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

!!Helena Wayne version
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The original Huntress was the daughter of Franchise/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, Helena Wayne. Part of the Earth-Two continuity, Helena donned the cape to avenge the death of her mother. She first appeared in ''"DC Super-Stars''" #17 (December, 1977), created by Paul Levitz and Joe Staton. She got several solo stories in TheSeventies and TheEighties and a back up feature in ''WonderWoman'', as well as having regular appearances alongside the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and ComicBook/InfinityInc.

In her civilian identity, Helena was a prominent lawyer and partner in a law firm, with her surrogate brother Robin/Richard "Dick" Grayson as a coworker. Occasionally, the two partnered up, both in and outside the courts. Her other frequent partner was her best friend ComicBook/PowerGirl. Opponents included villains from both Earth-One and Earth-Two.

The character participated with others in the ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. She was killed in issue #12. Like most Earth-Two characters, her existence was then erased from history, though Power Girl has had flashbacks of Helena in a few of the mid-2000s storylines.

Following DC's ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' reboot, Helena Wayne was returned to the Huntress identity. Co-creator Paul Levitz wrote the return/retcon, beginning with a six issue miniseries titled ''Huntress.'' Helena Wayne's adventures continued in the similarly Levitz-penned ''Worlds' Finest.'' A conversation in ''Worlds' Finest'' #1 revealed the fate of Helena Bertinelli, establishing that Bertinelli was killed years earlier, with her identity stolen by Wayne. Though Wayne had previously served as her father's sidekick using the identity of Robin, she took on the Huntress identity when her father, Wonder Woman, and Superman were killed, and she and Power Girl were stranded on Earth-One after an explosion.

A variant of this version of the character, played by Creator/AshleyScott, appeared as the lead in the short-lived TV series ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' (loosely based on the [[ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey comic book series of same name]], which actually featured Bertinelli). In the series, Helena was given the surname Kyle after her mother.

!!Helena Bertinelli version
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Like other old DC characters, Huntress was eventually reworked ComicBook/PostCrisis, wearing a version of her original costume, but with an entirely new backstory. The new version first appeared in ''"Huntress''" vol. 1 #1 (April, 1989), created by Joey Cavalieri and Joe Staten.

Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress: what Bruce Wayne might have been if Bruce's father had been a Mafia capo in Gotham. Her father was one of the most powerful mob bosses in "The Five Families" until the other capos decided the Bertinellis were in their way and massacred every single member of the family - except for Helena, age eight, who watched as her family was murdered in front of her.

Kept safe in Sicily, she trained for years, then returned to Gotham and began pursuing the systematic destruction of the mob. Though she often pursued the same cases as Batman, Gotham's self-appointed protector held her at a significant distance due to several factors, the most apparent being Huntress's willingness to use lethal force. However, other stories have hinted that Batman feared for her safety, comparing her to Barbara Gordon. Batman sponsored her membership in the Justice League for a time, but her continued willingness to kill led to her expulsion. She continued to try to strengthen her ties with the Bat-family, even having a fling with Nightwing while working on a case, but to no avail.

During the late [[TheNineties 1990s]]-early [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]], things took a turn for the worse. During the year-long isolation of Gotham known as the [[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]], Huntress initially took up the cowl of Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}, unfilled since Barbara Gordon stepped down several years prior. She did so to inspire hope in the inhabitants of the city being attacked on all sides by crime lords and abandoned by the rest of America - and seemingly by Batman himself, who had been gone for many months. When Batman returned, however, he set her an impossible task in order to keep the Batgirl mantle. When she failed, he manipulated her into joining one of the most violent groups in the city, to act as a check on the unhinged leader. The crisis came to a head when she held off an assault by the Joker, felling 17 goons before the Clown Prince shot her three times in the stomach. Though Batman and Nightwing saved her life, her outlook had hardened as a result of Batman's willingness to use her as cannon fodder. In spite the attempted help of Vic Sage (The Question) and Richard Dragon in the Creator/GregRucka miniseries ''Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood'', she continued in a downward spiral of isolation and violence. By 2003 (around the time of ''Hush'') she seemed to have hit rock bottom: kicked out of the JLA, pursued by Checkmate, no friends or support group, and wrapped up in the machinations of the villain Hush, Huntress seemingly had no way out.

