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Comic Book: Wolverine and the X-Men
Welcome to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning

Wolverine and the X-Men is an ongoing Marvel comic series, written by Jason Aaron, that began in 2011, running for 42 issues. It loosely mimics the concept of the animated series of the same name.

After the events of Schism tore Wolverine and Cyclops apart, Wolverine left the mutant island of Utopia to return to the ruins of the school in Westchester. Taking several of the X-Men with him to act as teachers for new students, Wolverine rebuilt the school, with himself and Kitty Pryde as the heads. He named it The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, as both a homage to (the yet again deceased) Jean Grey as well as a huge middle finger to Scott Summers.

The series switches between a focus on a handful of the teachers (Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Beast, Iceman, Rachel Grey, later Storm) and the students. The main cast of students includes:Joining after Avengers vs. X-Men:

Kade Killgore, a psychopathic 12 year old, leads the newly revitalized Hellfire Club, and is the main villain of the series. Basically everything that happens ever is his fault (with the exception of Avengers vs. X-Men, as far as we know anyway).

The first series ended, replaced by a new series with the same name in March of 2014. The second series will end in December 2014 and rebooted as Spider-Man and the X-Men, in which Peter Parker is asked to join the Jean Grey School as councilor as one of Wolverine's last wishes following his death.


The 2011 series provides examples of:

  • Academy of Adventure: The series in a nuthsell.
  • Academy of Evil: The Hellfire Academy
  • A Day in the Limelight: Issue #41 was one for Toad. Highlighting his fall back into villainy.
  • Almighty Janitor: Toad doesn't stand out much, but he has a plethora of experience and is the only one who can properly clean the school.
  • Attention Whore: Oh, Quentin
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The Hellfire Club tried this on Quentin in Issue 32. It failed.
  • Born Unlucky: Trevor
  • Bound and Gagged: Not exclusive to this series, but Quentin gets tied up a lot
  • The Chew Toy: Trevor and Toad.
  • Class Clown: Quentin
  • Class Trip: A recent arc involved the main students taking a field trip to the Savage Land.
    • The Jean Grey School website has an entire list of special events including field trips to places like Asgard, Stark Industries, and "Headmaster Logan's 'favorite sushi joint in the whole Eastern hemisphere'".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Toad managed to take down Sauron and Mondo with ease to free Quentin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quentin again. Even under torture.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Mondo of the Hellfire Academy is aptly described by Quentin as "Mojo with boobs."
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Bobby literally teaches a class called "Algebra Sucks: I Know, But You Still Have To Learn It"
  • Extraverted Nerd: Quentin
  • Face-Heel Turn: Husk defects to the Hellfire Academy. Although is is attributed to her apparent molting problem ever since the book started as it is part of a Secondary Mutation.
    • Glob goes over to the Hellfire Club during the Savage Lands trip.
    • So do Idie and Quentin in Issue #29 and 30. Although both of them have different reasons. In Idie's case, it's so she can kill whoever shot Broo and in Quentin's case the instructors automatically assume he's a traitor at the first sign, given he's got a very rebellious nature. He uses it to his advantage to go help Idie.
    • Toad gets kicked out of Wolverine's School because of the Hellfire Incident and now works with Frankenstein.
  • Fan Disservice: Idie, a 14-year-old girl, dressing up as the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Future Badass: Everyone but especially Eye-Boy who goes on to become Eye-Man, who directs actions of both X-Men and Avengers from a floating sentinel's head in space and capable of Free-Fall Fight from orbit with science vampires. Did we mention his Cool Guns? Future Badass indeed.
  • Genre Savvy: Quentin
    • "You act like you've never been trapped in a prehistoric jungle before. Learn your history. It's practically an X-Men Rite of passage."
    • "Look around, Jean Grey. This is the X-Men. If there's one thing we do more often than time travel and come back from the dead... it's randomly hook up with each other."
    • "Have you ever heard of a super hero wedding that wasn't crashed by aliens or... I don't know... six-breasted, two-headed, Amazon women wearing nothing but thongs?" (Technically not from this series, but a good example nonetheless)
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Iara has some serious anger management issues.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Toad goes from villain to working for the X-Men to betraying them for Hellfire and now looking to go back. In the end this is cemented in Issue #41 as he regretfully leaves behind Husk and goes back to being a villain while stating I Am What I Am.
  • High School Dance: What high school series would be complete without a school dance to celebrate before the probable end of the world?
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: In Issue #33: Big Bad Kade Kilgore succumbs to puberty at the most inopportune moment possible after getting Idie into the Black Queen outfit.
  • Hot Teacher: Kind of comes with the territory.
  • I Am a Monster: Idie says this a lot. Justified because Idie lived in a very conservative village in Africa before the X-Men found her. She was raised to believe that all mutants are abominations in the eyes of God. This is also why she can be lethally ruthless in battle. She figures she's a monster, and damned, already, so she can't make anything worse by acting the part.
  • I Am What I Am: Why Toad breaks things off with Paige and goes with Frankinstein, because one day she'd see him for what he really was.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Maria Hill comes off as being paranoid and unrepentant in issue #38, but just about everything she said is true. She has been taking steps with liaison officer Dazzler, but neither of the X-Men teams work with her; the X-Men fight each other more than enemies, they make Death Is Cheap, they violate the rules of Time Travel, and one of their own who had gone rogue did pull the trigger on the weapons they had and caused a hell of a lot of problems. Their only argument is about SHIELD having Sentinels, which being the director is something she should have control over and investigate.
  • Magikarp Power: Trevor
  • Mischief for Punishment: Xavier points out that getting detention isn't really a punishment for Quentin so much as it is a cry for attention, and punishes him by nominating him for class president instead.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Toad is working for the Hellfire Club, partly because of this and the other half is because he's Defecting for Love.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Broo at least before he gets shot.
  • New Transfer Student:
    • Iara, Jia and Trevor
    • During Avengers vs. X-Men, a bunch of the students from Utopia came to the school too.
    • In a way, Broo and Kubark probably count too, since they're aliens.
  • Out of Focus: Several of the adult X-Men who came with Wolverine to Westchester only make a handful of appearances, usually in crowd scenes. This is lampshaded in #19's Terrible Interviewees Montage; Chamber is among those interviewed over an opening in the school's faculty, leading him to ask "Don't I already work here?"
  • The Quincy Punk: Quentin fits this trope pretty well, although there's a lot more to him than that.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Quentin
  • Royal Brat: Kubark fits this to a T.
  • Sanity Slippage: Husk's Face-Heel Turn is implied to be because of her molting problem having an effect on her sanity. At the Hellfire Academy she's the lunch lady and the librarian and spends all her time screaming at the students while ripping off her skin. She even considers her shedding a priority at this point and wonders how long before she'll shed down to her soul. This is later revealed to be a secondary mutation as her molting also affects her mind.
  • The Spartan Way: The Shi'ar Boarding Academy appears to be like this.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Quentin makes a Psychic Shotgun and a pair of Handguns in contrast to Psylocke and Pixie's blades. Rachel goes with an ax and sword combo.
  • Student and Master Team: Wolverine and Quentin, when they went to Planet Sin.
  • Student Council President: Quentin Quire was elected president, surprising approximately zero readers (although the circumstances were a little less predictable).
  • Superhero School
  • Take That, Critics!: The book has a rather mean-spirited one after the AVX tie-ins end, with Doop attacking a Nun who's criticizing the school, citing one issue that people have criticized the book over (making Wolverine the headmaster, despite him being the absolute worst candidate for that role), then one argument that almost no one has said (Kitty teaching calculus...which shouldn't surprise anyone given she used to be a Teen Genius), then starts to criticize Iceman before being shut up violently.
  • Teen Genius: Quentin thinks ten million "brilliant" thoughts per second.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Quentin, when he's tortured by the Hellfire Academy.
  • Tragic Hero: Potentially Evan and Idie.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: A big reason Wolverine decided to open the school was to stop the kids from being soldiers and having to kill.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Trevor
  • Young Entrepreneur: Kade Killgore. He set up a school for villains just so in the future he'd have more sentinels to sell.

The 2014 series provides examples of:

  • Emo Teen: Quentin in the new series. He constantly broods over his perceived loss of identity and control, much to chagrin of some of the staff and students.
  • Future Badass: Quentin is destined to become the Phoenix. Though as soon as he figures it out, he starts freaking out, acting out more than usual.
    • Future Me Scares Me: Quentin dreads his future because he feels it's taking away his ability to make his own choices and decisions and be his own person.
    • I Hate Past Me: His future self wasn't too friendly with him the second time they met.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Though Hellion does get aggressive towards Quentin in the first issue (in front of Storm no less), he does make a valid point when calling Quentin out for going too far in his tantrum stemming from his future and the teachers putting their faith in him. None of the other students know that they'll have anything related to as good a future as Quentin, let alone even pass their classes.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Quentin leaves after seeing his future self become evil.

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