History ComicBook / Huntress

4th Dec '16 2:09:43 AM Oddstar6
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* AmazonianBeauty: Perhaps best demonstrated in the first issue of her 2011 mini, when she kicks ass while wearing lingerie and is drawn with [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/0a545e3484c007c1e36c2fd99959189d/tumblr_n3mp8zK00z1rk0k4co1_500.jpg very prominent leg muscles]].



* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: In ''Huntress #5'' (the 2012 mini-series), Helena disguises herself as a cleaning woman to sneak into the Lion's fortress.



* LovelyAngels:
** Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L alias ''Comicbook/PowerGirl'' have this dynamic in the New 52 series Worlds' Finest. Which is a throwback to their original team-ups on pre-Crisis Earth-2.



* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''World's Finest'' #8, a mob boss puts an open contract on Huntress's life, causing a large number of assassins to start targeting Helena in an attempt to collect.



* AmazonianBeauty: Perhaps best demonstrated in the first issue of her 2011 mini, when she kicks ass while wearing lingerie and is drawn with [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/0a545e3484c007c1e36c2fd99959189d/tumblr_n3mp8zK00z1rk0k4co1_500.jpg very prominent leg muscles]].



%%* BlackSheep

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%%* BlackSheep* BlackSheep: After the cancellation of her Cavalieri-penned ongoing, she was moved to Gotham and incorporated into the Bat-family, but she was never accepted by Batman because of her lethal methods.



* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''World's Finest'' #8, a mob boss puts an open contract on Huntress's life, causing a large number of assassins to start targeting Helena in an attempt to collect.



* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: In ''Huntress #5'' (the 2012 mini-series), Helena disguises herself as a cleaning woman to sneak into the Lion's fortress.



** Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L alias ''Comicbook/PowerGirl'' have this dynamic in the New 52 series Worlds' Finest. Which is a throwback to their original team-ups on pre-Crisis Earth-2.



* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: On and off during the 90s and called out on it by other heroes.

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* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: On and off during the 90s and afterwards and called out on it by other heroes.
24th Nov '16 1:52:47 AM rafi
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24th Nov '16 1:49:54 AM rafi
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!Tropes seen involving this character include:

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!Tropes seen involving this character include:
[[folder: Helena Wayne]]



* AdaptationalHeroism: In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. While she does start off with her more anti-heroic traits (ie. willingness to use lethal force), she pretty much moves past this after her first appearance. After that she's pretty much purely heroic (if snarky).
* AdaptationalVillainy: In ''{{Series/Arrow}}'', Helena Bertinelli is a recurring villain. Of course, this required only small changes to her basic character.
* AmazonianBeauty: Perhaps best demonstrated in the first issue of her 2011 mini, when she kicks ass while wearing lingerie and is drawn with [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/0a545e3484c007c1e36c2fd99959189d/tumblr_n3mp8zK00z1rk0k4co1_500.jpg very prominent leg muscles]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Nu52 Helena Bertinelli is significantly darker-skinned than in the old DCU, probably to render her more visually distinct from Helena Wayne. They haven't yet revealed her nu52 origin, although her last name suggests that she is still Sicilian.
* {{Antihero}}: ''Batman'' thinks she's too dark, and her methods too extreme. Batman thinks that. Let that sink in for a moment.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: Helena as ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} during ''Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand''.
* ArchnemesisDad: In ''Cry for Blood'', it is revealed that the man who arranged with Stephen Mandragora the murder of the Bertinellis, driving Helena Bertinelli to become the Huntress, was Santo Cassamento, her biological father.
* BadassBiker: Her preferred method of transportation. Even tells Misfit that damaging her ride comes with severe consequences. In her civilian identity she seems to prefer bombing about town in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.



* BareYourMidriff: The Jim Lee 2003 costume redesign. Gail Simone disliked the costume, but instead of merely retconning it away, came up with the in-universe "700 sit-ups a day" reasoning, which is both hilarious and rational.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted on at least two occasions:
** She has a black, swollen eye and a bruised jaw for almost an entire issue of ''Cry for Blood''. This came from [[spoiler: Nightwing punching her for accidentally shooting Batman and Question kicking her in the face in the previous issue.]]
** Her lips and one of her eyes are swollen after her duel with Lady Shiva.
* BelligerentSexualTension: A little bit with Question during "Cry for Blood"; a little bit belligerent, that is. The sexual tension is blatant, at least until they relieve it.
* BerserkButton:
** Do '''not''' threaten Helena Bertinelli's students.
** A more minor one, but she also dislikes being lumped in with the mob, and ''particularly'' hates the phrase "mafia princess".
* BoundAndGagged: In one of her first important missions as senior field agent with Lady Blackhawk, one of Zinda's old enemies brainwashes her, leading her to tie up Huntress. Being a good member of the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey, though, Huntress breaks the brainwashing through ThePowerOfFriendship. An earlier issue of ''The Batman Chronicles'' had her getting tied up and gagged after being ambushed by a group of street children.
** Also, in the Creator/GailSimone penned episode of WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold "The Masks of Matches Malone," the team is tied up and hung over sharks - but Huntress's mad crossbow skills help save the day.
** And of course she does this to ComicBook/JimmyOlsen in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', leaving him taped up so she can steal his signal watch.
* BrainyBrunette: Actually fits this trope, though more often has the image of a bruiser. ComicBook/BlackCanary points out that she and Oracle have a lot in common, both being extremely intelligent.
** Her SecretIdentity as a teacher supports this identification - in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold, she is even a professor at Gotham University.
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: Catman, who knows that unless she believes him to be unredeemable, Huntress will become involved in his rather problematic life.
* BrokenBird: The murder of her family when she was a young child led her to become ruthless and distrustful.
* ByronicHero: Brilliant, capable of pulling off daring and convoluted schemes, but also prone to brutal, unthinking violence; loves opera and fine cuisine, but will torture suspects for information; a devout Catholic and an unrepentant multiple murderess; can kill a teenager and crack jokes about it, but G-d help you if you threaten a child under her protection; driven to become a vigilante by the murder of her family when she was a small child, but later killed her own father.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''World's Finest'' #8, a mob boss puts an open contract on Huntress's life, causing a large number of assassins to start targeting Helena in an attempt to collect.
* CombatPragmatist: Much more so than most of her colleagues - and mostly by necessity, since good as she is, she often has to face threat levels far above street level.

