Batman has built up a large cast of allies over the years. These are his allies that are either considered to be "unofficial" Batfamily members or allies from outside the Batclan. Due to the nature of comic book continuity, currently held identities are in bold.
Michael Lane was once a GCPD officer who volunteered to be part of an experiment that would make him and two others into the next Batman should Bruce ever be unable to fulfill his duties. In actuality, the experiment was run by Dr. Simon Hurt, who implanted subliminal messages into the three replacement Batmen. Eventually, Lane was "activated" and became a murderous, flamethrower-wielding Batman and fought the real Batman. He was defeated, and after a failed plan to kill Batman alongside Dr. Hurt, disappeared.
However, he was later chosen by the Sacred Order of St. Dumas splinter group the Order of Purity to become the new Azrael. Donning the Suit of Sorrows, he was eventually allowed to operate in Gotham.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: Michael Lane tried to be this during the Battle for the Cowl event where he was first introduced (Batman: Battle For the Cowl: Azrael: Death's Dark Knight. Dark Knight?). It didn't work out.
- Artistic License Religion: The second series is filled with this.
- The Atoner: Michael is currently working as Azrael to atone for both his work with the Black Glove and his actions during Judgement On Gotham.
- Ax-Crazy: Micheal Lane slowly got more and more Ax-Crazy as his series wound down to a close. He got better (slightly) after he came back from the dead.
- Back from the Dead: On the third day, no less.
- Big Bad Friend: Michael Lane's assistant, Adrian Paratino, actually works for Ra's freakin' al Ghul.
- Chest Insignia: Michael Lane's Suit of Sorrows has a Christian cross on it, though before he took the suit, the cross was modeled after the bat-symbol, indicating the previous owner of the suit.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Same bad case of this as with Jean-Paul Valley's series, but shown more prominently.
- Church Militant: Order of Purity? Check.
- Darker and Edgier: Michael Lane's series is made of this.
- Deus Angst Machina / Death by Origin Story: This happened to Michael Lane in a degree that rivals Tim Drake's Deus Angst Machina. His son was hit by a car and died at age three. His wife committed suicide within a year. Only six months after her death, Michael's two siblings (his last living relatives) were murdered by an apparent Satanic cult.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he wants to be.
- Does This Remind You of Anything??: A lot of people have noted that Michael Lane's costume looks like something out of Assassin's Creed.
- Doing In the Wizard: Completely averted in Michael Lane's series, where the Suit of Sorrows is only described as "cursed" or "magic."
- Dual Wielding: Michael Lane carries two flaming swords; one red and one blue.
- Flaming Sword: Ditto. As stated before, Michael Lane has two.
- Friend on the Force: Pete Farrelli, probably Mikey's only real friend in the world, since Father Day is using him to accomplish the ends of the Order of Purity, and Adrian Paratino is actually working for Ra's al Ghul.
- Legacy Character: Michael is only one incarnation of a line of Azraels who work for Sacred Order of St. Dumas splinter group the Order of Purity. All they need is the Suit of Sorrows and a volunteer. All of the people who wore the Suit of Sorrows were eventually driven insane by it. It only took 6 weeks to do the trick for Michael Lane's predessor.
- Knight Templar: He's not nearly as bad as the previous Azraels but can still act pretty extreme, forcing the rest of the Batfamily to hold him back a bit.
- Mission from God: Mikey is convinced that he's on one of these, though considering how around the bend he is, thanks to the Suit of Sorrows...
- MookFace Turn: Michael Lane once worked for Dr. Hurt of the Black Glove, and accepted an offer to become Azrael partly as his way of atoning for his perceived role in the demise of Batman.
- Offscreen Afterlife: Averted. Michael Lane briefly went to someplace that was obviously meant to be purgatory.
- Our Angels Are Different: Darn well they are. See Jean-Paul Valley's entry on this.
- Powered Armor: Michael Lane wears a suit of crusader armor called the Suit of Sorrows, which is made from the fragments of the armor of 100 crusaders slain in battle. It gives him enhanced speed, strength, and stamina. The only drawback is that it will eventually drive him insane, as has happened to all of the people who wore the suit before him.
- Religion Is Magic: The Suit of Sorrows and the Sword of Sin and the Sword of Salvation? Natch.
- Servile Snarker: Adrian Paratino, Michael Lane's assistant, is very snarky.
- Theme Serial Killer: The Crusader murdered several members of the Order of Purity in manners based on the martyrdoms of various Christian saints.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Has happened to poor Mikey a few times, him being crazy and all.
- Tragic Hero: Played Straight, then Double Subverted, though possibly justified, making this Zig-Zagged. Explanation; Michael has many flaws and is willing to kill people when he deems it necessary, which gets him trouble with Batman when he was Bat-Devil. However, he himself is aware of these flaws (when not wearing the Suit of Sorrows), but can't seem to be able to do anything about it, or for some reason doesn't want to. On the other hand, the factors that led to him to becoming so messed up, which are exacerbated by extensive use of the Suit of Sorrows, make it pretty hard to blame him for what he's done. See Freudian Excuse entry above for more information.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Adrian Paratino and Pete Farrelli.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Adrian Paratino again.
- Will They or Won't They?: Michael Lane had this with his sister-in-law, Jenny Lane. They did it in a flashback from issue 16.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Suit of Sorrows is said to have driven all of its wearers insane. It only took 6 weeks to take this effect on Michael Lane's predesessor.
Harper's father had a habit of breaking things, then would disappear for stretches of time. During this time Harper would fix the things her father broke. Harper claims that her earliest memories are of watching the building super strip and graft wires, and fix things that seemed beyond repair. Harper soon developed a talent for fixing things herself. Her relationship with her father is stated to have been abusive, as she lists herself and her brother among the things he would break. Eventually Harper applied for emancipation. After achieving this, she moved out, taking her brother Cullen with her, and applied for a job with the city electrical engineer, and gets a job doing maintenance on the city's electrical grid.
Harper and Cullen moved into the narrows, and broke contact with their father. After an encounter with Batman, in which he saves her and Cullen from a gang, it inspires her to find ways to help him. She begins looking up videos of Batman online, and soon discovers that he's been sabotaging city security cameras, to avoid any clear footage being found of him. Knowing due to her job, that he can't access the cameras from remote, she becomes curious as to how he achieves this. She soon discovers Batman's private enhancements to Gotham's electric grid and uses it to track her new hero. She also begins working on a way to improve the boxes, hoping to repay the Batman. Later she sees part of the grid go offline, assuming something is wrong, she investigates and finds herself in a position to assist him in capturing Tiger Shark. Batman subsequently visits her at work shortly after, and tells her to not to get herself involved in his activities again.
And yet, eventually, she takes up the identity of Bluebird and is seen working with Batman essentially as his sidekick, using the name Bluebird, with a costume seemingly inspired by Nightwing's blue outfit. After discovering her origins and the role of Batman and Cassandra Cain in her life, she hung up the mask and now volunteers around Gotham, while still maintaining a friendship with Stephanie Brown, Tim Drake and Cassandra Cain. However, with Gotham recovering from the Joker War, Dr. Leslie Thompkins has asked her to redon the mask to watch over the captured Punchline.
- Child Soldiers: Was intended to be the perfect Robin by Mother. It didn't work out that way.
- Cool Big Sis: To her little brother, Cullen.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Shows a great degree of skill with computers and electric equipment.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Both her and her brother.
- It's Personal: Starts taking down Punchline personally due to her words affecting her brother Cullen, who sympathizes and even wants to see her free.
- Jerkass: She has a tendency to be unpleasant to others, though she's usually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Multicolored Hair: Purple and blue.
- Precocious Crush: Downplayed. Harper, in her mid-to-late teens, has a crush on Batwoman, who is 10-15 years older.
- Screw Destiny: After learning of Mother's plan for her life, Harper violently rejects it and turns on her.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She was created to replace Cassandra Cain after Scott Snyder was told by editorial that he couldn't use her. However, Divergent Character Evolution set in rather quickly, and as a result, the two girls have very little in common.
- Took a Level in Badass: Has been training herself and manages to create some makeshift gadgets such as tasers. By Batman Eternal, she has her own costume and arsenal, able to keep up with Batman as an official member of his allies.
- Unwanted Assistance: Batman tries to get her to stop. She doesn't.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She dyes her hair blue and purple.
She started out as a run-of-the-mill villain, but Catwoman is known by ninety percent of the world today as Batman's main love interest. As the definition of a "cat burglar", Selina was, in many ways, as much of a dark counterpart to Batman as the Joker was (she's even got an animal theme!). Time after time, she would steal valuable jewels and the like (often items with a cat theme), and time after time, the Dark Knight would put a stop to her. As these "dates" went on, she became more and more infatuated with Batman, an attraction he mostly reciprocates but that he hates to admit.
Out of all of Batman's love interests, Selina is probably the most supported one, mainly because she's one of the few who can fight. By The '90s, she had moved out of "supervillain" territory and become more of an anti-heroine. Various origin stories by authors such as Frank Miller and Ed Brubaker suggest that before she became Catwoman, she was a Street Urchin who suffered a variety of (often sexually-related) troubles before becoming who she is today. After the nineties, she is a wealthy socialite who steals for the hell of it (and help out the Bat-Family on occasion).
For a while, Selina went straight, and even had a baby, but soon enough, the reluctance of The DCU to let anybody in the Bat-universe have a happy life returned her to her costumed persona after a tragic event involving B-list villains Angle Man and Film Freak. Additionally, it is revealed that her going straight may have had something to do with Zatanna's magic instead of her own will. Either way, she makes a very effective hero when she wants to be. Her experience, skill, and social influence are second only to Bats himself, and she has no qualms using lethal force to get the job done.
See her page for more info.
Catwoman's pal Holly Robinson first appeared in Batman: Year One as a child prostitute who lived with Selina Kyle. Later, Holly returned as Selina's Girl Friday in Ed Brubaker's relaunch of the Catwoman title. Over the course of the series, Holly worked as Catwoman's spy on the streets, learned boxing moves from Wildcat, got a nice girlfriend, and became a den mother to a bunch of street urchins. Holly later became the second Catwoman when Selina temporarily retired.
After ending her brief stint as a replacement Catwoman, Holly left Gotham and was thrown into the cast of Countdown to Final Crisis. Holly spent most of Countdown in a state of constant facepalming, as she began an Odd Friendship with Harley Quinn and tried to make sense of a plot involving fake Amazons and Granny Goodness. Post-Countdown, Holly ran away to Comic-Book Limbo.
She was seemingly Ret-Gone'd in the New 52, with some of her role going to Eiko Hasigawa. However, Tom King's "I am Suicide" arc re-establishes her as canon, and she is now a girl who Selina grew up with at an orphanage.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: A lesbian that briefly replaced Selina Kyle as Catwoman.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: She has been taught stealth, athletics, hot-wiring, lock-picking, thieving, acrobatics, and martial arts by Selina. Ted Grant trained her in a form of kick-boxing adapted for street use, as well as English boxing.
- Functional Addict: She managed to kick her drug addiction, although she comes close to falling Off the Wagon at one point.
