Characters: DCAU-Batman Beyond
The characters of Batman Beyond
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Batman II (Terry McGinnis)
An otherwise Ordinary High-School Student
who recently put his Delinquent
days behind him, Terry's life changes when he gets on the bad side of the Jokerz, a gang that idolizes the long-past Clown Prince of Crime. He leads them out of the city (and away from his girlfriend); the chase happens to end at the gates of stately Wayne Manor, where Bruce shows the Jokerz the hard way that he can still handle punks like them...then collapses of a heart attack
. After helping Bruce back into his home, Terry (in what has become a habit by now) stumbles upon the Batcave and is promptly thrown out.
Terry returns home to find his father murdered, apparently in retaliation by the Jokerz. However, his father's boss Derek Powers, the man who now runs Bruce Wayne's company, shows up asking about a disk his father apparently had before his death, and not in a nice way. Realizing that the Jokerz were not
his father's killer(s), Terry heads back to Wayne Manor to try to convince Bruce to help. When Bruce refuses to get directly involved, Terry steals the last Batsuit and takes off to settle things on his own. After foiling a plot by Powers to sell a devastating chemical weapon to rogue nations, Terry is accepted by Bruce to carry the mantle of Batman.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His batarangs are as sharp as the plot demands.
- Adventure Rebuff: Bruce refuses to help Terry at first. Once Terry steals the batsuit, Bruce shuts it down remotely, but eventually decides to let him become the next Batman.
- Almighty Janitor: He is, after all, officially (and de facto) Bruce's errand boy.
- Animal Motif: The Bat.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: While he has most of the heroic qualities of the original, the series' premise of a hot-headed Snark Knight and former juvenile delinquent stepping into Bruce's place after the latter's retirement is in line with this trope.
- Asleep in Class: Terry is shown to fall asleep in class due to the pressures of balancing his normal life with the responsibilities of being Batman.
- The Atoner: Terry had an argument with his father and left the house in a huff the night his father died, leaving him to wonder if things would have been different if he'd stayed home that night.
- Attack Reflector: Did it to one of Blight's radiation blasts once, but it didn't work out too well for either of them.
- Badass Someone that thinks they can wear Batman's cowl has to be one of these, or they won't last long.
- Badass in Distress: Briefly at two points in the series. Once in "Disappearing Inque," when Inque captures him alive instead of killing him in order to lure Bruce into a trap. The second time is unrelated to his double life as Batman: Big Time decides that he wants someone he knows to watch his back now that he's been established in the criminal underground, so he has Terry kidnapped and brought to him.
- Badass Normal: Before stealing the suit, and whenever he's not wearing it.
- Badbutt: This being the DCAU, this trope is pushed to its limit.
- Took a Level in Badass: To the point that Terry was able to finish the Joker once and for all, something Bruce never accomplished.
- Bash Brothers: With Bruce in "Out of the Past."
- Barehanded Blade Block: Does this against Talia or rather Ra's. Possibly justified by the Batsuit, but then again, the sword's strikes were tearing through it like nothing and it was against a rather nasty leap attack. For bonus points, having grabbed the blade, he then slams it into some Explosive Instrumentation.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: His Batsuit is technically a museum piece in the Batcave, though he said, "This suit may be old, but it's still cutting-edge." He uses other artifacts from Bruce's crimefighting days in the series as well. (e.g. Nightwing's domino mask for ID obfuscation when the Batsuit was unavailable, along with some old-style Batarangs.)
- Bring It: When he defeats every grunt but one, he decides to smile and beckon him with a finger. He gets the mess knocked out of him with a gun a few seconds later.
- Broken Pedestal: One of the few people who thinks Fries really did become a changed man, and was clearly distraught when Victor returned to his old ways.
- Brought Down to Normal: "Lost Soul" had a computer virus infect his Batsuit, forcing him to go it with just a utility belt and Nightwing's domino mask rather than flight, invisibility, Super Strength, etc. Turns out he picked up a few of the bat-skills from Bruce after all.
- Cassandra Truth: "Sneak Peek" has a Jerkass reporter who can pass through walls managing to get video of Bruce Wayne working with his protege, Neo Gotham's new Batman, Terry McGinnis. When Terry sees their pixelated faces on the news and his family excitedly gathering around the TV to find out just who Batman is, he feels that it would be better if they hear it from him rather than some gossip news reporter who got lucky. They laugh in his face.
- Changing of the Guard: He's the new Batman. Bruce now acts as The Obi-Wan.
- Character Development: Terry begins the series as a cocky but slippery superhero who tends to overuse cheesy lines. As the show progresses, he finds his physical and mental abilities growing to the point where he can fight crime at several points without Bruce's help, in addition to developing a darker, more deadpan sense of humor.
- Cheap Costume: In "Lost Soul," he has to fight his suit, now controlled by a malevolent AI. His costume? Nightwing's mask.
- Chocolate Baby: His and his brother's black hair makes it somewhat unlikely that their biological father could be the auburn Warren McGinnis, given their mother's red hair. Fans attribute the McGinnis parents' divorce to this, in part. The Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" explains this: Warren unknowingly had his reproductive DNA replaced by Cadmus with that of Bruce Wayne's in order to create a replacement Batman.
- Clothes Make The Batman: Which Terry expresses concern over in the episode "Lost Soul." By the end, he proves that he's Batman even without the suit.
- Combat Pragmatist: While Bruce makes a point to have Terry instructed in martial arts like he was, Terry has no qualms about fighting as dirty as he needs to to win. Something the Joker never anticipated. He also likes to taunt and mock his opponents into making mistakes. Again, something the Joker never anticipated.
- Cool Loser: Averted, Dana's father notwithstanding. Terry has a reasonable social circle once they get past his former record. The only real problem is how he has too much to do.
- Create Your Own Villain: Terry exposed Derek Powers to nerve gas, which could only be treated by intense radiation. The result was Blight. Upon learning this, though, Terry has no regrets.
Terry: You mean, I made him that?
Bruce: You may have. In part.
: Good. *beat
* Hey, this guy had my father murdered
and all he's done since is hide from the law! Well, no more hiding for Mister Derek Powers. Now everyone can see him for what he is...even in the dark.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Dating Catwoman: His relationship with Ten/Melanie. Also, in the comic mini-series, he does get his very own Catwoman.
- Deadpan Snarker: Terry's much more chatty than Bruce. In fact, he's so wily with his words that he makes The Joker himself succumb to a Villainous Breakdown.
- Decoy Getaway: Gives his jacket to a homeless man as he leaves the subway, in order to distract Stalker.
- Delinquent: Downplayed. The writers made sure to establish his character arc before giving too much information on Terry's delinquent past, to keep it from taking over his characterization and make him more sympathetic.
- Foreshadowed from the opening episode, though. The tight restrictions Terry's father places on him, his style of combat and his tendency to taunt others and recognize their fighting style.
- Delivery Guy Infiltration: "Shriek"
- The Determinator: Has endured beatdowns just as bad as, if not worse, than his mentor. He once jumped up to become Batman with four cracked ribs.
Terry: I'll breathe on the weekend.
- Domino Mask: When he had to fight against his own Batsuit, he decided to put on the domino mask from Nightwing's display case to disguise himself. The old Batsuits had a few tears and rips in them.
- Dramatic Unmask: "Unmasked" had him pull off his mask during a rescue attempt in order to convince a kid named Miguel that it was okay to trust him. Bruce is understandably livid, explaining that because: a) Miguel knows what Terry looks like and b) he said he saw Batman's face when he was interviewed afterwards, every villain in the city will be after him for that information. It gets subverted when, subjected to a mental probe, Miguel has already replaced Terry's face with the face of his favorite cartoon hero.
- Friend to All Children: More subdued than Bruce, but when Terry was put to the task of finding an abducted young girl, he was very motivated indeed—probably because of Matt, who had been kidnapped early on in the series.
- He also makes sure to keep an eye on a young boy who had seen him unmasked However, it was shown that Terry isn't as adept at dealing with children. He was scary to children as Batman, something Bruce was not.
- Genre Savvy: He goes out of his way to keep a closer eye on the city than usual if Bruce is out of town. At first because he doesn't want to disappoint Bruce, but later because he knows that if Bruce is gone, something is bound to happen.
- Good Is Not Soft: While he's much nicer than his mentor, he makes up for it by being much less ready to rescue villains from their own fate.
- Hurting Hero
- Icy Blue Eyes: Of the piercing variety, though they're usually covered by the mask when he's at work. Also a hint as to his biological relationship with Bruce.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: His father's death was Terry's big motivation for super-heroics.
- In the Blood: A heroic version that is about as contrived as one can possibly believe.*
- Legacy Character: Invoked by Amanda Waller, who felt the world would always need a Batman. Terry is the end product.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's a younger, initially cocky, Troubled, but Cute Batman.
- Never Live It Down: He's often reminded of his delinquent record.
- Official Couple: With Dana.
- Only Friend: He sort-of becomes this to Mr. Freeze. When he tries to convince him to escape the collapsing complex, Freeze simply replies with: "Leave me. You're the only one who cares."
