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Like Robin, many women have taken up the identity of Batgirl.

'''Bold''' indicates current identity.

A character named Betty Kane was the Bat-Girl for seven appearances in the 1960s, but is usually not considered an official Batgirl. For her tropes, see Characters/{{Batwoman}}

[[folder:'''Batgirl I''' / Oracle (Barbara Joan "Babs" Gordon)]]
-> "''A little over a year has passed since my old life ended, since I died and was reborn. The shadows remain, but only to give contrast to the light. I am no longer a distaff impersonation of someone else — I’m me, more me than I have ever been. I embrace it, and the light, with a deep, continuing joy.''"
[[caption-width-right:250:Barbara as Batgirl]]

The most popular and recognizable of the Batgirls, mainly due to originating in the [[Series/{{Batman}} 1960s television series]] and then appearing on [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]] before being the only Batgirl to appear in a feature film. Barbara Gordon was the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon, who debuted by foiling a kidnapping attempt made by Killer Moth in ''Detective Comics #359''. Unlike Batman and Robin, who were possessed of pasts filled with angst, Barbara was a relatively lighthearted and cheerful crimefighter whose motivation was completely altruistic.

Unlike ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} and Bat-Girl (characters introduced during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}), who were merely female counterparts to the Dynamic Duo, Barbara was completely independent of male superheroes, being a representation of the feminist movements of the 1960s (she even had a [=PhD=]; however, she was only allowed to be a brown belt in judo).

Anyone who pays sufficient attention to the comics nowadays, however, knows that she has passed on the mantle of Batgirl and taken up the motif of the computer expert Oracle. Why? It all started in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', which had the Joker shoot her, paralyzing her from the waist down. Creator/AlanMoore intended for it to be a non-canon one-shot, but the story proved to be so influential that DC decided to adapt it into the mainstream continuity. John Ostrander's lauded ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' series then set her up with the Oracle role, with Ostrander's wife Kim Yale being instrumental in her progression.

Incidentally, Barbara's identity as Oracle is arguably more important in the DC universe than her role as Batgirl ever was. Of course, despite being primarily the brains of the Bat-family, she can still fight off anyone who's not a world-class martial arts expert, thanks to tutelage under Richard Dragon. She later became the de facto leader of the Birds of Prey team.

She has returned to her role as Batgirl in the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, having regained the use of her legs thanks to years of physical therapy. However, the events of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' still happened.


