Characters: DCAU-Batman The Animated Series Other Criminals And Villains
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- Asshole Victim: Almost became this in the hands of Clayface and later Catwoman.
- Canon Foreigner: Never seen in the comics yet adapted in a live-action movie.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Deconstructed; in each of his four appearances, Dagget gradually loses his fortune as legal fees and criminal charges catch up to him.
- He finally faces jail time after his fourth appearance and is not seen again afterwards.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Desides to just shoot Batgirl and Catwoman rather than leave them dangling over a pit of acid.
- Evil Counterpart: To Bruce Wayne.
- Evil Redhead: Though this one doesn't wear green.
- Expy: Of Norman Osborn, albeit without the Goblin persona. Was also originally slated to be Max Schreck
- Icy Blue Eyes: Depending on the artist.
- Jerkass: He doesn't seem to have any qualms with ruining other people's lives just to get what he wants as shown in his first two appearances.
- Karma Houdini: "Appointment in Crime Alley" — Batman is able to stop his scheme and capture his mooks, but not pin the dirty deeds on him.
- Subverted in Batgirl Returns when by that time, his failed schemes have left him so in the red, he is forced to steal a priceless artifact for money. When that and his attempt to kill the Bat Family fail, he goes to jail.
- Kick the Dog: His part on turning Matt Hagen into Clayface.
- Kill the Poor: His scheme in Appointment in Crime Alley.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Does this in "Batgirl Returns." After capturing Catwoman and Batgirl, This conversation takes place.
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- Poison and Cure Gambit: In Cat Scratch Fever, he has stray animals infected with an incredibly virulent new strain of rabies that he plans to sell the cure for.
- Villain with Good Publicity: It doesn't last.
- Would Hurt a Child: He tries to destroy an inhabited neighborhood in his second appearance which was later shown that some of the residents were children.
- Asshole Victim: In Justice League, he has a grudge against Amanda Waller, his employer, and releases Doomsday to get revenge. Doomsday kindly decides to murder him before completely ignoring Waller to chase after Superman.
- Back for the Dead: His surprise appearance in JLU had him quickly disposed of.
- The Dog Bites Back: It always backfires on him.
- Evil Genius: He made a living of it.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Don't get near that Doomsday, you silly!
- Mad Scientist: Well, an evil scientist for hire.
- Poison and Cure Gambit: Had a key part in Roland Daggett's plan to do this in Cat Scratch Fever.
- Psycho for Hire: Always been shown on a payroll. He's essentially the scientist for hire in the Gotham underworld.
- Sinister Schnoz: He's a close second to the Penguin in that department.
- Too Dumb to Live: That's what you get for releasing Doomsday.
- That was only his last appearance in the DCAU. The last episode he appeared in thn B:TAS had him flat out ignore the warnings of Anthony Romulus and denying him the antidote.
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Voiced By: Ray Buktenica
- Adaptational Wimp: He’s far less menacing and dark compared to his other incarnations.
- Bald of Evil: Balding.
- Beard of Evil: To cement his appearance as a Freud stereotype psychologist.
- Big Bad Wannabe: For the one who discovered Batman's identity, he's outed of the spotlight quickly once the Joker n'co enter the scene. His scheme also falls apart rather quickly when he's manipulated, and the Joker quickly puts him in his place.
- Blackmail: He ran a clinic for the wealthy and powerful where he had a machine that let him read the minds of his patients, allowing him to dig up their darkest secrets and shames and later force them to pay for his silence. When Bruce checks in undercover he discovers he is Batman, but decides to have an Auction of Evil with Penguin, Two-Face and The Joker as the bidders. Adapted from the Pre-Crisis story where Strange first finds out Bruce is Batman, except blackmail had nothing to do with that one.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Turned out that inviting Gotham's worst criminals wasn't such a good idea.
- Mental Picture Projector: His machine, which he uses to blackmail people.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He arguably failed to make an impression due to be surrounded by far more colourful villains, most notably a Joker at his hammiest.
