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- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Dazzler's introduction during the first third of the arc feels jarringly out-of-place. She made up for it in later appearances, but in the context of this story, she's very much this.
- It's even jarringly out-of-place for 1980 altogether - Dazzler had been the product of a failed attempt at cross-promotion with Casablanca Records back in 1977, when Marvel and the record label were going to have a superheroine with both a comic book and a disco LP. This would have made sense in '77, when disco was still a big thing. However, by 1980, when Dazzler finally appeared, disco was, well, Deader Than Disco. For reasons known but unto the writing and editorial staff at the time, they decided not to change Dazzler's schtick at all - and then had her, disco-ball necklace, roller-skates, glitter and spandex leotards included, performing at a punk venue. A punk venue that would have made the real-world Los Angeles late-'70s punk hangout the Masque look like Disney Hall in comparison. Much Narm has been had from this...
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: The story itself is one for Chris Claremont, as it cemented him as the greatest X-Men writer of all time.
- John Byrne's artistic contributions can't be discounted either. His art was at turns incredibly complex and deeply evocative; the book is still held up as a standard for superhero comics today thanks to their collaboration.
- THIS is the story that transformed Wolverine from forgettable side-character to the most popular member of the team, thanks in most part to the now-classic moment before his one-man killing spree against the Hellfire Club's underlings where we see him emerging from the sewers - battered, bloodied and mad as hell.
Wolverine: "Okay, suckers... you've taken yer best shot... now it's my turn!"
- Evil Is Sexy: The White Queen, The Black Queen, Dark Phoenix herself and, for Jean in-story, Jason Wyngarde.
- It Was His Sled: Jean Grey's death in this is infamous, though even the creators themselves didn't know how it would turn out until they wrote it.
- Moral Event Horizon: To the editorial staff, Dark Phoenix destroying an inhabited star system counts as this.
- Never Live It Down: Jean's death in this (and resurrection in a later tale) made her the former Trope Namer before people started proving the point (by completely missing it), confusing the trope with either Death Is Cheap or With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
- This story became the standard against which all X-Men arcs are judged, and has been retold and revisited in almost every media. Sometimes, it's the only reason a creative team will even put Jean Grey in an X-Men story to begin with. It's been a good decade since the last screen adaptation to not treat it like the only story she was ever in.
- Nightmare Fuel: Dark Phoenix mind raping Mastermind to the point where he's left in a catatonic state.
- In order to recharge, Dark Phoenix destroys an entire star, killing over five billion D'Bari. In an instant, she surpassed almost every other villain in the Marvel Universe in terms of body count.
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