Characters / Batman Supporting Cast

Batman has built up a large cast of allies over the years. These are his allies that are either considered to be "unofficial" Batfamily members or allies from outside the Batclan. Due to the nature of comic book continuity, currently held identities are in bold.
    open/close all folders 

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 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, where she currently resides.

    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.

    Huntress (Pre-Crisis / New 52) (Helena Wayne)

Batman 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-Two is not the previous Earth-Two. In the New 52 Earth-Two, 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.

    Huntress (Post-Crisis) / Matron (Helena Bertinelli)

Main Article: Huntress

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 New5 2, 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.


  • Action Girl
  • Badass Biker
  • Badass Teacher: she's a crime-fighter by night and a high-school teacher by day. Just try to threaten "her kids".
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: It's specifically because they had "No hassle attached" sex in the past that this has developed between herself and Dick Grayson. To the point where they frequently alternate between arguing and making out.
  • Black Sheep
  • Darker and Edgier: The main reason Batman didn't use to trust her was because she seemed willing to waive the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule.
  • Fired Teacher: Before Oracle found her a job, she was constantly getting fired for missing days and showing up with wounds.
  • Harmful to Minors: She watched her parents get shot by her her father's associates.
  • Mafia Princess: Her childhood
  • Really Gets Around
  • Stripperiffic: the Jim Lee costume. Sigh... Gail Simone was at least able to poke fun at how ridiculous it was by revealing Huntress just really wants to show off her abs after all the sit-ups she does every day. Simone also has gone on record that she fought for years to get rid of the belly-window.
  • Sudden Name Change: She had a case of her middle name changing. In her first origin and early appearances, her full name was "Helena Janice Bertinelli". In her revised origin and later profiles, her name became "Helena Rosa Bertinelli".
  • The Unfavorite: Often comes off this way not only in the Bat-family (with Batman) but in Birds of Prey (with Oracle).
    • A lot of Oracle's animosity is rooted to Huntress' past relationship with Dick Grayson.
      • And the fact that Huntress spent a good deal of the beginning of Batman: No Man's Land using the Batgirl identity.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In her early appearances, Huntress really wanted Batman to acknowledge her as being as good a hero as him. She's gotten over it for the most part, but a bit still lingers as seen in Hush.


    Azrael III (Michael Lane)

"I am the Dark Knight of God! I am Azrael."
Azrael (Michael Lane)

Ex-cop Michael Lane has since succeeded Jean-Paul Valley as a new Azrael working for Sacred Order of St. Dumas splinter group the Order of Purity (written by Fabian Nicienza, and later David Hine), following a 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.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Check.
  • 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.
    • According to this book, faith is the eighth deadly sin. Which makes no sense at all when you take a look at Hebrews Chapter 11, in The Bible. Yeah, you'd think they'd want to take a look at that thing before going around bashing Christianity.
    • And apparently, the Apocrypha is real, a la The Da Vinci Code. (Spoiler: In reality, it is hilariously erroneous. Kind of like an Classical Greek version of some New Age jargon).
    • He's supposed to be Chrstian, but Azrael doesn't show up anywhere in Christian texts. The only he connectionmight have is an incredibly vague one based on a somewhat similar name.

    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.

    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.

    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.

     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.

     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.

     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.
  • Lovable Nerd
  • 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.

  • Badass Normal
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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.
  • Jumped at the Call
  • 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.

  • Badass Normal
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy
  • Papa Wolf
  • 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.

     Raven Red
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.

  • Bullet Proof 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.

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.

    Julia Pennyworth
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.

Gotham City Police Department

    Commissioner Jim Gordon/Batman IV

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 Grandpa
  • 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.
  • Benevolent Boss
  • 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.
    • Major example in the graphic novel The Killing Joke where the Joker brutally tortures him with images of the Monster Clown's torture of his daughter Barbara Gordon, AKA Batgirl, in an effort to prove that "one bad day" can drive anyone insane. He fails.
  • 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."
    • 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...
    Gordon: "How? I'm a DETECTIVE!"
  • 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.
  • Two First Names

    Harvey Bullock

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.

     Maggie Sawyer
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.

     Crispus Allen
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.

     Michael Akins
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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • 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.
  • The Stoic

Supporting Cast


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
  • Loony Fan
  • 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
  • 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.

    Lucius Fox

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.

    Vicki Vale

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.

    Julie Madison
...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 beard arm candy loving girlfriend and having virtually no personality or plot-relevance. Shine on, you crazy diamond.

  • 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.
  • 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 the repaired mind to return 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
  • Bat out of Hell
  • Chronic Villainy: Subverted.
  • 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.
  • Super Serum

    The Creeper (Jack Ryder)

Main Article: The Creeper

Much 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.

    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.

     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.
  • Cool Old Lady
  • The Medic
  • The Mentor: Taught Bruce a lot about medical practice, which he's put to good use in his investigations.
  • Team Mom
  • 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.

  • Cool Old Guy
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • 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 a former Nazi and supervillain who was selling it's 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.

  • Ambiguously Evil
  • 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 and Mister Minos.
  • The Rival: The organization as a whole is this towards Batman Inc.
  • 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 anyway.

     Mr. Minos
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. Minos is later revealed to be a double agent who is attempting to spill Spyral's secrets to the media. He is killed by the new Agent Zero in retaliation.