This page is for the fifth Batgirl, Stephanie Brown.
For the other Batgirls, see: Betty "Bette" Kane (I, and the original Pre-Crisis Bat-Girl), Barbara Gordon (II and current VI), Helena Bertinelli (III, temporary), Cassandra Cain (IV), and Charlotte "Charlie" Gage-Radcliffe aka Misfit (temporary).
Stephanie Brown is the daughter of the C-list Batman villain, the Cluemaster, who spent most of Stephanie’s early childhood in jail, away from Gotham City. On return to the city she finds her father back to his old tricks, except he no longer feels the need to leave clues behind. In an attempt to try and stop her father she created a costume of her own and began to call herself the “Spoiler” . She had discovered her father’s plans and locations and decided to leave clues in an attempt to have him caught by Batman and Robin. Despite being new to the world of capes she is able to get by through her enthusiasm and dedication. When Robin eventually finds the Cluemaster, Spoiler joins in to capture him. Every time her father escaped, Stephanie would don on her costume and go out to stop him.
Stephanie Brown was Created by Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle in Detective Comics #647 .The Spoiler appeared almost exclusively in the Batman universe and for a short time even acted as as the 4th official Robin in place of Tim Drake. The Spoiler's eggplant hooded exploits usually took priority over Stephanie's troubles with her personal life and her father. She "died" at the hands of Black Mask in Batman #633, before returning to Robin's life in Robin #170.
Eventually Stephanie realized she enjoyed being a superhero so much she continued on a regular basis. Despite her help, both Robin and Batman try to dissuade her from future pursuits, though that doesn't stop her from patrolling the streets at night, mostly with Robin. She began to regularly patrol the city with Robin, and began to develop a crush on him. The two of them would continue working together and they would eventually fall in love. The two form a relationship and eventually become romantically involved despite Stephanie being pregnant with her old boyfriend's child who had ran away from Gotham after the earthquake. However, Robin was always there for Stephanie, even taking her to Lamaze classes under a false identity. She still did not know his true identity because Batman forbid Tim from revealing his identity to Stephanie.
Later Robin would leave for boarding school but he would eventually return when Stephanie gave birth. Stephanie decided, against her initial thoughts, to give the baby up for adoption without ever seeing her. Tim’s father returned him to boarding school, but Tim and Stephanie continued their relationship. However, it put more strain on their relationship because it was long distance and Stephanie still did not know his true identity. Batman later worried about Robin came to her told him his identity and said she should join them. Tim was angry at Batman and ran off. Stephanie and Tim later got together again and were happy.
Fourty years ago, Celia was the guardian at the Copper Street orphanage. Celia's mother ran the orphanage until she passed away and Celia continued on afterwards. Celia met Martha Wayne when Celia was being harassed by a developer named Stanford Whitaker. Whitaker wanted to buyout the entire neighborhood which included the orphanage so he could build high-rise apartments. Martha has been combating Whitaker at City Hall and she finally beat him by getting City Hall's approval to make the entire neighborhood an historical landmark.
Sadly, the victory of saving the neighborhood was short-lived because the orphanage was burnt down to the ground. The evidence against Whitaker was circumstantial but he was eventually convicted for arson by the jury thanks to Martha Wayne’s testimony as well as Celia’s. Celia was still grateful for Martha's efforts in convicting Whitaker and Martha decides to cheer up Celia by taking her to a local club called Chat Noir on Avenue B. It was here that Martha met Denholm Sinclair who was an affiliate of Caesar Rossetti.
Celia tried to warn Martha about Sinclair but Martha wouldn't listen so Celia took it upon herself to confront Sinclair and tell him to leave Martha alone. Sinclair viewed Celia’s defensiveness as a charming form of envy. Sinclair brushes off Celia's threat by saying he knows who was actually responsible for the fire at the orphanage. Celia is left with a loss for words but Sinclair comforts Celia by saying he will agree to leave Martha alone but his silence will come at a price. Sinclair grabs Celia and thrusts her body against his. Celia reluctantly submits to Sinclair's advances.
Martha eventually found out that Celia had burnt down the orphanage in order to collect the insurance money and Whitaker was the perfect patsy. Martha confronted Celia about the orphanage but Celia didn't acknowledge Martha’s accusations. Instead, Celia wrote off Martha's anger as petty jealousy because Sinclair courted Celia rather than Martha. However, Celia knew Martha's political pull in Gotham so she decided to leave the country by returning to her ancestral home in Greece.
Nicholas Kazantkakis aka the Tracker attacked the Rossetti mob as a demonstration of his mother’s hatred for Caesar Rossetti. Gabriel Rossetti, Caesar's grandson, has taken over his grandfather's operations by expanding into drug trafficking. Tracker killed the mobsters by emitting an electrical charge into their bodies. Fortunately, Batman saved Santos, one of Rossetti's men. As a means of gratitude, Santos agreed to be Batman's eyes and ears in order find out who would have a personal vendetta against the Rossetti mob.
