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Lady Shiva is a Creator/DCComics character created in the short-lived ''Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Master'' series in 1976 (notably, during the kung-fu craze kicked off by the popularity of Creator/BruceLee). She was an archetypical DragonLady, complete with sinister motivations and exotic sex appeal. From the start, she was set up as Richard's [[TheRival rival]] in martial arts ability, and the two even [[FriendlyEnemy teamed up from time to time]]. Usually, however, she works as a ProfessionalKiller, selling her fighting skills to the highest bidder. She's not in it for the money, though--[[BloodKnight she simply enjoys battle]].

Lady Shiva is best known for her [[TheDreaded reputation]] as [[TheAce the single greatest martial artist]] in the DCUniverse, in terms of pure skill. Other masters, such as Franchise/{{Batman}}, {{Nightwing}}, [[Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey Black Canary]], and others, are usually depicted as being inferior to her on equal terms. But while Shiva craves a [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fair fight]] against a WorthyOpponent, most [[RoguesGalleryTransplant crimefighters encounter her]] as an obstacle hired by the current ArcVillain, whereupon they have to [[OutsideTheBoxTactic figure out a way to deal with her]] without being lured into a [[CombatPragmatist fair duel]]. Despite her abilities, she [[TheWorfEffect has been defeated on several occasions by numerous characters]], but almost always with [[WorfHadTheFlu some kind of Hand Wave to explain it]].

Though she began as the ArchNemesis of the aforementioned Richard Dragon, she is [[EnsembleDarkhorse FAR more famous than he ever became]], and thus is more known as the antagonist of Franchise/{{Batman}}, [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], and the Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey. She's developed into something of a NobleDemon, showing VillainRespect to characters whom she thinks may be able to [[SuperiorSuccessor succeed her as the top fighter]] in the DCU. She's usually willing to train anyone (hero and villain alike) on the condition that a year or so later, they hone their skills and face her in a fair DuelToTheDeath.

Later stories also revealed Shiva to be the biological mother of [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], [[InTheBlood to whom she passed not only her fighting ability]], but Shiva's "instincts" and insight to read body language and fight with speed and precision. Thanks to her [[AbusiveParents "upbringing" by her father]], Cassandra is capable of using this ability on a [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower level beyond what a human should be capable of.]] This greatly pleases Shiva, as she sees her own biological daughter as the natural choice to be her heir. Having defeated Shiva twice, Cassandra has largely supplanted her in being considered the DCU's strongest martial artist, although Shiva still has the title on a technicality. (Cassandra has adopted Batman's [[ThouShaltNotKill code against killing.]])

During DC's ''One Year Later'' event, Shiva and Black Canary switched places for a time, with Shiva using the CodeName "Jade Canary". Since then, she's made several [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor turns from villain to anti-hero and back again]].

After DC's 2011 reboot into the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'', there is little known about Shiva's status in the new continuity, other than a brief appearance opposite Nightwing.

