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  • Creator Backlash: Jennifer Lawrence has been very publicly displeased with having to be in blue body makeup for Mystique and admits to only do it (the makeup, not playing Mystique, as she has said in some interviews that she enjoyed playing the character) for the paycheck.
  • Creator's Favorite: Bryan Singer has admitted at both the SDCC panel and the "X-Men Unguarded" group discussion on The Rogue Cut Blu-Ray/DVD that Professor X is his favourite X-Men character (he even got a Cerebro helmet tattoo with Patrick Stewart providing him moral support after this movie broke the $700 million mark), and this is why Singer gave the spotlight to the younger Charles in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    • Singer even has a second favorite: Nightcrawler. He's been trying to find some way to bring the blue elf back since X2: X-Men United all the way back in 2003. He finally succeeded over a dozen years later in X-Men: Apocalypse.
    • In 2013, Hugh Jackman named Wolverine as his favourite role: "He's eternally fascinating to me. He's incredibly human, and a great sort of Anti-Hero and tragic figure."
  • Development Hell: The Gambit film has lingered in development hell for quite some time before ultimately being cancelled when the entire series was ended after Disney's acquisition of Fox, and the subsequent Marvel Cinematic Universe reboot that will follow.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: The actors are often forced to bulk up (Hugh Jackman in particular), change hair (James McAvoy shaved for X-Men: Apocalypse), or in some instances go through extensive make-up processes (enough to make Alan Cumming not return as Nightcrawler once Bryan Singer left; it was also harmful for Jennifer Lawrence's skin, leading X-Men: Days of Future Past to replace her make-up from the neck down with a bodysuit).
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  • Exiled from Continuity: Thanks to a bizarre rights snafu, when they were separate studios, both 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios had the film rights to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, but with a caveat. The X-Men movies could not reference their involvement with The Avengers or their love interests like The Vision and Crystal, while the Marvel movies couldn't reference Magneto, the X-Men, the Brotherhood, or refer to the twins as mutants. With Disney's acquisition of Fox, all aspects of the characters can be used unrestricted, which in turn led to this series being ended outright in favor of a MCU Continuity Reboot.
  • Fake American: Played with in Patrick Stewart's case, who is English, and X-Men: First Class establishes that Charles Xavier's mother is English, but James McAvoy is Scottish; Jean Grey has been a Dutch (Famke Janssen) and a Brit (Sophie Turner); Shawn Ashmore, Canadian; Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zealander.
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  • Fake Nationality: Fake Canadian (Hugh Jackman, Australian), Fake German-Polish (Ian McKellen, English; played with in Michael Fassbender's case because he's German-Irish; Nightcrawler has been played by a Scotsman and an Australian), Fake African (Halle Berry, American; a specific Fake Egyptian case is Apocalypse played by a Guatemalan while the ancient Horsemen are Canadian). Exceptions are Mystique and Cyclops (although the younger version in X-Men Origins: Wolverine is Australian).
  • Fan Nickname: For the franchise as a whole, this set of movies have been referred to as "FoX-Men" era by comics fans years before Disney's acquisition of Fox was announced to point out the differences between the movie adaptations and the source material. After the acquisition, the "FoX-Men" label is basically only used to differentiate the pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe projects from the Marvel Studios projects.
  • Follow the Leader: The mid-2010s expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly had an influence on where the X-Men movies were headed.
    • There was an attempt by Fox at multiple annual X-Men releases, but only 2016 saw more than one entry (Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse). Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, and Dark Phoenix were all originally slated to be released in 2018, although the latter two ended up getting pushed back to the point where Dark Phoenix was the sole release of 2019, and The New Mutants was the sole — and final — release of 2020.
    • Whereas earlier movies had a relatively manageable cast, the number of prominent characters balloon up to a lot later — after the MCU did the same thing.
    • It's probably not a coincidence that Fox decided to branch out into television formats after Marvel did the same thing, though Legion and The Gifted ended up as loosely connected to the film series as the Netflix Defenders shows are to the MCU.
  • Long-Runners: The X-Men film series had been active since 2000 and totaled 13 films, making it the longest-running superhero movie franchise without huge Sequel Gaps. It is set to finally end in 2020 with the release of The New Mutants; in 2018, the series was confirmed to be ending following the planned buyout of Fox by Disney, making room for the Continuity Reboot into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (New Mutants and Dark Phoenix were already a good ways into production and couldn't be canceled, and so were released after the March 2019 buyout). Still, 20 years is a very long run; it's the longest running superhero series in a single continuity, having ten years (though fewer films) over the MCU.
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    • In The Simpsons episode "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again," two kids stage a play, with one portraying Professor X (complete with bald cap, wheelchair and suit) and the other is dressed in a makeshift Magneto costume; they speak their lines with faux British accents.
      Kid playing Professor X: Erik, we must work with the humans!
      Kid playing Magneto: You're so naïve, Charles! We must rule them as conquerors!
      • John Ottman's X-Men theme can be heard during the couch gag of the episode "Caper Chase." Although the other Simpsons members are wearing the comic book outfits, the nude and scaly Marge is based on Mystique from the X-Men movies.
    • The film versions of Professor X, Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Nightcrawler and Iceman appear in the second-half of this HISHE parody for Frozen.
    • There are a lot of similarities between Will Graham from Hannibal and the younger Professor X in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Will's "pure empathy" is not unlike Charles' mind-reading power (and since Will's brain contains an abnormally high number of mirror neurons, this would make him a genetic mutant), their Blessed with Suck "gift" can cause them a tremendous amount of agony, and they're both tormented by a love-hate, emotionally intimate, homoerotic friendship with a violent man of equal intelligence who has physically harmed them (Lecter for Graham, Magneto for Xavier). Both characters are dedicated to saving the lives of others, but occasionally their actions are morally questionable. In terms of their altruism, Will takes care of numerous stray dogs, while Professor X provides shelter and education to runaway mutants. As a bonus, Hugh Dancy looks somewhat like James McAvoy (both actors are brown-and-wavy-haired, blue-eyed and possess Pretty Boy-like features), so after Hannibal's debut, Dancy became a very popular fan casting choice for Brian Xavier should the film series ever decide to show Charles' father in a flashback.
    • Visually, Supergirl (2015)'s incarnation of Indigo takes inspiration from Mystique's appearance in the movie franchise.
    • MacGyver (2016): In the episode "Bear Trap + Mob Boss", Jack Dalton tells MacGyver, "You're practically Professor X as it is." Lucas Till, who stars as the titular character, had portrayed Havok in the X-Men films; like MacGyver, Xavier uses his smarts to solve problems, plus he was a Pretty Boy when he was younger.
    • In The Internship, the interns try to sidetrack Billy and Nick by having them look for Professor Charles Xavier.
  • Saved from Development Hell: A comic book-accurate adaptation of Deadpool lingered in movie limbo for years despite Ryan Reynolds' dedication to get it done. It all changed when producer Tom Rothman (who always opposed the project) left Fox and when a CGI test footage was leaked to outstanding reception, leading to the movie finally being made.
  • Trope Codifier/Trope Maker: As the X-Men film series is generally regarded as the beginning of the modern superhero boom in film, its fingerprints are all over the conventions and tropes of the genre.
  • What Could Have Been: See here
  • The Wiki Rule: The X-Men Movies Wiki.


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