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* BareYourMidriff: CompositeCharacter:
** As a young girl, the New 52 version of Helena was her world's Robin.
**
The Jim Lee 2003 modern costume redesign. Gail Simone disliked she wears is the costume, but same one worn by the Post-Crisis Helena Bertinelli Huntress. This was part of a BaitAndSwitch RedHerring trick DC pulled, where fans were initially led to believe the New 52 Huntress was Bertinelli instead of merely retconning it away, came up with the in-universe "700 sit-ups a day" reasoning, which is both hilarious and rational.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted on at least two occasions:
** She has a black, swollen eye and a bruised jaw for almost an entire issue of ''Cry for Blood''. This came from [[spoiler: Nightwing punching her for accidentally shooting Batman and Question kicking her in the face in the previous issue.]]
** Her lips and one of her eyes are swollen after her duel with Lady Shiva.
* BelligerentSexualTension: A little bit with Question during "Cry for Blood"; a little bit belligerent, that is. The sexual tension is blatant, at least until they relieve it.
* BerserkButton:
** Do '''not''' threaten Helena Bertinelli's students.
** A more minor one, but she also dislikes being lumped in with the mob, and ''particularly'' hates the phrase "mafia princess".
* BoundAndGagged: In one of her first important missions as senior field agent with Lady Blackhawk, one of Zinda's old enemies brainwashes her, leading her to tie up Huntress. Being a good member of the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey, though, Huntress breaks the brainwashing through ThePowerOfFriendship. An earlier issue of ''The Batman Chronicles'' had her getting tied up and gagged after being ambushed by a group of street children.
** Also, in the Creator/GailSimone penned episode of WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold "The Masks of Matches Malone," the team is tied up and hung over sharks - but Huntress's mad crossbow skills help save the day.
** And of course she does this to ComicBook/JimmyOlsen in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', leaving him taped up so she can steal his signal watch.
* BrainyBrunette: Actually fits this trope, though more often has the image of a bruiser. ComicBook/BlackCanary points out that she and Oracle have a lot in common, both being extremely intelligent.
** Her SecretIdentity as a teacher supports this identification - in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold, she is even a professor at Gotham University.
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: Catman, who knows that unless she believes him to be unredeemable, Huntress will become involved in his rather problematic life.
* BrokenBird: The murder of her family when she was a young child led her to become ruthless and distrustful.
* ByronicHero: Brilliant, capable of pulling off daring and convoluted schemes, but also prone to brutal, unthinking violence; loves opera and fine cuisine, but will torture suspects for information; a devout Catholic and an unrepentant multiple murderess; can kill a teenager and crack jokes about it, but G-d help you if you threaten a child under her protection; driven to become a vigilante by the murder of her family when she was a small child, but later killed her own father.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''World's Finest'' #8, a mob boss puts an open contract on Huntress's life, causing a large number of assassins to start targeting Helena in an attempt to collect.
* CombatPragmatist: Much more so than most of her colleagues - and mostly by necessity, since good as she is, she often has to face threat levels far above street level.
Wayne.



