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[[quoteright:330:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ultimate_x-men_4764.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:330:Same great X-Men taste, fewer continuity woes.]] A reboot of the X-Men franchise in the UltimateMarvel line of comics, it can be seen as one of the most radical reimaginings, with [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Alternate Character Interpretations]] of the mainstream 616 characters being taken as canon while other characters are given completely different backstories and characterizations. It was far less popular than its sister series ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', due to a constant rotation of artists and writers, churning out [[BloodierAndGorier ultra-violent]] storylines that went from good, to bad, to just plain weird. It was eventually canceled after a few bad story lines that culminated in the universally reviled ''{{Ultimatum}}'' event. The series lasted for 100 issues, from February, 2001 to April, 2009. After ''Ultimatum'', the series was replaced with ''Ultimate X'', where mutants that survived the tragedy were scattered, hunted, and leaderless. This new series only lasted 5 issues, from April, 2010 to August, 2011. However, the series was relaunched as Ultimate Comics: X-Men with the mutants starting to band together again after the events of Ultimate Origins revealed the secret origin of the mutant species. The new series written by Nick Spencer (MorningGlories), dealing with the fallout of this origin being revealed to the public along with the events of the Ultimate Hawkeye series. As of issue 13, Brian Wood ({{DMZ}}) takes over writing duties on the title. ----- !!This series provide examples of: * AbortedArc: After a few issues, Bishop states that in the future he and Psylocke will be married. He's killed an issue and a half later and these claims are never elaborated upon. * TheAce: Magician is more ripped than Bobby, formulates a plan to take out the Brotherhood and has enough people skills that in front of the cameras he fixes the X-Men's reputation. Within 24 hours after joining the X-Men. ** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor]] * AscendedFanBoy / HeroicWannabe: Pyro. * AllThereInTheManual: Without little bravado, Ultimate {{Hawkeye}} takes place in between issues Ultimate Comics: X-Men 7 and 8. Relatively a ''lot'' happens in that mini, so yeah. * AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Reverend Stryker[[spoiler:'s death triggers this in the Nimrod Sentinels he takes over with his mutant powers, he pulls this on the entire USA, decimating the already decreased Mutant count]] * BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Sinister]] ** [[spoiler: Twice]] * BareYourMidriff: Jean, pre Ultimatum, Storm after [[spoiler: Beast dies]] * BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Jean against Phoenix, [[spoiler: Storm against Shadow King]] * BeardOfEvil: Inverted with Magneto, who grows a beard shortly after Professor Xavier uses telepathic blocks to turn him into a normal law-abiding citizen. As soon as the blocks are removed and he reverts to his old villainous ways, he loses the beard. * BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Colossus]] after Ultimatum * BettyAndVeronica: Wolverine (Veronica, duh) and Cyclops (Betty) to Jean. [[spoiler:In the end they're both killed off.]] ** She falls for Wolverine and has sex with him first, then later on dates Cyclops. * BigBad: Magneto is irreparably evil in this version, and very difficult to thwart. [[spoiler:Ultimatum reveals that he was being manipulated by Victor Von Doom.]] ** Pietro/Quicksilver is becoming this in Ultimate X, with the support of Mystique and Sabertooth. * BewareMyStingerTail: A Morlock seen post-Ultimatum is a conjoined being of him and his brother, and his brother has become [[CuteMonster a centipede monster]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He still hugs it and loves it because it's his brother]]. * BodyHorror: Dr. Cornelius [[spoiler: inflicts this on himself so he becomes TheGrotesque, made of cancerous Wolverine DNA]] * BountyHunter: Arcade and Deadpool. * TheBrute: Juggernaut. * ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler: Phoenix, after she destroys Apocalypse]] ** TenMinuteRetirement * CallingTheOldManOut: Quicksilver to Magneto. He gets two uzis unloaded on his shins for his trouble. * CaptainErsatz: Given his backstory in this incarnation, Doug Ramsey is a younger version of [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Ken Jennings]]. ** Derek Morgan is basically Archangel as a different character, instead of Angel under the influence of Apocalypse. ** Cyclops temporarily becomes one of Superman [[spoiler: under the influence of Banshee]] * CloningBlues: [[spoiler: Wolverine gets cloned]] * CoattailRidingRelative: Initially, the Beast's parents disown him for being a mutant. Later, when the X-Men have achieved fame and (temporary) renown, they return and claim they always loved him... after they've made millions writing a book about how they lovingly raised such a wonderful young mutant. * CompellingVoice: Sinister, when he looks people straight in the eye. * CompositeCharacter: A few "Ultimate" versions of 616-X-Men are revealed as new versions of existing Ultimate characters. Specifically, ** Firestar is Liz Allan (from ''Spider-Man'') ** Cable is [[spoiler:Future Wolverine]] ** [[AlphaFlight Sasquatch]] is [[spoiler:Wolfsbane on a SuperSerum]]. ** Banshee is [[spoiler:Professor Moira [=MacTaggert=] using the Banshee serum]]. ** Ultimate Proteus (David Xavier) is a composite of 616-Proteus (Kevin [=MacTaggert=]) and Legion (David Haller). Though his powers are based on 616-Proteus, his personality is more in line with Legion, and his parentage is based on a combination of the two. ** Inverted with William Stryker as he's split into two characters. William, Sr. is based on the [[Film/X2XMenUnited movie version of Stryker]] while William, Jr. is a younger version of the SinisterMinister of the [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} classic comics]]. *** Reverend Stryker eventually shows traits of [[spoiler: Master Mold]] ** Sinister is combined with [[spoiler: Apocalypse]] * CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Fenris