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James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine

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"I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best - isn't very nice."
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"I don't know what Charles put into your head, but I'm not whatever it is you think I am, okay?!"
Played By: Hugh Jackman; Troye Sivan (young)
Voiced By: José Arenas (X-Men), Humberto Solórzano (X2 to Logan) (Latin-American Spanish); Gabriel Jiménez (European Spanish); Joël Zaffarano, Jérémie Covillault (French in Logan)
Film Appearances: X-Men | X2: X-Men United | X-Men: The Last Stand | X-Men Origins: Wolverine | X-Men: First Class | The Wolverine | X-Men: Days of Future Past | X-Men: Apocalypse | Logan | Deadpool 2

"Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long."

The closest the X-Men film series has to a conventional protagonist. Logan is a tough, rugged, belligerent loner who has lived for fifteen years without memory of who he is, apart from his dog tags marked "Wolverine" and an adamantium-encased skeleton (as well as adamantium covering his bone claws). He was born in 1832 with the ability to heal rapidly from numerous injuries, including the surgery that bonded the metal to his skeleton, and that ability also prevents him from ageing. He also has enhanced, animal-like senses.


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    A-F 
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His claws, which are coated in adamantium. While not like his comic counterpart, especially since his claws are sharp only at the tips, they have been shown sharp enough to cut through flesh and bone in one strike, and is capable of cutting into rock. Shortly after he receives his adamantium infusion in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he slices up several items in a farmhouse bathroom (including a porcelain sink) with his now impossibly sharp claws, despite applying what appears to be no more than the force required to move an unrestrained arm. By the end of The Wolverine, however, the injuries Wolverine sustained in his battle with the Silver Samurai leaves him with his normal bone claws. He somehow got them back in the Bad Future of Days of Future Past, likely with the help of Magneto.
  • Achilles in His Tent: In The Wolverine, he has quit the X-Men for at least a year, and isolates himself within the Yukon wilderness because he is unable to cope with his guilt for being forced to kill Jean Grey.
  • Action Dad: Although he spends most of Logan pushing Laura away, he becomes this in time for the final battle, rushing to her aid as Rice and Pierce are closing in.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, Wolverine is supposed to be extremely stocky, short and not an attractive man, and while having many conquests, they're exclusively attributed to him being a Kavorka Man. Here, he's a Tall, Dark, and Handsome Hugh Jackman, who is so tall that castmate James Marsden had to stand on boxes to not be dwarfed by him.
  • Adaptational Badass: Overall, this Wolverine is depicted as being more dangerous than his comics counterpart. His physical abilities are clearly superhuman, his healing factor allows him to take more damage, and his Berserk Mode is depicted as The Juggernaut.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Downplayed; he's no idiot, but he doesn't demonstrate his comic counterpart's worldliness and isn't a Cunning Linguist, either.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Pre-Weapon X mind wipe, Wolverine was an outright horrible person, almost on par with Sabretooth, with his most villainous action probably being what he did to Frank Simpson (kill his nanny, drive his dad into suicide and horribly torture the young man into a relentless killing machine). Movie Wolverine on the other hand was always the Morality Pet for his slowly deranging brother and the Token Good Teammate of Team X.
  • The Alcoholic: By Logan, while never a teetotaler to begin with, Logan has turned to booze to manage the constant pain he suffers from as his Healing Factor deteriorates.
  • The Aloner: Leaves the X-Men in The Wolverine, as he wants to be by himself. Also showed signs of being one in the previous films.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: He embodies the ferocity of the animal he uses for his codename.
  • Anti-Hero: He'll do good things, but clearly doesn't care much about it.
  • The Atoner: In The Wolverine, he goes to Japan to face his guilt for killing Jean Grey and to receive help from an old friend who might have the means to remove his Healing Factor and make him mortal.
  • Bad Dreams: A recurring element to his character are the nightmares he constantly has over the violence and losses in his life. They usually consist of the wars he's fought in, the people who have hurt him, and the people he has hurt, bad or good.
  • Badass and Child Duo: In Logan, he reluctantly takes in the eleven-year old Laura, who claims to be his genetic daughter, and goes on a road trip to help her escape the evil corporation that's hunting her down. The interesting thing with this duo is that while Logan is still a killing machine, Laura's youth and agility actually make her just as "badass" as her father.
  • Badass Beard: Grows one by the beginning of The Wolverine.
