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->'' All I know is, while I'm wearing this, he isn't gone. And neither am I. I'm Laura Kinney. I'm X-23. ''And'' I'm Wolverine.''
-->--'''X-23''', on taking up the Wolverine name.

'''Laura Kinney''', AKA X-23, is a character owned by Creator/MarvelComics, and created by Craig Kyle and his writing partner Christopher Yost. The character first appeared in two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' in 2003 as an alternative to giving [[WolverinePublicity Logan more focus]] or using other Marvel heroes, X-23 quickly became an EnsembleDarkhorse and was written into the comics the following year. She made her comics debut with ''Comicbook/{{NYX}}'' #3 (February, 2004), featuring a similar background to her ''Evolution'' counterpart except even DarkerAndEdgier.

X-23 was created by the Weapon X offshoot known as the Facility,[[note]]Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} in ''Evolution''[[/note]] using a damaged sample of Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s DNA. The damage was greatest on the Y chromosome, so Dr. Deborah Risman in ''Evolution'', and the similar Dr. Sarah Kinney in the comics, eventually had the brilliant idea to create [[OppositeSexClone a female copy instead]] by duplicating the X chromosome. At last the 23rd attempt to clone Weapon X was successful, thus X-23. Sarah Kinney notes X-23 is technically a genetic twin rather than a true clone, more accurately making her Logan's sister. He later introduces her to her classmates at Xavier's this way, although they share more of a father-daughter relationship.

She grew up being trained to be an Assassin, so that the Facility could sell her talents to the highest bidder. X endured severe emotional and physical abuse in order to remove such weaknesses as emotion and self worth. Her creator, 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, forcing X to kill her. In her dying words, Dr. Kinney named her Laura.[[note]]She was never given a name other than X-23 in ''Evolution''[[/note]]

After tracking down Logan she was invited to join the X-Men, and has been a mainstay in the ''X-Men'' books ever since. X-23 became a BreakoutCharacter after her introduction, and is perhaps the most successful and popular X-Man introduced during the 2000s.

[[AC:Notable Comics Appearances]]
* ''Comicbook/{{NYX}}'': First comics appearance.
* ''Comicbook/UncannyXMen'': First appearance in a main X-title.
* ''Comicbook/InnocenceLost'': Origin story, part 1.
* ''X-23: Target X'': Origin stroy, part 2.
* ''[[Comicbook/NewMutants New X-Men]]'': First major/lead appearance in an ongoing title.
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Force}}''
* ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy''
* ''Comicbook/AvengersArena''
* ''Comicbook/AllNewXMen''
* ''[[Comicbook/DeathOfWolverine Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy]]''
* ''Comicbook/{{Wolverines}}''
* ''Comicbook/AllNewWolverine'': [[LegacyCharacter Takes on the mantle]] of Wolverine.

[[AC:Appearances In Other Media]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution: First appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelContestOfChampions''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelPuzzleQuest''

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[[folder:Character Tropes]]

!!The following tropes apply to X-23 as a character

* 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.
* TheAce: Laura is miles ahead of her peers when she first comes to the school, having been trained as a LivingWeapon and spent years as an assassin-for-hire. Notably, when Nimrod gauges the kids for threat assessment, he ascribes Laura the highest threat level out of the entire team.
* {{Adorkable}}: She... [[https://41.media.tumblr.com/c881375ec24816ca33c6e93f60fd41ac/tumblr_o0wf5fZnii1sqep2mo4_1280.png has her moments]], particularly in situations where her poor social skills or difficulties understanding her feelings come into play and are PlayedForLaughs. Such as her embarrassed grin when Angel reminds her not to use her claws during a brawl in a club, or asking what he likes about her.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: When Laura takes up the Wolverine codename after the conclusion of ''Secret Wars'', a woman taking up the mantle of a man.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She's pretty, with long, dark hair, and comes off as aloof and distant.
* 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 [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} father figures]][=/=][[Franchise/{{Batman}} mentors]] are quite similar.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Although in the comics X-23 is unambiguously (and canonically) Caucasian with some occasional DependingOnTheArtist, in ''Evolution'' she's much darker-complected, with features that have been interpreted as anything from Latina to First Nations. WordOfGod states that her features were based on those of the girl who modeled for the reference shoot as a thank you.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: After taking up the Wolverine name for herself. However while she ''does'' have as vicious a temper, she's much more in control of it than Logan was. Her cooler head doesn't make her any less fierce or determined a fighter, though.
* 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.
* ArtificialHuman: Laura is an engineered clone created by duplicating Logan's X chromosome due to damage to the Y making a direct clone impossible. This makes her the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenogenesis parthenogenetic]] offspring of Logan's mother. However it's complicated by Laura being carried to term by Sarah Kinney, so she would have received ''her'' mitochondrial DNA instead.
* TheAtoner: Downplayed, but much of what Laura does is out of a desire to do be a better person after all of the horrible things the Facility made her do. She once notably asked Ghostrider to ''use his Penance Stare'' on her because she believed she deserved punishment.
* AudibleSharpness: Her claws make the same ''snikt'' sound as Wolverine's.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Combined with SherlockScan below: Whenever Laura walks into a room, her brain ''immediately'' calculates the best means of killing everyone inside it.
* BadassAdorable: Especially as a little girl. As a teenager she's a highly-skilled fighter, and one of the most lethal assassins in all of Marvel. Notably, Nimrod identifies her as a severe threat, and yet she can [[http://vmf251-buccaneers.net/Stuff/X23PuppyDog.png really work]] the PuppyDogEyes.
* BadassBookworm: Not the same degree as some, but Laura is incredibly gifted intellectually and received an extensive (albeit narrow) education during her training. Her intellect (at least for a seven year-old) is described by Rice in ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'' as being "off the charts." Her official power rating at Marvel places her firmly in "Genius" category.
* 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 and her character design that 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 ComicBook/CaptainUniverse]] on the palm of her right hand. {{Justified| Trope}}, since she has a HealingFactor.
* BeneathTheMask: Outwardly, Laura is TheStoic bordering on an outright EmotionlessGirl, and many characters (even people who are ostensibly her ''friends'') treat her like she's nothing but a cold, unfeeling killing machine. Underneath her cold facade, however, she's a confused and suicidally depressed jumble of loneliness, heartbreak, and rage. Her detached persona is there entirely because she doesn't know how to handle what she feels, and to protect ''others'' from her anger.
* 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). Attacking anyone she's actively protecting is also guaranteed to end with her using all her considerable training towards making your life miserable (as Taskmaster learned).
** Because of her experiences as an abused prostitute she's developed into something of a WifeBasherBasher. She first came to the X-Men's attention when she killed a few pimps and Wolverine was accidentally implicated in ''Uncanny X-Men''. During her own solo one-shot, Laura unceremoniously beheaded ''another'' pimp she caught smacking a girl around. She killed another man after he murdered a girl she believed was a prostitute sent to try recruiting her (she wasn't, and it turned out the truth was a ''lot'' worse). See RageBreakingPoint below.
** 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.
** The "Trigger Scent" is a very literal but olfactory version of this. It's also a more traditional button for her; when Fang takes her out for a drink during ''Comicbook/{{Wolverines}}'' he reveals he has a bottle in his possession, and Laura ''instantly'' attacks him for it. Not because the scent triggered her berserker rage, but because she was angry and afraid ''he might use it'' (he invoked it to make a point about her aversion to being controlled).
* BigBrotherInstinct: Demonstrates this with her cousin Megan, even though Megan is established as older. She also has it towards her elder "brother" Daken when he loses his healing factor in ''Wolverines''.
* 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''.
** She also has pretty much every BlessedWithSuck trait as Wolverine: Her heightened senses mean she's enduring a constant barrage of sensory overload in a crowded room, and because of her HealingFactor, every time she extends her claws it tears up her skin again. Laura's not bothered as severely by the adamantium since it only covers her claws, but she does note in her solo series it still makes swimming a bit harder than it would be otherwise. Also, even though her claws are laced with adamantium, the bones of her hands and feet are ''not'' reinforced, meaning the vibration of striking something with her claws with sufficient force could conceivably ''shatter the bones in her hands, wrists, ankles and feet''. Ouch.
** Even though she heals much faster than Wolverine, she can be hurt in ways far worse than he can since this is because she lacks the adamantium on her bones.
** The Trigger Scent is its own bit of this, as well: She's already a highly-trained and deadly fighter, and the Trigger Scent turns her into a virtually unstoppable ball of whirling, adamantium-bladed death that ''will not stop'' until everything in reach is dead. Unfortunately, that means ''everything'': The trigger sends Laura into an UnstoppableRage in which she is incapable of distinguishing friend from foe. And yes, this ''has'' led to her hurting people she cared about.
