[[caption-width-right:350:''"We're not what you think."'']]

->''"We are the future, Charles, not them! They no longer matter!"''
-->-- '''Erik Lensherr / Magneto'''

''X-Men'' is the first movie in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' directed by Creator/BryanSinger, based on the celebrated comic book franchise [[ComicBook/XMen of the same name]].

It starts with [[WolverinePublicity some guy with claws]], and a runaway teenage girl who accidentally puts her boyfriend in a coma by [[KissOfDeath kissing him]]. She's named Marie, but calls herself [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Rogue]], and hitchhikes with the guy-with-claws ("Logan") until they get attacked by a big guy who also has claws, just less cool ones, and then are rescued by a guy wearing a [[EyeBeams weird visor]] and a woman directing a snowstorm.

Um... okay, so, comic books ''can'' be a little goofy at times.

Logan wakes up in the infirmary of a [[SuperheroSchool school]]. Unlike most schools, this one teaches {{Mutants}}--people like Logan who have unusual powers. The school also has its own team of superheroes: the X-Men. The bald, wheelchair-bound psychic Professor Xavier runs both the school and the X-Men, and he offers for both Logan and Marie to stay with them.

After introducing these major characters, the movie gets to work on the plot: Magneto (the boss of the bad guy with claws) has invented a machine that turns humans into mutants (with the unfortunate side effect of killing them shortly after). He mounts the machine in the torch of UsefulNotes/TheStatueOfLiberty, with the intention of using it on a major UN Conference. Unfortunately, using the machine that much would kill him, so he kidnaps Marie (aka Rogue) with the intention of forcing her to absorb his powers and run the machine for him. Wolverine leads the rescue effort.

Fun fact: Creator/DavidHayter wrote the original screenplay, and Creator/JossWhedon did an uncredited and almost entirely unused rewrite.

Followed by ''Film/X2XMenUnited''.
!!This film provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: As always Wolverine's claws cut through pretty much anything, and Mystique creates claws using her shapeshifting power in her attempt to kill Cyclops while disguised as Wolverine, with which she cuts a metal chain. They don't hold up to the original though.
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: We have Wolverine talking to Rogue on the train to convince her that she can find a place at Xavier's school.
* AdaptationalBadass: In the comics, Toad was originally conceived as a deformed, sniveling hunchback who served as TheIgor to Magneto. His super power was [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway he could hop... really high]] because of having very low-grade super-strength, concentrated in his legs. However here, stuntman Ray Park played him as a wisecracking martial artist with wall-crawling abilities and a tongue that he could use as a whip, thus making him more capable of holding his own in a fight with other heroes. Also, he could spit slime projectiles.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The movie version of Bobby Drake is much sweeter and more mature than his comic book counterpart's JerkWithAHeartOfGold[=/=]ManChild persona.
* AllThereInTheScript: Averted. In his commentary, Creator/BryanSinger specifically mentions that he remembered that he had to namedrop Toad and Mystique, lest they just be the "nameless minions of Magneto."
* AndStarring: "And Creator/AnnaPaquin."
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Magneto's mutation machine. It is never explained what exactly it's doing to so specifically alter a person's genome (namely, activating the latent X-gene in normals).
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: There is no Laughlin City within the province of Alberta.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Wolverine and Rogue.
* BadassCrew: The X-Men consists of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm. They all view Professor X as their father figure, who trained and cared for them when they were younger, and this has reinforced the team's familial-like connection over the years.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: The Mutant Registration Act is defeated due to the Brotherhood unintentionally killing the Act's main supporter and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Mystique]] replacing him later on.
* BagOfKidnapping: After Magneto renders [[spoiler:Rogue]] unconscious by throwing a tranquilizer dart at her with his powers, Toad kidnaps her.
* BallsOfSteel: During a cage fight, Wolverine's opponent is told, "Anything goes, but you hit him in the balls, he'll take it personal." Sure enough, the poor fool tries it--there's an audible "ping"[[note]]which is a StealthPun since it suggests that Wolvie has literal balls of Adamantium[[/note]], and Wolverine kicks the tar out of him.
* BigApplesauce: A justifiable location for a meeting of Heads of State, as it is the home of the U.N.
* BigBad: Magneto.
* BigThinShortTrio: Perhaps stretching the trope too far, but Sabretooth (big), Mystique (thin), and Toad (short).
* BladeBrake: Wolverine averts a fall off the Statue of Liberty by hooking one of the points of the statue's crown, then spinning around it to land on top. The point falls off only after he's done.
* BlessedWithSuck:
** Rogue's superpower doesn't allow her to touch the people she cares about.
** Wolverine's claws hurt every time they pierce through his skin.
** Cyclops must ''always'' cover his eyes with a ruby quartz lens, otherwise he might accidentally kill someone.
** The mutations produced by Magneto's machine are fatal.
* {{Bookends}}: The Professor and Magneto's conversation at the beginning and end of the film. One asks "why are you here?" and the other responds "why do you ask questions to which you already know the answer?", with the one asking and answering switched.