- Psycho Psychologist: A little different from most incarnations. He's still evil, but motivated mostly by greed, using a device to read the minds of his patients and then use the dark secrets he learned to blackmail them.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: A trademark of the character.
- Smug Snake: Turning his facility into a blackmail tool, and then bragging about how brilliant it was, might not have been such a good idea.
- Sunglasses at Night: The coloring of his glasses makes it look like shades.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Didn't last long, though.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: A part of his stereotypical Freud-like nature.
The Ninja (Kyodai Ken)
Voiced By: Robert Ito
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's one of the only characters who can pose a real threat to Batman hand-to-hand... and would've killed him if Bats hadn't sort of cheated. He's also a complete lunatic who just likes beating people up.
- Canon Foreigner: Originated and died in the series.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Oonemuri aka “eternal sleep”, a two-fingered death stab he learned from his ex-master's Secret Art.
- Fighting Fingerprint: Kyodai is able to discover Batman's secret identity by having fought both Bruce Wayne and Batman.
- Hand Seals: A frequent user of these.
- Killed Off for Real: Despite Bruce trying to save him, Kyodai is stranded in the middle of lava when Mount Kijiki erupts during their final showdown. All that was left for Kyodai to do was bow to Batman in honor of his Worthy Opponent.
- Ninja: From Japan, even. He tries to make this claim of Batman as well, but Batman identifies more with the honor of the samurai warrior.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Hinted to have been Yoru Sensei's best student. At least was more experienced than Bruce.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Canon Foreigner: Has only appeared in the series.
- Cyber Cyclops: Had a single glowing red lens that flashed in time with his speech.
- Gone Horribly Right: In the case of Batman's H.A.R.D.A.C. clone. While it was meant to copy Batman in appearance and persona upon killing the real Batman, it couldn't handle taking a life and kills itself. The real Batman used it to his advantage to survive.
- Evil Knockoff: Was able to create them.
- Fun with Acronyms: "Holographic Analytical Reciprocating DigitAl Computer"
- Kill and Replace: The evil computer HARDAC decided that humans were too dangerous due to their imperfections and began replacing them. While it was planning on killing its victims once it had extracted all the information it could, they are ultimately rescued before it can do so.
- Killed Off for Real: Tried to get Back from the Dead with his Batman duplicate's help and failed.
- Machine Monotone: Well, when you think emotion is bad (for causing suffering)...
- Master Computer: One who masters robots.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Well, a wannabe one.
Mojo (Lloyd Ventrix)
- Ax-Crazy: Gets into duels, hits women, whips subordinates, kills prisonners (well, tries)... You got the idea.
- Bad Boss: He gives The Joker a run for his money.
- Beard of Evil: Well, friendly muttonchops of evil, anyway.
- Really 700 Years Old: By the early 90's, anyhow.
- Royal Brat: He's not royalty (at least, not on Daddy's side of the family), but he definately has the 'tude.
- Smug Snake: Has all of Ra's' ego without his qualities. Best exemplified in his duel with Jonah Hex:
Duvall: You cannot defeat me. I am a Heidelberg fencing champion.
Jonah Hex: My heart's all aflutter.
Duvall: I'll chop you to pieces!
Jonah Hex: Talk, talk, talk.
Dr. Gregory Belson
Voiced By: George Dzundza
An old colleague of Mister Freeze who is kidnapped for his medical expertise when Nora's cryochamber is damaged in the movie Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero
- The Dragon: Not a true example, but close enough.
- Fat Bastard: Well, chubby.
- Hate Sink: As Mr. Freeze has more sympathetic motives, Belson is greedy and has no scruples.
- Jerkass: He's hardly a villain but he would surely sell his mother.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Although unlike most examples, he isn't afraid to go along with whatever his captor says.
