History Characters / BatmanSupportingCast

15th Sep '17 2:12:26 PM Mullon
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Sarah Essen was originally introduced as a detective and paramour of Jim Gordon in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' to illustrate how the job was ruining his personal life. Three years later later Denny O'Neil reintroduced into regular continuity, though this time Gordon was already divorced. Sarah was a constant presence in the GCPD, and served as a moral and emotional rock for the police and especially Gordon, whose relationship with her progressed naturally until they got married in 1992.

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Sarah Essen was originally introduced as a detective and paramour of Jim Gordon in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' to illustrate how the job was ruining his personal life. Three years later later Denny O'Neil reintroduced her into regular continuity, though this time Gordon was already divorced. Sarah was a constant presence in the GCPD, and served as a moral and emotional rock for the police and especially Gordon, whose relationship with her progressed naturally until they got married in 1992.
19th Aug '17 1:59:17 PM fbiuzz
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''You are my hero. You would always win..Forgive me.''



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19th Aug '17 1:53:53 PM fbiuzz
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19th Aug '17 1:47:19 PM fbiuzz
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[[folder:Harold Allnut (Post-Crisis)]]
Harold Allnut was born a mute hunchback. He found his way north to Hub City in The Question #33 after his parents threw him out of their Gotham City home.

He later came back to Gotham, where he came to the Penguin's attention. When the criminal learned of Harold's mechanical genius he provided shelter in exchange for Harold creating new devices to be used in the Penguin's criminal activity. Harold's life was threatened whenever he tried to object. Batman fought Penguin's forces several times, eventually discovering and rescuing Harold.

Grateful, Harold used his skills to helping Batman build new gear; eventually maintaining everything from the Batmobile to the Batcave's computer systems. Shortly after Harold came to live in the Batcave, Batman's back was broken during a confrontation with the villain Bane. As Bruce Wayne began his recuperation process, he relinquished the mantle of the Bat to his recently acquired ally, Jean-Paul Valley who was currently serving as the hero Azrael. As Valley slowly spiraled into madness he barred Harold from Batcave. Harold found a secret entrance and worked in secret, ultimately supporting Nightwing, Robin, and a recovered Wayne as they confronted Valley.

After the events in cataclysm Harold helped reconstruct Gotham. He disappeared during No Man's Land, sent away by Alfred. He wasn't seen again until his involvement in the Hush storyline

During the Hush storyline, Dr. Tommy Elliot, later revealed to be Hush, used his surgical skills to correct Harold's deformities. To repay him, Harold hid microcircuits inside the Batcave's computer systems. The circuits then transmitted subliminal cues into Batman's mind, throwing the Caped Crusader off balance as Hush pressed forward his plan. Hush eventually killed Harold before he could reveal his identity. As he died, Harold confessed to Batman that he continued to look up to the hero, despite his own betrayal.

Batman researched and found Harold's full name, Harold Allnut, which he inscribed on his grave stone.

Often forgotten in modern adaptations.

* CanineCompanion: Is best buddy with Ace the Bathound.
* Droppedabridgeonhim: Shows up in one page in the Hush storeyline only to get killed off by Hush.
* GeniusCripple: The poor guy was born a mute hunchback and abandoned by his parents. Nevertheless he was an incredible technological savant, who helps build a lot of the Bat-family's important gadgets.
* GadgeteerGenius: He was such a good one. That the Penguin took interest in him and had him design a machine that can control birds. Later Batman would adopt him and give him a new home in the Batcave, in gratitide he offer his service as his chief mechanic.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Along with his friend Alfred Pennyworth. This is the guy who takes care of the Batcave and fixes and maintains the Batcomputer, Batmobile and even helps design their costumes.
* PutonaBus: After the event of No-Man's Land, he left the batcave in order to help rebuild the city. He pretty much disappears until the Hush Storyline, where he is killed off.


