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  • Practically all of Erik's scenes are awesome.
    • Twisting the crooked banker's arm into helping him.
    • The Argentina triple-kill sequence when he goes Nazi hunting. It's effortless.
    • Storming a Soviet military retreat by himself.
    • When he uses a huge anchor and its chain as a weapon, the look on Charles' face is priceless because it shows that even he hadn't anticipated just how much power a mutant could have. It's even more awesome for the audience, because we know that that's only a fraction of Magneto's full potential, as anyone who remembers the scene where he lifts the entire Golden Gate Bridge in X-Men: The Last Stand can attest.
    • Turning the giant satellite dish from a mile away. That look on his face as he realizes his true power (and that The Power of Love is what helped him unlock it) is beautiful.
    • After making Emma Frost revert to her human shape by crushing her diamond form with a bedframe, he wanders over and starts eating the crackers that she was munching on earlier, like he's not even paying attention.
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    • Erik flying for the first time. We knew he could do it, but it's still awesome.
    • Lifting Shaw's submarine out of the water.
    • "I agree with everything you said. We are the future. But unfortunately, you killed my mother."
    • "I'm going to count to three, and then I'm going to move the coin." Chillingly badass.
    • Erik catching all those dozens of missiles mid-flight and sending them back despite the various distractions. Lifting the sub was a fantastic display of his raw power, but the level of control and precision he shows here proves just how dangerous he really is.
    • Finally, three simple words: "I prefer... Magneto."
  • Darwin demonstrating his reactive evolution abilities. That and how he just comes off like a charismatic badass. It's an absolute, tear-jerking, damn shame he got killed off so early and we never get to see his full potential.
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  • Shaw gets one early on when he demonstrates his power to Colonel Hendry. He takes a grenade which the good Colonel brought along in case of a double-cross, pulls the pin, and absorbs the explosion.
    "You wanna guess what I can do? I got the power to absorb energy, keeps me young. But that's the boring part, the fun stuff is what I can do with it, once I've got it."
    (He taps Colonel Hendry on the shoulder, vaporizing him instantly.)
  • Emma Frost beating Erik without any effort the first time they meet. She just casually swings her arm and knocks him off the boat.
  • There's the moment when Xavier is interviewed by the senior CIA officers who initially scoff at his claims of being telepathic by taunting him, expecting the usual cold reading fakery. When Xavier then responds by casually commenting about precise top secret missile location information he easily learned from their minds, their Oh, Crap! reactions are priceless at being confronted with the real thing.
  • Xavier using Cerebro for the first time. You can tell he's exhilarated to expand his powers so far and so high. Then the "recruitment" sequence that follows. This is the birth of the X-Men!
  • Azazel taking out the CIA agents by dropping and stabbing them, followed by Shaw's Curb-Stomp Battle against everyone else in the base.
  • Sean's first flight is incredible. He's soaring all over the Xavier estate on his own power. The phrase "Yeah, I can fly." comes to mind.
  • With the chips down, Professor X stops the Cuban Missile Crisis single-handedly by forcing one of the Russian naval officers to launch a ballistic missile on the Russian cargo ship carrying missiles to Cuba. As Moira says, "That was inspired, Charles." Damn straight it was.
  • The speech the Russian general gives about how he's already lived through one war and desperately hopes that they won't be forced into a new one. It just shows how some humans aren't all evil and that the Russians and Americans aren't so different.
  • Banshee using his sonic scream powers as a makeshift sonar pulse to find Shaw's submarine (with Charles reading his mind).
    • Even better because it was his idea rather than Charles or Hank. The teenager came up with it, not the two geniuses.
  • The circumstance is horrific but Charles holding Shaw still the whole time the coin goes through the latter's skull. He experiences the pain and the death, but doesn't let Shaw loose until the very end because Shaw could kill Erik with the nuclear energy he absorbed earlier.
  • Erik's Shut Up, Kirk! response to Charles. Many villains have done Shut Up, Kirk!, but few could have a totally justified one.


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