* CreateYourOwnHero: Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, was the supposed daughter of mob boss Franco Bertinelli, the actual daughter of mob boss Santo Cassamento, and the niece of mob boss Tomasso Panessa, making her pretty much the ultimate MafiaPrincess. Cassamento and mob boss Stephen Mandragora conspired to kill all the Bertinellis, leaving only Helena alive. She then went to live with her cousins, who were mob assassins; they taught her to fight and to kill. She eventually became a vigilante, murdered Mandragora and Cassamento, and became the scourge of the mob in general. Of course, this was really more a case of the mob creating its own antihero.
* CulturedBadass: Loves opera and fine cuisine.
* CurbStompBattle: She beats up and [=KOs=] Batgirl fairly easily in ''Year One''.
* DatingCatwoman: Cat''man'', actually. Starting with a surprise meeting/fight/teamup in Russia, she's flirted/warned/fought with him fairly consistently. Unfortunately, since she's still clearly a hero and he's a heroic-wannabe-killer, there are problems.
* DeathByOriginStory: In the continuity of the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'', it has been established via retcon that Helena Bertinelli, was killed as a young woman and had her identity usurped by Helena Wayne, her pre-Crisis counterpart. Then this was retconned when it was revealed that Bertinelli was actually still alive and had faked her own death, though she no longer goes by the name Huntress.
* {{Determinator}}:
** In [[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]], she takes three bullets to the stomach from the Joker and keeps going. After being rejected by Batman.
** When she fights Lady Shiva, even though she knows she will die painfully, even after she gets the tar beat out of her, she manages to do something almost no one has done: knock Shiva down.
** Despite her fighting abilities being compromised by fear toxin, Huntress still puts up so much of a struggle against Catwoman that she has to be sedated. And even then she wakes up after only a few minutes when she should've been out for hours.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, it was established via retcon that the '''real''' Helena Bertinelli was killed years ago, only to have her identity stolen by the newly reintroduced Helena Wayne. Helena B's fate was also relegated to an offhanded shout-out, with the real details unexplained...until recently when it was revealed that not only was she still alive, but she is now a member of the spy organization, Spyral.
* EvilCounterpart: Well, eviler. Tabby Brennan was set up to be this, in that both were the daughters of powerful crime bosses, and both schemed to murder their fathers under the noses of several superheroes. The difference is that Santo Cassamento hated Huntress, and was trying to force her into the mob as his personal enforcer and assassin, while Tabby's father loved her and was trying to quit his life of crime for her sake; Huntress killed Cassamento to get out of the mob (and for revenge), while Tabby killed her father to take over his gang. [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] when Huntress thinks of Tabby as "Just like me." Of course, then Tabby got killed off in a really stupid manner, but the less said of that, the better.
* FiredTeacher: Helena B. found it very hard to keep a stable job as a teacher, as she would regularly show up to work with black eyes or broken bones gained the night before while on patrol.
* FriendlessBackground: She had relatives who genuinely loved and cared for her (although they were all evil), and she even had lovers, but until she met Black Canary, she never had a single friend. Helps to explain her devotion to the Canary.
* GoodIsNotNice: She can be remarkably bitter and rude to even her closest friends and allies but when it counts, her heart is always in the right place, DependingOnTheWriter.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* GroinAttack: Part of her arsenal as a CombatPragmatist; Helena Bertinelli is particularly fond of them, using them against such skilled fighters as Archer Braun and Prometheus to get the upper hand.
* [[AHandfulForAnEye A Handful for an Eye]]: When dueling Shiva to the death to prevent Black Canary from doing the same, Huntress blinds Shiva with her own blood in a surprise (to Shiva) employment of gutter tactics.
* HarmfulToMinors: Helena Bertinelli's backstory. Both versions.
** RapeAsBackstory: In her original backstory, she was raped when she was 6 by a rival crime lord to torture her father.
** In ''Cry for Blood'', it's retconned that her family died when she was 8.
* HeroAntagonist: Batman in ''Cry for Blood''. He's just trying to stop Huntress from murdering people, and is willing to take seriously the possibility that she's not responsible for the initial murders. In the end, he gives her the benefit of the doubt, letting her resolve the problem while trusting her to do it without further bloodshed.
* [[HeroicBastard Antiheroic Bastard]]: It is revealed in ''Cry for Blood'' that her real father was Santo Cassamento.

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* CreateYourOwnHero: Huntress, DeadPersonImpersonation: In her debut mini-series, she poses as Helena Bertinelli, was the supposed daughter of mob boss Franco Bertinelli, the actual daughter of mob boss Santo Cassamento, and the niece of mob boss Tomasso Panessa, making her pretty much the ultimate MafiaPrincess. Cassamento and mob boss Stephen Mandragora conspired to kill all the Bertinellis, leaving only Helena alive. She then went to live with her cousins, who were mob assassins; they taught her to fight and to kill. She eventually became a vigilante, murdered Mandragora and Cassamento, and became the scourge of the mob in general. Of course, this was really more a case of the mob creating its own antihero.
* CulturedBadass: Loves opera and fine cuisine.
* CurbStompBattle: She beats up and [=KOs=] Batgirl fairly easily in ''Year One''.
* DatingCatwoman: Cat''man'', actually. Starting with a surprise meeting/fight/teamup in Russia, she's flirted/warned/fought with him fairly consistently. Unfortunately, since she's still clearly a hero and he's a heroic-wannabe-killer, there are problems.
* DeathByOriginStory: In the continuity of the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'', it has been established via retcon
ultimately reveals that Helena Bertinelli, was killed as she stole the name from a young woman and had her identity usurped by Helena Wayne, her pre-Crisis counterpart. Then this was retconned when it was revealed that Bertinelli was actually still alive and had faked her own death, though she no longer goes by the name Huntress.
* {{Determinator}}:
** In [[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]], she takes three bullets to the stomach from the Joker and keeps going. After being rejected by Batman.
** When she fights Lady Shiva, even though she knows she will die painfully, even after she gets the tar beat out of her, she manages to do something almost no one has done: knock Shiva down.
** Despite her fighting abilities being compromised by fear toxin, Huntress still puts up so much of a struggle against Catwoman that she has to be sedated. And even then she wakes up after only a few minutes when she should've
who'd been out for hours.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, it was established via retcon that the '''real'''
killed years ago. [[spoiler: The ''real'' Helena Bertinelli was killed years ago, only to have her identity stolen by the newly reintroduced Helena Wayne. Helena B's fate was also relegated to an offhanded shout-out, with the real details unexplained...until recently when it was later revealed that not only was she still alive, but she is now a member of the spy organization, Spyral.
* EvilCounterpart: Well, eviler. Tabby Brennan was set up
to be this, in that both were the daughters of powerful crime bosses, alive and both schemed to murder their fathers under the noses of several superheroes. The difference is that Santo Cassamento hated Huntress, and was trying to force her into the mob as his personal enforcer and assassin, while Tabby's father loved her and was trying to quit his life of crime for her sake; Huntress killed Cassamento to get out of the mob (and for revenge), while Tabby killed her father to take over his gang. [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] when Huntress thinks of Tabby as "Just like me." Of course, then Tabby got killed off in a really stupid manner, but the less said of that, the better.
* FiredTeacher: Helena B. found it very hard to keep a stable job as a teacher, as she would regularly show up to work with black eyes or broken bones gained the night before while on patrol.
* FriendlessBackground: She had relatives who genuinely loved and cared for her (although they were all evil), and she even had lovers, but until she met Black Canary, she never had a single friend. Helps to explain her devotion to the Canary.
* GoodIsNotNice: She can be remarkably bitter and rude to even her closest friends and allies but when it counts, her heart is always in the right place, DependingOnTheWriter.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* GroinAttack: Part of her arsenal as a CombatPragmatist; Helena Bertinelli is particularly fond of them, using them against such skilled fighters as Archer Braun and Prometheus to get the upper hand.
* [[AHandfulForAnEye A Handful for an Eye]]: When dueling Shiva to the death to prevent Black Canary from doing the same, Huntress blinds Shiva with her own blood in a surprise (to Shiva) employment of gutter tactics.
* HarmfulToMinors: Helena Bertinelli's backstory. Both versions.
** RapeAsBackstory: In her original backstory, she was raped when she was 6 by a rival crime lord to torture her father.
** In ''Cry for Blood'', it's retconned that her family died when she was 8.
* HeroAntagonist: Batman in ''Cry for Blood''. He's just trying to stop Huntress from murdering people, and is willing to take seriously the possibility that she's not responsible for the initial murders. In the end, he gives her the benefit of the doubt, letting her resolve the problem while trusting her to do it without further bloodshed.
* [[HeroicBastard Antiheroic Bastard]]: It is revealed in ''Cry for Blood'' that her real father was Santo Cassamento.
well.]]



* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: On and off during the 90s and called out on it by other heroes.

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* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: On LegacyCharacter: To both Batman and Catwoman.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Her and Earth-Two Robin, due to their upbringing.
* RedeemingReplacement: To Catwoman (who had turned good in this continuity).
* TheReveal: The "twist" of the New 52 ''Huntress'' mini-series was that the title character was '''not''' Helena Bertinelli, and that she was actually from Earth-2.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Earth-2 Dick Grayson, on the post-Infinite Crisis, pre-Flashpoint version Earth.
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[[folder: Helena Bertinelli (pre-Flashpoint)]]

* ActionGirl: She's skilled in martial arts and weaponry.
* AdaptationalHeroism: In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. While she does start
off with her more anti-heroic traits (ie. willingness to use lethal force), she pretty much moves past this after her first appearance. After that she's pretty much purely heroic (if snarky).
* AdaptationalVillainy: In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Helena Bertinelli is a recurring villain. Of course, this required only small changes to her basic character.
* AmazonianBeauty: Perhaps best demonstrated in the first issue of her 2011 mini, when she kicks ass while wearing lingerie and is drawn with [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/0a545e3484c007c1e36c2fd99959189d/tumblr_n3mp8zK00z1rk0k4co1_500.jpg very prominent leg muscles]].
* AntiHero: ''Batman'' thinks she's too dark, and her methods too extreme. Batman thinks that. Let that sink in for a moment.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: Helena as ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}
during ''Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand''.
* ArchnemesisDad: In ''Cry for Blood'', it is revealed that
the 90s man who arranged with Stephen Mandragora the murder of the Bertinellis, driving Helena Bertinelli to become the Huntress, was Santo Cassamento, her biological father.
* BadassBiker: Her preferred method of transportation. Even tells Misfit that damaging her ride comes with severe consequences. In her civilian identity she seems to prefer bombing about town in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.
* BadassNormal: So far, has not received any supernatural or even technological upgrades.
* BadassTeacher: she's a crime-fighter by night
and called a high-school teacher by day. Just ''try'' to threaten "her kids".
* BareYourMidriff: The Jim Lee 2003 costume redesign. Gail Simone disliked the costume, but instead of merely retconning it away, came up with the in-universe "700 sit-ups a day" reasoning, which is both hilarious and rational.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted on at least two occasions:
** She has a black, swollen eye and a bruised jaw for almost an entire issue of ''Cry for Blood''. This came from [[spoiler: Nightwing punching her for accidentally shooting Batman and Question kicking her in the face in the previous issue.]]
** Her lips and one of her eyes are swollen after her duel with Lady Shiva.
* BelligerentSexualTension:
** It's specifically because they had "No hassle attached" sex in the past that this has developed between herself and Dick Grayson. To the point where they frequently alternate between arguing and making out.
** A little bit with Question during "Cry for Blood"; a little bit belligerent, that is. The sexual tension is blatant, at least until they relieve it.
* BerserkButton:
** Do '''not''' threaten Helena Bertinelli's students.
** A more minor one, but she also dislikes being lumped in with the mob, and ''particularly'' hates the phrase "mafia princess".
%%* BlackSheep
* BoundAndGagged: In one of her first important missions as senior field agent with Lady Blackhawk, one of Zinda's old enemies brainwashes her, leading her to tie up Huntress. Being a good member of the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey, though, Huntress breaks the brainwashing through ThePowerOfFriendship. An earlier issue of ''The Batman Chronicles'' had her getting tied up and gagged after being ambushed by a group of street children.
** Also, in the Creator/GailSimone penned episode of WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold "The Masks of Matches Malone," the team is tied up and hung over sharks - but Huntress's mad crossbow skills help save the day.
** And of course she does this to ComicBook/JimmyOlsen in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', leaving him taped up so she can steal his signal watch.
* BrainyBrunette: Actually fits this trope, though more often has the image of a bruiser. ComicBook/BlackCanary points
out that she and Oracle have a lot in common, both being extremely intelligent.
** Her SecretIdentity as a teacher supports this identification - in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold, she is even a professor at Gotham University.
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: Catman, who knows that unless she believes him to be unredeemable, Huntress will become involved in his rather problematic life.
* BrokenBird: The murder of her family when she was a young child led her to become ruthless and distrustful.
