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* ''Batman/Daredevil: King of New York'', by Alan Grant, Eduardo Barreto, et al.: In this {{crossover}}, ComicBook/TheScarecrow has been running guns for ComicBook/TheKingpin, from Gotham City to New York, [[TheStarscream but has his own agenda in mind]]. He hires Catwoman to gather information on Kingpin, seeming making plans to usurp Kingpin's position as New York's reigning crime lord. ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} and Batman team up to stop one of Scarecrow's trucks that was supposed to be delivering guns, but find it is full of bombs instead, with Scarecrow intending to kill Batman and Daredevil, along with the men driving the van. Scarecrow arrives in New York and uses his fear gas to force some of Kingpin's men to work for him. Scarecrow then begins a reign of terror having his men shoot up a restaurant, blow up a jewelry store, set fire to a night club and murder people in gangland killings. However, Daredevil and Batman soon discover Scarecrow's real plan: From the Statue of Liberty, Scarecrow plans to spread his fear gas across New York, leading to untold death and suffering.

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* ''Batman/Daredevil: King of New York'', by Alan Grant, Creator/AlanGrant, Eduardo Barreto, et al.: In this {{crossover}}, ComicBook/TheScarecrow has been running guns for ComicBook/TheKingpin, from Gotham City to New York, [[TheStarscream but has his own agenda in mind]]. He hires Catwoman to gather information on Kingpin, seeming making plans to usurp Kingpin's position as New York's reigning crime lord. ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} and Batman team up to stop one of Scarecrow's trucks that was supposed to be delivering guns, but find it is full of bombs instead, with Scarecrow intending to kill Batman and Daredevil, along with the men driving the van. Scarecrow arrives in New York and uses his fear gas to force some of Kingpin's men to work for him. Scarecrow then begins a reign of terror having his men shoot up a restaurant, blow up a jewelry store, set fire to a night club and murder people in gangland killings. However, Daredevil and Batman soon discover Scarecrow's real plan: From the Statue of Liberty, Scarecrow plans to spread his fear gas across New York, leading to untold death and suffering.


* Examples from films can be found [[Monster/FilmAToB here]]; or, for the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, [[Monster/FilmDToG here]].

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* Examples from films can be found [[Monster/FilmAToB here]]; or, for the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, [[Monster/FilmDToG [[Monster/FilmCToE here]].


* Examples from films can be found [[Monster/FilmAToC here]]; or, for the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, [[Monster/FilmDToG here]].

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* Examples from films can be found [[Monster/FilmAToC [[Monster/FilmAToB here]]; or, for the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, [[Monster/FilmDToG here]].

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* ''ComicBook/BatmanDetectiveNo27'': [[ArchnemesisDad Dr. Thomas Wayne]] is a [[AdaptationalVillainy cruel, fanatical leader]] of the Confederate group known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Thomas [[TilMurderDoUsPart orchestrates the death of his wife Martha]] just to fake his own death, and leaves his young son Bruce alive solely to serve as an eyewitness. Developing a plant-based fear toxin, Thomas uses it to brainwash people into serving him, hoping to unleash the toxin at a baseball game and drive the tens of thousands of civilians attending into violent frenzies and kill one another. When his plans are exposed, Thomas murders one of his CoDragons, tries to kill his son Bruce, and nearly douses the President of the United States with his toxin, uncaring that it could cause a world war so long as he completes his mission of getting revenge on the Northern states for defeating the Confederates in the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]].



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* ''World's Finest'': [[DiseasedName Anthrax]], from the June 1983 issue ("The Anthrax Hotline"), is a grandiloquent, disease-bearing terrorist who in actuality is an [[FromNobodyToNightmare utter nobody of a sound engineer named George Swope]]. [[StalkerWithACrush Infatuated with his co-worker Susan]] but abhorring how she ignores him, George steals a [[SyntheticPlague particularly virulent strain of anthrax]] and threatens to release it upon all of Gotham within an hour. Anthrax attaches the trigger to Susan's seat to force her to stay put and puts her through constant, sadistic torment and mockery, cheerfully indifferent as to whether or not Gotham's five-million strong populace survives his agonizing anthrax.


