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Biographical Information
Real Name: X-23
Alias: Laura Howlett
Age: 14+
Species: Clone
Originally From: N/A
Relatives: Wolverine (Template/Father)
Affiliations: HYDRA (Creators)
IndependentX-Men (Future)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Future)
Physical Description
Gender: Female
Hair color: Dark Brown
Eye color: Green
Height: 5'4
Character Information
Powers: Heightened Senses
Accelerated Healing
Adamantium Skeleton / Claws
First Appearance: X23
Voiced by: Andrea Libman
Brittney Irvin

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"This is all your fault! Everything I am is because of you!"
X-23 to Logan

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X-23 is a partial clone of Wolverine created by HYDRA. Under her creators, X-23 was subjected to a brutal and miserable existence from birth, as HYDRA was grooming her to be an excellent killing machine to surpass Wolverine. Years of relative isolation and abuse at the hands of HYDRA conditioned X-23 to repress her emotions, leading her to become cold, calculating, apathetic, and nihilistic. Her training had achieved the desired effects. When she operates, X-23 is shown to be efficient, cunning, and lethal. She came to blame Wolverine for her terrible past, believing that he was conscientiously involved in her existence.

Despite the conditioning, X-23's emotions were not completely tailored to HYDRA's specifications. Deborah Risman, the HYDRA scientist that created her, had stated that she had to implement some genetic variation when creating her, rather than cloning Wolverine entirely, leading to "instability". That, coupled with the efforts to stamp out emotion, led X-23 to develop extreme anger, demonstrated upon her attack on Wolverine. When the latter began to reason with her within the same encounter, X-23's brutal exterior had been chipped away, revealing a deeply hurt and vulnerable side, clearly unused to empathy and compassion as Wolverine had shown her.

Physical appearance

X-23 is a Caucasian-mix teenage girl with a tan skin complexion and an athletic and well-fit built. She has long dark brown hair that she wears loose and comes down around her mid-back with green eyes. X-23 usually wears a leather military jacket with tan accents on the upper arms of the jacket with form-fitting leather pants. She wears a tan tank top shirt underneath her jacket with black gloves and black combat boots. She originally wore a black mask with red goggles and a tan accent between them that was part of her suit, but she ceased wearing it when she arrived at the Xavier Institute. She is most likely part Polynesian, or black, as Logan is white-skinned, but Laura Kinney (who's DNA was used to fill the gaps in the strands of Wolverine's salvaged DNA) is shown to have dark tan skin.


  • Cellular Regeneration: X-23's primary mutant power is a high rate of cellular regeneration, that enables her to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissues with far greater speed and efficiency than an ordinary human. Her healing factor allows her to heal and recover from any injury in a matter of seconds or minutes (and apparently a faster rate then Wolverine), depending on the degree of the injury or injuries.
    • Ailments Immunity: X-23's healing powers also makes her immune to all forms of illness and disease, as well as poisons and drugs. Unless given in massive doses.
    • Immortality: Due to X-23's cellular regeneration; she is immortal.
  • Enhanced Condition: X-23 possesses multiple physical enhancements due to her natural, mutant regenerative healing factor. Her healing factor greatly enhances her physical attributes granting her enhanced strength, reflexes, endurance and senses allowing her to survive in harsh terrain with no survival gear.
  • Superhuman Senses: X-23 is capable of tracking or sensing someone entirely by sent.
  • Adamantium Skeleton: X-23's healing factor allowed her to survive the Weapon X program bonding her skeleton with the indestructible metal Adamantium, making her skeletal structure unbreakable.
    • Adamantium Claws: X-23's Adamantium skeleton includes two Adamantium claws on each hand and on in each foot.

X-23 with her mask.

Early life

X-23 as a child.

X-23 was the twenty-third attempt to clone the original Weapon X in female form. She was created by Dr. Sarah Kinney and molded into the ultimate killing machine by a mysterious organization known only as "The Facility".

Looking to duplicate the success of Weapon X, a group called 'H.Y.D.R.A.' conducts experiments to create an ultimate weapon, a perfect soldier. They failed 22 times, but the 23rd attempt was a success. The solution was Logan's healing factor. To duplicate his mutant ability they used Logan's DNA, creating a clone. During the process, they had to make some changes, creating a 'hormonal instability'. Their training of 'X-23' resulted in emotional instability, and hatred. They had created the ultimate warrior, but they couldn't control her.

