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: Despite his gruff exterior, Logan is actually pretty good with kids, and has a particular soft spot for troubled girls. He serves as a mentor to Rogue (in the films), Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, X-23, Armor, and even helps set Kamala Khan in the right direction.
  • 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.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior: He had this relationship with Cable back in the nineties, with Cable being the Soldier and him being the Warrior.
    • Also with Cyclops, who amusingly enough is Cable's dad. Must be In the Blood.
  • Sour Supporter: Of both Cyclops and Professor X.
  • Stubborn Hair: His... unique hairstyle may be the fault of his healing factor.
  • 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 formed close relationships 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 to fellow students Cessily 'Mercury' Kincaid, who had also been through a lot, Julian 'Hellion' Keller, who wound up as her crush, and Sooraya 'Dust' Qadir, who she gains a mutual respect for.

X-23 will be taking on the Wolverine name herself in All-New Wolverine. 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.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: He's not the final boss, but when you fight Cyber in the Sega Genesis version of Wolverine: Adamantium Rage both the fight and the level itself take place in a trippy space dimension that's pretty much this trope incarnate, complete with Cyber-headed asteroids. Justified by Cyber poisoning Wolverine with his claws between levels, making the whole level a weird hallucination.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Subjected to this by Genesis, who locked him in a chamber and unleashed a swarm of flesh-eating mutant deathwatch beetles to get ahold of his adamantium skin. He got the skin all right.
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Petty: Much like fellow Logan villain Sabretooth, Cyber seems at his happiest when tormenting Wolverine and long ago gave up any motivation beyond For the Evulz.
  • 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: Tyler Dayspring, Tolliver, the Other (no, not that Other).
Debut (as Genesis): Cable Vol. 2, #18

"You're going to be the new captain of my Dark Riders, Wolverine! A fitting Centurion for my legions!"

The (possibly adopted) son of Cable, Tyler Dayspring followed his father into the present day, wanting revenge for being abandoned to the chaos-bringer Stryfe. After suffering an identity crisis of sorts, Tyler reinvented himself as Genesis, the self-styled heir to Apocalypse. He fixated on Wolverine, seeking to make Logan his first horseman, but ended up biting off a bit more than he could chew.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the X-Men animated series, where he never becomes Genesis.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: And how! Pretty much everything Tyler did tied back to his daddy issues, even after he became Genesis.
  • Avenging the Villain: After reinventing himself as Apocalypse's successor.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: He was captured by Stryfe and handed over to a sadistic mutant telepath named Frisco, who literally put the boy's mind through hell and back.
  • BFG: He certainly inherited his father's fondness for giant nineties-style guns.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He styles himself as the heir to Apocalypse, but he's manhandled by Mr. Sinister effortlessly and outside of fights with Cable, just a pair of X-Men are all it takes to handle him.
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil
  • Conqueror from the Future: Averted at first, with Tyler only seeking revenge on Cable. Later he plays this trope straight upon becoming Genesis.
  • Death Equals Redemption: He appears in a vision to a dying Cable shortly after his own death, thanking his father for trying to save him and urging him to not give up.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Nearly ten years after Tyler bit the dust, Marvel revisited the idea of Cable having a warrior child carrying on his legacy in Hope Summers.
  • The Don: When he first arrived in the present-day reality he took on the persona of shadowy Arms Dealer Tolliver, a Sicilian mob boss.
  • Evil Versus Evil: In one of the 1995 annuals he targets Mr. Sinister for turning on Apocalypse.
  • Fallen Hero
  • Fights Like a Normal: Yet another trait he learned from his father. It served him well in seizing control of the Dark Riders, but throwing down with Wolverine ended up being a little over his weight threshold.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: In his very first appearance as Genesis, his Power Armor comes with a pressurized helmet that makes him look much more like Apocalypse's successor. He takes the helmet off within a couple of panels, and is never seen wearing it again.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Seeking to build his own version of the Four Horsemen, Genesis kidnaps Wolverine and attempts to re-bond adamantium to his skeleton. The procedure fails, driving Wolverine into a Berserker Rage which ends with Genesis and all his underlings dead.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Wolverine #100, courtesy of a feral Logan.
  • Love Is a Weakness: He believes this, and weaponizes it when going after Mr. Sinister by abducting Essex's hidden Morality Pet.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: It's hinted at that Tyler's true father is not actually Cable but Stryfe.
  • Master of Disguise: Played with. Tyler successfully invents a false identity for himself so convincing that even his own father is fooled... but said false identity is literally just him wearing a Coat, Hat, Mask.
  • Mundane Utility: When he first travels back to our time, Tyler puts his future knowledge to good use... by using it to establish a place for himself in the criminal community as the arms dealer Tolliver.
  • Mutant: As a descendant of the Summers/Grey bloodline, this is to be expected.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Averted and played straight all at once in his attempt to re-bond adamantium to Wolverine's skeleton. The process fails, with Wolverine ejecting the adamantium from his body, but the trauma sends Logan into a Berserker Rage. Tyler himself realizes this by the end.
    Genesis: Ah. Here comes a doom by my own hand...
  • Power Armor: As Genesis, presumably to compensate for his unremarkable mutant abilities.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Played with. He hijacks Apocalypse's mutant power siphons to power himself up, but is only ever seen using them on Cable (not even killing him!) and while he later claims to have acquired greater power, later appearances proved that to be either a bluff or at best a case of Informed Ability.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Certainly comes off as such in his interactions with Cable, where he disturbingly insists on referring to him as 'daddy'.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Started off as merely part of Cable's backstory, then his villain, before finally tackling Wolverine. In retrospect, he probably should've stuck with his dad...
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: This was his motive before full-blown Apocalypse-fanaticism set in; he claimed that by taking Apocalypse's power and massacring his ancestral descendants in Akkaba that he would change the future he and Cable both came from and prevent Cable from ever abandoning him to Stryfe. Yeah, he really never got over that...
  • Tangled Family Tree: He's yet another Summers descendant.
  • Time Travel: From 2,000 years into the future, to be precise.
  • Unexpected Successor: Tyler had already been established as a not-all-that-sane presence with a grudge against his dad, but to say he was an unexpected choice for the self-proclaimed 'heir to Apocalypse' would be a huge understatement.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before being brainwashed by Stryfe, Tyler was a bonafide hero and proud freedom fighter.
  • Villainous Legacy: Believes himself to be carrying on the will and testament of Apocalypse.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Even after switching his daddy issues from Cable to freaking Apocalypse.
  • The Worf Effect: Subjects Cyber to this with a little help from his 'mutant deathwatch beetles'.


