The following characters have appeared in X-23's various one-shots or self-titled series, or are otherwise associated with her.
Species: Human mutant
For general tropes about Daken, see his page
The son of Wolverine, which makes him Laura's nephew or brother, depending on the genetics. Their relationship is initially hostile, but over the course of their encounter they gain a measure of respect for one another, and Laura walks away from their adventure as one of a very few people whom Daken genuinely respects and has affection for.
- Big Brother Instinct: Eventually, to both Laura and Gabby.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Laura's Abel. Despite that, they actually get along quite well.
- Evil Counterpart: He's this to Laura in a way. Both are genetic children of Logan, both tend to only use two of their claws and save the third for special attacks, both have messed up pasts. They have a mutual respect for each other, partly because they are so alike.
- HeelFace Turn: Of a sort. Daken doesn't exactly go full Face, but after Colcord double-crosses him, he and Laura are no longer at cross-purposes and work together to shut him down.
- Incest Yay: Some of Daken's private thoughts when he watches Laura in action read this way. Then again, it is Daken.
- Man Behind the Man: Seizes control of Madripoor during "Collision", and sets himself up as this, leaving Tyger Tiger as the public face.
- Manipulative Bastard: It's Daken, natch.
- Not So Different: Technically brother and sister, both raised by some very, very bad people, but while Daken embraces what Romulus made him, Laura desperately wants to be something more than just a weapon and killer. Nonetheless, their similarities give them a fair bit of mutual respect towards one another.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Laura come to view one another as this, and Laura becomes one of a very few people he genuinely respects.
Deborah "Debbie" Kinney
Deborah is Sarah Kinney's sister, with whom she has a strained, and virtually nonexistent relationship due to her failure to support Sarah when she was being abused by their father. Debbie plays a minor role in Innocence Lost, but is much more significant in the follow-up story, Target: X.
- Dysfunctional Family: Shared this relationship with her sister, Sarah, due to not supporting her when Sarah was being abused by their father. As a result, they rarely spoke in the years afterwards. The relationship is only mended when she calls Sarah for help after her daughter is kidnapped by a serial killer preying on children, and whom Sarah uses Laura to locate and rescue. Unfortunately, Sarah is killed before they can completely reconcile.
- Target: X reveals that her relationship with her daughter has been strained, as Megan has grown up to be a rather angry young girl as an ongoing effect of her kidnapping. Laura's arrival helps them repair their relationship.
- Grounded Forever: Debbie's reaction to Megan and Laura being suspended after Laura's first day at school. Learning about Laura's past leads Megan to hug her for it.
- Parental Substitute: Becomes this for Laura when she turns up on her doorstep.
- Parent with New Paramour: It's unclear what happened to Megan's father, but the man Debbie is cohabitating with isn't him. He's also a Facility plant.
- Put on a Bus: Literally. Laura leaves her and Megan at a bus station, and sends them into hiding to protect them from Kimura and the Facility. They finally meet again at the end of All-New Wolverine #18.
- Secret Keeper: She knew about Laura after she and Sarah reconciled.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Sarah and Debbie look a lot alike (Debbie wears her hear short, though). Therefore she also looks a lot like Laura.
Gabrielle "Gabby" Kinney/Honey Badger
Species: Human mutant clone
For general tropes about Honey Badger, see the page here
Laura's 13 year-old (sorta) cloned sister, created by Alchemax Genetics in a failed attempt to replicate her, and thus Wolverine himself.
- Badass in Distress: Gabby is kidnapped by the Cuckoos in issue 2.
- Cloning Blues: When Gabby learns it's the Cuckoos' declared birthday in issue 1, she begins to muse on her own nature as a clone, and insists she wants a birthday of her own even though Laura deems it unimportant.
- Evil Makeover: After Esme hijacks her body she ditches her own costume for a black version of the Cuckoos' ponchos. Her skin also becomes noticeably grayer, her eyes change from green to blue, and she gains black circles around her eyes.
- Fighting with Chucks: She carries a set of nunchucks on her Utility Belt.
- Kubrick Stare: Pares this with an incredibly disturbing Slasher Smile in issue 4 (see below).
- Power Fist: Gabby gains a pair of brass knuckles with her new costume. The right one reads "HONY", and the left one (predictably) reads "BDGR".
- Slasher Smile: She sports a positively chilling one in issue 4 after Esme seizes control of her body.
- Utility Belt: Gabby carries nunchucks and brass knuckles on a belt. And of course it has pouches.
James Logan Howlett/Wolverine
Species: Human mutant
For general tropes about Wolverine, 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. The exact nature of their genetic relationship varies Depending on the Writer, but their actual relationship on-page has strong elements of father/daughter. At times their interactions have been strained or rocky, and Logan freely acknowledges that he's a poor father, but he nonetheless cares 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.
- Happily Adopted: During a flashback in The Killing Dream, Logan announces his intention to adopt Laura.
- Hypocrite: Logan treats Hellion like dirt over his actions killing Karima, and along with Gambit wants to keep him away from Laura. Even though Wolverine has done far worse things than Julian and been forgiven for them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Logan has at times been excessively harsh on her, and he openly acknowledges he's been a very poor father to her when Gambit challenges him on it in Paris. That said, it's clear in her solo just how much Logan truly cares for her, and how determined he's been to help her live a normal life.
- Parental Substitute: Regardless of the genetics involved (Laura could be either Logan's sister or daughter, largely depending on exactly how much of her genetic material is his), he and Laura share a father/daughter relationship. By the time of All-New Wolverine Laura herself has begun calling him "dad."
- Retcon: Laura and Logan actually shared very little time together on-panel while he was still alive. Later writers, particularly after Death of Wolverine, have used flashbacks and dialogue to suggest that they were much closer than would be evident from their actual interactions before his death.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: He's the ugly guy to Laura's hot daughter. It particularly stands out because she's his Opposite-Sex Clone (though depending on the genetics she may have gotten her looks from Sarah Kinney).
- You Got Spunk: A non-villainous version: When Kiden Nixon mistakenly believes Laura has returned to hooking and Logan is her latest pimp, she actually threatens the Wolverine. Logan just smiles and says he likes her.
Megan is Laura's cousin. As a child she was kidnapped by a serial killer, but Sarah defied the Facility's rules by sneaking Laura out to rescue her. After escaping the Facility Laura turned up at Deborah Kinney's home, where she and Megan quickly became close, and were each others' only friends. Laura was forced to separate from Megan to protect her from Kimura, and as a parting gift, Megan gave Laura her locket, in which she put a picture of herself and Laura's mother.
- The Cassandra: No one believed her about the kidnapping after she was rescued. Debbie was sympathetic, but most people believed Megan simply made it up for attention.
- Distressed Damsel: Megan is kidnapped by a Serial Killer who preys on children, and Deborah contacts Sarah for help. Sarah breaks rules to sneak X-23 out of her cell, and sends her to locate and rescue the girl.
- Dysfunctional Family: Megan has a strained relationship with her mother in Target: X. It's implied that this is because of the trauma Megan experienced when she was kidnapped as a child.
- Family Eye Resemblance: Megan has the same green eyes as her mother, aunt, and cousin.
- Flashback Nightmare: She first appears in Target X in the midst of one, and it's indicated she suffers them often.
- Goth: Megan has a very Gothic style of dress. Laura raided her closet for extra clothes in Target: X, and this may be why Laura continues to dress in this fashion even after they part.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Megan is blonde, as opposed to her black-haired mother, aunt, and cousin. Although she's somewhat troubled as a result of the trauma of her kidnapping as a child, she's nonetheless a good person.