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Parttime Hero: He does resent the loss of his free time to fighting villains, and there's considerable friction between him and Bruce, who treats normal life as just a cover for crime-fighting, since he became the mask long ago and never took it off despite never physically putting it on for 40 years.
- Pretty Boy: One thing that immediately stood out to fans was just how pretty he was! Even amongst Batmen who are supposed to be Chick Magnets.
- Powered Armor: Terry's Batsuit incorporates cybernetics.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Bruce's Blue.
- Stay Frosty: Terry tells Chelsea, who is being brainwashed and tortured at a "tough love ranch," to "stay schway" until he can save her.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: His mentor is Bruce Wayne, after all. Taken Up to Eleven in ROTJ, where taunting and snarking at the Joker actually helps him defeat him.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Terry takes a somewhat more loose approach to this than Bruce did. He won't personally kill, but he won't go out of his way to save criminals, either. He indirectly killed one person in the pilot alone, and it would have been two if Powers didn't have good doctors.
- He very frequently ends up killing one-shot villains, mostly because the fights are set up in such a way that he has no choice but to.
- He tried his best to save Freeze, but Victor wouldn't have it.
- Triple Shifter
- Troubled, but Cute: Seems to be in the first couple of episodes before he opens up and reveals that he's actually a responsible, altruistic young man. He was a straight example in his Back Story, which included a stint in juvie.
- Tykebomb: His genetics are half Bruce's due to Amanda Waller trying to create a second Batman. His parents were also almost killed by an older Phantasm hired by Waller to create another Batman. Phantasm decided against killing his parents, but his dad got killed by Derek Powers, prompting Terry to become Batman anyways.
- Unwanted Harem
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
- Weak, but Skilled: The Batsuit might enhance his strength compared to a normal human, but considering the sort of opponents he tends to go toe-to-toe with, he still is usually outmatched in terms of sheer physical force.
- Weaponized Exhaust: In one episode, he didn't use his jet boots directly as a weapon, but he did use them to propel a crate at someone.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Terry wanted to please both Warren McGinnis and Bruce Wayne.
- Would Hit a Girl: Almost all the time he meets female supervillains, he will. Except for in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker; when he fights the Dee Dee Twins, though he may just have been having fun making them knock each other out as his grin seems to imply.
- You Fight Like a Cow: This serves him well in his fight against The Joker.
- You Killed My Father: Said to Blight/Derek Powers word for word. Also his origin story (as it is true for the original Batman).
The original Batman from earlier in the DCAU
, Bruce is originally reluctant to let Terry take up the mantle of the Bat, but he eventually gives in and becomes Terry's mentor and Mission Control
.See here for info dealing with him in the rest of the DCAU
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Subverted. Terry thinks Bruce is being unnecessarily close-minded because he does not believe the rumors of a ghost haunting Terry's high school. It turns out that Bruce has seen similar paranormal activity, but the reports sound too amateurish and "high-school" to fit into that paradigm. In the end, it turns out to be something completely different.
- Back in the Saddle: He's long-since retired from being Batman due to old age and a crippling heart condition. He now mentors and acts as the Voice with an Internet Connection to the new Batman. However, on two occasions, he's taken up the fight again. On the first, he did it with the aid of Powered Armor. On the second, he was returned to a younger age through the use of a Lazarus Pit. Both times, his heroic theme from Batman: The Animated Series plays for him.
- Badass: He's the original Batman, so it's to be expected.
- Bad Dreams: Done without seeing the actual dream, when Payback calls himself Bruce's worst nightmare and Bruce just retorts "You have no idea what my nightmares are like."
- Bash Brothers: With Terry in "Out of the Past."
- Batman Grabs a Gun: It took this happening to make Bruce stop being Batman, proving (to Bruce) that he couldn't continue crime-fighting if he had to stoop to their level.
- Beat It By Compulsion: Teaches Terry this.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: In "Blackout," Bruce took Mr. Freeze's freeze gun out of his little crime museum to stop Inque, and wore the old Gray Ghost hat and mask to keep his identity hidden. In her second appearance, Terry tried the same, but she broke it; later, Bruce took a huge Powered Armor suit out of retirement to go hand-to-hand with her.
- Career-Ending Injury: His heart condition, which prompts the incident above.
- Cane Fu: It's unclear as to whether Bruce really needs the cane, or if he's just pretending to be more handicapped than he is for the sake of having a weapon.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Uses this to hide his BatMech while rescuing Terry.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite being a bit cranky.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: In the first episode, Bruce's Batman is too old to fight against the goons. One of them is about to beat Batman with a pipe, forcing Batman to use a gun to win. Batman, who hates guns, decides he needs to retire in his old age so he wouldn't be in this situation again.
- Crazy-Prepared: Naturally.
Terry: She's heading for the stairs!
(Bruce presses button, metal door seals shut, preventing Inque from heading into the mansion.)
Inque: Someone's got a secret. (tries to sliver in through the cracks in the metal door)
Terry: She's getting through!
(Bruce presses another button which electrocutes Inque from the door)
Terry: Wow, you really are prepared.
(Inque slivers up to the ceiling and starts to burrow herself up in the rocks)
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
- Dented Iron: His deteriorating general health, compounded with all the injuries he'd sustained over the years, is what ultimately forces him into his Moment of Weakness at the very start of the show.
- The Determinator: Will a heart attack stop him from saving someone? Nope. But the moral crisis suffered after being forced to pick up a gun will.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Throughout the DCAU, he has had many love interests. He doesn't end up with any of them and ends up a single, old man.
- Doesn't Like Guns: The series begins with a heart attack forcing him to scare a criminal off with one, horrifying him into retirement.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Played with when he started Hearing Voices as a result of Shriek. He later tells Terry that the reason he knew he wasn't going crazy was because the voice kept called him "Bruce," which is not what he calls himself in his head.
- Double Consciousness: He states that, inside his head, he doesn't call himself "Bruce" anymore.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Starts out the series living alone with his dog after all his friends died, retired from being Batman and living on what he has left of his conquered company. Gets to train a new Batman, reconciles with the Bat Family and retakes his company. And if "Epilogue" is anything to go by, he might just live long enough to see his grandkids.
- Game-Breaking Injury: His heart condition.
- Genre Savvy: During "Betrayal," after Terry's been kidnapped and dropped the Batsuit, Bruce calmly tells Max to relax and that he'll be there before hanging up. A minute later, after she's picked up the mask, he calls back and warns her not to even try it.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: In the crossover with Justice League Unlimited, when Old Bruce takes over questioning Ghoul from his younger self, he plays the bad cop so effectively that everyone is unnerved when the younger Batman steps in to play good cop.
Old Bruce: "I can't believe I was ever that green…THIS is how you interrogate someone."
Batman: "I can't hold him back forever. You might want to start talking."
- Good Is Not Nice
- Grumpy Old Man: Several times.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Understandable, since Ace is his only companion at Wayne Manor other than Terry.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Impoverished Patrician: It was never explored in the show, but DVD commentaries and behind-the-scene features reveal that Bruce Wayne has lost almost all of the vast Wayne Fortune in the intervening years between the original series and the current story. He survives on the returns from his stock holdings in Wayne-Powers, which he could sell for a massive profit, but he would never do so because he would lose any last remaining influence over the company.
- Lonely at the Top: The rare heroic example of this trope at the beginning of the show. He is one of the richest men in the world and it is due to his crusade as the Dark Knight that Gotham is still standing. However, he has also completely alienated everyone around him and is utterly alone. And once he got older, his failing body conditions prevented him from further activities as Batman, which has made him bitter. Finding his successor in Terry did improve the situation but it is clear that Bruce sometimes thinks about what could have been.
Terry: Why do you hate him so much?
Barbara Gordon: No, I don't hate him. I hate what he's become. Such a great man...so alone.
- The Mentor
- Mission Control
- Moment of Weakness: See Doesn't Like Guns.
- Never Forgotten Skill: Bruce has retired from being Batman and has spent years being a bitter old recluse. However, he has proven to be quite proficient with his cane, not just for attacking, but for casually blocking thrown knives with it. Then there's that one episode where he goes into a Lazarus Pit and being made younger causes him to fight with all the skills of his younger self unforgotten.
- Offhand Backhand: Backcane, rather than backhand, but he's old.
- Offscreen Teleportation: In "Sneak Peek," Terry does an extended chase scene following Ian Peek down floor after blockaded floor as fast as he can. The instant he falls through the final floor (right after Terry arrived), an elderly Bruce appears...although he was left hundreds if not thousands of feet away in no rush to chase after them.
- Old Master: He regularly chides Terry for not listening to him, often when Terry falls into the same sorts of traps as he did in his cape-wearing days.
- Older and Wiser: And way, way scarier than before. As in, the time travel episode of Justice League Unlimited has him unsettling himself and a 50 year old Static.
- Parental Substitute: He functions as this to Terry McGinnis until the reveal that he is Terry's real father because of a crazy governmental genetics program.