* ActionGirl: Even in a wheelchair, she can still kick ass.
* AlliterativeName: Her early equivalent to Robin's "Boy Wonder" was "Dominoed Dare-Doll" (despite the fact that she obviously did not wear a domino mask).
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* AscendedFangirl: Originally, her Batgirl costume was home-made, and was apparently made out of sheer admiration for the Dynamic Duo.
** In ''Batgirl: Year One'', she made the costume to piss her dad off at a policeman's costume party and ended up saving the day. In this version, she's a fangirl of ComicBook/BlackCanary, instead of Batman and Robin.
* BadassBoast: "You've escaped, and you think the world is a huge place, and you can hide anywhere, right? I'm here to tell you... That world? I ''own'' it. ''Your'' world is getting smaller by the second, and you can't hide ''anywhere'' from me."
* BadassBookworm: Even as Batgirl, she is a bookworm, physically unimposing and underestimated. As Oracle, [[HandicappedBadass she's in a wheelchair and still capable of kicking the ass of various muggers, five Men In Black and the elite secret agent Spysmasher on different occasions]], in addition to being a master strategist with a photographic memory, unmatched computer skills and genius-level intellect.
* BetaCouple: With Nightwing.
* [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]]: To both Cassandra and Stephanie.
* BoundAndGagged: Her AlternateSelf, from an AU version of the Killing Joke where [[spoiler:she was the one kidnapped with James Gordon Sr. being killed]].
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to James Gordon Jr.'s Cain.
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* CombatStilettos (though in Batgirl: Y1 she switched to flats after her heel broke on her first mission)
* TheCowl: Barbara was inspired by Batman and takes after him: she wears dark clothes and a cowl, she has no powers, and she patrols Gotham at the night, hunting criminals. In ''Comicbook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Barbara serves as The Cowl to ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'''s The Cape: she is rude, cynical and bossy; but she wants to protect and help people. ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'' even accuses her from "[skulking] around in the dark alleys and back rooms".
* DaddysGirl: Is extremely close with her father.
* DefectiveDetective: Jason Bard, Barbara's {{Love Interest|s}} in her ''Detective Comics'' days, was a private eye and Vietnam vet with a trick knee that often took him out of the action when Batgirl appeared.
* DisabledLoveInterest: To Nightwing, while she was Oracle.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Batman.
* DualWielding: Like Nightwing, she likes to use Escrima Sticks while fighting as Oracle.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: In ''Comicbook/{{Convergence}}'' she finally marries Dick.
%%* EverythingIsOnline
* FanGirl: How she started her crime-fighting career: she went dressed in a Batman outfit to a costume party. She's pretty much an ascended cosplayer. Compared to her predecessor Bette, though, Barbara has always been portrayed as open-eyed and level-headed about it, avoiding the StalkerWithACrush vibe that made Bette less popular.
* FieryRedhead: She's a very fierce and passionate redhead.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Her origins invoke this trope, as Barbara Gordon created the Batgirl costume for a Halloween party, and didn't tell anyone about it, so that when she went to the party no one knew it was her, however when a group of criminals crash the party she defeats them as Batgirl and has used the costume since.
* GeniusCripple: Prior to the New 52, she used to be the poster girl for this trope.
* GrapplingHookPistol: Standard Bat-family equipment.
* GreenEyedMonster: [[DependingOnTheWriter Sometimes]] written this way, given [[ChickMagnet Nightwing's]] tendency to [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn attract women, even unintentionally.]]
* HandicappedBadass: She's kept her upper-body muscles from atrophying in case she has to fight, which she actually does should the situation require it.
* HappilyAdopted: Post-Crisis-but-Pre-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', she was the niece of Jim Gordon who was adopted after her parents died in a car accident. The ComicBook/{{New 52}} has taken this out of her history, as she is now Jim's biological daughter with his first wife.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** Pre-Crisis with Kara Zor-El alias ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''. She was her best friend.
** Post-Crisis with ''ComicBook/BlackCanary''.
* HollywoodHacking: She's so good at it, she allows many to mistake her for a super advanced AI of some kind, which helps protect her identity.
* HotLibrarian: Even as the wheelchair-bound computer hacker Oracle, she's drawn as hot with glasses, simply proving that NerdsAreSexy. Bonus points for being an actual librarian back when she was Batgirl.
* HyperAwareness: She is highly smart and has eidetic memory. She ''cannot'' miss out any details and she ''always'' remembers ''everything'' (including stuff she would rather forget).
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Thankfully one of the less heavy-handed versions.
* KnowledgeBroker: Especially in her debut in the ''Suicide Squad'' books, when her identity had still not been decided.
* TheLeader: Of the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Barbara and Bruce Wayne have this kind of relationship. The Wayne family took her in after she was orphaned, and although she changes clothes around Bruce, there doesn't seem to be sexual tension between them.
* LovelyAngels: Pre-Crisis, she and Supergirl were a very effective crime-fighting team.
* MayDecemberRomance: DependingOnTheAuthor:
** In the 60s, she was at least seven years older than [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Dick Grayson]]. However, it wasn't until the 90s (after ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'') when Creator/DCComics began to seriously push the Grayson-Gordon relationship, where her age is implied to be much closer to that of Dick's, due to them being ChildhoodFriends. In Batgirl: Year One, she seems to be 2-3 years older, at most.
** She has now been retconned to the same age as him thanks to Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}. They were already about the same age in earlier works such as Batman: TAS.
* MissionControl: Plays this role for Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2009}} Batgirl]], and the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey.
* NGOSuperpower: At the height of her career as Oracle, Barbara is a phone call away from basically anyone in the superhero community (and some more contacts besides.) In an issue of ''Justice League'', she reflects that she has more brainpower at her disposal than the President of the United States. She just as quickly decides she's ''not'' going to dwell on that.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Cassandra Cain, who even says that she thinks of her as a mother (just before she goes to fight her biological mother to the death). Barbara is very protective of Cass, and argues with Bruce quite often about how she should be treated. However, Barbara can also get impatient with her, which leads to a falling out between them when she snaps and insults Cass.
* PhotographicMemory: Unfortunate in this case, since she remembers ''every detail of getting shot by the Joker''.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Invoked and lampshaded, and contentiously justified; at one point in the comics, Barbara admits that as a superhero, she has access to a large array of potential cures for her paralysis; magically fixing herself, cybernetic implants, experimental cellular regeneration serums, untested surgical procedures, even medical exoskeletons. She just refuses to use any of these sources on moral principle, as they aren't commercially available and she feels it's wrong for her to take advantage of her unique connections to fix herself when other people have to live with their paraplegia.
* RelationshipRevolvingDoor: Her relationship with [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]]. Since the 90s, they've been an OfficialCouple, have broken up, and then later engaged. Said engagement was [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] when plans to kill off Dick were shelved. Since then, they've been AmicableExes, up until the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, which has them as ChildhoodFriends with a heavy dose of WillTheyOrWontThey that occasionally ventures into BelligerentSexualTension territory.
* RetCon / RetCanon: Barbara's age. She was originally a college graduate with a Ph.D while Dick Grayson was still in high school (later a Congresswoman while he was in college, meaning she was, at some point, at least 25), but has been gradually de-aged over the years until the post-Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}} reboot has them at the same age, and barely out of college. Rumor has it that one of the reasons for the reboot was that word around the office was that Barbara was probably pushing 30 by this point, and that wasn't workable. This arguably began with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', which showed her as roughly the same age as Dick and paired them up romantically.
* SensualSpandex: varies on the artist, but particularly noted during the 1970s as the writers aged Barbara into her mid-20s.
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Oracle is arguably one for the entire DCU, considering how much heroes rely on her information and hacking skills.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Her injury in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' is this, no question. It's been noted that she's not so much a ''character'' in that story as she is a plot device to cause Commissioner Gordon and Batman pain. Alan Moore is on the record saying that this was a case where [=DC=] probably should have reined him in.
** Rectified, however, by re-establishing her as the disabled superhero Oracle, which garnered praise for DC in its handling of disabilities, at least until they decided to retcon Oracle (and the events of ''The Killing Joke'') out of existence in the New 52 continuity.
* TeamMom: Before her leaving Gotham during the 'War Games' arc, she fulfilled this role to the Bat-Family. Which made things slightly odd given that Batman is one of her father figures. And that for a long while she was dating Nightwing.
* {{Technopath}}: Just... read the entry there. [[{{Squick}} You may want to prepare a barf bag, though]].
* TheyDo: With [[spoiler:Nightwing]], at least for a time.
** And eventually get married for good, in Comicbook/{{Convergence}}.
* VagueAge: Prior to ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', her age in relation to other characters often fluctuates. See entry under MayDecemberRomance.

