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    James Gordon, Jr. 

James Gordon, Jr.

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"You see, this place is special, Dick. It is a city of nightmares. And I'm yours. I'm the face you see in the glass. A man with no conscience. No empathy."


The long absent son of Commissioner James Gordon and his first wife, Barbara Gordon, James, Jr. finally made a reappearance in the 2011 arc, "Skeleton Cases". Having shown symptoms of psychopathy in his youth, James seemed to be ready to be a functioning member of society. However, it was instead revealed that he was a serial killer, having murdered several people who bullied him in his youth, and viewed empathy as a weakness. His brutality and sadism are only matched by his cunning, and proves himself to be a dangerous foe to the reluctant new Batman, Dick Grayson.
  • Adaptational Heroism: His New 52 incarnation is still a sociopath, but he's considerably less despicable than his Post-Crisis version and proves helpful in defeating The Batman Who Laughs before killing himself to prevent harming his family due to his sociopathic tendencies.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To his father, James Gordon Sr.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. He couldn't care less about Bruce Wayne.
  • Ax-Crazy: Not exactly a cackling maniac, but considering that he’s a violent sadist with no empathy whatsoever, a knack for deliberately starting grudges with random people so that he can find an excuse to violently murder them later, and his desire to turn the newborns of Gotham into a new generation of violent, sociopathic killers like himself only show that he’s still completely insane and a danger to everyone who either associates with him or is around him period.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: As a child, he enjoyed mutilating animals as a hobby.
  • Big Bad: For some of Batgirl's solo adventures and Dick Grayson's time as Batman.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to his sister, Barbara's, Abel.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He proudly claims to be a psychopath.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Back and forth, and then explained, James first appeared in Batman: Year One but was not mentioned for many years after that comic, both in and out of universe. The story arc Skeleton Cases gives very good reasons as to why he was not talked about in-universe. The Gordon family and others try not to talk about James due to his sociopathic behavior being both disturbing and hurtful as well as being a shame on the Gordons.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Really likes doing this.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike the rest of the Rogues Gallery, J. J. is just a regular guy with a genius-level intellect doing awful things for the sake of it.
  • The Corrupter: His master plan is to destroy the morality of Gotham's children by injecting their food supply with a drug to destroy empathy which he views as a weakness. In short, he wants to create a mass production of sociopaths.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: He has blue eyes and is one of the vilest characters of the franchise.
  • Creepy Souvenir: He had a large collection of house keys. Each one was taken off of a victim during his years as a serial killer.
  • Enfant Terrible: Showed signs of psychopathy at a young age and managed to deeply unnerve a serial child murderer to the point where he scared him away.
  • Evil Counterpart:
  • Evil Genius: He has a genius-level intellect. He's also a psychopathic killer.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor:
    James, Jr.: (Indicating a stain on his shirt.) This? It's blood, dad. I killed a waitress while you were talking to Barbara. Her head is stuffed in the toilet of the men's room. (Pause.) It's just ketchup, see? I'm sorry.
  • Evil Is Petty: He in fact looks to be picked on so that he can satiate and justify his bloodlust.
  • Evil Redhead: As a member of the Gordon family.
  • Eye Scream: He had a knife shoved into the outer edge of his eye one time, though it seemed to have missed the eyeball and go into the socket, or he just didn't care.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can put up a pretty good front, since he is composed and polite. Sadly, that's all it is.
  • Foil: To the Joker. While the Joker is flamboyant in personality, appearance, and execution, James is completely mundane, being stoic, looking unremarkable and committing his acts of villainy in secret.
  • For the Evulz: The usual motive of J. J.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: So much, it hurts.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By his own account, he tried "to be good" by joining the Suicide Squad and by giving his imprisoned father the means to escape from jail, but he eventually just gave up and returned to being a Diabolical Mastermind. At some point, he agreed to start taking an experimental medication that was designed to make pure psychopaths like him neurotypical, and while he only agreed to participate in the medical trial because he saw it as a means to escape from custody and resume killing people, the pills proved to be surprisingly effective, and caused him to experience a Villainous BSoD. He stops taking the medication at the behest of his father and Batman, who need his perspective and insight to help them against the Batman Who Laughs, and as the pills wear off there are several points where Jr. is tempted to go back to villainy, being shown contemplating throwing the medicine away or helping the Grim Knight murder or corrupt his father, but, in the end, he resists the urge and helps to save Gotham. Gordon, who had planned on pulling the plug on the medical trial, decides to let it continue helping Jr.
    Gordon: ... James?
    Jr.: I'm coming, dad. I just need to change into my oranges. They brought me too big a size, but I can—
    Gordon: Just listen. They're... they're not taking you back. I called in and the truth is... I want this to continue. I want you to keep going, where you are already, it's... a good thing.
    Jr.: Dad... so you know, I'm not where I wanted you to think I was, not yet. It was partly a mask. I mean, I'm... I'm not there yet.
    Gordon (hugging Jr.): Heh. So you know, son, neither am I. But you're trying. And so am I. And so is everyone.
    • Unfortunately, something went wrong; when he next appears, Jr. is revealed to have become completely psychotic, developing a split personality (which is not even aware that Barbara is Batgirl) that starts taking Jr.'s suppressed jealousy over his sister out on women who look like Barbara in a twisted attempt at "helping" Jr. This causes Jr. to be Driven to Suicide.
      Jr.: Babs, I've been getting better, but there's a shadow that lives inside of me. And he's getting bigger. I can't control him anymore. Babs... there's only one way to give our family the peace I so desperately want to give it. I know what I need to do. And I'm not afraid anymore. I know you don't believe me... but I love you--
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He tries to rationalize his acts as this, but in reality, everything that was done to him was a petty slight AT BEST and his acts of vengeance are so grossly disproportionate that words cannot even sum up how far overboard he went. He knows this, too; when Barbara tells him that he was just looking for ways to justify committing acts of extreme cruelty, he doesn't even deny it or attempt to argue with her about it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks very much like Jeffrey Dahmer during his teen years.
  • Nominal Hero: Bridges towards this at times in his New 52 incarnation.
  • Psychotic Smirk: His default expression.
  • Sadist: Easily one of the most horrific examples in the Batman mythos. He really enjoys killing and torturing.
  • Serial Killer: During his many years away from Gotham, he seems to have taken up this as a hobby.
  • Softspoken Sadist: Unlike many other of the Batman villains, he never hams it up. He always speaks in an even tone.
  • The Sociopath: Averted, if only because he's a full blown psychopath.
  • The Stoic: Combined with Psychotic Smirk, this is how he usually acts.
    • Not So Stoic: Despite hating emotions and empathy, he has his few moments of them.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: When you think about how many other Batman villains have either disfigurements, eye-catching costumes, or some manner of Obviously Evil design, Junior looking like a regular person is pretty startlingly creepy all on its own.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: States that he views empathy as a weakness.
  • Worthy Opponent: Views his sister as this because she's the only person who has managed to dissect his motives and rationale and understand who he truly is.

    Jane Doe 

Jane Doe

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"Jane is a cipher. She's incomplete. Her life is empty, so she covets the lives of others. She takes their lives so she can have their lives."

Jane Doe is a serial killer who steals the identities of her victims. Usually for personal gain. Initially introduced for the mini-series Arkham Asylum: Living Hell where she played a part in the origin of the Great White Shark.


  • A Day in the Limelight: She's typically used as a side character but was given an entire annual issue with her as the main antagonist in the New 52.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Jane has expressed interest in both men and women depending on who she's pretending to be at the time.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: When she first appeared Jane looked like a normal woman but subsequent appearances depict her as having no skin at all. Additionally, she originally made lifelike suits that resembled her victims but it was later changed to her wearing their actual skin.
  • Flaying Alive: Jane has the appearance of someone without skin and also removes the skin from her victims.
  • Genuine Human Hide: As mentioned above, she wears people's skins after killing them.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Implied in her first New 52 appearances where the majority of her victims are mentioned to be accomplished athletes. Her introduction as her states the motivation for taking other people's life is that she find hers hollow and bored, then when she gets bored with the other personality she looks for another target.
  • Kick the Dog: Makes fun of Aaron Cash for killing his crush, even saying that after months of impersonating her she knows his crush was repulsed by Cash.
  • Latex Perfection: When not wearing people's skins, this is how she disguises her appearance.
  • Master of Disguise: A rather disturbing version of this trope. Able to nearly perfectly copy the mannerisms of her victims.
  • Mukokuseki: Before her redesign (See Early Installment Weirdness above), Jane Doe was a rare Western and deliberate use of this trope which sort of makes sense for her. She had a slightly dark-ish skin tone that indicates non-caucasian heritage... or maybe she's just a bit tanned?... and her eyes were vaguely Asian-ish... but not really. She even lacked large breasts (which is surprising for this universe), which allowed her to pass herself off as a dude with relative ease.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: For a time, Jane fought Manhunter (Kate Spencer) instead of Batman.
  • Serial Killer: Kills people and takes over their lives.
  • The Spook: Nothing about Jane Doe's past is known to the reader or the characters in-story.
  • Third-Person Person: Jane is so disconnected from whatever her original identity was that she refers to herself in the third person.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jane isn't shown to be much of a fighter when she first appears and is taken down by Batman fairly easily. By the time the New 52 rolls around, she's shown to be exceptionally athletic and able to hold her own in a fight.

    Joe Chill 

Joe Chill (Joseph Chilton)

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"I shoulda shot the kid right there. I shoulda done him first. Three for three."

Joe Chill is the man who shot and killed Thomas and Martha Wayne in front of their son Bruce, traumatizing him and leading to the creation of Batman. Since his debut in Detective Comics #33 Chill's backstory, motivations and appearance have been subject to multiple retcons, which are further changed in adaptations. About the only thing that remains consistent with Chill is that he shot Thomas first as he tried to protect his family, then shot Martha, then ran away.


  • Anti-Villain: When Chill's just a guy who pushed to villainy that the Waynes had the misfortune to run afoul of. This is often used to illustrate to Batman that anyone can be a criminal.
  • The Butler Did It: Almost. Pre-Crisis, Bruce was raised by his Uncle Philip, and Chill was revealed to be the son of Philip's housekeeper.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Accidentally created Gotham City's greatest hero.
  • The Dragon: in most interpretations he's working for someone else (usually mobster Lew Moxon, who was put behind bars by Thomas Wayne's testimony). In a twist, Bruce usually cares more about catching Chill than Chill's boss, because it was the man holding the gun, not his employer, who scarred Bruce for life.
  • He Knows Too Much: Those times Joe does figure out Batman's identity he is killed shortly afterward, usually by other criminals who are not happy to find out he created Batman.
  • Killed Off for Real: Most incarnations of him die and are never brought back until a reboot occurs.
    • The original Golden Age Chill was killed by criminals once they found out he created Batman.
    • The Silver Age Joe Chill was killed by some gangsters for reasons not related to Batman.
    • Post-Crisis Joe Chill was killed resisting arrest after the murder of the Waynes.
    • In Batman: Year Two, Batman dragged Chill to Crime Alley, revealed his true identity and was about to kill Chill when Chill was gunned down by the murderous vigilante the Reaper.
    • In a story set after Infinite Crisis, in what is likely a hallucination, Chill kills himself once Batman reveals his identity to Chill. He knows Gotham's criminals would do far worst if they found out.
    • Post-Flashpoint, Chill lived long after the murder of the Waynes. However, he became very sick and died in the hospital, with Bruce Wayne as his only companion on his deathbed.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Was Joe Chill a lone wolf mugger or did he work for the mob? Did he have a personal vendetta against the Waynes or was it just business? Was he a greedy opportunist or a down-on-his-luck guy pushed to desperation? His story changes almost every time it is told.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In most of the instances where he figures out he murdered the prominent Wayne family, or even worse, when he figures out he created Batman.
  • Nervous Wreck: In one story, it turns out that Chill has become this worrying for over twenty years that someday Bruce (note: not Batman) will track him down and punish him for his crime. To the point that when he accidentally tears off Batman's mask and sees Bruce Wayne's face underneath, he thinks he's finally snapped entirely and accidentally leaps off a roof to his death trying to get away.
  • Nice Hat: Joe's flat cap has stuck with him since the beginning, since it was the only visually distinctive thing in his original appearance.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Most versions of him have no real enmity against the Wayne family and are just doing a job (which, pending telling, may be why he didn't have the stomach to kill young Bruce). Still others take it one step farther and don't even have him working for anybody, leaving him just a random two-bit thug and mugger with too-quick a trigger finger.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Doomsday Clock reveals that the post-Flashpoint Joe Chill has known that Bruce is Batman for some time now. He's never said anything about it and instead has been trying to write a letter of apology to Bruce for years (he's illiterate).
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His only noteworthy role is also his most significant contribution to the mythos. Without his murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, there never would have been a Batman.
  • That One Case: Sometimes Batman never figures out who Joe Chill was, making his never ending quest to clean up Gotham an extension of his quest to find out who murdered his parents.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Sometimes. Either he doesn't bother with Bruce, or plans to kill Bruce but runs when he hears the cops approaching, or he leaves Bruce alone out of sadism, or he wants to maintain Plausible Deniability that the whole event was just a robbery that escalated and needed a surviving witness to testify along those lines, or it really was just a robbery that escalated. At least one version of the origin has him become so unnerved by Bruce's Death Glare that he panicked and ran.

    Johnny Witts 

Johnny Witts

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Johnny Witts is a criminal mastermind, with an incredible power of deduction. Witts sought to prove he could outwit the Batman at every turn, by always being one step ahead of him.


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    The Joker 

Red Hood I/The Joker

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The Joker is one of the most (in)famous supervillains in the history of comic books and a character who is equally as famous as his archnemesis. In sharp contrast to Batman, The Joker's skin tone is chalk white, his hair a bright green, and his costume consists of a bright purple tuxedo. Oh, and he is an Ax-Crazy psychopathic maniac.

It's not so much a question of what Joker's done — it's rather a question what hasn't he done. His first appearance had him effortlessly killing two millionaires, a judge, and a rival mob boss; since then, he's sneaked into a fur warehouse using a model Trojan horse, made his own utility belt, tried to dump one of his henchmen in a Shark Pool, infected every fish off of the East Coast with his Joker venom (and then tried to patent the fish for royalties), tied his enemies to a giant exploding cake to celebrate his birthday, shot Barbara Gordon in the spine (and tortured her father to boot), killed Jason Todd (the second Robin), killed Jim Gordon's second wife, became stupidly powerful after stealing Mr. Mxyzptlk's powers, and nearly destroyed the world singlehandedly when he thought he was dying.

And he's far from done.

Like the rest of the senior Bat-cast, the Joker started out as a pretty dangerous guy in his earliest appearances, although he was far more rational and less insane, being essentially a murderous, arrogant jewel thief with a risus sardonicus. He was then turned into a guffawing, buffoonish trickster thanks to the combined influence of The Comics Code and the 1960s television series. When he was revived in the 1970s, he was turned back into the dangerous madman of his earliest appearances, but made more scary by also retaining his Silver Age mischievousness and random craziness - such as trying to patent Joker-fish and murdering patent office staff when they wouldn't let him. When the Dark Age came along, Joker soon had the single highest body count in The DCU. While he's outdone by the aliens and supervillains who can (and do) wipe out cities/planets, for a man who has nothing other than a criminally sharp mind and a twisted sense of humor, he's still got an "impressive" body count. And keep in mind, those aliens wipe the cities and planets from orbit, while the Joker will do it to your face, and he'll scare you half to death before he kills you the rest of the way.

Why doesn't he get the chair? That's what many of us are asking. In-universe, however, it seems to be due to the courts pronouncing him insane and whisking him off to Arkham Asylum.

His relationship with Batman is... unique, to say the least. In nearly every published Batman crossover/AU comic, The Joker is there as well. Joker has claimed again and again that Batman is the sole reason for his existence — and that they're more alike than Bats will ever admit.

The Joker, as portrayed in various media — Tim Burton's 1989 film, Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight, and many an Alternate Continuity — is a little bit different from the comic book version: The former is treated (if in unspoken terms) as a gadfly who has managed to con (or will con) the mob, crimefighters, and even the legal system into thinking he's insane in the clinical sense of the term, when really he just enjoys carnage and mayhem, and was likely a murderous bastard even before donning the clown mask. The modern, mainstream comic book Joker is treated as though he really is crazy and (in abstract terms) someone Batman sees as a psychological torment rather than just a guileful crook; a sort of demon sent by the city itself to foil his mission. In truth, most versions fall somewhere in the middle, largely Depending on the Writer. His Harmless Villain phase from the 60's, for what it's worth, was actually pretty short lived.

As for his origin... well, no matter who tells it, it almost always involves him falling into a giant vat of acid (or something green). Most accept Alan Moore's portrayal of Joker in The Killing Joke as an unsuccessful comedian with a pregnant wife prior to the transformation as the character's canon origin, but as Joker said himself in that very story: "Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes the other! If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!"

The Joker's true identity is perpetually unknown, but he has gone by Joseph "Joe" Kerr, Jack Napier, Jack White, Oberon Sexton, Eric Border, and Clem Rusty among others. (Because the name Jack Napier was given as the Joker's pre-transformation real name in the 1989 film, some fans accept it as his real name overall. note )

For a full listing of the tropes surrounding this most iconic of supervillains, see his dedicated tropes page. If you want to see them read in his own voice, see here.

    Kadaver 

Kadaver (Mortimer Kadaver)

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For reasons that best remain unspoken, I have from an early age been obsessed by death in all its many forms!

Mortimer Kadaver is a murderous criminal possessing a morbid and sadistic obsession with inflicting pain and death. His hideout is filled with a wide variety of means of murder and torture, including an iron maiden, a guillotine, a hangman’s noose, and even a pool of quicklime. Kadaver enjoys feigning his own death by methods such as dressing as a vampire and emerging from a coffin, but he takes even more pleasure in meting out suffering and death to others who cross his path.


  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Kadaver enjoys feigning his own death by methods such as dressing as a vampire and emerging from a coffin to terrify his underlings.
  • Faking the Dead: Kadaver once made a deal with The Penguin to put him in a hypnotic trance-like coma, causing prison doctors to confirm Penguin had died from a heart attack while working out in Blackgate Penitentiary's gym.
  • Faux Death: Kadaver can use hypnosis to place himself or others into a deathlike trance where no life signs can be detected.
  • Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Not only is his surname a homophone for 'cadaver' (a synonym for 'corpse'), but his first name Mortimer is ofter shortened to Mort: Latin for 'death'.
  • Scars Are Forever: After surviving an attempt to kill him from the Corrosive Man, Kadaver is left with a permanent hand shaped burn across his face.
  • Sinister Scythe: Kadaver is not a skilled fighter, although sometimes he uses death-associated weapons such as scythes.
  • Torture Technician: Kadaver possesses extensive knowledges of torture and death; he understands many different methods on how to kill slowly or extremely quickly.

    Karma 

Karma (Fleet Delmar)

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Fleet Delmar was a Markovian terrorist who believed himself to be the country's liberator and savior. He was left blinded and badly scarred following an encounter with Batman. Years later, he made a deal with an Arms Dealer to purchase an alien helmet that gave him the ability to read minds, absorb and redirect energy and see again. He them travelled to Gotham City to seek revenge, beginning by targeting Batman's proteges. After seemingly being mind wiped, he was revived by Ra's al Ghul and recruited into the League of Assassins.