Corporation. * CrazyJealousGuy: Juggernaut is this to Rogue. * CurbStompBattle: Cyclops vs Wolverine. [[spoiler: Wolverine is actually the one who gets curbstomped.]] ** This is actually a rematch from a previous fight [[spoiler: that went the other way.]] * DangerouslyShortSkirt: Both Kitty and Storm sport one at one point. * DarkerAndEdgier: Oh boy * DeadPersonImpersonation: Jean, after Ultimatum. * DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler: Traske]] invokes this. * DeathIsCheap: Not as cheap as it is in the regular X-Men verse, but among those that cheat death are [[spoiler: Magneto, Sabretooth, Professor Cornelius, Yuri, Beast]] * DebutQueue: in ''Ultimate X'' * DirtyCoward: Stryfe. * DirtyOldMan: Wolverine and [[spoiler:Professor Xavier]]. ** Wolverine, at least, [[DependingOnTheArtist can look like he's only slightly older than the rest of the X-Men, making this not as obvious at times]], but most of the series Wolverine ''looks'' to be in the mid 30's to 40's range while hitting on teenaged girls. What makes this worse is that he's [[Really700YearsOld older than Xavier]]. Much, ''much'' older, and yet no one seems to call him out on this. This could be because no one thinks of him as being older, or it could be an example of DarkerAndEdgier. ** He alludes to it when [[spoiler:rejecting Storm, and when she points out that he had sex with Jean, he refers to that as a mistake. It's possible it was simply a convenient excuse, though.]] ** It's a much more obvious, and in many ways bigger, issue with [[spoiler:Xavier, having had at least two relationships in the past with ''students''; Mystique and Emma Frost, and just before the end of the series admitted to being in love with Jean Grey.]] * DoesNotLikeShoes: Both Beast, Nightcrawler and Jimmy Hudson. In the case of the two formers, at least they have an excuse that most footwear does not come in their sizes. * DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Stacy X is the leader of a minoroty group and calls them to fight them and drop their human names. Charles Xavier ([[NotSoDifferent And Magneto]]) also make codenames up to replace "Human names" ** The fact Mutants are rounded up in camps. * DroppedABridgeOnHim: Pyro's treatment in "Ultimates 3". Nearly everyone killed off in "Ultimatum" may be considered this trope as well, particularly the number of major characters killed in the big flood, Beast and Nightcrawler especially. ** Although a minor character, the worst offender in Ultimatum is probably Toad: his death is never shown nor mentioned, we never see the body and the girl he took to safety (Liz Allen, Firestar) is still alive. The only indication we have that he died is the casualty list at the end of Ultimatum #5. ** Psylocke was killed in the storyline involving Xavier's son (whose powers involve possessing people and manipulating reality, but the bodies he inhabits are destroyed from the inside out because of his power), [[spoiler:but it turned out that she survived by projecting her consciousness into another body.]] ** Beast was killed in a Sentinel attack. [[spoiler:This was a ruse; Fury borrowed him to conduct experiments on the mutant genome. He was KilledOffForReal in the Ultimatum storyline]]. * DrugsAreBad: Oh God, Banshee (Note: There's no mutant called Banshee in this comic, it's a drug) * DysfunctionJunction: Even more so then the mainstream ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, which is saying something. * EvilutionaryBiologist: Mister Sinister, with a side order of insanity. * FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Nightcrawler]] * FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Magneto]] ** As well [[spoiler: Beast, Syndicate and Magician]]. *** [[spoiler: Xavier!]] * {{Fanservice}}: All the barely legal mutant boys and girls are dressed in black leeather outfits and / or short skirts, and despite not having MostCommonSuperpower (Until Paquette takes over for pencils) they're dressed in obvious poses. * FantasticRacism: Mutants have always been a metaphor for racism, but since Ultimatum, it seems the stories are now specifically addressing the Islamophobia that became widespread after 9/11, with Magneto symbolizing OsamaBinLaden. * {{Foreshadowing}}: Oh does Colossus' sexuality get hinted at. From liking WillAndGrace, to commenting on Longshot's boots, to blatantly getting hit on by Jean-Paul. ** All of Storm's Danger Room programs. * {{Gayngst}}: A mild application with Colossus. * GentlemanThief: Gambit as usual, with Rogue along for the ride. * GeniusBruiser: Henry [=McCoy=] as usual. * {{GIRL}}: In the lead-up to ''Ultimate War'', Beast spends a lot of time corresponding with a girl on a mutant chatroom. [[spoiler: It's actually the Blob, and it doesn't end well for anyone]]. * GoodBadGirl: Dazzler * GroinAttack: A particularly vicious one during the Weapon X arc, when Sabretooth and Wolverine are fighting. Sabretooth is holding Wolverine's head under water ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy realizing that even if Wolverine heals from drowning, he'll still have suffered brain damage]]), but Wolverine's fist is very strategically placed. The ensuing ''snikt'' accompanies a great reaction shot from Sabretooth... right before Wolverine tackles him off a waterfall. * HeelFaceTurn: Toad and Rogue eventually defect to the X-Men. ** Before them; Wolverine. * HeterosexualLifePartners: Xavier and Magneto were this. [[spoiler:And how. Xavier left his wife for Magneto, which was a contributing factor to David's rampage. It would be hard not to infer that they were in a gay relationship, but Xavier says their bond was "stronger than love," which seem to rule that out.]] * HugeGuyTinyGirl: [[spoiler:Ultimate Liz Allen is the daughter of her human mother and ''the Blob''.]] * HumongousMecha: The Sentinels * IdiotBall: Held in ''Ultimate Nightmare'', where a small team goes out to find the source of a psychic signal, assumed to be a mutant in need. Wolverine is angry (well, more than usual) that [[LampshadeHanging they were too stupid to turn on the news and check what was going on]] before running off half-cocked and getting roughed up by the Ultimates for their trouble. ** Liz Allen doesn't even attempt to [[spoiler:talk her brother Teddy out of joining Pietro's new Brotherhood.]] * IJustWannaBeNormal: Rogue ** Subverted that when she's presented with a cure, she doesn't take it. * ImportantHaircut: Storm cuts her hair drastically from elegantly long to punk rock short after Beast dies. ** She lets her hair grow out after Ultimatum though. [[spoiler: But she cuts it off at the first sign of mutant uprising]] ** Jean dyes her hair black after Ultimatum, but this is also got to do with her taking up a new identity. * IntroDump: Every. Single. Character. ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Each and every one of them]]'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment are]] ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment continually]]'' referring to each other by name! Every. One. ** TWICE. Ultimate X does this for every character ''again''! [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Even the ones we know!]] * ISeeDeadPeople: Quicksilver sees his sister Wanda, [[spoiler: and his father], post Ultimatum, Rogue [[spoiler: sees Xavier]]. [[spoiler: Alex sees Scott]]. * JeopardyIntelligenceTest: Doug Ramsay got into a private school for mutants due to his smarts, exemplified by his record-breaking streak on Jeopardy!. * KarmaHoudini: Just about every member commits terrible acts over the course of the series and save for Wolverine never faces any repercussions. For example: ** Cyclops defects to the Brotherhood and takes part bombings of the British Parliament and MI6. ** Professor X and Jean frequently abuse their powers to their own ends. ** Storm even crippled someone and electrocuted a sandbox full of children (off panel.) ** Averted with Wolverine in that he not only faces retribution for the things he does but he is even held accountable for things he didn't do. For example Jean threatens him if he ever thinks of her in a sexual way again, and actually follows though with it despite the fact that she was fully compliant in their affair. * KillEmAll: Of all the Ultimate titles, ''X-Men'' got hit the hardest in ''Ultimatum''. The casualty list - which includes [[spoiler:Xavier, Cyclops, Beast, Nightcrawler, Wolverine]] - is probably longer than the list of surviving mutants. ** KilledOffForReal * LaResistance: After the Nimrod breakout, the mutants turn into this ''even more''. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Not usually, but in issue #54, where they're taking on Mojo and his reality show, there are a few instances. Apart from in-universe examples of BreakingTheFourthWall on Mojo's show, there is Dazzler staring straight forward out of the page and declaring the concept to be a "rip-off of The Running Man". * LegacyCharacter: Wolverine II, Angel II, Blob II * LoveTriangle: Jean, Scott, Wolverine as well as Kitty, Bobby, Rogue. * LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Sabretooth]] is Wolverine's [[spoiler: son]]! * TheMafiya: Colossus is first shown as muscle in the employ of the Russian Mob. ** {{Gayngster}} * MaleGaze: Paquette's pencils. ** Jimmy Hudson suffers from this with Jean. Though accidentally. * ManipulativeBastard: Charles Xavier. Though he ''claims'' he doesn't tamper with people's minds, he's shown doing as such repeatedly, especially at first. Subverted in that EVERYBODY knows he does it and question their actions, but when he's out of order, they still do what they think he would've had them do. ** Magneto as well, observe him with Polaris in his cell. * MassMonsterSlaughterSidequest: Sinister needs to kill 10 mutant souls for his master. * MasterOfIllusion: The Ultimate Mastermind is less of a straight up psychic like his 616 version, and is more likely to induce illusions into people's perception. ** [[spoiler: Magician is this as well, [[RealityWarper partly]]]]. * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Jean's "Phoenix" state teeters between her being insane and having a split personality (As a power lock) and an actual cosmic deity, depending on the arc or the writer. * MeatPuppet: This is [[spoiler: Apocalypse's]] power. * MetaOrigin: [[spoiler:The mutant gene isn't evolution at work, it was artificially created in a lab. Only Wolverine's X-gene is natural.]] * MindRape: Xavier erases Magneto's mind after the first arc and has him living his life as a peaceful civilian. When it gets reverse, Magneto was very, very angry at the revelation. * TheMole: Angels gets sent into Emma Frost's school at one point. Pyro is one as well in the Mutant Liberation Front but he get ousted pretty quickly. ** [[spoiler: Bishop]] * TheMorlocks: TheMorlocks * MostCommonSuperPower: Seems to be adverted early on in the run, but once Paquette takes over, and Medina in Ultimate X / Ultimate Comics: X-Men, yowza. * MythologyGag: The Danger Room allows a few. They face off against Brood, and Wolverine calls them Alien ripoffs. Nightcrawler enjoys pirate stories, which tie into his swashbuckler 616 incarnation. ** Storm's play is called Shadowking, a villain in 616 universe. ** Jean sometimes envisions Goblins. The villainess that pushed her into becoming Phoenix in 616 Marvel was the Goblin Queen. ** Post Ultimatum, Kitty Pryde assembles a small army of mutants, who get labeled coloured teamnames. The ones we hear about are Gold and Blue, harking back to the 616 Marvel universe when the X-Men split up in the 90's. * NamesTheSame: Xavier owns a cat called Mystique [[spoiler: in an anticlimactic extra side story we're shown Emma picked the name after Mystique nearly beats Xavier up.]] * NonIndicativeName: Colossus at one point faces off against a strongman called Grizzly, and says it doesn't suit him. [[SubvertedTrope Grizzly promptly]] turns [[BalefulPolymorph a Grizzly]]. * NotSoDifferent: Both Charles and Magneto are both manipulative and petty in their own special way, and just as uncompromising in their beliefs. * NonActionGuy: Doug Ramsay is the only non-mutant at his school, he's just ''really'' smart. ** He wasn't the only non-mutant, Emma Frost was very proud of the fact that it was human-integrated. He was just the only important one. * TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The president and his boardroom are presented this way in order to disguise the fact it's supposed to be GeorgeWBush. Though one turns out to be evil (Or just trigger happy more like) he's a CanonImigrant of RealLife. ... sort to say. * OmniscientMoralityLicense: Xavier thinks he has