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** Sara is probably the closest, especially when she joined [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow the Legends]] and cooled a little, mostly due to matching Comic!Dinah's warmer disposition, fighting ability, and CoolBigSis personality. She didn't have her comic self's powers though, had a much angstier backstory, and though she was BiTheWay as well, she seemed to be more fond of girls whereas comic!Dinah is definitely more fond of guys.

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** Sara is probably the closest, especially when she joined [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow the Legends]] and cooled a little, mostly due to matching Comic!Dinah's comic Dinah's warmer disposition, fighting ability, and CoolBigSis personality. She didn't have her comic self's powers though, had a much angstier backstory, and though she was BiTheWay bisexual as well, she seemed to be more fond of girls whereas comic!Dinah comic Dinah is definitely more fond of guys.



* BiTheWay: [[WordOfGay Word of Simone]] is that she considers Dinah bisexual, and the infamous "Heterosexual to the bone" line was supposed to read "75% heterosexual" before placeholder dialog wound up in the final issue and changed the line from what she wanted, and was caused by simple confusion rather than ExecutiveMeddling and GayPanic.

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* AgeLift: Dinah Drake's age fluctulates anywhere from her early 20s to her mid 30s.

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* Main/MostCommonSuperPower: Dinah is one of the bustiest females in comics.


* LogicalWeakness: If her throat gets injured, she won't be able to use her Canary Cry.

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* LogicalWeakness: If her throat gets injured, she won't be able to use her Canary Cry. Being well-aware of this weakness, she chooses to compensate with physical training, martial arts, and using ConcussionFrags that emit powerful sonic bursts to ensure she couldn't be taken out of the fight that easily.

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*LogicalWeakness: If her throat gets injured, she won't be able to use her Canary Cry.


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*RequiredSecondaryPowers: To prevent going deaf from her own Canary Cry, she has a special membrane in her eardrums that act as a pair of earmuffs.


* Black Canary will make her big screen debut in ''Film/{{Birds of Prey|2020}}'', set in the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. She will be portrayed by Creator/JurneeSmollett.

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* Black Canary will make made her big screen debut in ''Film/{{Birds of Prey|2020}}'', set in the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. She will be is portrayed by Creator/JurneeSmollett.

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* ColorAnimalCodename: A black canary, whose canary theme comes from her signature [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]].


* HotBlooded: DependingOnTheWriter, Dinah is prone to reacting quicker than she thinks. It caused her to butt heads with Oracle more than a few times when they first started working together, and she's generally very afraid to jump into the thick of it.

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* HotBlooded: DependingOnTheWriter, Dinah is prone to reacting quicker than she thinks. It caused her to butt heads with Oracle more than a few times when they first started working together, and she's generally very not afraid to jump into the thick of it.


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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In ''JLA: Year One'', a 19-year-old Dinah finds herself crushing quite hard on the older Barry Allen, The Flash, and the two ended up growing quite close in the early days. However, upon discovering Barry was engaged and realising the similar circumstances to how/why her mother had cheated on her father, she encourages him to stop neglecting Iris in favour of his superhero life and/or their own growing attraction, and the two settle on being JustFriends. Fortunately, she then immediately bumps into Green Arrow, and the rest is history.


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* SheCleansUpNicely: In ''JLA: Year One'', this is presented as how Dinah used to maintain a SecretIdentity; "Black Canary" was seen as something of a superhero sex symbol by the general public because of the blonde hair, fishnets, and leather leotard, but "Dinah Lance" had short black hair and dressed in a more homely and tomboyish fashion. Dinah laments being dateless because she's straight-up invisible to guys who are openly lusting after Black Canary from seeing her on the news. Eventually she realises that "Black Canary" is who she really is inside, and she should embrace it, casting her later abandoning of her secret identity as something of a coming of age sort of thing.

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* ThongOfShielding: At some point, Dinah's leotard became so skimpy she was almost always fighting crime with her backside out. A team-up with Wonder Woman, Dinah explains that her costume just always rides up, and she's often too embarrassed to fix it in front of other heroes.


