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Misfit (DC Comics)

 

Misfit (DC Comics)

Misfit
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Birds of Prey #96 (September 2006)
Created by Gail Simone
In-story information
Alter ego Charlotte "Charlie" Gage-Radcliffe
Team affiliations Birds of Prey
Teen Titans
Notable aliases Batgirl
Abilities Superhuman strength
Teleportation
Healing factor

Misfit (Charlotte "Charlie" Gage-Radcliffe) is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. She first appeared in Birds of Prey #96 (September 2006) as a wannabe Batgirl, before taking on her own identity as Misfit.

Fictional character biography

The new Batgirl

Misfit debuts as a shadowy figure, wearing a homemade variation of Barbara Gordon's classic Batgirl costume, accurate enough to be mistaken for the original article at night. She seems to have some proficiency with martial arts and Batarangs, as she's able to save a couple from muggers. The male of the rescued couple says "Batgirl is back!"[1]

That's enough for Barbara to send Black Canary and Huntress to find the new Batgirl. With Gypsy as a lure, acting as a damsel in distress,[2] the girl then reveals herself, and after displaying her metahuman powers of teleportation, superstrength and enhanced healing, saves Huntress from being wounded, and displaying her extensive knowledge of the Birds of Prey's activities, she teleports right behind Barbara to speak with her. Oracle, impressed by the young girl's abilities, but deterred by her young age, shows her photos of Stephanie Brown's autopsy to dissuade her from crime-fighting. The mystery girl agrees to retire her Batgirl identity, but not to abandon her heroic activities.

Misfit

In fact, she simply applies some minor cosmetic changes to her costume, like a stylized (bat-like) letter M instead of the batwings, and a denim miniskirt, and renames herself Misfit.[3] Her proficiency with her powers in this period seems enhanced, as she is now able to teleport between Metropolis and Southern California [4] and from Oracle's headquarters in Metropolis to an unspecified location in Russia. There she aids the Birds of Prey against the Secret Six.[5]

Her identity ceased to be a mystery when the new Spy Smasher discloses her real name and last known address to Oracle. Misfit is revealed to be the only daughter of a single mother. She lived in a slum in Metropolis, until a fire broke out. Misfit is apparently able to teleport herself and anything non-organic, but not to bring anything living with her. She was able to teleport to safety, but had to leave her mother to die. Alone and scared, Misfit used her powers to spy on the Birds of Prey, secretly admiring the group of female crimefighters. The Birds agree to act as a surrogate, if dysfunctional, family for the girl.[6]

Charlotte's recklessness and impulsiveness caused strain between her and her surrogate "mothers". While piloting a giant robot during a fight against a magically-empowered teen gangster, Misfit deliberately ignored Oracle's orders not to touch a certain button on the machine. After the button was pressed, an entire slum was leveled, leaving the gangster and many innocent people dead due to Misfit's actions. Oracle cracks under the pressure, her resolve already weakened by having lost Superman's trust in her abilities. She starts to train Misfit more harshly, blaming herself for having sent Misfit into the field without proper preparation. Misfit manages to prove her worth again, defeating an enraged Black Alice [7] and saving Manhunter from a cadre of magic-using villains.

Reminiscing about her dead mother, Misfit teleports back home to Metropolis, where she is kidnapped by Darkseid's henchmen, fed with experimental drugs to shatter her will and forced to fight against other metahumans. Black Alice is captured too, and she considers stealing Misfit's teleportation ability in order to escape captivity. However, a discovery by Bernadeth that the two are related, prompts Black Alice to save her rival. Eventually, Misfit is freed from the drugs' effects, but is still left psychologically scarred [8]

The Teen Titans storyline "Titans of Tomorrow... Today!" reveals that as an adult in an alternate future timeline, Charlotte operates as the Huntress in the Titans Army, and has dyed her hair blonde and wears fishnet stockings, like Black Canary. "Dark Vengeance!" remains her characteristic battle cry. In the present, Misfit expresses the desire to grow hair "like the Huntress, but with blonde hair, maybe".[9] Both issues were written by Sean McKeever.

When Barbara Gordon transfers the Birds of Prey headquarters to "Platinum Flats" (a fictional city in the Silicon Valley) to tackle a group of white-collar criminals, she forces Charlotte to enroll at the local high school. There Charlotte seems to have a hard time fitting in, as her spunky personality does not blend with the sophisticated children of the "new economy" riches. Furthermore, she finds herself surpassed in popularity by her rival Lori, formerly a goth outcast, but now considered exotic and attractive by the geeky elite of Platinum Flats.[10]

Misfit recently appeared in Teen Titans #66, wanting to be a new member and asking that Oracle not be told of her plans.[11] While Robin told her the doors were always open for her to visit, she was not made a member of the team, and was ultimately passed over in favor of Static, Aquagirl, and Kid Eternity. Following the apparent death of Bruce Wayne, the Birds of Prey break up and go their separate ways.[12] Some time later during the events of Brightest Day, Oracle reunites in Gotham City with Huntress and Black Canary, mentioning in passing that Charlotte is now living with a foster family.[13] She is later revealed to be one of only five heroes outside of the Birds of Prey who know that Oracle is not actually dead.[14]

Despite no longer being a member of the Birds of Prey, Charlotte appears as a member of Wonder Woman's all-female superteam in Wonder Woman #600.[15] Misfit eventually appears at a meeting involving a close-knit group of Gotham heroes who have come to meet with Oracle after she fakes her death. She has a disagreement with Stephanie Brown, the girl who ultimately succeeded Cassandra Cain as the new Batgirl and currently acts as Oracle's protégé.[14]

Powers and abilities

Misfit has the ability to teleport ("bounce", as she calls it) vast distances without error, and without needing to know the layout of her destination. Oracle refers to her as "the most powerful teleporter I've ever encountered."[5] Apparently, this ability also allows her to bypass security systems, as she is able to enter Oracle's home without triggering any of the alarms, a feat not even Batman or the Martian Manhunter have been able to achieve; she also knows the real names of the Birds of Prey, information she could have only gotten by hiding in Oracle's operations center and listening to her discussions with the team.

Misfit's power is limited to herself and non-living objects in her possession, as she tells Oracle that, while she was able to save herself from the fire, she wasn't able to save her mother because, "I knew from experimenting that nothing living survived bouncing with me." [6] After temporarily "borrowing" Misfit's powers, Black Alice uses that knowledge to teleport away with the new Granny Goodness, making her explode in the process.[8]

Misfit also has some degree of accelerated healing;[2][6] when she is shot in the belly with a bullet intended for Huntress, she heals completely mere minutes later,[2] and later she mentions "the way I don't stay wounded if I get hurt" to Oracle.[6] Darkseid is able to discern that Misfit heals faster while teleporting, as she's able to rebuild her burnt off face in a few "jumps".[8] She also appears to have some degree of enhanced strength, though this has not been confirmed. Her powers are apparently natural metahuman abilities that she was born with, as opposed to being the result of some outside influence after birth.[7] These abilities are magical (Homo Magi) in nature, and this allows Black Alice to channel them.

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, like Livewire and four other unnamed metahuman girls.[8]

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