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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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