* CoolBigSis: Towards Roy Harper, Conner Hawke, and Mia Dearden, as well as Emiko Queen in ''ComicBook/GreenArrowRebirth''. Thanks to the significant age gap between her and Oliver, she was actually closer in age to his ward and son, so while technically she's their adopted stepmom, they generally saw her as more like a sister. She was also this to Stephanie Brown briefly, though her relationship with the Batkids hasn't been as explored.

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* CoolBigSis: Towards Roy Harper, Conner Hawke, and Mia Dearden, as well as Emiko Queen in ''ComicBook/GreenArrowRebirth''.''ComicBook/GreenArrowRebirth'', not to mention Sin. Thanks to the significant age gap between her and Oliver, she was actually closer in age to his ward and son, so while technically she's their adopted stepmom, they generally saw her as more like a sister. She was also this to Stephanie Brown briefly, though her relationship with the Batkids hasn't been as explored.


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* EveryonesBabySister: Among the Justice Society of America, as most of them have known her since she was born, so they see her as their niece. In ''JLA: Year One'', her status as the only girl on the team and her youth (she was 19 at the time, while the others appeared to be in their 30s by comparison) lead to this, something she was ''vocally'' annoyed with as she frequently told them off for treating her like a damsel they had to protect. In ''Birds of Prey'', though the UndyingLoyalty goes both ways, Dinah being in danger seems to strike the biggest reaction from the others.


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** She herself has trained under several in the comics, most notably Wildcat, though she's also studied in East-Asia and was briefly trained by Lady Shiva.


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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. After she was tortured, she went through counselling to help overcome the trauma, and the fact she's undergone therapy first-hand sometimes comes up when dealing with other troubled heroes.


* BareYourMidriff: Not typically part of her costume attire, but generally her civilian attire, at least from the 2000s-onward, tend to be almost exclusively shirts that don't cover her navel. Which somewhat makes sense since that was fashion of the time and she was a woman in her mid-20s.



* ClarkKenting: A blonde wig really isn't that effective of a disguise, and later on she even ditches the wig and just dyes her hair blonde.

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* ClarkKenting: A You wouldn't think a blonde wig would really isn't be that effective of a disguise, and later disguise. Later on she even ditches the wig and just dyes her hair blonde.blonde, and all-but abandons any notion of a secret identity.



* CoolBigSis: Towards Roy Harper, Conner Hawke, and Mia Dearden, as well as Emiko Queen in ''ComicBook/GreenArrowRebirth''. Thanks to the significant age gap between her and Oliver, she was actually closer in age to his ward and son, so while technically she's their adopted stepmom, they generally saw her as more like a sister. She was also this to Stephanie Brown briefly, though her relationship with the Batkids hasn't been as explored.



* EthicalSlut: She's a very sexually-forward woman and doesn't really feel shame in how she dresses. She's also one of the most moral and friendliest heroines there is, is a CoolBigSis to many younger heroes (and something of a little sister to the older ones), and acts as TheHeart of the Birds of Prey.

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* EthicalSlut: She's When Dinah and Ollie are together, they have a very sexually-forward woman active sex life, and doesn't really feel shame in how times where they're not together she's often shown to have an active dating life. However, though their relationship has been rocky from both sides, its notable she's never been anything but faithful and honest even when he's not been. Even the time when she dresses. She's also one [[SlutShaming blamed Ollie]] for [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale his own rape]], it was such a blatant case of the most moral and friendliest heroines there is, is writer making a CoolBigSis to many younger heroes (and something of a little sister to CriticalResearchFailure describing the older ones), and acts as TheHeart of the Birds of Prey.situation that they probably didn't realise it was rape.



* GoodBadGirl: She's a very sexually-forward woman and doesn't really feel shame in how she dresses. She's also one of the most moral and friendliest heroines there is, is a CoolBigSis to many younger heroes (and something of a little sister to the older ones), and acts as TheHeart of the Birds of Prey.



* TheLadette: Naturally, being a badass BikerBabe BloodKnight who enjoys a bar fight and is a bit of an EthicalSlut. As she began dressing in ShortTank for her CivvieSpandex, this has became far more notable in her design.

