Since his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk in 1974, the clawed mutant Wolverine has become a fan favourite; as one of the most popular X-Men characters, and one of the most popular characters in the entire Marvel Universe.
Wolverine (alias; Logan and Weapon X) was created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr. After proving popular as a supporting character in The Incredible Hulk #181, he became part of what was then the newly-revamped X-Men.
Wolverine would come to define the team of mutants, becoming one of the main characters in almost every X-Men comic since the mid-1970s and and almost every X-Men feature film, even landing a trilogy of solo films (varying immensely in quality).
The gruff and savage persona of the character has stuck a chord with the hearts of millions of fans of comics, TV shows, and films alike. One of the main parts of his appeal is the depth and complexity of character, developed by his countless traumatic experiences over the decades.
Pain is at the core of everything Wolverine says and does; at every turn of his life he has experienced some sort of tremendous blow, and the most emotional of these have induced profound emotions from the readership as well as from the character himself.
For a character with decades worth of depth and torment, it is impossible to encapsulate all of that misery into just ten events, but some moments are just more emotional than others.
10. Being Crucified
The alarming image of Wolverine crucified against an X-shaped crucifix met X-Men fans on the cover of Uncanny X-Men #251 in 1989.
The story contained within the issue was even more horrifying, as it was revealed that this crucifixion was the result of an encounter with a dastardly gang of cyborgs called the Reavers. Throughout the issue, he is tormented by his captor, Donald Pierce, and his disturbed state of mind leads to hallucinations throughout the issue.
While this is far from Wolverine's most painful experience (this is the man who had his heart torn out and his skeleton infused with metal), the image of the clawed mutant crucified is a gruesome one that has likely shocked and horrified many fans. This induction of shock and horror from the fans makes this one of the most emotional Wolverine moments ever published.