Let’s talk about Renee Montoya for a minute.
She’s a character that was created for the Batman animated universe and first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. It’s traditionally the fate of characters created in expanded universes to just fade away once the piece ends, but Detective Montoya joined the relatively small list of characters (like Harley Quinn, Mas y Menos, X-23, and Phil Coulson) to make the tough jump from expanded universe to the original comics.
First, she started guest starring in Batman and other comics related to Gotham City before becoming a major character in Gotham Central, a comic series that focuses on the Gotham police department. In that series, she is outed as a lesbian in an attempt to discredit her. She gets disowned by her religious parents and eventually quits the force out of disdain for the corruption she sees.
Then she becomes a major character in yet another comic series, 52 where her sexuality is NOT erased, her interracial lesbian relationship is shown and furthers her own character development, and she befriends The Question, a prominent DC superhero. Eventually, he passes on the torch and moniker to her and she becomes The Question.
So there we have it. A queer woman of color became The Question after starting as a side character in a non-canon animated television show.
How fucking cool is that?
Bygone Biographies of Forgotten Friends
Golden Eagle aka Charley Parker aka Ch’al Ander
Charley’s father (Fel Ander) was an alien from Thanagar sent on an undercover mission on Earth. There he fell in love with a human woman, Sharon Parker, and they had a son, Charley.
About four years later they gave Charley up for adoption because the Thanagarians were demanding more from Fel and him and Sharon did not want their child discovered.
He was kicked out of his foster home when he was 18 and didn’t know what else to do with his life, so he considered jumping off a high building, but was rescued by (Golden Age) Hawkman and Hawkwoman (Carter and Shiera Hall), and they gave him room, board, and a job at the Carter Hall museum.
After rescuing Hawkwoman from the Shadow Thief, the two give Charley his own Thanagarian armor and he becomes the super hero Golden Eagle.
He soon moves to Los Angeles to strike it out on his own, and becomes a hero for hire. He also joins the Teen Titans in the Teen Titans West faction, but they soon disband.
Charley stays with Mal and Karen Duncan for a while in Los Angeles with the Teen Titans, and takes up surfing as a hobby.
Later, many of the Teen Titans would be captured by the Wildebeest Society. Charley donned his Golden Eagle costume once again to rescue the Titans, but he was killed on the island.
Somehow the Nth metal in his armor had resurrected him, and he went on a vendetta against Hawkman, teaming up his villains against him. Soon after he lost his left eye, and his rage towards Hawkman cooled down enough to where he apologized, and they worked towards peace on Thanagar.
Unfortunately, he was soon held captive by an alien forerunner until she found another planet to conquer, and only then could he return home.
Pretty Cure First Appearances (2004 - 2014)