Badass: Naturally. This version of Batman is a bit more fallible and less skilled in combat than other interpretations, but more than makes up for it with brilliant detective skills. And even then, he's still more than competent in combat.
In "Nexus", he finally gets to say the classic Batman catchphrase. You know the one.
Charles Atlas Superpower: He gets hit with a door to a bank vault, which dislocates his shoulder... and he just pops said shoulder back into place while barely changing his facial expression. He then proceeds to go about beating the crap out of the thugs he was fighting with only a minor look of discomfort on his face. In Episode 10, Sacrifice, he and Katana jump off a multi-story building and land on their feet, barely breaking stride.
Great Detective: This incarnation of Batman is more focused on his detective skills than other incarnations.
The Hero: A play on the trope. We, the audience, see Batman/Bruce Wayne as the hero of this story but Bruce himself considers Gordon, the honest and By-the-Book Cop to be the hero while he himself is Vigilante Man.
These are the roles we play.
Hyper Awareness: Shows that he has this in episode 11 and claims that it's always on.
Hypocritical Humor: For a guy who's rather secretive, he doesn't like secrets being kept from him. Lampshaded by Alfred.
Socially-Awkward Hero: Specifically regarding his interest in the opposite sex. He's charismatic and suave when it comes to interacting with people on a professional level, but he's a giant dork when it comes to romance.
The Unreveal: Bruce Wayne is Batman. What a shocker, right? Well, to Tatsu in episode 7, it is.
What the Hell, Hero?: Receives one from Tatsu when he reveals that he's been using her to turn the League of Assassins against each other. Tatsu calls him out for getting Bruce Wayne killed, Dr. Ravencroft's soul removed from her, and Lady Shiva obtaining the Soultaker Sword.
She calls him out again in "Nexus", when his plan to clear himself from the assassination attempt on Mayor Grange involves kidnapping Harvey Dent and drawing out Anarky, as he wouldn't expect such an unexpected move from him. This barely works, as they nearly get killed by Anarky's explosives, nearly pits Gordon and Batman against each other, and fuels Dent's hatred of Batman.
A former member of MI6, the British Secret Service, he took a job as a butler and bodyguard for Dr. Thomas Wayne and his family after he retired. After his employers were murdered, Alfred raise their orphaned son, Bruce. As Bruce grew, Alfred trained him in criminology, computer hacking, forensics, and martial arts, preparing Bruce for his future as Batman. Alfred helps Bruce by tracking down leads and examine evidence from the Batcave while Bruce worked in the field. During his time in the MI6, his partner died in a "car accident" and he became the godfather to his daughter, Tatsu Yamashiro.
Bald of Awesome: In contrast to most versions of Alfred, who're just balding.
Battle Butler: More so than most other versions of Alfred, who only break out the asswhooping when the situation calls for it; this Alfred takes a direct approach to making sure that Batman's on the ball.
Cold War: Mentioned by Alfred himself to be the conflict he fought in.
Could Say It But: In "Allies", he indirectly tells Tatsu that she can go help Batman after Batman told her to stay behind thinking she's not ready yet.
Tatsu: This is stupid. We should be out there backing him up. Doesn't it bother you to sit here? You're trained for this. Why does he think he could do it himself? Alfred: Actions, not words, get the job done. Understand? (beat) Tatsu: Perfectly.
Deadpan Snarker: As always, Alfred's at the top of his game in this department.
A former member of the C.I.A. who infiltrated the League of Assassins under the name "Katana". After seeing how dangerous the the sword was, she decided to steal the Soultaker Sword and fake her death, seeing how it was too dangerous even in the hands of the C.I.A. When she was young, her father died in a "car accident". His partner, Alfred Pennyworth, became her godfather. Alfred contacted her to become a personal bodyguard and driver of Bruce Wayne which she accepted.
Anti-Hero: She's arrogant, quick to anger, and distrustful of Batman, yet has a strong sense of justice and a fairly good head on her shoulders.
Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: Slightly. Though courteous in general, she clearly thinks less of people who don't measure up to her standards of toughness, referring to Bruce Wayne as a "marshmallow" and regarding the seemingly cushy lifestyle of Wayne Manor with obvious, if very polite, disdain.
