This page has Batman and his allies that are "officially" part of the Bat-family. '''Bold''' indicates currently held identities, since many of these characters have held multiple identities.


[[folder:Tropes shared by the whole Batfamily]]
* BadassFamily
* BadassNormal
* BatFamilyCrossover: TropeNamer
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Batman has had intense training for more than a decade to prepare for his war on crime. He has also given nearly equally intense training to all of his proteges.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Batman is blue, Robin is red, and Batgirl is purple when they work as a trio especially early in their careers. Once people start taking on new identities and new characters fill the old mantles it gets more complicated and irrelevant.
* CombatPragmatist: As Batman once said, it's not fighting unfair, it's winning.
* CrazyPrepared: It's how they're able to keep up with their superpowered colleagues.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Except for Damian, who's been trained from birth to use them, but he comes to abide by this rule of the Bat-family while with Dick. Jason and Kate Kane are also exempt.
* DysfunctionJunction: See their individual sections. [[Franchise/TheDCU The DC Universe]] seems to have a compulsion against giving any of the Batfamily a happy life.
** It's an explicit editorial mandate (with the New 52, at least) that no DC hero may have a happy personal life or be married. It has also been mandated that members of the Bat Family have to have miserable personal lives.
** It's even been mentioned now and then that Batman's mother's side of the family may well be suffering "the curse of Kane", as virtually anyone connected in some way to Bruce's mother's family tree suffers misfortune.
* TheTeam: In general, Batman is TheLeader, Robin is the KidSidekick and Batgirl is TheChick.
** More specifically, Bruce Wayne/Batman is TheLeader and later the BigGood of the Batfamily, mostly levelheaded and mastermind type. Dick Grayson/Nightwing is TheLancer, his cheery personality as a child and charisma as an adult make him a foil to the brooding Bruce, and a much more respected leader whenever he takes charge. Barbara Gordon/Oracle becomes MissionControl and TeamMom feeding others intelligence reports from afar. Jason Todd/Red Hood is the TokenEvilTeammate as a FallenHero that is sometimes on their side but just as likely a villain. Tim Drake/Red Robin is a GadgeteerGenius variety SmartGuy, and generally Bruce's NumberTwo since Dick usually rides solo. Damian/Robin is the YoungGun and current KidSidekick, who's dark, overly ambitious and still adjusting to Bruce's code. Cassandra Cain/Black Bat is TheQuietOne, and Stephanie Brown/Spoiler the TheChick as the most upbeat and hopeful of the family. Alfred is consistently in the background as OldRetainer TeamDad and occasionally BattleButler. Selina Kyle/Catwoman is the most recurring SixthRanger bouncing back and forth between a heroic and a villainous DarkChick.
* ThouShallNotKill
** Once again except for [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jason]] and to a degree [[TykeBomb Damian]] (who was raised to be a killer, and abides by the Batfamily's no-kill policy but still doesn't entirely believe in it)

[[folder:'''Batman''' (Bruce Wayne)]]

---> ''"[[TheMafia Ladies. Gentlemen.]] You have eaten well. You've eaten Gotham's wealth. Its spirit. Your feast is nearly over. [[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne From this moment on]] -- [[TerrorHero none of you are safe.]]"''

Bruce Wayne was a carefree child born into the humongously wealthy and prominent Wayne family, but one night, after seeing a movie (usually something to do with ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'' - if you know the background of Zorro, you'll know why that's important), he and his loving parents took a shortcut through a dark alleyway, inevitably leading to a mugger (named Joe Chill in most versions) shooting both of them dead.

The distraught Bruce was raised in current continuity by the family butler, Alfred Pennyworth, as well as the family doctor, Leslie Thompkins. (pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, Bruce was raised by his uncle Philip Wayne, with Alfred only joining the Wayne household in Bruce's adulthood). The memory, however, would never fade, and Bruce, realizing what a CrapsackWorld Gotham was, decided to do something about it.

As soon as he was of age to inherit the family fortune, Bruce engaged on a world-wide journey, rigorously studying mathematics, science, martial arts, you name it. Many years later, he returned to Gotham, ready to fight crime as a vigilante, but on his first night out, realized that he lacked one element: fear.

[[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne When a bat that suddenly crashed into his living room reminded him of an incident in his youth, when he stumbled into a cave full of bats, he decided to adopt a bat motif]] as a means to terrify criminals and become the legendary figure Batman. This has worked to some degree, as most common criminals are scared shitless of him, and organized crime began to lose its hold on the city, but nearly as soon as Batman made his debut, a new breed of criminals began to pop up... ones dressed in garish costumes and bearing colorful masks... which unfortunately causes many people to wonder if Batman is directly responsible for the criminals he faces.

As years went on, Bruce has joined many superteams in the fight against crime, most notably the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica and the Outsiders. Unfortunately, due to the growing cynicism in the DC Universe, Batman began to distrust others more and more, which was ultimately addressed in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', where the Brother Eye satellite he created was responsible for the creation and control of the metahuman-hunting cyborgs, the O.M.A.C.s. Following his HeelRealization, Bruce [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo took off for a year]] in order to rebuild Batman. [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman He was the target of the villainous organization]], the Black Glove, who wished to break him utterly and kill him. Barely escaping, [[ComicBook/FinalCrisis he was tortured by the New God Darkseid to be used as a template for new soldiers]]. After an attempt to kill Darkseid, Bruce Wayne was ultimately 'killed' by the Omega Sanction [[spoiler:which sent his soul into [[FateWorseThanDeath an endless loop of lives, each one worse than the last]].]] As expected of as popular a character as he, he came back, and he decided to make the Batman idea an international organization called Batman, Inc, while leaving the title of Gotham's Batman to his first Robin Dick Grayson. After the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, Bruce is back to being Gotham's Batman.

Note that while Bruce Wayne is the most famous and most shown Batman, he is by no means the only one. Various other characters have taken up the mantle. But make no mistake: he is THE Batman. If anyone ever just refers to "Batman", they're referring to Bruce. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry]], [[NinetiesAntiHero Azrael]], and [[LegacyCharacter Dick]] typically need an addendum to the name if you're talking about them.

