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Wolverine, Man, Machine or Beast?

Wolverine is a fictional mutant superhero character created for Marvel Comics by writer Len Wein and art director John Romita Sr.

The character was created not as your typical superhero but as a tough anti-authority, anti-hero character whose willingness to use deadly force coupled with his menacing nature became the standard characteristics for comic book anti-heroes by the end of the 1980s.

Wolverine’s character has been featured in his own solo comic since 1988 and has become the favorite of fans. He is also a central character of the popular X-Men franchise and in its every adaptation.

Born as James Howlett in the late 1800’s, our hero is now known as Logan and was later codenamed Wolverine for his beastlike senses, retractable claws, enhanced physical talent, plus the mutant ability that allows his body to instantly heal from virtually any wounds and gives him an enhanced resistance to disease, poisons, most drugs, alcohol, and toxin.

He is actually a mutant with natural and artificial improvements to his body structure.

His natural mutant power is the ability to redevelop the damaged parts of his body at a rate far greater than any ordinary human can achieve.

The speed at which this healing factor works varies with the severity of the damage he suffers, thus he may be able to fully recover from wounds in a non-vital area of his body in just a short while but injuries sustained in his vital organs would take a little longer to heal.

This unnatural healing ability enabled the supersoldier program Weapon X to artificially bond the nearly indestructible metal adamantium to Logan’s entire skeletal structure, including his claws, through the process of molecular infusion. As a result of this artificial enhancement in his body, his bones became virtually unbreakable.

This beast can unsheathe any number of his slightly curved claws at will, right through the flesh on the knuckles of each hand, and is capable of slicing through almost anything depending on its thickness and the amount of force he can exert.

The reinforced skeleton also enables him to endure high levels of physical pressure which gives his muscles enough force to briefly lift heavy objects. His agility and reflexes were similarly enhanced.

The constant regeneration of his body gives Logan an extended lifespan by slowing down his tissue aging process.

Due to his longer existence, Logan has traveled the world and he has amassed an extensive knowledge of cultures, mastered almost all forms of fighting style and even became fluent in speaking several foreign languages as well.

Although young looking for a century old warrior, Wolverine is quite as healthy and physically fit as an athlete in his prime and simply has greater endurance than any ordinary man, truly making him a lean and mean fighting machine.

Because of his extensive training and skills in the field of combat, espionage and covert operations, Wolverine has proven himself to be an invaluable member of the X-Men.

His mutation also consists of animal-like adaptations such as prominent canines; acute senses of sight, smell, and hearing; and frequent lapses into a state of uncontrollable rage while in close combat wherein he attacks with the intensity and aggression of an enraged animal.

Wolverine can see clearly for further distances than an ordinary men and his acute hearing allows him to hear sounds at distances ordinary humans can't.

Able to recognize people and objects by scent, his nose can track any creature or object with an impressive degree of success that even a bloodhound would be envious of.

Even if the target is hidden or if the scent has been naturally eroded, he can find it. His sense of smell also helps him know who the shapeshifter mutants are whatever disguise they have on, as Mystique found out.

Described as a grumpy loner, Logan is often rude and insubordinate towards higher authority. He often takes leave from the X-Men to deal with personal issues or to search for answers to his past identity.

But looking at the other side to his bestial nature, Wolverine is actually a dependable teammate and ally; a capable mentor and leader who is extremely intelligent as well. He is also the sort of a romantic guy, as testament to his mutual but sadly unreciprocated attraction to Jean Grey.

But despite his all-world fighting prowess and rapid mutant healing ability, Wolverine is not an immortal.

He can die if the injuries sustained are extensive enough such as the loss of vital organs, excessive blood loss or head decapitation.

It sure looks like this is the only way to stop him, but to go up against a fighter with three sharp and indestructible metal claws on either hand, good luck in even trying!

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