  • Arms Dealer: Acquired his alien helmet from the arms dealer Martina Dementieva.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: The helmet allows Karma to read his foes' minds during combat and react to their moves before they make them.
  • Cool Helmet: Not only grants Karma his powers, but is jet black full face helmet with a glowing starburst in the centre.
  • Deadline News: Karma once hijacked a news studio where he killed everyone except the anchor and then forced her to broadcast a message to Batman before burning her alive.
  • Energy Absorption: Karma's helmet allows him to absorb and redirect energy.
  • Hat of Power: All of his powers derive from his alien helmet.
  • Ruritania: Hails from the tiny European nation of Markovia.
  • Supervillain Packing Heat: As the helmet's powers are primarily mental, he still makes extensive use of firearms and explosives against his targets.
  • Telepathy: Karma's helmet allows him to read minds.
  • Western Terrorist: Was originally a terrorist seeking the overthrow the government of Markovia: the Ruritania that Geo-Force comes from.

    KGBeast 

KGBeast (Anatoli Knyazev)

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" Guards now are being dead. You first KGBeast will be killing... dead by "idiot"... and guards will be killing after! All guards in prison — plus all to be wanting guards hostage! All being dead — all being killed by KGBeast!"


A cybernetically enhanced assassin trained by a secret cell of the KGB who has mastered numerous Martial Arts and weapons, he is now a freelance operative mercenary.
  • An Arm and a Leg: After Batman traps his arm in a loop of rope, he escapes by cutting his arm off with an axe.
  • Arm Cannon: Replacing his missing hand, often includes a bayonet.
  • Artifact Title: He is obviously named after the KGB, who have been defunct since the beginning of the 1990s.
  • BFG: A staple of his.
  • Boxed Crook: Lock-Up and the Suicide Squad have both put him to work.
  • Came Back Wrong: He was resurrected as a Black Lantern zombie during the Blackest Night event.
  • Captain Ersatz: He was arguably the first in what would be a wave of "psychotic Soviet ex-KGB cyborg killer" villains that hit comics in the aftermath of The Great Politics Mess-Up. If you like the NKVDemon or Omega Red, thank this guy.
  • Former Regime Personnel: Worked for the Soviets before they fell, then struck out on his own as a Terrorist Without A Cause.
  • Godzilla Threshold: A rogue originally created with this specific gimmick in mind. In his first appearance, KGBeast was said to be a villain so dangerous that Batman, reluctantly, knew he would be forced to break his "no killing" rule as there would be simply no other way to defeat him. Since then, however, KGBeast is usually reduced to being just another background C-lister.
  • Handicapped Badass: He's still a very dangerous man after losing his hand, even without his arm cannon.
  • Husky Russkie: Is always drawn as large muscular and bulky and is Russian.
  • Kill Tally: He's stated to have killed at least 200 people.
  • Left for Dead: He was left stuck in the sewers at the end of his first story, with no chance of escaping without outside assistance.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: KGBeast embodies this trope as a Russian villain who's heritage and upbringing has turned into a deadly threat who is said to have killed over 200 people.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Of the 200 people he's killed, 100 of them were killed during a single assassination attempt, not even because they were targets but just because killing them was the best way to take out his one target.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His signature costume is black with red lines.
  • Renegade Russian: Since the Soviet Union was still active at the time of his creation, it was made clear that he was working for a renegade sect that was working against the main Soviet government. After The Great Politics Mess-Up, this distinction was no longer needed and he embraced this trope fully.
  • Retcon: It was retconned so that he was saved from death offscreen, right after the end of his debut story.
  • Stupidity-Inducing Attack: In his later appearances it was postulated that the time he spent locked in a room with no air by Batman gave him mild brain damage, explaining how a guy deadly enough to make Batman break his no-kill rule was now getting owned by the likes of Robin and Huntress.
  • Those Two Guys: He worked for Lock-Up a lot.
  • Undignified Death: He was thrown off a building in a You Have Failed Me-style punishment. Originally the killer was thought to be Two-Face, which would have accorded the Beast a little dignity, but as it turned out Harvey was innocent. The Beast's real killer? Tally Man, a villain so obscure even he himself doesn't know who he is!
  • Villain Decay: As mentioned above, in his origin story he was a threat to rival Batman's most dangerous villains, and indeed a lot of the beats for his story would be recycled for the introduction of Bane. He was never so dangerous again, and by the end of his life he had decayed into a D-lister who hung around with the likes of Orca and the Ventriloquist.

    Killer Croc 

Killer Croc (Waylon Jones)

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"I used to run this town 'til the cops and Black Mask and Bane hounded me to the sewers. And I blame nobody but myself! But I'm Killer Croc, damn it, and I'm back for what's mine! Mine!"


Born with a rare skin disease that left him with scaly, crocodile-like skin, Waylon Jones was unaccepted by the outside world. His parents couldn't stand him, and they abandoned him in the wilderness, forcing him to become a career criminal to survive. At one point, he used his razor sharp teeth to become a cannibal and eat people. He has clashed with Batman several times over the years, each time becoming more bestial and reptilian due to a mutation of his already strange disease. He possesses superhuman strength and is much larger than the average man.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Often finds himself in one of these.
  • Abusive Parents: Waylon was raised by his aunt, but her persistent drinking prevented him from growing up in an ideal household.
  • Anti-Villain: Had shades of this in old continuity, fully embraced in the New 52, where he gets a large amount of Morality Pets and Pet the Dog moments.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he is portrayed as downright feral.
  • Beast and Beauty: During his stint with the Suicide Squad, he developed a romantic relationship with June Moone, the Enchantress. This was even encouraged by Amanda Waller, figuring that the pairing would make the two of them more manipulable.
  • Beast Man: Effectively, although how much so is a case of Depending on the Artist; he varies from "human covered in crocodile-like hide and with filed teeth" to "bipedal crocodile".
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: One pre-New 52 story involves him murdering a bunch of corrupt SWAT officers in order to avenge their murder of one of the only people who had been nice to him when he was a kid.
  • The Berserker: His fighting style more or less revolves around completely overwhelming the opponent with his sheer speed, strength, and resistance to harm.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: Croc is allegedly a human who was born with a very rare skin disease, but many artists have started to make him less and less humanlike and more reptilian in appearance, sometimes having a crocodile snout and tail. One writer has Hand Waved this as being a mutation in his disease that grants him traits of more primitive animals.
  • Blessed with Suck: Croc's condition gives him the power of a crocodile, but also the monstrous appearance and animalistic impulses of one, which prevents him from ever living a normal life.
  • The Brute: In most appearances following the story in which he was introduced. In his first appearance, though, Croc was actually a Genius Bruiser who manipulated Batman's entire Rogues Gallery—sort of Bane 0.5.
  • Death by Childbirth: In at least one comic, it's stated that his mother died giving birth to him.
  • Depending on the Artist: Nobody can decide whether Killer Croc is a big strong guy with a skin condition or a crocodile man anymore. It's 50/50 that he'll be depicted either way.
  • Depending on the Writer: On top of the above, he seems to be one of those villains writers can never really pin down. It's hard to believe that he was an accomplished marksman and the precursor of Bane, because most commonly, he's portrayed as the Bat-Rogues' Dumb Muscle. Writers can however justify this by tying his intelligence, skill and personality to how advanced his mutation is - generally the more mutated he is the stronger and tougher he is but he also becomes more stupid and feral.
  • The Dreaded: In the streets he may just be a brute but in Arkham he is the scariest inmate.
  • Driven by Envy: Of the normal people.
  • Dumb Muscle: After Flanderization set in. Justified in that his condition is fully atavistic - everything, including his mind, just keeps regressing further and further as time goes on, which explains how he went from a Genius Bruiser who was Bane-lite to a feral, animalistic savage.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In his earliest appearances there's nothing really superhuman about him besides his tough hide. Otherwise he's just a really strong wrestler with sharp fangs and claws. As his condition evolved, Croc became a reptilian powerhouse with superhuman strength, powerful jaws, and regenerative tissue.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Bit Cash's hand off with his chomper.
  • Flanderization: He was originally a somewhat intelligent gangster with a medical condition (a very severe medical condition), whose misanthropy was the result of being tormented by everyone (family included) for his freakish appearance. This was eventually downplayed, with Croc becoming more bestial and less intelligent as time went on (this was typically explained that his condition was worsening, further separating him from humanity). By the time of Hush, Croc could probably pass for a bulkier Alternate Company Equivalent of the Lizard (explained away by Hush infecting him with a virus that further increased his mutation).
  • Freak Out: In Batman #471 he supposedly died when the sewer he was in flooded and collapsed. In #489 it was revealed that he was nearly drowned, was forced to live on rats, constantly suffered from fevers and was haunted by nightmares. He emerged from the sewers after six months with a radically different personality, diminished mental capacity and permanent hallucinations.
  • Freudian Excuse: Between abusive classmates and his godawful aunt, his stint in reform school, and his treatment in the freakshow he was part of, Croc's got a lot of reasons to hate the world.
  • Friend to All Children: Believe it or not, he has a soft spot for precocious young kids. Dave (from "Requiem for A Killer"), Erin Mckillen, and Olive Silverlock can all attest to that. In a few cases they're even more comfortable with Croc around than Batman himself!
  • Genius Bruiser: When he isn't being written like Dumb Muscle, Croc can be a cunning and brutal opponent. In his earlier appearances he could be called a prototype Bane with how he matched wits with the Dark Knight.
  • Hand Wave: Originally he was a man with a very, very bad skin condition. His appearance has gotten more monstrous over time, which has been explained as his condition worsening.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: He sometimes wears these (e.g., in Batman Hush and the concept art for Batman: Arkham Asylum).
  • Healing Factor: Can restore missing teeth and limbs.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In The Batman of Arkham, owing to psychiatrist Bruce Wayne's gentle treatment and care. (With a dose of Epiphany Therapy and Single-Issue Psychology.)
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Depending on the Writer, and in some continuities, like Joker, he can devour his victims.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Croc's search for a cure has been a fairly consistent part of his characterization.
  • Immune to Bullets: Croc's skin is thick enough to ward off even high caliber bullets.
  • Implacable Man: It's not that he can't be stopped, just that it's extremely difficult to do so.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His occasional homicidal tendencies aside, Croc is otherwise a gentle soul who usually wants to do the right thing. He protects the downtrodden and marginalized of Gotham, is fiercely loyal to his friends, and might even make a good hero if not for his sense of justice clashing with the dark knight's.
  • King of the Homeless: In some comics, Croc has been shown associating with communities of homeless people. In one of his earliest stories, he became protector of a homeless community and tried to set up a comfortable place for them in Gotham's underground, only for it to be destroyed when Gotham changed over the sewer system and flooded it. In a New 52 story, he's shown having established an almost cult-like army of homeless people, who act as his eyes, ears and hands above-ground whilst he remains in the underground.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Superhumanly fast to the point of surprising Batman more than once.
  • Lizard Folk: Killer Croc used to be just a big strong guy with a skin condition, but he's become more lizard-like over time. He was specifically mutated with a virus by Hush and the Riddler to make him more violent and feral, and less human. By the end of the book it's mentioned he's received the antidote but it didn't work. After War Games, he's more feral than ever and a scientist reveals (shortly before Croc eats her) that there's no way to undo it.
  • Man Bites Man: Croc frequently uses his teeth to bite his opponents during fights.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Croc is atavistic, and when intelligent, has the mindset one would expect of an alligator or similar reptile. As a result his moral agency is seriously questionable, and he's one of the few Batman rogues who legitimately belongs in Arkham.
  • Morality Pet:
    • In a rather bizarre decision made regarding the post-Flashpoint Croc, he's revealed to be Roy Harper's sponsor in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
    • In the New 52, teenager Olive Silverlock, a student at Gotham Academy, is this to him. He's kind and friendly to her (and it extends to her friends) and is also very protective towards her. Her mother Sybil seemed to be this to him too, as he appreciated her not treating him like a monster and he in turn promised her he'd keep an eye on and care for Olive.
  • Mutant: Possesses an atavistic mindset, coupled with a skin condition not unlike epidermolytic hyperkeratosis, and a metagene. The end result is the crocodilian monster we all know and love.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: This guy's definitely not someone you'd want to meet in a dark alley, though how croc-like he actually is varies by writer and continuity.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: On his worse days.
  • Parental Abandonment: Mom and dad left him with an alcoholic aunt, who could not have cared less about him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He will make a point of gruesomely devouring those especially deserving of it, which almost happens to the Mad Hatter and actually does to three corrupt SWAT officers. This is a huge reason Batman never got along with him.
  • Ragin' Cajun: Starting the 2004 animated series there a some versions of Croc with a Cajun accent.
  • Red Right Hand: Croc's bestial outer appearance is indicative of his animalistic inner nature.
  • The Resenter: Resents and hates "normal people" and lashes out at them constantly.
  • Scary Black Man: Is technically black, and yeah, he's not someone you want to run into. Ever.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his abusive aunt.
  • Super Senses: Possesses a highly advanced sense of smell.
  • Super Strength: His strength crosses the line into superhuman, making him very difficult to stop.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the New 52 he's the only member of Batwoman's rogues to not be an original, and magic is used to upgrade him into a more ferocious and powerful multi-eyed form. Later, he's upgraded into a massive multi-headed hydra and rampages through Gotham.
  • Tragic Villain: He does seem to want to be normal very, very badly. Well, Depending on the Writer, but this is a pretty frequently recurring quirk of his.
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    Killer Moth 

Killer Moth (Drury Walker/"Cameron Van Cleer")

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"The Bat watches over straight citizens, He does what cops can't do. What about the crooks? Who do they turn to in order to get the job done for them?"


When sophisticated and urbane playboy Cameron van Cleer introduced himself to the elite of Gotham's social scene, nobody realized he was secretly a former prison inmate using his stolen earnings to finance a career as "Killer Moth", a Batman-like costumed figure who aided criminals instead of the police. For a price, would-be ne'er-do-wells could hire Cleer's services, and he in turn would help them evade capture and cover their tracks. After several encounters with Batman, the Dark Knight managed to permanently dismantle Moth's organization, and his secret identity and fortune were lost forever.

Killer Moth (now revealed to be small-time criminal Drury Walker) continued to endure, however, committing smaller-scale robberies and picking up jobs as hired muscle. Sick of being perceived as a joke by his fellow rogues, he made a deal with Neron for greater power and became a towering moth/human hybrid. The deal has since been written out of history, though, and Walker has reverted to his previous form.


  • Adaptational Badass: Subverted in the New 52, where he has a much more intimidating appearance and nearly defeated Batman in his first appearance before Green Arrow intervened. However, since that first showing he’s been shown to be even more of a Butt-Monkey than ever before.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While his Villain Decay happened more gradually, his Moth-Mobile was retconned in ‘’Batgirl: Year One’’ into The Alleged Car when pre-crisis it had been a legitimately impressive (if ridiculous-looking) counterpart to the Batmobile which the narration often referred to as a “juggernaut”.
  • Animal Motifs: A decidedly less sinister take on the Macabre Moth Motif; in most appearances, he just wears a moth-like outifit and employs an adhesive "cocoon gun" during heists.
  • Butt-Monkey: The biggest of Batman's Rogues Gallery.
  • Came Back Wrong: During the Blackest Night, Walker in his Charaxes incarnation was reanimated by a Black Lantern power ring. Superboy-Prime duly killed him again for his trouble.
  • Complexity Addiction: Despite having a lucrative regular criminal career, he got a taste for the mad pageantry of supervillainy. He once went so far as to lure Batman to a fake hideout in Gotham's woods where he unleashed a horde of vicious bears he had personally trained upon the Caped Crusader.
  • Delinquent Hair: In the New 52 his hair became a mohawk to fit his criminal behavior.
  • Depending on the Artist: These days he flips between his classic and New 52 appearances seemingly at random.
  • Easy Amnesia: After he discovered Batman’s secret identity, he ended up with a head injury that left him with no memory of the experience, though he was shown later to vaguely remember that there was something more to Bruce Wayne than meets the eye.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He was working with Firefly for a short while as a mercenary duo before realizing just how dangerously unstable his partner actually was (he believed that he could see visions in the flames, for starters), causing him to cut things off ASAP because he genuinely feared for his life. Interestingly, he would later visit the other side of this trope when allying with two other small-time supervillains to kidnap Bruce Wayne, Commissioner Gordon and Armand Krol. The other two genuinely thought they were going to release the hostages. Walker just dumped all three in a deathtrap and walked away.
  • Evil Counterpart: Tries to be to the criminal underworld what Gotham is to the police. While he was initially rather successful, his repeated failures made it so gangs were no longer willing to call on him for help.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Killer Moth was once found eating holes in Batman’s old discarded costumes like a real moth.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: In the New 52 he switched to a gas mask from his traditional green moth helmet.
  • Genius Ditz: Moth might be an overconfident dork whose constant failure makes him a laughingstock, but he is a genuinely brilliant gadgeteer and his plans, while overly ambitious, often do have some very clever ideas.
  • Harmless Villain: He's considered the weakest supervillain in Gotham and is usually captured pretty easily by Batman and company. Eventually he got tired of being picked on all the time and not taken seriously, so he made a deal with Neron and became Charaxes, a deadly cannibalistic moth creature that spits acid. This version of the character stuck around for ten years before being given a mercy killing, and an unnamed character took up the Killer Moth name until the timeline collapse of Flashpoint and the New 52. It wasn't until DC Rebirth that Killer Moth was fully restored to his lovable loser incarnation.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Trounced by Batgirl on her first night of duty, before she even received any combat training.
  • Killed Off for Real: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it panel by Superboy-Prime during the Infinite Crisis.
  • Legacy Character: A second, unnamed Killer Moth began using the name and costume after Walker's death. This version ironically worked with Lock-Up in Gotham Underground and was used as a pawn by Prometheus during Justice League: Cry for Justice. He was last seen being pursued by Robin after the events of that story.
  • Macabre Moth Motif: He wasn't initially dark, wearing a garish costume with striped purple and green spandex, orange cape and a moth-like mask. Later on though, he was redesigned to look more menacing in his demonic Drury Walker / Charaxes incarnation.
  • One-Winged Angel: After making a deal with Neron, he was transformed into a half-human half moth monstrosity. However it fell victim to a Retcon and he fell back to a nobody.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He briefly became an enemy of Green Arrow in the New 52 before once again returning as an enemy of the Bat Family in Rebirth.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears a lot of orange, green and purple in his original costume.
  • Shadow Archetype: The first Batman villain explicitly designed as such, to the point of working out of a "Moth-Cave" and selling criminals infrared "Moth-Signal" beacons in his first appearance.
  • The Spook: Absolutely nothing has been revealed about who he was before being Killer Moth, even his real name is somewhat ambiguous as Oracle’s files refer to him by a completely different name than Blackgate does, and Sugar and Spike discuss that his real name is unclear.
  • Super Zeroes: Secret Six featured a horde of villains in Killer Moth costumes, implying the identity eventually fell into public domain for Mooks ala the Rainbow Raiders.
  • Those Two Guys: Post-Rebirth he’s almost exclusively appeared as a due with Firefly.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As Charaxes. Robin was overwhelmed by him, but the more methodical Lock-Up captured him without too much trouble.
  • Villain Decay: You'd never believe it now, but this guy used to actually be a credible threat.

    King of Cats 

King of Cats (Karl Kyle)

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Catwoman's brother. Inspired by his now-reformed sister's infamy, he commits a string of cat-related crimes. Selina is reluctant to turn him in and refuses to help arrest him.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Makes a vague mention of needing medication.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether he even exists. In some continuities, Selina is an only child or has a sister but no brother.
  • Gentleman Thief: Cat themed, like his sister's Classy Cat-Burglar.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: A classic Dastardly Whiplash thin handlebar mustache.
  • Incest Is Relative: He makes a lot of creepy comments to his sister about being his "queen." Implied to be due to not taking his medication.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Batman and Robin assume Selina is protecting him because they're lovers, and are shocked to learn Selina and Karl are brother and sister.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he and Batman fall into tiger pens and are rescued by Catwoman, he's remorseful and turns himself in.
  • No Medication for Me: At the end of his first appearance, he reveals he's been off his medication and promises to take it again. Later issues confirm he is still taking it.
  • Reformed Criminal: Fully gives up crime at the end of the issue and never goes back, even at times when Catwoman is an outright villain. He even helps Batman with cases on occasion.

