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Aug. 3rd, 2020 06:28 pm
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CHARACTER NAME: Barbara Gordon
CHARACTER SERIES: The Batman

[OOC]
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Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no", as well as additional information if desired.

Backtagging: Yes!
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Fourthwalling: As long as her canon mates are also fine with it.
Offensive subjects (elaborate): I'm. Okay with most things.

[IC]
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Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no", as well as additional information if desired. With IC permissions, it's a good idea to elaborate on what other players can expect from your character if they choose to do any of the following:

Hugging this character: Way to catch a girl off guard... But if you want?
Kissing this character: I'm fine with it. If she isn't, though, she'll make it known.
Flirting with this character: Go for it! (Whether they'll make an impact, I can't say.)
Fighting with this character: Sure. c: Careful, though~
Injuring this character (include limits and severity): I'd want to talk it out for anything more serious than a few bruises.
Killing this character: We would need a loooot of discussion, first.
Using telepathy/mind reading abilities on this character: Sure. Expect her to have a conversation about boundaries with you, though.

Warnings: ..........Don't call her Babs?


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Barbara slipped across the rooftop, hopping from one to the next, with an eye on the skyline. It looked a lot like the Gotham back home - except Batman terrorized these streets. Not exactly her hero, there. It was like everything got swapped around...

She'd been a little lost with that, at first. She didn't know who to trust. Her dad? Who knew what he was like in this world? Not to mention what he'd think of her, if he was still the same. She couldn't go see bats, or Robin.

So where'd that leave her?

...Moving toward central park. If heroes and villains had swapped places, there was only one person she could really trust. Maybe technically two, but she was sure Cat Woman would stab her in the back no matter what the universe was.

So. Ivy. Pam? Ivy. She couldn't afford to start thinking about "Pam," and get everything confused in her head.
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OOC SECTION
Mun name: Kay
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Age: 24
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Pronouns: She
Other characters: None.

IC SECTION
Name: Barbara Gordon
Canon: The Batman
Canon point: End of series
Appearance: Red hair, brown eyes. A little bit on the short side. Slim, which hides her gymnastic form. I tend to use a PB for when she’s outside of costume, simply because the actual art makes people think she’s in middle school, instead of college. I have an account with just canon icons, though.
Age: 18? The WOG is that she was 16 in season 3 – by the end of season 5, she’s in college.
Gender: Woman
Personality: For those more familiar with the comics, it would be good to think of this version as a mixture between the traditional Barbara Gordon and Stephanie Brown. She’s even a gymnast.

Barbara comes off as a sassy and impulsive teenager, passionate about what she wants and willing to go after it. We don’t see that much of her life as a civilian, but what we do see of her at home isn’t that different from what we see of her as Batgirl.

She’s smart, answering questions in class but not apparently seen as the teacher’s pet. When teased by the self-purported class clown, she sent back a zinger of her own, and got a far better reaction from the class than the original did. She doesn't make much trouble, that we see, but neither does she always do what she’s told. She makes that clear to everyone from the get-go, skipping gymnastic lessons to protest a company’s treatment of the environment, and lying to her father about it too. She’s a willful young woman who isn’t afraid to go after what she believes in. Though, as her father points out, just what she believes in occasionally shifts. The environmental love was new, and most likely inspired by her friend Pamela Isley (later to become Poison Ivy).

That didn't stop Barbara from devoting her all to it, though, sneaking into buildings to confront CEOs. The same ways she devoted herself to gymnastics, despite it being her father’s idea – his not-so-private goal to deflect her from a career path as a police detective. The fact that she could match Dick, who’d been raised by performers to perform, shows that she clearly took her years of practice seriously, regardless of her personal passions.

Barbara can potentially come off as capricious, at least in her choice of hobbies. Before either crime fighting or environmentalism, she apparently took up bee keeping, and had a best friend named Betsy. Listening to her father, both were very important to her, right up until she dumped them for Pam and her plants. Barbara put it as “trying to find herself,” however, an interpretation that rings true. When her father shunted her away from being a detective and pushed her into gymnastics, it left Barbara without a true passion to follow. She might enjoy the success she’s had at gymnastics, but she was all too willing to skip lessons for her hobby of the month. Bee keeping, or environmental protests: it seems Barbara has a tendency to latch onto other people’s passions when she’s missing one of her own – but only when she’s missing her own. The moment she took on crime fighting and “found” herself, these other hobbies all fell to the wayside. Fighting crime is what she’d wanted to do for years. That wish is still mentioned when she’s in the middle of her environmental phase, especially when her relationship with Pam deteriorates. Her need to be involved in crime fighting eventually comes to a head in the form of a batgirl costume. She realizes there’s no need for her father to approve, if he has no idea who she is.

While fighting for justice did end Barbara’s revolving door of hobbies, it didn’t end her impulsive behavior. She once leaped onto Batman’s motorcycle while it was on autopilot, turned it to manual driving, and ended up losing control of it to a man who’d fused with nano technology. She had yet to finish driving school at the time. In another episode, she leaped into Batman’s massive battle armor to fight the Joker when he was pumped up on Bane’s muscle-making formula, never having even seen the machine before. On yet another occasion, she took the helm of a villain’s flying headquarters to steer it away from the city and crash it into Gotham bay. At no point in any of this did she receive one iota of training on how to use any of the above equipment. The motorcycle was just a chance to catch up with Batman and take part in the fight. The other two times she saw it as a necessity to stop a crook or save lives. On all three occasions she did it without any real planning, coming up with ideas on the fly and running with them.

However, Barbara’s lack of planning should not be confused with an inability to plan. Barbara’s even been known to caution retreat when the odds are stacked too high against her. She showed good tactics, too, when she had to think up ways to stall Black Mask’s army; ways that didn’t involve fighting every goon. It’s just that she doesn’t always think ahead when an idea takes her. Jumping into new equipment, refusing to wait for backup, getting snacks from a vending machine when she’s supposed to be on stake out – she’s intelligent and capable, but impulsive and undisciplined. She likes making jokes and quips, even when she’s fighting super villains. Especially when people like Black Mask are making threats and trying to scare her. Snarky comments are a good way of hiding just how scary it can be, when someone’s constantly trying to kill you.

