- Arc Fatigue: This is pretty much what killed the series. Marvel forced Milligan and Allred to turn the controversial "Di Another Day" into "Back From the Dead", a process that led to Schedule Slips and turned what might have been a short arc into a long, drawn-out mess.
- Critical Research Failure: The first arc has a scene set in suburban Los Angeles that includes a cameo from Woody Allen. Allen is notorious for his hatred of LA.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Blink gained quite a fan following after a fairly short-lived existence in their mainstream storylines. She (or rather, her Alternate Continuity counterpart) got an upgraded role in the Age of Apocalypse storyline. She was so popular that she survived the destruction of that universe and became a main character in the Exiles spinoff (though it took five years).
- Edith "Edie" Sawyer/U-Go Girl: A fan favorite. This is probably why she was killed off.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Towards the end of its run, the series had a two-part arc where Vivisector seeks a cure for his own powers and desperately seeks out the help of a disgraced scientist to do it. That same year saw the debut of Astonishing X-Men, in which a cure for mutation is made widely available. And of course, a year or two later, the Decimation happened, stripping the vast majority of the world's mutant population of their powers.
- Squick: Brad Gutman, the team's in-house mortician. He takes a little too much satisfaction in his work... and way too much interest in his stepdaughter.
- Tear Jerker: After being accused of being a bad influence on young women, Dead Girl tries to talk one particularly troubled fan out of going on a shooting spree. It doesn't end well, and the misguided fan gets shot by a police sniper.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: A lot of "Liefeld-style" (angst, anger, guns, and innuendo) X-Force fans refused to have anything to do with X-Statix.
- Wangst: Guy Smith's wangsty-ness is carried over from X-Force.
YMMV / X-Statix