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Comicbook: Ultimate X-Men
Same great X-Men taste, fewer continuity woes.

Ultimate X-Men is a reboot of the X-Men franchise in the Ultimate Marvel line of comics, it can be seen as one of the most radical reimaginings, with Alternate Character Interpretations of the mainstream 616 characters being taken as canon while other characters are given completely different backstories and characterizations. It was far less popular than its sister series Ultimate Spider-Man, due to a constant rotation of artists and writers, churning out ultra-violent storylines that went from good, to bad, to just plain weird. It was eventually canceled after a few bad story lines that culminated in the universally reviled Ultimatum event.

The series lasted for 100 issues, from February, 2001 to April, 2009. After Ultimatum, the series was replaced with Ultimate X, where mutants that survived the tragedy were scattered, hunted, and leaderless. This new series only lasted 5 issues, from April, 2010 to August, 2011. However, the series was relaunched as Ultimate Comics: X-Men with the mutants starting to band together again after the events of Ultimate Origins revealed the secret origin of the mutant species. The new series written by Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), dealing with the fallout of this origin being revealed to the public along with the events of the Ultimate Hawkeye series. As of issue 13, Brian Wood (DMZ) takes over writing duties on the title.

Ultimate X-Men provides examples of the following tropes:

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    Volumes 1 & 2 

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Phoenix, after she destroys Apocalypse.
    • Also Dazzler, who leaves the original team due to the shenanigans involving Nightcrawler stalking and kidnapping her, only to be brought back a handful of issues later on Bishop's team.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • After a few issues, Bishop states that in the future he and Psylocke will be married. He's killed an issue and a half later and these claims are never elaborated upon.
  • The Ace: Magician is more ripped than Bobby, formulates a plan to take out the Brotherhood and has enough people skills that in front of the cameras he fixes the X-Men's reputation. Within 24 hours after joining the X-Men. However, it turns out that his power is that he's a semi-conscious Reality Warper, so reality restructured itself around his desire to be The Ace.
  • Adaptation Species Change:
    • Both John Wraith and Doug Ramsey are humans, not mutants.
    • Juggernaut's a mutant.
    • Instead of being interdimensionial beings, Mojo's a human and Longshot is a mutant. Sprial is also a mutant, too, instead of a mutated human.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Sprial is a good person here, hopeing to stop the X-Men from clearing Longshot, who underwent Adaptational Villainy. Prior to his Face-Heel Turn turn in Ultimates 3, Pyro was also a hero and member of the X-Men.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Colossus is gay instead of straight.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Magneto is outright genocidal, as opposed to the occasionally-noble Magneto of Earth-616.
    • John Wraith is the head of the Weapon X project, instead of one of its victims.
    • Longshot, Forge, and Multiple Man are members of the Brotherhood.
  • Ascended Fan Boy / Heroic Wannabe: Pyro
  • All There in the Manual: Without little bravado, Ultimate Hawkeye takes place in between issues Ultimate Comics: X-Men 7 and 8. Relatively a lot happens in that mini, so yeah.
  • Back from the Dead: Sinister. Twice. Also, Magneto (twice), Xavier, Beast, and Angel. Oh yeah, and also Wraith, and Cyclops. Basically everybody, including people they had promised would "stay dead".
  • Bare Your Midriff: Jean, pre-Ultimatum, Storm after Beast dies
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Jean against Phoenix, Storm against Shadow King
  • Beard of Evil: Inverted with Magneto, who grows a beard shortly after Professor Xavier uses telepathic blocks to turn him into a normal law-abiding citizen. As soon as the blocks are removed and he reverts to his old villainous ways, he loses the beard.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Colossus after Ultimatum.
  • Betty and Veronica: Wolverine (Veronica, duh) and Cyclops (Betty) to Jean. In the end they're both killed off. She falls for Wolverine and has sex with him first, then later on dates Cyclops.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: A Morlock seen post-Ultimatum is a conjoined being of him and his brother, and his brother has become a centipede monster. He still hugs it and loves it because it's his brother.
  • Big Bad
    • Magneto is irreparably evil in this version, and very difficult to thwart. Ultimatum reveals that he was being manipulated by Victor Von Doom.