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* TheLadette: Naturally, being a badass BikerBabe BloodKnight who enjoys a bar fight and is a bit of an EthicalSlut.GoodBadGirl. As she began dressing in ShortTank for her CivvieSpandex, this has became far more notable in her design.



* MaleGaze: Frequently. As strongly written as she was in ''Birds of Prey'', she also spent the entirety of the run pretty much constantly with a wedgie so that her ass popped out of her leotard better.



* NotWearingTights
** The Mike Grell run of ''Green Arrow''.
** Also, TheEighties costume.
** And TheNineties costume for that matter.
** DependingOnTheArtist, her suit sometimes isn't even tights at all, being a leotard-cut kevlar outfit with fishnets on occasion.

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* NotWearingTights
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NotWearingTights: Frequently. The Mike Grell run of ''Green Arrow''.
** Also, TheEighties costume.
** And TheNineties
Arrow'' is probably the first occasion, though her costume for that matter.
** DependingOnTheArtist,
has often turned into just streetwear. In the 2010s, this became pretty much official as her suit sometimes isn't even tights at all, being default look became just a leotard-cut kevlar outfit with fishnets on occasion.shirt and short-shorts over her usual fishnets.



* StrawFeminist: Depending on the writer, Dinah can come off as one. This was her entire gimmick during her time in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational''.

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* StrawFeminist: Depending on the writer, Dinah can come off as one. This was her entire gimmick during her time in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational''. When written properly, she tends to be more realistic in her views and how she acts on them. During Kevin Smith's run, her feminism is contrasted with Oliver's social liberal views to paint them as BirdsOfAFeather.


* AdaptationalPersonalityChange: In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', even with the DecompositeCharacter aspect in play, ''none'' of the Black Canaries really reflect the comic version much in personality.
** Sara is probably the closest, especially when she joined [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow the Legends]] and cooled a little, mostly due to matching Comic!Dinah's warmer disposition, fighting ability, and CoolBigSis personality. She didn't have her comic self's powers though, had a much angstier backstory, and though she was BiTheWay as well, she seemed to be more fond of girls whereas comic!Dinah is definitely more fond of guys.
** Laurel (Earth 1), despite being the only one to keep her full name, is actually probably the ''least'' like her. She struggles with [[CantCatchUp catching up to the much more skilled Team Arrow members]], is more of a DramaQueen who has struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse, and was a DaddysGirl. The few traits from the comic version she did keep, she took from the characters more [[CanonDiscontinuity negative depictions]].
* AdaptationalWimp: As with the above, in ''Arrow'', only Sara and Earth-2 Laurel come ''close'' to matching Dinah Lance's capabilities in the comics. Sara probably the most, though she lacks her comic self's powers.



* DeadpanSnarker: Dinah Lance is especially quick to snark; its been something she's done since the beginning, but it became especially prominent by the ''Birds of Prey'' era. Of course, she'd need to be snarky to match Green Arrow.



* DyeHard:[[invoked]] Since the start of ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', Dinah has dyed her hair blonde rather than use a wig. Adaptations and the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' have made her a natural blonde, though.

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* DyeHard:[[invoked]] Since the start of ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', Dinah has dyed her hair blonde rather than use a wig. Adaptations and the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' have made her a natural blonde, though.though the latter was seemingly later retconned where one panel has her bleaching her hair to re-dye her roots.
* EthicalSlut: She's a very sexually-forward woman and doesn't really feel shame in how she dresses. She's also one of the most moral and friendliest heroines there is, is a CoolBigSis to many younger heroes (and something of a little sister to the older ones), and acts as TheHeart of the Birds of Prey.



* HotBlooded: DependingOnTheWriter, Dinah is prone to reacting quicker than she thinks. It caused her to butt heads with Oracle more than a few times when they first started working together, and she's generally very afraid to jump into the thick of it.



* KidSidekick: Sin

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* KidSidekick: SinRoy and Mia have acted as this to her as much as they did to Oliver. Later Dinah took in Sin, though she wasn't really a sidekick so much as a girl Dinah planned to raise as her daughter.
* TheLadette: Naturally, being a badass BikerBabe BloodKnight who enjoys a bar fight and is a bit of an EthicalSlut. As she began dressing in ShortTank for her CivvieSpandex, this has became far more notable in her design.



