Wolverine's 20 greatest and deadliest adversaries ranked

Wolverine has had a lot of enemies and rivals in his day, but these are the best (or worst) of them all.

Marvel's Wolverine teaser. Image courtesy of Insomniac games
Marvel's Wolverine teaser. Image courtesy of Insomniac games /
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Milestones have to be acknowledged. In this case, there’s Wolverine. Since his first fight with the Hulk (his first appearance was at the end of The Incredible Hulk No. 180 and they fought in the next issue), Logan’s lived by his phrase. "I'm the best there is at what I do, and what I do isn't very nice."

Wolverine’s had hundreds of fights over his century-long existence in the Marvel Comics universe. He may lose some, but he always leaves his enemies regretting their encounter. Whether it’s due to arrogance, a need to defeat him, or other reasons, they keep coming after him. Even worse, new enemies seem to pop up every year. In comic books, this is the mark of a great character.

Logan is one of Marvel’s biggest money-makers. Because of this, writers have to make sure he’s challenged. If you’re a fan of the X-Men, you know that's happened more times than most. If not, here are his 20 greatest enemies, rivals, and more.

20. Wendigo

Real name: Varies

Wendigos are created when one human consumes another in the forests of Northern Canada. It’s a curse that’s plagued the Great White North for eons. The worst part is they’re nearly impossible to kill. Even if you’re Wolverine.

There are a lot of villains on this list, but this is one that Logan barely beats alone. He’s also a big part of Logan’s origin. He was part of his first fight with the Hulk in 1974.