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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 Batwoman.

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Incarnations of Batgirl

    Betty Kane / Bat-Girl / Flamebird / Hawkfire
The first Bat-Girl (note the hyphen, not used by any other Batgirl) was Betty Kane, debuting in Batman #139 (April, 1961). She was the niece of Kathy "Batwoman" Kane, a Distaff Counterpart to Batman who had been introduced in 1956 as a Love Interest for the Dark Knight, in order to ward off perceptions of Ho Yay. Betty was the counterpart to Robin, gaining a (mostly one-sided) crush on Dick Grayson and his alter ego. She joined her aunt in fighting crime. Robin did not appreciate his counterpart, regarding her with a mixture of disinterest and distaste.

Batwoman and Bat-Girl were summarily dumped from the Bat-titles in 1964 as part of the new editor's cutting away some of the high silliness that had accumulated during The Interregnum. Although the series Batman Family attempted to bring them back in the late '70s, Batwoman was soon killed off and Bat-Girl faded back into obscurity. Years later, when Dick Grayson had become Nightwing, "Bette" Kane showed up in the Teen Titans series as Flamebird, a part-time costumed heroine with a crush on him. She has popped up every so often for brief appearances with the Titans, but avoiding a deep look at her continuity. Recently, the Interregnum-era stories have been brought back into continuity, albeit with the more outlandish ones being retconned into hallucinations that Bruce had during an exceptionally troubling phase in his life. The original Batwoman and Bat-Girl in particular have been confirmed as having been real.

Bette Kane appeared alongside her cousin, Kate Kane, in Batwoman. For the record, her name doesn't seem to have a set pronunciation: the writers on Batwoman pronounce it "Betty", but her cameo in Young Justice pronounced it "Bet".

    Barbara Joan "Babs" Gordon / Batgirl I / Oracle
Barbara as Batgirl
Barbara as Oracle

"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."

Barbara Gordon, famous as Batgirl and Oracle, is the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon of Gotham and was introduced in Detective Comics #359 (1967). She was created by William Dozier for the Batman (1966) series in the 1960s before being introduced in the comics by Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino.

The most popular and recognizable of the Batgirls, mainly due to originating in the 1960s television series and then appearing on 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 Batwoman and Bat-Girl (characters introduced during the Silver Age), 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, however, knows that she has passed on the mantle of Batgirl and taken up the motif of the computer expert Oracle. Post-Crisis she had already retired from costumed heroics before being shot by the Joker in her home in The Killing Joke, paralyzing her from the waist down. Alan Moore 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 Suicide Squad series then set her up with the Oracle role, with Ostrander's wife Kim Yale being instrumental in her progression. Babs later founded and lead the Birds of Prey and joined the JLA.

Incidentally, Barbara's identity as Oracle makes her far more influential and important in the DC universe than her role as Batgirl ever did. Of course, despite being primarily the brains of the Bat-family, she could still fight off anyone who's not a world-class martial arts expert, thanks to tutelage under Richard Dragon.

Barbara has returned to her role as Batgirl in the New 52, having regained the use of her legs due to physical therapy during the three years since the events of The Killing Joke, removing most of her time and accomplishments as Oracle in the previous continuity from canon.

From 1989 to 2011 Oracle was one of the most visible disabled heroes in comics, and the most visible one not to have a superpower or superpowered cybornetic implants that compensated for their disability. As she was widely considered a positive representation her relaunch as fully cured of her spinal injuries post-Flashpoint received a lot of backlash from fans. In the long term putting the Batgirl most known to the general population back in the uniform seems to be working out for DC, and has resulted in a fun upbeat book much like the Batgirl that was cancelled and removed from continuity for the reboot. However, the events of The Joker War sees Barbara step down as "Batgirl" and take up the "Oracle" identity again.

For her Post Flashpoint solo series see Batgirl (2011), for her DC Rebirth title see Batgirl (Rebirth).

