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     The Wolverines 

Five individuals with some connection to Wolverine, each of whom have joined Sharp's efforts to recover Logan's remains. Some are there for personal reasons, but all of them have been coerced into assisting the Paradise escapees by four trigger words implanted into them at some point by Cornelius, which Sharp has learned and promises to remove once they complete their mission.

Daken Akihiro/Daken

For tropes pertaining to Daken in general, please see his page.

The son of Wolverine, much of Daken's life has been defined by his hatred of his father. However Daken has changed since Logan's death, and he has developed a new-found respect for the father whom he has antagonized for so long.

  • An Arm and a Leg: In issue 1, Mr. Sinister rips off one of Daken's arms.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Begins the series with his Healing Factor shut down by Siphon
  • Daddy Issues: He still has some lingering issues over Logan, highlighted by Fang trying to fore Epiphany Therapy on him in issue 9.
  • Due to the Dead: Insists on Logan's remains being treated with respect once they're recovered, and nearly comes to blows with Sabretooth when he thinks Creed is mocking him over them.
  • Eye Scream: Sinister takes one of his eyes, as well, for good measure.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even crippled as he is, it's still Daken we're talking about.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Daken is obsessed with revenge against Siphon for taking his healing factor, to the point he doesn't care if it kills him so long as he takes Siphon down with him.
    • Emphasized in #15, when Laura points out to him that killing Siphon will never be enough for him.
  • Send in the Clones: Sinister uses Daken's arm and eye as his template for a new clone army.

Laura Kinney/X-23

For tropes pertaining to X-23 in general, please see her page.

A teenaged Opposite-Sex Clone of Wolverine created by the Facility, X-23 was bred, raised, and trained to be the perfect assassin. However she has since escaped and joined the X-Men, where she has begun the long process of healing the emotional damage done to her by her upbringing, and forging her own path and destiny.

  • Berserk Button: In addition to her normal buttons, she develops a new one once Daken is wounded, nearly taking Creed's head off when she thinks he's belittling Daken's condition.
    • When Fang takes her out for a drink he reveals he has a bottle of the trigger scent in his possession, and Laura instantly attacks him for it. Not because the scent triggered her berserker rage, but because she was angry and afraid he might use it (he invoked it to make a point about her aversion to being controlled).
    • She loses it again when trigger word-controlled Creed tears off Junk's head, and wades into him with a scream. This being Laura, berserk or not she still takes the time to carefully coordinate her attack with Skel.
  • Little Sister Instinct: Displays this, much to Daken's (appreciative) chagrin, after Siphon steals his Healing Factor. It ramps Up to Eleven when he's wounded by Sinister, telling him that he's the only family she has left and will stand by him no matter what.
  • The Cape: Laura is the only member of the cast who would have been honestly willing to help the Paradise crew even without being forced to by the threat of the trigger words. And while the rest of them only rescued Fantomelle from Siphon because they needed her for the attack on Sinister's base, Laura was genuinely there to save her.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: In issue 15 she reveals she has learned to identify Mystique. It never comes up again and in fact becomes quite costly in #20, when she's ambushed by Mystique masquerading as Daken, and stabbed in the gut.
  • Morality Pet: Serves as Daken's, as she's one of the only people he genuinely respects and cares for. She's able to convince him to spare Siphon by helping him realize that killing him would never be enough to satisfy him.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Fang regards the Wolverines as four of Logan's greatest enemies, while acknowledging Laura's Token Good Teammate status. When he tells Daken he's only there to screw with the group, he makes a point of excluding Laura and stating that her he intends to help.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Had Laura allowed Daken to kill Siphon, Mystique's plot would have failed.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Laura empathizes with Siphon because they're Not So Different (see below), and convinces Daken and Blade to spare his life because she wants to try to help him. It comes back to bite her in issue 20, when Mystique traps the rest of the Wolverines with him, and she gets her healing factor drained while trying to help Sabretooth.
  • Not So Different: With Siphon. During his briefly lucid moment, Laura learns that he was once an ordinary person, and was twisted and tortured to become the monster he is now. It's her ability to empathize due to the same thing having been done to her that leads her to talking Daken and Blade down from killing him.
  • Only Sane Man: When Fang attacks the group in issue 8, though she does defend herself, once she realizes it's entirely a misunderstanding she tries to defuse the situation, and mostly succeeds in getting through to Fang. The rest of the group, however...
  • Superhero Packing Heat: While not a power per se, X's background includes extensive firearms training, and she's always been shown as willing to use them in concert with her other abilities (though Flanderization has lead to writers neglecting this in favor of her hand-to-hand skills). In issue 3, however, Laura shows she's learned from Daken and Elixir's encounter with Siphon, and takes a shotgun with her next time she has to deal with him.
  • Taught by Experience: Laura's intelligence and strategic thinking is on full display this series:
    • When the group goes to rescue Fantomelle from Siphon, Laura remembers what happened to Elixir and Daken, and goes to the fight with a shotgun to stay out of his reach.
    • During the fight with Sinister in issue 17, Creed attempts a frontal assault on him only to be blasted down by forcefield/energy attack. Laura's solution? She attacks him indirectly instead, pinning his feet to the catwalk on which he's standing from below.
  • Token Good Teammate: Laura is the only one of the Wolverines who is both unambiguously a hero, and was never Wolverine's enemy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gets a mild one from Storm in issue 6 asking her why she's with the likes of Sabretooth and Mystique.

