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Real Identity: Mari McCabe
Affiliations: Justice League
Appearances (Comics): Journey To Love Part 4, Journey To Love Part 5, and and Journey To Love Part 6, The Real Sidekicks of New Gotham (Double Date and Tawny Tawks!), Boss Bitches, Stakeout, Batharl, and Where Do We Go From Here?
Powers/Skills: Animal Mimicry, Enhanced Physical Attributes, and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Not Applicable
Mari McCabe is a legendary and iconic supermodel as well as a super hero named Vixen. She dated Green Lantern John Stewart then B'Wana Beast in the past. Elle slid into McCabe's DMs to see if she could send her some of her clothing samples. They later met in person when she came fore show in Elle's hometown of Philadelphia and hit it off immediately. Elle asked her out on a date the same night.
Cyborg, Vixen, and Zatanna opposed a new villain named Mephitic at a toxic waste site in Detroit. He claimed it was a little trial run with his power so that he could reach his true potential. Zatanna passed out from Mephitic's fumes and Cyborg suddenly lost control of his body and started shooting at Vixen. She flew around and dodged his blasts. Mephitic took out a pen and notepad and wrote down notes about how each of them reacted to his power of suggestion. He speculated Vixen was invulnerable to it. That night, Vixen took part in a fashion show. Elle, her girlfriend, was in the audience. Batman hailed Vixen on comms while she was on the runway. Batman warned her intel led him to believe Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy were heading to Detroit. He speculated they could be partnering with Mephitic in Flint and warned her to be careful. After the show, Elle walked out with Vixen and told her she was amazing as always. After they got in their car, Vixen asked the driver to roll up the partition then she activated the power of the giraffe.
Vixen found Harley and Ivy in an alley across the Cedar Evergreen Inn. She admitted Cyborg was right about where they would be. Harley jumped into Ivy's arms. Ivy claimed they were nobody. Vixen complimented Harley's wig and pulled it off. She refused to let them go even though she thought the CEOs deserved it. Vixen switched to kangaroo and kicked Harley. Ivy summoned vines to catch her then blew hypnotic dust on Vixen and commanded her to go home and forget she saw them. To their surprise, Vixen was immune. She thought it was rude and asked Ivy if she brushed her teeth. Ivy made a bat out of vines and gave it to Harley. She charged Vixen again but got grabbed by the throat. Vixen switched to snake and constricted her. Harley joked no one but Ivy choked her the way she liked it. Ivy attacked but Vixen switched to frog and dodged her strikes. Posed against a wall like a spider, Vixen asked what their plans with Mephitic were. Ivy was confused and stated they didn't know the douche and came to beat him up.
A stampede of zoo animals approached them. Ivy realized her pheromones mixed with Vixen's animal spirits and attracted all animals. Vixen switched to skunk and sprayed the area to disperse them. Ivy grabbed Harley and rose out of the stink bomb with a vine. Harley was horrified. Vixen retorted it was what they deserved. It made the viral clip of the day on the news. The escaped zoo animals began crowding around Vixen. She hailed Cyborg on comms and requested his and Zatanna's help, along with animal rescue. Cyborg informed her Zatanna was finishing up a show and would meet them at the location. Vixen held a sheep on her shoulders and chased after a rabbit. Before she could finish her thoughts, Cyborg suddenly boomed in with animal rescue. Zatanna teleported to them and was disgusted by the smell. Cyborg also wanted to know what it was since it was now permanently embedded in his memory banks.
Vixen admitted it was her and explained what she did and noted it was a little petty. Zatanna thought it was more than a little. She cast a backwards spell to get the smell away but there was still a funk on Vixen. Vixen awkwardly thanked her. Zatanna suggested a bubble bath and a bottle of Merlot. Cyborg shifted the focus to getting the animals back into their cages. Vixen realized she was not going to live this down. Zatanna asked about Harley and Ivy but Cyborg believed it was only a matter of time before they ran into the duo again. Zatanna noted they were still trying to figure out how to deal with Mephitic. Cyborg joked Vixen was running an adoption agency. She took on the powers of a bird and flew off to go freshen up before returning to headquarters. Ivy realized she needed Vixen's help after Harley was kidnapped by Mephitic. Ivy sent out some weeds who found Vixen's place at Love Street and Laurel Drive. Ivy rang the doorbell. Vixen came down in a robe annoyed with an unexpected visitor. Her demeanor didn't change once she found out the visitor was Ivy.
