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I can't take much more of this town with its rotary clubs and bake sales.
Paula to Jordan in "The Justice Society"

Paula Brooks is a recurring character in The CW and DC Universe series Stargirl.

Paula is a gym coach and teacher at Blue Valley High School, but is secretly a member of the collective criminals known as the Injustice Society of America. While protecting and providing for her family, Paula hunts the world's most dangerous game - humans - as the Tigress.[1] She is the wife of Larry Crock/Sportsmaster, and the mother of BVHS star football athlete, Artemis Crock.

Biography

At some point, Paula joined the Injustice Society of America as the super-villainess Tigress. Most notable among Tigress' costumed foes was super-hero, Wildcat, who fought Tigress on many occasions. These exchanges were inconclusive, however, each time ending with the Tigress' escape, although on some occasions this escape took the form of her apparently perishing as a means of eluding Wildcat and the police. On Christmas Eve, 2010, Tigress fought alongside ISA members in a battle against the JSA.

Paula, however, married Larry Crock and they had a daughter together, Artemis Crock. They settled in Blue Valley with her becoming a gym coach at Blue Valley High School.

Series

Season 1

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In the cafeteria at Blue Valley High School, a new student Courtney Whitmore struggles to find a seat when a woman appears in front of her wearing BVHS athletic wear. The woman smiles widely and asks her what she's doing. Courtney hesitantly admits she's looking for a seat, and the teacher points her to a table in the far corner, noting the empty seat. Courtney forces a smile, mutters her thanks, and walks off while Paula smiles back at her. As soon as Courtney is gone, the smile on Paula's face falls and turns into one of disgust.[2]

The following day at Blue Valley high, Paula attends the open house assembly alongside her partner and daughter. They all cheer when Principal Bowin mentions the football team, the Prairie dogs.[3]

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Paula and Larry attend Artemis' football practice and witness her being tackled late. They are both upset by the slight but their anger quickly turns to pride when Artemis punches the teammate. Their pride turns to anger once more when Coach Hank benches Artemis for her violent outburst. Paula looks to Larry with an annoyed yet acknowledging look and they exchange a nod as if they knew what the other was thinking.

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That night, when school is let out, Larry and Paula follow the coach into the parking lot as the man is getting ready to leave work. Larry drags a metal baseball bat across the pavement creating a scratching sound that catches the coach's attention. The coach explains that he didn't want to bench Artemis, but the girl has to learn to control her temper, something Larry remarks Artemis gets from her mother. Paula smiles menacingly as she agrees. The parents warn the coach that Artemis shouldn't be benched any further, with Larry putting the bat around his shoulders as he glares that the couch. The coach states that while he's new to BVHS, he's seen controlling parents like Larry and Paula before. He then threatens to bench Artemis, which doesn't sit well with them, and Larry looks to his wife before hitting the coach across the head with the bat.

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The couple drags the body to the middle of the woods where they dig a grave for the coach. They bicker back and forth about having to carry the body. Larry holds his lower back claiming he's going to feel that one in the morning. She retorts that he should remember to lift with his legs, but Larry thinks they should hire a skinnier coach next time. Jordan arrives, having received a text from Anaya Bowin warning him that the "gym rats" are at it again. He catches the villains by surprise warning them that this is the third coach in two seasons they've killed. Larry responds that the jerk had it coming, and the way he heard it, the last coach left town and the one before that had an accident with a riding mower. Paula smirks calling it tragic but Jordan warns them not to push him down - not today. He adds that Anaya is getting tired of replacing her coaches, but Larry counters that they are only looking out for their daughter. Jordan counters that a newer, safer, America is the best gift they can give her so he needs them to focus. Larry snaps back what they should be focusing on since they've been on pause waiting for Jordan and they're ready to get back in the game. Paula seconds this notion as she can't take more of this town's rotary clubs and bake sales. Jordan scoffs telling them to finish cleaning this up, and just as Paula turns to finish digging, adds that they should get theirs suits out of storage. This catches her attention and she grows excited when Jordan states they're getting back into action tonight.

The next day they are watching football practice again when they are met by Steve Sharpe who gives them a key card for Empire Enterprises. They rebuke his claim that their friends. As Steve leaves, Paul calls out to him to pick up his trash - they pride themselves on keeping the school clean.

That day after practice, Artemis is sitting on the couch at home while her parents lie about having a date night and won't be home for the night. Artemis remarks that they never have a date night, but doesn't press the issue. She seems uncomfortable. Paula and Larry remind Artemis about doing a long list of exercises and her homework, noting that they would probably be back before midnight.

