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 (though far from his only ones,):

[[folder: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 benfits them more than utter chaos.
* AxCrazy: The majority of Batman's enemies are known to be a
* 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.
* DysfunctionalFamily / EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: Depends on the writer and/or the age of the comics, but the Batman's Rogues often are portrayed in this way, specially the Arkham's inmates. Joker in ''Comicbook/DeathOfTheFamily'' clearly maintains that the Batman's Rogues are the real Bat-Family, and not their sidekicks. They're actually one of the more tight-knit rogues galleries in the Franchise/TheDCU, after Franchise/TheFlash's Rogues, happily playing card games with each other or swapping stories about trying to kill Batman.
* 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, 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?

[[folder:The Joker]]
!The Joker/Red Hood I

SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is one of the most (in)famous supervillains in the history of comic books and a character who is equally as famous as his archnemesis. In sharp contrast to [[DarkIsNotEvil Batman]], [[BrightIsNotGood The Joker's]] skin tone is chalk white, his hair a bright green, and his costume consists of a bright purple tuxedo. Oh, and he is an ''AxCrazy [[TheSociopath psychopathic]] maniac.''

It's not so much a question of what Joker's done -- it's rather a question what ''hasn't'' he done. His first appearance had him effortlessly killing two millionaires, a judge, and a rival mob boss; since then, he's sneaked into a fur warehouse using a model Trojan horse, made his own utility belt, tried to dump one of his henchmen in a SharkPool, infected every fish off of the East Coast with his Joker venom (and then tried to ''[[RefugeInAudacity patent the fish for royalties]]''), tied his enemies to a giant exploding cake to celebrate his birthday, shot Barbara Gordon in the spine (and tortured her father to boot), killed Jason Todd (the second Robin), killed Jim Gordon's second wife, [[RealityWarper became stupidly powerful]] after stealing [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyzptlk's]] powers, and nearly destroyed the world singlehandedly when he thought he was dying.

''And he's far from done.''

Like the rest of the senior Bat-cast, the Joker started out as a pretty dangerous guy in his earliest appearances before being turned into a guffawing, buffoonish trickster thanks to the combined influence of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode and [[Series/{{Batman}} the 1960s television series]]. When he was revived in the 1970s, he was turned back into the dangerous madman of his earliest appearances (although -- and this ''cannot'' be emphasized enough -- he was ''still'' crazy enough to try and patent Joker-fish). When UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}} came along, Joker soon had the single highest body count in Franchise/TheDCU. While he's outdone by the aliens and supervillains who can (and do) wipe out cities/planets, for a man who has nothing other than a criminally sharp mind and a twisted sense of humor, he's still got an "impressive" body count. And keep in mind, those aliens wipe the cities and planets from orbit, while the Joker will do it to your face, and he'll scare you half to death before he kills you the rest of the way.

Why doesn't he get the chair? That's what many of us are asking. In-universe, however, it seems to be due to the courts pronouncing him insane and whisking him off to [[BedlamHouse Arkham]] [[CardboardPrison Asylum]].

His relationship with Batman is... unique, to say the least. In nearly every published Batman crossover/AU comic, The Joker is there as well. Joker has claimed again and again that Batman is the sole reason for his existence -- and that they're more alike than Bats will ever admit.

The Joker, as portrayed in various media -- [[Film/{{Batman}} Tim Burton's 1989 film]], ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', and many an AlternateContinuity -- is a little bit different from the comic book version: The former is treated (if in unspoken terms) as a [[TheGadfly gadfly]] who has managed to con (or will con) the mob, crimefighters, and even the legal system into thinking he's insane in the clinical sense of the term, when really he [[ItAmusedMe just enjoys carnage and mayhem]], and was likely a murderous bastard even before donning the clown mask. The modern, mainstream comic book Joker is treated as though he really ''is'' crazy and (in abstract terms) someone Batman sees as a psychological torment rather than just a guileful crook; a sort of [[AbstractApotheosis demon sent by the city itself]] to foil his mission. In truth, most versions fall somewhere in the middle, largely DependingOnTheWriter. His HarmlessVillain phase from the 60's, for what it's worth, was actually pretty short lived.

As for his origin... well, no matter who tells it, it almost always involves him falling into a giant vat of acid (or something green). Most accept Alan Moore's portrayal of Joker in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' as an unsuccessful comedian with a pregnant wife prior to the transformation as the character's canon origin, but as Joker said himself in that very story: "Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes the other! [[MultipleChoicePast If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!]]"

The Joker's true identity is perpetually unknown, but he has gone by Joseph "Joe" Kerr, Jack Napier, Jack White, [[spoiler:Oberon Sexton,]] and Clem Rusty among others. (Because the name Jack Napier was given as the Joker's pre-transformation real name in the 1989 film, some fans accept it as his real name overall. [[note]] The name, by the way, is from JackNicholson, the actor who played him, and Alan Napier, who played Alfred in the 60s show. The more you know! Or, it may be a play on the word "jackanapes", meaning a clownish, impertinent person. If the Joker's past can be multiple choice, so can his name origins...[[/note]])

For a full listing of the tropes surrounding this most iconic of supervillains, [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker see his dedicated tropes page]].

[[folder: Harley Quinn]]
!Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel)

Which genius decided to let a fresh-out-of-college intern be The Joker's therapist, we'll never know (it's heavily implied that no one actually wants to work at Arkham), but Harley Quinn was the result. As Joker's doctor, Dr. Harleen Quinzel tried -- like so many others before her -- to restore the psychotic killer to sanity. She not only failed, but ''fell in love with him''. The countless FreudianExcuse stories that Joker fed her were likely a part of it, since Harley has proclaimed that ever since she laid eyes on the clown, it was love at first sight.

Though it was ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that introduced her (originally as just the Joker's henchgirl), Harley became popular enough to be included in the comics as well, and it was a comic (later adopted into a TV episode) that first told her origin. Perhaps even crazier than the Joker himself, you can count on Harley to be right alongside her "puddin'", mindlessly loyal to him, but cleverly lethal.

Not even Harley can stand the Joker's endless tirades of abuse and madcap lifestyle, however, and when she's in her downtime, she often finds consolation in Poison Ivy, whom she has [[LesYay a deep friendship with]].

Has had two different solo series, the tropes for which can be found [[ComicBook/HarleyQuinn here]].

Thanks to the character's popularity, she has appeared in various adaptations. In addition to ''Batman: The Animated Series'', she has also been featured in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', and was the BigBad of the short-lived ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' TV show. She was also one of the main characters in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'' film. She's a major character in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', and is playable in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''. She's set to appear as one of the main characters in the upcoming ''Film/SuicideSquad'' movie, played by Australian actress Margot Robbie.


* AbnormalAmmo: Those oversized "popguns" she carries can fire anything.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Harley's malevolence in comparison to the Joker is usually pretty low-key, but she takes it up a notch or three in some continuities.
** In the ''Arkham'' videogame series, Harley is a lot more murderous, though that's partially because [[spoiler: the Joker ends up dying due to his Titan exposure]]. It gets to the point she just wants to kill everyone in the city out of sheer spite.
** In the {{elseworlds}} depicted in the animated film ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueGodsAndMonsters'', Harley is a full-fledged psychopathic SerialKiller who keeps fridges full of mangled human bodyparts, makes "toys" out of mangled corpses, and even has a makeshift "family" made of people she's murdered, crudely preserved and stapled their faces into perpetual smiles -- including [[WouldHurtAChild a little brother]]. Worse, unlike the mainstream Harley, she seems to have no connection to her world's version of the Joker (assuming he exists); she's just a murdering maniac. [[spoiler: She's so creepy, it actually [[AssholeVictim comes as a relief]] when this world's version of Batman, a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent scientifically created vampire]], murders her for a meal at the end of her episode "Twisted".]]
* AffablyEvil: Harley is insane, no doubt about it, but she's also one of the more social members of Batman's Rogue Gallery, having genuine friendships with several of the other rogues.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Justified. Despite her sympathetic portrayal, she's ''very'' far from being innocent and virtuous herself.
* AscendedExtra: Originally designed so Joker could have a female henchmen. Her design proved very popular with the fans that eventually she made more appearances and more of her personality was fleshed out (she was more of a DeadpanSnarker in the early days chiding at one point to the Joker "You're sick, you know that, boss?") and got bigger roles till a back story was eventually made for her.
** BreakoutCharacter: As CanonImmigrant, she proceeded to become one of the main characters (if not the main character) of several comic series, such as the Harley & Ivy mini-series, her own ongoing and Gotham City Sirens. She even became the main villain in the Birds of Prey TV adaptation even though she's not prominent in the original comic. And more recently her role in the videogames of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries; she also became a member of ComicBook/SuicideSquad and get a second ongoing which became DC's highest-selling title with a female lead!.
* AxCrazy: Not as concentrated on single, gruesome killings as her puddin', but much more enthusiastic towards large-scale property damage.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: One of her origin stories has her going for a job at Arkham Asylum because she doesn't feel challenged enough with regular therapy sessions. She got the job... and then met The Joker.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She is, by far, the nicest, sweetest member of Batman's rogues gallery. However, do not think her lovelorn origin and bubbly demeanor means she isn't a homicidal psychopath.
* BigBad: She's the main villain in the live action TV series, ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''. This version of Harley is much more cunning and intelligent, rather than bubbly and childish like in the comics.
* BiTheWay: Her relationships with Joker and Poison Ivy (as confirmed by WordOfGod) and overall flirtatious nature confirms this.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Blonde to Ivy's Redhead and Catwoman's Brunette in some cases.
* BlondesAreEvil: Was born blond.
* BrilliantButLazy: Depending on how her BrokenAce and SexForServices (grades) tropes are interpreted, she may be this as well.
* BrokenAce: In her most recent interpretations, she was so gifted both physically and mentally (and extraordinarily attractive) that she labored under immense pressure to be perfect. She jumped so eagerly into her role as the Joker's dumb blonde sidekick because it freed her from people's expectations. If she's a dumb, clumsy blonde, or the Joker's mentally broken victim, no one expects anything out of her.
* BrooklynRage: She has a very nasal New York accent and it is later revealed that she is from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Naturally. While the writers flip flop on whether she skirted her way through school or not, every once in a while she does show she's still a pretty skilled psychoanalyst despite the crazy.
* CatchPhrase: An inter-media one, in that it shows up at least once in most mediums that she appears in.
--> (as an introduction): "Call me Harley! Everyone does."
* CanonImmigrant: Her first appearance was in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries, she proved so popular that she was eventually canonized into the comics proper.
* CheapCostume: Her pre-''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' outfit was an off-the-rack jester costume she stole from a costume shop, while her New 52 costume consists of items she [[MuggedForDisguise pilfered from various women around Gotham]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Even when she does get declared sane, she's still weird.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: Granted, Joker does this ''a lot'', but none of his other doctors wound up ''in love with him''.
** She once wrote up a report on the Joker claiming that he was perfectly sane, but simply faking it to avoid the death penalty, and because he was enjoying his own maniacal behavior. This arguably subverts this trope, since DependingOnTheWriter this is ''exactly'' what SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is doing, meaning she is the first one to crack him (she probably thinks [[MadLove this makes him a genius]]).
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite her ditzy personality, Harley is a competent fighter and is unstable enough to be unpredictable. She's even gotten the drop on Batman once or twice.
* CuteAndPsycho: Cute as a button and more then willing to murder.
* CuteButCacophonic: When voiced by Arleen Sorkin her voice definitely has a [[Series/TheNanny Fran Drescher]] quality to it. The BTAS origins episode [[ shows]] that she's capable of speaking in a more normal voice and only switched to the "Harley Screech" after donning the costume.
%%* CuteClumsyGirl
%%* DarkActionGirl
* DarkMistress: Harley is in an [[MadLove abusive relationship]] with the Joker. It's a connection she can never quite shake off even when Poison Ivy shows her she can be a supervillain without him, and Batman shows her she doesn't have to be a supervillain at all. In fact, it seems that every time Harley isn't Joker's Dark Mistress, [[LesYay she's Ivy's]]. In the Franchise/{{DCAU}} it's only after [[spoiler:Joker dies]] that she's finally able to get out of it.
* DepravedBisexual: She skirts this trope, but she is bisexual, and definitely psychotic.
* DomesticAbuse: Perhaps the poster child for this trope in the Superhero universe. If you were going to give the Joker a girlfriend, it really couldn't go any other way.
* DominoMask: She wears one as part of her outfit. She also wears a hat and full face paint, which gives the impression of a full mask. However this might have something to do with her costume being based on that of Harlequin, a stock character of the Italian [[CommediadellArte Commedia dell'arte]]. However, once she loses the harlequin theme in the New 52, the mask is replaced with streaked eye makeup.
* TheDragon: For the Joker.
* DropTheHammer: Mallets have been identified as her WeaponOfChoice, though the Joker does use them on occasion as well.
* DumbBlonde: She's ''really'' psychopathic, but still a ditzy, kinda sweet girl.
-->'''Harley:''' Hah! And here you thought I was just another bubble-headed, blonde bimbo! Well, the joke's on you; I'm not even a real blonde!
** Subverted in pre-transformation. She was an approved ''psychiatrist'' in Arkham, which was how she met SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Thanks to Ivy, Harley has enhanced strength, healing, and an immunity to most poisons.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She has a soft spot for animals and [[BerserkButton does NOT take kindly]] to people who abuse them. In one story, she and Ivy also rescued a young girl who was being chased by a sexual predator. Harley may be a homicidal supervillain, but even she thinks child abusers are the scum of the Earth. She also refused to keep fighting Black Canary when she worked out Canary was pregnant. This doesn't exactly mesh well with New 52 Harley, who is perfectly willing to murder hundreds of children with exploding video games.
* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Despite being just as insane as her puddin' and just as indifferent to other people's death, she's still portrayed as being a sympathetic abuse victim of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* FluffyTamer: To everyone else the Joker's snarling pet hyenas are a menace; to her, they are her "babies."
%%* GenkiGirl
* GirlishPigtails: Harley wears her hair in a pair of side pigtails to mirror the shape of her jester hat.
* GlassCannon: In all continuities. Even though she definitely can fight, she isn't very resistant and is often easily knocked-out when things get physical.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Poison Ivy, though the ''Heterosexual'' part is questionable.
** DC officially lists her as "bisexual."
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Often depicted as such but she still has some bouts of ''true'' efficiency and is in fact the villain who got the closest to actually killing Batman. But well, MadLove you know...
* InformedJudaism: So informed indeed that she ''never'' talks about it.
%%* InnocentBlueEyes
%%* LoveFreak
* LoveMakesYouEvil: She was a psychiatrist at Arkham asylum until she was assigned to The Joker. Falling in love with him, she broke him out and joined him as his girl sidekick. To what degree the Joker returns her feelings is questionable, ranging from 1% to zero. However, almost all her evil acts are an attempt to secure his affection.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: She fell in love with a The Joker. Crazy doesn't even begin to describe it.
* LoveMartyr: Oh, God, Harley Quinn, going back and forth between a girlfriend who treats her like dirt and a boyfriend who frequently tries to kill her. She bounces back and forth between this trope and MadLove, depending on how sympathetically her romantic woes are treated in the current story.
* MadLove: The {{Trope Namer|s}} by way of a story arc from the comics that was later adapted into an episode, though the degree that she and Joker actually apply (whether Joker actually cares about Harley in any way) varies DependingOnTheWriter.
* MasterOfDisguise: One of her more understated talents, but she's ''very'' good with disguises and impersonations. In her first solo series, she actually spent a significant period practicing psychiatry under a fake identity, and has a similar set-up in the New 52 volume.
* {{Meganekko}}: Before her transformation.
* MoralityPet: Oddly, not just for the Joker or Poison Ivy, but almost all the other inmates at Arkham seem to have a bit of a soft spot for Harley. It's implied that most of them don't look down on the Joker because he kills people, but because they disapprove of his abuse of Harley.
* MuggedForDisguise: She's been known to mug people in order to replace them, such as an opera singer in the ''[[ComicBook/BatmanHush Hush]]'' storyline, a rock groupie in "Love on the Lam", and an Arkham guard in the ''Arkham City'' prequel.
* MulticoloredHair: The [[ cover]] for the 2011 ContinuityReboot version of ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'' shows Harley sporting half red, half blue/black hair, replacing the iconic jester hat of the same colors.
* NaughtyNurseOutfit: In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''.
** This costume became iconic more or less instantly. In subsequent appearances across all media, Harley is as likely to show up wearing her ''Asylum'' outfit as her original harlequin tights. New designs (like the ''Suicide Squad'' cover above) tend to draw from the elements of the ''Asylum'' costume (red/blue/purple palette, medical gear, corset) as much as the old one.
* TheNicknamer: She lovingly calls the Joker "Mr. J" and "pud'n". She also refers to Poison Ivy as "Red" and (occasionally) Batman as "B-Man".
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Often implied.
* OddFriendship: Harley is one of the most social members of Batman's Rogues Gallery. She's actually quite fond of the original Ventriloquist, Arnold Wesker, thanks to his trying to cheer her up the first time she was thrown into of Arkham. She also views the Riddler as a friend, and has occasionally helped him in his detective work. In the animated series, she also appears to be on friendly terms with Professor Jonathan "Scarecrow" Crane -- he even stops ranting and screaming at the guards just long enough to smile and say hello to her. The Animated Series also implies that she even views ''Killer Croc'' as a friend.
* OfCorsetsSexy: All versions of her outfit in the New 52 feature a tiny, barely closed corset.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: She's an unrepentant murderer, but so cheerful and so absolutely devoted to "Mistah J" that one can't help but pity her when he slaps her around and/or threatens to kill her.
* PsychopathicManchild: Occasionally pops up in the main comics, and practically outlined in her solo series - which all but established that she's detached from reality and now sees the world like one big cartoon, and that her actions are like a game. As a result she often acts, and sometimes thinks, like a sugar-high kid.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: She wears a black and red playing card motif.
* SexForServices: Some versions of her origin story indicate that she got through college by sexual favors rather than academic performance. The extent to which this is the case [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer, however,]] and she occasionally shows glimpses of great intellect even in stories involving this.
* SexyJester: While showing minimal skin, too!
* SheFu: She studied to be a doctor, but can do Olympic-level gymnastics as she went to college on a gymnastics scholarship, and received superhuman abilities from Poison Ivy during the first of their adventures.
* ShrinkingViolet: She was very shy and reserved before meeting The Joker. Needless to say, that's changed quite a bit.
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: At least one iteration of her origin story shows that the Quinzel family was not kind to Harleen; her siblings whine incessantly, her mother is very demanding of her, her father belittles her quite hard, and none of them care about her future. Part of her motivation to get her college degree was to get a job was so she could get away from her family first and foremost.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The DVD captions for ''Mad Love'' in Volume Four of ''Batman: The Animated Series'' spell her real name as "Harlene Quinzelle".
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Suggested [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shooting Batman]] to Joker, who proceeds to blow up on her (then later use this idea).
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: C'mon, Harleen Quinzel? ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s it by having Joker point it out in the episode showing her origin, and her dryly responding [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore that she's heard it before]]. This conversation was replicated in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' in one of her interview tapes.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: While she had a traditionally conservative costume where only her face is uncovered, the New 52 makes her outfit incredibly revealing. This is lampshaded by Harley herself, at one point referring to her look as a "stripper clown outfit".
* UnholyMatrimony: She and Mr J. are one textbook example.
* VillainousFriendship: She may find Ivy too serious at times but their friendship is genuine on both sides.
* VillainousHarlequin: Her name and costume is based of a Harlequin.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:More like [[ "Would Murder Hundreds of Children"]].]]
* {{Yandere}}: It's rare, but even the Joker is scared of her when she goes into this mode. Or turned on. It could go either way.

!Two-Face/Harvey Dent

Much like Jim Gordon, Harvey Dent was one of the few honest law enforcers in Gotham. Young and handsome, he was nicknamed "Apollo" by the press, but beneath his good looks lay an unstable second personality rooted in his abusive childhood. The details vary from origin to origin, but Dent eventually got doused with acid, burning away the left half of his face until it resembled the monster within.

Dent's mind snapped after that, and he declared himself a mere puppet of fate. Shedding his old belief in justice, and fixated on proving the arbitrariness of free will, he is one of Gotham's most volatile crime bosses. He has the unusual habit of making all of his decisions with a two-headed coin - scratched on one side and clean on the other. All of his important decisions are decided by a flip of this coin - the scarred side representing evil, the clean side representing good. Thus his crimes and choice of victims are all determined by random chance. That being said, Two-Face has a particular animus for lawgivers, and will frequently target police stations or courts. (Yet even this is dependent on what mood he's in; the "Harvey" personality once carried a torch for a comely police officer, Renee Montoya. As Renee was a closeted lesbian, this proved a disappointment.)

