Examples of Does This Remind You of Anything? in live-action movies.
- Lambert's Cruel and Unusual Death in Alien involves the sinewy tail of the Xenomorph sliding up between her legs, and then cutting to Ripley listening to Lambert's grunts of pain before cutting out. Given the film's infamous sexual overtones, the parallels with a rape scene were very likely intentional.
- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane contains a very dark example: the scene wherein Mandy murders Chloe is heavily sexualized.
- Curt Connors' use of the Lizard serum in The Amazing Spider-Man is very reminiscent of a drug addiction.Rhys Ifans: So in a sense, it's almost like what crystal meth would do to an addict, where you feel all powerful and almost a sense of hubris that you can do anything, and that for Connors becomes addictive. That's why he returns to being the Lizard, and guys who are on powerful drugs want everyone else to feel the same, regardless of its social benefits. They want everyone to feel that great, because they feel great.
- Joseph Losey's The Assassination of Trotsky has a long and extremely graphic bullfight sequence about halfway through the movie, witnessed by the character who ultimately assassinates Trotsky. Quite possibly the most unsubtle (and needlessly grotesque) bit of foreshadowing in cinema history.
- In the 1956 movie Baby Doll, Silva Vacarro (Eli Wallach in his film debut) sneaks into the house, finds a rocking horse in the nursery and raucously straddles it and hits it with his riding crop while "Shame, Shame, Shame" plays.
- Noni and Kid Culprit's disasterous BET performance in Beyond The Lights. To recap: The entire performance was already primed to be extremely sexual with Noni and Kid Culprit simulating sex on a bed on stage. But it begins to cross the line into dangerous territory when Noni, trying to shed off some of her sexual image, refuses to strip on-stage as was choreographed and maneuvers herself out from underneath Kid Culprit on the bed. He in turn furiously pushes her down several times and attempts to disrobe her much to hers and to some in the audience's shock. Continuing the performance, Noni slides down Kid Culprit's legs, only to have him hold her head down near his crotch, refusing to let her up even when she tries to get up several times. The performance ends with Noni publicly humiliated. The sexual-assault imagery is so overt that By-the-Book Cop Kaz ends up punching Kid Culprit on stage on national television.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula, Lucy makes some flirtatious innuendos about Quincy's big "thing" - namely, his bowie knife.
- There was a scene in City Slickers where Mitch and Phil are talking about what seems to be impotence but they're really talking about using the VCR. And they've been at it for four hours.
- C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, an Alternate History where the South won the Civil War, features several false propaganda films supposedly from the Fifties that portray those favoring the abolition of slavery as evil ("Watch out, because your neighbor could be an Abby!"). Later in the Mockumentary there's another propaganda piece that asks "Have you now, or have you ever been, a homosexual?" Both are intended to be similar to the Red Scare fear of communism.
- Hoo boy, this exchange in Commando when John convinces the villain (who looks like both a member of the village people and Freddy Mercury) to let go of his daughter and have a knife fight with him.John: You don't want to pull the trigger. You want to put the knife in me and look me in the eye and see what's going while you turn it. That's what you want to do, right?Bennett: (With an orgasmic expression on his face.) I can kill you John.John: Come on, let the girl go, just between you and me, don't deprive yourself of some pleasure, come on Bennett, let's party!Bennett: I can beat you, I don't need the girl hahah, I DON'T NEED THE GIRL! I don't need the gun John. I can beat you. I DON'T NEED NO GUN! AND I'LL KILL YOU NOW!
- The fights ends with John impaling Bennett on a long hard steam pipe.
- A classic example is from the late 80's comedy The Couch Trip where on a radio call-in show, John Burns (Dan Aykroyd) suggests to a man trying to overcome a problem with premature ejaculation, to imagine working on his car instead. His description of taking apart a transmission... well, if the caller had had the opposite problem, it would've helped.
- From Daredevil. The fight between Elektra and Bullseye was shortened due to the fact Bullseye was assaulting a woman and sexualizing violence. The end of the fight evokes a different feeling than what Bullseye intended. He grabs Elektra, keeps her close to his face as he attempts to kiss her. He manages to bite down on her lower lip and kiss her while gutting her, then viciously throws her away. Given how he finds her attractive and wanted to kiss her while mocking her moving her face away and how physically close he was despite how much she didn't want it come across less like the murder it was and more like Bullseye was out to rape Elektra. At the end, Elektra is shown crawling on all fours to Matt, gasping for air, near tears and asking for help, akin to a rape victim. Considering Bullseye is a sadistic psychopath, the idea he would rape Elektra if given the chance isn't far off.