- Gayngst: Averted. Her being a lesbian is never made into an issue, nor does it cause her any angst or trouble.
- Legacy Character: In the "One Year Later" storyline, Holly Robinson has taken over as the new Catwoman at the request of Selina Kyle, who has decided to retire from the role after becoming pregnant.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She seems to alternate between this and a more tomboyish style.
- Morality Pet: For Selina.
- Odd Friendship: With Harley Quinn, as mentioned before.
- Put on a Bus
- The Bus Came Back: After years of non-use, she made her return in the "I am Suicide" arc of Batman, and she's a close friend of Selina's. That same issue also explicitly references her involvement in "Year One", even though that story isn't the canon first year for Batman anymore. Whether the events are still somehow canon is up in the air, because... Tom King wrote it.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the orphanage she grew up in is destroyed by terrorists, she tracks down everyone even slightly responsible for the attack and cuts their throats.
- The Runaway: She ended up on the streets after running away from Abusive Parents.
- Series Continuity Error: Holly was killed during a 1988 storyline in Action Comics Weekly. Ed Brubaker, unaware of said storyline, brought her back. This was lampshaded in a short story he later wrote titled "Why Holly Isn't Dead", in which Holly complains about Canon Discontinuity and Selina suggests Continuity Reboots as an explanation.
- Slashed Throat: Her preferred method of killing.
- It is implied that the Action Comics Weekly story was erased from continuity as a result of Zero Hour!.
- Apparently, in the New 52. At first, anyway.
- Sidekick: To Selina. Holly began working for her as a spy of sorts. She pretended to be a part of the street life when in actuality, she was gathering information about what was happening on the streets of the East End.
- Street Urchin: Running away from an abusive home, Holly began living on the street as a prostitute at a young age. When she was 13, she met Selina Kyle, who was four years older at the time.
- Team Mom: To the Alleytown Kids, a group of street kids that she train to act as a network of spies and informants for Catwoman.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Japanese and non-straight (though it's unclear whether she is a lesbian or bisexual).
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Selina. Her attraction to the first Catwoman may have played a part in her taking up the mantle.
- Just Like Robin Hood: What she believes Catwoman stands for.
- Spanner in the Works: She becomes the new Catwoman in order to foil her father's plans.
A young woman from a rich family who were saved by Batman. Claire's brother Hank was inspired by Batman and passed on his obsession to Claire. The two worked in homeless shelters and developing countries before one day undergoing a procedure to attain superpowers. They returned to Gotham, where they help with Batman's war on crime as Gotham and Gotham Girl.
- Alliterative Name: Claire Clover as well as her alias Gotham Girl.
- Ascended Fangirl: Became a fan of Batman thanks to her brother, and now works with Batman.
- Blue Is Heroic: Her original costume was mostly blue, and she was pretty earnest is her idea of being a hero.
- Break the Cutie: Over the course of Tom King's Rebirth run, Gotham Girl is put through a massive Trauma Conga Line that culminates in her becoming a mentally unhinged pawn in Bane's master plan to break Batman for good and finally seize Gotham City for himself.
- Cast from Lifespan: The Gothams tend to use their powers enough that they're as strong and fast as Superman. This actually shortens their lifespans, and she says if they kept going, they'd only live for two years. However, they can further increase their powers, to the point where Gotham was able to easily defeat the Justice League on his own while Gotham Girl was able to solo and cripple Captain Atom without much exertion. Bruce eventually offers a rehabilitated Claire a permanent cure in the form of Platinum Kryptonite acquired from Superman. By just touching it once, she can now use her abilities to their fullest without the life draining caveat.
- The Dreaded: In the City of Bane story arc, Gotham Girl is this even more so than Thomas thanks to her Kryptonian level superpowers in a city turned Police State where most costumed individuals are street level at best. This gets to a point where billboards with her face on it are erected to discourage citizens from breaking the law.
- Expy: Word of God confirms she's an intentional one of Supergirl. Her appearance, costume, even her powerset are all evocative of the Girl of Steel. Following her temporary FaceHeel Turn, Claire becomes a Evil Counterpart of Robin complete with a wardrobe change and Flashpoint Thomas Wayne serving as her Batman.
- Flying Brick: Bruce compares her and Gotham to Superman on more than one occasion. She's actually stronger.
- Happily Married: Her narration in the epilogue of "I am Gotham" has her mention that she's married to Duke.
- Important Haircut: She cuts her hair extremely short, while talking to her dead brother. It's from then that she becomes much more unhinged until Batman helps to settle her down while he can find a more permanent solution. Her hair grows back across the later arcs, and her sanity returns as well.
- Magic Skirt
- Minidress of Power: Wears a very short skirt, sometimes barely long enough to cover her crotch, sometimes long enough to reach halfway down her thighs.
- Modesty Shorts: Depending on the Artist, she sometimes wears shorts to downplay the above trope. Obviously, David Finch, who first drew her, does not draw these.
- Motor Mouth: As her sanity continues to decline, Claire tends to have vocal discussions with her late brother or go on introspective ramblings reflecting on her current situation.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her second costume is purple and she's one of the few truly superpowered vigilantes of Gotham.
- Super Power Lottery: The Clovers got their money's worth.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Has no martial arts experience and is new in the use of her powers. She can also bench press a plane. Bruce says he'll get her proper training so that she can fight crime without relying on her powers.
Harold Allnut was born a mute hunchback. He found his way north to Hub City in The Question #33 after his parents threw him out of their Gotham City home.
He later came back to Gotham, where he came to the Penguin's attention. When the criminal learned of Harold's mechanical genius he provided shelter in exchange for Harold creating new devices to be used in the Penguin's criminal activity. Harold's life was threatened whenever he tried to object. Batman fought Penguin's forces several times, eventually discovering and rescuing Harold.
Grateful, Harold used his skills to helping Batman build new gear; eventually maintaining everything from the Batmobile to the Batcave's computer systems. Shortly after Harold came to live in the Batcave, Batman's back was broken during a confrontation with the villain Bane. As Bruce Wayne began his recuperation process, he relinquished the mantle of the Bat to his recently acquired ally, Jean-Paul Valley who was currently serving as the hero Azrael. As Valley slowly spiraled into madness he barred Harold from Batcave. Harold found a secret entrance and worked in secret, ultimately supporting Nightwing, Robin, and a recovered Wayne as they confronted Valley.
After the events in cataclysm Harold helped reconstruct Gotham. He disappeared during No Man's Land, sent away by Alfred. He wasn't seen again until his involvement in the Hush storyline
During the Batman: Hush storyline, Dr. Tommy Elliot, later revealed to be Hush, used his surgical skills to correct Harold's deformities. To repay him, Harold hid microcircuits inside the Batcave's computer systems. The circuits then transmitted subliminal cues into Batman's mind, throwing the Caped Crusader off balance as Hush pressed forward his plan. Hush eventually killed Harold before he could reveal his identity. As he died, Harold confessed to Batman that he continued to look up to the hero, despite his own betrayal.
Batman researched and found Harold's full name, Harold Allnut, which he inscribed on his gravestone.
Often forgotten in modern adaptations.
- Canine Companion: Is best buddies with Ace the Bathound.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Harold had very light brown hair (most would call it "auburn", and some artists made him clearly blonde) but also relatively dark skin (though this could be due merely to the "shadowy" way the Batcave was inked and colored).
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Shows up in one page in the Hush storyline only to get killed off by Hush.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Rarely mentioned after his murder, though Tim does bitterly bring up his brutal murder when Bruce sends him to try and recruit Hiro Okumura to help build new vehicles.
- Genius Cripple: The poor guy was born a mute hunchback and abandoned by his parents. Nevertheless he was an incredible technological savant, who helps build a lot of the Bat-family's important gadgets.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He was such a good one that the Penguin took interest in him and had him design a machine that can control birds. Later Batman would adopt him and give him a new home in the Batcave, in gratitude he offer his service as his chief mechanic.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Along with his friend Alfred Pennyworth. This is the guy who takes care of the Batcave and fixes and maintains the Batcomputer, Batmobiles, the Redbird and even helps design their costumes.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Harold is friends with the much younger Tim Drake, they found common ground in their interest in trying to make and test out new gadgets.
- Mr. Fixit: He can and does repair and maintain the Batclan's fleet of vehicles with ease.
- Put on a Bus: After the event of No-Man's Land, he left the batcave in order to help rebuild the city. He pretty much disappears until the Hush Storyline, where he is killed off.
Batman and Catwoman finally confessed their love for one another, then got married and had a daughter. The daughter, Helena, had all the benefits of being rich (an excellent education, etc.), was trained by her parents to be an excellent athlete, and joined Dick Grayson's law firm. However, tragedy struck and Selena was blackmailed into donning the Catwoman suit for one more heist, which led to her death. Swearing vengeance on the blackmailer, Helena Wayne became the costumed heroine, the Huntress. No, this was not a badly written fan-fic, this was what happened on Earth-Two, during the pre-Crisis era. Even after her father, the Earth-Two Batman, died in battle with a villain after coming out of semi-retirement one last time, she continued crimefighting with Dick Grayson (still going by Robin even though he was well into middle age), and joined the Justice Society of America. Then Crisis on Infinite Earths happened, and all of the Earth-Two characters "never existed".
... until the 'New 52' reboot, where Earth 2 is not the previous Earth-Two. In the New 52 Earth 2, Helena Wayne was trained by her father to be the perfect Robin. Somehow or another, she ended up in the main 52-verse, where she took on the identities of Huntress and Helena Bertinelli. She would eventually return to Earth 2 with her friend Power Girl.
See Huntress personal page for more info.
The Post-Crisis version of the Huntress. Her name is Helena Bertinelli, the daughter of one of the Gotham's major Mafia families. At the tender age of eight, she was forced to witness the brutal massacre of her entire family. After spending years training (one of her masters was Richard Dragon, who trained The Question and Barbara Gordon), she returned to Gotham to become the costumed vigilante, the Huntress. Unlike most members of the Bat-Family who eventually built a level of trust with her, Batman held a deep distrust of Huntress for a long time, believing to be too much of a loose cannon, although he eventually trusts her enough to sponsor her for the Justice League (her original JLI membership apparently having been forgotten).
Notably, she helped maintain order in Gotham during the No Man's Land storyline, as a temporary Batgirl (and eventual Batman) when she discovered that criminals feared the Bat more than her Huntress costume. She has since been forced to resign from the Justice League, although she still operates as a member of the Bat-Family and the Birds of Prey team.
In The New 52, she's Matron, a secret agent working for Spyral in the ongoing series Grayson. She recruits Dick Grayson, who is believed to be dead, to be her partner. After the events of Grayson and after Helena Wayne has departed for Earth 2 (the place, not the comic), Helena Bertinelli leaves Spyral and adopts the identity of the Huntress.
See Huntress personal page for more info.
Maya Ducard is the daughter of Morgan Ducard, the first Nobody and a murderous rival of Bruce Wayne's. Raised to be a deadly assassin just like her father, she has never actually taken a life. She accompanied her father on his missions and had the same equipment as him; namely a cloaking device and sonic weapons in her palms. After her father's murder at the hands of Damian Wayne, she is determined to kill him, but ends up helping him on his Year of Atonement quest, ostensibly so she can kill him when he's done. She instead befriends him and turns away from her family's life of villainy, instead becoming a superhero and ally of Damian's.
