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Barbara Gordon

Fri Aug 25, 2017, 9:12 AM
Barbara Gordon (Earth-27) commission by phil-cho


Real Name
Barbara Eileen Gordon

Known Aliases
Batgirl (former), Oracle, Babsie G, Babs

James "Jim" Gordon (Father)
Sarah Essen-Gordon (Mother)
James "JJ" Gordon, Jr (Brother)
Carrie Kelley (Cousin/Adopted Sister)
Richard "Dick" Grayson (Fiancé)

Birds of Prey: Founder
Titans: Founding Member, Alumna
Justice League: Member, ID: JL-052
Batman, Inc: Coordinator
Outsiders: Member

Date of Birth
September 23rd, 1984

Network Technician

Wayne Foundation

Marital Status
Engaged: Richard "Dick" Grayson (Fiancé)

Old Gotham Clocktower Penthouse
Old Gotham District
Gotham City, NJ





Hair color

Eye color

5'7" / 1.7m

Ha! I'm not divulging that.

Barbara Gordon [teen] (Earth-27) commission by phil-cho
1984 - 1999
I’m Barbara Gordon. Most people call me Babs. I’m the daughter of two awesome cops: James “Jim” Gordon and Sarah Essen-Gordon, I also have a little brother, Jimmy, which we do not need to say much about and a cousin-turned-surrogate sister, Carrie Kelley. At night, after my brother and I were sent to bed, I would postpone sleep and instead listen through the thin walls of our home as my parents talked about the horrors they had witnessed that day on the job. I feel comfortable enough to say I was equally horrified and intrigued.

At a young age, I spent a lot of my time on computers and discovered I had a knack for not just their use, but deciphering code. By the time I was ten, I made myself into a self-trained hacker and would often become involved in a variety of causes, becoming a hacktivist before the word had ever been coined. Of course, I was what we called a “White Hat”, a good guy.

As teenager, I stowed away in the backseat of dad’s squad car hoping to sneak into the GCPD mainframe and hack their database (again, I was a good guy- I had good intentions, I promise) but instead I found my dad lied to my mom. He didn’t go to the precinct that night; he didn’t even get a call to a crime scene. Nope, dad went to a secret meeting with an urban legend.

I kept quiet and the next week, Sal Maroni and Carmine Falcone were both arrested by my father on charges that actually stuck. My father was promoted from Desk Sergeant to Lieutenant of the Vigilante Task Force. Within a month, the Gotham Gazette had caught a picture of the “Bat-Man” and just like that, Gotham was as obsessed with vigilante justice as I was... okay maybe not as much as I was.

I talked my dad into letting me enroll in self-defense classes. After studying Internet videos of the Batman, I realized I’d need more than just karate lessons and a few hours at the gym and so I lied about joining a few extracurricular activities in order to enroll in three other defense courses (Aikido, Stick-Fighting, Judo) in addition to Boxing at the Wildcat Gym.

After news had broke that Batman was working with a teenage boy, I decided that it was time for a girl to show them how it’s done. So, I traded my black belt in for a utility belt…

Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) commission by phil-cho
1999 - 2000 
Batgirl began with a whimper, I’m sad to admit. I had the mask, the homemade costume (complete with cape and utility belt), and the attitude. But, it still took me weeks of rooftop patrols and back-alley stakeouts before I got a chance to prevent my first mugging… and I failed.

I tripped on my way down a fire escape, but I didn’t give up. I did a sketch of the culprits and I made sure to commit their faces to memory.

Later that month, I stopped a carjacking and recognized the tattoo on that guy’s neck. Borrowing my dad’s GCPD login credentials, I was able to gather that the tattoo belonged to the Badger Boulevard Ballers, a lower wes side gang. So armed with this information and my unique brand of moxy, I paid the Ballers a visit.

I took a few lumps and maybe broke a rib or two, but I found that first victim’s wallet and returned it. It was a lot to go through for thirteen bucks and an expired gym membership card, but I was not going to let Batgirl start out as a joke. I believed in this… and it paid off.