- From The Dark Knight, when Joker falls out of his clown truck and Batman is driving towards him on the Batpod.
- From Deadpool 2: Russell Collins is a teenage mutant who despises the fact that everybody shuns him, attributing that to the fact that he's not only a mutant, but the only fat one among countless others that look like supermodels. He idolizes violent characters like Deadpool and Juggernaut, goes on a rampage in an institution full of minors twice and the main characters debate whether he should be given emotional support or treated like any other terrorist. He's essentially a superpowered school shooter. Deadpool even lampshades this, noting that he dresses like the Unabomber.
- Don't Be a Menace features gangsta Loc Dog receiving a package of white powder from his friend, promising him that he'll get some when it's ready. Loc then measures, tests, and puts the powder in an apparatus on the stove. Of course at the end of the scene, it's shown that he's not processing heroin but rather baking a tasty cake instead.
- In one version of the Dracula movie, Jonathan cuts his finger while dining with the Count, who gets a little too... excited about this and wants to suck Jonathan's finger.
- In Drop Dead Gorgeous, Tammy's lines about rides on her tractor sound a lot like describing sex. She even has a smoke afterwards, which becomes a plot point.
- Played for Laughs in the opening credits of Dr. Strangelove, where romantic music is played over footage of planes refueling in mid-air, making it seem like a bizarre porn movie.
- The film has an impoverished and overcrowded Los Angeles with a primarily Spanish-speaking population trying desperately to get to the place where all the wealth and resources seem to be concentrated. The mostly white, English-speaking population of the wealthy land are aggressively trying to keep the masses of non-citizens at bay. It's all a metaphor for immigration.
- The movie also mirrors the "white flight" pattern seen in many American cities: minorities move into a city, causing middle- and and upper-class whites to move to the suburbs, and when minorities start moving to the suburbs, whites move to further suburbs. The logical conclusion to this is for the upper class to build their own space station..
- The Split-Screen Phone Call between Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger in Down with Love has a strong sexual innuendo.
- In Dragnet (the 1987 movie) there is this bit:Connie Swail (who has just been rescued from becoming a virgin sacrifice): How come his is so much bigger than yours?
Officer Joe Friday: Miss?
Connie Swail: The gun.
Officer Joe Friday: I've never needed more.
- Extinction (2018): One of the flashbacks shows human demonstrators chant "You will not replace us", aimed at the androids. This is almost the exact same chant used by neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the nighttime rally they held, except it was "Jews will not replace us", based on their claim of a Jewish plot to replace "Aryans" with blacks, Latinos and others. Perhaps not coincidentally, the leads here are Latino and Jewish.
- In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them America has outlawed wizard-nomajs relationships both as friendships and marriages, something that Europeans like the British find outrageous. This is very similar to what happened in real life, like the fact that the US had segregation laws that made marriages between different races illegal, and though friendships were not illegal, considering the segregation of everything (bars, churches, workplaces, schools) it was pretty hard to socialize with other races. Europeans, with some exceptions, didnt have similar laws and this practice was seen as barbaric in many countries of Europe.
- When Newt and Porpentina are about to be executed by the American magical government, the method of choice is a chair floating in a room above a silvery magical substance which seems to be inspired in part by the Pensieve, since it shows memories of the soon-to-be victims as a means of easing them into it. Pensieve comparisons aside, it also resembles two historical methods of execution, both of them applying to the setting: first off, it's a chair explicitly used for execution, just like the electric chair which was the method of choice in America for decades; second, it resembles dunking, a means of forcing confessions out of accused witches in historical periods when they were actively persecuted.
- In The Fly (1986), Seth's slow and horrific transformation into something not entirely human was intended by the director as an allegory for growing old: Seth loses his hair and teeth, his skin becomes discoloured and lumpy, and he eventually struggles to walk and eat solid food. Many other critics and fans saw the gradual deterioration of Seth's condition as a disease - most notably cancer and AIDS, it was The '80s after all.
- Star Wars:
- The Force Awakens: Kylo Ren interrogating an abducted Rey while the latter is tied down and in obvious terror and pain has more than a few parallels with a rape scene.
- The Last Jedi: The scene where Luke walks in on Kylo Ren and Rey holding hands via their Force Bond plays out very similarly to Interrupted Intimacy. Rian Johnson even compared it to a sex scene. However, when combined with the above entry regarding the previous film, it raises some Unfortunate Implications.
