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Re-tooled Nineties as gritty noir.
The third volume of X-Factor revolves around X-Factor Investigations, a detective agency run by Jamie Madrox, formerly known as Multiple Man. The name is taken from the government-sponsored group the three founders previously served on. The initial staff consists of Madrox's best friend and special enforcer, Guido Carosella (Strong Guy), and former teammate Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane). Following the events of the House of M storyline, Madrox's new-found wealth from winning a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?-style game show allows him to recruit several of his former colleagues from the Paris branch of the now defunct X-Corporation. New members include M (Monet), a powerless Rictor, Siryn, and Layla Miller.
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After 50 issues, the title reverted to X-Factor Volume 1 and was renumbered starting with #200. The series ended with issue #262 in September 2013.


The third series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absolute Cleavage:
    • Monet's outfit from issue 200 onwards.
    • Hela wears a ludicrously threadbare outfit when the team tussles with her, until she gets serious and dons her typical outfit.
  • Accent Relapse: When she starts getting angry, Terry's accent gets increasingly Irish.
  • Actually a Doombot: Played with, when Arcade destroys Mutant Town. Rictor punches him, and it turns out to be a robot, but once everybody leaves, the "robot" turns out to be the actual Arcade, who makes a note to just use an actual robot next time - getting punched in the face hurts.
  • Affably Evil: The elderly Doctor Doom is amazingly polite, by Doom's standards at least, toward Madrox and Layla. Until his inevitable betrayal.
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  • All Gays Love Theater: Lampshaded when Rictor refuses to watch musicals with his TV-obsessed boyfriend, Shatterstar, because he "doesn't want to be stereotypical." Shatterstar asks Rahne about this, but she just says she has no idea what he meant.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: A heavily pregnant Rahne walks in on Star and Rictor getting in on, and in the ensuing argument yells "you did this". Star thinks she means he got her pregnant, and gets confused as to how he could've done that without knowing. She actually means "turned Rictor gay."
  • Amicable Exes: Longshot and Dazzler.
  • Anything That Moves: Shatterstar. PAD has stated he's become "sexually curious about anything with a pulse", taking a cue from Torchwood's Captain Jack Harkness. Deconstructed when Rictor starts thinking he doesn't care about their relationship.
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  • Ascended Extra: Same as in the second series. Monet was the Alpha Bitch of an X-Men spinoff series that was cancelled years before, Rictor was C-List Fodder who had lost his powers in a Crisis Crossover, Shatterstar is a Continuity Snarl '90s Anti-Hero, Siryn is a Distaff Counterpart of her father and Layla was a Living MacGuffin in a Crisis Crossover. It seems like Peter David's whole plan whenever he writes a series named X-Factor is to create as many examples of this trope as possible. And it is glorious.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Jamie Madrox keeps attempting to treat his Mutant adventures as Noir Detective novels. Usually, he fails miserably.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Layla's mutant power. She can bring people back from the dead!... unfortunately, they no longer have a soul and as such, always have something wrong with them.
    • Shatterstar's powers would be this ANYWHERE but X-Factor, since he requires one of three teammates as a psychic anchor to teleport and both the teleporting and his "sword energy blast things" need about as much recovery time as a Super Saiyan.
  • Bad Future: Bishop's Future shows up, when one of Madrox's dupes is sent there. The government is oppressive, several major cities are outright abandoned, Mutants are practically extinct, and the few left are put in camps guarded by sentinels, and to Madrox's horror no-one has flight rings or jetpacks, or even heard of Inspector Clouseau.
    Madrox: The future sucks.
  • Badass Longcoat:
    • Madrox seems to prefer one of these.
    • Shatterstar wore one when he first showed back up, but has since switched to a shorter jacket.
  • Badass Normal: Rictor, who lost his powers in the Decimation. Peter David describes him as the "moody former mutant who believes he's useless and yet keeps happening to save the day." Avengers: Children's Crusade officially repowers him thanks to the Scarlet Witch herself.
