How To Handle Bullies - According To Wolverine

How To Handle Bullies - According To Wolverine

In this excerpt from the recently released The World According To Wolverine we get Wolverine's thoughts on bullies and a few tips for dealing with them.

The World According To Wolverine

In The World According to Wolverine, Marvel Comics’ favorite stoic loner finally opens up on a range of topics that are close to his mutant heart.  This week we're getting Wolverine's take on bullies thanks to a few selectec excerpts from the book.

IT’S JUST A FACT OF LIFE that at one point or another, you’re gonna be forced to deal with chumps who get their kicks by pushing you around. I’m a little guy, so I get it more than most. It helps to be able to take a punch or have a body that can heal itself when you can’t. But if you’re not that lucky, here are a few tips for dealing with the big guys:

Never let them know you’re scared. If I’m perfectly honest, I don’t get scared a whole lot. Got too much anger in me for that. But I know the feeling, and I know you’ve already lost the fight if an opponent sees fear in your eyes. Go in ready to enjoy the scrap. The guy you’re facing will be able to see that, too. And he won’t like it near as much.

The World According To Wolverine - Dealing With Bullies

...One thing about bullies is they prey on the weak. So when you’re in a fight you started—and this is important, so pay attention—and you know for a fact you can hand the guy his head without much effort, then you gotta look at why you’re fighting. ‘Cause if you’re not fighting the bully, odds are you turned into one yourself.

Note that this is only a portion of the "Dealing with Bullies" section of the book.  You'll need to pick up a copy of the book for the full content, including Wolverine's thoughts regarding his encounters with The Hulk!


Stoic, headstrong, and always spoiling for a fight, Wolverine is not known for opening his heart to others. In The World According to Wolverine, however, the virtually indestructible mutant shares his thoughts on the Super Hero life for the very first time, offering hard-learned advice to those who would follow in his footsteps. Covering topics such as harnessing mutant powers, taming your animal instincts, and going toe-to-toe with cosmic bad guys, this book is essential reading for anybody who wants to enjoy a long career in the most dangerous profession on earth.

Series: Insight Legends
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions (May 27, 2014)
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Reprinted from The World According to Wolverine by Matthew K. Manning and illustrations by Stephen Mooney, published by Insight Editions. © 2014 Marvel
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Nathan Best
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Filed Under "Marvel Comics" 6/18/2014
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Gusto - 6/18/2014, 8:12 AM

I bullied my liver last night.
Gusto - 6/18/2014, 8:12 AM
Bullied the hell outta that little bastard.
Pasto - 6/18/2014, 8:13 AM
It's simple: Crawl in the fetal position and beg for mercy.
Superheromoviefan - 6/18/2014, 8:13 AM
you forgot to cut them into pieces
MrBlackJack - 6/18/2014, 8:14 AM
Bullies eh?
Gusto - 6/18/2014, 8:15 AM
I have a black belt in Tai Kwan Pasto.
Which basically means I'm skilled in
soiling myself and hurling myself on the
ground whilst screaming like a little girl.
Alien - 6/18/2014, 8:15 AM
Get a guard goat, yall

yossarian - 6/18/2014, 8:16 AM
Grow a sac.
Abary - 6/18/2014, 8:16 AM
I expected it to simply be: SLICE N DICE, BITCH
blackandyellow - 6/18/2014, 8:17 AM
Red187 - 6/18/2014, 8:21 AM
Gusto - 6/18/2014, 8:25 AM
Guard Goat!!!!
fettastic - 6/18/2014, 8:25 AM
My mother moved us around a lot when I was a kid, hence I was frequently bullied. That all changed the day I started whoopin' ass. There really is no substitute for smashing someone's [frick]ing face in. They won't be eager to repeat the experience.
McGee - 6/18/2014, 8:30 AM

Nah, but in all seriousness...

m0th3r - 6/18/2014, 8:31 AM
Dealing with bullies is very simple win you can prepare your kids for. With two daughters...well i involved them in martial arts starting at a young age and it continued for near a decade. One ended up being state champ for several mid atlantic states...

We had three bully experiences. One at school resulting in 3 day suspension and a family threatening to sue me, One incident with a neighbor kid who was 3 years older...his mother came down to bitch and then figure it ws my younger daughter that popped him, and the last one was on the bus...also a much older kid. The play by play was AWESOME.