- Playing Gertrude: Kevin Conroy voices Bruce in both the original series and Beyond, and manages to make the aging between both series very believable.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a good one to Ra's Al Ghul in "Out of the Past":
Sure, Ra's, why not? Anything to hold off the Grim Reaper another few seconds. I take it back. You don't cheat
death; you whimper in fear of it. Ra's:
Silence! *slaps Bruce* Bruce: And you hit like a girl
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Terry's Red.
- Retired Badass
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: After hanging up the cowl, Bruce appears to have taken advantage of this instead of the playboy facade he used in his prime.
- Secret Identity Identity: It's shown at the end of season 1's "Shriek" that he has it all figured out.
Bruce: The voice kept calling me "Bruce." In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
- Seen It All: He has faced demons, wizards, gods, Darkseid, The Joker and ghosts. However, he has doubts about a ghost haunting a girl's locker room as it seems just too juvenile.
- Weak, but Skilled: Considering that he's older and more physically frail.
- Welcome to My World: Invokes the trope after hiring Terry to be his assistant. Terry's mother thinks it's welcoming Terry to the world of big business and all that Bruce Wayne represents. Terry and Bruce (and the viewer) both know it holds more meaning than that.
Maxine "Max" Gibson
- Action Girl: Gets in on the action quite a few times. She saves Terry's life twice in the show's run.
- Affirmative Action Girl: Deliberately added to the show to try to up the show's female viewership.
- Damsel out of Distress:
- She is not go willingly when the Kobra organization kidnaps her and tries to make her their new queen.
- When she is cornered by a gang of Jokerz, Batman intervenes and tells her to run. She interprets this as running to tackle one of the thugs.
- Bare Your Mid Riff: In one episode.
- Black and Nerdy: She has quite the advanced computer programming skills.
- Black Best Friend: To Terry.
- Boyish Short Hair
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome/What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being one of the major characters of the series, she does not appear or get mentioned in either the movie or the "Epilogue" episode from Justice League Unlimited.
- Dark Skinned Red Head: Her hair is dyed pink.
- Gamer Chick: She's featured in a lot of the video game-based eps and in one episode, she gains a Stalker with a Crush when she beats him at an action/adventure game.
- Girl Friday: This is what Terry would like her to be, but she's a little too Action Girl to be content with it.
- Lovable Nerd: A very sexy one.
- Mission Control: Occasionally when Bruce is out of town.
- Most Common Superpower: She's noticeably stacked, especially for a 17-year-old high school student.
- The Not-Love Interest: Mostly because she's the only person Terry's age who knows his Secret Identity.
- One of the Boys: In a DVD extra, the creators admitted that they considered Max, although already a pretty blatant Tomboy, this.
- Painted-On Pants
- Plucky Girl
- Reckless Sidekick: Not an official sidekick, but fills this role on occasion for Terry's Batman. Used most egregiously in "Final Cut," where her recklessness almost gets her killed by Curare.
- Secret Keeper: She once created a computer program to find out Batman's identity. After a little Jokerz-related mix-up, she realizes that it must be Terry.
- Shipper on Deck: For Terry/Dana.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad
- Teen Genius: She's at the very top of her class and casually breezes through examinations of all sorts without trying and is a very good hacker.
- Twofer Token Minority: Black and a girl.
- What Could Have Been: One rejected script had Dana break up with Terry and Terry being comforted by making out with Max. Bruce Timm, who had had no such plan when he proposed the episode, was NOT amused.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Ten's Veronica for Terry's Archie because she's his childhood friend and Ten is a villain.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Terry.
- Damsel out of Distress: Dana manages to defend herself pretty well when push comes to shove (such as in "Rats" and a bit in The Movie), but she ultimately must get rescued by Terry/Batman even when not distressed.
- Demoted to Extra: In the second and third seasons, with the introduction of Max. Went from being Terry's main "normal person" confidante and having a scene in almost every episode to mostly being a background presence who got tossed a few lines every now and then, except for the one episode where she got to be a Damsel in Distress. Notably, she was (and remained) the Official Love Interest.
- Designated Love Interest: She was Terry's girlfriend from before the series started and is continuously Terry's girlfriend for the run of the series. However, the audience doesn't really get to see much onscreen romance between the two due to the series' focus on superhero action and Dana's lack of screen time. Most of the time, their romance is shown either by being arm-in-arm when together, or when Terry has to break a date. In the later episodes, Dana is Demoted to Extra as Max fills her role of a normal person that Terry talks to.
- First Girl Wins: Despite a couple of flings with Melanie/Ten, a few Girls Of The Week and a Just Friends relationship with his Secret Keeper/Sidekick Wannabe Max, the Fully Absorbed Finale confirmed that Terry seals the deal with Dana, his first girlfriend, who he's implied to have dated since they were fourteen.
- Love Interest: Her main role in the show.
- Missing Mom: We've seen her Overprotective Dad, but no mention of her mom.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Neutral Female: Averted. She keeps away from the action most of the time, but when it comes to her, she fights back.
- Nice Girl: Possibly the nicest character in the series. The only people she's not pleasant to are the show's Jerk Jock, her one-time Stalker with a Crush and her boyfriend when she's been Stood Up one too many times.
- The Obstructive Love Interest: Edges into this in Season 2. She gets better in Season 3.
- Official Couple: With Terry.
- Overprotective Dad: Dana's father really doesn't like Terry because of his delinquent past.
- No Sympathy: Averts this. While she does get understandably irritated at Terry's frequent disappearances, she rarely gets mad at him personally. In "Golem," she's shown to share Terry's strong sense of compassion by offering to drive Willie Watt home, even though it would likely cut her date with Terry short.
- Secret Keeper: Eventually becomes this, as revealed in "Epilogue."
- Satellite Love Interest: She starts out with a character beyond Satellite Love Interest, as she was the most well-rounded of Terry's high school classmates in the first season, but as her screentime shrinks in later seasons, her characterization dwindles to just being The Obstructive Love Interest.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A nice girl in a nice dress, who doesn't take well to being kidnapped.
- Spoiled Sweet: The most affluent main character (after Bruce) and pretty nice.
- Stood Up: Constantly by Terry. Type 3.
- Uptown Girl: Her father is less than happy about her relationship with Terry, although it has less to do with their socioeconomic differences than Terry's criminal record.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Well, it's implied that Terry and Dana have been dating since they were at least 14, since she knows who "Big Time" is, so...
- By the time in "Epilogue," she wishes to be with Terry despite his worries that she might get hurt. Terry plans to propose to her, and she likely accepted.
- Woman in White: Her white dress in "Rats."
The McGinnis family
Voiced by Michael Gross
Voiced by Teri Garr
Voiced by Ryan O'Donohue
- Alliterative Name
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Although understandably he is very young, and some of his antics could be seen as a coping mechanism for losing his father at a young age.
- A good example of this is one episode where, even being told that the ghost at Hill High is being destructive, he wants to have a séance. The reason? He's scared he'll forget what his father was like and wants to contact him.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Chocolate Baby: As with Terry, his and his brother's black hair makes it somewhat unlikely that their biological father could be the auburn Warren McGinnis, given their mother's red hair. Fans attribute the McGinnis parents' divorce to this, in part.
- Demoted to Extra/Out of Focus: Had less and less screentime as the series continued.
- Idolizes My Alter Ego: A fact Terry wholeheartedly approves of.
Voiced by Stockard Channing (Seasons 1 and 2) and Angie Harmon (Season 3 and Return of the Joker)
The former Batgirl
, she has put aside her cowl and has now taken her father's place as Gotham's Police Commissioner.See here for info dealing with her in the rest of the DCAU
- Action Girl: She still has it.
- Badass Normal
- Cool Old Lady: She's now commissioner and still kicks ass. While she is not a fan of the idea of a new Batman running around and hindering her operations, she warms up to him after he saves her husband.
- The Commissioner Gordon: Like father, like daughter. Except that her relationship with Batman was generally far worse. It got better over time.
- Crazy-Prepared: She's taken the lessons of her old mentor to heart, turning the Gotham police into a genuine force to be reckoned with.
- Happily Married: To Sam.
- I Am Not My Father: Barbara felt no need to continue her father's policies towards the Bat in the beginning, and she minces no words about it. Her apparent rancor over it is probably more due to soured feelings toward Bruce rather than her feelings towards her father, since they were always shown to be close.
- Inspector Javert: She was quick to believe the worst about Batman at first, though to her credit, she wises up when it's not his fault. And to be fair, in at least one case she witnesses him kill Mad Stan (it was an illusion, but the guy put a lot of work into it).
- Spellbinder (the illusionist himself) was quick to point out, however, how easily and quickly Barbara fell for it.
- Never Mess with Granny: Tends to be a badass.
- Older and Wiser
- The Other Darrin: In the movie.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Secret Keeper: She knows Bruce's secret, and Terry's. She's also one of the few people who knows about the circumstances surrounding the Joker's death, but chooses to keep quiet about it.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Her appearance here showed that DCAU Barbara didn't suffer the same fate mainline DCU Barbara did.