one. * [[OutrunTheFireball Outfly The Fireball]]: Angel pulls one * PlayingBothSides: Karen * PunchClockVillain: Syndicate just wants to make a quick buck. Luckily, Xavier gives them the benefit of the doubt. * RaceLift: This did introduce Ultimate Nick Fury and made him African-American [[OlderThanTheyThink before]] [[TheUltimates he got his]] [[SamuelLJackson Samuel L. Jackson]]-[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed inspired look]]. Snowbird was also made Native-American and strangely, John Wraith went from an African-American mutant to a Caucasian human. While not quite the same thing, Doug Ramsey was made from a mutant to a human. * RealityWarper: Magician [[spoiler: Subconsciously too, as everything just works out for him the way he wants it.]] * RequiredSecondaryPowers: Colossus eventually reveals that he doesn't have them - he can turn to metal, but doesn't have the strength to move in this state. He's been taking a SuperSerum to compensate. ** Likewise Pyro who's scarred to deformity, seeing as he can't stand the heat of his own projected flames. * ResetButton: Phoenix manages to hit one [[spoiler: after Apocalypse destroys most of Manhattan]] * ReverseMole: Karen [[spoiler: who is Jean, for Xorn to Nick Fury]] * SelfMadeOrphan: Juggernaut. * ShoutOut: The big Russian at one point shouts "[[{{Rocky}} I will break you!]]" * SignificantMonogram: Jimmy Hudson in ''Ultimate X'' is pointed out to have one, as his dad is James Howlett aka Wolverine. * SinisterMinister: Reverend Stryker in this incarnation gears up on man-sized Sentinel weapons and begins to hunt mutants after Ultimatum. * SnapBack: The end of the Apocalypse arc has Phoenix leaving the planet. The next issue Jean's back in the book, and we only get a HandWave we don't want to hear the story as to ''why'' she's back. * SuicideByCop: Conjoined twins Syndicate [[spoiler: fakes his death with help from Xavier this way]]. * SuperSerum: The final pre-''Ultimatum'' storyline dealt with Banshee, a superpower granting/enhancing steroid. * SuperSpeed: Northstar and Quicksilver. * SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: As of ''Ultimate X''; Derek Morgan for Angel, Jimmy Hudson for Wolverine, and Theodore "Teddy" Allen for the Blob. ** [[spoiler:GenerationXerox: Jimmy and Teddy are both the biological sons of the characters they replace.]] * StaircaseTumble: Mister Sinister vs. Professor X. The stairs win. * StalkerWithACrush: Nightcrawler to Dazzler. * StraightGay: Colossus and Northstar. * StylisticSuck: Storm's play, 'The Shadow King'. * TakeUpMySword: Although Jean does not seem to want to do this for Xavier and the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, [[spoiler:it seems like she will do so, as Quicksilver is apparently starting a new [[BrotherhoodOfEvil Brotherhood of Mutants]], and has at least successfully recruited Theodore, Liz's brother.]] * TechnicalPacifist: Xavier. Notably, members of the X-Men regularly question his policy on this point. * TheMenInBlack: Prevalent here and there, but they're the ones keeping Colossus post Ultimatum. * ThereAreNoTherapists: You'd think the Xavier institute would have one permanently on remand considering the students that go there. ** This winds up really bad, in the case of Nightcrawler. Apparently being held captive by Weapon X left him more screwed up than everyone thought, so when [[spoiler:he snaps and kidnaps Dazzler]], everyone is shocked. * TokenEvilTeammate: Wolverine in this outing is a ''lot'' darker than regular Wolverine. [[DarkerAndEdgier And that's saying something.]] * {{Transplant}}: Firestar, aka Liz Allan from ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. Before that, Shadowcat went the other way and joined ''Spider-Man'''s cast, as did Iceman after ''Ultimate X-Men'' was canceled. Peter's death is prompting Shadowcat and Iceman to return and bring a friend: the Human Torch, who was in ''Fantastic Four'' before moving to ''Spider-Man''. * TreacherousAdvisor: Quicksilver becomes one Post-Ultimatum for the president. * TakingYouWithMe: It ''seemed'' Cable pulled this on Xavier. He didn't. It is however, played straight with [[spoiler: Gambit]]. * TerminatorTwosome: Cable and Bishop, as par for the course. [[spoiler: Subverted by Cable bringing his entire team to the past]]. * ThirdPersonPerson: Caliban is one. * TriggerHappy: Sinister. * TroubledSympatheticBigot: How much sympathy he deserves is up to you but [[spoiler: Nightcrawler can't handle Colossus being gay]]. * UltimateUniverse * {{UST}}: The series chokes on it. ** This is even commented on by Cyclops, on how the team members go from hating each other to "making out in the attic". * VillainousIncest: The Fenris twins are about as subtle about it as JephLoeb is about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in TheUltimates. * [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack We Named The Cat Mystique]] * WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original pitch by Brian K. Vaughan was very different from the final product by Mark Millar. * WhatTheHellHero: Xavier is on the receiving end of this one ''a lot''. Keeping [[spoiler: Nightcrawler alive]] after he kidnapped Dazzler was enough for her to RageQuit. * WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: InUniverse, Rogue feels this way after encountering first Warren Worthington (whose codename is [[MeaningfulName Angel]]), and Nightcrawler. It's taken to the extent that, in the Ultimate Fallout comics, she's shown recalling them as one of her "signs" that the Apocalypse is falling for the mutant race. * YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler: both of the Fenris twins]] ** [[spoiler: Matthew, the right head of Syndicate]]
