The underlying presumption in the old adage "I'm a lover, not a fighter" is that one must be either one or the other. While no one would dispute that Wolverine is "the best there is" when it comes to making war, one could also argue that he is as versed – and based on popular demand – skilled in the art of making love. The numbers certain support this. The list of women that Logan has loved, married and hooked up with is nearly as long as the list of foes that he has permanently vanquished. This article will take a look at all of Logan's ladies - from the casual one-night stands to the true loves who broke our hero's heart.
Significant Others - Long-term romances & relationships
Wolverine has been bouncing around for over a century and in that time there have been a handful of women who have won his heart. Though his dangerous lifestyle has often cut short his romances, the women listed below enjoyed a lengthier and in most cases, deeper relationship with Logan than most.
First appearance: Wolverine (3rd series) #40
Last appearance: Wolverine (3rd series) #40
Relationship Summary: In 1946, Logan was sent by his sensei, Master Ogun, to the Japanese village called Jasmine Falls. The community was formed by former ninja Bando Suburo, who sought a more peaceful and productive life. Logan lived there for five years. He loved Itsu from the moment he saw her and they married in the fourth year of his training. The two were happy and expecting their first child when Logan completed his final initiation into their village and tranquil way of life. On that night, Logan found Itsu murdered in their home. He did not learn until years later that she had been killed by Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier during the period he was brainwashed into serving the Soviet Union. Logan was also completely unaware until recent years that their unborn son had been taken from Itsu's womb and survived. Daken was raised by adoptive parents until his mutant powers emerged and he was taken in by the mysterious Romulus and groomed to hate his father.
- The entirety of Logan and Itsu's relationship has been revealed in flashbacks. They knew each other for five years and were seemingly married for at least a year before her murder. Later depictions of her death show her closer to full term on her pregnancy than the original presentation in Wolverine (3rd series) #40.
First appearance: X-Men (1st series) #118
Start of relationship: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #123
Last appearance: Wolverine (2nd series) #58
Relationship Summary: It was love at first sight when Wolverine first met the lovely and reserved young Japanese noblewoman Mariko Yashida. Surprisingly, she was equally taken by the mysterious and quietly noble X-Man. From the very beginning, theirs was an impossible love and a study in contrasts. She was the meek and dutiful daughter of a powerful family. He was the rough around the edges gaijin who could never fit into her world of tradition and expectation. Yet both loved each other deeply. After their initial meeting, they went out a few times, quietly exchanged letters and over time, their love deepened. When the letters stopped, Logan came to Japan only to find Mariko had married another to fulfill a familial obligation. After the death of her husband, Mariko assumed control of Clan Yashida and she and Logan made plans to marry. After being manipulated into dumping Logan at the altar and declaring him unworthy, Mariko realized that she had to divest the Clan of its criminal ties before she was worthy of Logan's love. The two remained deeply in love and lived separate lives for the next few years. Logan visited often and helped Mariko when she would allow it. She had nearly achieved her goals of cleaning up the Clan's business when she was fatally poisoned by the jonin of the Hand, Matsu'o Tsurayaba. As she lay dying, she begged Logan to end her suffering quickly with his claws, which he reluctantly did. This haunts him to this day and he still honors the anniversary of her death each year.
- Became engaged/First on-panel kiss: Wolverine (1st series) #4
- Wedding called off: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #173
- Adopted Amiko together: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #181
First appearance: Wolverine: Weapon X #1
Start of relationship: Wolverine: Weapon X #9
End of relationship: Wolverine (2nd series) #304
Relationship Summary: Melita Garner is a reporter who Wolverine first encountered while the X-Men were living in San Francisco. Logan saved her from an armed mugging. This piqued her interest and she began prepping an expose on the most mysterious of the X-Men. Logan initially began working with her in the hopes of developing a contact in San Francisco. Their relationship soon blossomed into something serious, despite Logan's efforts to dissuade her from getting involved with him. He disclosed a great deal to her about his past relationships, so that she would fully understand the dangers of being with him. She was more than willing to take her chances. Melita survived being attacked by Logan's enemies and helped save his soul from Hell. They were happy for a time and dated for 13 months. When Melita received photos of Logan having sex with Yukio (actually it was Mystique in disguise) she broke things off with him. Despite the love she felt for him, she realized that he was not the monogamous type she was after. She has since joined Seraph's Angels, a group comprised entirely of Logan's ex-girlfriends.
First appearance: Wolverine (2nd series) #10
Start of relationship: Wolverine (2nd series) #10
Last appearance: Wolverine (2nd series) #10
Relationship summary: Settling into a town in the Yukon called Mount Logan, Logan met and fell in love with a local woman of the Blackfoot tribe known as Silver Fox. Though they were not married, the two lived together in a cabin in the woods. Unfortunately for Logan, his happiness was not in the plans for the shadow manipulator Romulus, who sent his agent, Sabretooth, to recruit Logan in the most horrific way possible. On his birthday, Logan returned to his and Silver Fox’s cabin to find her brutally murdered. The man called Sabretooth not only admitted to the crime but trounced Logan, after which Romulus began his manipulation of Logan. [Wolverine (1st series) #10, Wolverine Origins #5] Many years later, Wolverine would be confronted by a living woman who seemed for all intents and purposes to be the same Silver Fox. However, this woman bore no memory of any special relationship with Logan. Worse, she was now a HYDRA agent and had a grudge not only against Sabretooth, but against Wolverine as well. Sabretooth was with Wolverine during this time and, as events progressed, he killed Silver Fox – again. Logan then buried Silver Fox at the place of her original burial after tracking it down, with no answers to her mysterious return, other than telling Logan that her original death was simply a false memory implant. [Wolverine (2nd series) #60-64] However, when Wolverine regained all of his memories following the House of M, it was revealed that Silver Fox did indeed die at Sabretooth’s hand back in the cabin all those years ago, further complicating the mystery of the woman claiming to be Silver Fox.