* TheAce[=/=]BrokenAce: While Batman stands head and shoulders above the greater majority of heroes in the DCU, it's fairly obvious that in doing so he's not the most well-adjusted or emotionally mature individual, has great difficulty forming close relationships, and frequently experiences friction with people whom he is close to. This is also occasionally [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged]] by Bruce himself; in one instance, Nightwing laments over the belief that he can never match up to Bruce, who assures him that despite living a very similar life in the same line of work Dick hadn't allowed it to mess him up as much, having a much more positive personality and maintaining a good relationship with every fellow hero he knows, and as such [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming was already better than him]].
* ActionHero: Batman is involved in plenty of action. He is a top martial artist who is trained. Batman is able to take on numerous people at a time.
* AdvantageBall: Batman almost always has the advantage in direct conflict. Three guys with knives or a dozen Mooks with machine guns, it makes no difference. As such, the general method of his rogues gallery to deal with him is to attack him indirectly, especially by undermining what he believes in and threatening those he values.
* [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys All Guys Want Bad Girls]]: Bats likes his women tough, dangerous and morally ambiguous. Hence his clear preference for villainesses such as Talia Al Ghul (whom he got over) and Catwoman (whom he likes ''much'' more than he would ever admit). He actually used this to figure out that someone was actually a villainess. [[spoiler:In fact, this tendency was enough to convince him in "Batman RIP" that the woman he was becoming attracted to was TheMole out to betray him to the bad guys - she was a bit too nice for him...]]
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:After Selina got badly hurt by Hush who was trying to get to him through her, Bruce visits her at the hospital, unmasked, and eventually confesses that she's the only woman to have ever held a place in his heart.]]
* AntiHero: Generally a KnightInSourArmour or a PragmaticHero. In his earliest days, he was an UnscrupulousHero and actually willfully ''killed'' criminals, a stark contrast to his ThouShaltNotKill attitude in modern times. However, Batman's status as an anti-hero ultimately depends on who's writing or portraying him; many have leaned towards a more traditional idea of heroism. For example, while Frank Miller's fits this trope like a glove, it's really hard to describe Adam West's Batman as an anti-hero. ValuesDissonance plays a big role in this. Back then, using a gun to fight criminals was considered standard in comic books, and no one saw it as "immoral" or "anti-heroic" in the slightest. In fact, Batman was portrayed as more of an IdealHero than he does nowadays, in most cases.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' gives us the image of Bruce Wayne just like that - an old man with no wife, no children, and no family except for his dog. He finds a new family in Terry [=McGinnis=] the new Batman [[spoiler:who is also his son thanks to a clandestine genetic experiment.]]
* TheAntiNihilist: Of a sort. Bruce Wayne loses his parents at a young age to a completely random tragedy, essentially destroying his established notions about the order of the world and his place in it. Becoming Batman is his way of giving his life a new meaning and imposing his own sense of order on a chaotic world.
* BadassBaritone: Most versions of him have this and it is very easy for readers to imagine him speaking in a very deep voice, partly due to [[Creator/KevinConroy Kevin Conroy's]] extensive voiceover work.
* BadassCape: He wore his cape this way long before it was popular. Still does!
** That, and Batman's cape lets him glide in some versions.
** ''Film/BatmanForever'' had Batman covering himself with his fire-proofed cape in order to shield himself from the flames of a burning building that Two-Face trapped him in. Only Batman could have pulled this off.
** Batman's cape is so awesome that it actually has the ability to change size. (Particularly evident in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'') When he's investigating for clues inside, the cape comes down to his knees, but when posing on a rooftop dramatically, it grows longer than his whole body. Now that's badass!
* BadassAndChildDuo: Batman and all of the other Robins and Batgirls.
** Currently, Bruce/Batman with Damian/Robin (who happens to be his biological son).
* BadassNormal: The TropeCodifier for superheroes. Those who do not realize this usually end up learning it all too well.
** He fills this role when he's required to be in an ensemble. Despite having no inherent superpowers, he's earned a spot in the inner circle of the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', fighting alongside the likes of {{Superman}} courtesy of a steel-trap intellect combined with a bit of a mean streak that means he can consider plans other members can't, and consider them ''well''. Batman has the proven ability to develop the means to disable each of his fellow Leaguers -- proven when those plans were stolen by villains and used to great effect. Batman's {{badass}}ery has been stretched to ridiculous proportions, and many comic readers firmly believe that Batman is invincible. [[PopularityPower And some writers agree]].
*** Music/WesleyWillis put him [[ in his place]], though.
*** To put it another way, whenever a Justice League villain mockingly says of Batman, "He doesn't even have any powers!", ''[[PassThePopcorn get some popcorn]]''.
*** An {{Elseworld}} Spectre has described him as "the zenith of human fortitude and ambition", while an in canon Superman described him more simply as "the most dangerous man on the planet".
*** Honestly, Batman's Badass Normal status is cemented by the fact that several high-profile beings (including the above mentioned Spectre and Superman) have such high regard for a "mere mortal". [[MysteriousWaif Harbringer]] once referred to him as "the Scourge of all Evil."
*** Batman is such a badass normal, current Batman writer Creator/GrantMorrison has stated that he actually does have superpowers. What is his superpower? Being Batman.
*** It got to the point where when Creator/NeilGaiman wrote Batman's funeral in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader'' it's stated that Batman's reward for his life isn't to die, but to be reborn again as Batman in another universe. He's so badass death doesn't stop him, and the laws of creation can't stop him in his quest to fight crime.
*** He actually JUDO-FLIPPED SUPERMAN across a god damned ROOM during World's Finest in WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries, and Supes looked dazed. Superman doesn't take it well and shoulder-rams Batman across the other side of the room -- only for Batman to get right back up and shove a chunk of Kryptonite in his face.
* BashBrothers: On occasions, Batman and Robin. This trope could have easily been called "Dynamic Duo".
** Batman and Red Hood/Robin II: even after all the time that passed between Jason's death and his return, they're able to fall right back in to this and work together flawlessly.
** Also, with Superman. Examined in the World's Finest maxiseries; the first time they meet with the explicit purpose of working together, they're at a function as Bruce and Clark when the guest of honor, a world-famous plastic surgeon is kidnapped. They split up and both go after the kidnapper, which so spooks the hostage that he runs out into the street and gets himself killed. When they compare notes they both observe that this happened because they didn't work together. The rest of the series is about their annual meetings to honor their failure and learn to work together until they're working as a well-oiled machine. [[spoiler: Some of their guilt is mitigated when they learn at the end of the maxiseries that said hostage was actually the surgeon's body double who had kidnapped and replaced the real man after giving him amnesia in an attempt to steal his fortune. The real reason he was so spooked was because he was afraid that Batman and Superman would expose his scheme.]]
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: TropeNamer. Franchise/{{Batman}} does this in one of the early issues of ''Justice League International'' [[spoiler:(granted, it was due to the New Genesis-created training satellite's programming directive to not actually harm its opponents, thus causing it to create an artificial atmosphere when Bats's space helmet gets broken, but all the same).]]
** One issue of ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' showed Batman training himself, not to be able to breathe in space, but to at least survive the vacuum of space for a couple of seconds. The ComicBook/MartianManhunter helps while wondering if he should.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: Another TropeNamer. If Batman ever gets serious enough to not only grab a gun, but fight with the intent to kill, there is no force in the universe that can stop him. Darkseid found this out the hard way in ''Final Crisis''.
* BatmanGambit: TropeNamer. Again.
* BecomingTheMask: Bruce Wayne adopted the identity of Batman as a means to fight injustice. As with most Batman tropes, this is the dark version. It's not that he loves being Batman so much he doesn't want to go back to being Bruce Wayne. It's that he IS Batman because he has to be even when dressed and acting like Bruce Wayne. It's a strong contrast to the modern version of Superman, who always thinks of himself as Clark Kent regardless of the costume.
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', a villain puts a device in Bruce Wayne's ear that constantly talks to him, trying to make people think he's crazy with age and hearing voices. Bruce easily deduces someone's trying to drive him mad and eventually Terry [=McGinnis=] finds the culprit and brings him to justice, and this conversation ensues:
--> '''Terry:''' Tell me something, why were you so sure those voices weren't coming from you.
--> '''Bruce:''' Well first, I know I'm not psychotic.
--> '''Terry:''' I hope your other reason's more convincing.
--> '''Bruce:''' And second, the voice kept calling me "Bruce." In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
--> '''Terry:''' What DO you call yourself?
--> (Cue "Do I really have to say it?" stare from '''Franchise/{{BATMAN}}''')
--> '''Terry:''' Oh yeah... I suppose you would... [[LegacyCharacter but that's MY name now...]]
--> '''Bruce:''' Tell THAT to my subconscious...
* BelligerentSexualTension / UnresolvedSexualTension: With Catwoman, mostly. And, even though he hates to admit it, he thoroughly ''enjoys'' it. So does she.
** Sometimes happens between Batman and Talia Al Ghul, DependingOnTheWriter.
* BerserkButton: Don't ever kill an ally or close friend of his -- if you do you'd better hope he keeps his [[ThouShaltNotKill no killing rule]]. Batman's done this twice with ComicBook/TheJoker; first when the Joker killed Jason Todd, and second when Batman thought the Joker killed his childhood friend Thomas Elliot (since the Joker's the trope namer for JokerImmunity, he survived both attacks).
** He also has a ''very'' dim view of bad things happening to children, as the Sewer King [[PapaWolf found out the hard way]].
--->'''Batman:''' I don't pass sentence. That's for the courts to decide. But this time, '''this time''', I am ''sorely'' tempted to do the job myself.
*** If you kill a couple in front of their young child, Batman will 1.) Have a flashback and 2.) Hunt you down no matter where you go. And then 3.) '''''Make. You. Suffer.''''' Like you have never suffered before or, you will hope, since.
*** Then there's the chilling scene in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' in which Batman is subjected to watching the Joker torture and brainwash Tim Drake. Batman reacts with a [[UnstoppableRage fury that leaves no illusions to his intent.]]
--->'''Batman:''' (To Joker) I'll break you in two.
*** One story deconstructed the "kill a couple in front of their young child" button. Batman was pursuing a criminal named Angel Lupo for murdering his pregnant sister. While on the run, Lupo shot and killed a couple in front of their son leaving the boy in a state of shock. Batman has the usual flashback and is bent on bringing Lupo to justice. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:Angel had nothing to do with the first murder. His ''girlfriend'' (without his knowledge) had his sister killed in order to free him of the responsibility of caring for his sister. Not that it matters, since the baby's father (the ''Ventriloquist'') guns down Lupo in a fit of misdirected vengeance.]] Then it turns out that [[spoiler:Lupo didn't kill the boy's parents either -- the ''boy'' shot and killed his own parents and Lupo just happened to be nearby when it happened. Batman's Berserk Button made him pursue a man who, while still a career criminal, didn't commit any of the murders in the story and led him astray from the real killers.]]
-->'''Batman:''' Everything I've done in the past three nights, I've been doing for the wrong little boy.
* BetrayalInsurance: The idea that Batman has a stockpile of kryptonite in case Superman ever goes rogue is extremely common. The idea that [[CrazyPrepared he also has plans to take down any other Justice League member he might have to]] is almost as common.
* BigDamnHeroes
* BloodKnight: Loathe as he is to admit it, there's a big part of Bruce Wayne that really, really enjoys the violence that comes with being Batman. It's also strongly implied that he uses this enjoyment of fighting as an anger release outlet so that he doesn't snap and kill someone.
* BombThrowingAnarchists: In ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon''. [[InformedAttribute Also, he's been described as an "idealist anarchist"]] by Frank Miller. [[Creator/ChristianBale So did one of the actors who played him.]]
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: TropeNamer.
** ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' had a variant where Poison Ivy was hired by mobsters to mind-control Bruce Wayne into going along with a money laundering scheme; since this was early in his career, there was no Robin, but thankfully Selina Kyle caught on to Bruce's odd behavior and saved the day as Catwoman.
** In a comic book version of the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries animated series]] universe, Bruce Wayne is taken hostage on a charity cruise by Poison Ivy and her overgrown plant henchmen. To escape, Bruce Wayne makes a "foolish" attack at the villains and is immediately swatted overboard, where he is free to swim to cover and become Batman.
*** That happened in the cartoon too, they just later put it in the comic... Or vice versa.
** Subverted in ''The Sword of Azrael'', in which Bruce spends the miniseries captured, and is rescued by Azrael.
*** Though the kidnappers had nothing against Batman or Robin specifically, a variation of this trope showed up in a ''Robin'' comic wherein Tim Drake got himself kidnapped on purpose in order to save the other kids who'd been grabbed.
* BuildingSwing: Goes hand in hand with his GrapplingHookGun.
** When not in the Batmobile, the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries animated Batman]] often uses a high-tech grappling gun to swing dramatically across Gotham City. Maybe just when the traffic's bad. In the live action ''Series/{{Batman}}'', clumsily-produced Batarang and rope sequences were used from time to time, along with the lame sideways-wall bit. Batman first used his grappling gun in the 1989 Tim Burton movie, though in this case he tended to use them just to go straight up, or horizontally on a zipline rather than swinging like Spider-Man.
* BulletproofVest: Batman's costume has evolved into a suit of advanced lightweight armor with the ChestInsignia intended to draw fire to his thick chest piece.
* ByronicHero
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler: If Lincoln March really is Thomas Wayne Jr, then Bruce is the Abel.]]
* CaptainErsatz: On his first appearance, he was Radio/TheShadow in a bat costume. There's also quite a bit of Franchise/{{Zorro}} in his DNA, which has been acknowledged in most recent versions by establishing that it was a Zorro movie he and his parents went to see on the fatal night.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: To be expected with over 70 years of comics. It may be particularly jarring for some readers though, upon seeing some of his earlier incarnations. Like the 60's version with {{Camp}}, but even further back, in his first published adventures, Batman ''killed'' people, and had no problems whatsoever using a gun. While it is understandable, given both the time period, as well as that this was just the first incarnation of the character, it's still a far cry from the Batman known by most people today.
** Case in point: "[[ Doctor Death!]]"
** He also displayed a fondness for puns and cracked jokes during fights, not unlike what Spider-man would do later. IE, "Have a seat", while smacking villains with a chair, or, while beating the Joker "You may be the JOKER, but I am the KING OF CLUBS!" or "You played your last hand!".
** And, on more than one occasion, he referred to himself as "Poppa", in the third person, as in "Quiet, or Poppa spank!" or "Right into Poppas arms!".
** At the end of Catwoman's first story, he deliberately lets her escape, and jokes with Robin that it was purely because he thought she was hot. This even though she was implied to cold-bloodedly kill a security guard in the story.
* CharityBall: Bruce Wayne, being a wealthy playboy, attends a lot of these.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Like you wouldn't believe. He seems to have miraculously avoided being shot in any way that could hurt him, recovered from having his back snapped in half with no ill effects (albeit with the help of a friend with healing powers), and constantly goes toe to toe with superhuman foes and triumphs, just because he's trained that hard. His various pupils, including all the Robins, show similar abilities.
