Characters: DCAU-Batman The Animated Series Allies
Commissioner James Gordon
Voiced By: Bob Hastings
Detective Harvey Bullock
Voiced By: Robert Costanzo
- Acrofatic: Often displays surprising agility for a guy with his build.
- A Day in the Limelight: "A Bullet for Bullock"
- To a lesser extent, "POV"
- Aloof Ally: Eventually to the Batfamily.
- Anti-Hero: He despises Batman, works below the board, lies about his accomplishments, has zero respect for people and their privacy, and in the words of Alfred, "looks like an unmade bed". Yet he's also a startlingly skilled fighter and wholeheartedly dedicated to getting rid of Gotham's "scum". He's essentially the kind of cop who would be a huge supporter of Batman's vigilantism if his own ego would let him.
- Badass: Surprisingly, yes. He managed to arrest Killer Croc in "Vendetta" without any help, and Killer Croc can bite steel.
- Badass Boast: From "Vendetta", "I just want all the scum buckets and dirt bags in this town to know they better lay low, ‘cause Bullock’s back and ready to kick butt!"
- Badass Normal: Manages to give an almost Batman-level beatdown to a roomful of thugs without taking a single hit in "POV".
- Big Eater: To Montoya's disgust.
- Butt Monkey: In several episodes, especially "Harley's Holiday".
- Characterization Marches On: In earlier episodes he and Gordon were constantly at each other's throats, with Gordon even threatening to have him fired a few times. Later episodes portrayed him as being fiercely loyal to Gordon.
- Cowboy Cop: He is a well-meaning cop who usually bends the rules by roughing up suspects during interrogations.
- Rabid Cop: Hoo boy. During his Limelight episode, "A Bullet for Bullock", he proves how out of his mind he was when he eagerly rummaged through Summer's office instead of waiting patiently. He eventually gets better by the end of the episode, though.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: His love of donuts goes without saying. There's one scene early in the show's run, in "Pretty Poison", where most of the police rush out of headquarters in response to some emergency and he lingers to grab one. Twice.
- Fat Bastard: He's rude, filthy, in love with donuts and a general mess. His only saving grace is that he is an honest cop: this is what puts him on Commissioner Gordon's side.
- Fat Slob
Alfred: Harvey Bullock? The detective who looks like an unmade bed?
- Good Is Not Nice: During the episode, "A Bullet for Bullock".
- Hidden Badass: Bullock's anti heroic qualities, low hygiene standards and his Butt Monkey status make him seem stupid to the audience, but Mayor Hill recognized him as a detective that "get results" making him someone between Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass and Let's Get Dangerous.
- Inspector Javert: Twice.
- It's All About Me: Most of the time he keeps his prideful attitude from interfering with his work. But during the episode, "A Bullet For Bullock", it went out of control when he starts to care more about his well-being and safety. To the point that he won't go to the police department for help.
- He also tries to be a glory-hog in "POV", but ends up screwing up the sting operation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After a Humiliation Conga that only can be considered epic, Harvey genuinely tries to thank the Batman for all his help. He's also fiercely loyal to Commissioner Gordon, and comforts Barbara when the man is framed for taking bribes. Also hands some money to the young daughter of a criminal that he put behind bars once he finds out who she is in the New Adventures holiday special.
- The Lancer: To Gordon.
- Never My Fault: In "P.O.V.", he blames Batman for ruining the whole operation, and accuses Montoya and Wilkes of being late.
- Nice Hat
- Negated Moment of Awesome: He pounds several thugs in "POV"... and manages to ruin the sting operation and set the building on fire in the process.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge:
Batman: I appreciate your honesty.
- Not So Different: Suggests this to Batman in A Bullet for Bullock while explaining that he (Bullock) doesn't want to get Internal Affairs involved in a case because Bullock is implied to have leaked information to the press and violated the rights of suspects. Batman rejects it but considering that a few minutes later he intimidates a drug dealer for information by dangling him in front of a car...
Batman: Are you on the take?
Bullock: Watch it, freak! I never took a dime from nobody!
(Now smiling nervously) I just bend the rules a little bit. You understand. We're not all that different.
Batman: We're on the same side, but we're not the same.
- Oral Fixation: Constantly chewed a toothpick, in a way that made it rather clear he either used to smoke, or still did when the camera and censors weren't around. Once used for Squick, when he flicked it at his officious landlord. It stuck.