    • Pietro/Quicksilver is becoming this in Ultimate X, with the support of Mystique and Sabertooth.
  • Body Horror: Dr. Cornelius inflicts this on himself so he becomes The Grotesque, made of cancerous Wolverine DNA
  • Bounty Hunter: Arcade and Deadpool.
  • The Brute: Juggernaut
  • But Now I Must Go: Phoenix, after she destroys Apocalypse.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Quicksilver to Magneto. He gets two uzis unloaded on his shins for his trouble.
  • Can't Use Stairs: The parapalegic Professor Xavier, as lampshaded by Mr. Sinister; Mister Sinister refers to stairs as "Charles Xavier's one weakness" directly before dumping him out of his wheelchair and down some.
  • Captain Ersatz
    • Given his backstory in this incarnation, Doug Ramsey is a younger version of Ken Jennings.
    • Derek Morgan is basically Archangel as a different character, instead of Angel under the influence of Apocalypse.
    • Cyclops temporarily becomes one of Superman under the influence of Banshee.
  • Cloning Blues: Wolverine gets cloned.
  • Coattail-Riding Relative: Initially, the Beast's parents disown him for being a mutant. Later, when the X-Men have achieved fame and (temporary) renown, they return and claim they always loved him... after they've made millions writing a book about how they lovingly raised such a wonderful young mutant.
  • Compelling Voice: Sinister, when he looks people straight in the eye.
  • Composite Character: A few "Ultimate" versions of 616-X-Men are revealed as new versions of existing Ultimate characters. Specifically...
    • Ultimate Proteus (David Xavier) is a composite of 616-Proteus (Kevin MacTaggert) and Legion (David Haller). Though his powers are based on 616-Proteus, his personality is more in line with Legion, and his parentage is based on a combination of the two.
    • The Ultimate version of Lady Deathstrike is a Japanese thief who had some history with Storm, apparently borrowed from Earth-616's Yukio, who is close friends with Storm and has a past history as a thief alongside Gambit.
    • Cable is Future Wolverine
    • Sinister is combined with Apocalypse.
    • Firestar is Liz Allan (from Spider-Man), also making her a Transplant.
    • Sasquatch is Wolfsbane on a Super Serum. Likewise, Vindicator is John Wraith (a member of Weapon X) rather than James or Heather Hudson, making him both this and Decomposite Character as James is mentioned and he and Heather later appeared.
    • Banshee is Professor Moira MacTaggert using the Banshee serum.
    • William Stryker is both this and Decomposite Character as he's split into two characters. William, Sr. is based on the movie version of Stryker while William, Jr. is a younger version of the Sinister Minister of the classic comics. That said, the Composite Character comes into play as Reverend Stryker eventually shows traits of Master Mold
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Fenris Corporation.
  • Covers Always Lie: At no point in the comics does Jimmy Hudson wear This costume
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Juggernaut is this to Rogue.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Cyclops vs. Wolverine. Wolverine is actually the one who gets curbstomped. This is a rematch from a previous fight that went the other way.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Both Kitty and Storm sport one at one point.
  • Darker and Edgier: Oh boy...
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Jean, after Ultimatum.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Traske invokes this.
  • Death Is Cheap: Not as cheap as it is in the regular ''X-Men' verse, but among those that cheat death are Magneto, Sabretooth, Professor Cornelius, Yuri, Beast.
  • Debut Queue: in Ultimate X
  • Decomposite Character:
    • William Stryker becomes two characters. William Sr. is an anti-mutant military leader, as in the second X-Men film, while William Jr. is the religious extremist from the original comics. William Jr. is also a Composite Character as later becomes Ultimate Universe Master Mold; gigantic Sentinel.
    • Also done with Angel, with his "Archangel" identity going to Derek Morgan.
    • Neither James or Heather Hudson have used the Vindicator identity.
