|Black Canary (Scenesys ID: 276)|
|"I miss having people watching my back, and not having to figure out everything alone. Call it a family, call it a team, call it whatever you like. I just want to know what it's like to trust somebody again."|
|Full Name:||Dinah Drake|
|Citizenship:||Dominion of Canada|
|Residence:||Mansion Alpha (Tamarind Island, Sunshine Coast and Sherwood Florist (Pennytown, Starling|
|Groups:||Birds of Prey, Outsiders, Team Arrow, Alpha Flight, SHIELD, Justice League, Gotham-OOC, Martial Arts-OOC, Space-OOC, Starling-OOC, Street Level-OOC|
|Apparent Age:||26||Actual Age:||26|
|Date of Birth||12 March 2001||Actor:||Katheryn Winnick|
|Height:||170 cm (5'7")||Weight:||56 kg (123 lb)|
|Hair Color:||Blond||Eye Color:||Blue|
|Theme Song:||The Tea Party - "Soulbreaking"|
Originally a street kid from Starling, Dinah has experienced a great deal of sorrow in her young life. Raised by a sensei, she became a proficient martial artist and was formerly in Team 7, and later joined Alpha Flight. She currently tries to balance her life as an vigilante and adventurer with her civilian life as a florist and singer, spending some of her time on the streets of Gotham and Bludhaven, thanks to advances that allow almost instantaneous travel from her home in Starling, who also needs her attention. She is a well-respected member of the hero community, and known to be a natural leader with excellent tactical instincts and training, owing to her mastery of numerous martial arts styles.
This Canary's birdsong can shake your house down!
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She wears what she likes to think as her 'rooftop work' outfit, a matte black one piece bodysuit that hugs the full curves of her chest and firm midriff, with faint lines running up either side of her front curving inwards then back out to the shoulder. It has a high collar to protect her neck, with a zipper that runs from her midriff all the way up to the o-ring dangling at her throat. Her muscular arms are bared from shoulder to wrist, with her hands protected by fingerless black leather fighting gloves and bracers, with burnished steel armored plates protecting the back of her hands and wrists. Her legs are equally bare from hip to ankle, save for black fishnet stockings. She wears black military-style boots, laced to the top and tied securely.
Luckily, Dinah was not home at the time, having run into a mysterious mortally wounded man who gave her a device and urged her to protect it, touching off a running battle with a group of ninjas attempting to retrieve the device that ended in them overwhelming the young woman. Luckily, a special government operative named John Lynch, whom the mortally wounded man had worked for, arrived with his team and saved Dinah, thanking her for keeping the device safe. When Lynch returned with Dinah to find her dojo destroyed along with everything she owned, Lynch offered her a position on his anti-metahuman squad, Team 7. Dinah agreed to join, and served on Team 7 for years, during which she met her future husband and fellow team officer, Kurt Lance, whom she secretly married while on the team. She also discovered that one purpose of the squad was to put soldiers under stress or unusual chemical or technological effects in order to trigger metahuman abilities. Dinah's metagene did trigger during such testing, manifesting a powerful sonic ability she dubbed the 'Canary Cry'. Tragically, Kurt was lost in a battle with a terrorist organization, where he used his metahuman amplification powers to supercharge Dinah's cry. The resulting sonic explosion collapsed the palace they were in and vaporized a good chunk of the island it was on. Only a few members of Team 7 survived, with the rest disbanding afterwards, including Dinah, who wanted some distance from the loss she had suffered, both of her husband and of many of her closest friends and teammates, including Lynch. She subsequently returned to her maiden name, and was in mourning.
Following her departure from Team 7, Dinah returned home to Starling and became a vigilante, taking the name Black Canary, while investing in a florist shop to give her a sense of normalcy and a civilian identity. Her activity and abilities drew her to the attention of Alpha Flight, who recruited her as one of their members. She continued operating as an independent vigilante, dealing with a variety of threats and investigations, while working with and fighting alongside other heroes. During her tenure she was captured and badly tortured, which rendered her infertile, incapable of using the Canary Cry, and required her taking some time to recover, though she eventually had the opportunity to be dunked in a Lazarus Pit, which restored her to full health, voice, and fertility.
