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Watch your back, woman. I'm coming to get you. I don't buy your lies. No killing is justified. Ever.
~ Batgirl

Batgirl is a character in the Batman comics, TV series, and in one film Batman & Robin. Her real name is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commisioner Gordon. She first appeared in Detective Comics #359 as the original Batgirl. Batgirl has a crush on Dick Grayson, the first Robin and later Nightwing. She also teams up with Batman, and Robin to fight the Joker, and other villains. Batgirl is also best friends with Supergirl.

History

Post-Crisis

From a young age Barbara Gordon had always wanted to be a superhero, and would spend hours with her best friend Marcy designing different costumes and coming up with superhero identities. When Barbara was 13, her parents were tragically killed in a car accident and she was adopted by her uncle James Gordon in Gotham City, where Barbara eventually learnt about the masked vigilante Batman and how he fights against the city's corruption. Barbara was inspired by the Dark Knight's actions and began to emulate him by learning self-defence in which she became a black belt within a short period of time. She also buckled down in her school studies and was able to graduate from high school as well as enrolled in university all at the age of 16 due to her high intelligence.

Barbara continued her self-defense training with Jujitsu and got a job at the Gotham library before she eventually pursued her dream job in law enforcement. However her attempts were shot down by her adopted father and the FBI as she didn't fit the height requirements for the jobs she applied for. Upset by this, Barbara constructed a "Bat-Girl" outfit to wear at a GCPD fundraiser in order to spite Jim Gordon, but soon wound up living her role when Killer Moth crashes the party and holds millionaire Bruce Wayne hostage.

Barbara as Batgirl finds a way to save Bruce, although he didn’t actually need saving and uses his "rescue" as an excuse to change into Batman. Killer Moth soon got the better of Barbara until she is saved by the Caped Crusader who chided her for putting herself in harms way and told her to pursue a different lifestyle. However Barbara did not give up winning over Batman's trust and secretly continues her crimefighting activities as Batgirl with some help from Dick Grayson, who revealed to her his superhero identity as Robin.

Eventually Bruce accepted Batgirl as part of his Bat-Family after making her swear an oath and she fought alongside Batman and Robin for many years until deciding to retire from vigilantism. Unfortunately, it was around this time that the Joker invaded her home to kidnap Jim Gordon in a plot to drive him insane. To do this, Joker shot Barbara in the abdomen which left her paralysis from the waist down. Although Batman manages to save her father, the experience left Barbara severely traumatised and unable to walk again.

Despite this horrific event, Barbara decided to return to crimefighting by building one of the world's most complex computer networking systems and accumulated massive amounts of information to become an invaluable source of intel for Batman and his allies as the Oracle. Barbara would also put together her own team of female superheroes called the Birds of Prey and even chose Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown as her successors to the Batgirl mantle. After years of secrecy, Barbara eventually revealed her careers as both Batgirl and Oracle to her dad, who revealed he already knew and was proud of her using her talents for the benefit of the world.

New 52

Batgirl's history was altered for the New 52. In this continuity, Barbara is not adopted by James Gordon (who is back to being unaware of her superhero identities) and is now his legitimate daughter. Also, through the use of special exercises and advanced technology, Barbara gradually regained the use of her legs which allowed her to return to field duty as Batgirl. However, she had trouble readjusting to this lifestyle due to past trauma and conflicting emotions, which was not made easier by the manipulations of her psychotic brother James Gordon Jr. and a encounter with the Joker.

Quotes

I promise loyalty. I promise secrecy. And I promise courage.
~ Batgirl
Hey sometimes it's just a matter of looking at things from the right angle to have them make sense. You'd be surprised at what you might find.
~ Batgirl

Trivia

  • In The New Batman Adventures and Gotham Girls, she is voiced by Tara Strong. Unlike the other characters she voiced, she voiced Batgirl in her own voice. She reprises that role in Super Best Friends Forever, Teen Titans Go! and in the animated feature, Batman: The Killing Joke.

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