History ComicBook / X23

22nd Sep '16 3:47:17 PM Ambaryerno
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** Because of her experiences as an abused prostitute she's developed into something of a WifeBasherBasher. She first came to the X-Men's attention when she killed a few pimps and Wolverine was accidentally implicated in ''Uncanny X-Men''. During her own solo one-shot, Laura unceremoniously beheaded ''another'' pimp she caught smacking a girl around. She killed another man after he murdered a girl she believed was a prostitute sent to try recruiting her (she wasn't, and it turned out the truth was a ''lot'' worse). See RageBreakingPoint below.

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** Because of her experiences as an abused prostitute she's developed into something of a WifeBasherBasher. She first came to the X-Men's attention when she killed a few pimps and Wolverine was accidentally implicated in ''Uncanny X-Men''. During her own solo one-shot, Laura unceremoniously beheaded ''another'' pimp she caught smacking a girl around. She killed another man after he murdered a girl she believed was a prostitute sent to try recruiting her (she wasn't, and it turned out the truth was a ''lot'' worse). See RageBreakingPoint below.



* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Logan's Red; Laura is TheStoic, laconic, and generally keeps her emotions tightly controlled. Logan, by contrast, is far more passionate and quick to anger. She's also generally accepted as much more intellectual and given to careful strategy even when angered, whereas Logan is typically depicted as TheBerserker. However see RageBreakingPoint under series tropes below.

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* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Logan's Red; Laura is TheStoic, laconic, and generally keeps her emotions tightly controlled. Logan, by contrast, is far more passionate and quick to anger. She's also generally accepted as much more intellectual and given to careful strategy even when angered, whereas Logan is typically depicted as TheBerserker. However see RageBreakingPoint under series tropes below.



* GirlsNightOutEpisode: After breaking up with Hellion during the Liu series, Jubilee takes her out clubbing, though Laura doesn't exactly get into it. It ends with Laura on a bloody rampage liberating [[SexSlave girls being sold into the sex industry]] after she runs across one of Zebra Daddy's former thugs, and learns that the remains of his gang is still trafficking women.

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* GirlsNightOutEpisode: After breaking up with Hellion during the Liu series, Jubilee takes her out clubbing, though Laura doesn't exactly get into it. It ends with Laura on a bloody rampage liberating [[SexSlave girls being sold into the sex industry]] after she runs across one of Zebra Daddy's former thugs, and learns that the remains of his gang is still trafficking women.women. She takes it upon herself to free the girls.



* RageBreakingPoint: Although she shares Logan's temper, only ''once'' has Laura ever been pushed so far that she entered a true berserker rage: During "Girls' Night Out" she encountered one of her ex-pimp's goons in a club, and learned the remnants of the gang have taken control of his sex trafficking operations. It was set off by the thug [[TooDumbToLive flippantly remarking about never getting to "have" Laura during her time as one of Zebra Daddy's hookers]]. Even ''Black Widow'' was shocked by the sheer bloody violence of her rampage to take down the gang for good, and immediately called her out on [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness how unlike her it was]].



* RoaringRampageOfRescue: "Girls' Night Out" in the Liu series ends as this. When Laura runs across one of her ex-pimp's former goons and learns the gang was still in operation, she utterly ''loses it'' (not exactly helped when the guy taunted her about her past). She then drags Jubilee along on a violent and bloody rampage to rescue the girls and shut the gang down for good.



* SexSlave: Laura and Jubilee break up a sex trafficking ring during "Girls' Night Out," saving many girls and women from this fate. ItsPersonal for Laura because she was a former prostitute herself, and the gang they attack was made up of members of her pimp's organization. Black Widow later remarks about it afterwards that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Laura's mindless rampage is very much not her usual style]].

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* SexSlave: Laura and Jubilee break up a sex trafficking ring during "Girls' Night Out," saving many girls and women from this fate. ItsPersonal for Laura because she was a former prostitute herself, and the gang they attack was made up of members of her pimp's organization. Black Widow later remarks about it afterwards that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Laura's mindless rampage is very much not her usual style]].
5th Sep '16 11:04:19 AM RingSlinger
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Although in the comics X-23 is unambiguously (and canonically) Caucasian with some occasional DependingOnTheArtist, in ''Evolution'' she's much darker-complected, with features that have been interpreted as anything from Latina to First Nations. WordOfGod states that her features were based on those of the girl who modeled for the reference shoot as a thank you.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Although in the comics X-23 is unambiguously (and canonically) Caucasian with some occasional DependingOnTheArtist, in ''Evolution'' she's she has a much darker-complected, darker complection, with features that have been interpreted as anything from Latina to First Nations. WordOfGod states that her features were based on those of the girl who modeled for the reference shoot as a thank you.
4th Sep '16 5:42:28 PM LentilSandEater
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** Don't hurt Logan (as Bishop learned during a training exercise), Julian (as Lady Deathstrike learned), or pretty much anyone she likes (as Kimura learned). Attacking anyone she's actively protecting is also guaranteed to end with her using all her considerable training towards making your life miserable (as Taskmaster learned).
28th Aug '16 8:48:59 PM Ambaryerno
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* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]]: [[http://66.media.tumblr.com/4dd823089187f8dcb615c2177fe8e133/tumblr_inline_o5zkznQDlM1u1tbol_1280.jpg The resemblance to her biological\surrogate mother Sarah is uncanny.]]



* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Part of being a [[{{Foil}} mirror Wolverine]] - instead of an grizzled [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty old man]] who had a DarkAndMysteriousPast prior to becoming a living weapon, a [[LittleMissBadass young girl]] entirely created through a project seeking a living weapon.
28th Aug '16 8:28:05 PM igordebraga
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* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]]: [[http://66.media.tumblr.com/4dd823089187f8dcb615c2177fe8e133/tumblr_inline_o5zkznQDlM1u1tbol_1280.jpg The resemblance to her biological\surrogate mother Sarah is uncanny.]]


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* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Part of being a [[{{Foil}} mirror Wolverine]] - instead of an grizzled [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty old man]] who had a DarkAndMysteriousPast prior to becoming a living weapon, a [[LittleMissBadass young girl]] entirely created through a project seeking a living weapon.
24th Aug '16 8:51:04 AM aurast
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The trigger scent sends Laura into a blind, murderous rage in which she will kill ''anyone'' marked with it, FriendOrFoe, and no matter how much she cares about them. She's been consistently shown to be ''very'' sensitive about its affects on her.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The trigger scent sends Laura into a blind, murderous rage in which she will kill ''anyone'' marked with it, FriendOrFoe, and no matter how much she cares about them. She's been consistently shown to be ''very'' sensitive about its affects effects on her.
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* ThouShaltNotKill: When first introduced she was ready to kill at need, and could be even more ruthless and efficient than even Logan. However she has gradually moved in this direction. By the time she took up the Wolverine name she has sworn off killing.
30th Jul '16 10:23:43 PM Ambaryerno
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** The "Trigger Scent" is a very literal but olfactory version of this. It's also a more traditional button for her; when Fang takes her out for a drink during ''Comicbook/{{Wolverines}}'' he reveals he has a bottle in his possession, and Laura ''instantly'' attacks him for it. Not because the scent triggered her berserker rage, but because she was angry and afraid ''he might use it'' (he invoked it to make a point about her aversion to being controlled).
* BigBrotherInstinct: Demonstrates this with her cousin Megan, even though Megan is established as older. She also has it towards her elder "brother" Daken when he loses his healing factor in ''Wolverines''.

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** The "Trigger Scent" is a very literal but olfactory version of this. It's also a more traditional button for her; when Fang takes her out for a drink during ''Comicbook/{{Wolverines}}'' he reveals he has a bottle in his possession, and Laura ''instantly'' attacks him for it. Not because the scent triggered her berserker rage, but because button, as she was angry and afraid ''he might use it'' (he invoked really doesn't like what it does to make a point about her aversion to being controlled).
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* BigBrotherInstinct: Demonstrates this with her cousin Megan, even though Megan is established as older. She also has it towards her elder "brother" Daken when he loses his healing factor in ''Wolverines''.



* BrutalHonesty: She's InnocentlyInsensitive, and has difficulties with lying, even to spare others' feelings. A ''major'' bit of character development for her in her solo series was deciding against confessing to the child of one of her assassination targets that she was the killer, to spare him the pain.

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* BrutalHonesty: She's InnocentlyInsensitive, InnocentlyInsensitive and has difficulties with lying, even to spare others' feelings. A ''major'' bit of character development for her in her solo series was deciding against confessing to the child of one of her assassination targets that she was the killer, to spare him the pain.feelings.



* CannotTellALie: Laura is very well-known for her BrutalHonesty and being InnocentlyInsensitive. Because she was created as a LivingWeapon covert operative and assassin, she certainly has the capability to lie in order to maintain her cover on missions, but outside of this context she consistently shows an inability to do so. It's a major bit of CharacterDevelopment in her solo series when she lies to the child of one of her victims to spare him the pain of revisiting the loss of his parents.

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* CannotTellALie: Laura is very well-known for her BrutalHonesty and being InnocentlyInsensitive. Because she was created as a LivingWeapon covert operative and assassin, she certainly has the capability to lie in order to maintain her cover on missions, but outside of this context she consistently shows an inability to do so. It's a major bit of CharacterDevelopment in her solo series when she lies to the child of one of her victims to spare him the pain of revisiting the loss of his parents.



