It's tough being a mutant
these days, what with the unstable powers
and the rest of the world thinking you're either a menace or a freak
and all that. Good thing the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning is there to give you a safe place to learn about what it means to be a mutant. What's the worst that could happen?
This game provides examples of:
- Aborted Arc: Nothing actually happened in Genosha once the Brotherhood of Mutants conquered it. They have since suffered a major split, with a good number of the Brotherhood relocating to New York.
- Academy of Adventure: Check.
- The Ace: Otherwise known as The Endowment Board.
- Apathetic Teacher: Formerly, Shikamaru Nara, who was somehow teaching Physics despite being a student and not giving a crap.
- If you checked his app, Shikamaru had already graduated high school before he arrived at the school. He was there for his powers only.
- Badass Family
- Warren and Iggy.
- Iggy and Max.
- The "FACE" family: Alfred Jones, Arthur Kirkland, Francis Bonnefoy, and Matthew Williams.
- Blessed with Suck: While most mutants have awesome powers, Rogue could kill someone by touching them, Tobias is trapped in the form of a red-tailed hawk, and Bossuet is a walking bad-luck charm.
- Cool Boat: The Brotherhood's old sub. (Trust us, you're far from the only one who now has Yellow Submarine stuck in your head.)
- Cast Herd
- Cool Teacher: Can you name one who's not?
- Cursed with Awesome: Pretty much every student at XI ever. Poor them, being born with superpowers.
- Disabled Snarker: Auggie and Iggy.
- Elaborate University High: Aside from the normal classes and the ones designed for training mutant powers, the Institute also offers classes for Sharpshooting, Pop Culture and Fashion, and International Cuisine.
- Evil Mentor: The dynamic duo of Mad Mod and Jack Spicer pretty much have this trope locked down.
- Evolutionary Levels: What did you think this was, some sort of scientifically accurate game?
- Fantastic Racism: People's opinions on mutants.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: The weeping angels event sent many characters to arbitrary points in the past. This worked in reverse, as well; some of them spent so long in the past that it took some time to get re-acquainted to modern technology.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Sybil was a mun at nulla_vitae (see Nested Story bullet point below), she put up an OOC notice that she would be going on hiatus (during a Brotherhood mission) and if she didn't come back, "It means I died". Later on, she actually did die.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Cloverfield monster appearing during a field trip.
- Genre Savvy: Many characters, given the nature of the RP and the people who play in it.
- Handsome Lech: The Endowment Board. The entire thing.
- Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: Goes with the X-Men AU territory.
- High School AU: The premise of the game.
- Ho Yay: So much. SO MUCH.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: See Strawman Has a Point.
- Legion of Doom: The Brotherhood of Mutants.
- Let's Get Dangerous: The X-Men reforming in the middle of a mutant rights summit.
- Mama Bear: Don't mess with Emma Frost's students.
- Manipulative Bastard: Several characters, notably Emma Frost and Lelouch.
- Minus World: In-game, Maleficent's breaking of reality trapped several characters on sub-planes of existence, from which others had to rescue them.
- On a more meta level, an error in the game's wiki left it with a possessed demon page that couldn't be visited or edited and which showed up in the list of files, but which couldn't be deleted because it "did not exist". It has since been remedied, but it was terrifying for the several hours for which it existed.
- Misfit Mobilization Moment: The students do not take having several of their classmates kidnapped by Evilutionary Biologist Albert Wesker lying down.
- More Hero Than Thou: Eli and Alfred.
- Nested Story: For a while, several characters at XI were muns at nulla_vitae, a panfandom RP set in a broken-down city. They mostly played expies of well-known fandom characters.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Taken to ridiculous extremes; Thoupipe for Youtube, for instance.
- Our Dragons Are Different: They're from space. Or the Temeraire and Pern novels, depending.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Type P, for the most part, due to Wesker's involvement. Also, Reg.
- Performance Artist: Maureen.
- Photographic Memory: Scieszka.
- Psychic Powers: Several characters have these.
- Secret Project Refugee Family: The Maximum Ride cast, which has also adopted Toris.
- Soap Box Sadie: The Amis drift into this territory, and Ben Gleck also, although the latter is presented as wrong by the standards of the RP.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Boats, forests, countries...
- Strawman Has a Point: The mutant cure is presented as a bad thing, but there is no real argument for why people with damaging mutations, or anyone at all, should be forced to live with them other than "different is good".
- Superhero School: Played with in that there has been a good deal of public outcry as well as internal debate over the school's proffered combat class, and strictly speaking the students are not actually allowed to be superheroes. Not that this stops some of them.
- Training from Hell: Driver's ed class, taught by Leon Kennedy. Its original teacher, Mia, ran it this way as well (with a lot of Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny thrown in).
- They Would Cut You Up:
- Iggy and Max were created to be experimented on.
- This is how Toris learned the extent of his healing factor.
- Trauma Conga Line: Pick a backstory, any backstory.
- True Companions: Several groups have formed, as well as a looser, overarching one the students have toward the institute in general.
- Two-Teacher School: Massively averted.
- Wild Teen Party: Several, most often started by Maxxie.
- Winged Humanoids: The Maximum Ride cast, Warren, and Arthur Kirkland.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Magneto, of course.
- Lelouch and his Zero Airlines, as well as sabotaging news reports.
- Alfred can slide into this territory at times.
- Woman in White: Emma Frost.
- X-Men: What did you think this was based on?
- Artistic License - Biology: It is a Marvel game. And DNA works just like Lego bricks.