* BothSidesHaveAPoint: The film had this trope for the political hearing which Jean Grey debated with politicians concerning mutants. Both sides brought up good points which was the intentions of the director.
* BrokenAesop: A major theme was the FantasticRacism towards mutants by humans. However, ne of the taglines for the movie was "Trust a few. Fear the rest." Imagine this being applied to any real life minority group.
* BrutalHonesty:
-->'''Rogue''': Are you going to kill me?\\
'''Magneto''': Yes.
* CanadaEh: Northern Albertans are depicted as rude, beer-loving, rough-and-tumble rednecks.
* CaptainObvious:
** When Logan sees Cerebro for the first time, his astute observation is, "This is certainly a big, round room."
** Storm's much maligned observation: "Do you know what happens to a toad when it's hit by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else." This was supposed to be the payoff to a RunningGag where Toad constantly brags about things a toad can do. For some reason, it was left in as an OrphanedPunchline.
* CarCushion: Sabretooth has a variation of this. Granted, it's a boat, not a car, but still, closest they could've done at Liberty Island. Sabretooth's healing factor lets him walk away uninjured.
* CatapultNightmare: Wolverine has an especially notable one. In all honesty, adamantium claws don't mix well with many activities.
* ChekhovsClassroom: In a deleted scene, the young mutants are learning about ancient Rome. Rome started out persecuting Christians, and then wound up becoming a Christian empire. How did this happen? "The Emperor became a Christian!" Which is exactly [[spoiler:what Magneto had in mind with his plan to turn all the world leaders into mutants.]]
* ChessMotifs: Professor X and Magneto play chess in the latter's prison cell, and Xavier wins the match, which parallels the X-Men's victory over the Brotherhood earlier in the story.
* CodeName: Wolverine ridicules the fact that they have code names, which is some HypocriticalHumor on his part, as he has one, too.
* ColorMeBlack: A FantasticRacism variant is used, when Magneto turns anti-mutant Senator Kelly into a mutant.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: After Wolverine finds Rogue stowed away in his truck, he's about to leave her by the side of the road until he realizes he can't.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Toad does just fine when battling Cyclops, Jean and Storm all at once. When it's down to just Storm, things go belly-up.
* CoolBike: Cyclops' motorcycle that Wolverine *ahem* borrows to get to the train station.
* CreatorCameo:
** Creator/StanLee as a hot dog vendor.
** A scriptwriter cameo: Creator/DavidHayter, one of the scriptwriters, appears in the first one as [[DeathByCameo a security guard who Sabretooth attacks]] at the Statue of Liberty.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Senator Kelly ''melts'' from his mutations.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: In this film, you can pinpoint the exact moment the world started taking comic book films seriously. Here's a hint: it takes place inside a [[{{Tearjerker}} concentration camp...]]
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Mystique impersonates Senator Kelly's aide who Magneto casually mentions "has been dead for some time" then effectively becomes Senator Kelly after his artificial mutation apparently kills him.
* DeathByCameo: Two of the writers (one of them being Creator/DavidHayter) show up as cops who are taken out in a sneak attack by Sabretooth and the Toad.
* DebateAndSwitch: Magneto isn't trying to KillAllHumans; he wants to turn the leaders of various nations ''into'' mutants. Now that's still ethically highly questionable, but... [[spoiler:oh, never mind, the process is fatal, and he won't believe this. And just to make sure Magneto has a firm grip on the villain ball, his "process" is powered by an unwilling Rogue]].
* DeusExitMachina: The plot could have been solved with minimal fuss with Xavier's telepathy. He could have read someone's mind to figure out the RedHerring and tracking the Brotherhood is simple with Cerebro. So the first thing Magneto does is send Mystique to sabotage Cerebro and take out Xavier
* DesignatedGirlFight: The film averts this, with Storm and Jean Grey fighting Toad in the final fight, with Wolverine taking on Mystique. Both fights are quite close before the good guys win in both instances.
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** Sabretooth fell off the Statue of Liberty, though he may or may not have survived.
** Toad was electrocuted and ''then'' fell into the ocean.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Magneto's description of God sounds a lot like Professor X. Doubles as FridgeBrilliance after it's revealed in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' that Magneto views mutants to be gods among insects, and there is no one in the world he respects (and loves, as we learn in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') more than his old friend.
--->'''Magneto''': I've always thought of God as a teacher, a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding.
** The relationship between Charles and Erik is set up as being akin to the relationship between MartinLutherKingJr and UsefulNotes/MalcolmX; near the end of the film, Erik even quotes Malcolm X's line, "By any means necessary."
** Also, if you didn't already get the suggestion that Senator Kelly was akin to [[RedScare Senator Joseph [=McCarthy=],]] the fact he claims he has a list of known mutants early on the film should be a clue.
** Magneto notes the similarity between the Mutant Registration Act and the Nuremberg Laws where all Jews in Germany were forced to register, making them easy targets for The Holocaust "I've heard these arguments before."
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: Rogue tries to wake up Wolverine during a nightmare and he attacks her. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good thing he can heal and she can steal his powers...]]
* DownerBeginning: The film starts in a concentration camp.
* TheDragon: Mystique is Magneto's right-hand woman.