  • Dirty Coward: Stryfe
  • Dirty Old Man
    • Wolverine, at least, can look like he's only slightly older than the rest of the X-Men, making this not as obvious at times, but most of the series Wolverine looks to be in the mid 30s' to 40s' range while hitting on teenaged girls. What makes this worse is that he's older than Xavier. Much, much older, and yet no-one seems to call him out on this. This could be because no-one thinks of him as being older, or it could be an example of Darker and Edgier. He alludes to it when rejecting Storm, and when she points out that he had sex with Jean, he refers to that as a mistake. It's possible it was simply a convenient excuse, though.
    • Professor Xavier. It's a much more obvious, and in many ways bigger, issue with Xavier, having had at least two relationships in the past with students; Mystique and Emma Frost, and just before the end of the series admitted to being in love with Jean Grey.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Moira MacTaggert, examining Wolverine after he's been run over by a truck, just calmly remarks that it looks like an autopsy in reverse.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Both Beast, Nightcrawler and Jimmy Hudson. In the case of the two formers, at least they have an excuse that most footwear does not come in their sizes.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Stacy X is the leader of a minority group and calls them to fight them and drop their human names. Charles Xavier (And Magneto) also make codenames up to replace "Human names". The fact Mutants are rounded up in camps.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him
    • Pyro's treatment in Ultimates 3. Nearly everyone killed off in Ultimatum may be considered this trope as well, particularly the number of major characters killed in the big flood, Beast and Nightcrawler especially.
    • Although a minor character, the worst offender in Ultimatum is probably Toad: his death is never shown nor mentioned, we never see the body and the girl he took to safety (Liz Allen, Firestar) is still alive. The only indication we have that he died is the casualty list at the end of Ultimatum #5.
    • Psylocke was killed in the storyline involving Xavier's son (whose powers involve possessing people and manipulating reality, but the bodies he inhabits are destroyed from the inside out because of his power), but it turned out that she survived by projecting her consciousness into another body. Or at least that's what she claimed. Evidence is starting to point out it isn't her.
    • Beast was killed in a Sentinel attack. This was a ruse; Fury borrowed him to conduct experiments on the mutant genome. He was Killed Off for Real in the Ultimatum storyline.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Oh God, Banshee. (Note: There's no mutant called Banshee in this comic, it's a drug.)
  • Dysfunction Junction: Even more so then the mainstream X-Men, which is saying something.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Mister Sinister, with a side order of insanity.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: During their battle in Las Vegas, Juggernaut taunts Gambit for failing to hit him with his explosive cards... only to realize too late that Gambit's true target was the structural supports of the building behind him.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Nightcrawler
  • Faking the Dead
    • Magneto
    • As well Beast, Syndicate and Magician.
    • Xavier!
  • Fanservice: All the barely-legal mutant boys and girls are dressed in black leather outfits and / or short skirts, and despite not having Most Common Superpower (until Paquette takes over for pencils) they're dressed in obvious poses.
  • Foreshadowing
    • Oh does Colossus' sexuality get hinted at. From liking Will and Grace, to commenting on Longshot's boots, to blatantly getting hit on by Jean-Paul.
    • All of Storm's Danger Room programs.
  • Gayngst: A mild application with Colossus.
  • Generation Xerox: Jimmy and Teddy are both the biological sons of the characters they replace.
  • Genius Bruiser: Henry McCoy as usual.
  • Gentleman Thief: Gambit as usual, with Rogue along for the ride.
  • G.I.R.L.: In the lead-up to Ultimate War, Beast spends a lot of time corresponding with a girl on a mutant chatroom. It's actually the Blob, and it doesn't end well for anyone.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: The reason that Wolverine and Magda Lensherr gave Jimmy to the Hudsons.
  • Good Bad Girl: Dazzler
  • Groin Attack: A particularly vicious one during the Weapon X arc, when Sabretooth and Wolverine are fighting. Sabretooth is holding Wolverine's head under water (realizing that even if Wolverine heals from drowning, he'll still have suffered brain damage), but Wolverine's fist is very strategically placed. The ensuing snikt accompanies a great reaction shot from Sabretooth... right before Wolverine tackles him off a waterfall.
  • Heel-Face Turn
    • Toad and Rogue eventually defect to the X-Men.
