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(2000–2003)

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According to Producer/Writer/Director Boyd Kirkland, the Acolytes provided new, bigger challenges for the heroes to face. The theme of the series was growth, beginning with these guys first discovering their powers, and then learning how to use them while still trying to get along with the "normal" world. According to Kirkland, by season 3, they knew they had to up the stakes. The Brotherhood hadn't really developed into the kind of team Magneto wanted, so he recruited Gambit, Colossus and Pyro. The first two were very popular X-Men characters in the comics, and Kirkland and co. wanted them in their series. But we already had many more heroes than villains, so the writers and producers thought it would be fun and more surprising to break with convention and introduce Gambit and Colossus as bad guys. However, these two would be conflicted about what they were doing, and would eventually join the X-Men. According to Kirkland this is one of the stories that never got to be told.
The first season was very restrictive. The network felt that action shows like Batman: The Animated Series (1992), etc, had gotten too dark and mature for the kid audience they were trying to reach, so they really kept a tight lid on this show. Once the first season aired, and proved to be a big success, they loosened the reigns a little more with each succeeding season. The good side of this, according to Producer/Writer/Director Boyd Kirkland, is that he had always wanted the show to be more character driven than big action-story driven, so the restrictions actually helped play into that. The high-stakes epochs they did later really became more meaningful and poignant because of how much time we had given the audience to get to know and empathize with the characters.
In the comic book, Avalanche's name is Dominic Petros and he is of Greek descent.
Pyro in the X-Men comics was an Australian named St. John Allerdyce. When not running around with whatever evil mutant group du jour there was, he made his living as a journalist and writer of trashy romance novels.
In the original comics, the five founding X-Men were first shown as teenagers similar to how the show portrayed most of the X-Men as teenagers. While Cyclops, Iceman, and Jean Grey are shown as teenagers in the show, Angel and Beast were the only two that were shown as adults.
Wolverine's attire from the later seasons is based off the costume he wore in the "Ultimate X-Men" comics, since unlike the mainstream universe, Wolverine never wore a mask in that version.
Toad's name has been changed from Mortimer Toynbee (as he is known in the comics) to Todd Tolensky
One of the new comics that was out on the stands, at this time, was 'Children of the Atom' so it really wasn't that big a leap to do this show with the characters as teens. The original working title for this show was Children of the Atom.
Blob is watching a loosely disguised version of The Powerpuff Girls on TV (episode 3.11 "Dark Horizon Part 1")
When initially developing the series, the first X-Men (2000) movie was still being shot, so no one working in this show could really refer to it. Only Avi Arad knew what it was going to be, and he didn't share much of that with the rest of the crew (everything was top-secret). He did guide them a little in such things as the style of Wolverine's hair, the look of Sabertooth and the design of Xavier's chair. Beyond that, they were pretty much on their own. By the second season, the movie had been released, and influenced a few things such as the addition of new recruits.
When the X-Men and Acolytes are separated in the beginning, there was a reason why the writers had Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Shadowcat as a group. In Marvel Comics, they were members of a Europe-based team called Excalibur (episode 3.12 "Dark Horizon Part 2").
One of the episodes featured the original 5 X-Men from the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby days (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman) working together. Boyd Kirkland, Producer/Writer/Director, had been a fan of the Kirby era X-Men, and thought it would be cool to pay tribute to that. Having Iceman among the new recruits, and having already introduced Angel to the series gave them that opportunity. are not only the original five X-Men from the comic book series. These five characters are also the original five members of another mutant team in the comics called X-Factor. The character of Apocalypse, whom this team of X-Men is trying to stop from being unleashed, first appeared in the X-Factor comic series.
DEBUT and only appearance of: Captain America (episode 2.14 "Operation: Rebirth")
Captain America is the only Marvel Superhero to cross over with Evolution, and is the second superhero referenced during the course of the series. The first being a small Iron Man in-joke from the episode 2.09 "On Angels Wings".