Ivy swore she didn't come to fight and only needed her help to rescue Harley from Mephitic. Vixen didn't see how that was her problem. Ivy figured she would want to save someone and bring down Detroit's newest villain all on her own then offered the antidote to her current dilemma. Vixen was impressed with the manipulation and asked what she wanted her help for but warned if at any point she got uncomfortable with Ivy in her home, she would invoke a hippo and tear her apart like a watermelon. As a sign of good faith, Ivy gave her the antidote first. Elle came down the stairs and asked if everything was okay. Ivy apologized for interrupting. Elle told her to wait and emphasized she really wanted Vixen to have the antidote so animals would stop hassling her. Vixen told her not to start or she would make her tap out again then revealed she already took the antidote. Elle realized she missed getting to see them make out. Ivy broke out in tears and explained how she got in an argument with Harley, Harley went to a strip club, and Mephitic kidnapped her.
Vixen wondered why Mephitic was so fascinated with her in the first place. Ivy had no clue and admitted she came to Detroit with something to prove after he called her out on TV. Vixen deduced she decided to stand up for herself instead of ignoring a newbie villain's callout all because she was struggling with her ex-fiance leaving her at the altar and now her girlfriend was kidnapped and she wanted her help. Elle couldn't imagine life without Vixen just like Ivy couldn't imagine a life without Harley and implored Vixen to help Ivy. They took an elevator to Vixen's walk-in closet. Ivy was amazed. Elle noted accessibility mattered. Vixen knew Ivy was damn lucky she would do anything Elle asked her to do. Ivy was floored by Vixen's footwear alone. She thanked Elle for fighting for her. Elle told her queers had to stick together. Vixen didn't think she had anything in Ivy's side but they'd figure it out. Elle joked that was because Vixen's butt was getting bigger. Ivy was moved by their loving, fun, and non-toxic dynamic and wanted to change her ways and open up more.
Vixen couldn't find any of her her super suits. Elle asked her if she dropped them off at the cleaners the week before like she asked. Vixen didn't remember to do that. Elle had a back up but Vixen was horrified. With no other choice, she donned her first super suit and invoked the elephant on her roof. After 10 minutes, Vixen got a fix on Mephitic's location then informed Ivy after Mephitic was defeated and Harley was saved, she was going to be arrested for what she did to the CEOs. Ivy thought that was fair. Using a vine as a swing, Vixen airlifted Ivy to Mephitic's warehouse. Vixen wanted to come up with a plan but there was less than fifteen minutes left and she just wanted to bust in and fight. Vixen disagreed. Ivy thanked her for the help and decided to go in alone. Vixen asked her to do just one thing. Ivy sent one of the weeds to search for a way in then sent a text asking Livewire for help. Vixen assumed Ivy's plan would go sideways and came up with her own plan.
Vixen soon crashed through the skylight of Mephitic's warehouse and vowed he was heading to A.R.G.U.S. soon enough. Zatanna teleported into the warehouse and advised Livewire to take cover. Vixen invoked snake and constricted Mephitic while Zatanna cast a backwards spell designed to wash and scrub Mephitic clean. Vixen revealed she heard Ivy's apology and she could empathize with letting someone in after being hurt. Since her girlfriend Elle wouldn't forgive her for arresting them, Vixen let them go but they both owed her for it. She invoked cheetah and sped off. After Mephitic's defeat, Detroit saw a surge in new villains. One evening, Elle asked Vixen to be careful in light of recent events. She promised and reassured her she was just performing reconnaissance for Batman and would be incognito the entire time. Elle could not understand why Batman, himself, was not looking into the Wu-San Sisters considering both were adept in martial arts. Vixen asked her to take a deep breath and again assured her she would be far away from the sisters and they would be unaware of her presence. They kissed. She reminded her she chose to date a super-heroine.