** Batman has moved away from this; he wins battles less because of training and more because of tactics. One could say that Batsy's power is AwesomenessByAnalysis to an amazing degree; he makes sure he can analyze any weakness as quickly as possible. You never see him fight an amazingly powerful superhuman straight on. More often than not, he avoids gunfire by staying in the shadows where Mooks can't see, wearing the best bulletproof suit millionaire playboy money can buy, and/or disabling enemies before they have a chance to shoot.
*** Creator/GrantMorrison is largely responsible for switching Batman's primary ability from CharlesAtlasSuperpower to CrazyPrepared. His Batman is still impossibly capable. Having tea with a monk, he ''reflexively'' swapped cups, assuming his was poisoned (it was). ''In the time it took the monk to blink''.
** In ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' #6, it was a plot point that Bruce Wayne is capable of an unassisted ten-foot vertical jump. The world record is ''four''.
* ChestInsignia: Either it's just a Bat logo, or the Bat logo in a yellow circle. [[DependingOnTheArtist Depends on who's drawing it.]] This was lampshaded in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', where Batman admits that the famous bright yellow background is, obviously, a great big target. He then goes on to explain that he did it because he "can't armor my head".
** Some of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stories have the bat-emblem used as a diamond-edged cutting tool.
* TheChessmaster: One of the most intelligent superheroes and an utterly brilliant tactician. If you don't have a superpower then improve your smarts instead.
* ChickMagnet: Bruce is very attractive and appealing to the opposite sex.
* ChosenConceptionPartner: Talia Al-Ghul is very keen on having children with Bruce. She was partially successful with Damian, although that didn't turn out as she wanted.
* ClearMyName: Occupational hazard of having dubious PR, plot of the major storyline ''Bruce Wayne: Murderer?'' and ''Bruce Wayne: Fugitive''. Notable because the [[TrueCompanions Batfamily members]] were the ones doing the clearing up, while Batman considered that "[[SecretIdentity Bruce Wayne]]" had just become a burden to be abandoned, even saying that "[[SecretIdentityIdentity Bruce Wayne doesn't exist]]".
** In a bizarre reversal, Batman races against time to clear ''the Joker's'' name in ''The Joker: Devil's Advocate'', as his insanity defense finally fails and he's sentenced to death, but for a murder he didn't actually commit.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: You don't even need to see his emblem - Bats is so infamous and feared that he can be identified ''just by the silhouette of his cowl.''
* CombatPragmatist: He is the DC's poster boy for this trope.
--->'''Huntress:''' Did I just see you cheating?\\
'''Batman:''' ''Winning.''
** However, he still [[DoesNotLikeGuns won't use a gun]].
* TheComicallySerious: Especially in storylines featuring the JLA. Anything can be made funnier by adding Batman as the straight guy. A rare exception is found in the ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', [[spoiler:when The Joker tells him [[ActuallyPrettyFunny a joke that makes them both laugh]].]] More typically: In "Hush", when Nightwing and Batman are in the Batmobile discussing Catwoman (well, Nightwing is discussing her... Batman is glaring off into the distance ignoring him):
---> '''Nightwing:''' ''If you don't want to talk with someone, why do you even have a passenger seat in the Batmobile?''
---> '''Batman:''' ''Balance.''
---> '''Nightwing:''' ''...was that a joke? [pause] Of course not.''
--->-- ''Hush''
* ConfirmedBachelor: Poses as TheCasanova in his Bruce Wayne persona. Privately, his reasons are closer to a combination of MarriedToTheJob and ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies.
* CoolCar, CoolPlane, CoolBoat, and CoolGarage:
** The Batmobile in its various incarnations, has [[TropeNamer come to define this trope]] to the point where any character's cool car may be dubbed the [[{{Thememobile}} (Character's Name)-mobile]] (real-world example: the famous "[[UsefulNotes/ThePope Popemobile]]"). Just to let you know, the Batmobile (nicknamed "The Tumbler") in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' is ''a Lamborghini Gallardo-Hummer H2 crossover''. When Lt. Gordon gets a view of the Batmobile, he says:
--->'''Lt. Gordon:''' I ''gotta'' get me one of those.
*** The Batmobile from ''Film/BatmanBegins''/''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is closer to a [[CoolTank Cool]] ''[[CoolTank Tank]]''.
*** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', it's a ''[[FlyingCar flying]]'' [[FlyingCar car]].
*** And in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', it can transform into a ''HumongousMecha''.
** The Batplane, and sometimes [[BlackHelicopter Batcopter]].
*** Batman's small one-man copter, [[ The Whirly-Bat]] has its own legion of fans.
** Various incarnations of the Batboat. Especially the ones that turn into a Batsub.
*** In the ''Captain Leatherwing'' {{Elseworld}}, Pirate Batman has the Flying Fox.
** The Batcave. The [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries animated series version]] not only contains the Batmobile, but a whole fleet of cars of various models when Batman needs a less conspicuous ride.
*** Taking it even further: in the ''Hush'' story arc, the Batcave has revolving racks featuring every Batmobile ever seen.
*** [[ And this one, kinda.]]
*** Bizarrely, the Batcave came with it's own resident genius, Harold, that nobody remembered until Hush got ahold of him.
* CoveredWithScars: Since the 1970s, his body is often shown to be covered in scars from his multiple fights.
* TheCowl: He was [[TropeCodifier practically built this trope, or at least the way it is seen now]], but is not the UrExample, and is not exactly the TropeMaker. The description describes the quintessential BatmanColdOpen, emerging from the shadows and inducing fear in all the criminals his eyes meet. Most examples of the trope nowadays are at least partially influenced by the Dark Knight.
* CrazyPrepared: A good thing for the most part.
** He apparently spends most of his time devising contingency plans to use in the event that he has to fight a given individual, to the point that it's widely said that Batman can [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny beat anyone or anything "if he's prepared"]]. For example, he carries [[spoiler:a chunk of Kryptonite]] on his utility belt at all times, "just in case". He also prepares himself to an [[strike:almost]] unhealthy extent, regularly injecting himself with antitoxins in the off chance a poison wielding villain might attack him, and training most of his day. There are some thing you just can't ever see coming, like [[TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}} zombie Abraham Lincoln]] [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny armed with an assault rifle]]. Such are his preparation skills that he's earned a place amongst the TropePantheons, specifically, in the [[Pantheon/{{Mentalism}} House of Mentalism]].
** Batman has attempted to be prepared in case of the inevitable superhero FaceHeelTurn, most notably in two infamous incidents. In the "Tower of Babel" arc of the Justice League comic, it was mainly confined to the League. The second was shortly after ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' where Batman decided to secretly tab '''every''' superhero/metahuman on Earth he could, so he built the Brother Eye program to monitor them. Both blew up in his face horribly (Ra's found and used the files and Brother Eye was hijacked by Max Lord and, later, [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Alexander Luthor]]).
** In an issue of ''Gotham Adventures'', a criminal "artist" named Kim escapes from Arkham and begins leaving clues at crime scenes in a manner reminiscent of the Riddler. Riddler is furious that someone is stealing his gimmick and tracks Kim down himself. As they fight, Riddler asks what all the "clues" were supposed to mean. Kim reveals that they were actually references to an art film by a foreign director, and he was merely making an artistic statement. Riddler rants about how that is completely pointless, as ''nobody'' will ''ever'' understand such a reference, and the ''point'' of leaving clues is to give your opponent a fighting chance. Whereupon Batman shows up and reveals that he understood the clues just fine. When asked why he would watch random films and memorize the biographical information of their directors, Batman replied "In case I had to."
** In one issue of JLA, the Martian Manhunter has shifted into a Japanese woman using the name Hino Rei. Batman recognises J'onn instantly, and mentions that "the name is a giveaway". Yes, Batman knows enough about ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' to spot the name of Sailor Mars. Amusingly, this is because the author got pranked; he asked a friend for a Japanese woman's name that would translate out to 'Poet of Mars', thus establishing Batman's linguistics genius; instead his friend deliberately gave him the secret ID of Sailor Mars, and so the author inadvertently established Batman's otaku cred.
** Batman's crazy preparation is shown to an extreme in the ''[[Creator/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman: RIP]]'' storyline, in which we find that [[spoiler:in case of [[MindRape psychological attack]], he has created a backup personality known as "The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh". Said personality might actually ''be'' crazy, making this a literal example.]] This is not, however, not the first time he's done something like this. In a Gotham Knights story, Bruce uses a contingency plan that involves [[MemoryGambit hypnotizing himself]] to essentially strip the Batman part of his identity and leave only the Bruce Wayne part, in case someone found out and he needed to take extra measures to convince them (and others) otherwise.
** Rather infamously in JLA 59 Batman engineered the defeat of Polaris to end with the JLA victorious, Superman's healing accelerated by the hole in the ozone layer and ''himself standing on a teleportation disk he had hidden in the arctic for just such an occasion''. Appropriately he ends the comic with the words "always plan ahead".
** In an issue of ComicBook/SupermanBatman, it is revealed that Batman carries around a lead-lined mirror ''just in case'' Superman ever turns evil and Batman can't avoid his heat vision. Because, you know, that situation comes up so often. (although, considering the rate at which it happens in Superman/Batman, it may actually come up quite a lot...)
** During the Hush arc of Batman, it is revealed that if he is ever knocked unconscious, his helmet will release tear gas on anyone brave enough to reach for his mask, as well as his suit tasering anyone stupid enough to touch him. The taser shows up in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
** Lampshaded by Jaime Reyes, the ComicBook/BlueBeetle, in one of his teamups with Batman. An enemy has just ambushed them by essentially spawning an arctic blizzard ramped UpToEleven above them, causing them to get buried in a few meters of snow. After Beetle breaks out and stops the blizzard by scaring off their attacker...
--->'''Blue Beetle:''' Batman! Hold on! I'll find you and get you out! Can you break out the Bat-Snowblower or something?\\
''(minor explosion)''\\
''(Batman digs his way out of the hole caused by the explosion)''\\
'''Blue Beetle:''' ''(in awe)'' Please don't tell me you actually have a Bat-Snowblower...\\
'''Batman:''' Heating flare capable of melting through ice in a hurry. You'd be surprised what you pack after going up against Mr. Freeze enough times.
** Further demonstrated in an issue of ComicBook/SupermanBatman where the world is under the control of Gorilla Grodd except for Batman. Batman's arm is robotic and Superman is gone in space because the atmosphere has Kryptonite in it. By the end of some long convoluted that proves enough how CrazyPrepared Batman is, it turns out that it was just a simulation of that potential scenario just in case and Batman reveals to Alfred that he does these all the time.
** There was an {{Elseworlds}} comic called ''JSA: The Liberty Files'' which had an alternate reality version of Batman, Hour Man, and Mid-Nite on a train in their civilian identities. They were simply eating dinner when they were suddenly attacked by a villain. Batman, as Bruce Wayne, opens his jacket and throws two grenades. One of the heroes remarks, "You brought grenades to dinner?" to which Bruce replied, "I needed them, didn't I?".
** In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Batman is well prepared for Superman coming to pay him a visit. He has The Flash place small charges all over Supes, then the Atom shrinks down and messes with Supe's inner ear, brings part of the Batcave roof down on him, after which Green Arrow shoots him with a Kryptonite arrow, all before Batman then hands his ass to him with Green K gloves. And then for the CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Superman tells the Bat he only came to talk, to which Batman replies, 'We're done talking. Get out of my cave.'
** In one issue of Gotham Adventures, Harley Quinn writes a trashy romance novel that controls the mind of whoever reads it. Tim and Barbara were controlled while Bruce wasn't. Why? He wore leather gloves while reading it.
** Batman DoesNotLikeGuns, but he still takes his proteges to the firing range. When asked why, Batman explained that it's useful to know as much about guns as possible even if he doesn't use them.
** In one Brave and the Bold comic, Batman reveals that he keeps a one-way one-shot handheld teleporter preset to the vicinity of a black hole in his utility belt. Just in case.
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Batman reveals [[spoiler:he has a second Batcave built under the Asylum.]] When asked why by an incredulous Oracle, he replies "It's me, remember?."
* CreepyGood: Some interpretations of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s membership in the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] are portrayed this way. Everyone has their seat at the table, and Batman's off in a corner being quiet (if you notice him at all). This crosses pretty well with his status as CrazyPrepared. The rest of the League is creeped out that this guys has files on how to kill/maim/disable the rest of them. That, and being creepy is Batman's schtick.
** In some shorts, this overlaps with {{Determinator}} in how he takes up cold cases of unidentified murder victims, even if the only thing he can do is give their families closure.
** There's also ComicBook/TheQuestion, who even Batman thinks is a little unhinged.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Following the Silver Age, Batman became (and still is) one of the grittiest heroes you could find with an emphasis on fear and a brutal fighting style, most of what he does stemming from what he views as his failures and an insanely violent RoguesGallery. Despite this, [[DarkIsNotEvil his strong moral integrity remains one of the most consistent in comics.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: He is often one of the best barometers of what the writer wants you to think is morally acceptable in all of comicdom, despite his black clothing, bat-motif, and fear-based methods.
* DatingCatwoman: With the obvious, but also with Jezebel Jet, Lady Shiva (well, maybe that was more UST), Talia Al Ghul and a few others. He's well aware of his penchant for this trope and it's actually an important plot point in ''R.I.P.''
** The [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]] versions of the characters actually married and had a kid, the original Huntress. [[CutLexLuthorACheck Why bother stealing when you're married to a multimillionaire?]] The main versions became a couple too, and Bruce even revealed his identity to her and she moved into the mansion with him. The relationship didn't last, but they both developed a respect for each other and Batman mostly looks the other way when Catwoman does her thing.
** However, things got a bit more interesting with the two. Continuing to dance around one another constantly to the point of a nearly functional relationship, then to a distant one due to fear of repercussions from their knowledge of one another's identity, the couple have certainly reheated things a bit since Bruce's return to the present... long story. Regardless, she has even accompanied him on his international travels to establish Batman Inc. Maybe not a perfect relationship, but hey.
*** Unfortunately for those who may have enjoyed it, all that CharacterDevelopment in their relationship has been set back to square one with the 2011 DC Universe reboot, in which Catwoman has no idea who Batman is behind the mask (although she suspects he knows who she is). Doesn't [[spoiler:stop her from having costumed sex with him though]].
*** In ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'', it was mentioned that Catwoman and Talia are probably the only two women Batman has truly loved. It's not surprising that both of them are villainesses.
** Very explicit in one standalone strip called "Date Night", Batman catches Catwoman in the middle of a robbery and chases her through various romantic locations including a flower stall and a fancy restaurant, all the while Catwoman is talking and flirting with him as if they were actually on a date. When he finally catches her, they briefly fight and she leaves him tied up and dangling upside down from a fire escape, kisses him goodnight and runs away.
** In ''Batman the Dark Knight'' after the 2011 reboot, Bruce is attracted to Jaina Hudson, but becomes suspicious of her after new villainess White Rabbit issues the same "Catch me if you can" flirtatious challenge Jaina made in their first meeting. His suspicions are debunked when the White Rabbit shows up on the radar while he is on a date with Jaina. [[spoiler:It turns out he was right after all, since Jaina has the power to split herself into two people -- her normal self and the White Rabbit.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Sometimes. For example, from his DCAU iteration:
--> '''Batman:''' ''[to Wonder Woman, regarding their (potential) relationship]'' One: dating within the team always leads to disaster. Two: you're a princess from a society of immortal warriors; I'm a rich kid with issues... lots of issues.
