DCTV Ladies Meme: [1/15] ladies; [1/5] ladies of color: Dinah Drake (Arrow)
↳ I thought people like you only existed in the movies, you know, two guys trying to overcompensate for their lack of manhood by taking it out on a defenseless woman.
Her roommate has moved in by the time she arrives, one side of the room decorated in soft blues and deep gold, as if someone’s pinterest board threw up extra-long twin sheets and a wall tapestry. Books are neatly arranged on the shelf by height and there’s a backpack slung over the back of the standard-issue dorm chair, notebooks stacked precisely on the desk. The girl herself is nowhere to be seen.
Kima already knows she’s going to hate her.
“Well,” says Vord stiffly, looking around the room, from her roommate’s meticulously organized shelves to the three duffle bags sitting in the middle of Kima’s flimsy blue plastic mattress. “Here you are, then.”
“Yeah,” Kima grunts. “Right.”
Vord clears his throat. “I will see you in the summer. Should you, ah, need anything during the year––”
“I’ll figure it out,” she interrupts, ready to be gone of him yesterday, if not earlier.
He opens his mouth for a moment, as if to say something, and thinks better of it. Maybe he can learn, Kima thinks, which is sort of unkind but also not unwarranted. “Yes, well. Goodbye.”
She waits until he’s gone to slump on the shitty blue mattress, bags sliding on the plastic. The half-assed door decorations on the propped-open door proudly present her name and one Allura in crooked cursive.
Allura. What kind of shit name is Allura anyways?
She takes a deep breath. No, c’mon. New experiences. A college education. Time away from the home and its strict rules. It’s a good experience. A good experience.
Cassandra Cain. The Bat person we deserve but will probably won’t get because fuck DC.
Cassandra Cain is pure unadulterated badass.
Like you expect jokes from me and terrible puns. But I can’t right now. This little Asian girl is scarier than Batman.
Okay, it is like someone thought, “Man, this whole Dick Grayson, Tim Drake thing is not working because they do not have the gravitas of Batman. I mean no one is scared of Nightwing. In fact, people can’t wait to see Nightwing’s glorious ass. We need someone in the Batfamily that is fucking terrifying like Bruce, but cute as hell like Dick.”
“Okay, but how about we make the character a little girl?”
“Little girls can’t be terrifying.”
“You’ve never seen Ring, have you?”
“She was scary because she was a ghost that killed people.”
“Little girls see more blood than a hardened soldier by the age of 16. Like go around doing prissy things like listen to boy bands and playing with dolls and doing make up and fashion and the fact that they bleed once a month is just a hindrance. How is that not scary?”
Cassandra “I don’t talk shit, I am the shit” Cain is probably the most interesting Batfamily member. And because she is a woman, has a disability, and is Asian, she has to deal with the most editorial bullshit.
Cassandra Cain is the daughter of Assassin and killer, David Cain, and Lady Shiva. David Cain, being the maniac as a human being as he was, was not that great of a role model or parental figure.
Apparently David Cain was influenced by the Joe Jackson school of parenting.
Anyways, because of these extreme conditions, Cassandra Cain could not speak coherently and the only language she spoke was body language. Weird? Okay, just imagine being good at everything physical, but not being able to speak, read, write, and etc. That is Cassandra Cain. Because she is adept at body language, she can read all movements and in other words, is probably one of the most deadly martial artists in the DC Universe.
Until she learned how to read and write and speak that is.But I will get to that later.
Anyways, Abusive Daddy Cain decided that his daughter was ready to make Daddy Cain happy and instead of giving his daughter her first doll or some shit, he decides she was ready to apply the family trade.
Most children remember the first time a parent tried to help them learn a bike…
Cassandra having an ingrained sense of right and wrong at the age of seven, immediately felt wrong after ripping a dude’s throat out with her bare hands and ran away from David because he is a fucking sociopath. Cassandra was taken in by Oracle, or the former Batgirl, Barbara Gordan and after some funny business in Gotham’s No Man’s Land, Cassandra became the second Batgirl.
