Characters: Wolverine

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The best there is at what he does.

AKA: Logan, James Howlett
Debut: The Incredible Hulk #180

The Breakout Character when talking about the X-Men, Wolverine, alias Logan, Weapon X, and James Howlett is a Canadian superhero with an impaired memory, a gruff personality, and claws coming out of his wrists. Long-lived, bad-tempered, and boasting of being "the best there is at what he does", Logan is the single most popular member of the X-Men, and has starred in numerous comic, film, and television spin-offs.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His claws are made of adamantium and can therefore cut through nearly anything, though some weapons, like Silver Samurai's energy blade or Captain America's shield, are too tough even for them.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: 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.
  • Anime Hair: The wings/horns/whatever you want to call them that his hair flairs into.
  • Anti-Hero: One of the first big ones in comics. How hardcore a one he is varies depending on who is doing the writing and what sort of mood Logan is in at the time.
  • Badass
  • Bash Brothers: With Colossus in particular.
  • The Berserker: Can easily descend into this.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, and now X-23 and Armor.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Those claws.
  • Breakout Character: More popular than the entire team he is a part of.
  • Canada, Eh?: Though whether the writers do anything with it tends to vary.
  • Cain and Abel: With Dog Logan. He is the Abel and Dog is the Cain.
  • Cigar Chomper
  • Depending on the Writer: How big a jerk he is and how powerful his healing factor is.
  • 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.
  • Genius Bruiser: Tough and strong, but no idiot.
  • Healing Factor: The best known one in comic books. Originally it was just to justify his metal bones. These days it's a power unto itself.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nightcrawler, Colossus and Dog Logan as a very young child.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns
  • Informed Ability: His martial arts prowess has become this in modern continuity. 9 times out of 10 we only see him wildly flailing his claws around, something which requires no skill. Wolverine can't seem to make it out of a fight unscathed and is very dependent on his healing factor. Back when he was first introduced—and could be killed by slitting his throat or stabbing him in the heart—this was less of the case, and he appeared far more competent.
  • Jerkass
  • The Lancer: Usually plays this role to Cyclops.
  • Sour Supporter: Of both Cyclops and Professor X.
  • Truly Single Parent: His daughter X-23 was cloned from him without his permission.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gambit.
  • Wolverine Claws: Trope Namer.


     Mariko Yashida 

Debut: Uncanny X-Men #118

"Logan... my Love... Even if you live forever, you will never learn how to lie.'"

Mariko is one of Wolverine's most prominent lovers, a Japanese heiress with connections to both Japanese nobility and the Yakuza. She was born to the prominent Yashida Clan. She is a half-sister to the original Silver Samurai/Keniuchio Harada and a cousin to Sunfire/Shiro Yoshida and Sunpyre/Leyu Yoshida. She and Wolverine dated from 1979 to 1982. Then the events of Wolverine #1-4 (September-December, 1982) took place. Her father and Clan leader Shingen Harada returned after a lengthy absence. He forced to terminate her relationship with Wolvie and to marry his chosen heir Noburu-Hideki. Wolverine went to Japan to investigate what happened and Shingen targeted him for termination. Shingen ended up killed by Wolverine, and Noburu killed by Yukio.

The events made Mariko the new Clan leader and conveniently a widow. She became engaged to Wolverine and they scheduled their marriage. Events were complicated by the return of her half brother the Silver Samurai who wanted to become Clan leader in her place. He and his lover Viper, targeted Mariko for assassination in Uncanny X-Men #172-173 (August-October, 1983). Most of the X-Men almost died in the events of these issues. Wolverine did manage to save the day. But the marriage was cancelled. While everyone was busy with the duo of assassins, Mastermind got to Mariko and managed to corrupt her mind. Under his influence, Mariko declared Wolvie unworthy for her hand and dismissed him. Several issues later she regained her senses, but now felt unworthy of him.

Mariko and Wolverine continued seeing each other over the years. She even served as a surrogate mother for his adoptive daughter Amiko (Kobayashi). Then came the events of Wolverine vol. 2 #55-57 (June-July, 1992). She got into a gang war with Matsu'o Tsurayaba. She ended up poisoned and dying in pain. She asked Wolvie to Mercy Kill her to end the pain. He did so, a memory that has continued to haunt him over the years. He swore bloody revenge on Matsu'o. Once a year, Wolvie visits his old foe and mutilates him. Leading to Matsu'o looking barely human.

