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For her New Earth-2 Prime counterpart, see Barbara Gordon (New Earth-2 Prime).
For her Earth-92 counterpart, see Barbara Gordon (Earth 92).
For her Earth-203 counterpart, see Barbara Gordon (Earth-203).

Barbara Gordon
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Barbara Gordon in 2390
Full name: Barbara Gordon
Known aliases: Oracle
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (1.70 m)
Weight: 115 lbs
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Red
Homeworld: Earth
Birthplace: Unknown
(possibly New Gotham),
Born: August 5th, 2333
Affiliation: Federation
Bruce Wayne
New Gotham High School
Birds of Prey
(in secret)
Marital Status: Single
Spouse(s): Wade Brixton
(love interest, deceased)
Other relatives: Helena Kyle
(legal ward),
Dinah Lance
(non-legal guardian)
Occupation: English teacher
(in secret)
Leader of
Birds of Prey
(in secret)
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Barbara Gordon in 2383

Barbara Gordon is a female Human in the 24th century, she is an English teacher at New Gotham High School. She once operated as a vigilante alongside Batman, under the moniker Batgirl, but after being paralyzed from the waist down, she became Oracle and worked alongside Helena Kyle, and later Dinah Redmond, as part of the Birds of Prey and Barbara is the leader of the team.

Barbara is a old friend of Vice Admiral Typhuss James Kira. Barbara is a ally of Team Arrow and Team Flash. (Birds of Prey)


Early life[]

Barbara was born on August 5th, in 2333 on Earth, possibly in New Gotham. (Birds of Prey)

Background information[]

Now she fights a crime a different way as Oracle, master of the cyber realm and trainer to heroes. Taking in Helena Kyle as a child, Barbara trained Helena to become New Gotham's protector. Quinzel discovered Barbara's dual identity, after manipulating Helena into revealing all her secrets. Occupying Barbara's base of operations, the New Gotham Clock Tower, Quinzel killed Barbara's boyfriend, Wade Brixton. In battle, Barbara managed to overpower Quinzel and attempted to exact revenge by killing her, but was brought back to her senses by Helena.

She uses an electric-powered wheelchair, the chair was once upgraded by Barbara to be controlled by her hands via special center, rather than using the joystick.

Barbara Gordon works by day as an English teacher at the New Gotham High School while at night she works as the Oracle, a technological vigilante. She works from a secured location hidden within the New Gotham Clock Tower where she controls multiple computer systems coordinating multiple information systems. She works as Helena's eyes and ears, keeping her updated on information relevant to whatever she is working on. Their methods often differ but the results are often the same.

Barbara takes in a runaway teenager named Dinah Lance, the daughter of Carolyn Lance who is also the Black Canary. She allows the teen to live with her in the clock tower and agrees to train her in crime-fighting skills.

Out of the group she is more technologically savvy. She has extensive knowledge of numerous technologies. She also has a descent amount of scientific knowledge as she is able to test cells for specific things, and is able to build things from scratch. One of those things is a device which allows her limited periods of mobility which she used on two different occasions. One time was to confront an old nemesis she thought she had accidentally killed, Lady Shiva. The other time was during the final fight against Harley Quinn. (Birds of Prey)

Batgirl and becomng Oracle[]

Barbara as Batgirl before becoming Oracle

Barbara was trained by Bruce Wayne as his protégé, Batgirl. However, one night, Barbara opened her door to find the Joker, who shot her at point blank, making her a paraplegic. Following this, she looked after Helena Kyle, Bruce's estranged daughter, watching her grow up. When she was old enough, Barbara assisted Helena as a vigilante duo, with Barbara operating from a lair as Oracle.