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[[quoteright:330:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ultimate_x-men_4764.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:330:Same great X-Men taste, fewer continuity woes.]] A reboot of the X-Men franchise in the UltimateMarvel line of comics, it can be seen as one of the most radical reimaginings, with [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Alternate Character Interpretations]] of the mainstream 616 characters being taken as canon while other characters are given completely different backstories and characterizations. It was far less popular than its sister series ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', due to a constant rotation of artists and writers, churning out [[BloodierAndGorier ultra-violent]] storylines that went from good, to bad, to just plain weird. It was eventually canceled after a few bad story lines that culminated in the universally reviled ''{{Ultimatum}}'' event. The series lasted for 100 issues, from February, 2001 to April, 2009. After ''Ultimatum'', the series was replaced with ''Ultimate X'', where mutants that survived the tragedy were scattered, hunted, and leaderless. This new series only lasted 5 issues, from April, 2010 to August, 2011. However, the series was relaunched as Ultimate Comics: X-Men with the mutants starting to band together again after the events of Ultimate Origins revealed the secret origin of the mutant species. The new series written by Nick Spencer (MorningGlories), dealing with the fallout of this origin being revealed to the public along with the events of the Ultimate Hawkeye series. As of issue 13, Brian Wood ({{DMZ}}) takes over writing duties on the title. ----- !!This series provide examples of: * AbortedArc: After a few issues, Bishop states that in the future he and Psylocke will be married. He's killed an issue and a half later and these claims are never elaborated upon. * TheAce: Magician is more ripped than Bobby, formulates a plan to take out the Brotherhood and has enough people skills that in front of the cameras he fixes the X-Men's reputation. Within 24 hours after joining the X-Men. ** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor]] * AscendedFanBoy / HeroicWannabe: Pyro. * AllThereInTheManual: Without little bravado, Ultimate {{Hawkeye}} takes place in between issues Ultimate Comics: X-Men 7 and 8. Relatively a ''lot'' happens in that mini, so yeah. * AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Reverend Stryker[[spoiler:'s death triggers this in the Nimrod Sentinels he takes over with his mutant powers, he pulls this on the entire USA, decimating the already decreased Mutant count]] * BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Sinister]] ** [[spoiler: Twice]] * BareYourMidriff: Jean, pre Ultimatum, Storm after [[spoiler: Beast dies]] * BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Jean against Phoenix, [[spoiler: Storm against Shadow King]] * BeardOfEvil: Inverted with Magneto, who grows a beard shortly after Professor Xavier uses telepathic blocks to turn him into a normal law-abiding citizen. As soon as the blocks are removed and he reverts to his old villainous ways, he loses the beard. * BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Colossus]] after Ultimatum * BettyAndVeronica: Wolverine (Veronica, duh) and Cyclops (Betty) to Jean. [[spoiler:In the end they're both killed off.]] ** She falls for Wolverine and has sex with him first, then later on dates Cyclops. * BigBad: Magneto is irreparably evil in this version, and very difficult to thwart. [[spoiler:Ultimatum reveals that he was being manipulated by Victor Von Doom.]] ** Pietro/Quicksilver is becoming this in Ultimate X, with the support of Mystique and Sabertooth. * BewareMyStingerTail: A Morlock seen post-Ultimatum is a conjoined being of him and his brother, and his brother has become [[CuteMonster a centipede monster]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He still hugs it and loves it because it's his brother]]. * BodyHorror: Dr. Cornelius [[spoiler: inflicts this on himself so he becomes TheGrotesque, made of cancerous Wolverine DNA]] * BountyHunter: Arcade and Deadpool. * TheBrute: Juggernaut. * ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler: Phoenix, after she destroys Apocalypse]] ** TenMinuteRetirement * CallingTheOldManOut: Quicksilver to Magneto. He gets two uzis unloaded on his shins for his trouble. * CaptainErsatz: Given his backstory in this incarnation, Doug Ramsey is a younger version of [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Ken Jennings]]. ** Derek Morgan is basically Archangel as a different character, instead of Angel under the influence of Apocalypse. ** Cyclops temporarily becomes one of Superman [[spoiler: under the influence of Banshee]] * CloningBlues: [[spoiler: Wolverine gets cloned]] * CoattailRidingRelative: Initially, the Beast's parents disown him for being a mutant. Later, when the X-Men have achieved fame and (temporary) renown, they return and claim they always loved him... after they've made millions writing a book about how they lovingly raised such a wonderful young mutant. * CompellingVoice: Sinister, when he looks people straight in the eye. * CompositeCharacter: A few "Ultimate" versions of 616-X-Men are revealed as new versions of existing Ultimate characters. Specifically, ** Firestar is Liz Allan (from ''Spider-Man'') ** Cable is [[spoiler:Future Wolverine]] ** [[AlphaFlight Sasquatch]] is [[spoiler:Wolfsbane on a SuperSerum]]. ** Banshee is [[spoiler:Professor Moira [=MacTaggert=] using the Banshee serum]]. ** Ultimate Proteus (David Xavier) is a composite of 616-Proteus (Kevin [=MacTaggert=]) and Legion (David Haller). Though his powers are based on 616-Proteus, his personality is more in line with Legion, and his parentage is based on a combination of the two. ** Inverted with William Stryker as he's split into two characters. William, Sr. is based on the [[Film/X2XMenUnited movie version of Stryker]] while William, Jr. is a younger version of the SinisterMinister of the [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} classic comics]]. *** Reverend Stryker eventually shows traits of [[spoiler: Master Mold]] ** Sinister is combined with [[spoiler: Apocalypse]] * CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Fenris Corporation. * CrazyJealousGuy: Juggernaut is this to Rogue. * CurbStompBattle: Cyclops vs Wolverine. [[spoiler: Wolverine is actually the one who gets curbstomped.]] ** This is actually a rematch from a previous fight [[spoiler: that went the other way.]] * DangerouslyShortSkirt: Both Kitty and Storm sport one at one point. * DarkerAndEdgier: Oh boy * DeadPersonImpersonation: Jean, after Ultimatum. * DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler: Traske]] invokes this. * DeathIsCheap: Not as cheap as it is in the regular X-Men verse, but among those that cheat death are [[spoiler: Magneto, Sabretooth, Professor Cornelius, Yuri, Beast]] * DebutQueue: in ''Ultimate X'' * DirtyCoward: Stryfe. * DirtyOldMan: Wolverine and [[spoiler:Professor Xavier]]. ** Wolverine, at least, [[DependingOnTheArtist can look like he's only slightly older than the rest of the X-Men, making this not as obvious at times]], but most of the series Wolverine ''looks'' to be in the mid 30's to 40's range while hitting on teenaged girls. What makes this worse is that he's [[Really700YearsOld older than Xavier]]. Much, ''much'' older, and yet no one seems to call him out on this. This could be because no one thinks of him as being older, or it could be an example of DarkerAndEdgier. ** He alludes to it when [[spoiler:rejecting Storm, and when she points out that he had sex with Jean, he refers to that as a mistake. It's possible it was simply a convenient excuse, though.]] ** It's a much more obvious, and in many ways bigger, issue with [[spoiler:Xavier, having had at least two relationships in the past with ''students''; Mystique and Emma Frost, and just before the end of the series admitted to being in love with Jean Grey.]] * DoesNotLikeShoes: Both Beast, Nightcrawler and Jimmy Hudson. In the case of the two formers, at least they have an excuse that most footwear does not come in their sizes. * DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Stacy X is the leader of a minoroty group and calls them to fight them and drop their human names. Charles Xavier ([[NotSoDifferent And Magneto]]) also make codenames up to replace "Human names" ** The fact Mutants are rounded up in camps. * DroppedABridgeOnHim: Pyro's treatment in "Ultimates 3". Nearly everyone killed off in "Ultimatum" may be considered this trope as well, particularly the number of major characters killed in the big flood, Beast and Nightcrawler especially. ** Although a minor character, the worst offender in Ultimatum is probably Toad: his death is never shown nor mentioned, we never see the body and the girl he took to safety (Liz Allen, Firestar) is still alive. The only indication we have that he died is the casualty list at the end of Ultimatum #5. ** Psylocke was killed in the storyline involving Xavier's son (whose powers involve possessing people and manipulating reality, but the bodies he inhabits are destroyed from the inside out because of his power), [[spoiler:but it turned out that she survived by projecting her consciousness into another body.]] ** Beast was killed in a Sentinel attack. [[spoiler:This was a ruse; Fury borrowed him to conduct experiments on the mutant genome. He was KilledOffForReal in the Ultimatum storyline]]. * DrugsAreBad: Oh God, Banshee (Note: There's no mutant called Banshee in this comic, it's a drug) * DysfunctionJunction: Even more so then the mainstream ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, which is saying something. * EvilutionaryBiologist: Mister Sinister, with a side order of insanity. * FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Nightcrawler]] * FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Magneto]] ** As well [[spoiler: Beast, Syndicate and Magician]]. *** [[spoiler: Xavier!]] * {{Fanservice}}: All the barely legal mutant boys and girls are dressed in black leeather outfits and / or short skirts, and despite not having MostCommonSuperpower (Until Paquette takes over for pencils) they're dressed in obvious poses. * FantasticRacism: Mutants have always been a metaphor for racism, but since Ultimatum, it seems the stories are now specifically addressing the Islamophobia that became widespread after 9/11, with Magneto symbolizing OsamaBinLaden. * {{Foreshadowing}}: Oh does Colossus' sexuality get hinted at. From liking WillAndGrace, to commenting on Longshot's boots, to blatantly getting hit on by Jean-Paul. ** All of Storm's Danger Room programs. * {{Gayngst}}: A mild application with Colossus. * GentlemanThief: Gambit as usual, with Rogue along for the ride. * GeniusBruiser: Henry [=McCoy=] as usual. * {{GIRL}}: In the lead-up to ''Ultimate War'', Beast spends a lot of time corresponding with a girl on a mutant chatroom. [[spoiler: It's actually the Blob, and it doesn't end well for anyone]]. * GoodBadGirl: Dazzler * GroinAttack: A particularly vicious one during the Weapon X arc, when Sabretooth and Wolverine are fighting. Sabretooth is holding Wolverine's head under water ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy realizing that even if Wolverine heals from drowning, he'll still have suffered brain damage]]), but Wolverine's fist is very strategically placed. The ensuing ''snikt'' accompanies a great reaction shot from Sabretooth... right before Wolverine tackles him off a waterfall. * HeelFaceTurn: Toad and Rogue eventually defect to the X-Men. ** Before them; Wolverine. * HeterosexualLifePartners: Xavier and Magneto were this. [[spoiler:And how. Xavier left his wife for Magneto, which was a contributing factor to David's rampage. It would be hard not to infer that they were in a gay relationship, but Xavier says their bond was "stronger than love," which seem to rule that out.]] * HugeGuyTinyGirl: [[spoiler:Ultimate Liz Allen is the daughter of her human mother and ''the Blob''.]] * HumongousMecha: The Sentinels * IdiotBall: Held in ''Ultimate Nightmare'', where a small team goes out to find the source of a psychic signal, assumed to be a mutant in need. Wolverine is angry (well, more than usual) that [[LampshadeHanging they were too stupid to turn on the news and check what was going on]] before running off half-cocked and getting roughed up by the Ultimates for their trouble. ** Liz Allen doesn't even attempt to [[spoiler:talk her brother Teddy out of joining Pietro's new Brotherhood.]] * IJustWannaBeNormal: Rogue ** Subverted that when she's presented with a cure, she doesn't take it. * ImportantHaircut: Storm cuts her hair drastically from elegantly long to punk rock short after Beast dies. ** She lets her hair grow out after Ultimatum though. [[spoiler: But she cuts it off at the first sign of mutant uprising]] ** Jean dyes her hair black after Ultimatum, but this is also got to do with her taking up a new identity. * IntroDump: Every. Single. Character. ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Each and every one of them]]'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment are]] ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment continually]]'' referring to each other by name! Every. One. ** TWICE. Ultimate X does this for every character ''again''! [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Even the ones we know!]] * ISeeDeadPeople: Quicksilver sees his sister Wanda, [[spoiler: and his father], post Ultimatum, Rogue [[spoiler: sees Xavier]]. [[spoiler: Alex sees Scott]]. * JeopardyIntelligenceTest: Doug Ramsay got into a private school for mutants due to his smarts, exemplified by his record-breaking streak on Jeopardy!. * KarmaHoudini: Just about every member commits terrible acts over the course of the series and save for Wolverine never faces any repercussions. For example: ** Cyclops defects to the Brotherhood and takes part bombings of the British Parliament and MI6. ** Professor X and Jean frequently abuse their powers to their own ends. ** Storm even crippled someone and electrocuted a sandbox full of children (off panel.) ** Averted with Wolverine in that he not only faces retribution for the things he does but he is even held accountable for things he didn't do. For example Jean threatens him if he ever thinks of her in a sexual way again, and actually follows though with it despite the fact that she was fully compliant in their affair. * KillEmAll: Of all the Ultimate titles, ''X-Men'' got hit the hardest in ''Ultimatum''. The casualty list - which includes [[spoiler:Xavier, Cyclops, Beast, Nightcrawler, Wolverine]] - is probably longer than the list of surviving mutants. ** KilledOffForReal * LaResistance: After the Nimrod breakout, the mutants turn into this ''even more''. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Not usually, but in issue #54, where they're taking on Mojo and his reality show, there are a few instances. Apart from in-universe examples of BreakingTheFourthWall on Mojo's show, there is Dazzler staring straight forward out of the page and declaring the concept to be a "rip-off of The Running Man". * LegacyCharacter: Wolverine II, Angel II, Blob II * LoveTriangle: Jean, Scott, Wolverine as well as Kitty, Bobby, Rogue. * LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Sabretooth]] is Wolverine's [[spoiler: son]]! * TheMafiya: Colossus is first shown as muscle in the employ of the Russian Mob. ** {{Gayngster}} * MaleGaze: Paquette's pencils. ** Jimmy Hudson suffers from this with Jean. Though accidentally. * ManipulativeBastard: Charles Xavier. Though he ''claims'' he doesn't tamper with people's minds, he's shown doing as such repeatedly, especially at first. Subverted in that EVERYBODY knows he does it and question their actions, but when he's out of order, they still do what they think he would've had them do. ** Magneto as well, observe him with Polaris in his cell. * MassMonsterSlaughterSidequest: Sinister needs to kill 10 mutant souls for his master. * MasterOfIllusion: The Ultimate Mastermind is less of a straight up psychic like his 616 version, and is more likely to induce illusions into people's perception. ** [[spoiler: Magician is this as well, [[RealityWarper partly]]]]. * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Jean's "Phoenix" state teeters between her being insane and having a split personality (As a power lock) and an actual cosmic deity, depending on the arc or the writer. * MeatPuppet: This is [[spoiler: Apocalypse's]] power. * MetaOrigin: [[spoiler:The mutant gene isn't evolution at work, it was artificially created in a lab. Only Wolverine's X-gene is natural.]] * MindRape: Xavier erases Magneto's mind after the first arc and has him living his life as a peaceful civilian. When it gets reverse, Magneto was very, very angry at the revelation. * TheMole: Angels gets sent into Emma Frost's school at one point. Pyro is one as well in the Mutant Liberation Front but he get ousted pretty quickly. ** [[spoiler: Bishop]] * TheMorlocks: TheMorlocks * MostCommonSuperPower: Seems to be adverted early on in the run, but once Paquette takes over, and Medina in Ultimate X / Ultimate Comics: X-Men, yowza. * MythologyGag: The Danger Room allows a few. They face off against Brood, and Wolverine calls them Alien ripoffs. Nightcrawler enjoys pirate stories, which tie into his swashbuckler 616 incarnation. ** Storm's play is called Shadowking, a villain in 616 universe. ** Jean sometimes envisions Goblins. The villainess that pushed her into becoming Phoenix in 616 Marvel was the Goblin Queen. ** Post Ultimatum, Kitty Pryde assembles a small army of mutants, who get labeled coloured teamnames. The ones we hear about are Gold and Blue, harking back to the 616 Marvel universe when the X-Men split up in the 90's. * NamesTheSame: Xavier owns a cat called Mystique [[spoiler: in an anticlimactic extra side story we're shown Emma picked the name after Mystique nearly beats Xavier up.]] * NonIndicativeName: Colossus at one point faces off against a strongman called Grizzly, and says it doesn't suit him. [[SubvertedTrope Grizzly promptly]] turns [[BalefulPolymorph a Grizzly]]. * NotSoDifferent: Both Charles and Magneto are both manipulative and petty in their own special way, and just as uncompromising in their beliefs. * NonActionGuy: Doug Ramsay is the only non-mutant at his school, he's just ''really'' smart. ** He wasn't the only non-mutant, Emma Frost was very proud of the fact that it was human-integrated. He was just the only important one. * TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The president and his boardroom are presented this way in order to disguise the fact it's supposed to be GeorgeWBush. Though one turns out to be evil (Or just trigger happy more like) he's a CanonImigrant of RealLife. ... sort to say. * OmniscientMoralityLicense: Xavier thinks he has one. * [[OutrunTheFireball Outfly The Fireball]]: Angel pulls one * PlayingBothSides: Karen * PunchClockVillain: Syndicate just wants to make a quick buck. Luckily, Xavier gives them the benefit of the doubt. * RaceLift: This did introduce Ultimate Nick Fury and made him African-American [[OlderThanTheyThink before]] [[TheUltimates he got his]] [[SamuelLJackson Samuel L. Jackson]]-[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed inspired look]]. Snowbird was also made Native-American and strangely, John Wraith went from an African-American mutant to a Caucasian human. While not quite the same thing, Doug Ramsey was made from