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|Full Name||Barbara Gordon|
|Base of Operations||Gotham City|
|Height||5' 11" (1.80 m)|
|Weight||126 lbs (57 kg)|
|Voice Actor||Kimberly Brooks (Arkham Asylum & Arkham City)|
Kelsey Lansdowne (Arkham Origins)
Ashley Greene (Arkham Knight)
|First Appearance||As Batgirl: Detective Comics #359 (Jan 1967) As Oracle: Suicide Squad #23 (Jan 1989)|
Barbara Gordon-Drake was the daughter of Gotham City's Police Commissioner James Gordon, and was forbidden by her overprotective father from joining the GCPD. Instead, she took on the identity of Batgirl and was a crime-fighting partner of Batman's for years. But that all ended when the Joker shot her through the spine. Paralyzed from the waist down and using a wheelchair, Barbara adopted the new identity of Oracle, and aided the Dark Knight with her computer expertise, which provided Batman with a constant stream of information in the field to aid his battle against crime.
Before Arkham Origins Incident
Noticing some cops spying on their home, Babara went to the GCPD. She found her father covered in bruises. Asking if it was his co-workers or the thugs, Barbara stopped herself and told him that they were the same. After he warned her being near the GCPD was dangerous at night, Barbara informed him that their home was being stalked.
Gordon offered to give her a police escort for her safety, but Babara told him that the police were the ones stalking them. Hearing her father mumble "so it's come to this", Barbara was surprised when he gave her a radio and list of channels that the corrupt cops use. Despite knowing it can cost him his job, Barbara was told to hold onto it to stay safe.
Arkham Origins IncidentBarbara was first seen in an argument about Batman with her father. She tried defending Batman's actions; however, her father only saw him as another criminal, instead of the hero Gotham needed.
Batman met Barbara in the GCPD Server Room while trying to access the National Criminal Database. While talking with Barbara, the GCPD SWAT Team tossed a smoke grenade into the room. Barbara ran outside to stall them so Batman could get away. After Batman exited the GCPD Building, Barbara hacked into Batman's communications and asked him for help. Penguin had weapon crates all over Gotham City and the Disruptor that Batman took out of the GCPD Evidence Room could prevent them from being opened. Batman agreed to help, and, after he disabled all of the weapon crates, Barbara told him that she thought that they made a good team, and, if he ever needed help or a partner, she was there for him, which hinted that she would become Batgirl soon.
Between Arkham Origins and A Matter of Family Incident
Barbara became Batman's partner, Batgirl, a few years after the Christmas Eve Incident. She took the mantle at a GCPD press conference to show the public that Batman was a man in a suit of armor and gadgets that anyone could purchase with enough money and not a super natural entity that the public believed. During this conference, Killer Moth attacked and captured Commissioner Gordon. Barbara acted quickly, stole the makeshift Batman Suit and gadgets that the GCPD threw together, came in through a window up high, and announced herself as Batgirl. She then proceeded to jump into the fray, took down all of Killer Moth's Henchmen, and disarmed Killer Moth of his trademark cocoon gun. Desperate to escape, Killer Moth attempted to kill Gordon by dropping him from up high, but Batgirl saved her father and disappeared as Batman arrived at the scene and caught the escaping Killer Moth.
Several months to a year later, Barbara was at a ball at Wayne Manor with her father. Not fond of being present, Barbara snuck off into a private area of Wayne Manor and attempted to hack into Bruce Wayne's Internet, in which she was successful, but was shocked as to why a billionaire would have 15 layers of decrypted walls protecting it. Eventually, Barbara got through all the layers of protection, discovered Bruce Wayne's secret, that he was Batman as she unlocked the door to the Batcave. Bruce confronted her, revealed that he was aware that she was Batgirl, and, rather than being mad, he was impressed with her, and made her his partner in his war on crime and his mission to protect Gotham.
