YMMV / Wolverine

  • Base Breaker: Fans of X-Men and The Avengers books have been known to resent his... tendency towards ubiquitousness. His recent characterization has also not helped matters, as he is often portrayed as a really nasty, self-righteous Hypocrite. Then there is off course his overexposure in non-comic medias...
  • Cant Unhear It: Try to not hear Steve Blum as Wolverine. We'll wait. Or, for those who grew up in the 90's, Cal Dodd.
  • Complete Monster: Omega Red, Donald Pierce, and especially Arch-Enemy Sabretooth. See X-Men for more details.
    • The Founder is the Big Bad of Jason Aaron's run. In the 1920s, The Founder was the young son of a notorious robber-baron whose workers went on strike, leading to the father bringing in thugs from the Pinkertons to control the strike, killing many workers; leading to the workers hiring Wolverine to fight the thugs; leading to the robber-baron murdering the head of the union; leading to Wolverine killing the robber-baron, whose son swore revenge and dedicated the rest of his life to learning everything, everything about Wolverine. Over the years he recruited many others with perceived or real grievances against Logan, forming the cult called the Red Right Hand. When a member tried to leave the group, he forced her to smother to death a helpless old woman (Sabretooth's mother, as it turns out). In the modern day the Founder, now an old man, decided to act against Wolverine personally. He and the other members sold their souls to the hell-lord Marduk Kurios, in return for damning Wolverine to Hell and allowing a demon to possess his body. They then let the demon and their bodyguards, the Mongrels, loose on anyone who had ever been kind to Logan, ever (killing John Wraith, Silver Samurai, and temporarily, Mystique). Once Wolverine got out of Hell and back into his body, he chased after the Founder and the Red Right Hand, killing the Mongrels along the way, only to find that the cult had already committed suicide. The Founder left a tape-recorded confession for Wolverine, though, in which he revealed that he never intended Wolverine to die, but he wanted him to win, since the Mongrels were Wolverine’s long-forgotten illegitimate children. Even though Wolverine defeated his enemies, the bad guy decidedly won. In the narration for his flashback (provided by him), he mentioned how much he enjoyed what an evil man his father was. To him, the ability to brutalize others is a sign that a person is "strong."
    • Tomi Shishido, the Gorgon, fully lives up to his name by turning people (especially girls) into living statues, which he uses for decoration. His villainous career started very early, when he founded the "Dawn of the White Light," a mutant surpremacy group which put even the Brotherhood to shame. At the age of 18, he slaughtered his entire family in order to prove himself worthy of joining the Hand. His most heinous act was when he brainwashed Wolverine into a servant of HYDRA and sent him on a brutal killing spree, which caused several dozen innocent deaths, among them the Hornet and Northstar, which haunts Logan to the present day. He also has absolutely no problems with killing children, which he showed when murdering Phobos.
    • From the Wolverine: The Best There Is limited series comes the enigmatic Mr. Winsor, alias Contagion. Born from a Latverian eugenics program, Winsor's body contained every single disease known to man, which he trained himself to be able to release at will. Killing all the other children born from the program, Winsor struck out on his own, acquiring the services of numerous nearly-immortal individuals as both enforcers and test subjects, whom he would infect over and over again with his diseases in order to make them stronger and more deadly. Winsor used his abused son, deformed from exposure to his father's diseases, as bait to acquire Wolverine for his experiments under pretense of wanting to use his research to cure his son's condition, knowing Logan, as a Friend to All Children, would never refuse the offer. Ultimately, however, he revealed his true motive: in making his diseases stronger and stronger he hoped to engineer one that could kill absolutely anything, which he would then unleash on the world and then the entire universe via a stolen spaceship. When his followers ceased being useful, he subjected then to And I Must Scream to ensure they would not rebel. With evil plans unmatched in scale for an Earth-based villain, Contagion more than makes up for his brief tenure in the comics with his cruelty.