- Woman Scorned: Her initial frostiness towards Bruce is due to their previous relationship having ended badly.
Voiced by Paul Winfield
Gotham City's District Attorney and Barbara Gordon's husband.
Voiced by Max Brooks
Bobbi "Blade" Summer
Voiced by Melissa Disney
- Alpha Bitch: She's actually fairly apathetic, but has the look down pat, and is more than content to do things such as throw most of a school assignment on Terry, or manipulate a classmate to make another guy jealous.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: On some occasions. She's very in favor of nerd Howie scoring with a hot girl, as long as that hot girl wasn't herself.
- Dating Do-Si-Do: Seems to have a new boyfriend every episode.
- Emotionless Girl: She has this vibe normally, but does show emotion on several occasions.
- Ms. Fanservice
- White-Haired Pretty Girl: Platinum blonde, actually.
- Alliterative Name
- Bullying a Dragon: Once he brands someone as an acceptable target, he will continue to hound him even after it's been established that said guy could beat him up. This includes insulting Terry after seeing him take down several Jokerz and continuing to torment Willie Watt after the guy buffed up and gained superpowers.
- Butt Monkey: Not that he doesn't deserve it, though.
- Dating Do-Si-Do: Implied to be in a relationship with Chelsea one episode, hits on Dana in another and has a messy break-up with Blade in yet another.
- Hidden Depths: "The Eggbaby" revealed that Nelson is surprisingly good as a father, if his grade was anything to go by. Remember, Max did his math homework so he'd raise the kid by himself.
- Jerk Jock: A massive one. In the pilot alone, he introduces himself by spitting in Terry's face. He also picks on weaker kids.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In "Golem," he's bullying Willie Watt. When Terry steps up to defend him (Nelson has witnessed Terry kicking the asses of a Jokerz gang), Nelson considers it for a moment and backs down.
- Laser-Guided Karma: There are some times when Nelson's jackass tendencies come back to bite him, especially in "Terry's Friend Dates A Robot," when said robot pushed a row of gym lockers on top of him. If Nelson hadn't been wearing his sports gear, he'd have died.
- Playing Against Type: Ironic that the nerdy Seth Green plays a Jerk Jock.
- Spiteful Spit: In the first episode, he spits on Terry's face after the other insults him during a wrestling match. Terry punches him, causing him to get in trouble and get grounded by his father.
Voiced by Dean Stockwell
- Badass: Don't look now but, disregarding the Joker's ultimately failed backup plan, Kid Robin just killed the Joker in the flashback.
- Brainwash Residue: Still has after-effects of his last encounter with The Joker (of the "uncontrollable shaking and bad dreams" kind) after 40 years. Given what Joker put him through, that's really not that surprising.
- How much of it was trauma and how much of it was Joker's mind chip can be debated, though one residue was him hating being Robin, something which went away with the chip.
- Break the Cutie: Will the cute little boy who wants to be a hero end up targeted, tortured, brainwashed and driven insane? Yes.
- Deprogram: It is mentioned offhand that it took well over a year of intense therapy to make him sane again. Judging by some of his reactions, he still isn't entirely over it some 40-50 years later.
- Grand Theft Me: The Joker did this to him, having implanted a microchip in his neck during his Moral Event Horizon crossing. The chip made the Joker's mind into adult!Tim's sort-of Superpowered Evil Side.
- Kid Hero: Used to be one, as the second Robin.
- Old Shame: He regretted becoming Robin. Subverted. He was actually fine with being Robin. The Joker chip was influencing his thoughts.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: After what the Joker did to him? Can't be blamed.
- He does become better when Terry destroys the chip with Joker's mind that was implanted on Tim.
Justice League Unlimited
Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El)
See here for more info.
Warhawk (Rex Stewart)
Big Barda (Barda Free)
Voiced By: Farrah Forke
Green Lantern III (Kai-Ro)
Voiced By: Wayne Brady
Blight (Derek Powers)
Powers at his day job
Powers moonlighting as a supervillain
Voiced by Sherman Howard
The corrupt CEO and co-owner of Wayne-Powers Enterprises. After being exposed to his own nerve gas, he is treated with high levels of radiation. He glows green in his natural form, so he must wear an artificial skin that only lasts temporarily and must be regularly replaced. The skin wears out more quickly if he gets angry.
- Abusive Parent: He exiled his own son. And he's the reason Paxton is also an asshole. This comes back to bite him.
- Arch-Enemy: To the new Batman.
- Badass Boast: In "Meltdown," as he takes down Mr. Freeze:
Blight: And behold, I shall be a blight upon the land, and everything I touch shall wither and die!
- Big Bad: Of Season 1. He played The Man Behind the Man for most of it, but on occasion, like Mr. Freeze and his worsening condition, forces him to take a more direct approach.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He views himself as a Machiavellian plotter, but he seems to be nothing more than a smug Corrupt Corporate Executive. He's never seen to succeed in any of his schemes. And it only takes a simple plan by Paxton to expose him as Blight to the public, and he's finished as a major threat to Gotham.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: "You Killed My Father" doesn't really narrow it down, Terry. Not that he cares, anyway.
- Clothing Damage: His costume as Blight is his regular clothes without a shirt and torn jacket sleeves and pant legs. It sounds unimpressive, but just look at him without the protective skin he uses.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He has money, schemes and superpowers, and at the end of the day, this is his main game.
- Create Your Own Villain: Downplayed version. First is that he is already a corrupt exec that set himself against Terry by ordering Terry's father killed. Secondly, he's unintentionally exposed to nerve gas which would have killed him had he not gotten a cure (extreme radiation, in this case), and the combination of them mutated him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gives one to Mr. Freeze, of all people.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: In the pilot, he reflexively shoots a nerve gas canister thrown up in the air before he realized what it was.
- Engineered Public Confession: His son Paxton set it up so Derek would lose it in front of the entire board of directors of Wayne-Powers, effectively exposing him as Blight.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mr. Freeze, of all people. In his first appearance as Blight, he nearly kills Freeze to solidify himself as Batman's new Big Bad. Their physical conditions also deteriorate to the point that they depend on a suit to stay alive.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: The radioactive treatment given to him for the exposure to his own mutagenic nerve gas leaves Derek Powers looking like a pitch-black skeleton surrounded by fluorescent green tissue.
- Faux Affably Evil: His public face is polite and charming, if smug, but he's ruthless and completely unscrupulous when he drops the act.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: During the pilot, he's accidentally gassed by his own nerve gas. The only treatment involves a massive dose of radiation, leading to...
- I Love Nuclear Power: He's heavy with radiation, which vaguely resembles fire powers when he uses it, and can shoot it through his hands.
- Irony: His transformation into Blight. He was already evil long before his transformation. Afterward, his exterior simply matched what was within.
Terry: Now everyone can see him for what he is...even in the dark.
- Light Is Not Good: He emits a bright radioactive green glow. This contrasts with Batman, who is dark and can even turn invisible.
- Mutant: One of the side effects of the nerve gas he developed (and got exposed to) was that it was mutagenic and influenced by its environment. It served as the catalyst with its own "cure" to turn him to the walking meltdown.
- No One Could Survive That: Apparently died in the Season 1 finale. He was never seen again, though the possibility that he was out there, hungry for revenge, hung over his son Paxton.
- According to the comics, Blight did indeed survive, sort of. His body did survive, but he doesn't seem to remember anything about his past life outside of hatred and a desire for vengeance against Batman and Paxton Powers, and was eventually made into a target for the Stalker, and was eventually killed by being caught in a blast furnace.
- Offing the Offspring: Wanted to do this to Paxton, after he was betrayed by him.
- Smug Snake: Not even trying to hide it.
- The Sociopath: A pretty major case. He essentially regards others as tools to fulfill his motives, only cares about power, regularly manipulates and uses people under a veneer of charm, and when he learns that he killed Batman's father, he casually replies "Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down?"
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Visually an Expy of minor villain Doctor Phosphorus. Phosphorus even calls himself the "Baron of Blight" in Stephanie Brown's Batgirl series.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: His son Paxton is just him with brown hair.
- Villainous Breakdown: His mental state starts deteriorating from the pilot episode forward as his hope of being cured dwindles...and as he embraces the power of being Blight.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Averted; he has a bad reputation even without his illegal actions.
- Walking Wasteland: He even provides the page quote.
Voiced by Shannon Kenny
A woman who is able to transform into liquid after being paid to be a human test subject for a mutagen. She works as a freelance saboteur and is often hired by powerful corporations.
- Body Horror: In her other shapeshifting form.
- Dark Action Girl: She regularly goes toe-to-toe with Batman, and usually wins.
- Expy: Of Clayface and, hilariously, the Bic mascot◊.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She took horrible care of her daughter Deanna Clay, but she does care about her. Unfortunately, the feeling's not mutual, which is kind of her fault.
