Characters: X-Men Film Series Humans
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Non-mutants. Humans are often fearful and resentful of mutants but have the potential to move beyond that prejudice, which is the root cause of Professor Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr's disagreement.
Played By: Mark Camacho
The president of the United States in 1973, and a man who is far out of his depth in dealing with the mutant problem.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted; though he is as understandably concerned with mutants as anyone holding power would be, he doesn't harbor hatred for them.
- Historical-Domain Character: As one of the most famous leaders in the 1970s.
- Historical In-Joke: He is shown deactivating a tape recorder prior to his discussion with Trask, both referencing the recording system that would eventually lead to his downfall and providing an explanation for those recordings missing 18 minutes.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Averted, for once, in spite of common portrayals in fiction relaying the public opinion of him after the Watergate scandal. He treats the growth of the mutant population as another issue to solve as Commander-In-Chief instead of resorting to Fantastic Racism, and chooses to discontinue the Sentinel program after a few mutants prevent his death at the hands of Magneto.
- Pet the Dog: He's shown feeding his dogs biscuits. A better example is shown below.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He gets this treatment, unlike most examples. While he does go along with the Sentinel Program, it's out of a desire to protect the nation from super powered beings than any genuine malice. When Mystique saves his life from Magneto, it's implied he gave her a pardon and jailed Trask for trying to sell secrets to America's enemies.
Senator Robert Kelly
Played By: Bruce Davison
An anti-mutant politician that supports a Mutant Registration Act and wishes to ban mutant children from schools.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He goes through absolute hell and renounces his anti-mutant beliefs before dying.
- Butt Monkey: After his initial appearance, things go downhill for him. Kidnapping, being transformed into what he hates, dropped into the ocean and finally a painful death.
- The Extremist Was Right: He might be a complete Jerkass and fear-monger, but at the same time, given what Magneto gets up to during the course of the films and that we later learn his aide was killed and impersonated by Mystique for "quite some time"... he has a point.
- Fantastic Racism: Generally makes McCarthy-like statements about mutants and voices the desire to imprison all of them.
- Karmic Transformation: He hates mutants, but is transformed by Magneto into one. The transformation ultimately kills him.
- Properly Paranoid: He's concerned about mutants that can enter the mind of others or walk through walls. As it turns out, Mystique has been impersonating his aide for a good long while.
- Redemption Equals Death: Just as he renounces his bigoted ways, the effects of Magneto's device overwhelm his body and kill him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His desire to introduce a Mutant Registration Act is born out of fear for others, and such fear isn't entirely unfounded.
Col. Robert 'Bob' Hendry
"You put our nukes in Turkey or anywhere that close to Russia, and you're looking at war. Nuclear war."
A U.S Army Colonel coerced by Shaw.
- Corrupt Politician: Hendry might not do Shaw's bidding immediately, but he's definitely rubbing shoulders with shady folks and does seem to be getting paid for it.
- No More for Me: After seeing Riptide demonstrate his power, Hendry's reaction is to ask what the hell Shaw put in his drink.
- Taking You with Me: What he tries to do with Shaw with a grenade. He doesn't know about Shaw's mutation and what he can do with all of that energy.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He assumes that Shaw will kill him once he gets what he wants, and prepares for it. But he didn't bet on Shaw being an extremely powerful mutant, not just a man with mutants working for him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After he helps place missiles in Turkey, Shaw no longer needs him. He takes the energy from an exploded grenade and sinks it all into Hendry.
William Stryker Sr.
William Stryker Sr.
Played By: Don Creech
The father of the more famous Colonel Stryker, the man who would start the Weapon-X program and give Wolverine his adamantium.
The Man in Black
The Man in Black
Played By: Oliver Platt
A CIA agent and head of Division X, a government agency working with the X-Men.
- Adorkable: His fate lights up when he sees proof of mutant-kind.
- Agent Mulder: He always believed in the existence of mutants and feels vindicated when Xavier reveals himself.
