"I've killed many men who disregard the fundamental rights of all life. I poison them -- they die -- but there's always another to take their place.''
Comic Book History
Who is POISON IVY?
Poison Ivy is a DC Comics super-villain and eco-terrorist with the ability to control plants. She originally was botanist Pamela Isley until an accident gave her powers and turned her insane. Protecting the sanctity and supremacy of nature at all costs, she sadistically lashes out against humanity as blight upon the planet. Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, first appearing in Batman #181, created Poison Ivy. (1966)
Pamela Isley grew up wealthy with emotionally distant parents. She studied advanced botanical biochemistry. Her professor, who injects Isley with poisons and toxins as an experiment, causing her transformation, easily seduces Isley, a timid, shy girl. She nearly dies twice as a result from these poisonings, driving her insane. Enraged at the betrayal, she suffers from violent mood swings, being sweet one moment and evil the next.
She turned to a life of crime by threatening people with her newfound ability of controlling plant-life, her poison touch, and the ability to make individuals to do her bidding due to the pheromones she releases.
On their first meeting, Batman was able to resist Poison Ivy and thwart her schemes, which led her to be incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. Batman's resistance to her lead to some kind of obsession to Poison Ivy.
Although she would later escape the asylum, but with her frequent tussle with Batman, she always find herself back behind bars.
After another escape from Arkham, she decided to leave Gotham and settle on a desert island in the Caribbean. She molded the barren wasteland into a second Eden, and was, for the first time in her life, happy. However, the island was soon firebombed by an American-owned corporation that tested their weapons systems in Ivy's island which they thought was uninhabited. Ivy then returned to Gotham with vengeance on her mind, punishing those responsible. After willing apprehension by Batman, she resolved that she could never leave Gotham, at least not until the world was safe for plants. From then on, she dedicated herself to the impossible mission of purifying the most polluted city in America, Gotham City.
Poison Ivy is good friends with Harley Quinn. Unlike most villain team-ups, their partnership seems to be genuinely rooted in friendship, and Ivy really wants to save Harley from her abusive relationship with The Joker.
Recently the duo added a third for their group, Catwoman, and they became known as the Gotham Sirens.
Batman: The Animated Series
The animated series introduces Poison Ivy as a botanist who works for a cosmetics company developing new fragrances. When she sees then DA Harvey Dent destroy an endangered plant during the groundbreaking ceremony for Stone Gate Prison, he becomes the first object of her evil affections. After almost killing Dent with her poisonous lipstick, she is apprehended by Batman. This incident with Dent causes a great rift between Ivy and Two Face, who has a great animosity toward her. She is known to have an occasional partnership/friendship with Harley Quinn. She is not liked by the various members of the rogues gallery, but is greatly respected.
The New Batman Adventures
In The New Batman Adventures, her look was updated to be more plant-like, her skin turning grayish-white. Ivy also became more humorous and seductive in personality, coinciding with her genuinely friendly relationship with Harley Quinn. Her fanatical mindset regarding the despoiling of plants and the ecosphere was also greatly reduced. She supposedly dies in a shipwreck in the episode "Chemistry".
She survived the shipwreck and returns in the Static Shock episode "Hard As Nails" with Diane Pershing reprising her role. She and Harley open a "support and cure" website that would lure female metahumans to Gotham claiming that it is a clinic to cure metahumans.
Piera Coppola voiced Poison Ivy in The Batman animated TV show. In this incarnation, Poison Ivy is a high school student and environmental activist, but she was also Barbara Gordon's best friend. Prior to her first appearance, she was sentenced to a youth detention center repeatedly for delinquent acts during her protests. During one of her acts of protest, a plant mutagen falls on her, when she awoke in an ambulance afterwards she began manifesting powers of psionic plant control, and an ability to exhale mind-controlling spores when she blows a kiss at her desired target. She swiftly turns her powers to furthering her ecoterrorist career, and takes the name Poison Ivy.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Poison Ivy appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold, in this series Ivy appears among other villains in an auction for a supersonic weapon held by arms dealer Joe Chill. Poison Ivy later appears in the teaser of "The Mask of Matches Malone!". She and her army of henchwomen (whom she dubs her "Flower Children") kidnap Batman, and Ivy tries to seduce him into becoming her king.
LIVE MEDIA APPEARANCE/S
Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy in the film Batman & Robin. This version of Poison Ivy started out as Dr. Pamela Isley, botanist, working for Wayne Enterprises' arboreal preservation project. She was conducting animal-plant crossbreeding experiments when a superior attacked her, leading her to crash to shelves lined with beakers containing plant-based toxins and chemicals. Her aggressor throws more of the same stuffs upon her, hoping that she will die upon being infused with so many plant toxins and chemicals; instead, Pamela is unwittingly transformed into a stunningly beautiful woman who is part human, part plant, and totally poisonous.
POWERS & ABILITIES
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.
Chlorokinesis: Semi-mystical connection to the plant world through a force called the Green. She can control plants with her mind.
Toxic Immunity: Immunity to all toxins, bacteria, and viruses
Toxikinesis: a deliberate overdose of plant and animal based toxins into her blood stream that make her touch deadly. Ivy can create the most potently powerful floral toxins in Gotham City. Often these are secreted from her lips and administered via a kiss. They come in a number of varieties, from mind controlling drugs to instantly fatal necrotics. Her skin is toxic as well, although contact with it is usually not fatal.
Pheromone Control: Ivy is known to be able to seduce men and women alike, often using pheromones to do so but even without the pheromones, her beauty is still an asset that can seduce.
Botanist: Expertise in botany. She specializes in creating new plant species and plant/animal hybrids
Toxicologist: expert in toxicology.
Proficient Combatant: Poison Ivy's athletic abilities have grown over the course of her career. She has learned a limited style of martial arts fighting, is proficient at climbing and leaping, and is a strong and fast swimmer.
Sources : http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Poison_Ivy : http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Pamela_Isley_(New_Earth) : http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Pamela_Isley_(New_Earth)/Quotes : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_Ivy_(comics) : http://www.comicvine.com/poison-ivy/29-1697/ : http://www.comicvine.com/poison-ivy/29-1697/images/ :
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