Nicholas returns to the Zephyr Building in Midtown Gotham. The Zephyr Building was purchased by Celia from a Japanese holding company and now is a secret hideout for the Court of Owls. Nicholas tells Doctor Excess, the Court's physician, about his opinion of the Batman. Nicholas believes Batman fights crime because he finds danger exhilarating but the doctor tells Nicholas not to underestimate the seductive allure of risking one's life. The doctor believes that the Batman's crusade on crime in Gotham stems from a deep-rooted psychological trauma during his childhood and he possesses an obsessive compulsion to save lives even though some don't want to be saved. After their discussion, the doctor injects a synthesized compound composed of electrum into Nick's body thus making him somewhat invulnerable to being injured or killed.
The next day, Bruce attends another meeting at Wayne Enterprises because the board is deciding whether or not to keep Bruce as CEO of Wayne Enterprises. Celia Kazantkakis tries to convince the board that Wayne Enterprises would be nothing without a Wayne at the helm. Delilah Wagner, who is the proponent of Bruce's removal, believes his social life as a boy billionaire could pose as a disastrous liability for the companys reputation. Even though Bruce was cleared for his involvement with Vesper Fairchilds murder, he was still being scrutinized by the press. Delilah believes that Bruce's peculiar notoriety makes the stockholders and business partners uncomfortable. Delilah gives Bruce a written ultimatum which dictates that if he refuses to resign from the company then she will put in a vote of no-confidence in front of the shareholders. Celia convinces Bruce to consider Delilah’s request as a formality. The board knows Bruce has let Lucius Fox handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the company but Lucius's condition after his near fatal stroke has left him unable to carry on.
Bruce had feared that Wayne Enterprises would be vulnerable of a takeover but not from inside his own company. Lex Luthor was counting on this vulnerability when he hired David Cain to implicate Bruce as Vesper's murderer. Bruce hired Delilah to keep other corporate sharks at bay but eventually he knew that Delilah would pull a stunt like this. However, Bruce was more concerned about the Trackers motives for attacking the Rosettis. Bruce has been studying the Tracker's movements for the last two months. The Tracker apprehended Rossetti's family accountant Bertis Delgado. The Tracker also killed Clement Wellman by feeding him to his dogs in Little Moscow. According to the testimonies of those who survived the Tracker's bust at a crystal meth lab, they described Tracker as something demonic.
On the other side of the city, Gabriel Rossetti makes his way to his car but his driver Ruiz is nowhere to be found. Suddenly, Ruiz is dropped on the windshield of Rossetti's car. Rossetti and his men open fire on the Tracker. The Tracker knocks out Rossetti and his crew then he makes his escape with Rossetti's brief case. Fortunately, Batman has been observing Rossetti's movements in the likely event that the Tracker would show up. Doctor Excess uses the surveillance feed throughout Gotham to keep in contact with Tracker by via comm link. The Court managed to acquire the service of two techno savvy criminals named the Technician and Bugg which allowed the Court to have eyes and ears throughout Gotham. Doctor Excess tells Nicholas not to engage the Batman. The Tracker takes the doctor's advice and makes a quick getaway by discharging an electrical pulse at Batman.
Rossetti decides to seek outside help in order to combat the Tracker. Penguin recommends the Technician who has a fetish for collecting several things from Gotham's history such as the inventions presented at the World Fair in 1941 and some things that predate Gotham's beginnings. The Technician refurbishes them and sells them to villains like the Riddler. However, the Technician refuses Rossetti's offer to take down the Tracker and instead gives Rossetti a business card in the form of a playing card. The Technician recommends that Rossetti contract the Suicide King.
During Dumont Hotel benefit gala at Wayne Enterprises, Delilah threatens the mayor that Wayne Enterprises will take their business elsewhere unless the city can provide a greater incentive. Bruce arrives at the gala but he is accosted by a drunk named Roger Sloane. Sloane tells Bruce that he must speak with him but the gala security removes Sloane before he could utter another word. Celia pulls Bruce away from his date at the gala in order to speak with him. Celia confides in Bruce to fight for control of Wayne Enterprises because she feels Bruce's mother would be disappointed in him if he didn't. She continues by bringing up her past and how she met Bruce's mother. Celia plays off of Bruce's emotions by she saying that she regrets not being a part of Bruce's life after Martha was killed.
Meanwhile. the Suicide King pays the Rossetti house a visit. The Suicide King shows off his talents by taking out some of Rosetti's men. Suicide King then introduces himself to Gabriel Rossetti who is impressed by the king's ingenuity. Gabriel deems Suicide King worthy enough to be a part of his organization. The Suicide King tells Gabriel that he can eliminate the Tracker if Gabriel signs over 20% of the Rossetti's family business to him. Gabriel reluctantly agrees Suicide King’s offer because he wants the Tracker dealt with sooner rather than later.