Raven Darkholme/Mystique

The shape-shifting and nigh-immortal Mystique has had a long history with Wolverine dating back decades, and an equally long history of manipulation and betrayal of her allies, whom she only views as pawns for her own long game. Mystique's ultimate loyalty is only to herself.

  • The Chessmaster: Mystique plays the entire cast along almost from the very beginning, maneuvering each member of the team exactly where she needs them, doing what she needs them to do. It helps that she's guided by Destiny's notes, so she actually knows how everything has to be done.
    • And in the end, Mystique herself is the one who ends up getting played: Destiny set the whole thing in motion not to allow Mystique to bring her back, but to resurrect Logan. Needless to say when she finds out, she doesn't take it well.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Mystique is cooperating with Sharp only because it suits her own purposes, and true to form has from the start planned to use the rest of the group to further her goals. Lampshaded by Storm in issue 6, who warns the group against trusting her for that reason.
    • In issue 18 Mystique shoots Endo in the back, and engineers Junk's death by preventing Shogun from releasing Sabretooth from the trigger words after Sinister takes control of him. Creed subsequently rips off Junk's head. It's unclear, but her shooting Endo may have also contributed to the injuries which lead to Shogun's death as well, depending on whether or not Endo subverts Bullet Proof Human Shield.
  • Cool Plane: The appropriately-named Changeling. Which has a Cloaking Device.
  • In the Back: Shoots Endo in the back and kills her in issue 18.
  • Manipulative Bitch: More or less Mystique's hat, and right from the start she's using everyone for her own ends. In issue 7 she maneuvers Shogun into a position where he has no choice but giver her the Erase word. Refreshingly, however, no one in the cast trusts her, and all of them know she's manipulating them. The only reason they haven't actively thwarted her is because of leverage she has on them.
    • Ironically, in the finale it's Mystique herself who was manipulated: Throughout the series she's been acting on instructions left by Destiny intended to allow her to bring her back to life. It turns out that Destiny's instructions wouldn't allow Mystique to revive her after all, but Wolverine, as Destiny was trying to protect Mystique from the forthcoming Incursions and foresaw that the world needed Wolverine to survive. Incensed, Mystique refuses to carry out Destiny's request.
  • The Mole: Mystique is working at cross-purposes to the rest of the team, and plans to use information provided by Destiny to manipulate them all for her own ends.
  • Taking A Third Option: In the second issue, almost the entire team is down or otherwise in danger of being killed. Mystique could cut and run, assuming she could get away from Neuro and Endo fast enough they couldn't use the trigger words on her, or deal with the Wrecking Crew to get the others out of dodge. Her solution is textbook Mystique: She bribes them. Since the Crew already have what they came for and are now getting paid twice for the job, they let them go.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: While most of the Wolverines already don't get along with one another (aside for Laura and Daken), they hate working with Mystique. Especially when she takes control of the team entirely to further her own plots by threatening to make their lives hell if they refuse.
  • Too Clever by Half: Mystique has been controlling and manipulating the rest of the group almost from the time they came together, and later dispenses with pretense altogether and effectively shanghais the team from Shogun. Even though she's now firmly in charge, however, she still doesn't trust the team enough to be honest about how her plans will help them. It ends up biting her on the ass in issue 16 when Shogun and Junk, whom Mystique doesn't need for her plans, decide to try rescuing Neuro, Skel and Endo from the Arcadians. However X-23 then triggers a complete walk-out by the Wolverines, by refusing to be Mystique's puppet and the entire team goes to help. It ends up being a trap, and had Mystique been honest with the group about Destiny's diaries rather than just trying to manipulate them into helping her, they likely would have avoided the situation entirely.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She discovers Destiny had been playing her all along, and was just using her to resurrect Logan because her visions told her that the world couldn't survive without him. Mystique decides to just let the world burn in a fit of rage.
  • You Monster!: Called one by X-23 for her plan of killing Fang.

