Barbara Gordon is the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon. She is a few years older than when we last saw her (about twenty-one) and has just graduated college with honors in the field of computer science. By day she works for the police department updating their crime files, by night she battles the underworld as Batgirl.
Early on Batman deduced the masked red-head who fought so hard to clear Commissioner Gordon could only be Gordon's daughter, Barbara. When Dick Grayson left Gotham, Batman found himself calling on Batgirl to work with him on special cases. Eventually Batman told Batgirl the secret of his dual identity and granted her free access to the Batcave and all its technology. The Batcomputer quickly became her domain and now she even surpasses Batman, Robin and Nightwing in cyber-expertise.
Barbara lives in a private townhouse near Gotham's trendy Park Ridge. A service lift in Barbara's bedroom closet runs down to the secret basement where Barbara stores her Batgirl crimefighting gear. In addition to costumes and weapons, the basement also serves as garage for Batgirl's highly-advanced Batcycle, a gift from Batman.
Her double life as Batgirl sometimes puts Barbara at an emotional crossroads. As the daughter of the Police Commissioner, Barbara was raised with respect for law and order, but her actions as Batgirl technically label her a vigilante. If Batgirl was ever caught and unmasked, the scandal would certainly destroy commissioner Gordon's career. Still, Gotham is a city that breeds an extreme kind of criminal and extreme crimefighters are needed to handle situations regular cops can't. Barbara believes the good she does as Batgirl is worth the potential risk to herself and her father.
Key Batgirl Episode Appearances
- Sin's of the Father
- Cold Comfort
- You Scratch My Back
- Joker's Millions
- Mean Seasons
- Over The Edge
- Torch Song
- Old Wounds
- Girl's Night Out
For more history on Batgirl, visit Batman: The Animated Series