Bruce goes Lucius Fox to get his impression on Celia. Lucius informs Bruce that Celia made her fortune in textiles throughout Europe but now her main source of income is real estate. She later married Porter Endicott, a Spanish national and took over his corporate position of power when he passed away. Lucius views Celia as a tough business woman but a humble person nonetheless. Batman later meets with Santos to gather more Intel on who the Tracker is and why he has a vendetta against the Rossettis. Santos informs Batman that Gabriel Rossetti has hired the Suicide King to take out the Tracker. Both Gabriel and the Suicide King have set up a bogus money drop in order to lure the Tracker out into the open.
As Batman makes his way to money drop, he contacts Oracle. Bruce asks Oracle to find out who the Tracker's point man is because he recalls the Tracker was speaking to someone through a comm link. Oracle uses her decryption software to decipher any irregular transmissions that could be linked to the Tracker and Doctor Excess thereby giving her a digital trail to follow. Oracle also brought up some interesting information on Delilah Wagner's business methods. Oracle gave this damaging information to the stock exchange commission which will indict Delilah for fraud and insider trading.
Batman also contacts Tim Drake and instructs him to investigate Roger Sloane. Batman wants to find out why Sloane was so anxious to speak to Bruce Wayne. Tim discovers that Sloan has outdated press credentials and he was once an award-winning Boston reporter until his editor learned that he was fabricating his sources. It turns out Sloane has been obsessed with the recent events that have been occurring at Wayne Enterprises. Sloane has documented a pattern that could possibly be a conspiracy. His conspiracy starts with Bruce's decision to leave the country then Wagner's ascension at Wayne Enterprises and finally the untimely death of Porter Endicott. Tim believes Sloane was trying to make up for the slander and libel that he printed at his bugle and he wanted to rejoin the media's good grace by reporting a fantastical new story. Unfortunately, Mister Fun, one of Celia's associates, disposed of Sloane before Tim got to his apartment. Mister Fun removed any incriminating evidence that could be linked back to Celia and dumped Sloane's body in a nearby dumpster.
Batman arrives at the money drop as does the Tracker. Both the Tracker and Batman watch as Gabriel Rossetti gives a brief case full of money to Arturo Zamora. Batman informs the Tracker that he is being set up and the Tracker says "It's the other way around." Tracker shocks Batman with his tazer talons then the Suicide King makes his entrance. Suicide King pretends to fight off the Tracker in order to gain Gabriel's trust. Suicide King stuns the Tracker and the Tracker falls twenty stories off a rooftop. Batman attacks Suicide King for what he did to the Tracker. Batman deduces that the Suicide King's fighting style is Asano Nitobe. Batman almost defeats Suicide King until the Tracker returns and knocks out Batman. Suicide King is amazed that the Tracker actually survived his fall.
Suicide King tells the Tracker to abort their mission in killing the Batman. Batman overheard their conversation as he staggered to his feet. Batman finally realizes that the Tracker and the Suicide King are running a shakedown operation by gaining Rossetti's trust thereby allowing them to infiltrate his organization. Doctor Excess tells the Tracker to retreat back to their base of operations but the Tracker refuses. Batman activates a signal jammer to cut off Doctor Excess' communication with the Tracker. During their heated confrontation, the Tracker and Batman collide with a stack of metal pipes and steel beams. Both the Tracker and Batman must jump off the rooftop to avoid the plummeting mass of metal. Batman manages to save himself with his grappling claw but he was unable to grab Nicholas in time. Batman descends to the bottom and finds the Tracker buried in a heap of metal beams. As Batman pushed the beams away, he could see that the steel pipes had impaled the Tracker. Batman removes the Tracker's mask and is shocked that the Tracker is Nicholas, Celia's son.
The next day, Delilah Wagner is taken into custody for her crimes and Bruce informs Celia that she is the new CEO of Wayne Enterprises. Celia had anticipated on Bruce’s affections toward her and his reasoning for making her Delilah’s replacement because she knew her manipulations on Bruce's emotions would work. Her victory of becoming the new CEO of Wayne Enterprises was short-lived when she heard that her son had died. Mister Fun removed Nicholas’ body from the County Morgue because Celia knew that if the coroners examined Nicholas’ body then they would have found Doctor Excess' electrum compound in Nicholas' bloodstream.
Unfortunately, Freeway, Celia's right hand man, was unable to procure the Tracker's stealth suit from the hazmat team who arrived at the crime scene. It turns out that the hazmat team wanted to analyze the Tracker's suit because it's part of a new procedure that began after Vox’s armor destroyed half of a building in Gotham last year. It was Celia's last wish to have her son cremated thereby destroying any evidence of Doctor Excess' electrum compound.
Celia bids her son one final farewell before his body is cremated. She then turns attention to her associates and informs them that they must learn everything about Batman's allies and weaken Batman's reserves. Celia goes on to tell her accomplices in crime what their roles will be in the Network. The Network's goal is to control the city's business, politics and crime. The Network will collect information with the aid of Bugg's citywide surveillance. Thanks to Bugg, Celia knows about the Mayor's wife who is having an affair with Councilman Dawson and about the mayor's aid who has a crystal meth habit. Freeway, Mr. Fun and Suicide King create distractions when ever necessary while Doctor Excess eliminates any obstacles that require extra persuasion. His formidable medical talents in surpassing the boundaries of human experience and endurance will ensure the cooperation of anyone who stands against the Network.