She turned to music as an outlet, joining as the lead singer of a rock band called Ashes on Sunday, which was later renamed to Black Canary after she saved her fellow band members from the deranged singer she had replaced. She has found her new double life as adventurer/vigilante and florist/lead to be difficult to maintain, but has been reluctant to give up either side of her life for the other.
While she constantly trains to keep herself in top shape, she also enjoys unwinding with more relaxing pursuits, be it training others in the martial arts, singing, or floral arrangement, as she finds it grounds her in 'normal' life and reminds her what she's fighting for. However, she has a strong sense of morality and ethics unusual in a former spec ops soldier, as she lacks some of the ruthlessness and pragmatism that come from a more military mindset. This has caused her to turn down training that might have improved her martial skills further, out of a desire not to become a killer. However, she does prefer to get right to the point, and can seem blunt. She also has a temper that she can struggle to keep under control, especially when fighting opponents who are using innocents as hostages or have hurt them. She tries to avoid using her metahuman abilities unless necessary, preferring to fight hand-to-hand and to outmanuver or outhink opponents when possible, but will use it when confronted with metahumans who cannot be hurt through conventional means or when faced with a mass attack.
Dinah possesses a unique metahuman ability she has dubbed the Canary Cry, an ultrasonic scream whose effects can vary from disorienting or knocking down oponents, to shattering organic and inorganic objects such as metal or bones, at full power. She has an incredible degree of control over her vocal cords, allowing her to mimic sounds and voices to an incredible extent. She can even glide for great distances when directing her Cry downwards, especially with a hang glider or other similar aerodynamic gear. She can generate devastating volumes that can tear a person apart, and can even use ultra-low-frequency sonics to help extinguish fires.
Along with martial arts, Dinah has trained herself in acrobatics and gymnastics, specifically for use during combat and infiltration as well as for evasion and mobility. This extends to knowing how to fall and roll with hits to lessen an impact and to take less damage from a strike, and has above average flexibility. She is an experienced expert in parkour, alowing her to quickly move over obstacles or to climb in an urban setting.
Dinah is an expert driver, capable of driving a variety of civilian and military vehicles. She is particularly incredible at driving motorcycles, her favorite vehicle of choice, especially her custom Harley. In addition to military grade driving courses in evasive and aggressive driving, she can perform a variety of vehicle stunts that would be impossible for your average driver.
As one of the ways for her to unwind, Dinah has learned to care for and prepare a variety of floral arrangements, from the classic bouquets to more advanced centerpieces for special occasions. She's turned this hobby into a business with her florist shop, and often keeps her hand in by putting together arrangments personally.
Dinah served as the infiltration expert of Team 7 as Operative 'Canary', and has retained her training. This includes casing a site for the best way to get inside without being detected, as well as skills like lockpicking and using high tech intrusion equipment - with reluctance - to bypass locks and alarms.
Dinah is an experienced investigator, able to piece together clues and data to analyze what has happened at a crime scene or other locations and come to a deductive conclusion. While not specifically trained, her experience with Team 7 combined with what she's picked up from more trained teammates and friends allows her to explore strange situations and generally come to a mostly correct conclusion about what has happened or is going on.
Dinah is one of the top martial artists in the world, having actively pushed her abilities and trained from the best in the world to learn from every style she encounters. This includes akido, boxing, capoeira, Dragon style kung fu, hapkido, judo, jujitsu, krav maga, muay thai, savate, tae kwon do, and wing chun, though she has picked up a smattering of other styles, even a bit of exotic styles like Themiscyrian martial arts. She is particularly skilled in judo and boxing. She is constantly interested in improving her abilities and adding new moves to her repertoire, and joining dojos to learn new styles is one of her favorite hobbies.