13th Jul '17 9:02:13 AM babil
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''Main Article: ComicBook/TheCreeper''



* AdaptationalVillainy: His ComicBook/{{New 52}} version is very much demonic, and even gets a VillainEpisode in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' during the ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' event.
* BrownNote: DependingOnTheWriter, the Creeper's laugh can shatter anything from nerves to bones.
* TheCameo: Aside from his many appearances in the comics as both Jack Ryder and the Creeper alike, he figures into animated continuities as this such as ''Batman: The Brave and the Bold'' and, most memorably, the DCAU.
* CampStraight: The Creeper has a rather flamboyant personality and outfit, but Ryder's only dated women.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: His insanity gives him the ability to come up with bizarrely irrational but effective plans. He stopped a prison riot a jailbreak at Arkham by inciting a riot between the inmates.
* CreepyGood: The guy is so batshit loco that even ''ComicBook/TheJoker'' considers him a lunatic!
** That's not enough, the Joker actually ''fears'' him. Let us reiterate that: THE MonsterClown of comics who terrifies millions has nightmares about ''this'' guy.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: When Hush posed as Bruce Wayne in the comics following Batman’s apparent death, Batman's friends and allies displayed a "show of force" to demonstrate how easily they could stop him if he tried anything. Most of them just block his path when he tries to escape ([[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Katana]] going so far as to hold a sword to his throat), but the Creeper ''picks him up like a doll and throws him across the room''. Later, he's seen in disguise personally babysitting Hush at work.
* EvilLaugh: The ComicBook/New52 version.
* {{Expy}}:
** The Creeper's resemblance to Batman foe The Joker (both have green hair, clownlike faces and maniacal laughter) first pointed out in an issue of the latter's own comic book in the 1970's (where the two fought) may have led to the character's reinterpretation as being insane.
** These days his "Jack Ryder" persona seems to make a growing resemblance in appearance and attitude to tv personalities Creator/StephenColbert or [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Not quite, but close. Part of the reason he's so terrifying to enemies is that he's literally wearing just a thong and booties.
* FunPersonified: Imagine the Joker in one of his wacky phases... ''as a good guy.'' Including the part where [[BewareTheSillyOnes wackiness doesn't mean not being good at what you do]].
%%* HealingFactor
* HeroesWantRedHeads: At least this is what Ryder's ex [[MistakenForCheating seems to think]]. ''"Switching from blondes to redheads now, you son-of-a--"''
* HeroWithBadPublicity
* IntrepidReporter: So much that he slips into jerkass territory now and then. He hosts a talk show called ''You Are WRONG!'', not to say anything of the guest stars he has on just for the sake of deliberately antagonizing them.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Jack Ryder spent the good portion of one comic book spontaneously half-transforming into the Creeper without any control. His attempts to make himself scarce in the presence of his co-workers were entertaining.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In spite of his assholish tendencies with his fellow reporters, he’s shown to genuinely care where it counts when ex-girlfriend Vicki Vale approaches him for advice on whether or not it’s ethical to publish an incriminating story that could ruin someone’s life.
* LargeHam: He purposefully invokes this in his original Ditko incarnation, in order to terrify criminals into submission. [[{{Flanderization}} All subsequent versions]], though, have portrayed the Creeper persona as being [[CloudCuckoolander genuinely out of his gourd]].
* LaughingMad: Sort of. His wild laughter made criminals extremely paranoid and nearly insane.
* MakeMeWannaShout: DependingOnTheWriter, his laugh can range from a deadly sonic weapon to [[TheHyena just plain annoying]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A rare unintentional example. Jack Ryder is a [[Creator/StephenColbert black haired, caucasian reporter,]] who, as noted in the StrawmanPolitical entry, is a left-wing political pundit, with a [[Series/TheColbertReport TV show that parodies right-wing political pundits]]. In a meta-sense, both were supporting characters for [[Franchise/{{Batman}} someone]] [[Series/TheDailyShow else]], whose popularity rose significantly from one or more TV appearances. Also, Google 'Stephen Colbert smiling', we'll wait.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: His Creeper side has been revealed to be demonic in nature.]]
%%* SlasherSmile
* SplitPersonality: Suffers from this [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the story]].
* StrawmanPolitical: In pre-ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, Jack Ryder was a very outspoken left-wing pundit, whose show was called ''You Are WRONG!'' Though he did start to mellow a bit after becoming the Creeper.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: RareMaleExample. His costume consists of a green speedo, red boots and gloves, and a giant, fluffy red boa. In the 2006 miniseries, the costume naturally grows on his body as another side effect of the nanocell technology with the “boa” resembling some sort of organic, tendon-like [[BodyHorror growth]].
* TalkativeLoon: The Creeper is [[MotorMouth not a quiet or reserved individual]], as [[YouFightLikeACow anyone who has tried to fight him will attest]].
* TerrorHero: Creeper used to pull a scare shtick by pretending he was not human, describing the horrible fates of his enemies, laughing and acting weirdly to make his enemies panic (and loving every minute of it). This worked well enough that he actually managed to make one less hard-boiled guy faint. He even managed to make Scarecrow briefly recoil in fright while visiting him in his cell at Arkham.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Or insane at least, as is found out when he's tortured to test his pain threshold.
* UnderwearOfPower: As part of his {{Stripperiffic}} outfit.
* YoureInsane: Almost all times when doing something with (or near) other heroes and is usually treated with [[InsultBackfire "Yeah... Ain't it cool?"]] Also, need we remind you that the JOKER called him a lunatic?