A Matter of Family Incident
Robin met up with Barbara to help her save her father, (Commissioner Gordon) who was kidnapped by the Joker, along with many other police officers and who were held at the abandoned Seagate Amusement Park. As Batgirl went through the Amusement Park and saved the hostages, Robin located bombs, which Batgirl defused. Eventually, Robin found the location of Joker. The duo headed over to the location, where they fought Joker, Harley Quinn, and many of Joker's Henchmen. Afterward, Commissioner Gordon was saved, and the GCPD entered the scene, where Harley was captured and Joker parachuted away, and escaped.
Between A Matter of Family and Road to Arkham Incident
After she saved her father from the Joker, Barbara's career as Batgirl came to an end when she had an almost fatal encounter with Joker, who shot her through the spine, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down and using a wheelchair. Not wanting to give up on life and crime-fighting, Barbara adopted the new identity of Oracle: a computer expert and information broker.
Road to Arkham Incident
After Batman foiled the Joker's latest scheme and transferred him to Arkham Asylum via the Batmobile, Oracle contacted him, heard of the events prior, and stated that the Joker was his third 'big gun' in the last month, following Victor Zsasz and Scarecrow. Batman discussed his suspicions with Oracle about the similarities and convenience surrounding the three captures before he arrived at Arkham Asylum.
Arkham Asylum Incident
Shortly after Batman arrived with the Joker at Arkham Asylum, the Joker was escorted by a team of armed and armored security guards to the Holding Cells at the Intensive Treatment Center, when he broke free. The Clown Prince of Crime killed a guard and a doctor in the area before he freed all of the prisoners that were housed in the Holding Cells. While Batman fought them off, the Joker ran amok through the Intensive Treatment Center, and killed the asylum guards in his path. Batman followed him, and left Commissioner Gordon, Barbara's father, inside a reception area guarded by Frank Boles, a decorated Arkham security guard. As he arrived at the Patient Pacification Chamber, Batman contacted Oracle via his communications system. He assured Barbara that her father was safe. That proved to be wrong, however, as Frank Boles was secretly in the Joker's employ and he clubbed Gordon with a nightstick, kidnapped him, and regrouped with the Joker's partner-in-crime, Harley Quinn. Batman informed Barbara of that calamity, but she remained calm despite her fears. Batman contacted her again, and told her he was going to the office unit where Gordon had been to see if he could pick up a trail. Batman isolated his cowl's vision to detect traces of Boles' favorite tipple in the air and followed him. Batman contacted Oracle again after he saved Henry Smith, an Arkham guard from a falling elevator that was cut by Harley, and told her that: "Harley Quinn tried to slow me down. Dropped an elevator on me." In reply, Barbara asked if it worked, to which Batman responded to with a chuckle: "Of course not." Batman also found that the Joker's thugs had gotten control of some firearms and shot many of the asylum's guards. Oracle helped Batman use his cowl's vision to detect armed henchmen, which appeared in red. The Riddler later used the same "primitive communications system" that Batman used to contact Oracle to assign him the challenge of solving 240 challenges across Arkham Island.
Arkham City Incident
Oracle's dialogue with Batman was slightly reduced in this game, the first half of the game up to Penguin's Boss Fight taken up by Alfred. Oracle became concerned upon noticing that Batman's life sign readings were in distress. Alfred brought her up to speed, and explained that Joker had poisoned Batman, which forced him to go to Mister Freeze for a cure.
When Batman revealed that he had to find Ra's al Ghul, and acquire a sample of his blood to complete the cure, and in doing so, find Talia, his daughter, Barbara told him to not trust her. As Batman made his way into Wonder City, he discovered that Hugo Strange was providing weapons to Joker's gang. Though Batman wanted to find out the reason, Barbara reminded him to stay focused on his task. When Batman reached the heart of Wonder City and began to hallucinate his parents, Barbara frantically called his name, and brought him back to the real world. She informed Batman that he had mere minutes to live. Thankfully, Batman made contact with Talia and drank the Blood of the Demon, which prolonged his life for a few more hours.