* DramaticGunCock:
** Taken to the extreme by Magneto, when, after yanking all the cops' guns out of their hands and pointing them at their owners' heads, he cocks every one at once.
** The bartender with the shotgun to Wolverine's head in the beginning of the movie also counts.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** Pyro a.k.a. John tries to impress Rogue by creating a small ball of fire during Ororo's lecture. He would later become an important secondary character in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' and ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.
** Colossus can briefly be seen sitting near the basketball court. He gets much more screen time and a few lines in the next two movies.
** Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat leaves the room by phasing through the door when Wolverine meets Xavier.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Storm has a hint of an African accent; in all of the other movies starring Creator/HalleBerry, she speaks with her natural accent.
** Jean is portrayed as rather plain and mousy, but she gets ProgressivelyPrettier in the sequel, with more flattering hairstyles and clothes as part of an AdrenalineMakeover.
** When the X-Men enter the museum at Liberty Island, Mystique disguises herself as a statue to hide. This is the only time in the films that she uses her powers to disguise herself as an inanimate object. The rest of the films imply that she can only disguise herself as another person.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: X-Men has probably the most powerful opening scene in comic book movie history. It shows a young Erik Lensherr arriving in a concentration camp. He's torn from his parents and in the traumatic attempt to fight his way back to them, his mutant power activates. Effectively establishes movie (and the franchise) as much darker and edgier, lacking the camp and tackling [[FantasticRacism contemporary issues.]] It also tells you [[EstablishingCharacterMoment all you really need to know about Magneto and what drives him.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The machine turning ordinary humans into mutants has metal rings spinning very fast.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: The X-Men have no idea why the Brotherhood kidnapped Rogue, nevertheless Wolverine plans to rescue her on his own when...
-->'''Cyclops:''' Wait a second! You said this machine draws its power from Magneto, and that it weakened him.\\
''[Wolverine stops at his tracks.]''\\
'''Xavier:''' Yes, in fact it nearly killed him.\\
'''Wolverine:''' He's going to transfer his power to Rogue and use her to power the machine.
* FlatCharacter: The lower-raking members of the Brotherhood don't get any meaningful scenes; their sole purpose is to carry out Magneto's orders. Mystique at least gets a couple in the next films.
* FauxDocumentary: One of the bonus features on the DVD is a "making-of" segment framed as "The Mutant Watch", "XNN" news coverage of the Senate hearings on Senator Kelly's proposed "Mutant Registration Act".
* FeelNoPain: Inverted, where Rogue asks Wolverine if his claws hurt when he extends or retracts them. He grimly says, "Every time."
* FightClubbing: Wolverine takes part in one of these at the start of the film.
* FlippingTheBird: Wolverine flips Cyclops off with one of his claws during the climax.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The "X-Men 1.5" DirectorsCut has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it DeletedScene where the energy pulse from Magneto's device washes over the X-Men. Jean Grey is the only one who shows a physical reaction to the flash; this would seem to be the event that activated the Phoenix Force which would become so important in the next two movies. The second film acted as if this scene had been left in, with Scott and Jean discussing how her powers had changed since the Statue of Liberty.
* FriendlyEnemy: Even after Magneto trying to kill Xavier and his students, Xavier still visits him and they play chess together.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Magneto is giving out orders in his barren cave-office as a Newton's Cradle clicks back and forth on his desk. As he turns to leave, the little metal balls clatter to the floor, revealing that there were no wires and it was just him mentally fidgeting.
** The audio of the news broadcast at the end of the movie reveals the exact fate of the aide that Mystique had been impersonating:
--->"In a related story, the body of Senator Kelly's longtime aide, Henry Guyrich, was found today. Preliminary coroner reports seem to indicate that Guyrich was mauled by a bear."
* TheGadfly: Professor X telepathically guides an anxious Logan--the latter has no idea where he is or why he's there, or why he's hearing a strange male voice inside his head, and because Dr. Jean Grey wanted to take a blood sample, Wolverine assumes that he's being experimented on--from the school's infirmary to Xavier's office, where Charles greets his guest with a polite "Good morning, Logan." Professor X is aware of the traumas that Wolverine had experienced, and it's a bit disconcerting that the former took advantage of the latter's paranoia for a little bit of fun, even if it was only for a short time.
* GlamourFailure: After "Bobby" convinces Rogue that she should leave the school, his eyes turn yellow, revealing that it was Mystique in disguise. This occurs again with a Statue of Liberty sculpture and [[spoiler:Senator Kelly at the end of the movie.]] And when Mystique is disguised as Wolverine and fighting with the real one, her claws break easily.
* GlassyPrison: Although not made out of glass, [[spoiler:Magneto]] is imprisoned within a plastic, transparent prison at the end of the movie.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Professor X playing chess with Magneto.
* GroinAttack: During the fight in the Statue of Liberty, Mystique knees Wolverine in the groin, and you can hear an audible 'ping' (balls of adamantium).
