Comic Book / X-Factor
aka: X-Factor

X-Factor debuted as an X-Men spinoff in early 1986. Around that time, Xavier was heading into space to be with his love Lilandra, who just happened to be the Empress of the galactic Shi'ar Empire. They and the X-Men were on pretty good terms, particularly after they saved both the Empire and the Universe from the previous Shi'ar Emperor.

And, in addition to all that, it just so happened that Magneto was recently trying to turn a new leaf. Oh, and it also just so happened... that Jean Grey had not died a few years before. And finally, Beast, Angel, and Iceman had recently joined a brand-spankin' new version of The Defenders. This didn't last long, and it ended with everyone except for the aforementioned three being killed off. Don't worry, they got better. So now, those three characters were free game for other projects.

So... here's what all of this resulted in: Charles Xavier decided to go into space to be with Lilandra, and put the recently reformed Magneto in charge, in his stead. However, Cyclops had a problem with that, what with, you know... Magneto previously being the X-Men's deadly Arch-Enemy and all. So, Cyclops reunited with Iceman, Angel, The Beast, and Jean Grey (notice it's the original X-Men lineup), after learning of how she was now alive again. The group dedicated themselves to continuing Charles Xavier's dream.

And if you want even more details, just go to Wikipedia.

After they rejoined the expanded team of X-Men, the title now switched to detailing the exploits of a new, government-sanctioned team of mutants, most notable for turning C-List Fodder like Jamie Madrox into ascended extras. That series was cancelled in 1998, and seven years later Marvel launched a new series with Madrox as the lead character of a new X-Factor series, where most of the old team and some new members had become private investigators.

Technically, there have been three X-Factor series so far: one about the mutant superhero team, which started in 1986; a mostly unrelated series about FBI agents in the same universe, and one about the mutant detective team, which started in 2006. However, after Peter David took over the original series, the roster and style of the series was so different from what came before it that it was basically a separate series. So this page refers to four separate X-Factor series, meaning the original, starring the five original X-Men as mutants pretending to be Cape Busters, the second era of that same title, which began with PAD taking over and continued with several other writers, starring C-List Fodder as mutants openly working for the government; the newer series, also written by PAD but with an adversarial relationship with the government and more Film Noir elements than most superhero comics, and finally the All-New era. The detective-era book eventually resumed the numbering of the old series, so the series breaks down into: vol. 1 #1-#70 (original X-Men), #71-#149 (government team), vol. 2 #1-#50 (detectives), then #200-the present (still detectives). The series concluded in late 2013.

In 2014, Marvel launched All-New X-Factor, still with Peter David and renumbered again. They're a corporate superteam now, with Polaris as their leader. Gambit and Quicksilver joined in the first issue. Their bankroller is the mysterious Harrison Snow of Serval Industries. The series concluded with issue #20.

Has nothing to do with the reality series.

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    Original X-Factor 

The first series provides examples of the following tropes:
Same old X-Men, fresh new flavor.