Mariko has remained dead, but turns up often in flashbacks, dreams, and hallucinations. Her soul turned up trapped in a version of Hell in Wolverine vol. 4 #1-2 (November-December, 2010) and #5 (March, 2011).
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: The Earth-616 Mariko is a common human. The Earth-2109 is Sunfire, a mutant, member of the X-Men, and a prominent member of the Exiles.
  • Beast and Beauty: According to Chris Claremont he pictured Wolverine and Mariko fitting this trope. Him being an unattractive man with violent, animalistic urges. She being a beautiful, calm woman which brings out the best in him.
  • Expy: According to her co-creator John Byrne, she was based on Mariko Toda from the novel Shogun (1975). "I had just read Shogun, which Chris had not read at that point. I just absolutely wanted to steal that character, just shamelessly steal the character. And as you probably know, she was created to die."
  • Fiction 500: She was one of the wealthiest people in Japan, with her own companies, a private army, and strongholds in the port city of Agarashima and the Meguro ward of Tokyo.
  • Killed Off for Real: She has been dead since 1992 and no writer has tried to bring her Back from the Dead.
  • Kimono Fanservice: The Kimono-clad Japanese beauty had plenty of poses underlining her desirability, properness, and relative innocence.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She spend many of her appearances dressed in a traditional-looking kimono. Indicating her belief in the Good Old Ways.
  • May-December Romance: Bordering on Mayfly-December Romance. Wolverine was born in the 19th century and is much older than Mariko. She died a lot sooner than him.
  • Mercy Kill: Kill by Wolverine as an act of mercy, ending her suffering. She was dying anyway from poison and was in a lot of pain.
  • Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: Her relationship with Wolverine fits this trope. He is the powerful white warrior, she is the "delicate flower" (as John Byrne described her) of Japan. He ends up saving her a lot.
  • Ojou: A wealthy, high-class Japanese woman who died young.
  • Opposites Attract: She and Wolverine are opposites in looks (unattractive man, beautiful woman), style (he wears casual clothes, she wears stylish looking ensembles), temperament (Hair-Trigger Temper versus master of self-control), and social status (wandering vagabond, wealthy property owner). They have the hots for each other.
  • Parental Substitute: She was the surrogate mother to Amiko (Kobayashi), whose real mother died back in 1984.
  • The Lost Lenore: She is the love interest of the protagonist (Wolverine), dies relatively early in his career, and her death still has consequences on the way Wolvie interacts with her killer Matsu'o Tsurayaba and subsequent love interests.
  • Yakuza: Her Clan is part of the Yakuza and she served as a competent and reluctant leader to a crime family.


Debut: Wolverine Vol. 2, #310

"My name is Remus. As in 'Romulus and.'"

One of the Lupines, a humanoid race that evolved from canines rather than primates, Remus is the twin sister of their leader, the villainous Romulus. She aids Wolverine against her twin and his army of Sabretooth clones, asking that in return, Logan kill Romulus.

     X- 23 

AKA: Laura Kinney
Debut: NYX Vol. 1, #3

"The Facility created me to be a weapon. Killing was all I knew. I didn't know how to say 'no.'"

A trained assassin, X-23, or Laura Kinney, was created by the Weapon X offshoot known as the Facility, or HYDRA, depending on universe, using a damaged sample of Wolverine's DNA. The damage was greatest on the Y chromosome apparently so Dr. Deborah Risman in the series and the similar Dr. Sarah Kinney in the comics eventually had the brilliant idea to create a female copy instead. At last the 23rd attempt to clone Weapon X was successful, thus X-23. However, Sarah Kinney states X-23 is technically a genetic twin rather than a true clone, making her Logan's sister. note  He later introduces her to her classmates at Xavier's this way, although they share more of a father-daughter relationship. Sarah Kinney also used some of her own genetic material to patch up gaps in the engineering, so X-23 is effectively her daughter (which may explain why Laura isn't short and hirsute).

She grew up being trained to be an Assassin, so that the Facility could sell her talents to the highest bidder. She grew up being emotionally and physically abused, in order to remove such weaknesses as emotion and self worth. However, Dr. Sarah Kinney, the one scientist who treated her like a child, tried to free her, but X-23 had been conditioned with a special 'Trigger Scent' that would forcefully throw her into a Berserker Rage, and X-23 uncontrollably killed the good scientist. In her dying words, Dr. Kinney named her Laura, as she had yet to be given a name.

