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YMMV: Legion of Super-Heroes
  • Angst? What Angst?: Monstress of the Postboot continuity. Her backstory reveals that she was the Spoiled Sweet daughter of an industrialist on Xanthu, and was shocked to see him swat away a worker during a tour of one of his factories. She went to help the worker and discovered that he had with him a gene bomb that went off and mutated her into her current state. After that, her father no longer had time for her and she was shunned by both sides of Xanthian society. Despite all that she is still quite cheerful and pleasant to be with, and her hope for the future and a happy ending were never squashed. This might make her a Stepford Smiler, except she never denies or pretends that something isn't wrong.
  • Alien Scrappy: Proty
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Legion fans were not exactly happy to learn that after the New 52 Legion title was cancelled in 2013, it would be replaced by a completely unrelated Justice League title called Justice League 3000. (Regardless of the fact that the creative team behind the book was intended to be Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire, the alumni behind Justice League International.) Notoriety for Justice League 3000 picked up after artist Kevin Maguire was fired off the book before it even went to print, for unrevealed reasons (Maguire took to Twitter and insinuated that the book's editors wanted something "dark and gritty", which really makes you wonder why they hired the team behind JLI).
  • Base Breaker
    • Monstress. There are those who found her to be annoying She-Hulk rip-off, and those who found her pleasant and an awesome character.
    • The first reboot Wildfire and Sensor, both were radically changed from their original counterparts to the point of outright alienating fans of said characters.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Wildfire's "Sultan" fantasy when he temporarily regained his body in Legion v2 #299.
  • Broken Base: Infamously.
  • Crazy Awesome: The Legion Of Substitute Heroes
  • Ensemble Darkhorse
    • Gates' first appearance was as part of a Failed Draftees Montage; he was brought back to join the team, and became a popular member.
    • XS and Kinetix are two of the most popular Postboot characters, to the point that any fan who wants a sketch of the latter will get one from Jeff Moy.
    • Wildfire; brought back from the dead (originally was supposed to have been a one-shot character) twice due to fan response (the second time, the first issue after the writers who dropped a bridge on him left the book).
    • Also Shvaughn Erin, Dawnstar, Dream Girl, V4 Matter-Eater Lad and Shrinking Violet.
  • Fridge Logic: With Preboot Bouncing Boy. It would appear his power to inflate into a ball is the reason why he appears overweight, and this was justified by the Silver Age issues when he lost his bouncing power (the first time). He became so svelte his teammates refused to believe it was him. However, in his origin story, he's depicted as looking just as tubby as he did after he could inflate into a ball. Future stories supported the fact that his power had nothing to do with his weight.
    • It was revealed that the Postboot Legion was actually the Legion from an alternate Earth, Earth-247. However, the Postboot version of Ferro and his brother both came from the 20th Century of New Earth, which is now revealed to be the Earth home to Retroboot Legion. This raises the questions of how two separate versions of Ferro Lad, and his/their brother(s), could exist in the same universe one thousand years apart?
  • Hollywood Homely: Cera Kesh, an applicant who tried out for the SW 6 Legionnaires and got called a "cow" and "porker" by Live Wire and Inferno. Inferno also made fun of the few zits on Cera's face. This humiliation is what led to Cera being picked by the Emerald Eye of Ekron as its new Empress.
    • In her first appearance, Eyeful Ethel was very pretty (with the exception of the multiple eyes around her head). After she got older she become rather dumpy, and her extra eyes were now permanently on her forehead. Following the reboot, she lost weight and dyed her hair.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Saturn Girl's Threeboot counterpart, along with Threeboot Invisible Kid. Francis Manapul redesigned her as being somewhat "hippy" with a little more weight then the other girl Legionnaire, but she is in no way fat or chubby. One of the complaints she has about herself is that people consider her "dumpy". Ultra Boy, in an attempt to make her feel better while she's in a rut with Lightning Lad, says "you're sexy for a dumpy chick".
    • Lyle Norg, in the Threeboot continuity. Francis Manapul made it a point to design Lyle as a bit round and less of a typical skinny kid. This is averted when other artists pencilled issues during Jim Shooter's run, but in the issues that Manapul did illustrate, after the Legion gets new uniforms, one can note that Lyle's belly sticks out a bit.
  • Ho Yay
    • Notable between Brainiac 5 and Superman in the cartoon, but also present to varying degrees of blatancy in the comics, particularly with Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass.
    • Not to mention that time Brainy kissed Lyle in front of everyone. Sure, it was on the cheek, but they still blushed.
    • Matter-Eater Lad with Mon-El in "New Krypton".
    • The reboot Legion featured a hint-dropping as to the true nature of Brainy and Lyle's relationship into a running gag. Fans paid particular notice of a panel where Brainy has a folder on his computer with Lyle's name on it, and won't let anyone see what's inside...
      • That started during the preboot, actually: the Secret Origins story concerning Lyle positively dripped with innuendo, although it was rarely seen in the series itself.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Many people operate under the belief that Glorith was another of the Time Trapper's identities. The truth is, that she merely replaced him as the Legion's time manipulating Big Bad. All his accomplishments became her's, and she remembered everything from the previous timelines. She even met the Trapper in the remains of his pocket universe and tried to stomp out his remaining consciousness while gloating how everything he created was now her's, only, as she put it, "better".