- Butt Monkey: Mocked by his colleagues, lightly manipulated by the mutants and eventually murdered by Azazel.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is introduced as being a potential "M" for Xavier's Bond, providing a facility, sponsoring the recruitment of the X-Men, protecting them from the rest of the CIA, and above all he comes across as sympathetic to the mutants. Then, not halfway through the film, the base is attacked and Azazel drops the guy to his death from high in the sky, and that's the end of Mr. Platt's involvement in the film.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Nobody comments on his death or mourns him despite his benign nature and generous actions.
- No Name Given: The government agent sent to liase with Xavier's team is only ever known as the Man in Black and is never given a name, not even in the credits.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For a G-Man, quite a Nice Guy.
Agent/Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Click here to see the "older" Moira
"You know, one day the government is going to realize that how lucky they were to have Professor X on their side."
Rose Byrne & Olivia Williams
"Mutant ethics arise when discussing which of two rights is for a greater good. [...] The answer to this question is the core of mutant ethics."
A CIA agent who befriends Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr.
- Action Girl: When she sees that the Hellfire Club is clearly up to no good in her intro scene in X-Men: First Class, she goes undercover and always is brave when facing danger.
- Amnesia Missed A Spot: At the end of X-Men: First Class, Xavier (at least apparently) wipes her memory to keep the mutants safe from the CIA. All she remembers is a few glimpses of leaves and Xavier kissing her.
- Alliterative Name: Moira MacTaggert.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: In First Class.
- Badass: She fearlessly heads into the Hellfire Club and suits up with the rest of Division X to fight Shaw.
- Dirty Harriet: In order to infiltrate a Hellfire Club private party, she strips down to her undergarments and pretends to be one of the call-girls. Done fairly well as it's shown that she's not all that comfortable with it and is acutely aware of how vulnerable she is.
- Hot Scientist: In her later incarnation, as played by Olivia Williams.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Charles uses a kiss goodbye to wipe out Moira's memories the last few weeks, and of where he and the newly formed X-Men are.
- Lingerie Scene: Her Hellfire Club infiltration technique.
- Older than They Look/Playing Gertrude: Done retroactively. In X-Men: First Class she is shown as almost the same age as Charles Xavier, but in the original X-Men trilogy, Charles was played by Patrick Stewart whereas Olivia Williams played the modern-day Moira in X-Men: The Last Stand. Stewart is 30 years older than Williams.
- Psychic Strangle: A variation. When she attacks Magneto, he deflects the bullets she fires, one of which hits Charles in the back. In a rage, Erik magnetically uses a metal necklace chain to strangle her, but Charles manages to talk him down.
- Team Mom: In X-Men: First Class, with Xavier as the Team Dad and Magneto as...the Team Cool Uncle?
Warren Worthington II
Warren Worthington II
Played By: Michael Murphy
The head of Worthington Labs, the corporation developing the "cure", who expects to rid his son of his mutant abilities.
Dr. Kavita Rao
Played By: Shohreh Aghdashloo
A scientist working at Worthington Labs on the mutant cure, which was created with the DNA of Leech.
"You'll need a new weapon for this war."
The owner of Trask Industries who created Sentinels.
- Ability over Appearance: In the comic books, Trask is a taller fellow while Peter Dinklage has dwarfism. He's an Emmy-winning actor whose performances are frequently met with critical acclaim, and appearance has no bearing on the character so nobody has made anything of it.
- Adaptational Villainy: While in the original comic book Trask wasn't a good guy by any means, he did eventually come to realise that Mutants are not a threat to humanity and even performs a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Sentinels. Neither of those happen in the movie.
- Admiring the Abomination: How he views the mutants.
- Affably Evil: He is polite, believes in world peace, and does not even hate mutants. However, he still allows often fatal experiments on mutants to achieve this end.