Alongside the Joker and Ra's al-Ghul, Two-Face is one of Batman's greatest enemies, but not because of the threat he poses to the rest of the world. Instead, he reminds Batman of how far the greatest can fall, and how he cannot save all of his allies - Batman's feelings of guilt that he failed to save his old friends and constant attempts to 'reform' Dent remain one of the biggest themes of the character.

In spite of his stature, Two-Face never made an appearance on the [[Series/{{Batman}} sixties show.]] (FALSE Face did, but that's a different character altogether.) Rumor has it that they considered his scarring origin too horrific for the series' tone. Another legend claims that they did briefly consider Creator/ClintEastwood for the role, though.

For a full listing of the tropes surrounding this FallenHero, [[ComicBook/TwoFace see his dedicated tropes page.]]

[[folder:The Penguin]]
!The Penguin/Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot

Being born into a rich family can suck sometimes. While we already know about Bruce Wayne's woes, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot was not without troubles of his own. Having been bullied for most of his life due to his short stature, obesity, and beak-like nose (hmm... wonder where this is going...), he was an outcast in his own family besides his beloved mother. Eventually his frustration built up to a point where he finally decided to release it by becoming a criminal. Due to his upbringing, he always tries to look his best in a tail-coat, top hat, and monocle (so yeah, that's where we were going).

All of that, in addition to his notable love for birds, inspired him to take the moniker "The Penguin". Whereas most of the Bat-Villains are insane to a degree, Penguin is usually portrayed as sane, and operates the "Iceberg Lounge" nightclub, as equal parts legitimate business and front for his OTHER business. The Penguin is mainly an idea person, relying on others to carry out his crimes (although he does get personally involved from time to time), and in more recent years, he has been shown to attempt to be an organizer for a larger group and more of a mob kingpin. Also notable is that Penguin, like Catwoman, skirts the line between being criminal and being on the up-and-up, to the point Batman will even be willing to give him some leeway as long as he doesn't get too dirty, although unlike Catwoman this isn't because he is an AntiVillain but mostly just a case of PragmaticVillainy. Batman's even used him as an information source on underworld info, since The Penguin knows ''everybody''. They're enemies, but they're willing to let each other be as long as their paths don't cross.


* AbusiveParents: Mr. Cobblepot was one nasty piece of work who neglected and abused his son physically, emotionally, and sexually[[note]]A common misconception is that intercourse is what constitutes child sexual abuse, while that's obviously true, it's not the only form. His father had his clearly traumatized child watch him and his wife engage in sexual activities,[[/note]] abused their son. Mrs. Cobblepot was certainly not up for any parenting awards herself. Any time Mr. Cobblepot said or did something to their son she would either downplay it or take his side. She would become even worse after the untimely death of her husband, as she, convinced Oswald might catch pneumonia and die like his father, made her son carry an umbrella whenever he went outside, and beat him with it whenever he refused. Some comics, such as ''The Penguin Returns'' make it clear she saw her son as a tool for social gain and the violence enacted against him was her way of controlling him and keeping him in line.
** In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', they didn't do this. They did, however, bundle him up in an enclosed baby carriage and throw him into a river when he was about a year old. This is how he wound up in the Red Triangle Circus freakshow.
* {{Acrofatic}}: While he is ''usually'' portrayed as a capable physical combatant when he feels the situation calls for it, his level of skill varies widely DependingOnTheWriter and he has been written both as a physical match for Batman and as a character the masked vigilante can floor with a solid punch (even if it takes him a while to actually land one) and anywhere in between.
** Confusing things further is his propensity towards intentionally throwing fights as part of a scheme or to avoid exposing his respectable businessman persona as a sham.
* AffablyEvil: Penguin conducts himself in a gentlemanly fashion, is almost always very polite, civil, and refined, prefers negotiation to bloodshed, can be very charming when he wants to be, has a (twisted) sense of honor, still has a heart and when he cares does so genuinely, is willing to work with Batman, and has [[VillainousRescue helped pull said hero's ass out of the fire more than once]]. He's also a ruthless mob boss, responsible for much of the illegal trade in Gotham as well as a greedy, often amoral cold-blooded killer and if you happen to offend him, he will slit your throat with a razor sharp ferrule, and, as you lie on the floor choking on your own blood, the last thing you'll hear is him calling the florist to send condolence flowers to your widow. If you're ''lucky''. Bruce has recently reluctantly admitted that a united criminal underworld in [[FridgeHorror Cobblepot's control tends to be less dangerous for ordinary civilians]]. He's still scum, but there's worse people out there who would be more than happy to take his place if the situation to do so arose.
** FauxAffablyEvil: When he's either in a bad mood, or when writers choose to focus on the more unstable aspects of his personality. The Penguin is a gentleman. A vindictive, dangerous subclinical sociopath, yes, but a gentleman nonetheless. He'll slaughter everyone you know and hold dear and leave you to live the remainder of your life alone, but he'll do it with a polite smile and civil tone.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Almost all versions of his backstory incorporate this.
* AloofBigBrother: When they weren't [[BigBrotherBully joining in on it]], his more accepted, physically attractive brothers turned an uncaring eye as their brother was harassed by other children.
* BadassNormal: Has no powers and still managed to battle Comicbook/{{Firestorm}} (who has powers of molecular reorganization) to a standstill armed only with an umbrella.
* BadassBookworm: He's a portly, middle-aged businessman who majored in Ornithology[[note]] In the United States, undergraduate programs do not award a specific degree in ornithology(they offer coursework in avian biology instead), so to pursue studies in ornithology he would have needed to obtain either a Master's degree or a PhD, and most of these programs would require the Graduate Record Examination in biology, which would test his knowledge of (1) cellular and molecular biology, (2) organism biology and (3) ecology, evolution and population biology. His additional required courses would include chemistry, mathematics (especially calculus), statistics, computer science with GIS and English. Yup, Oswald Cobblepot is indeed a nerd.[[/note]], and has been drawn wearing glasses when not using his trademark monocle. Though he's more apt in using range weapons against his foes(which he often makes himself), the Penguin is a blackbelt in Judo and no slouch in melee combat.
* BadGuyBar: The Iceberg Lounge counts, but not all of it: there is typically a back room where the supervillains and criminals hang out, drink and shoot the breeze / threaten to kill one another. It's kept ''very'' separate from the main area, because most of Gotham's villains aren't exactly good with people and Cobblepot has a reputation to uphold. However, while the main area of the Lounge does not, itself, count, being a BadGuyBar is still the ''theme'' of it - Penguin himself cites the touristy appeal of hobknob with famous [[TheThemeParkVersion "gangsters" and "supervillains"]] as the main draw to the establishment.
* BigBrotherBully: Oswald's brothers brutally abused him, physically and emotionally ''and got away with it''. He was willing to tolerate their maliciousness [[spoiler: [[TheDogBitesBack right up]] until they started killing his birds]].
* BloodKnight: He may exert a good amount self control over it but when he feels that circumstances are such that he can allow himself a proper smack down he expresses a good deal of enjoyment in mutilating his opponents.
* BlueBlood: The Cobblepots were one of Gotham Cityís oldest and most prestigious families, second only to the Waynes.
** ImpoverishedPatrician: They would eventually fall on hard times due to some poor business deals made by Oswald's father, leading to his motive to restoring his family's former wealth and status, thus "proving" his own worth as a Cobblepot (and defeating his fatherís despising ghost).
* BreakThemByTalking: Like any true master, The Penguin can effect others with hardly a sign that he had ever done anything at all, Cobblepot, through expert use of his massive network of connections, piles on the mental misery in a steady, methodical monologue, until the victim, without having ever once been touched, curls in a fetal position on the floor, head in hands, [[DrivenToSuicide as good as dead]].
* CampStraight: Has his moments, but has been engaged twice.
* TheCharmer: Strangely enough for someone who considers himself TheGrotesque, Oswald really has charm: if you can [[ charm]] the Joker, [[ then]] you can charm anyone else.
* ClassyCane
* ConsummateLiar: Comes with the job description.
* TheChessmaster: Is quite talented at the actual [[SmartPeoplePlayChess game]] as well.
* CivilianVillain: Even before his "official" reformation, he's gone through supposed reformations countless times...
* ChronicVillainy: ...and eventually he always returns to his bad habits.
* CreepyChild: Initially an [[InnocentProdigy idealistic]], sweet, and generally nice kid, he eventually becomes one in the ''ComicBook/PenguinPainAndPrejudice'' backstory after being put through a few rounds of BreakTheCutie.
* CuddleBug: Zigzagged. It's a little off-putting at times but on a good day the man is ''remarkably'' affectionate with those he considers his friends. Yes, even towards SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. On an off day, [[HatesBeingTouched however]]...
* CulturedBadass: Cobblepot is a polished SharpDressedMan who loves tea, is a wine connoisseur, can play the violin, studied Shakespeare, has an appreciation for opera, poetry, and world history, and is capable of utterly wrecking your shit if given a reason.
* DeadpanSnarker: Frequently. The Penguin's commentary towards his fellow rogues, the heroes, and life in general has a tendency towards being rather dry and sarcastic. Can overlap with StepfordSnarker.
* DependingOnTheArtist: His appearance can vary wildly from issue to issue. How obese and grotesquely deformed he is can never be made consistent. Sometimes he is a squat spherical creature with a two foot nose and sharp piranha teeth, and sometimes he just looks like a perfectly ordinary mildly chubby man in a suit.
* DepravedDwarf: DependingOnTheWriter. He's always short and usually fairly chubby, but how depraved he is depends on who's telling a story with him.
* {{Determinator}}: "You see strength isn't about size, or muscle, or looks. It's about strategy, delay of gratification, the long term plan. It's about determination, perseverance, about getting up every single damned time they kick you down."
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DisproportionateRetribution: As a villain with a reputation to uphold this is usually toyed with but ultimately either Downplayed or Subverted, however...
** His story in the comic book ''Joker's Asylum'' has him doing everything he could to ruin the life of a chef who was laughing when he went on a date with a beautiful woman. Less than two months later, he had ruined the chef's life so thoroughly that [[DrivenToSuicide the guy hung himself]], and it wasn't even certain that the guy was laughing at him!
** This happens again in ''Penguin: Pain and Prejudice''. At a party, a guy bumps into him and starts to call him a fatass before he sees who it is and begs for forgiveness. Penguin responds by having him fired from his job, burning down his apartment, cutting the brakes on his parent's car and having his girlfriend infected with an unknown substance.
* DissonantSerenity
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In most of his backstories he has a loving if strained relationship with his controlling and sometimes abusive mother.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: He loves all birds, but identifies most with Penguins.
* EvilBrit: Sometimes. Otherwise, this is an affectation, if something implied at all.
* EvilDebtCollector: More Apathetic than evil. Not long after graduating college and prior to officially becoming a criminal, Cobblepot is unable to make a required payment because his mother's long illness had run up enormous debts, and everything in his store including the birds who were Oswald's only companions were seized by creditors.
* EvilIsPetty: Make sure you mind your manners around the guy. If you do something that pisses him off, he will ensure you pay dearly for it.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: In ''Gotham Underground'', the Penguin finds himself on the losing side of a war against Intergang, with his government contact dead, his [[TheDragon dragon]] having deserted him, and all his {{Mooks}} scared off. He's got the chance to flee the city, but instead readies his [[ParasolOfPain umbrella]], [[BenevolentBoss dismisses his employees with generous severance packages,]] and wills the Iceberg Lounge to [[OddFriendship the Riddler]] before settling down with a bottle of wine to await his killers. He survives, but he had no way of knowing he would.
* FamilyHonor: Part of his motive as a villain. He plans to restore the Cobblepot family name to its former glory but has a very skewed idea of how this should be accomplished.
* FatalFlaw: Despite his physical deformity, Oswald Cobblepot is capable of finding the love and acceptance that has evaded him all his life. But because he canít let go of his anger and his vindictiveness, he unintentionally sabotages those opportunities whenever they arise. In the end, his greatest enemy isnít Batman, or any of the people who have shunned him for being different. The Penguin is Cobblepot's own undoing, and the cause of Oswald's own misery. And heíll never be able to change that until he realizes the elements that helped him to survive his childhood now prevent him from welcoming decent people into his world and are now a part of who he is. Unlike many of the other members of Batman's Rogues Gallery, heís usually not written to suffer from any specific mentally illness, heís simply a man who can't allow himself any long-term peace or happiness.
** That said, do not [[BerserkButton hurt a bird in his presence.]] [[{{Hypocrite}} Not that this stops him.]]
* FatBastard
* {{Foil}}: Bruce Wayne and Oswald Cobblepot both hail from Gotham's oldest and most respectable families and have a deep understanding of what it is to feel obligated to their family's legacy and for that obligation to cause them to be dysfunctional in their relationships with other people. Bruce with his playboy lifestyle, his beneficent, charitable attitude and his supermodel girlfriend of the week, and the talk of the town with his latest cause celebre, is a cipher for the new aristocracy: the celebrity. Oswald Cobblepot, however, with his top hat and dickensian name, wouldnít look out of place in a BBC period drama. He's a throwback to a different time and social order. Seedy and repulsive, his power and authority used to muster up votes, control government officials, and secretly damage Gotham City from the inside by policy to the benefit of him and his, old money making no conscession to the new or lesser fortunate, and everything Bruce would instinctively rail against.
* FreudianExcuse: Teased and bullied by other children and rejected both at school and his family's wealthy circle for his appearance, lonely socially-awkward little Oswald, despite yearning for human company, turned to his mother's pet birds as his only friends because they wouldn't judge the strange-looking misfit. His overbearing mother, the only one to show him affection, suffers a stroke and became invalid (and in some stories dies), leaving him with a great deal of debt that sent their holdings into foreclosure and he loses everything he had clung to for security, the prosperity, the pets, even the birds get repossessed. Cobblepot, strapped for cash, went to a known criminal and his confederates, and offered his services, only to be kicked out and mocked for his appearance. This final rejection spurred Oswald to become the cold, callous criminal he'd later become, and obsessed with proving his nay-sayers wrong, he'd return later to kill the head of the group and ensure the late criminal's accomplices were arrested as revenge for their ridicule. Having always ached to fit in among the social elite, he still seeks validation and acceptance, but uses illicit means to buy his way back into high society, as his mind had been far too twisted from his life experiences and his raging [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferiority complex]] to believe he can successfully attain his goals through purely legal means.
* GentlemanThief: Started out this way.
* {{Gonk}}
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: He has a cigarette holder, signifying his status as a villain.
* GracefulLoser
* TheGrotesque: Oswald's deformities [[DependingOnTheArtist usually]] are not that hideous, but he certainly considers himself one of these.
* HighClassGlass: His trademark monocle, almost always over his right eye.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Umbrellas. It also serves as a metaphor for the Penguin's character and nature. Like his umbrellas, the Penguin appears completely harmless perhaps even mundane, but also like his umbrellas he conceals a darker nature.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ''Heavy'' emphasis on the jerk. Between hiring ex-cons to his ''authentically'' legitimate business who had been having trouble getting steady work because no one else would give them a chance in ''Love Bird'', and saving the lives of a doctor, a cop and a group of children they are trying to get out of Gotham in ''The Underground Railroad''. Cobblepot has been shown to be capable of compassion and not just for his mother or his pet birds, both of whom he couldn't be more protective of if he tried.
* KidsAreCruel / TeensAreMonsters: Sadly, yes. Let's see here, in addition to the traditional pastimes of beatings and name calling: They would hang Cobblepot from the monkey bars with his hands and legs roped to the bars with his own suspenders so he would look like a bird in mid flight, children would burst in on him while he was using the restroom to make egg laying puns, his brothers and some kids from school tore down every nest in the aviary forcing him to watch the eggs crack on the floor, his brothers killed Speck(a sick bird he was nursing back to health), had a group of teens knock over a portable temporary toilet while he was still inside it, soaking his hair and clothing with the waste material inside, was made to remove his clothing in public, and a gang killed all his birds after he stood up to their leader who had been picking on him. His early life was not kind.
* LetsGetDangerous: Rarely fights, but has been shown to be a very effective combatant.
* MadScientist: He's a gifted [[GadgeteerGenius engineer]] who usually makes his umbrellas and other mechanisms himself when not delegating the job to his employees to save time and uses his devices in his schemes.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* ManipulativeBastard
* MommasBoy: Cares deeply for his mother. [[spoiler: Almost to [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]]'s levels in ''Penguin: Pain and Prejudice''.]]
* MisterBig: Has always been depicted as a man of below standard height, sometimes comically so. The VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries stats places his height at "4, 10" which is average... if you happen to be a 10 year old.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Subverted. Big tipper. Exemplary etiquette. Unquestionably evil bastard.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Absolutely loves this trope. He is well aware that he appears non-threatening, even silly, and uses the assumption to his advantage. [[note]] So good it even fools some writers. Penguin was the first villain to actually escape from Batman and outsmart him, and it was a running theme in all of Penguin's first stories that he always somehow managed find a way to escape. Truth is, people too often forget that the Penguin's shtick is that you're SUPPOSED to underestimate him. People are SUPPOSED to be thrown off by the ridiculous quirks and mannerisms of a funny little man in evening wear that they never see the scheme coming before they've fallen victim to it.[[/note]]
** Quote from Bruce Wayne/Batman to Tim Drake/Robin in ''Penguin Triumphant'': "Everyone seems to consistently underestimate the Penguin ó myself included. In point of fact, Cobblepot is ruthless, vindictive, calculating, inventive ó and perhaps the most brilliant man I've ever fought."
* OddFriendship: The Penguin with any one of his friends[[note]]Joker, [[DependingOnTheWriter Mad Hatter, and the Riddler]][[/note]], really.
* OnlySaneMan: One of the few recurring Batman villains who is generally considered sane and as such rarely gets sent to Arkham. He usually goes to Blackgate Penitentiary instead.
* OralFixation: The Penguin is almost never seen without his trademark cigarette holder.
* PapaWolf: Do not harm his birds. It may take time, but he will find a way to suitably destroy you.
* ParasolOfPain: He's famous for his "trick" umbrellas in combat--primarily umbrellas with concealed blades or guns.
** ParasolParachute: Not only parachutes, but pogo sticks, mini-helicopters, and [[JetPack jetpacks]] have been equipped into his umbrellas.
** RocketRide: See above.
* PlayingBothSides: While he manages to successfully manipulate both sides to his benefit, it's a fragile balance always on the verge of collapsing
* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler: Shows signs of this in ''Penguin: Pain and Prejudice'' and ''Film/BatmanReturns''.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: He's a VillainWithGoodPublicity and would like to keep it that way.
* TheRat: Sometimes. To what degree he will sell out his fellow rogues and his motive for doing so is DependingOnTheWriter.
* SecretIdentityIdentity: Does he truly fancy himself a refined gentleman who longs for the acceptance of his peers or does he think of the Penguin, his darkest, most vicious animalistic criminal nature as his true self and the gentleman criminal as a necessary Halloween costume? Or are they both aspects of a more complex personality? It's hard to say as the opinions of comic writers seem to vary widely on the subject.
* SelfMadeOrphan: In most versions his father dies of bronchial pneumonia, but in ''Penguin: Pain and Prejudice'' [[spoiler: His [[AbusiveParents father]]'s behavior and [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead commentary]] eventually pushed him too far, and he murdered Tucker Cobblepot, leaving him alone with his mother. The only one that showed any signs of loving him]].
* ShadowArchetype: His public persona represents a dark, corrupted version of Bruce Wayne's RichIdiotWithNoDayJob identity.
* SinisterSchnoz
* [[ShellShockedVeteran Shell-Shocked Abuse Victim]]: Although varying based on the interpretation, his modern self appears to exhibit many symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
* StepfordSmiler: Intelligent, rich and sophisticated; Oswald Cobblepot puts up a friendly gentlemanly front, but behind closed doors he is a power hungry criminal with quite a few easily pressed [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]]. He has flashes of compassion, but he is dominated by a desire to be respected and to control those around him. The Penguin combines Types C and A with ObfuscatingStupidity to hide just how dangerous he is.
** "It is important to keep up appearances."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: This is a prominent gimmick of The Penguin in almost all of his incarnations.
** While it still comes out, especially during moments of stress where he'll go from comparatively straightforward to suddenly sounding as if he'd swallowed a thesaurus, he's been shying away from it lately to avoid communication error.
** Also he hates repeating himself.
* TheDon: Runs all organized crime in Gotham.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Has been in both positions.
* RedRightHand: His short stature and beak-like nose are a more subtle version of this. In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Creator/{{Tim Burton}} decided to enhance Penguin's physical resemblance by giving him deformed hands, where the three lower fingers fuse together into ugly flipper-like paddles. This has enjoyed some vogue in animation[[note]]''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' made use of this flipper-hand design before the art-change for ''The New Adventures of Batman'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' also retained the sharp, vicious teeth of Tim Burton's Penguin[[/note]], but has never been accepted in the comics.
* TheResenter: Of almost ''everyone''. [[note]] The Penguin self-identifies as a ‘freakí in ''The Penguin Affair'', predating his memorable line in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' when he says: "Youíre just jealous because Iím a genuine freak and you have to wear a mask." Like most peopleís problems, his have their origins in childhood, but Cobblepotís anger and resentment stem from more than being peeved at the people who bullied him as a kid, but something more immediate thatís still happening to him as an adult, from his own self-loathing and the undeniable fact of his physical deformity, something he has to live with on a daily basis and confronts every time he looks in the mirror. Not only do others to find him repulsive, but he despises it himself. Every time he sees his appearance it reminds him of the very things he can never acquire, no matter how much wealth and power he gets, and consequently feels the frustration, jealousy of a man who believes himself fated to always be on the outside looking in. [[/note]]
** But Bruce Wayne in particular. Cobblepot blames the Waynes and Thomas in particular for his family's fall from grace and this feeling put a bitter enmity between him and Thomasí heir, Bruce, who he sees as [[SpoiledBrat spoiled]] and [[ManChild immature]].
* TrainingMontage: Briefly shown during ''Secret Origins Special'' #1, where he was shown lifting weights and practicing with a punching bag as a kid. Result? He knocks out a bully's teeth with a single punch.
* TranquilFury: If he has just cause to be angry and is instead [[StepfordSmiler calm, understanding, and cheerful]] instead of dryly sarcastic and snide... [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge be afraid]].
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: At least, he tries to be. Apparently "Stuffy English gentlemen" reminded creator Bill Finger of emperor penguins.
** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. Penguin's backstory in this (and subsequent) games is that he was sent to a private school in England to study, but preferred the company of the criminal element in the East End and came back with a rough disposition and cockney accent.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Relentlessly Exploits this trope.
* VerbalJudo
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: As of now in the mainstream DCU continuity, he is a successful businessman and mob boss. In the DCAU he eventually became Gotham's mayor.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Oswald tried his hardest to gain the approval of his mother.
** In ''Once Upon a Midnight Dreary'', it was revealed that he feared that his mom never truly loved him as much as his brothers and father and pretended to love him because no one would, sadly there may be some truth into that because even those we see her treat him with fondness in the flashbacks, we also never truly see her defend him either.
* WickedCultured: Faithful to his origins, the Penguin maintained a classy attitude even in criminality, and kept wearing formally, with a tuxedo, a top hat and a [[HighClassGlass monocle]].
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Sums up his on-again/off-again relationship with the Joker. Despite their fundamental differences in personalities, frequent power struggles, and having practically made a hobby out of their multiple betrayals, numerous murder attempts, and constant verbal sparring, they've been friends for years.
* WouldHurtAChild: When investigating the Red Triangle Gang in ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Batman notes that the Red Triangle Circus was shut down, shortly after announcing an "aquatic bird-boy" in the freakshow, due to an alarming number of children disappearing or turning up dead in the wake of the circus' visits, with "one freak" evading capture and interrogating. Combined with the fact that Penguin's plan is ultimately [[spoiler: to murder every first-born child in Gotham City]], it's quite obvious Penguin has been a child murderer since he was fairly young himself.

