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An adaptation of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comic book franchise to the silver screen, which pretty much singlehandedly revived superhero movies for [[TurnOfTheMillennium the 2000s]].

The first film, '''''Film/XMen1''''' was released in 2000. It was followed by two sequels, '''''Film/X2XMenUnited''''' in 2003 and '''''Film/XMenTheLastStand''''' in 2006. See their pages for more details.

Rather than continuing the series chronologically from there, FOX decided to film a series of [[SpinOff spin-offs]] and {{prequel}}s, starting with '''''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''''' and continuing with the much more critically acclaimed '''''Film/XMenFirstClass'''''.

In an additional oddity, considering critical and fan response to the third film, a ''Wolverine'' sequel (in Japan, with Samurai and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja NINJA]]!) was made, with '''''Film/TheWolverine''''' shot in 2012 and released in July 2013 - though instead of a sequel to the prequel, [[http://collider.com/the-wolverine-2-sequel-image/206196/ it is]] a sequel to the ''trilogy''. [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel The film received surprisingly positive reviews]] and was a success at the box office.

Many projects are planned for the future. A {{Deadpool}} film seems to be in the works, but may be stuck in DevelopmentHell. A script for ''X4'' is apparently ready and that film will supposedly go into pre-production sometime after the release of ''First Class''. A sequel to ''First Class'' is also in the planning stages, with filming in 2013 and release in 2014, under the name of '''''[[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast X-Men: Days of Future Past]]'''''.

