X-Men "97: 10 Best Quotes From Marvel"s Incredible Revival

  • X-Men '97 delivers iconic dialogue, capturing the essence of the X-Men world with memorable quotations.
  • The high-quality scripting of X-Men '97 season 1 sets up nuanced characterization and foreshadows future narratives.
  • Quotations like "To me, my X-Men" and "Hab Keine Angst" resonate emotionally and deepen character relationships.
X-Men '97 has proven itself to be one of Marvel's most iconic entrants, proffering a swathe of memorable dialogue that perfectly captures the X-Men's world. X-Men '97 season 1 triumphantly revived X-Men: The Animated Series, recommencing the narrative, tone, and performances from the beloved original. One additional aspect maintained, and perhaps even improved upon, is the pitch-perfect scripting that provides a litany of memorable quotations.
X-Men: TAS provided some very memorable dialogue, often best delivered by Storm as she manipulates the weather or Apocalypse during one of his grandiose speeches. Aging with its audience, X-Men ’97 has refined these notably, offering a more mature and emotional rendition of this trope. This precedent for high-quality dialogue will likely continue through to X-Men ’97 season 2 and should be considered for the MCU’s X-Men. Whether revealing nuanced characterization or foreshadowing subsequent narratives, X-Men ’97 season 1 is littered with quintessential quotations.
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10 "To Me, My X-Men." Cyclops Calls The X-Men In X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 1 "To Me, My X-Men" Close In X-Men ‘97’s first episode, Cyclops delivers a perfect rendition of the classic X-Men quotation, “To me, my X-Men.” As the X-Men team is flying in the Blackbird, they are attacked, sending all flying into the air. Cyclops uses his optic blasts to slow his descent, and, as he lands, offers a rallying cry to the team as they assemble around him.
“To me, my X-Men” has a long history in X-Men comics, typically spoken by Professor Xavier as he psychically reaches out to his students. Subsequently, the line has served as the X-Men’s equivalent to “Avengers Assemble.” The effect is the same, often marking a memorable moment in which the hero team is united in a new configuration. For X-Men ’97 episode 1, Cyclops reciting this phrase establishes the new X-Men line-up and seemingly confirms his place as the team’s leader.
9 "Blood Is Blood. Family Is A Choice." Nightcrawler to Jean Grey In X-Men 97 Season 1, Episode 8 "Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 1" Close As Rogue is recovering in the Xavier mansion in X-Men ’97 episode 8, “Tolerance is Extinction - Part 1,” Jean Grey talks with Nightcrawler about Nathan Summers. Jean discusses feeling conflicting maternal instincts over the child, as he is technically her clone Madelyne Pryor’s son. Nightcrawler responds by noting that he and his adopted sister Rogue consider each other family, noting that “Blood is blood. Family is a choice.”
The heartfelt and tender moment is one of many instances where Nightcrawler proves himself to be one of the wisest members of the team. While this quotation pertains mostly to the notion of an adoptive family, Nightcrawler’s words echo many mutant sentiments that frequently parallel real-world discrimination. Family doesn’t necessarily have to be composed of whom an individual is related to by blood, but those who choose to love and respect them.
8 "Hab Keine Angst" ("Do Not Be Afraid") Magneto Reassures Leech In X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 5 "Remember It" Close During the heartbreaking climax of X-Men ’97 episode 5, “Remember It,” Magneto struggles to hold back the Sentinels. Creating a forcefield around himself and several Morlocks, including the young Leech. As Magneto’s powers begin to falter, he tries to calm Leech by saying, “Do not be afraid.” However, Magneto instead says the line in German - “Hab Kleine angst.”
Magneto says this line with a soft and quiet tone, truly attempting to comfort the young Morlock despite being overwhelmed by the Sentinel’s might. The use of German recalls Magneto’s history as a Holocaust survivor, drawing parallels with real-world genocide as the mutant nation of Genosha is brutally destroyed. Magneto is reassuring Leech much in the same way as he likely was as a child. This underscores the scene perfectly, making Magneto’s apparent death as tragic as it was surprising.
7 "There Is No Love Without Sin. Love Is Best Measured In What We Forgive." Nightcrawler Talks To Gambit In X -Men '97 Season 1, Episode 5 "Remember It" Close As Nightcrawler gives Rogue and Gambit a tour of Genosha in X-Men ’97 episode 5, “Remember It,” Nightcrawler talks to Gambit about his relationship with Rogue. Nightcrawler pushes for Gambit to solidify his romance with Rogue, to which Gambit reflects by saying that “scoundrels” like him are too busy sinning for love. Nightcrawler responds by observing that “there is no love without sin,” and that “love is best measured in what we forgive.”
This beautiful quotation demonstrates Nightcrawler’s astute and poetic nature, making a charming observation about the nature of love that resonates greatly with audiences. This line also succinctly addresses the key issue that Gambit and Rogue are facing: the fact that Rogue’s powers mean they cannot touch, yet Rogue can touch Magneto in X-Men '97. Forgiving this (along with both characters’ villainous histories) would demonstrate how deep their love truly is.
6 "Don't You Dare Break Her Heart. Be The Best At What You Do, Heal." Cyclops Talks To Wolverine In X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 10 "Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 3" Image via Disney+ After Magneto violently rips his adamantium skeleton out of his body, Wolverine spends X-Men ’97 episode 10 “Tolerance is Extinction - Part 3” recovering. Uncharacteristically slow to recover, Cyclops speaks to the unconscious Wolverine while watching over Xavier and Magneto’s physical forms. Cyclops leans into Wolverine and warmly utters the line: “Don’t you dare break her heart. Be the best at what you do. Heal.”