Charles Atlas Superpower: She easily jumps from the floor to a chandelier from practically a standing start. In Episode 10, Sacrifice, she and Batman jump off a multi-story building and land on their feet, barely breaking stride.
CIA: She used to be part of it to investigate Ra's al Ghul, but she instead discovered the Soultaker Sword, stole it, and went into hiding.
Combat Stilettos: Particularly jarring when she spars with a barefooted Bruce in "Control", though they're strictly Combat High-Heeled Boots.
Cool Sword: The Soultaker Sword, a green sword with calligraphy on the blade that can suck the soul from a person. It appears to be made of one piece of jade, hilt and all, yet is sharp enough to cut through other swords. She loses it to Lady Shiva in "Family".
Dark Action Girl: A rare heroic example. She's definitely a mite more on the morally grey side than the more traditional Batman sidekicks, especially considering that she isn't afraid to kill.
Dark and Troubled Past: She was orphaned at a young age and was in the military and CIA, which weren't exactly cakewalks, but the capper was that she worked undercover for the League Of Assassins.
Even worse still, she faked her own death and went into hiding in order to keep the Soultaker Sword from falling into the wrong hands.
Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the deadpan part. She seems to have learned a thing or two from Alfred.
Death Glare: She seems to have one every time Dr. Burr tries to get closer to her.
Domino Mask: What she chooses to wear when she becomes Batman's partner.
Fragile Speedster: Comparatively speaking. She seems to be faster and more agile than Batman and Silver Monkey, but not as capable of taking punishment.
Her training with Batman is giving some strength and stamina, just compare her fight with Silver Monkey in "Safe" to her fight with a Brain Washed Batman in "Control".
Good Is Not Nice: Former CIA, former League of Assassins. Pretty much comes with the territory that she's willing to do things that Batman isn't.
Good Is Not Soft: If she's forced to get in a fight, she won't hold back. One of the assassins would've learned this the hard way had Batman not intervened. Though this becomes less of an issue as she undergoes Batman's traning. In episode 17, she even calls Batman out when he seemingly killed Metamorpho.
Hypocrite: Silver Monkey accuses her of being this when she calls him for using hidden claws that he had previously considered "dishonorable weapons". He claims she has no room to be making any judgements on honor, seeing that she stole the Soultaker Sword and ran away from the League of Assassins. In truth, she never had any loyalty to the League to begin with because she was a mole for the C.I.A.
Irony: She thinks of Batman as a lunatic and yet she is unknowingly working for him.
Non-Indicative Name: Her name's Katana, but the Soultaker Sword is straight and double-edged. Justified as her codename was given to her before she stole the the sword. After she loses the Soultaker Sword, she uses katanas instead and thus her name is no longer non indicative.
What the Hell, Hero?: She gives this to Batman after revealing that he's been using her to turn the League of Assassins against each other. She calls him out for getting Bruce Wayne killed, Dr. Ravencroft's soul removed from her body, and Lady Shiva obtaining the Soultaker Sword.
She calls him out again in Nexus when his plan to clear himself from the assassination attempt on Mayor Grange involves kidnapping Harvey Dent and drawing out Anarky, as he wouldn't expect such an unexpected move from him. This barely works, as they nearly get killed by Anarky's explosives, nearly pits Gordon and Batman against each other, and fuels Dent's hatred of Batman.
And yet again in Monsters when Batman seemingly kills Metamorpho while attempting to prevent his escape.
The Bad Guy Wins: After being revived, he uses the Ion Cortex to plunge all of Gotham into darkness, and has captured Batman.
Carnival of Killers: Arranges one in "Reckoning" with Batman's previously beaten, jailed enemies.
The Corrupter: Attempts to be this for Tatsu, trying to convince her to kill Alfred for letting her father die.
Curb-Stomp Battle: His first fight with Batman ends decisively in his favor, and his second fight nearly ends the same way until Batman reveals he was stalling.
Dragged Off to Hell: In spirit if not necessarily literally. Batman defeats him by freeing the trapped souls of his enemies from the Soultaker. The vengeful spirits proceed to drag down a deep elevator shaft.
