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AKA: Logan, James Howlett
Debut: The Incredible Hulk #180The 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: Those pointy things sticking out of his hands. In the first issue of his first solo series, Logan's inner dialogue describes them as "honed so keen they'll cut through anything" and in X-Men #1, Cyclops jumps all over him for popping his claws in Prof. X's face to "tag" him at the end of the Danger Room exercise which starts the issue, saying "[a] wave of [his] hand could pass them through solid steel".
- The Ace: He would like to remind you that he's the best at what he does, and what he does isn't very nice.
- The Alcoholic: Subverted; he definitely fits the "drinks a lot" part, but due to his healing factor, he can't actually get wasted or develop addiction or dependence, although Depending on the Writer, Wolverine has gotten drunk; he just needs a lot of alcohol to do so.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Wolverine has enough similarities to 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".
- 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/Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Logan's standard look since his introduction has been a swept-back mane-like hairstyle that comes to prominent points on the sides of his head, combined with muttonchop sideburns. During Adam Kubert's run as artist of the self-titled comic in The '90s, the combination was so long that he almost did have an actual mane; in newer works his hair tends to be a more realistic length while keeping the same style. Living Between Wednesdays actually did an analysis of the various aspects of Wolverine's hair.
- Anti-Hero: A Trope Codifier for superhero comics, although very inconsistently. He's run the gamut from Pragmatic Hero to Unscrupulous Hero to Nominal Hero in the comics, while the cartoons and movies consistently portray him as a Pragmatic Hero, except for The Superhero Squad Show, where he is a pure hero. Claremont remarked that he disliked the attempts to make Wolverine darker. The following bit of internal dialogue from the first issue of Logan's self-titled series, in the middle of a huge battle with cutthroat slavers who have butchered the crew and passengers of a captured boat, sums things up nicely.I'm an X-Man. Mutants like me. Good people, idealists, dreamers. 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.
- Anti-Villain: Every once in a while, circumstances make him this, usually a Type II or III.
- Art Evolution:
- From Logan's first appearance through the 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 thin blades or roughly cylindrical and tapering to really sharp tips, more like true animal claws. The former was more prevalent in the '90s but really depended on the artist, while the latter was especially prevalent in the '70s and '80s, as well as in Weapon X and sans adamantium.
- He had chutes for his claws installed in his hands during the late 80s/early 90s.
- Ever since the X-Men Film Series, 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 tend to look like the heavier, more knife-like movie claws.
- The claws have no openings of their own and have to tear through his flesh to be extended.
- From Logan's first appearance through the 90s, the following were pretty consistent:
- Back from the Dead: After his legacy was succeeded thanks to X-23 inheriting the Wolverine codename and his alternate counterpart Old Man Logan migrating to the 616 universe, the original Wolverine is back in action after stopping a Frost Giant from stealing the Mind Gem.
- Badass and Child Duo: So much it's a Running Gag. "Child" is sometimes overstating it, but all of his well-known sidekicks are adolescent girls who he can both trade snark with and act violently protective of. If it ain't broke...
- Badass Beard: If it goes beyond his usual Perma-Stubble, it's likely to become this.
- Badass Biker: 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.
- Badass Gay: Not the mainstream version, but the version in X-Treme X-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.
- Badass Teacher: 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.
- Bash Brothers: With Colossus originally, but putting him on a team together with any bruiser in the Marvel Universe results in this.
- Battle Couple: His alternate self is this with Hercules in X-Treme X-Men volume 2.
- The Bear: A heterosexual example in the mainstream Marvel Universe. Played straight (or not) in X-Treme X-Men volume 2.
- Beard of Sorrow: Grows one after he is tricked into killing his children.
- Berserk Button: 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. He made this very clear to Steven Lang in one of the early issues when he belted Jean Grey: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!! (rips free of his restraints and goes to clawing)
- Harming a little girl when he's around.
- The Berserker: His default fighting style is wading into battle, hacking and slashing with his claws. The more straight application is when he gets angered enough to slip into a "berserker rage", where he lapses into an animalistic mental state and will lash out at anyone nearby with aggression far beyond what he's normally capable of. He hates the latter, but has acknowledged that it's saved his life more than once.
- Betty and Veronica: 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.
- Bi the Way: In the X-Treme verse at the very least. Chris Claremont says that he also wrote Wolverine as bisexual during his run but never got the chance to acknowledge it on-panel. Which explains a TON of stuff about his friendship with Nightcrawler during his early history with the X-Men.
- 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.
- The Big Guy: Defied. Despite having all the characteristics, being muscle-bound, 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.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Those claws.
- Blessed with Suck: His powers come with a number of drawbacks.
- The combination of the healing factor and his claws not having natural sheaths to move through means that they cut through his arms and hands every time he uses them. Depending on the depiction, this can be anywhere from just poking through the skin to slicing through muscle, tendons, and joints. This is quite painful in any case, but fortunately, the healing factor means the pain is brief, and he has a very high pain tolerance.
[Logan pops his right claws while he and Jubilee are talking]
- One issue of X-Force 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!
- 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.
- In Wolverine #75, his first time popping his claws after Magneto pulled out the adamantium◊ was a gory mess, and was excruciatingly painful. Afterwards, he had to keep his hands constantly bandaged to deal with bleeding from the holes made by the claws, and the pain, while not as bad as that first time, was still a lot worse because the Healing Factor wasn't working (see its entry below). He still kept it up, though...
Logan: I pop 'em out a few times a day. Keeps the channels open...like pierced ears.
Jubilee: Did it stop hurting?
- 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.
- The combination of the healing factor and his claws not having natural sheaths to move through means that they cut through his arms and hands every time he uses them. Depending on the depiction, this can be anywhere from just poking through the skin to slicing through muscle, tendons, and joints. This is quite painful in any case, but fortunately, the healing factor means the pain is brief, and he has a very high pain tolerance.
- Breakout Character: More popular than the entire team he is a part of.
- Cain and Abel: 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. Another version is this with his other half-brother John Howlett III.
- Canada, Eh?: Though whether the writers do anything with it tends to vary.
- Canadian Equals Hockey Fan: Some comic series, like "Wolverine: First Class" show him having a love for hockey as a source of a couple of quick jokes (and people trying to kill him while he's trying to see a game? They end up even worse than usual).
