YMMV: X-Men Film Series

aka: X Men 1
All X-Men movies up until X-Men: Apocalypse—with the notable exceptions of X-Men and X2: X-Men United—have their own YMMV subpages. Please use this section only for entries that are related to X1, X2, the franchise as a whole, or other upcoming films that don't have their own YMMV tab yet.
  • Awesome Music: See this page.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Par for the course when Nightcrawler is involved.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Logan/Rogue is much more popular than Logan/Jean or Bobby/Rogue, and it's actually the #1 couple of the original trilogy. (They have since been overshadowed by the Charles/Erik pairing after X-Men: First Class—just look at the difference in the sheer number of fanfics on Archive of Our Own for proof.) The shippers Took a Third Option indeed.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • Think all the normal humans turned out fine because Cerebro was turned off before it could kill them all in X2? Then think of what happened to all those people who were piloting aircraft, performing surgery, etc. during that time.
      • From the above, imagine any mutants who wanted to keep their powers secret, but had it blown because of the above event. Most people were likely unaware of what exactly going on, but a good deal will use the basis that some guy got hit first, but was fine while he and the other non-mutants were having issues. Afterward, they may use that as a basis to assume someone as a mutant.
    • Think of how Raven went from just wanting to be accepted and live a happy life with Charles, to killing without remorse, even nearly killing her first and oldest friend.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the first film, Mystique sabotages Cerebro to put Xavier into a coma, possibly with the intent of killing him. Since X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past part of the same continuity, this means Mystique tried to kill a man whom she grew up with and loved as a brother and did not part with on hateful terms — and she did it all just to further an agenda.
      • Fridge Brilliance: As Xavier recovers on his own terms, Mystique may have specially designed the green stuff she injected into Cerebro to incapacitate him for a while and not kill him.
    • It's rather cruel of Mystique not to warn Professor X in X2: X-Men United that Stryker was planning on attacking the school. Although she and Xavier are estranged beyond repair by this point, you'd think that Mystique would still be concerned about the safety of fellow mutants (especially those who are children) even if she stopped caring about Charles like a brother.
    • Now that we know from First Class how Erik's mother died and how Charles became a paraplegic, Magneto's contempt towards guns in X-Men makes perfect sense.
    • In First Class, it initially seems odd that Charles wouldn't encourage Raven to pursue a formal education (she sardonically responds to Amy's "What do you study?" with "Waitressing"), but when you recall what Mystique had said to Senator Kelly in the first movie ("People like you were the reason I was afraid to go to school as a child"), then it becomes very clear that she and Charles were extremely fearful about the possibility that she might lose control of her power while in class.
    • Professor X's line "Experimentation on mutants—it's not unheard of" in X-Men becomes more chilling when you take into account Bolivar Trask's examination and dissection of mutants in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Xavier would be thinking more specifically of Banshee's death and the torture Mystique endured before she managed to escape Trask Industries in the original timeline.
    • When Bobby informs Logan in X2: X-Men United that there is no beer at the school, it's obviously because Professor X doesn't want to encourage underage drinking, but there is an additional reason for the alcohol-free environment. X-Men: Days of Future Past reveals that Charles Xavier was a drunkard in between 1963 and 1973, so naturally his older, wiser self doesn't want to be tempted by drink and risk a relapse.
    • A meta example: Hugh Jackman was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013. Cancer is cell growth taken to dangerous and uncontrollable levels. Now consider what Hugh Jackman spends a lot of time doing as Wolverine... Also, cancer is caused by mutation.
    • In X2: X-Men United, Deathstrike dies when Wolverine injects her with a load of liquid adamantium, and she falls with an audible clank. Come 2014 in Death of Wolverine, Logan gets spilled on by a vat of liquid adamantium, covering him from head to toe. It should also be noted that adamantium should be kept in an extremely hot and molten state to keep its liquid form.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight:
    • In X2: X-Men United, an imprisoned Magneto warmly greets Professor X with, "Charles Xavier, have you come to rescue me?" As it turns out, Charles did indeed rescue Erik Lehnsherr from drowning in X-Men: First Class, and this is how their friendship began. Despite the danger Erik was in 1962, both men still look back on the memory with some fondness. X-Men: Days of Future Past adds to this when Xavier, with the help of Wolverine, Quicksilver and Beast, bust out Magneto from an impenetrable Pentagon prison, although Xavier is understandably a little more reluctant this time around.