- Harmful to Minors: A substantial part of why Megan has grown into a troubled and rebellious young girl between Innocence Lost and Target: X was because of the pedophile who kidnapped her as a child. Megan later gets a front row seat when Laura tears her mother's boyfriend (actually a Facility agent) to shreds, and slaughters a hit-team sent to recover her. And then Kimura showed up and tortured her to punish Laura for escaping.
- Mad Artist: Downplayed: Megan continues to suffer untreated PTSD caused by her kidnapping, because no one believed her and thought she was making it up. It manifests by covering her walls with drawings of her attacker and her rescuer, and the constant Flashback Nightmares she endures.
- Madness Mantra: Nonverbal example: Megan has covered her room in pictures she drew of her kidnapper, as well as Laura, her rescuer.
- Morality Pet: For Sarah, Megan's letters and pictures as a child start to rebuild Sarah's thoughts on family, which in turn helps her realize what exactly it is she is doing to Laura.
- Parent with New Paramour: Her mom's boyfriend in Target: X is not her father, and Megan is openly disrespectful to him when she's first introduced.
- Put on a Bus: Literally. Laura leaves her and Debbie at a bus station, and sends them into hiding to protect them from Kimura and the Facility. They reappear at the end of All-New Wolverine #18 after Laura finally kills Kimura.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Megan is just an ordinary girl when we meet her, who wants to send a present to her reclusive Aunt Sarah. It's implied in Target: X that her experiences with the Serial Killer who kidnapped her in Innocence Lost turned her into something of a rebellious problem child as a teenager.
Doctor Sarah Kinney
For more tropes pertaining to Sarah Kinney, see the character page for Innocence Lost.
A leading expert in mutant genetics, who is hired by the Facility to clone Wolverine from genetic samples salvaged from the original Weapon X project. Dr. Kinney was fully aware the Facility was building a weapon, though drawn to the project mainly by the challenge. When the process to create an exact clone failed, it was Sarah who proposed creating a female since the X-chromosomes were more intact. When the project head overruled her she proceeded anyway, and as punishment was forced by the surgical head Zander Rice to serve as surrogate. Sarah became the infant X-23's mother and caretaker, and her growing disillusionment led her to freeing her, but at the cost of her life.
- A Day In The Lime Light: Innocence Lost is more her story than Laura's.
- Death by Origin Story: Sarah is already dead by the time of Laura's first appearances in the books. She first appears alive in Innocence Lost, and a flashback scene in Target: X.
- Posthumous Character: Sarah dies in Innocence Lost, but continues to have an impact on Laura in her subsequent series. "The Killing Dream" arc of the Liu series shows how heavily her death continues to weigh on Laura's conscience, and it's one of the memories Doctor Strange views through the Eye of Agamotto, that helps convince him to help the Sisters in All-New Wolverine.
Species: Human mutant
For general tropes about Beast, see his page.
One of the original five X-Men, and their go-to genius. Hank McCoy assists Laura with her missions to bring down illicit genetic experimentation.
- Mission Control: Beast serves as this for Laura. He gave her the mission to investigate the disappearance of Dr. Marks at the Cuckoos' hands, and to investigate genetic trafficking through a local high school.
Species: Human vampire
For general tropes about Jubilee, see her page.
A former mutant, Jubilee was depowered as a result of M-Day, and later was turned into a vampire. Her struggles to control her violent and monstrous impulses allow her to empathize with Laura, and they establish a quick and close friendship because of how well they understand one another.
- Cool Big Sis: Jubilee to Laura. Although canonically she wasn't much older than Laura before she was turned, she's nonetheless an experienced X-Man, and much like Gambit offers Laura support and help, particularly by trying to break her out of her shell and teaching her to enjoy life.
- Cute Little Fangs: Often revealed when she smiles, especially in the issues drawn by Takeda.
- Dark Action Girl: Not by choice. Though still bubbly, her vampirism has given her a darker edge, and she's just as capable a killer as Laura. It's her own efforts to control these darker impulses that grants her such a close perspective on Laura's own troubles.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As noted above, she's supposed to be a violent and blood-thirsty killer due to her affliction and has certainly evolved into a formidable killer, but Jubilee is still the bubbly and Adorkable mall rat.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Gambit introduced Jubilee to X-23 thinking she could help Laura overcome her issues. Laura immediately attacked Jubilee thinking she was an enemy, and was jealous of how Wolverine treated her. However they eventually bonded over their shared issues with controlling their bloodlust.
- Genki Girl: Although she can be serious when the situation calls for it, Jubilee's bubbly and carefree demeanor stands in stark contrast to Laura's stoicism.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Jubilee's foremost concern during the solo series is getting Laura to lighten up and actually enjoy life. Whether that means dragging her out shopping at an expensive Paris boutique, hitting up the nightclubs in New York City, or base jumping sans-parachute off the Eifle Tower.
- Must Make Her Laugh: Pretty much assigns herself the mission of getting Laura to lighten up and learn to enjoy life.
- Not So Different: Jubilee and Laura realize they have much in common, with X-23 having to struggle with finding herself and the trigger scent and Jubilee struggling to control her newfound bloodlust. They get along really well though.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Jubilee and Laura didn't get off on the right foot: when she first arrived in Paris, Laura actually almost took Jubilee's head off, reacting almost instinctively as if Jubilee was a threat, and was jealous of Logan's affectionate behaviour towards Jubilee in contrast to his standoffish attitude towards her. It took a little time for Laura to warm up to her.
Species: Human mutant
One of the New X-Men, and Laura's sort-of-boyfriend, they share a mutual attraction but Laura's struggles with her emotions has prevented her from truly exploring the relationship. Hellion was crippled during Bastion's assault on San Francisco.
- Forceful Kiss: Plants one on Laura at the end of Misadventures in Babysitting, but she rejects him.
- Handicapped Bad Ass: Hellion may have lost his hands, but his telekinesis is as strong as ever.
- Heroic BSoD: Is in the middle of a bad one when he shows up in Misadventures in Babysitting after killing Karima to defend Utopia. It undoes much of his prior Character Development and reverts him to his previous Jerkass persona.
- In the Back: When Hellverine assaults Laura she attacks him in self-defense. Julian walks in in time to see her stab Logan's body, but not realizing what's actually going on he restrains her with his power to check on Logan. While trying to talk Laura down when she makes an attempt to explain, Hellverine gets back up and stabs him in the back.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Laura breaks off their relationship at the end of the babysitting arc of the Liu series, he gets angry and says some very hurtful things about her having no feelings in response. Many readers, including X-23's fans, agree that while he may have taken it too far he was also right considering how cold and distant Laura was to him throughout the arc.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempts to help Laura when Val and Franklin Richards are kidnapped invariably just end up making things worse.
- Psycho Ex-Boyfriend: He spends his brief appearance in Girl's Night Out spying on Laura from a distance while she's hanging out with Jubilee and Gambit. Jubilee pretty much treats him like this.
- These Hands Have Killed: The first time Laura sees Julian during Misadventures in Babysitting it's strongly implied that this is part of why he's acting out the way he is. He outright makes an attempt to reach out to Laura for support hoping she would understand, but she rebuffs him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When Julian first appears in The Killing Dream, he's still acting on the Character Development he received under Kyle and Yost during their stint on New X-Men, and he and Dust are her only friends who staunchly defend her participation in X-Force. However when he returns during Misadventures in Babysitting he's become much more angry and bitter over the way he's been treated since being forced to kill Karima, and when Laura breaks things off with him he loses his temper and says some very hurtful things.