All that changed when ComicBook/BlackCanary was captured by the villain Savant, and her desperate partner in the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey, Barbara Gordon (Oracle) begged Huntress for assistance at the beginning of the first Creator/GailSimone run on the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey title. From that point on, Huntress had a firm place in Gotham's premier female vigilante team, and a growing sense of belonging. Though she temporarily left the team when Oracle attempted to manipulate her into rejecting lethal methods, she returned to ask for help in concluding her massive plan to infiltrate the Gotham mob, a plan which initially causes Batman to flip out, then look extremely foolish (and surprisingly grateful) when she turns over a complete map of the Mafia to him.

The Birds underwent several blows, starting with the departure of ComicBook/BlackCanary, leaving Huntress as senior field agent alongside Zinda Blake (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.

Huntress's preferred methods usually include her unerring accuracy with crossbows and other bolt-firing weapons, though she also possesses considerable hand-to-hand combat skills, only enhanced by her height (5'11") and conditioning. Her outfit has gone through a large number of changes, generally retaining a black-and-purple (with occasional white) scheme, often incorporating a cross motif to reflect her Catholicism, and some kind of mask which has mimicked Batman's outline with pointed ears many times. In 2003, artist Jim Lee redesigned her costume for the miniseries ''Hush'', and incorporated a large belly-window into her costume. When asked by ComicBook/BlackCanary about the change, Huntress replied "700 sit ups a day."

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 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}}''. She later took up the Huntress mantle in the ''DC Rebirth'' relaunch of ''Birds of Prey''.

Creators who have significantly contributed to Helena Bertinelli's development:

* Joey Cavalieri
* Chuck Dixon
* Creator/GailSimone
* Creator/GregRucka

Titles which star or significantly feature Helena Bertinelli:

* ''Huntress'' ongoing series by Joey Cavalieri
* ''Huntress'' miniseries by Chuck Dixon
* ''HuntressYearOne'' by Ivory Madison
* ''Nightwing/Huntress'' by Devin Grayson
* ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' by multiple writers, including Chuck Dixon and Greg Rucka
* ''Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood'' by Greg Rucka
* ''Hush'' by Jeph Loeb
* ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' by Gail Simone
* ''Robin III: Cry of the Huntress'' by Chuck Dixon
* ''Huntress/Spoiler: Blunt Trauma'' by Chuck Dixon
* ''The Question: Pipeline'' by Greg Rucka
* ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' by Tom Taylor and Brian Buccellato
* ''Comicbook/{{Grayson}}'' by Tim Seely and Mikel Janin
* ''Batgirl and the Birds of Prey'' by Shawna Benson, Julie Benson and Claire Roe

Appearances in other media:

* ''WestermAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''

Not to be confused with the YA book.

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[[folder: Helena Wayne]]