* ByronicHero: Brilliant, capable of pulling off daring and convoluted schemes, but also prone to brutal, unthinking violence; loves opera and fine cuisine, but will torture suspects for information; a devout Catholic and an unrepentant multiple murderess; can kill a teenager and crack jokes about it, but G-d help you if you threaten a child under her protection; driven to become a vigilante by the murder of her family when she was a small child, but later killed her own father.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''World's Finest'' #8, a mob boss puts an open contract
on Huntress's life, causing a large number of assassins to start targeting Helena in an attempt to collect.
* CombatPragmatist: Much more so than most of her colleagues - and mostly by necessity, since good as she is, she often has to face threat levels far above street level.
* CreateYourOwnHero: Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, was the supposed daughter of mob boss Franco Bertinelli, the actual daughter of mob boss Santo Cassamento, and the niece of mob boss Tomasso Panessa, making her pretty much the ultimate MafiaPrincess. Cassamento and mob boss Stephen Mandragora conspired to kill all the Bertinellis, leaving only Helena alive. She then went to live with her cousins, who were mob assassins; they taught her to fight and to kill. She eventually became a vigilante, murdered Mandragora and Cassamento, and became the scourge of the mob in general. Of course, this was really more a case of the mob creating its own antihero.
* CulturedBadass: Loves opera and fine cuisine.
* CurbStompBattle: She beats up and [=KOs=] Batgirl fairly easily in ''Year One''.
* DatingCatwoman: Cat''man'', actually. Starting with a surprise meeting/fight/teamup in Russia, she's flirted/warned/fought with him fairly consistently. Unfortunately, since she's still clearly a hero and he's a heroic-wannabe-killer, there are problems.
* {{Determinator}}:
** In [[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]], she takes three bullets to the stomach from the Joker and keeps going. After being rejected by Batman.
** When she fights Lady Shiva, even though she knows she will die painfully, even after she gets the tar beat out of her, she manages to do something almost no one has done: knock Shiva down.
** Despite her fighting abilities being compromised by fear toxin, Huntress still puts up so much of a struggle against Catwoman that she has to be sedated. And even then she wakes up after only a few minutes when she should've been out for hours.
* EvilCounterpart: Well, eviler. Tabby Brennan was set up to be this, in that both were the daughters of powerful crime bosses, and both schemed to murder their fathers under the noses of several superheroes. The difference is that Santo Cassamento hated Huntress, and was trying to force her into the mob as his personal enforcer and assassin, while Tabby's father loved her and was trying to quit his life of crime for her sake; Huntress killed Cassamento to get out of the mob (and for revenge), while Tabby killed her father to take over his gang. [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] when Huntress thinks of Tabby as "Just like me." Of course, then Tabby got killed off in a really stupid manner, but the less said of that, the better.
* FiredTeacher: Helena B. found
it very hard to keep a stable job as a teacher, as she would regularly show up to work with black eyes or broken bones gained the night before while on patrol.
* FriendlessBackground: She had relatives who genuinely loved and cared for her (although they were all evil), and she even had lovers, but until she met Black Canary, she never had a single friend. Helps to explain her devotion to the Canary.
* GoodIsNotNice: She can be remarkably bitter and rude to even her closest friends and allies but when it counts, her heart is always in the right place, DependingOnTheWriter.
* GroinAttack: Part of her arsenal as a CombatPragmatist; Helena Bertinelli is particularly fond of them, using them against such skilled fighters as Archer Braun and Prometheus to get the upper hand.
* [[AHandfulForAnEye A Handful for an Eye]]: When dueling Shiva to the death to prevent Black Canary from doing the same, Huntress blinds Shiva with her own blood in a surprise (to Shiva) employment of gutter tactics.
* HarmfulToMinors: Her backstory (she watched her parents get shot
by other heroes.her [[TheMafia her father's associates]]). Both versions.
** RapeAsBackstory: In her original backstory, she was raped when she was 6 by a rival crime lord to torture her father.
** In ''Cry for Blood'', it's retconned that her family died when she was 8.
* HeroAntagonist: Batman in ''Cry for Blood''. He's just trying to stop Huntress from murdering people, and is willing to take seriously the possibility that she's not responsible for the initial murders. In the end, he gives her the benefit of the doubt, letting her resolve the problem while trusting her to do it without further bloodshed.
* HeroicBastard: It is revealed in ''Cry for Blood'' that her real father was Santo Cassamento.



* InSeriesNickname: With Renee Montoya, the second Question - they call each other "Q" and "H," possibly as a reference to their ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' counterparts.



* InSeriesNickname: With Renee Montoya, the second Question - they call each other "Q" and "H," possibly as a reference to their ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' counterparts.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Tim Drake, with him often being one of the few members of the Batman Family (if not the only one) who she is consistently on good terms with.



* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Huntress does this a lot. At one point, she interrupts an interrogation {{ComicBook/Nightwing}} was conducting of the Tattooed Man and just starts beating the information out of him. Nightwing is shocked by how far she's willing to go. Considering [[{{ComicBook/Batman}} who trained]] Nightwing, that's saying something.
* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: In ''ComicBook/{{Huntress}}'' #5 (the 2012 mini-series), Helena disguises herself as a cleaning woman to sneak into the Lion's fortress.

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* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Tim Drake, with him often being one of the few members of the Batman Family (if not the only one) who she is consistently on good terms with.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Huntress does this a lot. At one point, she interrupts an interrogation {{ComicBook/Nightwing}} ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} was conducting of the Tattooed Man and just starts beating the information out of him. Nightwing is shocked by how far she's willing to go. Considering [[{{ComicBook/Batman}} [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} who trained]] Nightwing, that's saying something.
* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: In ''ComicBook/{{Huntress}}'' #5 ''Huntress #5'' (the 2012 mini-series), Helena disguises herself as a cleaning woman to sneak into the Lion's fortress.fortress.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold



* TheMafia: Born to it, rejected it, continually drawn to it, eventually infiltrated it and became a capo. Her mission in life: take it down.



* TheMafia: Born to it, rejected it, continually drawn to it, eventually infiltrated it and became a capo. Her mission in life: take it down.



* NeckSnap: Huntress [[spoiler:is killed this way by Wonder Woman with the Lasso of Truth]] in the ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' prequel comic.



* {{Patricide}}: In ''Cry for Blood'', she arranged the murder of Santo Cassamento. In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', her goal was to kill her father, who in that continuity was Franco Bertinelli, but although her actions did contribute to bringing about his death, she was not the one to kill him, much to her regret and sadness. In the DC Rebirth continuity, it is not yet clear what her relationship to Santo Cassamento is, or whether she will end up killing him.

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* {{Patricide}}: In ''Cry for Blood'', she arranged the murder of Santo Cassamento. In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', her goal was to kill her father, who in that continuity was Franco Bertinelli, but although her actions did contribute to bringing about his death, she was not the one to kill him, much to her regret and sadness. In the DC Rebirth continuity, it is not yet clear what her relationship to Santo Cassamento is, or whether she will end up killing him.



* RaceLift: Bertinelli, in the New 52, has considerably darker skin than in the old DCU. Whether that is meant to suggest that she is not entirely of Sicilian ancestry is not clear, since very little has been revealed about her character or background so far.
* RaisedCatholic: Since she was born a MafiaPrincess, naturally. However, according to her Year One miniseries, she has some unorthodox theology, and she's gone back and forth on where she stands with God. During Rucka and Burchett's Cry for Blood miniseries, she feels she's damned regardless of what she does, which seems to carry over into the beginning of Simone's Birds of Prey run, saying that the church repels her. However, through that run, she comes to have a better view of herself and her faith, and even thinks about attending church again. In the 2010 relaunch, just before she believes she's about to die at Shiva's hands, she takes a moment to thank God for giving her life meaning, and thinks that "He's always listening."

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* RaceLift: Bertinelli, in the New 52, has considerably darker skin than in the old DCU. Whether that is meant to suggest that she is not entirely of Sicilian ancestry is not clear, since very little has been revealed about her character or background so far.
* RaisedCatholic: Since she was born a MafiaPrincess, naturally. However, according to her Year One miniseries, she has some unorthodox theology, and she's gone back and forth on where she stands with God. During Rucka and Burchett's Cry ''Cry for Blood Blood'' miniseries, she feels she's damned regardless of what she does, which seems to carry over into the beginning of Simone's Birds of Prey run, saying that the church repels her. However, through that run, she comes to have a better view of herself and her faith, and even thinks about attending church again. In the 2010 relaunch, just before she believes she's about to die at Shiva's hands, she takes a moment to thank God for giving her life meaning, and thinks that "He's always listening."



* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: On and off during the 90s and called out on it by other heroes.



* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Jim Lee costume redesign of 2003. His co-redesign for the ComicBook/{{New 52}} with Cully Hamner, however, is a bit more conservative.

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* {{Stripperiffic}}: {{Stripperiffic}}: The Jim Lee costume redesign of 2003.2003. Gail Simone was at least able to poke fun at how ridiculous it was by revealing Huntress just really wants to show off her abs after all the sit-ups she does every day. His co-redesign for the ComicBook/{{New 52}} with Cully Hamner, however, is a bit more conservative.



** In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' she actually gets kicked out of the league for this.



* TheUnfavorite: Often comes off this way not only in the Bat-family (with Batman) but in ''Birds of Prey'' (with Oracle).
** A lot of Oracle's animosity is rooted to Huntress' past relationship with Dick Grayson. And the fact that Huntress spent a good deal of the beginning of ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' using the Batgirl identity.



* WellDoneSonGuy: A big part of Helena Bertinelli's characterization involves her wanting Batman to accept her as a legitimate vigilante, on her terms, albeit very much DependingOnTheWriter. This is very pronounced in Grant Morrison's portrayal of the character during his run on ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', and also show's up in Ivory Madison's ''Huntress: Year One''. It was expressly rejected in ''Cry for Blood'', and didn't really show up at all in Cavalieri's Huntress ongoing or in the way the character was portrayed in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational''.