  • It Was His Sled: Darkseid's status as the main villain of the Great Darkness Saga. Despite the reveal only happening at the end of the penultimate issue of the story, it's pretty much widely known amongst comic fans (and people buying the trade paperback, seeing as Darkseid is on the cover) and is the big selling point towards getting people to read the storyline. The image of the entire Legion bowing to him on the final cover of the arc has become so iconic that any compilation of the saga will have Darkseid's face on the cover.
  • Les Yay: Shrinking Violet with Light Lass in Preboot (implied to actually be a relationship) and Kinetix in Postboot (exclusively fan speculation about crushes).
  • Tear Jerker
    • Monstress's death, and its demonstration of what Jan has become.
    • Also: At the end of Legion of Three Worlds, even though they never even knew her, the Retroboot Legion erects a memorial for her at their headquarters. It's a blink-and-you-miss-it thing, but very emotionally satisfying.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Lori Morning wasn't very liked by fans, as she was a bratty Tagalong Kid that lacked powers, only being able to use her H-dial to morph into random superheroes. The fact that the creative team intended to be a younger version of the villainess Glorith didn't help matters. Putting her on a bus was one of the first things to occur once a new creative team took over.
    • The 1994 reboot versions of Princess Projectra and Wildfire got this due to their radically different origins. The later never recovered though the former did garner a level of popularity.
    • Tyroc, the first black character to join the Legion, combined this with some Unfortunate Implications: He was an angry black man-type character whose backstory implied that the 30th century was actually that racially segregrated, with him and others living on an extra-dimensional island. His superpower was to even warp reality by screaming. Mike Grell had intentionally given him a ridiculous costume, as he hadn't liked the concept of the character. After the original Legion continuity became prominent once again, Tyroc was returned to the team, with his controversial origin never mentioned and a less ridiculous new costume, to the relief of many.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The Great Darkness Saga featured Darkseid as the villain. This actually was clever and original back then.
  • Shocking Swerve
    • Post-Zero Hour Princess Projectra was actually a giant snake who used her illusion powers to pass as human in the issue she joined, until she revealed the surprise. An Author's Saving Throw was set up but never pulled off, where she became a pink naga after being exposed to a biological weapon designed to cause instant evolution towards it's victims, with the option of turning her fully human if fans rejected the new look. Unfortunately, the second reboot canceled that incarnation of the Legion, and the plot device never triggered.
    • Projectra was first subject to a (somewhat) shocking swerve in the 1980s when she was dragged out of retirement by Paul Levitz when he unmasked Sensor Girl. Sensor Girl was originally supposed to be Supergirl, who in an "out" to keep her around after her death in Crisis, would be running around with the Legion with a mask on, using her Kryptonian super-senses as her main super-power.
    • More overtly was the fact that Kinetix was supposed to become the '94 Legion's version of the Emerald Empress, having turned evil after losing her powers and being forced off the team. But the positive fan response to the character, plus their realizing where the plotline was probably going, led to the swerve where fan favorite Shrinking Violet turned out to have the Emerald Eye instead.
    • In the 5YL continuity, it's revealed that Lightning Lad had been dead since early in the Legion's history, and that Proty (who was thought to have sacrificed himself to bring Garth Back from the Dead) had been impersonating him all these years after accidentally committing Grand Theft Me on the corpse. And had married Saturn Girl, and had two kids with her. The fans did not rejoice.
    • Issue 17 of the post-Flashpoint series has quickly established that things are going to get very bad for the Legion. It opens with the reveal that Sun Boy is dead after getting his skull crashed piloting a crashed ship to save his teammates from dying, and to add insult to injury his body is eaten by the natives of the planet the ship crashed on, cooked and picked clean down to the bones. The whole issue seems to be starting off an arc that is going to have similar ramifications as the "Magic Wars" story.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In the story transitioning from the Reboot to Threeboot Legion, when the reboot Legion is cut off from the timestream, Shikari is thrown clear and ends up on Earth in the Threeboot timeline. Shikari never shows up in the Threeboot LSH book, and nothing is ever done with this plot thread until Infinite Crisis, when the Reboot world (Earth-247) is shown among the worlds Alexander Luthor is manipulating... and Shikari is suddenly back with her team, with a reaction amounting to "Oh, there you guys are." Particularly irritating since Shikari's race has an inborn pathfinding ability which has previously been shown to be able to direct teleportation through interdimensional space...
  • The Woobie
    • Lighning Lad's been brainwashed, killed, lost an arm, had his brother go insane, you name it. He isn't known as "the unluckiest Legionnaire" for nothing. The first reboot made it even worse: Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy don't even pretend to hide their sexual tension and Saturn Girl shamelessly shuns Garth to spend just about all of her free time with Cosmic Boy
    • Ferro Lad
    • Wildfire
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Tyroc, deliberately done as a Writer Revolt against the Unfortunate Implications of the Legion's first official black character being an Angry Black Man. His Retroboot costume is different.

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