Characters / The Batman

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    The Bat Family 

Bruce Wayne/Batman

Voiced by: Rino Romano

"Let's hope it's not the Batman that brings out the freaks..."

Son of wealthy entrepreneurs Thomas and Martha Wayne, who were gunned down one evening coming out of a theater as a young Bruce watched. Vowing to take revenge on the criminal underworld, he spent years abroad to hone mind and body so he could act as Gotham City's midnight vigilante, using stealth and the imagery of a bat to intimidate his prey. He is the CEO of Waynetech, developer of technologies such as his elite crimefighting vehicle and a device called the "Bat-Wave". The Batman follows a 26-year old Bruce during the adventures in his third year as Batman.

Alfred Pennyworth

Voiced by: Alastair Duncan

The Wayne family's loyal retainer who saw Bruce through his emotionally dark childhood following the murder of his parents. He is privy to Bruce's secret identity as Batman and maintains the Batcave whilst Bruce is in the field.

  • Character Development: In the early episodes, Alfred wasn't too happy with Bruce's work, often suggesting he give it up. By the time of the season three episode "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind", his opinion had changed considerably, to the point where he was willing to die rather then have Bruce's secret be revealed.
    "Gotham needs the Batman more then you need a butler!"
  • Cool Old Guy: In "Artifacts".
  • Deadpan Snarker: This is Alfred.
  • The Jeeves: As usual.
  • The Medic: As usual.
  • Parental Substitute: He raised Bruce after his parents died.
  • Secret Keeper: As usual.
  • Servile Snarker: As always.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Batman.
  • While Rome Burns: In "The Joining, Part 2", he drinks some tea with Lucius Fox while the titular aliens destroy Gotham and ashes falls likes snow until he remembers telling Dick and Barbara to go behind Bruce's back and help him, anyway, and he and Lucius decide to try to help as well.

Barbara Gordon/Batgirl

Voiced by: Danielle Judovits, Kellie Martin (as Oracle in "Artifacts")

Daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon who joins Batman's war on crime during the show's third season, who takes on the persona "Batgirl" when patrolling the city. Unlike the comics, Batgirl joined Batman before Robin.

  • Action Girl: Even before becoming Batgirl she was an accomplished gymnast who sought out action.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: One of the rare instances where Batgirl shows up before Robin, as well as being older than Robin.
  • Age Lift: She's not so much younger than she's usually depicted, but she's depicted as being older than Dick Grayson.
  • Ascended Fan Girl: Getting to meet the Batman, and becoming his sidekick.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Contrasting the serious, mature personality of most other versions.
  • Composite Character: She takes Harley Quinn's place is Poison Ivy's best friend.
  • Cool Big Sis: When they're not bickering, she does act as a big sister to Robin and guides him using her one year head start of being a hero.
  • Expressive Mask: Much like Batman's, her eye holes widen and narrow with emotion.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't show up until season 3, but becomes a protagonist once she does.
  • Insistent Terminology: In her origin episode, she tries to insist on being called "Batwoman", but finally gives up.
  • The Lancer: She's light-hearted and cheeky to contrast Batman's serious demeanor.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Again, usual for Batgirl.
  • Older Than They Look: While she doesn't look much older than 13 or 14 (and is kind of on the short side), she's actually a college freshman by the fifth season, which would put her around 18 or 19.
  • Plucky Girl: Self-described as Batman's "plucky sidekick".
  • Tag Along Kid: At first, before Batman accepts her as his sidekick.

Dick Grayson/Robin

Voiced by: Evan Sabara, Jerry O'Connell (as Nightwing in "Artifacts")

A young boy who Bruce Wayne takes in after his parents are killed by a gangster named "Tony Zucco". Bruce trains him in order to bring Dick into his crime fighting family, who adopts the moniker "Robin". Comes into the show in season 4, which differs from the comics as Batgirl had already been a part of Batman's team by that point.

    Supporting Characters 

Commissioner Jim Gordon

Voiced by: Mitch Pileggi

  • Badass Mustache: As usual.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Obviously.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: According to Jeff Matsuda, Gordon was the young officer seen in the flashback in "Traction."
  • Parental Obliviousness: The poor guy can never fully connect with his daughter due to clashing views, and years into the future, he still doesn't know about her superhero double-life. Justified, as the only time he ever got a good luck at Batgirl was the first time he met her, and he was missing his glasses.
    • Yet, he noticed Batgirl's hair color.
    "Another redhead?"
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Another given.
  • Remember the New Guy: Aside from the Early-Bird Cameo, Gordon's this. Alfred comments that "James Gordon has loomed large over [Bruce's] life." Then at the newly-installed Batsignal, Gordon says to Batman, "Thanks to all of your efforts, Batman, the time is finally right to take our alliance to the next step." Both said despite the fact that prior to "Night and the City", Gordon hadn't appeared in the present day.

