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X-23 (Marvel)
Real Name: Laura Kinney
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X-23 is a female clone of Wolverine. She possesses all of his traits, minus one claw on each hand, and has an additional claw on each foot. She also does not have an adamantium skeleton.

A secret government program wanted to recreate the Weapon X experiment (which gave Wolverine his adamantium) in order to make super soldiers. There were problems in locating a suitable test subject that could withstand and survive the bonding with the unbreakable metal known as adamantium. Abandoning the search, the program director hired the renowned mutant geneticist, Dr. Sarah Kinney, and decided to create a clone from old, damaged genetic samples of the original Weapon X.

The attempts failed to create a clone 22 times because the Y chromosome could not be salvaged. Geneticist Dr. Sarah Kinney suggested they try to create a female clone but her proposal was denied. When she created a successful embryo, Sutter reconsidered but his apprentice, Dr. Rice told Kinney she must be the surrogate mother or her project could not move forward (he honestly thought she wouldn't go through with it). After nine months she gave birth to X-23.

Dr. Rice hates X-23 as her "father", Wolverine, murdered his own father and so he tortures her throughout her training. At seven years of age she is subjected to radiation poisoning activating her mutations. With no care he extracts her claws, coats them with adamantium and re-inserts them in her body never once giving her anesthesia. He also produces a "trigger-scent" that causes her to go into a murderous rage upon inhaling it as she was trained to do so, with torture, for many years.

When she was around thirteen, she was sent on her first mission to assassinate a Presidential candidate. The numerous missions that followed left her emotionally stunted. She was, for the most part, a killing machine, barely clinging on to her humanity.

Rice finally decided to get his revenge by setting up X-23. She was given a dangerous mission and was left behind to face overwhelming odds. Yet to his disappointment X-23 survived and made her way back to The Facility. Rice decided to have X-23 kill his superior, Dr. Martin Sutter, along with Sutter's family and then ordered her to keep it secret. He also revealed to Kinney that they had clones X-24 to X-50 waiting to be "born" just before she left.

Dr. Kinney then decided to leave The Facility with X-23, after drafting a letter to her daughter. But before they left, she ordered X-23 to destroy the clones and to kill Rice. Rice got in the final word as he exposed X-23 to the berserker chemical and she ended up killing her "mother", Dr. Kinney. With her final words, she gave X-23 the name, Laura, the drafted letter and pictures of Charles Xavier (Professor X), Wolverine (her father) and the Xavier Institute.

Created by Craig Kyle.

First Appearance: NYX (2003) #3

Other Identities:
Wolverine (Marvel)(06 - Laura Kinney)
X-23 (Marvel)(League of Losers)

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Issue Appearances:
Age of X-Man: NextGen (2019)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
All-New Wolverine (2016)
All-New Wolverine Saga (2010)
All-New X-Men (2013)
All-New X-Men (2016)
Astonishing X-Men (2004)
Astonishing X-Men (2017)
Avengers Academy (2010)
Avengers Arena (2013)
Avengers Undercover (2014)
Black Widow (2014)
Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way! (2010)
Cable (2008)
Cable (2017)
Captain Universe/X-23 (2006)
Cyclops (2014)
Daken: Dark Wolverine (2010)
Dark Avengers (2009)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (2009)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia (2009)
Dark X-Men: The Confession (2009)
Deadpool (2008)
Deadpool (2013)
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012)
Deadpool V Gambit (2016)
Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy (2014)
Die neuen X-Men (2016)
Extermination (2018)
Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk (2010)
Fear Itself: The Home Front (2011)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha (2015)
Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: The Black Vortex Omega (2015)
Guardians Team-Up (2015)
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Hulk (2008)
Legendary Star-Lord (2014)
Marvel Comics (2019)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Team-Up (2004)
Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works (2012)
Mr. and Mrs. X (2018)
Nation X: X-Factor (2010)
New Mutants (2009)
New X-Men (2004)
Nova (2013)
NYX (2003)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: X-Men 2005 (2005)
Origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men (2010)
Secret Invasion: X-Men (2008)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Merry X-Men Holiday Special (2019)
The Mighty World Of Marvel (2014)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl [II] (2015)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Uncanny X-Men (2013)
Uncanny X-Men (2019)
Venom (2011)
Venom (2017)
Weapon X (2017)
What If? 200 (2011)
Wolverine (2010)
Wolverine and Power Pack (2009)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2014)
Wolverine By Jason Aaron: The Complete Collection (2013)
Wolverine: Road to Hell (2010)
Wolverines (2015)
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
World War Hulk: X-Men (2007)
X Necrosha (2009)
X-23 (2005)
X-23 (2010)
X-23 (2018)
X-23 (II) (2010)
X-23: Target X (2007)
X-Factor (2006)
X-Force (2008)
X-Force: Sex and Violence (2010)
X-Force/Cable: Messiah War (2009)
X-Men (1991)
X-Men (2010)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
X-Men: Black - Emma Frost (2018)
X-Men: Black - Mojo (2018)
X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Saga (2010)
X-Men: Divided We Stand (2008)
X-Men: Endangered Species (2007)
X-Men: Future History - The Messiah War Sourcebook (2009)
X-Men: Gold (2017)
X-Men: Hellbound (2010)
X-Men: Manifest Destiny (2008)
X-Men: Messiah Complex (2007)
X-Men: No More Humans (2014)
X-Men: Phoenix - Warsong (2006)
X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back (2010)
X-Men: Regenesis (2011)
X-Men: Return of Magik (2008)
X-Men: Second Coming (2010)
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
X-Men: To Serve And Protect (2011)
X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever [I] (2016)
X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever [II] (2016)
Young Avengers (2013)

Video Game Appearances:
X-Men: The Official Game (2006)

Group Affiliation(s):
Avengers Academy (Marvel)
Hounds (Marvel)(01 - X-Men)
X-Force (Marvel)(04 - Wolverine's Team)
X-Men (Marvel)(01 - Mutants)

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