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Meet Mr. X, leader and father.
Mrs. X, combat specialist and mother.
Tuesday X, team investigator and daughter.
Truman X, technology expert and son!
Together they form the world's first ultra-secret spy family!
They work for SUPERIOR!
Their nemesis? SNAFU, led by the evil Glowface.
My name is Home Base — I'm the house they live in.
And this is... The X's!
Opening narration from Home Base

The X's was a short-lived Nicktoon created by Carlos Ramos that aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2006. It is about a family of spies, who must hide their identity from the outside world, but sometimes have a little trouble in doing so.

The X's work for SUPERIOR. The X's 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 X's in their plans to take over the world.

The family is often compared to the Pixar's Incredibles.

Series director David Marshall has made nearly the entire series available for viewing on his Vimeo page.



  • Acting Unnatural: The eponymous family is a perfectly normal family that acts just like a normal family would do, AND THEY'RE NOT SPIES!
  • Action Mom: Mrs. X.
    • This gets deconstructed in "No More Mrs. Nice X", where Mrs. X is such an Action Mom that she never relaxes and does everything in an extreme manner, annoying her family to the point they send her on a tranquility retreat.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Some episodes reveal that everyone thinks the X's are weird.
  • Alliterative Family: Tucker X, Trudy X, Truman X, and Tuesday X.
  • Captain Obvious: "You know, when I was your age I was younger."
  • "Day of the Week" Name: The daughter's name is Tuesday.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Tuesday dating makes me feel old! And... OLD!"
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  • Disrupting The Theater: In "Meddle Mouth", Truman decides to mess with Tuesday during her date with Brandon by using a device to make her say crazy things. When they are at a movie theater, Truman uses the device to make Tuesday say that she likes screaming at movies and then do just that, resulting in everyone else leaving out of frustration.
  • 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...
  • 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. Truman is embarrassed about it afterwards.
  • Exposed to the Elements: When the family goes on a mission to the arctic and they get sick after they dress improperly, with the exception of Tuesday, who was the only one who bothered to wear her snowsuit.
  • Expy: Truman is a combination of Bart Simpson (being the prankster son) and Dexter (being the inventor in the family).
  • Faceless Goons: S.N.A.F.U. henchmen (they wear fishbowl helmets).
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Truman, a redhead himself, had two crushes who are also redheads (as well as having green eyes, freckles, and buckteeth). First is Andrea from "From Crusha with Love", who bullies Truman to go on a date with her; after their date was ruined by the X's, Truman was starting to like her. Second is Kimla from "Truman Scorned", a sci-fi geek and Tuesday's science partner, who thinks Truman is "a little kid"; in this case, it was Love at First Sight for Truman.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • Truman gives one to Rex in "Boy's Best Fiend" to snap him out of Sasquatch's mind control.
    • The family gives one to Truman in "Truman X: Super Villain".
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: In "Missing Home", an unappreciative Home Base tells the X's that they're "a bunch of incompetent nitwits" (who'd be nothing without him) and have "an appalling taste in footwear".
    Mr. X: No one insults our shoes! Get out of my house!
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Tuesday from has hair that is constantly changing color, sometimes in-between scenes.
    • Actually, pretty much everything changes color.
  • 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.
  • Loving Bully: Andrea in "From Crusha with Love".
  • 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.
  • Mind-Control Eyes:
    • In "Boy's Best Fiend", the animals get red concentric circles for eyes when Sasquatch mind-controls them.
    • 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 Y's imply that they were responsible, much to a horrified Mrs. X stating "they said it was an accident."
  • One-Word Vocabulary: For Robo-Mom: "DESTROY! DESTROY! DESTROY!"
  • Only Sane Woman: Tuesday.
  • 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... S.N.A.F.U. usually means something different than Society of Nefarious and Felonious Undertakings...note 
  • The Prankster: Tuesday is actually better at being this than Truman.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Whenever casual bystanders are confused by the antics of the X's, they state they are not spies.
    Mr X: "I'm not a spy!"
  • Running Gag: Mr X is frequently being attacked by animals, both wild and domesticated. If he is especially unfortunate, it's more then one in the same attack.
  • 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. His wife and Tuesday don't have any issue with his hobby. Truman however reacts as he expected.
  • Villains Out Shopping: There's is one episode Glowface was shopping for... of all things... ERASERS.