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[[caption-width-right:294:The second best at what she does.]]

->''I am'' not ''a child! Stop calling me that!''
-->--'''X-23''', responding to [[{{Wolverine}} her adoptive father's]] constant mistake of referring to her by what she is.

X-23 is a character owned by MarvelComics, and created by Craig Kyle and his writing partner Christopher Yost. The character first appeared in episodes of ''{{X-Men Evolution}}'', in 2003. She was adapted to the comic medium in ''NYX'' #3 (February, 2004).

A trained assassin, X-23, or Laura Kinney, was created by the Weapon X offshoot known as the Facility, or HYDRA, depending on universe, using a damaged sample of Wolverine's DNA. The damage was greatest on the Y chromosome apparently so Dr. Deborah Risman in the series and the similar Dr. Sarah Kinney in the comics eventually had the brilliant idea to create [[OppositeSexClone a female copy instead]]. At last the 23rd attempt to clone [[{{Wolverine}} Weapon X]] was successful, thus X-23. However, Sarah Kinney states X-23 is technically a genetic twin rather than a true clone, making her Logan's sister. [[note]]Which is what a true clone actually is in RealLife, but not in comic books- as far as the comic is concerned the main difference is that she doesn't have Logan's 'GeneticMemory'.[[/note]] He later introduces her to her classmates at Xavier's this way, although they share more of a father-daughter relationship. Sarah Kinney also used some of her own genetic material to patch up gaps in the engineering, so X-23 is effectively her daughter (which may explain why Laura isn't short and hirsute).

Originally created for the XMenEvolution cartoon as an alternative to giving [[WolverinePublicity Logan more focus]] or other Marvel Heroes, X-23 quickly became an EnsembleDarkhorse and was written into the comics, still scripted by her original creators. With a slight change in design (Supposedly to make her look more like Wolverine, but in the end she looks ''less'' like Wolverine, with the only notable comparison other than power being much paler skin and darker hair (which depends on the artist anyway, while also making her much more feminine), and a switch in background that was virtually the same, only even more DarkerAndEdgier.

While in the ''Evolution'' cartoon, it was never specifically said so, in the comics only her claws are made of Admantium, with her bones being normal. Because, instead of undergoing the same process as Wolverine, the scientists in the facility instead exposed her to massive levels of radiation to jump-start her healing factor at the age of seven, then forcibly removed her claws while she was wide awake and replaced them after being coated in Admantium. Yes, they did that.

She grew up being trained to be an Assassin, so that the Facility could sell her talents to the highest bidder. She grew up being emotionally and physically abused, in order to remove such weaknesses as emotion and self worth. However, Dr. Sarah Kinney, the one scientist who treated her like a child, tried to free her, but X-23 had been conditioned with a special 'Trigger Scent' that would forcefully throw her into a BerserkerRage, and X-23 uncontrollably killed the good scientist. In her dying words, Dr. Kinney named her Laura, as she had yet to be given a name.

After tracking down Logan, she was invited to join the X-Men, after a few years on the run, and soon grew a close relationship with some of the X-Men. However, it was retconned so that she only pretended to bond to them, and just saw them as inter-changable people, with only Logan being the one she would treat like a friend, and father. That changed after House Of M, where she was placed with some other students and eventually grew close relationships with fellow students Cessily 'Mercury' Kincaid, who had also been through a lot, Julian 'Hellion' Keller, who after being severely mistreated by him eventually became best friends, to the point she developed a crush on him, and Sooraya 'Dust' Qadir, who she gains a mutual respect for.

She later went on to join ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' in the 23rd issue, forming an friendship with fellow social misfit Finesse [[spoiler: until a single utilitarian decision on Finesse part utterly destroys it]]. She later is captured by the villain Arcade to participate in his later Murder World in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena''. [[spoiler: Following the conclusion of ''Arena'', she will be returning to the X-Men beginning with ''{{All-New X-Men}}'' #20.]]

She also made a surprise appearance in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.

In 2013 she became a playable character in the Website/{{Facebook}} game ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''.

