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  • Canon Foreigner: The majority of them - especially the one-shots were original to the show, as the Batman comics of the time had a much shallower Rogues Gallery to draw from. The villains who aren't are a decidedly small list: Riddler, Penguin, Joker, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Mad Hatter, and the Clock King. In recent years they've gotten more references and cameos in "mainstream" Batman media, but none have really become outright Canon Immigrants like Harley Quinn.note 
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The lot of them love being bad, and only about one or two have given even semi-serious thought to reforming.
  • Complexity Addiction: Not just in their love of oversized deathtraps, but also in most of their criminal schemes. Do you really need to dig up a store of gunpowder from the American Revolution just to blast your way into the Federal Reserve? Even Lampshaded by the villains themselves.
    Joker: Oh why don't we just heist a bunch of dynamite?
    Catwoman: Far too simple, Joker. And not half as much fun as being devilishly clever... after all, we're not common thieves.
  • Criminal Mind Games: In true Silver Age tradition, many of them love sending taunting clues to Batman and/or the police. Really, on this show every villain is an honorary Riddler.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Zany, physics-breaking inventions are practically their stock-in-trade - seriously, the Joker once invented pills that could rewind time - but none of them ever even consider using their intelligence legally (or, indeed, using it for anything meatier than petty extortion and bank robbery).
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Almost all of them are known solely by their supervillain handles (Penguin even ran for Mayor with nothing but "Penguin" on the ballot). Even the ones who do have real names only get it brought up once or twice.note 
  • Gang of Hats: How their Mooks are inevitably tailored (usually with monikers to match). Some of the more iconic ones - Joker's guys are usually in white berets and red vests, Catwoman's wear cat-eared beanies and tiger-striped shirts, and Penguin's wear bowler hats and black jumpers.
  • Genre Blindness: Every week they trap the Dynamic Duo in what they think is an inescapable death trap, certain they are done for. And then they are completely shocked when they turn up alive.
  • Paid Harem: Rare is the arch-villain who doesn't have at least one pretty little moll hanging by at all times (even some of the villainesses got in on it!). Indeed, the '66 Gotham may well be the Trope Codifier, at least where Batman works are concerned.
  • Special Guest: 99% of the villains were given a "Special Guest Villain(ess)" or "Extra Special Guest Villain(ess)" credit. The lone exception to this was Roger C. Carmel's Colonel Gumm — guest heroes Green Hornet and Kato, got the special guest star credit instead and Carmel was included with the supporting cast in the closing credits.
  • Villain Team-Up: Most famously in the movie, where the main four became a full-blown Legion of Doom. The four would later reunite in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders; though unlike the last time, Catwoman found herself betrayed by her male comrades in crime. Subsequent seasons featured several smaller ones:
    • Season 2 had Joker and Penguin, Catwoman and the Sandman, and finally Penguin and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds.
    • Season 3 had Riddler and Siren, Penguin and Lola Lasagne, Egghead and Olga, Queen of the Cossacks, and finally Joker and Catwoman.
    • The digital comic really picked up the ball and ran with it, since there's no more need to worry about casting budgets.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Batman may be a millionaire, but it's a complete mystery where the villains get funds for their gadgets, deathtraps, furnishings for their lairs etc. Special mention goes to Penguin in the movie, where he somehow finds the funds to buy war surplus submarine directly from the military.
  • Would Hurt a Child: None of these guys (and girls) have any compunction about sticking high-schooler Robin in their deathtraps right alongside Batman (and they're certainly not unaware of his age, since most of them almost exclusively call him "Boy Wonder").

Main Villains - aka "The United Underworld"

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     In General 
" United Underworld? Ha! We're about as united as the members of the United World Headquarters on Gotham East River."
Catwoman
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"Today Gotham City, tomorrow the world!"

The most recurring adversaries of the Dynamic Duo — the Riddler, the Penguin, the Joker, and Catwoman. Normally the work independently, but on one occasion they teamed to take over the world with the help of an instant dehydrator, developed by Big Den Distilleries and designed to be an instant whiskey maker that they decided to put to - in Riddler's words - "more universal use".


  • Domino Mask: Standard-issue for both Catwoman and Riddler.note  The movie also saw Joker and Penguin donning them.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: A very common scheme with all of them (unlike the one- or two-shot villains, who are much more likely to be full-on outlaws). Penguin is especially fond of pretending he's "gone straight" for the millionth time.
  • Four Is Death: In the Movie, the one time they team up they rake up a rather disturbing body count thanks to the instant dehydrator (don't worry most of the victims got better — those poor guinea pigs), considering none them had any body count to speak off on the show itself; frequent attempted murder on the Dynamic Duo, non withstanding.
  • Take Over the World: Their goal in the movie.
    Batman: They're working together to take over...
    Chief O'Hara: Take over what, Batman? Gotham City?
    Batman: Any two of them would try that!
    Commissioner Gordon: The whole country?
    Batman: If it were three of them I would say yes. But four? Their minimum objective must be... the entire world.
  • Villainous Friendship: Clash of egos aside, they get along quite well ... when things are going their way. The minute they turn south they immediately argue and bicker.

     The Riddler 

The Riddler

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"Outwitting Batman is my sole delight, my joy, my heaven on earth, my very paradise."
Click here to see him portrayed by John Astin  
Played by: Frank Gorshin (S1, The Movie, S3), John Astin (S2), Wally Wingert (voice in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and Batman vs. Two-Face)

The very first villain of the show to be introduced. Riddler is criminal genius who loves riddles and mind-games.


  • Arch-Enemy: Notably, in this version Riddler is a far more prominent foe of Batman and holds just as much claim to the title as the Joker, being depicted as Batman's most cunning and early on most persistent foe, leading to Riddler becoming the show's Breakout Villain.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Gorshin hated wearing the spandex and personally designed the Riddler's question-mark suit, which became a trademark of the character.
  • Badass Mustache: John Astin played the Riddler with his signature pencil-thin 'stache, in contrast to the clean-shaven Gorshin.
  • Breakout Villain: Not only was Gorshin's performance responsible for making the character an A-list villain, after previously being only a minor villain in the comics but he was the villain from first season with the most appearances.
  • Classy Cane: John Astin's Riddler marked the very first time the character ever carried a cane.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: Gorshin said he based his Riddler persona off Richard Widmark's iconic portrayal of the psychotic giggling gangster Tommy Udo in the classic noir film, Kiss of Death. This would have been akin to someone today doing a comedic portrayal of Hannibal Lecter.
  • Demoted to Extra: After the first season, because Gorshin was holding out for more money. One second-season story was rewritten for a Suspiciously Similar Substitute called the Puzzlernote , and then the producers replaced Gorshin with John Astin for one story. Gorshin came back for one final episode in Season Three. As such he has the fewest appearances of the main four.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Let's put it this way; even the Joker openly thought this guy was a bit on the extreme side.
  • Evil Laugh: A famous high-pitched out of control giggle.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The last issue of the digital comic indicates he's become this to the other villains, who refuse to invite him to their big convention because they expect him to leak everything to Batman. He does it anyways.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Astin's version of the Riddler smoked slender cigars, much like Astin's other most famous role of the time.
  • Iconic Item: The John Astin version introduced the question-mark cane.note 
  • Iconic Outfit: The question mark three-piece suit; designed by Gorshin himself since he hated wearing the spandex and wanted an alternate outfit when possible.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Out of all the villains, Riddler came the closest to defeating Batman. All he had to do was trick Batman into making a false arrest and then proceed to file a wrongful arrest lawsuit, not for the money but because Batman would be forced to reveal his identity in court. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed, because Riddler didn't show up to court for personal reasons, but damn if he didn't come close. And this was all in the first episode.
  • Oral Fixation: Had a habit of chewing on his knuckle or finger when he was nervous or thinking.
  • Practically Joker: Various comic book writers have noted that when Batman was retooled circa 1970, the Joker was retooled based Frank Gorshin's depiction of the Riddler. The constant swings from manic giggling to homicidal seriousness are all Gorshin's Riddler rather than Romero's more prankish and kooky Joker. Thus, the Joker since the 1970's is more accuratley "Practically Riddler."
  • The Rival: In the Movie, to the Penguin, constantly butting heads with him and being openly contemptuous of his leadership direct in contrast to Joker and Catwoman:
    "That miserable, waddling mountebank of a bird! He couldn't finish a bag of popcorn!"
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Interestingly, his spandex outfit is relatively light on the question marks; it's his suit that's really dotted with them.
  • Trope Codifier: Gorshin's performance heavily set the tone of the character for decades, including the now iconic question mark suit.

     The Penguin 

The Penguin

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Played by: Burgess Meredith, William Salyers (voice inBatman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and Batman vs. Two-Face)

The second villain to be introduced. Penguin is a self-styled "aristocrat of crookery" fixated on umbrellas and birds.


