The following characters have appeared in All-New Wolverine:
Laura Kinney/X-23/Wolverine II
For general tropes pertaining to Laura, see her page.
Created by a top-secret project attempting to restart the Weapon X experiments, Laura is the genetic clone of Wolverine created and carried to term by Dr. Sarah Kinney. Tortured, abused, and raised to be the ultimate assassin, Sarah liberated the young X-23 at the cost of her own life, and since then Laura has sought meaning in her life other than being a weapon. Wolverine eventually found her brought her to the X-Men where she began to heal, where he became a father figure and mentor to her, before eventually legally adopting her.
Following Logan's death, Laura took up his mantle to become the Wolverine herself.
- Apologetic Attacker: After Daylesville is doused in trigger scent, but before she falls into a murderous rage, Laura apologizes to the locals around her for what is about to happen. Subverted when it turns out Laura managed to stab herself in the head before falling to the trigger scent, meaning that someone else slaughtered the town.
- Badass Biker: Her second costume as Wolverine evokes this look, consisting of a sleeveless bodysuit and armored jacket, and a helmet. She even gets to ride motorcycle in issue 20.
- Badass Longcoat: She starts wearing these occasionally over her uniform. Mostly for practical purposes, either because it's raining, it's cold, or she wants to cover up her costume.
- Become a Real Boy: While this has always been a subtle part of her character, it's used to symbolic effect in issue 17: Pinocchio's transformation from puppet to real boy is directly juxtaposed with Laura finally breaking free of her conditioning to the trigger scent, literally "cutting her strings" and making her a puppet no more.
- Berserk Button: Slavery, human trafficking and medical experiments, to the point she gives even The Punisher a run for his money: to the point of loading up on guns to take out Alchemix and dealing with one trafficker in a manner that would have Frank cheering.
- Big Sister Instinct: She develops this towards the Sisters as the first arc develops, nearly losing her cool when she believes Taskmaster killed them, and making it unambiguously clear to Mooney that the girls are under her protection. It especially applies to Gabby, to whom she eventually becomes a Parental Substitute.
- Big Sister Mentor: Laura falls into this role with Gabby over the course of the series, and the series makes use of Call Backs and Book-Ends to subtly demonstrate her teaching Gabby some of the lessons she learned from her own Big Brother Mentor, Logan.
- Bulletproof Vest: In issue 3 Gabby offhandedly suggested Laura ought to try body armor. In issue 19 she finally incorporates it into her costume, after Gabby's argument that just because she can heal isn't an excuse for allowing herself to be injured in the first place.
- The Cape: Although she's steadily edging this way in general, it's much more evident in this series where she's become much more adept at not using lethal force. Dr. Strange notes that she's actually much better at keeping her killer instincts under control than Logan ever was.
- Clone Degeneration: Laura is dying from this in the alternate future presented in the "Old Woman Laura" arc, although it sets in much later than is typical.
- Cool Big Sis: Becomes this to the Sisters, especially Gabby, who admits a great deal of admiration towards her to Chandler.
- Cool Helmet: The mask that's part of her second costume is a hard shell helmet, rather than a simple cowl. This both protects her from getting shot in the head, and is also a much more practical way for it to work with her hair.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the "deadpan," particularly in her interactions with Warren in the first issue.
- Determinator: Per usual, however especially in issue 21: While everyone helping cure The Plague ravaging Roosevelt Island has to stop once their healing factors are overwhelmed so they can recover themselves, Laura pushes herself far beyond her limits out of sheer force of will to save as many people as she can. When her healing factor fails she keeps going. When the disease begins to ravage her body, she keeps going. When Ironheart tells her she has to stop before she kills herself, she keeps going. When she's nothing more than a withered shell of a human being, she keeps going until she finally collapses.
- Expressive Mask: The eyes on Laura's cowl shift slightly with her expression when drawn by Ig Guarra. Largely averted by Lopez and Takara.
- Going Commando: While Laura's previous costume for X-Force clearly included a thong (leading to her infamous Panty Shot and Trouser Space moment in her first solo series), issue 9 subtly implies that she's not wearing anything under the Wolverine suit.note Considering that the Wolverine suit is no less form-fitting than her X-Force duds, it's the only way to escape panty line.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- She's prepared to kill herself to prevent Kimura from using her as a weapon. However Kimura forces her hand by revealing she's located Megan and Debbie, and will kill them if she doesn't cooperate.
- In issue 21, Laura nearly kills herself trying to save as many of the infected people of Roosevelt Island as she can, pushing herself until her healing factor simply gives out from the strain of fighting the virus.
- In "Old Woman Laura", Laura intends to go down to rescue her sister and take Doom with her. Ultimately subverted, as Gabby browbeats her into living and finding a fix for her Clone Degeneration at the end.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The fact that Laura averts this where the general public is concerned is part of what sets off the Orphans of X, and drives their plot to see her dead, and the other mutants of her type wiped out. They simply can't accept the fact that someone who has ruined as many innocent lives as she has can still be considered a hero.
- It's All My Fault: Laura blames herself for the virus ravaging Roosevelt Island, feeling she is responsible since the alien child carrying it came to earth looking for her. She's later quick to accept that the Orphans aren't wrong for being angry over all the people she killed and families she hurt or destroyed as a result, pointing out to Megan that even though she was as much a victim of the Facility as her targets and their loved ones, she was still the killer.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: The eyepieces of her second costume have infrared scanning capabilities.
- The Lost Lenore: Hellion is this for her in "Old Woman Laura's" alternate future.
- Mama Bear: Do not hurt or threaten Gabby. Laura nearly killed Old Man Logan when she thinks he's killed her, and very well might have gone through with it if Gabby hadn't stopped her. When Gabby is later endangered by the Brood in issue 22, Laura ignores Rocket's warnings to run away, and instead tries to cut her way through the entire horde to save her.
- Not So Different: She defeats the Orphans of X not by destroying the organization, but by joining them, making it clear that she was as much a victim as they were, and promising to bring those who forced her to kill their loved ones to justice.
- Only Sane Man: She calls Cap out on the clusterfuck that Civil War II has become, pointing out exactly how dangerous it is for them to act so rashly over Ulysses' predictions especially once their efforts to prevent them ends up making them come true and just how stupid it is that heroes are allowing themselves to be drawn into fighting other heroes over the matter. She then informs him in no uncertain terms that she'll be sitting the fight out.
- Parental Abandonment: Laura is still conflicted over her relationship with Logan. The fact he left her to virtually fend for herself at the Xavier School when she desperately wanted to make a family with him continues to haunt her. This experience leads her to make a conscious effort to avoid the same mistakes with Gabby that Logan made with her.
- Parental Substitute: Officially becomes one to her little "sister", Gabby, in issue 7 when her memories of Logan's failures as a father figure lead her to realizing the best place for the girl is with her.
- Parrying Bullets: She pulls this off in issue 10, neatly slicing a bullet fired at her face in two. From point-blank range.
- Promotion to Parent: Laura is unsure sure what to do with Gabby in the aftermath of the "Four Sisters" arc, and at first believes she needs to find somewhere else where she can be safe and live a normal life. However after some introspection on her own relationship with Logan in issue 7, Laura decides to take her in herself, and becomes this.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: She ends up on the receiving end of these on separate occasions in #7, from both Gabby and Squirrel Girl.
- Screw Destiny: When Old Man Logan tries to warn her about Gabby based on his experiences in his own timeline, Laura immediately shoots him down. Not only does she remind him that this isn't his universe and they're not bound by what happened there, but she rejects the idea of predetermination altogether and insists on finding her own way.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After chewing Cap out for causing the entire conflict in issues 10-12 in the first place, she demands that he and Hill leave her out of the Civil War, and notes she and Gabby will be retiring to somewhere they can't find them.
- Skunk Stripe: She sports one in "Old Woman Laura."
- Strong Family Resemblance: Played with in issue 1. She actually doesn't resemble Logan much at all, with almost all of her looks coming from Sarah Kinney. However during the flashback scene they share many of the same facial expressions and ticks.
- Taking You with Me: The Laura and Gabby of Old Man Logan's timeline ended up killing each other. Although the circumstances aren't made clear, the fact that Logan is most broken up over Laura's death suggests Gabby was the Heel.
- Technical Pacifist: Holding back from taking a life doesn't mean she's not completely willing and able to maim, dismember, and otherwise beat the ever-loving shit out of someone. And it doesn't mean she won't kill, either, and she very clearly establishes that there are limits to how much she'll tolerate.Bellona: (After being prevented from killing) Great, "Wolverine" is a Pacifist.
Laura: I don't think you can call me a pacifist when we are surrounded by people I've just beaten up.
- She finally reaches her limit when confronted with Kimura, the woman who tormented her all her life at the Facility, and continually threatened her, her friends, and her family after she joined the X-Men for years thereafter.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Downplayed, but Laura is the Tomboy to Gabby's Girly Girl, being a tough, serious, cool-headed (unless someone pisses her off) fighter.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Laura is dying of Clone Degeneration in "Old Woman Laura's" alternate future, and resolves to use her time left to finish off Doctor Doom once and for all.
James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine
For general tropes pertaining to Logan, see his page.
Laura's "father" and genetic template, it was the Facility's attempts to replicate the Weapon X experiments that led to her creation. At times their relationship was strained or rocky, and Logan freely acknowledged that he was a poor father, but he nonetheless cared immensely for Laura's well-being, and objected to her inclusion on X-Force because he was determined to see her have a chance at a normal life. Following his death she takes up his mantle as Wolverine.
- Parental Abandonment: A flashback in issue 7 shows Logan leaving Laura behind at the Xavier School. He genuinely believes it's in her best interests to protect her from the dangers inherent in his life, but all Laura wants is some semblance of family.
- Passing the Torch: Subtly done in a flashback in #1: Laura is delirious after being shot in the head, and remembering a conversation with Logan. She's kicking herself over declining to kill an enemy when she had the chance, and it coming back to bite her (in the form of a bazooka). However Logan comforts her and congratulates her, using his own catch phrase to describe her: "You're the best there is at what you do. But that doesn't mean you have to do it." It then returns to the present, with Laura getting back up and revealing herself as The Wolverine.
- Posthumous Character: He appears several times via flashbacks. Usually something connected to the current story, such as the Passing the Torch moment above.
An actual wolverine, dropped off at Laura's apartment by Squirrel Girl in issue 7. Gabby immediately adopts him a pet.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Jonathan's behavior, particularly around Gabby, is much more dog-like than one would expect from a mustelid. He lounges with her on the couch, and lets her take him walkies on a collar and leash.note
- Animal Testing: Jonathan was a victim of it, and was rescued from the lab he was kept in by Squirrel Girl. Part of why Laura agreed to let Gabby keep him (despite the fact that, as Logan points out, wolverines don't exactly make for great pets) is because of how close to home that resonates. Exactly what sort of experiments were done to him is unclear, but in issue 10 he all but shrugs off a gunshot, and overall it's made clear that he's much smarter than the average wolverine.
- Badass Adorable: When a pair of burglars break into the apartment, Jonathan's first instinct is to charge right at them in defense of Gabby. He gets shot and is still up and around moments later. And, well, wolverines are pretty much giant ferrets with many of the same behavioral quirks, so there's your adorable right there. Word of God is Jonathan is fully capable of taking on Lockheed because of the experiments performed on him.
- Berserk Button: For a wolverine, he's mostly calm a lot of the time, but if one thing can seriously piss Jonathan off and make him go on a snarling frenzy, it's seeing Gabby and Laura in danger.
