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Characters: DCAU-Batman The Animated Series Rogues Gallery
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"It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic... Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway!"
A lowly gangster, known to some as Jack Napier, working for Sal Valestra who, one night, during a mishap encounter with Batman in a chemical factory, falls into a vat of unknown chemicals which stain his skin a sickly white, turn his hair green and leave him with a twisted smile. From then, he rose to become the greatest villain known to the streets of Gotham City (and beyond), The Joker
. He is the arch-nemesis
of Batman and has a penchant for turning all his crimes into a game for his own amusement. He developed a strange toxin called "Joker Gas" (or "Laughing Gas" on occasion) that can cause a victim to laugh themselves to death, leaving them with a disturbing grin.
- And Your Little Dog Too: Threatens Charlie Collins' wife and son.
- Answers to the Name of God: He pulls of a more family-friendly version on a copyright official.
Mr. Francis: Great Scott!
Joker: Actually, I'm Irish.
- Antagonist in Mourning: His reaction to Batman's "death." Because he wanted to defeat Batman and because "without Batman, crime has no punchline."
- Anything But That!: He does pick his targets; "I'm crazy enough to take on Batman, but the IRS? No thank you!!"
- Arch-Enemy: To Batman. He is the Joker after all. In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, years into the future, Terry McGinnis noted that, while the retired Bruce Wayne openly discussed his other enemies, he avoided mentioning Joker. Bruce criticized the notion of the Arch-Enemy by pointing out:
It wasn't a popularity contest. He was a psychopath, a monster.
- Ax-Crazy: When ticked off. His general unpredictability is part of what makes him the scariest criminal in Gotham.
- Badass: You can't be Batman's biggest threat otherwise now can you? Bonus points for the fact that he has absolutely zero superpowers!
- Badass in a Nice Suit / Bad Ass Long Coat: He does sport a pretty cool one, believe it or not. His long coat is not particularly stylish when compared to his suit, but it still looks good.
- Bad Boss: In case you ever forget how much of an asshole he is, just look at the way he abuses Harley sometimes.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever pull a prank on this guy. You'll be lucky if you're already dead.
- Big Bad: In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. He's also the most recurring threat out of all the villains, although in terms of scale, he doesn't quite match Ra's.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: In the revamp.
- Blunt "Yes": He and Harley Quinn ran out of gas during an escape. When he berated her for not refueling the car, she reminded him they were broke and asked what he wanted her to do: "fill the tank, shoot the guy and drive off?" The Joker silently nodded and she complained he didn't tell her before.
- Bond One-Liner: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm has Joker delivering a death threat to a foe's apartment via phone...at the same time as a remote-controlled plane bombed said apartment to smithereens. Unfortunately, Batman was in said apartment to snoop around and managed to divert the plane with a Batarang, but it would have been a straight example for the intended recipient. The telephone used for the threat is intact enough for the Joker to deliver the following gem:
(over the phone
) Hello? Hello, operator? I believe my party's been...disconnected! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
- Book Ends: In his first appearance in "Christmas With the Joker," he hijacks a television station to air his own personal Christmas special. In the Justice League episode "Wild Cards," his final DCAU appearance (in order of release date), the Joker hijacks several television stations so as to enact a plan involving the Royal Flush Gang and several bombs placed all over Las Vegas.
- Bowties Are Cool: He certainly thinks so, even making a point of adjusting his bowtie while remarking that he's a "much better dresser" than Batman.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: About 2/3 of the way through "Christmas with the Joker," he tells all the Gothamites who are watching that his Christmas special will return after "a word from our sponsor." Both the fictional program and the episode itself then cut to a commercial break in our own world. (The gag is ruined on DVD, where there are no commercial interruptions.)
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: His ultimate response to ruining Charlie Collins' life and then killing him is akin to someone finishing off a collection—he just decides to get a new hobby.
Joker: (casually) Looks like I'll need to get a new hobby now that Charlie's... ("dead" gesture) ffft.
Harley: (even more casual) Macramé's nice.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mask of the Phantasm has a mobster that appears in the back of an old photo and is seen when Andrea and Bruce are about to talk to Andrea's father about the engagement. Turns out that's the man that would later become the Joker.
- Combat Pragmatist: One reason he's so dangerous in a fight.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Tries to do this in "The Laughing Fish" by infecting all of the fish in Gotham with a toxin that gives them Joker grins, then claiming that that gives him the right to copyright all fish in Gotham. He clearly thinks of this as a great way to get money legally. Unfortunately, copyright law doesn't work even a little bit like that, and he grows quite angry when this is pointed out to him. His "solution" is to start poisoning the staff of the copyright office one-by-one with his smile toxin until they agree to see it his way.
- Dartboard of Hate:
- A TV example where he throws a pie on his own TV as if he's hitting the Mayor's face.
- He flings darts at a newspaper's front-page photograph of Commissioner Gordon.
- Death Dealer: Packs razor-edged playing cards on occasion.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He was guilty of this on more or less a regular basis.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: Does this all the time, most notably in "Christmas with the Joker" and "Wild Card."
- Domestic Abuser: The Joker and Harley have what is, beneath the make-up, a classic abusive relationship filled with emotional trauma and physical violence.
- Don't Try This at Home: Escapes from Arhkam with a rather dangerous-looking stunt—tying a rock around a rope made from bedsheets, using it as a grapple to snag a truck passing by the asylum, and using it to pull himself over the fence. He laughs "Don't try this at home, kiddies!" before he pulls it off.
- The Dragon: To Luthor on occasion, notably "World's Finest" and "Injustice For All," in which he strong-arms his position into Lex's right-hand man.
- The Starscream: Turns out to be much more dangerous than Luthor in World's Finest.
- The Dreaded: Not so much in the beginning, but once word got out about how frightening he was?
- Driven to Suicide:
Batgirl: Don't be stupid! You can't save that money!
Joker: I don't wanna save it! I wanna go with it!
- Electric Joybuzzer: A favorite gadget of his.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The Joker might crazy enough to take on Batman, but not even he has the guts to take on the IRS. Plus his meetings with the Creeper.
- Evil Genius: Beneath his makeup, Joker is extremely intelligent with a great knowledge of chemistry which he uses to make his Joker Gas and is a brilliant Gadgeteer Genius, capable of building robots like Captain Clown. He boasts of this, with some justice, in Return of the Joker by pointing out that he used cutting-edge genetics to orchestrate his Grand Theft Me, claiming that he was "years ahead of his time" in pulling of the nearest thing to a science fiction Soul Jar.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Of the "killing people with laughing gas and bombing a whole city is a hoot" variety.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Many people who get him as a Psycho for Hire eventually find this out the hard way, often when they've ordered him around one time too many or the game's just gotten boring. Just ask Lex Luthor and Salvatore Valestra.
- Evil Is Petty: See Disproportionate Retribution above.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Lex Luthor. In "World's Finest," Luthor thought he held his strings the entire time and when the Joker failed to kill Superman (though he came closer than almost anyone previously), tries to betray and kill him. This turned out to be an incredibly BAD idea.
- Evil Laugh: His most marked feature, which Mark Hamill turned into the most strangely magnificent art form. He talked about practicing said laughs while driving to work and remarked about how strange he had to have looked while doing so.
- Evil Sounds Deep: When Joker's voice gets deep, it's a sign that he's not amused, at least earlier on. As Hamill got older, his voice gradually got deeper, with Justice League having his voice at its deepest.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: In addition to becoming deeper, his voice also got much raspier as time went on.
- Famous Last Words:
- "That's not funny... that's not..."
- Technically, his second life has "I can't hear you!"
- Faux Affably Evil: A great example is from The Laughing Fish. He politely enters a copyright office and tries getting his fish patented legally, then slaps a copyright bureaucrat with a fish and threatens to murder him when it turns out that's not how it works.
- Fed to the Beast: He threatens to throw people to his hyenas, though whether or not he actually follows through on this threat is rather unclear.
- First Law of Resurrection: Appears to die several times in the series proper. Never sticks. Until Return of the Joker.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Darkly invoked in Charlie Collins' case; see But for Me, It Was Tuesday.
- A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Upon coming into possession of $250 million in "Joker's Millions," he immediately blows most, if not all, of it on things like mansions, fast cars and the like. The guy who willed it to him, mobster "King" Barlowe, anticipated that he would do this and made it the cornerstone of his Thanatos Gambit.
- Forgot to Pay the Bill: "Joker's Millions"
- For the Evulz: When he isn't selling his services.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: His origins are rather meager as a thug working for Sal Valestra (shown during Mask of the Phantasm) but after just one botched job, he rises to become so much more...
In the DCAU Myth Arc, he starts as a common criminal, becomes a supervillain with a gimmick, and becomes progressively dangerous. After Batman shuts down his operations in Gotham, he moves to other cities like Metropolis and Las Vegas, and becomes increasingly dangerous on a nationwide scale. In BTAS, he shifts from both extremes on a daily basis; some days he'll pull of silly crimes like hijacking a comedy competition, while other days he'll launch a city-scale air strike or hold the city ransom by using a nuclear weapon.
- Funny Answering Machine: Naturally, it's also disturbing.
Joker: (laughs) Boy, did you get a wrong number. Leave your message at the sound of the shriek.
Man's voice: No! Please! Don't! (shrieks)
- Genre Savvy / Dangerously Genre Savvy:
- When, in "Joker's Millions," he really needs to get some cash, he deliberately plans a heist with none of his trademarks so that Batman wouldn't be able to trace it back to him, and has one of his goons put on white makeup and hang out at the Penguin's club so he'll have an alibi. It doesn't work when Bruce Wayne sees the henchman's makeup sweat off.
- He insists that his men try to shoot Bruce Wayne down in "World's Finest" and do so quickly, aware that Superman will interfere quickly.
- In his two-part stint as an Arc Villain in Justice League, it turns out that he had a second plan after all, and that the first was just a diversion. The second plan in question was made possible because the League played into his hands.
- When he joins the Injustice Gang, he's the only one to insist that they kill Batman ASAP.
- Giggling Villain: Though often as a prelude to more maniacal laughter.
- Giving Them the Strip: Batman tries to grab him, only to end up holding his cardigan, complete with a false set of arms.
- Hanging Judge: Masquerades as one during "Trial," complete with powdered wig.
- Hates Being Touched:
- Hidden Depths: While the audience knows better and never underestimates him, other villains tend to think he's just a harmless clown at first. The Joker Gas is something of his own concoction and virtually every contribution to the story of Return of The Joker is methodical and well-thought out. He also seems to have an air of Genre Savviness about him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Joker's Favor," he's ultimately beaten and humiliated by one of his own dud bombs.
- Homemade Sweater From Hell: Wears a rather subdued example for his "Christmas special."
- The Hyena: C'mon. It's The Joker.
- Hypocrite: In "Mad Love," he yells at Harley for suggesting that he just shoot Batman. Then, after Harley captures Batman and she tells him to come over, he throws her out of a window and is about to set Batman free, only to try and just shoot him.
- Ignore the Fanservice: To Harley in "Mad Love" and "Beware the Creeper."
- Implacable Man: He manages to find Charlie Collins wherever he goes, no matter Charlie's maneuvers to lose him.
- Incoming Hamill: He's introduced via singing Christmas songs while escaping from Arkham on a rocket disguised as a tree.
Crashing through the roof, in a one-horse open tree...
