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* The occasional writer has portrayed ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'''s {{Magneto}}, typically portrayed since the 70s as WellIntentionedExtremist, as a loony terrorist who is interested only in racking up as high a body count as superhumanly possible. In fact, Magneto probably goes through more (and more varied) character derailments than possibly any other non-main-character in the MU.
** Writer Creator/GrantMorrison tried to defend his decision to make Magneto a raving drug-addict who rounded humans up into death camps by saying that "What people often forget, of course, is that Magneto, unlike the lovely Sir Ian [=McKellen=], [[DracoInLeatherPants is a mad old terrorist twat]]. No matter how he justifies his stupid, brutal behaviour, or how anyone else tries to justify it, in the end he's just an old bastard with daft, old ideas based on violence and coercion. I really wanted to make that clear at this time."
*** Neither the fans nor the other writers were convinced by Morrison's explanation, and the latter group very quickly {{retcon}}ned the story. Despite the overly convoluted result (The whole thing was Xorn pretending to be Magneto pretending to be Xorn. Oh, and there's ''more'' than one Xorn.) This is generally considered (barely) preferable to letting Morrison's characterization of Magneto stand. It should be noted that Magneto, as ''originally'' written, was indeed an anti-human terrorist--it was his transformation into a baby (by his own creation, Alpha the Ultimate Mutant) and his later being aged up again, that cured him of his more extreme tendencies. So Morrison ''was'' right in his assessment of him-- he just failed to consider ''all'' the character development Magneto had since then, or did not properly explain the reversion beyond the influence of alien mind control spores.
*** It also bears noting that in the 60s, while Magneto's sympathetic backstory had yet to be written, he was a ''generically'' evil villain as opposed to being in it only because he's kill-crazy. Even in the days of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, he could have ''tried'' to do what Morrison's Magneto did but simply been prevented, but he actually passed up many opportunities for [[KickTheDog puppykicking]]. He felt mutants should rule the world because mutants are more awesome, and so your average Magneto issue involved him trying to recruit the latest newly-discovered mutant and [[BadBoss calling Toad a dolt a lot]]. And ''then'' the 70s come along and he grows into the Magneto we've known for the past 40 years. While other writers have had trouble balancing the "well intentioned" part and the "extremist" part, Morrison's Magneto is Morrison's alone, and when that's coupled with his statement, it really seems to be a TakeThat against a character he personally saw as a DracoInLeatherPants.
**** Depending on how you look at it, the AntiVillain Magneto is a CharacterDerailment of said "generically evil" Hitler-esque Magneto of the 60s-which would make this a rare example of [[TropesAreNotBad derailment actually working for the better.]]
*** Of course, complicating the issue, Magneto ''is'' undeniably hit with DracoInLeatherPants appeal, causing people to overlook his numerous pre-supposed derailment attempts to provoke a war between human and mutant-kind, the fact that he literally ripped the adamantium out of Wolverine's body and sent the whole of earth into a dark age with an EMP during the "Fatal Attractions" storyline, or, in "Eve of Destruction" the storyline ''right before Morrison's run'', features Magneto crucifying Professor X, forcibly conscripting mutants into Genosha's army by threatening their families, and attempting to slaughter the X-Men en route to declaring a war of extermination on humanity.
** Special mention must go to his sudden reappearance in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #500. Not only does he show up and attack the X-Men with apparently nothing resembling a plan or motives (something ill befitting a character who's always been best portrayed as a WellIntentionedExtremist), but it's revealed that not only was he taking orders from the High Evolutionary, he was actually using a mechanical device to replace his lost powers, something a proud believer in mutant supremacy over the "inferior" humans would ''never do''. Compare his appearance in X-Men Legacy, mere months earlier, where he was portrayed as having no loss of dignity or pride whatsoever post-depowering, and even managed to beat his still-powered former Acolytes without any powers at all, in defense of Xavier. All the while refusing to concede to his former [[TheDragon second-in-command's]] claim that as a human he was no longer the worthy leader of the Acolytes he once was.
*** He's used tech to bolster his powers before.
*** This was because his attack was a distraction for High Evolutionary, who gave him (after their plan worked out) back his mutant powers. So this was just Magneto doing what he must to become once again what he once was. Next time we see him in the series he arrives at a funeral and submits himself to Cyclops, who is one of his main enemies.
*** It may bear noting that Magneto's first attack using his power suit happened in issue # ''500''. It was meant to be a special landmark issue, and it had tons of stuff tacked onto it for no other reason than simple nostalgia: an early scene had the team stumbling into an X-Men themed costume party that showcased about a hundred past and present X-Men in all of their various costumes, and the main plotline involved them duking it out with Magneto and two classic-design Sentinels at the same time (because Magneto and the Sentinels are the two most iconic villains in the X-mythos). It was meant to be a light-hearted break from all the high drama following the events of ''Messiah [=CompleX=]'', and a fond look-back at 500 issues of X-Men. Some [[RuleOfCool dramatic license was to be expected]].
** Joseph the Clone was a very different example of a Magneto derailment that just didn't work. Originally, Joseph ''was'' a younger, regenerated Magneto, but he was so much of a loser that he was {{retcon}}ned into a clone...which was rather pointless given that for almost his entire existence, it was hinted that Joseph could easily revert to villainous form if he ever fully recovered the memories of his previous life. Given how overdone clone plotlines are in the Marvel Universe in general and ''X-Men'' in particular, that would've been a better and simpler way to go.
* If you want to keep an ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' fan happy, ''don't'' talk about the way {{Storm}}'s being written in ''ComicBook/BlackPanther''. Having her declare her strong love for one of Marvel's few other black characters out of Reginald Hudlin's desire to [[strike:get a TokenRomance going]] snag a hot black babe for his badass black CanonSue was bad enough. Throwing away most of the strong characterization that made her a leader of the X-Men many times over to turn her into a love-struck woman whose major concern is her marriage and her husband? (At least she's back with the X-Men, having grown bored with queening.)
** Not to mention that Storm is someone who was once so into female empowerment that she defied all stereotypes by ''getting a mohawk''... and is now content to play the good wife to a man who is still keeping his royal harem. Or that she once berated Dr. Doom for the sheer amount of helpful technology he was keeping from the world, but seems perfectly content to let Black Panther hoard every bit of technology, including cancer cures, from everyone that's not Wakandan. Would "pot and kettle" be a little too [[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]] a punalogy to invoke?
