|“||I know Courtney won't agree with it unless your onboard. But you made mistakes too. And you got a pass. Means I should get a pass. I want to join the JSA.||”|
— Cindy to Yolanda in ""
Cindy Burman was the most popular student and the meanest girl at Blue Valley High... and its most feared. Cindy's mean girl antics initially places her against Courtney Whitmore and her group of friends.
Secretly the daughter of Dragon King, a longtime enemy of the Justice Society of America, Cindy was determined to follow in her father's footsteps as the supervillain turned anti-heroine Shiv. She was Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl's nemesis and a thorn in the young heroine's side, before becoming her frenemy.
Cynthia "Cindy" was born to Dr. Shiro Ito and his first wife, Suzanne Ito in Blue Valley, Nebraska. Shiro sought to conduct experiments on Cindy that would change her physically and emotionally. To avoid further trauma, Suzanne took Cindy and fled Blue Valley. They eventually settled in Farmersville, California. A fearful Cindy worried that her father would find her, though Suzanne assured her they were safe. That very night, Dragon King returned and took Cindy and Suzanne back to Blue Valley where he began his experiments. He started by placing shiv's in her wrists that allowed her to do irreparable harm to those around her. She grew up studying chemistry and became very advanced physically, mentally, and in her education.
When she was in the third grade, Cindy lost control of her powers and accidentally murdered Suzanne. She was devastated by the loss which Dragon King also blamed her for. On her first day in the fourth grade, Cindy addressed her class over the death of her mother and merely stated that she didn't like her mother anyway. After this, her father sought a new caretaker for Cindy but the first woman didn't work out for unknown reasons. He then kidnapped Bobbie Burman and made her into Cindy's caretaker and public stepmother. Following the death of her mother, Cindy's personality began to change into a more viscous and cunning young girl. She became the meanest girl in school during the fourth grade, and continued her tyrannical rule well into her years at Blue Valley High School.
By 2018, Cindy was the head cheerleader, best friends with the popular girls, and seemed to have it all. She opposed Yolanda Montez for school president but was jealous of Yolanda's relationship with Henry King Jr. She was also tasked by her father to get close with Henry to see if he exhibited any telekinetic powers like his father. One day, she witnessed Henry showing his friends topless photos that Yolanda had sent him the night before. She snatched the phone from his hands and saw the images, though Henry quickly took the phone back. At the election, Cindy sent the images out to the entire student body and faculty. She humiliated Yolanda and forced a breakup between her and Henry. Cindy then promptly began dating Henry.
Two popular girls greet Courtney Whitmore in the hallway of BVHS to welcome her to the school. The one girl introduces herself as Cindy Burman then gestures for the other to do the same. The second girl introduces herself as Jenny Williams, then asks if Courtney is from California, to which Courtney responds that she is. Cindy extends an offer to hang out sometime, which makes Courtney happy. She starts to give Cindy her number but Cindy stops her, claiming she already has it. She then tries to recruit Courtney to the cheerleading squad, saying that she needs a new second. Jenny seems offended saying that she thought she was Cindy's second. Cindy coldly tells her that she needs someone who can do the splits, to which Jenny states that she's trying but her family suffers from short tendons but she's trying her best. Courtney tries to remedy the situation saying that she isn't a cheerleader, but Cindy takes this as her not wanting to hang out. Courtney claims that isn't what she meant but Cindy cuts her off saying that she'll see her around - or not. Cindy and Jenny both saunter off when Cindy's conversation with Courtney abruptly ends, with Jenny trying to confirm if she is still the second. The pair are seen again in the cafeteria after Courtney's incident with Henry. Cindy calls Courtney a bitch for shoving her boyfriend.
The next day after an assembly, Henry King Sr. prowls the crowd as he reads everyone's thoughts, searching for someone. He finds a curly-haired blonde talking to Cindy Burman. He goes over and stares down at the blonde, despite both girls being visibly uncomfortable.
Cindy partners up with Jenny for the school talent show. Joey Zarick noted that Cindy and Jenny always win since it's Nebraska and twerking still packs a punch. Later that afternoon, Cindy saunters over to Yolanda Montez who is taking books out of her locker. Yolanda's locker now has a beautiful floral mural painted over the word SLUT which had been painted there earlier. Cindy teases Yolanda about the flowers and taunts her. Cindy reminds Yolanda that she never should have dated Henry after Cindy realized she liked him. Yolanda stays silent during the onslaught so Cindy asks Yolanda to say what she is - a slut. Courtney confronts Cindy for the slut-shaming but is retorted that no one cares about her opinion. Cindy leaves and Courtney's prepared to go after her but Yolanda stops her, saying it'll make it worse for both of them.
During a flashback to three months ago, Cindy places a "Vote for Cindy" poster over Yolanda's voting poster. She glares at Yolanda as she greets Henry Jr. Henry and Yolanda, a happy couple, walk down the hallway together smiling happily. Cindy Burman walks past them and Henry barely glances at her, paying the most attention to Yolanda. The next day at school, Henry is gathered with his friends by the lockers. He is showing them the sexy photos Yolanda sent him the night before. He lowers his phone as his gaze follows Yolanda as she passes and he continues to smile. Before he knows it, Cindy snatches the phone from his hand. She sees the images of Yolanda on his phone though he quickly grabs it away, scolding her and repositioning his backpack nervously causing her to scoff at him. At the assembly for student government elections, Cindy is sitting the audience smirking. She looks at her phone and swipes across her screen. The student and faculty's phones buzz and everyone looks at the nude images of Yolanda on their phones.
