YMMV / The Spectre

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Good Is Not Nice or villain who just happens to go after other villains (while not caring about who gets in the way)? Also raises questions about the DCU's version of God for employing him, but that's potentially a more touchy subject.
    • Who has more influence over the Spectre? The host or the angel?
  • Author's Saving Throw: Crispus Allen turned the Spectre back into the vengeful ghost who killed Karma Houdini characters left and right. Despite being hotly debated, it was much better than the Dork Age of Hal Jordan.
  • Badass Decay: Following the loss of Hal Jordan as his human anchor, the Spectre went on a rampage of Disproportionate Retribution before being manipulated by the new Eclipso (Jean Loring). Some of the decay was briefly undone after Crispus Allen became the new host, until the spirit was first subdued by a reawakened Cain, then left weakened at the hands of Mandrakk in Final Crisis. He became completely overcome by a Black Lantern ring in Blackest Night, and after he regained control he couldn't do a thing to Nekron because he has no soul.
  • Creepy Awesome: He's built around this trope. His powers mean unless the plot requires him to lose, he will tear through anything in his path in the most horrific way imaginable, literally, since his powers are only limited by whatever he ways he can think of.
  • Dork Age: Hal Jordan's tenure is derided by critics and fans for turning The Spectre from the Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant to an incompetent Failure Hero.
  • Never Live It Down: Fans of the Linda Danvers version of Supergirl are still angry at both the Spectre and Hal Jordan for when they promised Linda her daughter Ariella would not be erased during Many Happy Returns, only when Linda returns to the regular DCU and sends the pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El back to her time, Ariella's nowhere to be seen. Instead, they sent Ariella into the 853rd Century, and only conveyed this to Linda in a vague dream. Losing her daughter plus sending Kara to eventually die by the Anti-Monitor in Crisis on Infinite Earths shattered Linda's soul, and Hal and the Spectre never had to answer for making sure Linda never saw her child again.


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