First appearance: Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #87 (in hallucination), Wolverine Origins #15 (in flashback)
Relationship Summary: Wolverine did not meet Janet by chance; Romulus planted her in his life (like he did most of Wolverine's girlfriends) in order to manipulate the man into doing his bidding. Logan was introduced to Janet when he was brought to a training facility in Canada run by Frederick Hudson. While there, Logan was allowed to form a romantic relationship with Janet, who helped "tame" his savage nature. Once they grew sufficiently close, however, Romulus sent the order down to kill her. Their reason for doing so was to teach Logan that any woman with whom he grew close would ultimately meet a grisly death. Wolverine's training officer, Silas Burr, ended up being the one who killed Janet, and afterward, when Wolverine retaliated, Burr plucked out one of his eyes. Years later, when Wolverine encountered Cyber after both men had undergone some form of the Adamantium-bonding process, Logan continued to be haunted by the trauma of Janet's death.
First appearance: Wolverine (1st series) #1
Started relationship: Wolverine (1st series) #3
Relationship Summary: Since Yukio and Logan first met, there has been an undeniable chemistry between them. At the time, Wolverine was devoted to Mariko Yashida. Though she was his true love, he and Yukio became lovers after he learned that Mariko was married to another. Even after Mariko's death, the two never entered into a traditional romance but maintained an "on-again/off-again" relationship of convenience that suited both of their lifestyles. Over the years, the bond between Yukio and Logan has deepened. He trusts her implicitly and considers her family now that she has adopted his daughter Amiko as her own. But Yukio's depth of feeling for Logan has always seemed to be a bit deeper and more abiding than his feelings for her.
- Became lovers: Wolverine (1st series) #3
- Became "family" when Yukio adopted Amiko: Wolverine (2nd series) #82
First appearance: Wolverine / Punisher: Revelation #1
Start of relationship: Wolverine / Punisher: Revelation #1-2
Relationship Summary: Caley Blair was giving a tour at the Museum of Natural History where she worked and, while informing guests about Japanese artifacts, she found herself corrected by Logan. Intrigued by Logan, Caley spent the night with him. Logan was equally captivated by Caley, and told her that she was something special. They later went out for dinner, but during the course of the evening, Caley was paged to a building site that she was managing, where a tunnel had collapsed into a sub-structure that was not on the plans. Wolverine accompanied Caley into the tunnel, where a strange object was found. Caley was enthralled by it. Unfortunately for her, the "object" was actually housing Revelation, a mutant, and when Caley opened the object, Revelation was freed. Unfortunately, Revelation's mutant power was a death-aura, and Caley almost instantly fell victim to the unfortunate mutant's ability. Wolverine briefly fought Revelation, before fleeing the tunnel with Caley's body, saddened by her death.
Not all love is reciprocated, and not all love leads to romance. Below are those women who have touched Logan’s heart, but not necessarily become his lover.
First appearance: Origin #1
Start of relationship: Origin #1
Last appearance: Origin #6
Relationship summary: As a young girl, Rose was brought to live on the Howlett estate, to be a friend for the sickly boy, James Howlett, who would eventually become the man known as Wolverine. Along with the groundskeeper’s boy, simply called “Dog,” the three grew up together on the estate, under the rule of James Howlett’s over-bearing grandfather. Secrets on the estate led to a violent confrontation between the fathers of Dog and James, which ended with James’ father being killed. In his grief, James popped his claws for the first time and killed Dog’s father, only to learn that he was in fact James’ true father. [Origin #1-2] In the chaos that followed, Dog spread a rumor that Rose was responsible for all the chaos, so James’ grandfather gave Rose some money and sent them away. They arrived in a mining town and spent time there, working and earning a living and growing closer. James also started to use the name Logan. However, Rose fell in love with another worker, Smitty, and agreed to marry him, upsetting Logan. Shortly before the wedding, Dog arrived, sent by James’ father to bring James and Rose home. However, Dog actually only wanted revenge for the death of his father and for the scars he received. In the fight that followed, Logan accidentally stabbed Rose in the chest. She died from her wounds, before she could tell Logan something. Logan then fled to the wilderness, eventually losing all memory of his childhood and teenage years. [Origin #3-6]
First appearance: X-Men (1st series) #1
Start of relationship: Giant-Sized X-Men #1, Classic X-Men #1
Last appearance: New X-Men (1st series) #150
Relationship summary: If ever there was an attraction so intimate and passionate, it was that of Wolverine and Jean Grey’s. Logan and Jean first met when Wolverine joined the X-Men when the original team was held captive. At the time, Jean was involved with Cyclops, but realized her strange attraction to Wolverine, which helped in her decision to leave the X-Men. [Giant-Sized X-Men #1, Classic X-Men #1] However because she was still dating Cyclops, Jean maintained contact with the X-Men, so the tension between she and Logan continued, even when they were out with Cyclops at a diner. During that evening, Jean and Logan were separated from Cyclops and found themselves under attack from parasitic creatures which almost killed them. As they were near-death, it is possible that they shared a kiss, but were soon rescued by Cyclops. [Classic X-Men #27] Jean was shortly replaced by a cosmic being called Phoenix that posed as her and, when Phoenix was killed, the X-Men remained unaware that the real Jean had been secreted away by the Phoenix and was being kept safe in a cocoon. Eventually, the real Jean was recovered and joined up with the other original X-Men as X-Factor. Likewise, her relationship with Cyclops eventually restarted, so her path did not cross with Wolverine’s for some time - but when it next did, during the “Inferno” which gripped New York, their reunion started with a passionate kiss in the midst of hell on Earth. Cyclops and Wolverine argued over Jean, who declared that she was neither of their property. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #242]. After the “Inferno” the X-Men and X-Factor went their separate ways, but Logan and Jean were reunited during the “X-Tinction Agenda” on Genosha, where they were both captured and kept in a cell together. With Wolverine dying, the two shared a passionate kiss. [X-Factor (1st series) #61] In the years that followed, Jean returned to the X-Men, and she and Wolverine maintained a professional working relationship. While not denying their friendship, her marriage to Cyclops put some distance between she and Logan, at least temporarily. For Jean and Cyclops’s relationship strained over the years, and the spark grew brighter between Jean and Logan, who shared another kiss when they were trapped inside the mind of dangerous mutant, and once again faced certain death. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #394]. Their attraction reached another level when the two were trapped together as Asteroid M was being plunged into the sun. Wishing to spare her a painful death, Logan skewered her. To their surprise, the Phoenix returned her to life and brought them back to Earth to help turn the tide of the X-Men against the villain Xorn. However, Xorn was not without his own powers and caused Jean to have a massive heart-attack, and she passed away moments later [New X-Men (1st series) #148, 150]
First appearance: X-Men (1st series) #139
Start of relationship: Alpha Flight (1st series) #33 (flashback)
Relationship summary: Logan first encountered Heather McNeil and James MacDonald Hudson in the Canadian wilderness during the early days of Department H. Logan had recently escaped the Weapon X Program and at that moment was more animal than man. Believing he was attacking them, Heather shot Logan. Heather and James quickly discovered that Logan’s wounds healed almost instantly and, after taking him to their cabin for safety, James set out for help, with the intention that their “wild man” could be a valuable asset to Department H. Heather took care of Logan and was with him when he discovered the adamantium claws that unsheathed and retracted from his hands. Despite yearning for James, Heather was strangely attracted to Logan, and comforted him. [Alpha Flight (1st series) #33] Logan was inducted into Department H, groomed to be the leader of Canada’s first super-team. He came to see James as a brother, which is part of the reason why he decided to leave - because he didn’t want to come between James and Heather. However, when James was killed in action some months later, Logan returned to Canada to support Heather. In fact, it was Logan who gave Heather the encouragement to continue as leader of Alpha Flight following James’ death. [Alpha Flight (1st series) #16-17] Heather indeed became Alpha Flight’s non-powered leader, but insecurities and troubles with her teammates led her to don a version of James’ Guardian costume. Now calling herself Vindicator, Heather demanded Logan give her some training, though unexpectedly received it in the form of facing off against Lady Deathstrike and her ninjas. [Alpha Flight (1st series) #33-34] Over the years, Heather and Logan remained close friends, though the two never became anything more. Most recently, after a series of personal and professional betrayals, Heather underwent a massive personality change and actually became Alpha Flight’s greatest foe. When he learned of this, Wolverine sought her out to help, only to have Heather order Wolverine’s death. Ultimately, Wolverine survived and Heather struck out on her own to live and raise her daughter. When she and Logan next meet, there is no telling what could happen. [Alpha Flight (4th series) #7-8]
Sometimes two people enter into a physical relationship, even if it is the worst of ideas. Sometimes they even do it if they can’t stand each other. Here are a few of Wolverine’s worst romantic mistakes.
First appearance: Ms. Marvel (1st series) #16
Start of relationship: Wolverine (3rd series) #63
Relationship summary: Logan first encountered Raven Darkholme, the woman who would become Mystique, in Mexico in 1921. The two struck up a partnership and took up residence in Kansas, where they began a sexual relationship and ran a group of criminals together. However, during a bank robbery, Mystique betrayed everyone. [Wolverine (3rd series) #62-65] Over the years, Logan would encounter Mystique, usually as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. On one occasion, now operating on her own, Mystique needed Logan’s help and met him at a motel, where they also engaged in a sexual liaison. Though Logan didn’t actually trust her, he helped her in her confrontation with her former teammate Spiral. [Wolverine (2nd series) #51-53] Years later, when Mystique betrayed the X-Men like never before, Wolverine went after her for vengeance. Adding to the problems, Mystique framed Wolverine for murder in Afghanistan, and led him on a chase throughout the Middle East, continuing to frame him along the way. When Logan caught up with her, the two had a fiery confrontation, with Mystique warning Logan that she would see him in Hell. [Wolverine (3rd series) #62-65] Mystique was almost true to her word when she helped orchestrated events that sent Wolverine to Hell itself. When he finally escaped, he tracked Mystique down, stabbed her and left her for dead. [Wolverine (4th series) #1-9] Mystique was eventually resurrected by Wolverine’s enemies, the Hand ninja clan, and the two continue their bitter hatred towards each other. In fact, while disguised as Yukio, Mystique seduced Wolverine and sent a recording of it to Melita, to cause them both to break up and thus inflict pain for the two.