  • Animal Motif: Take a wild guess.
  • Arch-Enemy: Any of the big four would be a contender for this to Batman, but the Penguin is matched only with the Joker for the most (on-screen) battles with Batman. It's also notable that the Evil Plan in the movie was mostly if not entirely his.
    • He's more indisputably this to Batgirl, being for all intents and purposes her Starter Villain. Later episodes also show that he holds a grudge against Barbara Gordon for "spurning" him.
  • The Captain: An evil variant. In the Movie, the United Underworld are equal partners on land, but in the submarine Penguin is the one in charge.
    Joker: Don't sound so bossy, if you please!
    Penguin: My dear sir, as the poet says: "On land, you may command, at sea it is me!"
  • Character Name Alias: His real name is never mentioned in-series, but in the film, he goes by the alias P.N. Gwynn to avoid detection. Batman is exasperated that everyone else fell for it as easily as they did.
    • He's also gone by the aliases K.G. Byrd (Fine Feathered Finks) and Knott A. Fish (Fine Finny Fiends), monikers Robin has little trouble figuring out.
  • Crazy-Prepared: One episode deals with Batman infiltrating Penguin's store as Bruce Wayne to plant a bug to spy on him. Said bug looks like a common spider, but Penguin had his entire store prepped to detect said bugs, spotting it and landing Bruce in trouble.
  • Cool Boat: In the movie, his pre-atomic submarine modified to look like a penguin complete with war surplus torpedoes.
  • Fat Bastard: As usual, he's notably portly.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Like his comic-book counterpart, rarely seen without his signature cigarette holder.
  • Guttural Growler: Interestingly, of the big four he has easily the hoarsest and most "thuggish" accent (partly due to Meredith, an ex-smoker, having to constantly smoke for the role).
  • High-Class Glass: He wouldn't be the Penguin without a monocle.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the comic continuation, he creates an entire empire out of an iceberg called "Penguinia," blocks Gotham Harbor, and won't let any ships pass unless they pay him a fee to get through. He ensures that the GCPD can't destroy the iceberg by having it legally declared as its own country, and hiring Mr. Freeze to keep it together in the summer heat. Unfortunately for him, this bites him twofold, as him using his submarine to move said iceberg results in his declaration being voided (since it's now considered a vehicle), but the money he did get is forgotten since Mr. Freeze had to carry his freeze-ray!
  • The Leader: Of the villains in the Movie, he fit the "leader" archetype the most, providing the henchmen, the hideout, the equipment, and the submarine for a quick getaway — though Riddler often challenged his leadership.
  • Loophole Abuse: In Season 3, he breaks into a money factory and is arrested almost immediately. He quickly sues the police for wrongful arrest because, surprisingly, he didn't take any of the money. Unfortunately for him, Batman is quick to point out that Penguin still could be charged with breaking and entering, and only agree to drop the charges if he drops the suit, which he begrudgingly does. However, it doesn't stop his real plan from going forward: using the deadly toxin of a fruit fly to taint Gotham's supply of money.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Well he certainly does his best to cultivate the image and unlike other incarnations he does manage to pull it off.
  • Master Actor: He mentions that he used to be an actor before taking up crime, and he's put these skills to use in some of his Falsely Reformed Villain schemes.
  • Nice Hat: He wore a very nifty purple topper.
  • Parasol of Pain: Well, he'd hardly be the Penguin without one (or twelve) of these on hand like in "Fine Finny Fiends".
  • Purple Is Powerful: What made this Penguin stand out from other incarnations is rather than wear all black he wears a purple top hat and a matching bowtie.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Befitting his image of man of wealth and culture, he always talks in an elaborate manner.
  • Sinister Schnoz: His moniker comes in part from his beak-like nose.
  • Social Climber: A lot of his "gone straight" schemes (especially the "marry into rich/important family" ones) seem baked into this mindset, fitting his snobbish demeanor.
  • Trope Codifier: Just like Gorshin, Meredith's Penguin influenced the character for decades — interpretations of Penguin being a deformed social outcast are a fairly modern idea.
  • Verbal Tic: His signature "waugh waugh" - another byproduct of Meredith's reaction to all those cigarettes.
  • Wicked Pretentious: He puts on airs of refinement, but he's a cruel, callous thug through-and-through.

     The Joker 

The Joker

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"I'll have it! By all the saints of wicked mirth, I'll have it! The last laugh will still be mine!"
Played by: Cesar Romero (1960s series and film), Jeff Bergman (voice in Return of the Caped Crusaders and Vs. Two-Face)

The third villain to be introduced. A crazy harlequin with a love of demented pranks.


  • Arch-Enemy: As mentioned above, he's tied with the Penguin for the most (on-screen) battles with Batman. Modern-day continuations like the digital comic and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders take this for granted and go out of their way to make things more personal between him and Batman. That being said, this version of the character isn't quite as malicious or personally involved with Batman as later incarnations and the Penguin, Catwoman, and especially the Riddler hold just as much claim to the title as him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Averted, this Joker may have a few screws loose but he's not considered criminally insane and as such is sent to Gotham State Penitentiary for 10-20 years whenever he's arrested. note 
  • Badass Mustache: Caeser Romero's own was famously painted over with the Joker makeup, as he refused to shave it. It remains somewhat visible underneath the white.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Outwardly the most goofy and approachable of the big four, but he'll go to some truly horrible lengths just to spring his henchmen from jail (a fact that, funnily enough, subverts the character's usual Bad Boss reputation). And that's not even getting into how the comic continuation saw him break into the Batcave, give Alfred a good enough of a scare that he died, and led Batman into killing him.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the comic crossover with Wonder Woman (1975), Joker broke into the Batcave and gave poor Alfred good enough of a scare that he died. Batman was so enraged that the Clown Prince of Crime apparently paid with his life, forcing the Caped Crusader to retire from crimefighting, convinced he could never trust himself to wear the cowl again.
  • Dirty Coward: He's perfectly willing to threaten Batman with a pounding he'll never forget...until he realizes they're in the same room.
  • Evil Counterpart: His solution to beat Batman's insufferable utility belt? Invent his own! It was so effective, it had the Dynamic Duo on the ropes... until Joker got cocky enough to switch an exact replica of his belt with Batman's as a prank. Cue the Dynamic Duo reverse-engineering to discover it's secrets leading to his defeat.
  • The Fagin: "The Joker Goes to School" has him corrupting high-schoolers into joining his gang and even trying to murder one of them, when she was no longer useful.
  • For the Evulz: Most of the villains, will have some monetary goal in their schemes, but the Joker is the one who will do evil schemes just because — best shown with his counterfeit currency scheme. He goes to the trouble of buying a comic book publishing house so he'll have ready access to ink and printing presses, he builds an elaborate human-like robot to infiltrate Gotham's main bank as a teller so he can pass out counterfeit cash .... that's intentionally left blank on one side.
  • Knows the Ropes: One of his more frequent gadgets is the "trick streamer" - party confetti that instantly knots itself around any unfortunate victim.
  • Large and in Charge: If Batman's Bat-slide from "The Joker Goes to School" is to be believed, he stands a monstrous six-foot-six.note 
  • Mad Scientist: This incarnation of the Joker is a lot more scientific than most, with nearly all of his schemes involving a new invention such as exact duplicates of the Dynamic Duo's utility belts to the ability to mess with time itself.
  • Monster Clown: Zig-zagged. While he does put the Dynamic Duo in the obligatory death trap, this Joker isn't really into mindless killing as part of his schemes (except that one time he tried to murder a high-schooler henchgirl), preferring elaborate capers based on whatever gimmick taken's his fancy.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Of course, none of the arch-villains can be accused of being especially mature (or stable), but some of Joker's schemes — like turning all of Gotham's main water supply into jelly or beating Batman in a surfing competition — are just flat-out weird.
  • Out of Focus: In the Movie; all of the villains get a chance to shine except Joker, who's just sort of there by virtue of being one of the main four.
  • Trope Codifier: Zigg-zagged. While no would dare say that Romero gave a bad performance, his successors in the role namely: Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, and the late Heath Ledger with their more sardonic and darker take on the character are more established in the public consciousness.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Zig-zigged - Romero donned a comics-faithful green wig for the role, but lighting issues frequently meant it would be photographed as every color except green. In older stills from the show especially, it could look brown, blonde, or even red.

     Catwoman 

Catwoman

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"Pur-fect"
Click here to see her portrayed by Lee Meriwether 
Click here to see her portrayed by Eartha Kitt 
Played by: Julie Newmar (S1 & S2, Return of the Caped Crusaders, Batman Vs. Two Face), Lee Meriwether (The Movie), Eartha Kitt (S3)