- Cain and Abel: With Dog Logan. He is the Abel and Dog is the Cain.
- Cartwright Curse: One of the most egregious illustrations of the saying "Being paired up with a badass never ends well for a woman". 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 and she's now a paraplegic.
- "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."
- Cigar Chomper: Until smoking became unbelievably uncool around the '90s, Wolverine was rarely without a cigar. Even now he still flaunts one in the movies.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: 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).
- Conflicting Loyalty: Averted most of the time. While Logan's both an X-Man and Avenger, he makes it clear that he considers the Avengers 'work' and the X-Men as 'family'.
- Conspicuous Gloves: 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.
- Cool Old Guy: Arguably one of the coolest (and oldest) guys around, but "cool" doesn't necessarily mean "nice"...
- The Cowl: Subverted. Wolverine has been called "Batman, sans the subtlety".
- Death Is Cheap: He's been killed a few times but keeps coming back. In fact, the one-shot kicking off Marvel Legacy undoes... well, The Death Of Wolverine.
- 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.
- Disappeared Dad: 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.
- Enemy Within: He constantly struggles to keep his natural animalistic rage from taking over his humanity. The best he can generally manage is to reconcile the parts of his humanity with his beastlike nature.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's not exactly a nice guy, and he admits it, and certainly doesn't shy from killing his foes, but he is generally assumed to have a deep hatred for The Punisher, because the latter is even more of a kill-happy maniac than Wolverine himself. The fact that Garth Ennis wrote a crossover that involved Punisher blasting Wolvie's face off with a shotgun, then shooting him in the balls with the same shotgun, and then running him over with a steamroller, a series of actions that caused Wolverine to swear vengeance on Frank Castle, certainly adds credibility to this theory.
- Exposition of Immortality: Wolverine's Healing Factor means his age is hard to pin down. The films of the 2010s 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.
- Flanderization: His Healing Factor sometimes gets pushed up to ridiculous levels, like regenerating instantly from a single cell. Normally, it is indeed powerful enough to restore his health from such things as gunshots or stab wounds, but it can take a very long time, and it's nowhere near as good as those from Hulk, Deadpool or Lobo. It has also been implied that if he has a part of him with bones in it removed, he may not be able to regrow it properly due to the adamantium lacing rest of his skeleton.
- Friend to All Children: 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 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.
- Genius Bruiser: 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.
- Good Is Not Nice: 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.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: His adamantium helps mitigate the damage, but still....
- Go-to Alias: Wolverine uses the identity of "Patch" (wearing an eyepatch), a mercenary, when he acts undercover in the Far East.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: In Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, the Hulk rips Logan in two at the waist◊. Not only does Logan survive, he crawls up the mountain he's on to find his legs.
- Hates Baths: Mostly depends on the writer, bur it has been said that he does not bathe often and Wolverine himself went on a diatribe about how much he dislikes being in water due to how he can easily drown.
- Healing Factor: Logan is arguably the Trope Codifier for the fictional type. It kept him alive in conjunction with his adamantium-laced skeleton, and was, in fact, the entire reason why he got the adamantium to start with, as it would take superhuman healing powers to deal with having that much metal in your body in that fashion. Its speed and effectiveness have varied wildly between writers, being anywhere to "injuries heal faster but scar normally" all the way to perfectly healing way-past-3rd-degree burns, massive tissue loss, and other extreme injuries, and taking hours to minutes (or even seconds) to heal from severe trauma.
- Averted during the "no adamantium" arc; having the metal ripped out of his body over-stressed 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 Cable's evil son 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.
- Chris Claremont, in particular, was very careful to avert, invert, subvert and otherwise keep this trope from giving Wolverine the effective immortality that he often seemed to have. In one issue, Wolverine is poisoned and badly stabbed by the Silver Samurai, and it's implied that he's risking his life to 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 it's being played with there, though, because it is one of Arcade's replicas being killed, and Arcade may not know the full extent of Wolverine's powers.
- Arguably an Unbuilt Trope. His Healing Factor has several drawbacks (as stated above under Blessed with Suck), 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 deconstruction present before the trope was fully codified.
- The one thing the healing factor can't prevent is death by asphyxiation. This is alluded to in one issue of Ultimate X-Men when Sabretooth tries to drown him. Years later, it's proven when Wolverine kills his son Daken by drowning him, and then even later when Logan finally dies from suffocation after being buried in molten adamantium.
- The Ultimate Marvel version actually crosses over with Adaptive Ability; not only can Ultimate Wolvie regenerate, he can actually reconfigure his body to survive until he heals over. Best displayed in Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, which proves the asphyxiation weakness doesn't work in the Ultimateverse: when Logan is reduced to just a head, he mutates to be able to absorb oxygen and expel carbon dioxide directly through his skin. When Nick Fury puts his decapitated head into a vacuum for shits 'n' giggles, he goes into a life-sustaining stasis. Ultimate Wolverine's mutant power is theorized to be less "Healing Factor" and more "survive anything".
- Heroes Want Redheads: One of Logan's defining personality traits, first with Rose from Origin, then Heather Hudson, and especially Jean Grey. In House of M, Mystique (who he is in a relationship with in this reality) says he has a fetish for redheads.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The eponymous Death of Wolverine ends up being because Logan cuts open a pipeline of liquid adamantium that was going to be pumped into another unfortunate victim, saving them from ending up like him. The pain of the heated metal is insane, and, after killing Abraham Cornelius, he suffocates in the adamantium shell, satisfied with what he had done in his life.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nightcrawler and Colossus, of all people. For a time, had a mix of this and Like an Old Married Couple with Cyclops before tensions flared up again. Oddly enough, he is this less frequently with 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 reaction to Kurt's death.
- Mostly because of bad writing, his character has taken this turn in certain comics. He thinks that he should be the only one allowed to do the dirty work, selectively chooses to forgive or scorn people who caused harm while being possessed (even though he was in this very situation himself) and claims that nobody should ever put children in danger, when he has done things like dumping his students in the Savage Land and even repeatedly tried to murder teenagers (Wiccan or Hope for example) when he saw it fitting.
- I Have Many Names: James Howlett, Logan, Weapon X, Wolverine, Patch... 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.
