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[[quoteright:208:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/WolverineLeeLitho.jpg]] ->''"I'm the best there is at what I do. And what I do isn't very nice."'' -->-- '''Wolverine''' Wolverine is a Creator/MarvelComics superhero, known for his association with the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''; [[WolverineClaws sharp, indestructible claws]]; [[TheBerserker berserker rages]]; [[WolverinePublicity managing to be in many places at once]]; [[TropeNamers/ComicBooks having quite a few tropes named after him]]; and for being very, ''very'' popular. At times he's been the most popular Marvel SuperHero, which led to his [[TheMerch tendency to... um... show up everywhere]]. He first appeared in ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'' #180 (October, 1974), making his true debut in the next issue as an adversary until the two teamed up to fight the {{Wendigo}}. Both issues were written by Len Wein and drawn by Herb Trimpe, though John Romita, Sr. is credited with the original design of the character. Wolverine would go on to join the X-Men the following year, with his true origins remaining ambiguously buried in a mishmash of false and real memories for decades, as his popularity skyrocketed. He would gain his own miniseries, and then his own title, [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen and then his own cartoon]], and then... well, [[SpotlightStealingSquad then he was kind of everywhere...]] [[WolverinePublicity and still is]]. [[AC: Wolverine's comics:]] * ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''. * The self-titled ''[[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine Wolverine]]''. * His second series titled ''Wolverine - The Best There Is''. * ''Uncanny X-Force'' which shows the missions of his ultra-secret killing squad. * The miniseries ''Kitty Pryde and Wolverine'', and later his own, self-titled mini. * ''Origin'', detailing his youth. ** ''Wolverine: Origins'', which spun out of HouseOfM and explores Wolverine's past. * ''Wolverine: Weapon X''. * ''OldManLogan'' * ''The Savage Wolverine'', which feature's Logan's adventues in the Savage Land with ComicBook/ShannaTheSheDevil. * ''Wolverine and the X-Men'', about his adventures as the headmaster of the Jean Grey School. * ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' and ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'', where he is a member of both teams. * And many, many, many, many, many, many, [[OverlyLongGag many]] cameos, and gratuitous appearances across comicland. Also see: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', ''[[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen Wolverine and]] [[ComicBook/WolverineAndTheXMen the X-Men]]'', ''Film/TheWolverine'' and ''Anime/{{Wolverine}}'' for tropes associated with the 2011 anime. ---- !!Wolverine is the TropeNamer for: * FastballSpecial: This is Logan's nickname for the attack where Colossus picks him up and throws him claws-first at enemies. * WolverineClaws: Natch; the term's since come to represent pretty much any weapon featuring multiple blades sticking out from the hands like Logan's claws. * WolverinePublicity: Logan's made so many gratuitous appearances that Marvel's actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d it at least once; see the page's pic and writeup for more details. !!He also provides examples of: * AbsurdlySharpBlade: Those pointy things sticking out of his hands. * AbusiveParents: ** Logan's mother, Elizabeth Howlett was for the most part neglectful (though she did spend time in an asylum after her first born son, John Howlett III's mutation occurred which lead to her scarring) until the night when John Howlett was killed. Thomas Logan was killed by his [[spoiler:biological]] son James whose mutant powers recently emerged after witnessing the death of his [[spoiler:step]] father. Elizabeth's reaction was to call her distraught son an "animal" while hitting him across the face with Thomas' shotgun, making him and his caretaker Rose, flee the mansion. Afraid of history repeating itself and seeing her lover's body on the floor she committed suicide. ** Thomas Logan was absolutely horrible to his son [[spoiler:and Logan's half-brother]] Dog Logan, often yelling and hitting him as well as introducing him to drink at a young age and encouraging the boy's psychotic behaviour. [[spoiler:In Hell, he was actually ''proud'' of Logan's massive death count, and it's hinted that the Logan bloodline followed similar mental instability as Thomas did]]. * TheAce: He would like to remind you that he's the best at what he does, and what he does isn't very nice. * AffirmativeActionLegacy: Well, sort of. During the ''ComicBook/DarkReign'', Logan's bisexual, half-Japanese son {{Daken}} took on the Wolverine mantle as a member of the DarkAvengers. However, they both used the Wolverine name at the same time, and the situation with Daken was ''always'' intended to be temporary. * TheAlcoholic: Definitely fits the "drinks a lot" part, but due to his healing factor, he can't actually get wasted or develop addiction or dependence. * AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Wolverine has enough similarities to Franchise/{{Batman}} that one could make this argument. ** When Marvel and DC collaborated to produce "Amalgam Comics," combining their characters for fun, Wolverine and Batman fused to become "Dark Claw." * AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Logan and real wolverines have a ''lot'' in common: they're both small in comparison to others, solitary, extremely aggressive for their size, have very keen senses of smell, and pack powerful claws. * AnimeHair + HotbloodedSideburns: Logan's standard look since his introduction, the former at its most extreme during Adam Kubert's run as artist of the self-titled comic in TheNineties. In the newer works his hair tends to be more realistic. * AnnoyingArrows: Logan, once needing to get a small child to safety through a bunch of archers, chose to block them [[TuckAndCover with his body]] and keep going. It worked, though he wasn't in very good shape at the end. * AntiHero: A TropeCodifier for superhero comics. Not as extreme as he used to be (see FriendToAllChildren) and currently a PragmaticHero. Claremont remarked that he disliked the attempts to make Wolverine darker. ** From the first issue of his self-titled series, in the middle of a huge battle with cutthroat slavers who have butchered the crew and passengers of a captured boat: ---> '''Logan''' (''internal dialogue''): I'm an X-Man. [...] With them, killing is a last resort. With me, it's second nature. I take the world as it is, and give better than I get. Come at me with a sword. I'll meet you with a sword. You want mercy. Show a little first. [...] Some of those folks died fighting...some praying...some accepted their fate...some cursed it...some begged for their lives...most were terrified. Details don't matter. What's important is that they ''died''. And those scales have to be balanced. In kind. ** Although his place has varied between PragmaticHero, UnscrupulousHero, and NominalHero in the comics, the cartoons and movies consistently portray him as a PragmaticHero, except for ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', where he is a pure hero. ** AntiVillain: Every once in a while, circumstances make him this, usually a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II or III]]. * ArchEnemy: Sabretooth. * ArchnemesisDad: Sabretooth was originally planned to be his father, but that idea was scrapped. Then there was some ambiguity of him being his [[CainAndAbel half-brother]], but it didn't turn out that way either, so ultimately there is no blood relation between them. They're simply two guys from the same province who have similar powers and hate each other's guts. * ArtShift: ** From Logan's first appearance through the [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks 90s]], the following were pretty consistent: :::- He was short, homely, and very hirsute. :::- His claws came out of the backs of his hands behind his knuckles (see the page pic). :::- The claws were either drawn as being thin blades (especially in FrankMiller and Jim Lee's art) or rounded or roughly rounded with ''really'' sharp tips, like true animal claws, especially in the 80s and ''sans'' adamantium. ** Ever since the Film/{{X-Men}} movies, the following have been pretty consistent: :::- He's more handsome, less hairy and generally more of an average height. :::- The claws come out directly between his knuckles and have the heavier knife-shaped appearance. * ArtisticLicenseBiology: ** Aside from the issues with lacing Logan's bones with the adamantium, some depictions of his skeleton (especially in the ''Weapon X'' miniseries) have long adamantium sprues sticking off his bones from the injection ports, which would play havoc with his muscles as he moves. ** Most artists make Wolverine's claws so long that, if fully retracted, at least part of the claw tips would be inside his hands, meaning he wouldn't be able to flex his wrists without shredding his hands from the inside. ** The [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/1/16696/717394-wolverineshand_super.jpg X-ray of Logan's arm]] in the first movie shows the claw implants pushing his forearm bones far enough apart to dislocate them from his wrists. ** If Wolverine was really 5'3" and 195 pounds (and that's ''without'' the adamantium), he would be more than fifty pounds overweight; his being very muscular may be the reason behind this. * AscendedExtra: ** Logan was originally supposed to be a one-off Hulk villain. It didn't quite turn out that way. ** His archnemesis Sabretooth used to be a minor [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]] villain. * TheAtoner: One of the reasons given for Wolverine [[WolverinePublicity appearing in so many titles]] is that after regaining his memories, he felt so guilty over [[DarkAndTroubledPast all the nasty stuff he did in his past]] and the fact that his son is basically just as bad a person in the present as he used to be that Logan feels compelled to try and do as much good as physically possible though he feels as though he can't ultimately make amends. Of course, this doesn't really account for all his appearances ''before'' he got his memories back and learned he had a son... * AudibleSharpness: SNIKT! (with the adamantium) and SCHLIKT! (without) * BackstabBackfire: In the final issue of the "Kitty Pryde & Wolverine" limited series, Logan had defeated Ogun and brought him to his knees. He spared Ogun's life and began to walk away alongside Kitty. Ogun produced a knife and rushed at the two of them from behind. Wolverine noticed it in time to tell Kitty to use her phasing power, causing the knife to pass harmlessly through her. He then stabbed Ogun with his claws, killing the villain. * {{Badass}}: Widely accepted as the baddest-assed mutant of all. He's on the very short list of people who'll jump into battle with an enraged [[IncredibleHulk Hulk]] without hesitation - and did just that in his first full appearance. During his "no adamantium" days, he even [[http://www.universomarvel.com.aq/wolverine/wolverine-Juggernaut.jpg stood up to Juggernaut]] without hesitation. ** BadassAndChildDuo: So much it's a RunningGag. "Child" is sometimes overstating it, but all of his well-known sidekicks are adolescent girls who he can both trade snark with and act [[PapaWolf violently protective of]]. If it ain't broke... ** BadassBeard: If it goes beyond his usual PermaStubble, it's likely to become this. ** BeardOfSorrow: Grows one after he is tricked into killing his children. ** BadassBiker: Logan is this in general. It becomes a plot point in one issue of the first self-titled series when a paranoid, drugged-up murderer stops by Logan at a traffic signal. He starts eyeballing Logan, and freaks out because he can see that Logan isn't one to be messed with. ** BadassGay: Not the mainstream version, but the version in ''X-TremeX-Men'' volume 2. He was originally intended to be, and is sometimes hinted at, being bisexual, however. Daken too, though he's not so much as bisexual as an asexual sociopath who uses sex as a weapon. ** BadassGrandpa: He was born in the late ''19th century''. His enemies Sabretooth and Cyber [[spoiler:(when the latter was in his original body)]], are less sympathetic examples of this trope, being even older than him. Even Logan's own [[spoiler:deceased]] son