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YMMVs for the first series:

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: When Cypher was killed off, people felt real bad.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Several
    • Young X-Men is considered this, both by fans and Marvel, given how Marc Guggenheim didn't give a fuck and pissed off Kyle and Yost and fans of New X-Men/New Mutants with the stories he wrote.
    • Boom Boom/Cannonball's relationship falls into this with the Wells/Carey/Abnett and Lanning run.
    • Pretty much X-Force falls into this for hardcore New Mutant fans, which led to the Well New Mutants series getting hated on, by those who were pissed off that certain members (Boom Boom and Rictor) were not allowed near the book and generally ignored.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Rahne has been a member of more X-Men spinoff teams than any other character and would eventually become part of the main team in Uncanny X-Men (2018).
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    • Magik is also pretty popular.
  • Funny Moments: Magik using the fact she's immune to Empath's powers to put the fear of her into him at a dance.
    • The team are held captive by a mad doctor who rants on how he's doing "God's work" splicing mutants together. Devout Catholic Wolfsbane argues on how wrong he is by the Bible.
    Cannonball: Rahne, ah don't think the mad scientist is all that interested in debating the finer points of scriptural interpretation!
  • Hollywood Homely: Skids was considered "ugly" by the morlocks. This, of course, is because the Morlocks are all hideous and consider her a freak among freaks.
  • Ho Yay: Arguably Warlock towards Cypher before the latter's killing-off. Well, except for the fact that Warlock's people are genderless (he doesn't have parents, he has a single "siredam").
    • Still present after Cypher came back. "I love you and you are breaking my heart." Well...
    • Between Shatterstar and Rictor as well
    • Danielle and Rahne, due to their psychic-link when Rahne's in wolf-form.
    • -and a good deal of obvious subtext, calling each other 'soul-mate', a revealing event in the Inferno-alternate Manhattan, and Dani saying as much as 'I love y-' on a cliff in Scotland.
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    • Sometimes, Illyana towards Kitty, too.
  • Moment of Awesome: The Devil Bear Saga, for both Danielle Moonstar and the creative team themselves.
    • The Magus is probably among the most powerful foes any X-team has ever faced, and the New Mutants squad, the Professor, and a cosmically-powered Carol Danvers ended up stopping him. And Doug Ramsey was the guy who won the battle.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Pierce crosses this several times in the New Mutants origin story alone. Examples are ordering the death of Dani's grandfather and having his men trying to kill each of the New Mutants who were, at the time, teenagers who had only just discovered their powers.
    • The Ani-Mator also crossed this by killing Cypher.
    • Empath, when he used his powers to take advantage of various people, whether personally or by proxy, in the original Claremont books.
      • And in this connection, arguably Roulette, as well, who wasn't horrified, but rather amused, when he used those powers on Firestar.
  • My Real Daddy: Warlock was introduced when Bill Sienkiewicz was on the book, and due to his unusual art style he has never looked right when drawn by other people (most artists just copied his style for that particular character, which caused Warlock to jar with their surroundings).
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Demon Bear Saga.
    • Empath, given the stunts he pulls in New Mutants and later on, in New Warriors and Uncanny X-Men
  • Scapegoat Creator: Louise Simonson for Cypher's death. Artist Brett Blevin was the driving force for killing Doug off, manipulating Louise to think no one liked the polarizing character and that fans would cheer his death, which was actually the opposite.
    • Rob Liefeld gets this for Warlock. The character was killed as the transition to X-Force started, but it was Bob Harras who actually gave the kill order due to him never liking Warlock and wanting him dead.
  • The Scrappy: Where to start? Warlock, though he's more of a Base-Breaking Character than a Scrappy. Gossamyr, whose unpopularity with fans resulted her to be Put on a Bus after her brief time as a member of the team, following her Heel–Face Turn. Cable, though he did get Rescued from the Scrappy Heap later on.
    • Bird Boy is probably the most extreme, being an imbecilic half-animal who derailed the book into whacky antics and over-eating. He's actually one of the most-accurate in-continuity versions of the Jackovasaurs from South Park. At least he was rapidly Put on a Bus.
    • An entire team of Scrappies was folded in following the Inferno event with the X-Terminators: Boom Boom, Rusty, Skids, Arty, Leech, Rictor, Whiz Kid. Luckily the bulk of the characters were quickly put on various buses, leaving Rictor and Boom Boom to become beloved members of the group, unless you were a shipper who was NOT happy with Wolfsbane and Cannonball ending up romantically involved with Rictor and Boom Boom respectively.
    • Cypher too, but his death was an Alas, Poor Scrappy moment and since his return, he's been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The transition from New Mutants to X-Force. And later the de-Simonson/Liefeldization of the franchise under Zeb Wells.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Cypher was a polarizing character amongst fans of the title in the 1980s, in part because he had sensible everyday mutant powers in the form of the ability to understand any form of language, which sadly also made him utterly useless in fight scenes unless he merged with the alien Warlock. So when Chris Claremont left the book and Louise Simonson took over, artist Brett Blevins conspired to manipulate Simonson into killing off Cypher since he didn't want to draw a mutant "who had to hide behind trees during fights" by tricking her into thinking fans hated him. Sadly, when she killed him off, fans revolted against the death.
    • It's a real shame that Doug was killed before the internet became near-universal or he could have been the world's greatest hacker.
    • Cable versus Apocalypse/The Twelve, which was the replacement for the Highlord Ascension storyline when it was dropped, was haphazardly aborted for a lame-ass month-long event called "Ages of Apocalypse" involving the X-Men in different time periods play-acting various scenarios.
  • Tear Jerker: The issue that dealt with Ilyana's death - or, rather, Jubilee's reaction to it. Even the knowledge of Comic Book Death and the likelihood of Ilyana's eventual return wasn't enough to dampen the emotional weight of a tale about a little girl slowly dying as the adults around her slowly come to the realization that there's nothing they can do to help. Although "I won't allow her to be placed into a living death!" isn't a good argument when it might have allowed them time to find a healer and it certainly would have allowed time for her brother to get home before she died.
  • The Woobie: Rahne. A couple of her old teammates have had worse backstories, but few radiate please hug me as much as she when they are down over it.
    • If there's one constant with Karma it's that life seems to find a way of crapping all over her and her specifically.

YMMVs for Young X-Men:

  • The Scrappy: Ink was hated by many fans. The fact that the writer went to extreme lengths (like, you know, giving him the power of Phoenix) to make him seem important did not go over well with fans, and he also had the stigma of being a human rather than a mutant. Being a Jerkass and bizarrely ending up with Emma Frost in a Bad Future also didn't help.

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