Cassandra Cain



General Information

Real name:

Cassandra Wayne (Nee Cain)

First Appearance:

As Cassandra:
As Batgirl: Legends of the Dark Knight # 120 ( August 1999 )
As Black Bat: Batman, Inc. # 6 ( May 2011 )
As Orphan: Batman and Robin Eternal # 26 ( May 2016 ) Batman #567 (July 1999)#120 (August 1999)#6 (May 2011)#26 (May 2016)

Created by:

Kelley Puckett
Damion Scott


Batman Family
Young Justice
Justice League Elite
League of Assassins
Titans East

Justice League Elite

Reading: Cassandra Cain


Able to intuitively read body language and anticipate her opponent’s actions

Master martial artist.

Portrayed by:

Mindy Raymond ( voice ) [ citation needed ]

Ella Jay BascoMindy Raymond (voice)

Leah Lewis

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Cassandra Cain is a member of the Batman Family and protege of Batman. The daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, she was raised to become the greatest weapon for the League of Assassins. however, horrified from her first kill, she fled to the Batman Family for protection. Becoming the one-fourth claimant of the Batgirl identity, she helped him and Tim Drake protect Gotham. Cassandra has besides used other identities, including Black Bat and Orphan .


New Earth

early life

Cassandra Cain was conceived and trained from birth with the intention of creating the perfect bodyguard for Ra ‘s alabama Ghul. After many unsuccessful attempts to train children from parturition in martial arts to make them inculcate it like a native lyric ( the most successful being the abandoned child The Mad Dog ), David Cain, a member of alabama Ghul ‘s League of Assassins, decided the right genes were necessary to create this “ One Who Is All ”. Cain searched for the perfect mother for this child, finding her in the Wu-San sisters of Detroit, who practiced martial arts with each other closely every here and now of their childhood in a type of sister ‘s lyric. Cain sympathized with the younger sister, Sandra, when he noticed that she held back out of sleep together for Carolyn. To “ help ” Sandra reach her full likely, Cain murdered Carolyn, then lured Sandra into an ambush by the League of Assassins, where he defeated her. Cain spare Sandra from death on the discipline that she bear his child, and leave her for him to raise. Awed by the likely heights she could reach in her physical talents immediately that Carolyn was gone, Sandra agreed to Cain ‘s bargain in order that she might go on to become the unstoppable pull of nature known as dame Shiva : creator and destroyer. Shiva ‘s hope for her child was that she might one day grow to be the one force out that could stop her reign of destruction .
Trained by her church father, assassin David Cain, to be the ultimate martial artist and assassin, Cassandra was not taught to speak. rather, the parts of her brain normally used for actor’s line were trained indeed she could read other people ‘s movements and soundbox lyric and bode, with eldritch accuracy, their future move. This ability lives up to her namesake ; Cassandra in Greek mythology had the endow of seeing into the future, but was cursed so that cipher would ever believe her predictions. This close relates to her capability of ‘seeing ‘ her opponents ‘ following move at the cost of being ( initially ) unable to speak. This besides caused her brain to develop determine functions different from most, a form of dyslexia that hampers her ability to read and write. When she was 8 years erstwhile, Cain decided his experiment had progressed far adequate for him to test Cassandra ‘s abilities in the veridical universe, and took her to kill a businessman. At the time, Cassandra had no idea what she was doing and believed it was merely a game ( an rendition in keeping with her own reaction to what happened, and matching the interpretation of Alfred Pennyworth, an expert on children who saw a videotape of events ). After striking a deathblow, she “ read ” the aim as he died, and saw death as he saw it. “ Terror and then … nothing ”. In addition to scarring her emotionally, she realized murder, like Cain ‘s profession, was incorrect, and she ran away from her father .