Daken could be considered this, being in his mid-60's [[spoiler:at the time of his death.]] ** BadassTeacher: Became this lately, especially as of the ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' title, wherein he himself rebuilt the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters into the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, with himself as the headmaster. * BashBrothers: With Colossus originally, but putting him on a team together with any bruiser in the Marvel Universe results in this. * BattleCouple: His alternate self is this with [[TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] in ''X-TremeX-Men'' volume 2. * TheBear: A heterosexual example in the mainstream MarvelUniverse. Played straight (or not) in ''X-TremeX-Men'' volume 2. * TheBerserker: Both his fighting style and his mental state when he loses control. * BerserkButton: And not a hard one to press, either. Just getting him wound up seems to suffice, although he has some specific triggers: ** Hurting people that he cares about. ** Hitting a woman in front of Logan, even if he does not know her or care about her. ** Harm a little girl when he's around. * BettyAndVeronica: Logan was the Veronica to Scott's Betty in relation to Jean. Originally this was just to give fans a reason to care about the then-new character, who'd yet to achieve his now-legendary popularity. It's since taken a life of its own, and some fans act like it's the defining aspect of both Scott and Logan's characters, and in the films, it ''is''. ** Oddly enough, the whole Jean/Scott/Wolverine triangle pretty much started as a retcon. It was at most hinted at back in the day, but in the late 80s it was retconned up in a big way. * TheBigGuy: Defied. Despite having all the characteristics, being [[HeroicBuild muscle-bound]], [[CarpetOfVirility hairy]], {{Badass}} and everything, he is actually shorter than most of his friends and foes, the latter (especially Sabretooth) often calling him ''"runt"'' to insult him. * BigBrotherMentor: To Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, and now {{X-23}} and Armor. * BigGuyLittleGuy: Wolverine being very short at 5-foot-3 and Sabretooth begin very tall at 6-foot-6 serves to make even more contrast between them. * BiTheWay: [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/02/24/now-its-time-for-bisexual-wolverine/ In the X-Treme verse]] at the very least. ChrisClaremont says that he also wrote Wolverine as bisexual during his run but never got the chance to acknowledge it on panel. * BladeBelowTheShoulder: Not only Logan, but his OppositeSexClone {{X-23}} (two claws in each arm, one in each foot) and son {{Daken}} (three claws in each arm, arranged differently than Logan's) * BlessedWithSuck: His powers come with a number of drawbacks. ** Those claws of his ''hurt'' when they pop out of his hands. A new wound every time he does it, thanks to his HealingFactor. *** One issue of ''XForce'' graphically highlighted this fact, with Wolverine repeatedly popping and retracting one claw while stewing over something...and a small spurt of blood with each SNIKT! *** During the time without the adamantium, he had to keep his hands constantly bandaged to deal with bleeding from the holes made by the claws...and the pain was a ''lot'' worse because the HealingFactor wasn't working (see its entry below). He still kept it up, though... ---> (Jubilee and Logan are talking)\\ '''Logan''': I pop 'em out a few times a day. Keeps the channels open...like pierced ears.\\ '''Jubilee''': Did it stop hurting?\\ '''Logan''': Nope. *** Also, from the first movie: ---> '''Rogue''': When they come out...does it hurt?\\ '''Logan''': Every time. *** In the ''Weapon X'' standalone story, the metal chutes his claws extend through are surgically implanted in his hands because of the damage the claws did the first time he extended them. ** The adamantium may keep his bones from breaking and make his claws that much more dangerous, but it actually ''slows down'' his healing factor; X-23 grouses to him at one point that he heals too slowly. The reason for this was {{Ret Con}}ned, but it still applies. Then again, the healing factor is depicted so inconsistently that this might as well not apply anyway. *** In one story which featured the X-Men fighting the Brotherhood on Muir Island, Mystique threatens him with a weapon that will deactivate his healing powers and explains that his adamantium bones will poison and kill him quickly if she uses it. ** His enhanced senses may seem like a cool thing to have, but most people would probably crack up from having to process that level of constant sensory input 24/7. * BodyHorror: ** Logan's spiky, freakishly distorted body in the fever dream-like memories of his handling by the Weapon X program, as depicted in ''Weapon X'' and his self-titled series. ** The depiction of Magneto ripping the adamantium out of his body in ''X-Men'' #25. * CainAndAbel: While not siblings, he and Sabretooth share a closely connected past, were previously friends (to an extent) and were both "reborn" in the Weapon X program. He also has this with his actual half-brother Dog. Ironically, in the ''Origin'' story, Dog was strongly implied to be a young Sabretooth, but they are later shown to not be the same person. Dog is still alive and well after almost 133 years and ''really'' knows how to hold a grudge. * [[CanadaEh Canada Bub]] * CarpetOfVirility: And he sports it [[FetishFuel so well!!]] * CartwrightCurse: Wives, fiances, girlfriends, girlfriends he hadn't been dating for years but happened to hook up with again. Dating Logan 9 times out of 10 will result in your horrible death...except for Yukio [[spoiler:and she's now a paraplegic]]. * CatchPhrase: ** "Yer choice, bub. Yer funeral." ** And of course who can forget: "I'm the best there is at what I do. And what I do isn't very nice." * CigarChomper: Until smoking became ''unbelievably'' uncool around the 90s, Wolverine was rarely without a cigar. Even now he still flouts one in the movies. * CockFight: Logan has a special place in his heart for Jean Grey. Cyclops knows it, and does NOT approve. Just like Logan doesn't approve of Jean with Scott but [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy bears with it for the sake of Jean]]. Not that it ever stopped them from squabbling and sometimes ''physically fighting'' about it because, in Logan's words "Cyke doesn't deserve a woman like Jean!". * ColorCodedForYourConvenience: These days, you can pretty much tell what team he's working with at the moment by the color of his uniform. Blue and yellow means he's acting heroic and working with the X-Men and/or the Avengers. Dull gray and black means that he's doing X-Force work (and you should probably get out of the way). * ConspicuousGloves: In his early appearances, Wolverine had his claws attached to his gloves. Once they were said to come out of his hand, his gloves had slits to accommodate their extension. * CoolOldGuy: Arguably one of the coolest (and oldest) guys around, but "cool" doesn't necessarily mean [[GoodIsNotNice "nice"...]] * TheCowl: Subverted. Wolverine has been called "Franchise/{{Batman}}, sans the subtlety". * DarkAndTroubledPast: And '''how'''. * DeadpanSnarker * DeathIsCheap: He's been killed a few times but keeps coming back. * DependingOnTheWriter: The absurdity of Logan's HealingFactor seems to rest on who happens to be writing him at the moment. * {{Determinator}}: Logan is one ''stubborn'' son of a bitch. Even when badly hurt, he'll shrug it off and just keep coming at you until one of you drops. Unfortunately for whoever he's fighting, this will inevitably give Logan the time he needs to heal. * DisappearedDad: All over the place. His biological father killed the man who raised him, and in turn he killed his biological father. Then on his end, he didn't even know Daken existed until Daken was over 60. On top of that the "Wolverine Goes to Hell" arc confirmed he has sired many, many more children during his lifetime whose lives he has been completely absent from; "I see the faces of the children I was never there for. Daken and others I don't even recognize". Among them were The Mongrels, whom were pitted against him by The Red Right Hand, were killed by him, and then he found out they were his offspring. Wow. * DistaffCounterpart: His current sidekick X-23, who's literally his female clone made from an incomplete DNA sample (the Y chromosome was damaged, so they doubled up on the X). * DragonLady: Lady Deathstrike, Tyger Tiger. * DubNameChange: ** He's known as "Lobezno" ("Wolf Cub") in Spain and "Pantera" ("Panther") in some places in Latin America. {{justified|Trope}} in that the Spanish name for the wolverine is "Glotón", which means "BigEater" and might cause people to think his mutant power is eating stuff. ** French translators were faced with the same problem: French for "Wolverine" is "Glouton", which has the same meaning as its Spanish transparent counterpart, so for a very long time (until Panini got Marvel's right from Lug), he was known as "Serval" (a big African cat with a great sense of smell), then they simply stopped translating his name. Another publisher (Arédit) did call him "Le Glouton", though. ** The same problem in Italian has been solved by...not translating his name. ** The hungarian translators also faced a problem with his name as the hungarian word for "Wolverine" is" "Rozsomák" or "Torkosborz" neither of which is very flattering and said animal is not even indigenous in Hungary. "Rozsomák" sound like its in plural form (also "rozs" means rye and "mák" means "poppy" in hungarian. The other word "Torkosborz" means "gluttonous badger" facing the same problem as the spanish and french tranlators. So they have settled on "Farkas" meaning "Wolf", ironic considering these two are natural enemies. ** In other parts of LatinAmerica he is known as "Guepardo" which is Spanish for Cheetah but since "chita" is also Spanish for Cheetah few make the connection avoiding the idea that his powers might be about speed. * EvilCounterpart: Sabretooth - pretty much the same power palette as Wolverine but one of the most viciously evil characters in the Marvel universe. * EvilutionaryBiologist: Romulus, a werewolf-like mutant from the days of the Roman Empire with powers eerily similar to Logan's, who [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] he, Logan, Sabertooth, and a number of mutants are members of the Lupine, a subspecies of mutant descended from canines rather than primates. [[spoiler:Although his sister Remus says he made it up.]] Bonus points for Romulus manipulating Logan's bloodline for centuries and [[spoiler:being the mastermind behind Weapon X.]] * ExpositionOfImmortality: Wolverine's HealingFactor means his age is hard to pin down. The recent films have placed his childhood in 1845, and the ''Wolverine: Origins'' comic also put his early years in the 19th century, though 35 years later, in 1880. Both spend time exploring his earlier life, firmly placing the character in a time period at least 120 years earlier than the one he currently lives in. * TheFogOfAges: Part of the reason why so much of his past is a mystery. It's indeterminate how much memory has been [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erased]] and how much he simply forgot. * FriendToAllChildren: Wolverine gets a new teenage sidekick about once every decade or so, like Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, and Hisako "Armor" Ichaki. They usually go on to be badasses. He also gets along famously with [[PowerPack Katie Power]] for some reason, and once in a great while a writer remembers he has a foster daughter, Amiko. ** In fact, his big blowup with Cyclops in ''Schism'' came because he absolutely did not want the kid X-Men to lose their innocence by being soldiers for the mutant cause, even if said kids were willing to help with the fight. He went on to reopen Xavier's old school after the event in order to give them a safe haven. ** Occasionally subverted. He sometimes considers and actively tries to kill children if he's scared enough of them, like Hope, Wiccan, a Teenager Cyclops or a clone infant version of Apocalypse. * GeniusBruiser: One of Logan's biggest strengths is his mind. He's been around for well over a century and has spent quite a bit of that time taking in information. * GoodIsNotNice: Yes he's more-or-less a heroic guy, but unless you're his daughter or some other kid he's taken under his wing, it's better he ignores you. * GoodParents: His