Victor Creed/Sabretooth

For a long time Wolverine's greatest enemy, much of his life has been spent defining himself by his adversarial relationship with Logan. However he enters the series with a new outlook on life courtesy of Scarlet Witch's inversion spell gone wrong.

  • The Atoner: He expresses regret for his violent past, and a desire to make up for it and genuinely do good.
  • Blood Knight: Creed may by a much more heroic figure now, but he's still quick to propose a violent solution to Sinister's absconding with Wolverine's corpse. He's also completely find throwing down with Fang even though his attack is entirely an understanding.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Though his new personality is much more along this line.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Sabretooth is inverted as of the start of this series, changing him from a bloodthirsty killer to a much more heroic figure. He's still a colossal asshole.
  • Heel–Face Turn: As a result of the events of Axis. This leads to several characters reacting to things he says as if he were still a bloodthirsty, psychopathic Jerkass, even though he's actually being sincere.

Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstrike

Another long-time antagonist of Wolverine, Deathstrike considers the adamantium bonded to Logan's bones her rightful property.

  • Back from the Dead: Recently returned from the dead in the adjectiveless X-Men series.
  • Blood Knight: Deathstrike is a violent, sociopathic killer. She's even willing to drive Shogun — a man whom she is sleeping with — to the brink of death so the demon Ogun possessing him can gain full control of his body. And she does this knowing full well that Ogun will try to kill her when he's done with her. At one point she's completely honest about her intent to kill everyone on the team once she's freed of the trigger words.
  • Defecting for Love: Deathstrike initially appears to be playing Shogun when they begin to hook up, having recognized that he's been possessed by her former lover Ogun. The two concoct a scheme to enable Ogun to permanently seize control of the body he shares with Sharp, wherein Deathstrike attacks Shogun and pushes him to the brink of death, when Ogun will be at his strongest. The effort is spoiled when Fang absconds with Shogun and forcibly buries the Ogun personality before he can gain control. However later in the series it becomes clear that Deathstrike's feelings for the Sharp personality may have been genuine, as she's genuinely broken by his apparent death fighting Sinister, and expresses a great deal of disgust at Ogun when the Demon regains control of his dying body.
  • Idiot Ball: See Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! below. Deathstrike spends a lot of time juggling this throughout the series.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: With Laura as the Token Good Teammate, Daken being historically more of an Anti-Villain now reexamining his life, and Sabretooth in the midst of a Heel–Face Turn, Deathstrike is the only member of the Wolverines who's wholly unapologetic about her past. And even she despises working for Mystique when the latter forcibly usurps control of the group from Shogun.
  • Foe Yay: This more or less sums up her relationship with Ogun, as neither have any compunctions against brutalizing or killing the other — and in fact have tried to do so in the past — if it servers their purposes. She's willing to betray Sharp and nearly kills him in an attempt to help Ogun gain full control of their shared body.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Begins a relationship with Shogun, only to be deliberately playing the Sharp personality as a means of allowing her old lover Ogun to gain control of their shared body.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Well, not exactly hero, but as a primary protagonist, Deathstrike impulsively kills the original template of Sinister's thematically named mooks. This does not sit well with the army of Ben Reillys, who immediately attack the group in outrage that she killed the original.
    • And again in issue 20: After using Siphon to track down Mystique due to her still-functional Healing Factor, rather than turn Siphon loose against her, Deathstrike instead decides to kill him. To make a point. When Mystique then escapes using some sort of gas to blind the others, Deathstrike also had the brilliant idea to split up. While looking for a shapeshifter.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Shogun is this.
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    The Paradise Crew 

Escaped test subjects of Dr. Cornelius at the Paradise installation, they need Logan's body in hopes that his Healing Factor could be the key to repairing a genetic time bomb which could kill them at any moment, after which they promise to erase the trigger words from the Wolverines' minds.

Shogun

The overall leader of the group, Shogun is actually the combination of two distinct individuals: Sharp, a former member of Delta Force gifted with genius-level tactical ability, and Ogun, the Body Surfing ghost of one of Wolverine's former mentors and enemies.