After spending the following nine years dispossessed, beating herself up mentally over what she ‘d done, Cassandra came to be one of Oracle ‘s agents in the No Man ‘s Land Gotham City. After proving herself by saving Commissioner Gordon ‘s life, she was given the Batgirl costume with the blessing of both Batman and Oracle. She became Barbara ‘s ward. Batman finally learned about Cassandra ‘s past when Cain transmitted a video he had made of the murder to the Batcave, but Batman however continued to accept Cassandra after she took several bullets to save the life sentence of a hired assassin, proving her devotion to protecting human animation .
In 2000, Cassandra became the first Batgirl to get her own ongoing self-titled amusing koran series ( the Barbara Gordon Batgirl having been featured in a match of one-shot releases ). A telepath “ rewire ” her brain to think with words and understand English ( although speaking properly took longer, and she placid could not read or write ) at the cost of her ability to predict and read people. This left her unable to defend herself in a battle, as that share of her style relied wholly on her ability to read moves, not the “ strategies, patterns, and tricks ” employed by Batman and most other martial artists. Fearing that she would meet a destiny exchangeable to erstwhile Robin Jason Todd, Batman refused to let Cassandra wear the Batgirl costume and patrol the city until she could learn adequate defensive skills, which he estimated would take at least a class of shape. She soon discovered that assassin Lady Shiva could read people like she used to be able to, and asked her to reteach her. lady Shiva accepted, on the condition that in a year they would have a duel to the end. Knowing that she would never kill again and would most assuredly lose, but preferring to be “ perfect for a year ” rather than “ mediocre for a life ”, Cassandra accepted and Lady Shiva retaught her in a night. One year late, Cassandra kept the appointee – and died within minutes. then Shiva restarted her heart, having realized that Cassandra “ wanted ” to die ( although not why ), and wishing for a fight Cassandra would try to win. In the ensuing conflict, Cassandra realized that Shiva had her own end wish, and defeated her, although she spared Shiva ‘s life. Batman regards Cassandra very highly. During War Games, he relied heavily on her to help control the violence of the gang war in Gotham City. Following War Games, Batgirl moved to Blüdhaven with Tim Drake ( the third base Robin ) at Batman ‘s hypnotism and with his fiscal support ( Nightwing had been injured during the crisis, and the Gotham City Police Department had declared all costumed heroes illegal ). There, Deathstroke took on a contract from the Penguin to kill Batgirl and decided to let his daughter Rose ( the stream Ravager ) do the caper rather. Cassandra meter Rose by playing on her emotions to leave her open for a critical affect, giving Deathstroke no option but to get her aesculapian care. During all this, Cassandra started developing friendships and evening a very shortstop lived relationship with a boy named Zero. unfortunately, her friends would all late be killed in the Blüdhaven disaster. During this time, Cassandra besides went clandestine for Batman in the Justice League Elite, working under Sister Superior sister of the dead person Manchester Black- and assorted anti-heroes as a superhuman ‘black ops ‘ team, working to track down and eliminate metahuman threats to the populace before they went public, masquerading as an assassin named Kasumi. During this clock time, she worked with Batman ‘s old fellow JLA members Green Arrow and Flash, and formed a certain bond with Coldcast, who was the first person she revealed her real identity to. Although he was subsequently accused of murder, she and the rest of the team soon realised that he had been manipulated by deserter Elite extremity Menagerie, who was besides being manipulated by the spirit of Manchester Black as he tried to drive his sister to destroy London. As the JLA fell, the Elite, united by the liveliness of the die Manitou Raven, freed Vera and vanquished Black, although the team disbanded after this last mission .