The couple dresses in their crime-fighting attire and interrupts the young JSA whilst they are looking at a dead body. Chuck quickly identifies them as Tigress and Sportsmaster, Icicle's attack dogs. He apologizes for the mix-up and Dr. Mid-Nite relays their names to the rest of the team. Hourman attacks Sportsmaster which sparks Tigress and Sportsmaster to agree to fight separately and they dart in opposite directions to divide the team. Wildcat darts after Tigress with Dr. Mid-Nite reluctantly following her.

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Wildcat searches the building for Tigress. She lifts a metal door in an attempt to see if her foe is in the other room. Tigress sneaks up behind her and punches her in the back, sending Wildcat tumbling off the ledge. She manages to use the railing to hang from but Tigress flips over the railing and grabs Wildcat by the back of her suit, throwing her to the ground. Wildcat is on her feet rather quickly and engages in intense hand-to-hand combat. Tigress flips over Wildcat and gets her in a headlock choke, snarling as she does so. Now bent backward, Wildcat manages to free herself from the headlock only to be kicked across the face by her foe. Wildcat angrily rises to her feet and lets out a shout as she flings her hands downward, her claws appearing from her gloves.

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They exchange slashes and blows with Wildcat holding her own against the seasoned villain. She does a backflip over one of Tigress's attacks. When she lands, she scales the lockers using the technology within her suit to then balance on a railing. Tigress achieves the upper-hand here, using Wildcat's vulnerability on the open course. She throws Wildcat against the lockers on the opposite end of the room. Wildcat is pinned against the wall when Tigress produces a crossbow and shoots an arrow at her, remarking that she can't end things too quickly. When Wildcat dodges the arrow Tigress decides that they have to end things now. She shoots another arrow that Wildcat catches and throws to the ground. She jumps on the wall, using her claws to scale the concrete. Tigress grabs Wildcat's legs and throws her off the wall placing her foot against Wildcat's neck. Before Tigress can shoot a fatal arrow, Dr. Mid-Nite uses a fire extinguisher to distract Tigress so they JSA women can escape. They burst out of the door while Tigress angrily watches them flee.

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Tigress joins Sportsmaster in an epic entrance outside while he battles Stargirl, who has managed to disarm him. With her assistance, the couple overwhelms the young heroine and gains the upper hand now that Stargirl is without her team. The heroine refuses to give up easily and shakily rises to her feet much to Tigress' who is surprised by the girl's resilience. The rest of the JSA falls into order around Stargirl. The couple is unfazed and exchanges a mutual nod before approaching the team confidently and calmly. Seconds later, STRIPE lands taking the villains by surprise. Larry looks to Paula and remarks that data night is over. He throws an explosive badminton shuttlecock that is masked as a smoke grenade which allows Tigress and Sportsmaster to escape.[4]

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Paula is present at the next ISA meeting as she listens to Larry recount the events of their brawl with the young JSA. She believes that if this new JSA is children that the ISA should recruit their children into the group. Anaya Bowin disagrees since her Isaac is too sensitive for this way of life and the group had agreed to keep their children out of it. Paula snaps that it isn't their fault that Anaya coddles her son. Jordan sides with Anaya that they should keep their children out of this life, much to Paula's chagrin.[5]

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Paula and Larry attend another ISA meeting where they anxiously wait for Jordan to begin the meeting, which concerns Project New America. She is left uneasy when Dragon King enters and she mistakenly refers to him as Dragon King, though he calmly corrects that he prefers Dr. Ito when in the presence of his allies. Larry makes an off-handed joke regarding Dragon King being let out of his lair, but Paula is unamused by her husband's joke and resumes listening to Dr. Ito's presentation.[6]

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With the timer for Project New America running down, Jordan is displeased when the JSA continuously gets in his way and orders a hit on the Whitmore-Dugan's. Brainwave dispatches Tigress and Sportsmaster to complete the job, with the duo gearing up in their garage. At the Dugan-Whitmore house, Barbara unknowingly avoids an incoming arrow and is met by Tigress who doesn't say a word to Barbara. Terrified, Barbara runs behind the couch to avoid the next wave of arrows, which annoys Tigress who runs after Barbara. She leaps over the couch and springs off the wall, breaking a picture frame in the process, and lunges at Barbara taking the woman to the floor. Barbara is quick on her feet but Tigress kicks her into a table in the next room. Tigress compliments Barbara on her lovely home, leaping into the air to finish off the woman. Before she can pounce on Barbara, the Cosmic Staff sweeps in and blocks Paula from attacking by flying under her so she lays over the staff, which throws her into a wall. Courtney appears and grabs the staff, using it to throw Tigress telekinetically through the doorway, before grabbing her mother and ushering her into a different room.