Sadly for fans of ''Film/TheAvengers'', the franchise is still owned by Fox (even after Disney's acquisition of Marvel in 2009), and therefore it is not part of Creator/{{Paramount}}/Creator/{{Disney}}'s MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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!!The series in general provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Wolverine's claws, and Lady Deathstrike's talons. Wade Wilson's katanas, and Ichiro Yashida's samurai swords...which actually cut through Wolverine's claws.
** Justified, at least in universe, since they are made of adamantium.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** {{Wolverine}} is played by [[TallDarkAndHandsome Hugh Jackman]], whereas in the comics the character was the butt of jokes about his short height. Rather than an ill-mannered thug, Movie!Wolverine is a JamesDean-esque [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]].
** Inverted with SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}. While [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave not ugly by any means]], he's considerably older than the character in the comics and much less physically imposing. While Magneto was a buff and chiseled in the comics, in the movie his white hair is the result of him being seventy-something years old. Justified, since the movies don't have the comics' [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]] or the multiple instances of him being de-aged and re-aged and had to make him the realistic age of a Holocaust survivor. This gets rectified when you see him in ''First Class'', where his younger self is conventionally handsome.
** Quill and Callisto get this in ''The Last Stand'', with the former looking like an actual person rather than a freaky man/porcupine hybrid.
** ''First Class'' does this to Sebastian Shaw, Darwin, and Riptide.
* AllThereInTheScript: Some characters are never named.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Mystique has no visible nipples or genitalia in her standard form. Then again, her true form is basically a scaly blue creature, so nipples wouldn't have been necessary in either case.
* AntiVillain: Magneto honestly believes what he's doing is in mutants' best interest.
* AudibleSharpness: * SNIKT!*
** [[FridgeBrilliance Possibly justified by the fact that his entire skeleton is coated in metal, and the claws could be hitting another bone]].
*** Although, even then the sound would probably be muffled by the surrounding muscle. But close enough.
* {{Badass}}: [[WorldOfBadass Plenty]], particularly in the Wolverine spinoff (Victor Creed, Gambit, Deadpool...)
** Also Mystique in the first three movies, especially considering she has neither super-strength nor a healing factor.
* BadassLongcoat: Sabretooth has had one in both his appearances.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Magneto is very fond of this one - in X2 he reverses Stryker's machine to target humans rather than mutants, and in First Class he throws the US and Soviet navies' own missiles back at them. Threatening to shoot cops with their own guns in the first X-Men movie may also qualify
* BerserkButton: When Wolverine was cage fighting the contender was given this advice from the fight promoter.
--> '''Promoter:''' Whatever you do, [[GroinAttack don't hit him in the balls]].
--> '''Contender:''' I thought you said anything goes.
--> '''Promoter:''' Anything goes, but [[ItsPersonal he'll take it personal]].
** In First Class, Hank [=McCoy=] (Beast) is shown to very much dislike being mocked for his mutation. More so once he turns blue furred.
* BigBad: Magneto and William Stryker alternate between the four movies. In ''First Class'' it's Sebastian Shaw.
* BigBraToFill: ''All'' of the women.
* BigNo - Wolverine does it three times: [[spoiler:''The Last Stand'': After killing Jean. ''Origins'': When his father dies, and later when his TemporaryLoveInterest dies]].
** Magneto has a [[BigNo Big Nein]] in ''X-Men First Class''.
* BloodlessCarnage:
** The only person in ''X-3'' to have blood is Wolverine. Everyone else is made out of clothes and skin. People are torn to ''shreds'' without spilling a drop.
** In ''First Class'', [[spoiler:Shaw's death and Xavier getting shot]], as well as [[spoiler:Azazel's massacre of the CIA agents]].
* BreakoutCharacter: Deadpool was already popular among comics fans, but his reception in ''Origins'' has led to him getting his own feature film, though something of the sort was [[SequelHook probably in the works anyway]].
* TheCameo: StanLee in the first and third movie, ChrisClaremont in the third.
** Patrick Stewart in ''Wolverine''.
** Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn in ''First Class''.
* CantHaveSexEver: Rogue takes this to can't ''kiss'' ever.
* CerebusRetcon: Sort of, since the original incident was pretty dark in itself, but Mystique poisoning Charles in the first movie becomes much more sinister in hindsight when the prequel ''First Class'' decided to retcon that the two are adopted brother and sister.
* CharacterDevelopment: Wolverine has had the most character development throughout the film series.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Unless an explanation for their disappearance is given in ''Days of Future Past'', [[spoiler: Emma Frost, Azazel, Riptide, and Angel]].
* CivvieSpandex: Which was even ported to the early-2000s comics.
* CodeName: Yeah, um, all of them. (Many of the characters have real names, but we haven't listed them. There's a character sheet for that.) Greatest lampshade comes in the first, when Wolverine asks Xavier:
-->"Sabertooth? *looks at Ororo* Storm? *looks at Xavier* What do they call you, Wheels?"
** ''First Class'' has a scene where the younger mutants make up code names for themselves, Charles and Erik.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Played with in just about every way possible. See the main page for details.
* CompositeCharacter: Some of the characters are amalgams of various mutants from the comics. Which explains [[SuperPowerLottery weird power combinations]] such as Callisto.
** Rogue in the first three movies has the comic Rogue's powers and appearance but the comic Kitty Pride's personality and relationship with Wolverine.
** Stryker is a combination of the homonymous preacher from the arc "God Loves, Man Kills", and Weapon X's Professor Thornton.
** Pyro combines the name and powers of his comic book counterpart with Quicksilver's attitude and original position as Magneto's [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** In ''First Class'', Angel has her comics powers but the wings of Pixie.
** Shaw in ''First Class'' is a composite of Sebastian Shaw and Mr. Sinister, combining Shaw's powers and personality with Sinister's immortality and obsession with mutant genetics.
* ContinuitySnarl: ''Wolverine'' and ''First Class'' have plenty of inconsistencies for supposed prequels, specially with each other. (also, in ''X2'' a human Hank [=McCoy=] makes a cameo, but in ''The Last Stand'' he's blue and hairy)
** To be Fair ''Wolverine'' and ''Last Stand'' all supposed inconsistencies can be explained away if they're thought about hard enough or if you really try to make them fit. ''First Class'' however has no such luck, to the point of many fans believing that it's a reboot rather than a prequel. If taken that way, it actually works really well (being considered the strongest movie since ''X2'' and all that).
*** Examples in ''First Class'': Charles Being Crippled in the 60s when he's shown walking in the 80s, Magneto and Charles going there separate way earlier than before, Hank's blue furry form, etc.
**** In Hank's case, at least, his nigh-obsessive displeasure with his mutant appearance could have led him to create a serum similar to what he did in First Class, so that it at least rendered him temporarily "normal". In fact, this plot point got hit on several times in Last Stand.
*** Even worse is Moira [=McTaggert=] - besides being Scottish in ''Last Stand'' and American in ''First Class'', for whatever reason she's hardly aged in 40 years.
** Notably subverted with Mystique - her slow aging process is explained by her mutation's side effect, which is actually close to the explanation given in the comics (that shapeshifting into different people renews her cells to prevent the aging process or some such).
* DecompositeCharacter:
** Emma Frost, who appears in ''First Class'' as a grown woman, despite the film being set decades before a much younger girl with a different background but similar powers (minus telepathy) appeared in ''Origins: Wolverine''. The girl was ''supposed'' to be Emma Frost, but this was changed at the last minute by the producers and she is not named in the movie, and even the end credits only call her "Emma" (and not "Emma Frost"). While many accused ''First Class'' of creating a plot hole, in reality they are two separate characters.
** The Silver Samurai in ''The Wolverine'' is two separate characters. Harada, Silver Samurai's civilian ID in the comics [[spoiler: is a ninja and Mariko's childhood friend]], while [[spoiler: the ''actual'' Silver Samurai is Ichirō Yashida, Mariko's grandfather]].
* DeusExitMachina: In the first three films, Professor X is removed from the action so his potential StoryBreakerPower doesn't resolve everything in one scene.
** In '''X-Men''', he is [[spoiler:poisoned by Mystique and is in a coma for the entire final act]].
** In '''X2''', he is [[spoiler:subjected to illusions by Stryker's conjuring mutant son, and rescuing him ''is'' the plot]]. Not to mention that [[spoiler:his powers were used ''against'' the X-Men]].
** In '''The Last Stand''', he is [[spoiler:killed by Jean Grey as she succumbs to the Phoenix. Though he apparently survived by transferring his consciousness into a brain-dead man's body...]]
** Averted in ''First Class'', where Xavier is active, but the bad guys have both Emma Frost and a telepathy-blocking helmet to counter him, and he's not as overwhelmingly powerful as in the chronologically-later films.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Toad in the first film; Cyclops, Xavier, Juggernaut, Callisto, Psylocke, Arclight, and Kid Omega (Quill?) in the third; possibly Fred Dukes in Origins.
* DyeingForYourArt: HughJackman, LievSchreiber, and RyanReynolds worked out to get ripped bodies, and FamkeJanssen dyed her hair red.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Weapon X facility, and arguably the X-Mansion.
* EnemyMine: ''X2'' has the X-Men teaming up with Magneto and Mystique because of a greater threat to mutant kind, ''Wolverine'' has [[spoiler:Logan and Victor teaming up to fight Weapon XI]] and ''First Class'' has [[spoiler:the USSR and the US uniting against the "mutant threat."]]
* ExiledFromContinuity: Thanks to a bizarre rights snafu, both [[TwentiethCentury Fox]] and [[MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] have the film rights to ScarletWitch and {{Quicksilver}}, but with a caveat. The ''X-Men'' movies cannot reference their involvement with Comicbook/TheAvengers or their love interests like TheVision and [[TheInhumans Crystal]], while the Marvel movies cannot reference Magneto, the X-Men, the Brotherhood, or refer to the twins as mutants.
* FaceHeelTurn: Pyro in X2, though even when he was with the heroes he was at best a jerk and at his worst clearly a sociopath.
* {{Fanservice}} - Mystique (particularly a [[MaleGaze leg take from below]] in X2), some shots of the women, and the LingerieScene and Mystique's chest view both in ''First Class''. Actually, ''all'' of the women in ''First Class'' (Mystique, Angel, Emma and Moira) get at least one scene where they're wearing little or nothing; for Emma and Angel it's most of their scenes. It's a little glaring.
** For fans of the male form, ''Wolverine'' features Hugh Jackman's naked tush, Gambit's incredible handsomeness, Ryan Reynolds' arms and Liev Schrieber's ripped abs.
* FantasticRacism: The main driving conflict of the series.
** The attempts by non mutants to find a cure for mutants in the films and the mutants that are ashamed of their abilities leans more towards a GayAesop. This parallel has been explicitly stated to have interested Ian [=McKellan=] and ''X-Men''/''X2'' director Bryan Singer, both openly gay, in the franchise.
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* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Used thematically to set up [[AnIcePerson Iceman]]'s rivalry with [[PlayingWithFire Pyro]] (which is much tighter than the two's relationship in the comics).
* FourTemperamentEnsemble in ''First Class'': Xavier (leukine), Havok (choleric), Beast (melancholic), Mystique (phlegmatic), and Banshee (sanguine).
* FullyClothedNudity: A variant in Mystique's natural form.
* GeneralRipper: William Stryker.
* GeniusBruiser: Beast.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Blue Skinned Babe]]: Mystique is this in her natural form.
* GroinAttack: Mystique to Wolverine, and Wolverine to another healing mutant ("Grow those back").
* HollywoodEvolution: In this universe, the concept of evolution is, some people develop a random super(natural) power when they hit puberty.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Rogue. In a deleted scene from the first movie, she asks if Xavier can "cure" her. She takes the cure to become human in the third film.