    • From the anime: Hideki Kurohagi is the main antagonist alongside Shingen, and, despite his initial weak and pathetic presentation, slowly reveals a far more monstrous personality. Having murdered his crime lord father to take his position, Kurohagi now runs his criminal empire from the island of Madripoor, which is in poverty and ruin due to Kurohagi allowong crime and gangs to run rampant without restraint. Betrothing himself to Shingen's daughter, Mariko, in order to gain access to her father's resources, Kurohagi treats her as his possession, regularly verbally and physically abusing her, along with implying he plans to take what is his once they are married. When Logan tries to save Mariko, Kurohagi takes every opportunity to try to kill him, in one case unleashing a giant robot to murder him without regard for the collateral damage it causes. After capturing Yukio, Logan's partner, Kurohagi nearly strangles her to death while she is paralyzed, promising to continue later when he has more time, and executes one of his own henchmen with an excutiatingly painful neurotoxin for no particular reason. When freedom fighters try to end his tyranny, Kurohagi happily orders them gunned down, and, when a young, unarmed, teenage girl tries to defend an elderly rebel, Kurohagi orders her specifically killed along with the man, resulting in her death. Confronted by Logan, Kurohagi holds Mariko at gunpoint, before blowing up an entire building full of dozens of people in an attempt to kill him. Smug, cowardly, and, more often than not, incompetent, Hideki Kurohagi repulsed and horrified everyone around him, to such an extent even his own assassin bodyguard turned against him out of disgust.
  • Dork Age: Arguably the "bone claws" arc, but the "feral subhuman" arc (after Genesis' failed attempt to restore his adamantium) is probably closer to the trope.
    • Jeph Loeb's run. When it was announced that there would be an animated movie based on his run, the reaction was a) Nobody wants this and b) The animation sucks.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Started out as just one X-Man among many, and now...
  • Escapist Character: He fits the bill. A de facto Immortal and nearly Invincible Hero, who is also a Chick Magnet with countless love interests, plays by his own rules and regularly gets away with murder.
  • Fan Nickname: Sniktbub, from the sound made when he releases his claws and his Catch Phrase "Bub."
  • Foe Yay:
    • He got it on with Mystique at one point. She was disguised as someone else, but after it was over, he informed her that he knew all along (see The Nose Knows).
    • He was briefly married to Lady Viper.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: See Rescued from the Scrappy Heap below. Looks like after about 40 years, Marvel's finally going to oblige that wish. Not that it'd stick, though.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fact that Hugh Jackman and Scott McNeil was cast as Wolverine when about two decades before the very first animated version of Wolverine had an Aussie accent.
  • Internet Backdraft: Whereas the Bishounen-style Tony Stark in the upcoming Anime adaptation of Iron Man is met with almost unanimous praise from even long-time fans, when an attempt to apply the same style to Wolverine, the sheer tidal-wave of revolting Asian-hate from Marvel fans that flooded the internet was amazing and sickening to behold.
    • To be fair, Wolverine is known for being short and rugged looking, a direct contrast to a Bishounen, still the reaction was over the top.
  • It Was His Sled: Back when the "Origin" mini-series detailing Wolverine's early life was first released, the sickly James Howlett being the future Wolverine instead of his distinctly more Wolverine-esque friend/ half-brother "Dog" Logan was presented as a shocking twist in the second issue. Nowadays, Wolverine's birth name being "James Howlett" is fairly common knowledge among comic fans, making the twist come off as a Captain Obvious Reveal.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Tied with Gambit and Iceman for the title of Fandom Slut amongst X-Men fans. Given the quantity of Wolverine Publicity, he's potentially the undisputed Launcher for the whole Marvel fandom. Is there any character of either sex that hasn't been paired up with Logan in a burn-your-face-off erotic Fan Fic?
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Given the Death Is Cheap nature of the Marvel universe, this is a lot of fans' reactions to Marvel announcing that they are going to have Wolverine Killed Off for Real. Keep in mind that part of this skepticism comes from the fact that this has been done before with another prolific Marvel character, which of course, did not stick.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Sabretooth. No matter how vile and merciless he is, you just can't help but admit that he is damn good at his little psycho games towards Logan.
  • Memetic Badass: Well, yeah...
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sabretooth crossed this long, long ago, but (for Logan) it was when he beat, mauled, raped and killed Silver Fox, then left her body in her and Logan's cabin for Logan to find. What really puts Sabretooth over the top is that Logan immediately ran off for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Which, once he found him, he didn't win... The incident turned out to be a faked memory that was implanted in Logan, Sabretooth, and Silver Fox by the Weapon X program... and then Sabretooth ended up killing Silver Fox anyway.
    • The big one for Sabretooth was when Tieri wrote him raiding a daycare center and casually eating the terrified children as snack food.
    • Creed now has yet another truly heinous act under his belt in the form of feigning affection towards Daken and playing the role of the father he never had so he could slowly groom him for a fatal confrontation with Wolverine which did indeed come to fruition, forcing him to kill his own son. Also, he obviously never actually meant any of the kindness he showed to Daken and would have killed him himself if the plan didn't take. Why did Creed do this? Simple. He just wanted to hurt Logan on a level far deeper than he could ever manage on his own, and he succeeded.