First appearance: Captain America (1st series) #110
Start of relationship: Wolverine (2nd series) #125
Relationship summary: Wolverine and the woman called Viper first met during Logan’s time working for Seraph in Madripoor. It was during this time that Wolverine promised the dying Seraph that he would grant Viper whatever she wished when the time arose, as payment for his debt with Seraph. [Wolverine (2nd series) #125] Over the years, Viper proved an enemy to be reckoned with against the X-Men. Logan would encounter her several times, most notably when Viper allied herself with the Silver Samurai, who was attempting to kill Logan’s fiancé, Mariko Yashida. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #172-173] Years later, Viper would call in Logan’s debt and, a man true to his honor, he agreed to do what she needed - which was marry her. This unorthodox request was not one of romance but power, as it enabled Viper to assume control of Madripoor. [Wolverine (2nd series) #125-128] Wolverine was understandably not happy being married to Viper and, when she promised him a divorce should he help drive the spirit of Ogun out of Madripoor, he jumped at the chance. The matter was complicated when Ogun took Viper’s body as his host, but given there was no love lost between he and the Viper, Logan shoved his claws into Viper, forcing Ogun’s spirit out. Having no place else to go, Ogun’s spirit vanished. Viper attempted to back out of her agreement to divorce Logan, but he warned her he would leave her without medical attention if she did, so she kept her word. [Wolverine (2nd series) #167-169]
First appearance: Wolverine (3rd series) #2
Start of relationship: Wolverine (3rd series) #11
Cassie Lathrop was an undercover agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Shortly before taking down her "business partner" for his illegal arms dealing, Cassie witnessed Tommy at a gun show dealing with Logan for some firearms. Realizing Logan wasn't after the guns, but the name of another guy Tommy made a similar deal with, Cassie decided to follow up on the mysterious Mr. Logan on her own. She chanced upon Cry, leader of the Brothers of the New World survivalist cult Logan was hunting, and was taken prisoner to be one of Cry's "wives." Cassie was in the middle of escaping the Brothers' compound with another "wife" when Logan stormed the compound and killed Cry and over two dozen men in the process, out of revenge for a teenage girl the Brothers had murdered in his presence weeks earlier. When they crossed paths in the compound, Logan recognized her from the gun show. He told her that he wasn’t her enemy and, when Cassie’s superiors located her, she told them she was determined to find out what had happened. [Wolverine (3rd series) #2-5]
Cassie became obsessed with Wolverine, although she still didn't know his identity, and even started dreaming about him. She managed to find only limited information about her mystery man, and had decided to give up on her quest when a chance news report about a "man with claws" brought her to Texas. Cassie tracked Logan down, getting involved in yet another of his adventures, and even threw herself into a burning building to make contact with him. Wolverine rescued her and warned her to stop following him, telling her that he wasn’t who she thought he was, but her obsession just grew. Forcing her way into the place Wolverine was staying, Logan was not all-too surprised by Cassie’s sudden return, and she asked him if she could stay. He offered her the couch. Later, when they were alone, Logan asked Cassie why she kept following him and she told him that she needed to know what kind of man he was. After his business was finished in Texas, Logan showed up in Oregon at Cassie's house, and they spent the night together. [Wolverine (3rd series) 6-11] Logan apparently spent several nights with Cassie, but he soon left her in the middle of the night and never contacted her again. [Wolverine (3rd series) 12-13] Bitter at what she considered Wolverine’s betrayal, Cassie later joined up with several other of his ex-girlfriends, all of whom were working for Seraph. Though Cassie was quite hostile toward Wolverine when she next crossed paths with him, she and the other members of “Seraph‘s Angels” assisted Wolverine on several occasions. [Wolverine (4th series) #20, Wolverine (2nd series) #304, #316-317]
First appearance: Wolverine (2nd series) #310
Start of relationship: Wolverine (2nd series) #310-313
Relationship Summary: Sister of Romulus, the true history of Remus is wrapped up in her brother's lies. She allegedly gave her heart to Logan when he was Romulus' pawn, and tried to talk him out of undergoing the Weapon X Program on Romulus' behalf. Logan would not back down, but he left her a Japanese sword that had great sentimental value to him before entering the Program. The truth of these events is highly suspect, for even after the House of M restored all memories of Logan's life to him, he still had no recollection of Remus. Nevertheless, Remus did help him defeat Romulus in the present day, and they had a brief affair in celebration of their victory.
