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23 Times X-23 Was an Even More Savage Wolverine Than Logan

Updated November 12, 2019 3.2k votes 432 voters 47.5k views23 items

List RulesVote up the times X-23 proved she was more than worthy of Wolverine's mantle in Marvel comics.

Who is X-23? If you've been reading the comics, you know she's the titular character in All-New Wolverine. What happened to the old Wolverine? Well, he's dead. Yes, it's sad, but the new one is pretty damn capable. She's Logan's clone, minus the unavailable Y chromosome, manufactured in the labs of the nefarious Facility to continue the Weapon X program.

Unfortunately for the Facility, X-23, a.k.a. Laura Kinney, broke free of her shackles, went on a rampage, and took over the mantle of the Wolverine. But is she truly worthy of the title? Well, that's for you to decide. 

So read on to discover bad*ss X-23 moments from Marvel Comics. Find out just who Laura Kinney is and how she stacks up against her predecessor. And then vote up the moments you think might make her the Wolverine we all deserve.

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    When She Blew Up a Weapon X Facility Without Bothering to Leave First

    She's actually done this more than once if you can believe it, but it was most awesome when it was with Daken and they both got blown to hell. Of course, they crawled away as hairless, burnt husks and quickly regenerated. In "coolness" terms, this definitely trumps slowly walking away from an explosion without turning back to look.

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    When She Endured Torture as a Child

    Zander Rice was the head of the Weapon X project that spawned X-23. He blamed her personally (as Wolverine's clone) for the death of his father, who was killed by Logan when he escaped the original Weapon X facility. As such, he was even crueler. toward Laura than everyone else, and it's not like his interpersonal communication skills were top notch to begin with. At the peak of his sadism, while she was still a child, he subjected Laura to intensely painful radiation to draw out her mutant powers.

    He then pulled her claws out of her body, sans anesthesia, to coat them with adamantium before re-inserting them. Laura endured all of this and a whole lot more as a little girl. Logan was already a man when he was put through this sort of ordeal.

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    When She Played Possum For a Chainsaw-Wielding Lunatic

    After being betrayed by Daken, Laura was captured by Weapon X nutballs, who decide to take a chainsaw to her for scientific purposes. Daken, thankfully, thought better of his plan and freed her from her shackles. X-23 then took out the good doctors, but not before waiting for the right moment - after getting a deep tissue massage from the chainsaw.

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    When She Was Furious at Angel for Pulling Her from a Fight Just Because She Was on Fire

    While facing off against a mutant gang named the Ghosts of Cyclops, one of them blasted Laura with green fire, setting her ablaze. Didn't phase her. She was ready to carry on the fight without even stop-drop-and-rolling first. But her overprotective boyfriend Angel flew in, scooped her up, and dropped her in a fountain to douse the flames. She was none too happy. According to her, "Flaming Wolverine is even scarier than normal Wolverine." Can't refute that.

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