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YMMV: Marvel Universe

Franchise examples:

  • Adaptation Displacement: Blade. More people are familiar with the movies then with the comic book character, up to the point where Blade was all but turned into an African-American in the books to better match up with Wesley Snipes portrayal. In the comics he was canonically African-English for years beforehand.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Wasp. It's very easy to read her early stories and interactions with future husband Hank Pym as being that of a manipulative, exploitative bitch who ruined her partners confidence by leading him on then switching her affections to another team mate, taking advantage of a recently widowed man by playing up her resemblance to his deceased wife, and making light of his insecurities.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Dr Pym was not involved in building the clone Thor, that was a Skrull.
  • Base Breaker: Eddie Brock: Either a complex badass who should be in more comics or a boring, one-dimensional Nineties Anti-Hero artifact that needs to just go away. This depends largely on whether he's playing the villain or the hero.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: Frequently, and is, along with the DC Universe, one of the biggest poster-franchises for this trope.
  • Crapsack World: Zig Zagged Trope. While there's obviously a lot of problems in the Marvel Universe and Bad Futures are constantly having to be thwarted, none of this changes the fact that there's a lot of good people fighting to make the world a better place. Generally this trope seems more prevalent in the X-titles, due to the need to display bigotry in order to make the reader understand why the X-Men are fighting. It's really more of a World Half Full.
  • Crazy Awesome: Dr. Pym can be an amazing character when written well, unfortunately so few writers know what to do with him.
    • Deadpool may as well be the poster-child for this trope.
    • Moon Knight, a lunatic with split personalities who flies around in a moon-shaped helicopter and regularly battles supernatural creatures.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: After Frank Castle killed third-string villain Stilt Man (with a bazooka shot to the groin no less) a group of other less notable Spider-Man villains held a memorial for their fallen colleague at a local bar. Frank made sure they were all there, then blew up the bar.
  • Dork Age: Civil War and Avengers Vs X-Men
  • Ending Fatigue: Roderick's story went on for several years with two unmasking teases before picking a character who was already dead to be him (later revealed to be a fake 10 years later).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Amongst the villains: Batroc, Shocker, Baron Helmut Zemo, Mr. Negative, the Hood, Ghost, 8-Ball, Roderick Kingsley, and Boomerang.
    • Amongst the heroes: Blade, Deadpool, Hannibal King, Hercules, Darkhawk, Iron Fist, the Thing, Moon Knight, War Machine, Hawkeye, the Great Lakes Avengers (especially Squirrel Girl), Sleepwalker, Ms. Marvel, and Scarlet Spider.
    • Amongst the supporting casts: Flash Thompson, J. Jonah Jameson, Aracely, Everett Ross, Anna Maria Marconi, Amadeus Cho, Maria Hill, Bob Agent Of Hydra, Doop, Dr. Nemesis, Kate Bishop, the Warriors Three, and Jessica Jones.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Masters of Evil are basically a whole club of badass villains.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Sam Wilson was never a pimp, ever.
  • Foe Yay: Eddie Brock sure is obsessed with Spider-Man...
    • Mr. Hyde's obsession with the Cobra, his former partner in crime, verges on this.
    • Norman Osborn with... pretty much every hero he's ever fought. A common description of him is "a walking Amber Alert".
    • Than of course there's Dr. Doom's obsession with RIIIIICCCCCHHHHHHHHAAAARRRDS.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Phil's descent into insanity and his Face-Heel Turn actually make a lot more sense than you'd think when you consider that people who take the Goblin formula often suffer from mental instability. Roderick Kingsley modified the serum he took so it wouldn't drive him crazy... but Phil wasn't so lucky.
  • Ho Yay: Iron Man has some with Captain America.
  • Jerkass Woobie: A lot of the villains. Notable examples include Eddie Brock, Baron Helmut Zemo, Dr. Octopus, Magneto, and Ghost.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Doctor Doom
    • Roderick Kingsley
    • Mister Sinister
    • Nick Fury is a cold-blooded scheming manipulator who keeps files on everyone. He's also a good guy.
    • Loki
  • Memetic Badass: Thor and Hercules.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Crossbones crosses it by raping Diamondback and killing her brothers when they come to rescue her. Diamondback is a teenager at this point.
    • Doctor Doom in the whole of the Unthinkable arc (hence the title), but particularly what he did to Valeria, his old girlfriend.
    • The Green Goblin´s killing of Gwen Stacy.
    • What Roderick did to Betty Brant and Ned was completely unjustified.
    • The "Guardian Devil" storyline saw Mysterio cross the line multiple times.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Batroc. So ridiculous, but so fun!