- Abusive Parents: She makes no secret of her father's treatment of her. Still, she loved him all the same.
- Ambiguously Brown: Her father and grandfather are Amgibiously Brown as well, and we don't know the identity of her mother. She's noticeably lighter skinned than her dad, however.
- Badass Normal: She's not on par with Damian, but she is a really good fighter, and was trained from birth by her father.
- Cool Big Sis: She acts as this to Damian, as much as he hates it. She later adopts this role towards Jon Kent whenever he's around, and he does like it.
- Daddy's Little Villain: She was groomed to be just like her father, and did work with him. She just never killed anyone and turns away from that life pretty easily.
- Defector from Decadence: She comes from a family of assassins but has a strong moral fiber and turns away from that life.
- Information Broker: Her dad had this role among DC's assassin characters, and after his death she took up the role.
- Invisibility: Her most often used gadget.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She's absolutely giddy to meet Superman and is touched when he compliments her on her choice to turn away from the life of an assassin like Nobody.
- Legacy Character: Takes up the Nobody identity after finding out about her father's death.
- Missing Mom: We never learn the identity of her mother, but Maya does resolve to find her after moving past Damian's murder of her father. It's implied that Maya's mother is why she didn't turn out like her dad.
- Nice Girl: Despite her family and previous profession, she's actually surprisingly nice to everyone. Jon Kent, himself a Nice Guy, even notes it.
- Out of Focus: Despite being one of Damian's closest associates in the New 52 and DC Rebirth continuities, she's rarely ever brought up outside of her debut in Robin: Son of Batman, with her appearance in Superman #10 being a complete surprise.
- Redeeming Replacement: While she keeps her dad's name, her costume is much whiter and she's not villainous.
- Sonic Stunner: She has blasters in the palms of her suit that can blast various types of sonics.
Renee Montoya was an officer of the GCPD. She was Harvey Bullock's partner until he was promoted to lieutenant and stayed in Gotham during No Man's Land; it was then that a connection between her and Harvey Dent/Two-Face was first established. After No Man's Land, her new partner is Crispus Allen, a cop from Metropolis. When she is outed due to Two-Face's machinations - Two-Face being in love with her - she is disowned by her family. Renee struggles with anger issues for more than a year until Infinite Crisis breaks and Cris is murdered by Dirty Cop Jim Corrigan. She comes close to crossing the line once more, and leaves the force. However, Victor Sage took her in during this stressful time and made her his protégé.
Renee was missing for the first few years of the New 52, but finally returned to the GCPD after having been a member of the Blüdhaven Police Department for five years in-universe. She remained with the GCPD in the DC Rebirth era, which also saw Renee rekindling her relationship with Kate Kane and eventually retaking the mantle of The Question.
- Adaptational Sexuality: She's one of the more famous lesbians in comics, but according to the Series Bible for Batman: The Animated Series she originally joined the force after the death of her husband.
- The Alcoholic: Renee's alcoholism is a significant part of Gotham Central and some of 52, and becomes particularly bad after Crispus Allen's murder. She eventually becomes The Teetotaler.
- Battle Couple: She has this a bit with Batwoman, especially around the time two began dating again in the Rebirth era. They've accompanied each other on various missions and fought side-by-side against such villains as Clock King and Black Mask.
- Boxing Battler: Renee was a skilled boxer even before becoming the Question, able to defeat an opponent while she was suffering from broken ribs.
- Butch Lesbian
- By-the-Book Cop: When partnered with Bullock. She changed.
- Canon Immigrant: From Batman: The Animated Series. Also an inversion, as while she was created for the DCAU, when she was brought over to the mainstream continuity her debut appearance was months before Batman: The Animated Series first aired.
- Coming-Out Story: In Gotham Central, she was involuntarily outed by Two-Face, who had become obsessed with her since their encounter in Batman: No Man's Land. He mailed pictures of her with her girlfriend to her family and to the Major Crimes Unit, the branch of the Gotham City Police Department where she worked. Captain Maggie Sawyer, Renee's shift commander at the MCU, was already out and attempted to help guide Renee through the initial tribulations, but Renee felt that their circumstances were not comparable. Ultimately, her parents disowned her, but she was able to find a modicum of acceptance from the cops she worked with. It's later implied that her parents — or her father at least — upon cooling down a bit have deeply regretted this disownment, but Renee is by this point understandably unwilling to have anything to do with them even if they are willing to mend fences.
- Clear My Name: The plot of an arc in Gotham Central. She is accused of murder when a criminal she has history with and a private detective hired to follow her are both killed. She is being set up by her Stalker with a Crush Two-Face, who thinks that by completely ruining her life she will have nowhere to go except into his arms. On that occasion, her colleagues try to prove she is innocent, Batman investigates the case, and everybody in the cast is confused (but grateful) when Bruce Wayne pays for her lawyer. Two-Face eventually has to resort outright kidnapping once the lawyer manages to get her released on bail, since he knows that once she is free she inevitably will be able to find enough evidence to clear herself.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's rather sarcastic, particularly after meeting Vic Sage.
- Despair Event Horizon: The murder of her partner Cris Allen.
- Gibberish of Love: She has a habit of getting tongue-tied when women flirt with her. Less apparent since she's gotten older, but it still happens initially.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: She was the Good Cop to Harvey's Bad; partnered with Cris Allen, she played more often the Bad Cop.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: How she lays the hurt on people she feels deserves it.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Her confrontation with Two-Face left her with a scar running along her right cheekbone and a confrontation with The Flash villain Dr. Alchemy burned the double Venus symbol into her collarbone.
- Heroic Seductress: She begins doing this in Lois Lane as a way to keep her cover and get information, though she still only flirts with women.
- Legacy Character: During 52, she inherits the mantle of the Question.
- In Love with Your Carnage: A non-villainous version. There are multiple instances of Renee expressing attraction toward Batwoman while the latter is in the middle of dishing out a beatdown, or else immediately afterward.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Harvey Bullock.
- Police Brutality: Renee's anger issues were what led her to resign from the force.
- She Who Fights Monsters: The freaks and dirty cops have a tendency to attack her personal life; that sort of thing takes a toll.
- The Teetotaler: Though she's still an alcoholic, Renee gave up drinking for good after 52.
- Twofer Token Minority: Renee is a woman, a Latina, and a lesbian.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Harvey Bullock regularly trade sarcastic jabs.
- Empowered Badass Normal: By Issue 8, he has been captured, killed, and reanimated with electrum.
Batman Incorporated Members
- Faking the Dead: Faked his own death so that he could start fresh as a vigilante. He also did this on behalf of someone who was already dead, so that Mr. Unknown would be remembered as a hero and not for his Undignified Death.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He picked up a lot of gadget making skills from Mr. Unknown.
- Refusal of the Call: Initially he didn't want to be a superhero, but after his girlfriend left him and he saw how Lord Death Man was tearing up Tokyo, he decided to join up with Batman.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Initially he was willing to use lethal weapons, but he abandoned them and swore to never kill in order to honor Mr. Unknown."Guns are for cowards. Not for Mr. Unknown!"
- Trauma Conga Line: First his mentor was murdered, than his girlfriend left him after the two nearly died, and finally he nearly killed by Lord Death Man. This all happened in the same day.
Batwing first debuted in 2011, with the fifth issue of the first volume of Batman, Incorporated. He was one of the latest recruits to Batman's cause of combating the combined forces of Leviathan and Doctor Dedalus. He was seemingly killed by a legion of Talia al Ghul's Man-Bats in the one-shot Leviathan Strikes!, but was given his own ongoing series in the New 52.
Tropes that apply to David Zavimbe:
- Archenemy: His brother Isaac, now known as the mercenary Massacre.
- The Atoner: Fights crime to make up for his actions as a child soldier.
- Badass Boast: "I am Batwing, and I'm going to beat you until you can't stand up."
- Badass Normal: No powers outside his intelligence and power armor.
- Child Soldier: Grew up as one before running away.
- Despair Event Horizon: Quits being Batwing after Matu Ba dies.
- Combat Medic: Used to be a military doctor.
- Cool Old Guy: One of the older Batfamily members, but nonetheless a total badass.
- The Medic: A damn good one too.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Man-Of-Bats is just as powerful as his burly physique implies.
- Parents as People
- Properly Paranoid: He suspected that Sam Black-Elk, the son of his old archnemesis, was a drug kingpin. Everyone, even Raven Red, thought William was just being paranoid, but if anything he turned out to have not been paranoid enough; Sam was actually a full-blown Leviathan agent, working to brainwash the whole town.
- Secret Identity: Notably averted. William doesn't bother hiding his identity, as his town is small enough that basically everyone knows him anyways.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: A strong-believer in the inherent goodness in people.
- Bulletproof Vest: He wears a mystically-enhanced jacket that's bullet proof, confiscated from a supervillain Chief Man-Of-Bats once fought.
- The Cynic: He's noticeably more cynical than his father and briefly believed that their superheroic were becoming pointless.
- Refusal of the Call: At first he didn't like being a superhero that much and was considering quitting, but Batman convinced him otherwise.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Johnny is of Aboriginal descent.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Developed one with Squire and helped her get justice for Knight's death.
- Legacy Character: He's actually the second guy to use the Dark Ranger name.
- Jet Pack: His signature gadget and main method of transportation.
- Only Sane Man: Tries to be this for the Batfamily, with mixed results.
- Rule of Escalating Threat: Struggles with this. For a time, Dark Ranger was constantly having to upgrade his gear to compete with the increasingly dangerous supervillains he was facing.
- Sidekick Graduations Stick: Johnny was originally Scout, the first Dark Ranger's sidekick.
- FaceHeel Turn: Awesomely subverted; he pretended to switch sides in order to save a poisoned Batman from Doctor Daedelus.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be rude and blunt, but Santiago means well and will always stand by his friends.
- Made of Iron: He's survived a hell of a lot over the years. He once got stabbed through the neck with a three inch blade and was back in action a few weeks later.
- Rich Boredom: Partly what motivated him to become a hero.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Hood. The two initially didn't like or trust one another, but after working together several times, they came to have a mutual respect. Not that they would ever admit it.
- The Casanova: George sure knows his way around the ladies.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can seem aloof and daydreamy at times, but he's a skilled fighter and has more than proven he's badass enough to be part of the Batfamily.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He personally built all of his gadgets.
- Incompatible Orientation: Had a bit of a crush on Batwoman, before he knew she was a lesbian.
- In Harm's Way: His work for Spyral was motivated by a desire for adventure and helping others rather than money. Any time they paid him, he would donate it to a charity.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Snarky and occasionally rude, but ultimately good-hearted.
- The Mole: Used to be this for Spyral, reporting on Batman's activities for them. He quit after he learned how amoral they were and narrowly avoided getting his head blown off for it. However he's still willing to help them out if they're working for the right cause.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite once being a spy for the government, Hood refuses to kill and uses only non-lethal weaponry.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His handler (who was a Leviathan agent) tried this on him when he caught Hood sending classified information to Batman for a case. Fortunately he survived.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With El Gaucho.