After tracking down Logan, she was invited to join the X-Men, after a few years on the run, and soon grew a close relationship with some of the X-Men. However, it was retconned so that she only pretended to bond to them, and just saw them as interchangeable people, with only Logan being the one she would treat like a friend, and father. That changed after House Of M, where she was placed with some other students and eventually grew close relationships with fellow students Cessily 'Mercury' Kincaid, who had also been through a lot, Julian 'Hellion' Keller, who after being severely mistreated by him eventually became best friends, to the point she developed a crush on him, and Sooraya 'Dust' Qadir, who she gains a mutual respect for.

For more information on her, please refer to her page.


Debut: Wolverine Vol. 1, #1

"Death is the prize that awaits us all. Since it's inevitable, why worry about it?"

A ronin and free spirited thief-for-hire who has assisted Wolverine on numerous occasions, Yukio sees each day as an adventure, and delights in risking her life. No matter what life throws her way, Yukio enjoys it, an attitude that baffles Wolverine.



Debut: Wolverine Vol. 2, #4

"Now has come an ending, Master Patch. An ending to all your days."

Once a ship's surgeon who sailed with Sir Francis Drake, Bloodscream was cursed with immortality and a thirst for blood when, after he was fatally wounded, Drake forced a native healer to raise him from the dead. Trapped as a vampiric monster, and desiring an end to his condition, Bloodscream began seeking out another immortal to prey upon, believing that only the blood of a being such as himself could free him from the curse.


AKA: Mr. Winsor
Debut: Wolverine: The Best There Is Vol. 1, #1

"I am not interested in conflicted antagonists. Nor, for that matter, is anyone else. People want a bad guy they can hate unequivocally. Someone whose brutal demise they can cheer without remorse. Life, sadly, rarely treats them to such a luxury. And here are all these actors, trying to muddy things with moral complexity. #### that, I say. And I'll not have it. I am not the hero in my own story. I am the bad guy. I have no end in mind that justifies my means. There are no skeletons in my closet, no abusive childhood or inciting misery that might expiate my vile behavior. Nor am I insane. I know the difference between good and evil. And I am fully capable of empathizing with the pain, emotional or physical, of others. No sociopath, I. Rather, I simply prefer bad over good. Wrong over right. Sick over healthy. Untrue over true."

The result of a Latverian eugenics program, Mr. Winsor, alias Contagion, has a body containing every disease known to man at the time of his creation. Gathering a group of immortals to himself, Winsor repeatedly infects them with his diseases, alternately using them as test subjects and enforcers. With a goal of eventually exterminating all life in the universe, Contagion is as bad as even Wolverine's adversaries can get.


AKA: Silas Burr
Debut: Marvel Comics Presents Vol. 1, #85

"The time has come, the walrus said, to twist off Logan's head. To yank his brains out through his nose and hang it in the shed."

A psychopathic soldier and career criminal, Silas Burr was an early mutant who served as Wolverine's drill instructor in WWI and as his commanding officer in the Devil's Brigade during WWII. Surviving both conflicts, Cyber later trained Daken, who turned on him and left him for dead. Rebuilt by Romulus as an adamantium skinned cyborg, Cyber has a new set of powers and a new lease on life, while retaining his old grudges against Wolverine and Daken both.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The claws on his fingers are, like the rest of his outside, coated with adamantium.
  • Attack Its Weakpoint: His face, and especially his eyes, tend to take a lot of punishment during battles with Wolverine, as they are his one vulnerable area.
  • Axe Crazy: Already violent and sociopathic, Cyber was rendered completely insane after Wolverine dropped him into a vat of hallucinogenic chemicals.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Inflicted two of these on Wolverine, once during their WWI days, and once after Magneto had stripped away the adamantium from Logan's bones, leaving him facing the adamantium skinned Cyber with only his bone claws.
  • Cyborg: After being revived by Romulus.
  • The Dreaded: The psychological scars left by his murder of Logan's lover and the subsequent No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that he doled out to him have made him into one of the few people that Logan genuinely fears.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: During WWI.
  • Evil Counterpart: As a long lived mutant with adamantium bonded to him, Cyber is another in a long line of counterparts to Wolverine.
  • Eye Scream: Ripped out one of Logan's eyes after beating the shit out of him. The trauma involved is part of the reason why Logan is deeply afraid of him.
  • Immune to Bullets
  • The Mentally Disturbed: After falling in a vat of hallucinogens, Cyber was left with only a tenuous connection to reality as we know it, and at times seems to think he's living in the works of Lewis Carol.
  • Mutant: Most of his powers come from Romulus' modifications, but his Super Strength and longevity are natural.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Thanks to his adamantium skin.
  • Poisoned Weapons: The claws in his fingers are loaded with toxic chemicals. One hand injects poison, the other the same hallucinogens he was dosed with.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Was already middle aged at the outbreak of WWI, and has given hints that he was alive for most of the nineteenth century, having worked with graverobbers Burke and Hare.
  • The Sociopath
  • Super Strength: Strong enough to smash a car with one hand.
  • Talkative Loon: After receiving a dose of hallucinogens, Cyber was left totally off his rocker and apparently unable to shut up.


