Cassandra Cain first appeared in Batman July Cassandra appeared as one of the main characters in a short story written and drawn by Amanda Conner for Wonder Woman , where she helps Wonder Woman and Power Girl in a battle against Egg Fu. Cassandra Cain was first introduced during the " No Man's Land " crossover storyline in She is one of the Oracle 's agents in Gotham City. In that arc, Gotham was leveled by a 7.
After proving herself by saving Commissioner Gordon 's life, she is given the Batgirl costume with the approval of both Batman and the Oracle. She becomes a ward of Barbara Gordon Oracle. In this story arc, Cassandra cannot speak at all and can only communicate through gestures and drawings. Bruce Wayne Batman eventually learns about Cassandra's past.
She murdered a businessman when she was eight years old, after which David Cain transmitted a video he had made of the murder to the Batcave. Nevertheless, Wayne continues to accept Cassandra after she takes several bullets to save the life of a hired assassin, proving her devotion to protecting human life. In , Cassandra became the first Batgirl to be featured in an eponymous ongoing comic book series. At first she is discovered by Batman and sent to live with Barbara Gordon, currently functioning as Oracle.
Babs says she prefers to live alone but since Cas is never home and doesn't talk, it is just like living alone. A telepath "rewires" Cassandra's brain so that she can think with words and use language, but these abilities come at some cost to her ability to read people's body language. As she had relied completely on this ability to fight, she is unable to effectively fight crime. Worried, Bruce Wayne takes away her costume and begins training her in defensive skills. Cassandra's birth and childhood are revealed in the Batgirl series.
David Cain had sought a perfect bodyguard for Ra's al Ghul. He found a potential mother when he saw Sandra Wu-San fighting her sister Carolyn in a martial arts tournament. Believing that Sandra was holding back for Carolyn, Cain murdered Carolyn and lured Sandra into a trap, sparing her life in exchange for giving birth to his child and leaving that child for him to raise.
She agreed. After the birth of Cassandra, Sandra set out to become Lady Shiva. Cain trained Cassandra from birth how to be an assassin. She was not taught to read or write; instead, reading body language was her only language. She was able to read people's movements and predict what they were going to do. When she was eight, Cain took her to kill a businessman.
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As the man died, she read what he was feeling, realized what she had done, and ran away from her father, resurfacing again during the "No Man's Land" story arc. Cassandra soon discovers that assassin Lady Shiva can read people like she used to be able to and asks Shiva to reteach her. As Cassandra would rather be "perfect for a year" instead of "mediocre for a lifetime", she accepts the offer. When the women fight in a year's time, Cassandra dies within minutes. Shiva then restarts her heart, realizing Cassandra had a death wish, so that they can have a real fight.
In the subsequent fight, Cassandra beats Shiva but does not kill her. Though not known for her private life, Cassandra does have a one-time romance with Conner Kent after meeting him on a cruise ship. Batman holds Cassandra in high regard. During the " War Games " story arc in , he relies heavily on her to help control the violence of the gang war in Gotham City.
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There, Deathstroke takes on a contract from the Penguin to kill Batgirl and decides to let his daughter, Rose the current Ravager , do the job instead. Cassandra beats Rose by playing on her emotions to leave her open for a critical strike, giving Deathstroke no choice but to get her medical attention. During this time, Cassandra starts developing a friendship with Brenda, the woman who owns the local coffee shop, and even a very short-lived relationship with a boy named Zero.
Cassandra also goes undercover for Batman, as Kasumi , in the Justice League Elite , working under Sister Superior to track and eliminate metahuman threats to the population.
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She works with the Batman's old fellow Justice League members Green Arrow and the Flash , and forms a certain bond with Coldcast , who is the first person to whom she revealed her real identity. Although he is subsequently accused of murder, she and the rest of the team soon realize that he had been manipulated by renegade Elite member Menagerie , who was also being manipulated by the spirit of Manchester Black as he tried to drive his sister to destroy London.
As the JLA falls, the Elite, united by the spirit of the deceased Manitou Raven , free Vera and vanquish Black, although the team disbands after this last mission. Cassandra gathers evidence that indicates that Shiva could be her mother, and seeks her out to confirm this. In the ensuing confrontation, Cassandra is mortally wounded by her "adoptive brother", the Mad Dog , while heroically saving one of the students under her leadership.