  • Badass Biker: Often drives a motorcycle.
  • Badass Driver: In Logan, He now works as a rideshare limousine driver and uses Car Fu during the film's first major battle.
  • Badass Teacher: He sarcastically claims to be an art teacher in X2: X-Men United, and serves as a substitute for Cyclops in X-Men: The Last Stand. In the new future created at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's explicitly stated that he's the history teacher.
  • Bash Brothers: In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he and Victor Creed do this for the first fifteen minutes of the movie. The opening sequence is a battle Montage through The American Civil War, WW1, WW2 and The Vietnam War! They also come back together briefly at the end, albeit for a mutual gain.
  • Beard of Sorrow:
    • In The Wolverine, Logan starts out with a shaggy one, likely resulting from the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
    • Sports a thick, unkempt one by Logan; you can tell he doesn't care much about his personal appearance anymore, and given everything that's happened to him at that point, including the near-extinction of mutantkind, who could blame him? The tone of the film gets slightly lighter when the X-23 kids trim his beard back to look more like his traditional sideburns.
  • Beast Man: Though not as exaggerated as Sabretooth or Beast, he has animalistic features, such as his facial hair.
  • Beauty Inversion: In Logan, he looks far older than he ever has in any other film. His healing factor typically erases any trace of injury, but now he has several notable wrinkles and marks on his face, and any glimpse of the rest of his body looks as if his skin is now mostly scar tissue. He is rather famous as a Walking Shirtless Scene, so this is the first time that such a scene is not used for fanservice.
  • 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 or threatening his friends.
    • Threatening a woman.
    • Harming defenseless animals and making them suffer.
    • Hearing Stryker order for his memory to be wiped really fucked him off.
  • The Berserker: Often flies into a rage when he's in a fight.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His adamantium claws, duh.
  • Blessed with Suck: Cool as his claws are, his hands hurt every time his claws come out.
  • Breakout Character: Come on, it's Wolverine! He has appeared in every film of the two trilogies, even if it's only in cameos made just to have him there (First Class, Apocalypse), not to mention having his own trilogy of spin-off films centered on his solo adventures. Even in Deadpool, in which he doesn't appear, the titular character brings him up (and Hugh Jackman) a lot, mainly due to 'Pool considering Wolverine (or Hugh Jackman) a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis of sorts to him, and Deadpool 2, even despite being released after Wolverine's death in Logan, features him via archive footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine when Deadpool time-travels to kill Weapon XI.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • In The Wolverine, his Healing Factor is dialed down to near-human levels. While his adamantium skeleton and multiple lifetimes of traumatic injury have rendered him superhumanly strong, tough, and resistant to pain, he's still left considerably weaker since his injuries accumulate rather than healing automatically.
    • In the past timeline of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is before his adamantium infusion, he loses the considerable advantage it affords him in exchange for a moderately better Healing Factor, which doesn't really balance it out. He ends up playing a supporting role and badly loses the two real fights he gets into.
    • In Logan his Healing Factor is severely compromised. In fact in many scenes he's outright hobbled because he's no longer healing as well as he used to. He's often walking with a pronounced limp, his body is stiff and seems at times arthritic, he's riddled with scars and open wounds (which, based on what Caliban said, are frequently infected), and at the beginning of the film one of his claws jams and fails to fully extend during a fight. He's still the Wolverine, but time has not been kind.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's near-invincible in a fight and he can be very ill-mannered in social situations, but deep down, he's actually quite sweet and caring. Those who are lucky enough to see his softer side include Rogue, Jean and Xavier. Although there's a part of Logan which will always be "wild," the Phoenix points out to him that Professor X has succeeded in "taming" him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Spends most of Logan getting insulted, hunted down, physically abused, losing most of his needs, dealing with his feral (more so than him) daughter and eventually dies. It alternates between humorous and heartbreaking to see the once badass mutant reduced to this.
  • Cain and Abel: With his significantly more unhinged and murderous brother, Victor Creed.
  • Cartwright Curse: Silverfox, then Jean. Averted, surprisingly, with Mariko.
  • Character Death: His power doesn't work well enough anymore to heal the fatal wounds he gets at the end of Logan.
  • Chick Magnet: Rogue had a crush on him, Jean flirts with him, Mystique attempted to seduce him, Yukio seems to have feelings for him, Kayla was his girlfriend, plus he had a fling with Mariko and Gwen (the mob boss' daughter) and was with Storm in between movies and in the future in Days of Future Past.
