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->"It's only the end if you want it to be."

''Batgirl'' was an ongoing monthly comic-book series written by Bryan Q. Miller. Running from 2009 to 2011, this series featured Stephanie Brown as ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, [[LegacyCharacter the third person to bear the title]], while she simultaneously attends Gotham University. This is the second ongoing series to be named after and feature the ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} character; the previous series focused on the preceding Batgirl, Cassandra Cain.

Stephanie Brown is the daughter of the Cluemaster, a member of Batman's rogues gallery, and she began operating as the masked vigilante "the Spoiler" when her father managed to abandon his habit of [[CriminalMindgames leaving clues to his crimes]]. Guest-starring in multiple [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham-based series]], Stephanie began a romantic relationship with Tim Drake (Robin) and formed a friendship with then-Batgirl Cassandra Cain. Eventually she assumed the Robin identity herself when Tim briefly rejected the costume, but her earnest efforts to help ended up instigating a massive gang war in Gotham and she was captured by Black Mask. In the original story she was killed by Black Mask, but a later {{retcon}} revealed that she survived her injuries and her death had been faked to smuggle her out of the country.

When it was decided to launch a new self-titled ''Batgirl'' series, [[DyingToBeReplaced the executives decided not to use the currently-existing Batgirl as its star]]. In the first issue, Cassandra Cain, who had worn the mantle since the BatFamilyCrossover ''Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand'' in the 1990's, retired as Batgirl in the wake of the death of Batman. Stephanie, who had an established friendship and even a pleasant working relationship with Cassandra, [[LegacyCharacter decided to use the costume and assume the mantle of Batgirl]]. Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl, found out about this and at first tried to stop her, but after seeing [[{{Determinator}} a demonstration of her bravery]] vows to guide and help her. The series was LighterAndSofter than many of the other Bat-related titles being published by DC and is an embodiment of the TropesAreNotBad ideal: Its [[PluckyGirl upright and cheerful protagonist]] still faces the same horrors and challenges facing any hero, but perseveres without ever losing her positive outlook.

The series ended in August 2011 with the ComicBook/{{New 52}} ContinuityReboot of the [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]], after which a new ''Batgirl'' series was released featuring Barbara Gordon as the titular character. A one-shot featuring Stephanie Brown as Batgirl was published in ''Batman, Inc.: Leviathan Strikes'', containing her planned ''Batman, Inc.'' crossover issues that were never published due to the reboot.

For the character page covering the Batgirl persona and the various women have worn the identity, see Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}.
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!!This series contains examples of:
* AbbeyRoadCrossing: An outing with Batman, Inc. in London has Stephanie and Squire encounter this, of course.
* ActionGirl: Stephanie herself, as well as [[HandicappedBadass Barbara and Wendy]]. And the Teen Titans, when summoned as TheCavalry in the penultimate issue, are all girls--Supergirl, Miss Martian, Stargirl, and Bombshell.
* {{Adorkable}}: Her generally upbeat attitude combined with her GenreSavvy exterior push her into this territory, but with her making references to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', Steph crosses the line into dorky. he solidifies both the dorky aspect and the adorable aspect in her interaction with Gage when she bumps into him outside of costume.
* AlphaBitch: Jordanna, who might actually count as a friend of Stephanie, is also rude and teases anybody she thinks odd. Steph is her usual target (primarily because she thought Steph was trying to be a ClassClown and because she caught her eavesdropping on her). She also uses the death of another student to get out of taking a test she found difficult and insulted Steph when she refused to the same, something which REALLY pissed Steph off.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: When ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} guest-stars in issue #14 she is better than Batgirl at seemingly everything. Apart from her natural superpowers, she also has a greater zest for college life than Stephanie ever had and can easily follow the [[TechnoBabble explanation for rampaging Draculas]] because she is of the science guild. However, unlike most examples of this trope, Stephanie likes her all the more because [[TheAce she is just so awesome]].
* AmazonChaser: Once she finishes beating to a pulp a train hijacker in issue #9 he can only comment how beautiful she is.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The final line of the series is Stephanie's narration as she swings into the Gotham night for her next adventure.
-->"Here we go."
* ArtShift:
** The opening pages of issue #15 are draw in a SuperDeformed art style, which at the end is revealed to have been art drawn by Stephanie herself [[HowWeGotHere as she explains the history of Batman to Proxy]]. This issue onward also saw the art duties taken over by Dustin Nguyen, who has a noticeably different art style to Lee Garbbett.
** #18 features its first and last pages, magical effects, and scenes in Limbo Town in Dustin Nguyen's signature watercolors.
* AscendedFangirl: In the [[LotusEaterMachine Black Mercy inspired visions]] of issue #24, the final panel shows Stephanie, now an adult woman operating as Knightwing, with her own Batgirl partner. This young woman is Nell, the child that Batgirl encountered numerous times throughout the series and was her biggest fan and ardent supporter.
* BadassNormal: Like the rest of the Bat-family, Stephanie relies on skill, training, determination (and plenty of gadgets) to triumph over creatures with abilities far beyond normal man.
* BatFamilyCrossover: One issue crosses over with the "Collision" event from the ''[[Comicbook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'' ongoing, where Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins menace Gotham and the Bat-Family.
* BatmanGambit: Apparently, Bruce Wayne ordered Cassandra Cain to give up the Batgirl title in the event of his death with the express intention of the costume passing on to Stephanie, which in turn would force her to mature as a person and as a crimefighter. Steph does ''not'' like it when she finds out.
* BatSignal: Batgirl responds to the primary signal, reasoning that it is the ''Bat'' signal, not the Bat''man'' signal. However, when she is suspected of murder the police lure her in by shining the signal and ambushing her when she answers.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Oracle and Calculator face off within Barbara's subconscious.
