YMMV / Runaways

  • Acceptable Targets: Hoo boy, Vaughan has something against characters wearing glasses. First, there's Victor Stein who looks like a douche right off the bat for abusing Chase, and this was before being revealed to be a supervillain alongside the other parents. Then there's Alex betraying the team and dying minutes later. Next there was Pusher-man, a pimp and drug dealer who initially intended to kill Chase and make a sex-slave out of Nico. Then there was Lotus, an unwitting pawn to Geoffry Wilder, who then later becomes a captive to an angry Chase. Then there was an elderly shopkeeper named Walters who turns into a giant red demon monster smashing up dozens of buildings. The only glasses wearing character who is wholly good is Gert, and she dies!
    • For Whedon, it's the Punisher; It's blatantly clear he utterly dislikes the character, to the point that Frank's characterization borders on Flanderization. Frank might be a ruthless killer of criminals, but Whedon amended that to him having no problem with murdering teenagers (including a twelve year old), under the assumption that they were as bad as their parents.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • The vampire arc features Nico and Karolina both being seduced by a creepy vampire boy for no other reason than to make fun of the notion of teenage girls fighting vampires. It ends on an uncomfortable note with Karolina begging the vampire to drink her blood, only to accidentally kill the vampire when her blood turns out to be loaded with sunlight, and then none of it is ever mentioned again except for one line in the second series about how "the last boy we recruited tried to eat us."
    • The "Rock Zombies" arc features the kids fighting an army of zombies raised by Chase's evil boss. Out of Character moments abound, the ending is rushed, and aside from one line in the story "Mollifest Destiny", none of the events are mentioned again.
  • Broken Base:
    • The inclusion of Chase and Nico in Avengers Arena broke the fandom in two. One side hates the idea that their favorite characters were sent to a Battle Royale rip-off and Demoted to Extra for a bunch of new characters. The other side, however, are glad they're in anything at all. Whenever or not they're even written in character in this series had sparked some heated debates as well. That they later appeared in the sequel only made things worse.
    • Runaways (2015) was similarly divisive - many fans are unhappy that the new In-Name-Only miniseries featured an almost entirely new lineup made up of characters like Bucky and Amadeus Cho, who could have easily supported their own series, with Molly Hayes as the only announced holdover from the original series, while other fans defend the reboot as being perfectly good in its own right.
    • Similar to the above, A-Force, in which Nico is a regular cast member, has also created a schism in the fandom. On the one side are fans who are happy about how the series has done away with the Witch Arm, Nico's much-hated magical prosthetic arm and who hope that the series will rehabilitate her image after Avengers Undercover. On the other hand, there are many fans who worry that Nico is only being used as a token minority character, and that the other Runaways will simply fade into further obscurity. These fears have not been helped by A-Force starting out with Nico having become separated from the other Runaways.
    • Victor's appearance in The Vision has drawn controversy for its blatant retcon of Victor's history with the Runaways, saying that he developed a secret addiction to vibranium almost immediately after joining the team as a way of coping with the loss of his mother and chronic pain caused by his powers and superhero battles. Defenders insist that it's the kind of story that would fit in BKV's run, has he come up with it, and that Victor couldn't know he even can get addicted to vibranium. Meanwhile detractors argue that it's entirely out of character for Victor and doesn't fit in with previous continuity. Then there are people who claim he's been out of character since BKV left and are open to explain it with the effect of the addiction.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Several. Some like to pretend Runaways ended when Vaughan left, others at the end of Whedon's run, some discontinue everything from the start of Vol. 3 and a pretty large part would like to pretend there is no such thing as Avengers Arena.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Pusher Man wears a pimp outfit with cape, pair of huge golden gloves and belt with golden PM initials on it.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Fans of Young Avengers, New X-Men, Avengers Academy And Runaways fans tend to get along quite well. Half of the reason is attributed to friendly relationships formed whenever the Runaways meet any of those three teams, half to a big overlap in the fandoms.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The last issue written by Vaughan and drawn by Alphona has entire staff working on the book answering the question of where they think the Runaways will be ten years from now. One of the comments was that at this rate they'll be all dead, except for Molly. Cut to and it seems the Runaways are now C-List Fodder considering what book are Chase and Nico in.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: On the other hand, everybody's jokes about how in ten years Molly or Victor will assemble a new team and the rest of the Runaways will be on some sort of Avengers team have become pretty funny, when in 2013, Victor actually did joined Avengers A.I.. Adrian Alphona even joked that one of the members will be a Security Daemon in search of the meaning of life. Victor's team has Doombot with exactly that motivation.