  • Cigar Chomper: He is occasionally seen with a cigar in his mouth.
  • Cool Old Guy: While he looks forty, he's over 170 in the original trilogy. By the time Logan takes place he's pushing 200.
  • Cool Shades: In 1973, he sports fashionable '70s-style sunglasses.
  • Composite Character: In Logan he takes on elements of Sarah Kinney from Innocence Lost: Since Laura's birth mother remains anonymous in the film, he's the one with whom she develops a familial bond, and who dies as a result of Zander Rice's actions — in this case mortally wounded by his own clone, X-24. He then dies in Laura's arms, while telling her she can be better than what her creators wanted her to be.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His past history of fighting in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and his past work with Team X.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often makes snide remarks.
  • Death Seeker: More or less by the time Logan takes place. The X-Men are a thing of the past since seven of them were accidentally killed by Xavier years earlier in a seizure-induced mental attack with others likely being hunted down later, mutants have almost died off, and Logan himself (who is in a constant state of physical pain due to his decaying healing factor) is left to a rather aimless existence with nothing left to do but look after Xavier and drive a limo part-time. Later on in the movie he admits that he's been thinking about using his adamantium bullet to end it all. In the end he gets a much more heroic death.
  • Decomposite Character: Despite Logan adapting elements of Old Man Logan, Wolverine isn't the unknowing killer of the X-Men, but rather Professor Xavier.
  • Decoy Protagonist: In X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although he starts out as the main character, Charles Xavier is the true protagonist of the movie. He's just there only to help motivate Charles to change the future. And when the final battle begins, Magneto simply impales him with rebar and throws him into a nearby river, quickly ending his importance in the film.
  • Defrosting Ice King:
    • Towards Xavier. He is the recipient of this in X-Men: The Last Stand. It's alluded to when the Phoenix (who is presumably using her telepathy) says to Wolverine, "What, you think [the Professor's] not in your head, too? Look at you, Logan. He's tamed you." Unbeknownst to both Wolverine and the audience, he has grown to love Xavier as a friend, and this finally comes to light after Logan crumbles emotionally after Charles is murdered. This is the first time in the original trilogy where Wolverine had displayed this much vulnerability towards a male character.
    • Towards Laura in Logan. Her initially treats Laura as nothing more than the cargo he needs to get from one place to another. From the point where he learns that Laura is his clone, and effectively, his daughter, he begins to act more like a strict parent when around her, though slowly begins to treat her with more and more affection. After Charles, Caliban and the Munsons are killed, Logan tries to distance himself from Laura in an effort to protect her, and ultimately dies holding her hand, accepting her as his daughter before succumbing to his wounds.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Due to his Healing Factor, he does this on occasion. In the first movie, he has to pierce his claws through his body to cut the restraints Magneto has him in.
  • Dented Iron: By the time of Logan, his healing factor is not working anymore as it used to and as result his body is covered in scars, and, by Caliban's offhand mention of witnessing Logan wiping pus away from unhealed exit wounds between his knuckles, the wounds are also frequently getting infected.
  • Deprogram: A young Jean Grey helps him regain a piece his humanity in Apocalypse, after the Weapon X project has successfully mentally reduced him to a dehumanized feral attack dog.
  • Determinator: To put it simply, unless you are Magneto or 1973-era Beast, you won't stop him.
  • Deus Angst Machina: With the mutant race going extinct, Xavier's brain deteriorating in such a way that it causes him to kill seven of the X-Men, and Logan's healing factor beginning to fail it would be understandable if Logan thought the universe were out to get him.
  • Discard and Draw: X-Men: Days of Future Past gives him a unique example when he travels back to before his time with Weapon X. While in most cases, not having his Adamantium skeleton would be a net negative, here it means that Magneto can't easily neutralize him like in the other films.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The Weapon X project stripped him of his humanity and turned him into a savage killing machine. Once Kurt, Scott, and Jean free him, he slaughters every last one of them but Stryker.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: No so much doesn't like them as has no use for them, as his nigh indestructible nature allows him to easily close the gap with any gunman. The only time Logan was seen using guns was in flashbacks to the wars he's served in, where he was trying to hide his powers. This makes it all the more surprising when he shoots and kills Zander Rice out of the blue in Logan.
  • Doom Magnet: Innocent people or people he cares about tend to die around him. He seems aware of this in Logan.