A well-trained athlete from the Clichy-sous-Bois of Paris, Bilal Asselah was motivated into using his skills to help others after a close-friend of his was indirectly murdered by a corrupt police force. Since, he's become a trusted member of Batman Inc. as the representative of France.
- Badass Normal: He rarely uses gadgets and the like, instead relying on his own wits and agility.
- Combat Parkour: A master of it.
- Death by Origin Story: His best friend's death was what motivated him to become a hero.
- Le Parkour: He was a freerunner before he became a vigilante.
- Let's You and Him Fight: His first meeting with Batman didn't go so well; the Caped Crusader was investigating the murders of several political leaders and mistakenly believed Nightrunner was the killer after catching Bilal trying to run his own investigation.
- Religious Bruiser: He's a devout Muslim.
A superhero operating in Britain and the son of Percy Sheldrake, a hero who operated during World War II. Wielding numerous gadgets and a suit of magically enhanced armor, Cyril has become a steadfast ally of Batman and one of the first international members of the Batfamily.
- Beware the Nice Ones: One of the more laidback Batfamily members, but very protective of his friends and skilled in combat.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Squire.
- Captain Ersatz: In-Universe, he's been described as the Batman of Britain.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Despite being completely outmatched, he jumped into battle with the Heretic anyways and fought with all his strength, all just to protect his allies.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He's a great fighter even without his magic armor.
- Expy: The Knight and Squire mini-series gives the two characters some elements of John Steed and Emma Peel.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died trying to hold off the Heretic.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Squire. He's an adult, she's in her late teens.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Designed his costume to evoke this.
- Legacy Character: He inherited the Knight title from his late father.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She and Knight first made a silent cameo in Morrison's JLA run. She didn't actually get a proper introduction until years later.
- Fun Personified: Not as much after Knight's death, but still pretty excitable.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With both Knight and Dark Ranger.
- Legacy Character: She takes up the Squire mantle when she works with Cyril, who was the first Squire. Takes up Knight's title after he dies battling the Heretic.
Colin was a ten year old orphan with a history of claustrophobia, chiroptophobia, abandonment issues, paranoia and violence. He had spent time in several foster homes, and underwent therapy sessions at the Children's Hospital. He was introduced to superheroes by George, a janitor at one of the orphanages he grew up in. He started collecting newspaper clippings, which was everything he had ever owned, along with his teddy bear Rory.
The Scarecrow abducted Colin and experimented on him with a synthetic Venom, hoping Batman would not fight children. But, realizing that despite Colin's grotesque appearance he was a child at heart, Batman used his Batrope to stick Colin's teddy bear to Crane causing him to attack Scarecrow instead of Batman. In the end, Batman prevented Colin from killing the Scarecrow by cutting his venom lines. Scarecrow was arrested, and Colin was moved to a hospital.
After the hospital, Colin was placed in St. Aden's Orphanage. He was still suffering from side effects of the Venom-treatment, and when he concentrated, he could activate it, changing into a giant behemoth. He decided to use this nearly indestructible form to fight crime, but knew he didn't look the part. He donned a trench coat and a hat, and ordered custom-made brass knuckle dusters that carried his new name: Abuse.
Though his first superheroing involved stopping robberies, he later turned to something bigger when he found children's bodies in the river. After investigating Humpty Dumpty's connection, he teamed up with Robin to take down the cause of the bodies: an illegal fighting ring for children, operated by Mr. Zsasz. Robin and Colin took him down, and shut down the operation. As a sign of gratitude, Robin gave Colin the Cycle of Abuse, a trike, because he thought Abuse looked stupid walking with his trench coat.
- As the Good Book Says...: His inner monologue mentions the story of Cain's fate, as well as how he personally took it and applies it. Unsurprising, since his orphanage is run by nuns.
- Badass Biker: Damian buys and builds a bike for Colin as well as a garage to store it in. Part of this was to solidify Colin as a potential ally. The other part of this was a simple thank you for helping him.
- Badass Longcoat: When in Abuse form. Complete with a fedora.
- Brains and Brawn: An argument can be made that he fits either or, with Damian fitting the opposite.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasn't been seen since the cancellation of Streets of Gotham. And thanks to the DC reboot, it'll be a miracle if he ever shows up again. He has since gotten cameos in Li'l Gotham which is out of the main continuity.
- Healing Factor: When Damian asked a few days later if Colin was okay from the fight, Colin said "I... Abuse heals quick." It turns out he was mostly wearing all those band-aids because he thought they looked cool.
- Heartwarming Orphan: With his parents dead and moving from foster home to foster home, he's had to mature quicker than others. It doesn't stop him from being nice to other children and doesn't let his neuroses get him down.
- However, he was shown in the past to have had more serious issues (fear of abandonment, got into fights a lot) which he has mostly grown out of.
- Hulking Out: Albeit it doesn't require any Unstoppable Rage and he's still in full control.
- He can also do it partially, at first only affecting his leg so it would grow and break a restraint.
- Mild squick here, since you see all his veins get really big before he grows with them and it looks creepy for the 3 panels before he's fully Abuse.
- Morality Pet: Partially, to Damian. At least to where he convinced him to merely injure Zsasz badly instead of outright killing him.
- Power Fist: Brass knuckles shaped in the form of the word: "Abuse".
- Put on a Bus: Did not linger too long before disappearing entirely from the bat stories.
- Secret Keeper: Met Damian as Damian before finding out he was Robin. Damian is probably also this for him.
- Super Strength: As Abuse, seemingly about to the same levels of Bane when he used Venom.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Sneaks out at night to fight crime, with the nuns and other kids apparently none the wiser.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Colin suffers from chiroptophobia, which is a fear of bats. Since he winds up fighting (then working with) Batman, this is especially ironic.
Batman's #1 fan, who is actually an imp from the fifth dimension with magic powers. Technically a hero, but he often ends up causing more harm than good. Sometimes gets into fights with Mr. Mxyzptlk, a Superman villain of the same species. He vanished at the dawn of the more "realistic" Bronze Age, but his existence was eventually reestablished in the Modern Age in the Superman/Batman story, "With a Vengeance". However, the state of his existence has been rather ambiguous since his return, with him both being described as a figment of Batman's imagination and an imp from the fifth dimension, which isn't helped by Grant Morrison saying that imagination is the fifth dimension. However, some appearances have had him appearing whenever Batman loses his grip on reality, so it's entirely possible he appears during those times to mess with him.
- Animated Adaptation: Since he is basically Genre Refugee cartoon character running around in the Bat-verse, it's not surprising that he was made a regular in Filmation's 1970's Batman cartoon.
- Depending on the Artist: His Chest Insignia can be a misshapen bat-insignia, a lightning bolt or an M (likely the first one was the original idea).
- Great Gazoo: While Mr. Mxyzptlk is an enemy of Superman who use his power to create chaos for his fun, Bat-Mite is a gigantic fanboy who honestly wants to help instead of cause trouble. Naturally, Batman finds this even more annoying than if Bat-Mite were just out to get him. Also, Bat-Mite does sometimes knowingly make things harder for Batman, just to see how his hero is going to get out of the situation.
- Humanoid Abomination: Even if he is just a prankster, he still belongs to the same species as Mxyzptlk and is thus still one of these at the core.
- Loony Fan: In Bat-Mite's dimension, the resident imps idolize the heroes of the Batman's dimension and impersonated them, re-enacting their heroic feats and adventures. Bat-Mite's favorite hero was Batman, and thus the imp visited Batman on various occasions, often setting up strange events so that he could see his hero in action.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Two stories by Alan Grant show Bat-Mite appearing to a criminal named Overdog. Both times Batman (who doesn't find Bat-Mite) rationalizes that these were just Overdog's drug-induced hallucinations, but the reader is left wondering... One Grant Morrison story implied that Bat-Mite was simultaneously both.Batman: So... Are you really a fifth-dimensional imp? Or are you just a figment of my imagination?Bat-Mite: The fifth dimension is imagination.
- Person of Mass Destruction: There was a notable story where Bat-Mite and Mxyzptlk fought, which destroyed the entire Multiverse. There was even a scene where Darkseid "found" a paper with the Anti-Life Equation on it that simply said: "Bat-Mite + Mr. Mxyzptlk = Anti-Life". Darkseid promptly laughed himself to death.
- Reality Warper: Bat-Mite has shown the ability to animate inanimate objects, shrink or enlarge both people and objects, levitate same, endow either people or animals with super-powers and grant superpowers at will, making reality his for the bending.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Introduced in the fifties, but vanished (much like Batwoman, Bat-Girl, and Ace the Bat-hound) during the Dark Age. He did eventually reappear with Grant Morrison's help, though with some Cerebus Retconning.
- Unwanted Assistance: Batman's reaction to Bat-Mite efforts to help him is usually to tell Mite to stop trying to help.
A young Vietnamese-American teenaged Gothamite living in The Narrows, Bao Pham was a solitary kid. Much preferring to keep to himself and play his favorite fighting game, he lived a relatively normal life. Then came the first of two fateful nights. Begrudgingly made to put in work at his family's restaurant on the same night as The Joker and Harley Quinn happened to dine there on Harley's whim led to both of Bao's parents dying at the whims of The Joker. Shattered, Batman promised Bao that he would see to it that The Joker would do harm to one else.
Except that never happened. The Joker kept striking out at Gotham, with each act worse than the last. This came to a head on the second fateful night, three years later, when a now parent-less 17 year-old Bao bears witness to the atrocities committed during the onset of The Joker War. Bao decides then and there to take matters into his own hands. Cobbling together gear he had lieing around before taking to the streets as Gotham's newest vigilante, Clownhunter is born. And Clownhunter has decided that a more permanent end to The Joker and his endless wave of cronies is the only way the madness can end, one felled Clown at a time.
- And Then What?: Despite having his chance to kill Harley and listening to Harley's explanation before she offered herself to be killed, Clownhunter was unable to go through with it. Namely because, we later learn, if he does so, what would he do with his life after the fact? Where would he go from there?
- Badass Normal: Doesn't have much in the way of formal training, but he killed enough clowns that the Joker actually took the time to offer a reward for his death.
- Batter Up!: His weapon of choice is a baseball bat with a sharp Batarang attached to it. He calls it Bat-Bat.
- Cool Helmet: His homemade helmet that comes with goggles and a half-mask to hide his identity, as well as a bright red mohawk.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His so called "assassination attempt" of Harley Quinn goes this way, with her just dodging his attacks, casually talking to him and putting him out of commission with a knee to the groin.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Batman Annual #5 revealed that Bao's parents were killed by the Joker on one of his ridiculous whims despite doing nothing to antagonize him. Despite Batman's promise to make him pay, the Joker kept doing more violence, leading to the Joker War. When the rampaging clowns murdered an innocent old lady, Bao snapped and created his costume.