- An early scene in French Cancan has showman Danglard and his newest starlet Nini visit a dance teacher to create a new version of the cancan. When they arrive at the studio, the dancers lounging around in their underwear look more like hookers than hoofers.
- In Girl with a Pearl Earring the scene where Vermeer pierces Griet's ear for her as well as touching her lips is symbolic of her losing her virginity as well as the scene where he sees her hair (it's played like he saw her naked).
- The fourth film of the Harry Potter film franchise has a certain scene in which Lord Voldemort and Harry scream and groan in some very suggestive ways. Especially if it is heard without the video.
- It's even preceded by this line:Voldemort: (...) no matter, no matter. Things have changed. I can touch you now!
- The same movie contains a scene of the imposter of Mad-Eye Moody beginning to rummage like crazy through his shelves, pushing glass bottles aside and obviously frantically searching for something. It's the polyjuice potion, to keep his appearance up, but to anyone who knows the behavior of an alcoholic searching for booze, this scene was a great depiction of it.
- Where the books went the route of making the Death Eaters look like stereotypical Dark Wizards, with baggy hooded robes and masks, the fourth film modified the outfits a bit to replace their hoods with pointed hats, making the parallel between them and the Ku Klux Klan unmistakable.
- The sixth film gives us Felix Felicis, a luck potion that apparently makes Harry behave like he was high.
- It's even preceded by this line:
- Help!: John's line, "No doubt about it, we're risking our lives to preserve a useless member!" (In context, it's about Ringo's ring finger, which isn't necessary to his drumming but which he refuses to part with; taken with the Running Gag of Ringo's reputation, it sounds as if the line is meant to refer to Ringo himself as the useless member of the band.)
- In the second movie, after a rather homoerotic dance number posing as a baseball game, Chad and Ryan from High School Musical talk about Ryan's "game". Meanwhile, Ryan is playing with a baseball in his hand, and Chad is quite enthusiastically shaking a ketchup bottle◊. Yeah. Oh, and, they're wearing each other's clothes, with no explanations as to how or why.
- The Hunger Games: There are constant reminders of the influence of reality television on the setting, such as the sponsors.
- The District 11 riots resemble the civil rights put downs.
- District 11 in general looks a lot similar to plantations from the Pre-Civil War era. The only difference is that they're threatened with death instead of just lashes.
- The scene in Independence Day where Jimmy Wilder (Harry Connick Jr.) bends down on his knee to grab a wedding ring that fell on the floor, accidentally dropped by Captain Hillier (Will Smith). A fellow pilot walks into the men's locker room to see Wilder on one knee, making it look like he's proposing to his best friend.
- Little Red Riding Hood is known as a cautionary fairy tale - and the scene between her and The Wolf in Into the Woods has a definite pedophilia edge to it.
- In Jewel Robbery from 1932, the Robber gives a security guard a funny cigarette that when smoked makes the guard giggle and ramble incoherently. He also mentions that the guard will wake up with a good appetite in the morning.
- According to Entertainment Weekly's review of The Jonas Brothers' 3-D concert movie, there's one part where the brothers spray foam at the audience — out of a hose. The reviewer only hopes that the target audience doesn't see the symbolism in this.
- King Kong (1933): A savage is taken to America in chains, threatens a white woman and causes mayhem in the city. Some people see a racist subtext here.
- In the 1942 melodrama Kings Row, town ladykiller Drake McHugh (Ronald Reagan) is injured in a train accident and both of his legs are amputated. Amputated by the disapproving father of the virginal girl he's engaged to. The legs just might be standing in for another part.
- In Maleficent, the titular character is drugged by someone she believed was a friend, then mutilated in her sleep, which pushes her over the Despair Event Horizon. She was effectively date-raped on screen. This is a metaphor which Angelina Jolie states was entirely intentional.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- In Iron Man, Tony Stark is trying to unsuit himself...Tony: Hey! Ow, ah, ah!
Jarvis: It is a tight fit, sir.
Tony: (pained grunting)
Jarvis: Sir, the more you struggle, the more this is going to hurt.
Tony: Be gentle. This is my first time.
- Tony's line when Pepper shows up immediately following the previous exchange sold the scene:Tony: Let's face it. This is NOT the worst thing you've caught me doing.
