Comic Book / Uncanny X-Men
All-New, All-Different.

Uncanny X-Men is a comic book series starring the Marvel Comics superhero team, the X-Men. It is the longest running X-Men comic book series, and by far the most prominent. The title was first published in 1963 (originally as just The X-Men) and so far consists of four volumes.

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     Volume One 

The 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 uncancelled 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 as artists/co-plotters. 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. With issue #114, the series retitled itself Uncanny X-Men. While the series began as The X-Men, the entire series is referred to as Uncanny X-Men for convenience's sake, and also to differentiate it from Adjectiveless X-Men. This volume carried on until 2011 and ended with issue #544.

The first volume provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Academy of Adventure: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
  • Affably Evil: As always, Doctor Doom. He and Storm have dinner while the other X-Men sneak through Doom's dungeons to free Arcade. Storm actually regrets that she's a distraction, because she's enjoying herself. Hell, Doom secretly knows what she's doing and carries on anyway!
  • Aliens Speaking English: Invoked, and blatantly lampshaded when the X-Men first meet the Starjammers.
    Nightcrawler: You speak English?
    Ch'od: Doesn't everyone?
  • Anti-Hero: Numerous over the years:
    • During Claremont's first run, Wolverine made no secret of the fact that he didn't abide by the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule.
    • One of the biggest would be Emma Frost during Fraction's run, who was part of Norman Osborn's Cabal.
    • Doubly so for Namor, who was part of both the Illuminati and the Cabal during both the Fraction and Gillen runs.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In issue 500, when an "artist" decides that setting up a display involving Sentinels in the city where mutants have made their home is a good idea, we get a nice one.
    Angel: Sadie, come on! Twenty-foot-tall death machines—
    Beast: Genocidal robots no more artful than an A-Bomb—
    Emma Frost: Banal, predictable "shock schlock" that was passé in New York ten years ago—
    Wolverine: Hell with this.
  • Artistic License – Religion: Nightcrawler's (later-retconned) priesthood falls under this. While his being a mutant would be no impediment under canon law (to be fair, canon law has never had to talk in favor of or against blue-furred, three-toed teleporting mutants), the fact is that ordination as a Catholic priest is not a part-time job. A seminarian goes through four to eight years of college-level studies and then completes an internship at a parish before ordination begins, not a lifestyle conducive to being a swashbuckling superhero.
    • Holy War takes this to an even more ludicrous level, as the villains' plot is to make Nightcrawler Pope. There are a number of problems with this, from least problematic to most:
      • Nightcrawler, according to the story was at best a laicized priest, though the story more or less states he was never validly ordained in the first place (more on this below)
      • While in theory any baptized and confirmed Catholic male who fits the requirements for ordination can be elected Pope, in practice you need to be a Cardinal to have any realistic chance at being elected. Unless the villain was planning on getting Nightcrawler a cardinal's hat in short order, her plan was going to come to naught.
      • The group involved, the "Church of Humanity", is pretty clearly schismatic, taking orders from their own "Pope". How they thought they would even rate a seat in the Sistine Chapel at a conclave beggars belief. This also means that Nightcrawler's ordination was likely invalid, as it would have needed the consent of the local Bishop (not that one) or Archbishop as well as the Vatican. In Real Life, Archbishop Le Febre was excommunicated for performing ordinations without Vatican approval, so consider this Serious Business.
      • The rest of the plot involved placing nanobots in Communion hosts that would dissolve those who consumed them, and unveiling Nightcrawler as a "demon" and "Antichrist", thereby making Catholics believe that the Rapture had come. Catholics do not believe in the Rapture. That was a belief that only became current in Evangelical circles at the end of the 19th Century.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Peter Corbeau, an old friend of Charles', has no problem (or difficulty) acquiring a space shuttle for the X-Men to fly into space, then pilots it while under attack from Sentinels.
    • Honorable mention to Moira Mactaggert, who in her first appearance witnesses a demon smash through the wall of the mansion... and instantly grabs an assault rifle.