To focus more on the inside, rather than the deflections: one of the most important things to recognize about Barbara is that she truly values the chance to help people. It’s the main reason she put on the bat costume. There’s no traumatic event in her past, or run in with the criminal element that caused her to make the decision. Her father is the police commissioner, the first member of the Gotham Police Department to officially work with the Batman, and to even create a signal so that the bat could better help protect the city. His love of justice, his determination to make Gotham a safer place, inspired Barbara to do the same with her life. She even wanted to be police detective herself, at first.
It might be for the best that she changed career paths, however. As mentioned above, Barbara does care about justice. She just cares more about her idea of justice than she does about the actual law. When her former friend Pamela Isley first became Poison Ivy, for example, Barbara didn’t go to her father. Her father would just have arrested Pam. She went to Batman instead, hoping to help Pam recover without her father ever knowing. Although her former friend had in fact betrayed her, had been using their protests as scouting missions for her private mercenary to destroy companies, and had essentially abandoned Barbara to be torn apart by said mercenary while running for safety… Barbara still prioritized getting Pam help over throwing her in jail. It’s not just her friends that apply to, either. When her classmate Donny - the supposed class clown who had put a spitball to her forehead in class - joined the joker, Barbara specifically claimed that he was not a criminal. She again wanted Batman to help him, rather than simply wanting to take him down. She even briefly thought that Catwoman could be converted to the side of good, no matter her past crimes. Barbara doesn’t believe that just because someone is doing bad, that they deserve to be in jail. Her goal is not just to enforce law. It’s to bring criminals to justice, and even more importantly to help the people of her city be safe.


This mindset is not restricted to her life as a super hero, either, as seen in “attack of the terrible trio.” Even in her civilian life, Barbara was quick to berate a bully for picking on a few misfits. She was just as quick to come down on that trio for laughing when that jock was put in the hospital. Cliques don’t matter to her, or scale. Barbara does what she thinks is right.


Of course, Barbara can be quite determined about what “right” is. She’s very independently minded, not to mention stubborn. She ignored her father’s protective orders and hid her face under a mask, so that she could go off to fight crime. When Batman told her no, she essentially told him that he couldn’t stop her. She wanted to work with him against crime, and she continued showing up and joining him despite his protests. She continued even when he attempted to ignore her, despite his telling any villain who asked that she wasn’t his partner. She fought by his side, calling herself his sidekick with single minded determination to prove herself, until he finally accepted her. Mostly because she saved his life, saved the city, and kept going when all of Bruce’s other plans were falling apart. Then in season four, she turned around along with Robin and temporarily quit as his sidekicks, so that they could join him on a mission where he claimed not to want them. She knew he needed her, and she was going to be there.

That said, she obviously values team work and respects Batman, her inspiration for putting on the mask. He’s the hero her father is always thanking. The legend who keeps Gotham safe when no one else can. This is most likely why she continuously strives to be accepted as Batman’s sidekick, even while ignoring half his orders: always trying to prove herself, always pushing into battle in the hopes of getting a job well done from Batman, or even from a thankful, if ignorant, Commissioner. He’s her hero. Not to mention the only hope of approval she has, when no one else is allowed to know her identity.

The downside of that is she’s quite sensitive to rejection from him. She was annoyed at Bruce frequently throughout the series. First because he left her out of the loop, making her practically stalk him if she wanted to find anything out and only revealing information on a need-to-know basis. Then he brought in Dick, an “official” sidekick, revealing his hideout and identity after a week despite never trusting Barbara with either until that very episode. Bruce could be infuriatingly unaware of her. To quote Barbara, ““He can give you the atomic weight of iridium and the private phone number of the president, but does he remember that I graduated high school? No.”

Bruce did begin to correct some of this at the start of season four, in the hopes of making them more of a team. He revealed his identity and took her to the Batcave. Though the rivalry between her and Dick remained, it shifted dynamics to those of quibbling siblings. Like a big sister, annoyed at how much attention baby bro is gaining for himself, Barbara is caught between annoyance with Bruce over how little attention she receives… and actual affection for the younger partner she didn’t want, but who’s presence she has still come to rely upon. The end result is mutual teasing. It’s something that marks both their rivalry and their bond, and shows up heavily in their quips when they’re working alone together. They reassure each other when afraid, complain about who gets the best jobs, and worry when they think the other is hurt.

A final point to note on the matter, is loyalty. The commissioner’s mention of Betsy implies that Barbara is as prone to drifting as any other teenager. We don’t really see her with other friends, either, other than one episode where she attends the circus with two other girls. They don’t say a word, and she looks bored, but she does eat from their popcorn bucket. Still, her time with Pam shows a rather extreme example of Barbara’s loyalties: both its limits and the extent to which it will stretch. When she discovered that Pam was having buildings demolished, Barbara did try and stop her friend. She implied that she would turn Pam over to the police if she had to, rather than allowing the continued destruction of industrial plants. No matter how loyal Barbara is to a person, she will not break laws herself or stand by while they break laws. At least, not laws she agrees with – technically, vigilantism is a crime after all. Still, Barbara did stand between her friend and an angry mercenary who wanted to kill Pam. She still attempted to save Pam from the accident which turned her into Poison Ivy, and she still wanted to save Pam after the transformation had taken place. Barbara didn’t want to see her friend arrested, despite everything that had happened. She just wanted her friend to get help.

Considering she showed some similar concern with Donny, some of this might have been more her sense of “the right thing” than actual friendship. All the same, the way Barbara rushed to Pam’s aid, again and again, the way she called out when Pam was hurt, and her briefly continued use of the nickname “Red,” implied at least a little lingering friendship, despite the betrayals. Especially since Pam returned the favor by asking Barbara to join her. If it had actually been possible to cure Pam, and to convince the more twisted redhead to turn over a new leaf, it’s possible that Barbara would have continued their friendship.

After the episode, however, her friendship with Pam is never again discussed. The closest we receive is the tie-in comics, which are potentially of questionable canon. If they are to be believed, however, Barbara kept on visiting Pam during her first capture, and apparently still held some hope of Ivy’s recovery, at least for a little while. When push came to shove, though, Pam might have been her friend – but Poison Ivy was her enemy, and Barbara fought Ivy the same as she would any other villain. She did what she had to in order to protect the people of Gotham, and especially her father, who Ivy had a bad habit of targeting. She may have even been a little extra mean to Ivy, making a comment about her plant babies being “mulch” while the plant-girl laid crying in the rain. Arguably the cruelest comment she ever made, to the girl who hurt her more than anyone else in the series.