- Cool Pet: He's a wolverine. Gabby adopts him on-sight and positively squees over him when they meet.
- Fluffy the Terrible: As wolverines are powerful predators with strength and ferocity belying their small size, Doreen appropriately calls him Jonathan when she introduces him to Laura and Gabby.
- Killer Rabbit: There's a reason his species was Logan's namesake.
- Made of Iron: A burglar shoots him, and while Jonathan is certainly stunned, he still gets back up again none the worse for wear. How much of this is a result of the experimentation he was subject to, and how much is simply because he's a wolverine (which are legendary for their toughness) is unclear. Later on, he gets smacked by a Brood alien (who are known to be ridiculously strong) and all he needs is some medical attention to get back to normal.
- Mysterious Animal Senses: Jonathan can apparently see Gwen's hallucination of Spider-Ham in the annual.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Gabby certainly thinks so, positively squeeing over him when she first sees him.
- Talking Animal: Sort of, as of issue 24. While tending wounds he received in issue 22, Rocket implants a Universal Translator because he got tired of trying to interpret Jonathan's normal wolverine growls, grunts, and hisses.
- Team Pet: He becomes this for Gabby in particular. Being a wolverine he's rather bad-tempered one, and snarls, growls, or hisses at those he doesn't particularly trust or care about, but is overall much friendlier than a regular wolverine would. He's also violently protective of Gabby, willing to charge a pair of armed burglars head on when they break into the apartment.
- Translator Microbes: In issue 24 Rocket implants a Universal Translator, allowing Jonathan's normal vocalizations to be understood.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Deadpool positively squees over him. Jonathan is...less than thrilled with Wade.Deadpool: Oh my god. He talks! Whose a sweety, snookums—
Jonathan: (Snarling) WILL EAT FACE OFF.
- You No Take Candle: After receiving his Universal Translator, Jonathan's wolverine vocalizations are translated for Laura and Gabby as this.
Old Man Logan
For general tropes pertaining to Old Man Logan, see his page.
An elderly version of Logan from an alternate future, Maria Hill initially contacted him for help investigating the disappearance of Agent Lee and her strike team. It's Logan's own disappearance that prompted her to call in Laura for help.
- Accidental Murder: Issue 11: Confused and disoriented after being blown up and shot full of tranquilizers, Logan mistakes Gabby for the Gabby of his universe, who may have killed his universe's version of Laura, and impales her on his claws. Fortunately, she has a Healing Factor and although dead, she gets better.
- Bad Ass In Distress: By the time Laura finds him he's hanging from the wall of Foom's stomach, up to his waist in acid with his legs already digested to the bone. She manages to pull him out.
- Boom, Headshot!: Shot in the head by a Muramasa Bullet, which manages to penetrate his adamantium skull.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted. Even though Logan stabbing Gabby was an accident and not his fault (which Laura does admit), she still wants nothing more to do with him afterwards.
- Future Me Scares Me: Rather, Future Gabby Scares Logan. The Gabby of his timeline did something in the future, so although Logan isn't overtly hostile to her, (and actually has a somewhat fatherly/grandfatherly moment with her) he's nonetheless a little bit guarded around her. His attempt to warn Laura about Gabby's future fails when she (rightly) points out that this isn't his universe.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: His legs get digested by Foom before Laura can pull him out. His adamantium skeleton remains intact from the waist down, however, and his Healing Factor regenerates the rest once he's rescued.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After a S.H.I.E.L.D. attack drives him into a feral rage, he confuses Gabby for the Gabby of his universe, and impales her on his claws.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Reveals that he did raise Laura, or specifically her alternate counterpart in his timeline, in the same apartment where she currently lives.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Logan has actually been avoiding contact with Laura for fears of this. In his original timeline, his relationship with her was one of the few things he didn't screw up. He's afraid that if he becomes a part of her life again it will just give him another opportunity to mess things up between them.
- Naked on Revival: He's stripped down after his execution by the Orphans Of X before they shove his corpse in a freezer. He's still naked after waking up when Laura removes the Muramasa Bullet and cuts away the affected tissue so his Healing Factor can work again.
- Not So Different: Logan distrusts Gabby because of what the Gabby of his timeline did, and even tries to warn Laura that she's dangerous and even worse than they ever were. Laura, however, refuses to accept that "her" Gabby is destined to turn out like the other did. Ironically, Logan is treating Gabby exactly the same way Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. are treating him after Ulysses has a vision that he will murder Gabby; attempting to detain him for something he only might do.
- Parental Substitute: Much like Earth-616's Logan, he became this for the X-23 of his reality. In fact it's implied he was even more so in that he had an active hand in her upbringing. By contrast, 616 Logan largely left her to her own devices after dropping her off at the Xavier School, resulting in the shakier relationship the pair had in the main universe.
- Precrime Arrest: Ulysses has a vision that Logan will kill Gabby in the future. Maria Hill and Captain Marvel dispatch Captain America and a squad of S.H.I.E.L.D. troops to apprehend him before it can happen.
- Swallowed Whole: Gets nommed by Fin Fang Foom. Fortunately, his healing factor allowed him to survive long enough for Laura to rescue him.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Gets called out for this in issue 10. Laura actually chews him out when he uses a claw to pop the top on a bottle of grape juice, and leaves the cap on the floor.
- There Was a Door: He and Gabby escape Laura's apartment when S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to arrest him by carving an opening through the walls.
- Unstoppable Rage: Logan goes berserk in issue 11 after having his jetpack shot out of the sky, and then getting shot full of tranquilizers by S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives on the ground. Gabby tries to talk him down from it, but gets gutted for her troubles.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Laura delivers one to him after he impales Gabby, and Laura believes she's been killed, utterly tearing him apart over his actions both verbally and physically. Even after Gabby is revealed to have survived, and stops her from killing him, Laura lays into him. Of course it's not helped that even after this Logan tries to warn her that Gabby is dangerous and can't be trusted.
- You're Not My Father: Laura's reaction to him is hostile, to say the least. In fact she finds his presence highly upsetting. She adamantly insists he's not her Logan whenever pressed about it by Gabby, and in one case she even describes him as "twisted." Although is issue 10 she begins warming up to him, their relationship is permanently soured when she believes he killed Gabby in a feral rage. Even after learning Gabby survived because of she does indeed possess a Healing Factor, Laura wants nothing more to do with him.
A group of assassins trained by Alchemax, cloned using Laura's genetic material in an attempt to recreate her. However while they look like her, they were not born with her mutation. She first encounters them in Paris while attempting to protect one of their targets. Originally there were ten girls. Six were killed before their escape, leaving only four: the unnamed sniper Laura encountered in Paris, designated X23_3PAR by Alchemax, and three others; Gabby, Bellona, and Zelda. They were modified by Alchemax to feel no pain, but the process is also slowly killing them.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Gabby, Zelda, and Bellona, respectively.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Averted with Bellona, Zelda, and Gabby. They're already dying as a result of Alchemax's experiments, and are determined to cause the company as much mayhem as they can before they drop.
- Big Brother Instinct: The elder three sisters looked out for and protected Gabby from the worst of what was done to them, and helped preserve her innocence. Laura herself has developed this for all the girls, and is determined to save all of them from what Alchemax did. However Zelda makes it clear that the one she most cares about saving is Gabby.
- Bulletproof Vest: The girls' masks are armored, and they all wear body armor. Gabby suggests even Laura might find it useful in spite of her healing factor.
- Clones Are People, Too: While Alchemax sees them otherwise and Laura demands they treat them as actual people and not just experiments if they want her help locating them the Sisters have all developed their own identities and personalities. Gabby and Bellona in particular:
- Gabby is quite the Deadpan Snarker, and is much more laid-back and reasonable. She's the first of the girls to reach out to Laura directly.
- Bellona is a Well-Intentioned Extremist with a Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Zelda lies somewhere in the middle; more pragmatic than Gabby, but much more restrained than Bellona.
- Cloning Blues: Much like the Facility did with Laura, Alchemax doesn't consider the Sisters to be people.
- Cool Car: The Sisters have an armored jeep they use to escape in issue 3. They're evasive about where they actually got it (or any of their gear) because they don't fully trust Laura.
- Cool Mask: Every one of them wears a mask. On a meta level it also serves to hide the fact they're clones of Laura.
- Covered with Scars: The Sisters all have multiple scars on their faces, while Bellona at least even has it on her arms. The scars on their faces are noticeably symmetrical, suggesting they were deliberately inflicted, most likely by Alchemax Genetics; when Laura arrives at Alchemax, Mooney checks her for scars and then cuts her to make sure that it is, indeed, Laura, and not one of the Sisters attempting to infiltrate the building disguised as her.
- Curiosity Causes Conversion: While subjected to the same torturous upbringing as Laura, it was ultimately their discovery that they are dying as a result of whatever Alchemax did to take their ability to feel away that led to their escape, and fueled their desire to bring the company down.
- Deal with the Devil: The sisters made a deal with Kimura to help them escape and Bellona ends up having to give herself to the latter.
- Death by Origin Story: There are four Sisters when All-New Wolverine begins. Originally there were ten, the remaining six of whom were killed during training, demonstrations, and as a result of the nanites in their blood, which eliminated their ability to feel pain.
- Decomposite Character: Word of God is that Bellona, Zelda, and Gabby deliberately echo aspects of Laura at different stages of her life:
- Zelda is Laura's maturity and icy stoicism in the face of danger, along with her tactical acumen.
- Bellona shares her rage and impulsiveness.
- X23_3PAR represents her fatalism and determination.
- Gabby is unique in that she's what Laura could have been; she's the innocence that was stolen from her.
- The Dog Bites Back: The Sisters eventually got tired of the abuse Alchemax inflicted on them, to say nothing of their anger when they learned that they were dying, and escaped to wreak havoc on their tormentors. According to Bellona, Mooney especially was their chief abuser, though Laura prevents her from killing him.
- Dying Moment of Awesome Essentially what the Sisters are seeking. They're dying anyway, so they want to take as much of Alchemax down with them as they can.
- Feels No Pain: Laura snaps the arm of 3PAR, and the girl doesn't even flinch. Turns out she's been engineered that way, as have the others.
- For Want of a Nail: The Sisters are pretty much what Laura could have become had Logan never brought her to the X-Men. And in fact are much the same as what Zander Rice tried to do had Sarah not ordered Laura to destroy X-24 through X-50 during her escape from the Facility.
- Freudian Trio:
- Bellona is the Superego. Though far from emotionless (her default setting seems to be Unstoppable Rage), of the three she's the coldest and most ruthless. She's the fastest to kill of all of the Sisters, and the least trusting of Laura's motives.
- Gabby is the Id. She's the most emotional and compassionate, and is the one who first reached out to Laura.
- Zelda is the Ego, holding a middle ground between Bellona and Gabby. She's much more restrained than Bellona, but more ready to go along with her actions than Gabby.
- Healing Factor: Noteworthy for its absence, as all four Sisters are clones of Laura, but didn't manifest her mutation.
- Ill Girl: All four of the Sisters were dying as a result of Alchemax's experiments. 3PAR was killed in Paris before it became evident, but the remaining three will die anyway without help.
- Innocence Lost: Much like Laura, Zelda and Bellona had their innocence stolen from them. They were tortured and abused, afflicted with a procedure that's slowly killing them, and trained to be unstoppable assassins.
- Averted with Gabby: Zelda and Bellona did everything they could to shield her from what was done to them. She is the innocence that they and Laura lost.