  • Bad Boss: The Brood Queen, who seemingly couldn't go a single scene without threatening her own soldiers.
  • Bad Future: Days of Future Past, the quintessential X-Men example, debuted in issue 142.
  • Berserk Button:
    • An early one of Logan's was hurting women.
    • Don't hurt Moira Mactaggert around Banshee.
  • The Big Guy: Due to the series being a Long Runner, thhere have been a few through the years:
    • Colossus for the All-New, All-Different team.
    • Namor and Colossus during Matt Fraction's run.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: During the early days of Claremont's run, Scott and Jean have finally gotten over their unrequited crush, and make out. A passing man named Jack talks to his friend Stan about how "they never used to do that when we had the book."
  • Breakout Character: Wolverine is probably the biggest example, but Storm could also count.
  • The Caligula: D'Ken of the Shi'ar Empire. His madness and quest for power lead him to nearly destroy the entire universe. He gets driven completely insane for him troubles, and disappears from the title for three decades.
  • Chick Magnet: Cyclops. Jean Grey, Coleen Wing, Aleytis Forrester, Madelyne Pryor and Emma Frost all want him.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: During the "Second Coming" crossover, a big one was that the Nimrod sentinels were being taken down remarkably easily, to the point where two X-Men could take one down together, and Namor could take three at a time. One Nimrod used to be able to take an entire X-Men team.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Stan Lee and Jack Kirby make an appearance in an issue of Claremont's run.
    • When Jean faces Firelord, he is sent flying, and a man tells his friend Dave that "he hits the ground with this incredible sound effect" just as Firelord hits the ground. While running away, he asks if Dave is still listening, to which Dave says "Chris, do us all a favor -- shut up and run!!" Dave is clearly supposed to be Dave Cockrum, the artist on The X-Men at the time, and the man is Chris Claremont himself.
  • 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.
    • Likewise, their first encounter with a rejuvenated Magneto, who lacks the insanity that characterized him prior, and mops the floor with them. Only Cyclops manages to save them, and the team makes a break for it.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Storm, in her early days, what with having first grown up as a thief in Cairo, then spent some time being worshipped as a god in Kenya. An unseen incident involved her swimming naked in the mansion pool, and not understanding everyone else's reaction.
  • Die As Yourself: When she's infected with a Brood egg, Storm tries to commit suicide in the vacuum of space.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In a training exercise, Logan tries to kill Colossus because he pushed him out of the way of a falling pillar, thus "cramping his style"... Douche.
  • Dragon Lady: Miss Locke for Arcade. She literally used the codename Dragon Lady.
  • Dying as Yourself: Jean kills herself to stop Dark Phoenix from getting out of control.
  • Enemy Mine: Averted. Magneto almost kills Mesmero for daring to defeat the X-Men.
  • Fad Super: Dazzler debuts in Issue 130
  • Fast Ball Special: This series is the Trope Namer. The main combination is Colossus throwing a Wolverine, though there are more.
    • Beast throws Nightcrawler so he can use the momentum after teleporting to quickly steal Magneto's helmet.
    • On the moon during the Dark Phoenix Saga, Wolvie tosses Colossus at Jean, since he knows he'll hesitate when trying to kill her.
  • Freak Out: Colossus completely loses it when the team goes into space for the first time, turning into metal and shredding his suit.
  • Fragile Speedster: Nightcrawler, while being the most agile member thanks to his Teleport Spam, is not particularly durable.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • Cyclops, although by no means fragile, is not particularly durable either. But his beams pack quite a punch.
    • Similarly, Jean, whose telekinesis and telepathy are incredibly powerful, but she's even ''less' durable than Scott.
    • As is the case with Jean, Storm, who can shoot friggin lightning at her enemies and create hurricanes, but is pretty vulnerable otherwise.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Sunfire and the previous X-Men team barring Cyclops in Giant Sized X-Men #1.