Cassandra gathered evidence that indicated that Shiva could have been her mother, and sought out Shiva to confirm this. After being proclaimed by Nyssa aluminum Ghul as the “ One Who Is All ”, the students of the League of Assassins split their allegiances, half following Shiva and the others Cassandra. In the ensuing confrontation, Cassandra was mortally wounded by her “ adoptive brother ” The Mad Dog while heroically saving one of the students under her leadership. Shiva revived Cassandra in the Lazarus Pit, then answered Cassandra ‘s questions on her parentage. When Cassandra asked Shiva if she had killed more people since their last conflict and Shiva said that she had, Cassandra asked if she would ever stop. Shiva responded “ It ‘s why I had you, ” and Cassandra agreed to fight her to the death once more. In an evenly equal struggle, Cassandra managed to break Shiva ‘s neck, paralyzing her. She appeared ready to place Shiva in the Lazarus Pit, but Shiva pleaded with her not to do sol. In reply, Cassandra impaled Shiva on a hook hang over the stone, obviously killing her. Although Cassandra ‘s captive regarding this natural process is indecipherable, whether to kill her or let her fall into the orchestra pit and be revived, it has been confirmed that Shiva is alive in One year late. Cassandra then abandoned the identity of Batgirl and returned to her life as a spider .

52 : World War III

Deathstroke approaches Cassandra and preys on her desire for a loving don a well as her feelings of abandonment. Following the events in Infinite Crisis, Cassandra was left behind while Batman, Robin, and Nightwing left for their class retentive trip and Harvey Dent was charged with protecting Gotham rather of her .

One year former

“ One year late ” : Cassandra Cain. artwork by Freddie E. Williams II. Cassandra took on the role of a villain by becoming the head of the League of Assassins following the One year Later continuity jumpstart, as established in Robin # 150 ( 2006 ). She has used her status as head of the League to draw in Tim Drake, the third Robin, as an ally. She began killing early students of her father, David Cain whom she deemed unworthy and used Robin to free David and reunite with him. She then urged Robin to kill David, and join her in leading the assassins, but when Robin refused, she shot her father herself. She and Tim then finally engaged in a concluding battle where she maintained the amphetamine hand. The crusade came to an abrupt end, however, when an explosive device detonated, leading Cassandra and Robin to flee in different directions. Robin returned to find David missing, and all the ninja ‘ necks snapped. Tim manages to record the conversation he had with Cassandra, using it as evidence to clear his mention with the police. Unfortunately it would besides brand Cassandra as a murderer. Cassandra besides recently appeared in Supergirl # 14, battling the entitle character, ( Kara Zor-El ), in her function as leader of the League of Assassins. She is hired by an unknown figure ( late revealed to be the supervillain Dark Angel ) to kill Supergirl, and attempts to do therefore by kidnapping Supergirl ‘s friend, Captain Boomerang. Supergirl arrives at the League ‘s Tibetan headquarters to confront Cassandra, previously unaware of the kidnap. Cassandra, in her Batgirl identity, attacks Supergirl, wielding twin swords that emit red sun department of energy, which sapped away Supergirl ‘s powers. just as Cassandra prepares to deliver the killing blow, Kara cryptically extrudes crystals from her torso which wound Cassandra. What happened to Cassandra following this especial fib was not explained. This fib is shown to follow Robin One year late, as in Supergirl # 14 there is a file in the Batcomputer titled ‘Cassandra Cain & the League of Assassins ‘, showing this takes place after she battled Robin. In Teen Titans vol. 3 # 44, it revealed that Cassandra battled Supergirl first, before attacking Teen Titans with the Titans East. Cassandra besides reappears in Robin, having done some business with Dodge, a wanna-be superhero with teleportation powers, who was injured and put into a coma when he interfered on one of Robin ‘s cases. Having awoken, Dodge seeks retaliation against Robin and is approached by Cassandra to steal a drug which gives humans metahuman forte for her, in exchange for money. After Dodge leaves, Cassandra and a mysterious ally ( possibly Deathstroke ), make plans to use the box Dodge delivered, to create an united states army. Whether this takes place before or after her battle with Supergirl or the Titans East storyline is strange. Cassandra makes another appearance, when she murders the corrupt businessman who has been producing the meta-drug and who Robin was unfortunately unable to take down legally. From a distant rooftop, Cassandra restfully tells him “ you ‘re welcome Tim. ” Cassandra is besides on the roll of Titans East and is once again wearing the Batgirl costume. Cassandra remained in the character of a villain, under the command of Titans East ‘s drawing card, Deathstroke. It is revealed in Teen Titans vol. 3 # 43, that she is being drugged by Deathstroke. In topic # 44, after a replay with the Ravager and a brief confrontation with Robin, Robin injects a rejoinder serum ( prepared in case Deathstroke regains command of his daughter again ) to Cassandra. She apparently regains control over herself, with a desire of retaliation 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 Slade, Match, and other early Titans East teammates, before being subdued by Risk. Soon after, Cyborg, Raven, and Duela Dent summon early Titans Nightwing, Donna Troy, Beast Boy, and Flash ( Bart Allen ), who joins in against Slade ‘s team. Batgirl attempts to kill Deathstroke, but is stopped and knocked unconscious by Nightwing, who demands that Slade face the courts. unfortunately, Deathstroke escapes from the Titans with the help of Inertia, and after the battle is over, Batgirl and Duela Dent both fly without a word .