In addition to English, Dinah is fluent in Japanese and Korean (mostly due to martial arts training needs), and has a smattering of bits of other languages she's picked up in her travels around the world. She can only read and write fluently in English and Japanese, however.
Dinah's superhuman control over her vocal cords gives her perfect pitch and a vocal range any professional singer would kill to possess. As part of playing with her band, she's become a accomplished rock and metal singer, as well as mastering the guitar to accompany her voice. In addition, she's an expert harmonica player, which she uses as a way to train herself in vocal modulation and breathing control to better use her Canary Cry.
Peak of Fitness:
Dinah has the strength level of a woman her size and weight who engages in intensive physical training and exercise. She can bench her twice own body weight, and is at the peak of unaugmented human fitness. She conducts regular exercises and drills to maintain her body as the well-honed instrument that it is.
Dinah is an experienced pilot of both military and civilian aircraft, from older prop planes, to modern helicopters, to advanced vehicles like the Alpha Flight Arrows. Given time, she can figure out how to fly most aircraft skillfully. She has her own civilian pilot's license.
In addition to mastering many martial arts, Dinah has the rarer ability to be a good teacher in training others to use those same skills. Much of this is a hold over from when she was running Lamar's judo dojo in Starling, where she often taught students before it burned down. Dinah takes a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure in passing on her skills to those who are interested in learning from her.
Dinah is a trained military operative, with an excellent understanding of small unit tactics and a honed tactical mind for keeping track of changing variables in a fight. These combine with her personal charisma and leadership abilities to make her a very effective leader, who knows the strengths and weaknesses of her team and how best to coordinate everyone to complete a goal.
Team 7 Training:
When she left Team 7, Dinah was allowed to retain her custom-fitted armor, a black and gold bulletproof bodysuit with armor reinforcing the shoulders, elbows, and gloves. She wears an advanced kevlar carbon-fiber polyer armor mesh over her legs that allows her to take full advantage of her acrobatic and martial arts manuverability. The armor contains self-repairing nanobots that will repair most damage given time. Often she only wears the fighting gloves, as they're easier to conceal than the full set, but will pull out the full armor when she knows she'll be going into a serious situation where it will come in handy. Her normal black one-piece costume is also bullet resistant over her torso and neck, but doesn't protect her arms or legs as well as her full armor.
Ashes On Sunday:
Dinah is the lead singer of the band Ashes on Sunday, which she performs gigs with regularly when she can. While it can be difficult to manage gigs with her vigilante life, she finds it a useful means of blowing off steam through her music, as well as a modest paycheck. She's recently been offered a contract with A&B Records for a full album, and has taken the name D.D. when singing and playing guitar with her band. After having to act in her vigilante role during a tour, she's begun teaching her band mates Lord Byron (drummer), Paloma Terrific (keyboards), and mute guitarist Ditto how to defend themselves - just in case.
While Dinah doesn't lean heavily on equipment, she's collected some useful items over the years. The ones she uses most is the necklace and earring communicators she used as part of Alpha Flight, which are almost always on her person. Most of the rest of her collection consists of a wide variety of martial arts weapons, which she uses primarily for training, and her infiltration equipment: climbing gear, lock picks, burglar tools, etc.. However she also possesses some more esoteric equipment, such equipment she used during the period she was unable to use her Canary Cry, such as high frequency sonic disruptors, gas pellets, sonic screamer grenades, and swing lines. While she doesn't lug most of this equipment around, it's there for her to bring with her if a mission calls for it.
Dinah has a highly-modified custom Harley motorcycle, built from a vintage frame but enhanced with more advanced and durable materials and armored over vulnerable areas. It's her baby, even if it's only barely street legal, and her preferred vehicle of choice. Having driven it for years, and constantly tinkering with it, she can perform stunts on this bike that seem impossible, for she knows its every move.
Cry No More:
Canary can emit her Canary Cry for a while, somewhat due to an excellent lung capacity and drawing on her metahuman energies. But there are limits. It's taxing to emit a long Cry. If she has to 'broadcast' a Canary Cry for an extended period, she can run out of breath and energy and can end up dazed and disoriented for a moment. This can make her vulnerable in the kind of dangerous situtation that'd provoke her to use the Cry in the first place.