This quotation says a lot about the love triangle’s dynamic in X-Men ’97. Cyclops and Wolverine spent most of X-Men: TAS clashing, with Wolverine responding very badly to Jean and Scott's engagement. At this moment in X-Men ‘97, Cyclops recognizes how important Wolverine is to Jean, and puts the long-standing tension aside to benefit her and the wider team. It represents the maturing attitudes between these characters, all while recalling Wolverine’s famous mantra, “I’m the best at what I do.”
5 "Make Them Mind Your Weather, Sister!" "And Them Weather Your Mind." Storm And Jean Grey Prepare For Battle In X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 9 "Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 2" Close Jean Grey and Storm faced very tumultuous narratives in X-Men ’97 season 1, with Storm absent from the team for several episodes while Jean learns she was replaced by the clone Madelyne Pryor. Reunited at least, the two stalwart X-Men embrace moments before that leap into action and battle Bastion’s Sentinels. As Storm and Jean talk, they speak of their sisterhood and prepare each other for battle, with Jean saying, “Make them mind your weather, sister,” and Storm replying “And them weather your mind.”
This quotation perfectly captures this moment as both mighty mutants reestablish their place as formidable members of the X-Men team. The scene echos Nightcrawler’s previous remarks about family - cementing the notion that the X-Men are indeed a family, and Jean and Ororo are sisters. The scene is a heartwarming and emotional culmination of this, reuniting the X-Men sisters and finishing it with some satisfying wordplay.
4 "I Can't Feel You" Rogue Grieves For Gambit In X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 5 "Remember It" Close After the brutal mutant massacre of Genosha in X-Men ’97 episode 5, “Remember It,” Rogue discovers and holds Gambit’s lifeless body among the rubble. Overwhelmed with grief, Rogue affectionately embraces Gambit’s body and weeps. Using her bare hands, Rogue quietly cradles Gambit’s face and whispers, “I can’t feel you.”
X-Men ’97’s “Remember It” was a harrowing and shocking episode that killed several famed mutants. Gambit was one of the most upsetting deaths, which Rogue’s response greatly facilitated. After years of struggling to manage her lifeforce-absorbing powers, Rogue is finally able to touch the man he loves but cannot feel him. This tragic irony bolsters the narrative’s brutal ending, making the consequences even more sorrowful. This line also recalls another tragic Marvel romance, as Scarlet Witch previously said the line in the MCU’s WandaVision when she discovers her partner’s lifeless body.
3 "Magneto Was Right." Valerie Cooper Talking To Bastion In X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 8 "Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 1" Close After Bastion releases his Prime Sentinels upon the world, he discovers Valerie Cooper imprisoned where Magneto was previously held. She recounts her memories of Genosha and reveals that she released Magneto from Bastion’s captivity. As Magneto releases his EMP and destroys the Earth’s technology, Valerie fixes Bastion with a stare and concludes, “Magneto was right.”
This chilling piece of dialogue helped take X-Men ’97 into new and uneasy territory. Typically, Magneto’s insistence that humanity will strike the first blow in a war with the mutants is dismissed as paranoid pessimism rooted in his trauma as a Holocaust survivor. Instead, Xavier’s hopeful dream of mutant-human peace is presented as a better perspective. However, after years of constant debate, it seems Magneto was completely correct. This helps make Magneto a more compelling villain, whose beliefs have suddenly become entirely justifiable, even if his methods are now.
2 "I Am Trying To Be Better, Do Not Make Me Let You Down." Magneto Threatens Humanity In X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 2 "Mutant Liberation Begins" Close After neutralizing the X-Cutioner during his trial in X-Men ’97 episode 2, “Mutant Liberation Begins,” Magneto flexes his impressive powers with a veiled threat. After inheriting Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Magneto attempts to live according to Xavier’s ideals. Magneto works for peace and agrees to stand trial for his past deeds. However, after X-Cutioner steals Storm’s powers, Magneto lifts the judges and X-Cutioner into the Earth’s atmosphere and implores them to be cautious, stating, “I am trying to be better, do not make me let you down.”
This scene is one of Magneto’s most chilling statements, as it reminds the human onlookers precisely of where the power lies in this dynamic. Magneto chooses to be better but could easily turn again if prompted by humans, with their perilous position suspended in the air perfectly reflecting this. The line foreshadows Magneto’s ultimate turn against humanity in X-Men ’97 episode 8.
1 "The Name's Gambit, Mon Ami. Remember It." Gambit Sacrifices Himself In X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 5 "Remember It" Close The absolute greatest quotation from X-Men ’97 season 1 occurs in the tragic climax of episode 5 “Remember It.” As Gambit valiantly fights the Sentinels on Genosha, he is shockingly stabbed by the mutant-hunting robot. However, Gambit turns the tables on the Sentinel by using the contact to charge the robot with his kinetic energy, causing it to explode. Moments before sacrificing himself, Gambit utters the iconic line, “The name’s Gambit, mon amis. Remember it!”
This line neatly reflects a lot about Gambit’s bombastic and charming personality, which frequently straddles the line between arrogant and charismatic. Gambit previously recited it in X-Men: TAS’s debut episode, “Night of the Sentinels,” in which Gambit fought the eponymous foes. Repeating the line celebrates this history and recalls his legacy as the series’ fan-favorite, making his imminent death even more poignant. Rogue would later repeat the line with a similar effect while grieving Gambit, making it one of the most important quotations from X-Men ’97.
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