'''''X-Factor''''' started as an ''ComicBook/XMen'' spinoff in the [[TheEighties 1980s]], starting specifically in early 1986. Around that time, Xavier was heading into space to be with his love Lilandra, who just happened to be the Empress of the galactic Shi'ar Empire. They and the X-Men were on pretty good terms, particularly after they saved both the Empire and the Universe from the previous Shi'ar Emperor.

''And'', in addition to all that, it just so happened that SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} was recently [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor trying to turn a new leaf.]] Oh, and it ''also'' just so happened... that Jean Grey had not died a few years before. And ''finally'', Beast, Angel, and Iceman had recently joined a a [[{{Retool}} brand-spankin' new version]] of ComicBook/TheDefenders. This didn't last long, and it ended with everyone except for the aforementioned three being killed off. [[UnexplainedRecovery Don't worry, they]] [[DeathisCheap got better]]. So now, those three characters were free game for ''other'' projects.

So... here's what all of this resulted in; Charles Xavier decided to go into space to be with Lilandra, and put the recently reformed Magneto in charge, in his stead. However, Cyclops had a problem with that, what with, you know... Magneto previously being the X-Men's deadly {{Archenemy}} and all. So, Cyclops reunited with Iceman, Angel, The Beast, and Jean Grey (notice it's the original X-Men lineup), after learning of how she was now alive again. The group dedicated themselves to continuing Charles Xavier's dream.

... And if you want even ''more'' details, just go to TheOtherWiki.

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After they rejoined the expanded team of X-Men, the title shifted to a new, government-sanctioned team of mutants, most notable turning for CListFodder like Jamie Madrox into [[AscendedExtra ascended extras]]. That series was cancelled in 1998, and seven years later Marvel launched a new series with Madrox as the lead character of a new X-Factor series, where most of the old team and some new members become private investigators.

Technically, there have been three ''X-Factor'' series so far: one about the mutant superhero team, which started in 1986; a mostly unrelated series about FBI agents in the same universe, and one about the mutant detective team, which started in 2006. However, after Creator/PeterDavid took over the original series, the roster and style of the series was so different from what came before it that it was basically a separate series. So this page refers to three separate ''X-Factor'' series, meaning the original, starring the five original X-Men as mutants ''pretending'' to be CapeBusters; the second era of that same title, which began with PAD taking over and continued with several other writers, starring CListFodder as mutants openly working for the government; and the new series, also written by PAD but with an adversarial relationship with the government and more FilmNoir elements than most superhero comics. (And then the new series resumed the numbering of the old series, meaning that the series is considered to go 1-70 (original X-Men), 71-149 (government team), 1-50 (detectives), then 200-the present (still detectives).) The series concluded in late 2013.

In January 2014, Marvel launched ''All New X-Factor''. They're a corporate superteam now, with Polaris as their leader. Gambit and Quicksilver joined in the first issue. Their bankroller is Harrison Snow of Serval Industries. [=PAD=] is still writing.

Has nothing to do with the [[Series/TheXFactor reality series]].

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[[folder:Original X-Factor]]
!!The first series provides examples of the following tropes:
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[[caption-width-right:250:Same old X-Men, fresh new flavor.]]

* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Wolfsbane when she was a member. It should be noted that, while Beast was also one of the founding members, he is more of a BeastMan than an ATS since he doesn't take after one particular animal or another.
* BatFamilyCrossover: "Inferno", "The Xtinction Agenda", and "The Muir Island Saga", the last of which led directly to the major lineup changes.
* BigBad: Apocalypse
* {{Brainwashed}}: Even though Warren had willingly agreed to serve Apocalypse in exchange for new wings (bear in mind he was [[DrivenToSuicide borderline suicidal at the time]], and everyone thought he ''was'' dead), Apocalypse still programmed him to be loyal. It wasn't thorough enough, though, and Warren rejoined X-Factor.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Havok during part of the "Inferno" storyline.
* CapeBusters: When they first started using the name X-Factor, the team pretended to be normal humans who captured mutants as an excuse to recruit young mutants to train.
