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Extended Batfamily and Batman Incorporated Members
Catwoman I (Selina Kyle)
She started out as a run-of-the-mill villain, but Catwoman is known by ninety percent of the world today as Batman's main love interest. As the definition of a "cat burglar", Selina was, in many ways, as much of a dark counterpart to Batman as the Joker was (she's even got an animal theme!). Time after time, she would steal valuable jewels and the like (often items with a cat theme), and time after time, the Dark Knight would put a stop to her. As these "dates" went on, she became more and more infatuated with Batman, an attraction he mostly reciprocates but that he hates to admit.Out of all of Batman's love interests, Selina is probably the most supported one, mainly because she's one of the few who can fight. By The '90s, she had moved out of "supervillain" territory and become more of an anti-heroine. Various origin stories by authors such as Frank Miller and Ed Brubaker suggest that before she became Catwoman, she was a Street Urchin who suffered a variety of (often sexually-related) troubles before becoming who she is today. After the nineties, she is a wealthy socialite who steals for the hell of it (and help out the Bat-Family on occasion).For a while, Selina went straight, and even had a baby, but soon enough, the reluctance of The DCU to let anybody in the Bat-universe have a happy life returned her to her costumed persona after a tragic event involving B-list villains Angle Man and Film Freak. Additionally, it is revealed that her going straight may have had something to do with Zatanna's magic instead of her own will. Either way, she makes a very effective hero when she wants to be. Her experience, skill, and social influence are second only to Bats himself, and she has no qualms using lethal force to get the job done.See her page for more info.
Catwoman II (Holly Robinson)
Catwoman's pal Holly Robinson first appeared in Batman: Year One as a child prostitute who lived with Selina Kyle. Later, Holly returned as Selina's Girl Friday in Ed Brubaker's relaunch of the Catwoman title. Over the course of the series, Holly worked as Catwoman's spy on the streets, learned boxing moves from Wildcat, got a nice girlfriend, and became a den mother to a bunch of street urchins. Holly later became the second Catwoman when Selina temporarily retired.After ending her brief stint as a replacement Catwoman, Holly left Gotham and was thrown into the cast of Countdown to Final Crisis. Holly spent most of Countdown in a state of constant facepalming, as she began an Odd Friendship with Harley Quinn and tried to make sense of a plot involving fake Amazons and Granny Goodness. Post-Countdown, Holly ran away to Comic-Book Limbo.She was seemingly Ret Gone'd in the New 52, with some of her role going to Eiko Hasigawa. However, Tom King's "I am Suicide" arc re-establishes her as canon, and she is now a girl who Selina grew up with at an orphanage.
- Action Girl: She has been taught stealth, athletics, hot-wiring, lock-picking, thieving, acrobatics, and martial arts by Selina. Ted Grant trained her in a form of kick-boxing adapted for street use, as well as English boxing.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: A lesbian that briefly replaced Selina Kyle as Catwoman.
- Functional Addict: She managed to kick her drug addiction, although she comes close to falling Off the Wagon at one point.
- Gayngst: Averted. Her being queer is never made into an issue, nor does it cause her any angst or trouble.
- Legacy Character: In the "One Year Later" storyline, Holly Robinson has taken over as the new Catwoman at the request of Selina Kyle, who has decided to retire from the role after becoming pregnant.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She seems to alternate between this and a more tomboyish style.
- Morality Pet: For Selina.
- Odd Friendship: With Harley Quinn, as mentioned before.
- Put on a Bus
- The Bus Came Back: After years of non-use, she made her return in the "I am Suicide" arc of Batman, and she's a close friend of Selina's. That same issue also explicitly references her involvement in "Year One", even though that story isn't the canon first year for Batman anymore. Whether the events are still somehow canon is up in the air, because... Tom King wrote it.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the orphanage she grew up in is destroyed by terrorists, she tracks down everyone even slightly responsible for the attack and cuts their throats.
- The Runaway: She ended up on the streets after running away from Abusive Parents.
- Series Continuity Error: Holly was killed during a 1988 storyline in Action Comics Weekly. Ed Brubaker, unaware of said storyline, brought her back. This was lampshaded in a short story he later wrote titled "Why Holly Isn't Dead", in which Holly complains about Canon Discontinuity and Selina suggests Continuity Reboots as an explanation.
- Slashed Throat: Her preferred method of killing.
- Ret Gone:
- It is implied that the Action Comics Weekly story was erased from continuity as a result of Zero Hour.
- Apparently, in the New 52. At first, anyway.
- Sidekick: To Selina. Holly began working for her as a spy of sorts. She pretended to be a part of the street life when in actuality, she was gathering information about what was happening on the streets of the East End.
- Street Urchin: Running away from an abusive home, Holly began living on the street as a prostitute at a young age. When she was 13, she met Selina Kyle, who was four years older at the time.
- Team Mom: To the Alleytown Kids, a group of street kids that she train to act as a network of spies and informants for Catwoman.
Catwoman III (Eiko Hasigawa)
The daughter of a Yakuza family, introduced in the Catwoman ongoing, Eiko admired Catwoman as a Robin Hood type of figure. When Selina becomes a mob boss, Eiko decides to take on the mantle herself.
- Action Girl: Of course, she's a Catwoman.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Japanese and non-straight (though it's unclear whether she is a lesbian or bisexual).
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Selina. Her attraction to the first Catwoman may have played a part in her taking up the mantle.
- Just Like Robin Hood: What she believes Catwoman stands for.
- Spanner in the Works: She becomes the new Catwoman in order to foil her father's plans.
Huntress (Pre-Crisis / New 52) (Helena Wayne)
Click here to see her as RobinnoteBatman and Catwoman finally confessed their love for one another, then got married and had a daughter. The daughter, Helena, had all the benefits of being rich (an excellent education, etc.), was trained by her parents to be an excellent athlete, and joined Dick Grayson's law firm. However, tragedy struck and Selena was blackmailed into donning the Catwoman suit for one more heist, which led to her death. Swearing vengeance on the blackmailer, Helena Wayne became the costumed heroine, the Huntress. No, this was not a badly written fan-fic, this was what happened on Earth-Two, during the pre-Crisis era. Even after her father, the Earth-Two Batman, died in battle with a villain after coming out of semi-retirement one last time, she continued crimefighting with Dick Grayson (still going by Robin even though he was well into middle age), and joined the Justice Society of America. Then Crisis on Infinite Earths happened, and all of the Earth-Two characters "never existed".... until the 'New 52' reboot, where Earth 2 is not the previous Earth-Two. In the New 52 Earth 2, Helena Wayne was trained by her father to be the perfect Robin. Somehow or another, she ended up in the main 52-verse, where she took on the identities of Huntress and Helena Bertinelli. She would eventually return to Earth 2 with her friend Power Girl.See Huntress personal page for more info.
Huntress (Post-Crisis / New 52) / Matron (Helena Bertinelli)
The Post-Crisis version of the Huntress. Her name is Helena Bertinelli, the daughter of one of the Gotham's major Mafia families. At the tender age of eight, she was forced to witness the brutal massacre of her entire family. After spending years training (one of her masters was Richard Dragon, who trained the Question and Barbara Gordon), she returned to Gotham to become the costumed vigilante, the Huntress. Unlike most members of the Bat-Family who eventually built a level of trust with her, Batman held a deep distrust of Huntress for a long time, believing to be too much of a loose cannon, although he eventually trusts her enough to sponsor her for the Justice League (her original JLI membership apparently having been forgotten).Notably, she helped maintain order in Gotham during the No Man's Land storyline, as a temporary Batgirl (and eventual Batman) when she discovered that criminals feared the Bat more than her Huntress costume. She has since been forced to resign from the Justice League, although she still operates as a member of the Bat-Family and the Birds of Prey team.In The New 52, she's Matron, a secret agent working for Spyral in the ongoing series Grayson. She recruits Dick Grayson, who is believed to be dead, to be her partner. After the events of Grayson and after Helena Wayne has departed for Earth 2 (the place, not the comic), Helena Bertinelli leaves Spyral and adopts the identity of the Huntress.See Huntress personal page for more info.
Azrael III (Michael Lane)
Deus Angst Machina that rivals that of Tim Drake. Unfortunately, the series was the embodiment of Artistic License – Religion & Darker and Edgier; it ran a lot like your average Dan Brown book. He also fought Theme Serial Killer The Crusader. This series was cancelled at issue #18.Azrael II later appeared in the Judgement On Gotham, a Bat Family Crossover which ranged across Batman, Red Robin, Gotham City Sirens, and the Batman again. It featured Azrael working with the Crusader (though both were under the influence of Ra's al Ghul) to judge Batman, Red Robin, and Catwoman, in order to find one righteous person in Gotham City, or they would destroy it. Exactly why they just didn't go take a poll of the attendees of the local Christian churches is not known. They both disappeared after end of the arc. The storyline in itself was motivated solely by the fact that Michael Lane, apparently, knew little of religion, which is pretty ironic seeing how he's supposed to be a "Soldier of God."
