[[http://xp-friends.livejournal.com/friends X-Project]] is a LiveJournal-[[JournalRoleplay based collaborative roleplaying community]] set in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/X-Men X-Men Movieverse]]. Players apply for characters and come up with plots to write out together, not unlike a collaborative {{fanfic}}.

X-Project began in May 2003, which makes it possibly one of the oldest continuous LJ [=RGPs=] out there; [[FanonDiscontinuity because it started after X2, X-Men: The Last Stand doesn't actually exist, and due to established game canon conflicts, neither do X-Men Origins: Wolverine or X-Men: First Class]] (although it doesn't stop us borrowing elements we like).
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Examples of tropes the XP-verse does differently from both X-men [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Comicbook/X-Men comics]] and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/X-Men movie]] {{canon}}:

'''Overall Game Tropes'''
* AllIsWellThatEndsWell: Subverted; XP is big on consequences, either at a personal level, or at a game-wide level. For example, the destruction of San Diego in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=The_Rictor_Effect The Rictor Effect]] has resulted in massive reconstruction and any number of political ramifications, as well as the ‘creation’ of the mutant serial killer in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Aftershocks Aftershocks]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Take a comics character. Apply a certain level of “reality” to them. You have a movieverse character. Also, X-23 in XP was a cheerleader.
* AlternateContinuity: We diverted from the movieverse at the end of X2. Jean has never been the Phoenix; Charles and Scott are alive; Magneto never lost his powers and is still running around with the Brotherhood.
* TheBigBoard: The X-Men have their nifty table-top hologrammatic display. X-Factor has a whiteboard. X-Force has Wanda and Amanda’s Wall of Paper With Scribbles.
* BonusMaterial: The wealth of recordings, art, non-canon writing pieces and other creative works produced by players and fans. We put them all in one place so they're easily found.
* CharacterBlog: for day-to-day interactions, plot fleshing out, IC communications and group discussions.
* CListFodder: Inverted – 'minor' Marvel characters are played, while Cyclops, Wolverine etc are not.
* CulturalCrossReference: While X-Project takes from the comics and movies, there has been use of some minor characters from other formats, [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Magnetic_North such as the television show Mutant X and the movie Generation X]]; …
* EmotionalTorque: You can find pretty much an example for every sub-trope listed on this page.
* FunctionalMagic: Magic works. And makes for good character and plot fodder, too!
* GenreBusting: We're superheros! We're spies! We're detectives! We're teen romance and drama! We're a soap opera! The plots run from quite serious political machinations to wacky adventures in gender or powers swapping.
* GeographicFlexibility: From the mansion, which has had various rooms added to it over the years, to Salem Center and District X and international locations like Madripoor, Symkaria and Attilan, it’s not there until we need it.
* GoalinLife: Kind of helpful when you’re applying, even if things don’t wind up working out the way you’d planned.
* HarmfultoTouch: Nico’s Staff of One doesn’t appreciate being manhandled; neither does Illyana’s Soulsword.
* LampshadeHanging: Jokes about “living in a comic” are kind of frequent, as are jokes about time travel not being an option for fixing things (XP bans time-travel as a plot device/character trait to avoid the Marvel madness).
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: XP uses small events as inspiration, but [[TooSoon steers away from using RL tragedies for game fodder]]. Partly because injecting mutants into the world makes everything different, but mostly because it's just tacky.
* {{Retcon}}: A mod power only used sparingly and with full game approval. It’s been used only a handful of times: the Logan/Bobby hookup; Anole Mark 1; Nuke; the Jean-Paul and Jeanne-Marie shower scene.
* ShoutOut: Take a shot for every Whedonverse reference you can find. Proceed to die of alcohol poisoning. Ditto World of Warcraft references.
* SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism: XP’s continuity is like watching a pendulum swing between the two. We’re currently more on the “world that hates and fears us” side these days.
* [[SpinOff Spin-Off]]: X-Force was first proposed as a spin off game from XP, before being folded into the main game; in terms of the ‘fictional television series’ trope players use sometimes, X-Force is a spin off show, as is X-Factor and The New Mutants.
