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Manga: X-Men: Misfits
X-Men: Misfits is an OEL Manga and a reimagining of Marvel's X-Men universe. The manga was written by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, featuring art by Anzu. Published in 2009, it is owned by both Del Rey Manga and Marvel. The plot revolves around Kitty Pryde adjusting to her own mutation and new school specifically created for mutants, Xavier's Academy for Gifted Youngsters. But there's a twist- she's the only girl at the school.

Of course, this leads to Kitty being the subject of much male attention, and she struggles to find her place until she is invited to join a group of elite students, the Hellfire Club, and learns to reconcile with her mutation.

The sequel manga was cancelled due to licensing issues. [1]

This manga contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Not only could he legitimately pass for a girl, Longshot is only interested in giving Kitty fashion tips, and he dresses in a fur-trimmed zebra-stripe flaring trenchcoat with a leopard-print fedora, as seen here.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Pyro to Kitty.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys
  • Camp Straight: A definitely unintentional version with the Hellfire Club.
  • Canon Foreigner: Kitty's two sisters, who appeared for all of one page.
  • Chickification: Any effective trait Kitty possessed in her original incarnation is removed, leaving her Pyro's doormat.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Pyro to Kitty.
  • Cool Shades: Forge, Scott, and Pyro.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Longshot.
  • Follow the Leader: The book's general premise, with The Beautiful Elite as the Unwanted Harem, is suspiciously similar to Ouran High School Host Club.
  • In Name Only: Kitty Pryde. Her lack of combat skills can be explained by her status as a civilian until recently, but she retains none of her spunky spiritedness, determination, or courage. Her academic talents, computer skills, and Judaism have been removed; she has no interests beyond her boyfriend, whom she allows to order her around like she's some sort of servant. She holds the Distress Ball and seems totally incapable of rationalizing when it would be a good time to use her powers.
    • Quicksilver seems to be an animated, happy-go-lucky type who's interested in fashion shows.
    • Taking with the movies, Pyro is no longer Australian, but he's also a Jerkasselitist and Kitty's borderline abusive Bastard Boyfriend.
    • Sabretooth, who normally would be a hazard to the students at the school is apparently the Hellfire Club's servant, whom they kept chained and collared, as if he couldn't simply break free with his superior strength.
  • Love Martyr: In a huge departure from her original character, Kitty for Pyro.
  • Lowest Common Denominator: Misfits is basically an attempt to sway manga fans to comics and invokes all sorts of manga tropes without any idea of how to use such tropes, while trying to encourage new readers by throwing away the mainstream established personalities of various characters.
  • Makeout Kids: Kitty and Pyro.
  • One Gender School: Xavier's Academy, before Kitty arrives. But it's not specifically for boys; for no given reason, Kitty just so happens to be the first female mutant to attend in half a decade.
  • Pandering to the Base: The story is mostly romance with a little action thrown in at the end, in an obvious attempt to sway the interest of young teenage girls. Kitty's lack of personality could also be another attempt at pandering through self-insert.
  • Plucky Girl: The writers try so hard to make Kitty this. It doesn't work out.
  • Scholarship Student: Kitty, though she openly admits that her grades are only average.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Kitty.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Kitty and Bobby. The two barely interacted, he always seemed disinterested in her, Kitty never had any concrete interest or chemistry with him, but there a hint at a Last Minute Hookup at the end of the story.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The Hellfire Club
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Comic!Kitty was a Teen Genius, but here she's unable to understand basic geometry, or manage to work her powers properly after weeks of training.

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alternative title(s): X-Men Misfits
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