A very loose adaptation of a Creator/DCComics [[ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey series]], ''Birds of Prey'' is a live-action TV series set [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in New Gotham]] and revolving around [[BrainsAndBrawn a pair of superheroes]] as TheyFightCrime.

The series backstory is heavily influenced by the events of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', where the Joker shot and paralyzed Barbara Gordon. The series also had that Catwoman was killed in his sadistic crusade and ''[[NoodleIncident something]]'' went down where the Joker was captured and soon after Batman left Gotham. The series focused on the crime-fighting escapades of Helena Kyle (ComicBook/{{Huntress}}, daughter of Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, as per her [[CosmicRetcon pre-Crisis]] backstory), Dinah (daughter of ComicBook/BlackCanary), and Barbara Gordon (Oracle, forced to give up being ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} after becoming paraplegic). Most of the series revolved around the emergence of Meta-Humans, people who have extraordinary abilities. Helena and Dinah themselves are meta-human, Helena having enhanced senses and cat-like agility and Dinah having growing telepathic/telekinetic powers.

The BigBad was ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, whose connection to the Joker was a rumor and she still operates as a mob leader while posing as a respectable psychiatrist. Alfred Pennyworth is maintaining Wayne Manor and offers the GirlPosse help and advice from time to time, with some hints that Batman/Bruce Wayne is still keeping tabs on them. The ByTheBookCop Jesse Reese slowly starts to see the bigger picture of the Gotham underworld and finds himself attracted to Helena.

The series lasted from October, 2002 to February, 2003, for a total of 13 episodes in a single season. It was a modest success at first, riding the popularity of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', but it was somewhat ahead of its time, and its rapidly dropping ratings led to its cancellation. It did have enough lead time to actually resolve its MythArc.

The tropes for the original comic book series can be found [[Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey here]].
!!''Birds of Prey'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionMom: The original Black Canary. Also Barbara in a TeamMom kind of way.
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** Following in the vein of ''Film/BatmanReturns'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Selina Kyle is blonde, instead of having black hair.
** In the original, unaired pilot, Sherilyn Fenn as Harley Quinn retained her dark hair color, as opposed to the blonde. In the series proper, Creator/MiaSara as Harley was still blonde.
* AdaptationNameChange:
** Dinah Drake Lance becomes Carolyn Lance. Likewise, her daughter Dinah uses her adoptive surname Redmond instead of Lance.
** Helena Wayne goes by Helena [[NomDeMom Kyle]]. Notably, the original ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' comic book series actually used the Helena Bertinelli version of the character, who wasn't related to either Batman or Catwoman.
* AdaptationSpeciesChange:
** The show depicted both Huntress and Catwoman as Metahumans.
** The original Black Canary as well. In the comics, she is a BadassNormal and it is her daughter Dinah, the second Black Canary, who possesses the [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]].
** Likewise, The Joker is shown emitting lightning from his hand, though whether it's an actual power or simply a gadget was never stated.
* AgeLift: In most stories, the Huntress [[note]] Though the Helena Bertinelli version [[/note]] and (the 2nd) Black Canary are usually of the same age. Here, Dinah is still in her teens while Helena is in her early to mid twenties.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs[=/=]StormingTheCastle: In the finale, Harley and her {{Mooks}} take control of the clock tower. The heroes then have to assault their own base to stop her.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: While fondling a handful of diamonds, Harley muses, "Think what I could buy with these: guns, bombs, shoes..."
* AvengingTheVillain: Harley Quinn's main drive is to avenge her Mr. J.
%%* BadassLongcoat: Huntress, occasionally. Dinah in the finale.
%%* BadassNormal: Barbara, as both Oracle and Batgirl.
%%* BatmanColdOpen: Several episodes open like this.
* BestServedCold: Harley's been planning revenge ever since the Joker was defeated.
%%* BigBad: Harley Quinn.
%%* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Dinah, Helena and Barbara respectively.