* BMovie: Stephanie and Supergirl [[ShowWithinAShow go to]] a cliche'd, badly acted and cheesy ''{{Dracula}}'' film when Supergirl stops by one night for a visit.
* BookEnds:
** The line "Here we go" is first uttered by Stephanie in the last panel of issue #3 after she has gained Barbara's sanction and support as Batgirl. It is uttered again by her as the final line of dialogue in the series.
** As lampshaded by Stephanie, the book started with a plot about the hallucinogen Thrill and ends with another hallucinogen: Black Mercy.
* BreatherEpisode: #18 takes a break from "The Lesson" arc for a {{Valentines Day Episode|s}}.
* BuffySpeak: "How else are we gonna solve the mystery of the thingy stolen by the invisible super-guy?"
* ButIDigress: Stephanie has, on occasion, digressed from her own internal monologue.
* CallingTheOldManOut: In her ''Bruce Wayne: The Road Home'' one-shot, [[spoiler: Steph slaps Bruce after finding out he was secretly testing her and blows up at him for everything she had to put up from him over the years. They reach an understanding by the end of the issue]].
* CaptainObvious: "It means no one steals a gun to make cotton candy. You steal a gun to ''shoot'' it, usually '''at''' someone."
* CasualDangerDialogue: Stephanie has mastered the art of the SeinfeldianConversation while facing her own impending doom.
* TheCavalry: The Comicbook/TeenTitans are summoned when Batgirl shouts "ComicBook/{{SHAZAM}}!" and arrive right in the midst of her battle with the Reapers.
* 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. Wendy continues her character development that began after her brutal mauling in the Comicbook/{{Teen Titans}} series, where [[WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} she and her brother Marvin]] were minor supporting characters that were [[TheScrappy heavily disliked by fans]] until [[AlasPoorScrappy their brutal exit from the series]]. She is coming to grips with being a paraplegic and reinventing herself as the superhero-in-training [[PlayFulHacker Proxy]] with the counseling and guidance of both Dr. Leslie Thompkins and Barbara Gordon.
* ChekhovsGun: Stephanie [[LampshadeHanging actually quotes the maxim]], pointing out that nobody steals a gun unless they are planning to use it for something.
--> "If there's a gun in a scene, you use it."
* ChekhovsGunman: Dr. Newton first appears in an unimportant one-shot story during the crossover with ''Supergirl'', but returns at the start of the multi-issue "Reaper" arc.
* CherryTapping: Supergirl is so unimpressed by the Reapers that when she fights [[SuperSpeed Slipstream]], she defeats him with an OffhandBackhand while ''checking her nails''.
* ChildishPillowFight: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} suggests to Batgirl that they have a pillow fight when they are spending the night out together, [[FanserviceFauxFight and Batgirl wonders just what kind of movies she has been watching]]. Later in the issue, though the fight itself is not shown, Stephanies' bedroom is covered in pillow feathers.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Stephanie is a firm believer that kids should have a chance to ''be'' kids, and Damian Wayne's upbringing and current lifestyle disturbs her to no end. When she discovers that he does not even know how to ''play'', [[{{Tearjerker}} apart from causing her heart to break just a little bit]], she brings him to a moon bounce so that he get a start on learning how to be a child.
* ClearMyName: Stephanie is briefly suspected of murder when one of her Batarangs is found near the corpse of a college student she was trying to protect. The fact that it was covered in blood did not help matters. To Stephanie's frustration, it's strongly implied that the police were going to scapegoat the first Bat that happened to answer a Bat-Signal-based trap.
%% * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Klarion.
* ColonCancer:
** Multi-issue arcs are titled, along with each mini-arcs ''within'' those arcs having their own titles, resulting in issues whose full names would be something like ''Batgirl: Batgirl Rising: The Flood: Part Two of Four''.
** [[InvokedTrope Within the series]] Stephanie is [[{{Squee}} very excited]] at the possibility of a team-up with the Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey. She attempts to actually name their inevitable team-up and, after trying variations on the extremely simple "Batgirl and the Birds," settles on "Team Batgirl vs. the Birds vs. Casper the Not-So-Friendly-Tech-Thief In: [[ElectricBoogaloo The Lightning Saga]]."
* ColorMotif: Stephanie is strongly associated with purple...er, sorry, ''[[MemeticMutation eggplant]]''.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Kara asks if Stephanie is [[DressedInLayers going to take her top off to reveal her costume]], Steph snarkily responds that the only result will be Kara looking at her bra. Kara, missing the sarcasm, asks if Steph's bra would have a bat on it.
* ComicBookTime: Slightly less than nine months pass during the series' two-year publication time. Stephanie starts the series at the beginning of her freshman year at Gotham University, and the series ends during her second semester of the same school year.
* TheCommissionerGordon: She works with the real James Gordon and knows him both in and out of costume, but her personal contact is Detective Nicholas "St. Nick" Gage. She finds him ''quite'' [[PrecociousCrush handsome]]. When she meets him outside of costume, she nearly explodes from the levels of awkwardness.
* ContinuityCavalcade: The cover for issue #24, the series finale, contains almost ''every single character'' to ever appear in the series. This includes villains, allies, civilians and even people who only appeared in individual issues.
* ContinuityNod:
** When trying to dissuade Stephanie from continuing as a costumed crimefighter, Barbara points out that her history is ''so bad'' that she actually used Stephanie as an example of why other teenage girls should not become vigilantes, including presenting photographs from her faked autopsy. This occurred in the first volume ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'', where the teenage runaway Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe used a homemade costume to fight crime as Batgirl.