In the present day, Henry runs into Yolanda in the hallway and apologizes for knocking her off-balance. He awkwardly continues only to be pulled aside by his girlfriend, Cindy Burman, who interrogates him about what Yolanda said to him. He tells her it was nothing but she pushes him on. He blows her off and walks away, ignoring her yelling his name after him. Jenny looks to Cindy unable to believe that Henry just blew her off. Cindy is visibly displeased with him.
She takes it upon herself to confront Yolanda, accompanied by Jenny. She soon taunts Yolanda, telling her that she knows Yolanda said something dirty to him. She presses that he's seen enough of her - everyone has. Courtney quickly defends Yolanda who sneaks away as a tense standoff between the girls emerges. Cindy warns Courtney that she has no idea who she's dealing with, but Courtney returns the sentiment. Cindy stands close to Courtney warning her that she'll never see her coming before angrily walking off with Jenny.
Halloween in Blue Valley is a big night for Cindy, as she prepares for the party raging on downstairs. She applies lipstick, blush, straightens her color, and puts in her fangs. Her mirror is littered of photos of her with Jenny, Henry, and an old picture of an unknown man. She stands and admires her vampire costume before going downstairs. She immediately finds Jenny and criticizes her for wearing the same costume as her. Jenny mistakenly thought that Cindy would like it if they matched, but Cindy cruelly shuts this attempt down. She coldly berates her for being short and weight-shames Jenny before telling her to go change. When she turns around she sees someone wearing a Gremlin's head. She gives the person a strange look and brushes past them.
As the party rages on, Cindy finds Henry and eagerly greets him, wanting him to comment on her costume. He coldly states that it looks like Jenny's, which annoys her but she stays silent. He is irritable and in noticeable pain, so she asks what his problem is. He states that it's loud but she counters that it's supposed to be loud it's a party. She then rudely tells him that he's been a real downer lately which surprises him. He reminds her that his father is in the hospital but she dismissively tells him that maybe he should go there since it's quiet in hospitals. Henry downs his drink throws it on the floor and walks out of the party. Cindy scoffs and calls after him but he ignores her so she stiffens, a strange look on her face.
Days later, Cindy finds Henry brooding at his father’s bedside at Blue Valley Medical Center. She makes her presence known, which surprises Henry and he asks what she's doing there. She tells them that she came to see him and apologize for her actions at Halloween. He admits that he feels as though he can wake his father up if he tries hard enough, but Cindy agrees that it sounds crazy. She instead tries to lockdown homecoming dance plans, but Henry is in no mood for the dance. She tries to remind him of fun but he still doesn't want to go as he wants to be with his father. She pretends to understand and hugs him, clearly annoyed once he can't see her.
Cindy goes to school and plows through Courtney, Rick, Yolanda, and Beth, then snaps at them to watch where they're going. She calls them losers before she flaunts off. Courtney asks her friends why Cindy Burman is so mean, to which Beth explains that Cindy was so nice in third grade until her mother died. She then became mean in fourth grade. Rick isn't buying the pity and claims that Cindy is just mean.
Cindy walks through the halls and takes out her frustrations on Jenny, who is excited to attend the dance with Travis. Cindy claims the dance is lame and for losers like Jenny and Travis. This prompts Jenny to ask Cindy why she is such a bitch. Cindy freezes and turns around, asking her to repeat herself. As a result, Jenny tells Cindy that she's glad Cindy won't be at the homecoming dance because she needs a break from her. Cindy retorts that the feeling is mutual as Jenny saunters off. She turns around and collides with her janitor who mops over her white shoes. Cindy exclaims in shock then berates the janitor and knocks the mop out of his hands as she storms off.
She storms over to Henry and calls out his name, but he hears her both telepathically and audibly causing him to wince. He asks her to not be so loud which confuses her. She brushes it off saying that he's taking her to the Homecoming dance. He declines again telling her that he's uninterested in going, but she reiterates that he is taking her to the dance. He finally snaps saying that if she wants to go so badly she should just take someone else. He then leaves her alone by the lockers to which she mutters that she wishes she could.
In chemistry class, Courtney convinces Cindy to be lab partners with her despite Cindy initially being uninterested. Courtney uses that time to share that she, too, lost a parent. Cindy gives her brief condolences that her father died. Courtney stares at Cindy as she expertly mixes the chemicals faster than any of the other students. Eventually, a rather annoyed Cindy asks Courtney what she's staring at. Courtney responds that she hasn't seen Cindy look at the directions for the experiment once. Thus, proving that Cindy is quite proficient at chemistry. Cindy explains that as a kid, her scientist father used to leave the cabinets open on purpose. She quickly explains that they did "experiments together for fun". Courtney thinks it sounds fun which makes Cindy smile a little. As the girls ace their assignment for the day, Cindy invites Courtney to hang out with her Saturday night, instead of going to the “lame” homecoming dance. Courtney, not having any other plans, gladly accepts. She then makes a joke about Cindy texting her because she has her number, a nod to the first time they met. Cindy doesn't get it and leaves.
When Cindy returns home after school, Bobbie Burman, her latest stepmother greets her and asks how her day went. She hopes it went well, but Cindy calls her out for not wanting her day to go well. Cindy notes that if she were Bobbie, she would be hoping that Cindy got run over on the way home. Bobbie is quiet but states that she's retiring to her room early, something the displeases Cindy, who threatens to tell her father that Bobbie is mistreating her again. Bobbie pleads with her not to and eventually, despite orders from her husband Dr. Ito, she fetches her teenage stepdaughter some pinot noir and cheese. Cindy proceeds to visit her father unannounced by entering his lab via a keypad, something that Bobbie warns her against. Cindy snaps that if she announces herself he'll just say he's busy like always.
