History RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap / ComicBooks

14th May '16 3:50:44 AM Doug86
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* Not only does Creator/PeterDavid have a knack for this, he has a vocal ''preference'' for it. He's practically the patron saint of forgotten or tragically uncool X-Men. The entire cast of every iteration ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' is made up of C-list and D-List characters that no one else wanted. Under [[Creator/PeterDavid PAD's]] writing, they've all flourished and grown into their own.

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* Not only does Creator/PeterDavid have a knack for this, he has a vocal ''preference'' for it. He's practically the patron saint of forgotten or tragically uncool X-Men. The entire cast of every iteration ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' ''Comicbook/XFactor'' is made up of C-list and D-List characters that no one else wanted. Under [[Creator/PeterDavid PAD's]] writing, they've all flourished and grown into their own.



* Hard to believe, but in the early days of Creator/ChrisClaremont's epic run on Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, a vocal group of fans wrote letters demanding that '''{{Wolverine}}''' be killed off (70s readers weren't ready for a NinetiesAntiHero). It didn't help that co-plotter and penciller Dave Cockrum didn't like Wolverine either, focusing his attentions on his own personal creation, Nightcrawler. When John Byrne (a Canadian) replaced Cockrum, he liked the idea of a major hero from the Great White North, and became enamored of the little runt. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome or two later, and an EnsembleDarkHorse was born...

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* Hard to believe, but in the early days of Creator/ChrisClaremont's epic run on Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, Comicbook/XMen, a vocal group of fans wrote letters demanding that '''{{Wolverine}}''' be killed off (70s readers weren't ready for a NinetiesAntiHero). It didn't help that co-plotter and penciller Dave Cockrum didn't like Wolverine either, focusing his attentions on his own personal creation, Nightcrawler. When John Byrne (a Canadian) replaced Cockrum, he liked the idea of a major hero from the Great White North, and became enamored of the little runt. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome or two later, and an EnsembleDarkHorse was born...
21st Mar '16 4:29:53 PM Pichu-kun
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* The ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' comic reboot did this to several ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' characters:
** Jetta was always the most controversial Misfit by far, due to her attitude and her being a JerkAss towards even her bandmates, however the comic incarnation of her is possibly even more popular than Roxy. Her [[TheLadette ladette]] qualities and redesign make her quite appealing to fans, as is the fact her negative aspects are toned down.
** Rio has been toned down considerably. He [[NotHisSled isn't in love with Jem]], is no longer a hypocritical asshole who rants about how he hates liars, no longer has an attitude, and isn't overly jealous towards Jerrica.
** Kimber no longer has a catchphrase, doesn't cheat on her lovers, and is less bratty than before. If anything she's the most popular Hologram member now.
** Aja and Shana weren't scrappies however they weren't too well-liked as they were OutOfFocus compared to Jerrica and Kimber. The comics gave them expanded roles and more personality.
17th Jan '16 5:40:00 AM Blazer
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** Though his degree of success is [[BaseBreaker debatable]], he is also blatantly ''trying'' to do this to Princess Sally, subverting her PositiveDiscrimination status by having more moments she admits to making a mistake. The bad blood received from slapping Sonic and breaking up with him in public also seems attempted to be rectified, with a couple of conversations where she discusses the situation with another, [[JerkassRealization blatantly ashamed and remorseful over how she acted]].

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** Though his degree of success is [[BaseBreaker debatable]], he is also blatantly ''trying'' to do this to Princess Sally, subverting her PositiveDiscrimination status by having more moments she admits to making a mistake. The bad blood received from slapping Sonic and breaking up with him in public also seems attempted to be rectified, with a couple of conversations where she discusses the situation with another, [[JerkassRealization blatantly ashamed and remorseful over how she acted]]. Many fans do tend to agree that the ContinuityReboot ended up making Sally much better, dumping the baggage the previous 250 issues gave her and made her a much more daring ActionGirl than she was before.
13th Dec '15 8:02:06 PM nombretomado
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** Layla Miller debuted in ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' as an obvious plot device, to the point that fans nicknamed her [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/285294 Layla MacGuffin]]. When PAD recruited her onto the cast of ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', he transformed her into an OracularUrchin, DeadpanSnarker, and frequent CreepyChild, suddenly becoming a fan-favorite. Even after a big crossover punted her into the distant future, fan demand earned her a one-shot comic.
** After he was forced to write Rahne Sinclair out of X-Factor so that she could be in ''{{X-Force}}'', he added Creator/RobLiefeld creation and epitome-of-the-90s Shatterstar to the book, just because he was so terminally unhip that no other writer would want to poach him. He ended up fleshing out [[RoundedCharacter his personality]], having him discover sex, and along the way, ''finally'' [[AbortedArc discover the connection between him and Longshot.]]

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** Layla Miller debuted in ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' as an obvious plot device, to the point that fans nicknamed her [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/285294 Layla MacGuffin]]. When PAD recruited her onto the cast of ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', ''Comicbook/XFactor'', he transformed her into an OracularUrchin, DeadpanSnarker, and frequent CreepyChild, suddenly becoming a fan-favorite. Even after a big crossover punted her into the distant future, fan demand earned her a one-shot comic.
** After he was forced to write Rahne Sinclair out of X-Factor so that she could be in ''{{X-Force}}'', ''ComicBook/XForce'', he added Creator/RobLiefeld creation and epitome-of-the-90s Shatterstar to the book, just because he was so terminally unhip that no other writer would want to poach him. He ended up fleshing out [[RoundedCharacter his personality]], having him discover sex, and along the way, ''finally'' [[AbortedArc discover the connection between him and Longshot.]]
29th Nov '15 8:30:57 AM Willbyr
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14th Nov '15 8:59:37 PM DrSleep
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* While not an out-and-out Scrappy, BuckyBarnes wasn't terribly popular, best known as the goofy KidSidekick whose tragic death both provided a source of angst for Steve Rogers and unlike most comic book deaths actually stuck, to the point where a common saying among comic book fans was "The only people who stay dead in comics are Bucky, Jason Todd, and Uncle Ben". Then in 2005 EdBrubaker came along, [[TookALevelInBadass reinvented him as a badass supersoldier with a robot arm and tragic past as a brainwashed assassin]], and in the process turned him into a fan favorite. He's almost the anti-Jason Todd: a sidekick famous solely for dying and staying dead who gets resurrected as a BadAss AntiHero, only in this case people actually liked it.