** Issue #19 partially deals with Barbara's life and plans [[spoiler: now that Oracle is [[FakingTheDead dead]].]] That storyline concluded in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' (Vol. 2) #10, which was released the same day and included Batgirl as a character.
** Creator/GrantMorrison worked with Bryan Q. Miller to line-up ''Batgirl'' with his ''Batman Inc.'' series. Morrison planned to write an issue which saw Stephanie head to England to infiltrate a boarding school for teenaged assassins, so Miller wrote an issue of this series which featured Batgirl traveling to London. However, the planned issues of ''Batman, Inc.'' were not published until after the cancellation of ''Batgirl'' and were released as a non-canon oversized one-shot.
* CoolVsAwesome: He might be [[RefugeeFromTVLand a film-spawned hologram]] instead of the real thing, but it is still [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Batgirl and Supergirl fighting]] ''[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Draculas]]''.
* {{Crossover}}: With ''[[Comicbook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'' and ''[[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman, Inc.]]'' in different issues.
* CurbStompBattle: The Comicbook/TeenTitans vs the Reapers. Some of the Titans [[CherryTapping do not even bother to look at the Reapers while they are beating them]], and others [[CasualDangerDialogue experiment with new catchphrases and sayings]].
* DamselInDistress: Stephanie points out that [[DistressedDude Detective Nick Gage is the "damsel"]] in their relationship.
* DareToBeBadass:
--> '''Wendy Harris (Proxy):''' "[[IJustWantToBeNormal What if I don't want to be a hero...]]"\\
'''Barbara Gordon:''' "It's time for Wendy Harris to decide what she wants to do with her future. [[HackerCave Firewall]] is upgraded and ready to go whenever you are. Batgirl will be out on patrol soon. You have the ability to be so much more than you believe you can be."\\
'''Proxy:''' "Look, Barbara..."\\
'''Barbara:''' "Goodnight, Ms. Harris."
* DeathIsCheap: "I've just been worried that if you ever popped up again - and I mean, who ''really'' stays dead nowadays anyways, right? You missed the zombies, by the way."
* {{Determinator}}: Despite everyone telling her to quit, despite everything bad happening to her, she keeps going. Especially evident in the fear gas scene.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: When Stephanie met Detective Gage for the first time in her civilian identity, having already formed a working relationship and [[PrecociousCrush infatuation]] with him under the guise of Batgirl, she absent mindidly comments on how awkward the situation is. It is only when he asks her what she means that she realized she said it out loud instead of in her inner monologue.
* DisabledLoveInterest: A subplot of the series is Barbara's potential relationship with Detective Gage. Her father sets them up on a date early in the series, and it closes with Batgirl recommending that he give her a call.
* DoppelgangerAttack: The power of Figment, one of the Reapers.
* {{Dracula}}: What is worse than Dracula [[TelevisionPortal jumping off a film screen]] and attacking the audience? ''Twenty-four Draculas'' leaping off the screen!
* DressedInLayers: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[ClothingDamage rips off her shirt]] to reveal her uniform beneath it and asks if Stephanie is going to do the same. "[[LesYay Not unless you wanna see my bra]]."
* DrugsAreBad: "Don't do drugs" is the advice Stephanie shouts as she runs away after having beaten up a gang of thugs who jumped her one day.
* DualWielding: Stephanie and Padma take their Ping Pong games very seriously, and they were several games into a "Best of Seven" competition when Padma decided to go "double paddle."
* DyingToBeReplaced: Cassandra Cain does not die, but the series was conceived with the intention of Stephanie being Batgirl and, as such, they had Cassie renounce the identity and costume in the first issue. It was later revealed that [[BatmanGambit this was all part of a plan by Bruce Wayne]] that ultimately lead to Cass taking up the Blackbat identity.
* {{Ephebophile}}: Commissioner Gordon finds it somewhat off-putting when he notices that teenage-Batgirl and one of his thirty-something detectives appear to have formed a flirtatious relationship (Don't worry, it is pretty much just [[PrecociousCrush a harmless crush on her part]]). When the detective complains that nobody says anything when he talks to Batman, Gordon responds that "I'm pretty sure Batman's ''legal''!"
* {{Expy}} Harmony is one for Shriek from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* FakingTheDead: The series makes reference back to the ''War Games'' crossover and Stephanie's subsequent "death," [[AuthorsSavingThrow where she was smuggled out of the country to protect her from Black Mask]].
* {{Familiar}}: Klarion the Witch-Boy and his cat familiar Teekl appear in a Valentine's Day issue when Teekl goes on a murder spree after Klarion the Witch-Boy kept him away from his true love.
* FantasticRacism: Batgirl asks Supergirl if referring to aliens as "your kind" is considered offensive.
* {{Flashback}}: Frequently employed to [[HowWeGotHere bring readers up to speed]].
* ForTheEvulz:
-->'''Batgirl:''' "Why...why are you doing this?"\\
'''Miranda:''' "Because we ''can''!"
* FumblingTheGauntlet: While in Limbo Town, Stephanie is trying to strike up a conversation with a native witch, but when Stephanie tries to complement the witch on her bonnet and asks where she got it the witch interprets that as a questioning of her craftmanship skills. Stephanie says that yes, she is questioning her craftmanship skills, provided that this will occupy at least two-minutes time. Unfortunately, the witch responds that she doubts Stephanie will ''last'' two minutes as Stephanie remembers "[[WizardDuel Oh. Right. Magic.]]"
* FunWithAcronyms: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} actually recognizes that "BFF" is ''already'' plural ("Best Friend'''s''' Forever") and "BFF'''s'''" is a tautology. This only makes her even more awesome in Stephanie's eyes.