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Tigress is hot on their trails as she snarls, sweeping Barbara off her feet, though the staff supports Barbara similarly to how it stopped Tigress. In the meantime, Courtney blocks an attack from the villainess, who goes after Barbara again. The staff moves itself and Barbara out of Tigress's grasp before standing her up. It tries to attack Tigress who kicks it backward and into Barbara, before returning to a hand-to-hand fight with Courtney. She gains the upper hand and punches the teen in the stomach and to the ground. The staff flies into Tigress' back knocking her to the ground before flying into Courtney's awaiting hand. The women are on their feet with Tigress grabbing Courtney's sweatshirt with her fist in an attempt to punch her, though the staff knocks Tigress away.

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The girls fight viciously in hand-to-hand combat, exchanging punches and kicks rapidly. Courtney misses an attack with the staff which allows Tigress to grab the staff and drag Courtney across a counter, pinning her with her the cosmic staff. Barbara runs up from behind tigress and shatters a plate over her head. Tigress falls to the floor, though she springs upward and propels off the ceiling to lunge at Courtney. Courtney evades her and shoots a cosmic bast at Tigress, throwing her through the glass doors and out of the house. Tigress lands unconscious, her skin sizzling where the blast connected with her side.

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By the time Paula awakens she is joined by her husband, who was also overpowered in his efforts to take down Pat. They are patching one another up with a first aid kit when they hear a commotion at the front door. They leave to investigate and are annoyed to see Anaya Bowin carrying her fiddle case. Anaya informs her ISA counterparts that Jordan had sent her to make sure they succeeded. She has a plan to immobilize the JSA, which should make them impossible to miss even for the two of them. Larry comments that killing targets that can't move is no fun, and Anaya snaps that this isn't about fun, calling them sadists. She pushes that she feels sick thinking about how their daughter will turn out. Anaya snaps that Artemis is a wild animal like her mother. Larry asks Anaya if she is saying they don't love their daughter, but Anaya turns to face Larry and says she is saying they are unfit to be parents. Anaya turns back to face Tigress, who kills her by shooting an arrow into her heart. Anaya falls to the ground. Paula stalks over to Larry who compliments his wife's great shot.[7]

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The couple returns to the underground tunnels where they meet with Jordan and Dragon King, who have a plan to eliminate the JSA. The assembled ISA members stalk to Dragon King's lair where Paula calls out to the group, smirking happily. Sportsmaster remarks that this feels familiar, alluding to their battle against the JSA in 2010. Paula grins sadistically saying that it was a fun night, with Sportsmaster chiming in that this will be too. Stargirl glances at her team and the prepare to attack. Jordan leads the ISA in a calm walk forward that leads to a run as the teams attack one another.

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Tigress lunges into the air where she collides with Wildcat, and the two fight intensely. They exchange slashes and snarls, with Tigress throwing Wildcat across the floor. Wildcat uses her claws to stop herself before returning to the fight. Tigress uses Wildcat's inexperience to gain the upper hand. She has Wildcat pinned in a chokehold, which Stargirl astutely notices and runs to Wildcat's rescue. She swings at Tigress with the staff throwing her to Wildcat who finishes her off by knocking her unconscious. Tigress lays on the floor of Dragon King's lair across from her equally defeated husband.[8]

Season 2

In the months since her defeat at the hands of the Justice Society of America, Paula is arrested and put in prison for petty theft charges.[9] She remain adamant that the charges are petty and instills this thought in her daughter.[10]

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Shortly before tryouts, Artemis visits Paula, who tells her she'll do great. Artemis cries that she misses her. Paula echoes the sentiment and touched her hands with Artemis against the glass. Paula asks Artemis to tell Larry that she loves him. Paulina and Larry break out of prison and take Mike captive. They make a deal with Pat that they can watch tryouts and then will go back to prison.

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They hangout at the Dugan household where Paula criticizes Barbara for feeding their kids processed sugar. Barbara starts talking about Courtney, and Paula echoes the sentiment about it Artemis. They appreciated the initiative their daughters take, but are frustrated by their stubbornness. Paula and Larry are taken to tryouts by Pat, who instructs them to sit and down stay quiet, but they utterly fail as they encourage their daughter. Artemis is doing bad at first, but then sees her parents and has renewed determination.

