History Comicbook / LadyShiva

17th Apr '17 7:38:05 AM nighttrainfm
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* TrainingFromHell: She puts herself through this and others come to her to get it. Its implied that the name Lady Shiva is a title and that others are going through the same training to become the next one.

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She puts herself through this and others come to her to get it. Its implied that the name Lady Shiva is a title and that others are going through the same training to become the next one.



* TheUnfettered: Shiva believes in letting others do as they wish, just as she does. Sometimes, of course, she wants to kill someone and they want to live. "This gives life interest."



* WillfullyWeak: When she and Carolyn sparred, Sandra held back out of fear of hurting her. David noticed this and saw how much potential Sandra had, so he [[TheyWereHoldingYouBack killed Carolyn so that Shiva would realize her full strength]].

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* WillfullyWeak: WillfullyWeak:
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When she and Carolyn sparred, Sandra held back out of fear of hurting her. David noticed this and saw how much potential Sandra had, so he [[TheyWereHoldingYouBack killed Carolyn so that Shiva would realize her full strength]].
31st Mar '17 7:14:49 PM troodos
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: Shiva and her daughter have both accomplished feats that should be impossible for a normal human. While Cassandra's TrainingFromHell was thought to be the source of these abilities, the reveal that her mother is Shiva, who has them ''without'' such intense training, raises many questions.



* TheGift: Her ability of CombatClairvoyance. Only she, her sister, and Cassandra are known to possess it.

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* TheGift: Her ability of CombatClairvoyance. Only she, her sister, and Cassandra are known to possess it. Its actual nature is unclear, since Cassandra is known not to have a meta-gene.



** In the ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily'' storyline, Shiva was one of the possible candidates for [[Comicbook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws Jason Todd's]] real mother, him having found her name in an address book of his fathers'. When they subdued her, they asked her if she had ever born children. Amused, Shiva sarcastically told them that she had dropped litters all over the globe, but a shot of a truth serum made her say that she hadn't. This was changed with the reveal that she was Cassandra Cain's mother, since Cass is about the same age as Jason. However, since it was a fairly minor moment, it's just as likely that this was a simple continuity mistake instead of an intentional retcon.

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** In the ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily'' storyline, Shiva was one of the possible candidates for [[Comicbook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws Jason Todd's]] real mother, him having found her name in an address book of his fathers'. When they subdued her, they asked her if she had ever born children. Amused, Shiva sarcastically told them that she had dropped litters all over the globe, but a shot of a truth serum made her say that she hadn't. This was changed with the reveal that she was Cassandra Cain's mother, since Cass is about the same age as Jason. However, since it was a fairly minor moment, it's just as likely that this was a simple continuity mistake instead of an intentional retcon. Of course, given the kind of insane stunts that she and her daughter have done, it's entirely possible that the truth serum [[ILied didn't work]] [[NoSell on her]].


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** WorfHadTheFlu: ''ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'' has her state that her previous defeats were intentional in order to appear weaker than she really was.
8th Mar '17 2:21:48 PM rafi
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* WorldsBestWarrior: In terms of pure skill, she is practically unmatched in the Franchise/DCUniverse. In a fair duel, Shiva can defeat anyone, with only her {{Rival}} Richard Dragon and [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2000}} her own daughter]] demonstrating any actual potential to defeat her. However, seeing as she lives in the DC Universe, she doesn't stand a chance against a SuperpowerLottery, and whenever a hero is forced to fight her, they typically use an OutsideTheBoxTactic to soften her up first or defeat her outright.



* WorldsBestWarrior: In the field of martial arts only.
* WorthyOpponent: All she wants is to find one.
** In ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' after ComicBook/{{Huntress}} fights her in place of ComicBook/BlackCanary (who is sporting a broken arm and thus guaranteed to die) as a distraction until they can locate Canary's adopted daughter Sin and stop the fight, Shiva is so impressed that she gives Helena the name Iron Owl. Here, she wasn't impressed by Helena's skill (which she admits isn't up to par with Shiva's) so much as the sheer guts it took to challenge her.

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* WorldsBestWarrior: In the field of martial arts only.
* WorthyOpponent: All she wants is to find one.
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one. In ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' after ComicBook/{{Huntress}} fights her in place of ComicBook/BlackCanary (who is sporting a broken arm and thus guaranteed to die) as a distraction until they can locate Canary's adopted daughter Sin and stop the fight, Shiva is so impressed that she gives Helena the name Iron Owl. Here, she wasn't impressed by Helena's skill (which she admits isn't up to par with Shiva's) so much as the sheer guts it took to challenge her.



** In a ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' story, she mercilessly hunted down the person who killed one of her favorite senseis.

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** In a ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' story, she mercilessly hunted down the person who killed one of her favorite senseis.senseis.
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8th Mar '17 2:19:46 PM rafi
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* TheDreaded: Not even ''Batman'' is fond of facing her in a fight.