  • Bald of Awesome: Guido and Darwin. In both cases.
  • Bald of Evil: [[Once again, Guido and Darwin. Eventually, anyway.]]
  • Beard of Sorrow: Jamie grows one, after he accidentally absorbs his newborn son.
  • Been There, Shaped History:
    • More recent than most, but according to Monet, she had a part in the Marvel universe's versions of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie getting together.
    • Layla helps start the Summers Rebellion, meaning she has a part in Bishop's origins. And since she's responsible for Trevor Fitzroy's supervillian origin, she's also indirectly responsible for Emma Frost's turn to good.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mess with Monet's mind. Just...don't.
    • Trying to hurt anyone who Shatterstar sees as a teammate is a very bad idea, unless you fancy having two feet of sharp metal shoved through your abdomen. Double this if you're threatening his boyfriend.
    • Lately, it's become a bad idea to threaten Monet whenever Darwin's around, even if she's very capable of taking care of herself.
    • Just seeing Rahne sends Vanora into a frothing rage.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • Monet and Siryn. In fact, Monet is actually called Veronica Lodge at one point.
    • Shatterstar and Wolfsbane. It doesn't help that Rictor thinks he's the Baby Daddy and has previously stated he believes in having a wedding.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Darwin is normally the nice, quiet guy on the team. But when he finally gets angry? Yeah, you're pretty screwed.
  • Big Bad: Tryp is this for the initial storyline. And for the Cortex arc as well.
  • Blessed with Suck: The Isolationist has the power of every mutant on Earth, and little control over any of them.
  • Body Horror:
    • Darwin. His powers will transform him into whatever is necessary to survive — shoot his head off, and he'll grow a head from his torso, drop wreckage on him and he'll become an oozing mass.
    • Mutant Town was filled with plenty of examples, especially of former mutants that still had their physical deformities.
    • An early issue has Layla direct two guys at Pietro, hoping they'd kill him. Instead, they accept his attempt to give them their mutant powers back, which just causes one to turn to X-Factor's doorstep, slowly melting.
  • Boldly Coming: Heroics aside, Longshot's main contributions to Earth are making a LOT of women happy. Sometimes repeatedly.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Guido at first, but it gets fixed. Shatterstar and Monet later on, courtesy of Cortex.
  • Brainy Brunette: Monet and Rictor. Madrox might also count.
  • Brick Joke: After their return from their run in with Hela, Pip bothers M while she's sunbathing, and she warns him if he doesn't buzz off, she'll pitch him off the roof. A few pages later, as the team realizes they need a tracker, they see Pip fall past the window.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Future!Cyclops gets in the senile Future!Doom's face, despite Jamie trying to tell him to stop, concluding with telling Doom to stay out of his way. Doom blasts him a good distance away with a device he just cobbled together (hey, they're not in each other's way anymore).
  • Call-Back:
    • Baron Mordo tries draining Monet of her life energy because there's something about her that makes her attractive to life-draining, as her brother Emplate did back in the Generation X days.
    • During World War Hulk, Darwin's powers made him teleport to safety rather than fight the Hulk. During the Second Coming cross-over, it does it again faced with a giant MRD killing machine.
  • Came Back Wrong: Layla's mutant power does this. Trevor Fitzroy was originally a hero and prominent member of the Summer's Rebellion before Layla was forced to raise him from the dead. The resurrection transformed him into a soulless monster who would go on to murder Bishop's sister and travel back in time to murder the Hellions. Later on, this happens to Guido. Again, thanks to Layla.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Pip the Troll.
  • The Cat Came Back: During her fight with Cortex, Siryn blasts him into a disused elevator, and he falls down it. As Terry looks down the shaft, he suddenly pops up behind her and hits her over the head. He is a teleporter.
  • Catchphrase / Phrase Catcher: Layla Miller. She knows stuff.
