times, but we desperately need to see some different scenarios. Likewise, the situations the other characters find themselves in are started to be recycled. As much as I've enjoyed the series so far, I feel that it's on the verge of stagnation if we don't see some game-changing plot progression soon.
otaku247 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
I love the Demonwolf character and his many verbose monologues - they really make me chuckle at the absurdity, but really it's probably because as a consequence we get treated to plenty of the eye-candyness that is Ninjette, listening to said caged Demonwolf's terrificly torrid tales of tawdry trysts whilst she gets changed and ready for self monkeying <cough> i mean bed. Ninjette is my favourite and looks awesome with her hair down :D
paulrik Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's hard keeping up with the caged demon-wolf, I often have to look up some of the words that he says, but it's always fun learning new words. Like Steatopygous. What an awesome word.
Djeroon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love his speech. It just kicks ass when a comic book dares to expand my english vocabulary. I love how he plays with words, mixing and matching them to create new ones. It always makes me smile, even if i have to look up some of the words.
Ganalef Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
If I ever got tired of them, I'd skim. I vote for the status quo, and not for moderation. When he shows up it'd be a shame if he didn't get to stretch his lexical legs.

Besides which, I think you enjoy writing for him.

(As a fan of Paarfi's style I enjoy reading verbosity, and want to vote for more. But too much text on a comic page...)
Q99 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Some is fine, but the more he shows up the less the speech pattern is funny.

I like it when he shows up in a scene, but not when he narrates
ghettoNinjabroken Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
I enjoy it, though for some reason reminds me a little of how yoda talks "but just me"
TM2DB Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010   Writer
Meant to vote "As long as the Sin-Sensing Celestial's vocabularily rococo rants are deployed in moderation, I can deal" instead.
slfricky Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Moderation. I approve wholeheartedly in him having a presence throughout the book, but I don't need many instances of extended verbiage from him.
tommerch Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
The thing is, as much as I love the Verbose Viceroy of Vicious Vitality, he does have a penchant for stealing the scene when he Bombastically Bloviates. So he does need to be kinda rationed out because he is, when all is said and done, a supporting character.

Now, if there were somehow to be a side project *featuring* him, I would purchase that puppy posthaste.

Thos. Merchant
TheArtificer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I rather enjoy his style, but I realize that an IQ over 145 and having read more books then I earn dollars per annum (including the entire run of Nat Geo since 1888) I also realize I'm most likely not the average comic book reader.
MatthewRHumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I love the Caged Demonwolf. I love his speech patterns. I love all things demonwolfy. I believe the Demonwolf is like the meta-entangled fictional characterization of Adam Warren himself. He's brilliant, in your face, funny and satirical all while maintaining a verbal ass whipping that blows my socks off when much of the world today speaks in lolcat...
we-r-nomad Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Are were ever going to see the Demonwolf fly free of his frustrating fetters?
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
All I can say is: Yeahp, eventually.
Nale99 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
I love deciphering what the caged demon wolf is saying. His colorful speech pattern is a lot of fun.
sarasonly Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
more than 3-4 phrases of Caged Demonwolf per page are a litle to much.
But 2-3 phrases of Caged Demonwolf per page are very impressive ! :)
OBakasama163 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
The Demonwolf's speeches are simply priceless.
Hmn-Being Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
"Other": in the main I enjoy the Demonwolf's speech patterns and have had no problems reading them. However, in the particular story /When Titans Fornicate/ it crossed over into being "too much". I realized on my second read-through of volume five that I'd skipped reading whole panels in that story the first time. The intentional telescoping of the narration made the story just read too slowly when it was kept up for that long without a significant break.

Or said another way, in that specific instance I found the implacably iterative alliterations impenetrable.
PSX2010 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Umm, I don't know... (confused)
robertabsten Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Oof, commented on the wrong fricken page. Bottom line is, so long as we get enough Emp, 'Jette, and Thugboy then TCD is great. When potential pages or our lovely heroine and pals start getting cut for pages of (admittedly awesome) additional alteration .. then I'll get peeved. Ain't happened yet, hope it never does.

And keep up the great work.
OrangeCatX Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Ninjette really needs to wear him on her hips. If she get's sufficiently drunk that is!
Hmn-Being Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
"Wear him on her hips"? Is that what they're calling it these days?
gir633 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Listen to this cat for it speaks the truth.

Ninjette and Deamonwolf are my favorite characters, (not that Empowered is a slouch) and I would love to see more of them would be great. And them in some kind of partnership would could probably lead to some good reading. (And art with Ninjette in the picture)
Somebodylost Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Student Digital Artist

zarsh009 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
some people just skip his rant and goes straight to Emp action, but some stories like the ones where he talks with Ninjette requires you to read the entire thing. obviously if your reading a scan copy, you get eye irritation.
CoffeeStainedStudio Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you admit to stealing from the creator... on his page.
zarsh009 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
who's steeling? i buy the original too. The web version introduce me to it.
CoffeeStainedStudio Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, as long as you are buying it.
o0X0o Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Then don't read scans...

Go out and buy it.
flyingsquiggle Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that the obtuse language combined with the scratchy bold font make for some strained reading for even the most educated, especially the longer paragraphs. I like it when he tries to rant and other people interrupt him/pretend he's not there. I feel like the best comics have you reading just long enough to absorb the art, but not so much that you are going back and forth between words-pictures-words-pictures.

I do think he's a funny character, though giving him some sort of non-sex related subplot (an escape plan, or an origin, or having him possess a potato instead of a belt thing) might stretch his entertainment value a bit further.
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