* FunWithSubtitles: Well, "Captions" instead of "Subtitles," but they give us such goodies as "Requisite Super-Collider Lab."
* GambitRoulette: The one-shot crossover with ''Bruce Wayne: The Road Home'' reveals that apparently everything that has happened so far in this series, including Cassandra Cain's rejection of the Batgirl title and its passage to Stephanie, was all planned by Bruce Wayne in the event of his death, with Cassandra Cain briefed on the details long ago.
* GenreSavvy: Stephanie really is a product of her generation, with all the TV and movie knowledge that implies. She is ever-aware of the cliches that occur, and are expected to occur, in whacky 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.
* GiantFootOfStomping: Referenced when Stephanie goes to England for a mission with Batman, Inc. She asks Squire to warn her about any impending feet in a ShoutOut to Creator/MontyPython, but Squire [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder assurers her that Knight caught the foot last week.]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The twenty-four Draculas [[RefugeeFromTVLand running around campus]] sprung from a physics experiment that went in a direction other than planned.
* GoodCopBadCop: She and Damian Wayne (Robin) play "Bad Cop, ''Worse'' Cop."
-->'''Batgirl''': Here's the deal---Me? I'm a "punch first, ask questions later" kinda gal. Him? He's a [[EnfanteTerrible stabber]].
* GrapplingHookPistol
* GrenadeTag
* HackerCave: Firewall, Babs' basement wired up with many computers.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Steph's blonde hair adds to the image of this Batgirl being young and light-hearted, and a touch naive.
* HandicappedBadass: A portion of the series is focused on the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, and also Wendy, formerly of the ComicBook/TeenTitans, both confined to wheelchairs but still kicking ass.
* {{Handwave}}: The Explanation for [[RefugeeFromTVLand twenty-four Draculas running around campus]] does not make sense, but it gets the background out of the way so [[CoolVsAwesome Batgirl and Supergirl can fight Draculas]].
* HardLight: The explanation for Dracula's sudden transfer from movie screen to real life.
* HiddenInPlainSight: After officially joining Batman, Inc., Batgirl gets a new advanced crime-fighting vehicle from Bruce Wayne, which outwardly is a normal compact car. She describes it as "discreet urban camouflage mode" and, unlike the more impressive batmobile, she can drive down any normal street without comment.
* HomoeroticSubtext: After Wendy Harris begins to assist Oracle and Batgirl as Proxy she begins to hallucinate seeing her dead brother Marvin, who tries to coach her through her physical and mental recuperation. Both Wendy and "Marvin" are pretty clear that this is a manifestation of Wendy's subconcious, not some sort of ghost or hologram, so when Marvin comments on how hot Barbara is Wendy can not help but wonder at what that says about herself and her mind.
* HowWeGotHere: The frequent use of InMediasRes means that numerous {{flashback}}s are necessary to explain how, for example, Stephanie went from playing board games with her mom to fighting Draculas with Supergirl.
* HumongousMecha: None have appeared in the series, but when going over Kryptonian weaknesses Supergirl explains that, in addition to Kryptonite and magic, they are vulnerable to robots if they are big enough.
* HypocrisyNod: When describing why she hates 'The Reapers', Batgirl remarks on their "Cliched costumes...[[HypocrisyNod says the girl with the]] [[UtilityBelt thigh belt]]."
* ImagineSpot: Stephanie's Black Mercy-induced visions are shown in a montage in #24, including:
** Stephanie, Supergirl, Stargirl, Miss Martian, and Bombshell as Disney pastiches fighting off dwarves, a dragon, and the Queen of Fables.
** Stephanie, Barbara, and Damian participating in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' as Blue, Green, and Red Lanterns, respectively.
** A photo of all three Batgirls with [[ComicBook/BoosterGold Skeets]] and the Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}}s in 1944.
** Fighting the Royal Flush Gang at her college graduation.
** An older version of herself, a mother with a son, operating as Knightwing alongside Nell as Batgirl.
* ImplausibleDeniability: "I'm not a monster" is a pretty brash claim to make when you are [[MindRape mind raping somebody]] ''[[ObviouslyEvil at that very moment!]]''
* IncompatibleOrientation: Stephanie began to develop a crush on Francisco, one of her classmates, and viewed herself as in competition with Jordanna for his affections. However, it turns out that he is already involved with somebody else; a man. Jordanna already knew the whole story, but Stephanie only found out after she was dragged into his whacky family life as Batgirl.
* 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.
* InMediasRes: Issues frequently begin in the middle of Batgirl's current adventure, later explaining HowWeGotHere.
* InnerMonologue: Stephanie has, rather unfortunately, "inner monologue issues." She realizes this, after Barbara pointed it out to her the night before, [[DidISayThatOutLoud when she accidentally says something out loud when speaking to Detective Gage in her civilian identity]].
* InsistentTerminology: Barbara Gordon, the ''original'' ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} and at that point the tech-savvy Oracle, refuses to call Stephanie Brown by the name "Batgirl" [[LegacyCharacter after she takes over the persona]]. This is for a variety of personal ''and'' professional reasons, and she always refers to Stephanie by her proper name or with various pronouns, always avoiding the actual word "Batgirl." When she finally ''does'' use the term Stephanie recognizes that this signifies her acceptance and approval, and it gives her the motivation to persevere when fighting the Scarecrow.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Wendy remembers the night that she and Stephanie first met (During a {{crossover}} with ''RedRobin'') as the night with the ninjas. Stephanie herself simply describes them as "assassins."
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: It's not made clear what the pronunciation ''should'' be, but...