  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Wolfsbane when she was a member. It should be noted that, while Beast was also one of the founding members, he is more of a Beast Man than an ATS since he doesn't take after one particular animal or another.
  • Bat Family Crossover: "Inferno", "The Xtinction Agenda", and "The Muir Island Saga", the last of which led directly to the major lineup changes.
  • Big Bad: Apocalypse
  • Brainwashed: Even though Warren had willingly agreed to serve Apocalypse in exchange for new wings (bear in mind he was borderline suicidal at the time, and everyone thought he was dead), Apocalypse still programmed him to be loyal. It wasn't thorough enough, though, and Warren rejoined X-Factor.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Havok during part of the "Inferno" storyline.
  • Cape Busters: When they first started using the name X-Factor, the team pretended to be normal humans who captured mutants as an excuse to recruit young mutants to train.
  • The Chessmaster: Cameron Hodge
  • Cloning Blues: Jean learns to deal with two beings copying her body. Madelyne, meanwhile, couldn't cope with the revelation of being a clone.
  • Evil Costume Switch:
    • Havok when he becomes the Goblin Prince to Madelyne Pryor (although the switch in question is really just his old suit reduced to tatters to match Madelyne's outfit).
    • Angel, as Death of the Four Horsemen (he kept his costume after returning to X-Factor and becoming Archangel).
    • Caliban, as a willing servant of Apocalypse.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
  • Five-Man Band: The same dynamic as the group was when they were the first X-Men team.
  • Flashback: How Jean came back was summarized by Warren, although the As You Know aspect for the first part was getting on Scott's nerves.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: Nanny and Orphan-Maker
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Jean plays with this when she wears an evening dress and fur coat, and then acts like a snowball fight with Scott is an epic battle.
  • Little Black Dress: Jean wears one in the first issue, and another in the three issue arc where she loses her winter coat and then replaces it with a fur coat.
  • Losing Your Head: Memo to Cameron Hodge: don't kill the girlfriend of the guy with brand-new razor-sharp wings after you've already betrayed his team and ruined his life. Though Hodge did plan ahead.
  • The Men in Black: The team's cover story at first was as an organization like this.
  • Pretty in Mink: Jean buys a white fur coat in issue #53, and some background ladies would occasionally wear fur.
    • In issue #55, Hanks saves the life of a Streetwalker who is wearing a full length white fur coat.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Jean gets the original team together to find a way to help mutants again (unfortunately Cameron Hodge takes advantage of that, among other things).
  • Retcon: How Jean was brought back. But unlike Dallas, this didn't actually contradict any of the past events in the stories (although the later rehash "Endsong" would contradict events from the "Dark Phoenix Saga").
  • Spin-Off: Of The Uncanny X-Men
  • Snowball Fight: #53: Superpowers style, with Jean even calling herself "The Queen of the Icy North!"
  • Tonight Someone Proposes: Scott proposes to Jean in issue #53. She turns him down (but after some Character Development, she successfully proposes to him a few years later).

    X-Factor 1990s 

The second series provides examples of the following tropes:
Welcome to the Nineties...

  • Ascended Extra: On the second team, Multiple Man and especially Strong Guy, who had little personality and neither a codename nor a last name before joining.
  • Bat Family Crossover: Often lampshaded, as the cast usually doesn't fit in with the X-Men's tendencies toward Darker and Edgier and Wangst. Doc Samson comments that they're "refreshingly normal" for a mutant team, and Strong Guy's wisecracking during the otherwise grim X-Cutioner's Song crossover leads Havok to say, "stop it, you're embarrassing me." During the Phalanx Covenant crossover, Strong Guy comments on how he hasn't even met most of the roster of the other X-Books.
  • Catch Phrase: The initial government lineup tended to say "cripes" a lot. Then there's Strong Guy's made-up insult, "blork", his politically correct term for mutants "geecees" (short for "genetically challenged"), frequently threatening "I'll defenestrate 'em" when a villain does something offensive, and several instances where someone responds to "nobody move!" with, "mind if I scratch my nose?"
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: Rick Chalker attempts to use rotors grafted in place of his hands as weapons, extremely incompetently.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone on the initial government lineup cracks wise, and three characters served as Designated Joker: Madrox, Strong Guy and Quicksilver. When their government liaison is unexpectedly teleported in, Strong Guy quips, "oh, good, the comic relief is here."
  • Fun Personified: Madrox got a little more serious after discovering his duplicates are alive, and Strong Guy got a little Darker and Edgier after revealing a Dark and Troubled Past and suffering a massive heart attack, but both of them actually cope with their pain through humor.
  • Genius Bruiser: Strong Guy was a nerdy, grade A-student at junior high.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: more of a reference really, but one issue revealed that the team's government liaison, Val Cooper, really envied her brother the FBI agent, who gets really cool cases:
    Cooper: one time, they found this girl. She was dead, wrapped in plastic...
  • Me's a Crowd: Madrox's mutant power.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Jamie constantly uses his dupes like this, sending them out to learn and explore the world, creating them on the other side of locked doors, playing duets on piano (pity the only song he knows is "Chopsticks") and the above super-babysitting example.
    • Quicksilver is shown reading books at super-speed, and everyone takes a crack at prying a stubborn lid off a jar of mayo, but even Polaris's magnetic powers and Havok's plasma blasts are useless.
  • Pretty in Mink: Lorna wore a fur-trimmed coat or two.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Random, a bounty hunter, is wreaking havoc in downtown Washington, D.C. because he's chasing a bounty. X-Factor arrives and defeats him, by paying him *more* than the bounty was worth.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The 3 Chalker brothers' individual attempts to avenge each other's deaths as well as their combined vendetta once they were resurrected by a demon.
  • Shout-Out: This book was written by Peter David. In the early nineties. An abundance of pop cultural references were inevitable. See right below for one of many examples.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Valerie Cooper, X-Factor's human government liaison, is buried in a ton of paperwork. Baldrick, her assistant says to deal with the paperwork, "I have a cunning plan." After Valerie goes on about how Baldrick wouldn't know a cunning plan if it bit him in the arse says, "You don't suppose they'd know it if we burned it all." Baldrick admits this was his cunning plan.
    "You ask me, I blame society."
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Madrox, although he obviously got better.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The "power" of Vague from the aforementioned Hell's Belles was that she was transparent. Not even invisible. Just transparent.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lorna's green hair.