The last of the main four to be introduced. Catwoman is world-class burglar with an insatiable greed for wealth and riches, and much to her chagrin finds herself hopelessly in love with the Caped Crusader.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In contemporary comics, Catwoman was an unrepentant thief and gang-boss but not especially violent or sadistic about it (on several occasions she even saved Batman's life). Here, she's a Deathtrap-happy arch-criminal with the occasional humanizing moment, as exemplified by one exchange from "Scat! Darn Catwoman":
    Batman: A wife no matter how beauteous, or affectionate would severely impair my crimefighting!
    Catwoman: But I could help you in your work! As a former criminal, I'd be invaluable. I can reform, honestly I can!
    Batman: What about Robin?
    Catwoman: (Disgusted) ROBIN?! (Beat; gleefully) Oh, I've got it! We'll kill him!
    Batman: ...I see you're not really ready to assume a life in society.
  • Ascended Extra: Only one appearance in the first season, she was given significantly more stories in the follow-up seasons.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: She seemingly died twice, but always managed to come back.
  • Child Hater: On two separate occasions (three if you count Return of the Caped Crusaders), she casually proposes killing Robin after tying the knot with Batman.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Sometimes (especially in her debut episode), but more often than not subverted, as this take on the character was a lot more thuggish and never really above straight-up extorting or mugging people.
  • Colorblind Casting: African-American actress, Eartha Kitt was brought in to play Catwoman in the last season, having being previously played by white actresses. There was no comment on this, but since it was The '60s, it meant Batman could have no romantic interest in her whatsoever.
    • The digital comic uses the Newmar and Kitt incarnations interchangeably, depending on the writers' whims.
  • Death by Materialism: Famously in her first appearance, she refused to give up her loot and fell into a chasm inside a cave.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When asked by Batman what would happen to Robin if she became his crime-fighting partner instead (see above), she not only suggests that he be killed, but excitedly proposes it to Batman as if she thinks he might enjoy doing the deed together. Batman, predictably, does not take her up on the offer.
  • Evil Is Sexy: In-Universe, even Batman admits it.
    Batman: Give credit where credit is due, Robin. She may be evil, but she is attractive. You'll know more about that in a couple of years.
  • Greed: Her most defining trait.
    Catwoman: [after double-crossing her sole henchman left after the Dynamic Duo arrested the others] There's never enough for two!
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Batman vs. Two-Face.
  • Honey Trap: In the Movie, she successfully seduces Bruce Wayne in the guise of a Russian reporter, Kitka as part of the United Underworld's scheme to lure Batman into a trap by kidnapping Bruce Wayne. It cuts pretty deep when he unmasks her.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her Spy Catsuit, made of jet-black Sensual Spandex. This was actually the first take on the character to wear black, and like the Riddler example above, it was eventually ported into the comics (as well as Alternate Company Equivalent Black Cat).
  • Never Going Back to Prison: She's demonstrated this attitude several times, which often leads to her leaping off tall ledges rather than give herself (and her current loot) up to the law. Good thing Batman and company never find the body and Cats Have Nine Lives...
  • No Name Given: The name Selina Kyle is never used once in the series, so her true identity is never revealed and we get no glimpses into her personal life.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: In her partnership with Sandman she was fully intending to double-cross Sandman ... and was indignant when he beat her to it.
  • Pungeon Master: Not quite as bad about it as Egghead, but she rarely passes up the chance to cram in a cat pun (or a "purr"). One episode had her running a nightclub where everything on the menu had "cat" somewhere in the name.
  • Sexy Cat Person: As in every version of Batcanon.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Even without the heels, Newmar stood almost six feet; Yvonne Craig was reportedly terrified of facing her in a fight scene, and relieved to face the much-smaller Eartha Kitt.
  • Token Female: The only main female villain on the show.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Okay, she was never particularly good, but her feelings for Batman did a lot to humanize more than the other villains. But when Eartha Kitt was cast — the romantic angle between the two was dropped and Catwoman became more nasty to the heroes.
  • Tragic Dropout: She makes the claim in "Catwoman Goes to College" that her life of crime is because she was a dropout. Not surprisingly, around here, it's quickly made very clear she doesn't have any actual plans to turn that around.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Not that she hasn't tried dating people on her own moral spectrum... it's just that for the most part they're all Gonks: she can't stand Joker's green hair, and Penguin's too... erm, small. Note also that unlike most versions of the character, she's perfectly fine with brainwashing or even killing Batman if she's not in a pining mood.
  • Woman Of Wealth And Taste: Her lairs are always opulently decorated.
  • Whip It Good: True to form, brandishes a cat o'nines as her usual weapon; its handle is also gimmicked to squirt Knockout Gas.
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Recurring Villains

     Dr. Schivel / Mr. Freeze 

Dr. Schivel / Mr. Freeze

"Poor devil, forced to live in an air-conditioned suit that keeps his body temperature down to 50 degrees below zero! No wonder his mind is warped."
Batman
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L to R: Sanders, Preminger, Wallach
Played by: George Sanders (S1), Otto Preminger (S2), Eli Wallach (S2)

A Mad Scientist forced to live in a sub-zero temperatures after Batman accidentally spilled cryogenic chemicals on him. He appeared three times and was notably played by a different actor in each appearance.


  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Zig-zagged, as he really didn't have much a backstory in the Pre-Crisis continuity, simply described as having his physiology altered to the point he was unable to survive outside of sub-zero temperatures. Here, his origin hinged on Batman accidentally spilling freeze fluid on him during an attempt to arrest Freeze during a robbery. The comic continuation, which was published years after Batman: The Animated Series gave him his popular origin story that the comics quickly introduced, revealed he was trying to continue his work in cryogenic experiments through illegal means after his funding had been pulled. Batman attempted to stop him, but accidentally hit a freeze canister with a batarang, exposing Freeze to the substance and altering his body.
  • Adaptation Name Change: At the time, his comics counterpart (who had all of one story under his belt) was called Mr. Zero. The "Mr. Freeze" moniker stuck and was quickly back-ported to the comics.note 
    • This also applies to his true identity. In the Pre-Crisis comics, he had none. Here, he's Dr. Art Schivel, whereas all adaptions since have gone by Dr. Victor Fries thanks to Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Adapted Out: Since he was created before Batman: The Animated Series put him back on the map, this version never had a Nora Fries to call his own, even in the show's official comic-based continuation.
  • Affably Evil: Sanders and Wallach; the Sanders even noted how he really didn't want to kill the Dynamic Duo, considering them fine people, but he felt he had no choice because he wanted revenge for the accident that made him the way is.
    • Faux Affably Evil: The Preminger version has a thin veneer of politeness, but he's really nothing more than a cold, cruel bully.
  • Bad Humor Truck: He's very fond of using ice-cream trucks (and factories) as bases of operation.
  • Bald of Evil: Otto Preminger version only.
  • Body Horror: He starts out with a handsome middle-aged man force to wear a special suit to survive outside of subzero temperatures, his second appeareance looked inhuman with his ghastly blue skin, freeze collar and getting a Bald of Evil, but in his third incarnation he has his hair again.
  • Costume Evolution: The George Sanders version was a handsome middle-aged man force to wear a special suit. The subsequent incarnations looked inhuman with their ghastly blue skin and freeze collar making him look closer to modern incarnations of the character.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Invoked by Freeze in the comic continuation specifically set his next evil scheme into motion. When Gotham was gripped by a heat-wave, he sold a small, personal cooling device designed to give the user a personal cold shield to keep them from overheating. Selling these devices across all of Gotham, such devices would have undoubtedly been helpful in the real world as much as it was the comic world. Unfortunately, said devices are little more than transponders to help him turn Gotham into a blizzard-stricken city he'll turn into the next ice age. That way he'll make a small profit and get his revenge.
  • Evil Genius: He's smart enough to be able to create a multitude of devices not only designed to help him survive his environment, but has a good grasp of technology and communications devices to be able to broadcast entire cold waves across Gotham.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was just a Mad Scientist, until Batman spilled those chemicals on him.
  • Herr Doktor: Sanders and Wallach gave him a German accent. Preminger used his natural Austrian accent.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: The George Sanders version had upscale tastes in suits, liquor, and home decor.
  • Revenge: His primarily motivation for what Batman did to him — even if it was an accident.
    "You must pay for what you did to me. For forcing me to live like this. Never again to know the warmth of a summer breeze. Never to feel the heat of burning logs in winter time. Revenge. That is what I need. Revenge! I will have revenge!
  • Tragic Villain: Out of all the villains, it's hard to not to pity him considering he can't survive in normal temperatures without his special refrigerator suit or freeze collar. Even Batman pities him, and in part believes himself responsible for Mr. Freeze's current state to a degree. And keep in mind, this was decades before Nora Fries was introduced and Mr. Freeze's entire backstory was re-written.
  • Verbal Tic: The Preminger version, for reasons known only to him, often tacked "Wild!" in-between his sentences.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: His only gimmick is his Freeze Ray. By his last appearance, the Dynamic Duo have invented special thermal underwear to No-Sell it, leaving Mr. Freeze helpless.
  • Wicked Cultured: The George Sanders version enjoyed the finer things in life when in his lair he would lounge around in a fine dressing gown or a full suit; he even timed how quickly it took his subzero skin to chill different liquors!
  • Wolverine Publicity: In modern continuations and merchandising the Preminger version is the one that's used, possibly because he's the one more in tune with the how the character is modernly portrayed; ironic since Preminger was so rude and unprofessional that the production team brought in somebody else for Mr. Freeze's last appearance.

     Jervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter 

Jervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter

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Played by: David Wayne

A particularly nasty thief obsessed with hats, who's dedicated his entire career to trying to add Batman's cowl to his collection.


     Prof. William McElroy / King Tut 

Prof. William McElroy / King Tut

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Played by: Victor Buono, Wally Wingert (voice in Vs. Two-Face)

A mild-mannered Egyptology professor who whenever he gets bumped on the head is convinced he's the reincarnation of King Tut and that Gotham is Thebes. The only villain outside of the main four to appear in all three seasons.