-->'''Red Robin:''' [-Dammit.-] ''(sigh)'' I need your help.\\
'''Stephanie:''' ''Pwned!''\\
'''Red Robin:''' I don't think that's how you say that.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: The regular use of InMediasRes often means that the initial scenes of an issue can not be explained using information that readers currently possess, forcing them to wait for later panels (Or even ''issues'') to provide the proper context.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: As Batgirl leaps out of a helicopter in issue #23, she tells Detective Gage (Who she has had a crush on for the entire series) to give Barbara Gordon a call and ask her on a date. In an interview, Bryan Miller explained that he felt that scene was indicative of real growth in Stephanie's character; not that she would recognize she and Gage could never have a relationship, but that she would actually think to recommend he get involved with somebody else.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Stephanie is one of the few superheroes in the DCU who ''loves'' her job and would not give it up. She is constantly told not to help, people explain all the problems and dangers that are inherent to the hero world, and they point out the personal benefits that come with not living a double life. Stephanie, however, will have ''none'' of it, and even if she has to do everything herself, with no help or appreciation from other heroes, she will not give up doing good.
* JustForPun:
--> '''Batgirl:''' (''While imprisoning Clayface in a block of ice'') "'Kay Mr. Policeman, quip's to you!"\\
'''Detective Nick Gage:''' "Uh...'Freeze!'"
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Clancy Johnson, a.k.a. "The Gray Ghost"]]
* KryptoniteFactor: When Supergirl was injured by one of the [[RefugeeFromTVLand twenty-four Draculas]] that she and Batgirl are chasing, Batgirl is surprised, since she thought only Kryptonite could injure a Kryptonian. Supergirl goes on to explain that other things can injure them, including magic and robots, [[HumongousMecha if they are big enough]].
* LampshadeHanging: Stepanie comments on almost every trope that she experiences or expects to experience, extending to actual quotations of maxims like ChekhovsGun.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: When Oracle and the Calculator [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind are fighting within their minds]] Oracle "deletes" the Calculator's memories of her real identity. However, it is revealed in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' [[DeconstructedTrope that her messing with his mind has had some horrendous consequences that the Calculator believes will ultimately prove fatal]].
* LegacyCharacter: She picks up the immediate mantle from Cassandra Cain, becoming the third "real" Batgirl in current continuity, 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 [[TheObiWan serves as her mentor.]]
* LighterAndSofter: A stark contrast to the DarkerAndEdgier stories we normally get from Gotham, helps that Steph is such a PluckyGirl and good person.
* LotusEaterMachine:
** While under the thrall of the Calculator's nanites during "The Flood" arc, Barbara dreams of a life in the suburbs where she has full use of her legs, is married to Dick, and lives happily with her father, Tim, and Damian. It quickly goes sour when she has a vision of Stephanie and the Calculator shows up in [[Comicbook/TheKillingJoke an aloha shirt and lipstick]]...
** The [[ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything Black Mercy]] makes an appearance in the series finale, issue #24.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Harmony of the Reapers.
* MediumAwareness: The narration captions seem to at least semi-realize they exist in a fictional story, as they occasionally refer to locales and events as they fit into the larger story.
* MesACrowd:
** Riot, a supervillain who is hired to kill [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick!]][[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bats]],
** The "[[BuffySpeak Silver Crab-Guy]]" member of the Reapers.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
--> '''Stephanie:''' "But seeing as how Proxy already has load of abandonment issues and none of my [[PluckyGirl can-do]], [[TheDeterminator Devil-May-Care]], [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]]...uh...unsinkable..."\\
'''Barbara Gordon:''' "You get a little lost there?"\\
'''Stephanie:''' "You shoot from the hip, you don't always hit the mark."
* MindRape: Barbara points out that Calculator loses a lot of credit in the "I'm not a monster" department since he has "[[ObviouslyEvil his hands around my neck while he Mind-Rapes me]]."
* MistakenForGay: When Klarion the Witch-Boy ([[{{Sting}} dum, dum, dum]]) appears and moans that "he" is out of control and violent, Batgirl thinks he is referring to an ex-boyfriend. Klarion quickly corrects her that "he" refers to Teekl, his cat familiar.
* MythologyGag:
** The issue "Field Test" of the first arc of the series, ''Rising'', pit Stephanie against the villain [[ShockAndAwe Livewire]], a CanonImmigrant from the Franchise/{{DCAU}} that first appeared in ''[[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman: The Animated Series]]''. Livewire had also guest-starred in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman: The Animated Series]]'' before being imported into the comics. This episode, "Girl's Night Out," which was her first appearance in Gotham City and any Batman related media, featured her fighting (and being defeated by) Batgirl.
** In "Core Requirements", Dr. Phosphorus assigns himself the title "Baron of Blight" in an apparent reference to the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' villain who looks almost exactly like him.
* NoodleIncident: Barbara and Stephanie allude to Two-Face attempting to rob a [[IdiotBall phased-out]] shipment of two dollar bills.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. The series follows Stephanie after she graduated from High School and moved onto college, with relevant social adjustments. [[ComicBookTime Of course, she does remain a freshman student despite the series being published for two years]].
* TheObiWan: Barbara is Stephanie's.
* ObviouslyEvil:
--> '''Calculator:''' "I'm not a monster!"\\
'''Oracle:''' "Says the maniac with his hands around my neck ''while he Mind-Rapes me''."
* OffhandBackhand:
** Bruce Wayne, while guest-staring, backhands a thug ''while invisible''.
** Supergirl is so unimpressed by the Reapers that she backhands [[SuperSpeed Slipstream]] [[CherryTapping while checking the condition of her nails.]]
