Aruna on the cover of Batgirl Annual #1,
art by Matt Haley
|First appearance||Batgirl Annual # 1 |
|Created by||Scott Peterson (writer)|
Mike Deodato (artist)
|Alter ego||Aruna Shende|
Fictional character biography
Aruna's shapeshifting powers manifested when she was very young. Because of this her parents were never sure of her true gender. Her family were treated as Dalit (untouchables) the lowest rung of the ancient varnas class structure. She was orphaned while still very young, when her parents were abducted by two unknown men. She adopted the name Aruna (after Aruṇa, a male "Charioteer of the Sun" in Hindu mythology), and eventually became one of the top stunt persons in India due to her shapeshifting abilities.
After a young Indian actor is kidnapped from the streets of Gotham City, Batgirl and Batman travel to Madras, India, home of Kollywood, to solve the mystery of his abduction. The duo come into conflict with Aruna, a metahuman stuntwoman who is also looking for the boy, who was discovered to have been murdered by his own agent. The agent was motivated to do so by his own prejudiced beliefs after learning that his client came from a Dalit family.
At the conclusion of the story, Aruna decides to use her powers to fight for justice and stamp out intolerance.
Powers and abilities
Aruna is a metahuman who can change her physical shape and appearance at will, but not her mass. She is also trained in the martial arts. Aruna uses these abilities to work as a stunt double.
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