Batman and the Outsiders

After a long absence, Cassandra Cain retakes the Batgirl cape joining the Outsiders at Batman ‘s request at the end of Batman and the Outsiders # 2. Cassie has moved into the Outsider ‘s apartment, but has not shown much hope to interact with her teammates socially. Almost immediately after asking Batgirl to join, Batman besides offers membership to Green Arrow who is ferocious to learn that the former drawing card of the League of Assassins is on the team equally well. While on a mission, Green Arrow and Batgirl battle one another, and end up gaining an unusual sort of esteem for one another .

vengeance and Batman R.I.P .

prior to the events of Batman R.I.P Cassandra moves into Wayne Manor and attempts to re absorb with the Bat-family. however she continues with the hope to kill her don and Deathstroke for what they did to her. She uses the Batcomputer to locate them but is attacked by Nightwing, who claims she can not be trusted. Robin and Batman give her the benefit of the doubt. While searching for Cain ‘s base, Cassandra discovers a mystery woman who is revealed to be Batgirl ‘s half sister, who rebelled against Cain. This half sister had tried to kill Cain many times without success. They pool their resources in concert but are caught by Ravager. The three women agree to work together and continue the search for their fathers. They finally find a prepare educate run by Cain and Deathstroke that is filled with more of Cassandra ‘s “ sisters. ” During the contend that follows, they discover that Deathstroke has rigged the build to blow. Cassandra places listening devices at the school and learns that the intended use of the educate school girls was to “ cripple the meta-hero community, ” leading Cassandra to believe Oracle is the aim of the diagram .
Cassandra races to Platinum Heights, Oracle ‘s new base of operations, and locates Cain on an opposite rooftop with a sniper plunder in his hand. Cassandra engages in one-on-one fight, breaking his hand and sending him over a ledge. Cain holds on for a few minutes before losing his bag. Cassandra attempts to save him and sees that he has entirely fallen to a ledge a few feet below, where he is detained by Batman, who had followed her to Platinum Heights. Because she tried to save Cain, Batman accepts her into his family again and states he will formally begin the process to adopt and make her his daughter. soon after Cassandra becomes Wayne ‘s legal daughter, Batman disappears during the events of Batman R.I.P. As a resultant role of his disappearance the Outsiders have been left in disorder with the passing of their leader. Batgirl, believing that Batman brought her in as a contingency, takes command of the team, while they attempt to locate Batman. During his absence, the competition that began between Nightwing and Batgirl reached its climax, leading to a fight between the pair. Alfred however arrived and broke up the argument, reminding them both that Gotham needed both of them to keep things in concert. Following this, Nightwing and Batgirl have at last appeared to have put aside their differences. Batman was reported to be purportedly killed during an find with Darkseid, therefore leaving Dick Grayson, Cassandra Cain, Jason Todd and Tim Drake orphaned once more. Without Batman present, Batgirl leaves the Outsiders, who are taken over by Alfred. Batgirl however continues working with the Outsiders, along with a host of other heroes in protecting Gotham, which has exploded into chaos following the passing of Batman. respective months after Batman ‘s death, Cassandra began to find herself disenchant with her life as Batgirl. Having already lost so far another father in her life, particularly one that she had a much better relationship than with Cain, Cassandra began to question why she continued to fight. After teaming-up with Spoiler one nox, Cassandra then handed over the cape of Batgirl to Stephanie, and vanished .

