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X-Force has been the name of several different MarvelUniverse SuperHero teams and comics, with few common members and very little generally to link them except for being closely tied to the ComicBook/XMen, with varying degrees of cooperation between the two at different times.

An X-Force team led by Deadpool makes its big screen debut in ''Film/Deadpool2''.

[[folder:Volume 1]]

[[caption-width-right:350:[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Nineties!!!]]]]

The original X-Force was created when Creator/RobLiefeld and Fabian Nicieza were given control of the ComicBook/NewMutants book and made it DarkerAndEdgier. Adding several badasses and making them more of an "ends justify the means" group, they became a militant strike force very different in attitude from the X-Men. The title was at first extremely popular, with the first issue becoming the #2-selling comic of all time. Liefeld however quickly became frustrated by working with characters he didn't own, and soon left Marvel to form Creator/ImageComics in 1992. Nicieza continued to write up through the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' storyline of 1995, afterwards leaving and being replaced by Jeph Loeb.

Loeb moved the team back to the Xavier Mansion and focused more on character development than fighting. After Loeb's departure in 1997, John Francis Moore took over writing duties and sent X-Force on a roadtrip to San Francisco, where they would reunite with former members Cannonball and ComicBook/{{Domino|Marvel Comics}}, but sales of the book began to fall. In 2000, Creator/WarrenEllis was brought in and portrayed the team as a covert group under the leadership of his character Pete Wisdom, but only made the decline worse as far as alienating more fans than before. The series lasted for 115 issues (August, 1991-June, 2001).
!!The First Series Provides Examples Of:

* AbortedArc: The infamous fate of the "Externals" story arc once Liefeld left. It was ''technically'' resolved... by killing off pretty much everyone involved within the space of a single issue.
%%* ActionGirl: Domino; [=BoomBoom=], Feral and Siryn to lesser extents.
* AllThereInTheManual: Huge chunks of Cable's backstory and origin were only revealed in his ongoing book, once it was launched.
%%* AntiHero: Cable.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Feral as the DarkerAndEdgier Wolfsbane.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Freaking ''Shatterstar''.
* BadassNormal: Cable, who despite being a mutant, can't really use his powers on any significant scale without risking death. In lieu of reading people's thoughts and throwing them through the air with his mind, he relies on his...
* [[BigFreakingGun BFG]]: Cable had a '''lot''' of these, and wasn't shy about using them.
%%* BigBad: The MLF, Stryfe. Ironically, the MLF and Stryfe were conceived and planned out to actually be a [[DiscoOneFinalBoss decoy antagonist]] by Rob Liefeld. Liefeld always intended an existing A-List Marvel villain (Doctor Doom and Kang were namechecked by Liefeld himself, as two of the names he pushed for) to be Cable's nemesis and mortal enemy, with Stryfe being just a present day jerk who killed Cable's son. When Liefeld left, did Fabian Nicieza and Scott Lobdell did the opposite, and added Apocalypse to the formula as Cable's mortal enemies.
* BlessedWithSuck: Cable, potentially the single most powerful telepath and telekinetic in the Marvel Universe, has to use all but a tiny smidge of those powers to keep the techno-virus infesting half his body from devouring the other half.
* BodyHorror: Cable is mostly human on his right side, mostly techno-organic on the left. And if it weren't for his powers, he'd be consumed by the TO virus and die.
** The Marvel NOW Cable X-Force series starts off with people being poisoned with a mutagen which transforms them into horrifying mounds of flesh. One of Dr. Nemesis' attempted cures only makes it worse.
* BrieferThanTheyThink: Creator/RobLiefeld was only on the book as co-writer for the first year and only on art for the first 9 of those issues. Once he left the book quickly moved away from the three G's (guns, grimaces and grittiness) to more character-based stories culminating in John Francis Moore's LighterAndSofter run.
* CainAndAbel: Cable and his evil clone Stryfe.
* CodeName: Played straight, to the point where Cable and Domino's real names weren't revealed for ''years''. Justified in Cable's case, since revealing his name would spoil a pretty juicy [[KidFromTheFuture plot]] [[LukeYouAreMyFather twist]].
* CovertGroup: Its team was portrayed as a covert group under the leadership of his character Pete Wisdom starting in 2000.
* DarkerAndEdgier: This was the defining characteristic of the comic in the beginning.
* DuringTheWar: Virtually all of Cable's backstory relates to his battling the forces of Apocalypse a thousand years in the future.
* GunsAkimbo: Domino was particularly fond of this.
* GunFu: Domino, though her "luck" power also had a lot to do with it.
* GunKata: This completes Domino's trifecta of gun-related tropes, though again, her powers really helped her out.
* HeroicAlbino: Domino is described as being an albino, even though she has black hair.
* ItsPersonal: Cable's hatred for Stryfe stems only partly from the fact that Stryfe has killed everyone Cable loved; most of it is from Stryfe's raping and impregnating his wife with a son that Cable had [[IHaveNoSon mixed feelings towards at best.]]
* JustFriends: Cable and Domino have a ''long'' history, during which they've been everything from genuinely just friends to teammates to FriendsWithBenefits to fully lovers; currently, they seem to be in a "just friends" phase.
* KnightTemplar: Cable was very much "ends justify the means" in the beginning; later writers softened him considerably, though it's still not a very good idea to make him mad.
* RoadTripPlot: After Operation: Zero Tolerance the remaining members of the team decide to strike out on their own leading to a year long road trip storyline that takes them from New York to their new home in San Francisco.
* RetCon: Cable wasn't Scott and Madelyne's son until Chris Claremont and Jim Lee came up with the idea while writing X-Factor #65-68. Executive meddling prevented Nicieza and Lobdell from revealing Stryfe was Nathan Summers and Cable a clone, as Bob Harras wanted Cable to be Nathan, since "having him be the fake would devalue him".
%%* TheSomethingForce
%%* SuperheroPackingHeat: Cable
* TokenEvilTeammate: Feral. Nobody was very surprised to see her make a FaceHeelTurn in the middle of a battle.
* WhyWontYouDie: It took Cable several tries to put Stryfe down for the count.