*** Getting the Mohawk (or rather, the entire makeover and outlook change more notable for including the Mohawk) was, itself, a moment of pretty massive character derailment, though at least her teammates (especially Kitty) pointed this out and an attempt was made to explain it (even if it basically amounted to "spent the night partying with a free spririt and liked her style").
** Another thing to keep in mind is that Storm has a long romantic history with Forge, which left Storm a bit [[BrokenBird damaged in the relationship department]] after he backed out of his own marriage proposal. To Black Panther's proposal, she just says 'Yes'.
** Not to mention, the "Wedding of the Century" StoryArc ripped Storm right out of the X-Men with little to no preparation - she went from a successful leader of an independent band of heroes, having the government approval to kick the ass of any supernatural threat and all but in an actual relationship (with Wolverine, of all people) to being pretty much everything mentioned above.
** Also, speaking of Wolverine, notice how he's being treated in Hudlin's writing. You'd think that man's trying to [[YouAreWhatYouHate compensate for something...]]
** And as a final kick in the gut, seeing Storm as the ultimate heroes-do-not-kill person say "Stand down or be ''destroyed''" to a mob of '''civilians''' is rather painful.
* With Scott Summers, aka ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', it's hard to decide where to begin. First off, Cyclops had always been a more or less admirable hero, and the contrast to, say, {{Wolverine}} (the X-Men's resident AntiHero during the 80s). Aside from that, he was romantically involved with Jean Grey until her death in the Phoenix Saga. Since Jim Shooter wouldn't allow them to bring her back as a mass murderer, Madelyne Pryor was used as a substitute and he married her. So what does Scott do when he finds out Jean is back? He suddenly forgets all about his wife and baby son, and joins Jean in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' with the rest of the original X-Men, and comes across as a complete jerk. (A RetCon a few years later says he did this due to Mr. Sinister's mind control, but still). The baby was eventually sent into a Post Apocalyptic Future and grew up to become Cable. Madelyne, meanwhile, went with the X-Men to Australia, and then suffered CharacterDerailment of her own, eventually changing from a noble and courageous young woman to an evil psychotic. From there, she became one of the principal villains in the ''Inferno'' crossover, and then was killed off. Scott fortunately didn't marry Jean until years after that (despite what some [[{{Demonization}} trying to demonize their relationship]] claim). This lasted until his ''further'' derailment during GrantMorrison's run on ''New X-Men'', where he ended up cheating on Jean with Emma Frost (who herself was derailed into a SpoiledBrat, when she spent the 90s as TheAtoner), and in the final issue of Morrison's run Cyclops ended up ''kissing Emma at Jean's grave site'' (and Jean herself is derailed by her now wanting nothing more than "Scott to live"). Then after the mutants are depowered, he's now "suddenly" willing to kill his enemies off.
** And FIRE Professor Xavier.
*** That's supposedly justified because of the things Xavier has done, except those things ''themselves'' are derailment. He's been turned into a Magneto-esque "I'll run over ''anybody'' for my good cause and you're supposed to forgive me because I look sad for a panel or two when called on it" sort of character. Among the things he's been {{Retcon}}ned as doing: The Danger Room was ''sentient'' and he deliberately left it in AndIMustScream condition than go back to the previous version? And using MindRape to cover up his recklessly assembling and losing a half-trained second team between the original X-Men and Storm, Wolverine, and company.
** Now, Cyclops, the ultimate X-Man among his kind, threw Xavier's dream out of the window and is raising his own mutant black ops army.
* Forge in the recent "Ghost Boxes" arc of ''[[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Astonishing X-Men]]'', written by WarrenEllis. Suddenly for no particular reason Forge is completely insane and decides to save the Earth from extra-dimensional invaders by... sending his friends to the other dimension and then killing them. And then Beast and Agent Brand blow up the other world with a laser after Forge just goes "Screw it." and opens up the Ghost Box risking all life on Earth. And then he whines to Storm for rejecting him and stays in his complex as it blows up. Character Derailment isn't a strong enough term for what happened to Forge.
** Ellis, he was not very familiar with X-Men story and asked Marvel editors for help. They gave him a bunch of comics. The problem is that in most of them Forge mental shape wasn't at his best. We can assume that Ellis didn't do his homework, but really wanted to. Though, even during those issues Forge wasn't anywhere near that crazy, so some of the blame still falls on him.
** In Ellis' ''Astonishing X-Men'', a much bigger character derailment happens with practically the whole team. In previous stories, the X-Men (like most Marvel superheroes) had always [[ThouShaltNotKill tried to avoid killing their enemies]], using lethal force only if there was no other option. However, in Ellis' X-Men the team has suddenly adopted a different morality, so they find it okay to murder a villain even after he's been defeated and poses no threat to them. Even worse, in ''Astonishing X-Men'' #30 [[spoiler: the X-Men have no problem with firing a massive laser through a dimensional portal into an alternate Earth. According to Beast this laser destroys everything within a 10 mile radius, presumably killing a whole lot of people. The reason for this rather brutal display of power? Beast ''assumes'' (but doesn't know for sure) that this alternate Earth is a corrupt one, populated by evil mutants. So it's perfectly possible the laser might've killed lots and lots of innocent people, not just some bad guys. Talk about questionable morality!]] Ironically enough, the only character to protest against this new stance on killing is Storm, even though in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #170 [[spoiler: (where Storm duels with Callisto to save Angel's life)]] she was shown as the ''only'' X-Man capable of killing cold-bloodedly in order to save the life of a team member.
*** #170 was an exception, not the rule; and could in fact be considered Character Derailment itself.
*** However in issue #216 she is ready to kill Crimson Commando and order the death of Stonewall at the hands of Wolverine. Granted, they are killers who were trying to kill her, but even Wolverine notes that she is dead serious (no pun intended) with her threat.
** Also happened in ''{{Nextwave}}'', due to RuleOfFunny. Ellis intended for ''Nextwave'' to be NonCanon, but it ended up being so popular writers have tended to [[CanonImmigrant Canon Immigrate]] the changed characterizations.
** Not to mention what happened to Colossus' character in order to [[DieForOurShip cement the Pete Wisdom/Kitty Pryde pairing]]. As much as I love Ellis, the issue reads like bad [[RonTheDeathEater Harmonian fanfiction]].
