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Batgirl

Alias: Cassandra Cain, Black Bat

Titans East Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #42 [2006]

Batgirl Quick Bio: As daughter to world-class assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, Cassandra Cain was raised to become the world’s greatest living weapon. The young girl’s first kill forced her to forsake violence and flee her father. The once silent killer found a better way to channel her abilities as the new Batgirl, under the tutelage of Batman and Oracle.

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History


Birth of the Bat

Seeking to create the perfect assassin for Ras Al Ghul, the warrior-assassin known as David Cain realized that genetics played an important role, as well as training. To that end, Cain sought a perfect warrior-woman to be the mother of his child, whom he would train from birth. Cain’s quest led him to the Wu-San sisters, Carolyn and Sandra. Cain believed Sandra had potential, but her love for her sister made her hold back in battle.

Cain murdered Carolyn, which unleashed unbridled rage in Sandra. Cain subsequently spared Sandra’s life and offered her a bargain: he would train her if she would bear his child. Sandra agreed to the unique arrangement, and soon bested Cain himself in combat. Sandra gave birth to a girl and set out to be reborn as the assassin known as Lady Shiva.

The girl who would be Batgirl was raised from birth by Cain, one of the world’s deadliest assassins, to become his assistant and, eventually, his successor. Cain never taught the girl to speak, believing that violence was language enough for the life she would lead. On her “graduation day” Cain assigned her to perform a hit. The nine-year-old murdered like a professional, but she was hardly stone cold. Rather, Cassandra was so repulsed by her actions that she fled her Master.


Cassandra Cain is reunited with her father in DETECTIVE #734 [1999].

A Darker Path

Cassandra settled in a somewhat normal life, but soon began to question the identity of her mother. This quest led her to the League of Assassins, and its new mistress, Nyssa. The League became divided in its allegiance to the one they considered the “one who is all”; while half believed it to be Lady Shiva, the other half gave the title to Batgirl. The battle of assassins led to another showdown to the death between Lady Shiva and Cassandra Cain. In this battle, Shiva revealed to Cassandra that she is her biological mother. Cassandra once again defeated Shiva and left for parts unknown.


Cassandra Cain learns Lady Shiva is her mother in BATGIRL #73 [2006].

Sometime later, Robin was framed for the death of Batgirl. The teen detective’s trail led him to the truth: the set-up was an elaborate ruse devised by Cassandra Cain, who now led the League of Assassins. Seeing Robin as a kindred spirit, the former-Batgirl urged him to join the League with her, and even offered up her own father, Cain, as his first kill. The teen wonder refused as a massive explosion cut their reunion short. Robin was left to ponder what led Cassandra down such a dark path.

Path To Redemption

Deathstroke later recruited Batgirl as a member of his Titans East team. Titans East set up their own Titans Tower on the East River, the very same location of the old tower. Deathstroke had his own agenda, which was to reclaim his children, Ravager and Jericho.

When confronted by Robin, Deathstroke revealed he had been injecting Cassandra with the same serum that made him Deathstroke – inducing her into a state of psychosis. This was the same “Deathstroke serum” that caused Rose to become the unstable Ravager. Angry at the Titans for ‘taking’ his children, Slade had enacted a special revenge by ‘stealing’ Batgirl from the Bat-clan. Robin had devised his own “anti-Deathstroke-serum,” in case Rose ever reverted back into a psychotic state. This successfully brought Batgirl back to sanity with one thought on her mind: Kill Deathstroke! She very nearly killed the famed assassin, until Nightwing prevented her from doing so. Batgirl helped Nightwing, Flash, Troia and Beast Boy turn the tide and reclaim the Titans island headquarters. With Deathstroke defeated, the members of Titans East dispersed, and Batgirl disappeared into the night.

Batgirl breaks free of Slade’s control in TEEN TITANS (third series) #44 [2006].

Batgirl later resurfaced and joined Batman’s team of Outsiders, hoping to earn back the trust she may have lost from her once-allies while under Deathstroke’s influence.

For reasons that remain her own, Cassandra later entrusted the Batgirl identity to Stephanie Brown, the crime-fighter formerly known as Spoiler.

Powers & Abilities


One of the greatest martial artists in the world, a deadly master of nearly all forms of unarmed combat; can “read” the body language of an opponent and predict their moves.