AKA: Akihiro
Debut: Wolverine: Origins Vol. 1, #5

"I never knew my father. I was raised... to be someone different than him. And now I'm supposed to be him. I never asked for that, but when the opportunity found me... I was curious. I wanted to know what it was like. To have people look at me and see... my father."

Daken is the son of Wolverine and his deceased wife Itsu. Blessed with his dad's Wolverine Claws (although with a twist or two there) and Healing Factor, as well as the added ability to give off pheromones, Daken is a younger, darker and edgier version of his dad, who was the dark and edgy poster child of the 70s-90s. He loves Xanatos Gambits, and seducing people just to prove he can, is apparently Omnisexual (or at least bi-sexual) and smart enough to dupe Norman Osborn and Reed Richards — but still gets his ass handed to him by his father. Speaking of dad, Daken has quite a few daddy issues.

For more information on him, please refer to his page.

     Dog Logan 

Debut: Origin Vol. 1, #1

The half-brother of James Howlett. A former servant on the Howlett estate. Now the Hellfire Academy's gym teacher.


AKA: Tomi Shishido
Debut: Wolverine Vol. 3, #20

"I have died and been born again. There is nothing I fear. One day I will kill a god."

A mutant extremist who has held membership in both HYDRA and the Hand, Tomi Shishido is also the head of his own cult, known as the Dawn of the White Light. Possessed of a genius level intellect, and the power to turn others to stone with a glance, Shishido became a terroristic death cultist bent on hurting as many people as possible.


Debut: New X-Men Vol. 2, #31

"Your friends will come for you? That's what the elephant said."

A cruel woman with a streak for sadism, Kimura was raised by alcoholic abusive parents, and entered the Facility in order to gain people that she could victimize in turn. Granted the power to control her body's density, she became X-23's handler, and pursued Laura after she fled from the Facility.
  • Abusive Dad: Had an abusive, alcoholic father, and a neglectful mother.
  • Always Someone Better: To X-23.
  • Archenemy: To X-23. In much the same way that Sabretooth will always be there to ruin Logan's life, so too will Kimura be there to grind Laura down.
  • Badass: You'd have to be to take on X-23.
  • Boobs of Steel: Very tough. Massive chest.
  • The Bully: Torments others in order to feel better about herself.
  • Cleavage Window: For some reason.
  • Dark Action Girl: Big time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her grandmother, who tried to save her from her father.
  • Expy: A case can be made that she's a slightly more sympathetic female Sabretooth.
  • Feel No Pain: When Kimura is using her invulnerability her nerves register impact but no pain.
  • Freudian Excuse: She's a victim of abuse who went on to abuse others.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Lacking Super Strength, Kimura has to fight like a regular human being, albeit one who is entirely invulnerable.
  • Jerkass: Probably the nicest possible description of her.
  • Lack of Empathy: For everyone who isn't her grandmother.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Her ability to shift her density enables her to harden her skin until not even adamantium can penetrate it. This is why she was assigned to handle X-23.
  • Sadist: Of both the petty and borderline serial killer variety.
  • Stone Wall: Doesn't hit any harder than a muggle but is virtually impossible to injure.

     Lady Deathstrike 

AKA: Yuriko Oyama
Debut: Daredevil Vol. 1, #197

"I have been cheated of my birthright... my human essence and now... my just and long-awaited revenge — but I will not be cheated of my honor."

Daughter of Professor Oyama, a Japanese scientist who invented the process for bonding adamantium to living beings to create Super Soldiers. Because of his involvement with Wolverine's transformation into Weapon X, he ended up dead, and Yuriko swore vengeance upon Wolverine. Joining a band of cybernetically augmented mercenaries, known as the Reavers, she had herself modified and outfitted with adamantium claws of her own so she could slay Wolverine to avenge her father's death.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: She wasn't thinking too clearly to begin with, admittedly, but becoming a cyborg seems to have truly pushed her into madness and evil
  • Dark Action Girl: Capable of fighting Wolverine one on one.
  • Dragon Lady: A pretty archetypal example.
  • Evil Counterpart: Built up as such for Wolverine in many continuities.
  • Femme Fatalons/Wolverine Claws: Combines the two, in the form of super-sized hands with exaggeratedly long, clawed fingers.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Elongated fingers with razor-sharp tips/nails are her main cybernetic feature, but she is also depicted with other cyber-implants that serve no recognizable purpose.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Deathstrike" is not a name that should inspire confidence in anybody.
  • Pet the Dog: Left Wolverine alone when Magneto pulled the adamantium out of his body, abandoning her and Bloodscream's plan to avenge themselves upon him.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Yellow Peril: As an archetypal Dragon Lady driven by revenge and dressed in archaic Japanese fashions, she's far from free of these connotations.