- Give Her A Normal Life: The episode "Inqueling" reveals that, before her mutation, Inque gave birth to a daughter she subsequently gave up for adoption. When the two reunite in the show, Inque explains that she had grown up poor and allowed herself to become Inque all for the money, and she wanted to give her daughter an easier life with normal parents and a large trust fund. When Inque reveals just how much money she has, however, her daughter attempts to kill her in order to get control of her bank accounts. She points out that Inque never gave her anything except money, so why is Inque surprised that she's just taking more of it?
- Godzilla Threshold: Bruce has come out of retirement twice to aid Terry in defeating her.
- The Juggernaut: The only member of Terry's Rogues Gallery that he was never able to beat on his own. Most of his victories against her were owed to by the aid of others.
- Meaningful Name: If her daughter is anything to go by, her surname is "Clay." Also, her name is "Inque" and she looks like the mascot of a pen company.
- Mugging the Monster: In one episode, she attempts to hold off Terry by grabbing what she thinks is an Innocent Bystander and holding him hostage. The "victim" turns out to be Superman in disguise. Cue Curb-Stomp Battle.
- No One Could Survive That: Her daughter Deanna injected her with a dissolving agent and assumed it killed her. Ever the Genre Savvy crimefighter, Terry knew better. The end of the episode shows that Terry is right to think this, and Inque later appears in a Justice League Unlimited episode set farther in the future.
- Orifice Invasion: Her last-ditch attempt to kill Terry in her first episode.
- Punch Clock Villain: Inque is a corporate saboteur for hire. Unless it's to stay alive, Inque doesn't do anything villainous unless somebody is bankrolling her.
- Voluntary Shape Shifting
- Combat Tentacles: One of her main combat tactics.
- Morphic Resonance: She always has a black coloration with the blank, white eyes (her human form is black all over, with chalky blue skin and normal eyes). Batman exploits this when he recognized her, after Inque very nearly loses him by impersonating a member of a group of walruses.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Possibly averted, but never outright stated. She's implied to be relatively quite heavy for her size (i.e. roughly that of an average sized woman for most of the time), implying she has a dense body. The strength she's demonstrated can explain her ease of movement if that's the case.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: She has a "human" form that imitates her original human body, though she can only get the shape right, not the color. Her regular form is much more simplistic, humanoid with an oval-shaped head with a single white spot on it for an eye.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Mostly Combat Tentacles, but has used blades and giant needles.
- Unstable Genetic Code: Sorta. She does need a steady diet of mutagens to stay stable and survive, and eventually suffers genetic damage that briefly doesn't let her return to her human form.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: To Batman. An interesting version though, as it there was no romantic subtext or growing interest between the two, but only to keep him from talking.
- Superpower Meltdown: She's in the midst of one throughout the series (see above). Despite this, Inque still manages to be the most physically powerful foe Terry faces.
- Super Strength: Part of her success as a criminal.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Her inky liquid form is vulnerable to water. Just some water can dilute her enough so that she can't form a solid shape, but it doesn't permanently kill her either, since she's usually able to eventually pull herself together from being flushed.
- Averted with her other main weaknesses: being frozen and electrocuted. While, yes, both are very effective ways to stop anyone, she's probably the only one in the series whose biology allows for Harmless Freezing as well as being lucid while frozen solid. In a later episode, she demonstrates a technique she learned for breaking out of ice blocks instantly, though Batman starts bringing along electrified equipment at about the same time.
Voiced by Scott McAfee
A bullied nerd at Terry's high school. He steals a giant construction robot from his father and, after an accident, is able to control it with his mind. He uses it to take revenge on his bullies. Though Batman destroys the robot, Willie is left with telekinetic powers.
- Abhorrent Admirer: In his second appearance, he still wants Blade, but he's taken it to far extreme levels.
- Abusive Parents: Willie's dad is an aggressive macho idiot.
- Alliterative Name
- Bond Creatures: Willie treated the Golem like this was the case after he discovered he could control it himself.
- Cover-Blowing Superpower: Based on a hunch, Terry throws a glass of water right at Willie's head. Yup, Willy has telekinesis and halts the glass mere inches from his face. And since it was caught on a security camera, Terry doesn't have to worry about blowing his own cover.
- Freudian Excuse: Willie tried to kill his father and everyone at his high school dance. But only after putting up with his Jerkass of a father, getting bullied and assaulted by a Jerk Jock, and pushed off a 30-foot dock into the water by said jerk jock. Then he gains the power to control a giant robot with his mind, and then Psychic Powers, and his main motivation is getting back at everyone who ever wronged him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was a nobody who was picked on by the jocks and shunned by all the girls until he was given a visor to control a mini-Kaiju-sized, remote-controlled robot by his overly-aggressive and never-satisfied father to fight back with. Willie then donned the visor and essentially went crazy because he was drunk with power and succeeded at getting back at the people who bullied him until Terry/Batman intervened, destroyed the visor and short circuited Willie's brain. Then at the end of the episode with Willie in juvenile, he found out he had gained psychic powers. THEN on a episode in the next season, Willie was released from juvie with a noticeable change in appearance (i.e. buff) and started getting his respect and trying to take Blade, the girl who had rejected him before. Now he was a jacked-up, psychotic psychic Somebody.
- Genius Bruiser: After a while in juvie with nothing better to do than hit the gym.
- Hopeless Suitor: For Blade.
- Humans Are Psychic in the Future: His telekinesis was treated in an oddly normal manner, although he wasn't born with it.
- The Kid with the Remote Control: Villainous example. He had first the remote control for, and later mental command of, a massive humanoid construction machine known as a Golem. He did not use it wisely.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: After he was electrocuted while controlling the Golem, he gained the ability to control it without the control headband, and was clearly intended to have gained technopathic powers. It's later scrapped in favor of an array of other psychic powers.
- Not Me This Time: In the tie-in comic, the Golem (or what's left of it) starts attacking people. Terry goes to Willie, who claims that, while it's not him, the Golem did send him the message that it found a new master, so he still might have a connection to it. It wasn't him, either.
- Prisons Are Gymnasiums: Just look at him after his time in juvie.
- Psychic Powers: At first, he could control a robot, and by the end of the episode, it was revealed he appeared to be developing a greater talent as a Technopath. Later demonstrates levitation and ''some serious'' psychokinesis.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Though he ditched them after becoming buff.
- Slasher Smile: He loves making these.
- Stalker with a Crush: On bit character named Blade initially.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: A man who can control a giant robot via his mind named "Watt." It's pretty self-explanatory. Even more appropriate when he demonstrates a little technopathy.
- Later, he's developed other psychic powers, and his name is still "Will(ie)."
- Tacky Tuxedo: Wears an orange version to the spring dance in the episode "Golem." Made worse by the fact that other episodes show that future formal fashions are even more streamlined than those of today, meaning it was really, really out of date and it wasn't actually a formal occasion (the only guys are wearing pretty casual clothes).
- Technopath: At first, he was limited to commanding a robot which he was controlling when he got electrocuted. At the end of the episode, he demonstrated full-on technopathy by blowing out a TV with his mind. On his eventual return, the writers had scrapped the technopath angle in favor of full-blown psychic powers.
- Took a Level in Badass: Twice. If he ever gets out of jail, he's going to be one scary member of the Rogues Gallery.
- Who's Laughing Now?: His ultimate goal is to push everyone around like they used to do with him.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Willie was more than willing to kill his father with his new control over his robot, even with Terry trying to reason, "But he's your father!" Only for Willie to respond, "Not for long."
- You Are What You Hate: Nelson did a pretty good job of humiliating Willie in front of their peers. But when Willie returns, more powerful than ever, he now understands what enjoyment Nelson got bullying people weaker than him (Batman asks him "How are you doing this!?", to which Willie responds "With great satisfaction!" while grinning dementedly.)
Mr. Freeze (Victor Fries)
Voiced by Michael Ansara
Mr. Freeze is still the severed head in a jar that last appeared in The New Batman Adventures
. Dr. Stephanie Lake creates a clone body for him and transfers his brain patterns into it, hoping to use the same procedure for Derek Powers.
- And I Must Scream: For the last 50 or so years before Dr. Lake intervened, he was a head in a jar, presumably locked in a room where he had very little human contact.
- Anti-Villain: Went from villain in name only back to Woobie villain at the end of his episode.
- The Atoner: He genuinely did want to try to make up for all the pain he caused. Too bad nothing ever goes his way.
- Creepy Monotone: Averts it after he gets a new body, but when things start to go south, it begins making a comeback.
- Darker and Edgier: Yes, the terrifying, emotionless villain who likes to freeze people solid is made even darker because he gets to commit his first on-screen murder since his debut.
- In addition to freezing his traitorous girlfriend to death while she howls in pain (with a Gory Discretion Shot), he also freezes an oncoming car in a block of ice and encases a squad of soldiers shooting at him. This may be the biggest killing spree he's ever gone on in the DCAU.
- Death Seeker: After crossing the Despair Event Horizon again.
- Despair Event Horizon: Sometime between his new body regressing back to requiring sub-zero temperatures and Derek Powers' and Dr. Stephanie Lake's betrayal. At that point, revenge is the only thing he has left (again).