Celia maintains the illusion of a philanthropist by donating relief funds to the police force and humbles the workforce at Wayne Enterprises by acknowledging their hard work. Celia intends to increase Wayne Enterprises profits dramatically for the next two quarters while Suicide King makes the Rosetti Family believe that they are rising up in the underworld's hierarchy. As the newly appointed CEO of Wayne Enterprises, Celia starts dipping into the company's discretionary account with Gotham's International Bank and begins transferring the funds.
Celia calls in another meeting to gather the Network's latest intelligence. According to Bugg's findings, the Batman is a myth to most because there is little documented evidence to prove otherwise. Freeway concurs with Bugg by mentioning GCPD's failure to report the Batman's involvement in several cases. Celia figures Gordon is the source that allows to the Batman to remain elusive. Bugg goes on to introduce the Network to the remainder of Batman's allies like Red Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Huntress, Spoiler and Orpheus. Celia tells Suicide King to keep tabs on Huntress since her obsession and apathy toward organized crime became apparent when she tried to kill "Tiny" Hidalgo in public.
Freeway assumes that the Batman and his allies are some kind of special military unit assigned to protect Gotham at the behest of the governor while Suicide King believes the vigilantes are being financed by some corporation who is underwriting their expensive crusade on crime. Celia puts an end to the meeting by telling the Network that they must eliminate Batman and his cohorts before her plan can be realized.
Celia is assigned the task of observing Spoiler. Freeway watches Spoiler's movements throughout Gotham and figures her motive to fight crime stems from this need to prove herself to someone else. Perhaps an absent parent who was once or still is a criminal. Spoiler fights crime to strike back at that particular parent but she still wants parental approval for efforts and that is where the Batman fits into it. Spoiler busts a group of thugs who were robbing a grocery store. It turns out the group were college kids who were looking for a little trouble to get some kicks.
Spoiler grapples to a nearby roof where she is taken by surprise by Freeway. Freeway tells Spoiler that he was impressed by her performance and his employer would find Spoiler's talents invaluable. At first, Spoiler blows off Freeway's offer but Freeway leaves a business card in case Spoiler decides to change her mind. Later that night, Steph contemplates on whether or not to accept Freeway's offer but since Bruce hasn't been training her as often as he should be, she decides to call Freeway. Steph tells Freeway that he will only agree to a meet if his employer is present.
Freeway introduces Spoiler to Celia and Celia informs Spoiler that a friend of hers was murdered by the Ruvalcaba syndicate during a robbery in the Diamond District. Celia tells Spoiler that the police have not made any progress in apprehending suspects but Freeway has come across some vital information. The syndicate's accountant Louis Trundell is leaving town and with his testimony, the syndicate could be brought down. Spoiler can't understand why Celia doesn't go to the police with this information. Celia tells Spoiler that she can't trust the police since some officers maybe on the syndicate's payroll. Spoiler understands Celia's concern and agrees to take the assignment.
Freeway drives Spoiler to the East End Docks because Trundell has a boat that neither the authorities or the syndicate are aware of. Trundell went off everyone's radar when the FBI approached him about turning over state evidence against Diego Ruvalcaba. Freeway drops off Spoiler and points her in the direction of Trundell's boat. Spoiler notices Trundell and a woman helping him load the boat with supplies. The woman goes inside the boat to put away the supplies while Spoiler ambushes Trundell. At first, Spoiler had everything well in hand and Trundell under restraint but the woman surprises Spoiler with a display of acrobatic fighting styles.
Spoiler tries to grab the woman's hair to get her off but it turns out to be a wig. Trundell's woman is actually Selina Kyle. Trundell has hired Selina as his bodyguard/ travel agent. Selina has agreed to share with Trundell her international contacts who have the means to hide him from the syndicate in exchange for a cut of the money he was skimming from the syndicate. Selina knocks Spoiler off the boat and Steph falls into the icy waters of Gotham bay. Selina and Trundell escape in her car and head to the Gotham's Central Station.
Trundell and Selina grab some last minute train tickets to Centerdale, NY. Trundell placed his funds in a safety deposit box at a bank in Centerdale. Trundell notices two men wearing shades staring at him and Selina but Selina informs Trundell that those men aren't the FBI or hit men. Selina tells Trundell that the syndicate are known for sending unexpected assassins. At that same moment, an elderly woman pulls out an uzi and tries to kill Trundell. Fortunately, Spoiler arrives and disarms the woman. Trundell makes for the uzi and attempts to kill Spoiler because he refuses to go to testify. Selina saves Spoiler by knocking out Trundell with a drop kick. Trundell is down for the count and Selina searches Trundell's person for his safety deposit key. She finds the key and tells Spoiler to stay out of her way next time.