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* AdaptationalVillainy: His ComicBook/{{New 52}} version is very much demonic, and even gets a VillainEpisode in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' during the ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' event.
* BrownNote: DependingOnTheWriter, the Creeper's laugh can shatter anything from nerves to bones.
* TheCameo: Aside from
See [[ComicBook/TheCreeper his many appearances in the comics as both Jack Ryder and the Creeper alike, he figures into animated continuities as this such as ''Batman: The Brave and the Bold'' and, most memorably, the DCAU.
* CampStraight: The Creeper has a rather flamboyant personality and outfit, but Ryder's only dated women.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: His insanity gives him the ability to come up with bizarrely irrational but effective plans. He stopped a prison riot a jailbreak at Arkham by inciting a riot between the inmates.
* CreepyGood: The guy is so batshit loco that even ''ComicBook/TheJoker'' considers him a lunatic!
** That's not enough, the Joker actually ''fears'' him. Let us reiterate that: THE MonsterClown of comics who terrifies millions has nightmares about ''this'' guy.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: When Hush posed as Bruce Wayne in the comics following Batman’s apparent death, Batman's friends and allies displayed a "show of force" to demonstrate how easily they could stop him if he tried anything. Most of them just block his path when he tries to escape ([[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Katana]] going so far as to hold a sword to his throat), but the Creeper ''picks him up like a doll and throws him across the room''. Later, he's seen in disguise personally babysitting Hush at work.
* EvilLaugh: The ComicBook/New52 version.
* {{Expy}}:
** The Creeper's resemblance to Batman foe The Joker (both have green hair, clownlike faces and maniacal laughter) first pointed out in an issue of the latter's own comic book in the 1970's (where the two fought) may have led to the character's reinterpretation as being insane.
** These days his "Jack Ryder" persona seems to make a growing resemblance in appearance and attitude to tv personalities Creator/StephenColbert or [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Not quite, but close. Part of the reason he's so terrifying to enemies is that he's literally wearing just a thong and booties.
* FunPersonified: Imagine the Joker in one of his wacky phases... ''as a good guy.'' Including the part where [[BewareTheSillyOnes wackiness doesn't mean not being good at what you do]].
%%* HealingFactor
* HeroesWantRedHeads: At least this is what Ryder's ex [[MistakenForCheating seems to think]]. ''"Switching from blondes to redheads now, you son-of-a--"''
* HeroWithBadPublicity
* IntrepidReporter: So much that he slips into jerkass territory now and then. He hosts a talk show called ''You Are WRONG!'', not to say anything of the guest stars he has on just for the sake of deliberately antagonizing them.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Jack Ryder spent the good portion of one comic book spontaneously half-transforming into the Creeper without any control. His attempts to make himself scarce in the presence of his co-workers were entertaining.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In spite of his assholish tendencies with his fellow reporters, he’s shown to genuinely care where it counts when ex-girlfriend Vicki Vale approaches him for advice on whether or not it’s ethical to publish an incriminating story that could ruin someone’s life.