To end this, just for reference, there’s the episode Artifacts: the one episode where we see the characters aged up. Batman was still fighting for Gotham, despite getting older. Robin had become Nhtwing. Barbara was in a wheel chair, no longer fighting crime as Batgirl but assisting the other two as Oracle. She ran the batcomputer to give them whatever information and coordination was needed. We don’t know much of how her personality might have changed, from that one episode, but one thing can be said: her snark stood the test of time. She still answered phones with jokes, and teased Batman about what sort of things he might read. Whatever else changes in Barbara’s life, her passion for justice and spunk continue
History: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Barbara_Gordon_(The_Batman) is her wiki page. It's a little bare bones, and occasionally inaccurate. Specifically, Bruce didn't “manipulate events” to keep his identity secret. He bumped his head and lost all memory of being Batman, acted like a total coward, and convinced her there was no way that spineless jerk could possibly be her hero. Also, Batman actually gave her gear and allowed her in the loop at the end of season 3, before Robin arrived, though as I mentioned he didn't actually take her into the cave until afterward.
Aspirations: Olympic gold medalist by day, crime fighter by night. Approval from both her father, and Batman, and maybe the country with that golden medal. Barbara wants it all. In magic city, though, she’ll settle for crime fighting and approval. Carrying out justice is essentially what she wants to do with her life, after all.
Fears: Failing her friends. Her father finding out about her. Being useless to her partners. Dying, to be honest, though that’s a fear she faces down on a daily basis.
Inventory: A batarang. A bat-based grappling hook, with arm attachment. A utility belt/batcostume (currently worn.) A possibly-not-functioning-here Batwave. …And one smoke pellet, I guess.

Magic: Technokinesis.
Reason: Barbara and technology go together - she uses the batcomputer, the batwave, the bat's motorcycle when he isn't looking... and, while she doesn't habitually hack like some variations of her character, she does eventually become Oracle in the future episode- indicating the potential is inside of her.

...Also. She just had a Martian in her brain, telepathically uploading instructions on how to hack into alien spaceships via a strange orb-based keyboard. She'll probably just think this is a side effect, at first.

RP samples: Here’s one

And it’s a little old, but Is this okay?

Barbara crouched on the rooftop, binoculars lifted to her eyes. Her gaze swept across the roof, seeking for any sign of illegal activity. Or for vending machines. Maybe a Sandwich shop, if it looked like the line was short.

“Maybe crime actually is sleeping tonight,” she muttered to herself, standing slowly and moving toward the roof’s edge. A long drop down, but Barbara wasn’t worried. Pushing against the ledge of the roof, she hopped down to the next, a few feet away. Gathering speed now, she brought out a batarang to wrap about a nearby gargoyle, launching herself to next roof. She could feel the adrenalin pumping, now, her heart going faster as she flipped off one final roof, this time landing perfectly on solid ground. “And pops was worried about my gymnastics lessons…”

She slipped through the alley, drawing her cape around her like a cloak, and blending into the shadows. She wanted to get a better look at this new city.
Notes: Barbara hates being called Babs, just for the record. She threatened to do unpleasant things to Dick for using that nickname. (She also hates pearls, in case anyone ever wants to buy her jewelry to apologize for having called her Babs.)
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he information within is fifty percent canon, fifty percent crack; gray cr means neutral, blue means good, red means bad - other things like pike for romance may appear; feel free to interpret shades as you will, because past that I'm not telling. ;) (Remember. Fifty percent crack! Read at your own risk.)



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Character: Barbara Gordon
Death Total: 0
Death Tracker:
Death ONE.
Summary: CHARACTER was killed by blah, blah, blah...

CHARACTER was dead for ____ days. CHARACTER forgot ____, upon waking up.


Death TWO.
Summary: CHARACTER was killed by blah blah blah...

CHARACTER was dead for ____ days. CHARACTER forgot ____, upon waking up.


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Personality Update:
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[ O O C ]
Backtagging: Sure!
Threadhopping: Alright
Fourthwalling: Feel free. Expect suspicion. Unless you just want her autograph. Then that's awesome.
Offensive subjects: I'm fine with most things. Mothers are a slightly sore subject with Barb, though. (Also, don't call her babs)

[ I C ]
Hugging this character: It would be really uncomfortable. But feel free to do it anyway.
Kissing this character: ......Try it if you dare? No mass murder. Just ducking.
Flirting with this character: Buhhhhh??????????1
Fighting with this character: You can try! She's pretty good, but far from unbeatable.
Injuring this character: Just discuss it first!
Killing this character: I'd like to plan it. c:
Using telepathy/mind reading abilities on this character: Contact me; and expect her to start working on ways around it (though she's no bruce)
Abilities/Warnings: Olympic-potential gymnast who's learned how to turn her skills toward fighting, mostly on the fly. Something of an untapped genius, she tends to grasp on to concepts and skills with incredible ease. Fighting, marksmanship - she can get the hang of pretty much everything in a few moments.

That said, she doesn't have a ton of muscle. She is much stronger than she looks, but it's not very visible, and she'll never be able to pump iron with the pros.
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Character

Name: Barbara Gordon
Fandom: The Batman
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Canonpoint: Post series finale.
Character Journal: barb_notbabs
Permissions Post: Here.
Character Inventory: Please elaborate on the following:
-Briefly describe, or link a picture to the single weapon (that they have NO KNOWLEDGE on how to wield) that will be waiting in the box, for them. http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33200000/Bat-Sword-role-playing-with-others-33271938-214-500.jpg
-Bonsai tree
Abilities: Olympic-potential gymnast who's learned how to turn her skills toward fighting, mostly on the fly. Something of an untapped genius, she tends to grasp on to concepts and skills with incredible ease. Fighting, marksmanship - she can get the hang of pretty much everything in a few moments.

She's also a decent cook.


Background Information: A lot of Barbara's early life is a mystery. Her mother is never mentioned or pictured in the entire series, and is probably dead. At the start of the series, sixteen year old Barbara lived with her biological father - the police Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon. She wanted to be a police detective, but her father didn't want her having a job which got her shot at, so he had been pushing her for years into taking gymnastics with an Olympic Trainer. It paid off in skill, but left her without a real passion – which was why she apparently took to making multiple “best friends” and adopting their passions for a while. The flavor of the month in her first appearance was Pamela Isley, the only best friend ever seen, and possibly her last. The two of them would break into company's that damaged the environment, and assault the CEOS with gooey squirt guns in order to protest habits.

What Barbara didn't know was that Pamela used their protests as scouting missions. The more villainous of the red heads was hiring a mercenary named Temblor to take down the buildings when they refused to change their practices. Barbara realized it, tried to get her friend before she got sent to jail, and ended up being nearly sacrificed to an angry mercenary instead. Turned out that nineteen year old Pam didn't really have the cash to pay him at all, and he didn't make much distinction between the two girls.

Batman, the vigilante of her series, got involve and the whole thing came to an end with Pamela being bathed in toxic fertilizer. The fiasco was a life changing night for both girls, however: Barbara realized that her father would never get over his fears, and allow her to become a detective. The only thing to do, she decided, was to be an Olympic-hopeful gymnast by day and a butt kicking crime fighter by night, operating under the name of Batwoman. That got changed to Batgirl pretty quickly, mostly because everyone insisted on using it.

