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A {{prequel}} to the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' films, '''''X-Men Origins: Wolverine''''' revolves around Hugh Jackman's character. Y'know, because he'd been used so ''sparingly'' up until this point in the franchise. The film focuses on Logan's [[MysteriousPast Mysterious]], DarkAndTroubledPast from his childhood to his involvement with Team X, his adamantium bone coating and his rivalries with Victor Creed and William Stryker.

Little Victor Creed loves his half-brother James "Jimmy" Logan dearly, so much that he ran with him into the night when the sickly little boy sprouted claws of bone and killed his birth father on a cold Canadian night in 1845. As they grew into men, the beast in Victor also awakens, and over the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld next one hundred years]] the brothers tore a bloody swathe through the American Civil War, the World Wars and Vietnam. A century of bloodshed drove the already callous Victor mad, eventually resulting in their execution when Jimmy was forced to turn on him to protect a peasant woman from Victor during the Vietnam War.

Thanks to the HealingFactor that conveyed near {{immortality}}, the execution merely "tickled" Jimmy and Victor, allowing [[KnightTemplar Colonel William Stryker]] to exonerate them of their war crimes and recruit them into a [[SuperSoldier squadron of mutant warriors]] that performed morally reprehensible tasks for the American Government. Jimmy left in disgust to start a new life after one massacre of innocents too many, with Victor [[AxCrazy enjoying]] [[BloodKnight his job too much]] to go with him. Victor's twisted mind took his beloved little brother Jimmy's departure as abandonment, and this he did not take too gracefully.

Another Logan solo movie, ''Film/TheWolverine'', directed by James Mangold, was released in 2013. Originally envisioned a sequel to this movie, it evolved into a sequel to ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' instead. On top of that, it was also the first of what was going to be an ''X-Men Origins'' SpinOff series with the next episode being ''X-Men Origins: Magneto''. ''Magneto'', however, [[DivorcedInstallment was scrapped and remade heavily]] into ''[[Film/XMenFirstClass X-Men: First Class]]''.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* 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 completely abandoning any plans for a sequel, and releasing the unrelated ''Film/TheWolverine'' instead.
* 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.
* AChatWithSatan: Victor tries repeatedly to persuade Logan to embrace his bestial nature.
* 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.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Agent Zero was ''a lot'' closer to being an AntiHero in the comics.
* AdaptedOut: Logan's childhood friend Rose was omitted from his back story and much of her role in the plot was given to Sabretooth. As was Dog, Logan's half-brother.
* AdvertisedExtra: Gambit qualifies. He has limited screentime, but manages to do a few things (sets/stops a fight between Logan and Sabretooth, takes Logan to the enemy base, saves Logan at a BigDamnHeroes moment).
* AllYourPowersCombined: The film turned [[spoiler:{{Deadpool}}]] into one of these. [[InNameOnly Flimsiest explanation of his name ever]].
* AlternateHistory[=/=]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.
* AMinorKidroduction: The film starts with Wolverine and Sabretooth as children.
* 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: A small one, the movie claims to start in 1845 Northwest Territories, Canada... Except the Northwestern Territories would not become a part of Canada for at least another 40 years (depending on where in the vast area that eventually became 4 provinces and 3 territories it happened to be), and Canada itself was not a country until 1867 (although it was called the Dominion of Canada prior to that).
* 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. Hell yeah. So much that part of the [[spoiler:Weapon XI hatred]] is for 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]].
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]] is [[spoiler:blackmailed by Stryker into posing as Wolverine's lover]]. However, near the end, the mask has become real.
* 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 shows the titular character to have participated 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 here to find Gambit who, surprisingly, is toned down a lot from his comic persona.
* TheBigGuy: Fred Dukes.
* BigNo: Used twice in, both times by [[spoiler: Logan]]; first time after [[spoiler: he kills his father]] and the second time when [[spoiler: he finds the dead body of his girlfriend]].
* BlackBestFriend: John Wraith teams up with Logan after he visits him in Vegas.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder:
** Weapon XI has full length retractable katana blades ''in'' each arm. At least Wolverine's blades might've slid 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''.
** Sabretooth has WolverineClaws, 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.
* BladeBrake: The film has the title hero do this to make a hard turn on a motorcycle. Interestingly it's one of the rare times his claws don't just go clean through.
* 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, [[BreakingTheFourthWall looks straight at the audience, puts a finger to his lips and says "Shhh"]].]]
