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|Full Name||Barbara Gordon|
|Base of Operations||Gotham City|
|Height||5 ft 2 in (Origins) 5 ft 11 in (Arkham City)|
|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 is the daughter of Gotham City's Police Commissioner James W. 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 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 now aids the Dark Knight with her computer expertise, providing Batman with a constant stream of information in the field to aid his battle against crime.
Arkham Origins IncidentEditBarbara is first seen in an argument about Batman with her father. Batman meets Barbara in the GCPD server room while trying to access the nation database. While talking with Barbara, the GCPD SWAT tosses a smoke grenade into the room. Barbara runs outside to stall them so Batman can get away. After Batman exits the GCPD building, Barbara hacks into Batman's communication and asks him for help. Penguin has weapon crates all over Gotham City and the Disruptor that Batman took out of the evidence room can prevent them from being opened. Batman agrees to help and after disabling all weapon crates Barbara tells Batman that she thinks they make a good team and if he ever needs help or a partner she is there for him, hinting that she would become Batgirl soon.
Cold Cold Heart Incident Edit
Between Arkham Origins and A Matter of Family Incident Edit
Barbara became Batman's partner Batgirl.
A Matter of Family Incident Edit
Robin meets up with Barbara to help her with saving her dad, (Commisioner Gordon) who has been kidnapped by the Joker, along with many other Police officers and are held in the abandoned Seagate Amusement Park. As Batgirl goes through the Park and saves the hostages from the GCPD, Robin locates bombs, which Batgirl defuses. Eventually, Robin finds the location of Joker. The duo head over to the location, where they fight the Joker, Harley Quinn, and many of Jokers thugs. Afterwards, Commisioner Gordon is saved, and the GCPD enter the scene, where Harley Quinn was captured and Joker parachuted away, escaping.
Between A Matter of Family and Road to Arkham Incident Edit
After saving her dad from the The Joker, Barbara's career as Batgirl came to an end when she had an almost fatal encounter with the Joker, who shot her through the spine that left 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, computer expert and information broker.
Road to Arkham IncidentEdit
After foiling the Joker's latest scheme and transferring him to Arkham Asylum via Batmobile, Oracle contacted Batman, having heard of the events prior, stating that the Joker was his third 'big gun' in the last month, following Victor Zsasz and the Scarecrow. Batman discussed his suspicions with her about the similarities and convenience surrounding the three captures before he arrived at Arkham.
Arkham Asylum Incident EditShortly after Batman had arrived with the Joker at Arkham Asylum, the Joker was escorted by a team of armed and armored security guards to the Holding Cells, where he broke free. The Clown Prince of Crime killed a guard and a doctor in the area before freeing all the prisoners housed in the Holding Cells. While Batman fought them off, the Joker ran amok through the Intensive Treatment Facility, killing asylum guards in his path. Batman followed him, leaving James 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 her that her father was safe. This proved to be wrong, however, as Frank Boles was secretly in the Joker's employ and he clubbed Gordon with a nightstick, kidnapping him and regrouping with the Joker's partner-in-crime, Harley Quinn. Batman informed Barbara of this calamity, but she remained calm despite her fears. Batman contacted her again, telling her he was going to the office unit where Gordon had been to see if he could pick up a trail. He isolated his cowl's vision to detect traces of Boles' favorite tipple in the air and follow him. Batman contacted Oracle again after saving Henry Smith, an Arkham guard from a falling elevator cut by Harley Quinn, he 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 had shot many of the asylum's guards. She helped him use his cowl's vision to detect armed henchmen, which would now appear in red. The Riddler later used the same "primitive communications system" Batman used to contact Oracle to assign him the challenge of solving 240 challenges across Arkham Island. Upon arriving in Arkham East, Batman contacted Oracle and asked her to shut down the Batmobile's countermeasure system when Harley Quinn and several escaped inmates thrashed the Batmobile with pieces of piping, since if she still was holding Gordon captive, he would get hurt as well. Oracle disabled the security system for Batman. She was then was called on by Batman again after he arrived in Arkham North, where he had found Commissioner Gordon's pipe at the scene and Barbara revealed that she had once given it to him as a birthday present and that he would never leave it. Batman used this piece of information to deduce that Gordon was leaving him a trail to follow. He was correct, as Gordon had left clumps of tobacco in his wake for Batman to follow. Batman later tracked Gordon to the Medical Facility in Arkham West. Batman at one point was exposed to the Scarecrow's fear gas and began hallucinating. He found the commissioner's dead body slumped against the wall of an empty hallway outside the Morgue. However, when the Dark Knight tried to contact Oracle to inform her of her father's death, Barbara's voice responded to Batman in his drugged state, disconnecting him. After recovering from the effects of the gas, Batman went back to where he'd seen Gordon's corpse, only to find it was really just another Arkham security guard Scarecrow had killed earlier. Oracle remained Batman's radio contact for the rest of the Joker's takeover. On one instance, he called her as he was going into Killer Croc's lair to retrieve an antidote to the Venom-based drug Titan. She told him it sounded like a suicide mission. When asked about Croc, Batman responded that Croc was just an animal and needed the right bait. Batman eventually detonated explosives under the ground as Killer Croc lunged for him, dropping the villain into the Gotham River below. After the Joker's defeat, Barbara called her father up as the Gotham City Police Department retook control of Arkham Island. He told her that doctors were treating the injured and that most inmates were back in custody. Gordon also informed his daughter that the Joker's men were recovering from the effects of the Titan drug the Joker had injected them with. Barbara asked how he was, and Gordon told her simply, "I'll survive." He promised to see her that night.