* TheChessmaster: Cameron Hodge
* CloningBlues: Jean learns to deal with two beings copying her body. Madelyne, meanwhile, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation couldn't cope with the revelation]] of ''being'' a clone.
* EvilCostumeSwitch:
** Havok when he becomes the Goblin Prince to Madelyne Pryor (although the switch in question is really just his old suit reduced [[ShirtlessScene to tatters]] to match Madelyne's [[MsFanservice skimpy outfit]]).
** Angel, as Death of the Four Horsemen (he kept his costume after returning to X-Factor and becoming Archangel).
** Caliban, as a willing servant of Apocalypse.
* FaceHeelTurn:
** Angel (see {{Brainwashed}} above); Caliban (willingly); Madelyne Pryor (see CloningBlues); Havok (see BrainwashedAndCrazy). Angel/Archangel and Havok [[HeelFaceTurn came back, though]].
** Havok ''again'', during "[[BatFamilyCrossover The Xtinction Agenda]]"; this time convinced he was a Genoshan hunter. [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor He got better, again.]]
* FiveManBand
* {{Flashback}}: A really clumsy one in the first issue, with an even clumsier justification for it.
* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers: Nanny and Orphan-Maker
* TheLittleBlackDress: Jean wears one in the first issue, and in the three issue arc where she buys her fur coat.
* LosingYourHead: Memo to Cameron Hodge: don't kill the girlfriend of the guy with brand-new razor-sharp wings after you've already betrayed his team and ruined his life. Though, to Hodge's credit, [[DealWithTheDevil he did plan ahead]]...
* TheMenInBlack: The team's cover story at first was as an organization like this.
* PrettyInMink: Jean wears a white fur coat in issue #53, and some background ladies would occasionally wear fur.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Jean gets the original team together to find a way to help mutants again (unfortunately Cameron Hodge takes advantage of that, among other things).
* RedHeadedHero: Jean of course
* RetCon: How Jean was brought back. But unlike ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', this didn't actually contradict any of the past events in the stories (although the later rehash "Endsong" would contradict events from the "Dark Phoenix Saga").
* SpinOff
* SnowballFight: #53: [[MundaneUtility Superpowers style]], with Jean even calling herself [[WinterRoyalLady "The Queen of the Icy North!"]].
* [[TonightSomeoneKisses Tonight Someone Proposes]]: Issue #53.
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[[folder:X-Factor 1990s]]
!!The second series provides examples of the following tropes:
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[[caption-width-right:250:Welcome to the Nineties...]]

* AscendedExtra: On the second team, Multiple Man and especially Strong Guy, who had little personality and neither a codename nor a ''last name'' before joining.
* BatFamilyCrossover: Often lampshaded, as the cast usually doesn't fit in with the ComicBook/XMen's tendencies toward DarkerAndEdgier and {{Wangst}}. Doc Samson comments that they're "refreshingly normal" for a mutant team, and Strong Guy's wisecracking during the otherwise grim X-Cutioner's Song crossover leads Havok to say, "stop it, you're embarrassing me." During the Phalanx Covenant crossover, Strong Guy comments on how he hasn't even met most of the roster of the other X-Books.
* CatchPhrase: The initial government lineup tended to say "cripes" a lot. Then there's Strong Guy's made-up insult, "blork", his politically correct term for mutants "geecees" (short for "genetically challenged"), frequently threatening "I'll defenestrate 'em" when a villain does something [[KickTheDog offensive]], and several instances where someone responds to "nobody move!" with, "mind if I scratch my nose?"
* DeadlyRotaryFan: Rick Chalker attempts to use [[{{Cyborg}} rotors grafted in place of his hands]] as weapons, extremely incompetently.
* DeadpanSnarker: ''Everyone'' on the initial government lineup cracks wise, and ''three'' characters served as Designated Joker: Madrox, Strong Guy and {{Quicksilver}}. When their government liaison is unexpectedly teleported in, Strong Guy quips, "oh, good, the comic relief is here."
* FunPersonified: Madrox got a little more serious after discovering his duplicates are alive, and Strong Guy got a little DarkerAndEdgier after revealing a DarkAndTroubledPast and suffering a massive heart attack, but both of them actually ''cope'' with their pain through humor.
