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YMMV / Blue Beetle

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  • Broken Base:
    • A few honestly enjoy the Post-Flashpoint series, others do not because of its left turn into Darker and Edgier land. Issue #6 did not help at all.
    • Countdown to Infinite Crisis, the one-shot issue that Killed Off for Real Ted Kord. There are some who call it the Greatest Ted Kord Story Ever Told. There are others with equal conviction who call it the Worst Ted Kord Story Ever Told.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • All three Beetles may not have a lot of fans, but the ones they have are very supportive of the characters. There's a reason that as Justice League International went on Blue Beetle had bigger roles and more stories focused on him.
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    • Within the Blue Beetle comics themselves, Jaime's little sister Milagro is very popular.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The armor superficially resembles Blue Beetle's armor in Kingdom Come.
    • In an appearance in The All-New Atom, a trick with the personality of Ted Kord jokes that "[he] and Bruce Wayne's parents are the only ones with a permanent parking space." Jump forward a few years, and Ted is alive and kicking again.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Reach (at least pre-New 52) as a whole are surprisingly smarter and more subtle than the standard alien invaders. Since a peace treaty with the Green Lantern Corps prevents them from conquering planets with military might, they instead use a Loophole Abuse, approaching worlds by pretending to be peaceful traders here to share their advanced technology and science, thus gaining the natives' trust, and using the scarabs as infiltrator agents who pose as guardians to protect the planets until their arrival. They then release a chemical agent in the atmosphere, so small it's practically undetectable, and let it build up and infect the planet's inhabitants over an entire century. When that time has passed, they cause fake magic temples all over the world to blow up, causing a massive disaster, and offer the surviving natives to help them in exchange of essentially becoming their workforce, and forcing them to agree through Mind Control using the chemical agent they have been infected with.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: A hotel manager manages to cross this in one issue when he refuses to let the locals take shelter from a rampaging supervillain in the hotel, doesn't care about the resulting deaths since they're not paying customers, and laughs in Jaime's face when called out. We can only hope that Batman fired his ass with extreme prejudice.
  • More Popular Replacement: Far more know Blue Beetle as either Ted Kord or Jaime Reyes, as opposed to the original Dan Garrett.
  • My Real Daddy: Similar to what happened to his friend Booster Gold, Ted Kord was created by Steve Ditko in the 1960s, but he is mostly associated with his time in the Justice League International under J. M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Jaime Reyes to Ted Kord, though it mostly came down to how Ted had a bridge dropped on him and was replaced by Jaime in the same event. However, it became an Averted Trope and Jaime has become a textbook example of how a Legacy Character, especially a minority one, can be done right by actually developing the character rather than just replacing the old one and expecting people to like him. In fact, for many younger audiences, Jaime is the Blue Beetle they know.
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    • There are those that consider Post-Flashpoint Jaime a Replacement Scrappy to his original self.
  • Sequel Displacement: Dan Garrett is known for being the original Blue Beetle, but much like Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, he's been completely overshadowed by his successor Ted Kord, who in turn has been overshadowed by his successor Jaime Reyes. The general audiences know them far more than the original.
  • Tear Jerker: Ted's internal monologue at the end of Countdown To Infinite Crisis as he seems resigned to his impending fate:
    "My name is Ted Kord. I am the second man to call himself the Blue Beetle. I tell myself there will be a third. And I hope whoever he or she may be, they do better at it than I have."
  • The Woobie:
    • Coyote from the New 52 series. He ignores bystanders Jaime and Paco to take on Plasmus while his companion Rompehuesos went straight for the two teens with intent to kill, and Brutale goes join Rompehuesos in retrieving the beetle and leaving Coyote to face the rival baddies all by himself. Then Coyote begs Blue Beetle to help him when Plasmus overpowers him, and later that night, while displaying his loyalty to La Dama (as if battling a guy who's pretty much made of a stuff that burns on contact just to get her what she wants wasn't loyal enough) when he instantly decides to help her track the beetle when she asks, she thanks him by slitting his throat. Out of all the villains, this is one you just feel sorry for.
    • Ted came dangerously close. Between struggling with his weight, rarely being taken seriously as a superhero (something which led directly to his death), and his unrequited crush on Barbara Gordon, the poor guy rarely caught a break.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: As noted above, the New 52 Beetle series has gotten a mixed reaction from fans who missed the light-hearted nature of the previous volume.
    • For Rebirth, many are unhappy- or at least confused- as to why the scarab was made magical once more. Part of this is probably due to the change meaning the fan favorite Reach are no longer involved in the scarab's origin.


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