Heartwarming / X-23

  • From her debut episode in the X-Men: Evolution. When X-23's investigating the Xavier Institute, she finds a teddy bear (most likely Kitty's) and gives it a hug. It's not so much the hug, it's the fact that as she hugs it, she's wearing the first honest to goodness smile we've seen on her face since her appearance.
    • When Xavier senses something's not right, he thinks it's Logan but finds X-23 crying instead. Instead of trying to read her thoughts he greets her kindly. True she took advantage of him taking his guard down, but at least she didn't try to kill him for it.
    • Turns out despite rendering everyone at the institute unconscious, X-23 had no intention of harming them. She only wanted them out of her way when she went after Logan.
    • The moment when X-23 breaks down, and Logan gives her what's probably the first hug she'd ever had in her entire life.
    • By the time X-23 makes her second appearance in the episode "Target X", she immediately rushes to Logan's defense when he's being tortured by Gauntlet and Omega Red.
    • By the end of the episode, after it appears she's killed herself along with as many Hydra agents as she could take with her in an explosion, Logan picks up a scent and smiles. A moment later we see X-23 did in fact survive after all.
  • Target X loves to blur the line between Heartwarming and Tearjerker:
    • X-23's bonding with her 'cousin' and 'aunt' (No genetic relation, but the scientist who created and carried her and basically was her mother was related to them) was extremely sweet. She even cut off her own hand to save them.
      • There's the fact that X-23 trusts her cousin, Megan, enough to tell her the truth and show how her claws work. Even though it's dangerous, she still does this so that Megan knows the truth about her kidnapping many years ago, and that she didn't imagine the whole thing.
    • Laura and Megan playing hooky from school after getting suspended (and stealing the principal's car!) adds Crowning Moment of Funny as well, but then you realize that all of what they're doing is just the sort of things Laura was denied as a child. For one afternoon she finally gets to experience what it is to be a normal teenage girl. The scene from the pet store where Laura is practically buried in a pile of puppies and kittens is especially adorable.
    • Just before Megan and Debbie leave to go into hiding—the last time Laura will see them—Megan gives her a locket containing a picture of herself and Laura's slain mother.
    • Captain America is dead set on handing Laura over to the authorities, having let her go before and been on the scene at one of her massacres. Even after learning the story he was prepared to go through Matt if he had to. Trying to explain why he had to Steve looks at her, one look is all it takes for him to have her literally Put on a Bus rather than handed over to SHIELD.
    • Laura's confrontation with Logan. She goes there fully intending to kill him and then herself, her experiences having convinced her that the only way out is for both of them to die. From the start Logan does nothing but try to talk her down, and only fights back in earnest when he realizes that it's the only way to get through to her. When she defeats him anyway and Laura explains why she's doing this, he reveals that he knows everything about the Facility, and fully accepts responsibility for what she's been through. He then resigns himself to die but pleads with her not to throw her life away: He accepts guilt because he volunteered for Weapon X, but insists that Laura was an innocent victim because she was denied that choice, finally breaking through to her.
    • Captain America contacted Daredevil explicitly to use him as a Living Lie Detector while interrogating Laura, and only so he can confirm her identity before handing her over to S.H.I.E.L.D. However as Matt listens to her story he comes to realize that Laura is as much a victim as the people she's killed, and actively fights Steve's efforts to take her in. The instant Cap has everything he wants, Matt appoints himself as her lawyer in an effort to protect her from prosecution.
      • Steve finally recognizing that Matt was right all along and letting Laura go, as well. He knowingly took a tremendous risk turning her loose again, but realized that turning her in to S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn't have been serving justice, just giving them another weapon.
  • The flashback to the carnival in The Killing Dream. Watching Logan try to help Laura feel like a normal teenage girl is sweet enough, but the conversation on the roller coaster when Logan states his intent to adopt her really crowns it.
    Logan: I may not be a good father, but I'll be yours.
  • Laura defying her off-book orders from Zander Rice to kill Martin Sutter and his family, when she chooses to spare his ( actually Rice's) son. After all the effort the Facility went through to break her, that one moment proves her humanity hasn't been completely destroyed. In The Killing Dream this act becomes one of Laura's most important weapons for throwing off the demon attempting to recruit her into his service.