* InNameOnly: While deviations are to be expected in adaptations, certain characters (especially in ''The Last Stand'') are absolutely nothing like their comic book counterparts. Callisto, Kid Omega, Psylocke, Agent Zero, and {{Deadpool}} are among the most drastic examples.
* KillAllHumans: In the second movie, Stryker wants to Kill All Mutants, then Magneto changes plans to KillAllHumans. In ''First Class'', Shaw plots the extinction of humans so that mutants can replace them as the dominant species.
* LampshadeHanging: Wolverine gets ''a lot'' of screen time, just like in the comics. Magneto likes to point this out in every movie: "Once again, you think it's all about you."
* {{Leitmotif}}: Mystique has a particularly exotic one that lets you know ''[[SpotTheImpostor when it's really her]]''.
** ''First Class:'' Erik has a pretty brooding one. If you've made an enemy of him and it kicks in, things are about to get unpleasant for you.
** Schmidt/Shaw plays a record of Edith Piaf singing ''La vie en rose'' as an establishing motif in the past and in the present of ''First Class''.
* IdiotBall: Madrox didn't need to sacrifice himself to the military when his dupes could have fought them off while MadroxPrime escaped.
* LikeCannotCutLike: Adamantium blades, such as Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine vs. Deadpool.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: In the third movie especially.
* LogoJoke: The first three movies feature the "X" in the TwentiethCenturyFox logo fading out a fraction of a second later than the rest of the logo.
* MadeOfIron: Well, made of ''adamantium'' to be exact. Also, the Juggernaut, and Mystique is really hard to kill.
* MagicPants: Averted; Mystique does all her shapeshifting nude and forming the clothes of her disguises out of her body. Played straight with Wolverine, though, as Phoenix's attacks destroy all the ''rest'' of his clothes, as well as skin and muscle, but his pants remain.
* MakeMeWannaShout: A Xavier student in ''X2'' (implied to be Siryn), and Banshee (who is Siryn's father in the comics) in ''First Class''.
* MarqueeAlterEgo: Mystique's [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm default normal human form]] in the film trilogy is... Rebecca Romijn.
** In ''First Class'', it's JenniferLawrence. [[spoiler:But when Magneto says he might sleep with her "in a few years", she briefly becomes Romijn]].
* MeaningfulEcho: Between two movies, highlighting the difference between the Xavier School and Magneto's views on mutants. In a deleted scene from the first movie, Bobby asks Rogue her name, she says "Rogue," and he says "What's your ''real'' name?" She tells him "Marie". Then in X2, on the plane, Magneto has a conversation with Pyro:
--> Magneto: What's your name?
--> Pyro: John
--> Magneto: What's your ''real'' name, John?
--> Pyro: Pyro.
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: Producer Tom [=DeSanto=] thought about the original costumes, but eventually decided they would look silly and changed to leather ones (something StanLee and ChrisClaremont approved). Lauren Shuler Donner added that the costumes helped the X-Men "blend into the night".
** There were plans for Wolverine's yellow costume and mask to make a {{Cameo}} appearance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but this was scrapped]]. Concept art for the suit can be found online.
* MythologyGag: Wolverine complains about the costumes. Cyclops: "What would you prefer, yellow Spandex?" Then in First Class, the uniforms ''are'' yellow spandex (and look dreadful), and the reaction of one character is "Do we really have to wear these?"
** The explanation for how Rogue acquired the signature strands of white hair
** Allusions to Wolverine's past
** The way Mystique approaches Wolverine disguised as [[spoiler:Storm]]– and how he identified her– is very similar to a scene from The Dark Phoenix Saga, where a Skrull named Raksor, also impersonating [[spoiler:Storm]], tried the same trick on Logan, with a similar result.
** In the second, there is a brief exchange between Nightcrawler and Mystique who are mother and son in the comics.
** In ''First Class'', [[spoiler:the helmet Erik seizes from Shaw and the repainted version in the final scene of the film resemble his helmet in the comics much more than the helmet worn by Ian [=McKellen=]]], Banshee's wings are striped only to resemble the comics counterpart, and given that the movie is set in 1962, Xavier opened his school the following year... when the actual comic first debuted in 1963.
** In the second film, Magneto says "When will these people learn to fly?", referring to the fact that some of the X-men can fly in the comics.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent - Xavier keeps Patrick Stewart's English accent, and Gambit doesn't sound remotely Cajun (in fact, he almost sounds like he's from Texas).
** Somewhat justified in Gambit's case, as Louisiana and Texas, being right next to each other, share a significant degree of dialect between them.
** While Halle Berry attempts some sort of accent in the first film, by the third she's not even trying anymore. Same with Anna Paquin and Rogue, who has a slight Southern accent in the first movie which disappears in the sequels.
** The North Albertan bartender in ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'' seems to be from Tennessee for some reason.
** First Class de-accentizes Banshee and Moira. (though the latter goes from Brit to American - [[FakeAmerican played by an Aussie]])
*** Basically, if you're not Nightcrawler, you WILL lose your trademark speech pattern in the movieverse. (However, it's less glaring than you think in some cases - in the original comics, after being taught English telepathically, the X-Men are noted on-panel to have no accents. It's just that we hear that ''once ever,'' characters' talk is positively ''filled'' with random words from their own languages, and every adaptation ever keeps the accent.)
** Also based on Mystique's origins in First Class, she probably should have gained a British accent after spending 20 years there but has none. It's kind of funny how even though they're not related British Charles's "sister" sounds completely American
* {{Novelization}}: The second and third films have novelizations by Chris Claremont; the one for the third film shows a lot more of what's going on in Jean's head than the movie is able to, appropriate from the man who wrote the Dark Phoenix Saga.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Have you read the intro for the succession?
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Sometimes Hugh Jackman simply can't hide that he's Australian.
** MichaelFassbender also lapses into his Irish origins while playing Magneto.
*** It's somewhat unavoidably noticeable if he was speaking ''German'' the moment before and he's meant to be from the Eastern bloc.
* OpposedMentors: Pyro in the second ''X-Men'' movie had the choice between [[BigBad Magneto]] or [[BigGood Xavier]]. This is often the case with some characters in the comics too.
* TheOtherDarrin: Sabertooth was played by Tyler Mane, a pro wrestler, in the first movie. In ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'', he was played by stage and film actor Liev Schreiber, best known in front of the camera as Shaw in the remake of ''TheManchurianCandidate'' and for the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' movies. Kitty Pride was portrayed by three different actresses (though she's only a major character in the third).
** Alex Burton portrays Pyro in the first movie, Aaron Stanford in the following two.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: (what did you expect?) First and second films. The DVD of the third shows it would also have it.
* PsychicRadar: It's X-Men with Professor X. This was going to come up. Cerebro provides him with a massive boost, allowing him to mentally trace people all over the world. He knows as soon as he scans the school that Rogue has up and run away, too.
* RaceLift: Bolivar Trask is black in ''The Last Stand'', and Blink will be played by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing in ''Days of Future Past''.
* RadiationImmuneMutants: Mutants are naturally immune to radiation, which makes Magneto's mutation device harmless to them (but lethal to humans) and it's part of Shaw's plan in First Class, since mutants would live just fine despite an atomic war's fallout.
* RetCanon: The movies inspired a number of elements that made their way into the comics and the various cartoons:
** During GrantMorrison's run, the X-Men adopted black leather outfits in order to better match their movie counterparts. This lasted up until JossWhedon's ''Astonishing X-Men'' run, where the team started wearing colorful outfits again in order to seem less threatening.
** For a time, Mystique adopted her scaled, reptilian appearance from the comics.
** Magneto's plastic prison was used by TheUltimates in ''[[UltimateXMen Ultimate X-Men]]''.
** ''Ultimate X-Men'' also used a version of William Stryker directly inspired by his role in ''X-2'' (in the original comics, Stryker was just a bigoted preacher).
** Toad adopted his AdaptationalBadass qualities from the movies for a while, before reverting back to being a massive loser.
** The movie introduced the idea of Iceman being significantly younger than the original X-Men, which was used in ''Ultimate X-Men'', ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', and ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''.
** The depiction of the Xavier Institute as an actual school for mutants was also taken from the first movie. Prior to that, the school aspect was just a cover, and the only real "students" were the X-Men themselves.
* RetCon: At least one character per movie: Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, Juggernaut and [[spoiler:Deadpool]].
** Considering the way the movies have changed around some of the comic book characters' generations, there's likely to be more in the future if more movies are going to be made based somewhat on the comics.
** ''First Class'' retcons certain elements of ''The Last Stand'', notably the fact that Charles and Erik were still shown to be working together while middle-aged during the flashback sequences in the latter film.
* SequelEscalation: Each film was bigger/more expensive than the previous one, which is why Fox started spinoffs instead of an ''X4''.
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: Mystique uses this several times in the films.
** In ''X-Men 2'', she seduces a guard by taking the form of a hot blonde [[spoiler:so she can use him in Magneto's escape from prison]]. She later uses it on Logan by trying to seduce him in the form of Jean Grey. Logan catches her, and she goes through several other forms, including Storm and even Rogue, but he tells her to leave.
** In ''X-Men: First Class'', she upgrades her age about 15 years to please Magneto, which doesn't really work for her until Magneto tells her he prefers her ''[[YouSexyBeast without]]'' the shapeshifted appearance.
* SharpDressedMan: Almost everyone in First Class, with Azazel and Riptide standing out the most.
* ShockAndAwe: Storm.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Xavier and Magneto, in the first film and in ''First Class'', less obviously in the second film when Magneto's in his plastic prison, and alluded to again in the third at the end with that one scene with Magneto in the park with a board of chess...
** The chess motif is also there to establish the attitudes of both men as TheChessmaster.
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: Black leather.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: '''Wolverine'''. He's the main character of the first three movies even though he is central to the plots of ''none'' of them. See where he and ostensible team leader Cyclops are on the page image.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Cyclops. Double points for being killed by his lover! Triple points for being a {{rare male example}}!
** In ''Wolverine'', [[spoiler:TemporaryLoveInterest Kayla. Then subverted when we learn her death was [[FakingTheDead faked]] and Stryker was specifically [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this so Logan would agree to join the Weapon X program, and double subverted when she is StuffedIntoTheFridge [[KilledOffForReal for real]]. Also, the old couple who help Logan and are killed by Agent Zero, and arguably John Wraith when he is killed by Victor]].
* TeleportSpam: Nightcrawler, Wraith, Weapon XI and Azazel all do this.
* VietnamWar: Alluded to by Stryker in ''X2'', and the intro to ''Wolverine''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Magneto sincerely believes he is valiantly championing a righteous cause - at least as far as mutants are concerned.
* WingedHumanoid: Warren Wortingthon III has bird wings; Angel Salvatore has dragonfly wings.
* WolverineClaws, 'natch
* WolverinePublicity: Wolverine is the onlly character to appear in every movie (including the upcoming ones). Some of his appearences are only cameos (First Class), while others are whole movies about him (XMOW and The Wolverine)
* WorldWarII: The first film begins with a flashback as Jews are being herded into a concentration camp. ''Wolverine'' has an even shorter one in the opening credits. ''First Class'' has an extended version of the concentration camp scene from the first film.

