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Spoiler
Stephanie as the Spoiler.

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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance As Stephanie Brown:
Detective Comics #647 (August 1992)
As Spoiler:
Detective Comics #648 (September 1992)
Created by Chuck Dixon
Tom Lyle
Characteristics
Alter ego Stephanie Brown
Team
affiliations
Batman Family
Notable aliases Robin
Abilities None;
skilled acrobat and martial artist.

Stephanie Brown, a.k.a. Spoiler, is a DC Comics costumed hero, part of the "Batman Family". She first appeared in Detective Comics #647. Image File history File links The Spoiler, from DCs Secret Files. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Chuck Dixon is an American comic book writer, perhaps best-known for long runs on Batman titles in the 1990s. ... Cover to The Comet #1, pencil and ink art by Lyle Thomas Tom Lyle is a comic book artist and penciller. ... Cover to Batman Allies: Secret Files & Origins 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... High wire act Acrobatics (from Greek Akros, high and bat, walking) is one of the performing arts, and is also practiced as a sport. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Cover to Batman Allies: Secret Files & Origins 2005. ... Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). ...

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Fictional character history

Stephanie Brown is the daughter of the Cluemaster, one of Gotham City's third-rate villains. Stephanie's father spent most of her childhood in jail or away from the family, and though he claimed to be rehabilitated upon his return to Gotham, Stephanie was furious to discover that he was actually returning to crime without his need to leave clues behind. She decided something needed to be done. Cluemaster is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... This article is about the fictional place. ... This is one of six ratings (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th) in the rating system of the Royal Navy. ... For other uses of the term, see Villain (disambiguation). ... This theory of punishment is based on the notion that punishment is to be inflicted on a offender so as to reform him, or rehabilitate him so as to make his re-integration into society easier. ...


The Spoiler

Stephanie tailored a costume for herself, and called herself the Spoiler. She knew where her father was hiding out, found out his plans, and left clues so that the police and Batman could stop him. Robin tracked her down, and she joined in on the capturing of Cluemaster. Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


Each time Cluemaster would escape or start some new plan, Stephanie would don her costume again. Eventually, she decided she liked being a hero, and began regular patrols as Spoiler. This also brought her into regular contact with Robin, on whom she had a bit of a crush. The two worked as sometimes partners for a time, but eventually, romance blossomed.


Unfortunately for Stephanie, she found out she was pregnant by a boyfriend who had run from Gotham after an earthquake. Robin, in his alter ego as Alvin Draper, took Stephanie to Lamaze classes, and the two became even closer. He returned to her when she was giving birth, even though he had moved away, and the two shared a few sweet moments together. With Robin's help, she was able to deal with giving her child up for adoption. Robin was then 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. The Lamaze Technique is a prepared childbirth technique developed in the 1940s by French obstetrician Dr. Fernand Lamaze as an alternative to the use of medical intervention during labor. ... For other uses, see Adoption (disambiguation). ...


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.


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 Robin's real name, and this betrayal by Batman drove a wedge in between the two for a time. Spoiler not only trained with Batman but with the Birds of Prey, and began a friendship with Batgirl. Tibet (see Name section below for other spellings) is a plateau region in Central Asia and the indigenous home to the Tibetan people. ... Birds of Prey is a comic book published by DC Comics that features the adventures of a group of female superheroes who are based in Gotham City (and later Metropolis). ... Cassandra Cain, is a fictional character in the DC Universe, and the most recent Batgirl. ...


Stephanie and Tim, as she now knew him, reconciled, and the bond they shared was stronger than ever. 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 Cluemaster had died in the service of his country, Stephanie was shocked. She cut off ties with Tim and went on a crimefighting 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. Suicide Squad is a name for a number of fictional organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ... The Riddler, (Edward E. Nigma, also spelled Nygma by some writers), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ...


In Robin #111, Steph 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.


During Tim's battle with the occult hitman Johnny Warlock, Stephanie was injured, her leg broken, and Tim took personal responsibility. The word occult comes from the Latin occultus (clandestine, hidden, secret), referring to knowledge of the hidden.[1] In the medical sense it is used commonly to refer to a structure or process that is hidden, e. ...


Robin

Stephanie as Robin. Promotional art for Robin vol. 2, #126 cover, art by Damion Scott.
Stephanie as Robin. Promotional art for Robin vol. 2, #126 cover, art by Damion Scott.

Stephanie snapped Tim out of his funk, just in time for his father to find out he was Robin. Tim was told to hang up his cape, and he did. Shortly after, Stephanie snuck into the Batcave in a handmade Robin costume, and Batman accepted her request to become the new Robin and put her through several months of intensive training. The fourth Robin patrolled with Batman for a time. Unfortunately, due to her disobeying his orders, Batman stripped her of the costume and told her that she was done being a hero. [1] Cover to Robin #126. ... Cover to Robin #126. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cover to Solo #10 (2006). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Batcave. ...


This led directly to her stealing one of Batman's long-range plans for dealing with the entirety of Gotham's criminal underworld, in an effort to prove her worth. Since this plan was predicated on the involvement of "Matches Malone" (who was, unbeknownst to her, a persona that Batman used for infiltration purposes), it quickly spun out of control. The result was a citywide gang war, in which Stephanie was captured by Black Mask, who tortured her to get information about Batman. Although she escaped and made her way to a hospital, she had been severely injured by the villain, and died in a hospital bed as Batman sat beside her.[2] The comic book character Batman, originally and still sometimes referred to as The Batman, is a fictional character who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Persona literally means mask , although it does not usually refer to a literal mask but to the social masks all humans supposedly wear. ... Black Mask is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Torture is defined by the United Nations Convention Against Torture as any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he...