[[folder:Volume 2 / ''X-Statix'']]

[[caption-width-right:350:[[PostModern Post-post-post-modern]] superheroes.]]

The second major incarnation of X-Force began in 2001, continuing the same issue numbering. The new creative team of writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred, after the previous creative team ended their run with the team caught in an explosion that led to the media declaring the team dead, created a new team of X-Forcers who were [[DeadStarWalking shockingly killed]] at the end of the first issue. The series continued, with a [[AnyoneCanDie famously rapid turnover of characters]], as a satirical superhero series based around the idea of second-division superheroes as vapid and self-centered celebrities out for fame, fortune and kicks. The series explained the change-over with the notion of a millionaire software king creating his own team of super-heroes, with the X-Force name being taken from the previous team without permission. As X-Force, the team appeared in 14 issues (July, 2001- August, 2002).

Around a third of the way through the run, the title was changed to ''ComicBook/XStatix'' when team owner Spike Freeman decided to change it since he had to pay royalties on it to the founding members of the original X-Force to use the name. (In truth however, the revamp was a huge hit and Marvel wanted to cash in on it via a relaunch.) Unfortunately, the relaunch came with the killing off of the book's most popular character (U-Go Girl), which became a topic of fairly frequent discussion within the story itself. Further complications involved a planned storyline involving the resurrection of [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Princess Di]], who was changed into a pop idol when Marvel chickened out at the last minute. Sales tanked and led to the book's cancellation in late 2004. The series lasted for 26 issues (September, 2002- October, 2004).

Despite the deaths of all the surviving characters in the [[KillEmAll last issue]], there was a later ''Dead Girl'' SpinOff mini-series that had many of the dead team members involved in an adventure in the afterlife (exploring versions of {{Heaven}} and {{Hell}}) with Comicbook/DoctorStrange, satirizing the DeathIsCheap nature of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. It lasted for 5 issues (March-July, 2006).

Also in 2004, Marvel brought Liefeld and Nicieza back for a six-issue ''X-Force'' miniseries (October, 2004-March, 2005), returning to the original characters, which posted decent sales despite a critical drubbing and Liefeld's using some of his previously unused art for other titles in the book. A four-issue Shatterstar miniseries (April-July, 2005) followed, but neither was extended.
!!The Second Series / ''X-Statix'' Provides Examples Of:

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Inverted, in that this was pretty much the only series that showed how rich, hot teenagers with cool superpowers would be showered with adoration rather than shunned.
* AnyoneCanDie: The first issue killed off [[SacrificialLamb the entire team except for]] Tike and U-Go Girl. Then new recruits Bloke and Saint Anna, then the Spike, then U-Go Girl, then the Mysterious Fanboy, then Phat, then El Guapo, until the surviving members were all killed in the last issue of X-Statix.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** The first arc both subverts then plays it straight twice over. Edie intends to go rescue Guy from his daily russian roulette game (which had been rigged so that all chambers had a bullet in them. ), only to be paralyized by the Coach. Guy then arrives to save her from the Coach, revealing he felt the gun was heavier. Finally, after The Coach's two personal goons jump guy, Wolverine shows up on a favor from Doop to rescue him.
** The first arc of X-Statix has Venus Dee Milo gathering the team to pull this towards the end of it, and then pulling it off pages later.
%%* BolivianArmyEnding: How [[spoiler:Mr. Sensitive and the Anarchist]] die.
* BrokenPedestal:
** One of the later issues revealed that [[spoiler:U-Go Girl, who had been portrayed basically as TheParagon up to that point, was complicit in [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Spike Freeman]] ''[[MoralEventHorizon selling [=WMDs=] to Saddam Hussein]]'']].
** When Arnie Lundberg was on the team as the Mysterious Fanboy, the rest of the group had to grit their teeth and pretend to like each other and care about helping people so temperamental RealityWarper Arnie ''wouldn't'' see them for what they really are.
* CaptainEthnic: Parodied with [=EuroTrash=], Spike Freeman's side project superteam that he deliberately designed to follow this mold. Also La Nuit, one of the members killed in the first issue, a French mutant with green skin and blemishes that make him look rather amphibian. And Bloke, who was an amalgamation of every gay stereotype you've ever heard. A pink (formerly rainbow) skinned gym rat who lives in San Francisco and has great taste in soft furnishings... yeah.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: There's actually a character ''named'' "Surrender Monkey," leader of a team of supervillains whose entire gimmick is being horrible ethnic stereotypes. He has the amazing mutant ability to know ''exactly'' the right moment to run away from a fight. Subverted when he comes back later on and is revealed to ''not'' be French at all but rather an American Francophile.
* CompanionCube: El Guapo's skateboard may genuinely have a mind of its own, though.
* DeadStarWalking: Literally with Dead Girl, but more traditionally with the entire cast in the first issue.
* DecoyProtagonist: Zeitgeist; later issues would posthumously reveal him to be a ''huge'' {{Jerkass}} who had deliberately set up several of his teammates to die.
* DirtyOldMan: A running gag has Professor Xavier being depicted, whenever he appears, as having a creepy interest in younger mutants' sex lives.
* {{Doorstopper}}: The 2011 omnibus collecting the ''entire series'' in a single volume is 1200 pages long, making it at the time the longest book Marvel had ever printed (beating out the Walt Simonson Thor omnibus by a mere eight pages). It also weighs nearly eight pounds, cementing its status as a true doorstopper.
* DrunkenMaster: Gin Genie's seismic powers were fueled by her alcoholic consumption.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Edie, both in-universe and out.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Done frequently InUniverse as well, with Spike constantly trying to get the team to act in the ways that would be the most profitable.
%%* {{Fauxreigner}}: Surrender Monkey
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Guy threatening to break Spike's neck shortly after Edie dies.
* IHaveNoSon: Vivisector's father, Edward Alfred. When his wife pleaded with him to consider letting Myles back into their house and insisting ''he's your son!'', he responded with "That is a matter of opinion."
* KillEmAll: The way Milligan ended the title, killing off the ''entire'' team.
** It's worth noting that Doop has since returned, and that Edie has a way by which she might some day (she was in the casino in ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'').
* LampshadeHanging: The source of much of the humour.
* NotNowKiddo: In the first issue Zeitgeist repeatedly brushes off Battering Ram's attempts to talk to him about his role in the group. And no, he doesn't get heard out before everybody dies.
* OnlySaneMan: The Orphan, who's probably the most grounded member of the cast. Spike Freeman lampshades this by saying he's saner than all of them put together (not that it's saying much)
* OneSteveLimit: Averted as ''X-Force'', when the team featured the Spike and Spike Freeman. That said, Freeman didn't get half as much screentime as he would later back then.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Early on, Guy tries to be a moral influence on the rest of the team. Near the end, he quite happily joins in the plan to [[spoiler:kill Henrietta just because she's too popular]].
* PowerIncontinence: Zeitgeist's powers first manifested during an underaged drunken beach make-out session; his acid vomit maimed the girl. (He wonders whether "the doctors ever managed to give her back her pretty face.")
%%* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The Paco Perez arc.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: In many of their missions they are effectively this dressed up as a superhero team.
%%* PuritySue: Henrietta Hunter (the aforementioned Princess Diana {{Expy}}) is an in-universe example.
* RockBeatsLaser: The first stage of the Orphan/Iron Man fight showed the peak of modern technology falling to the peak of smithing equipment, as seen in the page picture.
* SacrificialLamb: The entire team barring The Anarchist and U-Go-Girl in the first issue.
* {{Satire}}: Milligan loved making fun of comicbook storytelling.
* StraightGay: Both Phat and Vivisector eventually realize they are this, though they also realize they are not attracted to each other like they thought.
* SixthRanger: Quite a few given the team's high turnover rate, though Venus Dee Milo and Dead Girl are the streightst examples.
%%* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* TimeStandsStill: Lacuna's powers
%%* ToHellAndBack: The ''Dead Girl'' mini-series.
* TokenMinorityCouple: The execs behind the X-Statix movie feel it's more appropriate for Venus Dee Milo to be paired with the Anarchist instead of the Orphan.
* TonightSomeoneDies: Played with for all it's worth in one storyline with the entire team worried about a prophecy to this effect. [[spoiler:U-Go Girl dies.]]
* TheUnreveal: Twice. When both Mister Code and the Pitiful One are unmasked, the characters see them and recognise them as someone they know, but the knowledge is never passed on to the reader.
* WingDingLish: Doop's dialog.
%%* WolverinePublicity: Parodied.


[[folder:Volume 3]]

[[caption-width-right:330:DarkerAndEdgier takes on a [[IncrediblyLamePun whole new meaning]]]]

In early 2006, former ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' writing team Creator/CraigKyle and Creator/ChristopherYost took over the teen team ''New X-Men'', bringing with them their creation Laura "ComicBook/{{X 23}}" Kinney. They took that team through the aftermath of the ComicBook/HouseOfM storyline and introduced The Purifiers, Reverand William Stryker's [[CorruptChurch fanatical mutant-hating army of followers.]] After the cancellation of ''New X-Men'', Kyle and Yost launched a third incarnation of X-Force as a black ops team sanctioned by Cyclops to combat The Purifiers in a way that the X-Men -- who are trying to re-establish themselves as a respectable, law-abiding superhero team - never could. He puts ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} in charge of the new group, with members James "Warpath" Proudstar, X-23 and Rahne "Wolfsbane" Sinclair, and the team is soon joined by Warren "[=Angel/Archangel=]" Worthington, Neena "Domino" Thurman and Josh "Elixir" Foley. Reaction to this series was extremely mixed, with the book consistently rating in the top 30 for monthly sales, but many critics seeing it as an example of DarkerAndEdgier taken to self-parodic lengths. The series lasted for 28 issues (April, 2008-September, 2010).

