Batgirl (04 - Stephanie Brown)
Real Name: Stephanie Brown
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Like the rest of the Batman family, Batgirl has no superhuman powers. She has been trained extensively by Cassandra Cain, Batman, and the Birds of Prey in martial arts, acrobatics, strength training, interrogation, and detective skills. She carries a belt similar to that used by other Gotham vigilantes containing a grappling hook, tracking devices, and various other crime fighting paraphernalia.
After Stephanie took on the Batgirl identity, Barbara Gordon designed a new costume for Stephanie more in line with the rest of the Bat-family's. It is equipped with kevlar and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer to protect against ballistic, flame, and electrical attacks. Stephanie's Batsuit also carries a wireless relay within the cowl, permitting her to remain in contact with Barbara. The suit also allows Barbara to monitor Stephanie's vital signs. Stephanie now also uses a collapsible bo staff, similar to the one that Tim Drake uses; it is implied that she had been trained by Cassandra Cain in using it before assuming the Batgirl mantle.
All the weaknesses of being Human
Stephanie Brown, formerly The Spoiler and briefly the fourth Robin, is a student at Gotham University, and is still living with her mother. Cassandra Cain has apparently become disillusioned following Bruce Wayne's apparent death and gives Stephanie her Batgirl costume. After operating as the new Batgirl in Cain's costume, Stephanie is confronted by Barbara Gordon, who was notified of her activities by Dick Grayson. Barbara tried to reason with Stephanie to get her to stop being a vigilante, as she still saw Stephanie as an impetuous youth, remembering her role in causing a city-wide gang war and her near-death experience at Black Mask's hands. However, a new type of recreational drug is hitting the streets of Gotham known as "Thrill", which they discover was manufactured by the Scarecrow and Black Mask II, and the two women need each other to stop the drug trade. Stephanie eventually confronts and defeats the Scarecrow, impressing Barbara and proving that she now has the maturity and the responsibility to face her fears and failures. Barbara decides to allow Stephanie to continue on as Batgirl. Barbara later takes a job as an assistant professor at Stephanie's school in order to continue to keep in contact with her. Barbara also designs a costume for Stephanie to replace Cassandra's tattered costume, incorporating various elements of both the Spoiler and previous Batgirl costumes.
As Stephanie is taking steps to balance her double-life as a college student and a vigilante, Barbara makes a test run on Stephanie's Batsuit, which includes monitoring Stephanie’s vital signs and allowing both women to communicate through wireless links. After some warm-up against minor criminals, Stephanie finds herself against Livewire, who causes a blackout in the city while draining its power. Fortunately, Stephanie's costume is insulated, and she is able to overpower the villainess. Stephanie also develops an attraction to Gotham PD's newest young recruit, who just transferred from Coast City PD, Detective Nicholas "St. Nick" Gage, who is also attracted to her as Batgirl. However, this budding romance is complicated by Commissioner Gordon, who is trying to set the young detective up on a blind date with Barbara. The Commissioner finds their mutual attraction unsettling, because despite the fact that Batgirl's identity is yet unknown to him, Gordon knows that the superheroine is still a teenager. Her activities also have led her and Barbara into conflict with the new Dynamic Duo, Batman (Dick Grayson) and Robin (Damian Wayne). However, even though Stephanie and Damian initially do not get along, he is intrigued by her motivations to be a vigilante.
While meeting a classmate, Francisco, Stephanie is left unconscious after being shot while trying to protect him from a group of kidnappers. Stephanie survives the gunshot wound and it is later revealed that Francisco's real name is Fernando Garcia, a son of a real estate mogul whose father's unethical business practices have led to him becoming a target. Because of Garcia's abduction, Stephanie and Barbara join forces with Batman and Robin, as some of the Gotham rogues are involved in the crime, including Roulette. After they rescue Garcia, Dick, after seeing Stephanie's fight with Roxy Rocket, although still not completely approving of her as Batgirl, realizes that she reminds him of Barbara when she was in the role, so he allows Barbara to continue training Stephanie. Stephanie also receives a new state-of-the-art transportation known as the Ricochet (based from Batman's Batcycle designs) from Barbara.
Stephanie was later asked by Barbara to shut down the vigilante operations of John Raymond, a wealthy young superhero who had been giving powerful exo-suits to a number of people in hopes of creating a nationwide army of crime-fighters he dubbed "Web Hosts". After being convinced by John that he could keep his Web Hosts in line, Stephanie and Barbara agreed to not only allow him to continue his vigilante actions, but also upgrade the equipment he was using.
