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* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: After watching Xavier's debate with Stryker, Cyclops is disturbed by the fact that Xavier looks severe and almost scary, while Stryker is handsome and personable. Stryker actually banks on this, using Nightcrawler's demonic appearance to justify his crimes and hatred but Kitty [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech shoots him down]] with an [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming epic speech citing Kurt's kindness and nobility]], while Stryker is a murderous psychopath.

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* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: After watching Xavier's debate with Stryker, Cyclops is disturbed by the fact that Xavier looks severe and almost scary, while Stryker is handsome and personable. Stryker actually banks on this, using Nightcrawler's demonic appearance to justify his crimes and hatred but Kitty [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech shoots him down]] with an [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming epic speech citing Kurt's kindness and nobility]], nobility, while Stryker is a murderous psychopath.


* LastWords: Invoked by Stryker to Kitty as he points a gun at her when she choose her friendship to Nightcrawler over Stryker's God ("Let those blasphemous words, child, be your epitaph"), just before the cop shoots him.

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* LastWords: Invoked by Stryker to Kitty as he points a gun at her when she choose chose her friendship to Nightcrawler over Stryker's God ("Let those blasphemous words, child, be your epitaph"), just before the cop shoots him.

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* LastWords: Invoked by Stryker to Kitty as he points a gun at her when she choose her friendship to Nightcrawler over Stryker's God ("Let those blasphemous words, child, be your epitaph"), just before the cop shoots him.


Taking on issues such as prejudice, religion and the growing Christian fundamentalism of the time, the story proved to be a hit and was one of the primary influences for the second ''Film/XMen'' movie.

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Taking on issues such as prejudice, religion and the growing Christian fundamentalism of the time, the story proved to be a hit and was one of the primary influences for the second ''Film/XMen'' movie.''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' movie, ''Film/X2XMenUnited''.



* DarkerAndEdgier: This story is pretty heavy stuff even by [[TheEighties '80s]] [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel comic]] standards, and it's definitely a bit darker than the regular ''COmicBook/XMen'' title was at the time.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: This story is pretty heavy stuff even by [[TheEighties '80s]] [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel comic]] standards, and it's definitely a bit darker than the regular ''COmicBook/XMen'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' title was at the time.



* EnemyMine: William Stryker's crusade against Mutants provides the need for Magneto to team up with the X-Men to confront him. This was the first instance of an alliance between Magneto and the team, which would later lead to bigger repercussions down the road, including becoming a regular event on [[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]] in the 1990s.

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* EnemyMine: William Stryker's crusade against Mutants provides the need for Magneto to team up with the X-Men to confront him. This was the first instance of an alliance between Magneto and the team, which would later lead to bigger repercussions down the road, including becoming a regular event on [[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]] ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series in the 1990s.

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* ManlyTears: Professor X, after the incident described in MomentOfWeakness (below). Kurt teleports over with a handkerchief.


* MonumentalDamage: In a DreamSequence created by Stryker, Prof. X is crucified atop World Trade Center Tower 1. Madison Square Garden also gets its roof shattered by Magneto in his BigEntrance.

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* MonumentalDamage: In a DreamSequence created by Stryker, Prof. X is crucified atop World Trade Center Tower 1. Averted when Madison Square Garden also gets its roof shattered yanked off by Magneto in his BigEntrance.BigEntrance; as a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure watching senator]] observes, Magneto immediately "replaced the roof, good as new! He's made an entrance, not an attack!"


* AdultFear: The story opens with two young children being hunted down and murdered for an accident of birth. Their parents were unable to protect them; having been murdered themselves, possibly in an attempt at HeroicSacrifice.

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* AdultFear: The story opens with two young children being hunted down and murdered for an accident of birth. Their parents were unable to protect them; them, having been murdered themselves, possibly in an attempt at HeroicSacrifice.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The police watching over Stryker's rally comment on their disbelief over his message and later step in to help the X-Men. Another is the unnamed senator in the audience. [[spoiler:Said senator also turns out to be a mutant unbeknownst to himself or others.]]

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The police watching over Stryker's rally comment on their disbelief over his message and later step in to help the X-Men. Another reasonable authority figure is the unnamed senator in the audience. [[spoiler:Said [[spoiler: Said senator also turns out to be a mutant mutant, unbeknownst to himself or others.]]


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* TortureAlwaysWorks: Magneto's torture of the captive Purifiers elicits the information the X-Men need about Stryker's plans.


* AdultFear: The story opens with two young children being hunted down and murdered for an accident of birth. Their parents were unable to protect them; having been murdered themselves, possibly in an attempt at HeroicSacrifice.



* ColdBloodedTorture: Magneto does... something to the Purifiers to make them tell the X-Men of Stryker's plans. Only [[AllLovingHero Nightcrawler]] provides objection to it. Also a case of BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork. Nightcrawler averts this when he takes his own prisoner (Stryker's brainwashing expert), preferring instead to use threats and his own demonic looks to intimidate the man.
** Magneto appeared to be using his powers to manipulate the Purifiers' armor to stretch them out, as if on a rack.

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* ColdBloodedTorture: Magneto does... something to the Purifiers to make them tell the X-Men of Stryker's plans. (He appears to be using his powers to manipulate the Purifiers' armor to stretch them out, as if on a rack.) Only [[AllLovingHero Nightcrawler]] provides objection to it. Also a case of BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork. Nightcrawler averts this when he takes his own prisoner (Stryker's brainwashing expert), preferring instead to use threats and his own demonic looks to intimidate the man.
** Magneto appeared to be using his powers to manipulate the Purifiers' armor to stretch them out, as if on a rack.
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* DiesWideOpen: Mark. Magneto later closes Mark's eyes for him.