Becoming Black Bat

Tim Drake is revealed to have been in regular contact with her, implying that she is now an anonymous agent to Batman. Following Bruce Wayne ‘s public announcement about his intention to create a global team of Batmen, Tim visits Cassandra in Hong Kong, where she has been acting as an anonymous vigilante. He attempts to persuade Cassandra to return to Gotham now that things have returned to normal, but she refuses, saying that Stephanie needs the Batgirl role more than she does. Just before departing, Tim gives Cassandra a replicate of her old costume and tells her that if she chooses to stay and fight crime in Hong Kong, he hopes she will do it while wearing a Bat-symbol. In Grant Morrison ‘s Batman Inc. series, it is revealed that Cassandra has taken Tim up on his extend and joined up with Bruce ‘s new group, immediately wearing a heavy modified costume that uses her original outfit as a foundation. She now uses the name of Black Bat, and is shown contacting Bruce after bringing down a heroin-smuggling mathematical process in Hong Kong. Cassandra ‘s adjacent appearance was in the beginning issue of the Gates of Gotham series, a new supervillain named the Architect destroys three Gotham bridges with the aid of explosives smuggled from Hong Kong, resulting in the deaths of dozens of civilians. Feeling guilty over her failure to stop the explosives from leaving China, Cassandra returns to Gotham and partners with Red Robin, Dick Grayson, and Damian Wayne ( the new Robin ) to bring the Architect to department of justice. During a stakeout at Oswald Cobblepot ‘s night club, Cassandra is mocked and berated by Damian, who tells her that he is a better hero and that Bruce likely sent her to Hong Kong as a demotion. Despite Damian ‘s hostility toward her, Cassandra ultimately saves his life after pulling him out of the club mere seconds before it is destroyed by a bombard. After Dick discovers that the Architect plans to flood Gotham and kill thousands of civilians, Cassandra and Damian work in concert to dispose of the explosives that were supposed to sink the city. Once the Architect is defeated and captured, Cassandra implies that she intends to stay in Gotham preferably than return to Hong Kong. Cassandra later infiltrates a tournament for hired killers and rescues Red Robin, who had been captured and was about to be raped by the sister of Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul. After rescuing Tim, Cassandra apparently kills him with a katana, thus winning the tournament for herself. It is late revealed that she had merely faked Red Robin ‘s death in order to allow him to escape. The two then locomotion to Hong Kong in order to catch a 10-year old assassin known as the Cricket, but are easily defeated. Just as Cassandra and Tim fall into unconsciousness, the Cricket vows to face them again someday, and tells them that he hopes they will put up a better competitiveness adjacent fourth dimension .

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Costume & equipment

Her costume as Batgirl was composed of black skintight leather. Her dissemble covers all of her head with the exception of the eyes, which were darkened, and symbolic stitches surround the mouth of the dissemble. rather of Barbara ‘s jaundiced bat-logo, Cassandra had a hollow, yellow-rimmed one. This costume was originally created and worn by the Huntress in the early stages of “ No Man ‘s Land ”. Like the other members of the Bat-Clan, Cassandra besides wore a yellow pouched utility belt, which contained grappling hooks, batarangs, mini-explosives, tracking devices, a hand-held calculator, binoculars, plasti-cuffs, and smoke pellets. however, Cassandra rarely used any of these devices during her career as Batgirl. As Blackbat, Cassandra wears a limited adaptation of her Batgirl costume, with a point domino mask similar to Huntress, a tattered looking cape, and rather of gloves she wraps her hands in bandages, exchangeable to Ted Grant, Wildcat Titans East showed some slender differences in Cassandra ‘s costume, such as a yellow inside to her cape, adenine well as a classic “ capsule ” utility belt as opposed to the pouches. however, in Teen Titans # 43, the once excavate bat-symbol appears to have been filled in and her cape is once again completely black, and there is a newly line of stitching going up the frontal bone of her cowl that was not there on previous costumes. This especial version of the costume may lone be the a result of the artist ‘s interpretation, as her appearances in Supergirl and Outsiders had Cassandra in her standard Batgirl costume .