* TheCape: Although willing and able to kill if she has to, Laura has increasingly leaned in this direction, resorting to lethal force only as a last resort. She also possesses a strong willingness to sacrifice herself for others, and a growing sense of idealism leaving her desperately hoping for something ''better'' to aspire to. Notably, of all the cast of ''Wolverines'', Laura is the only member who would have been honestly willing to help the Paradise crew even ''without'' being forced to by the threat of the trigger words. And while the rest of them only rescued Fantomelle from Siphon because they needed her for the attack on Sinister's base, Laura was genuinely there to save her.
* CharacterDevelopment: She's received a ''substantial'' amount of development since she was introduced. In her [[Comicbook/{{NYX}} first appearance]] she was virtually mute and all but catatonic. When she joined the New X-Men she struggled to interact with others, but eventually forged friendships with Mercury and Dust, and even entered a WillTheyOrWontThey relationship with Hellion. For a long time she was a DeathSeeker who performed acts of SelfHarm, but over time has learned to value her life and hasn't been seen cutting herself since the Liu series. And while at first she HatesBeingTouched, by the time of ''All-New Wolverine'' and ''All-New X-Men'' has grown comfortable with physical displays of affection.

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* TheCape: Although willing and able to kill if she has to, Laura has increasingly leaned in this direction, resorting to lethal force only as a last resort. She also possesses a strong willingness to sacrifice herself for others, and a growing sense of idealism leaving her desperately hoping for something ''better'' to aspire to. Notably, of all the cast of ''Wolverines'', Laura is the only member who would have been honestly willing to help the Paradise crew even ''without'' being forced to by the threat of the trigger words. And while the rest of them only rescued Fantomelle from Siphon because they needed her for the attack on Sinister's base, Laura was genuinely there to save her.\n* CharacterDevelopment: She's received a ''substantial'' amount of development since she was introduced. In her [[Comicbook/{{NYX}} first appearance]] she was virtually mute and all but catatonic. When she joined the New X-Men she struggled to interact with others, but eventually forged friendships with Mercury and Dust, and even entered a WillTheyOrWontThey relationship with Hellion. For a long time she was a DeathSeeker who performed acts of SelfHarm, but over time has learned to value her life and hasn't been seen cutting herself since the Liu series. And while at first she HatesBeingTouched, by the time of ''All-New Wolverine'' and ''All-New X-Men'' has grown comfortable with physical displays of affection.



* TheChosenOne: She was once ComicBook/CaptainUniverse's vessel. More recently, [[spoiler:a mark associated with Captain Universe appeared on her hand, suggesting a more permanent association.]] In the ''Chaos Theory'' arc of her ongoing series, [[spoiler:the Enigma Force tells her that she's the future heir to its power]].

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* TheChosenOne: She was once ComicBook/CaptainUniverse's vessel. More recently, [[spoiler:a mark associated with Captain Universe appeared on her hand, suggesting shares a more permanent association.]] In connection to the ''Chaos Theory'' arc of her ongoing series, [[spoiler:the [[Comicbook/CaptainUniverse Enigma Force tells her that she's Force]], and [[spoiler: has even been designated the future chosen heir to its power]].



* ClonesArePeopleToo: Played with:
** Laura has a completely different [[SugarAndIcePersonality personality]] from Wolverine's. However, because of her DarkAndTroubledPast, it was a while before she even realized she ''had'' a personality.
** However, Zander Rice did ''not'' differentiate her from Wolverine, and much of the torture and abuse she suffered as a child was the result of him exacting RevengeByProxy, while the Facility as a whole tends not to view her as a human being with her own wants and desires. Even after joining the X-Men Laura was at times subjected to bullying over her nature, with Hellion in particular using "clone" as a slur (though they did eventually come to accept her).
** Perhaps even worse was Hellverine's attempts to seduce her into his service by implying that as a clone she doesn't have a soul, which sufficiently rattles Laura that she asks Claudine Renko about it while the latter is the process of [[spoiler: ''[[GrandTheftMe trying to steal her body]]'']], and later making the ''same'' inquiry with the demon Blackheart. She once even asks Comicbook/GhostRider to use his Penance Stare on her to confirm if she has a soul or not.
** It also tends to vary depending on her self-esteem. When she first appeared she thought very little of herself; for a time she viewed herself as expendable in part because she was a clone. Laura even told Elixir ''not'' to hold back when fighting an army of clones created by Sinister because, as Vanisher said, they were "just" clones (Elixir himself disagreed). However after CharacterDevelopment greatly improved her sense of self worth, she's now come to believe that clones are just as "real" as normal people.
* CloningBlues: Zig-Zagged. Because Laura actually had to be implanted in a womb, carried to term, and raised from birth, she's a bit more realistic than the typical comic book clone and generally averts the "Am I Real?" angst most are subject to. At least until ''The Killing Dream'', when a demon possessing Wolverine's body tries to convince her to join him by telling her that as a clone, she doesn't have a soul. Although she's able to defeat the demon, throughout the rest of her solo series, it's clear Laura was deeply rattled by the idea to the point that [[spoiler: she even asks Miss Sinister whether clones have souls as the latter ''[[GrandTheftMe attempted to steal her body]]'']]. In ''Circle of Four'', Blackheart distracts her by telling her he can confirm whether or not she has a soul. Laura can't help but listen. Blackheart calls her a silly girl, pointing out that she's trapped in Hell at the moment, and you need a soul to go to Hell in the first place.

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* ClonesArePeopleToo: Played with:
** Laura has a completely different [[SugarAndIcePersonality personality]] from Wolverine's. However, because of her DarkAndTroubledPast, it was a while before she even realized she ''had'' a personality.
** However, Zander Rice did ''not'' differentiate her from Wolverine, and much of the torture and abuse she suffered as a child was the result of him exacting RevengeByProxy, while the Facility as a whole tends not to view her as a human being with her own wants and desires. Even after joining the X-Men Laura was at times subjected to bullying over her nature, with Hellion in particular using "clone" as a slur (though they did eventually come to accept her).
** Perhaps even worse was Hellverine's attempts to seduce her into his service by implying that as a clone she doesn't have a soul, which sufficiently rattles Laura that she asks Claudine Renko about it while the latter is the process of [[spoiler: ''[[GrandTheftMe trying to steal her body]]'']], and later making the ''same'' inquiry with the demon Blackheart. She once even asks Comicbook/GhostRider to use his Penance Stare on her to confirm if she has a soul or not.
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It also tends to vary depending on her self-esteem. When she first appeared she thought very little of herself; herself, and for a time she viewed herself as expendable in part because she was a clone. Laura even told Elixir ''not'' to hold back when fighting an army of clones created by Sinister because, as Vanisher said, they were "just" clones (Elixir himself disagreed). However after CharacterDevelopment greatly improved her sense of self worth, she's now come to believe that clones are just as "real" as normal people.
people. However it's quite common for people seeking to put her down to call her "clone" as an insult, and much of the torture inflicted on her by the Facility was because Rice did ''not'' differentiate her from Wolverine.
* CloningBlues: Zig-Zagged. Because Laura actually had to be implanted in a womb, carried to term, and raised from birth, she's a bit more realistic than the typical comic book clone and generally averts the "Am I Real?" angst most are subject to. At least until ''The Killing Dream'', when a demon possessing Wolverine's body tries Hellverine ''was'' able to convince get under her to join him skin by telling her that as a clone, clone she doesn't have a soul. Although she's able to defeat the demon, throughout the rest of her solo series, it's clear Laura was deeply rattled by the idea to the point that [[spoiler: she even asks Miss Sinister whether clones have souls as the latter ''[[GrandTheftMe attempted to steal her body]]'']]. In ''Circle of Four'', soul, and Blackheart distracts once managed to distract her by telling her he can confirm whether or not she has a soul. Laura can't help but listen. Blackheart calls does. She even asked Comicbook/GhostRider to use his Penance Stare on her a silly girl, pointing ''just'' to find out that she's trapped in Hell at the moment, and you need a soul to go to Hell in the first place. for sure.



* ComfortFood: Played with subtly. Laura has shown a fondness for spicy foods in her own series after being raised in the Facility with no choice but the nutritionist's bland fare for her. Additionally, in ''All-New Wolverine'', it's shown that her fridge mostly contains pizza and ice cream. Played with in that she eats things she didn't get to have; eating more familiar things would probably bring back ''bad'' memories.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames:
** As noted on the trope page, a non-film example that's played with. It's initially {{inverted| trope}} since Laura wasn't given a ''real'' name until she was thirteen years old, when [[TearJerker Sarah names her as she's dying]]. Until then she was either referred to by her Facility codename, X-23, or various insults (particularly Rice calling her "animal") to dehumanize her. It later gets played straight, as her official codename with the X-Men, Talon, is almost never used or referenced at all. Most of her friends, loved ones and teammates just call her Laura, and occasionally they'll use "X" as a sort of nickname. She's addressed much less frequently as "X-23" in-universe (usually by people such as Kimura who intentionally use it to dehumanize her), though it ''is'' the name she's usually marketed under.
* CoolBigSis: Was one to her cousin Megan, (even though the timeline in ''Innocence Lost'' suggests Megan is actually somewhat older) and Jubilee is one to her.

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* ComfortFood: Played with subtly. Laura has shown a fondness for spicy foods in her own series after being raised in the Facility with no choice but the nutritionist's bland fare for her. Additionally, in ''All-New Wolverine'', it's shown that her fridge mostly contains pizza and ice cream. Played with in that she eats things she didn't get to have; eating more familiar things would probably bring back ''bad'' memories.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames:
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ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: As noted on the trope page, a non-film example that's played with. It's initially {{inverted| trope}} since Laura wasn't given a ''real'' name until she was thirteen years old, when [[TearJerker Sarah names her as she's dying]]. Until then she was either referred to by her Facility codename, X-23, or various insults (particularly Rice calling her "animal") to dehumanize her. It later gets played straight, as her official codename with the X-Men, Talon, is almost never used or referenced at all. Most of her friends, loved ones and teammates just call her Laura, and occasionally they'll use "X" as a sort of nickname. She's addressed much less frequently as "X-23" in-universe (usually by people such as Kimura who intentionally use it to dehumanize her), though it ''is'' the name she's usually marketed under.
under. She doesn't begin using a codename with regularity until she takes up the Wolverine mantle.
* CoolBigSis: Was one to her cousin Megan, (even though the timeline in ''Innocence Lost'' suggests Megan is actually somewhat older) and now Gabby. Jubilee is one to her.