Barbara Gordon/Oracle/Batgirl appears in:

Notable Comic Books

  • Batman Vol 1 (1967 - 1983) as Batgirl intermittent appearances
  • Batman Family Vol 1 (1975 - 1978) as Batgirl
Crisis on Infinite Earths Vol 1 (1985)—
  • The Killing Joke (1988) Barbara Gordon is paralyzed
  • Suicide Squad Vol 1 (1987 - 1992) as Oracle first appearance of the Oracle persona
  • Batman Vol 1 (1988 - 2011) as Oracle
  • Detective Comics Vol 1 (1989 - 2011), (2018) as Oracle
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Vol 1 (1989 - 2007) as Oracle
  • Hawk and Dove Vol 3 (1989 - 1991) as Oracle
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Vol 1 (1992 - 2000) as Oracle
  • Robin Vol 4 (1993 - 2009) as Oracle
  • Catwoman Vol 2 (1993 - 2001) as Oracle intermittent appearances
  • Nightwing Vol 2 (1996 - 2009) as Oracle
  • JLA Vol 1 (1997 - 2006) as Oracle
  • Batman and Wildcat Vol 1 (1997 -1997) as Oracle
  • Azrael Vol 1 (1995 - 1998) as Oracle
  • DCU Holiday Bash Vol 1 (1997 - 1999) as Oracle
  • Azrael: Agent of the Bat Vol 1 (1998 - 2003) as Oracle
  • Birds of Prey Vol 1 (1999 - 2009) as Oracle
  • Wonder Woman Vol 2 (1999 - 2001) as Oracle intermittent appearances
  • Batgirl Vol 1 (2000 - 2005) as Oracle
  • Harley Quinn Vol 1 (2000 - 2004) as Oracle
  • Batman: Gotham Knights Vol 1 (2000 - 2006) as Oracle
  • Batman: Orpheus Rising Vol 1 (2001 - 2002) as Oracle
  • Green Arrow Vol 1 (2001 - 2007) as Oracle intermittent appearances
  • Catwoman Vol 3 (2002 - 2008) as Oracle intermittent appearances
  • Batman: Family Vol 1 (2002 - 2003) as Oracle
  • Batgirl Year One Vol 1 (2003 - 2003) as Batgirl
  • Blue Beetle Vol 7 (2006 - 2011) as Oracle intermittent appearances
  • Rush City Vol 1 (2006 - 2007) as Oracle
  • Huntress: Year One Vol 1 (2008 - 2008) as Batgirl
  • Booster Gold Vol 2 (2007 - 2011) as Oracle intermittent appearances
  • Green Arrow and Black Canary Vol 1 (2007 - 2010) as Oracle intermittent appearances
  • Batgirl Vol 2 (2008 - 2009) as Oracle
  • Trinity Vol 1 (2008 - 2009) as Oracle
  • Oracle: The Cure Vol 1 (2009 - 2009) as Oracle
  • The Web Vol 1 (2009 - 2010) as Oracle
  • Batgirl Vol 3 (2009 - 2011) as Oracle
  • Birds of Prey Vol 2 (2010 - 2011) as Oracle
  • Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Oracle (2010) as Oracle
  • Batman Incorporated Vol 1 (2011 - 2011) as Oracle
Flashpoint Vol 2 (2011)—
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Oracle (Barbara Gordon) provides examples of:


  • Collateral Angst: Her injury in The Killing Joke 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. Oracle Year One showed that Barbara was painfully aware of this while she was still hospitalized, and she was understandably pissed off at Batman about it and how The Killing Joke ended with him sharing a laugh with the Joker.
    Barbara: I heard how you two stood there, laughing over some private joke. Tell me — was it me?
  • Combat Stilettos: She wore them on her first mission in Batgirl: Year One, but she switched to flats after the heel broke.
  • The Cowl: 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 Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Barbara serves as The Cowl to Supergirl's The Cape: she is rude, cynical and bossy; but she wants to protect and help people. Lex Luthor even accuses her from "[skulking] around in the dark alleys and back rooms".
  • Daddy's Girl: Is extremely close with her father.
  • Defective Detective: Jason Bard, Barbara's Love Interest 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.
  • Disabled Love Interest: To Nightwing, while she was Oracle.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Batman.
  • Dual Wielding: Like Nightwing, she likes to use Escrima Sticks while fighting as Oracle.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In Convergence she finally marries Dick.
  • 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 Stalker with a Crush vibe that made Bette less popular.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's a very fierce and passionate redhead.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: 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.
  • Genius Cripple: Prior to the New 52, she used to be the poster girl for this trope.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Standard Bat-family equipment.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sometimes written this way, given Nightwing's tendency to attract women, even unintentionally.
  • Handicapped Badass: She's kept her upper-body muscles from atrophying in case she has to fight, which she actually does should the situation require it.
  • Happily Adopted: Post-Crisis-but-Pre-Flashpoint, she was the niece of Jim Gordon who was adopted after her parents died in a car accident. The New 52 has taken this out of her history, as she is now Jim's biological daughter with his first wife.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
  • Hollywood Hacking: 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.
  • Hot Librarian: Even as the wheelchair-bound computer hacker Oracle, she's drawn as hot with glasses, simply proving that Nerds Are Sexy. Bonus points for being an actual librarian back when she was Batgirl.
  • Hyper-Awareness: 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).
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Thankfully one of the less heavy-handed versions.
  • Knowledge Broker: Especially in her debut in the Suicide Squad books, when her identity had still not been decided.
  • The Leader: Of the Birds of Prey.
  • Like Brother and Sister: In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, 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.
  • Lovely Angels: Pre-Crisis, she and Supergirl were a very effective crime-fighting team.
  • May–December Romance: Depending on the Author:
    • In the 60s, she was at least seven years older than Dick Grayson. However, it wasn't until the 90s (after Batman: The Animated Series) when DC Comics 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 Childhood Friends. 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 Flashpoint. They were already about the same age in earlier works such as Batman: TAS.
  • Mission Control: Plays this role for Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl, and the Birds of Prey.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: 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.
  • Parental Substitute: 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.
  • Photographic Memory: Unfortunate in this case, since she remembers every detail of getting shot by the Joker.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: 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.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Her relationship with Dick Grayson. Since the 90s, they've been an Official Couple, have broken up, and then later engaged. Said engagement was retconned when plans to kill off Dick were shelved. Since then, they've been Amicable Exes, up until the New 52, which has them as Childhood Friends with a heavy dose of Will They or Won't They? that occasionally ventures into Belligerent Sexual Tension territory.
  • Retcon / Ret-Canon: 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-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 Batman: The Animated Series, which showed her as roughly the same age as Dick and paired them up romantically.
  • Sensual Spandex: varies on the artist, but particularly noted during the 1970s as the writers aged Barbara into her mid-20s.
  • The Smart Girl: Oracle is arguably one for the entire DCU, considering how much heroes rely on her information and hacking skills.
  • Team Mom: 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. You may want to prepare a barf bag, though.
  • They Do: With Nightwing, at least for a time.
  • Vague Age: Prior to Flashpoint, her age in relation to other characters often fluctuates. See entry under May–December Romance.

Post-Flashpoint, Gail Simone's Batgirl:

  • Deer in the Headlights: Early on, she has moments where she freezes up at the sight of a gun pointed towards her, due to her PTSD.
  • Dramatic Unmask: 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.
  • Hollywood Dateless: She says that she has trouble keeping a boyfriend.
  • Mythology Gag: 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.
  • The Smurfette Principle: In Batfamily stories such as Death of the Family since she's now the only Batgirl.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Barbara also goes through a lot of it while trying to reconcile her choice to go through treatment to walk again.
  • Trauma Conga Line: 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 Forever Evil (2013).
  • Throwing Off the Disability: 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.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: 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-Flashpoint, Batgirl of Burnside:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Frankie and Dinah sometimes call her "Babes".
  • Cheap Costume: Upon losing her fancy armored suit in a fire, she puts together a homemade costume with a leather jacket.
  • It's All About Me: 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.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Has this attitude to Dick's relationship with Shawn early on in Nightwing: Rebirth.
  • Lighter and Softer: 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.
  • Official Couple: With Luke Fox (Batwing) for a time.
  • Photographic Memory: Heavily used in her detective work. She can recall entire events, and find clues that had been previously missed.
  • Ship Tease: With Dick Grayson (Nightwing).
  • Smash Sisters: In the Rebirth era, she's implied to have developed this sort of relationship with Batwoman (after years of the two having sporadic, good-natured appearances together). They're capable of pulling off complex hand-to-hand combat maneuvers requiring two people and that have specific names, indicating they must have practiced such moves together.
  • The Smurfette Principle: To the Batfamily. Whilst Cass, Steph, and Kate are all female members of the Batfamily, Barbara, as the only Batgirl in this universe, is the only woman who seems to be a part of Batman's inner circle. Most noticeable during "The Trial of Batwoman" in Detective Comics where she's the only woman at the table.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: There's a lot of petty bickering between her and Dinah. They do eventually make up, though.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: 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 Gadgeteer Genius Qadir also calls her out on this.

    Cassandra Cain / Batgirl II / Black Bat / Orphan II
Click here to see her post-New 52 appearance 

"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 Dragon Lady, all due to Executive Meddling. 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 New 52 reboot, but as of October 2015, Cassandra officially came back in the picture with issue #1 of Batman and Robin Eternal. At the end of that series, she takes the codename "Orphan" after her father, although she's on the Bat's side.