     Omega Red 

AKA: Arkady Gregorivich
Debut: X-Men Vol. 2, #4

"Who has brought me back from the dark domain of death? Who has summoned, Omega Red?"

An attempt by the Soviet Union to create a Super Soldier, Omega Red was designed as a counterpart to the American/Canadian "Weapon X" project, using the Soviet knock-off of Adamantium, known as Carbonadium. In a typical display of Soviet brilliance, they decided to use a regenerating mutant as the basis for their soldier, as was the case with Wolverine — but the only candidate who fit the bill was Arkady Gregorivich, a serial killer. Needless to say, Omega Red is one of the most brutal and murderous villains that Wolverine has ever run across.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is practically an icon of bloodlust and doesn't even bother putting on a nice face about it.
  • Badass
  • Blood Knight
  • Boom, Headshot: Received one from his fellow soldiers when they found out about how he had been dealing with his boredom. It's also what caused the initial manifestation of his abilities.
  • Combat Tentacles: Omega Red, whose tentacles can bash and smash as well as transmit his "death spore virus" (its name changes from one appearance to the next, but he's got a fatal disease he's gotta give to victims periodically or it'll turn back upon him. It becomes his best weapon, though he doesn't appreciate it.)
  • Combo Platter Powers: Omega Red has a healing factor and life draining powers. Super Strength from draining life, metal tentacles don't fit but were added since healing factor let him take it. Releasing clouds of deadly gas is what doesn't fit.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Not that he ever really had a soul to begin with.
  • Dirty Communists: Omega Red was made as a Soviet super soldier before turning into an Terrorist Without A Cause.
  • Evil Albino: Most likely due to his mutation.
  • Evil Counterpart: Designed by the Soviet Union's equivalent of the Weapon X project, Omega Red is essentially a Russian Sabretooth, and another in a long line of Wolverine's evil counterparts.
  • Follow the Leader: Though it's less noticeable then with characters like Wolverine (who had a half a dozen ersatz versions of him in the 90's), after Omega Red showed up there were quite a few villains who's origins were "psychotic Soviet ex-KGB cyborg killer". Then again, Omega Red himself was just riding the wave of "ex-Soviet killer" that had been showing up in the media thanks to the aftermath of The Great Politics Mess-Up.
  • Former Regime Personnel: Got his start as a horrifyingly psychopathic Soviet super-soldier. The Great Politics Mess-Up left him without a steady job and unleashed him on the rest of the world.
  • Healing Factor
  • Horror Hunger: He used to have to devour life force energy to stave off the poisonous effects of his carbonadium implants. Given who he is, it was never something he really objected to even when he had to do it.
  • I Shall Taunt You
  • Legacy Character: The White Sky Institute created the Omega Clan, three people with powers based off of Red's. One of them is called Omega Red.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong
  • Mutant: Had a healing factor before he was altered.
  • Poisonous Person
  • Power Incontinence: Omega Red suffers from this as he had to drain people's life energy to survive and temporarily had to release the death spores his body built up or they would kill him. Even after he found a cure that allowed him to survive without other people's life he stole it anyway and would probably do the same with his death spores.
  • Psycho for Hire: To the point where even hiring him is dangerous. The Hand found that out the hard way.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He was a homicidal maniac even as a soldier to the point where he started randomly killing civilians out of sheer boredom, and it resulted in his fellow soldiers attempting to blow his head off. Given his abilities, it didn't take.
  • Super Soldier: Because there is no way turning a seven-foot-tall mutant serial killer into a cyborg with KGB-training could ever backfire, right?
  • Tentacle Rope: His favorite method of fighting his opponents before draining their life energy
  • Walking Wasteland: Omega Red has the ability to produce a "Death Spore Pheromone" that physically weakened anyone exposed to it, to the point that it could kill someone who was exposed to it long enough.


Debut: Wolverine Vol. 3, #50

"There's a reason why you've spent your life watching the sheep, Wolverine—and it's not because you're a shepherd. It's because you're a wolf."