  • Adipose Rex: He's quite large and fancies himself the reincarnation of an Egyptian pharaoh. Interestingly, though, in his debut episode he refused to eat "unclean" food like hot dogs, insisting instead on grapes, figs, and ambrosia fit for a king.
  • Berserk Button: Referencing Batman is sure to get him riled up. Interestingly, in his first episode, he also loses his temper if anyone mentions that he's actually a professor of Egyptology who got bonked on the head and subsequently went mad; when his moll Nefertiti does so, Tut tortures her to the point of utterly breaking her mind.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: While he's one of the goofiest villains in terms of personality, he's also an utterly ruthless would-be tyrant (once torturing his moll into permanent insanity for daring to bring up his alter-ego), and in some respects actually came closest to unearthing Batman's secret identity.
  • Breakout Character: Within the show itself; while most of the villains created for the show only appeared once or twice, Tut was so popular among both fans and Victor Buono himself that he became the only villain outside of the big four to appear in every season, amassing a total of five separate appearances.
  • Canon Foreigner: King Tut was created exclusively for the series, but became popular enough to make appearances in later Batman media.
  • Contrived Coincidence: No matter how many times he was defeated and returned to sanity, poor Professor McElroy always managed to be bonked on the head again, turning him back into the crazed King Tut. It was particularly blatant when he revealed that he'd had a reinforced bowler hat specially made to prevent head injuries...and the instant he took it off for a single moment, a flowerpot fell from a nearby window and knocked his noggin.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In “Tut’s Case Is Shut,” he outright cries when he has to kill all his scarabs to complete his scheme.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Tut has to be the most bombastic villain on the show.
  • Fat Bastard: Victor Buono was not a slender fellow, and King Tut was a remorseless villain. Professor MacElroy averted the "bastard" part, though.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Tut is only a villain when he gets bumped on the head. Another bump and he's back to his mild-mannered self.
  • Large Ham: He couldn't be any hammier if he tried, for he is as boastful and loud as any other villain, befitting his grandiose personality and choice of theming.
  • Near-Villain Victory: He figures out that Batman and Bruce Wayne are one and the same, and is just about to announce it to the world. Unfortunately for him, he pronounces it a little too loud...just as Batman was counting on, for a mine support beam falls loose from his screaming and clonks him on the head, reverting him back to Professor McElroy in the nick of time.
  • Nepharious Pharaoh: He presented himself as the reincarnation of King Tut, though he mixes this gimmick with others as necessary.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Is up there with The Joker as one of the least mature supervillains in the show, throwing tantrums and calling his opponents childish names regularly.
  • Self-Harm: Played for Laughs, but in Batman vs. Two-Face, he deliberately clubs himself on the head to forcibly revert himself to Professor McElroy to prevent himself from talking.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: His Season 3 appearances (perhaps inadvertently) hint at this - the justice system has apparently started treating him as a full-blown criminal, even locking him up in the Arch Criminal Wing alongside the likes of Joker and Penguin. The digital comic makes it even worse, confirming that Tut has, at the very least, learned how to masquerade as his civilian side.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Tut had a tendency to go from quietly musing about his own greatness to outright screaming about Batman.

     Egghead 

Egghead

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Played by: Vincent Price

An eggceptionally smarmy - and pun-loving - Evil Genius who will stop at nothing to prove himself the greatest mind in Gotham (and the world).


  • Arch-Enemy: In the comic continuation, he flat out admits that Batman is the Val Jean to his Javert.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Out of all the villains, Egghead is the only one to realize that Batman would have to be a millionaire to fund his super heroics. After a simple process of elimination of Gotham's elite (one is too old, one has a French accent, one is left-handed, etc.) he concludes that Bruce Wayne is the only candidate.note  Though for some reason, when the mind-reading machine he was going to use to check frizzes out, Egghead just drops the whole thing.
    • Batman fools him by focusing on the most shallow and self-absorbed thoughts he can manage when the mind-reading machine is working. Egghead is disgusted by the emptyheaded thoughts and refuses to believe that anyone as intelligent as Batman would be capable of faking that level of tripe.
  • Bald of Evil: He gets his name from his unnaturally large, pale bald head.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, as the comics continuation revealed, he hates when anyone questions his methods. He drops the Dynamic Duo and a poor henchman of his out his blimp—the former for questioning how low he would go to capture them (having tricked the heroes into attending a false charity event), and the latter rightly points out that they should take Batman's utility belt.
  • Canon Immigrant: Along with King Tut, Egghead's the only other Rogue originally created for the series to be brought over (albeit in minor appearances) to the main comics canon and other Batman media seperate from the series canon, all happening nearly five decades since the series.
  • Dirty Coward: This could apply to most if not all of the arch-criminals, but Egghead is the only one who flat-out admits his cowardice - to Batgirl, no less!
  • Evil Brit: Vincent Price plays Egghead with a Received Pronunciation accent befitting an Evil Genius such as he.
  • Evolution Power-Up: In the comic's continuation, he creates a device that evolves his body to that of a 40th century human. While he doesn't physically change (aside from his costume and glowing eyes), he does gain the ability to manipulate matter in any way he pleases, place others under mind control, and forcibly devolve Batman and Robin into cavemen.
  • Idiot Ball: When he has Batman and Robin held hostage in a comic-continuation story, one of his henchman suggests they should take off Batman's utility belt, just in case. As demonstrated multiple times, Batman's belt can do just about anything and hold nearly everything he needs to escape death traps. All this does is trigger's Egghead's Berserk Button and leads him to drop both the henchman and the Dynamic Duo out of his blimp. Of course, the henchman is right, as Batman is able to call the Batcopter over and save them from certain doom, allowing them to commandeer Egghead's blimp right back to prison. For a supposed genius, he really didn't think that one through.
  • Informed Ability: While he does have some occasional very smart moments, all of his schemes are fundamentally flawed. Had the mayor been smart and hired an army of lawyers to read through the Gotham City charter, Egghead's control over the city wouldn't have lasted a day. And he should have know there was no way he was going to hatch a fossilized dinosaur egg. Nor should he have ignored his henchman's suggestion to get rid of Batman's utility belt.
  • Insufferable Genius: One smarmy smart guy.
  • My Brain Is Big: With a chrome-dome like that, what would you expect?
  • Pungeon Master: Belts out a truly eggcessive number of egg puns whenever he gets the chance. The only one to come even close would be Batman & Robin's version of Mr. Freeze with ice puns.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: In the comics continuation, his successful evolution into an all-powerful being gives him complete and utter control of Gotham, but he finds such petty drivel meaningless, especially as he reduced the Dynamic Duo into mindless cavemen (or so he thinks). He mentions this trope outright when discussing it with his henchman, and has to explain to one of them what it means.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Taken Up to Eleven - according to Batman, his diet consists eggsclusively of grade triple-A white eggs.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Olga in the third season (though she's always quick to remind him he's only a prospective consort). This led to some serious Badass Decay for him, though he still had his moments.
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     Marsha, Queen of Diamonds 

Marsha, Queen of Diamonds

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Played by: Carolyn Jones

A world class-thief obsessed with diamonds, usually assisted by her Wicked Witch aunt Hilda. Her ultimate goal is to steal the Bat-Diamond that Batman uses to power his Batcomputer.


     Shame & Calamity Jane 

Shame & Calamity Jane

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Played by: Cliff Robertson and Dina Merrill

Thick as a brick but always handy with his six-shooters, the modern-day Outlaw known as Shame loves himself every Wild West cliché in the book... but not as much as he loves some easy loot.


  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot more prone to this than the other villains, since his default mood is very laid-back and dry. That said, he also gets snarked a lot, thanks to his slow wit and temper flareups.
  • Disco Dan: He's almost as over-the-top with his gimmick as Tut's, but he's sane enough to realize it's not 1866... he just really, really wishes it was.
  • The Family That Slays Together: He and his fiancee Calamity Jan make a pretty faithful Outlaw Couple, and while Jan's mother Frontier Fanny nags him a lot, she is otherwise a fairly obedient and competent member of his gang.
  • The Gunslinger: Keeping in with their Wild West theme, he and his gang are always armed to the teeth (not that it does them much good against the heroes' Plot Armor). He even keeps a Little Useless Gun in his hat as a last resort.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: His henchman Thunderhawk, whom Shame forces to act like a stereotypical Native American, is quick to turn on his boss when Batman offers him a chance to clear his name (as Daniel Greyhawk, his true identity, was framed for fabricating fission research, something that Batman points out may have been committed by an ex-collegue of Greyhawk's that was recently found to be a foreign spy).
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: A rare villainous example - in his second appearance, this is how Batman draws him out of hiding.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Downplayed with Calamity Jane's mother, Frontier Fanny. She certainly nags Shane a lot, but she's nevertheless loyal to him.
  • Outlaw Couple: Shame and Calamity Jane are engaged.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: A deliberately childish and silly version in the digital comic, where he's frustrated that his henchman Thunderhawk keeps slipping out of stereotypical broken English and into more flowery and erudite language because it's ruining the gang's mystique. (This is also because Thunderhawk happens to be a former Yale physics student, and Shame is not a fan of "book-learnin'" in general.)
  • The Rustler: His debut episode played him as a modern-day version of this, an evil cowboy going around "rustling" cars and car parts.
  • Train Job: Appropriate to his gimmick, Shame pulled this off twice. First, in the show itself, he stages a robbery of a train full of money being pulled out of circulation. Then, in the comic continuation, he robs a vintage train that had been converted to tourist service. They initially think it's All Part of the Show, until he subverts this by revealing his bullets are as real as they come.