* BodyHorror: Her claws were ''forcibly removed'' from her body without any attempt at anesthesia so they could be coated in adamantium. Because only her claws have been bonded she's also been horribly mangled in the past. Including getting ''hit by a train''.
* BreakoutCharacter: She 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.
* BrokenAce: Although miles ahead of her peers in terms of her maturity, skills, and experience, Laura is a very broken, damaged and withdrawn girl prone to bouts of severe (if not suicidal) depression. Her preparedness to sacrifice herself for others without hesitation stems from a poor sense of self-worth, and she habitually cuts herself when severely stressed or upset because she doesn't know how to deal with her feelings (such as her jealousy when she sees Surge kiss Hellion).
* 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 {{ComicBook/Daken}}'s Cain.
** Also to Raze, the time-traveling shape-shifter son of Logan and [[spoiler: Mystique]].
* CannotTellALie: Laura is very well-known for her BrutalHonesty and being InnocentlyInsensitive. Because she was created as a LivingWeapon covert operative and assassin, she certainly has the capability to lie in order to maintain her cover on missions, but outside of this context she consistently shows an inability to do so. It's a major bit of CharacterDevelopment in her solo series when she lies to the child of one of her victims to spare him the pain of revisiting the loss of his parents.
* CanonImmigrant: Originally created for ''X-Men: Evolution'', but found her way into the comics universe in ''NYX''.
* TheCape: Although willing and able to kill if she has to, Laura has increasingly leaned in this direction, resorting to lethal force only as a last resort. She also possesses a strong willingness to sacrifice herself for others, and a growing sense of idealism leaving her desperately hoping for something ''better'' to aspire to. Notably, of all the cast of ''Wolverines'', Laura is the only member who would have been honestly willing to help the Paradise crew even ''without'' being forced to by the threat of the trigger words. And while the rest of them only rescued Fantomelle from Siphon because they needed her for the attack on Sinister's base, Laura was genuinely there to save her.
* CharacterDevelopment: She's received a ''substantial'' amount of development since she was introduced. In her [[Comicbook/{{NYX}} first appearance]] she was virtually mute and all but catatonic. When she joined the New X-Men she struggled to interact with others, but eventually forged friendships with Mercury and Dust, and even entered a WillTheyOrWontThey relationship with Hellion. For a long time she was a DeathSeeker who performed acts of SelfHarm, but over time has learned to value her life and hasn't been seen cutting herself since the Liu series. And while at first she HatesBeingTouched, by the time of ''All-New Wolverine'' and ''All-New X-Men'' has grown comfortable with physical displays of affection.
* TheComicallySerious: She rarely smiles, has never been shown truly laughing, and her sense of humor is very subdued, generally black, and trends towards the DeadpanSnarker (emphasis on "deadpan"). Much humor is derived at her expense as she reacts to the insanity that surrounds the X-Men with complete, [[TheStoic stoic]] seriousness. She even views a potential ''racquetball'' game with the same intensity as she would wading into combat.
* TheChosenOne: She was once ComicBook/CaptainUniverse's vessel. More recently, [[spoiler:a mark associated with Captain Universe appeared on her hand, suggesting a more permanent association.]] In the ''Chaos Theory'' arc of her ongoing series, [[spoiler:the Enigma Force tells her that she's the future heir to its power]].
* CivvieSpandex: Although Laura has had a few more traditional costumes (a variation of Wolverine's Shi'ar "wild" suit, her New X-Men, X-Force, and All-New X-Men uniforms, and now the Wolverine costume), she's spent almost as much time in civvies as she has in an actual costume: She was introduced in a {{Stripperific}} coat, corset/tank top, miniskirt, and fishnets ensemble (justified as she was a prostitute at the time), she actually spent more time in ''New X-Men'' wearing PaintedOnPants and a sports bra than in her actual uniform, wore a similar outfit for the duration of ''Avengers Academy'', and only wore her then-current X-Force uniform twice during the Liu series.
* ClonesArePeopleToo: Played with:
** Laura has a completely different [[SugarAndIcePersonality personality]] from Wolverine's. However, because of her DarkAndTroubledPast, it was a while before she even realized she ''had'' a personality.
** However, Zander Rice did ''not'' differentiate her from Wolverine, and much of the torture and abuse she suffered as a child was the result of him exacting RevengeByProxy, while the Facility as a whole tends not to view her as a human being with her own wants and desires. Even after joining the X-Men Laura was at times subjected to bullying over her nature, with Hellion in particular using "clone" as a slur (though they did eventually come to accept her).
** Perhaps even worse was Hellverine's attempts to seduce her into his service by implying that as a clone she doesn't have a soul, which sufficiently rattles Laura that she asks Claudine Renko about it while the latter is the process of [[spoiler: ''[[GrandTheftMe trying to steal her body]]'']], and later making the ''same'' inquiry with the demon Blackheart. She once even asks Comicbook/GhostRider to use his Penance Stare on her to confirm if she has a soul or not.
** It also tends to vary depending on her self-esteem. When she first appeared she thought very little of herself; for a time she viewed herself as expendable in part because she was a clone. Laura even told Elixir ''not'' to hold back when fighting an army of clones created by Sinister because, as Vanisher said, they were "just" clones (Elixir himself disagreed). However after CharacterDevelopment greatly improved her sense of self worth, she's now come to believe that clones are just as "real" as normal people.
* CloningBlues: Zig-Zagged. Because Laura actually had to be implanted in a womb, carried to term, and raised from birth, she's a bit more realistic than the typical comic book clone and generally averts the "Am I Real?" angst most are subject to. At least until ''The Killing Dream'', when a demon possessing Wolverine's body tries to convince her to join him by telling her that as a clone, she doesn't have a soul. Although she's able to defeat the demon, throughout the rest of her solo series, it's clear Laura was deeply rattled by the idea to the point that [[spoiler: she even asks Miss Sinister whether clones have souls as the latter ''[[GrandTheftMe attempted to steal her body]]'']]. In ''Circle of Four'', Blackheart distracts her by telling her he can confirm whether or not she has a soul. Laura can't help but listen. Blackheart calls her a silly girl, pointing out that she's trapped in Hell at the moment, and you need a soul to go to Hell in the first place.
* 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.
* CombatParkour: Unlike her genetic father, {{Wolverine}}, X-23's fighting style is much more acrobatic and in many of her fight scenes she can be seen using flips and handstands to bring her foot claws into play, and because her body is much less durable since only her claws are bonded with adamantium.
* ComfortFood: Played with subtly. Laura has shown a fondness for spicy foods in her own series after being raised in the Facility with no choice but the nutritionist's bland fare for her. Additionally, in ''All-New Wolverine'', it's shown that her fridge mostly contains pizza and ice cream. Played with in that she eats things she didn't get to have; eating more familiar things would probably bring back ''bad'' memories.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames:
** As noted on the trope page, a non-film example that's played with. It's initially {{inverted| trope}} since Laura wasn't given a ''real'' name until she was thirteen years old, when [[TearJerker Sarah names her as she's dying]]. Until then she was either referred to by her Facility codename, X-23, or various insults (particularly Rice calling her "animal") to dehumanize her. It later gets played straight, as her official codename with the X-Men, Talon, is almost never used or referenced at all. Most of her friends, loved ones and teammates just call her Laura, and occasionally they'll use "X" as a sort of nickname. She's addressed much less frequently as "X-23" in-universe (usually by people such as Kimura who intentionally use it to dehumanize her), though it ''is'' the name she's usually marketed under.
* CoolBigSis: Was one to her cousin Megan, (even though the timeline in ''Innocence Lost'' suggests Megan is actually somewhat older) and Jubilee is one to her.
* TheCowl: Started out as this, especially during her tenure in the [[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]]. Part of her CharacterDevelopment is her transformation from this into TheCape.
* CreepyChild: Laura's icy stoicism makes her off-putting to almost everyone she meets, and in ''NYX'' this is how one of Zebra Daddy's other prostitutes identifies her: "Y'know, the creepy one." Even ''Domino'', a hardened and experienced killer and assassin, finds Laura incredibly creepy and comments on it throughout their time together on X-Force.
* 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. However it's been increasingly downplayed over time, and while she's still able to kill if she has to, thanks to CharacterDevelopment it's more and more her last resort. By the beginning of ''All-New Wolverine'' she's verging on outright becoming TheCape.