  • The Atoner: While it's yet to be elaborated upon, Shogun evidently did something very, very bad during his time with Delta Force. His efforts to rescue the other Paradise experiments, and most of his actions afterwards, are an attempt to balance the scales, and do something good with his life.
  • Blood Knight: Ogun's personality. Sharp is mostly able to keep him under control. Mostly.
  • Cool Mask: Throughout Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Project he wore a gas mask, and from the end of that series on he's always worn a red metal mask that covers everything but his lower jaw. Strangely, in Issue 19 the mask changes shape when Ogun gains total control of their shared body, and it takes on the form of the mask most associated with the demon.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: While not in so many words, Shogun more or less tells Deathstrike he loves her as he dies from the wounds he received in issue 18.
  • It's All About Me: Ogun is far more interested in his and Sharp's mutual survival than in actually helping their companions. During Weapon X Ogun tried to convince Sharp to leave them to their fate, and in issue to of Wolverines he tried to prevent Sharp from using the regen serum to help Daken.
  • The Faceless: He has one, but his true face has never been seen without his Cool Mask. Even while in bed with Deathstrike! The one time we see his face from his perspective and without his mask, he's looking into a mirror and Logan's face is reflected back to him. However it's never clarified whether that's what he actually looks like (unlikely, as Logan's facial features and hair don't match the parts we do see even in the same issue), if it's Ogun's influence screwing with him, or if there's a much more metaphorical meaning behind it.
  • Fighting from the Inside: A villainous inversion: Ogun is largely repressed by Sharp's personality, able to exert influence only when Sharp is asleep. However he wants total control of their shared body, and hatches a plan with Deathstrike to enable him to take full control. It's foiled when, just as he was about to succeed, Fang takes off with him and suppresses his personality again.
  • Genius Bruiser: Sharp was modified by Paradise with enhanced tactical and strategic awareness. As a former member of Delta Force he was certainly no slouch in combat to begin with, but his possession by Ogun grants him the ghost's own considerable martial arts prowess.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted by Ogun of all people, in the final battle against Sinister. When Shogun is mortally wounded, it allows Ogun to take full control, which he does with the intent of holding Sinister long enough for Deathstrike to escape before his body fails. Granted, Ogun is an undead spirit who can just move on to another body afterwards, but it's the thought that counts. Kind of.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Wields a katana as his primary hand-to-hand weapon.
  • The Leader: Of the Paradise crew, and defacto leader of the entire group.
  • Multiple Head Case: Of a sort. Although they call their unified persona Shogun, both Sharp and Ogun remain distinct personalities. Sharp is much more noble and compassionate, and generally the dominant personality in control of their shared body (actually Sharp's). Ogun is far more pragmatic and bloodthirsty, with a very strong It's All About Me attitude. Needless to say, they seldom agree on their course of action, and it's only Sharp's force of will that keeps Ogun in check.
  • Not Quite Dead: Shogun is mortally wounded in the final battle against Sinister. This only allows Ogun — who had been suppressed by Fang — to retake control of their shared body long enough to attack Sinister and hold him off for Deathstrike to escape. And then Sinister cures the body during the fight, allowing Sharp to regain control again.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With himself. Sharp and Ogun don't get along; Sharp is The Atoner and generally a decent person, while Ogun is a demonic Blood Knight who revels in death and destruction. Most of Shogun's inner conflict is centered around trying to keep Ogun's bloodthirstiness in check. However they're also stuck with one another, and it's Ogun's fighting abilities that help keep them alive.

Danny Silva/Junk

A former minor criminal who had the "junk" in his DNA activated by Paradise, he possesses many animal traits, most notably his horns.

  • Beast Man: His modifications give him a bestial appearance, and his powers provide him with many useful abilities, such as gills for survival underwater.
  • The Heart: One of the nicest and most compassionate members of the cast. In issues 16 and 17 he faces his impending "expiration" with frustration over wanting to be a superhero and having the chance to use his new powers for good.
  • Magical Defibrillator: Becomes one himself in issue 17. After using his newly developed "electric eel" powers to take out a bunch of mooks, he discovers that he accidentally stopped Daken's heart. Another, focused shock gets it going again.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's not much of a fighter, and is on the verge of panic in issue 2 after Sinister attacks Daken and rips off his arm.
  • Off with His Head!: Sabretooth, under Sinister's control with the trigger words and because Mystique prevented Shogun from releasing him, tears his head off in issue 18.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: In issue 16 Junk rants to Shogun about how the Wolverines are nothing but monsters. Right as X-23 walks in.
  • Token Good Teammate: Sort of. Yes, he was taken by Paradise while in prison, but for a very minor offense, and along with Endo is the only unambiguously "good" member of the Paradise group. After Endo defects to Sinister he's the only "good" member. He wants nothing more than to be a superhero and do good with his new powers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He spent issue 6 practicing his skills while babysitting the wounded Daken. Issue 7 finds him much better-prepared to fight if needed. By issue 17 he's holding his own with Sinister's clones of Daken.