- Foreshadowing: With the DC Comics debut of Red X in "Future State: Teen Titans", part of the DC Future State event, along with the fact that Red X will be introduced in a subsequent Teen Titans Academy book, there's much to be said about the potential hard-foreshadowing of Bao Pham's character progressing to become Red X. Bao's infatuation with X as a symbol (from his favorite fighting game character) is heavily part of his character, incorporated into his Clownhunter persona and his civilian person (haircut). If Bao isn't destined to become Red X, then he'll prove to be one heck of a Red Herring.
- Heel Realization: His second encounter with Harley Quinn leads Bao to question his own motives and life in general, leading him to confront Leslie Thompkins.
- 100% Adoration Rating: It is pointedly noted that the denizens of The Narrows loved Clownhunter during The Joker War, since he was the only apparent force keeping The Narrows safe from the chaotic, murderous Clown army made him supremely popular. Residents would cheer him on from the safety of their dwellings as he successfully hunted down and killed his opposition. Batman even points out that putting Clownhunter in prison was no good as he was so popular the guards would most likely become his allies.
- Misplaced Retribution: Ultimately subverted. Clownhunter tries to kill Harley Quinn for her past involvement with the Joker, and while Harley has done some bad things in the past, she had nothing to do with the Joker War and even helped stop the Joker. While Bao is correct in that Harley did send the Joker to his parents' restaurant, she had left before the Joker murdered them, thus Harley was Guilty By Inaction.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: As indicated by the quote above, he believes the best way to deal with the Joker and his goons is by killing them. Given the circumstances of his backstory and ever-recurring wicked inclinations of The Joker, it's not surprising Clowhunter would come to this conclusion. Nor is it surprising that The Narrow's denizens would come to agree.
- When he attempts to invoke this on Harley Quinn (and the landlord) trying to buy an apartment, this gets him in turn targeted for murder by Ghost Maker.
- Older Than They Look: When he was first introduced, many readers and spectators assumed Clownhunter would be a younger teen, closer to Damian's current age of 13. This was due to the character's short stature and skinny (if slightly toned, Depending on the Artist) physique. When The Joker War concluded, however, we learn that Bao Pham is actually 17 years old.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents were among the many victims of the Joker.
- Reality Ensues: While his style worked with untrained clowns who just spread anarchy and who were basically just regular civilians donning masks as an excuse to go crazy and get away with it, against an actual fighter and expert gymnast with years of experience like Harley Quinn, he comes very short.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. He's still willing to listen to Batman and look for Leslie Thompkins' help in dealing with the trauma of what he's been through. It takes him awhile, but he does see Leslie and she suggests going to her anger-management classes.
- Vigilante Man: Deciding not to play by Batman's rules, he killed more than a few of the Joker's goons. And during The Joker War, his presence and methods proved to be quite popular appreciated by people living in The Narrows.
Much like Vicki Vale, Jack Ryder is one of Gothams most well-known reporters, infamous for his aggressive, truth-seeking nature he displays in his controversial talk show aptly named You Are WRONG! After researching a famed biochemist named Dr. Yatz and his breakthrough in nanocell technology, Jack sought the doctor out only to find him held captive by a group of mobsters who intended to use his discovery for their own ends. His attempts at rescuing Yatz failed and he was shot in the head, but not before being injected with Yatzs last sample of nanocells. The cells saved Ryders life, granting him a healing factor as well as enhanced agility and strength, turning him into an insane yellow skinned, green haired creature that took to calling itself the Creeper. Although unpredictable and considered deranged even by the standards of the other nutcases who plague Gotham, the Creeper is still moral at his core and fights on the side of good, even becoming an ally of Batman whenever their paths cross.
Unlike Steve Ditkos other staple creations like Blue Beetle and the Question, the Creeper never really achieved the spotlight that his fellow heroes had largely due to the number of retcons and inconsistencies that have grown in his origin story over the years (the above story is the newest and most used version in the Post-Crisis continuity so far). Mostly, hes featured as a supporting character whos had a number of small appearances in main and alternate canon alike, most notably in the DCAU where he had his own episode in Batman: The Animated Series as well as cameos in Justice League Unlimited. He was also a member of the sadly shortlived Outsiders, getting some long overdue action during their Blackest Night arc.
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A rival crime-fighter who considers Batman his rival and peer, and comes to Gotham to fight it his way as a means to prove himself Batman's superior.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Whenever he's out of his armor, he wears a fancy white suit.
- Benevolent A.I.: He's the master of one in the form of a gestalt intelligence named Icon who assists in just about every facet of his personal life and vigilante escapades, not unlike a certain British Butler.
- The Casanova: Ghost Maker regularly enjoys the company of both men and women in between his various crimefighting adventures and playfully encourages his lovers to embellish their time together to further add to his aspiring status as a Living Legend.
- Cool Mask: It looks like a Power Ranger helmet designed by Tony Stark!
- The Faceless: On the few times he doesn't wear his helmet, his face is always covered at least from the mouth up. According to him, only five people have seen his full face, and only three of them know his birth name.
- Foil: He wears a predominantly white costume and has better technology to Batman, but is much more ruthless and merciless.
- Hypocrite: Ghost Maker was willing to spare Kid Kawaii, an unrepentant Yakuza affiliated Killer Robot assassin, on the basis that her creators modeled her mind after a real human girl and holds out hope that she can be reformed. But on that same coin, Ghost Maker also went out of his way to try and murder Clownhunter, a traumatized teenaged boy who's only crime is that he's killing criminals just like he is.
- Let's See YOU Do Better!: He eventually becomes an ally to Batman this way: taking on the challenge of fixing Gotham, and whether he can do it in a non-lethal manner.
- Light Is Not Good: Dresses in white yet has no problem killing if he deems it necessary and does it for far less altruistic reasons than Bruce Wayne.
- It Is Beyond Saving: Ghost Maker firmly believes that Gotham is a lost cause and that you'd have to be certifiably insane to continue living there. In fact, he claims that if money wasn't an object, he would've simply paid for every resident to move someplace else so he can burn the city to the ground. But the opportunity to one up Batman as Gotham's true savior is enough incentive for him to take up the challenge of fighting crime there.
- Mad Artist: He admits to wanting to be a hero not to save lives, but because he wants to achieve incredible feats.
- The Nameless: He has no name, as of yet. "Kh" are the first two letters, but that's all revealed so far.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He tracked down a serial killer, a ring of corrupt judges and a shipment of illegal arms as his first crimefighting feats in Gotham... only for Batman to explain that those crimes being solved cut off their connections to bigger crimes: the serial killer had more victims, the ring of judges were part of a RICO conspiracy, and the illegal shipment was just one of many from a smuggler that can't be traced now. Ghost Maker shrugs all of this off.
- Remember the New Guy?: During the period of time where Bruce traveled around the world as a young man to gain the skills he needed to become Batman, Ghost Maker apparently has been Bruce's most notorious reoccurring rival who he routinely competed against over the course of their youth to see which one of them could grow up to become the better crimefighter. Yet Ghostmaker has never been referenced once before his sudden debut in late 2020.
- Shadow Archetype: To Batman. He prefers permanent lethal solutions to taking down villains, and has no struggles with He Who Fights Monsters because he considers himself sociopathic enough to not bother.
- The Sociopath: He openly admits it, and doesn't bother caring for people because he considers it a weakness.
- Spinosaurus Versus T. rex: Since Batman has a T. rex on the Batcave, Ghost-Maker has a Spinosaurus on his lair, just because he wanted something bigger.
- Stock Shōnen Rival: He's written in such a way that Ghost Maker can be easily be interpreted as this to Batman. Like Bruce, Ghost Maker is a masked vigilante who possesses an uncanny level of prowess as both a martial artist and a detective which is backed by a vast arsenal of high-tech gadgets, vehicles, and surveillance equipment. He wears a white and silver costume in contrast to Batman's iconic darker color scheme. He even basically grew up alongside Bruce as they competed with one another in their respective journeys to become masters in their craft. But what truly sets them apart and puts them at odds with one another is that Ghost Maker is a self-centered sociopath who's not above murder and excessive torture to get the job done where Bruce is a genuine altruist who adheres to a strict code of ethics.
Based on the character of Wendy from Superfriends, Wendy's comic book incarnation is somewhat different. Wendy and her twin brother Marvin ran away from home to fight their father, the supervillain known as the Calculator. They joined the Teen Titans, rebuilding Cyborg together using the knowledge they obtained as young students at MIT. However, a savage attack by Wonderdog left Marvin dead and Wendy comatose.
Their father tried to use the Anti-Life Equation to save her life, but Oracle prevented him from using it. Wendy woke up and discovered that she was paralyzed from the waist down.
At the start of Stephanie Brown's Batgirl run, Leslie Thompkins encouraged Barbara Gordon to take a mentoring role toward Wendy. Eventually, Barbara let Wendy into the Firewall, Oracle and Batgirl's base of operations. She assisted Stephanie Brown in an Oracle-like role, dubbing herself Proxy.
Post-Flashpoint, Wendy and Marvin appeared as young children in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, when they were used as hostages against their father.
- Ambiguously Gay: Marvin, Wendys hallucination, comments that Barbara is hot.Wendy: I cant even deal with what that little gem means right now.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Struggles with survivor's guilt and loneliness after the death of Marvin.
- Darker and Edgier: Her new backstory has her and her brother attacked by Wonderdog, whereas in Superfriends she and Marvin were happy-go-lucky kid sidekicks alongside Wonderdog.
- Handicapped Badass: In the vein of her mentor, Oracle.
- Attention Whore: He just wants to be famous, and saw the Club of Heroes as a way to become an international superstar. The fact that the team disbanded before he could become a household name is the main reason for his FaceHeel Turn.
- Faking the Dead: He kills Dark Ranger and switches costumes with him, and then sets the corpse on fire in order to make it look like Wingman was the one who'd been murdered.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the other members of the team like him.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He makes little effort to hide how jealous he is of Batman. He also claims that he thought up his whole shtick before Batman.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: His main source of angst. Even Batman agrees, saying that he never would've trained Wingman if he didn't think he had the potential to be great.
- Kill and Replace: He killed the original Dark Ranger and stole his identity.
- Killed Off for Real
- Non-Specifically Foreign: In his first appearance, he was stated to be from a country in Northern Europe, but exactly which country was never specified. It was revealed to be Sweden by subsequent writers.
- The Resenter: He hates Batman and blames him for the dissolution of the Club of Heroes, as he felt the team could've been his ticket to Justice League-level stardom.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In-universe, he's a very obscure superhero that few people outside of Sweden have ever heard of. Doesn't stop him from acting like he's the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness / You Have Failed Me: John Mayhew shoots him in the head after he is no longer needed and has been captured by Batman.
After the fall of Leviathan, their leader Matron was somehow removed and their new leader Mister Minos has targeted the secret identities of the Earth's superheroes. The leadership of the organization was unstable for a long time, but eventually they came to be led by Tiger, formerly Agent 1.
- Academy of Adventure: They also run and operate out of the St. Hadrian's School, which is essentially a college for training super spy women.
- Animal Motif: Spiders; their symbol is a spider-web with an eye in the center. Also, the secret code-word they use to shut down renegade agents is "Tsuchigumo", from a Japanese spider-Yokai.