* 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''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: As badly as X-23 suffered in ''Evolution'', her better-known comics version endured even ''worse''. To the point that when she made her bow in the comics, it was as a virtually mute and catatonic child prostitute.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Gradually evolves into this. [[note]]Her personified soul--[[spoiler: which ''may'' be the [[ComicBook/CaptainUniverse Enigma Force]]]] -- takes the form of a humanoid sliver of night, and stars are a common motif for her.[[/note]] In particular, she reassures Jubilee that being a vampire does not automatically make her a predatory monster.
* DeadpanSnarker: Laura's BrutalHonesty often manifests as this. As her social skills have improved she's developed a distinctly dry sense of humor. It's particularly noticeable in her interactions with Warren in ''All-New Wolverine''.
* DeathSeeker: Downplayed in recent years, but much more evident in her past, when she was willing to sacrifice herself for others without hesitation, and took many actions that were potentially suicidal (such as casting herself into a furnace when she was infected with the Legacy Virus until Elixir managed to convince her to let him heal her).
* DefusingTheTykebomb[=/=]IAmNotAGun: She is struggling to find an identity other than "living weapon," and strongly dislikes being used in that manner. It led to the destruction of her growing friendship with Finesse when Finesse used her claws (while Laura was unconscious) to kill without her permission (it didn't help that Finesse allowed Laura to believe she ''did'' kill the guy herself).
* DeliberateInjuryGambit: Being a very strategic fighter, Laura is not above taking advantage of her HealingFactor if she can turn it to her advantage.
* DependingOnTheArtist:
** She's sometimes drawn with dark skin like her original design in Evolution.
** Although she's canonically only modestly to a bit above averagely endowed, Paco Medina and Humberto Ramos gave her a positively ''[[MostCommonSuperpower massive]]'' [[MostCommonSuperpower rack]] during ''New X-Men''. [[https://roguewatson.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/new-x-men-35.jpg See exhibit DD]].
** Her height also tends to vary between short to average, not helped by the fact she's often drawn shorter than Logan, whose height has ''also'' varied significantly from artist to artist. Her official height is listed as 5'1".
** Though Laura is canonically Caucasian in the main universe, some artists draw her in a way that she almost appears Asian or even Latina.
** 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.
** Although her eyes are canonically green, the colorist for ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' makes them blue, instead. They were brown in ''NYX'' and in her first appearance in ''New X-Men''.
* 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:
*** Under Liu she [[SpockSpeak speaks very formally and not use contractions]], and in ''The Killing Dream'' this is even used as a plot point: [[spoiler: when Miss Sinister attempts to ambush Gambit after [[VoluntaryShapeShifter disguising herself as Laura]], part of the GlamourFailure is she uses several contractions when speaking, as well as behaving in a generally un-Laura-like way. Though Gambit knows Sinister too well to have been fooled in the first place]].
*** Her creators Kyle and Yost tend to have her speak slightly more casually in that in that she will use contractions. She rarely speaks in ''NYX'', but exhibits similar speech patterns when written by Quesada. This tends to be her voice under other writers such as Soule and Hopeless, as well.
*** Laura is much more feral in her early ''Uncanny'' appearances as written by Claremont, along with behavior that would generally be considered un-Laura-like (such as [[FunnyBackgroundEvent aping Psylocke's mannerisms]]).
*** One of the main criticisms of Bendis's use of her is that she speaks with the generic "Bendis Teen Voice" he gives to most of his characters. While other writers avoided the use of slang in her speech, under Bendis words such as "totally" and "sucks" crept into her vocabulary.
** Although canonically a GeniusBruiser who carefully analyzes a situation before acting with the most effective strategy (and she can do it ''quickly'', at that), it's not uncommon for some writers to forget the "Genius" part and just throw her right at a threat in a brute-force frontal assault.
*** One of the most controversial offenders has been Dennis Hopeless in the second volume of ''All-New X-Men'', under whom Laura has completely forgotten her training and calculating nature, and [[LeeroyJenkins charges blindly]] into ''every'' situation without considering the consequences. It earns her a CurbStompBattle from ''Blob'' of all people, for her trouble.
* TheDeterminator: Laura is incredibly stubborn, a trait Logan wryly notes she gets from him, and she ''will'' keep coming, no matter how badly she's hurt. In a flashback in ''All-New Wolverine'' she insists on standing to go after a drug runner who almost blew her up with a bazooka despite not only Logan telling her to wait and heal, but the fact that ''her guts are currently hanging out of her side.''
* 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.
* DueToTheDead: After Logan's death she does this twice: First by dyeing her forelocks gold and blue, his most iconic colors, as a tribute. Later, this is one of the reasons why [[LegacyCharacter she took up the Wolverine name herself]].
* EmotionlessGirl: Through multiple traumatic events in her backstory, Laura learned to never trust or emotionally connect with anyone. This makes her an outcast among her fellow teenagers, and even most of the teachers perceive her as a heartless killer who is unable to think as a human or desire anything. But her character development (and eventual journey to find herself) ultimately subverts this trope; she gradually becomes accustomed to emotion, and bonds with other abuse victims who understand why she prefers solitude. It's actually quite heartwarming. It's further implied that one of the reasons she represses her emotions is because she does not know how to handle them or the memories of her past; when she does [[BeneathTheMask completely abandon her stoic exterior]], we see either suicidal depression or psychotic rage. Ironically, the emotionally detached state that others scorn her for is in place for their own safety.
* EmptyShell: The Facility deprived her of emotional connections and subjected her to horrific physical and emotional abuse to strip her of her humanity, and her thoughts during the crossover with Daken reveal that she had so little sense of self during her captivity that she truly didn't realize the things they did to her were even wrong. She later acknowledged to Kitty that this was the state she was in when she was a prostitute.
* 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, partly because they are so alike.
* ExtremeDoormat: 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.
* FastballSpecial: Although not as frequently as the TropeMaker himself, Laura has gotten her shot at it as well. Laura and SpiderMan have their own version of this, while Warren gets in on the act several times as well. ''[[UpToEleven In-flight]]''. She finally got her chance to do a traditional one during a team-up with Comicbook/SheHulk in the May, 2016 issue of ''Year Of Marvels''.
* {{Flanderization}}:
** Once her backstory was revealed, Laura was established as a highly-skilled fighter, and a [[GeniusBruiser very intelligent]] and [[BadassBookworm highly educated]] young girl with extensive assassin and black ops training, while ''[[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]]'' expanded upon this further by revealing her to be a gifted strategist as well. Most writers now completely ignore everything after "highly-skilled fighter," and give her all the subtlety in combat of LeeroyJenkins. This is most egregious in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', where the writers give lipservice to her training and AwesomenessByAnalysis, and ''still'' have her decide the best strategy for taking down Apex (who is controlling a ''Sentinel'') is a [[IdiotBall direct frontal assault]].
** Even the trigger scent has been subject to this. Initially, the conditioning the Facility subjected Laura to resulted in her rages focusing specifically on whatever was marked by the scent. By the time her solo series and ''Avengers Arena'' rolled around, the scent was now sending her after ''everything in sight'', though this is explained as it being altered to have that effect on her.
* GeniusBruiser: Laura is depicted as very intelligent, able to formulate multiple plans for killing everyone around her and choose the most efficient and best means of doing so within ''seconds''. She's also an incredibly skilled fighter both with weaponry and her own claws. Marvel's official power ratings actually classify her as a Genius-level intellect, and her fighting prowess is ranked at the highest possible level.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Even more important since, unlike Logan, her lack of a full adamantium skeleton leaves her bones and organs much more exposed.
* {{Goth}}: Laura's manner of dress often has a gothic influence, ''particularly'' during the time she spent as a prostitute during ''NYX''.
* GreenEyes: One of Laura's most distinguishing features are her green eyes, as part of her StrongFamilyResemblance to her mother, Sarah.
* GrewBeyondTheirProgramming: A biological example: Laura was created to be nothing more than a LivingWeapon. The Facility didn't even recognize her as a human being, with feelings and desires of her own. Now, she's a compassionate woman who is trying her best ''not'' to kill, has built friendships, desires something noble to aspire to, and has even fallen in love.
* HappilyAdopted: By Wolverine. It was [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sweet]].
* HarmfulToMinors: Practically from birth, Laura was subjected to violent imagery and outright physical and emotional abuse, including being ordered to ''kill a puppy'' when her creators decided she had too much empathy, and then threatened to ''torture it to death and make her watch'' when she failed to complete the assignment. And this is ''before'' they started sending her on assassination missions, she killed her own mother during her escape under the effects of the Trigger Scent, and became a child prostitute under an abusive and violent pimp on the streets of New York City. Is there any wonder she's [[BrokenBird so screwed up]]?