*** And then Jason Aaron one ups Warren Ellis by turning Colossus to a Phoenix-powered StalkerWithACrush to push [[DieForOurShip his Iceman/Kitty Pryde pairing]]
* Even ChrisClaremont may be guilty of this - his ''X-Men: Die By The Sword'' has Merlyn teaming up with Mad Jim Jaspers to kill his daughter and take over TheMultiverse, despite that, while being a ManipulativeBastard, Merlyn was always concerned about the good of TheMultiverse and almost died to save it from Jaspers. Even when it was later revelaed he faked his death and was manipulating people from the shadows, he was still doing this for the greater good; in this series, however, he is just plain evil and mad. Creator/PaulCornell had solved this problem by claiming Merlyn went insane and having his body hijacked by one of his alternate selves (Merlyn was the nexus of all Merlins in TheMultiverse), who happened to be from Marvel's ''Series/DoctorWho'' comics.
* All of the original NewMutants team has suffered from this at one time or another since leaving the book; particularly noticeable with Cannonball (from competent team leader and commando to "Golly, shucks y'all" [[TheKid junior member]] on X-Men) and Sunspot (hot-blooded but good-natured brawler to occasional goofy-ass moron.
** Rahne got one in the second ''New Mutants'' series, losing her trademark accent and becoming a bad-ass biker-girl who made out with a ''student'' at Xavier's. Old-school fans were ''not'' impressed, and the derailed character was removed from the book quickly, and brought back to her old self elsewhere. CanonDiscontinuity at it's most extreme.
* Bishop was given one of truly epic proportions. At the end of Messiah Complex storyline he betrayed X-Men and his whole reason for living suddenly became killing a newborn mutant girl because he thinks her to be antichrist who destroyed his home future. Despite the fact that it went right against his whole previously established history where in his timeline X-Men died in battle with Onslaught and HouseOfM didn't happen.
* Grant Morrison's derailment of Emma Frost. She was not a SpoiledBrat who manipulated others just because of some issues she had in her past. She was manipulative as a villain because of her ambition and callousness. Yet it turned out she wasn't beyond caring when finding out what happened to her students, after she came out of a coma, and that put her nearly in the DespairEventHorizon. Then she became TheAtoner. Morrison basically ignored all that, and even had her being a sex therapist, despite her profession of being a teacher.
** While her change in personality ''could'' be justified by her witnessing Genosha's massacre and spending several days buried alive, in-story it was never brought up and later writers treated her as if she has always been like this and [[GenerationX her Atoner period]] [[CanonDiscontinuity seems to be forgotten entirely]]. "Sex therapist" is a complete AssPull though.
** What makes it worse is when you realize exactly what a sex therapist is. She essentially convinced Cyclops, who was in fact experiencing a mental breakdown from his time possessed by Apocalypse, that the best way to deal with his issues is to sleep with her. That, as well as being absolute bullshit, is highly ''illegal'' and would be classified as ''rape''. Yet, instead of being punished for taking advantage of her position and Cyclops' mental state, her actions are handwaved because [[RapeIsLove she loves him]] [[StrangledByTheRedString apparently]], and she ends up [[KarmaHoudini as co-headmistress of the school and co-leader of the X-Men]]. Its sickening especially when you know how she used to be.
* Even their alternate versions aren't safe from this. When {{Ultimate X-Men}} changed writers to Vaughan, most characters practically became clones of their main universe selves. Professor Xavier was the most heavily affected, suddenly claiming that he would never read anyone's mind without permission, while previously, he read minds for fun.
* TheJuggernaut has gone through some weird times. Him connecting to kids in Chuck Austen's run could be seen as CharacterDevelopment, but acting like a mopey teenager and enduring endless verbal abuse from other X-Men without any comeback is less so. Heck, in the first story by Austen to feature Juggernaut, he is willing to commit (non-heroic) suicide for... some reason. Portrayals since have bounced back and forth between AntiHero, TheAtoner or just a guy who likes to bash stuff. And then there is his intelligence, which varies between DumbMuscle and a smart guy whose father was a nuclear scientist.
** Perhaps even bigger case of derailment can be attributed to Cyttorak himself, the source of Juggernaut's power. He was initially the mysterious god of another dimension who didn't care much about good or evil on Earth. When Cain upon their first personal encounter tried to kill Cyttorak, he reacted with quaint amusement. These days Cyttorak is portrayed as a demon lord, who weakened Cain's power because he was displeased about him acting heroically. And now that Colossus is the Juggernaut, Cyttorak has said that he likes having a hero as his avatar, since what he ''really'' wants is for the Juggernaut to cause destruction, and whether it is due to good or evil intentions is irrelevant. Bwahuh?

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* The occasional writer has portrayed ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'''s {{Magneto}}, typically portrayed since the 70s as WellIntentionedExtremist, as a loony terrorist who is interested only in racking up as high a body count as superhumanly possible. In fact, Magneto probably goes through more (and more varied) character derailments than possibly any other non-main-character in the MU.
** Writer Creator/GrantMorrison tried to defend his decision to make Magneto a raving drug-addict who rounded humans up into death camps by saying that "What people often forget, of course, is that Magneto, unlike the lovely Sir Ian [=McKellen=], [[DracoInLeatherPants is a mad old terrorist twat]]. No matter how he justifies his stupid, brutal behaviour, or how anyone else tries to justify it, in the end he's just an old bastard with daft, old ideas based on violence and coercion. I really wanted to make that clear at this time."
*** Neither the fans nor the other writers were convinced by Morrison's explanation, and the latter group very quickly {{retcon}}ned the story. Despite the overly convoluted result (The whole thing was Xorn pretending to be Magneto pretending to be Xorn. Oh, and there's ''more'' than one Xorn.) This is generally considered (barely) preferable to letting Morrison's characterization of Magneto stand. It should be noted that Magneto, as ''originally'' written, was indeed an anti-human terrorist--it was his transformation into a baby (by his own creation, Alpha the Ultimate Mutant) and his later being aged up again, that cured him of his more extreme tendencies. So Morrison ''was'' right in his assessment of him-- he just failed to consider ''all'' the character development Magneto had since then, or did not properly explain the reversion beyond the influence of alien mind control spores.
*** It also bears noting that in the 60s, while Magneto's sympathetic backstory had yet to be written, he was a ''generically'' evil villain as opposed to being in it only because he's kill-crazy. Even in the days of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, he could have ''tried'' to do what Morrison's Magneto did but simply been prevented, but he actually passed up many opportunities for [[KickTheDog puppykicking]]. He felt mutants should rule the world because mutants are more awesome, and so your average Magneto issue involved him trying to recruit the latest newly-discovered mutant and [[BadBoss calling Toad a dolt a lot]]. And ''then'' the 70s come along and he grows into the Magneto we've known for the past 40 years. While other writers have had trouble balancing the "well intentioned" part and the "extremist" part, Morrison's Magneto is Morrison's alone, and when that's coupled with his statement, it really seems to be a TakeThat against a character he personally saw as a DracoInLeatherPants.