Typhoid Mary (Mary Walker)
First appearance: Daredevil (1st series) #254
Start of relationship: Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #109-116
Relationship Summary: Logan met Mary as a contact when investigating a serial killer who claimed "the Project" programmed him to murder. Mary believed she was also a victim of the Project due to her frequent blackouts (which, unknown to her, were caused by the emergence of her secondary Typhoid personality). Like Daredevil and many men before him, Logan was quickly overcome by Mary's innocent and dependent nature, along with her subtle telepathic influence. Within a matter of hours of meeting her, Logan had passionately embraced Mary and promised to protect her from everything. Even after Typhoid surfaced and set him on fire, Wolverine had difficulty resisting his feelings for Mary. Eventually, however, Logan learned to resist the obsessive feelings Mary cultivated in men, although he still let Typhoid escape rather than bringing her to justice.
Due to his age, some of Logan’s romances happened long before he crossed paths with the X-Men. Here are a few who still keep in touch… and on good terms!
Rose Carling Wu
First appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #257
Start of relationship: Logan: Path of the Warlord
Last appearance: Wolverine (2nd series) #98
Relationship summary: Rose Carling assisted Wolverine on an assignment to rescue her kidnapped father, Dr. Carling, an old associate of Wolverine’s involved with the interdimensional holdings company called Landau, Luckman and Lake. When Dr. Carling was killed on the mission, Rose subsequently became an operative of LL&L herself. [Logan: Path of the Warlord] At some point, Logan was with Rose when she posed nude for a portrait. They evidently spent some time together, but Wolverine’s life took him away from Rose. They reunited years later in Hong Kong but, by the intervening decades, Rose had changed physically and their relationship appeared to be that of two old friends, very fond of each other. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #257] Rose later bought her way out of Landau, Luckman and Lake, and purchased the Princess Bar in Madripoor. When Wolverine visited, he was surprised to see Rose’s appearance had transformed even further. Rose was later murdered by henchmen of Prince Baran, and died in Wolverine’s arms. [Wolverine (2nd series) #87, 98]
First appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #268
Start of relationship: Wolverine Origins Annual #1
Last appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #268 (romantically), Wolverine (2nd series) #126 (professionally)
Relationship summary: Long before Madripoor’s Princess Bar was known as such, it was called Seraph’s and run by the diminutive Seraph herself. It’s not known when Logan and Seraph first met, but it was definitely as early as the 1930’s. Logan was infatuated with Seraph and did anything for her - including killing people. Logan told Seraph that he would always try and be better for her, but Seraph wanted him to be better for himself. Seraph held many secrets, however, and Logan was unaware that she was working for an unknown manipulator, who always kept in the shadows. Logan’s life led him away from Madripoor, though he would return regularly. However, by the 1940’s, things were slightly different between them, with Seraph acting as Logan’s “handler” on some assignments. [Wolverine Origins Annual #1, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #268, Wolverine Origins #16-19] Some time later, Seraph was attacked and killed by Sabretooth. With her dying breath, she asked Wolverine to grant her new protégé, Viper, a single request if she should ever ask it. Wolverine complied, unaware the murderous mercenary Viper would later become, or that she would ask him to marry him. [Wolverine Origins Annual #1, Wolverine (2nd series) #126] Remembering words that Seraph once said, Logan later returned to Madripoor to dig up her body and there, inside her coffin, was the name of the person who had been manipulating he and Seraph through the years: Romulus. [Wolverine Origins Annual #1] However, Seraph’s death was apparently faked, as years later she turned up as the head of Seraph’s Investigations, where she revealed to Wolverine that she had been keeping tabs on him. Seraph was assisted by other former girlfriends of Wolverine’s. The group of women aided him on occasion, with the relationship between Seraph and Wolverine strictly business, though perhaps built on a respect for their past. [Wolverine (4th series) #20, Wolverine (2nd series) #304, #316-317]
First appearance: Spider-Man vs. Wolverine #1
Start of relationship: Spider-Man vs. Wolverine #1
Last appearance: Spider-Man vs. Wolverine #1
Relationship Summary: Charlemagne (Charlie for short) was an intelligence agent that Logan worked with during his spy days. The two had a deep connection and Logan was clearly in love with Charlie. The two parted ways eventually but stayed in touch as the years past. After retiring from legitimate intelligence work, Charlie went freelance. Her luck eventually ran out and she was marked by various past clients and agencies who realized that she knew far too much. She decided not to fall prey to their assassination attempts and the potential torture she'd face if captured. She contacted Logan and the two were reunited. Spider-Man also became involved peripherally in the intrigue surrounding Charlie. As the forces against her mounted, Charlie went to Logan asking for him to take her life. He agreed but flinched at the last moment. Spider-Man intervened and the two engaged in a heated battle. Desperate to end things before her pursuers arrived, Charlie snuck up on Spider-Man in the heat of the battle with Logan. Thinking his spider-sense was warning him that Wolverine was about to attack, Spidey turned and punched Charlie with his fiercest blow. She died in Logan's arms, promising to see him in the next life. Spider-Man was seriously shaken by his role in her death but the experience created a unique understanding between he and Logan that would shape their friendship for years to come.
First appearance: Wolverine (2nd series) #119
Start of relationship: Wolverine (2nd series) #119-121
Relationship Summary: While residing in Hong Kong some years ago, Logan dated Ai-Chia Wong and the two had a Thursday ritual of going to the cinema. One Thursday, they returned to Ai-Chia's home to find her father, Mr. Wong, murdered. Logan tracked the killer down and discovered it was McLeish, a man that was known as the White Ghost, and with whom Logan regularly drank. Wolverine battled McLeish and orchestrated his death by means of explosion. Ai-Chia was unable to deal with the fact that Wolverine knew her father's killer, and that he killed him, so they parted, although deep down she truly did not want him to leave. Sadly, ten years later, after he was revealed to have survived the explosion via unconventional means and was now seeking revenge on Wolverine, McLeish captured Ai-Chia and killed her.
Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green)
First appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes (2nd series) #8
Start of relationship: New Avengers (2nd series) #7, 15
Relationship Summary: Theirs was an unspoken love. (Possibly because it never happened.) They swore to never see each other again. (Except when a sweet nannying job comes along.) When they do get together, it's just like old times. (Except they both remember the “old times" differently.) He's over 120 years old. (She's mentally about 10.) We may never know the true story behind the history Wolverine and Squirrel Girl share... and that may be for the best. (I mean, seriously... HOW old is she?)
One-Nighters, Flings & Flirtations
Logan seems to be a strong believer in the axiomatic lyric “If you’re not with the one you love, then love the one you’re with.” Below are a few of those women who are known to have crossed Logan’s path… and his bed.
First appearance: Logan #1
Last appearance: Logan #3
Relationship summary: Logan met the Japanese beauty named Atsuko following his tour of duty during World War II. After escaping a POW camp with a fellow mutant soldier named Ethan Warren, Logan met Atsuko. The paranoid Warren wanted to kill her but Logan refused, driving a wedge between the two. Atsuko hid Logan from the Japanese soldiers searching for him and he fell for her hard. The two made love and Logan offered to take her with him when he left Japan and the war behind. Sadly, Warren returned and shot Logan and then killed Atsuko. Logan recovered just as the bombs engulfed Hiroshima.
First appearance: Marvel Super Heroes (1st series) #13
Start of relationship: Before the Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm & Logan #1
Relationship summary: Young Carol Danvers quickly became a skilled Air Force agent and was often paired with the Canadian agent known as Logan on assignments that were of mutual importance to the States and Canada. Despite their age difference, the two worked well together. On one such an assignment, the two discovered information about the existence of mutants, despite Sabretooth trying to kill them to prevent the information being leaked. [Logan: Shadow Society] In their next encounter, though, Carol was assigned to protect Logan, as criminal agencies had begun hearing word of his powers and adamantium claws. [Wolverine #minus1] Returning the favor of a much needed rescue, Logan came to Carol’s aid when she was imprisoned in Lubyanka. Eventually, the two parted ways after Wolverine left the Canadian government and joined the X-Men. Ironically Carol resigned from the US Intelligence and eventually became the Avenger known as Ms. Marvel, though it wasn’t until she lost her powers that the two were reunited. Carol soon became the cosmically powered Binary and left Earth, but the two were reunited as teammates once again after Logan joined the Avengers some years later. To this day, they remain close friends.
First appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #229
Start of relationship: Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #10
Relationship Summary: Banker Jessan Hoan's life changed forever the day her bank was raided by the cyborg Reavers. The feisty financier was taken by the Reavers and her personality and mind "reprogrammed" in part by Pretty Boy. The process was interrupted by the X-Men and Wolverine who rescued Jessan and defeated the Reavers. But the Reavers left their mark and Jessan now found herself with a new outlook and deadly skills implanted by the Reavers. She also found herself out of a job and blacklisted in the finance world. She rebuilt her life in Logan's old playground, Madripoor. She teamed with Logan against the local crimelord and after his defeat, aimed to take his place. She and Logan bonded during this time and she pledged her heart to him. Logan never truly expressed the same devotion to Tyger, but instead served as her friend and conscience as she attempted to navigate the seedier side of Madripoor. The two were certainly lovers for a time but without strings or expectations. Tyger's initial emotions for Logan mellowed into mere affection and over the years, the two have maintained a casual sexual relationship that seems to suit both of them. Tyger Tiger remains a close and loyal ally of Logan's.... with benefits.