    • Before them, Wolverine.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Xavier and Magneto were this. And how. Xavier left his wife for Magneto, which was a contributing factor to David's rampage. It would be hard not to infer that they were in a gay relationship, but Xavier says their bond was "stronger than love," which seem to rule that out.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ultimate Liz Allen is the daughter of her human mother and the Blob.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Sentinels
  • Idiot Ball
    • Held in Ultimate Nightmare, where a small team goes out to find the source of a psychic signal, assumed to be a mutant in need. Wolverine is angry (well, more than usual) that they were too stupid to turn on the news and check what was going on before running off half-cocked and getting roughed up by the Ultimates for their trouble.
    • Liz Allen doesn't even attempt to talk her brother Teddy out of joining Pietro's new Brotherhood.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Rogue. Subverted in that when she's presented with a cure, she doesn't take it.
  • Important Haircut
    • Storm cuts her hair drastically from elegantly long to punk rock short after Beast dies. She lets her hair grow out after Ultimatum though. But she cuts it off at the first sign of mutant uprising.
    • Jean dyes her hair black after Ultimatum, but this is because she is taking up a new identity. She goes red again later on, after she dumps the new identity.
  • Intro Dump
  • I See Dead People
    • Quicksilver sees his sister Wanda, and his father.
    • Post Ultimatum, Rogue sees Xavier.
    • Alex sees Scott.
  • Jeopardy! Intelligence Test: Doug Ramsay got into a private school for mutants due to his smarts, exemplified by his record-breaking streak on Jeopardy
  • Karma Houdini: Just about every member commits terrible acts over the course of the series and save for Wolverine never faces any repercussions. For example:
    • Cyclops defects to the Brotherhood and takes part in the bombings of the British Parliament and MI6.
    • Professor X and Jean frequently abuse their powers to their own ends.
    • Storm even crippled someone and electrocuted a sandbox full of children (off panel).
    • Averted with Wolverine in that he not only faces retribution for the things he does, but he is even held accountable for things he didn't do. For example Jean threatens him if he ever thinks of her in a sexual way again, and actually follows though with it despite the fact that she was fully compliant in their affair.
  • Killed Off for Real: See below.
  • Kill 'em All: Of all the Ultimate titles, X-Men got hit the hardest in Ultimatum. The casualty list — which includes Xavier, Cyclops, Beast, Nightcrawler, Wolverine — is probably longer than the list of surviving mutants.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Not usually, but in issue #54, where they're taking on Mojo and his reality show, there are a few instances. Apart from in-universe examples of Breaking the Fourth Wall on Mojo's show, there is Dazzler staring straight forward out of the page and declaring the concept to be a "rip-off of The Running Man".
  • Legacy Character: Wolverine II; Angel II; Blob II
  • Love Triangle: Jean, Scott, Wolverine as well as Kitty, Bobby, Rogue.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Sabretooth is Wolverine's son!
  • The Mafiya: Colossus is first shown as muscle in the employ of the Russian Mob.
  • Male Gaze
    • Paquette's pencils.
    • Jimmy Hudson suffers from this with Jean. Though accidentally.
  • Manipulative Bastard
    • Charles Xavier. Though he claims he doesn't tamper with people's minds, he's shown doing as such repeatedly, especially at first. Subverted in that EVERYBODY knows he does it and question their actions, but when he's out of order, they still do what they think he would've had them do.
    • Magneto as well, observe him with Polaris in his cell.
  • Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequest: Sinister needs to kill 10 mutant souls for his master.
  • Master of Illusion
    • The Ultimate Mastermind is less of a straight up psychic like his 616 version, and is more likely to induce illusions into people's perception.
    • Magician is this as well, partly.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Jean's "Phoenix" state teeters between her being insane and having a split personality (as a power lock) and an actual cosmic deity, depending on the arc or the writer.
  • Meat Puppet: This is Apocalypse's power.
  • The Men in Black: Prevalent here and there, but they're the ones keeping Colossus post Ultimatum.
  • Meta Origin: The mutant gene isn't evolution at work, it was artificially created in a lab. Only Wolverine's X-gene is natural.
  • Mind Rape: Xavier erases Magneto's mind after the first arc and has him living his life as a peaceful civilian. When it gets reversed, Magneto was very, very angry at the revelation.
  • The Mole
    • Angel gets sent into Emma Frost's school at one point.