- Dramatic Deadpan: When he's revived, he puts his tragic past behind him and talks with more emotion. When he's betrayed, he still talks more emotionally than he used to, but a few lines are dramatically used in his classic monotone.
- Driven to Suicide: During "Meltdown," Mr. Freeze tries to reform and becomes able to withstand normal temperatures due to Dr. Stephanie Lake. Unfortunately, he reverts back to needing subzero temperatures to survive and is nearly killed by Dr. Lake. Fries becomes Mr. Freeze once more for vengeance and tries to destroy the facility he was recreated at, intending to go with it. At the end of the episode, he gets a cracked helmet, exposing him to temperatures above zero. He stays in a collapsing building which ultimately explodes. Terry tries to help him get out, but Mr. Freeze creates a wall of ice to force Terry to leave him behind to die.
- He's Back: One of the only classic Batman Rogues to get this treatment, aside from The Joker and Ra's al Ghul.
- An Ice Person: Apparently it's rooted in his DNA.
- Ironic Echo: Uses one towards the scientist who had betrayed him Dr. Stephanie Lake, who had also becomes his lover. It also doubles as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
- Mad Scientist: Not as heavily emphasized here, although he appears to have made the new suit some time before the events of "Meltdown."
- Pet the Dog: Saving a kitty cat from an oncoming train, letting go a man who tried to shoot him in revenge for killing his family decades before, and starting a charity dedicated to helping the victims of his previous actions and naming it after his beloved wife, Victor really wanted to make up for all the horrible things he had done.
- Powered Armor: Upgraded with the option to emit even more powerful ice blasts from his hands.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Unlike Bruce, Terry is more accepting of the possibility that Freeze has really reformed.
- Tragic Villain: Even more than he already was in Batman: The Animated Series. Considering he had lost his wife, and it's decades after The New Batman Adventures, it's hard to not feel sorry for the poor man.
- Villainous Rescue: Saves Terry from Blight with an ice blast, though it was mostly due to his own anger than concern for Terry's safety.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: His opening monologue goes along these line. He's well justified in thinking this since by then he's nothing but a head in a jar.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: See Tragic Villain for more.
- The Worf Effect: Mr. Freeze reappears halfway through the episode decked out in a new set of bulletproof Powered Armor, and displays a more powerful Freeze Gun built into the suit. However, he gets one-shotted by new villain Blight in order to demonstrate the strength of the new Big Bad.
Shriek (Walter Shreeve)
Voiced by Chris Mulkey
A sound engineer whose focus on researching brilliant but impractical
inventions nearly drove himself out of business. He was bailed out by Derek Powers, who eventually pressures Shreeve into becoming a hitman. He wears a suit with built-in speakers that fire destructive sound blasts. After losing his hearing because of Batman, Shriek turns to supervillainy in his quest for revenge.
- Big "NO!": His reaction to losing his hearing.
- Clothes Make the Superman: His sound suit.
- Conspicuously Selective Perception: Variant on ignoring sounds not made by the protagonist: his suit's abilities include nullifying sound in the surrounding area. When Batman turns on the machines in a factory in order to mask his own movements, Shriek uses his suit to block out the sounds, followed by another adjustment so that he can still hear Batman moving around.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His suit's main offensive utility is sound blasts that can shatter concrete. His fights with Batman can rack up impressive levels of collateral damage.
- Earthquake Machine: He later uses a modified version of the same utility to get this effect.
- Cool, but Inefficient: Lampshaded in his debut, where he demonstrates his powerful sound weapon to Derek Powers. Shreeve finds he has a tough job selling his technology when Powers notes that for regular tasks like demolition, conventional tools like dynamite are just as effective and cheaper than some exotic new technology.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Inverted; it's the fact that his inventions weren't cost-effective that led to his supervillain career, even if it took some pushing from Powers to get him there.
- Electric Instant Gratification: He pays his assistant Ollie by letting him use a "pleasure wand" that directly stimulates the brain's pleasure centers.
- Evil Cripple: Was rendered deaf after his first encounter with Batman, which led to him becoming a vengeful recurring foe.
- Evil Gloating: Just what Bruce needed to attack him by surprise.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was once Walter Shreeve, a phonologist, sound studier and engineer. But when he was told his funding would be cut, Derek Powers offered to let him continue if he would kill Bruce Wayne. After his initial battle against Batman, Shriek lost his hearing and began using his powers to torment the city, including at one time, completely muting all sound in the city.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The irony. A sound engineer turned deaf by his own invention.
- Another time, his deafness was an advantage in a fight. Too bad he didn't know a building coming down behind him could possibly crush him.
- Meaningful Rename: In his debut, Terry incidentally exposed him to the police. Knowing that his civilian life was shot, he turned to Powers, who suggested that he rename himself "Shriek," noting that it wasn't a friendly name, but it was better to be feared than loved.
- Punch Clock Villain: At first. Then it became personal.
The Royal Flush Gang
- Abusive Parents: King and Queen are clearly more concerned about Ten pulling her weight in the gang above everything else, with King outright berating her and Queen emotionally manipulating her into staying. In their second appearance, they faked their own kidnapping just to see how far Melanie would go to prove her loyalty. To be fair though, Queen at least is willing to speak to Melanie using her real name, and in their third appearance, she's still upset about Melanie leaving for good.
- Actor Allusion: When George Lazenby played the King, he says at one point "We have all the time in the world." There is a crueler allusion as well:
- Badass Family: Unlike previous incarnations (or future incarnations, for the order they were produced), this Royal Flush Gang was related.
- Beard of Evil: King
- Betty and Veronica: Ten as the Veronica, against Dana as the Betty, for Terry as the Archie.
- Birds of a Feather: Melanie, with Terry.
- Blondes are Evil: Queen. Ten as well before her Heel-Face Turn.
- Caught in the Rain: Terry and Melanie.
- Compressed Hair: Ten has a rather voluminous head of blond hair, but in costume, her head is as smooth as an egg.
- Dating Catwoman: Ten and Batman. Bruce comments on it.
- Death Dealer: They use several thrown implements shaped like playing cards; King even had a high explosive card he had been saving up for Batman.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: King has an inferiority complex pertaining to the previous King, Queen's father, and it's quite clear he's only barely just masking his resentment and inability to properly lead the team by being loud, assertive and domineering.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Jack is sanguine, King is choleric, Ten is melancholic and Queen is phlegmatic.
- Gang of Hats: Rather obviously by this point, they and their crimes are themed off of playing cards.
- Heel-Face Turn: Melanie and Jack. Sadly, it didn't last for Jack, as in the series tie-in comics, he tried to revive the Royal Flush Gang with himself as King.
- Knife Nut: Jack
- Legacy Character: As Bruce notes in their first appearance, the family takes on new members to replace those that retire or go to prison. Ironically, even though the series takes place 50 years in the future, this version of the gang is the first to ever be featured in the DCAU. The first two iterations would appear later on in Justice League.
- May-December Romance: King has an affair with Sable Thorpe, Paxton Powers's personal assistant.
- Military Brat: Played in a weird way with Melanie, whose family travels often as they go from one city to another in their life of crime.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Melanie and Jack.
- Not So Different: This is played with in "King's Ransom."
Terry: Actually, I can relate.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with Ace, who shares the name with the Bat-Hound, who was named after a previous incarnation of Ace, one seen in Justice League Unlimited. Lamphaded by Bruce:
Bruce: What kept you?
Terry: They had an Ace in the hole.
Bruce: Luckily, so did I.
- Playing Card Motifs: Take a wild guess. Each of them is named after the higher-ranking cards.
- Punch Clock Villain: King wants to make Batman pay for breaking up the old Royal Flush Gang, but as Jack points out, they don't have anything to gain from that monetary wise.
- Reformed, but Rejected: In B.B. 2.0, Melanie attends the same college and wants to make up with Terry, but he rejects her for her past.
- Sensual Spandex: Melanie as Ten.
- Sky Surfing: They use a set of playing-card shaped hoverboards.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: In the tie-in comics, it is revealed that King and Queen each had an identical twin, who also married. Their daughter, Melanie's cousinnote , could be mistaken as her twin.
- Villainous Breakdown: King has one at the end of "King's Ransom," going on a rant about how he's tired of being forced to measure up to his predecessor.
- The Voiceless: Ace, due to being an android with a blank face.
- White Sheep: Melanie's family treated her relationship with Terry as teenage rebellion. When she actually completed her Heel-Face Turn, they disowned her. Then Jack joined her when his parents refused to pay his bail money.
- Wicked Cultured: How they see themselves.
- Woman Scorned: Queen
- Your Cheating Heart: King has an affair with Sable Thorpe.
Spellbinder (Dr. Ira Billings)
Voiced by Jon Cypher
- Adaptational Badass: Spellbinder was based on an obscure Silver Age Batman villain from the comics.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Played with; he does what he does because he feels severely under-compensated for the work he puts in. He already does put his skills to legitimate use and doesn't find it remotely satisfying.