- Iconic Outfit: The distinctive brow extensions of his costumes' cowls; even in silhouette they're instantly recognizable.
- Identical Grandson: Grows up to look exactly like his biological father Thomas Logan. This was used as a Red Herring in the Origin story, with readers initially being lead to believe that Thomas' other son Dog was the young Wolverine.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of Logan's signature moves, when he's not slicing you to ribbons. He's also on the receiving end occasionally.
- Immune to Bullets: Subverted; he can be hurt by getting shot, but the adamantium and healing factor make being killed by getting shot pretty much impossible. From the first issue of his first solo series, after taking several bullets to the torso from an AK-47:The bullets burn like fire. Would've killed anyone else. They just make me mad...which is when things get out of hand. *cue berserker rage*
- Implacable Man: Together with his Healing Factor, 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.
- 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.
- Ironic Name: Chris Claremont conceived of the name Logan as an ironic reference to Wolverine's height. The name Logan was inspired by Mount Logan, the highest mountain in Canada and the second-highest peak in North America. "The idea was the tallest mountain being the name of the shortest character."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wolverine is a Jerk with an abrasive personality, a serious anti-authoritarian attitude, and nasty personal habits. At the same time he is a devoted friend with a soft spot for teenagers (particularly girls) and women. He will go out of his way to help the people that need him.
- Kavorka Man: 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: Animal Magnetism.
- Kick the Dog: 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 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 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.
- The Lancer: 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 The Leader 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.
- My Suit Is Also Super: Very much averted; his costumes (and more often than not, his street clothes) are constantly being destroyed. Interestingly, when he was Brought Down to Normal, he received an armored outfit.
- Name Amnesia: Wolverine's backstory is packed with memory loss and super-secret military conditioning. While he is occasionally called Logan, he was usually certain it wasn't his name. It isn't; his given name is James Howlett.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He has an extremely effective Healing Factor and a virtually indestructible skeleton that is laced with adamantium. That said, the healing factor's effectiveness really varies Depending on the Writer.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Well, he really came in the '70s, but went on to fit just fine in the '90s, and beyond.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Rogueish Male to Colossus, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler's Noble Males.
- The Nose Knows: His sense of smell is especially enhanced, and gets the most use and mention. He is able to recognize people and objects by scent, even if they are well hidden. He can track a target by scent, even if the scent has been greatly eroded by time and weather factors, with an extraordinary degree of success. Wolverine can also use his keen sense of smell to detect lies due to chemical changes within a person's scent. 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.
- Not So Different: With Sabretooth. Along with Sabretooth's constant torment of him, this is an important reason of Wolverine's own hatred of him. Sabretooth represents the person that Wolverine used to be, before years and years of working hard to become a better person, and the person he is working hard to not become (again).
- Odd Friendship
- 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. To wit: Early in his tenure with the X-Men, Nightcrawler was just about the only one of his teammates he admitted to actively liking and any time he was forced to pair off with someone on a mission he almost always requested him.
- His relationship with Storm, back when it was platonic, has always been this.
- Is slowly becoming this with both Hercules and Thor, due to all three's shared long life spans, love of battle and love of drinking. Amusingly, he really wishes it wasn't happening with Herc, who remains blithely convinced that it's inevitable.
- After working together for so long in the Avengers, Spider-Man has become one with him. Peter Parker normally has nothing but contempt for anti-heroes who kill even mooks but he's come to see Logan as often not having a choice. Meanwhile Logan, for all his short-temperedness, is surprisingly tolerant of Peter even when he's in one of his goofier moods.
- Omniglot: Wolverine has been shown to be at least conversant in about a dozen languages, including one extraterrestrial and two native American.
- One-Man Army: He's always been this, but it was most pronounced in the 1990's cartoon and Wolverine and the X-Men.
- Original Man: Wolverine is revealed to be one of the last living specimens in both Marville and Earth X. Comic books are weird.
- Papa Wolf: 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. It's been suggested this is one of the reasons why Logan makes no effort to conceal his identity as Wolverine. Most heroes, like Peter Parker have close family they need to protect, so concealing their identity is necessary. Others, like Reed Richards have no need, because their loved ones are just as powerful. In Logan's case? Given his typical stance on killing, it's just not good for your health to try and harm his loved ones, so in his case, people knowing he's Wolverine is the best protection he can provide.
- Parental Substitute: Has been a caring father figure to Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Armor, and other young X-Men. Ironically, he was a Disappeared Dad to every single one of his actual children.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: His "Patch" alter ego; his disguise was basically just an eyepatch over one eye. In the '80s, Jessica Drew called him out on how blatant the Patch disguise was, and that no-one wanted to be the first to point it out lest they get stabbed in the face.
- Pet the Dog: Logan gets this from Lady Deathstrike in one issue during the "no adamantium" arc, when she learns the metal's gone.[Logan retracts his claws, letting Deathstrike see him bleed from the holes in his hands]
Deathstrike: You're...still bleeding. 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.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Logan's 5'3". This contrasts him more with his enemy Sabretooth who is 6"6".
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Psylocke. Formerly with Storm as well, before their Relationship Upgrade in 2013.
- Popularity Power: Uh, well, he beat Lobo. LOBO. THE GUY WHO FIGHTS ON EVEN FOOTING WITH SUPERMAN.
- The IRL reason he lost is because the winners were determined by readers' votes, and Wolverine got more.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: 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 Catch-Phrase 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.
- Really Gets Around: Logan has been around since the 19th Century, and by "been around" we mean "been around". The hirsute little berserker got more tail than Tony Stark and Matt Murdock combined.
- Really 700 Years Old: Wolverine's healing factor drastically slows his aging. He was born in the late 1800s.
- Rebellious Spirit: In most continuities he's clearly an anti-authoritarian loner. Subverted in Wolverine and the X-Men owing to Logan and Scott's exchange of roles. Averted in X-Men: Evolution, where Logan's a Drill Sergeant Nasty combat instructor. Even in the mainstream canon these days, he's now school headmaster.
- Required Secondary Powers: Invoked. 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 Art Shift above regarding the claws' appearance. The original Weapon X storyline hinted at this, noting during the adamantium lacing procedure that an unusual amount of the metal was being drawn into his hands and wrists.
- Retractable Weapon: His claws popping in and out of his hands.