- Only in It for the Money: Its established that he's rather desperately in debt by the time Victor finds him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Encourages Victor to stop throwing temper tantrums and shooting at Barbara in case they accidentally damage the organ(s) they need.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Or a landing deck. Not much time is spent on his death aside from a brief shot of him screaming.
Voiced By: Daniel O'Herlihy
A billionaire park owner who kidnaps Mr. Freeze from Arkham in the episode "Deep Freeze" in the hope of becoming immortal like him.
- And I Must Scream: This is how the episode ends, with Walker immortal and trapped under the ocean in a block of ice, although it's eventually reversed by the show's tie-in comics.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Wants a world without anyone he doesn't approve of, where everyone has to obey him.
- Expy: He could be described as "Evil Walt Disney"
- Evil Counterpart: As pointed out by a reviewer for the episode Deep Freeze, Walker and Freeze stood in deliberate contrast to each other. Freeze claims to be dead to emotions, but his compassion betrays him several times during the episode: he at first refuses to subject Walker to the same confinement as Freeze himself, and Batman eventually convinces him to help stop the deaths of innocent people. By contrast, Walker is an outwardly warm, paternalistic figure, but he is as dead to emotions as Freeze claims to be, coldly planning mass murder just to create his own fantasy of a perfect world. His transformation into "the second Mr. Freeze" is more appropriate to his inner self than Freeze's ever was. He is a rare example of a evil counterpart to a villain.
- Immortality Seeker: Wants to live forever to see his vision for the world carried out.
- Knight Templar: He plans to make a crime-free utopia and freeze Gotham thinking it's too corrupt to survive. Granted, he may have a point there.
- Mr. Alt Disney: Not only a park owner with dreams of utopia, but also ties into the urban legend that Disney was cryonically preserved with his transformation at Freeze's hands.
- Utopia Justifies the Means / Despotism Justifies the Means: A variation:
Walker: My world will have no crime, violence, or pain.
Robin: You can add free will to that list, too!
Walker: A small price to pay for order.
Batman: Your order. For your select few!
Walker: Excuse me, but I fail to see the problem with that.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seems to believe that freezing everyone on the planet except for his chosen few will help to create a better world.
Voiced By: Mark Hamill
The CEO of Gothcorp, and the man responsible for the accident that turned Victor Fries into Mister Freeze.
- Asshole Victim: From causing the accident that made Mr. Freeze, to apparently killing Nora, to sweeping all of those things under the table. Can you really blame Mr. Freeze for taking vengeance? Batman does save him, but angrily leaves him frozen.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He refers to his scientists as "wage slaves". And that's the most harmless thing he does in the episode.
- Dirty Coward: Notice he assaults Victor Fries, after he got Fries to willingly lower his gun on him.
- Lack of Empathy: To him, money means more than the lives of his employees or their dying spouses.
- Villain with Good Publicity: As the head of the "People Company", he almost receives a Humanitarian Award. When he is exposed, it's gone completely.
Lock-Up (Lyle Bolton)
Voiced By: Bruce Weitz
A former security guard at Arkham. Fired for his brutal methods, he decides to take the law in his own hands.
- Canon Immigrant: He was developed for the show and was eventually introduced to the main DCU.
- Create Your Own Villain: He was formerly a guard at Arkham Asylum who got his position due to endorsement and support from Wayne Enterprises. When he goes insane and begins kidnapping the people he blames for the city's problems (the police, bureaucrats and reporters that he says cause the criminals), Robin snarkily comments "Another fine villain brought to you by the Wayne Foundation." The look Batman shoots him is not happy.
- Informed Ability: Apparently, Lock-Up is such a horrific guard that he has driven even the already-insane inmates of Arkham insane, paralyzing the Scarecrow, "The God of Fear," with fear. When his offenses against the patients are actually given, however, it is debatable as to whether they are extreme or standard asylum fare, apart from his mental abuse of the Ventriloquist, possibly because the show could not portray anything worse.
