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This page lists the characters appearing in the Batman: Earth One line of comic books. All spoilers from the first two books will be unmarked below.

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Batman / Bruce Wayne

The son of the murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne. He has become a vigilante in Gotham City.


     Alfred Pennyworth 

Alfred Pennyworth

A friend of the Wayne family who is Bruce's ally.

    Killer Croc 

Killer Croc / Waylon Jones

A vagrant living in the sewers who has a rather severe skin condition.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Killer Croc is a pretty decent guy here, if misunderstood. After being rejected and attacked by a world that judged him for his disfiguring illness, he retreated into the sewers. Chased there by hunters, he pre-emptively attacked any people he encountered. He eventually ends up saving Bruce from the Riddler, and joins Team Batman.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Killer Croc applies to this, in the sense that he doesnt have a three-digit killing record like his original self. This version is basically just a normal human whos been put under extreme circumstances and sought out isolation rather than lashing out with murder.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Killer Croc tells Batman he suffers from ichthyosis, which is a family of genetic disorders that do cause scaly skin; Croc's condition, though, is not like any known cases— in particular, he appears to have bony plates on his brow, which doesn't happen.
  • Body Horror: He's specifically played up as having a horrible skin disease rather than some bizarre mutation.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Killer Croc helps take down the Riddler after he realizes he could have saved countless lives if he stopped him early on.


     Mayor Cobblepot 

Oswald Cobblepot

The corrupt mayor of Gotham.


The Riddler

A Mad Bomber who leaves riddles around Gotham City after the fall of Mayor Cobblepot.

  • Adaptational Villainy: He's a Mad Bomber who wants to take control of the late Mayor Cobblepot's crime network, and in terms of riddles, he has none of his main counterpart's Honor Before Reason, lying about being willing to not kill a train full of people when Batman successfully solves one of his riddles.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Volume 2.
  • Mad Bomber: His way of villainy is the use of bombs at locations of choice.
  • Morton's Fork: Riddler tells Batman that he has to solve a riddle. If he doesn't, he'll blow up a train full of people, if he solves it, they live. He was lying, even when Batman answers correctly, he blew up the train anyway because he never expected Batman to answer correctly.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: His attire of choice.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Unlike his classic version, his name is never given, and the news reports state that it isn't known.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the final parts of Volume 2, Riddler undergoes a rather quick one, going from calm and confident as he kills people with his various tactics to screaming at Batman and trying to shoot him as soon as he finally catches up with him.

Supporting Characters

    James Gordon 
A detective who is forced onto criminal payroll after the death of his wife.

    Harvey Bullock 
A former television detective who comes to Gotham for a second chance at fame.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Bullock has the looks of a Hollywood star, as opposed to the overweight disheveled mainstream version. By the time of Volume 2, he's beginning to look like his canon counterpart.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might look and act like a smug celebrity whose time has passed, but he makes damn sure that you remember he's still a trained cop.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Seeing the dozens of bodies in Arkham Manor's basement has scarred Harvey deep, leaving him to seek refuge in the bottle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempts to reopen cases by using Gordon's name leads to the latter's daughter being kidnapped as punishment.

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