|Job||Criminal (As Magpie), Receptionist (As Cassie)|
Magpie's true name is Margaret Sorrow. She was a chronic kleptomaniac and inmate at Blackgate Penitentiary. While serving time in prison, she took part in experiments in mind manipulation conducted by Joe Braxton and Bethany Ravencroft. They used a helmet-like device on her to wipe away her original memories, removing the criminal aspects of her personality. She was given a new face and a new name; Cassie.
However, the removed aspects of Sorrow's original personality were not actually gone, and instead deeply buried in her subconscious, eventually resurfacing in the form of Magpie. Not knowing who her true self was, Magpie vowed to make Braxton and Ravencroft pay for what they did to her and get her stolen life back. As Cassie, Magpie got work as Dr. Ravencroft's receptionist, possibly driven there subconsciously by Magpie in order to get close to Ravencroft in order to enact her revenge.
In her first on-screen appearance, Magpie attacks Braxton and successfully wipes his memories out, catching the attention of Batman. Magpie attempts to goad Batman, declaring that they're very much alike due to the dark design of their costumes. Eventually, in her attempt to force Ravencroft to restore her memories, Batman reveals her past as Margaret Sorrow. Unable to recognize her other personality, Cassie, or reconcile with her criminal past, Magpie lashes out at Batman but is eventually subdued and arrested.
In Attraction, Magpie is revealed to have developed a romantic obsession with Batman, due to Batman secretly visiting her at Blackgate. Unknown to her, Batman empathized with how Magpie never received the psychiatric help she needed. Upon seeing Katana at Batman's side, Magpie believes that the two are romantically involved and resolves to kill Katana, so she can have Batman all to herself. Magpie is angered when Batman rebuffs her advances, and has Katana kidnapped to be buried alive in the graveyard. However, both Batman and Katana break out and defeat Magpie.
Magpie made a small appearance in Reckoning, where Ra's al Ghul frees her and other villains from Blackgate Penitentiary, where he promised them a portion of Gotham City to rule if they brought Batman to him. Magpie was the second one who tried to capture Batman, but she was stopped by Phosphorus Rex, who also tried to capture Batman. Magpie and Phosphorus Rex fell in battle, and became mind controlled by Cypher, but Batman quickly freed them. Magpie later engaged in a brawl to take Batman in, allowing the hero to slip away as the villains fought each other.
During the day she is a perfectly normal-looking young woman named Cassie with short cropped hair and grey eyes. She wears a black sleeveless shirt and a beige knee-length skirt when working as a receptionist. At night as Magpie she wears a white, shoulder length wig and black make-up around her eyes. She also sports a black leather outfit with feathery wing-like ornaments on her shoulders and wears black thigh-high heeled leather boots. Her fingernails can sprout into long razor sharp talons lined with the nerve poison curare, which she uses as her primary weapons. She is an extremely quick and agile fighter, easily keeping up with Batman. The experiments on her mind had the side effect of making her immune to pain, so she is much more durable than she appears and is able to ignore most injuries. She retains her original kleptomania and can't resist taking things that shine and sparkle much like her namesake.
Margaret Sorrow suffered from kleptomania in the past and repeatedly committed crimes. After participating in an experiment involving memory manipulation, she develops a split personality. As Cassie, she a very kind and loving person. As Magpie, she was obsessed with Batman because of the times he went to visit her at Blackgate Penintentiary. When she found out the truth about who she was and she refused to believe who she was and started to hate the name Margaret for that reason.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Peak Human Agility
- Peak Human Speed
- Peak Human Accuracy
- Peak Human Flexibility
- Retractable Claws laced with curare
- Master Level Martial Artist
- Expert Gymnast
- Superhuman Durability
- Pain Immunity
- "Shiny, Shiny!"
- "A person's secrets are sacred."
- "Nice belt! Can I have it?"
- "Margaret Sorrow is gone. There is only Magpie now!"
- Magpie is similar to other villains in terms of suffering from multiple-personality disorder like Dr. Jeremiah Arkham and Dr. Alchemy, while also not feeling pain like Flamingo.
- The color of her outfit and her personality are reminiscent of Catwoman.
- Like Catwoman, she loves gems.
- She has an "attraction" on Batman.
- Both have claws as weapons.
- Both villains are females
- Dubbed by Grey DeLisle, who also voiced Catwoman in Games.
- Magpie also bears a heavy resemblance to popular recording artist Lady Gaga. It is possible that she was modeled after the fashion icon, as indicate the leather bustier, black talons, and white wig.
- This is Magpie’s first animated appearance but she was first mentioned in the movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies when Superman asks "Whatever happen to Magpie?" Batman replies "She is dead" but the cause is unknown.
- In the original comics, her real name was Margaret Pye and she was the villain responsible for Batman and Superman teaming up for the first time in Post-Crisis/Pre-New 52 continuity.
- In the original comics, she has a relationship with Poison Ivy.
- She has longer hair in the original design.
- She didn't wear red glasses like she did in the comics.
- Her entire outfit is black while in the comics, it is red and black.
- She is the first and only villain that is in love with Batman in this series.
- In the original comics, she uses a gun. But she does not use a gun in Beware the Batman.
- In the original comics, her hair didn't cover all of her head and its black. Also, it`s just a wig.
- As Batman's partner, Katana, Magpie was also controlled by Cypher.
- In "Batman Eternal" current comics ongoing, Magpie have similar hairstyle. Another homage for series: Magpie `fake` receptionst in Arkham Asylum.
- Magpie’s talons are laced with curare, which is suppose to be a very rare and deadly poison. However in the series, when she infects Batman and Katana with it, they wake up after a while. It could’ve been a mistake that slipped through editing, or the concentration of the toxins must not have been high enough for it to be deadly. It was laced to her poison claws after all instead of actual darts or blades.
- Her poison claws retract in and out of her fingers at will like Wolverine’s metal claws. Since they were laced with the poison and they move in and out of her body, how does she use the curare without infecting herself with it? Because lacing a weapon that goes in and out of her with poison is like a trojan horse for getting infected.
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