- Anti-Hero Substitute: Michael Lane tried to be this during the Battle for the Cowl event where he was first introduced (Batman: Battle For the Cowl: Azrael: Death's Dark Knight. Dark Knight?). It didn't work out.
- Artistic License – Religion: The second series is filled with this.
- The Atoner: Michael is currently working as Azrael to atone for both his work with the Black Glove and his actions during Judgement On Gotham.
- Ax-Crazy: Micheal Lane slowly got more and more Ax-Crazy as his series wound down to a close. He got better (slightly) after he came back from the dead.
- Back from the Dead: On the third day, no less.
- Big Bad Friend: Michael Lane's assistant, Adrian Paratino, actually works for Ra's freakin' al Ghul.
- Chest Insignia: Michael Lane's Suit of Sorrows has a Christian cross on it, though before he took the suit, the cross was modeled after the bat-symbol, indicating the previous owner of the suit.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Same bad case of this as with Jean-Paul Valley's series, but shown more prominently.
- Church Militant: Order of Purity? Check.
- Darker and Edgier: Michael Lane's series is made of this.
- Deus Angst Machina / Death by Origin Story: This happened to Michael Lane in a degree that rivals Tim Drake's Deus Angst Machina. His son was hit by a car and died at age three. His wife committed suicide within a year. Only six months after her death, Michael's two siblings (his last living relatives) were murdered by an apparent Satanic cult.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he wants to be.
- Does This Remind You of Anything??: A lot of people have noted that Michael Lane's costume looks like something out of Assassin's Creed.
- Doing In the Wizard: Completely averted in Michael Lane's series, where the Suit of Sorrows is only described as "cursed" or "magic."
- Dual Wielding: Michael Lane carries two flaming swords; one red and one blue.
- Flaming Sword: Ditto. As stated before, Michael Lane has two.
- Friend on the Force: Pete Farrelli, probably Mikey's only real friend in the world, since Father Day is using him to accomplish the ends of the Order of Purity, and Adrian Paratino is actually working for Ra's al Ghul.
- Legacy Character: Michael is only one incarnation of a line of Azraels who work for Sacred Order of St. Dumas splinter group the Order of Purity. All they need is the Suit of Sorrows and a volunteer. All of the people who wore the Suit of Sorrows were eventually driven insane by it. It only took 6 weeks to do the trick for Michael Lane's predessor.
- Knight Templar: He's not nearly as bad as the previous Azraels but can still act pretty extreme, forcing the rest of the Batfamily to hold him back a bit.
- Mission from God: Mikey is convinced that he's on one of these, though considering how around the bend he is, thanks to the Suit of Sorrows...
- Mook–Face Turn: Michael Lane once worked for Dr. Hurt of the Black Glove, and accepted an offer to become Azrael partly as his way of atoning for his perceived role in the demise of Batman.
- Offscreen Afterlife: Averted. Michael Lane briefly went to someplace that was obviously meant to be purgatory.
- Our Angels Are Different: Darn well they are. See Jean-Paul Valley's entry on this.
- Powered Armor: Michael Lane wears a suit of crusader armor called the Suit of Sorrows, which is made from the fragments of the armor of 100 crusaders slain in battle. It gives him enhanced speed, strength, and stamina. The only drawback is that it will eventually drive him insane, as has happened to all of the people who wore the suit before him.
- Religion Is Magic: The Suit of Sorrows and the Sword of Sin and the Sword of Salvation? Natch.
- Servile Snarker: Adrian Paratino, Michael Lane's assistant, is very snarky.
- Theme Serial Killer: The Crusader murdered several members of the Order of Purity in manners based on the martyrdoms of various Christian saints.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Has happened to poor Mikey a few times, him being crazy and all.
- Tragic Hero: Played Straight, then Double Subverted, though possibly justified, making this Zig-Zagged. Explanation; Michael has many flaws and is willing to kill people when he deems it necessary, which gets him trouble with Batman when he was Bat-Devil. However, he himself is aware of these flaws (when not wearing the Suit of Sorrows), but can't seem to be able to do anything about it, or for some reason doesn't want to. On the other hand, the factors that led to him to becoming so messed up, which are exacerbated by extensive use of the Suit of Sorrows, make it pretty hard to blame him for what he's done. See Freudian Excuse entry above for more information.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Adrian Paratino and Pete Farrelli.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Adrian Paratino again.
- Will They or Won't They?: Michael Lane had this with his sister-in-law, Jenny Lane. They did it in a flashback from issue 16.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Suit of Sorrows is said to have driven all of its wearers insane. It only took 6 weeks to take this effect on Michael Lane's predesessor.
The Question II (Renee Montoya)
Renee Montoya was an officer of the GCPD. She was Harvey Bullock's partner until he was promoted to lieutenant and stayed in Gotham during No Man's Land; it was then that a connection between her and Harvey Dent/Two-Face was first established. After No Man's Land, her new partner is Crispus Allen, a cop from Metropolis. When she is outed due to Two-Face's machinations - Two-Face being in love with her - she is disowned by her family. Renee struggles with anger issues for more than a year until Infinite Crisis breaks and Cris is murdered by Dirty Cop Jim Corrigan. She comes close to crossing the line once more, and leaves the force. However, Victor Sage took her in during this stressful time and made her his protégé.The events of 52 reveal that she has become the new Question after the death of Vic Sage, where she saved her friend (and ex), wealthy socialite Kate Kane, the new Batwoman.
- Adaptational Sexuality: She's more of the more famous lesbians in comics, but according to the Series Bible for Batman: The Animated Series she originally joined the force after the death of her husband.
- Badass Gay: Even before becoming a superhero.
- Butch Lesbian
- By-the-Book Cop: When partnered with Bullock. She changed.
- Canon Immigrant: From Batman: The Animated Series. Also an inversion, as while she was created for the DCAU, when she was brought over to the mainstream continuity her debut appearance was months before Batman: The Animated Series first aired.
- Coming-Out Story: In Gotham Central, she was involuntarily outed by Two-Face, who had become obsessed with her since their encounter in Batman: No Man's Land. He mailed pictures of her with her girlfriend to her family and to the Major Crimes Unit, the branch of the Gotham City Police Department where she worked. Captain Maggie Sawyer, Renee's shift commander at the MCU, was already out and attempted to help guide Renee through the initial tribulations, but Renee felt that their circumstances were not comparable. Ultimately, her parents disowned her, but she was able to find a modicum of acceptance from the cops she worked with. It's later implied that her parents — or her father at least — upon cooling down a bit have deeply regretted this disownment, but Renee is by this point understandably unwilling to have anything to do with them even if they are willing to mend fences.
- Clear My Name: The plot of an arc in Gotham Central. She is accused of murder when a criminal she has history with and a private detective hired to follow her are both killed. She is being set up by her Stalker with a Crush Two-Face, who thinks that by completely ruining her life she will have nowhere to go except into his arms. On that occasion, her colleagues try to prove she is innocent, Batman investigates the case, and everybody in the cast is confused (but grateful) when Bruce Wayne pays for her lawyer. Two-Face eventually has to resort outright kidnapping once the lawyer manages to get her released on bail, since he knows that once she is free she inevitably will be able to find enough evidence to clear herself.
- Despair Event Horizon: The murder of her partner Cris Allen.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: She was the Good Cop to Harvey's Bad; partnered with Cris Allen, she played more often the Bad Cop.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: How she lays the hurt on people she feels deserves it.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Her confrontation with Two-Face left her with a scar running along her right cheekbone and a confrontation with The Flash villain Dr. Alchemy burned the double Venus symbol into her collarbone.
- Legacy Character: During 52, she inherits the mantle of the Question.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Harvey Bullock.
- Police Brutality: Renee's anger issues were what led her to resign from the force.
- She Who Fights Monsters: The freaks and dirty cops have a tendency to attack her personal life; that sort of thing takes a toll.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Not that it was not well-done, but she had canon boyfriends before the revelation of her sexuality. Word of God handwaves this with the explanation that the previous boyfriends were beards and good friends.
- Twofer Token Minority: Renee is a woman, a Latina, and a lesbian.