father [[UnclePennybags John]] [[NiceGuy Howlett]], who never learned that he wasn't biologically Logan's father. Over 100 years later when Logan goes to Hell, he still only refers to Thomas Logan as his biological father, and biological only, and still refers to John Howlett as the only father he ever had. * GoodThingYouCanHeal: His adamantium helps mitigate the damage but still.... * GoToAlias: Wolverine uses the identity of "Patch" (wearing an eyepatch), a mercenary, when he acts undercover in the Far East. * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: In ''Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk'', the Hulk [[http://comicsmedia.ign.com/comics/image/article/667/667856/ultimate-wolverine-vs-hulk-20051117010529051-000.jpg rips Logan in two at the waist]]. Not only does Logan survive, he crawls up the mountain he's on to find his legs. * HealingFactor: Logan is arguably the TropeCodifier for the fictional type. It kept him alive in conjunction with his [[MadeofIndestructium adamantium-laced skeleton]]. ** Averted during the "no adamantium" arc; the stress of trying to heal the massive trauma of having the metal ripped out of his body overloaded the healing factor and killed it for a few months of story time. When it finally came back, without the adamantium to slow it down, it essentially overclocked, allowing Logan to at one point completely recover from being ''run over'' in a matter of seconds but slowly causing him to revert to a more bestial state. This was taken to an extreme when Genesis tried to re-implant the adamantium. Logan's body explosively rejected the adamantium, and when he was fully healed he was a monstrous subhuman. ** ChrisClaremont, in particular, was ''very'' careful to avert, invert, subvert and otherwise keep this trope from giving Wolverine the effective immortality that he has had of late. In one issue, Wolverine is poisoned and badly stabbed by the Silver Samurai, and it's implied that he's risking his life to [[HeroicSacrifice let Rogue absorb his healing powers]] because he is so badly hurt. In another issue, Mystique demonstrates that a slit throat will kill Wolverine before his healing factor has a chance to kick in [[spoiler: it's being played with there, though, because it is one of Arcade's replicants being killed, and Arcade may not know the full extent of Wolverine's powers]]. ** Arguably an UnbuiltTrope. His HealingFactor has several drawbacks (as stated above under BlessedWithSuck), one of the most harrowing of which is the fact that anesthesia of any kind will not work on him except at ridiculously high dosages. Thus there is an element of {{deconstruct|ed trope}}ion present before the trope was fully codified. ** Since X-23 only has adamantium on her claws, her healing factor is fast and powerful enough that she can reattach severed limbs almost instantly; she uses this at one point to escape from Kimura. ** Wolverine's HealingFactor also can't prevent death by asphyxiation. Proven when [[spoiler:Wolverine kills his son Daken by drowning him.]] * HeroesWantRedHeads: One of Logan's defining personality traits, first with Rose from ''Origin'', then [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Heather Hudson]], and especially Jean Grey. * HeterosexualLifePartners: With Nightcrawler and Colossus, [[OddFriendship of all people]]. For a time, had a mix of this and LikeAnOldMarriedCouple with {{Cyclops}} before tensions flared up again. Oddly enough, he is this less frequently with Comicbook/{{Gambit}}, the X-Man with whom has has the most in common with. ** A good example of how close he and Nightcrawler are is that that Kurt can crash in the notoriously anti-social Wolverine's apartment uninvited, and Logan will come home and not bat an eye. And of course there is Logan's emotional [[TearJerker reaction to Kurt's death]]. * IHaveManyNames: James Howlett, Logan, Weapon X, Wolverine, Patch (a PaperThinDisguise if ever there was one)... ** He has used "Jim Logan" as an alias in the past, when working as a private detective. Ironically, that ''is'' his true name, unbeknownst to him at the time, James being his given name at birth, and Logan being his biological father's last name. * IHaveNoSon: His biological father tells him this when Logan refuses to be the ruler of Hell. Logan, who already hates the man simply claws him in the face and says, "Damn right." * IconicItem: The claws, the extended browpieces of his costumes' cowls, the permanent amount of stubble. * IdenticalGrandson: Grows up to look exactly like his biological father Thomas Logan. This was used as a RedHerring in the Origin story, with readers initially being lead to believe that Thomas' other son Dog was the young Wolverine. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: One of Logan's signature moves, when he's not slicing you to ribbons. He's also on the receiving end occasionally. * ImAHumanitarian: Sabretooth. Very disturbingly so in {{Deadpool}}'s Weapon X storyarc. * ImmortalsFearDeath: [[spoiler:After apparently losing his HealingFactor for good in Wolverine #7]], Logan is absolutely ''terrified'' of dying. * ImplacableMan: Together with his HealingFactor, [[TheNoseKnows sense of smell]], and sheer determination, nothing short of Galactus is going to stop him from tracking someone...and even then only for a little while. * InformedAbility: His martial arts prowess. 9 times out of 10 we only see him wildly flailing his claws around, something which requires no skill. Wolverine cant seem to make it out of a fight unscathed and is very dependent on his healing factor. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold * KavorkaMan: He's a really short, hairy guy with cigar breath and weird hair. He's never without some hot woman or another after him. It's also been repeatedly stated or implied that he smells bad and rarely bathes. ** Easily explained by two words: [[RefugeInAudacity Animal Magnetism.]] *** Let's see, AllGirlsWantBadBoys + DarkAndTroubledPast + HeroicBuild. * KickTheDog: Whenever (since he's done it a few times) he tries to kill a teenager, or anyone for that matter, under the excuse that its for the 'greater good', tend to come off as this. Especially in ''All New X-Men'' when he decides to take out his anger and hatred of Cyclops and bullies the Past!Cyclops, vocally blames him for [[spoiler: Xavier's recent death]], and publicly humiliates him by threatening to kill him and encouraging someone to give him reason not to and, given how the X-Men still hate him for [[spoiler: killing Xavier]], ''no one'' steps up to stop him, at most looking on disapprovingly (making it a major KTD moment for all the X-Men too), so it continues until Kid!Cyclops tearfully calls him out until finally he's told off by Storm and Beast. * TheLancer: Usually takes this role in whatever team he happens to be on at the moment. ** Attempts to break him out of this into taking the role of TheLeader full on have been made in the last few years, see both ''Wolverine And The X-Men's'' TV show and comic book for example. Reception isn't stellar, to say the least. * LawOfInverseFertility: Played straight for a ''long'' time. Up until Daken came around, it was only ever implied that Logan had any kids (specificallly, Gahck's baby sony Erista in the 1990 one-shot "Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure", and Alpha Flight's Flex). The trope was finally averted in two story arcs: ** In the "Wolverine Goes to Hell" arc, part of the emotional torture he undergoes is seeing all his shames and regrets paraded out in front of him, including the undisclosed multitude of children he sired and never cared for. ** See [[spoiler:OffingTheOffspring]] below. * MoralityPet: His younger sidekicks fall into this by default, although in X-23's case ''he'' was the one DefusingTheTykebomb. * MySuitIsAlsoSuper: Very much averted; his costumes (and more often than not, his street clothes) are constantly being destroyed. * NighInvulnerability: He has an extremely effective HealingFactor & a [[MadeofIndestructium virtually indestructible skeleton that is laced with adamantium]]. * NinetiesAntiHero: Well, he really came in the 70s, but went on to fit just fine in the 90s, and beyond. * NoNameGiven: The only name he had for years was Logan. It was never specified whether this was a first or last name (his driver's license actually read Logan W. Logan). ** In an issue, he had an identity card which read "Jim Logan", which, if not a {{Foreshadowing}} (said issue, if memory serves, was about seven years before he remembered his past in ''HouseOfM''), was at least a hint. *** He also once used the name "Tom Logan" in the cartoon when infiltrating the Friends of Humanity...also ironic foreshadowing to Origins. * NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Rogueish Male to Colossus, {{Cyclops}}, and Nightcrawler's Noble Males. * NowItsMyTurn: One of the most awesome moments in an already awesome career. * OddFriendship: ** One of his best friends is Puck, a Canadian midget whose power is to throw himself at things. ** He's also best friends with Nightcrawler, who is about as different from Wolverine as Superman is from Lobo, aside from their mutual love of beer. ** His relationship with {{Storm}}, back when it was platonic, has always been this. * [[spoiler:OffingTheOffspring]]: ** [[spoiler:The Red Right Hand, a group of former victims or friends and families of some of Wolverine's MookHorrorShow battles, collected and trained a group of Wolverine's unknown offspring to be used as enforcers, then informed him of their lineage after he had already killed them.]] ** In ''XForce'', [[spoiler:Sabertooth manipulated Daken and Wolverine into a fight to the death which he knew Wolverine would win. He gleefully reveals this right after Wolverine drowned Daken.]] * OlderThanHeLooks: Logan was born in the ''late 19th century''; he's never looked a day older than 40 at most. * OneManArmy: He's always been this, but it was most pronounced in the 1990's cartoon and WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen. * OppositeSexClone: {{X-23}}, aka Laura Kinney. * OurVampiresAreDifferent: Bloodscream isn't technically a vampire, but a guy who was cursed by a witch to live forever with a blood thirst. The only cure, of course, is Logan's blood. * PapaWolf: Regarding Jubilee and Kitty Pride, most notably, but young girls in general bring this out in him. ''God help you'' if you do anything to harm them... * ParentalSubstitute: Has been a caring father figure to Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Armor, and other young X-Men. Ironically, he was a DisappearedDad to every single one of his actual children. * PaperThinDisguise: His "Patch" alter ego; his disguise was basically just an eyepatch over one eye. Presumably, nobody had the nerve to tell him it wasn't working. ** In the 80s, [[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]] called him out on how blatant the Patch disguise was, and that [[GenreSavvy no one wanted to be the first to point it out lest they get stabbed in the face]]. * PermaStubble * PetTheDog: Logan gets this from Lady Deathstrike in one issue during the "no adamantium" arc, when she realizes the metal's gone. --> (Logan retracts his claws, letting Deathstrike see him bleed from the holes in his hands)\\ '''Deathstrike''': But your healing factor-\\ '''Logan''': It's pretty much used up. As good as gone.\\ (Deathstrike hesitantly brushes Logan's forehead with one finger)\\ '''Logan''': (''internal'') For the first time in years, she reaches out to touch me...and the touch is gentle. * PintsizedPowerhouse: Logan's 5'3". This contrasts him more with his enemy Sabretooth who is 6"6". * PlatonicLifePartners: With Psylocke. Formerly with {{Storm}} as well, before their RelationshipUpgrade in 2013. * PopularityPower: Uh, well, he beat Lobo. LOBO. THE GUY WHO FIGHTS ON EVEN FOOTING WITH SUPERMAN. Yeah, it was later handwaved that Lobo took a bribe to lose, but still... ** The IRL reason he lost is because the winners were determined by readers' votes, and Wolverine got more. * ReallyGetsAround: Logan has been around since the 19th Century, and by "been around" I ''mean'' "been around". The hirsute little berserker probably gets more tail than ''[[IronMan Tony Stark]]''. * ARealManIsAKiller: Subverted. Whilst he is indeed very manly by traditional definitions, and a killer, Logan himself has significant ethical reservations about killing per se and he strongly condemns the killing of innocents. Indeed, his CatchPhrase of "I'm the best there is at what I do, and what I do isn't very nice" was originally meant to express his own self-doubt about the morality of his actions. In short, Logan ''rejects'' the trope even if he technically fulfills its requirements. Of course, [[FanDumb some members of his fanbase]] ''do'' believe this trope and conveniently forget Logan's own rejection of it. * Really700YearsOld: Wolverine's healing factor ''drastically'' slows his aging. He was born in the late 1800s. * RebelliousSpirit: In most continuities he's clearly an anti-authoritarian loner. Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' owing to Logan and Scott's exchange of roles. Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'', where Logan's a DrillSergeantNasty combat instructor. Even in the mainstream canon these days, he's now school headmaster. * RelationshipUpgrade: With {{Storm}} following the annulment of her marriage to the BlackPanther. Whether they're an OfficialCouple or just FriendsWithBenefits is still up in the air. * ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: --> '''Nightcrawler''': Where have you been, Logan?\\ '''Wolverine''': Dead. But [[UnexplainedRecovery I got better.]] * RequiredSecondaryPowers: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Early on, the writers (correctly) realized that storing metal blades under your skin and having a metal-plated skeleton would require superhuman healing powers to prevent a slow, painful death from infection and/or blood poisoning...which is the only reason Wolvie got his metal claws and skeleton in the first place. As explained in his backstory, Weapon X's scientists decided to line Logan's skeleton with adamantium because they knew that, with his healing factor, he was one of the few people on Earth that could actually survive the process and put the add-ons to practical use. * RetCon: Wolverine's claws were originally bionic implants...until Magneto pulled the adamantium off his skeleton, revealing that he had been born with bone claws that were infused with adamantium like the rest of his skeleton. This led to part of the ArtShift above regarding the claws' appearance. ** This turned into one Hell of a retcon. In the Claremont years, Wolverine could still use his claws whenever his powers were negated and he made a point of telling everyone that. *** Even if his powers are negated its not like his claws are going to disappear. Its like Beast losing his "powers" but he still has his nasty claws and some level of superhuman strength. The only problem is that he doesn't have the healing factor to close the exit wound for his claws. * RetractableWeapon: His claws popping in and out of his hands. * RivalTurnedEvil: Inverted. With him and Sabretooth, it's a case of Rival Stayed Evil. They previously worked together as mercenaries, and while even then Logan was a NobleDemon to Creed's (even back then) villain and they barely got along, they were still on the same team. Once they went through the Weapon X ordeal and Logan made a full HeelFaceTurn, it was open season between them. With Logan and his half-brother Dog, a more straightforward example of the trope is in action. * RoguesGallery: [[ArchEnemy Sabretooth]], [[TheBaroness Lady Deathstrike]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Bloodscream]], [[DrillSergeantNasty Cyber]], [[ThoseWackyNazis Geist]], [[TheBigGuy Roughouse]], [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Omega Red]], and the [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Silver]] [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Samurai]]. Two of the rogues were killed by Wolvie's [[InfinityPlusOneSword Anti-Healing Factor Vorpal Katana]] made from the [[TheDarkSide the dark area of his soul]] while Cyber succumbed to [[KryptoniteFactor carbonadium poisoning]], which can be fatal to Logan as well. ** His son Daken took up Sabretooth's role for a time before Sabretooth resumed it. ** Now it seems the majority of his hatred is reserved for {{Cyclops}}. * SelfMadeOrphan: Killed his biological father for killing the man who he thought was his father. It was his first kill and happened right after his claws appeared for the first time. * ShootTheDog: Subverted. In the issue mentioned under BadassBiker above, Logan sees the killer as a rabid dog and can't bring himself to kill him, having flashbacks to trying and failing to put down a rabid pet dog when he was young. [[spoiler:The killer is shot dead by a female police officer; in talking with her, Logan reveals at the end of the issue that Silver Fox took the gun from him and shot the dog herself.]] * {{Sidekick}}: Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, then Jubilee, then Armor, then finally X-23. * SlapSlapKiss: With any and all of his love interests. The sheer amount of BelligerantSexualTension makes you wonder how he actually feels about Cyclops, Northstar and Gambit. * SmokingIsCool: Prior to JoeQuesada vetoing it, Wolverine smoked cigars due to his healing factor preventing/undoing any physical harm it would cause (when he temporarily lost it, he had to quit). ** In ''Uncanny X-Men'' #196, where Logan and Kitty are sitting on some college steps, Kitty gets so sick of his second-hand cigar smoke blowing in her face that she grabs it out of Logan's mouth, takes several puffs... and promptly breaks down in a massive fit of coughing and wheezing. * SteveBlum: If Wolverine gets into an animated/video game media of the recent ages, the man will be called to voice Wolverine. ** RoleReprisal: Although there are a few exceptions, this has been the case ever since Blum landed the role as Wolverine in the 2004 game ''VideoGame/XMenLegends''. * SociopathicHero: ** Much more so in his post-Claremont 1990s->early 2000s appearances than today. The last few years he has turned much more sympathetic since joining the Avengers and caring for the well-being of his students. ** His daughter/clone X-23 is closer to this, which Logan is trying to help her with. * SpotlightStealingSquad: Wolverine has become a signature example of the trope. * SuperSenses: A side effect of the healing factor is that all of Logan's senses are superhumanly keen. ** TheNoseKnows: His sense of smell is especially enhanced, and gets the most use and mention. *** In one issue where he's strongly implied to have slept with Mystique, he knew it was her from the moment she walked up to him just by her smell. As he points out in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'': ---> She can mask herself, but not her smell. * TameHisAnger * ThoseWackyNazis: Geist. * TinyGuyHugeGirl: Pretty much all his relationships involve this trope. * [[TokenEvilTeammate Token Anti-Heroic Teammate]]: On the more traditionally-heroic Avengers, he serves this role. * TokenMotivationalNemesis: His biological father Thomas, and his half-brother Dog. * {{Ubermensch}}: He lives by his own morals and does not care what others think about his morality...which [[WhatTheHellHero has no restraints against killing in certain situations]]. Thus he fits the trope's requirements of rigidly sticking to a morality that many others often consider at least debatable. See the quote under AntiHero above. ** On the other hand, he is ''loaded'' with self-doubt and plagued by intense guilt about his past, and if he wasn't effectively {{Immortal}} he might be suicidal. He sticks rigidly to his morality not because he believes it is the best or most ethical, but because its an anchor to his humanity, knowing that there are still lines he hasn't crossed yet and that he has some traces of goodness in him. He ''agrees'' with the people who question his morality; he follows it anyway because its a compromise between [[BloodKnight the man he is]] and [[MartialPacifist the man he wants to be.]] * UnclePennybags: John Howlett, his legal father, a millionaire who was genuinely a kind-hearted NiceGuy, and didn't see any reason to treat poor folk any less compassionately or differently than anyone else, a point of contention between him and his even richer JerkAss father. He gave Rose a dress on Christmas just like her mother would, and when he caught Dog Logan at the window, gave him the toy train intended for young James, who didn't notice as he was playing with his new puppy. Ironically, John's kindess and acts of charity to poor folk made Thomas Logan hate him even more. * UnlimitedWardrobe: Wolverine's gone through several costume changes, although most of them have been based on the costume in the page pic or his iconic brown/tan costume from the '80s and '90s. * {{Unobtanium}}: The adamantium coating Wolverine's bones is a very rare commodity. When a villain wanted to give it back to him after he lost it the first time, the metal had to be stolen from another person using adamantium at the time...[[{{Squick}} as his skin]]. * UnstoppableRage: Whenever he goes into Berserker mode...which tends to happen a lot. * VillainProtagonist: In the flashbacks of ''Wolverine Origins''. * VitriolicBestBuds: Whenever he's with Cyclops and Gambit. Does this a bit with Spidey too. ** {{Deadpool}} thinks of himself as this by way of being listed (even in ThatOtherWiki) in Logan's RoguesGallery. * WalkingShirtlessScene: Whenever he's not in costume (and sometimes when he is!), his clothes will be removed or destroyed in some fashion, nine times out of ten. * WallCrawl: By poking his claws into surfaces and climbing. * WhyAmITicking: Recurring character Elsie Dee is a little girl, who unbeknownst to Elsie, is actually a robot full of bombs. * WifeBasherBasher: ''"Oh that '''TEARS''' it Bub!! You may beat into me all you want, but if you hit the lady you're gonna have to answer to THE WOLVERINE!!"'' ----
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[[quoteright:208:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/WolverineLeeLitho.jpg]] ->''"I'm the best there is at what I do. And what I do isn't very nice."'' -->-- '''Wolverine''' Wolverine is a Creator/MarvelComics superhero, known for his association with the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''; [[WolverineClaws sharp, indestructible claws]]; [[TheBerserker berserker rages]]; [[WolverinePublicity managing to be in many places at once]]; [[TropeNamers/ComicBooks having quite a few tropes named after him]]; and for being very, ''very'' popular. At times he's been the most popular Marvel SuperHero, which led to his [[TheMerch tendency to... um... show up everywhere]]. He first appeared in ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'' #180 (October, 1974), making his true debut in the next issue as an adversary until the two teamed up to fight the {{Wendigo}}. Both issues were written by Len Wein and drawn by Herb Trimpe, though John Romita, Sr. is credited with the original design of the character. Wolverine would go on to join the X-Men the following year, with his true origins remaining ambiguously buried in a mishmash of false and real memories for decades, as his popularity skyrocketed. He would gain his own miniseries, and then his own title, [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen and then his own cartoon]], and then... well, [[SpotlightStealingSquad then he was kind of everywhere...]] [[WolverinePublicity and still is]]. [[AC: Wolverine's comics:]] * ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''. * The self-titled ''[[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine Wolverine]]''. * His second series titled ''Wolverine - The Best There Is''. * ''Uncanny X-Force'' which shows the missions of his ultra-secret killing squad. * The miniseries ''Kitty Pryde and Wolverine'', and later his own, self-titled mini. * ''Origin'', detailing his youth. ** ''Wolverine: Origins'', which spun out of HouseOfM and explores Wolverine's past. * ''Wolverine: Weapon X''. * ''OldManLogan'' * ''The Savage Wolverine'', which feature's Logan's adventues in the Savage Land with ComicBook/ShannaTheSheDevil. * ''Wolverine and the X-Men'', about his adventures as the headmaster of the Jean Grey School. * ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' and ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'', where he is a member of both teams. * And many, many, many, many, many, many, [[OverlyLongGag many]] cameos, and gratuitous appearances across comicland. Also see: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', ''[[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen Wolverine and]] [[ComicBook/WolverineAndTheXMen the X-Men]]'', ''Film/TheWolverine'' and ''Anime/{{Wolverine}}'' for tropes associated with the 