* SuperHero: D’uh
* SympathyForTheDevil: Even though it bites him time and again, Charles Xavier always gives people a chance. Sometime two or three.
* TakeThat: One of XP’s claims to fame is “doing it better than the comics”. Thus we have a Scarlet Witch who isn’t godly powerful _or_ insane, Hellions who are still alive, Amanda Sefton _isn’t_ dating her brother (ew!), Penance isn’t any of the St. Croix family, an X-23 who was an ordinary high school cheerleader before she manifested...
* ThatSatisfyingCrunch: Usually pertaining to noses and kneecaps.
* TimeMarchesOn: Applicable to XP in that we operate in real time, which means everyone’s getting older, day by day. Students graduate, older team members find themselves thinking of retirement, and there are no retcons.
* WeAreEverywhere: Like ninjas. Or evil cultists. Or the Hellfire Club.
* TheWikiRule: Our [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page Wiki]] is awesome. And kind of indispensible. And definitely helps avoid ContinuityLockout.
* WordOfDante: What is canon for the comics is not automatically canon for XP. Ditto for all the movies. Research is good and the mods are the Word of God.

'''Character Related Tropes'''
* AffectionateNickname: Angelo's insistence on calling John 'Firebug'.
* [[AmicablyDivorced Amicable Exes]] : Angelo Espinosa and Amanda Sefton; Angelica Jones and Julian Keller; Garrison Kane and Marie-Ange Colbert; Kyle Gibney and Clarice Ferguson; Kyle Gibney and Janet Van Dyne; Kyle Gibney and Jay Guthrie; Vanessa Carlysle and Sam Guthrie; Vanessa Carlysle and Alexander Lexington; Vanessa Carlysle and Warren Worthington; Kevin Ford and Jean-Paul Beaubier...
* AscendedFanboy: Molly Hayes; Doreen Green; Doug Ramsey; Jamie Madrox
* BabiesEverAfter: Rachel Dayspring; The Pack.
* BabyTalk: Catseye; Miles Blaire; early Meggan Szardos
* BadassNormal: Black Widow; Luke Cage; Misty Knight, Jessica Drew, Christian Kane
* BewaretheNiceOnes: Yvette Petrovic, Laurie Collins, Laura Kinney...
* BitheWay: Amanda Sefton, Angelo Espinosa, Vanessa Carlysle, Adrienne Frost, Monet St. Croix, John Allerdyce, Wade Wilson, Warren Worthington, Sarah Morlocke, Bobby Drake, Jacob Gavin, Emma Frost, Remy [=LeBeau=], Tabitha Smith, Kyle Gibney (but only Gay For Jay).
* CallingtheOldManOut: Nathan Dayspring, Kurt Sefton, David Haller, Doreen Green, Garrison Kane, Julian Keller, Laurie Collins, Nico Minoru, Wanda Maximoff, Warren Worthington
* CapeBusters: M-Squad, SHIELD
* CuteBruiser: Molly. D’uh.
* DeadGuyJunior: The Pack’s babies
* GranolaGirl: Karolina Dean – vegan, environmentalist and gay activist
* HappilyMarried: Nathan Dayspring and Moira [=MacTaggart=]; Remy Lebeau and Ororo Munroe
* BattleCouple: Jean and Scott; Ororo and Remy
* HeroicSpirit: Anyone who has survived trauma by being plucky. ;)
* IntheHood: To avoid being identified, Warren Worthington wears a hood and sunglasses when in the field as Angel of the X-Men.
* IJustWanttoBeNormal: Yvette Petrovic; Laurie Collins; Kevin Ford; Amanda Sefton; Kurt Wagner...
* JumpedattheCall: Paige Guthrie; Molly Hayes
* MadOracle: Marie-Ange Colbert; Irene Adler.
* MindControl Immunity: Wanda Maximoff; Remy [=LeBeau=]; Doug Ramsey; Marius Laverne; Matt Murdock.