Bluebird (Harper Row)
Click here to see Harper as Bluebirdnote"Harper Row, you're not finished. No way."Harper's father had a habit of breaking things, then would disappear for stretches of time. During this time Harper would fix the things her father broke. Harper claims that her earliest memories are of watching the building super strip and graft wires, and fix things that seemed beyond repair. Harper soon developed a talent for fixing things herself. Her relationship with her father is stated to have been abusive, as she lists herself and her brother among the things he would break. Eventually Harper applied for emancipation. After achieving this, she moved out, taking her brother Cullen with her, and applied for a job with the city electrical engineer, and gets a job doing maintenance on the city's electrical grid.Harper and Cullen moved into the narrows, and broke contact with their father. After an encounter with Batman, in which he saves her and Cullen from a gang, it inspires her to find ways to help him. She begins looking up videos of Batman online, and soon discovers that he's been sabotaging city security cameras, to avoid any clear footage being found of him. Knowing due to her job, that he can't access the cameras from remote, she becomes curious as to how he achieves this. She soon discovers Batman's private enhancements to Gotham's electric grid and uses it to track her new hero. She also begins working on a way to improve the boxes, hoping to repay the Batman. Later she sees part of the grid go offline, assuming something is wrong, she investigates and finds herself in a position to assist him in capturing Tiger Shark. Batman subsequently visits her at work shortly after, and tells her to not to get herself involved in his activities again.And yet, eventually, she takes up the identity of Bluebird and is seen working with Batman essentially as his sidekick, using the name Bluebird, with a costume seemingly inspired by Nightwing's blue outfit. After discovering her origins and the role of Batman and Cassandra Cain in her life, she hung up the mask and now volunteers around Gotham, while still maintaining a friendship with Stephanie Brown, Tim Drake and Cassandra Cain.
- Badass Bisexual: She operated as a costumed vigilante for a period of time, and makes a point to never give up in the face of adversity.
- Bi the Way: Harper confirms she's bisexual during a conversation with Jean-Paul Valley in Detective Comics (Rebirth) #945.
- Child Soldiers: Was intended to be the perfect Robin by Mother. It didn't work out that way.
- Cool Big Sis: To her little brother, Cullen.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Shows a great degree of skill with computers and electric equipment.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Both her and her brother.
- Jerkass: She has a tendency to be unpleasant to others, though she's usually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Took a Level in Badass: Has been training herself and manages to create some makeshift gadgets such as tasers. By Batman Eternal, she has her own costume and arsenal, able to keep up with Batman as an official member of his allies.
- Screw Destiny: After learning of Mother's plan for her life, Harper violently rejects it and turns on her.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She was created to replace Cassandra Cain after Scott Snyder was told by editorial that he couldn't use her. However, Divergent Character Evolution set in rather quickly, and as a result, the two girls have very little in common.
- Unwanted Assistance: Batman tries to get her to stop. She doesn't.
Talon (Calvin Rose)
A former agent of the Court of Owls, escape artist Calvin Rose rebelled against his masters before they gave him their usual Immortality Inducer. He now fights to bring the Court down once and for all.
- Empowered Badass Normal: By Issue 8, he has been captured, killed, and reanimated with electrum.
Knight II (Cyril Sheldrake)
A superhero operating in Britain and the son of Percy Sheldrake, a hero who operated during World War II. Wielding numerous gadgets and a suit of magically enhanced armor, Cyril has become a steadfast ally of Batman and one of the first international members of the Batfamily. Tragically Knight later died battling the Heretic, with his sidekick Squire (see below) taking up his mantle.
- Beware the Nice Ones: One of the more laidback Batfamily members, but very protective of his friends and skilled in combat.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Squire.
- Captain Ersatz: In-Universe, he's been described as the Batman of Britain.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Despite being completely outmatched, he jumped into battle with the Heretic anyways and fought with all his strength, all just to protect his allies.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He's a great fighter even without his magic armor.
- Expy: The Knight and Squire mini-series gives the two characters some elements of John Steed and Emma Peel.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died trying to hold off the Heretic.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Squire. He's an adult, she's in her late teens.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Designed his costume to evoke this.
- Legacy Character: He inherited the Knight title from his late father.
Squire/Knight III (Beryl Hutchinson)
Knight's sidekick and close friend, Beryl Hutchinson grew up destitute on the streets of London. Though her family never had money, Beryl had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and adventure, even before the fateful meeting that led to Knight taking her under his wing. After Knight's death, she took up the mantle and became the new superhero of Britain.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She and Knight first made a silent cameo in Morrison's JLA run. She didn't actually get a proper introduction until years later.
- Fun Personified: Not as much after Knight's death, but still pretty excitable.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With both Knight and Dark Ranger.
- Legacy Character: Takes up Knight's title after he dies battling the Heretic.
Nightrunner (Bilal Asselah)
A well-trained athlete from the Clichy-sous-Bois of Paris, Bilal Asselah was motivated into using his skills to help others after a close-friend of his was indirectly murdered by a corrupt police force. Since, he's become a trusted member of Batman Inc. as the representative of France.
- Badass Normal: He rarely uses gadgets and the like, instead relying on his own wits and agility.
- Combat Parkour: A master of it.
- Death by Origin Story: His best friend's death was what motivated him to become a hero.
- Le Parkour: He was a freerunner before he became a vigilante.
- Let's You and Him Fight: His first meeting with Batman didn't go so well; the Caped Crusader was investigating the murders of several political leaders and mistakenly believed Nightrunner was the killer after catching Bilal trying to run his own investigation.
- Religious Bruiser: He's a devout Muslim.
Batman Japan (Jiro Osamu)
Once the body double/sidekick of the Japanese crimefighter Mr. Unknown, Jiro Osamu became Japan's new protector after his mentor was murdered by the mad supervillain Lord Death Man. Given permission to make his own twist on the Batman identity, Jiro became the Batman of Japan.
- Faking the Dead: Faked his own death so that he could start fresh as a vigilante. He also did this on behalf of someone who was already dead, so that Mr. Unknown would be remembered as a hero and not for his Undignified Death.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He picked up a lot of gadget making skills from Mr. Unknown.
- Refusal of the Call: Initially he didn't want to be a superhero, but after his girlfriend left him and he saw how Lord Death Man was tearing up Tokyo, he decided to join up with Batman.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Initially he was willing to use lethal weapons, but he abandoned them and swore to never kill in order to honor Mr. Unknown."Guns are for cowards. Not for Mr. Unknown!"
- Trauma Conga Line: First his mentor was murdered, than his girlfriend left him after the two nearly died, and finally he nearly killed by Lord Death Man. This all happened in the same day.
El Gaucho (Don Santiago)
Once an Argentinian secret agent working for Spyral, Don Santiago retired to his millionaire lifestyle but quickly became bored and depressed by a life without adventure. However upon hearing about Batman's activities in Gotham, Santiago was inspired to become the hero of Argentina and took up the title of El Gaucho. He's since became a good friend and ally of Batman's, though their shared history with one Kathy Kane has caused tension between the two heroes.
- Face–Heel Turn: Awesomely subverted; he pretended to switch sides in order to save a poisoned Batman from Doctor Daedelus.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be rude and blunt, but Santiago means well and will always stand by his friends.
- Made of Iron: He's survived a hell of a lot over the years. He once got stabbed through the neck with a three inch blade and was back in action a few weeks later.
- Rich Boredom: Partly what motivated him to become a hero.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Hood. The two initially didn't like or trust one another, but after working together several times, they came to have a mutual respect. Not that they would ever admit it.
The Hood (George Cross)
A maverick adventurer, superhero, and former secret agent, George Cross was inspired to take up superheroics by the old heroic fantasy stories that he always loved, designing his costume and gear to evoke old-timey heroes like Robin Hood. Once a member of the spy agency Spyral, Hood left their employ and became a full-time member of Batman Inc. after learning of Spyral's less savory secrets.
- The Casanova: George sure knows his way around the ladies.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can seem aloof and daydreamy at times, but he's a skilled fighter and has more than proven he's badass enough to be part of the Batfamily.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He personally built all of his gadgets.
- Incompatible Orientation: Had a bit of a crush on Batwoman, before he knew she was a lesbian.
- In Harm's Way: His work for Spyral was motivated by a desire for adventure and helping others rather than money. Any time they paid him, he would donate it to a charity.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Snarky and occasionally rude, but ultimately good-hearted.
- The Mole: Used to be this for Spyral, reporting on Batman's activities for them. He quit after he learned how amoral they were and narrowly avoided getting his head blown off for it. However he's still willing to help them out if they're working for the right cause.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite once being a spy for the government, Hood refuses to kill and uses only non-lethal weaponry.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His handler (who was a Leviathan agent) tried this on him when he caught Hood sending classified information to Batman for a case. Fortunately he survived.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With El Gaucho.
Chief Man-Of-Bats (Dr. William Eagle)
A Sioux doctor and veteran superhero who operates in the American Midwest alongside his sidekick and son Raven Red. Protective of his son and fellow townspeople, Chief Man-Of-Bats became a member of Batman Inc. after realizing that he would need allies to properly control crime in his area of protection.