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* WellDoneSonGuy: A big part of Helena Bertinelli's characterization involves her wanting Batman to accept her as a legitimate vigilante, on her terms, albeit very much DependingOnTheWriter. This is very pronounced in Grant Morrison's portrayal of the character during his run on ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', and also show's up in Ivory Madison's ''Huntress: Year One''. It was expressly rejected in ''Cry for Blood'', and didn't really show up at all in Cavalieri's Huntress ongoing or in the way the character was portrayed in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational''. She's gotten over it for the most part, but a bit still lingers as seen in ''Hush''.


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[[folder: Helena Bertinelli (post-Flashpoint)]]

* TheAce: One of Spyral's top agents, and a senior partner to Dick.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: New-52 Helena Bertinelli is significantly darker-skinned than in the old DCU, probably to render her more visually distinct from Helena Wayne. They haven't yet revealed her nu52 origin, although her last name suggests that she is still Sicilian.
* BadassTeacher: She's the matron of St. Hadrian's Finishing School.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Dick Grayson.
* DeathByOriginStory: Subverted. It had been previously established via retcon that she was killed as a young woman and had her identity usurped by Helena Wayne, her pre-Crisis counterpart. However, it turns out she's alive and working for Spyral.
* DefrostingIceQueen: At first, her relationship with Grayson is cold and somewhat confrontational. Later developments suggest that they're closer to being TrueCompanions.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Tim Seely claimed the main reason she was given a RaceLift was to keep people from confusing her with Helena Wayne.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: She shows concern for the life of a child, and is willing to lie to her boss to protect the child.
* [[MyCountryRightOrWrong My Agency Right or Wrong]]: Somewhat. She works for the AmbiguouslyEvil Spyral, but it's ultimately subverted as she's willing to go against orders to protect a child. She's also ProperlyParanoid about her boss's shady intentions.
* PosthumousCharacter: Initially, it was said that Helena was long dead in the New 52 continuity, with her identity having been stolen by Helena Wayne. After a great deal of InternetBackdraft, it was later revealed that she'd actually disappeared, and was merely presumed dead.
* RaceLift: Bertinelli, in the New 52, has considerably darker skin than in the old DCU. Whether that is meant to suggest that she is not entirely of Sicilian ancestry is not clear, since very little has been revealed about her character or background so far.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As the head of Spyral.
* RaceLift: Her skin is much darker and she now has curly hair. It's unclear if she's now biracial or merely Sicilian.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Batgirl and Black Canary. The fact that she's rather fond of killing people is the main source of tension.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Dick Grayson.
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* WellDoneSonGuy: A big part of Helena Bertinelli's characterization involves her wanting Batman to accept her as a legitimate vigilante, on her terms.

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* WellDoneSonGuy: A big part of Helena Bertinelli's characterization involves her wanting Batman to accept her as a legitimate vigilante, on her terms.terms, albeit very much DependingOnTheWriter. This is very pronounced in Grant Morrison's portrayal of the character during his run on ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', and also show's up in Ivory Madison's ''Huntress: Year One''. It was expressly rejected in ''Cry for Blood'', and didn't really show up at all in Cavalieri's Huntress ongoing or in the way the character was portrayed in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational''.
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* {{Patricide}}: In ''Cry for Blood'', she arranged the murder of Santo Cassamento. In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', her goal was to kill her father, who in that continuity was Franco Bertinelli, but although her actions did contribute to bringing about his death, she was not the one to kill him, much to her regret and sadness. In the DC Rebirth continuity, it is not yet clear what her relationship to Santo Cassamento is, or whether she will end up killing him.
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* ByronicHero: Brilliant, capable of pulling off daring and convoluted schemes, but also prone to brutal, unthinking violence; loves opera and fine cuisine, but will torture suspects for information; a devout Catholic and an unrepentant multiple murderess; can kill a teenager and crack jokes about it, but G-d help you if you threaten a child under her protection; driven to become a vigilante by the murder of her family when she was a small child, but later killed her own father.

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* BrokenBird: The murder of her family when she was a young child led her to become ruthless and distrustful.
* ByronicHero: Brilliant, capable of pulling off daring and convoluted schemes, but also prone to brutal, unthinking violence; loves opera and fine cuisine, but will torture suspects for information; a devout Catholic and an unrepentant multiple murderess; can kill a teenager and crack jokes about it, but G-d help you if you threaten a child under her protection; driven to become a vigilante by the murder of her family when she was a small child, but later killed her own father.
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* BelligerentSexualTension: A little bit with Question during "Cry for Blood"; a little bit belligerent, that is. The sexual tension is blatant, at least until they [[TheyDo relieve it]].

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* BelligerentSexualTension: A little bit with Question during "Cry for Blood"; a little bit belligerent, that is. The sexual tension is blatant, at least until they [[TheyDo relieve it]].it.
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* BelligerentSexualTension: A little bit with Question during "Cry for Blood"

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* BelligerentSexualTension: A little bit with Question during "Cry for Blood"Blood"; a little bit belligerent, that is. The sexual tension is blatant, at least until they [[TheyDo relieve it]].
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There have been two main versions of the Huntress character: Helena Wayne and Helena Bertinelli.

!!Helena Wayne version



There have been two main versions of the Huntress character: Helena Wayne and Helena Bertinelli.

