Weapon X is a secret program initiated by William Stryker that initially aims at using mutants for military purposes.
Team X (Original Members)
Colonel William Stryker, Jr.
Played By: Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Played By: Óscar Bonfiglio (Latin-American Spanish, X2: X-Men United and Days of Future Past), Raúl Anaya (Latin-American Spanish, young, X-Men: Origins: Wolverine)
Film Appearances: X2: X-Men United | X-Men Origins: Wolverine | X-Men: Days of Future Past
A human military scientist who plans a worldwide genocide of mutants using Xavier and Cerebro. Stryker has experimented on mutants in the past, including Wolverine, and uses a serum to control them.
- Abusive Parent: He lobotomised his son and then began tapping his spinal fluid as a brainwashing agent.
- Adaptational Job Change: He's a preacher in the comics, but a military officer in the films.
- Adaptational Heroism: "Heroism" is entirely the wrong word as Stryker is still definitely a villain in the movies, but he at least never murdered his own wife, newborn child, or right-hand woman like he did in the comics.
- Affably Evil: In X2: X-Men United where he more or less mellowed out over the years, behaving in a much more personable way even while remaining just as abhorrent.
- Asshole Victim: It's hard not to cheer when Magneto finally rids the world of him.
- Ascended Extra: Much less of an important character in the comics.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a stylish, almost Gestapo-esque one in X2: X-Men United.
- Badass Normal:
- As intimidating as Magneto, without any powers!
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine he was the one responsible for shooting Logan in the head with an adamantium bullet, giving him amnesia.
- Beard of Evil: In X2: X-Men United.
- Berserk Button: Don't bring up his son in a conversation. When someone brings up that his treatment of mutants might be influenced by his son in X-Men Origins: Wolverine he shoves a blade through him.
- Big Bad: In X2: X-Men United and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Magneto in X2: X-Men United, Stryker intended to use a machine called Dark Cerebro to kill all mutants, while Magneto wants to use it to kill all humans.
- Colonel Badass: In X2: X-Men United.Stryker: I was pilotin' Black Ops missions in the jungles of North Vietnam while you were suckin' on your mama's tit at Woodstock, Kelly. Don't lecture me about war. This already is a war.
- Composite Character: A threefer! Colonel William Stryker is a composite of Rev. William Stryker from God Loves, Man Kills (who was a military veteran, but whose military past rarely comes up in the comics and is not a key aspect of his character); Professor Wayne Thornton (real name Truett Hudson), the man who gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton (though it's implied in the comics, mainly after X2 came out, that Stryker may have had a part in the Weapon X Program); and Major Arthur Barrington, the man who led Team X.
- Deadpan Snarker: Of The Snark Knight variant.
- Defiant to the End: When Wolverine walks away and leaves him to die at the end of X2: X-Men United, he shouts at the top of his lungs that His Death Is Just the Beginning.
- Demoted to Dragon: After serving as the Big Bad in two movies, he is Dr. Bolivar Trask's second-in-command in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is a meta case however, as in-universe he was Trask's Dragon when he was younger before going onto becoming the Big Bad of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and then in X2: X-Men United. So in-universe it's a case of Dragon Ascendant.
- The Dragon: Is this to Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His hatred against mutants started when his wife killed herself just so their son Jason would stop torturing her with Mind Rape, and since then he's been a full-on Knight Templar due to it.
- Fantastic Racism:
- Towards all mutants. He takes it further than any other character in the films, trying to actively enact genocide (and getting pretty damn close).
- Played with, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he doesn't seem to hate mutants as much, or at all for that matter. He even says he doesn't hate them, just that he knows what they can do and that they should be prepared for it, and he expresses surprised amusement at Trask's apparent Fantastic Racism. His son coming out as a mutant is what started it, an officer wanting to decommission him after suggesting his weaponization of mutants was because of it got killed for it and when his son came back from Xavier's school and used his projection to torture his parents for the abuse things went downhill.
- Fat Bastard: He is significantly stocky in his later life, in contrast with his fit and lean younger self.
- Faux Affably Evil: In X-Men Origins: Wolverine where he is ruthlessly manipulative in-order to create the events that would lead to Logan becoming Weapon X and also "Deadpool" aka Weapon XI.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses in his older age.
- Four-Star Badass: First a Colonel in X2: X-Men United, then a Major in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- General Ripper:
- In X2: X-Men United, he is technically a Colonel, but demonstrating pretty much the same spirit in being hellbent on killing all mutants.Stryker: I was pilotin' Black Ops missions in the jungles of North Vietnam while you were suckin' on your mama's tit at Woodstock, Kelly. Don't lecture me about war. This already is a war.
- In the X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he is a Major, with anti-mutant sentiment still in formation.
- In X2: X-Men United, he is technically a Colonel, but demonstrating pretty much the same spirit in being hellbent on killing all mutants.
- Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: As Professor X put it, he saw Jason's mutant nature as a disease, and sent him to the Xavier Institute to be "cured", something Charles obviously wouldn't do. When William realised this he pulled Jason out and took him back home. Even decades later, he still calls Jason's powers a "condition."
- I Have No Son!: Played With. When Xavier asks him how he could think of lobotomizing his son, he replies "my son is dead", but before he orders him to launch his attack against all mutants, he says "Make me proud, son."
- I Was Quite a Looker: He was a Hunk as a younger man.
- Karmic Death: At the end of X2: X-Men United, he gets chained to a dam and left to die by Magneto while being tortured by the psychic shockwave of his son Jason. Both of whom were mutants, which was the race he sought so hard to exterminate.
- Knight Templar: Is convinced that massacring mutants will save the world.
- Majorly Awesome: In both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, he is at the rank of Major.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's a normal human, so he has to rely on his rather formidable intellect. He's successfully manipulated others with the help of his mind control serum, but he's also outfoxed the likes of Charles Xavier, Wolverine and the President by his lonesome.
- Military Brat: His father is an FBI agent, as featured in X-Men: First Class.
- Motive Rant:Xavier: William, you wanted me to cure your son. But mutation is not a disease.
Stryker: You're lying! You were more frightened of him than I was. You know, just one year after Jason returned from your school, my wife—you see he resented us. He blamed us for his condition. So he would toy with our minds... projecting visions and scenarios into our brains. Well, my wife, in the end... she took a power drill to her left temple in an attempt to bore the images out. My boy, the great illusionist.
- Small Role, Big Impact: As far as history is concerned. He is personally responsible for subduing and capturing Mystique. After that point, she is experimented on for an unknown amount of time, so that the Sentinels will be able to adapt to anything.
- Smug Snake: Down to the overconfidence part.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Although a superior officer.
- Southern-Fried Genius: He has a slight Southern accent, and he's also a talented scientist and military strategist.
- Straight Edge Evil: While investigating the crime scene, turns it down when the President offers him a brandy.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: At least he tries to present himself at this.
- Would Hurt a Child: When Lyman asks him why he's keeping the mutant children alive, his response is chilling.Stryker: I'm a scientist, Sgt. Lyman. When I build a machine, I want to make sure it's working.
- You Won't Feel a Thing: Averted with Logan. He and his scientists both stress to him that the Adamantium process will be excruciating.
- See the Wolverine page.
- See the Brotherhood page.
Wade Wilson / Weapon XI
Played By: Scott Adkins & Ryan Reynolds
Voiced By: José Antonio Macías (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: X-Men Origins: Wolverine | Deadpool 2
A wisecracking mercenary with lethal swordsmanship skill and athleticism.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics Deadpool suffered from cancer which was then amplified by his insane Healing Factor leaving him bald and scarred all over the face. This Wade Wilson is spared this fate and looks just as handsome as Ryan Reynolds. Even as Weapon XI he doesn't look nearly as grotesque as comics Deadpool.
- Adaptational Badass: No incarnation of Deadpool has had so many superpowers as Weapon XI ends up having in the film.
- Adaptational Villainy: This version of Wade has zero qualms about brutally killing innocents and without any brainwashing either.
- Alliterative Name: Wade Wilson, of course.
- Alternate Self: To the new timeline version of Deadpool who is both aware of this version and hates him.
- And I Must Scream:
- His fate in the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He's turned from a nice looking, fast talking, somewhat funny guy to a pale, disfigured person. He has no hair and his mouth is sewn shut. He got all the powers of the mutants Weapon X captured, but he is completely under their control with no free will.
- Averted in the post-credits scene, which shows him to have survived being decapitated and with his mouth back, and presumably no longer under Stryker's control.
- Back for the Dead: He comes back in one of the mid-credits stingers for Deadpool 2, where he's quickly shot in the head by his new timeline counterpart.
- Badass Boast: When Victor unsheathes his claws to try and intimidate him, Wilson has this to say while unsheathing his katana and holding it up:Wilson: Need a manicure?
- BFS: Following his transformation, he has swords that extend from each of his wrists in a slit between his knuckles like Wolverine's claws.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: As Weapon XI he has full length retractable katana blades in each arm, implausible as might it be (see Hyperspace Arsenal below).
- Casual Danger Dialogue: After blasting their way into a high security facility and just before he blasts into a room of guards armed with machine guns, he quips at his boss.Wilson: Stuck in an elevator with five guys on a high protein diet. Dreams really do come true.
Stryker: Just shut it. You're up next.
Wilson: Thank you sir. You look really nice today. It's the green, brings out the seriousness in your eyes.
Logan: Oh my God, do you ever shut up, pal?
Wilson: No. Not when I'm awake.
- Deadly Dodging: He dodges and slices bullets to take out foes on either side of him with their own bullets.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he has a working mouth, at least. Too bad they took it away when he became Deadpool.