- Will They or Won't They?: At the beginning of her solo series, Laura is still struggling to understand what she feels for Julian, though he's much more certain about how he feels about her. Laura eventually decides to break things off with him.
Species: Human mutant
For general tropes about Gambit, see his page
The master thief and X-Man, Gambit accompanies Laura when she leaves on her journey of self-discovery following the events of Second Coming to help and support her through this difficult stage of her life. That Remy knows what it is to be looked at and judged for past actions gives him a unique perspective on Laura's situation.
- Affectionate Nickname: It's Gambit. His name for Laura is Petite.
- Big Brother Mentor: As with Wolverine, Gambit uses his experience to help guide Laura, and their relationship evolves into this. It's ultimately his idea that the rest of the X-Men allow her to leave and find her own way, and although Laura already came to the decision herself, Gambit is the one that convinces Cyclops to let her go.
- Cool Old Guy: Laura comes to respect him immensely, and looks up to him as a mentor.
- Fortune Teller: Remy learned to tell people's fortunes with playing cards from another thief he knew in "N'awlins." He uses his card deck to tell Laura's after she killed a man who murdered another girl.
- Hypocrite: Gambit treats Hellion like dirt over his actions killing Karima, and along with Wolverine wants to keep him away from Laura. Even though Gambit has done far worse things than Julian and been forgiven for them.
- Impossible Thief: Jokingly invoked. Gambit lampshades his reputation in a conversation with Storm, when she says she hopes he can make Laura smile:Gambit: I'm the best thief in the world, Chere. If I can't make her smile...I'll steal one for her.
- Intergenerational Friendship: One of many of her elders Laura establishes a close friendship with.
- Morality Pet: While he's letting Laura find her own way, Gambit nonetheless acts as this to help keep her centered and focused.
The Stepford Cuckoos
Species: Human mutant clones
For general tropes about the Cuckoos, see their page
Three identical telepaths, the Cuckoos (Mindee/Irma, Phoebe, and Celeste) were one of many products of the Weapon Plus program. Originally known as the Five-in-One, two of the sisters (Sophie and Esme) were killed, leaving them as the Three-in-One. They have since joined the X-Men, and much like Laura have struggled to put their past as a collective Human Weapon behind them.
- Back for the Dead: Sophie is resurrected in issue 1, only to be immediately killed off by Esme to ensure her own survival in issue 2. However issue 4 reveals her psychic ghost is still hanging around, and is currently hitching a ride with Laura.
- Back from the Dead: Esme and Sophie have been resurrected in new clone bodies.
- Body Backup Drive: Esme and Sophie return in issue 1 using cloned bodies.
- Cain and Abel: Sophie was from the start the most heroic of the Cuckoos, but is especially this for Esme. Esme was the most overtly villainous, particularly towards Sophie, who died because of her machinations. Esme kills her again in issue 1, since in their current fragile states only one is likely to survive and she insists that she deserves it most. Esme outright murders Sophie to ensure her own survival.
- Came Back Wrong: Esme wasn't exactly right to begin with, having always been the most overtly villainous Cuckoo. However her multiple stints as a corpse has pretty much sent her off the deep end.
- The Cassandra: In issue 2 Mindee/Irma appears to recognize something isn't right about the plan, but Celeste and Phoebe shout her down in their determination to maintain the now-Four-in-One.
- Clone Degeneration: Esme and Sophie's new bodies are breaking down because their immune systems are unable to tolerate their psychic hive mind with their sisters.
- Deader Than Dead: According to Sophie, Esme is this after the Cuckoos band together to defeat her. Whether or not it sticks this time given the state of comic book death is another matter...
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Celeste on the end of Gabby's claw, after Sophie reveals herself and exposes Esme's treachery, and Esme-in-Gabby's body loses patience with her sisters. Fortunately it wasn't fatal.
- It's All About Me: Esme makes it clear in her Motive Rant in issue 4 that the plot isn't so much about reuniting the Five-In-One as it is empowering herself.
- FaceHeel Turn: The Three-In-One crosses the line in issue 2 by kidnapping Gabby as part of their plan. Only Mindee expresses any real reluctance.
- HeelFace Turn: Mindee in issue 5 once Sophie reveals what Esme has actually been doing, followed by Celeste and Phoebe when they realize they've been played.
- Heel Realization: A preemptive one by Mindee in issue 1. She warns her sisters if they proceed with their plan they'll be the bad guys.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: If murdering her own sister didn't do it, then willfully stealing the body of an innocent 13 year-old girl was certainly this moment for Esme.
- Killed Off for Real: Sophie and Esme. Again. With the former telling Laura she took measures to make sure Esme was Deader Than Dead.
- Manipulative Bitch: Esme spent the first arc pulling the strings of the other Cuckoos, and is the driving force of their plot. Only Mindee is hesitant to go through with it.
- Not So Different: Laura notes in issue 1 that she and the Cuckoos have similar pasts and backgrounds; all of them were clones made to be weapons, but turned out much different than their creators intended.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: It's not entirely clear what Sophie and Esme actually are; whether they're the actual psychic ghosts of the original Sophie and Esme, or a consciousness constructed from the memories of Mindee, Phoebe, and Celeste. Sophie and Esme at least both seem to have their own memories, and Sophie's consciousness survived the death of her cloned body in issue 1, to hitch a ride with Laura.
- Token Good Teammate:
- Mindee is the only one who expresses any reluctance or concerns about what they're doing.
- Sophie, who was always the most unambiguously good sister, plants her consciousness into Laura in order to stop Esme's plan.
- Walking Spoiler: As can be seen from all the white space, it's very difficult to discuss the Cuckoos without spoiling a substantial part of the first arc.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Esme killed Sophie because the latter's body was breaking down much faster than hers, and only one of them could be transferred into Gabby's body. She also begins to take this view of Mindee because of her wavering resolve and Heel Realization.
Species: Human mutate
For general tropes about Daredevil, see his page
When Captain America finally catches up with X-23 and brings her in, he calls upon Daredevil to assist him with the interrogation. However as the facts of Laura's tortured life come to light, he begins to doubt her guilt.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: He's the Good Cop. Subverted in that it's not an act. Matt is genuinely sympathetic to Laura's plight, and recognizes that the situation is much more complicated than Steve realizes.
- Living Lie Detector: This is basically what Cap wants to use him for. All he wants is for Matt to confirm that Laura isn't lying about her identity so he can bring her in to S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While Cap is driven almost to the point of obsession to bring Laura to justice, Matt takes the time to actually listen to what she's saying, and quickly realizes she's as much a victim as the people she killed. He immediately appoints himself her lawyer in an effort to protect her from what's sure to be a Kangaroo Court.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Cap pointing out how he and S.H.I.E.L.D. will be Not So Different than the Facility of Steve continues his pursuit of Laura.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Matt gets outright furious with Steve over the way he persecutes Laura, and his refusal to acknowledge S.H.I.E.L.D. will just use her, as well. Especially when he calls him out for endangering her only hope at healing from the damage done to her by taking her away from Logan.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
Species: Human mutate
For general tropes about Rogers, see his page
Legendary super soldier and long-time Avenger Captain America was one of the first responders on the scene of Laura's test mission. She escaped him by masquerading as the sole surviving victim, and his guilt over allowing her to escape drove him to personally lead the pursuit for her for the better part of a decade.
