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[[caption-width-right:330:These are [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters just a few]] of the characters featured.]]

There's more to [[MarvelUniverse the universe]] than we know. There are hundreds, thousands, perhaps infinite versions of reality, each branching off from choices that were made differently, from events that had different outcomes. In one world, a familiar [[ComicBook/IronMan superhero]] became a world-wrecking dictator. In yet another, the man who we've all known as [[TheParagon the champion of superhuman equality]] instead became [[OmnicidalManiac the most feared mutant on the planet]].

Little does anyone know, but all of these [[AlternateUniverse different realities]] are linked, part of [[TheMultiverse a great whole]].

And now... they're breaking.

Each universe going out of balance destabilizes the next, setting up a cascade effect that will certainly end in the destruction of all existence.

Enter the ''Exiles.''

Each Exile is an X-man or a "good guy" mutant in his or her reality. The original team was composed of [[AllYourPowersCombined Mimic]], [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Morph]], [[TheStoic Magnus]], [[BigGuy Thunderbird]], [[DistaffCounterpart Nocturne]], and the Age of Apocalypse's ComicBook/{{Blink}}. They all meet on a desert plain, and [[OmniscientCouncilofVagueness the Timebroker]] appears before them, explaining that the instability in the multiverse has led to all of them suffering a terrible fate -- death or [[AndIMustScream worse]]. To combat this, they've been drafted to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong fix the various problems in each reality]], which will eventually allow them to go home.

Their missions take them across a wide variety of dimensions, some of which are different takes on Creator/MarvelComics' main setting, the Marvel Universe (or Earth-616). In other cases, they visit the nooks and crannies of Marvel's long publishing history, including ComicBook/TheNewUniverse of the 80's, and the 2099 setting (where they even recruit 2099's Spider-Man).

Unlike many popular comics, this series stays surprisingly true to AnyoneCanDie. Much more often than not, a character's death is irreversible, and some of the partings are [[TearJerker especially moving]]. At least in the earlier parts of the series, whenever a character would die, he'd get a replacement, one with a similar class of powers (substituting Sasquatch for [[spoiler:Thunderbird]], for instance). This was balanced by the fact that at least some of the characters got happy endings, either in the form of permanent vacation or being able to go back to their home realities and pick up their lives where they left off.

Later in the comic's run, it was taken over by Creator/ChrisClaremont. The series was shortly relaunched as "New Exiles," and Claremont kept creative duties until that title's cancellation. The series saw a (unfortunately brief) relaunch in 2009 (in the hands of Jeff Parker) that lasted from April until December of that year, but the series was canceled afterwards. It subsequently got a SpiritualSuccessor in Greg Pak's ''X-Treme X-Men''.

In 2018, ''Exiles'' was relaunched with a new team and concept. Written by Saladin Ahmed (''ComicBook/BlackBolt'') with art by Javier Rodriguez (''ComicBook/SpiderWoman''), the series follows the Unseen (a.k.a. the original ComicBook/NickFury) leading a team comprised of popular mainstay Blink, [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Iron Lad]], an older version of [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala Khan]] from a {{bad future}}, the chibi-fied Wolverine from X-Babies, and a version of ComicBook/{{Valkyrie|Marvel Comics}} inspired by Creator/TessaThompson's portrayal of the character in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