    Kite Man 

Kite Man (Charles "Chuck" Brown)

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"I was a villain. Fine. I robbed some people. On the high floors. With kites. Fine! Why does that mean I have to lose everything?! I have to lose my stupid mind?!"

The man who can fly anything. A harmless Silver Age villain who does really petty crime using a hang glider, stylized to look like a kite. Debuting, as you probably guessed, in the Silver Age, he would go unused for years. He returned in the modern age, basically unchanged from his Silver Age incarnation.


  • Butt-Monkey: He is never taken seriously in modern times, and the amount of effort he goes to is more played for laughs than anything.
  • Catchphrase: "Kite Man. Hell yeah." in modern times.
  • Death by Origin Story: Batman's failure to protect his son is ultimately what drove him to become Kite Man.
  • Death Seeker: His primary reason for becoming Kite Man is implied to be because he hopes that it will kill him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted in that he was a nobody and when he donned the costume, he became... another nobody.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: His modern depictions, especially under Tom King.
  • Killed Off for Real: Post-Crisis, he was killed by Bruno Mannheim for refusing to join him.
  • Meaningful Name: There's another Charlie Brown who constantly runs into grief with his kites and is probably the only character in American comics who's an even bigger Butt-Monkey than Kite-Man himself.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In his first appearance, he drops tear gas from his kite, steals a giant ruby, frees a mobster, almost kills Robin and captures Batman.
  • Only in It for the Money: He's a far cry from Batman's other villains — he's only after money and jewels, and hasn't ever hurt anyone on-panel. He actually refused to join the Secret Society of Super Villains, which got him dropped off Wayne Tower. He later also refused to aid Bruno Mannheim.

    Lady Shiva 

Lady Shiva (Sandra Wu-San/Sandra Woosan)

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One of the premier martial artists in the DCU, Shiva is a mercenary with her own sense of honor and duty, but who really lives for the thrill of life and death combat. She has trained Batman as well as several of his allies, but that doesn't stop her from fighting them if she feels the urge to. She sometimes acts in a quasi-heroic capacity, occasionally working with the Birds of Prey, but it's a nervous time for those allies.

    Lock-Up 

Lock-Up (Lyle Bolton)

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"Justice is not letting you off on an insanity plea. Justice is seeing you in prison for life. No deals. No privileges. No parole."


Once a security guard in Arkham Asylum, he became obsessed with keeping the criminals in the prison at all times. However, due to his abusive behavior towards the inmates he was fired from Arkham, as well as other private prisons and security jobs. He's a Canon Immigrant like Harley but less well known. Uses skills as a security guard to his advantage.
  • Anti-Villain: His main motivation is to capture other members of Batman's rogues gallery. During No Man's Land, he was even recruited by Batman himself to keep some criminals in check.
  • Arch-Enemy: This incarnation of Bolton has actually fought Nightwing and Robin more than he's fought Batman.
  • Canon Immigrant: He was originally created for Batman: The Animated Series and later brought into the comics. Fun fact: he actually transitioned before Harley Quinn.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Subverted, as unlike his BTAS counterpart, Bolton is not brought on as security chief of Arkham Asylum through the Wayne Foundation. Indeed, Bolton in this continuity is just a failed would-be cop who decided to become a Vigilante Man.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: With Cluemaster and a few other C-List villains, he helped orchestrate a plan that would exhaust Batman in the Batman Eternal special.
  • Escape Artist: Not a skill he uses very often, but as seen in his debut storyline, he's an expert in locks and restraints who also knows how to defeat them if need be.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Played with, as Bolton got his Start of Darkness when he tried joining the GCPD, and at least physically was the ideal candidate, even boasting about how badly he beat a pair of detectives during their time together training when he was once arrested. But mentally was another matter, and he was rejected on the grounds of being too much of a Blood Knight.
  • The Jailer: Obsessed with keeping all criminals imprisoned for all time.
  • Knight Templar: Is a fairly dangerous person in his own right, and takes more extreme measures than Batman would ever do to fight crime.
  • The Leader: A minor one, but in story arcs where he's used his take-charge personality usually leads to the other villains following him. This happened when he was hiring to work security for an underground fighting ring (leading to a Crossover between Batman and Wildcat) and again when ran Blackgate Prison during No Man's Land.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his first few appearances, he was specifically written as being faster than his large size would indicate (though not as fast as Nightwing). He lost this aspect as his decay set in.
  • Meaningful Name: The guy obsessed with locks is named Bolton.
  • Motive Decay: Along with his Villain Decay detailed below, he also experienced this, to the point where he eventually stopped trying to imprison super-villains altogether and just started working with them as a generic C-list bad guy in the background.
  • Order Is Not Good: He's definitely on Order's side in the battle of Order Versus Chaos (even telling Batman once that Gotham's chaos will only bend to "terminal order"), but he's also definitely not a protagonist.
  • Passion Is Evil: Ironically in light of his stated dedication to order, his actual personality is much more impulsive and chaotic. It was his passion for locking up criminals that led him to get disqualified from being a cop to begin with, and after becoming a vigilante he goes Jumping Off the Slippery Slope with it.
  • Pet the Dog: Interestingly had one moment when, after capturing Robin in his disguise as young hood Alvin Draper, he brought back Chinese for his prisoners. It's a small thing, but not something the hyper-sadist BTAS Lock-Up would ever have been caught doing.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: He put KGBeast to work after the latter's Villain Decay set in, and also recruited the Trigger Twins and a weedy stool pigeon to help him run Blackgate during No Man's Land. Ironically, Batman recruited him for the post.
  • Sadist: His big first appearance in the comics? Tried to drown many people at once.
  • Shoulders of Doom: A mainstay of his costume.
  • Villain Decay: In his debut appearance he was skilled enough to save Robin from Charaxes and later beat the former in a fight and kidnapped him. Later appearances just had him be a big lummox who would charge like a bull at Robin or Nightwing and get effortlessly beaten.
  • Villain Has a Point: At least initially, when his goal was the same as his BTAS counterpart (which was discussed in a talk between Batman and Nightwing). Later he lost this element as he decayed into generic D-list villainy.
  • Wardens Are Evil: During his time as Blackgate's warden during No Man's Land, he plotted to drown all the inmates rather than let Nightwing set them free. Again.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Or lock them up in his prison at least, given that's exactly what he does to Robin in his Alvin Draper disguise.

    The Mad Hatter I 

The Mad Hatter I (Jervis Tetch)

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"You are trying to understand madness with logic. This is not unlike searching for darkness with a torch."

Jervis Tetch, a man of short stature and large head, went through his life friendless, becoming a scientist and experimenting with technology, specifically that of mind control. His psychosis is a mix of paranoid schizophrenia and manic depression, all of this centering on his fascination with both hats and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Using his technology, Tetch turned to a life of crime as the Mad Hatter, inserting his devices into headgear in order to turn unwitting victims into his slaves. His technology has advanced to a point that where not only can he put his mind-control devices into almost anything (free meal tickets, Walkmans, etc.), but he is now able to miniaturize his technology to a point of simulating telepathic hypnosis/mind control.

The Mad Hatter is possibly one of the strangest Bat-Rogues ever (which is saying something). Throughout his tenure, Tetch has been subject to several redesigns in both appearance and personality; he has gone from average height to quite short to an actual dwarf and has been a goofy thief, a scheming mastermind and a creepy pedophile-esque kidnapper. He's gotten a lot more serious in the comics and has proven to be a formidable and unpredictable opponent.

The animated series turned Tetch into a criminal through his obsession for a co-worker (fittingly named Alice), swearing vengeance on Batman when he foiled his plans to be with her (read as "hypnotize her boyfriend and stalk her"). This motivation went away though as the Hatter soon became another common thief. Still, he had a good run and several good episodes.

Incidentally, few people remember that his debut comic, Batman #49, also featured the debut of Vicki Vale.


    The Mad Hatter II 

The Mad Hatter II/Hatman (Unknown)

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"Batman! Glad you're using your head for something besides a hatrack…"

After the original Mad Hatter had been sent to Arkham following his debut, a very different Mad Hatter appeared, who claimed to be Jervis Tetch. Unlike the original, was sane and sported a gaudy mustache. He was primarily a thief, apparently obsessed with completing his private collection of hats from all nations, cultures, and historical periods. This new Mad Hatter, like his predecessor, quickly became an enemy of Batman and Robin. The headgear he wanted most was, of course, Batman's cowl. In numerous attempts, he tried to de-cowl Batman. After many tries, he was successful, after spraying the cowl with a radioactive substance causing Batman to remove it. No sooner did the Mad Hatter put it in his collection than Batman and Robin arrive. They had traced the cowl with their "super sensitive Geiger counter" in the Batplane. When the real Jervis Tetch returned, he claimed to have killed his impostor, but the fake Mad Hatter reappeared alive again. He ended up being beaten by Batman and sent to Arkham.

After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the impostor returned to crime under the name "Hatman" and presided over an underworld auction which was raided by new Batman and Robin. After Flashpoint, a person who looks like the Imposter Mad Hatter, was seen as Arkham inmate.

This Mad Hatter was the one used in the sixties show. He appeared in only four episodes, all of them making use of his hypnotic machinery and showcasing his desire to add Batman's cowl to his collection of hats.


    Madame Zodiac 

Madame Zodiac (Marissa)

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" The tarot symbolizes all aspects of life. The suits serve as representations of our inner truths."

Madame Zodiac is a witch and fortune teller of uncertain motivations. Sometimes she appears seeking power for herself, and at other times she acts as a 'crime broker' for other criminals. She herself states he "works both sides of the street too often to socialize with either one". Her various schemes have brought into conflict with members of the Bat Family.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her most recent costume sports this look.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Her exact motivations are never clear.
  • Black Magic: Definitely dabbles on the darker side of the occult. She once broke into the Pentagon and used the building's geometrical structure to augment her own mystic powers.
  • The Bus Came Back: After appearing to die in World's Finest #288 (Feb. 1983), Madame Zodiac disappered for 27 years before returning in Trinity (2008).
  • Evil Sorceress: Not always evil, but certainly self-serving and unconcerned about the effect her magic has on others.
  • The Heartless: A dark entity separated Madame Zodiac's personality in two, one evil and one good. Her evil side allied with the dark entity and the good personality was locked away.
  • Hot Witch: Even dressing with Absolute Cleavage.
  • Split-Personality Merge: After her personality was split into her good and evil sides, her good side was locked away. Superman and Dr. Zodiac released the good side and forced them to become one again.

    Magpie 

Magpie (Margaret Pye)

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"Shiny, Shiny..."

"Look at all my shiny things. Bits and baubles that twinkle in the moonlight."

Magpie is a jewel thief who specifically targets jewels named after birds and then replaces them with booby-trapped replicas. Her codename comes from the magpie, which, in folklore, is attracted to bright, shiny objects. Taking a job as a museum curator, she is slowly driven mad surrounded by the beautiful things she so loves but can never own.


  • '80s Hair: Has an oh so 80's trihawk/mullet hairdo pre-Flashpoint (Which was actually a wig). Post-Flashpoint her appearance is altered to resemble her much more modern design in Beware the Batman.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Of the Animal Alias' variety; she has no animal powers.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Played with in her first appearance. Batman and Superman both feel bad for her after they stop her, but they feel worse for all the people she killed.
    • When she's killed by Thylacine during Suicide Squad 2019 both Deadshot and Harley Quinn express sadness at her death.
  • Bad Boss: She rivals the Joker in terms of being willing to randomly kill henchmen.
  • Booby Trap: Magpie leaves behind booby-trapped replicas of the items she steals.
  • Butt-Monkey: In each continuity and reboot, her function is to regularly get herself killed by the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Inverted in the second appearance. Robin accidentally pulled down her top during a fight which gave Magpie a chance to escape and activate her Death Trap while he was looking away.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Magpie is obsessed with antique jewelery and wants to have it all to herself.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: Has a tendency to fly into tantrums when her schemes are thwarted.
  • Ret-Canon: Her appearance in the New 52 and DC Rebirth era is based on her appearance in Beware the Batman.
  • Stocking Filler: Magpie's costume includes fishnets.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Calls herself Magpie and happens to be named Margaret Pye.
  • This Is Going to Suck: During the 2019 Suicide Squad run, she can't help but point out how out of her depth she is.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Magpie has one of these after being captured in both her major appearances in the '80s.

    Man-Bat 

Man-Bat (Kirk Langstrom)

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"Dear God. Is this what I have become? More animal than man. When will the surrender be complete?"

A happily married scientist, Kirk Langstrom decided to experiment with bats to create a serum that would fix his deafness, but ended up turning himself into a human bat monster, a literal Batman. As Man-Bat Dr. Langstrom can be anything from a dangerous animal Batman has to put down, to a unconventional ally in protecting Gotham.


  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Man-Bat is basically DC's version of the Lizard. Same backstory except with deafness instead of a missing limb, same results.
  • Babies Ever After: Across the pre-Crisis era to Rebirth, Langstrom has had two kids. The sliding timescales and retcons changed the oldest to be born before his accident, but his most recent — Aaron — was explicitly born with his mutated DNA.
  • Badass Family: The Man-Bat family, at least when directed towards the side of the angels. Since everyone in his family has been exposed to the Man-Bat serum at some point, they all have the potential to shift and lay a beating on anyone who threatens them.
  • Bat People: Following his transformation, he becomes a humanoid bat-monster with misshapen arm-wings.
  • Doom Magnet: Not only has Dr. Langstrom been turned into a bat-monster, his wife and son been turned into bat monsters at different times.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Back in the day he was given his own series where he would fight the Ten-Eyed Man. You can see why it ended after only two issues. He would get another three issue mini-series written by Chuck Dixon in 1996.
  • Flight: One of the few advantages he has over his heroic counterpart.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Dr. Langstrom has gotten control of his mutated several times, becoming an ally of Batman, but tends to end up losing control whenever a writer wants him to be a monster. He spends about as much time as a hero as he does a threat, overall.
  • Heroic Neutral: Even when in control of himself, Langstrom is consistently more interested in protecting his family than other people. Can reach Knight in Sour Armor levels, if he feels sufficiently forced into helping out.
  • Legacy Character: Not exactly, as no one has ever permanently supplanted Langstorm, but a surprising number of people (from his wife, to his daughter, to Ubu to about a third of Gotham's population) have at various times been turned into half-bat monsters using his formula.
  • Lamarck Was Right
  • Mad Scientist: Mostly Averted early on, but flanderization has made him into this on occasion.
  • Magic Pants: Whenever Dr. Langstrom transforms it rips his shirt to give room for his wings, but his pants are always fine.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Dr. Langstrom is an ordinary human, Man-Bat can give Batman a decent fight. How evil and out of control he is varies, however.
  • Tragic Monster: He was just trying to improve his hearing, but ended becoming a monster instead.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: In one storyline, Kirk's condition became infectious.

    March Hare/Harriet 

March Hare/Harriet (Harriet Pratt)

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"You don't belong here. Don't make mad as a March Hare."

Harriet Pratt was a British small-time con artist and occasional escort. She was eventually recruited into The Wonderland Gang by Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Following this, she has shown up working with the Mad Hatter.


    Master Bruce 

Master Bruce (Matthew Warner)

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"You don't know anything! When my mommy and daddy died, I never felt pain like it! My parents died for this city! I watched them die! Oh God, Oh God! I will never forget it! Never! I'm Master Bruce, and I will never stop fighting for the light! For Gotham! For mommy and daddy!"

The son of a board member for Wayne Enterprises, Matthew idolized Bruce Wayne, a habit encouraged by both his father and his butler Mr. Taylor who went so far as to call Matthew "Master Bruce". Matthew realized that the death of Bruce Wayne's parents is what turned him from a Rich Idiot With No Day Job to a philanthropist and decided he needed that kind of drive in his life too. Unfortunately, his adoration for Bruce Wayne made him take that line of thought to its logical conclusion making him an enemy of Batman.


  • Battle Butler: "Battle" may be an overstatement but considering how he can copy the MO of Victor Zsasz, Taylor must have some fighting skills and a willingness to use them.
  • The Butler Did It: Taylor was the one who carried out the murders on his behalf and was willing to take the blame for them, if someone hadn't compared his loyalty to Alfred's Batman would have believed him.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: He killed his parents and several other people in order to become like Bruce Wayne.
  • Enfant Terrible: His intentions were good, in a matter of speaking, but the way they turned out, well... read the rest of this entry.
  • Evil Counterpart: He and Taylor are this to Bruce Wayne and Alfred.
  • Facial Horror: Matthew carved Thomas and Martha's names on his cheeks.
  • Ironic Echo: When Batman confronts him he responds with things Bruce Wayne told him in an earlier conversation.
  • Last Disrespects: He also carved Thomas and Martha's names on his parents' graves.
  • Loony Fan: And you thought Hush had an unhealthy fixation with Bruce Wayne.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He just wanted to be like his hero, Bruce Wayne.
  • Serial Killings, Specific Target: Taylor tries to cover the murders by using the MO's of Two-Face and Victor Zsasz, for extra irony the latter's parents were among the victims.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's what would happen if Bruce Wayne himself was a Batman villain. The story he first appears in is called "The Origin of Bruce Wayne".
  • Undying Loyalty: Taylor is as loyal to his master as Alfred is to Batman, ironically this is what clues Batman in to the fact that Taylor is taking the fall for Matthew.

    "Maxie" Zeus 

Maximilian "Maxie" Zeus

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"Who dares mock the mighty father of gods? Who defies the mighty Zeus? Who? Who?"

This deranged, Greek-descended crime boss believes himself to be the modern incarnation of the Greek god Zeus. He used to be a mild-mannered history teacher, but lost his wife and his sanity in an undisclosed incident. Amidst all the chaos caused by the other insane Bat-villains, he rose to power as one of Gotham's most colorful and cunning gang leaders. He was not only a foe of Batman alone, but also a prominent enemy of Batman's Super Team The Outsiders.