- Tony's line when Pepper shows up immediately following the previous exchange sold the scene:
- In The Avengers (2012), Loki tries to brainwash Tony Stark with his very long staff, but fails due to Tony's arc reactor protecting his heart.Loki (a confused and frustrated look upon his face): This usually works!
Tony: Well, performance issues? It's not uncommon. One out of five...
- In Thor: Ragnarok, when the brothers finally find Odin with Doctor Strange's help... and he seems so out of it, almost as if he doesn't even recognize his sons at first, is unresponsive to what they're saying, and talking about their long deceased mother... it easily plays out like he's succumbing to Alzheimer's disease, and is one of the most heart-wrenching moments in the film, if not the franchise.
- In Iron Man, Tony Stark is trying to unsuit himself...
- The Matrix: Those familiar with Buddhism and Gnosticism will find similarities in the plot with the idea of the world we see being an illusion that blinds us to the true reality. Neo is also similar to Buddha or Christ with this context.
- Probably the reason why The Miracle of Morgan's Creek had so much trouble with The Hays Code is because the plot is basically a satire on the Nativity story.
- Max drank about nine milkshakes with several party goers cheering him on in Max Keeble's Big Move in a manner that is very reminiscent of a binge drinking contest.
- Monsters. An unwanted bunch of aliens from Mexico are constantly attempting to cross the US border and actually succeeding despite a giant fortified wall being put in place to stop them. You've got the American immigration controversy.
- In Monte Carlo, Count Rudolph (disguised as a hairdresser) insists on giving Countess Helene a scalp massage despite her protests. She starts out by saying, No, no, no, no! and progresses to rapturous moans of Oh, that feels good Ohh! Oh, that feels even better.
- Similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring, in Moonrise Kingdom, Suzy yelps when Sam is the first to penetrate her ... earlobe, with a fishhook.
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005): The conversation when they're discussing how many people they've killed plays out like they're discussing previous sexual partners.John Smith: How many? Ok... I'll go first, then. I don't keep exact count, but I'd say, uh, high 50s, low 60s. I mean, I know I've been around the block an all, but...
Jane Smith: 312.
John Smith: What? How?
Jane Smith: Some were two at a time.
- In Muppets from Space, the scene where Gonzo talks about being an alien sure sounds an awful lot like coming out of the closet...
- In New Moon, one of the wolf pack's wives gets her face nearly clawed off because she made her wolfman angry. But she forgives him, and acts like it never happened, because that's what good women do. Unfortunate Implications abound whether or not this is meant to be taken literally (and with Stephenie Meyer's writing, who can say?)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
- There's a scene with Nancy in the bath with her legs stretched out and Freddy tries to attack her by reaching a hand up out of the water in between her legs and then pulling her down trying to drown her while laughing.
- Tina's death visually evokes a rape.
- No God No Master: The promotional materials bring up a lot of parallels that the First Red Scare (1919-1920) had with The War on Terror-attacks by one fringe group sparking a massive government crackdown, including raids and arrests which had sketchy legality (however those arrested were deported, not detained), most of people with no evidence they had committed any crime (it helped inspire the American Civil Liberties Union's formation) who'd immigrated to the US.
- Pacific Rim: After their first spar, Raleigh is more convinced than ever that he and Mako are meant for each other...as co-pilots. According to Word of God, the implications were intentional.Raleigh: We're compatible! You felt it too, right?
- In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! short 'So You Want to be a Pirate': "I just love long, hard things that go boom!" (referring to a cannon).
- When Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End calls the brawling Pirate Court to order, he steps onto the table with a pistol in one hand and, curiously, chain shot in the other. During his speech, we get a shot of Jack peering through his legs, where you can clearly see a pair of huge, cast-iron balls.
- Plan B: Pablo develops a very close relationship with Bruno that he doesn't tell his girlfriend about. He says that it's because Bruno is like a twelve-year-old friend that he doesn't want to share with anyone else, but the parallels between their relationship and a closeted gay/bi man having a secret affair with another man are unmistakable, especially considering that the film was directed by a gay man and Pablo and Bruno's friendship does eventually become romantic/sexual, although not until after both men have broken up with the girl they were originally pursuing.
- In Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, gun obsessive Eugene Tackleberry loses his virginity, for which he and his equally gun obsessed girlfriend have to take their guns out of their holsters etc and put them on the floor. As they do, the lights go off, and but a moment or two later a gunshot is heard.
- Sir Ian McKellen's film version of Richard III. The setting is established right off as 30s Europe. Sure, why not? Then we come to Richard's coronation scene... and down come the long, red banners with his black-and-white emblem and fervent background chanting. Oh, right.