Pamela Isley's exposure to the toxins, on the other hand, resulted in becoming half human, half plant with a connection to nature around her. Pam had mixed reactions. Deciding to go by Poison Ivy, she went to ask Barbara to join her. Telling her former friend to think about it, she fairly immediately tried to feed the commissioner, the father who never approved of their friendship, to a man-eating plant.

Barbara and Batman did manage to take down Ivy and her plants. Her father didn't find out her identity, despite being five feet from her, and Batman didn't blow it despite having figured it out early. That was pretty much all the excuse Barbara needed to make herself Batman's unnofficial sidekick. She stalked him from crime to crime, asking to be let into the loop, and fighting to be made his more official sidekick. It wasn't until Barbara saved Batman and Gotham City that he finally honored her request, however. He gave her bat gear, a new costume, and a batwave communicator to let her know about crimes and join him on the scene.

Then next season, he brought on Robin. A thirteen year old boy who Batman had adopted in his civilian life as Bruce Wayne. Richard “Dick” Grayson became Batman's “official” sidekick, to the utter frustration of Barbara who had spent months following Batman just to get into the loop. It was only in an attempt to make things right and get his two sidekicks working together that Batman finally brought her into the Batcave and revealed secret identities so that there would be nothing standing between them anymore.

To an extent, it worked. Batgirl and Robin grew closer. But unlike some versions, where romance grew, there was a very different sort of tension between them. Batgirl was the big sister. Robin was the annoying little brother who she grew attached to, but was always rivaling for daddy's attention with. After all, Barbara had come first. She'd fought hard for her title. She was older... and while her father might support her in every other aspect of her life, he would never support her as a crime fighter. Bruce's approval was all she could hope for.

All the same, they managed to work pretty well together when they weren't trading snarky comments and snide remarks. Barbara comforted Dick when he was feeling scared, and Dick looked to her for support when things seemed grim. A secondary family grew for Barbara, separate from the one she had at home. The annoying little brother Dick. The secondary father figure, Batman. Alfred the buttler/grandfatgher figure who always had good cookies and better advice, including the fact that sometimes they had to disobey Bruce to get things done. The second family both supported and annoyed her – especially annoyed, sometimes, in Bruce's case. He didn't even know when she graduated high school.

Although she appeared in less episodes by the final season, Barbara didn't stop fighting crime. In the final episodes, right before her arrival in this game, she actually saved the earth from an alien invasion. How much of it was her is debatable: Batman and robin did most of the heavy fighting, and J'onn the man hunting martian was the one who downloaded instructions into her brain, but Barbara was the one who actually pushed the buttons and blew up the entire invading force.

The series ended with her recommending a teen division to the justice league, and Batman shutting her down.

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Barbara_Gordon_(The_Batman) is her wiki page. It's a little bare bones, and occasionally inaccurate. Specifically, Bruce didn't “manipulate events” to keep his identity secret. He bumped his head and lost all memory of being Batman, acted like a total coward, and convinced her there was no way that spineless jerk could possibly be her hero. Also, Batman actually gave her gear and allowed her in the loop at the end of season 3, before Robin arrived, though as I mentioned he didn't actually take her into the cave until afterward.

Personality Description:For those more familiar with the comics, it would be good to think of this version as a mixture between the traditional Barbara Gordon and Stephanie Brown. She’s even a gymnast.

Barbara comes off as a sassy and impulsive teenager, passionate about what she wants and willing to go after it. We don’t see that much of her life as a civilian, but what we do see of her at home isn’t that different from what we see of her as Batgirl.

She’s smart, answering questions in class but not apparently seen as the teacher’s pet. When teased by the self-purported class clown, she sent back a zinger of her own, and got a far better reaction from the class than the original did. She doesn't make much trouble, that we see, but neither does she always do what she’s told. She makes that clear to everyone from the get-go, skipping gymnastic lessons to protest a company’s treatment of the environment, and lying to her father about it too. She’s a willful young woman who isn’t afraid to go after what she believes in. Though, as her father points out, just what she believes in occasionally shifts. The environmental love was new, and most likely inspired by her friend Pamela Isley (later to become Poison Ivy).

That didn't stop Barbara from devoting her all to it, though, sneaking into buildings to confront CEOs. The same ways she devoted herself to gymnastics, despite it being her father’s idea – his not-so-private goal to deflect her from a career path as a police detective. The fact that she could match Dick, who’d been raised by performers to perform, shows that she clearly took her years of practice seriously, regardless of her personal passions.

Barbara can potentially come off as capricious, at least in her choice of hobbies. Before either crime fighting or environmentalism, she apparently took up bee keeping, and a best friend named Betsy. Listening to her father, both were very important to her, right up until she dumped them for Pam and her plants. Barbara put it as “trying to find herself,” however, an interpretation that rings true in this case. When her father shunted her away from being a detective and pushed her into gymnastics, it left Barbara without a true passion. She might enjoy the success she’s had at gymnastics, she was all too willing to skip lessons for her hobby of the month. Bee keeping, or environmental protests: it seems Barbara has a tendency to latch onto other people’s passions when she’s missing one of her own – but only when she’s missing her own. The moment she took on crime fighting, and “found” herself, these other hobbies all fell to the wayside. Fighting crime is what she’d wanted to do for years. She was practically raised in a police station, after all. That wish is still mentioned when she’s in the middle of her environmental phase, especially when her relationship with Pam deteriorates. Her need to be involved in crime fighting eventually comes to a head in the form of a batgirl costume. She realizes there’s no need for her father’s approval, if he has no idea who she is.

While fighting for justice did end Barbara’s revolving door of hobbies, it didn’t end her impulsive behavior. She once leaped onto Batman’s motorcycle while it was on autopilot, turned it to manual driving, and ended up losing control of it to a man who’d fused with nano technology. She had yet to finish driving school at the time. In another episode, she leaped into Batman’s massive battle armor to fight the Joker when he was pumped up on Bane’s muscle-making formula, never having even seen the machine before. On yet another occasion, she took the helm of a villain’s flying headquarters to steer it away from the city and crash it into Gotham bay. At no point in any of this did she receive one iota of training on how to use any of the above equipment. The motorcycle was just a chance to catch up with Batman and take part in the fight. The other two times she saw it as a necessity to stop a crook or save lives. On all three occasions she did it without any real planning, coming up with ideas on the fly and running with them.

However, Barbara’s lack of planning should not be confused with an inability to plan. Barbara’s even been known to caution retreat when the odds are stacked too high against her. She showed good tactics, too, when she had to think up ways to stall Black Mask’s army; ways that didn’t involve fighting every goon. It’s just that she doesn’t always think ahead when an idea takes her. Jumping into new equipment, refusing to wait for backup, getting snacks from a vending machine when she’s supposed to be on stake out – she’s intelligent and capable, but impulsive and undisciplined. She likes making jokes and quips, even when she’s fighting super villains. Especially when people like Black Mask are making threats and trying to scare her. Snarky comments are a good way of hiding just how scary it can be, when someone’s constantly trying to kill you.

