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A television series created by Marvel Studios (a division of Creator/MarvelComics), ''Mutant X'' centers around the eponymous team of "New Mutants" who [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke possess extraordinary powers as a result of genetic engineering]]. Like hundreds of other unsuspecting people, the members of Mutant X were used as test subjects in a series of covert government experiments by [[MegaCorp Genomex]], which now wants to control these New Mutants for its own purposes. The mission of Mutant X is to seek out their fellow New Mutants, help them come to terms with their abilities and protect them from those who want only to exploit their powers.

''Mutant X'' is also unrelated to the ComicBook series, that ran from 1998 to 2001, of the same name, or [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} anything else involving mutants and X-es]]. However, according to Volume 5 of the ''Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z'' hardcovers, the ''Mutant X'' TV series takes place on Earth-704509, making it an AlternateReality in the Marvel [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]].

Even though the series had high ratings and was renewed for a fourth season, it was abruptly canceled in 2004 due to the dismantling of Fireworks Entertainment, one of the production companies.
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!!Tropes:

%%* ActionGirl: Shalimar
* AllYourPowersCombined: Season 2 BigBad Gabriel Ashlocke is the [[SuperPrototype first]] [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual New Mutant]] ever created, and also has several powers from each of the 4 power categories recognized by the show, as opposed to all other mutants, who only get a single power from a single category (although for some reason, after the first few episodes he mostly limited himself to throwing energy balls). Too bad for him, a side effect of all that power is he's eventually going to [[SuperPowerMeltdown explode into bits]].
* AnywhereButTheirLips: Adam keeps kissing Emma's head.
%%* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Poor Emma.]]
%%* BadassNormal: Adam
%%* BigDamnHeroes
* BroughtDownToNormal: An episode of has a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual New Mutant]] with a HealingFactor (which makes his DeathSeeker personality a little ironic) working for GSA, when an epidemic starts that threatens to wipe out all New Mutants. He is forced by his boss to work with Adam (although ordered to shoot him as soon as he has the cure). When Adam extracts his DNA to use his HealingFactor to cure the disease, he inadvertantly removes this ability. The guy is happy to be able
* CapeBusters: The main enemy in Season 1 was the GSA (Genetic Security Agency), a biotech firm's [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Private Military Contractor]] tasked with recapturing all the firm's [[SecretProjectRefugeeFamily escaped Mutant refugees]]. Their ranks mostly comprised of [[RedShirt non-powered stormtroopers]], although they semi-regularly fielded one or two SuperpoweredMooks (who were typically [[HumanPopsicle flash-frozen]] at the end of each episode by BadBoss Mason Eckhart for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing him for the last time]]).
* CatGirl: Shalimar has cat DNA! No ears or tail, though.
* CircusOfFear: An episode dealt with a travelling circus led by a man whose power was to trap people inside funhouse mirrors.
* CityInABottle: In an episode, some of the group [[LightningCanDoAnything accidentally enter a pocket dimension]] that had been set up to be an agrarian utopia. All references to the outside world had been erased, in the belief that human nature could be changed with a clean break from human history and all its violence.
%%* CoolShip: The Helix.
%%* DatingCatwoman
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: The series uses the slightly strange term "New Mutants". No mention is ever made of "Old Mutants". Maybe it's to distinguish their differences from ''[[{{Mutants}} actual mutations]]''.
* DirtyMindReading: The empath character on had to ask teammates to stop thinking such thoughts about her on (oddly only a few) occasions.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: In the episode "Deadly Desire", an evil mutant puts Brennan under her pheromonal control and then has sex with him. No one treats this as rape. A bad thing that he's working with her, but not rape. In fact, they criticize him for "acting like a jerk" after he's cured.
%%* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: [[spoiler:Emma]]
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The titular has a fairly spacious and comfy facility inside a mountain with a hologram covering the entrance. It looks more like a loft than a secret base.
%%* TheEmpath: Emma
%%* EvilAlbino: Eckhart
%%* EvilTwin: "Double Vision"
* FaintingSeer: Happens a few times in with Emma, who although isn't a seer is said to have constant headaches because of it. %% It's pretty much how the season two episode "Reawakening" starts.
* FakeGuestStar: Tom [=McCamus=] as the villainous Mason Eckhart. Despite appearing in every single episode (not to mention the show's title sequence montage) of the first season, he was billed as a guest star.
* FauxActionGirl: Emma [=DeLauro=]. Frequently described as one of the strongest New Mutants in the world and deemed a good enough allrounder to be included in the Mutant X team and yet she very rarely does anything useful, especially compared to Shalimar Fox, the resident Action Girl. Granted she was also there for her psionic powers but if Adam was wanting a psionic why did he not just use Vanessa, a minor psionic character who showed she, at least, could kick some GSA butt.