* LargeHam: He purposefully invokes this in his original Ditko incarnation, in order to terrify criminals into submission. [[{{Flanderization}} All subsequent versions]], though, have portrayed the Creeper persona as being [[CloudCuckoolander genuinely out of his gourd]].
* LaughingMad: Sort of. His wild laughter made criminals extremely paranoid and nearly insane.
* MakeMeWannaShout: DependingOnTheWriter, his laugh can range from a deadly sonic weapon to [[TheHyena just plain annoying]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A rare unintentional example. Jack Ryder is a [[Creator/StephenColbert black haired, caucasian reporter,]] who, as noted in the StrawmanPolitical entry, is a left-wing political pundit, with a [[Series/TheColbertReport TV show that parodies right-wing political pundits]]. In a meta-sense, both were supporting characters for [[Franchise/{{Batman}} someone]] [[Series/TheDailyShow else]], whose popularity rose significantly from one or more TV appearances. Also, Google 'Stephen Colbert smiling', we'll wait.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: His Creeper side has been revealed to be demonic in nature.]]
%%* SlasherSmile
* SplitPersonality: Suffers from this [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the story]].
* StrawmanPolitical: In pre-ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, Jack Ryder was a very outspoken left-wing pundit, whose show was called ''You Are WRONG!'' Though he did start to mellow a bit after becoming the Creeper.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: RareMaleExample. His costume consists of a green speedo, red boots and gloves, and a giant, fluffy red boa. In the 2006 miniseries, the costume naturally grows on his body as another side effect of the nanocell technology with the “boa” resembling some sort of organic, tendon-like [[BodyHorror growth]].
* TalkativeLoon: The Creeper is [[MotorMouth not a quiet or reserved individual]], as [[YouFightLikeACow anyone who has tried to fight him will attest]].
* TerrorHero: Creeper used to pull a scare shtick by pretending he was not human, describing the horrible fates of his enemies, laughing and acting weirdly to make his enemies panic (and loving every minute of it). This worked well enough that he actually managed to make one less hard-boiled guy faint. He even managed to make Scarecrow briefly recoil in fright while visiting him in his cell at Arkham.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Or insane at least, as is found out when he's tortured to test his pain threshold.
* UnderwearOfPower: As part of his {{Stripperiffic}} outfit.
* YoureInsane: Almost all times when doing something with (or near) other heroes and is usually treated with [[InsultBackfire "Yeah... Ain't it cool?"]] Also, need we remind you that the JOKER called him a lunatic?
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13th Jul '17 5:45:21 AM Doug86
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* LegacyCharacter: He's the third person to become the Spectre, after Jim Corrigan (the Golden Age one, not his murderer) and Hal Jordan, better known as the Silver Age ComicBook/GreenLantern.