To focus more on the inside, rather than the deflections: one of the most important things to recognize about Barbara is that she truly values the chance to help people. It’s the main reason she put on the bat costume. There’s no traumatic event in her past, or run in with the criminal element that caused her to make the decision. Her father is the police commissioner, the first member of the Gotham Police Department to officially work with the Batman, and even create a signal so that he could better help protect the city. His love of justice, his determination to make Gotham a safer place, inspired Barbara to do the same with her life. She even wanted to be police detective herself, at first.

Unfortunately, Commissioner Gordon didn’t really want his daughter getting shot at. He actively discouraged Barbara from joining the police force, and she suspected that he’d never allow her to follow the career. That’s why she made herself the Batgirl outfit. She thought it would be a way to fight crime regardless of what anyone else thought.

It might be for the best that she changed career paths. As mentioned above, Barbara does care about justice. She cares about her idea of justice more than she does about the actual law. When her former friend Pamela Isley first became Poison Ivy, for example, Barbara didn’t go to her father. Her father would just have arrested Pam. She went to Batman instead, hoping to help Pam recover without her father ever knowing. Although her former friend had in fact betrayed her, had been using their protests as scouting missions for her private mercenary to destroy companies, and had essentially abandoned Barbara to be torn apart by said mercenary while running for safety… Barbara still prioritized getting Pam help over throwing her in jail. It’s not just her friends that apply to, either. When her classmate Donny - the supposed class clown who had put a spitball to her forehead in class, joined the joker – Barbara specifically claimed that he was not a criminal. She again wanted Batman to help him, rather than simply wanting to take him down. She even briefly thought that Catwoman could be converted to the side of good, no matter her past crimes. Barbara doesn’t believe that just because someone is doing bad, that they deserve to be in jail. Her goal is not just to enforce law. It’s to bring criminals to justice, and even more importantly to help the people of her city be safe.


This mindset is not restricted to her life as a super hero, either, as seen in “attack of the terrible trio.” Even in her civilian life, Barbara was quick to berate a bully for picking on a few misfits. She was just as quick to come down on that trio for laughing when that jock was put in the hospital. Cliques don’t matter to her, or scale. Barbara does what she thinks is right.


Of course, Barbara can be quite determined about what “right” is. She’s very independently minded, not to mention stubborn. She ignored her father’s protective orders and hid her face under a mask, so that she could go off to fight crime. When Batman told her no, she essentially told him that he couldn’t stop her. She wanted to work with him against crime, and she continued showing up and joining him despite his protests. She continued even when he attempted to ignore her, despite his telling any villain who asked that she wasn’t his partner. She fought by his side, calling herself his sidekick with single minded determination to prove herself, until he finally accepted her. Mostly because she saved his life, saved the city, and kept going when all of Bruce’s other plans were falling apart. Then in season four, she turned around along with Robin and temporarily quit as his sidekicks, so that they could join him on a mission where he claimed not to want them. She knew he needed her, and she was going to be there.

That said, she obviously values team work and respects Batman, her inspiration for putting on the mask. He’s the hero her father is always thanking. The legend who keeps Gotham safe when no one else can. This is most likely why she continuously strove to be accepted as Batman’s sidekick, even while ignoring half his orders: always trying to prove herself, always pushing into battle in the hopes of getting a job well done from Batman, or even from a thankful if ignorant Commissioner. He’s her hero. Not to mention the only hope of approval she has, when no one else is allowed to know her identity.

The downside of that is she’s quite sensitive to rejection from him. She was annoyed at Bruce frequently throughout the series. First because he left her out of the loop, making her practically stalk him if she wanted to find anything out and only revealing information on a need-to-know basis. Then he brought in Dick, an “official” sidekick, revealing his hideout and identity after a week despite never trusting Barbara with either until that very episode. Bruce could be infuriatingly unaware of her. To quote Barbara, ““He can give you the atomic weight of iridium and the private phone number of the president, but does he remember that I graduated high school? No.”

Bruce did begin to correct some of this at the start of season four, in the hopes of making them more of a team. He reveals his identity and takes her to the Batcave. Though the rivalry between her and Dick remained, it shifted dynamics to those of quibbling siblings. Like a big sister, annoyed at how much attention baby bro is gaining for himself, Barbara is caught between annoyance with Bruce over how little attention she receives… and actual affection for the younger partner she didn’t want, but who’s presence she has still come to rely upon. The end result is mutual teasing. It’s something that marks both their rivalry and their bond, and shows up heavily in their quips when they’re working alone together. They reassure each other when afraid, complain about who gets the best jobs, and worry when they think the other is hurt.

A final point to note on the matter, is loyalty. The commissioner’s mention of Betsy implies that Barbara is as prone to drifting as any other teenager. We don’t really see her with other friends, either, other than one episode where she attends the circus with two other girls. They don’t say a word, and she looks bored, but she does eat from their popcorn bucket. Still, her time with Pam shows a rather extreme example of Barbara’s loyalties: both its limits and the extent to which it will stretch. When she discovered that Pam was having buildings demolished, Barbara did try and stop her friend. She implied that she would turn Pam over to the police if she had to, rather than allowing the continued destruction of industrial plants. No matter how loyal Barbara is to a person, she will not break laws herself or stand by while they break laws. At least, not laws she agrees with – technically, vigilantism is a crime after all. Still, Barbara did stand between her friend and an angry mercenary who wanted to kill Pam. She still attempted to save Pam from the accident which turned her into Poison Ivy, and she still wanted to save Pam after the transformation had taken place. Barbara didn’t want to see her friend arrested, despite everything that had happened. She just wanted her friend to get help.

Considering she showed some similar concern with Donny, some of this might have been more her sense of “the right thing” than actual friendship. All the same, the way Barbara rushed to Pam’s aid, again and again, the way she called out when Pam was hurt, and her briefly continued use of the nickname “Red,” implied at least a little lingering friendship, despite the betrayals. Especially since Pam returned the favor by asking Barbara to join her. If it had actually been possible to cure Pam, and to convince the more twisted redhead to turn over a new leaf, it’s possible that Barbara would have continued their friendship.