[[folder:The Riddler]]
!SelfDemonstrating/TheRiddler/(Edward Nigma[=/=]Eddie Nashton)

Thanks to the unforgettable [[Series/{{Batman}} sixties show]] (where he essentially replaced the Joker as Batman's lead villain), the Riddler is one of the "big four" classic Bat-Rogues (alongside the Joker, Catwoman and the Penguin). Like most of the Bat-Rogues, the Riddler is victim to a mental disorder - in his case, an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that subconsciously forces him to leave clues in the form of riddles at the scenes of his crimes. Flashes into his past have shown an abusive father that would beat him every time he lied and an obsession with riddles, puzzles, and word games, all of which probably didn't help his descent into a criminal life.

The Riddler is best known for his many (often silly) riddles that confound all but the Dynamic Duo, as well as his over-the-top deathtraps. He is, however, incredibly intelligent, yet considers his battles of wits with Batman to be a game - one in which he heavily respects his opponent.

For his own page, see [[ComicBook/TheRiddler here]].


[[folder:The Scarecrow]]
!The Scarecrow/Jonathan Crane

Much like Mr. Freeze, and to some extent, the Riddler, the Scarecrow was a one-shot character in the comics, revived decades later to become a major part of the Bat-Rogues. Thin and bookish, he was (predictably) bullied by kids at school. As a result, he became even more withdrawn and angry at the world, culminating in him bringing a gun to the high school senior prom and attacking JerkJock Bo Griggs and his AlphaBitch girlfriend Sherry Squires (who had rejected Crane's affections), killing the latter.

As an adult, Crane's psychopathic tendencies grew and grew. His interests in the human mind (especially fears and phobias) got him a job as a psychology professor at Gotham University, but firing a gun during one of his classes soon led to him being kicked out. Crane, obviously not taking this well, used his chemistry and psychology smarts to concoct a "fear toxin" and get his vengeance on the ones who fired him. Naturally, Batman stopped him. Naturally, he went to Arkham. Naturally, he would come back time after time to battle the Bat. As a character (inexplicably, given his use of gas) ignored by the [[Series/{{Batman}} sixties show]], Scarecrow didn't require much of a revival when the Batman comics returned to their roots in the 70s, and as such didn't change much when he took on animated form (although his look certainly did).

Later Crane has had a bit of a FreakOut over the fact that he is nothing without his toxin. As a result, he abandons use of it (almost) entirely and instead relies on his expertise with the human mind in his criminal activities, beginning by [[BreakThemByTalking driving two prison inmates to suicide with words alone]].

Oh, and thanks to ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' he's the only bat-villain ''ever'' [[spoiler: to reveal Batman's SecretIdentity to the world]].


* AbusiveParents: His great-grandmother was very abusive. In the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, he was subject to similar experiments he uses on others when he was a child by his own father, and kept in a basement filled with crows when not.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' he is played by Creator/CillianMurphy.
** In ''Year One: Batman/Scarecrow'', Crane looks nothing like his previous portrayals. While tall and thin, he doesn't have the same gangly awkwardness as he is usually given, and comes across looking more like David Tennant than Icabhod Crane. Likewise, in ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' when drawn by Ivan Reis, without the mask Crane doesn't look anything like how artists portray him.
* AdaptationalBadass: While he's almost always a threat to some degree, he's rarely more than a minor threat. In the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', his threat level is raised to enormous new heights, especially in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', where he is the game's BigBad and unleashes destruction on Gotham that not even The Joker was able to reach, nearly becoming ''national'' threat.
* AGodAmI: Alan Grant's "God of Fear" mini-arc (which took place shortly after Azrael had taken over as Batman) portrays him with this personality.
* BadassBookworm: A former Psychiatrist and college professor, who regularly faces the Batman and threatens the entire city.
* BreakThemByTalking: Specializes in this after realizing how dependent he was on his fear gas.
* CerebusRetcon: Crane's initial backstory was that he was mocked and bullied by his peers because he looked like a scarecrow, culminating in his first act of violence being a case of WhosLaughingNow when he scared two of his tormentors so bad one died in a car crash and the other was crippled for life. ''Year One'' added that Crane was raised by a sadistic great-grandmother, snatched from his teenage mother's arms the moment he was born. Great-Grandmother Keeny made him work on their dying plantation's crops while regularly punishing him via locking him in an abandoned aviary as prey for the birds. It later turned out ''she'' was the inspiration he received for his work in chemistry, as the reason the birds always attacked him was because she would soak his clothes in rat's blood mixed with a blend of chemicals meant to drive the birds crazy. Crane's first act of violence was now [[TheDogBitesBack doing to her what]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch she was doing to him]] as a matter of survival. Batman and Robin [[AssholeVictim found her bones buried in the aviary years later.]]This backstory seemed to have stuck before the ''Flashpoint'' reboot, since Crane's birth mother was featured in a standalone story, feeling guilty for how her son turned out and attempting to kill herself before she was saved by Deadman.
* EvilMentor: Eventually revealed to be one to an Evil Student, [[spoiler:Thomas Elliot aka Hush]].
* ForScience: [[DependingOnTheWriter When writers decide to go]] for the MadScientist interpretation. Other times, he seems to just spray people with fear gas ForTheEvulz.
* FreudianExcuse: Bullies + Abusive Parents + Unstable Nerd = EVIL.
* HarmfulToMinors: Though they sometimes [[FromTheMouthsOfBabes accidentally]] invoke his sympathy, he is not above using young children in the testing or construction of his fear toxins.
* IKnowWhatYouFear: His gimmick.
* IronicNurseryTune: When written by Jeph Loeb, he has a tendency to sing bird-related nursery rhymes.
* LeanAndMean
* {{Nerd}}: His original [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] counterpart was actually treated this way ''as an adult.'' The Post-crisis version is the stereotypical teenage {{Nerd}} / {{Geek}} fusion seen so often in fiction.
* MadScientist: Well, not quite a scientist, but definitely the gist of this trope.
* MasterOfIllusion: Particularly the scary kind.
* MeaningfulName: He's possibly named after [[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow Ichabod Crane]].
* MindRape: His shtick. He uses his fear gas to make his victims experience their worst fears.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate
* NightmareFetishist: Almost literally, as his fascination of fear reaches disturbing proportions, and he may seek out conflict with Batman just to feel afraid.
* NightmareFuel: [[InvokedTrope Literally.]] The man's signature and deadliest weapon is a fear gas that makes its victims experience their worst fears in horrifying ways.
* OneWingedAngel: The notorious incident where he became "Scarebeast".
** Later on, Darkseid turns him into an even stronger creature, Schrocken, that can take on ''Superman''.
* TheParanoiac: He was violently bullied in his youth and was left with a crippling inferiority complex that developed into an obsession with fear and a career in supervillainy, his "gimmick" being scaring people to death with hallucinogens and drugs. Like most Batman villains he is prone to BadBoss behavior and violent overreactions. He also believes that the entire world runs on fear; hard to get a bleaker worldview than that.
* PapaWolf: He has had these moments especially with students that he either finds very smart like [[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures Molly Randall]] [[spoiler:who was raped by her boyfriend]] or has problems with bullies.
* PetTheDog: See PapaWolf above. Also, in the animated series, he's actually quite nice to Harley, stopping his ranting long enough to smile at her and greet her in one episode, and willingly standing in between her and danger in another.
* PragmaticVillainy: He tries really hard to stick to this, as his motivations are largely economical (there's no way that he'd ever get grant money for his research, so he has to commit crimes to get the money he needs to fund it), but he depends on Batman to validate his existence ''way'' more than he'd like to admit.
* PsychoPsychologist
* RelativeButton: Inadvertently pushes Batman's during the ''Knightfall'' saga. [[UnstoppableRage The results were not pretty.]]
* RevengeOfTheNerd: Took this to a murderous extreme (see Griggs and Squires incident detailed above).
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* SadistTeacher: Okay, so most of the time, the "sadist" and "teacher" parts don't really appear together much, but there was that time when he fired a gun in the middle of one of his classes to inspire fear in his students.
* ScaryScarecrows
* ScaryShinyGlasses
* SelfMadeOrphan: According to ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'', he killed his mom. [[{{Irony}} On Mother's Day.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Like Batman, he uses fear as a gimmick in his actions, except Crane uses fear for malicious purposes.
* SinisterScythe
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: Nursery rhymes, when written by Jeph Loeb.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Pretends to be such a thing.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He himself is often depicted with either a fear of birds or a fear of bats. His fear gas reveals his victims' greatest phobias.
** [[spoiler: In ''Blackest Night'', it's revealed his constant exposure to his own fear gas has left him incapable of fearing anything. Except for Batman.]]
* WeakButSkilled: Crane's a scrawny man, and while somewhat stronger than he looks (he's often depicted as being able to support his entire body with his arms spread out for a reasonable period of time, allowing him to hang himself like an actual Scarecrow) he is constantly depicted as having low durability and not being hard to overpower. However years of practice in his own personal created style of combat to fit with his body (which he dubs "Violent dancing"- a cross between Crane style Kung Fu and Drunken Boxing) has left him able to trade blows with the likes of batman, [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]]
* WolverineClaws: Has taken to using a mix of this and PlayingWithSyringes in the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, as per his incarnation in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Victim of a PrankDate, bullying throughout his school years, absentee parents, and an abusive great-grandmother with trained crows to attack him for the slightest mistake, no wonder the poor kid became obsessed with fear.
** FromBadToWorse in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''. Due to being exposed to too much of his own fear gas, he can't even feel fear. Or nearly any other emotion anymore, [[spoiler:except when facing Batman]]. Yeah, it means the Black Lanterns don't consider him a priority target and he brought it upon himself, but it's still a raw deal. By the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, however, he seems to have overcome or have never had this problem, as his toxins have become so powerful they even affect him again.

[[folder:Mister Freeze]]
!Mister Freeze/Victor Fries/Mister Zero

Victor Fries was once a great scientist, who was accidentally exposed to some chemicals and was forever changed. While this sort of thing had been beneficial to Franchise/TheFlash, it ruined Fries' body physiology and he cannot survive for very long in high temperatures (even being in room temperature would eventually kill him). Being forced to create a suit to keep him cool, Fries eventually turned to crime, becoming the sinister Mr. Freeze.

That was all there was to the original Mr. Freeze (who actually debuted as Mr. Zero). He was just the gimmicky cold themed villain to fight and was eventually sent to Comic Book Limbo (where Comicbook/AnimalMan actually met him!). Then ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' gave him a tragic backstory and personality, turning him into an AntiVillain.

Nora Fries, wife of Victor, contracted a rare disease, of which there was no cure. Victor, wanting to save his wife, put her in cryo-stasis. Unfortunately, Fries' boss, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ferris Boyle]] tried to pull the plug on Nora and knocks Victor into some chemicals and... yeah. Later, when '''Mr. Freeze''' tried to get revenge on Boyle, he was foiled by Batman and Nora's capsule was destroyed, killing her. Swearing revenge on Batman, he escapes. Although, like the Penguin, he is not truly insane, whenever Freeze is captured and taken into custody, he is always taken to Arkham Asylum, as it is the only place where he won't die due to the temperature while in custody (his room being essentially a remodeled meat locker).

In recent history, Freeze managed to revive his wife with one of Ra's Al-Ghul's Lazarus Pits in exchange for building a machine to capture Cassandra Cain. However, due to Nora being dead for so long, she gains superpowers from the pit. She is pissed off at her husband and left him becoming the villain Lazara. [[TheWoobie Poor, poor Victor]].

The Comicbook/{{New 52}} reboot made a major alteration to Freeze's backstory. After the changes to the timeline, Victor is no longer married. Although he still seeks to awaken and cure Nora, he's actually totally deluded; Nora was cryogenically preserved long before Fries was even born. As Batman rather pointedly deconstructs, Freeze doesn't really care about Nora as a person, she just makes a perfect figurehead for his obsession with ice and cold.


* AbusiveParents: The ''Mr. Freeze'' graphic novel by Paul Dini shows an origin in which Victor's father was a violent control freak.
* ADayInTheLimelight: An issue of ''Legends Of The Dark Knight'' has him narrating a retelling of his own origin.
* AffablyEvil: The Creator/GeorgeSanders version in the 60s series is very affable. He admits that he doesn't actually hate Batman that much--killing him is just a matter of principle seeing as how [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he's responsible for the accident that made him Mr. Freeze]]. [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine He even makes Batman and Robin dinner.]]
* AnIcePerson: Unlike most examples, his powers don't come naturally. Instead, he has to use his gun (which may or may not be linked to his sub-zero body temperature) to achieve this. And although his condition would kill him in a room-temperature environment, he can walk around openly and quite comfortably in the frigid polar regions, as depicted in the DCAU.
** Most of the time. On ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' however, he does have genuine freezing powers and thus has no use for a gun.
* AntiVillain: DependingOnTheWriter sometimes, but he's one of the greatest examples of a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]] of all times. In fact, he's the current [[Pantheon/{{Ambiguity}} God of it]].
* BaldOfEvil: The transformation process apparently caused all his hair to fall out.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: In the New 52, the executive who shut down Victor's research and unwittingly exposed him to the chemicals that made him dependent on sub-zero temperatures... was Bruce Wayne.
** In 60s series as well--Victor was an ordinary criminal who got frozen by Batman in a bank robbery gone wrong. Batman even expresses guilt over the incident although the others are quick to point out he was just doing his job.
* CursedWithAwesome: Freeze's condition means that room temperatures will kill him. However, he can survive without his suit in bitterly cold regions that would kill ordinary humans. Arguably more BlessedWithSuck, since super-cold environments are comparatively rare/temporarily limited and usually very barren, whereas the world where all the people live is out to kill him.
* FreakLabAccident: Something that ''every'' version of him has in common.
* HarmlessFreezing: Sometimes, in more kid friendly versions. Most of the time, he ''does'' kill whoever he freezes.
* HumanPopsicle: Did this to his wife, pre New 52 -- afterwards, he fell in love with Nora specifically ''because'' she is on. He's kind of a walking, talking, killing one himself.
* IcyBlueEyes: A literal example. ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' even brings it further with ice-like lenses.
** RedEyesTakeWarning: Other times he sports these, even without his trademark red goggles, DependingOnTheArtist.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: He invokes this trope with objects just as much as with people.
* LostInImitation: With the exception of the one in [[Series/{{Batman}} the Adam West show]] and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' version (which uses his original characterization, though references his later look), every version of Freeze draws from the Franchise/{{DCAU}} one. This is partially because the ''comics themselves'' [[CanonImmigrant adopted the DCAU version as his official backstory.]]
* TheLostLenore: Nora is perhaps one of the best examples in comic books.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Especially when the one you loved is dead.
* MadScientist
* {{Necromantic}}: Not at first, since his wife was ''technically'' still alive, but after her death, he still did everything he does out of his love for her.
* OnlySaneMan: [[DependingOnTheWriter Usually]] shares this role with Penguin. He goes to Arkham not because he's insane, but because they're the only place that can accommodate him.
** A notable exception is his appearance in City of Crime, in which he is a delusional psychotic. Penguin even remarks that he hates working with crazy "freaks" like Mr. Freeze.
** Another exception is the New 52 incarnation, who is delusional and obsessive.
* PlayingWithFire: In one storyline he attempts to use the Lazarus Pit to restore his wife. She came back with powers. [[PlayingWithFire Guess what they are.]] Did we mention his life ''sucks''?
* PsychoForHire: Often shows up in stories not centered around him as a mercenary, hired by a crime lord to do some damage and/or attack Batman. Freeze, who often agrees on the condition that he gets to kill a lot of people, is known to be difficult to work with.
* RetCanon: After the animated episode won an Emmy, DC Comics hastily adapted Freeze's new origin into the comics as well.
** And then the New 52 made another retcanon to invalidate his DCAU origin.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: On Boyle at first. His later career is supposedly one targeted towards Batman, and to a lesser extent, the rest of Gotham.
* SelfMadeOrphan: In the New 52 version. He became obsessed with the ice after his mother fell through thin ice and nearly died from the cold. The following winter, he led her back to the same spot and pushed her through deliberately. This time, she didn't survive.
* SinisterShades: He's usually seen with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red goggles]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The version of him created from the DCAU and which became his main comics persona prior to the New 52. Freeze was made into a person biologically incompatible with human warmth, and all he wants is to restore his wife to full health, which is what he was trying to do before he was transformed. Even if he succeeds, he'll never be able to hold her again, as the temperature difference would kill them both.


You'll note that most of the entries on this page are rather old characters. One of the more recent Bat-Villains to make "the leap" to a top-tier threat was Bane, created in the 1990s for a specific purpose: to enable the writers to get Bruce Wayne out of the Bat-costume and replace him with a character intended to turn the readers against NinetiesAntiHero Azrael, and {{Nineties Anti Hero}}es in general. The gambit worked spectacularly well.

To say Bane had a bad life is putting it mildly; he was essentially raised in a Central American prison, sentenced there for life ''while still in the womb'' for a crime committed by his father. However, once he managed to be old enough to defend himself, he thrived, and was selected for an experimentation program where he was made more durable (via the implantation of subcutaneous armor) and, more importantly, had a delivery system for a super steroid implanted in his body. While not quite superhuman in strength, when on the drugs he was very close, and combined with his genius-level intellect represented a foe unlike any Batman had faced to that point: one arguably as cunning as he was, but with far more physical prowess. After wearing Batman down, Bane eventually caught up to him and shattered his spine. Although eventually defeated by [=AzBats=], that one storyline gave the character enough credibility that he instantly shot up to be one of the top Bat-Villains, and merited appearances on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', and in the disastrous ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' movie as a result. The [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises final installment]] of ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' features him as the primary antagonist.