**** Depending on how you look at it, the AntiVillain Magneto is a CharacterDerailment of said "generically evil" Hitler-esque Magneto of the 60s-which would make this a rare example of [[TropesAreNotBad derailment actually working for the better.]]
*** Of course, complicating the issue, Magneto ''is'' undeniably hit with DracoInLeatherPants appeal, causing people to overlook his numerous pre-supposed derailment attempts to provoke a war between human and mutant-kind, the fact that he literally ripped the adamantium out of Wolverine's body and sent the whole of earth into a dark age with an EMP during the "Fatal Attractions" storyline, or, in "Eve of Destruction" the storyline ''right before Morrison's run'', features Magneto crucifying Professor X, forcibly conscripting mutants into Genosha's army by threatening their families, and attempting to slaughter the X-Men en route to declaring a war of extermination on humanity.
** Special mention must go to his sudden reappearance in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #500. Not only does he show up and attack the X-Men with apparently nothing resembling a plan or motives (something ill befitting a character who's always been best portrayed as a WellIntentionedExtremist), but it's revealed that not only was he taking orders from the High Evolutionary, he was actually using a mechanical device to replace his lost powers, something a proud believer in mutant supremacy over the "inferior" humans would ''never do''. Compare his appearance in X-Men Legacy, mere months earlier, where he was portrayed as having no loss of dignity or pride whatsoever post-depowering, and even managed to beat his still-powered former Acolytes without any powers at all, in defense of Xavier. All the while refusing to concede to his former [[TheDragon second-in-command's]] claim that as a human he was no longer the worthy leader of the Acolytes he once was.
*** He's used tech to bolster his powers before.
*** This was because his attack was a distraction for High Evolutionary, who gave him (after their plan worked out) back his mutant powers. So this was just Magneto doing what he must to become once again what he once was. Next time we see him in the series he arrives at a funeral and submits himself to Cyclops, who is one of his main enemies.
*** It may bear noting that Magneto's first attack using his power suit happened in issue # ''500''. It was meant to be a special landmark issue, and it had tons of stuff tacked onto it for no other reason than simple nostalgia: an early scene had the team stumbling into an X-Men themed costume party that showcased about a hundred past and present X-Men in all of their various costumes, and the main plotline involved them duking it out with Magneto and two classic-design Sentinels at the same time (because Magneto and the Sentinels are the two most iconic villains in the X-mythos). It was meant to be a light-hearted break from all the high drama following the events of ''Messiah [=CompleX=]'', and a fond look-back at 500 issues of X-Men. Some [[RuleOfCool dramatic license was to be expected]].
** Joseph the Clone was a very different example of a Magneto derailment that just didn't work. Originally, Joseph ''was'' a younger, regenerated Magneto, but he was so much of a loser that he was {{retcon}}ned into a clone...which was rather pointless given that for almost his entire existence, it was hinted that Joseph could easily revert to villainous form if he ever fully recovered the memories of his previous life. Given how overdone clone plotlines are in the Marvel Universe in general and ''X-Men'' in particular, that would've been a better and simpler way to go.
* If you want to keep an ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' fan happy, ''don't'' talk about the way {{Storm}}'s being written in ''ComicBook/BlackPanther''. Having her declare her strong love for one of Marvel's few other black characters out of Reginald Hudlin's desire to [[strike:get a TokenRomance going]] snag a hot black babe for his badass black CanonSue was bad enough. Throwing away most of the strong characterization that made her a leader of the X-Men many times over to turn her into a love-struck woman whose major concern is her marriage and her husband? (At least she's back with the X-Men, having grown bored with queening.)
** Not to mention that Storm is someone who was once so into female empowerment that she defied all stereotypes by ''getting a mohawk''... and is now content to play the good wife to a man who is still keeping his royal harem. Or that she once berated Dr. Doom for the sheer amount of helpful technology he was keeping from the world, but seems perfectly content to let Black Panther hoard every bit of technology, including cancer cures, from everyone that's not Wakandan. Would "pot and kettle" be a little too [[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]] a punalogy to invoke?
*** Getting the Mohawk (or rather, the entire makeover and outlook change more notable for including the Mohawk) was, itself, a moment of pretty massive character derailment, though at least her teammates (especially Kitty) pointed this out and an attempt was made to explain it (even if it basically amounted to "spent the night partying with a free spririt and liked her style").
** Another thing to keep in mind is that Storm has a long romantic history with Forge, which left Storm a bit [[BrokenBird damaged in the relationship department]] after he backed out of his own marriage proposal. To Black Panther's proposal, she just says 'Yes'.
** Not to mention, the "Wedding of the Century" StoryArc ripped Storm right out of the X-Men with little to no preparation - she went from a successful leader of an independent band of heroes, having the government approval to kick the ass of any supernatural threat and all but in an actual relationship (with Wolverine, of all people) to being pretty much everything mentioned above.
** Also, speaking of Wolverine, notice how he's being treated in Hudlin's writing. You'd think that man's trying to [[YouAreWhatYouHate compensate for something...]]
** And as a final kick in the gut, seeing Storm as the ultimate heroes-do-not-kill person say "Stand down or be ''destroyed''" to a mob of '''civilians''' is rather painful.
* With Scott Summers, aka ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', it's hard to decide where to begin. First off, Cyclops had always been a more or less admirable hero, and the contrast to, say, {{Wolverine}} (the X-Men's resident AntiHero during the 80s). Aside from that, he was romantically involved with Jean Grey until her death in the Phoenix Saga. Since Jim Shooter wouldn't allow them to bring her back as a mass murderer, Madelyne Pryor was used as a substitute and he married her. So what does Scott do when he finds out Jean is back? He suddenly forgets all about his wife and baby son, and joins Jean in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' with the rest of the original X-Men, and comes across as a complete jerk. (A RetCon a few years later says he did this due to Mr. Sinister's mind control, but still). The baby was eventually sent into a Post Apocalyptic Future and grew up to become Cable. Madelyne, meanwhile, went with the X-Men to Australia, and then suffered CharacterDerailment of her own, eventually changing from a noble and courageous young woman to an evil psychotic. From there, she became one of the principal villains in the ''Inferno'' crossover, and then was killed off. Scott fortunately didn't marry Jean until years after that (despite what some [[{{Demonization}} trying to demonize their relationship]] claim). This lasted until his ''further'' derailment during GrantMorrison's run on ''New X-Men'', where he ended up cheating on Jean with Emma Frost (who herself was derailed into a SpoiledBrat, when she spent the 90s as TheAtoner), and in the final issue of Morrison's run Cyclops ended up ''kissing Emma at Jean's grave site'' (and Jean herself is derailed by her now wanting nothing more than "Scott to live"). Then after the mutants are depowered, he's now "suddenly" willing to kill his enemies off.