Shiva revives Cassandra in a Lazarus Pit , then answers Cassandra's questions about her parentage. When Cassandra asks Shiva if she had killed more people since their last battle and Shiva said that she had, Cassandra asks if she would ever stop. Shiva responds, "It's why I had you", and Cassandra agrees to fight her to the death once more. In an evenly matched battle, Cassandra manages to break Shiva's neck, paralyzing her. She appears ready to place Shiva in the Lazarus Pit, but Shiva pleads with her not to do so. In response, Cassandra impales Shiva on a hook hanging over the pit, apparently killing her.
Although Cassandra's intent regarding this action is unclear, whether to kill her or let her fall into the pit and be revived, it has been confirmed that Shiva is alive in the "One Year Later" storyline. Cassandra then abandons the identity of Batgirl and returns to her life as a wanderer. Cassandra took on the role of a villain by becoming the head of the League of Assassins following the "One Year Later" continuity jump, as established in Robin July Robin Tim Drake captures David Cain and brings him to the League of Assassins as ransom to free Cassandra, only to find that Cassandra is the new leader.
Cassandra produces a gun and tells him to shoot Cain and join her league. Upon his refusal, she shoots Cain herself. Tim and Cassandra engage in a fight which ends when the platform they are fighting on explodes. By the time Tim comes back to the original location, Cassandra and Cain are gone and the ninjas' necks have been snapped.
Tim had secretly recorded the conversation, clearing his name, but branding Cassandra as a murderer at the same time. Cassandra then appears in Supergirl 14 April , battling the title character, Kara Zor-El , in her role as leader of the League of Assassins. She is hired by Dark Angel to kill Supergirl and attempts to do so by kidnapping Supergirl's friend, Captain Boomerang.
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Supergirl arrives at the League's Tibetan headquarters to confront Cassandra, where they fight. Cassandra uses swords that emit red sun energy which strips away Supergirl's powers. However, as Cassandra prepares to kill her, Supergirl mysteriously extrudes crystals from her body which injure Cassandra.
This story is shown to follow the "One Year Later" jump in the Robin series, as in Supergirl 14 there is a file in the Batcomputer titled "Cassandra Cain and the League of Assassins", showing this takes place after she battled Robin.
In Teen Titans vol. Cassandra reappears later in the Robin series. Cassandra with an ally plans to use the drug to create an army. She also makes another appearance where she murders the businessman who was producing that drug. Robin had been unable to legally bring him to justice. Cassandra is also on the roster of Titans East and is once again wearing the Batgirl costume.
It is revealed in Teen Titans vol. In issue 44, after a rematch with the Ravager and a brief confrontation with Robin, Robin injects Cassandra with a counter-serum prepared in case Deathstroke regains control of his daughter. She apparently regains control over herself, with a desire for revenge by killing Deathstroke for violating her like Ravager and Terra before her.
In issue 45, Cassandra is allied with the Teen Titans to which Miss Martian comments that she is more in control of herself now and faces Deathstroke, Match , and other former Titans East teammates, before being subdued by Risk. Batgirl attempts to kill Deathstroke, but is stopped and knocked unconscious by Nightwing, who demands that Deathstroke face the courts.
However, Deathstroke escapes from the Titans with the help of Inertia , and after the battle is over, Batgirl and Duela Dent both vanish without a word. Following the events in Infinite Crisis , 52 fills in the one-year gap where "One Year Later" left off. Cassandra was left behind while Batman, Robin, and Nightwing left for their year-long trip and Harvey Dent was charged with protecting Gotham instead of her. Deathstroke approaches Cassandra and preys on her desire for a loving father as well as her feelings of abandonment.
Although occurring off-screen, Deathstroke managed to inject Cassandra with drugs, from a distance, that warped her mind allowing for him to manipulate her to his liking. In October , DC announced that Cassandra would be taking up the Batgirl identity as a member of the Outsiders in the upcoming Batman and the Outsiders ongoing series to be written by Chuck Dixon , which appears to, or is hoped to, begin resolving the controversy.
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