In recent years, he has weaned himself off the drugs and become something of an AntiHero himself, and was a member of the ComicBook/SecretSix until their dissolution shortly before the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' initiative.

For his page, see [[ComicBook/{{Bane}} here]]


* AbortedArc: There were hints in his origin that he might have actually been Bruce Wayne's half-brother, as various passing references indicated that his father had been a foreign doctor who had fled the country. While Batman having to deal with the idea of the saintly image he's built up of his father being tarnished might have been interesting, it's pretty understandable why future writers [[ArmedWithCanon declined to follow up on this]].
* BatmanGambit: By releasing every inmate in Arkham from the Joker to Mr. Zsasz, he (successfully) wore Batman down enough to easily crack the guy's spine.
* {{Badass}}: If you are known as the guy that "broke the bat", then you are most definitely this.
* CatchPhrase: He tends to give out the phrase, "I WILL BREAK YOU!", quite a bit.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The Bane that was originally introduced was much more cruel and petty than the version that has endured today. Though he was arguably portrayed as smarter than he often was afterwards, he also murdered prostitutes and was out to destroy Batman for little reason other than the "find the toughest guy in the place and beat him up" gambit. Flash forward to years later, after Bane has actually adapted to life outside the hellish prison he grew up in, and he's one of the few villains honorable and articulate enough that Batman will actually ''chat with him'' as they fight.
* TheChessmaster: figuratively and literally. He beat Ra's Al Ghul in chess, having never even seen a chessboard before, only read extensively about the game. And he had engineered Batman's weakened state before the back-breakage in ''Knightfall''.
* CombatPragmatist: Given his upbringing in a brutal prison, Bane naturally had to become this just to survive. Additionally, in contrast to the also pragmatic Bat-Family and due to his rather villainous nature he isn't afraid to use lethal force or firearms if the situation warrants it. In fact, given his great strength, he can make use of [[BiggerStick much heavier artillery]] than most of Batman's other foes, who usually stick to handguns. Bane on the other hand has made use of a bazooka to blow Arkham wide open, a [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] to demolish Two-Face's army of goons, and a ''miniature nuke'' to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill destroy some evidence]].
* TheComicallySerious: Much like Bats himself, he ended up as this in ''Secret Six''.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Why arrange an elaborate game of cat and mouse when you can have others do all the work and then finish the job like a piece of cake?
* DelinquentHair: Underneath his mask, Bane styles his hair in a short mohawk.
* DestinationDefenestration: Used hilariously in one of the ''Secret Six'' books.
* {{Determinator}}: This is what makes him so dangerous, rather than Venom.
* TheDreaded: During ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, not so much later.
* DrugsAreBad: He's been used a couple times to deliver AnAesop on the dangers of steroid abuse. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond In the DCAU]], he's reduced to a vegetable who needs venom to stay alive - and still needs machines to breath for him anyway. In the comics, Bane has kicked his Venom addiction and relies on his natural strength--still way above average, but no longer quasi-superhuman.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: He [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} started out as this]], (though he did at least get an issue to explain his backstory beforehand), rolling into Gotham, easily breaking Franchise/{{Batman}}'s RoguesGallery out of Arkham, quickly deducing Batman's secret identity, before ultimately breaking his back and, having served his purpose, gets thrashed by Azrael in what almost seemed like a bit of an afterthought. Eventually the writers fleshed Bane out more, giving him an identity beyond being "the guy who broke Batman's back once". Unfortunately, there is also a tendency for some of his portrayals (especially in adaptations to other media) to focus on the steroidal "Venom" aspect of his character and nothing else [[BadassDecay meaning that once someone cuts his tubes, he goes down quick.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Stronger than Batman and the 600-year old Ra's Al Ghul once said that he had a mind equal to the greatest he had ever known.
** In prison, he learned how to read six languages, he devoured every book in the library while training himself.
* HoistHeroOverHead: It's his SignatureMove. The first time, he delivers the iconic back-breaker. The one pictured above is actually after that.
* PoirotSpeak: While Bane often drops Spanish words into his speech in the various adaptations he appears in, he's almost always written with perfect English in the comics. If you only know him from there and don't know his origin, you might not even realize that he's supposed to be Latin-American.
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: When Bane decides to get himself clean of Venom, he gets himself locked in solitary confinement in Blackgate and uses the time to rebuild his physique back till he is almost as tough as he had been on the drug.
* RecycledInSpace[=/=]ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: Bane's was created as Franchise/DocSavage except [-EVIL AND ON STEROIDS!-]
* ShadowArchetype: When he first appeared, the impression was given that he was comparable to Batman in terms of intellect and physical prowess; essentially, Batman if he had grown up hated, abused, and imprisoned rather than loved, privileged, and free.
* SuperSerum
* SuperStrength
* SuperIntelligence: Of the super learning and PhotographicMemory kind. However, he doesn't boast on his intellect. [[InformedAbility Or apply the knowledge he has learned to practical use]], except strategic skills. [[{{Determinator}} Willpower and discipline]] are his more defining attributes anyway.

[[folder:Professor Hugo Strange]]
!Professor Hugo Strange

One of the very first recurring villains Batman ever fought (the others being [[MadScientist Doctor Death]] and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent The Mad Monk]])[[note]] ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker appeared several months later[[/note]], Hugo Strange was introduced as [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes The Moriarty]] to Batman's Holmes, a MadScientist who used ingenious inventions and brainwashed, mutated goons to [[CutLexLuthorACheck carry out crimes]]. Post-Crisis he was reinvented as a criminal psychiatrist who had ties to the mob who became obsessed with Batman, and again experimented with mutated brutes (this time round known as the "Monster Men"), but both versions have him eventually figuring out the Dark Knight is really Bruce Wayne, making him one of his most dangerous and personal enemies.

[[WhatHappenedToTheMouse If he were used more.]]

Despite being one of the oldest and more important of Batman's regular foes, Strange nowadays is mostly notable by his absence. He rarely appears in the modern comics and is more associated with stories around Batman's early career. He had a single appearance in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and a cameo in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' [[note]] A popular theory is that he is the one who gave Batman's identitity to Cadmus[[/note]], which would have led to something more were it not for the infamous [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Bat Embargo]] in place at the time. However, he made up for it in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' where he became a major villain (he even became the ''final'' villain in the last episode... [[BigBadWannabe almost)]]. He did receive a MASSIVE role in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' game, where he's the big bad driving the plot, and that is possibly his most memorable role to date.

One of the more cerebral Bat rogues, Strange is nonetheless preoccupied with physical as well as mental perfection. He regards Batman as the embodiment of both, and at times his obsession reaches the point where he wants to 'be'' Batman, however he is just as often trying to create his own giant bruisers, and he is interested in pushing his own limits.


* ActuallyADoombot: Used robotic decoys in a couple of stories. These schemes also contained a fake Robin, Alfred and Thomas and Martha Wayne.
* ArchEnemy: In the early years, he had arguably a better claim to being this than SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, who was PutOnABus shortly after his debut since the writers didn't want Batman to look impotent by letting the clown rack up a [[{{Irony}} ridiculously high body count]]. Strange was a more frequent villain, and predated him.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', he actually arguably ''does'' fit this trope better than that show's version of the Joker (who is still an A-list villian, but doesn't seem as menacing as the show's Strange.)
*** Which is either plain ironic or a FridgeBrilliance ActorAllusion, seeing as Strange was voiced by Frank Gorshin, the Riddler from the 60's Live Action series, and in that show ''the Riddler'' had the best claim to being Batman's ArchEnemy.[[note]] He was the villain for the pilot, he appeared more than any other villain in the first season, and he was arguably the most homicidal of the rogues. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, for the record, didn't really become Batman's ArchEnemy until the 1970's.[[/note]]
* AwesomeByAnalysis: His usual MO, and how he figures out at least one SecretIdentity.
* BadassBookworm: Inverted. He's a short guy but his obsession with bodybuilding and physical perfection means he is all muscle. The inversion is that he almost never actually ''uses'' them; its largely for show.
* BadBoss: Has a nasty habit of brainwashing his own men and turning them into drugged up mutated brutes who will do his will. He once had a devoted Indian manservant named Sanjay who worked for him for years in return for Strange trying to save his brothers life- Strange fails, so he secretly experimented on the brother too.
* BaldOfEvil
* BeardOfEvil: Originally modeled a classic "villainous" goatee; he boasts a shaggy chinstrap in most recent appearances.
* BondVillainStupidity: Averted in one Pre-Crisis story. You want to know how he originally found out Batman's secret identity? ''He took his mask off while he was bound and unconscious''. It was later changed to be a little more complicated than that, but you still have to admire his prudence.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Monster Men; [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Quincy Sharp]].
* ClassicVillain
* TheChessmaster
* DiabolicalMastermind
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He successfully deduced Batman's identity but he is convinced that Bat's is driven by a power fantasy, not by actual heroism. This says more about Strange himself since thats why ''he'' wants to be Batman.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: His "Monster Men", and his obsession with Batman.
* FakingTheDead: Done it so many times he even mocks Catwoman once when she pulls it off.
* FreudianCouch: He once had Bruce as a client and tried to get him to admit that he was Batman; [[CrazyAwesome since he ''was'' Batman]], Bruce thwarted the effort with a MemoryGambit, forcing himself to forget his secret identity for the duration.
* HairTriggerTemper: In ''Prey'', Gordon gives Batman his bio and mentions that he used to have this.
* [[IJustWantToBeYou I Just Want To Be Batman]]: In ''Prey'', he even has his own Batman costume and spends his free time sitting around his home wearing both it and a SlasherSmile.
* MadDoctor
* MadScientist: Even more so.
* ManipulativeBastard: One of the masters in the ''Bat''-verse.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To the 2nd Black Mask, Jeremiah Arkham.
* MindControl / MoreThanMindControl: Several. The Monster Men again; Sgt. Max Cort from ''Prey''.
* MundaneSolution: Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, Hugo discovers Batman's SecretIdentity not through any fancy psycho analysis or some sort of Zany Scheme. How does he do it? Simple: He drugs Batman and ''takes off his cowl.'' Easy-peasy.
* NotQuiteDead: God knows how many times.
* ParanoiaGambit: Rupert Thorne, a crooked politician and a crime boss, once has Strange abducted and beaten to death because Thorne wanted to know Batman's identity. Except, Strange was FakingTheDead, and in revenge he made Thorne think he was haunted by his own vengeful ghost, driving him mad and leading to him publicly confessing to his crimes.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: In ''Batman and the Monster Men'', he is even shorter than normal, practically a dwarf, but he is still pretty buff.
* PsychoPsychologist
* PutOnABus: He hardly ever shows up in the comics Post-Crisis despite being one of Batman's most notable enemies.
* RenaissanceMan: He's an expert in psychiatry, philosophy, literature and biology, as well as bodybuilding.
* ScaryShinyGlasses
* ShadowArchetype: Like Batman, he's a CrazyPrepared BadassBookworm who is determined to push the limits of physical and mental perfection, the difference being he's a self-centred sociopath and a criminal mastermind, and Batman's limits are much higher than his.
** One comic plays this to the hilt, showing a muscular man engaging in exercise while giving an inner monologue; the reader initially assumes it's Bruce Wayne, until TheReveal that it's really Strange.
* TheSocialDarwinist
* StalkerWithoutACrush
* StrawNihilist
* TheSyndicate: They funded some of his Monster Men research and its implied that they put him through college. Howver, he eventually decided that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness it wasn't working for him.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Pre-Crisis at least.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Sees Batman as one, and wants to be one himself.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Didn't last long, though.

[[folder: Poison Ivy]]
!Poison Ivy/Pamela Isley

Introduced (not surprisingly) in the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks sci-fi obsessed]] sixties, Poison Ivy is one of the few Bat-Rogues with actual powers. In her case, powers over all manner of flora. In addition, she's also got a special immunity towards all illnesses and toxins (sometimes naturally born with; sometimes not), and that's just as well, because she's often portrayed with the ability to naturally produce both lethal and non-lethal toxins from her body. This stems from her being seduced by her senior professor, Dr. Jason Woodrue, and used as a guinea pig for his experiments, although her origin comic by Creator/NeilGaiman and his ''Comicbook/BlackOrchid'' miniseries establish that the science was just a channel and she's actually, like Black Orchid, a mystical being called a May Queen with a connection to The Green (of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' fame).

She was originally just another gimmicky villain, but quickly grew into one of the senior members of Batman's rogues gallery. Instead of being after money, "Pam" was instead an eco-terrorist who genuinely cared about the well-being of plants (and animals, to a certain degree). Violent person that she was, she often attacked businessmen and others who damaged the environment for monetary gain... and her love for "innocent" living things, including human children, has made her [[PetTheDog waver]] on the path of villainy from time to time.

Despite having a generally dismissive attitude towards men, Ivy can be incredibly seductive when she needs to be, and many times, she's shown to be able to take control of men with special lipstick and pheromones. When it comes to a melee fight, her chemically-enhanced body provides an incredibly athletic frame, but she usually prefers to let her mutant plants do her fighting for her.

From the year 2000 and on, her role in the comics changed a bit, as elements from the DCAU version became integrated. Namely, it's now rather rare to see her without her pal Harley Quinn, with Ivy tending to be cast as the straight man to Harley's wackiness.

As of the New 52 Poison Ivy has recently been experimenting with siding with the good guys, and has been making a shaky bond with the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey.


* AntiVillain: At least, when she isn't in it for the money (apparently killing trees is okay if it turns into cash) or out to kill as many people as possible. Also, she has a soft spot for children- ignoring her many, many plans that would have involved murdering scores of them. Yes, DependingOnTheWriter is definitely at work here.
* BiTheWay: Depends who's writing. At the least she's very flirty with her male targets (and Batman) when it suits her purposes and has a vaguely defined "thing" with Harley Quinn whenever Harley's not working for Joker.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Her New 52 design has made her eyes entirely black, save for her glowing green irises.
* CharmPerson: Poison Ivy's pheromones tend to work like this. She can also use more direct MindControl through toxic kisses (when they don't just kill outright). The scope and effects of these powers are DependingOnTheWriter.
* DarkChick: As said below, she isn't much of a fighter but that doesn't make her any less dangerous.
* DeadpanSnarker: Being around Harley so much gives her a ''lot'' of practice.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Upon meeting Harley, Ivy [[CharacterDevelopment softened somewhat towards humans]], but still manages to be [[{{Tsundere}} quite strict]] whenever Harley screws up her plans. [[{{Dojikko}} Which is frequently]].
** In the New 52 Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey, she is completely unapologetic for her murderous crimes in the past, but is willing to assist Black Canary and company and work as a team. Even if she does mutter complaints along the way.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Sometimes she is an extremist eco-terrorist bent on protecting Mother Earth from the ravages of humanity; originally and just as often, she is just a glorified superhuman crook and seductress in it for the money. She's even occasionally shown concern for "innocent" human life, children especially, most famously in a particular issue of ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', and in ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens''. Some more recent portrayals also verge on HumanoidAbomination, depicting her as a being who, while mostly human in appearance, is of completely alien and inhuman morality and thinks more like a sentient plant with a side of HiveQueen.
* DoesNotLikeShoes[=/=]EarthyBarefootCharacter: Some versions of her, such as the one from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' and the one from ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''.
* DruggedLipstick: Most common explanation for her deadly or mind controlling kiss.
* EvilRedhead: An evil woman with red hair.
* FieryRedhead
* {{Flanderization}}: Ivy went from a normal woman who just used plants as a gimmick out of insanity to a half-plant woman with actual power over plants and who, DependingOnTheArtist, even looked plant-like. Many people seem to prefer this latter iteration.
* GaiasVengeance: Her modus operandi is defending plant life against all of humankind.
* GardenOfEvil: She tends to constantly be making these for bases of operations.
* GardenGarment: She's usually wearing leaves and flowers.
* GlassCannon: Ivy relies mostly on her plants when it comes to physical fights and isn't a very effective hand-to-hand combatant against more highly-trained brawlers like Bats himself or even Catwoman. Random {{Mooks}} though she tends to be fine fighting.
* GreenThumb: She is one of the most famous examples of this trope. Her levels of deadliness vary across different adaptations. She has shown some capacity for good, also. When Gotham was in the midst of ''[[Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'', Ivy killed Clayface and used her powers to grow fruits and vegetables for the stranded people to eat in a coordinated effort with Batman. Other times, she can at times be an eco-terrorist, ranging from destroying polluting industries to considering exterminating the human race so they'll knock off the polluting.
** Otherwise, she gets her kicks by feeding people to giant pitcher plants and Venus Fly traps. Lady's in Arkham for a reason.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Harley Quinn, though the ''Heterosexual'' part is questionable. Some comics, such as "Gotham City Sirens" full out state that Ivy is in love with Harley.
* HotScientist: Expertise in botany and toxicology.
* HumanoidAbomination: Some portrayals of her verge on this.
* KissOfDeath: When it doesn't brainwash you instead, this is often the alternative.
* MadScientist
* MamaBear: Towards the orphans she looked after, as well as her plants, and Harley when the Joker's involved.
* ManEatingPlant: Always has some kind of it ready & waiting to eat Batman. (Although, DependingOnTheWriter, she may be [[VillainousCrush perfectly willing to]] [[DoubleEntendre do that herself]])
* MasterPoisoner: Her main form of attack, helps that her body makes it on its own, though she can make it in a lab just as well.
* MsFanservice: She wear next to nothing and look, usually, like a naked woman with leaves placed in certain points on her body.
* NeverBeHurtAgain: Some portrayals of her emphasize this motivation. She got mutated when she fell for a guy PlayingWithSyringes; now she is obsessed with controlling men.
* NotGoodWithPeople: By which we mean that she cares little for their lives, with exceptions (like Harley).
* PetTheDog: Several, most notably during the ''No Man's Land'' arc, where she took in several dozen orphans despite her grudge against humanity.
* PoisonousPerson: There isn't a fluid in her body that isn't poisonous.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Redhead to Harley's Blonde and Catwoman's Brunette in some cases.
* RedheadInGreen: Her primary clothing is green and eventually her skin color also became green but she is always a red head.
* ShrinkingViolet: Pre-transformation.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: It's probably the chlorophyll running through her veins.
* TheSociopath: This is sometimes presented as more along the lines as wishful thinking since she is shown to have the ability to genuinely care for others, such as the orphans she cared for, Harley, and her plants.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: {{Justified|Trope}} given her seductress persona.
** Though her outfit in the New 52 is much more modest, being a black and green jumpsuit covering her entire body.
* SuddenNameChange: While her civilian name was initially established as Pamela Isley, Gerry Conway inexplicably gave her the name of "Lillian Rose" when he wrote her origin in World's Finest #252. Post-Crisis, Neil Gaiman would re-establish the Pamela Isley name (along with overhauling her origin).
* TokenEvilTeammate: During her stint on the Birds Of Prey. Also plays this role in storylines where she teams up with Harley and/or Catwoman - of the three of them, Ivy is always the most overtly sadistic.
* TortureTechnician: Almost as much as the Scarecrow, she's a dedicated misanthrope who loves making people suffer.
* UnholyMatrimony: With Clayface briefly in the New 52.
* TheVamp: Started out this way, but eventually became an eco-terrorist. She still has shades of it though.
* VillainousBSOD: When she accidentally poisoned on of the children under her care in ''No Man's Land''. It ultimately causes her to give them up.
* VillainousCrush: DependingOnTheWriter, she could have an attraction to Batman that stands from either a minor attraction to either lust or genuine affection. While not at the same level as his [[DatingCatwoman relationship with Catwoman]] Batman could return her affection in some way, also depending on the writer.
** In one such issue, she mistook his saving her from death as proof he loves her, though he responds that she doesn't know the meaning of love.
* VillainousFriendship: Her friendship with Harley is genuine on both sides.
* VitriolicBestBuds: She may be best friends with Harley, but she sometimes shows a very low opinion of her intelligence and common sense.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: But not in the same way as Ra's al-Ghul, since she couldn't care less about the morality of humans. She mainly wants to kill them all so that they can't harm her precious plants.
* {{Yandere}}: Countless cheesy analogies towards flowers (especially roses) have been made about this aspect of her personality.

