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Quote1 Morales, right? I've got some bad news for you, honey... You just backed the wrong horse. See, the Facility has rules. And the most important rule? Don't @#$% with me. I think I'll push my finger through your eye. Maybe scratch my name on your frontal lobe with my fingernail. Quote2
Kimura[src]

Kimura was X-23's handler in the Facility that created and assigned her missions. Throughout Kimura's time as X-23's handler, she abused her, finding any excuse to bully her, regardless of whether she had succeeded or failed in her missions.

After X-23 escaped the Facility, Kimura made it her duty to track down X-23, bring her back to the Facility, and kill anyone she had come in contact with.

History

Origin[]

Kimura was born to an abusive alcoholic father and a negligent mother. Her life at home also mimicked her life at school, where she was also abused and tormented by her peers. Later, she came under the care of her loving grandmother, who tried to heal the emotional damage inflicted upon Kimura through nurturing, love, and understanding. However, by that point, the emotional scars were permanent and her grandmother's attempts to reach her were futile. After her grandmother's fatal heart attack, Kimura took off, eventually coming into contact with the Facility. She then underwent some procedures that granted her indestructible skin[3] and density control.[4]

She then exacted revenge against those in her past who had wronged her. During her time at the Facility, Kimura eventually assumed the same abusive role as the people who victimized her in the past, particularly with X-23.[3]

The Facility[]

As an agent of the Facility, Kimura became X-23’s handler. She abused X-23, finding any excuse to bully her, regardless of whether X-23 failed or not.[5] After X-23 escaped the Facility, Kimura made it her duty to track down X-23, bring her back to the Facility,[6] and kill anyone X-23 had come in contact with.[7]

Laura Kinney (Earth-616) and Kimura (Earth-616) from X-23 Target X Vol 1 4 001

Meeting X-23

She eventually tracked X-23 to San Francisco, where Laura lived with her Aunt Debbie and her cousin Megan. During a raid on Debbie’s house, Kimura broke X-23’s neck. She then used adamantium handcuffs to handcuff herself to Laura and drag her downstairs, where Debbie and Megan were hiding. There, she began to put her finger through Megan's chest. However, Laura recovered from her injuries, cut off her own hand, and handcuffed Kimura to a pipe. Then, while Debbie and Megan ran, Laura cut open a gas pipe and turned on the pilot light, causing an explosion.[4]

Encounter with the New X-Men[]

Thanks to her enhancements, Kimura survived and returned to the Facility, with a deeper hatred for X-23 than ever. Eventually, the Facility put their eyes on the mutant Mercury, so they could experiment on her. When Mercury left the Xavier School grounds with X-23, Kimura and her team targeted her. Kimura and X-23 fought, but she injured Laura and escaped with Mercury.[8]

Kimura (Earth-616) from New X-Men Vol 2 33 0001

Reunion

When Kimura arrived back at the Facility, she enthusiastically watched as they released their new experiment, Predator X, upon the young mutant Mammomax.[9] With time, X-23 and Hellion tracked her to the Facility. She used a sonic device that only mutants could hear and stabbed X-23 in the shoulder. Hellion picked her up with his telekinesis and smashed her into a wall. Laura told him to kill her, but he refused and used his powers to throw her away over a great distance.[3]

Kimura eventually made her way back to the Xavier Institute and made an attempt to kill Laura. However, Emma Frost came across her and prevented her from doing so, also wiping her memories of her grandmother--the only influential and positive person in her life. Before letting her go, Emma controlled Kimura's mind and made her hunt down the leaders of the Facility, particularly Professor Harkins, who oversaw the experiments done on Cessily.[3]

Kimura failed to kill Harkins, but did give him a limp before she was freed from Emma Frost's mind control.[10] She then spent months having her brain rewired to completely remove her influence.[11] She continued working for the Facility and found herself in a partnership with Viper, supplying her with a Predator X, but, after the intervention of Wolverine and Punisher, several Predators were killed and the Facility's cooperation with Viper terminated.[12]

Not Forgotten[]

When H.A.M.M.E.R. agents Young and Morales captured X-23, they brought her to the Facility, and Kimura was ordered to handle her.[13] While getting some DNA samples, Kimura decided to saw off X-23's arms, but Morales changed loyalties and decided to free X-23 by shooting Kimura in the head. She quickly recovered and chased them, but X-23 trapped her under a heavy blast door.[14]

Kimura was freed from the blast door just in time to save Harkins from X-23. However, Harkins opposed Kimura killing X-23, so she shot him in the head. Before she could kill X-23, however, Morales showed up once more and threw a Molotov cocktail at her that set her on fire. X-23 and Morales managed to escape, but Kimura survived and told X-23 that she would never stop hunting her, and that she would hunt down and kill everyone X-23 loved, starting with Megan Kinney.[10]

All-New Wolverine[]