- Insane Troll Logic: "The Laughing Fish" revolves around him poisoning all of Gotham's fish so they have creepy Joker smiles, which he then tries to use as a reason to copyright all fish products. When the guy at the copyright office points out that he can't do that because copyright doesn't work that way, he is very angry.
- Instant Soprano: At the time, a Groin Attack could be included in the show with careful positioning. To indicate to the viewer that it actually had happened, the Joker's voice got noticeably higher.
- Irony: He does want people to laugh, albeit in his own sick, insane way, but as Terry points out in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, he really sucks at being a comedian in any form.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Any affection he shows towards Harley is merely a means to keep her on his side.
- Joker Immunity: Survives bad incident after bad incident.
- Jumping Out of a Cake: "Joker's Favor"
- Kick Me Prank: In "The Man Who Killed Batman," the criminals hold a funeral for Batman, who is thought dead. The Joker attaches a "Kick Me" sign to Batman's empty cape and cowl before it is to be sealed in a coffin.
- Kick the Dog: Harley and especially Tim Drake.
- Killed Off for Real: In a subversion of the very trope named after him, the Joker eventually got this treatment in the DCAU. Yes, having proven himself as much of a survivor as his counterpart in the comics, every bit the "no one" in No One Could Survive That, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker took the big leap and put him down once and for all—killing him twice; first his body was destroyed and buried deep within Arkham Asylum in a flashback, then the chip containing a copy of his DNA and memories was burned out, just to make sure he won't be coming back. (In just a bit of a cheat, the event occurs at the far end of the universe-at-large's history, allowing him to show up in stories taking place earlier; Justice League took advantage of this.)
- Killer Yoyo: Has used one at least twice.
- Knight of Cerebus: Inverted. A lot of his crimes and schemes revolve around comedy, or at least, what he perceives as comedy—which is arguably what makes him one of the most threatening and terrifying villains in the series.
- Lack of Empathy: Very clearly feels none of the pain that he causes others.
- Large Ham: Did we mention he's The Joker?
- Laughably Evil: Zig-Zagged. His sheer insanity is sometimes Played for Laughs as evidenced when he kidnapped three people and threatened to kill them along with several others just for the sake of throwing a pie in Batman's face. Similarly, his propensity for pettiness is also used as a source of comedy in "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Joker's Millions." Nevertheless, despite such occasional moments of levity involving his character, he holds the notorious distinction of being the most sinister and abhorrent of Gotham's Rogues due to his willingness to directly target children, his central role in depriving Bruce Wayne (AKA Batman) of his last chance for happiness in Mask of the Phantasm, his horrific abuse of Harley Quinzel, as well as his torture of Tim Drake.
- Laughing Mad: C'mon. It's The Joker.
- Laugh Track: In "Christmas with the Joker," he uses a laugh track in grossly inappropriate fashion while discussing violence/terrorism. It's possibly a secondary Lampshade Hanging that the "audience" he's using is revealed to be cardboard cutouts.
- Lost In A Crowd: In "Joker's Wild" and "Holiday Knights."
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Averted. Word of God stated that Joker is not related to the Dee-Dee twins, although Harley Quinn was.
- Mad Scientist: At Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, he claims to be one. Fridge Brilliance if you think that he must have been creating Joker Venom from common chemicals:
Joker: Beneath this puckish exterior lies the mind of a genius years ahead of my time. In the weeks young Robin was under my tutelage, I used him as the subject of my greatest experiment. Using cutting-edge genetics technology which I pinched here and there, I encoded my DNA in a microchip and set it in Bird Boy's bird brain.
- Manipulative Bastard: He plays this trope very well, being able to manipulate police, Batman and the Justice League at one point. It's also the entire reason Harley is in love with him.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Almost always wears a purple tuxedo.
- Master Poisoner: He makes all of his own toxins.
- Money to Throw Away: Hopefully most of the money he was tossing was the counterfeit stuff King Barlowe had tricked him with.
- Monster Clown: Something about the way he's drawn in Justice League makes him creepy to simply look at.
- Moral Myopia: "You killed Captain Clown. YOU KILLED CAPTAIN CLOWN!!!" (Captain Clown was a mindless robot.)
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Often animated with more teeth than the human mouth should be able to hold.
- Multiple-Choice Past: "Mad Love" demonstrates that he has offered several tragic backstories to those who ask.
- Near Villain Victory: In "World's Finest," he has Superman trapped in a room with Kryptonite and dances around him electrocuting him, with no way out. Had Batman not pulled out a Big Damn Heroes, Superman would have died.
- Nerf Arm: In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, he has the choice to fight the Phantasm with either a giant, menacing, kitchen knife or a processed Bologna log. Guess which one he chooses.
- Never Found the Body: Pulled this off often during the series.
- Nice Hat: Occasionally dons a fedora when he's outdoors, and wears a top hat in "Harlequinade" (which he then pulls a bomb out of).
- No One Should Survive That: He has survived falls and explosions, and seems immortal, hence the term Joker Immunity. Ironically, he is Killed Off for Real in the Batman Beyond movie.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Several times, to Harley's chagrin.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: As both Lex Luthor and Superman found out.
- Off Model: He in particular seemed oddly prone to this in BTAS.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Specifically in the beginning of "Joker's Favor," where he is able to appear in front of Charlie in a forest despite taking a while to start pursuing him.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: There are some episodes that has Joker showcasing this trope towards Batman. For example, "Mad Love," where even Harley is not exempt from this.
- Paranoia Gambit: In "Joker's Millions," he inherits a fortune and uses it to buy his freedom, then spends a montage living it up as a rich man. When asked by Penguin what his scheme is, Joker remarks that he has none; the knowledge that the Bat-family can't touch him and that it's upsetting Batman is good enough.
- Poisonous Captive: He talked his psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel into becoming Harley Quinn while still in Arkham. And it was implied early in the episode that he compromised the ones before her in a similar fashion.
- Psycho for Hire: When he's not freelancing.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Andrea Beaumont, in the comic book sequel to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, hesitated for a second from putting him at the core of the explosion consuming the fairgrounds due to the Joker's transformation turning him into "an insane clown, untouched by fear, incapable of remorse."
- Pungeon Master: Lapses into this on occasion—puns are a form of humor, after all.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Probably the poster boy for this trope. He'll kill people with laughter on occasion too.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His design in Batman Beyond which, according to Word of God, was a deliberate Shout-Out to The Silence of the Lambs.
- Revenge SVP: In "Joker's Favor," though it's more likely he's just taking the chance to kill Gordon while his guard is down, Joker claims that he plans to attack Gordon's testimonial just because he wasn't invited.
- Sarcasm Failure:
- Serious Business: The Joker kidnaps and brainwashes three famous comedians all so that he can rig a comedy competition. As he explains, it is not about the trophy, it is about the title.
- Shamu Fu: In The Laughing Fish The Joker hits an accountant with a fish for interrupting him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Mentions this about himself.
Joker: WHAT?!! Compare me to Batman?! I got more style, more brains! I'm certainly a better dresser!
- Shoot The Television: In "Joker's Millions", he shoots the Video Will in which his benefactor reveals most of the money is fake.
- Slasher Smile: Wears a permanent one.
- The Sociopath: The most clear-cut example among Batman's major nemeses. Even his pre-acid dip incarnation who only appears briefly in flashbacks, has shades of this.
- Stepford Consumer: One of his schemes involved making a commercial. Even with the Joker's usual level of trademark enthusiasm, the commercial barely seemed out of place.
- Super Window Jump: Despite being Genre Savvy enough about the silliness, he does one (from a considerable height) of his own in Mask of the Phantasm. But then again he IS Genre Savvy enough to be aware of his own Joker Immunity.
- Sue Donym: In Joker's Millions, the impoverished Joker is living in a cheap apartment due to money issues. When heading in, he's addressed at the front desk as a "Mr. Ker" implying he signed his name as "Joe Ker" when renting the place.
- Take a Third Option: In "Joker's Millions", since he has two choices (either go to jail for tax evasion or admit that he's been fooled and become a laughing stock), he chooses to commit a crime to get his fortune back.
- Thanatos Gambit: How he circumnavigates death at the hands of Tim Drake.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: He's used a variety of explosives in combat, including seemingly ordinary-looking marbles and grenades with his own face painted on them.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he goes all "Grand Theft Me" on Tim Drake, he utilises the training that he has available to great effect. Even earlier in the Superman/Batman three-part episode World's Finest, he comes perilously close to killing Superman, coming closer than any villain except Darkseid.
- Train Escape: In "Mad Love" the Joker falls off a ledge onto a train's roof during a chase scene. He tries to taunt Batman, only to find him standing right behind his back.
- Unexpected Inheritance: "Joker's Millions". Most of it is fake.
- Unexplained Recovery:
- The episode (and earlier comic) for the Trope Namer of Mad Love features Batman punching him off a moving track and falling directly into a factory's smokestack. He lives, of course, and by this point his ability to survive anything is so taken for granted not even a cursory attempt is made to explain it.
- Unwitting Pawn: Cameron Kaiser builds a casino themed after him. Joker is understandably incensed, breaks out of Arkham to punish this act of image-theft by blowing up the joint. As Batman finds out, Kaiser had spent too much on his building, and gave it a Joker-theme so the Joker would do just that, and then cash in on the insurance.
- Victory Is Boring: In The Man Who Killed Batman, Joker is clearly unconvinced of his nemesis's demise and goes about robbing a diamond store to force Batman to come thwart him. After a standoff several hours long, he grudgingly admits his greatest foe is gone and that crime is no more fun without him. He orders his gang to take nothing and leaves empty handed.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has a funny one, being bullied by Charlie Collins and calling Batman for help!
- Villainous Cheekbones: All the better to showcase his enormous smile.
- Villains Out Shopping: After he throws out Harley, we next see him stumbling around his hideout in boxers, forgetting to feed the hyenas and unable find his socks. The commentary jokes that there's a good reason we rarely see him in his underwear...
- Villains Want Mercy: Hanging over a pit of molten metal:
Joker: Batman! You wouldn't let me fry, would you?
Batman: (considers it)
Joker: BATMAN! (Batman pulls him up)
- We Have Reserves: In the "Trial" episode:
Scarface: Hold on, you'll hit Croc!
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Not addressed in the episode, but in "Christmas with the Joker", you have to wonder how and when he managed to get the facilities to broadcast a TV show on every channel, turn an observatory telescope into a giant cannon and construct all those giant toys with his face on them.
- Yiddish as a Second Language: The Joker, oddly enough, occasionally peppers his speech with Yiddish, despite his claim in at least one episode of being Irish. He could be of mixed Irish/Ashkenazi descent, or just following the example of the many famous comedians who had Jewish roots. Knowing the Joker though, he might simply do what entertains him at the moment.
Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Quinzel)
Voiced By: Arleen Sorkin
A psychologist who encountered The Joker in Arkham Asylum. She became enamored with her patient, eventually aligning herself with him as his assistant.
- Action Girl: From time to time.
- Adorkable: When she tries to interact with the public after her short lived release from Arkham
- Affably Evil: As opposed to the Faux Affably Evil Joker
- Afraid of Needles: Cries like a little girl when Poison Ivy gives her a shot in Harley and Ivy. Harley even lampshades this by saying, "You'd think I'd be used to a little pain after hangin' out with Mistah J."
- All Girls Want Bad Boys or Girls: Is dating The Joker, and has a quasi-romantic relationship with Poison Ivy.