  • Drink Order: His strong preference for beer stems from his Canadian background, and it's also an indicator that he has lived for many years as a vagabond. Whiskey also seems to be a secondary drink of choice seems to be whiskey as his shack is littered with whiskey bottles.
  • The Driver: He takes a limousine driver job in Logan. The car model (Chrysler E8) was specifically made for the film.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: His final words in Logan are to tell Laura not to be what Transigen made her, and finally accepting her as his daughter as he muses of what Xavier told him earlier in the film about what life and family feels like.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the finale of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he wakes up in the Sentinel-averted future to find all the X-Men and children at Xavier's school. Since he's the history teacher, he's settled and content.
  • Eyes Always Averted: 6'4" Hugh Jackman pulled off looking smaller and more intimidating in part by looking down. The downward look appears more intimidating and thus sold Jackman as scrappier and more aggressive than he looks in real life.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: In Logan, he is now barely scraping by as a limo driver near the border in order to take care of Charles.
  • Famous Last Words: In Logan, right before his death: "So this is what it feels like."
  • Feeling Their Age: The screenplay page of Logan describes Wolverine like this: "As for our hero, well, he's older now and it's clear his abilities aren't what they once were. He's fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain."
  • Foil: To the younger Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Both are violent individuals who love Xavier, but whereas Jerk with a Heart of Gold Logan possesses Undying Loyalty towards Charles, Jerk with a Heart of Jerk Erik is quick to betray him.
  • Friend to All Children: At Xavier's school. Even when turned into more of a beast than a man in Apocalypse, he hesitates at the thought of harming children long enough for Jean to help him.

    G-L 
  • Good Flaws, Bad Flaws: His fondness for cigars is part of his macho image.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The quote underneath his picture says it all.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: He gets thrashed the most in all the films. Anyone else would die from the injuries he experiences. Taking away his healing factor in The Wolverine proves near-fatal for him and by the time of Logan, the whole healing factor has dampened considerably (Logan is in near-constant pain and scars on his body are clearly visible). In the end, it's not enough to keep him alive.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He manages to give his daughter one last smile before dying.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Downplayed, but still present.
  • Handicapped Badass: Downplayed in Logan. He's still walking and can make mince-meat of a man, but he's long past his prime. He has numerous scars, walks with a noticeable limp, sometimes even has trouble fully extending his claws, and puts on reading glasses. Compared to the fighter he was before, he's much weaker.
  • Happy Ending Override: Everything that happened between X-Men: Days of Future Past and Logan left Wolverine in an emotionally-broken state.
  • Healing Factor: By the climax of X-Men: The Last Stand, his flesh is being torn from his body at an alarming rate only to regenerate just as quickly. (This was explained in the novelization as being accelerated and enhanced even further than normal by the energy Jean was putting out.) He also survives a nuclear bomb in the opening of The Wolverine and his body is left a charred and scalded mess from the affair. However, it seems like the film Wolverine's healing factor is not as absurd as the comic book Wolverine's healing factor, considering that decapitation is treated as a viable option in his solo films. But then again what could decapitate his Adamantium skeleton in the movie franchise? X-Men: Days of Future Past also presents drowning as an effective method, though he was fished out before it could take, with possibly up to 24 hours having passed. However, by the time that Logan takes place, his healing factor is no longer as powerful as before, making his aging more visible and his body being heavily scarred and riddled with half-healed wounds, some of which are infected. It's weakened to the point that the wounds he receives at the climax of the movie are fatal.
  • Heal It with Booze: As revealed by the first screenplay page of Lgan, Wolverine is in a "constant state of chronic pain" and uses "booze as a painkiller."
  • The Heart: In X-Men: Days of Future Past. Ironically, it's his major role in the film, with very few fight scenes. He's more there to galvanize the young Professor into action.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Played With in Logan. Logan's understandably more jaded and apprehensive about performing any heroics and constantly tries to assure Laura, Xavier, and the audience that he's only taking part in the events on-screen primarily out of obligation than any real attempt at trying to do some good. To compound the fact that Logan's heroism has considerably decayed in the years-long gap between Apocalypse and this film, he's become much more savage and violent than past incarnations of him have been—the R rating helping massively in this regard. Then X-24 comes in to perfectly show just what Logan would be without his innate humanity, and Logan sacrifices himself to stop him in the final act purely to protect Laura and the other X-23 subjects.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He is the best example as besides the X-Men body suit, he often wears a leather jacket.