* HatesBeingTouched: Rarely ever initiates physical contact, even with people she likes. When Gambit puts his hand on her shoulder while she's having a HeroicBSOD, she instinctively lashes out with her claws. Justified in that most physical contact she received as a child was abusive, and such feelings are very much TruthInTelevision among abuse victims. It becomes downplayed due to CharacterDevelopment, to the point she's willing to accept displays of affection from her boyfriend, Warren.
* HealingFactor: The same as Wolverine's, of course, but much more efficient since she only has adamantium in her claws, and thus it's taxed ''far'' less than Logan's skeleton taxes his. 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 it can naturally fluctuate due to her emotional state. 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.
* HellbentForLeather: This is her typical look in civilian dress; leather pants, skirts, corsets, boots, etc.
* HeroicBSOD: Laura is constantly slipping in and out of these. When first introduced in ''NYX'' she's virtually mute, and in her first few panels she seems as if she's barely aware of what's going on around her. Then we learn in ''Innocence Lost'' and ''Target: X'' just ''what'' [[BreakTheCutie put her into that state]]. In fact, in the latter book she's broken so completely she's gone outright DeathSeeker, intending to kill Logan and herself. She goes into another in the third arc of her solo series when she accidentally attacks Gambit, and spends the rest of the day and well into the night curled up in bed staring at her claws with Gambit sitting vigil over her. By the time she turns up in ''All-New X-Men'' she's in yet ''another'' one, due to the 1-2 punch of what happened to her on [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]] and shortly after being captured and tortured by the Purifiers, leaving her wandering the streets of Miami in an amnesiac state.
* HeroicSacrifice: Has a tendency to attempt these at the drop of a hat, such as preparing to throw herself ''into an incinerator'' after she's infected with the Legacy Virus to prevent it from spreading to the mutant population. Even though they have a healer with them who can (and does) eliminate the virus from her entirely. It's heavily implied her preparedness to do this stems from her poor sense of self-worth and difficulties accepting herself as a real person whose life has value, however even after moving on from these issues she's still quick to put her life on the line for the sake of others.
* HollywoodScience: The process in which X-23 was cloned is currently impossible. However, 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.
* HugeGirlTinyGuy: DependingOnTheArtist. Her height vs. Logan's height varies a lot. Mostly due to how Logan's height changed since Creator/HughJackman played him in the movie (Logan started at 5'2", spent a lot of time at 5'5", and now is sometimes drawn actually ''tall''.) During New X-Men, Laura was half a head shorter than Logan. She is also usually depicted as shorter than her primary love interests, Hellion and Warren. The latter is even OneHeadTaller in ''All-New Wolverine''. She's officially listed at 5'1", so canonically would be this towards most anyone.
* IAmNotPretty: Laura is quite clearly a very beautiful young woman, whose looks are frequently commented upon (most notably by Miss Sinister, who remarked appreciably about Laura's beauty ''[[GrandTheftMe while trying to steal her body]]''). Laura, however, doesn't see it for herself, which stems from her abusive upbringing aimed to strip her of her humanity, resulting in very poor self-esteem and sense that her life has little value. When Jubilee takes her out clubbing, Laura tries to deny her assertions that she's "hot," and when on a date with the time-displaced teenaged Angel while trying to figure out why Warren is interested in her, of all people, insists that Jean is much prettier than she is, which Warren insists is not true at all (though he acknowledges that she's correct when she then counters that ''he'' [[{{Bishounen}} is prettier than her]]).
* IconicOutfit:
** The [[{{Stripperiffic}} corset, fishnets and miniskirt]] outfit Laura wore in ''Target: X'' may be one of her most common looks in fan art, even though she only wore that in one book (though it is similar to the outfits she wore in her debut appearance in ''NYX''). If not this, she's drawn in her black PaintedOnPants and sports bra.
** Her X-Force uniform is perhaps her most popular actual costume.
* ImmortalAssassin: It's unclear how long someone with her type of HealingFactor can live if left to their own devices, but based on Wolverine and Sabretooth Laura could have a lifespan of centuries if not longer (Romulus is possibly thousands if not ''tens of thousands'' of years old). While she ''can'' be killed, Laura's ability to bounce back rapidly from even fatal injuries makes that incredibly difficult; in one of her missions for the Facility she was riddled by ''hundreds'' of bullets, and subsequently slaughtered her attackers to a man.
* ImplacableMan: If Laura was sent to kill you, she ''would. Not. Stop.'' until you were dead, and if you were marked with the trigger scent, ''nothing'' would save you. In ''Innocence Lost'' the only mission she never completed successfully was killing Martin Sutter's family, and only because she ''chose'' to spare their son Henry (though her solo series later retconned this to suggest she had spared others in the past as well). Unfortunately, this comes back to bite the Facility themselves ''hard'' when Sarah gets fed up with their abuse and turns Laura loose against them. Once Sarah orders her to take them down, nothing could stop her from slaughtering everyone ([[TheDogBitesBack not that she needed to be ordered to do it]]). Laura still retains this tenacity even after joining the X-Men, for example fighting back viciously against Kimura even though she can't kill her. She ''will'' keep coming unless you can inflict enough damage to knock her out, and once she ''does'' get back up she'll just come after you again.
* ImportantHaircut: Not a hair''cut'', but in [[spoiler: ''Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy'' #1]] Laura is revealed to have dyed the forelocks of her hair blue and gold [[spoiler: in the aftermath of Logan's death. Blue and gold being the colors of his most iconic uniform.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: She would like to be, but doesn't really know how. During her time with the New X-Men, she was about as close as possible for any X-Man to be. She was actually going to school with other kids her own age for a short time. Heavily foreshadowed in her origin story when her mother would read her ''Pinocchio''.
* 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 ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'', she tells her she "smells healthy," after which Sooraya admonishes her that it's impolite to tell someone how they smell. Laura, of course, saw no problem with it since it was the only way she had to "see" her in public, and for her part Sooraya admits to having missed her.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Gambit. And Psylocke. And Kitty Pryde. And [[CoolBigSis Jubilee]]. Frankly, Laura shows a general tendency to have an easier time relating to and establishing friendships with people older than her, while struggling with people her own age.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Laura is fond of this, usually to the shock of her teammates. One of her most famous moments comes from a panel of her popping her claws into the skull of a Purifier during ''Second Coming'', as Nightcrawler watched in horror.
* JailBait: During the events of ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' Laura was no older than 16. And she was a ''prostitute''. Age of consent in New York City where she was living is 17. Even afterwards her style of dress trends towards the provocative. Being underage also doesn't stop her from going clubbing with Jubilee or Warren, even though she would likely be too young to get past the doors.
* JuniorCounterpart: To her father, Wolverine, with all the same powers. However it's mildly subverted in that Laura is much more tactical and in control of her anger than Logan ever was.
* KickTheDog: She ''is'' the dog. Any sympathy we might have for toddler Zander Rice after Wolverine kills his father is pretty effectively squashed twenty or so years later the moment he shoves Laura into a radiation chamber to forcibly activate her HealingFactor.
* KillerRabbit: Laura is physically quite unimposing, generally being depicted as a slight, pretty teenage girl. She's also one of ''the'' most deadly assassins ''in the entire Marvel Universe'', having a body count into the hundreds, if not ''thousands''. By the time she was ''thirteen''. On numerous missions Laura has been shown actively taking advantage of this trope by playing up her harmless appearance (whether by disguising herself as a handicapped girl, or a Girl Scout selling cookies, etc.). Even experienced agents like Alisande Morales, who have been extensively briefed on her activities, are stunned when they actually see her for the first time.
* LeeroyJenkins: Normally Laura averts this, as she is a disciplined fighter who very carefully analyzes the situation before she acts. However once she loses control of her emotions she's prone to acting impulsively and rashly, and rush into trouble without thinking clearly.
* LegacyCharacter: Laura has taken on the mantle of Wolverine in the aftermath of his death and ''Secret Wars''.
* LineageComesFromTheFather: Invoked by the Facility, who created her with Logan's DNA in order to continue the Weapon X experiments. [[TheUglyGuysHotDaughter She got her looks from her mother, however.]]
* 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.
* LossOfIdentity: Her entire childhood was essentially engineered for the purpose of dehumanizing her. It took several years of forced prostitution before she even realized that she had opinions or consciously wanted to express them.