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!!She provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Same as Logan.
* AbusiveParents: Depending on your definition of "parents." Zander Rice was one of the lead scientists involved with her creation and training, and the abuse he subjected Laura to was outright ''horrific''. Sarah Kinney, her biological mother, (surrogate womb and some genetic material) was ordered by the Facility to deny her an emotional connection, so was forced to shun her when Laura reached out to her. To her credit Sarah defied those orders whenever she was able, but this still led to much of her emotional damage. Then there's her handler, [[AxCrazy Kimura]], who abused Laura as badly, if not ''worse'', than Rice. It really says something when as poor of a father as [[{{Wolverine}} Logan]] can be (which he even outright ''admits''), he's ''still'' one of the ''better'' parental figures Laura's had.
** Sarah herself is revealed in ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'' to have been abused by her father. A copy of the police report for one incident indicates that her mother and sister denied the allegations, and that Sarah herself would not talk to police about what happened. This led to Sarah cutting off contact with her family entirely, and she only reluctantly allowed her niece, Megan, to send her things. In fact, she didn't even ''know'' she had a niece until the girl was several years old.
** Kimura's FreudianExcuse is that her mother neglected her, her father abused her, and that she was subjected to a ''lot'' of bullying as a child. Her grandmother attempted to undo the damage, but by then it was too late and Kimura later takes it all out on Laura.
* TheAce: Her time with the New X-Men really just highlighted how unskilled and immature they were. it's really not surprising that she was the first person Cyclops recruited to his [[{{X-Force}} team]].
* AlternateUniverse: Like most Marvel Universe characters, she has several:
** ''League of Losers'': A villain from the future uses historical data to kill all the well known heroes in the world. Only a handful of heroes who weren't in the historical records (making them "losers") survive. X-23 was one of those heroes.
** ''X-Men: The End'': A near future version of the character. Strangely, she not only appears to have an adamantium skeleton, but her muscle tissue appear robotic or techno-organic.
** ''Artume-ruled reality'': In a temporary alternate reality created by Amazon Queen Artume where women rule the world, X-23 is known as Wolverine, and is one of the main members of the Avengers.
** ''ComicBook/AgeofApocalypse'': The daughter of Logan and Mariko Yashida who goes by the name Kirika is found in Mr. Sinister's lab in a container labeled "X-23".
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Cassandra Cain[=/=]ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}}. Everything from their backgrounds (raised to be an assassin), [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]], and relationships with their respective [[{{Wolverine}} father figures]][=/=][[Franchise/{{Batman}} mentors]] are quite similar.
* AndThisIsFor: When Rice begins the surgery to remove Laura's claws to be coated in adamantium without anesthesia, he tells her [[RevengeByProxy "This is for my father."]]
* ArchEnemy: Kimura, her former handler and the one who dealt her abuse from an early age. Kimura has Density Control, giving her immunity to X-23's adamantium claws since she can make her skin denser then the metal itself.
* ArtShift: Occasionally, covers will draw her slightly beefy and resemble a slightly older version of her Evolution design, only for the story to use her more common skinny goth look.
* AscendedExtra: Originally just a minor ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'' character, now she's one of the few X-Men to get her own page.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Combined with SherlockScan below: Whenever Laura walks into a room, her brain ''immediately'' calculates the best means of killing everyone inside it.
* BabysittingEpisode: One arc of the solo series focused on Laura taking care of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Franklin and Valeria Richards]] for an evening. Given that the younger of the two inherited her father's brains and retained a three-year old's capacity for mischief....
* {{Badass}}
** BadassAdorable: Especially as a little girl.
** BadassBookworm: Not the same degree as some, but Laura is incredibly gifted intellectually and received an extensive (albeit narrow) education during her training.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: She has to babysit the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Richards kids]] in the most recent arc. Even though the kids summoned a huge dragon and got kidnapped by an intergalactic pack rat, she managed to rescue and get them in their [=PJs=] before Reed and Susan got home.
* BareYourMidriff: Frequently, both in place of ''and'' in addition to OfCorsetsSexy.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Despite being a clone of the famously ''un''attractive Logan it's clear from dialog Laura is intended to be a ''very'' attractive young woman. And then over the course of her history, she's taken a good deal of punishment, but the only permanent mark on her body is the [[spoiler: emblem associated with CaptainUniverse]] on the palm of her right hand. {{Justified| Trope}}, since she has a HealingFactor.
* BerserkButton: A few. 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). Also, in Evolution, she gets very pissed if someone calls her a child or a kid, as it reminds her of the childhood she didn't have. Also, the "Trigger Scent" is a very literal but olfactory version of this.
* BlessedWithSuck: Her extensive training has given her SherlockScan and AwesomenessByAnalysis that allows her to immediately size up a threat upon entering a room, planning multiple plans of attack, and choosing the best course of action. This is certainly useful when walking into a BadGuyBar or other hostile situation. Less so when she's around her friends, because ''she can't turn it off''.
* BondOneLiner / IronicEcho: After [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating Zander Rice within an inch of his life]] at the end of ''Innocence Lost'', Laura looks over her shoulder and calls him "Animal" as she leaves him to die when the Facility's base explodes. Throughout the story, Zander referred to Laura as an animal to her face.
* BodyHorror: Her claws were ''forcibly removed'' from her body without any attempt at anesthesia so they could be coated in Admantium.
* BreakoutCharacter: Was arguably the main character of New X-Men, has had a number of miniseries and now an ongoing series, and is now almost always included in Team images.
* BrokenBird: Laura has endured ''horrible'' amounts of abuse and suffering in her life, and a major recurring theme is her efforts to recover from the emotional damage done to her.
* 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.
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to {{Daken}}'s Cain.
* CelibateHero: Although she did spend time as a prostitute during ''NYX'', Laura is otherwise this throughout most of her history. She develops a mutual attraction with Hellion, but due to her traumatic childhood, Laura struggles with personal relationships, which leads to her keeping him at a distance despite how they both feel. Their one kiss was unwelcome on Laura's end, and she ultimately breaks things off with him for good by the end of her solo series, and hasn't entered into another relationship in any of her appearances since. [[spoiler: According to the solicit synopsis and [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131012160654/marveldatabase/images/7/7d/All-New_X-Men_Vol_1_20_Textless.jpg cover]] for ''All-New X-Men'' Volume 1 Issue 20, however, Laura winds up putting the moves on a [[GoneToTheFuture time-shifted]] teenage Cyclops.]]
* TheChosenOne: She was once 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]].
* 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 comicbook 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]]'']].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Laura's ''entire life'' at the Facility. TrainingFromHell, her claws surgically removed one by one without anesthesia, punished severely even when she completes missions ''successfully'', constant physical and emotional abuse. ''Target X'' reveals that even her conditioning to the ''trigger scent'' involved outright torture when Laura is shown being electrocuted and nearly drowned.
* CombatPragmatist: She ''was'' trained to be the perfect assassin after all.
* 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. Played with in that she eats things she didn't get to have; eating more familiar things would probably bring back ''bad'' memories.
* ContinuitySnarl: A minor one between ''Innocence Lost'' and ''Target X'' with Laura's age. Based on the timeline given in the former, Laura was nine years old at the time she's sent on her field test to assassinate candidate Johnson, while in the latter Laura's age is stated to be eleven. In fact, ''Target X'' tends to make her two years older during events referenced in both books in general.
** It's also unclear where ''NYX'' fits into Laura's background, yet these events have clearly ''not'' been {{Ret Gone}}d since she's mentioned her time as a prostitute and friendship with Kiden Nixon in more recent stories.
* 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.
* CoolOldGuy: What she considers Comicbook/{{Gambit}}, even though he's no more than 15 years her senior.
* CoversAlwaysLie:
** ''X-23: Target X #5'': The cover shows Kimura triumphantly holding two of X-23's claws, having apparently just ripped them out of her hand. The closest thing to this in the actual story is X-23 cutting off her own hand (and promptly reattaching it) to escape Kimura.
** ''X-Force #18'' (2009): The cover shows X-23 in a tank undergoing the process of her skeleton being laced with adamantium. Never happens.
** ''X-Force #20'' (2009): The cover shows the team (minus X-23 herself) being attacked by half a dozen X-23 clones. Not only are those clones non-existent, the team has minimal interaction with the original X-23 during the story, which is focused mainly on her.
* CreepyChild: How Kiden Nixon, and frankly the rest of the group she falls in with, see her in ''NYX''. Pretty much all of them use this exact description.
** Since neither Zebra Daddy nor any of the other prostitutes he pimps for knows Laura's name, when one of her Johns commits suicide and one of the girls reports it believing Laura murdered him, the only way she's able to identify her is as "Y'know, the creepy one."
* CursedWithAwesome: Made painfully clear with Laura's private thoughts in ''AvengersArena''. Whenever Laura walks into a room, she [[SherlockScan immediately calculates the threat level of everyone inside it]] and determines the best method of killing all of them. It's great when she's dealing with people who want her dead in turn, but she can't turn it ''off''. This means she even formulates plans for killing her friends and loved ones.
* CuteBruiser: Laura's ability to heal makes her very tough to kill, and she may be an even ''more'' dangerous fighter than Logan. She's also a very attractive young girl with a fondness for [[OfCorsetsSexy corsets]] and {{Stripperific}} outfits.
* DarkActionGirl: Basically what the Facility turned her into. She usually dresses in dark colors, is often emotionally standoffish, and is willing to kill and torture to achieve her goals, even ''after'' joining the X-Men and attempting to turn her life around.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Hoo boy. Tortured, abused, trained from childhood to be a living weapon, treated as if she weren't even human by those who created her, forced to kill the only two people who showed her kindness and compassion during her training (one of whom was ''her mother''), and gave up her only other family to protect them from Kimura after she finally escaped. And this isn't even getting into her time as a StreetWalker. And unlike Logan for most of his history, ''she remembers every moment''.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Gradually evolves into this.
* DeadpanSnarker: Laura's BrutalHonesty often manifests itself as this.
* DeathSeeker: Her constant cutting of her wrists as well as her agreement to take part in X-Force seems to confirm this. Made pretty obvious when she asks Jubilee to kill her if she succumbs to the trigger scent after tempting Jubilee with her blood 'just to see if she would kill her.
** Her attack on Nimrod, which would have killed her if not for Hellion's intervention (which she wasn't expecting), also implies this.
* DecoyProtagonist: Ironically, her origin book, ''Innocence Lost'', is actually more about Sarah Kinney than it is Laura herself. Roughly the first half is focused mainly on Sarah's attempts to create a viable clone with hints of her own family issues, and while we're certainly shown in brutal detail how badly Laura was abused by Rice and Sutter, the focus is primarily on ''Sarah's'' reaction and growing disillusionment, and ultimate decision to free Laura from their control and destroy the project.
* DefusingTheTykebomb[=/=]IAmNotAGun: She is struggling to find an identity other than "living weapon."
* DependingOnTheArtist: She's sometimes drawn with dark skin like her original design in Evolution.
** Her bust size changes too, as does her height.
** Though Laura's canonically Caucasian in the main universe, some artists draw her in a way that she almost appears Asian.
* DependingOnTheWriter: In the X-Books, Laura is established as having a HealingFactor superior to Wolverine's (see below). However, once she gets to ComicBook/AvengersAcademy, Hank Pym warns Hazmat that "her healing factor isn't as strong as Wolverine's". The writer later admitted to the mistake on his part in the letters pages.
** Laura's speech patterns also tend to vary depending on who is writing her. She's generally accepted to [[SpockSpeak speak 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 [[GenreSavvy knows Sinister too well to have been fooled in the first place]].]]. However, she ''does'' use them in some of her other appearances, such as ''NYX'' and her own origin book, ''Innocence Lost''.
* DisposableSexWorker: Played with in ''NYX''. Her pimp, Zebra Daddy, makes it quite clear he sees her and the other women he pimps for as property he can discard on a whim, even [[EyeScream putting out the eye]] of another of his girls as [[RevengeByProxy punishment when Laura escapes]]. When he finally catches up to her in the climax, Daddy quite remorselessly and casually guns her down. Unfortunately for ''him'' she's a TykeBomb clone of ''{{Wolverine}}'' and has a HealingFactor. Needless to say, she makes short work of him when [[TheDogBitesBack she finally gets fed up with him]].
* DistaffCounterpart: To Wolverine and Daken. The writers explicitly designed her with the question in mind: "If Wolverine were the male of the species, what would the female be like?" They decided that she would be leaner so she could chase prey like a lioness and would have two claws on her hands and one on each foot so that she could climb trees and puncture the gut of any predators who managed to tackle her.
* TheDogBitesBack: Laura was the dog, and she delivers an ''epic'' NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Zander Rice as payback for the abuse he inflicted on her.
** And she does it again to Zebra Daddy, her physically and emotionally abusive pimp, after he guns her down in the climax of ''NYX'', not realizing she has a HealingFactor.
* DrivenToSuicide: The events of ''Target X'' finally pushes Laura to her breaking point. After escaping Kimura and severing contact with her only remaining family, she seeks out Logan with the intent of killing him and then herself to put a permanent end to the Weapon X project. She's so broken by everything that's happened to her by this point, that the only release she sees now is death. Logan manages to talk her down, but there's hints in later stories that Laura may still be prone to bouts of severe and possibly even suicidal depression.
* EmptyShell: In her one-shot comic, Laura says that she was effectively this during the time she spent as a prostitute. Earlier, the Facility actively attempted to ''make'' her this, by depriving her of emotional connections and subjecting 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. Sarah Kinney even believed they succeeded until Laura revealed Rice sent her to kill Martin Sutter and his family and that she chose to spare their son, proving that however severe the damage, she still held on to part of her humanity.
** ExtremeDoormat: As a result, despite being a highly-trained assassin and deadly fighter with adamantium WolverineClaws and a HealingFactor, it didn't stop Laura from being walked all over at different times in her early life:
*** While undergoing torture and experimentation by Malcolm Colcord's goons during her crossover with Daken, Laura muses that because she had been so beaten down, she genuinely didn't realize the way the Facility treated her was even wrong. This includes ''horrific'' amounts of physical and emotional abuse she was more than equipped to fight back against or escape.
*** Somehow she later fell under the control of Zebra Daddy, a violently abusive pimp who managed to force her into a life of prostitution and gain complete control over her. Even though she could tear him to shreds in ''seconds'' (and ultimately did once she got fed up with him) if she wanted.
* EvilCounterpart: Daken, in a way. Both are genetic children of Logan, both tend to only use two of their claws and save the third for special attacks, both have messed up pasts. They have a mutual respect for each other in part because they are so alike.
* {{Expy}}: Hmm... a young, royally screwed up, super-powered, dark haired, teen girl who utilizes WaifFu? Applies equally to X-23 or [[{{Firefly}} River Tam]].
** Also, ''Film/{{Hanna}}'' is more or less what a real world version of X-23 would look like.
* FastballSpecial: Laura and SpiderMan have their own version of this.
* ForcefulKiss: Laura was on the receiving end from her (sort of) boyfriend Hellion in ''X-23 #19''. She didn't enjoy it.
* [[ForgotAboutHisPowers Forgot About Her Powers]]: See IdiotBall below.
* GenerationXerox: Just like her daddy, she had a reciprocated but incredibly complicated love for a powerful psychic mutant.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: How many cute teenage girls get burned beyond recognition repeatedly?
* {{Goth}}: Laura's manner of dress often has a goth influence, ''particularly'' during the time she spent as a prostitute during ''NYX''.
* 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]]?
** Her cousin Megan was victim to this as well, getting a front row seat as Laura tore her mother's boyfriend (actually a Facility agent) to shreds and slaughtered a hit-team sent to recover her. And then Kimura showed up and tortured ''her'' to punish Laura for escaping.
* HealingFactor: Hers is even more powerful than Wolverine's, since she only has adamantium in her claws rather than her whole skeleton, and Logan's is slowed by constantly having to fight adamantium poisoning. Her mother speculated that Laura's ability to heal would be similarly slowed if her entire skeleton was bonded as well. The only thing that defeats it is a full-face blast from Nimrod's lasers.
** There ''are'' indications that her ability to heal can naturally fluctuate due to both her emotional state and youth. For example, the [[SelfHarm cuts she inflicts on herself]] when stressed or upset tend to leave visible injuries far longer than damage she sustains in combat.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jubilee.
* HollywoodScience: The process in which X-23 was cloned is currently impossible. But in a universe where humans can fly, shoot lasers out of their eyes and talk to gods on their cell phones, it's hardly significant.