- Heel Realization: Murdock's lecture finally sinks in and Steve realizes he was right all along right as he's about to turn Laura in to S.H.I.E.L.D. Instead he takes a chance and lets her go.
- Hero Antagonist: Of Target: X. There's no doubts that Steve is one of the true heroes of the Marvel Universe, but his determination to hunt down X-23 and bring her to justice casts him firmly as this.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: He's the bad cop when he and Murdock are interrogating Laura. Subverted in that it's not an act. Cap is hostile and belligerent towards Laura, and can only see her as a remorseless, merciless killer responsible for the deaths of hundreds. He even loses his temper with Matt when he tries to defend her and appoints himself her lawyer.
- Inspector Javert: Cap was so guilt-ridden over allowing her escape following the Johnson assassination, he spent the better part of ten years personally trying to hunt her down. He was so blinded by his determination he couldn't even recognize at first that she was as much a victim as the people she killed.
- Kangaroo Court: As far as Steve is concerned Laura is guilty. He refuses to listen to Matt's insistence that the situation isn't actually so cut and dried.
- My Greatest Failure: He demonstrates shades of this after Laura slipped his grasp in the aftermath of her test mission, and subsequently blamed himself for all the killings she was subsequently able to carry out.
- Not So Different: Daredevil gives him a hell of a lecture about how he and S.H.I.E.L.D. aren't that far off from the Facility. S.H.I.E.L.D. very likely would have pressed Laura into service as their unstoppable assassin and secret agent, rather than see that justice was done for her killings, and Rogers's obsession with hunting her down made him no better, as it led to him directly threatening her only hope to escape what the Facility made her. See What the Hell, Hero?.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Murdock utterly tears him down over his determination to bring Laura to justice, pointing out Steve's blind faith in turning her over to S.H.I.E.L.D., that Laura was as much a victim as the people she killed, and that Steve was robbing her of her only hope for redemption and recovery.
For more information pertaining to members of the Facility, see the character page for Innocence Lost .
An American civilian offshoot of the Weapon Plus program which experimented on Wolverine, Deadpool, Sabretooth, and numerous others. The Facility managed to obtain genetic samples salvaged by Weapon Plus scientist Dale Rice during Logan's rampage, which were used to create X-23 during their attempts at replicating Weapon X years later. They have made several efforts since to recapture her.
Deborah Kinney's live-in boyfriend, Desmond was later revealed to be a mole planted by the Facility. It's unclear whether he was planted with her after Sarah was hired as a means of keeping tabs on her family, or if he was placed with her after X-23's escape in hopes she would turn up there. Regardless of which, he was ultimately killed by Laura when he accidentally spilled trigger scent on himself.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kimura ordered him to dose Megan and Debbie with the trigger scent to force Laura to kill them. However he literally ran into Megan while carrying the doctored tea and spilled it all over the both of them. Laura subsequently tore him apart.
- Idiot Ball: Of all the ways he could have tried dosing Debbie with trigger scent, putting it in her tea probably invited the most ways for it to go wrong. And it did, with lethal results (for him).
- The Mole: Placed by the Facility, presumably to either keep tabs on Sarah Kinney's family, or to watch for X-23 to resurface after her escape.
- Parent with New Paramour: He's the paramour. However he's actually a Facility plant.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He tries to spike Debbie's tea with the trigger scent in order to force Laura to kill her. He gets it on himself instead, and she ends up gutting him instead. No tears were shed.
- You're Not My Father: It's relatively subtle, but Megan has this attitude towards him.
Species: Human mutate
Kimura is a normal human who was modified by the Facility expressly to serve in the capacity of Laura's handler in the event 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.
- Abusive Parents: Kimura's Freudian Excuse is that her mother neglected her, her father abused her, and she was subjected to a lot of bullying as a child. Her grandmother attempted to undo the damage, but by then it was too late and Kimura later takes it all out on Laura.
- Achilles' Heel: Her body is indestructible, but she's just as vulnerable to gas or smoke inhalation, and drowning as would be any normal human.
- Always Someone Better: Subverted. Kimura thinks she's this to Laura, however while she does demonstrate skill as a fighter, she relies much more on her indestructibility than actual ability. And while Laura may not be able to defeat her in a straight fight, she's demonstrated far more resourcefulness when dealing with her.
- Arch-Enemy: Kimura becomes this for Laura in Target: X. Her indestructibility makes her impossible for Laura to kill with her claws. Additionally, their backgrounds are Not So Different granting even more parallels between the two.
- Ambiguously Brown: Her ethnicity is never established in the books, but she's consistently depicted as somewhat darker-complexioned with vaguely ethnic features than those around her. "Kimura" is also a Japanese surname, but whether this is actually her name or one she merely adopted after being modified by the Facility is never stated.
- Axe-Crazy: She's a violent and sadistic psychopath who actually enjoys the fact her job allows her to beat the shit out of a child. When she manages to catch up to Laura at Megan and Debbie's house, she's positively gleeful when she begins slowly pushing her finger into Megan's chest to punish Laura for running away.
- Boobs of Steel: Very tough. Massive chest.
- The Brute: Although she leads the squad sent to retrieve Laura, in Target X, she's still working for the Facility as one of their main enforcers. Her methods...aren't exactly subtle, she's a sadistic bully who loves to torment Laura just because she can, and she relies mostly on her indestructibility to get the jobs done and is not nearly as clever as she likes to think; Laura can't beat her in a direct confrontation, and routinely defeats her by outsmarting her (such as distracting her by triggering an entire belt of grenades she's wearing in New X-Men).
- The Bully: Torments others in order to feel better about herself.
- Cleavage Window: Her most common outfit has one.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Kimura relies almost entirely on her invulnerability. As a result, while Laura can't kill her with her claws, she's still the better fighter. This becomes a critical factor in her death: Had Kimura not relied so heavily on her indestructible body, she might have been able to fight off Laura's attempt to drown her in the sea off Madripoor.
- Dark Action Girl: Kimura is able to hold her own against Laura in a hand-to-hand fight, even though it owes more to her indestructibility than skill. She's also an Axe-Crazy psychopath.
- Dragon Their Feet: Kimura wasn't present when Sarah kicked off Laura's escape from the Facility. Target X reveals she arrived in the aftermath, briefly cornering Laura before Laura triggered an avalanche to escape. She later tracks her to the Kinney household.
- The Dreaded: Laura is generally unflappable in the face of danger, and responds to threats in a cool and detached manner. Kimura terrifies her.
- Dumb Muscle: At least in comparison to Laura. Kimura rarely demonstrates any strategy more elaborate than "beat it or torture it into submission."
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her grandmother, who tried to save her from her father.
- Expy: A case can be made that she's a slightly more sympathetic female Sabretooth.
- Feel No Pain: When Kimura is using her invulnerability her nerves register impact but no pain.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Kimura is positively obsessed with Laura, and takes great pleasure in torturing her whenever she has the opportunity (she approached taking a chainsaw to Laura's arm with rather disturbing enthusiasm). Much of her other behavior tends towards being stalkerish in nature, and is very comparable to that of an obsessive and jilted lover. This has not gone unnoticed by the fanbase and a certain segment has made Kimura's interest outright romantic or sexual (see Ship-to-Ship Combat under YMMV).
