Beautie is a perfect life-size replica of the children's doll of the same name sold by Tip-Top Toys. She is their corporate symbol and spokesperson, making appearances world-wide. In mitation of her source material's popularized attitudes, she has a predilection for all manner of clothing and accessories. A personality trait probably grafted on her by her creator,
Beautie was built by 8-year-old Elaine Girbachs, daughter of criminal technologist, "Dr. Gearbox." Elaine constructed Beautie to be a playmate, companion, and protector. Despite all of the intelligence and cleverness of this little girl, her father merely ridiculed and shunned her creation, evidently humiliated that such an advanced android had been built by his daughter single-handedly. Deeply hurt by her father's rejection of her technical accomplishment, Elaine ordered Beautie to leave and to forget about her, but Beautie's own heuristic design algorithms developed and resisted the command, repeatedly helping Beautie to re-establish memories back to her past and eventually rediscovering her creator.
Beautie arrived in Astro City in the Fall of 1969. Her first recorded heroic act was foiling the kidnapping attempt made upon Joanie Wheaton, the heir to the Wheaton Investments fortune. Six months later, she assisted Honor Guard in defeating the Toymaker, who'd attempted to copy her design to build a robotic toy army. The Honor Guard brought her into their ranks, leading to legal action declaring her a free person, using the Loony Leo v. Fago's Funny Features decision as precedent. As part of the case settlement, Beautie acts as the corporate symbol and representative for Tip-Top Toys, making appearances nationwide.
In 1978, she broke up an attack on the Astro City Gay Freedom March, which inspired the gay community of Astro City to adopt her as their favorite hero. Not long afterward, she moved into an apartment located over a gay bar in Astro City. Their company provides some relief and a barrier of sorts against the not-just-occasional advances of obnoxious males with romantic notions. Given her design – she was not built to be anatomically correct, plus her skin is rigid ferrostyrene on an omnitanium frame - this suits her quite nicely.
Over the course of her heroic career, she has been destroyed twice, once by the Living Nightmare, and once by The Silver Brain's minions, the Sledgehamsters. Each time, she has been rebuilt, the first time by Augustus Furst and the second by the Black Rapier.
Beautie possesses super-strength, enhanced hearing, and the powers of flight. Her ferro-styrene skin makes her resistant to a considerable amount of damage. As a robot, she doesn't breathe.
She is a friend of The Tourist.
Kurt Busiek says he views her as the type of hero who appears in a team book but has no on going solo series.