Harold Stanch/Neuro

Generally positioned as Shogun's second in command, it was Neuro who discovered that he and the other Paradise experiments were engineered to expire, and helped Shogun locate and track down the Wolverines. Neuro hides a secret of his own that he has already proven himself willing to kill to conceal.

  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It's not shaping up well for him so far. In The Weapon X Project he betrays the rest of the escapees to Paradise as part of a deal to have the engineered expiration date that's due to kill him removed (they screw him over). In issue 5 of Wolverines he does the same by offering a deal with Sinister in exchange for the trigger words controlling the Wolverines. Not realizing Sinister is unlikely to hold up his end, either. And then he suggests betraying Fantomelle once she secures Logan's remains for them. His tendency to turn on anyone as the situation changes gets lampshaded by Shogun, before he eventually goes over the Sinister for real.
  • Deal with the Devil: Offers a deal with Sinister to cure him and the Paradise Crew of their impending deaths in exchange for the trigger words for the Wolverines. As if Sinister could actually be trusted to keep his end of the bargain. He, Skel, and Endo eventually do go over to Sinister's side, and issue 17 implies that the deal is going to work out just about the way you expect.
    • He previously did this to the rest of the Paradise Crew in The Weapon X Project, helping Paradise recapture them in hopes they would remove the genetic time bomb from him in exchange. Paradise doesn't hold up their end, either. As smart as he is you would think he'd have learned...
  • Face–Heel Turn: Joins Sinister in the aftermath of issue 6.
  • Genre Blind: Actually believes that Sinister will honor any bargain he makes over the control words. He got taken by Paradise in The Weapon X Project when he tried to sell out the rest of the Paradise crew as well. He also was completely unprepared for the idea that the Wolverines — all of them experienced fighters — might have countermeasures to protect themselves from the control words if necessary; X, Sabretooth and Mystique all put out their own ears in issue 6 when they realize Neuro is giving them to Sinister.
    • And as if there was ever any doubt, issue 17 reveals Sinister was only ever using Neuro, Endo and Skel for his own ends, and finds them too unamusing to take seriously.
  • The Lancer: To Shogun, effectively serving as his Number Two.
  • Mission Control: Mostly serves this role in both The Weapon X Project and Wolverines.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: There was briefly a sixth member of the Paradise crew. At least until she woke up from her coma and telepathically uncovered Neuro's secret and he murdered her to keep her quiet.
  • My Brain Is Big: And it's contained within a transparent dome.
  • Number Two: See The Lancer.
  • Serial Killer: Prior to being picked up by Paradise, Neuro murdered and dismembered several women.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports a wicked one in issue 16 when he reveals that he's part of an elaborate trap by Sinister.
  • The Smart Guy: Unarguably the smartest character in the cast. It's in fact his power.
  • Smug Snake: Thinks very highly of himself, however he's not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, having been duped by Arcadia, and later his plans to sell out the Wolverines derailed when X and Sabretooth put out their ears, and Mystique shape-shifts hers away to prevent him from using the trigger words to turn them over to Sinister. It never once occurred to him that the Wolverines might have a contingency plan.

Meifeng/Endo

The only (surviving, see Neuro's entry) woman of the original Paradise group, Meifeng was modified with enhanced speed and reflexes. She also used to be a he. And can Hulk Out when sufficiently agitated.

