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Real Identity: Barbara Gordon
Appearances (BTAS): I am the Night, Heart of Steel, Heart of Steel Part Two, Shadow of the Bat, Shadow of the Bat Part Two, Batgirl Returns, Subzero, Holiday Knights, Sins of the Father, Cold Comfort, You Scratch My Back, Double Talk, Joker's Millions, Mean Seasons, Over the Edge, Torch Song, Love is a Croc, The Ultimate Thrill, Critters, Old Wounds, Chemistry, Girls' Nite Out and Mystery of the Batwoman
Appearances (GG): Lapbat, Trick or Treat, More Than One Way, The Three Babes, Lady-X, Miss Uncongeniality, Strategery, Bat'ing Cleanup, Gotham Noir, Scout's Dishonor, I'm Batgirl, Ms'ing in Action, Gotham in Pink, Hear Me Roar, Gotham in Blue, A Cat in the Hand, Jailhouse Wreck, Honor Among Thieves, No, I'm Batgirl!!!, Signal Fires and Cold Hands, Cold Heart
Appearances (BB): Blackout, Heroes, Spellbound, A Touch of Curare, Splicers, Revenant, Babel, Eyewitness, Zeta, King's Ransom, Speak No Evil, Betrayal and Return of the Joker
Appearances (JL): The Savage Time Part One (Hypertime Version)
Skills: Detective, hand to hand fighting and technological
Voiced By: Melissa Gilbert/ Mary Kay Bergman/ Tara Charendoff-Strong/ Stockard Channing/ Angie Harmon

Barbara Gordon is the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner, James Gordon. She stands at 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 110 pounds. By 1995, she was attending college at Gotham State University and stayed at one of the dormitories. Her mailing address was 47 College Way, Gotham City New York 10023 and dormitory room's phone number was 212-555-0142. Her roommate was a blonde named Jenny and known physician was a Dr. McCullough. Barbara always found the time to return home between semesters. When her father was shot in a sting operation, Barbara remained at his side at Gotham General Hospital, for three days straight. She came face to face with the Commissioner's enemy, the Jazzman but Batman intervened and prevented him from killing the Commissioner.

Barbara Gordon was one of the few people to be initially suspicious of the renegade artificial intelligence, HARDAC's duplicants. Barbara was tipped off by the duplicant's limited speech responses and sudden emotional change. She used some of her basic level infiltration skills to break into Cybertron Industries, after a duplicant of Detective Harvey Bullock attacked her and Batman atop Gotham City Police Headquarters. Barbara then witnessed Batman confronts HARDAC and the remains of his army. She escorted the AI's targets, Karl Rossum, Harvey Bullock, James Gordon and Mayor Hill to safety via one of Rossum's secret elevators.

In a scheme orchestrated by Two-Face to implant an associate into Gotham Police, James Gordon as falsely implicated as a lackey of mob boss Rupert Thorne. The Gotham City Police Department organized a benefit to clear their Commissioner's name. Many felt Batman's presence was necessary to confirm the Commissioner's innocence. However, Batman refused the invite and went undercover to gather intelligence. Barbara Gordon recognized the need for Batman and donned a mock costume and made an appearance for the benefit attendees. The stakes escalated and Barbara created her own permanent alter-ego, Batgirl.

Batgirl encountered Robin (Dick Grayson) as he listened in on Gil Mason, Two-Face's lackey. Robin was initially hesitant and didn't desire Batgirl's involvement. She secretly followed Robin to Mason's rendezvous with Two-Face who was holding Bruce Wayne, disguised as Matches Malone. Batgirl botched the rescue and as a result, she, Robin and Batman were trapped in a flooding subway tunnel. Batman allowed her to escape first via grapple. But Batman and Robin had to find an alternative means of escape. The trio then confronted Two-Face and his gang at the Bayshore Wharf. Commissioner Gordon was rescued and Batgirl pursues a fleeing Mason. Mason discovered Batgirl's identity but was hurt in an explosion. Mason was in a coma and most likely, suffered short term memory loss from the trauma.

