Dad thinks I'm too short. My Sensei thinks I'm too "girly". But just like the principles of Jujitsu--I use their expectations against them. That will be their weakness. Not mine. Let them all underestimate me. Let them think they have the upper hand on the little girl. Let them relax while teh adrenaline leaks out of their systems. Let them believe they're closing their grips on a shrinking violet. And when their guard is down and their pride is rising...let me kick their butts up around their ears. - BatgirlBATGIRL (BARBARA GORDON)PL:
9 (185 pts) - OPL:
8 ; DPL:
STRENGTH 2, STAMINA 3, AGILITY 5, DEXTERITY 3, FIGHTING 11, INTELLECT 7, AWARENESS 4, PRESENCE 3 SKILLS:
Acrobatics 10 (+15) [Agile Feint
], Athletics 9 (+11), Close Combat [Unarmed] 4 (+15), Deception 6 (+9), Expertise [Computers] 12 (+19) [Skill Mastery
], Expertise [Criminology] 4 (+11), Expertise [Dance] 2 (+9), Insight 9 (+13), Intimidation (+3), Investigation 11 (+18) [Contacts, Well-Informed
], Perception 11 (+15), Persuasion 5 (+8), Ranged Combat [Throwing] 4 (+12), Sleight of Hand (+3), Stealth 8 (+13), Technology 8 (+15), Treatment (+7), Vehicles 6 (+9) ADVANTAGES:
Attractive (1), Benefit (2) (Cipher 2), Contacts, Defensive Attack, Defensive Roll (1), Eidetic Memory, Equipment (10), Evasion (1), Grabbing Finesse, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative (1), Jack-of-all-trades, Move-by Action, Power Attack, Prone Fighting, Redirect, Ranged Attack (5), Set-Up (1), Skill Mastery (Expertise [Computers]), Takedown (1), Teamwork, Well-Informed POWERS:NONE EQUIPMENT:(50 pts)Batgirl Costume:
Protection 1, Features 2 (Converts ballistic/energy damage to non-lethal), Immunity 2 (Critical Hits, Flaw: Limited [Ballistics only]); 4 ptsCowl Lenses:
Senses 2 (Low Light Vision, Infravision), Commlink (Senses 1 [Communication Link, Bat Family]); 3 ptsUtility Belt: (31 pts)Flash Bang Grenade:
Ranged Burst Area Affliction 5 (Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by Fortitude; 1st: Visually and Auditory Impaired, 2nd: Visually and Auditory Disabled, 3rd: Visual and Auditory Unaware, Extra: Ranged Area Burst [30 ft radius], Extra Condition); 20 ptsBatarangs:
Bludgeoning Strength-Based Ranged Damage 2; 1 ptTear Gas Grenades:
Cloud Area Affliction 5 (Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by Fortitude; 1st: Dazed and Visually Impaired, 2nd: Stunned and Visually disabled, 3rd: Incapacitated, Extra: Ranged Area Cloud [15 ft radius], Extra Condition); 1 ptGrapple Gun:
Movement 1 (Swinging), Ranged Trip; 1 ptLockpicks:
Feature 1 (tools, Technology); 1 ptMini-Tracer:
Feature 1 (Tracking, 2 Mile range); 1 ptRebreather:
Immunity 2 (Flaw: Limited -20 Rounds of Oxygen); 1 ptHandcuffs:
Feature 1 (Toughness 9, DC20 Sleight of Hand/Technology); 1 ptFlashlight:
Feature 1 (Illumination); 1 ptBinoculars:
+5 Perception [Visual at Distance]; 1 ptFirst Aid Kit
+2 Treatment [First Aid]; 1 ptCutting Torch:
Damage 1, Linked to Weaken Toughness 1 (Flaw: Limited to objects); 1 ptsVehicle: (12 pts)Nightcycle:
Size - M, Strength - 1, Speed - 6, Def - 10, Tough - 8, Features 2 (Navigation System, Computer); 12 pts OFFENSE:
Close Attack +11
Unarmed +15 [Unarmed +2]
Ranged Attack +8
Throwing +12 [Batarangs +4]
Special Attack [Flash Bang Grenade Affliction +5, Area Burst
; Tear Gas Grenade Affliction +5, Area Cloud
Dodge +13 [DC23] Parry +13 [DC23]
Toughness +5, Fortitude +7, Will +9 COMPLICATIONS:Enemy:
The Calculator, Spy Smasher, The Joker (for obvious reasons), her brother, James Gordon Jr.Flashbacks:
The trauma of her near fatal shooting at the hands of The Joker sometimes manifests itself in flashbacks to that momentRelationships:
The Bat Family and Dick Grayson in particular, her father Jim Gordon, The Birds of PreySecret Identity:
She guards her identity Barbara Gordon fiercely Abilities 74 + Skills 55 (110 ranks) + Advantages 36 + Powers 0 + Defenses 20 = 185 / 185Build Comments:
No one will believe me, but I was really thinking of bringing Babs back as Batgirl in the Thorpacoverse before the New 52 was announced. But alas and alack, they scooped me, so I have to continue to look like the hack that I am…
The new book has been pretty good, but then again, I am a TOTAL Gail Simone mark, so I'm probably a little biased. I met her at a con a couple of years ago and she didn't seem like she was in that great of a mood at first, but when I got to her table to have her sign my Birds of Prey #1, she couldn't have been nicer. Of course, I gushed all over her like a schoolgirl with a crush, so she probably found this 6-2, 300 lb, black dude acting like that very humorous. Secret Origins:
Barbara Gordon is the daughter of longtime Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon. Barbara, alongside with her brother, James Jr., was visiting her father in the Police Station of Gotham City, under the excuse of needing it as part of a college project. Her real motivation, though, was taking a closer look on what the officers thought and knew about Batman, the mysterious vigilante who was similar to her in many aspects, including her smartness.