The leader of the Lupines, a race of beings that evolved from canines instead of primates via convergent evolution, Romulus has been alive since the prehistoric era. He is revealed to have been one of the primary backers of the Weapon X project, and was the one who hired Cyber to raise Daken, all as part of a plan to manipulate Wolverine. What his motivations are remain a mystery.

     Doctor Rot 

AKA: Bentley Newton
Debut: Wolverine: Weapon X Vol. 1, #6

Algernon Rottwell was a madman who was sent to Dunwich Sanitorium and was diagnosed incurable. He was locked in a special place that was made for him. He caused a riot and took control of the Sanitorium, letting the patients take the place of workers and killing the workers to take their brains.


AKA: Victor Creed
Debut: Iron Fist Vol. 1, #14

"Not here to kill you. Far as I'm concerned, you can stay just like this. But I'm gonna make you a promise. You ever find anything—anybody—to make life worth living again—I'll be there."

Sabretooth is the anti-mutant case in human form. He is a sadistic, unrepentant, bestial mass-murderer with superpowers and is proud of that fact, believing both Humans and Mutants are Bastards and that he is just the only one honest enough to recognize it, and embrace the monster within. This plays directly into his relationship with Wolverine, his Arch-Enemy, Good Counterpart and Shadow Archetype with nearly identical powers, with whom he shares a long and complicated past Shrouded in Myth, with neither of them really sure how they first knew each other or why Victor feels such a grudge against him.

What is consistent, though, is that Creed is obsessed with Logan and will give him frequent Hannibal Lectures about how he should turn to the Dark Side and become an animal like him, whilst simultaneously hell-bent on proving that he is Logan's Always Someone Better despite- or probably because of- the evidence suggesting it is really the other way round, as Wolverine consistently gets the better of him, though Sabretooth often leaves scars whenever that happens and tends to win by a landslide when he does get the better of him.