** Whenever Franchise/{{Batman}} (in any incarnation) isn't either moping around in {{Wangst}} or being TheComicallySerious, he's generally the one with a deadpan line. Or, as Jaime Reyes (''ComicBook/BlueBeetle III'') put it, "Batman's actually kind of funny, in a dry, scary way." Typically, Batman needs Superman as a foil if he's going to be funny.
* DeathGlare: Quite famous for using these, despite being a TechnicalPacifist.
** A good example was during the "Contagion" arc. Other members of the Bat-family are trying to disperse an angry mob, to no effect. Cue Batman appearing, pointing a finger, giving a Death Glare to the entire mob, and stating: "Disperse. NOW." It worked.
* DeathIsCheap: [[spoiler:Bruce's set to return in ''The Return of Bruce Wayne'' and it was revealed in the tie-ins to ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' that the corpse Superman found and was buried was an AxCrazy Darkseid-created clone.]]
* DependingOnTheWriter: Having a seventy-year history will result in ''massive'' amounts of this.
** This is perhaps best represented in the [[ Batman alignment chart]]
* DoesntLikeGuns: Post GoldenAge. Missiles, lasers, and other things, particularly weapons systems mounted on his vehicles, seem to be fair game, as long as they don't resemble pistols. He'll also pick up a gun under extremely dire circumstances, [[spoiler:such as shooting Darkseid in order to save the universe]]. The reasons vary from writer to writer. Originally, the idea that Batman hates guns was linked to his parents' murder when he was a child. There are practical and legal reasons, too--self-awareness that he's a vigilante and the knowledge that in being so he has no business killing, while guns make it much too easy to kill and much too hard to be nonlethal. In his original Detective Comic appearances, he frequently used firearms and lethal force against villains. The creators only removed his use of firearms when they worried that it would make him resemble the Shadow too closely. Today, most depictions have Batman bending enough to arm his vehicles, for disabling vehicles and removing obstacles. It's amazing how strict some Batman adaptations are about this, even when you'd think they'd ditch it. In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', Batman hospitalizes countless {{mooks}}, snaps the Joker's spine (paralyzing but not killing him), and has machine guns on his car. When he uses the guns, he internal monologues to the reader, "Rubber Bullets. Honest."
** Technically the military contracts thing isn't true, as we've seen various examples of military-grade hardware produced by [=WayneTech=], from night vision goggles to attack helicopters. Presumably Bruce is fine with it as long as his company isn't manufacturing any weapon systems (those can be sourced from other contractors).
** After Dick became a Bludhaven police officer, Bruce made it clear that he didn't like him wearing his service revolver around the cave.
** ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' takes this to a symbolical level as Batman makes an "once in a lifetime" exception and [[strike:shoots]] "poisons" Darkseid [[spoiler:with an anti-New God gun only to be [[FateWorseThanDeath "killed"]] by the villain's eye beams a mere second after pulling the trigger]].
** In another Batman story by Grant Morrison, ''Joe Chill in Hell'', a young Batman confronts his parents' killer, Joe Chill, and torments the man, depriving him of sleep, sneaking up on him in disguise, and generally just scaring the crap out of him for a month, all building up to the point where [[DrivenToSuicide Batman drives Chill to commit suicide]].
** In a particularly amusing inversion, in an early Detective Comics appearance Bats comments that he hates taking human life - immediately before machine-gunning a car full of baddies from his biplane. [[ This blog]] has a good rundown on instances where he used a gun. In fact, in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, he didn't even have the "dislikes guns" angle, and had a handgun that he wasn't afraid to use.
** While Batman's aversion to guns has generally grown over time, there are some situations in the older comics where Batman refuses to use a gun. In Detective 453 (the same series in which Batman fires a machine gun into a car full of bad guys), Batman is told to shoot a single bullet into the ground to prove he isn't really Batman, or be shot to death by a room full of criminals. He doesn't do it. This is probably due more to the inconsistency of older comics and a lazy writer, but it's probably the most extreme example of this rule.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Batman's distaste for guns gets lampshaded in Creator/GrantMorrison's ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]/[=WildCATS=]'' crossover, in which the League hooks up with the premiere heroes of Jim Lee's Creator/{{Wildstorm}} line. At one point when both teams go up against Epoch the Time Lord, Batman asks the raygun-toting Grifter just how good he is. When Grifter brags that in his universe Batman would have been ''his'' kid sidekick, Batman then adds, "Then you won't mind doing this without the guns." Grifter pauses for a {{Beat}}, then quips, "Aw, why not? I'll try anything once!" The beginning of the crossover features an encounter with Epoch and Wally West while he was still Kid Flash, who sizes up his new foe's huge high-tech rifle by commenting, "One of the first things I've learned in the superhero game. 'Gun' equals 'bad guy'."
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' used this as a plot point in the final episode. Bat-Mite is trying to get the series cancelled and ComicBook/AmbushBug attempts to stop him, but Batman refuses to listen when Bug tells him that the world has been changed. That is, until Batman uses a pair of handguns to fight crime, which Bug points out is an '''insanely''' OutOfCharacterMoment; at this point Batman finally realizes that Bug is right and starts fighting back against Bat-Mite.
* DoubleConsciousness
* TheDreaded: One of the most feared heroes in the entire DC Universe. Even those who don't fear Superman, have fear of Batman.
** To the point that a Sinestro Corps ring tried to recruit him. For those of you who don't know, the Sinestro Corps is the opposite of the Green Lantern Corps, and their yellow rings are powered by inspiring fear. Corps members are chosen on a planet-to-planet basis, meaning Batman is THE SCARIEST THING ON EARTH.
* {{Elseworlds}}: Batman has had quite a few Elseworld stories about him, but the one that was most memorable (and actually influenced the mainstream Batman and the comics medium in general) was ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. That aside, he may be the single most popular subject of Elseworlds tales.
* EmergingFromTheShadows
* EscapeArtist: Go find a collection of Batman comics and count the number of times he's successfully escaped a trap. We'll wait.
* {{Expy}}: He started out as this to Franchise/{{Zorro}} and pulp heroes as Radio/TheShadow and Franchise/SherlockHolmes. Fortunately, he evolved into his own unique character.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Darkseid blasted Batman with the Omega Sanction and puts Bruce in a loop of horrible lives.]]
* TheFettered: He'll use any means necessary to take crime down, but he will never drift from his moral code willingly. Many of his enemies call him out for it.
* {{Fiction 500}}
* {{Flanderization}}: Bruce Wayne was originally depicted as merely [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Comfortably Well-Off]]. Now, he's one of the two richest men in Franchise/TheDCU. Batman himself has become increasingly ultra-competent and infallible in the past few decades. The flanderization of Batman was necessary to keep him interesting in the context of the Justice League. He's one of the few characters without a true super power, so the question of why they keep him around (aside from maybe his money) needs answering. Having him be the greatest strategist in existence gives him a purpose and a reason for being one of the guys in charge.
** He's also portrayed as the "brooding loner" of the Justice League. This is despite the fact that the "Bat-family" has more members than Superman's friends and allies, two of the five Comicbook/{{Robin}}s have led the Comicbook/TeenTitans, one of those two also led ComicBook/YoungJustice, the other is considered the most trustworthy man in the hero community, and Oracle acts as the MissionControl. He is a close friend of a lot of superheroes as well, and he managed to be something of a father to [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra]] [[BrokenBird Cain]].
* FreudianExcuse: he battles crime because his parents were murdered by a criminal. in ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns, Alfred recalls a moment in bruce's childhood where he was read a story that involved a criminal, and he wouldn't sleep until he was reassured that the criminal was swiftly punished.
* FriendToAllChildren: Kids don't fear Batman. Batman hurts the bad guys, not kids. Every child knows this. Batman makes DAMN sure to never betray children's faith in him. In fact, if a criminal is about to hurt a child and the child says that Batman's gonna kick his butt... well, the criminal's *in TheDarkKnightReturns, batman tells a kid to watch his language and the kid replies yes, sir. kids respect batman, too.[[TemptingFate tempting fate if he proceeds]], cause Batman WILL show up and '''destroy''' him.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Inverted. Bruce Wayne doesn't drink, afraid that it'll ruin his edge; however, a socialite like himself must on occasion be seen drinking, to erase any suspicion of being Batman. Thus, he will often drink non-alcoholic beverages, usually ginger ale, prepared to look to others as though they are made with alcohol. He'll even go so far as to act drunk, usually as an excuse for slipping out to chase after criminals.
* GeniusBruiser: He's one of the most intelligent heroes in all of comics and has a figure that can pass for ''{{Superman}}'' in a dim light, is one of the world's greatest martial artists and stealth fighters, and only seems lacking [[BadassNormal in a world filled with superpowered heroes and villains]]... all of whom [[BadassBookworm he can figure out how to defeat.]]
* GoodIsNotNice[=/=]GoodIsNotSoft
* GrandfatherClause: Probably one of the only characters to not get laughed at for placing "Bat" in front of his equipment. Though in more recent years he has done this a lot less. He refers to the Batmobile and Batcave as "The car" and "The cave", and it's his sidekicks who employ the funny names. He does still call his favored weapons "Batarangs", though.
* GrapplingHookGun: Batman also [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent inspired]] Nighthawk from the ComicBook/SquadronSupreme in its many incarnations. Particularly in the "Supreme" series, in his own mini he uses it to blast through his analogue of the Joker, Whiteface, to create an anchor as he jumps after a baby he threw off. Then proceeds to kill him (Whiteface, not the baby!) by ripping out his guts with it. In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', Batman opts for a grappling-hook rifle. Of course, that was made before Batman's grappling gun was standard fare.
* GuileHero: He's one of the sharpest heroes in DC universe of them all. If you lack superpowers than make them up with wits and smarts. There's a reason why he's called the "World's Greatest Detective". Especially in group settings where his companions and adversaries have superpowers that render his [[ScienceHero gadgets]] and [[ActionHero martial arts prowess]] less relevant. He's not called the World's Greatest Detective for nothing, and his habit of spinning victory from available resources have spawned the popular belief that he can take down any opponent with nothing more than "ample time to prepare."
* GuyLiner: Every film incarnation since Michael Keaton invokes the IrislessEyeMaskOfMystery by donning dark eye shadow, which extends the black mask.
* HesBack: After his adventures to get back to the present, Batman is back in the saddle and ready to give Dr. Hurt the beat-down of his life.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Superman. And in the New 52, with [[Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]].
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: One of Batman's favorite methods for questioning mooks.
* HonestCorporateExecutive: His Bruce persona is generally portrayed this way.
* HopeBringer: Even in the darkest and most cynical stories and adaptations, Batman is always portrayed as a symbol of hope to the people of Gotham.
* HorrifyingHero: ''"I'm telling ya, man!! '''A GIANT BAT!!"''' ''
* {{Hunk}}
* HurtingHero
* IdentityImpersonator: He's probably done it as much as {{Superman}}!
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Has been forced to give up many a love interest because of this.
* IWorkAlone: ''Suuuure'' you do.[[note]]To list: All five Robins (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown (who later became Batgirl and Spoiler), and Damian Wayne), Barbara Gordon (as Batgirl and Oracle), Cassandra Cain (as Batgirl and Orphan), Kathy Kane, Helena Bertinelli, Selina Kyle (on occasion), Harper Row, The Justice Society of America, and the entire Justice League.[[/note]]
* JackOfAllTrades: Among the members of the Bat-Family, Bruce is this in terms of overall ability (at least when writers aren't going full-on 'Bat-God' mode). He isn't the natural acrobat or leader Dick Grayson is, he doesn't have the level of [[OmniscientDatabase computer and intel-gathering skills]] Oracle has, he lacks Cassandra Cain's [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower incredible martial arts ability]], and admitted to himself that Tim Drake would eventually surpass him as the World's Greatest Detective. But the fact that he is still very good and experienced in all such fields allow him to more then pull his own weight whatever the circumstance. Fairly reasonable, considering the [[GameBreaker implications]] that would result in him actually being the best at everything.
** Nevertheless, he still outdoes them as a [[TheStrategist strategist]] and [[BatmanGambit tactician]] and he still ''is'' "The World's Greatest Detective".
*** And [[TheCowl instilling pants-crapping fear and dread into evildoers.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: In some portrayals, though this is best summed up in four words - [[Creator/FrankMiller I'm the Goddamn Batman!]]
** JerkassFacade[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ... though he is most consistently portrayed as this.
* KnightInSourArmor: In general, Bruce is almost always a KnightInSourArmor (or in this case a Dark Knight in Sour Armor, with the only possible exceptions being when he makes some wry observation about a situation he or the JLA are in).
* KnockoutGas: One of his standard tricks, Batman has used knockout gas from various sources: bombs, canisters, guns, etc.
* TheLancer: Not in his own series. To Superman in the Justice League, but as the biggest and most recognizable superhero after Superman, he's effectively this for the entire industry.
* LanternJawOfJustice
* LatexPerfection: He's ripped off masks to reveal his entire costume underneath, ears and all.
* LethalChef: He even screws up ''tuna sandwiches''.
* ManChild: A rather subtle version, believe it or not. Never mind the fact that dressing up as a giant bat and swearing to exterminate crime seems like a rather childish thing to do, Bruce's emotional development was stunted the moment his parents died. Add to the fact that he seems to relate to young people (re: the Robins and Batgirls) better then he does adults and many stories also make note of the fact that while all criminals fear Batman, [[FriendToAllChildren children do not]].
** This was {{Lampshaded}} in a Marvel/DC crossover with ComicBook/ThePunisher, where the Joker mused that Batman must have had a similar tragedy to that of Frank Castle, but Batman's tragedy must have happened when he was a child -- dressing up in a costume, and nifty gadgets are more a child's ideas than Castle's skull motifs and machine guns.
** Made more apparent in Flashpoint. The Batman of that universe is essentially the same tragedy, but with [[spoiler:Bruce dying instead of his parents.]]
* McNinja: One of the best examples in America. He even trained in Japan.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Batman envelopes the very heart of this trope.