  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Endo started as the genuinely nicest member of the entire cast. Sinister gets hold of her, however, and she reveals in issue 18 he tortured her into a complete Face–Heel Turn.
  • The Chick: Very decidedly not a fighter, and prefers to avoid conflict entirely.
  • Face–Heel Turn: According to issue 7 she joins Sinister in the aftermath of issue 6, however she was captured attempting to flee before they even breached his compound, so whether or not she joined him willingly is unclear.
  • Fake Memories: Unlike the rest of the Paradise crew, Meifeng's memories were screwed with along with the rest of her. After escaping Paradise she was insistent on contacting her fiance, Taylor, and letting him know that she was alright. It's eventually revealed that Endo was originally a hey, Taylor was a she, and that the Paradise troops that abducted him murdered her in cold blood. His memories were then tampered with to cover it.
  • Gender Bender: Used to be a man, who was trying to have a baby with his fiance, Taylor. Then Paradise came along, kidnapped him and murdered Taylor, and he ended up as a woman.
  • The Heart: Along with Junk is the nicest member of the Paradise crew.
  • Hulk Out: Her secondary power allows Endo to turn into a larger, brutish figure.
  • In the Back: In issue 18 she absolutely loses it when Creed kills Junk and goes after Shogun. Mystique unceremoniously shoots her in the back.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tries to pull it when the team approaches Sinister's base. She doesn't get far.
  • Super Speed: Her primary power, granting her enhanced speed and reflexes.
  • There's No Place Like Home: Upon escaping Paradise, Endo's foremost goal was to just go home to her fiance again. And when she does get there it's only to discover that she used to be a he, and that his fiance had been murdered by the operatives who kidnapped him.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Paradise crew. Endo was the only one of the five who was living a normal and peaceful life until Paradise got hold of her.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: When Endo does go home, it's only to discover than everything she thought she knew about herself were false memories implanted by Paradise.

Simpson/Skel

A former football player, Skel was provided enhanced strength by Paradise, however the drawback is that if he goes too long without using it, his enhanced body begins to kill him.

  • The Big Guy: He even rivals Creed in sheer size.
  • Blessed with Suck: Skel's power certainly makes him formidable in a fight, but will begin to kill him if he doesn't periodically exert his enhanced strength. The bigger the exertion, the longer he can go. Fighting gives him the biggest boost.
  • Blood Knight: He has to be: If he doesn't use his enhanced strength, it will slowly start to kill him. While even lifting weights will help in the short term, fighting lets him go the longest between exertions.
  • Face–Heel Turn: According to issue 7 he joins Sinister in the aftermath of issue 6, though the last we see of him in that issue is when he finds Endo in some sort of prison, so the nature of his turn is still unclear.
  • Scary Black Man: The only black character in the cast, and he's also an enormous mountain of muscle who enjoys pounding on things (largely because it relieves him from the fact his power will kill him if he doesn't use it).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Gets so busy chatting up Deathstrike in issue 1 that it helps the Wrecking Crew take them by surprise.
  • The Worf Effect: The biggest and strongest character in the cast, and he's put out of commission by the Wrecking Crew in their very first fight.

    Other Protagonists 

Fantomelle

Another escapee from Paradise, Fantomelle is a master thief with a taste for the finer things, and particularly targets superhero artifacts. She has a psychic bond with her Animal Companion, Culpepper.

  • Badass Longcoat: Hers is white with a High Collar of Doom, and falls to around her knees.
  • Bond Creature: Culpepper, a black fox-cat-thing with whom she has a psychic bond in a manner analogous to Fantomex and E.V.A.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Fantomelle is a highly-skilled thief thanks to the modifications made to her by Paradise, which she uses to help finance her luxurious tastes and lifestyle. She doesn't even need to steal, as her lover has some undisclosed means of financing her lifestyle legally; she does it entirely for the thrill and the fun of it. When her fence mentions a client who wants a Goblin Glider as a gift for his son, she angrily reminds him that she won't touch anything that can be used to harm someone else.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Fantomex, right down to her name, skills as a thief, outfit, and even Culpepper being an analog to Fantomex's external nervous system. The series has not yet explored what, if any, direct connection exists between the two.
  • Domino Mask: A white one.
  • Healing Factor: She has one. Unfortunately, it leads Siphon right to her.
  • Impossible Thief: She manages to break into The Punisher's hideout, of all places. The height of skills comes in her ability to control her body's position in multiple dimensions, which allows her to escape Mr. Sinister's trap that drops her into a void, with her stolen goods.
  • I Owe You My Life: Feels indebted to Laura for helping save her from Siphon. She decides to repay her by bringing her one of Wolverine's old costumes.
  • Little Black Dress: Fantomelle loves high-end fashion, and she wears just such a dress when turning over Frank Castle's skull shirt to her fence.
  • Master of Illusion: With her partner Culpepper, but unlike Fantomex, she needs direct contact with him to do it.
  • She's Got Legs: And she pairs them with a Little Black Dress (emphasizing the "little") to boot.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Although she also fled Paradise to escape whatever they wanted her for, she's a member of neither the Wolverines nor the original Paradise crew, and the group questions how they will convince her to join their planned assault on Sinister's lab.
  • Spy Catsuit: She wears one as part of her costume
  • Superhero Trophy Shelf: Played with. 'Melle's tastes are squarely on the finer luxuries in life (clothes, rich apartments and the like). She hires out her services stealing superhero memorabilia for other collectors. She's introduced stealing one of The Punisher's distinctive skull shirts, and her fence rattles off a list of jobs ranging from one of Captain America's shields to a Goblin Glider. She draws the line at anything which can be used to harm another person, however.
  • Younger Than They Look: She remarks in issue 5 that she's six months old. Whether that only means six months since Paradise modified her into her current form, or if she means that literally, is unclear.