After the episode, however, her friendship with Pam is never again discussed. The closest we receive is the tie-in comics, which are potentially of questionable canon. If they are to be believed, however, Barbara kept on visiting Pam during her first capture, and apparently still held some hope of Ivy’s recovery, at least for a little while. When push came to shove, though, Pam might have been her friend – but Poison Ivy was her enemy, and Barbara fought Ivy the same as she would any other villain. She did what she had to in order to protect the people of Gotham, and especially her father, who Ivy had a bad habit of targeting. She may have even been a little extra mean to Ivy, making a comment about her plant babies being “mulch” while the plant-girl laid crying in the rain. Arguably the cruelest comment she ever made, to the girl who hurt her more than anyone else in the series.

To end this, just for reference, there’s the episode Artifacts: the one episode where we see the characters aged up. Batman was still fighting for Gotham, despite getting older. Robin had become nightwing. Barbara was in a wheel chair, no longer fighting crime as Batgirl but assisting the other two as Oracle. She ran the batcomputer to give them whatever information and coordination was needed. We don’t know much of how her personality might have changed, from that one episode, but one thing can be said: her snark stood the test of time. She still answered phones with jokes, and teased Batman about what sort of things he might read. Whatever else changes in Barbara’s life, her passion for justice and spunk continue

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First Person Sample: http://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/11496288.html#comments should provide a very niec sample
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[Name]: Barbara Gordon
[Canon]: The Batman
[Age]: 18
[Gender]: Female
[Canon Point]: Post-series

[History]: A lot of Barbara's early life is a mystery. Her mother is never mentioned or pictured in the entire series, and is probably dead. At the start of the series, sixteen year old Barbara lived with her biological father - the police Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon. She wanted to be a police detective, but her father didn't want her having a job which got her shot at, so he had been pushing her for years into taking gymnastics with an Olympic Trainer. It paid off in skill, but left her without a real passion – which was why she apparently took to making multiple “best friends” and adopting their passions for a while. The flavor of the month in her first appearance was Pamela Isley, the only best friend ever seen, and possibly her last. The two of them would break into company's that damaged the environment, and assault the CEOS with gooey squirt guns in order to protest habits.

What Barbara didn't know was that Pamela used their protests as scouting missions. The more villainous of the red heads was hiring a mercenary named Temblor to take down the buildings when they refused to change their practices. Barbara realized it, tried to get her friend before she got sent to jail, and ended up being nearly sacrificed to an angry mercenary instead. Turned out that nineteen year old Pam didn't really have the cash to pay him at all, and he didn't make much distinction between the two girls.

Batman, the vigilante of her series, got involve and the whole thing came to an end with Pamela being bathed in toxic fertilizer. The fiasco was a life changing night for both girls, however: Barbara realized that her father would never get over his fears, and allow her to become a detective. The only thing to do, she decided, was to be an Olympic-hopeful gymnast by day and a butt kicking crime fighter by night, operating under the name of Batwoman. That got changed to Batgirl pretty quickly, mostly because everyone insisted on using it.

Pamela Isley's exposure to the toxins, on the other hand, resulted in becoming half human, half plant with a connection to nature around her. Pam had mixed reactions. Deciding to go by Poison Ivy, she went to ask Barbara to join her. Telling her former friend to think about it, she fairly immediately tried to feed the commissioner, the father who never approved of their friendship, to a man-eating plant.

Barbara and Batman did manage to take down Ivy and her plants. Her father didn't find out her identity, despite being five feet from her, and Batman didn't blow it despite having figured it out early. That was pretty much all the excuse Barbara needed to make herself Batman's unnofficial sidekick. She stalked him from crime to crime, asking to be let into the loop, and fighting to be made his more official sidekick. It wasn't until Barbara saved Batman and Gotham City that he finally honored her request, however. He gave her bat gear, a new costume, and a batwave communicator to let her know about crimes and join him on the scene.

Then next season, he brought on Robin. A thirteen year old boy who Batman had adopted in his civilian life as Bruce Wayne. Richard “Dick” Grayson became Batman's “official” sidekick, to the utter frustration of Barbara who had spent months following Batman just to get into the loop. It was only in an attempt to make things right and get his two sidekicks working together that Batman finally brought her into the Batcave and revealed secret identities so that there would be nothing standing between them anymore.

To an extent, it worked. Batgirl and Robin grew closer. But unlike some versions, where romance grew, there was a very different sort of tension between them. Batgirl was the big sister. Robin was the annoying little brother who she grew attached to, but was always rivaling for daddy's attention with. After all, Barbara had come first. She'd fought hard for her title. She was older... and while her father might support her in every other aspect of her life, he would never support her as a crime fighter. Bruce's approval was all she could hope for.

All the same, they managed to work pretty well together when they weren't trading snarky comments and snide remarks. Barbara comforted Dick when he was feeling scared, and Dick looked to her for support when things seemed grim. A secondary family grew for Barbara, separate from the one she had at home. The annoying little brother Dick. The secondary father figure, Batman. Alfred the buttler/grandfatgher figure who always had good cookies and better advice, including the fact that sometimes they had to disobey Bruce to get things done. The second family both supported and annoyed her – especially annoyed, sometimes, in Bruce's case. He didn't even know when she graduated high school.

Although she appeared in less episodes by the final season, Barbara didn't stop fighting crime. In the final episodes, right before her arrival in this game, she actually saved the earth from an alien invasion. How much of it was her is debatable: Batman and robin did most of the heavy fighting, and J'onn the man hunting martian was the one who downloaded instructions into her brain, but Barbara was the one who actually pushed the buttons and blew up the entire invading force.

The series ended with her recommending a teen division to the justice league, and Batman shutting her down.

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Barbara_Gordon_(The_Batman) is her wiki page. It's a little bare bones, and occasionally inaccurate. Specifically, Bruce didn't “manipulate events” to keep his identity secret. He bumped his head and lost all memory of being Batman, acted like a total coward, and convinced her there was no way that spineless jerk could possibly be her hero. Also, Batman actually gave her gear and allowed her in the loop at the end of season 3, before Robin arrived, though as I mentioned he didn't actually take her into the cave until afterward.


[Personality]:For those more familiar with the comics, it would be good to think of this version as a mixture between the traditional Barbara Gordon and Stephanie Brown. She’s even a gymnast.

Barbara comes off as a sassy and impulsive teenager, passionate about what she wants and willing to go after it. We don’t see that much of her life as a civilian, but what we do see of her at home isn’t that different from what we see of her as Batgirl.

She’s smart, answering questions in class but not apparently seen as the teacher’s pet. When teased by the self-purported class clown, she sent back a zinger of her own, and got a far better reaction from the class than the original did. She doesn’t make much trouble, that we see, but neither does she always do what she’s told. She makes that clear to everyone from the get-go, skipping gymnastic lessons to protest a company’s treatment of the environment, and lying to her father about it too. She’s a willful young woman who isn’t afraid to go after what she believes in. Though, as her father points out, just what she believes in occasionally shifts. The environmental love was new, and most likely inspired by her friend Pamela Isley (later to become Poison Ivy).