- FaceHeel Turn: An unsettling number of Spyral agents turn out to actually be double agents of some sort. This includes the organization's founder, Mister Minos and Agent 8. This also extends to their employees, like Dr. Poppy Ashemore!
- The Faceless: The Hypnos implants their agents use gives off this appearance sometimes, especially when they're seen via recording.
- Femme Fatale: Everyone at St. Hadrian's, the entire curriculum of which is geared towards turning attractive young schoolgirls into efficient, remorseless killers.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Two examples:
- Their Hypnos implants also do this. You'll see their faces... you just will never be able to recall the face after-the-fact.
- They have a mind-wiping satellite.
- Mildly Military: They explicitly prefer recruiting loose cannons and Rebellious Rebels rather than drilled-and-disciplined types. This is done specifically to avoid conflicts of interest with the agents' home nations.
- Mind Control: The Hypnos can also do this, though with difficulty.
- Organ Theft: Dick Grayson spent part of his time with them tracking down superhuman organs and harvesting them as part of Minos' plot to create an All Your Powers Combined monster.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Seem to like classical mythology references, especially relating to the story of Daedalus and the Labyrinth. This could be Meaningful Name on a couple levels: for one, they're involved in a "labyrinthine" network of espionage and intel, and for another, their chief function seems to be to oppose heroes (a la Theseus).
- The Rival:
- The organization as a whole is this towards Batman Inc.
- They also have a bit of secret war going on with DC's other covert groups: Checkmate and S.H.A.D.E.
- Finally, they seem to get into conflicts with the Fist of Cain a lot.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: They eventually become this for the superhero community under Helena Bertenelli's leadership.Protect the secrets that protect the world.
- Shame If Something Happened: Used this to force Batman Inc. to split up for a time, essentially gathering a force large enough to threaten them. As the Batfamily had just been through a brutal final battle with Leviathan and had lost two members, they decided that it wasn't worth it to try and fight them.
- The Unfettered: Much more willing to get their hands dirty than the Batfamily. This is just one reason the two organizations don't get along.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Have a tendency to do this to agents that betray them in any way.
Before you ask, no, Batwoman was not Batman's wife. Not even in the Silver Age (no matter what that one comic cover on Superdickery.com says). Kathy was, however, designed to be a possible romantic interest for the Dark Knight (mainly to dispel the Ho Yay Shipping between him and Robin), as well as an attempt to cash in on the popularity of Superman's "family members", such as Supergirl. As a rich heiress and a former circus performer, Kathy's life was rather untouched by tragedy, and she mainly became a crimefighter because of her attractions to Batman. Eventually, her niece Betty joined in on the fun as well, as Robin's love interest Bat-Girl.
Although rather sexist by our standards (she had a utility purse!), Kathy and her niece, the original Bat-Girl, were fairly popular back in the fifties and sixties. So, of course, when the Dark Age ensued, she, her niece, and a handful of other characters were wiped from the Caped Crusader's life (it's actually more complicated than that, as Kathy existed on both Earth-1 and Earth-2, and when Crisis on Infinite Earths is brought into the equation...)
After Infinite Crisis, she was reintroduced into the Post-Crisis universe by Grant Morrison as Katherine Kane nee Webb. A wealthy widow with an eye for thrills and dangerous men. At some point during her fling with Batman, she was murdered. Though the circumstances of her death have recently been put into scrutiny. It is later revealed that she is "Agent Zero", Spyral's top agent, and that her birth name is Luka Netz, and that she is the daughter of Otto Netz.
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- Ambiguously Evil: Loses the Ambiguously part later on.
- Face Death with Dignity: Upon seeing that the new Agent Zero is going to kill him, he simply asks that he be allowed to say his real name before she does so. She refuses.
- The Faceless: His mask is designed to give him this look.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: While he's not completely evil, he's certainly willing to do amoral things and is sporting a pair of thick-rimmed glasses.
- The Handler: For Dick and Matron.
- Properly Paranoid: Has nanobots that eat any trace of his existence that leave his person all around his office. Turns out, this was a good move, because Dick tries to collect DNA via a lollipop and is unable to.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
- The Spook: Nobody except Spyral's heads and himself know his real name and past. In a rather bitter deconstruction, it's suggested that he actually hates this and desires to known by his true name again.
Spyral's top agent and the second begrudging partner to Dick Grayson when he was Agent 37. Eventually ends up leading the organisation after Helena Bertinelli leaves the position.
Gotham City Police Department
Probably Batman's only law-abiding ally, Jim Gordon was a rare one - an honest cop in a city so full of corruption that everyone treated him as if he were corrupt. Though his first meeting with Batman was on shaky terms, he eventually grew to accept that for the time being, Gotham needed the vigilante to keep order.
Like every other member of Batman's supporting cast, he has suffered many tragedies that would drive any normal man to suicide and/or insanity. The most extreme example came from Alan Moore's The Killing Joke where he was kidnapped by the Joker and tortured both mentally and physically for hours on end. Almost as mind-shattering was the killing of his second wife by the same man during the No Man's Land story arc. The implication has been that you kind of have to be a little crazy to try to be an honest cop in Gotham to begin with, and Gordon's success at it has made him tough enough to survive anything the world has thrown at him.
His battle against crime had taken its toll on him, and he temporarily retired from the police force. He has since returned to his position as Gotham PD Commissioner, and continues to help out Batman as much as he can.
After the events of Batman: Endgame, he was briefly a GCPD-backed Batman, using his military training and power armour to do the job. After Bruce's return, he goes back to being commissioner.
- Age Lift: After Flashpoint, he loses a few decades (which just so happens to make him look more like Gary Oldman). He even gets his hair colour back, though the Joker series in DC Infinite Frontier later retconned that he was dying his hair, on Barbara's advice, and it was still white.
- Badass Mustache: He has a moustache and it emphasizes how competent he is. He shaves it during the Superheavy storyline.
- Badass Normal: With more emphasis on "normal", compared to the Bat-family, that is. He still isn't someone who you want upset with you, however; as he's depicted as a former Army Ranger in some places. On the Super Weight scale, Gordon is right on the boundary between Muggle and Iron. He needs Batman to handle things which are out of his depth, but he still does as much as he can by himself. In the few imaginary stories where Gordon became Batman's foe, it's been a Curb-Stomp Battle ... in Gordon's favor.
- By-the-Book Cop:
- His original role, and most of his career as the Commissioner has been ridding the GCPD of Corrupt Cops.
- While he does allow a vigilante to patrol the city, he will absolutely not tolerate said vigilante killing anybody.
- There's actually a whole set of rules the Bat-Family must abide by in Gotham or else they lose Jim Gordon's cooperation and protection.
- This puts him at odds post-Batman: Endgame: as the new Batman, he's been ordered to put away vigilantes in Gotham and he's set his sights on both Batgirl and the currently-powerless Superman.
- The Commissioner Gordon: He is the Trope Namer and the various media include numerous different versions — after all, the exact rank and function of any Commissioner Gordon varies depending on how cynical or idealistic the series is.
- Deconstructed in Batman: No Man's Land: Sarah Essen explains that Gordon tried to get a job outside Gotham City when No Man's Land was declared, but had been laughed at because he couldn't keep his city safe without the help of a vigilante. She warns the officers to not speak about Batman around him anymore.
- In the Novelization of Knightfall, Gordon's internal monologue states that the second Batman kills someone, he'll be shut down.
- Deconstructed yet again in the Joker mini-series set after the events of The Joker War. After loosing his job in the GCPD and burning bridges with Mayor Christopher Nakano's new administration, Gordon becomes haunted by the fact that every single atrocity the Joker has committed (including the crippling of his daughter and the death of his son) is a direct result of his refusal to do anything other than apprehend him in unflinching accordance to the law instead of putting him down when he had the chance, which would have spared countless lives in the process. Because of this, Gordon undertakes One Last Job to kill the Joker before retiring in peace.
- Cool Old Guy: For the most part.
- A Family Affair: Before the Retcon that he was always Barbara Gordon's father, she discovered evidence that he may have been sleeping with her mother/his sister-in-law, possibly making him her bio-father.
- Frame-Up: Eternal begins with Gordon supposedly shooting an unarmed man, followed by sparking a small disaster. It's blatantly obvious to every member of the Bat-Family and all the non-corrupt cops on the force that he was framed, and sure enough he was.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: He gives these speeches to Batman on a regular basis.
- Inspector Javert: He becomes this to the Barbara Gordon Batgirl during her New 52 run, since he thought she'd killed James Junior, which she hadn't. Making it worse, she'd been trying to save Gordon. He thankfully backpedals on this after confessing he always knew who Barbara really was, admitting that he was being unfair in his accusations and he was just lashing out.
- Mind Rape: The Joker puts him through at least three of these. And he still doesn't crack beyond shooting the clown in the kneecap. The major example in the graphic novel The Killing Joke where the Joker brutally tortures him with images of the Monster Clown's torture of his daughter Barbara Gordon, AKA Batgirl, in an effort to prove that "one bad day" can drive anyone insane. He fails.
- Morality Chain: Gordon has pulled Batman back from the brink of Knight Templardom more than once, including shooting him to keep him from killing the Joker.
- My Greatest Failure: His role in the origin of the original Wrath: on the same night Thomas and Martha Wayne got killed, a rookie Gordon got into a firefight with two crooks with their child watching, which ended with the parents killed in self-defense by Gordon. This, in-turn, led to the kid to grow up to become the original Wrath. The sequel story in Batman Confidental, "Wrath Child", made this worse for Gordon by revealing that the Wrath's father was one of the many dirty cops in the GCPD, then-Captain Gillian Loeb covered it up so that it wouldn't bring him and half of the GCPD down, and Loeb forced Gordon to comply with this and a transfer to Chicago for several years by threatening the original Wrath's life.
- Only Sane Man: Was this for the GCPD during the early years of Batman's career. Arguably still is.
- Police Are Useless: In the earlier comics. He gets better in later ones.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He trusts Batman and knows he's doing the right thing.
- Refusal of the Call: When asked to become Gotham's new Batman, Gordon is reluctant as all hell, feeling that he shouldn't be a Batman at all. He's still adamant when Bullock tries to convince him, but it's when the two see a potential Batman showing off his baby boy in a Batman shirt that Gordon's finally convinced.
- Remarried to the Mistress: After Batman: Year One eventually married Sarah Essen, who in that comic he was having an affair with, once his first marriage broke apart.
- Shout-Out: The armor costume that he wore during DC You was inspired by the manga Appleseed.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Implied. In the comics Batman often agonizes over whether or not he should be officially let in on the secret, and suspects that Gordon is too good of a cop not to have figured it out already. By the end of Scott Snyder's Detective Comics run, it's clear that he knows, when he straight up says to Dick Grayson (who was Batman at the time): "Thank you, on all fronts."
- In Post-Crisis continuity, it's implied he knows right from the beginning. After an unmasked Batman saves Jim's baby, Gordon makes the point that he's practically blind without his glasses even though he's only three feet away.
- As of DC Infinite Frontier, it's finally confirmed that Gordon always knew that his daughter Barbra was Batgirl/Oracle and that no costume or amount of digital voice alteration was going to keep him from recognizing his own kid.