- Decapitation Required: Wolverine finally defeats him by slicing off his head. This is shown in the movie as being the only way to kill anyone with a Healing Factor. It doesn't work, in this case; The Stinger shows Weapon XI's body crawling over to reattach his head.
- Dual Wielding: Wields dual katanas, and as Weapon XI has dual Blades Below the Shoulders.
- Evil Counterpart: As Weapon XI, he's how Wolverine could have turned out if he was made into a Living Weapon as Stryker had envisioned him.
- Eye Awaken: This trope is featured when he is revealed to be alive at the end, as his decapitated head is shown in the rubble as the eyes ominously open, while the head whispers "Shhhhhh..." to the audience.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His teammates are put off by his crude and unprofessional behavior, and none of them express concern when he goes missing. Stryker has no problem putting him through brainwashing and genetic experiments, even sewing his mouth so he no longer has to hear his voice. Only Wolverine shows any sympathy for him, and even he's willing to behead him at the end of their fight.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: The adamantium katanas he gets when he is turned into Deadpool come from his hands in a way similar to Wolverine's claws, but where are they stored when he has them retracted is a mystery. The three-foot blades ostensibly don't fit in his forearms, and if the entire arm's length were used to contain the sword, he could not possibly bend his elbows, which he is explicitly seen doing. This oddity is never explained in the movie.
- Informed Attribute: He is supposedly a really big talker, but we never really see it—he cracks a few jokes, yet only a few, and they are few and far between. Most of the times he's talking are just to break awkward silences or to ramble on while the rest of characters only have a couple lines of small talk. Especially when compared to his comics counterpart, it just feels like a Mythology Gag more than anything else.
- In Name Only: Infamously so. As Weapon XI, a.k.a. "The Deadpool", he has his mouth sewn shut in outright defiance of his comic counterpart's predominant character trait, features a hodgepodge of powers Deadpool has never had, and doesn't visually resemble the original character in the slightest. As Wade Wilson pre-transformation, however, he effectively displays his counterpart's humorous qualities, weapon skills, and healing factor, which helped land his actor a much better-received spinoff movie in the post-Days of Future Past timeline, featuring a significantly Truer to the Text depiction of the character, to widespread acclaim.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He jokes with his mutant comrades that his katanas are far more "memorable" than guns. He is shown to be capable of parrying fully automatic fire from multiple opponents with them, occasionally deflecting bullets at enemies. The blades, of course, are completely undamaged.
- Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: He is transformed into Weapon XI (AKA The Deadpool) when Colonel Stryker grafts various stolen mutant powers onto him, turning him into the ultimate "mutant killer".
- LEGO Genetics: He is fused with the DNA of dozens of mutants to gain their powers and become Weapon XI.
- Living Weapon: Stryker makes him into one as Weapon XI.
- Marquee Alter Ego: A very controversial case happened in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where we see him maskless for the first part of the film, only to disappear and come back for the climax, still with no mask but with his mouth sewed-shut instead.
- Medium Awareness: The Stinger of X-Men Origins: Wolverine hints at this, with his body crawling toward his head, which looks up at the audience and shushes them, so that they won't spill the secret that decapitation didn't kill him.
- Mix-and-Match Man: As Weapon XI he fits the trope even more so than his comics counterpart, having Wolverine's regeneration, adamantium skeleton, and adamantium katanas protruding from each wrist, in addition to Cyclops's eye-beams, Kestrel's Teleportation, and his own superhuman hand-eye-coordination.
- Motor Mouth: Stryker thinks it's his worst feature. While he isnt quite as talkative as his comics self, his constant chatter does annoy his teammates.
- Mythology Gag:
- Never referred to as Deadpool aside from Stryker offhandedly calling him "The Deadpool" in regards to him being a pool of powers.
- Wade shushing the audience in The Stinger is a subtle nod to the character's famous fourth wall-breaking tendencies.
- Omni Glot: Functions as the translator when they interrogate the villagers who dug up the adamantium.
- Parrying Bullets: Wade Wilson is good enough with his twin katanas to deflect fully automatic fire from widely-spaced sources mostly by spinning them really fast. At one point he splits a bullet in half, which goes on to take out two mooks behind him.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff: Done in X-Men Origins: Wolverine rather impressively; he walks into a room full of Mooks and manages to deflect all the bullets fired at him using rapidly spinning dual-wielded katanas. His mutant power is to see in bullet time, so like many other examples, he's not making a truly impenetrable shield, but blocking individual shots. The spinning is highly implied to be him showing off.
- Super Reflexes: His primary natural mutant ability.
- Take That!: Shows up in The Stinger of Deadpool 2, only to be unceremoniously killed by the time-travelling real Deadpool, who shoots him a bunch of times even after he's already dead.
- Wolverine Wannabe: Weapon XI takes more after Wolverine than his namesake of Deadpool, having a Healing Factor, retractable swords in his forearms, and serves as an obedient Living Weapon.
- You Are Number 6: After his transformation, he is referred to as Weapon XI almost exclusively, and "the Deadpool" only once.