After spending a good deal of time as a member of the Gotham Knights, Cassandra learned that before the reboot she had been Batgirl and a member of Bruce's family. Shortly afterward, the Gotham Knights disbanded, and Cass joined the new Outsiders.

  • Abusive Parents: Both her parents are in the running for some of the worst in the DCU.
  • The Ace: Pre-New 52, she is named the greatest fighter in the DCU for good reason. After all, she beat the former holder of that title: her own mother.
  • Action Girl: 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.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Both the first Asian Batgirl and the first disabled Batgirl. More generally, she was the first non-white person 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 non-white woman taking the place of a neurotypical white man. However, the events of One Year Later derailed that plan.
  • Age Lift: 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.
  • All-Loving Hero: 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.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She tends to attract a lot of male attention, and Depending on the Artist is very muscular.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: According to Word of God, 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.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She agrees with Batwoman's comment that she "wants to marry [Zatanna]," but was seen attracted to men Pre-Flashpoint.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Bats, as both Batgirl and Black Bat.
  • Another Man's Terror: Turned her good and inspired her Thou Shalt Not Kill attitude because of her body-reading ability. Death was just scary.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: Subverted in the original series. Cassandra's outfit and backstory scream this when contrasted with Barbara Gordon's, but she is very much The Cape.
  • The Atoner: More or less her motivation is to make up for her first kill.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How she manages to defeat the Brotherhood of Evil singlehandedly.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice, both times at the hands of her mother, Lady Shiva. Of course, both deaths were, directly or indirectly, caused by Shiva.
  • Big Eater: At least after really tough fights.
  • Blood Knight: Hates killing, but obviously loves fighting.
  • Book Dumb: Originally, she barely was able to speak and couldn't read at all (she had trouble reading the words it was). Then, during her Face–Heel Turn, 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.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Her Face–Heel Turn was explained away as Deathstroke the Terminator drugging her with the same stuff that drove his daughter insane. In his words, he stole Cassandra from the Bat Family as revenge for Nightwing "stealing" Ravager.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Asian, half white. This is emphasized by the fact that, Depending on the Artist, she can have blue or green eyes (very improbable for a half-Asian person).
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: According to Superboy, she was a complete lightweight at the party he hosted at the Fortress of Solitude.
  • The Cape: Espoused the virtues of not killing while bleeding to death from a knife in the chest.
  • Cartwright Curse: Pre-Flashpoint, almost every guy she expressed interest in (and the women she had Les Yay with) ended up dying. To name a few, John Robinson (though that was more of a Precocious Crush), Black Wind, Superboy, Zero, and Brenda Miller were killed off, and Stephanie Brown was killed before it was retconned that she was Faking the Dead. The only people she had Ship Tease with who didn't die were Coldcast and Tim Drake.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Super body language reading. Moreover, her Training from Hell 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 Super Speed and Super Strength, surprising them when a blood test showed that she wasn't actually a metahuman.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Downplayed, but she's initially just an agent of Oracle before rising in prominence to join the actual Bat Family.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: For a few years after the New 52 began.
  • Combat Stilettos: Lampshaded; when she steals Barbara's costume, she trips on the heels and it disrupts her Waif-Fu.
  • Corruption of a Minor: On the recieving end; assassin David Cain attempted to turn his daughter into the perfect killer; not even teaching her how to talk (so that the language centers of her brain would focus on body language and make her that much more perceptive and deadly in combat). However, she rebeled after her first murder and fled (because reading the body language of a dying man was so horrific), ultimately becoming Batgirl.
  • Covered with Scars: Depending on the artist.
  • Cute Bruiser: 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.
  • Dance Battler: Post-Flashpoint, she works ballet moves into her fighting style.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Referred to as "Miss Dark and Spooky" by Steph, she still manages to be The Cape.
  • Death Seeker: At first. When first introduced, the guilt she feels from the murder her father made her commit makes her seek out ways to die while helping others. She mostly gets over it after dying and coming back to life (the first time).
  • Defusing the Tyke-Bomb: She defused herself.
  • Dented Iron: Most of the time she is seen out of costume she is shown covered in scars, befitting her abusive upbringing and Bat Family vigilantism.
  • Depending on the Artist: The most common interpretation is heavily scarred, skinny, and (comparatively) small-breasted, but that doesn't stop some artists. In addition, her height varies somewhat. Her official height is 5'5", but while speaking with Bronze Tiger she seems much smaller. Furthermore, her eye color and skin tone vary significantly.
  • Dodge the Bullet: 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.
  • Dragon Lady: During her Face–Heel Turn. Not only does she monologue, she starts to flirt with Robin.
  • Driven to Suicide: In her first appearance, her fight with David triggers her trauma from the incident, causing her to throw herself from the GCPD headquarters toward the street below. Bruce saves her, but it doesn't stop her death wish.
  • Dying to Be Replaced: 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 a plan by Bruce Wayne to force Stephanie to mature both personally and as a crime-fighter.
  • Extreme Omnivore: It doesn't get much more impressive than eating Lovecraftian horrors from the Shadowlands.
  • Face–Heel Turn: 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.
  • Gambit Roulette: 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 to force her to personally and professionally mature.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: When the artists remember.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Standard Bat-family equipment.
  • Happily Adopted: Pre-Flashpoint, she was Bruce Wayne's adopted daughter.
  • Heroic Vow: What Thou Shalt Not Kill 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stephanie.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She developed one with Clayface, shortly after his Heel–Face Turn, even performing Shakespeare with him on occasion.
  • In the Hood: Her costume in Batman and Robin Eternal.
  • Irony: Her father gave her Training from Hell involving lack of verbal communication in the hopes that she would become the ultimate killing machine and assassin. The enhanced body-reading skills that she acquired from this very training ended up playing an enormous part in her decision to reject killing and become a crime-fighter.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Her instinctive grasp of martial arts is suggested to come from her mother. Cain notes that he put multiple kids through the same Training from Hell as her, but she was the only success. He isn't surprised at all.
  • Legacy Character: Obviously with the Batgirl identity pre-Flashpoint, but in the New 52 continuity, she takes on her father's old code name of "Orphan" after his death. She also has shown a consistent desire to become the next Batman, which even Bruce Wayne himself seems to approve of.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's been a very good fighter since a very young age.
