A Scottish co-worker with a heart as black as my own recently reminded me of the term "red-headed stepchild."
Having been the tall, dark (and brunette) adopted son of a ginger family, this term confused me until I remembered they have no soul.
Flash forward to tonight where I just re-watched The Dark Knight on DVD and I noticed one interesting cameo that few others lacking the keen geekiness of yours truly. As Commissioner Gordon was bargaining with Two Face over the fate of his family, almost no regard went towards the little girl, only his wife and son. That little girl was, of course, Barbara Gordon who would grow up to become the Dark Damsel, Batgirl.
For those not in the know, Barbara Gordon was the niece of James Gordon who he adopted when his brother died. She can be seen briefly in The Dark Knight as a very little girl/Harvey Dent's target practice.
Poor Babs lacked Batman's resources, riches, skill, style... pretty much everything frankly. But Lordy knows we loved her for her spunky attitude.
But what of her tough-as-nails stepdad who headed Gotham's police force and was in cahoots with Batman? Any self-respecting father could discern the difference between his teenaged daughter going out drinking at Teen Sex Cove or fighting crime dressed as a spandex bat.
The proof's in the pudding. Since Barbara was a red-headed stepchild, he didn't give a damn if the Penguin was shooting at her with his umbrella or Catwoman slashed up her pretty freckled face. Because she had no soul. Duh.
Things got worse for the Commish when Joker shot Batgirl in the spine back in 1988's The Killing Joke, crippling her from the waist-down.
Not only was she a ginger nuisance, but now she was a wheelchair-bound crip. Karma's a bitch, huh?
So what have we learned? No matter how well-intentioned or crafty with a batarang they are, red-headed step children have NO place in society and should be sent to nunneries or Scotland or other such isolating places where they can pray for souls and acceptance from normmies.