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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I'm the best there is at what I do but what I do best isn't very nice. I'm the Wolverine."'']]
->''"I'm coming for blood; no law, no code of conduct. You put me in the right direction, you get the hell out of my way."''
-->--'''James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine'''

''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'' is a {{prequel}} to all prior entries in the ''Film/XMen'' film franchise; it focuses on Logan's [[MysteriousPast Mysterious]], DarkAndTroubledPast from his childhood up until several years before he hooked up with Professor Xavier's gifted students.

On a cold Canadian night in 1845, James "Jimmy" Howlett sprouts claws made of bone and kills a man; he and his half-brother, Victor Creed, escape into the night together. [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Over the next century]], Jimmy and Victor tear a bloody swathe through the American Civil War, both World Wars, and Vietnam--and during Vietnam, the Army has them both executed (Victor for killing a superior officer, Jimmy for defending Victor).

And that execution would have stuck if the half-brothers hadn't possessed the HealingFactor that gives them near-{{immortality}}. Since the execution merely "tickled" the duo, [[KnightTemplar Colonel William Stryker]] exonerates them of their war crimes and recruits them into a [[SuperSoldier squadron of mutant soldiers]] who perform morally reprehensible tasks for the American government. Jimmy leaves in disgust after one massacre of innocents too many, while Victor--who [[AxCrazy enjoys his job]] [[BloodKnight way too much]]--stays with Stryker.

Several years later, Jimmy--now calling himself Logan--is forced to deal with his past when Stryker tries to recruit him back into the team... and an enraged Victor later kills Logan's lover. Stryker reapproaches Logan and offers a deal: if he undergoes an operation to reinforce his skeleton with adamantium, he'll have a chance for his revenge against Victor. Logan survives the operation due to his healing factor, then escapes from Stryker's clutches before a planned memory wipe--and vows to kill both Stryker and Victor.

A follow-up to this film, ''Film/TheWolverine'', was released in 2013. Originally envisioned a sequel to this movie, it evolved into a sequel to ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' instead. This film was also the first of a planned ''Origins'' SpinOff series that would've been followed by ''X-Men Origins: Magneto'', which [[DivorcedInstallment was scrapped and remade heavily]] into ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
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!!''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'' contains the following tropes:
* AbortedArc: The film ended with the reveal that SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} had survived being decapitated, setting the character up for future appearances. The InternetBackdraft, coupled with the movie's mediocre earnings, led to the studio abandoning any plans for a sequel for several years, and releasing the unrelated ''Film/TheWolverine'' instead. A solo ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'' movie was released in 2016, but it's completely unconnected to the previous films and treats ''Wolverine'' as CanonDiscontinuity. [[spoiler: Or, more accurately, is set in the alternate timeline after ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' erased this film from the timeline.]]
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Shortly after Logan receives his adamantium infusion, he slices up several items in a farmhouse bathroom (including a porcelain sink) with his now impossibly sharp claws, despite applying what appears to be no more than the force required to move an unrestrained arm.
%%* AchillesInHisTent: Gambit.
* ActionInsuranceGag: When Victor hears Logan coming after him for killing Kayla, he asks the bartender if he has insurance. When the bartender says he doesn't, Victor says, "Too bad."
* ActionPrologue: The pre-credits prologue is a flashback of the main character's childhood, while the credits sequence is a montage of Wolverine and Sabretooth taking part in battles through the ages.
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the comics, pre-X-Men Logan was a legitimate asshole who would have been very much ideologically aligned with the films' version of Stryker (something Stryker alludes to in ''Film/X2XMenUnited''). In this film he's shown to be generally decent and a reluctant participant in the X Team's more morally dubious actions.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Agent Zero was ''a lot'' closer to being an AntiHero in the comics. He's a straight-up villain here and completely loyal to Colonel Stryker.
* AdaptationNameChange:
** Silverfox is given the first name "Kayla". (The Marvel Wiki isn't entirely sure if "Silver Fox" is even the comic book character's real name, rather than a codename.)
** The character [[InNameOnly very loosely based]] on [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight James Hudson]] is named Travis Hudson in this film.
* AdaptedOut: Logan's childhood friend Rose and half-brother Dog were omitted from his backstory, and much of their roles in the plot was given to Sabretooth.
* AdvertisedExtra: Gambit qualifies. He has limited screentime, but manages to do a few things (sets up and then stops a fight between Logan and Sabretooth, takes Logan to the enemy base, saves Logan in a BigDamnHeroes moment).
* AllYourPowersCombined: The film turns Weapon XI, aka [[spoiler:Deadpool, so named because he's a "pool" of mutants' powers created to kill other mutants]], into one of these, combining mutant abilities from Logan, Wraith, and Cyclops, among others.
* ArtifactTitle: The title seems a bit ridiculous now, since the planned ''X-Men Origins'' series (of which it was meant to be the first installment) [[StillbornFranchise never actually came to be]].
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The movie claims to start in the Northwest Territories, Canada, in 1845--except that the Northwest Territories would not become a part of Canada until 1870 (and the borders of the vast area were gradually changed until 1905, which resulted in the creation of 4 provinces and 2 territories). Canada itself did not gain dominion status until 1867. It would have been more accurate to caption the scene as "North-Western Territory, British North America".
* AsideGlance: Wade Wilson is constantly sneaking in looks to the camera.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Victor Creed, a clawed and beastlike creature with abilities similar to Wolverine, faces John Wraith, a man who can instantly teleport. Creed [[spoiler: uses his brain, not his mutant power, to predict the exact location of John Wraith's next teleport destination. Creed catches Wraith's spine mid-teleport, and comments on how Wraith's weakness was his predictability]].
* AxCrazy: Victor Creed has a bloodlust that only mindless battle seems to satisfy.
* BackToBackBadasses: Jimmy and Victor. Several times, and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the first[[note]]in the opening credits[[/note]] and last[[note]]at Three Mile Island[[/note]] times, providing BookEnds to the film.
* {{Badass}}:
** Gambit puts up a good fight against Wolverine, and is the only mutant who managed to escape Stryker's prison on Three Mile Island.
** Wade Wilson, ParryingBullets and [[DeadpanSnarker cracking wise]]. Hell yeah. So much that part of the fan backlash against [[spoiler:Weapon XI]] is because of the expectations Wade Wilson raised.
* BadassLongcoat:
** Victor sports one.
--->'''Wraith:''' I'm not Bradley, Victor. [[LampshadeHanging I'm not scared of your creepy black coat.]]\\
'''Creed:''' You should be. Dukes was.