Barbara came to work as a school teacher in English. She met the school's new guidance counselor, Wade Brixton, who asked her on a date, to which she agreed. Barbara headed back to her lair, where she found news of a recent homicide. She attempted to contact Helena via her comms, but she'd taken them out. That night, Barbara went to confront Helena about not replying, before Helena began complaining about having been at a psychiatrist due to a previous mission that Barbara had instigated. She headed back to the lair, where she was met by a Huntress who'd just been out on the streets. Barbara viewed the evidence from the prior homicide, as well as another recent one. They were suddenly interrupted by an intruder, who they found to be Dinah Redmond, who Huntress had saved earlier in the night. She explained how she'd found the place through her meta-human abilities, and Barbara scanned her brain, confirming the facts. Helena took Barbara aside, incredulous that she'd consider taking Dinah in, but Barbara simply compared the situation to Helena's after her mother's passing. The following morning, Barbara continued looking over the evidence, having a chat with Alfred. They were joined by Dinah, who noticed her working on the case, explaining how she'd been near one of the victims at his death, and that it wasn't a suicide as police suspected. Barbara found some more intel, discovering four businessman to be the target of the killer, the two they knew of already dead. She sent out Huntress to watch out for the most likely of the remaining two targets, but she arrived with him already dead. Helena returned back, Barbara explaining that their last businessman was their old neighbor, Larry Ketterly. With a lead located down at the dockyards, Barbara sent Dinah there while Helena went to watch over Ketterly. They soon realized that Ketterly was not in fact a victim, but the murderer, and so Barbara and Dinah rushed to Helena's location, Barbara attempting to talk her out of the trance he'd put her under. Once she got there, Barbara sent a disc flying at Ketterly's head, knocking him over. The two women joined Helena, going into the dream world Ketterly had sent her into. They were able to talk her out of it and Helena killed Ketterly's dream-self. Returning back to the real world, they had him sent to Arkham Asylum. Returning back to their lair, Barbara and Helena discussed the events, before heading outside to survey the city, Barbara reminiscing of her pursuits as Batgirl.

Barbara began filling out forms for Dinah as she enrolled at New Gotham High School. She scolded Dinah for skipping basic training, as she'd broken things using the automated weapons. Barbara asked Dinah for any records she had, such as a birth certificate or school records, but Dinah claimed them all to have been burned. Helena sat down with Barbara, making sure she knew she was lying, of which she was clearly aware. Barbara headed to school, where she was met by Wade. He expressed how he'd thought she'd forgotten about their date, to which she realized they'd thought the same thing about the other. Claiming to be typically busy with a baking side-business, Wade offered to plan the date, to which she agreed. Back at the clocktower, Barbara pulled up records on Dinah's past life, confirming her belief to Helena that she was safe. Dinah suddenly appeared, wearing Helena's favorite sweat, causing Barbara to step between them and diffuse the situation. Barbara and Helena went for a walk and talked, trying to make Helena see reason. Later, they received intel on the suspicious death of SCIS officer Jack Barnstone. Barbara had Helena go and get a tissue sample of his lungs, while she got ready for her date. She headed off for her date, meeting Wade in a park, in which he'd set up dinner. During the middle of the dinner, Barbara received an urgent alert for which she had to leave. Returning to the clocktower, she discovered the death of police officer Grace Tanner. The team were able to determine the killer as Silas "Slick" Waters, and his next victim as Detective Reese. Helena headed to find him, while Barbara stayed in her ear. When they were attacked by Slick, Helena began to be choked. Barbara suggested looking for a fire extinguisher, cooling Slick down and forcing him to re-form. After Slick fled, going to hijack another armored truck, Barbara alerted Helena to this. Following an altercation, including Dinah assisting in knocking out a thug, Barbara was shocked to hear that Dinah was there. Dinah and Helena returned to the clocktower, whereupon Barbara grounded Dinah. She then opened up about her past to Helena and Barbara, admitting she finally felt at home with them. The following morning Barbara went to work, where she surprised Wade with a makeup date in her classroom. That evening, she and Helena hypothesized that there was someone behind Slick's attacks, figuring that someone else was pulling his strings.

While the Huntress dealt with a criminal, Barbara talked to her over comms. After he mysteriously suddenly died, seemingly being killed by his own acidic spit, Barbara began researching multiple meta-humans having the same power, but came up with nothing. She instead suggested Helena go and check out No Man's Land, checking in with Gibson Kafka. The following morning, Barbara helped Dinah with her first day at school. She made her way to her classroom, where Wade met her, asking if she wanted to join for dinner with his parents, who were passing through town. She was initially apprehensive, due to her disability, but Wade reassured her and she accepted. That night they went for dinner, but during the entire night Wade's mother told him that she believed Barbara wasn't good enough for him due to her paraplegia, deeply hurting Barbara. She returned home, where Helena told her of their killer, Detective Claude Morton. Barbara wished to do some research on how to take him down, but Helena didn't want to wait, getting upset that her people were dying. Following this, Barbara headed to No Man's Land, surprised to find Dinah there. She joined her and Gibson for a drink, but they were interrupted by Helena, who'd taken the fight with Morton to a rooftop. Dinah, Gibson and a number of other meta-humans joined Helena to help, overwhelming Morton's senses and causing him to choose to jump off of the roof. The Birds of Prey regrouped atop their clocktower and discussed the recent events, Barbara informing Dinah of how badly her dinner had gone. They decided to cap the night off by going back to the No Man's Land bar.