* HateAtFirstSight: Wolverine and Cyclops show an ''immediate'' disdain for one-another before even a single line of dialogue is spoken.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: With regards to Magneto, [[WordOfGod Bryan Singer]] explains in the September 2000 issue of ''SFX'':
-->"...the paradox in Magneto's character is that he was the victim and then becomes the aggressor. It's like he's slowly become these people who persecuted him and murdered his family right in front of him. He became embittered. You get angry enough and you start forgetting."
* HideYourOtherness: Professor X informs Logan that "Anonymity is a mutant's first chance against the world's hostility."
* HoistHeroOverHead: Sabretooth does this Wolverine
* HollywoodDarkness: Averted. In the scene outside the train station (where Magneto confronts the police) which, if you watch the making-of video, is revealed to have been shot in broad daylight. It looks like night and the clear lighting of the characters and location is from police floodlights.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Magneto is willing to sacrifice [[spoiler:Rogue]], but not himself in the advancement of his cause. Beautifully called out by Wolverine, who tells him: "You're so full of shit. If you were really so righteous, it would be you up in that thing." Of course, the biggest irony of that is, if he ''had'' been willing to sacrifice himself, the plan would have worked.
** Same with Wolverine. Calls [[InformedAttribute Scott a dick]] (when ''no'' scene shows as such) [[note]]and this movie came long before the comics eventually portrayed Scott as a WellIntentionedExtremist like Magneto[[/note]] but Logan himself antagonizes Scott throughout the movie, takes Scott's motorcycle and instigates himself toward Jean. He also berates everyone's codenames when [[HypocriticalHumor he himself has an alias in the fighting cage]].
* ImMelting: Seen after [[spoiler:Senator Kelly]] befriends Storm.
* ImpostorExposingTest: Averted in this hilarious exchange:
-->'''Wolverine:''' Hey, hey! It's me.\\
'''Cyclops:''' Prove it.\\
'''Wolverine:''' You're a dick.\\
'''Cyclops:''' ''(beat)'' Okay. ''(lowers hand off his visor)''
* InstantSedation: [[spoiler:Rogue]] immediately loses consciousness after Magneto hits her with a tranquilizer dart.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: In the cage-match scene, Wolverine blocks the other man's punch by punching back. The other man's hand/wrist visibly (and audibly) breaks, and is seen bound up later. [[JustifiedTrope Of course, Wolverine's bones]] ''[[JustifiedTrope are]]'' [[JustifiedTrope reinforced with an indestructible metal...]]
* IronicEcho: Professor X asks Magneto "What are you doing here?", referring to the Mutant Registration Act hearings; Magneto replies "Why do you ask questions to which you already know the answers?" The roles are reversed at the end when Magneto is in prison and Charles comes to visit him.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Used by Magneto to terrifying effect.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Rare physical version:
-->'''Rogue''': When they [the claws] come out... does it hurt?\\
'''Wolverine''': Every time.
* ItsAllAboutMe: When everyone is certain that Magneto is trying to kidnap Wolverine, only to discover that [[spoiler:he's actually after Rogue]].
-->'''Wolverine:''' What do you want with me?\\
'''Magneto:''' ''You''? My dear boy, whoever said anything about wanting you? ''(glances towards [[spoiler:Rogue]], cue OhCrap expressions from [[spoiler:her]] and Wolverine)''
* IveNeverSeenAnythingLikeThisBefore: Played Serious. When they are examining Wolverine's X-rays and Jean is telling everyone about his adamantium covered skeleton, Xavier ominously says, "Experimentation on mutants isn't unheard of, but I've never seen anything like this before..."
* IWillShowYouX:
-->'''Magneto:''' Whatever are you looking for?\\
'''Xavier:''' I'm looking for hope.\\
'''Magneto:''' I will bring you hope, old friend. And I ask only one thing in return: don't get in my way.
* JammedSeatbelts: Rogue gets caught in a burning truck this way at the beginning of the film. Wolverine, who was not wearing his, gets thrown a good twenty feet out through the windshield and is only saved from serious injury or death by his [[MadeOfIron unbreakable bones]] and HealingFactor.
* KarmicTransformation: What Magneto intends for Senator Kelly (because he is an anti-mutant bigot) and [[spoiler:for the dignitaries on Ellis Island during the climax.]]
* KirkSummation: Magneto tells our heroes (whom he has handily all bound up with metal) his plan. Wolverine calls him out.
-->'''Wolverine:''' You're so full of shit. If you were really so righteous, it'd be you in that thing.
* TheLadysFavour: Gender-switched. Wolverine gives his dog tags to Rogue as he's leaving to learn about his past, promising that he'll come back for them. It's not intended to be romantic, since his feelings for her were more like a big brother.
* LampshadeHanging: During the scene in which Wolverine becomes acquainted with the X-Men team and their adversaries, he repeatedly draws attention to their goofy code names. Later in the film, Cyclops heads off fanboy criticism by remarking on the film's deviation from classic ''X-Men'' outfits: "Well, what would you prefer? Yellow spandex?" Magneto takes the opportunity to subtly lampshade Wolverine's SpotlightStealingSquad nature in each movie of the trilogy:
-->"Once again, you think it's all about you."
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In response to Wolverine's complaint about their black leather uniforms, Cyclops says [[ComicBook/XMen "Would you prefer yellow spandex?"]]