!!Provides examples of:
* AbortedArc: Claremont's run on the title had Psylocke being visited by two godlike beings who claimed existence was "on a fast-track to the end". This didn't really come up afterward.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Very frequently, the team meets twisted mockeries of people they knew and loved, starting right off the bat with Professor X himself.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Mimic. He can copy 5 powersets at a time, each at half of the original's power.
* AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome:
** In the second reality they come to, it's implied that reality's version of Mimic shares much of his history with the team's Mimic, meaning he'd eventually lead the X-Men to unbelievable heights. Or he would have, if half the X-Men hadn't been killed by [[spoiler:Jean Grey]].
** In a reality ruled by Skrulls since the 1800s, Reed Richards is one of the only free superpowered beings, and is able to reverse-engineer Skrull tech in a few days.
** One Reed Richards realized his reality's version of Iron Man was evil, and planned accordingly.
** In a darker example of this trope, one Mimic copied powers of Professor X and Magneto and became his world's greatest supervillain. [[spoiler:Until the team's Mimic convinced him [[HeelFaceTurn to reform]].]]
* AnyoneCanDie: One of the series highlights. In the first arc alone, one of them pulled off a HeroicSacrifice.
** Even worse for [[EvilCounterpart Weapon X]], who never have the same line-up twice.
* AppropriatedAppellation: The team initially didn't have a name. They took it from a taunt from Jean Grey in their second reality.
* BaldOfEvil: When [[spoiler:Hyperion]] returns, this is his look.
* BeardOfEvil: The evil Charles Xavier has a beard suiting his behavior.
* BeachEpisode: In Exiles #100, "Home is Where the Heart is", Clarice Ferguson was sitting at a beach inside the Crystal Palace and was having flashback of her past memories, and decades of global wars had been stripping everyone of any decent possibility of pleasure. Then the others kicked in when she relaxed.
* BigBad: First Hyperion, later Proteus. Later, an evil Sue Storm is the main enemy.
* BittersweetEnding: The Iron Dominion arc. Stark's schemes are foiled, and he's murdered by Sue Richards, but most of the Inhumans are dead, having chosen to die rather than be Stark's slaves. Not to mention that Earth is still very badly messed up from all the other crap Stark pulled.
* BluffingTheAdvanceScout: In ''Exiles'' #54, the Timebroker sets up an elaborate chain of events that ends with Earth's atmosphere being filled with foul-smelling gases for 72 hours. All because the Timebroker has foreseen that during those 72 hours an alien invasion fleet will arrive, scan the planet, and decide to move on to somewhere with a nicer atmosphere.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Inflicted on Blink, Longshot and Spider-Man 2099 in one of Claremont's stories, by a Hand-Hydra team-up.
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: One reality has Doctor Doom inflicting this on the entire world. And it's profoundly creepy.
* BreakTheCutie: Blink already came with some damage from her nightmarish childhood, but the experiences she goes through during her time away from the team break her.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: Frequently due to the AnyoneCanDie nature of the story and other characters completing their arcs.
* CurbStompBattle: Mimic versus an alternate version of Steve Rogers in a world ruled by Skrulls. It's a title gladiatorial fight, and it lasts all of five seconds, ending decidedly in Mimic's favor.
* DemonicPossession: One of Proteus' powers lets him hijack and kill [[spoiler:Mimic]] and others before eventually being trapped in [[spoiler:Morph]].
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Thunderbird manages to break Galactus' armor and throw a bomb into him, though that quickly leads into BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu, since John is rendered comatose by the explosion.
%%* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Mimic]].
* [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Earth Is The Center Of The Multiverse]]: The Exiles are tasked to prevent the multiverse from collapsing by fixing problems on alternate Earths. The only time they don't is the one time Earth is already obliterated, and even then the success of their mission restores it as a side benefit.
* EnfantTerrible: The Exiles and Weapon X encounter one in their first-and-only team-up, the son of Rachel Summers and Franklin Richards, who has his mother's powers and absolutely neither of his parents' morals. Their mission is to kill him before he becomes a threat. [[spoiler:They don't, and try to TakeAThirdOption, but it doesn't work.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Every member of Weapon X is a morally murky version of established characters, like a She-Hulk who works as a leg-breaker, a Peter Parker merged with the Carnage symbiote, or an Iron Man who started a world war.
* EyeScream: Inflicted on Weapon X's Iron Man by Longshot.
* FishOutOfWater:
** Mimic comes from one of the most pleasant realities we ever see, one where superheroes are ''adored''. About the only bad things we know about it are that Jean Grey is ([[ComicBookDeath probably]]) dead, and that [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] abandoned his family in the pursuit of science. All the bleak realities the team visit begin to wear on Mimic after a while.
** Likewise, Blink comes from an utter craphole of a universe, so most of the common Marvel themes and tropes are utterly alien to her. She's made the leader mainly because she has no pre-conceived notions about the realities they visit.
* ForWantOfANail:
** Morph noted that most of the bad realities had the common thread of ComicBook/TheMightyThor not arriving on Earth.
** The evil Mimic the team encounters learns the only difference between he and the Exiles Mimic, which he had assumed had a pampered life to turn out so noble, is that he chose to accept Xavier's offer. This inspires his HeelFaceTurn.
** One mission involves them averting an invasion by a Deathbird lead Shi'ar by inadvertently making Earth look unappealingly polluted from [[ItMakesSenseInContext buying the last danish at a bakery]].
* FutureSlang: ComicBook/Marvel2099 shows up, ridiculous slang and all.
%%* TheHeart: Beak.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Technically seeing as how Sunfire is ''not'' heterosexual, but she and Morph were totally platonically in love with each other and nigh-inseperable.
* HybridPower: Magnus, an alternate son of Magneto and Rogue, has a distinctive combination of his parents' power: he has the power of magnetism from his father, and a variation of his mother's deadly touch; in this case, skin-to-skin contact will cause the victim to turn to pure metal.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Morph actually got the chance to go back to his own reality, but wanted to stay behind to help the team.]]
* InsistentTerminology: Curt Connors would like to remind you that they are fighting Kaiju, not 'giant monsters'.
* InSpiteOfANail: In the Skrull-dominated reality, despite Earth having been ruled since the 1800s, almost all the normal Marvel heroes are still there.
* InterruptedCooldownHug: Thunderbird and his alternate-reality counterpart very nearly talk a rampaging Hulk down. Then Deadpool shoots the big guy in the head.
* KillEmAll: The only consistent teammates are [[PopularityPower Blink and Morph]], the rest are either put on a bus or killed off.
* KillerRobot:
** Everyone hates Sentinels.
** Weapon X's iteration of Vision has no compunctions about murdering children.
* KillItWithFire: Mimic's solution to a murderous version of Namor. He was in a bad mood that day.
* KudzuPlot: The cause being the premature ending of the ''New Exiles'' series.
%%* LipstickLesbian: Sunfire
* ManipulativeBastard: A version of ComicBook/IronMan, who arranged wars, diseases and disasters that ravaged his world just so that he could be in charge.
* MissionControl: ''Exiles'' always has one of these in their ranks. The first one was the Timebroker, then Dr. Heather Hudson, and then Cat Pryde. The Reboot of the series has Morph playing this role.
* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: After a while, the Timebroker begins getting increasingly hostile and irrational towards the team, culminating in his forcing Holocaust onto the team. It isn't until they find the Crystal Palace that they learn why: [[spoiler:He's a hologram being dictated by King Hyperion.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In their first reality, the team accidentally set free that Earth's greatest villain, and he proceeds to fry the minds of an entire cities' worth of people.
** In the second, their refusal to immediately kill Jean Grey results in the deaths of Cyclops, Storm, Angel and Wolverine.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The Skrulls of one Earth run away when Galactus comes looking for dinner... leaving a planet filled with superhumans trained in how to fight. Terrax the Slayer in particular learns just how well they can fight.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: An alternate of Namor inflicts one on Mimic, who returns the favor moments later.
* NoodleIncident: The week spent with the Moose Men. The narration says [[DontAsk not to ask]]. From what we can see, it was incredibly boring.
* NoSell:
** In issue #4, a version of Nightcrawler tries teleporting multiple times to disable Nocturne, who's more than used to the effects, what with being his daughter.
** In issue #5, Blink tries to teleport the Hulk. It doesn't work.
* NotHisSled: In their second mission, the team arrives at the [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Trial of the Phoenix]] and assume that Jean Grey has just been replaced by the Phoenix. She hasn't, which becomes a problem when they're told their mission is to kill her.
* NukeEm: One version of Iron Man killed his reality's Hulk with a really big gamma bomb. Problem was, Simon Williams was standing next to him, and absorbed some of the energy, and... well...
* OhCrap:
** The team arrives in the middle of Canada, with no idea why they're there. Cue ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk.
-->'''Morph''': (In the shape of a [[VisualPun chicken]]) "HULK! IT'S THE &%*@#$ HULK! RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!"