Vixen surprised her and revealed she had a last-minute show in Gotham City on the weekend and since she had to debrief Batman anyway, she got them tickets to a live taping of Tawny Talks. Elle called up Poison Ivy with the news and they agreed to hang out. Vixen was surprised she was open to hanging around with them. Elle stated Ivy and Harley Quinn were her friends and she was not going to ignore them because she was dating a hero and pointed out she doesn't approve of Batman but doesn't tell her not to hang around him. Vixen contended that was not the same. Elle countered they were anti-heroes, not villains and asked her to give them a chance. After Vixen left she texted Elle she loved her more. Elle remarked she would never get used to her super moth hearing. Vixen took on the power of the cheetah and ran at super speed. Vixen could not get over the fact that Ivy and Harley killed people.
Batman hailed her over comms. A Batdrone was in the air above her. Vixen informed him she decided to do the recon a few warehouses down from where the Wu-San Sisters were. Batman told her she was too far away and they needed a visual. Vixen summoned several rats and asked them to be her eyes and ears but warned them not to go in all at once. She teased Batman about not knowing she could do that but he denied he had a file on her and was updating it. Batman told her to keep him posted and signed off. The rats returned and informed her the sisters were establishing themselves as an underground crime syndicate in Detroit and they were receiving shipments within the next few months. Vixen thanked the rats and left them with cookies as thanks. She returned home and apologized to Elle for putting her in an awkward position of choosing her friends or her and would be there for Elle. Harley informed them they got a reservation at The Ocelot the next night. The call ended and Vixen reckoned it was time for an "evening swimming lesson."
In Gotham, Elle got curious about a bombed out building. McCabe reminded her anything was possible in Gotham City. Before she left the Rest BnB, McCabe told her she packed her medicated salve just in case of nerve pain. Vixen visited the Batcave and told Batman the Wu-San Sisters were establishing themselves as an underground crime syndicate in Detroit and they were receiving shipments within the next few months. She also mentioned Sandra Wu-San knew she was being watched even though Batman was adamant she couldn't know. Vixen advised him not to underestimate women and promised to keep an eye on them then advised him to keep training Batgirl and Robin just in case things go sideways. McCabe returned with snacks, including Elle's favorite, chocolate pretzels. They watched some Tawny Show then Elle took a nap. McCabe thought it was corny the reservation was under their Harlivy ship name but Elle reminded her about the Vixelle custom shirts and jackets she designed for their ship name. They found Harley and Ivy at the table and made a toast to awkward dates.
Elle was happy all heroic and nonheroic ways were put aside and thanked them. Harley declared everything was on her and told them to order whatever they wanted. Elle and McCabe were amused. Harley stopped herself from admitting she stole the money. Elle teased McCabe for snatching food from her plate. Ivy joked Harley did the same thing but she denied it. After dinner, Ivy presented a gift to Elle, a chronic pain bouquet that would help her with her ails. The date was interrupted by the explosive entrance of White Rabbit. McCabe took on the power of the fox and White Rabbit implored her to try and catch her. McCabe got bored and switched to a cheetah but White Rabbit remained elusive. Outside, a woman rescued revealed she was the sister of White Rabbit and she was raising funds for a Pakistani charity and her sister meant no harm. To everyone's surprise, the woman and White Rabbit vanished. Elle and McCabe hugged and the latter thanked them for keeping her safe.