    X-Factor Noir (2000s) 

The third series provides examples of the following tropes:
Re-tooled Nineties as gritty noir.

  • Affably Evil: The elderly Doctor Doom is amazingly polite, by Doom's standards at least, toward Madrox and Layla. Until his inevitable betrayal.
  • All Gays Love Theater: Lampshaded when Rictor refuses to watch musicals with his TV-obsessed boyfriend, Shatterstar, because he "doesn't want to be stereotypical". Shatterstar asks Rahne about this, but she just says has no idea what he meant.
  • Amicable Exes: Longshot and Dazzler.
  • Anything That Moves: Shatterstar. PAD has stated he's become "sexually curious about anything with a pulse", taking a cue from Torchwood's Captain Jack Harkness. Deconstructed when Rictor starts thinking he doesn't care about their relationship.
  • Ascended Extra: Same as in the second series. Monet was the Alpha Bitch of an X-Men spinoff series that was cancelled years before, Rictor was C-List Fodder who had lost his powers in a Crisis Crossover, Shatterstar is a Continuity Snarl '90s Anti-Hero, Siryn is a Distaff Counterpart of her father and Layla was a Living MacGuffin in a Crisis Crossover. It seems like Peter David's whole plan whenever he writes series named X-Factor is to create as many examples of this trope as possible. And it is glorious.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Jamie Madrox keeps attempting to treat his Mutant adventures as Noir Detective novels. Usually, he fails miserably.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Layla's mutant power. She can bring people back from the dead!... unfortunately, they no longer have a soul and as such, always Came Back Wrong.
    • Shatterstar's powers would be this ANYWHERE but X-Factor, since he requires one of three teammates as a psychic anchor to teleport and both the teleporting and his "sword energy blast things" need about as much recovery time as a Super Saiyan.
  • Bad Future: Bishop's Future shows up, when one of Madrox's dupes is sent there. The government is oppressive, several major cities are outright abandoned, Mutants are practically extinct, and the few left are put in camps guarded by sentinels, and to Madrox's horror no-one has flight rings or jetpacks, or even heard of Inspector Clouseau.
    Madrox: The future sucks.
  • Badass Longcoat:
    • Madrox seems to prefer one of these.
    • Shatterstar wore one when he first showed back up, but has since switched to a shorter jacket.
  • Badass Normal: Rictor, who lost his powers in the Decimation. Peter David describes him as the "moody former mutant who believes he's useless and yet keeps happening to save the day." As of Avengers: Children's Crusade #6, he officially has been repowered by the Scarlet Witch herself. Peter David has stated on his blog that he will not be reversing it.
  • Bald of Awesome: Guido and Darwin.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Jamie grows one, after he accidentally absorbs his newborn son.
  • Been There, Shaped History: More recent than most, but according to Monet, she had a part in the Marvel universe's versions of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie getting together.
    • Layla helps start the Summers Rebellion, meaning she has a part in Bishop's origins. And since she's responsible for Trevor Fitzroy's Start of Darkness, she's also indirectly responsible for Emma Frost's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mess with Monet's mind. Just...don't.
    • Trying to hurt anyone who Shatterstar sees as a teammate is a very bad idea, unless you fancy having two feet of sharp metal shoved through your abdomen. Double this if you're threatening his boyfriend.
    • Lately, it's become a bad idea to threaten Monet whenever Darwin's around, even if she's very capable of taking care of herself.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • Monet and Siryn. In fact, Monet is actually called Veronica Lodge at one point.
    • Shatterstar and Wolfsbane. It doesn't help that Rictor thinks he's the Baby Daddy and has previously stated he believes in having a Shotgun Wedding.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Darwin is normally the nice, quiet guy on the team. But when he finally gets angry? Yeah, you're pretty screwed.
  • Big Bad: Tryp is this for the initial storyline. And for the Cortex arc as well.
  • Body Horror:
    • Darwin. His powers will transform him into whatever is necessary to survive — shoot his head off, and he'll grow a head from his torso, drop wreckage on him and he'll become an oozing mass.
    • Mutant Town was filled with plenty of examples, especially of former mutants that still had their physical deformities.