    • Spider-Man in Issue 123.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Wolverine and Cyclops are a pretty well-know example, with Wolvie hating Cyke for his cautiousness and Cyclops hating Wolverine for not following orders and his lone wolf tendencies. They got better, but it never really faded completely.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Rogue, who started out as a member of The Brotherhood before joining the X-Men to help with their power.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Jean thought she was pullign one when she decides that, with her TK, she can keep out lethal radiation long enough to pilot a shuttle containing the X-Men. However, the Phoenix decided differently.
  • 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.
  • I Knowyoure In There Somewhere Fight: Kitty to Storm when Storm was bitten by Dracula.
  • Improvised Cross:
    • In one eighties issue, Nightcrawler and Wolverine are fighting Dracula. Wolverine crosses his claws to make a cross and Dracula tells him that in order for that to work on him you have to believe. Nightcrawler holds up two pieces of wood in a cross-shape and tells Dracula "I believe!" and Dracula recoils. Look at it here.
    • In Uncanny X-Men Annual #6, which is a continuation to the events above, Rachel Van Helsing keeps Dracula at bay with two candlesticks forming a cross. Since she has been recently turned into a vampire, it burns her as well.
  • Inner Monologue: During Chris Claremont's run, characters had a tendency to do this.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Hijack pretty much ran on this when it came to using his phone.
  • Interactive Narrator: The narrator, who is kind of a condescending dick, sometimes taunts the characters.
    Omniscient Narrator: You and the X-Men had saved the world from a nuclear holocaust, but you lost a man to do it... and try as you might, you can't balance those scales in your mind or in your heart... can you, Cyclops?
    Cyclops: No.
    Narrator: Can you?
    Cyclops: No!
    Narrator: CAN YOU?
    Cyclops: NO!!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Early Wolverine was, put succinctly, a raging asshole, often drawing his claws on his teammates for minor offences (he once tried to kill Colossus for saving his life for God's sake). It takes some time (in and out of universe) for him to lighten up.
    • Sunfire, being a proud, racist nationalist, started off as an antagonist to the X-Men. He was later persuaded to join briefly by Charles, then almost immediately quit, then came back. However, when Logan first meets his cousin Mariko, she notes he often spoke of the X-Men with respect.
  • Kid from the Future: Rachel Summers/Grey debuted here.
  • Killer Robot: The Sentinels, not to mention the much more advance model Nimrod.
  • Large Ham: Even in a World of Ham, Storm stands out for being the hammiest. Especially during Claremont's run.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: It turns out that, when Emma and Namor confronted Sebastian Shaw about his building Sentinels, Selene made sure Emma forgot about the entire event. She remembered when she pieced her memory back together after fighting the Phoenix.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Corsair reveals to Scott that he's his father on their second meeting.
  • Missing Dad: Cyclops' dad, Corsair, shows up when the X-Men first encounter the Shi'ar, and after a quick mind-scan, Jean reveals to the X-Men their relation.
  • The Mole: Cyclops during the X-Men's first conflict with the Brood, as it's revealed that under his visor, his transformation was happening.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Gladiator of the Imperial Guard operates on this, and Just Following Orders.
  • No, Mister Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Doom invites Storm into his castle for dinner after she threatens him... and continues the dinner even though he knows she's distracting him.
  • No Nudity Taboo: Storm, before she got the hang of American sensitivities.
  • Off Model: During the Matt Fraction run, but what do you expect with Greg Land on art? Watch as Emma Frost inexplicably changes hairstyles between panels.
  • Only Friend: Black Tom Cassidy is this to Juggernaut.
  • Psycho Rangers: The X-Sentinels to the original X-Men. They're Sentinels with the same powers and abilities.
  • Purple Prose: Since the series debuted in the Silver Age, this is to be expected, but Chris Claremont's run was infamous for this, describing even the most simple actions with narration boxes.
  • Put on a Bus: Quite a few characters over the years, especially during Chris Claremont's long run.
    • The entire original group of X-Men, save Cyclops, leave after Giant-Sized X-Men. Jean, Havok and Lorna Dane return soon after, but Iceman and Angel take a while longer.
    • Banshee, who left after losing 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 founding Excalibur.