Detective Ellen Yin

Voiced by: Ming-Na Wen

  • Adaptational Attractiveness / Race Lift / Adaptation Name Change: She's an Asian-American and far more attractive version of Ellen Yindell from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, with her name, her journey from distrusting and hunting Batman to trusting and helping him, and the fact that a mention in "Artifacts" had her replacing Gordon as Commissioner.
  • Action Girl: Moreso when she antagonized Batman. This is later downgraded in season two.
  • Bound and Gagged: In "Riddled".
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Before Gordon himself appeared on the show, anyway, and while she was Batman's ally.
  • The Chick: To Angel Rojas' Gotham PD.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Aside from a mention in "Artifacts", where it's stated she replaced Gordon as commissioner in the future, she's not seen or heard from again after Season 2, though she does appear on occasions in the tie-in comic "The Batman Strikes".
  • Damsel in Distress: Gets rescued by Batman more than once after the first season. In "Strange Minds", the Joker kidnaps her and nearly blows her up. Though she at least tries to fight Joker, he takes her by surprise and wins due to that.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In Season 2.
  • Designated Victim: Moreso after the first season.
  • Enemy Mine: Pulls one with Batman to defeat Man-Bat.
  • Expy: Is more or less the counterpart of Renee Montoya. Which is a bit funny because Renee Montoya originated in B:TAS and became a Canon Immigrant.
    • Adaptational Villainy / Took a Level in Jerkass: Montoya was a supporter of the Batman from the start and was a nice reasonable cop who helped him take down criminals. However Ellen was an enemy of Batman and tries to capture the vigilante several times. She was also a cold and dismissive cop who enforces the law regardless of morals and gets called out by Ethan for it. While Montoya is grateful of Batman's heroic acts that saved Gotham from criminals, Yin continues to act like a bitch towards him. Fortunately, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn and becomes Batman's ally in season two.
    • She also heavily resembles Elisa Maza transposed into the Batman universe. She even wears the same outfit. Interestingly, Greg Weisman also wrote a handful of episodes for the series.
  • Fair Cop: Yin is quite attractive for a police detective.
  • Faux Action Girl: She spends most of her time being saved by Batman, one step behind Batman, or getting her hand held through mysteries by Batman. A borderline case, as she is competent when the writers realize they have no other choice other than solidifying her slide into full-on Damsel in Distress. However, she is promptly Put on a Bus at the end of the second season in favour of Commissioner Gordon (thanks to the Law of Conservation of Detail) and replaced by Gordon's daughter as the only female protagonist on the series. (She did get a Shout-Out in a season 4 episode, though she didn't actually appear; apparently twenty years down the road she becomes police commissioner of Gotham.)
  • Genre Savvy: In "Traction" , she notifies all police officers to station at every hospital and to be on a lookout for a newly arrived patient with multiple wounds and fractures, knowing that if she finds the patient she would find Batman. She would have likely capture Batman if it weren't for Alfred.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Comes to realize that the Batman is not a menace and becomes his ally in Season 2.
  • Inspector Javert: In Season 1.
  • Jerkass: Towards Bruce at first.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She acts cold and dismissive in the first season but it is shown in the finale that she cares for Ethan.
  • Number Two: To Chief Rojas especially in the first season.
  • Secret Keeper: Subverted in "Fire & Ice". Ellen tells Bruce she figured out his secret. The secret is that Bruce wasn't a "spoiled, arrogant playboy" he made himself out to be.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Solidly Lawful in season 1, wanting to arrest Batman for being a vigilante. She's changed her mind.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: In the series premiere, she gets this scene by running in the rain and swimming across a river to get to Arkham Asylum.
  • Unwilling Suspension: In "Riddled" to some extent.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: She continues to act like a jerk towards Batman after he rescues her a few times. This is later averted in season 2.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She abruptly disappears by the end of Season 2, and her fate is left in the dark.

Chief Angel Rojas

Voiced by: Edward James Olmos ("The Bat in the Belfry"), Jesse Corti (all other appearances)

  • Asshole Victim: Almost. He was targeted by a newly-transformed-into-Clayface Ethan Bennett after how badly he treated Bennett.
  • Bad Boss: Big time! He doesn't exactly treat a lot of his subordinates with any real respect. His treatment of Ethan because he supported Batman played a big role in Ethan's breakdown (culminating in Ethan's suspension when Ethan revealed it was Batman who rescued him from the Joker), which in turn led to Rojas almost becoming an Asshole Victim. He also used Ellen as a hostage when he found out that she was working with Batman.
  • Canon Foreigner: Created for the show.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared after Season 2.
  • Da Chief: He's the chief of police.
  • Expy: He's Harvey Bullock with a higher rank and no redeeming qualities. He's also Hispanic.
  • Fat Bastard: A self-righteous fatass who sees his word as law.
  • Inspector Javert: Towards the Batman.
  • Jerkass: As noted elsewhere, he's not really a good person towards everyone.
  • Kick the Dog: His treatment of Ethan in the first season finale and of Yin in the second season finale.
  • The Leader: Of Gotham PD.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Just watch most of the episodes he's in. There's no way this idiot should've gotten as far on the force as he did. His lack of wits is highlighted at the end of "Riddled": Riddler tries to tell him that Yin is working with Batman, stating it as a very easy riddle which still leaves Rojas mystified and requiring Yin to explain it to him. Rojas then assumes that the Riddler has no idea what he's talking about.
  • Skewed Priorities: He prioritizes Batman's arrest rather than the criminals who are actually causing harm to the city.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Batman's saved Rojas and his officers quite a few times, yet he's still a jerk towards him.

Cash Tankenson

Voiced by: Patrick Warburton

Lucius Fox

Voiced by: Louis Gossett Jr.

Mayor Marion Grange

Voiced by: Adam West

  • Adam Westing: He was voiced by the trope namer, after all.
  • The Chew Toy: The Joker kidnapped him once and targeted his wife while pretending to be Batman, and his reelection saw Maxie Zeus try to take over the city after losing to Grange.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite winning a re-election bid in Season 3, he's not seen in Season 4 and in the Season 5 premiere, he's replaced by Hamilton Hill.note 
  • Gender Flip: The character is a woman on the comics.