- Combat Medic: Used to be a military doctor.
- Cool Old Guy: One of the older Batfamily members, but nonetheless a total badass.
- The Medic: A damn good one too.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Man-Of-Bats is just as powerful as his burly physique implies.
- Properly Paranoid: He suspected that Sam Black-Elk, the son of his old archnemesis, was a drug kingpin. Everyone, even Raven Red, thought William was just being paranoid, but if anything he turned out to have not been paranoid enough; Sam was actually a full-blown Leviathan agent, working to brainwash the whole town.
- Secret Identity: Notably averted. William doesn't bother hiding his identity, as his town is small enough that basically everyone knows him anyways.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: A strong-believer in the inherent goodness in people.
The son and sidekick of Chief Man-Of-Bats. Initially reluctant to join his father's crimefighting, Raven was convinced to continue superheroics by Batman and has since become a skilled hero in his own right, though he and his father often disagree on how best to fight crime.
- Bulletproof Vest: He wears a mystically-enhanced jacket that's bullet proof, confiscated from a supervillain Chief Man-Of-Bats once fought.
- The Cynic: He's noticeably more cynical than his father and briefly believed that their superheroic were becoming pointless.
- Refusal of the Call: At first he didn't like being a superhero that much and was considering quitting, but Batman convinced him otherwise.
Dark Ranger (Johnny Riley)
An Australian superhero and adventurer with a knack for inventing non-lethal weaponry and gadgets. Though friendly and affable, Dark Ranger has found himself disturbed by the increasing danger of the superhero lifestyle. Johnny inherited the Dark Ranger title from his mentor, who invented the suit and it's primary features to battle crime in his hometown.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Johnny is of Aboriginal descent.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Developed one with Squire and helped her get justice for Knight's death.
- Legacy Character: He's actually the second guy to use the Dark Ranger name.
- Jet Pack: His signature gadget and main method of transportation.
- Only Sane Man: Tries to be this for the Batfamily, with mixed results.
- Rule Of Escalating Threat: Struggles with this. For a time, Dark Ranger was constantly having to upgrade his gear to compete with the increasingly dangerous supervillains he was facing.
- Sidekick Graduations Stick: Johnny was originally Scout, the first Dark Ranger's sidekick.
A European vigilante inspired by Batman, Wingman eventually became quarrelsome with and envious of the Caped Crusader, accusing him of holding his allies back from being Justice League-level heroes. Wingman was eventually manipulated into betraying the Batfamily by the Black Glove and was murdered by John Mayhew soon after. His mantle was briefly taken up by a repentant Jason Todd.
- Attention Whore: He just wants to be famous, and saw the Club of Heroes as a way to become an international superstar. The fact that the team disbanded before he could become a household name is the main reason for his Face–Heel Turn.
- Faking the Dead: He kills Dark Ranger and switches costumes with him, and then sets the corpse on fire in order to make it look like Wingman was the one who'd been murdered.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the other members of the team like him.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He makes little effort to hide how jealous he is of Batman. He also claims that he thought up his whole shtick before Batman.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: His main source of angst. Even Batman agrees, saying that he never would've trained Wingman if he didn't think he had the potential to be great.
- Kill and Replace: He killed the original Dark Ranger and stole his identity.
- Killed Off for Real
- Non-Specifically Foreign: In his first appearance, he was stated to be from a country in Northern Europe, but exactly which country was never specified. It was revealed to be Sweden by subsequent writers.
- The Resenter: He hates Batman and blames him for the dissolution of the Club of Heroes, as he felt the team could've been his ticket to Justice League-level stardom.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In-universe, he's a very obscure superhero that few people outside of Sweden have ever heard of. Doesn't stop him from acting like he's the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness / You Have Failed Me: John Mayhew shoots him in the head after he is no longer needed and has been captured by Batman.
The daughter of Alfred Pennyworth and a member of the SRR. First appears in the New 52 during Batman Eternal after not appearing for several decades. While she has no interest in becoming a vigilante herself, even after discovering Batman's secret, she acts as Mission Control like her father after Hush injects him with fear toxin.
- Badass Normal: Joins the SRR, and manages to beat Selina, albeit after she hadn't practiced for a time.
- Deadpan Snarker: Inherits this from her father.
- Like Brother and Sister: Word of God claims she and Bruce are intended to be this.
- Mission Control: Often operates behind the scenes in the Batcave.
- Parental Abandonment: Alfred does this, though it wasn't willing on his end due to a breakup with her mother.
- Race Lift: Julia was white in the Pre-Crisis continuity, but her post-Flashpoint counterpart is biracial.
- Wait What: Not her, but she inspires this from the Batfamily whenever they discover she's Alfred's daughter in Eternal.
Gotham Girl (Claire Clover)
"Everyone gets scared. But remember, all that means is everyone gets the opportunity to fight that fear. Everyone gets the chance to be brave."A young woman from a rich family, Claire's family were saved by Batman. Her brother Hank was inspired by Batman and passed on his obsession to Claire. The two worked in homeless shelters and developing countries before one day undergoing a procedure to attain superpowers. They returned to Gotham, where they help with Batman's war on crime as Gotham and Gotham Girl.
- Ascended Fangirl: Became a fan of Batman thanks to her brother, and now works with Batman.
- Break the Cutie: She's become mentally unwell, courtesy of Hugo Strange, Psycho Pirate and her brother's death.
- Cast From Hitpoints: The Gothams tend to use their powers enough that they're as strong and fast as Superman. This actually shortens their lifespans, and she says if they kept going, they'd only live for two years. However, they can further increase their powers, to the point where Gotham was able to easily defeat the Justice League on his own.
- Expy: Of Supergirl. Her appearance and costume invokes it, at least until she cuts her hair.
- Flying Brick: Bruce compares her and Gotham to Superman on more than one occasion. She's actually stronger.
- Happily Married: Her narration in the epilogue of "I am Gotham" has her mention that she's married to Duke.
- Important Haircut: She cuts her hair extremely short, while talking to her dead brother. It's from then that she becomes much more unhinged until Batman helps to settle her down while he can find a more permanent solution.
- Magic Skirt
- Minidress of Power: Wears a very short skirt, sometimes barely long enough to cover her crotch, sometimes long enough to reach halfway down her thighs.
- Modesty Shorts: Depending on the Artist, she sometimes wears shorts to downplay the above trope. Obviously, David Finch, who first drew her, does not draw these.
- Strong, but Unskilled: Has no martial arts experience and is new in the use of her powers. She can also bench press a plane.
- Super Power Lottery: The Clovers got their money's worth.
Gotham City Police Department
Batman IV (Commissioner Jim Worthington Gordon)
Probably Batman's only law-abiding ally, Jim Gordon was a rare one - an honest cop in a city so full of corruption that everyone treated him as if he were corrupt. Though his first meeting with Batman was on shaky terms, he eventually grew to accept that for the time being, Gotham needed the vigilante to keep order.Like every other member of Batman's supporting cast, he has suffered many tragedies that would drive any normal man to suicide and/or insanity. The most extreme example came from Alan Moore's The Killing Joke where he was kidnapped by the Joker and tortured both mentally and physically for hours on end. Almost as mind-shattering was the killing of his second wife by the same man during the No Man's Land story arc. The implication has been that you kind of have to be a little crazy to try to be an honest cop in Gotham to begin with, and Gordon's success at it has made him tough enough to survive anything the world has thrown at him.His battle against crime had taken its toll on him, and he temporarily retired from the police force. He has since returned to his position as Gotham PD Commissioner, and continues to help out Batman as much as he can.
- Badass Moustache: He has a moustache and it emphasizes how competent he is.
- Badass Normal: With more emphasis on "normal", compared to the Bat-family, that is. He still isn't someone who you want upset with you, however; as he's depicted as a former Army Ranger in some places. On the Super Weight scale, Gordon is right on the boundary between Muggle and Iron. He needs Batman to handle things which are out of his depth, but he still does as much as he can by himself.
- By-the-Book Cop: While he does allow a vigilante to patrol the city, he will absolutely not tolerate said vigilante killing anybody.
- There's actualy a whole set of rules the Bat-Family must abide by in Gotham or else they lose Jim Gordon's cooperation and protection.
- This puts him at odds post-Batman: Endgame: as the new Batman, he's been ordered to put away vigilantes in Gotham and he's set his sights on both Batgirl and the currently-powerless Superman.
