|“||You will never see me coming.||”|
— Cindy to Courtney in ""
Cindy Burman is the most popular student and the meanest girl at Blue Valley High... and its most feared. Cindy's mean girl antics places her against Courtney Whitmore and her group of friends, which includes Cindy's recent target, Yolanda Montez.
Secretly the daughter of Dragon King, a longtime enemy of the Justice Society of America, Cindy is determined to follow in her father's footsteps as the supervillain Shiv. Cindy becomes Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl's nemesis and a thorn in the young heroine's side.
Cynthia "Cindy" was born to Dr. Shiro Ito and an unnamed woman in Blue Valley, Nebraska. Cindy was the subject of several experiments and enhancements at the hands of her scientist father, who wanted to give her powers to protect her. She grew up studying chemistry and became very advanced physically, mentally, and in her education. When she was in the third grade, Cindy murdered her mother under ominous circumstances, though she has alluded to it being an accident. After this, her father remarried twice and Cindy's entire personality changed. She became the meanest girl in school when she returned for the fourth grade.
Three months ago, Cindy was opposing Yolanda Montez for school president and was jealous of Yolanda's relationship with Henry King Jr. One day, she witnessed Henry showing his friends 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, though this entire sequence of events stemmed from a coordinated effort between Dr. Ito and Henry King Sr. Dr. Ito assigned Cindy with monitoring Jr. to see if he manifested any of his father's telekinetic abilities.
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, remaining 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 Eclispo. A sinister laugh comes from the diamond as Cindy smirks.
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 facade 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.
Cindy is a pretty young teenager of Asian descent and 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.
- Enhanced Strength: Cindy is capable of single-handedly and repeatedly throwing or striking another teenager by a great distance away. This power could be courtesy of her Shiv suit, however, this has yet to be established either way.
- 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.
- 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.
- Martial Arts: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Notes and Trivia
- Cindy is 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.
- Confirmed via Meg DeLacy's Instagram Story