- Anti-Villain: Unlike other characters obsessed in exterminating the mutants, he does so not out of hatred, but a desire to see humanity united against a common threat, and actually admires mutants for helping him accomplish that goal. Pity he has no empathy...
- Barrier Maiden: A male example. His murder would mean the world's end.
- Big Bad Ensemble: For Days of Future Past, opposite Mystique.
- Depraved Dwarf: Averted. Despite being a primary villain and a little person, his characterisation is that of a Well-Intentioned Extremist Mad Scientist, and though he has a distinct Lack of Empathy there is none of the sexual predation or deliberate sadism that the trope usually entails. Very unusually for such a casting, his dwarfism has absolutely no discernible relevance to either the plot or his character, mainly because it was purely a case of Ability over Appearance after the script had been written, and any attempt to add things would have been deeply wrong.
- Don't Create a Martyr: The plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past is driven by the need to stop Mystique from killing him, creator of the Sentinel program, because his death at the hands of a mutant will only drive others to finish his work.
- Fantastic Racism: Played with: He reveals to Stryker that he does not hate mutants, even respecting them, but wants to use them in order to make humanity band together, though he still thinks of them as research material rather than people. Emphasized when Mystique gets into the presidential safe-room, and Trask insists that they not shoot it, because he needs her for research purposes.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: See what he had done to the mutants who were Killed Off Screen between First Class and Days of Future Past.
- Gone Horribly Right: Wanted to make the Sentinels to create peace, and got it, in the form of the apocalypse. The peace of the grave.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Played with, as he uses gender pronouns when referring to Mystique and her mutation, but slips into "it" when faced with a mutant in person.
- Justice by Other Legal Means: He never suffers legal reprisal for planning to commit genocide on his fellow human beings. Instead, he goes to prison for trying to pitch his killer robots to the Communist governments after America turns him down.
- Lack of Empathy: His main character flaw. Suffice to say, when someone with such high goals isn't the least bit stirred with Body Horror and other suffering, there's a bit of a problem...
- Mad Scientist: His main scientific objective seems to be genocide-via-robot, though he's rather subdued for the archetype.
- Pornstache: Well, the film is set in the 70s, after all.
- Villainous Breakdown: He has a mild one when Magneto commandeers his Sentinels. When President Nixon (rightly) asks him what the hell is going on when they open fire on the crowd, Trask irritably replies "I'll fix it!"
- Visionary Villain: He genuinely believes that uniting humanity against mutantkind is the gateway to creating world peace.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is an interesting case in that he is not motivated by the typical villain desires of money or power, but he genuinely believes that fighting the mutants will unify humanity and end such conflicts as the Cold War.
The first model of Sentinel created by Bolivar Trask in 1973, intended to demonstrate a practical means of protecting humanity from mutants.
- Arm Cannon: They have a wrist-mounted Gatling gun.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: They were constructed entirely from polymer, but Magneto controls them through metal he fused to their components.
- Determinator: The one that goes after Magneto definitely is this. Even as it's being torn to pieces, it still tries to grab him.
- Flight: They can fly through a thruster adapted from a Harrier jet, which is mounted in their chest.
- Gatling Good: Their primary weapons are wrist-mounted gatling guns.
- Kung-Fu Proof Mook: They're designed with non-metallic alloys to keep Magneto from affecting them which he gets around by weaving metal into them while they were being transported to D.C.
The standard Mark X Sentinels model which hunt mutants in the Bad Future
. They possess Mystique's ability to shapeshift combined with the powers of other mutants, making them more than a match for all but the most powerful mutants.
- Adaptive Ability: They have the ability to adapt their structure, powers and strategy to counter the mutants, allowing them to win in almost any scenario. They got the ability from 50 years of research on Mystique's DNA. The only way to survive their attacks is by using time travel to ensure they never happened.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In Wolverine's own words, the Sentinels were created to kill mutants, but then moved on to anyone with the potential to breed more mutants, then anyone who tried to aid the mutants (insert WWII analogy here). The "very worst of humanity" are all that remain, ruling over the Sentinels.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: While their Eye Beams are quite powerful, they are slow to charge, and when caught up close they tend to resort to forming their arms into pikes and running targets through.