- The Jailer: He likes to lock the objects of his ire into cells.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Goes from wanting to lock up Gotham's criminals to wanting to lock up Gotham's authority figures for not being extreme enough(such as the people like Gordon who actually capture the criminals to begin with).
- Knight Templar: He may be one of the purest examples of this, being a former head of security at Arkham who was fired for brutalizing the inmates, who comes back as a villain trying to imprison forever the "scum" that he feels represent the people that allowed Gotham to get this way (including the head doctor at Arkham, Commisioner Gordon, Mayor Hill, and Summer Gleeson). In true Knight Templar fashion, he has no idea that he's gone too far (he views Batman as a potential partner, much to the other's disgust).
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A fairly obvious GOP pundit parody. He constantly says that the "liberal media," "coddling doctors," and "gutless police" are responsible for supercrime in Gotham. He believes that the criminals at Arkham don't deserve privileges or even the most basic humane treatment. Obviously, he's hyperbolized, but it's still pretty severe for a kids' show.
- Rabid Cop: Though technically not a cop.
- Sadist: Thinks that criminals deserve to be tortured and clearly enjoys doing it- and when stopped, expands his definition of "criminals" to those who got him fired or condemned his actions, as well as Gordon, the Mayor and Batman because he thinks they are too "soft" on criminals. He is so scary the other Bat-rogues tried to escape Arkham solely to get away from him.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: A security-themed vigilante named Bolton?
- Straw Character/Strawman Political: He even disparages the "liberal media."
- Villain Has a Point: He's methods are extreme and inhumane, but Arkham is a Cardboard Prison, especially for the more dangerous criminals like Joker.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He... well locks up who he thinks is the real source of the problems in Gotham, the lax Police Force (Gordon), the pushover Doctors (Dr. Bartholomew), corrupt Bureaucrats (Mayor Hill), and the media (Summer Gleeson) that "glorifies" the Bat-villains. Ironically, he is probably right.
- With Us or Against Us: Actually says, "If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem." (Throughout the episode, he also blamed the "liberal media," as well as "gutless police, mindless bureaucrats, and coddling doctors" for society's problems, so he's really more of an outright parody of conservative argumentation.)
Anthony "Tony" Romulus
Voiced By: Michael York
- Bastard Understudy: For Ra's al Ghul
- Composite Character: A composite of Ebeneezer Darrk and the Green Arrow foe Count Vertigo. His name, powers, and Eastern European heritage come from Count Vertigo, while his status as a pupil of Ra's al Ghul and a turncoat member of the League of Assassins comes from Darrk.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls from a clock tower into a river.
- Eyepatch of Power: That power is to disorientate his victims, making them lose their balance.
- Long-Range Fighter: Never lets Batman or Talia get but so close to him in battle.
- This Is a Drill: Stole a rifle-sized drill from Wayne Enterprises that uses sonic vibration to dig. Uses it against Batman and Talia al Ghul.
Maximillian "Maxie" Zeus
Voiced By: Steve Susskind
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Before he went nuts.
- Hope Spot: At the climax of the episode. For a brief moment, it looks as if Maxie is finally coming to his senses... only for the Zeus personality to take over and order Clio to be tied to the electron cannon.
- Made of Iron: Zeus is electrocuted, falls down a story onto concrete, landing on his head, and survives.
- The Muse: Called “Clio” Droukas, his girlfriend and assistant, though she just sees the title as another sad sign of Maxie’s declining sanity.
- Napoleon Delusion: Under the impression he was the Greek god
- Psycho Electro: With his metal thunderbolt and the Lightning Gun he stole from the government.
- Split Personality: One personality is Maxie, the other is Zeus.
Calendar Girl (Page Monroe)
Voiced By: Sela Ward
A former supermodel who began to lose work as she aged. Obsessed with maintaining her youthful appearance, she underwent cosmetic surgery after cosmetic surgery, and developed a psychosis where she perceived herself as ugly, leading her to don a white mask
to hide her features. She hatches a scheme to kill various figures in the fashion industry as revenge, but meets resistance from Batman and Batgirl.