    • Pyro is one as well in the Mutant Liberation Front, but he get ousted pretty quickly.
    • Bishop
  • The Morlocks: The Morlocks.
  • Most Common Super Power: Seems to be averted early on in the run, but once Paquette takes over, and Medina in Ultimate X / Ultimate Comics: X-Men, yowza.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Juggernaut tries it when he comes looking for Rogue and finds her partnered up with Gambit.
  • Mythology Gag
    • The Danger Room allows a few. They face off against Brood, and Wolverine calls them Alien ripoffs.
    • Nightcrawler enjoys pirate stories, which tie into his swashbuckler 616 incarnation.
    • Storm's play is called Shadowking, a villain in 616 universe.
    • Jean sometimes envisions Goblins. Jean's clone in the 616-verse, Madelyne, went mad and became the Goblin Queen.
    • Post Ultimatum, Kitty Pryde assembles a small army of mutants, labeled with color-themed team names. The ones we hear about are Gold and Blue, harking back to the 616 Marvel universe when the X-Men split up in the '90s.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the midst of their fight, Gambit grabs the nearby Gem of Cyttorak to charge up as ammo against Juggernaut. It does not have the effect intended.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed / Our Presidents Are Different: Although he's never referred to by name, whenever the president appears, his features vaguely resemble those of George W. Bush. His vice president also resembles Dick Cheney. Couple this with when the first books were set (during the Bush administration) and it's no big leap to assume that's the president we're looking at.
    • Clinton is sometimes mentioned as having been bullied into green-lighting the Sentinel Initiative.
  • Non-Action Guy: Doug Ramsay is a non-mutant at his school, he's just really smart. He wasn't the only non-mutant; Emma Frost was very proud of the fact that it was human-integrated. He was just the only important one.
  • Non Indicative Name: Colossus at one point faces off against a strongman called Grizzly, and says it doesn't suit him. Grizzly promptly turns into a Grizzly.
  • Not So Different: Both Charles and Magneto are both manipulative and petty in their own special way, and just as uncompromising in their beliefs.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The president and his boardroom are presented this way in order to disguise the fact it's supposed to be George W. Bush. Though one turns out to be evil (or just trigger-happy more like), he's a Canon Immigrant of Real Life... sort to say.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Xavier thinks he has one.
  • Outfly The Fireball: Angel pulls one
  • Playing Both Sides: Karen/Jean
  • Punch Clock Villain: Syndicate just wants to make a quick buck. Luckily, Xavier gives them the benefit of the doubt.
  • Race Lift
    • Ultimate Nick Fury was introduced by Mark Millar in this series, and he's African-American but doesn't look like Samuel L. Jackson yet.
    • Snowbird was also made Native-American and strangely, John Wraith went from an African-American mutant to a Caucasian human.
    • While not quite the same thing, Doug Ramsey was made from a mutant to a human.
  • Reality Warper: Magician Subconsciously too, as everything just works out for him the way he wants it.
  • Required Secondary Powers
    • Colossus eventually reveals that he doesn't have them — he can turn to metal, but doesn't have the strength to move in this state. He's been taking a Super Serum to compensate.
    • Likewise Pyro, who's scarred to deformity, seeing as he can't stand the heat of his own projected flames.
  • Reset Button: Phoenix manages to hit one after Apocalypse destroys most of Manhattan
  • Reverse Mole: Karen who is Jean, for Xorn to Nick Fury
  • Self-Made Orphan: Juggernaut
  • Shout-Out: The big Russian at one point shouts "I will break you!"
  • Significant Monogram: Jimmy Hudson in Ultimate X is pointed out to have one, as his dad is James Howlett a.k.a. Wolverine.
  • Snap Back: The end of the Apocalypse arc has Phoenix leaving the planet. The next issue Jean's back in the book, and we only get a Hand Wave we don't want to hear the story as to why she's back.
  • Suicide by Cop: Conjoined twins Syndicate fakes his death with help from Xavier this way.
  • Super Serum: The final pre-Ultimatum storyline dealt with Banshee, a superpower-granting/enhancing steroid.
  • Super Speed: Northstar and Quicksilver.