* MoralityChain: Jim Gordon has pulled him back from the brink of [[KnightTemplar Knight Templardom]] more than once, including [[spoiler:shooting him to keep him from killing the Joker.]]
* MoralityPet: Bruce admits that Dick Grayson is one for him.
* MyGreatestFailure: Several, because he believes that every failure he encounters is his fault. The top five are (in chronological order): The "creation" of ComicBook/TheJoker; [[ComicBook/TheLongHalloween Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face]]; [[ComicBook/ADeathintheFamily Jason Todd's death]]; losing control of Gotham's gangs during ''War Games'', which led to the torture of Stephanie Brown and her near-death; and [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis allowing his suspicions of his fellow supers to overcome him and building Brother Eye]], which then hi-jacked by Max Lord and led to the death of [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Ted Kord]]. And, more recently, [[spoiler:Damian's death]].
* NayTheist: Depending on who is writing him, Batman is either this or an atheist. According to the Comic Book Religion database, he is a lapsed Catholic.
* NeverMyFault: Will almost never admit to being wrong in an argument. It's partly why so many people have difficulty establishing any kind of relationship with him.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Ever wonder why Azrael (AKA Batman [=II/AzBats=]) was brought in? It was due to Bats demonstrating way too much of this trope in the eighties (''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' is a prime example).
** Indeed, the overwhelming popularity and critical acclaim of ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' was one of the major influences on the rise of the NinetiesAntiHero in the first place (As well as UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks in general).
* NoBadassToHisValet: Alfred is immune to Batman's fear-striking methods. In a black and white short story titled "Sunrise", an old woman finds him injured and is not amused when he attempts to brush it off.
-->'''Woman:''' You don't look fine to me. What on earth happened?\\
'''Batman:''' Look, lady--\\
'''Woman:''' Don't "look, lady" me! You're acting like a five year old.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Batman is sometimes depicted as this, DependingOnTheWriter.
* NotSoDifferent: Most of his iconic foes are escaped lunatics, but he is far from the picture of perfect mental health and ''knows it''.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: His guise as Bruce Wayne demands it.
** DependingOnTheWriter, Bruce Wayne is still a well-respected philanthropist and (occasionally) scientist. It's just he's also an international playboy.
* OffhandBackhand: A master at this, which he later taught to his successor, Terry.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Chances are, if you're not looking at him, he's gone somewhere else and fast.
* OneSuperOnePowerset: Batman is the head of Wayne Enterprises, has fought against and alongside many superpowered beings that possess advanced technology, use magic, and have reliable and effective mutagens. Despite this, he has been, and most likely always will be, only a mere BadassNormal CrazyPrepared genius detective.
* OrphansOrdeal: He watched his parents die as a kid...
* OverprotectiveDad: According to fandom, he's this.
** Canon when Batgirl III was dating Superboy.
* PapaWolf: Don't hurt his sidekicks.
** FriendToAllChildren: Don't hurt kids, period.
** Hurt his actual, biological son? He'll water board you. With acid.
* PacifismBackfire: This is one of his biggest problems. His ThouShallNotKill attitude and stubborn refusal to kill major criminals, especially the Joker, end up indirectly causing more casualties and/or injuries in the long run. Exactly how big said problem is depends on the writer, though.
* TheParagon: Depending on the continuity.
* TheParanoiac: Batman is frequently accused of being a paranoiac; how much this is true is a case of DependingOnTheWriter, but he certainly demonstrated many paranoid traits, including a grim attitude, ControlFreak tendencies, and a habit of resorting to violence to solve his problems, with some stories going so far as to imply that being the Batman is simply an excuse for Bruce to take revenge for the murder of his parents by beating the crap out of criminals every night. He also has a [[JadeColoredGlasses grim and bleak view of the society he lives in]]- mostly because that society is [[CrapsackWorld Gotham City]], and his explicit reason for choosing a Bat as his gimmick is to scare the hell out of his enemies. However, most stories portray him as fundamentally an idealist, who actually does trust his allies (just brutally aware that he lives in a world where MindControl, DemonicPossession, and exposed secret identities are all very real dangers) and who is actually an extremely humble man who has decided to sacrifice his life to the cause of saving others from the evil that took his family away from him.
** Indeed, the staff at Arkham Asylum (which is a place where either Batman fits in seamlessly, or is the absolute worse place he should be, depending on the writer) seem to have ''some'' understanding of Batman's issues and follow either written or well-known-but-unwritten-rules about how to deal with him when he shows up. And he shows up pretty damn often, either because he needs to talk to one of the patients or because he's responding to an incident. Some of these rules seem to be: 1) Only one person should speak to him, either the most senior staff member present or whomever he came to see. 2) Do not attempt to start a conversation with him or try to engage in small talk. 3) Keep your distance. More than an arm's length is absolutely essential. Batman has very defined boundaries that he does ''not'' like anyone invading. 4) Stay in front of him. He keeps his back to a wall at all times. When walking, he does not allow anyone to walk behind him. 5) If he tells you to do something, no matter what it is, ''do it immediately.'' This is particularly true if he tells you to leave the area or leave him alone with someone. 6) Batman has extensive knowledge of medical procedures, psychiatric principles, and pharmacology. Things do not need to be expressed or explained in layman's terms. 7) If you are under duress from one of the patients, he'll know immediately. 8) Batman is regarded as staff, and personal and confidential information about the patients can be discussed with him.
* ParentalAbandonment: HIS PARENTS ARE ''[[MemeticMutation DEEAAAAAAAD!!!]]''
* ParentalFavouritism: He tries to hide it, but it's no secret that Dick Grayson is his favourite Robin. He's the only one Bruce treats like an equal, the one Bruce trusts the most, and the one he's proudest of. Heck, in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', when the Golden Age Superman asks Bruce to help him recreate his own Earth, Bruce's one and only question? Is Dick a better person on that Earth? Even Brother Eye knows that Dick is Bruce's favourite ''and Bruce programmed Brother Eye!''
* ParentalSubstitute: You may be discerning a theme here. Bruce is this to primarily all of the Robins and Batgirls. Bruce is a substitute father to all of the Robins and has adopted them all: Dick, Tim and Jason with the exception of Damian, because Damian is Bruce's biological son. He has also been a substitute parent/father to all of the Batgirls including Stephanie Brown, Helena Bertinelli and Cassandra Cain, whom he has adopted.
** Also, Alfred and Leslie Thompkins are both parental substitutes for him. In his biggest moments of honesty, Bruce has explicitly said that Alfred and Leslie, more than anyone, are the ones who've kept him from going over the edge.
* PimpedOutCape: In some continuities where his cape has some gadgets built in.
* PowerCopying: Batman tends to keep items from his defeated villains handy, such as a vial of Scarecrow's fear gas, and one of Mr. Freeze's guns.
** BatmanCanBreatheInSpace originates from Batman's ability to do anything and have the audience accept it. Because he's Batman. [[CrazyPrepared And he already planned ahead for the possibility of being attacked by]] gigantic mutated wombats fueled by VENOM, wearing suicide vests. So it makes perfect sense that he already has a plan.
* PowerOfHate: In some of his incarnations, the hate for the villain that killed his parents drives him to be the Batman. (Other incarnations are more about justice, or protecting people.)\\\
You could also say that he feels nothing but hate for the Joker. And after all the Joker put him through, you can't really blame him.\\\
Batman hates hates HATES murder (and violent crime in general) and injustice of the world itself and is therefore driven to don the cowl to exterminate these things or end up showing the world he died trying.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Batarangs ''have got to be'' related to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield.
* TheProudElite: Bruce is handsome, and, while charming, tries to be aloof enough that he makes people think he's a bit arrogant. However, when he catches criminals as Batman, he'll get them jobs at Wayne Enterprises.
* ReallyGetsAround: As Bruce Wayne this is to be expected, but Vicky Vale is the most well known. As Batman: Catwoman and Talia to name a few.
* RecklessPacifist: On and off. Excluding incarnations that actually did kill people (or just refused to save them), The Bat has been known to get really, really rough with with his enemies despite his ThouShaltNotKill policy.
* RedBaron: The Batman has been known by the following nicknames: The Caped Crusader, the Masked Manhunther, the Darknight Detective which would evolve into his most distinctive title - the Dark Knight.
* ReluctantWarrior: Hates violence, but is prepared to use it to stop crime. Subverted by every interpretation since the dawn of the Dark Age, so Batman's mileage may definitely vary.
* TheRevealPromptsRomance: Batman has unmasked himself as Bruce Wayne to various women in various continuities. Neither the reveal nor the romance has stuck, yet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Bruce Wayne is the poster boy.
* {{Roofhopping}}: One of his many specialties.
* RoguesGallery: One of the most recognizable in all of comics.
* ScienceHero: Not quite as emphasized as the other flavors of hero he fills, but with his skill in scientific analysis and his seemingly unlimited gadgets, he more than qualifies.
* SecretIdentityIdentity
* SeriesMascot: Of DC Comics, alongside Superman.
* ShadowArchetype: Of Franchise/{{Superman}}. Most of his rogues are ones of himself.
* ShellShockedVeteran: It should be obvious. Seeing your parents shot can give you psychological scars but believing that dressing up as a bat and act all vengeance and justice will honor their memories sure is a given proof that you need help.
* ShrineToTheFallen: Batman keeps Jason Todd's costume on display in the Batcave. [[spoiler: Later, he does the same to Damian, but he gets better.]]
* SignatureTeamTransport: Batman has plenty of Bat-vehicles, but the Batmobile is the most iconic.
* SmallStepsHero: He spends a vast, billion-dollar fortune to punch out one criminal at a time.
* TheSmartGuy: When he's with the Justice League. Not so much on his home turf, where everyone he hangs out with is ''also'' a genius.
** Though FridgeLogic sets in when Superman is supposed to be super-intelligent. Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern have a lot more experience with aliens, Wonder Woman's been on earth the longest, The Flash is a scientist and Aquaman has a comprehensive knowledge of everything water-related. Probably he's the only one who'll 1) look into actual criminology and 2) remember to think things through.
** Superman is not currently super-intelligent in canon (he was during the Silver Age canon); Wonder Woman may have been on Earth the longest but was mostly on Paradise Island and until the present times has little experience with people other than Greek mythology and Amazons; and The Flash is a forensic scientist (not skilled in all forms of science like Batman). Batman knows a lot about many topics, including crimonology, and not only thinks through but in cynical situations is highly intelligent and sometimes even DangerouslyGenreSavvy. Hence, he is still TheSmartGuy to the Justice League.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Social skills isn't one of his strong points. He doesn't seem to know how to behave like a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob as Bruce Wayne.
* SpiritedCompetitor
* StealthExpert
* StealthHiBye: Possibly the TropeCodifier.
* StepIntoTheBlindingFight: Often invoked by Batman with his use of shadows and smoke pellets to scare criminals. It disorients his enemies and make them easier to pick off one by one. In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' Bane was a member of the League Of Shadows and knows of their tricks of using darkness to distract enemies in battle, so when Batman tries to use these same tactics on Bane, he mocks him for it and goes into a BadassBoast about how he is made of Shadows.
* TheStoic: Added to his TheComicallySerious, usually, though he does have bouts of anger or other emotions.
* TheStrategist: He has no peer as a combat strategist and plan-maker in Franchise/TheDCU. Quite simply, if Batman cooks up a plan, it's probably the BEST plan.
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* SuperheroSobriquets: The Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, the World's Greatest Detective, the Dark Knight Detective.
* SuperheroesWearCapes
* SuperheroesWearTights
* SuperReflexes: Acquired through training.
* SurvivorGuilt: Bruce/Batman's ENTIRE LIFE revolves around the guilt he felt at his parents' murder.
* TheTeamNormal: In superhero ensembles.
* TechnicalPacifist
* TerrorHero: Batman seeks to put enormous fear into anyone he goes up against. Given that he's one of the most dreaded heroes in comics, even among superpowered villains despite having no superpowers himself, he is very good at it. There are criminals who have no fear of guys like Franchise/{{Superman}} that are scared ''shitless'' of Batman.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Nearly every version has this, an exception being the Burton movies. WhatMeasureIsANonHuman is in full effect.
** Other exceptions include anyone who is truly immortal, such as Solomon Grundy or Clayface. Lethal force is necessary against them, but they can come back from even the worst of blows. And when Batman does have to exchange blows with Darkseid, you can damn well bet that Batman is doing is absolute best to hurt the bastard.
* TrueLoveIsBoring: One of the major reasons why Bruce will probably never settle down.
* TwoFirstNames
* UnclePennybags: At his friendliest, Bruce has had quite a few moments of this.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Done constantly by superpowered villains who have never faced him before. After they do fight him, they figure out why he's one of the most [[TheDreaded feared]] heroes of them all.
* UnderwearOfPower: Just like {{Superman}}. Batman is one of the older examples, though nowadays (Post-Knight Saga and then Post-Return) his Underwear on the outside is usually either absent, not shown, or the same color as the rest of him (and thus hard to see).
* UnstoppableRage: He might not show much emotion, but his attack on the Joker in ''Hush'' is one of the few times that he does. And it's not pretty to look at (the art itself was gorgeous, though).
* UsedToBeASweetKid: A rare heroic example. Had his parents not been killed by a mugger in the alley, he would still be the same vigilante, minus the GoodIsNotNice personality.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Batman and Superman are [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] depicted this way, as both Type 1 and Type 2 - while they respect each other and acknowledge there is a need for both of them, they would rather have as little to do with each other as possible.
* WarriorTherapist
* WeaponOfChoice: [[BattleBoomerang Batarangs]] are his signature weapons.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He ''does'' say it. It's just that he only says it when you've been ''perfect''.
* WhatTheHellHero: With [[spoiler:Damian's death]], his progressive SanitySlippage and the fact that he TookALevelInJerkass have led to this from each member of the family in "Batman and Robin" volume 2, starting with issue 19.
** Batman [[MadScientist experiments on]] FrankensteinsMonster in Victor Frankenstein's own castle to see what makes him tick so that he can learn a secret to resurrection. Tim is horrified, and Frankenstein also calls him out in a somewhat more calm fashion.
** Batman brings Jason to the place where he first died [[spoiler:in the hopes of jogging Jason's memory to remember how he was brought back to life]]. Needless to say, he's none too pleased with Bruce's idea.
** Barbara gets so fed up that she decides that if he ''needs'' [[spoiler:a Robin]], she'll take up the role as a ReplacementGoldfish, just to shut him up.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: From his family fortune. An analysis on the history of said wonderful toys can be found [[ here.]]
* WorldsBestWarrior: Doesn't matter who or what he's up against, Batman can win or will be instrumental in victory. No one is safe from Batman. No one.
* WouldHitAGirl: Well, not ''first'' but if she's coming at him with the intent to fight or kill him, she's fair game.
* WouldntHurtAChild: A good way to make him pissed off for real is to hurt or threaten children in front of him.