  • A God Am I: In this case, he believes himself to be a specific god, the Greek god Zeus. In Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, he also develops messianic delusions.
  • Ancient Grome: Depending on the Writer. Maxie believes himself to be Zeus, not Jupiter, but either has a tendency to conflate the two cultures' pantheons and traditions, or angrily correct those around him who do so by mistake.
  • Big Bad: Was one for Batman and the Outsiders.
  • Boring, but Practical: In one story, Maxie Zeus hires construction workers to build a copy of Ancient Rome. When one of the workers suggests building traps for the lion pit or using a lion that turns into a velociraptor to make things more interesting, Zeus refuses because he doesn't want his Ancient Rome to have anything the original one didn't. The worker comments that just a normal pit with a lion isn't scary and Zeus reacts by throwing the worker at the pit and daring him not to feel scared once the lion arrives.
  • The Chessmaster: With his intelligence, he was able to build his gang among the chaos caused by Gotham's super-villains.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He started to become forgotten by DC's writers after Infinite Crisis and One Year Later, only coming back in Kevin Smith's Cacophony, where he got Put on a Bus at the end of that story.
  • Driven to Madness: He lost his sanity in an undisclosed incident where his wife died.
    • In Cacophony, he gains sanity after taking medication, but when The Joker kills his nephew, Aesop, he is shocked back into insanity.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His nephew Aesop, whose death by The Joker shocks him back into insanity. Also his daughter Madea, whom he onbce attempted to steal a 'golden fleece' for.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: In the Cacophony storyline, where he has taken meds for his insanity, he refers to "Maxie" as his deranged, insane self and "Maximilian" as his saner self.
  • Napoleon Delusion: Believes himself to be the god Zeus.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Arkham Asylum's guards initially didn't put him in the maximum-security wing where the other Bat-rogues are because they didn't think he was as dangerous, despite Batman repeatedly telling them to do so. They were proven wrong when his team of metahumans called the "New Olympians" easily broke him out.
  • Psycho Electro: In Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, he becomes addicted to the asylum's electroshock treatment, which makes him even more insane.
  • The Psycho Rangers: He "New Olympians" team was one for Batman and the Outsiders.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To King Tut from the Adam West series. Both are former history teachers believing themselves to be godlike figures from history (King Tut and Zeus respectively).
  • Took a Level in Badass: When some rogue Gods from Wonder Woman's rogues gallery decided to use him as a conduit for prayers, they rewarded him with a decent amount of divine whoopass in return.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He was thought to be dead after he got involved in Ares' plot to turn Gotham into his capital over the world, but was eventually revealed to be alive and well for no revealed reason.
  • Unnaturally Blue Lighting: His electrified cell in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth casts him in a cold blue light the entire time.
  • Villain Decay: When Maxie Zeus was first introduced, he was presented as on par with the rest of the Bat Rogues. However, as time went on he started to be treated as more and more of a joke.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: For almost all of one storyline, where he tried to pass himself off as a legitimate shipping magnate after gaining sanity from medications. It didn't last because it was revealed to the public that he was selling a diluted version of Joker Venom as a party drug.

    Miracle Molly 

Miracle Molly (Mary Kowalski)

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Member of the Unsanity Collective and the technician of the group


  • Anti-Villain: She might be a criminal and an anarchist, but she's not a killer (intentionally at least), and wants people to escape what she sees are the shackles and confines of society.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Not out of abuse or negligence, but her husband Hiro Matsuda simply did not understand the pressure she felt from her family and in-laws, and how much she disliked her Soul-Crushing Desk Job at Helios Robotics.
  • Crazy Sane: Which is why she became a part of Unsanity Collective. She's not exactly insane, but she's far from normal in her new way of thinking.
  • Cyborg: Besides her electronic eye, she appears to have other modifications that allow her to use her eye in full.
  • Electronic Eye: She replaced her left eye with a bionic eye she designed herself.
  • Enemy Mine: She and the Unsanity Collective end up having to ally themselves with Batman and his allies against Simon Saint and The Magistrate.
  • Freudian Excuse: Molly was a robotics designer stuck at a Soul-Crushing Desk Job and in an apathetic marriage, and when she tried to assert herself, she was fired and all her work was going to be confiscated. And when she tried to get it back, she snapped and killed her sleazy boss. With nowhere to turn to, she joined the Unsanity Collective, erased her memories and became Miracle Molly.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: The words of Master Wyze about the constrains and expectations of society and her failure to fit in with everyone else is what made her abandon everything about her past life and embrace being Miracle Molly.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She voluntarily erased her memory of her life as Mary Kowalski to free herself from all the constrains and expectations she felt society wanted for her.
  • That Man Is Dead: She refuses to answer by her previous name of Mary Kowalski.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has green hair. She's rather offended when Harley Quinn assumes she dyed it in that color to imitate the Joker.

    Mirage 

Mirage (Kerry Astin)

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Mirage uses a gem that causes people to see elaborate illusions. He commits crimes while his victims are occupied fighting against these illusions.


    Mirror Man 

Mirror Man (Floyd Ventris)

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"Mirror, mirror, on the wall— Who's the smartest crook of all?"

Floyd Ventris was a criminal convicted to seven years at the Gotham State Penitentiary. During his first day, he broke a mirror and he took one of the shards with him, which he used to distract the guards on his escape attempt. Ventris was successful and escaped prison thanks to the mirror shard, which was his motivation to learn everything about mirrors and start a crime wave with mirrors as his main motif.


    Mr. Bloom 

Mr. Bloom (Real name: unknown)

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"This city is about to die. Happy Tuesday!"

Mr. Bloom is a plant-like abomination that deals with high-tech seeds throughout the city. He antagonizes Jim Gordon during his brief stint as a police-sponsored Batman.


  • Arch-Enemy: Bloom is the Big Bad of the Superheavy arc and therefore, as Commissioner Maggie Sawyer says, Jim Gordon's very first supervillain in his Batman identity.
  • Arc Villain: For the Superheavy storyline.
  • Arms Dealer: Mr. Bloom is a superpower dealer, with each of his seeds giving its recipient a superpower when connected to their bloodstream.
  • The Blank: Bloom's mask completely covers his features, giving the impression of a blank face with a flower growing out of it.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: When using his powers, Bloom's fingers become unnaturally long and pointed; enough that he can impale his victims with their tips.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Bloom comes across as polite even while he murders everyone in the room.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Whoever Mr Bloom was originally, he was found in a pauper's grave. His creator isn't even sure which of the corpses he experimented on is the one where it worked.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Formerly a normal human, Mr. Bloom is now a skeletal monstrosity capable of elongating his extremities to become deadly weapons. In the climax, he becomes even more inhuman, an enormous creature with many rootlike tentacles growing out of his body.
  • Lean and Mean: Rail thin, dressed all in black and absolutely monstrous.
  • Legacy Character: He turns out to be the second Mr Bloom, having taken the identity from the Reluctant Mad Scientist who created him, who intended to be a hero under that name.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Mr. Bloom has quasi-Rubber Man powers that are portrayed in this way, with his extremities becoming elongates to the point where he can impale victims with his fingers.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Wears a blank white mask with a flower symbol emblazoned on it.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: As is usual in the Batman mythos: he's a plant-like drug dealing monster!
  • Playing with Fire: Bloom's superpower-granting seed gives him the ability to shoot fire from his hand.
  • Required Secondary Powers: He's very difficult to kill and can heal most wounds.
  • Rubber Man: Mr. Bloom can extend his extremities to great lengths, impaling victims with his elongated fingers; this isn't portrayed as him being "rubbery" as in traditional uses of the superpower, but rather like him extending his bones under the skin.
  • Shock and Awe: In addition to his elongation powers, Bloom's body can produce lethal amounts of electricity thanks to his electromagnetic seeds.
  • Sizeshifter: When using his powers, Bloom can become large enough to pin Gordon to the ground with his oversized foot, and (in the climax of the arc) become a gigantic monstrosity as tall as a building.
  • Slender Man Stand-In: Mr. Bloom is unnaturally tall and thin, has pale skin, wears dark clothing and wears a mask that makes it seem like he has no face.
  • The Social Darwinist: In his climactic Motive Rant, Bloom says that he sees Gotham as a garden, where nature has been tamed into submission, and that his motivation for selling superpowers is to turn Gotham from a garden into a "wild, bloody meadow", with everyone out for themselves.

    Mr. Freeze 

Mr. Zero/Mr. Freeze (Victor Fries)

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Mr. Freeze is a DC Universe character created by Dave Wood and Sheldon Moldoff for Batman issue 121 (February 1959) and is a prominent member of Batman's Rogues Gallery.

Victor Fries was once a great scientist, who was accidentally exposed to some chemicals and was forever changed. While this sort of thing had been beneficial to The Flash, it ruined Fries' body physiology and he cannot survive for very long in high temperatures (even being in room temperature would eventually kill him). Being forced to create a suit to keep him cool, Fries eventually turned to crime, becoming the sinister Mr. Freeze.

That was all there was to the original Mr. Freeze (who actually debuted as Mr. Zero). He was just the gimmicky cold themed villain to fight and was eventually sent to Comic Book Limbo (where Animal Man actually met him!). Then Batman: The Animated Series gave him a tragic backstory and personality, turning him into an Anti-Villain.

Nora Fries, wife of Victor, contracted a rare disease, of which there was no cure. Victor, wanting to save his wife, put her in cryo-stasis. Unfortunately, Fries' boss, Ferris Boyle tried to pull the plug on Nora and knocks Victor into some chemicals and... yeah. Later, when Mr. Freeze tried to get revenge on Boyle, he was foiled by Batman and Nora's capsule was destroyed, killing her. Swearing revenge on Batman, he escapes. Although, like the Penguin, he is not truly insane, whenever Freeze is captured and taken into custody, he is always taken to Arkham Asylum, as it is the only place where he won't die due to the temperature while in custody (his room being essentially a remodeled meat locker).

In recent history, Freeze managed to revive his wife with one of Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus Pits in exchange for building a machine to capture Cassandra Cain. However, due to Nora being dead for so long, she gains superpowers from the pit. She is pissed off at her husband and left him becoming the villain Lazara. Poor, poor Victor.

The New 52 reboot made a major alteration to Freeze's backstory. After the changes to the timeline, Victor is no longer married. Although he still seeks to awaken and cure Nora, he's actually totally deluded; Nora was cryogenically preserved long before Fries was even born. As Batman rather pointedly deconstructs, Freeze doesn't really care about Nora as a person, she just makes a perfect figurehead for his obsession with ice and cold.

DC Rebirth, specifically All-Star Batman, undid the changes the New 52 made to Fries backstory, with Nora once more being his wife.


Appearances in Media

Comic Books

Film

Live-Action Television

Video Games

Western Animation


Mr. Freeze provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: The Mr. Freeze graphic novel by Paul Dini shows an origin in which Victor's father was a violent control freak.
  • Adaptational Badass: In Batman & Robin, he is more physically fit instead of slim.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Batman The Animated Series, Arkham Knight and a few more portrayals, he is a jaded man trying to save his wife, but has no morals for it, instead of being a stereotypical Mad Scientist like in Batman and Robin (though he still wished to save his wife in it), and the Adam West series.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Mr. Freeze's national origin is rarely consistent from one portrayal to the next; Michael Ansara, Maurice LaMarche, and Nathan Darrow used generic American dialects for their versions of the character; George Sanders, Eli Wallach, Matthew Mercer, and Jim Pirri affected German accents in their portrayals, Otto Preminger and Arnold Schwarzenegger used their natural Austrian accents, Oded Fehr and Peter Stormare also used their natural accents (Israeli and Swedish, respectively), and Alfred Molina used a Russian accent.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While his sympathetic origins and motivation were adapted into the comic world, Freeze himself is generally more malicious, refusing all of Batman's offers to help him and wantonly freezing innocent people to death. He believes that if he and Nora can't be happy, nobody else deserves to either.
  • A Day in the Limelight: An issue of Legends Of The Dark Knight has him narrating a retelling of his own origin.
  • Affably Evil: The George Sanders version in the 60s series is very affable. He admits that he doesn't actually hate Batman that much—killing him is just a matter of principle seeing as how he's responsible for the accident that made him Mr. Freeze. He even makes Batman and Robin dinner.
  • Alien Blood: As a result of his accident, he is now literally cold-blooded, which would be downright bizarre for any mammal let alone human.
  • An Ice Person: Unlike most examples, his powers don't come naturally. Instead, he has to use his gun (which may or may not be linked to his sub-zero body temperature) to achieve this. And although his condition would kill him in a room-temperature environment, he can walk around openly and quite comfortably in the frigid polar regions, as depicted in the DCAU.
  • Anti-Villain: Depending on the Writer sometimes, but he's one of the greatest examples of a Type II of all times.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: His helmet is more fragile than the rest of his suit, and he needs it to survive.
  • Bald of Evil: The transformation process apparently caused all his hair to fall out.
  • Big Bad: There are some examples where Mr. Freeze takes the spotlight.
  • Breakout Character: One of the most standout examples among Batman's Rogues Gallery. Originally he was nothing more than an unremarkable villain with an ice gimmick until Batman: The Animated Series reimagined him as a Tragic Villain to wide acclaim. Since then he's gradually grown in popularity and now sits alongside Two-Face, the Riddler, and the Joker as one of Batman's most iconic enemies.
  • Create Your Own Villain:
    • In the New 52, the executive who shut down Victor's research and unwittingly exposed him to the chemicals that made him dependent on sub-zero temperatures... was Bruce Wayne.
    • In 60's series as well—he was an ordinary criminal who got frozen by Batman in a bank robbery gone wrong. Batman even expresses guilt over the incident although the others are quick to point out he was just doing his job. A similar origin was used for The Batman.
  • Cold Ham: only natural that he makes a fine example of this in most incarnations, with one foot in pompous madman and the other in tortured antivillain, and a love for grim humor to round things out.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Freeze's condition means that room temperatures will kill him. However, he can survive without his suit in bitterly cold regions that would kill ordinary humans. Arguably more Blessed with Suck, since super-cold environments are comparatively rare/temporarily limited and usually very barren, whereas the world where all the people live is out to kill him.
    • One of the Batman vs. Predator minis had a very interesting spin on this: because of his complete lack of body heat, he can hide from the Predators' thermal vision with absolutely no effort.
  • Cyborg: Maybe. It's hard to tell. He definitely was a normal human before the lab accident (which note did not involve robotics in any way), but various depictions since then have shown him surviving being decapitated or blown up, even when explicitly reduced to just a (still-talking) head.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Almost every incarnation of the character after The Animated Series shares specific aspects with the Dark Lord of the Sith: A once beautiful man who suffered a horrible accident that left him hideously scarred and deformed which meant that he could only survive in a robotic suit. He is also strongly motivated by the death of a loved one and has a deep, robotic voice to boot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: rivals Batman on this front in his more sedate moments, often at the expense of any other villains he's teamed up with at the moment
  • Downer Ending: Every instance where he finally gains the means to revive and cure Nora ends badly for him, and only rarely goes well for Nora. He's just never allowed to catch a break.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His desire to save his wife is a major part of his motivation.
  • Freak Lab Accident: Something that every version of him has in common.
  • Freeze Ray: The exact size and shape of Freeze's Freeze Gun has varied wildly over the years; when it first debuted, it looked more like a teakettle than anything. Since then, it's been portrayed as everything from the standard futuristic-pistol design to a massive two-handed cannon connected to a backpack to a tiny, unassuming-looking device mounted on the wrist of his armor.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's an absolute genius, and his suit enhances his strength to superhuman levels.
  • Harmless Freezing: Sometimes, in more kid friendly versions. Most of the time, he does kill whoever he freezes.
  • Human Popsicle: Did this to his wife, pre New 52 — afterwards, he fell in love with Nora specifically because she is on. He's kind of a walking, talking, killing one himself.
  • Hurricane of Puns: In Batman and Batman & Robin, he makes a blizzard of puns.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: A literal example. Batman & Robin even brings it further with ice-like lenses.
  • Immortality Seeker: Obviously not Victor himself, but a somewhat recurring element is people attracted to Freeze's condition for the sake of immortality. It never goes well for them.
    • A Pre-Crisis story has Freeze experimenting on aging citizens as a way to grant his new lover the same icy life he has. The process inevitably fails, leaving the unlucky subjects as brain-dead "ice zombies". Even worse, his lover is actually plotting to betray and murder Victor once she's acquired his unaging form.
  • It's All About Me: On his worst days he falls headlong into this, either robbing people blind to fund his research/planning to use them as test subjects because the recovery of his wife justifies anything he does to achieve it, or destroying people's lives and making them miserable because if he can't be happy, no one can be happy.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: He invokes this trope with objects just as much as with people.
  • Long-Lived: Due to his body being frozen, he ages much slower.
  • Lost in Imitation: With the exception of the one in the Adam West show and The Batman version (which uses his original characterization, though references his later look), every version of Freeze draws from the DCAU one. This is partially because the comics themselves adopted the DCAU version as his official backstory.
  • The Lost Lenore: Nora is perhaps one of the best examples in comic books.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Especially when the one you loved is dead.
  • Mad Scientist: He's a master of cryogenics and cybernetics, creating his mechanized life-support suit and his trademark Freeze Ray himself, but he uses his genius to help in his crimes.
  • Moveset Clone: For Injustice 2, he is a Premier Skin to Captain Cold. He shares the exact same moveset.
  • Necromantic: Not at first, since his wife was technically still alive, but after her death, he still did everything he does out of his love for her.
  • Only Sane Man: Usually shares this role with Penguin. He goes to Arkham not because he's insane, but because they're the only place that can accommodate him.
    • A notable exception is his appearance in City of Crime, in which he is a delusional psychotic. Penguin even remarks that he hates working with crazy "freaks" like Mr. Freeze.
    • Another exception is the New 52 incarnation, who is delusional and obsessive.
  • Palette Swap: For Injustice 2, he is a Premier Skin to Captain Cold.
  • Playing with Fire: In one storyline he attempts to use the Lazarus Pit to restore his wife. She came back with powers. Guess what they are. Did we mention his life sucks?
  • Psycho for Hire: Often shows up as a mercenary in stories not centered around his personal goals, hired by a crime lord to do some damage and/or attack Batman. Freeze is known to be difficult to work with- the exact mix varies Depending on the Writer, but generally a hazy mix of Punch-Clock Villain who might quit when a gig has become more trouble than he's getting paid to deal with, a Consummate Professional easily offended by incompetence or attempts to deceive him, and an Unfettered nihilist who might kill everyone involved if it was the simplest way to accomplish the given task.
  • Pungeon Master: a hail of ice and winter-related puns frost his appearances
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red goggles give him this appearance. In The Batman, his eyes actually are red.
  • Ret-Canon: After the animated episode won an Emmy, DC Comics hastily adapted Freeze's new origin into the comics as well. The New 52 made another retcanon to invalidate his DCAU origin, itself undone in Rebirth, much to the relief of fans of the tragic origin and motivations.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: On Boyle at first. His later career is supposedly one targeted towards Batman, and to a lesser extent, the rest of Gotham.
  • Seeks Another's Resurrection: The core of most of Victor's modern iterations, but even his most sympathetic portrayals frequently note an element of selfish delusion to the situation- a belief that by reviving her, all of his actions will have been justified and his suffering will end.
  • Self-Made Orphan: In the New 52 version. He became obsessed with the ice after his mother fell through thin ice and nearly died from the cold. The following winter, he led her back to the same spot and pushed her through deliberately. This time, she didn't survive.
  • Sinister Shades: He's usually seen with red goggles.
  • Tragic Ice Character: Often characterised as an Anti-Villain who was mutated into An Ice Person by a Freak Lab Accident, and is motivated to villainy by his desire to preserve and revive his wife Nora, whom he was forced to place into cryogenic suspension to prevent her from dying from an incurable disease.
  • Tragic Villain: A depressed scientist desperate to save his wife's life before it's too late, and is forced to live in coldness, never getting attached to warmth due to the incident by one specific person. He also holds the page image.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The version of him created from the DCAU and which became his main comics persona prior (and following) to the New 52. Freeze was made into a person biologically incompatible with human warmth, and all he wants is to restore his wife to full health, which is what he was trying to do before he was transformed. Even if he succeeds, he'll never be able to hold her again, as the temperature difference would kill them both.

    Mr. Whisper 

Mr. Whisper (Manfred Wicker)

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"As you can see, I've gone to some trouble to prepare a suitably elaborate death for you. I trust you'll appreciate my efforts."

Mr. Whisper is an unkillable sociopath that appears in "Batman Gothic". He is a fallen monk that made a deal with Lucifer for 300 years of immortality.