- All Take and No Give: Any relationship with Harley Quinn. She invokes this trope being the lover of The Joker and Poison Ivy's friend. Justified because those two are sociopaths. At Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker we see that Harley has this type of relationship with her granddaughters.
- Always Someone Better: Her relationship with the Joker: While he outclasses Harley in danger and body count, Harley is better than him in other ways: Joker uses Comedic Sociopathy, while Harley’s exploits are genuinely funny. Joker’s obsession with the Batman makes him fall for Bond Villain Stupidity and Complexity Addiction, but Harley almost kills Batman in the Mad Love episode. And at the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker movie, Joker doesn’t get Joker Immunity, but Harley does. Harley is not only a better villain, she is a better comedian. It's very possible that he knows this, and that his abuse is to keep her in his shadow—shown by how angry he gets when she comes up with her own jokes and schemes.
- Anti-Love Song: Does a truly demented one in the episode Harlequinade, called "Say That We're Sweethearts Again" from a 1944 movie called Meet The People.
- Anti-Villain: Her cheery attitude makes her seem less malicious than most of the rest of the Rogues Gallery. When she's at her nicest - such as in Harlequinade and especially Harley's Holiday - she barely seems villainous at all, instead coming off as an sweet but uninhibited kook whose impulsiveness causes chaos. In several episodes she seems only a few steps away from a Heel-Face Turn, if she could just shake her obsession - which, naturally, she never does.
- Appropriated Appellation: She's jokingly addressed as Harley Quinn before becoming a villain.
- Ascended Extra: She was originally just a one-time moll character who made such an impression she became the Joker's pseudo-girlfriend/top henchwoman, then began developing relationships with other characters and got her own spotlight episodes, including a comic tie-in detailing her origins that got adapted into an episode. Then she became a Canon Immigrant into the comic universe, so she's ascended twice from one-shot to supporting character, from cartoon to comics, in that order.
- The Atoner: Implied to become one after the Joker dies in ROTJ.
- Ax-Crazy: when she gets crazy, she gets CRAZY.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She's very bubbly and goofy, and may be the nicest of Batman's Rogues Gallery. She's also a psychotic nutcase who's perfectly willing to shoot you or break your legs.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Goes back for seconds after giving Batman a "Thank You" peck on the lips.
- Bi the Way: About as close as you can get on a family-friendly cartoon. Explicitly in love with The Joker, but also has a thing going on with Poison Ivy.
- Bowdlerise: Her questionable academics in her college days aren't mentioned in the cartoon.
- Break the Cutie: All it took was a few sessions with The Joker.
- Breakout Character: Harley Quinn was intended to be a one-off character for "Joker's Favor", but she ended up so popular that not only was she added to Batman's main Rogues Gallery in both the show and the comics (including her own series), but had almost as many appearances in the DCAU as Joker himself.
- Bumbling Sidekick: She is treated In-Universe like one, but that's because The Joker and Poison Ivy cannot recognize her Conservation of Competence. You can say that Harley is an Hypercompetent Sidekick—she doesn't doom The Joker and Poison Ivy plans, it's only that Batman is that good.
- Butt Monkey: Justified, when you seek the company of the Joker and Poison Ivy, this trope is bound to happen.
- Canon Immigrant: Started out as a DCAU character, then became part of the main DC universe.
- Harley Quinn's self-titled comic series was the highest-selling female-led book published by DC Comics. Meaning she was outselling Batgirl, Supergirl, Batwoman, and Wonder Woman.
- Catch Phrase: One that followed her to the comics and a few future adaptations:
(when meeting someone for the first time): "Call me Harley! Everyone does."
- Character Exaggeration: Depends on the episode, but some episodes - particularly the crossovers - really play up how childishly dimwitted and silly she is, occasionally to the point of making her The Load. It's a major character trait in Girl's Night Out.
- Characterization Marches On: You'd never believe it now, but in her debut episode she was actually the calmest person in the room, and seemed anything but immature.
- Chronic Villainy: Every time she feels that the Joker is not for her, it's only temporary, and she goes right back to loving him again.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Joker finds this out the hard way in "Joker's Millions".
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Even when she does get declared sane, she's still weird.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In Mad Love, even Batman himself admitted that she came a lot closer to killing him than the Joker ever did.
- Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: Was a fairly straight laced psychiatrist until she tried to take on The Joker.
- Cute and Psycho: Easily one of the most adorable rogues on the show. Also likes to pummel people and shoot at them for fun.
- Dark Action Girl: When she's not being Joker's lackey she proves surprisingly capable.
- Dark Mistress: Although prominent in many Batman comics today, it was in this series that she was introduced as Joker's girlfriend/henchman in an abusive relationship.
- Dartboard of Hate: Keeps a dart-riddled photo of Batman in her cell at Arkham, as shown in "Joker's Millions".
- Decoy Damsel: Plays one in her own plan in "Mad Love".
- The Dog Bites Back: Sometimes Mistah J will push her too far, which leads to...
- Yandere: Fear her when she goes into this mode. Even the Joker is scared of her when she goes into this mode.
- Domino Mask: Wears one all the time.
- The Dragon: To the Joker and sometimes Poison Ivy.
- Drives Like Crazy: As seen in the crossover with Superman: The Animated Series when she replaces Mercy as Lex Luthor's chauffer, causing several dozen wrecks while Lex and the Joker make their deal.
- Drop the Hammer: Her trademark mallet
- Even Evil Has Standards: She considers her fellow Arkham inmates her friends, and was disgusted with Joker's plan to atomize Gotham and ignore them and their pet hyenas.
- Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: Her hyenas. And Joker.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Inverted. While Harley Quinn, recently released from Arkham and out trying to start anew, her hyenas immediately start barking at the sight of Bruce Wayne. Harley for her part is clueless that she happens to be standing next to Batman.
- Expressive Hair: Harley's "hat".
- Extreme Doormat: Deconstructed—this quality is what makes her an incredibly dangerous character, because she is this to sociopaths The Joker and Poison Ivy. Harley Quinn is an Extreme Doormat personified when it comes to the Joker. Lampshaded in this exchange:
Harley: I'm not a doormat! Am I?
Poison Ivy: If you had a middle name, it would be welcome!
- Fluffy Tamer: To everyone else the Joker's snarling pet hyenas are a menace; to her, they're her "babies."
- Friend to Psychos: Harley loves The Joker and is best friends (maybe something more) with Poison Ivy. Both of them are sociopaths: By definition, they could like Harley, but they cannot care for her.
- She also said hi to a then ranting and raving Scarecrow, who instantly calmed down to pleasantly return the gesture.
- Genki Girl: Hyper cheerful all the time.
- Girlish Pigtails: When out of costume.
- Heel-Face Turn: It's implied at the end of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker that she eventually went straight.
- Hello, Attorney!: Her disguise in "The Man Who Killed Batman". She even wears glasses.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: The Joker treats her like a Bumbling Sidekick, but in Harley and Ivy it's revealed he depends on her for his daily life, and Joker's millions he asks the replacement Harley for an idea, implying he does that with the real one.
- Ignored Epiphany: In Harlequinade and Mad Love regarding her relationship with The Joker.
- Implausible Deniability: Harley Quinn really was trying to go straight, but after her first day out of Arkham ended with her taking a hostage she pointed out that, with her history, even she would not believe the story that it was all a big misunderstanding.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Subverted. When she makes an honest attempt at killing Batman without anyone else's help, she very nearly succeeds. The only reason why she doesn't is because The Joker finds out.
- Informed Judaism: It's revealed in the original comic of "Holiday Knights" that she is actually Jewish, another reason for Ivy to find Harley's whining for a Christmas tree bewildering and annoying.
- Insane Forgiveness: She always forgives the Joker no matter what, even when he tortures children and has tried to kill her in the past. In this case, she is insane, though, and the show makes it clear that this isn't a healthy relationship.
- I Take Offense to That Last One
Harley Quinn: And here you thought I was just another bubble-headed blond bimbo! Well, the joke's on you, I'm not even a real blond!
- It's X. I Hate X.: In "The Laughing Fish", she complains at one point, "Again with the fish, I hate fish!"
- Jumping Out of a Cake: She slinkily emerged from an oversized lemon custard pie.
- Just Got Out of Jail: Harley's Holiday. Poor Harley even paid for that dress...
- Lap Pillow: To Joker during the Joker Jury episode, to the disgust of the attorney defending Batman.
Van Dorn: I object to this witness! She's obviously trying to influence the judge.
Joker: (sounding genuinely confused) What makes you say that?
- Lima Syndrome: Harley Quinn's origin is Lima Syndrome turned Mad Love.
- Love Makes You Evil / Love Makes You Crazy
- Love Martyr: It doesn't matter how many times The Joker hits her or calls her worthless, she has hope the relationship will work.
- Luke, I Am Your Father (or Grandmother): Due in part to Paul Dini not bearing to kill Harley Quinn off, she was revealed to be the grandmother of the Dee-Dee twins, members of the Jokerz gang, nearing the end of Return of the Joker, and was scolding them.
- Mad Love: I smell a Trope Namer...
- Magic Skirt: Gets one at the beginning of the episode Mad Love.
- Master of Delusion: Played with in Harley's Holiday. Newly released from Arkham, she's out shopping when she runs into Bruce Wayne. She stops him, then covers the top half of his face, saying, "I recognize that chin..." and then declares, "I knew it! You're Bruce Wayne, boy billionaire!"
- Meaningful Name: Harleen Quinzel, aka Harley Quinn—Harlequin, the clown character.
- Meganekko: Before her transformation.
- Mook Promotion: Was originally supposed to be a minor accomplice of the Joker and ended up a full-blown Super Villain, making appearances in numerous other adaptations.
- Moral Myopia: In Mad Love when Harley is reading a newspaper with the front page article titled "Joker Still At Large. Body Count Rises" she is more concerned for the Joker than for the victims.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: This is her truly deranged goal: Without the Batman, the Joker could be hers at last!
- Now You Tell Me:
Joker: Didn't you get gas!
Harley: WE'RE BROKE, remember? What was I supposed to do? Fill the tank, shoot the guy, and drive away?!
Harley: * pause* NOW ya tell me!
- Number Two for Brains: Subverted, as you probably figured.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It's implied that she puts on a ditzy front to keep Joker from thinking she's upstaging him.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: During the flashback in Mad Love, she has a generic American accent instead of her regular thick New Jersey/New York one. The accent is implied to be part of the Harley persona. Alternately, it could be her real accent, which she suppressed for reasons of appearance.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She "rescues" Sidney Debris from the cops in plain clothes and using her real name. Bullock thinks there's something familiar about her, but can't place it.
- Perky Female Minion: Toward the Joker
- Playing the Victim Card: Tries this on Batman.
Harley: I know. You're thinking, "What a shame. A pure, innocent little thing like her led astray by bad companions." (grabs a knife but Batman stops her)
Batman: Right. Tell me another. (handcuffs Harley and goes after Joker)
Harley: Beauty school is looking good right about now.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Wears one in a flashback when she was a psychiatrist. Also when she was posing as a lawyer to get Sid the Squid out of jail.
- Psycho Supporter: An interesting take in the trope, because without someone to lead her, Harley doesn’t have the motivation to commit crimes. However, we see at Mad Love that of all the villains that compose the Batman Rogues Gallery, she is the one who was nearer to killing him:
- The Joker abuses her with glee, until his death. After that, is implied she chose a tranquil life.