- Living MacGuffin: Alchemax wants them back, and is willing to manipulate and double-cross Laura to do it. "Living" isn't necessarily a requirement, however; they're completely willing to kill the girls in the process if they have to.
- Meaningful Name: According to Word of God, each of their given names is in some way connected to death.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: One of the reasons the Sisters escaped Alchemax and subsequently decided to start killing them.
- Nanomachines: Dr. Strange discovers a moving blur on an MRI he takes of Zelda's brain, confirming that this was how Alchemax had removed the Sisters' ability to feel pain, and is also slowly killing them.
- Not So Different: The Sister encountered in Paris expresses disappointment when Laura tries to stop her from killing Chandler's son, feeling that Laura would at least understand what she's trying to do. The trope is taken Up to Eleven when it's revealed that the Sisters are her clones. Gabby also expresses her frustration that Laura should be helping them because she understands what it is to be used and experimented on. Laura agrees with her on the latter point, but is still determined to resolve the situation peacefully.
- Rapid Aging: Although not addressed in the book itself, Taylor confirmed in an interview that the Sisters were rapid-aged as part of the cloning process.
- Scars Are Forever: The fact that the Sisters have scars just further sets them apart from Laura, because it demonstrates they didn't develop her Healing Factor.
- Send in the Clones: Alchemax has cloned Laura herself, finally bringing the Facility's plans for her to fruition.
- Suicide Mission: The girls are dying as a result of nanites infecting their brains, so they're trying to take as much of Alchemax with them as they can.
- Training from Hell: Alchemax's training program included shooting at them with live ammunition. Zelda reveals that several of the girls were killed during exercises as a result.
- Tyke Bomb: Being clones of Laura makes them this by default.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Bellona specifically, but by extension the rest of the Sisters, are angry at their treatment by Alchemax, especially the part how the company took away their ability to feel. If they suffered anything close to the abuse Laura endured at the Facility it's hard to not empathize with them, but some of their actions may have begun putting innocent people in the crossfire.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: To date, the Sisters have employed an MQ-1B Predator drone, body armor, serious firepower, and even an armored truck. Laura asks where it all comes from, but when Gabby starts to explain Bellona shuts her down as she still doesn't trust Laura. Issue 6 reveals that the equipment was provided by Kimura.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Much like Laura, the Sisters were forced to grow up way before their time Unlike Laura, they didn't have an outlet to heal as she did with the X-Men.
- Wolverine Claws: As with Healing Factor above, noteworthy for their absence, considering they're Laura's clones. However in issue 6 Gabby reveals that she did manifest claws, and that her elder sisters kept this hidden from Chandler.
- You Are Number 6: Much like Laura, each of the sisters received a numerical designation from Alchemax. Bellona is X23_1BEL, Zelda is X23_2ZEL, and Gabby is X23_4GAB. However Word of God is that Zelda is the eldest, so these designations aren't indicative of their birth order.
- In the case of X23_3PAR this is the only name we know her by.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Whatever Alchemax did to take away their ability to feel pain is also killing them, and they only have a short time left to live. They're determined to inflict as much damage on Alchemax before they drop as they can.
- Boom, Headshot!: Bellona is shot in the head by Taskmaster at the end of issue 2. Fortunately for her, her mask is armored.
- Breast Plate: Her body armor has distinct molded boob cups.
- The Bus Came Back: She resurfaces on the final page of issue 14, having undergone what appears to be cybernetic enhancements, and now working for Kimura.
- Death Glare: Bellona's default setting to go along with Perpetual Frowner.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Post FaceHeel Turn, she is still disgusted by Ash's slave-trading pirates and orders them all to be killed.
- Evil Albino: Bellona. Well, not exactly evil, but certainly ruthless and indiscriminate in the use of violence to further her desire for revenge. Her white hair, red eyes, and very pale skin even further sets her apart from Laura. Becomes much straighter in issue 14 when it's revealed she's now working for Kimura.
- Evil Costume Switch: Her mask has a large black "X" painted over the mouth, she dresses all in black, and appears to have undergone cybernetic enhancement by the time she reappears working for Kimura in issue 14.
- FaceHeel Turn: Returns in issue 14, now working for Kimura.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Zelda describes Bellona to Laura as "not exactly restrained", when Bellona decides to just shoot her when she comes to talk. Of all the Sisters she's the most aggressive and quickest to violence.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: A subtler example than most, but her tendency towards violence has been very much played for laughs. When Gabby protests that they didn't blow up the Alchemax building, Bellona mutters under her breath that she wanted to, and she actually sulks when Laura warns her not to shoot anything at the Sanctum Sanctorum. And then she ignores her and shoots a cupboard in the living room. For winking at her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Issue 6 reveals that Kimura and the Facility were behind the Sisters' rampage, enabling their escape from Alchemax Genetics, and providing them with their weapons and equipment. Bellona surrenders herself to Kimura as part of the agreement, and they, in turn, allow Gabby to walk away.
- Knife Nut: Bellona eschews firearms in the fight at the end of issue 2, and instead wields a pair of combat knives.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after a Roman war goddess.
- Perpetual Frowner: Bellona's default expression is somewhere between this and an angry scowl. To the point it gets lampshaded in issue 5, when Zelda catches her actually smiling after Laura and Wasp succeed in destroying the nanites that have been killing Zelda. It happens again in issue 6 when Gabby asks if she'll ever see her again while Bellona is preparing to surrender to Kimura, and Bellona replies that she'll see her whenever she looks in a mirror and forgets to smile.
- Put on a Bus: She disappears from the book after surrendering herself to Kimura.
- Token Evil Teammate: Bellona is on the Anti-Hero end of the spectrum. Her first instinct in response to pretty much everything is to shoot it, and she seems to be the main force driving the Sisters' rampage.
- Trigger Happy: Bellona firmly believes in "Shoot first, ask questions later." Fortunately, Laura's Healing Factor means that she can actually get away with doing it to her. In #4 she shoots a cupboard. For winking at her (It Makes Sense in Context).
- When She Smiles: Bellona actually smiles when Laura and Wasp succeed in destroying the nanites killing Zelda. Bellona waves it off as unintentional, but Zelda remarks that it suits her.
- Wolverine Claws: Issue 18 reveals Kimura had them implanted as part of a contingency plan to frame Laura for the Daylesville killings, if Laura herself failed to wipe out the town.
Gabrielle "Gabby" Zelda Kinney/X23_4GAB/Honey Badger
For general tropes about Gabby, see X-Men: 2010s Members
- "Awesome McCool" Name: In-Universe. Gabby wants an awe-inspiring superhero name, because "Gabby" doesn't strike fear into the hearts of criminals. She finally gets one in issue 28: Honey Badger.
- Badass in Distress: Is captured by the Brood in issue 22. She ends up being assimilated and turned into a Brood Queen in issue 23.
- Big Damn Heroes: She works with Gambit and Tyger Tiger to subdue Laura while she's in a trigger scent-fueled rage, restraining Laura so Gambit can hit her with one of his cards.
- Boyish Short Hair: Gabby trades her long hair and barrettes for a close-cropped fade in the alternate future of "Old Woman Laura."
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Gabby sports an enormous one in issue 3, when she reveals that she, Bellona, and Zelda were wearing body armor when Taskmaster shot them. It just makes her look even more adorable.
- Clone by Conversion: In issue 23 she's transformed into a Queen by the Brood, intending to use her Healing Factor and inability to feel pain to strengthen the species. Fortunately, that same healing factor prevents it from sticking.
- Cool Guns: Gabby carries a MAC-10 during "Four Sisters."
- Cuteness Proximity: In issue 31 she's horrified by the actions of the lab where Jonathan was tortured...while at the same time gushing about how cute the zombie critters they made are. In fact the first time she ever laid eyes on Jonathan she began to babble about how adorable he is, and wanting to dress him up in tiny suits.
- Dateless Grave: The Gabby of Earth-807128 (Old Man Logan's home reality) was buried in a grave whose headstone lacked a date. About the only information it does give is Gabby's full name.
- Dead Guy Junior:
- 807128 Gabby's middle name was Zelda, in apparent honor of her slain elder sister. It's unclear if 616 Gabby uses the same name, but the precedent on Alternate Universe versions makes it probable.
- In "Old Woman Laura," alt-future Gabby had kids and named them Logan and Wade.
- Dressed to Plunder: Gabby is so psyched to be going aboard a real-life (modern) pirate ship she asks Laura if she can have a peg leg, even offering to cut one of hers off because she can heal and won't feel the pain.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The book invokes Children Are Innocent in regards to Gabby but when she first appears she's more or less a cynic and even says herself there's no such thing as innocence.
- FaceHeel Turn: Not our Gabby, but the Gabby of Logan's timeline ended up killing and being killed by the Laura of his timeline. Although the circumstances are unclear, that it's Laura's death Logan mourns suggests that she didn't turn out quite as innocent as "Gabby Prime".
- Fighting from the Inside: After being turned into a Brood Queen in issue 24, the same Healing Factor the previous Queen infected her to bring her into the hive for ends up purging the Brood genetics from her system.
- Fluffy Tamer: Squirrel Girl drops off a wolverine named Jonathan. The critter is a snarling ball of fur and fangs until he meets Gabby, who immediately turns him into a pet.
- Future Me Scares Me: That is, Future Gabby Scares Old Man Logan. Apparently, something happened with the Gabby of his universe that has Logan concerned. He even pointedly asks whether Gabby intends to hurt Laura when he mentions having known her in his reality.
- Gender-Blender Name: The name of Gabby's spouse in the alternate future depicted in "Old Woman Laura" is Taylor, and the book even avoids using pronouns to avoid revealing whether they are a man or woman.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Begins the annual wearing a pair of red pajamas covered in little white bunny faces. The whole outfit is completed with a pair of bunny slippers.
- Guns Akimbo: In the final battle at Alchemax's bunker, Gabby dual-wields MAC-10s.
- Happily Married: She's married with two sons in "Old Woman Laura's" alternate future. The boys are named Logan and Wade, (and are apparently quite a handful who fully live up to their namesakes) and her spouse is named Taylor.
- Hive Queen: Gabby gets captured by the Brood in issue 22. In issue 23, the local queen is so impressed and intrigued by her Healing Factor and inability to feel pain that she decides to make her a new queen.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Old Man Logan impales her on his claws when he's driven into a feral rage by a S.H.I.E.L.D. attack, and mistakenly believes she's the Gabby of his universe.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She positively geeks out over meeting Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Captain America. And getting to fly a jet pack.
- Legacy Character: Becomes Wolverine in "Old Woman Laura's" alternate future, after Laura retires to rule Madripoor.
- Mutual Kill: Her counterpart in the Wasteland killed and was killed by the Laura of that universe.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Breaks them out several times, variously on Laura, random nurses, and Bellona. And they are effective.
- The Reliable One: Gabby is presented as the most level-headed of the Sisters, and the one most likely to actually listen to Laura's attempts to stop them from killing everyone at Alchemax.
- Slasher Smile: Surprisingly enough. She flashes a positively chilling one at Old Man Logan when she warns him what will happen if he ever does anything to hurt Laura. And then runs off with a cheerful "Bye!"
- The Stool Pigeon: Whistleblower Wilma/Disgruntled Daria variant. Issue 2 reveals that Laura received an anonymous tip warning of the Paris assassination attempt. It turns out that Gabby tipped her off as she grew more at odds with her other sisters' more extreme position.
- Taking You with Me: The Laura and Gabby of Old Man Logan's timeline ended up killing each other. Although the circumstances aren't made clear, the fact that Logan is most broken up over Laura's death suggests Gabby was the Heel.