* CreepyChild: Laura's icy stoicism makes her off-putting to almost everyone she meets, and in ''NYX'' this is how one of Zebra Daddy's other prostitutes identifies her: "Y'know, the creepy one." Even ''Domino'', a hardened and experienced killer and assassin, finds Laura incredibly creepy and comments on it throughout their time together on X-Force.

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* CreepyChild: Laura's icy stoicism makes her off-putting to almost everyone she meets, and in ''NYX'' this is how one of Zebra Daddy's other prostitutes identifies her: "Y'know, the creepy one." Even ''Domino'', a hardened and experienced killer and assassin, finds Laura incredibly creepy and comments on it throughout their time together on X-Force.meets.



* DeadpanSnarker: Laura's BrutalHonesty often manifests as this. As her social skills have improved she's developed a distinctly dry sense of humor. It's particularly noticeable in her interactions with Warren in ''All-New Wolverine''.
* DeathSeeker: Downplayed in recent years, but much more evident in her past, when she was willing to sacrifice herself for others without hesitation, and took many actions that were potentially suicidal (such as casting herself into a furnace when she was infected with the Legacy Virus until Elixir managed to convince her to let him heal her).
* DefusingTheTykebomb[=/=]IAmNotAGun: She is struggling to find an identity other than "living weapon," and strongly dislikes being used in that manner. It led to the destruction of her growing friendship with Finesse when Finesse used her claws (while Laura was unconscious) to kill without her permission (it didn't help that Finesse allowed Laura to believe she ''did'' kill the guy herself).

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* DeadpanSnarker: Laura's BrutalHonesty often manifests as this. As her social skills have improved she's developed a distinctly dry sense of humor. It's particularly noticeable in her interactions with Warren in ''All-New Wolverine''.
humor.
* DeathSeeker: Downplayed in recent years, but much more evident in her past, when she was willing to sacrifice herself for others without hesitation, and took many actions that were potentially suicidal (such as casting herself into a furnace when she was infected with the Legacy Virus until Elixir managed to convince her to let him heal her).
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* DefusingTheTykebomb[=/=]IAmNotAGun: She is struggling to find an identity other than "living weapon," and strongly dislikes being used in that manner. It led to This makes the destruction of trigger scent particularly upsetting for her, because it allows someone to make her growing friendship with Finesse when Finesse used her claws (while Laura was unconscious) to kill without against her permission (it didn't help that Finesse allowed Laura to believe she ''did'' kill the guy herself).will.



** Although her eyes are canonically green, the colorist for ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' makes them blue, instead. They were brown in ''NYX'' and in her first appearance in ''New X-Men''.

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** Although her eyes are canonically green, the colorist for ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' makes them blue, instead. They were they've also been colored brown or blue in ''NYX'' and in her first appearance in ''New X-Men''.different books.



** Laura's speech patterns also tend to vary depending on who is writing her:
*** Under Liu she [[SpockSpeak speaks very formally and not use contractions]], and in ''The Killing Dream'' this is even used as a plot point: [[spoiler: when Miss Sinister attempts to ambush Gambit after [[VoluntaryShapeShifter disguising herself as Laura]], part of the GlamourFailure is she uses several contractions when speaking, as well as behaving in a generally un-Laura-like way. Though Gambit knows Sinister too well to have been fooled in the first place]].
*** Her creators Kyle and Yost tend to have her speak slightly more casually in that in that she will use contractions. She rarely speaks in ''NYX'', but exhibits similar speech patterns when written by Quesada. This tends to be her voice under other writers such as Soule and Hopeless, as well.
*** Laura is much more feral in her early ''Uncanny'' appearances as written by Claremont, along with behavior that would generally be considered un-Laura-like (such as [[FunnyBackgroundEvent aping Psylocke's mannerisms]]).
*** One of the main criticisms of Bendis's use of her is that she speaks with the generic "Bendis Teen Voice" he gives to most of his characters. While other writers avoided the use of slang in her speech, under Bendis words such as "totally" and "sucks" crept into her vocabulary.

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** Laura's Her speech patterns also tend to vary depending on who is writing her:
*** Under Liu she [[SpockSpeak speaks very formally and not use contractions]], and in ''The Killing Dream'' this is even used as a plot point: [[spoiler: when Miss Sinister attempts to ambush Gambit after [[VoluntaryShapeShifter disguising herself as Laura]], part of the GlamourFailure is she uses several contractions when speaking, as well as behaving in a
are generally un-Laura-like way. Though Gambit knows Sinister too well accepted to have been fooled in the first place]].
*** Her creators Kyle and Yost tend to have her speak slightly
be more casually in that in that she will formal and laconic than her peers, and tends not to use contractions. She rarely speaks in ''NYX'', but exhibits similar speech patterns when written by Quesada. This slang. However the degree tends to be her voice under other vary between writers such as Soule from outright SpockSpeak (Liu) to more naturalistic but still proper (Kyle and Hopeless, as well.
*** Laura is
Yost), with some signs that her dialogue has become much more feral in her early ''Uncanny'' appearances as written by Claremont, along relaxed to coincide with behavior that would generally be considered un-Laura-like (such as [[FunnyBackgroundEvent aping Psylocke's mannerisms]]).
*** One of the main criticisms of Bendis's use of
her is that she speaks with the generic "Bendis Teen Voice" he gives to most of his characters. While other CharacterDevelopment (Taylor). However some writers avoided the use of slang in dispense with this altogether and write her speech, under Bendis words such as "totally" and "sucks" crept into her vocabulary.they would any teen character (Bendis).



*** One of the most controversial offenders has been Dennis Hopeless in the second volume of ''All-New X-Men'', under whom Laura has completely forgotten her training and calculating nature, and [[LeeroyJenkins charges blindly]] into ''every'' situation without considering the consequences. It earns her a CurbStompBattle from ''Blob'' of all people, for her trouble.
* TheDeterminator: Laura is incredibly stubborn, a trait Logan wryly notes she gets from him, and she ''will'' keep coming, no matter how badly she's hurt. In a flashback in ''All-New Wolverine'' she insists on standing to go after a drug runner who almost blew her up with a bazooka despite not only Logan telling her to wait and heal, but the fact that ''her guts are currently hanging out of her side.''

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*** One of the most controversial offenders has been Dennis Hopeless in the second volume of ''All-New X-Men'', under whom Laura has completely forgotten her training and calculating nature, and [[LeeroyJenkins charges blindly]] into ''every'' situation without considering the consequences. It earns her a CurbStompBattle from ''Blob'' of all people, for her trouble.
* TheDeterminator: Laura is incredibly stubborn, a trait Logan wryly notes she gets from him, and she ''will'' keep coming, coming no matter how badly she's hurt. In a flashback in ''All-New Wolverine'' she insists on standing to go after a drug runner who almost blew her up with a bazooka despite not only Logan telling her to wait and heal, but the fact that ''her guts are currently hanging out of her side.''hurt.



* EmotionlessGirl: Through multiple traumatic events in her backstory, Laura learned to never trust or emotionally connect with anyone. This makes her an outcast among her fellow teenagers, and even most of the teachers perceive her as a heartless killer who is unable to think as a human or desire anything. But her character development (and eventual journey to find herself) ultimately subverts this trope; she gradually becomes accustomed to emotion, and bonds with other abuse victims who understand why she prefers solitude. It's actually quite heartwarming. It's further implied that one of the reasons she represses her emotions is because she does not know how to handle them or the memories of her past; when she does [[BeneathTheMask completely abandon her stoic exterior]], we see either suicidal depression or psychotic rage. Ironically, the emotionally detached state that others scorn her for is in place for their own safety.
* EmptyShell: The Facility deprived her of emotional connections and subjected her to horrific physical and emotional abuse to strip her of her humanity, and her thoughts during the crossover with Daken reveal that she had so little sense of self during her captivity that she truly didn't realize the things they did to her were even wrong. She later acknowledged to Kitty that this was the state she was in when she was a prostitute.

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* EmotionlessGirl: Through multiple traumatic events in her backstory, Laura learned to never trust or emotionally connect with anyone. This makes her an outcast among her fellow teenagers, and even most of the teachers perceive her as a heartless killer who is unable to think as a human or desire anything. But her character development (and eventual journey to find herself) ultimately subverts this trope; she gradually becomes accustomed to emotion, and bonds with other abuse victims who understand why she prefers solitude. It's actually quite heartwarming. It's further implied that one of the reasons she represses her emotions is because she does not know how to handle them or the memories of her past; when she does [[BeneathTheMask completely abandon her stoic exterior]], we see either suicidal depression or psychotic rage. Ironically, the emotionally detached state that others scorn her for is in place for their own safety.
* EmptyShell: The Facility deprived her of emotional connections and subjected her to horrific physical and emotional abuse to strip her of her humanity, and her thoughts during the crossover with Daken reveal it's been noted several times that she had so little sense of self during her captivity and days as a prostitute that she truly didn't realize the things they did done to her were even wrong. She later acknowledged to Kitty that this was the state she was in when she was a prostitute.wrong.



* FastballSpecial: Although not as frequently as the TropeMaker himself, Laura has gotten her shot at it as well. Laura and SpiderMan have their own version of this, while Warren gets in on the act several times as well. ''[[UpToEleven In-flight]]''. She finally got her chance to do a traditional one during a team-up with Comicbook/SheHulk in the May, 2016 issue of ''Year Of Marvels''.

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* FastballSpecial: Although not as frequently as the TropeMaker himself, Laura has gotten her shot at it as well. Laura and SpiderMan have their own version of this, while Warren gets in on the act several times as well. ''[[UpToEleven In-flight]]''. She finally got her chance to do a traditional one during a team-up with Comicbook/SheHulk in the May, 2016 issue of ''Year Of Marvels''.



