Wolverine Keeps Ripping Off An Iconic Watchmen Line

Wolverine’s the best he is at what he does, and what he does is rip off Rorschach’s most iconic line from the Watchmen series – twice.

Wolverine may be one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes, but that doesn’t stop him from taking inspiration from other popular characters. In fact, there have been several instances where Logan has directly ripped off a famous quote from Watchmen’s Rorschach.

Watchmen is a critically acclaimed graphic novel series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons published from 1986 to 1987. While the series was initially going to use characters from Charlton Comics, DC instead had Moore come up with an original cast. Rorschach was born from The Question, an investigative journalist turned vigilante. Both characters kept many of the same qualities, including distrust of authority. Rorschach’s ruthlessness and refusal to comply with the law eventually gets him arrested and jailed alongside many of the criminals he helped put away. Needless to say, Rorschach isn’t the most popular guy in prison, leading to a scene where an inmate tries to knife him in the mess hall. Rorschach blocks the attack and proceeds to dump boiling fryer oil on the man’s face. As the other prisoners watch in horror, Rorschach turns to them and says one of the most iconic lines in the series: “None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked up in here with you. You’re locked up in here with me.”

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A chillingly awesome line like that is bound to have copycats, and sure enough, Marvel adapted the quote in Mark Millar’s Wolverine #32. This issue takes place in a World War II concentration camp with Logan as one of the prisoners. The Nazis try over and over again to put Wolverine down, but no matter what they do, he always gets back up. Logan eventually kills the officer in charge of the camp, and the issue ends with the next commandant saying, “I can only smile at how we all thought [Logan] was locked up there with us…the honest truth was, we were locked up there with him.” Sound familiar?

And a paraphrased version of Rorschach’s iconic quote was once again attributed to Wolverine more recently. Wolverine: Black, White & Blood #1 is a new comic from Marvel featuring two standalone Wolverine stories. In the second story, titled “Cabin Fever,” Logan is on a motorcycle ride through the mountains when he hears a child crying for help. He arrives on the scene to find two dead bodies. Not long after, some gunmen arrive at the scene. Needless to say, they weren’t expecting to find Wolverine. Logan flies into a rage and slices the assailants to pieces. “They made this cabin a trap for someone,” he says, “But what these fools didn’t count on…was bein’ trapped in here with me.”

Under normal circumstances, ripping off someone else’s line would be frowned upon, but it’s hard to deny how well the quote fits with Wolverine’s character. If anything, it feels like more of an homage. Indeed, Rorschach and Logan are among the most brutal comic book characters, and both are worthy of the sentiment behind this iconic quote: no matter how many enemies are put in a room with them, they’re the ones who will come out on top.

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Updated: November 8, 2020 — 9:41 pm

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