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Information-silkReal NameCharlotte Gage-Radcliffe
Information-silkCurrent AliasMisfit
Information-silkAliasesBatgirl
Information-silkAffiliationFormerly Birds of Prey
Information-silkBase Of OperationsDalten Towers, Metropolis
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkRaceHomo Magi
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationAdventurer, Student
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderFemale
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairRed
Origin
Information-silkOriginWhen Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe's family apartment burned down in a fire, Charlie, an avid Batgirl fan, followed in her heroine's footsteps, delivering her own, distinctly unique, brand of justice to criminals as the new Batgirl. When ex-Batgirl Barbara Gordon attempted to talk Charlie out of superheroing, Charlie gave up the Batgirl name - and adopted a new secret identity, Misfit.
Information-silkUniverseNew Earth
Information-silkCreatorsGail Simone, Nicola Scott
First AppearanceLast appearance



HistoryEdit

Origin

Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe lived with her mother and her newborn sibling in an apartment in Metropolis's worst slum. She never met her father.

Charlie knew she had superpowers from a young age, but rarely used them, because they made her mother uncomfortable. She was a big fan of Barbara Gordon's Batgirl.

The landlord of the apartment building had bribed the safety inspectors. The fire escape had been removed, and the smoke detectors were broken. When a fire broke out, Charlie and her family were trapped in the apartment.

In Charlie's experiments with her powers, she had discovered that living beings didn't survive teleporting with her - she couldn't get her family out. In the end, Charlie's mother made her leave, shouting at her to teleport out.

Seventeen people died in the fire. The landlord's sentence was six months, time served. [1]

Batgirl

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As Batgirl

Some while later, Charlie surfaced as a crime-fighter in Gotham City, using the Batgirl name and wearing a homemade Batgirl costume, complete with utility belt. [2][3]

This drew the attention of Barbara Gordon, now operating as the all-seeing master hacker Oracle, who sent out her team of operatives, the Birds of Prey, to discover who was using her old identity.

The Birds laid a trap for the new 'Batgirl' in the hopes of confronting her. When Charlie showed up, she leaped into combat, enjoying the chance to go up against the Birds, all the while talking as if she'd been their friend for ages.

When they were confronted by a gun-runner seeking revenge for her imprisonment at the Birds' hands, Charlie teleported in to take a gunshot intended for one of the team. However, as the Birds went to Charlie's assistance, she disappeared.[3]

Charlie reappeared in Oracle's control room, without a scratch on her. She revealed that she'd been in and out of Barbara's control room on numerous occasions, without Barbara's knowledge, and wanted her approval to become the new Batgirl. Barbara, identifying Charlie as untrained and ungrounded, tried to talk her out of becoming a superhero, and thought she'd succeeded when Charlie agreed to stop being Batgirl. However, before Charlie left, she told Barbara that while she'd promised to stop being Batgirl, she'd never said she'd stop being a superhero, leaving Barbara utterly frustrated. [3][4]

Misfit

Charlie popped up again a couple of weeks later, this time using the name Misfit. [5] She tagged along with the Birds on a couple of missions, doing what she could to help out.

When Barbara managed to get some downtime, she followed up on a tip she'd received from Spy Smasher, which led her to Charlie's last known address - the burned-out shell of Charlie's old apartment block. When Charlie showed up, she confessed what had happened to her family, and that she was currently homeless. Barbara took her in as one of her team, giving her a home. [1]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Sorcery: Misfit is a Homo Magi and is early in her studies of the occult and heroism.

  • Bouncing: Charlotte has the ability to teleport (or, as she calls it, "bounce") vast distances without error, or even needing to know the layout of her destination, she does so by appearing and disappearing in a burst of pink-purple smoke. She is only able to teleport herself because no other living objects could survive bouncing. [6] She is considered by Oracle to be the most powerful teleporter that she's ever encountered. [3]
  • Sensor Bypass: The ability can bypass security systems, as she is able to enter Oracle's home without triggering any of the many alarms, a feat not even Batman or the Martian Manhunter have been able to achieve.
  • Accelerated Healing: Misfit also has some degree of accelerated healing when she is shot in the belly with a bullet intended for Huntress, she heals completely mere minutes later. She apparently heals faster while teleporting.[3] [1]


Abilities

  • Gamer: Misfit is good at video games (at least according to herself). [4]
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): During her tenure with the Birds of Prey, Misfit has received extensive martial arts training by Oracle. Even if still lacking the skills and the experience of her teammates, Misfit has improved enough to be able to defend herself, and even to beat more experienced metahumans.



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