* AccidentalInnuendo: Reptil attempts to do GetAHoldOfYourselfMan to shake Hazmat out of her HeroicBSOD in issue #11. The only problem is [[http://imgur.com/8Jhn6kE it looks like]] [[AttemptedRape he's attempting something else]].
** [[spoiler: "My boyfriend exploded all over me!"]]
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Academy fans were largely pissed at the announcement. Then issue 1 happened, and they things became a bit more split, but the angry appear to have remained so.
* AwesomeArt:
** Kev Walker's work is what drew many people to the series. His long absence from the book (about 3 issues) only allowed the effectiveness of #12's battle scenes to be enhanced.
** The covers, [[CoversAlwaysLie while not always accurate]], get high marks for their beauty and effective homages.
* BaseBreaker:
** Juston was a base breaker in Academy and that has carried over to this series. The reason: The Sentinel. Many view it as a weapon of mutant genocide, despite the advances and developments it's made beyond that. To them, it is a sentinel and it must be destroyed. On the other hand fans of Juston's short lived Sentinel series are NOT happy at all with how the character was treated. [[spoiler: Specifically Juston getting put through a massive TraumaCongaLine only to be killed off the next issue.]]
** Apex, either you love her because of her ruthlessness or hate her for it.
* BellisariosMaxim[=/=]MST3KMantra: The fans of ''Avengers Arena'' for the most part aren't too broken up about the character deaths and some of the technical plot issues, but are here for the overall story and character focus.
* BrokenBase: The biggest one in the whole Marvel NOW! re-launch. To the point where it got a mixture of cheers and boos at the normally friendly New York Comic Con reveal.
* ContestedSequel: The evidence for that is all over this page and the others.
* CriticalDissonance: The overall fanbase seems split on the title, but it's generally better received by critics and the comics industry, and Hopeless won the 2013 Harvey Award for Most Promising New Talent for the title.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: As grim as it is, the series offers at least ''one'' big laugh: In #10, Chase [[spoiler: transforms into Darkhawk to take on Apex when he overhears her plans to use the Sentinel and Deathlocket to kill the others. As he psychs himself up for the fight with a RousingSpeech, X-23 runs by]]...
--> '''Chase:''' Darkhawk is--
--> '''X-23:''' ''(Runs past, not even breaking stride as she yells at Chase)'' Stay!
--> '''Chase:''' --staying put!
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: One of the many complaints the series has garnered falls along these lines, at first due to the premise, later to how death was handled.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Some fans just love Apex despite her controversial actions.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Deathlocket was loved from her first POV issue. Cullen Bloodstone (NextWave connection) and Anachronism (Axbro) are liked as well, even with little page space. Apex is also emerging as a favorite, which is pretty ''disturbing.''
* FanonDiscontinuity: For many fans of the preexisting characters.
* FanHater: Some of the more fervent Arena haters are particularly opposed to anyone liking the series due to the premise.
* FandomRivalry: An interesting example be because technically speaking ''Arena'' is a sequel to ''Runaways'' and ''Avengers Academy'', but ''Runaways'' fans and ''Academy'' fans for the most part do not like ''Arena'' fans, usually citing how they don't care about complex characters being [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter killed off for cheap shock value]]. Whereas a lot of ''Arena'' fans didn't read the previous books and feel that's it a good story and just want to enjoy it without fretting over continuity.
** Fans of Arena tend to accuse BoomStudios series ''Deathmatch'' of being a rip-off, despite the fact it was announced to quickly after Arena and Paul Jenkins saying he does ''Deathmatch'' for Boom because he never thought Marvel or DC would let him. Needless to say ''Deathmatch'' fans tend to dislike Arena fans.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Mettle and Hazmat's relationship (namely, [[spoiler: Mettle's death in #1, and Hazmat subsequently falling into a grief-filled depression/rage afterwards]]) is more tragic as it's revealed that Hazmat's parents strongly disapproved of Hazmat seeing Mettle.
** The kids were picked by Arcade because not many people would notice or care about their disappearances; and he could come up with plausible excuses as to why they would disappear and only communicate through texting/social media [[spoiler: and if need be, be replaced by an android.]] Now consider the amount of derision Marvel and Dennis Hopeless got for considering these kids to be expendable enough to be killed off for drama...
** [[spoiler: Juston's]] death is a lot more tragic if you read [[spoiler: the Avengers Academy arc during ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' where his father begs him to come home since he doesn't have any powers and could get hurt. If that wasn't terrible enough, the only reason why he attended the academy was to keep his friend Sentinel, and now both are dead.]]
* IAmNotShazam: The island that the kids are in? It's not called "Avengers Arena." It's Murderworld. Not to mention there's only 5 Avengers-affiliated characters in the entire story.
* InternetBackdraft: Reviews from comic sites are good to neutral to the series, ''readers'' are not so kind. It certainly has its fans, but it is far better known for sparking ire than anything else. Those positive reviews usually have to spend a paragraph or more justifying or defending itself from the fans who have been angered by ''Arena''.
* ItWasHisSled: Due to the highly controversial nature of the comic, pretty much every major death or plot twist got plastered all over the internet. [[spoiler: Mettle's death]] in particular got spoiled to hell and back, which really wasn't helped by the fact that it happens within the first issue.