* GeniusBruiser: Strong Guy was a nerdy, grade A-student at junior high.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: more of a reference really, but one issue revealed that the team's government liaison, Val Cooper, really envied her brother the FBI agent, who gets really cool cases:
-->'''Cooper:''' ...like one time, they found this girl. [[Series/TwinPeaks she was dead,]] [[MemeticMutation wrapped in plastic...]]
* MesACrowd: Madrox's mutant power.
* MundaneUtility:
** Jamie constantly uses his dupes like this, sending them out to learn and explore the world, creating them on the other side of locked doors, playing duets on piano (pity the only song he knows is "Chopsticks") and the above super-babysitting example.
** Quicksilver is shown reading books at super-speed, and everyone takes a crack at prying a stubborn lid off a jar of mayo, but even Polaris's magnetic powers and Havok's plasma blasts are useless.
* PrettyInMink: Lorna wore a fur-trimmed coat or two.
* PunchClockVillain: Random, a bounty hunter, is wreaking havoc in downtown Washington, D.C. because he's chasing a bounty. X-Factor arrives and defeats him, by paying him *more* than the bounty was worth.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The 3 Chalker brothers' individual attempts to avenge each other's deaths as well as their combined vendetta once they were resurrected by a demon.
* ShoutOut: This book was written by Creator/PeterDavid. In the early nineties. [[SignatureStyle An abundance of pop cultural references were inevitable]]. See right below for one of many examples:
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Valerie Cooper, X-Factor's human government liaison, is buried in a ton of paperwork. [[Series/{{Blackadder}} Baldrick]], her assistant says to deal with the paperwork, [[ShoutOut "I have a cunning plan."]] After Valerie goes on about how Balrick wouldn't know a cunning plan if it bit him in the arse says, "You don't suppose they'd know it if we burned it all." Baldrick admits this was his cunning plan.
-->"You ask me, I blame society."
* TonightSomeoneDies: Madrox, although [[UnexplainedRecovery he obviously got better]].
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The "power" of Vague from the aforementioned Hell's Belles was that she was ''transparent''. Not even invisible. Just transparent.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lorna's green hair.
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[[folder:X-Factor Noir (2000s)]]
!!The third series provides examples of the following tropes:
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[[caption-width-right:300:Re-tooled [[DorkAge Nineties]] as gritty noir.]]

* AffablyEvil: The elderly Doctor Doom is amazingly polite, by Doom's standards at least, toward Madrox and Layla. [[spoiler:Until his [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder inevitable betrayal]].]]
* AllGaysLoveTheater: Lampshaded when Rictor refuses to watch musicals with his TV-obsessed boyfriend, Shatterstar, because he "doesn't want to be stereotypical". Shatterstar asks Rahne about this, but she just says [[BlatantLies has no idea what he meant.]]
* AmicableExes: Longshot and [[{{ComicBook/Dazzler}} Dazzler]].
* AnythingThatMoves: Shatterstar. PAD has stated he's become "sexually curious about anything with a pulse", taking a cue from ''Torchwood'''s Captain Jack Harkness. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] when Rictor starts thinking he doesn't care about their relationship.
* AscendedExtra: Same as in the second series. Monet was the AlphaBitch of an X-Men spinoff series that was cancelled years before, Rictor was CListFodder who had lost his powers in a {{Crisis Crossover}}, Shatterstar is a {{Continuity Snarl}} {{NinetiesAntiHero}}, Siryn is a {{Distaff Counterpart}} of her father and Layla was a MacGuffinGirl in a CrisisCrossover. It seems like Peter David's whole plan whenever he writes series named X-Factor is to create as many examples of this trope as possible. And it is glorious.
* AscendedFanboy: Jamie Madrox keeps attempting to treat his Mutant adventures as Noir Detective novels. Usually, he fails miserably.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Layla's mutant power. [[spoiler:She can bring people back from the dead!... unfortunately, they no longer have a soul and as such, always CameBackWrong.]]