     Olga, Queen of the Cossacks 

Olga, Queen of the Cossacks

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Played by: Anne Baxter

     Louie the Lilac 

Louie the Lilac

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Played by: Milton Berle

  • Back for the Dead: After a brief cameo in the comic continuation, he ends up being apparently killed by Poison Ivy when he appears next.
  • Cigar Chomper: In classic gangster style.
  • Foul Flower: In addition to his nickname, Louie also makes use of mutant plants (including a carnivorous lilac bush) and gives his henchmen flower-themed names.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a dapper lavender homburg to go with his suit.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Despite Milton Berle's masculine appearance, Louie centers his whole gimmick around flowers... he makes the Joker look like a regular John Wayne.

Minor Villains

     Zelda the Great 

Zelda the Great

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Played by: Anne Baxter
One of Gotham's cleverest magicians - who also moonlights as the April Fool's Thief, stealing $100,000 every April Fools' Day to pay the unscrupulous inventor that comes up with most of her equipment.
  • Escape Artist: Her biggest draw as a performer, though she's also capable of smaller magic tricks.
  • Forced into Evil: While there were, perhaps, more ethical ways of solving her predicament, she's definitely not happy about her life of crime and draws the line at killing.
  • Gender Flip: Her debut episode was loosely adapted from a comic ("Batman's Inescapable Doom Trap") that featured a male magician named Carnado the Great.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: The only Special Guest Villain(ess) on the show who promised to reform at the end, and evidently meant it. Note that the digital comic completely ignores this.

     False Face 

False Face

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Played by: Malachai Throne

  • Composite Character: The digital comic eventually reveals his real name to be Basil Karlo, mashing him straight into the Clayface lineage.
  • Frame-Up: He disguises himself as Bruce Wayne in the comic continuation and pawns off fake jewelry, forcing Bruce to don the mantle of Batman a bit longer than he'd planned that day.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Disguising himself as Bruce Wayne to pawn off fake jewelry might have worked, had he not bumped into Batman and Robin chasing down the Riddler at the same time. While he doesn't know that Batman and Bruce Wayne are one in the same, Robin spotting Bruce walking down the street in broad daylight picking up Riddler's stolen loot tips him off that something's wrong, since Bruce is right beside him attempting to fight off Riddler. This helps Bruce piece together that False Face is framing him.
  • Master of Disguise: Other villains dip into this every now and then, but only he makes it his stock-in-trade.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In spite of being an evil scum-bag, he does get a little treat in the comic continuation. He makes a gritty and downright gruesome Batman tv series, hoping that it would eventually lure the real deal out to the tv studio where it was filmed so he could make the finale about the real Batman's demise. Naturally, Batman escapes, but the episode is so well-received by the public, it wins a major award specially for False-Face and Batman (though neither are available to claim it). He's actually very ecstatic.

     The Bookworm 

The Bookworm

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Played by: Roddy McDowall

A failed author turned super crook.


  • Awesomeness by Analysis: As with Egghead in the show, the comic continuation sees him stake out Batman and analyze everything he does to determine his true identity. He almost succeeds, but Batman catches on and makes it seem as if Alfred is really the Caped Crusader.
  • Batman Gambit: He steals a massive check from a crowdfunding effort, knowing that Batman and Robin's attempts to track him down will give him enough clues to deduce Batman's true identity. Unfortunately for him, Batman figures it out and dupes him.
  • Berserk Button: Don't bring up his failed attempts at literary greatness.
  • Creative Sterility: The reason behind said failed attempts — in spite of being magnificently well-read, he doesn't have an ounce of creativity in his body, and is forced to pilfer schemes wholesale from classic literature instead of coming up with new ones.
    Bookworm: Books, books — that's the secret of my success. Books. Ohh, I read them all... I inherit the wisdom of the ages; every plot, ever devised, is here, inside my head.
    Lydia: Oh, Bookworm — with a mind like yours, I wonder why you don't write your own best-seller.
    Bookworm: [Furious] SHUT UPPP! Oh, don't you DARE say that to me!
    Lydia: B-but Bookworm, I —
    Bookworm: NO, you, you, you, you're TAUNTING me, aren't you?!
    Lydia: NO, Bookworm!
    Bookworm: YES, YESYOUARE, YOU'RE TAUNTING, MOCKING ME! AND WHY?! Why, because I have no ORIGINALITY, that's why! WHY, BECAUSE I'M ONLY THE MASTER OF STOLEN PLOTS!
  • Evil Brit: He is played by Roddy McDowall after all.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears some of the biggest specs in the series, and is also one of the most violently unstable crooks.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His suit and fedora are made from book leather.note 
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the digital comic, he's eventually trapped in the same spellbook that he tried to use against Batgirl, who knew the incantations better than he did. Whether this was fatal or even permanent remains to be seen.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He fancies himself quite the bibliophile, but naturally Batman (and Bruce Wayne) outclasses him.
    Bookworm: I'm so much cleverer than all of you, you see. Oh as the poet says "They who lose today may win tomorrow".
    Bruce Wayne: Wrong, Bookworm. Not the poet. That line's from Cervantes' Don Quixote. Part One: Book One: Chapter Seven.
    Bookworm: Poof! That devil. This fellow, he is almost as obnoxious as Batman.
    • In the digital comic, he attempts an Egghead-style Awesomeness by Analysis (though with different observations) to crack Batman's secret identity. Ultimately, he concludes that Alfred is Batman.
  • New Media Are Evil: The comic continuation reveals he thinks television rots people's brains.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a brown leather fedora that comes with its own reading lamp!

     The Archer 

The Archer

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Played by: Art Carney

Styling himself a modern-day Robin Hood, the Archer is dedicated to stealing from the rich and giving to the poor... and, later on, stealing from them as well.


  • Just Like Robin Hood: He styles himself as a distorted modern counterpart to the Robin Hood myth.
  • Master Archer: He is an evil modern-day Robin Hood clone and is an expert shot with the bow and arrow.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: While his "altruism" definitely isn't selfless, he apparently holds himself to this standard, as his threat to kill Alfred if Batman won't give up his secret identity was just a bluff.
  • No Name Given: Unlike many of the other villains, we never find out his real name.
  • Trick Arrow: A big part of his arsenal.

     The Minstrel 

The Minstrel

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Played by: Van Johnson

Rarely seen without his trusty mandolin, this deceptively foppish arch-villain knows everything there is to know about music - including the exact frequency needed to vibrate a city into dust.


  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Does this in his first appearance, hijacking Gotham’s TV’s in order to blackmail the stock exchange.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The Minstrel is an electronic genius, and his inventions make up a large chunk of his arsenal.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The comic continuation sees him steal Bruce Wayne's Shakespeare bust from his study, hoping Batman and Robin would find it and realize where he is. He intended to use his melodic talents to turn the Batmobile's own frequency against it, thereby destroying the car (and the Dynamic Duo along with it) with his special weapon. Unbeknown to him, stealing the bust physically prevented the heroes from getting into the Batcave...right where the Batmobile was parked!
  • Revenge: Is dead set on this in Batman '66, as he wishes Batman and Robin destroyed for arresting him.

     Ma Parker 

Ma Parker

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Played by: Shelley Winters

Proud mother - and manager - of four infamous bank robbers, Ma Parker has terrorized countless cities across the nation, but finds Gotham and its own clan of crimefighters a decidedly tougher nut to crack.


     The Clock King 

The Clock King

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Played by: Walter Slezak

  • Adaptational Name Change: His name here is Morris Tetch, rather than William Tockman, Tem, or Temple Fugate.
  • Clock King: Played with. He talks a big game about planning his crimes down to the second, but in practice he's just really fond of stealing (and wearing) timepieces.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the digital comic, he's shown to genuinely care for his brother, who's the Mad Hatter.
  • God-Created Canon Foreigner: His debut story was the last script penned by Bill Finger, in what was almost certainly the first time poor Finger received any official credit on a Batman story.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When his brother fails to steal the Crown Jewels of England, he points out to his henchman that the only mistake Jervis made was trying to commit the crime of the century, rather than play it safe.
  • Related in the Adaptation: The digital comic reveals he's actually Morris Tetch, the Mad Hatter's brother.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: A Green Arrow villain transferred to Batman's rogues.

     Chandell and Harry 

Chandell

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Played by: Liberace

A well-loved celebrity pianist, Chandell hides quite a few dark secrets - and a less-than-sterling conscience - behind his talented fingers.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The digital comic note  portrays him as blonde.
  • Blackmail: Harry is subjecting Chandell to this, threatening to reveal that the skilled pianist injured his hand and forced Harry to play for him during a prominent concert.
  • Cain and Abel: Subverted. While Chandell is being blackmailed by Harry, in the end they're pretty much equally rotten. It's played straight in the comic continuation, as Chandell makes a genuine attempt to reform.
  • The Casanova: A well-known ladykiller - and he puts it to good use by having a trio of ladies as henchmen.note 
  • Reformed Criminal: The comics continuation reveals that Chandell has been putting on charity concerts to help pay for his crimes. He even helps Batman when The Siren attacks the concert and is freed from her control, upset this might hurt his efforts to reform.
  • Temporary Love Interest: To Aunt Harriet.