* LectureAsExposition: Jean Grey at the beginning.
* LiquidAssets:
** [[spoiler:After Rogue (having absorbed a large part of Magneto's power) is used as a battery for the machine that gives normal people powers, she becomes drained of energy, and her hair gets [[LockedIntoStrangeness a grey streak]]. In fact, Magneto used her for this because using it was expected to ''kill'' the user.]]
** Wolverine lets Rogue absorb his healing factor to save her, and instead of his healing merely being halted, his already-healed wounds ''returned.''
* LondonEnglandSyndrome: We have a vaguely-defined province, country example with "Northern Alberta, Canada."
* MachoMasochism: When asked to put out his cigar, Wolverine looks around to find something to stub it out on, but doesn't find anything within reach, so he resorts to his own palm. It's not a case of machismo; his own regenerating skin was the only option at the moment (other than his boots, which is how non-mutant smokers usually put things out).
* MaleGaze: An in-universe version. Rogue in her first scene notices her boyfriend's eyes are on her butt, which she [[ShakingTheRump gives a shake]]
* MassEmpoweringEvent: Magneto's plan is to turn all the world leaders into Mutants.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition "X-Men 1.5"]] (released to home video just prior to the theatrical debut of ''[[Film/{{X2XMenUnited}} X2: X-Men United]]''), when the energy pulse from Magneto's device washes over Jean Grey, it affects her (and only her) noticeably. This hints at the PowerIncontinence she develops in the sequel.
* MetalDetectorCheckpoint: The characters pass through one of these entering a museum. Wolverine, naturally, sets it off, and then ''destroys it''.
* MindControl: During the abduction at the train station, Magneto, Sabretooth, and Toad are facing a police squad with Magneto turning the police's guns on themselves. Sabretooth immediately grabs Erik and Toad tells him to let the police go. Magneto is amused by Xavier possessing his lackeys from a distance and calls for the professor to show himself.
* AMinorKidroduction: The film starts with Magneto as a boy in a concentration camp.
* MonumentalBattle: The final battle takes place at the Statue of Liberty, with Wolverine and Sabretooth having a battle atop its head.
* MonumentalDamage: The climax takes place atop the Statue of Liberty, but other than the destruction of her torch by Magneto's machine (and a ray of her crown sliced off by Wolverine's claws) it is otherwise unharmed.
* MoralityPet: Rogue proves to be one for Logan. Whenever a troubling situation happens, Logan always makes sure Rogue is alright. And he takes off to look for her when she runs away.
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: {{Lampshaded}}. And while it isn't the first recorded instance of this, it's certainly the TropeCodifier and is generally what people immediately think of when this trope comes up. Notably, a short clip is on the DVD in which Hugh Jackman runs around the set in a comic-accurate Wolverine costume, and absolutely nobody is taking it seriously. The movie costumes still contain some subtle nods to the comics. Wolvie's outfit has yellow highlights, and Storm's has a cape and white highlights.
* MythologyGag: When Wolverine questions the team's uniform, Cyclops sarcastically asks if he would rather dress in a yellow spandex (Wolverine's suit in comic books is yellow with blue ornaments).
* NiceGuy: Professor X opens his heart and his home to mutants who feel persecuted by the outside world.
-->'''Logan''': There's not many people that will understand what you're going through, but I think this guy Xavier is one of them. He seems to genuinely want to help you, and that's a rare thing for people like us.
* NeckLift: Sabretooth does this to Storm and Wolverine
* NoBodyHereButUsStatues: Mystique does it. Helps that she's a VoluntaryShapeshifter.
* NoHoldsBarredContest: The film has an example in the cage fight that introduces Wolverine, again toyed with a little:
-->'''Promoter''': Whatever you do, don't hit him in the balls.\\
'''Fighter''': I thought you said anything goes.\\
'''Promoter''': Anything goes, but he'll take it personal.
* NoOntologicalInertia: When Wolverine's powers of healing are drained by Rogue, he ends up regaining every injury he's suffered over the course of the last two days.
* TheNoseKnows: If you listen closely, you can hear Logan's sniff when Mystique (disguised as Storm) approached him.
* NotMyDriver: Mystique and Toad kidnap Senator Kelly by piloting his helicopter to Magneto's island. Somewhat justified, as Mystique can shapeshift to look like anyone at all; she murders and impersonates one of the senator's aides.
* NotWearingTights: {{Lampshaded}} and played semi-straight, which has the characters wearing dark-color body armor-suits. Wolverine (newly recruited) comments on the outlandishness of the outfits, to which Cyclops jokingly asks, "Would you prefer yellow spandex?" In reference to the early uniforms of the X-Men comic book (and main color of most of Wolverine's comic book outfits.)
* NumberOneDime: Wolverine's dog-tags. They're about the only link to his past that he has to go on (and even then they have no real useful information, considering they bear his nickname rather than his real name), and when Sabretooth takes them as a trophy, he makes a point of retrieving them at the climax. His giving them to Rogue at the end of the film is taken as an assurance that he's coming back.
