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

Stephan Roget
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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 Wolverine Suffer Every Terminal Disease Known To Man
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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, and that cannot be pleasant. 

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Wolverine 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, but Mauvais eventually tires of snacking on the poor mutant and leaves after plucking out Logan’s eye for a road snack. 

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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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Nitro Incinerates Logan Down To His Skeleton
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Everyone remembers Civil War for the wedge it drove between Captain America and Iron Man, but the true villain of the miniseries is Nitro, a mutate who can explode his own body and then reconstitute it.

His slaughter of over 600 individuals sets off the debate on superhuman registration and, while the other heroes of Earth fight each other over it, Wolverine sets out to bring Nitro to justice.

Employing his enhanced mutant senses, Wolverine tracks Nitro down, only to have him explode again with enough intensity to melt all the flesh from Logan’s bones.

Wolverine survives, and after he’s done rebuilding himself he cuts off Nitro’s arm as payback for the inconvenience. 

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