My take down with the ballers caught the attention of a certain duo who started investigating me. I am a bit ashamed to say I took them all of three hours to figure out who I was. They paid me a visit in the middle of my patrol the next night. I still remember the words of warning Batman gave me, “Stay out of this, Barbara”, he told me, I’m sure in an effort to scare me by dropping my name to demonstrate he knew who I was… but Bruce didn’t know me then as much as he thought he did.

As my wounds mended, I set my sights on a new gang in town, calling themselves the Red Hoods. While I was in the middle of my research during my lunch hour in the school library’s computer lab, a boy in the grade below mine slipped me a note and had me follow him to a chauffeured car in the parking lot where I met billionaire Bruce Wayne who told me that he was aware of my research and realized that I wasn’t going to quit. So he made me a deal.

He’d give me a computer with unlimited access to finish my research, an armored costume, actual crimefighting training, and all I had to do was let my injuries heal completely before he would let me go out on patrol again. Longest five weeks of my life.

Batgirl 1.5 (Earth-27) commission by phil-cho
2000 - 2004 
When I recovered from my beating, Batman kept his promise and not only did he officially endorse me for patrol duty, he even gave me a Kevlar bodysuit form-fitted to my dimensions. I’m not sure I want to know how his armorer got it fit so right in some areas… Anyway! So, while I was recovering, Bruce did let me take the Bat-Computer for a spin. He was really protective of his “baby” at first (and I don’t blame him), but after he saw that I was the better hacker (he hated to admit it, it was a bitter pill for him to swallow, Bruce let me do the work on tracking down the Red Hood Gang’s movements and we figured out they planned to make a heist at the Ace Chemicals plant.

This was my first big team-up with Batman and Robin and we did kick some major teeth in! With the gang’s leader cornered, he pulled a knife on Batman and in the ensuing fight, the wannabe mastermind got knocked over a railing and into a vat of bubbly ooze. In the aftermath of the leader’s death, the Red Hood gang dissolved (much like their leader's body must have… still gross to think about), and we moved on to bigger fish.

As Batgirl, I saw a lot of action. The rise of much of our most notorious villains happened during my turn under the cowl, in what we called the “Long Halloween” (because it all started on Halloween night with Riddler and Mr. Freeze and kept going for several months like a parade of costumed freaks); I was present for Harvey Dent’s scarring and drastic shift into Two-Face; and I also got to join “the Super Friends” (what Flash called the “team” of him, Supes, Double Dubs, GA, BC, Bats, Robin, and myself when we teamed up a few times before Brainiac’s trip to DC helped make us official as “the Justice League of America”) and I helped found the Titans. So Yeah… I’m a really big deal.

Now for the twist, even though I walked on the wild side, risking life and limb every night fighting gang lords and crocodile men, it was not being Batgirl that landed me where I am now. No, I was targeted by the Joker simply for being the daughter of Jim Gordon, Gotham’s top cop. Can you say irony?

Oracle commission by phil-cho
2004 - Present
Okay, yes… I am paralyzed. I live my life in a wheelchair now, all because a madman shot me in a bid to drive my father insane. It nearly worked, to tell you the truth. Hell, it nearly drove ME insane, too. But after I was done feeling sorry for myself, I realized I had a lot of work to do.

First thing to do was take care of myself. I needed help and admitting that was difficult. So, I got myself into some physical, occupational, and psychological therapy. With that underway, I started to work on getting the Dynamic Duo back together, Bruce and Dick had a falling out and since I was in a coma, I was unable to talk some sense into them before they reached their breaking point. By the time I woke up, Dick was struggling with finding a new purpose in his life and Bruce was in a dark place. So first course of business, I helped get Dick set up as Nightwing in Blüdhaven, giving him a chance to carve his own path and step out of the shadow of the Bat, hoping that in so doing he would begin to see all that Bruce had offered him that he had been overlooking due to his rage.