Barbara was in the clocktower when Helena returned back, having found a baby. The three women decided to look after him, naming him "Guy". While Helena went to retrieve diapers, Barbara was forced to change him despite not having any. When she returned, Barbara continued with her work, scanning Guy's brain and discovering he and his purported "mother" to be related to Simcron Labs. They gave the lab a call, heading in to investigate it. They were met by Dr. Lewis Melfin, who they'd talked to on the phone. The situation soon became apparent that it was a trap, when they were joined by Helena, who helped to fight off all of Melfin's thugs. Guy, who'd been waiting in the shuttle, also joined them, accidentally killing Dr. Melfin. Back at the clocktower, Barbara told Helena of how she'd determined that Guy had both a "passive mode" and an "active mode", the latter being programmed in and why he'd killed Melfin. Guy overheard their talk and was convinced that he was a freak, yelling at Helena and running off. After eventually finding him, Helena brought Guy back to the clocktower, where he rapidly aged into a 40 year old. They sat around with him, giving him a cupcake to ceremoniously celebrate his birthday, a wish he'd wanted. He then proceeded to age again, before finally passing on. The women congregated as usual at the top of the clocktower, discussing how there'd been a woman at the club, and likely the same person they'd been repeatedly coming up against. Helena then presented a candled cupcake in memory of Guy.


Barbara was very headstrong and stubborn as Batgirl. With retrospect, she saw it was the suit and the status as one of Gotham's vigilantes that caused her to feel invincible on New Gotham's rooftops.

However, when Barbara was shot, she had experienced a new sense of vulnerability and helplessness. Constantly trying to figure out a way out of the chair even at the cost of her own detriment. As Oracle, she had eventually worked to seeing regret in the actions of her past. She became a mentor instead of just a student of Batman. Often passing on her skills not only as a vigilante, but as a teacher.

When she was disabled, Barbara was very private and reclusive. With her biggest challenge being to get back out into the world and just be herself.

When she was disabled, Barbara was very private and reclusive. With her biggest challenge being to get back out into the world and just be herself.


  • Genius-level intellect/Expert tactician/Leader: Barbara is a highly intelligent individual, an excellent tactician and leader.
  • Computer skills: As Oracle, Barbara assists Huntress from behind a computer, showing proficient ability in these skills. Barbara Gordon was an expert in all areas relating to computer technology including operation, networking, cryptography, surveillance, counter-surveillance and hacking.
  • Skilled hand-to-hand-combatant: From her time as Batgirl, Barbara has shown great skill in hand-to-hand combat, being able to take down an entire group of thugs without help from Batman. Even after paraplegia, Barbara still showed proficiency in combat, despite being bound to a wheelchair. Prior to her paralysis, Barbara Gordon was a highly trained physical combatant. Even after the incident that cost her the use of her legs, she still maintained an intensive regiment of daily exercise and kept herself in top fighting form. To compensate for the loss of mobility and to give her a means of self defense she has trained in the use of escrima sticks.
  • Pedagogy: Barbara is a school teacher specializing in literature.
  • Strength level

Above average: Barbara Gordon possessed the strength level of a woman her age, size and weight who engaged in intensive regular exercise.


  • Restricted mobility: Barbara's paralysis prevented her from engaging in field work most of the time. Although she eventually found a way around such inconveniences, her solutions only allowed her limited periods of mobility.


  • Batarangs: Barbara had designed batarangs in her career as Batgirl, and continued using them as weapons when she occasionally went out into the field again, either in self defense in her wheelchair or when she suited up briefly as Batgirl once more. She also used them to help train Dinah Redmond as well as keeping her own skills sharp.
  • Spinal implant: Barbara has a spinal implant of her own design that allows her to control her wheelchair by thought. She later works on using the tech in order to allow her to walk. She uses this technology to minimal success against Lady Shiva. However, later she managed to use it much better when enacting her revenge against Harleen Quinzel.

Former equipment[]

Barbara as Batgirl

  • Batgirl suit: As the vigilante Batgirl, Barbara wore a black suit, emblazoned with a yellow bat symbol on the chest. It featured yellow boots and a black cowl, pointed on the top like a bat's ears.
  • Barbara invented an electronic device that enabled her full mobility for limited periods of time.



Barbara's batons

Barbara's baton

  • Batarangs (formerly)
  • As Oracle, she employed a pair of truncheons as a means of self-defense


  • The Batgirl costume that was used in that show is the same costume that was used by Alicia Silverstone in Batman & Robin, only it was repainted with gold accents from the comics.
  • This is the only live-action appearance of Oracle to date.