Go For the Throat:
Dinah's Canary Cry requires that she be able to make use of her vocal cords to make sounds. Anything that would prevent sonics in the area, disables or damages her vocal cords, or gags or muffles her mouth (thoroughly) will prevent her from using her powers. For example, she could not use her ability in vaccum, as there would be no air to carry the sound waves (though that would probably be the least of her worries).
Dinah has a wide stubborn streak, when she's not in a mood to compromise, and will dig in her heels if she disagrees with a course of action. Pushing her at that point can move her from irritation to anger and only make her more resistant to the idea; it's better to try and find a way to change the plan than force her into following it.
While Dinah isn't a complete technophobe, she grew up without the benefits many kids enjoy in terms of experience with modern technology. Thus, she gets easily frustrated at times with things like cellphones or computers when they don't work as they're supposed to, since she doesn't know what's going wrong and is too stubborn to ask for help easily. Luckily, her mission com gear and Alpha Flight communicator are pretty idiot-proof. Give her a tool she doesn't have to finesse and she's fine; give her one she has to program, and she'll get twitchy trying to use it.
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|Justice Leisure||June 3rd, 2020||Dinah and Hal decompress a bit on monitor duty|
|The second guard||June 2nd, 2020||Ami and Canary talk|
|Birds (and their) Nest||May 10th, 2020||Babs and Dinah sit down for a talk, coffee, and Christmas music for the Nest, in May...|
|Flowers and Kitties||April 27th, 2020||Ivory visits Sherwood Florist and orders a bunch of boquets for an upcoming pride event|
|Canary Crash||April 16th, 2020||Dinah's Harley broke down in front of Mercy's shop, and the two chatted while the bike was repaired.|
|The War, (Not) Interrupted||March 27th, 2020||Summary needed|
|Bloody Asphalt||March 17th, 2020||Heroes foil a assassination attempt|
|Colossus of the Gym||February 25th, 2020||Dinah substitutes for Piotr's sensei and the two have a great judo lesson.|
|How does the garden grow||January 7th, 2020||Dinah gets a visit from Kate Kane. And a flower order!|
|Having some Phun||December 19th, 2019||Summary needed|
|Lunch And A View Of Orchid Bay||December 3rd, 2019||Oliver and Dinah meet for lunch, and bump into Felicity.|
|Chinatown, just for kicks||December 2nd, 2019||Chun-Li and Dinah crossed paths and future hijinx may occur!|
|Winter Migration||November 9th, 2019||Canary spoke with Captain Marvel about a shift in her area of operations and a new game plan has been agreed upon.|
|Alpha Meeting at Alpha||October 15th, 2019||Dinah meets Caitlin Fairchild.|
|Strange Encounter||September 19th, 2019||Daken flirts with the ladies and they seem to welcome his advances. All for the sake of fun, of course.|
|Meanwhile, back at Mansion Alpha||September 17th, 2019||Nita and Dinah cross paths in Mansion Alpha, and also do a little catching up.|
|Nerding Out||August 22nd, 2019||Fiona, Kate and Canary are sitting around, talking in the Nest|
|Birds of Prey: Briefing at the Nest||August 21st, 2019||The Birds are introduced to their new headquarters, and a briefing is held.|
|Coffee by Moonlight||August 1st, 2019||Canary and Batwoman meet and catch up. Intel is exchanged, as well as the promise of concert tickets.|
|Against The Doctor's Orders||July 26th, 2019||Still injured from fighting Stockholm, Stephanie has to head to campus, and runs into Dinah Drake, a favorite singer of hers|
|Villainous Violence||April 30th, 2019||Summary needed|
|Someone's in the Hq with Dinah||April 7th, 2019||Summary needed|
|Two Bit Circus||March 25th, 2019||Micah takes Dinah on a tour of the Triskelion and runs into Sam practicing in the heavy ordinance range. It is a screaming good time.|
|How To Lure A Thor||March 5th, 2019||Summary needed|