    • Electro's star mask looks goofy to some people, but it's so distinctive and such an iconic part of his character that it's hard to imagine him without it. Even after he loses the mask, he gains scars on his face that have the same pattern. His Ultimate version really loses out for not having it.
    • The setting in general runs on this and it's a big part of the reason Marvel's been so successful. Major characters include a guy in blue spandex fighting Nazis, a talking raccoon and tree who are best friends, and a giant green rage monster. The fact that Marvel embraces the silliness of the characters allows them to derive surprising pathos from them.
  • Never Live It Down: Dr. Pym hit his wife once, and only once, while in the middle of a nervous breakdown (one that Janet helped cause no less).
  • Nightmare Fuel: Carnage
    • A good majority of the villains that Ghost Rider goes up against. And even Ghost Rider himself, at times.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Suffice it to say that Macendale was a very poor substitute for Kingsley.
    • Mac Gargan when he became Venom. "A loser dressed like Venom is still a freaking loser."
    • The female Thor. The character is a walking Internet Backdraft.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Maria Hill, Franklin Richards, Kaine, and Norah Winters.
  • The Scrappy: Sally Floyd, Miriam Sharpe, Triathlon, the Sentry, Michelle Gonzales, Alpha, Carlie Cooper, and Anti-Venom. Wonder Man used to be this, but now it depends on who's writing him.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Although he's come to be seen as something of a loser in the supervillain commmunity, the Shocker nonetheless has a sizable fan following. Ironically enough, it's his lack of a Freudian Excuse or obsessive vendetta with Spider-Man that make him stand out among Spidey's enemies. And as this profile shows, Shocker's actually defeated Spider-Man more times than you might think.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Bob Budiansky wrote 8-Ball as a clever, dangerous criminal with a wicked sense of humor. Later writers made him yet another in an endless line of disposable C-List Fodder. What a fucking waste...
    • Jason Macendale basically lacked everything that made the Hobgoblin a good and unique villain in the first place. To illustrate how bad a villain he was, he once made a Team Rocket exit after a fight with Spider-Man when the latter was 'drunk!' It got so bad that Roderick had to come out of retirement and kill him to preserve his reputation.
  • Wangst: The Silver Surfer slips into this when badly written.
  • The Woobie:
    • Dr. Pym. First wife, dead. Second wife, dead. His robot son? Genocidal killing machine. The only robot son that wasn't genocidal? Killed by his genocidal brother. Best friend, Bill Foster, murdered. Other best friend, Scott Lang, was dead for a time and barely talks to him anymore. Just about anyone he ever cared about has wound up dead. He's had at least four documented mental break downs and all of his inventions have been turned to criminal use, tarnishing his scientific legacy. It doth suck to be Hank Pym.
    • Jessica Drew has a record of not having luck in love; and then spent about 2 years getting caught and imprisoned by the Skrull until the epilogue of Secret Invasion, and when she returns, almost everyone hates her, thinking that she's still the Skrull Queen that impersonated her.
    • The X-Men as a whole are a team of woobies, and the mutant populace by extension. Even the most upbeat and innocent characters like Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, and Pixie tend to go through a lot of hardship, while mutants as a whole have faced countless atrocities against them, including legalized enslavement and even state-ordered genocides. Its even worse for civilian mutants as they often don't have powers that are actually useful or even threatening (in some cases, they don't even have 'powers' at all! Just physical mutations), but are still targeted for being 'freaks' by thugs and giant killer robots alike. Being a mutant means that you'll forever have a target on your back, but the 'cool powers' aren't a guarantee, and judging by the informed numbers of mutants compared to who we see, its a safe bet to say that most mutants don't have the kind of powers that can protect them from mob violence or giant robots.
    • Daredevil. It's basically fact that he has the worst life out of all of Marvel's heroes.
    • Shocker. One of the nicest guys around (for a supervillain) but nobody likes or respects him, not even his fellow supervillains. Add to that his tendency to get his ass kicked.
    • Awesome Andy, also known as the Mad Thinker's Awesome Android. After many years being the Thinker's goon, he was given freedom and became a worker at She-Hulk's law firm. He fell in love, had his heart broken, tried living a fake romance with Starfox's powers, got his heart broken again, and at the end of it all he simply reset his programming and became the Mad Thinker's goon again. It's hard to not want to hug the big blockhead.

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