* ''Batman: Castle of the Bat'', by Jack C. Harris, Bo Hampton, & Tracy Hampton-Munsey: In this alternate universe set in 1819, in which Bruce Wayne turned to science instead of crime-fighting, [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr. Seltsam]] is a [[MadDoctor depraved doctor]] wanting to preserve bodies for study. [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Refusing to acknowledge criminals and ineffectual medicine students as "people"]], he hires Van Klooster to kill Thomas Wayne for opposing his goals. Years later, he betrays Van Klooster and puts him--and Bruce's servant, Alfredo--in an experiment, injecting Klooster with a formula to paralyze him. Near the end, he tries to electrocute a [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] Thomas-- now Bat-Man--to send him back to Hell.

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* ''Batman: Castle of the Bat'', by Jack C. Harris, Bo Hampton, & Tracy Hampton-Munsey: In this alternate universe set in 1819, in which Bruce Wayne turned to science instead of crime-fighting, [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate The depraved [[MadDoctor Dr. Seltsam]] is discovered a [[MadDoctor depraved doctor]] wanting to fluid that can preserve bodies for study. [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Refusing to acknowledge criminals dead bodies, having countless people killed by [[HumanResources extracting its main ingredient]] from their brains and ineffectual medicine students as "people"]], he hires storing enough jars containing the fluid and body parts to fill entire anatomical vaults. Dr. Seltsam has the highwayman Van Klooster to kill murder Thomas Wayne for opposing and his goals. Years later, he betrays wife when the former opposes his research, [[ColdBloodedTorture tortures]] Van Klooster in preparation for extracting the fluid's main ingredient, and puts him--and attempts to [[HighVoltageDeath electrocute]] Bruce's servant, Alfredo--in an experiment, injecting Klooster with a formula to paralyze him. Near creation the end, he tries Bat-Man, who is actually the resurrected Thomas, to electrocute a [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] Thomas-- now Bat-Man--to send him back to Hell.death.



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* ''The Batman Who Laughs #1'', written by Creator/JamesTynionIV: ComicBook/TheJoker of Earth-22, after discovering the chemicals that made him into what he is are also killing him, decided to start his endgame, and began by butchering his fellow rogues, along with [[HeroKiller Commissioner Gordon]]. Taking Batman hostage after learning his identity, Joker razes Gotham, [[ForcedToWatch making him watch]] as Gotham General Hospital crumbles. Then he begins to reenact Batman's origins by forcing children to walk through Crime Alley with their parents, shooting the parents dead, and [[DrivenToMadness driving the children mad]] with Joker toxin. This causes Batman to snap, break free from his bounds and finally kill The Joker by snapping his neck, allowing his corrupting gas to turn Batman into the next Joker after inhaling it. [[SmallRoleBigImpact Despite his limited page time]], the Joker of this Earth is responsible for every life The Batman who Laughs has taken.


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* ''Joker: Killer Smile'', written by Creator/JeffLemire: ComicBook/TheJoker, defined by his [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] viewpoints and [[MadArtist insane love of art that manifests as murder]], serves as [[TheCorrupter the corrupting force]] that afflicts Dr. Benjamin Arnell throughout the comic. Locked in Arkham for at least two counts of mass murder--gassing an entire street of innocent men, women and children, and drowning a subway full of people before beating the only survivor to death--Joker makes Arnell his personal project, scheming to corrupt and drive the man insane over the course of several years. When Arnell's family leaves him due to Joker's influence over the doctor, Joker pushes Arnell over the edge and orchestrates him into killing several innocent people before freeing the Joker. During his escape from Arkham, Joker kickstarts a prison riot, leading to an utter massacre of the security staff, before sending Arnell to [[PaterFamilicide kill his wife and son]], laughing afterwards at how he's broken Arnell into murdering his once-beloved family.