** And FIRE Professor Xavier.
*** That's supposedly justified because of the things Xavier has done, except those things ''themselves'' are derailment. He's been turned into a Magneto-esque "I'll run over ''anybody'' for my good cause and you're supposed to forgive me because I look sad for a panel or two when called on it" sort of character. Among the things he's been {{Retcon}}ned as doing: The Danger Room was ''sentient'' and he deliberately left it in AndIMustScream condition than go back to the previous version? And using MindRape to cover up his recklessly assembling and losing a half-trained second team between the original X-Men and Storm, Wolverine, and company.
** Now, Cyclops, the ultimate X-Man among his kind, threw Xavier's dream out of the window and is raising his own mutant black ops army.
* Forge in the recent "Ghost Boxes" arc of ''[[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Astonishing X-Men]]'', written by WarrenEllis. Suddenly for no particular reason Forge is completely insane and decides to save the Earth from extra-dimensional invaders by... sending his friends to the other dimension and then killing them. And then Beast and Agent Brand blow up the other world with a laser after Forge just goes "Screw it." and opens up the Ghost Box risking all life on Earth. And then he whines to Storm for rejecting him and stays in his complex as it blows up. Character Derailment isn't a strong enough term for what happened to Forge.
** Ellis, he was not very familiar with X-Men story and asked Marvel editors for help. They gave him a bunch of comics. The problem is that in most of them Forge mental shape wasn't at his best. We can assume that Ellis didn't do his homework, but really wanted to. Though, even during those issues Forge wasn't anywhere near that crazy, so some of the blame still falls on him.
** In Ellis' ''Astonishing X-Men'', a much bigger character derailment happens with practically the whole team. In previous stories, the X-Men (like most Marvel superheroes) had always [[ThouShaltNotKill tried to avoid killing their enemies]], using lethal force only if there was no other option. However, in Ellis' X-Men the team has suddenly adopted a different morality, so they find it okay to murder a villain even after he's been defeated and poses no threat to them. Even worse, in ''Astonishing X-Men'' #30 [[spoiler: the X-Men have no problem with firing a massive laser through a dimensional portal into an alternate Earth. According to Beast this laser destroys everything within a 10 mile radius, presumably killing a whole lot of people. The reason for this rather brutal display of power? Beast ''assumes'' (but doesn't know for sure) that this alternate Earth is a corrupt one, populated by evil mutants. So it's perfectly possible the laser might've killed lots and lots of innocent people, not just some bad guys. Talk about questionable morality!]] Ironically enough, the only character to protest against this new stance on killing is Storm, even though in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #170 [[spoiler: (where Storm duels with Callisto to save Angel's life)]] she was shown as the ''only'' X-Man capable of killing cold-bloodedly in order to save the life of a team member.
*** #170 was an exception, not the rule; and could in fact be considered Character Derailment itself.
*** However in issue #216 she is ready to kill Crimson Commando and order the death of Stonewall at the hands of Wolverine. Granted, they are killers who were trying to kill her, but even Wolverine notes that she is dead serious (no pun intended) with her threat.
** Also happened in ''{{Nextwave}}'', due to RuleOfFunny. Ellis intended for ''Nextwave'' to be NonCanon, but it ended up being so popular writers have tended to [[CanonImmigrant Canon Immigrate]] the changed characterizations.
** Not to mention what happened to Colossus' character in order to [[DieForOurShip cement the Pete Wisdom/Kitty Pryde pairing]]. As much as I love Ellis, the issue reads like bad [[RonTheDeathEater Harmonian fanfiction]].
*** And then Jason Aaron one ups Warren Ellis by turning Colossus to a Phoenix-powered StalkerWithACrush to push [[DieForOurShip his Iceman/Kitty Pryde pairing]]
* Even ChrisClaremont may be guilty of this - his ''X-Men: Die By The Sword'' has Merlyn teaming up with Mad Jim Jaspers to kill his daughter and take over TheMultiverse, despite that, while being a ManipulativeBastard, Merlyn was always concerned about the good of TheMultiverse and almost died to save it from Jaspers. Even when it was later revelaed he faked his death and was manipulating people from the shadows, he was still doing this for the greater good; in this series, however, he is just plain evil and mad. Creator/PaulCornell had solved this problem by claiming Merlyn went insane and having his body hijacked by one of his alternate selves (Merlyn was the nexus of all Merlins in TheMultiverse), who happened to be from Marvel's ''Series/DoctorWho'' comics.
* All of the original NewMutants team has suffered from this at one time or another since leaving the book; particularly noticeable with Cannonball (from competent team leader and commando to "Golly, shucks y'all" [[TheKid junior member]] on X-Men) and Sunspot (hot-blooded but good-natured brawler to occasional goofy-ass moron.
** Rahne got one in the second ''New Mutants'' series, losing her trademark accent and becoming a bad-ass biker-girl who made out with a ''student'' at Xavier's. Old-school fans were ''not'' impressed, and the derailed character was removed from the book quickly, and brought back to her old self elsewhere. CanonDiscontinuity at it's most extreme.
* Bishop was given one of truly epic proportions. At the end of Messiah Complex storyline he betrayed X-Men and his whole reason for living suddenly became killing a newborn mutant girl because he thinks her to be antichrist who destroyed his home future. Despite the fact that it went right against his whole previously established history where in his timeline X-Men died in battle with Onslaught and HouseOfM didn't happen.
* Grant Morrison's derailment of Emma Frost. She was not a SpoiledBrat who manipulated others just because of some issues she had in her past. She was manipulative as a villain because of her ambition and callousness. Yet it turned out she wasn't beyond caring when finding out what happened to her students, after she came out of a coma, and that put her nearly in the DespairEventHorizon. Then she became TheAtoner. Morrison basically ignored all that, and even had her being a sex therapist, despite her profession of being a teacher.
** While her change in personality ''could'' be justified by her witnessing Genosha's massacre and spending several days buried alive, in-story it was never brought up and later writers treated her as if she has always been like this and [[GenerationX her Atoner period]] [[CanonDiscontinuity seems to be forgotten entirely]]. "Sex therapist" is a complete AssPull though.