** Part of Gambitís wardrobe along with FingerlessGloves and a NiceHat.
* BashBrothers: Logan and his brother do this for the first fifteen minutes of the movie. The opening sequence is a {{Badass}} {{Montage}} through UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, UsefulNotes/WW1, UsefulNotes/WW2 and UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar! They also come back together briefly at the end, albeit [[EnemyMine for a mutual gain]].
* BastardBastard: Victor was presumably born out of wedlock because his surname Creed is different from his father's (Logan), and Victor happens to be TheSociopath.
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]] is [[spoiler:blackmailed by Stryker into posing as Wolverine's lover]]. However, near the end, the mask has become real.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Logan and Victor's duel with Weapon XI supposedly caused the Three Mile Island Accident, but in reality none of the cooling towers were destroyed.
* BerserkButton:
** Fred J. Dukes has a weight disorder. Try not to say anything about it.
--->'''Logan:''' C'mon, bub. For old times' sake!\\
'''Dukes:''' ...Did you just call me... ''[[UnstoppableRage BLOB]]??''
** Wolverine himself has a berserk button, which is when Kayla is in danger at any point.
* BigBad: William Stryker.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: The opening credits show the titular character participating in many of these.
* BigBrotherInstinct:
** For all his (many) flaws, Victor Creed really loves his little brother Jimmy. It's best illustrated in the Civil War part of the opening montage, when Logan is shot and they are (at the time) unaware of their healing factors. Victor's expression says it all.
** Kayla appears to be willing to do anything to keep her sister safe.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Gambit and Sabretooth]] both save Wolverine at different points in the movie.
* TheBigEasy: Largely averted when Wolverine heads to New Orleans to find Gambit, who, surprisingly, is toned down a lot from his comic persona.
* TheBigGuy: Fred Dukes, even before his weight gain, is the largest member of Team X, and can blow up a tank by sticking his fist in the barrel.
* BigNo: Used along with SkywardScream twice, both times by [[spoiler:Logan]]; the first time after [[spoiler:he kills his father]] and the second time when [[spoiler:he finds the dead body of his girlfriend]].
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Weapon XI has full-length retractable katana blades ''in'' each arm. At least [[WolverineClaws Wolverine's claws]] might slide into his forearm, allowing him to bend his wrist. This guy has no excuse. The blades are in fact so long that he shouldn't even be able to bend his ''elbow''.
* BladeBrake: Logan sticks his claws into a gravel road to make a hard turn on a motorcycle. Interestingly, it's one of the rare times his claws don't just [[AbsurdlySharpBlade slice clean through]] whatever they hit.
* BloodKnight: Victor joins many wars for over a century only to keep his killer instincts satisfied. He enjoys being a warrior far too much to start a life of peace with James.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Weapon XI]], especially his [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace mouthless]] face with perpetually open eyes.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Deadpool fishes his severed head out of the rubble, looks straight at the audience, and says "Shhh"]].
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Less than a minute into his first appearance, Wade Wilson clearly establishes himself as obnoxious and immature, and almost incapable of ever shutting up, no matter how much he annoys everyone around him (a lot, all the time). He's an excellent soldier/assassin, however, and this, more than anything, is probably the main reason anyone puts up with him.
* CainAndAbel: Victor is significantly more unhinged and murderous than his brother Logan.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The film was mostly shot in New Zealand.
* CallBack: Col. Stryker says that Wade Wilson would be the perfect mercenary if it weren't for his mouth; towards the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Wade has his MouthStitchedShut]]. [[{{LampshadeHanging}} Lampshaded]] by Wolverine (especially relevant since Logan, in the beginning of the film, was the first one to speak up about how Wade never stops talking):
-->'''Wolverine:''' I guess Stryker finally figured out how to shut you up.
* TheCameo:
** A younger version of Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, as one of the mutants targeted by Stryker. His power is copied and put into Weapon XI, and ends up destroying most of Three Mile Island as a result.
** An uncredited and digitally rejuvenated [[spoiler:Creator/PatrickStewart as Professor X.]]
** Several characters from the comic book can also be seen in the Weapon X scenes: ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, Banshee, and Toad, specifically. Others are harder to distinguish on sight.
** When Stryker and General Munsen are discussing Stryker's preparations for the upcoming human/mutant war, a young Jason Stryker can be seen frozen in one of the PeopleJars[[note]]the one Stryker brushes off with his hand before General Munsen asks him if he hates mutants[[/note]].
* CanonDiscontinuity: A very well known example of this trope. After the film came out, no one was really happy with the result (from the fans to the production team--even Creator/HughJackman has stated it didn't feel like a Wolverine movie), and the various contradictions it has with the original trilogy. The prequel franchise was then rejiggered with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (containing a completely different Emma Frost) and this film is ignored almost entirely in ''[[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast Days of Future Past]]'', where even ''[[Film/XMenTheLastStand The Last Stand]]'' is taken into account. Minor references to ''Origins'' in other films include an audio clip of Wolverine yelling, "Kayla!" that plays when Wolverine is unconscious during ''Film/TheWolverine'', and footage of Sabertooth stepping on his bone claws appearing when Xavier looks into his mind in ''Days of Future Past.''
* CaptainErsatz: A kindly old couple on a farm who take in a super-powered individual? [[Franchise/{{Superman}} That sounds kinda familiar.]] The first shot of them smiling while driving their pickup seems like a deliberate homage to ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Richard Donner ''is'' a producer on this film.
* AChatWithSatan: Victor tries repeatedly to persuade Logan to embrace his bestial nature.
* ColdSniper: Zero. He even cracks a smile after [[spoiler:murdering two innocent people and watching their barn blow up]].
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Invoked a few times:
** The name "Blob" is only mentioned once, as an insulting nickname that Fred Dukes hates. Even then, it only comes up when Freddie mishears Logan calling him "Bub."
** "Gambit" is only briefly mentioned as Remy [=LeBeau=]'s nickname that the prison guards gave him because he always beat them at poker.
** "Deadpool" isn't spoken until the end of the movie, [[spoiler: when it's used as a callsign for Weapon XI. Other than that, he's either "Wade" or "Weapon XI"]].
** Victor's nickname Sabretooth is never mentioned. This is possibly to skirt the fact that he's so radically different from the Sabretooth we met in the first ''Film/XMen1'' film in looks and personality that it's almost impossible to believe they're the same character.
** Of course, averted by the main character. Although he's more frequently called "James" or "Logan", he fully embraces the codename "Wolverine" by requesting to add it to his military tags, replacing his actual name.
* CompellingVoice: Kayla's power, though it only works with an added touch. [[spoiler:At the end of the film she commands Stryker]] first to put a gun to his chin, but stops short of [[PsychicAssistedSuicide making him shoot himself]], instead saying "Turn around. [[CruelMercy Now walk until your feet bleed]]. [[UpToEleven And then keep walking]]."