- Combo Platter Powers: Courtesy of Mystique's powers and research into other captured mutants, they have the following abilities:
- An Ice Person: When confronted by mutant with a fire power they turn to ice to combat that.
- Eye Beams: Their entire face unfolds to fire a powerful beam.
- Femme Fatalons. Their arms can turn into this.
- Flight: Have this capability.
- Power Of The Sun: They have the ability to heat up if they encounter someone with an ice power, like Bobby.
- Super Strength: Dear God, yes, this in part is why they are so dangerous. Two of them turn Colossus into a human wishbone.
- Composite Character: The future Sentinels are the fusion of the regular Sentinels with the Nimrod Sentinal's Adaptive Ability.
- Darker and Edgier: Than their typical adaptational portrayals, especially the in-story 1970's versions.
- Gone Horribly Right: They were programmed to hunt and destroy mutants amongst the non-mutant populace and they proved extremely effective in this task. However, they soon began targeting people who could potentially have mutant children and then those who might have mutant grandchildren. Eventually they began wiping out the entire human race to fulfill their purpose.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Their original programming was to go after any Mutant and mutants only. Then they started going after any human that could give birth to a mutant (themselves being human but having the mutant gene to pass on), and humans that opposed them.
- Hero Killer: They are downright unstoppable; even a combined team of half-a-dozen really powerful mutants can't defeat them. They kill most of the characters in the Bad Future, some of them more than once, and the only way to escape from them is to run before they even find you.
- The Juggernaut: Barely anything the X-Men throw at them slows them down for very long. And even if it does, they'll just adapt to it.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Seems to be their general philosophy when taking out targets. As such they commit a string of ruthlessly brutal and outright cruel executions during the film, seemingly to ensure their targets are taken out for good. There is some cold justification for this considering how much punishment some mutants can take, though it doesn't make what they do any less horrific.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Their arms can become blades to impale their targets. Wolverine Claws are also shown in one instance, and the first ones shown are able to turn into drills to penetrate a bunker.
- Silent Antagonist: They do not speak or make any sort of noise, which is bad for any mutant trying to hide as they can creep up on you and you wouldn't know it until it be far to late.
Ichirō Yashida / Silver Samurai
"There was a time when our enemies knew honour..."
Played By: Haruhiko Yamanouchi (top) & Ken Yamamura (bottom)
A World War II veteran who was rescued by Logan during the bombing of Nagasaki and the head of the Yashida corporation, a technology zaibatsu. Now on his deathbed, he wishes to reunite with Logan to thank him for saving his life or does he
- Big Bad: Of The Wolverine.
- Broken Pedestal: "It is me, your grandfather!" "I buried my grandfather." Ichiro and Mariko, respectively, later on the movie. Right before she stabs him in the throat. Also, Yukio's look right before the latter did it suggests that she felt disappointed realizing what kind of a person the man who saved her life is.
- The Chessmaster: He was behind most of the movie's events, directly or indirectly.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In the end of his life.
- Disney Villain Death: Somewhat. Logan throws him off the building and he crashes below, but he was probably already dead even before hitting the ground.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: When he starts to age back through sucking Wolverine's powers, he laughs like a lunatic.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He still seems to care for Mariko to some degree, given he purposefully diverges his sword slash not to hit her when she gets in the way.
- Evil Old Folks: His old age and impending death is what makes him so desperate to gain Wolverine's power.
- Face-Heel Turn: He was apparently a genuinely nice and caring man once, but when his cancer started destroying him, he became obsessed with immortality and turned evil.
- Faking the Dead: He is carried away in the middle of the night after passing away shortly after Logan arrives in Japan. Then the very end of the film shows that he's still alive, though just barely, and attempts to steal Logan's Healing Factor to prolong his own life.
