YMMV / Youngblood

  • Accidental Innuendo: On the part of the series' creator; The hero's codename is Shaft? Come on.
  • Cliché Storm: The series featured a team whose only non-powered member was also its leader, several Wolverine rip-offs including a Proud Warrior Race Guy, characters layered in pouches and shoulderpads, names like "Darcangel" and "Badrock," gun-toting anti-heroes with religious-sounding names (the hot new character when the book debuted was Marvel's gun-toting antihero Bishop — Youngblood gives us Chapel, Cross, and Prophet), and buxom women in skimpy outfits. And they had "Home" and "Away" teams.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: In the recent relaunch, the team is fighting a giant robot. The battle abruptly ends when Badrock jumps out of a plane on top of it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Badrock is easily the most popular member of the team - and the only one to be in every single version of it.
    • In-universe, Troll was established as one to set up a bit of conflict between him and the equally in-universe popular Badrock. Out of universe, not so much.
  • Fridge Brilliance: It's possible that Liefeld didn't just choose the name "Youngblood" because it sounded cool. After all, he had gained a lot of popularity with his X-Force work, and since "Youngblood" begins with a Y and "X-Force" begins with an X, anyone looking for his X-Force issues would be likely to see his new comic right beside them on the shelves of the comic book stores. This might also be the reason why Todd McFarlane, who'd previously worked on Spider-Man, named his new hero "Spawn."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Youngblood began as Liefeld's idea for Roy Harper leading a team of Titans working for the government. Two years after the first Youngblood issue, Roy Harper was leading the Titans for the government.
  • Memetic Mutation: Rob Liefeld's Shaft! 7" tall, fully poseable! Explaination 
  • Misaimed Marketing: In the 90's, there were plans for Fox Kids to do a Saturday Morning Cartoon adaptation. The franchise's entire claim to fame was that it was part of the trend of Darker and Edgier, Hotter and Sexier comics starring teams of violent Nineties Anti Heroes, which makes you wonder why someone would look at that and think "This would be GREAT as a kid's show!"
  • Narm: "Badrock" isn't as cool a name if you're from Sweden, since it's Swedish for "bathrobe."
    • It's not much better in English as it brings to mind The Flintstones more than anything. Since Badrock's original battle cry was "Yabba-Dabba-DOOM!", this is clearly intentional, both in-universe and out.
      • The character was originally named Bedrock, so this is 100% intentional.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Like many of Rob Liefeld's works this series was clearly "influenced by" similar Marvel and DC properties. This—among other things—gave Liefeld haters just that much more ammunition. Youngblood'' is the remnant of a Teen Titans spin-off Liefeld had created. The character of Shaft is clearly a Captain Ersatz of Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy. It doesn't take much that Cougar is essentially a repaint of Wolverine or that Sentinel is either Iron Man or War Machine without the helmet.

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