- First kissed: Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #10
- First confirmed as lovers: Wolverine (2nd series) #17
Start of relationship: Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure
First appearance: Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure
Relationship summary: When Wolverine arrived in the Savage Land on a solo mission, he encountered a tribe whose leader challenged him to battle. It was only after he defeated the leader that Wolverine learned that “he” was actually a woman. Wolverine spent time with Gahck, as she was named, and the two became lovers. Wolverine tried to tell her his story but, coming from a primitive culture with no concept of the outside world, she didn’t understand much of what he told her. Wolverine remained with the tribe while on his mission and, during this time, Gahck became very protective of him, even fighting other women who tried to touch him. When the tribe believed Wolverine eaten by a dinosaur, Gahck was heartbroken and vowed to avenge him. After Wolverine was revealed to be alive, Gahck started to find ways to keep him in the Savage Land, like hiding his plane from him. She even followed him on his mission, where she encountered and helped defeat an Apocalypse robot. With his mission completed, Wolverine immediately left the Savage Land without saying goodbye. When last seen, Gahck cradled a newborn child, implying that she and Wolverine had conceived a child together. Although Wolverine has returned to the Savage Land on many occasions since, he has never encountered Gahck, or her child. [Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure]
First appearance: Wolverine (3rd series) #13
Start of relationship: Wolverine (3rd series) #14
Last appearance: Wolverine (3rd series) #19
Relationship summary: The Native was a woman who was captured by the Weapon X Program around the same time as Wolverine. The two apparently escaped together and spent some time living and hiding in a cabin in the woods. For reasons unknown, Wolverine left the mysterious woman, who continued living in the wild, becoming a feral recluse. Years later, when an offshoot of the Weapon X Program hired Sabretooth to track down the Native, Wolverine became involved. He soon found the Native living in the woods and quickly rekindled old passions. Together, the two even found the cabin in the woods where they had once lived, though Logan remembered very little about their life together. However, the Native was soon captured by Sabretooth’s employers and taken to a laboratory, where Doctor Vapor discovered that she was pregnant with Wolverine’s child. The doctor extracted some genetic material from the Native to sell, but Wolverine soon arrived and rescued her. Unfortunately, their reunion was not to last, as Sabretooth soon tracked Wolverine down again, and killed the Native and her unborn child. A heartbroken Wolverine later retrieved her body, giving it a proper burial. [Wolverine (3rd series) #13-19]
First appearance: Wolverine (3rd series) #42
Start of relationship: Wolverine (3rd series) #48
Last appearance: Wolverine (3rd series) #57
Relationship summary: Amir was part of a trio of Atlantean sleeper-agents who were “activated” shortly after the Civil War with the assignment of tracking down Nitro, the man responsible for the death of Namorita. The trio and their king, Namor, came across Wolverine, who was also looking for Nitro in hopes of gaining information on Nitro’s benefactors. Amir’s group battled with Wolverine for custody of Nitro, but Wolverine ultimately allowed the Atlanteans to take the villain back home for justice. In repayment, Amir and her team followed Wolverine to help in his quest. Afterward, Wolverine and Amir slept together. Though Wolverine’s bared his soul to her, Amir explained that Atlanteans possessed a casual attitude towards sex, and separated the emotional from physical act. In time, Wolverine came to really care for Amir and she even started accompanying him on missions. Tragically on one such mission against the Scimitar organization, Amir was slain, leaving Wolverine to grieve for her. Later, when Wolverine went to Hell, he briefly encountered Amir’s soul under the control of the Devil. [Wolverine (3rd series) #42-57]
Black Dragon III (Lin Sun)
First appearance: Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1
Start of relationship: Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #2 (flashback)
Last appearance: Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #4 (flashback)
Relationship summary: While in Chinatown, San Francisco, some fifty years ago, Wolverine rescued a young woman called Lin from the crime lord known as the Black Dragon, a man who kept control over all of the local fighting organizations. Interested in Lin, Logan decided to stay in Chinatown, where he spent time training so that he could take down the Black Dragon. Eventually he did so, though he quickly realized that he had been unaware of the ramifications. By taking out the Black Dragon, Logan became the successor to that role. Logan refused, which upset Lin, who told him that to walk away would be a dishonor to everyone in Chinatown. As the resolute Wolverine prepared to leave, Lin chased after him and shoved a spear through his left eye, warning him that if he ever returned to Chinatown he would regret it. When the X-Men relocated to San Francisco, Logan visited Chinatown and was instantly sought out by the Black Dragon - the title that Lin had since taken over. Lin was furious to see her former lover back in Chinatown and set out to take Wolverine down. With the help of a former mentor, Wolverine was able to help the local fighting organizations and Lin was overthrown. Wolverine finally took over as the new Black Dragon, while Lin escaped to the sewers, armed with the weapon she used against Wolverine some fifty years before. [Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1-4]
First appearance: X-Force (1st series) #8
Last appearance: New X-Men Annual 2001
Relationship summary: Despite both being involved in the mercenary life and also serving on separate X-teams, Wolverine and Domino’s lives did not cross all too often. However, after Domino was assigned to X-Corporation Hong Kong, Wolverine and several X-Men assisted her on a local mission. During the down-time afterward, Wolverine and Domino had a one-night stand. [New X-Men Annual 2001] In the years that followed and rosters between the X-teams blurred, Domino and Wolverine maintained a friendly relationship. When the two were assigned to the black-ops X-Force team, the two increased the level of their relationship to that of a friends-with-benefits situation, using sex with each other as a relief during dangerous missions. For instance, after Domino got herself involved with the Assassins Guild and the Hand, during which she busted a slave-trading operation, it appears the two enjoyed a particular bout of rough sex. [X-Force: Sex and Violence #1-3]
First appearance: Wolverine/Doop #1
Relationship Summary: The Pink Lady was a mysterious vixen whom Logan encountered during a misadventure with Doop. The pair were seeking a stolen artifact called the Pink Mink, which led them into some hijinks with The Pink Lady. Her exact nature was unclear, though she seemed to be an ancient mystical entity of some sort who was bound to the Pink Mink. After saving her and the Mink from Hunter Joe, Wolvie and Doop briefly fought over who she was truly attracted to. In the end, it all worked out - Logan had a night of passion with the Pink Lady while Doop found comfort with... the Mink (!?)… which asexually reproduced, allowing the Pink Lady to be reunited with it and Logan and Doop to complete their mission of returning the Mink to its prior owner.