  • Boldly Coming: Heroics aside, Longshot's main contributions to Earth are making a LOT of women happy. Sometimes repeatedly.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Guido at first, but it gets fixed. Shatterstar and Monet later on, courtesy of Cortex.
  • Brainy Brunette: Monet and Rictor. Madrox might also count.
  • Bury Your Gays: Averted. Word of God has explicitly stated that killing either Rictor or Shatterstar would be too obvious, and he'd rather find more interesting ways of creating angst.
  • Came Back Wrong: Layla's mutant power does this. Trevor Fitzroy was originally a hero and prominent member of the Summer's Rebellion before Layla was forced to raise him from the dead. The resurrection transformed him into a soulless monster who would go on to murder Bishop's sister and travel back in time to murder the Hellions. As of issue #218, Guido. Again, thanks to Layla.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Pip the Troll.
  • Catch Phrase / Phrase Catcher: Layla Miller. She knows stuff.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Longshot
  • Civvie Spandex: Jamie Madrox
  • C-List Fodder: Somewhere between this and Ascended Extra for almost all the team. Best demonstrated in World War Hulk: X-Men, where Hulk comments that the battle was becoming ridiculous as he didn't even know who the members of X-Factor were.
  • Continuity Nod: Mention is made of Havok being a 'Nexus Being', meaning he's connected to every other version of himself in the Multiverse, as was established in Exiles.
  • Creepy Child:
    • Layla Miller. Not anymore though: she was stranded in the future, and returned as an adult.
    • The team also regards Valeria Richards as quite creepy, remarking on her similarity to Layla.
  • Cure Your Gays: Rahne believes Rictor is only in a relationship with Shatterstar because he's been brainwashed, or something similar. When confronted on this by an irate Rictor, she realises how silly it sounds.
  • Cyborg: Cortex is this.
  • Deceptive Legacy: A supervillain behaves heroically for the sake of his son, whose mother told him that his dad is a superhero.
  • Depending on the Artist:
    • Monet's skin colour. (Though this might be more of a Race Lift.)
    • Also true for Darwin.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Shatterstar, teaching himself to drive in a stolen vehicle. He isn't BAD, per se, but he drives in the middle of the road and thinks the brake is "useless" because it makes them slow down. No-one is surprised when he crashes several pages later. Terry's reaction causes this to double as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Dumb Blonde: Longshot. Subverted with Layla.
  • Ear Ache: What happens when Siryn uses the phone while flying.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Played with.
    • Guido: Came Back Wrong thanks to Layla. Murdered Rahne's son. Is now a lord of Hell.
    • Darwin: Gone walkabout after having to evolve to survive an attack from Hela made him sort of a death god wannabe.
    • Darkhorse Victory: Guido in the penultimate arc, The Hell On Earth War. While everyone else is busy fighting everyone else, and thus aren't paying much to attention to him, Guido stabs Tyre — Wolfsbane's son — and in doing so, becomes the new Lord of all the Hells. All the hells. And as of this writing and the now-current Thunderbolts run, this victory seems to have stuck.
    • Rahne: Son murdered by Guido. Has left the hero game to become a minister.
    • Monet: Brought back from the dead by Guido thanks to his Hell lord powers. Having a little trouble coping with it.
    • Rictor and Shatterstar: Last seen on Mojoworld, working to ensure that Shatterstar's past plays out correctly.
    • Terry: Ascended to goddesshood.
    • Lorna: Dumped by her boyfriend. Team scattered to the four winds after the Hell war. Got drunk. Tried to shoot her brother. Bailed out of jail by Harrison Snow and became leader of the new corporate-sponsored X-Factor.
    • Jamie and Layla: Living happily ever after on Jamie's farm after The Morrigan (formerly Terry), cured Jamie's having been transformed into a demon. They're expecting their first child.
  • Enfant Terrible: Rahne's son may be one of these. Especially when he disembowels someone moments after being born.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Terry, with her sexy hypnosis voice.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Longshot, and to a lesser extent Shatterstar.
  • Fiery Redhead: Terry, Rahne, and Shatterstar.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Rictor (accidentally) gets temporary use of Quicksilver's Terrigen crystals.
  • For the Evulz: Terry uses a her hypnotic voice to make a concert-goer at a hate rally go and buy the most expensive rug he can find. Monet approves of this, and neither of them feel slightly guilty for it.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Rictor seems to exclusively date violent redheads. Terry has hooked up with both Jamie and later Deadpool.