  • The Ageless: Did not age after making his Deal with the Devil, despite being alive for more than 300 years.
  • Deal with the Devil: His origin story. He tries to weasel out of the deal by arranging a ritual to purge himself of sin, but fails. When he tries for one last victim to offer to Lucifer to extend the deal, it turns out she's the fallen angel himself.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A group of mobsters bands together to stop his murders of children. Lucifer also finds him disgusting.
  • Evil Teacher: He was the headmaster of a school that Bruce attended as a child. He used this position as an opportunity to murder children.
  • Faith–Heel Turn: He was once a pious monk who was tempted into depravity.
  • Faux Affably Evil: While he acts like a polite scholar, he is really a sociopath who has murdered countless people.
  • Hypocrite: The instant Lucifer swings by to collect his due, this guy falls to his knees and begs God for help. Lucifer mocks him for this.
  • Mugging the Monster: The pretty Damsel in Distress he tries to kill at the end turns out to be Lucifer, out for his blood.
  • Pride: Explicitly referred to as his fatal flaw.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He kills the mobsters that tried to kill him twenty years ago.
  • Wicked Cultured: He has a tendency to quote the works of romantic poets before killing someone.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He murders children to preserve his life.

    The Monk 

The Monk/The Mad Monk (Niccolai Tepes)

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"You are misguided in pursuing me, "Bat-Man". You are mistaken to think your appearance frightens me. I have known crusaders such as you for centuries! Foolishly trying to purge what can never be eradicated!"

The Monk, also known as the Mad Monk, is Batman's second recurring enemy after Dr. Death… and even more obscure.


  • Bad Habits: He's generally not depicted as an actual monk or any other kind of man of the cloth.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: The Monk shares his names with possibly the two most famous Romanians who have ever lived: Nicolae Ceaușescu (albeit in an alternate Romanisation of the first name) and Vlad the Impaler; And at least one of these has very strong connections to vampirism.
  • Killed Off for Real: The original Golden Age version of the character was famously killed by Batman shooting him with a silver bullet as he slept in his coffin and never returned.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Although he's more reminiscent of a werewolf than a vampire in some respects, and is heavily associated with them. His Golden Age version is particularly werewolf-like, being killed by a Silver Bullet.
  • Related in the Adaptation: There's no indication that the Golden Age Monk was anything more to Dala than her boss, but the Pre-Crisis Earth-One versions are siblings.
  • Siblings in Crime: When Gerry Conway introduced the Earth-One version of the Monk, he made the Monk's henchwoman Dala his sister.

    Nobody I 

Nobody (Morgan Ducard)

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"Bruce may have been looking to learn all he could from the best in the world, but he was searching for a surrogate father just the same."

Morgan Ducard is the son of Henri Ducard, one of Bruce Wayne's trainers from when he was learning the skills to be Batman. Morgan is an assassin, like his father, and took great pride in his skills. He would form a bitter rivalry with Bruce during Bruce's training. Years later, he tracked down Bruce and was determined to "steal" his son, Damian, away from him and convert him into a killer. Using a cloaking device to compliment his already impressive skill set, he is an unrelenting foe with an undying personal grudge against Bruce.

He's also later revealed to have had a daughter, Maya Ducard, who he trained in his family's ways. She accompanied him on his missions and had equipment similar to his.


    The Orca 

The Orca (Grace Balin)

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Dr. Grace Balin was a dedicated marine biologist and humanitarian until a tragic accident drove her down a path of self-destruction in the quest to heal herself. She managed to cure her affliction, but at the cost of becoming a monstrous anthropomorphic orca hybrid who resorted to a life of crime.

As the Orca, she started her career in villainy as an intended hero to the people, a vigilante against corrupt businesswoman Camille Baden-Smythe and the abuse of the dockworkers under her employ, as well as to stop Camille from her hostile take-over of her aquarium. She didn't quite think things through, leading to Grace being fatally shot by Camille and having to be saved by Batman injecting her with more of her own serum, fully transforming the new vigilante into monstrous hybrid and costing her humanity.


  • Cosmic Retcon: Her half-eaten corpse was found in the sewers halfway through Face the Face… and then come Nightwing (Rebirth), she's alive and well, possibly because of Flashpoint resetting and retconning much of the continuity.
  • Devious Dolphins: A human-orca hybrid and a criminal, though she's not completely unsympathetic.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Her first major appearance in a nutshell. She wanted to help the people being abused by Camille, and ended up nearly getting killed because she underestimated the millionaire's ruthlessness.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Her plans to help people and her serum's mutations on her body.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Due to self-experimentation with killer whale spinal tissue and a serum she made. It actually progressed since her first appearance, going from a metahuman in a orca-themed costume to this, with a killer whale's head, hide, and teeth.
  • Happily Married: She seemed to be be in a good marriage before her Pre-Flashpoint demise.
  • I Am a Monster: A major difference between her physically more-monstrous self in Nightwing (Rebirth) and her still somewhat-human self in the original continuity. The whale-headed Grace is more self-conscious and mentally human. She left the Runaways, a group of former Batman villains that moved to Bludhaven, because she felt ashamed of her current state.
  • Irony: During Gotham City Monsters, she teams up with Killer Croc to stop Melmoth, the same Croc who partially ate her corpse in a previous timeline.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her nephew Jonah ends up dying because of Melmoth's spell during Gotham City Monsters. She, Lady Clay and Red Phantom are seen visiting his tomb at the end of the mini-series.
  • Out of Focus: The set-up was there for her to be a reoccurring villain, but she's only held minor roles since her debut.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: She has yet to face Batman in the Post-Rebirth continuity, and is instead took a place in Bludhaven against Nightwing.
  • Unscaled Merfolk: She's a humanoid killer whale.

    The Outsider 

The Outsider (Alfred Pennyworth)

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The Outsider a villainous alter-ego of Alfred Pennyworth. Originally he appeared in the Silver Age of comics as a monstrous alternate personality for the mainstream Alfred.

In Pre-Crisis, Alfred once sacrificed his own life to save Batman and Robin from a trap set by criminals. In his honour they created the "Alfred Foundation" Charity. Following this event a physician named Brandon Crawford found Alfred's body and attempted to revive him with an experimental radiation treatment. The treatment successfully revived the butler caused him to have a white, stone-like body and to be driven by a single minded hatred for those who killed him; Batman and Robin. Eventually Batman found out that the Outsider was Alfred and funded for him to be cured, after which Alfred had no memories of his crimes and took up his old duties in Wayne Manor. After this, from time to time Alfred would relapse into his old Outsider personality and appearance.


  • Driving Up a Wall: In Detective Comics #340, the Outsider uses his Reality Warper powers to seize control of the Batmobile and use it in an attempt to kill Batman. One of his stunts is to cause it to drive straight up the wall of a skyscraper.
  • Mind over Matter: Possesses powerful telekinetic abilities.
  • Reality Warper: The Ousider could reshape and control matter according to his whim.
  • Super Toughness: He could easily withstand Batman's punches.
  • Telepathy

    Owlman (Alternate Universe) 

Owlman (Thomas Wayne Jr.)

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Batman's evil counterpart from an alternate universe. He is almost as dangerous as the Joker and as skilled as Batman. He is a member of the Crime Syndicate, a team of super-villains paralleling the Justice League. See their page.


    Owlman (Court of Owls) 

Owlman ("Lincoln March"/Thomas Wayne Jr.)

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"Lincoln March" is the on-again off-again leader of the Court of Owls and one of Batman's most dangerous enemies. His enhanced biology and power armor give him an advantage every time he gets into a fight with Batman. He also knows Bats' secret identity and believes himself to be his younger brother, Thomas Wayne, Jr. To date, this has not been proven or denied.

Owlman has a crazy fixation on Bruce, wants to be the one to take Batman down and just might be a great deal of trouble for Bruce, the Bat Family and Gotham City. Unlike previous version of Owlman he is from the same universe as Batman (in this case, Prime Earth).


  • Ambiguously Related: He believes himself to Batman's brother but this has yet to be proven or disproven.
  • And I Must Scream: At the end of Batman Eternal, the Court find him and lock him up in a tomb, suggesting they might let him back out eventually. In about fifty years or so. They ultimately let him out a lot earlier, in time for Robin War.
  • Anti-Villain: In the odd let-Gotham-burn way.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's a raving lunatic, especially when fighting.
  • Badass Abnormal: He's badass on his own, but he's got an amazing Healing Factor as well.
  • The Determinator: "Lincoln" has taken some truly amazing punishment, but his hatred for Bruce will always push him forward.
  • The Dragon / The Starscream: He acts as the Dragon to the Court of Owls, worming his way into Gotham's political system. However, he's got plans of his own, and soon leads them.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's killed by Raptor in Nightwing (Rebirth) in its debut issue.
  • Evil Counterpart: While the owl motif is pure coincidence, according to him he's a Wayne who never got over his parents' deaths. But instead of using this drive to help people, he uses it to kill and conspire.
  • Freudian Excuse: Born with a birth defect, shunned by society and only visited by his mother, his parents dying and nobody knowing he's a Wayne, his inheritance given to a brother he never knew and being used as a weapon by the Court of Owls. Well, maybe.
  • Healing Factor: He can basically recover from most mortal wounds, so long as cold isn't involved anyway.
  • The Man Behind the Man: In Batman: Eternal. The overall plan may be Cluemaster's, but it's Lincoln giving him the means to carry it all out. When Cluemaster decides to try and kill Batman, Lincoln intervenes.
  • The Resenter: Very obviously resents Bruce for being the Wayne who inherited everything while he was stuck in a children's home.
  • Tyke-Bomb: "March" was trained by the Court of Owls since early childhood.
  • Unreliable Narrator: His speech to Batman about his history as Bruce Wayne's brother sounds at least possible, but Bruce can come up with alternative explanations for all of the 'evidence' Lincoln uses to justify his belief that he is Thomas Wayne Jr., although he admits that there's no way to be sure about what's true or not without a DNA test.
  • White Mask of Doom: He sports the mask of the Court of Owls, but in his Owl Suit, he also has glowing yellow eyes, adding to the effect.

    Pagan 

Pagan (Marian Mercer)

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"My name is Pagan. And your kind can show me nothing at all."

When her 17-year-old sister Sondra committed suicide shortly after being assaulted by a pair of men, Marian Mercer vowed revenge on the men involved and the patriarchal society that left them unpunished. Taking the name Pagan, she trained her self to physical perfection and practiced martial arts. She began prowling the streets of Gotham City during the night time, fighting all kinds of crime, but specializing in hunting down - and often slaughtering - sexual predators. Pagan's bloodthirsty actions have made her clash with the Batman on a number of occasions, although she shaped up, and he did eventually grow to respect her abilities.


  • Alliterative Name: Marian Mercer
  • Amazonian Beauty: Marian Mercer is a gorgeous woman, at once very curvaceous and well-muscled – with strong shoulders and a fine waist. She is a good enough enough martial artist to go one on one against Batman, and is not above using her beauty to lure her targets into a trap.
  • Does Not Like Men: Pagan views her mission as protecting the women of Gotham from men. All the criminals she takes down are men.
  • Driven to Suicide: Her sister Sondra committed suicide after being rape. This is what drove Marian to become a Vigilante.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute: The sort of person she hunts will often assume from her costume that she’s a prostitute.
  • Rape And R Evenge: Became a vigilante after her sister was Driven to Suicide after being raped. The first men she attacked, and nearly killed, were the perpetrators of her sister's rape.
  • Show Some Leg: Uses her revealing costume to distract the men she targets.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Anytime Batman and Pagan are forced to work together.
  • Vigilante: While Batman is not opposed to Pagan's mission, he is opposed to the brutal methods she uses.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Specifically targets men abusing women, beating them up to teach them a lesson.

    Peacekeeper - 01 

Peacekeeper - 01 (Sean Mahoney)

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"When I was a kid I didn't have to worry about being firebombed by a loser in a clown mask. You did that. You opened the door to all of this. The people of Gotham City deserve some peace. They deserve some order. They deserve better than you."

A major authoritarian villain who debuted in DC Future State, Sean Mahoney aspired from an early age to continue his family's lineage in law enforcement as an officer of the Gotham City Police Department. But after his old man was busted for taking bribes, Commissioner Gordon turned down Sean's applications and stonewalled any of his attempts to join the force. Feeling embittered, Sean became a Night Guard in Arkham Asylum where he took out his frustrations on the patients, earning him a reputation among Arkham's staff as an insecure sadist.

After the events of The Joker War, Sean was one of the few survivors of the terrorist attack on Arkham Asylum where he was crippled while trying to evacuate two nurses who were trapped inside the building. Hailed as a hero by Mayor Christopher Nakano for his valor and self-sacrifice, Sean was recruited by corporate mogul Simon Saint to be the first official operative of his Magistrate Program, a privatized law enforcement initiative designed to combat Gotham City's rampant supervillain community where the GCPD couldn't. Rechristened as Peacekeeper-01, Sean now strives to eliminate Batman and his allies to establish Saint's vision of order in Gotham.


  • Cyborg: Courtesy of Saint Industries, Sean has been enhanced with cutting edge cybernetics that significantly increases his strength and durability.
  • Evil Redhead: Has red hair and is a brute who wants to impose his own vision of Gotham.
  • Hypocrite: Sean lambasts Batman as an impotent crimefighter who's continued presence in Gotham is the direct cause for the chaos and suffering plaguing the city via it's costumed criminal element. He also calls Batman out on allying himself with those very same criminals like Catwoman and Harley Quinn, who have directly contributed to the city's growing pains. And Sean does this, all while he himself is actively working with Simon Saint to terrorize the city. He even helped Saint bomb City Hall!
  • Malevolent Masked Men: He's an ultra-authoritarian brute who wears a ballistic mask that makes him come off as more menacing than the costumed criminals he's supposed to be apprehending on behalf of the law.
  • Mighty Glacier: While he's nowhere near as agile as Batman, Sean has the Dark Knight beat on brute force. In fact, the Peacekeeper spends most of their first confrontation throwing Bruce around like a ragdoll while tanking direct hits from him like it's nothing.
  • Unwitting Pawn: When Scarecrow doses him on Fear Toxin and drives him into madness, he becomes the threat within the system that Scarecrow wants to truly throw Gotham into fear, initiating his Fear State.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Unsurprisingly given his Knight Templar tendencies, Peacekeeper-01 is a firm believer in this. It doesn't matter if he's committing false flag operations, spreading disinformation, or engaging in Police Brutality, Sean Mahoney will do whatever he deems necessary to bring true order to Gotham.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Since most of his personal files were destroyed during the A-Day Incident, the Saint Industries PR Team has fabricated a new backstory for him that's been deliberately designed to appeal to the general public.

    The Penguin 

The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot)

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Being born into a rich family can suck sometimes. While we already know about Bruce Wayne's woes, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot was not without troubles of his own. Having been bullied for most of his life due to his short stature, obesity, and beak-like nose (hmm... wonder where this is going...), he was an outcast in his own family besides his beloved mother. Eventually his frustration built up to a point where he finally decided to release it by becoming a criminal. Due to his upbringing, he always tries to look his best in a tail-coat, top hat, and monocle (so yeah, that's where we were going).

All of that, in addition to his notable love for birds, inspired him to take the moniker "The Penguin". Whereas most of the Bat-Villains are insane to a degree, Penguin is usually portrayed as sane, and operates the "Iceberg Lounge" nightclub as equal parts legitimate business and front for his OTHER business. The Penguin is mainly an idea person, relying on others to carry out his crimes (although he does get personally involved from time to time), and in more recent years, he has been shown to attempt to be an organizer for a larger group and more of a mob kingpin.

Has his own page here.

    The Penny Plunderer 

Penny Plunderer (Joe Coyne)

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As a lowly newspaper salesman, Joe Coyne was often caught stealing pennies from the office. After getting fired and botching a heist, he became a coin-obsessed criminal. His main claim to fame is being the original owner of the enormous penny often seen as a trophy in the Batcave (though later retellings would claim it belonged to Two-Face).


  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His costume is simply a green pinstripe suit.
  • Butt-Monkey: In his rare Modern Age cameo appearances, he seems to suffer nothing but misfortune. He's been seemingly killed off by Two-Face, then last seen still rotting on death row in jail.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As a testament to the baffling legal system in the DC Universe, he was actually given the death penalty after his arrest in his debut story, even though his crimes were relatively inoffensive and bigger baddies in Gotham have gotten away with far worse. Poor sod can't catch a break.
  • Flat Character: Even by obscure Golden Age Bat-Rogue standards, his character and motivations are pitifully weak. Is it any wonder he's been effectively retconned out of Batman's Rogues Gallery?
  • Improbable Weapon User: He famously tried to kill Batman and Robin by rolling gigantic pennies over them. At least one was kept as a souvenir by Batman, 'cause why not.
  • Meaningful Name: Joe Coyne, penny-themed petty thief.
  • Retcon: Gallingly, his only claim to fame, being the maker of the giant coin exhibited in the Batcave, was taken away from him and given to Two-Face. For an added dose of irony, Two-Face: Year One saw Joe fall victim to Dent's giant coin as collateral damage!

    Pix 

Pix (Ariadne Pinxit)

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Ariadne Pinxit was an avant-garde artist who used nanobots in paints to program them to form what she wanted. After being beaten and raped by a gang of street thugs, Pinxit disguised herself as a tattoo shop worker, designing lethal tattoos that she brings to "life" via computer in order to kill all the gang members. After being stopped by Batman, Pinxit injected a vast dose of nanite ink into her skull, giving her the ability to create creatures and weapons to combat him: the weapons and creatures forming as tattoos on her skin before coming to life.


  • Animated Tattoo: Thanks to nanite ink in her skull, she has the ability to create creatures and weapons which manifest as tattoos on her skin before coming to life.
  • Art Attacker: Uses nanobot-infused ink to create Animated Tattoos to attack her foes. She originally used this ink to kill her targets by tattooing a design on them, and then activating the tattoo. For example, a gang banger who had a sword tattooed on his chest suddenly found himself with a very real sword sticking through his chest.
  • Nanomachines: Gains her powers from an overdose of nanobot-infused ink.
  • Rape and Revenge: Pix turned to crime to extract revenge on the street gang who beat and raped her.
  • Stephen Ulysses Perhero: 'Pix' is a shortening of her actual surname Pinxit.
  • Tattooed Crook: Acquired tattoos all over her body as part of her cover when she became a tattoo artist to hunt down her attackers. Now uses her Animated Tattoos as weapons.

    Poison Ivy 

Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley)

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Introduced (not surprisingly) in the sci-fi obsessed sixties, Poison Ivy is one of the few Bat-Rogues with actual powers. In her case, powers over all manner of flora. In addition, she's also got a special immunity towards all illnesses and toxins (sometimes naturally born with; sometimes not), and that's just as well, because she's often portrayed with the ability to naturally produce both lethal and non-lethal toxins from her body. This stems from her being seduced by her senior professor, Dr. Jason Woodrue, and used as a guinea pig for his experiments, although her origin comic by Neil Gaiman and his Black Orchid miniseries establish that the science was just a channel and she's actually, like Black Orchid, a mystical being called a May Queen with a connection to The Green (of Swamp Thing fame).

She was originally just another gimmicky villain, but quickly grew into one of the senior members of Batman's rogues gallery. Instead of being after money, "Pam" was instead an eco-terrorist who genuinely cared about the well-being of plants (and animals, to a certain degree). Violent person that she was, she often attacked businessmen and others who damaged the environment for monetary gain... and her love for "innocent" living things, including human children, has made her waver on the path of villainy from time to time.

Despite having a generally dismissive attitude towards men, Ivy can be incredibly seductive when she needs to be, and many times, she's shown to be able to take control of men with special lipstick and pheromones. When it comes to a melee fight, her chemically-enhanced body provides an incredibly athletic frame, but she usually prefers to let her mutant plants do her fighting for her.