%%* BruceWayneHeldHostage
* TheCameo: In the pilot, ComicBook/TheJoker is voiced in flashback by Creator/MarkHamill.
* CareerEndingInjury: Barbara's career as a ''physically'' active crime fighter came to a scratching halt thanks to The Joker. Subverted after she creates a device that enables her to walk again for a short period of time, but donning the tech is treated as a DangerousForbiddenTechnique.
* CivvieSpandex / CoatHatMask / NotWearingTights: Huntress's outfits could be interpreted in several ways.
* ClarkKenting: {{Deconstructed}} late in the series. Barbara points out to her protege Helena in a late episode that she ought to wear a mask. Because she ''doesn't'', anybody who meets her as both Huntress and Helena easily realizes they're the same woman. This isn't so much a problem with her LoveInterest Detective Reese. [[spoiler:It's a ''huge'' problem with her psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a.k.a. ComicBook/HarleyQuinn.]]
* ClockTower: Serves as the PowerTrio's base.
* CleavageWindow / AbsoluteCleavage / ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Ashley Scott's... assets... get put to good use.
* CoconutSuperpowers, though almost every metahuman gets at least one flashy use of their otherwise practical power
** The PowerTrio has very inexpensive powers -- Huntress fights really well, Dinah touches things and winces to create {{Flashback}} sequences, and Oracle is smart and has a big computer.
*** Huntress' most expensive powers consist of a StockFootage eye effect and some wirework.
*** Dinah's telekinesis is explained as being very premature, justifying why she rarely causes a spectacle.
*** Barbara's most impressive bit of tech that can compensate for her spinal cord damage, allowing her to walk. This is a brace with a blinking light, which was used a grand total of twice.
*** The original Black Canary also is very barebones in terms of how she is depicted, more or less simply as a kickass fighter.
** Clayface and his son get their powers revamped because their comicverse and animated powers would be too expensive, especially since they appeared near the end, when it was clear the show would not continue. Clayface is not shown doing any extensive re-forming but only [[HumanShifting turns into other humans]] and needs to use mundane weapons to do battle [[spoiler:though it only took him a very small crack in his cell for him to be able to pull a jailbreak -- something comic Clayface probably couldn't have done. We of course don't see him do it.]] Meanwhile, his son can turn his victims into clay (harmlessly immobilizing them at first, but he then gets an upgraded version of the formula that lets him ''shatter'' victims). In the comics, that's based on a Clayface successor whose "claythings", as both the show and comic incarnations call them, actually become very mobile ''minions.''
* CodeName: Oracle/Batgirl; Huntress; Black Canary (referring to Dinah's mother only; Dinah herself is never really referred to as Black Canary, despite initial publicity for the series suggesting otherwise).
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: In relation to the above, Dinah was never called Black Canary in the show despite the promotional materials doing so.
* ConsultingAConvictedKiller: The first part of finale sees ComicBook/{{Huntress}} consult Clayface when the latter's son is causing problems and plans to outdo his dad. However, in exchange for his help, Clayface asks Huntress to recall the night her mother, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, died, [[spoiler: mostly because Clayface is the one who killed her.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique[=/=]HourOfPower: Barbara develops a technology that enables her to walk again. However, the technology only enables her to walk for a short period of time, and the more she uses it, the more it makes her condition worse.
* DatingCatwoman: Inverted, Helena operates as an AntiHero sometimes verging on SociopathicHero and finds herself attracted to the good cop Reese.
** The romance between Batman and Catwoman is a major aspect of the backstory, given that Huntress is their daughter, and is referenced in the opening credits.
* DeathByOriginStory: In the backstory, Catwoman is dead and Batman is gone. And in the episode where [[spoiler:the original Black Canary appears]], she dies.
%%* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: Metahumans.
* DragonAscendant: Past tense, in universe -- Harley went from being Joker's lover to being the new mob boss of New Gotham.