- Self-Made Orphan: 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.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With any and all of his love interests. The sheer amount of Belligerent Sexual Tension makes you wonder how he actually feels about Cyclops, Northstar and Gambit.
- Sociopathic Hero: Averted, but more implied 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.
- Soldier vs. Warrior:
- Sour Supporter: Of both Cyclops and Professor X.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Wolverine has become a signature example of the trope. This is part of the reason the trope Wolverine Publicity is named after him, since he's given a spotlight even when he's barely there.
- Super Senses: A side effect of the healing factor is that all of Logan's senses are superhumanly keen, although his sense of smell gets emphasized more than the others (See The Nose Knows). He can see at far greater distances, with perfect clarity, than an ordinary human and retains this same level of clarity even in near total darkness. His hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, allowing him to detect sounds ordinary humans couldn't hear at a greater distances, enough to hear a teardrop in another room that have thick walls with enough focus.
- Stubborn Hair: His... unique hairstyle may be the fault of his healing factor.
- Tame His Anger: He tries to do this a lot, but it doesn't last. Notable examples include Origins where Wolverine and Rose work at a mine in British Colombia and Wolverine finds peace and tranquility. That peace is interrupted when Dog kills Rose. Wolverine later meets a Native American woman called Silver Fox and they fall in love. Sabretooth, jealous of the peace Wolverine found, kills Silver Fox.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Subverted; his views are more along the lines of "Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Kill". Wolverine is against using lethal force in a situation where it's not necessary, but has no problem doing so if he has to. He tends to be a bit more loose with this rule in the comics than in the cartoons and movies.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Pretty much all his relationships involve this trope because he's so short.
- Token Anti-Heroic Teammate: On the more traditionally-heroic Avengers, he serves this role.
- Tranquil Fury: Despite his usual way of expressing his anger, he will enter this when someone pisses him off so much he regains control, and God help you if you are the one to make him enter this state.
- Truly Single Parent: His daughter X-23 was cloned from him without his permission.
- Übermensch: He lives by his own morals and does not care what others think about his morality... which 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 Anti-Hero 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 it's 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 it's a compromise between the man he is and the man he wants to be.
- Unbreakable Bones: The iconic comic book example with his metal-laced skeleton.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: 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.
- Unstoppable Rage: Whenever he goes into Berserker mode... which tends to happen a lot.
- The Vietnam Vet: Wolverine served in Vietnam, during which he was responsible for torturing Nuke and also brainwashed him into becoming a Manchurian Agent.
- Villain Protagonist: In the flashbacks of Wolverine Origins.
- Vitriolic Best Buds
- Walking Shirtless Scene: 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.
- Wall Crawl: By poking his claws into surfaces and climbing.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a fear of water, as it's very difficult for him to stay afloat due to his adamantium, and drowning can kill him.
- Wolverine Claws: The Trope Namer. A lot of people forget that an early plan for Wolverine was that his gloves contained the claws. The writers eventually decided that then, anyone could be Wolverine by putting on the gloves, and made it so that they were inside his body.
- World's Best Warrior: He's one of the greatest fighters in the Marvel Universe. Wolverine isn't the best soldier (that would be Captain America), he's not the best fighter (that's split between Iron Fist and Shang-Chi), he's not the World's Strongest Man (that's usually The Hulk) and he's not a Person of Mass Destruction or Physical God. However, he is good enough to put up a fight against all of that to be the world's most dangerous man.
- Would Hurt a Child: Logan almost did this to Billy Kaplan in The Children's Crusade. Thankfully, Magneto stopped him.
- Would Hit a Girl: Logan generally detests violence against women, but that goes out the window when it comes to the women in his Rogues Gallery and other similarly lethal female opponents. Lady Deathstrike, the Viper, Lady Mastermind, Mystique, and even Rachel Summers can attest to that.
Debut: Uncanny X-Men #118Mariko 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 remained dead for 25 years and turned up often in flashbacks, dreams, and hallucinations with her soul turned up trapped in a version of Hell in Wolverine vol. 4 #1-2 (November-December, 2010) and #5 (March, 2011). In Old Man Logan vol. 2 #31-32 (November-December, 2017), it was revealed that the Hand resurrected her and became the Scarlet Samurai.]
"Logan... my Love... Even if you live forever, you will never learn how to lie.'"
- 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.
- Back from the Dead: In Old Man Logan #32, it is revealed that she has been resurrected by the Hand and has become the Scarlet Samurai.
- 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.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Silver Samurai after being resurrected.
- 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."
- Face–Heel Turn: Following her resurrection from the Hand, she briefly served them as the Scarlet Samurai. She broke free from it and went back to being a good guy.
- 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. Until 2017, that is.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: After being resurrected, she has shown to be more powerful as the Scarlet Samurai.
- 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, #310One of the Lupines, a humanoid race of mutants with similar abilities as Logan, 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.
"My name is Remus. As in 'Romulus and.'"
- Action Girl: She's introduced stabbing her brother from behind with a sword, and later massacres an army of Sabretooth clones.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Romulus' Cain.
- Good Counterpart: To her brother, possessing the identical powers, but hoping to bring him down.
- Healing Factor: One that has kept her alive for tens of thousands of years.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Another of the red headed women Logan has been attracted to.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields one for some reason.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like Romulus, Remus' age can be measured in eons. She remembers the Neolithic Period.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Wolverine.
- Wolverine Claws: One in each wrist.
AKA: Laura Kinney
Debut: NYX Vol. 1, #3A 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.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. Logan later legally adopts her as a daughter to provide her with some manner of family. Their relationship is at times strained, but Logan nonetheless cares deeply for her well-being and path to recovery.Following Logan's death, Laura has taken on the Wolverine name herself in All-New Wolverine. For more information on her, please refer to her page.
"The Facility created me to be a weapon. Killing was all I knew. I didn't know how to say 'no.'"
Debut: Wolverine Vol. 1, #1A 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.
"Death is the prize that awaits us all. Since it's inevitable, why worry about it?"
- Action Girl: Ninja variety.
- Fragile Speedster: Yukio is fast, agile, and well-trained, but lacks the durability and raw strength of a Wolverine or Silver Samurai.