[[folder:Alfred Pennyworth]]
-> "''Teacher, mentor, partner, but never a father... of course, Master Bruce, of course.''"


Probably the most famous butler in existence (even though he's often closer to being a valet), in current continuity Alfred and his ancestors have served the Waynes for generations; when Thomas & Martha Wayne were shot, he was the one who raised Bruce. (In UsefulNotes/{{the Golden|Age of Comic Books}} and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Ages]], Alfred joined the Wayne household shortly after Bruce had started his Batman career.) It seemed natural, then, that Bruce trusted him the most. From the start, Alfred knew that Bruce was Batman - in fact, he has often assisted his master with his latest experiments/inventions, even though he sometimes wishes that his master will settle down and live a normal life.

During several critical junctures in Batman's career, Alfred was the key factor in his survival. A master surgeon, Alfred was almost always the one to patch him back up after particularly gruesome battles, since Batman couldn't very well simply go to the hospital. Alfred can be said to be the closest thing to a father figure that Bruce has - his advice is the often the only one that Bruce gives a second thought about. Or, as Michael Caine has said, he's more of the replacement mother figure in contrast with Gordon's replacement father.[[hardline]]

* AlmightyMom: Alfred is the quintessential male example.
* AmateurSleuth: Alfred had a great desire to be a detective in the early years after he was added to the cast. He studied detective work via correspondence course, and once even took a month's vacation so he could go to a nearby town and be a detective.
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: In ''Endgame'' his hand is cut off by the Joker. He refuses to have it reattached with Bruce presumed dead, though he does get a new one attached after Bruce's return after ''Superheavy''..]]
* BadassGrandpa
* BadassNormal
* BattleButler: Perhaps the ur-example. Not exactly a battle butler, but his skill at espionage and disguise rivals Batman's, and as a retired secret agent he knows his way around a shotgun. A former combat medic, he's also a skilled surgeon, and has served as Batman's private physician over the years (just think how tough that job must be...)
** JustForPun, most incarnations of him are (semi)retired military, making him Batman's [[ Batman]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Alfred is undoubtedly one of the sweetest, kindhearted elderly gentlemen you will ever meet... but unlike the rest of the Batfamily, he ''will'' bust a cap in your ass if he deems it necessary.
* BreakoutCharacter: Alfred was originally intended to be a comedic foil to Batman and Robin, but eventually got more serious. The Post-Crisis version had him as an out and out BattleButler, and surrogate father figure to the entire Bat-Clan.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Alfred started out as a goofy, clean-shaven, overweight butler.
** This is a minor case of RetCanon. In the 1943 Batman film serial Alfred was played by William Austin, who was tall and thin, and had the moustache. To match this, comic book Alfred promptly went off to a health resort to lose weight and grew a moustache.
* CombatPragmatist: When he has to fight, he either prefers to strike from behind or to be the only member of the household who's perfectly willing to bring a gun to a fistfight. One issue of ''Nightwing'' had him save Nightwing from a hulking metahuman via both, by shooting the villain in the back with rubber bullets... which he only used instead of the normal kind because Robin pestered him to.
* CoolOldGuy: For just one example, the guy listens to Music/TheProdigy. [[ It's canon!]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Constantly makes ironic (but highly polite and proper) comments on Master Bruce's lifestyle.
-->'''Batman:''' Jim will pull through!\\
'''Alfred:''' Or what, master Bruce? You'll dress up like a giant bat and haunt the night for the rest of your life?
* DramaticDrop: When he sees that Stephanie Brown is still alive, he drops a tea tray. Steph comments that it's good to see him lose his cool demeanor.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Subverted; the pencil mustache that he's normally portrayed with is usually associated with villains.
* GoToAlias: Alfred tends to use "Thaddeus Crane" (his middle names) whenever he has to go undercover.
* {{Heroic BSOD}}: Alfred's unflappable attitude breaks down whenever Bruce is seriously injured or thought to be dead [[spoiler: to the point that he refuses to reattach his hand after Bruce is thought dead at the end of ''Endgame'' saying that he has no master to serve, and pitifully begs Bruce not to become Batman again once he recovers his memory.]]
* HonestAdvisor: Alfred, who knows Bruce Wayne better than anyone, isn't afraid to tell him when he's taking himself too seriously or when he's doing something that probably won't end well. He's also the person Bruce most respects, and probably the only person he trusts completely.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Batman's ''other'' sidekick. Seriously, Alfred is in charge of: cooking, cleaning, creating convenient excuses for the Bat-Family's absences, emergency medical attention, acting as mission control, emotional counseling and support, teaching Bruce how to be a father, ''being'' Bruce's surrogate father, grounding the Batfamily with his [[ServileSnarker trademark snark]], sewing GPS trackers onto all their clothes, being a chauffeur (which includes flying private jets), making sure the Batfamily actually gets to sleep, on top of [[spoiler: organizing every Robin in Gotham City.]] Bruce values the man for a reason.
* TheJeeves: What do you expect from one of the most classic butlers in existence?
* TheMedic
* MissionControl: Is frequently this for the Bat-Family due to his more-lacking combat skills and the fact that he needs to be present at the manor to come up with excuses for the Bat-Family. [[spoiler: He's also this to the Robins in ''We Are Robin'', organizing them under the callsign, "The Nest".]]
* OldRetainer: He was the friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne before they got murdered. He continues to refer to Bruce and Dick as "Master Bruce" and "Master Dick" mostly as a term of affection; he still sees them as his boys, rather than grown men.
* PapaWolf: See {{Beware The Nice Ones}}/{{Combat Pragmatist}}. He will step in to assist his charges if he has to. On one occasion, he even [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome shot a PREDATOR that was overwhelming Batman.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Openly acknowledged in a holo-message Bruce left to play in the event of his death. He refers to Alfred as his father and thanks him for raising him.
** Following the events of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', [[spoiler: he quietly grieves, "My son has died."]]
* RetiredBadass: Former S.A.S soldier who still can kick ass if he wants to.
* SecretKeeper
* ServileSnarker: We actually considered naming this trope after him.
* SharpDressedMan
* TeamDad
* UndyingLoyalty: Alfred will never EVER abandon Batman.
** Except for the one or two arcs where he temporarily retires, because he thinks he's holding Batman back from growing up ("Officer Down", for example).
* VagueAge: Alfred's age in relation to Bruce hasn't been determined outside of "older than Bruce". This has led adaptations to vary widly with his age in relation to Bruce's such as him being in his early 50s either [[WesternAnimation/TheBatman when Bruce is starting out as Batman]] or [[Series/{{Gotham}} when Thomas and Martha Wayne died]], to being in [[Creator/MichaelCaine early 70s]] [[Film/BatmanBegins as a 30 year old Bruce Wayne starts his career as Batman]], to being [[Creator/JeremyIrons in his mid-60s]] [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice as a Bruce who's in his 40s and been active for 20 years.]]
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Alfred calling Batman 'Bruce' and not ''Master'' Bruce, is a rare occurrence, and only happens when something is very, very bad, or when it's very, very heartwarming.

!The Comicbook/{{Robin}}s
* [[Characters/{{Robin}} See here]]

!The Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}s
* [[Characters/{{Batgirl}} See here]]

!Other Central Batfamily Members

[[folder: Batwoman I (Katherine Webb Kane)]]

Before you ask, no, ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} was not Batman's wife. Not even in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} (no matter what that one comic cover on says). Kathy was, however, designed to be a possible romantic interest for the Dark Knight (mainly to dispel the HoYayShipping between him and Robin), as well as an attempt to cash in on the popularity of Franchise/{{Superman}}'s "family members", such as ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. As a rich heiress and a former circus performer, Kathy's life was rather untouched by tragedy, and she mainly became a crimefighter because of her attractions to Batman. Eventually, her niece Betty joined in on the fun as well, as Robin's love interest Bat-Girl.

Although rather sexist by our standards (she had a utility ''purse''!), Kathy and her niece, the original Bat-Girl, were fairly popular back in the fifties and sixties. So, of course, when UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}} ensued, she, her niece, and a handful of other characters were wiped from the Caped Crusader's life (it's actually more complicated than that, as Kathy existed on both Earth-1 and Earth-2, and when ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' is brought into the equation...)

In the last few years she was reintroduced into the Post-Crisis universe by Creator/GrantMorrison as Katherine Kane nee Webb. A wealthy widow with an eye for thrills and dangerous men. At some point during her fling with Batman, she was murdered. Though the circumstances of her death have recently been put into scrutiny.

* ActionGirl
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Thought to be this at one point, where the current Batwoman fought her in an abandoned carnival. Though it was revealed she was only an impostor. Though it's strongly implied she may be less dead than they thought. She's then shown to still be alive at the end of Grant Morrison's New 52 "Batman Inc." run, having become an assassin. She then tells Bruce to not bother finding her.]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler: After she had fallen for Batman, she tried to get out of her deal with Spyral.]]
* TheChick: Utility purse, high heels, powder puff filled with mace, she's got it all.
* ComfortingTheWidow
* CousinOliver: Her original incarnation during the Silver Age. In recent flashbacks to this period, even Dick was shown thinking the idea was stupid.
* DamselInDistress: Often enough
* LegacyCharacter
* MayDecemberRomance: She was older than Bruce at the time. When trying to break things off with Bruce, she claimed that she was too old to be running around in costumes with a younger guy like him.
* NameOfCain: She married into the Kane family, and people claim his death was caused by the "Kane family curse". Judging by what's happened to the family of other people sharing the name, how can you blame them?
* PosthumousCharacter: These days she is usually only shown through flashbacks of Bruce's past, and established to have died during his early years.
* PutOnABus: After ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, she was supposedly erased from existence. [[TheBusCameBack Up until Grant Morrison brought her back during Batman R.I.P. via flashbacks.]]
* {{Retirony}}: She was murdered only after she decided to hang up the cape for good.
* StuffedInTheFridge: Her initial demise in 1979.
* TheVamp: [[spoiler: She was initially out to seduce Batman to uncover his identity for the crime league, Spyral.]]


[[folder:'''Batwoman II''' (Katherine "Kate" Kane)]]

Come the ModernAge, Kathy has been revamped as Katherine "Kate" Kane, a lesbian and a Jew who is much less of a DistaffCounterpart to Batman. During the ComicBook/FiftyTwo weeks following ''Infinite Crisis'', she filled in for the Caped Crusader while he went on his self-discovery journey. She became the star of ''Detective Comics'' after Batman's "death" in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. The first issue sold out despite the notoriously low popularity of female-headed superhero comics and [[HideYourLesbians the old claims that gay characters don't sell.]]

Previous to her series, in ''52'', DC had some trouble fleshing out the character. She was basically a LipstickLesbian with CombatStilettos. However, when she got her own series, both these traits were promptly dropped. While Kate is definitely not butch, she does wear her hair short out of costume and insists on wearing tuxedos to dances. She also now wears practical flats in costume. Now the tropes that define Kate are:[[hardline]]

* ActionGirl
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The new incarnation is Gay and Jewish.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler:Well, she THOUGHT she was...]]
* AntiHero: Kate decided to become a vigilante crimefighter as an outlet and expression of her depression, listlessness and refusal to accept the decision of society to refuse her help.
* BadassGay
* BeingGoodSucks: Ever since [[spoiler:her mother and twin sister were murdered]], Kate Kane only had ''one'' dream, and that was to serve her country. When rumors began to circulate that she was gay she was given the opportunity to say it was a mistake and have the entire affair swept under the rug. [[WillNotTellALie She refuses]], [[HonorBeforeReason unwilling to compromise her personal integrity even for something this important]], and subsequently loses the only dream she has.
* DaddysGirl: Her father was her main line of support, supplying her with information and gadgets as she began her career as Batwoman. Issue #0 of her solo series reveals that their relationship has been drastically altered after the revelations of Kate's childhood.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: A large section of her ''Detective Comics'' run covers the years after she was expelled from West Point, where the running theme (and commentary from friends and family) is that she is listless and undriven, and that she does not know what to ''do'' with her life.
* FieryRedhead
* {{Goth}}: After her initial appearances in 52, she started wearing black and grey casual wear rather than fashionable red dresses.
* HeroicSacrifice: When Kate is forced to resign from the United States Military Academy at West Point she is first given the option of denying the affair and having the event swept under the rug. She will not deny that she is gay, so she admits to the charge and is discharged. However, she has a third option, which is to say nothing (Neither confirm or deny the accusation) which would result in an official investigation that could potentially rule that the "charges" were incorrect, allowing her to stay in the military without actually lying to a superior officer. Before Kate makes any definitive statement she first asks if there is anybody else under investigation, and when she hears that nobody else has been accused she confesses. If she remained silent and there was an investigation, her girlfriend, Sophie Moore, could have been discovered as well. Kate accepted discharge, from the only dream she had in life, in order to keep her lover from being discovered.
* HonourBeforeReason: When confronted by her commanding officer over accusations that she is gay, Kate is given the option of denying the charge and having the entire affair swept under the rug. However, she admits to the charge and resigns from the United States Military Academy at West Point, quoting the Cadet Honor Code as she does: "A cadet shall not lie, cheat or steal, nor suffer others to do so... I'm Gay."
* LadyInRed: In her very first appearance in ''52'' she is dressed in a long, flowing red dress, and she wears out that dress.
* LipstickLesbian: As [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Renee Montoya]] says, "Kate Kane has the kind of beauty that leaves you ''breathless''" when she appears for the first time. Her redesign for ''Detective Comics'', as drawn by Williams, seems to deliberately play around with mixed butch and femme elements in her civilian wear, like wearing a tux with feminine hair and make-up, or a halter-necked top with a buttoned shirtfront and tie printed on the front.
* LongLostRelative:
** [[spoiler:Her twin sister, Beth, turns out to be alive... and [[CainAndAbel unfortunately evil]].]]
** [[spoiler:As of Batwoman 17, it's hinted that Mr. Bones is Beth and Kate's brother, or at least related to them. Though this turns out just to be a delusion on Bones's part.]]
* MilitaryBrat: Kate's father was a [=SpecOps=] trooper, and her mother an Intel officer.
* MilitarySuperhero: Was a cadet at West Point and well on her way to become an outstanding Army officer... until she quit because of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. She sees her superheroics as her new vocation in life, and her Army training pays off a thousandfold.
* NameOfCain
* PolarOppositeTwins: Kate and Beth's completely conflicting ideologies.
* RedHeadedHero
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead
* TechnicalPacifist: She has no qualms with roughing up her enemies, or even ''[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman breaking the skull of a mutant fish-faced crocodile creature]]'', but killing is off-limits.
* TwinDesynch: Played painfully straight; [[spoiler:Beth has altered her appearance so much that her own twin sister couldn't recognize her]].
* TwoferTokenMinority: The newest incarnation is lesbian ''and'' Jewish, and they manage to work both angles into her stories logically as she celebrates a mixed Hanukkah/Christmas holiday season with her on-again, off-again girlfriend.
* WillNotTellALie: She refused to lie about her sexual orientation in the army, which is why she was dishonorably discharged.

[[folder:Batman V (Terry [=McGinnis=])]]

Forty years into the future, Batman hasn't been seen in Gotham for decades, but 16-year-old Terry [=McGinnis=], an ex-juvenile delinquent whose father was murdered on the orders of Derek Powers, the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt CEO of Wayne Enterprises]] after a hostile takeover, accidentally stumbles upon the secret that the reclusive billionaire, Bruce Wayne, was in fact the legendary Batman. Bruce isn't happy about the kid finding this out and is especially unhappy when said kid calls him out on his inaction over the corruption that still plagues Gotham. But after some bonding over some breaking and entering and stopping chemical weapons from being distributed, Bruce eventually decides to offer Terry the chance to be trained as the new Batman in Neo-Gotham.