  • Living Shadow: In her disguise as The Nothing, she uses the Shadow Thief's belt to become this.
  • Logical Weakness: Because so much of her fighting style is based around reading body language, she has a hard time fighting foes who aren't human and thus don't have human body language (She was geared to read human body language so trying to read someone or something that's not human would be like trying to understand Russian when you speak Mandarin), people who can keep up with her body language reading ability (like her mother Shiva who is the deadliest assassin in the world and also seems to have this ability), people who are physically augmented to be able to perfectly coordinate and control their movements so as not to give away their moves while "bluffing" very well (this would apply to low-level enhanced individuals like Deathstroke whose body language Cassandra noted as being like a chorus that's "too fast with too many instruments" to pick up anything significant), and of course those who specialize in Confusion Fu (people like the Joker fall into this category as the Joker was overwhelming her in a fight much to Black Canary's shock. Batman explained that she can read the Joker's body language but to her "It's just jibberish".)
    • Also, because she's reading body language, she obviously relies heavily on her eyes. While Cassandra can fight blind folded and detect movement with her other senses, taking away her sight or being unable to see her opponent greatly hinders her effectiveness as it would be the same as putting heavy ear muffs While some words may get through, the dialogue is terribly muffled and some words may be missed). Cassandra has a harder time predicting her opponents and may be caught off guard.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Pre-Flashpoint, it took her some time to find out David Cain was her father by blood, not adoption.
  • Made of Iron: For a tiny girl, she's survived some truly staggering trauma.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: 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.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: 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.
  • Missing Mom: Lady Shiva, who she knew for a while before finding out their relation. They do reunite... it's not happy.
  • The Mole: In the Justice League Elite for the JLA.
  • Mythology Gag: 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).
  • Name of Cain: Like her father, though she later takes on the Wayne name instead.
  • Never Learned to Talk: She was taught to read body language as a child, not verbal language, so her father could mold her into the perfect assassin.
  • No Social Skills: 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!
  • Odd Friendship: She developed one with Clayface shortly after his Heel–Face Turn, largely due to the fact that she understands what it feels like to be an outsider.
  • One-Man Army: 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.
  • One Steve Limit: The second Wonder Girl is also called Cassandra. Usually Cassandra Cain is known as "Cass" and Cassandra Sandsmark is "Cassie", but sometimes members of the Batfamily will also call Cassandra Cain "Cassie". This is only really confusing when Tim does it, as he is close to both girls and, if the context is unclear, could be referring to either of them.
  • Parental Substitute: Bruce and Barbara.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Through a 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 and it took mind controlling drugs to execute her Face–Heel Turn, and it was temporary, his idea of creating the perfect assassin clearly didn't take.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She has this dynamic with Tim Drake in the Pre-Flashpoint timeline which was generally presented as a Like Brother and Sister relationship. After jointing Bruce's Outsiders in the Post-Flashpoint timeline, Cass develops this same type of dynamic with newcomer Duke Thomas.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Infinite Crisis, she has a Face–Heel Turn, followed by a Heel–Face Turn, and is subsequently benched until being wiped away from existence by Flashpoint. She's finally reintroduced in Batman & Robin Eternal, however.
  • The Quiet One: She speaks little and mostly with short words. This is the result of her father raising her without talking to her or letting her hear people talk, so that body language would be her language. Even after 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.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Subversion.
  • The Real Remington Steele: This is likely the reason Cassandra was created, especially since she takes the costume of the previous Batgirl shortly after her introduction.
  • Retcon: The Author's Saving Throw 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, 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 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.
  • Silent Snarker: She doesn't make as many verbal quips as the other members of the family, but her body language conveys a lot of sass.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: 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).
  • The Spartan Way: 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 being shot in non-vital areas as punishment--with the threat of being shot again for crying out from the pain.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: 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.
  • Super Strength: Of the Charles Atlas Superpower variety, but even then her strength is still nigh-unbelievable.
  • Super Speed: In one issue she outruns a bullet.
  • Taking the Bullet: One of her most impressive moments involved taking half a dozen rounds from an assault rifle in order to keep a Mook from getting hit by friendly fire.
  • Tap on the Head: Often applied by Cassandra to Stephanie.
  • Technical Pacifist: 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...
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: 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 actually holds onto this rule even more firmly than the rest of the Bat-Family. However, she notes that she does not apply this policy to demons or the mindless undead.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: 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.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: Her life as a homeless runaway has caused her to have absolutely no manners when eating, much to the amusement of her friends.
  • Training from Hell: First nine or so years of her life were spent doing this.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Half-Chinese-American woman who is illiterate and can barely speak.
  • Tyke Bomb: 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.
  • Vague Age: Pre-Flashpoint she was at least 18 by the time her solo series ended, but Post-Flashpoint things are a bit less certain. James Tynion IV says that she's about Tim's age in Detective Comics (Rebirth), but in Batman and Robin Eternal the timeline would indicate she's closer to Dick's age.
  • Waif-Fu: A 110 pound girl who is canonically the best non-powered fighter on the planet.
  • Well-Trained, but Inexperienced: This is part of Cassandra Cain's backstory. She spent her whole childhood being trained to kill someone as easily as other humans talk, but when her father actually forced her to go through with it, the experience was so traumatic that she immediately swore never to kill anyone again.
  • Wild Child: She spent around eight years surviving in the wilderness and on the streets, somehow making it from Macau to Gotham, presumably by hitchhiking on ships.
  • World's Best Warrior: Shaping up to be one, she already outdoes Bruce in the hand to hand department, and she may end up outdoing her mother, who is THE best martial artist in DC's setting, with only Richard Dragon that can realistically match her.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gives this speech to several villains, using herself as an example of how people can change. Most notably, this seemed to work on Alpha, though he later returned to the League of Assassins.