From the year 2000 and on, her role in the comics changed a bit, as elements from the DCAU version became integrated. Namely, it's now rather rare to see her without her pal Harley Quinn, with Ivy tending to be cast as the straight man to Harley's wackiness.

As of the New 52 Poison Ivy has recently been experimenting with siding with the good guys, and has been making a shaky bond with the Birds of Prey. She received her own six-issue miniseries in 2016.

Has her own page here.

    Polka Dot Man 

Polka Dot Man/Mr. Polka Dot (Abner Krill)

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" But look at me—I went toe-to-toe with the Batman. That's who I am."

Abner Krill launched a crime wave based on spots and dots in Gotham City, where he inevitably came into conflict with Gotham guardians, Batman and Robin. His suit is covered in spots that can be peeled off and turned into different objects to be used for a variety of purposes. The dots enlarge and transform into dangerous weapons or even bizarre vehicles, such as flying saucers.


    Professor Hugo Strange 

Professor Hugo Strange

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"Only I can face Gotham's madness and not be overcome. I have perfectly optimized my brain chemistry. I am the one sane person in an insane city. Tonight, I confront you with your monstrous inadequacies. Then, as Cro-Magnon met Neanderthal, I club you, skin you and wear your hide. Because you're unfit for it. Gotham City needs Batman. And after tonight... Batman will be me."

One of the very first recurring villains Batman ever fought (the others being Doctor Death and The Mad Monk)note , Hugo Strange was introduced as The Moriarty to Batman's Holmes, a Mad Scientist who used ingenious inventions and brainwashed, mutated goons to carry out crimes. Post-Crisis he was reinvented as a criminal psychiatrist who had ties to the mob who became obsessed with Batman, and again experimented with mutated brutes (this time round known as the "Monster Men"), but both versions have him eventually figuring out the Dark Knight is really Bruce Wayne, making him one of his most dangerous and personal enemies.

But being one of the oldest and more important of Batman's regular foes, Strange rarely appears in the modern comics and is more associated with stories around Batman's early career. He had a single appearance in Batman: The Animated Series and a cameo in Justice League Unlimited note , which would have led to something more were it not for the infamous Bat Embargo in place at the time. However, he made up for it in The Batman where he became a major villain (he even became the final villain in the last episode... almost). He did receive a MASSIVE role in the Batman: Arkham City game, where he's the big bad driving the plot.

One of the more cerebral Bat rogues, Strange is nonetheless preoccupied with physical as well as mental perfection. He regards Batman as the embodiment of both, and at times his obsession reaches the point where he wants to be Batman, however he is just as often trying to create his own giant bruisers, and he is interested in pushing his own limits.


  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed in that all of his appearances in non-comic media have him as a credible threat due to his status as an Evil Genius, but none of them include his bodybuilder's physique (he's of average build in Gotham, Batman: Arkham City states that he is "trained to physical perfection" in his character profile but never really takes it anywhere, and he's a grotesque Fat Bastard in the DCAU and The Batman), meaning he's purely a mental challenge for Batman and not a physical one as well.
  • Actually a Doombot: Used robotic decoys in a couple of stories. These schemes also contained a fake Robin, Alfred and Thomas and Martha Wayne.
  • Arch-Enemy: In the early years, he had arguably a better claim to being this than The Joker, who was Put on a Bus shortly after his debut since the writers didn't want Batman to look impotent by letting the clown rack up a ridiculously high body count. Strange was a more frequent villain, and predated him.
  • Awesome by Analysis: His usual MO, and how he figures out at least one Secret Identity.
  • Badass Bookworm: Inverted. He's a short guy but his obsession with bodybuilding and physical perfection means he is all muscle. The inversion is that he almost never actually uses them; it's largely for show.
  • Bad Boss: Has a nasty habit of brainwashing his own men and turning them into drugged up mutated brutes who will do his will. He once had a devoted Indian manservant named Sanjay who worked for him for years in return for Strange trying to save his brothers life- Strange fails, so he secretly experimented on the brother too.
  • Bald of Evil: He is always depicted with a clean-shaven head, to highlight his villainous nature.
  • Beard of Evil: Originally modeled a classic "villainous" goatee; he boasts a shaggy chinstrap in most recent appearances.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Averted in one Pre-Crisis story. You want to know how he originally found out Batman's secret identity? He took his mask off while he was bound and unconscious. It was later changed to be a little more complicated than that, but you still have to admire his prudence.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Monster Men; Quincy Sharp.
  • Classic Villain: He's one of Batman's oldest villains and is made in the iconic villainous archetype of his day.
  • The Chessmaster: Naturally, Strange's intelligence and ego means he loves to weave plans and manipulate others for the sheer joy of displaying his intellectual superiority.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Strange is a genius, but only interested in using his smarts for evil ends.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He successfully deduced Batman's identity but he is convinced that Bat's is driven by a power fantasy, not by actual heroism. This says more about Strange himself since that's why he wants to be Batman.
  • Evil Is Petty: In Batman and the Monster Men, he had a couple of rich socialites at a charity gala kidnapped and fed to his experimental monsters simply for making fun of his appearance and genetic theories.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: His "Monster Men", and his obsession with Batman.
  • Faking the Dead: Done it so many times he even mocks Catwoman once when she pulls it off.
  • Foil: To The Scarecrow. Both are or were associated with Arkham as staff, both have a fascination with human frailty, and both have even used fear gas (though Strange never depended on it, although oddly enough he was the first to use it.). The only real difference between the two is that Dr. Crane slipped into insanity, while Prof. Strange's sanity is a little more controlled.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His glasses usually obscure his eyes completely, effectively masking his emotions in most depictions.
  • Freudian Couch: He once had Bruce as a client and tried to get him to admit that he was Batman; since he was Batman, Bruce thwarted the effort with a Memory Gambit, forcing himself to forget his secret identity for the duration.
  • Genius Bruiser: Depending on the Writer, his genius may be coupled with some truly massive muscles, enough for him to actually pass as Batman in a dim light. The Monster Men mini zig-zags this; its Strange is a scrawny little shrimp implicitly doing his experiments to beef himself up, but is also the only one that explicitly trains what little muscle he was born with.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In Prey, Gordon gives Batman his bio and mentions that he used to have this.
  • I Just Want To Be Batman: In Prey, he even has his own Batman costume and spends his free time sitting around his home wearing both it and a Slasher Smile.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: In a sense; Strange is smart enough to deduce who Batman is under the mask, but he generally fails to be a greater threat because he can't recognize the flaws in his analysis of Batman and thus makes crucial mistakes based on him acting according to what he believes about Batman rather than what the Dark Knight is really like.
  • Mad Doctor: He is a legitimate doctor, of both medicine and psychiatry. He uses his training to drive people into insanity and mutate them into horrific monsters.
  • Made of Iron: Once survived dropping through a floor to impale himself on a weather vane. Which is impressive enough but over the next few days he held perfectly still, allowing rats to come nibble on him so he could eat them, and playing dead while Batman and Crane were fighting right next to him, only revealing himself when the basement started to flood.
  • Mad Scientist: Even more so than he is a Mad Doctor.
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of the masters in the Bat-verse.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To the 2nd Black Mask, Jeremiah Arkham.
  • Mind Control / More Than Mind Control: Several. The Monster Men again; Sgt. Max Cort from Prey.
  • Mind Rape: He uses his fear gas to make his victims experience their worst fears.
    • Strange is often tied to Arkham Asylum; if he is, expect Mind Rape on the other villains, too.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Historically, his ability to return from death is ascribed to his mastery of yoga.
  • Mundane Solution: Pre-Crisis, Hugo discovers Batman's Secret Identity not through any fancy psycho analysis or some sort of Zany Scheme. How does he do it? Simple: He drugs Batman and takes off his cowl. Easy-peasy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Literally. One of his creations is a fear gas that makes its victims experience their worst fears in horrifying ways.
  • Not Quite Dead: God knows how many times.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted. While Strange is brilliant, and is known for both mutating people and being a skilled psychiatrist, all his schemes align closely with either mastery of biology or of psychology.
  • Paranoia Gambit: Rupert Thorne, a crooked politician and a crime boss, once has Strange abducted and beaten to death because Thorne wanted to know Batman's identity. Except, Strange was Faking the Dead, and in revenge he made Thorne think he was haunted by his own vengeful ghost, driving him mad and leading to him publicly confessing to his crimes.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: In Batman and the Monster Men, he is even shorter than normal, practically a dwarf, but he is still pretty buff.
  • Psycho Psychologist: He is a legitimate psychiatrist, and a damn skilled one too. It's just he's more interested in driving people insane or brainwashing them than healing them.
  • Put on a Bus: He hardly ever shows up in the comics Post-Crisis despite being one of Batman's most notable enemies.
  • Renaissance Man: He's an expert in psychiatry, philosophy, literature and biology, as well as bodybuilding.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Naturally, as a villain who wears glasses, he has a tendency to catch the light with them in a way that makes him scarier to look at.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Batman, he's a Crazy-Prepared Badass Bookworm who is determined to push the limits of physical and mental perfection, the difference being he's a self-centered sociopath and a criminal mastermind, and Batman's limits are much higher than his.
    • One comic plays this to the hilt, showing a muscular man engaging in exercise while giving an inner monologue; the reader initially assumes it's Bruce Wayne, until The Reveal that it's really Strange.
  • The Social Darwinist: Hugo Strange is a big believer in humanity's submission to the principle of "survival of the fittest".
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Obsessed with Batman.
  • Straw Nihilist: As far as Strange is concerned, there is no greater point or meaning in life, and that's why doing the things he does is justified.
  • The Syndicate: They funded some of his Monster Men research and it's implied that they put him through college. However he eventually decided that it wasn't working for him.
  • Third-Person Person: Pre-Crisis at least.
  • Übermensch: Sees Batman as one, and wants to be one himself.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Didn't last long, though.
  • Worthy Opponent: Pre-Crisis, he ultimately came to see Batman as this, enough that he refuses to surrender Batman's secret identity even when getting beaten to death by Rupert Thorne's goons.

    Professor Milo 

Professor Achilles Milo

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Professor Achilles Milo was renowned chemist who turned to the dark side and embarked upon a life of crime. A genius in the field of biochemistry, his schemes usually involved exposing Batman to some kind of gas or drug. Later in his career, he specialized in creating superpowers in others. Post-Flashpoint, he reappeared as the chemistry teacher at Gotham Academy.


  • Chemically-Induced Insanity: Milo's schemes have included subjecting Batman to a drug that made him afraid of anything bat-shaped, and gassing Batman with a compound that made him lose his will to live.
  • Clean Food, Poisoned Fork: When he was director of Arkham Asylum, Milo served a cup of tea to a disguised Batman. Although Batman did not drink it, it turned out Milo had coated the cup handle with a contact poison.
  • Evil Teacher: A supervillain who works a chemistry teacher at Gotham Academy.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: In later appearances, Milo was shown with an interest in imbuing people with animal attributes. He was responsible for transforming athlete Anthony Lupus into a werewolf.
  • Go Among Mad People: In Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Milo has recovered from the temporary insanity caused by his gas (see Hoist by His Own Petard below), but cannot convince anyone that he is sane.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Following a near fatal attack by [[hoistByHisOwnPetard a werewolf he created]], Milo was usually depicted with a wicked set of parallel scars from the werewolf's claws down one cheek.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In one story, Milo became director of Arkham Asylum. He attempted to drive Batman insane with small doses of a gas that induced temporary insanity. He was defeated when he was attacked the inmates of the asylum, who cracked his breathing mask and exposed him to a massive dose of his gas; driving him mad.
  • Long Bus Trip: Milo made two appearances in 1957, and then did not appear again until 1974, when he became a semi-regular member of Batman's rogues gallery.
  • Mad Doctor: Although originally a chemist, Milo knows enough medicine to be employed as General Immortus' personal physician. He is also an accomplished enough surgeon to operate on Immortus' underlings and tamper with their pain receptors.
  • Mad Scientist: A mad chemist to be precise. In recent years, Milo has been a regular presence at any gathering of The DCU's mad scientists.
  • Master Poisoner: Milo's expertise in chemistry has allowed him to develop toxins for a wide range of effects. These have included a dust that caused Batman to develop a fear of bats, and a gas that drove him into a suicidal depression.
  • Obfuscating Disability: In 52, Milo appeared to have had his legs cut off and be confined to a wheelchair. however, this was ruse on his part and he was actually using the wheelchair to conceal the Silver Wheel of Nyorlath.
  • Playing with Syringes: It is a rare story where Milo is not shown threatening someone with a hypodermic.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: One of Milo's early schemes involved exposing Batman to gas that drove him into a suicidal depression.
  • Scars Are Forever: Milo was badly clawed when he lost control of the werewolf Anthony Lupus. Almost all subsequent appearances have given him prominent scars on his cheek from the attack.
  • Spot of Tea: Milo is extremely fond of tea, and sometimes uses it as a means of administrating his drugs to his victims.
  • Super Empowering: Milo often creates superpowered minions for other criminals, such as General Immortus.
  • Torture Technician: Milo's knowledge of chemistry and medicine make him a highly effective torturer. While working for General Immortus, he developed techniques that allowed him to remotely manipulate the pain receptors of Immortus' underlings.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Depending on the Writer, Milo has been shown as being very partial to a Spot of Tea.

    Professor Pyg 

Professor Pyg (Lazlo Valentin)

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" Terror, decay, dollies and the smell of searing flesh make the most joyous combination, wouldn't you say? It's why I've dedicated my whole life to this art..."

A psychotic surgeon/artist who dresses in a pig mask, a former low-level crime boss driven completely insane by overuse of hard narcotics. In pursuit of "art", he physically and mentally mutilates victims with power tools and chemicals to create zombie-slaves he calls his "Dollotrons".


  • Combat Sadomasochist: After being taken down by Damian, Pyg asks to be hit. Damian doesn't give him the satisfaction.
  • Depending on the Writer: How lucid he is and how word salad he talks varies from writer. Of course, from an in-universe perspective, it's possible that it just depends on how much drugs he's had access to recently.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance in Batman #666 was in Damian's future as the new Batman. Pyg had already been killed when he first appeared, and his first appearance was without the surgical outfit or pig mask, but in a checkered suit like a college professor.
  • The Faceless: During his debut stories in Grant Morrison's Batman, his face was always obscured by either the pig mask or shadownote . Later appearances would avert this.
  • Fat Bastard: In keeping with the pig theme, he is quite overweight, sometimes seeming even obese.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was originally a low level crime boss before he got into hard narcotics and went nuts.
  • Genre Refugee: He far more resembles the villain of a Slasher Movie or Torture Porn than he does a typical Batman villain. One character even name-drops the latter genre when reacting to him.
  • Gratuitous Disco Sequence: When giving Damian his supposed Motive Rant, he dances around to "sexy hot disco music" for seemingly no reason.
  • Large Ham: Pyg is very much a showman, as befits his circus background, and is given to espousing his dialogue in a most grandiloquent fashion.
  • Mad Doctor: He is an accomplished scientist and chemist who uses his skills to disfigure his victims. He also has the habit of using power tools to aid in his ghastly surgeries.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: He wears a horrifying pig mask.
  • Mind Rape: His specialty. He brainwashes his victims into being mindlessly compliant Dollotrons.
  • Mommy Issues: He has these, if his drug-based rants are anything to go by.
  • Motive Rant: He ostensibly starts to give one to Damian, about a boy going to a dance with pig's trotters for feet, but it doesn't really seem to connect with anything and soon just devolves into nonsensical rambling
  • Mythology Gag: At one point, he rides in a parade float, intending to infect the citizens of Gotham with a mind-altering gas, just like the Joker in Batman (1989).
  • Nightmare Face: In Damian: Son of Batman, Pyg's face has been surgically altered to actually look like a pig's complete with Black Eyes of Evil. He actually looked like that way back in Batman #666, but it wasn't as frightening or apparent as in the aforementioned miniseries, which is set in the years leading to up to the Bad Future shown in #666.
  • Number of the Beast: The issue wherein he first appeared was Batman #666.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The Dollotrons, Professor Pyg's mutilated victims, are zombie-like mind-controlled creatures that are obedient to the Professor. They wear doll-like dresses and have doll-like masks that cannot be removed surgically (or rather, can only be removed surgically, and there's not enough face left underneath them to make the effort worthwhile). Their creation is implied to involve brain surgery, genital mutilation, and mind-altering drugs.
  • Pig Man: It's just a mask, but he fits the bill. Although in Damian: Son of Batman he looks like a pig without the mask.
  • Pygmalion Plot: The basis of Professor Pyg's crimes and theme is based on a perversion of the Pygmalion play. He mutilates his victims both physically and mentally into Dollotrons based on his warped sense of belief of what a perfect human being should look like.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: He sometimes plays the hype-man for the Circus of the Strange, and talks like a ringmaster or carnival barker during some of his attacks on Gotham.
  • Word-Salad Horror: He's a somewhat more realistic depiction of insanity than most of Batman's foes in that most of what he says is complete gibberish.
    Professor Pyg: On Mondays it's Tiamat this and Tiamat that. Tohu va Bohu and boo-hoo-hoo. On Tuesdays the Gorgon Queen comes to visit, a thousand writhing snakes for hair. That's what it's like to grow upside down in a world where a hug is a crucifixion

    Punchline 

Punchline (Alexis Kaye)

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"All of this has just been setup. Everything he's done in Gotham, all these years. Every twisted, depraved move has been in service of a grander vision. But you won't get it until you hear the punchline."

Joker's replacement for Harley Quinn.


  • All There in the Manual: Punchline's creator James Tynion IV revealed her last name was "Kaye" in an IGN interview before it was officially confirmed within a series.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos: This mixed with Bomb Throwing Anarchist. She just wants to burn civilization down and tap-dance on the cinders and thinks the Joker wants the same, with only his obsession with Batman holding him back. Unfortunately for Punchline, she doesn't know that the only one who truly knows what motivates the Joker is the Joker and she's just projecting her values onto him.
  • Crocodile Tears: Even the Joker can tell her video apology and how she was only a victim during the aftermath of Joker War is pure manipulation to elicit sympathy and to spread the message of chaos and anarchy. Indeed, during the events of her one-shot, many people seem to believe that Alexis is innocent because she's a victimized girl.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end, making the mistake of pissing off Orca, who proceeds to slam her against a mirror, drop on top of her when she climbs on her back and knocks her out using a bathroom sink.
  • Dark Action Girl: Has proven to be more than a match for other female crime-fighters.
  • Design Preservation Villain: She takes Harley's role as the Joker's obsessed female Sidekick after Harley defected from him.
  • Foil: Deliberately made one for Harley Quinn. Whereas Harley is blonde whose hair is in pigtails, Punchline is dark-haired and has a ponytail, she fights using knives rather than a mallet and prefers deadpan humor to Joker's and Harley's more wacky humor. And apparently, Joker genuinely likes her unlike how he treated Harley. To make the parallels more clearer, she heard the tapes of Joker's sessions from Mad Love.
    • Additionally, both of them have contrasting views of the Joker. Harley believed on some level she could sort of "redeem" Joker or at the least pictured that they would be together when they finished off Batman. Punchline meanwhile believes that killing Batman would allow Joker to fully cause chaos and destruction. Both ladies project (or Harley used to anyway) their own views onto the Joker: For Harley, being the butt of jokes and pushed to madness by tragedy. For Punchline, an anarchist who sees society as a joke and wishes to tear it down.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She was just a regular college student who ended up as a hostage of the Joker. This started her obsession with understanding and spreading the Joker's message until he agreed to let her become his sidekick.
  • Knife Nut: Fights mostly using knives.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Harley calls her Punchy, Punch-face and other nicknames to show her dislike for her.
  • Master Poisoner: Not only she was able to make Joker Venom simply by following his instructions online, she even created her own distilled version that makes Batman hallucinate about Alfred.
  • The Mentally Ill: Leslie Thompkins testifies during her trial that she most likely has an undiagnosed mental illness, but that it's not enough to consider her insane and unable to face trial. The backup stories suggest that she would have been some sort of problem as she had a strange fixation against other people.
  • Monster Fangirl: This is how she began, getting to know the Joker through the internet, who taught her how to make Joker Venom, which she used on the dean of her college, completing her transformation into an actual villain.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: As much as she likes to call herself superior to Harley as Joker's partner, Harley herself believes Punchline is falling on the same trap she did, thinking she really understands Mr. J.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: During her trial, she doesn't go after any member of the Bat-Family, instead she antagonizes Leslie Thompkins and indirectly Harper Row/Bluebird.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Much like the Joker, Punchline prefers to dress in purple with some green highlights.
  • Straw Nihilist: She's a violent and homicidal anarchist that hates society and only wants to sow chaos and destruction.
  • Superior Successor: She believes herself this compared to Harley Quinn as she believes the Joker genuinely loves her compared to Harley's misguided feelings. Harley thinks otherwise as she knows the only thing Joker cares about more than anything else is Batman.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A strand of her hair is dyed blue.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has them and not only indicate she's the newest partner of the Joker, but it also makes her look more innocent, which she takes full advantage of during her trial.