** Once her backstory was revealed, Laura was established as a highly-skilled fighter, and a [[GeniusBruiser very intelligent]] and [[BadassBookworm highly educated]] young girl with extensive assassin and black ops training, while ''[[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]]'' expanded upon this further by revealing her to be a gifted strategist as well. Most writers now completely ignore everything after "highly-skilled fighter," and give her all the subtlety in combat of LeeroyJenkins. This is most egregious in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', where the writers give lipservice to her training and AwesomenessByAnalysis, and ''still'' have her decide the best strategy for taking down Apex (who is controlling a ''Sentinel'') is a [[IdiotBall direct frontal assault]].
** Even the trigger scent has been subject to this. Initially, the conditioning the Facility subjected Laura to resulted in her rages focusing specifically on whatever was marked by the scent. By the time her solo series and ''Avengers Arena'' rolled around, the scent was now sending her after ''everything in sight'', though this is explained as it being altered to have that effect on her.

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** Once her backstory was revealed, Laura was established as a highly-skilled fighter, and a [[GeniusBruiser very intelligent]] and [[BadassBookworm highly educated]] young girl with extensive assassin and black ops training, while ''[[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]]'' expanded upon this further by revealing her to be a gifted strategist as well. Most writers now completely ignore everything after "highly-skilled fighter," and give her all the subtlety in combat of LeeroyJenkins. This is most egregious in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', where the writers give lipservice to her training and AwesomenessByAnalysis, and ''still'' have her decide the best strategy for taking down Apex (who is controlling a ''Sentinel'') is a [[IdiotBall direct frontal assault]].\n** Even the trigger scent has been subject to this. Initially, the conditioning the Facility subjected Laura to resulted in her rages focusing specifically on whatever was marked by the scent. By the time her solo series and ''Avengers Arena'' rolled around, the scent was now sending her after ''everything in sight'', though this is explained as it being altered to have that effect on her.



* HappilyAdopted: By Wolverine. It was [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sweet]].
* HarmfulToMinors: Practically from birth, Laura was subjected to violent imagery and outright physical and emotional abuse, including being ordered to ''kill a puppy'' when her creators decided she had too much empathy, and then threatened to ''torture it to death and make her watch'' when she failed to complete the assignment. And this is ''before'' they started sending her on assassination missions, she killed her own mother during her escape under the effects of the Trigger Scent, and became a child prostitute under an abusive and violent pimp on the streets of New York City. Is there any wonder she's [[BrokenBird so screwed up]]?
* HatesBeingTouched: Rarely ever initiates physical contact, even with people she likes. When Gambit puts his hand on her shoulder while she's having a HeroicBSOD, she instinctively lashes out with her claws. Justified in that most physical contact she received as a child was abusive, and such feelings are very much TruthInTelevision among abuse victims. It becomes downplayed due to CharacterDevelopment, to the point she's willing to accept displays of affection from her boyfriend, Warren.

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* HappilyAdopted: By Wolverine. It was [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sweet]].
Wolverine.
* HarmfulToMinors: Practically from birth, Laura was subjected to violent imagery and outright physical and emotional abuse, including being ordered to ''kill a puppy'' when her creators decided she had too much empathy, and who then threatened to ''torture it to death and make her watch'' when she failed to complete the assignment. And this is ''before'' they started sending her on assassination missions, she killed her own mother during her escape under the effects of the Trigger Scent, and became a child prostitute under an abusive and violent pimp on the streets of New York City. Is there any wonder she's [[BrokenBird so screwed up]]?
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* HatesBeingTouched: Rarely ever initiates initiated physical contact, contact when first introduced, even with people she likes. When Gambit puts his hand on her shoulder while she's having a HeroicBSOD, she instinctively lashes out with her claws.liked. Justified in that most physical contact she received as a child was abusive, and such feelings are very much TruthInTelevision among abuse victims. It eventually becomes downplayed due to CharacterDevelopment, to the point she's willing to accept displays of affection from her boyfriend, Warren.CharacterDevelopment.



* HeroicBSOD: Laura is constantly slipping in and out of these. When first introduced in ''NYX'' she's virtually mute, and in her first few panels she seems as if she's barely aware of what's going on around her. Then we learn in ''Innocence Lost'' and ''Target: X'' just ''what'' [[BreakTheCutie put her into that state]]. In fact, in the latter book she's broken so completely she's gone outright DeathSeeker, intending to kill Logan and herself. She goes into another in the third arc of her solo series when she accidentally attacks Gambit, and spends the rest of the day and well into the night curled up in bed staring at her claws with Gambit sitting vigil over her. By the time she turns up in ''All-New X-Men'' she's in yet ''another'' one, due to the 1-2 punch of what happened to her on [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]] and shortly after being captured and tortured by the Purifiers, leaving her wandering the streets of Miami in an amnesiac state.
* HeroicSacrifice: Has a tendency to attempt these at the drop of a hat, such as preparing to throw herself ''into an incinerator'' after she's infected with the Legacy Virus to prevent it from spreading to the mutant population. Even though they have a healer with them who can (and does) eliminate the virus from her entirely. It's heavily implied her preparedness to do this stems from her poor sense of self-worth and difficulties accepting herself as a real person whose life has value, however even after moving on from these issues she's still quick to put her life on the line for the sake of others.

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* HeroicBSOD: Laura is constantly slipping in and out of these. When first introduced in ''NYX'' she's virtually mute, and in her first few panels she seems these as if she's barely aware a result of what's all the trauma going on around her. Then we learn in ''Innocence Lost'' her life, and ''Target: X'' just ''what'' [[BreakTheCutie put her into that state]]. In fact, in the latter book she's broken so completely she's gone outright DeathSeeker, intending to kill Logan and herself. She goes into another in the third arc of her solo series when fact she accidentally attacks Gambit, and spends the rest of the day and well into the night curled up in bed staring at her claws with Gambit sitting vigil over her. By the time she turns up in ''All-New X-Men'' she's in yet ''another'' one, due can rarely catch a break before something ''else'' bad happens to the 1-2 punch of what happened to her on [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]] and shortly after being captured and tortured by the Purifiers, leaving her wandering the streets of Miami in an amnesiac state.
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* HeroicSacrifice: Has a tendency to attempt these at the drop of a hat, such as preparing to throw herself ''into an incinerator'' after she's infected with the Legacy Virus to prevent it from spreading to the mutant population. Even though they have a healer with them who can (and does) eliminate the virus from her entirely. hat. It's heavily implied her preparedness to do this stems from her poor sense of self-worth and difficulties accepting herself as a real person whose life has value, however value. However even after moving on from these issues she's still quick to put her life on the line for the sake of others.



* HugeGirlTinyGuy: DependingOnTheArtist. Her height vs. Logan's height varies a lot. Mostly due to how Logan's height changed since Creator/HughJackman played him in the movie (Logan started at 5'2", spent a lot of time at 5'5", and now is sometimes drawn actually ''tall''.) During New X-Men, Laura was half a head shorter than Logan. She is also usually depicted as shorter than her primary love interests, Hellion and Warren. The latter is even OneHeadTaller in ''All-New Wolverine''. She's officially listed at 5'1", so canonically would be this towards most anyone.
* IAmNotPretty: Laura is quite clearly a very beautiful young woman, whose looks are frequently commented upon (most notably by Miss Sinister, who remarked appreciably about Laura's beauty ''[[GrandTheftMe while trying to steal her body]]''). Laura, however, doesn't see it for herself, which stems from her abusive upbringing aimed to strip her of her humanity, resulting in very poor self-esteem and sense that her life has little value. When Jubilee takes her out clubbing, Laura tries to deny her assertions that she's "hot," and when on a date with the time-displaced teenaged Angel while trying to figure out why Warren is interested in her, of all people, insists that Jean is much prettier than she is, which Warren insists is not true at all (though he acknowledges that she's correct when she then counters that ''he'' [[{{Bishounen}} is prettier than her]]).

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* HugeGirlTinyGuy: DependingOnTheArtist. Her height vs. Logan's height varies a lot. Mostly due to how Logan's height changed since Creator/HughJackman played him in the movie (Logan started at 5'2", spent a lot of time at 5'5", and now is sometimes drawn actually ''tall''.) During New X-Men, Laura was half a head shorter than Logan. She is also usually depicted as shorter than her primary love interests, Hellion and Warren. The latter is even OneHeadTaller in ''All-New Wolverine''. She's officially listed at 5'1", so canonically would be this towards most anyone.
* IAmNotPretty: Laura is quite clearly a very beautiful young woman, whose looks are frequently commented upon (most notably by Miss Sinister, who remarked appreciably about Laura's beauty ''[[GrandTheftMe while trying to steal her body]]'').upon. Laura, however, doesn't see it for herself, which stems from her abusive upbringing aimed to strip her of her humanity, resulting in very poor self-esteem and sense that her life has little value. When Jubilee takes her out clubbing, Laura tries to deny her assertions that she's "hot," and when on a date with the time-displaced teenaged Angel while trying to figure out why Warren is interested in her, of all people, insists that Jean is much prettier than she is, which Warren insists is not true at all (though he acknowledges that she's correct when she then counters that ''he'' [[{{Bishounen}} is prettier than her]]).