- Tagalong Kid: Gabby is this to the rest of the clones, since she's the most innocent and naive.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Gabby starts doing this when she and Laura board Ash's ship when she learns the woman is a (modern) pirate.
- Torso with a View: In the opening scene Gabby gets a hole blasted through chest by a Hand Cannon, and we get a lovely shot of her from behind looking THROUGH it at the two stunned mooks. She then proceeds to Lampshade how powerful the gun must have been while she heals and her suit self-repairs.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Downplayed, but Gabby is the Girly Girl to Laura's tomboy. Although she's a trained killer more than capable of handling herself in a fight, Gabby is much more emotional than Laura, gives her pet Wolverine his own costume because it's "adorable," while her costumes often incorporate feminine touches like pink tennis shoes and barrettes, flowers, and hearts.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: X23_3PAR elects to take a dive off the Eiffel Tower rather than be captured. All the more powerful as it's revealed the girl is a clone of Laura, but lacks her healing factor.
- Cold Sniper: 3PAR is attempting to assassinate a man in Paris. Laura interferes and gets shot through the head for her trouble.
- Driven to Suicide: Takes a dive off the Eiffel Tower rather than face arrest after she fails to kill Chandler's son.
- No Name Given: 3PAR's given name is never stated. Taylor states he doesn't know what it is, but that she was named by Lopez. Based on the other three Sisters it presumably starts with "PAR," which somewhat limits the possibilities.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The only name we have for her is her Alchemax designation off a computer display Chandler shows Laura.
- Sickening "Crunch!": The panel of Laura breaking her arm takes up a third of the page, and the "crack" of it snapping fills up a sizable part of that. 3PAR doesn't even flinch.
- Summon Bigger Fish: After failing to kill Chandler's son herself, she calls in a Predator drone to finish the job.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She doesn't get much of an opportunity to make an impact, dying in the very first issue.
- BFG: In issue 2 Zelda carries an assault rifle nearly as big as she is.
- Breast Plate: Though not as pronounced as on Bellona, Zelda's body armor does include curvature for her breasts.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Although Zelda does die standing up to Mooney and delaying him from killing Gabby and Bellona long enough for Laura and Wasp to get into the fight he unceremoniously guns her down while she's weakened from the nanites, and incapable of defending herself.
- Handicapped Badass: Zelda's health is declining rapidly as a result of the nanites infesting her body. The car chase in issue 3 takes a lot out of her, and she collapses entirely at the end of issue 4. She still manages to more than hold her own in between.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mooney tracks the girls to Hank Pym's lab while Laura and Wasp are busy dealing with the nanites, and shoots Zelda. Gabby attacks him in retaliation while Bellona is trapped under rubble, but before he can kill her Zelda intercedes and pushes his Berserk Button. He shoots her again, this time fatally, but it buys time for Laura and Jan to return to normal size and subdue him.
- In the Back: Zelda is shot in the back by Taskmaster when he ambushes them at the end of the issue.
- The Leader: Although Bellona is often the driving force behind their rampage, she admits that Zelda has always been the one in charge.
- Not Quite Saved Enough: By issue 5 she has slipped into unconsciousness and is on death's door because of the nanites in her blood. With no other options to save her life, Laura and Wasp use one of Hank Pym's suits to enter her bloodstream, where the pair fight the nanites directly. They're successful, and Zelda regains consciousness once enough of the machines are destroyed...right in time for Captain Mooney to show up and fatally shoot her
- Promotion to Parent: Zelda. As the eldest of the Sisters she's the leader of the group, takes care of them, and is the one to whom Bellona and Gabby look. Although her control over Bellona tends to be limited at best.
- Sacrificial Lion: While X23_3PAR is the first of the Sisters to die, she receives very little development before she chucks herself off the Eiffel Tower. Zelda is the second, receiving substantial development as the leader of the Sisters (before Laura takes on the role), and then being killed by Mooney at the end of issue five to firmly establish just how big of a bastard he is, and to serve as the catalyst for Laura, Bellona, and Gabby's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Literally Laura and Wasp succeed in saving Zelda's life by destroying the nanites killing her...only for Mooney to arrive just as she wakes up and fatally shoot her.
A pirate and one-time target during Laura's days as an assassin, Ash agrees to take Laura and Gabby to Madripoor so they can investigate the water bombers which sprayed Daylesville with trigger scent and kicked the plot in motion.
- An Arm and a Leg: After learning what Ash is transporting presses one of her berserk buttons, and discovering Ash sold her out, Laura cuts off her hand and kicks her overboard in the resulting fight.
- Eye Patch Of Power: Eye patch-wearing captain of a modern day pirate ship.
- Eye Scream: Laura put out one of her eyes back during her assassin days. She now covers the damage with an eye patch.
- Due to the Dead: She tells Laura she's helping her because of her past relationship with Logan. As well as the generous amount Laura paid her.
- FaceHeel Turn: She sold Laura out to Kimura the moment she boarded her ship.
- Nothing Personal: Gabby notices Ash is surprisingly willing to help them out despite Laura having tried to kill her in the past, and succeeded in putting out one of her eyes. Ash's response suggests she sees it like this.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Is gunned down by Bellona after Laura is captured, when she refuses to return the children she was transporting to sell into slavery. Given that Bel orders Roughhouse to kill all the pirates once they free the kids, it's likely Ash was a dead woman walking even had she complied.
- Ruthless Modern Pirates: When Gabby comes aboard hers hip thinking of classic Golden Age pirates, (complete with Talk Like a Pirate and Dressed to Plunder), Laura and Ash quickly make it clear she's not that kind of pirate, eye patch aside. However dialogue suggests her operations more accurately make her a smuggler rather than a pirate. Issue 15 reveals she's trafficking children, which hits one of Laura's Berserk Buttons when she finds out.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Her cargo is actually a bunch of kidnapped children destined to be sold into slavery in Madripoor. Suffice to say, Laura is not happy when she finds out, and even Bellona is disgusted, and orders the kids to be returned home.
- Too Dumb to Live: Ash mashes Laura's Berserk Button when she discovers she was trafficking children to Madripoor to sell into slavery, calls her a "stupid <expletive deleted>" for trusting her, and honestly thinks her crew can physically restrain her. That mistake costs her a hand and gets her kicked overboard. After she's rescued by Bellona and Roughhouse she fails to learn that when you're dealing with the bad guy and they change the conditions of the deal, you take the new conditions. That gets her shot dead.
- You Got Spunk: Takes an immediate liking to Gabby when she jokes about Ash's lack of depth perception due to having lost an eye to Laura's claws.
For general tropes about Daken, see his page
The original Wolverine's son, and Laura's older "brother". A notorious Manipulative Bastard and Sociopath, Laura and Daken have nonetheless forged a surprisingly affectionate sibling relationship. He arrives on Roosevelt Island courtesy of Doctor Strange to help contain the virus ravaging the population.
- An Arm and a Leg:
- Badass in Distress: "Orphans of X" kicks off in issue 25 with Daken getting ambushed in a Bad-Guy Bar, captured, and having his arm lopped off and hung from a bridge as a message for Laura. He manages to escape in issue 26, killing one of his torturers in the process.
- Bond One-Liner: Ira, the Orphans of X torturer, mocks Daken throughout the session and relishes the thought of making him whimper. When Daken frees himself and shoves his claws into the man's head he sardonically asks if he heard that.
- Brought Down to Badass: Daken's healing factor still isn't back to full strength after the events of The Logan Legacy and Wolverines. As such, he's one of the first of the group to drop when the virus overwhelms him.
- Butt-Monkey: Daken is not having a good day during "Orphans of X." He's ambushed and blown up at a Bad-Guy Bar, stripped naked, has his recently-healed left arm lopped off again while being tortured, escapes in a hail of bullets and has to resort to using a dog as a projectile weapon, gets his ass handed to him by Laura, Gabby, and Megan after he shoots the clone of Sarah before he can explain, and gets shot by a bullet coated with metal from the Muramasa Blade.
- Handicapped Badass: Even with one arm, this is still Daken we're talking about. He manages to free himself from captivity by the Orphans of X and make a mess during his escape.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He allows the Orphans to capture and kill him after putting Megan's phone inside his body so Laura can track him to the Orphans' base.
- Mr. Fanservice: Two Words: Naked Meditation.
- Naked on Revival: Happens to him twice: The first time when he wakes up after being tortured by the Orphans in part 2. The second time after he's been shot by a Muramasa bullet, and stuck in morgue until Laura can remove it.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: When Daken arrives on Roosevelt Island, he makes it clear he doesn't really give a toss about the people of Roosevelt Island. The only reason he's there is because Laura needs him.
- Survivor Guilt: Muramasa reveals that the reason Daken's Healing Factor hasn't returned to full strength since the events of Wolverines like Laura's has is because of the guilt he carries over Logan's death, and not being able to prevent it.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: It's Daken, so natch. It gets particularly ridiculous when helping cure the disease ravaging Roosevelt Island, because Old Man Logan and Deadpool strip off their shirts to facilitate more people using their healing factors. Daken arrived shirtless.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Daken's reaction when, after escaping the Torture Cellar he was being held in, the owner calls in reinforcements. And every car in sight rolls down their windows revealing them all to be driven by members of the Orphans of X brandishing automatic weapons.
Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl
For general tropes about Squirrel Girl, see her page
College student with Squirrel DNA and Marvel's most powerful hero. She comes to Laura asking for help in tracking a squirrel who the latter had inadvertently attached a tracker to while also wrecking its home during a scuffle with Alchemax Genetics.
- Fan Boy: Of superheroes in general. Tries to play it cool at first, but gets really excited about her team up with Laura once the latter compliments her, causing her to have them take a selfie.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Dramatically points at Laura when she calls her out to help locate a missing squirrel. It becomes a Funny Moment when she holds it out for a couple panels and Laura just stares at her in bewildered silence.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Her mistaken belief that other animal themed heroes have the same ability to communicate with animals as she does leads to her introducing herself to Wolverine by bringing her a real live wolverine (named Jonathan).
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Swoops into Laura's apartment and turns her night upside down, ending in Laura reexamining Gabby's future and deciding against trying to send her away to someplace she believes would be safer than staying with her.
- Motivational Lie: Tells Laura that the squirrel forgives her for wrecking their home because she has her father back and family is all that matters. It turns out, said squirrel just wanted her acorn back and Squirrel Girl was simply telling Laura that to get her to realize that Gabby needed her since she was her only family.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: When giving Laura the pointer finger fails, Doreen resorts to this to get Laura to come with her on their team up.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A Fun Personified Manic Pixie Dream Girl who Laura is somewhat antagonistic to at first. Are we talking about Squirrel Girl, or Jubilee?
- Translation with an Agenda: See Motivational Lie above. Doreen deliberately mistranslates the squirrel asking for its acorn back to deliver An Aesop about family.
For general tropes about Gwen, see her page
The Spider-Woman of Earth-65 finds herself crossing paths with Wolverine when she's unceremoniously zapped not only into Laura's apartment, but into Laura's body. The two women must work together to determine who has done this to them and why, and reverse it before their consciousnesses are forcibly returned to their own dimensions and lost forever.
- Brought Down to Normal: While not normal per se, Gwen is heavily reliant on her powers, to the point Laura has to do all the heavy lifting in the final battle against Red Hornet. Especially after Gwen succeeds in popping Laura's claws into her own face.