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An adaptation of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comic book franchise to the silver screen, which pretty much singlehandedly revived superhero movies for [[TurnOfTheMillennium the 2000s]].

The first film, '''''Film/XMen1''''' was released in 2000. It was followed by two sequels, '''''Film/X2XMenUnited''''' in 2003 and '''''Film/XMenTheLastStand''''' in 2006. See their pages for more details.

Rather than continuing the series chronologically from there, FOX decided to film a series of [[SpinOff spin-offs]] and {{prequel}}s, starting with '''''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''''' and continuing with the much more critically acclaimed '''''Film/XMenFirstClass'''''.

In an additional oddity, considering critical and fan response to the third film, a ''Wolverine'' sequel (in Japan, with Samurai and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja NINJA]]!) was made, with '''''Film/TheWolverine''''' shot in 2012 and released in July 2013 - though instead of a sequel to the prequel, [[http://collider.com/the-wolverine-2-sequel-image/206196/ it is]] a sequel to the ''trilogy''. [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel The film received surprisingly positive reviews]] and was a success at the box office.

Many projects are planned for the future. A {{Deadpool}} film seems to be in the works, but may be stuck in DevelopmentHell. A script for ''X4'' is apparently ready and that film will supposedly go into pre-production sometime after the release of ''First Class''. A sequel to ''First Class'' is also in the planning stages, with filming in 2013 and release in 2014, under the name of '''''[[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast X-Men: Days of Future Past]]'''''.