|Dealing with Arms Dealers: Financial Troubles||February 26th, 2019||A Bank Robbery aided by Domino is dealt with by Green Arrow and Black Canary... until the Joker comes along and takes advantage of the chaos.|
|Canaries and stool pigeons||February 23rd, 2019||Summary needed|
|Three Ladies at a Bar Fight||February 19th, 2019||Summary needed|
|The Bat in the Birds||February 16th, 2019||Summary needed|
|Cats and Birds Fighting Together||January 30th, 2019||Catwoman and Black Canary unintentionally team up to stop a kidnapping.|
|Failure to Communicate||January 2nd, 2019||After a protracted fight between Green Arrow and Remy, both ultimately came to a draw with Green Arrow managing to recover some of the vials and Remy recovering two. Most of the mercinaries were prosecuted but were able to get on technicalities from the well funded law firms that had already hired them and the thugs, who had no such lawyers, were all books and sent to Stone Gate.|
|Boxing Day in BC||December 26th, 2018||Dinah interrupts Frank's stakeout.|
|A New Arsenal||December 5th, 2018||Arsenal returns to the Bunker and reunites with Oliver and Dinah. Catchup is had, and an archery competition.|
|A Drake Reunion||December 1st, 2018||A pair of Drakes meet.|
|Canary Songs||November 22nd, 2018||Queen Consolidated hosts a charity event at the Blue Lady in Manhatten, several personalities mingle.|
|Two Birds On a Roof||November 10th, 2018||Red Robin asks Black Canary to help with a Project of his.|
|White Court, Black Canary||October 25th, 2018||Summary needed|
|The Bat who Caught the Canary||October 13th, 2018||Summary needed|
|The Hunt for Red... September.||September 25th, 2018||Summary needed|
|Dealing with Arms Dealers: A second Cut Off||September 16th, 2018||Summary needed|
|Work Out||September 7th, 2018||Summary needed|
|The SHIELD Liaison||September 4th, 2018||Summary needed|
|Fightin' Crime without Pennies or Dimes||August 17th, 2018||Summary needed|
|Evening Checkin||August 15th, 2018||Green Arrow, Black Canary, Yin, and Carrie, who still needs a costume and a name, meet up at Yin's kwoon to check in.|
|Ominous Tea Party||August 14th, 2018||Dinah and Brooke get together for a chat. The gossip is on the fearsome side.|
|Fire Flower Power!||July 26th, 2018||Summary needed|
|Space, the Final Frontier...||July 7th, 2018||Summary needed|
|A Test||June 6th, 2018||Green Arrow gives Yin a trial, and is given provisional status on Team Arrow.|
|Dealing with Arms Dealers: The NY connection||May 29th, 2018||Summary needed|
|Sparring in the Quiver||May 22nd, 2018||Oliver and Dinah spar, and discuss possibilities.|
|Dealing with arms dealers||May 14th, 2018||Green Arrow and company foil and arms deal, leaving it for police to handle after.|
|Return to the Quiver||May 9th, 2018||Oliver and Dinah return to HQ after months of Oliver being overseas, powering up the Quiver once again.|
|Welcome back, Dinah Drake||May 3rd, 2018||The return of Black Canary, and she has some pointers for Darkhawk|
|Follow the sound||April 29th, 2018||Dinah stops by a small martial arts studio to refresh her commitment to Justice.|
|Extatic Revelations Continue||January 18th, 2018||Summary needed|
|Extatic Revelations||December 19th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Gone Fishin'||December 16th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Old Friends and Remembrances||November 20th, 2017||Nightwing and Black Canary meet up. She learns about his future Duel with Lady Shiva|
|Living Dead Girl||October 9th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Trying Her Best||October 5th, 2017||Summary needed|
|A Plumed Proposal||October 1st, 2017||Summary needed|
|The Green, The Gold, The Grey, The Marvel, The Canary, The Crusader and the Scorpian||September 25th, 2017||Goldar and his group of fools draw out the wrong heroes at the Gotham Docks. The Green Ranger emerges.|
|Dancing with the Stars(||September 22nd, 2017||A night on the town at Club Zed is in order. And the stars are out. Well, depending on who you ask.|
