Caroline Keene "Carrie" Kelley is a fictional character from Frank Miller's graphic novels Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and its sequel Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again (2001). She becomes the new Robin in D.K.R. when she saves Batman's life. Later in D.K.S.A., she adopts the identity Catgirl. She was the first full-time female Robin in the history of the Batman franchise, though Julie Madison had passed off as Robin for a brief time in a Bob Kane story published in Detective Comics #49 in March 1941.
Kelley's first appearance was in the critically-acclaimed graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. Kelley was a thirteen year old schoolgirl and scout whom Batman saved from a sadistic group of gang members on the night of his return from retirement. Idolizing the Dark Knight, she then spent her lunch money on a Robin outfit, set out to attack petty con-men and to find Batman in the hope of becoming his partner. Kelley used a slingshot and firecracker as weapons. She also wore green-tinted sunglasses.
Unlike the previous Robins, Kelley is not an orphan, but she appears to have rather neglectful parents who are never actually seen — one of them mutters "Didn't we have a kid?" while their daughter is witnessing the fierce battle between Batman and the street gangs known as the Mutants. It is hinted through their dialogue that they were once activists and possibly hippies during the 1960s, but have since become apathetic stoners.
In the series, Jason Todd's death had led to the Dark Knight's retirement, but Batman accepted her as Robin when she saved his life just as he was on the verge of being killed by an enemy. He often threatened to fire her but she showed considerable ability and improvisation which impressed him enough to give her a stay of dismissal even when she disobeyed his orders.
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