With Dick taken care of, I then talked to Bruce, opening him up to the prospect of taking on a new Robin. I could not have predicted that he would choose a street-kid like Jason Todd to fill that void in his life, but to Batman’s credit, he saw what others never had seen in Jason before and was beginning to coax it out of the kid… and then the Joker broadcast his online torture and murder of Jason Todd and that’s when something happened that I could have never predicted… we were powerless to stop it. The Joker had devised a cyber-plot we were unprepared to handle, technologically and emotionally.

I know the very moment I became Oracle, it was the moment I saw Jason’s blood dripping from the Bat-Signal after my father allowed Batman to carry the body away. Now, just Batman has his Gotham, I have the World-Wide-Web. Now, I am not just Bat-Girl in a wheelchair, I am a critical part of the entire “capes and tights” franchise as an integral part of the operations of not just Batman’s crusade, but also those of the Justice League, the Titans, and the Outsiders… but I also the leader of my own team: the Birds of Prey!

Yeah, like I said, I’m a big deal. ;)


Computer Hacking
As Oracle, I am an expert computer hacker. With my computer hacking skills, I am able to breach the highest security systems. With the added firepower of my beyond-state-of-the-art custom-built Kryptonian computer, my skills are rivaled by none. 

Computer Operation
I can humbly admit, I am by far the most computer literate of the Bat-family, and one of the most efficient users of computers world-wide. Now, that said... if I were to have any computer related problems, it would be my typing. I am prone to typos, especially when I'm overloaded on caffeine, which is to say 'when I'm awake'. My humble brilliance in computer science has allowed me to direct the Birds of Prey by computer; hack the most well-protected systems on the planet; guard my own equipment from infiltration by the likes of the Calculator, Riddler, and Anarky; and access security cameras and footage as effective means of surveillance to aid in my detective work, among seemingly limitless other uses.

Once upon a time, I was an exceptional ballerina.

My dad used to take me shooting a lot. Since there were guns in the house, he and my mother felt it was important that I knew that they were not a toy, but a tool. Bruce had a hang-up with guns but he still felt it was important I learn to operate and dismantle them as a means of understanding how to defeat them. After the Joker paralyzed me with a gun, my dad insisted I keep a gun on me and in my house in case the clown ever returned to finish me off. I am a skilled markswoman and I do not share Bruce's view on these weapons, if someone threatens me or my loved ones and there's a gun handy, I will end them.

Next to Bruce, I'm probably the most gifted forensic technician we have in this Bat-Family of ours.

Genius Level Intellect
I be damn smart. I have a photographic eidetic memory and can do advanced calculations in my head. Bruce doesn't like me to point out my IQ is higher than his. People have always called me "talented", "decided", "obstinate" and "exceptional"; but they always seem hesistant to call me "intelligent", as if that would somehow offend. I take pride in my brain, but I don't like to let it define me. I've got a curious knack for numbers and cataloging information, which has helped me realize that Oracle is who I was meant to be.

Once upon a time, I was an exceptional gymnast. 

Pretty much the most humble person you'll ever meet.

Library Science
Few people know that I am Doctor Barbara Gordon thanks to correspondence courses which I used to attain my doctorate in Library Science. At one point in my life, I wanted to be a librarian so this was more or less me simply letting the Joker not take another thing from me.

Information Brokering 
I have formed connections with numerous different superhero teams and individuals, often times assisting them when they require information and reference. I have a massive databases on various costumed crusaders and criminals alike, utilizing the information I have attained in my investigations, as well as being an integral part in the operations of well over three hundred other crimefighters.

Though Bruce likes to pat himself on the back whenever I come to a deduction before him, in truth I credit my father for fostering an interest in forensics and police procedure. I am also exceptionally skilled in investigative research and honestly, I probably would have won more Pulitzers than Lois Lane if I had chosen to use my skills to write stories.

In addition to my library science degree, I also have a master's degree in law and was in the process of considering pursuit of attaining a juris doctorate.