Post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', Gail Simone's Batgirl:

* DeerInTheHeadlights: Early on, she has moments where she freezes up at the sight of a gun pointed towards her, due to her PTSD.
* DramaticUnmask: Barbara tries to do this to her father, but, in a manner not dissimilar to Batman No Mans Land with him and Batman, he refuses to look, not wanting to know who is under the cowl.
* HollywoodDateless: She says that she has trouble keeping a boyfriend.
* MythologyGag: Her guilt complex over the neural implant that fixed her spine is a subtle call back to why she chose to stay paralyzed as Oracle in the pre-Flashpoint continuity.
* SurvivorsGuilt: Barbara also goes through a lot of it while trying to reconcile her choice to go through treatment to walk again.
* TraumaCongaLine: Barbara doesn't have a great time as Batgirl. She's wanted by her own father for apparently killing her brother, her father puts her love interest in the hospital (who then wants to sue Jim), she's still suffering from PTSD, and her closest friend/semi-boyfriend Nightwing seemingly dies in Comicbook/ForeverEvil.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: In the New 52, she was only crippled for a few years. An experimental procedure restored the use of her legs, but she still has psychological scars.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Dick Grayson. While it's clear that there's mutual attraction, it's implied that they never found time for a steady relationship. Though there have been ambiguous references to some sort of romantic past.

Post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', Batgirl of Burnside:

* CheapCostume: Upon losing her fancy armored suit in a fire, she puts together a homemade costume with a leather jacket.
* HollywoodNerd: This run heavily emphasizes her computer science background.
* ItsAllAboutMe: At one point, she decides to enjoy her newfound social media celebrity status. Dinah calls her out on it, and tells her that Batman wouldn't approve.
* LighterAndSofter: As a contrast to Simone's darker run that dealt with PTSD, the Burnside arc sees Barbara going to grad school, making friends, and embracing her youth.
* PhotographicMemory: Heavily used in her detective work. She can recall entire events, and find clues that had been previously missed.
** She almost recognizes a disguised [[Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] this way when her FemaleGaze falls upon his rear.
* VitriolicBestBuds: There's a lot of petty bickering between her and Dinah. They do eventually make up, though.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[Comicbook/BlackCanary Dinah]] gives her a few of these. First for accidentally burning her storage unit, and then for concerning herself too much with her social media fame. Barbara's GadgeteerGenius Qadir also calls her out on this.


[[folder:Batgirl II / Black Bat / '''Orphan II''' (Cassandra Cain)]]
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-> ''"I'll never take another life. Not even hers. So I'll pretend to go all out... and then I'll die. I don't have to do this. I can still study Batman's method. I can be good enough for the costume. I can be... mediocre. For a lifetime. Or perfect. For a year.''"

First introduced during the ''No Man's Land'' arc, Cassandra quickly gained the approval of both Batman and Oracle (who was the original Batgirl) to become Batgirl after saving Commissioner Gordon's life. Come the turn of the century, much of her past was explored, and it was revealed that she had assassin roots, was mute, and killed a man at the age of eight. Oh, and she was an expert body-reader as well.

Miraculously, mainly due to good writing, the character managed to avoid earning the ridicule of the fans, and ended up pretty well-liked by the fandom (well, most of them). She eventually gave up the mantle of Batgirl after a long storyline in which she tries to discover if the infamous assassin Lady Shiva really is her mother.

Of course, all good things must come to an end. When she resurfaced in the ''One Year Later'' time-skip, she had, for some reason, joined Deathstroke's "Titans East" as a villain and re-donned her Batgirl costume. What's more, her personality was twisted into that of a stereotypical DragonLady, all due to ExecutiveMeddling. Attempts to explain this away with Deathstroke's brainwashing drugs generally proved fruitless.

Eventually, she regained the mantle of Batgirl, but as of the 2009 "Batgirl" series, she relinquished the mantle to Spoiler following Bruce Wayne's "death". Upon his return, Wayne founded Batman Incorporated, and he and Tim approached her to become the Black Bat, a member of the team operating in Hong Kong.