- Friends with Benefits: It's been mentioned by Storm that Wolverine engages in frequent casual sex with her whenever he happens to be in Japan to the point where refusing due to his relationship with Melita Garner caused her some degree of irritation.
- Meaningful Rename: According to Wolverine, she changed her name from "Yukiko" so people wouldn't assume she was female.
- Ninja: Hits all the stereotypes.
- Odd Friendship: With both Wolverine and Storm.
- Parental Substitute: To Wolverine's foster daughter, Amiko.
- Ronin: Considers herself to be one.
Debut: Wolverine: Weapon X Vol 1 1A pugnacious and stubborn investigative reporter for the San Francisco Post that became Wolverine's latest and last love interest.
- Action Girl: Took up marksmanship practice with weapons given by Wolverine and basic martial arts to defend herself from threats instigated by Wolverine's enemies.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Admitted she had a relationship with a Navy serviceman who had his share of crazy experiences and became heavily involved with Wolverine despite him being heavily dangerous.
- Happily Failed Suicide: She admitted she once tried to commit suicide and failed, and vowed to "never look back".
- Intrepid Reporter: Once something interests her in terms of news, she will not stop until she gets the whole story about the topic. It's how she formed her relationship with Wolverine.
- Rescue Romance She became enamored with Wolverine after he saved her from a mugging by two thugs on a subway.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's a biracial African-Mexican American.
Debut: X-Men Vol. 2, #6 (1992)A mutant mercenary who had the bad luck to be sent after Sabretooth, Birdy was captured and Reforged into a Minion, appearing in the present day as Sabretooth's Perky Female Minion of choice. Despite appearing in no more than half a dozen issues in total, cameo appearances in X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes elevated Birdy's recognizability considerably. Despite this, she has not been resurrected to date.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Put to work as Sabretooth's bodyguard, though her real value to Creed was that she was...
- The Empath: A subtle but very effective example as Birdy was able to enter the minds of others and temporarily relieve them of the pain of past traumas, a procedure Sabretooth called "the glow" for the euphoric sensation he would feel afterward. This led, at least in the comics, into a Descent into Addiction for Sabretooth, as he became more and more reliant on Birdy's powers to maintain his fragile stability. When she died, he was so devastated that he surrendered himself into the custody of the X-Men, purely out of the hope that one of their telepaths would be able to replicate the glow for him.
- Fights Like a Normal: Despite being able to pull off some combat-oriented tricks with her Psychic Powers, Birdy fought more like one of these, carrying a BFG into battle and favoring More Dakka.
- Indentured Servitude: Forced into this by Sabretooth after she was sent after him by a Hong Kong Triad boss and captured. Despite being paid well, working for an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight was more trouble than it was worth and Birdy spent much of her short panel-time trying to find a way out of her service to Sabes.
- Killed Off for Real: By a spiteful Graydon Creed.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Not nearly as evil as her boss, and in truth she didn't even really want to work for him.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: To date Birdy is known only by, well... Birdy. Whether that's a codename, a nickname, or her actual name has never been revealed.
- Perky Female Minion: Appeared at first to be this, though the comics quickly revealed that it was just a front. Her adaptational appearances play it straight, though, turning her into a kind of Harley Quinn to Sabretooth's Joker.
- Psychic Powers: Largely in her capacity as The Empath, though Birdy also had Telepathy and a limited degree of Biomanipulation.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: An Invoked Trope, as Graydon Creed realized that killing Birdy was the most effective (and probably only) way he could hurt his hated father.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She appeared in exactly six issues and was killed off in less than a year. Over twenty years later, she has not once been revived.
- Wolverine Publicity: A low-key case of this, but Birdy's cameo appearances in the Capcom vs. Whatever line made her instantly recognizable to even casual fans as "Sabretooth's Perky Female Minion".
Debut: Wolverine Vol. 2, #4Once 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.
"Now has come an ending, Master Patch. An ending to all your days."
- Body Horror: The image pictured above is not Bloodscream's only one. If he does not feed, he starts to disfigure.
- Death Seeker: He seeks an end to his immortal life, but nothing so far has managed to kill him in any way that stuck.
- Evil Albino: Though this has more to do with his undead state than any natural albinism.
- Horror Hunger: To the point where he starts to deform if he has not fed.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: Never stays dead.
- Lean and Mean: Skeletally so.
- Ludicrous Gibs: During one battle Ant-Man kills him by allowing himself to be swallowed and then returning to full size.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Particularly in his transformed state.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A clear product of the Dark Age of Supernames.
- No Man of Woman Born: He is specifically mentioned as being invulnerable to any weapon forged by mortal hands. Naturally, anyone and everyone who encounters him has some handy weapon to get around this, from demon-forged katanas to a blade in Iron Man's armor that was made by a Stark Industries drone.
- One-Winged Angel: When Bloodscream is hungry or hurt he becomes a monster. This image◊ pretty much says it all.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Technically speaking he's not a vampire at all, though one could be forgiven for the mistake.
- Really 400 Years Old: He was born in the 16th century and became immortal in 1580, putting him at somewhere just upwards of 400 years old in the present day.
- Sinister Shades: To cover his inhuman eyes.
- Those Wacky Nazis: He fought in World War II as a Wehrmacht soldier.
- The Undead: He is specifically mentioned as not being a true vampire, but rather a powerful undead creature.
- Vampiric Draining: His main form of attack.
- White Hair, Black Heart: White haired and about as evil as they come.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He certainly doesn't.
AKA: Mr. Winsor
Debut: Wolverine: The Best There Is Vol. 1, #1The 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.
"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."
- Abusive Dad: Had one in the form of Doctor Doom and was one to his son Flip.
- Big Bad: Of The Best There Is miniseries.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Read the page quote. Contagion knows what he is and just does not care.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played for laughs. Contagion wanted to wipe out everything with the perfect plague, but even he wouldn't stoop to serving his guests Cristal.Contagion: Standards must be maintained.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His ultimate goal was the creation of a virus that would cause the complete Cessation of Existence of everything, even the afterlife.
- Plaguemaster: See that part about his body containing every disease known to man? Not an exaggeration.
AKA: Silas Burr
Debut: Marvel Comics Presents Vol. 1, #85 (1991)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.
"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."
- 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. Wolverine later took one of his eyes in revenge.