* MadeOfIron: Even without her healing factor taken into consideration, Laura can take an ''incredible'' beating for someone as tiny as she is.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Laura's creator, Dr. Sarah Kinney, was described as the foremost expert on mutant genetics and was hired by the Facility after her proposal to clone Wolverine. Despite the ethics of the project, Sarah's interest was purely ForScience, directly likening the idea of cloning a ''mutant'', when mainstream science had only ''just'' cracked cloning sheep and cats, to [[AGodAmI godhood]]. All this knowing full well that the child would be raised to be a LivingWeapon heading in. Laura herself is frequently described as Sarah's spitting-image, and it's made quite clear Laura is intended to be a quite beautiful young woman.
* {{Matricide}}: As the final act of his descent into evil, Dr. Zander Rice laced X-23 mother, Dr. Sarah Kinney, with the trigger scent. Laura was sent into an UnstoppableRage and killed her as a result, [[YankTheDogsChain just as Sarah was putting her plan to escape the Facility with her altogether in motion]]. However, Laura did eventually reconnect with her genetic father Wolverine.
* 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, and he also sometimes acts as one to her. Hellion can be considered hers during their time with the New X-Men. She's become one for Daken, as well. Laura is one of the only people he has demonstrated genuine affection and respect for, and during ''Wolverines'' her influence pushes him towards being much more of a lighter shade of gray.
* MsFanservice: Her most common civvies include [[OfCorsetsSexy corsets]], {{Dangerously Short Skirt}}s, ZettaiRyouiki, StockingFiller, BareYourMidriff, and PaintedOnPants. Even her uniforms have traditionally been more revealing, such as her X-Force outfit.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The trigger scent sends Laura into a blind, murderous rage in which she will kill ''anyone'' marked with it, FriendOrFoe, and no matter how much she cares about them. She's been consistently shown to be ''very'' sensitive about its affects on her, and is deeply traumatized when Rice uses it to force her to kill her sensei (after which Laura is shown to begin [[SelfHarm cutting herself with her claws]]) and mother. Most recently, [[ComicBook/AllNewXMen the revelation by Stryker, Jr.]] [[spoiler: that Arcade posted footage of [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]], particularly her trigger scent-fueled rages, to the internet]] put her crashing hard into a HeroicBSOD upon learning ''the whole world'' has seen her in that state.
* MyGreatestFailure: Laura is deeply haunted by and remorseful over all of the deaths she caused, and once even asked Ghost Rider to use his Penance Stare on her because she believed she deserved punishment for all of her killings.
** Killing her mother in a trigger scent-fueled rage during her escape from the Facility in particular. To the point that when Logan finally manages to bring her to the Xavier school, Emma Frost tries to drive her away by taunting her with a psychic ghost of her mother's dead body blaming Laura for her death. The illusion is shattered when the "Sarah" calls her "X-23," but it's still enough to drive the [[NotSoStoic normally stoic Laura to tears]].
* NaturalWeapon: As with Logan, Laura's claws are bone beneath the adamantium. In fact, Laura has had her claws ''since birth'', and the nubs can be seen poking out of her hands immediately after Rice performs her delivery in ''Innocence Lost''. When Kimura later cuts off her arm in ''X-Force'' while torturing her, Laura makes a point of recovering the claws so they can be re-implanted in place of the natural bone claws she will have when her arm grows back.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Initially averted, and ultimately invoked. Laura ''is'' the prototype, and once she is successfully created essentially is also the plans since the Facility can [[spoiler: (and does, as is discovered near the end) of ''Innocence Lost'']] use her genetic material to create additional clones (which would also serve as a backup). [[spoiler: The entirety of the last act is Sarah setting X loose with specific orders to destroy her unborn "sisters," and all equipment and research associated with the project to prevent the Facility from recreating her.]] A big reason the Facility has made several attempts to recover her is so they can use her as a template for more assassins.
* 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.
** And again with [[Comicbook/{{Wolverines}} Siphon]]. She talks down both Daken ''and'' Comicbook/{{Blade}} from killing him because she can empathize with what it is to be tortured and turned into a weapon, and to constantly be fighting against her conditioning to kill. As a result she genuinely desires to try and help him.
* NotSoStoic: Laura as a rule [[EmotionlessGirl keeps her emotions tightly controlled]], and it's a significant character trait she has difficulties expressing, or even ''understanding'', what she's feeling. She endures the years of physical and emotional abuse inflicted on her by Zander Rice and [[AxeCrazy Kimura]] in complete silence, even when her creator/mother, Sarah, tries to get her to talk about it. At least until she's forced to kill Sarah by the Trigger Scent during their escape from the Facility, at which point for a couple pages Laura [[TearJerker becomes a lonely, broken girl desperately crying over her mother's body to come back to her]]. She also breaks down in tears once again when she's forced to cut off ties with her cousin and aunt to protect them form Kimura. The only other times she generally lets her guard down is when someone she cares about is in danger. In which case it's a very, ''very'' bad idea [[UnstoppableRage to be on the receiving end]].
* OfCorsetsSexy: If she's not in a midriff-baring tank top, chances are she's wearing one of these.
* OneManArmy: 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.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** Laura is typically calm, collected, and withdrawn. Even though she inherited Logan's temper, she's much more in control of it, typically keeps her head in a fight, and kills with a cold, efficient detachment. If she's ever ''visibly'' angry, you've likely just done something ''incredibly'' stupid, and you should be running. [[OhCrap Fast]].
** On the less frightening end of the spectrum, when she breaks down emotionally she ''breaks down'', and it's a sign of just how bad things are when Laura loses control of her emotional state. This has been downplayed as CharacterDevelopment led to her expressing her feelings more freely, but her becoming unusually emotional is still a sure sign of a HeroicBSOD in progress.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Practically Laura's ''entire life'' has revolved around this. While she did kill innocents under the Facility, they also hired her out to killed some pretty bad people, as well. And of course when Sarah turns her loose on the Facility itself it becomes this. It's also generally her role on a team; much like Logan, she's the one willing to kill if she has to. UpToEleven when she's on X-Force, an entire ''team'' built on this principle.
* 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''.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The nature of the trigger scent has become subject to this. As a child, Laura was conditioned (read: tortured) into entering a [[UnstoppableRage berserk rage]] whenever she smelled a particular scent, which would make her black out and tear apart whatever was marked with it. It served two purposes: Not only did it allow her creators a measure of control over her in the event she attempted to refuse to kill a target, but her berserk state also made her an even ''more'' deadly fighter. Usually it was reserved for high-value targets or those that were otherwise special (such as the gangster Fade). By the time of ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', the scent is now driving her into a state in which she'll kill ''everything around her'', whether they're specifically marked or not.
* 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.
* PsychicBlockDefense: Laura has displayed a degree of resistance to powerful telepathy. It took Emma Frost a great deal of effort to bypass Laura's mental defenses in order to learn her true nature (though afterwards Emma was able to taunt her with a mental ghost of Laura's slain mother). Logan has also displayed a similar resistance in the past, but it's unclear if this is a result of their HealingFactor, training, or a result of tampering by Weapon X/The Facility.
* PuppyDogEyes: Laura can work them very well, particularly helped by her being TheWoobie. [[http://vmf251-buccaneers.net/Stuff/X23PuppyDog.png See Exhibit A]].
* 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 her original appearance in ''X-Men: Evolution'', X-23 is AmbiguouslyBrown, with features that have been interpreted as anything from Latina to First Nations, with WordOfGod stating she was modeled on the girl who was ethnic who posed for the reference shoot as a thank you. In the books, she's canonically Caucasian (which, considering she's a clone of Logan, makes sense that she would share his ethnicity). This extends to most other versions of Laura in both the comics and other media, which are also Caucasian.
** In the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse universe, X-23 is half-Japanese due to having Mariko Yashida as her mother. She also has the given name of Kirika, rather than Laura.
* RageBreakingPoint: Although she shares Logan's temper, Laura is much more in control of it, and seldom loses her cool entirely. Even when she ''does'' get angry, she's usually very clinical and deliberate in her actions (as exemplified by her take down of Deathstrike in retaliation for her nearly killing Hellion). Only ''once'' has Laura ever been pushed so far that she entered a true berserker rage: When she encountered one of her ex-pimp's goons in a club, and learned the remnants of the gang have taken control of his sex trafficking operations. It was set off by the thug [[TooDumbToLive flippantly remarking about never getting to "have" Laura during her time as one of Zebra Daddy's hookers]]. Even ''Black Widow'' was shocked by the sheer bloody violence of her rampage to take down the gang for good, and immediately called her out on [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness how unlike her it was]].