** Arguably, she's more believable than a lot of comic book clones since they often show up with the same appearance, age, personality, and memories as their "parent".
* HugeGirlTinyGuy: Well, not exactly, but she certainly goes against the norm by being 3 inches taller than her SpearCounterpart.
** DependingOnTheArtist: Her height vs. Logan's height varies a lot. Mostly due to how Logan's height changed since 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.
* IdiotBall: Grabs it in ''AvengersArena'' #10: After the series reinforces Laura's brain is constantly [[SherlockScan taking in her surroundings and determining the best way to kill everyone around her]], [[spoiler: she then proceeds to [[LeeroyJenkins charge blindly into a confrontation with Apex]]. It [[EpicFail goes about as well as you'd expect]]. Fortunately, she manages to pass it to Apex before the latter can finish her off and flings her away, forgetting that Laura is A) Probably the most dangerous of the kids ''in'' Murder World, and B) Is [[HealingFactor just going to heal from the damage, anyway]]]].
* 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''.
* InnocenceLost: Laura's origin story is even ''called'' this, and shows in brutal detail the cruelty inflicted on her by the Facility to strip away her humanity and turn her into an emotionless killing machine. They ultimately failed, but still managed to inflict quite severe damage that she still struggles to recover from.
* 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 ''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.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Gambit.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: She was developing a good relationship with her maternal aunt and cousin, so getting as far away from them as she could was the best thing she could think of doing for them. Of course, it didn't help that Kimura was chasing her and had already tried to kill them.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Laura is fond of this, usually to the horror of her teammates.
* 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.
* TheLancer: To Wolverine in {{X-Force}}.
* LittleMissBadass: In X-Men:Evolution, Laura defeated ''all'' of the X-Men, despite being half the age of most, if not all, of them. Although this version did have her skeleton laced in adamantium and the element of surprise (and even the ones who knew they were being attacked had no idea ''who'' they were up against and had no way to fight back), it's not likely Wolverine himself could do this.
** Cannonball even states to Logan, "Not even you could take us all out." She does, and later pulls a BatmanGambit to be captured by HYDRA before making everyone think she died destroying them.
* MookHorrorShow: You know the monster that ''[[ImplacableMan might]]'' go down with enough firepower, but will gut the poor slob closing in for a coup de grace and/or track down those who leave it for dead? This is her, just add assassin skills to the mix.
* MoralityPet: Acts as one for Wolverine. Gambit as well in her self titled series. Hellion can be considered hers during their time with the New X-Men.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Sometimes averted, sometimes played straight, DependingOnTheArtist.
* MsFanservice: You wouldn't think so, until you look at the way she dresses.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Laura's got a body count that's almost certainly in the triple digits, but the only people she's ever shown any regret or sadness about killing at the time was her mother Sarah and her martial arts instructor.
* MysteriousWaif: Plays this role in her comics debut, ''NYX''. Though she doesn't appear until halfway through the series she ultimately drives the plot, as the remainder of the book focuses on Kiden's group dealing with her pimp's (who conveniently also gunned down Kiden's father in front of her when she was a child) efforts to recover her. Nothing at all is revealed about her background prior to becoming a StreetWalker, she goes unnamed within the story, and all we learn about her is that she is a weird girl with a HealingFactor and WolverineClaws.
* 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.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers a brutal one to Zander Rice at the end of ''Innocence Lost''. Yes, she could have easily killed him with her claws, but after disabling his gun, she put them away to beat the crap out of him in return for everything he's done. Her mother just gave her a mission to kill him. Laura pummeling him for about nine minutes[[note]]Based on Laura's mission timer. Her fight with Rice begins at about 11:00 on the clock, and ends at about 01:00[[/note]] straight? ''[[TheDogBitesBack Payback]]''.
* NoSocialSkills: Because Laura was deprived of normal human social interaction, her social skills are generally rather lacking. She's [[BrutalHonesty blunt]], and [[InnocentlyInsensitive struggles with social niceties]].
* NotSoDifferent: With Vampire Jubilee. Jubilee and Laura realize they have much in common, with X-23 having to struggle with finding herself and the trigger scent and Jubilee struggling to control her newfound blood lust. They get along [[HeterosexualLifePartners really well though]].
** She has this with Daken as well: Technically brother and sister, both raised by some very, ''very'' bad people, but while Daken embraces what Romulus made him, Laura desperately wants to be something more than just a weapon and killer. Nonetheless, their similarities give them a fair bit of mutual respect towards one another.
** Also with Kimura, of all people. Both suffered severe physical and emotional abuse in their past that's largely shaped and defined who they are now. Both also only had one or two people in their lives when they were young who showed them love and kindness, and attempted to repair the damage that was done. The difference is that Kimura became an AxCrazy psychopath who uses the abuse and bullying she was subjected to as an excuse to do it to others herself, while Laura is making an ongoing effort to heal.
** Cyclops and ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. get this with the Facility. Emma Frost {{Lampshade}}s that including Laura in X-Force, the X-Men's black ops hit squad, is just asking her to do the same thing the Facility forced her to do. Captain America arrests her with the intent of turning her in to S.H.I.E.L.D. in the belief Laura deserves punishment for the killings she performed, however Matt Murdock immediately tries to warn him that S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn't be at all interested in seeing justice done and would instead turn her into ''their'' weapon and elite killer.
* OfCorsetsSexy: If she's not in a midriff-baring tank top, chances are she's wearing one of these.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Possibly, as while she appears to be 17 years old, some characters have called into question exactly how long she's appeared to be 17. Justified because of her HealingFactor, which like Logan, slows her physical aging. Hers was also forcibly activated at ''age seven'', rather than being allowing to manifest naturally in her early teens.
* [[OneManArmy One Girl Army]]: Laura is a highly-trained assassin and skilled fighter. When her mother turned her loose on the Facility, she was slaughtering their soldiers by the ''dozens''.
* OppositeSexClone: Of Wolverine.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Not exactly the strongest physically, but is quite deadly for someone whose actually ''shorter'' than ''Logan''. ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' even classes her as a Bruiser. To put that into perspective, this is the same category as Colossus, Juggernaut, Hercules and ''Thor''.
* PleaseWakeUp / PleaseDontLeaveMe: At the end of ''Innocence Lost'', {{X-23}} kills her mother in a chemically-induced berserker rage, just as they destroy and escape the Facility that bred her. As Sarah Kinney dies and tells Laura that she loves her, for a moment she stops being a weapon and is just a little girl again, [[TearJerker hopelessly begging, "please don't leave me,"]] even after it's clear that Sarah has already died from her wounds.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: This is how she overcame the trigger scent in X-23# 12, something she's ''never'' been able to do on her own.
** ThePowerOfLove: Despite everything the Facility did to break her and forge her into an emotionless killing machine, it was Sarah Kinney's love for her as a daughter, defying orders to not treat her as a child whenever she could by reading to her and offering an emotional connection that preserved her humanity and helped her break free of the Facility's control.
* ProfessionalKiller: This is what X-23 was raised to be. Not wanting to let that define her life, she's since changed her approach to be more in line with X-family ideals, but her complete ruthlessness makes her at times a more efficient killer than even Wolverine.
* 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.
* RaceLift: In the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse universe, X-23 is half-Japanese due to having Mariko Yashida as her mother.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: She's most commonly drawn with fair skin and black hair (particularly during her solo series). When Miss Sinister/Claudine Renko 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.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: It means she's affected by trigger scent and you might want to do more than just "take warning." During her most recent episode in Paris, her eyes were actually ''[[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]]''.
* 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.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Not by her choice. She ended up killing her mother due to the Trigger Scent put on her.
** It was revealed in a recent flashback that Wolverine officially adopted her as his daughter.
* [[SexGod Sex Goddess]]: During her time as a hooker, she was said to be "the best at what she does".
* SheFu: Laura's fighting style is fairly consistently depicted as highly acrobatic, using large numbers of 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.
* SherlockScan: Whenever Laura walks into a room, her brain ''immediately'' begins to analyze the situation and everyone in it, performing threat analysis, formulating multiple attack plans, and calculating the best method with which to kill ''everyone in the room''. Her thoughts in ''AvengersArena'' reveal that she can't turn it off, so she even does this to her friends.
* ShootTheDog: Forced to do this ''literally'' by the Facility as part of her BreakTheCutie TrainingFromHell. When they decided Laura still had too much empathy for others, she was given a puppy with orders to kill it within a set amount of time and was then left alone to carry it out. She played with it instead, and when her handlers returned to find the puppy still alive threatened ''to torture it'' as punishment for Laura failing to follow orders, before relenting and offering her 'another chance.'
* ShoutOut: During her time as a prostitute as seen in ''NYX'', Laura was called the best at what she does. This is part of Wolverine's catch phrase, though he uses it in a ''slightly'' different context.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: While she's not a ''genius'', Laura is depicted as quite intelligent and certainly [[BadassBookworm highly-educated]]. One issue of her solo series reveals she plays chess when Storm offers to teach her and Laura counters that she's never lost a match. She ''does'' quit their game after only a few moves, but only because [[spoiler: Hellverine]] arrives, causing her to flee.
* TheSociopath: Zander Rice can be this depending on your interpretation. Considering the fact that he remorselessly subjected a young girl to horrific experiments, and had Martin Sutter; his adoptive father who practically raised him half his life, killed, even after giving the latter a heartfelt remark that he didn't want to lose him, it is quite likely that Rice simply used the death of his real father to justify his actions.
* TheSoulless: In ''The Killing Dream'', a demon attempting to recruit Laura to his service tells her that as a clone, (and because of all the death she's caused) she has no soul, and drags her into a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind to give her a chance to prove him wrong. [[spoiler: Laura encounters her inner self, who reveals that she wasn't ''born'' an emotionless killing machine, but that it took the conscious effort of the project to break her. This revelation gives Laura the power to defeat the demon. However, she remains in doubt over how much of his taunting was the truth afterwards. When Miss Sinister later attempts to steal her body, Laura questions her about having a soul, but Sinister is unable to answer and admits it's something she's given little thought.]]
* SpockSpeak: Laura has a very rigid, measured way of talking; among other things, she doesn't use slang words and only uses contractions when very agitated.
** Though it's the accepted portrayal of the character, it ''does'' [[DependingOnTheWriter vary from writer to writer]], however.
* StreetWalker: Laura in the largely forgotten NYX series, although she's a "specialist" who uses her claws to cut masochistic clients. This isn't mentioned often in her recent history, coming up in her 2010 one-shot and a couple issues of her solo series.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: X-23 has had a few reasonable outfits, like an altered version of Wolverine's brown suit, the suit picture the image above, and black-and-white striped t-shirt and regular pants. But the one most often associated with her, the one she wears in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'', and ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', is essentially leather PaintedOnPants and a leather sports bra.
* SuperSenses: Much like Wolverine himself.
** Hers are better, or better trained. 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.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Laura's a very emotionally damaged young girl, yet no one seems to consider she might be in need of professional counseling.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Daken and Laura take turns delivering this to ''each other'' during their rampage through Colcord's base. Daken tries to call her out on her empathy for others, believing that her skills as a killer make her better than everyone around her, and that her heart only forces her to hold back. Laura flatly tells him that she doesn't fight because she has something to prove, but for something ''bigger'' than herself. She then [[ShutUpHannibal turns this around on him]], [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking]] why ''[[TheSociopath he]]'' holds back by not taking the risk of allowing himself to ''actually'' care for anyone. Daken doesn't really have an answer.
* TortureTechnician: One of the skills she's been highly trained on, in her solo series Malcolm Colcord's fingernails finds this out the hard way. Also put to good use in her hooker days.
* TrainingFromHell: Her back story in ''Innocence Lost''.
* TroubledButCute: Dialogue in the books makes it clear that Laura is a very attractive young woman. Troubled? Just ''look'' at all the tropes focusing on how screwed up she still is because of her abusive upbringing.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Laura's first assassination was at age 9. She was immediately put to work by the Facility afterwards, and by 16 she's an accomplished enough killer to worry ''CaptainAmerica''. {{Justified| Trope}} since she was bred and raised from birth ''specifically'' to be a LivingWeapon, but her utter ruthlessness and cold detachment makes her an even better killer than Wolverine. It's mildly subverted in that she doesn't ''want'' to be a weapon, but it nonetheless comes completely naturally to her.
* TykeBomb: ''Literally'' conceived as such.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: OppositeSexClone, actually, but that just makes it even ''more'' noticeable.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: It seems as though she has so many short tank tops and skinny jeans that sometimes she doesn't even need a uniform. The way her foot claws work means she must have a ton of shoes stashed somewhere too.
* UnstoppableRage: The trigger scent causes this.
* 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.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Hellion. Laura and Jubilee started out like this before becoming HeterosexualLifePartners.
* 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.
-->'''Laura''': The ones who made me, they made a chemical...a scent...when I smell it, everything goes black and when I wake up, everyone's dead.
* WaifFu: Laura's fighting style tends to be very acrobatic, justified because she's rather small and lightly-built, and unlike Wolverine, lacks adamantium coating her entire skeleton, so is much more prone to being disabled by broken or severed limbs.
* WeakButSkilled: She relies primarily on WaifFu in combat since she's unable to sustain damage, and is ''very'' highly trained in hand-to-hand combat, firearms, interrogation techniques, infiltration, languages, and other skills she might have needed as an assassin.
* 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).
* 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.]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Due to never really having a childhood.
* WolverineClaws: Inherited from her father, though hers are in a slightly different arrangement with two in each hand (between the index and middle finger, and pinky and ring finger) and one in each foot (between the big and long toes). Like Logan's they're coated in adamantium. Zander Rice cut them out of her one by one while she was ''conscious'' to perform the procedure.
* WolverinePublicity: Why she was created in the first place.
** She really fits the trope now, showing up in multiple books (Her own ongoing, Avengers Academy and Venom).
* TheWorfEffect: Arguably the most dangerous of the teens kidnapped by Arcade in ''AvengersArena'', and would seem to be the best-equipped to survive his Murder World: Laura has extensive combat training and years of experience as an assassin; the same heightened senses, speed and reflexes as Wolverine; none of the teens (except perhaps Mettle) can resist her adamantium-laced claws; she is highly adept at tracking prey and incredibly stealthy; her HealingFactor allows her to recover ''very'' quickly from injuries that would seriously limit the others' ability to survive, if not kill them outright; and her conditioning by the Facility has her brain constantly and automatically [[SherlockScan analyzing her surroundings]] and [[AwesomenessByAnalysis planning how best to kill everyone around her]]. So of course [[spoiler: she ''very'' quickly gets [[CurbStompBattle her ass handed to her the first time she confronts Apex]] after grabbing the IdiotBall heading into the fight]].
* YankTheDogsChain: Pretty much her ''entire life''. Her mother finally decides to take a stand and rescue her from the Facility? Turns out she's contaminated by the trigger scent and Laura kills her in an UnstoppableRage just as it seems they're about to escape. Welcomed into her aunt's home, where she strikes up a close friendship with her cousin, Megan, and begins to feel that she's part of a family? Turns out her aunt's boyfriend was an agent planted by the Facility who calls in Kimura, forcing Laura to send her last remaining family into hiding to keep them safe. Logan talks her down from a MurderSuicide and offers her a home at the Xavier school where she can get help coping with all the hell she's been through? S.H.I.E.L.D. attacks her and Captain America puts her under arrest. And now that it ''finally'' seems as if she's beginning to put her life together and heal, [[AvengersArena she gets shanghaied by Arcade to fight other troubled teenage heroes to the death for his amusement]]. The poor girl just can't catch a break.

