YMMV: Invincible


YMMV Tropes For The Comic Book Invincible:

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: In-universe example: Rex Splode. Few people would have admitted to liking him when he was alive, but those who knew him were all very much hurt by his death.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The little-seen but hugely popular Allen the Alien. Kirkman has stated that, in his experience with the fan-dom, Allen is nearly everybody's favourite character. He's also Kirkman's favourite character, which is part of the reason why he hardly shows up; Kirkman's well aware that all it takes is a little overexposure to turn the Ensemble Darkhorse into The Scrappy.
    • Astounding Wolf-Man and Techjacket. Enough that they've both spun off into their own books and have pretty much become independent characters in their own right.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: In issue 63 Conquest appears to have killed Eve. She involuntarily heals herself the very next issue. In issue 100, Mark himself appears to have been killed within the first two pages by Dinosaurus. The succeeding pages show that Dinosaurus killed a clone of Mark, who's completely unharmed.
    • Issue 114 Mark confronts Robot, who has just assumed control of the free world in the name of logic and peace, but has killed hundreds in the process, including main characters. He successfully convinces Mark to give up, letting him stay in control.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Robot murdering various regular characters, heroes and villains alike, in his mission to take over the planet.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Most of the more brutal fight scenes, especially ones involving Dinosaurus.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Oliver became a lot more tolerable after he began to appreciate humans better.
  • The Scrappy: Oliver, deliberately so.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Rex Splode.
  • What an Idiot: During his initial Face-Heel Turn, Nolan is completely shocked that Mark doesn't want to join him in conquering Earth. This after almost twenty years of raising him as nothing less than a good natured hero, making no attempt to inculcate his son with his race's Blue and Orange Morality growing up. Possibly justified in that, even if he didn't realize it yet, his time on Earth had changed him for the better.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Played for Laughs in the 'Allen the Alien' issues, which always cut away from sex scenes, with Kirkman claiming he wants to keep the comic family friendly. These same issues tend to contain some of the most violent battles in the comic, the first having Allen's intestines and eye ripped out. It's a Shout-Out to the Moral Dissonance of the old Comics Code, which was very lenient towards violence but extremely conservative in regards to sexual content.


YMMV Tropes For Invincible By Michael Jackson:

  • Black Sheep Hit: A possible inversion. While 13 million copies still dwarfs all album sales in the past decade, Invincible is seen as Jackson's worst album by default, as it's often compared to his past albums, which all sold over 20+ million copies.
  • Critical Dissonance: U.S. Reviews, while mixed, weren't very kind to the album, and (by Jackson's standards) it virtually bombed in its home territory, selling only two million copies. International sales and reviews, however, were much better.


Alternative Title(s):

Michael Jacksons Invincible