** What makes it worse is when you realize exactly what a sex therapist is. She essentially convinced Cyclops, who was in fact experiencing a mental breakdown from his time possessed by Apocalypse, that the best way to deal with his issues is to sleep with her. That, as well as being absolute bullshit, is highly ''illegal'' and would be classified as ''rape''. Yet, instead of being punished for taking advantage of her position and Cyclops' mental state, her actions are handwaved because [[RapeIsLove she loves him]] [[StrangledByTheRedString apparently]], and she ends up [[KarmaHoudini as co-headmistress of the school and co-leader of the X-Men]]. Its sickening especially when you know how she used to be.
* Even their alternate versions aren't safe from this. When {{Ultimate X-Men}} changed writers to Vaughan, most characters practically became clones of their main universe selves. Professor Xavier was the most heavily affected, suddenly claiming that he would never read anyone's mind without permission, while previously, he read minds for fun.
* TheJuggernaut has gone through some weird times. Him connecting to kids in Chuck Austen's run could be seen as CharacterDevelopment, but acting like a mopey teenager and enduring endless verbal abuse from other X-Men without any comeback is less so. Heck, in the first story by Austen to feature Juggernaut, he is willing to commit (non-heroic) suicide for... some reason. Portrayals since have bounced back and forth between AntiHero, TheAtoner or just a guy who likes to bash stuff. And then there is his intelligence, which varies between DumbMuscle and a smart guy whose father was a nuclear scientist.
** Perhaps even bigger case of derailment can be attributed to Cyttorak himself, the source of Juggernaut's power. He was initially the mysterious god of another dimension who didn't care much about good or evil on Earth. When Cain upon their first personal encounter tried to kill Cyttorak, he reacted with quaint amusement. These days Cyttorak is portrayed as a demon lord, who weakened Cain's power because he was displeased about him acting heroically. And now that Colossus is the Juggernaut, Cyttorak has said that he likes having a hero as his avatar, since what he ''really'' wants is for the Juggernaut to cause destruction, and whether it is due to good or evil intentions is irrelevant. Bwahuh?
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28th Nov '13 9:41:07 PM nombretomado
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* If you want to keep an ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' fan happy, ''don't'' talk about the way {{Storm}}'s being written in ''BlackPanther''. Having her declare her strong love for one of Marvel's few other black characters out of Reginald Hudlin's desire to [[strike:get a TokenRomance going]] snag a hot black babe for his badass black CanonSue was bad enough. Throwing away most of the strong characterization that made her a leader of the X-Men many times over to turn her into a love-struck woman whose major concern is her marriage and her husband? (At least she's back with the X-Men, having grown bored with queening.)

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* If you want to keep an ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' fan happy, ''don't'' talk about the way {{Storm}}'s being written in ''BlackPanther''.''ComicBook/BlackPanther''. Having her declare her strong love for one of Marvel's few other black characters out of Reginald Hudlin's desire to [[strike:get a TokenRomance going]] snag a hot black babe for his badass black CanonSue was bad enough. Throwing away most of the strong characterization that made her a leader of the X-Men many times over to turn her into a love-struck woman whose major concern is her marriage and her husband? (At least she's back with the X-Men, having grown bored with queening.)
18th Nov '13 11:23:06 PM XSpectreGreyX
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** In Ellis' Astonishing X-Men, a much bigger character derailment happens with practically the whole team. In previous stories, the X-Men (like most Marvel superheroes) had always [[ThouShaltNotKill tried to avoid killing their enemies]], using lethal force only if there was no other option. However, in Ellis' X-Men the team has suddenly adopted a different morality, so they find it okay to murder a villain even after he's been defeated and poses no threat to them. Even worse, in ''Astonishing X-Men'' #30 [[spoiler: the X-Men have no problem with firing a massive laser through a dimensional portal into an alternate Earth. According to Beast this laser destroys everything within a 10 mile radius, presumably killing a whole lot of people. The reason for this rather brutal display of power? Beast ''assumes'' (but doesn't know for sure) that this alternate Earth is a corrupt one, populated by evil mutants. So it's perfectly possible the laser might've killed lots and lots of innocent people, not just some bad guys. Talk about questionable morality!]] Ironically enough, the only character to protest against this new stance on killing is Storm, even though in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #170 [[spoiler: (where Storm duels with Callisto to save Angel's life)]] she was shown as the ''only'' X-Man capable of killing cold-bloodedly in order to save the life of a team member.

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** In Ellis' Astonishing X-Men, ''Astonishing X-Men'', a much bigger character derailment happens with practically the whole team. In previous stories, the X-Men (like most Marvel superheroes) had always [[ThouShaltNotKill tried to avoid killing their enemies]], using lethal force only if there was no other option. However, in Ellis' X-Men the team has suddenly adopted a different morality, so they find it okay to murder a villain even after he's been defeated and poses no threat to them. Even worse, in ''Astonishing X-Men'' #30 [[spoiler: the X-Men have no problem with firing a massive laser through a dimensional portal into an alternate Earth. According to Beast this laser destroys everything within a 10 mile radius, presumably killing a whole lot of people. The reason for this rather brutal display of power? Beast ''assumes'' (but doesn't know for sure) that this alternate Earth is a corrupt one, populated by evil mutants. So it's perfectly possible the laser might've killed lots and lots of innocent people, not just some bad guys. Talk about questionable morality!]] Ironically enough, the only character to protest against this new stance on killing is Storm, even though in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #170 [[spoiler: (where Storm duels with Callisto to save Angel's life)]] she was shown as the ''only'' X-Man capable of killing cold-bloodedly in order to save the life of a team member.



*** However in episode #216 she is ready to kill Crimson Commando and order the death of Stonewall in hands of Wolverine in cold blood. Granted, they are killers who were trying to kill her, but still even Wolverine notes that she is dead serious (no pun intented) with her threat.
** Actually the X-Men have been shown several times, not just by Ellis, to much more willing to kill in the modern age. Cyclops has an entire TEAM of covert assassins who he sends to torture and slaughter their enemies on a large scale. Given that mutantkind is fighting for its very survival this actually makes sense...it's not the time for kid gloves when the future of your entire species is on the line every single day.

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*** However in episode issue #216 she is ready to kill Crimson Commando and order the death of Stonewall in at the hands of Wolverine in cold blood. Wolverine. Granted, they are killers who were trying to kill her, but still even Wolverine notes that she is dead serious (no pun intented) intended) with her threat.