* 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 mouth sewn shut.]] [[{{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 Cyclops, as one of the mutants targeted by Stryker. His power is copied and put into Weapon X. Ironically it also ends up destroying most of Three Mile Island as well.
** [[spoiler: An uncredited and digitally rejuvenated PatrickStewart as Professor X.]]
** Several characters from the comic book can also be seen in the Weapon X scenes: Quicksilver, Banshee, and Toad, specifically. Others are harder to distinguish on sight.
* 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 Hugh Jackman 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 ''First Class''(containing a completely different Emma Frost) and this film was ignored entirely in ''Days of Future Past'' where even ''The Last Stand'' was taken into account.
* CaptainErsatz - A kindly old couple on a farm who take in a super-powered individual? [[{{Superman}} That sounds kinda familiar.]]
** The first shot of them smiling while driving their pickup seems like a deliberate homage to ''Superman: The Movie''. Richard Donner ''is'' a producer on this film.
* ColdSniper: Zero. [[spoiler:He even cracks a smile after he had just murdered two innocent people and watched 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 X-Men 1 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. 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]]".
* 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 following films. Additionally, the X-rays don't show the two giant holes he should have in his skull.
** Also Sabretooth never had 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.
* ContractualImmortality - It ''is'' a prequel, after all. For that matter, ForegoneConclusion and DoomedByCanon (or should it be "Blessed"?).
* CoolBike: The Harley-Davidson Logan acquires at the Hudsons' farm.
* CurbStompBattle: Wolverine and Sabertooth fight three times during, with Sabertooth getting the upper hand the first time, the second ends indecisively, while in the third, Wolverine beats ten shades of sunshine out of Sabertooth in around ten seconds.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Wade Wilson. Too bad they took 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 and Agent Zero.
* 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 was 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 seemed [[AvertedTrope averted.]] But then it turns out she [[BecomingTheMask really loved him]]... so she was dead as a doornail by the end, and the now amnesiac Wolverine didn'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 activates young Logan's mutation: bone claws and he uses this 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 has just been greenlit by Hollywood. That's right, folks: [[{{Deadpool}} the Merc with the Mouth]] is getting 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: [[{{Wolverine}} 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 coolant 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 are pretty much immune to falls it wouldn't really matter.
* TheEighties: Bulk of the movie takes place in 1985 or the very least 1986, but given the nature of what happened to Logan's memories, it is unsure when it took place. TheOtherWiki states Stryker met Logan and Victor in 1975 placing the majority of the movie in 1981. Regardless, it certainly doesn't capture the look or the feel of the time.
* 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 InNameOnly Deadpool.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** The generals allowed for Stryker to carry out his Weapon X project. However, one of them called Stryker out when telling him that he suspects that Stryker's motivations were basically out of FantasticRacism. [[spoiler:This gets him killed by Stryker.]]
** Dukes clearly is disturbed by what Stryker does to [[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 featured a series of holding cells that combine this trope and TailorMadePrison. Each cell was made capable of holding their 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[=/=]AffablyEvil: Stryker is very polite and charming, often calling Wolverine "Old friend". This doesn't change the fact that he's unrepentantly homicidal and manipulative.
* FingerInABarrel: In the past, 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}}.
* FiveBadBand:
** [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Team X]]
*** BigBad: William Stryker
*** TheDragon: Agent Zero and Sabertooth share this role
*** TheBrute: Fred Dukes and Wade Wilson
*** EvilGenius: Bolt
*** SixthRangerTraitor: John Wraith and Wolverine
** Another one after Team X is disbanded
*** BigBad: William Stryker
*** TheDragon: Sabertooth [[spoiler:and Wade Wilson/Weapon XI]]
*** EvilGenius: Carol Frost
*** TheBrute: Agent Zero
*** DarkChick: [[spoiler:Silverfox, though she didn't really have a choice]].
*** SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]]
* FlashbackNightmare: {{Implied}} in one scene with Wolverine where he is screaming in bed and apparently accidentally injured Fox with his (regular) claws, where he explained that he had nightmares on [[AmericanCivilWar every]] [[WorldWarI single]] [[WorldWarII war]] [[VietnamWar he fought in]].
* FlippingTheBird: Wolverine does it to Gambit.
* 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.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Wolverine's first rampage, of course.
** Made all the more curious that he's naked once he escapes - immediately prior to that he was wearing a pair of ''briefs''.
