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The Most Messed Up Things That Have Happened To Wolverine In The Comics 

Stephan Roget
Updated June 10, 2020 5.8k votes 1.1k voters 71.6k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up the violent Wolverine moments that are too messed up for film.

For a supposedly unkillable mutant, the amount of times Wolverine has died is kind of ridiculous. Fans of the man they call Logan have already seen multiple Wolverine deaths in comics and even on the big screen, but time and again he returns to the pages of Marvel Comics.

In between those brief flirtations with the afterlife, Wolverine kills indiscriminately and is no stranger to absorbing all manner of physical punishment. His mutant healing factor is a convenient plot device for any writer who wants to unleash horrific acts of violence on the character.

Wolverine is the best at what he does, and what he does is suffer gruesome injuries.

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The Horseman Of Death Makes Him Suffer Every Terminal Disease
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Wolverine goes through a lot over the course of Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, and his encounters with the new Horsemen of the Apocalypse are some of the most excruciating.

While battling the newest Horseman of Death, Wolverine is afflicted with every terminal disease in the history of humanity - all at the same time! Logan breaks free from Death’s powers before too long, but he spends the intervening time dying from hundreds of different causes. 

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Magneto Rips The Adamantium Right Off His Bones
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Many fans of the X-Men have long wondered why the adamantium-skeletoned Wolverine is always so eager to leap into battle against Magneto, the Master of Magnetism, but it takes Magneto a few decades to figure out the full implications of his advantage.

In 1993’s X-Men #25, an enraged Magneto loses his patience with Logan and rips the metal right off his bones. The gruesome result is traumatic for both Wolverine - who reverts to a feral personality for a while - and to any comic reader who witnesses it.

Professor X retaliates by wiping Magneto’s mind clean, so it’s fair to say nobody walks away from this conflict a winner.

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He Is Eaten Alive By An 18th Century Cannibal
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In Wolverine #165, Logan and Hank McCoy find themselves trapped in a supervillain prison, and things quickly go from bad to worse. Wolverine ends up locked in a cell with a resurrected sorcerer from the 18th century known as Mauvais, and he soon learns Mauvais’s powers are derived from cannibalism.

For a cannibal, Wolverine’s healing factor represents a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet. 

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The Punisher Steamrolls Him
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With his unbreakable skeleton, Wolverine has difficulty incurring permanent injuries, but that doesn’t mean people haven’t tried. Though Logan and Frank Castle (AKA the Punisher) usually find themselves on the same side of a conflict, the handful of occasions they’ve gone head-to-head are notable.

During one memorable encounter - in Punisher #17 - Castle shoots Wolverine in the face and groin with a shotgun. While Wolverine is understandably incapacitated, Punisher runs him over with a steamroller.

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