The next day, Celia asks Bruce to an afternoon lunching where she gives him a framed photo of his mother as a way to thank him for entrusting her with the continued success of Wayne Enterprises. She tells Bruce that this particular photo was taken at Sandy Newport's New Year Eve's Party. Bruce then receives page from Tim Drake. Bruce sent Tim to investigate Roger Sloane but it turns out Sloane has been murdered. Someone broke into Sloane's apartment and strangled him.
Drake also tells Bruce that a woman by the name of Eleanor Sandhurst has been brought to the Gotham PD morgue. The way she died is similar to Sloane's. All of sudden, Celia's assistant interrupts their lunch. The assistant informs Celia that she is unable to get a hold of Eleanor Sandhurst. Celia needed Sandhurst to sign off on a land grant in order to get land clearances for an impending performing arts center. Sandhurst refused to give Celia the land grant so Celia sent Mr. Fun to murder Sandhurst. Celia tells her assistant not to worry and that she will take care of it but Bruce begins to suspect Celia of fowl play.
Celia and Bruce part ways after their lunch. Celia gets a call from Freeway that he is already handling the Trundell dilemma. In Gotham PD's interrogation room, Freeway poses as a cop and shows Trundell photographs of women who have been beaten to death in the past couple of weeks. Freeway got a hold of these photographs thanks to Bugg's surveillance. Freeway tells Trundell that the authorities were never able to find Trundell's own mother who disappeared under strange circumstances and each of these women in some way resemble Trundell's mother. Trundell realizes that his sick compulsion has been exposed so he asks Freeway what he wants.
The Network gather for another debriefing. Freeway informs the Network that Trundell rolled over for the cops and the Ruvalcaba syndicate is being broken apart. Suicide King tells the Network that the Rossettis are happy with his supposed efforts in bringing down their competition. The Network relays all their information to Celia's cell because Celia is meeting with Spoiler to congratulate her on a job well done. Celia gives Spoiler a check for accomplishing the mission. Spoiler at first refuses but Celia convinces Spoiler to think of the check as a means to fund her crime fighting. Spoiler grapples away with the check in hand and Celia calls Freeway. Celia tells Freeway to make sure their supposed deal with Trundell is null and void. She expects to see Trundell behind bars for murder by tomorrow morning.
Spoiler & Batgirl
Like all of Cassandra Cain's relationships, her friendship with Stephanie was unique. Cassandra, being illiterate, needed Stephanie's help to read a ransom note. After seeing Batgirl's incredible techniques, Spoiler asked her to train her. This provided Cassandra with a friend, something she had never had before. When Cassandra fought Lady Shiva to near-death, Spoiler rescued a hostage held by a worshiper of Shiva who demanded to see Batgirl. Stephanie and Cassandra were later playing rooftop "tag" when they found a group of hostages, and after risking her life, Casandra knocked Stephanie out. Stephanie knew that Cassandra thought that she was incompetent, like Batman did, and left angrily with a broken friendship that would not be repaired until days before Stephanie's "death" by the Black Mask.
After Robin returned and followed someone in costume, he ran into Spoiler and she tagged along with him. Robin saves this girl from gunfire and Spoiler thinks Robin was cheating on her and did not speak to him afterwards. Later, while Robin went on a mission in Tibet, Spoiler begins to miss Tim and decided that she still wanted to be with him. Batman offers to train Spoiler and tells Robin’s real name to her. Spoiler also received training from Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. When Tim returned, the couple reconciled and continued their relationship. Batman decided that she was not cut out for his hero business and told her to hang up her costume. He also told the Birds of Prey and Batgirl to stop training her, but Stephanie continued to patrol the city with Robin. Later the government would inform Stephanie and her mother that her father Cluemaster had died for his country. She decided to stop talking to Tim and obsessed over crime fighting, tracking down any villains that had connections with her father. Eventually she would reconcile with Tim.
During one of Robin’s battle with a hitman, Stephanie was badly injured in the process, and Tim took full responsibility for letting that happen to Stephanie. He became depressed and questioned himself. Eventually Stephanie would snap Tim out of his condition. After Tim’s father found out he was Robin, Tim was forced to quit. Stephanie then created her own Robin suit and snuck into the Batcave. She asked Batman to let her be the new Robin, which Batman accepts, and puts her through intense and rigorous training. Once she finished her training, she began patrolling with Batman.
Stephanie disobeyed an order of Batman's and was fired as Robin and Spoiler. Stephanie decided to steal one of Batman’s plans that would deal with the entire Gotham criminal underworld at once in order to prove that she is a hero.
Since the plan also involved Matches Malone, which is another one of Bruce’s alter-ego in order to infiltrate the criminal underworld, Stephanie caused disaster and triggered a citywide gang war. While this was all happening, Stephanie was kidnapped by the Black Mask and tortured for information on Batman. Stephanie was able to escape and barely made it to a hospital. She eventually died because of too many serious wounds, Batman stayed by her side until her death, comforting her by telling her she was the real Robin. Later it was revealed that Dr. Leslie Thompkins had the ability to save Stephanie’s life but refused to do so, she did this to send a warning to all of Gotham’s youth that vigilantism will lead to death.