  • Charm Person: Longshot's power makes him irresistible to women. However, he notes that after a while, they realize this and start to become repulsed in just as equal magnitude.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • During Messiah CompleX, Jamie sends two dupes into alternate futures. We follow one that goes with Layla into Bishop's future, but the other is completely forgotten about. He reappears a few years later, having changed, and understandably a little pissed about his treatment.
    • In the Second Coming crossover, one MRD officer is a ginger woman with a facial scar. She turns out to be important a few issues later.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Longshot
  • Civvie Spandex: Jamie Madrox no longer has to wear a full-body costume to keep his powers relatively controlled, just a shirt version of it.
  • C-List Fodder: Somewhere between this and Ascended Extra for almost all the team. Best demonstrated in World War Hulk: X-Men, where Hulk comments that the battle was becoming ridiculous as he didn't even know who the members of X-Factor were.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Longshot, in far too many occasions to list.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The evil Reed Richards the team faces is a leftover from the massive army of alternate Fantastic Fours that team faced over in Mark Millar's "Master of Doom" storyline.
    • Mention is made of Havok being a 'Nexus Being', meaning he's connected to every other version of himself in the Multiverse, as was established in Exiles.
  • Creepy Child:
    • Layla Miller. Until she's stranded in the future, and returns as an adult.
    • The team also regards Valeria Richards as quite creepy, remarking on her similarity to Layla.
  • Crisis Crossover:
    • The team takes part in the Messiah CompleX storyline, which results in Rahne going on a bus to join X-Force, and Layla being Put on a Bus to Hell, getting left stuck in Bishop's future. She came back eventually.
    • Secret Invasion sees the team briefly tussle with She-Hulk and Jazinda, daughter of Super-Skrull.
    • They also get a side-story in X-Men: Second Coming focusing on Bastion's attempt to kill them, via the Mutant Response Division and Bolivar Trask.
  • Cure Your Gays: Rahne believes Rictor is only in a relationship with Shatterstar because he's been brainwashed, or something similar. When confronted on this by an irate Rictor, she realises how silly it sounds.
  • Cyborg: Cortex is this.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Jamie and Siryn decide to name their kid "Nate". Siryn thinks it's after Nathan "Cable" Summers, who'd just a few months prior gone on the run with the newborn Hope Summers, but Jamie names it after a guy he'd met that night, who'd died from smoke inhalation.
  • Deal with the Devil: Pip the Troll made a deal with Hela to regain his original, non-troll form for a year, in exchange for being her jester. He reneged and hid himself, so Hela sends X-Factor to find him for her. It turns out Pip has made another deal with another entity so he'd be with X-Factor.
  • Deceptive Legacy: The Hangman, a supervillain, behaves heroically for the sake of his son, whose mother told him that his dad is a superhero.
  • Depending on the Artist:
    • Monet's skin colour changes hues a lot, most often leaning to lighter.
    • Also true for Darwin. Justified as his mutant powers of adapting for survival acting on racial prejudices.
  • Dope Slap: Guido, to Longshot, after one dumbass comment too many.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Shatterstar, teaching himself to drive in a stolen vehicle. He isn't BAD, per se, but he drives in the middle of the road and thinks the brake is "useless" because it makes them slow down. No-one is surprised when he crashes several pages later. Terry's reaction causes this to double as a Funny Moment.
  • Dumb Blonde: Longshot. Subverted with Layla.
  • Ear Ache: What happens when Siryn uses the phone while flying.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Played with.
    • Guido: Came Back Wrong thanks to Layla. Murdered Rahne's son. Is now a lord of Hell.
    • Darwin: Gone walkabout after having to evolve to survive an attack from Hela made him sort of a death god wannabe.
    • Rahne: Son murdered by Guido. Has left the hero game to become a minister.
    • Monet: Brought back from the dead by Guido thanks to his Hell lord powers. Having a little trouble coping with it.
    • Rictor and Shatterstar: Last seen on Mojoworld, working to ensure that Shatterstar's past plays out correctly.
    • Terry: Ascended to goddesshood.