Sadly for fans of ''Film/TheAvengers'', the franchise is still owned by Fox (even after Disney's acquisition of Marvel in 2009), and therefore it is not part of Creator/{{Paramount}}/Creator/{{Disney}}'s MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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!!The series in general provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Wolverine's claws, and Lady Deathstrike's talons. Wade Wilson's katanas, and Ichiro Yashida's samurai swords...which actually cut through Wolverine's claws.
** Justified, at least in universe, since they are made of adamantium.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** {{Wolverine}} is played by [[TallDarkAndHandsome Hugh Jackman]], whereas in the comics the character was the butt of jokes about his short height. Rather than an ill-mannered thug, Movie!Wolverine is a JamesDean-esque [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]].
** Inverted with SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}. While [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave not ugly by any means]], he's considerably older than the character in the comics and much less physically imposing. While Magneto was a buff and chiseled in the comics, in the movie his white hair is the result of him being seventy-something years old. Justified, since the movies don't have the comics' [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]] or the multiple instances of him being de-aged and re-aged and had to make him the realistic age of a Holocaust survivor. This gets rectified when you see him in ''First Class'', where his younger self is conventionally handsome.
** Quill and Callisto get this in ''The Last Stand'', with the former looking like an actual person rather than a freaky man/porcupine hybrid.
** ''First Class'' does this to Sebastian Shaw, Darwin, and Riptide.
* AllThereInTheScript: Some characters are never named.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Mystique has no visible nipples or genitalia in her standard form. Then again, her true form is basically a scaly blue creature, so nipples wouldn't have been necessary in either case.
* AntiVillain: Magneto honestly believes what he's doing is in mutants' best interest.
* AudibleSharpness: * SNIKT!*
** [[FridgeBrilliance Possibly justified by the fact that his entire skeleton is coated in metal, and the claws could be hitting another bone]].
*** Although, even then the sound would probably be muffled by the surrounding muscle. But close enough.
* {{Badass}}: [[WorldOfBadass Plenty]], particularly in the Wolverine spinoff (Victor Creed, Gambit, Deadpool...)
** Also Mystique in the first three movies, especially considering she has neither super-strength nor a healing factor.
* BadassLongcoat: Sabretooth has had one in both his appearances.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Magneto is very fond of this one - in X2 he reverses Stryker's machine to target humans rather than mutants, and in First Class he throws the US and Soviet navies' own missiles back at them. Threatening to shoot cops with their own guns in the first X-Men movie may also qualify
* BerserkButton: When Wolverine was cage fighting the contender was given this advice from the fight promoter.
--> '''Promoter:''' Whatever you do, [[GroinAttack don't hit him in the balls]].
--> '''Contender:''' I thought you said anything goes.
--> '''Promoter:''' Anything goes, but [[ItsPersonal he'll take it personal]].
** In First Class, Hank [=McCoy=] (Beast) is shown to very much dislike being mocked for his mutation. More so once he turns blue furred.
* BigBad: Magneto and William Stryker alternate between the four movies. In ''First Class'' it's Sebastian Shaw.
* BigBraToFill: ''All'' of the women.
* BigNo - Wolverine does it three times: [[spoiler:''The Last Stand'': After killing Jean. ''Origins'': When his father dies, and later when his TemporaryLoveInterest dies]].
** Magneto has a [[BigNo Big Nein]] in ''X-Men First Class''.
* BloodlessCarnage:
** The only person in ''X-3'' to have blood is Wolverine. Everyone else is made out of clothes and skin. People are torn to ''shreds'' without spilling a drop.
** In ''First Class'', [[spoiler:Shaw's death and Xavier getting shot]], as well as [[spoiler:Azazel's massacre of the CIA agents]].
* BreakoutCharacter: Deadpool was already popular among comics fans, but his reception in ''Origins'' has led to him getting his own feature film, though something of the sort was [[SequelHook probably in the works anyway]].
* TheCameo: StanLee in the first and third movie, ChrisClaremont in the third.
** Patrick Stewart in ''Wolverine''.
** Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn in ''First Class''.
* CantHaveSexEver: Rogue takes this to can't ''kiss'' ever.
* CerebusRetcon: Sort of, since the original incident was pretty dark in itself, but Mystique poisoning Charles in the first movie becomes much more sinister in hindsight when the prequel ''First Class'' decided to retcon that the two are adopted brother and sister.
* CharacterDevelopment: Wolverine has had the most character development throughout the film series.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Unless an explanation for their disappearance is given in ''Days of Future Past'', [[spoiler: Emma Frost, Azazel, Riptide, and Angel]].
* CivvieSpandex: Which was even ported to the early-2000s comics.
* CodeName: Yeah, um, all of them. (Many of the characters have real names, but we haven't listed them. There's a character sheet for that.) Greatest lampshade comes in the first, when Wolverine asks Xavier:
-->"Sabertooth? *looks at Ororo* Storm? *looks at Xavier* What do they call you, Wheels?"
** ''First Class'' has a scene where the younger mutants make up code names for themselves, Charles and Erik.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Played with in just about every way possible. See the main page for details.
* CompositeCharacter: Some of the characters are amalgams of various mutants from the comics. Which explains [[SuperPowerLottery weird power combinations]] such as Callisto.
** Rogue in the first three movies has the comic Rogue's powers and appearance but the comic Kitty Pride's personality and relationship with Wolverine.
** Stryker is a combination of the homonymous preacher from the arc "God Loves, Man Kills", and Weapon X's Professor Thornton.
** Pyro combines the name and powers of his comic book counterpart with Quicksilver's attitude and original position as Magneto's [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** In ''First Class'', Angel has her comics powers but the wings of Pixie.
** Shaw in ''First Class'' is a composite of Sebastian Shaw and Mr. Sinister, combining Shaw's powers and personality with Sinister's immortality and obsession with mutant genetics.
* ContinuitySnarl: ''Wolverine'' and ''First Class'' have plenty of inconsistencies for supposed prequels, specially with each other. (also, in ''X2'' a human Hank [=McCoy=] makes a cameo, but in ''The Last Stand'' he's blue and hairy)
** To be Fair ''Wolverine'' and ''Last Stand'' all supposed inconsistencies can be explained away if they're thought about hard enough or if you really try to make them fit. ''First Class'' however has no such luck, to the point of many fans believing that it's a reboot rather than a prequel. If taken that way, it actually works really well (being considered the strongest movie since ''X2'' and all that).
*** Examples in ''First Class'': Charles Being Crippled in the 60s when he's shown walking in the 80s, Magneto and Charles going there separate way earlier than before, Hank's blue furry form, etc.
**** In Hank's case, at least, his nigh-obsessive displeasure with his mutant appearance could have led him to create a serum similar to what he did in First Class, so that it at least rendered him temporarily "normal". In fact, this plot point got hit on several times in Last Stand.
*** Even worse is Moira [=McTaggert=] - besides being Scottish in ''Last Stand'' and American in ''First Class'', for whatever reason she's hardly aged in 40 years.
** Notably subverted with Mystique - her slow aging process is explained by her mutation's side effect, which is actually close to the explanation given in the comics (that shapeshifting into different people renews her cells to prevent the aging process or some such).
* DecompositeCharacter:
** Emma Frost, who appears in ''First Class'' as a grown woman, despite the film being set decades before a much younger girl with a different background but similar powers (minus telepathy) appeared in ''Origins: Wolverine''. The girl was ''supposed'' to be Emma Frost, but this was changed at the last minute by the producers and she is not named in the movie, and even the end credits only call her "Emma" (and not "Emma Frost"). While many accused ''First Class'' of creating a plot hole, in reality they are two separate characters.
** The Silver Samurai in ''The Wolverine'' is two separate characters. Harada, Silver Samurai's civilian ID in the comics [[spoiler: is a ninja and Mariko's childhood friend]], while [[spoiler: the ''actual'' Silver Samurai is Ichirō Yashida, Mariko's grandfather]].
* DeusExitMachina: In the first three films, Professor X is removed from the action so his potential StoryBreakerPower doesn't resolve everything in one scene.
** In '''X-Men''', he is [[spoiler:poisoned by Mystique and is in a coma for the entire final act]].
** In '''X2''', he is [[spoiler:subjected to illusions by Stryker's conjuring mutant son, and rescuing him ''is'' the plot]]. Not to mention that [[spoiler:his powers were used ''against'' the X-Men]].
** In '''The Last Stand''', he is [[spoiler:killed by Jean Grey as she succumbs to the Phoenix. Though he apparently survived by transferring his consciousness into a brain-dead man's body...]]
** Averted in ''First Class'', where Xavier is active, but the bad guys have both Emma Frost and a telepathy-blocking helmet to counter him, and he's not as overwhelmingly powerful as in the chronologically-later films.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Toad in the first film; Cyclops, Xavier, Juggernaut, Callisto, Psylocke, Arclight, and Kid Omega (Quill?) in the third; possibly Fred Dukes in Origins.
* DyeingForYourArt: HughJackman, LievSchreiber, and RyanReynolds worked out to get ripped bodies, and FamkeJanssen dyed her hair red.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Weapon X facility, and arguably the X-Mansion.
* EnemyMine: ''X2'' has the X-Men teaming up with Magneto and Mystique because of a greater threat to mutant kind, ''Wolverine'' has [[spoiler:Logan and Victor teaming up to fight Weapon XI]] and ''First Class'' has [[spoiler:the USSR and the US uniting against the "mutant threat."]]
* ExiledFromContinuity: Thanks to a bizarre rights snafu, both [[TwentiethCentury Fox]] and [[MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] have the film rights to ScarletWitch and {{Quicksilver}}, but with a caveat. The ''X-Men'' movies cannot reference their involvement with Comicbook/TheAvengers or their love interests like TheVision and [[TheInhumans Crystal]], while the Marvel movies cannot reference Magneto, the X-Men, the Brotherhood, or refer to the twins as mutants.
* FaceHeelTurn: Pyro in X2, though even when he was with the heroes he was at best a jerk and at his worst clearly a sociopath.
* {{Fanservice}} - Mystique (particularly a [[MaleGaze leg take from below]] in X2), some shots of the women, and the LingerieScene and Mystique's chest view both in ''First Class''. Actually, ''all'' of the women in ''First Class'' (Mystique, Angel, Emma and Moira) get at least one scene where they're wearing little or nothing; for Emma and Angel it's most of their scenes. It's a little glaring.
** For fans of the male form, ''Wolverine'' features Hugh Jackman's naked tush, Gambit's incredible handsomeness, Ryan Reynolds' arms and Liev Schrieber's ripped abs.
* FantasticRacism: The main driving conflict of the series.
** The attempts by non mutants to find a cure for mutants in the films and the mutants that are ashamed of their abilities leans more towards a GayAesop. This parallel has been explicitly stated to have interested Ian [=McKellan=] and ''X-Men''/''X2'' director Bryan Singer, both openly gay, in the franchise.
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* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Used thematically to set up [[AnIcePerson Iceman]]'s rivalry with [[PlayingWithFire Pyro]] (which is much tighter than the two's relationship in the comics).
* FourTemperamentEnsemble in ''First Class'': Xavier (leukine), Havok (choleric), Beast (melancholic), Mystique (phlegmatic), and Banshee (sanguine).
* FullyClothedNudity: A variant in Mystique's natural form.
* GeneralRipper: William Stryker.
* GeniusBruiser: Beast.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Blue Skinned Babe]]: Mystique is this in her natural form.
* GroinAttack: Mystique to Wolverine, and Wolverine to another healing mutant ("Grow those back").
* HollywoodEvolution: In this universe, the concept of evolution is, some people develop a random super(natural) power when they hit puberty.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Rogue. In a deleted scene from the first movie, she asks if Xavier can "cure" her. She takes the cure to become human in the third film.
