Summary

  • Wolverine’s iconic quotes showcase his fierceness and character development throughout the X-Men franchise.
  • Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine brings depth and emotion to the character’s powerful lines.
  • The evolution of Wolverine’s quotes reflects his journey from a weapon to a hero with a strong moral compass in spite of his darkness.

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Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has had some iconic quotes across his various movie appearances. Having first debuted in 2000’s X-Men, Jackman’s Wolverine has one of the most impressive legacies in the entire superhero movie genre. As such, it’s fun to look back at some of his most epic lines, especially considering his tenure is not yet complete 24 years later.

Although he’s much more a hero of action than words, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine still has some incredible lines throughout his multi-film legacy. That said, a good portion of them either occur just before or often during a fight. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the best quotes across all 9 of Hugh Jackman’s appearances as Wolverine.


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10 “You’re a D***.”

X-Men (2000)

The first X-Men movie begins with both Rogue and Wolverine joining the ranks of Charles Xavier’s X-Men as they battle the threat of Erik Lehnsherr’s Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants. As such, the movie wastes no time in establishing the classic rivalry between Logan and Scott Summers’ Cyclops, especially due to their shared attraction to Jean Grey. However, one of Logan’s best lines in this first X-Men movie is when the team gets separated while fighting the shapeshifter Mystique.

Once Logan makes it back to Cyclops and Jean, Scott wants proof that Logan is the real Wolverine and not an impostor. As a result, Logan telling Scott that he’s a d*** is all the proof Cyclops needs. After all, it would have been hard for Mystique to know that Scott and Logan disliked each other so early in the game, and it’s the perfect exchange that perfectly represents their dynamic and teammates.

9 “You Picked The Wrong House Bub.”

X2 (2003)

Tasked with protecting the X-Mansion while the rest of the team was out, Wolverine found himself defending the school from a strike team sent by Weapon X’s William Stryker. As such, calling one of the soldiers “bub” before taking out the entire unit is certainly an epic way to start one of the X-Men franchise’s best Wolverine action scenes, a perfect callback to how Logan talks in the original Marvel Comics. It’s certainly a sequence supporting the argument that X2 was the best movie of the original trilogy.

8 “Sometimes When You Cage The Beast, The Beast Gets Angry.”

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

The Last Stand largely focuses on Jean Grey losing herself to the Phoenix. In the original trilogy of X-Men films, the Phoenix was a part of Jean’s psyche that had become its own volatile alternate personality thanks to Charles Xavier who’d attempted to lock away and control Jean’s darker impulses from an early age. Having broken free and taken over Jean following her sacrifice in X2, the Phoenix was the primary threat in The Last Stand beyond Magneto declaring way on humanity and a new cure for the mutant X-gene.

When Charles explains what he’d done to Jean to the surviving X-Men, he reiterates that the Phoenix has to be controlled. Knowing all too well about what can happen when a beast is caged, Logan’s line in The Last Stand is quite poignant. Not only does it speak to the danger of Jean’s corruption, but it also points back to his own rage and past as a living weapon for Stryker and the Weapon X program.

7 “I’m The Best There Is At What I Do, And What I Do Isn’t Very Nice.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

As seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Logan’s past is explored along with the experimentation that was done to him at the hands of Stryker. Prior to Weapon X, Logan was living in Canada, having turned his back on being a part of Stryker’s team years prior. However, Stryker eventually finds Logan, wanting his help to take down Victor Creed, Logan’s half-brother. Initially refusing, Jackman’s Logan voices the classic Wolverine catchphrase from the comics about being the best at what he does.

6 “I’m Gonna Cut Your G**D*** Head Off. See If That Works.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Thrown back into the mix after the apparent death of his love interest Kayla, Logan begins a revenge quest for Victor after escaping Weapon X in X-Men Origins. Armed with his new adamantium claws, Logan eventually finds Sabretooth who asks Logan if he even knows how to kill him. As a result, Logan’s line about starting with a decapitation is as savage as it is incredibly badass.

Logan’s line truly highlights his and Creed’s shared healing factor and just how hard it is for either of them to be killed. It also somewhat foreshadows the teased fate of Ryan Reynold’s incredibly controversial and original version of Deadpool known as Weapon XI. Having inherited Logan’s healing factor, it was teased at the end of the movie that Deadpool might have survived, even though Wolverine did cut his head off during the movie’s final battle.

5 “Go F*** Yourself.”

X-Men: First Class (2011)

Often cited as one of the best superhero cameo appearances of all time, Jackman’s Wolverine does briefly appear in X-Men: First Class. While searching for new mutants to join the very first class of X-Men, young Charles Xavier and Magneto attempt to introduce themselves to Logan at some point in the 60s. However, Logan simply tells them to f*** off while continuing to smoke his cigar, too busy to bother with either of them while also spending the PG-13 movie’s single F-word in the best way possible.

4 “What Kind Of Monster Are You? The Wolverine.”

The Wolverine (2013)

Facing the son of the Silver Samurai, Wolverine duels Shingen Yashida immediately after restoring his healing factor which had been compromised by Viper in 2013’s The Wolverine. Although he’d done his best to avoid violence ever since killing Jean Grey in The Last Stand, The Wolverine sees Logan embracing his purpose despite his darkness. Declaring himself as The Wolverine while killing Shingen, it’s an incredibly powerful line as Logan truly accepts both who and what he is in Fox’s X-Men universe.

3 “Patience Isn’t My Strongest Suit.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The only one who can survive the mental trauma of having one’s consciousness sent back in time to the body of their younger self, Wolverine is mutantkind’s last hope in Days of Future Past. As such, it’s up to Logan to convince both young Xavier and Magneto to put aside their differences and work together to change the future itself. However, that doesn’t mean Wolverine is confident the plan will work, especially not after the Xavier he knew tells him that he’ll have to be patient with his younger self in the 1970s.

2 “Nature Made Me A Freak. Man Made Me A Weapon. And God Made It Last Too Long.”

Logan (2017)

While not in the actual movie itself, the very first teaser for Logan features one of the best Wolverine quotes of all time. Showing that he’s come to accept who he was near the end of his life, Logan’s line about what nature, man, and God have done to him is as poetic as it is tragic. Having been gifted with abilities through his X-gene, Logan confirms he sees his powers as a curse that has made him a freak to the rest of the world.

Subsequently, Man took Wolverine even further by using said gifts and turning him into a living weapon. The last line about God is just as compelling, representing Logan’s perspective that he’s been on this Earth for far longer than he ever should. As such, it makes Logan’s ending that much more satisfying and heart-rending all at the same time.

1 “Don’t Be What They Made You.”

Logan (2017)

The ending of Logan sees Wolverine finally dying while holding the hand of Laura, his clone who was effectively his daughter. Welcoming death that had finally come, Logan tells Laura to not be what “they” made her to be, a living weapon just as he had once been. As such, Logan’s encouragement to Laura to forge her own path and be better is huge, speaking to his own life experience and intentionally choice to become an X-Man, rather than a weapon for others to wield.

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