Healing factor

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A Brief History

healing factor is the ability of some characters in fiction to recover from bodily injuries or disease at a superhuman rate. Since the introduction of Wolverine by Marvel Comics in 1974 and inspired by the immense popularity of the character, superhuman healing has become a fairly common power featured in comic booksnovelstelevisionfilm, and other media. The overall efficiency of a character’s healing factor often fluctuates due to various writers applying a very broad degree of artistic license. Weapon X has been established, on multiple accounts for having the fastest healing factor over all mutants, with the exception of external factors. As a result, especially concerning characters depicted in comic books, it has become a very common source of debate among fans. Over the years, it has also become common for healing factors to have an umbrella effect, serving as a partial source for multiple superhuman abilities; various powers thus demonstrated include superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, durability and/or senses, to name the most common. The source of a character’s healing factor, depending upon the medium, usually ranges from natural genetic mutation, accidental exposure to radioactive materials, artificially-induced genetic enhancement, cybernetic augmentation, magic or even a combination of different factors. Despite the ability to quickly recover from wounds, characters with a healing factor are still capable of feeling pain.

Digging Deeper

Comic books

Marvel Comics

There are numerous characters within the Marvel Universe that possess some form of accelerated healing ability.

Marvel Comics characters known to possess a certain “healing factor” ability include:

In addition to the above, all AsgardiansElders of the Universe, and other immortals are able to heal much faster than humans can.

Ultraverse

DC Comics[edit]

Wildstorm[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

Top Cow Comics[edit]

Valiant[edit]

Dark Horse[edit]

Aspen MLT[edit]

Caliber Comics[edit]

Dynamite Entertainment[edit]

IDW Publishing[edit]

Chaos Comics

Outside of comics

Non-comic characters who can heal rapidly in one manner or another include:

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  124. Jump up^ While Onizuka doesn’t recover immediately after suffering an injury, he is extraordinarily durable, being able to survive gunshots, falling from great heights and also recovering from such injuries in short time, for example, it took him a mere day to heal from an arm fracture
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  126. Jump up^ From the anime and manga Neon Genesis Evangelion, anime episode 19 “Introjection” original airdate February 7, 1996.
  127. Jump up^ From the anime and manga Fullmetal Alchemist
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  133. Jump up^ From the First Wave television series, first season episode “Motel California”.
  134. Jump up^ From the anime and manga Bleach, manga chapter 184 release date March 3, 2006
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  136. Jump up^ Gladiator, a science fiction novel written by Philip Wylie in 1930 and one of the earliest examples of a superhuman “superhero” character in American literature.
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  138. Jump up^ Highlander film released circa 1986, Highlander II: The Quickening released in November 1991.
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  144. Jump up^ Jason X, 2002 science fiction–horror film in which his regenerative powers are first mentioned throughout the Friday the 13th film series.
  145. Jump up^ From Final Fantasy VII and its various spin-offs.
  146. Jump up^ From the manga Zetman, chapter 95.
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  155. Jump up^ From the anime and manga Dragon Ball, manga chapter 314. “The Buu of Pure Evil”, release date August 4, 1995
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  157. Jump up^ From the Roswell television series, “Pilot” episode, original airdate of October 6, 1999.
  158. Jump up^ From the TV series Dark Angel, Fuhgeddaboudit- season 2, episode 15
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  173. Jump up^ From the anime film Blood: The Last Vampire and its spin-off; Blood+ anime episode 11 “After the Dance” original airdate December 17, 2005.
  174. Jump up^ From the anime and manga InuYasha, manga, chapter121. Kikyo Captured, original release December 1999
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  185. Jump up^ From the Star Trek franchise, Voyager, season 3 episode 26 “Scorpion: Part 1”, original airdate May 21, 1997
  186. Jump up^ From the television series The X-Files episode “Existence“, original airdate May 20, 2001.
  187. Jump up^ From the Ben 10 universe, Ben 10: Alien Force episode 1, “Ben 10 Returns: Part 1” original airdate April 18, 2008
  188. Jump up^ From the Heroes television series, “The Second Coming” 3rd season episode, original airdate of September 22, 2008.
  189. Jump up^ From the anime Speed Grapher, episode 13: “Ginza the Lawless” original airdate June 30, 2005
  190. Jump up^ From the television Series Doctor Who, Time and the Rani
  191. Jump up^ The Matrix Reloaded due to their ability to become incorporeal, which heals injuries sustained while in corporeal form.
  192. Jump up^ Underworld horror/action film released in 2003 and its 2006 sequel, Underworld: Evolution.
  193. Jump up^ From the anime and manga Fullmetal Alchemist, manga chapter 104. “The Center of the World”, original release August 12, 2010.
  194. Jump up^ From Final Fantasy VII and its various spin offs.
  195. Jump up^ The Wolf Man film released in 1941 Cycle of the Werewolf novella written by Stephen Kingcirca 1983, The Monster Squad film released in 1987
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  197. Jump up^ Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode “Same Time, Same Place” original airdate October 8, 2002.
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