Once Batman had gotten a sample of Ra's blood and returned to the surface, Oracle overheard on the radio that Strange had just sent Mayor Quincy Sharp into Arkham City. She questioned how Strange even got Sharp arrested and for what reason. Batman rescued Sharp from five hostile inmates before he interrogated him, and learned that Strange had a partner. Though Batman wanted to investigate their identity, Barbara insisted that he went back to Freeze immediately, and requested that he do it for her sake. Unfortunately, no sooner was the cure to Batman's ailment was created that Harley Quinn stole it for the Joker. As Batman infiltrated the Sionis Steel Mill, Barbara gave him details of the Gotham City Council's approval of Strange's plan, Protocol 10, in part due to Strange's manipulation of the escalating gang war.
Batman was soon informed what Protocol 10 was: Strange's TYGER Guards and attack helicopters carried out mass executions via missile strikes against the prison populace. Batman told Oracle to see that Arkham City was shut down, as he planned on going after Joker, who took Talia hostage. Barbara pleaded with him to stop Protocol 10 before more lives were lost, an opinion that Alfred shared but Batman ignored them and ordered for all Wayne-Tech satellites to boost the signal on Talia's tracker. Thankfully, Alfred was able to convince Batman to do the right thing and save Gotham. After he accepted Alfred's advice, Batman told Oracle not to lose the signal on Talia.
As soon as Batman made it to the top of Wonder Tower, he connected Oracle to the computers so that she could deactivate Protocol 10. Subsequently, she detected that the tower was going to self-destruct and shouted at Batman to get out of there. Batman managed to receive her warning in time, and once he made it to the ground, he informed Oracle that Ra's was the power behind Arkham City. Earlier, if Catwoman decided to leave Arkham City with her stolen goods and not save Batman during Protocol 10, Oracle made a plea over the radio for help. Oracle revealed that everyone died, including her father and Batman, and that Joker finally won. Then she made one final plea for anyone who heard the call to send help.
Harley Quinn's Revenge Incident
Two weeks later, after Arkham City was shut down, Oracle was Robin's contact, who helped him find Batman since he's gone for two days before he tried to save the GCPD officers from Harley Quinn. Barbara was worried about Batman since he didn't want to talk about what happened the night after Talia's and Joker's deaths since the incident. Robin then replied that they would help him once they found him, which was all they could do.
Before Arkham Knight Incident
Barbara tried to get her father and Bruce to forge a working relationship in an attempt to fund her desire for her father to run for Mayor of Gotham City. With Barbara's influence on her father and Bruce's money, an initially reluctant Commissioner Gordon began to come around to the idea after a jog in the park with the two of them together.
That night, a former Arkham City resident attempted to rape Barbara at knifepoint. Barbara pitied the thug, donned her Batgirl cowl, and soundly beat him unconscious.
Barbara brought in Tim Drake to help prepare her father for his mayoral campaign. During debate preparations at their home, Jim snapped at a question that Barbara had posed and Bruce had to step in to reassure Jim that Gotham needed him. Jim tried to deflect their concerns by trying to set Barbara up on a date and Bruce also reprimanded Tim for not asking Barbara out again.
Arkham Knight Incident
Oracle was forced to lie to her father, who claimed that she left the city in response to Scarecrow's threat. Afterwards, she got on the line with Batman, who required the location of a lost patrol car. That led to Batman chasing down a rogue Militia vehicle, in which he got an uncontaminated sample of Fear Toxin from the driver. Oracle then ran an analysis of the compound while Batman investigated Scarecrow's potential hideout.