     The Puzzler 

The Puzzler

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Played by: Maurice Evans

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Stealing plans for a prototype plane? Acceptable. Selling it to a foreign government? Unthinkable!
    "Have you taken leave of your senses?! I may be an Arch Villain, but I'm a naturalized American Arch Villain".
  • Evil Brit: He speaks with a British accent, though he mentions being a naturalized US citizen.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For the Riddler, due to Gorshin sitting out Season Two due to a contract dispute.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: A Superman villain transferred to Batman's rogues, fitting since the Superman villain was originally an imitation of The Riddler in the first place!
  • Villain Respect: When Puzzler, an endless font of Shakespeare quotes, is corrected on the placement of a line from Hamlet by Batman, he gives his nemesis an earnest salute.
  • Wicked Cultured: Had a propensity for dropping Shakespeare quotes, a nod to his actor's Classically-trained background.

     The Sandman 

The Sandman

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Played by: Michael Rennie

A master thief from Europe, the Sandman is able to put just about anyone down for forty winks with one pinch of his chemically-treated sand - and in the process, turn them into sleepwalking Slave Mooks.


  • Gold Digger: His Evil Plan was seducing noodle queen, Pauline J. Spaghetti posing as doctor to cure her of insomnia so he could get his hands on her vast fortune.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: He teamed up with Catwoman but had no intention of sharing the loot with her; but on the flipside Catwoman was intending to do the same.

     Colonel Gumm 

Colonel Gumm

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Played by: Roger C. Carmel

The crooked foreman of the Pink Chips Stamp Factory.


  • Adaptation Name Change: Downplayed - in Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet, he gives himself a "battlefield promotion" to General.
  • Badass Mustache: His mustache may well have been a precursor to Wilford Brimley.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: His work uniform is bright pink because his employer, Pinky Pinkston is a girly-girl who demands it.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Gumm's return in Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet features his face and hands covered in a thick white epoxy of flexible but irremovable Gumm Glue, the result of a lab accident after getting out of prison. note 
  • Mundane Made Awesome: His entire Evil Plan revolves around the manufacture and circulation of ... counterfeit rare postage stamps. Yes really.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Since his story was the crossover with The Green Hornet, Gumm has the dubious distinction of being the only villain not to be given a "special guest villain credit".
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Unlike many of the villains Gumm didn't try to trick or outwit Batman directly but was operating in secret. It was only the arrival of the Green Hornet that alerted Batman to him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet, he wears a pink army uniform.
  • Shout-Out: The idea of a villain having his face permanently disfigured by a super-strong adhesive of their own making is also shared by Captain America villain Baron Zemo.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Alphabet soup. He goes so far as to add extra letters.
    "This alphabet soup needs more consonants in it."

     Black Widow 

Black Widow

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Played by: Tallulah Bankhead

  • Age Lift: In the comic continuation, she looks noticeably younger.note 
  • Ambiguous Situation: The comic continuation sees her purposely slip spiders into a scientist's brain shortly after he manages to create a formula that would render fossil fuels obsolete. She tells him that she had well-paying clients that hired her and her partner, the Penguin, to ensure that things stayed the same, but it's never made clear who exactly paid her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She is, after all, played by Tallulah Bankhead!
  • Fate Worse than Death: A scientist creates a revolutionary new formula that would replace fossil fuels. She's paid to take him out, but rather than kill him, she effectively lobotomizes him by having spiders lay eggs in his brain. Though Batman notes that the doctor will live, and that his mind could be retrained to function again, it's very unlikely he'll ever be able to recreate the formula.
  • I Work Alone: Robin notes in the comics continuation that it's unusual for her to team up with other villains like The Penguin, finding it against her style. Batman agrees, and is able to use this information to convince Penguin to help them.
  • Pest Controller: Sometimes employs live spiders to help finish off her victims. The digital comic shows she eventually managed to breed one the size of a tank.
  • Meaningful Name: Batman deliberately invokes this on the Penguin in the comic continuation when the slippery fiend teams up with her. He notes that, sooner or later, she will eventually tire of and dispose of the Penguin, much like her namesake. This gets Penguin scared enough to set the Dynamic Duo free.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Despite being a heavy drinker and smoker in her late 60s by the time she appeared in the series, Tallulah Bankhead is still The Vamp as this episode shows. The comic continuation plays this up even further, showcasing her as looking a lot younger.
  • Wicked Cultured: She is, after all, played by Tallulah Bankhead!

     Lorelei Circe / The Siren 

Lorelei Circe / The Siren

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Played by: Joan Collins

  • Compelling Voice: Her voice could hypnotize people, but it only worked on men.
  • Evil Diva: Chanteuse by day, mind-controlling supervillainess by night.
  • Light Is Not Good: Almost exclusively wears silver-white dresses; in her case, it's definitely a warning sign.
  • Logical Weakness: Her powers are practically useless if she can't sing properly. That's why, when she appears in the comic continuation, Kathy Kane is able to shut her up with a good splash of water. Well, that and Chandell knocking her out when he breaks loose from her mind control.
  • Making a Splash: In the comics continuation, she appears as a mermaid before Batman, when she uses her new hallucination-based powers to try and take him down. It only lasts for a few panels before she appears as a devil.
  • Meaningful Name: She's named after the mythical Lorelei, whose singing was said to entrance sailors.
  • Squishy Wizard: The one genuine metahuman among Gotham's criminals, but absolutely useless in direct combat (so it's a good thing our heroes Wouldn't Hit a Girl...).
  • Took a Level in Badass: In her comic continuation appearance, she gains a new set of abilities to induce hallucinations like a real siren, courtesy of The Sandman.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Played straight, then averted. When she returns in the comics continuation, she attempts to use her siren song on Batman, but he had specifically prepared for her return by listening to short bursts of her mind-control frequency for a period of time, rendering him immune to her powers. However, she is still able to place other men under her control, and reveals she can now generate hallucinations to drive Batman insane. Though she still can't control women with her voice.

     Lulu Schultz / Lola Lasagne 

Lulu Schultz / Lola Lasagne

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Played by: Ethel Merman

  • Gold Digger: Her main - if not only - modus operandi as a solo crook. People getting wise to this was what forced her team up with Penguin.
  • Old Friend: To Penguin, they were childhood playmates.
  • Satellite Character: Penguin is pretty much the only character she ever interacts with; she doesn't even get to stick the Dynamic Duo in a deathtrap!

     Lord Marmaduke Ffogg & Lady Penelope Peasoup 

Lord Marmaduke Ffogg & Lady Penelope Peasoup

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Played by: Rudy Vallée and Glynis Johns

A pair of aristocratic siblings from across The Pond. Rather high-handed and snobbish on the surface, but deep down... they're much, much worse.


     Nora Clavicle 

Nora Clavicle

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Played by: Barbara Rush


  • Eek, a Mouse!!: She invokes this trope for her own gain. After successfully manipulating Gotham's mayor into ditching all the male members of its police department and replacing them with women, she sends out an army of robots mice armed with bombs to travel across the city while she robs it blind, as the female police officers will be too scared to deal with them.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Her scheme involved getting Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara retired so she can take over the GCPD. It ends with both men using the power of citizens arrest on her, ensuring they get their jobs back.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She's able to successfully force the mayor of Gotham to forcibly retire Commissioner Gordon by using her very ideology. The mayor's wife (whom is apparently a big fan of Clavicle) refuses to do anything for her husband until he retired Gordon and makes Clavicle his replacement, at which point she's able to purge the police department of all male officers, allowing her to staff it with all-female officers she can scare with robotic mice armed with bombs.
  • Straw Feminist: Her main gimmick. Interestingly, despite the militancy of her demands, she's a lot more level-headed (and good-looking) than you'd expect from a '60s take on this trope.

     Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft & Cabala 

Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft & Cabala

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Played by: Ida Lupino and Howard Duff

An evil alchemist and her soppy husband.


  • Alchemy Is Magic: Cassandra is an alchemist and her work blurs the two.
  • Outlaw Couple: A somewhat bumpier one than Shame and Calamity Jan.
  • Totally Radical: For some reason, their dialogue is peppered with Beatnik slang.
  • Women Are Wiser: Villainous example - Dr. Spellcraft drives and plans all their schemes, while Cabala mostly stands around, takes orders, and makes wisecracks.

     Minerva 

Minerva

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Played by: Zsa Zsa Gabor

Continuation and Spin-Off Villains

     In General 
  • Canon Immigrant: They'll all prominent Batman rogues who were never in the original show because: a) they simply didn't exist yet (Harley Quinn, Killer Croc and Bane) or b) they did exist but weren't used for a variety reasons (the Two-Face script was rejected for being too gruesome, Hugo Strange and Scacrecrow wouldn't become prominent until after the show ended, Poison Ivy was just created when the show was airing, etc).
  • Knight of Cerebus: Given the nature of their characters, they are a lot darker than the majority of the previous members of the rogues gallery.