** Shatterstar's powers would be this ANYWHERE but X-Factor, since he requires one of three teammates as a psychic anchor to teleport and both the teleporting and his "sword energy blast things" need about as much recovery time as a [[Franchise/DragonBall Super Saiyan]].
* BadFuture: Bishop's Future shows up, when one of Madrox's dupes is sent there. The government is oppressive, several major cities are outright abandoned, Mutants are practically extinct, and the few left are put in camps guarded by [[KillerRobot sentinels]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking to Madrox's horror]] no-one has flight rings or [[IWantMyJetpack jetpacks]], or even heard of [[Franchise/PinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]].
-->'''Madrox''': "The future sucks."
* BadassLongcoat:
** Madrox seems to prefer one of these.
** Shatterstar wore one when he first showed back up, but has since switched to a shorter jacket.
* BadassNormal: Rictor, who lost his powers in the Decimation. Creator/PeterDavid describes him as the "moody former mutant who believes he's useless and yet keeps happening to save the day." [[spoiler:As of Avengers: Children's Crusade #6, he officially has been repowered by the Scarlet Witch herself. Creator/PeterDavid has stated on his blog that he will not be reversing it.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Guido and Darwin.
* BeardOfSorrow: Jamie grows one, after he [[spoiler:accidentally absorbs his newborn son]].
* BeenThereShapedHistory: More recent than most, but according to Monet, she had a part in the Marvel universe's versions of Creator/BradPitt and Creator/AngelinaJolie getting together.
** Layla helps start the Summers Rebellion, meaning she has a part in Bishop's origins. [[spoiler: And since she's responsible for Trevor Fitzroy's StartOfDarkness, she's also indirectly responsible for Emma Frost's HeelFaceTurn.]]
* BerserkButton:
** Don't mess with Monet's mind. Just...don't.
** Trying to hurt anyone who Shatterstar sees as a teammate is a ''very'' bad idea, unless you fancy having two feet of sharp metal shoved through your abdomen. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Double this]] if you're threatening his boyfriend.
** Lately, it's become a bad idea to threaten Monet whenever Darwin's around, even if she's very capable of taking care of herself.
* BettyAndVeronica:
** Monet and Siryn. In fact, Monet is actually called Veronica Lodge at one point.
** Shatterstar and Wolfsbane. It doesn't help that [[spoiler: Rictor thinks he's the Baby Daddy and has previously stated he believes in having a ShotgunWedding]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Darwin is normally the nice, quiet guy on the team. But when he finally gets angry? Yeah, you're pretty screwed.
* BigBad: Tryp is this for the initial storyline. [[spoiler:And for the Cortex arc as well.]]
* BodyHorror:
** Darwin. His powers will transform him into whatever is necessary to survive -- shoot his head off, and he'll grow a head from his torso, drop wreckage on him and he'll become an oozing mass.
** Mutant Town was filled with plenty of examples, especially of former mutants that still had their physical deformities.
* BoldlyComing: Heroics aside, Longshot's main contributions to Earth are making a LOT of women happy. Sometimes repeatedly.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Guido at first, but it gets fixed. Shatterstar and Monet later on, courtesy of [[spoiler: Cortex.]]
* BrainyBrunette: Monet and Rictor. Madrox might also count.
* BuryYourGays: Averted. WordOfGod has explicitly stated that killing either Rictor or Shatterstar would be too obvious, and he'd rather find more [[AnythingThatMoves interesting]] ways of creating angst.
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler:Layla's mutant power does this. Trevor Fitzroy was originally a hero and prominent member of the Summer's Rebellion before Layla was forced to raise him from the dead. The resurrection transformed him into a soulless monster who would go on to murder Bishop's sister and travel back in time to murder the Hellions.]] As of issue #218, [[spoiler:Guido. Again, thanks to Layla]].
* CasanovaWannabe: Pip the Troll.
* CatchPhrase / PhraseCatcher: Layla Miller. She knows stuff.
* ChivalrousPervert: Longshot
* CivvieSpandex: Jamie Madrox
* CListFodder: Somewhere between this and AscendedExtra for almost all the team. Best demonstrated in ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk: X-Men'', where Hulk comments that the battle was becoming ridiculous as he didn't even know who the members of X-Factor ''were''.