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.
  • Back from the Dead: Killed by Wolverine, he was resurrected with magic by the Hand.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Did this to Wolverine.
  • Came Back Strong: Returned from the dead with Super Strength, Super Reflexes, and a Healing Factor he did not previously possess.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Not quite up to Superpower Lottery levels, but this guy certainly didn't get a bad hand. His mutant powers include:
  • Cool Sword: "Godkiller" a katana that has been used to slay numerous kings and emperors throughout history.
  • Death Seeker: Aside from killing himself twice as an adult, he attempted a number of suicides as a boy. None ever stuck thanks to his Healing Factor.
    Gorgon: If you mean to kill me, know that I have tried several times myself. It is no easy thing.
  • Evil Genius: Thanks to his Improbably High I.Q..
  • For the Evulz: Tends to come off as this in early appearances as a male version of Viper, what with associating himself with numerous terrorists groups that are often at odds with each other as much as they are everyone else.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: He certainly thinks so.
  • Master Swordsman
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Eventually revealed to be his ultimate goal.
  • Path of Inspiration: He formed his own mutant cult, the Dawn of the White Light, at just 18 years old. Like most of his endeavors, it didn't really have much purpose beyond the spread of wanton chaos.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: A decidedly non-romantic version of this trope: when charged to prove his loyalty by the Hand's grand master, Tomi told the man to kill him, knowing full well the Hand had the power to resurrect him. He then killed himself to drive the point home.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Ultimately revealed to be his primary motivation in Secret Warriors — feeling that life is an unwanted curse no one ever asked for, Tomi sees human extinction as a noble pursuit, releasing mankind from God's slavery and making them "as free as they were before birth". Revealed in a conversation with Baron Strucker's widow:
    Gorgon: You understand why we’re building these weapons, don’t you? You appreciate that this bid to end all life is just a strike against the Light. Against God, I mean.
    Elizabeth Strucker: We never asked to be born.
    Gorgon: Exactly. I just worry sometimes that New HYDRA’s actions are perceived as cruelty when my intentions are much more pure than those of your late husband.
  • Sanity Slippage: In more recent appearances, as his multiple attempts and failures to bring about human extinction (or even end his own life) take their toll.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Petrified his whole family with his power.
  • Sinister Shades: Worn in order to avoid turning everybody to stone.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: Tomi's actual goals are a little nebulous, particularly given his association with multiple terrorist groups, all of whom have opposing agendas.
    • Eventually subverted in Secret Warriors, where his motives are finally revealed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Killing the son of the God of War?! Yeah, there's no way that's not going to come back to bite him somewhere down the line.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He kills Phobos in Secret Warriors.