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It goes well until Artemis suddenly tackles someone on the bench. She is then removed from the game. After tryouts, Paula and Larry confess to Artemis that they are guilty. Paula tells Artemis she has her own dreams to follow, and they won't let anything interfere in it, including them. They say goodbye to Artemis and let Pat take them back to prison. [11]

Personality

She's as sadistic as they come.
Pat about Tigress in "Shiv Part One"

Much like her husband, Paula is an extreme exercise enthusiast and a woman of action. In particular, she seems to show an extreme drive for the victory that bleeds over into her civilian life, looking down on non-athletic students and even willing to use threats as well as murder to ensure victory for relatively minor things such as high school sports. In spite of her murderous nature, Paula shows a great amount of love and pride in her daughter, seemingly always boasting about her accomplishments whenever possible. This love extends equally to her husband, who she is shown to have a very strong bond to, mainly due to their shared love of violence.

Above all, she is also shown to be rather bloodthirsty and impatient, lashing out at others for otherwise petty offenses and showing an eager desire to resume her criminal behavior. This quickness to violence is shown to be so great she's even willing to murder her own teammates if the need arises, not even hesitating to kill Anaya after she insulted Paula's abilities as a parent.

Physical Appearance

Paula is a middle-aged woman with long light brown hair, brown eyes, and a slim build. She is incredibly physically fit due to extensive training with her husband and daughter. She is a gym coach so her attire is primarily athletic wear such as BVHS sweatshirts. On the occasions that she needs to dress up, Paula favors long dresses or suits. While fighting crime as the supervillainess Tigress, she wears her signature suit.

Abilities

  • Peak Human Condition: As a huntress, physical education teacher, and a member of the Injustice Society of America, Paula is in peak physical condition, with her advanced physicality bordering on superhuman levels. She is very healthy, firmly abstaining from caffeine and processed foods.
    • Peak Human Strength: Paula is quite strong, enough to consistently knock down the second Wildcat with her kicks and throw her around during their duels, as well as drop kick Stargirl a considerable distance and later knock her down with a single punch.
    • Peak Human Durability: Paula has superb durability, as she regularly includes dropkicks in her fighting style and survives landings from high altitudes that would otherwise severely injure the average human. She could also take hits from the first Hourman, and quickly recover from getting knocked through furniture by Stargirl and having a pot broken over her head. However, she was weakened by a blast from the Cosmic Staff.
    • Peak Human Agility:

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      Paula is also extremely agile and nimble, able to move with almost catlike precision befitting her name. during her fight against the first Hourman, she was able to backflip from a second-story floor down to the first story, and acrobatically avoid Starman and his Cosmic Staff. During her fight with the second Wildcat, she regularly competed with her suit-enhanced athleticism, even using her surroundings to run diagonally up a wall. She also effortlessly jumped off the wall and the ceiling when she attacked Barbara and Courtney, and leaped high into the air at Wildcat during the final battle in the tunnel.
    • Peak Human Stamina: Paula never seems to tire during fights, as seen during her duel with the second Wildcat.
    • Peak Human Reflexes: Paula has quick reflexes, as seen when she caught a falling coffee pot.

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  • Master Martial Artist: Paula is a highly skilled martial artist, arguably better than her husband; while Crock tends to rely more on weapons in combat, Paula fights almost exclusively in hand-to-hand when she isn't wielding her crossbow. Her skill is at such a level she regularly clashed with Wildcat, a former heavyweight boxing champion, and was able to effortlessly hold her own against Hourman, despite him having superhuman strength.
  • Expert Markswoman: Paula is proficient with a crossbow. She has demonstrated high accuracy by nearly shooting Wildcat in the head if not for the hero's heightened reflexes. Paula also killed Anaya Bowin by shooting her in the heart, albeit at close range.

Equipment

  • Tigress Suit: Paula wears this suit as her alter-ego, Tigress. It comes with a paw-shaped mask that covers her left eye.
  • Crossbow: While out as Tigress, Paula uses a crossbow as her main weapon of choice.

Appearances

Additional Season 1 appearances include photographs in "Wildcat", "Brainwave Jr.", and "Shining Knight".
Additional Season 2 appearances include being in a hologram in "Summer School: Chapter Six".
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Season 2

Notes and Trivia

Comic Comparisons

  • Paula's costume in the series is based on the outfit worn by her daughter, Artemis Crock, in the comics.
  • In the comics, Paula's alter-Ego was Huntress (not to be confused with the main Huntress in DC Comics media, Helena Bertinelli).

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