She did not make any appearances for a long time after the ComicBook/New52 reboot, but as of October 2015, Cassandra officially came back in the picture with issue #1 of ComicBook/BatmanAndRobinEternal. At the end of that series, she takes the codename "Orphan" after her father, although she's on the Bat's side.[[hardline]]

* AbusiveParents: Both her parents are in the running for some of the worst in the DCU.
* ActionGirl: A lot of people are in agreement that she is quite possibly ''the'' greatest martial artist on the planet. At least, when the writers treat her well.
* {{Adorkable}}: Not as much as Tim, but she is very socially awkward and often quotes TV and movies (since she uses them to help teach her to speak).
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Both the first Asian Batgirl and the first disabled Batgirl. More generally, she was the first person of color to be a member of the Batfamily.
** She's also this as Orphan, as a disabled Asian girl taking over from her father, a disabled white man (she cut his hand off, and he replaced it with a prosthetic).
** Both she and Batman expressed the intention for her to eventually replace him as Gotham's protector, which would make her a disabled woman of color taking the place of a neurotypical white man. However, the events of One Year Later derailed that plan.
* AgeLift: Pre-Reboot she was in her early twenties, around Jason's age. However, in Rebirth she appears to be closer to Tim's age, in her mid teens.
* AllLovingHero: As Stephanie's "ghost" tells her, she cares about everyone. It takes a special sort of this to be willing to die for a random {{Mook}}.
* AmazonianBeauty: She tends to attract a lot of male attention, and DependingOnTheArtist is very muscular.
* AmbiguousDisorder: According to WordOfGod, Cassandra is neurologically atypical, though James Tynion IV has decided to avoid labeling exactly what disorders Cassandra has, so as to avoid stereotyping people with specific neurological disorders.
** Pre-''Flashpoint'' she was confirmed to be dyslexic, but any other disorders were unnamed.
** Many fans have interpreted her as autistic due to her difficulties with language and communication. Even more so Post-Flashpoint, with her intense interests in ballet and theater mirroring real-life special interests in autistic people.
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* AnotherMansTerror: Turned her good and inspired her ThouShaltNotKill attitude because of her body-reading ability. Death was just scary.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: Subverted in the original series. Cassandra's outfit and backstory scream this when contrasted with Barbara Gordon's, but she is very much TheCape.
* TheAtoner: More or less her motivation is to make up for her first kill.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: How she manages to defeat the Brotherhood of Evil singlehandedly.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice, both times at the hands of her mother, Lady Shiva. Of course, both deaths were, directly or indirectly, ''caused'' by Shiva.
* BigEater: At least after really tough fights.
* BloodKnight: Hates killing, but obviously loves fighting.
* BookDumb: Originally, she barely was able to speak and couldn't read at all (she had trouble reading the words ''it was''). Then, during her FaceHeelTurn, she miraculously gained the ability to speak and read perfectly. As of ''DC Rebirth'', she's back to being illiterate and unable to speak more than a few words at a time.
* ButNotTooForeign: Half Asian, half white. This is emphasized by the fact that, DependingOnTheArtist, she can have blue or green eyes (very improbable for a half-Asian person).
* CantHoldHerLiquor: According to Superboy, she was a complete lightweight at the party he hosted at the Fortress of Solitude.
* TheCape: Espoused the virtues of not killing while bleeding to death from a knife in the chest.
* CartwrightCurse: Pre-Flashpoint, almost every guy she expressed interest in (and the women she had LesYay with) ended up dying. To name a few, John Robinson (though that was more of a PrecociousCrush), [[DatingCatwoman Black Wind]], ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, Zero, and [[LesYay Brenda Miller]] were killed off, and Stephanie Brown was killed before it was retconned that she was FakingTheDead. The only people she had ShipTease with who ''didn't'' die were [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueElite Coldcast]] and [[FanonDiscontinuity Tim]] [[BrotherSisterIncest Drake]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Super body language reading. Moreover, her TrainingFromHell allows her to perform such feats as throwing a Batarang, then racing ahead of the missile and catching it before it hits the target. In fact, when she encountered a group of rogue government agents, their computers identified her as having SuperSpeed and SuperStrength, surprising them when a blood test showed that she wasn't actually a metahuman.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: For a few years after the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' began.
* CombatStilettos: Lampshaded; when she steals Barbara's costume, she trips on the heels and it disrupts her WaifFu.
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* CoveredWithScars: Depending on the artist.
* CuteBruiser: She's a 5'5", 115 pound, pretty, rather quiet Asian girl. She has the remarkable skill of reading body language, but what makes her a cute bruiser is her ability to tank bullets without flinching and punch through inches of quartz.
* DanceBattler: Post-''Flashpoint'', she works ballet moves into her fighting style.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Referred to as "Miss Dark and Spooky" by Steph, she still manages to be TheCape.
* DefusingTheTykeBomb: She defused herself.
* DependingOnTheArtist: The most common interpretation is heavily scarred, skinny, and [[MostCommonSuperpower (comparatively)]] small-breasted, but that [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/945740.html doesn't stop]] [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/273503.html some artists.]] In addition, her height varies somewhat. Her official height is 5'5", but while speaking with Bronze Tiger she seems much smaller. [[UpToEleven Furthermore]], her eye color and skin tone vary significantly.
* DodgeTheBullet: While many of the Bat-Family have been shown to evade gunfire, Cassandra has been explicitly shown to be able to dodge bullets ''after'' they've left the chamber.
* DragonLady: During her FaceHeelTurn. Not only does she monologue, she starts to flirt with Robin.
* DyingToBeReplaced: She does not ''die'', but the writers had her abandon being Batgirl solely because they wanted to transfer the mantle to Stephanie Brown. It is eventually revealed that this is part of [[GambitRoulette a plan]] by Bruce Wayne [[BatmanGambit to force Stephanie to mature both personally and as a crime-fighter]].
* ExtremeOmnivore: It doesn't get much more impressive than ''eating Lovecraftian horrors from the Shadowlands''.
* FaceHeelTurn: She becomes the leader of the League of Assassins in the One Year Later relaunch and later becomes a member of Titans East. Retcon revealed that this was caused by Deathstroke's drugs.
* GambitRoulette: It is revealed in a one-shot issue of the Stephanie Brown ''Batgirl'' series that Cassandra Cain abandoned the Batgirl identity on the orders of Bruce Wayne, who planned for the title to pass to Stephanie [[BatmanGambit to force her to personally and professionally mature]].
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Somehow, Robin fought her to a stalemate by randomly punching and kicking. To summarize, he's just not that great of a Martial Arts fighter, and she dodges bullets.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: When the artists remember.
* GrapplingHookPistol: Standard Bat-family equipment.
* HappilyAdopted: Pre-''Flashpoint'', she was Bruce Wayne's adopted daughter.
* HeroicVow: What ThouShaltNotKill is to her post-''Flashpoint'': she's able to see numerous ways to kill her opponents, and has to focus, has to restrain herself, to make non-lethal attacks. This was touched on a few times in pre-''Flashpoint'' continuity, but not given as much focus.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Stephanie.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: She developed one with Clayface, shortly after his HeelFaceTurn, even performing Shakespeare with him on occasion.