     Dr. Holly Quinn / The Harlequin 

Dr. Holly Quinn / The Harlequin

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Voiced by: Sirena Irwin


  • Adaptational Heroism: The DCAU and the comics have gone back and forth on it over the years, but most of them agree that pre-villain Harley wasn't an especially nice or moral person, and mostly went to Arkham hoping to cash in on the inmates' fame. This version seems genuinely dedicated to helping her charges, and only becomes evil after a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Joker from driving the rest of Gotham insane.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Most versions of the character depict her as having been manipulated into becoming the Joker's girlfriend, of which she ends up poorly abused in the process. Here, Joker certainly dupes her, but he never actually goes so far as to physically abuse her, and while it's implied she does have a mild crush on him (at least before her accident), she never acts on it in the comic continuation. The Stinger of Batman vs. Two-Face, however...
  • Adaptation Name Change: A downplayed example, but her pre-accident name in this series is Holly Quinn, rather than Harleen Quinzel.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her animated version wears this when she breaks Joker out of Arkham.
  • Punny Name: Somewhat downplayed. Her civilian name is much more mundane than the traditional "Harleen Quinzel", as is her villain handle.
  • Rollerblade Good: Her villain costume is Roller Derby themed, much like the New 52 take at the time.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Even after going evil, she's a lot softer and sweeter than your average supervillain.

     Harvey Dent / Two-Face 

Harvey Dent / Two-Face

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Voiced by: William Shatner

Once Gotham's crusading District Attorney, Harvey Dent fell prey to his evil Split Personality when the left half of his face was horrifically disfigured. Now, he stalks the streets of Gotham as one of its most unpredictable - and deadly - villains, staking his every moral judgment on the flip of a coin.

Note that there are essentially two mutually exclusive versions of Harvey in the '66 continuity - one from the Lost Episode comicnote  and one from the Batman vs. Two-Face animated film. While comparable in some respects, they have decidedly different origins and ultimate fates.


  • Actor Allusion: Given William Shatner's connection to another famous tv show running the exact same as the original Batman show, his role as Two-Face is similar to that of "The Enemy Within", in which Captain Kirk was split into two separate beings—a purely good and noble half that's kindhearted but spineless, and a violent and vicious evil half who's nothing but an immoral monster. It helps that Harvey is effectively helpless against his evil side and that Ink-Suit Actor makes Harvey look like Shatner did during TOS.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: The original Two-Face was created by Sal Maroni throwing acid in his face, whereas the version in the animated film gets made (albeit on accident) by Hugo Strange and Harleen Quinzel, having made an evil extractor device that was supposed to literally suck the evil out of Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and Eggehead. Said villains overload the machine, causing the accident that led to his creation, meaning no less than seven villains played a direct role in his Start of Darkness.
  • Adapted Out: Any mental issues that Harvey typically is struggling with before his transformation are removed in favor of a science experiment gone wrong unleashing his evil side.
  • Beauty to Beast: He's quite a looker until his accident, and even then, he's not nearly as ugly as other Two-Faces have been.
  • Companion Cube: His coin, per usual, which came from his first case as DA.
  • Composite Character: His animated iteration is heavily based on the version of the character from Batman: The Animated Series, being Gotham's district attorney who was very good friends with Bruce Wayne prior to his transformation, but also has elements of his comics version and his iteration from The Dark Knight, being Batman's ally in the war on crime.
  • Crusading Lawyer: As Gotham's district attorney, he holds a perfect track record on getting criminals locked away where they belong, allowing them to repay their debt to society and get the help they need.
  • Deal with the Devil: Or rather, the devil within. Harvey makes a reluctant agreement with his evil side to restore his damaged reputation, by allowing Two-Face to frame various super criminals that Batman and Robin would capture, and in turn allow Harvey to prosecute them.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: A rather cunning and resourceful foe, Two-Face proves himself a fearsome fiend by cleverly framing other criminals for his own crimes.
  • Dice Roll Death: If his coin lands on the scarred side, chances are you won't make it out alive.
  • Duality Motif: In true Two-Face fashion, everything he does is obsessed with duality and the number two. This allows Batman and Robin to piece together that he's back in action.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The animated version is one of the only incarnations of Two-Face who is able to conquer his inner demons and resume civilian life.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In spite of being the one of the most vile foes Batman ever faced, he doesn't argue against doing the right thing when the coin lands on the good side.
  • Evil Former Friend: His transformation into Two-Face left Batman without one of his closest allies in the war on crime, and Bruce Wayne without his oldest friend. Fortunately, his unwavering faith in Harvey allows him to return to the side of good.
  • Face–Monster Turn: Harvey is not an evil man by any means, but his evil side forces him to do such horrendous things that he has no choice but to comply. And as said evil side gets stronger, it saps him enough to the point he's even more powerless to stop it.
  • Fallen Hero: One whose fall this particularly idealistic version of Batman never stops lamenting. In the animated film, said idealism is ultimately rewarded.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His Harvey Dent side wears a brown suit, while his Two-Face side use a bright purple and green for his half of the suit.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Pride is what ultimately sets the plot of the film in motion. After Two-Face is caught and surgically removed, the GCPD informs Harvey that all is forgiven and he can have his old job back—as the assistant to the assistant District Attorney. Though he understands the need to rebuild the public's trust in him, a brief moment of anger appears on his face, which is implied to have allow Two-Face to reemerge inside his body, framing other criminals for various robberies so Harvey could prosecute them.
  • Fair-Play Villain: His coin decides what he's going to do. If it lands good side up, he'll do the right thing. If it lands scarred-side up, he won't hesitate to do the wrong thing.
  • Guns Akimbo: His preferred method of dealing with his enemies.
  • Heads or Tails?: Any serious action he undertakes—good or bad—is determined by the flip of his coin.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his oldest friend Bruce Wayne, who's unwavering faith in him allows Harvey to redeem himself.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Harvey's evil side completely takes over his body, "One-Face" almost kills Batman before the hero points out that any execution has to be decided by the flip of a coin. One-Face grumbles that the hero is right, but finds his coin replaced with a blank. In his confused state, Harvey is able to retake his body.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • When he has Batman and Robin pinned under some rubble, his goons try to get him to bump off the heroes. One flip of a coin later, and the fact it lands on the unscarred side leads him to spare the two. The goons beg him to do the Dynamic Duo in, arguing he has an obligation to every criminal in Gotham. Two-Face responds by telling them he'll use the coin to decide their fate if they argue with him further.
    • As One-Face, he's about to kill Batman when the Bright Knight invokes this trope, pointing out that no decision can be made without the coin. One-Face begrudgingly concedes, but finds the coin he's using is a blank, allowing Harvey to bury him for good (at least for now).
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When the evil side of Two-Face takes over completely, Batman gets Harvey to retake his body with this trope.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He is drawn to look like Shatner during his Captain Kirk days.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Downplayed, but Harvey's evil side can manifest itself at will, and even take control of his entire body, without Harvey's consent.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Harvey's good-natured and lawful side is the Jekyll to Two-Face's violent and evil Hyde. One of the books he swipes from Gotham Library happens to be The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which helps Batman and Robin deduce his return.
  • Multicolored Hair: His unscarred-side is a perfect brown, while his scarred-side is a dark green.
  • Name-Face Name: His criminal alias is Two-"Face".
  • Numerological Motif: The number two.
  • Reluctant Psycho: Harvey does not want to be a criminal. Two-Face doesn't give him much choice.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Because of Two-Face, Harvey learns Batman and Robin's identities. After defeating his evil side, the trauma he experienced caused him to suppress the memory of the Dynamic Duo's true identities.
  • Split Personality: Like with all iterations of the character, his good half represents the honorable, good-natured Harvey Dent, while the bad half represents the evil and twisted side of him. At one point, the bad half takes over completely, creating "One-Face", until Batman is able to get Harvey to break out of this.
  • Tragic Villain: Two-Face is an absolute scum of a bad guy, arguably the darkest of the rogues on Earth-66 that Batman ever fought. Yet beneath it all, Harvey dent is little more than an innocent victim, caught between his desire to do good in the world, and the evil side that won't have any of it. It's especially worse that, unlike other previous iterations, this Harvey is absolutely powerless against his evil side, and has to watch as Two-Face turns the city into his personal playground.
  • Two-Faced: Well, duh. The digital comic opts for the classic acid-in-the-courtroom origin, while the animated movie goes the more fantastical route of him getting scarred by a machine that just extracted the evil from five of Gotham's worst supervillains.
  • Two-Headed Coin: Per usual, his lucky coin has two heads; one side scarred, and the other unscarred. Whichever side it lands on determines what he'll do next.
  • Undying Loyalty: Both he and Bruce hold unwavering faith in their friendship. It's why Bruce doubts that Harvey has returned to his old ways, as he believes in Harvey Dent.
  • Villain Has a Point: Well, Unknown Villain has a point, but when Harvey puts Batman on the witness stand at King Tut's trial (as Tut had been explicitly framed by Two-Face for the point of helping Harvey to regain his reputation), he asks Batman if he believes that Tut's actions (not that of his usual persona as Willam McElroy require proper rehabilitation). Batman does agree, but before he can word it differently, Harvey hammers this point home to the jury, and when he effectively points out that McElroy's knowledge of Egyptology is what allows Tut to commit his crimes, Batman makes no attempt to push a counterargument.

