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Batgirl Barbara Gordon
Ellen Page
Batgirl
Real name: Barbara Gordon
Gender: Female
First Appearance: Detective Comics #359 (May 1939)

Created by:

Gardner Fox
Carmine Infantino

Affiliations:

Batman Family
Justice League
Birds of Prey

Abilities:

Genius-level intelligence
Master detective
Master escapologist
Peak human physical condition
Martial arts master
Access to high tech equipment

Portrayed by:

Ellen Page


Batgirl is a DC Comics superheroine and one of Batman's closest allies. In her secret identity, she is Barbara Gordon, adoptive daughter of police comissioner James Gordon, who is also an ally of Batman. When she was 16, Barbara's parents were killed in a car accident, so her uncle Jim and his wife adopted and took her to live in Gotham City. There, Barbara developed an interest in Batman, following his many adventures. Wanting become a superhero, Barbara trained in martal arts and studied in criminal science. She also developed a female variation of Batman's costume. Eventually, Barbara helped Batman and Robin capture Killer Moth. Acknowledging her potential, Batman allowed her to be part of his crimefighting team, assuming the name Batgirl.

After many adventures, Barbara became disatissfied with her career as Batgirl and considered quitting. Then, the Joker kidnapped her and shot her in the back, leaving her paraplegic. Following this experience, Barbara renewed her interest in crimefighting, this time using her skills with computers to become superhero hacker Oracle. In this position, Barbara became the leader and tactical advisor of the Birds of Prey, an all-female superhero team that got involved in missions Batman himself could not perform.

After four years, it was revealed that Barbara's paralysis was temporary, and she regained full mobility of her legs. Currently, she has returned to the streets as Batgirl.

Officially, Batgirl first appeared in Detective Comics #359, but her first appearance in Leader Vladimir's fan fiction continuity was in Batman: The Origin of Batgirl.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

AbilitiesEdit

  • Photographic Memory

StrengthEdit

Above Average: Barbara Gordon possesses the strength level of a woman her age, size and weight who engages in intensive regular exercise.

WeaknessesEdit

None known.

Former WeaknessesEdit

  • Restricted Mobility: Barbara Gordon was paralyzed from the waist down, and used a wheelchair, after being shot by the Joker. However, she regained full mobility of her legs four years later.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: After being shot from the Joker, Barbara was afflicted with severe trauma. It would take months of psychotherapy for Barbara to recover.

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