- The Commissioner Gordon: He is the Trope Namer and the various media include numerous different versions — after all, the exact rank and function of any Commissioner Gordon varies depending on how cynical or idealistic the series is. In Batman: The Animated Series, for example, he's the commissioner by the time the story starts and is hesitant but supportive towards Batman; in The Batman, he's the new commissioner and the one that is responsible for changing the police department's behavior toward the Bat. In the Darker and Edgier Batman Begins, he's a lowly sergeant — lieutenant, by the end of the film — and possibly the only completely honest cop in Gotham PD (and even then "no rat", although he says there's no-one to rat to). (He becomes commissioner in the second film after Loeb's death and collaring the Joker.)
- Deconstructed at Batman: No Man's Land: Sarah Essen explains that Gordon tried to get a job outside Gotham City when No Man's Land was declared, but had been laughed at because he couldn't keep his city safe without the help of a vigilante. She warns the officers to not speak about Batman around him anymore.
- Cool Old Guy: For the most part.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: He gives these speeches to Batman on a regular basis.
- Mind Rape: The Joker puts him through at least three of these. And he still doesn't crack beyond shooting the clown in the kneecap.
- Police Are Useless: In the earlier comics. He gets better in later ones.
- Only Sane Man: Was this for the GCPD during the early years of Batman's career. Arguably still is.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He trusts Batman and knows he's doing the right thing.
- Refusal of the Call: When asked to become Gotham's new Batman, Gordon is reluctant as all hell, feeling that he shouldn't be a Batman at all. He's still adamant when Bullock tries to convince him, but it's when the two see a potential Batman showing off his baby boy in a Batman shirt that Gordon's finally convinced.
- Remarried to the Mistress: After Batman: Year One eventually married Sarah Essen, who in that comic he was having an affair with, once his first marriage broke apart.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Implied. In the comics Batman often agonizes over whether or not he should be officially let in on the secret, and suspects that Gordon is too good of a cop not to have figured it out already. By the end of Scott Snyder's Detective Comics run, it's clear that he knows, when he straight up says to Dick Grayson (who was Batman at the time): "Thank you, on all fronts."
Gordon: "How? I'm a DETECTIVE!"
- In Post-Crisis continuity, it's implied he knows right from the beginning. After an unmasked Batman saves Jim's baby, Gordon makes the point that he's practically blind without his glasses even though he's only three feet away.
- In the animated series, it's canon that he was this for Barbara - when she tried to tell him the truth, he told her that he was proud of her and she didn't need him to approve her actions anymore.
- And he's probably right. In the Injustice universe, at least, Gordon reveals to Barbara that he's known the identities of the entire Bat-Family for a long time. When she asks how...
- Smoking Is Cool: Commissioner Gordon was seen smoking at least once per issue, especially after Frank Miller's big '80s stories. A heart scare in the mid '90s put an end to that. Specifically, he stopped smoking cigarettes to take up the pipe. The logic has sometimes been lampshaded.
- Status Quo Is God: Any attempt to remove him from the post of Commissioner will ultimately be undone, with the longest time away from the post being the five years span between Officer Down and Face the Face. In fact, Superheavy likewise not only ends with him quitting being Batman after Bruce's return, but once again in the role of Commissioner after being fired in Batman Eternal.
- The Stoic: Gordon's developed something of a reputation for holding himself together pretty well.
- Take Up My Sword: After the events of Batman: Endgame, Jim is set up to don a suit of Powered Armor to become a GCPD-sponsored replacement for the presumed-dead Batman.
Perhaps the most controversial member of the Gotham Police. He was initially sent by the corrupt Hamilton Hill as an Unwitting Pawn to drive Commissioner Gordon into a nervous breakdown through his clumsiness and crookedness, but did a Heel–Face Turn after Gordon actually suffered a stroke from one of his pranks, and got his own back on Hamilton Hill. He has a reputation for taking bribes and wrangling Miranda Rights, yet Commissioner Gordon and his partner Renee Montoya trust him unconditionally. Bullock was a "bishop" in the government agency Checkmate, but eventually returned to Gotham. He was one of the few who stayed in Gotham during No Man's Land. After Jim Gordon retired after being shot during the storyline Officer Down - when the man who shot him walked free - Bullock killed the culprit and left the force. He became a PI.After Infinite Crisis and the return of Jim Gordon as Commissioner, Bullock returned to the force as well.
- Ascended Extra: His first appearance was as a minor character from a Batman comic in the early 70's. He wouldn't appear again until nearly a decade later, and he's been a frequent recurring character since.
- Cowboy Cop
- Dirty Cop: Can be at times. Usually he's portrayed as the cop who's not quite clean, but just a little bit too principled to be out-and-out dirty.
- Donut Mess with a Cop
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: With Montoya, he was the bad cop.
- Hidden Depths:
- Harvey is quite knowledgeable in classic film.
- He also has two cats that he takes care of. One of them is named Sprinkles.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Pulls this one on Renee Montoya before taking the matter into his own hands.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: "Noble" may be a stretch. Not entirely loathable, at least.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Renee Montoya.
- Police Brutality: Usually of the not-entirely-unjustified "Maybe the Asshole Victim tripped on the cell-block stairs, Commish" variety.
- Private Detective: when he was off the force.
- Sympathetic Murderer: The police only think he's "helped" the mob get their hands on the man who shot Commissioner Gordon, but they find it hard to hate him for that.
- That One Case: For Harvey, it was a school killing that was later resolved in Gotham Central.
- Undying Loyalty: To Commissioner Gordon, in most modern books.
A friendly police captain who transferred to Gotham after a fairly long time in the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit. Though there were initial tensions, Maggie became a central member of the GCPD and eventually entered a committed relationship with Kate Kane, unaware at first that Kate is actually Batwoman.
- Badass Gay: A lesbian and an extremely capable cop.
- Badass Normal: In Metropolis, she joined the Special Crimes Unit, working in situations that would normally require Superman but without the assistance of the Man of Steel.
- Butch Lesbian: She often shifts back and forth between this and Bifauxnen Depending on the Artist.
- Incompatible Orientation: She was married to a man for a brief time, but pretty quickly realized that she was lesbian and that it just wasn't going to work out.
- Lesbian Jock: Which was rather impressive for a character to be when it was revealed in 1988.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Dan Turpin.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A good example of this was the time Superman's power's were increasing beyond his control leading to a series of accidents. When she arrived just as Superman was about to turn himself in, she cut him off and apologized "for arriving to late to help catch the bad guy" saying that she was "distracted because her friend was sick and needed help." Superman promised her friend would get that help.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She was already an existing character in her own right, but many fans noted that she was slotted into Batwoman's story after Renee Montoya, Kate's previous badass lesbian cop girlfriend, was Put on a Bus.
- Team Mom: Sometimes takes this role for the GCPD.
- Transplant: Used to be a Superman supporting character, but became a firmly Batman character for a long time, particularly because of her high-profile (out of universe) association with Batwoman. As of DC Rebirth, she went back to Metropolis and appears in the Superman books once again.
A GCPD officer and once Renee Montoya's partner on the force, Crispus disapproves of Batman's vigilantism but considers it an unfortunate necessity in Gotham. Thus, he's become a steadfast ally for the Caped Crusader in Gotham's Major Crimes Division and tries to cool the tempers of his more adventurous colleagues. Tragically, Allen was later murdered by the corrupt Jim Corrigan. After his death however, he was chosen to be the new human host of The Spectre.
- Back from the Dead: Sort of.
- Black Best Friend: For Renee.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: When working with Renee, he was the good cop.
- Irony: Allen respects Batman, but views Bruce Wayne with withering contempt.
- Only Sane Man: For the GCPD, whenever Gordon's not around.
A skilled police officer transferred from Gateway City and commissioner during a period when Gordon had retired due to injuries. Though strict and distrustful of Batman, Akins is an honorable man who ultimately means well and became an uneasy ally.
- The Atoner: His behavior in Gotham is an attempt to atone after a vigilante he allowed to run wild in Gateway City got a child killed. He eventually retired out of shame when an investigation by Bullock revealed that some of Akin's men were on the take from the mobs.
- Commissioner Gordon: Averted. During his tenure he attempted to break off ties with the Batfamily and even had the batsignal removed from GCPD headquarters.
- The Cynic: He used to be a lot more idealistic, but his experiences in Gateway City caused him to lose this.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Gateway City he endorsed a rookie superhero, only for said superhero to get himself and a child killed in a botched hostage situation. Akins blames himself for the incident and has never really gotten over it.
Batman's #1 fan, who is actually an imp from the fifth dimension with magic powers. Technically a hero, but he often ends up causing more harm than good. Sometimes gets into fights with Mr. Mxyzptlk, a Superman villain of the same species. He vanished at the dawn of the more "realistic" Bronze Age, but his existence was eventually reestablished in the Modern Age in the Superman/Batman story, "With a Vengeance". However, the state of his existence has been rather ambiguous since his return, with him both being described as a figment of Batman's imagination and an imp from the fifth dimension, which isn't helped by Grant Morrison saying that imagination is the fifth dimension. However, some appearances have had him appearing whenever Batman loses his grip on reality, so it's entirely possible he appears during those times to mess with him.