* RapeAsBackstory: Subtly done: Laura was no older than ''fifteen'' in ''NYX'', during which time she was a prostitute under a sadistic and violent pimp. As she was legally unable to provide consent to most, if not all, of her Johns,[[note]]age of consent in New York City where she was living at the time is 17, while a teenager younger than 16 and older than 13 can legally have sex with someone no more than four years older than them[[/note]] ''and'' the fact that she was essentially forced into sexual slavery by her circumstances and Zebra Daddy's violent control over her (who it's implied ''also'' had sex with her), Laura was a victim of statutory rape.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: She's most commonly drawn with fair skin and black hair (particularly during her solo series). When Miss Sinister decides to [[GrandTheftMe steal her body]] because of its HealingFactor, she expresses satisfaction that she'll also be getting a ''very'' attractive new body as an added bonus. Later on, while masquerading as a waitress to get close to an agent of Malcolm Colcord, one of the other employees at the diner comments on how hot the "new girl" is. Warren hints she might even be prettier than ''Jean Grey''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: It means she's affected by trigger scent and you might want to do more than just "take warning."
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Logan's Red; Laura is TheStoic, laconic, and generally keeps her emotions tightly controlled. Logan, by contrast, is far more passionate and quick to anger. She's also generally accepted as much more intellectual and given to careful strategy, whereas Logan is typically depicted as TheBerserker.
* RelationshipUpgrade: With time-displaced Warren in ''All-New X-Men'' #40.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Her sense of smell is even ''better'' than Logan's, and she's demonstrably been able to locate individuals in a crowded city ''hours'' after they were last there. In one case it even allowed her to completely reconstruct a crime scene including the movements of ''dozens'' of individuals ''by scent alone''. Combine that with her extensive espionage and intelligence training. So when she threatens some mooks by telling them once she has their scent there is nowhere they can hide from her, ''she's not bluffing''.
* SelfHarm: She habitually cuts herself on the wrists and forearms with her claws, and is first shown to engage in this behavior [[spoiler:as a reaction to being forced to kill her sensei as a test of the trigger scent]]. Laura can fall under ''all'' of the reasons for cutting noted on the trope page and one issue of her solo series suggests she may even be inflicting fatal injuries on herself: an employee at a hotel where she was staying with Gambit reported to his manager that it appeared as if someone attempted to commit suicide in a bathroom she just left. Her HealingFactor prevents her from dying from her wounds, however, and completely heals the resulting scars.
* SexGoddess: During her time as a hooker, she was said to be "the best at what she does", and commanded a much higher price than the other girls her pimp controlled. She was also his personal favorite, which becomes a plot point during the Liu series when one of his ex-goons remarks how he kept her for himself and didn't allow his men to have time with her at a discount like he did the other girls.
* SheFu: Laura's fighting style is highly acrobatic, using flips, handstands and cartwheels to bring her foot claws into play and to avoid being struck. Since only her claws are laced with adamantium, her body is much less durable than Logan's, and even though she does heal faster, she's much more prone to being knocked out of a fight by broken bones or dislocated (or severed) limbs.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Laura has been dealing with symptoms of PTSD almost all her life after the things that the Facility did to her, her time as a prostitute, and the many other hardships, tragedies, and battles she's been forced to endure, and her slow recovery has been a substantial part of her character development. Even then, she's continued to fight severe, possibly even suicidal, depression. As revealed by ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' and WordOfGod, [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]] ([[spoiler:and Stryker, Jr.'s revelation that footage of her in a trigger scent-fueled rage has been posted to the internet, revealing to the whole world what she is]]) was the point at which everything has finally built up beyond her ability to cope with it and pushed her over the edge.
* 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 ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' reveal that she can't turn it off, so she even does this to her friends.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: 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.
* SpockSpeak: Most fans consider Laura to have a very rigid, measured way of talking. However this voice was primarily used when written under Liu, [[DependingOnTheWriter while other writers, including Kyle and Yost, tended to be more casual]]. Her voice under Bendis went much more towards the opposite extreme, veering near to the standard "Bendis Voice."
* StoppedCaring: Much of her training went towards invoking this trope teaching her not to act like an emotional or independent being.
* StraightMan: Laura is pretty much this to ''everyone'', as her sense of humor is very subtle and runs towards DeadpanSnarker (emphasis on the "deadpan"), she rarely cracks a smile, and she's never been shown truly laughing. It's ''especially'' pronounced whenever she comes into contact with wackier characters like Deadpool and Squirrel Girl.
* StreetWalker: She spent an unknown amount of time as one sometime between losing Megan and Debbie, and joining the X-Men. It was detailed in her first appearance in ''NYX'' but has been discussed or referenced several times since then.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: X-23 has had a few reasonable outfits, like an altered version of Wolverine's brown suit, the suit pictured in the image above, and a black-and-white striped t-shirt and regular pants. But the outfit most often associated with X-23, the one she wears in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'', and ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', is essentially leather PaintedOnPants and a leather sports bra.
** Her outfits in ''NYX'' are ''particularly'' stripperiffic. Somewhat justified considering she happens to be a prostitute at the time.
** There's also the [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]], [[StockingFiller fishnets]] and [[ShowSomeLeg miniskirt]] outfit from ''Target: X'', [[IconicOutfit which tends to show up in a]] ''[[IconicOutfit lot]]'' [[IconicOutfit of fan art]], even though she only wore it once.
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Pretty much any time Sarah Kinney appears Laura is drawn as her spitting image. She also looks a lot like her aunt Deborah, who also shares a StrongFamilyResemblance with Sarah.
** Averted when it comes to Logan, as aside from her [[PintSizedPowerhouse height]], [[WolverineClaws claws]] and [[UnstoppableRage temper]], she doesn't resemble him at all. However it's subtly played with during a flashback scene in ''All-New Wolverine'' #1: They share many of the same facial expressions and ticks throughout the scene.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Although not a power ''per se'', as a former assassin Laura is highly trained and skilled in the use of firearms: In ''Target: X'' she delivered a perfect HeadShot to a helicopter pilot who was ''in flight'', she was the team sniper on ''X-Force'' during their attempt to capture Vanisher, and during ''Wolverines'' grabbed a shotgun for dealing with Siphon when the team went after Fantomelle.
* SuperSenses: Better than even Wolverine's. She could smell a man was lying about killing Wolfsbane when Logan couldn't (not that he believed her). Since their enhanced senses are a byproduct of their HealingFactor, this may be because Laura's is more powerful.
* TechnicalPacifist: Has steadily been evolving into this over the course of her life. While even from early on she hated killing, when she first joined the X-Men she was utterly ruthless and unflinching with her use of lethal force. Usually to the horror of her friends and teammates. However over time she's become increasingly reluctant to cut loose, until by the time she takes on the Wolverine name she makes every effort to avoid killing.
* 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Very subtly done. While Laura doesn't have one particular favorite food, she favors ''anything'' that's spicy. See ComfortFood above.
* TrainingFromHell: Her back story in ''Innocence Lost'' and ''Target: X''.
* TranquilFury: In most cases, Laura is [[EmotionlessGirl chillingly cold, calm and efficient]] while gutting you, and that's terrifying enough. [[NotSoStoic If she ever actually loses her cool]], she's either under the effects of the trigger scent or you've just done something to really, ''really'' piss her off. In both cases you should run. Fast.
* TraumaCongaLine: From the moment she was born Laura has bounced from one hardship to the next: Torture, abuse, being forced to attack and kill those she cares about, losing her only surviving family to protect them. Laura has suffered an endless series of [[YankTheDogsChain chain-yanking]], with no sign of it letting up any time soon.
* 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 ''ComicBook/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: Jubilee has described her as "hot" and Teen Warren, who she's currently dating, has stated that she's prettier than Comicbook/JeanGrey. The fact she's the famously ''un''attractive Logan's OppositeSexClone makes the trope even ''more'' noticeable.
* UnstoppableRage: The trigger scent causes this. Normally she's very composed otherwise, but if pushed too far she ''will'' snap. At which point whoever is responsible better run. ''[[OhCrap Fast]]''.
* 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).
