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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of X-23 from the X-Men film series. The mainstream version can be found here: X-23.

You are dying. You want to die. Charles told me.
What else did he tell you?
To not let you.
~ X-23 to Wolverine.

X-23 (real name Laura) is the daughter of Logan/Wolverine with similar powers and the deuteragonist of the 2017 film Logan.

She is portrayed by Dafne Keen, who also played Lyra Silvertongue.

Biography

Logan

X-23 (officially designated as X23-23) is a mutant, artificially created by the Transigen Project to use as a soldier. Her biological father was Logan, having been created with genetic DNA samples acquired by the Alkali Lake team, and thus she shared his healing factor and retractable claws; Transigen also coated her bones with adamantium. When the X-23 project was deemed a failure after the success of the X-24 project, X-23 was spirited away from Transigen by her nurse, Gabriella Lopez, who had named her Laura. Gabriella wanted to get her to North Dakota to the mutant haven known as Eden, and tried to get Logan to help them.

After Gabriella was killed by the Reavers, X-23 ended up in the company of Logan and Charles Xavier on the run. As they headed north, they were constantly dogged by the Reavers and also X-24, which resulted in Xavier's death. Alone with Logan, the pair headed for North Dakota – X-23 because she believed that Eden existed, and Logan to prove that it did not. Arriving, they found a small group of children led by Rictor.

Along with the other children, X-23 headed north to cross the border into Canada. They were followed by the Reavers and Dr. Zander Rice. X-23 fought alongside Logan to protect the others, managing to kill Dr. Zander and the other Reavers. When X-24 mortally wounded Logan, X-23 killed him by shooting him with an adamantium bullet through the head. She comforted Logan as he died, then buried him. As a final testament to him, she removed the cross marking his grave and turned it on its side, creating an "X".

Personality

Laura has no knowledge of the outside world, or how it works. This is because she was isolated by Transigen for her whole life. As a result of this, Laura doesn't know much about how the world works and how to act around people she doesn't know.

Laura has many of the behavioural traits that her father had. She's easily angered, and resorts to violence whenever she doesn't get her way - as seen when she flips the store clerk on to the ground and nearly stabs him just because he took away her snacks; as well as the time she punched Logan in the face when he told her that he couldn't get her to North Dakota and told her that Eden didn't exist. Though it isn't her fault, since she was engineered and taught to fight and to be a soldier.

Even though she does have some anger issues, Laura exhibits kindness and selflessness. Some examples of this, is when she shielded Charles from being shot while escaping the Reavers for the first time. She also silently tried to comfort Logan after Charles's death, by putting a comforting hand on his wrist.

Laura is very mature for her age, as she was forced to grow up too quickly by Transigen, in order to be a soldier in their army of mutants. She seems to understand that Logan wanted to die, and that he is being slowly poisoned by the adamantium on his bones. In the end, even though Laura and Logan hadn't always gotten along, Laura was visibly upset at Logan's death. She had come to see him as her father, as someone who knows what it's like to be experimented on and used. She even, as Logan laid dying, called him "daddy", and refused to leave his side as he took his last breath.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Superhuman Strength: Despite her age and size, X-23 was able to easily take down and overpower several full grown adults, who were also trained soldiers.
  • Superhuman Durability: Due to her healing factor, X-23 was still able to move during Xavier's seizure and could survive multiple gunshots without any hinder.
  • Superhuman Endurance: X-23 was able to take a harpoon through her chest with little trouble.
  • Superhuman Speed: X-23 is much faster than normal humans.
  • Superhuman Agility: X-23 is able to perform flips and acrobatic moves on an Olympic level scale, allowing her to quickly and effectively take down her opponents.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: X-23's reflexes are much faster than normal humans.
  • Superhuman Stamina: X-23's muscles produce practically no fatigue toxins during physical activity compared to those of humans. Her virtually inexhaustible stamina enables her to exert herself at peak capacity for an undefined period of time without tiring at all.
  • Superhuman Senses: X-23's senses are far more greatly developed than normal normal humans.
  • Accelerated Healing Factor: X-23's metabolism allows her to heal much faster as she was able to quickly recover from being shot with a harpoon through the chest and could continue to function without any hinderances.
  • Superhuman Immunity: Due to X-23's accelerated healing factor, she is immune to all types of diseases, illnesses, sickness, drugs, poisons, toxins, etc.
  • Immortality: Due to X-23's accelerated healing factor, she is immortal, unable to rot, get sick and unable of being permanently wounded, making her self-sustained.
  • Retractable Claws: Unlike Wolverine, X-23 only possesses two retractable razor-sharp adamantium claws in each of her hands and one in each foot, that are capable of cutting through almost any substance known to humans.

Abilities

  • Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: X-23's combat skills combined with her superhuman physical attributes makes her a formidable opponent alone in single combat as she was able to subduing multiple members of the Reavers with little to no effort.
  • Skilled Driver: Despite Laura's young age, she is capable of driving a car as she was able to drive herself and Logan the rest of the way to Eden, after the latter had passed out from exhaustion.
  • Bilingual: Laura is capable of fluently speaking English and Spanish.

Weaknesses

  • Limited Durability: Although X-23 has adamantium infused into her claws, it does not extend to her skeleton, making her more vulnerable for broken bones and severed limbs, although neither of these have been seen. However, X-23's accelerated healing factor, superhuman durability, endurance and stamina makes up for the lack of an adamantium skeleton.

Non-Canon Appearances

X-Men: The Official Game

X-23 was at Alkali Lake to find out about her past. She was looking for Colonel William Stryker when the X-Men came. She thought they were bad people and she attacked them. There she fought Wolverine, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Iceman. She was defeated and said she was going to try and find answers.

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