Graceful Loser: Batman thwarting his plans prompts him to compliment Bats and say that he always wondered what it was like to lose.
Human Popsicle: He's in some sort of cryogenic suspension when we first see him.
Knight of Cerebus: His appearance marks Batman's first major defeat in the series and nearly brings Gotham to its knees. And the rammifications of his actions have lasting effects on Batman's team and on Gotham.
Orcus on His Throne: Beyond his fights with Batman and personally approaching the villains in "Reckoning", he mostly sits on a chair, having the League do most of the dirty work for him.
Not So Different: Pulls this on Katana in "Sacrifice" stating that while Batman is a noble hero, at her core, Katana is a cold-blodded killer like her. Batman quickly shuts her up. and Katana later proves her wrong.
Race Lift: She appears to be South Asian like her namesake, as opposed to Chinese like she is in the comics.
Lady Shiva: While you may possess the unique skillset necessary to lead the League of Assassins, your bid to displace me was always doomed because of two simple, unavoidable truths: Nothing happens in the league without me knowing it, and... you are not me.
Soft Spoken Sadist: Her voice is remarkably mellow even as she sucks out Ravencroft's soul and promises to torture Silver Monkey for his betrayal.
Control Freak: Subtley implied to be this. Cypher works best when he's in complete control of a situation, but when something happens that takes away that control, he panics and is forced to improvise, something he's not good at doing. Lampshaded by Batman.
Batman: How does it feel to have someone else in control?
Highly-Visible Ninja: Considering parts of his armor glow, one has to wonder how he manages to slip by unnoticed.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Batman defeats him by jamming his tendrils into the back of his skull, electrocuting him severely.
In Name Only: Cypher's by far the most altered character to appear in the show, having very little in common with the obscure original villain beyond being an assassin with a propensity for mind control - and even so, the kind of mind control is entirely different (the original was an assassin known for using a Compelling Voice to lure targets into traps). If not for Word of God claiming that none of the villains in the show are original characters, he might even be considered a Canon Foreigner.
Adaptational Heroism: While still not a saint by any means, his motivations are somewhat more sympathetic than the comics version, he's very polite, and seems to care for his subordinate, Mr. Toad.
Affably Evil: He's rather polite and makes it an issue when Mr. Toad incorrectly calls Batman "Batguy", on the grounds that they should respect their enemies. He also shows concern for Mr. Toad's eyesight. He even freely gives medical advice to his enemies, though the level of "helpfulness" in his advice tends to vary, like him believing he had to amputate Alfred's broken ankle.
All There in the Manual: His real name has not been given in the show thus far, but a magazine revealed that his real name, like in the comics, is Lazlo Velentin.
Irony: Seems to like this mindset, as he hunts the people who he feels were destroying nature (with a particular type of rifle and even a blowdart) in a fashion he feels befits their "crime".
Lighter and Softer: Considering how dark Pyg's debut arc was, it's only natural it was toned down for a show on a channel aimed at pre-teens. The show's portrayal of Professor Pyg is a well-mannered criminal genius instead of the deranged sadist that he is in the comics.note To elaborate, Pyg in the comics basically made The Joker look sane.
Despite this, Pyg is still one of the darker villains seen thus far, attacking Batman with a bone saw in his first appearance, with his second appearance containing a reference to Saw.
Mad Doctor: Professor Pyg uses bonesaws and scalpels, and shows medical knowledge. His attire, these weapons, and his eagerness to amputate Alfred's injured leg suggest that he draws influence from the superstitious and ineffective doctors of old — the type who'd break out the leeches and bloodletting blades over the most minor of ailments.
Dirty Coward: Was going to offer double the amount of money Michael Holt was going to offer to Professor Pyg if he only let him out and was willing to keep quiet about what Professor Pyg will do to Holt and Alfred.
Enemy Mine: With Batman in "Toxic". Justified, because Batman was using him as bait to lure Metamorpho to his company to cure him.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Had he not mutated Rex into Metamorpho, he wouldn't have been thrown into a series of events that discredited him. In "Allies", it's revealed that his actions got him arrested.