    Stephanie Brown / Spoiler / Robin IV / Batgirl III 
"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 Attempted Rape by her babysitter, she went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge 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 Batgirl from Cassandra Cain until Executive Meddling gave Barbara Gordon back the identity.

As of the 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 Batman Eternal storyline beginning in April 2014. Within said series, her history has been Retgone'd, and she is just starting out. However, in the finale of the "Gotham Knights" run of Detective Comics (Rebirth), Stephanie learned from Brother EYE that she had been Robin and Batgirl before the timeline was altered. Rather than breaking her as the AI intended, this just made her more determined, and gave her the motivation to defeat EYE and it's ally The General.

(Don't let her attire fool you; she's not Raven.)

  • '80s Hair: While wearing her Robin costume, her hair inexplicably becomes much longer, thicker, and spikier than it actually should be.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father was the Batman villain, the Cluemaster, and he was very abusive toward her.
  • Action Girl: She notes when facing a school of teenage assassins that they were trained by some of the best in the world; she's been trained by the actual best.
  • A-Cup Angst: Compared to most other superheroines, Stephanie is pretty flat; when she first appeared as Spoiler, she pulled a Samus Is a Girl on Tim thanks to her chest being so flat that she looked male. When she scolds Damien to stop looking at her chest when she's yelling at him, he simply responds with "What chest?"note  and causes her to angrily storm off. According to Barbara, Steph's 'good side' is her backside, indicating she's got a better butt than she does a chest.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: 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.
  • Always Second Best: 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. I can't beat you at anything.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's referred to Dick Grayson as "sexy Batman" and called Zatanna Zatara "hot". Though Tim Drake is her main love interest.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: With a bat theme as batgirl and a bird as Robin.
  • Audience Surrogate: Similar to Tim, a big part of Steph's popularity is how easily readers can relate to her as a character, especially teenaged girls.
  • Battle Couple: With Tim Drake. On and off. And on and off. And on and off.
  • Black Sheep: 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Generally you can tell how good things are going for Steph not based on if she's screwing up or getting hurt, but when she is, if its a big deal or played for laughs; no matter what, things don't go according to plan for Steph, but at least when she's in a good place, her screw-ups and minor and humorous.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: When Tim first turns up in her Batgirl series, the two of them are not on good terms. It only lasts the issue, with them making up at the end, but it's played for romantic tension.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Stephanie has mastered the art of the Seinfeldian Conversation while facing her own impending doom.
  • Character Development: 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: For a period following the New 52.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: What (allegedly) killed her, after hours of being subjected to it.
  • Collateral Angst: Since she first gained a larger role in comics she's had to deal with every cliché about female superheroes, including Attempted Rape as Backstory, 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.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Damian, the two used to be at odds, but when Stephanie realized that Damian was deeply troubled, she decided to try and get him to enjoy himself despite his bratty behavior. Fortunately, it worked, and they are shown to be close in the main and other continuities.
  • Cool Bike: Stephanie's been riding a motorcycle since the very first panel she appeared in but she didn't really get a "cool" bike until becoming Batgirl in Bruce's absence and being given the Compact, a four wheeled motorcycle similar to a Dodge Tomahawk with remote driving capabilities, by Barbara.
  • Cool Car: 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.
  • Cool Mask: 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...
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father does not approve of her dating Robin and even tries attacking Robin for it. Their shared father-figure Batman also disapproves of their relationship, going so far as to forbid Tim from telling her his id for a long time. Neither Tim nor Steph cares about this disapproval as they are quite fond of each other.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • 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 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?
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • 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 killed at the end of Batman Eternal.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Her death was abrupt and while it played a big part in the ensuing arc only Tim and Cass really refused to let her be forgotten afterwards.
  • Exact Words: Once promised her mother not to dress up as Spoiler anymore but didn't say anything about being Robin or Batgirl.
  • First Girl Wins: She met Tim months before he met his first girlfriend Ariana. He later broke up with Ariana to date Steph, and Convergence shows that even after all the trials their relationship faced she is happily together with him in the end.
  • Friend to All Children: As the daughter of a supervillain, she has a lot of empathy for the children of criminals. One plotline during her time as Robin involves her comforting a little girl whose father was using her to carry out his deals. Later, as Batgirl, she forms a bond with Nell, a girl who pops up throughout the series as one of Batgirl's biggest supporters. She's also horrified to discover that Damian Wayne has no idea how to play and works to rectify that.
