YMMV / The Dark Phoenix Saga

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Dazzler's introduction during the first third of the arc feels jarringly out-of-place. She made up for it in later appearances, but in the context of this story she's very much this.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: The story itself is arguably one for Claremont, as it's the story that cemented him as the greatest X-Men writer of all time.
    • John Byrne's artistic contributions can't be discounted either. His art was at turns incredibly complex and deeply evocative; the book is still held up as a standard for superhero comics today thanks to their collaboration.
    • THIS is the story that transformed Wolverine from side character to the most popular member of the team. Mostly for the now classic moment where we see him emerging from the sewers, battered but ready to fight.
    Wolverine: Okay, suckers...you've taken yer best shot...now it's my turn!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Even though Jean's "Black Queen" persona was quickly ditched after this story ended, her Black Queen costume is hugely popular in fan art circles. I wonder why...
    • This storyline is also generally considered the point that Wolverine started to become the superstar he's become. Specifically, the point where he re-infiltrates the Hellfire Club and takes the Club floor by floor is the turning point where Logan transformed into the badass he is today.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The White Queen. The Black Queen. Dark Phoenix herself, for some. And for Jean in-story, Jason Wyngarde.
  • It Was His Sled: Jean Grey's death in this is infamous, though even the creators themselves didn't know how it would turn out until they wrote it.
    • Even more so, at one point, the mysterious Jason Wyngarde, the man who was slowly and carefully setting up the More Than Mind Control that he hoped would bring the Phoenix under his control, is dramatically revealed as none other than old-school enemy Mastermind. At the time, Mastermind had only been seen as a recurring Rogues Gallery member back before the end of the original 1960s run, and we never saw any hint of his outside life, let alone gotten a civilian name. By now, both names have been used for him for so long that for anyone who didn't begin with the original sixties run and read in order, the revelation comes off as being told that - spoiler alert! - that "Clark Kent" guy is in fact Superman.
  • Moment of Awesome: Wolverine's attack on the Hellfire Club. This battle is often cited as the moment when Wolvie established himself as a superstar.
  • Moral Event Horizon: To Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, Dark Phoenix destroying an inhabited star system counts as this.
  • Never Live It Down: Jean's death in this (and resurrection in a later tale) made her the Trope Namer (it was originally called "Jean Grey Escalation") before people started proving the point (by completely missing it), confusing the trope with either Death Is Cheap or With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
    • This story became the standard against which all X-Men arcs are judged, and has been retold and revisited in almost every media. Sometimes, it's the only reason a creative team will even put Jean Grey in an X-Men story to begin with. It's been a good decade since the last screen adaptation to not treat it like the only story she was ever in.
    • Making this worse is that the Phoenix has, since the mid 00s, been treated as a horrific destructive force that kills everything and is a threat to whoever is it's host, overlooking the fact that A: The Phoenix became corrupted because of Mastermind and Emma Frost messing with her mind over a period of several months, prior to which Jean had been using the Phoenix powers with no problem, and B: Rachel Grey had a good several years using the Phoenix's powers with (relatively) no problem whatsoever. The ending of Phoenix Resurrection ameliorated this somewhat by indicating that the relationship between Jean and the Phoenix is bad for both of them - in essence, it made the Phoenix too human in some ways, and not human enough in others. The result was a somewhat mentally unbalanced entity with near unrivalled power and a fixation on Jean.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In order to recharge, Dark Phoenix destroys an entire star, killing over five billion D'Bari. In an instant, she surpassed almost every other villain in the Marvel Universe in terms of body count.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Did this for Wolverine.