X-Men: 5 Women Wolverine Was In Love With (& 5 Times It Was Casual)
Marvel’s Wolverine has had his fair share of romantic conquests – casual flings and long term love affairs.
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Since he debuted in Marvel comics in 1974, Wolverine has had no shortage of people interested in him. For every serious relationship he’s pursued, however, there have been plenty of more casual hookups. In addition to his X-Men teammates, alternate universes have even seen him hook up with everyone from Sue Storm to Elektra.
Sticking with the main continuity of the comics, there are several women who made a lasting impression on Logan – whether it was a long romantic chapter of his life or a one night stand.
10 In Love: Rose O’Hara
Though there was never actually a romantic relationship between the two, Rose O’Hara was the first woman (that readers know of so far) that Wolverine fell for. Rose thought of him as a dear family friend and married someone else.
Of course, because Wolverine was in love with her at one point, fans can imagine that Rose wouldn’t get to live out a full life. Most of the women Wolverine genuinely care for meet sticky ends. Rose was targeted by another family friend, and when Wolverine tried to help, he ended up impaling her on his claws. Ouch.
9 Casual: Carol Danvers
Marvel comics hasn’t really depicted Carol and Logan together, but their relationship has been discussed. Before Carol became Captain Marvel, she was an Air Force officer who worked in intelligence. Logan was a Canadian Secret Service agent.
The two eventual superheroes knew one another for years, trading information and working together numerous times. It’s been hinted that they were more than just friends, but considering they still team up every so often, it couldn’t have ended badly for them.
8 In Love: Mariko Yashida
In the late ’70s, X-Men fans were introduced to Mariko Yashida. The daughter of a Japanese crime lord, Mariko was honor-bound to continue her father’s legacy. That meant, despite Mariko and Logan falling for one another, she knew she couldn’t spend the rest of her life with him. Due to tragic circumstances, she got to anyway.
Mariko was poisoned by the leader of a rival criminal group. The poison was slow-acting and she would have suffered for a long time, but she asked Logan to end it for her. He did, taking her life, and leaving him wanting revenge. Logan got his revenge by capturing the man responsible and holding him prisoner, cutting off one of his body parts every year on the anniversary of Mariko’s death.
That’s how readers know the feelings he had for her were epic.
7 Casual: Domino
Despite Domino having a serious relationship with Cable once upon a time, she’s not really one for serious relationships in modern comics. Instead, Domino likes to keep things casual to prevent anyone from getting hurt. With Wolverine willing to do just that, they’ve hooked up on more than one occasion.
The first time the duo got together was when they teamed up on an investigation. They tracked an underground group that harvested the organs of mutants for profit. Gruesome, but they still found time to have a good time.
6 In Love: Itsu
Itsu is one of the few women Logan lived with long enough to think about forever. They dated all through World War II, and following the end of the war, they married. Itsu later revealed she was pregnant.
Wolverine was all ready to be a family man, but he came home one day to find Itsu murdered. He believed their child was lost as well. As it turned out, the assassination was a mission carried out by the Winter Soldier, and her child wasn’t lost. Their son Daken resurfaced in the comics.
5 Casual: Squirrel Girl
The lovable Squirrel Girl features in plenty of fun comic book storylines. Fans have a perception of her as kid-friendly, but not all of her comic book appearances feature her as a teenager.
As a member of the Avengers, Squirrel Girl became friends with Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, even babysitting their daughter for them. During one storyline, she was still at their house watching Danielle when a few Avengers members showed up for a mission, leaving her face to face with Wolverine for an awkward exchange. Apparently, they agreed to “never see each other again,” after whatever happened between them, though just what their relationship entailed is anyone’s guess.
4 In Love: Jean Grey
Some comic book readers believe that Jean Grey remains the love of Wolverine’s life. There was an attraction between them when they first met, but Jean was with Scott Summers at the time. Jean and Logan have seen their attempts to get closer constantly thwarted by tragic circumstances across multiple universes.
Even the X-Men movies forced Wolverine to kill Jean – just like he did in the comics, over and over again. Jean is the one that got away simply because Wolverine never seems to get long enough of a chance to be with her.
3 Casual: Dazzler
Dazzler has been in an out of the X-Men family of comics since she debuted in the ’80s. While she and Wolverine have been on the same team in a fight, they never really showed any interest in one another until 2012.
The series Wolverine: The Best There Is saw the title character deal with his body being used to create a deadly virus. As the story came to an end, Wolverine made the decision to start really living, moving on to a new chapter in his life. He did that by spending the night with Dazzler. Their encounter hasn’t really been talked about since, so it’s probably safe to say it was a casual thing.
2 In Love: Silverfox
In the early 20th century, Wolverine and Silverfox met, fell in love, and lived in a secluded cabin in the Canadian Rockies. Silverfox fell prey to an attack from Sabertooth.
Sabertooth assaulted her and presumably killed her – or so Wolverine thought. Years later, they reunited, only for Sabertooth to get in the way again. Of course, a retcon also made it clear that Wolverine’s memories of his time with Silverfox might have been implanted, so while it’s not clear what events actually played out and which ones are fake, Wolverine’s memory of loving Silverfox is real to him.
1 Casual: Storm
As members of the X-Men, Wolverine and Storm worked together numerous times. They’ve led teams together – and even ran the Jean Grey School together.
Following Storm’s break up with Black Panther in his 2006 series, she and Wolverine finally did more than just flirt with one another. They seemed to understand one another well enough to not let things get too serious too fast, so it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a very special wedding issue of a comic for them, but they were certainly a fun pairing to watch develop.