* CompositeCharacter: The film went along with the comic book's then (and rather compelling) implication of Dog Logan and Victor Creed/Sabretooth being the same individual; years later, however, the comics show Dog and Sabretooth as not being the same person. Movie Victor also takes on Rose's role from the ''Origin'' comic as the person who helped Logan run away.
* ContinuityDrift: When Sabretooth first meets Wolverine in ''Film/XMen1'', he never gives any indication that he knows who Wolverine is, even though he spends more time with him than with any of the X-Men. This film later reveals that, not only do the two have an extensive history together (going back to the mid-1800's), they're actually ''half-brothers''.
* ContinuitySnarl: Quite a few, really.
** Cyclops is portrayed as a teenager in 1979 during the movie, but is portrayed as a man in his mid- to late twenties in the original X-Men trilogy, which takes place 20 or so years later. James Marsden was 27 when he portrayed Cyclops in ''Film/XMen1'', about ten years too young.
** Admittedly, Cyclops was blindfolded whilst being rescued from the Island by Wolverine, but it still seems unlikely that in ''Film/XMen1'', he would have no idea whatsoever that he has met the man who once saved his life.
** Cyke's EyeBeams carry heat in this film, when in all of his other appearances, they are purely kinetic.
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' hints that the adamantium was injected and shaped by doctors, and (in a flashback) Logan is seen fighting off several doctors who've been working on him before escaping the Alkali Lake facility covered in blood. In this movie, the adamantium bonding process is hands-free, no doctors ever work on Logan, and the adamantium is grafted to his bone claws, something he wasn't mentioned as having in the earlier films. Additionally, the X-rays don't show the two giant holes he should have in his skull.
** Sabretooth never has his memory erased and should know his own brother. In ''Film/XMen1'', which was released first, it seems that Sabretooth does not know Logan, looks completely different, and is near-mute (though none of the Brotherhood is terribly talkative in ''X1''.) That surprised people; Tyler Mane is contracted for two movies, and would not have changed much due to age. You'd have expected Sabretooth to be largely the same but with more lines instead of the totally different character we're given here.
* CoolBike: The Harley-Davidson Logan acquires at the Hudsons' farm.
* CurbStompBattle: Wolverine and Sabretooth fight three times, with Sabretooth getting the upper hand the first time. The second ends indecisively, while in the third, Wolverine beats ten shades of sunshine out of Sabretooth in around ten seconds.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Wade Wilson. Too bad they [[spoiler:take away Deadpool's mouth]].
** Victor, to a lesser degree.
--->'''Victor:''' ''[after Wolverine pops his new claws in front of him for the first time]'' Ooh. Shiny.
%%** Gambit.
* DeathByAdaptation: Kestrel, working with Wolverine, and Agent Zero, working against him.
* DeathByOriginStory:
** The film has LoveInterest Kayla. Being Logan, a character who in the comics collects dead lovers and was unattached in the first three movies, it seemed she is doomed to die, and the film doesn't disappoint... ''at first.'' But when it's revealed he death was faked and their affair false, the trope seems [[AvertedTrope averted]]. But then it turns out she [[BecomingTheMask really loved him]]... so she's dead as a doornail by the end, and the now amnesiac Wolverine doesn't even know to cry over her corpse. Tragic in all the wrong ways.
** Then there's John Howlett, Wolverine's father, who is killed by the groundskeeper Thomas Logan in a drunken rage. The trauma of witnessing this [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening activates young James' mutation]]: bone claws, which he uses to kill Thomas Logan, supposedly avenging his father's death. With his dying breath, [[LukeIAmYourFather Thomas Logan reveals that he, not John Howlett, is his real father]].
* {{Denouement}}: The film not only has this trope, but two SequelHook segments as well, one of which was eventually greenlit by Hollywood. That's right, folks: [[{{Deadpool}} the Merc with the Mouth]] got [[Film/{{Deadpool2016}} his own movie]].
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Stryker manages to bypass both Wolverine's adamantium bones and healing factor by shooting him in the head with adamantium bullets. The bullets pierce his skull, and while Logan's brain can heal, his memories can't.
%%* DiesWideOpen
* DoomedByCanon: Wolverine has to lose his memories and rename himself "Logan", Sabretooth has to distance himself from Wolverine to the point of giving him the silent treatment, William Stryker has to survive and so does Cyclops. Silver Fox has to either die or [[PutOnABus board a bus]] (since Wolverine doesn't have a girlfriend in the original movie).
* DownerBeginning: Jimmy's father dies, leading the boy to kill the assassin, Logan... and discover he is his real father. So Jimmy is forced to run away along with Logan's other son, Victor.
* TheDragon: Agent Zero is Stryker's Dragon at first, then Sabretooth [[spoiler:and Weapon XI]] later on.
* DrowningMySorrows: Subverted during one of the post-credits scenes; we see Wolverine in a Japanese bar. The bartendress asks him if he's drinking to forget, to which Wolverine replies he's drinking to remember.
* DumbMuscle: Fred Dukes, who Stryker employs to do the heavy stuff like stopping a tank from firing at them, is not the smartest of Stryker's team, even getting a tattoo of a woman he only met the night before.
* EdgeGravity: A weird non-videogame example occurs during the climactic battle on the top of the cooling tower. Punched, kicked, tripped, backdropped and ''blown up'', characters always land on the top of the wall, which is less than a meter wide--though considering that the characters all have {{Healing Factor}}s and are pretty much immune to falls, it wouldn't really matter.
* EmptyElevator: Very much averted--they're ''in'' the elevator, right in the firing line of two dozen mooks with automatic weapons. So they send in the Merc with the Mouth to "clean up" first.
* EnemyMine: Wolverine and Sabretooth against Weapon XI.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** The generals allow for Stryker to carry out his Weapon XI project. However, one of them calls Stryker out when telling him that he suspects that Stryker's motivations are basically out of FantasticRacism. [[spoiler:This gets him killed by Stryker.]]
** Dukes clearly is disturbed by what Stryker does on [[spoiler:Three Mile Island]].
* ExpositionOfImmortality: The film starts with Wolverine and Sabertooth as young children in 1845, then starts a montage of them fighting in every American war from the Civil War to Vietnam.
* ExtranormalPrison: Briefly features a series of holding cells that combine this trope and TailorMadePrison. Each cell has been made capable of holding its individual mutant occupant.