Shiva made an appearance as an optional side-boss in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' as one of the eight assassins hired by Black Mask to kill Batman.
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!!Tropes Associated with Lady Shiva
* TheAce: As stated above, she's considered the single greatest martial artist in the DC Universe, in terms of pure skill. Only Richard Dragon can be considered her equal, and only her daughter, Cassandra Cain, is considered overall superior.
* AffablyEvil: If you're a WorthyOpponent. FauxAffablyEvil to everyone else.
* AGodAmI: Not by Shiva herself, but there's a cult that worships her as a goddess. She finds them sometimes quaint, sometimes annoying, and often useful as CannonFodder.
** In TheQuestion #27, Charlie literally prays to her for help on the streets of Hub City.
* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Probably the most infamous example in the DC Universe, thanks to the BruceLee craze of TheSeventies.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: What caused her StartOfDarkness.
* AntiVillain: She has a personal code, a sense of honor, and a warped sense of loyalty.
* AntagonistInMourning: During her final duel with Richard Dragon, Richard had finally managed to corner her and was poised to deliver his signature attack, the Leopard Blow (which is fatal). One of Shiva's goons saved her life, and the angry Shiva felt insulted and killed the intruder. She and Richard resumed their duel, and this time she won (killing him). She was ''very'' upset that their final duel ended this way, when Richard technically should have been the winner.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Has a deep superiority complex due to her mastery of martial arts. She can be very amiable to someone she considers an equal, though.
* AsianBabyMama: Inverted. She knew of the pregnancy and childbirth, but David Cain walked off with her daughter at birth while she went about her own business for 17 years before laying eyes on her again.
* BadassNormal: Just barely. Some of her feats (like bringing back the dead) are very nearly in the territory of SupernaturalMartialArts and CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
* BadassLongcoat: A look she adopted from the 90s onward.
* BloodKnight: The only thing she cares about is finding a WorthyOpponent that will one day defeat and succeed her.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Claims she cannot kill anyone unless "they permit [her] to" and despite a general disdain for people, she shows unabashed respect for those who are good at their jobs, whatever they may be.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: During the "Public Enemies" storyarc in ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman'', Shiva is one of several villains to show up to fight the Duo. She's defeated rather easily by Batman, and this is later explained by her being [[WorfHadTheFlu mind-controlled by Gorilla Grodd]].
* BreakoutVillain: More people have likely heard of her than Richard Dragon.
* ButNotTooForeign: She's Asian, but grew up in Detroit.
* CombatClairvoyance: She and her sister were born with this ability, which is what makes her a natural genius at martial arts. This gift was also passed along to her daughter Cassandra, and David Cain enhanced it through an abusive TrainingFromHell.
* TheCorrupter:
** David Cain was this for her, murdering her sister to TeachHerAnger, and awaken the BloodKnight within.
** In turn, she herself attempts this for several other characters, when she feels like their morals are holding them back from their true potential.
* CynicismCatalyst: When David murdered her sister, Carolyn.
* DarkActionGirl: One of the best examples in the DC Universe.
* DarkIsEvil: When she's not wearing green, she's typically clad in black.
* DeathSeeker: Was portrayed as one when she battled Cassandra in their final duel.
* TheDreaded: Not even ''Batman'' is fond of facing her in a fight.
* DragonLady: Asian, sinister, exotic, and sexy.
* EvilMentor: To several characters, such as Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain and even Batman himself.
* FairPlayVillain: As stated, what she really wants more than anything is a fair fight against someone on her level.
* FriendlyEnemy:
** Somewhat to Richard Dragon.
** But very much this toward Black Canary...and Shiva ''doesn't'' like it, because Black Canary is trying to use it to reform her.
* TheGift: Her ability of CombatClairvoyance. Only she, her sister, and Cassandra are known to possess it.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: She may try her hand at heroism now and then, but her BloodKnight tendencies usually call her back to the dark side.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: David Cain, towards her.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: If you use a move she's never seen before, you better hope it takes her out, because that's the only chance you're getting.
* LukeIAmYourFather: She's Cassandra Cain's biological mother.
* ManipulativeBastard: Let's see:
** Attempted to trick Batman into killing someone by secretly teaching him a fatal attack, then killing the master of a ninja clan and framing Batman for it. Batman caught wise and used a non-fatal version instead, [[OutGambitted but not to Shiva's knowledge.]]
** Attempted to corrupt Richard Dragon, Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, and Black Canary on several occasions.
** Likes to trick martial arts masters into teaching her what they know, killing them after [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they've fulfilled her wishes]].
* MartialMedic: Taken UpToEleven in that she's brought people BackFromTheDead ''by punching them in the chest''.
* MeaningfulName: Shiva, as in both destroyer and creator; she's killed hundreds of people with her bare hands, but almost all the superheroes she's trained or mentored actually got good enough to neutralize her. Tim Drake became a competent fighter, but more importantly a CombatPragmatist. Batman got a HesBack moment from her training, and remains one of the few people she respects on a professional warrior level. Black Canary TookALevelInBadass under her, which combines with her meta human powers for a powerful package.
** Her daughter emphasizes this even more. Shiva approves of Cassandra's aversiveness to killing (most of the time) and she had Cassandra as much to have someone [[DeathSeeker who would stop her rampage]] as much as anything else. And she personally retrains her to ensure Cassandra emails in fighting form.
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow:
** Her enmity with Richard Dragon.
** Her entire villainous career was essentially caused by David Cain, and she later had a child with him as "thanks".
* OldMaster: Her godfather, "O-Sensei".
* PregnantBadass: She was still capable of [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] David (a world-class martial artist), even while ''heavily'' pregnant.
* ProfessionalKiller: Her day job. She doesn't really care about it, though. It's just good for thrills, and for finding good opponents by luring heroes to protect her targets.
* {{Retcon}}:
** In her original appearances, she trained in martial arts to fight Richard Dragon and avenge her sister (Richard was framed for her death). PostCrisis, this was changed by saying that David Cain, a member of Ra's Al Ghul's League Of Assassins, killed her sister.
** 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. 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.
* TheRival: Several.
** Her big one is Richard Dragon.
** She also considered Black Canary to be one.
** Cassandra Cain is the person she most wants to succeed her, as she's her daughter.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Began as Richard Dragon's nemesis, but is nowadays more associated with Batman and his family of crimefighters.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Writers tend to forget whether her last name is spelled Woo-san or Wusan. Probably because very few people think of her as Sandra Woo-san/Wusan, knowing her only as Shiva, and as a result, issues in which her given name is even mentioned are few and far between.
* StalkerWithATestTube: David was this for her. Eventually, she gave him what he wanted, and thus came Cassandra.
* StartOfDarkness:
** Pre-Crisis, it started when she learned martial arts strictly to kill Richard, became friends with him, and then became [[InHarmsWay addicted to danger]] after they began traveling.
** Post-Crisis, it began when David killed her twin sister.
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: What she tries to get her {{Worthy Opponent}}s to do, so that they will adopt her philosophy and succeed her.
* ThatManIsDead: She hasn't gone by the name "Sandra Woo-san" in ''decades''.
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: The reason David killed her sister. The two of them were both good fighters, but Shiva needed the extra push to become great.
* VillainTakesAnInterest: Constantly. When she shows up in your life, things are about to get interesting, whether you want it to or not.
* 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]].
* 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.
* YouKilledMyFather:
** She originally appeared chasing after Richard when he was framed for murdering her sister.
** In a ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' story, she mercilessly hunted down the person who killed one of her favorite senseis.