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* ''Superman: Speeding Bullets'', by J.M. [=DeMatteis=], Eduardo Barreto, et al.: In this comic in which Thomas and Martha Wayne adopt the boy who would become Superman, ComicBook/LexLuthor is a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive businessman]] of Metropolis with no respect of the law and is mostly interested with power. After surviving the industrial accident that nearly killed him, Luthor then [[CardCarryingVillain embraces his role]] as the ArchEnemy of Batman known as ComicBook/TheJoker. He was responsible for sending burglars to Bruce Wayne's house, and executed them when they failed. When Lois Lane rejects his advances, Luthor then throws her in the streets, and after revealing himself to be the Joker, he then attempts to take over Gotham by mercenary forces, causing massive destruction, in order to make his state known as Jokerania, with Lois as his queen.


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* ''Superman: Speeding Bullets'', by J.M. [=DeMatteis=], Eduardo Barreto, et al.: In this comic in which Thomas and Martha Wayne adopt the boy who would become Superman, ComicBook/LexLuthor is a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive businessman]] of Metropolis with no respect of the law and is mostly interested with power. After surviving the industrial accident that nearly killed him, Luthor then [[CardCarryingVillain embraces his role]] as the ArchEnemy of Batman known as ComicBook/TheJoker. He was responsible for sending burglars to Bruce Wayne's house, and executed them when they failed. When Lois Lane rejects his advances, Luthor then throws her in the streets, and after revealing himself to be the Joker, he then attempts to take over Gotham by mercenary forces, causing massive destruction, in order to make his state known as Jokerania, with Lois as his queen.


* ''ComicBook/BatmanAndCaptainAmerica'': ComicBook/RedSkull, here a high-ranking member of the Nazi regime, allies himself with the Joker in his latest plot for expanding the Third Reich. Having the Joker murder several innocents to assist in his own [[EmptyQuiver theft of an atomic bomb]] dubbed "Fat Boy," Red Skull [[BadBoss casually poisons one of his own soldiers]] for questioning his orders, and later has the Joker [[DeadlyGas slaughter a path]] into a military base. Betraying the Joker at this juncture, Red Skull boasts his plans to parade the Joker's broken body around as a trophy, and reveals his true master plan to drop Fat Boy onto Washington, D.C., then use the ensuing millions of casualties to pave the way for the Nazis to invade America. Even when his original plan is thwarted, Red Skull still attempts to [[NukeEm drop Fat Boy miles out of Washington]], gleefully proclaiming that the fallout will still kill countless innocents.



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** The [[EvilGenius Ultra-Humanite]] attacks the Metropolis World's Fair with a giant robot in 1939, intending to kill civilians until he gets $1 million. After he is stopped, he takes Lois Lane as his hostage until Batman and Superman find his lair. He reveals that he has set the Hyperglobe to blow up Metropolis, but Batman and Superman stop him. Though seemingly killed, it is later revealed he has swapped brains with the below-mentioned Lex Luthor. Years later, he exposes Lois's unborn son, Joel, to Gold Kryptonite, rendering him powerless, and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates him]] into believing that Superman stripped him of his powers. In 1979, Joel and the Ultra-Humanite attack the wedding of Bruce Wayne Jr. and Supergirl, leading to the deaths of Supergirl and Lois. Hours later, Joel also dies, because the concoction from the Humanite that gave him superpowers is ultimately fatal. In 1989, when Superman tracks him down, the Ultra-Humanite reveals he had several of his close friends and family murdered and plans to [[GrandTheftMe swap brains with Superman]] to gain his powers. When Superman stops him, it is revealed that the Ultra-Humanite has made it appear that Superman killed him in cold blood out of spite for Superman.
** ComicBook/LexLuthor is [[AdaptationalVillainy far worse]] than his mainstream counterpart. In 1929, he betrays his boss, Dr. Erwin Stanislaus, and has a robot wreak havoc on the city until it is stopped. In 2008, Luthor, now a [[BrainInAJar brain in a robot's body]] and calling himself Metallo, attacks Metropolis and is stopped, but not before he detonates an {{EMP}} that causes a blackout in Metropolis. In 2025, Luthor escapes from prison and detonates a larger EMP, causing humanity to fall back into the Dark Ages temporarily, with hundreds of millions dying. In the 25th century, Luthor is freed again and goes to the Superman Museum, planting a bomb and intending to gain control of every computer grid on the planet. The bomb is contained safely, but Luthor succeeds in [[BrainUploading gaining control of every computer grid]], and wages war on humanity until he is stopped.