!!The Third Series Provides Examples Of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Not only do Wolverine and X-23 have their adamantium claws, Warpath carries several knives and Archangel is fond of shooting metal "feathers" through the air.
%%* AntiHero: Pretty much the entire point of the comic.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Wolverine and Wolfsbane.
* BadassCrew: With the addition of Domino, six out of seven members of the team have at least double-digit body counts.
* BareYourMidriff: X-23 exemplifies this trope. When she joined X-Force, hers was the only uniform that showed off her abs.
* BerserkButton: Wolverine and Warpath both have a couple, though they're metaphorical. X-23, Archangel, and Wolfsbane have ''literal'' berserk buttons.
* BigBad: The Purifiers, especially now that [[spoiler:they have a high council of techno-organically revived X-Men enemies]] working with them.
* {{Biomanipulation}}: Elixir has this as his mutant ability. With touch, he can manipulate another person's cells. He primarily uses it to heal his teammates, but sometimes he can also use it offensively such as giving his enemies tumors.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: X-Force is doing what needs to be done to prevent racial genocide, but they're still killing people left, right and center.
* BoxedCrook: The Vanisher. How does one keep a high-end teleporter under control, you ask? Have the guy with HealingHands give him an inoperable brain tumor.
* CarnivalOfKillers: Inverted; X-Force are the heroes, yet they rack up quite the body count.
* CartwrightCurse: Logan's never had a lasting romantic relationship, because someone always kills his lovers. James' entire tribe is dead, and Laura unwillingly killed her surrogate mother and literally [[PutOnABus put her her aunt and cousin on a bus]] to keep them safe. This has led to them each having some... issues.
* CassandraTruth: After Warren [[spoiler:has his wings ripped off by a conditioned Wolfsbane and]] reverts back to his Archangel persona, Laura (who didn't quite like him from the start) continually tries to warn Logan that his current instability and unpredictability makes him a dangerous liability in the field. However Logan dismisses her concerns. When Warren later loses control and nearly tanks a mission as a result, Logan immediately snaps at her not to say "I told you so" while the rest of the team rushes to fix it.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Domino has probability altering powers, but she mainly relies on her marksmanship and hand-to-hand abilities.
* ChekhovsSkill: Warpath learns the mystic Ghost Dance from ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' [[spoiler:in the finale for Necrosha he teaches it to the rest of X-Force so they can attack a now godlike Selene]]
* ChurchMilitant: Reverand Stryker's(and later Bastion's) Purifiers.
%%* CloudCuckoolander: {{Deadpool}} joins the team later on.
* DarkerAndEdgier: As per usual. Also as literal as possible, since the outfits are black and there are a lot of bladed weapons.
* DeadpanSnarker: This is one of Wolverine's defining traits, though on the whole he's more serious in this book.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Reverand Craig]] falls victim to the psychological conditioning The Purifiers put Wolfsbane through, when they were only able to capture her because she was [[spoiler:trying to "save" him.]]
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Inverted; X-Force are technically "good guys", but their new outfits are grey on black with [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red-eyed]] black masks. Just in case you ''somehow failed to notice'' that this series is DarkerAndEdgier. Special points go to Archangel's costume: In this series, Angel can sort of {{Henshin}} into Archangel, though it comes with violent personality changes. As Archangel, he has his original, Apocalypse-given costume, which spontaneously manifests when he changes (meaning he really, ''really'' shouldn't be able to change its color.)
* FaceHeelTurn:
** Of the most twisted sort during Necrosha: Many of the dead mutants brought back to life by Bard and Selene were X-Men, their friends and allies, or even just civilians, who are now under Selene's power. Their actual loyalties to Selene vary, however. Some, like Caliban and Banshee, suggest Selene have complete control over them. Others, however, such as Thunderbird, are visibly acting against their will but are unable to fight back directly (though Thunderbird was able to warn Warpath how Selene can be defeated). To twist the knife further, those who are aware of what is happening to them are often seen begging and pleading for their friends to either kill them or to run. In a tie-in with the New Mutants, Doug Ramsey is also resurrected and enslaved, but is able to break Selene's control with the help of Warlock. Somehow, Destiny is able to escape Selene's control on her own.
** More traditionally, Wither, who was once one of the New X-Men until fleeing the mansion after accidentally hurting Wallflower. He willingly joins Selene in the interim and becomes her right hand and lover.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quite a bit of it. Notably, many major plot elements for Necrosha are hinted at in a private encounter between Warpath and Ghost Rider. [[spoiler:Particularly the importance of the dagger which turned the spirit animals of Warpath's people into a rampaging demon bear, and the importance of the Ghost Dance.]]
* TheFundamentalist: The Purifiers consider themselves to be on a holy quest to kill all mutants. And of course Reverend Craig.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Wolverine and X-23 are often shown recovering from flat-out ''horrific'' injuries. X-23 gets the worst of it, though, since her healing factor is better than Wolverine's.
* HealingFactor: Wolverine and X-23, of course. Hers works faster because Wolverine's is compromised by his adamantium-laced skeleton, but the tradeoff is that she doesn't have unbreakable bones.
* HealingHands: Elixir, a power that is largely redundant when half the team has a HealingFactor or is MadeOfIron. Subverted in that he can [[TouchOfDeath kill you with those very same hands]].