Promotional art for Batgirl' #62 cover, by Alé Garza.

Batman later finds evidence that vital medical treatment that could have saved Spoiler's life had been denied by Dr. Leslie Thompkins. When confronted by Batman, Thompkins claims she willfully withheld such treatment to send a warning to any of Gotham's youth intending to follow Spoiler's example. Although later sources (such as the history described in the series 52) state that Black Mask killed Stephanie, no canonical source has indicated whether Leslie's role in Stephanie's death has been undone via retcon. Image File history File links Batgirl62. ... Image File history File links Batgirl62. ... Dr. Leslie Thompkins (often spelled Tompkins) is a fictional character from the Batman comic books. ... 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ... Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the portmanteau word retcon – refers to the act of changing previously established details of a fictional setting, often without providing an explanation for the changes within the context of that setting. ...


Posthumous appearances

Since her death Spoiler has appeared twice in the Batgirl series. The first time, in Batgirl #62, Cassandra Cain met her during a near-death experience. In Batgirl #72–73 she appears again as Cassandra dies from blood loss. Batgirl is a DC Comics superhero. ... Cassandra Cain, is a fictional character in the DC Universe, and the most recent Batgirl. ... It has been suggested that The Near Death Experiment be merged into this article or section. ...


When Cassandra was at the verge of death, Stephanie's "ghost" informed Cassandra of her true parentage and of the destruction of Blüdhaven. Blüdhaven is a fictional city in the DC Universe. ...


During the Titans East storyline, a glass case with Spoiler's costume (alongside cases with clothing representing Tim Drake's parents and Conner Kent) is in a room used by Deathstroke to torture Robin. Titans East is the name of several DC Comics teams. ...




Controversy

Cover to Detective Comics #809 (2005). Art by Jock.

There is some controversy in the DC fan community about the fact that even though Stephanie Brown served as Robin for a time, she receives no monument or memorial in the Batcave, unlike other past Robins.[3] During a Q&A at a convention in March 2007, DC executive editor Dan DiDio responded to questions about the absence of a Stephanie tribute from the Batcave, saying that the official position of DC Comics is that "She was never really a Robin," despite on-panel claims to the contrary.[4] Image File history File links Detective Comics #809, Cover by Jock Cover features the late Stephanie Brown in her Robin uniform. ... Image File history File links Detective Comics #809, Cover by Jock Cover features the late Stephanie Brown in her Robin uniform. ... Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). ... Jock is the pseudonym of British comics artist Mark Simpson, most known for his work with Andy Diggle in 2000 AD and on The Losers. ... The Batcave. ... Dan DiDio is an American comic book editor and executive. ...


Supporters of Stephanie Brown cite her death as a case of "Women in Refrigerators" syndrome. They claim that the torture and murder of Stephanie Brown was a misogynist plot device used to cement the hatred between hero (Batman) and villain (Black Mask), a position supported by the fact that the instruments used to torture Brown have been recreated by DC Comics as action-figure accessories.[5] Furthermore, Tim Drake, despite having dated Brown for several years, does little if any on-panel grieving for her, whereas he is so devastated by the death of Conner Kent (whom he knew for less time than he dated Stephanie) he grieves for months, and attempts to clone his fallen friend dozens of times.[6] Women in Refrigerators (or Wir) is a website that was created in 1999 by a group of comic book fans. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Opponents argue that she was only Robin for a very short time, during issues 126-128 of the solo Robin title (not counting appearances as Robin in other DC titles). In narrative time, according to "Robin's War Journal" from the Batman: War Games crossover story arc, she was Robin for 71 days. These readers are critical of Stephanie's involvement in the series in the first place, pointing out that Batman's trust of her despite her origins and dubious credentials is out of character for the Dark Knight, especially after his opposition to letting Tim Drake take up the mantle of Robin after the death of Jason Todd. Jason Todd is a fictional character published in stories by DC Comics. ...


They also point out that her actions in stealing and initiating the plans that caused the gang war resulted in Gotham almost being destroyed again, and that her death may have been an entirely justified consequence of her own, apparently selfish, actions. Still other fans have theorized that Batman's acceptance of Stephanie as Robin was conceived by him as only a temporary measure from the outset, and constituted part of a deceptive and manipulative effort to lure Tim back to the cape. When Alfred asked Batman point-blank if this were the case, Batman evaded the question. However, when a dying Stephanie asks, "Was I ever really Robin?", Batman answers, "Yes."[7] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ...


External links

  • Girl Wonder

References

  1. ^ Robin Vol. 2 #126–128, July–September 2004, reprinted in the Batman graphic novel War Drums, 2004
  2. ^ Batman #633, December 2004
  3. ^ http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=488
  4. ^ http://www.wizarduniverse.com/conventions/la/003907944.cfm
  5. ^ http://www.dccomics.com/dcdirect/?dcd=3101
  6. ^ http://girl-wonder.org/robin/projectgirlwonder.html
  7. ^ Batman #633

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Spoiler not only trained with Batman but with the Birds of Prey, and began a friendship with Batgirl.
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Spoiler completely shocks Cassie by telling her she gave her baby for adoption.
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