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** ''ComicBook/BatmanAndCaptainAmerica'': ComicBook/RedSkull, here a high-ranking member of the Nazi regime, allies himself with the Joker in his latest plot for expanding the Third Reich. Having the Joker murder several innocents to assist in his own [[EmptyQuiver theft of an atomic bomb]] dubbed "Fat Boy," Red Skull [[BadBoss casually poisons one of his own soldiers]] for questioning his orders, and later has the Joker [[DeadlyGas slaughter a path]] into a military base. Betraying the Joker at this juncture, Red Skull boasts his plans to parade the Joker's broken body around as a trophy, and reveals his true master plan to drop Fat Boy onto Washington, D.C., then use the ensuing millions of casualties to pave the way for the Nazis to invade America. Even when his original plan is thwarted, Red Skull still attempts to [[NukeEm drop Fat Boy miles out of Washington]], gleefully proclaiming that the fallout will still kill countless innocents.
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** *** The [[EvilGenius Ultra-Humanite]] attacks the Metropolis World's Fair with a giant robot in 1939, intending to kill civilians until he gets $1 million. After he is stopped, he takes Lois Lane as his hostage until Batman and Superman find his lair. He reveals that he has set the Hyperglobe to blow up Metropolis, but Batman and Superman stop him. Though seemingly killed, it is later revealed he has swapped brains with the below-mentioned Lex Luthor. Years later, he exposes Lois's unborn son, Joel, to Gold Kryptonite, rendering him powerless, and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates him]] into believing that Superman stripped him of his powers. In 1979, Joel and the Ultra-Humanite attack the wedding of Bruce Wayne Jr. and Supergirl, leading to the deaths of Supergirl and Lois. Hours later, Joel also dies, because the concoction from the Humanite that gave him superpowers is ultimately fatal. In 1989, when Superman tracks him down, the Ultra-Humanite reveals he had several of his close friends and family murdered and plans to [[GrandTheftMe swap brains with Superman]] to gain his powers. When Superman stops him, it is revealed that the Ultra-Humanite has made it appear that Superman killed him in cold blood out of spite for Superman.
** *** ComicBook/LexLuthor is [[AdaptationalVillainy far worse]] than his mainstream counterpart. In 1929, he betrays his boss, Dr. Erwin Stanislaus, and has a robot wreak havoc on the city until it is stopped. In 2008, Luthor, now a [[BrainInAJar brain in a robot's body]] and calling himself Metallo, attacks Metropolis and is stopped, but not before he detonates an {{EMP}} that causes a blackout in Metropolis. In 2025, Luthor escapes from prison and detonates a larger EMP, causing humanity to fall back into the Dark Ages temporarily, with hundreds of millions dying. In the 25th century, Luthor is freed again and goes to the Superman Museum, planting a bomb and intending to gain control of every computer grid on the planet. The bomb is contained safely, but Luthor succeeds in [[BrainUploading gaining control of every computer grid]], and wages war on humanity until he is stopped.

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* ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'': [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Arthur Brown]], aka [[TheChessmaster Cluemaster]], is revealed as the true mastermind behind the plot to destroy Gotham City. Hypnotizing Commissioner Gordon with Mad Hatter technology, Cluemaster influences him to cause a massive train collision that kills 162 people, and follows this up by contacting several of Batman's rogues and inviting them to come to Gotham and run wild, causing major damage to the city. When his daughter [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Stephanie Brown]] learns of his plans, Cluemaster doesn't hesitate to try and [[OffingTheOffspring murder her]], even blowing up her friend to draw her out. Outfitting numerous supervillains with Wayne technology, Cluemaster sends them off to cause more mayhem, all of this merely a distraction to occupy the Bat-Family while he and his allies set all of Gotham aflame. Capturing Batman, Cluemaster reveals his intent to [[ForcedToWatch force him to watch]] as his city burns before Cluemaster kills him, while also revealing his motivation was mere bitterness over not being seen as an "A-list" villain.