* OhCrap: Senator Kelly when his assistant Henry Guyrich turns into Mystique.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping:
** Creator/HughJackman slips into Australian the first time he says, "Storm" (just before "What do they call you? 'Wheels'?"). And also in the truck, right after Rogue tells him that he should buckle up. And again when he says to Jean "Couldn't wait to get my shirt off again, could you?"
** Creator/AnnaPaquin at least attempted to remember to give Rogue a southern accent on occasion.
** Creator/HalleBerry speaks, very briefly, in a vaguely foreign accent. This is made even more evident if you watch some of the deleted scenes. She completely abandons this by the end of the film. She may have been angling for a Sub-Saharan African accent, what with ComicBook/{{Storm}} being from Kenya in the comics. But it's worth noting even director Creator/BryanSinger referred to it as an "attempt" in his DVD commentary.
** Done intentionally with Magneto. Ian [=McKellen=] uses a mix of English and American accents, presumably to reflect that Erik is not naturally American. He mentions coming to America in 1949, which would explain why his accent is a bit ambiguous.
* OpeningMonologue: "Mutation: it is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward."
* OrphanedPunchline: The infamous "toad hit by lightning" line is actually one, as the only remnant of Joss Whedon's RunningGag of him spending the film bragging about things toads can do.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: For the audience at least, "Bobby's" stern demeanour when he tells Rogue that she should go is at odds with his introduction as a NiceGuy. As it turns out, Mystique had impersonated him.
* ParentalSubstitute: Scott invokes this while Professor X is [[spoiler:in a coma]].
-->"You taught me everything in my life that was ever worth knowing."
* PeoplePuppets: Professor X briefly takes control of Toad and Sabretooth and attempts to rescue Rogue from Magneto.
* PhlebotinumBomb: During the climax of the film, [[spoiler:Magneto tries to use a weapon that is supposed to turn normal humans into Mutants, but will actually kill them]].
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: To stop the machine, they needed both Storm's power and Jean Grey's finer control to get Wolverine up to the torch, Wolverine's claws to land and to break the machine, his healing to bring Rogue back from near-death, and Cyclops' long-range Eye Beams as a back-up plan.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: Mystique sabotages Cerebro to knock out Professor X next time he goes to use it.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The film has the machine that turns ordinary people into mutants powered by Magneto--but using it weakens the power source (likely killing him if he uses it on full power), so he forcibly has [[spoiler:the power-stealing mutant Rogue absorb him and uses her to power the machine]].
** In [[http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/X-Men.html the original draft]] for the movie, Magneto actually wanted to use [[spoiler:''Wolverine'' instead as a sort-of living antenna to amplify his powers, apparently due to his Adamantium skeleton]].
* PowerHigh: An inversion is evidenced.
-->'''Rogue''': Does it hurt when [your claws] come out?
-->'''Wolverine''': Every time.
* PreAsskickingMutter: Sabretooth ambushes Storm and has her by the neck. He says he wants to hear her try to scream... She responds with a lightning bolt.
* PrettyBoy: Bobby's dainty facial features quickly communicate to the audience that he's a good-hearted person. Although he was only a minor character here, viewers were able to tell right away that "the cute guy" is sincere when trying to befriend Rogue.
* ProductPlacement: When Wolverine orders a beer, the Albertan bartender gives him a Molson Export.
* ThePromise: Wolverine keeps his vow to Rogue by [[spoiler:nearly dying trying to save her life in the climax]].
-->'''Logan''': I'll take care of you.\\
'''Rogue''': You promise?\\
'''Logan''': Yeah, I promise.
* PubertySuperpower[=/=]TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Dr. Jean Grey invokes this during her speech as the Senate hearing.
-->"These mutations manifest at puberty, and are often triggered by periods of heightened emotional stress."
* PullTheIV: Wolverine wakes up at the medical room of the X-Men base and promptly rips out the needles. Doesn't bleed thanks to his hyper regeneration.
* PunchParry: Wolverine does this in a cage match, on purpose no less. Justified because he has an [[NighInvulnerability adamantium skeleton]], so instead of bone meeting bone, it's more like bone meets a solid wall. The contender is every bit as injured as he should be.
* TheQuietOne: The Brotherhood members almost never speak. Mystique is silent but for one line early on, except when she's disguised. It's quite effective and adds to her, well, mystique. Sabretooth has two lines, Toad has three.
* RadiationImmuneMutants: Magneto's machine triggers mutation in normal humans but has no effect on mutants. Somewhat Justified in that it's implied to activate the dormant X-factor gene --in mutants said gene is already active.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Magneto gives it when he's planning on using a dangerous device to turn the world leaders into mutants with [[spoiler:Rogue]], who will be the source but also be sacrificed.
--->'''Magneto''': Why do none of you understand what I'm trying to do? Those people down there--they control our fate and the fate of every other mutant! Well, soon our fate will be theirs.
** And with Charles...
--->'''Magneto''': Still unwilling to make sacrifices. That's what makes you weak.
** And Wolverine gives it right back to Magneto after the latter says that [[spoiler:Rogue]] is a necessary sacrifice:
--->'''Woverine:''' You're so full of shit! If you were really so righteous, it'd be you in that thing.