  • The Hero: Though Charles does seem to fill the role at times as well, Logan gets the most screen time (including 3 dedicated spin-off films), character development, and usually is the one to save the day, making him this to the film series overall.
  • The Hero Dies: Logan features his death.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his half-brother Victor Creed for his childhood and most of his adult life, up until he left Team X.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Has some rather prominent muttonchops to go along with his rash personality. The Perma-Stubble brings it even further.
  • Hot Teacher: The ultimate Chick Magnet in the franchise joins the academy's staff in X-Men: The Last Stand. Revealed to be a history teacher in the new timeline created in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Even he isn't immune, spending the first few hours after he got his adamantium claws in X-Men Origins: Wolverine accidentally cutting things up.
  • Hurting Hero: Logan is highly-susceptible to this. X-Men sees him introduced as an angry, bitter, amnesiac who makes his living abusing his Healing Factor to win prize money in cage fights, and initially only agrees to stick around because Charles promises to help him find answers about his lost past. The aftermath of The Last Stand and beginning of The Wolverine sees him almost completely broken by the loss of Xavier and the death of Jean, he's living alone in the wilderness with an enormous Beard of Sorrow when Yukio finds him, and Yashida attempts to exploit his world-weariness by offering to take away his healing factor so he can be allowed to die (and so Yashida can use it to save himself from the cancer that's killing him). Logan finds him breaking down physically as well; his healing factor no longer works properly, he's arthritic and hobbled, and he's also deeply disillusioned while caring for an ailing Charles.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: He has an moment in The Wolverine. Shortly after sleeping with Mariko, Logan becomes enraged once he learns that her fiancé Noburo is cheating on her with prostitutes. Logan had earlier learned that Mariko had been forced into accepting an Arranged Marriage with Noburo, who is privy to a conspiracy to kill her for money. His adultery, in Logan's eyes, is the tipping point of his betrayal.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In The Wolverine, during a dream sequence, Wolverine tells Jean Grey that he had no choice but to kill her because of all the death and destruction she was causing.
  • Immortality Hurts: It sure doesn't look like a pleasant experience to survive a nuclear bomb in The Wolverine. Taken to eleven in Logan, not only is he covered in scars and half-healed wounds, but his wounds frequently get infected, he frequently walks with a pronounced limp, and his claws frequently get stuck halfway in and require him to pull them out the rest of the way, which visibly causes him extreme pain.
  • Important Haircut: Late in Logan, when he collapses at Eden, the X-23 children take the opportunity to shave his unkempt hair into the classic Wolverine sideburns. Logan himself is not amused.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: He coughs in fits throughout Logan, which is a symptom of him Secretly Dying. And in the end, he does die, but from fatal wounds rather than sickness.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be rather rude, and he often makes snide remarks, but behind it all, he means well.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: The experiences he's endured, combined with his longevity, have turned him into a cold and jaded person. However, he still rises to do the right thing in times of crisis because he has the means to, even if society doesn't like his kind and he returns the sentiment.
  • The Lancer: A surly, cynical foil to Cyclops in the first two movies, and Storm in the third.
  • Last of His Kind: Downplayed (though not very much), then subverted. By the time of Logan, he's convinced that there are no other mutants left aside from himself, Xavier, and Caliban. He's proven wrong by the existence of the X-23 project, whom are a bunch of kids, including Laura, with mutant powers.
  • Logical Weakness: Pretty much every fight he has with Magneto ends about as well as you'd think a guy with a metal skeleton going up against a Master of Magnetism would.

    M-R 
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Due to the longevity his powers provide him, Wolverine faces this conundrum. Well, he would, if his love interests would live long enough to see old age. The only one who survives parts with him on amicable terms.
  • Meaningful Name: He was born as James Howlett; his surname is a nod to his animalistic nature.
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep: By the time of the events of Logan, he is slowly dying and has clearly ventured into Death Seeker territory, carrying with him an adamantium bullet for the day when he can finally end it all, but he must first take care of Charles and ensure that he doesn't harm anybody as his mind deteriorates.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's the most objectified male character in the franchise; he's briefly naked in a few movies and has numerous Shirtless Scenes. He lampshades it himself in the first movie. To count:
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: There are shades of this in X-Men: The Last Stand. He becomes angry at Xavier after learning about the psychic blocks in Jean's mind, yet despite his disgust, he still reassures her that the Professor can help and fix her mental instability. Instead of going on his own, Logan accompanies Charles to Jean's childhood home, and he's devastated when Xavier is murdered. It's on a subconscious level, but Wolverine was beginning to develop Undying Loyalty towards Professor X.
