Western Animation: The X's
The 22nd of Nickelodeon
, The X's
was a short-lived American animated television series created by Carlos Ramos about a family of spies
, who must hide their identity from the outside world, but sometimes have a little trouble in doing so.
The Xs work for SUPERIOR. The Xs have a young boy named Truman, a teenage girl named Tuesday, and many gadgets at their disposal.
An organization called S.N.A.F.U. (Society of Nefarious and Felonious Undertakings) is continually trying to cause trouble for the Xs in their plans to take over the world.
The family is often compared to the Pixar movie The Incredibles
Mr. X: Family patriarch and team leader, Mr. X is the typical sixties superspy, complete with a stylish black suit and extensive knowledge of hand to hand combat. Although he is a competent spy, he struggles with many everyday issues, such as remembering his name. He is also an excellent cook. In one episode, like Maxwell Smart, he had a "shoe phone" in which (like Mission: Impossible) it blew up after delivering a message. He is voiced by Patrick Warburton.
Mrs. X: Second in command, Mrs. X is fully trained in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts, but is an absolutely horrible cook. She often performs simple tasks with extreme measures (she used a death-ray device to kill a cockroach, destroying most of the kitchen and her daughter's room in the process). Despite a high capacity for violence and mayhem, Mrs. X is a devoted wife and mother, and will go out of her way to protect her family. She is an expert at tennis. She is known for administering savage beatings to Glowface (sometimes twice). Wendie Malick voices Mrs. X.
Tuesday X: The X's teenage daughter and missions investigator. She is 16 years old. Tuesday is the most normal of the team, despite her rather extreme punk-rock garb and frequently changing hair-color. She is also the most knowledgeable of "real-world" behavior, which the other family members either misunderstand or ignore outright. She definitely takes after her mother in savagery and fighting skills, but at heart Tuesday is a genuine teenager who wants to do other things besides spy missions with her family. She easily gets annoyed with Truman and is not good at talk. She also likes Brandon, an agent from S.N.A.F.U. Tuesday's voice is provided by Lynsey Bartilson.
Truman X: The X's 9-year-old son and technology expert. Truman, is a combination of Bart Simpson and Dexter from Dexter's Lab. Truman is the smartest of all the X's. He is voiced by Jansen Panettiere.
Rex X: Truman's dog he got on his 9th birthday from Sasquatch. Rex was meant to kill Truman with Sasquatch controlling Rex with his mind control roar, but after Truman wouldn't fight him because he thought he would finally have the perfect birthday with him and Truman told about all the good times they had. After those words Rex broke free from the mind control and also all the other animals. Later, Rex became an honorary member for SUPERIOR. His first appearance was in "Boy's Best Fiend," and has since appeared in other episodes such as To Err Is Truman. Vocal effects are done by Dee Bradley Baker.
Home Base: Home Base describes itself in the title sequence of The X's as "the house they live in", but Home Base is most likely the name for the computerized brain that runs the functions of their house (neither Mr. X nor Mrs. X appear to be competent about household chores, though Mr. X can mow the grass). Home Base serves as advisor, SUPERIOR contact and mission alert for the X's, and can be contacted from the X-Jet. It also serves as the (somewhat beleaguered) voice of reason in the family. Seen from above, Home Base is shaped like an X. Stephen Root voices Home Base.
Contains examples of
- Action Girl - Tuesday X
- Action Mom - Mrs. X
- This gets deconstructed in one episode, where Mrs. X is such an Action Mom that she never relax's and does everything in an extreme manner, annoying her family to the point they send her on a tranquility retreat.
- Annoying Younger Sibling - Truman X
- Battle Butler - Lorenzo Suave
- Big Bad - Glowface
- Bratty Half-Pint- Truman
- Bumbling Dad- Mr. X
- Captain Obvious - "You know, when I was your age I was younger."
- Day of the Week Name -Tuesday
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Tuesday dating makes me feel old! And... OLD!"
- Do I Really Look Like That?: In "Homebody", Home Base shows the X's an anime-esque video of himself as a hero with the X's praising him. Mr. X thought that his nose looks pointy.
- Does This Remind You of Anything? - The spy manual is very precious to Mr. X and doesn't question it. He considers it holy, like another certain book...
- Dysfunctional Family- Parodied in "Family Issues"
- Even the Guys Want Him - Truman hates Brandon, Tuesday's boyfriend. But Tuesday used a truth ray on him, who admits he finds Brandon cool and wants to be his sidekick, he feels embarrassed about it.
- Evil Counterpart- The Y's
- Evil Redhead - Truman qualifies this, especially when he joined S.N.A.F.U..
- Expy - Truman is a combination of Bart Simpson and Dexter.
- Faceless Goons - S.N.A.F.U. henchmen (they wear fishbowl helmets).
- Fiery Redhead - Mrs. X and Truman.
- Five-Man Band:
- Happily Married
- Hartman Hips - Not only does Mrs. X have them, but so does Tuesday.
- Heroes Want Redheads - In "From Crusha With Love", Truman goes on a date with Andrea, a bully who hits him because she likes him. After their date was ruined by the X's, Truman realize he likes her. In "Truman Scorned", he has a crush on Kimla, a sci-fi geek and Tuesday's science partner, who thinks Truman is "a little kid". Both of these crushes are bucktoothed, freckled, redheads like Truman.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: Tuesday from has hair that is constantly changing color, sometimes in-between scenes.
- Large Ham - Sasquatch, YES!!!
- Lethal Chef- Mrs X, as shown in the show's intro. Mr X was this at first, but he got better.
- Limited Social Circle - Tuesday and Truman don't appear to have any friends in their respective schools.
- Mama Bear: In "Truman X: Super Villain", when it appears that Truman has been captured by Glowface, Mrs. X becomes EXTREMELY pissed and drives the ship at fast speed to Glowface's lair, terrifying Mr. X.
- Man Child: Gloface
- Mind-Control Eyes- Parodied in the episode "Live and Let Diaper". Tuesday, as part of a series of pop psychology parenting experiments, attempts to hypnotize the baby the family's watching. Using the familiar "You are getting sleepy" intonation, she chants "Your eyes are becoming spinning spirals". She accidentally ends up hypnotizing herself, though this trope is still averted: her eyes simply roll around before she falls asleep.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Mr and Mrs X try to blend in their superspy skills into the most mundane activities.
- Noodle Incident: What happened to The Zs. The Ys imply that they were responsible, much to a horrified Mrs. X stating "they said it was an accident."
- Papa Wolf: See "Mr. Fix It".
Nobody eats my son!
- Paper-Thin Disguise - The whole show centers around this.
- Parental Bonus - When Tuesday is about to go on a date with Brandon:
Mrs. X: Remember, sweetie, never divulge any spy secrets on the first date. Oh sure, he may seem nice, but he's only after one thing.
- Also...SNAFU usually means something different than Society of Nefarious and Felonious Undertakings...note
- The Prankster - Tuesday is actually better at being this than Truman.
- Red-Headed Hero - Mrs. X and Truman
- Shoe Phone
- Super Family Team:
- Running Gag - "... Some old guy!"
- Temporarily a Villain: Tuesday was an antagonist in "To Err is Truman".
- Unmanly Secret: Mr. X tried to hide the fact he played with model trains from his family for fear they would think less of him. Only Truman reacts as he expected.
- Villains Out Shopping- There's is one episode Glowface was shopping for...of all things...ERASERS.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair - Tuesday (sometimes its green, purple in "The Spy Who Liked Me"; it is revealed in one episode that she actually has red hair)