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Me? I'm a genius. I can make plants behave like animals and make animals into plants. And I'm part plant as well. It doesn't show. But I am... What am I? I am the Queen of the May, crowned in leaves, and blossom, and thorns. I am hope and beauty and truth. A symbol of growth in the dark times that are upon us... I am impossible. Woodrue killed me. You know that? I don't know what he gave me in those college experiments. But it killed me... killed her... birthed me... What am I? I am Poison Ivy.
~ Poison Ivy.
Life endures. It adjusts and grows stronger. The weeds you try to kill become super-weeds, immune to your poison. And so you increase your toxins and poison the world in a cycle of madness. I call it forth, the power of the plants, even from the terminator seeds that should not grow. I am the guardian of the Green. I am Poison Ivy.
~ Prime Earth Poison Ivy.

Poison Ivy (real name Doctor Pamela Lillian Isley) is a fictional character and currently an anti-heroine from DC Comics, appearing as an antagonist and often supporting character in the Batman comics.

A former botalogist, Pamela was mutated in an metahuman with the capabilities to control plants at will, and vowed to protect the green from humanity. Though she initially battled numerous superheroes, most notably Batman, she has turned into a anti-heroine and ally of Harley Quinn.

She was created by the late Robert Kanigher, and the late Sheldon Moldoff, and first appeared in Batman #181 in June of 1966 from the New Earth series, and Birds of Prey Vol 3 #1 in December of 2011 from the Prime Earth series.

History

Origin

Pamela was born to unnamed parents, and was born with a skin condition that left her with an aversion to sunlight. Despite being prescribe with a lotion by a doctor, her abusive father wouldn't allow her to got outside. On one occasion, when her mother let her outside, her father gave her a black eye, but acted as if nothing happened. Pamela spoke with her mother, who told her she loved to garden, as if they spoke back to her when she was really quiet.

Despite the abuse continuing, every time her father hit her mother, he would buy flowers for forgiveness, and her garden would grow. Pamela realized that flowers could manipulate people, but her mother would be killed by her father, and buried under the garden, where her body replenish the plants. Pamela was sent to live with a relative father her father was trailed for committing domestic violence and murder.

In college, Pamela created designer drugs, poring pheromone into pills to study the effects, but she was expelled and place into jail. However, she had use to the pills on the dean, and was let go, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She visited her father in prison, killing him with a toxic kiss, as he was found dead the next morning. The dean secured Pamela a job at Wayne Enterprises in the R&D apartment, and she later became a research assistant there.

After an accident turned into the criminal known as Poison Ivy, Pamela was more an extremist willing to protect the earth from humanity and to be precisely pollution, Even after doing criminal activities Poison Ivy, was not without her redeeming qualities, she help Batman and the community of Gotham during the events of No Man's Land and most recently tried to stop the Dark Knights and (Albeit unknow to her) being a pawn from Barbatos.

Even she has saved Harley Quinn (her best friend) from the Joker and other homicidal maniacs who try to attack her. She also started to regret the lives she had taken, and causing the death of Batman, having him be revived. Pamela became focus on saving nature and the green, but saving humanity by making them be peaceful people.

Heroes in Crisis

After the events of DC Rebirth, during which she had tried to control the minds of every living being in an attempt to protect the environment, Ivy began to dread about the deaths she had unintentionally caused in the past. Harley Quinn came to comfort her and told Ivy of a secret haven where troubled superheroes go to get help in dealing with personal issues called the Sanctuary. Ivy decides to go there for guidance, where she starts to recover - only to get caught up in a massacre which seemingly claims her life. However, prior to the event, Ivy used the power of The Green to give Harley Quinn a part of herself in the form of a flower as a token of their love. This flower would eventually be obtained by Wally West who planted it and used the Speed Force to accelerate its growth. The flower grew to gigantic proportions and bloomed to reveal the surviving piece of Ivy had grown a new humanoid body for herself made entirely from plant matter. She eventually reunited with Harley Quinn and explained her survival as Harley ran to embrace her.

Personality

While a extremist, Poison Ivy is more recently an anti-heroine than villain, she can be respectful and honorable if they help her well.

To his enemy, She can be seductive, inescrupulous and flirtatious, and villainess like Harley Quinn, has fallen to her charm, overall and given the hard life she has taken, Poison Ivy is more mellowed to her few friends and enemies.

Powers and Abilities

  • Chlorokinesis: Semi-mystical connection to the plant world through a force called The Green. Ivy can cause plants of all kinds to grow at a rapid rate simply by commanding them to do so, and can manipulate and animate them as she wishes. On one occasion she used roots to form supports for a tunnel, and once controlled an entire tree to come down on Clayface, ensnaring him in its branches. She once brought a whole skyscraper down with giant vines. Ivy's control over plant life is on a global scale; she was once able to manipulate the entire planet's vegetation in order to make humanity submissive to her will.
  • Pheromone Control: Ivy is able to secrete pheromones from her skin that can cause men and women alike to become infatuated with her, making them subservient to her every will. However, even without the pheromones, her beauty is still an asset that can she can use to seduce.
  • Regeneration: Ivy can regenerate her limbs as plants regenerate their branches.
  • Toxikinesis: A deliberate overdose of plant and animal based toxins into her blood stream that make her touch deadly. Ivy can create the most potently powerful floral toxins in Gotham City. Often these are secreted from her lips and administered via a kiss. They come in a number of varieties, from mind-controlling drugs to instantly fatal necrotics. Her skin is toxic as well, although contact with it is usually not fatal.
  • Toxic Immunity: Immunity to all toxins, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Decelerated Aging: Due to having her DNA mutated into a plant-like capabilities basing on solar energy, she will live longer and aged slower than regular humans, as long as she maintain absorbing enough solar energy.