* InTheHood: Her costume in ''ComicBook/BatmanAndRobinEternal''.
* LamarckWasRight: Her instinctive grasp of martial arts is suggested to come from her mother. Cain notes that he put multiple kids through the same TrainingFromHell as her, but she was the ''only'' success. He isn't surprised at all.
* LegacyCharacter: Obviously with the Batgirl identity pre-''Flashpoint'', but in the New 52 continuity, she takes on her father's old code name of "Orphan" [[spoiler: after his death]]. She also has shown a consistent desire to become the next Batman, which even Bruce Wayne himself seems to approve of.
* LivingShadow: In her disguise as The Nothing, she uses the Shadow Thief's belt to become this.
* LogicalWeakness: Because so much of her fighting style is based around reading body language, she has a hard time fighting foes like Monsieur Mallah, who as an intelligent gorilla has non-human body language.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Pre-''Flashpoint'', it took her some time to find out David Cain was her father by blood, not adoption.
* MadeOfIron: For a tiny girl, she's survived some truly staggering trauma.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Sample exercise from her childhood training program? Getting shot, then being punished if she flinched. The lessons stuck.
* {{Malaproper}}: As a result of her lack of experience with language.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Though her abilities seem to be the result of her father's training, her mother, Lady Shiva, has similar ones despite her lack of such an upbringing, suggesting there is a hereditary component to it. Whatever the source of her abilities, genetic testing confirmed that she is not a metahuman.
* MissingMom: Lady Shiva, who she knew for a while before finding out their relation. They do reunite... it's not happy.
* TheMole: In the Justice League Elite for the JLA.
* MythologyGag: Her family name is almost certainly a reference to the original Bat-Girl's family name with a different spelling (Cain, as opposed to Kane).
* NameOfCain: Like her father, though she later takes on the Wayne name instead.
* NoSocialSkills: What with her upbringing, it would be odder if she did ''not'' have trouble interacting. She didn't even ''learn to speak'' before her pre-teens!
* OddFriendship: She developed one with Clayface shortly after his HeelFaceTurn, largely due to the fact that she understands what it feels like to be an outsider.
* OneManArmy: Downplayed. She's almost unstoppable in a fight, and can take down {{Mooks}} by the dozen, but she can be tired out by enough opponents.
* ParentalSubstitute: Bruce and Barbara.
* PhlebotinumRebel: Through a [[TrainingFromHell horrifyingly abusive system of child-rearing]], her father created her to be one of the best (if not the best) martial artists in the world. Given that she became ''Batgirl'' [[spoiler:and it took [[BrainwashedAndCrazy mind controlling drugs]] to execute her FaceHeelTurn, and it was temporary]], his idea of creating the perfect assassin clearly didn't take.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Tim. Sometimes goes into LikeBrotherAndSister.
* PutOnABus: After the Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis, she has a FaceHeelTurn, followed by a HeelFaceTurn, and is subsequently benched until being wiped away from existence by ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}''. She's finally reintroduced in ''Batman & Robin Eternal'', however.
* TheQuietOne: She speaks little and mostly with short words. This is the result of [[AbusiveParents her father]] raising her without talking to her or letting her hear people talk, so that [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower body language would be her language]]. Even after [[AppliedPhlebotinum a telepath]] fixed her inability to talk pre-''Flashpoint'', she was never comfortable with words.
** The nature of her difficulty with language differs pre- and post-''Flashpoint''. Pre-''Flashpoint'', she started out with a near-total incapacity with language before encountering the telepath who rewired her brain. Post-''Flashpoint'', she does understand language, but forming what she wants to say in her mind is difficult for her.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Subversion.
* TheRealRemingtonSteele: This is likely the reason Cassandra was created, especially since she takes the costume of the previous Batgirl shortly after her introduction.
* {{Retcon}}: The AuthorsSavingThrow is obvious, so let's discuss her origins. Even though her upbringing was a neverending training from hell, she did love her father, and yet she ran away from him. The reason was that her first kill was the very first time she had witnessed death up close and due to her body-reading abilities, she thought it to be very, very, scary. Thus she found out her upbringing was evil. Now enter the last issue of Adam Beechen's miniseries about her where it is revealed that she hated her dad all along, and that she had actually witnessed her father committing murder up close many times before her first kill.
** Her post-''Flashpoint'' origin changes up a number of things: Her father raised her as he did as a secret project, an example for Mother, his superior, of the effectiveness of the "old ways" of reshaping a child into a desired tool through trauma (however, Mother wasn't happy when she found out he'd been hiding Cass from her). He exposed her to his killings up close in order to numb her to death, but it didn't work out, as her first murder, [[spoiler:Harper Row's mother]], drove her never to kill again. Her feelings about her father are complicated; she doesn't feel he managed to redeem himself, but she does honor him [[spoiler:and mourn him]]. Her history with the Batfamily's been reset so she joins them as Orphan; she's not been Batgirl or Black Bat.
* SilentSnarker: She doesn't make as many verbal quips as the other members of the family, but her body language conveys a ''lot'' of sass.
* TheSpartanWay: She was trained to read human movement as her only language and become an unparalleled assassin in a classical Spartan way, up to and including [[KickTheDog being shot in non-vital areas as punishment--with the threat of being shot again for crying out from the pain.]]
* StealthHiBye: She pulls this almost as frequently as Batman himself. This is partly due to her lack of social skills, since she simply doesn't bother to announce her presence or departure.
* SuperStrength: Of the CharlesAtlasSuperpower variety, but even then her strength is still nigh-unbelievable.
* SuperSpeed: In one issue she ''outruns a bullet''.
* TakingTheBullet: One of her most impressive moments involved taking half a dozen rounds from an assault rifle in order to [[SaveTheVillain keep a]] {{Mook}} [[SaveTheVillain from getting hit by friendly fire.]]
* TapOnTheHead: Often applied by Cassandra to Stephanie.
* TechnicalPacifist: Just because she won't kill doesn't mean she won't stop your heart with pressure strikes so you understand what death will be like. She'll restart it afterwards, but...
* ThouShaltNotKill: Because of her ability to read body language, when she made her first kill she was able to understand the fear of death on an intimate level, and vowed to never take another life.
** She notes that she does not apply this policy to demons or the mindless undead.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Her and Steph had this dynamic, with Steph being the Girly-Girl to Cass' Tomboy. More recently, she's become the girly girl to Harper Row's tomboy.
* TooHungryToBePolite: Her life as a homeless runaway has caused her to have absolutely no manners when eating, much to the amusement of her friends.
* TrainingFromHell: First nine or so years of her life were spent doing this.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Half-Chinese-American woman who is illiterate and can barely speak.
* TykeBomb: She was trained from a young age to be an assassin. She was horrified by her first kill, and ran away. She subsisted on the streets, until encountering Batman and his allies.
* WaifFu: A 110 pound girl who is canonically the best non-powered fighter on the planet.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Gives this speech to several villains, using herself as an example of how people can change. Most notably, this seemed to work on Alpha, [[ChronicVillainy though he later returned to the League of Assassins.]]