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* DueToTheDead: The Purifiers leave Mark and Jill's bodies suspended from a swing set, each one labelled "Mutie"; a deliberate display for the schoolchildren. Magneto, arriving on the scene, lowers their bodies to the ground, removes the signs (crushing one with his power), and gently closes Mark's eyes.


* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: Stryker is aiming a gun at Kitty Pryde, his words indicating he intends to kill her. A whole panel is filled with the sound effect "Bang!" [[spoiler: Next, we see a policeman holding a smoking gun, and a bystander yells: "That cop shot the reverend!"]]

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* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: Stryker is aiming a gun at Kitty Pryde, his words indicating he intends to kill her. A whole panel is filled with the sound effect "Bang!" [[spoiler: Next, we see a policeman holding a smoking gun, and a bystander yells: "That cop shot the reverend!"]]reverend!" The scene currently provides the trope's page image.]]


* DarkerAndEdgier: This story is pretty heavy stuff even by [[TheEighties '80s]] [[MarvelComics Marvel comic]] standards, and it's definitely a bit darker than the regular ''COmicBook/XMen'' title was at the time.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: This story is pretty heavy stuff even by [[TheEighties '80s]] [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel comic]] standards, and it's definitely a bit darker than the regular ''COmicBook/XMen'' title was at the time.


* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The police watching over Stryker's rally comment on their disbelief over his message and later step in to help the X-Men. Another is the unnamed senator in the audience.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The police watching over Stryker's rally comment on their disbelief over his message and later step in to help the X-Men. Another is the unnamed senator in the audience. [[spoiler:Said senator also turns out to be a mutant unbeknownst to himself or others.]]

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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: The two children murdered by Anne in the opening are strung up on a child's swing, with boards that say "mutie" around their necks.


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* EliteMook: Some Purifiers are equipped with metal armor that have some sort of wrist-mounted energy weapon. However, they're utterly useless against Magneto, who can deflect their bolts and take apart their suits.


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* MonumentalDamage: In a DreamSequence created by Stryker, Prof. X is crucified atop World Trade Center Tower 1. Madison Square Garden also gets its roof shattered by Magneto in his BigEntrance.


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* WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk: Nightcrawler uses this (with the panel focusing on his teeth) to force Stryker's lead scientist to give up the location of Cyclops and Storm.


A GraphicNovel first published in 1982, ''God Loves, Man Kills'' is one of the most famous ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' stories from the Claremont period. Writing in the midst of the rise of televangelists of the 1980s, Creator/ChrisClaremont and artist Brent Anderson presented a story with a new foe for the X-Men who stood out from previous villains: the Reverend William Stryker, a SinisterMinister who believes mutants are demons from hell that must be completely eradicated.

Taking on issues such as prejudice, religion and the growing Christian fundamentalism of the time, the story proved to be a hit and was one of the primary influences for the second ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movie.

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A GraphicNovel first published in 1982, ''God Loves, Man Kills'' is one of the most famous ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' stories from the Claremont period. Writing in the midst of the rise of televangelists of the 1980s, Creator/ChrisClaremont and artist Brent Anderson presented a story with a new foe for the X-Men who stood out from previous villains: the Reverend William Stryker, a SinisterMinister who believes mutants are demons from hell that must be completely eradicated.

Taking on issues such as prejudice, religion and the growing Christian fundamentalism of the time, the story proved to be a hit and was one of the primary influences for the second ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' ''Film/XMen'' movie.



* EnemyMine: William Stryker's crusade against Mutants provides the need for Magneto to team up with the X-Men to confront him. This was the first instance of an alliance between Magneto and the team, which would later lead to bigger repercussions down the road, including becoming a regular event on [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} X-Men: The Animated Series]] in the 1990s.

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* EnemyMine: William Stryker's crusade against Mutants provides the need for Magneto to team up with the X-Men to confront him. This was the first instance of an alliance between Magneto and the team, which would later lead to bigger repercussions down the road, including becoming a regular event on [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} [[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]] in the 1990s.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Neal Adams did about ten pages worth of pencil art, then was replaced for reasons.


->~ '''Magneto'''

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->~ -->-- '''Magneto'''



* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Happens early on in the novel, with Kitty punching out a fellow student for coming down on the side of Stryker's crusade. When [[CoolBigSis Stevie Hunter]], her African-American dance instructor, tells her his rhetoric was "just words," Kitty responds with an enraged:
-->'''Kitty''': "What if he'd called me a '''nigger'''-lover, Stevie? Would you have been so damn tolerant '''then?!'''"

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: ArmorPiercingQuestion:
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Happens early on in the novel, with Kitty punching out a fellow student for coming down on the side of Stryker's crusade. When [[CoolBigSis Stevie Hunter]], her African-American dance instructor, tells her his rhetoric was "just words," Kitty responds with an enraged:
-->'''Kitty''': "What --->'''Kitty''': What if he'd called me a '''nigger'''-lover, Stevie? Would you have been so damn tolerant '''then?!'''"'''then?!'''



-->Magneto: Sheath your claws, Wolverine. Magneto is here as a friend...and, if you'll have me, an ally.

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-->Magneto: -->'''Magneto:''' Sheath your claws, Wolverine. Magneto is here as a friend...and, if you'll have me, an ally.

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