John Wraith / Kestrel
Played By: will.i.am
Voiced By: Arturo Mercado Jr. (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
A teleporting mutant.
- Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: Victor takes advantage of this to kill him.
- Nice Hat: Always wearing his cowboy hat in pretty much every scene.
- Retired Badass: After leaving Team X, he becomes a boxing manager.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leaves Team X shortly after Wolverine does, realizing that he was right about Stryker and what they were doing.
- Tele-Frag: He uses his ability to dodge Victor Creed's claw attacks, until Creed uses his knowledge of Wraith's fighting style to lead him, sticking his hand right where he knew John would end up, grabbing hold of his spinal column, and ripping it out when Wraith tries to 'port again.
- Teleport Spam: His primary hand-to-hand combat style. Which doesn't help much when Victor figures out that he teleports in a predictable pattern, and gets him to teleport into roughly the same area as Victor's claws, with predictable results.
- Too Dumb to Live: His only power is teleportation and he thinks the best way to take down a big angry guy with claws and a huge healing factor is to punch him out.
Frederick J. Dukes / Blob
Played By: Kevin Durand
Voiced By: Sebastián Llapur (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
A mutant with a nearly indestructible layer of skin. In the film's early sequences, he is a formidable fighting man, but years later, due to a poor diet, has gained an enormous amount of weight.
- Acrofatic: Particularly after he gains weight and starts boxing.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Downplayed, In X-Men Origins: Wolverine Dukes was a muscular soldier but the stress of the job, combined with an eating disorder, caused him to gain weight. Even than, he still looks somewhat easier on the eyes than the comics Blob.
- Adaptational Heroism: Was a villain in the comics. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he is one of the members who leaves Team X after Wolverine left.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. His comic version can alter his gravity field, something that is never demonstrated on the film.
- Berserk Button: He has a weight disorder. Try not to say anything about it.Logan: C'mon, bub. For old times' sake!Dukes: ...Did you just call me... BLOB??
- The Big Guy: In many ways.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never referred to as Blob. Although his codename is given a Mythology Gag, with him taking offence to the name when he mistakingly thinks Logan calls him that.
- Composite Character: His powers being independent of his weight and his past as a super strong, immovable mutant soldier is shared with Stonewall, a mutant WWII veteran from the comics who had similar powers to the Blob.
- Demoted to Extra: In Apocalypse, where he can be very briefly glimpsed (in his traditional comics costume) as Angel's opponent in a fight club in Germany.
- Dumb Muscle: He is employed to do the heavy stuff like stopping a tank from firing at them, and is not the smartest of Stryker's team, even getting a tattoo of a woman he only met the night before.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Once he gains weight, the pin-up on his arm fattens as well.
- Formerly Fit: He was a muscular man in Stryker's group. Years after the group disbanded, he becomes obese, more like the comic book version.
- Kevlard: His skin is super tough already, but after gaining weight his fat protects him from all but the strongest of blows.
- Killed Offscreen: Or at least Sabertooth claims he did. The only thing we know for sure is it must have taken a while.
- Made of Iron: He is able to stop a tank round by punching it, so presumably his Super Strength is also paired with Super Toughness. However, head-butting Logan post-adamantium was enough to daze him and Logan following it up by creaming him with an elbow-drop off the top rope dead in the forehead knocked him clean off his feet, so his toughness has limits.
- Mighty Glacier: He is slow but strong, as demonstrated in his tank-blowing scene.
- Mythology Gag: He is never directly referred to as Blob in the film, but instead mistakes an offhand comment of Wolverine saying "Bub" as calling him "Blob" as an insult about his weight.
- Required Secondary Powers: It is shown that he has super strength and invulnerability enough to stop a tank round by punching it. However, when shown later in the film, he's become morbidly obese, because he doesn't have a heightened metabolism to burn through all the pounds he's packed on due to his eating disorder. He's shown trying to work out in a boxing ring, because presumably lifting regular weights wasn't working.
- Retired Badass: Becomes a boxer after Team X disbands.
- Stout Strength: Post-eating disorder. Add the bulky composition with an elastic skin...
Christopher Bradley / Bolt
Played By: Dominic Monaghan
Voiced By: Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
A mutant who can manipulate electricity, and a technopath.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics he's a full-on Shock and Awe superhero. Here, he's a Non-Action Guy who mostly just uses his powers to control electrical equipment.
- Age Lift: He's a contemporary of Agent Zero, as opposed to his protege.
- The Atoner: After leaving Team X.
- Crappy Carnival: He has a game, appropriately rigged through his electric powers.
- Face Death with Dignity: Once Victor arrives, he doesn't even flinch.
- In Name Only: He's not only not called by his callsign, he's also no longer the kid Maverick (Agent Zero) teaches in the use of his powers after retiring—he's now Maverick's comrade-in-arms. Who, instead of lightning-flinging powers, has electric-appliance-powering-and-controlling powers.