|Apokolips Now: Intergang Long Island||September 9th, 2017||Intergang is getting desperate. As are a couple villains for their technology. A series of hits results in some probably expected results.|
|Breakfast at Elliot's||September 6th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Rooftop Rendevous||September 6th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Scenes From A Small Diner In Gotham||September 3rd, 2017||Summary needed|
|Apokolips Now: Intergang Gotham||September 2nd, 2017||Intergang hits the Gotham First National Bank. All hell breaks loose. So do many heroes, and the GCPD.|
|Apokolips Now: Prelude to Intergang||September 1st, 2017||Something is happening in the city of Gotham ... the small gangs have all disappeared. The GCPD and several heroes investigate.|
|Log||September 1st, 2017||Summary needed|
|Rooftop Mentoring||August 26th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Monster Pizza||August 21st, 2017||Summary needed|
|Nature Puts Down The Folly Of Man (Part 2)||August 20th, 2017||As the 'babies' from the gigantic monster come forth into Metropolis, one group of impromptu heroes works on ensuring the cities, and civilians safety.|
|Log 2024||August 16th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Starro Light, Starro Bright||August 10th, 2017||Starro alien race plans an invasion of Earth, Alpha Flight and other Heroes are out to stop them.|
|The Three Amigas||August 6th, 2017||Cassandra shows off her new Spoiler to Dinah, and later, Barbara.|
|The New Girl||July 30th, 2017||Batgirl follows Black Canary back to her loft after their encounter to fully meet.|
|Involuntary Adoption||July 29th, 2017||Miss Moreau tries to rob a zoo. The Punisher, the Yellow Ranger, and a pair of Bats don't like this plan.|
|Once Upon a time in Mexico||July 27th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Of Monsters||July 26th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Log||July 25th, 2017||Summary needed|
|The Rinaldis pt 2.||July 21st, 2017||Zinda & Grace are on a brawlaholic spree, and run into Nightwing and some gangsters.|
|Ready,AIM,Fire||July 19th, 2017||AIM decides to save money and just abduct test subjects!|
|The Worst Question||July 14th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Betrayal||July 12th, 2017||Summary needed|
|What's The Plan||July 11th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Downtime||July 10th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Log||July 7th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Another Day in Paradise||July 6th, 2017||Dinah and Grace bond on Blackhawk Island after their adventure.|
|Life, Love, and other mysteries||July 4th, 2017||Summary needed|
|The Maroon Berets.||July 4th, 2017||The Blackhawks go to find about their new job, and get into more than what they bargained for. Grace debuts as a potential recruit into the team.|
|A Newly Freed Man||July 3rd, 2017||Summary needed|
|Log||June 27th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Log||June 27th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Graveyard Shifts and Songbirds||June 25th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Three Birds and a God go Into a Bar||June 25th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Reformed Clay||June 18th, 2017||Summary needed|
|The 'Hopeless' in 'Hopeless Romantic'||June 7th, 2017||Summary needed|
|The Canary and the Bat||June 2nd, 2017||Batman paid Dinah a visit at her home, where the two discussed Autumn's mob situation and other matters.|
|An Oncoming Storm||June 1st, 2017||Summary needed|
|The 11:25 Train to MAYHEM||May 31st, 2017||A train robbery (stolen train!) is thwarted by the Justice League! (Guest starring Snapper Carr)|
|A Canary in Love||May 29th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Started from the Bottom||May 28th, 2017||Summary needed|
|The Tour||May 26th, 2017||Summary needed|
|Assault on Gotham Central||May 21st, 2017||Summary needed|
|Green Arrow and Canary||May 10th, 2017||Summary needed|
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