Leaping to life on the final page of The Incredible Hulk #180 in 1974, Wolverine didn't make much of a first impression: a runt of a Canadian sporting unwieldy foot-long claws and wearing an unusually bright costume with cat whiskers—cat whiskers, for cryin' out loud!
And yet, through his first half decade—thanks to caretakers John Byrne, Chris Claremont and Frank Miller—this super-badass somehow seized responsibility for what we call the modern comic book hero. Sure, Batman's brooding ways (post-Neal Adams, that is) dimmed the medium's tone, but Wolverine, the mutant with an unbreakable skeleton and razor-sharp pincers, allowed for a hero's dark side to come out of the shadows. The man called Logan came into his own during the raw cynicism of the 1970s—amidst the fall of Nixon, the defeat of Vietnam, the Iran hostage situation—the perfect time for a more nebulous hero to thrive in a culture where faith was lost. He was so unlike the average costumed adventurer. He chain-smoked. He had a thirst for beer. He was an outcast who was alone even in a room full of friends. And he killed.
Superman, Batman and Spider-Man don't own the top slot simply because they live in a world of black and white, definitive right and wrong. Wolverine exists in colorful shades of gray. The appeal of the X-Men's surliest member stems from his knack for fighting the bad guys with bad guy rules. Like his animal namesake, he's a killing machine who mauls his enemies with ferocious impunity. But despite this nasty nature, Wolverine is man—a warrior—with a noble samurai-like sense of honor and duty. His greatest challenge lies not in formidable foes such as Magneto or Sabretooth, but in his ability to cage the beast within.
It's never easy. With his mutant ability to heal quickly, he throws himself against the most brutal opponents, taking more punishment than most. It's no wonder we've seen him open up a can of "berserker rage" every now and then.
No longer a hero of mysterious origin, he knows exactly what misdeeds he's done. Ashamed of who he once was, Logan must now atone for the sins of a person he no longer is.
Wolverine's not a Man of Steel, a Caped Crusader or a Star-Spangled Avenger; he's just a man trying to be better than he is.
Apparently out of all 200 characters wolverine got number 1 For the other 199 characters here the link. Thor was ranked number 40 superman prime new version was ranked 200 lol.