  • Hope Spot: Rahne finds her son, Tier, and vows to look after him. Cue Hell on Earth, and Guido killing him to rule Hell.
  • Humans Are Morons: The general crux of a lecture Doctor Doom gives to Madrox, as to why the government hates and fears Mutants, yet gladly give people like Doom free reign.
  • I Die Free: Bolivar Trask, during the Second Coming crossover, after Monet frees him from Bastion's control.
  • I Have No Son: Rahne's response to her son after he violently attacked her attacker after coming out of her mouth.
  • Immortal Assassin: Cortex seems like this. He shrugs off getting punched through the chest by Monet, recovers instantly from getting dropped down an elevator shaft, getting his arm chopped off just annoys him. About the only person that can threaten him is Trevor Fitzroy, which is why he takes him out instantly. Then Layla brings him back.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Jamie eventually decides to kill himself after absorbing his son. But just when he's about to do it, Layla returns from the future, and takes him with her.
  • Istanbul Not Constantinople: In Bishop's future, JFK Airport has been renamed BHO Airport.
  • It Amused Me: An elderly Doctor Doom's reason for assisting Tryp and Falcone in creating Cortex.
  • "Join the Army," They Said: Darwin has this complaint when bits of sentinel fall on him.
    Darwin: "Join X-Factor, she said. We're low-key. No giant robots..."
  • Kick the Dog: At the start of Day 5 of "Breaking Points", Madrox explodes at Havoc over the departures of roughly half the team, eventually asking him "Isn't there a beloved teacher you should be killing?"
  • Large Ham: Jamie Madrox, especially early in the series when he hasn't grown up as much. Shatterstar. Rictor, when he's undercover. In fact, everyone on the team has probably had a Large Ham moment at one point or another.
    • This is how Jamie knows when Guido is lying.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Dr. Anthony Falcone's parents were supposedly killed in a "mutant-related incident" when he was a child. This left him with a fanatical (even by the standards of his timeline) hatred of mutants. He would eventually institute an elaborate and convoluted plot (involving Time Travel) to wipe out mutantkind. But in attempting to suck all the mutants into the time vortex, it turns out that he and his giant sentinel robots get sucked into his own past, crashing into his childhood home and killing his parents. He was really the one responsible for their deaths all along.
  • Moral Pragmatist: In the Alternate Timeline of Earth-1191, Doctor Doom has become old and unsound in mind and body. He chooses to help the heroes simply because it allows him to stretch his still-impeccable intellect and retain mental lucidity for greater periods of time. He makes it clear, however, that if he ever became healthy again, he'd probably go back to his old ways.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shatterstar
  • Ms. Fanservice: Monet
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In the third series and the miniseries preceding it, Jamie explained that for the past several years (after the end of the previous series, apparently) Jamie has been sending out dupes to lead independent lives. When they return to him and he reabsorbs them, he gets all their knowledge and skills, such as martial arts, lockpicking and lawyering. Additionally, both the Madrox mini and some early X-Factor issues make a big deal out of how Jamie has to absorb his dupes before they die, or else lose their memories. Dead dupes get the ability to be absorbed automatically right around the time Jamie needs to send some into potential future time-lines.
  • Noodle Incident: Lorna mentions she had a psychotic episode at a Comicon once, but doesn't elaborate.
    • Whatever happened to Shatterstar before he reappeared.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Rictor.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Get Siryn mad enough, and this starts to happen.
  • Oracular Urchin: Layla Miller. She knows stuff.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Monet starts flirting with Darwin. As it turns out, she's Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane.
  • Portal Cut: Happens to an alternate version of Reed Richards at one point.
  • Precocious Crush: In a way. Layla didn't act like she had a crush on Jamie Madrox, but several times told him, that they eventually going to get married. After she got a Plot-Relevant Age-Up, this indeed happened.
  • Pregnant Badass: Terry. And Rahne. Don't count on what you think a hormonal WMD will do, indeed.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: And how...