- Poison Ivy also abuses Harley and doesn’t want to give her enough credit for her part at their heists. In All There in the Manual, the The Batman Adventures comic book offers a reason why Ivy let Harley alone.
- And at Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, we see that Nanna Harley paid the Delia and Deirdre Dennis (better known as Dee Dee) bail to keep them out of jail. Even when Harley was calling them out, she paid their bail. In an alternate timeline, those two managed to kill all the Justice League.
- Punch Clock Villain: The real frightening part about Harley is that she is a person without any reason to kill, but she will do it, and sadistically, only because someone else tells her it would be fun.
- Punny Name: Harley Quinn. Even when not highlighting this out, her name sounds like "Harlequin", and her real name is Harleen Quinzel. The Joker even lampshaded this in Mad Love.
- Real Name as an Alias: In The Man Who Killed Batman, she masquerades as the lawyer of the episode's titular character, using the name Harleen Quinzel. Later, the episode Trial would confirm this as her actual name.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Wears a black and red playing card motif
- Redemption Failure: In Harley's Holiday, though because it is Played for Laughs, this is a borderline Heel Face Door Slam example, too.
- Reformed, but Rejected: In Harley's Holiday, she tried to reform. The chain of events that got her sent back to Arkham started with her panicking after setting off a detector in a department store. The clerk never got a chance to explain that they just forgot to remove the security tag on the dress she just bought.
Harley: They won't even let me keep my new dress! And I actually paid for it!
- Though it could be worse - at the end of the episode, her doctor observes that it was all just a misunderstanding and that Harley was still well on the path to recovery even if she wasn't quite there yet.
- Sexy Jester: Batman may not notice, but the Joker sure does (or at least pretends to, being essentially Asexual).
- She-Fu: One of Batman's most acrobatic foes; natural, since she got into college on a gymnastics scholarship.
- Slip into Something More Comfortable: In "Harlequinade", she takes Batman back to the Joker's last hideout to look for clues. Once there, she says, "Have a look around while I slip into something more comfortable," and changes out of her Arkham jumpsuit and into her regular costume.
- Smooch of Victory: Gives one to Batman of all people. When Batman showed her a bit of kindness by returning a dress she'd bought and told her even though she's going back to Arkham, she should get a little happiness. Touched, she gives him a quick peck. Then, looking playful, gives him a long, long smooch, telling him to call her. Robin and Poison Ivy, watching, seem weirded out.
- Society Is to Blame: Recites this trope when her attempt at a normal life goes awry in Harley's Holiday: "I tried to play by the rules, but no, they wouldn't let me go straight! Society is to blame!" Played for Laughs because her "crime" was having paid for the dress... but neglecting to let the woman remove the security tag, and not letting the store's guard explain the situation to her before overreacting.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Suggested just shooting Batman to Joker.
- Stepford Consumer: Tries to play one for Joker in "The Laughing Fish". That is until she's expected to eat some of the titular product.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Harleen Quinzel.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: In Harley's Holiday, she espouses this after violating her parole barely moments out of being released from the asylum ("I tried to be good. I really did. But if that's not good enough, fine!"). However, after having to be saved by Batman, she seems to reconsider. Subverted in that most of this was Harley thinking people were acting like this to her - a dress she bought still had the tags, so the security guard tried to take them off for her. She thought he was accusing her of stealing the dress, so in a panic she took off accidentally taking Veronica Vreeland hostage and ran.
- Trouble Entendre: Uses this trope before exacting revenge against The Joker by beating him with her nightstick.
- Unexplained Recovery: Just how did she survive the fatal fall in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker? Reportedly, the writers have confirmed that Poison Ivy's stamina booster from back in the day is responsible for her survival. It also helps that The Joker himself was a master of this kind of thing.
- Utility Belt: Wears Batman's utility belt in "Trial".
- Unwilling Suspension: In "Trial".
- Villainous Friendship: With Poison Ivy. Stemming from an early heist, the two develop a rather unexpected big sister-little sister friendship. Numerous episodes show them hanging out and cooperating on heists, as well Harley moving in to Ivy's hideout whenever Harley and Joker have a spat (which is very often).
- Villainous Harlequin: Probably the most classic example ever. She even provides the current page picture!
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: A villainous example
- Vomit Discretion Shot: In The Laughing Fish and Harley's Holiday
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Demonstrated in Girl's Night Out. Poison Ivy and Livewire are a bit more subtle when it comes to breaking, entering, and burglary due to their abilities... but all Harley can do is bang things with her mallet.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: In "Mad Love", she is tossed out of a third-story window by the Joker, and whispers "My fault... I didn't get the joke.", quietly asserting Battered Spouse Syndrome.
- With Catlike Tread: As she and Batman sneak into Joker's hideout, Harley is behind Batman saying "Sneak - Sneak - Sneak". She stops when Batman turns around and glares at her.
- Woman Scorned: She is not going to take well of Joker dumping her for a new hench-girl.
- Would Hurt a Child: For Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, she (and The Joker) would hurt Robin.
- You're Just Jealous: "Trial" gives us this piece of dialogue between Harley Quinn and DA Janet VanDorne :
Two-Face (Harvey Dent)
The district attorney of Gotham City with a dark side he's repressed for years. Once a powerful ally of Batman's war on crime, an explosion at a chemical plant caused by Rupert Thorne destroyed the left side of his face with hideous scarring as well as pulled his dark side (called "Big Bad Harv") into the forefront of his mind and dividing it in two. He always makes decisions based on fate, flipping a two-headed coin (where one side is scratched up) before acting.
- Angry Eyebrows: During his origin story, they present Harvey Dent getting pushed to the brink by Thorne... and then entering a Tranquil Fury as his Split Personality, Big Bad Harv, comes out to play.
- Ambiguously Brown: This version of Two-Face looks to be a lighter-skinned black man, with fuller lips while not as dark skinned as other characters like Lucius Fox. Apparently, he was supposed to be Italian-American (specifically, Sicilian, which explains the darker skin) and appears to be based on actor Humphrey Bogart.
- Ax-Crazy: Becomes this when enraged or when in danger of losing his coin.
- Badass Normal: One of the few supercriminals in Gotham who doesn't have any powers, or even use sophisticated weaponry.
- Bandaged Face: Right after his accident.
- Broken Ace: Before he becomes Two-Face.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Harvey Dent appears twice as a heroic character before becoming Two Face, and in his first appearance he is even shown flipping a coin.
- Chronic Villainy: Makes several attempts at reforming. Sadly, it takes more than just plastic surgery to cure his problems.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: After his transformation, Harvey Dent is very clear that he is now Two-Face, even to his fiance.
- Don't Look at Me!: Tries to hide his disfigurement when Grace comes to see him, and gets mad when she removes the cloth covering half his face.
- Enemy Within: Big Bad Harv started at this before being given occasional control over the body.
- Evil Former Friend: To Bruce Wayne socially, and, as District Attorney, to Batman as well.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His evil personality is accented with a very gravelly, deep voice.
Catwoman (Selina Kyle)
Voiced By: Adrienne Barbeau
An animal rights activist with a thing for cat burglaries on the side. Selina doesn't outright oppose Batman but the two don't see eye to eye due to her hobby. In times of mutual crisis, Catwoman has been known to assist Batman for the shared greater good.
- Action Girl
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Literal example according to the tie-in comics. In Batman: The Animated Series she's blonde instead of her usual black hair, imitating Batman Returns; her hair is back to black in The New Batman Adventures, and the blonde color is stated to have been bleach all along in an issue of Gotham Adventures.
- Affably Evil: When she actually is a villain. She seems to have a soft spot for both Batman and Batgirl.
- Anti-Hero: after being released on probation, she becomes what is essentially a female Batman for a little while, helping out Batman or trying to stop various criminals on her own. Unfortunately, it doesn't stick, and she goes back to being a Classy Cat-Burglar Anti-Villain.
- Anti-Villain: Doesn't steal from anyone that she doesn't think deserves it, and despite trending towards personal vendettas does good deeds for the homeless (as seen in a tie-in comic) and endangered wildlife.
- Caltrops: Has them in the shape of cats, naturally. She uses them in "The Cat and the Claw" to stop Red Claw's men from pursuing her through a ventilation duct.
- Cat Girl: Taken to extremes in Tyger Tyger, where Dr. Dorian kidnaps Selina Kyle and mutates her into an actual catwoman.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Emphasis on "cat".
- Clear My Name: Batgirl Returns
- Damsel in Distress: Gets rescued by Batman more than three times in the series.
- Dating Catwoman: She is the Trope Namer.
- Designated Victim: Occasionally, like in Almost Got 'Im.
- The Dragon: Briefly to Scarface in Catwalk.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the revamp. Well, only in costume.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with Batman when she's in over her head.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Will only steal from those she thinks deserves it.
- Friend to All Living Things: She tries.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Often goes from Batman's enemy to his friend, then to his enemy again in record time.
- Live Mink Coat: In her first appearance, she is carrying her cat, Isis, around her neck, to help in one of her thefts.
- Lovable Rogue:: She steals with charm and wit, and has clear principles about it.
- Loves My Alter Ego: She loves Batman, but only considers Bruce a friend. He knows both her identities and, according to the "perfect world" illusion created by the Mad Hatter, would marry her, if Batman and Catwoman were out of the equation.
- Manipulative Bitch: Moreso in her last appearances.
- Ms. Fanservice: Wears a very form fitting costume and speaks in a flirtatious, sultry voice.
- Out-Gambitted: In You Scratch My Back, she should have known better that to try and play Nightwing, Batman's protege. He has after all been taught by the best.
- Right-Hand Cat: Isis.
- Snow Means Love: In Cat Scratch Fever, Batman meets her in the snow, and she has to ask, "Are you getting soft on criminals, or just on me?"
- Spy Catsuit: Complete with cat ears.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She's outright vile in You Scratch my Back.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: At the end of Batgirl Returns, as the police cart her off, Catwoman somehow forces them out of the squadcar and drives away herself. Robin tries to give chase, but Batgirl grabs him by the cape, reasoning that they'd encounter her again sometime.
- Villainous Valor: She takes pride in hardly ever getting scared - and, being a Combat Pragmatist, can physically get the best of men twice her size when she really wants to.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Almost Got 'Im.
- Wall Crawl: Catwoman does it by digging in with the claws in her suit.
- We Can Rule Together: To Batgirl in Batgirl Returns. Batgirl's response is not exactly unexpected.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her burglary is half pleasure, half raising money to save endangered cats.
- Whip It Good: Uses a whip rather than a grappling gun.
- Wild Card: She could be on any end of the moral spectrum in any given episode.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Bats. They don't.
Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley)
"They can bury me in the ground as deep as they like, but I'll grow back..."
- Actually a Doombot: Ivy is the only character that gets an explanation for her redesign and adjustment in powerset. According to Batman: Gotham Adventures, House and Garden is the last appearance of Pamela Isley—the pale-skinned woman with deeper control over plants that appears in TNBA and onward is actually a plant-based clone, who distracts Batman while the real one is shacking up with Dr. Alec Holland. The canonicity of this is unknown.
- Anti-Villain: Especially later in the series, where she simply wants to settle down and raise a family.
- Ax-Crazy: in her first episode, at least.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt her plants.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretty Poison.
- Characterization Marches On: Started as a pretty hammy activist until she met Harley and became more of a Deadpan Snarker as a Foil to Harley's Genki Girl.