- In French crime films of the 1950s, e.g. Rififi, it is common for the protagonist to have spent four or five years in jail. There is a critical consensus that this is a reference to the German occupation of France in World War Two.
- This scene in Scarface (1983).
- The song "Breakin' Out" in Shock Treatment plays over scenes of Brad escaping from the asylum. But listen to the words, and it seems to be about another kind of coming out entirely...
- Spartacus had the scene where General Crassus is being bathed by his slave, and he begins to enquire about the slave's appetites... for oysters or snails, that is. Crassus goes on to argue that preference is nothing more than that, and not liking "oysters" is not a moral failing, but a matter of taste.Crassus: My taste includes both snails and oysters.
- Smoke Signals: Just replace "seats" with "land" during the scene when the two Native American protagonists find their bus seats have been stolen by two racist white men.Thomas: Um, excuse me? These are our seats.Man: You mean these were your seats.Victor: No, that's not what he means.Man: Now listen, these are our seats now. There ain't a damn thing you can do about it.
- Spectre: In this James Bond film, Max Denbigh/C, the person who was hired by SPECTRE in reality as part of Ernst Stavro Blofeld's strategy to destroy 007, constantly questions the relevance of spies in a post-Cold War world and advocates the use of Attack Drones and mass surveillance to M, 007's boss. This is reminiscent of Rogue Agent Janus/Alec Trevelyan belittling 007 for clinging on to outdated ideals in GoldenEye.
- The Spider-Man Trilogy:
- Peter Parker's problem with, ah, "shooting blanks" in Spider-Man 2.
- Spider-Man and Mary Jane's first kiss in Spider-Man? You know, the one where he's hanging upside down in the rain...
- Depending on the audience, the following dialog might lead to snickers.Peter: Picking up where we left off.
Mary Jane: Where was that? We never got on. You can't get off if you don't get on, Peter.
- How about it in Spider-Man 3?Spider-Man: (pinning Venom down) You have to take off this suit!
Venom: You'd like that, wouldn't you?
- Like their TV series, The Star Trek films love to do this:
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a big, honkin' allegory about the end of the Cold War. It starts off with the horrible disaster on the Klingon moon Praxis, (not in Chernobyl); which forces the Klingon Empire, (not the Soviet Union) to reach out to the Federation (not the West). Conservative hard-liners then kill (not attempt to kill) Gorkon (not Gorbachev) for his trouble. From there, it diverges a bit from actual history, but you get the picture.
- Star Trek Into Darkness: The Federation suffers a major attack on Earth, and the leaders of Starfleet, specifically Admiral Marcus, try to turn this into a war against the Klingons, who didn't have anything to do with the attack. Then Marcus orders Kirk to kill a terrorist by shooting photon torpedoes at the Klingon homeworld instead of bringing him in for trial. Real subtle, guys.
- Star Trek Beyond: Krall's Social Darwinist rhetoric bears a strong resemblance to that of the Nazis, no doubt on purpose. This may be ironic given that he turns out to be a black man. The good guys get this too, oddly, with Scotty illustrating Federation doctrine that strength comes from unity with the "fasces" symbol (a bundle of sticks is stronger than one) that was used by the Italian Fascists and inspired their name (of course, they are hardly the only ones who said this).note
- The piano duet between India and Charlie in Stoker is very suggestive. Between their physical closeness, Held Gazes, and quick gasps, it comes off as an allegorical sex scene. The fact that Charlie is India's uncle does not detract from the subtext. At all.
- The scene at the start of Stuart Little where the Littles meet and decide to adopt Stuart plays out like a white family adopting a black kid. The adoption agent even says "We try to discourage parents from adopting outside their own... species. It rarely works out".
- Star Wars:
Padmé Amidala: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."
- The Dark Side. Feels good while you're using it, but ultimately ruins your life as you lose yourself and everyone you love.
- The Prequel Trilogy is rife with political double meanings.
- The Separtist Council is made up mainly of corporate lobbyists who care more about their profit than the Republic they swear allegience to. Hm...
- The Separtists' official name is the "Confederacy of Independent Systems", and their mission statement is to secede from a Republic which they see as denying them "economic priveleges." Certainly sounds a lot like a real-world confederacy whose attempted seccession sparked a bloody war...
