History Comicbook / BirdsOfPrey

23rd May '16 8:20:18 PM Anddrix
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Huntress explicitly states to Catman that there is a scale, with [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] & {{Superman}} [[IncorruptiblePurePureness at one end]] and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker at the other. The middle of that scale, where she herself lives, is filled with [[GrayAndGreyMorality gray]], but she is at least trying to change her position. Catman, she explains, needs to pick a side, since you can not just hover in the middle forever.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Huntress explicitly states to Catman that there is a scale, with [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] & {{Superman}} [[IncorruptiblePurePureness at one end]] and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker at the other. The middle of that scale, where she herself lives, is filled with [[GrayAndGreyMorality gray]], but she is at least trying to change her position. Catman, she explains, needs to pick a side, since you can not just hover in the middle forever.
23rd May '16 8:11:07 PM Anddrix
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'''''Birds of Prey''''' is a Creator/DCComics series running from 1999 to 2009, relaunched in 2010, and relaunched again as part of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} in 2011, created and originally written by Creator/ChuckDixon. It features ex-ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon after she was paralysed at the hands of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' and reintroduced in the ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' series of the early-90's. Now the tech-savvy [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Oracle]], she is a wheelchair bound computer genius who leads a [[AmazonBrigade team of superheroines]] from a [[HackerCave high-tech HQ]]. Originally located in the Clocktower in Gotham City, her headquarters was later moved to [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Metropolis]] and then to Platinum Flats.

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'''''Birds of Prey''''' is a Creator/DCComics series running from 1999 to 2009, relaunched in 2010, and relaunched again as part of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} in 2011, created and originally written by Creator/ChuckDixon. It features ex-ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon after she was paralysed at the hands of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' and reintroduced in the ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' series of the early-90's. Now the tech-savvy [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Oracle]], she is a wheelchair bound computer genius who leads a [[AmazonBrigade team of superheroines]] from a [[HackerCave high-tech HQ]]. Originally located in the Clocktower in Gotham City, her headquarters was later moved to [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Metropolis]] and then to Platinum Flats.



* PhotographicMemory: It is not mentioned that often, but Oracle has one. Her eidetic memory actually backfires on her: she constantly relives getting shot and paralyzed by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.

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* PhotographicMemory: It is not mentioned that often, but Oracle has one. Her eidetic memory actually backfires on her: she constantly relives getting shot and paralyzed by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker.
9th May '16 1:32:34 PM caivu
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* SuperWeight: Black Canary is Super Weight. Her Martial Arts put her at the top of Iron Weight alone. Her Canary Cry alone could secure her a spot in either Abnoraml or Super, depending on how strong it's depicted, but as she's one of the best fighters on the planet without her Cry, she averages out to Super Weight.

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* SuperWeight: Black Canary is Super Weight. Her Martial Arts put her at the top of Iron Weight alone. Her Canary Cry alone could secure her a spot in either Abnoraml Abnormal or Super, depending on how strong it's depicted, but as she's one of the best fighters on the planet without her Cry, she averages out to Super Weight.
27th Apr '16 11:59:20 AM caivu
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: Rates a 5. Fistfights tend to be at least a bit bloody, Huntress puts crossbow bolts in a few people, and explosions are fairly common.



* MsFanservice: Lady Spellbinder

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* MsFanservice: Lady SpellbinderSpellbinder, due to her revealing costume.
21st Apr '16 4:39:47 PM caivu
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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Averted when Lady Blackhawk gets mind controlled by Killer Shark. Huntress fights her to try and snap her out of it, but gets knocked out. In fairness to Huntress, she was holding back since she didn't want to hurt Zinda; Zinda was just far too skilled while under the spell.

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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Averted when Lady Blackhawk gets mind controlled by Killer Shark. Huntress fights her to try and snap her out of it, but gets knocked out. In fairness to Huntress, out since she was holding back since she didn't want back, not wanting to hurt Zinda; her friend; Zinda was just far too skilled while under the spell.
20th Apr '16 11:51:05 AM caivu
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** Black Canary loses a molar in a brawl with the 12 Brothers in Silk.
*** Huntress knocks out one of the Brothers' teeth earlier in that same fight.

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** Black Canary loses a molar in a brawl with the 12 Brothers in Silk.
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Silk. Huntress knocks out one of the Brothers' teeth earlier in that same fight.



** Oracle follows this rule and enforces it on her operatives. When Black Canary and Huntress meet for the first time, [[WorkingTheSameCase tracking down the same criminal]], Oracle is emphatic that Canary not get involved because of Huntress's tendencies to to cross the line. Black Canary ignores Oracle's warning; Huntress does [[spoiler:kill him]]. This leads to obvious friction when Huntress and, later, Manhunter eventually join the team.
*** Oracle's line on this issue had softened somewhat by the end of Simone's first run on the title: she tells Huntress to do whatever is necessary to bring the team home safely, even if it means she has "to spill some juice on the carpet." See UnusualEuphemism, ''infra''.

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** Oracle follows this rule and enforces it on her operatives. When Black Canary and Huntress meet for the first time, [[WorkingTheSameCase tracking down the same criminal]], Oracle is emphatic that Canary not get involved because of Huntress's tendencies to to cross the line. Black Canary ignores Oracle's warning; Huntress does [[spoiler:kill him]]. This leads to obvious friction when Huntress and, later, Manhunter eventually join the team.
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team. Oracle's line on this issue had softened softens somewhat by the end of Simone's first run on the title: she tells Huntress to do whatever is necessary to bring the team home safely, even if it means she has "to spill some juice on the carpet." See UnusualEuphemism, ''infra''.
18th Mar '16 10:21:40 PM caivu
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* DuelToTheDeath: Black Canary and Lady Shiva have to fight to to the death [[InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath because of manipulations by the White Canary]], who will kill Sin, Canary's adopted daughter/sister, if they do not comply.