That didn’t stop Barbara from devoting her all to it, though, sneaking into buildings to confront CEOs. The same ways she devoted herself to gymnastics, despite it being her father’s idea – his not-so-private goal to deflect her from a career path as a police detective. The fact that she could match Dick, who’d been raised by performers to perform, shows that she clearly took her years of practice seriously, regardless of her personal passions.

Barbara can potentially come off as capricious, at least in her choice of hobbies. Before either crime fighting or environmentalism, she apparently took up bee keeping, and a best friend named Betsy. Listening to her father, both were very important to her, right up until she dumped them for Pam and her plants. Barbara put it as “trying to find herself,” however, an interpretation that rings true in this case. When her father shunted her away from being a detective and pushed her into gymnastics, it left Barbara without a true passion. She might enjoy the success she’s had at gymnastics, she was all too willing to skip lessons for her hobby of the month. Bee keeping, or environmental protests: it seems Barbara has a tendency to latch onto other people’s passions when she’s missing one of her own – but only when she’s missing her own. The moment she took on crime fighting, and “found” herself, these other hobbies all fell to the wayside. Fighting crime is what she’d wanted to do for years. She was practically raised in a police station, after all. That wish is still mentioned when she’s in the middle of her environmental phase, especially when her relationship with Pam deteriorates. Her need to be involved in crime fighting eventually comes to a head in the form of a batgirl costume. She realizes there’s no need for her father’s approval, if he has no idea who she is.

While fighting for justice did end Barbara’s revolving door of hobbies, it didn’t end her impulsive behavior. She once leaped onto Batman’s motorcycle while it was on autopilot, turned it to manual driving, and ended up losing control of it to a man who’d fused with nano technology. She had yet to finish driving school at the time. In another episode, she leaped into Batman’s massive battle armor to fight the Joker when he was pumped up on Bane’s muscle-making formula, never having even seen the machine before. On yet another occasion, she took the helm of a villain’s flying headquarters to steer it away from the city and crash it into Gotham bay. At no point in any of this did she receive one iota of training on how to use any of the above equipment. The motorcycle was just a chance to catch up with Batman and take part in the fight. The other two times she saw it as a necessity to stop a crook or save lives. On all three occasions she did it without any real planning, coming up with ideas on the fly and running with them.

However, Barbara’s lack of planning should not be confused with an inability to plan. Barbara’s even been known to caution retreat when the odds are stacked too high against her. She showed good tactics, too, when she had to think up ways to stall Black Mask’s army; ways that didn’t involve fighting every goon. It’s just that she doesn’t always think ahead when an idea takes her. Jumping into new equipment, refusing to wait for backup, getting snacks from a vending machine when she’s supposed to be on stake out – she’s intelligent and capable, but impulsive and undisciplined. She likes making jokes and quips, even when she’s fighting super villains. Especially when people like Black Mask are making threats and trying to scare her. Snarky comments are a good way of hiding just how scary it can be, when someone’s constantly trying to kill you.

To focus more on the inside, rather than the deflections: one of the most important things to recognize about Barbara is that she truly values the chance to help people. It’s the main reason she put on the bat costume. There’s no traumatic event in her past, or run in with the criminal element that caused her to make the decision. Her father is the police commissioner, the first member of the Gotham Police Department to officially work with the Batman, and even create a signal so that he could better help protect the city. His love of justice, his determination to make Gotham a safer place, inspired Barbara to do the same with her life. She even wanted to be police detective herself, at first.

Unfortunately, Commissioner Gordon didn’t really want his daughter getting shot at. He actively discouraged Barbara from joining the police force, and she suspected that he’d never allow her to follow the career. That’s why she made herself the Batgirl outfit. She thought it would be a way to fight crime regardless of what anyone else thought.

It might be for the best that she changed career paths. As mentioned above, Barbara does care about justice. She cares about her idea of justice more than she does about the actual law. When her former friend Pamela Isley first became Poison Ivy, for example, Barbara didn’t go to her father. Her father would just have arrested Pam. She went to Batman instead, hoping to help Pam recover without her father ever knowing. Although her former friend had in fact betrayed her, had been using their protests as scouting missions for her private mercenary to destroy companies, and had essentially abandoned Barbara to be torn apart by said mercenary while running for safety… Barbara still prioritized getting Pam help over throwing her in jail. It’s not just her friends that apply to, either. When her classmate Donny - the supposed class clown who had put a spitball to her forehead in class, joined the joker – Barbara specifically claimed that he was not a criminal. She again wanted Batman to help him, rather than simply wanting to take him down. She even briefly thought that Catwoman could be converted to the side of good, no matter her past crimes. Barbara doesn’t believe that just because someone is doing bad, that they deserve to be in jail. Her goal is not just to enforce law. It’s to bring criminals to justice, and even more importantly to help the people of her city be safe.


This mindset is not restricted to her life as a super hero, either, as seen in “attack of the terrible trio.” Even in her civilian life, Barbara was quick to berate a bully for picking on a few misfits. She was just as quick to come down on that trio for laughing when that jock was put in the hospital. Cliques don’t matter to her, or scale. Barbara does what she thinks is right.


Of course, Barbara can be quite determined about what “right” is. She’s very independently minded, not to mention stubborn. She ignored her father’s protective orders and hid her face under a mask, so that she could go off to fight crime. When Batman told her no, she essentially told him that he couldn’t stop her. She wanted to work with him against crime, and she continued showing up and joining him despite his protests. She continued even when he attempted to ignore her, despite his telling any villain who asked that she wasn’t his partner. She fought by his side, calling herself his sidekick with single minded determination to prove herself, until he finally accepted her. Mostly because she saved his life, saved the city, and kept going when all of Bruce’s other plans were falling apart. Then in season four, she turned around along with Robin and temporarily quit as his sidekicks, so that they could join him on a mission where he claimed not to want them. She knew he needed her, and she was going to be there.

That said, she obviously values team work and respects Batman, her inspiration for putting on the mask. He’s the hero her father is always thanking. The legend who keeps Gotham safe when no one else can. This is most likely why she continuously strove to be accepted as Batman’s sidekick, even while ignoring half his orders: always trying to prove herself, always pushing into battle in the hopes of getting a job well done from Batman, or even from a thankful if ignorant Commissioner. He’s her hero. Not to mention the only hope of approval she has, when no one else is allowed to know her identity.

The downside of that is she’s quite sensitive to rejection from him. She was annoyed at Bruce frequently throughout the series. First because he left her out of the loop, making her practically stalk him if she wanted to find anything out and only revealing information on a need-to-know basis. Then he brought in Dick, an “official” sidekick, revealing his hideout and identity after a week despite never trusting Barbara with either until that very episode. Bruce could be infuriatingly unaware of her. To quote Barbara, ““He can give you the atomic weight of iridium and the private phone number of the president, but does he remember that I graduated high school? No.