Not Me This Time: When military powered armor is being used to run people out of old Gotham, Batman pegs Simon as the only man with the resources and motive. Simon counters that it's too overt for him and mocks Batman for being misled. Turns out it's actually his daughter.
Overprotective Dad: He's so against his daughter dating Rex Mason that he's willing to use him as a guinea pig for his project.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He actually tries to pull one of these in "Toxic", making it sound like he was just an innocent victim and it was all Batman's fault. Too bad he didn't count on Batman finding the video footage he deleted and already sending it to the police.
Adaptation Distillation: Magpie of the comics was a clearly disturbed woman with extreme kleptomania who, while capable of putting together highly dangerous trinkets to replace the things she stole, quickly fell apart and came across as pitiable. The Magpie seen here is clearly able to hold her own against Batman and, while disturbed and in love with shiny things, has yet to break down and go on full-blown rants about wanting them.
Adaptation Expansion: However, her origin story here is both rather complex and pretty screwed up, and it's also expanded on more than it ever was in the comics. Because of this, she's still quite pitiable, and she still retains her obsessive love of pretty, shiny things.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Like her avian namesake, Magpie doesn't really care how much the things she steals are worth, she only cares that they're pretty and shiny. Unlike other examples of this trope, it's not Played for Laughs and is outright frightening.
Magpie: What is it that scares the Batman? Are you afraid that if you embrace the dark and only the dark you might begin to like it? That you might become free? Is that what you want to understand? What it felt like when they buried Margaret Sorrow? That moment when I stepped completely into one side of myself? Well, I'll give you a little hint: It was a rush! You should try it sometime.
Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: Quite tragically - criminal Margaret Sorrow volunteered to have her mind altered so that she could become a better person... and it worked for a time. However, her personality not only started to revert over time, it did so in a fractured, disjointed way - only the very worst parts of her personality returned, unable to recall wanting to change. Ironically, this turned Magpie into something even worse than before.
Gadgeteer Genius: Something shared with the comics. Originally, Magpie would steal valuable objects and leave behind booby-trapped copies capable of maiming and killing when triggered. Here, she's capable of reverse-engineering a device that could alter a person's memories and personality.
Heel-Face Brainwashing: Her origin is that she was a former criminal who volunteered for one of these. It worked for a time, but she eventually developed a villainous Split Personality and other mental issues.
Identity Amnesia: Invoked by Margaret Sorrow and the doctors who experimented on her and thus played very straight as "Cassie" - though a bit less cut and dry as Magpie, who is a twisted remnant of her old self.
Lightning Bruiser: Incredibly agile, can take a lot of punishment, and can fight evenly with Batman.
Made of Iron: She takes full advantage of her inability to feel pain. Taking that into account, some of her stunts are downright superhuman, such as falling several stories onto a car and getting back up again with no apparent injuries.
Mood-Swinger: Magpie can go from cheerful to angry in a split second. Clearly shown when she kicks Batman angrily, only to apologize afterwards. Unlike most examples, this makes her outright terrifying as there is literally no way of telling what comment will set her off on a homicidal rage.
Never My Fault: Zig-zagged; She blames the doctors who put her through the procedure that got rid of her memories, when in fact she volunteered for the procedure herself. The process made her forget that she had, and lead to the unintentional side-effects making her crazy.
In Sacrifice, he curb stomps 3 assasins to steal Ra's Al Ghul's corpse and manages to manipulate both Batman and Lady Shiva into nearly starting a plaque across Gotham.
In Nexus, he seems to give Batman a harder time in battle and is able to fight both him and Katana to a standstill. That's not even mentioning his plan kidnap Harvey Dent and use him to blow up one of the parks in Gotham.
The Chessmaster: He goes to some lengths to invoke this idea in his first appearance, to the point where his Chess Motifs can feel a little excessive. He even lampshades it. The motifs get dropped by his subsequent appearances, though he remains a Chess Master.
He's also very similar to Nemesis, thanks to his white suit and use of gadgets. Both were basically created to be the anti-Batman.
Gadgeteer Genius: Though compared to Batman, the stuff he builds is designed to kill.