* FaceDeathWithDignity:
** Once Victor arrives, Chris Bradley doesn't even flinch.
** John Wraith upon being confronted by Sabertooth, refuses to be scared and attempts to fight him.
--->'''Wraith:''' I'm not Bradley, Victor. [[LampshadeHanging I'm not scared of your creepy black coat.]]\\
'''Creed:''' You should be. Dukes was.
* FalseReassurance: Wolverine nearly throttles Colonel Stryker when he thinks he's lying. Styker swears that he's telling the truth "on the life of my son!" Of course, as we saw in ''Film/{{X2|XMenUnited}}'', Stryker doesn't value his son's life very highly.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Stryker acts very polite and charming, often calling Wolverine "Old friend". This doesn't change the fact that he's unrepentantly homicidal and manipulative.
* FingerInABarrel: Dukes does this with ''a tank cannon'', causing the tank to explode from the inside. It's a good thing Duke is {{super tough|ness}}.
* FlashbackNightmare: {{Implied}} in one scene with Wolverine where he is screaming in bed and apparently accidentally injured Kayla with his (regular) claws, where he explained that he had nightmares on [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar every]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI single]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII war]] [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar he fought in]].
* FlippingTheBird: Wolverine does it to Gambit, by retracting his outer two claws and leaving the middle.
* ForegoneConclusion: It's a given that Logan, Sabretooth, and Stryker [[SavedByCanon will all survive the film]]. Logan will receive his adamantium skeleton from the Weapon X program. Finally, Logan's memories of everything in his life up to, and including, the events of the film will somehow be erased by the end of the film.
* TheForeignSubtitle: The film became '''''Wolverine:''' X-Men Zero'' in Japan.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Stryker says to Wade Wilson that he'd be the perfect soldier if he didn't have such a mouth. [[spoiler: Stryker later turns Wade into a mutated super-soldier who literally has no mouth.]]
** Kayla gets a man to back off from a confrontation with Logan, attributing it to "female powers of persuasion." She earlier fails to convince Logan not to confront the man in the first place. [[spoiler:She's using her mutant power, which doesn't work on Sabretooth either--also hinting that her feelings for Logan are genuine since she can't just make him fall for her.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: When John Wraith teleports, going frame-by-frame reveals that, unlike fellow X-Men characters Nightcrawler and Azazel, Wraith teleports in at least two phases--first his skeleton materializes, and then his body, clothes and all. [[spoiler:When Weapon XI copies the power, freeze-framing his teleports shows that his entire skeleton, like Wolverine's, is coated in adamantium.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Wolverine's first rampage post-surgery, of course, though immediately prior to that he was wearing a pair of briefs.
* {{Gainaxing}}: We have Emma Frost's slow-motion bouncing near the end before the helicopter.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Stryker and his team try to create an indestructible warrior. That works pretty well. Then they piss him off. That ''doesn't''.
* GunsAkimbo: Agent Zero, while attacking the Nigerian compound.
* TheGunslinger: Agent Zero. Pistols, rifles, anything!
* HealingFactor: Wolverine, Sabretooth, and Weapon XI (copying Wolverine's powers) all heal up just fine from myriad gunshots, stab wounds, and falls from great heights. Wolverine also (barely) survives having red-hot adamantium bonded to his skeleton, and every time he pops his claws he's effectively tearing his hands open, only for them to seal right back up when the claws are retracted. If Stryker is to be believed, Sabretooth's healing factor is not as effective as Logan's, which is why he can't undergo adamantium augmentation. It does allow him to live an unnaturally long life alongside his brother, however.
* HeroicRematch: For all that he was betrayed and lied to in order to do it, Wolverine's consent to the adamantium experiment does achieve his goal--the next time he faces Sabretooth, he fares much better.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Victor Creed with his half-brother Logan for their childhood and most of their adult lives, up until Logan leaves Team X.
* HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler: Wolverine and Sabretooth fight Weapon XI]] atop the cooling tower at Three Mile Island, destroying it in the process.
* IAmAMonster: In one of the TV spots, Sabretooth utters [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKwfV3j7FEE this chilling line]], which is either a ShoutOut or a ripoff of Seth Brundle's "insect politics" speech from ''Film/TheFly1986'', which itself is an homage to the Japanese poem, "I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?"
-->'''Sabretooth:''' I'm not your friend... I'm an animal who dreamed he was a man. But the dream is over... and the beast is awake. And I will come for you, because it's my nature.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim:
** Played dead straight, by Logan's squeeze Kayla, in regards to him killing off Sabretooth and/or Stryker. Two men, who have been rounding up mutants like cattle, are effectively above the law, and ''will'' most likely continue to hunt Logan down as long as he lives. All of which could be solved by a little extra stabbing...
** Kayla at least holds herself to the same standards--when she has Stryker at the mercy of her hypnosis power and could force him to commit PsychicAssistedSuicide, she instead only commands him to throw his gun away and [[CruelMercy walk until his feet are bleeding]]. While she [[spoiler:lies dying]], no less, and ''after'' Styker [[spoiler:shoots Wolverine twice in the head, erasing his memory of her]].
* IgnoreTheDisability: Used with a twist. Wraith warns Logan not to mention Dukes' extreme weight gain, as he is sensitive about it. The very first thing that Logan says is "Hey, [[FreudianSlip Fató uh, Fred]]!" It's clearly accidental, but as Dukes doesn't seem to care, Logan continues doing it on purpose, calling him "Slim" and the like. Logan doesn't hit the BerserkButton until he uses the word [[VerbalTic Bub]], which Dukes mishears as ''Blob''. [[MythologyGag The joke here is that Fred Dukes is a long-standing Marvel Comics villain, who uses the identity "The Blob".]]
* IllBoy: Both James and Victor were sickly children before their mutation manifested.
-->'''Victor:''' You're always sick.\\
'''James:''' You were sick when you were my age.
* ImColdSoCold: [[spoiler:Some of Kayla's]] parting words.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Agent Zero's main power.
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: Victor takes advantage of this to kill [[spoiler:Wraith.]]
* InNameOnly: This film is fairly notorious for it, with many of the featured mutants having little (or nothing) to do with its comic book counterparts:
** Emma Frost. The only attributes that she has in common with her comics counterpart is that she's blonde and can turn her skin into a diamond-like form. ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' would [[CanonDiscontinuity ignore]] her appearance in this story and present its own version of Emma as much closer to her comics counterpart. Then again, she's called "Emma", but the surname is never said, and her sister is "Kayla Silverfox". However, in one of the character TV spots, they clearly use Frost as her surname.
** Agent Zero. Not only do they use his New Weapon X callsign instead of his Weapon X one (Maverick), he somehow has Agent X's powers as well. Neither his powers as Maverick (kinetic energy absorption and redirection), nor his powers as Agent Zero (corrosive skin secretions designed to defeat HealingFactor abilities) make an actual appearance. Oh, and he's no longer East German.