* ContinuityNod: Mention is made of Havok being a 'Nexus Being', meaning he's connected to every other version of himself in the {{Multiverse}}, as was established in {{ComicBook/Exiles}}.
* CreepyChild:
** Layla Miller. [[spoiler:Not anymore though: she was stranded in the future, and returned as an adult.]]
** The team also regards [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Valeria Richards]] as quite creepy, remarking on her similarity to Layla.
* CureYourGays: [[spoiler:Rahne believes Rictor is only in a relationship with Shatterstar because he's been brainwashed, or something similar. When confronted on this by an irate Rictor, she realises how silly it sounds.]]
* {{Cyborg}}: Cortex is this.
* DeceptiveLegacy: A supervillain behaves heroically for the sake of his son, whose mother told him that his dad is a superhero.
* DependingOnTheArtist:
** Monet's skin colour. (Though this might be more of a RaceLift.)
** Also true for Darwin.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Shatterstar, teaching himself to drive in a stolen vehicle. He isn't BAD, per se, but he drives in the middle of the road and thinks the brake is "useless" because it makes them slow down. No-one is surprised when he crashes several pages later. Terry's reaction causes this to double as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* DumbBlonde: Longshot. Subverted with Layla.
* EarAche: What happens when Siryn uses the phone while flying.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Played with.
** Guido: CameBackWrong thanks to Layla. Murdered Rahne's son. Is now a lord of Hell.
** Darwin: Gone walkabout after having to evolve to survive an attack from Hela made him sort of a death god wannabe.
** DarkhorseVictory: Guido in the penultimate arc, The Hell On Earth War. [[spoiler: While everyone else is busy fighting everyone else, and thus aren't paying much to attention to him, Guido stabs Tyre -- Wolfsbane's son -- and in doing so, becomes the new Lord of all the Hells. ''All'' the hells.]] And as of this writing and the now-current Thunderbolts run, this victory seems to have stuck.
** Rahne: Son murdered by Guido. Has left the hero game to become a minister.
** Monet: Brought back from the dead by Guido thanks to his Hell lord powers. Having a little trouble coping with it.
** Rictor and Shatterstar: Last seen on Mojoworld, working to ensure that Shatterstar's [[StableTimeLoop past]] plays out correctly.
** Terry: [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended to goddesshood]].
** Lorna: Dumped by her boyfriend. Team scattered to the four winds after the Hell war. Got drunk. Tried to shoot her brother. Bailed out of jail by Harrison Snow and became leader of the new corporate-sponsored X-Factor.
** Jamie and Layla: Living happily ever after on Jamie's farm after The Morrigan (formerly Terry), cured Jamie's having been transformed into a demon. They're expecting their first child.
* EnfantTerrible: Rahne's son may be one of these. Especially when he [[spoiler: [[KillerRabbit disembowels someone]] moments after being born.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Longshot, and to a lesser extent Shatterstar.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Terry, with her sexy hypnosis voice.
* FieryRedhead: Terry, Rahne, and Shatterstar.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Rictor (accidentally) gets temporary use of Quicksilver's [[GreenRocks Terrigen crystals]].
* ForTheEvulz: Terry uses a her hypnotic voice to make a concert-goer at a hate rally go and buy the most expensive rug he can find. Monet approves of this, and neither of them feel slightly guilty for it.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Rictor seems to exclusively date violent redheads. Terry has hooked up with both Jamie and later [[spoiler: Deadpool]].
* HopeSpot: Rahne finds her son, Tier, and vows to look after him. [[spoiler: Cue Hell on Earth, and Guido killing him to rule Hell.]]
* HumansAreMorons: The general crux of a lecture Doctor Doom gives to Madrox, as to why the government hates and fears Mutants, yet gladly give people like Doom free reign.
* IDieFree: Bolivar Trask, during the Second Coming crossover, after Monet frees him from Bastion's control.
* IHaveNoSon: Rahne's response to her son after he violently attacked her attacker after coming out of her mouth.