    • Lorna: Dumped by her boyfriend. Team scattered to the four winds after the Hell war. Got drunk. Tried to shoot her brother. Bailed out of jail by Harrison Snow and became leader of the new corporate-sponsored X-Factor.
    • Jamie and Layla: Living happily ever after on Jamie's farm after The Morrigan (formerly Terry), cured Jamie's having been transformed into a demon. They're expecting their first child.
  • Enfant Terrible: Rahne's son may be one of these. Especially when he disembowels someone moments after being born. Subverted, eventually, when he turns out to just be an ordinary kid.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Terry, with her sexy hypnosis voice.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Longshot, and to a lesser extent Shatterstar.
  • Femme Fatale: Hela's outfit when pretending to be a human looking to hire X-Factor. Jamie's narration notes it plays the trope to the hilt, complete with anachronistic outfit.
  • Fiery Redhead: Terry, Rahne, and Shatterstar.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Rictor (accidentally) gets temporary use of Quicksilver's Terrigen crystals.
  • Foreshadowing: During "They Keep Killing Madrox, part 1", Jamie stumbles upon alternate Rahne and alt!Terry talking about how Valerie Cooper has just left alt!Jamie and Layla's wedding reception completely sloshed. This turns out to be pertinent at the end of the issue, when she manages to run into Jamie in a literal sense.
  • For the Evulz: Terry uses a her hypnotic voice to make a concert-goer at a hate rally go and buy the most expensive rug he can find. Monet approves of this, and neither of them feel slightly guilty for it.
  • For Want of a Nail: Jamie's multiversal trip, naturally demonstrates some examples.
    • In the first, Rahne's kid with Hrimahri was a girl, named Vanora, and Rahne tried to raise her, which didn't work terribly well. Also, among other things, Jamie and Layla didn't get an "m" brand on their face, Shatterstar still has his 90s outfit and attitude, he and Longshot are apparently brothers, Banshee is still alive, Peter Parker is apparently a police chief, and Jamie's dupes all have different powers.
    • In the second, Wanda Maximoff said "no more humans". Almost everyone human got turned into a warped monstrosity, even Captain America. Iron Man avoided this because, for unknown reasons, he was off in space with some other heroes. Apparently the Registration Act still happened. Here, Jamie's dupes also have superpowers, but they can only exist for between five and twenty seconds before disappearing.
    • And in the third, there's been a "Hell on Earth" war going on for some time. This reality's Jamie is a mage, and served as Doctor Strange's apprentice.
    • In a non-Jamie related case, Guido's resurrection starts screwing up Layla's predictions.
  • Future Slang: Some characters in Earth-1191 use the expletive "shock", previously seen in Marvel 2099 (which, not coincidentally, Peter David did some writing for).
  • Godzilla Threshold: Cortex can't directly act against his targets because doing so would cause unbelievably bad things, like reality bleed-through. Eventually, the situation going so badly has him decide "screw it".
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Rictor seems to exclusively date violent redheads. Terry has hooked up with both Jamie and later Deadpool.
  • Hope Spot: Rahne finds her son, Tier, and vows to look after him. Cue Hell on Earth, and Guido killing him to rule Hell.
  • Humans Are Morons: The general crux of a lecture Future Doctor Doom gives to Madrox, as to why the government hates and fears Mutants, yet gladly give people like Doom free reign (with a mix of Ungrateful Bastard).
  • I Die Free: Bolivar Trask, during the Second Coming crossover, after Monet frees him from Bastion's control.
  • I Gave My Word: Monet agrees to help Baron Mordo in exchange for his saving her, Guido and Monet's father from an MRD attack, and keeps her word when everyone points out he's Baron Mordo. Monet states that she's keeping her word because it proves she's better than him.
  • I Have No Son!: Rahne's response to her son after he violently attacked her attacker after coming out of her mouth.
  • Immortal Assassin: Cortex seems like this. He shrugs off getting punched through the chest by Monet, recovers instantly from getting dropped down an elevator shaft, getting his arm chopped off just annoys him. About the only person that can threaten him is Trevor Fitzroy, which is why he takes him out instantly. Then Layla brings him back.