** Bolt. Or Bradley, for those who missed him because he's long-dead in the comics. He's not only not called by his callsign, he's also no longer the kid Maverick teaches in the use of his powers after retiring--he's now Maverick's comrade-in-arms. Who, instead of lightning-flinging powers, has electric-appliance-powering-and-controlling powers.
** Deadpool retains his sarcastic sense of humor, MotorMouth & katanas... and even those fall by the wayside by the time of the main events of the movie. [[spoiler:While he does undergo a procedure to give him a copy of Wolverine's HealingFactor that leaves his body horrifically scarred just like in the comics, he's also saddled with Cyclops' optic blasts, Wraith's teleportation (he uses a device in the comics) and a pair of [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Blades Below the Shoulders]], and just to add insult to injury, his [[MouthStitchedShut mouth is sewn shut]].]]
** In the comics, Blob's fat body was a part of his mutation, with the super strength more of a RequiredSecondaryPower. In fact it's ''the fat'' that made him virtually resistant to any weapons.
** John Wraith in the comics typically relied on MoreDakka and if necessary [[{{BFG}} rocket launchers]] in a fight, not TeleportSpam and fists. Instead his rather long-ranged teleportation was used to make quick and clean getaways.
** Even regular humans weren't spared from becoming In-Name-Only characters. About the only thing in common between the Hudsons in the comics and the Hudsons in this film is that both couples find Wolverine stumbling about after he'd gotten his adamantium skeleton and escaped from the program. In the comics, James and Heather Hudson find Wolverine in the middle of a blizzard by the cabin at which they are honeymooning, and at this point they'd just recently started Department H, the government organization that would create ComicBook/AlphaFlight. In the movie, ''[[AdaptationNameChange Travis]]'' and Heather Hudson are an elderly couple who find Wolverine stumbling onto their farm (and not in a blizzard), and they have no known government connections. And unlike their comic counterparts, Travis and Heather [[spoiler: get killed off]].
* InstantFlightJustAddSpinning: Gambit does this with his cane.
* ItsPersonal:
** The only thing in the world Victor cares about is his baby brother. When said brother walks out on him, he doesn't take it well.
** This is also how Stryker gets Jimmy involved in the Weapon X program.
** When Logan gets bashed through a wall by Gambit, he sees Victor. When Gambit appears right behind him, intent on continuing their fight, Logan doesn't even spare him so much as a ''glance'' before elbowing him in the face and fighting Victor.
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Stryker forces [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]] to conspire with him this way by threatening to kill [[spoiler:her sister, Emma Frost]].
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: For all its faults, the film's opening montage of the many wars the US has been in did show Victor's decline from a soldier doing his job to a ruthless killer quite nicely without being really obvious about it.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Wade Wilson jokes with his mutant comrades that his katanas are far more "memorable" than guns. He is shown to be [[ParryingBullets capable of parrying fully automatic fire]] from multiple opponents with them, occasionally [[SpinToDeflectStuff deflecting bullets]] at enemies. The blades, of course, are completely undamaged.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The film features quite possibly one of the most painful instances of this trope. An antagonist loads a gun with adamantium bullets, knowing he can't kill Wolverine with them, but intends to give him Laser-Guided Amnesia by shooting him in the head. He succeeds, wiping Wolverine's memory with no other side-effects. Wolverine's "memories don't grow back", but his ability to speak, read, walk, recognize police cars, hide from police cars, etc, do.
* LeftHanging: The film ends with two {{Sequel Hook}}s in TheStinger. One reveals that Deadpool is still alive, and the other has an ominous scene showing Logan in Japan. The next movie, ''Film/TheWolverine'', takes place decades later and ignores both of those bits, and while a [[Film/{{Deadpool2016}} Deadpool movie]] was eventually made, it treats this movie as completely non-canon ([[TakeThat outside of taking potshots at it]]).
* LikeCannotCutLike:
** Wolverine faces Weapon XI, which has adamantium {{katanas|AreJustBetter}}.
** William Stryker shoots Wolverine in the head with adamantium bullets (which is kinda justified, as a bullet, which is really fast, could have more impact than a blade). [[HealingFactor Doesn't kill him]], [[EasyAmnesia but it does give him amnesia]]--presumably the shock of the impact gave him severe brain damage and his HealingFactor couldn't piece all his memories back together. Though why this doesn't result in a pair of .44 caliber holes in Logan's adamantium skull is unclear, since his healing factor can't grow back the implanted metal.
* {{Lockdown}}: When Wolverine is escaping the Weapon X facility.
* LondonEnglandSyndrome:
** A variation with territory and country listed occurs in the case of "Northwest Territories, Canada." The American writers clearly didn't do their research because a portion of this region didn't enter the Canadian Confederation until 1870 (and the other sections were later divided up into separate provinces and territories over the next few decades), so in 1845, it should've been referred to as "North-Western Territory, British North America." James Howlett and Victor Creed were therefore born as ''British'' citizens (although presumably it would've been easy for them to obtain Canadian citizenship after the Dominion of Canada was founded in 1867).
** "Lagos, Nigeria."
* LosingYourHead: [[spoiler: In one of {{The Stinger}}s, Deadpool's severed head wakes up before shushing to the audience and fading to black.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Victor did '''not''' take his brother James leaving him for a life of peace well... not in the least.
* MadeOfExplodium: Wolverine takes down a helicopter, the tail end of which explodes upon hitting the ground. Not so bad. But then Wolverine exchanges dialog with a crash survivor and walks away, lights a trail of gasoline coming from the same helicopter, and makes it explode ''again'' in the background.
* MarketBasedTitle: The film became known as ''X-Men Zero'' in Japan.
* MegaManning: Weapon XI, formerly [[spoiler:Wade Wilson]], is somehow infused with powers from several mutants, including Logan (allowing him to also undergo the adamantium bonding process), Scott Summers, and John Wraith.
* MightyLumberjack: Logan takes up lumberjacking in his RetiredBadass phase.
* AMinorKidroduction: The film starts with Wolverine and Sabretooth as children.
* MissingTrailerScene: One of the earliest trailers includes a brief shot of a young Black girl with white hair, who's clearly mean to be a young Storm. [[NeverTrustATrailer Her single scene was cut and can only be seen on the DVD]].
* {{Mondegreen}}: When Logan addresses the very overweight Fred J. Dukes as "bub", Fred gets mad because he mishears it as "Blob". (Fred J. Dukes would actually become the mutant known as the Blob).