  • Staircase Tumble: Mister Sinister vs. Professor X. The stairs win.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Nightcrawler to Dazzler.
  • Straight Gay: Colossus and Northstar.
  • Stylistic Suck: Storm's play, The Shadow King.
  • Take Up My Sword: Although Jean does not seem to want to do this for Xavier and the X-Men, it seems like she will do so, as Quicksilver is apparently starting a new Brotherhood of Mutants, and has at least successfully recruited Theodore, Liz's brother.
  • Taking You with Me: It seemed Cable pulled this on Xavier. He didn't. It is however, played straight with Gambit.
  • Technical Pacifist: Xavier. Notably, members of the X-Men regularly question his policy on this point.
  • Terminator Twosome: Cable and Bishop, as par for the course. Subverted by Cable bringing his entire team to the past.
  • There Are No Therapists: You'd think the Xavier institute would have one permanently on remand considering the students that go there. This winds up really bad, in the case of Nightcrawler. Apparently being held captive by Weapon X left him more screwed up than everyone thought, so when he snaps and kidnaps Dazzler, everyone is shocked.
  • Third-Person Person: Caliban is one.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Wolverine in this outing is a lot darker than regular Wolverine. And that's saying something.
  • Transplant
    • Firestar, a.k.a. Liz Allan from Ultimate Spider-Man.
    • Before that, Shadowcat went the other way and joined Spider-Man's cast, as did Iceman after Ultimate X-Men was canceled. Peter's death is prompting Shadowcat and Iceman to return and bring a friend: the Human Torch, who was in Fantastic Four before moving to Spider-Man.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Quicksilver becomes one post-Ultimatum for the president.
  • Trigger Happy: Sinister
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: How much sympathy he deserves is up to you but Nightcrawler can't handle Colossus being gay.
  • Ultimate Universe
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: The series chokes on it. This is even commented on by Cyclops, on how the team members go from hating each other to "making out in the attic".
  • Villainous Incest: The Fenris twins are about as subtle about it as Jeph Loeb is about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in The Ultimates.
  • We Named the Cat Mystique: Xavier owns a cat called Mystique in an anticlimactic extra side story we're shown Emma picked the name after Mystique nearly beats Xavier up.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: In-Universe, Rogue feels this way after encountering first Warren Worthington (whose codename is Angel), and Nightcrawler. It's taken to the extent that, in the Ultimate Fallout comics, she's shown recalling them as one of her "signs" that the Apocalypse is falling for the mutant race.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Xavier is on the receiving end of this one a lot. Keeping Nightcrawler alive after he kidnapped Dazzler was enough for her to Rage Quit.
  • Your Head Asplode
    • both of the Fenris twins
    • Matthew, the right head of Syndicate

    Volume 3 

Ultimate Comics: X-Men (2011) provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: Big parts of Nick Spencer's run, such as the "ghosts" some characters see And Sinister/Apocalypse's return, are barely even mentioned by Brian Wood.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Reverend Stryker's death triggers this in the Nimrod Sentinels he takes over with his mutant powers, he pulls this on the entire USA, decimating the already decreased Mutant count
  • Bittersweet Ending: The World War X arc ends with Utopia victorious, but to do so Kitty had to destroy Tian and couldn't evacuate everyone in time, causing thousands of deaths, the Sentient Seed died, and Kitty feels guilty about her actions.
  • Boom, Headshot: Attempted on Jimmy by mercenaries and Kitty by a paranoid sniper. Jimmy healed from the wounds, and Kitty ramped up her density in order to simply tank it.
  • Cain and Abel: Jimmy Hudson and Pietro are half-brothers, with Wolverine sleeping with Magneto's ex-wife, Magda Lensherr, and getting her pregnant. They promptly try to kill each other at one point.
  • Child Soldiers: During the United We Stand/Divided We Fall Arc and World War X arc.
  • Civil War: Tian versus Utopia as evolved into this.
  • Colony Drop: The end fate of Tian.
  • Covers Always Lie: In Issue #21 they make it seem as though Tony Stark is leading an attack force on Utopia, when he instead defends them.
  • Death from Above: Utopia's ultimate weapon invokes this.