- Depending on the Artist: His Chest Insignia can be a misshapen bat-insignia, a lightning bolt or an M (likely the first one was the original idea).
- Eldritch Abomination: Even if he is just a prankster, he still belongs to the same species as Mxyzptlk and is thus still one of these at the core.
- Great Gazoo: While Mr. Mxyzptlk is an enemy of Superman who use his power to create chaos for his fun, Bat-Mite is a gigantic fanboy who honestly wants to help instead of cause trouble. Naturally, Batman finds this even more annoying than if Bat-Mite were just out to get him. Also, Bat-Mite does sometimes knowingly make things harder for Batman, just to see how his hero is going to get out of the situation.
- Loony Fan: In Bat-Mite's dimension, the resident imps idolize the heroes of the Batman's dimension and impersonated them, re-enacting their heroic feats and adventures. Bat-Mite's favorite hero was Batman, and thus the imp visited Batman on various occasions, often setting up strange events so that he could see his hero in action.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Two stories by Alan Grant show Bat-Mite appearing to a criminal named Overdog. Both times Batman (who doesn't find Bat-Mite) rationalizes that these were just Overdog's drug-induced hallucinations, but the reader is left wondering... One Grant Morrison story implied that Bat-Mite was simultaneously both.Batman: So... Are you really a fifth-dimensional imp? Or are you just a figment of my imagination?Bat-Mite: The fifth dimension is imagination.
- Person of Mass Destruction: There was a notable story where Bat-Mite and Mxyzptlk fought, which destroyed the entire Multiverse. There was even a scene where Darkseid "found" a paper with the Anti-Life Equation on it that simply said: "Bat-Mite + Mr. Mxyzptlk = Anti-Life". Darkseid promptly laughed himself to death.
- Reality Warper: Bat-Mite has shown the ability to animate inanimate objects, shrink or enlarge both people and objects, levitate same, endow either people or animals with super-powers and grant superpowers at will, making reality his for the bending.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Introduced in the fifties, but vanished (much like Batwoman, Bat-Girl, and Ace the Bat-hound) during the Dark Age. He did eventually reappear with Grant Morrison's help, though with some Cerebus Retconning.
- Unwanted Assistance: Batman's reaction to Bat-Mite efforts to help him is usually to tell Mite to stop trying to help.
The acting CEO of Wayne Industries: Fox essentially runs the company, since Bruce obviously has other things to occupy his time. He and Bruce are very good friends, and similarly to Jim Gordon it is often implied that he has figured out Bruce's secret, though again like Jim it is never outright stated.
- Distressed Dude: Many of his appearances involve him getting kidnapped or threatened in some way.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's helped invent a lot of Batman's equipment.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Like Bruce, he is also an equally honest businessman. Bruce hired him because he recognized Lucius's strong business ethics. He is largely responsible from rescuing Wayne Enterprises from ruin and forging it into the multinational corporate giant that it is today.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Out of Focus: Dips back and forth between a recurrer and being an unseen part of the setting.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Much like Jim Gordon, it's often implied Lucius knows about Bruce's nighttime antics. This is upgraded to being a full Secret Keeper in the Nolanverse and The Batman cartoon.
One of Batman's earliest love interests, Vicki Vale is a skilled and determined reporter for the Gotham Gazette. Her typical subject of writing is Batman: she reports on his exploits and occasionally tries to puzzle out his real identity, but she's always foiled. She has a hidden crush on Batman, and less so on Bruce Wayne, creating a Love Triangle out of two people, though she sometimes suspects that they're one and the same......What? No, she is not Lois Lane! She has red hair! She is completely, 100% different!What with being a blatant Plagiarism of the Superman comic books who appeared primarily during Batman's Dork Age in The Interregnum, Vicki seldom shows up today. She disappeared in 1963, resurfaced in 1977 (and was promptly forgotten by the editors), and finally resumed love interest status in The '80s...right before the Crisis on Infinite Earths wiped her history from existence. Post-Crisis, her appearances are primarily limited to the occasional cameo. She's done better in alternate continuities and media, having featured in All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, the 1989 film (in which she was intended to be 1970s love interest Silver St. Cloud, whose name was deemed too silly), and The Batman vs Dracula. She also has an Expy in the form of Summer Gleeson.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She's traditionally red-haired in the comics, but is blonde in the 1989 Batman. This is due to, as noted above, the character originally having intended to be Silver St. Cloud, who is blonde in the comics.
- Alliterative Name: Vicki Vale.
- Always V Sexy: She's usually depicted as a conventionally attractive woman, exaggerated in All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder where she's Ms. Fanservice, and her first name and surname both start with "V".
- Broken Bird: In modern comics, she's often shown to be a somewhat shallow tv show host who's jealous of Lois Lane's reputation as a legitimate news reporter and constantly embittered by her ex, Bruce Wayne, every time she has to report the latest gossip of his newest "Wayne Girl".
- Captain Ersatz: Her entire character as a reporter in the center of a Two-Person Love Triangle with a superhero is lifted directly from Lois Lane.
- Damsel in Distress: When portrayed as the main love interest, she's usually kidnapped or endangered in some way to engineer a rescue from Batman. The straightest example is in the 1989 Batman, where she's captured by the Joker and taken to the top of the Gotham Cathedral. Nowadays, it's usually because she refuses to stop sticking her nose into Batman's business.
- Demoted to Extra: After the 90s batman films proved to be less than stellar quality, Vicki more or less disappeared from all adaptations. When she returned to comics she had now been shown as a bitter pseudo-reporter, reflecting on her unpopularity.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She's red-haired and one of the more notable love interests to Batman, though mostly in adaptations outside of the comics. If Catwoman isn't the main love interest, it's often her.
- Secret Keeper: Pieced together the identities of the Bat-family's male members, and has kept it secret. Averted, in that the only reason she keeps the secret is because she can't prove it.
...the other oldest love interest, and the first. A kidnapping-prone socialite/actress, and Bruce Wayne's fiancee, Julie appeared in the earliest Batman stories in Detective Comics and remained engaged to Bruce for two years before breaking it off, due to stress from, you know, being kidnapped so often. She then became an actress, then a princess, and then ceased to be of any importance whatsoever.She sometimes appears as The Cameo, if ever. Matt Wagner did a fair amount of work with the character in a pair of mini-series, "Batman and the Monster Men" and "Batman and the Mad Monk", set during the Year One era. She made her The New 52 appearance in Batman Vol. 2 #30 and plays a heavy role in the "Superheavy" storyline, once more as Bruce's girlfriend.You might (but probably don't) remember her from Batman & Robin, where she proudly continues her tradition of being Bruce Wayne's
- The Artifact: Probably the only reason anyone occasionally bothers to write her.
- Damsel in Distress: She got kidnapped more than once, notably by the Mad Monk, and the stress from it was what led to her and Batman's breakup.
- First Girl Wins: Subverted. Her only real presence for the last several decades has been as an obscure reference and occasionally cameoing in flashbacks as one of the first examples of Bruce forgoing happiness in the name of crime fighting. She returns in the "Superheavy" storyline and Bruce plans on marrying her, but she sacrifices their chance at happiness so that Batman can return and save Gotham.
- Sins Of The Father: During the "Superheavy" storyline, Julie reveals that not only did she know Bruce was Batman, but her father was a gun runner that may have sold the gun that killed Bruce's parents. Ultimately, she decides to "murder" Bruce Wayne, destroying his repaired mind to allow the return of Batman so Gotham can be saved from Bloom.
AKA: Robert Kirkland "Kirk" Langstrom
Originally, Kirk Langstrom was a museum curator who was experimenting with bat extracts on the side in order to become like and fight alongside the hero he looked up to, the Batman. Eventually, this origin was retconned in favor Kirk being a Doctor rather than a curator. He created a serum which would give humans powers of echolocation, which he tested on himself due to him growing deaf rather than simply wanting to be like the Batman.Either way, the serum instead transformed him into the Man-Bat, who would sometimes terrorize Gotham City. Later on, Man-Bat gave his fiance and later wife Francine the same extract/serum that transformed into the Man-bat, turning her into the She-Bat, and they flew through the night together. The transformation has been treated like a curse at times, but sometimes Kirk Langstrom is in full control of Man-Bat, becoming an ally of Batman and other superheroes. He and his wife have two kids, the first born daughter, Becky, being able to change into a She-Bat, and the second born, a boy named Aaron, was born in Man-Bat form due to his parents' exposure to the serum.