- Freudian Excuse: She's a victim of abuse who went on to abuse others.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Kimura was born to an abusive alcoholic father and a negligent mother. Her school life was similar, as she was abused and tormented by her peers. Through unspecified means at some point in time, Kimura's grandmother became her caregiver. At once, her grandmother tried to heal the emotional damage inflicted upon Kimura through nurturing, love, and understanding. However, by that point the emotional scars were permanent and her grandmother's attempts to reach her were futile. After her grandmother's fatal heart attack, Kimura took off, eventually coming into contact with the Facility. She then underwent some unspecified procedure that granted her physical invulnerability, density control, and reconstruction. She then exacted revenge against those in her past who had wronged her. During her time at the Facility, Kimura eventually assumed the same abusive role as the people who victimized her in the past, particularly to Laura. When Emma Frost learns of this by reading her mind, she admits that her past was horrible and no child deserves the life she was born into. However, Emma is not sympathetic with her, and is in fact deeply disgusted with her, pointing out she is a bully plain and simple. She became the very person she hated and feared growing up. She made Laura into her victim and gave her the same horrible life she lived through and didn't care because even though she knew all too well the pain Laura suffered, and she enjoyed inflicting it. Emma doesn't hesitate to mind-wipe her, making her forget about her grandmother the only influential positive person in her life creating "a deep void that will cause [her] pain for a lifetime."Emma Frost: You are a bully plain and simple. A product from your past... Being kicked around your whole life an alcoholic father and uncaring mother at home, only to find the same waiting for you from your peers in the schoolyard, day in and day out. You were born into a life you did not deserve... A life no child deserves. Someone needs to fill the role of the victim and you played that part for so many until your grandmother came to your rescue. She called you her "sweet child." She did everything she could to undo the damage everyone else had done. But sadly she came too late, all that hope and good you held onto was beaten out long ago. After your grandmother's heart attack, you found your way to the Facility to the men that could give what you wanted badly... Revenge. A hollow prize, but one you begged for. And once you'd gotten the best of those who wronged you, you became the very person you hated and feared growing up. And X-23 played the role of your victim. Like you, Laura didn't deserve that horrible life, no child does remember? But you didn't care. Even though you knew all too well the pain she suffered, you enjoyed inflicting it. You still enjoy it. That's why you're a bully.
- Fights Like a Normal: Lacking any other powers, Kimura has to fight like a regular human being, albeit one who is entirely invulnerable. However her increased density does have some secondary effects. For example, she can push a finger through someone's skull.
- The Heavy: Rice may be the Big Bad but Kimura is much more active than him.
- Implacable Man: She's had an entire belt full of grenades that she was wearing at the time! blow up in her face and got right back up again.
- Kill It with Water: Her Nigh-Invulnerability allows her to tank pretty much everything thrown at her, although it doesn't make her immune to drowning, something that Laura capitalizes on to kill the sick bitch for good.
- Karmic Death: After sadistically abusing Laura for pretty much her entire life and dedicating her entire existence to making her suffer, to say that it was satisfying to see the very person who she victimized over the years condemn her to a watery grave is an Understatement.
- Killed Off for Real: Laura drowns her after figuring out her Logical Weakness in issue 18 of All New Wolverine.
- Lack of Empathy: For everyone who isn't her grandmother.
- Logical Weakness: For all her strength and invulnerability she still needs to breathe.
- Made of Iron: Kimura has been modified by the Facility with increased body density, effectively making her indestructible.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Her ability to shift her density enables her to harden her skin until not even adamantium can penetrate it. This is why she was assigned to handle X-23.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Kimura's obsession with Laura often leaves her coming across like a psycho jilted lover.
- Put on a Bus: Kimura disappears after Laura and Agent Morales destroy a Facility installation where the former has been imprisoned.
- The Bus Came Back: In All-new Wolverine.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Most of her sadistic psychopathy can be easily chalked up as Misplaced Retribution for her shitty childhood and bullying, if shes not doing it to hide her own insecurities about herself.
- Sadist: Of both the petty and borderline serial killer variety.
- Slasher Smile: She often sports one◊ worthy◊ of The Joker himself. In one case she wears it while carving Laura up with a chainsaw.
- Stone Wall: Doesn't hit any harder than a muggle but is virtually impossible to injure.
- Super Strength: Possesses this to a limited extent as a result of her increased body density. She's been shown putting her fist through the skull of a Predator X. For the record, these are creatures with hides that even Laura's and Wolverine's claws couldn't cut.
- Torture Technician: She loves to torture Laura, and pretty much anyone Laura cares about even if they don't get in the way of recovering her. Her methods are fairly crude, however, as she usually relies on her bare hands, and threatens to use her heightened body density to push her hand into Megan's chest to rip out her heart.
- The Sociopath: Gleefully psychotic, an extraordinary Lack of Empathy for everyone except her grandmother and completely unrepentant of her monstrous actions right up to the moment she finally expires at Lauras hands.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of her was in X-Force, when she threatened to hunt down and kill Laura's cousin and aunt, right before the Facility installation Laura had been held in gets blown up. Considering Kimura is pretty much indestructible it's almost certain she's still alive, but over five years after that issue was released she has yet to reappear. She returns in issue 6 of All-New Wolverine.
- You Are Number 6: Kimura as a rule refers to Laura as X-23, and not by her "real" name.
Dr. Martin Sutter
Director of the Facility when Laura was created, he hired Sarah Kinney upon learning of her proposal to clone Wolverine. While he didn't have a direct hand in the abuse heaped upon her, Sutter nonetheless gave Rice tremendous leeway in handling the project, and created the environment which allowed him to torment her. Sutter was close friends with Weapon X scientist Dale Rice, and when Rice was killed by Wolverine during his escape from the installation where he was experimented on, Sutter practically raised his young son Zander. His blind faith and trust in Zander Rice cost him his life, as Rice would later manipulate him into turning over control of the project before sending X-23 to kill him.
Species: Human cyborg
Formerly head of Alchemax Genetics, and responsible for the creation of The Sisters, Chandler was later revealed to have been part of the Facility itself, where he developed the Trigger Scent used to control X-23.
Dr. Zander Rice
Surgical head of the X-23 project, Rice's father, Dale, was attached to the original Weapon X experiment that bonded adamantium to Wolverine's skeleton. Dale was killed attempting to escape the installation with genetic material during Logan's rampage, leaving Zander to be practically raised by his father's close friend, Martin Sutter. Rice grew up harboring a deep resentment for Wolverine, and this brought him into conflict with Sarah Kinney after her proposal to clone the mutant who killed his father. He became one of Laura's chief tormentors at the Facility after her birth, and subjected her to much of the abuse and torture she experienced.
Claudine Renko/Miss Sinister
Species: Human mutate clone
Claudine Renko is the end result of one of Mr. Sinister's many Crazy-Prepared attempts to escape death. He infected her with a virus that, in the event of his death, would allow him to return to life using her body. Upon his death at Mystique's hands during Messiah Complex the virus activated, increasingly turning Claudine into his Opposite-Sex Clone. Claudine, of course, wants no part of it and sees Laura and her Healing Factor as a means of preventing Sinister's return.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite what she tries to do to Laura, it's still pretty easy to sympathize with Claudine: She's a victim of Sinister's experiments, and never volunteered to be the vessel by which he attempted to cheat death. On top of that, now he's Fighting from the Inside to steal her body as a Clone by Conversion, which will effectively kill Claudine in the process as he overwrites her mind and fully transforms her body into his own. The poor woman just wants to survive with her mind her own.
- Anti-Villain: Claudine's actions are entirely motivated by self-preservation; she's afraid of what it will mean for her if Sinister returns, and she wasn't exactly a volunteer for his experiment to begin with.
