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Full Name: Laura Kinney
First Appearance: NYX #3
Created by: Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Home Universe: Earth-616
Alignment: Good
Status: Alive
Place of Birth: The Facility, location unrevealed
Citizenship: American
Base: New Charles Xavier School for Mutants, near Roanoke, Alberta, Canada; formerly Avengers Compound; Utopia, San Francisco Bay, California; Graymalkin Industries, Marin Highlands, San Francisco, California; Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York; Mutant Town, Manhattan, New York City, New York; The Facility, Madripor
Affiliations: X-Men (New Charles Xavier School for Mutants), X-Men (Past); formerly Avengers Academy, X-Men, X-Force, New X-Men, X-Men Training Squads, Xavier Institute student body, Facility
Powers/Abilities: Master Martial Artist, Master Acrobat, Multilingual, Expert Tracker, Gifted Intellect, Expert Covert Ops Training
Height: 5' 1" (1.55 m)
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg) (100 lbs without adamantium claws)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Green
Unique Features: Eyes turn red when under the influence of "trigger scent"

"Can't you shut up? I can't hear myself fight."
— X-23 (to Spider-Man)

Laura Kinney (of Earth-616), better known as X-23, is the female clone of Wolverine created by the Facility and is a member of the X-Men and former member of Wolverine's X-Force.


X-23 was created to serve as living weapon though she rejects the fate she was given and chooses to use her powers to be hero rather then just a mere weapon. In her efforts to fight nature, X-23 has served on numerous superhero teams over the years such as X-Force, Avengers Academy and 5 different incarnations of the X-Men.

Meeting Spider-Man

"You mean, "team-up?""
— X-23

During one of her training sessions with her orange and brown Fang costume on, a huge energy spike makes X-23 want to investigate. She encounters Spider-Man at the source of the signal and mistakes him for an enemy. After they both fight, the two then team up to save the a young mutant named Paul Patterson from an alternate reality version of Iron Man known as "Iron Maniac". Captain America and Black Widow arrived to help, with Spider-Man and X-23 destroying Iron Maniac's equipment using their own version of the Fastball Special with Spider-Man throwing X-23.

Captain Universe

X-23 was overshadowed by Captain Universe in hopes of making use of X-23's healing power. At first, she resisted its attempts to bond with her, but after pleading she agreed to aid it and became Captain Universe for a brief period of time.

She quickly learned that A.I.M. is seeking the Uni-Power in hopes of using it for personal gain. She agrees to help the Uni-Power, and travels with a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent called the Scorpion to a secret A.I.M. hideout. The Scorpion is then ordered to take her into custody, but covers for her and allows X-23 to escape. Afterwards, the Uni-Power leaves X-23.

Avengers Academy

After the Fear Itself event, X-23 joined the Avengers Academy.

Circle of Four

After X-23 found out that someone stole a sample of her blood, she found out they Blackheart used her sample to create "Symbiote Warriors" that were symbiote like monsters that had X-23 claws that were in Blackheart's plot to bring Hell to Earth.

After killing them, Blackheart created mirror opposites of X-23, Red Hulk, Venom and Ghost Rider and they were all killed. In Hell, Mephisto offers the heroes a new chance to live in exchange for defeating Blackheart. Flash agrees to give Red Hulk the Venom Symbiote and Johnny Blaze gives the Spirit of Vengeance to Red Hulk allowing Ross to have the strength to defeat Blackheart.

Joining the All-New X-Men

After suffering from amnesia, Laura leaves the Avengers Academy. After the team find her in Florida being chased by anti-mutant religious zealots, Laura joins the All-New X-Men and gets a new orange and white costume and starts to regain her memories.


  • X-23's "Versus" artwork from Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • X-23 in Marvel Avengers Alliance
  • X-23 in Marvel Heroes

Video Games

  • In 2011's Marvel vs. Capcom 3, X-23 is a playable character voiced by Tara Strong.
  • In 2012's Marvel Avenger Alliance, X-23 is a playable character.
  • In 2013's Marvel Heroes, X-23 is a playable character, voiced again by Tara Strong.


  • Like DC's Harley Quinn, X-23 was created for an animated show, the X-Men: Evolution animated television series before being brought into comics. X-23 first appears in episode #41 (season 3, episode 11) of the program titled "X-23."
    • X-23's comic debut was in 2004 in the series NYX, where her history and past were never explained but her abilities were showcased. In "X-23", her first miniseries, her origins were explained. She became part of the X-Men supporting cast in Uncanny X-Men #450.
  • As a clone, X-23 has often wonders if she has a soul.

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