- The Atoner: Sometimes
- Expy: Is one of Curt "The Lizard" Connors. Really, regardless of where each character ended up, the only difference between their origins is the specific ailment they were trying to cure and the specific animal they were working on.
- Mad Scientist: In The Batman, Kirk Langstrom is crazy and became Man-Bat voluntarily. Though he eventually does a Heel–Face Turn.
- Professor Guinea Pig: A scientist specializing in the study of bats, he develops an extract intended to give humans a bat's sonar sense and tests the formula on himself because he is becoming deaf. The extract works, but it has a horrible side effect: it transforms him into a hideous man-sized bat.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Man-Bat could be seen as this when Kirk isn't in control.
The Creeper (Jack Ryder)
Main Article: The CreeperMuch like Vicki Vale, Jack Ryder is one of Gotham’s most well-known reporters, infamous for his aggressive, truth-seeking nature he displays in his controversial talk show aptly named You Are WRONG! After researching a famed biochemist named Dr. Yatz and his breakthrough in nanocell technology, Jack sought the doctor out only to find him held captive by a group of mobsters who intended to use his discovery for their own ends. His attempts at rescuing Yatz failed and he was shot in the head, but not before being injected with Yatz’s last sample of nanocells. The cells saved Ryder’s life, granting him a healing factor as well as enhanced agility and strength, turning him into an insane yellow skinned, green haired creature that took to calling itself the Creeper. Although unpredictable and considered deranged even by the standards of the other nutcases who plague Gotham, the Creeper is still moral at his core and fights on the side of good, even becoming an ally of Batman whenever their paths cross.Unlike Steve Ditko’s other staple creations like Blue Beetle and the Question, the Creeper never really achieved the spotlight that his fellow heroes had largely due to the number of retcons and inconsistencies that have grown in his origin story over the years (the above story is the newest and most used version in the Post-Crisis continuity so far). Mostly, he’s featured as a supporting character who’s had a number of small appearances in main and alternate canon alike, most notably in the DCAU where he had his own episode in Batman: The Animated Series as well as cameos in Justice League Unlimited. He was also a member of the sadly shortlived Outsiders, getting some long overdue action during their Blackest Night arc.
- Adaptational Villainy: His New 52 version is very much demonic, and even gets a Villain Episode in Justice League Dark during the Forever Evil event.
- Brown Note: Depending on the Writer, the Creeper's laugh can shatter anything from nerves to bones.
- The Cameo: Aside from his many appearances in the comics as both Jack Ryder and the Creeper alike, he figures into animated continuities as this such as Batman: The Brave and the Bold and, most memorably, the DCAU.
- Camp Straight: The Creeper has a rather flamboyant personality and outfit, but Ryder's only dated women.
- Crazy Enough to Work: His insanity gives him the ability to come up with bizarrely irrational but effective plans. He stopped a prison riot a jailbreak at Arkham by inciting a riot between the inmates.
- Creepy Good: The guy is so batshit loco that even The Joker considers him a lunatic!
- That's not enough, the Joker actually fears him. Let us reiterate that: THE Monster Clown of comics who terrifies millions has nightmares about this guy.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: When Hush posed as Bruce Wayne in the comics following Batman’s apparent death, Batman's friends and allies displayed a "show of force" to demonstrate how easily they could stop him if he tried anything. Most of them just block his path when he tries to escape (Katana going so far as to hold a sword to his throat), but the Creeper picks him up like a doll and throws him across the room. Later, he's seen in disguise personally babysitting Hush at work.
- Evil Laugh: The New 52 version.
- The Creeper's resemblance to Batman foe The Joker (both have green hair, clownlike faces and maniacal laughter) first pointed out in an issue of the latter's own comic book in the 1970's (where the two fought) may have led to the character's reinterpretation as being insane.
- These days his "Jack Ryder" persona seems to make a growing resemblance in appearance and attitude to tv personalities Stephen Colbert or Bill O'Reilly
- Full-Frontal Assault: Not quite, but close. Part of the reason he's so terrifying to enemies is that he's literally wearing just a thong and booties.
- Fun Personified: Imagine the Joker in one of his wacky phases... as a good guy. Including the part where wackiness doesn't mean not being good at what you do.
- Heroes Want Redheads: At least this is what Ryder's ex seems to think. "Switching from blondes to redheads now, you son-of-a—"
- Hero with Bad Publicity
- Intrepid Reporter: So much that he slips into jerkass territory now and then. He hosts a talk show called You Are WRONG!, not to say anything of the guest stars he has on just for the sake of deliberately antagonizing them.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Jack Ryder spent the good portion of one comic book spontaneously half-transforming into the Creeper without any control. His attempts to make himself scarce in the presence of his co-workers were entertaining.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of his assholish tendencies with his fellow reporters, he’s shown to genuinely care where it counts when ex-girlfriend Vicki Vale approaches him for advice on whether or not it’s ethical to publish an incriminating story that could ruin someone’s life.
- Large Ham: He purposefully invokes this in his original Ditko incarnation, in order to terrify criminals into submission. All subsequent versions, though, have portrayed the Creeper persona as being genuinely out of his gourd.
- Laughing Mad: Sort of. His wild laughter made criminals extremely paranoid and nearly insane.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Depending on the Writer, his laugh can range from a deadly sonic weapon to just plain annoying.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A rare unintentional example. Jack Ryder is a black haired, caucasian reporter, who, as noted in the Strawman Political entry, is a left-wing political pundit, with a TV show that parodies right-wing political pundits. In a meta-sense, both were supporting characters for someone else, whose popularity rose significantly from one or more TV appearances. Also, Google 'Stephen Colbert smiling', we'll wait.
- Our Demons Are Different: His Creeper side has been revealed to be demonic in nature.
- Split Personality: Suffers from this depending on the story.
- Strawman Political: In pre-New 52 continuity, Jack Ryder was a very outspoken left-wing pundit, whose show was called You Are WRONG! Though he did start to mellow a bit after becoming the Creeper.
- Stripperiffic: Rare Male Example. His costume consists of a green speedo, red boots and gloves, and a giant, fluffy red boa. In the 2006 miniseries, the costume naturally grows on his body as another side effect of the nanocell technology with the “boa” resembling some sort of organic, tendon-like growth.
- Talkative Loon: The Creeper is not a quiet or reserved individual, as anyone who has tried to fight him will attest.
- Terror Hero: Creeper used to pull a scare shtick by pretending he was not human, describing the horrible fates of his enemies, laughing and acting weirdly to make his enemies panic (and loving every minute of it). This worked well enough that he actually managed to make one less hard-boiled guy faint. He even managed to make Scarecrow briefly recoil in fright while visiting him in his cell at Arkham.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Or insane at least, as is found out when he's tortured to test his pain threshold.
- Underwear of Power: As part of his Stripperiffic outfit.
- You're Insane!: Almost all times when doing something with (or near) other heroes and is usually treated with "Yeah... Ain't it cool?" Also, need we remind you that the JOKER called him a lunatic?
Abuse (Colin Wilkes)
Colin was a ten year old orphan with a history of claustrophobia, chiroptophobia, abandonment issues, paranoia and violence. He had spent time in several foster homes, and underwent therapy sessions at the Children's Hospital. He was introduced to superheroes by George, a janitor at one of the orphanages he grew up in. He started collecting newspaper clippings, which was everything he had ever owned, along with his teddy bear Rory.The Scarecrow abducted Colin and experimented on him with a synthetic Venom, hoping Batman would not fight children. But, realizing that despite Colin's grotesque appearance he was a child at heart, Batman used his Batrope to stick Colin's teddy bear to Crane causing him to attack Scarecrow instead of Batman. In the end, Batman prevented Colin from killing the Scarecrow by cutting his venom lines. Scarecrow was arrested, and Colin was moved to a hospital.After the hospital, Colin was placed in St. Aden's Orphanage. He was still suffering from side effects of the Venom-treatment, and when he concentrated, he could activate it, changing into a giant behemoth. He decided to use this nearly indestructible form to fight crime, but knew he didn't look the part. He donned a trench coat and a hat, and ordered custom-made brass knuckle dusters that carried his new name: Abuse.Though his first superheroing involved stopping robberies, he later turned to something bigger when he found children's bodies in the river. After investigating Humpty Dumpty's connection, he teamed up with Robin to take down the cause of the bodies: an illegal fighting ring for children, operated by Mr. Zsasz. Robin and Colin took him down, and shut down the operation. As a sign of gratitude, Robin gave Colin the Cycle of Abuse, a trike, because he thought Abuse looked stupid walking with his trench coat.