* DoomDoors: The clock tower's secret entrance use this.
* DutchAngle: In villain lairs, much like the original ''Batman'' series, but more briefly and subtly.
%%* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Helena as of episode 10.
* TheFaceless: We never got a clear shot of Batman's face.
%%* TheFashionista: Helena by her own admission.
%%* ForcedPrizeFight: The "Gladiatrix" episode
%%* GayBestFriend: Gabby is this to Dinah.
* GenderFlip: Darkstrike was basically a male Huntress. This was even {{Lampshaded}}.
* GreaterScopeVillain: The Joker, even though he's only seen in flashbacks and his current whereabouts are said to be locked up in an area far from New Gotham. Due to crippling Barbara Gordon, hiring someone to kill Helena's mother, and Dr. Harleen Quinzel attempting to take his place as the head of crime in the city because of their past relationship, the Joker is indirectly responsible for the conflict in the series.
%%* HandicappedBadass: Barbara/Oracle, in the beginning.
* HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement: The only way the series was able to make it to DVD was by this method, since not all of the original music could be licensed for home video.
* HeroicBastard: Helena never knew who her father is until her mother's death.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The few people that know about Huntress think she's a criminal.
* IAmNotMyFather: Huntress has little to no love for her father. That said, she still protects Gotham in his absence.
** [[spoiler:Also Reese's attitude toward his father Hawke.]]
%%* IJustWantToBeNormal: Huntress.
%%* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Dinah/Black Canary
* InASingleBound: Huntress, as well as [[spoiler:Harley Quinn and Oracle]] in the final episode.
* InNameOnly: Comicbook/LadyShiva is ''nothing'' like her comic book counterpart. In the comics, she's one of the absolute best martial artists in the entire DC Universe, one of the deadliest assassins on the planet, and the mother to Cassandra Cain (who, along with Shiva, is one of the few people capable of beating Batman in a one-on-one fight). In the series, she's a petty thief, who wants revenge upon Batgirl for the accidental death of her sister, a former classmate of Helena Kyle and can barely hold her own against Barbara Gordon (whilst in her prime) or Huntress. Oh, and strangely enough for this series, she wears a mask. Dinah also has none of the powers of the classic Black Canary character, though her mother shows up and ''does'' have the [[MakeMeWannaShout Sonic Scream]].
* InTheBlood: Huntress is constantly fighting between the influence of her superhero father and supervillain mother.
* IOweYouMyLife: Dinah gets involved with the group after Helena saves her from an AttemptedRape.
* IWorkAlone: Huntress early on, though she does learn to get over this over time once Dinah becomes a field agent.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: In the pilot, Helena turns off a radio when investigating a home, turning off the background music with it.
%%* MagicPlasticSurgery: For [[spoiler:Al Hawke]].
* MetaOrigin: Several characters, including some who were normal humans in the comics, including Catwoman and Helena.
%%* MissionControl / VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Barbara/Oracle.
%%* MonsterClown: [[ComicBook/TheJoker Guess who?]]
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The Metahuman freak of the week.
* MythologyGag: At least once per episode, given the premise.
** In the first episode, Creator/MarkHamill, who voices The Joker in most modern-day animated Batman productions, gets to overdub the uncredited actor (Roger Stoneburner) glimpsed playing the villain.
** From his appearance in the opening credits, Batman's costume resembles the one from the [[Film/{{Batman}} Tim Burton film]].
** Likewise, Catwoman is dressed as in ''Film/BatmanReturns'', with her hair wildly poking through her mask.
** The entry into "No Man's Land" bar uses a bust of Shakespeare to open a bookcase.
* NewNeoCity: Gotham here is called "New Gotham City". Based on comments and references to "Old Gotham City" something akin to the events of ''Cataclysm'' happened before Batman left.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Dinah starts out in the series with limited telepathy, which she can use by touch or via dreams. She displays mild telekinetic abilities midway through the season, but not anything she can control. Then in the final fight of the last episode, she is able to project telekinetic force blasts (which knock mooks flying across a room) with complete control over them and no explanation as to where they came from.