[[folder: '''Spoiler''' / Robin IV / Batgirl III (Stephanie Brown)]]
-> "''It's only the end if you want it to be.''"

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Daughter of the Cluemaster (a second-rate Riddler copycat), Stephanie was enraged when her father, who claimed to have gone straight, returned to committing crimes (only without his compulsion to leave clues). Donning a costume of her own, Stephanie became the Spoiler, at first only showing up whenever Cluemaster did and spoiling his plans, hence the codename. She eventually became a full-fledged vigilante, partly because of her attraction to Tim Drake, the third Robin.

Of course, she then found herself the target of every female misfortune that DC could think up. Her relationship with Robin became strained (mainly due to Bats not letting her know their secret identities), she was revealed to be the victim of an AttemptedRape by her babysitter, she went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge after her father was killed while working with the Suicide Squad, she got captured and tortured by Black Mask, and infamously, she was withheld medical treatment for said torture by Dr. Leslie Thompkins. This was, of course, later retconned to having her smuggled out of the country for her safety. Has a page for when she assumed the identity of [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2009}} Batgirl]] from Cassandra Cain until ExecutiveMeddling gave Barbara Gordon back the identity.

As of the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, she is back in her Spoiler identity, and reappears in ''Batman'' #28 as such, in a prelude to her story in the 2014-2015 weekly ComicBook/BatmanEternal storyline beginning in April 2014. Within said series, her history has been [[{{Retgone}} Retgone'd]], and she is just starting out.