Abilities

  • Botany: Dr. Isley was a renowned scientist with a career in Gotham City. She has always had a fascination with plants and they've been the major direction in her life both before and after her accident. Her knowledge of botany allows her to better manipulate her plants.
  • Toxicology: Pamela's specialization in Botany was Toxicology, at first she used her knowledge for perfumes, make-up and medicine. After her accident, she used her knowledge to grow thorny plants and poisonous traps for her enemies.
  • Genetics: Isley has an extensive knowledge of Genetics and was even able to splice plant and human DNA, creating hybrids she referred to as "sporelings".
  • Seduction: Pamela Isley has always been a beautiful woman but she never used her looks or talents for personal gain until she became Poison Ivy. She taunts her trapped opponents with their human desires and can infatuate thugs to her cause through her pheromones and plants, or through her own means.
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): Poison Ivy's athletic abilities have grown over the course of her career. She has learned a limited style of martial arts fighting, is proficient at climbing and leaping, and is a strong and fast swimmer.

Weaknesses

  • Vulnerability to Darkness: Poison Ivy requires substantial amounts of solar energy to live.
  • Mental Illness: Poison Ivy has been committed to Arkham Asylum on a regular basis. She speaks to her plants, feels extreme rage towards humanity (particularly males) and at a certain point sought out the destruction of the human race so only she and her plants would live. She has also been described by both herself and Batgirl as having "seasonal affective disorder", a mental condition that causes her emotions to change with the seasons, from manic (spring) to euphoric (summer) to apathetic (autumn) to depressed (winter).

Former Weaknesses

  • Skin Condition: Ever since she was a child, Isley had a skin condition that prevented her from going into direct sunlight without the proper lotion on. This condition most likely went away when she became Poison Ivy, as a requirement to avoid direct sunlight is counter-intuitive to her need to be around plants, and she developed various immunities.

Portrayals

Films

  • In Batman and Robin, she was portrayed by Uma Thurman, who also played Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill.
  • In The Lego Batman Movie, she was voiced by Riki Lindhome.
  • In Batman and Harley Quinn, she was voiced by Paget Brewster, who also voiced Della Duck in DuckTales.
  • In Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, she was voiced by Tara Strong, who also voiced Timmy Turner and Poof in The Fairly OddParents, Ben Tennyson in Ben 10, and Harley Quinn in numerous media.
    • Strong reprised her voice for the character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Batman Ninja, and Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • In Gotham by Gaslight, she was voiced by Kari Wuhrer, who also voiced Maria Hill in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • In Batman Ninja, she was voiced by Atsuko Tanaka, who also voiced Konan in Naruto and Bayonetta in the titular series.
  • In Batman: The Long Halloween, she was voiced by Katee Sackhoff, who portrays Bo-Katan Kryze in The Mandalorian.

Television

  • In the DC Animated Universe, she was voiced by Diane Pershing, who also voiced Snow White in A Snow White Christmas.
    • Pershing reprised her voice for the character in Batman: Vengeance.
  • In The Batman, she was voiced by Piera Coppola, who also voiced Sylvanas Windrunner in the World of Warcraft series.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, she was voiced by Jennifer Hale (who also voiced Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy, Sam in Totally Spies!, Naomi Hunter in the Metal Gear Solid series, Bastila Shan in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Satele Shan in Star Wars: The Old Republic_ and Vanessa Marshall (who also voiced Irwin Dracula in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Toothpick Sally in Regular Show, Sarah Kerrigan in Heroes of the Storm, Hera Syndulla in Star Wars: Rebels, and Black Canary in Young Justice and Injustice 2).
    • Marshall reprised her voice for the character in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout and Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash.
  • In Young Justice, she was voiced by Alyssa Milano, who also played Phoebe Halliwell in Charmed.
  • In Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise, she was voiced by Clare Grant.
  • In Gotham, she was portrayed by Clare Foley, Maggie Geha, and Peyton List.
    • List reprised her voice for the character in Batman: Hush.
  • In Justice League Action, she was voiced by Natasha Leggero.
  • In Harley Quinn, she is voiced by Lake Bell, who also voiced Black Widow in What If...?
  • In DC Super Hero Girls, she was voiced by Cristina Milizia.

Video Games

  • In DC Universe Online, she was voiced by Cyndi Williams.
  • In the Arkhamverse, she was voiced by Tasia Valenza, who also voiced Shaak Ti in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Myra Hanson in The Evil Within.
    • Valenza reprised her voice for the character in Injustice 2 and Lego DC Super-Villains.
  • In Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, she was voiced by Laura Bailey, who also voiced Lust in 2003s Full Metal Alchemist series, Helena Harper in Resident Evil 6, Abigail Walker in inFamous: Second Son, Nadine Ross in the Uncharted series, Supergirl in Injustice 2, Mary Jane Watson in Marvel's Spider-Man, and Polina Petrova in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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Trivia

  • Ranked 64th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time".
  • Ranked 21st on Comics Buyer's Guides "100 Sexiest Women in Comics".
  • In the Arkham series, Poison Ivy becomes a hero by sacrificing her life to stop Scarecrow.
  • After the events of Heroes in Crisis, Poison Ivy is no longer a human/plant hybrid and instead became a humanoid plant being as a result of her demise and revival.

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