2011 anime. ---- !!Wolverine is the TropeNamer for: * FastballSpecial: This is Logan's nickname for the attack where Colossus picks him up and throws him claws-first at enemies. * WolverineClaws: Natch; the term's since come to represent pretty much any weapon featuring multiple blades sticking out from the hands like Logan's claws. * WolverinePublicity: Logan's made so many gratuitous appearances that Marvel's actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d it at least once; see the page's pic and writeup for more details. !!He also provides examples of: * AbsurdlySharpBlade: Those pointy things sticking out of his hands. * AbusiveParents: ** Logan's mother, Elizabeth Howlett was for the most part neglectful (though she did spend time in an asylum after her first born son, John Howlett III's mutation occurred which lead to her scarring) until the night when John Howlett was killed. Thomas Logan was killed by his [[spoiler:biological]] son James whose mutant powers recently emerged after witnessing the death of his [[spoiler:step]] father. Elizabeth's reaction was to call her distraught son an "animal" while hitting him across the face with Thomas' shotgun, making him and his caretaker Rose, flee the mansion. Afraid of history repeating itself and seeing her lover's body on the floor she committed suicide. ** Thomas Logan was absolutely horrible to his son [[spoiler:and Logan's half-brother]] Dog Logan, often yelling and hitting him as well as introducing him to drink at a young age and encouraging the boy's psychotic behaviour. [[spoiler:In Hell, he was actually ''proud'' of Logan's massive death count, and it's hinted that the Logan bloodline followed similar mental instability as Thomas did]]. * TheAce: He would like to remind you that he's the best at what he does, and what he does isn't very nice. * AffirmativeActionLegacy: Well, sort of. During the ''ComicBook/DarkReign'', Logan's bisexual, half-Japanese son {{Daken}} took on the Wolverine mantle as a member of the DarkAvengers. However, they both used the Wolverine name at the same time, and the situation with Daken was ''always'' intended to be temporary. * TheAlcoholic: Definitely fits the "drinks a lot" part, but due to his healing factor, he can't actually get wasted or develop addiction or dependence. * AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Wolverine has enough similarities to Franchise/{{Batman}} that one could make this argument. ** When Marvel and DC collaborated to produce "Amalgam Comics," combining their characters for fun, Wolverine and Batman fused to become "Dark Claw." * AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Logan and real wolverines have a ''lot'' in common: they're both small in comparison to others, solitary, extremely aggressive for their size, have very keen senses of smell, and pack powerful claws. * AnimeHair + HotbloodedSideburns: Logan's standard look since his introduction, the former at its most extreme during Adam Kubert's run as artist of the self-titled comic in TheNineties. In the newer works his hair tends to be more realistic. * AnnoyingArrows: Logan, once needing to get a small child to safety through a bunch of archers, chose to block them [[TuckAndCover with his body]] and keep going. It worked, though he wasn't in very good shape at the end. * AntiHero: A TropeCodifier for superhero comics. Not as extreme as he used to be (see FriendToAllChildren) and currently a PragmaticHero. Claremont remarked that he disliked the attempts to make Wolverine darker. ** From the first issue of his self-titled series, in the middle of a huge battle with cutthroat slavers who have butchered the crew and passengers of a captured boat: ---> '''Logan''' (''internal dialogue''): I'm an X-Man. [...] With them, killing is a last resort. With me, it's second nature. I take the world as it is, and give better than I get. Come at me with a sword. I'll meet you with a sword. You want mercy. Show a little first. [...] Some of those folks died fighting...some praying...some accepted their fate...some cursed it...some begged for their lives...most were terrified. Details don't matter. What's important is that they ''died''. And those scales have to be balanced. In kind. ** Although his place has varied between PragmaticHero, UnscrupulousHero, and NominalHero in the comics, the cartoons and movies consistently portray him as a PragmaticHero, except for ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', where he is a pure hero. ** AntiVillain: Every once in a while, circumstances make him this, usually a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II or III]]. * ArchEnemy: Sabretooth. * ArchnemesisDad: Sabretooth was originally planned to be his father, but that idea was scrapped. Then there was some ambiguity of him being his [[CainAndAbel half-brother]], but it didn't turn out that way either, so ultimately there is no blood relation between them. They're simply two guys from the same province who have similar powers and hate each other's guts. * ArtShift: ** From Logan's first appearance through the [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks 90s]], the following were pretty consistent: :::- He was short, homely, and very hirsute. :::- His claws came out of the backs of his hands behind his knuckles (see the page pic). :::- The claws were either drawn as being thin blades (especially in FrankMiller and Jim Lee's art) or rounded or roughly rounded with ''really'' sharp tips, like true animal claws, especially in the 80s and ''sans'' adamantium. ** Ever since the Film/{{X-Men}} movies, the following have been pretty consistent: :::- He's more handsome, less hairy and generally more of an average height. :::- The claws come out directly between his knuckles and have the heavier knife-shaped appearance. * ArtisticLicenseBiology: ** Aside from the issues with lacing Logan's bones with the adamantium, some depictions of his skeleton (especially in the ''Weapon X'' miniseries) have long adamantium sprues sticking off his bones from the injection ports, which would play havoc with his muscles as he moves. ** Most artists make Wolverine's claws so long that, if fully retracted, at least part of the claw tips would be inside his hands, meaning he wouldn't be able to flex his wrists without shredding his hands from the inside. ** The [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/1/16696/717394-wolverineshand_super.jpg X-ray of Logan's arm]] in the first movie shows the claw implants pushing his forearm bones far enough apart to dislocate them from his wrists. ** If Wolverine was really 5'3" and 195 pounds (and that's ''without'' the adamantium), he would be more than fifty pounds overweight; his being very muscular may be the reason behind this. * AscendedExtra: ** Logan was originally supposed to be a one-off Hulk villain. It didn't quite turn out that way. ** His archnemesis Sabretooth used to be a minor [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]] villain. * TheAtoner: One of the reasons given for Wolverine [[WolverinePublicity appearing in so many titles]] is that after regaining his memories, he felt so guilty over [[DarkAndTroubledPast all the nasty stuff he did in his past]] and the fact that his son is basically just as bad a person in the present as he used to be that Logan feels compelled to try and do as much good as physically possible though he feels as though he can't ultimately make amends. Of course, this doesn't really account for all his appearances ''before'' he got his memories back and learned he had a son... * AudibleSharpness: SNIKT! (with the adamantium) and SCHLIKT! (without) * BackstabBackfire: In the final issue of the "Kitty Pryde & Wolverine" limited series, Logan had defeated Ogun and brought him to his knees. He spared Ogun's life and began to walk away alongside Kitty. Ogun produced a knife and rushed at the two of them from behind. Wolverine noticed it in time to tell Kitty to use her phasing power, causing the knife to pass harmlessly through her. He then stabbed Ogun with his claws, killing the villain. * {{Badass}}: Widely accepted as the baddest-assed mutant of all. He's on the very short list of people who'll jump into battle with an enraged [[IncredibleHulk Hulk]] without hesitation - and did just that in his first full appearance. During his "no adamantium" days, he even [[http://www.universomarvel.com.aq/wolverine/wolverine-Juggernaut.jpg stood up to Juggernaut]] without hesitation. ** BadassAndChildDuo: So much it's a RunningGag. "Child" is sometimes overstating it, but all of his well-known sidekicks are adolescent girls who he can both trade snark with and act [[PapaWolf violently protective of]]. If it ain't broke... ** BadassBeard: If it goes beyond his usual PermaStubble, it's likely to become this. ** BeardOfSorrow: Grows one after he is tricked into killing his children. ** BadassBiker: Logan is this in general. It becomes a plot point in one issue of the first self-titled series when a paranoid, drugged-up murderer stops by Logan at a traffic signal. He starts eyeballing Logan, and freaks out because he can see that Logan isn't one to be messed with. ** BadassGay: Not the mainstream version, but the version in ''X-TremeX-Men'' volume 2. He was originally intended to be, and is sometimes hinted at, being bisexual, however. Daken too, though he's not so much as bisexual as an asexual sociopath who uses sex as a weapon. ** BadassGrandpa: He was born in the late ''19th century''. His enemies Sabretooth and Cyber [[spoiler:(when the latter was in his original body)]], are less sympathetic examples of this trope, being even older than him. Even Logan's own [[spoiler:deceased]] son Daken could be considered this, being in his mid-60's [[spoiler:at the time of his death.]] ** BadassTeacher: Became this lately, especially as of the ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' title, wherein he himself rebuilt the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters into the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, with himself as the headmaster. * BashBrothers: With Colossus originally, but putting him on a team together with any bruiser in the Marvel Universe results in this. * BattleCouple: His alternate self is this with [[TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] in ''X-TremeX-Men'' volume 2. * TheBear: A heterosexual example in the mainstream MarvelUniverse. Played straight (or not) in ''X-TremeX-Men'' volume 2. * TheBerserker: Both his fighting style and his mental state when he loses control. * BerserkButton: And not a hard one to press, either. Just getting him wound up seems to suffice, although he has some specific triggers: ** Hurting people that he cares about. ** Hitting a woman in front of Logan, even if he does not know her or care about her. ** Harm a little girl when he's around. * BettyAndVeronica: Logan was the Veronica to Scott's Betty in relation to Jean. Originally this was just to give fans a reason to care about the then-new character, who'd yet to achieve his now-legendary popularity. It's since taken a life of its own, and some fans act like it's the defining aspect of both Scott and Logan's characters, and in the films, it ''is''. ** Oddly enough, the whole Jean/Scott/Wolverine triangle pretty much started as a retcon. It was at most hinted at back in the day, but in the late 80s it was retconned up in a big way. * TheBigGuy: Defied. Despite having all the characteristics, being [[HeroicBuild muscle-bound]], [[CarpetOfVirility hairy]], {{Badass}} and everything, he is actually shorter than most of his friends and foes, the latter (especially Sabretooth) often calling him ''"runt"'' to insult him. * BigBrotherMentor: To Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, and now {{X-23}} and Armor. * BigGuyLittleGuy: Wolverine being very short at 5-foot-3 and Sabretooth begin very tall at 6-foot-6 serves to make even more contrast between them. * BiTheWay: [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/02/24/now-its-time-for-bisexual-wolverine/ In the X-Treme verse]] at the very least. ChrisClaremont says that he also wrote Wolverine as bisexual during his run but never got the chance to acknowledge it on panel. * BladeBelowTheShoulder: Not only Logan, but his OppositeSexClone {{X-23}} (two claws in each arm, one in each foot) and son {{Daken}} (three claws in each arm, arranged differently than Logan's) * BlessedWithSuck: His powers come with a number of drawbacks. ** Those claws of his ''hurt'' when they pop out of his hands. A new wound every time he does it, thanks to his HealingFactor. *** One issue of ''XForce'' graphically highlighted this fact, with Wolverine repeatedly popping and retracting one claw while stewing over something...and a small spurt of blood with each SNIKT! *** During the time without the adamantium, he had to keep his hands constantly bandaged to deal with bleeding from the holes made by the claws...and the pain was a ''lot'' worse because the HealingFactor wasn't working (see its entry below). He still kept it up, though... ---> (Jubilee and Logan are talking)\\ '''Logan''': I pop 'em out a few times a day. Keeps the channels open...like pierced ears.