- Epic Fail: Laura adjusts relatively well to Gwen's powers. Gwen...manages to snikt herself in the face the one time she pops Laura's claws.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Well, good thing Laura can heal. While stuck in her body, Gwen jumps out of a window from several stores up and face-plants into a car, and then snikts herself in the face when trying to pop Laura's claws.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: The Reed Richards of her dimension proves to be one to Gwen. When Laura finds herself trapped in Gwen's universe and body, he immediately turns up to explain everything, realizes exactly who he's actually talking to, and gets Laura back to her own reality to find Gwen.
- Invisible to Normals: Gwen has a mental projection of Spider-Ham rattling around her head, who pops up to make a few sarcastic remarks. Neither Gabby nor Laura can see him, yet for some reason Jonathan apparently can.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She gives Laura an earful over being careless with her much less durable body; Laura's may be able to heal from virtually anything, but Gwen's is more breakable.
Janet van Dyne/The Wasp
For general tropes about the Wasp, see her page
One of the founding members of the Avengers, Janet van Dyne disappeared after the events of AXIS, when she was kidnapped by Havok as part of his attempt to escape. She resurfaces in All-New Wolverine #5 to assist Laura in her efforts to help the Sisters.
- Retired Badass: Jan has apparently withdrawn from the superhero life by the time Laura meets up with her. See Unexpected Character below.
- Seen It All: On the scale of weird shit Jan has seen? Wolverine and her three clones being magically teleported into one of Hank's old labs to steal an Ant-Man suit to fight nanomachines ranks as a mere "2."
- Shock and Awe: Jan announces her presence in the lab when Laura and the Sisters first arrive by hitting Bellona with an electric shock to stop her from shooting up the place while trying to release an Ant-Man suit for their use. She later uses it to subdue Captain Mooney after he attacks the lab in his attempt to kill the Sisters.
- Shrink Ray: A problem with her Pym Particles becomes a plot point in "Old Woman Laura": Jan is stuck in her shrunk form, leading to her being presumed dead by many of the other heroes, and if she were to try to return to her normal size it would tear her body apart.
- Unexpected Character:
- Jan's appearance in All-New Wolverine came as a shock when announced in solicits not only because she's never had anything to do with Laura before, but because she's been missing altogether from the books since Secret Wars. She did appear in the Rage of Ultron graphic novel and the Ant-Man annual, however those books were published before Secret Wars and take place after but it's unclear where these two books fit on the timeline.
- In-Universe: Janet was presumed dead by the future depicted in "Old Woman Laura," and her presence on the mission to assassinate Doom catches everyone but Hill (who is the one that brought her along) by surprise.
For general tropes about Jean, see her page
Brought from the same time period as Laura's boyfriend, Angel, Jean arrives in Madripoor with Warren and Gambit to help Gabby rescue Laura from Kimura, and break her free of the conditioning that has helped to define her life.
- The Shrink: Gabby calls her in to help break Laura of her conditioning to the trigger scent. She does so by probing Laura's mind during one of her rages, and speaking directly with her consciousness.
For general tropes about Kate, see her page
Kate is the one and only Hawkeye in the future of "Old Woman Laura." She accompanies Laura on her mission to Latveria, after Gabby tips her off.
- Abnormal Ammo: Played with. The Doom Dome's suppression of foreign technology has apparently rendered her usual assortment of Trick Arrows useless. However she (unknowingly) made use of a bullet loaded with Janet Van Dyne.
- Alternate Universe: She's the Kate of "Old Woman Laura's" alternate future, in which the heroes defeated the villain uprising.
- Fashionable Assymetry: Her costume consists of a purple bodysuit that bares the entirety of her right arm and shoulder.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Natch. Lampshaded with indignation when Laura and Hill squabble over Hill intending to take a difficult shot herself, despite being down an eye once her cybernetics stop working. Kate proceeds to headshot a Doombot, in-flight, from a distance of at least a couple miles.
Director Maria Hill
For general tropes about Maria Hill, see her page
The current director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Laura contacted her with the information needed for them to take care of arresting Chandler and finishing the cleanup of Alchemax Genetics. Maria later approaches Wolverine with a riddle of her own, that she needs her unique abilities to unravel after an arms bust goes...weird.
- Abnormal Ammo: Maria has a special bullet in "Old Woman Laura" that actually contains the Wasp.
- Bald of Awesome: Maria Hill, Chairwoman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to 2014 President Kamala Khan, sports a tight buzz cut in the alternate future setting of "Old Woman Laura." Her badass bonifides are already well-established.
- Bald Women: Maria sports an extremely short buzz cut in "Old Woman Laura."
- Big Brother Is Watching You: Hill having Laura's number isn't surprising, consider Laura called her in #6 to clean up Alchemax Genetics and turn over the confiscated files she recovered from their servers. Slightly more disconcerting is that not only can she answer Laura's phone for her when Laura refuses to do so herself, but even sets it to speaker! Oh, and she also arranges to pay for Laura and Gabby's Chinese food while trying to butter them up. She was also surreptitiously tracking Old Man Logan while on a job for her, despite his demands for her to back off.
- Captain Crash: Hill bangs up yet another helicarrier in issue 8. This one had an unfortunate run-in with Fin Fang Foom. Hopefully giant rampaging lizards are covered by her insurance premiums.
- Crazy-Prepared: Not only do all of her agents have (virtually) indestructible trackers implanted in their bodies, but she also has trackers and remotely-activated self destructs installed on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s jet packs.
- Eye Scream: While she still has both eyes in "Old Woman Laura's" alternate future, she sports a ragged scar across and encircling her left eye socket.
- The Handler: Laura's initial S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison. However after the events of Civil War II it's decided their relationship is too contentious.
- Killed Off for Real: She's the first of Laura's team to be killed infiltrating Latveria in "Old Woman Laura."
- Mission Control: Serves as one to Cap in issue 11.
- Mysterious Informant: When Laura contacts her at the end of issue 6, she's deliberately evasive when Hill demands how she got her number in the first place, considering only a handful of people has it, one of whom is dead. Laura cryptically answers "The dead one gave it to me," while relaying her message. It's enough information for Hill to put two and two together and identify the caller.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She's the one who dispatches Cap to Laura's apartment to bring Logan in. When Logan and Gabby later try to flee using S.H.I.E.L.D. jetpacks, she uses a remote detonator to bring Logan down. Both events lead directly into Ulysses' vision coming to pass when Logan accidentally stabs Gabby in the resulting rage.
- Not So Above It All: Apparently, she has nothing against having a number twenty-five with chicken. Its not much, but it does very mildly humanize her.
- Precrime Arrest: Ulysses has a vision that Logan will kill Gabby in the future. Maria and Captain Marvel dispatch Captain America and a squad of S.H.I.E.L.D. troops to apprehend him before it can happen.
- Tracking Chip: All of Hill's agents in #8 were implanted with these, which should have been indestructible. The fact they've gone silent doesn't bode well for them. Especially as it turns out they ended up as a late-night snack for Fin Fang Foom.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Most of her appearance in issue 11 is feeding Cap instructions and intelligence through his earpiece. Unfortunately, Logan and Laura's enhanced hearing allows them to hear her, as well.
Megan and Deborah Kinney
Laura's long-lost aunt and cousin, whom she was forced to send into hiding to protect them from Kimura.
- Badass Normal: What does Megan do when a fight breaks out between Laura, Gabby, and Daken? Grabs a frying pan and leaps into the fray.
- Best Friend: Way back in Target X Megan calls Laura her best friend. In issue 28 she shows it, by comforting and supporting Laura over the Orphans of X's vendetta, reminding her that while she may have done many unforgivable things, that it's not who she is anymore.
- The Bus Came Back: Laura finally reunites with them nearly ten years after their last appearance at the end of "Enemy of the State II."
- I Have Your Wife: Kimura reveals she finally managed to track them down, but rather than just kill them outright decided to use them as leverage against Laura. If she doesn't cooperate, or attempts to kill herself so Kimura is unable to use her as a weapon, she'll make good on their threat.
Nick Fury, Jr.
The son of the legendary Nick Fury, Fury is part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. response team investigating when Daylesville falls silent. He later becomes Laura's S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison following the Roosevelt Island crisis.
- The Handler: Fury replaces Maria Hill as Laura's liaison, as it's determined that her working relationship with Hill was compromised after the events of Civil War.
- Hero Antagonist: Although one of the good guys (for a given value of "good" considering he works for S.H.I.E.L.D.) he's still detaining Laura for the murder of Daylesville's entire population.
- Mission Control:
- Fury commands the helicarrier squadron providing overwatch of Roosevelt Island during the "Immune" arc, and more or less fills this role for Laura, Ironheart, and other boots on the ground.
- After the events of "Immune" he becomes Laura's S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Is actually hampered by them when the true culprits in the Daylesville Massacre escape into Madripoor airspace, as he's legally unable to pursue them. This then turns him into one, as Laura is forced to escape so she can continue the pursuit herself.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- "Enemy of the State II": Fury takes Laura at her word and immediately follows up on her claim when she warns him that aircraft bombed the town of Daylesville with trigger scent, which would at least mitigate her culpability. He also berates Agent Bennett's Police Brutality when they initially apprehend her, and when she argues against his decision to stand down when the aircraft escape towards Madripoor.
- "Immune": Fury is under orders to raze Roosevelt Island to the ground. However rather than kill 10,000 innocent people out of hand, he agrees to hold off as long as he can to give her time to resolve the issue.
For general tropes about Gambit, see his page
Laura's friend and older brother figure with the X-Men, Gambit arrives in Madripoor to help rescue her after she's recaptured by Kimura.
- Big Damn Heroes: He works with Gabby and Tyger Tiger to subdue Laura while she's in a trigger scent-fueled rage, blasting her with one of his playing cards to stop her from killing Jessán.
- Dynamic Entry: Remy first appears in the last couple pages of issue 16, when Laura is attempting to kill Tyger Tiger under the effects of the trigger scent. He announces his presence with his Affectionate Nickname for Laura, before blasting her with one of his exploding cards to subdue her.
- Edible Ammunition: Gambit blasts a hole in the side of Kimura's flying fortress. With a can of beans.
Stephen Strange/Dr. Strange
For general tropes about Dr. Strange, see his page
The Sorcerer Supreme of Earth, Stephen Strange is an Avenger and former ally of Logan. Laura turns to him in hopes of curing the Sisters both of their inability to feel pain, and the modifications made by Alchemax that are slowly killing them.
- Animate Inanimate Object: The cupboard in his living room doesn't move per se, but Bellona insists it keeps winking at her. She finally gets fed up and shoots it, breaking the seal on the doom dimension enclosed within and unleashing a monster on New York.
- Bizarrchitecture: The Sanctum Sanctorum, natch. Gabby is both flabbergasted and unnerved by it, such as rain falling outside one window but none of the others. To say nothing of the cupboard that's really a portal to doom in his living room. It apparently tries to flirt with Bellona.
- Dressed to Heal: When the good Doctor teleports himself, Laura, and the Sisters to New York Hospital he's still dressed in his Sorcerer Supreme robes. A quick snap of his fingers and he's in a shirt, tie, and labcoat.
- Hellgate: He has one in his living room. Gabby immediately calls him out on it and asks why he doesn't just hang paintings instead.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: See Dressed to Heal above.
- Secret Test of Character: He tests all of the girls with the Eye of Agamotto to determine whether they're deserving of help. Though Gabby passes with flying colors, he nonetheless expresses his doubts about the others (particularly Bellona) until Laura asks him to use it on her, and he sees for himself everything she has been through.