* ActionGirl: She's skilled in martial arts and weaponry.
* 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]].
* BadassNormal: So far, has not received any supernatural or even technological upgrades.
* BaitAndSwitch: On a meta-level, while her 2011 mini has been well-received, many fans weren't happy at TheReveal that the Helena we've been following was actually Wayne instead of Bertinelli. Levitz has said in at least one interview that he's sorry about the Bait and Switch.
* CompositeCharacter:
** As a young girl, the New 52 version of Helena was her world's Robin.
** The modern costume she wears is the 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 Wayne.
* TheCowl: Helena Wayne takes after her parents: she wears dark clothes and a pointed domino mask, operates in rough neighborhoods hunting human traffickers and abusers, uses crossbows, and is a bit more aggressive than other members of the Bat-family.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: In her debut mini-series, she poses as Helena Bertinelli, and ultimately reveals that she stole the name from a young woman who'd been killed years ago. [[spoiler: The ''real'' Helena Bertinelli was later revealed to be alive and well.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L alias ''Comicbook/PowerGirl'' (Earth-Two ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'').
** In the pre-Crisis universe they were best friends but her friendship came to an end when ''[[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the Anti-Monitor destroyed Earth-2]]''.
** In post-Flashpoint Dc universe, Kara met Helena when she saved her life. Since then they became "Best Friends. Forever". When they got stranded in the main Earth, they lived together. Helena called Kara her "oldest and dearest friend".
* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: In ''Huntress #5'' (the 2012 mini-series), Helena disguises herself as a cleaning woman to sneak into the Lion's fortress.
* LegacyCharacter: To both Batman and Catwoman.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Her and Earth-Two Robin, due to their upbringing.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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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.
* 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.
* BadassNormal: So far, has not received any supernatural or even technological upgrades.
* BadassTeacher: she's a crime-fighter by night and 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: 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.
* 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.
* 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 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.
* HonorBeforeReason: Though occasionally she's expressed disdain for this trope, when it's really important, she's there. She has faced down the Joker, Lady Shiva, and countless other world-class threats simply because she cares more than she lets on.
* HypocriticalHumor: A very dark example in ''Huntress: Year One'': [[{{ComicBook/Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] and two colleagues from the justice department are attending a conference on organized crime in Italy when the news comes out of the murder of notorious crime boss, Capo di Tutti Capi Stephen Mandragora, and they toast his death at a local bar. A woman at the bar berates them for this, saying "Never toast someone's death," and that "it's naive to think death solves anything." All of which sounds quite reasonable, except that the woman at the bar, Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress, is the one who killed him!
* IWorkAlone: In ''Cry for Blood'', she explains that she feels honor-bound to work alone because of the code of omerta. It's an interesting look into the duality of the character, because the same mafia she is determined to destroy is the source of her peculiar code of honor.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim:
** In ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', Vixen begs her not to kill evil cult-leader Sovereign Brusaw, which she doesn't. Later, when Vixen thanks her for not crossing the line, Huntress tells that the only reason she didn't kill him is that her crossbow jammed.
** In ''Cry for Blood'', at the end Question begs her not to kill Santo Cassamento. She kills him anyway.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: In the pages of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''{{JLA}}'', she once shot a bullet with a crossbow bolt in mid-flight.
* ImprovisedWeapon: In close quarters combat she often uses objects like frying pans, car windows, chairs or even television antennas - whatever happens to be close at hand - to inflict damage.
* InSeriesNickname: With Renee Montoya, the second Question - they call each other "Q" and "H," possibly as a reference to their ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' counterparts.
* IndyPloy: Fully expecting to die during her duel with Shiva, Helena gets an idea that ''might'' just give her an edge: allow Shiva to bloody her to the point that she has enough to spit into Shiva's eyes.
