Why Is He So Popular?

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#1  Edited By AQD

I've always wondered why people think he's the most popular Marvel character. His powers aren't interesting at all and from what I can remember from the X-Men comics, he was always just aggressive and boring, in my opinion. What do you think?

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#2  Edited By PrinceIMC

When done well he can be interesting. The tortured loner with amnesia.

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#3  Edited By weaponmaster


Adamantium is interesting

Healing factors are interesting

Claws that pop out of your forearms/hands

Mutants are interesting

Wolverine is a great name and fits him well because of the claws and senses and his size and powerset.

 

These things plus a lot more make him an interesting character. he has just been over-used.

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#4  Edited By InnerVenom123

He got old years ago. 

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#5  Edited By Jonny_Anonymous

Some people think he's interesting some don't, each to his own really.

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#6  Edited By TheGoldenOne

I think there should already be a thread about this

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#7  Edited By Kallarkz
@TheGoldenOne said:

" I think there should already be a thread about this "

There is

http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine/29-1440/can-someone-tell-me-why-is-there-so-much-hate-for-wolverine/92-610042/#43

 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine/29-1440/wolverine-do-you-hate-him-like-him-why/92-405557/#44 
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#8  Edited By SC  Moderator

Why is he popular is different to do you find him popular. So its about looking at the character objectively as opposed to subjectively. 


Wolverine has a great gimmick as it is. Stoic, rough, tough, gruff archetypes have always been popular, so have underdogs and Wolverine is a literal dog who is short and so can walk under most tables without ducking. So are tortured souls who endure a lot of physical and mental and emotional pain. His powers are very interesting. The fact that he heals so fast means he will endure a lot of physical pain, and so whenever he sets out to achieve something, it becomes a matter of will. No human being can walk though a field of fire. Physically our body will go into shock, were will suffocate and so on. Wolverine's skin will melt his hair will burn his eyes will boil, he will feel pain, but he should be able to maintain consciousness. He should still be able to put one foot in front of the other, but will he? Well Wolverine would. Actually a lot of superheroes would, mentally, but a lot of people are implied as not being able to. Especially without a good reason.

Wolverine is also a cynic. When everyone is being laid back and inoffensive, having someone be aggressive can be very interesting. Boredom is when literally every character is the same. Diversity can create preferences but boredom? Personally of course. I find Wolverine boring lol, but for other reasons. 

Oh he is a berserker with an iconic look as well. Anyway, mot just Wolverine, many characters similar to him are also very popular. Vegeta comes to mind. Anti-hero traits as well. That opens up a fairly broad category. 
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#9  Edited By ebaben3
@SC:  well put. The movies have added a lot to his popularity as well.
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#10  Edited By The Devil Tiger

@SC:
If my wife wasn't so awesome, I would marry you.

 

This is exaclty why I love Wolverine, even if I admit he's overused.

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#11  Edited By CATPANEXE
@SC said:
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..Anyway, mot just Wolverine, many characters similar to him are also very popular. Vegeta comes to mind. Anti-hero traits as well. That opens up a fairly broad category. 
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this more so than anything else, especially in the time period he became really popular, the Batman and Crow films has hit, and anti-hero characters and themes in comics became more and more desirable. Most people, not all, but most want to be like the surely bad-ass who takes out his opponents lethally and looks kewl doing it, and Wolverine fit the bill. especially at the time his popularity soared, Wolverine was one of the very few characters that was this killer type in a superhero book, and the X-Men, making him somewhat different (sums up Deadpools current claim to fame as well,
simply he's not the same as the others). Gambit and Bishop became the next to ride the opposing character train, as well as Cable and X-Force, all enjoying huge success for it, as were books at the
time of the same vein like Punisher, Terror Inc, Deaths Head, Spawn, ect. In an interview with Mike Carey (i wish i could find) he explains how this fad came, but then went as comics themselves become a bit more mature, and all characters followed suit, thereby making said rebel characters no longer original. Wolverine had however established a ginormous enough fanbase that he was in no danger of losing any limelight, nor will be any time soon.
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#12  Edited By castleking

cyclops explains it the best

  

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#13  Edited By Billy Batson

He's still popular?

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#14  Edited By AssertingValor
@weaponmaster said:
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Adamantium is interesting

Healing factors are interesting

Claws that pop out of your forearms/hands

Mutants are interesting

Wolverine is a great name and fits him well because of the claws and senses and his size and powerset.

 

These things plus a lot more make him an interesting character. he has just been over-used.

"

this........................
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#15  Edited By Cosmic_Falcon

Because Wolverine was arguably the most popular character of the 90's where the antihero archtype hit it's peak popularity.  It's the same reason why characters like Punisher and Lobo became popular. 

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#16  Edited By jom

He is popular because some readers can relate to him.

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#17  Edited By Caligula
@castleking said:

cyclops explains it the best

  

lol.
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#18  Edited By Dh4niel

Out of all the X-Men, I think Wolverine has the most interested back story. The most in-depth one anyway. He's a character that portrays himself as a gruff loner, but really just wants to be part of something meaningful. Which many people can relate to. He does and says his own thing, but when it comes down to it he's reliable. He's a virtually indestructible killing machine. What's not to like?

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#19  Edited By gravitypress

He is cool when you are young as you get older he lacks substance.

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#20  Edited By Matezoide2

``badass``guy that doesnt takes order from the ``boyscout``,has claws poping from his hands and is prety much immortal?
 
you can see why that appeals to teenagers
same with Batman,only take out ``has claws poping from his hands and is prety much immortal`` and put ``normal guy with a bunch of gadgets and that can do anything with 5 minutes of prep``

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