YMMV / Batgirl (2000)

  • Base-Breaking Character: She's either awesome, or an overrated Mary Sue who is an example of everything wrong about comics in The '90s: broadly speaking, fridging a Pre-Crisis popular hero and replacing it with an edgy, silent, black-wearing super-ninja with a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Broken Base: Her gaining the ability to speak (and especially the method by which it was done) has been fairly controversial among her fans.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • She got her own series. That says as much. Similarly, frequent guest star Spoiler gained quite a following.
    • From her series itself, Brenda Miller is popular among fans, especially shippers.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • It seems that a lot of Cass's most vocal fandom despises Stephanie Brown and her fans, due to Steph replacing Cass as Batgirl. Its lead to accusations of racism on the part of Steph fans for preferring Steph over Cass, or for caring more about Stephanie's misfortunes than Cass', even if they make it clear they like Cass as well and take time to mention Cass's troubles as wellnote . Apparently, the only difference between the two is their racenote , and so the only reason to like Steph more than Cass is because she's white.
    • And in 2011 Barbara Gordon -the first and most popular Batgirl- reclaimed the title and got her own series, and Cassie fans who hadn't yet gotten over Cassandra's demotion, blamed it on Barbara and hated the character and her fans... even though Cassandra hadn't been Batgirl in years.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The brief revival series was doomed to this practically the moment the words "Adam Beechen" appeared. When it came out, it mostly confirmed these fears.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Although the rivalry between fans of different Batgirls exists, it seems to be a Vocal Minority, as generally most fans of one tend to like the others and get along rather well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Cass wonders about the root "volve". Around half a decade later, Robin has similar queries.
  • Ho Yay: Many scenes, particularly later on in the series, show Cass and Steph being... close. Not only was she one of the most distraught people at Steph's apparent death, but her general attitude seems a lot more intimate and protective. One scene in particular had her in a near-death experience where she saw Steph holding her in a princess carry.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Cass received this at first, and still runs into it from time to time. Due to her popularity, it also lead to Steph getting this when she became the new Batgirl. It's not just that she's being compared to Barbara. It's also that she replaced the mysterious Batgirl who was introduced earlier in Batman: No Man's Land. The reveal of that Batgirl as Huntress and her sudden loss of the costume to Cassandra was very abrupt.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In the second issue, Cass ends up failing to save John Robinson and has to deliver a note from him to his widow as his last request. Even worse, the incident makes her try to learn how to write... which becomes Harsher in Hindsight when one knows that it later turns out that she's dyslexic.
    • Everything following Stephanie's apparent death.
    • Cassandra learning that Bludhaven has been destroyed, and Brenda and Zero killed. The reader can almost hear the despair in her voice.
  • The Woobie: Cassandra does not have an easy life, and the series seems intent on proving that, no matter how much she has suffered, she can still be put through more misery.