After Batman got Poison Ivy to the GCPD Lockup, Oracle invited him to the Clock Tower. By the time she arrived, Batman examined the outline of the Fear Toxin's core elements. Sadly, Barbara admitted that there's nothing to trace. However, Batman suggested that instead of tracking the Fear Toxin, that they track the manufacturing process. Running a simulation of the Fear Toxin's synthesis, Oracle noted a unique radiation spike. However, as there was not enough time to move the WayneTech satellites into position, Batman re-purposed two antennae at Panessa Studios and the Falcone Shipping Yard. Robin offered to help track down Scarecrow, but Batman ordered him to remain focused on his own task of curing Joker's disease, despite Oracle's efforts to back him up. After the antennae were set up, Batman managed to pinpoint Scarecrow's location at Ace Chemicals. However, Batman arrived to discover that an entire army occupied the chemical plant, and that their enigmatic leader wore the Arkham symbol. Oracle drew up intel from a black ops team that operated in Venezuela, discovered a training facility that used the Arkham symbol, and discovered that their leader was only known as the Arkham Knight. After Batman evacuated the two surviving chemical workers did he confront Scarecrow. But when the villain revealed that he was aware of Oracle's status, Batman attempted to warn her to flee. However, Oracle didn't believe that her position was compromised shortly before the connection was cut and the Arkham Knight stormed the place and kidnapped her.
While being transported, Oracle caused the Arkham Knight's armored vehicle to crash and free herself. As Oracle attempted to crawl to safety, she threw a scrambler amid a pile of boxes for Batman to find, before the Arkham Knight fired a warning shot and recaptured her.
Barbara was moved around the city constantly, including up to Simon Stagg's Airship. After Scarecrow escaped with the Cloudburst device, he revealed that he had Oracle locked up in the same safehouse where Poison Ivy was found. When Batman arrived, he was unknowingly doused with Fear Toxin, which made him hallucinate that Barbara exposed to the Fear Toxin and shot herself in the head.
Scarecrow later stirred Barbara from unconsciousness and tried to get information from her. He threatened to use the Fear Toxin, but the Arkham Knight intervened and stopped him. Left alone with the mysterious militia leader, Barbara tried to stall for time until Batman could find her, but the Arkham Knight attempted to plant doubt in her mind that the Dark Knight would choose the mission over his protege. When Barbara refused to believe him, the Arkham Knight revealed himself to be the presumed-deceased Jason Todd, the second Robin, to her shock. Barbara then tried to reason with him, but Jason was too filled with hate toward Bruce to listen - though he couldn't resist asking her how Alfred was. Before she could get through to him, Scarecrow entered to announce that the Cloudburst was ready. Jason then ordered his men to gag Barbara, but threatened to kill them if they harmed her.
With Barbara as leverage, Scarecrow was able to coerce her father into turning on Batman. Gordon shot Batman over a railing, in exchange for his daughter's life, but Scarecrow instead pushed her off the roof. Thankfully, Batman was revealed to have survived, that Gordon knew what he was doing, caught her in mid-air, and used his body as a cushion upon hitting the ground. They were soon surrounded by drone tanks, and Batman tells Barbara that the Batmobile was destroyed, but Lucius Fox had created another, which arrived on scene and destroyed the tanks. Batman then transported Barbara to the GCPD to link up with the Batcomputer and find her father. Unfortunately, Scarecrow's men attacked the server room in the Clock Tower, which forced Batman to go out and deal with them.
After she secured a connection, Oracle found that most of the data was corrupted, shortly before Scarecrow's remaining forces assaulted the GCPD and cut power to the building. Barbara aided Batman in the counterattack, first by directing him to the backup generator so he could get the Batmobile out the garage doors, before finding a weakness in the tank drones' network that she could exploit. Once all the drones were destroyed, a squad of Militia landed on the roof, and attempted to access the elevator. Oracle aided Batman in dispatching the attackers by using the steam pipes and electronics on the roof.
Despite the relief, Barbara detected her father's voiceprint being used at Panessa Studios, where Batman had kept four patients infected with Joker's blood. Batman investigated and discovered that Scarecrow had kidnapped Robin. Barbara was not happy to learn that Batman left his protege there and told him to get Robin back safe. Later on, before The Knightfall Protocol was engaged, Barbara thanked Bruce for saving both Robin and her father, but was sorry that, in order to do it, he had to reveal his identity to the whole of Gotham.