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->''I am'' not ''a child! Stop calling me that!''
-->--'''X-23''', responding to [[{{Wolverine}} her adoptive father's]] constant mistake of referring to her by what she is.

X-23 is a character owned by MarvelComics, and created by Craig Kyle and his writing partner Christopher Yost. The character first appeared in episodes of ''{{X-Men Evolution}}'', in 2003. She was adapted to the comic medium in ''NYX'' #3 (February, 2004).

A trained assassin, X-23, or Laura Kinney, was created by the Weapon X offshoot known as the Facility, or HYDRA, depending on universe, using a damaged sample of Wolverine's DNA. The damage was greatest on the Y chromosome apparently so Dr. Deborah Risman in the series and the similar Dr. Sarah Kinney in the comics eventually had the brilliant idea to create [[OppositeSexClone a female copy instead]]. At last the 23rd attempt to clone [[{{Wolverine}} Weapon X]] was successful, thus X-23. However, Sarah Kinney states X-23 is technically a genetic twin rather than a true clone, making her Logan's sister. [[note]]Which is what a true clone actually is in RealLife, but not in comic books- as far as the comic is concerned the main difference is that she doesn't have Logan's 'GeneticMemory'.[[/note]] He later introduces her to her classmates at Xavier's this way, although they share more of a father-daughter relationship. Sarah Kinney also used some of her own genetic material to patch up gaps in the engineering, so X-23 is effectively her daughter (which may explain why Laura isn't short and hirsute).

Originally created for the XMenEvolution cartoon as an alternative to giving [[WolverinePublicity Logan more focus]] or other Marvel Heroes, X-23 quickly became an EnsembleDarkhorse and was written into the comics, still scripted by her original creators. With a slight change in design (Supposedly to make her look more like Wolverine, but in the end she looks ''less'' like Wolverine, with the only notable comparison other than power being much paler skin and darker hair (which depends on the artist anyway, while also making her much more feminine), and a switch in background that was virtually the same, only even more DarkerAndEdgier.

While in the ''Evolution'' cartoon, it was never specifically said so, in the comics only her claws are made of Admantium, with her bones being normal. Because, instead of undergoing the same process as Wolverine, the scientists in the facility instead exposed her to massive levels of radiation to jump-start her healing factor at the age of seven, then forcibly removed her claws while she was wide awake and replaced them after being coated in Admantium. Yes, they did that.

She grew up being trained to be an Assassin, so that the Facility could sell her talents to the highest bidder. She grew up being emotionally and physically abused, in order to remove such weaknesses as emotion and self worth. However, Dr. Sarah Kinney, the one scientist who treated her like a child, tried to free her, but X-23 had been conditioned with a special 'Trigger Scent' that would forcefully throw her into a BerserkerRage, and X-23 uncontrollably killed the good scientist. In her dying words, Dr. Kinney named her Laura, as she had yet to be given a name.

After tracking down Logan, she was invited to join the X-Men, after a few years on the run, and soon grew a close relationship with some of the X-Men. However, it was retconned so that she only pretended to bond to them, and just saw them as inter-changable people, with only Logan being the one she would treat like a friend, and father. That changed after House Of M, where she was placed with some other students and eventually grew close relationships with fellow students Cessily 'Mercury' Kincaid, who had also been through a lot, Julian 'Hellion' Keller, who after being severely mistreated by him eventually became best friends, to the point she developed a crush on him, and Sooraya 'Dust' Qadir, who she gains a mutual respect for.