    The Justice League 

Clark Kent/Superman

Voiced by: George Newbern

Barry Allen/The Flash

Voiced by: Charlie Schlatter

Hal Jordan/Green Lantern

Voiced by: Dermot Mulroney

J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter

Voiced by: Dorian Harewood

  • Brought Down to Normal: By Hugo Strange and The Joining in "Lost Heroes". Fortunately, it is only temporary.
  • Bald of Awesome: Of course.
  • Combo Platter Powers: In addition to the normal set of flight, shapeshifting, telepathy, super strength and speed, and intangibility/nigh invulnerability, this incarnation also has telekinesis
  • Last of His Kind: It's generally believed that the Joining killed the rest of the Martians in this continuity.
  • Mind over Matter: This version of J'onn has telekinesis.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: J'onn seems to have a psychological fear of fire. Hence the Joining could point an armed (but not discharged) flamethrower at the guy and make him back off.

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Voiced by: Chris Hardwick

Katar Hol/Hawkman

Voiced by: Robert Patrick

  • Brought Down to Normal: By Hugo Strange and The Joining in "Lost Heroes". Fortunately, it is only temporary.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He was never addressed by his real name, but the fact he comments about fighting criminals on two worlds and the comment about the Batcave resembling Thanagar Police Headquarters confirm he's Katar Hol.
  • Space Police: As usual.

    The Rogues Gallery 


  • Adaptational Badass: He is actually quite good in a hand-to-hand fight compared to his original incarnation. Though his direct fighting traits get somewhat minimized as the series progressed, and this was actually a very contentious depiction.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Batman. Joker even refers to them as being "two sides of the same coin".
  • Asshole Victim: As with Rojas, he almost became one. And by the same person (Ethan Bennett/Clayface I), no less. And like Rojas, he deserved Ethan's enmity towards him, being the one who more or less made him Clayface.
  • Ax-Crazy: As is standard of the Joker. His first appearance shows him breaking into an asylum for the criminally insane and releasing the inmates, then trying to dose the entire town with his "Joker Gas" simply For the Evulz.
  • Bad Boss: Doesn't really treat Punch and Judy, his two most recurring henchmen, that nicely and leaves them to get arrested so he won't miss his favorite TV show.
  • Berserk Button: Never try to terrorize or rule over Gotham while he's around. Only he's allowed to do that.
  • Big Bad: The closest this series gets to one, as he's the most reoccurring villain and is responsible for several major events like the creation of Clayface.
  • The Corrupter: He functions as this to Harley Quinn, and also to Ethan Bennett as part of the Mind Rape that turns him into Clayface and then to Basil Karlo when the Joker leads Karlo to realize that he still has the powers he gained as the second Clayface.
  • Darker and Edgier: Less quippy, but far more overtly aggressive than his previous TV series portrayals.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As part of his feral characterization, he really doesn't like it. Even in later appearances where he starts acting more like his prior cartoon depiction, he still doesn't usually wear shoes.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In season one, when Joker learns that Gotham P.D. considers Batman (a crime-fighting vigilante) more of a threat than him (Gotham's worst criminal), he's properly outraged.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Promotional materials and the first episode had him in a stylized Straitjacket. Later episodes instead use his trademark tuxedo.
  • Electric Joybuzzer Accidentally kills himself with one. Well, almost.
  • Evil Laugh: Perhaps one of the most distinctive ones yet.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: This Joker has a considerably lower voice than most versions, due to being voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: In "The Joining Part 2", he and the other Gotham villains join forces with the police to defend Gotham from the alien invasion, with the Joker declaring terrorizing Gotham was his job.
  • Extendo Boxing Glove: The show adds one of these to Joker's usual array of weapons.
  • Faux Affably Evil: No matter how affable he can sometimes feign being, he's truly an evil man.
  • Fighting Clown: More so than any Joker before him, this Joker is clearly a trained fighter, seemingly using Monkey-style kung fu — lots of flipping, rolling around, leaping back and forth, and sudden, unpredictable strikes. Because of the divided reaction this elicited, this trait got dialed back in subsequent appearance, especially after the first season.
  • For the Evulz: Everything he does
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: We don't get the full story, but in this version The Joker was apparently a boring office drone who dreamed of making people laugh.
  • Handy Feet: This is why he doesn't like to wear shoes; he's very good at using his feet as makeshift hands.
  • The Hyena: Always laughing at something. Guy once tried to get a couple of Hyenas as pets, as a matter of fact.
  • Institutional Apparel: Sports a green and purple straitjacket in his first few appearances.
  • Knight Templar: At one point he decides to impersonate Batman and mock his methods. Though the crimes his victims commit are minor such as speeding, his methods are anything but.
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Large Ham: As usual.
  • Laughing Mad: Well he is the Joker after all.
  • Lawful Stupid: During his attempt to become Batman, in which he hounds a jaywalker, a grandmother who accidentally left a turn signal on for three blocks, three cops who were driving above the speed limit during a car chase, a lady who brought eleven items to a ten-item checkout lane, and two girls making "graffiti" while playing with sidewalk chalk.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast, very agile, and very good at hitting people.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Has a very "feral ape" motif in his earliest appearances, especially the first episode. He climbs and clambers all over the place, uses his feet and hands interchangeably, monkey-like fighting style, he even tends to adopt a Primal Stance. He's very reminiscent of a crazy Tarzan in clown makeup.
  • Mad Artist: Carries shades of this, depending on the episode - in "The Rubberface of Comedy", for instance, he uses his "Joker Putty" to re-sculpt his own face onto a statue, and wears a beret during the process!
  • Mind Rape: Does this to an already under stress Ethan Bennett.
  • Monster Clown: Arguably more monster than clown, with his very "feral" portrayal — Primal Stance, ape-like fighting style, perpetually bare and ambidextrous feet — though this turned a lot of fans of the older series off of him.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Toward Batman; to the point he personally takes care of Wrath and Scorn so they won't "take away the fun" by revealing Batman's identity.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He sports them.
  • The Rival: To Penguin.
  • Scary Teeth: They're jigsaw-shaped, visibly slotting together. Not conventionally scary, but the effect is quite disturbing.
  • Slasher Smile: He wouldn't be Joker without this.
  • The Sociopath: This version of the Joker does not play coy, blatantly attacking whoever he can and will, subtlety be damned.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Averted. Unlike most versions, he's usually just called "Joker".
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tried to dump Prank, his would-be Kid Sidekick, into the vat of chemicals that created him, fully aware that even he didn't know what would happen to the kid.
    • While masquerading as Batman, he also tries to use Joker gas on two elementary school-aged girls because they drew on the sidewalk. Batman stops him though.

Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

Selina Kyle/Catwoman

Voiced by: Gina Gershon

Edward Nigma/The Riddler

Voiced by: Robert Englund

Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy

Voiced by: Piera Coppola

  • Adaptation Origins Connection: She's introduced as being Barbara Gordon's best friend before transforming into Poison Ivy.
  • Age Lift: Usually around Batman's age, while here she's Batgirl's age when introduced.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III, much more so in The Batman Strikes comic series.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Can inflict this on others, even Batman and Superman; though both cases were temporary and in Superman's case, Kryptonite was needed and Lex Luthor was using her.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Is barefoot as Poison Ivy, thought this is due to her Garden Garment mutation.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Barbara Gordon.
  • Evil Redhead: Even before becoming Poison Ivy.
  • Garden Garment: After her mutation, she grew some clothes made from plant matter.
  • Green Thumb: Of course.
  • She's All Grown Up: In The Batman Strikes, her body is drawn in a more adult way, showing that she's finally growing into the full-fledged seductress she's known as in other continuities.
  • Hidden Depths: She seems to still want to be friends with Barbara Gordon. In "Batgirl Begins, Part 2", she wants her to join on her mission to save the plants of the world.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Is a user who often takes advantage of people's attempts to help her. Even before her turn to supervillainy, she tended to respond to heartfelt moments and opportunities for redemption with even more self-centered behavior.
  • Not as You Know Them: The tie-in comic gives her her usual team-up with Harley Quinn, but switches the roles around: making Harley the (relatively speaking) level-headed brains of the operation, while Ivy is the unstable one. It helps that Ivy is an impulsive teenager in this continuity, while Harley - while still a daffy hedonist - is a bit more independent and cunning than usual.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Best shown when Barbara attempts to talk her out of her scheme with Temblor. When Barbara points out that hiring a mercenary with money she doesn't have is way over her head, her response is to ignore her, calling her a goody-good like her dad, and casually indicate that their friendship is over. Then, when Barbara's warning turns out to be correct and the merc comes for revenge, Barbara tries to help her out of it anyways... and Pam abandons her, leaving Barbara to be killed by Temblor to buy herself some time. Yet, after becoming Poison Ivy, she visits Barbara and expects her to join her. She later tries to kill her dad. And in a later episode, she sends her a mind-controlling plant.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Again, made more apparent in The Batman Strikes.
    • Also apparent in "Fleurs De Mal".
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Pam wasn't all right in the head as a normal human, but she really lost it when she became Poison Ivy.
  • Younger and Hipper: She is around Batgirl's age in this version.

Hugo Strange

Voiced by: Frank Gorshin (first three appearances), Richard Green ("Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind" and onward)

  • Affably Evil: He's friendly to his enemies.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted all the knowledge of the universe for helping the Joining. He got it and became catatonic because they telepathically broadcasted it into his mind.
  • Character Development: He becomes a villain over the course of several episodes — when he first appears, he's just a seemingly mundane, even helpful, shrink who vouches for Ethan Bennett's sanity in court. During his next appearances, it becomes increasingly apparent that he's severely lacking in empathy.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Makes his first, brief appearance in "Meltdown" and goes on to become much more important than that scene let on.
  • The Chessmaster: Has on a number of occasions manipulated others like puppets. Most prominently in "Strange New World" where he exposes Batman to a hallucinogen and manipulates him into thinking he developed a poison that caused a Zombie Apocalypse, and very nearly made Batman release the real poison.
  • Composite Character: While he soon became the Mad Scientist of the comics, he initally came off as the morally ambiguous head of Arkham Asylum who's obsessed with the insanity of Batman's villains (and Batman himself) like Dr. Jeremiah Arkham. His role in "Strange New World" was also originally meant for the Scarecrow. Though it should be noted that Strange in the comics used fear-inducing toxins long before Scarecrow was introduced, making his role in that episode still true to the original character.
  • Mad Doctor: He uses Arkham as his cover to conduct unethical experiments.
  • The Man Behind the Man: For D.A.V.E..
  • Manipulative Bastard: Of course.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Later on, anyway. In his earlier episodes, he's always referred to as Professor Strange. Later, the show switches to calling him doctor for seemingly no reason.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's introduced simply as a psychologist, but he takes on various other fields of expertise throughout the series, including building a sentient robot, brewing a hallucinatory fear toxin and communicating with an alien species.
  • Psycho Psychologist: To the point of curing Arnold Wesker of his insanity... then ruining his life to drive him insane again, because it seemed interesting to do.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: As usual.
  • The Shrink: As usual.

