|Real name:||Barbara Gordon|
|First Appearance:||Detective Comics #359 (May 1939)|
| Gardner Fox|
| Batman Family|
Birds of Prey
| Genius-level intelligence|
Peak human physical condition
Martial arts master
Access to high tech equipment
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.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Computer Hacking
- Computer Operation
- Genius-level Intellect
- Expert Combatant: Barbara is an above-average hand-to-hand combatant.
- Martial Arts: Barbara is a trained martial artist. She was trained by Kung Fu master Richard Dragon, who helped Barbara to hone her martial prowess during a time when he too was using a wheelchair.
- Photographic Memory
Above Average: Barbara Gordon possesses the strength level of a woman her age, size and weight who engages in intensive regular exercise.
- 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.