* ImmortalAssassin: Cortex seems like this. He shrugs off getting punched through the chest by [[FlyingBrick Monet]], recovers instantly from getting dropped down an elevator shaft, [[AnArmAndALeg getting his arm chopped off]] just annoys him. About the only person that can threaten him is Trevor Fitzroy, which is why he takes him out instantly. [[spoiler: Then Layla brings him back.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: Jamie eventually decides to kill himself [[spoiler:after absorbing his son. But just when he's about to do it, Layla returns from the future, and takes him with her.]]
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: In Bishop's future, JFK Airport has been renamed BHO Airport.
* ItAmusedMe: An elderly Doctor Doom's reason for [[spoiler:assisting Tryp and Falcone in creating Cortex.]]
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Darwin has this complaint when bits of [[KillerRobot sentinel]] fall on him.
-->'''Darwin''': "Join X-Factor, she said. We're low-key. No giant robots..."
* KickTheDog: At the start of Day 5 of "[[BreakingTheFellowship Breaking Points]]", Madrox explodes at Havoc over the departures of roughly half the team, eventually asking him "[[spoiler:[[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen Isn't there a beloved teacher you should be killing?]]]]".
* LargeHam: Jamie Madrox, especially early in the series when he hasn't grown up as much. Shatterstar. Rictor, when he's undercover. In fact, everyone on the team has probably had a LargeHam moment at one point or another.
** This is how Jamie knows when Guido is [[BadLiar lying]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Dr. Anthony Falcone's parents were supposedly killed in a "mutant-related incident" when he was a child. This left him with a fanatical (even by the standards of his timeline) hatred of mutants. He would eventually institute an elaborate and convoluted plot (involving TimeTravel) to wipe out mutantkind. But in attempting to suck all the mutants into the time vortex, it turns out [[spoiler: that ''he'' and his giant sentinel robots get sucked into his own past, crashing into his childhood home and killing his parents. He was really the one responsible for their deaths all along]].
* MrFanservice: Shatterstar
* MsFanservice: Monet
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: In the third series and the miniseries preceding it, Jamie explained that for the past several years (after the end of the previous series, apparently) Jamie has been sending out dupes to lead independent lives. When they return to him and he reabsorbs them, he gets all their knowledge and skills, such as martial arts, lockpicking and lawyering. Additionally, both the Madrox mini and some early X-Factor issues make a big deal out of how Jamie has to absorb his dupes before they die, or else lose their memories. Dead dupes get the ability to be absorbed automatically right around the time Jamie needs to send some into potential future time-lines.
* NoodleIncident: Lorna mentions she had a psychotic episode at a Comicon once, but doesn't elaborate.
** Whatever happened to Shatterstar before he reappeared.
* NotWearingTights: Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Rictor.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Get Siryn mad enough, and this starts to happen.
* OracularUrchin: Layla Miller. She knows stuff.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: [[ObliviousToLove Monet]] starts flirting with Darwin. As it turns out, she's [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy]].
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane.
* PortalCut: Happens to an alternate version of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] at one point.
* PrecociousCrush: In a way. Layla didn't act like she had a crush on Jamie Madrox, but several times told him, that they eventually going to get married. [[spoiler:After she got a PlotRelevantAgeUp, this indeed happened.]]
* PregnantBadass: Terry. And Rahne. Don't count on what you think a hormonal WMD will do, indeed.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: And how...
* RedHerring: Early in the series (Prior to ''ComicBook/CivilWar'') we see that [[spoiler:Wolfsbane will kill Madrox & Layla on their wedding night]]. Fast forward to 2011, and it turns out [[spoiler:that it's actually Rahne's daughter who can morph into any wolf form, including her mother's. Oh, and that it doesn't take place on Earth-616, either]].
* ReforgedIntoAMinion: [[spoiler: What happened to the second dupe Madrox sent into the future.]]
* RelationshipReveal: Rictor and Shatterstar, after years of subtext, finally got that on-panel kiss. After issues of dealing with an unrelated crossover, they finally score their second on panel kiss, and eventually [[spoiler: their first on panel love scene. Well, almost anyway. A certain wolf had to just show up and accidentally ruin it for the poor guys.]]