\\ '''Jubilee''': Did it stop hurting?\\ '''Logan''': Nope. *** Also, from the first movie: ---> '''Rogue''': When they come out...does it hurt?\\ '''Logan''': Every time. *** In the ''Weapon X'' standalone story, the metal chutes his claws extend through are surgically implanted in his hands because of the damage the claws did the first time he extended them. ** The adamantium may keep his bones from breaking and make his claws that much more dangerous, but it actually ''slows down'' his healing factor; X-23 grouses to him at one point that he heals too slowly. The reason for this was {{Ret Con}}ned, but it still applies. Then again, the healing factor is depicted so inconsistently that this might as well not apply anyway. *** In one story which featured the X-Men fighting the Brotherhood on Muir Island, Mystique threatens him with a weapon that will deactivate his healing powers and explains that his adamantium bones will poison and kill him quickly if she uses it. ** His enhanced senses may seem like a cool thing to have, but most people would probably crack up from having to process that level of constant sensory input 24/7. * BodyHorror: ** Logan's spiky, freakishly distorted body in the fever dream-like memories of his handling by the Weapon X program, as depicted in ''Weapon X'' and his self-titled series. ** The depiction of Magneto ripping the adamantium out of his body in ''X-Men'' #25. * CainAndAbel: While not siblings, he and Sabretooth share a closely connected past, were previously friends (to an extent) and were both "reborn" in the Weapon X program. He also has this with his actual half-brother Dog. Ironically, in the ''Origin'' story, Dog was strongly implied to be a young Sabretooth, but they are later shown to not be the same person. Dog is still alive and well after almost 133 years and ''really'' knows how to hold a grudge. * [[CanadaEh Canada Bub]] * CarpetOfVirility: And he sports it [[FetishFuel so well!!]] * CartwrightCurse: Wives, fiances, girlfriends, girlfriends he hadn't been dating for years but happened to hook up with again. Dating Logan 9 times out of 10 will result in your horrible death...except for Yukio [[spoiler:and she's now a paraplegic]]. * CatchPhrase: ** "Yer choice, bub. Yer funeral." ** And of course who can forget: "I'm the best there is at what I do. And what I do isn't very nice." * CigarChomper: Until smoking became ''unbelievably'' uncool around the 90s, Wolverine was rarely without a cigar. Even now he still flouts one in the movies. * CockFight: Logan has a special place in his heart for Jean Grey. Cyclops knows it, and does NOT approve. Just like Logan doesn't approve of Jean with Scott but [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy bears with it for the sake of Jean]]. Not that it ever stopped them from squabbling and sometimes ''physically fighting'' about it because, in Logan's words "Cyke doesn't deserve a woman like Jean!". * ColorCodedForYourConvenience: These days, you can pretty much tell what team he's working with at the moment by the color of his uniform. Blue and yellow means he's acting heroic and working with the X-Men and/or the Avengers. Dull gray and black means that he's doing X-Force work (and you should probably get out of the way). * ConspicuousGloves: In his early appearances, Wolverine had his claws attached to his gloves. Once they were said to come out of his hand, his gloves had slits to accommodate their extension. * CoolOldGuy: Arguably one of the coolest (and oldest) guys around, but "cool" doesn't necessarily mean [[GoodIsNotNice "nice"...]] * TheCowl: Subverted. Wolverine has been called "Franchise/{{Batman}}, sans the subtlety". * DarkAndTroubledPast: And '''how'''. * DeadpanSnarker * DeathIsCheap: He's been killed a few times but keeps coming back. * DependingOnTheWriter: The absurdity of Logan's HealingFactor seems to rest on who happens to be writing him at the moment. * {{Determinator}}: Logan is one ''stubborn'' son of a bitch. Even when badly hurt, he'll shrug it off and just keep coming at you until one of you drops. Unfortunately for whoever he's fighting, this will inevitably give Logan the time he needs to heal. * DisappearedDad: All over the place. His biological father killed the man who raised him, and in turn he killed his biological father. Then on his end, he didn't even know Daken existed until Daken was over 60. On top of that the "Wolverine Goes to Hell" arc confirmed he has sired many, many more children during his lifetime whose lives he has been completely absent from; "I see the faces of the children I was never there for. Daken and others I don't even recognize". Among them were The Mongrels, whom were pitted against him by The Red Right Hand, were killed by him, and then he found out they were his offspring. Wow. * DistaffCounterpart: His current sidekick X-23, who's literally his female clone made from an incomplete DNA sample (the Y chromosome was damaged, so they doubled up on the X). * DragonLady: Lady Deathstrike, Tyger Tiger. * DubNameChange: ** He's known as "Lobezno" ("Wolf Cub") in Spain and "Pantera" ("Panther") in some places in Latin America. {{justified|Trope}} in that the Spanish name for the wolverine is "Glotón", which means "BigEater" and might cause people to think his mutant power is eating stuff. ** French translators were faced with the same problem: French for "Wolverine" is "Glouton", which has the same meaning as its Spanish transparent counterpart, so for a very long time (until Panini got Marvel's right from Lug), he was known as "Serval" (a big African cat with a great sense of smell), then they simply stopped translating his name. Another publisher (Arédit) did call him "Le Glouton", though. ** The same problem in Italian has been solved by...not translating his name. ** The hungarian translators also faced a problem with his name as the hungarian word for "Wolverine" is" "Rozsomák" or "Torkosborz" neither of which is very flattering and said animal is not even indigenous in Hungary. "Rozsomák" sound like its in plural form (also "rozs" means rye and "mák" means "poppy" in hungarian. The other word "Torkosborz" means "gluttonous badger" facing the same problem as the spanish and french tranlators. So they have settled on "Farkas" meaning "Wolf", ironic considering these two are natural enemies. ** In other parts of LatinAmerica he is known as "Guepardo" which is Spanish for Cheetah but since "chita" is also Spanish for Cheetah few make the connection avoiding the idea that his powers might be about speed. * EvilCounterpart: Sabretooth - pretty much the same power palette as Wolverine but one of the most viciously evil characters in the Marvel universe. * EvilutionaryBiologist: Romulus, a werewolf-like mutant from the days of the Roman Empire with powers eerily similar to Logan's, who [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] he, Logan, Sabertooth, and a number of mutants are members of the Lupine, a subspecies of mutant descended from canines rather than primates. [[spoiler:Although his sister Remus says he made it up.]] Bonus points for Romulus manipulating Logan's bloodline for centuries and [[spoiler:being the mastermind behind Weapon X.]] * ExpositionOfImmortality: Wolverine's HealingFactor means his age is hard to pin down. The recent films have placed his childhood in 1845, and the ''Wolverine: Origins'' comic also put his early years in the 19th century, though 35 years later, in 1880. Both spend time exploring his earlier life, firmly placing the character in a time period at least 120 years earlier than the one he currently lives in. * TheFogOfAges: Part of the reason why so much of his past is a mystery. It's indeterminate how much memory has been [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erased]] and how much he simply forgot. * FriendToAllChildren: Wolverine gets a new teenage sidekick about once every decade or so, like Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, and Hisako "Armor" Ichaki. They usually go on to be badasses. He also gets along famously with [[PowerPack Katie Power]] for some reason, and once in a great while a writer remembers he has a foster daughter, Amiko. ** In fact, his big blowup with Cyclops in ''Schism'' came because he absolutely did not want the kid X-Men to lose their innocence by being soldiers for the mutant cause, even if said kids were willing to help with the fight. He went on to reopen Xavier's old school after the event in order to give them a safe haven. ** Occasionally subverted. He sometimes considers and actively tries to kill children if he's scared enough of them, like Hope, Wiccan, a Teenager Cyclops or a clone infant version of Apocalypse. * GeniusBruiser: One of Logan's biggest strengths is his mind. He's been around for well over a century and has spent quite a bit of that time taking in information. * GoodIsNotNice: Yes he's more-or-less a heroic guy, but unless you're his daughter or some other kid he's taken under his wing, it's better he ignores you. * GoodParents: His father [[UnclePennybags John]] [[NiceGuy Howlett]], who never learned that he wasn't biologically Logan's father. Over 100 years later when Logan goes to Hell, he still only refers to Thomas Logan as his biological father, and biological only, and still refers to John Howlett as the only father he ever had. * GoodThingYouCanHeal: His adamantium helps mitigate the damage but still.... * GoToAlias: Wolverine uses the identity of "Patch" (wearing an eyepatch), a mercenary, when he acts undercover in the Far East. * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: In ''Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk'', the Hulk [[http://comicsmedia.ign.com/comics/image/article/667/667856/ultimate-wolverine-vs-hulk-20051117010529051-000.jpg rips Logan in two at the waist]]. Not only does Logan survive, he crawls up the mountain he's on to find his legs. * HealingFactor: Logan is arguably the TropeCodifier for the fictional type. It kept him alive in conjunction with his [[MadeofIndestructium adamantium-laced skeleton]]. ** Averted during the "no adamantium" arc; the stress of trying to heal the massive trauma of having the metal ripped out of his body overloaded the healing factor and killed it for a few months of story time. When it finally came back, without the adamantium to slow it down, it essentially overclocked, allowing Logan to at one point completely recover from being ''run over'' in a matter of seconds but slowly causing him to revert to a more bestial state. This was taken to an extreme when Genesis tried to re-implant the adamantium. Logan's body explosively rejected the adamantium, and when he was fully healed he was a monstrous subhuman. ** ChrisClaremont, in particular, was ''very'' careful to avert, invert, subvert and otherwise keep this trope from giving Wolverine the effective immortality that he has had of late. In one issue, Wolverine is poisoned and badly stabbed by the Silver Samurai, and it's implied that he's risking his life to [[HeroicSacrifice let Rogue absorb his healing powers]] because he is so badly hurt. In another issue, Mystique demonstrates that a slit throat will kill Wolverine before his healing factor has a chance to kick in [[spoiler: it's being played with there, though, because it is one of Arcade's replicants being killed, and Arcade may not know the full extent of Wolverine's powers]]. ** Arguably an UnbuiltTrope. His HealingFactor has several drawbacks (as stated above under BlessedWithSuck), one of the most harrowing of which is the fact that anesthesia of any kind will not work on him except at ridiculously high dosages. Thus there is an element of {{deconstruct|ed trope}}ion present before the trope was fully codified. ** Since X-23 only has adamantium on her claws, her healing factor is fast and powerful enough that she can reattach severed limbs almost instantly; she uses this at one point to escape from Kimura. ** Wolverine's HealingFactor also can't prevent death by asphyxiation. Proven when [[spoiler:Wolverine kills his son Daken by drowning him.]] * HeroesWantRedHeads: One of Logan's defining personality traits, first with Rose from ''Origin'', then [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Heather Hudson]], and especially Jean Grey. * HeterosexualLifePartners: With Nightcrawler and Colossus, [[OddFriendship of all people]]. For a time, had a mix of this and LikeAnOldMarriedCouple with {{Cyclops}} before tensions flared up again. Oddly enough, he is this less frequently with Comicbook/{{Gambit}}, the X-Man with whom has has the most in common with. ** A good example of how close he and Nightcrawler are is that that Kurt can crash in the notoriously anti-social Wolverine's apartment uninvited, and Logan will come home and not bat an eye. And of course there is Logan's emotional [[TearJerker reaction to Kurt's death]]. * IHaveManyNames: James Howlett, Logan, Weapon X, Wolverine, Patch (a PaperThinDisguise if ever there was one)... ** He has used "Jim Logan" as an alias in the past, when working as a private detective. Ironically, that ''is'' his true name, unbeknownst to him at the time, James being his given name at birth, and Logan being his biological father's last name. * IHaveNoSon: His biological father tells him this when Logan refuses to be the ruler of Hell. Logan, who already hates the man simply claws him in the face and says, "Damn right." * IconicItem: The claws, the extended browpieces of his costumes' cowls, the permanent amount of stubble. * IdenticalGrandson: Grows up to look exactly like his biological father Thomas Logan. This was used as a RedHerring in the Origin story, with readers initially being lead to believe that Thomas' other son Dog was the young Wolverine. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: One of Logan's signature moves, when he's not slicing you to ribbons. He's also on the receiving end occasionally. * ImAHumanitarian: Sabretooth. Very disturbingly so in {{Deadpool}}'s Weapon X storyarc. * ImmortalsFearDeath: [[spoiler:After apparently losing his HealingFactor for good in Wolverine #7]], Logan is absolutely ''terrified'' of dying. * ImplacableMan: Together with his HealingFactor, [[TheNoseKnows sense of smell]], and sheer determination, nothing short of Galactus is going to stop him from tracking someone...and even then only for a little while. * InformedAbility: His martial arts prowess. 9 times out of 10 we only see him wildly flailing his claws around, something which requires no skill. Wolverine cant seem to make it out of a fight unscathed and is very dependent on his healing factor. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold * KavorkaMan: He's a really short, hairy guy with cigar breath and weird hair. He's never without some hot woman or another after him. It's also been repeatedly stated or implied that he smells bad and rarely bathes. ** Easily explained by two words: [[RefugeInAudacity Animal Magnetism.]] *** Let's see, AllGirlsWantBadBoys + DarkAndTroubledPast + HeroicBuild. * KickTheDog: Whenever (since he's done it a few times) he tries to kill a teenager, or anyone for that matter, under the excuse that its for the 'greater good', tend to come off as this. Especially in ''All New X-Men'' when he decides to take out his anger and hatred of Cyclops and bullies the Past!Cyclops, vocally blames him for [[spoiler: Xavier's recent death]], and publicly humiliates him by threatening to kill him and encouraging someone to give him reason not to and, given how the X-Men still hate him for [[spoiler: killing Xavier]], ''no one'' steps up to stop him, at most looking on disapprovingly (making it a major KTD moment for all the X-Men too), so it continues until Kid!Cyclops tearfully calls him out until finally he's told off by Storm and Beast. * TheLancer: Usually takes this role in whatever team he happens to be on at the moment. ** Attempts to break him out of this into taking the role of TheLeader full on have been made in the last few years, see both ''Wolverine And The X-Men's'' TV show and comic book for example. Reception isn't stellar, to say the least. * LawOfInverseFertility: Played straight for a ''long'' time. Up until Daken came around, it was only ever implied that Logan had any kids (specificallly, Gahck's baby sony Erista in the 1990 one-shot "Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure", and Alpha Flight's Flex). The trope was finally averted in two story arcs: ** In the "Wolverine Goes to Hell" arc, part of the emotional torture he undergoes is seeing all his shames and regrets paraded out in front of him, including the undisclosed multitude of children he sired and never cared for. ** See [[spoiler:OffingTheOffspring]] below. * MoralityPet: His younger sidekicks fall into this by default, although in X-23's case ''he'' was the one DefusingTheTykebomb. * MySuitIsAlsoSuper: Very much averted; his costumes (and more often than not, his street clothes) are constantly being destroyed. * NighInvulnerability: He has an extremely effective HealingFactor & a [[MadeofIndestructium virtually indestructible skeleton that is laced with adamantium]]. * NinetiesAntiHero: Well, he really came in the 70s, but went on to fit just fine in the 90s, and beyond. * NoNameGiven: The only name he had for years was Logan. It was never specified whether this was a first or last name (his driver's license actually read Logan W. Logan). ** In an issue, he had an identity card which read "Jim Logan", which, if not a {{Foreshadowing}} (said issue, if memory serves, was about seven years before he remembered his past in ''HouseOfM''), was at least a hint. *** He also once used the name "Tom Logan" in the cartoon when infiltrating the Friends of Humanity...also ironic foreshadowing to Origins. * NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Rogueish Male to Colossus, {{Cyclops}}, and Nightcrawler's Noble Males. * NowItsMyTurn: One of the most awesome moments in an already awesome career. * OddFriendship: ** One of his best friends is Puck, a Canadian midget whose power is to throw himself at things. ** He's also best friends with Nightcrawler, who is about as different from Wolverine as Superman is from Lobo, aside from their mutual love of beer. ** His relationship with {{Storm}}, back when it was platonic, has always been this. * [[spoiler:OffingTheOffspring]]: ** [[spoiler:The Red Right Hand, a group of former victims or friends and families of some of Wolverine's MookHorrorShow battles, collected and trained a group of Wolverine's unknown offspring to be used as enforcers, then informed him of their lineage after he had already killed them.]] ** In ''XForce'', [[spoiler:Sabertooth manipulated Daken and Wolverine into a fight to the death which he knew Wolverine would win. He gleefully reveals this right after Wolverine drowned Daken.]] * OlderThanHeLooks: Logan was born in the ''late 19th century''; he's never looked a day older than 40 at most. * OneManArmy: He's always been this, but it was most pronounced in the 1990's cartoon and WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen. * OppositeSexClone: {{X-23}}, aka Laura Kinney. * OurVampiresAreDifferent: Bloodscream isn't technically a vampire, but a guy who was cursed by a witch to live forever with a blood thirst. The only cure, of course, is Logan's blood. * PapaWolf: Regarding Jubilee and Kitty Pride, most notably, but young girls in general bring this out in him. ''God help you'' if you do anything to harm them... * ParentalSubstitute: Has been a caring father figure to Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Armor, and other young X-Men. Ironically, he was a DisappearedDad to every single one of his actual children. * PaperThinDisguise: His "Patch" alter ego; his disguise was basically just an eyepatch over one eye. Presumably, nobody had the nerve to tell him it wasn't working. ** In the 80s, [[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]] called him out on how blatant the Patch disguise was, and that [[GenreSavvy no one wanted to be the first to point it out lest they get stabbed in the face]]. * PermaStubble * PetTheDog: Logan gets this from Lady Deathstrike in one issue during the "no adamantium" arc, when she realizes the metal's gone. --> (Logan retracts his claws, letting Deathstrike see him bleed from the holes in his hands)\\ '''Deathstrike''': But your healing factor-\\ '''Logan''': It's pretty much used up. As good as gone.\\ (Deathstrike hesitantly brushes Logan's forehead with one finger)\\ '''Logan''': (''internal'') For the first time in years, she reaches out to touch me...and the touch is gentle. * PintsizedPowerhouse: Logan's 5'3". This contrasts him more with his enemy Sabretooth who is 6"6". * PlatonicLifePartners: With Psylocke. Formerly with {{Storm}} as well, before their RelationshipUpgrade in 2013. * PopularityPower: Uh, well, he beat Lobo. LOBO. THE GUY WHO FIGHTS ON EVEN FOOTING WITH SUPERMAN. Yeah, it was later handwaved that Lobo took a bribe to lose, but still... ** The IRL reason he lost is because the winners were determined by readers' votes, and Wolverine got more. * ReallyGetsAround: Logan has been around since the 19th Century, and by "been around" I ''mean'' "been around". The hirsute little berserker probably gets more tail than ''[[IronMan Tony Stark]]''. * ARealManIsAKiller: Subverted. Whilst he is indeed very manly by traditional definitions, and a killer, Logan himself has significant ethical reservations about killing per se and he strongly condemns the killing of innocents. Indeed, his CatchPhrase of "I'm the best there is at what I do, and what I do isn't very nice" was originally meant to express his own self-doubt about the morality of his actions. In short, Logan ''rejects'' the trope even if he technically fulfills its requirements. Of course, [[FanDumb some members of his fanbase]] ''do'' believe this trope and conveniently forget Logan's own rejection of it. * Really700YearsOld: Wolverine's healing factor ''drastically'' slows his aging. He was born in the late 1800s. * RebelliousSpirit: In most continuities he's clearly an anti-authoritarian loner. Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' owing to Logan and Scott's exchange of roles. Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'', where Logan's a DrillSergeantNasty combat instructor. Even in the mainstream canon these days, he's now school headmaster. * RelationshipUpgrade: With {{Storm}} following the annulment of her marriage to the BlackPanther. Whether they're an OfficialCouple or just FriendsWithBenefits is still up in the air. * ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: --> '''Nightcrawler''': Where have you been, Logan?