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* While not an out-and-out Scrappy, BuckyBarnes wasn't terribly popular, best known as the goofy KidSidekick whose tragic death both provided a source of angst for Steve Rogers and unlike (unlike most [[ComicBookDeath comic book deaths deaths]]) actually stuck, stuck. [[note]] to the point where a common saying among comic book fans was "The only people who stay dead in comics are Bucky, Jason Todd, and Uncle Ben". Ben"[[/note]] Then in 2005 EdBrubaker came along, [[TookALevelInBadass reinvented him as a badass supersoldier with a robot arm and tragic past as a brainwashed assassin]], and in the process turned him into a fan favorite. He's almost the anti-Jason Todd: a sidekick famous solely for dying and staying dead who gets resurrected as a BadAss AntiHero, only in this case people actually liked it.
8th Nov '15 12:41:07 PM DrSleep
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* While not an out-and-out Scrappy, BuckyBarnes wasn't terribly popular, best known as the goofy KidSidekick whose tragic death both provided a source of angst for Steve Rogers and unlike most comic book deaths actually stuck, to the point where a common saying among comic book fans was "The only people who stay dead in comics are Bucky, Jason Todd, and Uncle Ben". Then in 2005 EdBrubaker came along, [[TookALevelInBadass reinvented him as a badass supersoldier with a robot arm and tragic past as a brainwashed assassin]], and in the process turned him into a fan favorite. He's almost the anti-Jason Todd: a sidekick famous solely for dying and staying dead who gets resurrected as a BadAss AntiHero, only in this case people actually liked it.
10th Oct '15 10:28:17 AM nombretomado
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* Flamebird (formerly Bat-Girl) of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' was one of the common characters to find on fans' "most hated Titan" lists due to her ditziness, her gaudy costume, and her one-sided obsession with Nightwing. Geoff Johns and Ben Raab attempted to make her a somewhat more serious fighter when she refused to accept Nightwing's demand for her to quit, and gave her a heavily revamped look. But this wasn't convincing for enough fans, as the character wound up back in limbo and was often just trotted out for crowd scenes. After her history with the Titans was erased in the NewFiftyTwo reboot, JH Williams' Batwoman series went back to portraying her as ditzy and clueless to the point where she was brutally stabbed and left in a coma for several issues. Since her healing, she's now taken on the name "Hawkfire" and sports a DarkerAndEdgier costume and attitude about crime-fighting. Time will tell if it sticks.
* As of the NewFiftyTwo; it would appear '''Vibe''' of all people is getting this; getting a re-vamped backstory, a serious power-boost, membership in the new JLA and his own ongoing series. Not too bad for one of the long time contenders of "Worst Member of the Justice League EVER".

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* Flamebird (formerly Bat-Girl) of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' was one of the common characters to find on fans' "most hated Titan" lists due to her ditziness, her gaudy costume, and her one-sided obsession with Nightwing. Geoff Johns and Ben Raab attempted to make her a somewhat more serious fighter when she refused to accept Nightwing's demand for her to quit, and gave her a heavily revamped look. But this wasn't convincing for enough fans, as the character wound up back in limbo and was often just trotted out for crowd scenes. After her history with the Titans was erased in the NewFiftyTwo ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, JH Williams' Batwoman series went back to portraying her as ditzy and clueless to the point where she was brutally stabbed and left in a coma for several issues. Since her healing, she's now taken on the name "Hawkfire" and sports a DarkerAndEdgier costume and attitude about crime-fighting. Time will tell if it sticks.
* As of the NewFiftyTwo; ComicBook/{{New 52}}; it would appear '''Vibe''' of all people is getting this; getting a re-vamped backstory, a serious power-boost, membership in the new JLA and his own ongoing series. Not too bad for one of the long time contenders of "Worst Member of the Justice League EVER".
10th Oct '15 2:04:23 AM CaptainTedium
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* WarrenEllis took Jack Flag, a TotallyRadical 90's washout, and actually managed to do some cool things with him in ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}''.
9th Oct '15 1:42:13 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** The mainstream version has become quite popular, due to getting his own series, ''ComicBook/ScarletSpider'', giving readers an anti-heroic Spider-Man who is still heroic deep down, but struggles with his DarkAndTroubledPast. Its cancellation saddened more people than you'd think... until they found out he was heading for the revival of the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors''.

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** The mainstream version has become quite popular, due to getting his own series, ''ComicBook/ScarletSpider'', giving readers an anti-heroic Spider-Man who is still heroic deep down, but struggles with his DarkAndTroubledPast.DarkAndTroubledPast and the fact that he really doesn't like being a hero and just wants to sit on a beach in Mexico drinking margaritas for the rest of his life. Its cancellation saddened more people than you'd think... until they found out he was heading for the revival of the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors''.
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