    • The first movie has Professor X telling Logan, "I give you my word that I will use all my power to help you piece together what you've lost, and what you're looking for." Wolverine doesn't know it yet, but what he's truly looking for is right in front of him. As X-Men: Days of Future Past demonstrates, Xavier is the person who gives meaning to Logan's existence; the "master" to his "samurai," so to speak. This is especially true in the Alternate Timeline, where Wolverine has settled down as a history teacher at Charles' school, and is genuinely happy—probably the happiest we've seen him in the entire film franchise. Days of Future Past makes it clear that it's Xavier—and not Jean Grey, as The Wolverine might have you believe—who is the most significant figure in Logan's life during his post-amnesia years.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Magneto asks Wolverine "Once again, you think it's all about you." Who's the main figure on all of the movie posters besides X-Men: First Class?
    • Back when Magneto and Professor X meet again for the first time in the first movie, Erik says "You sneaking around in here, Charles?" while invoking the Pstandard Psychic Pstance that Charles isn't even known for using... until First Class.
    • Erik playing with a bullet he's pushing into a policeman's forehead is a very similar to how he killed Shaw with a coin back in 1962...
    • Magneto's comment in the aforementioned scene that he doesn't think he can stop all of the bullets. Becomes incredibly amusing given how many missiles he managed to catch in First Class, suspend in mid-air, then return back on their original trajectory.
    • In the first movie, Jean Grey tells Professor X that Logan's healing ability "makes his age impossible to determine. He could very well be older than you, Professor." She doesn't realize what a gigantic Understatement this is because both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class have established that Wolverine is about a century older than Xavier! (James Howlett was born in the early 1830s while Charles' birth year is the early 1930s.)
    • The odd pairing of Azazel and Riptide as Co-Dragons, considering the Ship Tease between the similarly-powered Nightcrawler and Storm in X2.
    • The first movie is widely considered as Hugh Jackman and James Marsden's Star Making Roles — but what's interesting is that Hugh was already an established star of stage and screen musicals, while James would find newfound fame in musical roles after X-Men.
      • Similarly, as Marsden's later roles tend to be more comedic and, at times, Crazy Awesome, its quite amusing to find him in later roles and know that he got started playing The Stoic Cyclops. Of course, his take on Cyclops does have more of a sense of humor then most versions.
    • One of the guards present during Magneto's breakout in X2 looks a lot like Michael Fassbender.
  • Inferred Holocaust:
    • Someone must have been killed by Cerebro 2 affecting the whole world (people having surgery, in traffic, landing planes, etc.).
    • Storm setting off a bunch of tornadoes in the New England countryside.
  • Jerkass: Bobby's Brother casually sells out his own brother just for being a mutant.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Magneto, given his tragic backstory of being sent to a concentration camp during World War II.
  • Love It or Hate It: Among comic book fans, the film franchise as a whole has become this. One doesn't even need to look past This Very Wiki to find evidence of that.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Well, now they know, Bobby, just let it go" is what some fans like to say to Bobby Drake a.k.a. Iceman regarding his interaction with his family, when they are shocked and uncomfortable about having a mutant son in X2: X-Men United.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Stryker's plan to wipe out all mutants on the planet qualifies. For that matter, Magneto crosses the line when he is trusted with stopping this by the X-Men and does.... by reversing it to wipe out all humans on the planet, leaving his old friend Xavier to die in the process.
    • In First Class, Shaw killing Erik's mother to get him to unlock his mutant potential. It really colors his efforts to put mutants in charge in a very different light when you consider that he is willing to torment other mutants in order to achieve that end. He is also willing to kill mutants who stand in his way, despite saying that he won't harm his own kind.
      • Which translates to Fridge Brilliance in hindsight in the first X-Men film when Erik/Magneto uses the exact same methods by sacrificing Rogue for the greater good of all mutants. (Or, if you count the original script, sacrificing Wolverine instead of Rogue for the same reasons.)
  • Nightmare Fuel: Senator Kelly's death. Doubles as Squick.
  • Only The Creator Does It Right:
    • The Brett Ratner-helmed X3 is generally considered a step down from the first two movies, which were directed by Bryan Singer. Amplified when Singer returned for Days of Future Past, which was not only a critical and commercial smash, but also undid all the plot damage done by X3 via the plot's Set Right What Once Went Wrong Alternate Timeline, including reviving Cyclops and Jean from the dead.