- This Gem:
- In Transformers, Frenzy spread-eagling himself over a computer terminal he'd plugged into, twitching and yelping.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The girl who aggressively hits on Sam gets squirted in the face... just not by Sam. Of course, Sam doesn't really help the scene by yelling, "Oh my God your face! Lemme get some wetnaps for your face!"
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Is it just a fun Film Noir spoof, or an allegory on the Great American Streetcar Scandal? Why not both?
- Also, Jessica Rabbit literally playing pattycake with another man is treated like an affair.
- The Wolf of Wall Street: Set at a minor-league brokerage firm on Long Island that specializes in penny-stock pump-and-dump schemes? Most of the employees younger single men who indulge their considerable fortunes on hookers and cocaine at debauched company parties? Motivational speeches by a charismatic asshole who drives a Ferrari? If it sounds a lot like Boiler Room, it shouldthat film was also inspired by the real-life Stratton Oakmont firm.
- X-Men Film Series:
- Magneto's description of God sounds a lot like Professor X. Doubles as Fridge Brilliance after it's revealed in X2: X-Men United that Magneto views mutants to be gods among insects, and there is no one in the world he respects (and loves, as we learn in X-Men: First Class) more than his old friend.Magneto: I've always thought of God as a teacher, a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding.
- The relationship between Charles and Erik is set up as being akin to the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; near the end of the film, Erik even quotes Malcolm X's line, "By any means necessary."
- If you didn't already get the suggestion that Senator Kelly was akin to Senator Joseph McCarthy, the fact he claims he has a list of known mutants early on the film should be a clue.
- A line from Mystique that's more noticeable in hindsight due to the increased attention toward school bullying, especially of gay students.Mystique: People like you are the reason I was afraid to go to school as a child.
- Magneto's description of God sounds a lot like Professor X. Doubles as Fridge Brilliance after it's revealed in X2: X-Men United that Magneto views mutants to be gods among insects, and there is no one in the world he respects (and loves, as we learn in X-Men: First Class) more than his old friend.
- X2: X-Men United: Bobby Drake "comes out" with his mutant powers to his parents, who respond, "Have you tried ''not'' being a mutant?" Director Bryan Singer and actor Ian McKellen are gay, and were asked for assistance in writing this scene, basing it on a "coming out" conversation.
- X-Men: The Last Stand: Mystique refuses to answer to Raven Darkholme (her birth name) because "that's my slave name." Considering the franchise's rather unsubtle use of Have You Tried Not Being a Monster? and Mystique/Raven's struggle about the discrepancy between the way she appears and her true identity, it also brings to mind a transgender person adopting a new name that reflects their gender. Also the words "slave name" were used by the likes of Malcom X or Muhammad Ali rejecting their surnames likely given to one of their ancestors by a former master.
- X-Men: First Class: Hank McCoy says about his mutation, "You didn't ask, so I didn't tell."
- X-Men: Days of Future Past:
- Between going through a personal hell, his mind clearly not working straight, it being the '70s and him shooting up to dull the pain, Xavier closely resembles a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran. James McAvoy has even called it his Born on the Fourth of July look.
- There is Jesus imagery surrounding Charles; his story arc is almost a metaphor for Jesus accepting his role as a martyr, with Xavier having to choose between life as a man, or getting in that wheelchair and suffering to save the world.
- The images from the Bad Future of mutants being branded to identify them, camps full of mutants, and those who helped them being marched to off-screen executions is strongly reminiscent of the Holocaust. Given the X-Men series' penchant for drawing that parallel, it's undoubtedly deliberate.
- The footage of the mutants fighting at the Paris Peace Conference is eerily reminiscent of the Zapruder film, right down to the small format and shaky cam.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: En Sabah Nur's relentless pursuit of Xavier for the latter's body and the subsequent Mind Rape is a disturbing analogy for an obsessive stalker/rapist wanting to violate his prey. It also helps the impression that Charles is a Pretty Boy, which further enhances his image as a victim. A later scene reinforces this subtext; after being denied possession of Xavier's body, Apocalypse begins to angrily call out to Charles and demand he show himself in a manner reminiscent of an abusive spouse. In addition to the not-so-subtle shot of Professor X being cuffed to a slab against his will while his captor looms threateningly over him, there is an I Have You Now, My Pretty vibe when Apocalypse forcibly pushes his bloodied, but still beautiful-looking captive down to the floor and gloats, "You're mine now."
- What really drives the rape metaphor home is how Apocalypse's whole interaction with Xavier was all about taking control over the victim, which is the primary method a rapist would use to make the victim feel helpless.