* LikesOlderMen: Dinah Lance was 19 when she met Green Arrow, who himself was in or near his 40s. He's been deaged since, but is still old enough to have a son who's only a few years younger than Dinah. When he was dead, she also briefly romanced Ra's Al Ghul (who is several ''centuries'' her senior), who though she didn't know it was him at the time, she still thought he was a man who had a daughter her age.



* MrsRobinson: When originally dating Green Arrow, she was the older of the two. She was a cougar before they had a word for it! On that note, [[spoiler:it was highly implied that she had a one night stand with The Ray.]]

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* MrsRobinson: When MrsRobinson:
** Dinah Drake; when
originally dating Green Arrow, Arrow in the Silver Age, she was the older of the two. She was a cougar before they had a word for it! On that note, [[spoiler:it was highly implied that she had a one night stand it!
** Dinah Lance, in the Bronze Age onward, is typically depicted as being only in her twenties, so she's usually [[LikesOlderMen the opposite.]] She ''did'' express interest in Nightwing (who isn't ''that'' much younger than her, roughly no more than five years), and [[spoiler:probably slept
with The Ray.]]Ray]] who was roughly the same age as Nightwing, but besides that isn't shown dating anyone notably younger than her.


* SlutShaming: She acts as if Green Arrow getting raped by Shado was him cheating on her, which was not helped when Oliver was retconned into being a womanizer, followed by another (seeming) retcon in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' where Black Lantern Shado claims the rape was consensual sex; although it should be noted that the Black Lanterns weren't necessarily being honest, but just trying to provoke an emotional response so they could rip their victims' hearts out.

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* SlutShaming: She acts as if Green Arrow getting Her reaction to Oliver being raped by Shado has been written like this, though it was him more a case of the writers at the time trying to retcon the instance as being Oliver consensually cheating on her, which was not helped when her. Shortly after the rape, Oliver ''did'' cheat on Dinah with their friend, Marianne, which is what wrecked their relationship[[note]]though she was retconned into being a womanizer, followed by another (seeming) retcon in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' where Black Lantern hurt, it wasn't because she saw what happened with Shado claims as cheating; Ollie wanted a child and the rape sired one, while Dinah was consensual sex; although it should be noted that the Black Lanterns weren't necessarily left unable to have kids after being honest, but just trying tortured, so the incident with Shado essentially served to provoke an emotional response so they could rip their victims' hearts out.be a cruel reminder to Dinah of this fact[[/note]], and it seems since then, writers have conflated the two incidents into one.



* StuffedIntoTheFridge: In ''The Longbow Hunters'', Black Canary is captured, tortured and depowered solely for the purpose of giving Green Arrow a story-arc where he angsts over killing the men who were torturing her.

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: In ''The Longbow Hunters'', Black Canary is captured, tortured and depowered solely for the purpose of giving Green Arrow a story-arc where he angsts over killing the men who were torturing her. Interestingly, though it was to serve Green Arrow's angst, Dinah's recovery from the ordeal is given just as much focus, and one detail often forgotten is that some time after, Ollie ''himself'' ended up being kidnapped and tortured, in the same warehouse, and Dinah had to save him.


An Earth-Two SuperVillain called The Wizard used his powers to curse the infant Dinah with an uncontrollable scream (yes, yes... AWizardDidIt) and Black Canary asked her old friend Johnny Thunder to use [[GenieInABottle his magical genie pal The Thunderbolt]] to end the curse. The Thunderbolt was unable to break the spell, but was able to place the infant Dinah in a sort of SuspendedAnimation in his home dimension until such time as a cure could be found. Years later, during the CrisisCrossover that killed her husband, Dinah Drake was critically injured by the radiation and The Thunderbolt then used his magic to put Dinah Drake's memories in the still-sleeping-but-now-adult body of her daughter (which had since then learned how to adapt to the once uncontrollable scream) and [[MindRape erase everyone else's memories so they wouldn't remember what happened]].