%%* [[RockBottom It Can't Get Any Worse]]: Subverted; it can and it will.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Played semi-straight with Laura; she'd like to be normal but doesn't know how. Inverted in that Logan is fine with his life, but wants a more normal one for Laura. He's not at ''all'' happy about Cyclops recruiting her for the team.
* JustFriends: Wolverine and Domino have had an on and off thing for years, even before this incarnation of the team was formed. Kinda funny when you realized that Dom had the same thing with Cable.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: You know [[spoiler:Eli Bard]]? The enigmatic {{chessmaster}} that is using both Bastion and the Purifiers for his purposes? It seems there is this chick who dumped him some time ago that he is trying to get back into the good graces of....
* KillEmAll: If there's a group standing in X-Force's way, it's a pretty sure bet that none of them are going to see another sunrise.
* KnifeNut: The initial members either had blades built into their bodies or used knives as their primary weapons.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Wolfsbane, who is able to turn into a [[WolfMan [=WolfWoman=]]] or a full WereWolf, but in this series is usually more along the lines of a Woman-Wolf.
* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Wolverine looks 40ish, but is around 120.
** Selene even has ''him'' beat; she looks like a woman in her physical prime, but is in truth over ''17,000'' years old.
* OmnicidalManiac: It is hinted by [[spoiler:Thunderbird]] that this is what [[spoiler:Selene]] will eventually become once [[spoiler:she becomes a [[AGodAmI goddess]]]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[BigBad Selene]]'s servant [[spoiler:Eli Bard]] and apparently her new protegé Wither are vampires in the sense that they've been gifted with eternal life by Selene giving them a vampire like state complete with fangs and a "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer game face]]." However, there's never any mention of any need for blood.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The mutants who [[spoiler:are "resurrected" by Eli Bard's corrupted Techno-Organic Virus]].
* PaintedOnPants: In full effect, with both MrFanservice and MsFanservice versions.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Neither Wolverine, X-23 or Wolfsbane are especially tall, but angering ''any'' of them will probably be the last thing you do.
* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:Wolfsbane]] appears to be shaping up into one of these; being that her child is [[spoiler:half Asgardian wolf-spirit]], Elixir had to alter her DNA to be more like the baby just to keep the pregnancy from killing her. This has given her superhuman strength, bulletproof skin, and more acute senses than Wolverine or X-23.
* ProfessionalKiller: This is what X-23 was raised to be. Not wanting to let that define her life, she's since changed her approach to be more in line with X-family ideals, but her complete ruthlessness makes her at times a more efficient killer than even Wolverine.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: As noted above, Wolverine is just [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]]. But he seems like an embryo next to Selene, who physically looks to be in her mid-to-late 30's at the most. Turns out she's really '''17,000'''.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: The ''entire original group'' (Wolverine, X-23, Warpath and Wolfsbane) have heightened senses, and Warpath is also an Apache indian.
* SealedEvilInACan: The mysterious [[spoiler:Eli Bard]] manipulates The Purifiers into recreating genocidal maniac Bastion, then into finding a fragment of the old New Mutants techno-organic enemy Magus, and after Bastion uses it to bring a group of the X-Mens's old mutant-killing human enemies back to life, [[spoiler:Bard]] combines with the entity. Not good.
* SinisterMinister: Reverand William Stryker, then Matthew Risman. The [[BackFromTheDead restored]] Bastion too, though he prefers to stay in the shadows.
%%* SociopathicHero: Most of the team.
* StarCrossedLovers: Rahne and [[spoiler:Hrimhari]]. They originally met back when Rahne first joined the ComicBook/NewMutants, and though they fell in love, had to part ways. Now they meet again, finally consummate their relationship, Rahne gets pregnant... and [[spoiler:Hrimhari]] has to give up his own life to save Rahne's and their baby's. These two just can't catch a break.
* TheStoic: X-23. Unless it's a threat to someone she cares about, she tends to be very matter-of-fact about any given situation.
%%* SuperStrength: Warpath
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Wolfsbane, when she [[spoiler:kills and eats her father.]] And Selene and her inner circle embody this trope. Each and every one of them are essentially death in human (well, mutant) form.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Inverted comically. You start off thinking this about Wolverine and the others. Then you remember that what they're doing isn't really that different from what they've done in the past. ''Then'' you remember that they're only together because of Scott "Mr. By-The-Book" Summers. Wolverine calls him on it more than once, and it's insinuated that Wolverine only agreed to do it because he cares for Laura, James and Rahne; and he also realized that if he refused, Scott would just find someone else to lead the team, and that person might not be as concerned as Wolverine would be with keeping them safe (or [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope sane]]).
** Cyclops has to perpetually keep X-Force a secret from fellow X-Men founders Beast and Iceman because he knows he'll get this reaction from them.
%%* WingedHumanoid: Angel
* WolverineClaws: Wolverine and X-23.
* WolverinePublicity:
** Wolverine and X-23, though fans seem to be getting more fond of Laura now that she's being used more sparingly.
** The book has lately been subject to some "{{Deadpool}} Publicity" as well.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Most of Selene's Inner Circle, excepting [[ForTheEvulz Senyaka]] and [[AGodAmI Selene]] herself.
* ZombieApocalypse: Averted, [[spoiler:while Eli Bard does raise an army of dead mutants using the Techno-Organic Virus, he only does so to provide mutant souls for Selene to feast on and become a goddess]].