- Super Doc: Strange is, by training, a surgeon. Yet he also operates the MRI machine to examine Zelda.
- Teleportation: Brings himself, Laura, and the Sisters to the hospital via teleportation, and later 'ports them to one of Hank Pym's labs.
- Unexpected Character: Strange isn't normally someone you would expect Laura to have a team-up with, given that she's had so few interactions outside the X-books.
- Who You Gonna Call?: Subverted. The good doctor specializes in occult threats, and that's why other heroes normally turn to him for help. However in her own words, Laura has actually come for the doctor, not the strange.
Warren Worthington III/Angel (O5)
For general tropes about O5 Angel, see All-New X-Men
The time-displaced teenage version of the X-Man Angel, Warren was brought forward in time, along with the rest of the Original Five X-Men, by the present-day Beast in an attempt to get through to Cyclops about his actions M-Day. Stranded in the present when Beast was unable to return them home, Warren first meets Laura when he and the rest of the O5 rescue her from the Purifiers in Miami, eventually falling in love with and entering into a relationship with her. He acts as Laura's Sidekick in the All-New Wolverine.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Straddles the line between CMOF and CMOH when Warren pats Laura on top of the head in relief she's ok after taking down the Sisters' Predator drone, since hugging isn't an option until she heals from her injuries. The CMOF comes in the form of Laura's bemusement over the gesture. The CMOH when she tells him she didn't mean he had to stop.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Warren starts distracting himself rambling how he doesn't want to lose her if her plan goes wrong when they're flying to catch the Sisters' drone. She immediately warns him to get back on-track, and that now is not a good time to be having such a discussion.
- The Chick: Notably more emotional than Laura, to the point he balks at her intent to have him Fastball her at the Sisters' Predator because he doesn't want to lose her if the plan goes wrong.
- Global Airship: This is pretty much the main purpose he serves in the first issue, serving as Laura's main mode of transportation, catching her when she jumps off the Eiffel Tower, Fastballing her onto a Predator drone in flight, and helping her flee the cops wanting to question her over the assassination attempt. Warren even lampshades it in issue 2 when Laura tries to apologize for using him as a flying taxi, quipping Wolverine would look ridiculous taking a cab, and that by having a boyfriend who can fly, she's perfectly justified exploiting that fact.
- Official Couple: When All-New Wolverine begins, he and Laura are still in the relationship they began during All-New X-Men
- One Head Taller: Depicted as being just about a head taller than Laura.
- Schmuck Bait: After Laura runs off a couple mooks sent to tail her in issue 2, Warren remarks about how scary she can be. Laura asks if she scares Warren, too. Warren recognizes the question as a trap, and tells her there's no good way to answer the question. She compliments him on his instincts.
- Sidekick: He tags along with Laura on her adventure in Paris.
- Time Travel Romance: Began dating Laura at the end of All-New X-Men Vol. 1, carrying over into All-New Wolverine.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Warren spends most of his time in issue 1 as a voice in Laura's earpiece. In fact it's not even revealed Warren is who she is talking to until he swoops in to pick her up and chase down the Sisters' drone in the last third of the issue.
A division of the very same Alchemax founded by Norman Osborn, Alchemax Genetics is under the direction of Robert Chandler. They have succeeded in carrying out the Facility's plans and made several clones of Laura, though the girls lack her mutation. However Chandler secretly has other plans for the project that his bosses are unaware of.
- Black Site: The bunker where Chandler and his project retreat to after Mooney's failures to recapture the Sisters in issues 2 and 3. It becomes not-so-secret after Mooney inadvertently leads Laura and the Sisters right to it.
- Covert Group: While Alchemax Genetics itself is public, their operations are highly-classified. And in fact, are so secret that even Chandler's superiors don't know what he's really up to. And will be very angry if they ever found out.
- Evil, Inc.: Even compared to its parent company. Alchemax Genetics experiments are extremely illegal, immoral, and constitute a major threat to militaries everywhere. And Chandler has no desire for his bosses to find out what he's really up to.
- For Science!: At least for the two scientists who survived the Sisters' original escape.
- Mad Scientist Laboratory: What the Alchemax Genetics labs ultimately boil down to. The one in the bunker especially, featuring tables for dissecting the specimens.
- Mega-Corp: Alchemax Genetics is, as its name implies, a division of one.
- Punch-Clock Villain: The two scientists in the bunker are pretty much just there for the regular paycheck. They willingly give up everything on the project to create the Sisters to Laura rather than face the prospect of being hunted down later.
Chief of security at Alchemax. Mooney contacts Laura about stopping the Sisters after she foils their attempt to assassinate the son of Robert Chandler. A very large and imposing figure, he would prefer to handle the matter himself, but acknowledges that Alchemax needs Laura's help. Bellona implies that Mooney was the Sisters' jailer before their escape, and may have had a hand in abusing them.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Mooney attacks Laura and the Sisters every chance he gets. Even after he's been ordered to stand down and basically pack up his belongings by Chandler.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: Bald. Black. Commands Alchemax's security.
- Berserk Button: Takes it personally when Zelda stands up to him and reminds him that no matter how much pain he actually tried to inflict on the Sisters, he was never actually able to hurt them. He kills her for it.
- The Big Guy: He's enormous, and has to bend down to be One Head Taller than Laura.
- The Bully: Zelda and Bellona both refer to him as this. He took advantage of his position as the clones' jailer to abuse them and push them around. He's remarkably less effective when pitted against people actually able to fight back.
- Clones Are People, Too: Mooney outright refuses to acknowledge the Sisters and even Laura as actual people, only referring to them as "experiments."
- The Determinator: Mooney will. Not. Stop. coming after Laura and the Sisters. Even after she kicks his ass twice, and Chandler directly orders him to stand down, he continues to pursue them.
- The Dragon: Chandler's second-in-command, and head of his security forces.
- Expendable Clone: When Mooney tracks Laura down to the Sisters' hideout, he has no qualms against just mowing them down.
- For the Evulz: While Chandler masks his treatment of the Sisters with For Science! and Money, Dear Boy, Mooney is simply a sadistic bastard who tortures and abuses the girls just because he can.
- The Heavy: Mooney's pursuit of the Sisters helps drive the plot in issues two and three, and comes back hard to kick them in issue five. Mooney is also the one the Sisters focus the majority of their hatred on. They may want to take down Alchemax Genetics in general, but with Mooney It's Personal.
- It's Personal: Alchemax Genetics may have created the environment of abuse, and callously disregarded their lives, but Mooney is the one the Sisters actively despise.
- Jerkass: Openly disdainful of the Sisters, not even acknowledging them as being people. Laura immediately calls him out on this.
- Killed Offscreen: When Bellona and Gabby finally run him down, Bellona makes Gabby wait around the corner while she finishes him off. The panel focuses its attention on Gabby, so we don't actually see Bellona kill him, only hear the gunshots.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- He disregards his orders to pursue the clones to Hank Pym's labs when Laura and Jan inadvertently activate a homing beacon by attacking the nanites killing Zelda. It gets him captured for his trouble, and unfortunately for Alchemax, he knows exactly where the project that created the clones is holed up...
- In issue 6 Bellona tells him that the only reason they're even on their rampage in the first place is because of what he did to them. Had he not been such a sadistic bastard they would have been content to just walk away and disappear.
- Properly Paranoid: When Laura arrives at Alchemax, Mooney insists on having her restrained until he can verify her identity. Perfectly justified, as the Sisters are trying to kill everyone at Alchemax, and they just happen to be Laura's clones. Laura, of course, quickly reveals she could have escaped his restraints at any time, and was just playing along.
- Subverted when issue 3 reveals that he actually used it as a means of planting a tracker bug on her.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets one from Bellona right before she kills him.
- Sadist: Zelda outright calls him this. He was the guy Alchemax hired to control and contained the Sisters, and while we didn't get to see their treatment at his hands, the girls make it clear that he was an abusive bully who enjoyed torturing them for his own amusement. Zelda is easily able to push his Berserk Button by reminding him of his frustration over their inability to actually feel the pain he inflicted on them. It ultimately costs her her life.
- Slasher Smile: Sports a wicked one when he shoots Zelda after she reminds him that no matter what he does to the Sisters he can never truly hurt them.
- You Have Failed Me: Chandler basically tells him this over not only his failure to reacquire the clones, but the fact that his failures have been spectacularly public. He only tells Mooney that his contract is terminated, but there's a veiled threat to sic Taskmaster on him.
The director of Alchemax, Laura saved his son from assassination. He requests Laura's aid in stopping the Sisters before they can kill anyone else, claiming that they've grown twisted. He may, however, have an ulterior motive.
- Bald of Evil: He doesn't have a hair on his head, and leads a project carrying out not only illegal human cloning experiments and enslaving the results, but the nanites taking away the Sisters' ability to feel pain were designed from the start as a means of killing and incapacitating soldiers in combat, and he's just using the girls to test the technology while seeing how long it takes for them to drop. Technology he intended to sell to the highest bidder.
- Bad Boss: It's subtly suggested that Chandler intends to have Taskmaster deal with Mooney over his incompetence after he "terminates" the contract. However Laura and the Sisters catch up to them both before any possible cleanup plans can go beyond words.
- Beard of Evil: It goes with this Bald of Evil.
- Big Bad: Of the first arc of All-New Wolverine. He plays the victim to get Laura's help, but it's made clear very quickly that he's only trying to manipulate her.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Director of Alchemax Genetics, and involved in some very shady business that he's concealing from his own bosses. In fact, Chandler outright expresses his fears to Mooney over what might happen should they learn what he's really up to. Considering who actually founded parent company Alchemax, that's saying a lot.
- Karma Houdini: Played with. Chandler thinks he's going to be one, and smugly tells Laura he's just going to walk away from this encounter because he's backed by some very powerful people. Laura quickly disabuses him of that notion, especially because he can't walk away without hamstrings... On the other hand, though Chandler fully deserves to die for the things he's done, and Laura and Gabby would have been completely justified killing him, he's still allowed to live in the end.
- Manipulative Bastard: When Laura meets with him at Alchemax's offices he thanks her for saving his son, and requests her aid in stopping the Sisters before they can kill anyone else. He outwardly claims to understand Laura's objections to Mooney dehumanizing the girls, but states that something went wrong and they grew twisted, and shows her video indicating the Sisters destroyed an Alchemax research center, murdering everyone inside in the process. And once Laura sets out to track them down, he goes behind her back to hire Taskmaster to take the girls down, has Laura implanted with a tracking device so Mooney and Tasky can follow her, and it turns out his claims that the girls lack any sort of empathy or conscience are rubbish. The Sisters also protest their innocence over destroying the facility, claiming all they had time for was their own escape (though Bellona acknowledges she would have liked to blow it up.
- Money, Dear Boy: Everything he's doing is motivated purely for the massive amounts of money he claims his experiments are worth. He even has the brass balls to tell Laura that it's so valuable, that he's going to just walk away from her dismantling the operation. She quickly and literally disabuses proves him otherwise.
- Mr. Exposition: Chandler fills Laura (and the reader) in on who the Sisters are, as well as helping establish why she was in Paris in issue 1.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At least compared to Mooney. He at least pretends to take Laura's objections to Mooney's dismissal of the Sisters being human seriously, and offers a plausible explanation. He's also lying through his teeth.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tries to pull this when Laura and the Sisters attack his base. Laura catches him stuffing his briefcase with as much project material as he could and prevents his escape.
- Smug Snake: He has such an elevated opinion of his importance including claims to some very powerful connections who believe the ends of his project justify the means that he firmly believes he's going to walk away from Alchemax Genetics' destruction. Laura very clearly, and literally, proves him wrong.