- Body Backup Drive: Sinister's virus has turned her into this. And much like a computer virus, Sinister is an invasive, malignant presence in Claudine's mind trying to take control of her, making the trope name even more appropriate.
- Clone by Conversion: Sinister infected Claudine with a virus that's slowly converting her into a clone of his body. She had been able to fight this process, however by the time she encounters Laura she has recently suffered serious injuries at the hands of Daken, which has weakened her defenses and enabled Sinister to gain more control, at times even allowing him to manifest entirely.
- Corrupt Hick: Claudine has an army of corrupt police working for her.
- Fighting from the Inside: Claudine is in a constant battle against Mr. Sinister's attempts to hijack her body and return from death, with her describing him as a malignant presence in her mind.
- Glamour Failure: She attempts to seduce Gambit by masquerading as Laura. Regardless of whether she had him fooled at first, the scheme comes crashing down the second she slips and uses a contraction. Laura, however, uses Spock Speak...
- Grand Theft Me: She plans to transfer her consciousness into Laura's body to keep Sinister from doing the same thing to her. Sinister screws her over by taking over Laura's younger and healthier body himself, until Laura gets fed up with the entire mess and kicks him out.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Spends most of her time walking around in a corset. And not much else.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: A bizarre case: Claudine was once a normal woman Sinister used as one of his experiments. However when he was killed by Mystique, the virus he infected Claudine with has slowly been taking over her body and converting it into an exact clone of Sinister. Her efforts to save herself from this fate lead her to attempting a Grand Theft Me on Laura.
- Save the Villain: Subversion: X and Gambit leave her for dead. However Sinister, whom she spent the arc trying to screw over, "saves" her instead. He promises to take care of her, but considering this is Sinister we're talking about, she may just have been better off being left to die.
- ShapeShifting: Claudine has some shapeshifting ability, and uses it at one point in an attempt to seduce Gambit while disgused as Laura.
- Showing Off the New Body: Preemptively. Claudine is very appreciative how beautiful Laura is while in the midst of stealing her body.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Her last appearance or mention in any comic was X-23 #6 (February 2011), leaving her ultimate fate after being "rescued" by Sinister unresolved until she finally resurfaced in X-Men: Blue #5 over six years later.
Species: Human mutant
An omnipathic mutant, Gamesmaster has been watching Laura for a long time, and he finds her mind soothing because it is one of the few places where he finds peace. Although not overtly malicious or threatening, he nonetheless is obsessed with making her "his."
- Abhorrent Admirer: Gamesmaster is obsessed with Laura, and while he's not necessarily malevolent, he doesn't exactly take no for an answer, either.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Gamesmaster is able to read minds. All minds. Everywhere. And he can't turn it off. Part of what draws him to Laura is how quiet hers is.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Gamesmaster is a bit stalkerish, declaring Laura his "wicked lovely girl." At least part of his attraction is simply how quiet her mind is, and he's an omnipath who can't shut off his powers.
- Mind Screw: Subjects Laura to a mild one as he tries to convince her to submit to him.
- Not So Different: He views Laura and himself as this, believing Laura understands what it is to lose pieces of oneself. Gamesmaster also says that there's been no difference between the Facility, Zebra Daddy, the X-Men, or himself; all of them seek to use and control Laura for their own ends.
- Stalker with a Crush: He wants Laura to be his, as much because he finds peace in her mind from the deluge of voices as for any other reason, calling her by numerous endearments such as his "wicked lovely girl." He refuses to leave her alone, and promises he will always be with her. He's also an omnipath, which means he can make good on it by invading her mind any time he wants from anywhere.
- Villainous Valor: He tries to protect Laura from Hellverine when the latter attempts to seduce her into joining him and commanding his armies. Hellverine cages and muzzles him pretty effortlessly as a gift to Laura for his trouble.
A demon who has taken control of Wolverine's body as part of a plot by the Red Right Hand to take revenge on Logan by killing those close to him. During his time masquerading as Logan on Utopia he approaches Laura with a disturbing proposal.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Hellverine wants Laura to lead his armies. However his interest in her seems far more personal than that, especially when he approaches her in the form of (a naked) Cyclops, stroking her face and commenting on her looks.
- Chess with Death: Laura makes a bargain with him: If she can prove his assertions that she's nothing but a killing machine wrong, he'll leave her alone and restore Hellion's life. If she fails, she's his. Laura defeats him with the aid of the Uni-Power.
- Demonic Possession: He's a demon currently using Logan's body in the real world while he's trapped in hell. He also possesses Laura directly, hitch-hiking in her body for a time.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He honestly doesn't understand Laura's resistance to give in to her training and violent nature.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: His domain resembles one.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Hellverine comes after Laura because he wants her to lead his armies. However it's very heavily implied he just plain wants her. Particularly his behavior when he takes on the form of a naked Cyclops.
- Glamour Failure: Although he's able to fool everyone else (particularly Hellion, who almost pays the price for it), somehow he's not able to trick Laura, and she's aware there's something wrong with him from the beginning, even if she's not sure what.
- Hypocrite: He dismisses Gamesmaster, whom he caught in Laura's mind, as a pedophile. It doesn't seem to occur to Hellverine that he's essentially doing the exact same thing to her.
- Meat Puppet: Logan's body is the puppet, Hellverine is the puppeteer.
- No-Sell: Laura stabs him through the heart with her claws when he molests her in the hospital, but it doesn't even tickle him. At least until Hellion walks in by chance...
- Puppeteer Parasite: He's a demon inhabiting Logan's body.
- Slouch of Villainy: Just look at his image.
- The Soulless: Hellverine attempts to sway to his side by telling her that as a clone she doesn't have a soul. Although she throws off his influence, this continues to haunt her throughout her solo series.
- Stalker with a Crush: Much like Gamesmaster he doesn't believe in No Means No, and continues to hound her until she's ultimately able to throw off his presence and influence.
- We Can Rule Together: He wants Laura to lead his armies, but he also seems to want her as much as a consort than just a general.
- Wreathed in Flames: After destroying a halfway house for depowered mutants he manifests to Laura balrog-style in the wreckage as part of his attempts to sway her to his side.
A woman whose features are obscured by a hood, with some connection to Laura's past. She appears twice during the Liu series, the first time working with Colcord in Madripoor, and procuring samples taken from Laura in the "Collision" crossover with Daken. She next turns up as the primary antagonist of "Touching Darkness," where she has unleashed a new form of trigger scent on the population of Paris that not affects anyone exposed to it, even without prior conditioning.
- Black Cloak: Worn with her hood, further helping to hide her identity.
- Connected All Along: The Hooded Woman has some sort of connection to Laura, and even cryptically hints at it with a quote from Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, by Hunter S. Thompson.As you were, I was. As I am, you will be.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Her face is always obscured by a hood, leaving only her mouth and chin visible.
- In the Hood: Perhaps her most prominent feature is the hood masking her features, to the point that fans have outright taken to calling her some variation on "Hooded Lady."
- Non-Action Big Bad: She never directly engages Laura, preferring to watch from a distance, instead.
- No Name Given: Her name and identity are never revealed.
- Playing with Syringes: She was working with Colcord developing weapons in Madripoor, and Laura recognizes her voice and scent, though she never saw her while imprisoned. When she turns up in Paris, Laura, Wolverine, Gambit, and Jubilee discover that she has developed a version of the trigger scent that works on anyone, not just Laura (who was specially conditioned for it), and is experimenting with it by unleashing it on the unsuspecting people of Paris.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this on Laura after cryptically hinting that she's connected to Laura's past and future, then vanishing before she can get an explanation.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Though she promised to see Laura again, in which they would discuss her (Laura's) future, she has yet to reappear.
