Healing factor

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This article is about a fictional literary device. For biological healing factors, see Growth factor.

A 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 books, novels, television, film, and other mediums. The overall efficiency of a character's healing factor often fluctuates due to various writers applying a very broad degree of artistic license. 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's also become common for healing factors to have an umbrella effect in which it serves as a partial source for multiple superhuman abilities; with varying degrees and numbers of powers with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, durability and/or senses as 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.

Comic books[edit]

Hulk recovering from having his skin and most of his muscle tissue torn away.

Marvel Comics[edit]

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 Asgardians, Elders of the Universe, and other immortals are able to heal much faster than humans can.

Ultraverse[edit]

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[edit]

Outside of comics[edit]

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

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