Barbara Gordon (character)

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Name: Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl, Oracle
Occupation: librarian, superhero, information broker, hacker
Title/Rank: at various points member of Batfamily, Birds of Prey, Suicide Squad, JLA, Seven Soldiers of Victory
Location: Gotham
Status: alive
Relationships: Dick Grayson (love interest), Bruce Wayne (mentor), Dinah Lance (Black Canary, ally), Huntress (ally)
Fandom: DC Comics, Birds of Prey, DC Animated Universe, Batman (TV Series), The Batman cartoon, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Young Justice (TV Series)
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Barbara Gordon is a character from DC Comics. She has appeared in comics, TV, animation, and movie versions.


She is the daughter (sometimes niece/adopted daughter) of Commissioner Jim Gordon of the Gotham police. Inspired by Batman, Babs became Batgirl when she was not allowed to join the police force herself. She has studied law and library science. After being shot by the Joker and paralyzed from the waist down, Babs left the streets and began fighting crime as Oracle, using her extensive computer hacking and information gathering skills. She works with Batman and Robin, created the team Birds of Prey, and has trained two successors to her role as Batgirl.



TBA: something about the discussions when it became known that Oracle would be healed, Oracle as visible disabled character.

When DC Comics relaunched all their titles and rebooted their universe with the New 52 in September 2011, Barbara Gordon stopped being Oracle, was healed of her paralysis, and went back to being Batgirl. Many fans were outraged by this, both because of their love for Babs as a disabled character, and because it was a double standard in the treatment of the male Robin characters and the female Batgirl characters, with multiple male Robins allowed to grow up and move past that role, and Babs being regressed to Batgirl and the later Batgirls (and girl Robin) being written out of the story.

DC Animated Universe

Birds of Prey (TV Series)

Barbara Gordon is one of the main characters in Birds of Prey. In flashbacks, Barbara is often portrayed as Batgirl persona. In present scenes, she's portrayed in her Oracle persona due to the Joker's attack her which paralyzed her, just like in the comics. She's partners with Helena Kyle (Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's daughter) and Dinah Redmond (Black Canary's daughter).


Barbara Gordon makes her first appearance in Smallville Season 11 as Nightwing (instead of Batgirl). She's the first assistant/partner of Batman (Bruce Wayne).



Babs is most commonly shipped with various members of the Batfamily and Birds of Prey. She had a canonical relationship with Dick Grayson which is frequently explored in fanfic. She is often femslashed with Dinah Lance, Helena Bertinelli, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown. She has also been shipped with Bruce Wayne.


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