YMMV / The Wasp

  • Base Breaker: Some fans (and writers) really love Jan; others, not so much. This is especially thanks to her brief time as the team leader which established her ability to be mature and serious, but was so brief that a lot of fans don't remember or don't care for it. Even her Earth's Mightiest Heroes version got this: some viewers felt that her enthusiasm and determination made her the best character on the team, while others felt that her power level was too low to justify a spot on the team.
    • Hope Van Dyne, Janet's daughter in the MC2 line and the MCU, who is set to become the MCU's Wasp rather than her mother, has been a massively divisive character. In the film she's either an entertaining and strong female character or a weak and poorly written token love interest, and the fact she's apparently going to take over as the "All-New" Wasp is just further fuel to the fire.
  • Breakup Breakout: To some extent. Her divorce from Henry made him infamous for domestic abuse, while she went on to become the leader of the Avengers.
  • Dork Age: Janet's mutated form during the 1990s is considered one of the most obvious examples of the insipid writing on the Avengers from that decade.
  • Ron the Death Eater: While most fans will generally agree that the infamous slap was unfortunate but not a case of Hank being abusive, some of Hank's more defensive fans have a tendency to rationalize it as somehow justified based on the way Janet acted beforehand, some even pinning all the blame for the breakdown on her. While Janet's treatment of Hank's mental state wasn't appropriate, it was born from a lack of understanding and maturity on her part, not actual malice, and the breakdown itself was caused by a lot of issues besides Janet, making the statements that she 'deserved what she got' feel somewhat uncomfortable to hear.
  • Never Live It Down: The infamous slap didn't do Jan or Hank any favors in the long run. Or if it did, a number of writers conveniently forgot or ignored it.
    • Word of God is that Hank was never supposed to deliberately slap Jan but that he was supposed to hit her accidentally by throwing his hands up in frustration without even realizing he'd hit her, but the artist refused to follow the instructions in Jim Shooter's script and drew it to look like Hank deliberately hit Jan in a moment of anger believing it would be a more striking (no pun intended) and powerful image, and by the time Shooter knew he'd been disobeyed it was too late. It doesn't help that a seemingly endless line of fans and writers keep viewing the scene out of context.
    • A smaller group of fans and writers also love to point out that the slap only happened after Janet had abused his obviously unstable mental state in order to force him into marriage with her, something Janet herself has since admitted was over the line.
  • The Woobie: Jan and Hank have both had more than their fair share of Jerkass Woobie and Iron Woobie moments.
    • Hank lost his first wife, the robot that was supposed to be his greatest creation ended up being his greatest failure as Ultron turned out to be a bloodthirsty maniac with an Oedipal complex that would haunt him and his friends for the rest of his life, he always felt out of place and overshadowed in the Avengers as it seemed that whatever he could do some other hero could do better, and his insecurity issues led to multiple nervous breakdowns and some form of personality disorder causing him to constantly change code-names as he struggled to reinvent himself into something more manly and heroic. The worst of these breakdowns destroyed his second marriage when Jan's attempts to dissuade him from an insane plan to salvage his reputation ended in violence and led to him being expelled from the Avengers and almost led to him committing suicide.
    • Jan lost her father, she acquired an obsessive Stalker with a Crush in the mutant super-villain Whirl-Wind, her husband's crazy robot Ultron almost killed her when he tried to use her brain patterns to give life to his intended robot wife Jocasta (complete with some very Shameful Strip Fan Disservice) and this particular ordeal ended with her Brainwashed and Crazy husband screaming at her which left her in tears, her marriage to Hank eventually fell apart and reached a violent ending when he struck her during a nervous breakdown - a breakdown that she was at least partially responsible for - and just when it looked she was moving past all this tragedy her aforementioned stalker Whirl-Wind attacked and almost raped her because his obsession with her had driven him completely insane. And when everyone thought she was dead she was actually stuck in the Microverse fighting for her life.