* WifeBasherBasher: Laura pulls a variation of this with prostitutes as a result of her experiences under Zebra Daddy's control. On several occasions afterwards she's been shown reacting ''very'' violently to seeing other girls abused as she was: During her one-shot she stumbled across a pimp abusing one of his girls, and unceremoniously [[OffWithHisHead beheaded him]] with her claws, while the "Songs of the Orphan Child" arc of her ongoing began when Laura went after a man who murdered a teen prostitute she met at a diner. Most notably, when a girl's night out with Jubilee near the end of the series revealed that members of Zebra Daddy's gang had taken over his business, the evening turned into a bloody rampage to liberate the girls they were trafficking. Comicbook/BlackWidow herself, who arrived to clean things up afterward and help see the rescued girls were taken care of, noted that [[NotSoStoic Laura was acting entirely out of rage and not thinking clearly]] during the fight.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Hellion, since both are initially unable to deal with their growing attraction to each other. [[spoiler: At least as of the end of her solo series, they won't.]]
* WhenSheSmiles: Laura only very rarely smiles. In issue 30 of ''All-New X-Men'', Angel convinces her to go on a date with him, and while talking afterwards, Warren specifically remarks that he likes it when she smiles, and that she should do it more often. Notably, in the same conversation he compares her looks favorably to ''Jean Grey''.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Downplayed: Laura has yet to seriously examine the fact that she will remain young and live on long after her friends and loved ones grow old and die. However it does get subtly referenced when, while trying to cope with Logan's death during her focus issue of ''The Logan Legacy'', Laura remarks to Kitty how she thought Logan would always be there for her because of his (and thus by extension her) mutation making him functionally immortal. His death severely rocks her view of her own future as a result, not least of which because it leaves her feeling alone.
* 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.
* TheWorfEffect: Not as frequently as Logan, but occasionally Laura will be used to deliver a big OhCrap to her teammates, such as when Belasco kills her in Limbo with a wave of his hand during "Quest for Magik."
* 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, [[ComicBook/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.
** On a meta level for her fans, the revelation that Laura's upcoming appearance in ''ComicBook/AmazingXMen'' under her creators, Yost and Kyle was falsely reported and no actual plans are in place for them to be writing her again in the immediate future.
* YouAreNumberSix:
** Laura's Facility designation, X-23. She's almost never called this by her friends and teammates, who at most just use "X" as a nickname, but otherwise call her Laura even in the field when they use their own codenames (she doesn't even use her official codename, Talon). When Emma Frost tried to drive Laura away from the school with a projection of her slain mother, the "ghost" calling her X-23 tipped off Laura to what was really happening, as Sarah would never have called her by that designation. By contrast, Kimura ''always'' refers to her as X-23, which is done deliberately to dehumanize and belittle her.
** X-23 was the only name she was ever given in her two appearances in ''Evolution''.
* ZettaiRyouiki: As seen [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/0/2868/100248-18171-107205-1-x-23-target-x.jpg here]], X-23 at times adopts this, and it's in fact one of her {{iconic outfit}}s. ''Especially'' prominent in ''NYX''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Series Tropes]]

!!The following tropes apply to X-23's solo ongoings and miniseries

''For'' X-23: Innocence Lost ''see the page [[Comicbook/InnocenceLost here]].''\\
''For'' All-New Wolverine ''see the page [[Comicbook/AllNewWolverine here]].''

* {{Animesque}}:
** Issues of the Liu series drawn by Sana Takeda have a distinctly anime influence.
** The covers for the first three issues of the same series are also heavily influenced by anime and manga.
* BabysittingEpisode: One arc of the Liu 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....
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Laura is hired to babysit the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Richards kids]] during her first series. 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.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: "The Killing Dream" arc of her first solo series largely consists of one of these: Hellverine torments Laura, as he desires her to lead his armies ([[FoeYay and may just desire her period]]). He agrees to give her a chance to prove him wrong about being a mindless killer, with both her own soul and Hellion's in the balance.
* BoomHeadshot: ''Target X'': Laura pulls this off on a helicopter pilot in flight. ''From the ground.''
* CallBack:
** When Hellverine is poking around Laura's mind during "The Killing Dream" arc of the Liu series, he runs across Gamesmaster, who has been inhabiting her consciousness since her one-shot. Gamesmaster tried to drive him out but was defeated, and Hellverine presents him to Laura as a gift.
** At the end of the first arc of the Liu series, Laura is left with a small mark on the palm of her hand [[spoiler: implied to be connected to the Enigma Force]]. It comes up twice more in the series: The first time in the very next arc when Ms. Sinister questions why she has it despite her HealingFactor, and much more importantly during "Chaos Theory," when it's recognized by the Whirldemon King, and marks her as heir to the Enigma Force's power.
** "Songs of the Orphan Child" has two significant ones:
*** Ms. Sinister is losing control of her body to Sinister due to an injury she received from Daken during ''his'' solo series.
*** Also, Sinister himself. His taking control of Claudine's body is the result of a CrazyPrepared attempt to return from death after he was killed by Mystique during ''Messiah Complex''.
* 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.
** ''Target: X also'' causes confusion over where ''NYX'' fits into Laura's background in relation to ''Uncanny X-Men''.
* CoversAlwaysLie:
** ''X-23: Target X #5'' 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.
* {{Crossover}}:
** "The Killing Dream" ties into the ''Wolverine in Hell'' storyline, specifically the period Hellverine is on Utopia. Curiously enough, Laura is the only member of the X-Men who notices something isn't right with Logan.
** "Collision" plays out in both of Liu's series at the time: ''X-23'', and ''Daken: Dark Wolverine''.
** "Chaos Theory" is a near-miss variety with ''NYX: No Way Home''. Gambit and Laura arrive at Cecilia Reyes's apartment not long after Kiden and her gang had been staying there.
* DemonicPossession: Twice in her first solo series:
** Hellverine hitches a ride on Laura's body during "The Killing Dream" as part of his gambit to seduce her to his side.
** The Whirldemons in "Chaos Theory" possess Valeria Richards during their attempt to break free of their prison. Laura offers herself up in exchange, eventually enabling her to defeat them with the help of the Enigma Force.
* DespairEventHorizon: Laura hits one at the end of ''Target: X''. After all the torture and dehumanization the Facility put her through, being forced to kill her mother by the Trigger Scent just as they were about to escape, having to give up all that remained of her family and the normal life she was starting to build to protect them when her Axe Crazy former handler came looking for her, and possibly spending an unspecified time on the streets as a prostitute under a sadistic and abusive pimp (it's unclear where exactly this series falls in her history), Laura finally reaches her breaking point, and seeks out Wolverine believing that all she has left is to kill him and herself. Logan manages to talk her down, but it's implied she has an ongoing battle with severe, if not suicidal, depression, and much of her character arc focuses on putting the pieces back together after all that was done to her.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** The events of ''Target X'' finally push 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.
** Laura takes a dive off skyscraper during her one-shot while trying to drive Gamesmaster out of her head. She survives thanks to her HealingFactor.
** Although always depicted as a cutter, Laura cuts her wrists so severely during one issue of the Liu series that a waiter at the restaurant she and Gambit were patronizing at the time alerted his supervisor that it looked as if someone attempted to commit suicide in one of the bathrooms after she finished. Again, she survives due to her mutation.
* EldritchAbomination: The [[Comicbook/CaptainUniverse Whirldemons]] during the "Chaos Theory" arc. Hellverine in "The Killing Dream" also counts, since he's a demon wearing Logan's body as a meat puppet.
* EpiphanicPrison: Hellverine puts Laura through one during "The Killing Dream." It's unclear whether [[MindScrew the prison is Hell or her own mind]].
* {{Fanservice}}:
** X wears a school-girl style outfit featuring a ''very'' short pleated skirt and a tight white shirt in one of the flashbacks to her missions in ''Target: X'', that leads to ''several'' aversions of MagicSkirt during the subsequent fight scene. To say ''nothing'' of the corset, miniskirt, and thigh-highs she raids from her cousin's closet.
** During the Liu series there's the infamous PantyShot during the "Collision" crossover, and the panels of Ms. Sinister strutting around in a corset, cowboy hat, and booty shorts. The panel during "Touching Darkness" where Laura tries to tempt Jubilee into drinking her blood also provides a healthy dose of FetishFuel for many readers.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Hellverine's dimension straddles a line between this and {{Mordor}}.
* ForcefulKiss: Laura was on the receiving end from her (sort of) boyfriend Hellion in ''X-23 #19''. She rejected him afterwards and ended their relationship.
* GayParee: "Touching Darkness" finds Laura in Paris with Gambit, Jubilee, and Logan. The foursome wind up investigating an attempt to weaponize the trigger scent to a point where it affects ''anyone'' exposed to it, not just those specially conditioned as Laura was. In between, Laura goes shopping at expensive Parisian boutiques with Jubilee (Gambit and Logan foot the bill), and she and Jubilee both base jump sans parachute off the Eiffel Tower for kicks.