* InNameOnly: While deviations are to be expected in adaptations, certain characters (especially in ''The Last Stand'') are absolutely nothing like their comic book counterparts. Callisto, Kid Omega, Psylocke, Agent Zero, and {{Deadpool}} are among the most drastic examples.
* KillAllHumans: In the second movie, Stryker wants to Kill All Mutants, then Magneto changes plans to KillAllHumans. In ''First Class'', Shaw plots the extinction of humans so that mutants can replace them as the dominant species.
* LampshadeHanging: Wolverine gets ''a lot'' of screen time, just like in the comics. Magneto likes to point this out in every movie: "Once again, you think it's all about you."
* {{Leitmotif}}: Mystique has a particularly exotic one that lets you know ''[[SpotTheImpostor when it's really her]]''.
** ''First Class:'' Erik has a pretty brooding one. If you've made an enemy of him and it kicks in, things are about to get unpleasant for you.
** Schmidt/Shaw plays a record of Edith Piaf singing ''La vie en rose'' as an establishing motif in the past and in the present of ''First Class''.
* IdiotBall: Madrox didn't need to sacrifice himself to the military when his dupes could have fought them off while MadroxPrime escaped.
* LikeCannotCutLike: Adamantium blades, such as Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine vs. Deadpool.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: In the third movie especially.
* LogoJoke: The first three movies feature the "X" in the TwentiethCenturyFox logo fading out a fraction of a second later than the rest of the logo.
* MadeOfIron: Well, made of ''adamantium'' to be exact. Also, the Juggernaut, and Mystique is really hard to kill.
* MagicPants: Averted; Mystique does all her shapeshifting nude and forming the clothes of her disguises out of her body. Played straight with Wolverine, though, as Phoenix's attacks destroy all the ''rest'' of his clothes, as well as skin and muscle, but his pants remain.
* MakeMeWannaShout: A Xavier student in ''X2'' (implied to be Siryn), and Banshee (who is Siryn's father in the comics) in ''First Class''.
* MarqueeAlterEgo: Mystique's [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm default normal human form]] in the film trilogy is... Rebecca Romijn.
** In ''First Class'', it's JenniferLawrence. [[spoiler:But when Magneto says he might sleep with her "in a few years", she briefly becomes Romijn]].
* MeaningfulEcho: Between two movies, highlighting the difference between the Xavier School and Magneto's views on mutants. In a deleted scene from the first movie, Bobby asks Rogue her name, she says "Rogue," and he says "What's your ''real'' name?" She tells him "Marie". Then in X2, on the plane, Magneto has a conversation with Pyro:
--> Magneto: What's your name?
--> Pyro: John
--> Magneto: What's your ''real'' name, John?
--> Pyro: Pyro.
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: Producer Tom [=DeSanto=] thought about the original costumes, but eventually decided they would look silly and changed to leather ones (something StanLee and ChrisClaremont approved). Lauren Shuler Donner added that the costumes helped the X-Men "blend into the night".
** There were plans for Wolverine's yellow costume and mask to make a {{Cameo}} appearance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but this was scrapped]]. Concept art for the suit can be found online.
* MythologyGag: Wolverine complains about the costumes. Cyclops: "What would you prefer, yellow Spandex?" Then in First Class, the uniforms ''are'' yellow spandex (and look dreadful), and the reaction of one character is "Do we really have to wear these?"
** The explanation for how Rogue acquired the signature strands of white hair
** Allusions to Wolverine's past
** The way Mystique approaches Wolverine disguised as [[spoiler:Storm]]– and how he identified her– is very similar to a scene from The Dark Phoenix Saga, where a Skrull named Raksor, also impersonating [[spoiler:Storm]], tried the same trick on Logan, with a similar result.
** In the second, there is a brief exchange between Nightcrawler and Mystique who are mother and son in the comics.
** In ''First Class'', [[spoiler:the helmet Erik seizes from Shaw and the repainted version in the final scene of the film resemble his helmet in the comics much more than the helmet worn by Ian [=McKellen=]]], Banshee's wings are striped only to resemble the comics counterpart, and given that the movie is set in 1962, Xavier opened his school the following year... when the actual comic first debuted in 1963.
** In the second film, Magneto says "When will these people learn to fly?", referring to the fact that some of the X-men can fly in the comics.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent - Xavier keeps Patrick Stewart's English accent, and Gambit doesn't sound remotely Cajun (in fact, he almost sounds like he's from Texas).
** Somewhat justified in Gambit's case, as Louisiana and Texas, being right next to each other, share a significant degree of dialect between them.
** While Halle Berry attempts some sort of accent in the first film, by the third she's not even trying anymore. Same with Anna Paquin and Rogue, who has a slight Southern accent in the first movie which disappears in the sequels.
** The North Albertan bartender in ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'' seems to be from Tennessee for some reason.
** First Class de-accentizes Banshee and Moira. (though the latter goes from Brit to American - [[FakeAmerican played by an Aussie]])
*** Basically, if you're not Nightcrawler, you WILL lose your trademark speech pattern in the movieverse. (However, it's less glaring than you think in some cases - in the original comics, after being taught English telepathically, the X-Men are noted on-panel to have no accents. It's just that we hear that ''once ever,'' characters' talk is positively ''filled'' with random words from their own languages, and every adaptation ever keeps the accent.)
** Also based on Mystique's origins in First Class, she probably should have gained a British accent after spending 20 years there but has none. It's kind of funny how even though they're not related British Charles's "sister" sounds completely American
* {{Novelization}}: The second and third films have novelizations by Chris Claremont; the one for the third film shows a lot more of what's going on in Jean's head than the movie is able to, appropriate from the man who wrote the Dark Phoenix Saga.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Have you read the intro for the succession?
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Sometimes Hugh Jackman simply can't hide that he's Australian.
** MichaelFassbender also lapses into his Irish origins while playing Magneto.
*** It's somewhat unavoidably noticeable if he was speaking ''German'' the moment before and he's meant to be from the Eastern bloc.
* OpposedMentors: Pyro in the second ''X-Men'' movie had the choice between [[BigBad Magneto]] or [[BigGood Xavier]]. This is often the case with some characters in the comics too.
* TheOtherDarrin: Sabertooth was played by Tyler Mane, a pro wrestler, in the first movie. In ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'', he was played by stage and film actor Liev Schreiber, best known in front of the camera as Shaw in the remake of ''TheManchurianCandidate'' and for the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' movies. Kitty Pride was portrayed by three different actresses (though she's only a major character in the third).
** Alex Burton portrays Pyro in the first movie, Aaron Stanford in the following two.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: (what did you expect?) First and second films. The DVD of the third shows it would also have it.
* PsychicRadar: It's X-Men with Professor X. This was going to come up. Cerebro provides him with a massive boost, allowing him to mentally trace people all over the world. He knows as soon as he scans the school that Rogue has up and run away, too.
* RaceLift: Bolivar Trask is black in ''The Last Stand'', and Blink will be played by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing in ''Days of Future Past''.
* RadiationImmuneMutants: Mutants are naturally immune to radiation, which makes Magneto's mutation device harmless to them (but lethal to humans) and it's part of Shaw's plan in First Class, since mutants would live just fine despite an atomic war's fallout.
* RetCanon: The movies inspired a number of elements that made their way into the comics and the various cartoons:
** During GrantMorrison's run, the X-Men adopted black leather outfits in order to better match their movie counterparts. This lasted up until JossWhedon's ''Astonishing X-Men'' run, where the team started wearing colorful outfits again in order to seem less threatening.
** For a time, Mystique adopted her scaled, reptilian appearance from the comics.
** Magneto's plastic prison was used by TheUltimates in ''[[UltimateXMen Ultimate X-Men]]''.
** ''Ultimate X-Men'' also used a version of William Stryker directly inspired by his role in ''X-2'' (in the original comics, Stryker was just a bigoted preacher).
** Toad adopted his AdaptationalBadass qualities from the movies for a while, before reverting back to being a massive loser.
** The movie introduced the idea of Iceman being significantly younger than the original X-Men, which was used in ''Ultimate X-Men'', ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', and ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''.
** The depiction of the Xavier Institute as an actual school for mutants was also taken from the first movie. Prior to that, the school aspect was just a cover, and the only real "students" were the X-Men themselves.
* RetCon: At least one character per movie: Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, Juggernaut and [[spoiler:Deadpool]].
** Considering the way the movies have changed around some of the comic book characters' generations, there's likely to be more in the future if more movies are going to be made based somewhat on the comics.
** ''First Class'' retcons certain elements of ''The Last Stand'', notably the fact that Charles and Erik were still shown to be working together while middle-aged during the flashback sequences in the latter film.
* SequelEscalation: Each film was bigger/more expensive than the previous one, which is why Fox started spinoffs instead of an ''X4''.
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: Mystique uses this several times in the films.
** In ''X-Men 2'', she seduces a guard by taking the form of a hot blonde [[spoiler:so she can use him in Magneto's escape from prison]]. She later uses it on Logan by trying to seduce him in the form of Jean Grey. Logan catches her, and she goes through several other forms, including Storm and even Rogue, but he tells her to leave.
** In ''X-Men: First Class'', she upgrades her age about 15 years to please Magneto, which doesn't really work for her until Magneto tells her he prefers her ''[[YouSexyBeast without]]'' the shapeshifted appearance.
* SharpDressedMan: Almost everyone in First Class, with Azazel and Riptide standing out the most.
* ShockAndAwe: Storm.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Xavier and Magneto, in the first film and in ''First Class'', less obviously in the second film when Magneto's in his plastic prison, and alluded to again in the third at the end with that one scene with Magneto in the park with a board of chess...
** The chess motif is also there to establish the attitudes of both men as TheChessmaster.
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: Black leather.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: '''Wolverine'''. He's the main character of the first three movies even though he is central to the plots of ''none'' of them. See where he and ostensible team leader Cyclops are on the page image.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Cyclops. Double points for being killed by his lover! Triple points for being a {{rare male example}}!
** In ''Wolverine'', [[spoiler:TemporaryLoveInterest Kayla. Then subverted when we learn her death was [[FakingTheDead faked]] and Stryker was specifically [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this so Logan would agree to join the Weapon X program, and double subverted when she is StuffedIntoTheFridge [[KilledOffForReal for real]]. Also, the old couple who help Logan and are killed by Agent Zero, and arguably John Wraith when he is killed by Victor]].
* TeleportSpam: Nightcrawler, Wraith, Weapon XI and Azazel all do this.
* VietnamWar: Alluded to by Stryker in ''X2'', and the intro to ''Wolverine''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Magneto sincerely believes he is valiantly championing a righteous cause - at least as far as mutants are concerned.
* WingedHumanoid: Warren Wortingthon III has bird wings; Angel Salvatore has dragonfly wings.
* WolverineClaws, 'natch
* WolverinePublicity: Wolverine is the onlly character to appear in every movie (including the upcoming ones). Some of his appearences are only cameos (First Class), while others are whole movies about him (XMOW and The Wolverine)
* WorldWarII: The first film begins with a flashback as Jews are being herded into a concentration camp. ''Wolverine'' has an even shorter one in the opening credits. ''First Class'' has an extended version of the concentration camp scene from the first film.