** Actually the X-Men have been shown several times, not just by Ellis, to much more willing to kill in the modern age. Cyclops has an entire TEAM of covert assassins who he sends to torture and slaughter their enemies on a large scale. Given that mutantkind is fighting for its very survival this actually makes sense...it's not the time for kid gloves when the future of your entire species is on the line every single day.
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16th Oct '13 2:03:00 PM XSpectreGreyX
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* With Scott Summers, aka ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', it's hard to decide where to begin. First off, Cyclops had always been a more or less admirable hero, and the contrast to, say, {{Wolverine}} (the X-Men's resident AntiHero during the 80s). Aside from that, he was romantically involved with Jean Grey until her death in the Phoenix Saga. Since Jim Shooter wouldn't allow them to bring her back as a mass murderer, Madelyne Pryor was used as a substitute and he married her. So what does Scott do when he finds out Jean is back? He suddenly forgets all about his wife and baby son, and joins Jean in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' with the rest of the original X-Men, and comes across as a complete jerk. (A RetCon a few years later sez he did this due to Mr. Sinister's mind control, but still.) The baby was eventually sent into a Post Apocalyptic Future and grew up to become Cable. Madelyne, meanwhile, went with the X-Men to Australia, and then suffered CharacterDerailment of her own, eventually changing from a noble and courageous young woman to an evil psychotic . From there, she became one of the principal villains in the ''Inferno'' crossover, and then was killed off. Scott fortunately didn't marry Jean until years after that (despite what some [[{{Demonization}} trying to demonize their relationship]] claim). This lasted until his ''further'' derailment during GrantMorrison's run on ''New X-Men'', where he ended up cheating on Jean with Emma Frost (who herself was derailed into a SpoiledBrat, when she spent the 90s as TheAtoner), and in the final issue of Morrison's run Cyclops ended up ''kissing Emma at Jean's grave site'' (and Jean herself is derailed by her now wanting nothing more than "Scott to live"). Then after the mutants are depowered, he's now "suddenly" willing to kill his enemies off.

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* With Scott Summers, aka ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', it's hard to decide where to begin. First off, Cyclops had always been a more or less admirable hero, and the contrast to, say, {{Wolverine}} (the X-Men's resident AntiHero during the 80s). Aside from that, he was romantically involved with Jean Grey until her death in the Phoenix Saga. Since Jim Shooter wouldn't allow them to bring her back as a mass murderer, Madelyne Pryor was used as a substitute and he married her. So what does Scott do when he finds out Jean is back? He suddenly forgets all about his wife and baby son, and joins Jean in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' with the rest of the original X-Men, and comes across as a complete jerk. (A RetCon a few years later sez says he did this due to Mr. Sinister's mind control, but still.) still). The baby was eventually sent into a Post Apocalyptic Future and grew up to become Cable. Madelyne, meanwhile, went with the X-Men to Australia, and then suffered CharacterDerailment of her own, eventually changing from a noble and courageous young woman to an evil psychotic .psychotic. From there, she became one of the principal villains in the ''Inferno'' crossover, and then was killed off. Scott fortunately didn't marry Jean until years after that (despite what some [[{{Demonization}} trying to demonize their relationship]] claim). This lasted until his ''further'' derailment during GrantMorrison's run on ''New X-Men'', where he ended up cheating on Jean with Emma Frost (who herself was derailed into a SpoiledBrat, when she spent the 90s as TheAtoner), and in the final issue of Morrison's run Cyclops ended up ''kissing Emma at Jean's grave site'' (and Jean herself is derailed by her now wanting nothing more than "Scott to live"). Then after the mutants are depowered, he's now "suddenly" willing to kill his enemies off.
5th Aug '13 7:36:04 PM Johnny1993
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**** Depending on how you look at it, the AntiVillain Magneto is a CharacterDerailment of said "generically evil" Hitler-esque Magneto of the 60s-which would make this a rare example of [[TropesAreNotBad derailment actually working for the better.]]
24th Jun '13 5:40:48 PM MarkLungo
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* The occasional writer has portrayed ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'''s {{Magneto}}, typically portrayed since the 70s as WellIntentionedExtremist, as a loony terrorist who is interested only in racking up as high a body count as superhumanly possible. In fact, Magneto probably goes through more (and more varied) character derailments than possibly any other non-main-character in the MU.
** Writer GrantMorrison tried to defend his decision to make Magneto a raving drug-addict who rounded humans up into death camps by saying that "What people often forget, of course, is that Magneto, unlike the lovely Sir Ian [=McKellen=], [[DracoInLeatherPants is a mad old terrorist twat]]. No matter how he justifies his stupid, brutal behaviour, or how anyone else tries to justify it, in the end he's just an old bastard with daft, old ideas based on violence and coercion. I really wanted to make that clear at this time."

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* The occasional writer has portrayed ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'''s ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'''s {{Magneto}}, typically portrayed since the 70s as WellIntentionedExtremist, as a loony terrorist who is interested only in racking up as high a body count as superhumanly possible. In fact, Magneto probably goes through more (and more varied) character derailments than possibly any other non-main-character in the MU.
** Writer GrantMorrison Creator/GrantMorrison tried to defend his decision to make Magneto a raving drug-addict who rounded humans up into death camps by saying that "What people often forget, of course, is that Magneto, unlike the lovely Sir Ian [=McKellen=], [[DracoInLeatherPants is a mad old terrorist twat]]. No matter how he justifies his stupid, brutal behaviour, or how anyone else tries to justify it, in the end he's just an old bastard with daft, old ideas based on violence and coercion. I really wanted to make that clear at this time."



*** It also bears noting that in the 60s, while Magneto's sympathetic backstory had yet to be written, he was a ''generically'' evil villain as opposed to being in it only because he's kill-crazy. Even in the days of the ComicsCode, he could have ''tried'' to do what Morrison's Magneto did but simply been prevented, but he actually passed up many opportunities for [[KickTheDog puppykicking]]. He felt mutants should rule the world because mutants are more awesome, and so your average Magneto issue involved him trying to recruit the latest newly-discovered mutant and [[BadBoss calling Toad a dolt a lot]]. And ''then'' the 70s come along and he grows into the Magneto we've known for the past 40 years. While other writers have had trouble balancing the "well intentioned" part and the "extremist" part, Morrison's Magneto is Morrison's alone, and when that's coupled with his statement, it really seems to be a TakeThat against a character he personally saw as a DracoInLeatherPants.