Barbara Gordon continued her college life but began to romanticize about her career as Batgirl. Barbara began to moonlight as Batgirl and encountered Catwoman. Catwoman claimed she was seeking to exonerate herself after a Gotham State University Museum heist implicated her. Robin dismissed her story but Batgirl was willing to investigate further. Batgirl accompanied Catwoman to the infamous Stacked Deck bar to find some answers. They 'recruited' the Chemist to analyze acid samples found at the scene of the theft. A bar fight and police chase followed but Catwoman managed to deduce Roland Dagget was the real thief. With some help from Robin, Dagget was re-arrested.

When Mr. Freeze's Artic sanctuary was disturbed, his wife, Nora was exposed and needed an organ transplant or she would die. Mr. Freeze forcibly enlisted an old colleague, Dr. Belson to find a donor. However, with Nora's rare blood type AB Negative, Belson hacked into the registry and searched for a living donor, which happened to be Barbara Gordon. While on a dinner date at Shaughnessy's on Madison Avenue with Dick Grayson, the 20 year old was kidnapped by Mr. Freeze. She was resilient and tried to escape. The instability of the abandoned oil derrick Freeze was using began to present itself. Batman and Robin arrived and saved Barbara, Koonak, and Nora.

Soon after, Barbara graduated college and accepted a job in the Gotham City Police Department as a systems and data analyst. As an indirect result, Barbara became privy to classified files, which aided her career as Batgirl. Her relationship progressed with Grayson just as Batman and Robin's worsened. Bruce Wayne attempted to rectify the strain by disclosing his and Grayson's secrets and inviting her to the team. Wayne had long deduced Barbara's secret. Unfortunately, this only furthered the divide. Grayson saw the move as purely manipulative and resigned after the trio stopped the Joker from using a GothSpace radar disrupter to blackmail Gotham City.

For about three years, Barbara honed her skills under the tutelage of Batman and the two welcomed the addition of a second Robin as well as the return of Dick Grayson. In the that time, the four were together and Batgirl took on the likes of Clayface, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Ventriloquist & Scarface, Catwoman, the Joker, Killer Croc, Baby Doll, Firefly, Roxy Rocket, Scarecrow, Farmer Brown and Poison Ivy.

In one encounter, Batman, Robin and Batgirl set out to stop the Scarecrow. Among the fighting, Batgirl set out alone to stop Scarecrow. She was tricked and doused with the Scarecrow's fear toxin. Batgirl experienced a nightmare scenario in which she fell to her death. Commissioner Gordon declared war on Batman only to be forced to resign. Gordon released Bane in a last ditch effort to get revenge on Batman. Batgirl recovered shortly thereafter and sought to tell her father the truth. The Commissioner assured her everything was right between the two of them, maybe even inferring he already knew.

While the super villain, Livewire was being transported to GothCorp Labs, she managed to escape and teamed up with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Instead of Superman, Supergirl arrived in his place to help. Batgirl deduced a silicate dust bomb would ground Livewire's electrical powers but the bomb, itself, was too delicate. The three villains escaped and Batgirl and Supergirl followed a lead and grilled the Penguin for any information. He revealed a rumored hideout currently being occupied. Luckily, it was the right one and the three villains were defeated.

Gordon returned to college out of state with limited action as Batgirl. She also began to openly flirt with Bruce Wayne, who avoided her advances at first. Years later, Batgirl joined Batman in a search for the missing Tim Drake. The two witnessed the unveiling of the Joker's experiments. Batgirl fought Harley Quinn. In the scuffle, Quinn's bazooka misfired and sent Batgirl and Quinn falling into a chasm. Batgirl attempted to save Quinn but failed. Batman and Robin had a falling out a year later. It was just Batgirl and Batman, a grand love affair in her opinion. Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon were publicly linked as lovers but Wayne would never admit he loved Gordon. Eventually, Batgirl retired.

Some time later, she ascended to the position of Police Commissioner and faced the same issues of organized crime and internal corruption. Gordon also married Sam Young, a lawyer, who later became Gotham's District Attorney. When a new Batman appeared, she quickly deduced who he was and warned Bruce Wayne of interfering in police affairs. Because of her bitter end, Gordon always held onto a fear that Batman, whoever he is, would betray her. Despite saving her husband on several occassions, Gordon was easily manipulated by Spellbinder into believing Batman killed. After being shown what was really going on, Gordon came to her senses and accepted Batman's presence.