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.

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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, 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).
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!!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.

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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.
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!!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: Quite a few times
** 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: Marvel initially defended the Diana, Princess of Wales plot, then got cold feet when it was too late to do anything but hastily recolour and rename the character.
** Done frequently in-universe as well, with Spike constnatly 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, are effectively this dressed up as a superhero team.
* PuritySue[=/=]TheScrappy: 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[=/=]CypherLanguage: Doop's dialog.
* WolverinePublicity: Parodied.

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