She later went on to join ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' in the 23rd issue, forming an friendship with fellow social misfit Finesse [[spoiler: until a single utilitarian decision on Finesse part utterly destroys it]]. She later is captured by the villain Arcade to participate in his later Murder World in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena''. [[spoiler: Following the conclusion of ''Arena'', she will be returning to the X-Men beginning with ''{{All-New X-Men}}'' #20.]]

She also made a surprise appearance in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.

In 2013 she became a playable character in the Website/{{Facebook}} game ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''.

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!!She provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Same as Logan.
* AbusiveParents: Depending on your definition of "parents." Zander Rice was one of the lead scientists involved with her creation and training, and the abuse he subjected Laura to was outright ''horrific''. Sarah Kinney, her biological mother, (surrogate womb and some genetic material) was ordered by the Facility to deny her an emotional connection, so was forced to shun her when Laura reached out to her. To her credit Sarah defied those orders whenever she was able, but this still led to much of her emotional damage. Then there's her handler, [[AxCrazy Kimura]], who abused Laura as badly, if not ''worse'', than Rice. It really says something when as poor of a father as [[{{Wolverine}} Logan]] can be (which he even outright ''admits''), he's ''still'' one of the ''better'' parental figures Laura's had.
** Sarah herself is revealed in ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'' to have been abused by her father. A copy of the police report for one incident indicates that her mother and sister denied the allegations, and that Sarah herself would not talk to police about what happened. This led to Sarah cutting off contact with her family entirely, and she only reluctantly allowed her niece, Megan, to send her things. In fact, she didn't even ''know'' she had a niece until the girl was several years old.
** Kimura's FreudianExcuse is that her mother neglected her, her father abused her, and that she was subjected to a ''lot'' of bullying as a child. Her grandmother attempted to undo the damage, but by then it was too late and Kimura later takes it all out on Laura.
* TheAce: Her time with the New X-Men really just highlighted how unskilled and immature they were. it's really not surprising that she was the first person Cyclops recruited to his [[{{X-Force}} team]].
* AlternateUniverse: Like most Marvel Universe characters, she has several:
** ''League of Losers'': A villain from the future uses historical data to kill all the well known heroes in the world. Only a handful of heroes who weren't in the historical records (making them "losers") survive. X-23 was one of those heroes.
** ''X-Men: The End'': A near future version of the character. Strangely, she not only appears to have an adamantium skeleton, but her muscle tissue appear robotic or techno-organic.
** ''Artume-ruled reality'': In a temporary alternate reality created by Amazon Queen Artume where women rule the world, X-23 is known as Wolverine, and is one of the main members of the Avengers.
** ''ComicBook/AgeofApocalypse'': The daughter of Logan and Mariko Yashida who goes by the name Kirika is found in Mr. Sinister's lab in a container labeled "X-23".
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Cassandra Cain[=/=]ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}}. Everything from their backgrounds (raised to be an assassin), [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]], and relationships with their respective [[{{Wolverine}} father figures]][=/=][[Franchise/{{Batman}} mentors]] are quite similar.
* AndThisIsFor: When Rice begins the surgery to remove Laura's claws to be coated in adamantium without anesthesia, he tells her [[RevengeByProxy "This is for my father."]]
* ArchEnemy: Kimura, her former handler and the one who dealt her abuse from an early age. Kimura has Density Control, giving her immunity to X-23's adamantium claws since she can make her skin denser then the metal itself.
* ArtShift: Occasionally, covers will draw her slightly beefy and resemble a slightly older version of her Evolution design, only for the story to use her more common skinny goth look.
* AscendedExtra: Originally just a minor ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'' character, now she's one of the few X-Men to get her own page.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Combined with SherlockScan below: Whenever Laura walks into a room, her brain ''immediately'' calculates the best means of killing everyone inside it.
* BabysittingEpisode: One arc of the solo series focused on Laura taking care of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Franklin and Valeria Richards]] for an evening. Given that the younger of the two inherited her father's brains and retained a three-year old's capacity for mischief....
* {{Badass}}
** BadassAdorable: Especially as a little girl.
** BadassBookworm: Not the same degree as some, but Laura is incredibly gifted intellectually and received an extensive (albeit narrow) education during her training.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: She has to babysit the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Richards kids]] in the most recent arc. Even though the kids summoned a huge dragon and got kidnapped by an intergalactic pack rat, she managed to rescue and get them in their [=PJs=] before Reed and Susan got home.
* BareYourMidriff: Frequently, both in place of ''and'' in addition to OfCorsetsSexy.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Despite being a clone of the famously ''un''attractive Logan it's clear from dialog Laura is intended to be a ''very'' attractive young woman. And then over the course of her history, she's taken a good deal of punishment, but the only permanent mark on her body is the [[spoiler: emblem associated with CaptainUniverse]] on the palm of her right hand. {{Justified| Trope}}, since she has a HealingFactor.
* BerserkButton: A few. 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). Also, in Evolution, she gets very pissed if someone calls her a child or a kid, as it reminds her of the childhood she didn't have. Also, the "Trigger Scent" is a very literal but olfactory version of this.
* BlessedWithSuck: Her extensive training has given her SherlockScan and AwesomenessByAnalysis that allows her to immediately size up a threat upon entering a room, planning multiple plans of attack, and choosing the best course of action. This is certainly useful when walking into a BadGuyBar or other hostile situation. Less so when she's around her friends, because ''she can't turn it off''.
* BondOneLiner / IronicEcho: After [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating Zander Rice within an inch of his life]] at the end of ''Innocence Lost'', Laura looks over her shoulder and calls him "Animal" as she leaves him to die when the Facility's base explodes. Throughout the story, Zander referred to Laura as an animal to her face.
* BodyHorror: Her claws were ''forcibly removed'' from her body without any attempt at anesthesia so they could be coated in Admantium.
* BreakoutCharacter: Was arguably the main character of New X-Men, has had a number of miniseries and now an ongoing series, and is now almost always included in Team images.
* BrokenBird: Laura has endured ''horrible'' amounts of abuse and suffering in her life, and a major recurring theme is her efforts to recover from the emotional damage done to her.
* 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.
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to {{Daken}}'s Cain.
* CelibateHero: Although she did spend time as a prostitute during ''NYX'', Laura is otherwise this throughout most of her history. She develops a mutual attraction with Hellion, but due to her traumatic childhood, Laura struggles with personal relationships, which leads to her keeping him at a distance despite how they both feel. Their one kiss was unwelcome on Laura's end, and she ultimately breaks things off with him for good by the end of her solo series, and hasn't entered into another relationship in any of her appearances since. [[spoiler: According to the solicit synopsis and [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131012160654/marveldatabase/images/7/7d/All-New_X-Men_Vol_1_20_Textless.jpg cover]] for ''All-New X-Men'' Volume 1 Issue 20, however, Laura winds up putting the moves on a [[GoneToTheFuture time-shifted]] teenage Cyclops.]]
* TheChosenOne: She was once 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]].
* 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 comicbook 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]]'']].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Laura's ''entire life'' at the Facility. TrainingFromHell, her claws surgically removed one by one without anesthesia, punished severely even when she completes missions ''successfully'', constant physical and emotional abuse. ''Target X'' reveals that even her conditioning to the ''trigger scent'' involved outright torture when Laura is shown being electrocuted and nearly drowned.
* CombatPragmatist: She ''was'' trained to be the perfect assassin after all.
* 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. Played with in that she eats things she didn't get to have; eating more familiar things would probably bring back ''bad'' memories.
* ContinuitySnarl: A minor one between ''Innocence Lost'' and ''Target X'' with Laura's age. Based on the timeline given in the former, Laura was nine years old at the time she's sent on her field test to assassinate candidate Johnson, while in the latter Laura's age is stated to be eleven. In fact, ''Target X'' tends to make her two years older during events referenced in both books in general.
** It's also unclear where ''NYX'' fits into Laura's background, yet these events have clearly ''not'' been {{Ret Gone}}d since she's mentioned her time as a prostitute and friendship with Kiden Nixon in more recent stories.
* 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.
* CoolOldGuy: What she considers Comicbook/{{Gambit}}, even though he's no more than 15 years her senior.
* CoversAlwaysLie:
** ''X-23: Target X #5'': The cover shows Kimura triumphantly holding two of X-23's claws, having apparently just ripped them out of her hand. The closest thing to this in the actual story is X-23 cutting off her own hand (and promptly reattaching it) to escape Kimura.
** ''X-Force #18'' (2009): The cover shows X-23 in a tank undergoing the process of her skeleton being laced with adamantium. Never happens.
** ''X-Force #20'' (2009): The cover shows the team (minus X-23 herself) being attacked by half a dozen X-23 clones. Not only are those clones non-existent, the team has minimal interaction with the original X-23 during the story, which is focused mainly on her.
* CreepyChild: How Kiden Nixon, and frankly the rest of the group she falls in with, see her in ''NYX''. Pretty much all of them use this exact description.
** Since neither Zebra Daddy nor any of the other prostitutes he pimps for knows Laura's name, when one of her Johns commits suicide and one of the girls reports it believing Laura murdered him, the only way she's able to identify her is as "Y'know, the creepy one."
* CursedWithAwesome: Made painfully clear with Laura's private thoughts in ''AvengersArena''. Whenever Laura walks into a room, she [[SherlockScan immediately calculates the threat level of everyone inside it]] and determines the best method of killing all of them. It's great when she's dealing with people who want her dead in turn, but she can't turn it ''off''. This means she even formulates plans for killing her friends and loved ones.
* CuteBruiser: Laura's ability to heal makes her very tough to kill, and she may be an even ''more'' dangerous fighter than Logan. She's also a very attractive young girl with a fondness for [[OfCorsetsSexy corsets]] and {{Stripperific}} outfits.
* DarkActionGirl: Basically what the Facility turned her into. She usually dresses in dark colors, is often emotionally standoffish, and is willing to kill and torture to achieve her goals, even ''after'' joining the X-Men and attempting to turn her life around.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Hoo boy. Tortured, abused, trained from childhood to be a living weapon, treated as if she weren't even human by those who created her, forced to kill the only two people who showed her kindness and compassion during her training (one of whom was ''her mother''), and gave up her only other family to protect them from Kimura after she finally escaped. And this isn't even getting into her time as a StreetWalker. And unlike Logan for most of his history, ''she remembers every moment''.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Gradually evolves into this.
* DeadpanSnarker: Laura's BrutalHonesty often manifests itself as this.
* DeathSeeker: Her constant cutting of her wrists as well as her agreement to take part in X-Force seems to confirm this. Made pretty obvious when she asks Jubilee to kill her if she succumbs to the trigger scent after tempting Jubilee with her blood 'just to see if she would kill her.