[[folder:Ra's Al Ghul]]
!Ra's Al Ghul

Probably the biggest threat to the world in Batman's Rogues Gallery, Ra's Al Ghul (Arabic for "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Demon's Head]]", and pronounced "Raysh Al-Ghool" or "Rahz Al-Ghool" depending on the adaptation) is a centuries-old man who leads an enormous international terrorist organization known as DEMON (as well as the League of Assassins). Unlike most of the other Bat-rogues, he is actually quite cultured and polite, if ruthless, and genuinely believes his goals to be noble. Of course, since his goal is to "purify" the world by killing off ninety percent of its population, Batman disagrees.

With the assistance of the mysterious Lazaurus Pits, Ra's has achieved limited immortality, as they rejuvenate him every time he takes a dip. Such a practice has allowed him to live centuries, if not millennia, and he's taken advantage of such a long lifespan to master swordsmanship, war strategies, various fighting styles, and many other skills.

Interestingly, after being created in the 70s revival period, Ra's took much of the 1980s "off", rarely appearing as a Batman antagonist, before being revived in a big way for the 1990s. He's one of the few top-tier modern Batman villains who was created after the [[Series/{{Batman}} sixties show]] aired, and as such didn't have a counterpart there.

Ra's has come to blows with both Batman and the rest of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica many times, one time unleashing a genetically engineered virus on Gotham, and on another occasion, taking down most of the JLA with Batman's contingency files. He himself, however, was killed by one of his daughters, also a user of the Lazarus Pits, who was furious at him for leaving her to die at a Nazi Concentration Camp. Though he eventually returned to life, Batman was able to imprison him in Arkham Asylum under the guise of an inmate named Terry Gene Kase, and assigns him "medication" that keeps him highly sedated.

See his own page [[ComicBook/RasAlGhul here]].


[[folder:Talia Al Ghul]]
!Talia Al Ghul

The daughter of Ra's Al Ghul, Talia was once Catwoman's primary competitor for Batman's {{Love Interest|s}}. Despite her father being opposed to the Dark Knight, Talia finds herself in love with him, and is often torn between loyalty towards her father and her love for Batman. Much like with Catwoman, Batman has genuine feelings for her, and has even fathered a child by Talia (albeit one which he was told had been miscarried). She's normally not above co-operating with Batman if it would serve her own ends, yet has firmer ties to the rest of Franchise/TheDCU villain community than her father, even taking over for Lex Luthor as CEO of [=LexCorp=] upon his election as president.

Eventually, she was kidnapped and brainwashed by another one of her father's daughters, thought to have died in a Nazi concentration camp. Said daughter planned to kill Ra's for abandoning her at the camp, and succeeds in doing so. This, however, turns out to be ThePlan on Ra's' part to make his daughters accept their destinies as his heirs. Since then, Talia has severed ties with Batman, but is still infatuated with him, and has recently returned to Batman's life to let him know that he owes roughly eleven years' worth of child support payments.


* AmazonBrigade: Her own personal guard.
* AntiVillain[=/=]AntiHero: Most of the time in the old days. Nowadays [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope not so much]].
* [[spoiler: BigBad:]] Revealed to be this for Grant Morrison's Batman epic in ''Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes''.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Getting killed and resurrected countless times will do that to anyone.
* CainAndAbel: Talia and her sister, Nyssa Raatko have had many problems; including Nyssa killing and reviving Talia numerous times with a Lazarus Pit. Nyssa also once killed Ra's (even though for Ra's, DeathIsCheap, due to the Lazarus Pits). [[spoiler:Nyssa Raatko is later killed by the League of Shadows with a car bomb.]]
* ConvenientMiscarriage: In the graphic novel ''Son Of the Demon''. Said novel's canon level has ping-ponged back and forth.
* DaddysLittleVillain
* DarkActionGirl
* DarkChick
* DissonantSerenity: No matter how upset, enraged, or surprised she gets, she almost always looks completely calm and seductive. Even when her son is critically injured after an explosion at sea, her orders for help are as calm as though she were ordering lunch at a restaurant.
* FatalAttraction: To Batman, and vice-versa.
* FemmeFatale
* GlassCannon: Much like Harley and Ivy, she isn't very resilient when it comes to physical fights and relies on her AmazonBrigade to protect herself. But she can definitely dish out ''a lot'' more than she can take.
* {{Hypocrite}}: She hates Ra's for trying to control her destiny, apparently not realizing she does the exact same thing to Damian.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In "Hush", she was perfectly content to let Batman have his romance with Catwoman. Though that was mostly because she was not threatened, as she considers it simply a matter of fact that Batman is destined to marry her someday.
* MamaBear: Mess with her son and you won't live long enough to regret it. [[spoiler:Eventually subverted in ''Batman Incorporated v2'' when she becomes an outright AbusiveParent EvilMatriarch.]]
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter
* MindRape: At the hands of her own half-sister, no less.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: In the videogames and the animated series, her "accent" is anything but Persian.
* PeekABangs
* [[AsianBabymama Persian Babymama]]
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: When she finally dons a supervillain costume, it's a plain, all-red jumpsuit with a black Batwoman-esque mask.
* SheFu

!Hush/Thomas Elliot

Thomas Elliot was born into a highly respected family in Gotham City, and as a child was a great friend of a young Bruce Wayne. Unfortunately, Tommy's dad was an abusive alcoholic and his mother a controlling RichBitch who made him study philosophy and strategems to help him dodge his father's abuse and succeed in life. Eventually his father's abuse got so bad that he decided to apply his studies to improve his own life, by cutting the brakes on his parents car before they had a drive, intending to inherit their money and live by his own way. Unfortunately, thanks to Bruce's father, Dr. Thomas Wayne, Tommy's now crippled and needy mother survived, which was the worst thing that could happen to him. Bruce and Tommy remained best friends, however, and Tommy nearly confessed his murders to Bruce while the two [[OldFashionedRowboatDate kayaked around]] at summer camp, only to be interrupted by the [[MyBelovedSmother surprise arrival of his mother]]. Tommy's resulting outburst of anger led him to being committed to Arkham for the rest of the summer, where, with the help of Dr. Crane, he was consumed by the paranoid belief that Bruce had somehow conspired with Mrs. Elliot to ruin his fun. By the end of the summer, [[DeathByOriginStory Mr. and Mrs. Wayne had died]] and Tommy and Bruce drifted apart for good.

As Tommy grew older, Mrs. Elliot then manipulated her son into staying with her so he could take care of her. [[spoiler:Eventually Tommy had enough and suffocated her]]. After his mother's death, Tommy left Gotham, entered medical school and became one of the country's best surgeons. However, when when Eddie Nygma AKA The Riddler offered him a way of curing his mother's cancer, Tommy learnt that his former friend Bruce was the Batman (Riddler having figured out his identity in a moment of Lazarus Pit-induced insanity). Tommy decided that enough was enough and that Bruce had to be cut down to size and pay for "his crimes against me". Creating the identity of Hush, Elliot became arguably the most prominent Bat-Villain created in the 2000s.

In an effort to further bedevil Batman, Hush has recently altered his face to become a perfect duplicate of Bruce Wayne.


* AndYourLittleDogToo: Hush goes after those close to Batman (which makes Bruce realize that for a self-described loner, he sure has A LOT of friends) including, of all people, ''Superman''. Hush thinks big. He also kills [[spoiler: Harold, who was a severely injured cripple who used helped in the Batcave]]. [[spoiler:He]] was a CListFodder who had barely appeared in any comic since the 1980s, but it was still sad.
** He [[spoiler: cut out Catwoman's heart, because she still had feelings for Bruce (and vice-versa). Don't worry, it's only a OnlyAFleshWound via AppliedPhlebotinum and she gets better.]]
* AscendedMeme: Hush was never a serial killer in the regular comics, but Wikipedia had been calling him one for unknown reasons. Then they actually made his LegacyCharacter one in ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond''.
* BadassLongcoat
* BandagedFace: Covers his face in bandages
* BatmanGambit: His mantra is "think like your opponent", which is this.
* BigBad or BigBadWannabe: Usually has one of these roles in his stories; Which one, depends on interpretation. Notice how he often has [[AntagonistTitle his name in the story's title.]]
* BigBadFriend
* TheChessmaster: Hush likes his convoluted plans.
* ComplexityAddiction: Sometimes his plans just seem needlessly convoluted. Many times simpler solutions would have sufficed.
* CostumeCopycat: In his debut arc, there were two people who used his costume beside him, the first was [[spoiler:Clayface/"Jason Todd"]] which he had planned, the second was [[spoiler:Two-Face]], [[ThePlan who may]], or [[SpannerInTheWorks may not]] have been intended to do so.
* CriminalDoppelganger: Got facial reconstruction surgery to more easily get away with impersonating Bruce Wayne.
* DeadlyDoctor
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheDreaded: Even Batman himself is afraid of Hush.
* EnfantTerrible: His parents would surely wish they hadn't abused him.
* EvilAllAlong
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He doesn't understand why some might prefer having living parents to having lots of money, and he thinks Bruce is Batman for the fun of it.
** The usual reason for his failures is not to count on Batman getting help from friends. Friendship is a concept he just doesn't get. His past relationship with Bruce was an act and though he talks about friendship a lot, it has a mocking tone to it.
* EvilFormerFriend
* {{Expy}}: Hush's features and modus operandi are similar to Sam Raimi's {{Film/Darkman}}, ComicBook/UnknownSoldier and a number other [[BandagedFace bandage faced]] [[ConspicuousTrenchcoat trenchcoat wearing]] characters. The key difference being that Hush is evil.
** Like Bane is inspired by Doc Savage, Hush is pretty similar to another pulp character, Radio/TheShadow, only evil, though WordOfGod doesn't confirm this.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He might tell a victim he likes him or her, then stab them. And he keeps calling Bruce a friend even when he's explaining his latest method of making his life a hell.
* GambitRoulette: Possibly the whole of ''Batman: Hush'', but there is no indication that the events needed to happen exactly as they did.
** ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' also seems to be this way.
* GenreBlindness: When he tries to steal Bruce Wayne's identity, doesn't he think that the superhero community might find it a bit suspicious if Batman suddenly retired from crime fighting for no reason? Also in the same story, trusting that brainwashed civilians can kill Batman, was probably a bad idea.
** Messing with The Joker resulted in a pacemaker being installed in him by the clown, severely weakening him.
* GreenEyedMonster: His dominant personality trait.
* GunsAkimbo
* IJustWantToBeYou: Pre-52 version of Hush wanted to be Bruce Wayne because Tommy's mother never liked him as much as she liked Bruce.
** The New 52 version takes this UpToEleven: Tommy is now pathologically obsessed with becoming Bruce. This also changes the reason he killed his parents: he wanted to be an orphan just to be similar to Bruce.
* InformedAbility: MasterOfDisguise. There was that one case of SurgicalImpersonation, but let's just say he has been a victim of disguise users more than using them himself.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Why does he hate Bruce Wayne? Bruce's parents were killed when he was young while Elliot had to do the deed himself. And when he did so, he loathed Thomas Wayne for actually performing surgery that saved his mother's life. That's about as irrationally selfish as you can get.
-->'''The Riddler:''' ''(On Elliot's super-villain name)'' Scarecrow started singing that song... ''"Hush'' Little Baby." It's about a child who can never be satisfied.
* ItsPersonal: Batman and Hush are this to one another.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Using Jason Todd in an attempt to mess with Bruce's mind, shooting Harold,]] cutting out Catwoman's heart, lying to Killer Croc about having a cure for his condition and then accelerating it instead, injecting a neurotic child with [[PsychoSerum venom]], killing [[CListFodder a minor villain]] just to [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou have Batman for himself]]... yeah, this is kind of his specialty.
* MadDoctor: A skilled Surgeon Hush commonly uses his surgical skills for nefarious purposes from using it for torture, to making himself look like other people. He also commonly uses medical scalpels as weapons.
* ManipulativeBastard: Already as a kid. After he has a violent outburst on a summer camp, he coincidentally has Jonathan Crane as his therapist. Tommy admits he is guilty of [[SelfMadeOrphan much more]] than a mere attack, but gets Crane to declare him mentally stable with just a few words:
-->Maybe I'll do it again.
* MisplacedRetribution: Thomas Wayne saved Elliot's mother, denying him the family fortune and lengthening the psychological abuse he had to endure. Meanwhile, Bruce lost his parents, which Elliot thought was undeserved. Therefore Bruce has to suffer. That is his (possibly psychotic) motivation.
* MotiveRant: He has one right after he [[spoiler:kills Harold]].
* MyBelovedSmother: Tommy's mom was like this even before the accident. Afterwards, she became so controlling she kept her son at home for nearly twenty years, using the family fortune as leverage. [[spoiler:When Tommy says he has enough, she tries to cut him out of her will and he smothers her with a pillow out of anger.]]
* NeverMyFault: When he attacks another kid on summer camp for calling him names, he believes that his mother and Bruce had deliberately manipulated him to lose his temper. This only gets worse when he's an adult.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Racist, misogynist and especially classist. Also apparently hates "freaks", as in costumed heroes and villains.
* RememberTheNewGuy: He was apparently a childhood friend of Bruce's, and Bruce holds him in incredibly high regard, and it's heavily implied that Thomas partly inspired Bruce's methods as Batman... Which is why we never heard of him before the story arc.
* TheResenter: He is frustrated that Bruce got everything he had ever wanted, but chooses to "squander" it in his crusade.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He threw away a successful career as a world class surgeon just to get even. It later cost him his fortune and [[spoiler:his facial skin, after he foolishly tried to manipulate an identity stealing serial killer Jane Doe as a part of his scheme.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: He tried to kill his parents at a young age in order to inherit their riches and because his father was an abusive monster and his mother a simpering money hungry lunatic. He only succeeded in killing his father, and, to avoid suspicion, didn't try again, only truly being orphaned when he smothered his raving senile mother in a fit of anger. This left him with a bitter hatred of Bruce, who tragically lost his parents soon after Tommy tried to kill his. Later on in his life, [[spoiler:he joins the Riddler (who discovered that Bruce was Batman]] on a vendetta against him, feeling that, not only did Bruce get the riches Tommy wanted, but that he was wasting those riches as well. Predictably, his vendetta eventually causes him to lose everything and become the full time SuperVillain Hush.
** In the New 52, he succeeds in his first attempt, killing both his parents; he did it because he was obsessed with Bruce Wayne in the first place, and wanted to relate to him (Bruce's parents died first in this continuity).
* ShadowArchetype: Another one of Batman; Hush being what would happen if Thomas and Martha Wayne's parenting of Bruce went horribly wrong and Batman became a villain.
* SmugSnake: One that is less of an arrogant InsufferableGenius and more of a [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] jerk.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Has a tendency to... well, gently tell his victims to [[MeaningfulName "hush"]]. Especially in ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal''.
* TheSociopath: Definitely [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], [[NeverMyFault incapable of admitting his own mistakes and flaws, always blaming others]], [[ItsAllAboutMe extremely narcissistic, entitled and arrogant]] and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood lacks empathy on a fundamental level]].
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: To {{Creator/Aristotle}}. Not all the time, but certainly often enough that he's well known for it. More frequently in his early appearances.
** Considering it was his mother that forced him to read the philosopher and [[{{Hypocrite}} that his lifestyle doesn't exactly adhere to Aristotle's teachings]], one gets the impression that he finds the quotations by googling "Aristotle [insert barely situation relevant word here]".
* StalkerWithoutACrush: In many appearances he tends to be watching Batman from the shadows. He intends to make his life miserable.
* TheStarscream: He's often a second in command who ends up betraying his boss.
* StealthExpert: Has been able to sneak up on both Batman and Catwoman on separate occasions, and they're supposed to be masters of this.
* StealthHiBye: See above.
* SurgicalImpersonation: His main gimmick: Hush uses surgery to look like other people when committing his crimes. He doesn't get surgery done, he ''performs it himself''.
* VillainProtagonist: When written by Creator/PaulDini.
* VillainTeamUp: Hush likes recruiting other villains in his plans. ''Batman: Hush'' has most of Batman's rogue's gallery involved in his GambitRoulette, In ''Hush Returns'' he recruits Prometheus.
** In fact, he did this years before becoming Hush; as a young man, his girlfriend was Peyton Reilly, the second Ventriloquist (see below), and she helped him [[spoiler:in the murder of his mother for her money.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends
* {{Yandere}}: The New 52 version. In his new origin story he kills his parents, then gives Bruce [[NoSenseOFPersonalSpace a creepy hug]], saying "We're the same now" while having a somewhat [[{{Creator/Laina}} "overly attached girlfriend"]] like facial expression. In high school, he imitates Bruce, wearing the same clothes, flirting with the same girls, and claims to be Bruce, while looking and acting like Creator/JimCarrey's character in ''Film/TheCableGuy''.

[[folder:The Mad Hatter]]
!The Mad Hatter/Jervis Tetch

Jervis Tetch, a man of short stature and large head, went through his life friendless, becoming a scientist and experimenting with technology, specifically that of mind control. His psychosis is a mix of paranoid schizophrenia and manic depression, all of this centering on his fascination with both hats and ''Alice in Wonderland''. Using his technology, Tetch turned to a life of crime as the Mad Hatter, inserting his devices into headgear in order to turn unwitting victims into his slaves. His technology has advanced to a point that where not only can he put his mind-control devices into almost anything (free meal tickets, Walkmans, etc.), but he is now able to miniaturize his technology to a point of simulating telepathic hypnosis/mind control.

The Mad Hatter is possibly one of the strangest Bat-Rogues ever (which is saying something). Throughout his tenure, Tetch has been subject to several redesigns in both appearance and personality; he has gone from average height to quite short to an actual dwarf and has been a goofy thief, a scheming mastermind and a creepy pedophile-esque kidnapper. He's gotten a lot more serious in the comics and has proven to be a formidable and unpredictable opponent.

This character was indeed used in the [[Series/{{Batman}} sixties show]], but the version was based on an imposter who posed as Tetch during a period in the comics. He appeared in only four episodes, all of them making use of his hypnotic machinery and showcasing his desire to add Batman's cowl to his collection of hats. The [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries animated series]] turned Tetch into a criminal through his obsession for a co-worker (ironically named Alice), swearing vengeance on Batman when he foiled his plans to be with her (read as "hypnotize her boyfriend and stalk her"). [[MotiveDecay This motivation went away though]] as the Hatter soon became another common thief. Still, he had a good run and several good episodes.

Incidentally, few people remember that his debut comic, ''Batman'' #49, also featured the debut of Vicki Vale.


* Literature/AliceInWonderland: Tetch quotes this constantly, with Jeph Loeb's incarnation speaking in nothing ''but'' quotes from the book.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' touch his hat.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He singlehandidly crushed Doom Patrol in ''Secret Six'' stories.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Not dead so much as [[ComicBookLimbo missing]], but his redheaded SilverAge counterpart apparently [[CostumeCopycat stole his identity and M.O. for a time]]. The real Tetch later turns up alive; [[KilledOffForReal the latter does not]].
* DepravedDwarf, although this [[DependingOnTheArtist varies.]]
* EvilBrit
* GadgeteerGenius
* {{Gonk}}: Most current artists depict him as, like the Tenniel illustrations, having [[BritishTeeth a very large and crooked overbite]], with [[CleopatraNose a nose to match]].
* HypnoTrinket
* LetsGetDangerous: You'd think that he's completely ineffective in combat. Hoo boy, would you be wrong.
* TheMadHatter: Oddly enough, ''{{subverted|Trope}}''. He's often depicted as [[IJustWantToBeNormal struggling with his mental illness]], and dislikes having it mentioned.
* MasterOfIllusion
* MadScientist
* ManChild
* MeaningfulName: "Tetch" is a variation of "touch", as in "touched in the head".
* MoreThanMindControl: Some of Tetch's schemes have become very elaborate through this trope.
* NiceHat: The Hatter ''lives'' by this trope.
* OddFriendship: DependingOnTheWriter he has this type of relationship with The Penguin. More frequently, with The Scarecrow.
* OffWithHisHead: He actually utters this line in his very first appearance, appropriately holding an axe twice as tall as he is.
* ReluctantPsycho: As mentioned above, he doesn't enjoy his insanity, he suffers through every second of it.
* RhymesOnADime: In ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', he uses this [[MadnessMantra as a coping mechanism]] when he feels threatened.
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: Creator/LewisCarroll quotations, when written by Jeph Loeb.
* SpotOfTea: Expect the Hatter's tea to always be laced with something.

[[folder:Killer Moth]]
!Killer Moth/Drury Walker/"Cameron Van Cleer"

When sophisticated and urbane playboy Cameron van Cleer introduced himself to the elite of Gotham's social scene, nobody realized he was secretly a former prison inmate using his stolen earnings to finance a career as "Killer Moth", a Batman-like costumed figure who aided criminals instead of the police. For a price, would-be ne'er-do-wells could hire Cleer's services, and he in turn would help them evade capture and cover their tracks. After several encounters with Batman, the Dark Knight managed to permanently dismantle Moth's organization, and his secret identity and fortune were lost forever.