Between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City IncidentEdit
Arkham City IncidentEdit
Oracle's dialogue with Batman is slightly reduced in this game, the first half of the game up to Penguin's Boss Fight taken up by Alfred Pennyworth. Oracle becomes concerned upon noticing that Batman's life sign readings were in distress. Alfred brought her up to speed, explaining that Joker had poisoned Batman, forcing him to go to Mister Freeze for a cure. When Batman reveals he has to find Ra's al Ghul, requiring a sample of his blood to complete the cure, and in doing so find Talia al Ghul, his daughter; Barbara tells 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 he 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, bringing him back to the real world. She informed him that he had mere minutes to live. Thankfully, Batman made contact with Talia and drank the Blood of the Demon, prolonging 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 to Arkham City. She questioned how Strange even got Sharp arrested and for what reason. Batman rescued Sharp from hostile inmates before interrogating him, learning that Strange had a partner. Though he wanted to investigate their identity, Barbara insisted that he go to Freeze immediately, requesting 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 gives him details of city council approving Hugo Strange's plan "Protocol 10", in part due to Strange's manipulation of the escalating gang war. Batman soon informed what Protocol 10 was; Strange's TYGER guards and attack helicopters were carrying out mass executions via missile strikes against the prison populace. Batman told her see that Arkham City was shut down, as he planned on going after Joker, who had taken Talia hostage. Barbara pleaded with him to stop Protocol 10 before more lives are lost, an opinion Alfred shared but he ignores them and orders for all Wayne-Tech satellites to boost the signal on Talia's tracker. Thankfully, Alfred is able to convince Batman to do the right thing and save Gotham. Accepting Alfred's advice, Batman tells 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 decides to leave Arkham City with her stolen goods and not save Batman during Protocol 10, Oracle makes a plea over the radio for help. She reveals everyone died, including her father and Bruce, and that Joker finally won. Then she makes one final plea for anyone who hears the call to send help.
Harley Quinn's Revenge IncidentEdit
Two weeks later since Arkham City was shut down, she is Robin's contact, helping him find Batman since he's been gone for two days before trying to save the GCPD officers from Harley Quinn. Barbara is worried about Batman since he doesn't want to talk about what happen that night after Talia's loss and Joker's death since the incident. Robin would then reply that they'll help him once they find him, which is all they can do.
Before Arkham Knight IncidentEdit
Barbara tried to get her father and Bruce Wayne 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 Wayne's money, an initially reluctant Commissioner Gordon begins 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 attempts to rape Barbara at knifepoint. Barbara pities the thug, dons her Batgirl cowl and soundly beats him to unconsciousness.
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 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 Edit
One year after Arkham City shut down, Oracle returns to help her father and the Dark Knight to stop Scarecrow's plan to destroy Gotham in the middle of the Halloween night for their final battle together.
Oracle is forced to lie to her father, claiming that she had left the city in response to Scarecrow's threat. Afterwards, she gets on the line with Batman, who required the location of a lost patrol car. This led to Batman chasing down a rogue militia vehicle, in which he got an uncontaminated sample of fear toxin from its driver. Oracle then ran an analysis of the compound while Batman investigated Scarecrow's potential hideout.
