In the future, AutomatedAutomobiles are used by people to get around. Unfortunately, the cars end up going [[AIIsACrapshoot haywire at times]]...

And that's when the eponymous force comes in.

''éX-Driver'' (often abbreviated simply to ''éX-D'') is a six-episode {{OVA}} series created by Creator/KosukeFujishima (''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'', ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', ''Anime/{{Piano}}'') and animated by Creator/{{Actas}}, Creator/ALine and Creator/{{Xebec}}, released early in the TurnOfTheMillennium (whether it was 2000 or 2001, however, is a matter of debate between the [=OVAs=] and the internet). The series focused around three teens (Lisa Sakakino, Lorna Endou and Souichi Sugano) and their attempt to corral the out-of-control vehicles using manually-driven ones.

Had a movie in 2002, filled with ConspicuousCG.


* AIIsACrapshoot: Pretty much the whole point of the series.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Lisa has a slightly darker complexion than her teammates.
* ArtEvolution: Inverted somewhat; the first episode is more detailed than the others. Played straight with the movie.
* AuthorAppeal: This is Kosuke Fujishima we're talking about here...
* AutomatedAutomobiles: They technically serve as villains for the first four episodes, despite only malfunctioning (they do endanger the lives of bystanders and the people inside, even if unintentionally).
* BadassDriver
* BareYourMidriff: Lisa
* BeachEpisode: Episode 5, subverted in that it never happens for different reasons.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' dare tell Lisa that Souichi's a better driver.
* BikerBabe: Rei
* ButtMonkey: Lisa.
* ConspicuousCG: The Movie and ''Danger Zone''. Episodes 3 and 5 also contain some CG (albeit through computer displays).
* CoolCar: An obvious trope.
* CoolBike: Rei's Ducati 900 SS
* DarkerAndEdgier: Episodes 5 and 6, in which a former éX-Driver and his crew try to ''kill'' the three heroes (they only manage to injure two of them though). The Movie also.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Largely intentional for the job. Lisa does play this straight on numerous occasions though. As do the AI cars when malfunctioning. Ditto the rivals in episodes 5 and 6.
* {{Eagleland}}: Appears in the movie as a mix between a Type 2 and a Mixed Flavor (mostly the former).
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Averted, when cars crash, they don't explode. The AI cars that do were rigged.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies[=/=]GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Nina's workspace (and later revealed in ''Danger Zone'', her apartment) has dozens of plushies.
* {{Expy}}: To an extent, Lisa and Lorna resemble the designs of [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Chihiro and Urd]].
* FingerlessGloves: Standard equipment for an éX-Driver.
* FreeRangeChildren: Their parents are never seen, but more than likely know about this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Episode 4 has innuendos galore.
** It's also implied that motorcycle repair equals sex.
* JAMProject: Provided most of the music, it was one of their earlier projects.
* LimitedWardrobe: Played with. The main team have several outfits while all supporting cast members are only seen in one outfit.
* MerchandiseDriven: Not to the extent of a more popular anime like ''DragonBall'' per se (nor was anything ever advertised within). But the series did have its fair share, including coffee mugs, art books, model kits and {{CD}}s.
* ModelPlanning: A quick glimpse of this can be seen as part of a montage in episode 3.
* MotorcycleOnTheCoastRoad: Episode 4 ends with this.
* TheMovie
* NoseBleed: Episode 4, after Souichi looks at a naked Rei (in the bathroom, of all places). He also went unconscious.
* OffModel: The designs take a slight decline between the first episode and the second episode on.
* ShoutOut: The AI Cars have a singular red eye, akin to that of [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Hal 9000]].
** ''Film/{{Duel}}'' gets this treatment twice - Once in episode six, and again in the movie.
* ShowerScene: Episode 4, PlayedForLaughs.
* StuffBlowingUp: Occurs in episode 5, The Movie and the Mini-Movie (with AI controlled vehicles).
* {{Tsundere}}: Lisa.
* TurnOfTheMillennium: Released sometime after [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]]-2001 (which may explain the AI is a Crapshoot trope above).
* UniversalDriversLicense: This might be one of the reasons that allows anyone (even as a child/early teen) to become an éX-Driver (the other being the ability to actually operate a manually controlled vehicle).
* WomenDrivers: Averted, as two-thirds of the main cast are female. Also, there are other female éX-Drivers, as the movie confirms.