Killer Moth (now revealed to be small-time criminal Drury Walker) continued to endure, however, committing smaller-scale robberies and picking up jobs as hired muscle. Sick of being perceived as a joke by his fellow rogues, he made a deal with Neron for greater power and became a towering moth/human hybrid. The deal has since been [[RetCon written out of history]], though, and Walker has reverted to his previous form.


* AnimalMotifs: A decidely less sinister take on the MacabreMothMotif; in most appearances, he just wears a moth-like outifit and employs an adhesive "cocoon gun" during heists.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He was working with [[PyroManiac Firefly]] for a short while as a mercenary duo before realizing just how dangerously unstable his partner actually was (he believed that he could see visions in the flames, for starters), causing him to cut things off ASAP because he genuinely feared for his life.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Trounced by Batgirl on her first night of duty, before she even received any combat training.
* JokeCharacter: His currently-held status in TheModernAgeofComicBooks.
** ButtMonkey
* OneWingedAngel: After making a DealWithTheDevil Neron, he was transformed into a half-human half moth monstrosity. However it fell victim to a RetCon and he fell back to a nobody.
* ShadowArchetype: The first Batman villain [[InvokedTrope explicitly designed as such]], to the point of working out of a "Moth-Cave" and selling criminals infrared "Moth-Signal" beacons in his first appearance.
* VillainDecay: You'd never believe it now, but this guy used to actually be a credible threat.

!Firefly/Garfield Lynns

Garfield Lynns was originally a Hollywood pyrotechnician, a job he took because of his pyromania. However, he became a victim of Gotham City's severe poverty and turned to crime. He took up arson as a hobby, but it soon turned to an obsession, going so far that he even believes to see vision in the flames. Inspired by actual fireflies, he built a suit and became a professional arsonist.


* AxCrazy: Enough so to scare away Killer Moth, who was genuinely terrified of him.
* CoolHelmet
* GadgeteerGenius: Made his suit and his whole equipment by himself.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has burn scars over approximately 90% of his body.
* FireBreathingWeapon: Firefly's WeaponOfChoice is a flamethrower.
* ForTheEvulz
* {{Jetpack}}
* KillItWithFire: His modus operandi.
* MadBomber: Also packs explosives for good measure.
* PsychoForHire: He takes some arson jobs to finance his devices and weaponry, but he would gladly burn things for free if he could afford to.
* PoweredArmor
* {{Pyromaniac}}: UpToEleven.

[[folder:Lady Shiva]]
!Lady Shiva/Sandra Wu-San/Sandra Woosan

One of the premier martial artists in the DCU, Shiva is a mercenary with her own sense of honor and duty, but who really lives for the thrill of life and death combat. She has trained Batman as well as several of his allies, but that doesn't stop her from fighting them if she feels the urge to. She sometimes acts in a quasi-heroic capacity, occasionally working with the Birds of Prey, but it's a nervous time for those allies.

She has her own page, [[ComicBook/LadyShiva here]].


* ActionMom
* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung-Fu Girl]]: She's constantly training and retraining herself to eternally improve her martial arts abilities. She also challenges any combatants whom she deems worthy, testing herself against them, testing them against her, and learning from them/removing them as threats for the future. The later part usually doesn't occur right away.
* AsianBabyMama: To David Cain. She rather hates him for it.
* BadassNormal: No powers but a better fighter than even Batman.
* BloodKnight
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* DarkActionGirl
* DeathSeeker: Implied in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey''.
* DragonLady
* DeliverUsFromEvil: Type 2. In ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2000}}'', its shown to be her StartOfDarkness.
* TheDreaded: Just mentioning that she's in town is usually enough to scare the shit out of any skilled martial artist.
* DuelToTheDeath: She LOVES these, but that doesn't stop her from being forced into an InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath every now and then. Usually, people use her to get others into them. She'd rather choose her own targets.
* ForbiddenTechnique: The Leopard Blow.
* FinishingMove: The Leopard Blow. What it is varies from time to time, but one of the most gruesome versions involves ramming two fingers into a weapon point in the forehead, killing the target in one hit. Another version is smashing the nose and forcing the small bones of the nose into the brain. When later writers realized that was a physical impossibility, it was changed to the former version.
* HonorAmongThieves: She rarely tolerates anyone breaking it.
* ItsPersonal: Do not harm her sensei or her students. The latter is her job.
* LadyOfWar
* LightningBruiser
* MoralityPet: ComicBook/BlackCanary [[InvokedTrope deliberately tries]] to be one for her in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey''. Shiva allows it [[InvertedTrope because she wants to break Dinah of that habit.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: Done to her by Bikers. Ended about as well as one could expect.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: It's so good, other characters go to her to enact this trope.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In-universe, no less.
* NobleDemon: Many times she shares foes with the heroes of any story she appears in. Why? Because she'd probably kill the hero too quickly in a straight contest.
* OddFriendship: Black Canary and Lady Shiva. "Friends" may be pushing it a little far, but they are amicable acquaintances with a shared history and civil interactions. They have, on occasion, gone for drinks together, trained together and worked together. However, they also remain potentially mortal enemies from diametrically opposite sides of the good/evil divide.
* [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]]: To the point where people started [[CargoCult worshiping her as an avatar of Shiva]] the destroyer. She couldn't care less.
* PregnantBadass: Pregnancy barely slowed her down, beating up another world class assassin, David Cain. Ironically, it was his kid she was pregnant with. Probably what helped make her daughter so badass.
* ProfessionalKiller
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming
* {{Retcon}}: During the ''Comicbook/ADeathInTheFamily'' saga, Shiva, while shot up with truth serum, declared that she never bore any children. Years later, she is revealed to be the mother of Cassandra Cain.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: She started as an enemy/ally of Richard Dragon, before moving to the Question, Batman and eventually her own daughter, Cassandra Cain. As one of the DCU's best martial artists, she often appears in other titles in a similar capacity.
* TheObiWan: To Bruce during his recovery in ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''.
* ThouShaltNotKill: When working with heroes, they insist she not kill anyone. This often annoys her, but she complies.
* TrainingFromHell: She puts herself through this and others come to her to get it. Its implied that the name Lady Shiva is a title and that others are going through the same training to become the next one.
** Playing into the more positive aspects of her name, Shiva has also trained an awful lot of heroes, including Tim Drake and Bruce Wayne, and her code of honor has led her to even spare them if she feels they can be a better fight later. She even resuscitated Cass Cain after beating her to death in order to gain a proper rematch!
* TheWorfEffect: it does happen on occasion, but she often regains herself shortly afterwards. The only person who she did not overcome in the end so far was Prometheus.

[[folder:Tweedledum & Tweedledee]]
!Tweedledum & Tweedledee (Deever, Dumfree and Dumson Tweed)]]


Despite being cousins, Deever and Dumfree were so alike in both appearance and mannerisms that they could easily be mistaken for identical twins. Drawing inspiration from their shared love of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', the duo went on to commit multiple crimes in Gotham, dressed as the similarly-named twin brothers from ''Through The Looking Glass''. After the apparent death of Dumfree, his twin brother Dumson has since stepped in to take his place. Although they run their own separate criminal organization, they can often be seen in the employ of the Mad Hatter (see above).


* {{Acrofatic}}: Depicted in the GoldenAge as capable of [[HyperDestructiveBouncingBall rolling and bouncing at high speeds]].
* CreepyTwins: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. They actually aren't, but they enjoy giving this impression, and Dumfree and Dumson certainly qualify.
* ObfuscatingStupidity / BewareTheSillyOnes: Occasionally shown to be using this.
* SquishyWizard: Despite [[StoutStrength their impressive size and strength]], they're [[UnskilledButStrong not very adept at actual combat]], so they tend to take [[HitAndRunTactics a more hands-off approach]] to their robberies.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute
* WickedCultured: Despite their unorthodox demeanor, they're seen in one issue [[SmokyGentlemensClub drinking wine and smoking cigars in plush armchairs]]. Wearing [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel smoking jackets]] and ''[[NiceHat fezzes]]'', no less.

[[folder:The Ventriloquist I]]
!The Ventriloquist I (Arnold Wesker)


Arnold was born into a powerful mafia family. However, as a kid, he witnessed his mother killed by the hands of an assassin sent by a rival gang. This sparked a Dissonant Personality Disorder within his mind. The only outlet he found to vent this trauma was through ventriloquism. Eventually, he turned to a life of crime, following in his family footsteps. Or rather his cohort did and he pulled the strings.

Scarface is his main venting outlet for his disorder, a wooden puppet named and slightly modeled after Al Capone. He communicates his plans through this puppet, and even uses it during his various heists to the point of obsession.


* BewareTheSillyOnes
* CigarChomper: Scarface
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DemonicDummy
* DiabolicalMastermind: Due to his obvious physical limitations (and his rather eccentric nature), Scarface tends to prefer operating in the shadows.
* ExtremeDoormat: Wesker to Scarface.
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Some interpretations of him portray him as a perfectly innocent man being bossed around by a loud mouthed blockhead.
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* HairTriggerTemper: Scarface.
* LaughablyEvil
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: DependingOnTheWriter, Scarface is either simply a symptom of Wesker's disorder, or something more sinister and potentially supernatural.
** And on some occasions its implied to be neither and Wesker is just a ManipulativeBastard who wants everyone to ''think'' he's crazy or that the doll is possessed, and thus akin to some versions of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Given that this would mean he is willing to machine gun his own hands as part of his "act", this would probably make him even crazier.
* MisterBig
* MultipleChoicePast: Some stories use the mafia family origin above; other stories have Wesker losing control of his anger in a bar and being sent to Blackgate prison, where he acquires the "Scarface" dummy after it had been carved from a piece of gallows wood by his cell-mate.
* NameFaceName: Scarface
* OpaqueLenses
* [[spoiler: RealAfterAll: After Arnold's death, the dummy moves by itself for a few panels before burning up.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Wesker and Scarface are almost always accompanied by the same two thugs, Rhino and Mugsy.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the New 52, Arnold never died and becomes [[spoiler: a mutated monster who shoves his hands into his victim's backs and makes them "talk" like a doll]]. That said, [[ContinuityDrift other writers have disregarded his return in favor of Shauna Belzer]].
* VerbalTic: Due to Wesker being unable to pronounce the letter "b" when doing his ventriloquist act, words with "b's" in them always come out with a "g" sound when Scarface says them; for instance, "Gatman" instead of "Batman."

[[folder:The Ventriloquist II]]
!The Ventriloquist II (Peyton Riley)


After [[spoiler: Wesker's death at the hands of Tally Man]], Scarface is taken up by Peyton Riley, the daughter of an Irish gangster, who had worked with Scarface before and grown to like both him and Wesker. Like Wesker, she believes Scarface to be talking to her, although unlike Wesker, she acknowledges this could be a hallucination. She also isn't as meek as Wesker; she has plans of her own, and is working "with" Scarface, rather than for him.


* ArrangedMarriage: Her father married her to an Italian gangster in order to unite the two families. This didn't work out.
* DemonicDummy: But not so much GollumMadeMeDoIt.
* WomanScorned: Her driving force is to get revenge on her ex-husband, who wiped out the Riley family.

[[folder:The Ventriloquist III]]
!The Ventriloquist III (Shauna Belzer)
-->'''First Appearance: [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}} Batgirl]] #20'''


A new ventriloquist who is seemingly able to control her dummy, Ferdie, without being in physical contact with him. She is introduced auditioning in a talent show, but was harshly rejected and responded violently. After her first defeat by Batgirl, she (or rather Ferdie) became obsessed with her.

* AxCrazy
* BerserkButton: A judge commented that he could see her lips moving during her act. Her reaction was to crack a huge SlasherSmile and attempt to [[EyeScream drill the judge's eyes out]].
* CainAndAbel: As a child, she was jealous that she was always in her twin brother's shadow. When her telekinesis manifested, she mentally [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident pushed him on a swing until he flung off and died by falling on his neck]].
* CasanovaWannabe: Ferdie hits on Batgirl during their fight and makes a move toward a female hostage. While they're obviously not interested in him, Shauna gets annoyed that he thinks they're more attractive than her.
* DeadGuyJunior: Her puppet is named after her late brother, Ferdie.
* DemonicDummy: Shauna's wooden puppet, Ferdie. It was "[[YouKillItYouBoughtIt given]]" to her by a performer named Rainbow Rodney when she [[EnfantTerrible was a child]]. He seems to move on his own and has a very one-sided crush on Batgirl. Don't tell Shauna that.
* DoesNotLikeShoes
* EnfantTerrible: Shauna was picked on as child and once her telekinesis manifested, she started to get payback. Violently.
** CreepyChild: She was very calm when she killed. Not so much now.
* FreudianExcuse: From the day she was born, she was overshadowed by her twin brother. Living in his shadow and constant ridicule from her classmates made her snap.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: After she killed her brother, she sang:
--> Blue, green, red, Ferdie's dead. White, pink, brown, he's rotting in the ground.
* LeanAndMean: She's absolutely anorexic and insane.
* GlassCannon: Despite her bizarrely strong puppet and telekinesis, Shauna goes down with a swift punch to the face when Batgirl finally gets the chance.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: While she explicitly has telekinesis, it's ambiguous as to whether Ferdie has a mind of his own or is just Shauna acting. The fact that she seems able to control actual corpses, however, indicates that it's not just acting.
* MindOverMatter: The Ventiloquist can seemingly control objects with her mind; such as her puppet or a batarang. Her powers manifested as a child.
* MonsterFangirl: Not to any particular person, but to the general idea of murder.
* PeoplePuppets: She can use anything like a puppet, regardless of whether it is an actual puppet, a corpse, or a living person. That, plus her [[StringyHairedGhostGirl look]] paints her as an {{expy}} of [[Film/DeadSilence Mary Shaw]].
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: She has the look down certainly. [[WordOfGod Her creator]], Creator/GailSimone, states she wasn't even aware of the similarities between Shauna and JuOn.
* StrongerThanTheyLook: While fighting Ferdie, Batgirl comments how strong he is, despite being a small, wooden puppet. She struggles to keep him from drilling out her eyes.
* ThisIsADrill: Ferdie has pair of drills hidden in his hands. His favorite attack is to go for the eyes.
* VillainousCrush: Ferdie has a crush on Batgirl and has written letters for her. While he sweet talks Shauna, he really isn't attracted to her. In his own words, "Once you go Bat, you know where it's at".
* VoiceChangeling: She can mimic anyone's voice.
* VulgarHumor: Shauna (or maybe Ferdie himself) really likes making crass jokes when performing.

[[folder:Black Mask I]]
!Black Mask I (Roman Sionis)

Roman Sionis was about the same age as Bruce Wayne, and likewise had wealthy parents. However, Roman's parents were extremely neglectful and uncaring towards their son; he grew to resent them and the "Masks" they wore (of good, friendly people), when in private they were miserable. Sionis eventually killed his parents, but ran their business into the ground; at which point it was bought out by Bruce Wayne. Sionis snapped, breaking into his parents' crypt and carving a mask out of his mother's coffin. An attempt to get revenge on Wayne by lashing out at his employees failed due to the intervention of Batman, and ended up causing Sionis's Black Mask to be burned onto his face, making it unremovable.

Sionis was a capable gangster (often leading a mask-themed gang called the False-Facers), managing to regain his hold over organized crime after long stays in jail. Sionis grew even more insane and obsessed with torture as time went on. In a notable ''Catwoman'' arc, Sionis discovered Selina Kyle's secret identity, and in vengeance for Catwoman attacking his drug rings, tortured Kyle's brother-in-law to death, and forced her sister to [[ToServeMan eat pieces of his corpse]], driving her insane. Sionis was thought dead when after an extended fight, he fell out of his penthouse.

Later, in the ''War Games'' story arc, Black Mask managed to successfully play the opposing forces of a Gotham Gang war against each other. He managed to kill Orpheus, one of Batman's inside men, and assume his identity, and tortured Stephanie Brown, alias the Spoiler, leading to her apparent demise. Sionis became the de facto leader of all of Gotham's organized crime following this. He was later killed when he once again sought to ruin Catwoman's life mistakenly believing she would abide by the No-Kill rule, she responded by [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shooting him]]. After Batman's "[[NotQuiteDead death]]", a new Black Mask has surfaced, who turns out to be [[spoiler: an AxCrazy Dr. Jeremiah Arkham]], but he was revealed to be [[spoiler: BrainwashedAndCrazy]] after his defeat, and following the reboot is probably no longer in action (especially considering that the reboot also [[RetCon retconned]] Sionis' death and he has recently reclaimed his old identity).


* ArchEnemy: In some extent for Catwoman prior to the Comicbook/{{New 52}}.
* AscendedExtra: He was active since the 1980's, but though always a competent and dangerous threat Black Mask remained a fairly obscure villain until he was re-imagined as an AxCrazy ObnoxiousSnarker with a SkullForAHead who succesfully and violently took over the Gotham criminal underworld and generally TookALevelInBadass (this also coincided with his becoming Catwoman's ArchEnemy in her solo title). Since then he was appeared in several adaptations and has had a major impact on Gotham in general and the Bat-family in particular.
* AxCrazy
* BackFromTheDead: Sionis, by way of a Black Lantern ring in the ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' crossover, and by way of a RetCon in the [=DCnU=].
* BadBoss: Watching him in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', or ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' where he regularly beats or kills his own henchmen for little to no reason, can make one wonder who would still want to work for him.
** In ''Arkham Origins'' [[spoiler: this is eventually subverted, as it turns out that the Joker (possibly the epitome of this trope) was impersonating Black Mask since before the game's story began, and Sionis apparently treated his henchmen well enough that many of them ended up being killed when they refused to follow Joker.]]
* CardCarryingVillain
* TheChessmaster: In ''War Games'', especially.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: Dropped on his head while ''being delivered'', no less.
* ColdBloodedTorture: In one arc he cut up a woman's fiance and ''fed'' bits of him to her. It was given all the weight it deserved.
* ColorCharacter
* CombatSadomasochist
* CriminalDoppelganger: In ''War Crimes'', following his takeover of the Gotham City underworld, he attempts to get rid of Batman by disguising himself as the Caped Crusader and going out killing people in order to frame him for murder. It's foiled by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, who is annoyed that Sionis ([[NotQuiteDead seemingly]]) killed Stephanie Brown, because she used to be a Robin and Joker thought that meant ''[[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he]]'' should have been the one to kill her.
* {{Cult}}: The "True-Facers" in ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'', of which he was the leader, was this.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: With his incredible skills at planning and organization, he probably could have been a great businessman, right? Wrong. As it turns out, Black Mask subverted this trope when he started out as a legitimate businessman, failed spectacularly, and turned to crime instead. He showed considerably more ''elan'' as a crime lord than he ever did as a business executive.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially during his tenure as crime lord after ''War Games'', where most of his commentary [[CrossesTheLineTwice crossed the line twice]]. And were ''hilarious''.
-->'''Mask''': I'm not pleased, you know. Not pleased at all. And despite appearances, this isn't a damned smile on my face.
** ObnoxiousSnarker: Most of his snarking appears to be shouted.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Uses the identity of Orpheus, an ally of Batman, during ''War Games''.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Just how crazy he really is. Some storylines have him as a gibbering lunatic, others as just an eccentric (and particularly sadistic) mastermind. The latter is much more common, though.
* DiabolicalMastermind: One of the few crime lords who nearly dominated the Gotham underworld, at least for a brief time. So successful was he that he became a LegacyCharacter when a new Black Mask used his reputation to nearly do the same.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The stuff he did to Catwoman's sister just to get to Catwoman doesn't bare repeating.
* DoesNotLikeWomen: He's noticeably and considerably nastier to his female victims than his male ones, not that he treats them particularly well. It might not be that he ''dislikes'' women ''per say'', just he enjoys hurting female victims more.
* EvilFormerFriend: Like Hush, he was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne.
* ExpressiveMask: Some artists seem to forget that Black Mask is, in fact, wearing a black mask.
* FreudianExcuse: Three of them: he was dropped on his head by the doctor seconds after being born (which may or may not have caused brain damage that permanently altered his personality), and was later bitten by a rabid raccoon. To top it off, he had extremely neglectful parents, who pretended to be happy to the outside world but were actually privately unloving and miserable.
* GeniusBruiser: He's a giant of a man who is both smart enough to near-completely dominate Gotham's underworld and a skilled enough combatant to fight Batman and Catwoman evenly.
* GunsAkimbo: Dual handguns are a trademark of his.
* HeManWomanHater: Really, really loves torturing women. That's not to say that he doesn't also do it to men (because he does), but when he does it to women, he does it with a special zeal and plenty of comments evocative of this sentiment.
* ItsPersonal: Going after Catwoman's sister was not his smartest move, though by this point ItsPersonal for the two of them.
* KnightOfCerebus: When he's not being LaughablyEvil, he's among the darkest of Batman's foes.
* LargeAndInCharge: At 6'0, he's not the largest of Batman's foes, but he's still a big man with a fairly bulky build.
* LargeHam: Sometimes, like in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''.
* LaughablyEvil: During his reign as Kingpin of Gotham, Mask got some great lines.
--> '''Black Mask''': Li, will you please shut the hell up!? I swear to ''God'' it's like running a criminal organization with my mother.
* LegacyCharacter: A new Black Mask has been introduced, although since the recent ContinuityReboot, Sionis has reclaimed the title.
* LetsGetDangerous: He's most well known for being a master manipulator, but he was a skilled enough combatant to hold his own against an enraged Catwoman, which is no mean feat.
* MadeOfIron: Part of what makes him an effective hand-to-hand combatant. He's definitely not as skilled as Batman or Catwoman, but he's a big man who can hit hard and take a ''lot'' of punishment.
* ManipulativeBastard: In ''War Games'' especially, wen- posing as Orpheus-, he was supposed to give a speech to the assembled gangs of Gotham calling for restraint to avert a gang war; instead, he gave one that ''started'' the war, and a riot to boot.
* MaskPower: Sionis believed in this, even if it didn't help him.
-->'''Black Mask:''' Knows that the mask destroy one identity while creating another. Know that the mask recreates its wearer. Know that through the sublimation of personality, inhibitions die and the nature of the wearer is altered -- so that deeper drives and more primitive instincts rise to the surface.
* MultilayerFacade: During ''War Games'', he assumed Orpheus's identity by applying make up over his own black mask. On top of that, he also had to wear Orpheus's helmet. [[spoiler:He did the same thing while impersonating Batman in ''War Crimes'']].
* MutilationInterrogation
* NoIndoorVoice: Sionis often throws [[MotiveRant unnecessary tantrums]] with [[RantInducingSlight little provocation]], particularly when written by Creator/JuddWinick.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: A horrific sadist and brutal misogynist. But ''damn'' if he isn't funny.
* ReligionOfEvil: In ''No Man's Land'', he turned the False Facers into a {{cult}} where everybody (himself included) horribly scarred their faces and shaved their heads so that they all looked alike, and turned them loose to go on a murderous rampage throughout the already devasted city. The second Black Mask referred to his organization as a "Ministry of Science", combining this with his MadScientist routine.
* RevengeByProxy
* SelfMadeOrphan: He killed his parents in a fire to inherit their business and fortune. Unfortunately, he was a lousy businessman and when he tried to burn down the factory to cover his tracks, he wound up with the facial injury that gave him his villain name. He was a lot better at being AxCrazy than a businessman anyways.
* ShadowArchetype: Similar to Hush (and preceding him), Black Mask is a Bruce Wayne who suffered from poor parenting and ran his own company into the ground. He's a millionaire who became an extremely violent masked crime lord rather than a moderately violent masked vigilante, and he relies more on his natural hidden talents as a criminal than on years of hard work and study.
* SkullForAHead: Since he TookALevelInBadass, his mask has become skull-like, whereas before it looked slightly more human if all-black.
* TheSociopath
* StrawNihilist: His ramblings in ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' had some shades of this.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mask has been around since the 80's, but it's only been in the aftermath of his recent appearances, where he's become a psycho to rival the Joker, that he's been elevated to a top-tier Bat villain, shown up in the cartoons, and is a fan favorite to appear in movie adaptations.
* TortureTechnician
-->'''Mask''': Before we begin, I'd like to address the topic of saying this: go right ahead.
* WouldHurtAChild: Thinks nothing of sadistically torturing a teenage girl.