  • Rapid Aging: Magneto was de-aged to a baby before being aged back up into his regular age by Eric the Red.
  • Ridiculously Mutant Robot: Stephen Lang (no relation) managed to build X-Sentinels, who managed to imitate the powers of the original seven X-Men expertly, include Jean and the Professor's telepathy. Somehow. It took Logan's nose to figure them out.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Cyke, when he thought Jean was killed by Stephen Lang. She just manages to stop him from killing the guy.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Thunderbird for the All New, All Different X-Men, dying on their second mission.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In the classic "Days of Future Past" storyline, Kitty Pryde travels back into her old body to prevent the Sentinels' rise to power.
  • Shaming the Mob: When Rogue tries to join the X-Men, they swear then and there to quit. Professor X promptly reminds Storm that she once stood by Wolverine when he was at his worst, so why should Rogue not be given a chance? This more or less convinces them.
  • Ship Tease: Emma and Namor. She's half of why he even aligned himself with the X-Men.
  • Shout-Out: When Lilandra first appears, Misty Knight, at the time Jean's roommate, makes a Star Trek reference.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Jean tells Wolverine to shut up when he acts like a dick to try to stop her from piloting a shuttle through a solar flare (she says her TK will protect her).
  • The Smurfette Principle: With all the lineup changes over the years, there were a few rosters with only one female member:
    • Jean Grey was the only female member from issues #1 to #59 (September, 1963-August, 1969). Then supporting character Lorna Dane (Polaris) joined the team.
    • Storm was the only female member in issues #95 to #96 (October-December, 1975), after the resignations of both Jean Grey and Polaris. Then Jean rejoined the team.
    • The X-Men disbanded in 1989. The issues continued following former X-Men and their associates.
      • Jubilee was the only female protagonist in issue #252 (November, 1989).
      • Psylocke was the only female protagonist in issue #256 (December, 1989).
      • Dazzler was the only female protagonist in issue #260 (April, 1990).
      • Storm was the only female protagonist in issues #265 to #267 (August-September, 1990). She is also the only female protagonist in issue #270 (November, 1990).
    • Rogue was the only female member in issues #343 to #349 (April-November, 1997). She does not appear in issue #346 (August, 1997). Psylocke appears in her own subplot in issues #348-349 (October-November, 1997) but does not interact with the team. Then Psylocke rejoins the team.
    • The X-Men briefly disbanded in 1999. The issues continued following a duo of former X-Men. Marrow was the only female protagonist in issues #373 to #374(October-November, 1999). Then the team reformed with Rogue, Shadowcat, and Storm joining the ranks.
    • Jean Grey was the only female member in issue #394 (July, 2001). Then the title started featuring an all-male roster.
    • Stacy X was the only female member in issues #399 to #409 (December, 2001- September, 2002). Then M joined the team. Stacy was also the only female member in issues #414 (December, 2002) and #416 (February, 2003), following the departure of M. Then supporting character Husk joined the team.
    • Husk was the only female member in issue #435 (February, 2004). Followed by a spotlight episode for a male member of the team.
    • Polaris was the only female member in issue #443 (June, 2004). Then title then started featuring a new roster, with Marvel Girl/Rachel Grey, Sage, and Storm.
    • Emma Frost was the only female member in issue #492 (January, 2008). Then Storm returned. Emma was also the only female member in issues #494 to #495 (March-April, 2008) and #497 (June, 2008). Hepzibah appeared in #496 (May, 2008) and in subsequent issues.
  • Soaperizing: Exemplified during Claremont's run.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Taken Up to Eleven during the Claremont and Lobdell runs. Especially noticeable with Banshee, who really shouldn't be able to talk while using his powers.
  • Teleport Spam: Trope Codifier Nightcrawler was introduced in this series.
  • Tempting Fate: When Professor X mentions Moira Mactaggert will be looking after the mansion while he's away, Banshee assumes she'll be some manner of old hag. He is naturally speechless when he opens the door for her, and pretty much falls for her then and there.
  • That Woman Is Dead: Phoenix's introduction.
