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YMMV / Black Canary

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Why does she constantly hook and break up with the same egotistical, self-serving jerk ass archer? Because she really loves and sees the good in him, but has her limits when it comes to putting up with him? Or because she has a HORRIBLE superiority/inferiority complex.
    • Superiority: She purposefully goes out with him and is aware that he's a jerk, waiting for the chance to break up with him to demonstrate what a "strong, confident" woman she is that doesn't need him. Then gets back together with him to show how forgiving and better she is than him.
    • Inferiority: She can't do any better.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The New 52's version of her wasn't particularly popular during the Team 7 and Birds of Prey phase, but after she got an ongoing putting Dinah in the role of a Punk Rock singer, brought back the fishnets (as well as actually justifying the design), and re-established her mother's existence and legacy, as well as having a likeable supporting cast, greatly improved her character. It also cleared up some of the confusion as to which Dinah Lance this was supposed to be, as she was married to a Lance, but the same age as the other Justice League heroes. This book clarified that she is most similar to the version of Black Canary that came from Earth 2 (a member of the League who is later widowed, then meets and falls in love with Green Arrow) and in a single frame shows that her middle name is Laurel. Many fans who were upset at Dinah Laurel Lance's supposed non-existence in the New 52 were delighted by this.
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  • Badass Decay: Tends to get hit with this whenever she's paired with Green Arrow. This tends to be the reason many of Black Canary's more vocal fanboys and girls tend to detest the pairing. Though, in fairness, this happens a lot when she's teamed up with almost any other male hero, too.
  • Broken Base: In the case of Arrow, there's a lot of disagreement as to which version of Canary is the closest to the original comic version and which actress does the best job of portraying her.
  • Les Yay:
    • Black Canary and Oracle get a LOT of this.
    • She also has a significant amount (bordering on Foe Yay) with Lady Shiva.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The '80s costume.
    • Also, her "lesbian biker" look (as it is referred to by fans) from her short-lived 90's solo series.
    • The negative parts of her relationship with Green Arrow often get poked fun at.
  • Older Than They Think: Her affiliation with rock predates the New 52. A 2000s comic had a flashback that showed Black Canary was a grunge fan in the 1990s as a teenager.
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  • Strangled by the Red String: Green Arrow and Black Canary's marriage felt very forced to many fans.

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