YMMV: Batgirl

  • 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 have been 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.
    Supergirl: "Aren't you gonna...you know..."
    Batgirl: "Not unless you wanna see my bra."
    Supergirl: "Does it have a bat on it?"
  • Mary Sue: Cassandra tended to fall into this as her character went on. Even her origin story establishes her with super human powers simply by being raised as combat as her only language, a father who is supposed to be a previously unheard of super mercenary on par with Deathstroke, and near automatic approval from the previous Batgirl Barbara Gordon after a storyline of Barbara disapproving of any new Batgirls. The epithet falters, however, in light of the complete lack of standard social skills and no understanding of what constitutes appropriate in several situations (usually to comic effect). They could have been emphasized more, but they were present until the massive Face-Heel Turn removed them completely through idiotic means.
  • 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.
  • Memetic Sex God: In-Universe, the Barbara Gordon Batgirl outfit is a Memetic Sex God Outfit. Barbara mentions that Dick got a 'certain look' when she had it on, and when Cass steals it, Tim notices her in that way for the first time.
  • 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.