[[folder: Volume 4 / Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1]]

[[caption-width-right:350:Don't mess with them]]

Written by Rick Remender, the title underwent another, albeit smaller, relaunch as the ''[[TheAdjectivalSuperhero Uncanny]] X-Force'', continuing on the work done by the previous team but with a slightly different roster consisting of Wolverine, Archangel (the only members retained from the last team) and initially adding Fantomex, Comicbook/{{Psylocke}} and SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}. Later members include Deathlok, the Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler, and [=EVA=]. The previous team was disbanded by Cyclops, who decided they are no longer needed, this one is a result of Wolverine and Archangel thinking otherwise. As Logan states, it has only one rule: no one can know about them. While reaction to ''X-Force'' vol. 3 was decidedly mixed, ''Uncanny X-Force'' has been hailed as a modern classic. The series lasted for 35 issues (December, 2010-February, 2013). Some of its dangling plot threads carried over to Remender's next series, ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers''
!!The Fourth Series Provides Examples Of:

* TheAdjectivalSuperhero: '''Uncanny''' X-Force
%%* AntiHero
* TheAtoner: You can say it's Wade's primary motivation for joining X-Force.
--> If he can lay down his life for someone he loves there's hope for all of us.
%%* BigBad: Apocalypse.
%%** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Dark Angel.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Daken]] takes over for the second half of the series. [[spoiler:But he's really being manipulated by...]]
%%*** BiggerBad:[[spoiler:Sabertooth.]]
%%*** ''[[BiggerBad Bigger]]'' BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The White Sky Foundation, a company that literally manufactures supervillains. They're still at large at the end, too, likely as a hook for the second volume]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Deadpool]] cuts off "Father's" head moments before Fantomex is sliced into ribbons.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:So, the Uncanny X-Force was able to save the world, a bunch of [=AoA=] X-Men, and Warren (well, a clone), as well as get Kid!Apocalypse to fight for the good guys. However, all Archangel's followers have fled, there is a new heir to Apocalypse, a bunch of the [=AoA=] X-Men were killed, including Warren.]]
%%** BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu
* BreakTheCutie:
** The series is a never ending [[TraumaCongaLine Trauma Conga Line]] for Psylocke.
** They also want to break down Evan/Genesis so that he becomes evil. [[spoiler:Back to being Apocalypse.]]
* CentralTheme:
** Is it ever right to murder, even when it would prevent further murder?
** Determinism vs. free will.
** Nature vs nurture.
* CharacterDevelopment: Psylocke. She's grows the most throughout the series and is the only member to carry over into the next ''Uncanny X-Force'' series.
* CloningBlues: Of a sort. A.o.A!Nightcrawler is rather annoyed that he keeps being compared to 616!Nightcrawler, as they have totally different personalities.
-->'''A.o.A!Nightcrawler:''' Do not call me ''[[AffectionateNickname Elf.]]'' I find it... effeminate.
* CoolShip: E.V.A., which doubles as Fantomex's external nervous system.
* CursedWithAwesome:[[spoiler:Psylocke "sacrificed" her ability to feel sorrow to save Fantomex. She even points out she never would've had what it takes to save the multiverse without making the deal.]]
* DarkestHour:
** It doesn't get grimmer than issue 16. [[spoiler:The end of the world is nigh and Archangel is poised to wipe the earth clean and kill everyone on the planet. Deadpool lies in a puddle, Deathlok is mind-controlled, Betsy is being transformed into Death and Fantomex [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere has promptly turned tail.]] It all falls to Logan, who's facing a high-powered alternate version of Iceman who's several hundred feet tall.]]
** Issue 27 is pretty bad.[[spoiler:Fantomex, dead. Gateway, dead. Ultimaton, out of control. Kid!Apocalypse, captured. The newest Brotherhood of Evil Mutants(The Omega Clan, Mystique, Daken, Sabertooth, Weapon III/Skinless Man, Shadow King, and A.o.A.!Blob]]) is bent on exposing the Force, and destroying them.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Mainly Fantomex, but Deadpool and Wolverine have their moments too.
%%* [[WolverinePublicity Deadpool Publicity]]
* TheDeterminator: Wade shrugs off his cancer and lack of healing factor in order to protect Evan.
%%* DirtyBusiness
* DreamSequence: In issue #18 (February, 2012), Archangel is dying and Psylocke uses her telepathy to give him an elaborate dream. In it, the two are a married couple, raising two daughters in Colorado. They grow old together, and Warren dies of natural causes.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: It's pretty obvious that the rest of the team views Deadpool as either a clown, or a psychotic mercenary who's only in it for the money. Deadpool even wonders why he's brought up as the pariah[[spoiler:, when it was Fantomex who shot a kid, something nobody was comfortable with.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:The team manages to resurrect Fantomex, Wade actually gets to be called a hero and Psylocked and Jean-Philippe get a much needed vacation. It's not a happy ending for everyone though: Wolverine needed to kill Daken, or else he would have killed all the students at the Jean Grey Institute. There's also the matter of the evil Fantomex clone gone missing...]]
* [[{{Unperson}} Erased From Existence]]: [[spoiler:What the Captain Britain Corps planned to do to Fantomex.]]
* ExpansionPackPast: Really not surprising, given three members' involvement in Weapon Plus, but Fantomex gets hit with this in Otherworld.[[spoiler:His incredibly unique sentient bullets were never given a proper explanation until he meets up with the man whose ''skin'' was used to make them, Weapon III. And guess what, he wants {{revenge}}.]]
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse:
** Deadpool makes it quite clear to Dark Beast that he doesn't give a shit about his "stupid fake world".
** [=AoA=]!Nightcrawler will cheerfully trade the future of the mainstream Marvel Universe for revenge against the man who killed his wife.
* FaceHeelTurn: There's a reason a major story arc is called the Dark [[spoiler:Angel]] Saga. Also, [[spoiler:The Sinister A.o.A. Iceman.]]
* TheFaceless: Fantomex. He wears his mask like it's part of him. Justified in that the psychic dampening plates protect him from harm. [[spoiler:This later becomes very literal when Skinless Man cuts his face off.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Deadpool and Fantomex seem to be going this route.
-->'''Fantomex:''' If there was ever a time to set aside my feelings about you and give a motivational speech, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt it would be now]].
-->'''Deadpool:''' Go on.\\
'''Fantomex:''' No, well. It was just the thought that I should do it. [[ByNoIMeanYes I'm not capable of telling you that you're a tremendous fighter]], and that we'll halt whatever mischief [[spoiler:Worthington has devised]].
-->'''Deadpool:''' Too bad. [[FriendshipMoment Would have been a real sweet moment between us]].
* FiveManBand:
** [[TheHero The Hero]]: Wolverine, team leader and resident [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Guy]]. Pretty disciplined when you get right down to it.
** [[TheLancer The Lancer]]: Deadpool. Motor mouth, nowhere near as disciplined, but damn funny in contrast to Wolverine's seriousness. Also not seen with the team until the very end of issue #1.
*** He's also the one who calls the team out on [[spoiler:Fantomex killing Kid!Apocalypse]]
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Guy]]: Fantomex. His teammates opt more for [[KatanasAreJustBetter bladed weapons]] while he's more of [[TheGunslinger a gunslinger]]. He does also have multiple brains.
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Guy]]: [=ArchAngel=]. His "you go, I'll handle this" moment in issue #1 pretty much puts him right here.