** Her attack on Nimrod, which would have killed her if not for Hellion's intervention (which she wasn't expecting), also implies this.
* DecoyProtagonist: Ironically, her origin book, ''Innocence Lost'', is actually more about Sarah Kinney than it is Laura herself. Roughly the first half is focused mainly on Sarah's attempts to create a viable clone with hints of her own family issues, and while we're certainly shown in brutal detail how badly Laura was abused by Rice and Sutter, the focus is primarily on ''Sarah's'' reaction and growing disillusionment, and ultimate decision to free Laura from their control and destroy the project.
* DefusingTheTykebomb[=/=]IAmNotAGun: She is struggling to find an identity other than "living weapon."
* DependingOnTheArtist: She's sometimes drawn with dark skin like her original design in Evolution.
** Her bust size changes too, as does her height.
** Though Laura's canonically Caucasian in the main universe, some artists draw her in a way that she almost appears Asian.
* DependingOnTheWriter: In the X-Books, Laura is established as having a HealingFactor superior to Wolverine's (see below). However, once she gets to ComicBook/AvengersAcademy, Hank Pym warns Hazmat that "her healing factor isn't as strong as Wolverine's". The writer later admitted to the mistake on his part in the letters pages.
** Laura's speech patterns also tend to vary depending on who is writing her. She's generally accepted to [[SpockSpeak speak 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 [[GenreSavvy knows Sinister too well to have been fooled in the first place]].]]. However, she ''does'' use them in some of her other appearances, such as ''NYX'' and her own origin book, ''Innocence Lost''.
* DisposableSexWorker: Played with in ''NYX''. Her pimp, Zebra Daddy, makes it quite clear he sees her and the other women he pimps for as property he can discard on a whim, even [[EyeScream putting out the eye]] of another of his girls as [[RevengeByProxy punishment when Laura escapes]]. When he finally catches up to her in the climax, Daddy quite remorselessly and casually guns her down. Unfortunately for ''him'' she's a TykeBomb clone of ''{{Wolverine}}'' and has a HealingFactor. Needless to say, she makes short work of him when [[TheDogBitesBack she finally gets fed up with him]].
* DistaffCounterpart: To Wolverine and Daken. The writers explicitly designed her with the question in mind: "If Wolverine were the male of the species, what would the female be like?" They decided that she would be leaner so she could chase prey like a lioness and would have two claws on her hands and one on each foot so that she could climb trees and puncture the gut of any predators who managed to tackle her.
* TheDogBitesBack: Laura was the dog, and she delivers an ''epic'' NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Zander Rice as payback for the abuse he inflicted on her.
** And she does it again to Zebra Daddy, her physically and emotionally abusive pimp, after he guns her down in the climax of ''NYX'', not realizing she has a HealingFactor.
* DrivenToSuicide: The events of ''Target X'' finally pushes Laura to her breaking point. After escaping Kimura and severing contact with her only remaining family, she seeks out Logan with the intent of killing him and then herself to put a permanent end to the Weapon X project. She's so broken by everything that's happened to her by this point, that the only release she sees now is death. Logan manages to talk her down, but there's hints in later stories that Laura may still be prone to bouts of severe and possibly even suicidal depression.
* EmptyShell: In her one-shot comic, Laura says that she was effectively this during the time she spent as a prostitute. Earlier, the Facility actively attempted to ''make'' her this, by depriving her of emotional connections and subjecting 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. Sarah Kinney even believed they succeeded until Laura revealed Rice sent her to kill Martin Sutter and his family and that she chose to spare their son, proving that however severe the damage, she still held on to part of her humanity.
** ExtremeDoormat: As a result, despite being a highly-trained assassin and deadly fighter with adamantium WolverineClaws and a HealingFactor, it didn't stop Laura from being walked all over at different times in her early life:
*** While undergoing torture and experimentation by Malcolm Colcord's goons during her crossover with Daken, Laura muses that because she had been so beaten down, she genuinely didn't realize the way the Facility treated her was even wrong. This includes ''horrific'' amounts of physical and emotional abuse she was more than equipped to fight back against or escape.
*** Somehow she later fell under the control of Zebra Daddy, a violently abusive pimp who managed to force her into a life of prostitution and gain complete control over her. Even though she could tear him to shreds in ''seconds'' (and ultimately did once she got fed up with him) if she wanted.
* EvilCounterpart: Daken, in a way. Both are genetic children of Logan, both tend to only use two of their claws and save the third for special attacks, both have messed up pasts. They have a mutual respect for each other in part because they are so alike.
* {{Expy}}: Hmm... a young, royally screwed up, super-powered, dark haired, teen girl who utilizes WaifFu? Applies equally to X-23 or [[{{Firefly}} River Tam]].
** Also, ''Film/{{Hanna}}'' is more or less what a real world version of X-23 would look like.
* FastballSpecial: Laura and SpiderMan have their own version of this.
* ForcefulKiss: Laura was on the receiving end from her (sort of) boyfriend Hellion in ''X-23 #19''. She didn't enjoy it.
* [[ForgotAboutHisPowers Forgot About Her Powers]]: See IdiotBall below.
* GenerationXerox: Just like her daddy, she had a reciprocated but incredibly complicated love for a powerful psychic mutant.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: How many cute teenage girls get burned beyond recognition repeatedly?
* {{Goth}}: Laura's manner of dress often has a goth influence, ''particularly'' during the time she spent as a prostitute during ''NYX''.
* 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]]?
** Her cousin Megan was victim to this as well, getting a front row seat as Laura tore her mother's boyfriend (actually a Facility agent) to shreds and slaughtered a hit-team sent to recover her. And then Kimura showed up and tortured ''her'' to punish Laura for escaping.
* HealingFactor: Hers is even more powerful than Wolverine's, since she only has adamantium in her claws rather than her whole skeleton, and Logan's is slowed by constantly having to fight adamantium poisoning. Her mother speculated that Laura's ability to heal would be similarly slowed if her entire skeleton was bonded as well. The only thing that defeats it is a full-face blast from Nimrod's lasers.
** There ''are'' indications that her ability to heal can naturally fluctuate due to both her emotional state and youth. For example, the [[SelfHarm cuts she inflicts on herself]] when stressed or upset tend to leave visible injuries far longer than damage she sustains in combat.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jubilee.
* HollywoodScience: The process in which X-23 was cloned is currently impossible. But in a universe where humans can fly, shoot lasers out of their eyes and talk to gods on their cell phones, it's hardly significant.
** Arguably, she's more believable than a lot of comic book clones since they often show up with the same appearance, age, personality, and memories as their "parent".
* HugeGirlTinyGuy: Well, not exactly, but she certainly goes against the norm by being 3 inches taller than her SpearCounterpart.
** DependingOnTheArtist: Her height vs. Logan's height varies a lot. Mostly due to how Logan's height changed since 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.
* IdiotBall: Grabs it in ''AvengersArena'' #10: After the series reinforces Laura's brain is constantly [[SherlockScan taking in her surroundings and determining the best way to kill everyone around her]], [[spoiler: she then proceeds to [[LeeroyJenkins charge blindly into a confrontation with Apex]]. It [[EpicFail goes about as well as you'd expect]]. Fortunately, she manages to pass it to Apex before the latter can finish her off and flings her away, forgetting that Laura is A) Probably the most dangerous of the kids ''in'' Murder World, and B) Is [[HealingFactor just going to heal from the damage, anyway]]]].
* 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''.
* InnocenceLost: Laura's origin story is even ''called'' this, and shows in brutal detail the cruelty inflicted on her by the Facility to strip away her humanity and turn her into an emotionless killing machine. They ultimately failed, but still managed to inflict quite severe damage that she still struggles to recover from.
* 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 ''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.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Gambit.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: She was developing a good relationship with her maternal aunt and cousin, so getting as far away from them as she could was the best thing she could think of doing for them. Of course, it didn't help that Kimura was chasing her and had already tried to kill them.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Laura is fond of this, usually to the horror of her teammates.
* 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.
* TheLancer: To Wolverine in {{X-Force}}.
* LittleMissBadass: In X-Men:Evolution, Laura defeated ''all'' of the X-Men, despite being half the age of most, if not all, of them. Although this version did have her skeleton laced in adamantium and the element of surprise (and even the ones who knew they were being attacked had no idea ''who'' they were up against and had no way to fight back), it's not likely Wolverine himself could do this.
** Cannonball even states to Logan, "Not even you could take us all out." She does, and later pulls a BatmanGambit to be captured by HYDRA before making everyone think she died destroying them.
* MookHorrorShow: You know the monster that ''[[ImplacableMan might]]'' go down with enough firepower, but will gut the poor slob closing in for a coup de grace and/or track down those who leave it for dead? This is her, just add assassin skills to the mix.
* MoralityPet: Acts as one for Wolverine. Gambit as well in her self titled series. Hellion can be considered hers during their time with the New X-Men.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Sometimes averted, sometimes played straight, DependingOnTheArtist.
* MsFanservice: You wouldn't think so, until you look at the way she dresses.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Laura's got a body count that's almost certainly in the triple digits, but the only people she's ever shown any regret or sadness about killing at the time was her mother Sarah and her martial arts instructor.
* MysteriousWaif: Plays this role in her comics debut, ''NYX''. Though she doesn't appear until halfway through the series she ultimately drives the plot, as the remainder of the book focuses on Kiden's group dealing with her pimp's (who conveniently also gunned down Kiden's father in front of her when she was a child) efforts to recover her. Nothing at all is revealed about her background prior to becoming a StreetWalker, she goes unnamed within the story, and all we learn about her is that she is a weird girl with a HealingFactor and WolverineClaws.
* 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.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers a brutal one to Zander Rice at the end of ''Innocence Lost''. Yes, she could have easily killed him with her claws, but after disabling his gun, she put them away to beat the crap out of him in return for everything he's done. Her mother just gave her a mission to kill him. Laura pummeling him for about nine minutes[[note]]Based on Laura's mission timer. Her fight with Rice begins at about 11:00 on the clock, and ends at about 01:00[[/note]] straight? ''[[TheDogBitesBack Payback]]''.
* NoSocialSkills: Because Laura was deprived of normal human social interaction, her social skills are generally rather lacking. She's [[BrutalHonesty blunt]], and [[InnocentlyInsensitive struggles with social niceties]].
* NotSoDifferent: With Vampire Jubilee. Jubilee and Laura realize they have much in common, with X-23 having to struggle with finding herself and the trigger scent and Jubilee struggling to control her newfound blood lust. They get along [[HeterosexualLifePartners really well though]].
** She has this with Daken as well: Technically brother and sister, both raised by some very, ''very'' bad people, but while Daken embraces what Romulus made him, Laura desperately wants to be something more than just a weapon and killer. Nonetheless, their similarities give them a fair bit of mutual respect towards one another.
** Also with Kimura, of all people. Both suffered severe physical and emotional abuse in their past that's largely shaped and defined who they are now. Both also only had one or two people in their lives when they were young who showed them love and kindness, and attempted to repair the damage that was done. The difference is that Kimura became an AxCrazy psychopath who uses the abuse and bullying she was subjected to as an excuse to do it to others herself, while Laura is making an ongoing effort to heal.
** Cyclops and ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. get this with the Facility. Emma Frost {{Lampshade}}s that including Laura in X-Force, the X-Men's black ops hit squad, is just asking her to do the same thing the Facility forced her to do. Captain America arrests her with the intent of turning her in to S.H.I.E.L.D. in the belief Laura deserves punishment for the killings she performed, however Matt Murdock immediately tries to warn him that S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn't be at all interested in seeing justice done and would instead turn her into ''their'' weapon and elite killer.
* OfCorsetsSexy: If she's not in a midriff-baring tank top, chances are she's wearing one of these.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Possibly, as while she appears to be 17 years old, some characters have called into question exactly how long she's appeared to be 17. Justified because of her HealingFactor, which like Logan, slows her physical aging. Hers was also forcibly activated at ''age seven'', rather than being allowing to manifest naturally in her early teens.
