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* 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.

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* 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 four lines, Toad has three.


* AdaptationalModesty: Inverted. Mystique's comic book counterpart wore clothes, but is depicted as being fully nude in her default form, albeit with scales covering her nipples and genitals.


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* AdaptationalSkimpiness: Mystique's comic book counterpart wore clothes, but the movie has her fully nude in her default form, albeit with scales covering her nipples and genitals.

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* FakeShemp: During the climax, the shot of Magneto getting hit by Cyclops' optical beams only shows him from behind as Creator/IanMcKellen had left to begin filming ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. A double had to fill in for that one scene.


* WakeUpFighting: Wolverine accidentally does this to [[spoiler:Rogue]]; he suffers from BadDreams, and when he wakes up, he instinctively stabs her in the chest.

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* WakeUpFighting: Wolverine accidentally does this to [[spoiler:Rogue]]; he suffers from BadDreams, nightmares, and when he wakes up, he instinctively stabs her in the chest.


* AdaptationalModesty: Inverted. Mystique's comic book counterpart wore clothes, but is depicted as being fully nude in her default form.

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* AdaptationalModesty: Inverted. Mystique's comic book counterpart wore clothes, but is depicted as being fully nude in her default form.form, albeit with scales covering her nipples and genitals.


* OneBookAuthor: Alex Burton's brief cameo as ComicBook/{{Pyro}} was his only acting role. This may have something to do with some unfortunate circumstances involving Creator/BryanSinger and his associates.



* 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.

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* OrphanedPunchline: The infamous "toad hit by lightning" line is actually one, as the only remnant of Joss Whedon's Creator/JossWhedon's RunningGag of him spending the film bragging about things toads can do.


* SuperheroTeamUniform: [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack In contrast to]] their comic book counterparts, who have a variety of colorful costumes, the movie X-Men all wear relatively matching black leather suits.

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* SuperheroTeamUniform: [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack In contrast to]] to their comic book counterparts, who have a variety of colorful costumes, [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack the movie X-Men all wear relatively matching black leather suits.suits]].


* SuperheroTeamUniform: [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack In contrast to]] their comic book counterparts, who have a variety of colorful costumes, the movie-X-Men all wear relatively matching black leather suits.

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* SuperheroTeamUniform: [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack In contrast to]] their comic book counterparts, who have a variety of colorful costumes, the movie-X-Men movie X-Men all wear relatively matching black leather suits.

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* SuperheroTeamUniform: [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack In contrast to]] their comic book counterparts, who have a variety of colorful costumes, the movie-X-Men all wear relatively matching black leather suits.

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* {{Objectshifting}}: Mystique shapeshifts into a scale model of the Statue of Liberty before ambushing the X-Men in Wolverine's form, only being given away by her eyes briefly flashing yellow as the group walk past her. Incidentally, this is the only time in the films that she uses her powers to disguise herself as an inanimate object, and the other films imply that she can only disguise herself as another person.


* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Sabretooth is sent across a hall when hit by Storm's lightning.

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* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Sabretooth is sent across a hall when hit by Storm's lightning. During the white house attack Nightcrawler manages to kick, punch and tail throw several secret service agents across the room.

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'''Previews:''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNxwlx6etXI Trailer]]

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* NoBodyLeftBehind: Senator Kelly's enforced mutation kills him when his body starts to melt and eventually entirely explodes into water leaving only a puddle. Mystique gets away with impersonating him as the heroes have no evidence of his death to expose her with.


** See also the VanityPlate entry on the Trivia page.



* TerribleTrio: Magneto's minions: Mystique, Toad, and Sabretooth.



* WelcomeEpisode: For Wolverine and Rogue.

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* %%* WelcomeEpisode: For Wolverine and Rogue.



*** 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).



* 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).

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* 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).


* 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.

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