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->''[[{{Tagline}} "The time has come for those who are different to stand united."]]''

The second movie in the Film/{{X-Men}} series involves mutants who are being mind-controlled somehow, starting with Nightcrawler attempting to assassinate the President; government operatives then kidnap Cyclops and Professor X. The X-Men investigate and find out that the two are related: the soldiers are under the command of Col. William Stryker (Brian Cox), who is using a mutant to project false images into other mutants' minds. By brain-washing Professor X into [[TimTaylorTechnology overpowering]] the [[AppliedPhlebotinum "Cerebro" telepathy machine]], he intends to kill all currently-living mutants. Magneto and his Brotherhood Of Mutants ally with the X-Men to stop this from happening (hence the subtitle of the movie: "X2: X-Men United"). Meanwhile, Wolverine delves into his past involvement with the "Weapon X" project, which (of course) Stryker was in charge of.

Not to be confused with the series of sci-fi videogames by the name ''X'', whose second entry is entitled ''X2''.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AerialCanyonChase: Lacking a conveniently placed canyon with which to perform this, Storm uses her weather manipulating powers to create one from tornadoes, giving the X-Men a chance to escape. It has the added benefit of making sure the inevitable crashes aren't actually fatal for their pursuers, but also the downside of allowing a clean missile lock.
* AlasPoorVillain: Lady Deathstrike, who was only being mind-controlled. Even the look on Wolverine's face shows he regrets that he had to do it.
* AntiHero: Mystique and Magneto are [[NominalHero Nominal Heroes]].
* AndIMustScream: Stryker's mind control serum makes the victim obedient, but their real self is still in there, fully aware and incapable of controlling their own body. Look at the sheer ''horror'' on Deathstryke's face when the serum controlling her briefly wears off. Particularly when she looks at her hands and remembers the pain of being bonded with adamantium, likely because she was being controlled during that, as well. Scott similarly tells Jean he couldn't stop himself from trying to kill her.
* AnIcePerson: Bobby/Iceman.
* ArtisticLicenceBiology: When discussing the mutant gene, Pyro says that it is passed on by males. There is no such thing as a gene only passed on by males; nor is such a thing even theoretically possible. Sex-linked genes are real, but they are passed on by women.
** The iron injected into the prison guard wouldn't have gone unnoticed, least of all by the guard himself. Iron injections have a risk of anaphylactic shock - high enough that many doctors won't prescribe them unless the patient has no other option - and are incredibly painful. Either he thought he was experiencing the single worst hang over of his entire life or the writers didn't actually check to see if there were any side effects to injecting pure liquid iron into the human body.
* AssholeVictim: Mitchell Laurio. He's a thug who's shown to enjoy beating up an old man stripped of any powers that would allow him to fight back, so no one minds too much when Mystique sets him up for a death allowing Magneto to escape.
* BilingualBonus: Kurt.
* BaitTheDog: Just when you're starting to cheer on Magneto as he charges alongside the X-Men to Xavier's rescue, he has to go and [[spoiler:use Xavier to try to wipe out every normal human]].
* BestHerToBedHer: Mystique tries to seduce Logan/Wolverine in this film because he defeated her in combat in the previous one, complimenting him that "nobody ever left quite a scar like you did". Logan is not interested. Later films show that Mystique is capable of having loving, if not necessarily intimate, relationships with other mutants even if they didn't actually beat her (Charles Xavier, Magneto).
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Magneto]], of all people - when the Blackbird is about to crash into the forest.
* BlessedWithSuck: Jones, one of many of the Xavier Institute's students. He can change television channels by blinking, but he never sleeps.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Various mutants (including Nightcrawler, Cyclops and Deathstryke), by Stryker. Also Xavier, by Stryker's mutant son Jason, who is himself Lobotomized and Crazy.]]
* BrickJoke: When Logan volunteers to open the doors to Stryker's base, Magneto says "What are you going to do, scratch [the controls] with your claws?" This is exactly how he closes the floodgates at the end.
* CallBack: When the mutants are flying to Alkali Lake, Magneto and Mystique sarcastically say that they like the white parts of Rogue's hair. Those parts were turned white by Magneto's machine during the climax of the first X-Men movie.
* CantHaveSexEver: Multiple characters point out the inherent problems faced by Iceman and Rogue.