- Faux Affably Evil: He continues to discuss philosophy and talk like a kindly grandfather even as he is literally sucking out the life of Wolverine. He also seems to genuinely want Logan to find peace in death.
- Genius Bruiser: Served in the military in World War II, and later founded a highly successful technology conglomerate.
- Hero Killer: Slays Harada (ironically enough, the man who was Silver Samurai in the canon).
- Immortality Seeker: He became obsessed with becoming this after meeting Logan back during World War II.
- Implacable Man: In his Silver Samurai armor.
- Last Request: His is to see Wolverine one last time. Turns out there are far more nefarious motives for it
- Legacy Character: The Silver Samurai was a mythic figure of his Family (and a standard samurai), protector of the Yashida Clan, Ichiro built his armor to resemble the original Silver Samurai, so to metaphorically become the protector of the Yashida Clan himself.
- Not Quite Dead: The Silver Samurai armour keeps him alive, but he allows others to think he's dead.
- Parental Substitute: For Mariko, as Shingen, her actual parent, is not a nice man.
- The Patriarch: A benign example, and his death triggers the problems. He turns out to be a Evil Patriarch
- Plot Triggering Death: His death at the beginning of the movie is what triggers the plot. Except, it turns out, not really.
- Rasputinian Death: His head is impaled by an adamantium blade, his throat is impaled by another one, his armor (which kept him alive) is shred to pieces, his chest is sliced by Wolverine's claws and he falls down a cliff.
- Took a Level in Badass: From a meek dying old man to a foe who can almost kill Wolverine himself.
- Uncle Pennybags: He was apparently a very benign and kind CEO, always helping the poor.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Zig-Zagged towards Wolverine. He did want to acquire Wolverine's Healing Factor to achieve eternal youth, but he claims that it's for Logan's own good since that what he (Logan) really wanted. Nonetheless, Ichiro still seems genuinely thankful to Logan for Lsaving his life back in WWII.
- It seems he's doing partially out of necessity, aside from his desire to avoid death. He wants to protect his legacy, which includes his granddaughter. He redirects his sword when Mariko gets in front of it to protect Wolverine. He was also trying to get it peacefully by asking Wolverine first, so this was more out of desperation than outright malice and ungratefulness.
- Unrobotic Reveal: Wolverine rips off Silver Samurai's head to reveal Yashida inside.
- Walking Spoiler: Many of his tropes are for a plot reveal.
Played By: Hiroyuki Sanada
Yashida's son and Mariko's father as well as corporate rival.
- Abusive Parent: He is seen slapping his daughter early on, and later tries to kill her.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To his far more benign father Ichiro. Which is promptly subverted later on, as desperation to avoid death made his father cease to be benign.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: By far the best swordsman out of the entire Yashida Clan, with the possible exception of his father.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Mariko.
- Badass: As much of a bastard as he is, it can't be denied.
- Badass Normal: No mutant powers, no supertech, just a katana. Nonetheless, he holds his own against the Wolverine himself. Oh, and he was weakened by Viper's poison at the time, poison that it appears was intended to kill him.
- Bad Boss: Treats Yukio like crap, despite her faithful service to the Family.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He really thinks he's the mastermind here. He couldn't be more wrong.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: A rich businessman with ties to the Yakuza.
- Corporate Samurai: Literally speaking. As the trope's meaning, however, he subverts this.
- Defiant to the End: He refuses to take Wolverine's mercy and stabs him through the chest as one last act of defiance.
- Disc One Final Boss: He is responsible for the yakuza thugs and Logan fights him to end this plot thread and become 'the wolverine'' again but there's a bigger villain in play.
- Famous Last Words: "What kind of monster are you?" to which Logan answers "The Wolverine".
- Fantastic Racism: Towards mutants. At one point he even calls them "God's mistakes".
- Genius Bruiser: He makes a brief mention to the fact he graduated in biology, and is as well a very competent businessman.