We pulled her off the bus after the town erupted in a religious controversy and it started again. It was like batman begins, we pulled my youngest to protect the bullies... I know some people say this never solves it, but i have never seen it solved otherwise. It still leftover monkey shit in our biology sadly

MileHighRonin - 6/18/2014, 8:33 AM
Lol, I used to actually ask myself how would Wolverine deal with this punk when I was getting picked on. And the answer is simple, go feral. Was a project kid going to a prep school, easy target, especially being short. For about 2 weeks this older kid just kept messing with me. Lol, was actually wearing an xmen shirt, he ripped cause I wouldn't fight him. Once he ripped my shirt I went berserk, with the Wolverine roar and all. I got suspended for 2 weeks while he went to the doctors. Was never picked on at school again. All it takes is a little weapon x in you to stop the bullets. Snikt!
Azbat - 6/18/2014, 8:34 AM
This is a book I need.
McGee - 6/18/2014, 8:35 AM
GodzillaKart - 6/18/2014, 8:39 AM
@Alien: Haha! That picture is brilliant! Talk about mixed messages.
Ramiel - 6/18/2014, 8:48 AM
Either headbutt the bully or sick your pitbull on them.
blackandyellow - 6/18/2014, 8:52 AM
LOL there's no such as bullying. Some people just can't handle their balls being busted a little bit.
sKeemAn - 6/18/2014, 8:56 AM
How I deal with Bullies:

I keep a mirror in my pocket and I practice looking hard!
DrKinsolving - 6/18/2014, 9:07 AM
MexicanSexyman - 6/18/2014, 9:20 AM
I grew up in the hood (mostly bloods) and I went to schools with mostly Hispanic and black people. A lot of these guys were thugs, but they didn't really messed with anyone unless they were apart of a different gang. I never seen people get bullied and neither did I get bullied. Usually when someone fricked with me, I would fight them but it wasn't because they were bullying me. Most bullying I know about came from schools that had mostly privileged white people.
Nomis - 6/18/2014, 9:22 AM
Take the Gusto Defense Course Class!

cipher - 6/18/2014, 9:28 AM
Try dealing with customers who don't understand the f*cking concept of "last call" or "just because I f*cking look young doesn't mean you don't have to show me ID- I'm the one behind the bar, not you".

I'd like to hear Wolverine's solution for that.
manofsteel1942 - 6/18/2014, 9:32 AM
Gusto - 6/18/2014, 9:33 AM
LMFAO! Nom, you suck!!
blackandyellow - 6/18/2014, 9:34 AM
cipher, that's because last call is bullshit. Just pour me another drink you [frick]ing Nazi!
bropous - 6/18/2014, 9:35 AM
Great article, Nate.

But, as a society, we are raising a nation of pussies.

Learning to deal with bullies build character. You learn to stand up for yourself, or you learn to build relationships with people who help you deal with the asshole, or you learn to say things while you are getting your ass beaten that will live with the bully years and decades longer than a black eye will stay with you.

Learning how to deal with adversity is difficult, but in doing so, you prepare for life. That's what being a kid is. However, with the Internet now, you don't have little bastards just after you at school, you have them taking to social media as well, and that does change things pretty much.

We live in a changing world, but the old advice to stand up for yourself when patience has reached the point of uselessness is pretty solid.
cipher - 6/18/2014, 9:37 AM
Hahahahahahahahaha, yes, sir, b&y, sir.
bropous - 6/18/2014, 9:38 AM

"Somebody ELSE want some of this????"
bropous - 6/18/2014, 9:41 AM
bropous - 6/18/2014, 9:42 AM
Hey I remember when gusto tried to beat up Nomis...

AsianVersionOfET - 6/18/2014, 9:44 AM
@manofsteel1942, that's still my favorite video to this day.
Nomis - 6/18/2014, 9:52 AM
@ bropous- I told him not to step to me. ;)
NateBest - 6/18/2014, 10:11 AM
@bropous - Thanks! When this little gem showed up in the mailbox, I had to share :o).

I've been in quite a few fights and even been bullied when I was younger (one of the poor kids in school). Being a father of three boys, I have to agree that being a "man" isn't the same as when we were kids.

One of my favorite stories was when one of my boys came home from elementary school and asked what he should do if someone hits him at school (he was told he's not supposed to hit people somewhere along the line).

My answer? "Hit him in the face. Don't start anything, but be sure to be the one that finishes it.".

He got in trouble the next day at school for punching a kid in the face and saying "It's OK, my dad said I could."

lawndart - 6/18/2014, 10:16 AM
I was bullied briefly in school until I beat the hell out of one of the kids. That pretty much stopped it. I've lived all over the world since and have seen bullies pretty much everywhere, in every religion, color, etc. My son had a bully years ago...he was afraid of getting in trouble (and the schools now really reinforce this concept where the victim is guilty too). Once I explained to him that I would always support him defending himself, the little guy took the gloves off and commenced with the smack down. End of problems. Some idiots only respond to violence.
lawndart - 6/18/2014, 10:17 AM
Some of my kids teachers were literally shocked when I told them that my kids always have the right to defend themselves. I swear some of them belong to a cult.
fortycals - 6/18/2014, 10:24 AM
I don't know. We played the dozens and busted each others balls a lot, but I don't think anyone got unfairly picked on. Everybody got their fair share. At least I think. Where I came up if it got physical, you might find yourself getting jumped or on the wrong side of a gun. Been in plenty of fights though, and got suspended every year of school and expelled once. So maybe I was the bully?
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