    • Also, the jokes about adult Molly leading a superhero team, with Craig Yeung even providing her design for Runaways #150 cover, are pretty funny, since a grown-up Molly seemingly did join the X-Men in Battle of the Atom. Swerves back into Harsher in Hindsight once it's revealed that she's not on the future X-Men, she's on the future Brotherhood of Mutants instead.
    • Whedon got it wrong became this after Whedon took over Runaways and Vaughan went on to write Buffy comics.
    • When the Runaways look up supervillains who could be Victor's father, they consider Galactus. Four years later we meet Galacta.
    • Nico also considers Electro, saying he doesn't fit the "pure evil" description, but who knows what a guy could do in the next ten years. Since then Electro Took a Level in Badass at least twice.
    • The series starts off with Alex playing an MMORPG starring Marvel characters. Fast forward to 2013...
    • Ultron was sure that the Avengers would ask Victor (who's hispanic) to join them to counter their overall lack of ethnic diversity. One of the main complaints about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is exactly that (as well as lack of female characters)
    • Victor has a nightmare of Ultron brainwashing him and comparing them to Pinocchio and Gepetto. Fast-forward to the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie and Ultron himself is compared to Pinocchio.
  • Ho Yay: Chase and Victor have a few moments:
    Chase: Vic's still got one member of his harem. And this one's got a big honkin' laser.
    • Then there's the time they had a heart-to-heart while Vic was naked...after Chase shrieked about how Victor's nudity was "gratuitous."
    "You're an electric chair with legs! Only, you know, instead of four legs, you've got, uh...three."
    • And the time they danced together.
    You're looking lovely tonight, Queer Eye.
    Hands where I can see em.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Gert, when drawn by anyone other than Adrian Alphona.
  • I Am Not Shazam: "Runaways" is NOT the name of the team. Their book is called Runaways because they are runaways. The kids themselves do not have an official team name, usually being referred to as either "The Pride's kids" or "Those kids in L.A." depending on the character. Even some writers have forgotten that detail.
    • Nico once refers to the group as the Children of the Damned while escaping the convenience store with Topher, though that name didn't stick either.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • A fully Justified Trope in the case of the original series - both the Runaways and the Pride make some very dumb mistakes because they're fighting their family.
    • The plot of "Homeschooling" could have been averted entirely if Victor hadn't decided to hack some stranger's computer. And most of the subsequent drama could have been avoided if the Runaways had kept Chase and Klara separated until one or the other had calmed down. It's even highlighted in the TPB, which has a back-up story where Molly suffers a concussion and the first decision the team makes is to isolate her.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Nico/Karolina/Xavin brings together Nico and K's on-again, off-again tension and Karolina and Xavin's Official Couple status. The closest the actual series gets to this is Xavin offering to shapeshift into Nico for Karolina.
    • Some fans have started to float the idea of Karolina having a three-way relationship with Xavin and Julie Power, her most recent girlfriend.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The post-Vaughan/Alphona stories have not been as well received.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Topher, the vampire from the original miniseries, who is almost universally reviled by the fandom for manipulating Karolina into a suicide attempt, and who only existed because Vaughan knew that Joss Whedon was a fan of the series and wanted to troll him a little by having a vampire nearly kill one of his favorite characters.
  • Seasonal Rot: Pretty much everything after Vaughn left the book.
  • Squick: 12-year-old Klara is married to a middle-aged man when the kids find her. And he abuses her. And when she says that she does not enjoy her "marital duties". At one point, Klara comments that a misogynist idiot holding a radio studio hostage reminds her of her husband. Molly doesn't miss the implications on that one.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • Karolina Dean and Xavin. The entire basis for their relationship was that she was a lonely, depressed teenage lesbian, and Xavin was able to assume a female form, and also, they had an Arranged Marriage that had to be consummated or else three different worlds would be destroyed, the result of Karolina's evil parents' machination. Later on, Terry Moore put Xavin on a bus.
  • Tough Act to Follow: After Brian K. Vaughan, there was Joss Whedon, whose run is divisive. Terry Moore followed afterwards and started with a Whole Plot Reference to an earlier Young Avengers story to kick off Volume 3. It's like he knew he was doomed following in those footprints.
  • Values Dissonance: If one accepts that Xavin is genderfluid, Karolina and the others's need to make them take on a definite gender is at best insensitive and at worst oppressive.
  • Wangst: They're teenagers after all.
  • The Woobie: Everyone.