All new, all different.
Uncanny X-Men was the original title for the X-Men
launched by Stan Lee
and Jack Kirby
. Under growing anti-mutant sentiment, Professor Charles Xavier creates a safe haven for the growing mutant population and he recruits five young adults for a super-hero team, named the X-Men (for "extra power" or the X-Gene, which causes mutant evolution). The first volume of the book featured the five mutant heroes Cyclops
, Beast, Angel, Iceman, and Jean Grey as they battled not only villains, but increasing prejudice against mutants. This also marked the first appearance of longtime X-Men foe Magneto
and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The title never caught on with readers at the time; most readers thought the book was a poor Fantastic Four
knockoff. Despite bringing in new characters such as Cyclops's brother Havok and Polaris (another of Magneto's children) and crossovers with the The Avengers
, sales still slumped. The title ran for 67 issues before being canceled, and reprints of the issues ran until issue 93.
Later, the series was uncanceled
in 1975 with Giant-Size X-Men
, which introduced new mutants and a more diverse team: Storm
, Colossus, Thunderbird, Banshee, Sunfire, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine
. Chris Claremont
took over writing duties, with Dave Cockrum and later, John Byrne
. This was when X-Men finally hit its stride and became a bonafide smash, with credit due to the new creative team and a number of memorable storylines such as the The Dark Phoenix Saga
and Days of Future Past.
After Claremont left, many writers and artists carried the series on, such as Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell
, Ed Brubaker
, and Matt Fraction
. This volume carried on until 2011 and ended on issue #544.
The second volume was launched in 2011, and was written by Kieron Gillen
. This volume was launched after the Schism
event which itself was born out of the event House of M
, in which nearly the entire mutant race was depowered. The X-Men split themselves into two, following either Cyclops's or Wolverine's ideologies. This volume focused on Cyclops's "Extinction Team" as they went to any length to prevent the extinction of mutants or save the world in general, while demonstrating to the world that mutants still had a Badass Army
. The volume ended in 2012 with the Avengers vs. X-Men
event changing the entire course for Cyclops and his followers.
I want YOU for the Uncanny X-Men.
The third volume was launched in 2013 as part of Marvel's Marvel Now
relaunch. Written by Brian Michael Bendis
, the volume takes place after the events of AvsX
with the mutant gene restored and with it the status quo. Mutants are being persecuted as they awaken and the X-Men
are divided. Cyclops has become the face of a Mutant Revolution in order to prevent past tragedies from repeating, bringing him into conflict with old allies and the Avengers.
The students' character sheet can be found here
First volume provides examples of:
- Academy of Adventure: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The all new, all different team's first encounter with Juggernaut, due to a combination of lack of experience and his sheer ability.
- Disney Death: The entire team during Fall of the Mutants, with, for a while, the entire world thinking the X-men were dead. It also led to Nightcrawler and Shadowcat moving to England and forming Excalibur.
- Guest Star Party Member: Sunfire and the previous x-men team barring cyclops in Giant Sized X-men #1.
- Heel-Face Turn: Rouge, who started out as a member of the brotherhood before joining the X-men to help with their power.
- Heroic BSOD: Storm, following her Depowering. Forge helped her get through it... though she did not take it well when she found out he was responsible for it in the first place.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: When Rachel van Helsing is turned into a vampire by Dracula in Uncanny X-Men Annual #6, she asks Wolverine to kill her with a wooden stake.
- Put on a Bus: Quite a few characters over the years, especially during Chris Claremont's long run.
- Banshee, who left after loosing his powers after straining them to save all of Japan from sinking into the Ocean.
- Wolverine, during his mini-series and engagement to Mariko. After Mastermind caused her to break said engagment off, he rejoined the team.
- Cyclops, who lost leadership to Storm, despite her being without powers at the time, and decided to leave to spend more time with his family.
- Nightcrawler and Shadowcat, both of whom were horribly injured during the Mutant Massacre, and woke to find the X-Men apparently dead, leading to them joining Excalibur.
- Sacrificial Lion: Thunderbird for the All New, All Different X-Men, dying on their second mission.
Third volume provides examples of:
- Academy of Adventure: Cyclops' New Xavier School and Wolverine's Jean Grey Institute of Higher Learning.