- Foil: Cyber is a physical foil to Wolverine. Where Wolverine has adamantium bones and relies on his Healing Factor to keep his body intact, Cyber has adamantium skin, and relies on his Healing Factor to keep his internal organs intact.
- Grand Theft Me: How he gets brought back to life ten years after being Eaten Alive. His spirit is summoned from the astral plane by Romulus, who arranges for him to possess a mentally-impaired Gentle Giant.
- Healing Factor: Romulus' reconstruction of Cyber involved the implantation of a self-repair function.
- Heel–Face Turn: The demonic Black Terror (whose motive and goals were rather nebulous) let Cyber out of Hell and invited him to join the Slingers as the new Hornet because, according to BT, Cyber "wanted a second chance. He wanted to try and do good." While it's highly likely that the "Black Terror" and Cyber were merely feigning benevolence it's made a bit gray by the fact that they didn't really do anything morally dubious outside of antagonizing and threatening to kill the Scarlet Spider's admittedly shady benefactor Cassandra Mercury (albeit at the behest of Cassandra's equally shady brother, Silas).
- Immune to Bullets: Mostly. Since his face is the only part of him not coated in adamantium he is theoretically vulnerable to a Boom, Headshot, though he is smart enough to know this and usually shields his face accordingly in firefights.
- 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.
- Mutants: Originally he was a mutant with longevity, mild Super Strength and psionic tracking. Since his resurrection most of his powers seem to have come from Romulus' modifications.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Downplayed. Cyber's adamantium skin makes him nearly impervious to any attack that Wolverine, his allies, or his rogues gallery can dish out. There are plenty of characters in the Marvel universe, however, who have sufficient strength to harm Cyber through his impenetrable skin.
- Pinkerton Detective: Mentioned as being one of these in his backstory. Hey, they can't all have been good guys!
- 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.
- Psychic Powers: Has Weak, but Skilled ones, as he has no telepathy or telekinesis but instead has an ability called 'psionic tracking' that allows him to basically find anyone, anywhere, at any time. This ability also allowed him to survive his death, as his consciousness passed on through it onto the astral plane where it remained until Romulus brought him back.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was already middle aged at the outbreak of the first World War, and has given hints that he was alive for most of the nineteenth century, having worked with graverobbers Burke and Hare.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He has used his psionic tracking ability to great effect over the years.
- The Sociopath: A pretty textbook example, shown most effectively in a flashback where he stood trial for wartime atrocities. When called to the stand, he cracked jokes about his crimes and catcalled to the other members of his platoon in attendance.
- 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.
- The Worf Effect: Genesis subjects him to this, albeit with a little help from his 'mutant deathwatch beetles'.
Debut: Wolverine: Origins Vol. 1, #5Daken 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.
"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."
Debut: Origin Vol. 1, #1The half-brother of James Howlett. A former servant on the Howlett estate. Now the Hellfire Academy's gym teacher.
- Abusive Parents: His abusive, alcoholic father Thomas Logan frequently beat him for spending time with the upper class, mainly James and Rose.
- Animal Motifs: Dogs like his name.
- Badass Beard: He wouldn't be a 19th century frontiersman without one.
- Badass Moustache: Ditto.
- Badass Normal: No powers shown.
- Beard of Evil: Like father, like son.
- Canada, Eh?: Like his brother.
- Cain and Abel: With James Howlett. He is the Cain and his half-brother James Howlett is the Abel.
- Evil Counterpart: A son of Thomas Logan from Howlett estate like Logan, he demonstrates how his brother might have turned out if he had allowed his resentments and issues to consume him.
- Evil Former Friend: As a child he and James were close friends, now he wants to kill James.
- Freudian Excuse: He's a victim of abuse who went on to abuse others.
- His Namereally Is Barkeep: His name really is Dog, his father Thomas Logan gave him that name.
- Identical Stranger: Bears an uncanny resemblance to Sabretooth. 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.
- The Resenter: Towards his brother who has a better life than he does.
- Rival Turned Evil: With Logan and his half-brother Dog, this is a straightforward example of the trope in action. Being former friends who have become enemies.
- Who Names Their Kid ''Dog'': His Abusive Father Thomas Logan, that's who.
AKA: Tyler Dayspring, Tolliver, the Other
Debut (as Genesis): Cable Vol. 2, #18 (1994)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.
"You're going to be the new captain of my Dark Riders, Wolverine! A fitting Centurion for my legions!"
- 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: As a teenager 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 for months to make him a Manchurian Agent.
- 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.
- 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: A former freedom fighter who fell into villainy and took up the mantle of one of the most heinous villains in all the Marvel U.
- 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.
- Gone Horribly Right: One what-if tale focuses on what would have happened if Genesis had managed to successfully go through with his brainwashing of Wolverine. The result? Wolverine becomes more powerful than even Apocalypse ever managed to make him, becomes the literal personification of war, and proceeds to slaughter a good chunk of the Marvel U. Oh, and Tyler is once again killed off by him. Dude can't catch a break even in alternate realities.
- 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.
- Mutants: The descendant of a whole family of them, namely the Summers/Grey bloodline.
- 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.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Certainly comes off as such in his interactions with Cable, where he disturbingly insists on referring to him as 'daddy'.
- Revenge Before Reason: Established with the reveal that Tolliver was Tyler. Despite building himself up from nothing into a prominent European crimelord, Tyler only cared about making his father suffer, and lost all his ill-gained wealth after Cable's strike on his Sicilian villa.
- 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.
- Telepathy: His official bios state he has this ability, though it's very underdeveloped.
- 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.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Tyler's main mutant ability is the power to project psychic 'solid-light holograms' directly from people's memories — a fairly useless power by any standards, but especially useless coming from a Summers/Grey descendant.
AKA: Tomi Shishido
Debut: Wolverine Vol. 3, #20 (2005)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.
"I have died and been born again. There is nothing I fear. One day I will kill a god."
- Back from the Dead: Killed by Wolverine, he was resurrected with magic by the Hand. It wasn't even the first time either.
- Blind Weaponmaster: Played with - he frequenly fights blindfolded, but by choice rather than being actually blind. Naturally, this usually leads to I Am Not Left-Handed when someone manages to give him a good fight.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Did this to Wolverine.