She then descends a series of staircases and navigates a slew of tunnels until she reaches the Injustice Society of America Headquarters. She scoffs at Solomon Grundy, who growls at her, along the way. Cindy overhears Sportsmaster giving the others a play-by-play of his and Paula’s face-off with Stargirl and the JSA. Paula wants to get their respective kids involved in the investigation into this junior-size JSA, but Jordan nips that notion in the bud. Cindy repeats "Stargirl" but is suddenly yanked away before the ISA can see her.
Cindy is grabbed from her eavesdropping perch and brought to her father’s lab down the hall. She makes it clear that she is bored with her teen life, wanting a seat at the ISA table. She practically rules BVHS anyway, not Principal Bowin. Dr. Ito dismisses this notion immediately and barely pays attention to her. To prove her point and skills, she produces a blade from her wrist and nonchalantly slashes one of her fathers carefully cultivated assistants. Noting that Cindy has learned “nothing” from her mother’s death. Cindy, now serious, tells him that she was a child. Dr. Ito reminds her that he gave her powers to protect herself, not to “enhance her tantrums”. When Cindy takes a liking to the suit on display, her dad implores her not to touch it, which she ignores. She takes the staff from the wall and begins to twirl it but it is snatched away angrily by Dr. Ito, who scolds her. He tells her to stay focused on Henry in case he exhibits the same powers as his father, Brainwave. Cindy tries to tell him that Henry didn't inherit his father's gifts and wants to dump him, but Dr. Ito presses that she stay with him.
At the Homecoming game that night, Cindy watches in utter disgust as her squad performs a cheer. She remarks that they are all terrible, just as Courtney appears behind her. She turns and remarks that they could use her on the team because everyone else is just awful. Courtney ignores the invitation and asks if they can reschedule their plans for Saturday. Cindy asks why and is confused when Courtney tells her that Cameron asked her to the dance. Cindy calls him an art freak which Courtney takes offense too. She tries to rectify the situation but Cindy sharply tells her to forget it - forever. It's Courtney's loss, not hers. She ignores Courtney and goes back to the squad. By the time she turns around, Courtney is gone.
After the game, Cindy storms into her father's lair screaming from him but he doesn't answer. She demands one of his minions tell her where her father is and when they don't respond, she pushes them away. She tries two codes in the keypad of another sealed door but they both fail. She emotionally throws herself against the door before solemnly admitting that her father is never there for her when she needs him. It is then that Stargirl unwittingly triggers a motion sensor in the tunnels. Cindy sees Stargirl on the CCTV and decides to take action. She suits up in the Shiv suit that she saw earlier, complete with daggers.
Shiv attacks Stargirl once the latter is back in the halls of the school. She throws Stargirl into the ceiling and then against a wall. When Stargirl can recover she looks over at Shiv and realizes in fear that it's Cindy Burman. Shiv takes out her scepter and blows fiery blasts at Stargirl, who barely manages to escape.
Taking their scuffle to the gym where the dance is to be held, the girls continue to fight in brutal succession. Stargirl fires cosmic blasts while Shiv tests out her newly discovered dragon scepter, that shoots fire from its mouth. She whales on Stargirl, barely letting the girl get the upper-hand. At one point, Stargirl shows a blast that seriously burns Shiv's face. Stargirl is horrified, but in a matter of seconds, Shiv's injuries miraculously heal and she smirks. Shiv eventually gains the upper hand by using her wrist blades to slice Stargirl's hands, causing her to release the staff so Shiv can throw it aside. She is about to deliver a finishing blow noting that she needed this today and thanks Stargirl. Before she can stab downward, Justin arrives and blocks her strike with his sword. He then hits her with the sword and knocks her aside where she lies beside Stargirl, both girls wounded. Shiv is still healing from the fight, and barely awakens in time to escape the gym before Pat Dugan can arrive, calling from Courtney. Shiv scampers away into the darkness.
Cindy triumphantly returns to her father's lair from her fight against Stargirl, announcing that she did what no one else in the ISA could - she found Stargirl. Dr. Ito already knows this and gestures to the monitors. He comments that she didn't alert him, and asks if Stargirl's dead. Shiv answers probably, and he takes her Staff and angrily throws it, saying Stargirl survived. He sent minions to collect the body but it was gone. Shiv tells him she beat Stargirl, but there was someone else there but she couldn't see them. He deduces it was another JSA member and begins to angrily berate her for taking the Shiv suit "before graduation". He continues about her reckless actions that almost jeopardized everyone. Cindy counters that she hurt Stargirl, to which he doesn't doubt as he snidely says she hurts a lot of things. She demands he stop bringing up her mother but he coldly states that he didn't mention her mother. She begs for him to listen to her but he's done. He laments how instead of focusing on his important work, he had to explain his daughter's ill-attempt to the other ISA members, and notes she might never get her seat at the table now. Shiv exclaims she did nothing wrong, but he angrily tells her that Stargirl was in the tunnels and is still alive. He orders her to go back home and he'll call for her when the time comes. She stares in defiance, and he dares her to make him remove her hood. Out of fear of his true form, she leaves the lair and he returns to his work.