* NoEnding: Avoided. After the cancellation was announced, the producers were allowed to film a final episode that wrapped up the storyline.
* NoFlowInCGI: Helena's BadassLongcoat looks great in person, but in the StockFootage shots of her rapidly traversing the rooftops of Gotham it moves with the elegance of a steel plate.
* TheNthDoctor: [[spoiler: Al Hawke was played by Creator/StephenMcHattie in his debut in "Sons of the Mother" and the episode ends with him badly burned. "Nature of the Beast", he's played by Mitch Pileggi and it's explained he got plastic surgery.]]
* TheOneGuy: Alfred is the only male member of the team.
* ParentalAbandonment: Helena, with her mother dying and her father suffering a HeroicBSOD sever enough that it made him leave Gotham.
%%* PowersInTheFirstEpisode
%%* PromotionToParent: Barbara to Helena, and later Dinah.
* RapidAging: Guy in "Three Birds and a Baby", who keeps growing older every time he goes to sleep. It's suggested that he's the son of the Joker and Harley Quinn, though the reason for his "symptoms" is not given beyond a simple HandWave.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Harley Quinn is commonly dressed in a black trouser and a red top.
* SecretIdentity: All three of the Birds of Prey. That is if you consider, ''not bothering to wear a mask or any kind of disguise whilst letting people see your face'' a ''secret''. Huntress explicitly states she has a secret identity, yet she is shown working in a bar, then fighting crime with only a change of wardrobe. No mask, glasses, change in hair coloring, change in skin tones, change of voice, no ClarkKenting at all. Whether Huntress has a secret identity if she doesn't wear a mask was actually discussed by the characters at one point. Alfred weighs in and neatly summarizes the issues in a way that leaves the others unsure whether he just insulted Huntress or complimented her. (Something Oracle says is a "British thing".)
* SecretKeeper: Alfred, of course. Also [[spoiler:Reese after "Reunion" and Wade after "Feat of Clay"]].
* ShoutOut: During the pilot episode, Oracle mentions that [[Series/{{Smallville}} meteor showers]] are a likely source of metahuman abilities.
* ShowerScene: Barbara in the pilot before The Joker guns her down.
* SittingOnTheRoof: OncePerEpisode, usually Barbara and Helena.
* StealthHiBye:
** Huntress to Reese ''all the freaking time''.
** Even ''Alfred'' does this to Reese at one point, prompting him to say in exasperation:
-->"Come on, not another one."
* StealthPun: The character Cassius, who is the successor [[spoiler:and son]] of Batman villain Clayface. Cassius Clay is the birth name of UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali arguably the most famous professional boxer ever]].
%%* SugarAndIcePersonality: Helena/Huntress
%%* {{Superhero}}: Of course.
* SuperheroOrigin: The pilot features Huntress's and Dinah's takes the first several episodes.
%%* {{Supervillain}}: Harley Quinn, Clayface, Joker (past tense), et cetera.
%%* ThouShaltNotKill: Every. Single. Week.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: [[TheFashionista Helena]] is the seductress, [[TeamMom Barbara]] is the wife and [[TagalongKid Dinah]] is the child.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: One problem of the show was it never addressed what on earth happened to Batman, Wayne Tech, Commissioner Gordon, and most of Batman's RoguesGallery. The closest to any answers is Harley saying Joker was being held in a prison somewhere and [[spoiler: Bruce calling Alfred at the end of the finale, revealing that he's alive.]]
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: A variant. Barbara was wearing a white bathrobe when The Joker gunned her down, complete with a scene showing her bleeding badly.
%%* WouldHitAGirl: Given that the show focuses on an AmazonBrigade, this is inevitable.
* YouKilledMyFather: Lady Shiva hates Barbara/Batgirl after the latter accidentally killed her younger sister.