- Came Back Strong: Returned from the dead with Super Strength, Super Reflexes, and a stronger version of his Healing Factor.
- Child Prodigy: Born with an Improbably High I.Q. that was apparently part-and-parcel of his mutant ability.
- Combo Platter Powers: Not quite up to Superpower Lottery levels, but this guy certainly didn't get a bad hand. His mutant powers include:
- Healing Factor: Albeit a limited one, but even that's handy when you want to throw down with Wolverine.
- Super Reflexes: After his second resurrection.
- Super Strength: After his second resurrection.
- Taken for Granite: Of the classic Medusa glare-inspired variant. Turns people to stone with his stare, though gods and demigods are apparently immune to it.
- Telepathy: He uses this both to communicate with underlings and to anticipate an opponent's moves in combat.
- 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.Teen Gorgon: If you mean to kill me, know that I have tried several times myself. It is no easy thing.
- Dressed to Kill: Initially introduced as the classic badass in a nice suit (see here◊), he later adopted a more ethnic garb reminiscent of Geese Howard.
- Evil Counterpart: Serves as one for Cyclops in terms of being intelligent mutants with special eye powers that they keep in check by wearing sunglasses.
- 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.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: As a child he used his Improbably High I.Q. to work out an equation proving the existence of God. This was apparently the source of all his future insanity, as everything he did after was ultimately revealed to be a long-running Rage Against the Heavens.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He certainly thinks so.
- Master Swordsman: He was good enough as a teenager for the legendary Hydra leader Kraken to entrust him with Godkiller, and as an adult he's one of the most accomplished swordsmen in the Marvel U.
- Noble Demon: He's a nihilistic terrorist, but he does have a minimal amount of honor, at least when it comes to a revered figure like Muramasa. When a rogue Hand lieutenant helped the Orphans of X lay siege to Muramasa's forge, Gorgon executed the dissident and then apologized to Muramasa and asked how he could atone for what happened.
- 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: For a long time the Gorgon's actual goals were a little nebulous given his association with multiple terrorist groups who all had opposing agendas. Eventually it was revealed that Tomi himself had a cause, even if his underlings didn't.
- 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.
AKA: Yuriko Oyama
Debut: Daredevil Vol. 1, #197 (1983)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.
"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."
- 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.
- Boxed Crook: During the Civil War she served as one of these, being one of Tony Stark's forcibly-drafted recruits to the Thunderbolts.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the losing end of one with X-23 during Messiah Complex.
- 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 and has some Empowered Badass Normal elements, as she is one of the few members of Wolverine's rogues gallery to have been born a baseline human without any mutant abilities.
- The Dragon: To Donald Pierce in the comics.
- Dragon Lady: A pretty archetypal example.
- Even Evil Has Standards: During her time in the Reavers she had to endure a Villainous Crush from nominal leader Donald Pierce, who was too much of a Smug Snake for even her tastes.
- 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.
- Healing Factor: Deathstrike's cybernetic upgrades include a self-repair function that fixes damage to both her human and mechanical parts.
- Heel–Face Turn: She has very occasionally pulled brief moments of these, such as the time she helped the X-Men in a 2001 annual. None of them ever stick.
- Hero Killer: A notable Aborted Arc by Chris Claremont planned to have her kill none other than Wolverine himself by ripping out his heart.
- 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.
- Lady of War: When she cares to Yuriko can pull this off, given her inhuman grace and upper-class upbringing.
- 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: She degraded into one of these after becoming field leader of the Reavers.
- Revenge Before Reason: Chases after Wolverine long after a sane person would have cut their losses and gone home.
- Super Reflexes: Deathstrike's cyborg enhancements grant her inhuman reaction time.
- Super Strength: Low level, but present. She can lift about a tonne.
- Technopath: Can interface with most computer systems.
- Unbreakable Bones: Has an adamantium laced skeleton.
- Woman Scorned: Consistently has this attitude towards Wolverine, though whether or not it's warranted varies from adaptation to adaptation.
- The Worf Effect: Subjected to this during Messiah Complex in the name of building up X-23.
- 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.
AKA: Arkady Gregorivich
Debut: X-Men Vol. 2, #4 (1992)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. Since his resurrection Omega Red has firmly established himself as one of the most brutal and murderous villains that Wolverine has ever run across.
"Who has brought me back from the dark domain of death? Who has summoned Omega Red?"
- Ax-Crazy: He is practically an icon of bloodlust and doesn't even bother putting on a nice face about it.
- Blood Knight: Had elements of this from the very start, even back when he had a tangible goal driving his villainy.
- 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.
- Captain Ersatz: 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.
- 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, though.
- Enemy to All Living Things: The death spores he exudes are toxic to all life, and he has to channel them through his carbonadium whips lest they turn on him.
- Evil Albino: Originally speculated to be due to his mutation, X-Men '92 reveals this is probably a side-effect of the procedure used to create him as Alpha Red is also an albino.
- 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.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: He was revived by the Neo-Nazi twins Andrea and Andreas Von Strucker, who intended to use him to score points in the Upstarts competition. He quickly proved too much for them to control, though, and struck out on his own not too long after. This origin is twisted around a bit in X-Men '92, in which Omega Red is already active in the present day and it is his Super Prototype Alpha Red the Fenris twins activate instead.
- 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.
- Healing Factor: His baseline mutant ability, apparently. It was strong enough to allow him to survive a point-blank headshot, and later survive the super soldier process.
- 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: Frequently combos this with hearty helpings of Evil Is Hammy.
- Joker Immunity: Ultimately averted at the Turn of the Millennium, but throughout the nineties 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.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In 2016's X-Men '92 his Blood Knight tendencies get cranked up a notch while his competence is dialed back a notch, turning him into one of these.
- 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 even called Omega Red. Later X-Men '92 would give him a fourth Legacy Character, Alpha Red, who has been retconned into being his Super Prototype.
- MacGuffin: The Carbonadium Synthesizer, an object in his backstory which he was usually on the prowl for. It was supposed to stabilize his death factor, but Wolverine squirreled it away somewhere. Beating the location of it out of Logan was his main motivation early on, before the usual For the Evulz set in.
- 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: Literally so in his case.
- Number Two for Brains: As Red Guardian's lieutenant in X-Men '92.