* CaptainObvious: Stryker and a mook at the dam base.
-->'''Stryker:'''"Can you override the spillway mechanism?"
-->'''Mook:'''"Everything's controlled from inside that room. That's why the doors are so thick."
-->'''Stryker:'''[[SarcasmMode "Oh!? Really?!?]]"
* CatapultNightmare: Logan dreams of his past.
* CreatorCameo: The security guards for Magneto's prison are all named after production staff. Director Bryan Singer gets his own pic, uniform and all, while the rest are given stock male photos. He also wheels the professor into the cell.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Stryker takes one look at Wolverine, [[spoiler: and [[GlamourFailure realizes it's a fake]]]]. Also, at one point he tells his men to shoot anyone who comes down their corridor, then adds "even if it's me", fully aware that the enemy has a shapeshifter among them.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Nightcrawler, despite his demonic appearance, is good-hearted and [[RealMenLoveJesus God-fearing]].
* DemotedToExtra: Cyclops is captured fairly early on and doesn't come back until the end.
* TheDogBitesBack: Magneto to Stryker when he finally gets a chance to get some payback for his treatment in prison. An earlier script was going to have Magneto kill Stryker (which would be more in character) and the X-Men find Stryker's body when they escaped from the facility - but that was changed for the sake of letting Wolverine have one last conversation with Stryker.
* DramaticLandfallShot: The closing shot.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Dr. Henry [=McCoy=] A.K.A Beast appears briefly on TV in the bar.
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Magneto, who, right after saving the mutants of the world, can't resist seizing the opportunity to use Stryker's technique against humanity.]]
* EvilCripple: Jason Stryker, provided his father was telling the truth about him deliberately driving his mother to suicide, and that wasn't just Jason being unable to control his powers or unaware of what he was doing.
* FalseFlagOperation
* FingerSnapLighter: Averted with John/Pyro, who carries around an actual lighter since he can't generate fire on his own.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Professor X is having difficulty trying to get a lock on Nightcrawler, Logan flippantly asks if he can't just concentrate harder. Xavier replies dryly, "If I wanted to kill him, yes." [[spoiler:Later Stryker gets Jason to brainwash Xavier into doing precisely this - only on a much larger scale.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: William Stryker's computer desktop is a treasure trove of {{shout out}}s. You'll see folders marked things like 'Victor Creed', 'Omega Red', 'Maximoff (2)', 'Project: Wideawake', 'Franklin Richards', and so many more!
* GlamourFailure: Despite being a {{Shapeshifter}}, Mystique can't seem to hide the scars Wolverine left behind on her.
** Likewise, Stryker isn't fooled when Mystique masquerades as Wolverine. One thing he knows better than anyone is his own work.
* AGlitchInTheMatrix: During Jason Styker's initial attempt to trap Xavier within an illusion of the mansion, it doesn't work because Xavier notices that he's ''standing up''. Jason's next attempt has him sitting in a wheelchair.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Wolverine. Especially getting shot in the head at practically point blank.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: TropeNamer by way of Bobby's mother's reaction upon learning about his powers.
* HandyCuffs: On Mystique; not that handcuffs of any type would have been useful on a shapeshifter. She was disguised as Wolverine at the time, and the cuffs would have worked very well on him, being designed in such a way that if he extended his claws he'd cut off his own head.
* HeroicSacrifice: Jean Grey.
* HijackedByGanon: Magneto works with the X-Men without much protest or animosity to save mutant-kind, [[spoiler: but once he foils Stryker's plan he reminds us that he is the BigBad of the series and turns Strkyer's Cerebro on normal humans]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Stryker's mutant-killing machine is ultimately turned on humans instead, which naturally includes Stryker himself. It gets shut off before it can do the job, of course, but it was long enough to make sure Stryker never escaped.]]
* IdiotBall: The entire broken dam scene. Iceman and Storm could have conceivably saved the day without needing a HeroicSacrifice, since both are capable of manipulating the temperature of water. [[spoiler: Likewise, Jean's actions could have easily been done from the safety of the plane.]] The characters come to the conclusion that [[spoiler: Jean]] did it deliberately, rather than a mere lack of forethought.
** Rogue attempting to fly the Jet, without any training in its operation, simply because she was getting impatient. It predictably crashes only a few seconds after take-off and ends up being damaged, forcing Jean to sacrifice herself.