In Gotham Underground there is a girl who is spying on Robin, dressed up as Spoiler. She later confronts Robin and teams up with him alongside a new vigilante named Violet. After a few team-ups he tells her she can't dress up as the Spoiler anymore, but she takes off her mask to reveal that she is actually Stephanie Brown. Stephanie tells him that she never died and Leslie Thompkins faked her death, switching the body with a woman who overdosed. She was in Africa the whole time with Leslie doing volunteer work until an attack from a local witch hunting tribe on the camp forced her to confront her feelings and return to Gotham. She told her mother, with the help of Tim, that she was alive. Stephanie attends high school with Tim and is his partner against crime.
Making a deal with her mother, Stephanie Brown decided to have one last outing as Spoiler. Yet after the events of Batman R.I.P. Stephanie took the mantle as Batgirl. Cassandra gave Stephanie her costume after they took down a group of thugs at the docks. She has become disillusioned after Bruce Wayne's apparent death, and decided to leave while Stephanie was talking to her only to find her cowl. While juggling college and super-hero work. Stephanie catches the eyes of Batman and Robin as well as Oracle. Soon Dick figures out Batgirl is not Cassandra and soon Barbara Gordon/Oracle figures it out as well. Stephanie is then confronted by Gordon, who reveals she is aware of her activities. Note - Stephanie gave up being Spoiler not Batgirl.
Taking the mantle of Batgirl did not feel like it was a big deal for Stephanie, but then the original Batgirl felt she had to give her an ultimatum. Demanding Stephanie Brown give up the Batgirl mantle or Barbara would have no choice but to tell Mother Brown of her daughters true adventures at bed-time. Upset by the words coming out her possible mentors mouth, Stephanie could not help but ignore Barbara and returned to her adventures as Batgirl. Turns out the weird events involving a drug called Thrill, which makes the heart rate of the victim soar to high levels, came from the ring-leader - Scarecrow! The first rogue Stephanie Brown also known as the Batgirl must soon confront.
With Oracle monitoring her from the Batcave, Steph is able to overcome the Scarecrow's fear toxins and defeat him. Afterward, Oracle gives an all new suit to Stephanie, becoming her own Batgirl. The suit is wired so Oracle can monitor her vital stats and has a few surprises, including being shock absorbent (which she discovered battling Livewire).
But just because the former Batgirl approves of Steph being Batgirl doesn't mean that the other Bat in town approves. After a battle with Diesel, Steph accidentally freezes Damian (the current Robin). Dick Grayson, who is currently acting as Batman, tells Barbara to shut down their operation. Damian also does not approve of Stephanie (although he approves of very little) and seems to have a certain fascination with what motivates Stephanie.
After being nearly killed by the kidnappers of her friend and fellow Gotham University student Francisco Gracia, son of Gotham developer Stefano Gracia, Stephanie decides she must find what happened to him. After another scuffle with Damian, they are both kicked off the case by Batman. Naturally, this does not stop them and they soon learn that it is up to them to save Batman from one of Roulette's games.
Major Story Arcs
When Cluemaster broke out of prison, along with Czonk and the Electrocutioner. Stephanie learned of the breakout on the news. Her mother, suffering from depression, was struggling with an addiction to painkillers. Steph decided to don her Spoiler outfit and go after her dad. She ran into Robin, and he let her work with him, although they got separated. Spoiler helped Robin out and he gave her a kiss in thanks. Before she could find out if she would see him again, the police arrived and they had to part ways.
Stephanie was kidnapped shortly thereafter by the Gully Carson gang, working with Cluemaster, who was still behind bars. Cluemaster got the idea to use her as insurance, but when the Carson gang withheld his part of the cut, he contacted Batman and Robin and told them that he had been forced to orchestrate their schemes because they were holding his daughter. Batman located the Carson's lair and Robin freed Stephanie. She insisted on getting her costume and going with him to bring down the rest of the gang--against Batman's objection. They were successful, and Stephanie decided to pay her dad a little visit in prison. She also made her attraction to the Boy Wonder very clear.
Heart throb of the Boy Wonder
Stephanie next bumped into Robin when he was teamed up with the Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) to take down a street gang selling guns. She told him that she didn't think it was fair that he got to have all the fun, so she was going to become the Spoiler more often. She insisted on coming with the two of them as they took down the gang, flirting with Robin as usual. There was no time for that, however, when they went after the real leaders of the gang the following night, as Robin was enraged over the death of a fellow student, Karl Ranck. Steph went to the funeral, unaware that Robin was there (with his girlfriend) in his civilian identity. That night, Spoiler met up with Robin, telling him that she was going to be Spoiler more often, and would help him go against the boy who shot Ranck. They were in over their heads however, but thankfully Batman turned up, saved their necks and ordered Stephanie to go home.
