YMMV / Scarlet Witch

  • Author's Saving Throw: Avengers: The Children's Crusade, where an extremely remorseful Wanda is revealed to have been manipulated by Doctor Doom and have been mad by the power of the Life Force.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Avengers fans have largely forgiven her for her actions during Disassembled/House of M, mainly because it was established in The Children's Crusade that she was not herself at that time. On the other hand, for most parts of the X-Fandom she is still The Scrappy, because she never got any real punishment. A point of contention is while Cyclops (whose actions also happened under a mental breakdown and possession) gets hunted down like a criminal, she has largely been forgiven.
  • Designated Hero: Similar to her base-breaking status, many X-fans consider Wanda this, as she continues to operate as a heroic figure.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Fans of Cyclops in particular dislike Wanda, or rather, how Wanda was forgiven for actions that amount to, at best, accidental genocide, while Cyclops was treated like he was a supervillain outside of the Bendis-written X-Books, despite doing far less damage in comparison.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The Avengers 111, 1973. Magneto had captured the X-Men and several Avengers, turning them into People Puppets. Only 3 Avengers were still free, Thor, Vision and Black Panther. So sure about his strenght in numbers over the Avengers, and with the Scarlet Witch dancing under his control, he said "But they are decimated, Piper - DECIMATED!" (bolded in the original). He would surely come to regret those words: in House of M the Scarlet Witch, mad and with reality warping powers, turned all mutants except 192 into normal people without powers, including Magneto. The name of the near-extinction of mutants? "Decimation".
    • Avengers Forever mentions that Immortus was afraid that Wanda or her sons would become insanely powerful and change reality itself; and manipulated her and the Vision to get married so that she did not have any sons. Many years later, in Avengers Disassembled and House of M, Wanda becames the force that Immortus feared. And even more years later, in The Children's Crusade, she does have a son with similar reality warping powers...
  • I Knew It: The big reveal that Magneto was her father was made in the finale of the first Scarlet Witch & Vision miniseries. Still, some fans may have known it earlier. In Avengers #186 Bova told Quicksilver the story of their mother Magda, who arrived to Wundagore escaping from an unnamed evil husband with terrible powers, and how they tried to give them to Robert and Madeline Frank first (the Wheezer and Ms. America, thought to be their parents back then) and then to the Maximoff. In X-Men #125, Magneto has a brief nostalgia moment about Magda, his former wife, who ran away from him. Alone, none of those issues say that he is their father, but when reading both and putting two and two toguether, the outcome was clear.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: She's been the target of a lot of character's affections, including Angel, Toad, Mastermind, Captain America, Hawkeye, The Vision, Wonder Man, Nightcrawler, Doctor Doom, Doctor Strange, Arkon, and some more. And those are only the canon ones.
  • Les Yay: Her interactions with Jean Grey in the X-Men: First Class series were filled with these.
  • Never Live It Down: Her actions in M-Day and Disassembled. The popularity of those two storylines, along with her absence from the comics between 2005 and 2011, means that it's common for readers to think of her as an omnipotent Reality Warper, even though her powers don't work that way anywhere except Disassembled and House of M, and both those stories have since been explained away as the result of an outside source amping up her powers. It even affects writers at times—AXIS has her at reality warping status again.
  • What an Idiot: Wanda going to Doctor Doom for help in recovering her children. It ended up with her being possessed by the all-powerful Life Force and Doom (somehow) manipulating her into decimating mutantkind. However desperate, no variation of Doctor Doom's help has ever really helped anyone but Doctor Doom.
  • The Woobie: While she's done some questionable things, it's pretty hard not to feel bad for her.

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