- Mundane Utility: He can power electrics and has a job as a carney after the war. "Turn the light off, get a prize. Three tries for a buck."
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leaves Team X shortly after Logan did after realizing he was right about Stryker and what they were doing.
- Shock and Awe: Even if he can't produce electricity.
- Technopath: Useful once the elevator's power is cut.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The first victim of Team X.
Weapon X (1970s)
Christopher Nord / Agent Zero
Played By: Daniel Henney
Voiced: Edson Matus (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
A member of the Weapon X program and an expert tracker with lethal sniper skills.
- Adaptation Name Change: A minor one, as he's name Christoph in the comics. His codename from the comics previous to Agent Zero (Maverick) is never brought up in the film.
- Adaptational Villainy: Was a lot more moral and heroic, closer to being, more or less, an Anti-Hero in the comics.
- Adaptational Wimp: The North from the comics has the ability to absorb and redirect kinetic energy, a mild Healing Factor, and an anti-Healing Factor enzyme secreted from his fingertips. Nothing of this is shown in the film, where in turn his superb aiming skills (originally just a Charles Atlas Superpower in the comics) are his mutant power.
- Cold Sniper: He even cracks a smile after he has just murdered two innocent people and watched their barn blow up.
- The Dragon: To Stryker.
- Evil Is Petty: Shoots and destroys Logan's cigar when they meet at his house as a sign of disrespect.
- Gun Fu: He fuses Guns Akimbo, Unorthodox Reload and Improbable Aiming Skills into one Gun Fu Fighting package—shaped curiously like Grant Imahara.
- Gun Kata: He does this a bit, aided by his mutant Improbable Aiming Skills.
- Guns Akimbo: While attacking the Nigerian compound.
- The Gunslinger: Pistols, rifles, anything!
- Improbable Aiming Skills: His main power.
- In a Single Bound: Does some leaps that would require superhumanly strong legs.
- Jerkass: Even before becoming Stryker's right hand man after the war, he was cold and distant.
- Kick the Dog: Killing the elderly that housed Logan, then taunting Logan about his inability to save them.
- Psycho for Hire: Once Team X closes.
- Race Lift: He's a white East German in the comics but is played by the Korean-American Daniel Henney in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- The Sociopath: He simply does not care about any of the innocent people he kills while working with Stryker, including the kind elderly couple that cared for Logan. If anything, he seems amused by it.
- Too Dumb to Live: He thinks it's a good idea to take a jab at Wolverine when he has decided to let him live. After seeing the guy take down a helicopter.
- Unorthodox Reload: He solved the dilemma of reloading while dual wielding by tossing up his two pistols into the air from behind, then pulling out two magazines and simultaneously catching both pistols onto them—in slow motion.
Kayla Silverfox / Silver Fox
Played By: Lynn Collins
Voiced: Erica Edwards (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Wolverine's Native American (Blackfoot/Niitsítapi) Love Interest and pawn of Stryker. She has the powers of tactile telepathy/hypnosis.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Her comic self is basically Wolverine's Distaff Counterpart, having retractable claws, supressed aging and a minor Healing Factor. Her film version has nothing of it, but in turn can exert tactile hypnosis.
- Adaptation Name Change: Silver Fox has her name changed to the more Canadian-sounding "Kayla Silverfox". She was also apparently given a Race Lift, as she's played by the very light-skinned Lynn Collins, who claims to have distant Native ancestry but otherwise looks nothing like Silver Fox.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Works particularly with Logan.
- Becoming the Mask: She is blackmailed by Stryker into posing as Wolverine's lover. However, near the end, the mask has become real.
- Compelling Voice: Her power, though it only works with an added touch. At the end of the film she commands Stryker first to put a gun to his chin, but stops short of making him shoot himself, instead saying "Turn around. Now walk until your feet bleed."
- Death by Origin Story: Being the Love Interest of Logan, a character who in the comics collects dead lovers and was unattached in the first three movies, it seemed she was doomed to die, and the film doesn't disappoint... at first. But when it's revealed he death was faked and their affair false, the trope seems averted. But then it turns out she really loved him—so she's dead as a doornail by the end, and the now-amnesiac Wolverine doesn't even know to cry over her corpse. Tragic in all the wrong ways.
- Disposable Woman: Wolverine gets a love interest for the purposes of this trope—bonus points for her dying twice, once faked and once for real!
- Emotion Control: She can control people's minds. A major plot point is whether she used her powers to influence Wolverine's emotions or whether he was truly immune as a result of his own powers.
- Faking the Dead: She conspires with William Stryker to win Logan's heart and then fake her death in exchange for her abducted sister's safety.
- High-HeelFace Turn: One thing for sure is that she's not evil to begin with.
- Hot Teacher: Works in a children's school.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: As she lies dying, she stops herself short from mind controlling Stryker into shooting himself, stating that if she kills him, she would be no different from him. Instead she psychically orders him to " walk until [his] feet bleed".