a mutant to a human. * RealityWarper: Magician [[spoiler: Subconsciously too, as everything just works out for him the way he wants it.]] * RequiredSecondaryPowers: Colossus eventually reveals that he doesn't have them - he can turn to metal, but doesn't have the strength to move in this state. He's been taking a SuperSerum to compensate. ** Likewise Pyro who's scarred to deformity, seeing as he can't stand the heat of his own projected flames. * ResetButton: Phoenix manages to hit one [[spoiler: after Apocalypse destroys most of Manhattan]] * ReverseMole: Karen [[spoiler: who is Jean, for Xorn to Nick Fury]] * SelfMadeOrphan: Juggernaut. * ShoutOut: The big Russian at one point shouts "[[{{Rocky}} I will break you!]]" * SignificantMonogram: Jimmy Hudson in ''Ultimate X'' is pointed out to have one, as his dad is James Howlett aka Wolverine. * SinisterMinister: Reverend Stryker in this incarnation gears up on man-sized Sentinel weapons and begins to hunt mutants after Ultimatum. * SnapBack: The end of the Apocalypse arc has Phoenix leaving the planet. The next issue Jean's back in the book, and we only get a HandWave we don't want to hear the story as to ''why'' she's back. * SuicideByCop: Conjoined twins Syndicate [[spoiler: fakes his death with help from Xavier this way]]. * SuperSerum: The final pre-''Ultimatum'' storyline dealt with Banshee, a superpower granting/enhancing steroid. * SuperSpeed: Northstar and Quicksilver. * SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: As of ''Ultimate X''; Derek Morgan for Angel, Jimmy Hudson for Wolverine, and Theodore "Teddy" Allen for the Blob. ** [[spoiler:GenerationXerox: Jimmy and Teddy are both the biological sons of the characters they replace.]] * StaircaseTumble: Mister Sinister vs. Professor X. The stairs win. * StalkerWithACrush: Nightcrawler to Dazzler. * StraightGay: Colossus and Northstar. * StylisticSuck: Storm's play, 'The Shadow King'. * TakeUpMySword: Although Jean does not seem to want to do this for Xavier and the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, [[spoiler:it seems like she will do so, as Quicksilver is apparently starting a new [[BrotherhoodOfEvil Brotherhood of Mutants]], and has at least successfully recruited Theodore, Liz's brother.]] * TechnicalPacifist: Xavier. Notably, members of the X-Men regularly question his policy on this point. * TheMenInBlack: Prevalent here and there, but they're the ones keeping Colossus post Ultimatum. * ThereAreNoTherapists: You'd think the Xavier institute would have one permanently on remand considering the students that go there. ** This winds up really bad, in the case of Nightcrawler. Apparently being held captive by Weapon X left him more screwed up than everyone thought, so when [[spoiler:he snaps and kidnaps Dazzler]], everyone is shocked. * TokenEvilTeammate: Wolverine in this outing is a ''lot'' darker than regular Wolverine. [[DarkerAndEdgier And that's saying something.]] * {{Transplant}}: Firestar, aka Liz Allan from ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. Before that, Shadowcat went the other way and joined ''Spider-Man'''s cast, as did Iceman after ''Ultimate X-Men'' was canceled. Peter's death is prompting Shadowcat and Iceman to return and bring a friend: the Human Torch, who was in ''Fantastic Four'' before moving to ''Spider-Man''. * TreacherousAdvisor: Quicksilver becomes one Post-Ultimatum for the president. * TakingYouWithMe: It ''seemed'' Cable pulled this on Xavier. He didn't. It is however, played straight with [[spoiler: Gambit]]. * TerminatorTwosome: Cable and Bishop, as par for the course. [[spoiler: Subverted by Cable bringing his entire team to the past]]. * ThirdPersonPerson: Caliban is one. * TriggerHappy: Sinister. * TroubledSympatheticBigot: How much sympathy he deserves is up to you but [[spoiler: Nightcrawler can't handle Colossus being gay]]. * UltimateUniverse * {{UST}}: The series chokes on it. ** This is even commented on by Cyclops, on how the team members go from hating each other to "making out in the attic". * VillainousIncest: The Fenris twins are about as subtle about it as JephLoeb is about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in TheUltimates. * [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack We Named The Cat Mystique]] * WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original pitch by Brian K. Vaughan was very different from the final product by Mark Millar. * WhatTheHellHero: Xavier is on the receiving end of this one ''a lot''. Keeping [[spoiler: Nightcrawler alive]] after he kidnapped Dazzler was enough for her to RageQuit. * WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: InUniverse, Rogue feels this way after encountering first Warren Worthington (whose codename is [[MeaningfulName Angel]]), and Nightcrawler. It's taken to the extent that, in the Ultimate Fallout comics, she's shown recalling them as one of her "signs" that the Apocalypse is falling for the mutant race. * YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler: both of the Fenris twins]] ** [[spoiler: Matthew, the right head of Syndicate]][[redirect:ComicBook/UltimateXMen]]
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** Subverted that when she's presented with a cure, she doesn't take it.
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* LaResistance: After the Nimrod breakout, the mutants turn into this ''even more''.

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** Post Ultimatum, Kitty Pryde assembles a small army of mutants, who get labeled coloured teamnames. The ones we hear about are Gold and Blue, harking back to the 616 Marvel universe when the X-Men split up in the 90's.
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* ISeeDeadPeople: Quicksilver sees his sister Wanda, [[spoiler: and his father], post Ultimatum, Rogue [[spoiler: sees Xavier]]
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* BewareMyStingerTail: A Morlock seen post-Ultimatum is a conjoined being of him and his brother, and his brother has become [[CuteMonster a centipede monster]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He still hugs it and loves it because it's his brother]].
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*** Reverend Stryker eventually shows traits of [[spoiler: Master Mold]]
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