She is escorted by Officer Dwight Morgan, who the young lady intriguing. In the middle of the visit, though, a criminal who had just been arrested, Harry X, managed to start a riot in the Station with the help of his allies. He threatened James Jr.'s life, saying he would only need one of the commissioner’s kids as a hostage. He picked Barbara over the boy he called an aberration, forcing her to run with her brother while Morgan fought the assassin.
The bandit, however, defeated the officer and would certainly kill him if Barbara didn’t stop him. She dressed up with the Batman's fantasy gear that the cops were using to try to get how the vigilante worked. She used her martial arts skills to defeat Harry and is praised by Batman, who had recently come to assist, for the good work.
After that, she started to work alongside with him and Robin. At first, Batman did not want another partner, but he ended up accepting her. The Story so Far:
She would still be Batgirl for some time, however she started to feel inadequate in a world that had heroes like Superman, Captain America, and Wonder Woman. She retired from her career as Batgirl, however that did not stop violence from entering her life. In an attempt to drive Jim Gordon insane, the Joker arrived at the Gordon's house and shot Barbara Gordon through the spine. He then took pictures of her in various states of undress and torture that he would show Gordon later in an attempt to drive him insane. The shots from the Joker's gun severed Barbara's spine leaving her in a wheelchair, most likely for the rest of her life. Upon hearing this both Barbara and Dick Grayson, the former original Robin, were devastated. This would lead to an obsessive disorder regarding the Joker, tapping into video of him, as well as telling Nightwing that they should make an exception to their one rule and kill the Clown Prince of Crime. She would later ask Batman for the camera that was used to shoot the pictures of her. She has it in a secret building, along with her original Batgirl suit.
Initially Barbara fell into a bout of depression, but soon used her knowledge of computers in the ever growing modern era and use it to fight crime the best way she can. Using her incredible smarts and photographic memory along with her ability to use computers in a way that most of the superhero community are unable to, she creates a new persona. She went by the codename Oracle and she served as an information broker, first to the Suicide Squad, then to heroes throughout her world. She also trained to become a fighting threat from the world famous Richard Dragon, despite being wheelchair-bound.
She was a key player, gathering information for Batman and his operations throughout the years. She has a very good relationship with all the members of the Batman Family in recent years, and has served as a member of the Justice League and The Avengers.
Upon her complete transformation into the Oracle, she founded the Birds of Prey, a team of female heroes whom she employed and sent out as agents in her fight on crime as well as considering them extended members of the Batman Family. Black Canary, Dinah Lance, becomes the main operative in her unit, as the two have formed an incredibly strong friendship once they finally meet in person.
Recently, Barbara regained the use of her legs with the assistance of Beast and an unknown assistant and as retaken her mantle as Batgirl. Characterization:
Barbara is the Bat Family member who thinks the most about the impact her actions may have on the marginalized population of Gotham. She wonders if the superhero game is the right path for the city. She goes easy on the thieves and bandits that are on this life for lack of better choices. She was even able to understand some villains' issues. To sum up, she can walk on others' shoes and reflect on her own actions, what makes her an unique member of the Bat Family.Friends and Foes:
She is close to Batman and the Bat family as well as every member, past and present, of the Birds of Prey. She has contacts throughout the superhero community and is widely respected.
She is developing her own rogue’s gallery of villains, including Endless Winter, Mirror, Knighfall and Gretel.Clean Up 3/14/13:
Babs gets a much needed update.