After Arkham Knight
After the assumed death of Batman via the Knightfall Protocol, Barbara was engaged and soon to be married to Tim Drake. Her father, Commissioner Gordon, retired from police duty and took on the role of Mayor of Gotham City, and was seen getting a text from Tim reminding him to not forget the ring. During their honeymoon, Tim and Barbara sent Lucius a postcard from an island retreat.
A Flip of a Coin
Barbara was one of the few people who saw the need for Batman in Gotham. She held a monumental respect for the vigilante, even casually helping him during his break-in at GCPD by directing him access to the GCPD mainframe. She was know to be hostile towards most of the GCPD, claiming the "crooks" and the "cops" were one in the same and could be aggressive to her father when he states that Batman was a criminal whereas he was doing more for the city than the police were doing.
After becoming Batgirl, Barbara began aiding Batman in the field, developing a high sense of morals and principle. Stubborn, but bold and brave, Barbara could take initiative at times and take charge of a situation such as joining forces with Robin to take down the Joker's crime empire and rescue several other kidnapped police officers. She apparently hated lying to her father as he blames himself for Barbara's paraplegia and is at constant fear of, if anyone found out about her identity, he would be in danger.
Her own sense of justice prevails her own inabilities. After losing the use of her legs, and being unable to be Batgirl anymore, she continues to assist Batman by acting as his information relayer and hacker, now going by the codename Oracle. She is also on good terms with most of the Bat Family including Alfred Pennyworth, Dick Grayson, and Jason Todd. She even formed a romantic relationship with Tim Drake.
- Like Azrael, Batgirl inherited most of her moves from Batman, such as the Inverted Takedown or the Special Combo Disarm and Destroy. Her combat animations were almost identical to Batman's. Some exceptions include her Beatdown Finisher animations (in which she sometimes had to tackle henchmen to the ground and punch them in the face), her Special Combo Takedown or Ground Takedown/Ground Pound animations (in which she heeled henchmen in the head very frequently), and some of her Environment Takedown animations (which resembled Catwoman's more). Most of these exceptions in animation added a sense of femininity and physical inferiority to her character, as opposed to the more brutal Batman, or other male characters for that matter She had some visually different predator takedown animations, though. Additionally, she couldn't perform some male-only attacks such as striking with baseball bats, picking up and throwing projectiles, or the Fear Multi-Takedown, although she could do a multi-takedown to the exact same effect if it's set up properly with a scare tactic in the A Matter of Family story.
- Batgirl used some of the same gadgets that Batman used, such as the Batclaw and Batarangs.
Matter Of Family Only
- Batgirl could use hackable objects with more ways than one, by switching modes via her Remote Hacking Device. That opened up more opportunities, such as first luring a henchman with a noise, and then detonating the source of the noise.
A.R Challenges Only
- As with the other DLC characters, when combat challenge character selection was added, purchased Waynetech upgrades didn't affect her. This was addressed in the November update, as she received a massive overhaul. In addition to the Waynetech upgrades (more armor, the Blade Dodge Takedown, Special Combo Boosts, and Critical Strikes) she also gained Multi-Ground Takedowns and the Special Combo Disarm and Destroy, as well as Special Combo Batarangs, Explosive Gel and the Batclaw. With those upgrades, Batgirl functioned almost identically to Batman in terms of usability.
- Batgirl was one of the three characters that could perform Throw Counters, the others being Batman and Azrael. She, however, could only perform them in Challenge Maps, and they were weaker than Batman's.
- She could perform both Loud and Silent Reverse Ledge Takedowns, even though the game only mentioned the loud version.
- Due to not being designed to fight outside of her story pack, Batgirl is unable to fight Brute enemy types or Minigunners, which makes her enemy pool smaller compared to other playable characters of the Bat Family. She can however fight against ninjas and electrified thugs in AR challenge mode.