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An Earth-Two SuperVillain called The Wizard used his powers to curse the infant Dinah with an uncontrollable scream (yes, yes... AWizardDidIt) and Black Canary asked her old friend Johnny Thunder to use [[GenieInABottle his magical genie pal The Thunderbolt]] to end the curse. The Thunderbolt was unable to break the spell, but was able to place the infant Dinah in as a sort of SuspendedAnimation HumanPopsicle in his home dimension until such time as a cure could be found. Years later, during the CrisisCrossover that killed her husband, Dinah Drake was critically injured by the radiation and The Thunderbolt then used his magic to put Dinah Drake's memories in the still-sleeping-but-now-adult body of her daughter (which had since then learned how to adapt to the once uncontrollable scream) and [[MindRape erase everyone else's memories so they wouldn't remember what happened]].


* FriendlyEnemies: Black Canary is sometimes depicted as getting along fairly well with some of the less-evil villains. Lady Shiva and herself seem to have something almost approaching a legitimate friendship, despite Shiva being a remorseless assassin, and its only hampered by Canary's refusal to accept her offer to turn her into the world's greatest killer.



* PintsizedPowerhouse: Not usually emphasised too much, but Dinah Lance's official height is given by official profiles as 5'4" inches, and she's [[DependingOnTheArtist usually drawn]] significantly shorter than the people she fights (and quite often who she fights alongside). This actually works to her advantage as, besides the fact it means she's frequently underestimated, but it meant she was at a significant size disadvantage when being trained by Wildcat, so from the beginning she was trained to punch above her weight and make use of her small stature.



* SecretIdentity: Despite abandoning any attempt at a disguise years ago and having a very public wedding to another superhero (whose own SecretIdentity was a MillionairePlayboy and former mayor of a major city), Dinah has apparently managed to maintain one. Dinah was outed as Black Canary, as of ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' Volume 2, #2.

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* SecretIdentity: Despite abandoning any attempt at a disguise years ago and having a very public wedding to another superhero (whose own SecretIdentity was a MillionairePlayboy and former mayor of a major city), Dinah has apparently managed to maintain one. Dinah was outed as Black Canary, as of ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' Volume 2, #2. It seemed that for the most part, it was a case of her secret identity was so unremarkable (a florist in a small shop) she didn't really ''need'' to hide who she was, and pretty much the entire hero/villain community knew 'Dinah Lance' was her name.



* ThouShaltNotKill: As with all good heroes, Dinah is an idealist who believes strongly in not killing her enemies. Interestingly, she doesn't force this ideal onto others, and happily tolerates working with Huntress and Shiva (though in the latter case, she doesn't stand much choice). For her sake, the two even tend to hold back the lethal force when its not required, too.



* VillainRespect: Ra's Al Ghul, Bane, Deathstroke, and Lady Shiva have all expressed great respect for her abilities.



* WorldsBestWarrior: While certainly a step below ComicBook/LadyShiva, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]], and ComicBook/RichardDragon (though she could certainly survive a direct confrontation with any of the three without resorting to her abilities if she absolutely had to), she is, along with Batman, Bronze Tiger, Conner Hawke, and possibly Catman, up there as one of the absolute best non-augmented combatants in the mainline DCU. While she does have a gigantic innate advantage by way of her abilities, [[FightsLikeANormal she refuses to use them in straight fights]].

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* WhoWearsShortShorts: During the ''DC YOU'' ongoing, it became common for Dinah to wear short-shorts and would frequently fight in them. After ''DC Rebirth'', this became her default look, alongside a corset top and her usual jacket/fishnets, in order to maintain her classic aesthetic with a Burnside-like improvisation.
* WorldsBestWarrior: While certainly a step below ComicBook/LadyShiva, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]], and ComicBook/RichardDragon (though she could certainly survive a direct confrontation with any of the three without resorting to her abilities if she absolutely had to), she is, along with Batman, Bronze Tiger, Conner Hawke, and possibly Catman, up there as one of the absolute best non-augmented combatants in the mainline DCU. While she does have a gigantic innate advantage by way of her abilities, [[FightsLikeANormal she refuses to use them in straight fights]].
fights]]. Lady Shiva also sees Canary as one of the best contenders for surpassing her, and tried to groom her into following in her footsteps.

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