As with Mystique, Sabretooth is likely to end up as The Dragon to Magneto in various adaptations, despite the mainstream comic book versions having very little interaction and Sabretooth being the kind of monster who undermines Magneto's entire pro-mutant agenda. However, those adaptations usually make their working relationship rather short-lived, and sometimes he only joins him to get a chance to fight Wolverine.
  • Abusive Parents: His father was, in many ways, just as bad as him, if not worse, treating young Victor like an animal and keeping him chained up in a basement and pulling out his teeth regularly. Not that Vic is any better to his own son.
  • Always Someone Better: He thinks of himself as this to Logan, how accurate this is depends on the writer. He wins most of the fights overall and often wins by a large margin, but enough writers have depicted him getting his ass kicked over the years that it's been evened out.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: With Sabretoothed cats as the animal in question.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Wolverine.
  • Ax-Crazy: He may be extremely intelligent and a very effective manipulator, but beneath that lies a homicidal maniac who will kill you the minute that you become inconvenient or annoying.
  • Badass
  • Beard of Evil
  • Beast Man: Most of the time he is depicted with a very hirsute physique, along with fangs and claws that don't seem to be retractable. He is also capable of lion-like roars and growls.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil
  • Blood Knight
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He considers himself a violent and rabid animal and has no problem acting like one and gloating about it.
  • The Chessmaster: Shows shades of this, usually when it comes to finding new ways to hurt Logan as much as possible.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Is Cheap
  • The Dreaded: Even hiring him is dangerous, because he will turn on employers the minute that they piss him off or cease being useful to him.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: As far as he's concerned, he's the one true predator of humanity.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: More like "Even hideously evil, irredeemable monsters love their mamas if they were kind to them".
  • Evil Counterpart: To Wolverine; he's an example of what he would have become had he given in to his animal side and allowed his bitterness towards the world to morph into brutal misanthropy.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He is at least as muscular and powerfully built as Wolverine... and 15 inches (38 centimeters) taller.
  • Evil Is Petty: Most villains want world domination and unlimited power. Victor is happy just having endless opportunities to make Wolverine suffer. He's certainly got the intellect and competence to work on a larger scale, but even when he does; it usually leads back to tormenting Logan.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • For the Evulz: This is the reason why he does everything that he does.
  • Freudian Excuse: As a child, he was chained up and treated like an animal, in addition to regularly being beaten and having his teeth forcibly pulled to keep him from biting; also, it's more or less official that his bloodlust, violence, and predatory urges are part of his mutation. That being said, this does nothing to overshadow all the awful things he's done, and it's entirely possible that these are implanted memories courtesy of Weapon X and that absolutely none of what he remembers of his childhood actually happened.
  • Genius Bruiser: Doesn't come up much (primarily because his extreme arrogance tends to make him look less intelligent than he actually is), but he's a very skilled tactician and quite an accomplished hacker. Like Wolverine (but perhaps to a lesser extent) he is an Omni Glot, a highly-trained professional soldier and mercenary, and a veteran of countless wars, not to mention an incredibly cruel and efficient manipulator. Underestimate him at your peril.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Loves giving these to Wolverine.
  • Healing Factor: Less powerful than Wolverine's, but still more than sufficient.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Very open about, and even more proud of it.
    • Eats Babies: Has eaten humans many times and he LOVES snacking on live babies.
  • Identical Stranger: Bears an uncanny resemblance to Logan's half-brother Dog. For years, fan speculated that they were one and the same, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine goes along with that idea, but recent stories have shown that they are in fact not the same individual.
  • It's All About Me: Notoriously selfish and egocentric; if he ever goes out of his way to act like you truly matter to him, that should be your first clue that he's planning something.
  • Jerkass
  • Kick the Dog: His entire raison d'etre. He has the skill and intellect to aim for bigger things, but endless acts of cruelty are what provide a more immediate rush for him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: This is a big part of why he's so dangerous. He's massively strong and has at least multiple decades' worth of combat experience (quite possibly a lot more, but, due to Weapon X's manipulations, this is at least somewhat apocryphal), but he's also extremely quick and has superhumanly efficient joints and musculature that provides him with agility and grace that is far beyond what any normal human can pull off.
  • Manipulative Bastard: When it comes to finding ways to further his own agenda or hurt Logan, there aren't many people in the MU who do this better than he does.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Probably his core motivation. He had a horrifying upbringing that left him with an incredible amount of anger and bitterness towards humanity, and he eventually embraced that bitterness and allowed it to morph into brutal misanthropy and a sense that humanity was only to be manipulated and fed upon.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His name alone is usually a sign that things are about to get a whole lot worse.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Believes that the world is a completely worthless place filled with disgusting scum, including himself, and that he's the only one who has acknowledged it and is reveling in the thoughts and urges that everyone holds but will not admit to.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Pet the Dog: He murdered his father, a hideously abusive bastard who treated him like an animal at a very young age, but continued to financially support and visit his mother up until her death because she was the only person who ever showed him kindness.
  • Psycho for Hire: Emphasis on "psycho".
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He raped and brutally killed Silverfox, Logan's sweetheart at the time, when Logan was not around. Then he wrote a big-lettered message "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" (it was during Logan's birthday) with her blood in the wall just to piss Logan off. Also overlaps with Would Hit a Girl.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His real age isn't known. While it's quite likely that he is well over a century in age, this very well could be an implanted memory from Weapon X.
  • Reliable Traitor: Whether it's Weapon X, the Brotherhood, Apocalypse, or even the X-Men themselves, no one who employs him ever really trusts him.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He was actually an Iron Fist villain before Claremont snagged him for the X-Men. These days you'd never know he'd been the enemy of any hero but Wolverine.
  • Sadist: Making others suffer is the one thing that truly drives him.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He WILL find you, no matter how many pains you take to cover your tracks.
  • Serial Killer
  • Smug Super: Unbelievably arrogant and is absolutely convinced of his complete physical and intellectual superiority over just about everyone who isn't obviously more powerful than him.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He will follow Wolverine anywhere, but his intentions are anything but romantic.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Occasionally drawn with these, which helps make his bestial nature even more apparent.
  • Super Senses: If his tracking skills are anything to go by, his senses might be better than Logan's (whose tracking skills are still excellent, of course).
  • Super Strength: On the low-end of the scale, to be sure, but he is certainly stronger than any normal human.
  • Threw My Bike on the Roof: He prefers to inflict violence and psychological torture on Logan, but sometimes does petty things such as following him into a diner and stealing pie off his plate just to annoy him.
  • Troll: "Final Execution." He reveals he set up the entire Brotherhood scheme purely as an excuse to force Wolverine into a position where he'd have to kill his last remaining child, just to piss him off. And he gives no thought to the fact that all his comrades save Mystique are dead or comatose by the end, either; he's satisfied knowing he got a reaction out of Logan he could never get personally.
    • Possibly the best example of this is his "annual tradition" detailed in Claremont's run: every year on what Logan believes to be his birthday, Sabretooth will track him down, regardless of where he is, beat him to near death, and then simply walk away, just so Logan knows Sabretooth can kill him whenever he wants to.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Sabertooth has been on X-Men at least twice (though, one of those times it was a situation where they didn't want to kill him, but didn't trust anyone else to deal with him - he was an involuntary teammate).
  • Villain Protagonist: Briefly, when he had his own series.