  • Fun Personified: Arguably the most upbeat member of Batman's "family", next to Dick Grayson.
  • Genki Girl: As Batgirl, at least. She was much more cynical as Spoiler and Robin.
  • Genre Savvy: 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 Hangings, such as quoting the Chekhov's Gun maxim verbatim, and even commenting on tropes that she herself has not yet experienced.
  • Gendered Outfit: The only Robin to wear a skirt.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Her thigh belt was revealed to be empty. Apparently just there for aesthetics.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Standard Bat-family equipment.
  • Groin Attack: She's pretty fond of it - she's done it at least three times.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: But not adoption.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: How graceful she is depends on the writer, but her Spoiler costume is purple.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: 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 Guys, 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cass, probably.
  • In the Hood: As Spoiler.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Stephanie has never once lost her positive, upbeat attitude, never 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.
  • Informed Attribute: Stephanie's A-Cup Angst can be pretty hard to believe from the way several writers draw her chest (particularly during her stint as Robin).
  • Informed Flaw: 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 (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.
  • Innocence Lost: In the New 52 when she walks in on her father in a super villain costume, while having a nice conversation on the phone, and he tries to murder her.
  • Insistent Terminology: 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. When Steph was Spoiler she insisted her costume was "eggplant" not plain purple. Both she and Tim had a habit of correcting people who called it purple regardless of the present situation.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: As pointed out by Damian, she doesn't seem to excel in any one particular area. But she's skilled enough to handle herself plenty well due to having a broad area of expertise.
  • Kid Sidekick: And sometimes, she's the Kid Sidekick to the Kid Sidekick.
  • Legacy Character: 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.
  • The Load: Often treated as such by Cass and occasionally Tim. In one instance, Cass determined that there were too many enemies for Steph to handle, so she knocked Steph out to protect her from the danger.
  • Nice Girl: Among the nicest characters among the Batfamily.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: 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.
  • Plucky Girl: One of Stephanie's crowning characteristics is no matter what crap is loaded on top of her, she remains cheerful and pops back up.
  • The Pollyanna: 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.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: In addition to being an Action Girl, she's a total nerd, referencing Harry Potter, Kung Fu (1972), and Star Trek amongst many others.
  • Precocious Crush:
    • Stephanie has become somewhat infatuated with Detective Gage, who was shaping up to be her contact with the local police. However, the age difference - she was in her first year of college, he was implied to be at least 10 years her senior - and the implication that he has some serious relationship baggage precluded any sort of actual relationship beyond flirty banter. This led to one priceless moment when she greeted him with a "Hey you!" before zipping into combat, getting a wave and a smile from Gage, before the latter gets a reproving look from Gordon and protests that no one calls Gordon on talking to Batman.
    Gordon: I'm pretty sure Batman is legal, Detective.
    • Post-Flashpoint, she has (a not too serious) 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 She's Just Hiding.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Her dynamics with Tim Drake/Robin III.
  • Secret Identity: Batgirl is really Stephanie Brown, freshman at Gotham University and formerly the Spoiler and Robin.
  • Smoke Out: She is a Bat…
  • Spanner in the Works: She did start out as The Spoiler, rating out her fathers plans. Later, this is played more seriously when she accidentally helps kick off the events of Batman: War Games.
  • Squee: Stephanie herself squees relatively often, as she is a teenager who has managed to remain light-hearted and chipper despite the traumas in her own life. When the possibility of a team-up with the Birds of Prey comes up she is ecstatic.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: She's fond of this move, and has even successfully used it on Batman.
  • Teen Pregnancy: A nineties plotline in Robin has her go through one of these.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Damian. Big time. In spite of his jerkishness, she does try to get through to him. Fortunately, they slowly grow to becoming Like Brother and Sister, where Stephanie can get through to him even better than Dick himself.
  • Those Two Girls: With Cassandra, on occasion.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Simultaneously the Girly-Girl to Cass and the Tomboy to Kara; Steph's a fairly tomboyish girl, but Cass is far less feminine.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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.
    • Older Than They Think: 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 New 52, she manages to pull a Batman Gambit on her father as Spoiler.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: 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!
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: To Tim, when she has to be, not that he needs it.
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: Steph's preferred style of clothes is baggy, ill-fitting, and tomboyish, and usually looks like she got it from a thrift store; makes sense for someone who is a Working-Class Hero from a poor background. This even goes as far as clothes we don't see, as she claims at one point to wear granny panties.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Witty Banter 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."