They went to a Goodielicious for ice cream. Elle thought it was the funnest date she went on and wanted to do it again. A woman was mugged nearby, prompting Harley to emulate Superman. She easily dispatched the mugger. Elle didn't want the night to end. Harley suggested getting some lap dances. The next day, the first episode of Tawny Talks was taped live. Vixen, Elle, Harley and Ivy were brought out to the stage first. Vixen took glared at Frank for referring her to as one of Ivy's sidekicks. Vixen and Elle's history was discussed first. McCabe stated Elle had an aura that exuded safety, love, compassion, and more. Tawny Young thought that was beautiful but asked her if she hesitated to date someone with one leg and asked when she started dating women in general, bringing up her recent exes B'Wana Beast and Green Lantern John Stewart. McCabe emphasized Elle's disability had no bearing on how much she loved, respected, and supported her and choosing not to date someone disabled kept you from finding love and friendship then she revealed she always liked women but it wasn't anyone's business until she felt ready to disclose. The audience cheered them on.
After a hostage crisis at Gotham City Hall, Vixen made contact with Batgirl to confirm she would be dropping off "the package" in person the next evening. Vixen arrived at the Bat-Warehouse with a young girl named Cassandra Cain and told her she would be safe. Vixen found Nightwing and Robin bickering over bees and asked where Batgirl was. Batgirl apologized for being late and explained she was dropping off a kidnapped child. Vixen was shocked to see Harley Quinn. Harley was surprised Elle didn't tell her but announced she was now a "good-ish guy" and added she even saved Gotham from her girlfriend's clutches. Vixen could not deal with it and asked her to leave because there was something sensitive she had to discuss with the others but promised they would talk later. She told Harley she was proud of her then told Nightwing, Batgirl, and Robin that Cain was the most important person in their lives for the next few days.
Harley Quinn lied to Ivy she was going to a therapy session for Bruce Wayne and went to Vixen's condo instead. Harley remarked the condo was more than big enough for Giganta to fit inside. Mari McCabe quipped one villain in her house was enough. Elle scolded her. McCabe thought it was fascinating she went from a licensed psychologist to a chaotic murderer and no an antihero. Harley was touched she cared. McCabe pointed out the love of her life always talked about Harlivy so she had no choice but to care. They listened to Harley vent her issues with continuing to lie to Ivy about her heroic exploits and being concerned Ivy was mixing up with dangerous villains. McCabe thought she just came to ask for help with a rescue mission. Elle thought that was a lot. Before parting ways, Elle advised Harley to tell Ivy the truth before she finds out on her own. She thanked Vixen for taking Harley. Vixen recalled she could never say no to her. She took on the power of a bird and flew then caught Harley, now in her Batsuit.
Vixen thought she was a ten across the boards. Harley complimented her eyes. Vixen thought she had a woman already. Harley teased she would always appreciate an alluring queen. Vixen told her to hush. They arrived on the roof across from the Boomboom Room and met up with the Bat-Family. Vixen noted she heard it was Nightwing's op and wanted to see what he could do. They spotted Black Mask and Lady Marabunta and he declared it was time to Nightwing it. Two police officers improvised and arrested the villains. Nightwing and Vixen whispered to each other. Nightwing believed those were the two he saw earlier and believed they were on Black Mask's payroll. Vixen asked him what he wanted to do about it. Nightwing suggested a field trip to Blackgate Penitentiary. Nightwing informed an officer the Bat-Family was escorting them to Blackgate. At Blackgate, they were attacked by Poison Ivy and her Ladies and Nonbinaries of Doom.
Vixen captured Black Mask before he could escape then she tried to shake Harley out of her grief after Ivy left with her Legion. She reminded Harley their love for one another would never disappear but they both had to come to an arrangement on their own time and stop keeping secrets from each other. She implored Harley to help finish the mission. Back at the Bat-Warehouse, Nightwing voiced his disdain for Harley. Vixen stuck up for her and pointed out that considering the circumstances, she did all right. Wonder Woman arrived for Cassandra Cain and advised Harley to hold herself accountable and apologize to Ivy for her deceit. She jokingly offered to tie her up and force her to speak truthfully. Wonder Woman vowed to Vixen that Cain would be protected on Themyscira by the Amazons and she would get to train with the best of the best until it was safe for her to return home. Vixen quipped she needed to loosen up. Vixen told Harley she would reach out to Zatanna and Cyborg to see if they could track down their friend Peaches's sister Miia in Detroit.