** [[TheChick The Chick]]: Psylocke, of the LadyOfWar variety.
** SixthRanger: Apparently [[spoiler:Deathlok, and now [=AoA!Nightcrawler=].]]
*** SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler:[=AoA!Nightcrawler=] betrays the team after Mystique gives him the opportunity to kill [=AoA!Blob=], the man who murdered his wife.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Wolverine thinks Fantomex is quoting Hemingway in the first issue. In issue ten, Wolverine is seen reading ''The Old Man and the Sea''.
** When [[spoiler:Archangel and Genesis]] are fighting in The World, three statues can be seen of various Weapon Plus subjects. Dr. Mindbubble, Skinless Man, and a woman whose name is obscured. Since Skinless Man is Weapon III, the other two are likely Weapons II and Weapon IV, though they could also be Weapons V, VI, VIII, or IX. Remender, in an interview, admitted to having plans for Dr. Mindbubble.
** When Future!Punisher is tempted to kill Deadpool, he asks Future!Giant-Man just how important he is in the timeline. He responds with "Remember the zombie Nixon thing?", which refers to the first arc in Deadpool's Marvel [=NOW=]! relaunch.
* FunnySchizophrenia: Very averted with this incarnation of Deadpool. While he is still pretty funny, Remender explicitly states that he views Deadpool's mental problems as caused by very traumatic things in his life, like many real mental disorders, instead of just using it to make Deadpool funny.
* GentlemanThief: Fantomex
** In the first issue, he races Wolverine to the British crown jewels simply for the thrill. Upon being beaten by Logan, he then agrees to pay him by giving him a case of the world most expensive cognac.
* TheHeart: [[spoiler:''Deadpool'' takes on this role after Fantomex killed Kid!Apocalypse.]]
** [[spoiler:He's also the only one to even consider the fact that using the life seed on Warren may kill him.]]
%%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sunfire, Fantomex]]
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Apparently, Deadpool thinks people have this. [[spoiler:Too bad soda and pop rocks don't help Angel any...]]
** [[spoiler:So Deadpool had to feed him pieces of his ''own flesh''.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** [[spoiler:Fantomex points out how the Captain Britain Corps find the shooting of one kid "evil", regardless of the work he's done to raise Genesis as a savior. Yet, they're perfectly OK with ''skinning a man alive and erasing another from existence.'']]
** [[spoiler:Deathlok. During ''Final Execution'', he shows the X-Force a possible future created by them, which involves killing people before they even have the opportunity to commit crimes. Wolverine refuses to stop killing, citing the need to kill the few in order to save the many. Seeing no way to convince them to give up killing peacefully, Deathlok hands over the controls to his human host, in order to kill the X-Force to stop them from creating a fascist future. That's right, he tries to preemptively murder the X-Force because they won't stop preemptively killing threats to prevent the future where the preemptively kill future threats. Deadpool calls him out on this too.]]
* IChooseToStay: Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler stays behind to ensure that Dark Beast [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge gets what's coming to him.]]
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted when Fantomex shoots Kid!Apocalypse.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Both Deadpool and Psylocke wield katanas. The latter's is psionically charged.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Angel, after the Life Seed is used on him.]]
%%* MsFanservice: Psylocke
* MyGreatestSecondChance: [[spoiler:Fantomex actually creates a clone of Kid!Apocalypse to see if someone with his power could grow up to be a good person, rather than a dictator bent on cleansing the world of humanity.]]
* MythologyGag: One of the members of the Black Legion is [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Orange Hulk]].
* NeverBeHurtAgain: Psylocke. [[spoiler:She sacrificed her ability to feel sorrow in order to save Fantomex.]]
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: [=AoA=]!Nightcrawler makes it clear that he's here purely for revenge against Dark Beast.
%%** ImNotHereToMakeFriends
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Wolverine kills Daken by drowning him. Sabertooth then reveals that he manipulated Daken into causing the entire mess just to force Wolverine to kill his own son. Sabertooth knew this would hurt Wolverine worse than anything else Sabertooth could do to him.]]
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Captain Britain. In a massive way. From wanting to wipe someone from existence to completely forgiving [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk his slave-trading older brother]], you have to wonder if the writer knows the character is one of the good guys.
* PungeonMaster: Deadpool, natch.
-->'''Deadpool:''' Why did the nickel jump of the building but the dime didn't? Because the dime had more [[IncrediblyLamePun cents]].\\
How do you kill a circus? Go for the [[IncrediblyLamePun juggler]].\\
Why was the little shoe unhappy? Because his father was a [[IncrediblyLamePun loafer.]]\\
What kind of soldier doesn't need bullets? The kind that's always shooting his mouth off.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Angel, along with Deathlok, go along with Genesis to the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Deadpool is red, while Fantomex is blue.
* RoboticPsychopath: Inverted with Deathlok. The AI recognizes the value of human life, but when it's time for a bit of the old hyperviolence, he switches control of the body back to it's [[BloodKnight original human host.]]
-->'''Fantomex:''' Our cyborg's gone all "Ted Bundy" on us.
* ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler:In one of the chapters of Dark Angel Saga, Deadpool was fighting against the giant Sinister Iceman (the Age of Apocalypse version who betrayed his teammates by cowardly running away) when he was apparently frozen to death and he was absent throughout the arc until [[UnexplainedRecovery he got better]] in the epilogue.]]
* ShoutOut: [[spoiler:Genesis is raised in a small, out in the sticks farm town, raised by "Ma and Pa"? Fantomex has been reading too much {{Superman}}. He even says he wanted to teach Genesis how to be "super".]]
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:How Deadpool releases himself from Father's control.]]
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:Fantomex has three different brains, likely a hold-over from his status as Weapon XIII. It's said this is why he could act as a hero, and then murder a child. Captain Britain, who hated his guts before, even said it was a testament to his character that he was able to function at all with his different personalities. They are described by Shadow King as noble, a trouble-maker, and a vile place. In the last issue, each brain gets a separate body. One identical to the old body, another with a mostly-black suit, described as not very nice, and a final, female body, with a white suit, who claims to be "the nicest".]]
* StepfordSmiler: Deadpool just wants to be loved...
* ThoseTwoGuys: Deadpool and Fantomex are definitely the odd men out in the main roster. Neither technically count as mutants, and they rarely, if ever, appear in any big X-Events. Both of them had to be hired for the team, and they interact with each other on a fairly regular basis. In the context of the ''Uncanny X-Force'' series, however, they're just as important as everyone else.
* TookALevelInBadass: Psylocke. [[spoiler:She goes from not being able to kill Warren, despite his death being the only way to save the world, to forcing one of her brothers to kill her other brother to save the multiverse.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Deadpool and Fantomex. Each has a very low opinion of the other until the end of Deathlok Nation, where Deadpool saves Fantomex's life at the last second. During Final Execution, Fantomex admits that Deadpool's grown on him. Later, Deadpool[[spoiler:avenges Fantomex by stabbing Skinless Man through the throat.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: [=AoA=] Blob, [[FanDisservice unfortunately]].
%%* WellDoneSonGuy: Deadpool again.
%%** And Daken
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Weapon Omega (''Age of Apocalypse'' Wolverine) became the successor to Apocalypse and began oppressing baseline humans because the Celestials would've destroyed the ''entire'' planet if he hadn't.
* WingedHumanoid: Archangel, the only member retained from the previous team (not counting team leader Wolverine).
* WolverineClaws:
** Wolverine as is his usual MO.
** Deathlok sports some lightsaber variants.