A mysterious organization with a thirst for vengeance against Logan's family.
- The Blank: Their masks lack any sort of observable eye holes, which just makes them even creepier.
- The Conspiracy: They apparently have members everywhere, even within the military and S.H.I.E.L.D. In fact, almost all of their members seen thus far are just ordinary people whose lives and families have been destroyed by Wolverine and his offspring.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The entire reason for their vendetta is because many had loved ones killed by the various Wolverines.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They very deliberately spare Captain Marvel's life, because they consider her an innocent bystander in their vendetta.
- They eventually shift their plans away from Laura once they learn that she's as much a victim as they are, and then join with her in hunting down the people who ordered her hits.
- Evil Plan: They want to wipe out Wolverine, his progeny, and everyone like him so they can't hurt anyone else.
- HeelFace Turn: Laura is able to convince them that their real enemies, the ones who deserve their hate, are those who paid the Facility to have her kill them, while revealing how she was tortured as a child. She even joins them in the end.
- It's Personal: Their primary motivation: All of them have had their families negatively impacted by Logan, Daken, Laura, and other mutants like them, and they're striking back for revenge, and to prevent it from happening to anyone else. They notably don't finish off Carol Danvers when they have her at their mercy, because she's innocent of the crimes they blame Logan and the others for.
- Knight of Cerebus: Their arrival heralds a much darker and more serious turn for the story, and present perhaps the biggest threat of any antagonist in the series thus far.
- Malevolent Masked Man: The Orphans of X wear black masks marked with an X across the face. They first appear in issue 22 as a lone masked figure watching Laura depart earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy, before alerting someone over phone to switch their attention to Daken. They appear in full for the first time in issue 25, and after ambushing Daken at a Bad-Guy Bar the entire crowd dons the same masks.
- More Dakka: They are armed for bear. One scene in issue 26 reveals an entire fleet of cars filled with members all packing automatics and submachine guns.
- Paranoia Fuel: The creepy masks are bad enough, but the fact that they're just regular, ordinary folks with mundane lives and day jobs just adds to their menace. Anyone Laura meets could be one of them, and they have no qualms about striking without warning, or using those close to Laura (such as her mother) to get close to her. The Orphans are everywhere, there's hundreds of them, and there's no way to be sure until they spring their trap.
- Villain Has a Point: The Orphans are furious Laura is viewed as a hero despite the blood on her hands, and intend to murder her, Daken, and pretty much everyone else from Logan's extended family/mutation type in retaliation for the friends and family they've lost at their hands, and to ensure they can never hurt anyone again. Considering the sheer amount of damage an amoral monster like Sabretooth has caused over the years, and that even Laura killed hundreds if not thousands of people before she swore off killing, they're not entirely wrong about the number of innocent lives they have destroyed.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: In their first full appearance, they somehow manage to arrange for an F-16 to launch an airstrike on the Bad-Guy Bar where they've cornered Daken. Escalated further in issue 27, where they are able to commandeer spy satellites, have a C-130 equipped with some sort of teleporter, and even have equipment capable of disabling Captain Marvel.
The apparent leader of the Orphans of X, or at least the one directing their attacks on Laura and her family. Even more so than the others she has a personal vendetta against Laura herself.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is in a relationship with Henry Sutter, who helps to melt down the Muramasa Blade and forge it into bullets.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Amber is actually shocked to learn not only that Laura was tortured and forced to kill, but that Henry knew it all along.
- The Leader: Amber appears to be the one in charge of the Orphans, and directs them in their efforts to reclaim the Muramasa Blade, the attack on Laura, Gabby, and Daken as they await transport to Madripoor, and the executions of Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, and Lady Deathstrike.
- Leave Him to Me: When Amber orders their Japanese contacts to deal with Laura's group in Tokyo, she gives specific instructions that Laura is hers alone.
- It's Personal: Perhaps even more so than the rest of the Orphans.
- You Killed My Father: Her father was one of the Secret Service agents assigned to Greg Johnson, and who Laura killed during her test mission.
For more about Henry, see the character page here.
The son of Rachel Sutter and (unknown to him) Zander Rice, Henry has joined the Orphans of X for revenge against Wolverine. He serves as a metallurgist, bonding the metal of the Muramasa Blade to bullets to provide them with a weapon against Wolverine, and has also entered into a relationship with Amber.
- Comic-Book Time: Henry was no older than around 7-8 at the time Laura killed his family. Per Taylor he was meant to be about 18 years old. However Laura was 13 when she killed his parents and escaped the Facility. With her being 20 years old, that means he should be no older than 14-15.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns after last being seen when Laura spares his life in Innocence Lost.
- Dramatic Irony: Henry is unaware that Martin Sutter is not his biological father, and that his biological father Zander Rice sent X-23 to kill his parents to gain total control of the project for himself, and cover up the affair with his mother Rachel.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's romantically involved with Amber.
- The Lancer: Henry is second-in-command or co-leads the Orphans with Amber. It was Henry's anger at seeing Laura honored over Roosevelt Island who transformed the Orphans from a simple support group, to an organization bent on exterminating mutants like Logan and Laura.
- It's Personal: Laura killed his mother and the man he believed to be his father (and his actual father, though his mother was killed before she could confess the affair).
- Survivor Guilt: Henry believes that Laura should have killed him, as well.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When last we saw him, he was an innocent little boy Rice intended to have killed to cover up an affair. Now he's fully committed to cold-blooded murder against Laura and any mutant like her.
- Villainous BSoD: Henry begins to lose it when Laura doesn't play into what he wanted, and talks to the Orphans rather than attacking. He only unravels further when she reveals the truth about her past, and that Henry withheld her torturous upbringing at the hands of (both) his fathers from the rest of the Orphans.
- You Killed My Father: Henry is driven by Laura's killing of his (not actual) father and mother.
- Younger Than They Look: Word of God confirms that Henry's aged appearance is the result of the stress of everything he's been through since Laura spared his life.
One of two members of the organization tasked with working on Daken after his capture. He takes a direct hand in torturing him when his partner, Lisa, is unable to continue any more.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His ultimate fate; stabbed through the head by Daken when he gets too cocky about his work.
- Smug Snake: With Daken at his mercy he gleefully remarks how he's going to make him scream. However he's got nothing to back it up; the moment Daken gets loose he's finished.
- Torture Cellar: He and Lisa operate a torture chamber in the basement of an ordinary suburban home. They take Daken there to hack off his arm as a message for Laura.
- Torture Technician: He's Daken's main torturer. While Lisa gets squeamish and is unable to continue, he positively relishes the opportunity.
Jasmine was a member of the Orphans given only a month to live by her doctor. She was part of the team sent to recover the Muramasa Blade, and died disabling Captain Marvel.
- And This Is for...: She drops this quote right before she dives out of the Orphans' plane to attack Captain Marvel, doing it for her daughter, Alice.
- Made of Explodium: Whatever her Powered Armor is, when it goes up the blast is powerful enough to knock even Carol senseless.
- Powered Armor: Jasmine wears a combination suit of armor/bomb that she uses to dive-bomb Carol.
- Suicide Attack: She made her attack on Captain Marvel knowing it would kill her.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Her doctor only gave her a month to live, which is why she volunteered for the Suicide Attack.
A doctor working with Ira on torturing and breaking Daken. She's the one who hacked off his arm, and the Torture Cellar appears to be in her home.
- An Arm and a Leg: She hacks off Daken's recently regrown arm as a message to Laura.
- Big Brother Is Watching: While Ira works on Daken, she retreats to her living room to monitor the camera feed coming from Sarah.
- Deadly Doctor: Lisa is a doctor, who uses her medical knowledge to help torture Daken by cutting off his arm. Ira makes a point of noting to Daken that the only reason she's violating her Hippocratic Oath is because she hates Daken that much, however she's unable to continue after that.
- Friend to All Living Things: When she's not working she helps rescue dogs, particularly pit bulls and rottweilers, believing there's some good in them despite their reputations. The irony of this is not lost when Ira points out that Daken is too far for even her.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: She has several dogs in the house, implied to be rescues she's taken in. She sics them on Daken once he breaks free of their Torture Cellar.
- Torture Cellar: She and Ira operate a torture chamber in the basement of an ordinary suburban home. They take Daken there to hack off his arm as a message for Laura.
Fin Fang Foom
A giant alien shape-shifter hailing from the planet Maklu IV, who takes the form of a dragon on earth. Foom was drawn near New York by an arms dealer attempting to sell a pheromone that attracts and maddens him. That is to say, makes him violently horny.
- Abhorrent Admirer: A chemically-induced one both for Maria Hill's helicarrier, and later for Laura when she covers herself in Fin Fang Pheromone to lure him away from New York.
- Destructo-Nookie: Foom isn't trying to destroy Hill's helicarrier. The pheromone attracting him has him trying to mate with it. The damage he's inflicting is foreplay, and a result of the fact that a helicarrier is much less durable than a 100 foot tall dragon.
- Kaiju: It's Foom, so yeah. The fact that someone was attempting to weaponize him and unleash him on a heavily-populated city makes it even worse.
- Love Potion: The pheromone an arms dealer was attempting to sell was actually this for Foom. When it spills aboard Hill's helicarrier he tries to mate with it. The damage inflicted on the ship is literally just foreplay. Laura then douses herself with it in order to lead him away from New York City, and has to give him her costume to end the threat. Try not to think about that.
- Signature Scent: The pheromone controlling him is described as "familiar, yet not" by both Laura and the last report of Old Man Logan before he disappeared. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents which first encounter the box containing it also seem to recognize it.
- Unexpected Character: Yet another character to appear that not only did critics and readers not see coming, but has been almost unanimously praised for the way Taylor managed to work him into the plot without feeling out of place.
Kimura is a normal human who was modified by the Facility expressly to serve in the capacity of Laura's handler in the even she ever got out of control. A sadistic psychopath, Kimura inflicted severe physical and emotional abuse on her while she was at the Facility, and is obsessed with tracking her down and recovering her. Her body has been granted increased physical density, which makes her virtually indestructible.
- The Bus Came Back: Issue 6 of All-New Wolverine reveals that Kimura provided the Sisters with the equipment and means to escape and destroy Alchemax Genetics, in retaliation for Alchemax stealing the Facility's property. Issue 14 reveals that she is responsible for the Daylesville Massacre.
- The Dreaded: Laura admits to Gabby in issue 13 that Kimura is the only person she ever feared.
- The Don: Is attempting to set herself up as this in Madripoor during "Enemy of the State II." By issue 16 she has already gained control of a large part of the island, however Tyger Tiger maintains the majority of the power and stands in her way.
- Killed Off for Real: Laura drowns her in the ocean. The one thing Kimura didn't have enhancements to protect her from.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the series has, on the whole, been Lighter and Softer than the usual fare for X-23, the mere mention of Kimura is a harbinger that things are about to get Darker and Edgier again.
- Logical Weakness: Kimura's body is indestructible, and at some point she gained shielding against telepathy. However Kimura is still human, which means she still needs to breathe. Laura exploits this to finally put her down for good.
- Psychic Block Defense: Kimura had shields implanted at some point after Emma Frost sent her to wipe out the Facility in New X-Men. It prevents Jean from taking control of her in the climax of Enemy of the State.
- Man Behind the Man: Kimura was behind the Sisters' escape and rampage against Alchemax Genetics. Not out of altruism, but as revenge against Alchemax for stealing their "property."
