- Americans Hate Tingle: Magneto: Testament is very popular amongst American readers for its realistic portrayal of the Holocaust among other things. However, in Poland, the nicest thing you will hear about it is that it's "the Holocaust made by Disney". It doesn't help that it alludes to Polish cavalry attacking tanks, a myth that the Poles perhaps understandably don't take kindly to. It's to the point where they'll outright refuse to acknowledge any part of Magneto's life where he is named as Max Eisenhardt.
- Ascended Meme:
- Deadpool: "I just beat Mag-freakin-neto! Where yo curly mustasche at?!"Explanation
- Deadpool: "HAHAHA! Magneto! Welcome TO DIE!!!"Explanation
- Can't Un-Hear It: The odds of reading this in the voice of either Tom Kane or Sir Ian McKellen are quite high. Or if you who grew up in the 90's, David Hemblen.
- Character Rerailment: He even has a Character Rerailment page on the subject. Check there if you have the faculties to do so.
- "Common Knowledge": He was never associated with The Juggernaut. Despite this, fans have this perception that he has worked with him; adaptions where he does don't help this, to the point where in the Ultimate Marvel universe, Juggernaut works for him and is a mutant.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Many fans see his actions and see him as a liberator, and have ignored many of his more questionable acts. It likely isn't aided that any time he commits an act that would make it impossible for him to continue skirting the line between hero and villain as the writers would like, the act is Retconed out of existence.
- Foe Yay and/or Ho Yay:
- Fans have seen this between Xavier and him in their many incarnations.
- In the early comics, he had a more conventional one with Marvel Girl, though it was never developed very far before the book was shut down.
- Harsher in Hindsight: In an older characterization, he once subjected the Scarlet Witch to what can only be called sexual abuse, using mind control to force her to dance suggestively for his pleasure. As later continuity reveals, this was his own daughter that he subjected to such degrading treatment, being unaware of their true relationship. Similarly, his massive psychological (and occasionally physical) abuse of the Witch in the early days of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants also looks worse for the same reason.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: As listed above, several fans have seen... subtext between Xavier and him in various media portrayals, including the '90s cartoon (especially in the series finale) and X-Men: First Class. Ian McKellen, who portrays him in the live-action films, is openly gay.
- Jerkass Woobie: Many people accuse him of being a genocidal maniac, and hold the high number of casualties of his quest for mutant freedom against him. Nonetheless, they still pity him after all the ways in which he has been wronged by the worst of humanity.
- Magnificent Bastard: Magneto himself is a Holocaust survivor who is hellbent on seeing that no such evil ever befalls the mutants. Becoming a terrorist, Magneto manipulates his followers, allies and enemies alike, constantly waging war to better the lot of mutantkind, even against his best friend Charles Xavier. At one point Magneto even blackmails the world with nuclear weapons to set up a home for Mutants, and even foiled Doctor Doom's attempts at domination at another point. Deciding to protect the world and mutants in his own way, Magneto has returned countless times to commit acts he admits are unscrupulous, but necessary, constantly keeping himself from slipping too far into true evil while protecting his people from all threats.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Moral Event Horizon: The one most heinous evil he had been forced to commit that still happened and wasn't Retconed into non-existence was in Fatal Attractions, wherein he unleashed a global electromagnetic pulse that wiped out electronics everywhere on Earth, crippling humanity and by extension, any mutants that chose to remain there, as well as painfully and meticulously ripping the adamantium from Wolverine's living bones.
- My Real Daddy:
- Though Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first told his tale, it was Chris Claremont who first told his side of the story, explaining his tragic childhood, his complex motivations, and his three-dimensional nature, rather than treating him as just another generic comic book villain.
- Cullen Bunn has quickly entered this status for modern writers. His take on Magneto as a ruthlessly pragmatic anti-hero coming close at times to being a mutant version of The Punisher is seen as a great evolution for the character.
- Never Live It Down: The chances of people ever letting the "Wooden Gun" thing go are pretty slim.
- Poor Man's Substitute: Originally Magneto was this to Doctor Doom:
- He began as a Jack Kirby-fashioned Eurotrash Supervillain who dresses in an outfit that's a mix of The Dark Ages (that weird helmet with a horn sigil on top) and modern pulp (complete with cape and underwear outside leotard), who also has a rivalry with the main team leader (Doom and Richards/Magneto and Xavier). Of course where even the Kirby-Lee Doom had charisma, cool, guile and had legitimate Evil Virtues, Lee-Kirby Magneto was just an obnoxious asshole.
- Chris Claremont's revisions of Magneto, have made him even more Doom-Like, such as also coming from a community targeted for genocide by the Nazis (Doom is Romani, while Magneto is Jewish), becoming a head of state (Latveria for Doom, Genosha for Magneto). John Byrne opposed Claremont's plans to turn Magneto sympathetic and described Claremont's retcons as turning Magneto into "a half-assed clone of Doom". Of course the differences are more pronounced in that Doom is scarred and ugly and has a face-mask while Magneto is a Pretty Boy and a ladies' man). Magneto has a much more Romantic angle to him than Doom does.
- In Ultimate Marvel, Magneto usurps Doom's function as the primary Marvel-wide villain and boasts most of the focus in cross-overs whereas Magneto in mainstream Marvel rarely plays a big role as compared to Doctor Doom, Ultron or Thanos.
- Rooting for the Empire: Many have supported him over the X-Men, seeing that no matter what they do, including saving all life on Earth on a number of occasions, mutants are still just as hated and oppressed with no signs of change. It doesn't hurt that he's often a charming, Affably Evil, and extremely sympathetic character.
- What an Idiot!: It was foolish of him of whining like a child instead of being enraged of being tricked by that "Wooden Gun."
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