* MundaneUtility: Bradley, who can power electrics, has a job as a carney after the war. "Turn the light off, get a prize. Three tries for a buck."
* MyHeroZero: Subverted with Agent Zero, a rather two-dimensional throwaway villain. (He dies painfully.) To be fair, he's actually pretty dangerous--if you don't have a [[NighInvulnerability skeleton made of adamantium]] and the ''original'' HealingFactor.
* MythologyGag:
** In the comics, ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'s nickname is "The Merc with the Mouth". Here, [[spoiler:he's the Merc with ''No'' Mouth]].
** Stryker's ultimate mutant weapon being called "Weapon XI", in reference to [[ComicBook/NewXMen the revelation in the comics]] that "Weapon X" actually meant "Weapon Ten". Which means that if Weapon XI is [[spoiler:Wade Wilson]], and Weapon X is Wolverine, there were nine previous attempts.
** Stryker can be seen wearing a silver cross necklace in the scene where he goes to meet Logan in the hospital, likely as a nod to the fact that he was a priest (not a military officer) in the comics.
** Deadpool [[NotWearingTights never dons his trademark costume]], but Wade wears a red T-shirt as a nod to his comic outfit.
** Also, during the final fight, there's a brief close-up of Deadpool [[spoiler:charging up his EyeBeams]], which causes his face to resemble his comic counterpart's mask.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: After Wolverine's initial FullFrontalAssault, which is naturally done seriously, he ends up running to the nearest barn, to the surprise of the old couple who own it.
-->'''Heather:''' Travis! I think there's a naked man in the barn.\\
'''Travis:''' Yep.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** Minor example: TV commercials would feature some of the other mutants in the movie, with one of them noting Emma Frost. Her role in the movie is to turn into diamond at one point, making her more of a cameo than the semi-major character the commercial played her up to be.
** This has happened with other characters like Deadpool as well. Some comments have been made about how ridiculous it is that a whole 30 seconds said more about the characters than their screen time throughout the entire film.
* NiceHat:
** John Wraith is always wearing his cowboy hat in pretty much every scene.
** Gambit wears his hat throughout most of the film. [[http://angryweb.net/2009/04/28/lauren-shuler-donner-talks-gambit-spin-off-and-x-men-first-class/ It's a nice one, indeed.]]
* NoEndorHolocaust: If the film is to be believed, Wolverine [[HistoricalInJoke is at least partially responsible for the Three Mile Island leak]], aka one of the things that helped kill nuclear power, and the first major leak in American history. Granted, [[spoiler:Weapon XI]] could have stopped firing, but you've got to wonder what Wolvie was thinking causing his head to fall into the cooling tower.
* NotAfraidToDie: Subverted when Victor Creed, aka Sabretooth, comes to assassinate his ex-team member Bolt. This little exchange takes place:
-->'''Bolt:''' I'm not afraid of you, Victor. I'm not afraid of dying.\\
'''Creed:''' How do you know? You've never tried it before.
* NothingPersonal: Victor doesn't give a damn about causes, contrasting with his ItsPersonal attitude toward Jimmy.
* NotWearingTights: The film takes the black leather from previous films away, leaving everyone in CivvieSpandex.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: Wolverine is ''not'' too enthusiastic about massacring a village full of civilians.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Due to being intended to start a spinoff "X-Men Origins" franchise [[StillbornFranchise which never materialised]].
* OffhandBackhand: Wolverine elbows Gambit in the face as he's coming up behind him to deliver an angry speech.
* OffingTheOffspring: Thomas Logan nearly shoots his son James Howlett when the kid is charging at him with newly sprouted bone claws, but Elizabeth Howlett manages to grab the hunting rifle before Thomas can do so.
* OffWithHisHead: The title character talks about wanting to decapitate his big brother, but only end up beheading [[spoiler:Weapon XI, in this version an experimented-up Wade Wilson]].
* OhCrap:
** Wolverine has one during his climatic fight against Deadpool when it's revealed that Deadpool has teleporting powers.
** Zero sports an ''epic'' one when he tries to shoot a bullet into Logan's head to (temporarily) take him out, which would have worked if he had normal human bones. Instead, it just bounces off his now indestructible skull and Logan just growls.
* OldMoney: Judging by the refined manners of John Howlett and the grandeur of the mansion, James Howlett was born into wealth. However, he learns when he was around 13 years old that his mother Elizabeth had an affair with Thomas Logan, his family's groundskeeper, and is their illegitimate child. After the death of both his stepfather and biological father, James runs away from home, and he has been scratching a living ever since.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[spoiler:As Weapon XI]] is about to decapitate Logan, he is tackled away by Victor Creed. "Nobody kills you but me!"
* OriginsEpisode: For Wolverine.
* ParryingBullets: Wade Wilson is good enough with his twin {{katanas|AreJustBetter}} to deflect ''fully automatic fire'' from widely-spaced sources mostly by [[SpinToDeflectStuff spinning them really fast]]. At one point he splits a bullet in half, which goes on to take out two {{mooks}} behind him.
* PeopleJars: Colonel Stryker collects mutants in glass tanks, where they stay naked in freezing-based suspended animation. Stryker's own son is one of these.
* PlayingWithSyringes: Weapon XI is exactly that--the eleventh of a series of LivingWeapon experiments by Stryker, with Wolverine as Weapon X, intended to create the perfect mutant killer by way of MegaManning mutant powers into one being.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The film has been stated to be a testing bed for films based on Comicbook/{{Gambit}} and SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}. The fact that the two were the most common points of criticism (Gambit for AdvertisedExtra, Deadpool for TheyChangedItNowItSucks) would tell you it didn't work. However, Ryan Reynolds's Wade Wilson from ''before'' his disfigurement (plus in TheStinger) is still considered quite awesome, and Reynolds would later star as Deadpool in [[Film/{{Deadpool2016}} his own feature film]]. That said, since ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'' is [[CanonDiscontinuity no longer canon]], the Deadpool movie completely disregards its events ([[TakeThat outside of taking potshots at them]]). And while a ''Gambit'' movie ''is'' in the works, it will also treat ''Origins'' as non-canon.
* PragmaticAdaptation: In the comics, Fred Dukes, a.k.a. the Blob, is a mutant whose specific abilities seem to revolve around being morbidly obese. In the film however, Dukes is physically fit until he develops an eating disorder, but his super strength is what allows him to carry his own weight.
* PreMortemOneLiner: When Creed kills [[spoiler:John Wraith]].
-->'''Creed:''' I can feel your spine, Johnny Boy. Never knew you had one.