At the Whitmore-Dugan household, Barbara tells Courtney that one of her friends is here to see her if Courtney is up for it. Courtney claims she is but is horrified to see Cindy, who offers her a bouquet of red balloons. Cindy greets her with a classic "hey, new girl" and releases the balloons in front of Courtney so they float to the ceiling. She heard about the crash and wanted to check-in. Barbara leaves, and Cindy looks around her room, complementing it as "thrift store chic". She says she doesn't do this, like ever, but says she owes her an apology, much to Courtney's confusion. Noting her facial expression, she clarifies the incident yesterday, remaking it was one of those days and blaming it on Henry, her father, Jenny, and Courtney bailing on her, so she overreacted. Thus, she apologizes, ensuing silence from Courtney. Cindy plops down on the bed, inadvertently hurting her, and remarks that they should eat the chocolates.
As Cindy knit-picks through sweets, she fails to notice how uncomfortable Courtney is. Or, just doesn't care that the girl is uncomfortable. As she lays in bed, Cindy says she realized something yesterday - they're not that different, and in fact, they're kinda similar. Courtney asks what she means, and Cindy elaborates that it's their dad's and stuff. She remarks that if things were a little different, Courtney would be a lot more like her. Courtney repeats the statement, to Cindy's reluctance. She finally admits to Courtney that she needs a friend, and receives an uneasy smile.
Once the afternoon is fading, Cindy remarks that the chocolates were her calorie count for today, and announce her leave. Courtney thanks her for stopping by and she approaches it. But before she's in the clear, Cindy says she almost forgot something. She compliments her Staff and calls her Stargirl to her shock. Cindy taunts that after the time they spent together, that she wouldn't recognize her under the mask. Cindy tells her not to worry, in that her secret is safe with her as she didn't tell her father if it meant getting sidelined. Sighing, she tells her to rest up. She warns her she'll be back after - she kills her friends.
Cindy returns home and saunters through the kitchen, ignoring her stepmother's flirtations with a man under the sink. She enters her bedroom and begins removing her sweater and calls out to her mother asking about dinner, but Bobbie doesn't respond. She then hears rustling outside. She looks around her window but fails to see anyone around, so she closes the window and returns to what she was doing. On the roof hangs Wildcat, who helped Beth and Rick escape.
At the King residence, Henry explores his father's secret room. As he is exploring, he roots through what he believes to be mail until a photograph of his girlfriend, Cindy Burman, catches his eye. When he takes out the letter he is confused to find that Cindy's father Dr. Shiro Ito had been corresponding with Dr. King to arrange for Cindy to enter Henry's life and spy on him.
As night falls, Cindy prepares for bed but quickly notices that someone's been in her room. She notices her father's photograph is missing and calls out for her mom. She begins rummaging through the desk for the photo. In the reflection of the mirror, Stargirl can be seen riding the Cosmic Staff. She bursts through the window, shattering the glass and tackles Cindy to the ground. Cindy is on her feet and barely dodges a targeted blow from the cosmic staff that destroys her nightstand. Now annoyed, Cindy pulls a shard of glass out of her cheek and tosses it to the ground. The skin around her wound regenerates instantly. Stargirl asks what Cindy did to her friends, to which she casually responds nothing - yet. Confident that she can defeat Stargirl like she did the night before, Cindy produces her blades from her wrist and attacks Stargirl and they engage in combat with Stargirl shoving Cindy into the closet and breaking the doors. She then blasts Cindy backward onto the bed and fires another cosmic blast that Cindy barely rolls out of the way from. It puts a hole in the wall. Stargirl, now fed up with the antics, throws the staff at Cindy and it hits her in the stomach. The staff carries her outside and throws her to the ground.
Cindy rolls into the street where Henry barely stops his car in time. She stands and looks over her shoulder at her boyfriend, who is in awe of the feat. Stargirl suddenly flies in and knocks Cindy over and they struggle on the ground before Cindy kicks her several feet away. Henry hurries out of his car to check on Cindy. She only quips back that she is going to kill that Star-Spangled Bitch. Henry asks who the costumed girl is but Cindy ignores him, produces her blades, and runs towards Stargirl. Both girls leap into the air and collide in a sea of sparks and crashing noises. They fight viciously before Cindy gains the upper hand and has Stargirl pinned to the street, a blade only inches from her face. Henry begins to hear the thoughts of both Stargirl and Cindy at the same time that Cindy verbally entices him to help her kill Stargirl. Stargirl, on the other hand, is mentally worried about the JSA and her friends. She doesn't want to die but Cindy is too strong. Cindy only wants to kill Stargirl - she has to kill her. The thoughts and emotions of the girls swirl in Henry's mind as he clutches his head, begging them to stop and to be quiet. The thoughts continue with Cindy's verbal enticings only quickening. Overcome with emotion, he grips his head just as green energy begins to appear from his head and swirls around his hands. He screams at them to get away and a powerful green energy blast projects out of his body and slams into Cindy and Stargirl, sending each girl in opposite directions.
Cindy rolls across the pavement but leaps to her feet effortlessly. She produces both her wrist blades and begins to stalk back to the fight when her father's minions grab under each of her arms. She screams and kicks in protest but they don't budge. They carry her to a sewer grate that is open, revealing a tunnel. They slide her down the tunnel upside down, the grate clanging closed behind her. She angrily squirms and screams in protest before grunting and going silent.
