Physically confined to a wheelchair, she is intellectually unrestricted by any barriers. The superheroes of the world come to her time and again to handle the tasks too big for their superpowers. She is a presence throughout the world: watching, tracking, getting involved, via her operatives and allies, where she believes her and their combined skills could help out. Feeding on the mystery and magic of the original Delphic Oracle of ancient Greek mythology, Barbara has allowed very few members of the DCU to know her true identity. Much of the DCU, in fact, has no idea if Oracle is even a human being or machine, let alone the woman who used to be Batgirl. Even Commissioner Gordon, who quickly learned his daughter's earlier alter-ego, is unaware of the important role she now plays in the world.
In the months following her crippling encounter with the Joker, Barbara had hidden herself away from the world, going out only for her physical and emotional therapy sessions. But the woman who had been Batgirl quickly got tired of being afraid and feeling useless. She used her researcher's talents and a grant from the Wayne Foundation to begin anew, this time using computers as her library, her community, and, eventually, her battlefield. While spending her ample free time secretly trying to help solve one of her father's cases -- serendipitiously involving a criminal whose speciality was computer-related crimes -- Barbara slowly discovered herself. During the case, her quest for a new way to defend herself that would not be hindered by her wheelchair-bound state led her to months of training in escrima, the Phillipine art of stick fighting, with martial arts master Richard Dragon. While learning this discipline honed her body and her confidence anew, it also helped her to discover her new path. A dream led her to take on the identity of Oracle - the all-knowing information goddess of the DCU - and become a hero once more. This time, however, she'd be her own woman and not a copy of someone else.