* PresentDayPast: The movie doesn't look like it takes place 20-30 years before the main ''Film/XMen'' movies.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Threatened but not gone through with, or maybe genuinely considered. Silverfox makes Colonel Stryker put the muzzle of his revolver with OneBulletLeft under his chin, but doesn't make him pull the trigger, instead telling him to [[CruelMercy walk away until his feet bleed]] [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment and then keep walking]]. As the film is a prequel to ''Film/{{X2|XMenUnited}}'', [[SavedByCanon she couldn't have killed him anyway]].
* PsychoForHire:
** Victor Creed, once he leaves Team X.
** Agent Zero, once Team X closes.
* PunchClockVillains:
** Wraith and Bradley of Weapon X. They do their job and try not to think too hard about it. Then later repent. After all, "I was JustFollowingOrders" is only an excuse for so long.
** [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]] as well, since Stryker [[IHaveYourWife has her sister hostage]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: The film has Logan go mano-a-mano against Fred Dukes a.k.a. The Blob--without using his claws--to get information from him. Logan's glove-clad punches prove rather ineffective.
* RaceLift: Agent Zero is a white guy of East German descent in the X-Men comics, but is played by Korean actor Daniel Henney.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Wolverine gives one to [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]] when she's revealed to be allied with Stryker.
-->'''Wolverine''': That story you told me about the man who gets flowers for the moon. I had it backwards. I thought you were the Moon and I was your Wolverine, but you're the Trickster, aren't you? I'm just the fool who got played. Worst part of it is I should have known and I ignored my instincts. I ignored what I really am. That won't ever happen again...
* RedOniBlueOni: Victor is the red to Logan's blue.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation:
** The film makes Sabretooth Wolverine's half-brother (as opposed to simply being another Weapon X experiment). Though it seemed to be {{Fanon}} before the movie was filmed, due to Dog (Wolverine's half-brother in the comic) having a resemblance to Sabretooth, this was later contraindicated. This also makes him a CompositeCharacter.
** Silverfox is the sister of, well, a character with diamond skin named "Emma", but whom ContinuitySnarl means can't really be Emma Frost, although that was clearly the intention.
* {{Retcon}}: ''Origins'' introduced a few to what was established in the first three films.
* RetiredBadass:
** Fred Dukes and John Wraith become a boxer and his manager respectively, after Team X disbands.
** Logan himself returns to the Canadian wilderness to become a MightyLumberjack.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: Included near the end--[[spoiler:before a subversion. Logan/Wolverine is carrying Kayla off into the sunset--then a pistol rises into the shot and a gunshot rings out as Stryker arrives with his adamantium bullets...]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Pretty much the whole point of the movie. Victor kills Kayla, so Logan makes a deal with Styker to get revenge on him, but then Stryker betrays him, so Logan is gunning for ''both'' of them, and then it turns out they're working together anyway...
* RuleOfCool: The movie is generally considered at its best when it remembers that it's about Creator/HughJackman running around stabbing people in the face.
* TheRunaway: In the beginning of the film, young James Howlett and Victor Creed ran away from home together after James stabs and kills Thomas Logan for murdering his father, then finds out that Thomas was his real father.
* SavedByCanon:
** It look like Wolverine is about slam his claws right in Sabretooth's throat. Granted, he just knock him unconscious but you already know that he wouldn't kill Sabretooth anyway since he appeared in ''Film/XMen1'', that takes many years after this movie.
** Likewise, Wolverine himself, Stryker, and Cyclops are all guaranteed to survive.
* SequelHook: TheStinger at the end shows Logan drinking away his sorrows in a Japanese pub. ''Film/TheWolverine'' was intended to follow up on this, and does take place in Japan, but ended up as a sequel to ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' instead of this film.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Exaggerated in a bedroom exchange between a traumatized Logan (whose healing powers make him well over a hundred years old) and his lover Kayla Silverfox.
-->'''Kayla:''' Was it the war?\\
'''Logan:''' Yes.\\
'''Kayla:''' Which one?\\
'''Logan:''' All of them.
* ShirtlessScene: The film took this to an extreme, which was much to the delight of Creator/HughJackman fangirls. During a dramatic escape scene, not only does he erupt from a tank of water completely shirtless (and indeed naked) (muscles + dripping water...) but he then proceeds to escape, running and fighting his way out of the building. Viewers get a lovable full-body shot (in which censorship is ''barely'' provided by his leg from a mostly-side-shot) when he jumps off a waterfall.
* ShootingSuperman: The military scientists who made Wolverine immune to bullets decide to stop him by sending an assassin, armed with bullets, to kill the man who is immune to bullets. As they watch their plan fail, they comment on the fact that the assassin never stood a chance because he wasn't using the special adamantium bullets they had ''[[TooDumbToLive right there next to them!]]''
* ShortLivedAerialEscape: Wolverine destroys a helicopter by using his claws, a motorcycle, and a military Humvee as an impromptu catapult, allowing him to slice the rotors off of the helicopter mid-flight.
* SinisterScrapingSound: Sabretooth uses his nails to scratch Kayla's car before killing her.
* SkywardScream: This is done ''three times'' in the movie--when young James Howlett first grows his claws and when Logan finds Kayla's body being two.
* SmugSnake:
** Stryker. Down to the overconfidence part.
** Also Agent Zero has his moments.
* SoftWater: Averted. Before jumping into the ocean to reach the island, Logan tells Gambit to his enjoyment that it will hurt very badly falling out of his plane. He actually skips across the water once or twice before falling in.
* StaticCharacter: Averting this with Wolverine was one of the criticisms of the film ("[[http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=1616 Although it can take credit for clearing up some of the mysteries surround the title character's identity, those revelations serve to make Wolverine less compelling]]").
* TheStinger: The film has, depending on your screening, either [[spoiler:a now-amnesiac Logan in a bar, "drinking to remember"]] or [[spoiler:the [[LosingYourHead living disembodied head]] of ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}, having gained his mouth back and his MediumAwareness as well.]] DVD releases have both. There's also [[spoiler:General Stryker getting arrested]], but everyone got that one.
* StockSubtitle: ''Origins.''
* StoutStrength: Blob, post-eating disorder.
* SunglassesAtNight: Sabretooth taunts a young Cyclops by telling him that it's a little too dark to be wearing sunglasses. Of course, Cyclops [[EyeBeams kind of needs to wear them]].
* SuperTeam: Colonel William Stryker assembles Team X which features James Howlett, Victor Creed, John Wraith, Agent Zero, Christopher Bradley, Wade Wilson and Fred Dukes. Some of them don't get along very well.
* SwordSparks: Logan's claws have always done it ''some'' of the time, but in this movie, it's taken to unprecedented heights. When he's examining his new claws in a bathroom mirror, simply tapping them against each other is enough to strike sparks.