[[folder:"Maxie" Zeus]]
!Maximilian "Maxie" Zeus

This deranged gang leader of Greek ancestry, believes himself to be the incarnation of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek god]] Zeus. He used to be a mild-mannered history teacher, but lost his wife and his sanity in an undisclosed incident. Amidst all the chaos caused by the other insane Bat-villains, he rose to power as one of Gotham's most colorful and cunning gang leaders. He was not only a foe of Batman alone, but also a prominent enemy of Batman's SuperTeam [[Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]].


* AGodAmI: In this case, he believes himself to be a specific god, the Greek god Zeus. In ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', he also develops messianic delusions.
* BeardOfEvil
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: He allowed himself to be incarcerated in Blackgate Prison for the rest of his life in order to escape SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's wrath, since he was angry at Maxie for selling modified Joker Venom as a drug.
* BigBad: Was one for Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders.
* BoringButPractical: In one story, Maxie Zeus hires construction workers to build a copy of Ancient Rome. When one of the workers suggests building traps for the lion pit or using a lion that turns into a velociraptor to make things more interesting, Zeus refuses because he doesn't want his Ancient Rome to have anything the original one didn't. The worker comments that just a normal pit with a lion isn't scary and Zeus reacts by throwing the worker at the pit and daring him not to feel scared once the lion arrives.
* TheChessmaster: With his intelligence, he was able to build his gang among the chaos caused by Gotham's supervillains.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He started to become forgotten by DC's writers after ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'' and ''One Year Later'', only coming back in Creator/KevinSmith's ''Cacophony'', where he got PutOnABus at the end of that story.
* DrivenToMadness: He lost his sanity in an [[NoodleIncident undisclosed incident]] where his wife died.
** In ''Cacophony'', he gains sanity after taking medication, but when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker kills his nephew, Aesop, he is shocked back into insanity.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His nephew Aesop, whose death by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker shocks him back into insanity.
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: In the ''Cacophony'' storyline, where he has taken meds for his insanity, he refers to "Maxie" as his deranged, insane self and "Maximilian" as his saner self.
* NapoleonDelusion
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Arkham Asylum's guards initially didn't put him in the maximum-security wing where the other Bat-rogues are because they didn't think he was as dangerous, despite Batman repeatedly telling them to do so. They were proven wrong when his team of metahumans called the "New Olympians" easily broke him out.
* PsychoElectro: In ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', he becomes addicted to the asylum's electroshock treatment, which makes him even more insane.
* ThePsychoRangers: He "New Olympians" team was one for ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders.
* TookALevelInBadass: His sole appearance in The Batman has him at the commands of a giant flying ship, the New Olympus, which he uses to take over Gotham. And almost an entire army obeying him.
* UnexplainedRecovery: He was thought to be dead after he got involved in [[Franchise/WonderWoman Ares]]' plot to turn Gotham into his capital over the world, but was eventually revealed to be alive and well for no revealed reason.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: For almost all of one storyline, where he tried to pass himself off as a legitimate shipping magnate after gaining sanity from medications. It didn't last because it was revealed to the public that he was selling a diluted version of Joker Venom as a party drug.

[[folder:The Great White Shark]]
!The Great White Shark (Warren White)


Sentenced to prison for [[StealingFromTheTill creative accounting practices]], financier Warren White tried to slip through the cracks by [[InsanityDefense pleading insanity]], in the hopes of being committed to [[HospitalParadiso a modern psychiatric care facility]]. Instead, he wound up in [[BedlamHouse Arkham Asylum]], where the inmates [[ColdBloodedTorture ritually tortured and abused him]] [[InitiationCeremony for being the "new fish"]]; Killer Croc went so far as to carve gills in the sides of his neck.

After being locked in a freezer for several hours during a riot, Warren emerged [[RedRightHand a changed man]]: [[BodyHorror his hair had fallen out, his lips and nose had shrivelled away in the cold, and his skin was now chalky white]]. [[SanitySlippage His mind now decidedly twisted]], White has since traded off his appearance and business acumen to become one of the premier mob bosses in Gotham City.


* AssholeVictim: Don't think [[MorallyBankruptBanker he didn't work hard]] to [[BreakTheHaughty earn]] that HumiliationConga.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Ironic that a man with the nick name "Shark" would end up resembling one after an unrelated accident. That only applies to his lack of nose and ears, he filed his teeth down himself.
* BaldOfEvil
* TheChessmaster: After Black Mask's death, he briefly managed to [[VillainExitStageLeft oust the Penguin from Gotham]] and control the city's rackets from [[MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll inside his cell at Arkham]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Gained his nickname for his ruthless and cold-blooded business practices.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from TheChewToy for all the other Arkham inmates to one of the most influent mob bosses in Gotham City after his transformation.
* [[HawaiianShirtedTourist Hawaiian Shirted]] {{Jerkass}}: In ''Streets of Gotham''.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: He's worked out a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with the Torture Lords of Hell]] that will enable him to escape any punishment for his life's misdeeds.]] Comicbook/{{Etrigan}} is actually impressed.
* LoanShark: [[StealthPun Quite.]]
* PhraseCatcher: Warren White is [[RunningGag the worst person you have ever met]].
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Warren [[PersonalMook gets a job flipping Two-Face's coin]] when Two-Face injures his hands and can't do it himself, for no other reason than that he's desperate to be under ''anybody's'' protection at first.
* SharkMan: Not actually a [[FishPeople Fish Person]], but close enough.
* TooDumbToLive: Really, when you plead insanity in [[CrapsackWorld Gotham City]], you gotta be.

[[folder:Victor Zsasz]]
!Victor Zsasz

An oft-seen but relatively minor bat-villain, Zsasz was once a wealthy businessman who lost fortune and family alike. The loss of his business was too much for him, and he was attempting suicide when a homeless man tried to assault him with a knife. At that point, he embraced a [[StrawNihilist profoundly nihilistic]] worldview: all of life is meaningless, and the greatest gift he can offer is to "liberate" them - by slaying them and leaving them in lifelike poses. He celebrates his killings by self-scarification, cutting a tally into his flesh for every life he takes.

Has no relation to [[Comicbook/TheQuestion Charles Victor "Vic Sage" Szasz]]


* AscendedExtra: Despite being a lesser-used villain overall, he was used in a substantial way in two [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Arkham]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity games]], which has raised mainstream awareness of the character substantially.
* AxCrazy: Or rather, knife crazy.
* BaldOfEvil or BlondGuysAreEvil: See DependingOnTheArtist
* BerserkButton: He made a tally mark for Batman, only to learn that the Dark Knight wasn't dead; this caused him to wig out for a while.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Sometimes he's lean and muscular and has a buzz cut hair style, and other times he's scrawny and looks like a balding, emaciated, meth addict. Artist Cliff Chiang also gives him a standard skinhead appearance for some reason, with a white tank top, suspenders, Doc Martens boots and a shaved head (though the latter is hardly unusual for Zsasz).
* DependingOnTheWriter: Zsasz is variably depicted as either [[BossInMookClothing a truly dangerous]] [[GeniusBruiser and cunning foe]], or [[MauveShirt just one step up]] from [[FacelessGoons your average rank-and-file goon]]. It's also [[MotiveDecay sometimes unclear]] as to whether he is a true [[StrawNihilist Nietzsche Wannabe]], or if he simply kills ForTheEvulz.
* DespairEventHorizon: He was DrivenToSuicide only to be interrupted by a man trying to mug him for the money he squandered.
* ExoticEyeDesigns: In his first appearance, Zsasz's eyes were often kept in shadow. They later ran with this, giving his odd, black eyes that point out with little white dots for pupils, [[ like so]]. These aren't acknowledged in stories, so it seems to just be a stylistic choice. Whether his eyes look like this depends on the artist, and many just draw him with normal eyes.
* FeelNoPain: Zsasz has cut himself so many times that his pain reactions are in fact dulled.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Soooooo many evil scars - one for every victim.
* KnifeNut: His signature weapon is a carving knife.
* SerialKiller: One of the premier non-powered examples in Gotham.
* StrawNihilist: His whole raison d'etre for his murderous rampage? He believes that, by killing people, he is liberating them from the worthlessness of life.
** ''Streets of Gotham'' implied that he sees everyone around him as already dead and he's just "freeing them" from that state. When Damian starts fighting on Zsasz's level, suddenly Zsasz doesn't see his opponent as just a corpse any more and ''freaks out'' because he hallucinates seeing his own dead body reflected in Damian's eyes.
* WouldHurtAChild: Not only has he killed numerous children, he even [[GladiatorGames constructed an arena for the purposes of doing so]] when [[NightmareFetishist told to "fulfill his dreams"]], and [[BloodSport invited crime bosses to bet on the outcome]].

[[folder:Clayface I]]
!Clayface I (Basil Karlo)

Basil Karlo was an actor who, when he heard his classic horror film "The Terror" was being remade, went mad. He donned the mask of the film's villain, "Clayface," and went on a killing spree, murdering the members of the cast and crew. However, he was stopped by Batman, reappearing a few times before remaining unused. However, during his absence, several other criminals with the name Clayface appeared. They were all made of clay, [[VoluntaryShapeShifting could change shape]], and one even had a poisonous touch.

One of these new Clayfaces visited Karlo in prison out of curiosity, and they formed a plan where all living Clayfaces would team up against Batman. The group, called "The Mud Pack," was beaten, but Karlo obtained the powers of all the other Clayfaces, becoming a much bigger threat.


* ElementalShapeshifter: Clayface is a walking mountain of mud, and can use his powers for shapeshifting or brute strength.
* DisproportionateRetribution: He decides to murder people because they're remaking his film without him in the starring role, even though he was brought on as a consultant.
* {{Flanderization}}: Karlo was previously characterized as an ego-maniacal actor, but then writers and artists began depicting him more like the Clayface from the animated series, who was more-or-less an amalgamation of the first four Clayfaces, but more predominately Matt Hagen, the second. The difficulty in this is that, the comic version of Hagen died during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', and has remained dead. Unless it's outright stated in the story featuring him, readers have a hard time telling if Clayface is Karlo or Hagen.
* LargeHam: Comes with the acting background. After receiving the abilities of Preston Payne and Shondra Fuller, Karlo regarded himself as "THE ULTIMATE CLAYFACE!"
* LegacyCharacter: There have so far been eight Clayfaces.
* MakeThemRot[=/=]TouchOfDeath[=/=]PoisonousOrganism: Gained this ability from Preston Payne.
* NameFaceName: Perhaps the only thing that is consistent with all versions.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Obvious stand-in for Boris Karloff.
* PoisonousPerson: Inherits this power from Preston Payne, a poisonous touch that would melt people's skin.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: Can morph his hands into maces, hammers, or other weapons.
* TechnicallyNakedShapeshifter: Can form clothing out of his own substance after gaining the powers of the other Clayfacen.
* TragicVillain: Some adaptations and the other versions of Clayface are shown to be this.
* UnholyMatrimony: With Poison Ivy, recently.
* VoluntaryShapeShifting: After becoming a true Clayface.

[[folder:Clayface II]]
!Clayface II (Matt Hagen)

Matt Hagen found a submarine mist that could turn him into a mud-like man who could change shape. He decided to use this power to steal works of art and got in conflict with Batman. Hagen eventually died during ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths.


* ElementalShapeshifter: Clayface is a walking mountain of mud, and can use his powers for shapeshifting or brute strength.
* KilledOffForReal: Killed by shadow demons alongside Ten-Eyed Man.
** TheEndOrIsIt: A Secret Files issue teased his possible survival, but subverted it for laughs.
* LegacyCharacter: The second of eight Clayfaces.
* NameFaceName: Just like his predecessor and successors.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: Can morph his hands into maces, hammers, or other weapons.
* TechnicallyNakedShapeshifter: Can form clothing out of his own substance as part of his disguises.
* VoluntaryShapeShifting: The first Clayface to have this power.

[[folder: Clayface III]]
!Clayface III (Preston Payne)

Suffering from hyperpituitarism, Preston Payne sought to cure his condition. Creating an enzyme made from the DNA of the then-living Matt Hagen, Payne hoped to cure his condition. Instead, he gained the power to melt the people he touches.

* LegacyCharacter: The third Clayface.
* MonsterMobStory: He was trying to rid himself of his hyperpituitarism, he failed and accidently killed his girlfriend.
* MakeThemRot[=/=]TouchOfDeath[=/=]PoisonousOrganism: His chief power is that he can melt people into.
* PoweredArmor: He wears an exoskeleton suit to keep himself from touching people, though he can takes off his glvoes so he can. It gives him superhuman strength.

[[folder:Killer Croc]]
!Killer Croc/Waylon Jones

Born with a rare skin disease that left him with scaly, crocodile-like skin, Waylon Jones was unaccepted by the outside world. His parents couldn't stand him, and they abandoned him in the wilderness, forcing him to become a career criminal to survive. At one point, he used his razor sharp teeth to become a cannibal and eat people. He has clashed with Batman several times over the years, each time becoming more bestial and reptilian due to a mutation of his already strange disease. He possesses superhuman strength and is much larger than the average man.


* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Often finds himself in one of these.
* AbusiveParents: Abusive aunt anyways.
* AntiVillain: Had shades of this in old contiunity, fully embraced in the New 52, where he gets a large amount of MoralityPets and PetTheDog moments.
* AxCrazy
* BeastMan: Effectively.
* TheBerserker: His fighting style more or less revolves around completely overwhelming the opponent with his sheer speed, strength, and resistance to harm.
* BizarreHumanBiology
* TheBrute: In most appearances following the story in which he was introduced. In his first appearance, though, Croc was actually a GeniusBruiser who manipulated Batman's entire RoguesGallery--sort of Bane 0.5.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Nobody can decide whether Killer Croc is a big strong guy with a skin condition or a crocodile man anymore. It's 50/50 that he'll be depicted either way.
* DependingOnTheWriter: On top of the above, he seems to be one of those villains writers can never really pin down. It's hard to believe that he was an accomplished marksman and the precursor of ''Bane''.
* DrivenByEnvy: Of the normal people.
* DumbMuscle: After {{Flanderization}} set in. {{Justified|Trope}} in that his condition is fully atavistic - everything, including his mind, just keeps regressing further and further as time goes on, which explains how he went from a GeniusBruiser who was Bane-lite to a feral, animalistic savage.
* FangsAreEvil
* {{Flanderization}}: He was originally a somewhat intelligent gangster with a medical condition (a ''very severe'' medical condition), whose misanthropy was the result of being tormented by everyone (family included) for his freakish appearance. This was eventually downplayed, with Croc becoming more bestial and less intelligent as time went on (this was typically explained that his condition was worsening, further separating him from humanity). By the time of ''Hush'', Croc could probably pass for a bulkier AlternateCompanyEquivalent of [[Characters/SpiderManRoguesGallery the Lizard]] (explained away by Hush infecting him with a virus that further increased his mutation).
* FreakOut: In Batman #471 he supposedly died when the sewer he was in flooded and collapsed. In #489 it was revealed that he was nearly drowned, was forced to live on rats, constantly suffered from fevers and was haunted by nightmares. He emerged from the sewers after six months with a radically different personality, diminished mental capacity and permanent hallucinations.
* FreudianExcuse: Between abusive classmates and his godawful aunt, his stint in reform school, and his treatment in the freakshow he was part of, Croc's got a lot of reasons to hate the world.
* HandWave: Originally he was a man with a very, ''very'' bad skin condition. His appearance has gotten more monstrous over time, which has been explained as his condition worsening.
* HandwrapsOfAwesome: He sometimes wears these (e.g., in ''Batman Hush'' and the concept art for ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'').
* HealingFactor: Can restore missing teeth and limbs.
* HeelFaceTurn: In ''[[{{Elseworld}} The Batman of Arkham]]'', owing to psychiatrist Bruce Wayne's gentle treatment and care. (With a dose of EpiphanyTherapy and SingleIssuePsychology.)
* ImAHumanitarian
* ImmuneToBullets: Croc's skin is thick enough to ward off even high calibre bullets.
* ImplacableMan: It's not that he can't be stopped, just that it's extremely difficult to do so.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Croc's search for a cure has been a fairly consistent part of his characterisation.
* LightningBruiser: Superhumanly fast to the point of surprising Batman more than once.
* LizardFolk
* TheMentallyIll: Croc is atavistic, and when intelligent, has the mindset one would expect of an alligator or similar reptile. As a result his moral agency is seriously questionable, and he's one of the few Batman rogues who legitimately belongs in Arkham.
* MoralityPet: In a rather bizarre decision made regarding the post-Flashpoint Croc, he's revealed to be Roy Harper's sponsor in ''Comicbook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws''.
** In the New 52, teenager Olive Silverlock, a student at Gotham Academy, is this to him. He's kind and friendly to her (and it extends to her friends) and is also very protective towards her. Her mother Sybil seemed to be this to him too, as he appreciated her not treating him like a monster and he in turn promised her he'd keep an eye on and care for Olive.
* {{Mutant}}: Possesses an atavistic mindset, coupled with a skin condition not unlike epidermolytic hyperkeratosis, and a metagene. The end result is the crocodillian monster we all know and love.
* OmnicidalManiac
* ParentalAbandonment: Mom and dad left him with an alcoholic aunt, who could not have cared less about him.
* RedRightHand: Croc's bestial outer appearance is indicative of his animalistic inner nature.
* TheResenter: Resents and hates "normal people" and lashes out at them constantly.
* ScaryBlackMan: Is technically black, and yeah, he's not someone you want to run into. Ever.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Killed his abusive aunt.
* SuperSenses: Possesses a highly advanced sense of smell.
* SuperStrength: His strength crosses the line into superhuman, making him very difficult to stop.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the Comicbook/{{New 52}} he's the only member of Batwoman's rogues to not be an original, and magic is used to upgrade him into a more ferocious and powerful multi-eyed form. Later, he's upgraded into a massive multi-headed hydra and rampages through Gotham.
* TragicVillain: He does seem to want to be normal very, very badly. Well, DependingOnTheWriter, but this is a pretty frequently recurring quirk of his.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds

[[folder:Solomon Grundy]]
!Solomon Grundy/Cyrus Gold

Solomon Grundy is a zombie who was once a businessman, Cyrus Gold, who was murdered in Slaughter Swamp, a swamp just outside Gotham City. Supernatural forces then gathered into his dead body, causing him to resurrect as a zombie one Monday. He took the name Solomon Grundy when he heard people reciting the nursery rhyme "Solomon Grundy".