  • Red Herring: Early in the series (Prior to Civil War) we see that Wolfsbane will kill Madrox & Layla on their wedding night. Fast forward to 2011, and it turns out that it's actually Rahne's daughter who can morph into any wolf form, including her mother's. Oh, and that it doesn't take place on Earth-616, either.
  • Reforged into a Minion: What happened to the second dupe Madrox sent into the future.
  • Relationship Reveal: Rictor and Shatterstar, after years of subtext, finally got that on-panel kiss. After issues of dealing with an unrelated crossover, they finally score their second on panel kiss, and eventually their first on panel love scene. Well, almost anyway. A certain wolf had to just show up and accidentally ruin it for the poor guys.
  • Retgone: What Tryp and Falcone try to do to members of the Summers Rebellion, by killing their ancestors via Time Travel. Interestingly, the fact that people are disappearing is noticed.
  • The Reveal: Cortex is one of Madrox's dupes.
  • Science Fantasy: Keeping in mind that the protagonists are Mutants, whose super powers have a scientific, genetic basis (if in a Hollywood Evolution sort of way). But many of their antagonists, especially later in the series, are fully supernatural beings.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Havok eventually gets fed up with everything that's happened and leaves.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Falcone thinks that he's doing this with Operation: Clean Sweep.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Layla, after her trip to the future resulted in her returning to the present an attractive young woman instead of the tweenager that left.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Rictor and Rahne. Madrox and Layla.
  • Stable Time Loop: Forms various subplots within the series, which is not surprising given the amount of Time Travel involved.
    • Jamie and Layla get caught up in this, Layla in particular.
    • Doctor Anthony Falcone attempts to overcome the normal laws of The Multiverse in order to achieve this in his goal of exterminating mutankind. The one he ends up creating is one that that will make his entire life suck.
    • Shatterstar's finally-revealed origin story.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Very strongly implied to be what happened to Cortex.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Rictor asserts that he is gay, not bisexual (the latter having been implied, but not canon, for some time). Likewise, Shatterstar, formerly asexual, is now bisexual and into Anything That Moves.
  • Suicide by Cop: One dupes does this after being Driven to Suicide in order to prevent Madrox reabsorbing him.
  • Teleportation: Shatterstar and Pip the Troll.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: At one point, Madrox travels to several alternate realities where he's been killed.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Apparently Jamie Madrox in #227, but not everything is as it seems.
  • Thought Caption:
    • Jamie Madrox manages to monologue over just about everything, including himself.
    • Darwin gets to do this for an issue as well, having been told by Madrox that internal monologues help.
    • Cortex has one as well. Not surprising, given that he's one of Madrox's dupes.
  • Unfortunate Name: Jamie's first choice of name for his business was XXX Investigations.
  • Weirdness Magnet: One of the side-effects of Layla resurrecting Guido is that it attracts the attention of demons.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Valerie Cooper just disappears from the comic after the Cortex arc.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Pip is forced from his body into that of the nearest psychic, which happened to be Monet, Polaris & Rictor start laughing about Monet being forced to share her body the perverted troll. Shatterstar doesn't see what's so funny and call them out over it. Later, when Monet regains control, she promptly attacks Polaris over it.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Madrox is usually pretty good about this, but he sometimes needs to be reminded that he's in a Shared Universe Fantasy Kitchen Sink and not a Film Noir.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Played with. Normally, you can't change the timeline, as it just creates a new timeline instead, but if one has a Doomlock, then you can re-write time.
    • Trevor Fitzroy appears as part of the Summers Rebellion, for the most part. Jamie and Layla are more than aware of what he's going to do in the future, but neither of them want to kill him. Then Cortex shows up...
    • Layla also tries this when she resurrects Guido. It... goes badly.