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9th Nov '13 6:20:54 PM furtim
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** Inverted with SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}. While not ugly by any means, he's considerably older than the character in the comics and much less physically imposing. While Magneto was a buff and chiseled in the comics, in the movie his white hair is the result of him being seventy-something years old. Justified, since the movies don't have the comics' [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]] or the multiple instances of him being de-aged and re-aged and had to make him the realistic age of a Holocaust survivor. This gets rectified when you see him in ''First Class'', where his younger self is conventionally handsome.

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** Inverted with SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}. While [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave not ugly by any means, means]], he's considerably older than the character in the comics and much less physically imposing. While Magneto was a buff and chiseled in the comics, in the movie his white hair is the result of him being seventy-something years old. Justified, since the movies don't have the comics' [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]] or the multiple instances of him being de-aged and re-aged and had to make him the realistic age of a Holocaust survivor. This gets rectified when you see him in ''First Class'', where his younger self is conventionally handsome.
9th Nov '13 12:25:50 PM Earnest
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* RadiationImmuneMutants: Mutants are naturally immune to radiation, which makes Magneto's mutation device harmless to them (but lethal to humans) and it's part of Shaw's plan in First Class, since mutants would live just fine despite an atomic war's fallout.
2nd Nov '13 6:17:08 PM comicwriter
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* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: ''The Wolverine'' received much better reviews and fan response than both ''Wolverine'' and ''The Last Stand''
2nd Nov '13 6:16:47 PM comicwriter
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** There were plans for Wolverine's yellow costume and mask to make a {{Cameo}} appearance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but this was scrapped]]. Concept art for the suit can be found online.