- Patriotic Fervor: In the X-Men cartoon he was intensely devoted to the "true" Soviet Empire and became fixated on purging the current one of the "weaklings" that led to The Great Politics Mess-Up. He was also in collusion with a cabal of Soviet generals, though they also had to learn that Evil Is Not a Toy when he started laying indiscriminate waste to the country. This interpretation was carried over into X-Men '92, where he planned to redeem himself in the eyes of his superiors by bringing them Alpha Red's head.
- Poisonous Person: Not naturally, but after being made into a Super Soldier he became one.
- 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.
- Red and White and Evil All Over: Need proof? Just scroll up to his profile image.
- Renegade Russian: Became one of these with the fall of Soviet Russia. Without the KGB to control him, nothing was left to stop him from becoming a Psycho for Hire.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In his original backstory the Soviets sealed him away after he proved too difficult to control. Later this backstory was transferred to Alpha Red.
- Serial Killer: Shown to have been one well before joining the Red Army.
- Shoddy Knockoff Product: Carbonadium is this, being specifically mentioned to be cheaper and less durable than adamantium but more malleable.
- So Last Season: His sole reason for being in X-Men '92, specifically to contrast him with his Super Prototype Alpha Red.
- 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.
- Trading Bars for Stripes: His introduction in X-Men '92 has him as co-commander of the People's Protectorate which is basically Russia's answer to The Avengers (and a reworking of the old Soviet Super-Soldiers/Winter Guard team.
- Villain Decay: Suffers from major decay in X-Men '92.
- 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. He was also a boss in both X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse and the first X-Men game for the Sega Game Gear.
- The Worf Effect: Alpha Red, gives him a pretty solid thrashing in X-Men '92.
Debut: Wolverine Vol. 3, #50 (2007)The leader of the Lupines, Romulus claims to have lived 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. Even after his sister Remus debunked much of his story, his exact motivations still remain a mystery.
"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."
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: With wolves as the animal in question.
- Been There, Shaped History: According to him, anyway. Supposedly he and his sister are the mythical Romulus and Remus who legend says founded Ancient Rome.
- Big Bad: Of most arcs in which he appears.
- Cain and Abel: With his sister, Remus.
- The Chessmaster: He claims to have been manipulating Logan, Sabretooth, and the other "Lupines" for generations. Why he's done everything he's done has not really been revealed.
- Continuity Snarl: A mild version of this, as his claims that Wolverine and his various feral allies and villains are all part of a mutant sub-species was a major Retcon that was quietly itself retconned after proving unpopular with readers. Conventional wisdom as of 2015 is that he was talking out of his posterior for reasons unknown.
- The Corrupter: Seems to have elements of this, as he follows Sabretooth's footsteps in encouraging Logan to give in to his wild side.
- 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: Has the white hair of his claimed age, though his Healing Factor makes judging his actual age a daunting task.
- 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: Like many, many villains of Wolverine before him (and likely after him) Romulus sports a robust one of these.
- 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: Claims to be this to Weapon X, Cyber, Omega Red, Daken, and even Sabretooth.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Is he reallly an ancient mutant who founded the city of Rome, or is he just a deluded nobody who fabricated a grand backstory for himself?
- Possibly 2700 Years Old: Claims to have been the source behind the Romulus legend, which would put him at roughly 2700 years old if true, give or take a few decades. Of course, Romulus isn't exactly a reliable source of information.
- Unbreakable Bones: After having adamantium added to his skeleton.
- 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: See his profile image above.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He follows in the footsteps blazed by Reverend Stryker and Bastion of evil old men with white hair.
- 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.
AKA: Bentley Newton
Debut: Wolverine: Weapon X Vol. 1, #6Algernon 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 (1977)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.
"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."
AKA: Kenuichio Harada
Debut: Daredevil Vol 1., #111 (1974)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.
"You will not find me lacking in courage, gaijin."
- 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.
- Bastard Bastard: Shingen's illegitimate son, and a deadly threat to his half-sister.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Constantly scheming to seize control of his clan, yet never managed to hang onto it for long when he did due to his poor leadership skills.
- Cain and Abel: With Mariko, at least initially.
- Captain Ethnic: A Japanese villain with Yakuza ties, an obsession with honor, 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: The Silver Samurai.
- Elemental Weapon: Not in the comics, but in his video game appearance he could channel the token elements of Fire/Ice/Lightning through his sword (though only in various hyper moves).
- 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: Died combating the Red Right Hand.
- 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.
- Man in White: Technically silver, but that armor does look very white, doesn't it?
- Master Swordsman: Until Gorgon came along, Silver Samurai was one of the most fearsome swordsmen in the Marvel U.
- 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.
- Smoke Out: One of his moves in X-Men: Children of the Atom was this, a stationary teleport mostly useful for avoiding projectiles. It was removed from his repertoire for his appearance in Marvel VS Capcom 2.
- 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 Decay: He was never as deadly a foe as he was in his first appearance.
- Villain Team-Up: His first major story arc saw him in alliance with Viper.
- Worthy Opponent: Wolverine trusts him enough to ask him to care for his daughter Amiko.
- Yakuza: Has some dealing with them.
AKA: Shingen Harada
Debut: Wolverine Vol. 1, #1Father 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.
- Bald of Evil: A bad Asian Old Master, so that's almost a given.
- Duel to the Death: Engaged Wolverine in one, resulting in his own demise.
- Evil Old Folks: Not that it slowed him down that much.
- Master Swordsman: Which is what made him such a threat.
- Old Master: Clearly meant to evoke this by his dress.
- Yakuza: A boss of it.
- Yellow Peril: As in the case of Lady Deathstrike, these connotations were pretty much unavoidable.
Debut: Origin Vol. 1, #1The father of James Howlett and Dog Logan. A servant on the Howlett estate.
- Abusive Parents: He frequently beat his son Dog for spending time with the upper class, mainly James and Rose, and he tried to kill his.
- Ax-Crazy: Thanks to a Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Beard of Evil: Though a bit overshadowed by the Evil Sideburns.
- Canada, Eh?: Like his sons.
- Jerkass: Probably the nicest possible description of him.
- The Resenter: Towards the Howletts.
AKA: Ophelia Sarkissian
Debut: Captain America Vol. 1, #110 (1969)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.