- All of the Other Reindeer
- Anti-Hero: Cyclops, and the team in general, barring the students.
- Back from the Brink: Due to the efforts of Scarlet Witch and Hope in AvsX, this happens to the entire mutant race, due to the reactivation of the mutant gene from the destruction of the Phoenix Force.
- Badass Teacher: Magik is now a teacher and has become even more powerful.
- Berserk Button: Seeing all the Mutant Growth Hormone floating around in Madripoor and Mystique having the audacity to claim it was their new Genosha sent Mags on a rampage. He literally dropped a building on her in the end.
- Broken Ace: Magneto, Cyclops, and Emma. Also, Magik, as eventually revealed.
- Category Traitor: Dazzler to Cyclops' group. More so when Mystique imitates her and causes no end of problems for them.
- Charm Person: Part of Benjamin's powers.
- Characterization Marches On: Benjamin/Morph originally had hints he was attracted to Magik. Then when protesting against using his powers to seduce a random woman, he reveals he's gay.
- Class Trip: The Uncanny Kids get sent to Tabula Rasa for training. It ends with some time-travel induced trauma for Eva and Hijack being kicked off the team.
- Coordinated Clothes: The Stepford Sisters rock this for some time but began to differentiate.
- Covers Always Lie: At this point you shouldn't even believe the solicitations.
- Deadly Training Area: The Danger Room, naturally. Tabula Rasa as well.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Benjamin is distracted by Magik. His power also works like this to some degree (he's able to make people trust him by subtly shifting to resemble them, becoming someone they would trust and/or be attracted to).
- Drug And Replace: Mystique has taken over Dazzler's role within SHIELD without them knowing it. She's been locked up and kept sedated so Mystique can use her blood.
- Elaborate Underground Base: The New Xavier School.
- Emotion Control: The Stepford Sisters are ordered by Emma to take away the group of new mutant's fear in order to deal with the demons in Issue #6, averting Mind Over Manners, since this was basically a Godzilla Threshold situation.
- Irma does it later in Issue #17 to calm Triage down, but he doesn't mind.
- Fantastic Racism: In full-force now that the Mutant population has started to rise up again.
- Slightly subverted in that mutants are also receiving far more visible support than ever before from humans; as seen in both Uncanny and All-New, a good number of humans (primarily college-age and teens) are romanticizing the idea of being a mutant, and Cyclops, while wanted by the authorities, is treated as some kind of messiah by a good number of citizens for the well-intentioned acts he did while Phoenix-up'd, prior to being driven mad by the power and the fight with the Avengers.
- After running into a newly awakened Inhuman, the team questions whether or not they will be the victims of racism against the Inhumans, since, as they point out, it is hard to tell the difference between an Inhuman and a mutant.
- Fantastic Recruitment Drive
- Fights Like a Normal: Cyclops.
- Forced to Watch: Dormammu forces Magik to watch as he orders his demons to kill her friends/students in Issue #6.
- Godzilla Threshold: With no choice left in dealing with Dormammu, Magik had to take the entirety of Limbo inside of her and jump back in time to see Doctor Strange for help.
- Guest Star Party Member: The O5 X-Men and Kitty Pryde, who joined the team, but were only in a few issues before going into space for the "Trial of Jean Grey" crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy
- Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: Fabio's parents hit him with this in Issue 8 and Eva's mother gave her a lighter version in Issue 3. Not overt about it, but they think its something Church can fix and don't accept it.
- Healing Hands: Triage.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Emma and Illyana, who both make light of maybe robbing a casino.
- Hot for Teacher: Eva for Cyclops. It's so obvious that all the other students picked up on it.
- Benjamin originally had hints that he was hot for Magik, but turns out to be gay.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: Benjamin.
- Not a Morning Person: Emma Frost, who has told her students to never wake her.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In Issue #17 Eva ends up lost in time for a bit and comes back looking aged by a year at least judging form her hair and features.
- Police Brutality: The cop in Issue #8 promptly shoots a mutant and threatened to do the same to his girlfriend.
- Power Incontinence: Anyone who had been taken in or doused with the Phoenix Force has had their power altered and fluctuated, the Phoenix Five and Magneto being the main ones.
- Rabid Cop: The cops cross into this territory more often that needed.