    • With the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the opinion that Marvel Studios could make a better X-Men movie than 20th Century Fox could is gaining traction. However, of the three film franchises that Marvel Studios does not own, the X-Men movies that have come out since the start of the Paramount/Disney Shared Universe have been the most well-received and successful, leading to others arguing that the characters should stay with Fox.note 
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Rogan" for Rogue/Logan.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Logan and Rogue, especially in the first film. They gave romantic vibes in their interactions, leading the viewer to think that they would end up like that. It was a trick, apparently.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The first two X-Men movies have largely been overshadowed in recent years by more bombastic fair like The Avengers, but at the time, the first movie was a surprise hit that proved vital in convincing Hollywood that superheroes could be viable again after Batman & Robin had killed the genre several years earlier. People tend to forget that alongside Blade, the original X-Men films were massively influential in terms of tone and costuming, arguably becoming the Trope Codifier for Movie Superheroes Wear Black.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Unfortunately, even more so than the source comics. Magneto and humans who want to try and control mutants both make far more convincing arguments for their positions than the X-Men and Xavier, who never try to do anything to bridge the gap between the two species and spend their time keeping the status quo in check.
    • In X-Men, Kelly specifically mentions a girl who can walk through walls, and asks "What's to stop her from walking right into a bank vault — or the White House?" In the very next movie, a Brainwashed and Crazy Nightcrawler is able to teleport into the White House and kick the Secret Service's collective ass, proving Kelly right. In Days of Future Past, Bolivar Trask tells Nixon that Mystique can impersonate anyone, and could use her power to turn into him, walk into the White House and order a nuclear strike. Once again, he's absolutely right.
    • The villain in X2 is so extremely anti-mutant that he would experiment on and enslave his own son to exterminate them all. In the process he enslaves another mutant to attack the president of the U.S., just so he can offer a target for the president to authorize an attack on. Before the strike, though, an objection is made that the target is a school. The villain responds sarcastically, "sure it is," showing x-ray imagery of a secret jet underneath the school's basketball court. A dispassionate observer should note, actually, that that is actually extremely suspicious. Normally schools don't have military-grade equipment hidden in their facility, and after all "schools" in some parts of the world have been used as recruiting centers/supply bases/et cetera by terrorist organizations before—both for the purpose of camouflage, and making attacks on them politically troublesome. The president then orders a non-lethal infiltration and capture mission, which from his position is entirely reasonable.
    • Also, while Stryker lobotomizing his son is truly awful, from his point of view — can you blame him? While he might not have meant to go that far, Jason still drove his own mother to kill herself in an extremely gruesome manner. And who's to say he wouldn't have done the same to other people? While it's sickening that Stryker kept him alive to use as a lab rat, you can still sympathize with his mutant hatred after hearing this story.
    • Throughout the franchise, everything that Magneto warns Xavier about comes true. In Days of Future Past the Bad Future has gotten to the point of mutants and mutant sympathizers and potentials being rounded up and herded into internment camps in a scene very obviously based on the Holocaust, exactly the type of thing Magneto believed would happen. In The Last Stand, the mutant cure is weaponized in guns that shoot syringes of the cure and these guns are used to combat them, and in First Class the US and Soviets launch a barrage of missiles at the mutants, not caring that half of the ones present just stopped World War III. Most of Magneto's actions in the series after the first film are about launching counter-attacks after the humans make the first move against mutants.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Lady Deathstrike in X2. When Wolverine starts pumping her full of adamantium we're cheering — and then her eyes turn back to brown as she stares at him sadly, and we're reminded that she wasn't really a villain at all, she didn't deserve any of this. She's just a (probably) innocent woman who Stryker kidnapped, brainwashed and used to hurt people, and Wolverine clearly regrets having to kill her. There's a glimpse of her slowly coming to her senses earlier in the film and looking dazed before Stryker gives another dose of his controlling serum and back under his command.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but only to those who grew up on the comics and animated series. He's famous for being a 5'2" Pint-Sized Powerhouse, while Jackman is a 6'2" Mr. Fanservice. He made up for it by totally owning the role.
    • The latest victim of this seems to be the role of Gambit, having been Darrin'd from Taylor Kitsch, who previously portrayed the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, to Channing Tatum. A common complaint is that, aside of Tatum's questionable acting chops note , he looks and sounds nothing like the character in question. And even if the role was going to go to another actor, fans seem to prefer a more convincing one for the part like Josh Holloway. Probably one of the most negatively preemptive examples of this trope for the series so far, as all that we know is that Tatum will play the character in future movies.

Alternative Title(s):

X Men 1, X 2 X Men United