Wade Wilson/Deadpool/"Wolverine"

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The Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool hired Fantomelle to steal or otherwise recover various artifacts associated with Wolverine. Just what he plans to do with them is a mystery known only to Wade himself (and best that it stays that way).

  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Natch. It goes Up to Eleven as he tries to convince everyone he's actually Wolverine. And fools precisely nobody.
  • Fan Nickname: Poolverine during Wade's (very) brief stint as Wolverine is issue 13.
  • Legacy Character: Wade believes the world needs a Wolverine, so decides to take that role on himself.
  • Meta Guy: It's Deadpool. Specifically, in issue 13 he directly addresses the difficulties legacy characters face finding acceptance among audiences, when his attempt to be the new Wolverine is summarily rejected by pretty much all of Logan's former teams. And he even manages it with only a subtle strain of the fourth wall.
  • Mythology Gag: The first "costume" Wade assembles is comprised of pieces from several of Wolverine's classic outfits.
  • Shown Their Work: In-universe example: The first thing Wade does after declaring himself Wolverine is to Google Wolverine's first appearance in the comics, and decide he needs to fight a Hulk. He chooses Jen Walters because Banner is too tough.

     Antagonists 

Nathaniel Essex / Mr. Sinister

The long-time Evilutionary Biologist nemesis of the X-Men, Sinister has plans for the remains of Wolverine, putting him at odds with the Wolverines and Paradise teams.

  • Agony of the Feet: When he tries to slip away in issue 17 after seeing Changeling out of control and about to crash into his base, X-23 stops him by pinning his foot to the ground with her claws. From beneath the catwalk he's standing on.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Rips off Daken's arm in issue 1. And takes his eye for good measure.
  • Answers to the Name of God: When Endo expresses her astonishment and disgust that Sinister would sacrifice his own army as part of his plan to capture the Wolverines, she just manages to choke out an "My god." Sinister's response? "Present and ready to hear your prayers."
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It's Sinister. About the one guarantee of any deal you make with him is that he's not going to hold up his end of the bargain once he has what he wants from you.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Once again: It's Sinister.
  • Deal with the Devil: He's the Devil.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Sinister is up to his old tricks, experimenting on mutants and this time has his sights set on the remains of Wolverine.
  • Eye Scream: Tears out one of Daken's eyes in issue 1.
  • Large Ham: Sinister positively revels in his amusement over the Wolverines efforts to fight back, watching the battle with a glass of wine in hand.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Have we already mentioned it's Sinister?
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Somehow acquired the tech to outfit his base with traps that warp time and space to either drop intruders into an extradimensional void or give their past selves cancer that kills them before they invade.
  • Off with His Head!: After Siphon drains his healing factor, Shogun decapitates him.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Tries to pull this when he sees Changeling about to crash through his roof. X-23 stops him by ambushing him and attacking him from below.
  • Send in the Clones: More or less Sinister's hat.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Manages to sneak out in issue 18 after using the trigger words to turn the Wolverines on the Paradise crew, and during the chaos that results when Changeling crashes through the roof of his base.

Siphon

Another Paradise experiment, Siphon broke free and is now running loose, pursuing anyone with a Healing Factor.