** NakedPeopleAreFunny: After Wolverine's initial rampage in the buff, which is naturally done seriously, he ends up running to the nearest barn, to the surprise of the old couple who own it.
* {{Gainaxing}}: We have Emma Frost's slow-motion bouncing near the end before the helicopter.
* GenreSavvy: Scott Summers sees Victor and runs. ''Immediately.''
* GoneHorriblyRight: The film had them try to create an indestructible warrior. That worked pretty well. Then they pissed him off. That ''didn't''.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Wolverine, Sabertooth and Deadpool.
* GunsAkimbo: Agent Zero, while attacking the Nigerian compound.
* TheGunslinger: Agent Zero. Pistols, rifles, anything!.
* HeroicRematch: Wolverine/Sabretooth.
* 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.]]
* 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...
* 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 Fat- 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''. [[ContinuityNod The joke here is that Fred Dukes is a long-standing Marvel Comics villain, who uses the identity "The Blob".]]
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: Little Jimmy Logan, for the first two minutes of the movie until his mutation manifests.
* ImColdSoCold: [[spoiler:Some of Kayla's parting words was this.]]
* 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. ''First Class'' 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. 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 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.
* 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 katana are far more "memorable" than guns. He is shown to be [[ImplausibleFencingPowers 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.
** In the comics it is explained that when Wolverine experiences particularly traumatic moments, his brain mentally 'heals' around the memories of that moment. Traumatic memories could include having to watch the woman you love die/betray you, watching all of your friends and family members get killed, undergoing an intensely painful medical procedure under no anesthesia or finding out your brother is now an AxCrazy psycho. Taking all of the above into account, having several slugs pumped into your brain at near point-blank range is just the icing on the cake.
* LeftHanging: The film ended with two [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]] in TheStinger. One revealed that {{Deadpool}} was still alive, and the other had an ominous scene showing Logan in Japan. The next movie, ''Film/TheWolverine'', takes place decades later and ignores both of those bits.
* LikeCannotCutLike:
** Wolverine faces Weapon XI, which has an adamantium [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]].
** 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.
* {{Lockdown}}: When Wolverine is escaping the Weapon X facility.
* LosingYourHead: [[spoiler: In one of {{The Stinger}}s Deadpool's severed head wakes up before shushing to the audience and fading to black.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: 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: [[spoiler: Weapon XI]]
* MightyLumberjack: Logan takes up lumberjacking in his RetiredBadass phase.
* 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:
** [[spoiler: In the comics, {{Deadpool}}'s nickname was "The Merc with the Mouth". Here, he's the Merc with ''No'' Mouth]].
** Stryker's ultimate mutant weapon being called "Weapon XI", in reference to [[{{Comicbook/New X-Men}} 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.
* 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 the TV Spots saying 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, {{Deadpool}} could have stopped firing, but you've got to wonder what Wolvie was thinking causing his head to fall into the silo.
* NotAfraidToDie: Heavily 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. Contrast his attitude toward Jimmy with ItsPersonal.
* NotWearingTights: The film took 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.
* OffWithHisHead: The title character talks about wanting to decapitate his big brother, but only end up beheading "Weapon XI" ({{Deadpool}}/[[FanNickname Dudepeel]], 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(temporary) take him out, which would have work if he had normal human bones, just bounce off his now indestructible skull and Logan just growls.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[spoiler:As Weapon XI is about to decapitate Logan, he is tackled away by Victor Creed. "Nobody kills you but me!"]]
* OriginsEpisode
* PeopleJars: Colonel Stryker collected mutants in glass tanks, where they stayed naked in suspended animation and covered in white powder. Stryker's own son was one of these.
* PlayingWithSyringes
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The film has been stated to be a testing bed for films based on Comicbook/{{Gambit}} and {{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' Wade Wilson from ''before'' his disfigurement (and the Post Credits Sequence with him) was considered quite awesome and so far, he's still intended to be the lead actor should a ''Deadpool'' film be made. However, though the movie left him salvageable (with the brainwashing apparently undone in the end, he's free to put on a mask and act like the Wade from the scenes people ''liked'' while having the comics' version of the face behind the mask) it still probably won't follow from the movie because comic Deadpool usually doesn't have EyeBeams or {{Teleportation}}.
* PragmaticAdaptation: In the comics, Fred Dukes A.K.A 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: "[[spoiler: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 X-Men movies.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Threatened but not gone through with, or maybe genuinely considered. Silverfox makes Colonel Stryker put the muzzle of his [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets empty revolver]] 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}}'', [[PlotArmor she couldn't have]] [[DoomedByCanon 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.