%%* FiveManBand
%%** TheLeader: Adam
%%** TheLancer: Brennan
%%** TheSmartGuy: Jesse
%%** TheBigGuy: Shalimar
%%** TheChick: Emma
* FlyingBrick: Gabriel Ashlock (AKA Patient Zero), one of the only two New Mutants (the other being the Child) who combines all four categories of mutants in this setting: Elemental (fires energy balls), Feral (catlike speed and enhanced strength), Molecular (regeneration), and Psionic (empath). This turns out to be a case of [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck]], as he eventually [[spoiler:explodes from the sheer energy of these combined powers]].
* ForgotAboutTheMindReader: The show had an episode where Emma had to fully open her mind, Jesse's thoughts are never shown explicitly but we're shown imaginary-Emma had also stripped off her shirt, leaving just the tank top underneath.
%%* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke
%%* GirlsBehindBars: "The Taking of Crows".
* GroundhogDayLoop: In the episode "Possibilities", a mutant with the power to travel back a short period of time is trying to stop a bomb from being detonated. When Brennan is caught in the explosion with her, he is sent back as well.
%%* HellBentForLeather
* HowDoIShotWeb:
** One episode has a young boy kidnapped for ransom. It turns out that the boy is an Elemental [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals New Mutant]] capable of throwing fireballs. However, his is young, so he's not sure how to control his ability. The first time it manifests is during the kidnapping, when he accidentally burns a hole in a kidnapper's hand. At the end of the episode, he finally learns to produce fireballs on demand by copying Brennan's PstandardPsychicPstance when he's charging his electric powers.
** There's also a bit of this when the team receives an upgrade. Brennan learns he can create a continuous blast akin to an ion engine with his hands, enabling brief flight. Shalimar becomes even stronger and can hear someone sneaking up on her while working out with loud music in her earbuds. Emma's PsychicPowers are boosted UpToEleven. Jesse learns to make other things intangible.
* IntangibleMan: Jesse. Unlike most examples of this trope, he could also reverse the process to the point where he was MadeOfDiamond. He later learns how to make other objects (or parts of them intangible. This becomes incredibly useful to getting his teammates into locked areas.
%%* ImNotHungry: Aldous Berkeley
%%* LaResistance
%%* LawOfInversePaternity: "Whiter Shade of Pale"
%%* LEGOGenetics / UnstableGeneticCode
* LightEmUp: Lexa Pierce manipulates light to blind her foes, generate lasers, and even become invisible.
* LightningCanDoAnything: The character whose powers were lightning-based could do near anything he wanted with them. They disabled car alarms, started the car, unlocked purely mechanical locks, and anything else that needed to be done. All they needed to do was have him walk on water with the low-budget lightning effect going on around his feet, and he could have been Electrical Jesus. Those are all things you could do with complete control over electromagnetism (see [[ComicBook/XMen Magneto and Polaris]]); maybe the lightning was just his way of focusing his control.
%%* LiteralCliffhanger: At the end of Season 2.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Happens with Emma. She's split into her aggressive side and her passive side. They can't live without each other.
* MagicGenetics: All powers come from genetic experiments conducted by Genomex and [[spoiler:the Dominion]]. These powers include generating electricity, density manipulation, throwing energy balls, time travel, etc.
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: In the final episode of season 1, new BigBad Gabriel Ashlocke imprisons original BigBad Mason Eckhart and takes over his mutant-hunting facility for his own ends.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Emma is an empath but later "evolves" to a more powerful version. One of her new abilities is full-blown telepathy, although she tends to block out people's thoughts unless necessary. In one episode, she is forced to use all her abilities to keep their CoolPlane hidden from an army looking for them. She warns Jesse that she will be unable to block out other people's thoughts, as all her concentration is required for the "psychic cloak" and asks him to think happy thoughts. Then he accidentally glances at her low-cut cleavage, and she frowns at the unavoidable thought in his head.
%%* MrFanservice: Brennan
* MurderInc: Blue Bolt from the episode "Under The Cloak of War" is a group of BadassNormal Assassins with high-tech weapons.
* {{Mutants}}: The series despite the name, is mostly about people modified ''after'' birth. There is one who was modified either before or immediately after his birth... he didn't grow up so well. Some mutants also have children, who naturally fit the first part.
* MysteriousPast: In practically every other episode, someone from one of the main characters' mysterious past would turn up. How many ex-lovers does the typical young mutant-on-the-go ''have'', anyway? Or never-before-mentioned siblings or parents?
* MythArc: A different villain each season.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mason Eckhart is pretty transparently an ''eeeevil'' Creator/AndyWarhol.
* NoodleIncident: In the episode "The Shock of the New" a character states that Eckhart blames Adam for having caused the loss of his immune system in an incident that is never explained throughout the series.
* NotQuiteFlight: Brennan's [[ShockAndAwe electricity-throwing power]] turns into an ion engine coming out of his hands after the MidSeasonUpgrade.
%%* OnePersonOnePower: Everyone except Ashlocke.
* OpeningNarration: Later seasons had Adam explaining the basic premise of the show, replacing the first season's "random words superimposed over the credits" approach.