Later, about 15 years into Terry's career as [[PunnyName the Tomorrow Knight]], [[RetCon it is revealed]] that [[spoiler: Bruce is Terry's biological father. The head of Project Cadmus, Amanda Waller, had over written Terry's father's reproduction DNA with Bruce's. Her reasons being that she believed the world needed a Batman once Bruce was gone and she was hell bent on creating one. However, the next step in the process, to kill Terry's parents in front of him as a child, fell through and Project Batman Beyond was abandoned thereafter.]] The fact that Terry became Batman anyway was completely a coincidence.

In his crime fighting, Terry usually has Bruce's help via radio as well as quite a few advanced toys in his combat suit, including flight, limited invisibility, enhanced strength, and a whole lot more. Unlike his predecessor, Terry likes to talk and rile his opponents. He is decidedly less cynical and jaded and thus has a far healthier view of the role of Batman. Terry sees being Batman as an active redemption for his past sins as a criminal and a "bad kid" but he's also not afraid to enjoy the perks of the job and how it can be the coolest thing in the world.

The Terry [=McGinnis=] character started out in the animated series ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', one shot, while meeting Bruce for the first time since his a show that was pitched as Batman in high school. Defying all odds, the show was a runaway hit. In 2010, after nearly a decade of lobbying and one or two teaser appearances, DC officially made Terry and his future world part of the DCU multiverse with Terry officially appearing first in ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman Annual'' #4, then in his own now [[ComicBook/BatmanBeyond ongoing series]] titled ''Batman Beyond''.

These adventures, however, only took place in the alternate world of Earth-12 of the DC multiverse. Terry has since been adopted into the current mainstream DCU continuity where he is the fifth known incarnation of Batman (after Bruce, Jean-Paul, Dick, and Damian) and is now under the guidance of Damian Wayne instead of Bruce. The poor kid.[[hardline]]

* TheAtoner: Terry believes his time as Batman makes up in some small part for all the trouble he caused as a delinquent.
* BreakThemByTalking: Terry pulled one of these over on the ''Joker''.
* BadassNormal: He can still kick ass outside the suit.
* CanonImmigrant: He was very popular, but the setting of his story seventy years into the future, as well as being a new Batman, were significant roadblocks in allowing him to be included in the comics. His entrance was delayed for over a decade.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The suit isn't invulnerable, but it was at first the only thing allowing Terry to be in the field without being torn to shreds before he got more training.
* CoolCar: His Batmobile ''flies''.
* DatingCatwoman: Terry had his own version of this on the show and now there's a (new) Catwoman in the new comic.
* DeadpanSnarker: "A huge smoking hole. Could be a clue."
* [[{{Delinquents}} Delinquent]]: Terry used to be a criminal when he was a kid, but seemed to be scared straight by juvie hall.
** Terry's own particular form of [[CombatPragmatist Combat Pragmatism]] draws heavily from his street fighting days; in fact, he's one of the dirtiest fighters in the bat-family (which is saying something).
* DependingOnTheWriter: his need to rely on the suit's abilities or not at least in the DCAU to help him at first but later on he's shown being just as good as Bruce is out of the suit as well has in it.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Terry and Dana. In the future, Dana will eventually know Terry is Batman, and they'll get married.
* LegacyCharacter: He's the second or fifth Batman depending on the continuity you follow.
* NewNeoCity: Terry operates in Neo-Gotham.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: "Until a moment of violence brought him to the home of Bruce Wayne....."
* SecretLegacy: [[spoiler: Thanks to DNA replacement therapy that Warren [=McGinnis=] unknowingly went through, Terry is Bruce Wayne's son.]]
* [[spoiler: RedheadedStepchild: One of the biggest signs that Bruce was his biological father. Since Mary and Warren [=McGinnis=] were red- and light brown-haired respectively, only one of his grandparents could have had black hair. Meaning it was a serious genetic stretch for Terry to have it, let alone his little brother too.]]
* TroubledButCute: Following the trend of the Bat-family, if not the entire comic book genre, Terry is a handsome guy with a troubled past.
* YouFightLikeACow: Terry likes to talk when he's kicking your ass.
-->'''Ma Mayhem:''' This is getting old, Batman.\\
'''Terry:''' Look who's talking.

[[folder:Bat-Girl / Flamebird / '''Hawkfire''' (Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kane[=/=]Betty Kane)]]

During Pre-Crisis, Betty Kane was the niece of Kathy Kane and dressed up along with her aunt in order to meet their heroes (and potential love interests) Batman and Robin. She was routinely turned down by Robin, as seen below, but that didn't deter her! That is, until the [[CrisisCrossover Crisis on Infinite Earths]] occurred. Post-Crisis, Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kane (pronounced the same way, mind you!) was a teenaged tennis prodigy who, after becoming infatuated with the red and green fellow with a cute butt and a domino mask, decided to become a superheroine herself. From there, she created the identity of [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Flamebird]], making a metajoke on "Nightwing and Flamebird", a Kryptonian superhero legend that there really wasn't a way for Bette to know about.

She was part of the Teen Titans for a while and did her best to attract that cutie Dick Grayson, eventually failing and giving up on the whole superheroine thing. But not being a superheroine and just being a tennis prodigy with perfect grades and lots of money got boring after a while and so she attempted to reignite her Flamebird identity. So far, it's not going so well. After an incident where she is gravely injured, she adopts a darker attitude towards crime fighting and has renamed herself Hawkfire.

Additionally, Post-Crisis Bette Kane is the cousin of new Batwoman Kate Kane and looks up to her greatly, even not knowing she's that red and black bat-shaped thing running about Gotham. Although that may change sometime soon...[[hardline]]

* ActionGirl: At some points, written as practically being in it partially for the thrill of it all.
** FauxActionGirl: Though alternatively, her Pre-Crisis Bat-Girl incarnation as well as her initial Post-Crisis appearances came off as these, as she was more concerned with showing off to look good and to try to gain her crush's attention.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: To her dismay.
* AscendedFangirl: This is how she started.
* CanonImmigrant
* TheChick: As Bat-Girl she had a utility purse like her aunt, as well as wearing a dress and impractical heels to fight crime with.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Turned into one beginning with Batwoman's run in Detective Comics, as an artistic contrast to [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead her cousin]]. Later colorists however, have reverted her back to having lighter skin (but never as light as Kate's).
* EightiesHair: Initially had an outrageous perm when introduced as Flamebird.
* GirlsHaveCooties: Robin's attitude to Bat-Girl, which rather undermined the whole "See? Love interest! Not gay!" thing.
* MagicSkirt: As Bat-Girl, and to an extent with her first Flamebird costume (though she did wear tights underneath).
* PluckyGirl
* {{Retcon}}: Her history as Bat-Girl never happened in the Post-Crisis era, so readers are supposed to imagine her as Flamebird in any instances where she was with the original Teen Titans. Unless you count her cameo in Grant Morrison's Batwoman story as canon, but that's been rendered moot by the New 52.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her middle name is usually spelled "Elizabeth", but was spelled "Elisabeth" in Sean [=McKeever=]'s run of Teen Titans.
* StalkerWithACrush: Could be seen as this in her early career as Flamebird, and as Bat-Girl.
* StepfordSmiler: Implied in her appearance in the ''Hawk and Dove Annual'', by Dove's analysis of her personality that she's actually a lonely and depressed girl desperate for company and contact with others.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Subverted, she get's maimed by the Hook, and it gives Kate more angst, as well as [[spoiler: directly leading to The DEO figuring out Kate's identity]], and leaves her in a coma for most of the "To Drown the World" Arc. However, she gets out, copes with the PTSD, and begins to take Crime fighting more seriously. She trains with her uncle, and joins in on the final battle, taking out the Hook, and helping beat Bloody Mary.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the ''Beast Boy'' mini-series.
** Took another in the Batwoman ongoing, becoming Hawkfire.

[[folder:Ace the Bat-Hound]]

Ahh, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}. In this era of lightheartedness, sidekicks were abound, both human (or at least humanoid) and animal. Over in the Superman titles, Krypto the Superdog had made his debut, so a question was raised, "Why can't Batman have a canine sidekick as well?" And so Ace the Bat-Hound was born.

With his identity as Bruce Wayne's guard dog, Ace fought alongside his master and his ward in their never ending crusade against crime... at least until ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' where he was by and large abandoned by DC. Ace re-appeared in 1991 as a dog living in the Batcave, no longer wearing the Bat-Hound mask, but disappeared again after the ''No Man's Land'' storyline. In more recent times, Ace has made regular appearances on the animated ''Krypto the Superdog'' television series. Bruce Wayne also had a dog named Ace in ''Batman Beyond'', who even got to be the focus of one rather touching episode.[[hardline]]

A new 'bat hound' has appeared in the New 52. Named Titus, he is the pet of Damian who was bought by Batman for him.

* CanineCompanion
* CoolPet
* GratuitousAnimalSidekick
* HeroicDog
* MultipleChoicePast: Each time he's adapted to a new continuity, his origin is heavily revised to justify Batman having a dog. Did he help Batman anytime his owner kept him at Bruce's care? Batman got him from a Native American? Was he a dog trained for illegal fights who escaped and was found by Bruce? A dog given to Damian?
* EvilDetectingDog: He didn't trust [=AzBats=] and remained away from him, in a hidden section of the Batcave, alongside Harold.
* RaceLift: A German Shepherd in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, while his ComicBook/PostCrisis version is a puggle. Titus is a Great Dane.
* TeamPet

[[folder:Azrael II / Batman II (Jean-Paul Valley)]]

->''"I'm '''not''' [[Franchise/{{Batman}} him]] -- I'm a lot '''more''' -- [[BadassBoast and a lot]] '''[[BadassBoast worse.]]'''"''\\
-- '''ComicBook/{{Azrael}} (Jean-Paul Valley)'''

Azrael first debuted in 1992 with the ''Batman: Sword of Azrael'' miniseries. The reason Azrael was created was to introduce a replacement for Franchise/{{Batman}} during the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' arc.

So, anyway, Jean-Paul Valley was just an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary postgraduate student]] in Computer Science at Gotham University, when his father stumbled into his dorm, bleeding to death. Just before he died, good ol' dad informed him that he was actually the most recent in a long line of enforcers/assassins who worked for [[ChurchMilitant the Sacred Order of St. Dumas]]. So, after a series of misadventures involving a trip to Switzerland, training with a [[OldMaster short old guy]], allying with Batman, and defeating the weapons dealer [[YouKilledMyFather that killed his father]], Jean-Paul had learned that every Azrael was trained by being subjected to a series of subliminal messages (known as "the System," this training was "programmed" into an individual, and remained latent until activated by hypnosis) since childhood. Inspired by Batman, he rejected the Order of St. Dumas and saved the Caped Crusader from death. He even filled in for Batman for a while during the ''Knightfall'' arc, while the Dark Knight was incapacitated. Unfortunately, [[FanNickname Azbats]] went crazy due to the System, and made a suit of armor to replace the Batsuit, which included adding a frikkin' flame-thrower and ''claws'' to it. The whole point of the arc was to show fans who wanted Batman to be more like ComicBook/ThePunisher what would happen if that want became reality. Anyway, when the fan reaction was largely negative, they had Batman reclaim the title in a battle where he outwitted Jean-Paul, who finally came back to his senses when he took off the Azbatsuit's helmet.

So he went back to being Azrael, and even got his own title, which ran for a solid 100 issues (retitled ''Azrael: Agent of the Bat'' at issue #47 in an attempt to boost sales by tying it in with Batman). He even changed his costume a few times, and was a major player in the ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' arc. His comic was okay for the majority, but all good things must come to an end eventually. Unfortunately, the writing and art got really crappy, despite Denny frikkin' O'Neil and Sergio Cariello being the main creative team, killing off Jean-Paul in the final issue, after which he was never mentioned or heard from again, aside from popping up in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' [[OneSceneWonder for a single page]]. Some have speculated that the reason ''Azrael: Agent of the Bat'' was never really popular was because O'Neil and Cariello were the only creative team the book ever had, which often resulted in old ideas recycled, and an almost complete lack of character development for Jean-Paul.