\\ '''Wolverine''': Dead. But [[UnexplainedRecovery I got better.]] * RequiredSecondaryPowers: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Early on, the writers (correctly) realized that storing metal blades under your skin and having a metal-plated skeleton would require superhuman healing powers to prevent a slow, painful death from infection and/or blood poisoning...which is the only reason Wolvie got his metal claws and skeleton in the first place. As explained in his backstory, Weapon X's scientists decided to line Logan's skeleton with adamantium because they knew that, with his healing factor, he was one of the few people on Earth that could actually survive the process and put the add-ons to practical use. * RetCon: Wolverine's claws were originally bionic implants...until Magneto pulled the adamantium off his skeleton, revealing that he had been born with bone claws that were infused with adamantium like the rest of his skeleton. This led to part of the ArtShift above regarding the claws' appearance. ** This turned into one Hell of a retcon. In the Claremont years, Wolverine could still use his claws whenever his powers were negated and he made a point of telling everyone that. *** Even if his powers are negated its not like his claws are going to disappear. Its like Beast losing his "powers" but he still has his nasty claws and some level of superhuman strength. The only problem is that he doesn't have the healing factor to close the exit wound for his claws. * RetractableWeapon: His claws popping in and out of his hands. * RivalTurnedEvil: Inverted. With him and Sabretooth, it's a case of Rival Stayed Evil. They previously worked together as mercenaries, and while even then Logan was a NobleDemon to Creed's (even back then) villain and they barely got along, they were still on the same team. Once they went through the Weapon X ordeal and Logan made a full HeelFaceTurn, it was open season between them. With Logan and his half-brother Dog, a more straightforward example of the trope is in action. * RoguesGallery: [[ArchEnemy Sabretooth]], [[TheBaroness Lady Deathstrike]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Bloodscream]], [[DrillSergeantNasty Cyber]], [[ThoseWackyNazis Geist]], [[TheBigGuy Roughouse]], [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Omega Red]], and the [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Silver]] [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Samurai]]. Two of the rogues were killed by Wolvie's [[InfinityPlusOneSword Anti-Healing Factor Vorpal Katana]] made from the [[TheDarkSide the dark area of his soul]] while Cyber succumbed to [[KryptoniteFactor carbonadium poisoning]], which can be fatal to Logan as well. ** His son Daken took up Sabretooth's role for a time before Sabretooth resumed it. ** Now it seems the majority of his hatred is reserved for {{Cyclops}}. * SelfMadeOrphan: Killed his biological father for killing the man who he thought was his father. It was his first kill and happened right after his claws appeared for the first time. * ShootTheDog: Subverted. In the issue mentioned under BadassBiker above, Logan sees the killer as a rabid dog and can't bring himself to kill him, having flashbacks to trying and failing to put down a rabid pet dog when he was young. [[spoiler:The killer is shot dead by a female police officer; in talking with her, Logan reveals at the end of the issue that Silver Fox took the gun from him and shot the dog herself.]] * {{Sidekick}}: Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, then Jubilee, then Armor, then finally X-23. * SlapSlapKiss: With any and all of his love interests. The sheer amount of BelligerantSexualTension makes you wonder how he actually feels about Cyclops, Northstar and Gambit. * SmokingIsCool: Prior to JoeQuesada vetoing it, Wolverine smoked cigars due to his healing factor preventing/undoing any physical harm it would cause (when he temporarily lost it, he had to quit). ** In ''Uncanny X-Men'' #196, where Logan and Kitty are sitting on some college steps, Kitty gets so sick of his second-hand cigar smoke blowing in her face that she grabs it out of Logan's mouth, takes several puffs... and promptly breaks down in a massive fit of coughing and wheezing. * SteveBlum: If Wolverine gets into an animated/video game media of the recent ages, the man will be called to voice Wolverine. ** RoleReprisal: Although there are a few exceptions, this has been the case ever since Blum landed the role as Wolverine in the 2004 game ''VideoGame/XMenLegends''. * SociopathicHero: ** Much more so in his post-Claremont 1990s->early 2000s appearances than today. The last few years he has turned much more sympathetic since joining the Avengers and caring for the well-being of his students. ** His daughter/clone X-23 is closer to this, which Logan is trying to help her with. * SpotlightStealingSquad: Wolverine has become a signature example of the trope. * SuperSenses: A side effect of the healing factor is that all of Logan's senses are superhumanly keen. ** TheNoseKnows: His sense of smell is especially enhanced, and gets the most use and mention. *** In one issue where he's strongly implied to have slept with Mystique, he knew it was her from the moment she walked up to him just by her smell. As he points out in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'': ---> She can mask herself, but not her smell. * TameHisAnger * ThoseWackyNazis: Geist. * TinyGuyHugeGirl: Pretty much all his relationships involve this trope. * [[TokenEvilTeammate Token Anti-Heroic Teammate]]: On the more traditionally-heroic Avengers, he serves this role. * TokenMotivationalNemesis: His biological father Thomas, and his half-brother Dog. * {{Ubermensch}}: He lives by his own morals and does not care what others think about his morality...which [[WhatTheHellHero has no restraints against killing in certain situations]]. Thus he fits the trope's requirements of rigidly sticking to a morality that many others often consider at least debatable. See the quote under AntiHero above. ** On the other hand, he is ''loaded'' with self-doubt and plagued by intense guilt about his past, and if he wasn't effectively {{Immortal}} he might be suicidal. He sticks rigidly to his morality not because he believes it is the best or most ethical, but because its an anchor to his humanity, knowing that there are still lines he hasn't crossed yet and that he has some traces of goodness in him. He ''agrees'' with the people who question his morality; he follows it anyway because its a compromise between [[BloodKnight the man he is]] and [[MartialPacifist the man he wants to be.]] * UnclePennybags: John Howlett, his legal father, a millionaire who was genuinely a kind-hearted NiceGuy, and didn't see any reason to treat poor folk any less compassionately or differently than anyone else, a point of contention between him and his even richer JerkAss father. He gave Rose a dress on Christmas just like her mother would, and when he caught Dog Logan at the window, gave him the toy train intended for young James, who didn't notice as he was playing with his new puppy. Ironically, John's kindess and acts of charity to poor folk made Thomas Logan hate him even more. * UnlimitedWardrobe: Wolverine's gone through several costume changes, although most of them have been based on the costume in the page pic or his iconic brown/tan costume from the '80s and '90s. * {{Unobtanium}}: The adamantium coating Wolverine's bones is a very rare commodity. When a villain wanted to give it back to him after he lost it the first time, the metal had to be stolen from another person using adamantium at the time...[[{{Squick}} as his skin]]. * UnstoppableRage: Whenever he goes into Berserker mode...which tends to happen a lot. * VillainProtagonist: In the flashbacks of ''Wolverine Origins''. * VitriolicBestBuds: Whenever he's with Cyclops and Gambit. Does this a bit with Spidey too. ** {{Deadpool}} thinks of himself as this by way of being listed (even in ThatOtherWiki) in Logan's RoguesGallery. * WalkingShirtlessScene: Whenever he's not in costume (and sometimes when he is!), his clothes will be removed or destroyed in some fashion, nine times out of ten. * WallCrawl: By poking his claws into surfaces and climbing. * WhyAmITicking: Recurring character Elsie Dee is a little girl, who unbeknownst to Elsie, is actually a robot full of bombs. * WifeBasherBasher: ''"Oh that '''TEARS''' it Bub!! You may beat into me all you want, but if you hit the lady you're gonna have to answer to THE WOLVERINE!!"'' ----[[redirect:ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}]]
3rd Oct '13 12:45:19 PM dinner101
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* HealingFactor: Logan is arguably the TropeCodifier.
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* HealingFactor: Logan is arguably the TropeCodifier. TropeCodifier for the fictional type. It kept him alive in conjunction with his [[MadeofIndestructium adamantium-laced skeleton]].

** Since X-23 only has admantium on her claws, her healing factor is fast and powerful enough that she can reattach severed limbs almost instantly; she uses this at one point to escape from Kimura.
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** Since X-23 only has admantium adamantium on her claws, her healing factor is fast and powerful enough that she can reattach severed limbs almost instantly; she uses this at one point to escape from Kimura.
28th Sep '13 6:11:40 AM Byzantine
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* ''The Savage Wolverine'', which feature's Logan's adventues in the Savage Land with Shanna the She-Devil.
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* ''The Savage Wolverine'', which feature's Logan's adventues in the Savage Land with Shanna the She-Devil.ComicBook/ShannaTheSheDevil.
24th Sep '13 8:20:36 PM MatthewGuy6131994
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24th Sep '13 8:20:07 PM VeryConfusedPerson
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* IdenticalGrandson: Grows up to look exactly like his biological father Thomas Logan. This was used as a RedHerring in the Origin story, with readers initially being lead to believe that Thomas' other son Dog was the young Sabretooth.
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* IdenticalGrandson: Grows up to look exactly like his biological father Thomas Logan. This was used as a RedHerring in the Origin story, with readers initially being lead to believe that Thomas' other son Dog was the young Sabretooth.Wolverine.
21st Sep '13 7:28:50 PM nombretomado
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Also see: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', ''WolverineAndTheXMen'', ''Film/TheWolverine'' and ''Anime/{{Wolverine}}'' for tropes associated with the 2011 anime.
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Also see: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', ''WolverineAndTheXMen'', ''[[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen Wolverine and]] [[ComicBook/WolverineAndTheXMen the X-Men]]'', ''Film/TheWolverine'' and ''Anime/{{Wolverine}}'' for tropes associated with the 2011 anime.

* OneManArmy: He's always been this, but it was most pronounced in the 1990's cartoon and WolverineAndTheXMen.
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* OneManArmy: He's always been this, but it was most pronounced in the 1990's cartoon and WolverineAndTheXMen.WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen.

* RebelliousSpirit: In most continuities he's clearly an anti-authoritarian loner. Subverted in ''WolverineAndTheXMen'' owing to Logan and Scott's exchange of roles. Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'', where Logan's a DrillSergeantNasty combat instructor. Even in the mainstream canon these days, he's now school headmaster.
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* RebelliousSpirit: In most continuities he's clearly an anti-authoritarian loner. Subverted in ''WolverineAndTheXMen'' ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' owing to Logan and Scott's exchange of roles. Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'', where Logan's a DrillSergeantNasty combat instructor. Even in the mainstream canon these days, he's now school headmaster.
6th Sep '13 10:22:04 PM Katsuhagi
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* BiTheWay: [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/02/24/now-its-time-for-bisexual-wolverine/ In the X-Treme verse]] at the very least.
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* BiTheWay: [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/02/24/now-its-time-for-bisexual-wolverine/ In the X-Treme verse]] at the very least. ChrisClaremont says that he also wrote Wolverine as bisexual during his run but never got the chance to acknowledge it on panel.
31st Aug '13 7:49:18 PM TVRulezAgain
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Wolverine has enough similarities to {{Batman}} that one could make this argument.
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Wolverine has enough similarities to {{Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}} that one could make this argument.

* TheCowl: Subverted. Wolverine has been called "{{Batman}}, sans the subtlety".
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* TheCowl: Subverted. Wolverine has been called "{{Batman}}, "Franchise/{{Batman}}, sans the subtlety".
26th Aug '13 1:06:37 PM HeroofHylia
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***He also once used the name "Tom Logan" in the cartoon when infiltrating the Friends of Humanity...also ironic foreshadowing to Origins.
21st Aug '13 5:39:45 PM Ambaryerno
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* ReallyGetsAround: Logan has been around since the 19th Century, and by "been around" I ''mean'' "been around''. The hirsute little berserker probably gets more tail than ''[[IronMan Tony Stark]]''.
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* ReallyGetsAround: Logan has been around since the 19th Century, and by "been around" I ''mean'' "been around''.around". The hirsute little berserker probably gets more tail than ''[[IronMan Tony Stark]]''.
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