- Civilian Villain: House and Garden.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: She somehow managed to afford a gigantic mansion with its own power plant and extensive grounds in order to set up a fake health spa for one episode... complete with a staff of women loyal enough to kill on her part and try fighting the Batman, and a greenhouse full of extremely rare, nearly extinct, fully-grown trees found only in the depths of the Amazon.
- Deadpan Snarker: Being around Harley gives her a lot of practice.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In the episode which introduces her, she tries to kill Harvey Dent for building a corrections facility on top of a field containing a flower that was endangered. There is no evidence he knew about the endangered flower. She saved the flower before trying to kill him, anyway. Maybe he should've done an ecological survey to check for endangered species and done an environmental impact statement before starting construction, but she could've tried telling him there was an endangered flower before he started building to see if he would alter his plans in response.
- She gets another one when she runs a spa and send out invitations to millionaires who have done some environmental wrong, turning them into living plants with her treatment. She targets Bruce when his company was planning on tearing down a forest for building space...except Bruce had found out and stopped the plans long beforehand and she never bothered to look further into this. What's more when Bruce lets his butler Alfred and Alfred's girlfriend go in his place as a vacation, Ivy figures she'll make due with him cause someone gotta be punished.
- She is, like most of Batman's enemies, a lunatic.
- Drugged Lipstick: Uses this against Harvey Dent in "Pretty Poison".
- Even Evil Has Standards: Poison Ivy herself is disgusted by the Joker, namely her treatment of Harley, and wants Harley to see how horrible he really is.
- Evil Is Hammy: Quite the contrast between perfect girlfriend Pamela Isley and supervillainess Ivy.
- Evil Redhead: Violent ecoterrorist with red hair.
- Expendable Clone: Her plant "family" gradually mutates before disintegrating, at which point she grows another to take their place.
- Hot Scientist: Displays some extensive botanical and bio-engineering knowledge.
- Hypocrite: In "Harley and Ivy", Pamela insists she and Harley are a team that fights about Double Standards at Gotham crime, but her relationship with Harley mirrors the one Harley has with the Joker: Pamela is dominant (albeit not nearly as abusive), Harley is submissive.
- Guinea Pig Family: Her supposed husband in House And Garden. Poor Dr. Carlyle.
- Green Thumb
- Kiss of Death: Her main attack in "Pretty Poison".
- Lady in Red: In her debut.
- Mad Scientist: Specializes in botany and chemistry.
- Master Poisoner: Able to make any kind of plant derived poison.
- Ms. Fanservice: One of her main features as a villain is her seductive ability.
- Not Good with People: Even the ones she likes, like Harley.
- Not So Different: Tries to pull this on Batman, claiming they both punish "evildoers." Batman doesn't always agree with her definition of "evildoer"...
- Plant Person: Creates these in "House And Garden" to serve as her "family", and starts to resemble one more and more in the revamped series.
- Redhead In Green: And constantly surrounded by it, too.
- Revenge by Proxy: Of a sort. She transforms Alfred and his girlfriend not to get to Bruce, but because "someone has to pay for [his] crimes."
- Revenge Myopia: In "Eternal Youth". Not only is killing plants not tantamount to killing humans, but also Wayne was only distantly in charge of the operation for which she tries to punish him and was not any more pleased about the ecosystem damage (when he heard of it) than she was.
- Sadist: All of her crimes have the goal of other people suffering. She is a Control Freak and while most of her crimes fall into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory, at the same time she just enjoys taking revenge on behalf of mother nature. Like Lock-Up, she is a good example of a sadist who truly thinks that their victims had it coming.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is a rare flower.
- The Sociopath: Outright states that she's immune to "the pain and suffering of others" during a flashback in "Almost Got 'Im".
- Straw Feminist: Sometimes portrayed this way. In Harley & Ivy she goes on a crime spree with Harley Quinn and claims its all about female empowerment. The episode ends with her being arrested by Detective Montoya and another female cop.
- Not So Above It All: That said, when she and Harley manage to subject Bruce Wayne to Ivy's mind control dust, they go on a stereotypically girly shopping spree on Bruce's tab.
- Truly Single Parent: Her immune system prevents her from bearing children, so she creates some of her own, albeit from one unlucky doctor's DNA.
- The Vamp: Next to her control over plants, her feminine whiles are her favored weapon.
- Villainous Friendship: With Harley. Stemming from an early heist, the two develop a rather unexpected big sister-little sister friendship. Ivy is sometimes frustrated by Harley's dimness, but unlike Joker actually seems to care about her well-being (for instance, repeatedly urging her to break up with him).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She fights to save plants, in particular endangered species. It's her methods rather than her objectives that are problematic.
Ra's al Ghul
A centuries-old man who is the head of a vast network of henchmen and wealth. His schemes, some way or another, seek to save the environment from mankind or further his life so he can continue his efforts with the former. The Joker may be Batman's Arch-Enemy
, but due to his power, agenda, and clever mind, Batman considers Ra's his most dangerous foe.
Talia al Ghul
- Armor-Piercing Slap: When Ra's al Ghul is currently in Ax Crazy mode after using the Lazarus Pit to revive himself, she gives him one of these to snap him back to his senses.
- Cleavage Window: In her The Demon's Quest outfit.
- Dating Catwoman: Ends up being one of Batman's primary love interests.
- Enemy Mine: Teamed twice with Batman to choose her father over him at the end.
- Enigmatic Minion: You can never tell if she's on Batman's side or her father's.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When she discovers that her father's scheme will result in over two billion casualties, she's just as shocked as Batman.
- Femme Fatale: Batman knows getting involved with her is a bad idea every time it happens, but he can't help himself.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father is Ra's al Ghul, after all.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially obvious in Demon's Quest.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hairstyle.
- Spy Catsuit: In her first appearance
Mr. Freeze (Dr. Victor Fries)
"Think of it, Batman: to never again walk on a summer's day with a hot wind in your face, and a warm hand to hold. Oh yes, I'd kill for that."
A respected cryogenics expert who was once employed by GothCorp, Victor Fries fell into a life of crime when his wife, Nora, grew ill and he was forced to sustain her in cryogenic containment until such time that a cure could be delivered. A freak accident in his lab caused Victor to become doused in cryogenic freezing compound, altering his body's structure. Although the effect of the incident made him very durable physically (he is nigh-immortal as his body's low temperature reduces his aging to a crawl), it left him unable to sustain himself outside of below-freezing temperatures. Fries developed a special suit that allows him to exist at these temperatures in normal climates, becoming "Mr. Freeze" in the process. Mr. Freeze's criminal activities are typically unconcerned with personal gain but instead motivated by vengeance and desperation.
The Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot)
"Sorry about the intrusion, sir, but at least you were ransacked by a man of impeccable taste."
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: In Birds of a Feather and The Mechanic, he had a hideout in one. Likely a reference to his Batman Returns counterpart.
- Acrofatic: Pretty quick for someone so rotund.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Uses this a lot.
- Affably Evil: Especially in Birds of a Feather.
- Antiquated Linguistics: To cultivate a gentlemanly image.
- Big Bad: In Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
- Bodyguard Babes: Jay, Lark, and Raven.
- Chronic Villainy: Chose to abandon crime one day when he was released from Stonegate, deciding that he never wanted to return to jail again, but when he learned that the woman he began to fall in love with was only spending time with him to mock his uncultured ways he relapsed into villainy. However, unlike the other villains, he does manage to stay out of jail in The New Batman Adventures. He didn't really reform and uses his nightclub as a front for shady deals, but he does a much better job of ensuring his legal safety. Batman is well-aware that Penguin hasn't changed, but keeps him around because he is just as often a good source of information about other, more dangerous criminals.
- Civilian Villain: Actually worked better for him when he was faking it.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is The Snark Knight when he deals with the lower classes (prison guards, bus drivers, Batman). When he at last deals with the upper classes, he becomes a Stepford Snarker.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Once tried calling a trap he'd set for Batman in a zoo as his "aviary of doom". The other villains he tells the story to are bemused, at best.
The Penguin: (narrating) Welcome, my ebon-winged adversary. You have taken the bait, just as I knew you would. Now, prepare to meet your end within my Aviary of Doom!
Poison Ivy: (interrupting the story) Aviary of what?...
The Joker: Sheesh, Pengers. How corny can you get?
The Penguin: Fah! Just because you mundane miscreants have no drama in your souls!... Anyway, there he was in my Av... * Sigh* ... My "big birdhouse"...
- Et Tu, Brute?: A rather depressing example. In the episode, Birds of a Feather, he is released from prison and declares that he's reformed and will become a model member of high society. A group of snobbish aristocrats decide to bring him into their social circle so that they can laugh at his social ineptitude and appearance. He generally doesn't care how life had gotten him down through the rest of the episode, but when he overhears the woman whom he had fallen in love with talking about this plot, he loses it. The real slap in the face is that he had genuinely reformed until this happened.
- Evil Brit: Speaks with a British accent.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: In Birds of a Feather, Veronica Vreeland brings him into her social circle as a publicity stunt. He eventually finds out he's being used, and in his true flamboyantly villainous fashion, kidnaps and tries to kill her.
- The Family for the Whole Family: In his first appearance, he and his henchmen are continuously foiled by the local children who have Batman in their basement. This is one of the reasons that the production team does not think very highly of this episode, since they were hoping the series would avoid kid heroes and bumbling villains.
- Fat Bastard: A staple of the character.
- Faux Affably Evil: His default mode, as he has been shown very willing to hurt women and children.
- Feathered Fiend: Has a collection of deadly birds ranging from poison-billed hummingbirds to trained attack-cassowaries.
- Gentleman Snarker: Most of his snarking come with a veil of sophistication.
- Gentleman Thief: He invokes this trope, without success, you could say.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Always has a cigarette holder in his mouth.
- The Grotesque: Similar to the Burton films, the Penguin is almost this trope played straight. He's nowhere near as evil as, say, The Joker, but then again he's not even all that ugly. It's implied that deep down he really wants to go straight, but he just likes stealing priceless artifacts too much — and he just can't keep from lashing out at people who make fun of him when he does try to reform.
- Hidden Depths: As Veronica Vreeland discovered, if you can stand his Sad Clown jokes, his Jabba Table Manners and hia Small Name, Big Ego attitude, Oswald can be quite The Charmer in a Large Ham way.
- High-Class Glass: Kept from the comics (despite being absent from the movie).
- Honor Among Thieves: Best shown in "Second Chance".
- Improbable Weapon User: Umbrellas. Some of them even have live rounds.
- Jabba Table Manners: As seen in "Birds of a Feather".
- Just Got Out of Jail: He did try to live a honest life and among Gotham's elites (which he thought possible thanks to Veronica Vreeland). While she cleared a misunderstanding when Batman wrongly thought the Penguin was one of the muggers robbing her, it was eventually revealed to him she just wanted someone to be made a fool of at a party. He was so revolted he returned to a life of crime.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: The Iceberg Lounge. Though the bar itself is designed around high society and is completely legit he uses it as a front to do illegal smuggling in the back.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Always wears a formal tuxedo, stylistically similar to actual penguins (who look like they're wearing one).
- Nice Hat: His top hat.
- Only Sane Man: Carried over from the comics. He's one of the few Batman villains who goes to jail rather than Arkham. He also sometimes grows annoyed with the other rogues' "eccentricities" when forced to work with them.