In the first part of the Red Robin/Batgirl crossover story "Collision", Tim Drake returns to Gotham with proof that Bruce Wayne is not only still alive but also lost in time. At the same time, immortal terrorist Ra's al Ghul begins his attack to destroy everything the Wayne family has built, in response to Tim crippling his League of Assassins organization during his quest. Tim returns to the Batcave to seek the current Batman's aid, only to find Stephanie as Batgirl. After their confrontation, Stephanie and Tim reluctantly work together to protect Ra's al Ghul's possible targets. After saving Leslie Thompkin’s from the League, Tim attempts to rekindle his and Stephanie’s old romance. She rejects these advances before Prudence, another member of Ra’s al Ghul’s men, interrupts them with her assignment to target the new Batgirl. Stephanie, however, bested the assassin in combat. Prudence subsequently reveals her true allegiance to Tim, which apparently overcomes her supposed loyalty to The Demon's Head. After narrowly escaping Tim's safehouse (which the League of Assassins had booby-trapped before the three arrived), they encounter members of another organization of assassins, the Council of Spiders. The League of Assassins are eventually defeated after Tim thwarts Ra's al Ghul's plan strategically with Bruce Wayne's will that was made before his disappearance.
Stephanie would also show up against her mentor's nemesis, the Calculator, with his daughter, Wendy Harris, to rescue Barbara and Gotham itself after the villain injects nanites into the citizens and heroes of the city and controls them.
In another storyline, Stephanie made a cameo appearance as a member of the assault team led by Dick Grayson to go against the new Black Mask.
She later appears alongside Batwoman and fellow teen superheroines Stargirl, Supergirl, and Lightning as part of an all-female team created by Wonder Woman to repel Professor Ivo's faux-alien invasion of Washington, D.C.
After Bruce Wayne's return, it is revealed that the true reason Cassandra Cain handed over her Batgirl mantle to Stephanie was that she was acting under her mentor's order in the event of his death or disappearance.
Daughter of the Criminal Clue Master
Had a long term relationship with Tim Drake while he was the 3rd Robin and she was still Spoiler.
Close friends with Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
First Appearance: Batgirl (2009) #1
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Adventure Comics (1938)
TPB vol. 01 Batgirl [GER] (2010)
- 'Batgirl Rising'TPB vol. 01 (2nd Printing)
- 'Batgirl Rising'TPB vol. 02
- 'The Flood'TPB vol. 03
- 'The Lesson'#1
- 'Batgirl Rising - Point of New Origin, Part One'#1 (Hamner Variant)
- 'Batgirl Rising - Point of New Origin: Part One'#2
- 'Batgirl Rising - Point of New Origin, Part Two'#3
- 'Batgirl Rising - Point of New Origin, Part Three'#4
- 'Batgirl Rising - Field Test'#5
- 'Batgirl Rising - Core Requirements, Part One'#6
- 'Batgirl Rising - Core Requirements, Part Two'#7
- 'Batgirl Rising - Core Requirements, Part Three'#8
- 'Batgirl Rising - Robins Are Red...'#9
- 'Batgirl Rising - The Flood, Part One of Four'#10
- 'Batgirl Rising - The Flood, Part Two of Four'#11
- 'Batgirl Rising - The Flood, Part Three of Four'#12
- 'Batgirl Rising - The Flood, Part Four of Four'#13
- 'Terror in the 3rd Dimension!'#15
- 'The Lesson - Grass Before the Scythe, One of Two'#16
- 'The Lesson - Grass Before the Scythe, Two of Two'#17
- 'The Lesson - Frogs, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails...'#18
- 'Chalk (heart) Outline'#19
- 'The Lesson - Tunnel Vision, Part One of Two'#20
- 'The Lesson - Tunnel Vision, Part Two of Two'#21
- 'Batgirl: The Lesson - Unchained Melody'#22
- 'Five Minutes Fast'#23
- 'Here Endeth the Lesson'#24
HC Batman and Robin (2009)
- 'Life After Death'TPB
- 'Life After Death'#697
- 'Life After Death Part 6: Liberator'#713
- 'Storybook Endings'
Batman Incorporated (2011)
HC Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! (2012)
- 'Batman, Incorporated: The Deluxe Edition'TPB
- 'Batman, Incorporated'#6
#1 Batman Legends (2007)
- 'Chapter 1: The School of Night; Chapter 2: Leviathan Strikes!'
#45 Batman: Bruce Wayne - The Road Home (2011)
- 'Black Mask Revealed!'
HC Batman: The Dark Knight (2011)
- 'Batman: Bruce Wayne - The Road Home'TPB
- 'Batman: Bruce Wayne - The Road Home'
HC Batman: The Return (2011)
- 'Golden Dawn - Deluxe Edition'TPB
- 'Golden Dawn'
Birds of Prey (2010)
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Batgirl (2010)
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Oracle (2010)
Justice Society of America (2007)
#39 Red Robin (2009)
- 'Our Last Best Hope'
#9 Supergirl (2005)
- 'Collision, Part One of Four'#10
- 'Collision, Part Two of Four'#11
- 'Collision, Part Three of Four'#12
- 'Collision, The Conclusion'#15
- 'The Hit List, Part Three: Secret Identity Crisis'#20
- 'The Rabbit Hole, (Interlude): On The Shoulders Of Titans'
#60 The Web (2009)
- 'Good-Looking Corpse'#63
- 'Good-Looking Corpse, Part 4'
Wonder Woman (1942)
World's Finest (2009)
- 'Supergirl & Batgirl'#4
- 'Superman & Batman'
Batman, Incorporated (DC)
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