  • Interrupted Suicide:
    • Jamie eventually decides to kill himself after absorbing his son. But just when he's about to do it, Layla returns from the future, and takes him with her.
    • Issue 242 has Layla running across New York to cause one of these. Between one thing and another, she doesn't make it early enough to talk the woman down with a reassuring speech, but she does manage to stop her going splat.
  • Istanbul (Not Constantinople): In Bishop's future, JFK Airport has been renamed BHO Airport.
  • It Amused Me: An elderly Doctor Doom's reason for assisting Tryp and Falcone in creating Cortex.
  • "Join the Army", They Said: Darwin has this complaint when bits of sentinel fall on him.
    Darwin: "Join X-Factor, she said. We're low-key. No giant robots..." Riiiight...
  • Kick the Dog: At the start of Day 5 of "Breaking Points", Madrox explodes at Havoc over the departures of roughly half the team, eventually asking him " Isn't there a beloved teacher you should be killing?" (Refrencing then current events in Avengers vs. X-Men.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Ruby Summers, the Earth-1911 daughter of Cyclops, has a mix of his powers (eye beams) and Emma Frosts' diamond form (though, as her name might hint, she's a different type of mineral). She also has blond hair, despite both parents being natural brunettes (Emma dyes her hair).
  • Large Ham: Jamie Madrox, especially early in the series when he hasn't grown up as much. Shatterstar. Rictor, when he's undercover. In fact, everyone on the team has probably had a Large Ham moment at one point or another.
    • This is how Jamie knows when Guido is lying.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Dr. Anthony Falcone's parents were supposedly killed in a "mutant-related incident" when he was a child. This left him with a fanatical (even by the standards of his timeline) hatred of mutants. He would eventually institute an elaborate and convoluted plot (involving Time Travel) to wipe out mutantkind. But in attempting to suck all the mutants into the time vortex, it turns out that he and his giant sentinel robots get sucked into his own past, crashing into his childhood home and killing his parents. He was really the one responsible for their deaths all along.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: The alternate Shatterstar seen in "They Keep Killing Madrox". His response to armed police showing up to investigate a murder is to charge them, while Longshot tries to get him to stop. Cue muttering from that reality's Wolverine and Rictor about how much they hate him.
  • Logical Weakness: Terry's Compelling Voice power requires people to be able to hear her. So deaf folk are immune.
  • Moral Pragmatist: In the Alternate Timeline of Earth-1191, Doctor Doom has become old and unsound in mind and body. He chooses to help the heroes simply because it allows him to stretch his still-impeccable intellect and retain mental lucidity for greater periods of time. He makes it clear, however, that if he ever became healthy again, he'd probably go back to his old ways.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shatterstar
  • Ms. Fanservice: Monet
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In the third series and the miniseries preceding it, Jamie explained that for the past several years (after the end of the previous series, apparently) Jamie has been sending out dupes to lead independent lives. When they return to him and he reabsorbs them, he gets all their knowledge and skills, such as martial arts, lockpicking and lawyering. Additionally, both the Madrox mini and some early X-Factor issues make a big deal out of how Jamie has to absorb his dupes before they die, or else lose their memories. Dead dupes get the ability to be absorbed automatically right around the time Jamie needs to send some into potential future time-lines.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Lorna mentions she had a psychotic episode at a Comicon once, but doesn't elaborate.
    • Whatever happened to Shatterstar before he reappeared under Cortex's control.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Rictor. Monet up until issue 200.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Siryn's attempt to tell Jamie she's pregnant by him is stymied by him presuming she's telling him she's going to quit and they both argue without clarifying what they're talking about. Lampshaded by M as something out of Three's Company.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Get Siryn mad enough, and this starts to happen.
  • Oracular Urchin: Layla Miller. She knows stuff.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Monet starts flirting with Darwin. As it turns out, she's under mind control.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane.