- In the Blood: Just like his father, he's evil.
- Jerkass: He's stand-offish and rude to just about everyone.
- Knight Templar: Sees himself as the righteous warrior protecting the family's honor.
- Last Villain Stand: His battle with Logan could be interpreted as this, as he has lost everything by that point, and he just throws himself in a battle he can't win.
- Offing the Offspring: He planned to kill his daughter so he can have the company.
- Only in It for the Money: His big objective is to gain his father's inheritance.
- The Unfavorite: Multi-generational one. Shingen claims Ichiro never considered him a worthy son, instead favoring his granddaughter, Shingen's daughter Mariko. Whether he is telling the truth or not, however, is left up to the viewer. Given subsequent revelations about his father, he might also have simply been mistaken; Viper implies that Ichiro chose Mariko as his successor because she'd be easier to manipulate than Shingen.
- The Unfettered: None of his evil acts really phase him. Not once does he take a step back and think that maybe, just maybe, trying to murder your daughter is a bit evil.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Viper scarred him. He losses all composure and fights Wolverine like some berserker.
- Villainous Valor: Jerkass or not, throwing yourself towards a immortal adamantium-boned warrior with just a Katana takes some balls.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: When Yashida's obsession with obtaining immortality nearly drove the company to bankruptcy, Shingen assured stockholders and investors to continue supporting them. Though trying to be a good son and hoping to be rewarded, he was still passed over Mariko to run the company.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his eyes, at least, he's just trying to save the Yashida Clan from being disgraced at the hands of his "weak" daughter.
"I am the head of this family now."
Played By: Tao Okamoto
Yashida's granddaughter. Logan protects Mariko as her life becomes threatened as a result of her grandfather's will.
- Action Girl: She's Mariko is proficient in softhanded martial arts and an excellent knife-thrower, helping to kill Silver Samurai.
- Arranged Marriage: To Noburo Mori for business purposes.
- Chekhov's Skill: She mentions while looking at photographs that she's a champion with knives. Her knife-throwing expertise does come in handy.
- Damsel out of Distress: When she is snagged by thugs at her grandfather's funeral, she was well on her way toward escaping from them when Logan reached her and finished them off. Also she saves Logan a few times and helps take down Silver Samurai with her knife-throwing skills.
- Girly Bruiser: She's a capable Action Girl and very feminine.
- Lady of War: Has the dignified demeanor of one when she fights.
- Nice Girl: She's a pleasant young woman who prefers small town comforts to her position in Yashida's company.
- Spared by the Adaptation: She was killed in the comics, but survives till the very end of The Wolverine.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Yukio's Tomboy.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She's introduced caring for her grandfather in a family compound that values tradition (Yukio changes into a yukata when she arrives, Wolverine passes by a kendo match, etc). She demonstrates the 'core of iron' when targeted by kidnappers and confronting her evil grandfather.
- You Are in Command Now: Became the head of Yashida Corp. at the end of The Wolverine.
Played By: Will Yun Lee
A highly skilled archer who's the leader of the current Black Clan sworn to protect the Yashida family and Mariko's former lover.
"I am the Minister of Justice. Do you have any idea what I could do to you?"
A corrupt minister of justice who is about to marry Mariko.
Played By: Ty Olsson
A security guard at Magneto's plastic prison. Seduced by Mystique as part of a ploy to free Erik Lehnsherr.
- Asshole Victim: He's a thug who's shown to enjoy beating up an old man stripped of any powers that would allow him to fight back, so no one minds too much when Mystique sets him up for a death allowing Magneto to escape.
- Beard of Evil: He may be more on the 'asshole' side rather than the 'genocidal' side, but there's no denying he's an unshaven sadist.
- The Bully: He uses what little authority he has to screw with his prisoner(s).
- Fantastic Racism: Against mutants.
- Jerkass: An insecure, sadistic slob.
- Karmic Death: Killed by the prisoner he hated and abused.