* AccidentalInnuendo: On the part of the series' creator; The hero's codename is ''Shaft''? Come on.
* ClicheStorm: The series featured a team whose only [[BadassNormal non-powered member]] was also its leader, several Wolverine [[CaptainErsatz rip-offs]] including a ProudWarriorRaceGuy, characters layered in [[TooManyBelts pouches]] and [[ShouldersOfDoom shoulderpads]], [[DarkAgeOfSupernames names]] like "Darcangel" and "Bedrock, oops, Badrock"," gun-toting [[NinetiesAntiHero anti-heroes]] with religious-sounding names (the hot new character when the book debuted was Marvel's gun-toting antihero Bishop -- Youngblood gives us Chapel, Cross, and Prophet), and buxom women in [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy outfits]]. And they had "Home" and [[WestCoastTeam "Away"]] teams.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: In the recent relaunch, the team is fighting a giant robot. The battle abruptly ends when Badrock jumps out of a plane on top of it.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Badrock is easily the most popular member of the team - and the only one to be in every single version of it.
** In-universe, Troll was established as one to set up a bit of conflict between him and the equally in-universe popular Badrock. Out of universe, not so much.
* FridgeBrilliance: It's possible that Liefeld didn't just choose the name "Youngblood" because it sounded cool. After all, he had gained a lot of popularity with his ''X-Force'' work, and since "Youngblood" begins with a Y and "X-Force" begins with an X, anyone looking for his ''X-Force'' issues would be likely to see his new comic right beside them on the shelves of the comic book stores. This might also be the reason why Todd [=McFarlane=], who'd previously worked on Spider-Man, named his new hero "Spawn."
* HilariousInHindsight: Youngblood began as Liefeld's idea for Roy Harper leading a team of Titans working for the government. Two years after the first Youngblood issue, Roy Harper was leading the Titans for the government.
* MemeticMutation: Creator/RobLiefeld's Shaft! 7" tall, fully poseable! [[labelnote:Explaination]]From an ad for an action figure of said character.[[/labelnote]]
* MisaimedMarketing: In the 90's, there were plans for FoxKids to do a SaturdayMorningCartoon adaptation. The franchise's entire claim to fame was that it was part of [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the trend of]] DarkerAndEdgier, HotterAndSexier comics starring teams of violent {{Nineties Anti Hero}}es, which makes you wonder why someone would look at that and think "This would be GREAT as a kid's show!"(at least until you remember that violent films like the Rambo series and Robocop had animated adaptions aimed at kids)
* {{Narm}}: "Badrock" isn't as cool a name if you're from Sweden, since it's Swedish for "bathrobe."
** It's not much better in English as it brings to mind TheFlintstones more than anything. Since Badrock's original battle cry was "Yabba-Dabba-DOOM!", this is clearly intentional, both in-universe and out.
*** The character was originally named Bedrock, so this is 100% intentional.
* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: Like many of Creator/RobLiefeld's works this series was clearly "influenced by" similar Marvel and DC properties. This--among other things--gave Liefeld haters just that much more ammunition. Youngblood'' is the remnant of a Comicbook/TeenTitans spin-off Liefeld had created. The character of Shaft is clearly a CaptainErsatz of ComicBook/GreenArrow's sidekick Speedy. It doesn't take much that Cougar is essentially a repaint of ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} or that Sentinel is either Comicbook/IronMan or Comicbook/WarMachine without the helmet.
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