Quote1.png I have no memories of a childhood. No visions of an early birthday, candles or cake. No idea what the world looks like from up on my father's shoulders. No memories of paper lanterns or of lions dancing to the rhythm of fireworks. All I have is a recurring dream. And a mask. Quote2.png
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Lian Harper, also known as Shoes, is the daughter of Arsenal and Cheshire. Presumed dead, her true identity is unknown even to her. She is currently Catwoman's sidekick using the code name Cheshire Cat.

Lian before her "death"

As a child, Lian was apparently killed by The Electrocutioner. Her father and the world at large believed she was dead.[1]

In reality Lian had somehow survived, but was suffering from amnesia. Her earliest memory is being rescued from a band of ninjas by Cheshire and abandoned on the steps of a church.[2]

Years later, now known as "Shoes", she joined the Alleytown Strays, a group of street kids in Gotham's "Alleytown" area. They survived as thieves and muggers living in "The Nest", a building which had once been the headquarters of Mama Fortuna. One day she and her friends attempted to rob a wealthy woman who wandered into Alleytown. Shoes stole the woman's watch only to find that it was fake and in the process the woman had pickpocketed her Gamekid. Later that day back at The Nest, Catwoman arrived and announced that she had bought The Nest and intended to turn the Strays into a gang of thieves under her leadership.[3] The Strays helped Catwoman to bring down the organised crime groups operating in Alleytown and become the "Queen" of Alleytown.[4]

Shoes later became an amateur vigilante in Alleytown as Cheshire Cat wearing a homemade mask based on Cheshire's, the first thing she could remember seeing. Her first attempt at heroics went poorly as she was outnumbered and overpowered by her larger opponents. Catwoman arrived to save her and accepted her as a protégé.[2] She accompanied Catwoman to Siddhart Roy's house to rescue Poison Ivy.[5]

Siddhart Roy was working for Simon Saint, a wealthy businessman plotting to take over Gotham. The GCPD, supplemented by private security forces working for Saint, cracked down on Alleytown, looking for Catwoman. They arrested the Strays and demanded they tell them everything they knew about her. Shoes told them they would never find Catwoman, recounting a story from Selina’s own days as a Stray when she memorised the entire network of service tunnels beneath the city, allowing her to move about undetected.[6]




  • Lian's hair is naturally black, but she dyes it blue. She also wears blue lipstick and nail polish.



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