  • Doubling a bit with Crowning Moment of Funny: When Laura reunites with her classmates in Avengers Academy after Logan drops the kids off for safekeeping, she approaches Sooraya aka Dust and mentions she "smells healthy." Sooraya immediately reminds her it's impolite to tell people about their smell. Laura innocently counters that because Sooraya follows hijab, scent is her only way to "see" her in public. Sooraya then expresses just how much she's missed her.
  • A bizarre case, but the fact that Daken—notorious for his blind hatred for their father, only looking out for himself, and manipulating everyone around him for his own ends—comes to accept her as his "little sister," even if the relationship remains antagonistic. For a moment she's able to get past his emotional armor and leave him speechless when she asks why he's afraid to love others, and departs their encounter as one of a very few people he honestly admires and respects.
    • Again in issue #1 of Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy, when Daken displays a bit of brotherly concern after Laura zaps herself on the barrier containing them in their cell. Daken is (understandably, given their last meeting) hostile towards Creed and indifferent towards both Mystique and Deathstrike, but his interactions with Laura are actually rather warm and laid back.
    • And in #7, when Laura goes back for Daken when he's attacked by Siphon, even though the rest of the group has fled Sharp's base.
  • In NYX, who's the first person to calm and comfort Tatiana after her very public manifestation nearly gets her lynched by a mob? Laura.
    • Furthermore, Laura's reunion with the NYX kids during her 2010 one-shot. During a time when Laura is still struggling with her identity and her past she finds some comfort that Kiden and the others deeply care for her, and even tried to find her after she left them. Kiden even stands up to Wolverine to protect her when she mistakenly thinks he's one of her old Johns.
  • The Cool Down Hug Teen!Scott gives her to calm and comfort her when Laura is in the midst of a Freak Out after Murderworld and the torture she experienced at the hands of the Purifiers after that, simply because he believed she needed it. Then, in the following issue, Laura initiates one with him after Stryker, Jr. reveals Arcade released the Murderworld footage (meaning the entire world has seen her in a Trigger Scent-induced rage, something Laura is understandably sensitive about), which threatens to send her right back into a Heroic B.S.O.D..
    • And then Laura returns the hug aboard the Guardians of the Galaxy's ship, when Scott is overwhelmed both by the capture of Jean Grey by the Shi'ar, and the revelation that his father, is alivenote .
  • Laura and Warren's date in All-New X-Men #30. It starts with a wild night at a club (which culminates in a brawl against some thugs who take a disliking to Warren and his wings), but leads to them having a long heart-to-heart talk and Laura thanking him for taking her away from the insanity which normally surrounds her, even remarking that Laura is prettier than Jean Grey when Laura starts expressing her self-doubts about why he likes her. It's a rare moment of Laura getting to forget about everything that's been done to her, and just being a normal girl.
  • Laura's coming to terms with Wolverine's death, and her admission to Kitty that though she does feel sad at the loss, she also feels proud to have known him. Particularly the small smile she gives, and the reveal that she has dyed her forelocks blue and gold in Logan's memory, referencing his most iconic costume.
  • When Daken has his arm and one of his eyes taken by Sinister after Siphon stripped away his healing factor, in issue 2 of Wolverines Laura sits vigil by his bedside, worrying over his condition.
    Laura: Logan is dead. You're the only family...sort-of-family...I have left. I'm here if you need me, no matter where this takes us.
  • In issues 3-4 of Wolverines the team rescues Fantomelle from Siphon. For most of them it's only because they need her to break into Sinister's base and recover Logan's remains. Laura is the only one of the group who is saving 'Melle just to save her and for no other reason. Fantomelle remembers this, and after completing her deal for Wolverine's belongings with Deadpool, she holds on to one of stolen costumes and personally delivers it to Laura despite the risk of being caught in payment of that debt.
  • Although it's been a bit of a Base Breaker since it was introduced in All-New #30, the final Relationship Upgrade between Laura and Warren was nonetheless quite sweet, as Warren's refusal to just accept the hand his older self was dealt and decision to embrace the Vortex to forge his own path strikes a chord with Laura's own struggles to find her own way.