The next day, Beth's goggles inform her that Cindy has been withdrawn from Blue Valley High School under the guise that she is studying abroad with her mother. Unbeknownst to anyone else, Dr. Ito continues to punish Cindy for disobeying him, going as far as locking her away in a cell inside his lair. He ignores her screams and protests to let her out. When those fail, she switches to a threatening tactic. She threatens to kill him just like she killed her mother. This catches Ito's attention, and he glides toward the cell door where she cockily admits to knowing he wouldn't lock up his only daughter. Without saying a word he closes the small window in the front of the door that allowed Cindy to peer out. She screams in protest but he ignores her as he returns to his blueprints. Cindy produces her wrist blades and slashes at the door angrily, screaming as she does so. Dr. Ito tells someone to turn on the gas as his daughter needs a nap. The gas always calmed her as a child. Her screams can be heard turning into coughs and, eventually, silence.
The days pass with Cindy still locked in her cell, and she grows uncomfortable and antsy. When she goes to call for her father again she spots Stargirl and the JSA several feet away from her cell, spying on Dragon King and his minions. Cindy elatedly alerts her father of the foes' presence, calling out that "the bitch is here" and begging him to let her kill Stargirl. She watches Stargirl, Wildcat, and Henry fight off Dragon King's minions before Stargirl and Dragon King square off. Cindy once again begs to be the one who kills Stargirl as she wants to do it and will. Her father ignores her and, despite Cindy's protests not to fight, battles Stargirl and ultimately loses.
Cindy remains in her cell as she watches her father prepare for Project New America's launch. She witnesses Dr. Ito open a door and asks where it leads and what's behind it, but he promptly ignores her calls. Brainwave arrives later that night is stopped by Cindy, who asks if Stargirl is dead. A furious Brainwave reprimands her, reminding her of her job to watch out for Henry Jr.'s powers emerging so that he could have time to help him, but because of her, he had to end him. Cindy snaps back that what could have helped Henry was if his father wasn't in the hospital wearing diapers while everyone else had to pick up on his slack. Brainwave approaches her door, taunting her of what her father truly thinks of her - a failed experiment. Cindy tells him her father loves her and that he's a liar. Brainwave asks her why he would lie but Cindy begs him that she could be a valuable member of the ISA. Brainwave coldly tells her they feel the same way as her father - they don't want her. He slides the panel in place, leaving her screaming and smacking against the door.
Cindy is kept in captivity as the ISA attempt to fulfill Project New America, only thirty minutes away from succeeding. She watches from her cell as the JSA and the ISA begin an epic showdown in her father's lair. Dragon King and the Shining Knight slam into her cell door where their blades pierce the lock keeping Cindy contained. She uses this opportunity to sneak out of her cell. As Dragon King is about to impale Shining Knight, Cindy stabs him through the back and chest with her dagger. He falls to the ground as she coldly states that he never should have locked her up, calling him daddy one last time.
Stargirl and Wildcat attempt to break into the machine room where Cindy tackles Courtney to the ground. Courtney yells for Wildcat to continue on as she'll be fine. Cindy and Courtney begin a heated fight with stabs, thrusts, and punches being thrown from both sides. The fight breaks apart and Cindy unsheaths her wrist daggers, ready to fight again. Courtney, now annoyed with the girl's persistence, claims she doesn't have time for this and blasts Cindy into a wall. The teen falls to the ground unconscious, smoke billowing around her from the cosmic blast.
Cindy awakens after the battle is finished to find the ISA destroyed. She travels to William Zarick's storage unit and begins to tear it apart. She empties boxes, crates, throws aside objects, and shakes out envelopes. She takes a box down from the top shelf and sets it down, removing a smaller wooden box. She sets it on a shelf and takes out her flashlight, opening the small box and removing a blue diamond. She holds it up shining her flashlight on it. She smiles eerily stating that she's seen it in there, calling the diamond Eclipso. A sinister laugh comes from the diamond as Cindy smirks.
Cindy makes her triumphant return to Blue Valley since the ISA fight, and makes her way through the empty, dark halls of Blue Valley High School. She uses the secret tunnels to enter the ISA's headquarters, admiring the room as she comments that this could work. She lays out a folder labeled Injustice Unlimited, and opens it to reveal headshots of numerous BVHS students. She looks first at Henry King Jr.'s before tearing it in half. She then lays out headshots of Artemis Crock, Isaac Bowin, Cameron Mahkent, and finally, Mike Dugan. She holds up the black diamond Eclipso and tells him they have some recruiting to do. The diamond laughs that he's ready.
Cindy returns to her house to find that Bobbie Burman has changed the locks and plans to sell the house to leave Blue Valley. Cindy greets her mom and holds up the black diamond Eclipso, eerily saying that diamonds are a girl's best friend. As the diamond glows as does Bobbie's left eye. Cindy forces her mother back into the role of dutiful housewife and fearful mother. The next night, Cindy returns home wanting food again. Bobbie attacks her with a kitchen butcher knife and they fight, though Cindy gains the upper-hand quite easily. She sees Bobbie eyeing the dislodged knife and asks her not to do this. Bobbie lunges for the knife at the same moment that Eclipso takes over Cindy's body. A bright purple light streams from the diamond as half of her face turns black, the other half sprawling with black veins. Eclipso calls Bobbie sinful and holds up the diamond. He ignores her screams of protest as he absorbs her entire body into the diamond, leaving behind only a pile of ash where Bobbie once sat.