- Orphaned Punchline: Has one in Birds of a Feather: "—and I said, 'But, warden—those aren't my pants!"
- Paid Harem: Jay, Raven, and Lark.
- Parasol of Pain: His parasols can have anything from toxic gas to actual bullets.
- The Rat: The only reason why Batman lets him operate his nightclub.
- Redemption Failure: Birds of a Feather
- Reformed, but Rejected: Birds of a Feather
- Sad Clown: His delusions of being a Gentleman Thief and his Small Name, Big Ego are his way to cope with his crushing loneliness. He is insecure at heart and keeps on running his mouth to fool himself into thinking he's confident or to get people to like him and tends to make jokes at inappropriate times to cope.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: To make himself sound more sophisticated then he actually is. Comes back to bite him in a tie-in comic, where he doesn't know what a word means and makes something up to avoid looking stupid.
- Sinister Schnoz: It has the appearance of a penguin beak.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite overwhelming evidence on the contrary, the Penguin really believes he is well liked by the rich Gotham elite (Birds of a Feather) and fancies himself as a ladies’ man (he hits on Roxie Rocket on The Ultimate Thrill). Those things didn’t end well for him.
- Society Is to Blame: In Birds of a Feather, he looks to go straight once he's gotten out of prison, but when resident Rich Bitch Veronica Vreeland and her snobby friends decide to make him the butt of an exceptionally cruel joke, he reverts to his criminal ways to exact revenge. In the end, he muses, "I guess it's true; society is to blame. High society." At least Vreeland had the decency to feel bad about her role in it by the end though.
- Terrible Trio: Was part of one with Jay and Raven before leading two sets: one of males then one of females.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: He could put up with Batman not believing he really reformed, but Veronica Vreeland shouldn't have used him for a pig at a pig party.
- Villain Ball Magnet: Birds of a Feather
- Villainous Valor: In Birds of a Feather at least, he is a courageous fighter, beating back a gang of bullies who are trying to mug him using only his umbrella. In Second Chance, when Batman is accusing him of having Two-Face kidnapped, the Penguin declares that he were ever going to mess with another villain, he'd do it the honorable way: face to face.
- Wannabe Line: His club, The Iceberg Lounge, has such a line. In Joker's Millions, Barbara and Dick get in by Barbara mentioning her father as the Penguin is walking by. Bruce Wayne is seen in the Lounge later.
- Who's Laughing Now?: To Veronica Vreeland and her Upper-Class Twit friend Pierce in Birds of a Feather.
- Wicked Cultured: He tries to be this...
The Riddler (Edward Nygma)
"Do you know what happens to gate crashers? They have to match wits with the Riddler."
A disgraced video game developer-turned-criminal with a knack for very complex and obscure riddles. Unlike most of Batman's rogues, The Riddler typically wants
Batman to pursue him as it gives him an opportunity to use his riddling skills to try to outwit the Dark Knight.
- Evil Is Petty: In his debut, he flat out says that he doesn't even care that Mockridge is making money off of his own game—he's out for revenge on him for ego gratification, specifically Mockridge calling him a worthless ancilliary to his company, and also called him an idiot to his face.
- Evil Redhead: Certainly borrowed from the TV series' Frank Gorshin (having usually slick black hair in the comics).
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Inverted when Batman survives his death-trap, but won't tell him how he did it. The episode ends with Riddler ranting and raving as he tries to figure out how it was done.
- Heel-Face Turn: He hates being in Arkham, so when he escaped in Gotham Adventures, he opts to become a vigilante detective, solving crimes himself while sending riddles to Batman so he can solve other cases. He's still definitely morally ambiguous, though, and isn't above Electric Torture to get the testimony he wants.
- Guyliner: In the revamp.
- His Own Worst Enemy: Since his Chronic Villainy won't let him stop leaving riddles for Batman to solve.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Was first trapped in his own virtual world then got his confession recorded on his own device.
- Hurricane of Puns: His hints in "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich."
(Batman and Robin come across a sign that says "Loser's Ahead.")
Robin: "Loser's Ahead?"
(The duo turns a corner, two giant shurikens come out of nowhere, and the duo ducks just before the blades lop their heads off.)
- Insufferable Genius: He's a puzzles genius and he wants everyone to know it.
- Karma Enigma: He gets away scot-free at the end of If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? The producers have stated that they let the Riddler escape as a testament to his intellect.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: In BTAS, he wears a nice green suit and a tie with a question mark.
- Mood-Swinger: he alternates fits of anger with polite interludes.
- Nerds Are Sexy: In Riddler's Reform, he ends up with quite a few women fawning over him. Unless that's an example of All Girls Want Bad Boys, or Power Is Sexy and/or Gold Digger, due to his newfound fame and wealth from his inventions.
- Nice Hat: A green bowler hat.
- Paranoia Gambit: His origin episode revolves around him going after Mockridge, the man who cheated him out of the profits for a game he designed due to him being 'work-for-hire'. Batman and Robin manage to save him, but the Riddler gets away and hints he will eventually return to finish the job. The episode ends with a terrified Mockridge in his mansion, locking every door and window in the place, checking every shadow, and getting into bed with a loaded shotgun at his side while Bruce muses on the situation:
- Prophetic Names: During his Start of Darkness episode, Batman lampshades this trope when Edward Nygma reveals his new identity, asking him if it's meant to be a joke.
- Redhead In Green: Probably what made this appearance iconic.
- Riddle Me This: The trope namer.
- Sanity Has Advantages: In Riddler's Reform, he actually goes straight and makes tons of money by designing puzzles for a toy company and licensing his likeness to market them. However, he just can't stop thinking about matching wits with Batman... so he decides that the only way he'll ever be secure enough in his new life to actually enjoy it is to kill Batman.
- Smug Snake: The mother of all smug depictions of the Riddler.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: E. Nygma.
- Throw the Book at Them: In Judgement Day, courtroom-themed vigilante The Judge tells him, "It's about time someone threw the book at you!" and drops a car-sized book on him, nearly killing him.
- The Villain Makes the Plot: One of the cited reasons that the writers gave for why the Riddler appeared less than most other villains was that it was hard to make a scheme worthy of such a brain-teasing chessmaster villain like him in single half-hour episodes.
- Un-Person: What is Reality? has him erasing all of the records of his existence as Edward Nygma, including birth certificates, drivers licenses, employment records and so on.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has an epic one in Riddler's Reform.
- Villainous Crossdresser: For some reason his TNBA design has him in women's shoes.
- Wicked Cultured: Has a thing for greek mythology and foreign languages.
- Was It Really Worth It?: At the end of Riddler's debut episode, Batman states that even though they saved the Corrupt Corporate Executive from Nygma's traps, the experience scarred him for life, and the last scene shows a frightened Mockridge trembling under his bedsheets.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Trial, he's seen among the villains as a juror in their Kangaroo Court. However, he disappears during the second half of the episode and his chair in the jury is even empty.
- Screwthisimouttahere seems to be the answer.
The Scarecrow (Dr. Jonathan Crane)
A university psychology professor who has made a career out of studying fear and its effects. In his pursuit of research, he developed a chemical toxin that allows him to induce fear in any subject at his whim, which he later began using as an asset for crime.
- Art Evolution: His costume went through several major alterations and changes, even before the Art Shift of The New Batman Adventures (which settled on a design), more or less because his first designs were a tad on the goofy side.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In Fear of Victory he starts rigging sports and then betting on the games; he himself points out that chemicals are expensive and his usual crimes of causing wanton terror aren't very lucrative.
- Darker and Edgier: In TNBA.
- Evil Redhead: Underneath his mask.
- Evil Teacher: His experiments - mostly just locking people in small rooms while dousing them with fear gas - go all the way back to his days as a Gotham University professor.
- Fixing The Game / Throwing the Fight: Fear of Victory centered on his plot to raise a lot of money gambling on sporting events (Guess how). He even drops the title "I fixed the games."
- For Science!: "Dreams in Darkness" in particular.
- A God Am I: No remotely "godlike" powers aside from his fear gas, but he's got the attitude in spades.
- Hidden Depths: The Batman Adventures reveals that, despite all his sadism, he actually does love to teach. A rehabilitative work-release program at Arkham allows him to teach at the local community college, which he enjoys until he realizes that half his students are too illiterate to spell their own names correctly. This leads him to the scheme he employs in issues 4 and 5, where he holds the city for ransom by rendering everyone illiterate in attempt to show the local government the dangers of not reforming the education system.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Has been exposed twice to his own fear gas.
- I Kiss Your Foot: In Fear of Victory, Scarecrow mentions using his Fear Toxin to bring the people of Gotham to their knees and in his own words "...Kissing my feet!"
- Jerkass: Unless you read the tie-in comic, he comes off as a nasty little prick, unlike all those tragic villains
- Large Ham: In BTAS. He transitions to a Soft-Spoken Sadist in TNBA.
- Lean and Mean: Like an actual scarecrow, Crane is exceptionally thin.
- Mad Scientist: He claims his crimes are experiments in fear.
- Master of Illusion: Particularly the scary kind.
- Master Poisoner: Makes all of the fear toxins himself.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Following his TNBA redesign. He's never shown unmasked, and the production team has said that they weren't even sure there was actually a man in the costume any more.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Before becoming Scarecrow, he held a doctorate in psychology.
The Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch)
Voiced By: Roddy McDowall
- Adorkable: When he's either at war with himself, or prior to his spiral into madness. Tetch had some incredibly adorable moments of complete social ineptitude in his office; talking to people, especially pretty people was not his forte. It didn't stick.
- Affably Evil: At least in Perchance to Dream. And in Trial he's one of the only reasonable ones.
- Alice Allusion: He's obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. The other people in his life also mirror the story—he pines after a woman named Alice, and his boss is a stern, redheaded woman who warns him that "heads will roll". His mind-controlled henchmen are also all costumed after Alice characters.
- Ax-Crazy: Actually wielded an ax when he tried to off the bat himself in his introductory episode.
- British Teeth: Like his Alice in Wonderland counterpart.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: And probably with that very example in mind.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Even before he dyed it "school-bus-yellow". He has unusually dark skin for an evil, British blond (as well as an accent that doesn't go with skin tone or teeth). Portrayed as an anti-social, lab-dwelling nerd, it's highly unlikely that he got out often enough to get a tan, either. (In the episode "The Worry Men", where he visits tropical Central America, he covers up with white gloves, sunglasses, and a straw hat.) It's possible the animators darkened his skin just to exaggerate how freakishly blond his hair is.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Though he drops the nice part when it doesn't work.
- Evil Brit: Confirmed to be actually english.
- Evil Genius: Capable of creating mind control chips that can reduce the wearer to a mere puppet.
- Fan Dumb: In-Universe, Jervis is The Monomaniac for Literature.Alice In Wonderland, and this is a vital trait of his personality: This is the first clue that Jervis is not interested in reality, but his fantasies...
- Faux Affably Evil: He's pretty sinister in The Worry Men and Animal Act.
- For Science!: Animal Act
- Grand Romantic Gesture: The actions he used to woo his Alice. Including, but not limited to - brainwashing a pair of thugs to go jump off a bridge to impress her with his bravery when they're about to get mugged; brainwashing the Maitre'd of a restaurant (as well as the rest of the staff) into getting them a seat and the romantic usuals (violin/flowers/etc.). After she reconciled with her boyfriend the same night, though, he uses brainwashing to break them up again, then does the "extravagant Flower surprise" in her house... which he didn't have a key for. Alice is, understandably, creeped out - but mostly because Jervis had no way of knowing that the two had broken up.