During a point in which and his then-girlfriend Ariana were unable to see each other, he and Stephanie grew even closer. He soon came to realize that his feelings for Stephanie had grown into something more, and after breaking up with Ariana, began dating Stephanie. Unfortunately, because he needed to maintain the Batman Family secrecy, Robin was unable to reveal his true identity to Spoiler. At first, she seemed more than happy with this arrangement.
Unfortunately for Stephanie, she found out she was pregnant by an ex-boyfriend who had left Gotham City during the Cataclysm. Tim, in his cover identity Alvin Draper, took Stephanie to Lamaze classes, and the two became even closer. Unfortunately Robin was moved temporarily to Keystone City during the last few months of her pregnancy. He however returned to her when she was giving birth. With Tim's help, she was able to deal with giving her child up for adoption. Although a painful experience, she felt it best to give her daughter a chance at a better life.
Soon afterwards, Tim was sent away to boarding school by his father, and the two were forced into a long distance relationship, made even more complicated by the fact she still didn't know his real name. During his time away, Robin became friends with a girl named Star. One night, after seeing her go into an alley with some suspicious-looking people, Robin decided to follow her in costume. He ran into Stephanie, also on patrol, and she followed him as he tracked down Star to a gang meeting that erupted in a violent shootout. He managed to save Star, but Stephanie became convinced that he was cheating on her, and refused to see him for a time.
Shortly after this, Robin disappeared from Gotham for several days (he was off in Tibet on a secret mission), and in his absence Spoiler realized that she still wanted to be with him. Batman approached Spoiler and offered to train her. He also told her Tim's real name, and this betrayal drove a wedge in between him and Robin for awhile, as well as causing trouble for Stephanie and Tim. Spoiler began to train with Batman, and also the Birds of Prey (although they were a bit more reluctant). Stephanie also began a friendship with Batgirl Cassandra Cain who helped train her in-exchange for reading lessons.
Stephanie and Tim, as she now knew him, reconciled. Even after Batman - having decided that she wasn't really hero material - told her to hang up her costume and the Birds stopped mentoring her, she still patrolled with Robin, as well as went on regular dates. When the US Government came to Stephanie and her mother, and told her that the Cluemaster had died in service of his country in the Suicide Squad, Stephanie was shocked. She cut off ties with Tim and went on a crime-fighting rampage, hunting down the Riddler, her father's former associate, to try to get a better idea of who he had been in life. Eventually, she made peace with his memory, and she and Tim rekindled their relationship (It was later revealed after Stephanie's "death" that Arthur Brown had indeed survived, though it remains unknown if she knows that he is alive, or he her).
Stephanie has also revealed that when she was a child, her babysitter had attempted to rape her. This man died of an apparent drug overdose eight days after she told her father what had happened. Whether or not he had killed him was one of the questions she had to resign herself to never being able to answer.
Road Home: Batgirl
During the events of Bruce's return in the Road Home Stephanie became one (of many) whom was in Bruce's test. Bruce wanted to test Stephanie to see if she was qualified to help him in a new team called,Batman INC. To see if she was qualified, Bruce used his persona called, The Insider. With this identity, he has Amazo like powers which give him different abilities in the field of battle. Bruce robbed Wayne Enterprise to draw Stephanie Brown into combat with him. Stephanie was a good fighter, however she was no match for Bruce Wayne. Back at Barbara Gordon's office, Barbara told Stephanie that this new criminal was way out of Stephanie's league and that she would get Dick Grayson or Tim Drake to fight this new villain. Stephanie promised to not confront him, but she had her fingers crossed behind her back and was going to encounter Insider anyway. Stephanie doesn't use her uniform because she knows that Oracle can track her in it and uses some street clothes with a purple mask. When she unexpectedly runs into some pity thugs, she takes these threats down with ease. She knows that the Insider wouldn't work with c-list villains and leaves quickly. Unknown to her, Bruce was watching her while she fought and stopped a criminal by punching him in the face before he could shoot Stephanie.
When Stephanie found out that Insider was trying to kill the mayor, she quickly stopped this. However, Bruce revealed himself to be the Insider and Stephanie greeted him by slapping him in the face! She said that she was glad to see that he wasn't dead and ran away. Later on that night, Bruce told Stephanie that she had proved herself and is qualified to help him in later days. When Bruce was talking with Alfred in Crime Alley, Alfred stated that Bruce hasn't been looking for Cassandra Cain, however Bruce already knew where Cassandra was and also told Alfred that Tim Drake has been communicating with her for a long time. In the end, Bruce comments in the White Case Bookabout Stephanie Brown's activity in the field of battle.
