Paula Brooks was only a teenager when she trained under her idol, Manhunter. However, she used her teachings to begin a life of crime as Tigress. She also went by other aliases such as the Huntress and Mrs. Menance. Tigress later was married to Sportsmaster and they had a daughter, Artemis, together. Tigress began to groom her for villainy and to pass her mantle onto her daughter someday.
At the same time Aquaman took his family on a vacation across the United States, so did Sportsmaster with his family, Tigress and Artemis.