* {{Retgone}}: What Tryp and Falcone try to do to members of the Summers Rebellion, by killing their ancestors via TimeTravel. Interestingly, the fact that people are disappearing is noticed.
* TheReveal: Cortex is [[spoiler:one of Madrox's dupes.]]
* ScienceFantasy: Keeping in mind that the protagonists are {{Mutants}}, whose super powers have a scientific, genetic basis (if in a HollywoodEvolution sort of way). But many of their antagonists, especially later in the series, are [[FunctionalMagic fully supernatural]] beings.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Havok eventually gets fed up with everything that's happened and leaves.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Falcone thinks that he's doing this with [[FinalSolution Operation: Clean Sweep]].
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Layla, [[spoiler:after her trip to the future resulted in her returning to the present an attractive young woman instead of the tweenager that left.]]
* SlapSlapKiss: Rictor and Rahne. Madrox and [[spoiler:Layla]].
* StableTimeLoop: Forms various subplots within the series, which is not surprising given the amount of TimeTravel involved.
** Jamie and Layla get caught up in this, Layla in particular.
** Doctor Anthony Falcone attempts to overcome the normal laws of TheMultiverse in order to achieve this in his goal of [[FantasticRacism exterminating mutankind]]. The one he ends up creating is one that that will make his entire life suck.
** Shatterstar's finally-revealed origin story.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Very strongly implied to be what happened to [[spoiler:Cortex]].
* SuddenlySexuality: Rictor asserts that he is gay, not bisexual (the latter having been implied, but not canon, for some time). Likewise, Shatterstar, formerly asexual, is now bisexual and into AnythingThatMoves.
* SuicideByCop: One dupes does this after being DrivenToSuicide in order to prevent Madrox reabsorbing him.
* TheyKilledKenny: At one point, Madrox travels to several alternate realities where he's been killed.
* TonightSomeoneDies: [[spoiler:Apparently Jamie Madrox in #227, but not everything is as it seems.]]
* ThoughtCaption:
** Jamie Madrox manages to monologue over just about everything, including himself.
** Darwin gets to do this for an issue as well, having been told by Madrox that internal monologues help.
** Cortex has one as well. Not surprising, given that he's [[spoiler:one of Madrox's dupes.]]
* TransportersAndTeleporters: Shatterstar and Pip the Troll.
* UnfortunateName: Jamie's first choice of name for his business was XXX Investigations.
* WeirdnessMagnet: One of the side-effects of Layla [[spoiler: resurrecting Guido is that it attracts the attention of demons.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Valerie Cooper just disappears from the comic after the Cortex arc.
* WhatTheHellHero: After Pip is forced from his body into that of the nearest psychic, which happened to be Monet, Polaris & Rictor start laughing about Monet being forced to share her body the perverted troll. Shatterstar doesn't see what's so funny and call them out over it. Later, when Monet regains control, she promptly attacks Polaris over it.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Madrox is usually pretty good about this, but he sometimes needs to be reminded that he's in a SharedUniverse FantasyKitchenSink and not a FilmNoir.
* YouCantFightFate: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Normally, you can't change the timeline, as it just creates a new timeline instead, but if one has a Doomlock, then you can re-write time.
** Trevor Fitzroy appears as part of the Summers Rebellion, [[NotInThisForYourRevolution for the most part]]. Jamie and Layla are more than aware of what he's going to do in the future, but neither of them want to kill him. Then Cortex shows up...
** Layla also tries this when she [[spoiler: resurrects Guido. It... [[NiceJobBreakingItHero goes badly]].]]
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[[folder:All-New X-Factor (2014)]]
!!The fourth series contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:The Magus, Warlock's father, is programmed to try and [[OffingTheOffspring kill his 'offspring']] Warlock, like all Technarx. However, he's trying to avert this.]]
* AscendedExtra: Danger, Doug Ramsey, and Warlock. Danger has always mainly been a supporting character, with the closest she got to being a main character being her role in Kieron Gillen's ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' run. Doug and Warlock were the most underutilised of the original New Mutants.
* BadassFamily: Polaris and Quicksilver are half-siblings; Magneto is their father.
