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  • Character Rerailment: Tony Stark and many of the Avengers get this, contrasting with what happened in Civil War, where they didn't have anyone point out to them how anti-constitutional their actions in enforcing the Superhuman Registration Act were.
  • Designated Heroine: Some critics of the story maintain that because of Alex's ruthless attitude toward those who threaten her loved ones and friends, she isn't actually a hero but a borderline villain. Alex's philosophy is pretty simple: threaten her, or even worse threaten those she loves and she takes you down as hard and as definitively as she can. And given that she's a Kryptonian, "hard and definitive" are pretty hard and definitive. It should be noted that she's not a bloodthirsty monster, though she may do a pretty good imitation of one on occasions. Its just that if you are a threat, she figures you've earned whatever pain is coming to you, not unlike Magneto or Wolverine. Nevertheless... Kryptonian Physical God powers and Buffy-verse-style cold-bloodedness? Stuff of nightmares, In-Universe and out.
    • This ruthless pragmatism has been shown in story to be a bit freak-inducing for the Scoobies. When Alex uses her heat vision to vaporize Ben Wilkin's dead body in order to not only make sure Glory is gone for good but to eliminate any evidence that could implicate Rupert Giles for Ben's murder (Rupert having smothered Ben to death), it utterly unnerves Buffy. But then again, Buffy was freaking over the fact that a flying woman punched Glory — an opponent who was up until that moment pretty much handing Buffy her own ass on a silver platter — into unconsciousness almost casually. Alex quickly realizes what is causing Buffy's freak-out and backs off as much as she can afford to.
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    • It should perhaps be noted that the only people to receive the full brunt of Alex's ruthlessness are themselves incredibly ruthless and perfectly willing to kill or harm Alex or her loved ones to achieve their ends, and she otherwise repeatedly tries to avoid or defuse conflict with those she comes across with. For example, in her second battle with the Thunderbolts, she makes a point of only killing those she knows to be murderers themselves. It's also only because SHIELD arrested and detained her without cause or charge, betrayed and railroaded her after she fully cooperated under the understanding that they'd let her go if she did, and then repeatedly wouldn't stop hounding or attacking her (via the Avengers and the Thunderbolts) despite her repeated pleas that she just wanted to be left alone that she decided to take the gloves off. While there may have been a mild element of Jerkass Has a Point to all of this, ultimately they could have taken a softly-softly approach at several points but chose to go all-in. So while Alex has definitely developed a ruthless streak, ultimately SHIELD only have themselves to blame.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: From the moment Phil Coulson appeared in the story, the writer began receiving demands that Alex Harris — a confirmed lesbian in a seriously committed monogamous relationship with another woman — hook up with him. According to the writer, the primary relationship between Alex and Louise has received zero comments aside from one troll who threatened to drop the story if "those damned lesbo carpet-munchers" (an exact quote) were removed from the story.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Despite having just met the girl a couple minutes ago, Alternate!Joyce reassures Alex that Buffy and her friends will get her home.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, the Avengers see Carol's disposal of Alex, the coup against Tony Stark, and the attempt to turn the Avengers into a "tool of policy" for the US Government means she passed the Moral Event Horizon at full speed and never once looked back.
    • All the SHIELD agents and the Avengers are absolutely disgusted when they learn that Karen Starr had been repeatedly raped by her father ever since she was eleven, until he murdered her four years later. Tony (still in his early "pro-Reg" phase, mind you) later says that Mr. Starr has been sent to prison for life and implies he easily expects the man to get shivved within a few years.
      • Alex willingly choking Squirrel Girl and insulted her EXISTENCE to her face as she was losing oxygen. Say what you want about Alex, but she crossed it.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Despite the fact that he is basing his portrayals on actual Marvel canon (though as the counter-argument goes, this is selective, to say the least), this is one of the other accusations made by critics of the story. Also, it turns out that a lot of the characters he's been accused of doing this to are secretly under a Hydra mind-control scheme, and thus are supposed to be acting out of character.
    • Minor example with the Buffyverse characters being paranoid around Alex. While it is not unusual within the series for them to distrust newcomers into the group (and even long after they have become allies, this distrust still coming upfront occasionally), the way they treat Alex is Ungrateful Bastard at best and passive-aggressive Irrational Hatred at worst.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: A meta-example: When the writer was asked why he portrayed the antagonists in his story as such unlikeable, awful people when — in the comics — while they might have made some questionable decisions they weren't fascist monsters, his response was a quote of this trope title. "Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped. Marvel took a bunch of wonderful characters and turned them into anti-American McCarthy-style dicks who advocate things like throwing people in prison for life with no trial. Marvel tried to soft-pedal that sort of Nazi bullshit. I felt the need to drive the message home just how badly Marvel fucked their own comics up by doing that."
  • Tear Jerker: Alex's reaction to having been forcefully returned to the Buffyverse (now that she has a very good reason to stay on the Marvel Universe, and that is being married). Also, her seeing the Alternate version of Joyce Summers—which on this universe survived the aneurysm that killed her on "The Body", but left her pretty bad and this latter just being nice and trusting to Alex, which brings her to tears.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Right after the Scooby Gang get a What the Hell, Hero? speech regarding their cold treatment of Alex, they pick up books and start to research a way back. Two chapters later, we see Alex's arrival to the Marvelverse without any information of how long it took for the Gang to look into said spell or if they ever said they were sorry.

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