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* DuelToTheDeath: Black Canary and Lady Shiva have to fight to to the death [[InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath because of manipulations by the White Canary]], who will kill Sin, Canary's adopted daughter/sister, if they do not comply. Huntress takes Canary's place in the actual fight, though.



* HackerCave

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* HackerCaveHackerCave: The Clocktower.


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* HateSink: Spy Smasher. She blackmails Babs into giving her leadership of the Birds, then disrespects them by not listening to their advice during missions. She's also arrogant and bureaucratic.
17th Feb '16 11:41:30 PM caivu
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* ExactWords: After finding Sin, Black Canary breaks up Huntress and Shiva's duel to the death. Shiva is determined to finish the fight since she gave her word, but Black Canary reminds her that she only agreed to fight in such a duel, and did ''not'' agree on when that fight would happen.
-->'''Black Canary:''' It could be forty years from now.



* FamedInStory

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* FamedInStoryFamedInStory:



** During Black Canary's training that simulated what Lady Shiva experienced, she had a burlap bag thrown over her head and was forced to fight off a dozen or so men. While she took some of them out, they eventually overpowered her and beat her until she lost consciousness.



* ThisCannotBe: White Canary has two of these while watching the duel between Huntress and Lady Shiva. First, she can't believe Huntress is still conscious, let alone still standing, after Shiva's opening assault. Later, she's aghast that Huntress was able to actually knock Shiva down.



* TrainingFromHell: Black Canary trades lives with Lady Shiva during the One Year Later [[MoralityPet in order to help humanize the vicious killer]]. While Shiva was working with the Birds, Canary lived in an Asian jungle (Never identified ''where'') and underwent the brutal training that Shiva herself underwent while being trained to ''become'' Lady Shiva. She is beaten, starved, beaten some more, and sent singlehandedly against ''an entire army'' (With [[TankGoodness tanks]]) to protect the village where this is happening. She undoubtedly becomes a better fighter, but she recognizes all the problems inherent with this sort of training and leaves, taking little Sin with her, because she recognizes how badly this will damage a human psyche.

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* TrainingFromHell: Black Canary trades lives with Lady Shiva during the One Year Later event [[MoralityPet in order to help humanize the vicious killer]]. While Shiva was working with the Birds, Canary lived in an Asian jungle (Never (never identified ''where'') and underwent the brutal training that Shiva herself underwent while being trained to ''become'' Lady Shiva. She is beaten, starved, beaten some more, and sent singlehandedly against ''an entire army'' (With (with [[TankGoodness tanks]]) to protect the village where this is happening. She undoubtedly becomes a better fighter, but she recognizes all the problems inherent with this sort of training and leaves, taking little Sin with her, because she recognizes how badly this will damage a human psyche.
17th Feb '16 7:34:15 PM caivu
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* GoodOldFisticuffs: When Huntress and Lady Shiva square off in a fight to the death, everybody (Including Huntress) recognizes it as something just short of an execution. However, even though she never expects to actually ''win'', Huntress plans to at least ''injure'' Shiva by getting close and brawling with her instead of fighting at a proper distance with a refined style. Her logic is that, though Shiva has spent years dueling the most refined and skilled martial artists in the world, Huntress is a street fighter and understands how to get up close and personal in a fight.

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* GoodOldFisticuffs: When Zig-zagged when Huntress and Lady Shiva square off in a fight to the death, everybody (Including Huntress) recognizes it as something just short of an execution. However, even death. Even though she never expects to actually ''win'', Huntress plans to at least ''injure'' Shiva by getting close and brawling with her instead of fighting at a proper distance with a refined style. Her logic is that, though Shiva has spent years dueling the most refined and skilled martial artists in the world, Huntress is a street fighter and understands how to get up close and personal in a fight. Huntress does manage a single knockdown on Shiva, but gets beaten into hamburger to do so. Shiva remains unscathed.



* GunshipRescue: When Calculator has kidnapped Huntress, Lady Blackhawk and Dove, Oracle comes to their rescue in an attack helicopter that lays waste to the whole area (With rubber bullets, [[ThouShaltNotKill of course]]).

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* GunshipRescue: When Calculator has kidnapped Huntress, Lady Blackhawk and Dove, Oracle comes to their rescue in an attack helicopter that lays waste to the whole area (With (with rubber bullets, [[ThouShaltNotKill of course]]).



* HandicappedBadass: Oracle

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* HandicappedBadass: OracleOracle.


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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
** Huntress spends most of her duel with Lady Shiva (which lasts several pages) getting beaten to a bloody pulp.
** After an assassin threatens to murder her students, Huntress jumps her and pummels her to within an inch of her life.
17th Feb '16 12:03:42 PM caivu
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished:
** Usually played straight, especially considering how many fights everyone gets into.
** A notable aversion occurs during Huntress and Lady Shiva's duel, where Shiva beats up Huntress to the point that her face is a swollen, bloody mess by the end.
** Another aversion happens after Oracle and Spy Smasher's fight when Spy Smasher shows the beginnings of a black eye.


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* BullyingADragon: Huntress deliberately insults Shiva during their duel in order to get Shiva to keep hitting her so she can get enough blood in her mouth to spit in Shiva's face.
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