-->'''The Joker:''' ''Your city is under attack by Gotham's greatest criminal minds! Including... The Riddler! Scarecrow! Bane! Two-Face! Catwoman! And let's not forget Clay Face! Poison Ivy! Mr. Freeze! Penguin! Crazy Quilt! Eraser! Polka Dot Man! Mime! Tarantula! King Tut! Orca! Killer Moth! March Harriet! Zodiac Master! Gentleman Ghost! Clock King! Calendar Man! Kite Man! Cat Man! Zebra Man! And... The Condiment King.''
-->'''Pilot:''' ''Okay, are you making some of those up?''
-->'''The Joker:''' ''Nope! They're all real. Probably worth a Google!''[[note]]Other villains not mentioned include Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Owlman, White Rabbit, The Carpenter and several others.[[/note]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie''

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Franchise/{{Batman}} has built up one of the biggest and most popular [[RoguesGallery Rogues Galleries]] in the history of all media. Here are his deadliest and most recurring foes.

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!!In General
* AntiVillain: Not always, but anytime there is a major city wide disaster many of the villains work to help regain order, if only because said order benefits them more than utter chaos. Or for pure self-defense against the most chaotic villains.
* AxCrazy: The majority of Batman's enemies are known to be a little...off.
* BadassNormal: Like their nemesis, very few of them have actual powers and instead rely on their skills, gadgets, weapons, and craziness to get ahead. There are some exceptions though, such as Poison Ivy and Killer Croc.
* CardboardPrison: Arkham Asylum ''cannot'' hold any of them for long. The Joker and Scarecrow have stated that they feel that Arkham is not so much a prison but a ''place to relax'' in between {{Evil Plan}}s, and it's implied that the rest of the rogues view Arkham in a similar manner. In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', the Joker even manages to use the asylum as an evil lair.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: When one of the rogues acts alone they always stand a fair chance of beating Batman- at least, they manage to get him into the deathtrap of the day before he brings them in. On occasions when they mob him en masse he takes them out one-by-one easily.
* DysfunctionalFamily / EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: Depends on the writer and/or the age of the comics, but the Batman's Rogues often are portrayed in this way, especially the regular Arkham inmates. Joker in ''Comicbook/DeathOfTheFamily'' clearly maintains that Batman's Rogues are the real Bat-Family, and not their sidekicks. They're actually one of the more tight-knit rogues galleries in Franchise/TheDCU, after Franchise/TheFlash's Rogues, happily playing card games with each other or swapping stories about trying to kill Batman.
* FreudianExcuse: Almost all of them have some sort of reason they became villains, usually some sort of untreated mental illness, AbusiveParents, and/or traumatic incident(s) that turned them into the people they are, such as The Joker's "One Bad Day".
* {{Idiosyncrazy}}: Many of the Rogues are ([[RetCon or were, at some point]]) defined by an absolute fixation on a particular theme or motif, particularly during the Silver Age.
** Joker & Harley Quinn: Comedy (particularly of the [[BlackComedy dark]] and [[DeadBabyComedy gruesome]] flavors) and comedic figures (clowns, comedians, etc).
** Penguin: Birds or umbrellas in the Silver Age, though downplayed in the modern era, where he tends to be depicted as a PragmaticVillain whose odd appearance is simply affectation.
** Two-Face: Duality, with doses of chance and coins on the side.
** Scarecrow: Fear.
** The Riddler & Cluemaster: [[CaptainObvious Riddles and tests of mental adeptness]].
** Catwoman: Cats, for a time, before she cast that off. She's still depicted as a KindheartedCatLover, though, and ''will'' target cat-themed items for the joke of it, just not exclusively.
** Poison Ivy: Plants and ecoterrorism.
** The Mad Hatter: The works of Lewis Caroll, with particular favor to ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
** Maxie Zeus: Greco-Roman mythology.
** The Ventriloquist zigzags the trope. On the one hand, his crimes don't usually have a theme to them. On the other hand, he's a sufferer of split personality disorder who projects his "crime boss" persona through a ''puppet'' and insists to the point of insanity that it's the ''puppet'' that's the real criminal.
* ShadowArchetype: Many of Batman's villains display negative forms of his own traits. Joker had a bad day but [[AxCrazy channeled it differently]], Scarecrow uses [[IKnowWhatYouFear fear]] but indiscriminately, Two-Face has a [[LivingADoubleLife dual identity]] but no control over it, and so on.
* TechnicianVsPerformer: One thing the rogues do is that they're trying to make the death of Batman or their crimes works of art. As Penguin once said:
-->'''Penguin:''' What is the point of the perfect crime if there is no one to witness it?
* ThematicRoguesGallery: There's several different themes present in Batman's rogues; madness (every single member is insane in some way, from R'asAl Ghul's megalomaniacal savior's complex to the Penguin's buried murderous sadism), split identities/faces/masks, and animals.


!!Specific villains
[[index]]
* [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGalleryPart1 A-L]][[labelnote:click to expand]]Alfred Stryker, Bane, Black Mask I, Brother EYE, Cain, Carmine Falcone, The Carpenter, Catwoman, Clayface I, Clayface II, Clayface III, The Cluemaster, The Court of Owls, Deadshot, The Dealer, Doctor Simon Hurt, Firefly, The Great White Shark, Harley Quinn, Hush, James Gordon, Jr., Joe Chill, The Joker, Killer Croc, Killer Moth, Kite Man, Lady Shiva and Lock-Up.[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGalleryPart2 M-Z]][[labelnote:click to expand]]The Mad Hatter, "Maxie" Zeus, Mister Freeze, Nobody, The Orca, Owlman I, Owlman II,The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Professor Hugo Strange, Professor Pyg, Ra's Al Ghul, Raptor, The Riddler,The Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, Talia Al Ghul, Tweedledum & Tweedledee, Two-Face, The Ventriloquist I, The Ventriloquist II, The Ventriloquist III, The Victim Syndicate, Victor Zsasz and The Wrath.[[/labelnote]]
[[/index]]
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