* OhCrap: "Balls."
* OneOfUs: Within the series, Batgirl likes Supergirl all the more because she is able to follow the TechnoBabble explanation for their current crisis and has a sufficient grasp of grammar to realize that "BFF" is ''already'' plural.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Batgirl's vampires are HardLight constructs [[RefugeeFromTVLand spawned from an old "Dracula" film]] that do ''not'' stop [[{{Wangst}} whining about their loneliness]].
* 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.
* PlayfulHacker: Proxy, Wendy's new superhero identity. Oracle would also qualify if her skills and operations were not so far above the norm as to blast the "playful" title right into space.
* 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: Stephanie describes herself as such. Barbara's final line of the series is to affirm this belief.
-->"That's my girl--Pollyanna to the very end."
* PowerOfTrust: When Detective Gage says that he trusts Batgirl, even if he does not know exactly why, Stephanie actually says the word "{{squee}}" in her internal monologue.
* 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.
* PsychoElectro: Livewire, the [[ShockAndAwe electric]] villain Batgirl fights in in ''Rising'' arc.
* PunnyName: Detective Nicholas Gage is known as "St. Nick" around the office.
* RefugeeFromTVLand: Dracula. ''Perfect''.
* [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised The Resolution Will Not Be Serialized]]: The last pre-''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' story involving Stephanie Brown, which was originally going to be published in issues #8 and #9 of the ongoing ''Batman, Inc.'' series, has been collected into an oversized one-shot and will be published as ''Batman, Inc.: Leviathan Strikes''.
* RetCanon: "The Gray Ghost" [[ShowWithinAShow was a show featured in]] ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' about a masked crime fighter that was one of Batman's favorite shows as a child. In issue #19 it is revealed that it now has been (Oy, tenses are always trouble in a RetCon) a show in the DCU. The train hijacker of issue #9 is dressed as "The Mad Bomber," a villain from the fictional show, and he later re-appeared with the crime-fighting name, costume and weaponry of the Gray Ghost character himself [[StalkerWithACrush as he tried to become Batgirl's sidekick and get her to go on a date]].
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: When Stephanie [[ShoutOut asks Squire to]] [[Creator/MontyPython warn her about any]] GiantFootOfStomping, Squire assures Steph that Knight caught the foot last week.
* RuleOfCool: The [[{{handwave}} explanation]] for [[RefugeeFromTVLand twenty-four Draculas]] running around campus does not make sense, but it does not matter since it is [[CoolVsAwesome Batgirl and Supergirl fighting Draculas]].
* SecretIdentity: Batgirl is really Stephanie Brown, freshman at Gotham University and formerly the Spoiler and Robin. Oracle is really Barbara Gordon, assistant professor of computer science at Gotham U, the original Batgirl and current leader of the Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey. Proxy is really Wendy Harris, formerly of the WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} (by way of the Comicbook/TeenTitans) and daughter of the Calculator.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: According to revelations made in the one-shot crossover with ''Bruce Wayne: The Road Home'' the''entire'' series has been a test set up by Bruce Wayne to see if Stephanie can grow as a crimefighter and as a person. When Stephanie discovers this [[WhatTheHellHero she is extremely upset and]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome slaps him across the face]].
* ShipTease:
** When one of Barbara Gordon's male students sends a text message to Jen, the girl siting next to him in class, commenting that Barbara is hot, Jen clutches her phone to her chest and says "Yeah, she is."
** After Wendy Harris begins to assist Oracle and Batgirl as Proxy, she begins to hallucinate seeing her dead brother Marvin, who tries to coach her through her physical and mental recuperation. Both Wendy and "Marvin" are pretty clear that this is a manifestation of Wendy's subconscious, not some sort of ghost or hologram, so when Marvin comments on how hot Barbara is Wendy can not help but wonder at what that says about herself and her mind.
* ShockAndAwe: Livewire, a Franchise/{{Superman}} villain that [[CanonImmigrant originally appeared]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman: The Animated Series]]'', guest stars in the first arc of the series, ''Rising''.
* ShoutOut:
** Barbara Gordon is simultaneously starring in both this series and ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'', and Stephanie will often refer to her absences as being related to "the Birds." In a one-shot crossover with ''Bruce Wayne: The Road Home'' Stephanie [[{{Squee}} is overjoyed]] at the possibility of a team-up with the Birds, saying "it's about time," and describing it as "Batgirl and the Birds...the Birds and Batgirl...[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Team Batgirl vs. the Birds vs. Casper the Not-So-Friendly-Tech-Thief In: The Lightning Saga.]]"
** Batgirl and Oracle worked out a sequence of code words and names to use in the event that they needed to contact one another but were unable to use their regular means. The pseudonym "Fay Wray", the starring actress in ''Film/KingKong'', means "[[BruceWayneHeldHostage Blonde, in dress, in distress]]."
** In the crossover with ''Supergirl'' in issue #14, after Batgirl learns that the Draculas they are fighting are holograms, she remarks "Okay. So, barring us running into "[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Moriarity]]" or "[[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Evil Lincoln]]" or anyone else that [[HolodeckMalfunction escaped the Holodeck...]]"
** When fighting a super-powered foe that can become invisible, Batgirl (and later Oracle and Proxy) refers to him as {{Casper}}.
** Stephanie's mom, growing concerned that her daughter is spending too much time at school and 'work study,' advises her "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you'll miss it." Stephanie then informs her that that is from a movie that the two of them watched. The quote itself comes from ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''
** When Stephanie is challenged to a WizardDuel her opponent asks her what spell she would prefer to start with. Her response is "[[Literature/HarryPotter accio fist]]," though she admits afterwards that "[[TalkToTheFist accio face]]" would be the more accurate description.