- Expy: He resembles the Mad Hatter with his hypnotic technology, with a little of Scarecrow throw in. He was very loosely based on a Silver Age Bat villain of the same name with illusion-based gimmicks.
- Faceless Eye: His favorite gizmo.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was at first a bitter and underpaid psychologist at Terry's school. To gain some cash, he used his self-made VR technology to get students to steal for him. After being arrested and escaping, he began making even stronger VR simulators giving runaways and unwanted kids a perfect life for a short time in exchange for stealing, knowing they would overdose in time and didn't care. He also got a city-wide manhunt going against Batman by making people think he killed Mad Stan in cold blood.
- G-Rated Drug: Opens a VR arcade, where people can experience their greatest fantasies. However, he deliberately made the effect addictive. As soon as people leave VR, they experience intense withdrawal symptoms. He uses this to get people to steal for him.
- Master of Illusion
- Mind-Control Device: His handheld Evil Eye.
- Psycho Psychologist: He turned out to be the psychiatrist at Hamilton High School, who used his position to hypnotize his young patients into aiding him to steal from their wealthy parents
- The Shrink
- Sky Surfing: He has his own mechanical device to fly on, although it's more spherical than board-shaped.
- Soft Spoken Sadist
- This Is Not a Floor: Uses an illusion to nearly trick Terry into walking off a cliff. He has also tricked Terry into diving off of a building by projecting a waterfall over it.
- Warrior Therapist: With an emphasis on "therapist" rather than "warrior."
- What the Hell Are You?: When Batman meets him for the first time, he's shocked by Spellbinder's unusual appearance (he wears an orange suit that seamlessly covers his body, even his face) and asks, "What the heck are you!?"
- Almighty Janitor Bane's caretaker Jackson Chapell who used his position to make a fortune by selling The Venom to kids at Terry's high school in the form patches worn on the skin. He even lampshades it.
- The Brute: Used to be, but now he's stuck on life support.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Not Bane himself, but his caretaker, Jackson Chappelle, realized that a super-strength serum could make him a ton of money, rather than just using it for generic supervillainy. Not legally, but still in the sense that it could be marketed.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: He's wholly dependent on life support, his life of Venom abuse having turned him into a shell of the man he once was.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He used to be a well-muscled man even without the Venom, but years of using the stuff has reduced him to a bag of bones.
- Power Degeneration: His super-steroid Venom causes this. A lifetime of Venom use has left him a comatose and broken man dependent on Venom and hooked up on life support 24-7.
- Hoist by His Own Petard Terry defeats Bane's caretaker by overdosing him on his own venom patches than cause a small explosion Bane's caretaker ends up a brain dead vegetable
Voiced by Melissa Disney
- Assassin Outclassin': Is sent after Commissioner Barbara Gordon's husband, DA Sam Young. When she fails, the society she's a member of starts hunting her down for her failure. Thinking proactively, she in turn starts hunting down and eliminating them. She succeeds, but fails when she attacks her final target on her list: Batman himself, the one she held most responsible. (For some odd reason, she didn't include either Young or Gordon, but that may be for the best.)
- Attack Reflector: Her sword, which has deflected lasers.
- Bald Women: The only thing we see under her burka, beside her eyes, is that she has no hair.
- Butterface: If Terry's reaction to her face is anything to go by.
- Consummate Professional: She's considered to be the best assassin in her organization, which gives her the tools to when she starts eliminating them.
- Contract on the Hitman: At the end of her first episode, she's targeted by the Legion of Assassins for failing to eliminate her target. She then turns the tables by taking out the entire Legion single-handedly until only one remains.
- Dark Action Girl: Natch.
- The Faceless: We never see her face in full, though the animation studio actually did produce a drawing that had a distinctive zombie quality to it. ◊
- Batman managed to rip her veil off after a particularly wild tackle. He was so shocked by her face she was able to effortlessly kick him, grab the veil and put it back on immediately. This scene was shot from behind her back, so trust Batman on this one.
- Implacable Woman: She's relentless in her goals, stopping only when failure is the outcome.
- In the Hood: She wears a white veil/burka, although it's clearly only to hide what's underneath, since she's pretty distinct.
- Inverse Law of Sharpness and Accuracy: Her scimitar, which is unreasonably sharp, and she sure knew how to use it, cutting everything from park benches, steel poles, and reinforced steel doors down! However, not a single actual person felt the steel of her blade.
- She does have a scene where she fights a few dozen cops on top of a train, a few got thrown off while she was running through them and conspicuously cutting their guns apart. She managed to knock out the ones left, or the producers were being discrete about her work.
- McNinja: She has a vaguely Arabian getup, implying she may be some variety of Hashashin, and quite similar to the original League of Assassins.
- Meaningful Name: Curaré is also the name for a poisonous plant used by South American native peoples to tip their arrows.
- Murderous Thighs: When she had her arms tied, she manages to wrap her legs around Batman, to great effect. Jumping around the scenes as she does, she clearly has a good deal of leg strength.
- Professional Killer: Certainly of the "assassin" variety, she's very good at it too.
- Sharpened to a Single Atom: Her scimitar is sharpened by lasers to a single molecule. It cuts very well.
- Sinister Scimitar: Her sword was called a scimitar, although it's certainly shaped more like a katana.
- Technicolor People: Pastel blue, to be specific.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: While she throws it like a spear once, she throws it spinning like a frisbee twice, and on one of those occasions, it arcs back to her.
- The Voiceless: Though we do hear her grunting when struck, she never speaks.
- Woman in White: Very conspicuously, for a professional killer.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Although they base themselves on the Clown Prince of Crime, they are a far cry from the original villain, as Bruce is quick to point out.
- Gang Bangers: A futuristic version.
- Gang of Hats: They all wear clown-themed makeup and outfits of some variation.
- Harmless Villain: Compared to the rest of the rogues gallery, they are rather unimpressive and rarely serve as the main antagonists of an episode. Terry can often defeat small numbers of them even as a civilian.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In "Joyride", when a group of them manage to steal a military vehicle and wreak havoc around the city.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Gang leader J-Man, who is voiced by DCAU creator Bruce Timm, is designed as Timm himself cosplaying as the Joker.
- Miles Gloriosus: J-Man, who acts tough but is actually fairly weak and possesses very few fighting skills on his own. He is quick to flee and retreat whenever a confrontation doesn't go his way.
- Teens Are Monsters: The Jokerz are all various assorted teenagers, many of whom are juvenile delinquents, although a few such as Terminal also led seemingly wholesome double lives.
Dr. Able Cuvier
Voiced by Ian Buchanan
- Aesoptinum: "Splicing", a new technology that allowed a human to mix their DNA with that of an animal, giving them cool features. It's safe, we assure you. Naturally, it became an allegorical aesop for drug abuse and extreme body modification.
- And Your Little Dog Too: Terry is fighting a mutated Dr. Cuvier, and Ace, Bruce's pet Great Dane, is also present. Now, the two have had a turbulent relationship so far, but when Terry gets hit, Ace rushes in to fight off the monster, only for the monster to wrap its tentacles around Ace and tries to do him in. And that's when Terry got pissed.
- Bad Boss: When berating his henchman for failing to kill DA Sam Young, he grabs Ramrod by the neck and then throws him down one story.
- Body Horror: After being injected with dozens of different splicing needles.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Rather than just killing Batman when he has the chance, instead he decides to "splice" him and then try to kill him.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Played with. He tries to market his splicing technology to the public, but when the District Attorney threatens to shut his business down, he gets pissed.
- Evil Brit
- A God Am I: Has a pronounced God Complex.
- Meaningful Name: The Chimera Institute.
- Mix-and-Match Critters
- No One Could Survive That: They don't say it out loud in the episode or anything, but most viewers assume he's dead by the end of "Splicers"; the comic has him alive later on (and confirms that he was at least thought dead by most)
- Petting Zoo People: He invented the splicing process that turns people into these.
- Also inverted in the comic where he turned an animal into a human.
- Phlebotinum Overdose: After he goes One-Winged Angel, Terry jabs him with multiple syringes, causing him to mutate uncontrollably into a disturbing asymmetrical monster.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Used himself as the first test subject.
Dr. Peter Corso
''Voiced by Ed Begley Jr.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV. A perfectly nice old man blackmailed into aiding a gang of crooks.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He has cashed his checks: he runs a successful and respected medical clinic where he uses advanced cybernetics to create prosthetic limbs for those injured in accidents. However, he becomes the supplier and mechanic for a gang of criminals when they kidnap his wife. She isn't really kidnapped she's actually just using both him and the gang to get richs.
- If I Wanted You Dead...: This reasoning is used by Max when Terry tells her about how he went to talk to Dr. Peter Corso about the cybernetic implants he has been making for a criminal gang (for reasons explained in the I Have Your Wife entry below) and he ambushed him with a sedative before moving his operation elsewhere. Max points out that while Peter did trick him, he also didn't use a perfect opportunity to kidnap or kill him or even just expose his secret identity, which suggests to Terry that Dr. Corso might not have actually turned evil.