- Knight Templar Big Brother: forced to work for Stryker because her sister Emma is captured by Stryker.
- The Lost Lenore: Inspires Logan to gain his Adamantium bonding.
- The Mole: For her sister's sake... but changed once Victor makes things worse.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Invoked when Victor kills her and leaves her for Logan to find; as Stryker hoped, her death inspires Logan to go through the adamantium-bonding process.
Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike
Played By: Kelly Hu
Voiced: Liliana Barba (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: X2: X-Men United
A mutant that has a healing ability like Wolverine's, and is controlled by Stryker. She wields long adamantium fingernails.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her fingernails.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the videogame X-Men: The Official Game', she's revealed to be an agent of HYDRA and a student of Silver Samurai (not the same character from The Wolverine) who was sent to spy on Stryker. It was when he caught her and brainwashed her that she became his bodyguard.
- Adaptation Species Change: She is a human Cyborg in the comics and a mutant in the film. The DVD booklet explains she is still cybernetically enhanced, though.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Halfway through her death scene, the mind-control serum wears off and Deathstrike is allowed a few tragic seconds of clarity to realize where she is and what's happened to her; the look on her face says it all.
- Always Someone Better: She gets the upper hand against Wolverine every time they fight in the film or the videogame. In both, she only loses to him due to either accidents or external advantages.
- Body Horror: Mildly. Her extensible fingernails are probably not actual nails, but an extension of her bones, very much like Wolverine's claws. That means she has her bones protruding out of her fingers where her nails should be, all the time.
- Brainwashed: Mind-controlled by Stryker. She comes out of it for a brief moment in X2: X-Men United only for Stryker to forcibly reapply another dose of mind-control.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: She's never referred to as Lady Deathstrike in the film and is instead simply called Yuriko.
- Composite Character: She's Lady Deathstrike playing the role of Anne Reynolds, Stryker's canonical female bodyguard from the original comic book arc.
- Crushing Handshake: Gives one to Mystique disguised as Senator Kelly. Possibly a case of Does Not Know His Own Strength given her mutant powers.
- Cyborg: According to the DVD booklet, she is one in addition to a mutant.
- Dark Action Girl: Raven Hair, Ivory Skin, stoic, dark clothes, agile and literally sharp...
- The Dragon: To Stryker.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Stryker has influence over many people, but Deathstrike can slice people with ease.
- Dragon Lady: She is Asian, quiet, mysterious, vaguely menacing, insanely good in martial arts, and with sharp claws.
- Dying as Yourself: She is kept under the control of the villain by use of a formula which periodically has to be renewed; as indicated by her eyes changing color. Under his control she has a fight to the death with Wolverine which ends when he runs her throughmoments before the formula wears off. We see her eyes change and she looks at him before dying.
- Evil Counterpart: To Wolverine, having a similar adamantium skeleton and the same mutant Healing Factor (along with an aditional Super Strength he does not have). She shows what he could have been if he hadn't escaped from Stryker.
- Femme Fatalons: Has ten long adamantium fingernails.
- Healing Factor: Necessary to get adamantium.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Her bladed fingernails don't fit her hands. However, they are probably stored in her forearms like Wolverine's claws. It adds further Body Horror points, as given that they come out from her fingertips and not the wrists, it means the damn things have to travel entirely through her hand and fingers.
- Ice Queen: Making her more intimidating.
- Knuckle Cracking: Does it constantly and with minimal hand movement, which freaks out a White House secretary in her introduction. It's probably a side effect of her adamantium skeleton and/or her unique hand bones.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's just as able to match Wolverine in some of these departments.
- The Quiet One: She has only one line in the entire amount of her apparitions. Somewhat subverted by the domineering tone she says it with, which suggests she is neither taciturn nor muted by her brainwashing, but merely that we don't get to see her talk onscreen.
- Sexy Secretary: Even if the leather clothes aren't there while she's Stryker's assisant.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In X-Men: The Official Game, the tie-in for X-Men: The Last Stand, she was revealed to have survived the adamantium overdose (though the console version offers no explanation for her survival, the DS version explains that she was recovered by her master, Silver Samurai, who replaced most of her organs with artificial ones to heal her). In fact, Kelly Hu was initially going to return for The Last Stand while Bryan Singer was still attached to it, indicating something of this was going to be canonical, but it was all forgotten when he left.
- Super Strength: She's able to toss the superhumanly strong people in the air.
- The Stoic: Barely changes expression or talks. Justified since she was being mind-controlled by Stryker.
- Wolverine Wannabe: Lady Deathstrike like her comic counterpart is built up as a female Wolverine for Logan to fight. Stryker explicitly lampshades as such by telling Logan he is not one of a kind.