* TheInfiltration: After leaving the Birds because of Oracle's manipulation, Helena uses her family heritage of MafiaPrincess to rise to the rank of ''capo.'' She does so in order to give Batman the most detailed picture of the Gotham Mob's organization he's ever had.
* [[SuperWeight Iron Weight]]: So much so, Lady Shiva, one of the DCU's deadliest assassins, nicknames her "Iron Owl."
* 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.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KindaBusyHere: Often takes calls (or even makes them) while delivering some justice to villains, such as the beginning of Simone's run on ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey, when Oracle calls her in the middle of a job to save ComicBook/BlackCanary's life.
* KnifeNut: Has been known to stab people.
* TheLancer: Her usual role in any book but her own. However, Simone attempted to change that in her last issue of ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey by promoting her to field leader.
* LastOfHerKind: Helena Bertinelli is the last of the Bertinellis, who were once the dominant of Gotham's Five Families. The Bertinelli name is still highly respected in Gotham's underworld, however, and Huntress uses that to her advantage. Subverted in that she is revealed in Cry for Blood not to be a Bertinelli after all, but a Cassamento.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: During ''[[ComicBook/BatmanHush Batman: Hush]]'', Huntress gets dosed with fear toxin and hallucinates that Catwoman is her former, more vengeful self. Terrified, Huntress fights her, thinking it will help her to move on from her past.
* TheMafia: Born to it, rejected it, continually drawn to it, eventually infiltrated it and became a capo. Her mission in life: take it down.
* LovelyAngels:
** Helena Bertinelli teams with Black Canary and Batgirl in the ''Birds of Prey''.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Finds out in ''Cry for Blood'' that the man who ordered the hit on her family, Santo Cassamento, is actually her biological father.
-->'''Huntress''': Sit down, Don Cassamento. You raise an alarm, I'll kill you. Look at the photograph, please. Take a good look...and then tell me what you and Maria Bertinelli were doing in that hotel room together.\\
'''Santo Cassamento''': F.B.I. took this?\\
'''Huntress''': Answer the question.\\
'''Santo Cassamento''': Must've been the feds. Franco would've killed me if he'd known about it.\\
'''Huntress''': I said, '''answer'''--\\
'''Santo Cassamento''': Isn't it obvious? Your mother and I were conceiving you, Helena Rosa. Now put that crossbow down before you accidentally murder your father.
* MafiaPrincess: What she was initially, and what Batman thought she was trying to do when she infiltrated it.
* MamaBear: Threatening her students brings this out. With a free order of dangling-from-rooftops!
* ManipulativeBastard: Normally, her methodology consists of straightforward lethal violence, but in ''Cry for Blood'', she was able to manipulate pretty much everyone, including Oracle, Batman, Robin, and the especially Question, so that she could kill, or rather arrange the murder of, mob-boss Santo Cassamento ([[spoiler:her biological father]]) without facing any legal repercussions.
* MolotovTruck: In the 2012 mini-series, the Huntress sends a speedboat packed with explosives into a harbor as a distraction.
* MoreExpendableThanYou: What Huntress usually feels about herself compared to other heroes, especially Dinah. Explicitly dealt with when she takes on Shiva for Canary.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
** Her duel with Lady Shiva is this for a majority of the fight, with Helena being very much on the receiving end.
** Shortly after Yasemin Soze threatens to kill her students, Helena beats the shit out of her, ending with a NeckLift over a ten-story drop.
* NotSoDifferent: Exactly what Huntress thinks about Tabby Brennan. See the Evil Counterpart entry, ''supra''.
-->'''Huntress''': Can't help it... that young woman grew up the daughter of a KILLER. Just like I did. Just like me.
* OfficialCouple: In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' only (the comic book Helena has a much more troubled romantic history) with the Question. Though she did have a fling with him during the Cry for Blood miniseries, which is referenced a few times afterwards, indicating it had some meaning to her.
* {{Patricide}}: In ''Cry for Blood'', she arranged the murder of Santo Cassamento.
* PoisonousFriend: To Black Canary in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey''. She was extremely loyal to the Canary, to the point of being willing to fight Lady Shiva (a form of suicide) in Canary's place, and she eventually came to be friends with Oracle as well, but one or another of the Birds would periodically have to stop Huntress from murdering somebody or doing something else horrible. She would, however, generally let herself be stopped, presumably so that her friends would be willing to continue working with her.
* 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."
* ReallyGetsAround: Her reputation. However, the actual number of her partners is surprisingly low (well, surprising if you don't remember the RaisedCatholic part...)