  • People Puppets: Anyone controlled by Cortex.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Just narrowly avoided by Jamie and Terry when she's pregnant. The two aren't on the same wavelength, but still having what they think is the same argument. Monet eventually weighs in by pointing out they're acting like something out of Three's Company.
  • Portal Cut: Happens to an alternate version of Reed Richards at one point.
  • Precocious Crush: In a way. Layla didn't act like she had a crush on Jamie Madrox, but several times told him, that they eventually going to get married. After she got much older, this indeed happened.
  • Pregnant Badass: Terry. And Rahne. Don't count on what you think a hormonal WMD will do, indeed.
  • Preserve Your Gays: Word of God has explicitly stated that killing either Rictor or Shatterstar would be too obvious, and he'd rather find more interesting ways of creating angst.
  • Pretender Diss: The Morrigan doesn't think too highly of Terry taking the name "banshee".
  • Put on a Bus: Quicksilver is a secondary character in the early parts of the book, until he gets his powers back around 2007, and leaves to be a part of Mighty Avengers.
  • Race Lift: Monet, big time which has caused a lot of controversy about her race. Originally, she was Ambiguously Brown, possibly falling under But Not Too Black. In Generation X, she was clearly black, ranging from her original caramel to chocolate in complexion. Here, at first, she's not black or even Ambiguously Brown. She just appears to be white. Word of God says fans complained, asking why Monet was white all of a sudden. He says in response, they started gradually making her darker again, resulting in this. But this still got complaints. Eventually, she was changed again, and went to tan European-looking.
    • Confusion possibly caused by her mother being said to be from Algeria, which black Africans are an extreme minority, as thus her race & complexion was changed to be that of a more typical Algerian.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: And how...
  • Red Herring: Early in the series (Prior to Civil War) we see that Wolfsbane will kill Madrox & Layla on their wedding night. Fast forward to 2011, and it turns out that it's actually Rahne's daughter who can morph into any wolf form, including her mother's. Oh, and that it doesn't take place on Earth-616, either.
  • Red Skies Crossover: The Civil War tie-in, which largely consists of Terry complaining about the SHRA, and a Madrox dupe coming to make them sign up.
  • Reforged into a Minion: What happened to the second dupe Madrox sent into the future.
  • Relationship Reveal: Rictor and Shatterstar, after years of subtext, finally got that on-panel kiss. After issues of dealing with an unrelated crossover, they finally score their second on panel kiss, and eventually their first on panel love scene. Well, almost anyway. A certain wolf had to just show up and accidentally ruin it for the poor guys.
  • Retgone: What Tryp and Falcone try to do to members of the Summers Rebellion, by killing their ancestors via Time Travel. Interestingly, the fact that people are disappearing is noticed.
  • The Reveal: Cortex is one of Madrox's dupes.
  • Riddle for the Ages: The murder of alternate Jamie and Layla. Apparently Layla wanted it to happen for some reason, begging and even paying Vanora to do so, but in typical Layla fashion she didn't say why, and Vanora doesn't especially care.
  • Running Gag: Once Shatterstar shows up, it becomes a running thing that there is clearly some connection to Longshot, but which the audience doesn't get to hear.
  • Science Fantasy: Keeping in mind that the protagonists are Mutants, whose super powers have a scientific, genetic basis (if in a Hollywood Evolution sort of way). But many of their antagonists, especially later in the series, are fully supernatural beings.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Havok eventually gets fed up with everything that's happened and leaves.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Falcone thinks that he's doing this with Operation: Clean Sweep.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Layla, after her trip to the future resulted in her returning to the present an attractive young woman instead of the tweenager that left.
  • Shout-Out: When you have many sarcastic characters written by Peter David, it happens.
  • Skewed Priorities: Monet, as comes of being incredibly rich and vain. At one point, she's shot by an assailant. She's perfectly fine, due to being a Flying Brick, but she's pissed that he's ruined her shirt, and wants to break several of his bones for it.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Rictor and Rahne. Madrox and Layla.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Tier goes from a newborn to looking like somewhere in his preteens in less than a year. His part-Asgardian wolf biology has something to do with that. This was apparently true for Vanora Sinclair as well, which was not a good mix with uncontrolled rage issues.
