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  • Creator Backlash: The designers didn't like Mystique's first season look, with the reason given for its use being that they ran out of time. They're much more pleased with her later design with darker skin and black clothes.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The first season's action scenes were restricted by the network, who felt that kids shows had gotten too dark and violent for the demographic they wanted to reach. After the first season was a success, they were allowed a lot more leeway. Boyd Kirkland has spoke positively about this, saying that this allowed for the first reason to properly develop the characters and their personalities.
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    • Due to sensitivity after September 11th, cuts were made to the episode "Growing Pains". In the episode, Avalanche risks his life to save Shadowcat from debris; but because network censors were worried about children's reactions to a character having something fall down on them, the scene was cut. So at the end of the episode, Lance appears to be holding Kitty for no real reason. Frank Paur, who directed many episodes of the series, believes this censorship made viewers confused about the Lance and Kitty romance initially since it established why Kitty changed her opinion of him from Season One. All DVD releases restore this scene.
    • Later in the series, three of the X-Men were Put on a Bus, supposedly because the cast was too large. Wolfsbane, a character who hardly spoke, was an obvious choice. Jubilee, however, had a very minor role but did have a few subplots with Bobby and Sam, and appeared considerably more than Wolfsbane. Then later Evan decided to live in the sewers because his powers were growing out of control. The irony is that Sunspot, a character who appeared even less than Wolfsbane, stayed even though he did virtually nothing for the rest of the series, resulting in two girls being the only New Recruits dropped. This causes said New Recruits to only have one female in the group, leading to some Unfortunate Implications.
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    • Word of God has also stated there was pressure put on the show at times to include more superheroes and characters from the wider Marvel universe. The producers though wanted to keep their own universe small and the focus on mutants rather than having to explain how The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man or The Mighty Thor fit in. Nonetheless, compromises were evidently made; Captain America guest starred in a Season 2 episode, Nick Fury and SHIELD became a recurring presence in the show's latter half, and HYDRA (led by Viper) served as the villains of two episodes in the fourth season.
    • Executive Meddling also led to the creation of X-23. Marvel executives wanted more Wolverine, but the show's producers felt the focus should be on the kids. X-23 was seen as a compromise since she would be a young female clone of Wolverine.
      • Judging by the fan reaction, the X-23 example is perhaps the best proof that all Tropes Are Tools and even the "worst" can sometimes yield pleasing results.
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    • Spyke was originally meant to be the team's tank with his powers giving him a carapace with the spike firing as backup weapons. This changed when the producer insisted that he should be more marketable and enforced the removal of the armour plates leaving him with the spikes, accidentally making him similar to Marrow. The haircut and skateboarding were also caused by this.
    • The general standalone nature of the first two seasons, aside from the finales, was mandated by the network. After Season 3, the writers were left to their own devices and pushed for more connected, continuity-driven stories.
    • Forge was going to give Kurt the Star Trek "live long and prosper" sign and Kurt would try and return it unsuccessfully at the end of Middle Verse, but the Kids WB didn't want the show to reference Star Trek.
  • Fake American: Most of the series' voice cast were Canadian. A particularly egregious example is Captain America, once again voiced by the very Canadian David Hayter who previously played the role in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
  • Fake Australian: Pyro is voiced by Trevor Devall, who is Canadian.
  • Fake Brit: Nicole Oliver does an English accent to play Risty Wilde. Since she's actually Mystique, she counts as an in-universe example.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: The casting of Michael Donovan as Sabretooth opposite Scott McNeil as Wolverine is rather amusing considering their respective roles as Billy and Jimmy Lee.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Less so with the show, as it is available on iTunes and YouTube (Netflix has the first season as well), but just try to find a legal copy of the two original songs from the "Walk on the Wild Side" episode.
    • Also the DVDs are all out of print, and the last 9 episodes have never been released to DVD at all because Warner Home Video lost the rights to the series.
  • The Other Darrin: Andrea Libman voiced X-23 in her self-titled episode. When the character returned in "Target X", she was voiced by Brittney Irvin.
  • The Other Marty:
    • Although Storm was mainly voiced by Kirsten Williamson, some of her dialogue was recorded by Colleen Wheeler (Mystique's voice actress) and wound up being heard in certain episodes. Similarly, Magneto is voiced by Christopher Judge for most of the show, but for a single episode recap, he was voiced by Michael Donovan (Sabretooth's voice actor) for no apparent reason.