One story that Producer/Writer/Director Boyd Kirkland always wanted to tell but couldn't interest the network in, was how Professor X lost the use of his legs, and how he came to know Magneto - to kind of give the back-story of these two characters. Kirkland thought the comics version of Xavier's story wasn't that great, and he thought we could come up with something better.
Powr8 is a copy of the real drink Powerade (episode 3.06 "X-Treme Measures")
The US version got a new opener from this episode onwards (episode 3.10 "X23").
Magneto and Mystique were removed so the four mutant groups (X-Men, New Mutants, Brotherhood and Acolytes) could unite under Xavier against Apocalypse (episode 4.01 "Impact").
DEBUT: Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels (episode 2.16 "Day of Reckoning Part 1").
Kitty is seen sleeping holding a stuffed dragon. In the comics, Kitty has a pet dragon named Lockheed (episode 1.10 "Shadowed Past").
In Season 3 and 4, the opening for the show is totally revamped, and now includes Beast.
In the comics and on the old cartoon show, Storm became the leaders of the Morlocks. She gave up her leadership role of the Morlocks a while back in the comics.
The character Spyke is not a part of the comic book based Marvel Universe and was created solely for this show.
The WB network felt the cons outweighed the pros for serial style storytelling, so they didn't allow it except for the season finales. By Season 3, they loosened the reigns on us a bit, so the writers pushed more into stories with continuity.
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Toad's theme (which we've seen in episode 1.01 "Strategy X", 1.06 "Middleverse" and 3.04 "The Stuff of Villains") now has lyrics. You can hear them during Toad's first fight with Nightcrawler, and at the end when Toad heads back to Wanda (episode 3.07 "The Toad, the Witch and the Wardrobe").
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According to Producer/Writer/Director Boyd Kirkland, many stories remained to be told, however, when the series was canceled
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Boom Boom leaves the Brotherhood. (episode 2.15 "The HeX Factor")
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Whilst the shows production took place in the United States, the voice cast was from Canada. For the first season, the producers flew to the voice recording sessions in Vancouver every week. Eventually, we hooked up a direct digital line between Film Roman and their studio so I could "sit in" on the sessions without having to be there.
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This show's romantic storylines are one of those areas where the network really boxed the writers in because of Batman Beyond (1999). The writers thought this kind of character development was crucial and consistent with the fact that these X-Men were teenagers in high school, but the WB network felt that 6-10 year old boys (their intended audience) would find such fair just "icky." Often, the crew had to slip stuff like that in visually without writing it into the script, or it wouldn't have made it into the show. They kept pushing it, and the WB network kept saying no, even though they knew that it was popular with their "tween" audience
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The Cytorrak gem Magneto uses in his enhancing chamber were the same ones that turned Cain Marko into the Juggernaut in the comic books (episode 1.13 "The Cauldron Part 2").
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When they were making the design for Beast, they tried to make him more grey than blue.
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When designing Wolverine's costume, they tried to use colors closer to his brown-ish uniform that he had used in the comics.
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The New Recruits were intended as a homage to Jack Kirby's original "Jumpsuit" look.
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First time we hear Gambit speak (episode 3.04 "The Stuff of Villains")
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Kurt arrives wearing a brown robe. In the comics, Kurt Wagner was briefly a priest, though he never wore a brown robe (episode 1.01 "Strategy X").
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DEBUT: Shadowcat, Avalanche and Sabretooth. Technically, Sabretooth appeared in the first episode. However, he has a bigger role in this episode (episode 1.02 "The X-Impulse").
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In the third season, a new original character, X23 debuted. X23 was the brainchild of Craig Kyle, Marvel's producer over the show. One day he told the producers and writers about his idea, and asked them to work her into the series.
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According to Producer/Writer/Director Boyd Kirkland, their hands were always tied with Wolverine because of the violent aspect of his power and nature, and because he was an adult (the network wanted all of the stories to focus mainly on the kids).
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Because of the restrictions on placed on Wolverine, the producers and writers thought that introducing the character X23 was a clever way to involve him in the storytelling.