** Earlier, Xavier has a minor but understandable one. He notices that Deathstryke is starting to regain control. He's smart enough not to say anything, but the fact that he keeps glancing over to her alerts Strkyer, allowing him to give her another dose of serum to keep her obedient.
* InstantSedation: Stryker's tranq darts. All the kids hit by them go down in a snap. Cyclops was protected by the armor under his clothing and Wolverine is understandably immune (but momentarily dazed, regardless). Mystique's drugged beer also takes effect the second Mr. Laurio downs the last of it, where the pills have settled.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ronnie, Bobbie's brother, calls the cops on Bobbie and his friends under the pretense that they were holding his family hostage.
** Likewise Pyro, who, swayed by Magneto's words, starts falling into the dark side. Even escalating the whole situation with the police by openly attacking them when the others were trying to halt the situation peacefully.
* KubrickStare: Magneto in his plastic prison.
* MadeOfIron: Colossus, literally. Or at least some sort of metal.
* MakeMeWannaShout: One of the students has this power. She wakes up as Stryker's men are sneaking around and screams, which alerts everyone else in the mansion.
* ManchurianAgent: In conjunction with BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* MarketBasedTitle: The film's simply called ''X-Men 2'' in the UK, France, Brazil, Finland and several other countries.
* MartyrWithoutACause: Jean Grey, who sacrifices herself while holding back a giant wall of water to allow the rest of the team time to escape. There were at least three other team members (Storm, Iceman, and Nightcrawler) with powers that would have been useful in this situation, and with all four of them working together, they at least stood a chance of getting everyone out alive. She never gave them the chance to try.
* MundaneUtility: When Logan wants a cold drink, he gives a Dr Pepper to Bobby "Iceman", who uses his powers to chill the drink.
* MythologyGag: After Magneto saves the Blackbird, he says "When will these people learn to fly?", referencing the fact that several of the X-Men can fly in the comics.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Colossus' voice was dubbed, apparently to add to his Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger resemblance.
* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: It helps that a shapeshifter is in the facility.
* NoSell: Xavier is, understandably, immune to just about every telepathic attack imaginable. Now, if he were under the effects of a PowerNullifier and bombarded with illusions for two days straight...
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Rogue's impatience makes her indirectly responsible for Jean's death, due to crashing the Jet and causing the vertical takeoff to go temporarily offline. Furthermore, since the Jet appears to have been only about a few hundred metres from the facility, she really didn't need to fly to pick them up ''anyway''.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Stryker imbuing Logan with his adamantium skeleton [[spoiler:is what allowed him to survive, and deliver the killing blow to Phoenix in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.]]
* OhCrap: "I used to think you were one of a kind, Wolverine. I was wrong."
-->'''Wolverine:''' ''(as Deathstrike whips out her claws)'' Holy shit.
* TheOtherDarrin: Jubilee and Shadowcat are played by different actresses.
* PartyScattering: Prof. X and Cyclops are captured at the same time but taken to different areas where different things happen to them. Storm and Jean go after Nightcrawler and eventually run into Magneto. The government kidnaps several mutants and take them to their facility. Wolverine and a few of the students escape the mansion and hide out at Iceman's house for a while. They come back in the third act.
* PlayingWithFire: John/Pyro loves this.
* PsychicRadar: It's already been seen in the previous film that Cerebro amplifies Xavier's powers to give him greater range and accuracy. Here he uses it to allow him to track even a mutant who can teleport and it's further revealed that he can use it to sense the location of every mutant or every human on the planet. Concentrating hard enough will give them all a really serious PsychicNosebleed... followed by death.
* [[PsychoticSmirk Psychotic Wink]]: Magneto performs one after admonishing the (dead) guard for unwittingly aiding in his escape.
* PineappleSurprise: How Magneto takes out a squad of mooks.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Nightcrawler kicks ass, and is a very devout Christian.
* SequelHook: The Phoenix underneath Alkali Lake.
* ShipTease: Nightcrawler and Storm. It doubles in content if you read the novelisation.
-->'''Nightcrawler:''' I'm not going anywhere, Ororo.
-->'''Storm:''' I like it when you say my name...
-->'''Nightcrawler:''' I like saying your name...
