YMMV / X-Force


The first series:

  • Author's Saving Throw: When Rob Liefeld quit the title, Fabian Nicieza famously salvaged the team by writing out Cable and bringing exiled New Mutants Sunspot and Rictor back to the team, as well as New Mutants supporting cast member Lila Cheney, as well as shifting the tone away from the grim and gritty to focus on team interaction amongst the core New Mutants holdovers. Furthermore, Cable came back to the team, less angsty and more stern but lovable father figure-like, Feral was written out, and Shatterstar was given a crush on Rictor that gave him more depth than being a generic warrior dude.
  • Ho Yay: Rictor and Shatterstar. Recent events have made them a fully canonical couple.
  • Iron Woobie: Neena Thurman/Domino Despite her husband being dead since before her introduction, she is frequently a case of, "Angst? What Angst??"
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Cable was at one point almost a poster boy for the excesses of 90's comics. He's since been turned into a much more well-rounded character fighting an endless war against an immortal, nearly invincible enemy.
  • The Scrappy: Feral. It's honestly hard to imagine why her teammates keep her around.

The second series / X-Statix:

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Blink gained quite a fan following after a fairly short-lived existence in their mainstream storylines. She (or rather, her Alternate Continuity counterpart) got an upgraded role in the Age of Apocalypse storyline. She was so popular that she survived the destruction of that universe and became a main character in the Exiles spinoff (though it took five years).
    • Doop
    • Edith "Edie" Sawyer/U-Go Girl: A fan favorite. This is probably why she was killed off.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A lot of "Liefeld-style"(angst, anger, guns, and innuendo)X-Force fans refused to have anything to do with X-Statix.
  • Torch the Franchise and Run: although Milligan and Allred still did the Dead Girl spin-off mini afterwards.
  • Wangst: Guy Smith/Orphan, aka Mister Sensitive. Oh, the wangst...

Villains

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Clarice Ferguson/Blink. Blink gained quite a fan following after a fairly short-lived existence in their mainstream storylines. She (or rather, her Alternate Continuity counterpart) got an upgraded role in the Age of Apocalypse storyline. She was so popular that she survived the destruction of that universe and became a main character in the Exiles spinoff (though it took five years).

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