Jason Stryker / Mutant 143
Played By: Michael Reid MacKay & Keely Purvis
Film Appearances: X2: X-Men United | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
William Stryker's son. After his powers were discovered, he was sent to Xavier's school in an attempt to "cure" him - but Xavier was both unsuccessful and unwilling to see mutation as a disease. Returning home, Jason's relationship with his mother and father collapsed; according to Stryker, he came to believe that his parents were responsible for his "condition", and tormented them with nightmarish illusions - one such session ending with his mother attempting to bore the images from her head with a power-drill. Stryker ultimately lobotomized him to make him more pliable, and upon discovering that Jason's brain was also capable of secreting a mind-control serum, hooked him up to a pump in order to exact it. However, Xavier's mind is too strong for the fluid alone, however, and Jason is charged with using his powers to manipulate him into participating in Stryker's genocidal scheme.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Subverted. As the film universe's version of Mastermind, Jason is somewhat more handsome than his comic book self while in their real forms: Mastermind was actually an ugly hunchback under his glamour, which Michael Reid MacKay definitely has an edge over. However, the comic book baddie was a healthy man, while Jason is creepily emaciated and half vivisected, taking a few points of attractiveness from him.
- Adaptational Ugliness: In the movie tie-in comic, Jason resembles a burns victim, his skin completely scarred and brown.
- Adaptational Badass:
- The original Mastermind was unable to enslave telepaths of the level of Xavier and usually needed external help and a lot of subtlely to affect them, while his film version can play him like a flute. Granted, Xavier wore a neural inhibitor at the beginning of the process, but it presumably only impeded him from reaching other minds, not from confronting one that was reaching his own by itself.
- Mastermind's original powers are merely sensorial in nature, meaning the target retains his rational mind and can choose not to believe his illusions if he knows the trick. In the film, however, Jason can even make them react the way he wants not matter how bizarre or implausible his illusions are, implying he actually takes over his victim's mind completely and that his illusionary scenerios are just an "interface" or a way to keep the victim occupied while they do his bidding.
- The brainwashing power of its cerebral fluids seems to be a new, secondary mutant power additional to his canonical skillset, unless it is an unrelated experiment done by Stryker.
- Adaptational Heroism: The original Mastermind was a Dastardly Whiplash, while this version's villainy is doubtful at the best and imposed by lobotomy at the worst. The tie-in video game seems to suggest he was not all that evil, the good side of his personality helping Nightcrawler defeat the Master Mold.
- Adaptation Name Change: From Jason Wyngarde to Jason Stryker.
- Ambiguous Situation: His background. Stryker claims Jason was an Enfant Terrible who tortured his parents because he resented his mutation and blamed them for it. However, it's implied very believably that William abused his son for being a mutant and that the latter just lashed back at him (Stryker forcefully taking Jason away from the X-Mansion, where he was cared for and encouraged to accept himself, was probably the breaking point for the boy). Finally, given that Xavier doesn't explicitly deny Stryker's claims that he feared Jason's power, it might be also that both lectures are true, and that while Stryker did abuse him, Jason was really vicious and dangerous, possibly as a consequence of his upbringing.
- Astral Projection: His mutant power allows him to do this, called as "telepathic illusion". With this power, he creates his mental projection in the form of a seemingly innocent little mutant girl who tricks Xavier to kill all humans with Dark Cerebro.
- Big Bad: In X-Men: The Official Game, the tie-in video game for X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Body Horror: His wheelchair is equipped with canisters connected to his spine in order to collect his fluids. Even worse, it's implied he is completely conscious (as conscious as he can be, that is) when they are extracted out of him.
- Brainwashed: It's unknown how much of his free will is behind his loyalty to Stryker, but he surely cannot think very much by himself due to his lobotomy and all the surgical modifications he seems to have got in his brain.
- Broken Bird: Broken and lobotomized. Bonus points for going under a female form.
- Charm Person: Unlike the Mastermind from the comics, who could affect the senses of his victims but not their judgement, Jason can make them believe even the most contextually absurd visions. Under his control, Xavier follows blindly the increasingly weird petitions of an unknown girl and doesn't doubt a bit before launching a lethal mind attack against either the mutants or the humans of the entire world.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's referred to as Jason and "Mutant 143", but never as Mastermind.
- Composite Character: He is a very even composite of three comics characters: Jason Wyngarde (a.k.a. Mastermind), from whom he gets his first name and powers; Reverend Stryker's unnamed mutant child from the God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel, whose name was eventually revealed to be Jason as well in a reduced form of Canon Immigrant; and Professor X's autistic son David Haller (a.k.a. Legion), from whom he gets his mismatched eyes, multiple personalities, and insanity.
- Creepy Child: He is a mutant with illusionist and mind probing powers who has been lobotomized by his father so that he follows his every word. When he tries to fool Charles Xavier into using Cerebro for him and Stryker, he creates a scenario in which he is represented as a young, slightly creepy girl who asks a somewhat stunned Xavier to look for all the mutants. The only thing letting on that they are one and the same is that they both share the same asymmetrical eyes.
- Cute Is Evil: His mental projection little girl is certainly this.