* [[OneManArmy One Girl Army]]: Laura is a highly-trained assassin and skilled fighter. When her mother turned her loose on the Facility, she was slaughtering their soldiers by the ''dozens''.
* OppositeSexClone: Of Wolverine.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Not exactly the strongest physically, but is quite deadly for someone whose actually ''shorter'' than ''Logan''. ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' even classes her as a Bruiser. To put that into perspective, this is the same category as Colossus, Juggernaut, Hercules and ''Thor''.
* PleaseWakeUp / PleaseDontLeaveMe: At the end of ''Innocence Lost'', {{X-23}} kills her mother in a chemically-induced berserker rage, just as they destroy and escape the Facility that bred her. As Sarah Kinney dies and tells Laura that she loves her, for a moment she stops being a weapon and is just a little girl again, [[TearJerker hopelessly begging, "please don't leave me,"]] even after it's clear that Sarah has already died from her wounds.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: This is how she overcame the trigger scent in X-23# 12, something she's ''never'' been able to do on her own.
** ThePowerOfLove: Despite everything the Facility did to break her and forge her into an emotionless killing machine, it was Sarah Kinney's love for her as a daughter, defying orders to not treat her as a child whenever she could by reading to her and offering an emotional connection that preserved her humanity and helped her break free of the Facility's control.
* ProfessionalKiller: This is what X-23 was raised to be. Not wanting to let that define her life, she's since changed her approach to be more in line with X-family ideals, but her complete ruthlessness makes her at times a more efficient killer than even Wolverine.
* 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.
* RaceLift: In the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse universe, X-23 is half-Japanese due to having Mariko Yashida as her mother.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: She's most commonly drawn with fair skin and black hair (particularly during her solo series). When Miss Sinister/Claudine Renko 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.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: It means she's affected by trigger scent and you might want to do more than just "take warning." During her most recent episode in Paris, her eyes were actually ''[[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]]''.
* 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.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Not by her choice. She ended up killing her mother due to the Trigger Scent put on her.
** It was revealed in a recent flashback that Wolverine officially adopted her as his daughter.
* [[SexGod Sex Goddess]]: During her time as a hooker, she was said to be "the best at what she does".
* SheFu: Laura's fighting style is fairly consistently depicted as highly acrobatic, using large numbers of 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.
* SherlockScan: Whenever Laura walks into a room, her brain ''immediately'' begins to analyze the situation and everyone in it, performing threat analysis, formulating multiple attack plans, and calculating the best method with which to kill ''everyone in the room''. Her thoughts in ''AvengersArena'' reveal that she can't turn it off, so she even does this to her friends.
* ShootTheDog: Forced to do this ''literally'' by the Facility as part of her BreakTheCutie TrainingFromHell. When they decided Laura still had too much empathy for others, she was given a puppy with orders to kill it within a set amount of time and was then left alone to carry it out. She played with it instead, and when her handlers returned to find the puppy still alive threatened ''to torture it'' as punishment for Laura failing to follow orders, before relenting and offering her 'another chance.'
* ShoutOut: During her time as a prostitute as seen in ''NYX'', Laura was called the best at what she does. This is part of Wolverine's catch phrase, though he uses it in a ''slightly'' different context.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: While she's not a ''genius'', Laura is depicted as quite intelligent and certainly [[BadassBookworm highly-educated]]. One issue of her solo series reveals she plays chess when Storm offers to teach her and Laura counters that she's never lost a match. She ''does'' quit their game after only a few moves, but only because [[spoiler: Hellverine]] arrives, causing her to flee.
* TheSociopath: Zander Rice can be this depending on your interpretation. Considering the fact that he remorselessly subjected a young girl to horrific experiments, and had Martin Sutter; his adoptive father who practically raised him half his life, killed, even after giving the latter a heartfelt remark that he didn't want to lose him, it is quite likely that Rice simply used the death of his real father to justify his actions.
* TheSoulless: In ''The Killing Dream'', a demon attempting to recruit Laura to his service tells her that as a clone, (and because of all the death she's caused) she has no soul, and drags her into a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind to give her a chance to prove him wrong. [[spoiler: Laura encounters her inner self, who reveals that she wasn't ''born'' an emotionless killing machine, but that it took the conscious effort of the project to break her. This revelation gives Laura the power to defeat the demon. However, she remains in doubt over how much of his taunting was the truth afterwards. When Miss Sinister later attempts to steal her body, Laura questions her about having a soul, but Sinister is unable to answer and admits it's something she's given little thought.]]
* SpockSpeak: Laura has a very rigid, measured way of talking; among other things, she doesn't use slang words and only uses contractions when very agitated.
** Though it's the accepted portrayal of the character, it ''does'' [[DependingOnTheWriter vary from writer to writer]], however.
* StreetWalker: Laura in the largely forgotten NYX series, although she's a "specialist" who uses her claws to cut masochistic clients. This isn't mentioned often in her recent history, coming up in her 2010 one-shot and a couple issues of her solo series.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: X-23 has had a few reasonable outfits, like an altered version of Wolverine's brown suit, the suit picture the image above, and black-and-white striped t-shirt and regular pants. But the one most often associated with her, the one she wears in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'', and ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', is essentially leather PaintedOnPants and a leather sports bra.
* SuperSenses: Much like Wolverine himself.
** Hers are better, or better trained. 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.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Laura's a very emotionally damaged young girl, yet no one seems to consider she might be in need of professional counseling.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Daken and Laura take turns delivering this to ''each other'' during their rampage through Colcord's base. Daken tries to call her out on her empathy for others, believing that her skills as a killer make her better than everyone around her, and that her heart only forces her to hold back. Laura flatly tells him that she doesn't fight because she has something to prove, but for something ''bigger'' than herself. She then [[ShutUpHannibal turns this around on him]], [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking]] why ''[[TheSociopath he]]'' holds back by not taking the risk of allowing himself to ''actually'' care for anyone. Daken doesn't really have an answer.
* TortureTechnician: One of the skills she's been highly trained on, in her solo series Malcolm Colcord's fingernails finds this out the hard way. Also put to good use in her hooker days.
* TrainingFromHell: Her back story in ''Innocence Lost''.
* TroubledButCute: Dialogue in the books makes it clear that Laura is a very attractive young woman. Troubled? Just ''look'' at all the tropes focusing on how screwed up she still is because of her abusive upbringing.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Laura's first assassination was at age 9. She was immediately put to work by the Facility afterwards, and by 16 she's an accomplished enough killer to worry ''CaptainAmerica''. {{Justified| Trope}} since she was bred and raised from birth ''specifically'' to be a LivingWeapon, but her utter ruthlessness and cold detachment makes her an even better killer than Wolverine. It's mildly subverted in that she doesn't ''want'' to be a weapon, but it nonetheless comes completely naturally to her.
* TykeBomb: ''Literally'' conceived as such.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: OppositeSexClone, actually, but that just makes it even ''more'' noticeable.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: It seems as though she has so many short tank tops and skinny jeans that sometimes she doesn't even need a uniform. The way her foot claws work means she must have a ton of shoes stashed somewhere too.
* UnstoppableRage: The trigger scent causes this.
* 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.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Hellion. Laura and Jubilee started out like this before becoming HeterosexualLifePartners.
* 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.
-->'''Laura''': The ones who made me, they made a chemical...a scent...when I smell it, everything goes black and when I wake up, everyone's dead.
* WaifFu: Laura's fighting style tends to be very acrobatic, justified because she's rather small and lightly-built, and unlike Wolverine, lacks adamantium coating her entire skeleton, so is much more prone to being disabled by broken or severed limbs.
* WeakButSkilled: She relies primarily on WaifFu in combat since she's unable to sustain damage, and is ''very'' highly trained in hand-to-hand combat, firearms, interrogation techniques, infiltration, languages, and other skills she might have needed as an assassin.
* 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).
* 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.]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Due to never really having a childhood.
* WolverineClaws: Inherited from her father, though hers are in a slightly different arrangement with two in each hand (between the index and middle finger, and pinky and ring finger) and one in each foot (between the big and long toes). Like Logan's they're coated in adamantium. Zander Rice cut them out of her one by one while she was ''conscious'' to perform the procedure.
* WolverinePublicity: Why she was created in the first place.
** She really fits the trope now, showing up in multiple books (Her own ongoing, Avengers Academy and Venom).
* TheWorfEffect: Arguably the most dangerous of the teens kidnapped by Arcade in ''AvengersArena'', and would seem to be the best-equipped to survive his Murder World: Laura has extensive combat training and years of experience as an assassin; the same heightened senses, speed and reflexes as Wolverine; none of the teens (except perhaps Mettle) can resist her adamantium-laced claws; she is highly adept at tracking prey and incredibly stealthy; her HealingFactor allows her to recover ''very'' quickly from injuries that would seriously limit the others' ability to survive, if not kill them outright; and her conditioning by the Facility has her brain constantly and automatically [[SherlockScan analyzing her surroundings]] and [[AwesomenessByAnalysis planning how best to kill everyone around her]]. So of course [[spoiler: she ''very'' quickly gets [[CurbStompBattle her ass handed to her the first time she confronts Apex]] after grabbing the IdiotBall heading into the fight]].
* YankTheDogsChain: Pretty much her ''entire life''. Her mother finally decides to take a stand and rescue her from the Facility? Turns out she's contaminated by the trigger scent and Laura kills her in an UnstoppableRage just as it seems they're about to escape. Welcomed into her aunt's home, where she strikes up a close friendship with her cousin, Megan, and begins to feel that she's part of a family? Turns out her aunt's boyfriend was an agent planted by the Facility who calls in Kimura, forcing Laura to send her last remaining family into hiding to keep them safe. Logan talks her down from a MurderSuicide and offers her a home at the Xavier school where she can get help coping with all the hell she's been through? S.H.I.E.L.D. attacks her and Captain America puts her under arrest. And now that it ''finally'' seems as if she's beginning to put her life together and heal, [[AvengersArena she gets shanghaied by Arcade to fight other troubled teenage heroes to the death for his amusement]]. The poor girl just can't catch a break.

