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YMMV: Mockingbird

YMMV tropes for the comic book Mockingbird

  • Die for Our Ship: Because The Avengers has been so successful, and as such been seen by many who never read the comics, Bobbi has recently been getting slated by fans of BlackHawk for the slight of being Clint's wife in the comics. Written as a cheating Alpha Bitch in High School A Us, derailed into cheating and promptly victim of Slut Shaming, or, once, seduced by Natasha into a BDSM session where she's degraded completely and recorded (in the right manner so only Bobbi's face is seen) and leaked onto the internet, then dumped, just because she was Clint's ex and their breakup was messy. Its now almost impossible to find a fanfic about Bobbi that doesn't involve her being attacked and bashed, sadly. Fortunately, with her show coming, and, being that she fits the mold of the type of characters Joss Whedon usually writes, the possibility of her being brought into the film universe may result in balancing this a bit better by swinging some new fans to her side.
    • To make matters worse, thanks to Word of God commenting on the possibility of making Natahsa/Clint canon in Avengers 2, along with recent news that Natasha would use two electrified batons, has lead some fans to worry that Natasha may become a Composite Character of herself and Bobbi, thus meaning Bobbi will never appear in the films, at least has her classic self; this has not sat well with Bobbi fans, and some have responded with hostility towards Natasha.
    • Saying that, some Clint/Bobbi fans have not taken kindly to Jessica moving in on him. Its generally not so bad, since a lot of them liked her before Bendis began pairing the two, they just want her out of the way. Doesn't help that Jess is replacing her on the Secret Avengers, and its been confirmed that there's no plans with her right now, meaning she's stuck in limbo before someone brings her back.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite not even appearing yet (or even being cast yet), Mockingbird has gained a lot of hype after she was revealed to be joining the show's cast for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2. CBR's SDCC announcement poll actually has her announcement as the highest rated announcement of the second day, even beating Sam Raimi's Evil Dead TV series announcement, The Walking Dead season 5 trailer reveal, and Guardians of the Galaxy sequel announcements.
    • She was also this in Secret Avengers; despite having almost no advertisements and being one of the only three characters in the story who weren't in the films yet despite the vary blatant pandering to film fans (the other two being Taskmaster and Daisy Johnson, both of whom were no slouches in fan acceptance either), she easily attracted the most fan attention due to being a fun character who got a good few moments to shine in the earlier issues. She arguably became the Breakout Character due to the amount of focus she got later, including an arc focusing on her, but this lead to her being Put On The Bus when a creative team change happened.
  • Iron Woobie: Lets see...Before she got married, she was in a coma after an explosion, and decided to fake her death so her mother and brother don't have to deal with the dangers of her life. She was drugged and raped when lost in time, leading her to allow the man responsible to die. Then the spirit of her rapist came to her husband and gave him a half story, making it sound like it was a cold blooded kill, resulting in her and Clint's marriage to break down. Just as she was filing the divorce papers, she was abducted by the Skrulls, who played mind games with her at first (with two skrulls using the identities of her teammates so they could try to trick her into sleeping with one), before leaving her on a Skrull planet. She spent years being hunted by them until they found her and tortured her, ending with her killing a Skrull with her bare hands as it took the form of her husband. She eventually escaped but found herself unable to fully adapt to all the changes to the world and had to relive past issues with her now-ex husband (who believed the two were still married). After reuniting with Clint, however, the spirit of er rapist comes back, while Clint's well intentioned attempt to help her resulting in her mom and brother finding out the truth, leading the former to get shot, and the latter to declar he wishes she really was dead, putting her on a slippery slope that ends with the two breaking up again. Then, she gets shot on a mission, to which she nearly died, and the only way to save her leaves her immortal, meaning that, unless they gain immortality as well, she will outlive all of her friends. For someone just barely out of the C-Lister catagory, she's got one shitload of issues.
  • Older Than They Think: Mockingbird is occasionally accused of being a Black Canary rip-off who was created so that she could date Hawkeye, despite Bobbi Morse having first appeared as a scientist and SHIELD agent in Astonishing Tales in 1971, nine years before she became Mockingbird and twelve years before she even met Hawkeye.
  • Tear Jerker: Bobbi's mother being shot and her brother refusing to let her see her unless she gives up her life as a spy.
    • The Skrulls impersonating Bobbi get some as well, with another Skrull telling Bobbi that they honestly believed that they were the real deal, to the extent that one died saving Clint (shortly after saving Wanda) and the second died believing that the man she loved shot her dead.
    • During their fight in Hawkeye & Mockingbird, the Phantom Rider tells Bobbi that she's wanted to die ever since he found out what he did to her. Bobbi doesn't refute the claim.
    • Secret Avengers has her being left behind on AIM Island with no one but Hill, Coulson, and Taskmaster knowing she's there while she has no memory, but this gets topped in #13 by the way she acts while Taskmaster tries to get her off the island. Even at her most distraught, Bobbi's always had emotion, be it cocky bluntness or raging anger, but after Forsen's apparently had her undergo serious Mind Rape, she's just, blank. She doesn't respond to anything anyone says, has a Thousand Mile Stare at the sand while cuddling her knees like a scared little girl. This confident, cocky fighter being reduced to such a broken figure, its frightening to say the least, and only topped at the end, when under Forsen's control, she shoots Taskmaster dead.
    • At one point Bobbi was pregnant and had a miscarriage.
    Bobbi: Me and my husband, we figured his or her birthday would have been October 12th. We really wanted that kid and October 12th... That... would have been a nice day.

YMMV Tropes for the Kathryn Erskine book Mockingbird

  • Fridge Logic: can be found here.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Josh. People were mean to him because of his cousin's murderous streak, so he didn't know what to do except fight back.
  • The Scrappy: Josh was this at first, both in-universe and out, but he gets Rescued from the Scrappy Heap near the end of the novel when we learn of why he bullies other kids.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The book constantly stresses these messages.
    • It's better to understand people and get to know them better rather than jump to conclusions about them and judge them harshly without hearing how they feel about it.
    • Don't demonize people for things they have nothing to do with. All it does is hurt their feelings.
    • Just because people are different and have slightly inappropriate ways of expressing themselves does NOT mean they're bad, heartless, mean, or incapable of empathy.
  • Unfortunate Implications: In-universe, Caitlin knows she has Asperger's, but she doesn't like it when people say she's autistic because she knows one of her classmates, William H, has it. He's much more severely affected than her, and in her mind, autism makes him eat dirt and scream a lot, which she finds unsettling. Her school counselor, Mrs. Brook, gently calls her out on this by telling her he can do other things like play soccer and the piano.
  • Tear Jerker: Caitlin and Harold's reactions to Devon's death, Caitlin struggling (and failing horribly) to make friends, when Caitlin tries to do something nice but is construed as mean and heartless instead, when Caitlin feels like her only friend is being taken away, Josh finally venting his frustration at his classmates' scapegoating him for the shooting, etc.
  • Wangst: This is one common complaint about Caitlin's dad, Harold. All he does is cry, sit around, and be angry at Caitlin when she does something a tad inappropriate, and even forces her to do things she doesn't want to and not leaving until she does.
  • What an Idiot: Can't people actually EXPLAIN stuff to Caitlin in ways she can actually understand instead of just expecting her to just know what to do? Because this is what gets her in trouble and makes her more misunderstood!
  • The Woobie: Caitlin, Michael, a few others.

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