As of the last episode of YJ, there’s been a renewed interest/curiosity/attention to this character, and maybe a little shade being thrown on the idea of a perceived nobody having a relationship with Superboy. I hate it when awesome female characters get reduced to their suitability or lack thereof as a love interest, so I think maybe we would all do to remember who this badass survivor of a woman is. This will be a gushy post. I make no apologies.
In the pre-Flashpoint comics universe Wendy and her twin brother Marvin are the children of the supervillain Noah Kuttler, the Calculator - Oracle’s arch-nemesis. (In terms of trying to kill someone, Calculator even beats the Joker on that count. Most of their confrontations exist in the digital realm, but because they both have such a mastery over computers, digital viruses affect them physically. Wendy Harris’s story actually has a lot of paralells with Barbara’s… this is probably why I like her.)
Wendy and Marvin escaped their father, changed their names to Harris, and “never looked back.”
During the missing year of DC continuity, they join the Teen Titans and manage to completely restore and reboot Cyborg. They are computer and mathematical geniuses and they serve as the Titans support staff, much like Mal Duncan does on Earth-16, but with a lot more fun and personality.
That’s right. They graduated from M.I.T at sixteen. (The whole “Dad sent us” thing is cover.)
But they get taken a little advantage of - and while the Titans are training and not paying attention, a meta-dog (looks normal at first…) called the Hellhound attacks them, kills Marvin and puts Wendy in a coma.
(That’s Cassie, PS - the Titans loved Marvin and Wendy.)
Wendy’s condition attracts Barbara’s attention during the Battle for the Cowl and is the focus of the Oracle miniseries. Calculator experiments with the Anti-Life Equation in a misguided attempt to cure Wendy. Barbara stops him and Wendy wakes up on her own, but has lost the use of her legs.
Wendy is angry and reticent at first, emotional reactions Barbara is only too familiar with.
But with the help of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Wendy rehabilitates and, in the pages of Stephanie Brown’s Batgirl run, becomes a member of Team Batgirl - supporting Steph on missions when Barbara is with the Birds of Prey.
She even gets a shiny new superhero name!
And when Calculator kidnaps Oracle and traps her in a virtual dreamworld (where she dreams of living happily ever after with Dick, BTW. NBD. OTP.) Proxy and Batgirl stop at nothing to rescue her.
She’s sassy, spunky, and has a lot of awesome attitude.
Yeah, yeah, so she was great in the comics, but what does that have to do with the Young Justice cartoon? It seems that none of this DCU history is a part of Earth-16’s Wendy Harris (although we don’t really know that for sure, and she certainly has the potential for a lot of the same characterization.) She and Marvin certainly aren’t twins, probably aren’t even related. But we do know that Greg and Brandon do not pick DC characters willy-nilly without concern for their comics history. I actually remember squealing a little last season when they included her in the school friends that Connor and Megan made at Happy Harbor. You can be sure that the creators of YJ know Wendy’s story and they picked her for a reason.
TL;DR: One awkward look isn’t enough for me to ship Neverland (though that ship name is ADORABLE!) But I do know that whatever happens, Wendy Harris is definitely in Connor’s league. He should be so lucky.