** "Strictly for rapport purposes--what is a plucky heroine in need of [[WittyBanter banter]] supposed to call you? Pretty sure [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Black Lightning]] is already taken."
** Stephanie once introduced her collapsible staff with "[[Franchise/EvilDead Here's my]] ''[[ThisIsMyBoomstick boomstick!]]''"
** In the same issue as the boomstick comment, she beats up one of Oracle's training robots, which cries out, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E8LisaTheSkeptic WHY.WAS.I.PROGRAMMED.TO.FEEL.PAIN--]]"
** In issue #23, Batgirl summons the Comicbook/TeenTitans assistance by shouting "ComicBook/{{SHAZAM}}!"
** Bombshell, a member of the Comicbook/TeenTitans, has been experimenting with new catchphrases.
--->'''Bombshell:''' "Like 'it's ''blank'' time!'"\\
'''Stargirl:''' "What's the 'blank' for?"\\
'''Bombshell:''' "I'll let you know when I'm done [[ComicBook/FantasticFour clobberin']]."
** As Stephanie shows Supergirl (as Kara) around her college, Supergirl is ''really'' excited.
--->'''Supergirl:''' [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Look at this stuff! Isn't it neat!]]\\
'''Stephanie:''' ''(thinking)'' ''Please don't break into song...''
** #19 has Stephanie recite the KonamiCode.
** While in London, Stephanie asks Squire to alert her to any [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus impending giant stomping feet]].
* ShowWithinAShow: Stephanie and Kara watch a [[BMovie cliched, badly acted and cheesy]] ''Dracula'' film when they decided to go out for Friday night.
* ShutUpHannibal: What she does with Scarecrow
* ShutUpKiss: Stephanie forcibly kisses Klarion the Witch-Boy ([[{{Sting}} dum, dum, dum]]) in order to distract him and keep him from turning Jordanna into a frog. Stephanie, apparently, [[TastesLikePurple tastes like Christmas]].
* SimpleStaff: Stephanie's WeaponOfChoice is a collapseable staff that she wields to bruising effect. In the crossover with ''Red Robin'', she calls it her Boomstick, because she shouts 'boom!' as she hits things with it.
* SmokeOut: She ''is'' a Bat...
* SpitTake: When Steph's mom broaches the idea of moving away from Gotham for a completely fresh start, Steph spits out the orange juice she was drinking.
* SpoiledBrat: Damian Wayne had a childhood of horror based around combat training and lethality, but he is ''still'' a spoiled little twerp who does not seem to realize that Batgirl does ''not'' have to automatically bow down to his obvious greatness. In the end he learns to respect her though, and is seen checking in on her after she suffers the effects of the Black Mercy.
* {{Squee}}: Stephanie herself squee's 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''. When Detective Gage [[PowerOfTrust says that he trusts her]], she actually ''says'' the word "Squee" in her internal monologue.
* StalkerWithACrush: The train hijacker Stephanie beats up in issue #9 begins asking her out midway through his beating, and he reappears in later issues in pursuit of her affections and calling himself "[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The Grey Ghost]]."
* StealthHiBye: "The Grey Ghost" has been "[[StalkerWithACrush tracking]]" Batgirl for a week now, thinking that he had her totally unaware.
-->'''Batgirl:''' "Peek-a-boo."\\
'''Clancy Johnson (The Grey Ghost):''' "Gah! (''Drops binoculars'') Those were expensive!"
* {{Sting}}: Klarion the Witch-Boy verbally inserts his own "dum, dum...'''''dum'''''."
* StopHelpingMe: Batgirl wants to get Clancy Johnson to stop being the Grey Ghost before he hurts himself or gets somebody else hurt. She recognizes that [[NotSoDifferent other heroes all did the same thing to her]], but she notes that he is doing it specifically because he wants to please her. [[invoked]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
** During the Gotham University Harvest Festival, both Stephanie and Oracle independently wonder "What exactly does Gotham harvest?"
** Their thoughts were not very strange, but during the "The Flood" arc many of Batgirl's and Oracle's InnerMonologue narrations were identical copies of one another.
* SuperSpeed: Slipstream. However, when he and Batgirl fight she notices that, though his reflexes are fast, they are ''not'' superhumanly fast, and she is trying to figure out what that says about his powers.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Batgirl wakes up in a hospital, being tended to by her own mother.
-->"Thank you...registered nurse I've never met."
* TalkToTheFist: All Stephanie was trying to do was compliment a girl on her bonnet...
* TastesLikePurple:
--> '''Klarion the Witch-Boy (dum, dum, dum):''' "You taste like Christmas."\\
'''Stephanie:''' "You say that like it's a bad thing."
* {{Tearjerker}}: In Universe, Stephanie does not care for Damian Wayne, the current Robin, even a little bit, but sometimes she can not help but hurt at the obvious issues he has from his childhood.
--> '''Nell:''' "I'm Nell, what's your name?"\\
'''Robin:''' (''While undercover'') "It's...I'm new...er...my name is...[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]]."\\
'''Batgirl:''' (''Internal monologue'') My heart just broke for him a little. I must ''never'' let him know...[[WithFriendsLikeThese unless it keeps him from killing me one day]], [[ButIDigress but I digress]].
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Clancy Johnson, "The Grey Ghost," apparently has some sort of teleporter that makes him vanish in a flash of light.
* TelevisionPortal: Isn't it just like {{Dracula}} to leap off the movie screen and start attacking audience?
* TemptingFate: While waiting for Calculator to attack, Barbara Gordon comments that she ''hates'' waiting. However, when Calculator does attack mere moments later she immediately regrets her earlier thoughts.