* {{Retcon}}: When Helena Bertinelli's parents died, or rather more specifically, how old she was when they did: originally she was 19, but ''Cry for Blood'' changed it to when she was 8. Similarly, their names were changed from Guido and Carmela to Franco and Maria.
* SecretIdentity: Helena Bertinelli, former MafiaPrincess and current substitute teacher.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Arranges the murder of Santo Cassamento, her biological father.
* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: On and off during the 90s and afterwards and called out on it by other heroes.
* ShipperOnDeck: Helena thought it was cute that [[OfficialCouple Nightwing and Oracle]] were trying to [[WillTheyOrWontThey keep a professional relationship, both claiming to have gotten over each other years ago.]] For added points, after she'd slept with Nightwing.
* SociopathicHero: At least a borderline sociopath. By DC superhero standards (also by normal-person standards), she has killed a lot of people, and never seems to feel bad about it.
-->'''Oracle:''' She's not altogether sane, Tim.
* StatuesqueStunner: Official DC sources put her at 5'11". Though she's often drawn short...such as in the last few issues of ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey, in which she appears shorter than ComicBook/BlackCanary, who is very short.
* StealthHiBye: Pulls this off a lot, including on ''Batman'', more than once. As he says the first time, "Now I know how Jim Gordon feels."
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Jim Lee costume redesign of 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.
* SuddenNameChange: The Post-Crisis ''Huntress'' had a case of her middle name changing. In her first origin and early appearances, her full name was "Helena Janice Bertinelli". In her revised origin and later profiles, her name became "Helena '''Rosa''' Bertinelli".
** Huntress' parents were named Guido and Carmela in her original 1989 origin, but their names were later changed to Franco and Maria by the time of Greg Rucka's retelling in the ''Cry For Blood'' miniseries.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Consistently averts this; while she doesn't exactly go around offing people left and right, she also has absolutely no problem with using lethal force. It's part of the reason why she and Batman generally don't get along overly well.
* TranquilFury: Helena Bertinelli is usually a hot-tempered, passionate person, but it's when she gets very calm that you should really be afraid. Whenever she gets ready to murder someone in cold blood, she's invariably totally calm. When she killed Stephen Mandragora in ''Year One'', she was almost totally dispassionate about it. In ''Cry for Blood'', when she gives Santo Cassamento the kiss of death, you can tell by her facial expression that she hates him, but she is totally in control. One of the clearest cases, though, was when she was about to drop Yasemin off a roof. When she was beating Yasemin with an aerial antenna, she was screaming, but when she was dangling her off the ledge, ready to drop her, she was completely calm.
* 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.
* UnscrupulousHero: She's morally good at heart, but she's also horribly brutal and incredibly vicious even on her good days.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: ''Cry for Blood'' makes clear that she was an adorable, innocent little girl before her messed-up upbringing turned her into a borderline-sociopathic killer vigilante.
* [[VigilanteMan Vigilante Woman]]: Her character, in a nutshell. Her goal in life is to kill mafiusi in revenge for the killing of her parents and brother.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her crossbow, of course.
* 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''.
* WhamLine: See the Luke, I am your father entry, ''supra''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Happens rather frequently as a result of Huntress's well known willingness to cross the line (both in beatings and in killing). She is also no stranger to inflicting this trope on others, most notably Batman and Oracle.
* WickedCultured: She loves opera and gourmet cuisine, and she kills people.
* WorthyOpponent: Shiva considers Helena this after their duel, because even though Helena got her ass thoroughly kicked, [[{{Determinator}} she refused to go down.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Generally children are her soft spot, but once executed a teenager and cracked a joke about it. Especially cold since she did it right in front of [[ComicBook/NewGods Mr. Miracle]], who had been trying desperately to save the kid.
* XMeetsY: Batman crossed with [[TheGodfather Michael Corleone]]. This characterization is especially prominent in ''Cry for Blood''.
* YouAreWorthHell: Inverted in ''Huntress: Year One'', when Huntress (Bertinelli) kills Stephen Mandragora (her first murder), she declares that killing him is worth going to hell.
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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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