* PowerDegeneration: Gabriel Ashlocke is the first of the so-called "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual New Mutants]]". Unlike the others, he has ComboPlatterPowers from all four of the categories (elemental, feral, molecular, psionic) and is insane to boot. However, as revealed by Adam, his body is slowly breaking apart due to all these powers together. Ashlocke's final attempt to save himself involves awakening an ancient sorceress, but the interference of the titular team results in Ashlocke exploding and taking his base with him.
* PowerNullifier: Tags (called Subdermal Governors) bolted into the back of the neck were used to nullify mutant powers, though it seems more to torture them when they try to use them than to truly nullify the powers.
%%* PsychicPowers
%%* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
%%* RestrainingBolt
* ShockAndAwe: Brennan Mulwray can generate electricity by running one hand over the other. The longer he does this, the more powerful the charge. Depending on the charge, a hit can go from a stun and a mild burn to deadly. As expected, it's inadvisable for him to try to use his powers while he's wet, although grounding helps. Later, his powers evolve to him being able to [[NotQuiteFlight sort-of fly]] with his hands working like ion engines.
%%* SinisterSubway
* SuperheroSpeciation: There were several broad categories of mutant power, and the team never consisted of more than one member in each category.
** Lexa and Brennan, both elementals, were briefly on the team at the same time, but most of the time, the trope held true. Their powers were also different enough to maintain the trope in spirit.
** One of the {{Big Bad}}s was a SuperPrototype with powers from all four categories (feral, elemental, molecular, [[PsychicPowers psionic]]).
* SuperPowerMeltdown: Gabriel Ashcroft (AKA Patiant Zero). The first person to be experimented on by Adam Kane and the first known [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual new mutant]]. Unlike all other new mutants, which are separated into categories (elementals, ferals, moleculars, and [[PsychicPowers psionics]]), Ashcroft has powers from all four categories (although not all possible powers). He's also a murderous psychopath. However, so many powers cause his cells to slowly destabilize. When his plan to summon an ancient goddess to cure him was thwarted by the titular team, his body exploded, taking out his entire base.
* SuperSenses: Ferals have animal-level senses, especially Shalimar, once she "evolves". Said "evolution" results in her hearing Jesse sneak up on her while listening to loud music on her MP3 player.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Averted when Lexa replaced Emma at the start of the final season after [[spoiler:Emma's death in the previous finale]]. Rather than the new character being designed to fill [[SuperheroSpeciation the superpowered gap in the team]] the old one had left, telempathic Emma was replaced with light-manipulating Lexa, whose personality, loyalties, and storyline were radically different to Emma's.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Seemingly every time Mutant X wanted into Genomex (the BigBad), they waltzed right in with basically nothing to stop them. Unless the plot called for one of them to get captured, of course. It's partially justified since one of their members does have the ability to phase through walls and the SixthRanger who joins in the third season has invisibility as her main power.
* {{Technopath}}: Emma's friend in the episode "Interface" is a technopath. She further gets enhanced by GSA to become a WetwareCPU but is restored at the end of the episode. According to Emma, she is the only New Mutant who managed to counteract the effects of the [[PowerNullifier subdermal governor]] (presumably, she disabled it before they even activated the device). Many years before, both of them used to use their powers to cheat bartenders out of free drinks with Emma's [[TheEmpath empathy]] and, when the bartender eventually caught on, use her friend's power to shut off the lights and run away.
%%* TeamDad: Adam
* TerritorialSmurfette: As ferals are notoriously territorial, Shalimar did not take kindly to another feral joining the team. Per the trope, the new girl was a joy bringer everyone else liked. Worse, Shalimar was ordered to stay at Home Base due to an injury but was normally the ICanStillFight type without two layers of jealousy for extra motivation. [[spoiler: It turned out the new feral was even more territorial. She staged the accident that injured Shalimar then joined the team to finish her off.]]
%%* TrueCompanions
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The show has a guy who can shoot [[ShockAndAwe lightning from his hands]], a girl who is [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing crazy cat-like]], a dude who can either [[{{Intangibility}} ghost himself]] or make himself [[TakenForGranite as hard as a statue]] and a girl who... has weak [[TheEmpath telepath powers.]] The last is often kept back at base. In later seasons they all get upgrades, and the telepath gains a weird "mental missile" attack that does manage to take out whoever it hit (but having no effect on the surrounding area); she still gets left behind, though. Emma's powers eventually grows to the point where she can erase memories with a thought and ca keep an army from discovering a weird-looking jet in a jungle clearing. As she explains to Jesse, to do this she has to remove all safeguards from her mind, meaning she won't be blocking anybody's thoughts. While she's saying that, she's wearing an outfit with lots of cleavage, which Jesse just happens to look at. Her reaction to his thoughts shows that she's not pleased. Apparently, the writers thought this made her too powerful, requiring a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge to be dropped]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Shalimar with fire
%%* WillTheyOrWontThey: Shalimar and Brennan.
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