    Quakemaster 

Quakemaster (Robert Coleman)

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Robert Coleman was a Gotham City architect whose reputation was ruined when an apartment complex that he designed and built was destroyed by the hurricane. As a form of revenge, Coleman created the identity of Quakemaster and used his super-charged jackhammer to create earthquakes in the city. He was captured by Batman and, in an added irony, learned that the only buildings damaged in his rampage had been ones he had designed. Following this event, Quakemaster has appeared as a minor villain the the DCU: often showing up when there is a gathering of supervillains.


  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Has a large 'Q' on his chest and another on his belt buckle. (What appears to be a 'T' on his cowl is actually a stylisied jackhammer.)
  • Butt-Monkey: Quakemaster gets no respect from his fellow supervillains.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Exactly why Coleman did not patent his super jackhammer and make a fortune is unclear.
  • Earthquake Machine: Wields a jackhammer capable of producing earthquakes.
  • Pile Bunker: Wields a specially constructed jackhammer based on his own design. It can project pulsing waves of electromagnetic energy strong enough to shatter concrete. When targeting a human victim, the Jackhammer's energy discharge is capable of smashing bone into dust.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His costume is primarily green and purple.

    Ra's Al Ghul 

Ra's Al Ghul

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Probably the biggest threat to the world in Batman's Rogues Gallery, Ra's Al Ghul (Arabic for "The Demon's Head", and pronounced "Raysh Al-Ghool" or "Rahz Al-Ghool" depending on the adaptation) is a centuries-old man who leads an enormous international terrorist organization known as DEMON (as well as the League of Assassins). Unlike most of the other Bat-rogues, he is actually quite cultured and polite, if ruthless, and genuinely believes his goals to be noble. Of course, since his goal is to "purify" the world by killing off ninety percent of its population, Batman disagrees.

With the assistance of the mysterious Lazaurus Pits, Ra's has achieved limited immortality, as they rejuvenate him every time he takes a dip. Such a practice has allowed him to live centuries, if not millennia, and he's taken advantage of such a long lifespan to master swordsmanship, war strategies, various fighting styles, and many other skills.

Interestingly, after being created in the 70s revival period, Ra's took much of the 1980s "off", rarely appearing as a Batman antagonist, before being revived in a big way for the 1990s. He's one of the few top-tier modern Batman villains who was created after the sixties show aired, and as such didn't have a counterpart there.

Ra's has come to blows with both Batman and the rest of the Justice League of America many times, one time unleashing a genetically engineered virus on Gotham, and on another occasion, taking down most of the JLA with Batman's contingency files. He himself, however, was killed by one of his daughters, also a user of the Lazarus Pits, who was furious at him for leaving her to die at a Nazi Concentration Camp. Though he eventually returned to life, Batman was able to imprison him in Arkham Asylum under the guise of an inmate named Terry Gene Kase, and assigns him "medication" that keeps him highly sedated.

See his own page here.

    Raptor 

Raptor (Richard ?)

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"There's still hope for the Raptor-Nightwing team. You can still be the guy I know is beneath all of those added layers. You just need more mentoring. A little tough love. You have to suffer more, Dick. You need someone to take everything away from you."

A Romani thief and friend of Mary Grayson's, Raptor was exiled from his home once it was found he had leprosy. He befriended Mary Grayson and worked in Haley's Circus for a time as its clown, and has been watching Dick Grayson since he was a boy. Once Dick returns to his Nightwing role, Raptor takes a more hands-on approach in mentoring. He believes that Bruce Wayne corrupted Dick, and that he and he alone can make Dick into the hero his mother would've been proud of, and make him embrace his heritage.

Raptor utilizes Suyolak, a gauntlet which gives him whatever he needs to solve a situation. He targets the rich, and fancies himself a modern Robin Hood.


  • The Casanova: Is shown to be quite the charmer.
  • Clothes Make the Superman:
    • His gauntlet Suyolak is his best tool. It will literally give him whatever he needs to win.
    • He also very briefly wore Deathstroke's Ikon Suit, which creates a type of force field powerful enough to shrug off a punch from Superman and is powered by kinetic energy. However, because he lacks Deathstroke's enhancements, he can't power the suit as well, and he's forced to abandon it once it becomes irradiated.
  • Cool Plane: Buteo, a sort of hover-copter.
  • The Dragon: Acted as this to the Parliament of Owls, after offing Lincoln March.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Dick and Bruce. Like Dick, he's a playful acrobat, charming and likes improvising his plans. Like Bruce, he mentors Dick, works in the shadows and uses fear as his weapon, and utilizes very long-term plans. He even compares himself to Batman. Oh, he also hates rich people and is willing to kill.
  • Evil Mentor: Played this role to Dick at first. He tried to make Dick come into his own, outside of Batman, but did so by having Dick make more and more morally questionable decisions.
  • Expy:
    • He's Midnighter if he focused exclusively on the 1%. He's a violent partner to Dick Grayson, is a darker type of Batman, and has something that allows him to very easily win fights.
    • His design is also very similar to Hawk's
  • Feel No Pain: Because of his leprosy, he has dead nerve endings and can't feel pain.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has leprosy, and has scarred hands to prove it.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: He and Mary were this in their younger days, and he still partakes in these types of activities sometimes.
  • Older Than They Look: He's drawn like a man in his thirties, but he has to be at least in his mid-forties.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He's known that Bruce Wayne is Batman and Dick is Robin/Nightwing/Batman for a long time (and later discovered that Barbara Gordon is Batgirl), but he hasn't told anyone. He's not averse to threatening to, however, once they find out he does know. Eventually, Spyral removes the knowledge from his mind.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They're gold, but yeah.

    Ratcatcher 

Ratcatcher (Otis Flannegan)

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"If I've learned anything from my little friends it's about survival. A rat will do anything to survive… anything to be… FREE!"

An extremist former exterminator, Otis Flannegan is atoning for his past sins against the rats by attempting to lead them into a bright future as Earth's new dominant species, with him as their king.


  • The Atoner: He feels bad for every rat he killed as an exterminator, and plans to avenge them by using rats to take over the world, with him standing as the Rat King.
  • The Beastmaster: Commands a legion of highly trained sewer rats to do his bidding.
  • Cosmic Retcon: How he's still alive in the New 52.
  • The Jailer: In his first appearance, Flannegan was keeping the men he blamed for his imprisonment as captives in the sewers.
  • Killed Off for Real: One of the casualties in Infinite Crisis, and would not return until the New 52 reboot.
  • Rat King: How Flannegan views himself.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He fought Nightwing in the New 52 instead of Batman, and one of his more well-known appearances was in a three-part storyline in a Catwoman comic.
  • Swarm of Rats: Certainly can use his rats this way.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Flannegan has a distinctly rodent-like appearance, making him look a lot like his beloved rats.

    Reaper 

Reaper (Judson Caspian/Joe Chilton, Jr./Unknown)

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"Tell the world that the Reaper has returned… and will save this city — with its consent, or without."

Judson Caspian was a wealthy Gotham City socialite whose wife was murdered by a street thief. Driven mad with grief, Caspian became a vigilante: creating an armoured costume and adopting the identity of 'the Reaper'. He stalked the streets of Gotham, targeting and summarily executing criminals: primarily juvenile delinquents. Eventually, the Reaper was driven out of Gotham and Caspian moved to Europe: living many years in retirement. He eventually returned to Gotham City: his return coinciding with Batman's first year fighting crime. The two vigilantes clash, ending in Caspian's death.

The second man to take up the mantle of the Reaper was Joe Chilton, Jr.; the son of Joe Chill, the man who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents. Chilton witnessed his father's death at the hands of the Reaper, and became obsessed with obtaining vengeance against Batman. With the help of his sister, he adopts the Reaper in a plot to drive Batman insane.

Post-Flashpoint, a third vigilante called the Reaper has been seen as an inmate of Blackgate Prison. He was one of the criminals sprung by Bane to form an army take back Gotham City from the inmates of Arkham Asylum who had been freed by the Crime Syndicate. It is not known what, if any, connection this Reaper has to either Caspian or Chilton.


  • All Crimes Are Equal: Caspian would kill all criminals he encountered, regardless of what their actual crimes were.
  • Armored Villains, Unarmored Heroes: The Reaper wears a suit of boiled leather armour that was far more protective than the costume Batman wore during his first year of operation.
  • Arsenal Attire: The knees and fists of the red leather armor are tipped with spikes that add more power to blows.
  • Avenging the Villain: Chilton adopted the identity of the Reaper to take revenge against Batman for the death of his father: Joe Chill, the man who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents.
  • Cloak of Defense: The Reaper wears wears a large hooded black cloak lined with armour.
  • Domestic Abuse: Chilton's childhood was turbulent, as his father was abusive towards his mother. Despite this, he idolized his father.
  • Dual Wielding: All versions of the Reaper have wielded a pair of scythe-like blades.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Chilton idolized his father and adopted the Reaper identity in order to avenge him.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Reaper is what Batman would be if he used guns and was willing to kill.
  • The Grim Reaper: The Reaper costume is designed to invoke the imagery of the Grim Reaper.
  • Legacy Character: Three different men have worn the Reaper armour.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Reaper costume is predominantly red and black, with a white skull mask, and is intended to make the wearer look like the Grim Reaper.
  • Sinister Scythe: The Reaper wields dual scythe-like blades which contain within their hafts concealed firearms and smoke pellets.
  • Skull for a Head: The face plate on the Reaper's armour looks like a human skull.
  • Smoke Out: The Reaper's scythes have smokes pellets concealed in their hafts, allowing the Reaper to vanish in a cloud of smoke.
  • Supervillain Packing Heat: The Reaper's Sinister Scythes have guns concealed in their handles.
  • Vigilante Man: The first and third Reapers are murderous vigilantes.

    The Riddler 

The Riddler (Edward Nigma/Eddie Nashton)

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"Are you ready for some more? Explore! Find my challenges! And when you fail to solve them and lie blubbering like an ignorant child on the floor, you will know that The Riddler…is better than you!"

The Riddler (real name Edward Nygma or Edward Nashton, Depending on the Writer) is a supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman. Created by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang, the character first appeared in Detective Comics #140 (October 1948).

Thanks to the unforgettable sixties show (where he essentially replaced The Joker as Batman's lead villain), the Riddler is one of the "big four" classic Bat-Rogues (alongside the Joker, Catwoman and The Penguin). Like most of the Bat-Rogues, the Riddler is victim to a mental disorder - in his case, an obsessive-compulsive disorder that subconsciously forces him to leave clues in the form of riddles at the scenes of his crimes. Flashes into his past have shown an abusive father that would beat him every time he lied and an obsession with riddles, puzzles, and word games, all of which probably didn't help his descent into a criminal life.

The Riddler is best known for his many (often silly) riddles that confound all but the Dynamic Duo, as well as his over-the-top deathtraps. He is, however, incredibly intelligent, yet considers his battles of wits with Batman to be a game - one in which he heavily respects his opponent.

As mentioned above, the character appeared in the 1960s Batman television series, portrayed by Frank Gorshin and John Astin; Jim Carrey portrayed him in the 1995 film Batman Forever, and Cory Michael Smith portrayed Edward Nygma in the television show Gotham. Paul Dano will be portraying him in The Batman. In addition, the character appears in many animated media and video games, including the Batman: Arkham Series. In 2009, the Riddler was ranked as IGN's 59th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.


