Barbara Gourdon is a French vampire known as Batgirl.
Barbara Gourdon was a gifted child born in a French village in 1893, daughter of a small-town policeman and a farmer. In 1913 she learned how to pilot an small plane. In 1916 she enlisted in the French Air Force to protect her home and soon became known as the "Batgirl" due to her incredible piloting skills.
A German ace pilot known as Luc Fuchs, "the Flying Fox", fell in love with her and defected. They flew a great number of missions until one day Luc vanished, supposedly killed in action. Barbara got obsessed with finding something to bring him back. She headed to Louisiana after hearing rumors about a bog.
Barbara made it to the bog but she got turned into a vampire. Believing herself to be a monster who would be hated and despised forever, she took shelter in a mansion in the middle of the marshlands called "Belle Reve Manor House". At some point Enchantress, Ravager and Killer Croc came to the mansion to hide. The three women became fast friends and formed a coven.
In 1941 Amanda Waller heard rumors regarding Barbara, and tasked Francine Charles with bringing her back. Francine found the mansion and talked Barbara into leaving the place, providing evidence that Luc was still alive and promising she would help Barbara and her friends out with finding the Mistress of Magic, the one would help them to fit in.
Batgirl and her friends became the Bombshells' newest tactical team: The Suicide Squad.
- Vampirism: In addition to the various mental and physical benefits that vampires are heir to, they also possess the ability to turn others into vampires as well. Each new vampire is traditionally subservient to the one who "turned" them, but some strong-willed vampires have been known to rebel against their masters.
- Enhanced Senses: A vampire's senses are enhanced far beyond those of a normal human being.
- Immortality: So long as vampires continue to consume blood, they will not age beyond the physical state they were in when they first became a vampire.
- Invulnerability: Vampires are invulnerable to most forms of injury (certain exceptions apply). Bullets, blades and blunt objects do little to no damage to a vampire's body.
- Regeneration: In addition to being virtually indestructible, whatever damage a vampire does in fact suffer can be healed through the consumption of human blood.
- Superhuman Strength: A vampire's strength level is several times that of a normal human being and they are considered superhuman.
- Superhuman Stamina: So long as they continue to consume human blood, a vampire can function tirelessly without rest or relaxation. However, a vampire's stamina wanes the closer it is to sunrise.
- Psychokinesis: Most vampires possess some form of psychokinesis. Some are clairvoyant, others can communicate telepathically, some possess mind control. Particularly powerful vampires can control the minds of several people at once.
- Transformation: Vampires often possess the ability to transform into a variety of creatures or effects such as bats, wolves, rats or even mist. While their physical attributes may fluctuate during such states, a vampire's mental acuity is the same as that when they are in their human shape. A vampire who transforms into an animal may also benefit from that particular animal's attributes including razor-sharp claws, fangs or the ability to fly.
- Metamorphosis: Vampires often demonstrate the ability to alter their appearance at will.
Batgirl's transformation made her vulnerable to traditional Vampiric weaknesses, such as garlic, the cross, holy water, and sunlight.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the comic book stories considered to be set on DC Bombshells. It is an adaptation of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. The original character was created by Julius Schwartz and Carmine Infantino and first appeared in Detective Comics #359.
- Croc reveals that Batgirl got pulled out of the swamp after a crash by something "[he doesn't] like to name". It is not explicitly said, but Barbara's rescuer was possibly Swamp Thing.
- Another version of Barbara Gordon became a vampire in Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Red Rain #1
- Batgirl Recommended Reading
- 12 Appearances of Barbara Gourdon (DC Bombshells)
- 6 Images featuring Barbara Gourdon (DC Bombshells)
- 2 Quotations by or about Barbara Gourdon (DC Bombshells)
- Character Gallery: Barbara Gourdon (DC Bombshells)
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