* MemeticMutation:
** Axbro as a name for Anachronism. As of #8, it's an AscendedMeme. As has [[spoiler: Chasehawk]].
** "Being Death Locket is suffering."
** "I've always been a hater" usually proclaimed as or about negative criticism.
** Photoshopping an empty Arena life bar into various death scenes, primarily to illustrate its drama reducing effect.
** "[[Anime/CasshernSins Kill Hopeless. Devour Hopeless.]]"
* [[spoiler: MoralEventHorizon]]:
** Arcade got the ball rolling on this one.
** [[spoiler: If she hadn't crossed it before the series ever began, Apex snapping Juston Seyfert's neck to steal his mech certainly crosses it. Particularly considering he had no way of stopping her from taking it while he was alive.]]
* {{Moe}}: Deathlocket seems to be made for this, with her design, tragic backstory, and innocent behavior in the game.
* {{Narm}}: [[spoiler: "My boyfriend exploded all over me!" This one fails because of the AccidentalInnuendo which turns a line where Hazmat (again) screams out from her heart into something laughable.]]
** The life bars that are shown during fights and death scenes. They make the character deaths look like a game-over screen from a lame video game.
* NeverLiveItDown: ''All'' the criticism and fears over characters dying carries over to every book Dennis Hopeless wrote since.
-->[-'''Hopeless'''-]: ''[-"Okay look, thereís no reason to assume Iím going to kill a bunch of characters in every book I write. Avengers Arena was a teenage death match story. People die in those. When I finally decide to write my 200-issue down-on-their-luck high school baseball players epic, chances are good the whole cast will survive till the end. I promise Iím not some sort of blood-hungry sadist who gets his jollies murdering teenagers."-]''
* NeverTrustATrailer: The comic-book version. Marvel hyped the series up as a "deathmatch" book. The kids ''are'' pit against each other, but the main draw of the series is the CharacterFocus.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Seems to be Marvel's Mantra for selling this series. In-house advertisements recommended it to fans of the young C-list characters of the 21st century, and to people who wanted to see them bloodily murdered.
** Seems to be Arcade's belief in-universe, as the impetus for the entire scheme was to make himself seem more impressive to the rest of the supervillain community. Ignoring that when the superheroes find out he'll be public enemy number one, he seems not to understand that criminals of all kinds also usually have a low opinion of people who hurt kids.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Several fans are rooting for Apex to win or at least survive. Which is impressive seeing she is all too willing to play Arcade's game.
* ScapegoatCreator: Dennis Hopeless is the detractors' resident punching bag...how bad is it? Let's put it this way: Hopeless is only the ''writer'' on the series and he's blamed for ''artist's'' decisions. And the story ''wasn't even his initial idea''. And it extends to everything he's written since.
* TheScrappy: This comic basically turned Arcade into one of Marvel Universe's biggest Scrappies, especially amongst ''Runaways'', ''Avengers Academy'', and ''Darkhawk'' fans since he's the cause of any characters getting a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on them]].
* SnarkBait: For the detractors of the series, this is what the title is to them, and why they continue to read.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The reaction of many of the detractors to any sort of character development or continuity change of the non-original characters.
* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: A common phrase used to dismiss the series is simply "It's a rip off of ''Battle Royale'' / ''The Hunger Games''."
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Another fear the series fosters, as characters killed in the series may never be revived again. More to the point, the character of Red Raven who was brought out of obscurity [[spoiler: only to be killed unceremoniously in the second issue, no lines spoken. Dennis Hopeless said he hoped to give her a focus issue, but there wasn't enough time allotted for it.]]
** Darkhawk's treatment is especially bad in this series. Hopeless apparently wanted him because he was a former teen hero, but absolutely nothing about Darkhawk's past as one is relevant to the story. Instead [[spoiler: He's taken out in issue #3 so his armor can be passed on to Chase.]]
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Mettle.]]
* ToughActToFollow: ''Avengers Arena'' is a direct follow-up to ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy'', and uses five of those characters in the main cast. It also pulls characters from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' and ''Sentinel'' and ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'' cosmic event, series with much critical acclaim and all with their own fanbases who look at ''Arena'' as being a disappointing follow-up.
* VocalMinority: There was initial outrage at the book's announcement, but most of that has quelled as Hopeless and Marvel have said that the reception has been more positive than negative as the months went by. Not that you could ''tell'', considering the detractors of the book are loud and present and trash the book everywhere (even on ThisVeryWiki) and Dennis Hopeless to the point of bashing his later works.
* VillainSue:
** Arcade, though his powers are only tied into the Arena thanks to Ms. Coriander. The attitude and the fact he hasn't been touched by any hero adds to this.
** [[spoiler: Apex, being a pretty blatant expy of ''Battle Royale''s Kiriyama, fits the bill pretty well once she gets going.]]
* WhatAnIdiot: Laura's hotly-debated actions against Apex in issue #10, where [[spoiler: she tries to bum rush Apex head-on, despite Apex being armed with a Sentinel and Deathlocket under her control. It didn't work, but it was possibly the best chance to catch Apex off-guard and only failed because she wasn't fast enough.]]
** Arcade himself. Yeah, kidnapping Wolverine's daughter/clone, a bunch of kids affiliated with in an Avengers sponsored school, etc. isn't going to get him beaten to a bloody pulp in the end. This one is so blatant it even gets {{lampshaded}}. And of course, he uploads all the footage on Website/YouTube titled "What Happened In Murderworld?" so he ''blatantly confesses on the internet'' that it was all his doing since the X-Men and Avengers are very familiar with what Arcade has called his death traps. There's also the fact that his entire scheme to make himself a bigger threat was by making teenagers kill each other.