* BadassLongcoat: Gambit wears his over his uniform. {{Justified|Trope}} in that his coat carries his expanding staff and his trademark playing cards, and the uniforms don't appear to have pockets or belts.
* BerserkButton: Danger really does not like being told she's wrong when she is certain she's not.
** Hurt Doug and Warlock will kill you.
* CasualDangerDialog: Multiple examples in the first issue alone.
** Gambit, while dangling from a thin cable, in the middle of a laser grid.
--->'''Gambit:''' Um, hello... nice evening.
** Polaris, upon being advised of a problem outside the corporate jet.
--->'''Flight Attendant:''' Miss Dane! The pilot says we have a problem out the port window!\\
'''Polaris:''' Really? Oh, yes. I see. Don't worry about it. (''snaps fingers, missile goes off course and explodes'')
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: By the end of issue #11 [[spoiler:Georgia's lost her adoptive and real parents.]]
* CorporateSponsoredSuperhero: The entire team is sponsored by Serval Industries, Snow's company, and their logo is on the uniforms.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Initially played with. Harrison Snow comes off as charming and sweet, but when Gambit dubiously wonders whether he's evil, his [[EvilLaugh laughter]] does make one wonder. We then learn he has a nanotech camera in Polaris' right eye without consent and he recruits the BigBad of the first issue to work for his company.
* DoubleAgent: Quicksilver. He's a member of X-Factor, but is secretly reporting to Havok about what Polaris is up to and how she's doing as a leader. [[spoiler:He drops it in issue 12.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Gambit gets destructively drunk in a bar after getting upbraided by Wolverine, in a CallBack to Polaris getting destructively drunk in a bar at the end of the third series.
* GogglesDoNothing: All the humanoid members of the team wear yellow tinted goggles, which so far have no purpose other than looking cool. [[spoiler: Lorna has a camera in one of her eyes planted by Snow without her knowledge]].
* HairTriggerTemper: With every thing that's happened to her, Polaris is a lot less patient that she used to be.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Nil of the Thieves Guild has captured Danger and is doing horrific things to her. When he's told to free her by X-Factor, his first response is to refuse on the grounds that it took him forever to capture 'it'.
* LoveAtFirstSight[=/=]AllLoveIsUnrequited: Warlock immediately develops a crush on Danger upon meeting her. She thinks he's a simpleton. [[spoiler:Initially anyway.]]
* MadScientist: The bad guys as of the first issue are a pair of Starbucks-swigging lab coat guys who vivisect mutants.
* TheMole: Quicksilver is keeping an eye on Polaris for Havok. [[spoiler:He quits in 12, joining the team without any ties to the Avengers.]]
* MRFanservice: Gambit. He's nude on the cover of issue 9 as well as the bulk of issue 11
* NoSympathy: Havok shows a shocking lack of concern for ''why'' Lorna is so bad tempered these days.
* ObligatoryJoke: One Lemar Smaug appears in issue five. Literature/TheHobbit jokes ensue.
* OhCrap: Gambit's reaction to being told he slept with Harrison Snow's wife.
** Gambit again [[spoiler:upon realizing that the entire team but himself was teleported out of enemy territory just as Memento Mori showed.]]
* OverprotectiveDad: Scott Dakei, a mutant-hating bigot to his daughter [[spoiler:who he knows is a mutant.]] His first reaction to someone showing up for her was to give them five seconds to leave. His second was to have machine guns open fire once time was up.
* TheReveal: Lemar Smaug is [[spoiler:the Magus, Warlock's father]].
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Lemar Smaug doesn't know what Series/DoctorWho is. Justified, since he's [[spoiler:the Magus, an alien robot]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Wolverine, at the end of his already seriously limited patience.
* StealthPun: One of Gambit's 3 cats licks his face when he wakes in the morning.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Gambit seems to have stepped into this role as the wisecracking, quippy one.
* TechnicolorNinja: Gambit plays with the trope. In the first part of the book, he's wearing all black like a stealthy person ought. But the X-Factor uniforms are all bright yellow (not much of a step up from his bright magenta outfit).
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** Polaris' hair is green naturally.
** Quicksilver's is silvery-white.
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