  • Spotting the Thread: Meeting with Rahne, absent Rictor and Shatterstar after they were apparently travelling with her, Madrox and Havok note something is off. Then Jamie asks about her cross necklace, which "Rahne" casually dismisses as not important. This clues both in that something is massively off.
  • Stable Time Loop: Forms various subplots within the series, which is not surprising given the amount of Time Travel involved.
    • Jamie and Layla get caught up in this, Layla in particular.
    • Doctor Anthony Falcone attempts to overcome the normal laws of The Multiverse in order to achieve this in his goal of exterminating mutankind. The one he ends up creating is one that that will make his entire life suck.
    • Shatterstar's finally-revealed origin story. He's the genetic progenitor of Longshot, who is his father via Alison Blaire.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Very strongly implied to be what happened to Cortex.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Rictor asserts that he is gay, not bisexual (the latter having been implied, but not canon, for some time). Likewise, Shatterstar, formerly asexual, is now bisexual and into Anything That Moves.
  • Suicide by Cop: One dupes does this after being Driven to Suicide in order to prevent Madrox reabsorbing him.
  • Talk to the Fist: Facing Cortex, Jamie decides to just punch him.
  • Teleportation: Shatterstar and Pip the Troll.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: At one point, Madrox travels to several alternate realities where he's been killed. The end of each issue tends to have him die again.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Rahne, when Wolverine comes to visit the office during the "Regenesis" mini-event, mainly because she believes it means something horrible is going to happen, specifically to her, again.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Apparently Jamie Madrox in #227, but not everything is as it seems.
  • Thought Caption:
    • Jamie Madrox manages to monologue over just about everything, including himself.
    • Darwin gets to do this for an issue as well, having been told by Madrox that internal monologues help.
    • Cortex has one as well. Not surprising, given that he's one of Madrox's dupes.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: When not white and furry, Vanora is almost a dead ringer for her mother, Rahne.
  • Unfortunate Name:
    • Jamie's first choice of name for his business was XXX Investigations. Everyone keeps telling him it sounds like he investigates porn.
    • During the Second Coming crossover, an MRD mook notes to Trask that maybe they should've gone with a name that, when said out loud, doesn't sound like the French word for "shit".
  • The Un Reveal: During the Cortex arc, he starts probing Longshot's brain, noting on his similarities to Shatterstar. Just as his inner monologue is about to say what the connection is, one of Longshot's discarded knives recoils off a wall and stabs him in the brain.
  • Villain Ball: Cortex is capable of time travel and is tasked with taking out X-Factor. Rather than going the most efficient route of killing them in the crib, he'd much rather leave them a fighting chance in the present because an easy victory is boring and he's sadistic.
  • Weirdness Magnet: One of the side-effects of Layla resurrecting Guido is that it attracts the attention of demons.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Valerie Cooper just disappears from the comic after the Cortex arc.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Pip is forced from his body into that of the nearest psychic, which happened to be Monet, Polaris & Rictor start laughing about Monet being forced to share her body the perverted troll. Shatterstar doesn't see what's so funny and call them out over it. Later, when Monet regains control, she promptly attacks Polaris over it.
  • World of Snark: It's Peter David. Everyone snarks. The mutants, the humans, the Asgardian goddesses...
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Madrox is usually pretty good about this, but he sometimes needs to be reminded that he's in a Shared Universe Fantasy Kitchen Sink and not a Film Noir.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Played with. Normally, you can't change the timeline, as it just creates a new timeline instead, but if one has a Doomlock, then you can re-write time.
    • Trevor Fitzroy appears as part of the Summers Rebellion, for the most part. Jamie and Layla are more than aware of what he's going to do in the future, but neither of them want to kill him. Then Cortex shows up...
    • Layla also tries this when she resurrects Guido. It... goes badly.

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