    • Brian Drummond was originally going to voice Cyclops and even recorded his dialogue for the first episode, but the role was eventually recast to Kirby Morrow leading to to everything being re-recorded.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • As Madam Hydra, Lisa Ann Beley take a break from her usual heroic roles and play a villain for a change.
    • Andrea Libman usually voices Genki Girls and cutie characters, but had an episode voicing the tortured X-23.
  • Production Posse: The show shares most of its cast with Class of the Titans, which is also about gifted teenagers undergoing superhero training.
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  • Screwed by the Network: Apparently, the cancellation was because the Executives at Marvel didn't feel like the show was good enough to continue. Supposedly, they were never really behind the series, which annoyed the occasional show director and art designer Steven E. Gordon as a number of ideas in the show were stolen/adopted by writers at Marvel; notably, before her creators brought her in themselves, then-Marvel head Joe Quesada brought X-23 into comic canon with NYX, a series about mutants living on the street, that featured X-23 as a prostitute. Yeah, a lot of fans don't like to talk about that.
  • Short Run in Peru: At least one season managed to air in New Zealand on WNTV long before it was screened in the States, resulting in many fanvids with 'wntv' watermarks in the corner.
  • Star-Making Role: Character examples. Kitty Pryde being featured as a main character led to an increase in popularity for her, bringing her to mainstream attention. Nightcrawler as well to a lesser extent (as he had been featured in the Mutant Academy video game and appeared a couple of times in the 90s series). Both characters were introduced into the live action films as a result.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • In a rather literal example of this trope, during the episode Rogue is losing control of the powers she absorbed, Mystique and Cyclops talk to themselves while Rogue is transformed into them.
    • In a more meta sense, any time Apocalypse and Xavier are talking to each other as both were voiced by David Kaye.
  • Tuckerization: The Alpha Bitch that bullies Kitty in her introduction episode is called Riley Finn, after a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As has been noted before, Kitty's comics personality was a big influence on Buffy's.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The fashion, technology (particularly a camera Spyke uses in a season 1 episode), noticeable emphasis on sports, and some lingo make it apparent that the series takes place in the early 2000s.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Creators toyed with the idea of making Mystique nude like she was in the live action films, but he felt that Kids WB wasn't quite ready for that. An early design was for her to have Amazonian Beauty to make her look more physically imposing.
    • At one point, Grant Morrison wanted to include Rogue in the team lineup for his run on New X-Men, and indicated that he planned to base her appearance and personality on Evolution's interpretation of the character. Had this actually happened, it's possible that the canonical Rogue would have been brought more in line with Evolution!Rogue.
    • Spyke was going to have braids, but the people in charge of productuon thought it looked too "gangsta" and it might frighten the children. His name was also going to be Armadillo.
    • Some small details in "Walk on the Wild Side" suggest that the episode was supposed to air much sooner. For example Amara debuted in "Growing Pains", but doesn't start school until this episode.
    • The planned fifth season was going to have Jean becoming the Phoenix, in addition to Scott becoming romantically involved with Rogue, however due to the show's cancellation, it was foreshadowed in the Bittersweet Ending to the series.
    • Creators wanted Gambit and Colossus in the show but there were too many heroes and not enough villains, so they were introduced as part of the Acolytes (also because they thought it would be fun to break tradition). Both were shown as A Lighter Shade of Grey and creators intended for them to make proper Heel Face Turns and join the X-Men - a story that never got to be told in the series.
    • Concept arts float around the net about possible appearances from Psylocke (as an agent of SHIELD) and Emma Frost (as a new student and member of the Inner Circle).
    • Word of God is that they wanted to tell the story of how Professor X lost his legs and how he met Magneto. Apparently Boyd Kirkland didn't like the comic version and would have told something different.
    • The comics based on the show were planned to have Mr. Sinister in Issue #10 before it was cancelled, and even had cover art for the character. Mr. Sinister was also considered for a possible Season 5 if it was renewed.
    • Spyke's arc of his powers disfiguring him and eventually having to go into hiding was planned earlier, but the network didn't want the show to go there in the first couple of seasons (feeling it was too dark). It eventually happened in Season 3.
  • Word of Gay: Mystique and Destiny, as confirmed by a few blog posts by Steven E Gordon, the art designer and occasional director.
  • Word of God: The creators state that Spyke was not supposed to be a male Marrow. They also brought up the Kitty/Rogue scene in Spyke Cam and said of the Buffy/Faith dance it mirrors in Bad Girls something along the lines of, "We loved that scene, that was so awesome we have to find a way to allude to it in the show."


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