Kimura later resurfaced aiding the Sisters, as she desired vengeance against Alchemax Genetics for the theft of what she considered her property. She destroyed the installation where the girls were being held to facilitate their escape and further provided them with the weapons and equipment they used during their rampage. Following their success, Kimura took Bellona into custody as part of the agreement in order to retrieve the nanotechnology Alchemax implanted in her body. She allowed Gabby to go free in the care of Wolverine.[15]

In the intervening period, Kimura had seized control of a substantial part of Madripoor, absorbing the smaller criminal gangs one by one until she was left second only to Tyger Tiger. In order to rid herself of her rival, and to regain control of X-23, she set in motion a chain of events that lured Laura to the island, at which point she dispatched Roughouse and Bellona to capture her. Upon confronting the new Wolverine, she revealed she had located Megan and Debbie's hiding place, and used it as leverage against Laura committing suicide to prevent Kimura from using her again. After a week of torture, she unleashed Laura against Tyger, having infected her blood with the trigger scent during a previous assassination attempt. However Kimura's plans were thwarted by Gabby and Gambit.[16]

Kimura tracked the group to one of Tyger's safehouses, attacking the S.H.I.E.L.D. forces hunting Laura for the Daylesville massacre, and forcing a confrontation with Laura, Gabby, Gambit, Tyger, Jean Grey, and Laura's boyfriend Warren, the latter two having arrived to help break Laura of the trigger scent. During the fight, Kimura attempted to turn Laura against them with the trigger, only to discover it was no longer working, and fled as a general fight broke out. Laura and Warren set off in pursuit, and she shot and disabled the latter, forcing Laura down to rescue him from the ocean.[citation needed]

Handler and asset then confronted each other on the beach, with Laura determined to reclaim her life and put an end to Kimura once and for all. When Kimura smugly reminded her that there was nothing she could do to hurt her, Laura reminded her that even if her body and mind were indestructible, she still needed to breathe. Kimura finally met her end when Laura drowned her in the ocean shallows.[2]

Personality

Quote1 You are a bully plain and simple. A product from your past... Being kicked around your whole life and alcoholic father and uncaring mother at home, only to find the same waiting for you from you peers in the schoolyard, day in and day out. You were born into a life you did not deserve... A life no child deserves. Someone needs to fill the role of the victim and you played that part for so many years until your grandmother came to your rescue. She called you her "sweet child." She did everything she could to undo the damage everyone else has done. But sadly she came too late, all that hope and good you held onto was beaten out long ago. After your grandmother's heart attack, you found your way to the Facility to the men that could give what you wanted badly... Revenge. A hollow prize, but one you begged for. And once you'd gotten the best of those who wronged you, you became the very person you hated and feared growing up. And X-23 played the role of your victim. Like you, Laura didn't deserve that horrible life, no child does remember? But you didn't care. Even though you knew all to well the pain she suffered, you enjoyed inflicting it. You still enjoy it. That's why you're a bully. Quote2
White Queen[src]

After finally getting her revenge on the people that tormented her throughout her childhood with the powers she received, Kimura ironically became cruel and arrogant, not caring or even showing a hint of remorse for her actions. She had complete loyalty to the Facility and would go to any length to complete her task regardless of getting innocent people involved, so much so that she even became the Facility's handler and enforcer. She took great pride in her position, mostly because she could harm and intimidate those who got in her and her allies' way.[3]

Kimura was also extremely sadistic, taking great and overwhelming pleasure in harming others through torture. Kimura always enjoyed physically and verbally abusing X-23, beating her up whenever she misbehaved or failed a mission that was given to her. Even if Laura obeyed those orders without hesitation and fulfilled the missions she was sent on, Kimura would still abuse her out of exhilaration when she returned.[5] This also showed Kimura as a hypocrite, due to her own past of being abused and she did not even try to sympathize with Laura. Even though she knew full well that their pasts were similar, she didn't even consider the idea that she and Kinney might be the same. Even Emma Frost was deeply disgusted.[3]

Kimura was also xenophobic and disliked mutants, as she was happy to see firsthand Mammomax get consumed by the Predator X that Adam Harkins created.[9]

Attributes

Power Grid[20]
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Powers

Kimura was enhanced by the Facility and given the following powers:

  • Superhuman Durability: Kimura's skin was rendered highly resistant to injury,[3] and neither bullets[14] nor adamantium have been able to pierce it.[5] Still, keeping a compact construct of her nerves she can feel the impact, but no pain and is not damaged by explosions,[4] fire,[10] or high falls.[3]
  • Intangibility: Kimura also possesses the ability to render herself intangible, an ability she often uses as a way to inflict pain on others by solidifying while phasing her fingers through them.[4][17]

Abilities

Facility training.

Weaknesses

  • Her insides are not as indestructible as her skin.[3]
  • Although her body is indestructible, Kimura still has a normal metabolism and respiratory system. She's therefore vulnerable to choking, suffocation, and drowning the same as any other human being.[2]

Paraphernalia

Weapons

Can be seen using a bow gun[18] and a high-powered rifle,[3] but will carry other weapons like grenades.[9]

See Also

Links and References

References

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