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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.

It was adapted a movie in 2002, filled with ConspicuousCG. The story revolves around the three drivers participating in a race held in Santa Monica, California. However, they uncover a conspiracy involving the éX-Driver organizations after rescuing Angela Gambino, the daughter of a CorruptCorporateExecutive.

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!!''éX-Driver'' provides examples of:

* 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 in 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.
* BigBad: Wang Somin and Joe are the main antagonists of The Movie.
* BikerBabe: Rei
* ButtMonkey: Nothing ''ever'' goes right for 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
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: In the film, Angela's father Rico is a financial backer with sinister motives. [[spoiler:Or so it originally seems...]]
* 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 has 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.
* OhCrap: At the end of The Movie, [[spoiler:Joe gets this when Souichi crashes his car]].
* RealityEnsues: In The Movie, after Souichi, Lisa and Lorna destroy a runaway car, they end up being arrested for violating California driving laws.
* 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).
* ThanksForTheMammary: In The Movie, Angela rigs an AI cleaning truck to explode and set the circuit race track on fire. As she is about to escape, Souichi grabs her only for him to grab her breast and realize who she really is.
* {{Tsundere}}: Lisa in the series and Angela in The Movie.
* 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 allow 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.
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