** The [[{{Stripperiffic}} corset, fishnets and miniskirt]] outfit Laura wore in ''Target: X'' may be one of her most common looks in fan art, even though she only wore that in one book (though it is similar to the outfits she wore in her debut appearance in ''NYX''). If not this, she's drawn in her black PaintedOnPants and sports bra.
** Her X-Force uniform is perhaps her most popular actual costume.
* ImmortalAssassin: It's unclear how long someone with her type of HealingFactor can live if left to their own devices, but based on Wolverine and Sabretooth Laura could have a lifespan of centuries if not longer (Romulus is possibly thousands if not ''tens of thousands'' of years old). While she ''can'' be killed, Laura's ability to bounce back rapidly from even fatal injuries makes that incredibly difficult; in one of her missions for the Facility she was riddled by ''hundreds'' of bullets, and subsequently slaughtered her attackers to a man.
* ImplacableMan: If Laura was sent to kill you, she ''would. Not. Stop.'' until you were dead, and if you were marked with the trigger scent, ''nothing'' would save you. In ''Innocence Lost'' the only mission she never completed successfully was killing Martin Sutter's family, and only because she ''chose'' to spare their son Henry (though her solo series later retconned this to suggest she had spared others in the past as well). Unfortunately, this comes back to bite the Facility themselves ''hard'' when Sarah gets fed up with their abuse and turns Laura loose against them. Once Sarah orders her to take them down, nothing could stop her from slaughtering everyone ([[TheDogBitesBack not that she needed to be ordered to do it]]). Laura still retains this tenacity even after joining the X-Men, for example fighting back viciously against Kimura even though she can't kill her. She ''will'' keep coming unless you can inflict enough damage to knock her out, and once she ''does'' get back up she'll just come after you again.
* ImportantHaircut: Not a hair''cut'', but in [[spoiler: ''Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy'' #1]] Laura is revealed to have dyed the forelocks of her hair blue and gold [[spoiler: in the aftermath of Logan's death. Blue and gold being the colors of his most iconic uniform.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: She would like to be, but doesn't really know how. During her time with the New X-Men, she was about as close as possible for any X-Man to be. She was actually going to school with other kids her own age for a short time. Heavily foreshadowed in her origin story when her mother would read her ''Pinocchio''.

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** The [[{{Stripperiffic}} corset, fishnets and miniskirt]] outfit Laura wore in ''Target: X'' may be one of her most common looks in fan art, even though she only wore that in one book (though it is similar to the outfits she wore in her debut appearance in ''NYX''). If not this, she's drawn in her black PaintedOnPants and PaintedOnPants, sports bra.
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bra, and locket from ''New X-Men''. Her X-Force uniform is perhaps her most popular actual costume.
* ImmortalAssassin: It's unclear how long someone with her type of HealingFactor can live if left to their own devices, but based on Wolverine and Sabretooth Laura could have a lifespan of centuries if not longer (Romulus is possibly thousands if not ''tens of thousands'' of years old). While she ''can'' be killed, Laura's ability to bounce back rapidly from even fatal injuries makes that incredibly difficult; in one of her missions for the Facility she was riddled by ''hundreds'' of bullets, and subsequently slaughtered her attackers to a man.
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* ImplacableMan: If Laura was sent to kill you, she ''would. Not. Stop.'' until you were dead, and if you were marked with the trigger scent, ''nothing'' would save you. In ''Innocence Lost'' the only mission She ''will'' keep coming unless you can inflict enough damage to knock her out, and once she never completed successfully was killing Martin Sutter's family, and only because she ''chose'' to spare their son Henry (though her solo series later retconned this to suggest she had spared others in the past as well).''does'' get back up she'll just come after you again. Unfortunately, this comes back to bite the Facility themselves ''hard'' when Sarah gets fed up with their abuse and turns Laura loose against them. Once Sarah orders her to take them down, nothing could stop her from slaughtering everyone ([[TheDogBitesBack not that she needed to be ordered to do it]]). Laura still retains this tenacity even after joining the X-Men, for example fighting back viciously against Kimura even though she can't kill her. She ''will'' keep coming unless you can inflict enough damage to knock her out, and once she ''does'' get back up she'll just come after you again.
* ImportantHaircut: Not a hair''cut'', but in [[spoiler: ''Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy'' #1]] Laura is revealed to have dyed the forelocks of her hair blue and gold [[spoiler: in the aftermath of Logan's death. Blue and gold being the colors of his most iconic uniform.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: She would like to be, but doesn't really know how. During her time with the New X-Men, she was about as close as possible for any X-Man to be. She was actually going to school with other kids her own age for a short time. Heavily foreshadowed in her origin story when her mother would read her ''Pinocchio''.
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* InnocentlyInsensitive: Because of her lack of social skills, Laura at times has these moments, such as honestly telling Surge about Prodigy having his heart ripped out in Limbo (he got better, and it's implied Nori went to her when the others were evasive precisely ''because'' of this). Or after reuniting with Dust (a Muslim who practices hijab) during ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'', she tells her she "smells healthy," after which Sooraya admonishes her that it's impolite to tell someone how they smell. Laura, of course, saw no problem with it since it was the only way she had to "see" her in public, and for her part Sooraya admits to having missed her.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: Because of her lack of social skills, skills Laura at times has these moments, such as honestly telling Surge about Prodigy having his heart ripped out in Limbo (he got better, moments due to a combination of BrutalHonesty, CannotTellALie, and it's implied Nori went genuinely not understanding what is or is not appropriate to her when the others were evasive precisely ''because'' of this). Or after reuniting with Dust (a Muslim who practices hijab) during ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'', she tells her she "smells healthy," after which Sooraya admonishes her that it's impolite to tell someone how they smell. Laura, of course, saw no problem with it since it was the only way she had to "see" her in public, and for her part Sooraya admits to having missed her.say.



* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Laura is fond of this, usually to the shock of her teammates. One of her most famous moments comes from a panel of her popping her claws into the skull of a Purifier during ''Second Coming'', as Nightcrawler watched in horror.
* JailBait: During the events of ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' Laura was no older than 16. And she was a ''prostitute''. Age of consent in New York City where she was living is 17. Even afterwards her style of dress trends towards the provocative. Being underage also doesn't stop her from going clubbing with Jubilee or Warren, even though she would likely be too young to get past the doors.

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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Laura is fond of this, usually to the shock of her teammates. One of her most famous moments comes from a panel of her popping her claws into the skull of a Purifier during ''Second Coming'', as Nightcrawler watched in horror.
* JailBait: During the events of ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' Laura was no older than 16. And she was a ''prostitute''. Age of consent in New York City where she was living is 17. Even afterwards her style of dress trends towards the provocative.provocative, and with the SlidingTimeScale it's unlikely she's aged much since then. Being underage also doesn't stop her from going clubbing with Jubilee or Warren, even though she would likely be too young to get past the doors.



* KickTheDog: She ''is'' the dog. Any sympathy we might have for toddler Zander Rice after Wolverine kills his father is pretty effectively squashed twenty or so years later the moment he shoves Laura into a radiation chamber to forcibly activate her HealingFactor.
* KillerRabbit: Laura is physically quite unimposing, generally being depicted as a slight, pretty teenage girl. She's also one of ''the'' most deadly assassins ''in the entire Marvel Universe'', having a body count into the hundreds, if not ''thousands''. By the time she was ''thirteen''. On numerous missions Laura has been shown actively taking advantage of this trope by playing up her harmless appearance (whether by disguising herself as a handicapped girl, or a Girl Scout selling cookies, etc.). Even experienced agents like Alisande Morales, who have been extensively briefed on her activities, are stunned when they actually see her for the first time.
* LeeroyJenkins: Normally Laura averts this, as she is a disciplined fighter who very carefully analyzes the situation before she acts. However once she loses control of her emotions she's prone to acting impulsively and rashly, and rush into trouble without thinking clearly.

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* KickTheDog: She ''is'' the dog. Any sympathy we might have for toddler Zander Rice after Wolverine kills his father is pretty effectively squashed twenty or so years later the moment he shoves Laura into a radiation chamber to forcibly activate her HealingFactor.
* KillerRabbit: Laura is physically quite unimposing, generally being depicted as a slight, pretty teenage girl. She's also one of ''the'' most deadly assassins ''in the entire Marvel Universe'', having a body count into the hundreds, if not ''thousands''. By the time she was ''thirteen''. On numerous missions Laura has been shown actively taking advantage of this trope by playing up her harmless appearance (whether by disguising herself as a handicapped girl, or a Girl Scout selling cookies, etc.). Even experienced agents like Alisande Morales, those who have been extensively briefed on ''have'' heard of her activities, are stunned when they actually see her for the first time.
* LeeroyJenkins: Normally Laura averts this, as she is a disciplined fighter who very carefully analyzes the situation before she acts. However once she loses control of her emotions she's prone to acting impulsively and rashly, and can rush into trouble without thinking clearly.



* LossOfIdentity: Her entire childhood was essentially engineered for the purpose of dehumanizing her. It took several years of forced prostitution before she even realized that she had opinions or consciously wanted to express them.

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* LossOfIdentity: Her entire childhood was essentially engineered for the purpose of dehumanizing her. It took several years of forced prostitution before she even realized that she had opinions or consciously wanted to express them.



* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Laura's creator, Dr. Sarah Kinney, was described as the foremost expert on mutant genetics and was hired by the Facility after her proposal to clone Wolverine. Despite the ethics of the project, Sarah's interest was purely ForScience, directly likening the idea of cloning a ''mutant'', when mainstream science had only ''just'' cracked cloning sheep and cats, to [[AGodAmI godhood]]. All this knowing full well that the child would be raised to be a LivingWeapon heading in. Laura herself is frequently described as Sarah's spitting-image, and it's made quite clear Laura is intended to be a quite beautiful young woman.
* {{Matricide}}: As the final act of his descent into evil, Dr. Zander Rice laced X-23 mother, Dr. Sarah Kinney, with the trigger scent. Laura was sent into an UnstoppableRage and killed her as a result, [[YankTheDogsChain just as Sarah was putting her plan to escape the Facility with her altogether in motion]]. However, Laura did eventually reconnect with her genetic father Wolverine.