* TearsOfRemorse: The film has [[spoiler:Kayla]] pulling this when Wolverine muses about the folktale and that he is just a [[UnwittingPawn fool who got played]] due to the fact that [[spoiler:she is blackmailed into working for Stryker]].
* TeleFrag: John Wraith uses his ability to dodge Victor Creed's claw attacks, until Creed uses his knowledge of Wraith's fighting style to lead him, sticking his hand right where he knew John would end up, and aiming so well he's able to [[BodyHorror grab hold of his spinal column, and rip it out when Wraith tries to 'port again]].
* TeleportSpam:
** Weapon XI effectively fights Victor and Wolverine at the same time by porting back and forth atop the ledge they're all standing on.
** John Wraith. Weapon XI did [[PowersAsPrograms borrow it from him]], after all. [[spoiler:Which doesn't help much when Victor figures out that he teleports in a predictable pattern, and gets him to teleport into roughly the same area as Victor's claws, with predictable results.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Logan brings down a helicopter and its mutant operator, who is then incapacitated and trapped. He could use his adamantium claws to stab his helpless victim, but decides instead to blow up the entire helicopter in a [[ImpressivePyrotechnics massive display of pyrotechnics]].
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: This is apparently why Victor kills Kayla. [[spoiler: Only it turns out, it was Stryker's plan, not Victor's, and Kayla is not actually dead.]]
* ThunderboltIron: [[{{Unobtainium}} Adamantium]] is a rare mineral ore only found in meteorites. Stryker and his team decimated an African village just to obtain more.
* TitleConfusion: This film has the unnecessarily lengthy title ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'', and is referred to simply as ''Wolverine'' by most sane people. ''X-Men Origins'' is a bit of an ArtifactTitle; it was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended]] to be the first of a series of prequels focusing on the backgrounds of various characters (''X-Men Origins: Magneto'' was in the works but got lost in DevelopmentHell). Had this happened, the title, while still long, would have at least made sense because "X-Men Origins" would be the series name and "Wolverine" would be the movie name.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Subverted. Wolverine was the most vocal and adamant about his disapproval of Team X's actions, but it turns out after his departure most of the rest left not long after, with only Zero and Victor staying behind. Logan simply set the example, as they realised what they had become.
* TooDumbToLive:
** The military needs to stop Wolverine, who they've made immune to almost all weapons. To stop him they have at their disposal: An incredibly skilled marksman, and adamantium bullets capable of penetrating the adamantium shell around his skull and incapacitating him. Somehow the idea that they should combine these two things doesn't seem to occur to them.
** Said marksman also thinks it's a good idea to take a jab at Wolverine when he has decided to let him live. After seeing the guy take down a ''helicopter''.
** John Wraith, whose only power is teleportation and who thinks the best way to take down a big angry guy with claws ''and a huge healing factor'' is to punch him out.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer inadvertently revealed Weapon XI, whom Wolverine fights at the end of the film. And [[http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/02/19/x-men-origins-wolverine-spoilers-in-new-deadpool-action-figure/ the toy packaging]] spoiled that he is [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}]].
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: The film has this at the very beginning when a black ops group of mutants cram into an elevator. And then the bad guys cut the power. DeadpanSnarker Wade Wilson makes a comment about it, of course.
* {{Understatement}}:
** Logan's response when asked how his execution by firing squad went.
--->'''Logan:''' It tickled.
** Also this exchange, after a naked and traumatized Logan takes refuge in a barn just after gaining his adamantium skeleton.
--->'''Travis Hudson:''' Had a rough night?\\
'''Logan:''' You could say that.
* UnflinchingWalk: Wolverine lights a VaporTrail from a downed helicopter and paces calmly away from the resulting ImpressivePyrotechnics.
* {{Unobtanium}}: Adamantium comes from meteors. Specifically, sacred African meteors, making it this continuity's answer to Vibranium. Thus completing the transformation begun in the ''WesternAnimation/UltimateAvengers'' films.
* UnstoppableRage: Logan goes into this state as he's escaping the Weapon X facility.
* UnwittingPawn:
** The look on Wolverine's face when [[spoiler:Blob tells him that Stryker was performing experiments on mutants]] and when he [[spoiler:realizes what led him to willingly get his brand spankin' new adamantium skeleton]]... priceless.
** Emma Silverfox becomes Stryker's hostage -> [[spoiler:Kayla is forced to work for Stryker -> Kayla fakes her death as a part of their plan]] -> Wolverine accepts Stryker's offer to transform his bones into adamantium to avenge Kayla.
* VaporTrail: Wolvie ignites a spark with his claws. The fire travels up the trail of fuel leaking from Agent Zero's downed helicopter. [[StuffBlowingUp Kerflooey]].
* VehicularAssault: Wolverine takes down a helicopter (and previously a jeep).
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Victor and Jimmy's first fight is CurbStompBattle in Victor's favor. Then Jimmy gets his adamantium and wipes the floor with Victor.
* VillainousRescue: The film has Sabretooth saving Logan, because "Nobody gets to kill you but me!"
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** The film details the relationship between James Howlett (Wolverine) and Victor Creed (Sabretooth), who are half-brothers. They were BashBrothers to the very end until Victor's sociopathy goes off the deep end and causes James to lose his connection with Victor.
** Victor also kills his old teammates.
* WhatAreYou: A shocked and disgusted Elizabeth Howlett directs this question to her son James, who has just sprouted bone claws.
%%* WhoWantsToLiveForever
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Stryker [[spoiler:finally finds a way to shut [[ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} Wade]] up]] by first sewing, and in the finished version, plastering his mouth shut. [[spoiler:TheStinger shows the decapitation/fall of the head somehow opened it again.]]
* WolverineClaws:
** Wolverine grows three retractable claws of bone in each hand in childhood, and has them upgraded to unbreakable, razor-sharp adamantium along with the rest of his skeleton later in the film.
** Sabretooth has Wolverine Claws, what with him being Wolverine's brother. They grow out of his fingernails and are shorter than Wolverine's, but clearly operate on the same principle.
* WolverinePublicity: He's so popular that he gets his own movie. Also features fan-favorites Wade Wilson and Gambit.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Invoked by a young Victor Creed after James Howlett kills his family's groundskeeper. The boys are being pursued by lawmen and search dogs.
-->'''Jimmy:''' I want to go home.\\
'''Victor:''' We can't.
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]] pleads with Stryker to honor their bargain and release her sister. When Stryker equivocates and says he needs more time, she quickly realizes that she and Victor was just as much {{Unwitting Pawn}}s as Logan.
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-->''"We're brothers. Brothers look out for each other."''