Personal Info:
Real Name: Kulap Vilaysack
Also Known As: No known Alias
Place Of Birth: Laos
First Appearance: Batgirl Vol.4 #10 (2012) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Knightfall, James Gordon, Jr., Gretel, Bleak Michael, Bonebreaker, Mirror, Grotesque
Group Affiliation: The Movement, formerly The Disgraced
Base Of Operations: Coral City
Grudges: Batgirl
Creators: Gail Simone and Alitha Martinez
Katharsis is a trained police officer and has further training in unarmed and melee combat.
Flight: Katharsis has the ability to fly.
Weapon: Katharsis usually carries a spiked club.
Kulap Vilaysack escaped her native Laos as a child, together with her mother. Via Thailand, they made it to the United States, where they boarded with a Baptist family in Minnesota. Her mother opened a restaurant, while Kulap joined the police force.
Her career in the force didn't last long. After being forced to let a man who had murdered an immigrant girl go, she attacked him in his apartment with a kitchen knife, barely leaving him alive. Rumours that she castrated him were heard, but not true.
With her police career gone, Vilaysack became a vigilante. Taking the name Katharsis , she joined the Disgraced, the core enforcement team of Knightfall (Charise Carnes). It is likely that Carnes financed Vilaysack’s artificial wings.
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