    Phoenix: Hear me, X-Men! No longer am I the woman you once knew! I am fire! And life incarnate! Now and forever — I am PHOENIX!
  • Third-Person Person: Early on, Wolverine had a tendency to refer to himself as "the Wolverine" or "Wolverine" when angry or annoyed.
  • Token Evil Teammate: During Matt Fraction's run, Emma and Namor, as both were already pretty dark and were secretly part of the Cabal.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: In #177, a powerless Storm grabs a length of pipe to defend herself when attacked during a blizzard, only to have her hands freeze to to the metal.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jean, when she becomes Phoenix, which Scott lampshades.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The first Sentinels abduct Bolivar Trask and demand he make more of them, threatening to kill him if he doesn't. The mark .ii Sentinels also turn on Larry Trask, his son, when they realise he's a Mutant, and kill him. The later Sentinels do not have this problem though, doing exactly what they were programmed for.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Cyclops and Wolverine became this over time, most notable in the few years before Schism, in which they were actually pretty tight, where Jean wasn't concerned. After Schism...
  • World of Ham: Silver Age Chris Claremont, so yeah. Lots of monologuing and shouting to yourself.

     Volume Two 

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.

The second volume provides examples of the following tropes:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Emma loses an arm against Mr. Sinister. Being in diamond form, she doesn't die from blood loss or anything, and she gets better.
  • Badass Army: Cyclops' goal, kind of carried over from the previous volume, was to establish that mutants still had one, despite the even lower numbers.
  • Badass Crew: The Extinction team, who are the protagonists. They are the biggest heavy hitters of the X-Men.
  • Big Bad: Mr Sinister. He watches the team since Schism, then tries to replace humanity with an army of his clones using Celestial tech, nearly succeeds in defeating the Phoenix Five during Avengers vs. X-Men and ends up murdering and impersonating their PR-specialist to leave completely without punishment at the end of the run. He is also the first reason for Scott to become willing to escape his captivity.
  • The Big Guy: Colossus and Namor are the heavy hitters of the Extinction Team.
  • Cannon Fodder: When the Extinction Team attacks Sinister's new city, they find that he has turned the civilians into clones of himself. Most are barely equipped to deal with one X-Man, let alone a team, and are dressed mainly for style. Needless to say, he did not give any shits about their well-being.
  • Continuity Lockout: You may think an issue 1 is a good place to jump on... No.
    • Even if you read all of the previous issues, the mural the Apex made of the cast of Uncanny X-Force will make no sense unless you read that series, specifically the "Dark Angel Saga".
  • Friendly Sniper: Hope Summers.
  • Planet of Hats: Well, Area of Hats. The Apex, a species that was born from the actions of Archangel during Uncanny X-Force, are all elitist snobs who look down on others.
  • Power Copying: Hope can copy more than one power at a time.
  • Secret Keeper: Magneto goes out of his way to keep X-Force a secret from Scott, who disbanded the previous incarnation of the team. It helps that he got Wolverine to assassinate someone for him.
  • Ship Tease: Emma and Namor. They already had a history, since Emma tried to recruit Namor into the Hellfire Club.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • Colossus, who at the time was host of Cyttorak, although it wasn't a consistent thing.
    • Also, Magik, who is still in the brig for her actions in the New Mutants series.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Captain America gives one to Cyke when he has his team leave a team-up in order to help Hope.

     Volume Three
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 Avengers vs. X-Men 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

The third volume provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Academy of Adventure: Cyclops' New Xavier School and Wolverine's Jean Grey Institute of Higher Learning.
  • Accidental Kidnapping: Cyclops is kidnapped by some bounty hunters mistaking him for Havok (their client didn't bother to mention he wanted the Summers brother who has blast rings coming out of his chest and hands}.
  • Adaptive Ability: The new Sentinel's are modified to counter any mutant power they encounter previously.