!! Tropes that apply to Jean-Paul Valley:
* AdventureTowns: Ossaville (Population originally 56, now less than 28. Have A Nice Day), the new homebase for Jean-Paul Valley after the "Losses" arc (73-75), became one of these after ol' Az settled down there.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Besides the obvious differences, he has a LOT in common with Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}.
** [=AzBats=] was deliberately designed to be a Straw version of Marvel's [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher]] and other ultra-violent heroes. The comparison is especially noticeable in a Batman / Punisher crossover published during his tenure.
* AntiHero: Slides all the way down the scale in ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: For Batman during the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' arc.
* {{Archenemy}}: Jean-Paul Valley had ''two;'' [[YouKilledMyFather Carleton Lehah]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Nicholas Scratch]].
* AxCrazy: Jean-Paul Valley as Azrael could get pretty AxCrazy, though he wasn't as nearly as crazy as Michael Lane, who makes of habit of killing people deemed as "sinners".
* BadassBoast: Most of the Azraels have a penchant for this, combined with a strong case of LargeHam.
* BadassBookworm
* BeardOfSorrow: Jean-Paul Valley sported one of these following the "Losses" arc, while in mourning for [[spoiler:his "brother," the Faux-Azrael]], though he soon shaved it after a pep talk from Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Jean-Paul Valley has this towards Cassandra Cain's ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}}''.
** Well, he did say that he "[[ExactWords liked her]]."
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Averted, as Jean-Paul Valley was gentle and friendly when not acting as Azrael.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: This happens to Jean-Paul when he's under the influence of The System.
* CharacterDevelopment: Sister Lilhy turned evil and allied with [[CostumeCopycat Faux-Azrael]] in order to [[OhCrap re-found the Sacred Order of St. Dumas]].
* ChestInsignia: Jean-Paul's first costume had the [[ fleur-di-lis]] on it, and his second costume had a red bat-symbol.
* ClearMyName: Jean-Paul Valley had to do this at least three times, and it got more and more stale every time it happened.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Jean-Paul, you dork. Oracle has a stuffed doll of you next to her computer (Check issue #82 of ''Azrael: Agent of the Bat'' if you don't believe me). Huntress considers your team-ups ''dates'' (but perhaps that's [[BelligerentSexualTension cutting it a bit fine]]). And you have the balls to wonder why you can't get a girlfriend.
** But then again, seeing as how he has a [[VitriolicBestBuds somewhat tense relationship]] with ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, [[FridgeBrilliance maybe he just doesn't want to tick him off even more by going out with either of Nightwing's exes]].
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Apparently, the DCU just doesn't have any [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Protestants, or Lutherans, or Calvinists, or even Greek Orthordox]]...
* ChurchMilitant: Sacred Order of St. Dumas? Check.
* CostumePorn: Jean-Paul Valley's first costume.
* CoolCar: Averted. Apparently, [[SarcasmMode nothing says "angel"]] or "agent of the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} bat]]" like a navy blue sports car with some slight modifications. The authors turned down the suggestion that he be given angel-like wings with the excuse "What? And get rid of his car?" Just read the "Az you like it" column in the back of ''Azrael: Agent of the Bat'' #81.
* {{Deprogram}}: The System is some form of this.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments.
* DirtyOldMan: Subverted for [[TheShrink Brian Bryan]], though he has stated concerning Lilhy, "If I were twenty years younger..."
* CanonDiscontinuity: Jean-Paul Valley stated at the end of the ''Batman: Sword of Azrael'' mini-series that he and his father shared the same name. However, according to Azrael: Year One, his father's name was Ludovic Valley. This could be explained as simply Jean-Paul being mistaken, considering his [[WellDoneSonGuy somewhat strained relationship with his father]]... [[BrutalHonesty or the writer forgot]].
* DoingInTheWizard: What wizard?
* DualWielding: Jean-Paul Valley had two [[FlamingSword flaming blade things]] on his wrists. See picture.
* {{Expy}}: During the aftermath of ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} while he is [[TakeUpMySword filling in]] for Bruce as Franchise/{{Batman}}, his {{darker and edgier}} (and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy crazy]]) version of The Dark Knight starts off as a commentary on [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks comics of the time]], but slowly he explicitly becomes Creator/FrankMiller's [[Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns Dark Knight]], cemented when he makes himself gauntlets with metal claws.
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: Lilhy.
* FlamingSword: Most of the Azraels had at least one, or a variation thereof.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Does this guy even have a memorial in the Batcave? Poor guy's only made one page cameos since his death in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' and Neil Gaiman's ContinuityPorn (but out of continuity) ''Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?'' story.
* FreudianExcuse: And a pretty darn good one at that. Extensive SleepLearning combined with "[[{{Deprogram}} the System]]" and becoming a WellDoneSonGuy like Jean-Paul did would mess most people up pretty bad. See entries for SleepLearning, {{Deprogram}}, and WellDoneSonGuy for more information.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Jean-Paul used to wear glasses prior to becoming Azrael, and still did occasionally afterwards.
* InTheBlood: Averted for Jean-Paul Valley, who's father was an old-school version of Michael Lane, though Jean-Paul ''did'' become the new Azrael.
* InnocentFanServiceGirl: Sister Lilhy.
* KilledOffForReal: For the past ten years or so anyway.
* KnightTemplar: The Sacred Order of St. Dumas was actually a splinter group of the ''original'' Knights Templar.
* LegacyCharacter: This whole Azrael thing has been going on since the 15th century, apparently, passing from father to son, and ending with Jean-Paul Valley.
** Later on the identity was picked up minor character Michael Lane who even got an ongoing series for about five minutes.
* LimitedWardrobe: Jean-Paul Valley was infamous for only wearing jeans and T-Shirts in most of his civilian appearances.
* MaskOfPower: After a fashion for Jean-Paul - only his Azrael persona (see SplitPersonality entry below) has his ''{{Badass}}'' combat skills, and he can only activate this persona by putting on his Azrael mask.
* MassOhCrap: All of the Azrael's are ''very'' good at instigating these. Take this example found in ''Plus'' #1, were Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley) teams up with ComicBook/TheQuestion:
-->'''Azrael:''' Know that you are evil. Know that you are abhominations. Know that you will be punished.\\
'''[[WesternTerrorists Terrorists:]]''' (''MassOhCrap expressions'')\\
(''CurbStompBattle ensues'')
* MookFaceTurn: Lilhy used to work for the Order of St. Dumas before deciding to help out Jean-Paul, but then she was "Sister Lilhy".
* NaughtyNuns: Lilhy is implied to have turned into this.
* NerdGlasses: Though he did look okay in his round glasses.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Well, with Jean-Paul Valley at least, and only sometimes.
** A ''lot'', actually. Notably one of the first to actually be treated as... ''bad''.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Frequently lampshaded in Jean-Paul Valley's early days. In the words of the ComicBook/{{Hitman}}:
-->''Hitman:'' He about half-thinks he's an angel... an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel with a Bullet Proof Vest]].
* NoSocialSkills: Jean-Paul Valley suffers from this.
* ObliviousToLove: Lilhy couldn't take any of Jean-Paul's hints, so the poor guy just gave up.
* OffscreenAfterLife: When Jean-Paul dies in the final issue of his series, he says "It looks just like the earth." And he was sporting his famous smile, so that's a good thing.
* OhCrap: Not only are the Azraels good at instigating these, but it occasionally happens to them too. For instance, Jean-Paul is going about in a run-down part of town as Azrael in issue #32 of his series. He's just been fixed up by this old woman, when he realizes that he left his car unattended. His [[OhCrap sudden realization]] and reaction to this are priceless.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Jean-Paul Valley, thanks to "the System," is an incredible fighter, but he lacks the experience and finesse of Franchise/{{Batman}}, making him inferior to him. However, the Caped Crusader has acknowledged that if Jean-Paul could just get his head screwed on straight, he could have the potential to become an even ''better'' fighter than him.
* OutdatedOutfit: After a fashion. Ludovic Valley's decidedly more crusader-esque costume was one of the factors that contributed to his death.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Apparently, the residents of the DC Universe's idea of an angel is either someone dressed up in crusader armor or someone dressed up, well, like in this entry's picture.
* PoweredArmor: The final version of the Azbatsuit was this.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Jean-Paul Valley's final Azbatsuit was this.
* SleepLearning: How "the System" works. Or, to be accurate, [[OverlyLongName Subliminal Messages Played While You Are Sleeping Throughout Your Childhood Learning.]]
* SociopathicHero: Sometimes.
* SplitPersonality: Jean Paul's Azrael persona is significantly different from his civilian identity of Jean-Paul Valley. As the the [[ChurchMilitant sect]] that trained him was a largely medieval organization, he would often take a course of action would could have been more easily accomplished using modern technology. For example, during the ''Contagion'' arc, when a deadly plague was spreading through Gotham City, Azrael had to get the recipe for a cure to the hospitals. His solution to this was a mad rush across military lines, and though he succeeded, he discovered upon arriving at his destination that his allies had already sent the cure recipe to the hospitals by email. This is contradictory to the mindset of Jean-Paul Valley, who, being a student of programming, would be completely aware of such a solution. A third, though less developed, personality is Batman. This personality manifested during Jean-Paul's stint at the Caped Crusader, and remanifested near the end of his series. It combined the intellect of Jean-Paul Valley and the bloodlust of Azrael, but lacked the compassion of Jean-Paul.
* StealthHiBye: Jean-Paul's inability to pull this off during his [[AntiHeroSubstitute stint as Batman]] was Commissioner Gordon's first clue that there was a new Batman in town. The below scene doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
-->'''Gordon:''' [...] ...Blame him... My God.
-->'''Azbats:''' Something wrong, Commissioner?
-->'''Gordon:''' You're still ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness here]]''.
-->'''Azbats:''' So?
-->'''Gordon:''' ''Usually I'' turn and you're gone.
-->'''Azbats:''' I wasn't certain we were finished talking.
-->'''Gordon:''' That never stopped you before.
-->'''Azbats:''' I'll be going then.
* SuckSessor: Jean-Paul Valley to Franchise/{{Batman}} during the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' arc. The whole reason it ever happened was to show fans why Bruce Wayne's Batman ''wasn't'' a brutal AntiHero like ComicBook/ThePunisher.
* TakeUpMySword: Franchise/{{Batman}} (Bruce Wayne) appointed him as his SuckSessor after [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Bane broke Bruce's back]].
* TomatoInTheMirror: This happened to Jean-Paul a few times, what with "the System" and all.
* TemporaryScrappy: Jean-Paul Valley was promoted as this when he turned into Azbats and the majority of the fans were not pleased.
* TragicDream: After an extenuating day being Batman, Azrael reflected that after being the Avatar of Saint Dumas order, who wanted to conquer Jerusalem back again to Christianity, and presently being the TemporarySubstitute to Batman, who wants to stop crime in Gotham City, he finds the fanatical obsessive founder Dumas was the wiser: Sure, Jerusalem was never conquered again, but it was a tangible goal, that could be achieved by someone eventually... stopping crime in Gotham is a madmanís dream.
* TragicHero: At varying points in his series, though most significantly in the end.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Apparently, Jean-Paul was subjected to subliminal messages and other mental conditioning since he was a little kid.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Jean-Paul Valley, Brian Bryan, and Sister Lilhy, again.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: [[Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey Ora]][[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} cle]]. Who else?
* WellDoneSonGuy: Played straight. Jean-Paul had ''terrible'' issues with both his real father, Ludovic Valley, and his adoptive father figure, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]]. The elder Valley had always been distant from Jean-Paul, and rarely even saw him, let alone had extended interactions with him. Even in Jean-Paul's "system" induced dreams and visions, Ludovic is condescending and unsatisfied with Jean-Paul's actions. But then again, it was revealed in Azrael: Year One that Ludovic was actually trying to get him to safety, away from the Order of St. Dumas when he mentioned the instructions, so maybe he wasn't such a bad father. And then there's ''Batman.'' Imagine if ''your'' father was Batman. (Maybe Jean-Paul could identify with Damian) Indeed, their relationship has been compared to a very athletic father looking down on an intelligent but physically lacking son. On the other hand, Jean-Paul's father issues led him to [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming identify with a lot of the villains he fought]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Jean-Paul Valley got this with Sister Lilhy a lot.
* WolverinePublicity: Why do you think they renamed Jean-Paul's series ''Azrael: Agent of the Bat'' at issue 47?

[[folder: Batwing I (David Zavimbe)]]

David Zavimbe was a child soldier from the fictional city of Tinasha who's parents both died of AIDS. He and his younger brother Isaac were drafted into General Keita's army at a young age, and soon became prodigies in the art of murder. Disgusted by all the needless bloodshed, David eventually fled the soldier life and became an honest cop in Tinasha, doing everything he could to uphold the law. Once Bruce Wayne announced the Batman, Incorporated initiative, David became one of his hand-picked recruits.

Batwing first debuted in 2011, with the fifth issue of the first volume of Batman, Incorporated. He was one of the latest recruits to Batman's cause of combating the combined forces of Leviathan and Doctor Dedalus. He was seemingly killed by a legion of Talia al Ghul's Man-Bats in the one-shot Leviathan Strikes!, but was given his own ongoing series in the New 52.

!!Tropes that apply to David Zavimbe:
* {{Archenemy}}: [[spoiler:His brother Isaac, now known as the mercenary Massacre.]]
* ARealManIsAKiller: subversion.
* TheAtoner: Fights crime to make up for his actions as a child soldier.
* BadassBoast: "I am Batwing, and I'm going to beat you until you can't stand up."
* BadassNormal
* ChildSoldier: Grew up as one before running away.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Quits being Batwing after Matu Ba dies.]]
* [[spoiler:LongLostRelative]]
* PoweredArmor
* ShellShockedVeteran

[[folder:'''Batwing II''' (Luke Fox)]]

Luke Fox is the son of Bruce Wayne's coworker Lucius Fox, who took up the mantle of Batwing in ''Batwing'' #19 in the summer of 2013.

* GeniusBruiser: Luke is not only a talented MMA fighter, but is also a brilliant mind who constantly tinkers and improves his batsuit. In ''ComicBook/{{Gothtopia}}'', he synthesizes a cure for the hallucinatory gas that engulfed the city.
* LegacyCharacter: Becomes the second Batwing at the urging of Batman.
* MythologyGag:
** WordOfGod is that his Batsuit is explicitly based in part off of that of [[ComicBook/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]]. His personality is also similar.
** His [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual cowl vision mode]] is explicitly called [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Detective Mode]].
* PoweredArmor: Moreso than his predecessor. It covers his whole body, has retractable wings, and all kind of gadgets stocked in it.
* SecretIdentity: Bruce Wayne isn't telling Lucius he's working with Luke, which the writers note will cause eventual friction between the two.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: He's Terry [=McGinnis=] a few decades early.