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* ''Batman: Nosferatu'', by Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, et al.: [[PsychoPsychologist Dr. Arkham]] is the fiendish ruler of the [[BedlamHouse asylum]] in the aftermath of the death of [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Lutor]]. Mistreating and tormenting his patients, he has possession of the monstrous Laughing Man that he uses to kill anyone inconvenient. Arkham sends the Laughing Man to murder First Eschevin Gord-son, and later has Dirk Gray-son killed as well. Upon Bruss Wayn-son discovering his schemes, Arkham has him thrown to his seeming death and attempts to have Gord-son's daughter Barbara murdered. Keeping and torturing countless souls in his asylum, Arkham intends on eventually spreading his works to all of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]] to "cure" them.


* ''ComicBook/CatwomanGuardianOfGotham'', by Doug Moench et al.: [[AdaptationalVillainy Batman]] himself is a completely [[AxCrazy homicidal maniac]], who commits horrible deeds simply [[ForTheEvulz because he can]]. [[TeensAreMonsters As a teenager]], Batman gunned down two innocent people to steal their jewelry, leaving the young [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] orphaned. In his adult years, Batman begins murdering criminals all over Gotham, to eliminate any competition for his crime spree, during which he steals and murders to his heart's content. In his public persona of Bruce Wayne, Batman seduces Selina Kyle, and manipulates her into marrying him, at which point he murders Kyle's best friend before attempting the same on her, gleefully mocking her about how easy it was to manipulate her.

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* ''ComicBook/CatwomanGuardianOfGotham'', by Doug Moench et al.: ''ComicBook/CatwomanGuardianOfGotham'': [[AdaptationalVillainy Batman]] himself is a completely [[AxCrazy homicidal maniac]], who commits horrible deeds simply [[ForTheEvulz because he can]]. [[TeensAreMonsters As a teenager]], Batman gunned down two innocent people to steal their jewelry, leaving the young [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] orphaned. In his adult years, Batman begins murdering criminals all over Gotham, to eliminate any competition for his crime spree, during which he steals and murders to his heart's content. In his public persona of Bruce Wayne, Batman seduces Selina Kyle, and manipulates her into marrying him, at which point he murders Kyle's best friend before attempting the same on her, gleefully mocking her about how easy it was to manipulate her.


* ''Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham'', by Doug Moench et al.: [[AdaptationalVillainy Batman]] himself is a completely [[AxCrazy homicidal maniac]], who commits horrible deeds simply [[ForTheEvulz because he can]]. [[TeensAreMonsters As a teenager]], Batman gunned down two innocent people to steal their jewelry, leaving the young [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] orphaned. In his adult years, Batman begins murdering criminals all over Gotham, to eliminate any competition for his crime spree, during which he steals and murders to his heart's content. In his public persona of Bruce Wayne, Batman seduces Selina Kyle, and manipulates her into marrying him, at which point he murders Kyle's best friend before attempting the same on her, gleefully mocking her about how easy it was to manipulate her.

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* ''Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham'', ''ComicBook/CatwomanGuardianOfGotham'', by Doug Moench et al.: [[AdaptationalVillainy Batman]] himself is a completely [[AxCrazy homicidal maniac]], who commits horrible deeds simply [[ForTheEvulz because he can]]. [[TeensAreMonsters As a teenager]], Batman gunned down two innocent people to steal their jewelry, leaving the young [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] orphaned. In his adult years, Batman begins murdering criminals all over Gotham, to eliminate any competition for his crime spree, during which he steals and murders to his heart's content. In his public persona of Bruce Wayne, Batman seduces Selina Kyle, and manipulates her into marrying him, at which point he murders Kyle's best friend before attempting the same on her, gleefully mocking her about how easy it was to manipulate her.

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