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* FauxActionGirl: Despite being one of Xavier's first students, Jean Grey is noticeably less competent than her teammates when it comes to using her powers. When Toad attacks the group, her only contribution is awkwardly lifting him into the air, which doesn't stop him from using his own mutation to take her out; and during the climax, she visibly struggles helping Storm transport Wolverine up to Magneto's machine. The sequels would justify her apparent inaptitude by establishing that Xavier had placed her under a mental block, to prevent her powers from overwhelming her. Once her full power is unleashed, she becomes unambiguously the most powerful character in the series.



* 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.

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* FlatCharacter: The lower-raking lower-ranking 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.


* RemakeCameo: The truck driver who gives Rogue a lift in the beginning is played by George Buza, the voice of Beast on ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]''.

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* RemakeCameo: The truck driver who gives Rogue a lift in the beginning is played by George Buza, Creator/GeorgeBuza, the voice of Beast on ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]''.

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* AloneAmongFamilies: Rogue in the train station particularly notices affectionate gestures from mother to son.





-->'''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.

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-->'''Magneto:''' ->'''Magneto:''' The war is still coming, Charles, and I intend to fight it, by any means necessary.
-->'''Professor
necessary.\\
'''Professor
X:''' And I will always be there, old friend.


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

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



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!!This film provides !!''X-Men'' contains examples of:


** A scriptwriter cameo: Creator/DavidHayter, one of the scriptwriters, appears in the first one as [[DeathByCameo a security guard who Sabretooth attacks]] at the Art/StatueOfLiberty.

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** A scriptwriter cameo: Creator/DavidHayter, one of the scriptwriters, appears in the first one as [[DeathByCameo is a security guard who Sabretooth attacks]] at the Art/StatueOfLiberty.

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* FakeoutOpening: The film opens with a young boy - Erik Lensherr, aka Magneto - being separated from his family in a concentration camp. Even if you're familiar with the comics, it's pretty easy to wonder what this has to do with the rest of the movie, at least until Erik uses his powers to bend the metal fences. In the years since, many fans who saw it in theaters reflected on thinking they'd accidentally walked into the wrong movie.


* 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.]]

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* 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.]]]] After this moment, comic-book movies [[GenreTurningPoint would never really be the same]].


* 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."

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* AllThereInTheScript: Averted. AllThereInTheScript:
** Magneto's island fortress is apparently supposed to be the movies' version of Genosha, an island nation in the Marvel Universe that plays a major role in several ''X-Men'' stories. This is never actually mentioned in the film, leading most viewers to conclude that it's just a nameless island.
** Narrowly averted with Toad and Mystique.
In his commentary, Creator/BryanSinger specifically mentions that he remembered that he had to namedrop Toad and Mystique, them, lest they just be the "nameless minions of Magneto."





* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In response to Wolverine's complaint about their black leather uniforms, Cyclops says [[ComicBook/XMen "Would you prefer yellow spandex?"]]

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In response to Wolverine's complaint about their black leather uniforms, Cyclops says [[ComicBook/XMen "Would "Well, what would you prefer yellow prefer? Yellow spandex?"]]


** Mystique is not presented as being any more important to Toad or Sabretooth in the Brotherhood. Starting with the second film, she would be established as TheDragon to Magneto - a detail that would form a major part of her character arc in the prequel trilogy.

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** Mystique is not presented as being any more important to than Toad or Sabretooth in the Brotherhood. Starting with the second film, she would be established as TheDragon to Magneto - a detail and foster sister to Xavier, details that would form a major part of her character arc in the prequel trilogy.trilogy.
** Logan's musculature is fairly unimpressive for this film. Hugh Jackman would put on a ridiculously chiseled physique for all later renditions of the character.



* 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".

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* 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".Act."


* 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.

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* PreAsskickingMutter: PreAsskickingOneLiner: 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.


* NeverTrustATrailer: Trailers and promos show the mutated Kelly emerge from the water, which viewers assume was some other mutant.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: Trailers and promos show the mutated Kelly emerge from Kelly's head out of the water, which viewers assume assumed was some other mutant.

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* AttackingThroughYourself: An interesting variation when Magneto has bound the X-Men with metal plates from inside the Statue of Liberty's head. To neutralize Wolverine's claws, he points them inward at Wolverine's chest before clamping metal over them. Wolverine escapes by popping his claws through his own chest and shoulders to cut the metal behind him, freeing himself. Because he's [[HealingFactor Wolverine]], the wounds don't affect him in the final fight with Sabretooth, [[spoiler: but when he gives his powers to Rogue to heal her from the life-draining of Magneto's machine, the wounds reopen.]]


* AdaptationalNameChange[=/=]MyNaymeIs: Unless it's an error, Henry Gyrich's last name is spelled "G'''u'''yrich".

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* AdaptationalNameChange[=/=]MyNaymeIs: AdaptationalNameChange: Unless it's an error, Henry Gyrich's last name is spelled "G'''u'''yrich".

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