Martial Arts
I am trained martial artist. Even before I met Bruce Wayne, I took it upon myself to have myself trained at the Wildcat Gym by none other than Ted Grant. Styles I have mastered include: Aikido, Boxing, Dragon Style Kung Fu, Judo, and Stick Fighting. Even though I am confined to a wheelchair, I've demonstrated that I'm no pushover, holding my own against Heretic.

I am fluent in English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Latin, Portugese, Japanese, Mandarin, Kryptonian, Swahili, and Russian. I am currently studying Korean in my free time.

I am the most sensitive and kind person you'll ever meet.

More or less, I was a ninja. I mean, I still can be if you give me a second to spray some WD-40 on my wheels. ;)

I can throw a batarang like no one's business.

I keep a loaded sidearm and a pair of eskrima sticks stored in the armrests of my wheelchair as a contingency.


Restricted Mobility
I am paralyzed from the waist down, and use a wheelchair, after being shot by the Joker. My particular paralysis is caused by an incomplete spinal cord injury on my L1 (first Lumbar Vertebra). People wrongfully assume I have no sensation in my legs or thighs, but that's not actually the case. I have partial feeling thanks to a great number of surgeries paid for by the Wayne Foundation, but I lack any motor control below my injury.

Terminal Illness
I was recently diagnosed with a terminal spinal tumor. I... I don't know what else to say about this. It's still raw... I'm still processing all of this.

My friends point out that I've got some sort of issue with Koriand'r. That's simply not the case... at least anymore. I've made peace with my feelings about her. I won. There's no problems between us... well, except for the fact that she went all turncoat and joined up with that traitorous Helena.

My favorite colors are green and purple.

I am a born and raised Tricorner girl and proud of it. 
I grew up down the street from the Quinzels. I don't have an accent, however, as my parents were native Chicago-folk and insisted that I don't develop that obnoxious accent.

I take my coffee with amaretto creamer. 

Though I have carried a torch for Dick Grayson since I was a teenage girl, I have dated a few other men. The only ones that ever got serious were Ted Kord, Jason Bard, and Joseph Kane. Jason and I parted on mutual terms and I'm happy we did, he and Sasha are a much better fit. I realized that I never loved Ted despite how deeply he felt for me and I had to let him down easy... several times. As for Joseph Kane, well... Uh... I need to track him down and officially let him know we're no longer a thing for obvious reasons.

My favorite drinks are water with lemon (boring, I know) and if I'm in need of alcohol you can't go wrong with sex on the beach.

My favorite fruits are raspberry, cranberry, and cucumber. For veggies: vegetables: potatoes and cauliflower.

My all-time favorite meal has to be my mom's salmon with lemon, mashed potatoes, and vegetable medley... though Dick does a pretty good job at replicating this.

My favorite guilty-pleasure snack food has got to be popcorn drenched in butter... or maybe a simple snickerdoodle cookie.

There is a growing movement among intelligence agencies that believe that the 'Oracle' is an advanced artificial intelligence. I have to say, part of me is really flattered by that.

I have two arch-nemesises... nemesi... nemeses(?): Killer Moth and Calculator. Killer Moth was the first supervillain I defeated on my own. Calculator thinks of himself as my intellectual equal (he's not though).

I self-identify as a cougar in the making. What can I say? I like younger men. If Dick hadn't proposed when he did, he was about six months away from me deciding to make some moves on Tim. Sorry, Stephanie. ;)

My greatest fear was to grow old and become a spinster cat-lady. Thankfully that doesn't look like it'll be happening.