- The Dreaded: Stryker claims Xavier was afraid of Jason back when he was his student. We don't know how much of that is true, but given that Jason later goes to beat the greatest psychic in the world on his own field, the latter had definitely reasons to be wary of what he might become.
- Dull Surprise: Never moves a muscle of his face, though it is justified because he is lobotomized after all. His only emotions are registered through eye movements, which flicker towards a victim before he takes control of them - though Magneto drily shakes his head and taps his defensive helmet.
- Dying Alone: In X2: X-Men United, he's left behind as Dark Cerebro collapses around him.
- Evil Cripple: He supposedly Mind Raped his parents so severely that his mother took a power drill to her temple to get the images out. He was experimented on by his father, a mutant-phobe, and turned into a living Lotus-Eater Machine in a wheelchair. As the first part can be questioned, Jason is portrayed sympathetically overall, but his appearance is definitely intended to be creepy.
- Evil Counterpart: He is a wheelchair-bounded psychic with a nasty childhood, very much like Charles Xavier himself.
- The Fake Cutie: His mental projection little girl presents him/herself as this to trick Xavier.
- Genius Cripple: He is barely able to lift an eyebrow, but that's made up for by very impressive psychic powers - though his ability to think on his own, ironically enough, has been almost lost after extensive brain surgery.
- Handicapped Badass: A wheelchair-bounded man who almost caused a mutant genocide through one of the most powerful mutants.
- Heel Realisation: In the comic adaptation, where Xavier helps him to realize his manipulation is the wrong way to gain his father's love.
- Kung Fu-Proof Mook: He is Weapon X's answer to Xavier.
- Lean and Mean: Years spent being exploited by Stryker have left Jason painfully emaciated.
- Literal Split Personality: In the video game, where his powers allow him to project an evil adult side and a good child side.
- Master of Illusion: His power, most of which is expressed in crafting landscapes and scenarios for his victims to wander, though at one point he also creates an illusion of Xavier being able to walk again. Impressively, during the climax of X2: X-Men United, he's able to keep two different illusory scenarios running at the same time, one of them on what is called the most powerful mind in the planet.
- Oh, Crap!: He gives an annoyed look to Erik's helmet when he fails to manipulate him. Given that Jason never shows a physical reaction in the film until that point, it is probably the nearest thing to a freakout he can strike.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Thanks to the brain surgery, he's both very easily manipulated and childishly devoted to his abusive father - to the point that when Magneto catches up with him, all he needs to do in order to change Jason's mind is have Mystique transform into Stryker and give him a new set of orders. For good measure, within his illusions, he usually depicts himself as a child.
- Red Right Hand: He has heterochromia, an easy way of recognizing the illusory depictions of himself.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comic adaptation of X2: X-Men United he actually lives, whereas in the movie he's left for dead when the dam begins to collapse.
- The Speechless: Physically unable to speak due to the current state of his body, leaving his "child self" to speak for him. In a deleted scene, he manages to weakly blurt out a few words while being mind-controlled into helping Xavier escape, although this turns out to be yet another one of Jason's illusions.
- Squishy Wizard: Extreme example. With his disabled body, he is completely defenseless if he can not exert his psychic powers on his enemies.
- Too Powerful to Live: Presumably, the reason why Nightcrawler and Storm leave him to die in Dark Cerebro after rescuing Xavier - a psychic as powerful as him and still bent against them could have impeded their escape from the crumbling dam and caused unknowingly the death of everybody including himself.
- Villainous Breakdown: Twice in a row. First, when Magneto manages to briefly shut down Cerebro proving immune to Jason's attempts at manipulating him in the process. Secondly, when Storm uses a blizzard to break his hold over Xavier once and for all. In both situations, Jason only can express his terror through his illusions, although in the first one he does show a degree of physical response by glancing at Magneto.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: One of Stryker's commands for Jason was "make me proud." In turn, Jason's illusory self can be heard whimpering, "He's going to be so mad at me!" when Storm disrupts his control of Xavier.
- You Are Number 6: General Stryker had Jason lobotomized after lashing out against him and his wife. Since then, the General simply refers to him as "Mutant 143". When Professor X expresses his shock over it, asking why he'd do this to his own son, Stryker simply answers with: "No, Charles. My son is dead. Just like the rest of you."
Staff Sergeant Marcus Lyman
Played By: Peter Wingfield
Voiced: Mario Arvizu (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: X2: X-Men United
A soldier who commands Stryker's seconded Special Forces detachment.
- The Brute: To Stryker in X2: X-Men United.
- In Name Only: The Marcus Lyman from the comics was a Spider-Man villain, a trader who became a mass murderer when an assasination attempt killed his wife and damaged his brain. However, this Marcus Lyman is US Army sergeant serving under Stryker.
- Mook Lieutenant: He leads the special forces detachment on behalf on Stryker who is clearly more focused on the capture and experimenting on mutants.
- Number Two: To Stryker in X2: X-Men United.