  • Despair Event Horizon: By the time most of the mutants reached the Mutant Caves or Camps, they just didn't have the will to fight back, believing they were damaged goods until Kitty motivated them.
  • Dumb Muscle: Farbird, in the words of fake Psylocke. Not that she was right.
  • Fantastic Racism: Mutants have always been a metaphor for racism, but since Ultimatum, it seems the stories are now specifically addressing the Islamophobia that became widespread after 9/11, with Magneto symbolizing Osama bin Laden.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Nick Spencer's run was written that way:
    • Kitty and the gang in the sewers
    • Storm and Colossus in the camps
    • Stryker and the sentinels
    • Quicksilver manipulating the government
    • Karen and her gang in Tian
    • Havok in a mental facility
    • Ghosts of dead people, and Apocalypse's return
  • Gaia's Vengeance: If Utopia doesn't like you, it will fight back.
  • Genius Loci: Utopia. Until it's consciousness died.
  • Green Thumb: Blackheat's ability.
  • Human Resources: The Natural Resources arc is about the Mutants being turned into this.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Kitty ordered the destruction of Tian to end the war.
  • Karma Houdini: Jean Grey after World War X gets away with just a power limiter on her. Kitty wants to avert this for ordering the attack, but the World Bodies are happy Tian is gone and don't want to police mutant issues at the moment.
  • Killed Off for Real: Farbird and the Sentient Seed.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After fake Psylocke's death and Utopia's Gaia's Vengeance moment the military calls off the attack since it escalated too far and the land itself is a deterrent.
  • The Leader: Kitty Pride is considered the leader of the remaining mutants by most.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: In the war to retake the southwest, where Kitty became The Leader with the help of Nick Fury.
  • More Than Mind Control: Jean seems different after going to Tian.
  • Noble Bigot: General Thunderbolt Ross may not like Mutants, but when one of his own attempted to kill Kitty in cold blood he attempted to take the bullet for her. He's doing everything By. The. Book. including giving them a 12-hour grace period before he invaded and ordered them taken alive, as well as retreating once fake Psylocke's influence wore off and giving some parting advice for them to simply live while they were young.
  • Power Nullifier: After the events of Divided We Stand, Mutants are offered two choices, to take a Power Nullifier and live as ordinary citizens or go onto reservations.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Tony Stark and Nick Fury
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. Kitty intended to show that the remaining mutants were peaceful and willing to contribute to helping humanity, such as making the Sentient Seed, which managed to even Terraform raidated soil.
  • La Résistance: After the Nimrod breakout, the mutants turn into this even more.
  • Sinister Minister: Reverend Stryker in this incarnation gears up on man-sized Sentinel weapons and begins to hunt mutants after Ultimatum.
  • Spanner in the Works: Jean Grey is this to Psylocke's attempt to bring down Utopia.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: As of Ultimate X: Derek Morgan for Angel, Jimmy Hudson for Wolverine, and Theodore "Teddy" Allen for the Blob.
    • Mach Two, under Wood's tenure, becomes something of a Rule 63 equivalent to Magneto, as the voice of dissatisfaction in the remaining group of mutants and actively even declaring she wants a war, at one point.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Ultimate!Pixie. And she doesn't even need magic words.
  • Terraform
  • Trigger Phrase: Project Mothervine is used on Mutant Sleepers Agents to trigger them into acting. Psylocke did this to Jimmy. Making him eager to start another war with Utopia against the Military, despite knowing they won't survive another war.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Mach-2, who is planning on killing Kitty and assuming control of Utopia. Psylocke has been prodding her into it at least on some part.
  • Token Evil Teammate: fake Psylocke during the X-Reservation and Natural Resources arc. The bombing of the greenhouse, the splitting of the factions, everything to have other mutants dragged off in chains.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Kitty
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Jean Grey since assuming the mantle of Mistress of Tian, going so far as to start a war between the already dwindling mutant race, bombing Utopia, mind-controlling Jimmy into attacking her own country so she would have a legitimate reason to continue the war, ordering assassinations, and trying to kill her own team.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jimmy to Jean Grey after she starts attacking Utopia and decided to assassinate Kitty Pryde.

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