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Origin

Natalia Knight had a hard childhood growing up on the dangerous streets as a beggar. She was eventually found and taken in by the wealthy Charles Knight who acted as her guardian until he became her adoptive father. Natalia than had her whole world at her feet, now she lived the life of luxury.

She has passion for astronomy and the night and eventually found a job at Gotham City Observatory but whilst working there one night she became victim to a radioactive laser which drained her skin of all pigment leaving it a pale color. It also rendered her sensitive to light.

Creation

Nocturna created by Doug Moench and Gene Colan

Character Evolution

Bronze Age

Nocturna (Bronze Age)

After Charles Knight Is murdered, she discovered that her lifestyle Is funded by criminal activity. It was then that she met Charles' son, Anton who fell in love with her. They both decided to keep the inheritance and took it upon themselves to keep them in the lifestyle they grew accustomed to burglary since Natalia needed expensive medical equipment to treat her pigmentation.

Anton having spent much time in the orient proved to a highly capable martial artist who dressed himself as the Night-Thief for his nighttime raids whilst Natalia operated behind the scenes as "Nocturna", Mistress of the Night. However their burglary soon brought them into conflict with Batman.

After several clashes with Batman, Anton is captured and sent to prison but Nocturna remained free and continued her life of crime along with a new ally, Nightshade (Not the super heroine). Nocturna would conceive the plans of robbery and theft, Nightshade and his people would carry out the crimes. Once the scheme had run its course, Nocturna called it quits. During this time, she became an intimate friend of both Bruce Wayne and the Batman, something that made both lives more complicated. She also became like a mother figure to Jason Todd, the second Robin and even adopted him.

Meanwhile in prison, Anton finally escaped and after being rejected by his beloved Nocturna, Anton changed his style and became the murderous Nightslayer. He killed Nightshade and for a while, the Nightslayer even traded identities with a delirious Batman. After being betrayed one time too many by the now more moral Nocturna, Anton vowed to kill her. However, it never came to that as Nightslayer is captured by Catwoman and Nocturna having been stabbed was last seen being put into a balloon by Jason Todd which he then set off into the air.

Modern Age

Nocturna (New Earth)

Nocturna makes a long overdue appearance during the Year One storyline, showing up as an unwanted guest of Green Arrow's and Black Canary's Wedding as a member of the new Injustice League. She would reappear as one of many villains which appeared in Salvation Run, siding with Vandal Savage and his divided group of stranded villains. Most recent she seen as one of Hawkman's opponents in the pages of Trinity, appearing in a more updated format of her original classic version even riding in a hot-air balloon as her form of transportation.

Major Story Arcs

Modern Age

Later briefly making appearances in one shots with the Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? and Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive?. Here Nocturna shown battling her former friend Spoiler using newly acquired stealth technology that allow her to turn invisible during their fight. However Spoiler defeats her rather quickly and turns her into the authorities.

Night of Owls

Nocturna is shown to be incarcerated in Arkham Asylum when the Court of Owls come to kill Jeremiah Arkham.

Powers & Abilities

Intellect

Natalia was a brilliant astronomer but unskilled at hand-to-hand combat.Forcing her to rely on others in physical confrontations.

Weaknesses

Light sensitivity.

Equipment

Knock-out powder.

Other Versions

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Nocturna appears in issue 16 of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold comics. She hypnotizes Teen Titans Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Speedy into fighting Batman, until he uses high-frequency sound to snap their trances.

Other Media

Television

Nocturna as drawn by Bruce Timm

Natalia Knight Nocturna was going scheduled to appear in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series as a vampire, but the episode was the canceled after Fox censors objected to the storyline, which would have involved Batman being turned into a vampire and craving human blood. Producer Alan Burnett later recounted the events by saying "We also wanted to do a Nocturna story – Bruce had drawn a hot model of her - but she’s a vampire, which would’ve involved bloodletting, which was a huge no-no for kids TV."

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