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Though Angel helps the X-Men in this episode, he still does not join the team (episode 3.09 "Under Lock and Key").
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Mastermind has joined the Acolytes while Boom Boom has returned to the New Mutants (episode 3.09 "Under Lock and Key").
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Jean's original code-name is Marvel Girl (episode 3.09 "Under Lock and Key").
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This is the first time the X-Men, the Brotherhood and the Acolytes all fight on the same side (episode 3.11 "Dark Horizon Part 1").
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Jean chooses Genetics as her major, since in the X-Men (2000) movie; she was a doctor in genetics.
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The giant statues that attacked the mutants were representations of the highest Egyptians Gods: Anubis the Jackal God; Horus the Hawk God; Thoth the Ibis God and Apophis the Snake God (episode 3.12 "Dark Horizon Part 2").
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The X-Men assembled by Xavier are the X-Men from the Dark Phoenix saga (episode 3.12 "Dark Horizon Part 2").
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As episode 3.11 & 3.12 "Dark Horizon Part 1 and 2" was the original Season Finale for season 3, the X-Men are not vacationing after those events; the episodes are just out of order (episode 3.13 "Cruise Control").
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Episode 4.01 "Impact" takes place two weeks after episode 3.11 and 3.12 "Dark Horizon Part 1" and "Dark Horizon Part 2".
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Magneto and Mystique meet their apparent end in episode 4.01 "Impact".
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It is revealed Magneto is holding Colossus' family hostage. That is why he is working for Magneto (episode 4.01 "Impact").
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First reference to Senator Kelly's Mutant Registration Act (episode 4.02 "No Good Deed").
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Marks the returns of Agatha Harkness since her first appearance, along with Wanda from episode 2.15 "The Hex Factor" (episode 4.01 "Impact").
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The Acolytes are not in this episode (episode 4.02 "No Good Deed").
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Principal Kelly is now running for mayor (episode 4.02 "No Good Deed").
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Starting with episode 4.01 "Impact", the title is no longer aired on-screen at the beginning.
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Rahne and Jubilee have been removed from the New Mutants. It is unlikely that they will ever return (episode 3.03 "Mainstream"). We see them in Professor X's vision drawn from Apocalypse at the very end of Episode 4.09 "Ascension II." Magneto "tosses" a gold metal ball to Rahne, and we see the back of Jubilee's head next to Amara aside Bobby's ice slide. This is, presumably a practice session for the New Recruits.
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One of the masks worn by the vandals, bears a suitable resemblance to the classic Marvel Comics monster, Fin Fang Foom (episode 3.03 "Mainstream").
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Blob is reading an X-Men comic when Gambit walks in at the end (episode 3.04 "The Stuff of Villains").
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Boyd Kirkland had always intended for Spyke to play a "tragic" role, in that his powers would disfigure him and prevent him from blending into normal society. The network didn't want us to go there the first couple of seasons (the theme was too dark for them). One of the recurring themes in Stan Lee's Marvel stories that appealed to me as a reader in the 60's was that great power often came at great personal cost. I wanted to show that in our series, and Spyke's story was a powerful way to do that. It also gave his character more depth, and he was far more interesting when he returned after joining the Morlocks.
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Rogue joins the X-Men (episode 1.07 "Turn of the Rogue").
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During Rogue and Magneto's magnetic "dog fight", they pass by a massive skyscraper with the letters SE lit up. The SE stands for Stark Enterprises, an Iron Man reference (episode 2.09 "On Angel's Wings").
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S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate (episode 2.14 "Operation: Rebirth").
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Steve Gordon was never happy with his original Mystique design. Gordon felt that she had a very dated feel, but the clock was ticking and he just ran out of time. The second design was influenced by the X-Men (2000) film and also a better understanding of what Mystique needed to be as a character. Gordon admits if could have gotten away with a nude - look like in the film we would have, but Kids WB was not quite ready for that. He also tried to make her more physically imposing and look more like a female weight-lifter - more in the vein of an Adam Hughes character. However, that didn't go over very well so he settled for a more slimmed down version.