After Batman got Poison Ivy into GCPD lockup, Oracle invited him to the Clock Tower. By the time he arrived, Batman examined the outline of the toxin's core elements. Sadly, Barbara admits that there's nothing to trace. However, Batman suggested that instead of tracking the toxin that they track the manufacturing process. Running a simulation of the toxin's synthesis, Oracle notes a unique radiation spike. However, as there was not enough time to move WayneTech satellites into position, Batman re-purposed two antennae at Panessa Studios and 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 are set up, Batman managed to pinpoint Scarecrow's location at Ace Chemicals. However, he arrives to discover an entire army occupying the chemical plant, their enigmatic leader wearing the Arkham symbol. Oracle drew up intel from a black ops team operating in Venezuela, having discovered a training facility using the Arkham symbol and their leader is only known as the Arkham Knight. After evacuating two surviving chemical workers did Batman confront Scarecrow. But when the villain revealed that he was aware of Oracle's status, Batman attempted to warn her to flee. However, she didn't believe 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 armoured vehicle to crash and free herself. As she attempted to crawl to safety, she threw a scrambler amidst 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 escapes with the Cloudburst device, he reveals that he had Oracle locked up in the same safehouse where Ivy was found. When Batman arrived, he was unknowingly doused with fear gas, making him hallucinate Barbara exposed to the toxin and shooting 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. She then tried to reason with him but Jason was too filled with hate towards Bruce to listen - though he couldn't resist asking her how was Alfred. 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 shoots Batman over a railing, in exchange for his daughter's life, but Scarecrow instead pushed her off the roof. Thankfully, Batman is revealed to have survived and that Gordon knew what he was doing, and catches her in mid-air and uses his body as a cushion upon hitting the ground. They are soon surrounded by drone tanks, and Batman tells her that the Batmobile was destroyed, but Lucius Fox had created another, which arrived on scene and destroyed the tanks. Batman then transported Barbara to GCPD to link up with the Batcomputer and find her father. Unfortunately, Scarecrow's men were attacking the server room in the Clock Tower, forcing Batman to go out and deal with them.
After securing a connection, Oracle found that most of the data was corrupted, shortly before Scarecrow's remaining forces assault 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 she could exploit. Once all the drones are destroyed, a squad of militia land on the roof, attempting to access the elevator. Oracle aided Batman in dispatching the attackers using 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 he left his protege there and told him to get Robin back safe. Later on before the Knightfall Protocol is engaged she thanks Bruce for saving both Robin and her father, but is sorry that he in order to do it he had to reveal his identity to the whole of Gotham.
After Arkham KnightEdit
After the assumed death of Batman via the Knightfall Protocol, she is engaged and soon to be married to Tim Drake. Her father, Commissioner Gordon, has retired from police duty and has taken on the role of Mayor of Gotham City, and is seen getting a text from Tim Drake reminding him not to forget the ring. During their honeymoon, they send Lucius Fox a postcard from an Island retreat.
A Flip of a Coin Edit
Their honeymoon is cut short when Two-Face breaks out of jail and Robin goes to bring him back in. Oracle assists him on coms during the incident, either complimenting, telling him to focus, or reminding Tim that he doesn't need to be as good as Batman was, and should do things at his own pace. After Robin fights Two-Face's gang, he is attacked and shot in the foot by Two-Face and is about to be killed, but manages to take down the villain while he is distracted by his coin. Afterwards, the Tim and Barbara decide that they won't continue their Honeymoon, and return to crime-fighting.
Barbara, at a young age, proved herself to be bold, mature, selfless, dependable, strong-willed, stubborn, responsible and honourable yet still rash and impulsive. Barbara was one of the few people who saw how corrupt Gotham and it's police forces was and even she recognised the vigilante known as Batman as a hero. Because of her protective father who happened to be the police commissioner, Barbara couldn't join the GCPD but still wanted to do good so she became the Batman's close ally and sidekick, Batgirl.
Using a gymnastics class and being intensely trained by Batman, himself, Barbara became Batgirl and is one of his oldest and most trusted allies. However, despite being only a sidekick Barbara has declared a lot of independence from Batman as she was able to take on and defeat the Joker's entire criminal empire (with the help of Robin) to save her father. She also shared her mentor's love of humanity, she would never kill nor use lethal weapons and only limited herself to severely injuring her enemies. However, if the situation called for it Barbara would show less concern for their wellbeing which was evidenced when she was abducted by the Arkham Knight's Militia and sprayed pepper spray in the driver's eyes, which killed him, although this was unintentional.
However, this all changed when at her home when she was ambushed by the Joker and was shot in the spine which left her paralyzed from the waist down and was left confined to a wheelchair. Unable to be Batgirl, Barbara had to hang up the cowl yet she still wanted to do good so she adapted the role of Oracle and although she can't assist Batman in the field she now acts as an informant. Barbara is an expert hacker and a genius-level intellect.
She has proven to put the welfare of people, even if they were people close to her, aside for the greater good. This was evidenced in Arkham City when Hugo Strange activated Protocol 10 and Batman was going to rescue his lover, Talia al Ghul, from the Joker and Barbara knew that the welfare of all the people in Arkham City were more important than one woman. Another example of this would be in Arkham Knight when Batman first encountered the Arkham Knight's Militia and she suggested that he needs help and considers letting Robin assist him and completely puts her feelings aside for him.