- I Have Your Wife: He was coerced into helping the criminals when they kidnapped April, his lover.Tragically, things aren't what they seem.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist
- Self-Destruct Mechanism:"April Moon."
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He finds out that the leader of the "kidnappers" is fooling around with his unfaithful lover but neither of them know that he does. So when this guy comes by for another upgrade, the doctor plays along, puts him under like usual, and them (it's implied) kills him while he sleeps.
- We Can Rebuild Him: He specialized in creating advanced prosthetics before being coerced into turning ordinary criminals into cybernetically enhanced supervillains.
Voiced by Carl Lumbly
- Actor Allusion/Shout-Out: "Information overload, man!"
- Ax-Crazy: Mad Stan is mad. Being voiced by Henry Rollins will do that for you.
- Badass Normal: Has been beaten and tossed through walls only to get up without visible debilitation.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist: He wants to blow up society. It's eventually revealed that there's some method to his madness — he chooses his targets based on local news stories that really piss him off.
- Breakout Villain: Originally a one-shot joke villain thrown in to make Terry miss his date with Dana. The fans loved him, and he eventually became a regular member of the Rogues Gallery.
- Catch Phrase: "Blow it all up!"
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Bruce eventually divines that Mad Stan's rampages are always sparked by either a local news story or something directly affecting him. (Raising the cost of pet licenses? "Blow it all up!")
- Hidden Depths: The digital comic tie-in reveals that he knows how to speak Russian and isn't nearly as stupid as he seems.
- Large Ham
- Mad Bomber: His first line is "BLOW IT ALL UP!" He is a complete Conspiracy Nut who is obsessed with blowing up large businesses and government institutions, thinking he is saving the public from mass brainwashing.
- Made of Iron: In his introduction in "Rats" he survives events that would reduce most humans to a fine, red smear. Given the prevalence of superpowered humans in the DCU in general, it's possible he has minor Super Strength and Super Toughness powers to be able to do all the stuff he does.
- No Indoor Voice
- Pet the Dog: He owns a chihuahua named Boom-Boom, whom he cares for deeply.
- Remember the New Guy: In his first appearance, dialogue implies that Batman has already dealt with him several times.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: It was believed that he was among Hush's victims in the comics, but it turns out he was just out of town visiting his mother during Hush's murder spree, and comes back from his vacation extremely annoyed that everyone thinks he's dead.
- Strawman Political
- Stuff Blowing Up: He embodies this, and became an Internet meme involving him popping out of somewhere, followed by everything blowing up.
Mad Stan: You think this is a joke? Look around, Batman! Society's crumbling! And do you know why? Information overload, man! As a society we're drowning in a quagmire of vid-clips, e-mail, and sound bytes! We can't absorb it all! There's only one sane solution: BLOW IT UP!
- Tattooed Crook: You can see an atomic symbol on the back of his neck in "Rats."
- Unstoppable Rage: "When Mad Stan's on one of his rants, he's unstoppable."
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: For example, he wants to blow up the library because he feels it's a symbol of media oversaturation. Ironically, barely anyone goes to the library in the future.
- Wrestler in All of Us: In "Rats!", he performs several wrestling moves on Terry, including a pile-driver that leaves his ears stuck in the ground.
Patrick "Packrat" Poundstone
Voiced by Taran Noah Smith
''Voiced by Michael Mckean
A slimy gossip reporter who steals a high-tech belt that makes him intangible. He was one of the very few characters on the show to discover Batman's identity.
A reptilian cult that seeks to take over the world.
The JokerSee here for info dealing with him in the rest of the DCAU
Charlie "Big Time" Bigelow
Voiced by Stephen Baldwin ("Big Time") and Clancy Brown ("Betrayal")
- Big Bad Wannabe: Wants to stop being a little fish in a big pond.
- Body Horror: He becomes a deformed hulk in his transformation into Big Time with unevenly sized appendages.
- Evil Former Friend: He starts out as a shady old friend of Terry's and becomes a true villain when he turns into Big Time.
- False Friend: Subsequent events in the episode "Betrayal" make clear that at that point Bigelow just saw Terry as hired muscle and he may have never been Terry's real friend.
- It's All About Me
- Jerkass: Terry goes out of his way to get him a second chance on more than one occasion, but he always reverts back to his crime-loving ways. The guy just doesn't seem to be capable of accepting that there are ways besides breaking the law to make a good living. He also has a bad habit of wanting to pull Terry into a life of crime simply for the sake of having someone he knows and can trust, even arranging for Terry to be kidnapped. Terry is quick to call him out on his selfishness.
- Large and in Charge
- Not So Harmless: The fact of the matter is, he may not be smart, but he knows how to push Terry's buttons.
- The Other Darrin: Originally voiced by Stephen Baldwin, but by the time his second episode rolled around, it was Clancy Brown instead.
- Super Serum: His transformation is the result of a growth steroid for plants. Apparently learning from his example, said serum is used on dogs in another episode.
Ra's al Ghul
Voiced by David Warner
- Beard of Evil
- Grand Theft Me: On his own daughter, Talia—with plans to do it to Bruce.
- He's Back
- Identical Grandson: Upon successfully taking over Bruce's body, he planned to create an identity as the long-lost son of Bruce and Talia, which would've invoked this trope.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Says this line verbatim to justify placing his mind into his daughter's body in order to cheat death.
- Immortality Immorality: He's avoiding death through Grand Theft Me.
- Killed Off for Real: This fate ironically befalls Ra's at the end of "Out of the Past", when a loose wire falls into a Lazarus Pit and makes a massive explosion that destroys Ra's lair with Ra's inside of it, making the observation "it's safe" just before everything explodes without Ra's realizing.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: He loves immortality so much he's gone through three separate methods of beating back the grim reaper.
- Noodle Incident: Near Apocalypse of '09 where Batman kicked his ass harder than usual.
- Offing the Offspring
- Shadow Archetype: Like Bruce, he wants to carry on his goals via a younger successor.
- Showing Off the New Body: As the commentary points out, Ra's in Talia's body has a much more stereotypically feminine and sexy swagger than Talia herself ever did. Ra's seems to relish dressing in a Spy Catsuit, swinging his hips, and tossing his hair.
- Voices Are Mental: Sort of. He can use his body's original voice when he feels like it but also uses his own.
Voiced by Alexis Denisof
- Alien Invasion
- Anti-Villain: Starro was originally an alien creature who was kidnapped unfairly and only wished to return to its home planet, but was too weak to escape and do so. It is unknown how long it was stuck, but by the time Superman comes along the creature is so enraged and vengeful over its captivity that it doesn't care if Superman treats it kindly or not - it only wishes to use him to make a new homeworld of its own by force.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Starro does this to Superman and the entire Justice League Unlimited except for Terry and Micron.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: A shocking and disturbing example. Starro hides in plain sight by attaching himself to Superman, in one of the biggest twists of the series and as a Continuity Nod to Superman: The Animated Series, and in the process taking over his mind and body until Terry manages to free him from Starro's control. The scariest part? Starro managed to maintain the masquerade for years.
- Pragmatic Villainy: After Terry and the Justice League thwart Starro's attempt to conquer Earth, they get rid of him once and for all by returning him and all his clones to his home planet. Starro and his clones are more than willing to return to their own planet when they're given the opportunity, instead of sticking around and trying to conquer Earth again.
- Puppeteer Parasite
- Send in the Clones: Starro's casual time controlling Superman was apparently dedicated to creating a clone army to take over Earth, since he is the last of his kind. He only goes evil when they're ready to spread.
- Starfish Alien: Obviously.
The Joker King (Douglas Tan)
- Aloof Big Brother: Bordering on The Sociopath, until it's discovered there's a very good reason why he's so quiet.
- Badass Normal: No powers, no augmentation, and no flashy gadgets or gimmicks, but he beats up Batman.
- Big Brother Bully: To an extent. His obsession with The Joker started young, but he didn't just torment Dana - he tormented everyone. In the present day, he's brusque to the point of harsh to Dana.
- Civilian Villain: Douglas was sent away to Juvie, and later prison in hopes of rehabilitating him. Instead, he came back with a greater vision - unifying The Jokerz under one, psychotic banner.
- Dark Messiah: How he sees himself. He brings the scattered Jokerz together with the express purpose of murdering as many people as possible, and his charisma gets them ready to sacrifice themselves to do so.
- For the Evulz
- Hell-Bent for Leather: In a stark contrast with the first Joker, The Joker King's outfit consists of a leather jacket and matching pants, a shredded wife-beater, and... creative use of facepaint.
- Which means this phrase is appropriate! "You know my old outfit was more Mater D than Motorcycle Fetish!"
- Straw Nihilist: Has a serious obsession with the original Joker but believes that he didn't go far enough, using Nihilism as a means to an end instead of just For the Evulz.
- Would Shoot A Girl: When he heads to Gotham General to murder his father, Dana steps in front of his gun. After a half-hearted attempt to get her to move, he simply shrugs and moves to shoot her too.