Killer Croc

Voiced by: Ron Perlman

  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Justified. He's part reptile, so he wouldn't have external genitalia.
  • Beast and Beauty: In an issue of The Batman Strikes, Croc falls in love with a news reporter, in part because she's the only person who refers to him as a man and not a monster. In the end, it turns out she rather likes him, too, and he gives himself up to the police for her.
  • Beast Man: Possibly Croc's most beastlike incarnation to date. Thankfully, the writers didn't claim that he had a "skin condition" this time.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His first battle with Batman does not go well for the vigilante, with Croc absolutely manhandling him. Batman performs better later in the episode, though he still can't match Croc head on.
  • Expy: Of Leatherhead from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. While Killer Croc was created before Leatherhead, he's not a Cajun in the comic books.
  • Genius Bruiser: Especially when compared with his Dumb Muscle portrayal in Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: All he wears is a vest.
  • Kill 'em All: What his debut plan could have lead to, flooding Gotham to have the run of the place would have drowned several if not most of the populous.
    Croc: And I'll shed a crocodile tear for each and every one of them.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: We don't know whether he's a military genetic experiment gone awry, he deals with the wrong kind of voodoo magic in the swamps, or if he's simply a circus freak. However, if the tie-in comic, The Batman Strikes counts as All There in the Manual, then according to issue 25, he was both a military genetic experiment subject before escaping, then was part of a circus freakshow before escaping that and ultimately coming to Gotham, though it's still unknown if he was born like that as in the comics or if being part an experiment is the reason for his appearance.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Though the cause his unknown.
  • Ragin' Cajun: Has a cajun accent.

Mr. Freeze

Voiced by: Clancy Brown

  • Adaptational Badass: This version of Freeze pretty consistently overpowers Batman.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Unlike the version of the character from the previous series that retroactively became the comic character, this version of the character lacks any sort of sympathetic backstory or motive and is essentially just a petty criminal that accidentally got superpowers.
  • An Ice Person: Unlike other versions, though, he doesn't need a gun.
  • Body Horror: Just look at him without his suit in "Artifacts".
  • Create Your Own Villain: Freeze was originally a small-time diamond thief, until an accident during a car chase with Batman led to him getting his powers.
  • Creepy Monotone: As usual.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Upon running into the homeless man who disrupted his escape so many years ago (thus setting off the chain of events leading to his immersion in the cryogenic chemicals), he goes out of his way to flash-freeze the man.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He is voiced by Clancy Brown, after all.
  • Human Popsicle: Does this to himself in "Artifacts" to escape Batman once and for all. Batman's Crazy-Prepared methods enable people more than a thousand years in the future to still beat him.
  • Freeze Ray: As usual, though this version has it as a power.
  • Never My Fault: He "thanks" Batman for causing the accident that made him a metahuman and for all of the crimes he commits with his powers. At first, Bruce actually believes he's right, before confronting him and telling him he did this to himself.
  • Pungeon Master: Every other line out of his mouth includes ice puns. However, unlike the previous ice-pun-quipping version of Freeze, this version actually manages to make them... chilling.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red eyes.

Ethan Bennett/Clayface I

Voiced by: Steve Harris

  • Adaptation Distillation: Clayface was a sympathetic character in Batman: The Animated Series. Here, he's an outright tragic figure.
  • Adaptational Heroism: This Clayface started off as a supporting protagonist, being a cop and the best friend of Bruce Wayne. His transformation into Clayface is very tragic and at first he didn't have any evil intent other than his distressed attempts at repairing his life.
  • Anti-Villain: A definite Type II.
  • The Atoner: For his rampages as Clayface.
  • Bald of Awesome: Though Bald of Evil as Clayface.
  • Black Best Friend: To Bruce and Ellen.
  • But Not Too Black: While he's pretty dark-skinned, Ethan has blue eyes, indicating that he's part Caucasian.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ethan wasn't in the comics.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Both a good and bad thing for him - on the one hand, it made him a valuable ally to Batman after becoming Clayface. On the other hand, once he gets his abilities, his habit of taking heroing into his own hands becomes twisted and ends up making things worse for him. But on the other other hand, his going out of his way to take in both Joker and Basil Karlo in his final appearance went a long way towards his reformation.
  • Composite Character: His personality/arc has more in common with Two-Face than most Clayfaces. He also resembles Crispus Allen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Prone to making remarks.
  • Destined Bystander: Ethan Bennett was a cop and a friend of Bruce's who appeared throughout Season One before becoming Clayface.
  • Driven to Villainy: He got better.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: As has become the "norm" for the Clayface character. His body is comprised of something molecularly identical to clay, letting him reshape himself into any form he wants.
  • Enemy Mine: He tries to help Batman take down the Joker when he resurfaces, but Batman won't let him out of concern for his mental health. When the second Clayface appears, Batman and Robin willingly let him help them take the new guy down.
  • Expy:
    • Is more or less the counterpart of Crispus Allen. And personality-wise he is Harvey Dent/Two-Face. From the long friendship with Bruce right down to calling Batman "Bats," a la Harvey from The Long Halloween.
  • Fallen Hero: He's a former cop.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Starts out on the Face side, goes into the Heel side briefly, makes another attempt on the Face side briefly, slips back into the Heel side, then in Season 4 ended up back of the Face side and stays there.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: At first: it doesn't take long for him to get dangerously good with his powers.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Ethan is pretty much just a thinner, blue-eyed version of his voice actor, Steve Harris.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Happens to him quite a bit, because he constantly ignores the fact that his powers make him crazy. This happens in his first appearances as Clayface, but it's especially pronounced in Meltdown, where as he uses his powers throughout the episode he jumps from wanting to capture Joker to make sure he can't hurt anyone else, to wanting to kill Joker out of revenge for what he did to him, to wanting to kill Batman because he's the only one who could bust him for trying to kill Joker, to deciding to become a full-on supervillain at Joker's suggestion because he's already trying to kill Batman anyway. By the end of it he's stealing art and ranting about "mashing anyone who gets in his way."
  • Knight of Cerebus: As Clayface.
  • Mind Rape: Ethan suffers this at the hands of the Joker.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: By everyone who didn't know him personally and by Rojas. Though considering that Rojas was a Jerkass who had a hand in his fall.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: Impersonates Solomon Grundy during "Grundy's Night", when the villain is nothing more than folklore in the series' continuity. However, Grundy is implied to be Real After All.
  • That Man Is Dead: He tells Batman and Ellen to say goodbye to Ethan Bennet after his first shot at returning to a normal life. Subverted when he manages a Heel–Face Turn later anyway.
  • Token Good Teammate: Before his Face–Heel Turn, he was the only cop who supported Batman and believed that Gotham needs him. Ethan also was grateful of Batman rescuing his life and taking down criminals. On the flip side, Rojas and Yin remain ungrateful of Batman's actions and still antagonize him, even trying to unmask Batman at one point to which Ethan calls out on. In one early episode, he allows Batman to fight Bane without police interference, knowing that Rojas' officers would still be unappreciate his efforts.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Ethan's powers explicitly affect his mind the more he uses them, making him unstable, violent and (in the tie-in comics) even delusional - but they are also highly addictive and difficult to stop using after he starts: hence Bruce's insistence that he has to be cured, not just rehabilitated. Meltdown treats them as almost being like a drug.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His world id destroyed in the span of a single episode when the Joker kidnaps and tortures him, and he's exposed to some chemicals. He's suspended because he gives proper credit to Batman for his rescue instead of letting Rojas take it for hmiself, then discovers the chemicals have transformed him. His first attempt at reformation also failed because of the stress of dealing with dealing who viewed him differently.

