Wolverine is a mutant with healing factor and almost untapped rage power. Here is a look at the most powerful people he has killed in his career.
Content Warning: This article contains graphic images of violence and murder.
Wolverine has been one of the most popular mutants in the Marvel Universe for years. However, while he is a powerful mutant hero and a loyal member of the X-Men, he is also a stone-cold killer. He has no problem with ending an enemy if he feels it is best for the world, and he has a problem with his rage that can cause him to lose control at times.
As a result, Wolverine has killed some major Marvel heavyweights in his life. In the mainstream Marvel Universe, he has murdered some of the most powerful mutants alive. He also has alternate world counterparts that have done even worse than that, and his kill count is not only higher than most Marvel superheroes, but it has some very notable names on it.
When one thinks of heavyweight Marvel heroes, Moria MacTaggert is not usually someone that comes to mind. However, things changed after Powers of X when Moira revealed that she was a mutant and her powers were not only massive but undetectable. When Moira dies, she reboots and is born again at the same time as her regular birth.
Moira has lived 10 different lifetimes, and she has memories of every single one of them. She has lived over a hundred years into the future, gone through numerous wars and disasters, and is the reason Krakoa exists today. The birth of Krakoa came after she had Wolverine kill her so she could return with the information about Nimrod, mutantkind’s most deadly threat.
Wolverine had a son he never knew about with Daken. Because Daken felt his father had left him behind and didn’t care, the young mutant became a villain and set out to hurt his father every chance he got. Daken even joined Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers and replaced his dad as Wolverine for a while.
Daken had almost the same powers as his father, but without the intelligence or maturity to effectively use them. Wolverine knew what it took to beat his son and did it in Final Execution. The only way for Wolverine to die and stay dead is by drowning and that is what he did to his son.
Omega Red is a mutant who has similar regenerative powers as Wolverine. The Russian mutant is also one of the most untrustworthy, even trying to sell out the mutants after they settled into Krakoa.
Omega Red is extremely powerful, as he is not only a mutant but also went through Russia’s Super Soldier program. His power is to feed off the energy of his victims, similar to a vampire. However, his feud with Wolverine led to his downfall. Wolverine drove the Murasama Blade into Red’s heart, and that is the one weapon no one can resurrect from. Omega Red went to hell and even fought Wolverine later when Logan ended up there for a short period of time.
Omega Red isn’t the only person to die by the Murasama Blade. One of the longest-lasting feuds in Marvel history was between Wolverine and Sabretooth, two men who were almost equal in power levels. The two began their rivalry many years ago when Sabretooth killed Wolverine’s lover and then returned every year after that on Logan’s birthday to beat him almost to death.
That all ended in Wolverine #55. Like every other year, Sabretooth showed up to attack Wolverine on his birthday. This time, Logan was ready. He battled Sabretooth in a snowy landscape and then Logan pulled out the blade and decapitated his longtime enemy, killing him once and for all.
One of the most powerful mutants in the history of Marvel comics was Magneto, the Master of Magnetism. He proved his power at one point by ripping out Logan’s Adamantium skeleton, leaving the mutant weakened and almost dead.
In the Age of Apocalypse, Legion went back in time to kill Magneto but accidentally killed Charles Xavier instead. As a result, Magneto became the leader of the X-Men. After Apocalypse’s fall, Magneto felt he had won but never realized that Weapon X – Wolverine – was the successor to Apocalypse. Wolverine killed Magneto and took over where Apocalypse left off.
Wolverine was one of the heroes who tried to go through time to stop the Age of Ultron from happening. The goal for Logan was to go back to the beginning and kill Hank Pym before he could create Ultron, one of the coolest and most intimidating Avengers villains, in the first place. He killed Pym and went back to the main timeline to see things were even worse.
This caused Wolverine to try to undo his mistake so he went back in time again and this time intercepted himself, trying to stop him from killing Hank Pym. While Wolverine stops himself, his variant doesn’t believe he can go on living knowing what happened in his future and asks the other Wolverine to kill him before going back to his time.
Movie fans saw Wolverine forced to kill Jean Grey in the movie X-Men: The Last Stand to stop her from destroying the world as Dark Phoenix. The scene where he killed her was also a panel from the comics. In the miniseries X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong, the Phoenix Force was controlling Jean again.
Jean had hurt many people and did many bad things as Phoenix. As a result, she wanted to end her life to prevent the Phoenix from destroying the world. She asked Wolverine to end it for her, and knowing he had no choice, he drove his claws through Jean and stopped Phoenix again. Phoenix resurrected her and Logan had to kill her six times before she finally stayed dead.
There isn’t a being on Earth more powerful than the Hulk. When it comes to beating the Green Goliath, it usually takes multiple heroes and even then, they struggle to stop him. In the story Old Man Logan, Wolverine came out of retirement when the Hulk’s children showed up to kill Logan’s family.
Logan wanted revenge and set out to bring down Hulk once and for all. When he arrived, he battled the giant’s family, killing all his children, and then fell to Hulk, who ate him. That marked the end for the former Avengers as Wolverine’s healing factor kicked in and he burst out of Hulk’s stomach, killing the Hulk once and for all.
The start of Old Man Logan was tragic in every way. The villains of Earth had decided to team up to take out all the Earth’s heroes and succeeded. However, Wolverine played a part in this and it broke him. He went to the Xavier Institute and found it overflowing with villains.
Wolverine swept through the school in a rage and killed every single villain there. However, this was all an illusion by Mysterio and in reality, Wolverine killed every member of the X-Men in one savage rampage, wiping out the most powerful mutants on the planet in one savage fight.
There have been several comics that featured a prominent character kill everyone in the Marvel Universe. These protagonists included Deadpool, Punisher, and Wolverine. In What If? Enemy of the State, HYDRA and the Hand brainwashed Logan and used him as a weapon to kill every hero in the Marvel Universe.
Stripped of his morality and conscience, Wolverine brutally killed Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist and sliced Captain America’s leg off. He went on to kill others, including the Invisible Woman, Magneto and Captain America, in a final fight before Kitty Pryde finally gave in and lobotomized him.
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