Brightest Day: Batgirl
Calculator uses hypnosis through mobile phones and computer screens to take control of students in the Computer Science Lab of Gotham University during Barbara Gordon's speech. Barbara tells Stephanie Brown to get out of the room so that she can save Barb later. One half of the zombie audience takes Barb to Calculator's hideout while the rest go after Batgirl. At Calculator's compound which is located in Slaughter Swamp, Barbara is seen fastened to an examination table, with the Calculator alongside her. He talks to Oracle while caring a conversation with his late son Marvin's corpse. Calculator wants Barbara to answer some of his unanswered questions, Calculator then plugs himself into his own laboratory equipment which is connected to Barbara's mind. Calculator intends to break through Oracle's neural barriers in order to see and read through Barb's thoughts.
Barbara however, refuses to give into Calculator's intrusions without a fight. Barbara enters a cybernetic dream state where she battles Calculator in a library that houses Barbara's memories and experiences. Barb battles Calculator and they both fall into another dream state where Calculator's younger self is imprisoned in a cage. Barb tries to help the child like Calculator but suddenly she is attacked from behind by Calculator's adult form. He blames Oracle for turning his daughter Wendy Harris against him but Oracle doesn't give into Calculator's guilt trip. Their constant struggle causes them to plunge further into Calculator's psyche where Barb witnesses Calculator's morbid memory of when his wife had taken her own life. Barb tries to escape Calculator's mind but she is immediately brought to a dream where Calculator is beating Kid Eternity to a bloody pulp.
Meanwhile, at the Gotham Wharf, Stephanie Brown aka Batgirl has evaded a mass of Calculator's mind controlled zombies but then she is attacked by Man-Bat who is also under Calculator’s control by via sonar. Stephanie manages to outrun Man Bat thanks to Proxy aka Wendy Harris, who pilots a getaway plane. Stephanie and Wendy use Barb's tracking signal to locate Calculator's lair. With Wendy's help, Stephanie manages to get through Calculator's technological defense measures. After getting pass the security system, Stephanie finds Marvin's corpse and the machine that is controlling the zombies. She uses her grappling gun to remove the CPU from the machine. The zombies are freed from Calculator's control but Stephanie rash action activates a cybernetic monster that goes after her. Luckily, Wendy charges her plane right into the monster thus destroying it. Stephanie and Wendy sever Calculator's connection to Oracle and Stephanie takes Calculator to the new Arkham Asylum.
- Height: 5"5
- Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
- Eye Color: Blue- Green
- Hair Color: Blonde
- Citizenship: American
- Place of Birth: Gotham City, America
- Marital Status: Single
- Education: High School graduate, College incomplete (in progress)
- Occupation: Adventurer, College Student, Vigilante
- Known Relatives:Arthur Brown a.k.a. Cluemaster (father), Crystal Brown (mother), Dave Bellinger (maternal uncle), name Unknown (daughter), Dean (ex-boyfriend, father of her daughter)
Powers and Abilities
For years Stephanie fought crime without any advanced equipment or martial arts training. Stephanie is armed only with her martial arts and gymnastic skills. She once beat a Prudence, who had a gun, easily, even though Prudence was trained by the League of Assassins. She has handled Superboy himself and many tough foes. She is skilled at handling a motorcycle, grappling hook and various gadgets. Has some minor training in various forensics and detective skills. She received erratic training under Robin III, Batgirl II, Oracle, Black Canary and Batman. Batman has trained her in escapology and stealth. She has shown to use investigation skills to find out some of Batman's secrets. Stephanie received training from Barbara Gordon on computer and security hacking. For a significant time as Spoiler, she operated by herself and took down her criminal father a couple times.
Robin gave her weapons such as smoke bombs to use when he could, and later when she got friendlier with Batman, she was able to secure the whole Bat-arsenal, including a Kevlar costume. The costume is insulated against fire, projectile and electric attacks. Her cowl maintains contact with Barbara Gordon and monitors her vital signs.
Invisibility: She possessed technology that lets her turn invisible, but she abandoned or lost it when she took up the Batgirl identity.
An alternate version of Stephanie appeared in one issue as a Robin from a future timeline. She later reappeared in the same issue as the Batgirl from a future timeline, alongside Cassandra Cain and Bette Kane.
A toddle version of Stephanie appeared in several issues. She was a close friend of Cassandra Cain and Carrie Kelly.
It has been announced that Stephanie will appear in the Smallville universe as that Earth's version of Nightwing.
World Without Young Justice
In the alternate World Without Young Justice timeline, Stephanie was Robin instead of Tim Drake.
Justice Society of America
She appeared in issue #39, 20 years later and with Mr. Terrific, Tim Drake and others heroes help JSA to stop the Nazis.
Young Justice: Invasion
Stephanie makes a cameo appearance in the episode "Before The Dawn". She is seen as one of the captive teens that Tigress is sending to the Reach, a group which Robin, Bumblebee, and Batgirl infiltrate. Stephanie and the other children are saved by the Team after a battle against Black Beetle. She was voiced by Mae Whitman.
In the video game LEGO Batman using lego pieces a player can create Spoiler in the character creation feature of the game.
Batman Reborn Series 1
Stephanie Brown as Batgirl
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