- Because of this, Batgirl also can't interact with all environmental objects such as the melee weapons. She can interact with Environment Takedowns objects only.
Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Knight
Real Name: Barbara Gordon
- Jason Todd
- Robin (Tim Drake)
- Lucius Fox
- Eidetic memory - almost total recall of everything she sees and reads
- Extensive headquarters in Gotham City's Clock Tower, filled with information archives
- High level hacking and computer skills
- Hand To Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Genius Level Intellect
- Tactical Analysis
- Barbara's alias refers to a mythical being called the Oracle, which can answer any question posed to it.
- In Arkham Knight, Barbara was dating Robin (Tim Drake). That was a reference to Batman: The Animated Series, where she dated Dick Grayson, who was the original Robin. The two got married after the events of Arkham Knight, as shown in the "True Knightfall" ending. The fact that Barbara married Tim made her not only the first incarnation of the character to date Tim, but also the first one to have dated two Robins and the first one to marry.
- While the reason why she and Dick broke up is not explained, It's possible that the relationship ended when Nightwing started guarding Blüdhaven, with him presumably moving there to do so. Additionally, it is possible that, in this incarnation of the Batman story, they never had a relationship.
- Oracle was supposedly going to be kidnapped by Strange's TYGER Guards (which was why Alfred would be Bruce's contact) but that may have just been speculation by the gamers prior to Arkham City's release.
- Oddly enough, Arkham Knight would actually depict Barbara being kidnapped by Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight's Militia, with Alfred being Bruce's contact for the rest of the game.
- Before Barbara "Kills" herself, you could see Joker move the gun on the table, which obviously couldn't be possible, as he was only a hallucination. That worked as a clue to what happened wasn't true.
- That was also further hinted after Barbara's apparent death. After you defeated Harley at Panessa Studios, if the player returned to the Chinatown Safehouse where Barbara's "body" was left, they would find that her "body" disappeared, and left only her wheelchair behind and Joker seated in the exact same position that she was. Joker also commented on the confusion of her current whereabouts.
- The purple and yellow of Barbara's clothing in Arkham Asylum and Arkham Knight may be a reference to her Batgirl costume.
- Barbara was the only person trained by Batman to appear in all of the Arkham games. (Though she only physically appeared in two games: Arkham Origins and Arkham Knight)
- Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were the only times that Barbara never appeared physically. However, a photo of her could be seen in each game's respective menu databases.
- In Arkham Knight, once the Remote Hacking Device was obtained, the player could use it to open a secret wall in the Clock Tower that contained the Batgirl Suit and several Batgirl-related news clippings.
- Near the end of the DLC, A Matter of Family, after the Joker shot and missed Robin, he said to Batgirl: "The next one's for you, kiddo," which foreshadowed her paralysis.
- In A Matter of Family, Joker told Batgirl to hang up the cowl and he would release Gordon. Ironically, when Joker shot her in the spine, Barbara was forced to hang up the cowl. Joker was not aware that she was Batgirl at the time, and maintained that he merely got lucky.
- Barbara wore her wristwatch on the right wrist, which indicated that she was left-handed.
- In GCPD Lockdown, it was revealed that after her marriage with Tim Drake, Barbara used the name, Barbara Gordon-Drake.
- Ironically, most of Batgirl's Combo Takedowns involved her kicking or stomping her enemy.
- In Arkham Knight, when Scarecrow dropped Barbara off the top of the construction site, Barbara fell out of her wheelchair, however, that would not have been possible as, just a few moments prior, her wrists were shown tied to the wheelchair's armrests. However it is possible that the ropes were untied because of the position she was in when Scarecrow threw her off the roof.
- Batgirl is one of the 3 characters (alongside Harley Quinn and Red Hood) that spoke during gameplay. She would make a comment after each dual takedown, and whenever she ended a challenge map with a knockout strike.
- In Asylum and City, Barbara should be older than she was in Knight.