Basil Karlo/Clayface II

Voiced by: Wallace Langham ("Clayfaces"), Lex Lang ("The Batman/Superman Story")

  • Attention Whore: Not only doesn't he even try to hide from security cameras, he'll look into them and boast about what he's going to do. He also went on a news program and tried to tell a bogus sob story. In fact, aside from a brief instant when he felt some regret after attacking some people for rejecting him for an acting job, he embraces it after realizing he's famous because of it now and got angry when Batman was mentioned in the aforementioned news program.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": He wasn't a good actor before he became Clayface and he still sucks at it when he gets his powers.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Subverted as he doesn't really seem to have one and parodied it as he tried to tell a story where he and his sister had to fend for themselves, but the reporter he tells it to clearly wasn't buying it.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: More powerful than Ethan Bennet, attributed in-universe to his taking a larger dose of mutagen.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Ethan.
  • Legacy Character: Interesting, considering that Karlo in the comics was the progenitor of the identity.
  • Large Ham: Considered one in-universe, complete having starred in a Stylistic Suck B-Movie Parody in which he hams like you wouldn't believe. Becoming Clayface only made it worse, really.

Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn

Voiced by: Hynden Walch

  • Adaptation Distillation: Came through with very few changes thanks in part to her introduction episode being written by Paul Dini.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Most versions started as an Adorkable, shy psychologist who mostly slept her way through school. This version is already a stuck-up bitch with several loose screws, and it doesn't take much for Joker to drive her over the edge. She also poisons a group of squirrels, something comics Harley would never do.
  • Ax-Crazy: Moreso than other versions. This one also murders civilians for not liking her show.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Yet another blonde Harley.
  • Berserk Button: Not only was she upset that she got fired and her show canceled and a new show takes over her time slot, but the psychiatrist of that show plans to talk about how Harley's emotional breakdown after being fired led to a life of crime and that she was a lousy psychiatrist to begin with.
  • Brooklyn Rage: She sports her usual Brooklyn accent and can be very aggressive.
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting: She certainly sounds a lot like Arleen Sorkin.
  • Dark Mistress: For the Joker.
  • Dumb Blonde: What everyone thinks of her. She got an online degree in psychology to show everyone she's more than just a pretty face, but apparently no one could get past it. Her rage at this is what initially drives her to join the Joker.
  • Genki Girl: Though less humorous than in Batman: TAS and more dangerously psychotic like in the comics.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: It started with merely following the Joker home to grill him for info for a tell-all book. Then he convinced her to join him on a "night on the town," supposedly to help her research. By the end of it, she had gleefully taken part in a spree of destruction and was willingly trying to attack Batman. And when the media catches wind of this and makes her a pariah for it, she really goes off the deep end.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her screws were already loose to being with, but the Joker gives her the final push she needs.
  • Mad Love: Naturally, though it's played a little different than usual. Here, Joker dotes on Harley and legitimately seems to enjoy her company as opposed to his usual abusive fare, but sees the whole thing as mere entertainment and doesn't really care about her any more than that. Likewise, though he still manipulates her into the whole thing, it's made clear that this version of Harley really enjoys the whole supervillain lifestyle and helps him for reasons more than her usual delusional Extreme Doormat personality.
  • Most Common Superpower: Very noticeable pre-villainy.
  • Never My Fault: She's fired for the following: telling a girl to go behind her mother's back to date a boy she wasn't allowed to see, ignore the network's executives concerns and harass Bruce Wayne with a jilted-ex when he was promised he'd talk about a charity drive. To her, they just can't see past her "playful exterior".
  • Not as You Know Them: The tie-in comic gives her her usual team-up with Poison Ivy, but switches the roles around: making Harley the (relatively speaking) level-headed brains of the operation, while Ivy is the unstable one. It helps that Ivy is an impulsive teenager in this continuity, while Harley - while still a daffy hedonist - is a bit more independent and cunning than usual.
  • Perky Female Minion: As always.
  • She-Fu: As usual.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Her real name is Harleen Quinzel.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With the Joker.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Naturally


Voiced by: Joaquim de Almeida (in "Traction"), Ron Perlman (in "Team Penguin"), Clancy Brown (did Bane's grunts in "The Batman/Superman Story")