- Undignified Death: While not embarrassing, her death is neither pretty, nor a grand epic final battle between her and Laura, as Laura simply drowns her in the sea.
- Unexpected Character: While long-time fans of X-23 expressed a hope to see Kimura again after she was Put on a Bus during X-Force, her sudden appearance in issue 6 caught readers and critics alike by surprise, delivering an epic Wham Shot to close out the first arc.
Melinda McDonough/Red Hornet
The niece of the Hornet, Eddie McDonough, Melinda targets Wolverine in retaliation for her uncle's death during the original "Enemy of the State" event.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: A woman taking on the mantle of a man.
- Alliterative Name: Melinda McDonough.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: She dubs herself Red Hornet, her armor is vaguely wasp/hornet-like in design, and she calls her secret workshop her "nest."
- Anti-Villain: She's really not a bad person, just a bit misguided. Unfortunately she was so consumed by her desire for vengeance she forgot to do basic fact-checking before actually putting her plot into motion. Like making sure her intended target was still alive.
- Basement-Dweller: Has spent all of her time since Wolverine (Logan) killed her uncle planning her revenge, and completely cut herself off from the outside world. As a result she missed out on a few important developments, such as Logan himself having died.
- Bungling Inventor: She intended to just 'port Wolverine (Logan, not Laura) to another dimension to get rid of him. Her portal gun swapping Laura's and Gwen's minds was completely unexpected.
- Child Prodigy: Was incredibly intelligent from even a young age. Her parents thought there was something wrong with her, but her uncle Eddie realized she was actually a genius, and encouraged her intellectual development.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Invents a gun that can forcibly teleport people to other dimensions. And apparently swap their consciousnesses with anyone who happens to be standing in the exact same spot in the destination universe. However the latter appears to have been unintentional and she only thinks she can make it work deliberately to fix the whole mess.
- Hero Antagonist: She actually means well. Her motivation was strictly to prevent Wolverine from causing any more damage than he already has, and didn't intend to attack Laura and Gwen at all. She just failed to be sure of what she was pointing her portal gun at before pulling the trigger.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Again, it stretches the definition of "villain," but she's certainly ineffectual; Melinda nearly loses her lunch when Gwen accidentally stabs herself in the face, and the only reason she managed as well as she did against Laura and Gwen was because her opponents weren't in their own bodies, so not in full control of their powers. As for sympathetic, she was motivated entirely out of a desire to prevent Wolverine from causing any more damage, like he did during the original "Enemy of the State."
- Legacy Character: For Eddie McDonough, though she goes by the name Red Hornet instead.
- Mistaken Identity: Attacks Laura with her portal gun believing she's Logan. Not so much a matter of Melinda confusing her for Laura, but that she just plain didn't bother to check. She just aimed her gun at the apartment and fired.
- Powered Armor: She designed and built a new suit based on the original Hornet armor.
- Revenge Before Reason: Had Melinda actually stopped and taken a moment to think about what she was doing (or even, y'know, kept tabs on what was happening around her) she would have realized just how pointless her vendetta was: Not only was Logan Brainwashed and Crazy when he killed her uncle and not in control of his actions, but by the time she was ready to put her plan into motion he was already dead.
- Vomiting Cop: Well, Vomiting Villain. When Gwen-as-Laura accidentally snikts herself in the head after misjudging the length of Laura's claws, Melinda nearly hurls into her helmet.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Motivated entirely out of a desire to prevent Wolverine from hurting anyone else.
- You Killed My Father: Well, uncle. And Laura had nothing to do with it, as that was Logan. She just happened to be living in Logan's apartment when Melinda put her plot for vengeance into motion.
A one-time adversary of Logan who often partnered with Bloodscream, Roughhouse turns up in Madripoor under Kimura's employ when Laura arrives investigating a lead in the Daylesville massacre.
- The Big Guy: All 6'8" of him. Bellona effectively uses him as an enforcer, strong-arming Laura to surrender without a fight rather than risk innocents being injured or killed in the crossfire.
- Dynamic Entry: He jumps from a helicopter hovering over Ash's ship without so much as rope to slow his descent. No Three-Point Landing, but it's impressive nonetheless.
- Even Evil Has Standards: One of the surviving pirates tries to bribe him into letting them take and sell the kids, offering him a cut. Roughhouse makes it abundantly clear just what he thinks about hurting children, and hurls the guy overboard.
- Famed In-Story: Roughhouse is somewhat surprised that Gabby hasn't heard of him, and immediately remarks that she really doesn't want to know him better.
- Noble Demon: Roughhouse demonstrates a soft spot for children, and refuses when one of the pirates tries to bribe him with a cut of the money the kids they're trafficking would bring by tossing him off the boat. He also takes Gabby to the ship's sickbay after she breaks her leg in confinement, in spite of Bellona's warnings of her capabilities. Gabby broke her own leg as part of a Deliberate Injury Gambit to escape, but he didn't know that.
- No-Sell: Catches one of Gambit's exploding playing cards in issue 18 before it can hit a bunch of Kimura's mooks, and doesn't even flinch when it explodes.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Roughhouse was believed to have been abused as a child, and wears a thick beard and long hair to hide the scars. He then invokes this when one of Ash's pirates tries to bribe him into letting the crew sell off the kids by offering a cut of the profits, throwing the man overboard in retaliation. He also expresses his pleasure when Bellona orders him to kill the pirates after they've safely returned the children to the U.S.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: See Even Evil Has Standards above. Roughhouse does not take kindly to the slave-trading pirates, citing his own hard childhood when he refuses an offer to split the cut for selling the kids by chucking the guy off the boat.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
For general tropes about Cap, see his page.
After a prophecy by Ulysses that Old Man Logan would kill Gabby, the legendary Avenger is sent to Laura's apartment to bring him into custody in hopes of preventing tragedy. Instead it brings him into direct conflict with Wolverine over the matter, who refuses to judge or punish someone for something they haven't done.
- Bilingual Bonus: He calls Jonathan Gulo gulo, the scientific name for "wolverine" (as noted to Gabby by Laura and Logan).
- Dramatic Irony: Unbeknownst to anyone, Cap here is actually a loyal servant of HYDRA, due to an alteration by a Cosmic Cube. As seen in other Civil War II tie-ins, he is deliberately escalating the conflict to undermine trust in superheroes.
- Hero Antagonist: Ostensibly one of the good guys, but runs afoul of Laura and Logan when he tries to take the latter into custody for something he hasn't even done.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Had Steve never been sent to Laura's apartment the chain of events leading to Logan accidentally stabbing Gabby would never have happened.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tries to be one, but the nature of his mission immediately puts him at odds with Laura and Logan.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Cap admits he doesn't completely agree with his orders, but has seen enough of Ulysses' visions that he believes following them is the right thing to do.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Laura immediately calls out just how unlike him it is to punish someone for what they haven't actually done. She reams him even more in the aftermath of issue 12, pointing out that without his intervention, none of the conflict that followed would have even happened. She then makes it clear exactly what she thinks of the Second Superhero Civil War, and demands she be left out of it.
- Even Gabby gets in on it, and also calls Steve out on how he's supposed to be about liberty and freedom for all, before mockingly suggesting it applies to everyone "except that guy. He could maybe, possibly do something bad."
For general tropes about Taskmaster, see his page.
A former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative granted "photographic reflexes," Taskmaster has the ability to mimic the fighting style of anyone he encounters, at the cost of losing his memories whenever he utilizes his powers. He now operates as a mercenary and assassin, and was hired by Alchemax as backup to eliminate the Sisters.
- Anti-Climax Boss: Although the fight between him and Laura begins as a Curb-Stomp Battle, with Tasky deflecting every attack Laura makes, he either forgot or didn't know about her foot claws. It costs him when he grabs hold of one of her feet. Laura promptly snikts his hand and knocks him cold.
- Bond One-Liner: Taskmaster enters the book by spouting one of these, interrupting Laura's assertion to the Sisters that no one else needs to die by shooting Gabby, Bellonna, and Zelda, and echoing her remark.
- The Cameo: More or less amounts to this in both issues he appears in; He only gets a single page in issue two, and Laura makes short work of him in issue 3.
- Dynamic Entry: Introduces himself by shooting Gabby, Bellonna, and Zelda, having even managed to sneak up on Laura.
- Knee Capping: When Laura refuses to kill him, Zelda takes matters into her own hands and shoots out both his knees so he can't follow them.
- Monologuing: For his part he wasn't there for Laura, just the Sisters, and spends their fight trying to talk a very pissed-off Wolverine down by smugly warning her that fighting him is pointless because of his abilities. His overconfidence ends up getting his ass kicked.
- Smug Super: Natch. Taskmaster almost casually disregards Laura when she attacks him in a rage after he shoots the Sisters and she thinks he's killed them. He monologues throughout their fight about how he can adapt to anything she does and that she can't hope to beat him. And then she brings out the foot claws...
- The Worf Effect: Despite being one of the most dangerous martial artists in all of Marvel, Laura makes surprisingly short work of him once she gets her foot claws into play. Justified in that Taskmaster learns his opponents' fighting style by observation, and that Laura normally attacks with the claws in her hands, and only uses the ones in her feet precisely for the purpose of catching an opponent off-guard.
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For general tropes about Sarah, see Innocence Lost.
Laura's mother: The Facility scientist who created her, carried her, raised her, and was ultimately killed by her. Her death has long haunted Laura, yet she inexplicably resurfaces alive and seemingly well, possibly giving her a second chance at the family she was denied.
- Ambiguously Human: It's not stated at first what the Sarah Laura recovered actually was. Whether she was actually Sarah and her story about being saved and asHumanPopsicle by the Orphans of X was true, or if she was actually an advanced clone or LMD as Daken muses, was initially left ambiguous. However by the end of the arc it's confirmed that "Sarah" was a clone.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted: Sarah says she wasn't dead when Laura left her; the cold outside the Facility bunker slowed her biological processes long enough for her to be found and saved. It's later revealed that this Sarah was actually a clone, so the real Sarah was Dead All Along and the Orphans just had her body.
- Fan Disservice: She's literally naked when her first full view is seen by both Laura and the readers.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Orphans of X take direct control of her in issue 27 to address Laura and her family. When they do, her eyes turn solid green and begin to glow.
- Human Popsicle: When Hank McCoy notes Sarah has the biological processes of a younger woman than her expected agenote she responds that the means by which her "rescuers" stored her effectively did this. The discrepancy was actually because she was a clone all along.
- Killed Off for Real: Again. Daken realizes something is wrong when Laura introduces him, and shoots her in the chest. When Laura finally snaps out of her resulting rage, it's long enough for Sarah to apologize before the Orphans of X reveal themselves through her. By the end of the arc it's revealed that this was just a clone, and the real Sarah has been Dead All Along.
- The Mole: Initially it's unclear whether or not she's an Unwitting Mole, but Sarah is being used by the Orphans of X to spy on Laura, and gather information about the Muramasa Blade. Eventually it's revealed that this Sarah was a clone, though it's still ambiguous how much of the real Sarah was actually in there, and how much was simply a People Puppet.
- People Puppets: The Orphans of X are able to take control of Sarah directly, and even speak through her. However most of Sarah's actions appear to be her own, as he eyes turn a bright, glowing green when she's under their active control.
- Seeing Through Another's Eyes: The Orphans of X are able to view what's happening around Sarah through her eyes. The exact mechanism (cybernetic implant, hidden camera, etc.) is unclear.
- Walking Spoiler: Not only is her very appearance a big spoiler in of itself, but there's even more going on than it at first appears.