* GirlsNightOutEpisode: After breaking up with Hellion during the Liu series, Jubilee takes her out clubbing, though Laura doesn't exactly get into it. It ends with Laura on a bloody rampage liberating [[SexSlave girls being sold into the sex industry]] after she runs across one of Zebra Daddy's former thugs, and learns that the remains of his gang is still trafficking women.
* GroinAttack: While on a night out with Jubilee during her solo, Laura runs across one of Zebra Daddy's former minions at a club and the man recognizes her. He flippantly comments about how Daddy gave his boys discounts with the prostitutes, but he never got a chance to have Laura. Laura tells him he'll never have her, or any ''other'' woman, again, and then proceeds to ensure it's true.
* InspectorJavert: ComicBook/CaptainAmerica turns into this in ''X-23: Target X''. He feels personally responsible for all the killings Laura has carried out because she slipped his grasp after her field test by masquerading as a wounded survivor. He reveals he's been tracking her down ever since (approximately ''six years'') and is obsessed with bringing her to justice. He's driven to the point where he completely ignores ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'s attempts to warn him that ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} won't care really about justice but instead [[NotSoDifferent will use her as a weapon the same was she was used by the Facility]]. Before he can actually turn her over, however, he recognizes the truth of this and that Laura was as much a victim as the people she killed, and lets her go.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: She was developing a good relationship with her aunt and cousin during ''Target: X'', 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.
* JourneyToFindOneself: The overarching plot of her first solo serie consists of this as Laura goes "walkabout" in the aftermath of her stint on ComicBook/XForce, in large part triggered by questions over whether she has a soul after an encounter with [[spoiler: Hellverine]]. She leaves Utopia because she feels there are too many voices trying to tell her who she is, and wishes to find her own answers. It's relatively brief, and ends with Laura deciding to attend ComicBook/AvengersAcademy after an invitation from ComicBook/BlackWidow. During this time, Laura makes substantial progress in at least coming to terms with herself, even if much of her emotional damage remains.
* MaleGaze: During the infamous PantyShot in "Collision," the panel is centered directly on Laura's butt when she exposes the top of her thong.
* MobWar: In ''Target: X'', the Facility is hired by Comicbook/TheKingpin to put an end to one between himself and Fade, a mutant gangster attempting to muscle in on his territory. X assassinates Fade in his own office, and later takes out his wife and child, as well.
* {{Mordor}}: During the "Killing Dream" arc of her first solo, Hellverine draws Laura into a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind in a realm somewhere between this and FireAndBrimstoneHell, presented in her nightmares and in "reality" as a blasted, desiccated wasteland.
* NotSoDifferent: Cyclops and ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} get this with the Facility in her first solo series. Emma Frost {{lampshade|Hanging}}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.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: A giant purple alien dragon much like [[Comicbook/KittyPryde Lockheed]] but ''much'' bigger flies off with Val and Franklin Richards during "Misadventures in Babysitting," forcing Laura and Hellion to chase after it to get them back.
* PantyShot: Variation: One frame during the "Collision" crossover has Laura tucking a folded up document she and Daken recover from Malcolm Colcord into her pants. Not inside a pocket, inside her ''[[{{Hammerspace}} pants]]''. She flashes a whale tail in that panel, when she pulls the waistband of her costume away from her hip. It may have been even ''less'' blatantly {{Fanservice}} had she just been GoingCommando. It doesn't help that the panel is [[MaleGaze centered right on her butt]].
* 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.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: "Girls' Night Out" in the Liu series ends as this. When Laura runs across one of her ex-pimp's former goons and learns the gang was still in operation, she utterly ''loses it'' (not exactly helped when the guy taunted her about her past). She then drags Jubilee along on a violent and bloody rampage to rescue the girls and shut the gang down for good.
* SendInTheClones:
** The culmination of Rice's plans in ''Innocence Lost'' is to create an army of X-23's (designated X-24 through X-50) he can sell off to the highest bidder. When Sarah unleashes Laura on the Facility, destroying her unborn "sisters" is part of her final mission objectives.
** Laura gets entangled in a plot by Ms. Sinister during her solo series. Seeing as cloning is pretty much Sinister's hat, it goes without saying that clones play quite a big part in the plot:
*** Claudine herself is fighting a CloneByConversion process, as virus ravaging her body is slowly turning her into a clone of Sinister as part of a CrazyPrepared gambit to return from death. She wants Laura's body to escape this fate.
*** All of Claudine's "children" are clones created by Sinister in one of his labs. One, Alice, figures heavily into the plot. [[spoiler: One of whom becomes the new host for Sinister himself after Laura critically wounds Claudine.]]
* SexSlave: Laura and Jubilee break up a sex trafficking ring during "Girls' Night Out," saving many girls and women from this fate. ItsPersonal for Laura because she was a former prostitute herself, and the gang they attack was made up of members of her pimp's organization. Black Widow later remarks about it afterwards that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Laura's mindless rampage is very much not her usual style]].
* SharkPool: Gambit gets tossed into one in Madripoor. Laura dives in to get him out, even though she has trouble swimming.
* ShootTheDog: "The Killing Dream" reveals she was 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:
** In ''Target: X'', Laura's French teacher is [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Jaimie Hyneman, and her science teacher is Adam Savage]].
*** And a kid seated behind her and Megan at the movie theater wears a ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' T-shirt.
** The Hooded Woman quotes Creator/HunterSThompson during the "Touching Darkness" arc of the Liu series to cryptically hint that the two are somehow connected.
---> "As you were, I was. As I am, you will be."
* TheSoulless: In ''The Killing Dream'', Hellverine 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 (later implied to actually be a part of the [[ComicBook/CaptainUniverse Enigma Force]] that remained with her after her previous contact with the entity), 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.]] When she got trapped in Hell, a different demon, Blackheart, calls her a silly girl for pondering whether or not she has a soul by reminding her that she's in Hell, and people can't go to Hell without a soul.
* ThreateningShark: You can't have a SharkPool without one.
* TrouserSpace: During "Collision," Laura tucks some documents into the waistband of her pants. Despite the fact they're {{painted on| pants}}, there's not an unsightly bulge in sight.
* TrojanPrisoner: In order to get close to the albino gangster Fade, whose powers allow him to become invisible to the naked eye and even technological tracking devices, Laura masquerades as Kingpin's "niece," Samantha. Fisk then [[FeedTheMole feeds information]] to Fade via a mole in his organization leading the gangster to kidnap her, bringing her right where she needs to be to pick up the trigger scent-laced letter her target was slipped as part of the plan.
* WhamEpisode: ''X-23 #6'' features the return of Mr. Sinister, following his death at the end of ''Messiah Complex'' three years earlier.
* WolverinePublicity: Played straight and at the same time played with in ''All-New Wolverine'' where various superheroes and villains, specifically Taskmaster, ComicBook/DoctorStrange, ComicBook/TheWasp, and [[spoiler: ComicBook/SquirrelGirl]] make appearances. Yes, other characters are now appearing in a Wolverine book to help establish the book.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: ''Target: X'' reveals that this was Laura's exit strategy for her first assassination. After slaughtering a political candidate, his [[WouldHurtAChild entire family]], and ''dozens'' of security, staff, press, functionaries, and other guests, Laura escapes by pretending to be the lone survivor ''of her own rampage''. It's so convincing she even fools ''Captain America'' and slips his grasp just before he discovers the ruse.
** For that matter, her ''entry'' was a variation of this: She masqueraded as a physically disabled child wearing leg braces and needing crutches to walk, made a scene in the lobby when a security guard tried to deny her request to meet her target, and played on her "disability" in order to gain access to him and carry out the attack.
* WretchedHive: Madripoor, in all its gritty glory, is the main setting of ''Collision''. Under Tyger Tiger it actually wasn't that bad, as she largely had the gangs under her control, and put an end to the drug and human trafficking that made up the worst of the city's criminal elements in the past. Unfortunately by the time Laura and Gambit arrive, Daken has muscled in as Tyger's ManBehindTheMan, and Malcolm Colcord is kidnapping innocent people off the streets for his experiments.
* YoYoPlotPoint: '''Every''' single character arc of her's revolves around learning to be more than a weapon. [[http://waitingforthet.tumblr.com/day/2013/08/28 This comic]] sums it up pretty well.
** Subverted at the end of her solo series, she accepts that part of her is a weapon, but she won't let that beat her.
** See also TraumaCongaLine. It seems like just as she starts to become more or less stable, some fresh new trauma hits her and sends her back to square one.
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