Bruce did begin to correct some of this at the start of season four, in the hopes of making them more of a team. He reveals his identity and takes her to the Batcave. Though the rivalry between her and Dick remained, it shifted dynamics to those of quibbling siblings. Like a big sister, annoyed at how much attention baby bro is gaining for himself, Barbara is caught between annoyance with Bruce over how little attention she receives… and actual affection for the younger partner she didn’t want, but who’s presence she has still come to rely upon. The end result is mutual teasing. It’s something that marks both their rivalry and their bond, and shows up heavily in their quips when they’re working alone together. They reassure each other when afraid, complain about who gets the best jobs, and worry when they think the other is hurt.

A final point to note on the matter, is loyalty. The commissioner’s mention of Betsy implies that Barbara is as prone to drifting as any other teenager. We don’t really see her with other friends, either, other than one episode where she attends the circus with two other girls. They don’t say a word, and she looks bored, but she does eat from their popcorn bucket. Still, her time with Pam shows a rather extreme example of Barbara’s loyalties: both its limits and the extent to which it will stretch. When she discovered that Pam was having buildings demolished, Barbara did try and stop her friend. She implied that she would turn Pam over to the police if she had to, rather than allowing the continued destruction of industrial plants. No matter how loyal Barbara is to a person, she will not break laws herself or stand by while they break laws. At least, not laws she agrees with – technically, vigilantism is a crime after all. Still, Barbara did stand between her friend and an angry mercenary who wanted to kill Pam. She still attempted to save Pam from the accident which turned her into Poison Ivy, and she still wanted to save Pam after the transformation had taken place. Barbara didn’t want to see her friend arrested, despite everything that had happened. She just wanted her friend to get help.

Considering she showed some similar concern with Donny, some of this might have been more her sense of “the right thing” than actual friendship. All the same, the way Barbara rushed to Pam’s aid, again and again, the way she called out when Pam was hurt, and her briefly continued use of the nickname “Red,” implied at least a little lingering friendship, despite the betrayals. Especially since Pam returned the favor by asking Barbara to join her. If it had actually been possible to cure Pam, and to convince the more twisted redhead to turn over a new leaf, it’s possible that Barbara would have continued their friendship.

After the episode, however, her friendship with Pam is never again discussed. The closest we receive is the tie-in comics, which are potentially of questionable canon. If they are to be believed, however, Barbara kept on visiting Pam during her first capture, and apparently still held some hope of Ivy’s recovery, at least for a little while. When push came to shove, though, Pam might have been her friend – but Poison Ivy was her enemy, and Barbara fought Ivy the same as she would any other villain. She did what she had to in order to protect the people of Gotham, and especially her father, who Ivy had a bad habit of targeting. She may have even been a little extra mean to Ivy, making a comment about her plant babies being “mulch” while the plant-girl laid crying in the rain. Arguably the cruelest comment she ever made, to the girl who hurt her more than anyone else in the series.

To end this, just for reference, there’s the episode Artifacts: the one episode where we see the characters aged up. Batman was still fighting for Gotham, despite getting older. Robin had become nightwing. Barbara was in a wheel chair, no longer fighting crime as Batgirl but assisting the other two as Oracle. She ran the batcomputer to give them whatever information and coordination was needed. We don’t know much of how her personality might have changed, from that one episode, but one thing can be said: her snark stood the test of time. She still answered phones with jokes, and teased Batman about what sort of things he might read. Whatever else changes in Barbara’s life, her passion for justice and spunk continue

[Abilities / Strengths & Weaknesses]: Barbara is an Olympic trained gymnast. She can flip through the air with the greatest of ease~ she actually does gymnastics just to get out of bed in the morning.

It's not brought up directly, but she's very intelligent. She has an easy time learning both physical and mental skills. She picked up how to fight mostly on the fly, using muscles and skills learned during her gymnastic training. She managed to keep up with school work, gymnastics, and crime fighting without alerting her father, and still getting into college.

She's also pretty decent with technology. Although she claims she couldn't even program a VCR, she has managed to figure out how to operate of a motorcycle, a jetpack, a robot batsuit, a car, a flying headquarter death machine, and all her batgear without much trouble. She even learned how to make and aim her own batarangs in the course of a day.

On the other side of the equation, there's Barbara's weaknesses. She's impulsive. She decided to become Batgirl in all of five minutes, for example. She can also be a little fickle – as when she was bouncing between best friends and passions. She isn't given to introspection, so when she has a hole in her life, like justice, she tends to resort to momentary fixes rather than actually getting to the root of the problem.

She's not incapable of making plans, she did it well enough when fighting off Black Mask’s army, but it tends to be her last resort. She'd rather jump into the fray and start pulling random wires or try and beat down the baddies then to crack open a book of schematics when there's people to save and a mission to accomplish. This often works out for her, since she's fast on her feet, but occasionally it ends up with her flat on her butt. Furthermore, her snarky attitude and youthful appearance means a lot of people don't take her seriously as anything more than a sidekick.

Plus, there's her ultimate weakness as a pirate. She hates pearls.

[Limited Powers]: She has none. :(

[Other Important Facts]: Uhm. First off, this series - The Batman - is separate from any other canons one might know. It isn't included in DCAU; it's very different from the comics; and it. Has no place in any of the movie universes. (Except Batman Vs. Dracula!)

Also, she hates to be called Babs. It's never mentioned why. But she implied that she would do very unpleasant things with Dick's controller if he ever called her Babs again.

ALSO ALSO. I tend to use Marian Call as a PB for her, though I do have another journal where I don't if that's a problem. (I do keep her canon icons for Batgirl stuff, in either case, but... People see her canon icons, and think she's about fourteen. DX She was sixteen when the series started, and in college when it ended. So. PB.)

[Samples]:
♦ Thread: Here and here <3
♦ Post:

[Barbara adjusts the blanket she found, making sure every inch of her batgirl outfit is covered before leaning back against a wall and lowering her cowl. She's picked up a thing or two about how these things work, but she's still not convinced they don't transmit images. ]

Kidnapped by Davy Jones, huh? Aren't we getting a little old to believe in fairy tales...? I thought you had to shipwreck first or something, anyway.

Wait. He's not some big super villain with tentacles on his face or something, is he? Because that's pretty much code for makeover in my book. [Come on Davy – or whoever you are. Get annoyed enough to respond. Where's that infamous villain's ego when you need it?]

Hey. I have an idea. Would my real kidnapper please stand up? Me and you have a few things to discuss.

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