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* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Laura's creator, Dr. Sarah Kinney, was described as the foremost expert on mutant genetics and was hired by the Facility after her proposal to clone Wolverine. Despite the ethics of the project, Sarah's interest was purely ForScience, and directly likening likened the idea of cloning a ''mutant'', when mainstream science had only ''just'' cracked cloning sheep and cats, ''mutant'' to [[AGodAmI godhood]]. All this knowing full well that the child would be raised to be a LivingWeapon heading in. Laura herself is frequently described as Sarah's spitting-image, and it's made quite clear Laura is intended to be a quite beautiful young woman.
* {{Matricide}}: As the final act of his descent into evil, Dr. Zander Rice laced X-23 mother, Dr. Sarah Kinney, She was forced to kill her mother with the trigger scent. Laura was sent into an UnstoppableRage and killed her as a result, scent [[YankTheDogsChain just as Sarah was putting her plan they were about to escape the Facility with her altogether in motion]]. However, Laura did eventually reconnect with her genetic father Wolverine.together]].



* MoralityPet: Acts as one for Wolverine. Gambit as well in her self titled series, and he also sometimes acts as one to her. Hellion can be considered hers during their time with the New X-Men. She's become one for Daken, as well. Laura is one of the only people he has demonstrated genuine affection and respect for, and during ''Wolverines'' her influence pushes him towards being much more of a lighter shade of gray.

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* MoralityPet: Acts as one for Wolverine. Gambit as well in her self titled series, and he also sometimes acts as one to her. Hellion can be considered hers during their time with the New X-Men. She's become one for Daken, too, as well. Laura is one of the only people he has demonstrated genuine affection and respect for, and during ''Wolverines'' her influence pushes him towards being much more of a lighter shade of gray.for.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The trigger scent sends Laura into a blind, murderous rage in which she will kill ''anyone'' marked with it, FriendOrFoe, and no matter how much she cares about them. She's been consistently shown to be ''very'' sensitive about its affects on her, and is deeply traumatized when Rice uses it to force her to kill her sensei (after which Laura is shown to begin [[SelfHarm cutting herself with her claws]]) and mother. Most recently, [[ComicBook/AllNewXMen the revelation by Stryker, Jr.]] [[spoiler: that Arcade posted footage of [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]], particularly her trigger scent-fueled rages, to the internet]] put her crashing hard into a HeroicBSOD upon learning ''the whole world'' has seen her in that state.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The trigger scent sends Laura into a blind, murderous rage in which she will kill ''anyone'' marked with it, FriendOrFoe, and no matter how much she cares about them. She's been consistently shown to be ''very'' sensitive about its affects on her, and is deeply traumatized when Rice uses it to force her to kill her sensei (after which Laura is shown to begin [[SelfHarm cutting herself with her claws]]) and mother. Most recently, [[ComicBook/AllNewXMen the revelation by Stryker, Jr.]] [[spoiler: that Arcade posted footage of [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]], particularly her trigger scent-fueled rages, to the internet]] put her crashing hard into a HeroicBSOD upon learning ''the whole world'' has seen her in that state.her.



** Killing her mother in a trigger scent-fueled rage during her escape from the Facility in particular. To the point that when Logan finally manages to bring her to the Xavier school, Emma Frost tries to drive her away by taunting her with a psychic ghost of her mother's dead body blaming Laura for her death. The illusion is shattered when the "Sarah" calls her "X-23," but it's still enough to drive the [[NotSoStoic normally stoic Laura to tears]].
* NaturalWeapon: As with Logan, Laura's claws are bone beneath the adamantium. In fact, Laura has had her claws ''since birth'', and the nubs can be seen poking out of her hands immediately after Rice performs her delivery in ''Innocence Lost''. When Kimura later cuts off her arm in ''X-Force'' while torturing her, Laura makes a point of recovering the claws so they can be re-implanted in place of the natural bone claws she will have when her arm grows back.

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** Killing her mother in a trigger scent-fueled rage during her escape from is perhaps the Facility in particular.single biggest one. To the point that when Logan finally manages to bring her to the Xavier school, Emma Frost tries to drive her away by taunting her with a psychic ghost of her mother's dead body blaming Laura for her death. The illusion is shattered when the "Sarah" calls her "X-23," but it's still It's enough to drive the [[NotSoStoic normally stoic Laura to tears]].
* NaturalWeapon: As with Logan, Laura's claws are bone beneath the adamantium. In fact, Laura has had her claws ''since birth'', and the nubs can be seen poking out of her hands immediately after Rice performs her delivery in ''Innocence Lost''. When Kimura later cuts off her arm in ''X-Force'' while torturing her, Laura makes a point of recovering the claws so they can be re-implanted in place of the natural bone claws she will have when her arm grows back.



* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The nature of the trigger scent has become subject to this. As a child, Laura was conditioned (read: tortured) into entering a [[UnstoppableRage berserk rage]] whenever she smelled a particular scent, which would make her black out and tear apart whatever was marked with it. It served two purposes: Not only did it allow her creators a measure of control over her in the event she attempted to refuse to kill a target, but her berserk state also made her an even ''more'' deadly fighter. Usually it was reserved for high-value targets or those that were otherwise special (such as the gangster Fade). By the time of ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', the scent is now driving her into a state in which she'll kill ''everything around her'', whether they're specifically marked or not.



* TheQuietOne: In her origin book, ''Innocence Lost'', she has a few lines of dialogue in Japanese with her sensei, but otherwise doesn't speak until the very end of the book. This may be an artifact of Laura being a DecoyProtagonist, as the book is arguably about her mother. ''Target: X'' seems to support this interpretation, as she speaks a lot more during the Facility flashbacks in this book, and is fairly talkative (if showing signs of her emotional damage) with Megan and Debbie. However she's virtually mute by the time of ''NYX'' (possibly because of the severe emotional trauma of the prior two books, ''especially'' the latter), and the number of pages (if not ''panels'') where she has dialogue can be counted on one hand. She starts to get better once she joins the X-Men, but still tends towards being less inclined to speak, or at least at length, than other characters.

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* TheQuietOne: In her origin book, ''Innocence Lost'', she has a few lines of dialogue in Japanese with her sensei, but otherwise doesn't speak until the very end of the book. This may be an artifact of Laura being a DecoyProtagonist, as the book is arguably about her mother. ''Target: X'' seems to support this interpretation, as she speaks a lot more during the Facility flashbacks in this book, and is fairly talkative (if showing signs of her emotional damage) with Megan and Debbie. However she's virtually mute by the time of ''NYX'' (possibly because of the severe emotional trauma of the prior two books, ''especially'' the latter), and the number of pages (if not ''panels'') where she has dialogue can be counted on one hand. She starts to get better once she joins the X-Men, but still tends towards being less inclined to speak, either at all or at least at length, than other characters.



** In her original appearance in ''X-Men: Evolution'', X-23 is AmbiguouslyBrown, with features that have been interpreted as anything from Latina to First Nations, with WordOfGod stating she was modeled on the girl who was ethnic who posed for the reference shoot as a thank you. In the books, she's canonically Caucasian (which, considering she's a clone of Logan, makes sense that she would share his ethnicity). This extends to most other versions of Laura in both the comics and other media, which are also Caucasian.

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** In her original appearance in ''X-Men: Evolution'', X-23 is AmbiguouslyBrown, with features that have been interpreted as anything from Latina to First Nations, with WordOfGod stating she was modeled on the girl who was ethnic who posed for the reference shoot as a thank you. In the books, book, she's canonically Caucasian (which, considering she's a clone of Logan, makes sense that she would share his ethnicity). This extends to most other versions of Laura in both the comics and other media, which are also Caucasian.



* RageBreakingPoint: Although she shares Logan's temper, Laura is much more in control of it, and seldom loses her cool entirely. Even when she ''does'' get angry, she's usually very clinical and deliberate in her actions (as exemplified by her take down of Deathstrike in retaliation for her nearly killing Hellion). Only ''once'' has Laura ever been pushed so far that she entered a true berserker rage: When she encountered one of her ex-pimp's goons in a club, and learned the remnants of the gang have taken control of his sex trafficking operations. It was set off by the thug [[TooDumbToLive flippantly remarking about never getting to "have" Laura during her time as one of Zebra Daddy's hookers]]. Even ''Black Widow'' was shocked by the sheer bloody violence of her rampage to take down the gang for good, and immediately called her out on [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness how unlike her it was]].
* RapeAsBackstory: Subtly done: Laura was no older than ''fifteen'' in ''NYX'', during which time she was a prostitute under a sadistic and violent pimp. As she was legally unable to provide consent to most, if not all, of her Johns,[[note]]age of consent in New York City where she was living at the time is 17, while a teenager younger than 16 and older than 13 can legally have sex with someone no more than four years older than them[[/note]] ''and'' the fact that she was essentially forced into sexual slavery by her circumstances and Zebra Daddy's violent control over her (who it's implied ''also'' had sex with her), Laura was a victim of statutory rape.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: She's most commonly drawn with fair skin and black hair (particularly during her solo series). When Miss Sinister decides to [[GrandTheftMe steal her body]] because of its HealingFactor, she expresses satisfaction that she'll also be getting a ''very'' attractive new body as an added bonus. Later on, while masquerading as a waitress to get close to an agent of Malcolm Colcord, one of the other employees at the diner comments on how hot the "new girl" is. Warren hints she might even be prettier than ''Jean Grey''.

