Magpie (character)

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Magpie (Margaret Pye) is a fictional supervillainess created by John Byrne who first appeared in The Man of Steel #3 (November 1986).

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Magpie, from the cover of Batgirl (vol. 5) #8 (February 2017)
Art by Christian Wildgoose
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Man of Steel #3 (November 1986)
Created byJohn Byrne
In-story information
Alter egoMargaret Pye
Team affiliationsBlack Lantern Corps

The character has been adapted from the comics into various forms of media. Grey DeLisle has voiced her in the television series Beware the Batman; Magpie has been portrayed in live-action by Sarah Schenkkan in the fifth season of Gotham, and by Rachel Matthews in the first season of Batwoman.

Fictional character biographyEdit

Magpie, as she originally appeared in The Man of Steel #3 (November 1986). Art by John Byrne.

Magpie is a jewel thief who specifically targets jewels named after birds and then replaces them with booby-trapped replicas.[1] Taking a job as a museum curator, Pye is slowly driven mad surrounded by the beautiful things that she so loves but can never own. She was notable in Post-Crisis continuity as the first villain who was defeated by Superman and Batman working together, Superman having visited Gotham to "apprehend" Batman before Batman's demonstration of his skills while tracking Magpie convinced Superman that Gotham needed someone like Batman to protect it.[2]

Magpie disappears for a length of time, until it is revealed that she is Poison Ivy's cellmate at Arkham Asylum.[3]

Shortly thereafter, she is murdered by the Tally Man II, along with Orca, the Ventriloquist and Scarface and the KGBeast, villains working for the Penguin. Ultimately, her death was part of a revenge scheme by the criminal known as the Great White Shark.[4]

During Blackest Night, Magpie is among the many deceased villains that receive a black power ring and become reanimated into a Black Lantern. She is seen slaughtering people in a grocery store. She also works closely with the reanimated Trigger Twins and King Snake.[5]

Magpie is alive once again in DC Rebirth. She is one of the villains taken down by Batman and Catwoman after he takes her along with him on an average night of his job and fought Batgirl in her quest for justice. She has also had a run-in with the Flash and Iris West after they were undercover as supervillains in the nation of Zandia, which serves as a haven for criminals like her.[6]

Other versionsEdit

  • A male character named Merg Gaterra uses the name Magpie in Pre-Zero Hour comics.
  • Magpie appears in the prequel comic to Injustice 2. Following the events of the first game, Magpie is shown as a member of this universe's Suicide Squad.[7] The Impostor Batman detonated the bomb in Magpie's head for being useless.[8]
  • Magpie appears in the Batman: Li'l Gotham comics.

In other mediaEdit



  • A variation of Magpie appears in Beware the Batman, voiced by Grey DeLisle under the identity of Margaret Sorrow. [9] She can grow poisonous claws for nails and is unable to feel pain after an experiment that would purge Margaret Sorrow's kleptomaniac tendencies in return for a reduced sentence at Blackgate Penitentiary. However, her memories altered with the new identity of "Cassie", Margaret's darker aspects manifested as a second personality: Magpie. In "Secrets", prior to learning the full extent of the experiment and thinking they only robbed her of her memories, Magpie tries to get her memories back and get her revenge on the psychiatrists Joe Braxton and Bethanie Ravencroft that ran the experiment before being stopped by Batman and Lt. Jim Gordon. In "Attraction", she has developed an obsession with Batman after he visits her in prison. Magpie also becomes jealous of Katana and escapes from Blackgate, declaring her love to Batman and threatening Katana. Magpie lays a trap for her and tries to bury her alive. However, Magpie is defeated by Batman and Katana escapes. Magpie is later one of the several villains gathered by Ra's al Ghul in "Reckoning" to bring Batman to him, dead or alive. She engages the other villains in battle while they are all competing to get to Batman.


  • An unidentified Magpie makes her live-action debut in an episode of the fifth and final season of Gotham, portrayed by Sarah Schenkkan.[11] While her visual appearance is based on the character's Beware the Batman design, her obsession with shiny objects remains intact as her reputation is known by even Selina Kyle. During the No Man's Land event, she stole a diamond from the Penguin, causing him to cut a deal with Selina Kyle to track her down. Cobblepot and Kyle found Magpie's hideout, but when Selina used her whip on her, Magpie recognized her as the one who shot Jeremiah Valeska. Magpie then revealed that the room they are in is filled with her explosive replicas. This distracted Penguin and Selina enough for Magpie to get away. After escaping her explosive room, Penguin found Magpie trapped in one of his own traps and shoots her much to the objection of Selina. Oswald then makes it clear that nobody steals from him.
  • Magpie appears in the Batwoman episode "Who Are You?," portrayed by Rachel Matthews.[12] Similar to the original comics, this version is a professional thief who covets expensive jewels, using 3D-printed bombs as distractions in her robberies. In her civilian identity, Margaret poses as a photographer to canvass the location for her heists, which leads her in a plot to steal Martha Wayne's necklace from Luke Fox which brings her alter ego against Kate Kane as Batwoman. After obtaining Magpie's plans, Batwoman finds that she will strike a museum event where Martha Wayne's necklace is being donated to. When Magpie attacked, she unleashed some pearl bombs which Batwoman had to protect people from. After the last one was disposed of before it can harm a girl, Batwoman used her grappling hook to pull Magpie off a building causing her to fall into the nearby fountain for the Crows to apprehend. After Kate recognizes Magpie's true identity, Sophie Moore has the Crows take Magpie to Blackgate Penitentiary.


  • In the animated direct-to-video movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), Magpie is mentioned by Superman wondering what happened to her, with Batman commenting that Magpie died some time ago.
  • Magpie appears in The Lego Batman Movie.[13] She is among the villains who assist Joker in his attack on Gotham City.


  1. ^ Randall, Barbara J. (w), Von Eeden, Trevor (a). "A Bird In The Hand..." Batman #401: 3 (November 1986), DC Comics
  2. ^ The Man of Steel #3. DC Comics.
  3. ^ Arkham Asylum: Living Hell. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Batman: Face the Face. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Blackest Night: Batman #1 (2009). DC Comics.
  6. ^ Batman (vol. 3) #14. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Injustice 2 #1. DC Comics.
  8. ^ Injustice 2 #2. DC Comics.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2013-05-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 21, 2017). "'Harley Quinn': DC Digital Service Orders Animated Series About Comic Book Villainess From 'Powerless' Trio". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Whitbrook, James (January 24, 2019). "Punisher's Showrunner Wants Daredevil and Kingpin...If the Show Gets Another Season". io9. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich. "Batwoman Baddies First Looks: Revenge Fave Gabriel Mann Is Hush, Rachel Matthews Cast as Magpie". TV Line. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  13. ^ "Magpie Item No: sh333". Retrieved 14 July 2017.