* RedHerring: Magneto looking at Wolverine's dogtags before asking Sabretooth, "Where is the mutant now?" [[spoiler:This is to mislead the audience into the same line of thinking as the heroes, that Magneto is after Wolverine, instead of his true target Rogue.]]
* RemakeCameo: The truck driver who gives Rogue a lift in the beginning is played by George Buza, the voice of Beast on ''[[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} X-Men: The Animated Series]]''.
* {{Retcon}}: The Professor states that he had met Magneto when he was 17. ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' shows that their first meeting took place when they were in their late twenties/early thirties.
* RooflessRenovation: Cyclops accidentally destroys the roof of the train station with his optical blasts. When he later chides Wolverine for something else, Wolverine counters "I'm not the one who gave the train station a new sunroof!"
* RuleOfSexy: In the comics, Mystique wears clothing even when she's in her natural form. Her movie counterpart, however, is ''stark naked''.
* TheRunaway: Marie a.k.a. Rogue runs away from home after her power manifests itself while kissing her boyfriend, causing him to have a seizure and fall into a coma for three weeks. Its implied to be a common among mutants who find themselves ostracized by their own families. (Paralleling the experience of many gay and lesbian teenagers)
* SeeingThroughAnothersEyes: Xavier uses his telepathy to experience Senator Kelly's memory of being exposed to Magneto's machine.
* ShirtlessScene: Wolverine has a few of them. He even lampshades this when he goes for a CAT scan and asks Jean, "Couldn't wait to get my shirt off again?"
* ShutUpHannibal:
-->'''Magneto:''' Why do none of you understand what I'm trying to do? Those people down there, they control our fate and the fate of every other mutant! Well, soon our fate will be theirs.
-->'''Wolverine:''' You're so fulla [[PrecisionFStrike shit]]! If you were really so righteous, it'd be you in [[PoweredByAForsakenChild that thing]].
* SigilSpam: A more subtle version was done. Not so much the logo, but X's were put everywhere they could, particularly the underground doors. Magneto, by contrast, had a lot of "O"s everywhere.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Xavier and Magneto discuss the future of human-mutant relations over a chess game. And subverted in real life. Everyone on the set naturally assumed that the erudite Creator/IanMcKellen and Creator/PatrickStewart knew how to play chess, but neither of them did. As Stewart explained, he was always too busy with his career. They had to be taught by a world champion; Stewart said it was "like learning to drive with [[UsefulNotes/FormulaOne Michael Schumacher]]."
* SoMuchForStealth: Wolverine setting off the metal detector.
* SpotTheImpostor: The film has Mystique pulling that trick, too. However, Wolverine can smell the difference between Mystique and Storm, so he doesn't fall for it. Later, Cyclops asks Wolverine to confirm he is the real thing:
-->'''Wolverine:''' You're a dick.\\
'''Cyclops:''' Okay.
* StaringKid: The boy on the beach stabbing the jellyfish stares at the mutated Senator Kelly when he emerges from the water and his gill slits disappear into his back. Of course, nearly everyone else on the beach stares too (including Creator/StanLee in his usual cameo appearance).
* StayWithMeUntilIDie: Storm does this for [[spoiler:the artificially mutated]] Senator Kelly.
* AStormIsComing: Said by a security guard as the X-Men, [[{{Pun}} including Storm]], fly past hidden by fog.
* StupidestThingIveEverHeard: After Professor X tells Wolverine about the X-Men and their mission to protect the humans who hate and fear them, then tells him several of the team's code names:
-->'''Wolverine:''' What do they call you? "Wheels"? This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
* SuperheroMovieVillainsDie: The film has Toad fried by lightning and Sabretooth blown out of the Statue of Library (though the latter probably survived due to his regeneration abilities). Averted at the end with Mystique; despite being impaled by Wolverine's claws, a medical team arrives and finds that a shapeshifted Mystique still has a pulse. Magneto is arrested as well.
* SuperheroSchool: Fun fact the movie established Charles' academy as an actual school (and not a front) and X-Men as the teachers. Downplayed in that the school's purpose isn't to raise superheroes - many students are just there to learn, free of prejudice and fear.
* SuperRegistrationAct: As expected, the film features a sub-plot in which a senator tries to get a mutant registration act. It fails but the threat of such an act hangs over the characters' heads for the rest of the series.
* SuperStrength: Sabretooth has multiple displays of superhuman strength in this movie, like throwing Logan through a tree with enough force to break it in half, then usign the broken half of the tree like a baseball bat to hit Logan, casually [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom slapping an unfortunate bystander across the room]], neck-lifting Storm and Wolverine, and then hoisting and throwing the latter, especially impressive considering Wolverine's metal skeleton.
* TakeThatKiss: Wolverine fights Mystique whilst she's disguised as ''himself''. The audience knows which character is which when Mystique-as-Wolverine mockingly pursues her lips and makes a kissy noise at the real Wolverine.
* TerribleTrio: Magneto's minions: Mystique, Toad, and Sabretooth.