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* RageBreakingPoint: Although she shares Logan's temper, Laura is much more in control of it, and seldom loses her cool entirely. Even when she ''does'' get angry, she's usually very clinical and deliberate in her actions (as exemplified by her take down of Deathstrike in retaliation for her nearly killing Hellion). Only ''once'' has Laura ever been pushed so far that she entered a true berserker rage: When she encountered one of her ex-pimp's goons in a club, and learned the remnants of the gang have taken control of his sex trafficking operations. It was set off by the thug [[TooDumbToLive flippantly remarking about never getting to "have" Laura during her time as one of Zebra Daddy's hookers]]. Even ''Black Widow'' was shocked by the sheer bloody violence of her rampage to take down the gang for good, and immediately called her out on [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness how unlike her it was]].
* RapeAsBackstory: Subtly done: Laura was no older than ''fifteen'' in ''NYX'', during which time she was a prostitute under a sadistic and violent pimp. As she was legally unable to provide consent to most, if not all, of her Johns,[[note]]age of consent in New York City where she was living at the time is 17, while a teenager younger than 16 and older than 13 can legally have sex with someone no more than four years older than them[[/note]] ''and'' the fact that she was essentially forced into sexual slavery by her circumstances and Zebra Daddy's violent control over her (who it's implied ''also'' had sex with her), Laura was a victim of statutory (and possible ''actual'') rape.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: She's most commonly drawn with fair skin and black hair (particularly during her solo series). When Miss Sinister decides to [[GrandTheftMe steal her body]] because of its HealingFactor, she expresses satisfaction hair, and it's frequently noted that she'll also be getting Laura is a ''very'' very attractive new body as an added bonus. Later on, while masquerading as a waitress to get close to an agent of Malcolm Colcord, one of the other employees at the diner comments on how hot the "new girl" is. Warren hints she might even be prettier than ''Jean Grey''.young woman.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: It means she's affected by trigger scent and you might want to do more than just "take warning."
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Logan's Red; Laura is TheStoic, laconic, and generally keeps her emotions tightly controlled. Logan, by contrast, is far more passionate and quick to anger. She's also generally accepted as much more intellectual and given to careful strategy, whereas Logan is typically depicted as TheBerserker.
* RelationshipUpgrade: With time-displaced Warren in ''All-New X-Men'' #40.

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: It means she's affected by trigger scent and you might want to do more than just "take warning."
" Varies DependingOnTheArtist to either being bloodshot, or outright ''glowing''.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Logan's Red; Laura is TheStoic, laconic, and generally keeps her emotions tightly controlled. Logan, by contrast, is far more passionate and quick to anger. She's also generally accepted as much more intellectual and given to careful strategy, strategy even when angered, whereas Logan is typically depicted as TheBerserker.
* RelationshipUpgrade: With time-displaced Warren in ''All-New X-Men'' #40.
TheBerserker. However see RageBreakingPoint under series tropes below.



* SelfHarm: She habitually cuts herself on the wrists and forearms with her claws, and is first shown to engage in this behavior [[spoiler:as a reaction to being forced to kill her sensei as a test of the trigger scent]]. Laura can fall under ''all'' of the reasons for cutting noted on the trope page and one issue of her solo series suggests she may even be inflicting fatal injuries on herself: an employee at a hotel where she was staying with Gambit reported to his manager that it appeared as if someone attempted to commit suicide in a bathroom she just left. Her HealingFactor prevents her from dying from her wounds, however, and completely heals the resulting scars.
* SexGoddess: During her time as a hooker, she was said to be "the best at what she does", and commanded a much higher price than the other girls her pimp controlled. She was also his personal favorite, which becomes a plot point during the Liu series when one of his ex-goons remarks how he kept her for himself and didn't allow his men to have time with her at a discount like he did the other girls.
* SheFu: Laura's fighting style is highly acrobatic, using flips, handstands and cartwheels to bring her foot claws into play and to avoid being struck. Since only her claws are laced with adamantium, her body is much less durable than Logan's, and even though she does heal faster, she's much more prone to being knocked out of a fight by broken bones or dislocated (or severed) limbs.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Laura has been dealing with symptoms of PTSD almost all her life after the things that the Facility did to her, her time as a prostitute, and the many other hardships, tragedies, and battles she's been forced to endure, and her slow recovery has been a substantial part of her character development. Even then, she's continued to fight severe, possibly even suicidal, depression. As revealed by ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' and WordOfGod, [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]] ([[spoiler:and Stryker, Jr.'s revelation that footage of her in a trigger scent-fueled rage has been posted to the internet, revealing to the whole world what she is]]) was the point at which everything has finally built up beyond her ability to cope with it and pushed her over the edge.

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* SelfHarm: She habitually cuts herself on the wrists and forearms with her claws, and is first shown to engage in this behavior [[spoiler:as a reaction to being forced to kill her sensei as a test of the trigger scent]]. Laura can fall under ''all'' of the reasons for cutting noted on the trope page and one issue of her solo series suggests she may even be inflicting fatal injuries on herself: an employee at a hotel where she was staying with Gambit reported to his manager that it appeared as if someone attempted to commit suicide in a bathroom she just left. Her HealingFactor prevents her from dying from her wounds, however, and completely heals the resulting scars.
scars. As with many tropes relating to her DarkAndTroubledPast this has faded as her CharacterizationMarchesOn.
* SexGoddess: During her time as a hooker, hooker she was said to be "the best at what she does", and commanded a much higher price than the other girls her pimp controlled. She was also his personal favorite, which becomes a plot point during the Liu series when one of his ex-goons remarks how he kept her for himself and didn't allow his men to have time with her at a discount like he did the other girls.
favorite.
* SheFu: Laura's fighting style is highly acrobatic, using flips, handstands and cartwheels to bring her foot claws into play and to avoid being struck. Since only her claws are laced with adamantium, Justified because her body is much less durable than Logan's, and even Logan's since only her claws are laced with adamantium. Even though she does heal faster, she's much more prone to being knocked out of a fight by broken bones or dislocated (or severed) limbs.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Laura has been dealing with symptoms of PTSD almost all her life after the things that the Facility did to her, her time as a prostitute, and the many other hardships, tragedies, and battles she's been forced to endure, and her slow recovery has been a substantial part of her character development. Even then, she's continued to fight severe, possibly even suicidal, depression. As revealed by ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' and WordOfGod, [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]] ([[spoiler:and Stryker, Jr.'s revelation that footage of her in a trigger scent-fueled rage has been posted to the internet, revealing to the whole world what she is]]) was the point at which everything has finally built up beyond her ability to cope with it and pushed her over the edge.



* StraightMan: Laura is pretty much this to ''everyone'', as her sense of humor is very subtle and runs towards DeadpanSnarker (emphasis on the "deadpan"), she rarely cracks a smile, and she's never been shown truly laughing. It's ''especially'' pronounced whenever she comes into contact with wackier characters like Deadpool and Squirrel Girl.

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* StraightMan: Laura is pretty much this to ''everyone'', as her sense of humor is very subtle subtle, often black, and runs towards DeadpanSnarker (emphasis on the "deadpan"), she rarely cracks a smile, and she's never been shown truly laughing."deadpan"). It's ''especially'' pronounced whenever she comes into contact with wackier characters like Deadpool and Squirrel Girl.



* {{Stripperiffic}}: X-23 has had a few reasonable outfits, like an altered version of Wolverine's brown suit, the suit pictured in the image above, and a black-and-white striped t-shirt and regular pants. But the outfit most often associated with X-23, the one she wears in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'', and ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', is essentially leather PaintedOnPants and a leather sports bra.
** Her outfits in ''NYX'' are ''particularly'' stripperiffic. Somewhat justified considering she happens to be a prostitute at the time.
** There's also the [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]], [[StockingFiller fishnets]] and [[ShowSomeLeg miniskirt]] outfit from ''Target: X'', [[IconicOutfit which tends to show up in a]] ''[[IconicOutfit lot]]'' [[IconicOutfit of fan art]], even though she only wore it once.



** Averted when it comes to Logan, as aside from her [[PintSizedPowerhouse height]], [[WolverineClaws claws]] and [[UnstoppableRage temper]], she doesn't resemble him at all. However it's subtly played with during a flashback scene in ''All-New Wolverine'' #1: They share many of the same facial expressions and ticks throughout the scene.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Although not a power ''per se'', as a former assassin Laura is highly trained and skilled in the use of firearms: In ''Target: X'' she delivered a perfect HeadShot to a helicopter pilot who was ''in flight'', she was the team sniper on ''X-Force'' during their attempt to capture Vanisher, and during ''Wolverines'' grabbed a shotgun for dealing with Siphon when the team went after Fantomelle.
* SuperReflexes: Laura's reaction times are heightened as a secondary effect of her healing factor. This is best illustrated in ''All-New Wolverine'' when she slices a bullet fired at her face neatly in two with her claws. ''From point-blank range''.
* SuperSenses: Better than even Wolverine's. She could smell a man was lying about killing Wolfsbane when Logan couldn't (not that he believed her). Since their enhanced senses are a byproduct of their HealingFactor, this may be because Laura's is more powerful.

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** Averted when it comes to Logan, as aside from her [[PintSizedPowerhouse height]], [[WolverineClaws claws]] and [[UnstoppableRage temper]], she doesn't resemble him at all. However it's subtly played with during a flashback scene in ''All-New Wolverine'' #1: They share many of the same facial expressions and ticks throughout the scene.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Although not a power ''per se'', as a former assassin Laura is highly trained and skilled in the use of firearms: In ''Target: X'' she delivered a perfect HeadShot to a helicopter pilot who was ''in flight'', she was the team sniper on ''X-Force'' during their attempt to capture Vanisher, firearms, and during ''Wolverines'' grabbed a shotgun for dealing with Siphon when the team went after Fantomelle.
has no compunctions against using them if necessary.
* SuperReflexes: Laura's reaction times are heightened as a secondary effect of her healing factor. This is best illustrated in ''All-New Wolverine'' when she slices a bullet fired at her face neatly in two with her claws. ''From point-blank range''.
She's been shown dodging ''and'' ParryingBullets.
* SuperSenses: Better than even Wolverine's. She could smell a man was lying about killing Wolfsbane when Logan couldn't (not that he believed her). Since their enhanced senses are a byproduct of their HealingFactor, this may be because Laura's is more powerful.



* UsedToBeASweetKid: The entire plot of ''The Killing Dream'', the first arc of her solo series, revolves around [[spoiler: an apparition that ''may'' be the Enigma Force]] showing Laura that she wasn't born an emotionless killing machine, but that the Facility ''consciously destroyed her innocence'' to help her throw off the demon attempting to recruit her to his service. That she's inherently a good person despite the evil she's done is critical in helping her do so. ''Innocence Lost'' actually ''shows'' what was done to her, as well as small glimpses of the sweet and innocent child she was before the Facility tried to break her. Much of Laura's life after escaping the facility is spent trying to repair the damage that was done to her.