First appearance: Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #123
Start of relationship: N/A
Relationship summary: The woman called the Lynx was discovered by Wolverine when he was investigating a corrupt scientific experiment with similarities to the torture he endured long ago. This experiment was revealed to have raised the mysterious Lynx without an immune system and in a germ-free environment without human contact. The scientist injected her with a drug called Panacea, apparently capable of curing all diseases. Logan liberated Lynx from the ruined laboratory after the scientist who tried to destroy her died in the process. Unfortunately, many other organizations became aware of the cure-all drug inside the Lynx and sought to obtain the Lynx for themselves. After a series of events, the Lynx and Wolverine were taken to a SHIELD safe house, where SHIELD injected the Lynx with a persona-drug, hoping to bring out her memories. This created a fantasy reality for Lynx, where she was “Nancy Rushman” and was in a relationship with Wolverine. However, Lynx soon began to revert to her feral state. She then accompanied Wolverine and others who had been involved in her recent misadventures to Antarctica, where they encountered the “antidote” to the Panacea. The Lynx consumed the antidote, neutralizing the Panacea within her. Logan then gave Lynx an old costume of his, and took her to the Canadian wilderness, hoping she would live out her life. Lynx, however, believed that Wolverine was her mate and that he would come back for her, and they would live together. [Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #123-130] Wolverine never returned, however, and the Lynx later joined up with Seraph’s Angels, a group consisting of former girlfriends of Wolverine, despite not really having been a true girlfriend. Lynx accompanied the group when they assisted Wolverine on at least occasion. [Wolverine (4th series) #20, Wolverine (2nd series) #304, #316-317]
AOA Jean Grey
First appearance: X-Men Alpha
Start of relationship: Uncanny Force (1st series) #12
Last appearance: X-Termination crossover
Relationship summary: When Wolverine’s X-Force team needed to save Archangel with the help of a Life Seed, they had to travel to the dystopian reality known as the Age of Apocalypse to retrieve it. There, Logan met that reality’s Jean Grey, one of the few surviving X-Men. Logan learned that, in this reality, his counterpart and Jean were married. Both Logan and this reality’s Jean were troubled at seeing each other. Logan wanted to get close, but he knew that it wouldn’t be right. In the heat of the moment, they kissed, but were interrupted by the pending mission, during which Jean was reunited with her reality’s Wolverine - Weapon X, the new Apocalypse. Although Logan and his team managed to secure the Life Seed for Archangel, Jean and the remaining Age of Apocalypse X-Men did not return to Logan’s world, despite the offer. Logan didn’t want to abandon Jean, not again, but she rightly pointed out that she was not his Jean and helped to force him back to his true world. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #11-13] Eventually, Jean and the remains of her X-Men team travelled to Logan’s reality, to assist him and his team in their battle. Logan asked her to remain with him, but she refused. She then returned to the Age of Apocalypse, informing Logan that they would never see each other again. [Uncanny X-Force (1st series) #17-19] However, Jean’s words proved false as she and Logan were briefly reunited in the conflict against the Celestial’s Exterminators. The conflict resulted in Jean taking the power of Apocalypse, but sacrificing herself and most likely being trapped in her own reality forever. [X-Termination crossover]
Start of relationship: prior to Wolverine & the X-Men #1
Relationship summary: Ororo and Logan both joined the X-Men at the same time. They spent years on the X-Men team together and, during that time, grew to be close friends and also became two of the longest serving members of the X-Men. Although various circumstances would often mean they were not on the same X-Men squad at the same time, they would always rekindle their close friendship. During a training session in the Danger Room, Logan and Ororo were very affectionate with each other, something noticed by their teammates. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #455] It may have been around this time also that they first entered into a sexual relationship. If so, they kept the fact to themselves. [mentioned in Wolverine & the X-Men #1, #24] Although Storm would eventually marry the Black Panther, their marriage was annulled following the monstrous clash which pitted Avengers vs. the X-Men. [Avengers vs. X-Men crossover] Afterward, Storm returned to a more active role with the X-Men, taking the position as Headmistress at the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters, where, despite the Black Panther’s request, Storm rekindled her closeness with Wolverine. [Wolverine & the X-Men #24] Whether this will become anything more than close friends with benefits remains to be seen.
First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man (1st series) #194
Start of relationship: Wolverine & Black Cat: Claws #1-3
Relationship Summary: Like many of Wolverine’s romantic entanglements, things did not get off to a good start when he and Black Cat first crossed paths. Both were kidnapped by Kraven the Hunter so that he could hunt them on his tropical island. The two captives took an instant dislike to one another but, after running for their lives and working together to beat the bad guy, they found a mutual respect for one another. Kraven was revealed to be a robot built by the true villain Arcade, along with his girlfriend White Rabbit. After turning the tables on their real captors, Wolverine and Black Cat enjoyed a romantic date together. Things got a little steamy and the two took full advantage of having a private booth in the restaurant, but Arcade and White Rabbit had other plans for them. After being dumped in the Savage Land, they found an alien spaceship full of powerful gadgets. They used one gadget to send Wolverine and Black Cat into a dystopian future, where they met with Killraven and his gang. They teamed up to help Killraven turn the tides against some alien invaders. Wolverine naturally attracted the interest of some of the female inhabitants of the future but Black Cat made sure they knew that he belonged to her. They returned to their own time and once again punished the two villains for their schemes. They then took a little time out in the Savage Land to relax and “act like complete animals.”