Graceful Loser: In "Sacrifice", when even after his plan fails, he gives Lady Shiva the refrigerated corpse of Ra's al Ghul.
I Gave My Word: In "Sacrifice", he made a deal with Lady Shiva where he would Ra's al Ghul's body in exchange for her taking part in his plan to cause a viral outbreak. He pretty clearly expected her to die in the outbreak, but despite her surviving and the outbreak failing, he still kept his word in the end.
In the Hood: In the comics, he wears some kind of hat with a wide brim, but he wears a hood in the show.
Leitmotif: Accompanied by a sinister and aristocratic violin riff.
Let's You and Him Fight: Deliberately sets up Batman and Lady Shiva to fight over releasing a deadly plague on Gotham.
Noble Demon/Pragmatic Villainy: Even though Lady Shiva failed to cause the outbreak, he still returns the frozen Ra's al Ghul to her unharmed. Given she lost a couple men in the exchange and could have died, it may have been for the equally pragmatic reason of keeping her from going after him.
Psychopathic Manchild: He shows definite hints of it, particularly when he seems about to throw a tantrum when Batman sees him as just another nutcase in a costume and not his diametric opposite like Anarky wants.
Never My Fault: Junkyard Dog seems to figure it out at the end of "Tests", but they seem to have persecution complexes, assuming that whenever they get arrested they're being "silenced by The Man", as opposed to the obvious reason of them being breaking and entering vandals.
A former bank accountant under the employ of Tobias Whale. He was set to testify against him, but an attempt on his life by Tobias unhinged him, causing him to drop out of the Witness Protection Program and go into hiding. Years later, he returned to take revenge on Tobias and Jim Gordon.
Acrofatic: Humpty can sure move fast for his size, having escaped Batman three times in the same episode. Twice while carrying someone.
Adaptational Villainy: Though he's still a sympathetic Anti-Villain, he's far more dangerous and vindictive as opposed to his comic book counterpart, who preferred to avoid any conflict and be left alone.
Affably Evil: After his plans fall apart and he's forced to retreat, he expresses seemingly genuine remorse for his actions and even deactivates the bomb suits. Batman sums him up best.
Batman: Humpty may be broken, but he's not pure evil.
Anti-Villain: His motivation is understandable, but his methods are just plain wrong.
Ax-Crazy: An attempt on his life when he was a witness in a case really scrambled his mind.
Genius Bruiser: He was able to knock Jim Gordon out with one punch, though he never engages Batman directly. Possibly justified in that he knows full well that he wouldn't stand a chance against Batman in a straight-on-fight.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's very difficult not to feel some degree of sympathy for him. Especially when his plans fall apart. He sounds so sad and unwell and even expresses seemingly genuine remorse for his actions. He clearly needs psychiatric help.
Faux Affably Evil: He acts very cordial when Batman comes to question him, but not before unleashing his guards on him in the same cordial tone.
Giggling Villain: He has a very distinct, dismissive-sounding chuckle that he frequently makes when addressing his enemies. Combined with his wide, toothy grin, one almost expects the next word out of his mouth to be, "Problem?".
A gang of small-time criminals who used to work in the Cauldron. The Cauldron was an industrial park that became a "no man's land" after it went bankrupt after the Gotham financial crisis. Since the people there have nowhere else to go, they settled in the Cauldron.
Ambiguous Gender: Since every members' face is covered with bandages, it's hard to tell their gender. Barbara lampshades it:
Match: Gentlemen, ladies... Barbara: I think they're all guys.
A lieutenant at the Gotham police department. Unlike most incarnations, he starts off as very anti-Batman, believing that he's a lawbreaker just like the villains he fights. However, he isn't unreasonable and is willing to work with Batman in a pinch. After being credited with ending Gotham's black out and the police commissioner being killed, Gordon is promoted to commissioner.
The Commissioner Gordon: Surprisingly subverted, considering he's anti-Batman. At least until episode 8, when he finally starts playing this trope straight. Then literally in "Nexus", after Ra's bumped off the old one.
Cool Old Guy: More like Cool Middle-Aged Guy in this incarnation.