    All-New X-Factor (2014) 

The fourth series contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: The Magus, Warlock's father, is programmed to try and kill his 'offspring' Warlock, like all Technarx. However, he's trying to avert this.
  • Ascended Extra: Danger, Doug Ramsey, and Warlock. Danger has always mainly been a supporting character, with the closest she got to being a main character being her role in Kieron Gillen's Uncanny X-Men run. Doug and Warlock were the most underutilised of the original New Mutants.
  • Badass Boast: Danger gives one while tearing into a literal goddess.
    Danger: For what its worth, you may be correct that no mortal weapon may harm you. But I am not a mortal weapon. I am the mortal weapon.
  • Badass Family: Polaris and Quicksilver are half-siblings.
  • Badass Longcoat: Gambit wears his over his uniform. Justified in that his coat carries his expanding staff and his trademark playing cards, and the uniforms don't appear to have pockets or belts.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: X-Factor siblings Polaris and Quicksilver are finding all kinds of family members dropping by. Pietro has his estranged daughter Luna drop by and make up with him, leading to a confrontation with his ex-wife Crystal and her cousins. Meanwhile after years of knowing about it and not doing anything, Wanda has finally decided to drop by and be Lorna's big sister much to the latter's chagrin (and suspicion of an ulterior motive).
  • Berserk Button: Danger really does not like being told she's wrong when she is certain she's not.
    • Hurt Doug and Warlock will kill you.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Multiple examples in the first issue alone.
    • Gambit, while dangling from a thin cable, in the middle of a laser grid.
      Gambit: Um, hello... nice evening.
    • Polaris, upon being advised of a problem outside the corporate jet.
      Flight Attendant: Miss Dane! The pilot says we have a problem out the port window!
      Polaris: Really? Oh, yes. I see. Don't worry about it. (snaps fingers, missile goes off course and explodes)
  • Cool Big Sis: As noted above, Scarlet Witch tries to be this for Polaris. Keyword being tries.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: By the end of issue #11 Georgia's lost her adoptive and real parents.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: The entire team is sponsored by Serval Industries, Snow's company, and their logo is on the uniforms.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Initially played with. Harrison Snow comes off as charming and sweet, but when Gambit dubiously wonders whether he's evil, his laughter does make one wonder. We then learn he has a nanotech camera in Polaris' right eye without consent and he recruits the Big Bad of the first issue to work for his company.
    • It turns out in the final issue that he is from the same 2099 timeline as Miguel (Spider-Man) O'Hara, and has a ...mostly benevolent motive).
  • Double Agent: Quicksilver. He's a member of X-Factor, but is secretly reporting to Havok about what Polaris is up to and how she's doing as a leader. He drops it in issue 12.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Gambit gets destructively drunk in a bar after getting upbraided by Wolverine, in a Call Back to Polaris getting destructively drunk in a bar at the end of the third series.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: All the humanoid members of the team wear yellow tinted goggles, which so far have no purpose other than looking cool. Lorna has a camera in one of her eyes planted by Snow without her knowledge.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: With every thing that's happened to her, Polaris is a lot less patient that she used to be.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: The O.N.E Sentinels take Harrison's wife hostage in exchange for the nuclear football. She points out he won't compromise and the team has to rescue her.
  • It's All About Me: Nil of the Thieves Guild has captured Danger and is doing horrific things to her. When he's told to free her by X-Factor, his first response is to refuse on the grounds that it took him forever to capture 'it'.