Essential Reading


Batman #556-559 [1998]: After the Huntress forsakes her temporary role as Batgirl, a mute young girl named Cassandra Cain emerges and becomes the eyes and ears of Gotham for Oracle.
Batman #567 and Detective #734 [1999]: “Mark of Cain” The assassin known as Cain targets James Gordon; Gordon is saved by Cassandra Cain, who reunites with her estranged father.
Legends of the Dark Knight #120 [1999]: First Cassandra Cain as Batgirl.
Batgirl Secret Files and Origins #1 [2002]: The origin of Batgirl
Batgirl #8 [2000]: Batgirl seeks Shiva for training.
Batgirl #24-25 [2002]: Batgirl and Lady Shiva face off in a duel to the death.
Batgirl #71-73 [2005]: “Blood Matters” Batgirl is hunted by Shiva and other remnants of the League of Assassins; Shiva revealed as Batgirl’s birth mother in issue #73.
Robin #148-151 [2006]: Cassandra Cain revealed as leader of League of Assassins; Tries to recruit Robin.
Teen Titans #43-46 [2006]: Led by Deathstroke, a Teen Titans East team consisting of Batgirl, Risk, Match, Kid Crusader, Enigma, Joker’s Daughter, Sun Girl and Inertia clash with the Teen Titans. It is revealed that Deathstroke has injected Batgirl with his serum, driving her insane. With Robin’s help, Batgirl returns to sanity and attempts to kill Slade, before Nightwing prevents her from doing so. First appearance of Titans East. First appearances of Kid Crusader and Sun Girl in issue #43.
Batman and the Outsiders #2-3 [2007]: Cassandra retakes the Batgirl mantle joining the Outsiders at Batman’s request.
Batgirl #1 [2009]: Stephanie Brown assumes the Batgirl identity when Cassandra Cain relinquishes the role.

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Batgirl character sketch by Tony Daniel.

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 Deathstroke’s Dossier: Titans East


Meet Deathstroke’s new shock troops: Titans East!
Sneak a peek at his dossier on how they’ll take the Teen Titans down!

by Ben Morse & Geoff Johns
Originally published in Wizard Magazine #180 [2006]

DEATHSTROKE JOURNAL: ENTRY 5679

I know the Teen Titans well. I’ve gone up against every incarnation of this team, for money, for pride or out of obligation – I’ve even fought on their Side a few times. I know them well enough to know they can’t be underestimated, Particularly not when they have Something i want – and right now, that is what they have.

The Titans are not like the Justice League – you can’t beat them with mere force. Their youth makes them unpredictable so only by gaining the upper hand before the first punch is thrown can you defeat them. I’ve formed a strike force specifically designed to take the Titans apart so I can get what I need. Whether the weakness they’ve been selected to exploit is physical or emotional, every member of my team has been selected only after great thought. They’re all here for a reason.

MATCH: The impact of their beloved Superboy’s death on the Titans cannot be overestimated. Match’s strength is an asset, but his true value lies in the psychological edge he provides. His presence guarantees that Wonder Girl – the most powerful Titan – will not be operating at full capacity.

JOKER’S DAUGHTER: When most people look at Duela Dent, they only see a woman who is completely insane. They overlook that this is somebody who has been a Teen Titan – who has been in their Tower and lived among them. I can deal with insanity when information comes hand in hand with it.

KID CRUSADER: Even the best-laid plans can be thrown off by a single wild card. To me, Kid Devil is a wild card. To Kid Crusader – the only person I can find who has even heard of Kid Devil – he’s the face of evil and must be eliminated at all costs.

BATGIRL: I watched Cassandra Cain dominate my daughter, Rose, in hand-to-hand combat – something I thought nearly impossible. How will Rose react when the foe she could not defeat Stands at her father’s side? And perhaps more importantly, Batgirl provides me with insight into Robin that is second to none. I’ve underestimated the Titans’ leader before. I don’t make the same mistake twice.

RISK: Because he chose to fight for the Teen Titans, Risk lost an arm. In his mind, he might as well have lost his life. He’s furious at the world, and fury is easily manipulated. The Titans will hesitate against him out of guilt, and that hesitation will be their undoing.

INERTIA: If I learned anything working with Zoom in the Society, it’s the value of a speedster – and the Titans do not have one. While Zoom had at least some twisted social conscience, Inertia has no conscience at all. He can take two Titans off the board before the others know what hit them. And if control proves an issue, I have no problem aiming for his kneecaps.

SUN GIRL: My most dangerous weapon and my greatest concern, Deborah Morgna harnesses the power of the sun, but her real talent – and true love – is manipulating others. Disturbingly, she reminds me a great deal of Terra. Even more disturbingly, she reminds me of Rose. Hopefully neither of those assessments indicates things to come.

 


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