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* UsedToBeASweetKid: The entire plot of ''The Killing Dream'', the first arc of her solo series, revolves around [[spoiler: an apparition that ''may'' be the Enigma Force]] showing Laura that she wasn't born an emotionless killing machine, but that the machine. The Facility ''consciously destroyed her innocence'' to help her throw off the demon attempting to recruit her to his service. That she's inherently a good person despite the evil she's done is critical in helping her do so. ''Innocence Lost'' actually ''shows'' what was done to her, as well as small glimpses of the sweet and innocent child she was before the Facility tried to break her. innocence''. Much of Laura's life after escaping the facility is spent trying to repair the damage that was done to her.



* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Lady Deathstrike found this out the hard way.
-->'''X-23''': You were dead the second you touched Julian Keller.
* WakingUpElsewhere: Slight variant: The rage induced by the trigger scent causes Laura to black out, during which time she has no knowledge or control over what she's doing.

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* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Lady Deathstrike found this out the hard way.
-->'''X-23''': You were dead the second you touched Julian Keller.
* WakingUpElsewhere: Slight variant: The rage induced by the trigger scent causes Laura to black out, during which time she has no knowledge or conscious control over what she's doing.



* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Laura was brought up as an assassin and only her mother and sensei showed her any compassion or kindness during her childhood. But nobody ever told her about boys. As a result, she has no clue what's going on when she finds herself attracted to Hellion.
** She ''does'', however, understand sexuality due to her time as a prostitute. Additionally, Laura shows signs of loving her aunt and cousin when she stays with them, and her reaction to her mother's death also suggests that she did love her as well. It may then be less a case of Laura not knowing ''what'' love is, but that her only prior experiences with it have either been very unhealthy (during her time as a prostitute) or closely associated with pain and loss (her mother, cousin and aunt).
* WifeBasherBasher: Laura pulls a variation of this with prostitutes as a result of her experiences under Zebra Daddy's control. On several occasions afterwards she's been shown reacting ''very'' violently to seeing other girls abused as she was: During her one-shot she stumbled across a pimp abusing one of his girls, and unceremoniously [[OffWithHisHead beheaded him]] with her claws, while the "Songs of the Orphan Child" arc of her ongoing began when Laura went after a man who murdered a teen prostitute she met at a diner. Most notably, when a girl's night out with Jubilee near the end of the series revealed that members of Zebra Daddy's gang had taken over his business, the evening turned into a bloody rampage to liberate the girls they were trafficking. Comicbook/BlackWidow herself, who arrived to clean things up afterward and help see the rescued girls were taken care of, noted that [[NotSoStoic Laura was acting entirely out of rage and not thinking clearly]] during the fight.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Hellion, since both are initially unable to deal with their growing attraction to each other. [[spoiler: At least as of the end of her solo series, they won't.]]
* WhenSheSmiles: Laura only very rarely smiles. In issue 30 of ''All-New X-Men'', Angel convinces her to go on a date with him, and while talking afterwards, Warren specifically remarks that he likes it when she smiles, and that she should do it more often. Notably, in the same conversation he compares her looks favorably to ''Jean Grey''.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Downplayed: Laura has yet to seriously examine the fact that she will remain young and live on long after her friends and loved ones grow old and die. However it does get subtly referenced when, while trying to cope with Logan's death during her focus issue of ''The Logan Legacy'', Laura remarks to Kitty how she thought Logan would always be there for her because of his (and thus by extension her) mutation making him functionally immortal. His death severely rocks her view of her own future as a result, not least of which because it leaves her feeling alone.

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* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Laura was brought up as an assassin and only her mother and sensei showed her any compassion or kindness during her childhood. But nobody ever told her about boys. As a result, she has no clue what's going on when she finds herself attracted to Hellion.
** She ''does'', however, understand sexuality due to her time as a prostitute. Additionally, Laura shows signs of loving her aunt and cousin when she stays with them, and her reaction to her mother's death also suggests that she did love her as well. It may then be less a case of Laura not knowing ''what'' love is, but that her only prior experiences with it have either been very unhealthy (during her time as a prostitute) or closely associated with pain and loss (her mother, cousin and aunt).
* WifeBasherBasher: Laura pulls a variation of this with prostitutes as a result of her experiences under Zebra Daddy's control. On several occasions afterwards she's been shown reacting ''very'' violently to seeing other girls abused as she was: During her one-shot she stumbled across a pimp abusing one of his girls, and unceremoniously [[OffWithHisHead beheaded him]] with her claws, while the "Songs of the Orphan Child" arc of her ongoing began when Laura went after a man who murdered a teen prostitute she met at a diner. Most notably, when a girl's night out with Jubilee near the end of the series revealed that members of Zebra Daddy's gang had taken over his business, the evening turned into a bloody rampage to liberate the girls they were trafficking. Comicbook/BlackWidow herself, who arrived to clean things up afterward and help see the rescued girls were taken care of, noted that [[NotSoStoic Laura was acting entirely out of rage and not thinking clearly]] during the fight.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Hellion, since both are initially unable to deal with their growing attraction to each other. [[spoiler: At least as of the end of her solo series, they won't.]]
* WhenSheSmiles: Laura only very rarely smiles. In issue 30 of ''All-New X-Men'', Angel convinces her to go on a date with him, and while talking afterwards, Warren specifically remarks that he likes it when she smiles, and that she should do it more often. Notably, in the same conversation he compares her looks favorably to ''Jean Grey''.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Downplayed: Laura has yet to seriously examine the fact that she will remain young and live on long after her friends and loved ones grow old and die. However it does get subtly referenced when, while trying to cope with Logan's death during her focus issue of ''The Logan Legacy'', Laura remarks to Kitty how she thought Logan would always be there for her because of his (and thus by extension her) mutation making him functionally immortal. His death severely rocks her view of her own future as a result, not least of which because it leaves her feeling alone.
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* TheWorfEffect: Not as frequently as Logan, but occasionally Laura will be used to deliver a big OhCrap to her teammates, such as when Belasco kills her in Limbo with a wave of his hand during "Quest for Magik."

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* TheWorfEffect: Not as frequently as Logan, but occasionally Laura will be used to deliver a big OhCrap to her teammates, such as when Belasco kills her in Limbo with a wave of his hand during "Quest for Magik."teammates.



** On a meta level for her fans, the revelation that Laura's upcoming appearance in ''ComicBook/AmazingXMen'' under her creators, Yost and Kyle was falsely reported and no actual plans are in place for them to be writing her again in the immediate future.

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** On a meta level for her fans, the revelation that Laura's upcoming appearance she would appear in ''ComicBook/AmazingXMen'' under her creators, Yost and Kyle Kyle, was falsely reported and no actual plans are in place for them to be writing her again in the immediate future.



** Laura's Facility designation, X-23. She's almost never called this by her friends and teammates, who at most just use "X" as a nickname, but otherwise call her Laura even in the field when they use their own codenames (she doesn't even use her official codename, Talon). When Emma Frost tried to drive Laura away from the school with a projection of her slain mother, the "ghost" calling her X-23 tipped off Laura to what was really happening, as Sarah would never have called her by that designation. By contrast, Kimura ''always'' refers to her as X-23, which is done deliberately to dehumanize and belittle her.

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** Laura's Facility designation, X-23. She's almost never called this by her friends and teammates, who at most just use "X" as a nickname, but otherwise call her Laura even in the field when they use their own codenames (she doesn't even use her official codename, Talon). When Emma Frost tried to drive Laura away from the school with a projection of her slain mother, the "ghost" calling her X-23 tipped off Laura to what was really happening, as Sarah would never have called her by that designation. By contrast, Kimura ''always'' refers to her as X-23, which is done deliberately to dehumanize and belittle her.



* ZettaiRyouiki: As seen [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/0/2868/100248-18171-107205-1-x-23-target-x.jpg here]], X-23 at times adopts this, and it's in fact one of her {{iconic outfit}}s. ''Especially'' prominent in ''NYX''.

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* ZettaiRyouiki: As seen [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/0/2868/100248-18171-107205-1-x-23-target-x.jpg here]], X-23 at times adopts this, and it's in fact one of her {{iconic outfit}}s. ''Especially'' prominent in ''NYX''.


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* RageBreakingPoint: Although she shares Logan's temper, only ''once'' has Laura ever been pushed so far that she entered a true berserker rage: During "Girls' Night Out" she encountered one of her ex-pimp's goons in a club, and learned the remnants of the gang have taken control of his sex trafficking operations. It was set off by the thug [[TooDumbToLive flippantly remarking about never getting to "have" Laura during her time as one of Zebra Daddy's hookers]]. Even ''Black Widow'' was shocked by the sheer bloody violence of her rampage to take down the gang for good, and immediately called her out on [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness how unlike her it was]].
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* SuperStrength: Another byproduct of her healing factor is that Laura's muscles, connective tissue, and bones are denser than those of a normal human. As a result she's [[StrongerThanTheyLook stronger than one would expect such a short, slight girl to be]].

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* SuperStrength: Another byproduct of her healing factor is that Laura's muscles, connective tissue, and bones are denser than those of a normal human. As a result she's [[StrongerThanTheyLook [[MusclesAreMeaningless stronger than one would expect such a short, slight girl to be]].
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* SuperReflexes: Laura's reaction times are heightened as a secondary effect of her healing factor. This is best illustrated in ''All-New Wolverine'' when she slices a bullet fired at her face neatly in two with her claws. ''From point-blank range''.


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* SuperStrength: Another byproduct of her healing factor is that Laura's muscles, connective tissue, and bones are denser than those of a normal human. As a result she's [[StrongerThanTheyLook stronger than one would expect such a short, slight girl to be]].
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