- Pet the Dog: Has a soft spot for Barbara and Montoya.
- The Pigpen: So much so that Nivens, his landlord tried to scare him to make him leave town, and when that didn't work he tried to kill him.
- Stout Strength: He sure can fight.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Gradually develops a grudging acceptance of Batman.
- Undying Loyalty: Though he does often go off on his own when he disagrees with Gordon's methods, he is intensely loyal to him - and it is this loyalty if nothing else that shows his heart of gold. All of the other cops under Gordon's command have it, but Bullock is the one in whom it is most often shown.
- What Does This Button Do?: Asks this about one of the Batmobile's buttons. Batman half-grins and says, "Passenger ejector seat".
Officer Renee Montoya
Voiced By: Ingrid Oliu, Liane Schirmer
Mayor Hamilton Hill
Voiced By: Loyd Bochner
Voiced By: Mari Devon
- Canon Foreigner
- Damsel in Distress: In almost every episode that she appears in.
- Demoted to Extra: She appeared in a pretty large number of episodes in the first two seasons, as well as the Mask of the Phantasm and SubZero movies. When the show was Retooled as The New Batman Adventures for its final season, she made only two appearances, one of which was a non-speaking cameo.
- Expy: She was a recreation of Vicki Vale, a reporter and love interest from the comics.
- Hot Scoop
- Intrepid Reporter: Sometimes takes on this role
- Is This Thing Still On?: After the theme of the "Jokers Wild" casino is revealed on live television (complete with revolving laughing Joker head), she is caught on camera muttering, "Just disgusting."
- Ms. Exposition: Justified as she's a news reporter and she's usually shown on a TV screen, where she's supposed to be addressing the Fourth Wall. This is not an Idiot Lecture: there must be quite a few people in her audience who are interested, else her ratings would tank and the station would have her doing something else.
- She's Got Legs
The Creeper (Jack Ryder)
"They call me... Yellow-Skinned Wacky-Man! But I prefer the Creeper."
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Harley Quinn.
- Appropriated Appellation: He gets the idea for his nickname from being called "creep", which he finds catchy but a little lacking. Before that he tried for "Yellow-skinned Wacky Man!", before switching.
- Badass Back: Even Batman cannot sneak attack him without getting knocked across the room... while he's trying to flirt with Harley Quinn.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Jack Ryder is set up as the regular news reporter in The New Batman Adventures before he becomes The Creeper near the end of the series.
- Clothing Damage: He was running around in severely torn clothes after his chemical bath until he got his costume.
- Cloudcuckoolander: To the point the Joker himself called him a lunatic.
- Creepy Good: The guy is so loco that even The Joker considers him a lunatic!
- Did You Just Punch Out Batman?: He meets Harley and immediately begins flirting with her. While doing so, he nonchalantly uses one hand to punch out several of the Joker's mooks... and also Batman.
- Dramatic Pause: "I heard you guys worked for, dramatic pause, The Joker!"
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: The costume, famously, incorporates a giant red feather boa.
- Fun Personified: Imagine the Joker in one of his wacky phases... as a good guy. Including the part where wackiness doesn't mean not being good at what you do.
- Good Counterpart: To the Joker, being transformed by falling into toxic chemicals placed by the villain as well as being hit by his laughing gas bombs. He acts like a Stalker with a Crush towards Harley Quinn, mirroring her behavior towards the Joker.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit
- Intrepid Reporter: As Jack Ryder.
- Insult Backfire: The as-yet unnamed Creeper confronts The Joker's henchmen:
Mo: We don't know nothing about no Joker, creep!
Pre-Creeper: Creep? CREEP? ... I like it! My new name - the Creep! No, wait, too negative...
- Large Ham: But that just comes with the madness.
- The Mad Hatter
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Has a near identical origin as the Joker, yet he has managed to survive having a crate containing a rock statue the size of a car dropped on him, and going through multiple explosions without a single injury. Or hint of Clothing Damage. Also, he's able to send Batman flying with one punch, and break through walls. And easily dances around any attacks. Batman explains that this power is most likely due to a strange chemical reaction of the acid and the Joker's laughing gas.
- Offhand Backhand: He uses it on Joker's mooks and Batman himself.
- Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: Speaks like this even though he has no script.
You're working for—dramatic pause—the Joker!
- Rummage Sale Reject: He bought his costume (a speedo, boots, gloves, and a giant cape-like red boa) at a thrift store in Gotham.
- Split Personality
- Stalker with a Crush: Has a short yet extreme crush on Harley Quinn that causes at least one The Cat Came Back-like moment. Though we actually see him sniffing his way through the town, trying to follow her.
- The Stoic: As Jack Ryder.
- Talkative Loon: Provides the page quote
- Underwear of Power: As part of his Stripperiffic outfit.
Dr. Leslie Tompkins
Voiced By: Diana Muldaur
Voiced By: Marilu Henner
- Bourgeois Bohemian: Though usually simply an Upper-Class Twit, she also donated much of her family's fortunes to conservationist causes, sometimes at fancy public events held to promote those causes. Selina Kyle, who considers herself a true animal-rights activist, once observed that Veronica could possibly be getting involved in those causes because she feels tremendous guilt about all the endangered species her ancestors shot when they were big-game hunters.
- Canon Foreigner
- Doomed New Clothes: In "Harley's Holiday". There she is, buying a new dress for her date with Bruce Wayne and along comes a spooked Harley Quinn. Her car gets ruined, too. Considering that Veronica actually got taken hostage by Harley, she probably wasn't too concerned about the car at first.
- Face Palm: "Birds of a Feather" has her attending the opera with Penguin. Imagine her reaction when the Penguin starts singing along.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She tends to be a Rich Bitch, but she has shades of this. She cares about conservation, feels guilt for using the Penguin as a joke, and drops all kidnapping charges against Harley after a series of misunderstandings.
- Rich Bitch: Although her Character Development shows she's only somewhat like this.
- Significant Green Eyed Red Head
- Simple Yet Opulent: Her dresses are this.
- Socialite: She was invariably portrayed vaguely somewhat negatively, usually as Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.
The Gray Ghost (Simon Trent)
- Actor Allusion: Trent's character the Gray Ghost is based on West's role as the campy Batman from the '60s TV series.
- Adam Westing: Simon Trent is a washed-up actor who can't get any decent work because everyone associates him with his role as the Gray Ghost. Not surprising considering the voice actor is the Trope Namer.
- Badass Longcoat: Sports one
- Broken Pedestal: Batman was partially inspired to be Batman because of the Gray Ghost He has a hard time with the realization that his childhood hero was just an actor in a role who's become a bitter and jaded man.
- Canon Immigrant
- Coat, Hat, Mask: In costume.
- Cool Old Guy: And he's voiced by real life Cool Old Guy Adam West.
- Darker and Edgier: He is not only less concerned with criminal's welfare than Batman, but is darker than Adam West's portrayal of Batman.
- Jaded Washout: Years after the show was cancelled. It's a more sympathetic portrayal than most, however, and he eventually does get out of his slump.
- Old Superhero: Subverted, while he only played the Gray Ghost on TV, the Gray Ghost did help Batman defeat the Mad Bomber.
- Rage Against the Reflection: When he learns he's just been turned down for a role again, he smashes most of his Gray Ghost memorabilia collection in a rage, before collapsing in the corner of his apartment, sobbing.
- Secret Keeper: Implied to be one for Batman after Batman tells the Gray Ghost that he was his hero as a kid and then Bruce Wayne tells him the exact same thing at a book signing.
Voiced By: Chao-Li Chi, Goh Misawa
- Always Someone Better: Tells Kyodai this while throwing him to the floor after he mocks Bruce after defeating him in a sparring match.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa
- Canon Foreigner
- Meaningful Name: In Japanese, "Yoru", means "Night". And he trained Batman, so...
- Old Master: Batman's master, who quickly immobilizes Kyodai Ken, just shortly after Kyodai beat Bruce Wayne in a sparring match. Given that Kyodai was less than half Yoru Sensei's age, and Yoru Sensei himself looks like the man in the trope picture, he definitely qualifies.
- Secret Art: The last living direct descendant of an ancient sensei who had invented an amazingly deadly fighting art. He was tasked to protect a scroll that described all the attacks including a Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
- Secret Secret Keeper: Figured out that Bruce Wayne was Batman after studying his moves as Batman.