* ThereAreNoRules: Variant at the cage match:
-->'''Promoter''': Whatever you do, don't hit him in the balls.\\
'''Fighter''': I thought you said anything goes.\\
'''Promoter''': Anything goes, but he'll take it personal.
* TranshumanTreachery: Magneto tries to invoke a sympathy version of this by turning all the world leaders into mutants, it being less "I'm going to make humanity my bitch!" and more "I'd better pull back on the anti-mutant rhetoric and policies since I'm one now."
* TrustPassword: After being fooled by [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Mystique]] one too many times, Cyclops demands that Wolverine prove he is who he says he is. Wolverine's response: "You're a dick." It works.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The film is set in "the not too distant future." The World Trade Center is still standing, which seems to make the "future" early 2001. However, ViralMarketing for ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' explicitly states that this movie is set in 2005, which makes it an AlternateHistory.
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: When Logan threatened a customer with his claws, the bartender quickly aimed a shotgun point blank at his head. He promptly sliced the shotgun in half, demonstrating why you should never bring a gun to a clawfight.
* UnclePennybags: Professor X mentions that most of his students were runaways, so his school isn't just a centre for education, but also a safe haven for a lot of the youngsters who don't have a home.
* UnflinchingWalk: Storm, quietly advancing on Toad.
* WakeUpFighting: Wolverine accidentally does this to [[spoiler:Rogue]]; he suffers from BadDreams, and when he wakes up, he instinctively stabs her in the chest.
* WalkOnWater: When various locations and children at the school are being displayed as Xavier is giving Wolverine the tour, one is shown running (not-superspeed) horizontally across a tadpole pond.
* WavingSignsAround: The film had a group of anti-mutant protesters, including one waving the ridiculously awesome placard [[http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2012/07/xmen14.jpg "Send the mutants to the Moon forever."]]
* WeaponizedLandmark: Magneto hid his mutation inducing device [[spoiler:inside the torch of the Statue of Liberty]].
* WelcomeEpisode: For Wolverine and Rogue.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Senator Kelly’s desire to introduce a Mutant Registration Act is born out of fear for others, and given that one of his aides has been killed and is being impersonated by Mystique, such fear isn't entirely unfounded.
** Magneto. His plan is actually rather benevolent and would finally [[MassEmpoweringEvent end the division]] between Mutants and the rest of Mankind, while sacrificing only [[spoiler:Rogue]] to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans make it work]]. It's a ''[[VisionaryVillain good]]'' plan, it's just a shame his machine ''[[GoneHorriblyWrong doesn't]]'' work!
*** Still, Xavier desiring to stop him is apt for someone with his point of view (that is the world is fine as it is, it's everyone living in it that needs to learn how to get along with things as they are and accept everyone for their differences).
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:Wolverine and Rogue]] have been chased and attacked several times by Magneto's band of mutants. The X-Men come to the conclusion that Magneto's after [[spoiler:Wolverine, possibly due to his self-regeneration abilities]]. Then Magneto corners the pair in a train station and has [[spoiler:Wolvie]] completely at his mercy...
-->[[spoiler:'''Wolverine''']]: What do you want from me?
-->'''Magneto''': You? Whoever said we wanted you? ''(turns to look at [[spoiler:Rogue]])''
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: Magneto's mutant making machine is a very strong example. The spinning really seems to be an integral part of its operation. And it's designed to be operated by moving the wheels around with magnetic powers apparently. Sort of makes one wonder if Magneto could have skipped kidnapping Rogue if he'd just installed some kind of motor in the thing.
* WhyWontYouDie: As Storm flies out of the elevator shaft, Toad complains "Don't you people ever die?" (in a possible reference to how DeathIsCheap in the comics).
* WouldHitAGirl:
** Magneto places [[spoiler:Rogue]] into his machine, knowing full well that she will die from its effects.
** Considering that Mystique is trying to kill Wolverine, he fights her as viciously as he would any man.
** Toad has no qualms attacking Jean Grey and Storm.
** Sabretooth wanted to cause Storm enough pain so that she would scream, but he failed twice.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Enforced. Magneto's crew mutates Senator Kelly, the US government's biggest backer of mutant suppression. Although we don't really get too good a gauge of how he feels about it, since he dies as a result not too long after.
* YouExclamation: During the climax, when Magneto traps the heroes in the Statue Of Liberty, he greets them with "Ah, my brothers!"... then casts a glare at Wolverine and snarls, "[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg ...and]] '''[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg you]]'''."
* YouKeepTellingYourselfThat: When Magneto is making his final speech to the heroes about how the turn-everyone-into-a-mutant-beam is going to bring peace to the world and is worth the sacrifice, Wolverine is not impressed. He quips that if Magneto really believed everything he was saying, he would have just used himself to power the doomsday apparatus rather than [[spoiler:Rogue]]. [[FridgeBrilliance One realizes]] that, if Magneto had in fact done this, his plan would have succeeded without a hitch (though considering that he sees himself as the one thing keeping mutants out of the death camps, he wouldn't sacrifice himself unless he was 100% certain of the outcome).
-->'''Magneto:''' The war is still coming, Charles, and I intend to fight it, by any means necessary.
-->'''Professor X:''' And I will always be there, old friend.