- Hypno Trinket: Controls minds without spirals, using cards marked 10/6 which he sticks on people's heads. And that's just his stock device; he has been known to use other things when appropriate.
- I Control My Minions Through...: He used mind control on his minions, which gave him an advantage over Batman, who wouldn't hit people who weren't willingly causing trouble. Once they were free, however, poor Mad Hatter.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Based as he is on the Alice in Wonderland character, he uses these as part of his schtick. In one scene, he taunts Batman from afar with "Twinkle, Twinkle, little Bat! How I wonder what you're at!"
- Love Makes You Evil: His unrequited love for Alice is what started the whole thing.
- The Mad Hatter: Actually, not that much.
- Mad Scientist: One who is specialized in mind control.
- Master of Illusion: Via his mind control, such as in "Perchance to Dream".
- Mind-Control Device: This is his schtick. When he did it to mice, it was cute and scientific. When he did it to a female co-worker named Alice on whom he had a huge unrequited crush, it became creepy and stalkerish, but as he expresses regret about it we can assume it was a last resort.
- Motive Decay: As Batman pointed out in The Worry Men, he went from socially inept and lovelorn to being just another petty crook.
- Never My Fault: Blames Batman for losing Alice, even though she didn't want to be with him in the first place.
- Nice Hat: Well, duh!
- Not Good with Rejection: This is part his origin. He had a crush on his secretary, who actually was named Alice, but she didn't reciprocate.
- Not Me This Time: In "Make 'em Laugh" and (Superman: The Animated Series) "Knight Time".
- Obliviously Evil: At least at first. He doesn't seem to realize just how bad mind-controlling Alice is, and seems to believe that he's doing her a favor.
- Off with His Head!: In keeping with all of the Alice references, says this about Batman.
- Pet the Dog: In Gotham Adventures he lures Batman into another Lotus-Eater Machine purely in the hopes of letting Batman have a little happiness for once. Sadly, happiness is apparently so unnatural for the Batman that just the feeling is enough for Batman to realize that he's in a fantasy.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: In a milder example, he uses his mind control technology to land Alice, a co-worker he was too shy to talk to, but Batman calls him out on this, asking if a mind-controlled, compliant Alice with no personality was what he really wanted. Tetch has a breakdown and rushes Batman.
- Stalker with a Crush: How the Mad Hatter was first portrayed in his obsession with his co-worker Alice, and being too shy to ask her out.
- They Called Me Mad!: He briefly mentions it but that didn't play in his descent into villainy.
- Tropical Epilogue: The Worry Men features the Mad Hatter admitting that he's been thinking of retiring from crime, purchasing an island out in the middle of nowhere, and opening up a sun-bonnet shop.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the end of "Perchance to Dream," he breaks into a sobbing rage when Batman escapes form his Dream Machine.
- Wicked Cultured: He sure likes his Lewis Carroll's quotes.
- Yandere: For Alice.
Clayface (Matt Hagen)
Man-Bat (Dr. Kirk Langstrom)
Voiced By: Marc Singer
- Bio-Augmentation: Unfortunately, With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
- Magic Pants: Every single time Man-Bat appears, it's wearing pants.
- Not Me This Time: Terror in the Sky (it's actually his wife) and one issue of the tie-in comic (it's actually an old rival in his field).
- No Transhumanism Allowed: Subverted. Langstrom makes a final appearance as the Man-Bat in ''The Batman & Robin Adventures'', where it's revealed that he's perfected the formula so that he stays in control, and decides to become the Man-Bat permanently. Batman may not care for this, or for the Man-Bat lurking in his caves and stealing his food, but he concedes that it's not his right to dictate how Langstrom decides to live his life or modify his body.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Drank serum with bat DNA and became the Man-Bat.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Langstrom is fairly harmless, but the Man-Bat is violent, animalistic, and destructive.
- Tragic Monster: He's not actually that bad a person outside of his bat form, but can't control himself when it's happening. Accidentally infecting his wife couldn't have been a picnic either.
Voiced By: Aron Kincaid, Brooks Gardner
- Dumb Muscle: Quickly degenerated into this. Except it was Batman in disguise.
- Fangs Are Evil: They even can break metal.
- The Farmer and the Viper: He escapes while escorted by train to a prison, Batman in hot pursuit. They fall off a cliff and are knocked out. Croc wakes up in a secluded home owned by former circus performers. It's Croc's perfect chance to start a new life. Naturally Croc claims Batman is evil to get their help in capturing him. Then Croc captures everyone and plans to kill them and run off with their retirement money. When he's eventually foiled, he does seem a little regretful as he's taken away.
- Genius Bruiser: Made his debut with a pretty clever plan to frame Bullock.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Baby Doll in Love is a Croc.
- Slasher Smile: What's the saying about crocodiles and smiling?
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: Sideshow had him do this to a bunch of circus freaks who had hidden themselves away from the outside world so they could be themselves. They were willing to let him join them on their farm, but when Killer Croc heard they had $50,000, he couldn't resist. When asked why after he's captured, Killer Croc solemnly admits he had to be himself.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In Almost Got 'Im he goes from a somewhat clever, or at least street smart, crook into a near idiot. Justified, since it's actually Batman in disguise likely playing up how others view Croc.
- The Worf Effect: Courtesy of Bane, like in Knightfall.
The Ventriloquist/Scarface (Arnold Wesker)
Voiced By: George Dzundza
- Adorkable: Arnold, when he's just being Arnold
- Bad Boss: Scarface might not be as murderous as the Joker but he makes up for it by being very rude to his henchmen.
- Beware the Silly Ones: A gangster speaking through a puppet might look pretty stupid, but that's a real gun that Scarface is holding on to.
- Book Dumb: Scarface has some trouble saying big words but he's a good planner.
- Cigar Chomper: Scarface.
- Clock King: His debut started with an expertly cratfed heist of his.
- Companion Cube: Scarface is this to Arnold.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : Scarface
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The puppet owned the goddamn Batman in his introductory episode, no less.
- Demonic Dummy: Implied on occasion.
- The Dog Bites Back: In "Double Talk", he finally gets fed up with Scarface, and blows him to smithereens.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: As Rhino and Mugsy bitterly discovered (though Scarface technically is one).
- Extreme Doormat: Wesker, especially to Scarface.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: For being not technically alive, Scarface got that a lot.
- The creators mentioned once that, as the censors weren't going to complain about what they did to an inanimate doll, they were free to be as vicious and sadistic to Scarface as they wanted - and it shows!
- Gollum Made Me Do It: Wesker is a mild-mannered man being bossed around by a loud mouthed blockhead.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The dummy's are modeled after the ones on Al Capone, the real-life Scarface.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Scarface once more.
- Heel-Face Turn: Arnold is among the only recurring villains to stay redeemed.
- Helpless Good Side: Portrayed in a similar manner in the comics. There's a creepy scene at the end of his first episode that shows him making a new Scarface dummy to replace the one that was destroyed earlier, showing that he still has a problem. The trope is averted in his last appearance. Unlike other times the doll is destroyed, Wesker finally gathers enough willpower to destroy the Scarface doll himself. The episode ends with Wesker finally moving on with his life and Scarface is never seen again.
- Jerkass: Well, Scarface is one.
- Laughably Evil: A lot of people, like Selina Kyle, laugh when they see the puppet.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: Even Batman was visibly shocked to see who really was the new master criminal in town.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Carried over from the comics, It's not enterly clear if Wesker is putting an excellent Ventriloquism act or if Scarface is a truly Demonic Dummy: Episode Read my Lips shows the batcomputer analyzing Wesker and Scarface's voices like two different people. Batman knew the greatest ventriloquist of his time, Zatara (Zatanna's father) and believes Wesker could teach him lessons.
- Mister Big: A frequent source of humor is tiny Scarface bullying gigantic Rhino into total submission.
- The Napoleon: Scarface's got a typical short tempered short guy behavior.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: When Catwoman refuses to save Scarface from being cut up by a lumber saw, Wesker goes berserk and attacks her with a stuffed Tasmanian Tiger.
- Opaque Lenses: In the original design.
- The Paranoiac: Scarface prides himself on plans that no one can guess, and is thus incredibly paranoid about "squealers."
- Scary Shiny Glasses: When the attention is put on Scarface.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: One of many differences between Arnold and Scarface.
- Shrinking Violet: Poor old Wesker.
- Smarter Than You Look: Scarface's typical thuggish personality (and his very nature) caused his opponents to cruelly underestimate his actually genuine smarts more than once.
- Split Personality: The series unambigously chosed that path.
- The Stoic: Arnold Wesker, the ventriloquist, truly is one, but only when Scarface is talking. When something happens to Scarface, Arnold can emote like any other
- Tattooed Crook: Scarface's Dumb Muscle henchman Rhino has a tattoo (of a rhino's head, naturally) on his arm
- They Killed Scarface Again: Justified because he's a puppet. Subverted in "Double Talk".
Henry Silva, Hector Elizondo
"You cannot do this to me! I am invincible! I AM BANE!"
- Anti-Climactic Unmasking: Batman's unmasking of Bane reveals, not Venom-twisted monstrosity, but simply vaguely handsome, boyish face with nothing really remarkable about it.
- Broken Pedestal: The Batman & Robin Adventures reveals that before he was forced into taking Venom, he held Batman as his greatest hero. However, when Batman is forced to take him down—Bane was about to murder Thorne and his lieutenants as a "service" to the Bat—Bane feels betrayed and returns to full bad guy status.
- Combat Pragmatist: Defies the trope, waiting until he knows exactly where Batman is and calling him to point out that, if he were a common sniper, Batman would be dead by then.
The Clock King (Temple Fugate)
"Well, well. The Batman. It's about time you showed up. I suppose you want to know why I've brought downtown Gotham to a standstill, Batman. Well, let's just say it's because I'm a civic-minded citizen with a lot of time on his hands."
- Adaptational Badass: From complete joke in the comics to holding his own against Batman only by virtue of being observant.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Even before his Start of Darkness, he knew the place where the subway doors will open. 7 years later, he can go hand to hand with Batman just from having studied Batman's tendencies in a fight from news footage about him.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: In The Clock King, a brown suit, and in Time out of Joint, a black suit.
- Bald of Evil: Well, balding.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He doesn’t care about the actual concepts of good and evil so much as order and chaos.
- Boxed Crook: in a Justice League Unlimited episode, Task Force X, in which he serves as a planner and tactician in the "Suicide Squad". He guides the team with clockwork efficiency.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : When he breaks his schedule so he can be more relaxed. Notice that when he was at the park at 3:05, instead of in his office as he had planned, he was very nervous and waiting for certain doom. It’s only when he dared to relax when the Disaster Dominoes that would ruin his life started falling.
- Clock King: Deconstructs this trope somewhat: He is utterly obsessed with order (and schedules!) and is always trying to dominate his environment instead of accepting it, but unlike a straight example, it doesn't usually work out for him. Whenever his schedules don't work out exactly, his plans come crashing down.
- Complexity Addiction: He even surpasses the Riddler as an addict to overly complicated schemes, but he showed this even before becoming a supervillain. As Temple Fugate, he has a chain pocketwatch, a wristwatch, and in his office he has a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk.
- Cool Sword: A clock-hand-like sword that also works as a cane.