- Smoking Is Cool: Commissioner Gordon was seen smoking at least once per issue, especially after Frank Miller's big '80s stories. A heart scare in the mid '90s put an end to that. Specifically, he stopped smoking cigarettes to take up the pipe. The logic has sometimes been lampshaded.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: As noted above, he had a heart attack during the 1990s and for a while gave up cigarettes.
- Status Quo Is God: Any attempt to remove him from the post of Commissioner will ultimately be undone, with the longest time away from the post being the five year span between Officer Down and Face the Face. In fact, Superheavy likewise not only ends with him quitting being Batman after Bruce's return, but once again in the role of Commissioner after being fired in Batman Eternal.
- The Stoic: Gordon's developed something of a reputation for holding himself together pretty well.
- Save the Villain: He once talked Batman out of killing Joker when Batman believed him to have killed one of his childhood friends.
- Take Up My Sword: After the events of Batman: Endgame, Jim dons a suit of Powered Armor to become a GCPD-sponsored replacement for the presumed-dead Batman.
Perhaps the most controversial member of the Gotham Police. He was initially sent by the corrupt Hamilton Hill as an Unwitting Pawn to drive Commissioner Gordon into a nervous breakdown through his clumsiness and crookedness, but did a HeelFace Turn after Gordon actually suffered a stroke from one of his pranks, and got his own back on Hamilton Hill. He has a reputation for taking bribes and wrangling Miranda Rights, yet Commissioner Gordon and his partner Renee Montoya trust him unconditionally. Bullock was a "bishop" in the government agency Checkmate, but eventually returned to Gotham. He was one of the few who stayed in Gotham during No Man's Land. After Jim Gordon retired after being shot during the storyline Officer Down - when the man who shot him walked free - Bullock killed the culprit and left the force. He became a PI.
After Infinite Crisis and the return of Jim Gordon as Commissioner, Bullock returned to the force as well.
- Ascended Extra: His first appearance was as a minor character from a Batman comic in the early 70's. He wouldn't appear again until nearly a decade later, and he's been a frequent recurring character since.
- Cowboy Cop
- Dirty Cop: Can be at times. Usually he's portrayed as the cop who's not quite clean, but just a little bit too principled to be out-and-out dirty.
- Donut Mess with a Cop
- Everyone Has Standards: He croses into Dirty Cop territory at times, and even then doesn't exactly have the cleanest record. That being said, given that he operates within Gotham, you can bet that there are far worse people than him.
- Foil: To Dan Turpin. Turpin is more of a By-the-Book Cop, but he's also more aggressive and hardnosed than Bullock.
- Genre Refugee: From looks to disposition, Bullock would be quite at home in a contemporary Film Noir. As such he sometimes falls Out of Focus.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: With Montoya, he was the bad cop.
- Hidden Depths: Harvey is quite knowledgeable in classic film. He also has two cats that he takes care of. One of them is named Sprinkles.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Pulls this one on Renee Montoya before taking the matter into his own hands.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's done alot of morally questionable things, but he at the very least cares about Gordon and Renee. When push comes to shove, he's one of the only decent cops in the GCPD.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: "Noble" may be a stretch. Not entirely loathable, at least.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Renee Montoya.
- Police Brutality: Usually of the not-entirely-unjustified "Maybe the Asshole Victim tripped on the cell-block stairs, Commish" variety. Maybe he'd handle a suspect a little roughly, or indulge in some moderate off-the-books roughing-up, but he's deeply aware of the lines he refuses to cross.
- Private Detective: When he was off the force.
- Sympathetic Murderer: The police only think he's "helped" the mob get their hands on the man who shot Commissioner Gordon, but they find it hard to hate him for that.
- That One Case: For Harvey, it was a school killing that was later resolved in Gotham Central.
- Undying Loyalty: To Commissioner Gordon, in most modern books.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Renee Montoya often trade sarcastic jabs.
- Badass Normal: In Metropolis, she joined the Special Crimes Unit, working in situations that would normally require Superman but without the assistance of the Man of Steel.
- Butch Lesbian: She often shifts back and forth between this and Bifauxnen Depending on the Artist.
- Incompatible Orientation: She was married to a man for a brief time, but pretty quickly realized that she was lesbian and that it just wasn't going to work out.
- Lesbian Jock: Which was rather impressive for a character to be when it was revealed in 1988.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Dan Turpin.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A good example of this was the time Superman's powers were increasing beyond his control leading to a series of accidents. When she arrived just as Superman was about to turn himself in, she cut him off and apologized "for arriving to late to help catch the bad guy" saying that she was "distracted because her friend was sick and needed help." Superman promised her friend would get that help.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She was already an existing character in her own right, but many fans noted that she was slotted into Batwoman's story after Renee Montoya, Kate's previous badass lesbian cop girlfriend, was Put on a Bus.
- Team Mom: Sometimes takes this role for the GCPD.
- Transplant: Used to be a Superman supporting character, but became a firmly Batman character for a long time, particularly because of her high-profile (out of universe) association with Batwoman. As of DC Rebirth, she went back to Metropolis and appears in the Superman books once again.
- Back from the Dead: Sort of.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: When working with Renee, he was the good cop.
- Allen respects Batman, but views Bruce Wayne with withering contempt.
- Also, his transformation into the third Spectre involved being killed by a man who shares the name of the original Spectre.
- Legacy Character: He's the third person to become the Spectre, after Jim Corrigan (the Golden Age one, not his murderer) and Hal Jordan, better known as the Silver Age Green Lantern.
- Only Sane Man: For the GCPD, whenever Gordon's not around.
- The Atoner: His behavior in Gotham is an attempt to atone after a vigilante he allowed to run wild in Gateway City got a child killed. He eventually retired out of shame when an investigation by Bullock revealed that some of Akin's men were on the take from the mobs.
- The Bus Came Back: As part of Detective Comics (Rebirth), Akins returns as Sebastian Hady's successor to the role of Gotham's mayor.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappeared without really any real sign of what happened to him during the One Year Later Time Skip for Infinite Crisis with the only thing known is that Gordon retook the position of Commissioner after Bullock uncovered corruption in the GCPD.
- Commissioner Gordon: Averted. During his tenure he attempted to break off ties with the Batfamily and even had the batsignal removed from GCPD headquarters.
- The Cynic: He used to be a lot more idealistic, but his experiences in Gateway City caused him to lose this.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Gateway City he endorsed a rookie superhero, only for said superhero to get himself and a child killed in a botched hostage situation. Akins blames himself for the incident and has never really gotten over it.
- Adapted Out: Poor Sarah barely gets any mention in adaptations, which mostly depict Gordon as single (or his home life goes unmentioned), or he's still married to Barbara Kean. The fact that their relationship started as an affair is almost never adapted.
- Character Death: In what was considered so cruel a moment that even the Joker didn't laugh afterward. It was so shocking, not because Sarah was incredibly popular, but she was always there for almost ten years, and Gordon's reaction was heartbreaking.
- Happily Married: To Gordon for a long time.
- Morality Pet: To Gordon, as shown in The Dark Knight Returns for example.
- Number Two: To Gordon, arguably even more than Bullock was.
- Satellite Character: While she was shown to be a good cop, most of Sarah's characterization came from her relationship with Gordon.
- Second Love: After his marriage to Barbara Kean fell apart, his relationship to Sarah Essen lasted many years.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Sarah had a harder time trusting Batman than Gordon did, and would resent the times Batman's problems would affect the GCPD.
- Sometimes we fall, son. But always remember, Waynes never stay down. We rise.
Thomas Wayne was the former CEO of Wayne Enterprises, a surgeon, and father of Bruce Wayne. He was murdered while leaving a theater one night with his family, along with his wife Martha. Generally regarded as a good and honest man, Thomas' death was a signal to Gotham City's criminal underworld that evil could get away with anything, and the city suffered as a result. Bruce and Alfred hold him in near reverent regard, though how loving a father he was depends on the story.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: In those alternate universes where Thomas survived, Gotham and Bruce are usually better for it.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Shares this trope with his wife.
- Depending on the Writer: Whether he was a loving father to Bruce. Pretty much every writer tends to write him as such, but every now and then there's someone who writes Thomas as temperamental. Tom King kept the loving father bit, but added that Thomas was a very "classically dignified" man, who was hard for Bruce to approach.
- Fisher King: While not the king of Gotham, Thomas was one of its wealthiest and best respected citizens, and the city fell apart when he died.
- Frame-Up: During Grant Morrison's run, evidence suddenly appears claiming Thomas was abusive toward Martha, and frequently cheated on her at orgies. All of which turned out to be lies created by Dr. Hurt.
- Non-Idle Rich: Instead of merely enjoying the billions he inherited his father Thomas went out and became a good surgeon.
- Nouveau Riche: Depending on the Writer. Under some writers, unlike his wife who comes from a old rich family, Thomas' father made their fortune, making him one of the youngest billionaire families in the city. However, many other versions have the Waynes also come from old money.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He is often drawn to look exactly like Bruce with a Badass Mustache, if even that.
- Too Dumb to Live: Several versions of Batman's origin have it be Thomas' idea to go down that dark, filthy alley rather than just wait for Alfred to show up with the car.
Martha Wayne, formerly Martha Kane of the illustrious Kane family, was a philanthropist and mother of Bruce Wayne. She was murdered along with her husband while leaving the theater one night, the mugger Joe Chill specifically demanding the pearl necklace she wore before shooting her. Martha was a well respected socialite in Gotham City and, like her husband, her death was a sign that no one was safe in Gotham and crime ran rampant. Bruce considers her a saint, which by all accounts she was.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Due to her being a Kane, Martha is related to both Batwomen (the first is her sister in-law, the second her niece via her brother).
- Blue Blood: The Kanes are one of the Old Gotham Families.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Shares this trope with her husband, though Bruce has especially fond memories of her.
- Dramatic Necklace Removal: The pearl necklace she wore that Joe Chill stole is always shown to be ripped off her neck and scattered.
- Good Parents: While Thomas can vary from a loving and kind man to strict and cold and everything in between, Martha is pretty much universally depicted as a loving mother to Bruce.
- Non-Idle Rich: Martha was a philanthropist specializing in helping children.
- Tuckerization: Martha's maiden name is Kane, as in Bob Kane, Batman's co-creator.
- Abusive Parents: Downplayed (more in the vein of an otherwise decent parent that makes bad decisions), he is nowhere near as bad as the parents of his patients, but this was the guy who decided he kept his daughter a secret from the world (to the point where she has no records) and raised her in the confines of the asylum due to his overprotectiveness, as well as too caught up in his work notice any red flags, in fact his patients raised her more than him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Jeremiah was once brainwashed into believing he was Black Mask.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: You'd think a psychologist would know the importance of socializing children at a young age, but look at what happened to poor Astrid.
- Deadpan Snarker: Probably needs to keep a sense of humor to make it through this kind of work.
- Depending on the Artist: How old he appears varies. Often Dr. Arkham looks to be in his forties, but other times he looks much older.