The Riddler provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: He was brutally beaten as a child because his father believed that he was a cheater and a liar (depending on the canon, it's possible he was right). It's probably fair to assume it wasn't just an isolated incident.
  • Agent Peacock: He's campy and histrionic, with a love of purple, well-tailored suits, and a high-pitched, giggling laugh...and is still incredibly dangerous when he puts his mind to it.
  • Arch-Enemy: Believe it or not, he was probably the biggest contender for this role in the Adam West series. He appeared more than any other villain, and his penchant for riddles played perfectly off of Batman's deductive... uh, "skills".
  • Ascended Extra: A rather minor villain until his first appearance on the sixties show. A combination of the series' popularity and Frank Gorshin's memorable performance saw Riddler become far more prominent in the comics.
  • Attention Whore: His justification for becoming the Riddler, as shown in Detective Comics Annual #8:
    Riddler: It wasn't the money I wanted. It wasn't the action I sought. I just liked the attention.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He's just as good at solving puzzles as he is at crafting them. He once was able to determine the exact value of the Iceberg Lounge brand T-shirts down to the cent, taking into account the thread quality, the cost of foreign sweatshop labor, and the Penguin's knack for turning a good deal.
  • Bad Boss: Surprisingly, Riddler is one of the few villains in Gotham who isn't one of these. Even in the Arkham games the worst thing he does to his lackeys is replace them with robots.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • His Diniverse version actually won in his debut episode. While Batman and Robin thwarted his attempt to kill the Corrupt Corporate Executive who screwed him out of the profits of the best-selling video game he designed, the Riddler eluded capture and still got a very nice Consolation Prize in that the executive's life was ruined because he now lived in paranoid fear of the Riddler's return.
    • As of the New 52 reboot, Batman's first year of vigilantism has once more been modified, and Eddie plays a big role in it. In Zero Year he tricks the GCPD into giving him total control of the city. And Batman isn't able to stop him.
  • Badass Boast: In the 1960s episode "A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away", as seen at the beginning of this tribute.
    Riddler: Royalty? You've never met royalty? Just whom do you think stands before you, my cherub? I am the Prince of Puzzlers, the Count of Conundrums, the KING OF CRIME! I hold court here! NO ONE ELSE!
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Thanks to Gorshin designing a new outfit, and later Batman: The Animated Series, he often dresses in snappy suits as opposed to his original green question-mark-print tights. And yeah, he can be a badass when the situation calls for it.
  • Bat Deduction: His riddles were often the catalyst for the Trope Namer.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Seems harmless and goofy, doesn't he? WRONG.
  • Big Bad: He's one of the main antagonists in the sixties show and the sole antagonist of Batman: Zero Year.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Echo and Query, his two hench-girls from the comics.
  • Brains and Bondage: Occasionally referenced—his minions Query and Echo used to work at a fetish club.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween and Dark Victory both portray him as this. Catwoman: When in Rome and Batman: Hush (both written by Loeb as well) avert this, however. Although, the aftermath of Hush shown him getting beaten up by everyone he used before, and he wound up worse than empty-handed in When in Rome.
  • Calling Card: His riddles.
  • Cane Fu: To the point where his cane in Batman: Arkham City acts more like a blunt weapon than a walking aid. His Batman: The Telltale Series incarnation carries a question mark-shaped Blade on a Stick.
  • Catchphrase: Sometimes has a tendency to introduce his riddles with "Riddle me this."
  • The Chessmaster: During the Hush arc. One of the cover arts even shows him playing chess with pieces looking like the characters, though Batman had dismissed him earlier since he hadn't updated his tactics like the others had.
  • Chronic Villainy: He's probably the villain who has it the easiest to theoretically reform at any time, but he's too driven by his hatred for Batman. In Batman: Gotham Adventures, it's brought up that his compulsive nature prevents him from reforming even if he genuinely wants to.
  • Civvie Spandex: His trademark outfit. Now almost exclusively associated with the goofy, harmless trickster version of him; he's preferred the question-mark smoking jacket more recently.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Amplified in the Adam West show, where even Joker thought he was nuts.
    Joker: You're mad, Riddler!
  • Complexity Addiction: He is incapable of crimes without putting in elaborate riddles or clues. This is either due to a natural compulsion and/or a need to prove his mental superiority to others.
  • Composite Character: The Arkhamverse version has some elements of the Calculator (an Evil Counterpart to Oracle) worked into his characterization.
  • Cool Shades: Increasingly the Riddler is shown wearing a pair of round sunglasses instead of a Domino Mask, which was carried over in the Gotham version of the character.
  • Covert Pervert: Once "accidentally" walked in on Selina Kyle naked.
  • The Cracker: Most contemporary versions of the character, including the ones featured in the Arkham series and the animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham, depict him as a master hacker and programmer; in the former, he manages to crack even Batman's secure feed while cloaking his own location from Oracle, and in the latter, he's the only person besides Amanda Waller herself who knows how to disable the bombs wired into the members of the Suicide Squad. His computer genius also appeared in "What is Reality?", an episode of The Animated Series that predates both of the above and featured the then-cutting edge technology of virtual reality games; Riddler created one of his own and used it to entrap Commissioner Gordon.
  • Criminal Mind Games: His M.O.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He actually decided to cut himself one: After Infinite Crisis, he briefly reformed and went into business as a Private Detective, reasoning that he'd still get paid to match wits with Batman (the thing he really enjoyed) and Batman wouldn't be allowed to hit him anymore.
  • Cutting the Knot: Batman often defeats Ridder using either this or by taking a third option.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • "When Is A Door" had The Riddler bemoaning the fact that comics have become grittier, asking just when did the Joker start killing people?
    • The War of Jokes and Riddles had The Riddler in his darkest portrayal in his history, willing to murder someone's son just to Shoot the Shaggy Dog.
  • Dastardly Dapper Derby: His Riddle bowler cap.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Always has a sarcastic quip in him.
  • Death Trap: He loves these. In Batman: Arkham City, he uses them on innocents in a challenge for Batman. Some fans have pointed out that he's taken a few lessons from Jigsaw, while others would like to point out that Jigsaw took a few lessons from him.
  • Demonic Possession: During the "Dark Knight, Dark City" storyline. The result? An Ax-Crazy version of the character that only the Batman: Arkham Series's version can compete with.
  • Depending on the Writer: Bumbling Cloud Cuckoo Lander? Scheming near-equal to Batman? A Bunny-Ears Lawyer version of both? Or a psychopath who could go head to head with the Joker in terms of insanity? And thanks to Batman: Arkham City, he might be a nerdy Jigsaw.
    • Though he is generally an opponent that must be defeated mentally rather than physically, how well he can handle himself in fight tends to vary. Some modern writers have gone for a sort of middle ground, where he starts out as a noncombatant, gets beat up a few times too many, and brushes up on his fighting skills.
  • Domino Mask: A green one is more or less the only thing consistent about his costume throughout his various incarnations. Well, when it's not purple...or black...or painted on... During his tenure as a private detective, he swapped this out for a pair of Cool Shades.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • He is known as El Acertijo (The Riddle) in Latin America, a mostly faithful translation. Since there is no equivalent for riddler in Spanish, the translators used the word riddle instead. It worked and has a good ring to it, being one of the names that stuck in Latin America when name translations for DC and Marvel properties started to be phased out.
    • In Canada, his name in French is classier as Le Sphinx, sharing the name with the riddle posing monster in Greek Mythology that Oedipus outwitted.
  • Enemy Mine: A number of stories have him helping Batman solve a mystery. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't have the homicidal need to kill like many of his fellow villains do. He does, however, possess the capacity to murder people and will do so if it keeps him out of jail or furthers his goals.
  • Evil Genius: He's a genius among geniuses, one of the smartest men in the world, though he's consistently hampered by his compulsions. He's one of the few people to deduce Batman's true identity as Bruce Wayne, but never reveals it because if everyone knew the answer to the question of "Who is the Batman?" then it wouldn't be a riddle anymore.
  • Fallen Hero: His Arkham video games and Gotham series counterparts both worked as police scientists before turning evil.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He may seem Affably Evil when he's in a good mood, but his disposition can quickly take a hard swerve into dismissive Smug Smiler on a good day, and Ax-Crazy murderer if he's particularly tee'd off. His Arkhamverse counterpart leans more towards this, but it's present to some extent in all his incarnations.
    Riddler: Well, well. So the shaved monkey has failed. How utterly, utterly expected.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Several adaptations which have tried to move on from the Domino Mask have instead put in him a pair of glasses. The Arkham games in particular reflect this trope, as does the TV series Gotham.
  • Giggling Villain: In the sixties series, even more so than the Joker.
  • Going Postal: Not as originally written, but recent adaptations tend to make him a bitter former employee of a big company (maybe even Wayne Enterprises), or the police force, with him turning to evil because he felt his work wasn't appreciated. Of course he'd never settle for a simple shooting spree, though.
  • Great Detective: During his "reformed" period, he becomes a private consultant and taking on the murder case of a wealthy socialite. He showed investigative skills that rival those of the Dark Knight.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Batman. His whole goal is to prove that he's better at deduction than him.
  • Handicapped Badass: Appeared as one in Brian Azzrello's Joker.
  • Harmless Villain: Frequently. Even in the Dark Age, he tried to avoid needless violence, though it all depends on the writer. Best shown in The Question #26.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Sometimes retires from crime and uses his skills for puzzle solving to do detective work. Though inevitably never for long.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • He had a big one post-Hush that shows him getting beaten up by everyone he manipulated before.
    • Then there's what happened after that Halloween night in Batman: Arkham Knight. He had kidnapped Catwoman to get the Dark Knight to participate in his "game". He failed and ended up in jail. While he was in prison, Catwoman snuck into his robot factory, stole all his money, and blew it up to boot as revenge. To top it off, he was listening to it the whole time, since he was attempting to access his computer to stage a breakout. Since he wasn't able to keep up the facade of just talking to his lawyer, Officer Cash got suspicious and tasered him. Not… one of his better days.
  • I Am Not Spock: In-Universe, he absolutely hates being compared to the Joker, explaining that the Clown Prince of Crime's schemes are pure chaos compared to his own strokes of brilliance and clever clues.
  • Idiosyncrazy: He has super-OCD according to some comic book creators.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: Once pulled this out when challenged by the Penguin to guess the profit made on the Iceberg Lounge's high-priced promotional T-Shirts, just for fun. Riddler took into account the weave of the shirts' fabric, the cost of overseas sweatshop labor, and knowledge of Penguin's own unscrupulous business practices to calculate the production cost down to the cent.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: A variation: he'll occasionally use classic children's jokes and riddles for his messages while giving them a deadly twist. In one example, he sends challenges to the GCPD including "Why did the cabin go on a diet?" and "What time do you go to visit the dentist?", which Commissioner Gordon successfully deduces to be a warning to be at the Gotham Lighthouse ("because it wanted to be a light house") at 2:30 ("tooth-hurty"). Sure enough, a bomb goes off at that moment, destroying the building.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's the self-declared smartest man in Gotham and he doesn't mind lording it over that big dumb Bat at every opportunity. It gets especially annoying in Batman: Arkham Knight, where he talks about his intellect compared to the other characters about every five seconds of his interactions with Batman and/or Catwoman.
  • Karma Houdini: His Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: Arkham Origins counterparts.
  • Kick the Dog: He laughs at people who can't solve his riddles. Oh yeah, and if they fail those riddles they die.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He murdered Miss Kringle's abusive boyfriend in Gotham.
  • Large Ham: The Gorshin version especially had a tendency towards giggling, manic monologues. And Jim Carrey's one had the outrageous clothes to help. Cory Michael Smith's incarnation is influenced by both of the above.
  • Last of His Kind: He occasionally plays this role in a philosophical sense, overlapping with Living Relic. Riddler rose to prominence during the campy 60's period of the Batman mythos and is one of the only villains to get through that age relatively unchanged (as opposed to other villains who appeared on the Adam West TV show and in the early comic books, only to fall into obscurity). He's also one of the few villains in the rogues' gallery that doesn't go out of his way to kill people, and is even morally opposed to the idea. As such, Riddler can be used to represent the Silver Age's campiness, silly plots, and wacky crimes —comic books before the 80's made things Darker and Edgier—in a way that even Joker can't. Neil Gaiman's "When Is a Door?" sums it up with a surprisingly poignant quote:
    Riddler: And there were all these guys that you never see anymore—King Tut, Bookworm, Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, Egghead…where did they all go? Batman and Robin were part of the fun—they were the straight men, but we were the stars. No one ever hurt anybody. Not really. Nobody died…you look around these days, it's all different. It's all changed. The Joker's killing people, for God's sake! Did I miss something? Was I away when they changed the rules…?
  • Linked List Clue Methodology: Pretty much his M.O..
  • Lost in Translation: A recurring problem with Riddler are his riddles in translations. Riddler uses a lot of puns for his riddles that don't have an accurate translation or substitute in other languages, making him one of the hardest characters to translate and understand.
    • An example would be a riddle from Batman: Arkham City, "You're a dummy if you don't try and buy one". Dummy can both mean a puppet like Scarface, and an idiot. In the Spanish translation, since there is no equivalent to dummy, it had to be translated as "eres un bobo si no intentas comprar uno", with bobo just meaning "fool", making the riddle incomprehensible for Spanish-speaking players.
  • Master of Illusion: His Superfriends incarnation specializes in this.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Formerly one of the few Batman villains to be genuinely sick - even back in the 1960s.
  • Nice Hat: It started with Frank Gorshin, but even in the comics, he's now often found wearing a snazzy black/green bowler hat.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In Batman: Arkham Origins, his desire to bring about the fall of Gotham City during the night of the Blackgate Riots indirectly causes peace when he exposes the corruption under the police department and brings down the city's corrupt mayor.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: One of the best-known examples in comic books. His own minions have pointed out that if he could just get over the whole "leaving riddles" thing, his crimes would be incredibly profitable and make him extraordinarily rich and powerful. But wealth and success aren't enough for Riddler—he needs to show off how smart he is. If the world isn't cowering before his intellect, it's not enough to give him any pleasure.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain:
    • "Dark Knight, Dark City", "Zero Year", and "Riddler's Reform" show that if Riddler ever stepped up his game, he would actually beat Batman.
    • The reaction many had toward his appearance in the Batman: Arkham Series can be summarized as "they actually managed to make the Riddler scary". Not to mention he actually has a boss battle in Batman: Arkham Knight, piloting a giant robot suit he personally made for destroying the Dark Knight.
    • In the second season of Batman: The Telltale Series Riddler appears as a major antagonist trapping people into jigsaw-like contraptions and exhibits elements of a mad villain with using his sharp question-mark cane to slit a person's throat and tearing off a guard's face during his escape prior to the events of the season.
    • "The War of Jokes and Riddles" during Batman (Rebirth) showed just how evil the Riddler could get when pressed by someone like The Joker.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: His doctors question whether he's insane or just childish.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: During Catwoman: When in Rome.
  • Odd Friendship/Villainous Friendship: During his stint as an Anti-Hero, he and Penguin ended up becoming pretty good friends. Penguin even admitting that Edward was one of the few supervillains of Gotham he could hold sane conversations with without the insanity of the other villains.
  • Offing the Offspring: Implied to have killed his daughter, Enigma.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Riddler often has surprising amounts of money and resources at his disposal, shown to be from successful offscreen crimes.
  • Order Versus Chaos: He is kind of the Order to The Jokers Chaos, as riddles are somewhat like a more serious version of jokes (indeed, the two often overlap).
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He hates losing.
    Riddler: Impossible! You cheated, you must have.
  • Psychotic Smirk: A trademark of his.
  • Pungeon Master: Particularly in the Silver Age, Riddler loved to make the answers to his riddles be in the form of a pun. It's still present to this day, although not nearly to its earlier extent. Some of the more infamous moments of Bat Deduction are essentially Batman successfully anticipating which pun Riddler is using this time.
  • Punny Name: Edward Nygma. Really, what are the odds? The writers tried to give him the more normal "Edward Nashton" for a while. It didn't stick, so it was changed into Nashton being his birth name, from his father, which would explain why he changed it.
  • Reconstruction: That's what happened to the Riddler when Batman: The Animated Series dealt with him. Instead of copying Frank Gorshin's now overused take of a giggling trickster, the writers reimagined him as a usually smooth and calm intellectual Badass in a Nice Suit who can genuinely challenge Batman in their contest of wits. That in turn intrigued the writers in the comics to restore the Riddler to a regular and credible enemy of Batman.
  • Reluctant Psycho: He's crushed at how his insanity renders him incapable of not leaving Batman riddles that lead to his defeat. He's also disappointed that his compulsive nature keeps sending him back to crime, rather than permanently reforming.
  • Ret-Canon: Frank Gorshin in the live action Batman created the green suit and bowler hat look as an alternative for the spandex. The slightly more sedate version in Batman: The Animated Series sealed the deal to make this the Riddler's preferred costume in the comics.
  • Riddle Me This: He's not the Trope Namer for nothing.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant:
    • Temporarily during No Man's Land where he wisely left Gotham while the getting was still good and tangled with other heroes, leading to a particularly embarrassing defeat at the hands of Green Arrow. Nygma never got over this particular defeat, and after his post-Hush Humiliation Conga, he returned to Star City for a rematch against the Emerald Archer. He nearly killed Ollie and still managed to escape capture.
    • During the New 52 era, he relocated to Central City and nearly got Barry Allen arrested just for the sake of proving himself better than the Flash.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: He tends towards green outfits with purple highlights.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • His reaction to the earthquake that created the No Man's Land arc. He's the only Arkhamite to even consider making a break for it. Which he does.
    • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, he does the same. He wasn't very concerned with escaping from Arkham City, though.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's a reflection of Batman's nature as an intellectual.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's perpetually seeking to prove himself as the smartest person in the room.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: When he's not wearing the Domino Mask, which has been a lot lately.
  • Smug Smiler: Always has one of these grins in his appearances.
  • Smug Snake: One of his trademarks. In Batman: Arkham City:
    Riddler: And as you lie blubbering on the floor like an ignorant child, you'll know... that the Riddler is better than you!
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Nigma" with an "I" or "Nygma" with a "Y"?
  • Spirited Competitor: Depending on the Writer he can be this with Batman.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Once towards Bruce Wayne, and later, Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever and another towards Miss Kringle in Gotham.
  • Super OCD: A rather interesting example that developed over the years. In his initial appearances, and especially the Adam West TV show, his constant riddling seemed more like a choice than anything else; he only added puzzles to his crimes to taunt the police, and even, on one occasion, deliberately gave riddles with false answers to throw the Dynamic Duo off his trail. As the decades progressed, though, his leaving clues became a genuine compulsion that he has to act on; he also gained a Freudian Excuse in the form of a father who would beat him for (supposedly) lying about his intelligence, leaving Edward with a fanatical need to tell the truth in every situation, albeit cloaked in cryptic references and puzzles. All told, it's a surprisingly well-researched look at obsessive-compulsive disorder and malignant narcissism.
    • As noted in the quote under Tragic Villain below, he once decided to find a work-around in his disorder by leaving clues to other villains' plots. That way, he can satisfy his need to give puzzles and get away with crimes of his own. It seems like the perfect arrangement—until Batman hunts him down anyway and reveals that the clues he wrote actually contained a secondary hidden riddle that led the Caped Crusader right to him. And Edward didn't even realize he was writing that riddle; his need to give himself away is so deeply ingrained that his subconscious mind will act on it if necessary.
    • Riddler's OCD is taken Up to Eleven in Batman: Hush. After successfully working out Batman's identity and pulling off the biggest crime spree in Gotham's history, he's sitting pretty and thinks he has Bruce Wayne totally in his power...until the Caped Crusader poses a question—"What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?"—that everyone knows the answer to ("Time to get a new fence"). Batman then weaponizes Riddler's disorder by pointing out that, if he goes public with his new information, the question "Who is Batman?"—a true Riddle for the Ages In-Universe—will become a worthless puzzle...and Edward's mind is so fundamentally damaged that he's physically unable to let that happen.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: His outfits are adorned with question marks, the amount of which depends on the outfit.
  • Take a Third Option: Batman often gets past his riddles by doing this, beating them in ways Riddler didn't anticipate.
  • Tongue-Tied:
    • He knows Batman's identity, but he can't reveal it due to his demented psyche; as Batman says, "A riddle that everybody knows the answer to is useless."
    • Also, Batman hints to Riddler that Ra's al Ghul might find out he used a Lazarus Pit if he bragged about it.
  • Too Clever by Half: His Fatal Flaw.
  • Tragic Villain:
    • In The Batman he became a villain after his lab partner sabotages his invention to discredit him as a scientist and get rid of him after he tells her about his father, all without him suspecting this for years. His lost chance at the lab causes him to adopt the Riddler persona when he goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against who he thought ruined him. He takes the truth even worse.
    • In Batman: The Animated Series he is less sympathetic, but still only resorted to villainy after getting screwed over by his boss.
    • On a larger level, the idea that he's been warped so greatly just by Abusive Parents is pretty sad. Especially given that he can't seem to stop himself, and in some canons seems to be just a genuinely mentally ill person who lacks self-control - it makes it sort of depressing to watch him attempt any kind of reform, since it's always a case of Failure Is the Only Option.
      Riddler: You don't understand…I really didn't want to leave you any clues. I really planned never to go back to Arkham Asylum. But I left you a clue anyway. So I…I have to go back there. Because I might need help. I... I might actually be crazy.
    • In Gotham, his abusive father relationship is Adapted Out (presumably), in favor of being teased and bullied by his peers and others, with himself completely oblivious to it…until he develops a psychotic, murderous split personality mirroring his mild-mannered, meek one that takes him over after he inadvertently murders the woman he had a major crush on and learned how to be a murderous psycho thanks to Penguin. Despite this, it's not hard to feel sorry for Nygma in the end.
  • The Trickster: His riddles can prove very difficult.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The reason he always loses to Batman is that he's so full of himself.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Inverted, began as a relatively harmless, some-what ridiculous villain and escalated into a genuine threat.
    • Also kind of applied in universe; throughout his criminal career the Riddler has felt the need to pull bigger, more dangerous and more complicated stunts mostly out of a compulsive need to "play" with Batman.
  • Villain Has a Point: Sometimes he's actually right in his arguments against Batman.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's had a lot of these over the years.
  • Villainous Friendship: Most of the other rogues can't stand him, but he's genuinely close to The Penguin and even calls him "Ozzie" more than his actual name. When Penguin believed he was going to die in battle, he granted Eddie the key to the Iceberg Lounge, and Eddie clumsily if sincerely thanks Penguin for being the only person he can really talk to in their business. In Gotham, their relationship is… a bit more complicated, but still mostly friendly, especially by the end of the series where they're all but stated to be the other's Only Friend and True Companion.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: On occasion, his hired goons will ask why he doesn't just stuff Batman in a death trap or steal a fortune in cash and be done with it. His answer? Riddles are the whole point of committing crimes!
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: He'll just coat the truth in an enigma, wrap it in a riddle, and stuff the whole thing into a Chinese puzzle box.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Batman this, due to him being the only one smart enough to solve his riddles.

    Roxy Rocket 

Roxy Rocket (Roxanne Sutton)

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Roxanne Sutton was a stunt woman in Hollywood, often acting as a stunt double for famous actresses (and sometimes actors). She eventually lost her job when she tried to make her stunts so dangerous that no company would insure her. Still hungry for thrills, she moved to Gotham City where she became stealing jewels for the Penguin. When Batman took equally great risks in attempting to capture her, Roxy believed she had found a kindred spirit who enjoyed the thrill of living dangerously as much as did and developed a crush on him. She eventually realized her crush was unrequited when Batman had her arrested.


    Rupert Thorne 

Rupert Thorne

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Rupert Thorne is a Gotham mobster who managed to appear more than once in Batman comics pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, making him one of Batman's few "normal" recurring foes. Thorne used his influence to try and outlaw Batman's vigilantism and got Jim Gordon temporarily fired. He also kidnapped Dr. Hugo Strange when Strange had figured out Batman's identity and beat him for the information, but Strange faked his own death, pretended to be a ghost, and haunted Thorne until Thorne confessed to his crimes and was arrested. Thorne hasn't been used much since Crisis on Infinite Earths, but is still around without anything to indicate his past stories have been erased from continuity. Gets used in adaptations when Batman needs a mafioso to fight.


  • Can't Catch Up: Poor bastard wants to run a criminal organization against the likes of The Penguin or the Joker.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His appearance is based on Carroll O'Connor.
  • Composite Character: Often takes the role of mob boss Sal Maroni in wounding Harvey Dent in adaptations of Two-Face's origin story, such as Batman: The Animated Series, often combined with Don Falcone as the city's resident untouchable mob boss, as opposed to the city councilor with mob connections.
  • Corrupt Politician: His first appearance is as a corrupt city councilor being blackmailed into turning the city against Batman, then runs for mayor when his blackmailer is defeated. He later has the similarly corrupt Hamilton Hill installed as mayor.
  • The Don: Most depictions have him as the reigning boss of Gotham, contrasting his old school methods with Batman's other, more colorful supervillains.
  • Last of His Kind: Assuming his history is in line with Batman: Year One, then Thorne is one of the few mob bosses to hold out through Batman's purge of Gotham's criminal underworld and survive the rise of Gotham's far crazier underworld.

    Ruth Redford 

Ruth Redford

Ruth is a villainess who makes her debut in Batman: Curse of the White Knight. She’s a Gotham City councilor who seeks to… "redirect" Batman.
  • Blackmail: Attempts this on Bruce Wayne.
  • Breaking Speech: gives a truly epic speech on why Batman has made more trouble to Gotham than good.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Works for the rich people of Gotham.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: After Jean-Paul Valley catches and interrogates her, the following issue sees Gotham PD investigators find her charred corpse.
  • Evil Plan: As the creator of the Batman Devastation Fund, she has accumulated considerable amounts of blackmail material on Bruce Wayne, and directs him to keep fighting low-level crime, while leaving white collar criminals unmolested. When that doesn't work, she switches to hiring a replacement Batman, Jean-Paul Valley. Unfortunately, he turns to be a crazy zealot, so she has to hire Bane to kill him. That doesn't work either and ends with Bane's death and a very pissed Valley tying her up and threatening to light her like a Roman candle unless she gives him the names of her bosses.
  • Hero Killer: Works on character assassination to Batman.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Comes with the territory of being a bureaucratic villain.
  • Villain Has a Point: Her speech.

Alternative Title(s): The Riddler, Mr Freeze, Batman The Riddler

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