Vixen, a.k.a Mari Jiwe McCabe is a DC Comics character from a small village in Africa, who was created by Gerry Conway and Curt Swan. She first appeared in the DC Universe in Action Comics #521 in 1981. Her father, who's name is Reverend Jiwe gave her a magical artifact called the Tantu Totem, which is said to been created by Anansi (The Spider God). This Totem allows Vixen to take on the abilities of animals. She also has her own stand alone powers; which she learns later to control without the power of the Totem; Some of those powers are enhanced strength and speed, flight and enhanced vision and senses and high will power to get out of bad situations (just to name a few).
In her earlier years, her parents are actually killed, so she is orphaned which leads to her moving to New York City when she's of age to become a Supermodel. However, she goes on to join the Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans. She also appears in the DC Universe. Later on, she also had her own mini series titled Vixen: Return of the Lion and she became one of the founding member of the new Justice League International.