Cindy screams for Eclipso to let her go and resumes control of her body. He argues that he had to take control to protect her; but she protests that she can protect herself. She asks what he did to Bobbie. He fed off her hatred and desperation and corrupt soul. Cindy tells him that she’s in control and threatens to put him back in the box if he doesn't understand that. He concedes that he’s only here to serve. Cindy lowers the diamond and silently cries as she looks at the ashes on the floor, remarking that she didn't want Bobbie dead.
In the days the follow, Cindy prepares to recruit members for her new team Injustice Unlimited. She scolds Eclipso for his recent murder, but he believes her lingering trauma from the death of her biological mother is the reason she's upset. He projects a hallucination of Cindy's mother but she forces him to send it away. She threatens to throw his stone in the deepest ocean if he ever tries something like that again. Eclipso submits that he's there to serve her. He then conjures a version of the Injustice Unlimited where the ISA portrait is, assuring her that their goals are the same. That afternoon, Cindy uses Eclipso to prey on Artemis Crock's fears of her parents being attacked by S.W.A.T. agents to make her vulnerable for recruitment. Because Artemis attacked Courtney Whitmore and Brian Tanner Balloid at football tryouts, she was dropped by a college recruiter. Cindy approaches Artemis after the game to apologize for her family's unfortunate situation, but offers her the opportunity to be a member of a whole new team - one that her parents were part of too.
With her team slowly being built, Cindy targets Cameron Mahkent next. She watches him paint a new mural in dedication to his father, and remembers a traumatic childhood memory of being kidnapped by her father. As Cindy prepares to confront Cameron, she is stopped by his Grandmother Lily Mahkent who warns her to stay away from him. She calls Cindy and her father a monster, with Cindy snapping that Jordan was a monster too. Lily breaths out ice which Cindy finds interesting. This is enough for Cindy to leave Cameron alone for the moment. She confronts him later in the day when he visits the art room at Blue Valley High School. She apologizes for the loss of his father and wants to see more of his art. To her surprise, he refuses to accept her condolences. He remembers how crass she was after the death of her mother and knows Cindy has never been sorry for anything in her life. She extends a shiv from her wrist just as Paul Deisinger interrupts, forcing her to sheath the hidden blade. Cameron leaves the art room and Paul inquires about Cindy being back in school, but she snaps that she dropped out and shoves past him. Her actions caused Paul to be possessed by Eclipso and have a mental breakdown.
Pat and Courtney learn that Cindy is back in Blue Valley and has The Black Diamond, so they prepare to confront her. Their plan is derailed when Pat is attacked in The Pit Stop and S.T.R.I.P.E. is dismantled. Pat is placed in the hospital with serious injuries. Cindy calls Courtney from Mike's phone, threatening to kill Mike if Courtney and her friends don't show up at BVHS by midnight. She plans to get vengeance on Courtney for everything she's done to her, but Courtney argues that everything that happened was Cindy's fault. Cindy reiterates her threat to kill Mike and hangs up. She is brimming with rage when she hangs up but Eclipso convinces her that this is all going to plan.
They arrive to a tense showdown against Isaac Bowin, Artemis Crock, and Shiv - the newly formed Injustice Unlimited. Stargirl demands to know where her brother is, but Shiv taunts her first, leading to the first blows being delivered. Stargirl and Shiv pair-off as they exchange brutal blows and blasts with their respective weapons. Shiv continues to taunt Stargirl over having Mike prisoner, and Stargirl manages to kick Shiv off a cafeteria table and onto the ground. She turns to see her team being overwhelmed by their counterparts and rides the Cosmic Staff through the cafeteria, taking out Isaac and Artemis so Wildcat and Hourman can gain the advantages. She circles back to Shiv who rolls out of the way. Stargirl and Shiv are soon locked in another battle as Shiv presses her wrist blades against the Cosmic Staff, pinning Stargirl to a wall. As they struggle, a recently freed Mike Dugan bashes Shiv across the head with a toaster. Their victory is short-lived when Shiv stands for another ambush. This time, Wildcat is propelled across the cafeteria by Hourman and knocks Shiv away from her team.
Now reunited, Stargirl and her team assemble in front of Shiv and her team, ready for another round. The Injustice Unlimited, however, is badly beaten and barely standing. Isaac meekly reveals that Wildcat destroyed his violin, so Cindy calls him a loser. She decides to do this herself and takes the diamond out of its necklace. Suddenly, The Shade arrives in a wall of shadows that surrounds the JSA and protects them from the light of the diamond. Shade warns Cindy that she has no idea of the power inside the diamond. She knows what she's doing but he scoffs that if she knew what it truly was she wouldn't be using it in a petty teenage rivalry. He instructs her to give him the diamond, triggering Eclipso to take control of Cindy's body, much to her screams to stop.
As Shade battles with Eclipso, Stargirl takes charge and attacks using the Cosmic Staff, against Shade's warnings. Eclipso relishes in the incoming attack. When the staff touches the diamond, it causes the diamond to shatter and Eclipso is set free. The blast causes everyone to fall to the ground, and Eclipso rises in his true form. Cindy realizes Eclipso tricked her and tries to attack him. Eclipso grabs Cindy's wrists, and sneers that they used each other. He tears out one of Cindy's blades from her wrist and throws it at Isaac Bowin, impaling him in the stomach, then throws Cindy against the wall. Eclipso approaches Isaac and relished in the impurities that he senses. Eclipso then absorbs Isaac's soul, turning his body into ash. Cindy gets back up, and demands Eclipso remember that she's the only reason he's here. She threatens that she should have kept him in the box she found him and starts to attack. Eclipso causally throws a piece of the shattered diamond at Cindy's feet, and it opens a black portal that pulls Cindy into it. Stargirl lunges for Cindy in an attempt to save her, but Cindy is ultimately engulfed in the vortex.
