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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: ComicBook/TheRiddler, ComicBook/PoisonIvy, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, ComicBook/TheJoker, ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, The Penguin, ComicBook/{{Bane}}, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, ComicBook/TwoFace]]

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

!!Specific Villains
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* [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGalleryPart1 Part 1]][[labelnote:click to expand]] The Joker, Joe Chill, Catwoman (I), Harley Quinn, Two-Face, the Penguin, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Bane, Hugo Strange, Poison Ivy, R'as Al Ghul, Talia Al Ghul. [[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGalleryPart2 Part 2]][[labelnote:click to expand]] Hush, the Mad Hatter, Killer Moth, Firefly, Lady Shiva, Tweedledum & Tweedledee, the Ventriloquist I-III, Black Mask, Maxie Zeus, the Great White Shark, Victor Zsasz, Clayface I-III, Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy, Dr. Hurt, James Gordon Jr., the Dealer, Professor Pyg, the Court of Owls, Owlman I-II, Cluemaster, Carpenter, Brother EYE, Cain, Rupert Thorne. [[/labelnote]]
[[/index]]
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