|BATGIRL V (Stephanie Brown)||BIOGRAPHY|
|Created by Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle|
Real Name: Stephanie Brown
Aliases: Robin IV, Spoiler
Occupation: High-school student, adventurer
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Arthur Brown (father), Crystal Brown (mother)
Base of Operation: Gotham City
Weight: 129 lbs.
First Appearance: (as Spoiler): Detective Comics #647 (August 1992); (as Robin IV): Robin Vol. 2 #126 (July 2004);
(as Batgirl IV): Batgirl Vol. 3 #1 (October 2009)
Creators: Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle
Discovering that she was the daughter of a criminal - the Cluemaster - caused Steph to decide to fight back and become a hero. Using rough and ready techniques, she often encountered Robin, becoming good friends with the young hero, and developing a romantic attachment to him even as she improved her skills. For a brief period of time, she was being trained both by Batman and Black Canary, but Batman then made it clear that he did not believe she was ready for life as a hero.
However, when Tim Drake (by this point her boyfriend) retired as Robin, Stephanie was determined to replace him, and for a time was trained as such by Batman. In time, he fired her once more, and shortly after this, Stephanie was believed to have been killed by Black Mask during a gang war that Spoiler had accidentally triggered by following one of Batman's 'war games' plans.
For a definitive list of appearances of Batgirl in chronological order click here