[[folder: Volume 5 / Uncanny X-Force Vol 2]]

[[caption-width-right:218: The Mutant Nation's Dirty Tricks Team]] With the 2012 ComicBook/MarvelNOW relaunch the X-Force brand was used for two different titles. The first is ''Cable and X-Force'', set in the aftermath of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' which sees a recently revived Cable leading a team consisting of Forge, Domino, Colossus, and Doctor Nemesis on mysterious world threatening missions of great importance, driven by [[DreamingOfThingsToCome visions]] that are also [[SoapOperaDisease slowly killing him]] while being hunted as fugitives. The series lasted for 19 issues (February, 2013-March, 2014).

The second ''Uncanny X-Force'' series sees Psylocke leading a new group of operatives consisting of Storm, Puck, Spiral, and a new character, Cluster/Lady Fantomex. Continuing some of the story points from the previous volume while crafting its own new stories and using other aspects of X-Men Lore. The series lasted for 17 issues (March, 2013-March, 2014).

Both of these stories came to an end with the crossover "Vendetta" and spun out into a new X-Force series in 2014, featuring Cable, Psylocke, Fantomex, and Marrow. The team has assembled in order to keep the Mutant Nation ahead of the curve in the Shadow Game of the world, despite having no borders or government. The series lasted for 15 issues (April, 2014-April, 2015).

Following ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', the series has something of a SpiritualSuccessor in the form of ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen2015''.
!!The Fifth Series Provides Examples Of:
* TheAtoner: Psylocke is trying not to kill anymore, since it has become like an addiction to her.
* BloodKnight: Both Fantomex and Marrow really love the action of combat.
* ClusterBleepBomb: Happens a lot with Marrow.
* ConvenientComa: Hope somehow ended up being only "theoretically alive" between the end of Vendetta and the beginning of the new series. [[spoiler:She's piggybacking on Meme's power and acting in her places since she's been Brain Dead ever since.]]
* CovertGroup: According to Cable most nations on Earth have their own super powered covert operation units, his intention for X-force is to keep mutantkind in the game against those.
* CurbStompBattle:
** [[spoiler:Volga and his super powered goons deliver one on X-force in issue 5. First Volga completely mentaly destroys Marrow by taking away her will for revenge, then the rest of his goons quickly make short process with the rest of the team.]]
** X-force later returns the favor.
* DemonicPossession: A target tried this on Cable. [[spoiler:It failed because the body is that of a clone and would explode in a few hours anyway]].
* DirtyBusiness: Cable assembles them for this reason, calling them the Mutant Nation's Dirty Tricks Team.
* GratuitousFrench: Fantomex is throwing a lot of it around, however he admits that he can't actually speak french, he just loves the accent.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:When Marrow is reminded that she lost her child while pregnant because of the process that gave her powers again, she slumps into this.]]
* KlingonPromotion: Fiqh becomes the head of his department after having Cable kill his boss.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Marrow's memories are suppressed by her PowerLimiter to prevent her from going berzerk.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The team's plan to steal a special cargo from a plane in issue 1, ends up with the total destruction of said plane. [[spoiler:This also had the effect of leaving said cargo brain dead, so Hope uses her powers in place of her.]]
* SendInTheClones: [[spoiler:Cable has survived because his original body is in stasis while he makes a clone everyday with the current memories that die in a day.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Polaris refers to Cable and his team as "VideoGame/MetalGear types".
** Volga got his most important technology from the dimension Earth 1287. The official designation of Marvel for the universe of ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri''.
* PowerLimiter: Marrow's headband seems to be one. [[spoiler:It's actually a memory supressor.]]
%%* UnwillingRoboticisation: Meme was the victim of this.
* VerbalTic: Almost every instance of Marrow's narration in the first issue has her say "baby". [[spoiler:Turns out this was because she lost her baby as a result of regaining her powers.]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:As a result of regaining her powers, Marrow has less than a year left to live. Cable was given a similar treatment for some reason and should have less than a day. He cheats with clones.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Marrow, as it turns out, was released by Volga once he had been finished with her and sent to die in Alexandria.]]