  • All for Nothing: In the final issue, Cyclops begins the mutant revolution - a peaceful demonstration that shows that mutants can co-exist with regular humans. After the 8-month Time Skip following Secret Wars (2015), mutants are going extinct because of Terrigenesis and are hated more than ever.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Maria Hill is attracted to Cyclops, despite trying to arrest him for technically being a criminal.
  • 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 Avengers vs. X-Men, 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.
  • Big Bad: Regarding the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. VS X-Men thing, it's revealed that Dark Beast was behind the conflict.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hijack, in issue #22, during S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attach on the Jean Grey school. He single-handedly ruins Dark Beast's plans.
  • Broken Ace: Magneto, Cyclops, and Emma. Also, Magik, as eventually revealed.
    • Dazzler too, after being captured and used for months without any help.
  • Black Magician Girl: Magik. Even moreso after training with Doctor Strange in the past.
  • Category Traitor: Dazzler to Cyclops' group. More so to Mystique, who 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.
  • Continuity Snarl: The arc dealing with Xavier's testament started before Wolverine bit the dust and ended after it.....which results in him being present on the beginning, but mysteriously vanishing after, which doesn't make any sense, considering that it didn't take that long in the end and the involvement of other characters (like Kitty Pryde) in both storylines.
  • 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.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Scott had a program set to ensure that the students could get to safety in the event of his, Magick, and Emma's deaths.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Tempus vs The Avengers. They couldn't even land the first hit!
    • Magneto vs Mystique and her bunch. What makes it even more awesome is that Erik is injured and has his powers broken and still gives the scumbags a run for their money.
  • Deadly Training Area: The Danger Room, naturally. Tabula Rasa as well.
  • Despair Event Horizon: As of issue 31, Cyclops now seems to have reached it. He shuts down his school and asks Ororo to take in his students!.
  • 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).
  • 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: Guess.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Cyclops and the others train the students to do this.
  • Forced to Watch: Dormammu forces Magik to watch as he orders his demons to kill her friends/students in Issue #6.
  • Frame-Up: The mysterious Bubble-Head is framing Maria Hill for the attacks against Cyclops' team so as to get them to go to war with one another. Both sides suspect something is amiss, a third-party in play, but neither one can trust that the other isn't guilty.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Matthew Malloy has very little characterization beyond "overwhelmingly powerful" and ultimately proves beyond reason, forcing the heroes to take extreme measures to deal with him.
  • 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.
    • With no one able to hold Malloy in check, Eva pulls Professor Xavier from the past and into the present. And they stop him from ever being born.
  • 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. Since coming back, they've yet to appear in this series, but Uncanny's cast appears in All-New.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Heel–Face Turn: Exodus, of all people, makes an incredibly wasted one by joining up with S.H.I.E.L.D. as the commander of their Psi division, only to be trashed by new villain Malloy a few panels later. The hows and whys are never explained, and are ultimately made moot when Malloy and the whole storyline is tied up via Ret Gone.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Emma and Illyana, who both make light of maybe robbing a casino.
  • Hot for Teacher: Eva for Cyclops initially. 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.
  • Human Resources: Guess where all that Mutant Growth Hormone in Madripoor is coming from? It's being harvested from Dazzler by Mystique.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In #19 when the team has their mutant powers nullified, somehow, Magik resorts to using the spells that she learned from Dr. Strange.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Benjamin, at first.
  • It's All My Fault: Issue #29 if full of this:
    • Magneto blames himself for not noticing Cyclops had a breakdown after killing Xavier and not is putting them in harm's way by going too far in recruiting Malloy as a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
    • Malloy blames himself for killing all those people.
    • Scott for Xavier.
  • Kill and Replace: Or "Drug and Replace in this case: Mystique has taken over Dazzler's role within S.H.I.E.L.D. without them knowing it. She's been locked up and kept sedated so Mystique can use her blood.
  • Mistaken Identity: Scott is mistaken for Alex by some bounty hunters in the Annual Issue.
  • Not a Morning Person: Emma Frost, who has told her students to never wake her.
