For many X-Men and Marvel fans in general around the world, the mutant hero who represents the mutant population the best and has become an icon of sorts is none other than Wolverine. Also known as Logan, the hero has adamantium laced bones, a superb healing factor, and adamantium covered bone claws that emerge from his hands, among other abilities.
Yet he is only the best at what he does in the Marvel universe because of the vast amount of villains who have put him to the test. Here are the ten most powerful villains Wolverine has ever faced.
One of the first villains to mention is none other than Mysterio. AKA Quentin Beck, the former special effects artist turned criminal is typically a Spider-Man foe, but had a deep impact on one version of Wolverine in particular, Old Man Logan.
In an alternate world, Mysterio used his power to trick Logan into believing his friends and allies in the X-Men were the invading villains of the Marvel Universe, causing him to slaughter them all, mentally scarring Logan forever. This occurred during the villain takeover of the world.
One of the frequent villains that Wolverine has had to face over the years is the monstrous Canadian creature known as the Wendigo. Created by a curse in the area that transforms anyone forced to consume human flesh into a beast like creature, the Wendigo has been created through several individuals over the years.
Often the creature battles the Hulk and Wolverine together, as well as teams like Alpha Flight. As the creature has been reborn every time that a person is forced to eat another person, Wolverine has had to battle this creature many times over the years.
8 William Stryker
One of the more persistent villains in Wolverine’s life is William Stryker, a televangelist and former military leader who uses his religious-fueled hatred of mutants to plot against the X-Men, including Wolverine. Although human in nature, he has grown more powerful as time has gone on.
In more recent years, Stryker has been brought back to life in a robotic/human hybrid format, continuing his “holy crusade” against the mutant population and Wolverine. He was even believed to have ended his son and wife’s life, but his son was raised in secret and joined the Purifiers later on.
7 The Hand
The one group who has proven to be a powerful force against Wolverine over the years are the deadly ninja clan known as The Hand. A force of nature itself, the Hand is a group who operate out of the shadows and serve a demonic entity, making them mystical in their organized criminal activities.
While also fighting the likes of Daredevil, Wolverine has encountered these seemingly endless warriors over the years, and they have put his healing factor and fighting skills to the test with their ability to resurrect from the dead.
6 Silver Samurai
One of his most classic foes is none other than the Silver Samurai. The original Silver Samurai and his nemesis was Kenuichio Harada, a mutant who had the ability to charge up his sword with energy. This combined with his large Silver armor gave him his namesake.
While a longtime foe of Wolverine, the powerful mutant went on to take over his clan after his half-sister Mariko, and went on to become the leader of Marvel’s first Japanese superhero team, Big Hero 6.
One villain that has become a staple of not only Wolverine’s but of the X-Men in general is the one and only Mystique. A shape-shifting mutant and longtime member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Mystique has often come into battle with Wolverine both in his team efforts and solo adventures.
The interesting thing that comes up often with Wolverine and villains like Mystique is that in alternate universes, they sometimes have relationships. In one universe Mystique and Wolverine had a son together. In the main universe they have both worked together and fought one another in battle.
4 Lady Deathstrike
One of the most powerful foes in Wolverine’s Rogues is Lady Deathstrike, aka Yuriko Oyama. Her father was the one responsible for creating the process that bonded adamantium to bone. After years of suffering at her father’s hands due to his experiments, she led Daredevil to his private island to stop him and save her beloved.
However her beloved passed on, leaving her heartbroken and leading to her adopting her father’s work for herself. This brought her into conflict with Wolverine himself, as her adamantium detector brought her to him.
3 Omega Red
One of the most sinister of Wolverine’s villains is notorious for being a renowned serial killer and villain known as Omega Red. A Russian born soldier who was used to attempt to replicate the experiment that made Captain America, the government led program also implanted their attempted version of adamantium, known as carbonadium, into large cables inserted into the man’s arms.
He has gone into combat with Wolverine several times, using his power to sap the life force and energy from others. He even battled Wolverine once for 18 hours straight without losing any strength.
There’s nothing worse than having a member of one’s family turn on you. That is what Wolverine must feel whenever his antihero son Daken turns on him and takes a dive into the dark side. Having all of his father’s skills, Daken is also known for manipulating the pheromones of others, leading to many romantic encounters with characters in the Marvel Universe.
He once joined the Dark Avengers under is father’s name, causing damage to his reputation in the superhero community.
The most interesting and powerful of Wolverine’s villains is hands down Victor Creed, AKA Sabretooth. Much of his past is unknown, as Weapon X messed with his memories and left him with nothing but the shadows of memories left in his mind.
Despite this, the villain has held a deep seated hatred for Wolverine over the years, even taking a moment on the hero’s birthday to hunt him down and prove himself to the the strongest of them all. This rivalry has persisted even into Sabretooth’s attempts to become more of a hero.
Wolverine may be the toughest of the X-Men, but here are 10 seriously tough and powerful villains that he has squared off against.