- You All Share My Story: As noted under Connected All Along, she leaves Laura with a quote Hunter S. Thompson hinting that their lives are somehow intertwined.
Nathaniel Essex/Mr. Sinister
Species: Human mutate
Trapped in the body of Claudine Renko after his death at Mystique's hands, Sinister is biding his time while the virus that's slowly turning her into him works.
- Crazy-Prepared: It's Sinister, natch. The entire plot of "Songs of the Orphan Child" is centered around his contingency to escape his death during Messiah Complex.
- Fighting from the Inside: Sinister is attempting to exert more and more influence over Claudine. Her injuries at Daken's hands have weakened her, and when Laura attacks Claudine to protect Gambit Essex is able to briefly gain control entirely and take on his true form.
- Grand Theft Me: His plans for Claudine, though she attempts to fight him. When Claudine tries to cheat him by transferring her consciousness into Laura, Sinister screws her over and transfers himself. And then Laura kicks him out. He has to settle for the last of the Alice clones.Laura: Get out of my head!
- Neck Snap: Laura manages to get all of her claws into him, but Essex just shrugs it off and breaks her neck one-handed.
The Whirldemons are spectral monsters imprisoned long ago by Prince Wayfinder in order to protect the Macroverse and Microverse, by using the Enigma Force to imprison them behind a barrier between the two universes called the Spacewall. They are savage, cruel, and violent, and seek a means to escape from their prison and resume their reign of terror on earth. Laura encountered them while seeking out the son of one of her victims from her time as an assassin in order to confront her past, and battled their King with the assistance of the Future Foundation, Spider-Man, and the Uni-Power.
- Demonic Possession: The King of the Whirldemons possesses Valeria Richards as part of his attempts to tear down the Spacewall so the rest of the demons can escape. Laura later sacrifices herself, and allows him to possess her instead to save Val. It's also part of a gambit to trick him into returning to his prison dimension, where she can use the Enigma Force to repair the breach in the Spacewall and imprison him once again.
- Eldritch Abomination: An entire army of them, imprisoned beyond the Spacewall separating the Microverse from the Macroverse (the main Marvel universe).
- Large and in Charge: The Whirldemon King is by far the largest of the demons.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: And they want out.
- Smug Snake: The King has a very high opinion of himself, and dismisses Laura as a serious threat. It leads him to missing a very obvious clue she's more than she appears to be...
- Too Dumb to Live: The Whirldemon King recognizes the mark on the palm of Laura's hand left after her encounter with Hellverine and its association with Prince Wayfinder. Yet somehow he doesn't put two and two together just what he's really dealing with until after Laura blasts him with the Enigma Force.
Species: Human cyborg clone
A cybernetic assassin who has been murdering scientists in the genetic engineering field, Laura and Gabby have been called in to help the police investigate.
- Anti-Regeneration: The Assassin was engineered so her biological processes will shut down after severe injury, as part of her planned obsolescence.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Assassin has two heavy, bowie knife-style blades in each forearm.
- Cloning Blues: Although Laura accepted the Sisters without question, she's much more hostile towards the Assassin, using "it" rather than "her" or "she," and expressing doubts whether the Assassin has a will or mind of its own. What the Assassin thinks about being a clone (or cyborg) has yet to be explored.
- Cyborg: The X-Assassin is a cyborg and clone of X-23 implanted with a variety of weapons, including blades and a magnetic blaster.
- EMP: One of the Assassin's arms houses a magnetic blaster.
- Family Eye Resemblance: Her green eyes are appropriate, since the Assassin was created using Laura's genetic material.
- Healing Factor: Notable by its absence. Chandler deliberately shredded the already-damaged the X-gene when creating the Assassins to ensure their healing abilities would not function.
- HeelFace Turn: The X-Assassin that Laura and Gabby capture eventually helps them take out Chandler and the other X-Assassins thanks to Gabby's influence.
- Human Weapon: The Assassin was designed by Chandler to be the ultimate expression of the X-23 project, by creating a cybernetic killer with no shred of humanity.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Laura insists on calling the Assassin "it" rather than "she," which becomes a point of contention between her and Gabby, with Gabby identify with the Assassin as another Sister.
- Taking You with Me: She sacrifices herself to take out Chandler, destroying the controls of his helicopter and ensuring him a fiery death at the cost of her own life.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: The X-Assassin has been designed so that not only is their Healing Factor disabled, but a severe wound will shut down their biological processes.
Species: Human clone
A series of clones created by Mr. Sinister, the last two of whom are now under the control of Claudine Renko while the others were killed by Malcolm Colcord. She lures Laura to the ghost town where Claudine has her base of operations as part of her attempt to steal Laura's body.
- Body Backup Drive: When one Alice dies, another wakes up in her place with her memories. Sinister does this himself with her last clone.
- Cloning Blues: Played with. Alice is aware she's a clone. Waking up after a previous self died is confusing, but she's otherwise ok with it. Colcord and Claudine, however, see her as disposable.
- Disposable Sex Worker: When Laura first encounters Alice, she believes the girl is a prostitute, who tries to approach her at a diner and lure her outside. When Laura Sherlock Scans her, she loses her nerve and runs away. She drives off with her pimp, but when Laura follows she discovers the man has already murdered her. Laura kills him in retaliation and she and Gambit bury her body. Subverted, however, in that Alice #1 wasn't a prostitute at all, and the man wasn't her pimp but her handler.
- Grand Theft Me: Sinister steals the last of the Alice clones when Claudine is badly wounded by Laura in her escape, and Laura denies him her own body.
- HeelFace Turn: Alice #2 turns on Claudine and helps Laura escape. She's nearly killed by Claudine in the process, but Gambit and Laura manage to get her to a hospital in time.
- Mistaken for Prostitute: Laura misinterprets Alice #1 was an abused prostitute, and that the man who murdered her was her pimp. When she encounters Alice #2 she reveals the truth is even worse: Claudine gave several of Alice's clones to Malcolm Colcord for his experiments grafting a Healing Factor into another subject. The injuries Alice #1 displayed were actually the results of testing to see if it worked (it didn't), not abuse at the hands of her pimp as Laura assumed. Alice #1 was then deemed expendable and sent on a mission to lure Laura into a trap, and executed when she failed (though she would have been killed regardless).
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The fate of Alice's previous clones. When Colcord's attempts to grant a healing factor to another body failes, the clones were deemed "defective" and killed. The first clone Laura encounters is one of these, who was given a little more time to live by sending her on a mission to attempt to lure her into a trap, and would have been killed regardless of whether she succeeded. Strangely enough, the Alice clone which survived the story didn't seem the least bit troubled by any of this and takes it in stride.
The Enigma Force/The Uni-Power/Captain Universe
For more information on the Uni-Power, see the page here.
A cosmic entity who periodically takes a corporeal host, using the Uni-Power to create the powerful superhero known as Captain Universe in times of great danger. Laura has hosted the Uni-Power twice: The first during the Captain Universe limited series, when she aided in the entity's attempts to repair itself after it was severely depleted. The second occurred during the "Chaos Theory" arc of her self-titled ongoing, when the Whirldemons its power was designed to imprisoned threatened to break free into the main Marvel Universe. Her special connection to the Uni-Power was first hinted at during "The Killing Dream," when a mark associated with the entity appeared on the palm of her hand after defeating Hellverine.