  • Lack of Empathy: Danger. Her reasoning for sleeping with Cypher was because Warlock ran off the first time, despite him having a crush on her.
  • Love at First Sight/All Love Is Unrequited: Warlock immediately develops a crush on Danger upon meeting her. She thinks he's a simpleton. Initially anyway, but it's made worse when she sleeps with Cypher.
  • Mad Scientist: The bad guys as of the first issue are a pair of Starbucks-swigging lab coat guys who vivisect mutants.
  • The Mole: Quicksilver is keeping an eye on Polaris for Havok. He quits in 12, joining the team without any ties to the Avengers.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gambit. He's nude on the cover of issue 9 as well as the bulk of issue 11
  • Mythology Gag: One based on a panel. Issue 14 has a spit-take in connection with a discussion about sex, similar to issue 14 of the third series [1]
  • No Sympathy: Havok shows a shocking lack of concern for why Lorna is so bad tempered these days.
  • Obligatory Joke: One Lemar Smaug appears in issue five. The Hobbit jokes ensue.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gambit's reaction to being told he slept with Harrison Snow's wife.
    • Gambit again upon realizing that the entire team but himself was teleported out of enemy territory just as Memento Mori showed.
  • Overprotective Dad: Scott Dakei, a mutant-hating bigot to his daughter who he knows is a mutant. His first reaction to someone showing up for her was to give them five seconds to leave. His second was to have machine guns open fire once time was up.
  • The Reveal: Lemar Smaug is the Magus, Warlock's father.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Lemar Smaug doesn't know what Doctor Who is. Justified, since he's the Magus, an alien robot.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Magus has decided to drop his vendetta against Warlock and live peacefully on Earth simply because his species is currently so few in number that would be bringing them significantly closer to extinction.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Wolverine, at the end of his already seriously limited patience.
  • Punny Name: Georgia joined the team and started calling herself "DK". Get it? Decay?
  • Relationship Upgrade: In the final issue, Danger and Warlock finally get together, and have robo-sex.
  • Robosexual: Cypher, apparently.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Snow has come back from the future to try and get every superhero working for Serval in order to crush Alchemax and then guide the world properly.
  • Stealth Pun: One of Gambit's 3 cats licks his face when he wakes in the morning.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Gambit seems to have stepped into this role as the wisecracking, quippy one.
  • Technicolor Ninja: Gambit plays with the trope. In the first part of the book, he's wearing all black like a stealthy person ought. But the X-Factor uniforms are all bright yellow (not much of a step up from his bright magenta outfit).
  • Trapped in the Past: Snow gets trapped in the past by an accident, and decides to roll with it until he can gain enough power and crush Alchemax.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Warlock gets hurt by a Sentinel. Danger fucks them up for it.
  • Wham Shot: Harrison incinerating his former co-founders at the end of issue #19. The next issue shows that he thinks he instead sent them back to the future, but since time is altered, he essentially did kill them.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The team fight against Ammit the soul devourer, who takes out most of the team with ease but Danger proves immune as she is a machine which has no soul. Afterwards she goes through a very nasty existential crisis about all the things that implies about her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Polaris' hair is green naturally.
    • Quicksilver's is silvery-white.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Ammit is called the soul-devourer for a reason.