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* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: ''The Wolverine'' received much better reviews and fan response than both ''Wolverine'' and ''The Last Stand''
27th Oct '13 7:39:15 PM KingZeal
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* LikeCannotCutLike: Adamantium blades, such as Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine vs. Deadpool. On the other hand, an adamantium bullet is the ''only'' thing [[spoiler:that can penetrate Wolverine's skull]]. Still, considering Adamantium IS supposed to be indestructible, it doesn't explain why exactly that one bullet gave Wolverine his amnesia.
** The adamantium bullet is arguably justified, as a bullet is going to hit with far more force that someone swinging blades. However, this does not explain how an ordinary bullet fired by a cop in the second X-Men movie [[spoiler:also managed to penetrate his skull]].

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* LikeCannotCutLike: Adamantium blades, such as Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine vs. Deadpool. On the other hand, an adamantium bullet is the ''only'' thing [[spoiler:that can penetrate Wolverine's skull]]. Still, considering Adamantium IS supposed to be indestructible, it doesn't explain why exactly that one bullet gave Wolverine his amnesia.
** The adamantium bullet is arguably justified, as a bullet is going to hit with far more force that someone swinging blades. However, this does not explain how an ordinary bullet fired by a cop in the second X-Men movie [[spoiler:also managed to penetrate his skull]].
27th Oct '13 7:13:08 PM Rantel
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* LikeCannotCutLike: Adamantium blades, such as Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine vs. Deadpool. On the other hand, an adamantium bullet is the ''only'' thing [[spoiler:that can penetrate Wolverine's skull]]. Still, considering Adamantium IS supposed to be indestructible, and it doesn't explain why exactly that one bullet gave Wolverine his amnesia.

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* LikeCannotCutLike: Adamantium blades, such as Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine vs. Deadpool. On the other hand, an adamantium bullet is the ''only'' thing [[spoiler:that can penetrate Wolverine's skull]]. Still, considering Adamantium IS supposed to be indestructible, and it doesn't explain why exactly that one bullet gave Wolverine his amnesia.
27th Oct '13 7:11:57 PM Rantel
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* LikeCannotCutLike: Adamantium blades, such as Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine vs. Deadpool. On the other hand, an adamantium bullet is the ''only'' thing [[spoiler:that can penetrate Wolverine's skull]].
** The bullet is arguably justified. A Bullet is going to hit with far more force that someone swinging blades. Though still, considering Adamantium IS supposed to be indestructible, and it doesn't explain why exactly that one bullet gave Wolverine his amnesia.

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* LikeCannotCutLike: Adamantium blades, such as Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine vs. Deadpool. On the other hand, an adamantium bullet is the ''only'' thing [[spoiler:that can penetrate Wolverine's skull]].
** The bullet is arguably justified. A Bullet is going to hit with far more force that someone swinging blades. Though still,
skull]]. Still, considering Adamantium IS supposed to be indestructible, and it doesn't explain why exactly that one bullet gave Wolverine his amnesia.amnesia.
** The adamantium bullet is arguably justified, as a bullet is going to hit with far more force that someone swinging blades. However, this does not explain how an ordinary bullet fired by a cop in the second X-Men movie [[spoiler:also managed to penetrate his skull]].
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** Mystique has some degree of healing factor. In the first movie, she recovers quite fast after been impaled with extreme prejudice, courtesy of Wolverine.
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** Mystique has some degree of healing factor. In the firt movie, she recovers quite fast after been impaled with extreme prejudice, by cortesy of Wolverine.

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** Mystique has some degree of healing factor. In the firt first movie, she recovers quite fast after been impaled with extreme prejudice, by cortesy courtesy of Wolverine.
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