  • Off Model: During the Uncanny X-Men/Iron Man/Nova special crossover, in Nova Special, we have Tempus spontaneously have telepathy apparently, because she got one of Irma's speech bubbles. Oops.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In Issue #17 Eva ends up lost in time for a bit and comes back after over seven years in 2099, becoming a mother, and a trip through time from the beginning to the future and then the present again.
  • 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.
    • Matthew Malloy can't initially control his powers, so he winds up killing everyone in a ten miles radius.
    • Eva up going through time by a number of several millennia because she lost control of her powers.
  • Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: Apparently this is the case with Emma, because the moment she learned Scott was killed, she regained her telepathy while in grief.
  • Rabid Cop: The cops cross into this territory more often than needed.
  • Ret Gone: Xavier and Eva eventually settle the whole Malloy issue by stopping his parents from meeting, making it so he was never born and undoing the damage. This crosses a line Scott was highly uncomfortable with.
  • 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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.
    • Magneto, who went off into his own series. He pops back up every now and again.
    • Eva decides she's graduated to the point she can do whatever the hell she wants and leaves the school.
  • 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. would track them to it, which they did in 15 minutes.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Eva's ideal for the Malloy problem and to stop Cyclops from potentially making a huge mistake. She goes back to the past, years ago when Charles Xavier was still alive and then brings him into the future, before stopping Malloy from being born.
  • 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 (including himself), Benjamin is a Shapeshifter with bonus powers, David Bond is a Technopath, and Fabio... can shoot balls from his body.
    • And then, beating them all out, is Matthew Malloy, who is considered the strongest mutant ever over the course of three issues of the Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier. He can teleport, read minds, matter annihilation, and a huge amount of other powers.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Cyclops gets Matthew to simply talk to him before he uses his powers to hurt anyone else. Then SHIELD kills him and Magik for a few issues.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When these come off in Issue 1 every Sentinel attacking Cyclops' group was wiped out.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Malloy certainly thinks so.
  • 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.
    • Tempus can move them throughout time to avoid attacks.
    • Magik deserves mention too since started studying magic with Doctor Strange. In one possible future, she will have become Sorcerer Supreme of the Galaxy.
    • Hijack started out being able to turn on cars and stuff... And can now hijack Helicarriers that themselves are already hijacked.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Dazzler of all people, who unlawfully takes Fabio into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. As he pointed out, they did kidnap him, although S.H.I.E.L.D. has done worse and her interrogation wasn't violent. That being said, Mystique doesn't do wonders for her reputation afterwards since she's intent on taking down both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Cyclops.
    • The general staff of JGS at times, but Iceman just can't help but shoot barb after barb at Cyke.
    • To the surprise of everyone we have Eva Bell, who blames Cyclops for the Malloy incident (which he had nothing to do with since that was in motion long ago) and threatens him to pull his shit together or she'd make it so his parents never met and he wasn't born.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The students find a picture of the original New Mutants and are astounded at how normal Magik used to be.
  • Villain Decay: In the same issue as his first appearance, no less, the villain behind Cyke's kidnapping goes from sipping wine and acting regal and menacing to a complete pushover who can't stand up to his hired Elite Mooks.
  • 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, see Heart Is an Awesome Power.
  • 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.
    • Inflicted upon the incredibly powerful Exodus by Matthew Malloy as a quick and easy way for Bendis to demonstrate how powerful he was.
  • 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.

     Volume Four 

In the wake of Secret Wars (2015), a new series will begin as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative. Written by Cullen Bunn, this series will feature a darker roster of characters doing what they have to when mutants once again become an endangered species. The confirmed roster so far includes Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth (still inverted from AXIS), M, Archangel, Mystique and Fantomex.

The fourth volume provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Kinda sorta used by Exodus, who is targeting mutants kidnapped by the villainous Someday Corporation and giving them telepathic "nudging" to work for him instead. Magneto flips out over this, despite doing worse to the Marauders in his 2014 solo series (which this run is more or less a direct continuation of).
  • The Bus Came Back: Exodus and Elixir make a surprise reappearance in issue 19, saving Magneto from a slow death courtesy of Psylocke.