!!Helena Wayne version



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The Birds underwent several blows, starting with the departure of ComicBook/BlackCanary, leaving Huntress as senior field agent alongside Zinda Blake (ComicBook/LadyBlackhawk). Eventually, Oracle disbanded the Birds, leading to a return to Huntress's more unstable days when she was willing to use lethal force. During this period, she formed ties to Renee Montoya, the second Question (another Creator/GregRucka miniseries, Question: Pipeline, which also contains a ShoutOut or two to Cry for Blood). When Oracle is forced to reunite the Birds during the events of Brightest Day, Huntress rejoins, and nearly loses her life to save Black Canary's in a fight against Comicbook/LadyShiva. In doing so, she finally returns to the realization that she's no longer alone. Through the next several missions, Huntress impresses Oracle so much that she is promoted to field leader, a position once held by Black Canary.

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The Birds underwent several blows, starting with the departure of ComicBook/BlackCanary, leaving Huntress as senior field agent alongside Zinda Blake (ComicBook/LadyBlackhawk).(Lady Blackhawk). Eventually, Oracle disbanded the Birds, leading to a return to Huntress's more unstable days when she was willing to use lethal force. During this period, she formed ties to Renee Montoya, the second Question (another Creator/GregRucka miniseries, Question: Pipeline, which also contains a ShoutOut or two to Cry for Blood). When Oracle is forced to reunite the Birds during the events of Brightest Day, Huntress rejoins, and nearly loses her life to save Black Canary's in a fight against Comicbook/LadyShiva. In doing so, she finally returns to the realization that she's no longer alone. Through the next several missions, Huntress impresses Oracle so much that she is promoted to field leader, a position once held by Black Canary.



In her civilian life, Helena has always wanted to be a teacher. When she initially started in Gotham, she managed to maintain her dual lifestyle, but after ''No Man's Land'' and her training with Richard Dragon, she was fired. She retained access to her family's three-billion dollar account for a while, but when Checkmate recruited her, they froze her accounts (which was reversed by SpySmasher in return for successfully rescuing Ice, shortly after Black Canary left the team). Oracle both got her a stable job as a teacher and gave her considerable pay as a field agent when Helena joined the Birds of Prey, which greatly contributed to her gradual process of accepting love and trust. This process has also influenced her relationship with her faith - in ''Cry for Blood'' and the early days of Simone's ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey run, Helena seemed to regard herself as damned, and was antagonistic to God and the church as a result. As Dinah and eventually Barbara gained her trust and love, she also opened back up to her childhood faith. By the time of her duel with Lady Shiva, though still suffering from feelings of abandonment and self-hatred, she prays, knowing that God is "always there," and thanks Him for giving her life meaning.

In 2014, Helena Bertinelli returned, though not as the Huntress, in ''{{ComicBook/Grayson}}''. She later took up the Huntress mantle in the ''DC Rebirth'' relaunch of ''Birds of Prey''.

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In her civilian life, Helena has always wanted to be a teacher. When she initially started in Gotham, she managed to maintain her dual lifestyle, but after ''No Man's Land'' and her training with Richard Dragon, she was fired. She retained access to her family's three-billion dollar account for a while, but when Checkmate recruited her, they froze her accounts (which was reversed by SpySmasher Spy Smasher in return for successfully rescuing Ice, shortly after Black Canary left the team). Oracle both got her a stable job as a teacher and gave her considerable pay as a field agent when Helena joined the Birds of Prey, which greatly contributed to her gradual process of accepting love and trust. This process has also influenced her relationship with her faith - in ''Cry for Blood'' and the early days of Simone's ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey run, Helena seemed to regard herself as damned, and was antagonistic to God and the church as a result. As Dinah and eventually Barbara gained her trust and love, she also opened back up to her childhood faith. By the time of her duel with Lady Shiva, though still suffering from feelings of abandonment and self-hatred, she prays, knowing that God is "always there," and thanks Him for giving her life meaning.

In 2014, Helena Bertinelli returned, though not as the Huntress, in ''{{ComicBook/Grayson}}''.''ComicBook/{{Grayson}}''. She later took up the Huntress mantle in the ''DC Rebirth'' relaunch of ''Birds of Prey''.
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* [[BoundAndGagged Bound and Gagged]]: In one of her first important missions as senior field agent with Lady Blackhawk, one of Zinda's old enemies brainwashes her, leading her to tie up Huntress. Being a good member of the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey, though, Huntress breaks the brainwashing through ThePowerOfFriendship. An earlier issue of ''The Batman Chronicles'' had her getting tied up and gagged after being ambushed by a group of street children.

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* [[BoundAndGagged Bound and Gagged]]: BoundAndGagged: In one of her first important missions as senior field agent with Lady Blackhawk, one of Zinda's old enemies brainwashes her, leading her to tie up Huntress. Being a good member of the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey, though, Huntress breaks the brainwashing through ThePowerOfFriendship. An earlier issue of ''The Batman Chronicles'' had her getting tied up and gagged after being ambushed by a group of street children.


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* CreateYourOwnHero: Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, was the supposed daughter of mob boss Franco Bertinelli, the actual daughter of mob boss Santo Cassamento, and the niece of mob boss Tomasso Panessa, making her pretty much the ultimate MafiaPrincess. Cassamento and mob boss Stephen Mandragora conspired to kill all the Bertinellis, leaving only Helena alive. She then went to live with her cousins, who were mob assassins; they taught her to fight and to kill. She eventually became a vigilante, murdered Mandragora and Cassamento, and became the scourge of the mob in general. Of course, this was really more a case of the mob creating its own antihero.
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