- Author's Saving Throw:
- The revelation that Stephanie had not in fact died at the hands of Black Mask, but had been smuggled out of the country by Leslie Thompkins. It was a blatant Retcon, but it salvaged Thompkin's character and reversed the Stuffed into the Fridge of Steph's original death.
- The revelation that Cassandra turned because she was being drugged by Deathstroke. It still left a lot of holes in the story, but at least it stopped treating her as the bad guy.
- There are fans (such as the Feminist Batgirl tumblr) who believe that it was ridiculous for a woman in a comic book universe (surrounded by magicians, aliens, and mad scientists, most of whom have come back from the dead at least once) to remain paralyzed by a mere bullet wound, and were waiting for Barbara to put the cowl back on since 1988.
- Broken Base/Internet Backdraft:
- Barbara reclaiming the title is either something that should have happened years ago or something that pushes her back and removes her character development; in both cases, it leads to discussions about what is more sexist, and the argument about what it means for the others.
- There's also the base breaking about which Batgirl is better fit for the title, Babs, Cass, or Steph.
- Crack Pairing/Crossover Ship: Cassandra and Captain America. We're not kidding, it exists.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Generally everything that Adam Beechen wrote is ignored by the fandom. When Scott Snyder included her in Gates of Gotham, he disregarded the senseless rivalry between Dick and Cassandra in favor of a brother-sister relationship.
- Les Yay:
Supergirl: "Aren't you gonna...you know..."
- Apparently, Supergirl watches those types of college movies. You know, the ones with pillow fights and Slumber Parties, and she is just dying to reenact them with Stephanie. Later, after Dracula appears, Supergirl rips off her top to reveal her costume beneath it.
Batgirl: "Not unless you wanna see my bra."
Supergirl: "Does it have a bat on it?"
- My Real Daddy: Ever since her ongoing, most generally associate Stephanie Brown with Bryan Q Miller, the writer of her series, rather than Chuck Dixon, her creator; though, Dixon is generally respected otherwise.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
- Wendy and her brother Marvin were heavy scrappies when they appeared in Teen Titans, but their brutal exit from the series completely reversed fan opinion over night. Wendy's appearances in Batgirl have been well-received, with praise given for the development of her character as she adjusts to being a paraplegic and continuing to be an active crime-fighter.
- Stephanie herself counts, as many fans cried foul when she took over for Tim Drake.
- The Woobie:
- Stephanie maintains her enthusiasm despite the mistreatment she receives, both in-universe, and out.
- Cassandra is no slouch in the woobie department either. In her backstory alone she had quite possibly the most abusive childhood on the planet, which include being shot until she stopped reacting to the pain. After being traumatized by killing a man, she wanders the streets alone for ten years before being taken in by Oracle. As Batgirl, things get a bit better, but not by much: she ends up seemingly losing her best friend, fails to save several people, and ends up having fallings out with Batman, Oracle, and Robin at various points. And when she finally begins making friends in Bludhaven... Infinite Crisis happens, at about the same time that she's forced to seemingly kill her own mother.