Barbara apparently hates lying to her father because Commissioner Gordon blames himself for her condition but she was still smart enough to not reveal her secret identity as it would place him in danger. She has also shown a lot of bravery and oftentimes confronts Batman most notably in Arkham Knight when she discovered that Batman had left Tim Drake in a cell she openly chastised him. However, in the end after Batman's identity was revealed to the world, Barbara still showed a lot of gratitude and respect towards her mentor.
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
- She played similarly to Batman, albeit with her own combat style and takedowns. She is also the only other character who can perform the Inverted Takedown.
- She used some of the same gadgets that Batman used, such as the Batclaw and Batarangs.
- She could use hackable objects with more ways than one, by switching modes via her remote hacking device. This opened up more opportunities, such as first luring a henchman with a noise, and then detonating the source of the noise.
- Before the November update, any purchased Waynetech upgrades did not carry over to her. As of the November update this is no longer the case and she has recieved a massive overhaul. In addition to Waynetech upgrades (more armor, blade dodge takedown, combo boosts and critical strikes) she also gained multi-ground takedowns and disarm and destroy special combo, as well as special combo Batarangs, Explosive gel and Batclaw. With these upgrades she functions almost identically to Batman in terms of usability.
- She is one of the three characters that could perform Throw Counters, the others being Batman and Azrael. She however could only perform them on Challenge Maps, and they are weaker than Batmans.
- "He's out there catching the criminals that you let walk free!" (Gordon: "He is the worst kind of criminal. The kind who thinks their actions are justified - who acts completely outside the system.")
- "The system is broken!"
- "That's it! We did it! Well - you did most of it, but I helped, right? I think we made a pretty good team. So... If you're ever, like, I don't know... looking for some kind of partner... I'm here for ya! Anyway - I'll let you get back to kicking ass and keeping us safe! And you'll see - one day my father's gonna figure out just how cool I already know you are!"
- "A Batcave? On Arkham Island? How'd you managed to keep this a secret?"
- "So, do you think Dr. Young's been experimenting with Venom, the same chemical that turns Bane into that animal?" *"There's nothing on record Bruce, are you sure about this? It sounds like a suicide mission."
- "Dad! Thank God. I was so worried!"
- "He's got what!? How did he get Titan off Arkham Island? What's going on here your suits bio readings are spiking."
- "You sound just like him."
- "Bruce, I found Penguin. He's got a weapons cache on the North end of Miagani Island. The area's heavily protected by the Arkham Knight's drone forces. Be careful."
- "Thermal imaging shows that the Arkham Knight's tanks are unmanned and controlled remotely. You're clear to engage."
- "You don't have to worry about us, or feel responsible. We're fighting with you, not for you, ok?"
- "Dad! No!"
- Her alias refers to a mythical being called the Oracle, which can answer any question posed to it.
- In Arkham Knight, she is dating Robin (Tim Drake). This is a reference to Batman the Animated Series, where she dated Dick Grayson, who was the original Robin. The two get married after the events of Arkham Knight, as shown in the "True Knightfall" ending. The fact she is marrying Tim makes 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.
- Oracle was supposedly going to be kidnapped by Hugo Strange's TYGER guards (which was why Alfred would be Bruce's contact) but this may have just been speculation by the gamers prior to Arkham City's release.
- Oddly enough Arkham Knight would actually depict Barbra being kidnapped by Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight's militia, with Alfred for most of the game being Bruce's contact.
- Before Barbara "Kills" herself, you can see Joker move the gun on the table, which obviously couldn't be possible, as he is only a hallucination. This works as a clue that what happened wasn't true.
- This is also further hinted after her apparent death, after you've defeated Harley at Panessa Studios, if the player returns to the chinatown safehouse where her "body" was left. They will find her "body" has disappeared, leaving only her wheelchair behind and Joker seated in the exact same position she was. Joker will also comment on the confusion of her current whereabouts.
- The purple and yellow of her clothing in Arkham Asylum and Arkham Knight may be a reference to the Batgirl costume.
- She is the only person trained by Batman to appear in all Arkham games. (though she only physically appears in two games.)
- Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are the only times Barbara never appears physically, however, a photo of her can be seen in each game's respective menu databases.
- In Arkham Knight, once the Remote Hacking Device is obtained, the player can use it to open a secret wall in the Clock Tower containing the Batgirl suit and several Batgirl-related news clippings.
- Near the end of the DLC, A Matter of Family, after Joker shoots and misses Robin he says to Batgirl "the next one's for you, kiddo," foreshadowing her paralysis.
- In the DLC, Joker told Batgirl to hang up the cowl and he would release Gordon. Ironically, when he 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 had merely got lucky.
- Oracle wears her wristwatch on the right wrist, indicating she is left-handed.
- In the DLC GCPD Lockdown, it is revealed that after her marriage with Tim Drake, she uses the name Barbara Gordon-Drake.
- Ironically, most of her combat takedowns involve her kicking or stomping her enemy.