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*** It also bears noting that in the 60s, while Magneto's sympathetic backstory had yet to be written, he was a ''generically'' evil villain as opposed to being in it only because he's kill-crazy. Even in the days of the ComicsCode, UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, he could have ''tried'' to do what Morrison's Magneto did but simply been prevented, but he actually passed up many opportunities for [[KickTheDog puppykicking]]. He felt mutants should rule the world because mutants are more awesome, and so your average Magneto issue involved him trying to recruit the latest newly-discovered mutant and [[BadBoss calling Toad a dolt a lot]]. And ''then'' the 70s come along and he grows into the Magneto we've known for the past 40 years. While other writers have had trouble balancing the "well intentioned" part and the "extremist" part, Morrison's Magneto is Morrison's alone, and when that's coupled with his statement, it really seems to be a TakeThat against a character he personally saw as a DracoInLeatherPants.
28th Dec '12 10:46:49 AM lostlimey
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** Not to mention, the "Wedding of the Century" storyarch ripped Storm right out of the X-Men with little to no preparation - she went from a successful leader of an independent band of heroes, having the government approval to kick the ass of any supernatural threat and all but in an actual relationship (with Wolverine, of all people) to being pretty much everything mentioned above.

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** Not to mention, the "Wedding of the Century" storyarch StoryArc ripped Storm right out of the X-Men with little to no preparation - she went from a successful leader of an independent band of heroes, having the government approval to kick the ass of any supernatural threat and all but in an actual relationship (with Wolverine, of all people) to being pretty much everything mentioned above.
21st Dec '12 11:58:26 PM LoserTakesAll
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*** Getting the Mohawk (or rather, the entire makeover and outlook change more notable for including the Mohawk) was, itself, a moment of pretty massive character derailment, though at least her teammates (especially Kitty) pointed this out and an attempt was made to explain it (even if it basically amounted to "spent the night partying with a free spririt and liked her style").
28th Oct '12 11:10:37 AM nombretomado
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* Even ChrisClaremont may be guilty of this - his ''X-Men: Die By The Sword'' has Merlyn teaming up with Mad Jim Jaspers to kill his daughter and take over TheMultiverse, despite that, while being a ManipulativeBastard, Merlyn was always concerned about the good of TheMultiverse and almost died to save it from Jaspers. Even when it was later revelaed he faked his death and was manipulating people from the shadows, he was still doing this for the greater good; in this series, however, he is just plain evil and mad. PaulCornell had solved this problem by claiming Merlyn went insane and having his body hijacked by one of his alternate selves (Merlyn was the nexus of all Merlins in TheMultiverse), who happened to be from Marvel's ''Series/DoctorWho'' comics.

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* Even ChrisClaremont may be guilty of this - his ''X-Men: Die By The Sword'' has Merlyn teaming up with Mad Jim Jaspers to kill his daughter and take over TheMultiverse, despite that, while being a ManipulativeBastard, Merlyn was always concerned about the good of TheMultiverse and almost died to save it from Jaspers. Even when it was later revelaed he faked his death and was manipulating people from the shadows, he was still doing this for the greater good; in this series, however, he is just plain evil and mad. PaulCornell Creator/PaulCornell had solved this problem by claiming Merlyn went insane and having his body hijacked by one of his alternate selves (Merlyn was the nexus of all Merlins in TheMultiverse), who happened to be from Marvel's ''Series/DoctorWho'' comics.
12th Oct '12 1:59:20 PM Austin
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* With Scott Summers, aka Cyclops of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', it's hard to decide where to begin. First off, Cyclops had always been a more or less admirable hero, and the contrast to, say, {{Wolverine}} (the X-Men's resident AntiHero during the 80s). Aside from that, he was romantically involved with Jean Grey until her death in the Phoenix Saga. Since Jim Shooter wouldn't allow them to bring her back as a mass murderer, Madelyne Pryor was used as a substitute and he married her. So what does Scott do when he finds out Jean is back? He suddenly forgets all about his wife and baby son, and joins Jean in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' with the rest of the original X-Men, and comes across as a complete jerk. (A RetCon a few years later sez he did this due to Mr. Sinister's mind control, but still.) The baby was eventually sent into a Post Apocalyptic Future and grew up to become Cable. Madelyne, meanwhile, went with the X-Men to Australia, and then suffered CharacterDerailment of her own, eventually changing from a noble and courageous young woman to an evil psychotic . From there, she became one of the principal villains in the ''Inferno'' crossover, and then was killed off. Scott fortunately didn't marry Jean until years after that (despite what some [[{{Demonization}} trying to demonize their relationship]] claim). This lasted until his ''further'' derailment during GrantMorrison's run on ''New X-Men'', where he ended up cheating on Jean with Emma Frost (who herself was derailed into a SpoiledBrat, when she spent the 90s as TheAtoner), and in the final issue of Morrison's run Cyclops ended up ''kissing Emma at Jean's grave site'' (and Jean herself is derailed by her now wanting nothing more than "Scott to live"). Then after the mutants are depowered, he's now "suddenly" willing to kill his enemies off.

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* With Scott Summers, aka Cyclops ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', it's hard to decide where to begin. First off, Cyclops had always been a more or less admirable hero, and the contrast to, say, {{Wolverine}} (the X-Men's resident AntiHero during the 80s). Aside from that, he was romantically involved with Jean Grey until her death in the Phoenix Saga. Since Jim Shooter wouldn't allow them to bring her back as a mass murderer, Madelyne Pryor was used as a substitute and he married her. So what does Scott do when he finds out Jean is back? He suddenly forgets all about his wife and baby son, and joins Jean in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' with the rest of the original X-Men, and comes across as a complete jerk. (A RetCon a few years later sez he did this due to Mr. Sinister's mind control, but still.) The baby was eventually sent into a Post Apocalyptic Future and grew up to become Cable. Madelyne, meanwhile, went with the X-Men to Australia, and then suffered CharacterDerailment of her own, eventually changing from a noble and courageous young woman to an evil psychotic . From there, she became one of the principal villains in the ''Inferno'' crossover, and then was killed off. Scott fortunately didn't marry Jean until years after that (despite what some [[{{Demonization}} trying to demonize their relationship]] claim). This lasted until his ''further'' derailment during GrantMorrison's run on ''New X-Men'', where he ended up cheating on Jean with Emma Frost (who herself was derailed into a SpoiledBrat, when she spent the 90s as TheAtoner), and in the final issue of Morrison's run Cyclops ended up ''kissing Emma at Jean's grave site'' (and Jean herself is derailed by her now wanting nothing more than "Scott to live"). Then after the mutants are depowered, he's now "suddenly" willing to kill his enemies off.
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