  • Achilles' Heel: Electricity, as applied to his Venom tubes.
  • Badass Boast: "I am Bane. The last opponent you will ever face."
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Does this to Batman, though for different reasons than in Knightfall. Mostly the fact that using Venom turns Bane into a Hulk-like figure in this incarnation and that his debut was in the second episode of the whole series meant he was going up against a Batman still getting used to fighting supervillains and whose only prior experience at that point was the Joker.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: A staple for Bane.
  • Jobber: After his first appearance, Bane was taken down usually by someone zapping his venom tubes with a jolt of electricity seconds into the fight.
  • The Juggernaut: He literally gets referred to as one in his debut.
  • Super Serum: Venom, the source of his powers.
  • Villain Decay: When Bane first appeared in "Traction" he was The Juggernaut, and he demolished Batman almost as badly as he did in the comics. Batman was beaten so badly he needed a giant robot suit to fight him next time. He's then reduced to a Jobber in every other appearance, (Robin took him down in a few seconds with an electrified staff) and what's worse by season 4 he's mostly just cracking open bank vaults like a C-list looser villain. The ultimate example of this trope in play is probably that the Joker once stole his Venom formula and became more of a threat with it than Bane ever was.

Black Mask

Voiced by: James Remar

  • Bad Boss: Never let yourself get delayed or question his plans if you value your life, as two of his Number Ones learned the hard way. He'll also assign a random mook to take over as Number One.
  • The Chessmaster: Many of his plans fall into this.
  • Clock King: Usually plans things to the second.
  • Didn't See That Coming: His reaction to when his plans fail.
  • Evil Plan: As a villain, he plots a few.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He's voiced by James Remar.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Towards his enemies.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Tries it on Robin and Batgirl.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In his first appearance, he very nearly succeeds in destroying Gotham City and unlike other villains, has no humorous traits whatsoever. He also isn't above lethally punishing incompetence.
  • Man in White: Wears a white suit.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Probably due to his mask.
  • The Spook: When the Gotham PD gets him in custody, they can find no matching fingerprints, no identifying marks, and they're unable to remove his mask. He also has quite a well trained organization for a guy with a completely unknown background.

Dr. Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat

Voiced by: Peter MacNicol

Lex Luthor

Voiced by: Clancy Brown

Mirror Master

Voiced by: John Larroquette

The Everywhere Man

Voiced by: Brandon Routh

  • Blessed with Suck: Arguably; the clones he creates become progressively more and more sentient, and every multiplication equals an even more untrustworthy clone. This ability only comes in handy a few times, so a long fight isn't exactly a good idea.
  • Canon Foreigner: Created for the show.
  • Expy: Of Multiple Man or Riot.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Batman and Robin use E-Man's clones' distrust to cause dissent among the clone army.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Looks like Brandon Routh with red hair.
  • Me's a Crowd: His power.
  • My God, What Have I Done? : The original initially made the duplicator gauntlet in order to get more work done. He never counted on his duplicate to become sentient and betray him. As a result, he gets locked up while the duplicate took his place.
  • Send in the Clones: His powers allow him to do this.

Francis Gray

Voiced by: Dave Foley

  • The Bad Guy Wins: Francis's plan succeeds, his bomb goes off and he kills everyone, including Batman. However, he undoes it when he ends up killing his own son as well.
  • Big "NO!": When his son dies as a result of his scheme to flood Gotham with poisonous gas at the strike of midnight on New Year's Eve.
  • Born Unlucky: Francis isn't just klutzy, he's extraordinarily unlucky - he mostly uses his powers to cover up the many, many times the universe screws him over. Amusingly, from our heroes' perspective he's an ace criminal who accounts for everything simply because everything that could go wrong for him already has over several resets.
  • Canon Foreigner: Francis doesn't appear in the comics, although he does seem to be based off the Clock King, which would make this a case of Adaptation Name Change.
  • Clock King: In the sense he memorizes all of an opponent's moves each time he goes back in time a few seconds.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As clumsy and klutzy as he is, he's a very big threat to Batman due to his time powers. He actually succeeds in his Evil Plan, but chose to do reform on his own free will.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Goes both ways. He only stole a watch, but in doing so toppled a set of Disaster Dominoes that got him locked away for over a decade. He gets back at the city by killing everyone in it.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He is eventually able to undo his original crime with his powers. In the present day, he and his son work together as clock repairmen.
  • Epic Fail: Most of the timelines he undoes involve him getting spectacularly thwarted by Batman (and the first time, a common Red Shirt).
  • Expy: Appears to be based off the Clock King, in particular the Tem version.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: He can voluntarily create these, but they only last for 20 seconds. It's enough for him to repeat the recent past over and over to avoid all his mistakes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Through a combination of Big "NO!" and Reset Button.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Accidentally killing his own son causes this reaction and finally gives him the power to go back to the original theft of the watch.
  • Outside-Context Problem: It's never explained how he got his powers, just one day he was in his prison cell surrounded by clocks and somehow managed to stop time. It's never made clear if he had the power before and merely discovered them that first time, or if he somehow gained time powers simply from being being surrounded by clocks.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Subverted. He accidentally kills his own son with his poison bomb, but the grief of this allows him to go back 17 years in the past and undo all of his mistakes.
  • Reset Button: He's a walking case of this, able to reverse time by several seconds and eventually several decades in order to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • Save Scumming: In-Universe, his power in a nutshell.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: A villainous example; his Time Master powers let him redo several seconds and undo his mistakes. At the end, he is able to go back to his original crime 17 years ago and undo it.
  • Time Master: A very minor version who is capable of slipping several seconds back in time, to avoid mistakes he just made.