  • Affably Evil: When he's fed Siphon is intelligent, polite, and cultured.
  • Cultured Badass: When he's fed he quotes the Book of Five Rings.
  • Genius Bruiser: Played with; When he's hungry he's a mindless monster driven solely by the need to feed. However after having fed he's very intelligent and highly cultured, and believes he was at one time a teacher before Paradise got hold of him.
  • Healing Factor: He has one himself, and he also drains it from others. Issue 14 reveals that he may not actually have his own healing factor at all, and uses the energy he steals for that purpose.
  • Hero Killer: He may have killed Elixir in The Logan Legacy, though it's unclear exactly what happened, and his fate has not been confirmed either in the book or (notably) by Word of God.
  • Not So Different: With X-23. Siphon and Laura both are the products of horrific torture and abuse intended to turn them into mindless killing machines. Her empathy for what was done to him leads her to convincing Daken and Blade to spare his life.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Deathstrike after he drained the rest of the Wolverines of their healing factors, and Mystique, in turn, uses his stolen energy as part of her plans.
  • Power Parasite: Drains and apparently feeds on the Healing Factors of others. He possibly killed Elixir for his healing powers, and stripped Daken of his entirely in The Logan Legacy. The Wolverines and Paradise Crew encounter him a second time when he attacks Fantomelle, seeking to feed on hers, as well. Issue 14 suggests that Siphon's own healing factor is actually powered by this stolen energy.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: His appearance is somewhat reptilian, which adds to the creep factor.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In the final issue of The Logan Legacy Shogun remarks that even he is afraid of Siphon. However Siphon isn't even mentioned in The Weapon X Project, which acts as the prelude to that series, so it comes across as this.
  • Sssssnake Talk: His speech bubbles and dialogue suggest he has something of a hissing voice. At least when he's hungry. When he's fed his voice loses this quality.
  • Stronger Than They Look: He's thin, lanky and wiry, yet is strong enough to grapple with Skel.
  • Touch of Death: His touch can kill if he holds on long enough. However it only seems to affect characters with a Healing Factor, as Skel was able to grapple with him for an extended period of time without too much trouble. He can also apparently turn it off and on, at least when he's in control and not in his bestial mode; in issue 14 he had X-23 by the throat but merely threatened to take her healing abilities.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: As horrifying as Siphon is (especially if you have healing abilities), beneath the monstrous visage he's actually an erudite and cultured man who was turned into a mindless killer by Paradise through torture and experimentation. The moments of lucidity he gains after he's fed just twist the knife deeper.

Fang

One of the Imperial Guardsmen of the Shi'ar empire, Fang is a Lupak who had established a friendship with Wolverine, and arrives on earth for their yearly get-together only to discover he had been killed. Believing the Wolverines to be responsible, he seeks them out for vengeance.

  • Back from the Dead: While previously established that every Fang that has appeared is a clone, Wolverines Retcons this into Lupak being able to reconstitute themselves entirely if not killed properly.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: More so than any other member of the cast so far, Fang just loves to fight. Even after he gets impaled through the face by Daken, ganged up and cut apart by the rest of the group, and shot by the BFG aboard Changeling, he just laughs it all off like he's having the time of his life. The entire reason he came to earth in the first place is because on the same day every year he and Wolverine go on a trip to beat stuff up.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Fang just sort of randomly shows up, despite supposedly being dead, and there being no previous continuity to suggest he and Wolverine did indeed establish a friendship involving yearly hunting trips.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Lupak are revealed to have a gland that not only exists outside their body, but outside that dimension. It's this gland that allows them to be cloned indefinitely upon being killed, and so long as the gland is intact they can't truly die. Mystique devises a plan to reveal the gland, and steals a gun that can shoot across dimensions to get rid of him.
  • Due to the Dead: He decides the best way to honor Logan's memory is to spend some quality time with each member of the Wolverines, and absconds with Daken so they can go hunt Frost Giants together in Jotunheim.
  • Epiphany Therapy: Whether or not his intentions are actually altruistic and he's telling Daken otherwise just to screw with him (see Troll below), he nonetheless attempts to subject Daken to one, by making him fight a Frost Giant whom Fang tells that Daken is the father who abandoned him. That the giant has obsessed over his absentee father to the point he blindly lashes out at Daken just because Fang said he was his father is not lost on Daken himself.
    • He subjects Sabretooth to a form of this as well; bringing him into a fight against pirates who recently underwent a "religious conversion" so that, rather than torturing people to death for fun, they instead kill them quickly, highlighting Creed's own recent change.
    • While more subtle and less torturous than what he did to Daken and Creed, he gives X-23 a vial of trigger scent to make a point about her aversion to being controlled and about how she's allowing Shogun to force her to help him.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Attacks the Wolverines on-sight, believing them to be the ones to have killed Wolverine. The situation is (mostly) defused when X-23 realizes that it's entirely a misunderstanding and talks him down. At which point he switches from wanting revenge, to just enjoying the brawl while the rest of her team tries to kill him.
  • Troll: Tells Daken in issue 9 that he's not there to help any of them he's just going to screw with them. Except for Laura, her he intends to help. Whether or not this is actually true or not is unclear, as his treatment of Daken certainly seems to be towards a specific purpose (See Epiphany Therapy above).
  • Unexplained Recovery: His response to when it's pointed out he's supposed to have been killed by the Brood? "I'm a Lupak."


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