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Top Five Wolverine Young Female Friends

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Top Five Wolverine Young Female Friends

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

Wolverine is well known for how well he gets along with young female characters. It is pretty much the fact that there is an interesting dichotomy between the gruff, old man and the young women that works surprisingly well.



Rogue really stopped being portrayed as a teenager very quickly, so this really never caught on as a young female friend type relationship, as they were pretty quickly just peers. But we’ll always have…

Angel Salvadore

They really only had one adventure together, during Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run (in a series of issues drawn by Igor Kordey in a matter of days) but it was very memorable!

5. Armor

It was during his friendship with Armor that the creakiness of this concept really began to show a bit, as while Armor was a fine character, the friendship aspect seemed to lean a bit too hard on the nostalgia side of things. But it was still fun seeing them interact with each other, like this bit from Astonishing X-Men #23…

4. X-23

In a weird way, I think Wolverine’s interactions with his clone, X-23, have gone UP since he died, as we get more and more flashbacks as to their time together, when while they were actually around together, he didn’t act AS much as an inspiration to Laura. Storm, Gambit and Jubilee all seemed to have a slightly greater impact on her – except for the whole, you know, being the basis for her DNA. But he did have some notable interactions with her, and like I said, some of the best have been since he died, like when she took on the mantle of Wolverine in All-New Wolverine #1 by Tom Taylor and David Lopez…

3. Katie Power
In an upset, I’m going with Katie Power, from Power Pack, as for a while there, she had a lot of interactions with Wolverine in both X-Men and Power Pack (and in the years since, there was even a Wolverine/Power Pack mini-series) and one of those interactions came in one of the all-time great Wolverine stories of all-time, Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith’s “Wounded Wolf,” from Uncanny X-Men #205…

And then after his bloody battle with Lady Deathstrike…

Awesome stuff.

Go to the next page to see who got the top spot on the list!

2. Kitty Pryde

It’s an excruciating decision deciding between the top two contenders, but I’m going with Jubilee for two major reasons. First off, back in the day, Kitty Pryde had significant relationships with ALL of the original All-New, All-Different X-Men outside of Cyclops. Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, she was close to ALL of them. She was also close to Professor X. She then had two significant best friends with first Doug Ramsey and then Illyana Rasputin. Her getting a mini-series with Wolverine seemed more a matter of sales power than anything else (although yes, they had a strong bond at the time).

Kitty then left the X-Men for Excalibur and became her own hero. Is her bond with Wolverine significant? Of course. There is no doubt. Heck, I think Death of Wolverine nicely argued that she might be the MOST important person in his life…

but I think that she has transcended the role a bit and become more of a PEER to Wolverine (sort of like Rogue), to the point where I think that the character who is now more associated as simply “Wolverine’s young female friend” is…

1. Jubilee

That’s pretty much what Jubilee was created for and it’s been her most notable role by far ever since. Clearly, Chris Claremont realized that that was an approach that worked well, so he introduced a character whose whole purpose was to play off of Wolverine. Kitty Pryde had the whole “lighter side” thing going on, as well, but compared to Wolverine, Jubilee was as bright as her firecrackers, so she really stood out as his sidekick, a role she took on with much greater regularity than Kitty Pryde (since Wolverine had his own ongoing title during the period he was palling around with Jubilee, so she was able to hang out with him there, as well).

I think you can’t go wrong either way, but I lean towards Jubilee at this point in time. Agree? Disagree? I’m sure you all have opinion, feel free to share ’em in the comments!

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