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** Sarah herself is revealed in ''Innocence Lost'' to have been abused by her father. A copy of the police report for one incident indicates that her mother and sister denied the allegations, and that Sarah herself would not talk to police about what happened. This led to Sarah cutting off contact with her family entirely, and she only reluctantly allowed her niece, Megan, to send her things. In fact, she didn't even ''know'' she had a niece until the girl was several years old.

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** Sarah herself is revealed in ''Innocence Lost'' ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'' to have been abused by her father. A copy of the police report for one incident indicates that her mother and sister denied the allegations, and that Sarah herself would not talk to police about what happened. This led to Sarah cutting off contact with her family entirely, and she only reluctantly allowed her niece, Megan, to send her things. In fact, she didn't even ''know'' she had a niece until the girl was several years old.
11th Nov '13 11:51:02 AM Ambaryerno
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* DecoyProtagonist: Ironically, her origin book, ''Innocence Lost'', is actually more about Sarah Kinney than it is Laura herself. Roughly the first half is focused mainly on Sarah's attempts to create a viable clone with hints of her own family issues, and while we're certainly shown in brutal detail how badly Laura was abused by Rice and Sutter, the focus is primarily on ''Sarah's'' reaction and growing disillusionment, and ultimate decision to free Laura from their control and destroy the project.


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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, or at least at length, than other characters.
11th Nov '13 10:25:36 AM Ambaryerno
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* BareYourMidriff

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* BareYourMidriffBareYourMidriff: Frequently, both in place of ''and'' in addition to OfCorsetsSexy.



* BlessedWithSuck

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* BlessedWithSuckBlessedWithSuck: Her extensive training has given her SherlockScan and AwesomenessByAnalysis that allows her to immediately size up a threat upon entering a room, planning multiple plans of attack, and choosing the best course of action. This is certainly useful when walking into a BadGuyBar or other hostile situation. Less so when she's around her friends, because ''she can't turn it off''.



* BrokenBird
* BrutalHonesty

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* BrokenBird
BrokenBird: Laura has endured ''horrible'' amounts of abuse and suffering in her life, and a major recurring theme is her efforts to recover from the emotional damage done to her.
* BrutalHonestyBrutalHonesty: 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.



* DarkActionGirl
* DarkAndTroubledPast

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* DarkActionGirl
DarkActionGirl: Basically what the Facility turned her into. She usually dresses in dark colors, is often emotionally standoffish, and is willing to kill and torture to achieve her goals, even ''after'' joining the X-Men and attempting to turn her life around.
* DarkAndTroubledPastDarkAndTroubledPast: Hoo boy. Tortured, abused, trained from childhood to be a living weapon, treated as if she weren't even human by those who created her, forced to kill the only two people who showed her kindness and compassion during her training (one of whom was ''her mother''), and gave up her only other family to protect them from Kimura after she finally escaped. And this isn't even getting into her time as a StreetWalker. And unlike Logan for most of his history, ''she remembers every moment''.



* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: Laura's BrutalHonesty often manifests itself as this.



* NoSocialSkills

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* NoSocialSkillsNoSocialSkills: Because Laura was deprived of normal human social interaction, her social skills are generally rather lacking. She's [[BrutalHonesty blunt]], and [[InnocentlyInsensitive struggles with social niceties]].



* OlderThanTheyLook: Possibly, as while she appears to be 17 years old, some characters have called into question exactly how long she's appeared to be 17.
* [[OneManArmy One Girl Army]]

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Possibly, as while she appears to be 17 years old, some characters have called into question exactly how long she's appeared to be 17.
17. Justified because of her HealingFactor, which like Logan, slows her physical aging. Hers was also forcibly activated at ''age seven'', rather than being allowing to manifest naturally in her early teens.
* [[OneManArmy One Girl Army]]Army]]: Laura is a highly-trained assassin and skilled fighter. When her mother turned her loose on the Facility, she was slaughtering their soldiers by the ''dozens''.



* TroubledButCute

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* TroubledButCuteTroubledButCute: Dialogue in the books makes it clear that Laura is a very attractive young woman. Troubled? Just ''look'' at all the tropes focusing on how screwed up she still is because of her abusive upbringing.



* WaifFu
* WeakButSkilled

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* WaifFu
WaifFu: Laura's fighting style tends to be very acrobatic, justified because she's rather small and lightly-built, and unlike Wolverine, lacks adamantium coating her entire skeleton, so is much more prone to being disabled by broken or severed limbs.
* WeakButSkilledWeakButSkilled: She relies primarily on WaifFu in combat since she's unable to sustain damage, and is ''very'' highly trained in hand-to-hand combat, firearms, interrogation techniques, infiltration, languages, and other skills she might have needed as an assassin.
10th Nov '13 8:00:51 PM captainpat
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* MysteriousWaif: Plays this role in her comics debut, ''NYX''. Though she doesn't appear until halfway through the series she ultimately drives the plot, as the remainder of the book focuses on Kiden's group dealing with her pimp's (who conveniently also gunned down Kiden's father in front of her when she was a child) efforts to recover her. Nothing at all is revealed about her background prior to becoming a StreetWalker, she goes unnamed within the story, and all we learn about her is that she is a StrangeGirl with a HealingFactor and WolverineClaws.

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* MysteriousWaif: Plays this role in her comics debut, ''NYX''. Though she doesn't appear until halfway through the series she ultimately drives the plot, as the remainder of the book focuses on Kiden's group dealing with her pimp's (who conveniently also gunned down Kiden's father in front of her when she was a child) efforts to recover her. Nothing at all is revealed about her background prior to becoming a StreetWalker, she goes unnamed within the story, and all we learn about her is that she is a StrangeGirl weird girl with a HealingFactor and WolverineClaws.
7th Nov '13 10:44:23 AM WanderingBrowser
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** ''Age of Apocalypse'': The daughter of Logan and Mariko Yashida who goes by the name Kirika is found in Mr. Sinister's lab in a container labeled "X-23".

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** ''Age of Apocalypse'': ''ComicBook/AgeofApocalypse'': The daughter of Logan and Mariko Yashida who goes by the name Kirika is found in Mr. Sinister's lab in a container labeled "X-23".



* RaceLift: In the AgeOfApocalypse universe, X-23 is half-Japanese due to having Mariko Yashida as her mother.

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* RaceLift: In the AgeOfApocalypse ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse universe, X-23 is half-Japanese due to having Mariko Yashida as her mother.
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