Over a month later, Courtney is sent to The Shadowlands by Eclipso. She enters the halls of Blue Valley High School where she sees Principal Anaya Bowin and her son Isaac, both of whom had been killed during Courtney's escapades as Stargirl. Anaya quipped that new kids were always trouble, while Isaac merely missed his tuba. Before they could converse more, Courtney was attacked by Cindy who dons her Shiv costume. Cindy greets her as "new girl" with a smirk. The girls fight and Cindy slices Courtney's arm. She then freezes when she sees the blood. She realizes Courtney is actually there and not an illusion, as no one in the Shadowlands ever bleeds. Their reunion is cut short when the illusion of Dragon King appears, ready to torture Cindy more. Cindy promptly shoves Courtney through another door and they land in a little girls bedroom.
In the bedroom, Courtney learns that she is trapped in The Shadowlands. Cindy explains that it's place of despair and negativity where Eclipso was born. It feeds off the darkness in humanity and torments its inhabitants with memories of all the terrible things they had committed in their lives. All the people they've lost and all the mistakes they've made. Cindy learned about the diamond and Eclipso during her time at Diablo Island. She warns that Courtney will never survive the place as she's too good. She sees things in black and white but the world is more grey than that. Cindy also pressed that there wasn't a way out. She had seen peoples souls be ripped apart by the things they endured in the Shadowlands. Though, Cindy viewed it as a personal paradise as she got to murder her father repeatedly and even Courtney. The girls exchange retorts and quips as they blame each other for the situation until Courtney, fed up with Cindy's attitude, fled the room once again.
Courtney ends up in a memory-torture with her mother and is emotional over the moment. Cindy abruptly pulls Courtney out of the illusion and back into the room of a little girl. Cindy remarks that it sounds as though Barbara was going to wish Courtney wasn't born. The girls eventually argue back and forth again. Cindy embraces her darkness because she's a survivor. Courtney doesn't think that excuses the horrible things Cindy has done. Cindy unloads the torture she endured at the hands of her father in an attempt to get Courtney to embrace her darkness. As they argue, an illusion of Cindy's mother, Suzanne, appears. She is moved by the sight of Suzanne and becomes emotional as she witnesses her younger self speak to Suzanne. Cindy advances toward her younger self who is about to hurt Suzanne, but Dragon King's henchmen intervene and kidnaps Cindy. Courtney runs after her but when she pushes through a door she arrives in an abyss of darkness.
Eventually, Courtney goes to Dragon King's lair in the Blue Valley Tunnels to save Cindy. She witnesses Cindy being injected with a syringe. Cindy is horrified as she doesn't want to become her father, who gloats that he's about to finish her last experiment to make her the Dragon Queen. He then notices that Courtney has arrived. Dragon King knows Courtney doesn't have her staff and prepares to attack her with a sword. Dr. McNider appears and tells Courtney to ignore him as he isn't real - he doesn't have any power if she ignores him. She does just that and Dragon King vanishes into smoke as she walks by. She quickly frees Cindy, who is then consumed by an illusion of her dead mother. Courtney tells her it isn't real as Cindy cries for the loss and apologizes for having murdered Suzanne. When Cindy accepts that it wasn't real, her mother's body and the body of a watching young Cindy fades away. The trio hurries to the JSA headquarters where they push through the barrier The Shade creates for them to escape. Courtney presses through the film first and transitions from black and white to back into color. Dr. McNider follows soon after, with Cindy crossing through last. When all three are safely returned, The Shade closes the portal. While everyone else surrounds Richard Swift as he dies, Cindy waits on the stage until he dies. She then asks who is ready to kill Eclipso.
Cindy is the embodiment of the high school Queen Bee and the mean girl - perky and snide as well as having an underrated disregard for others' well-being, with a motto of looking out for number one. She displays no subtlety in her cruelty, such as double-crossing a loyal friend by replacing her with the athletically-inclined new student or going to such lengths as to condescendingly tell her stepmother to stop talking. She can be the sweetest person in the school or the meanest, sometimes in the same moment. She shows an initial vulnerable side when it comes to her boyfriend, Henry King Jr., such as brashly insulting the said new student in front of a school official after an altercation with him and taunting former friend Yolanda Montez about her feelings for him. What was first misconstrued as being possessive and concerned about her boyfriend turned out to be a façade to hide her overall indifference towards his suffering due to her father's influence on their relationship.
Deep down, her actions stem from the spite and hatred of her father's long-term experimentation and neglect; therefore she uses these unhealthy outlets as her way to lash out at him. She is sick of playing a normal girl in her father's plans and demands for her place on the ISA's table much to his exasperation. Despite this, on the other hand, she subtly yearns for his approval and love, as revealed in a flashing thought by Henry's telepathy. She wants to accelerate her part in his plans much to his refusal. Due in part to her growing anger, she is shown to lash out violently and has no qualms with killing to get his attention. Dragon King himself recognizes Cindy's volatility and attempts to reign her in by imprisoning her or drugging her with gas.