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At the beginning of the final scene, at the swimming pool, the first few notes of background music are taken from the theme tune of the older Fox "X-Men" animated series (episode 1.05 "Speed and Spyke").
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Episode 1.12 "The Cauldron Part 1" is the first time we see Mystique demonstrate her fighting skills. In the comics, she was a skilled assassin who could kill a man with her bare hands.
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The first and only time 2 mutants go into one of Magneto's metal pods together (episode 1.12 "The Cauldron Part 1").
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DEBUT: Principal Kelly, the school's new principal, assigned after the disappearance of Mystique. In the X-Men comics, Kelly is a senator involved in mutant affairs who was ironically killed by a human after being saved by the X-Men (episode 2.01 "Growing Pains").
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Alex has his adopted name, Alex Masters, throughout the series, which was made for this show. In the comics, he is Alexander Summers and is the younger brother of Scott (except in Ultimate X-Men where he is the older brother of Scott). Alex has only had one other name in all his years of comicdom and that is Alex Blanding (only in X-Factor v1 #-1).
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Kitty is shown lighting a Menorah in the ending montage, establishing that she is Jewish (episode 2.09 "On Angel's Wings").
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Wolverine has two motorcycles. He uses one when he is in uniform (the blue sleek one) and one when he is in his street clothes (the red one).
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The first sketch of Spyke was very different from this one. His name was Armadillo and had black hair. The second sketch he had black cornrows, but was still called Armadillo
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Cartoon Network versions remove the teaser from episode 1.11 "Grim Reminder", unlike the other episodes where it is played after the title sequence.
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The play used in episode 1.08 "SpykeCam", "Dracula: The Musical" is a real play and can be ordered through playbook catalogues. The song used, however, is an original song made for the episode.
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DEBUT: Arcade. In the comics, he was an assassin for hire who used giant games to kill his targets (episode 2.04 "Fun and Games").
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There is now a character called Spyke in the comics: First Appearance: X-Force v1 #121. Last Appearance: X-Force v1 #128. Powers and Abilities: extend thin spines from his skin to various lengths or launch them away from his body at high speeds
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The title of episode 3.07 "The Toad, the Witch and the Wardrobe", is a reference to the novel "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", the second of C.S. Lewis, "Chronicles of Narnia" books.
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Pietro is watching a loosely parodied version of "The Crocodile Hunter". A snake is biting the guy when the camera cuts away (episode 3.07 "The Toad, The Witch and The Wardrobe")
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In the comics, Mastermind was a member of Magneto's first brotherhood.
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Sometime after Wanda left The Brotherhood in the comic books, she joined "The Avengers" alongside Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor becoming a mainstay and one of the cores in the team.
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Beast's, and Marvel Comic's, translation of Apocalypse's true name is incorrect; in Arabic, "En Sabah Nur" translates to "The Seven Lights".
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The dance Boom Boom does, in episode 'Walk On the Wild Side," as Rogue approaches the balcony railing was mimicked from Jessica Alba's dance in Never Been Kissed.
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The first opening title featured both a mixture of originally animation and clips from the show. The reel also highlighted each member of The X-Men and showed a brief clip of their powers. The only one missing was Professor Xavier who was removed by the network for being too old for they target audience. A new opening premiered with season three, presumably to include the glutton of new characters introduced. A remixed version of the original theme is also used.
When designing Angel's costume, they went for a look similar to a comic version.
The writers of the show have admitted that they were big Buffy fans. Using Shadowcat as the catalyst, the two shows, Buffy and Evolution, are uncannily similar. A teenage girl with super powers, fights bad guys with super powers while at and to save her high school. Buffy/Shadowcat have opposition against her with first the School Principal and then the Mayor. Ironically, Joss Whedon, creator of all things Buffy, admits he is a fan of X-Men, and based the character of Buffy on Shadowcat, even giving her the surname of Shadowcat's team leader: Summers.

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