One thing unique about Grundy is that his appearance and personality constantly change. This is because whenever Grundy is killed, his body resurrects in Slaughter Swamp the next Monday. Each time he resurrects, he becomes almost a different character entirely. He has been the range of a stereotypical {{Hulk Speak}}ing zombie, an animalistic berserker, and even an intelligent MagnificentBastard. On at least [[ComicBook/{{Starman}} one occasion]], he has even resurrected as a good guy. Suffice to say, it is tough to stop him without killing him, so he gets killed rather frequently.

He debuted as a prominent recurring enemy of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Franchise/GreenLantern, Alan Scott, who also operated in Gotham. Grundy would go on to tangle with countless heroes of Franchise/TheDCU, but, due to Slaughter Swamp's proximity to Gotham, eventually settled on becoming a part of Batman's RoguesGallery, even becoming a boss in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''.

For more information, see [[Characters/Earth2GreenLantern this page.]]

[[folder:Doctor Simon Hurt]]
!Doctor Simon Hurt/[[spoiler:Thomas Wayne Jr.]]


->"'''Batman's''' a hardy specimen, with an above-average mind[=--=]but even a '''Batman''' can succumb to stress and shock!"
-->-- ''Batman'' #156, 1963

A psychiatrist that observed Batman during an isolation experiment, Simon Hurt is the leader of a mysterious organization called The Black Glove. He wants to completely and utterly break Batman, physically and mentally.


* AdaptationDistillation: [[spoiler: His backstory had him being found by Thomas and Martha Wayne and then taken to a mental hospital to get help. In a Pre-Crisis story, Bruce discovered he had a younger brother, Thomas Jr., who suffered head injuries and was sent to live in Willowood Asylum. Thomas Jr. escaped at some point and became an assassin named the Boomerang Killer who fought Batman and Deadman together before pulling an impulsive HeroicSacrifice to save Bruce.]]
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Last seen being BuriedAlive by the Joker somewhere on the grounds of Wayne Manor, because [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou there's only one person]] who the Joker wants messing with Batman's head.]]
* AscendedExtra: Creator/GrantMorrison ascended him out of an unnamed psychiatrist in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} story "Robin Dies at Dawn"
* [[spoiler:AssholeVictim: It's incredibly hard not to fist pump as the Joker buries him.]]
* BigBad: Of The Black Glove StoryArc in [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Grant Morrison's Batman run]].
* CardCarryingVillain: He speaks very proudly about how he wants to break the hero that is Batman.
* CrazyPrepared: He planted the trigger Zurr-En-Arrh in order to MindRape Batman.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Part of his grand revenge scheme against not only Batman but Thomas and Martha Wayne is because [[spoiler: they actually tried to help him by bringing him to the Willowood mental hospital under the guise of their other son.]]
* EccentricMillionaire: Evil version.
* ForTheEvulz: Loves to make people's lives (And Batman's life, in particular) miserable and broken and hosts it as a gambling game just because he can.
* AGlassOfChianti
* IdenticalGrandson: [[spoiler:Bears a notable resemblance to Bruce Wayne's father Dr. Thomas Wayne. See below for why.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: At one point attempted to convince Bruce that he was actually his father Dr. Thomas Wayne, who had faked his own death and murdered his wife. [[spoiler:He's actually a distant paternal ancestor of Bruce, also named Thomas Wayne, corrupted and turned immortal by Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s Hyper Adapter.]]
* AManOfWealthAndTaste
* MindRape: What he does to the replacement Batmen and Bruce himself.
* ProfessionalGambler: His organization, Black Glove, has a gambling theme.
* PsychoPsychologist
* ThePsychoRangers: While Batman has the Club of Heroes, consisting of vigilantes from various countries, Hurt has the Club of Villains, consisting of their respective arch enemies.
* RichBitch: Male version.
* SmugSnake: Fully believed the law could never stop him due to [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney all the Black Glove's money]]. [[spoiler: He didn't count on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[BuriedAlive putting a stop to him]].]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Tries to be this at first, but gradually loses his dignity, becoming more and more of a FauxAffablyEvil SmugSnake.


[[folder:James Gordon, Jr.]]
!James Gordon, Jr.


The long absent son of Commissioner James Gordon and his first wife, Barbara Gordon, James, Jr. finally made a reappearance in the 2011 arc, "Skeleton Cases". Having shown symptoms of psychopathy in his youth, James seemed to be ready to be a functioning member of society. However, it was instead revealed that he was a serial killer, having murdered several people who bullied him in his youth, and viewed empathy as a weakness. His brutality and sadism are only matched by his cunning, and proves himself to be a dangerous foe to the reluctant new Batman, Dick Grayson.


* AntagonisticOffspring: To his father, [[CommissionerGordon James Gordon Sr.]].
* ArchEnemy: To Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. He couldn't care less about Bruce Wayne.
* AxCrazy
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to his sister, Barbara's, Abel.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Back and forth, and then explained, James first appeared in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' but was not mentioned for many years after that comic, both in and out of universe. The story arc ''Skeleton Cases'' gives very good reasons as to why he was not talked about in-universe. The Gordon family and others try not to talk about James due to his sociopathic behavior being both disturbing and hurtful as well as being a shame on the Gordons.
* CreepySouvenir: He had a large collection of house keys. Each one was taken off of a victim during his years as a serial killer.
* EnfantTerrible: Showed signs of psychopathy at a young age and managed to deeply unnerve a serial child murderer to the point where he scared him away.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor:
-->'''James, Jr.:''' (''Indicating a stain on his shirt.'') This? It's blood, dad. I killed a waitress while you were talking to Barbara. Her head is stuffed in the toilet of the men's room. (''Pause.'') It's just ketchup, see? I'm sorry
* EvilIsPetty: He in fact looks to be picked on so that he can satiate and justify his bloodlust.
* EvilRedhead: As a member of the Gordon family.
* EyeScream: He had a knife shoved into the outer edge his eye one time, though it seemed to have missed the eyeball and go into the socket, or he just didn't care.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He can put up a pretty good front. Sadly, that's all it is.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: So much, it hurts.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: He ''tries'' to rationalize his acts as this, but in reality, everything that was done to him was a petty slight AT BEST and his acts of vengeance are so grossly disproportionate that words cannot even sum up how far overboard he went. He knows this, too; when Barbara tells him that he was just looking for ways to justify committing acts of extreme cruelty, he doesn't even deny it or attempt to argue with her about it.
* LackOfEmpathy: States that he views empathy as a weakness.
* PsychoticSmirk: His default expression.
* SerialKiller: During his many years away from Gotham, he seems to have taken up this as a hobby.
* SoftspokenSadist: Unlike many other of the batman villains, he never hams it up. He always speaks in an even tone.
* TheSociopath: Averted, if only because he's a full blown psychopath.
* TheStoic: Combined with PsychoticSmirk, this is how he usually acts.
** NotSoStoic: Despite hating emotions and empathy, he has his few moments of them.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: When you think about how many other Batman villains have either disfigurements, eye-catching costumes, or some manner of ObviouslyEvil design, Junior looking like a regular person is pretty startlingly creepy all on its own.
* WorthyOpponent: Views his sister as this because she's the only person who has managed to dissect his motives and rationale and understand who he truly is.

[[folder:The Dealer]]
!The Dealer/Etienne Guiborg

An elderly man who runs an underground auction house called Mirror House which sells off many items, gadgets and whatnot obtained from Gotham's worst criminals. By himself, he isn't much of a threat given his age, but he is a rather sinister dealer.


* AuctionOfEvil: Mirror House.
* EvilFeelsGood: He strongly believes that humanity shines best when it's full of evil and doesn't mind telling it as it is.
* EvilOldFolks: One of the most recent (and oldest) entries to Batman's rouges gallery.
* LargeHam: He knows how to put on quite a show in his auctions.
* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Only Known By His Alias]]: Etienne Guiborg isn't his real name.

[[folder:Professor Pyg]]
!Professor Pyg/Lazlo Valentin

A psychotic surgeon/artist who dresses in a pig mask, a former low-level crime boss driven completely insane by overuse of hard narcotics. In pursuit of "art", he physically and mentally mutilates victims with power tools and chemicals to create zombie-slaves he calls his "Dollotrons".


* EarlyBirdCameo: His first appearance in Batman #666 was in Damian's future as the new Batman. Pyg had already been killed when he first appeared, and his first appearance was without the surgical outfit or pig mask, but in a checkered suit like a college professor.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He was originally a low level crime boss before he got into hard narcotics and went nuts.
* LargeHam
* MadDoctor: He is an accomplished scientist and chemist who uses his skills to disfigure his victims. He also has the habit of using power tools to aid in his ghastly surgeries.
** MadArtist: What he also views himself as.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: He wears a horrifying pig mask.
* MindRape: His specialty.
* MommyIssues: If his drug-based rants are anything to go by.
* NightmareFace: In ''Damian: Son of Batman'', Pyg's face has been surgically altered to actually look like a pig's complete with BlackEyesOfEvil. He actually looked like that way back in Batman #666, but it wasn't as frightening or apparent as in the aforementioned miniseries, which is set in the years leading to up to the BadFuture shown in #666.
* NumberOfTheBeast: The issue wherein he first appeared was Batman #666.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Dollotrons, Professor Pyg's mutilated victims, are zombie-like mind-controlled creatures that are obedient to the Professor. They wear doll-like dresses and have doll-like masks that cannot be removed surgically. Their creation is implied to involve brain surgery, genital mutilation, and mind-altering drugs.
* PigMan: It's just a mask, but he fits the bill. Although in ''Damian: Son of Batman'' he looks like a pig without the mask.
* Theater/{{Pygmalion}}: The basis of Professor Pyg's crimes and theme is based on a perversion of the Pygmalion play. He mutilates his victims both physically and mentally into Dollotrons based on his warped sense of belief of what a perfect human being should look like.
* WordSaladHorror: Most of his dialog is utter nonsense.

[[folder: The Court of Owls]]
!The Court of Owls
-> ''"[[AncientConspiracy The Court of Owls watches,]]\\
[[BigBrotherIsWatching watches all the time.]]\\
[[TheManBehindTheMan Ruling Gotham from shadowed perch,]]\\
behind granite and lime.\\
They watch you at your hearth.\\
they watch you in your bed,\\
speak not a whispered word of them,\\
or they'll send [[ImplacableMan The Talon]] for your head."''

The Court of Owls is secret organization centuries old with immense power and influence embedded into the very architecture and history of Gotham City. When Batman, and subsequently Bruce Wayne, began to make an impression on the city (through crime fighting and Bruces many charitable foundations/renovation of the Narrows), they felt threatened and declared war on Batman and his allies.
* AncientConspiracy: Dating back to Pre-Revolution America.
* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler:Lincoln March/Thomas Wayne, Jr. combines both the Owlman (owl motif, evil mirror of Bruce) and Boomerang Killer (brain-damaged younger Wayne brother) versions of Thomas Jr.]].
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Lincoln March a.k.a. Thomas Wayne Jr.]] in their organization. [[spoiler: He's also TheStarscream, as he kills off most of the Court's top members to take advantage of the organization.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Every. Single. Talon.
** ImplacableMan
* TheDreaded
* EliteMooks: Their assassins, the Talons.
* HealingFactor: The Talons all sport this, although they can be killed. [[spoiler: Temporarily.]]
* TheIlluminati
* KidsAreCruel: Batman is beaten within inches of his life at the behest of a child Court member.
* LightningBruiser: The Talons.
* TheManBehindTheMan
* MythologyGag: Their role as owls that antagonize bats with agents known as Talons, [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne, Jr.]] in particular, are references to Owlman and Talon, the evil MirrorUniverse counterparts to Batman and Robin pre-ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}.
* OminousOwl: Their whole motif. The fact that owls are the natural predators of bats lends itself quite well to the imagery.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness
* {{Tykebomb}}: Members are indoctrinated from very young ages.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Members of the Court wear creepy barn owl masks.

[[folder:Owlman I & II]]
Batman's evil counterpart from another universe. There have been two main versions.

Pre-Crisis Owlman hailed from the partially reversed world of Earth-3. Born with low-level superintelligence, he experimented with his brain to increase these powers, eventually developing the power to control the minds of others. He was a founding member of the Crime Syndicate of America, and served as their idea man and evil genius. He eventually died alongside his teammates, trying to protect their world from the Antimonitor.

Post-Crisis Owlman is the Thomas Wayne Jr. of the Antimatter Universe. Driven mad by the deaths of his mother and father, and his brother Bruce, he decided to conquer the Gotham underworld as the villainous Owlman, alongside Boss Jim Gordan. He later joined the Crime Syndicate of Amerika and maintains a longstanding affair with teammate Superwoman, much to the disgust of her husband, Ultraman.
* AntagonisticOffspring: Post-Crisis Owlman to his father, Thomas Wayne Senior, who turns up alive and hoping to put his villainous son behind bars--or under the ground--for good.
* AxCrazy: Post-Crisis Owlman is a raving lunatic.
* BadassNormal: Physically speaking, anyway.
* CainAndAbel: With the Matter Universe in an odd way Post-Crisis.
* EvilCounterpart: To Batman.
* EvilGenius: To the Crime Syndicate as a whole. This was particularly noticeable Pre-Crisis, when their every major plan was his.
* EvilerThanThou: Pre-Crisis with the Antimonitor, and Post-Crisis with the Antimatter Universe Brainiac.
* FreudianExcuse: Post-Crisis
* PsychicPowers: Pre-Crisis Owlman could use his superbrain to mind control others.
* TheResenter: Towards his father, Post-Crisis. Thomas Jr. blames Thomas Sr. for the deaths of his brother and mother.
* SmugSnake: Not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.
* SuperIntelligence: Both versions of Owlman have increased their intelligence to superhuman levels.
* VigilanteMan: Post-Crisis, when he sought to control crime.
* VillainousFriendship: Pre-Crisis, when he and the rest of the Syndicate were portrayed as a close-knit group of criminal friends. Owlman in particular seems horrified when his teammate Johnny Quick perishes against the Antimonitor.

[[folder:The Cluemaster]]
!!The Cluemaster/Arthur Brown

A failed game show host who turned to a life a crime, leaving behind clues to his activities to demonstrate his superiority to the police, who were stumped trying to figure them out. Batman had no such difficulty and would regularly stop and imprison The Cluemaster, aided by Arthur's daughter Stephanie, who became the Spoiler to stop his criminal activities. He would later join the Suicide Squad to atone for his crimes and was briefly thought dead before reemerging once more as a criminal.

Post-Flashpoint, the Cluemaster's origin remains much the same, although he avoided going to prison by convincing Batman that he would give up crime for the sake of his family. This was a lie, and during the events of ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' he plots with several other villains to contribute to the chaos of Gotham City while attempting to hunt down and kill his daughter Stephanie after she discovered him meeting with several of his criminal associates.
* AdaptationalBadass: Zigzagged Post-Flashpoint; while he was caught and outsmarted by his daughter multiple times, [[spoiler:he managed to mastermind the entire plan simply by removing Jim Gordon from his position, and having the rest of Batman's top villains go wild on the city by sending them invitations to do so. He even managed to "follow the clues" to discover the Court of Owls, something which Batman had failed to do before]].
* AbusiveParents: His introduction Post-Flashpoint is attempting to kill Stephanie after she walked in on him meeting with several of his supervillain friends and commenting that he would have to do better with his next child.
* BeneathSuspicion: Batman and Vicki Vale both dismiss him as a "second rate Riddler knock-off". [[spoiler:In fact, he counted on this for his plan in ''Batman Eternal'', taking in other C-list villains such as Lock-Up, Ratcatcher, Prankster, and Signalman to cause the most chaos, with nobody, not even Batman, believing he could possibly be the mastermind or the main problem]].
* BigBad: Of [[spoiler:''Batman Eternal'', although he ends up being HijackedByGanon by Lincoln March at the end]].
* BondVillainStupidity: He has a few chances to kill Stephanie but keeps screwing it up by monologuing or going about it in a complicated manner. [[spoiler:Shows up again when he could have just shot and killed Batman while he was chained to the Bat-signal, but he again monologues before he tries to shoot him, giving Batman a chance to break free. After they fight, Cluemaster pulls his gun and prepares to finish the job, but Lincoln March steps in and slashes his throat. Though to be fair, [[WorfHadTheFlu Bruce hadn't gotten any sleep for more than a day and had been running himself ragged for even longer]], had gotten his chest cut open, and was barely capable of standing]].
* DeathBySecretIdentity: [[spoiler:Gets his throat slit by Lincoln March minutes after learning Bruce's identity as Batman.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: He [[ExploitedTrope exploits]] this trope in [[spoiler:''Batman Eternal'', bringing in bigger and bigger villains by setting events in motion then simply inviting them so that Batman would reach higher for villains to be in charge of the without thinking down to the [[NotSoHarmlessVillain C and D listers]] who are the ''real'' masterminds]].
* FashionVictimVillain: InUniverse. His choice of colors for his outfit are given an annoyed LampshadeHanging by his daughter Stephanie, who notes that no one takes her warnings about him seriously partly because of how bad his outfit is. [[spoiler:With his reveal as the BigBad, one wonders if this was intentional to make people underestimate him.]]
-->'''Stephanie:''' (about bloggers commenting on her information regarding Cluemaster) ...making fun of his costume... I mean, orange and blue, dad? ''Really?''
* HandCannon: Wields a large revolver Post-Flashpoint.
* HesBack: Makes his return Post-Flashpoint in ''Batman Eternal'' as the villain for his daughter Stephanie's plotline, [[spoiler:as well as the main villain of the storyline]].
* InsistentTerminology: He keeps trying to say that he is ''not'' to be called Arthur, but rather ''Cluemaster''. [[RunningGag Nobody listens]], including his fellow C-list villain friends. [[spoiler:This is probably the point, as seeing him as a joke was likely agreed upon between the villains to keep up the plot.]]
* LetterBomb: During his hunt for Stephanie in ''Batman Eternal'', Cluemaster delivered one to Stephanie's friend's home which killed her, and likely everyone else there, in an attempt to draw his daughter out.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: While he and his friends Signal Man, Ratcatcher, Prankster, and Lock-Up might not be regarded as the best villains, when they start working together in ''Batman Eternal'' they're screwing up everything from the water systems to the traffic lights, as they are under orders to make things more unstable and people more and more angry. [[spoiler:Then it is revealed that he is the BigBad who started all the chaos in Gotham with a couple of mind control pills a few invitations]].
* OffingTheOffspring: Tries to repeatedly kill Stephanie throughout ''Batman Eternal'', but she keeps spoiling his attempts.
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Lincoln March does this to Cluemaster in the penultimate issue of ''Batman Eternal'', noting that Cluemaster was getting ready to screw up his own plan by taking credit for killing Batman and causing all the chaos in Gotham, since that would take away the C-List status that had allowed him to do so.]]
* VillainousFriendship: He is friends with fellow C-List villains like Lock-Up, Ratcatcher, Prankster, and Signalman. They routinely get together to play cards and bemoan their low status on the supervillain totem pole.
* WeCanRuleTogether: He tries this when he attempts to get Stephanie to stand down after being impressed by some of her actions as Spoiler, saying they could have been "Cluemaster and The Pointer". Steph's response? To groan and point out that a Pointer is a dog.