  • My Real Daddy: Len Wein may have created him originally, but Claremont (and partially John Byrne also,) made Wolverine the man we know today. Even after Byrne left though, Claremont kept adding to the character, specifically a deep love and appreciation of Japanese culture, as well as many other things. (Such as Madripoor.)
    • Wolverine actually has several candidate Daddies.
      • Back in 1974, original creator Len Wein established that Wolverine's powers were his "natural-born speed, strength, and savagery."
      • In 1976, Chris Claremont revealed that his claws were part of his body, rather than his uniform as previously thought, and introduced his Super Senses. In 1977, Claremont created the first civilian identity for Wolvie when a random character calls him "Logan". Claremont and John Byrne first hinted that Wolvie has "unbreakable bones in 1978, and revealed in 1979 that his entire skeleton is laced with adamantium. The original idea for the name "Logan" was that only a select few people knew about it and the X-Men were not among them. In 1980, Claremont and Byrne had Nightcrawler become the first X-Man to find out and soon enough the rest of the team started using it for their teammate. Also in 1980, the two of them introduced the backstory that James and Heather Hudson found Wolverine in a feral state and managed to help him recover his humanity. In 1981, Claremont and Byrne introduced Wolvie's Healing Factor.
      • In 1983, Dennis O'Neil created the notion that the adamantium-lacing process was created by Japanese mastermind Lord Dawkwind, and also introduced Darkwind's daughter Yuriko. As Lady Deathstryke, Yuriko would become an essential addition to Wolverine's Rogues Gallery.
      • In 1986, Bill Mantlo established the mystery about who or what gave Wolvie his adamantium, and also introduced the notion that Wolvie is Older than he Looks. Specifically, Mantlo established Wolverine as a World War II veteran. In 1990, both Claremont and Larry Hama picked up on the reference and fleshed out his World War II background in two separate stories. Also in 1990, Jo Duffy created an origin story for Wolvie which has him cast out by humans and managing to survive on his own in the wilderness of Canada. While later contradicted by other origins, this basic element has stayed with the character through Broad Strokes adaptations.
      • In 1991, Larry Hama introduced the concept of Wolverine's memory implants and essentially gave him a Multiple-Choice Past. Also in 1991, Barry Windsor-Smith published a 12-part origin story about the mysterious project which gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton and turned him into a Living Weapon. The story was called "Weapon X" because that was the codename for the test subject, Wolverine. The name "Weapon X Program" was established by Larry Hama in 1992.
      • The origin by Barry Windsor-Smith hinted that Wolverine had bone claws prior to his encounter with the Program. Once Wolverine lost the adamantium in 1993, it was Larry Hama who fleshed out the concept and established that the claws were part of the original mutation. He also worked out what these less-durable claws could and could not do.
      • Finally the definite origin story for Wolverine, the real name "James Howlett", and his family background were all established by Paul Jenkins in 2001.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In The '70s, fans asked for him to be killed off. When The '80s came around, he was the most popular member of the X-Men.
  • The Scrappy: Romulus. A character who Jeph Loeb keeps using, even though fans hate him. Hell, on CBR's review of the final confrontation between the two, it actually says "and let's never speak of him again". The character is not liked.
  • Squick: Some of what happens to Wolverine, as well as stuff he's done to himself, is just stomach-turning.
    • Getting the adamantium yanked out of him was one of the most gruesome moments of the 90s, especially so since when it happened, Magneto didn't completely extract the metal, leaving Logan looking like a cross between a pincushion and a melted candle.
    • On an entirely different spectrum, his past relationship with Squirrel Girl can be this. Keep in mind that she's currently 18, and the two speak as if it was a very long time since they've met, and that means...
      • Then again, given she specifically called him "James", the likeliest scenarios would either involve time travel, or them hooking up soon after he learned his real name, in which case she'd still be 18.
    • Any time he uses his claws to cut up and serve food to other people, given that his claws are kept inside his arm.
    • Not seen, but mentioned by him: while trapped under a glacier for six months, he survived by slicing off and eating pieces of his arm.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Milo Ventimiglia is the anime Logan's voice.
  • The Woobie: It's clearly been established that the man's been traumatized beyond belief. Feeling sympathy for him is a common and understandable reaction.
  • Woolseyism: In Latin America and Spain, he's had many names, including, but not limited to Lobezno note , Leonardo, Guepardo, Glotón, Emilio Garra, and probably the narmiest of them all, La Aguja Dinámica note .


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