* 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.
* [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Wear Purple]]: Gambit.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Wolverine makes this one on [[spoiler:Kayla]] 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 Sabertooth 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 Sabertooth in the end. This also makes him a CompositeCharacter.
* {{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.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: Included this near the end- [[spoiler: before a subversion. Logan/Wolverine and Kayla are walking off into the sunset- and a gunshot rings out as Stryker arrives with his adamantium bullets...]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Pretty much the whole point of the movie.
* RuleOfCool: The movie is generally considered at its best when it remembers that it's about Hugh Jackman running around stabbing people in the face.
* TheRunaway: In the beginning of the film, young James Howlett/Logan/Wolverine 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.
** Although, the movie version of Victor seems to be a different character than Sabertooth anyway.
* SequelHook: TheStinger at the end shows [[spoiler: Logan drinking away his sorrows in a Japanese pub. A new film, dubbed ''The Wolverine'' is now in production, and will feature Wolverine's adventures in Japan.]]
** Due to the poor reception of ''Origins'', ''Film/TheWolverine'' actually ignores the events of ''Origins'', and instead takes place years after the events of ''The Last Stand''.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Exaggerated in a bedroom exchange between a traumatized Logan (whose healing powers make him well over a hundred years old) and his lover Silver Fox.
-->'''Silver Fox:''' Was it the war?\\
'''Logan:''' Yes.\\
'''Silver Fox:''' Which one?\\
'''Logan:''' All of them.
* ShirtlessScene: The film took this to an extreme, which was much to the delight of 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 an enemy helicopter mid-flight. The trope is somewhat subverted in that he blows up the helicopter after it crashes, by lighting its leaking fuels with his cigar.
* SinisterScrapingSound: Sabretooth uses his nails to scratch Kayla's car before killing her.
* SkywardScream: This was done ''three times'' in the movie.
* 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.
* 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 had, depending on your screening, either [[spoiler:a now-amnesiac Logan in a bar, "drinking to remember"]] or [[spoiler:the [[LosingYourHead living disembodied head]] of {{Deadpool}}, having gained his mouth back and his MediumAwareness as well.]] There was 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]].
* SwordSparks: Logan's claws have always done it ''some'' of the time, but in this movie, it's taken to unprecedented heights.
* TearsOfRemorse: The film has [[spoiler:Kayla]] pulling this when Wolverine muses the folktale 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, stabbing right where he knew John would end up. Worse than stabbing: Creed knew Wraith so well, he was able to [[BodyHorror grab hold of his spinal column, and rip it out when Wraith tried to 'port again.]]
* TeleportSpam:
** Deadpool.
** As well as John Wraith. Deadpool did [[PowersAsPrograms borrow it from him]], after all. [[spoiler:Which didn't help much when Victor figured out that he teleported in a predictable pattern, and got 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 gained the unnecessarily lengthy ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'', and is referred to simply as ''Wolverine'' by most sane people.
** ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'' 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:{{Deadpool}}]].
* TrickBullet: Amnesia bullets.
** Although technically those weren't "amnesia bullets", they were regular bullets made out of adamantium, thus the only thing they had that could pierce Logan's NighInvulnerable skull. They were ''supposed'' to kill him but his brain was able to regenerate, just without a huge chunk of his memories. Anyone else would [[BoomHeadshot fair far worse]] than just amnesia.
* 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 [[{{Deadpool}} Wade Wilson]] makes a comment about it, of course.
* {{Understatement}}:
** Logan when asked how his execution by firing squad went; "Tickled."
** Also this exchange:
-->'''Farmer''': "Had a rough night?"\\
'''Wolverine''': "You could say that."
* UnflinchingWalk: Wolverine does this away from an exploding helicopter.
* {{Unobtanium}}: Adamantium comes from meteors. Specifically, sacred African meteors, making it this continuity's answer to Vibranium. Thus completing the transformation begun in the UltimateAvengers films.
* UnwittingPawn:
** The look on Wolverine's face when [[spoiler:Blob told 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 faked her death as a part of their plan]] -> Wolverine accepted 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 went off the deep end and caused James to lose his connection with Victor.
** Victor also kills his old teammates.
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* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Stryker [[spoiler:finally finds a way to shut [[{{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.]]
* WolverinePublicity: The first X-Man so popular that he gets his own movie. Also features fan-favorites Wade Wilson and Gambit.
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