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* LegacyCharacter: He's the third person to become the Spectre, after Jim Corrigan (the Golden Age one, not his murderer) and Hal Jordan, better known as the Silver Age ComicBook/GreenLantern.Franchise/GreenLantern.
13th Jul '17 2:41:18 AM NightShade96
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* EvilLaugh: The New52 version.

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* EvilLaugh: The New52 ComicBook/New52 version.



She sometimes appears as TheCameo, if ever. Matt Wagner did a fair amount of work with the character in a pair of mini-series, "Batman and the Monster Men" and "Batman and the Mad Monk", set during the [[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne Year One]] era. She made her ComicBook/TheNew52 appearance in ''Batman'' Vol. 2 #30 and plays a heavy role in the "Superheavy" storyline, once more as Bruce's girlfriend.

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She sometimes appears as TheCameo, if ever. Matt Wagner did a fair amount of work with the character in a pair of mini-series, "Batman and the Monster Men" and "Batman and the Mad Monk", set during the [[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne Year One]] era. She made her ComicBook/TheNew52 ComicBook/New52 appearance in ''Batman'' Vol. 2 #30 and plays a heavy role in the "Superheavy" storyline, once more as Bruce's girlfriend.
5th Jul '17 1:38:29 AM FuzzyBarbarian
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* TheCommissionerGordon: He is the TropeNamer and the various media include numerous different versions -- after all, the exact rank and function of any Commissioner Gordon varies depending on how cynical or idealistic the series is. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', for example, he's the commissioner by the time the story starts and is hesitant but supportive towards Batman; in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', he's the new commissioner and the one that is responsible for changing the police department's behavior toward the Bat. In the DarkerAndEdgier ''Film/BatmanBegins'', he's a lowly sergeant -- lieutenant, by the end of the film -- and possibly the only completely honest cop in Gotham PD (and even then "no rat", although he says there's no-one to rat ''to''). [[spoiler:(He becomes commissioner in the second film after Loeb's death and collaring the Joker.)]]
** Deconstructed at ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'': Sarah Essen explains that Gordon tried to get a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere job outside]] Gotham City when No Man's Land was declared, but had been laughed at because he couldn't keep his city safe without the help of a vigilante. She warns the officers to not speak about Batman around him anymore.

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* TheCommissionerGordon: He is the TropeNamer and the various media include numerous different versions -- after all, the exact rank and function of any Commissioner Gordon varies depending on how cynical or idealistic the series is. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', for example, he's the commissioner by the time the story starts and is hesitant but supportive towards Batman; in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', he's the new commissioner and the one that is responsible for changing the police department's behavior toward the Bat. In the DarkerAndEdgier ''Film/BatmanBegins'', he's a lowly sergeant -- lieutenant, by the end of the film -- and possibly the only completely honest cop in Gotham PD (and even then "no rat", although he says there's no-one to rat ''to''). [[spoiler:(He becomes commissioner in the second film after Loeb's death and collaring the Joker.)]]
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** Deconstructed at in ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'': Sarah Essen explains that Gordon tried to get a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere job outside]] Gotham City when No Man's Land was declared, but had been laughed at because he couldn't keep his city safe without the help of a vigilante. She warns the officers to not speak about Batman around him anymore.



** In the animated series, it's canon that he was this for Barbara - when she tried to tell him the truth, he told her that he was proud of her and she didn't need him to approve her actions anymore.
** And he's probably right. In the [[ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs Injustice]] universe, at least, Gordon reveals to Barbara that he's known the identities of the entire Bat-Family for a ''long'' time. When she asks how...
--> '''Gordon:''' "How? I'm a ''DETECTIVE!''"



You might (but probably don't) remember her from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', where she proudly continues her tradition of being Bruce Wayne's [[strike:[[TheBeard beard]]]] [[strike: arm candy]] loving girlfriend and having virtually no personality or plot-relevance. [[Music/PinkFloyd Shine on, you crazy diamond]].
28th Jun '17 5:54:37 AM NightShade96
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** In PostCrisis continuity, it's implied he knows right from [[BatmanYearOne the beginning]]. After an unmasked Batman saves Jim's baby, Gordon makes the point that he's [[BlindWithoutEm practically blind without his glasses]] even though he's [[BlatantLies only three feet away]].

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** In PostCrisis continuity, it's implied he knows right from [[BatmanYearOne [[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne the beginning]]. After an unmasked Batman saves Jim's baby, Gordon makes the point that he's [[BlindWithoutEm practically blind without his glasses]] even though he's [[BlatantLies only three feet away]].
23rd Jun '17 12:53:06 PM NickHunter26
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Dr. Arkham's hiring practices could use some work, just look at Harley Quinn. And don't get us started on the brain dead morons he hires as security guards.

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* InTheBlood: Just read his uncle's history! During ''The Last Arkham'', he commited several acts who made the distinction between him and his patients quite hard (including locking Batman up with several of them). [[TurnOutLikeHisFather He even asks himself if he's really mad]].
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Dr. Arkham's hiring practices could use some work, just look at Harley Quinn. And don't get us started on the brain dead morons he hires as security guards. guards.
* ManipulativeBastard: His psychological training came quite handy when dealing with a maniac gunman.
* PsychoPsychologist: Sees In the Blood above and also[[spoiler: when it's revealed that he was actually Black Mask in ''Batman: No Man's Land'', thus suffering from a split personality disorder]].
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