     Solomon Grundy 

Cyrus Gold / Solomon Grundy

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  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In this continuity, Cyrus Gold is a former fling of Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, who died and was resurrected by her aunt. Since Marsha was a Canon Foreigner to the 1966 series, and never appeared in the comics, she never played a role in Grundy's creation until now, as most stories depicted him as being resurrected in the swamps of Gotham without her help.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: His entire deal, beyond being a zombie. When he lived, he was hypnotized by Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, who told him to wait for him outside and forgot about him — in the winter. As Grundy, he was resurrected, but forced to want nothing but to kill Batman.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In life, this version of Cyrus Gold was an Olympic wrestling champion. This accounts for much of his strength, though it's unclear whether or not becoming a zombie made him even more powerful.
  • Liminal Being: Since Grundy is neither alive nor dead, Batman manages to defeat him by hooking him up to the Batmobile's atomic battery and partially reviving him.
    Robin: Gosh... you electrocuted him!
    Batman: No, I jumpstarted his body, Robin — using the atomic batteries of the Batmobile as a defibrillator! I reasoned kicking his body into having a living person's heart rate and metabolism would conflict with his undead chemistry.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Grundy gloats that, while Batman and Robin are slowed down by human limits such as fatigue, Grundy is The Needless by his undead nature and thus will never stop coming.
    Grundy: Run, Bat Man, run! Will do you no good! You have to stop sometime... rest. Eat. Sleep. But Grundy keeps coming, search-ing. Can't escape... Dead Man Walking.
  • Voodoo Zombie: Of the "reanimated to serve the whims of a sorceress" variety.

     Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy 

Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy

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  • Adaptational Name Change: Zig-zagged, but the comics version these days is known as Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley, with this version using this identity. Her Pre-Crisis version, which was created around the same time as the original series, was Dr. Lillian Rose.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Post-Crisis Ivy was never particularly close to her parents, and her New 52 iteration had a particularly abusive father who killed her mother and buried her in the backyard. Here, this Ivy loved her father deeply, and was motivated to get revenge on the university for not helping him after he died.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Ivy is established here as being a former underling of Louie the Lilac.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She knew Bruce Wayne as a child and there seemed to be some level of attraction between them.
  • Genki Girl: Unlike most verisons of the charcter, this Ivy is extremely lively - perky even - and mostly spends her first night as a supervillain running around the city having as much fun as she can. She's even excitable upon defeat.
  • Evil Redhead: With a pretty big mane, to boot.
  • Ms. Fanservice: True to form, Ivy is a very well-endowed and curvaceous woman, dressed in a low-cut outfit that highlights her figure.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: This version grew up in the South - complete with Funetik Aksent, sugah.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: What little we see of her as a child — growing a flower to give to a young Bruce — implies she was very kind.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Like her comic!counterpart, she has a fondness for Batman.

     Bane 

Bane

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Ruling a small Mexican village with an iron fist, the man known only as Bane has never been bested in combat, thanks to the strange green serum his most loyal lieutenants brew in the mysterious pyramids just outside his homeland. But eventually, inevitably, his ambitions turn to a certain city abroad... and to breaking its precious protector.


  • Adapted Out: Bane doesn't use his Venom tank to distribute the substance; rather, he drinks it outright.
  • Carpet of Virility: He's got quite the hairy chest.
  • Doing In the Scientist: Played with; Venom has a slightly more supernatural connection here, being a holdover from ancient Aztec rituals with a crystal skull needed to brew it properly, and Bane's henchman Zombie is shown reading a book by Albert Desmond, A.K.A. Doctor Alchemy, as it's made — but, like other examples of Fantastic Science in the series, the elixir itself is still just a chemical.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After depriving Bane of Venom, Batman fights him as a distraction until Batgirl can handcuff Riddler, then leaves him to his fate of being pummeled and subdued by a tag-team of assembled lucha legends (El Santo, Blue Demon, Mil Mascaras) who were there to challenge his cruel reign.
  • Logical Weakness: As he drinks the Venom this time around, all it takes to stop him is to keep him from being able to consume it. That's why Batman uses a device that clamps Bane's mouth shut during their rematch.
  • Masked Luchador: Per usual. His lieutenants Bird, Trogg and Zombie are all shown in similar gear, though they never fight on his behalf.
  • Mythology Gag: Bane's clamping gag invokes his Dark Knight Rises counterpart, but serves as a hindrance rather than a life-support device.
  • Not His Sled: Downplayed, but Bane uses the famous Bat-Breaker on Batman's spine. Only this time, it doesn't break his back, as Batman had placed a batarang there to keep Bane from being able to break it.
  • Shout-Out: The source of his powers in this series is called the crystal skull.

     Prof. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow 

Prof. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow

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An orphan abandoned and raised in hillbilly country, his constant subjugation to bullying led him to turn his vengeance on Gotham by exposing them to their greatest fears, becoming The Scarecrow.


  • Doorstop Baby: When he was a baby, his parents left him in a potato sack hanging on a fencepost near the Crane farm.
  • Evil Genius: He's certainly intelligent, at least enough to create a hallucinogenic toxin that brings people's worst fears to life.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was abandoned by his parents and bullied by his adoptive brother throughout their youth, which may explain why he became evil.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: Crane himself is not a hillbilly, being very genteel and intelligent, but he grew up dirt-poor in a rural area, and his family and neighbors certainly fit several redneck stereotypes. It was his traumatic childhood here that triggered his transformation into a fear-based villain.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Batman and Robin defeat Scarecrow by using his worst fears against him just like he tried to do to them.
  • Noose Necktie: Like other versions of the character, he wears a noose around his neck, but in a clever twist, his noose is tied up like a bowtie.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: He wears a brown opera cape that makes him look quite threatening.
  • Parental Abandonment: His biological parents abandoned him and left him in the care of Miss Crane and her son.
  • Scary Scarecrows: He was terrified of scarecrows as a child, and his older brother would use this fact to torment him to no end. As an adult, he has taken on the image of the Scarecrow to symbolize that he will now spread fear to others.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He grew up in the rural South, and is definitely an Evil Genius.
  • Waistcoat of Style: He wears a waistcoat made from a patchwork of autumnal colors.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: As usual, Scarecrow's Fear Gas causes people to hallucinate that their worst fears are coming to life.

     Waylon Jones / Killer Croc 

Waylon Jones / Killer Croc

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Once a mere Mook for King Tut, Waylon Jones greedily drank a magic potion during a time-travel caper to Ancient Egypt - and in doing so, turned himself into a super-strong human-crocodile hybrid.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the original comics and some other media, Croc hates his monstrous form because it's caused people to single him out as a freak, and he wishes to become a normal human. Not so here; Batman offers to conduct scientific experiments into turning this Croc human again, but he rejects the offer, reveling in his new form because of how much power it gives him.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Here he's established as one of King Tut's henchmen before becoming Killer Croc. It's because of Tut traveling through time to Ancient Egypt (long story) that Waylon gulps down a potion meant to endow the user with increased strength, which triggers his transformation.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: He loves the strength and durability his new form gives him so much that he doesn't want to be a human again.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's too powerful for Batman to beat in a head-to-head fight, so the Caped Crusader defeats him by outthinking him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a disposable goon in King Tut's gang to a dangerous villain all on his own.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: He's a humanoid crocodile and a dangerous villain.
  • Scaled Up: Notably, while other versions of the character were born looking like human-shaped crocodiles, this version of Croc was a human who became a crocodile-man after drinking an ancient Egyptian potion.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Like many other incarnations of the character, Croc takes what he wants, and for a chemically transformed reptile-man, his wants aren't particularly ambitious; Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 shows that by the 1970's, he's taken up rackets as mundane as smuggling contraband beer into Gotham City.
  • Super Strength: His transformation has left him exceptionally strong.
  • Super Toughness: While he's not invincible, his thick scales leave him Immune to Bullets and other forms of harm.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't have much in the way of strategy or combat tactics, so he tries to compensate with brute strength.

     Prof. Hugo Strange 

Prof. Hugo Strange

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Voiced by: Jim Ward

An unassuming, learned gentleman that runs the Arkham Institute, devoting himself to containing and reforming Gotham's countless arch-villains. Or so he'd have you think.

In truth, the man who styles himself "Professor Hugo" is one of Europe's most wanted criminal masterminds, who seeks nothing less than world domination. To this end, he's allied himself with several of the aforementioned arch-villains and an international terrorist syndicate... but still, he hungers for more...


  • Death by Secret Identity: A non-fatal variant. Not long after discovering Batman's secret identity, he's left an insane, babbling wreck who thinks he's Batman.
  • Mythology Gag: His fate described previously is what happened to the Riddler in Batman Forever.

     Ra's Al Ghul 

Ra's Al Ghul

The primary antagonist of a crossover comic with Wonder Woman (1975), he serves as the immortal head of the ancient organization known as the League of Shadows.


  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He uses the Lazarus Pits to restore his youth. Unfortunately for him, his desire to keep his youth backfires when he uses it a little too soon, causing him to regress into a 10-year-old. Robin uses this almost verbatim to describe what had happened.
  • Fountain of Youth: Per usual, he restores his youth by bathing in the waters of the Lazarus Pits every so often. It's what ultimately does him in, since bathing in it too soon causes him to regress into a 10-year-old.
  • Hired Guns: Due to his tendencies to let others do his work for him, he's hired a multitude of Batman and Wonder Woman's foes for himself.
  • Older Than They Look: He's centuries old, despite appearing to be middle-aged.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He usually hires other criminals to do his dirty work, mostly so he can claim the power of the Lazarus Pits to himself.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Zig-zagged, as he's still Batman's foe in this continuity, but he also ends up facing against Wonder Woman and the entire Amazon population.


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