Whats is up with all the different Batgirls and who is Oracle?

On December 6th, 2014, a user who wished to remain anonymous PM’d me on Reddit to ask the following question:

Whats Batgirls name? I know in the new52 shes Barbarra but did she used to be called stephanie (cassandra?) before the reboot? Also who is oracle

Fanart by JamieFayX on Deviantart.

Well, firstly, congratulations on making me feel super old, but here’s the answer to your question: :P

Much like how there have been a number of Robins throughout DC history – as they either move on (like Dick) or die (like Jason), multiple ladies have gone by the Batgirl name over the years. Below I’ll try and give you, in chronological order, a short overview of each. You can also click on the their name to their full wiki page if you want to know more.

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What’s the state of Blüdhaven in the New 52?

On October 26th, 2014, /u/gamer4maker asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Since you’ve read every N52 book, you are probably the person to ask. Has Blüdhaven ever been mentioned by anyone in the New 52? I’m assuming it’s still a gooey pile of toxic waste, but I am curious as to whether it has been acknowledged.

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[Edit: The information in this post is now no longer (completely) accurate! Make sure you check the update at the bottom!]

Oh, awesome question! So, for those playing at home, Blüdhaven is/was a city not far from Gotham, most famously for:

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