Garfield Lynns/Firefly/Phosphorus

Voiced by: Jason Marsden

  • Beard of Evil: A small, scruffy blond goatee.
  • Composite Character: His final episode also sees him become the show's version of Doctor Phosphorus.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not above quiping.
  • Jet Pack: As usual.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's hired by GothCorp to attack its rivals in his debut. His second season appearance has him working for Mr. Freeze as well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from low-level rogue to capable of exploding the entire city in his last appearance.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He slowly loses his mind once he gains superpowers and becomes Phosphorus.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Blaze, a fellow arsonist in his last appearance, (Batgirl even compares them to Joker and Harley) until his plan to blow up the city makes her leave him.

Jane Blazedale/Blaze

Voiced by: Rachael MacFarlane


Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

The Joining

  • Aliens Are Bastards: They travel to planets to loot and destroy them, destroying every civilisation they come across in the process.
  • Big Bad: Of the two-part arcs, "The Joining" and "Lost Heroes".
  • Canon Foreigner: They were created for show.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Numerous Gotham villains, including the Joker, team up with Batman and the other heroes to take them down as they recognise them as a threat. Hugo Strange actually allies with them, but it's clear that they see him as just a useful pawn.
  • Expy: Of Brainiac. And probably the White Martians in the comics and the Alien Invaders in the Justice League animated series "Secret Origins", right down to their enmity with Martian Manhunter.
  • Planet Looter: Their M.O.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: They're stated to have killed other civilizations they've come into contact with.

Cluemaster/Arthur Brown

Voiced by: Glenn Shadix, Kath Soucie (as a child)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted big time, no pun intended. The massively overweight and balding Cluemaster from this show is a far cry from the fit, head of hair Arthur Brown from the comics.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Goes from a blonde to a redhead.
  • Basement-Dweller: He even built his evil lair in his mom's basement.
  • Berserk Button: Getting a question wrong, being asked a question he doesn't know the answer and being forced to admit he doesn't know everything.
  • Child Prodigy: Was one.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He lost a game show for child geniuses when he was ten (which he claimed was rigged) and spent decades plotting revenge against the people he held responsible, becoming a morbidly obese Basement-Dweller in the process. Batman seriously called him out on this when he confronted him, but it went in one ear and out the other.
  • Evil Is Petty: Would rather waste his genius and talents which could have gotten him anywhere in life to set up an elaborate revenge against people who don't even remember who he is.
  • Fat Bastard: Unlike the comics, this Artie Brown is a mountain of a man who's spent the last 30 years plotting his revenge... and eating pallets full of Kremelos (his consolation prize).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He is so insufferably confident in his own genius he allows himself to be goaded by Batman into accepting any question... and is completely stumped when Batman asks him the only question he couldn't possibly know.
    • The same thing happened when he was a child. He was so smug about his abilities he choose the hardest level of question on the gameshow, and ended up getting the answer wrong.
    • Even before Batman shows up, he had a chance to win the revenge game by giving the simple answer to the final question, but instead decides to extend the answer, giving Batman enough time to defeat the final Mook.
  • Insufferable Genius: He really like boasting about his intelligent.
  • It's All About Me: The only thing important to him is being the champion, and probably let everyone know he's smart.
  • Kevlard: A mild example. Artie's so huge that when Batman lands a flying kick against him, he gets stuck in Artie's stomach flab and ends up tossed for his efforts.
  • Never My Fault: Arthur refused to believe he lost the game show fairly and accused it of being rigged, even though he'd been winning for 12 weeks straight.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He was a former game show contestant and he believes he lost because his opponent cheated. He has spent 30 years doing nothing but plot his revenge. In his mothers basement no less.
  • Revenge: On the hosts and a competitor, believing that they rigged the show and cost him his title as champion.
  • Stout Strength: Despite being a morbidly obese Basement-Dweller, Artie's a huge Mighty Glacier capable of flinging Batman around and shrugging off Batman's blows.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He goes completely nuts when forced to admit that he doesn't know Batman's true identity.


Voiced by: Will Friedle

  • All There in the Manual: His real name and origins aren't mentioned in the episode where he appears, but the tie-in comic tells them (his name is Nathan Finch, just like the mainstream comics version).
  • Badass Driver: As usual.
  • Nanomachines: The source of his abilities.
  • Cool Car: In fact, he can turn any car into a yellow car that can even outdo the first Batmobile.


Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer

D.A.V.E. (Digitally Enhanced Villain Emulator)

Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

  • A.I. is a Crapshoot: Goes without saying. Subverted when it turns out he was purposefully programmed to become evil.
  • All Your Powers Combined: He has the perfect combination of the best skills of each of Batman's worst enemies, both mentally and physically.
  • Brain Uploading: He's created from the duplicated mental patterns of the entire Batman Rogues Gallery.
  • Canon Foreigner: He's created for the show.
  • The Dragon: To Hugo Strange, although he is unaware of this since he tends to act on his own accord.
  • Expy:
  • Fun with Acronyms: His name.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He may well be a deconstruction. He is a robot programmed by Dr. Hugo Strange with the memories and abilities of Batman's worst foes for the sole purpose of giving Batman a challenge. He proceeds to easily curbstomp Batman and steals ALL of Gotham's money just to commit the ultimate crime, but is defeated when Batman asks him to explain his origin story. Since D.A.V.E believed that he used to be a person, he went catatonic after realizing that he had no backstory of his own.
  • LEGO Genetics: He's made from the mental patterns of Batman's enemies.
  • Logic Bomb: What defeats him.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He doesn't snap Batman's neck when he has the chance for two reasons: breaking bones was passe and Batman's defeat had to be the ultimate defeat.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He doesn't actually know he's a robot.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: Calls himself "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind". it's even the name of the episode he appears in.