|Real Name:||Doctor Deborah Risman|
|Portrayed by:||Lisa Ann Beley|
- "My name is Doctor Deborah Risman, I am... I WAS a scientist from HYDRA"
- —Doctor Deborah Risman introducing herself
Doctor Deborah Risman was the geneticist who created X-23. She previously worked for the spy organization H.Y.D.R.A. because it gave her limitless boundaries to push genetics to the next level. She was commissioned by them to create the ultimate weapon, based on designs from the Weapon X program. Twenty-two times she failed, then realized Wolverine's healing factor had been what enabled him to survive the Adamantium bonding process.
By unknown methods, a sample of Wolverine's DNA was obtained (wouldn't be too hard, considering his duels with Sabretooth) and used to create a clone of him. However, the clone's DNA underwent a hormonal imbalance, resulting in a female version of Logan. It was at this point Dr. Risman realized what she had done.
Though she did not approve of H.Y.D.R.A.'s method of raising X-23 (which was practically non-existent, save training) she stayed without protest to do what she could for the little girl. After she betrayed H.Y.D.R.A. and fled, Dr. Risman went straight to S.H.I.E.L.D. to confess her sins to them and Wolverine.
Presumably, she remained with S.H.I.E.L.D., since going back to H.Y.D.R.A. would likely be fatal. Though X-23 later returned, Doctor Riseman does not appear.