     Silver Samurai I 

AKA: Kenuichio Harada
Debut: Daredevil Vol 1., #111

"You will not find me lacking in courage, gaijin."

A Japanese mutant born to a Yakuza clan who has the power to envelop any blade he is carrying with a forcefield that lets it cut through pretty much anything. The son of Shingen Yashida and half-brother of Wolverine's one-time fiancée Mariko Yashida, he clashed with Logan numerous times when he tried to take control of the Yashida clan from Mariko. Clad is samurai armor and armed with his energy blade, he was a deadly adversary.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His mutant power gives his blade this kind of edge. During one of their battles, Wolverine voices concerns that Harada might even be able to cut through his adamantium.
  • Alliterative Name: Silver Samurai.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: His given name is made up, as anyone who knows actual Japanese naming conventions can tell. His name in Japanese translations is Kenichiro.
  • Armour Is Useless: Averted. Harada's armour may not be made of adamantium, and is far from indestructible, but it's thick enough and tough enough to give Wolverine some trouble, allowing Harada to stay in the fight.
  • Badass: Especially during his first couple of appearances, when he able to give Wolverine a hell of a fight, running multiple pages in length.
  • Bastard Bastard: Shingen's illegitimate son, and a deadly threat to his half-sister.
  • Cain and Abel: With Mariko, at least initially.
  • Captain Ethnic: A Japanese villain with yakuza ties, an obsession with honour, and a samurai theme. To his credit, he was better developed than many similar characters, even in his early appearances.
  • Chest Insignia: Wears the Imperial Japanese flag on the chest of his armor.
  • Color Character
  • Fights Like a Normal: Harada's powers turn his sword into a light-sabre, but that's all they do, which means that he has to otherwise fight like an ordinary man. Given his samurai training and mastery of swordsmanship, that's not especially difficult for him.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Harada keeps switching between heroics and villainy, between being a friend of Wolverine's and being his enemy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice / Redemption Equals Death
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Naturally, the Silver Samurai prefers a katana sword over any other weapon, and his mutant powers enhance their deadliness to let him pull this off in-universe.
  • Lightning Bruiser: An enormous man, at least by Japanese standards, Harada is nevertheless nearly as fast Yukio, though he lacks her agility.
  • The Magic Touch: His powers are conveyed by touch.
  • Master Swordsman
  • No One Could Survive That: Was at ground zero when Storm unleashed her first ever localized hurricane, taking multiple lightning bolts, and then nearly drowned. He himself notes that he has absolutely no idea how he lived through that, and cites his survival as a miracle.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Racist and condescending towards non-Japanese.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Was originally a Daredevil villain.
  • Samurai: Dresses as a samurai, though his armor is forged of modern materials.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Viper, for a little while. It appears to have been mutual, though it did not last long beyond that story arc.
  • Villain Team-Up: His first major story arc saw him in alliance with Viper.
  • Yakuza: Has some dealing with them.

     Shingen Yashida 

AKA: Shingen Harada
Debut: Wolverine Vol. 1, #1

Father of Mariko Yashida and Kenuichio Harada, Shingen was a ruthless yakuza boss whom Wolverine encountered in Japan. A formidable fighter despite his age, Shingen gave Wolverine one of the worst fights of his life, leaving him hospitalized for months.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Was able to use his knowledge of human anatomy to completely disable Wolverine in their first duel and severely wound him in their second.
  • Badass Normal: No powers. Cut Wolverine to pieces despite that.
  • Badass Grandpa: A very old man, but still in peak physical condition. He came closer to killing Wolverine than almost anybody before or since.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Duel to the Death: Engaged Wolverine in one, resulting in his own demise.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Master Swordsman: Which is what made him such a threat.
  • Old Master: Clearly meant to evoke this by his dress.
  • Yakuza
  • Yellow Peril: As in the case of Lady Deathstrike, these connotations were pretty much unavoidable.

     Thomas Logan 

Debut: Origin Vol. 1, #1

The father of James Howlett and Dog Logan. A servant on the Howlett estate.


AKA: Ophelia Sarkissian
Debut: Captain America Vol. 1, #110

One of the leading figures in the terrorist organization HYDRA and a notorious international terrorist, Madame Hydra, alias Viper, is an Ax-Crazy psychopath and a nihilistic lunatic who frequently engages in attempted mass murder schemes that have no obvious benefit. She is associated with the Serpent Squad.

For more information on her, please refer to the Captain America characters page.