What makes Cassandra the most endearing character to read about(she is the 2nd longest running solo series led by an Asian character only behind Shang-Chi) is that every issue of hers is not only action packed, but completely unique when handling typical teen characters. Her reading and writing disability is seen as a hindrance initially, and she does not want to live a normal life.Unlike the rest of the Bat family members who have not killed prior to Batman’s teachings and were ingrained with that rule, Cassandra came to Batman as a killer and learned that it was wrong to kill by herself. She took the vow to not kill. This is different from Jason Todd who kills to spite Batman’s teachings or Damian who is all too willing to kill if things get tough.
What is also interesting is her relationship with Batman. Unlike, most relationships with his proteges, Batman absolutely adores Cassandra because of her being so much like him. If Batman had a mini-me, it would be Cassandra Cain. Seeing Batman going all “proud papa” about someone is amazing in of itself.
Cassandra does not have Dick’s levity, nor does she has Tim’s hesitance. She does not have Jason’s brashness, nor does she have Barbara’s overeagerness.And she does not have Damien’s arrogance. She is efficient in combat to the point that she is much better than Batman at clearing out rooms and general combat. And Batman loves that about her because she is PERFECT in his eyes.
Okay, like imagine what would you make you proud of your child? Like if Bobby Hill started selling Propane and outlined the the greatness of Propane and Propane accessories to mindnumbing detail, I am pretty sure Hank Hill would fall to his knees and cry tears of joy. Batman’s thing is having his little girl clear out a room of armed guards with little to no effort all while putting fear into criminals’ hearts.
He is so proud of his baby girl that he forget that he was bleeding out!
And Cass is concerned for poppa too.
Yes, she would forsake her vow if someone killed Batman.She cares for him so much that losing him means her losing it.
Of course, Bruce and Oracle did not see eye to eye on how to handle Cass. Bruce wanted her as a weapon and saboteur of justice and Barabara wanted to give her a normal life.
So yeah, Cass’s adventures lasted just under a decade as the Batgirl until Batman Incorporated happened.
For reason’s that are beyond me, DC decided to make Cass drop the Batgirl cowl and give it to Stephanie Brown. Now Steph fans, no one is saying that Cass is a better Batgirl or Steph is a shit character because they are both interesting and good characters. The issue is that Cass was unceremoniously dropped off the face of the Earth after the New 52 reboot and people were pissed.
I am not going to post scans of Black Bat Cass because no one gives a shit. Let’s just skip over to when Cass eventually comes back after a decade of fans clamoring for her return.
Cass comes back to the New 52 reboot as Orphan. Daughter of David Cain and Lady Shiva.Look I could go into details, but why bother. She is still badass.
Like she is the saving grace of the Detective Comics. If the solicitations read, “Cassandra Cain kicks ungodly amounts of ass,” I would purchase it in a hot minute, let me tell you. That what Detective Comics #954 was. Her kicking hewwwwge amounts of ass.
Felicity x Dinah x Thea (mentions of olicity) || ao3 || teen || light angst || 1476 || more fics
summary: prompt: the ladies of team arrow seek revenge against Susan Williams (thank you, @blackcanarydinah) a/n: happy birthday bb!! i hope you enjoy (:
p.s - the c-word gets dropped once in this fic. idk i know some people don’t like that word so i thought i would warn
Normally, Felicity wasn’t the type to get her hands dirty. She didn’t mind being on the field of course; she did it when she had to. And right now she definitely had to. It wasn’t technically a mission. Not one that Oliver had given a stamp of approval on. Well, he can’t approve something he doesn’t know about. That was beside the point. What she was doing was important. What she, Thea, and Dinah were doing was important.
“The alarm has been disabled,” she whispered, “And security cameras are offline.”
The three of them walked right into Susan Williams’ apartment building without a problem. She was able to find the exact room with just as much ease. The place was nice. A lot nicer than the average local news reporter would be able to afford.
“You sure you still wanna do this, babe?” Dinah asked.
Felicity nodded, “I need to,” she said, “Oliver would do the same for any of us.”
Dinah couldn’t argue with that. She might not have been on the team for very long, but she already fit well. The other woman got along with everyone on the team and was protective of her and Thea.
“Alright, let’s do this,” Dinah nodded to the door.