Earth-27 by Roysovitch & phil-cho , based on the titles and characters of DC Comics, in memory of Joshua Dean Westerman
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drawntogetha4ever Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
And why can't another hero with a healing factor (Like J'onn) just do a blood transfusion with Barbara to cure her cancer?
Roysovitch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
Maybe Babs doesn't want green skin and animal changing powers ala Beast Boy?
drawntogetha4ever Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
But that only happened because M'Gann had to do it because J'onn was busy fighting a bunch of Bialyan raiders, and M'Gann wasn't as good of a shapeshifter as J'onn. Would she really choose death over being a little green? I don't think Babs is THAT vain.
Roysovitch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
Also, how does a blood transfusion cure cancer? Can you explain that one to me?
drawntogetha4ever Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
J'onn would allow some of his Martian DNA to pass into her system, so she can gain his healing factor, like M'Gann did for Logan.
Roysovitch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
M'gann didn't give her healing factor to Garfield. She just tried to give him blood as was a treatment for his disease. Her poorly imitated blood caused some Martian DNA to interact with the Sakutia virus in Garfield's system and that caused his mutation.
drawntogetha4ever Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
Well yeah, but... uh oh. I f***ed up. Even if J'onn tried what I suggested, a healing-factor and cancer? I know a certain red-spandex wearing mercenary who knows those two things don't mix, especially given that Logan's transformation was very similar to that.

Though that still doesn't rule out other characters with a healing factor from given Barbara a blood transfusion. Wouldn't one them be willing?

Or couldn't Ray and/or Ryan shrink down into her body and kill all the cancerous cells?
Roysovitch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
Still, I don't know how blood transfusions cure cancer... I mean, in sci-fi and comic book science, it can make sense but overall I feel "Meh" about those possibilities.

In the comics, Barbara didn't take such treatments to cure her paralysis as she felt those were unfair to the handicapped of the general public who did not have access to such treatments. While created as a flimsy excuse by DC to keep her in a wheelchair while everyone else can be paralyzed for a story arc and be back to walking and running by the end of the year; it is still an element of her character that I feel should hold true. 
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drawntogetha4ever Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
What characters read these files 'In-Universe', besides Barbara?
AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
Other than Babs, anyone who can access her computer. On the short list probably Tim, Bruce, and Karen (she helped build and design it, only logical she has access)
kyubiman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Student
So glad she's not a cougar.
Dkalban Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ah yes, so humble, so sensitive....

But yeah, I think Joseph will be perfectly understanding about breaking up....
ndd1982 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Ah, our truly humble Babs :D (Big Grin) 
Great read!
Roysovitch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
The humblest
Jovan2013 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Barbara written a file on herself, of course she would :). TBH, I would like to see Batman or Nightwing writing a profile on her. I have to agree that Barbara does seems act like an overachiever.
Farrell24 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Awesome stuff but I got a question. In the weakness section. It says she terminal spinal tumor. Your not going to kill her off are ya?
drawntogetha4ever Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017
She's got a portrait of her alive in 2027, so she's going to survive it. She's also walking and has green eyes, so I think it's pretty apparent what's going to happen and how she'll be cured.
craygus13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
whoa, wait a second.  her walking and having green eyes is a clue? 

feel like sending me a note with how that works?
drawntogetha4ever Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
In Earth-27, the Lazarus Pit turns your eyes green when you use it.
Farrell24 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
Thank You!
shadowalex3000 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
That's what I'm worried about 
drawntogetha4ever Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017
She has a 2027 portrait so I don't think we have to worry too much.
shadowalex3000 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017
Oh thank Christ 
thegreenyeun95 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Barbara Gordon in your Earth-27 version is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Latin, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, Kryptonian, Swahili, and Russian and is currently studying Korean in her free time. :) Interesting! :)
Rozkyontherocks Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The last section should be called Food Trivia :D
Roysovitch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yeah... I hit a brain moment and all I could think of at the time was that someone asked me for all that information in a note, so I dug it up and put that out there.

If you feel able to inspire me for more trivia, I'd be glad to drop it in there. :)
Rozkyontherocks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can only think on the fact that she is a member of the Justice League but ARGUS doesn't acknowledge because she is never around... in person
TheBlakeBuz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Bab's Trivia is making me hungry. 
Roysovitch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Me too.
AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Barbara writing a profile on herself: priceless :laughing:

Wonder how she feels about her brother calling her an "overachiever" and, her possibly having a doppelganger in the League of Assassins?
GhostlyElegance Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Heh. This was a fun read.
Coldsnap7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Barbara writes profile on herself: instant entertainment.
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