Web Animation: Gotham Girls

A 2000-2002 three-season web animation series of 30 short episodes made by Noodle Soup Productions for Warner Bros. Animation. It stars the female characters of the Gotham setting: Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Batgirl, with occasional appearances by Zatanna and Renee Montoya. The series is notable for featuring the characters' television voice actresses and is generally considered canon with the DCAU.

The first twenty episodes (released monthly) were unrelated comedic interludes featuring tales of the daily life of the characters. The third season of ten episodes formed an interconnected arc concerning the disappearance of all men from Gotham City. Some installments featured an interactive element or a mini-game.

The fact that it was an online release allowed for much looser standard for content, albeit in a more "cartoonish" form. The Flash Animation (hailing as it did from the early days of the web) was not very fluid, but got better as time went on.

The episodes are still online, though hidden on the Warner Brothers website, and a full list of the episode links can be found on the Other Wiki. The entire series was also included as Bonus Content on the Birds of Prey television series DVD. A spinoff comic book was released for the series, and Paul Dini's "Harley and Ivy" mini-series and later Gotham City Sirens clearly took some inspiration from the premise.

There's also a recap page.

Gotham Girls shows examples of the following tropes:

  • An Ice Person: Dora Smithy
  • Anti-Villain: Invoked in-universe. Ivy calls herself an "eco-terrorist of global importance". Which means she makes a contribution. At least one episode has her going out of her way to get the mayor to prevent bulldozing of a park because he swore he wouldn't in his election campaign.
  • Art Evolution: The series' flash animation started out as very simple and choppy but gradually improved over time. By the final episodes, the animation was nearly on par with the DCAU TV shows.
  • Asteroids Monster: The little plant-based clones Harley accidentally creates from one of Ivy's plants in "Gardener's Apprentice" duplicate whenever Harley tries to destroy them. It isn't long until there are a whole myriad of plant clones.
  • Beauty Contest: Batgirl stages one in order to catch the villains. No beauty is actually judged, given the feminist vibe.
  • Between My Legs: Harley in "Cat Sitter", with Catwoman's new kitty between Harley's legs.
  • Breakout Character: The entire show was pretty much made to capitalize on fandom love for Harley Quinn.
  • The Cameo: One of the wax statues that Baby Harley crawls by and can look at in "Baby Boom" is of Lobo as he appears in the Lobo Webseries.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The series evolved from lighthearted comedic shorts in the early seasons (involving antics like rescuing stray kittens and telling fairy tales) to a very deep, complicated multi-part storyline in Season 3.
  • Check Please: Used (incorrectly) by Harley in "Strategery" after she gets flattened by a wrecking ball in the ending.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    Batgirl: Long life my aAAGH! [Said just as the ledge she was holding collapses.]
  • Derailed Fairy Tale: The Three Babes has Poison Ivy tell Harley Quinn a story while they and Catwoman are in a prison cell. As the title suggests, it is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with Harley, Ivy, and Catwoman in the roles of the three bears and Batgirl in the role of Goldilocks.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Dora always has a snowglobe on her desk, hinting at her connection to Mr. Freeze. More specifically, that she's Nora's sister.
    • The lingering shot of Mr. Freeze's locker while Harley and Ivy are looting the evidence room.
    • After it's discovered that the men have disappeared, it starts to snow.
  • Fountain of Youth: "Baby Boom" has Harley Quinn become a baby after accidentally inhaling some of Ivy's rejuvenation dust.
  • Gendercide: The main arc of the third season, although it revolved around the men disappearing instead of dying.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Episode 1, "The Vault":
    Harley: [thinking] Rhymes with rich...
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: The premise of the series.
  • Hero Antagonist: Batgirl in episodes where Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and/or Catwoman are the starring characters.
  • Jerkass: Caroline Greenway. She's extremely prejudiced against Batgirl and her attitude about the men in Gotham disappearing makes her come off as a Straw Feminist.
  • Keep Away: Harley and Ivy try this on Batgirl with a CD in "Strategery". Harley eventually falls for Batgirl shouting "I'm open!"
  • Mama Bear: Ivy to Harley in a Season 2 episode, when Harley is briefly turned into a baby. Ivy is visibly distraught when baby Harley disappears and spends the rest of the episode looking for her.
  • Merit Badges For Everything: In "Scout's Dishonor", Harley sets up an evil Girl Scout equivalent with this sort of logic.
  • Nice Hat: Zatanna. "Sorry, boys. No-one touches the hat."
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Harley's plans really give Batgirl an advantage.
  • Noodle Incident: An ominously loud banging on the apartment door leads Ivy to ask Harley if she ordered explosives online again.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Batgirl when she enters a contest to catch the villains.
  • Pet the Dog: Catwoman numerous times, especially where cats are involved. For example, she once frees a little girls' pet cat from a safe and also helps Zatanna rescue her pet white tiger.
  • Reverse Polarity: How Harley Quinn un-disappears all of Gotham's men in season 3. The gun's settings are polarity and reverse polarity.
  • Stable Time Loop: Happens in "Cat -n- Mouse". Catwoman finds out that another thief beats her to stealing a glass cat. After the mystery thief gets away and the glass cat shatters, Catwoman finds a time machine and gets the idea to use it to go back in time so she can steal the glass cat before the other thief does. Eventually, she realizes that she herself is the rival thief, so she destroys the time machine to end the loop, resulting in the glass cat no longer being shattered and put back to where it was before Catwoman stole it.
  • Sleazy Politician: The mayor of Gotham City has a tendency to lie. "Pave Paradise" has Ivy put an end to it by using spores to make plants grow from his body whenever he lies.
  • Transsexual: When all the men in Gotham disappear a female police officer disappears as well. Batgirl finds out that the reason she disappeared was that she was genetically male.
  • Villain Protagonist: Unless it's an episode focusing on Batgirl or Zatanna, this is always the case.
  • World of Action Girls: How obvious.