* TheMindIsaPlaythingoftheBody: Doreen Green’s feral fits; Kyle Gibney’s beserker rage;
* NakedFirstImpression: Catseye Janet Van Dyne
* PoisonousPerson: Cammie Black has a poison death hand and a toxic punch, but is immune to toxins and poisons herself.
* RefugeinAudacity: Pretty much everything Wade Wilson does?...
* RingRingCRUNCH: A regular fate for alarm clocks belonging to the super strong and those with energy projection powers, like Jubilation Lee or Jean-Phillipe Colbert.
* SnarkKnight: Carmilla Black, Illyana Rasputin, Sofia Mantega-Barret, Callisto, Sarah Morlocke, Amahl Farouk, Jean-Phillipe Colbert
* TeacherStudentRomance: Lorna Dane /Alex Summers
* TeamChef: Lorna Dane; Laurie Collins; Jean-Paul Beaubier (before his brain broke) and Janet Van Dyne
* TeamMom: X-Men: Jean Grey; X-Force: Wanda Maximoff; X-Factor: Vanessa Carlysle
* TouchofDeath: Kevin Ford's powers cause instant decay to any organic matter he touches; Marie D’Ancato's powers cause her to leech life-energy and memories/abilities from anyone she touches; Yvette Petrovic’s powers cut anyone she touches into itty bits; Nico Minoru’s powers drain living energy from anyone or anything in a certain radius.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Mutant hating parents are the usual reason, but sometimes it’s worse.

'''Plot-Related Tropes:'''
* AppliedPhlebotinum: There’s always a McGuffin, be it mutant powers, a magical woobie or some technological wonder.
* BackfromtheDead: [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Category:Plot_Themes_-_I_ATE%27NT_DEAD Plot Themes - I ATE'NT DEAD]]
* BalefulPolymorph: The [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Aureus_Canis Aureus Canis]] plot...
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Mongolian Death Worms X-Force came across in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Operation:_Broken_Ground Operation: Broken Ground]]; Doug and Angie vs. giant bugs in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=This_Savage_Land This Savage Land]]
* EldritchAbomination: X-Force’s bread and butter. From [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Chthon Chthon]] to the [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Warwolves Warwolves]] to [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Pride_Goeth the thing that tried to eat Farouk in Paris]]. Let’s not forget more game-wide creatures from Beyond: [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Cyttorak Cyttorak]] and his big red rock and [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Belasco Belasco]], [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=N%27astirh N’astirh]] and the demons of [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Limbo Limbo]].
* ExpositionParty: Especially useful for the complicated plots. Yes, Doqz, we’re looking at you.
* FacePalm: It’s tough being a team leader when half your team is under 25. Cue the facepalm.
* ForcefulKiss: [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Asgard_%28plot%29 Asgard]] – Amanda and Manuel
* FreakyFridayFlip: [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=The_Winding_Way The Winding Way]] plot.
* GenderFlip: The [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Remix Remix]] plot
* LethalDiagnosis: Jay in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Sulaco Sulaco]]...
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Category:Plots Too many plot names to list]].
* LoveIsintheAir: [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=March_2011 When Laurie’s air scrubber broke]]; [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Love_Potion_Number_Nine Love Potion Number Nine]]
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: Subverted by X-Force (who, by necessity, must remain incognito), in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=New_Orleans_Is_Sinking New Orleans Is Sinking]], when a party was thrown by the grateful residents for them; played straight in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=The_Rictor_Effect The Rictor Effect]] when the President stopped to thank Cyclops for the work the X-Men had done.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Not a few XP plots have come from weird stories on the internet.
* RuleofEmpathy: Possibly the most memorable example was the [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Buy_Now,_Pay_Later By Now, Pay Later]] plot and the death of Charlie Plunder.
* TakeOurWordforIt: The best torture scenes are the ones you didn’t see.
* TrailOfBreadCrumbs: Be it following the trail of evidence in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=X-Factor_Investigation:_Cathouse X-Factor Investigation: Cathouse]] or a trail of dead informants in [[http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Operation:_Red_Letter_Day Operation: Red Letter Day]].
* TheWorldEndsTomorrow: And it’s time for a [[http://x-logs.livejournal.com/939599.html montage!]]
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