Despite her upbringing, Cindy does have some ounce of humanity left as evident when she mourns the death of her stepmother, Bobbie after Eclipso kills her, saying she didn't want her to die. However, while many fall for Cindy's manipulations, there are those who do not, like Cameron Mahkent when he rejects her offer of sympathy regarding his father's death and puts her in her place, telling her to her face that she has never cared about anything since the fourth grade. Also, Cindy's arch rival, Courtney Whitmore is one of the few people who isn't afraid to stand up to her. Cindy is not immune to fear, as she was intimidated Eclipso when he killed her team.
Upon her encounter with Courtney in the Shadowlands, Cindy attempts to kill her but is forced to rethink her plan when she sees that Courtney isn't an illusion conquered by the Shadowlands and provides her adversary with intel. Having spent a while in the Shadowlands, Cindy has given up hope of ever getting out but still pulls Courtney out of an illusion. This shows that she has allowed the shred of humanity she has left to resurface as she and Courtney now share a common goal; to kill Eclipso. When Courtney and Charles McNider find they have a way out, Cindy is quick to follow them and voices the question of who wants to kill Eclipso, indicating she is calling a truce for the time being.
Cindy is a pretty young teenager with a tall stature. She has a slender yet athletic build and an olive complexion. Her long hair is jet black with silver streaks in the front parts of her hair. She has expressive doe brown eyes that are usually accentuated with fake eyelashes or silver tinted eye shadow. Her attire consists of expensive taste in both jewelry and clothes, dominated by small sweaters or cardigans paired with short skirts. She has a confident personality that is reflected in her stance. While fighting Stargirl, Cindy can be seen wearing a green armored suit.
|“||You are so good at hurting things.||”|
— Dragon King to Cindy Burman in ""
- Enhanced Physiology: As a child, Cindy's father experimented on her, giving her enhanced physiology. Because of the experiments, she gained incredible powers and abilities.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Cindy can regenerate from any injury. She was blasted in the face with the Cosmic Staff which severely disfigured her face and left her with severe burns. However, the skin regenerated and healed within seconds. During the final battle with Eclipso, Cindy got her arm broken and her face cut up with all of it healing instantly.
- Enhanced Strength: Cindy is capable of single-handedly and repeatedly throwing or striking another teenager above the normal limitations of human strength.
- Enhanced Agility: Cindy was capable of easily jumping into the air and landing with ease while fighting Stargirl.
- Implanted Wrist Blades: Cindy also has the ability to shoot retractable blades out of her wrists. These daggers are longer than her hands, have shown to be as an extension of Cindy's body and are extremely dangerous, capable of killing someone or severely injuring them, in a similar fashion to concealable daggers, when engaging the enemy at close-quarters combat as seen when she disarmed the Cosmic Staff from Stargirl, after both she and Cindy have their hands on it at the same time, by running the blades over to where Stargirl was holding the staff. Despite being implanted in her wrists, Cindy has no physical consequences of them constantly sliding in and out of her wrists, courtesy of her regeneration ability. However, Eclipso tore out her right wrist blade.
- Peak Human Condition: Cindy is highly athletic. She is extremely agile and flexible, able to perform flips, aerials, and numerous other acrobatic maneuvers with ease.
- Skilled Martial Artist: Cindy is shown to be skillful enough in combat to overpower Courtney even when armed with the Cosmic Staff and has likely received training from Dragon King.
- Knife Proficiency: Cindy is skilled at using knives and her wrist implanted blades in combat.
- Intelligence: In spite of her rather shallow inclinations, it was indicated time and again that Cindy is far more intelligent, perceptive and calculating than she lets on. An exchange of letter conversation between her father and Brainwave revealed that very few escapes Cindy's attention, prompting the two fathers to accede courtship between her and Brainwave's son in hopes that Cindy might notice any sign of psychic talent latent within Henry. She was later able to quickly discern Stargirl's civilian identity, Courtney Whitmore, after a brief scuffle and even explicitly telling Courtney herself that the mask she wore as Stargirl was ludicrous as identity-concealment due to Cindy being all-too familiar with her at school — despite of the two of them not spending that much time together there.
- Chemistry: As the daughter of a scientist, she is shown to have knowledge of various chemicals. Such that she is able to expertly synthesize an artificial cloud reaction without having to follow the given instructions on how to cause it step-by-step, achieving the highest grade mark in her class for both herself and Courtney, who volunteered as her lab partner, in that session.
- Shiv Armor: A green and red armored costume containing a large arsenal of bladed weapons. The armor provides Cindy with enhanced strength, sufficient to throw an automobile.
- Dragon Staff: A powerful black staff that is a few feet long with the head of a dragon. Cindy as Shiv uses this staff to shoot plumes of fire at her enemies, as the flames project from the dragon's mouth.
- The Black Diamond: Cindy came into possession of the black diamond that contained Eclipso when she broke into a storage unit and stole it. The diamond holds the life essence of a powerful being who relishes in the impure and sinful actions of others. He sadistically feeds off the dark side of humanity, until he broke free.
- Additional Season 2 appearances include being mentioned in "" and "".
Notes and Trivia
- Cindy was the captain of the cheerleading squad of Blue Valley High School.
- She and Jenny Williams placed in first in the regional talent show by twerking.
- It is heavily implied that the reason Cindy started Injustice Unlimited is to have a 'family' unit of her own, to have people around her who are like her in status; the child of a supervillain.
- Cindy is the first teenager in the series who has a step-parent who addresses them as their parent. Unlike Mike Dugan who affectionately calls his stepmother, Barbara "Mom", Cindy calls her stepmother Bobbie, "Mom" mockingly. She also carries her stepmother's surname rather than her father's.
- Confirmed via Meg DeLacy's Instagram Story