  • Mysterious Past: Even to him.
  • Naked on Arrival: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he wakes up in the past naked... because his past self just spent the night in bed with the woman he's supposed to be guarding.
  • Nature Hero: The Anti-Hero kind in The Wolverine. Specifically, he beat the shit out of the hunter who killed his bear friend/companion.
  • Older Than They Look: All because of his Super Healing Factor. He was born in 1832, but as of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he still physically appears to be a buff as hell late thirties/early forties. His powers constantly rejuvenate his cellular integrity rendering him seemingly ageless. He's not entirely immortal however; it's believed that he can age, just at an incredibly slow rate. By the events of Logan, at the fine age of 195, he has a lot of grey hairs and dons glasses in order to read things.
  • Old Money: Judging by the refined manners of John Howlett and the grandeur of the mansion in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, James Howlett was born into wealth. However, he learns when he was around 13 years old that his mother Elizabeth had an affair with Thomas Logan, his family's groundskeeper, and is their illegitimate child. After the death of both his stepfather and biological father, James runs away from home, and he has been scratching a living ever since.
  • One-Man Army: While not to the level of his comic counterpart, he very much full-fills this trope
    • Best illustrated in X-Men: Apocalypse, wherein he singlehandedly slaughters every single soldier in the well-staffed Alkali Lake facility without a single one of them even managing to slow him down.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand had fight sequences of him tearing through several Brotherhood mutants.
    • In X-Men Origins: Wolverine he is shown annhilating several soldiers during the wars, the Weapon X soldiers twice after the adamantium infusion, one immediately after during his escape and then another later even when they come with a gunship and machine gun mounted Humvees.
    • The Wolverine has him tearing through large groups of Yakuza's and ninjas.
    • Logan has him do it to Pierce's mercenaries after taking a power-enhancing drug which temporarily restored his full powers.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name, James Howlett, is very rarely used, appearing only in Origins and Logan. In the rest of the films he goes by Logan (his real father's last name).
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Towards Rogue and the children at the school.
    • Literally towards Laura by the end of Logan, as she is his biological daughter.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • To Rogue in the first X-Men.
    • Laura is technically Logan's daughter through genetic engineering. At first he tries to distance himself from her, but accepts her as his daughter as he dies, emphasizing his patronage and concern for her and her future.
  • Patricide: He accidentally killed his biological father after the latter killed the man that James had believed to be his real father.
  • Rated M for Manly: Cigar-chomping bearded badass whom the chicks love. Pure macho!
  • Running Gag:
    • Thanks to his recurring nightmares of his Dark and Troubled Past, it's a bad idea to share a bed with him or to be near him when he's unconscious. Rogue, Silverfox, a veterinarian (student), and, very nearly, Mariko, learn this lesson the hard way. Surprisingly enough Mariko seems completely unperturbed by almost being impaled and CONTINUES SLEEPING WITH HIM!
      • Later, Shadowcat learns it the hard way. Not for sleeping with him, just for being too close during one of his episodes.
    • His discomfort when it comes to flying plays out across the various films.
    • Likely unintentional, but whenever he tries to confront Magneto, he ends up being thrown through the air.

    S-W 
  • Screaming Warrior: Usually lets out a battle cry when taking down foes. This becomes a major turning point in Logan when, after he takes a serum that boosted his healing back to his prime, Logan lets out an awe inspiring howl. Cue Oh, Crap! from the Reavers and the smiles from the other mutants Logan had been helping. Simplified by this line.
    Reaver: Oh shit, it's the Wolverine!
  • Secretly Dying: Logan is slowly being poisoned to death by his own adamantium skeleton in Logan, as a result of his healing factor slowing down with age. He makes it very clear that his days are numbered.