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction
--> '''Magneto:''' Mr. Laurio, never trust a beautiful woman. Especially one who's interested in ''you''.
* ShapeShifting: Mystique of course, along with her blue scaly ShapeshifterDefaultForm.
* ShootEverythingThatMoves: Col. Stryker tells his mooks that after he leaves, they are to shoot ''anyone'' who comes down the corridor, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting even if it was him]].
* ShootingSuperman: After using their tranq darts on some of the students, two of Stryker's men are confronted by Colossus. The big guy activates his power, but the agents try firing anyway. After the darts bounce off of him, Colossus throws the agents through a wall.
* ShoutOut: Mystique scrolls through a list of mutants on a computer, searching for SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}. ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters All]]'' [[http://thefilmexperience.net/storage/2000s/x2-strykercomputer.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1307909380497 of those names]] are from [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} the comics]]. While all of those names were in a single folder, [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Franklin]] [[RealityWarper Richards]] had a folder all his own.
* ShownTheirWork: Some dam-blowing research was made.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Jean, to Wolverine: "Women like to flirt with a dangerous man. They don't marry him. They marry the good guy."
* SicklyGreenGlow: Stryker's base.
* SlippingAMickey: Mystique slips a drug into Magneto's guard's drink in order to knock him out so she could inject enough metal in his body for Magneto to sense and manipulate to break out of prison.
* StandardSnippet: Mozart's ''Dies Irae'' plays during the opening scene where Nightcrawler is bamfing through the White House, and it's arguably the most memorable music moment in the entire series.
* TheStoolPigeon: Magneto was a Lacerated Larry in the beginning: It is strongly implied that Stryker had arrived at Magneto's cell beforehand and injected him with the same brainwashing serum from his son to get him to lure Professor X into his prison so X could be captured.
* TakingTheBullet: Subverted when [[ImmuneToBullets Colossus]] covers some young students from gunfire, telling them to escape. And then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome proceeds to kick ass]].
* TakeThat: Logan desperately tries to change the radio on the car when Music/{{NSYNC}}'s "Bye Bye Bye" plays after Pyro turns it on.
* TeleportSpam: Nightcrawler's attack on the White House, where he's kicking, throwing, punching, and just beating the crap out of every agent from every angle, with the last one in glorious slow motion.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: The President discusses his speech as he walks down a hall with some staffers, then his speech is in the teleprompter, and he's going live when Professor X and the rest of the X-Men pay him a visit and provide him with documents from Col. Stryker's office. The X-Men leave, time resumes for the staffers, and the POTUS touches the file on his desk and begins to improvise...
* TooDumbToLive: So, you have a school for the members of a [[FantasticRacism severely hated group]], and this school possesses very advanced technology. Why on earth do you not have a security system? I mean, even if you don't do anything to stop [[spoiler:invaders from just climbing over the wall and jumping through the windows, at least have an alarm so they don't catch half of everyone asleep!]]
* TroubleMagnetGambit: Mystique pulls one on one of Magneto's prison guards.
* ViewersAreMorons: Originally, Xavier's hallucination of him returning to the mansion was much more convincing, with scenes of him teaming up with Jason to free Scott and hypnotizing a guard into helping them escape via a helicopter. The problem was, the screening audiences mistook the hallucination for the reality of the movie and were confused by how later scenes conflicted with that.
* WeaponizedBall: [[ExtraOreDinary Magneto]] breaks out of his custom made jail cell by pulling the iron from the blood of a guard. He then forms the iron into small balls which he uses as offensive weapons, smashing his cage and killing the rest of the guards.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, Ray Park was to return as Toad and get into a fight with Nightcrawler; however, schedule conflicts prevented this.
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: Stryker to Kelly. Both in-universe and out this just sounds ridiculous, as Stryker can't be that much older than Kelly, not to mention that Brian Cox is actually only about three weeks older than Bruce Davison (who admittedly doesn't look his age at all).
* WindowLove: Wolverine and Stryker, through a wall of ice.
* YouAreNumberSix: General Stryker had his son Jason lobotomized after lashing out against him and his wife. Since then, the General simply refers to him as "Mutant 143". When Professor X expresses his shock over it, asking why he'd do this to his own son, Stryker simply answers with: "No, Charles. [[IHaveNoSon My son is dead.]] Just like the rest of you."
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