- Beautiful All Along: After her Cool Mask was removed but she can't see how beautiful she is anymore.
- Casting Gag: Sela Ward personally experienced the sort of callousness that serves as Monroe's backstory—for example, being passed over for a role as a Bond Girl and being told that "What we really want is Sela, but Sela ten years ago".
- Don't Look at Me!: Calendar Girl covered her face with a mask at all times, at the risk of her Berserk Button.
- Expy/Gender Flip: Is based on Calendar Man.
- The Fashionista Has a costumes for all four seasons.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: She's intent on killing the people who had led to her downfall, wearing full-body covering and a featureless mask to hide what she's become since her fame ran out. The Reveal shows that she looks to be in her 30s and is still beautiful, but she "can only see the flaws".
- White Mask of Doom: To cover up her supposedly hideous face.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She was a former model for calendars, but constantly failed attempts at rectifying her "hideous appearance" left her with nothing else than a desire of vengeance against the people she perceived took away her beauty. She is later revealed to actually be gorgeous, although she still firmly believes her appearance is repulsive despite this.
The Mad Bomber (Ted Dymer)
Voiced by: Bruce Timm
The villain of the episode "Beware the Grey Ghost", a bomber extorting money from the city in a style modeled after an episode of the in-universe show, The Grey Ghost
The Interrogator (Josiah Wormwood)
Voiced by: Burt Cort
The villain of "The Cape and the Cowl Conspiracy", a mercenary who lures key people into death traps, offering a way out if they give up their secrets.
- Death Trap: His standard method of "interrogating" someone.
- Expy: Of the Riddler, sending Batman rhyming clues, making death traps that require great ingenuity to solve, and having a similar physique and facial construction.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Other than his smug sadism, he's a petty crook who has little going for him personality or motivation wise; as mentioned above, he's a poor man's Riddler, with none of his charismatic or unique personality traits, nor his somewhat sympathetic backstory and shaded goals.
- Only in It for the Money: This seems to be his only real motive besides sadistically interrogating his victims.
- Out-Gambitted: Batman pulls the rug out on him by disguising himself as his client, Wacklaw Joserk, who Wormwood was trying to steal Batman's cowl for in the first place.
- Smug Snake: Boasts a great deal about the flawlessness of his traps and getting one over Batman...only to find out the detective was one step ahead of him the entire time.
- Villain of the Week: Only appeared in one episode and was never heard from again.
Sidney "Sid the Squid" Debris
Voiced by: Matt Frewer
A small time bumbling crook that seems to have done the impossible: to kill the Batman.
- Anti-Villain: He is a criminal, but he's not evil by any sense of the word.
- Apologises a Lot: “Sorry” is practically his catch phrase: He apologizes when he ruins Thorne’s couch, when he trips over Batman, when he explains what happened at the roof, but the most extreme example may be when Joker placed him in a Death Trap for ruining Joker’s right to kill Batman.
"Will it help if I say I’m sorry? I’m really really really really really really sorry!"
- Badass on Paper: Current Trope Illustrator for that page! The guy that killed Batman must be impressive, right?
- Bumbling Sidekick: Eddie G. set him up as bait for Batman. Sid managed to ruin that plan.
- Deconstruction: Sidney deconstructs the Mooks, showing what kind of person would assume the daily risk of working for the Joker or Thorne, or confronting Batman as part of his job.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He's in prison, but what he's gone through has earned him the respect of his fellow criminals and fulfilled his dreams.
Sid: A big shot at last.
- Evil Minion: Subverted, Sid is useless at battle, so he could be this trope, but he is also useless in anything else he tries. He is just not useful enough to be a minion.
- Extreme Doormat: He lacks drive, ambition or even opinions. Things happen to him and he barely reacts. The only time he protests his fate is when Joker puts him in a Death Trap.
