YMMV / The Sentry

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Subverted. Writers attempted this with his death in Siege, but they accompanied it with an enormous of amount of Character Shilling (on top what he was already given) with everyone saying how much better off they are because of him, despite his most noticeable accomplishment being nearly destroying the Earth and being useless as a hero.
  • Creator's Pet: Writers love using him, fans hate seeing him. If they wanted to see Superman with mental problems, they would've just gone to Superdickery.
    • The Good News: He's finally dead! The Bad News: despite being utterly useless for most of his comics existence and a Face–Heel Turn that also revealed he was an Eldritch Abomination and saw him try to destroy the world, his send-off issue was nothing but the entire cast of Marvelverse heroes waxing poetic about how wonderful he was and how he'd made their lives better in flashback retcons. The hamfisted attempt at Alas, Poor Scrappy was not well-received.
    • Rogue had sex with him first, despite the fact that was established in the pages of Xtreme X-Men that Rogue lost her virginity to Gambit when the two lost their powers.
    • He's better at everything than everyone else, better at molecular manipulation than Molecule Man, for instance (it is debatable as to whether this was the Sentry or the Void, an issue even further complicated by the fact that no one really knows what the hell either of them are). All this may come with the territory, given that he's heavily implied to be Death and all that...
    • He's a perfect example of an interesting character/idea turned into a walking plot device.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The entire point of the character is that he's so ridiculously overpowered nothing can stand against him; he can't be killed, has no weaknesses, manipulates matter, and effortlessly stomps everything that comes across him. Saitama would probably like to meet this guy.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Joining freakin' Norman Osborn in the first place, later killing Ares.
  • Never Live It Down: He threw one bad guy into the sun. But that doesn't stop fans (and even some characters) from sarcastically suggesting it as a solution for every fight. He even lampshades this himself when Ms. Marvel asks him not to throw a villain into the sun (because they're actually a transformed Tony Stark):
    "I don't throw everything into the sun."
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of the things The Void gets up to can be cringe-inducing, but its unbelievably violent murder of Ares really, really takes the cake.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: His reappearance in the Apocalypse Twins arc of Uncanny Avengers as the Twins' Horseman of Death was well-received on the grounds that a) it made him look pretty cool, b) the Void was nowhere to be seen, having supposedly got bored with the constant resurrection-destruction he underwent in the sun, c) his insanity was now less 'destroy all the things!' more 'I am the heir to Apocalypse and I will protect Earth' and it stayed intact at the end of the arc.
    • The Age Of The Sentry miniseries won a number of people over, mostly because it decided to drop any pretense of him being a dark deconstruction, in favor of just writing him as an Affectionate Parody Sue of the Silver Age Superman existing in the 60s Marvel universe. As it turned out, this had the side effect of making him actually heroic, likeable, and charming, and won over Superman fans who appreciated the homage. Even the Character Shilling worked, because it both was clearly a joke (one issue features every hero in the universe showing up to his birthday party) and somehow made more sense (since this Sentry was actually the sort of person who'd warrant such friendships). Sadly for the character, Age of the Sentry isn't canon to the main Marvel universe, so this didn't help the character much (though the good Sentry eventually came back in Contest of Champions).
  • The Scrappy: He is one of Marvel comics' most hated characters, partly because he is so overpowered.
    • See also: Superboy-Prime. There's a pattern in there.
    • The fact we are told he is more noble, has more willpower and courage than anyone alive, then accepts being basically a foot soldier for Norman Osborn because he happens to be in charge, didn't help any...
    • He was actually well-received initially due to his interesting origins and that he had a cool fight with the Green Scar in World War Hulk, but when different writers got a hold of him, they started going crazy with his powers, skyrocketing them (take note that he couldn't beat the Green Scar), and making him immortal unless he wants to die, and despite the above, a massive amount of Character Shilling.
    • His origin itself was a pretty bare bones. He broke into a lab and stone a random vial, which upon drinking gain the power to shatter the axe of Terrax. Terrax, who was created from the alien science of Galactus, whose technology was advanced enough to survive the end of the prior universe before the restart of the next big bang, after which he "incubated" for eons in an "egg" after discovering and learning to manipulate "the power cosmic" and create things like an axe that could carry heralds across space to search out planets for him to eat. A random vial from a civilization still dependent on fossil fuels. At least Hulk had the 'gamma ray bursts are the strongest explosions so Hulk is strongest one there is' mantra.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: His appearance in The Incredible Hercules, in which Hercules happily exploits the fact that Sentry doesn't have any real fighting skills.
  • Values Dissonance: Downplayed but in the Age of Sentry series, in which he is a silver age hero, he meets his golden age counterpart from another universe willing to pull a gun on villains and is hostile towards beatniks for wearing dark clothes and goatees.


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