- Creature of Habit: Even before he became the Clock King. It’s implied that he was a middle aged man when he broke his routine for the first time in his life.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He lost everything in appeal for $20 million against his company 7 years ago, but when he appears at the episode The Clock King, he has enough money to buy bombs, maintain a hideout, and can afford to throw away a $6,000 pocket watch. Justified because he never suffers Motive Decay: All he wants is to humiliate Mayor Hill, and then kill him. Notice that after he is arrested, he uses his talents for the government as a Boxed Crook.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Batman traces him thanks to an expensive watch he uses to set a bomb. That leads him to a Death Trap (one not involving poison gas, since Batman obviously carries a gas mask—instead the trap creates a vacuum) Fugate prepared so Batman could not mess with his real plan to kidnap Hill. And when Batman faces him, Fugate manages to avoid his punches, claiming he has studied news footage about Batman.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He developed an obsessive, murderous grudge against Mayor Hamilton Hill...because when he was a lawyer, Hill suggested Fugate take his coffee break a little later to help him relax for a lawsuit against his company, which resulted in a series of accidents making him late, which resulted in him losing the suit. Then you realize this trope is Reconstructed: The revenge is disproportionate for normal human beings, but Fugate is The Sociopath Schedule Fanatic. For him, is a completely normal reaction.
- Fugate reveals that the people who sued his company were represented by Hill's law firm, and thus he believes that Hill was intentionally trying to sabotage him. Thus it's not quite as disproportionate as it sounds initially, but he's still completely off-base and Hill honestly was trying to help.
- Establishing Character Moment: At the very beginning of the episode The Clock King, everyone is waiting for the subway. In a crowd with individuals with spaced gazes and relaxed facial expressions, only a Sharp-Dressed Man with a parasol seems alert, with a perfect erect posture. The subway stops and opens its doors exactly where this guy is standing. He consults his chain pocketwatch and exclaims:
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Before his Start of Darkness, we could see his eyes through his spectacles. After that, they seem like a clock pointing 3 o'clock, or completely opaque at "Task Force X".
- Gambit Roulette: As meticulous as he is, there is a LOT that could go wrong with his plans.
- Harmony Versus Discipline: See the Blue and Orange Morality entry above. His obsession is with order, not with any conceived ideas of good and evil.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In The Clock King, Batman uses the tape Fugate left him to escape his Death Trap. In Time out of joint, Batman uses the same time device Fugate stole to stop him.
- Idiosyncrazy: Clocks and time.
- Insufferable Genius: Deconstructed by Fugate, a Schedule Fanatic with No Social Skills that is in the middle of a court hearing appeal about a $20 million dollar judgment against his company and is haggard and nervous. Fugate is aware that his personality plays against him, but not of what to do to change that.
- Jerkass: Even before his Start of Darkness, he was a Mean Boss with No Social Skills.
- Just One Second Out of Sync: Did this when he got his hands on time manipulating technology, placing one on the Batmobile then setting it moments out of sync with time so the on-board trap sensors wouldn't find it.
- Lack of Empathy: As a disciplinarian, he doesn’t know how to accept not only other human beings, but the Universe: He is a Bad Boss to his employees and he is sure he will lose an appeal because everyone thinks of him as a Jerk Ass. Likewise, no one ever displays sympathy for him except, ironically, Mayor Hill.
- Laughing Mad: Being The Stoic, when he does this it is very disturbing.
- Leitmotif: All the music related to him is evocative of clocks, utilizing everything from tick-tocking to the Westminster chime.
- Mean Boss: Threatening to fire an employee for being five minutes late seems mean to a normal human being, but Fugate is a Schedule Fanatic who only cares for punctuality. If you’re a punctual employee, Fugate would be civil to you, but never appreciative.
- Meaningful Name / Punny Name / Steven Ulysses Perhero: Tempus Fugit is Latin for time flies.
- Misplaced Retribution: He goes after Gotham City mayor Hamilton Hill. Why? Years earlier, the Clock King (then Temple Fugate) was put out of business by a lawsuit brought by Hamilton Hill's law firm. While Hill wasn't specifically the lawyer representing the plaintiff, the Clock King does consider him completely responsible because Hill also suggested Fugate take his coffee break at a different time...which led to things getting worse.
- Moral Sociopathy: Deconstructed with Fugate—he was a productive member of society with his own efficiency company, but was also a Bad Boss with No Social Skills and Lack of Empathy who ends up becoming a villain. Fugate doesn't seem to realize why his Lack of Empathy plays against him; In his introductory episode, he knows he will lose an important appeal for his company, but it's sincerely unaware why nobody seems to like him.
- Motive Decay: Averted, actually: In The Clock King, his motivation was simple: to make Mayor Hill look inefficient, and then kill him. In Time out of Joint, he still wants to do that (and destroy the new Judicial building). At the Justice League episode Task Force X, he works as a Boxed Crook, presumably to get on parole. And in a case of All There in the Manual, The Batman Adventures shows him successfully rigging the mayoral election so that Hill would lose. Batman is no more than a nuisance to him.
- Nice Hat: First a brown bowler with his nice brown suit, then a black bowler, to go with his nice black suit.
- No One Could Survive That: In his first appearance, he was thought to have died in that episode's last fight. Batman pointed out that, if he survived, so could Fugate.
- No Social Skills:
- At "The Clock King", he knows that he will lose the hearing, but he doesn't realize why (his Lack of Empathy). He also doesn't realize that Hill patting his back is a sympathy gesture.
- At "Time Out of Joint", Temple Fugate trips over a plump woman, both fall down the stairs, she falls on top of him and begins to attack him with her umbrella. Fugate just asks the woman to get up. He has no consciousness of who has been humiliated.
- At "Task Force X", he works as a Boxed Crook and he's eager to Dispense With The Pleasantries and get to the point.
- Principles Zealot: Parodied with Fugate, whose Blue and Orange Morality make him a fundamentalist Schedule Fanatic willing to kill someone for something worse than a crime: making him late.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: The original comics villain antagonized Green Arrow.
- Schedule Fanatic: Here is an excerpt of Fugate’s screen laptop we see briefly as a Freeze-Frame Bonus:
Things to do today – 5/12
- The Stoic: Unless you make him late.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Either in brown or in black, his suit is always classy.
- Suicidal Gotcha: Doing one of these onto a train, he prefaces it with the following comment:
"I don't know what to tell you, Batman, except perhaps that the 9:15 is always 6 minutes early."
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else: He is the only self-created supervillain in the series to avoid the tropes in the Evil Makeover indice. Aside from his gadgets, he's just a guy in a nice suit.
Batman: I’m here to clean your clock, Fugate.
- Train Escape: Uses this trick to make a dramatic exit after his first face-to-face encounter with Batman: "I don't know what to tell you, Batman... except that the 9:15 is always six minutes early."
- Villain Decay: This trope is zigzagged: In The Clock King, the eponymous villain almost kills Batman and then he is able to go hand to hand with him by simply from having studied Batman's tendencies in a fight from news footage about him. In Time out of Joint, he is captured by a condescending Robin. In the Justice League episode Task Force X, he works as a Boxed Crook with clockwork efficiency. Lastly, The Batman Adventures shows him successfully rigging the mayoral election so Hill would lose, and badly injuring the Riddler because he wanted to expose his plan.
Baby Doll (Mary Louise Dahl)
Voiced By: Alison Laplaca, Laraine Newman
Firefly (Garfield Lynns)
Voiced By: Mark Rolston
First appearing in "Torch Song", Garfield Lynns was a concert pyrotechnician who worked for a popular singer named Cassidy. After being spurned by her, he sabotaged the pyrotechnics at one of her shows and reinvented himself as the pyromaniac supervillain Firefly as he stalked Cassidy.
The Phantasm (Andrea Beaumont)
Stacey Keach and Dana Delaney
"Your Angel of Death awaits."
- Anti-Villain: Falls somewhere between "Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain" and "Vicious Anti-Hero". Also a Woobie Anti-Villain once her backstory is revealed.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Wields a bladed weapon over the right hand.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Did this to Carl Beaumont concerning his remarkably poor decision to be business partners with guys like Sal Valestra.
- Cast as a Mask: Stacey Keach plays The Phantasm, but not Andrea. Deliberate misdirection since he also plays Andrea's father.
- Catch Phrase: "Your Angel of Death awaits."
- Composite Character: The plot was adapted from the Batman: Year Two storyline. In the comic, the Reaper was Judson Caspian, whose daughter Rachael was in a budding relationship with Bruce Wayne. In the movie, Andrea Beaumont was both the Phantasm and the love interest.
- Cool Mask: Which resembles a skull
- Costume Copycat: A variation: Batman is blamed for the actions of Phantasm who also wears a costume with a black cape and makes a point of attacking from the shadows and being seen only in glimpses; in this case, the confusion is not deliberate, but results from the Phantasm making similar style choices.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Alfred even notes it when consoling Bruce near the end of the movie.
Alfred: Vengeance blackens the soul, Bruce. I've always feared that you would become that which you fought against. You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven't fallen in and I thank heaven for that.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Bruce certainly wanted.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Trying to justify her actions:
- In the Hood: Mandatory if you want to look like the Grim Reaper.
- New Old Flame: Never spoken of in the series proper.
- Not So Different: Thinks this of Batman and herself. Alfred agrees, to a point, see He Who Fights Monsters.
- Ominous Walk: A favored tactic. It works.
- Off Screen Teleportation: Seems to rely a lot on this trope to get around. A lot of smoke outs were involved though.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Has this philosophy regarding the crime syndicate in Gotham.
- Revenge Before Reason:
I'm not saying it's right or even sane, but it's all I have left, so either help me or get out of the way!
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Andrea's motivation for being the Phantasm is to make the mobsters who ruined her life (and took her father) pay for what they've done
- Samus is a Girl: As part of the big, spoilered reveal.
- Smoke Out: Uses it for both quick entrances and exits and to avoid projectiles, including bullets.
- Took a Level in Badass: After becoming the Phantasm.
- Tragic Villain: She even admits that she might not be right but vengeance is all what she's got left.
- Walking Spoiler: There isn't much that can be said about the Phantasm without spoiling who it is.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After making the move to the larger DCAU, Phantasm calls out Amanda Waller for her plans concerning Project Batman Beyond.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Being separated from her true love and her father's murder led her to exert vengeance against the culprits.
Roxy Rocket (Roxanne Sutton)
Voiced By: Charity James
A former stuntwoman and a dangerously avid adrenaline junkie.
- The Dragon: To the Penguin in her debut episode.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Only worked with the Penguin to sate her need for thrills. When her stunts began to risk exposing him, he decides to get rid of her.
- Face-Heel Turn: In the tie-in comics—decides that being a vigilante has as much thrill as being a criminal.
- Fiery Redhead: Moved to crime mostly for the kicks.
- In Harm's Way: She's in it at least as much for the thrills as for the loot.
- Ms. Fanservice: Has a nice figure and provides a cleavage.
- Not Me This Time: In the tie-in comics. It turns out to be Catwoman, trying to frame her.
- Not So Different: Tries to pull this on Batman, saying that he'll let her go because he enjoys the thrill of the chase as much as she does. It doesn't work.
- Orgasmic Combat: Especially in the, er, climax of the episode.
- Rocket Ride: Provides the trope image.
- Sex Is Violence: When Batman pursues her, she starts laughing more and more and eventually... well, she shows her O-face.