-->"I take it all back, universe. Waiting was just fine, thanks. More waiting please!"
* ThatsWhatSheSaid:
--> '''Batgirl:''' (''[[ItMakesSenseInContext While being strangled by Dracula]]'') "Hopefully you won't hold this against me."\\
'''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}:''' "[[ThatsWhatSheSaid That's what she said.]]"\\
'''Batgirl:''' "[[CasualDangerDialogue You're funny.]]"\\
'''Supergirl:''' "[[CasualDangerDialogue I try.]]"
* 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Steph and her mom eat waffles at pretty much every meal. It is apparently her mom's way of bonding, and even Damian was seen eating them with Steph more than once. It inspired a fan movement, who in an attempt to show DC that she is well liked by the fandom sent waffles to their head office.
* TripleShifter: Though she does more heroics in the daytime and dusk than Franchise/{{Batman}}, her primary hours of hero duty are still during the night. Since she also has a full class schedule ''and'' work-study at Gotham University this leaves her very little free time for sleeping. As with most triple shifters the severe health and psychological problems that come with sleep deprivation are not mentioned, but the comic does deal with her almost constant exhaustion and she frequently oversleeps for both school and hero activities.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Stephanie finds it extremely disturbing just how emotionally damaged Damian Wayne is, especially when she learns he does not know how to ''play''.
* UnexplainedRecovery:
-->'''Batgirl:''' "You're supposed to be ''dead''."\\
[[spoiler:Cluemaster]]: "I could say the same about ''you''."\\
'''Batgirl:''' "I got better."\\
[[spoiler:Cluemaster]]: "So did I."
* UtilityBelt: Stephanie's tenure as Batgirl is assisted by the usual assortment of gadgets and gear, but her costume actually seems to have enough pockets to carry it all. Unlike Batman, Robin and the previous Batgirl's, [[HyperspaceArsenal who managed to fit all their gadgets into a single belt]], Stephanie Brown wears an additional belt around her left thigh.
* ValentinesDayEpisode: #18, "Chalk (heart) Outline", featuring an odd date between Klarion and Stephanie as they try to find a mate for his familiar, Teekl.
* WakingNonSequitur: "...Kill you UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln..."
* {{Wangst}}: In-universe, in the [[BMovie cheesy, over-acted]] [[ShowWithinAShow movie the girls are watching]] the various Draculas will ''not'' stop whining about how alone they are. Or rather, how '''''ALONE!!!!!''''' they are.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Steph and Damian, and to a lesser extent Steph and Babs. Damian and Steph actually come to blows at one point, and he spends most of his time with her threatening her and insulting her body. Babs is MUCH nicer after they come to an understanding, but they both regularly snark each other.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]:
** Stephanie spends the early issues just looking for some validation and appreciation from Barbara, which she finally gets in issue #3.
** In that same issue, Scarecrow's fear gas revealed Stephanie's deep-rooted fears of being a failure as a superhero and as a girlfriend to [[{{Robin}} Tim Drake]]. In the Batgirl/Red Robin crossover in issue #8, her fears are assuaged when Tim tells her he is proud of what she has become.
** She looked up to Batman during her tenure as Robin, and even asked him for validation during her death scene in War Games. When Bruce returns, however, [[WhatTheHellHero she lets]] ''[[WhatTheHellHero him]]'' [[WhatTheHellHero have it]] instead of looking for his approval, as she recognizes that he was not a very good mentor/father figure.
** Damian Wayne's ComedicSociopathy and hostility with Stephanie is clearly all driven by his desire for approval and acceptance from Batman, ''either'' Batman, and he views her as a clear threat to that approval. What makes it so painful, especially to Stephanie, is that he clearly has no clue that his efforts are just driving his father figures further and further away, as he constantly tries to impress them with violence and aggression when all ''they'' want is for him to learn compassion.
* WhatTheHellHero: Stephanie is ''not'' happy with Bruce's "test," and she lets him know. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome By]] '''''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome slapping]]''''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome him]].
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* WhosLaughingNow: Dr. Newton first appears exclaiming that he will "Show them all!" and he "Won't go back!" but when his invention actually begins to act up he just stares at it in surprises and says "[[OhCrap Balls]]." [[SubvertedTrope Then he helps Batgirl and Supergirl fix everything]].
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Stephanie and Damian Wayne, the current Robin, do ''not'' have a pleasant or cooperative relationship, and it verges right on the border of DividedWeFall. Only their ability to (so far) always pull success from the ashes has kept their relationship from actually turning violently hostile, and Robin still (frequently) makes reference to wanting to kill her. Stephanie ''does not think he is joking''. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He also calls her fat and tells her she's flat chested, just to be mean.]]
* WittyBanter:
-->'''Batgirl:''' "Strictly for rapport purposes--what is a plucky heroine in need of banter supposed to call you?"
* WizardDuel: When Stephanie unintentionally insults the bonnet-making-craftmanship of a witch in Limbo Town she is challenged to a standard duel, to be conducted per the guidelines set in Alchan's Book of the Damned, Third Edition, Twice Removed.
* WorkingWithTheEx: She helped out Tim Drake/Red Robin in Batgirl #8, in attempt to thwart the assassination of Leslie Thompkins. Cue awkwardness, passive aggressive banter (especially on Tim's side) and lots of [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]]-- which almost caused them to hook up again but avoided by Stephanie thinking it was not good for her at the moment.
* YinYangBomb: After Batman, Inc. upgrades Firewall, Stephanie goes crazy making custom Batarangs...including one that is somehow simultaneously incendiary and cryogenic.
* 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."
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