Season 3

X-23's first mission was an extraction mission; she was to break into a S.H.I.E.L.D. base and steal information from databases for mutants and S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives, possibly for assassination. However, when she reads Logan's profile and goes A.W.O.L. and escapes the base. Blaming Wolverine for her traumatic childhood, X-23 goes renegade and arrives at the Xavier Institute to find her revenge.

X-23 hides in the Xavier Institute's forest, watches as the New Recruits play outside and Beast's lesson, she spies on the various X-Men, watching Kurt tease Kitty, Scott and Jean washing up, and breaks into Jean's room. She investigates Jean's stuff until she's found by one of the New Recruits, taking them out with a "disk", a small device that causes paralyzes, she then slowly picks off all the X-Men using her stealth training, including Xavier when he finds her crying. Scott, Ray and Rogue are the last X-Men unharmed when Logan shows up, but each are promptly taken out.

X-23 then attacks Logan, blaming him for her Life, at first Logan refuses to fight her, allowing her to easily force him outside, however, he reveals his more advanced training and combat skills, being able to trap her from attacking or escaping, before revealing that, he not only had no idea that she even existed; until this morning, but if Logan had, he would have killed the men responsible. She breaks down, no longer able to deal with her life and her emotions; until Logan insists she stops trying to repress them and let them out, before allowing her to escape so S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't catch her. Logan's plan was for her to then return and he'll protect her from S.H.I.E.L.D., but she runs from the mansion's grounds, knowing that HYDRA will come for her and take the X-Men for experiments. X-23 ends up finding instead her only family in Wolverine.

Season 4

X-23 spends her time in the wilderness, tracking down H.Y.D.R.A.'s Headquarters so she can exact her vengeance. However, HYDRA kidnap Wolverine and leaves him in the woods, planning to draw X-23 out to save the injured Logan from Omega Red.- A Russian Mutant terrorist who has a history with Logan, Sabretooth, and two other mutants named 'Wade' and 'Maverick'. Omega Red wants to kill Logan for leaving him broken in the past but is interrupted by X-23, who, in full health, easily outmatches a stunned Omega Red before taking Logan to safety.

Logan tries to convince her to return to the X-Men, but she refuses until she can stop everyone chasing her, showing the wish to die or have her memories wiped like Logan. She tells Logan to go home, as he is both too tired to help her and his Healing factor has been regressed from falling from an airplane without a parachute. He refuses to leave her until He too can stop HYDRA and get Nick Fury to leave her alone. However, they're caught in an ambush in which they're disabled By Gauntlet a Mutant Mercenary who HYDRA hired to capture X-23. Logan is told by Madame HYDRA. that X-23 has been hunting them, trying to get revenge on them for her tournament. Her capture means that now they can brainwash her and wipe her memories so that she may become their perfect assassin. However, unknown to them is that X-23 still had some of her paralysis Disks, using a deactivated one to play possum and escape containment, stealing some explosives and disarming several guards and security systems. She manages to get on board Madame HYDRA's Air ship, forcing Logan to fall off of it so she may die killing HYDRA's head. She blows the airship up, with her, Madame HYDRA, and Gauntlet on board, apparently killing her.

S.H.I.E.L.D. rescues Logan and arrest H.Y.D.R.A.'s staff, including Omega Red, When Nick Fury asks about 'the girl', Logan tells him she didn't make it, implying that they've found Gauntlet and Madame H.Y.D.R.A. However, when Logan begins to turn his back, he picks up X-23's scent, realizing that she is indeed alive. X-23 watches from afar as S.H.I.E.L.D., now believing her dead, have arrested everyone from H.Y.D.R.A. and she may live peacefully, before running off, now for the first time in her life she is free and happy.

The Future

Future X-23.

When Charles Xavier was under Apocalypse's control, he was able to see into the mind of Apocalypse. In The Future, Xavier saw an adult version of X-23 that would one day join the X-Men and be a part of the main team.



  • X-23 was created by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost for X-Men: Evolution series, and was introduced as a more youthful version of Wolverine. Much like Harley Quinn, X-23 is a canon immigrant, initially introduced in tie-in, non-comics media, and assimilated into the main universe after proving popular.
  • Received a self-titled comic series in 2005, where she kills people around the world, the times shown are Craig Kyle's friends' birthdays.
  • She makes her first on-screen appearance in the movie Logan.

Other faces of X-23