education and abilities

Cassandra Cain has arguably the most prestigious aim of any martial artist in the DC Universe. As a child, Cassandra received intensive coach by her father, along with several other members of the League of Assassins, including Bronze Tiger, Merlyn the sagittarius, and a serial of instructors hired by Cain, including Alpha. Upon taking the cape of Batgirl, she was trained far by Batman, Oracle, Black Canary, and then by Lady Shiva, and has received auxiliary direction from Onyx. She was besides very briefly trained in detective methods by Tim Drake during their prison term in Blüdhaven. In Batgirl # 14 the writer, Kelley Puckett, places Cassandra in a situation within the fib in which her skills are analyzed by a group of government experts. Through this panel, the creative team reveal to the reader that the character is written as having no metagene. Her genic condition was felt to be antagonistic with her record abilities by one of the experts, however, who stated : “ Her individual moves are borderline human. It ‘s her aggregate speed that ‘s metahuman. Look — humans can throw a 100 miles-per-hour fastball, smash concrete blocks with their heads, and run 4.2 forties. What they ca n’t do is all of that at once. It ‘s not indeed much physical american samoa … as mentally impossible. excessively much to coordinate. “ [ 15 ]

lyric skills

As a side effect of Cain ‘s abusive train, Cassandra ‘s brain developed learn functions different from most. Having been brought up by Cain measuredly without speech, the communication centers of her brain learned body lyric rather of speak or written linguistic process. thus, she primitively had as much trouble learning spoken and written lyric as a normal individual would have in learning soundbox speech. Although she was able to learn some very basic things ( “ no, ” “ yes, ” “ me ” ) the lapp way a convention person can learn to recognize smiles and frowns, it took a telepath rewiring her brain to teach her to speak and understand English. even then, she only spoke with extreme trouble ( identical unsteadily, short-change sentences with long pauses, frequently using the wrong words, and so forth ). The unusual way in which she was raised resulted in a mannequin of dyslexia that hampers her ability to read and write. In Batgirl # 67 Oracle performed a number of tests on Cassandra, determining the severity of the problem : “ “ The language centers of your brain are all over both hemispheres. not centralized like with most people. When you try to read or write, your brain does n’t know how to keep it cohesive. ” ” This, however, may have been retconned. In Robin # 149 it is revealed that both Cassandra and Tim Drake had been taught by Batman how to communicate using Navajo code, a code requiring that its user be able to speak English and Navajo, a well as be able to read and write in both languages. Since she had obviously learned this code from Batman, she would have had to possess these skills during her time as Batgirl. however, in lightly of the fact that her new ability with the written discussion is seen lone once, and is not referenced again, this may have plainly been a mistake and not a retcon .


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In other Media


Main article: Cassandra Cain ( Snyderverse )

Cassandra appears in Birds of Prey, played by Ella Jay Basco. In abrupt contrast to other versions, she is depicted as a street pickpocket who becomes the aim of Black Mask after stealing a valuable diamond. She is besides not a trained assassin or have ties to either the League of Assassins .


  • A girl matching Cassandra’s appearance did appear briefly as one of Bruce Wayne’s assistants in an alternate timeline seen in the Justice League episode “The Savage Time”. The creators of the show have stated that this was an uncredited cameo.
  • Cassandra appears as Orphan in the third season of Young Justice. In the show, she cannot speak at all, due to her mother removing her vocal cords. Cassandra is also responsible for Barbara Gordon’s crippling when she attempted to stop her from killing the Joker.
  • Cassandra will appear in the upcoming show Batwheels, voiced by Leah Lewis.

Video Games


  • Cassandra was born on January 26

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