The Best Storylines That Feature Batgirl

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Batman has been one of DC Comics' greatest characters, but more than just telling great stories, the Dark Knight has been the vehicle upon which a plethora of amazing characters have been introduced. From his amazing rogues' gallery to the many people involved in the so-called "Batman Family," Batman's characters stand as some of the best in comics with Batgirl standing out as one of the greatest.

Batgirl is more than just a young woman who picked up a costume and became a superhero; she is a complex heroine with her own issues and accomplishments. If your only knowledge of the character stems from her appearances in film and television series, you may not know Batgirl as well as her most ardent fans. She has been appearing in comic books since as far back as 1961, which means there are a ton of graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, incredible adventures, and impressive story arcs to her name. Looking through such a long history can be intimidating, but this list is here to help! These are the 20 best Batgirl storylines that have ever been written, illustrated, and put to paper so don't forget to find your favorite and vote it up to see which of Batgirl's amazing stories rises to the top!

  • The Hunt For Oracle
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    Story Found In: Birds of Prey #20-21, and Nightwing #46-47

    When two superheroes date one another, they end up working together much of the time. This is what is going on in the story "The Hunt For Oracle," which centered around Blockbuster working to track down Oracle so he can learn the secret location of Gorilla City.

    To accomplish his goal, he has his goons capture Nightwing, otherwise known as Dick Grayson, whom they tortured for information. They also tried to capture Black Canary, but that didn't work out quite as well as they might have liked. Ultimately, Blockbuster learns what happens when he threatens the likes of Barbara Gordon and her friends in this amazing tale written by Chuck Dixon with pencils by Butch Guice, Greg Land, and Jose Marzan Jr.

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    • The Cat and the Bat
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      Story Found In: Batman Confidential #17-21

      Catwoman has always been a big part of Bruce Wayne's life, but what about Barbara Gordon? In this hilarious tale called "The Cat and the Bat," Barbara meets Selina Kyle for the first time, and things don't go as well as she would have liked. Catwoman successfully breaks into Commissioner Gordon's place to steal a notebook, and Barbara will stop at nothing to get it back.

      What's funny about this story are the absolutely extraordinary lengths Barbara goes to secure the notebooks stolen by Catwoman. It's funny, packed with intense action, and a great Batgirl story.

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      • A Blade From The Shadows
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        Story Found In: Batgirl #19

        For the majority of her career, Barbara Gordon has been depicted as an only child, but when DC launched its New 52 initiative, things changed and a younger brother was introduced. Her little brother, James, has been off the radar for most of Batgirl's career because he isn't a would-be superhero, he's a homicidal sociopath!

        In this story, her murderous little brother returns alongside the Clown Prince of Crime, otherwise known as the Joker, as well as her long-absent mother! That's a lot of family drama to deal with when she not only needs to protect her superhero identity, but deal with her criminally sociopathic brother at the same time.

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        • Homestead
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          Story Found In: Batgirl #25

          In this single issue tie-in to "Batman: Zero Year," Barbara Gordon is put in a position she doesn't want to be in when she must protect both her homestead and her brother as an approaching storm comes over the horizon.

          This is, of course, the same little brother who has a sociopathic proclivity towards homicide and is the source of much of the strife that exists between Barbara and the rest of her family.

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