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Marvel Comics: Mockingbird

The character who later becomes Mockingbird first appears in a short sequence in Astonishing Tales #6 (June 1971) in which a frantic young brunette arrives at the English country estate of Lord Kevin Plunder (who is also known as “Ka-Zar”). The character next appeared in Grunewald’s 1983 four-issue Hawkeye miniseries. Mockingbird investigates corruption at Cross Technological Enterprises, where Clint Barton/Hawkeye works as security chief. Though the two initially come into conflict with each other, they end up co-operating to fight the villain Crossfire and by the series end they are shown to be seriously romantically involved, having eloped together to the Pocono Mountains and apparently married.

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Motoko Kusanagi is the main character in the Ghost in the Shell series, and one of the most popular manga characters of all time. She is a augmented-cybernetic human (cyborg) and squad leader of Japan’s Public Security Section 9 (SAC), a fictional law-enforcement division of the real Japanese National Public Safety Commission.  She is strong-willed, physically powerful, and highly intelligent, she is well known for her skills in deduction and hacking. Shirow designed Motoko Kusanagi’s body to be a mass production model so she would not be conspicuous. Her electrical and mechanical system are unique and features subsystems unable to be obtained in the civilian market.

Dungeons and Dragons: Venger

Venger is an evil wizard who wants to impose his tyrannical rule on the whole of the Realm.  He is distinguished by his pale skin, fangs and barbed bat-like wings, but more iconically by a singular horn on the left side of his head. He was originally a noble human but millennia ago made a pact with the Nameless One and chose to be mentored by the evil entity. This tutorship in sorcery would cost him both his humanity and human form, with the essence of his former self being locked inside a cenotaph located at the edge of the Realm. If the key to that vault is ever used to unlock it then Venger would be redeemed of evil and transformed back into his human and humane self. At the end of the Treasure Of Tardos episode Dungeon Master hints at this history by mentioning that there was good in Venger once but a long time ago, adding that everyone makes mistakes and that Venger was his.  Venger commands armies of monsters such as orcs, bullywugs and lizard men but relies especially on a shadow demon for spying.  (from the Complete Encyclopedia for Dungeon and Dragons)

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Marvel Comics X-23

X-23 (Laura Kinney) is a fictional comic book superheroine appearing in books published by Marvel Comics, in particular those featuring the X-Men. X-23 is a female clone of Wolverine.

Cloned from a damaged copy of Wolverine’s genome, X-23 was created to be the perfect killing machine. For years, she proved herself a notable assassin, though a series of tragedies eventually led her to Wolverine and the X-Men, with whom she now seeks to turn her life around.
A top-secret program is tasked to replicate the original Weapon X experiment that bonded adamantium to the skeleton of Wolverine. The project is taken in a new direction: Doctor Martin Sutter recruits renowned mutant geneticist Doctor Sarah Kinney to develop a clone of Wolverine.