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* DeliverUsFromEvil: Type 2. In ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2000}}'', its shown to be her StartOfDarkness.
* TheDreaded: Just mentioning that she's in town is usually enough to scare the shit out of any skilled martial artist. Not even ''Batman'' is fond of facing her in a fight.



* DuelToTheDeath: She LOVES these, but that doesn't stop her from being forced into an InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath every now and then. Usually, people use her to get others into them. She'd rather choose her own targets.



* FinishingMove: The Leopard Blow. What it is varies from time to time, but one of the most gruesome versions involves ramming two fingers into a weapon point in the forehead, killing the target in one hit. Another version is smashing the nose and forcing the small bones of the nose into the brain. When later writers realized that was a physical impossibility, it was changed to the former version.
* ForbiddenTechnique: The Leopard Blow.



* HonorAmongThieves: She rarely tolerates anyone breaking it.



* ItsPersonal: Do not harm her sensei or her students. The latter is her job.



* MoralityPet: ComicBook/BlackCanary [[InvokedTrope deliberately tries]] to be one for her in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey''. Shiva allows it [[InvertedTrope because she wants to break Dinah of that habit.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: Done to her by Bikers. Ended about as well as one could expect.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: It's so good, other characters go to her to enact this trope.



* OddFriendship: With Black Canary to some extent.

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* OddFriendship: With Black Canary to some extent. "Friends" may be pushing it a little far, but they are amicable acquaintances with a shared history and civil interactions. They have, on occasion, gone for drinks together, trained together and worked together. However, they also remain potentially mortal enemies from diametrically opposite sides of the good/evil divide.



* PregnantBadass: She was still capable of [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] David (a world-class martial artist), even while ''heavily'' pregnant.

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* [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]]: To the point where people started [[CargoCult worshiping her as an avatar of Shiva]] the destroyer. She couldn't care less.
* PregnantBadass: She was still capable of [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] David (a world-class martial artist), even while ''heavily'' pregnant. Ironically, it was his kid she was pregnant with. Probably what helped make her daughter so badass.



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* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Began as Richard Dragon's nemesis, but is nowadays more associated with Batman and his family of crimefighters.

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* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Began She started as an enemy/ally of Richard Dragon's nemesis, but is nowadays more associated with Dragon, before moving to the Question, Batman and his family eventually her own daughter, Cassandra Cain. As one of crimefighters.the DCU's best martial artists, she often appears in other titles in a similar capacity.


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* ThouShaltNotKill: When working with heroes, they insist she not kill anyone. This often annoys her, but she complies.
* TrainingFromHell: She puts herself through this and others come to her to get it. Its implied that the name Lady Shiva is a title and that others are going through the same training to become the next one.
** Playing into the more positive aspects of her name, Shiva has also trained an awful lot of heroes, including Tim Drake and Bruce Wayne, and her code of honor has led her to even spare them if she feels they can be a better fight later. She even resuscitated Cass Cain after beating her to death in order to gain a proper rematch!


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* TheWorfEffect: It does happen on occasion, but she often regains herself shortly afterwards. The only person who she did not overcome in the end so far was Prometheus.
22nd Feb '17 2:27:11 AM troodos
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DC's Rebirth event reintroduces her in a manner closer to her pre-Flashpoint counterpart, though with the major difference that this version of the character is [[spoiler: the leader of the League of Shadows, a secret organization that Batman believes is only a myth.]]
1st Dec '16 3:24:00 PM troodos
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* ArchEnemy: She's been one to Richard Dragon, the Question, ''and'' Batgirl.
9th Nov '16 8:31:34 AM KingZeal
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* TheGreatestStyle: She uses an unnamed martial art that takes full advantage of her natural gift in CombatClairvoyance to push her speed and reactions to borderline superhuman levels. She can also fight without it, but why would she?
24th Sep '16 10:04:58 AM nombretomado
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* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Probably the most infamous example in the DC Universe, thanks to the BruceLee craze of TheSeventies.

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* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Probably the most infamous example in the DC Universe, thanks to the BruceLee Creator/BruceLee craze of TheSeventies.
17th Sep '16 2:23:27 AM caivu
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* GlowingEyes: The New 52 version of Shiva has eyes that occasionally flash green. It's not yet been rrvealed why.

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* GlowingEyes: The New 52 version of Shiva has eyes that occasionally flash green. It's not yet been rrvealed revealed why.
17th Sep '16 2:22:16 AM caivu
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* GlowingEyes: The New 52 version of Shiva has eyes that occasionally flashed green. It's not yet been rrvealed why.

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* GlowingEyes: The New 52 version of Shiva has eyes that occasionally flashed flash green. It's not yet been rrvealed why.
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