  • Continuity Nod: Magneto allying with the Hellfire Club is an obvious nod to his dalliance with them in Claremont's legendary run.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The pacifistic Shen Xorn single-handedly curb-stomps the Dark Riders.
    • Exodus is also given one of these courtesy of Magneto, though writer Cullen Bunn hinted in an interview that Ex may have let him win that one.
  • Darker and Edgier: The team has a really dark roster. Mags is already a borderline Villain Protagonist at his best, but Archangel has been a psychotic murderer before, Fantomex constantly feels an urge to kill, and Sabretooth still has an incredibly high body count. The team is much darker than any previous incarnation of the X-Men. See In-Name-Only.
    • Elixir was already going down this route, but he cranks it up a notch here, doing things like torturing the Dark Riders by continuously killing and resurrecting them with his powers.
    • M's characterization is also given a Darker and Edgier turn. Unlike the above characters, she has not been a particularly dark character before, but here she is written as being perfectly willing to risk a mutant's life by going into his mind "like a bull in a china shop" to get information Magneto wants.
  • Dirty Business: Is what the team focuses on.
  • Enemy Mine: Magneto's X-Men form an alliance with the Hellfire Club.
  • Evil, Inc.: Someday Corp, a company that is capitalizing on the mutant-killing Terrigen Mists by offering desperate mutants a chance to be put into stasis until the Mists pass. Predictably, their motives are anything but benign.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: As of issue 19 Magneto's X-Men have scattered to the four winds, broken up partly by Erik's ruthless leadership style and partly by external forces.
  • Idiot Ball: The trained assassin Psylocke inflicts a fatal wound on Magneto and then leaves him to die slowly rather than finish him off. Of course help arrives for Magneto moments after she leaves in the form of the two omega-level mutants who feel indebted to him.
  • In-Name-Only: Many have noted that the series sounds and looks like it has more in common with X-Force than a traditional Uncanny run. Specifically, it's almost a carbon copy of the third X-Force volume in both its premise and scope.
  • It's Personal: Psylocke takes this attitude towards Magneto after telling him she'll kill him if he goes too far in the name of mutantkind and Erik of course going on to do exactly that.
  • Mind Rape: Mystique's encounter with Exodus does not end well for her.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: No one really trusts Sabertooth and Callisto tries to out and out kill him when he and M arrive to help the Morlocks.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Magneto puts Exodus into stasis after defeating him, referring to him as a "fail-safe" when asked by Xorn about him. As of issue 19 he's back, making that one of his shortest sealings ever.
  • Sequel Series: It's basically a continuation of Bunn's Magneto run.
  • Ship Tease:
    • M and Sabretooth are attracted to each other.
    • The series brings back the Psylocke/Angel relationship, which was previously shelved once Angel lost his memory in favour of Psylocke/Fantomex.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Apocalypse's Dark Riders are attempting to expedite what they believe to be the oncoming extinction of mutants by hunting down and killing any mutant healers that could ameliorate cases of M-Pox from the Terrigen mists.
  • Smug Snake: The characterization for Exodus here seems to draw from his use as a smirking heel in the 1998 Quicksilver series, as opposed to most of his other appearances. Perhaps not coincidentally, the aforementioned Quicksilver run (which was a rather low seller in its day) was released in trade paperback form just a year earlier.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Everyone on the team is an anti-hero to a degree, but Archangel is the closest to this trope.
  • Unexpected Character: Elixir and Triage. Of note:the latter sticks around after he shows up, unlike the former who seemingly gets killed in a tragic manner.
    • Xorn, due to the massive Continuity Snarl surrounding him and unlike the other two is thus far a recurring character.
    • As of issue 19 Elixir is back and has teamed up with Exodus to watch Magneto's back.
  • The Worf Effect: Seems to be the sole reason for the appearance of Exodus, who is given a sound thrashing by Magneto in issue #14 to show that Mags is back on the Creep end of his perpetual Power Creep, Power Seep. Cullen Bunn even hints via Word of God that Exodus threw this fight, harkening to this trope's earliest roots.