- As the Good Book Says: His inner monologue mentions the story of Cain's fate, as well as how he personally took it and applies it. Unsurprising, since his orphanage is run by nuns.
- Badass Longcoat: When in Abuse form. Complete with a fedora.
- Brains and Brawn: An argument can be made that he fits either or, with Damian fitting the opposite.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasn't been seen since the cancellation of Streets of Gotham. And thanks to the DC reboot, it'll be a miracle if he ever shows up again. He has since gotten cameos in Li'l Gotham which is out of the main continuity.
- Healing Factor: When Damian asked a few days later if Colin was okay from the fight, Colin said "I... Abuse heals quick." It turns out he was mostly wearing all those band-aids because he thought they looked cool.
- Heartwarming Orphan: With his parents dead and moving from foster home to foster home, he's had to mature quicker than others. It doesn't stop him from being nice to other children and doesn't let his neuroses get him down.
- However, he was shown in the past to have had more serious issues (fear of abandonment, got into fights a lot) which he has mostly grown out of.
- Hulking Out: Albeit it doesn't require any Unstoppable Rage and he's still in full control.
- He can also do it partially, at first only affecting his leg so it would grow and break a restraint.
- Mild squick here, since you see all his veins get really big before he grows with them and it looks creepy for the 3 panels before he's fully Abuse.
- Morality Pet: Partially, to Damian. At least to where he convinced him to merely injure Zsasz badly instead of outright killing him.
- Power Fist: Brass knuckles shaped in the form of the word: "Abuse".
- Put on a Bus: Did not linger too long before disappearing entirely from the bat stories. Now that Damian's gone there's no one really left for him to interact with.
- Secret Keeper: Met Damian as Damian before finding out he was Robin. Damian is probably also this for him.
- Super Strength: As Abuse, seemingly about to the same levels of Bane when he used Venom.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Sneaks out at night to fight crime, with the nuns and other kids apparently none the wiser.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Colin suffers from chiroptophobia, which is a fear of bats. Since he winds up fighting (then working with) Batman, this is especially ironic.
Dr. Leslie Thompkins
A pacifistic doctor working out of Gotham's slums and a close friend of the Wayne Family. Over the years Dr. Thompkins has become an invaluable ally for the Batfamily, providing medical aid and expertise whenever possible, though she disapproves of Robin and Spoiler being involved in Batman's ventures.
- Actual Pacifist: Refuses to cause any sort of harm to any person.
- Badass Pacifist: She'll never engage in violence, but that doesn't mean she won't stand up to just about everyone.
- The Mentor: Taught Bruce a lot about medical practice, which he's put to good use in his investigations.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She's chewed out Batman on a few occasions for letting the younger Batfamily members fight crime at their age.
Knight I (Percy Sheldrake)
The father of Cyril Sheldrake and the first hero to operate under the title of Knight, Percy Sheldrake worked for many years as the hero of Britain, serving alongside several other superheroes on the Victory V's and the Batmen of All Nations. Once a close ally of Batman and company, he had a falling out with the group after making accusations towards John Mayhew. He was later murdered by his old archenemy Spring-heeled Jack and was succeeded and avenged by his son.
- Gut Punch: In-Universe his death was this for the Batfamily. It was also what lead to the Batmen of All Nations falling apart; the team had been struggling at the time and losing a member ended up being the straw that broke the camel's back.
- Posthumous Character: We actually learned more about him after his death than we did when he was alive.
- Properly Paranoid: He was correct to be suspicious of John Mayhew, but because he didn't have evidence the rest of the Batmen of All Nations thought he was mistaken or lying.
- Sole Survivor: He was the only member of the Victory V's to survive their final battle with Dr. Dedalus.
A UN covert operations agency formed during the Cold War, Spyral is an enigmatic force that gathers oddities, rebels, and rogues to investigate global and political dangers. Originally led by the mysterious Agent Zero, the organization seemingly fell apart after Zero was discovered to actually be former Nazi and supervillain Otto Netz, who was selling its secrets. However in the present day, Spyral was reformed with a new leader and has since become an extremely uneasy ally of sorts to Batman Inc. Both despise the others' methods and have come into conflict on several occasions, but are generally operating towards the same goals.After the fall of Leviathan, their leader Matron was somehow removed and their new leader Mister Minos has targeted the secret identities of the Earth's superheroes. The leadership of the organisation was unstable for a long time, but eventually they came to be led by Tiger, formerly Agent 1.
- Academy of Adventure: They also run and operate out of the St. Hadrian's School, which is essentially a college for training super spy women.
- Face–Heel Turn: An unsettling number of Spyral agents turn out to actually be double agents of some sort. This includes the organization's founder, Mister Minos and Agent 8. This also extends to their employees, like Dr. Poppy Ashemore!
- The Faceless: The Hypnos implants their agents use gives off this appearance sometimes, especially when they're seen via recording.
- Femme Fatale: Everyone at St. Hadrian's, the entire curriculum of which is geared towards turning attractive young schoolgirls into efficient, remorseless killers.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Two examples:
- Their Hypnos implants also do this. You'll see their faces... you just will never be able to recall the face after-the-fact.
- They have a mind-wiping satellite.
- Mildly Military: They explicitly prefer recruiting loose cannons and Rebellious Rebels rather than drilled-and-disciplined types. This is done specifically to avoid conflicts of interest with the agents' home nations.
- Mind Control: The Hypnos can also do this, though with difficulty.
- Organ Theft: Dick Grayson spent part of his time with them tracking down superhuman organs and harvesting them as part of Minos' plot to create an All Your Powers Combined monster.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Seem to like classical mythology references, especially relating to the story of Daedalus and the Labyrinth. This could be Meaningful Name on a couple levels: for one, they're involved in a "labyrinthine" network of espionage and intel, and for another, their chief function seems to be to oppose heroes (a la Theseus).
- The Rival:
- The organization as a whole is this towards Batman Inc.
- They also have a bit of secret war going on with DC's other covert groups: Checkmate and S.H.A.D.E.
- Finally, they seem to get into conflicts with the Fist of Cain a lot.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: They eventually become this for the superhero community under Helena Bertenelli's leadership.Protect the secrets that protect the world.
- Shame If Something Happened: Used this to force Batman Inc. to split up for a time, essentially gathering a force large enough to threaten them. As the Batfamily had just been through a brutal final battle with Leviathan and had lost two members, they decided that it wasn't worth it to try and fight them.
- The Unfettered: Much more willing to get their hands dirty than the Batfamily. This is just one reason the two organizations don't get along.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Have a tendency to do this to agents that betray them in any way.
A Spyral head agent and ally of Dick Grayson who recruited Dick after the events of Forever Evil left him unable to operate as Nightwing any longer. His face is always obscured through a mask that makes it resemble a spiral, in order to hide his identity.
- Ambiguously Evil: Loses the Ambiguously part later on.
- Face Death with Dignity: Upon seeing that the new Agent Zero is going to kill him, he simply asks that he be allowed to say his real name before she does so. She refuses.
- The Faceless: His mask is designed to give him this look.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: While he's not completely evil, he's certainly willing to do amoral things and is sporting a pair of thick-rimmed glasses.
- The Handler: For Dick and Matron.
- Properly Paranoid: Has nanobots that eat any trace of his existence that leave his person all around his office. Turns out, this was a good move, because Dick tries to collect DNA via a lollipop and is unable to.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
- The Spook: Nobody except Spyral's heads and himself know his real name and past. In a rather bitter deconstruction, it's suggested that he actually hates this and desires to known by his true name again.
Agent 1/Patron (Tiger)
Dick Grayson, you're an idiot.Spyral's top agent and the second begrudging partner to Dick Grayson when he was Agent 37. Eventually ends up leading the organisation after Helena Bertinelli leaves the position.
Dr. Jeremiah Arkham
The long suffering administrator of Arkham Asylum, a position he inherited from his uncle Amadeus Arkham, the founder of the asylum. If there was ever a contest for "Worst Job in Fiction" Dr. Arkham could win it. Dr. Arkham alternates between trying to rehabilitate his patients and merely trying to keep them locked in, both of which he fails at. The stress of trying to keep several superpowered mass murderers imprisoned has left Dr. Arkham a bitter, exhuasted mess.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Jeremiah was once brainwashed into believing he was Black Mask.
- Deadpan Snarker: Probably needs to keep a sense of humor to make it through this kind of work.
- Depending on the Artist: How old he appears varies. Often Dr. Arkham looks to be in his forties, but other times he looks much older.
- Friendly Enemy: The Joker likes (torturing) him at least, probably because he makes it so easy to escape. The other patients seem amused by him too.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Dr. Arkham's hiring practices could use some work, just look at Harley Quinn. And don't get us started on the brain dead morons he hires as security guards.