- Same-Sex Triplets: The Stepford Sisters although Irma decided to cut her hair and dye it black while Phoebe decides to go and become a redhead.
- Schmuck Bait: The Pro-mutant rally. Emma even said it was a trap and this was after Magneto, who they aware is playing double agent, urged them to send a message back. It wasn't intentional by either SHIELD or the people, but a new type of Sentinel did drop down and attempt to kill them.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Triage, on the field trip to Tabula Rasa, because he saw a fist-sized spider-slug thing. Note he didn't scream like that when he was sent to Limbo or facing a Sentinel.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Fabio wants out after having to deal with the demons in Limbo. He comes back an issue later.
- Secret Test of Character: Issue 17, which opens with Magik teleporting the students to an unfamiliar location (Tabula Rasa) and telling them to "Have fun." The test was to see what kind of survival skills and character the students have. Only one of them failed because he deliberately kept his phone despite being warned that SHIELD would track them to it, which they did in 15 minutes.
- Sexy Mentor: Emma Frost decides to wear a sexy punk-ish outfit when comforting Benjamin after his fight with Scott. It just makes him incredibly uncomfortable since he's only wearing a towel at the time.
- Ship Tease: Irma and Triage have a bit of this going around.
- The Stool Pigeon: David Bonds' girlfriend, Karen, promptly tells the Police when confronted that he was a mutant. Then she acts shocked and horrified when they shoot him.
- Stop or I Will Shoot!: The Police are insanely aggressive and don't hesitate to shoot when given the chance. Given how mutants are generally hated and feared, and law enforcement officials have historically been rather hostile to discriminated groups, if not part of the hate groups themselves, this should surprise no one.
- Straight Gay: Borders on But Not Too Gay; Benjamin/Morph claims to be gay when arguing with Emma in issue 14. At no point prior to this was there any indication he was gay, and actually seemed to have some attraction to Magik. He spends the whole issue basically flirting with every man and woman Emma can find for him to practice his abilities.
- Superpower Lottery: Tempus can pull a Time Stands Still in a specified area and has the potential to be a Time Master, Triage has Healing Hands that can heal even the dead apparently, Benjamin is a Shapeshifter with bonus powers, David Bond is a Technopath, and Fabio...can shoot balls from his body.
- The Glasses Come Off: When these come off in Issue 1 every Sentinel attacking Cyclops' group was wiped out.
- Time Stands Still: Eva Bell a.k.a Tempus can do this to a localized area.
- Took a Level in Badass: All the kids are gradually improving.
- Fabio not only bravely stood up to, but even knocked back the very challenging Blockbuster Sentinel with a bombardment of balls.
- Benjamin calmed an highly-advanced race of telepathic creatures in Tabula Rasa without fear after they put down Celeste.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: DAZZLER of all people, who unlawfully takes Fabio into SHIELD custody. As he pointed out, they did kidnap him, although SHIELD has done worse and her interrogation wasn't violent. That being said, Mystique doesn't do wonders for her reputation.
- Walking Techbane: Part of Benjamin's powers.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Cyclops is turning into one. He was content to be a martyr or a political prisoner, but after he witnessed a mutant being killed and the warden of the prison orchestrating it, he allowed Magneto to break him out in Avengers Vs X-Men, which sets up the premise for the series. There's more focus on the well-intentioned part though; all he wants is to protect mutants at all costs and doesn't wish to harm anyone, but refuses to back down when he sees anyone attacking mutants or mutant-supporting humans.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Scott to Captain America when they encounter each other in Issue 3.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Fabio and Benjamin, although...
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Fabio can and does earn the team's respect when he starts using his balls as projectiles, knocking back a brand-new Sentinel. Benjamin, whose power isn't so much useless as it is not for combat, learns that his power isn't just shapeshifting, but the power to make people feel good about themselves and hinder technology, making him suitable for infiltration or calming down hostile situations (which saved Celeste's life at one point).
- The Worf Effect: The Avengers get taken out by Tempus, a new mutant who hasn't even come into her powers for more than a week at best.
- Worthy Opponent: Magik has repeatedly shown she has a large respect for Doctor Strange's prowess in the mystic arts despite being on opposite teams at the moment. She even takes lessons from him in the past to control her powers better.