(Don't let her attire fool you; she's not ComicBook/{{Raven}}.)[[hardline]]

* EightiesHair: While wearing her Robin costume, her hair inexplicably becomes much longer, thicker, and spikier than it actually should be.
* AbusiveParents: Her father was the Batman villain, the Cluemaster, and he was ''very'' abusive toward her.
%%* ActionGirl
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Subverted. It looked like she was going to be the standard continuity's first female Robin, but more recent interviews reveal that her run as Robin was mainly a publicity stunt: [=DC=] did it fully intending to bring back Tim's Robin and kill her. Both [=DC=] and some fan contingencies claim that she 'doesn't count' as a Robin, she was never given a memorial in the Batcave like the ''other'' dead Robin, and according to the new reboot, there's only been four Robins... guess which one they left out?
** It's acknowledged in story as well. Tim Drake quit the job after Batman tricked him into some convoluted training exercise involving a false future. Alfred thinks Batman just took Stephanie in to make Tim jealous (not helped by the fact that he compares everything she does by how Tim would do it). It's also notable that Bruce withheld a lot of the same respect and trusts he'd given his other Robins; she wasn't informed of the secret identities of characters such as Catwoman, she was never told Bruce's real name, and most notably, was never informed of his other aliases, specifically Matches Malone. It was this lack of trust that lead to the events of ''War Games''. Catwoman actually comments on the fact that Bruce seriously failed Stephanie by not giving her the same trust he'd given Tim, Jason, and Dick.
* AlwaysSecondBest: [[CharacterDevelopment She began to shine once she assumed the Batgirl title]], but Stephanie has a long history of failing to measure up against her compatriots. In particular, she and Cassandra Cain (The Batgirl to precede her, and with whom Stephanie had one of the friendliest relationships amongst the superhero community) would frequently spar and train together, each occurrence only demonstrating how far ahead of her Cassie actually was.
--> '''Stephanie:''' When my dad was mad at me he'd lock me in the closet—what did yours do?\\
'''Cassandra:''' Shot me.\\
''(Both laugh hysterically) ''\\
'''Stephanie:''' Oh, man. [[AlwaysSecondBest I can't beat you at anything.]]
%%* AnimalThemedSuperbeing
* AudienceSurrogate: Similar to Tim, a big part of Steph's popularity is how easily readers can relate to her as a character, especially teenaged girls.
* BlackSheep: Batman alternated between accepting and training her to treating her like one of these so often that it's a wonder the poor girl's head didn't explode.
%%* ButtMonkey
* CasualDangerDialogue: Stephanie has mastered the art of the SeinfeldianConversation while facing her own impending doom.
* CharacterDevelopment: The theme of the series seems to be growing up in both the literal and figurative sense, with Stephanie Brown going to college and also approaching superhero work with a more mature and developed attitude.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: For a period following the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}''.
* ColdBloodedTorture: What (allegedly) killed her, after hours of being subjected to it.
* CoolBigSis: Towards Damian.
* CoolCar: After becoming a member of Batman, Incorporated, Bruce gives her a car she dubs "The Compact". When driving around the city she uses it in "Stealth Mode", where it looks like a very uncool, purple, compact car, something perfectly plausible for a non-wealthy college girl to be able to afford. But when on a mission, it can go into "Combat Mode", where it reveals layers of armor, an armored grille for ramming purposes, and roof mounted cannons.
* CoolMask: A full-faced black(or blue, depending on the artist) one as Spoiler.
* {{Determinator}}: Batman or his subordinates have told her to stop being a hero a LOT, and she ignores them every time. You'd think they'd learn after a while...
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
** In her "The Road Home" one shot, while meeting Bruce for the first time since his "death", she breaks down and slaps him for putting her through another one of his 'tests' to see whether she is competent enough. Then she runs off, saying "I'm glad you're not dead!" thinking "[=OhGodOhGodOhGodOhGodOhGodOhGod=]!"
** In Detective Comics Rebirth [[spoiler:She manages to ''shut down'' Brother Eye. You know, the computer who had an entire event centered around it where the heroes ''failed'' to stop it?]]
* DisappearedDad:
** For a time in the Pre-Flashpoint timeline, when her father was believed dead after seemingly dying as a member of the Suicide Squad.
** Post-New 52, he was [[spoiler:killed at the end of ''Batman Eternal'']].
%%* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* FunPersonified: Arguably the most upbeat member of Batman's "family", next to [[Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]].
* GenkiGirl: As Batgirl, at least. She was much more cynical as Spoiler and Robin.
* GenreSavvy: Stephanie really is a product of her generation, with all the TV and movie knowledge that implies. She is ever-aware of the clichés that occur, and are expected to occur, in wacky situations. This leads to frequent {{Lampshade Hanging}}s, such as quoting the ChekhovsGun maxim verbatim, and even commenting on tropes that she herself has not yet experienced.
* GenderedOutfit: The only Robin to wear a skirt.
* GogglesDoNothing: Her thigh belt was revealed to be empty. Apparently just there for aesthetics.
* GrapplingHookPistol: Standard Bat-family equipment.
* GroinAttack: She's pretty fond of it - she's done it at least three times.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Not only does her hair color fit the Robin color motif quite nicely, but she's probably the one with the most human heart. Dick and Tim are genuinely {{Nice Guy}}s, but they're also the most naturally gifted. Stephanie is a sweetie, despite having no inherent talents and growing up in a depressingly abusive household.