Sherlock Scan: Applied when investigating a crime scene to track down Batman.
Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: He's a good cop and works with Batman if he has to, but he considers him a threat to the city and expresses a strong desire to put him in prison.
As of episode 8, he's no longer the antagonist and is actively working with Batman.
Voiced by: Gary Anthony Williams
An industrialist who was targeted by Prof. Pyg and Mister Toad for participating in a shady land deal that destroyed a protected wetlands.In the comics, Michael Holt is the civilian identity of the second Mister Terrific. Whether he will take on his superhero identity in Beware the Batman remains to be seen.
Psychopathic Manchild: A more benign example, as he's quick to anger and attack, but when Gordon calms him down (with candy), he's easy to deal with and very childish in his mannerisms. However, it also makes him easy to manipulate, particularly by Magpie.
The physicist who invented the Ion Cortex that would help the world's power. He's been targeted by the League of Assassin's for his invention. He has an obvious crush on Tatsu.In the comics, Jason Burr is the civilian name of the second Kobra. Whether he will take on his supervillain identity in Beware the Batman remains to be seen.
Abhorrent Admirer: To Tatsu at first, though he actually manages to endear himself to her.
Man Child: He's seen playing with a toy motorcycle like a kid.
The Mole: Debatable on how much of one he is, but he's helping Lady Shiva by completing the Ion Cortex.
Not That Kind of Doctor: Inverted when Alfred has to inform him that he's not, in fact, a medical doctor. He remains undaunted in giving Katana aid, despite the obvious fact that his help's neither wanted or actually useful.
Burr: Give me room, I'm a doctor! Alfred: Wait! Are you a medical doctor? Burr: I am tonight.
Breath Weapon: After absorbing Batman's cattle prods, he's able to discharge the energy as a single blast from his mouth.
Driven to Suicide: He tragically attempts this at the end after being turned down by Sapphire by smashing the ventilation system and transforming into a gas, causing himself to be sucked out. It doesn't work; he's shown to be still alive at the end.
Heel-Face Turn: He wasn't very villainous in the first place, but he cements himself as a hero in "Monsters".
Hulk Speak: At first, anyway. He becomes more coherent as he gains control over his powers, losing the Hulk Speak entirely by the end.
The Juggernaut: Beyond being too strong for Batman to directly fight, he's also proved immune to nearly everything Batman uses on him.
Daddy's Girl: She believes that her father would accept her relationship with Rex Mason and that her father would never harm him. But this all changes when she learns that truth.
Dating What Daddy Hates: She dates Rex Mason, a security guard to her father's company. Simon wanted her to be with someone better than a security guard.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She still loves Rex even though she's now a capitalist monster, and it's implied her actions are motivated by the desire to get her father out of jail.
Karma Houdini: Gets away with basically organizing terrorist acts in "Monsters", with Batman simply letting her off with a warning.
Love Hurts: When she tells Rex that she can't see past his transformation to love him, he commits suicide by turning into gas and getting sucked into the ventilation system right in front of her. But what they don't know is that he survived.
Secret Relationship: Averted; she and Rex kept their relationship a secret; but her father knew about it from watching the security footage.
Smug Snake: Towards Batman in "Monsters" once he discovers her plan.
Early-Bird Cameo: Mentioned in a news ticker in "Attraction" and a voiceless cameo in "Darkness" before being formally introduced in "Nexus".
Expy: Of Amanda Waller. They even share voice actors. Her character model is nearly identical to the one used in Justice League.
Iron Lady: Still maintains her authoritative tone after an attempt on her life.
Race Lift: From a Caucasian woman in the comics to an African-American one.
Reasonable Authority Figure: She's against Harvey Dent's obsessive witch hunt on Batman and only funds his Special Crime Unit to "give him a higher rope to hang himself from", knowing that if she doesn't, Gotham would likely choose him as the next mayor instead of re-electing her, and it would only give Dent even more power to put on his witch hunt.
The new, overzealous District Attorney after the black-out six months ago. Harvey Dent wants to solve Gotham City's "cape and mask crisis" through his Special Crimes Unit, and targets Batman and Katana as part of the problem.