- Cosmic Keystone: The Enigma Force is the power keeping the Whirldemons from escaping their prison. When that seal is threatened, it returns to earth seeking the help of Laura, Sue Richards, and Spider-Man to prevent this from happening.
- The Chosen One: It tells Laura that she is the future heir to its power, and that it and she share a special bond.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: The Uni-Power is speeding to earth as fast as it can, but Laura, Spidey, and Sue are left to deal with the Whirldemons on their own until it can get there. It doesn't go well, but they manage to hold out.
- Hand Blast: Ordinarily not part of Laura's power set, but when hosting the Engima Force she's able to unleash blasts of energy from her hands. It helps her defeat Hellverine during "The Killing Dream," when she nails him point-blank with a beam of light from her hand. It doesn't destroy him, but enables her to shatter his hold over her. She also uses it against the Whirldemon King.
- Power Glows: Hosts of the Enigma Force are altered in several ways. During her one-shot as part of the Captain Universe miniseries, Laura's adamantium claws glow, and her crop top and hair turn completely black and shows sparkles like stars in space. During "Chaos Theory" her entire body glows.
- Power Up Full Color Change: Combined with Supernatural Gold Eyes as noted below, Laura's appearance changes when hosting the Uni-Power. In her Captain Universe one-shot her top and hair turn black with sparkles like starlight in them, her pants turn white, and her eyes and claws glow blue-white. Her appearance changes even more radically in her self-titled series. Just look at the image!
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: A side-effect of possession by the Uni-Power during the Liu series (see the image).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Although the Enigma Force suggested that Laura has been designated the heir to its full power, and that she and it share a unique connection, it has yet to reappear again (in connection to her, at least).
Species: Human mutant
A small-time gangster and mutant capable of turning himself invisible, who ran afoul of The Kingpin and tried to muscle in on his territory. Furious, particularly when his own men failed to deal with him themselves, Kingpin instead hired the Facility to take care of the matter. X-23 subsequently assassinated him with the aid of a trigger scent-laced letter.
- Bullying a Dragon: Actually believed that he could muscle in on Kingpin's business. Suffice to say, it ends badly for him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Fade had a wife and child. After Laura took care of him, the Facility sent her after them to finish the job.
- Invisibility: Fade's mutant power allows him to turn invisible, making him undetectable not only to the naked eye, but to technology, as well. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't extend to his scent. Or the scent of anything on him...
- Mob War: Was attempting to muscle in on Fisk's business, until it put him on the wrong side of X-23.
- Mutant: A mutant with the ability to become invisible both to sight, and all known form of technological tracking.
- The Mole: He had one in Kingpin's organization, who Fisk deliberately fed false information to in order to take him out.
- Professional Killer: Fade was a top mob assassin who decided to branch out into extorting a share of Kingpin's empire out of him. It ended up getting him a visit from X-23.
- Shrouded in Myth: For a long time, Fade was believed to be just a myth, with no one even believing he was real.
- Smug Snake: He genuinely believed he could play on Kingpin's level, as his mutation made him virtually impossible for most of his rivals to take down. Unfortunately, he lacked Fisk's sheer resources, and it cost him in the end.
Jessán Hoan/Tyger Tiger
An old friend of Logan's and Gambit's, Jessán effectively runs Madripoor through her control of its criminal element. When Laura and Gambit arrive on the island investigating Colcord's connection to Claudine Renko's activities, she helps provide them with information and create the setup that allows her to infiltrate his operations.
- Anti-Hero: Tyger is certainly a criminal mastermind, controlling the various gangs and all criminal activity on the island, however she's nonetheless a good person who refuses to deal in drugs and slavery, and is firmly an ally of Wolverine.
- The Don: Is effectively this in Madripoor. She ultimately controls all crime on the island, and through that control virtually runs the country.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Her use of her control of Madripoor's criminal element turns her into this. Her activities help the country's poor and strengthen the economy, whereas the other crime lords would tear the island apart as they jockey for control. This is one reason why Daken keeps her in charge when he takes over behind the scenes.
- Man Behind the Man: When Daken stages his takeover of Madripoor during "Collision" he leaves Tyger in place as the public face, while he pulls the strings behind the scenes.
- The Starscream: She does not like being forced to work for Daken. Although he has her in a position where she can't resist his control directly, it doesn't stop her from trying to undermine him.
For general tropes about Kiden Nixon and her group, see the character page for NYX
A group of homeless mutant teenagers who have created a new family among themselves, Laura was once a member of the group when they rescued her from her abusive pimp, Zebra Daddy. They are led by Time Master Kiden Nixon, and consist of Body Surfer Bobby Soul AKA Felon, his powerfully telepathic but severely autistic baby brother L'il Bro, and Animal Themed ShapeShifting Tatiana.
- Crossover: They have a near-miss variety in the solo series, when Laura and Gambit visit Cecilia Reyes during Chaos Theory, not long after they had stayed there during NYX: No Way Home.
- Family of Choice: Although circumstances outside their control led them together, they've stayed together for this reason. The fact that Laura left them to join the X-Men (though the others don't know this was the reason she disappeared) puts her at odds with Felon and Tatiana.
- Jerkass: Felon isn't too happy to see Laura again when she reunites with the group during the one-shot, and is pretty cold to her. While not as extreme, Tatiana takes his side, mostly because she left them without warning, and they spent a great deal of time looking for her and wondering what happened to her.
- Mama Bear: Kiden to Laura. She actually threatens Wolverine when she thinks he's a pimp come to take her away. Logan takes an instant liking to her.
- Mistaken for Prostitute: When Logan comes looking for Laura, Kiden jumps to the conclusion that Laura is hooking again and Logan is actually her pimp.
- Old Friend: Although only a year has passed since she left them, the gang is this for Laura. Kiden was afraid that Laura had forgotten them. She didn't.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Cameron Palmer's absence is barely remarked upon during the one-shot.
Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin
For general tropes about Wilson Fisk, see his page
The Kingpin of Crime, Fisk hired the Facility to deal with a problematic gangster attempting to muscle in on his territory. He became impressed enough with X-23's effectiveness that she became one of his favorite assassins.
- Dead Guy on Display: Demands that Rice have Fade's invisible head turned over so he can hang in on his wall.
- Dead Man's Chest: Fisk turns over four suitcases to Fade as part of their deal. Three contain $55 million as a down payment for his "niece's" return. When Fade asks about the fourth, Fisk coolly replies it contains part of The Mole. Fade is visibly Squicked out when he opens it.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. With Fade muscling in on his territory and his own men unable to deal with him, Fisk feeds information to the gangster about his beloved niece, "Samantha." This encourages Fade to up the ante in their Mob War by kidnapping her, making it personal. Unfortunately for Fade, "Samantha" is actually X-23, and was planted to get her close enough to take him out.
- Feed the Mole: Deliberately feeds the mole Fade placed in his organization with false information indicating that X-23 is actually his niece, "Samantha." It's all part of an elaborate setup to get X-23 close enough to him that she'll be affected by a trigger scent-laced letter from her "mother."
- Mob War: Involved in one with Fade, who is attempting to muscle in on his business and extort gratuity out of him.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: When a rival gangster tries to muscle in on his turf, Kingpin hires the Facility and X-23 to take him out.
- Would Hurt a Child: After X-23 murdered Fade, Kingpin had her sent to take out his wife and child, as well.