* InTheHood: As Spoiler.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Stephanie has never once lost [[PluckyGirl her positive, upbeat attitude]], never [[DarkerAndEdgier descended to the same levels as the people she fought]], and also never so much as cheated on a test. She is the only Bat-character to never {{angst}} or approach psychosis because of her affiliation with the icon.
* InformedFlaw: Officially, she wasn't as competent as the other Robins, and it's why she was fired and, subsequently, killed. However, besides being taken hostage ([[SarcasmMode because that's never happened before]]), she wasn't any less competent than the others. She lacked Tim's genius and Dick's experience, but during her appearances outside the book at the time, and prior to the event, she was able to keep up and kick butt with the rest of them.
* InsistentTerminology: Barabara originally refused to call Stephanie "Batgirl" for a variety of reasons, both personal and professional, and it was when she finally did that helped Stephanie accept that she had earned the name.
* KidSidekick: And sometimes, she's the Kid Sidekick ''to'' the Kid Sidekick.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Cass, [[HoYay probably]].
* LegacyCharacter: She picks up the immediate mantle from Cassandra Cain, becoming the third "real" Batgirl in continuity at the time, but she also struggles with the even larger burden of living up to Barbara's original legacy. This is exacerbated by the fact that Barbara serves as her mentor.
* TheLoad: Often treated as such by both Cass and Tim. In one instance, Cass determined that there were too many enemies for Steph to handle, so Cass knocked Steph out to protect her from the danger.
* NiceGirl: Among the nicest characters among the Batfamily.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Stephanie is probably a more skilled martial artist than any person in the entirety of the Real World, but considering she lives in ''Gotham'' she keeps being humbled and humiliated by Batman and people with superpowers.
* PluckyGirl: One of Stephanie's crowning characteristics is no matter what crap is loaded on top of her, she remains cheerful and pops back up.
* ThePollyanna: She experiences just as much dark and violent crimes as any of the other members of the Bat-team, but unlike them, she still manages to keep a sunny attitude.
* PrecociousCrush:
** Stephanie has become somewhat infatuated with the detective that is shaping up to be [[TheCommissionerGordon her contact with the local police]], but the age difference (And the implication that he has some serious relationship baggage) will probably preclude any sort of actual relationship.
** Post-Flashpoint, she has one towards Dick as well. While the age difference isn't as wide as it was pre-Flashpoint, this still seems to apply, as Dick is often written as being much older than his canon age (21).
* {{Retcon}}: She did die, after retconned in [[HesJustHiding She's Just Hiding]].
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Her dynamics with Tim Drake/Robin III.
* SecretIdentity: Batgirl is really Stephanie Brown, freshman at Gotham University and formerly the Spoiler and Robin.
* SmokeOut: She ''is'' a Bat…
%%* SpannerInTheWorks: She did start out as The Spoiler.
* {{Squee}}: Stephanie herself squees relatively often, as she is a teenager who has managed to remain [[PluckyGirl light-hearted and chipper]] despite the traumas in her own life. When the possibility of a team-up with the Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey comes up she is ''ecstatic''.
* StealthHiBye: She's fond of this move, and has even successfully used it on Batman.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Since she first gained a larger role in comics she's had to deal with ''every'' cliché about female superheroes, including [[AttemptedRape Attempted]] RapeAsBackstory, before eventually being tortured and killed off to give Batman and Robin something to angst about for bit. When she came back, this was avoided at all costs.
** Specifically, she was promoted to Robin, fired, used to start a gang war, captured, tortured, killed, and refused medical attention by an [[WhatTheHellHero otherwise heroic member of the Batman family.]] After her death, she was never given a monument, she was barely mentioned by other characters, and WordOfGod went on record to say that she was "never really Robin". Small wonder most of this was retconned away.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Damian. Big time. In spite of his jerkishness, she does try to get through to him.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Simultaneously the Girly-Girl to Cass and the Tomboy to [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]]; Steph's a fairly tomboyish girl, but Cass is far less feminine.
* TookALevelInBadass: Referenced, but did not occur within her series. She is more self-assured, confident and competent than she ever was as either Spoiler or Robin, and is complimented on such by Bruce Wayne himself, but this dramatic change took place before the start of her tenure as Batgirl, and her improvements within the series are only incremental increases due to regular training and experience.
** OlderThanTheyThink: She actually first appeared at this level of competence shortly after her death, and even beforehand she was always at least decent enough to fight by herself. ''War Games'' and her time as Robin made her look far less competent, but after she returned from her death she straightened out and was closer on level with Tim, fighting wise. Of course, in between her coming back and this series, the stories with her were a little weird, so most seem to ignore them.
** And in the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'', she manages to pull a BatmanGambit on her father as Spoiler.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Steph and her mom eat waffles at pretty much every meal. It is apparently her mom's way of bonding. Heck, even Damian was seen eating them with Steph more than once!
* YouFightLikeACow: WittyBanter is a necessity in any life-or-death situation, and Stephanie always remembers to prompt somebody when it is their turn for a quip.
--> '''Batgirl:''' "Little late but nice effort."