     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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the second X-Men movie her Yellow Peril elements are omitted entirely, and with the revelation that Stryker was controlling her like his other mutant prisoners, she may have never even wanted to work for him at all.
  • Avenging the Villain: During Messiah Complex, where she pursues the X-Men to fulfill a blood oath she swore to the recently-deceased Reverend Stryker.
  • Ax-Crazy: Clearly not stable even before becoming a cyborg, but the transformation clearly pushed her off the deep end.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Subjected to this by Major Stryker in X2: X-Men United.
  • 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.
  • The Dragon: To Donald Pierce in the comics and Major Stryker in the movie.
  • Dragon Lady: A pretty archetypal example.
  • Evil Counterpart: Built up as such for Wolverine in many continuities.
  • Fair Play Villain: Given a chance to shoot Wolverine dead from a distance, she smirked and let him go.
  • Fantastic Racism: A strange example. While Yuriko actually being a racist herself is debatable, she very clearly works with a ton of hardcore anti-mutant racists, from Donald Pierce and the Reavers to Reverend Stryker and his Purifiers.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: Weirdly enough, the Reavers. She initially hires them as muscle, but they soon develop a strange camraderie of sorts, to the point where Deathstrike genuinely grieves when she thinks they've been killed by the Spirit-Drinker.
  • 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
  • Revenge Before Reason: Chases after Wolverine long after a sane person would have cut their losses and gone home.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Very nearly kills Hellion before X-23 gives her a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • 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
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • 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: Can use his tentacles to bludgeon and grapple and to release his "death spore" virus.
  • Combo Platter Powers: He's got a healing factor, super strength, the ability to drain his victim's life energy, and carbonadium tentacles.
  • 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.
  • The Don: One story arc had him becoming basically the Russian equivalent of the Kingpin.
  • The Dragon: To Matsu'o Tsurayaba of the Hand. That didn't last long.
  • 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 killers" 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.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just a low-ranking Russian soldier who also happened to be a Serial Killer in his spare time before the Soviet brass noticed him and decided to make him something... more.
  • 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
  • Joker Immunity: Ultimately averted at the Turn of the Millennium, but throughout the The '90s this guy was basically unstoppable. At one point the heroes lured him into a pit built specifically to hold rogue Weapon X agents, then hightailed it out of there and blew the base to kingdom come with a missile strike. And at the end Omega Red still clawed his way up out of the rubble.
  • Legacy Character: After the original was Killed Off for Real White Sky Institute created the Omega Clan, three people with powers based off of Red's. One of them is called Omega Red.''
  • The Mafiya: Implied to have been a member prior to becoming Omega Red, and later becomes a crime lord in his own right.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong
  • Mutant: Even 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.
  • Renegade Russian
  • Serial Killer: Implied to have been one even before joining the Red Army.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He carried over his Serial Killer hobby when he joined the Spetsnaz, and kept right on killing until he finally got sent to a base so small the disappearances were noticed. This resulted in his fellow soldiers attempting to blow his head off, but thanks to his mutation 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.
  • Wolverine Publicity: One of the more popular X-villains introduced in The '90s, so much so that he earned a handful of appearances in the X-Men animated series and a recurring spot in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.


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 days of the Roman Empire. 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.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: With wolves as the animal in question.
  • Big Bad: Of most arcs in which he appears.
  • Cain and Abel: With his sister, Remus.
  • The Chessmaster: He's been manipulating Logan, Sabertooth, and the other "Lupines" for generations. Why he's done everything he's done has not really been revealed.
  • Evil Counterpart: A long lived mutant with a Healing Factor, heightened senses, and as of his return from the Dark Dimension, an adamantium skeleton. Yet another in the long line of Evil!Wolverines that Logan has faced.
  • Evil Old Folks: Looks his age.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Romulus has been meddling with Logan's and Victor's bloodlines for generations, and is the true mastermind behind the Weapon X project.
  • Healing Factor: His main power.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Romulus has spent a lot of time manipulating Wolverine and orchestrating the events of his life, but the actual reasons are not clear.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Weapon X, Cyber, Omega Red, Daken, and even Sabretooh.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Romulus has been around since the days of the Roman Empire.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Romulus claims he, Logan, Daken, X-23 (by extension), Sabertooth, Sasquatch, Wolfsbane, Feral, Thornn, Wild Child, and a few other mutants are members of the Lupine, a subspecies of mutant descended from canines rather than primates. His sister Remus revealed he made it up.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene
  • Wolverine Claws: Originally wore a gauntlet that mimicked Wolverine's claws. He has since had four claws implanted in his wrists. He also has natural retractable claws like Sabretooth's on the ends of his fingers.

     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.

For more about him, go to his page.

     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 drowning. 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.