- Friendless Background: Nobody likes him. The Mooks thinks he’s useless, Eddie G. set him up as bait, his mother doesn’t talk to him anymore.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: His true dream is to be a Big Shot at Gotham’s underworld. This is the kind of perverted dream all those Mooks share to justify their volunteering to the Mook Horror Show. The worst part is that Sid gets his wish in the only place he could be a winner: At Stonegate prison, surrounded by Straw Losers. Achieving his dream destroys Sid's life.
"Like a hungry predator, Sid the squids stretches his tentacles throught the Gotham’s underworld. Yeah, good! I’m on my way, Nothing gonna stop me now."
- Horrible Judge of Character: He sincerely thinks Eddie G. is a true friend, and he asks for help from Rupert Thorne.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Sid’s only motivation, he wants to be special… somehow… that doesn’t involve him doing anything.
- Invincible Incompetent: Sid seems to be The Fool, but at the end of the story, we discover that he was not being completely lucky, and given he ends in jail, Sid certainly doesn't have Karmic Protection.
- Man Child: When the Mooks gave him a chance to be the look out of a drug shipment, Sid behaves as a Surveillance Station Slacker more interested in making Impossible Shadow Puppets.
- Minion with an F in Evil: The fact that he apologizes profusely for everything should tip you off.
- No Social Skills: Justified, Sid is a Man Child Straw Loser with a Friendless Background that makes him a Horrible Judge of Character. His only way to interact with others is putting up with the abuse.
- Straw Loser: Sid has no talent for anything evil (or anything good either), not any proactivity, he is not good nor evil… to work for Thorne or the Joker is really the only thing left to him.
- Phrase Catcher: After the explosion at the costumes house, everyone salutes him as “The man who killed Batman”.
- Red Baron: “The man who killed Batman”.
- Seemingly Profound Fool: He has no personality of his own, so every competent person sees him as they want Sid to be: Thorne’s Mooks see him as an evil Idiot Hero even when he claims it was an Accidental Murder. The gang-bangers defy him to fight even when it’s obvious he is hopeless. Joker is so upset by being stolen the chance to kill Batman that he claims Sid had Beginner's Luck, and Thorne, who has informants who rightly told him Sid is a Bumbling Sidekick, suspects Sid of trying to pull a Scheherezade Gambit on him using Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Shadow Archetype: Sid has no personality of his own, so every incompetent person (the mooks) sees him as they want Sid to be: One mook who achieved the From Nobody to Nightmare dream. Even when he is in prison and everyone can see him as the Straw Loser he is, all they will prefer to see him as the guy who almost killed the Terror Hero, made a fool of the Bad Boss, and set up The Don, all the guys that make a Mook's life a Mook Horror Show.
- Surveillance Station Slacker: When the Mooks gave him a chance to be the look out of a drug shipment, Sid is much more interested in making Impossible Shadow Puppets.
- Villain Cred: At the end of his episode, the other criminals credit him for almost killing Batman, making a fool of the Joker, and setting Thorne up. This is treated as Sid's happy ending.
- Bigger Bad: Of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Ordering the death of Andrea's father led Andrea to becoming the Phantasm. He could also qualify for the series as a whole since his actions forced Andrea to leave Bruce, the lack of companionship allowed him to become Batman. And the man he hired to to kill Andrea's father would become The Joker.
- Asshole Victim.
- Awesome McCoolname: Possibly the ultimate mob boss name.
- The Don: Was once. Now he is an aged shell of his former self.
- Evil Old Folks: Well too old to try any evil now.
- Genre Savvy: His old partners are getting knocked off, so he hires some goon to protect him. Unfortunately, his choice was the Joker. He ends of paying a lot. His life.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Is suffering from one in his old age. The Joker kills him first though.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The Sewer King's hair was black in his original appearance, but red during his appearance in the comics.
- Canon Immigrant: He made an appearance during 52, where he is killed by Bruno Mannheim for refusing to join Intergang.
- The Fagin: He had legions of orphaned children forced to steal for him.
- King of the Homeless