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** Cyclops' line "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" has not aged well ''at all'', with the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse leading to a huge backlash against MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, causing him to now come off as an obnoxious hipster.

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** Cyclops' line "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" has not aged well ''at all'', with the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse leading to a huge backlash against MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, causing him to now come off as an obnoxious hipster. Even the Film/Deadpool2016 film, Negasonic Teenage Warhead wears a comic-accurate yellow spandex underneath her leather jacket, and nobody batted an eyelid at its apparent goofiness when it appears in the final act (largely because it didn't look that goofy).


* StrawmanHasAPoint: Senator Kelly is right that mutants with nearly godlike powers are a great potential threat to national security. While humanity certainly has the potential to go down a dark path in protecting itself from the possibility of mutant attack, it can't be argued that humanity has to put ''something'' in place. Simply registering mutants' powers doesn't seem like a very extreme step. The only reason that it sounds so questionable to the audience is that ''we'' know that Professor Xavier and the X-Men are a perfectly benign protective force who will regulate mutant threats, but how can humanity trust that?


** Mystique's {{Narm}} scene with Kelly depicted below is less narmy in the third film when she uses her feet to NeckSnap a guard, killing him instantly. Considering Mystique's anger at Kelly during her first scene, it's evident that she would have snapped his neck had she not knocked him out.

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* GenreTurningPoint: The film’s opening scene with a brutal depiction of a concentration camp is now widely viewed as the moment people first saw that comic book movies could be more than just cheap action schlock.

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Senator Kelly is right that mutants with nearly godlike powers are a great potential threat to national security. While humanity certainly has the potential to go down a dark path in protecting itself from the possibility of mutant attack, it can't be argued that humanity has to put ''something'' in place. Simply registering mutants' powers doesn't seem like a very extreme step. The only reason that it sounds so questionable to the audience is that ''we'' know that Professor Xavier and the X-Men are a perfectly benign protective force who will regulate mutant threats, but how can humanity trust that?


* RetroactiveRecognition: Magneto stars as a certain [[Film/TheLordoftheRings extremely powerful wizard for the next three years in an arguably more iconic franchise]] than any ''X-Men'' movie.


* WhatAnIdiot: At one point in the film, Professor X has Sabretooth and Toad under his mind control, but thanks to Magneto's helmet, he can't control Magneto, who is threatening to kill a bunch of cops.\\
'''You'd expect''': Since Professor X still has both Toad and Sabretooth under his control, to just have one of them remove Magneto's helmet, and put Magneto under his control.\\
'''Instead''': He relinquishes his control, letting Magneto away.


* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Shortly after stealing Cyclops' motorcycle, Wolverine (on a whim) decides to press a button on the dashboard, which suddenly causes the thing to speed up until it's a blur on the highway--hinting that the X-Men have access to some sort of advanced engine technology that the rest of the world doesn't know about. Not only does this ''never'' come up again (not even in the sequels), it badly clashes with the otherwise grounded and realistic tone of the rest of the movie.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Sabretooth is fairly non-descript in this film, despite his animosity towards Wolverine being one of the most famous rivalries in comic book history. Sure, the two have a couple of fight scenes together, but the only significant interaction Creed has with any member of the X-Men is his creepy lust towards Storm.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WktI7LVNz24 credits music]].

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WktI7LVNz24 end credits music]].theme]] by Music/MichaelKamen.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Shortly after stealing Cyclops' motorcycle, Wolverine (on a whim) decides to press a button on the dashboard, which suddenly causes the thing to speed up until it's a blur on the highway--hinting that the X-Men have access to some sort of advanced engine technology that the rest of the world doesn't know about. Not only does this ''never'' come up again (not even in the sequels), it badly clashes with the otherwise grounded and realistic tone of the rest of the movie.

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** Cyclops' line "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" has not aged well ''at all'', with the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse leading to a huge backlash against MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, causing him to now come off as an obnoxious hipster.


* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WktI7LVNz24 credits music]].

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WktI7LVNz24 credits music]].


** Creator/AngelaBassett declined to play Storm, but years later, wound up playing the mother of Storm's old flame in ''Film/BlackPanther''.

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** Creator/AngelaBassett declined to play Storm, but years later, wound up playing the mother of Storm's old flame in ''Film/BlackPanther''.''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}''.

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* WhatAnIdiot: At one point in the film, Professor X has Sabretooth and Toad under his mind control, but thanks to Magneto's helmet, he can't control Magneto, who is threatening to kill a bunch of cops.\\
'''You'd expect''': Since Professor X still has both Toad and Sabretooth under his control, to just have one of them remove Magneto's helmet, and put Magneto under his control.\\
'''Instead''': He relinquishes his control, letting Magneto away.

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