wolverine with bone claws

Who is X-23?

Laura Kinney, also known as X-23 (or Talon, a long time ago) is a member of the X-Men. She’s a genetic clone of Wolverine, and her codename stems from what the Facility who created her called her. She was their 23rd attempt at cloning Wolverine. She naturally has similar powers to Logan, including a healing factor, superhuman strength and senses, and bone claws. Like Wolverine, her claws have been coated in adamantium. But unlike him, she does not have adamantium throughout her whole body, only her claws. And she only has 2 on each hand, but she has 1 claw in each foot.

The evil people at the Facility raised her as an assassin. She’s killed all over the world (examples: 1, 2). There’s a trigger scent that the Facility who created her used to force her into a berserk killing frenzy, and made her kill her surrogate mother with it (pictured here, they’re really sad pages though 1, 2).

Laura may have been forced to be a killer when she was a child, but she’s actually not a bad person. She’s very selfless and wants to help others (though that selflessness is in part due to not even caring much for her own well-being). Like above, where she’s willing to sacrifice herself so that Sue Storm can have her daughter Valeria back. Laura is still very willing to kill the bad guys though (1, 2). She’s been through a lot over the years, and has gone through some great character development. 

Some of X-23′s relationships include a kinda father/daughter relationship with Wolverine,  friendship with Gambit, Dust (Sooraya Qadir), and Jubilee

Laura is a special character, because her first appearance wasn’t in the comics. She debuted in the early 2000′s cartoon X-Men: Evolution (pictured above). Also, her and her mom’s skin tones were considerably darker in that show compared to her very white appearance when put into the comics, she used to be a bit brown. X-23 was also a great playable character in the videogame Marvel vs Capcom 3, voiced by the famous Tara Strong (look at her filmography, I guarantee you’ve heard or seen her in something before). 

Fun Fact: When she attended school with her cousin for a little while, she was taught by the two guys (Jamie and Adam) from that Mythbusters TV show, no lie. (1, 2)

X-23 has grown a lot since she was first introduced, and is a really great character. One of my favorite mutants. You can check out my Laura Kinney tag if you’re interested in seeing more of her. 

List of Wolverine's powers/mutations

Accelerated healing and regeneration
Bone claws
Heightened senses (scent, sight, hearing, taste, touch, intuition)
Can communicate with animals empathetically/telepathically/with speech
SuperHUMAN strength (not SUPER strength), speed, stamina
Other:
Fangs
Really fast metabolism
Weird hair

I’m forgetting something… Hm. But yeah these are all true yup