** In another reality, the Skrulls have this when they see Terrax is approaching Earth. They [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere instantly abandon the planet]].
** Everyone's reaction to finding themselves in Mojoworld.
** Hyperion has this reaction after he's beaten everyone and is gloating over his victory...until Beak comes back through the portal with ''two'' Hyperions from alternate realities. They explain that Beak is now their new best friend, and he's told them there's an ass that needs kicking.
* OppositesAttract: Mimic comes from a near-utopian reality. Blink comes from the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse. Their experiences could not be much more different, and yet they fall in love.
* PeoplePuppets: Nocturne can possess people for up to twenty-four hours, but it leaves their minds scrambled afterward.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Morph occasionally offers the ladies to transform into the shape of any man they'd like to have sex with, and it becomes sort of a running gag for him to offer Sunfire to turn into one of the other marvel superheroines.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Blink, Nocturne, Sasquatch, Spider-Man and Thunderbird]] all left the team towards the end of the first series to settle down either for a vacation or for good.
* RaceLift: Sasquatch, normally a white guy, is in this series a black woman.
* RageBreakingPoint: One bad reality too many makes Mimic snap, and beat an alternate Namor to death.
* RealityWarper: Proteus and the alternate-universe Impossible Man.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: An early story has a running gag where the Exiles and Alpha Flight, while fighting the Hulk, joke about how [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Invisible Woman]] beat him once and never shuts up about it.
* RetCon: The crystal palace, according to Jeff Parker, is an [[{{CanonDiscontinuity}} evolved, sentient Kang the Conqueror]].
* TheReveal: When Blink returns to the team, she doesn't act like she used to, being more nervous and withdrawn. It's not until she returns to the world the team left Sabretooth on that she tells Cal what happened. [[spoiler:David Richards took control of her and made her graphically murder the people behind the Sentinels with his powers.]]
%%* SacrificialLion: Magnus. Arguably [[spoiler:Namora]].
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: An entire planet's worth of Skrulls up and abandon the Earth they've ruled for a hundred years the minute they see Galactus coming.
* SendInTheClones:
** One storyline featured the use of an army of alternate reality Wolverines to deal with an alternate reality Wolverine.
** The Annual in which the Exiles find out about an alternate reality team of Exiles.
** How do you defeat an evil Hyperion? Why you [[spoiler:send two good Hyperions to fight him of course!]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The team is sent to various realities to fix incidents which will cause damage to spread throughout TheMultiverse.
%%* ShootTheDog: Weapon X's stock in trade.
* ShoutOut: The Monster World arc, one long love letter to {{Kaiju}} films and ''SuperSentai''.
%%* ShapeShifter: Morph
* SplitPersonalityMerge: [[spoiler:Morph and Proteus actually come to terms with being in each other's body and mind, respectively in Claremont's ''New Exiles'' Annual.]]
* StraightGay: Exiles Beast, who was actually in a relationship with his 'verse's Wonder Man. Really it was just taking the HoYay from their 616 counterparts to its logical conclusion.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: When the team refuse to take part in a mission, the Tallus shows them exactly what will happen, making them feel every second of it.
* TheMultiverse: Over the course of the series, the Exiles have visited or had members from Earth-616 (the mainstream Marvel universe), the Age of Apocalypse timeline, Earth-2099, the Mojoverse, and a whole lot of previously unknown ones.
* TemptingFate: Terrax announces there is no mortal mightier than he. Cue [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the strongest one there is]].
* TokenEvilTeammate: Magik is this to the Exiles.
* TokenGoodTeammate: While Sabretooth, and then Colossus, are this to Weapon X.
* TouchOfDeath: One of Magnus' powers turns anyone he touches into metal.
* WolverinePublicity: One notorious storyline took this to the next level with the team replaced by an entire group of Wolverines who are tasked with stopping an evil alternate Wolverine. Yes. Of course, the whole point was that Wolverine (no matter how many of him there are) isn't a suitable replacement for a well-balanced team. [[SubvertedTrope The Exiles are quickly called back into service.]]
%%* WouldHurtAChild: Weapon X.
%%* WrenchWench: Cat Pryde
* WrongGenreSavvy: Issue #1 has a big honking moment of this. The team are told to "find the one who would lead you", which all of them (save Blink) assume means Professor Xavier. They bust him out... and he turns out to be a villain. It's this exact reason Mimic puts Blink in charge.
* YouHaveGottoBeKiddingMe: Say word-for-word by Blink when Sabertooth reveal the Weapon X's imagine of the Timebroker hologram: a beautiful woman.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: When Mariko is killed as a result of a Brood-infested Mimic's rampage, Morph calls him out, stating "It should have been you!"