  • Seen It All: When Deadpool is cleaning up the timeline, he just stands there nonchalantly as Deadpool headshots, then repeatedly double taps Dudepeel.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he's the Manly Man with 1973 Charles in the Overly Sensitive Guy role. Logan has to act as the "glue" which barely holds the emotionally fragile Xavier together in order to complete their mission. Their opposite natures are most directly contrasted in the Pentagon kitchen scene, where Charles attempts to persuade the guards that he and his partner have a valid reason to be there, while Wolverine just knocks them out with a frying pan.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's demonstrated in X-Men. Surprising a sleeping PTSD vet is a bad idea, especially when he's got adamantium-coated bone claws.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Is often seen wearing a tank top.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: By far the most prominent character in the franchise, being the main character in almost every film and having 3 solo films dedicated to himself.
  • Super Strength: Strong enough to toss around fully grown men as if they are pillows. In Logan, he continues to utilize the superhuman strength he displayed in his previous solo film The Wolverine; lifting grown men above his head and tossing them them quite far, and snaps a rifle in half with his bare hands. Will Munson even lampshades it.
  • Tranquil Fury: His anger at the hunters who shot a bear with a poisoned arrow is surprisingly colder than his usual fits of temper.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: At 6'2", his snarkiness is as tall, if not taller, than his height.
  • That Man Is Dead: In The Wolverine, when Yukio tells him it's an honour to meet the Wolverine, he mutters, "That's not who I am anymore."
  • Time-Shifted Actor: A different actor plays James Howlett as a kid in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • Token Adult: Unusually for a main protagonist, he is this in Logan to the survivors of the X-23 project.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: His mutant power first manifests itself in X-Men Origins: Wolverine when he witnesses his father being shot and stabs his father's killer to death.
  • Unbreakable Bones: His adamantium skeleton is pretty much immune to damage.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He's pretty angry when he fights, but he really goes into one of these as he's escaping the Weapon X Facility.
  • Undying Loyalty: He has developed this for Xavier during the Time Skip after the post-credits scene of The Wolverine. Although both Magneto and Professor X are co-leaders of the remaining X-Men in 2023, Logan only defers to Charles' authority. When Erik tells him that, "You'll need me as well [in the past]," Wolverine is wholly against the idea, but he reluctantly agrees after Xavier nods in approval. By the time of Logan he's taking care of a mentally-ill, elderly Xavier.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Logan and Xavier in Logan, bordering on a bromance version of Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other. Despite their grumpy demeanor around each other and their constant arguing, Logan treats the aged (and increasingly demented) professor more as a father than a mentor. Including having built his life around being his caretaker and planning on fully retiring with him on a boat. This even goes so far that, while Laura gets abducted in his presence, he is more occupied with looking for Xavier without any delay and doesn't even lift a finger to help her until it's taken care of. It's quite clear that Professor X is basically the only family he has left.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Logan, for what he has experienced, cannot die. It leads to the unfortunate circumstance of seeing those around him get killed or pass away of old age. However, when he is offered the chance to grow old and die like everyone else in The Wolverine, he refuses. He explains that living as long as he does is a curse, not a gift, since he has to watch everyone he loves grow old and die. It is clear he doesn't enjoy being immortal and sees it as a punishment he wouldn't wish even on his worst enemy. He finally gets his release and passes away at the end of Logan.
  • Wolverine Claws: Obviously. He's born with three bone claws that extend from both of his hands, and later in life gets them covered in an unbreakable metal known as adamantium.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Wolverine, as portrayed by actor Hugh Jackman, is one of only two characters (the other being Professor X, who has been played by both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy at different points in his life) to be in all the X-Men live action movies minus Deadpool (which only mentions both characters, and has the title character wearing a Hugh Jackman mask—this Deadpool advert even pokes fun at Wolverine's and Professor X's Spotlight-Stealing Squad status). Jackman has portrayed Wolverine in nine films, more than any other actor in a superhero role.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • X-Men: Considering that Mystique is trying to kill him, he fights her as viciously as he would any man.
    • X2: X-Men United: The brutal confrontation between himself and Lady Deathstrike is one of the most violent duels in the franchise. To be fair, she was faster and got more hits in.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand: He has no choice but to slay the Phoenix in order to end her catastrophic rampage.
  • You Killed My Father : When X-24 stabs Charles and Logan watches him die in the bed of his truck, he is FUCKING PISSED, and he gives the most hits and rage in his fight against X-24 than in their second bout, although not enough to win that fight, he did manage to be brutal and driven enough to surprise, rip into, and drive X-24 back at first.
  • You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me: Wolverine's response after he climbs up a nuclear reactor chimney and Weapon XI proceeds to teleport right up there behind him.

Alternative Title(s): Wolverine

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