Other Batgirls

    Helena Bertinelli / Batgirl / Huntress / Matron
For a brief time during No Man's Land, Helena Bertinelli took on the Batgirl identity while simultaneously operating as Huntress on the side. At first, she enjoyed being Batgirl because criminals were more afraid of her than they were of Huntress, but difficulties working with Batman—he thought her too undisciplined and emotional to be trustworthy, while she chafed at having to live up to his standards and follow his commands—led her to give up the identity. As she never acquired real permission or acceptance from either Barbara or Bruce and her time as Batgirl has almost never been acknowledged since, she is not typically considered an official Batgirl; however, the costume she made and used would be given to Cassandra Cain, who would wear it throughout the majority of her run as the second main Batgirlnote .

    Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe / Batgirl / Misfit
About the same time as Cassandra Cain's Face–Heel Turn, a new "Batgirl" was seen in Gotham City in the Birds of Prey arc "Headhunt". First appearing in Birds of Prey #96 (September, 2006). Upon closer examination, this turned out to be a teenager named Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe, who had inherent superpowers, including teleportation. Barbara Gordon tries to straighten the young lady out by stressing the dangers of a poorly-trained hero fighting crime (including showing what turn out to be faked autopsy photos of Stephanie "Spoiler" Brown). Charlotte gave up the Batgirl identity, but then adopted the codename "Misfit" and Oracle was forced to start training the girl for her own and everyone else's safety.

    Nissa / Batgirl Beyond
There is also a Batgirl who has appeared in the Batman Beyond comic, which is not part of the main DC continuity, but instead in the DCAU. All that is known of her name is that she is called "Nissa" in her public identity. She is a student at Leslie Thompkins High School, who takes on the title of the Bat to combat crime in Crown Point, the "South Bronx of Gotham".