- Depending on the Writer: He tends to be either a troubled Well-Intentioned Extremist who really is trying to help his patients or he's a Jerkass who is only slightly better than the criminals he's treating. Whether he's Axe-Crazy also depends on the storyline.
- Friendly Enemy: The Joker likes (torturing) him at least, probably because he makes it so easy to escape. The other patients seem amused by him too.
- Good Is Not Nice:
- While he does want to make his patients better, his methods in doing so early on could be cruel.
- Arkham Asylum: Living Hell sees him acting bitter to Warren White, implied in dialogue to be the result of both the Asylum suffering cutbacks and Jeremiah himself personally having his pension affected because of White's scam.
- It Runs in the Family: It has been established that mental illness is common in the Arkham family. During The Last Arkham, he committed several acts who made the distinction between him and his patients quite hard (including locking Batman up with several of them). He even asks himself if he's really mad.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Dr. Arkham's hiring practices could use some work, just look at Harley Quinn. And don't get us started on the brain dead morons he hires as security guards. He is aware of it but he kind of stopped caring.
- Manipulative Bastard: His psychological training came quite handy when dealing with a maniac gunman.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: During the riot in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Jeremiah almost single-handedly stop the inmate riot by shooting Killer Croc with a dart gun and ordering the staff to use the sleeping gas contingency. If it wasn't from the demons showing up he would have taken control of the situation.
- Overprotective Dad: Kept his daughter in Arkham due to a well-intended but misguided effort to keep her save from Gotham.
- Parents as People: He genuinely love Astrid, but he was very overprotective and didn't pay enough attention to notice the red flags...granted this probably wouldn't have if he didn't think of keeping her in an asylum in the first place ,but I digress
- Psycho Psychologist: See "In the Blood" above and also when it's revealed that he was actually Black Mask in the aftermath of Batman R.I.P., thus suffering from a split personality disorder.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Idiots and crazies, he only sees Cash as a competent staff member. Must be hard to find good people to work in this place after all.
- Unexplained Recovery: He returned to his position as administrator of Arkham Asylum in-between the Post-Crisis and New 52 continuities, however rather than a Cosmic Retcon as is common with reboots, however Night of the Owls implies his tenure as Black Mask still, but was cured of his insanity off-panel....and it happens again in-between Death of the Family and DC Rebirth.
- Arch-Enemy: Killer Croc is Aaron's since he bit off his hand. Aaron in turn has a wallet made out of Croc's skin.
- Badass Normal: Some demons tell Aaron that he has the soul of a champion. It's all he needs to hear wipe the floor with a bunch of inmates.
- Blood Knight: It's implied Cash enjoys his job to some degree because he can beat up the inmates. Croc may have caused this.
- Expy: Aaron Cash is partially based off of Captain Hook. Like Captain Hook, Cash lost his hand to crocodile (of sorts) and had it replaced with a hook, and now hates that crocodile with a passion.
- Handicapped Badass: Even though he only has one hand Cash is still an effective guard.
- Only Sane Employee: The sanest man in Arkham, with the caveat that, since Cash chooses to stay at Arkham, he can't be that sane. Dr. Arkham actually convinced him to stay after his accident because he knows Cash enjoys hurting the criminally insane.Arkham: You can sit there and be a cripple...or return to a job where it is socially acceptable to cripple others.
She sometimes appears as The Cameo, if ever. Matt Wagner did a fair amount of work with the character in a pair of mini-series, "Batman and the Monster Men" and "Batman and the Mad Monk", set during the Year One era. She made her New 52 appearance in Batman Vol. 2 #30 and plays a heavy role in the "Superheavy" storyline, once more as Bruce's girlfriend.
- The Artifact: Probably the only reason anyone occasionally bothers to write her.
- Damsel in Distress: She got kidnapped more than once, notably by the Mad Monk, and the stress from it was what led to her and Batman's breakup.
- First Girl Wins: Subverted. Her only real presence for the last several decades has been as an obscure reference and occasionally cameoing in flashbacks as one of the first examples of Bruce forgoing happiness in the name of crime fighting. She returns in the "Superheavy" storyline and Bruce plans on marrying her, but she sacrifices their chance at happiness so that Batman can return and save Gotham.
- Sins of the Father: During the "Superheavy" storyline, Julie reveals that not only did she know Bruce was Batman, but her father was a gun runner that may have sold the gun that killed Bruce's parents. Ultimately, she decides to "murder" Bruce Wayne, destroying his repaired mind to allow the return of Batman so Gotham can be saved from Bloom.
- Stage Name: After her acting career takes off, the studio changes her name to the more exotic sounding 'Portia Storme'.
Even more obscure than Julie Madison, Linda Page was Bruce Wayne's second love interest after Julie broke her engagement off with Bruce. A former socialite, she dedicated her time as a nurse for the elderly, instead of falling into the stereotype that rich women were spoiled and lazy. She dated Bruce for two years, but broke up with him when he would not explain why he seemed to be wooing another woman (trying to reform a disguised Catwoman).
- Couldn't Find a Pen: In one story, Linda is kidnapped to tend to a wounded gangster. She manages to write a message on her dressing table in lipstick which Batman finds.
- Heroes Want Redheads: The first redheaded love interst for Bruce, who finds her spirited attitude attractive.
- Non-Idle Rich: Comes from a wealthy family but took up nursing as a career to give her life purpose.
- Shoe Slap: When Linda kidnapped by gangsters who needed a nurse, she aided in her own rescue by clouting one of the crooks over the head with her shoe when Batman and Robin came crashing in.
- Actual Pacifist: Refuses to cause any sort of harm to any person.
- Age Lift: Post-Flashpoint, she appears much, much younger. She looks like she's in her thirties, maybe very early forties and there's not a grey hair on her head.
- Badass Pacifist: She'll never engage in violence, but that doesn't mean she won't stand up to just about everyone.
The acting CEO of Wayne Industries: Fox essentially runs the company, since Bruce obviously has other things to occupy his time. He and Bruce are very good friends, and similarly to Jim Gordon it is often implied that he has figured out Bruce's secret. It's later confirmed as he now serves as Batman's Mission Control, as well as his armorer and money-man.
- Badass Family: He's the patriarch of a growing one with his youngest son Luke adopting the mantle of Batwing while his estranged eldest son Timothy ended up walking the path to become the Next Batman. And some continuities, his daughter Tiffany grows up to become Batgirl.
- Deadpan Snarker: To the point where he's one of the few people who could give Alfred himself a run for his money in the snark department.
- Distressed Dude: Many of his appearances involve him getting kidnapped or threatened in some way. This ends up being cruelly deconstructed during the events of The Joker War where being kidnapped, drugged, and physically/psychologically tortured by Punchline results in Lucius resenting Bruce for how being caught up in his crimefighting crusade has routinely resulted in both himself and his family being targeted by psychopaths, significantly straining both their friendship and his faith in costumed heroics as a whole.
- Everyone Has Standards: The backup story "3 Minutes" reveals that while Lucius genuinely believed that he could help Batman make a difference as his personal Armorer, he had major reservations about Bruce recruiting the young Dick Grayson in his war against crime as Robin. During an argument over the matter, Alfred defends Bruce's decision as giving the troubled orphan a constructive outlet for his rage so he doesn't end up as something worse as well as reaffirm that Bruce would sooner give his own life before Robin is in any real danger. But this justification does very little to dispel Lucius' concerns about being an accomplice to what basically equates to a Child Soldier on the field. In fact, the primary reason why Lucius didn't quit right then and there is because his current position as Armorer would at the very least enable him to ensure Robin and any other future sidekicks Bruce brings into the fold will be safe.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's helped invent a lot of Batman's equipment and vehicles.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Like Bruce, he is also an equally honest businessman. Bruce hired him because he recognized Lucius's strong business ethics. He is largely responsible from rescuing Wayne Enterprises from ruin and forging it into the multinational corporate giant that it is today.
- Mission Control: He temporarily served as this for Bruce after Alfred's death. But due to the Joker War putting more federal scrutiny on the finances of Wayne Enterprises, Lucius relented the position as a necessary move to distance himself from both Batman and Bruce Wayne.
- Nice Guy: He's a pretty approachable person who gives advice to Bruce and others.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- Out of Focus: Dips back and forth between a recurring cast member and being an unseen part of the setting.
- Secret Keeper: After years of it being implied, it was eventually confirmed that not only was Lucius fully aware of Bruce's double life as a superhero vigilante, Bruce outright told Lucius his secret identity during the early years of his life as Batman. Lucius also knows that Dick Grayson is Robin/Nightwing by virtue of having served in a critical role of their crime-fighting campaign since before Dick was ever recruited.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As a result of the events of The Joker War, this has happened to Lucius and his wife Tanya, who both start to lose their faith in superheroes and Lucius himself being more wiling to do what he feels is necessary to keep Gotham safe. He's even taken steps towards potentially turning Gotham into the Police State seen in DC Future State. In a meta-sense, The Next Batman: Second Son reveals that Lucius always had a darker side to him, revealing that Lucius wasn't the best father and used an Army of Lawyers dredge up dirt on a man Jace hit with a car to keep Jace out of jail.
One of Batman's earliest love interests, Vicki Vale is a skilled and determined reporter for the Gotham Gazette. Her typical subject of writing is Batman: she reports on his exploits and occasionally tries to puzzle out his real identity, but she's always foiled. She has a hidden crush on Batman, and less so on Bruce Wayne, creating a Love Triangle out of two people, though she sometimes suspects that they're one and the same...
What with being an expy of the Superman comic books who appeared primarily during Batman's Silver Age, Vicki seldom shows up today. She disappeared in 1963, resurfaced in 1977 (and was promptly forgotten by the editors), and finally resumed love interest status in The '80s...right before the Crisis on Infinite Earths wiped her history from existence. Post-Crisis, her appearances are primarily limited to the occasional cameo. She's done better in alternate continuities and media, having featured in All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, the 1989 film (in which she was intended to be 1970s love interest Silver St. Cloud, whose name was deemed too silly), and The Batman vs Dracula. She also has an Expy in the form of Summer Gleeson.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She's traditionally red-haired in the comics, but is blonde in the 1989 Batman. This is due to, as noted above, the character originally having intended to be Silver St. Cloud, who is blonde in the comics. This carried over to the version in the Batman: Arkham Series.
- Alliterative Name: Vicki Vale.
- Broken Bird: In modern comics, she's often shown to be a somewhat shallow tv show host who's jealous of Lois Lane's reputation as a legitimate news reporter and constantly embittered by her ex, Bruce Wayne, every time she has to report the latest gossip of his newest "Wayne Girl".
- Captain Ersatz: Her entire character as a reporter in the center of a Two-Person Love Triangle with a superhero is lifted directly from Lois Lane.
- Damsel in Distress: When portrayed as the main love interest, she's usually kidnapped or endangered in some way to engineer a rescue from Batman. The straightest example is in the 1989 Batman, where she's captured by the Joker and taken to the top of the Gotham Cathedral. Nowadays, it's usually because she refuses to stop sticking her nose into Batman's business.
- Demoted to Extra: After the 90s Batman films proved to be of less than stellar quality, Vicki more or less disappeared from all adaptations. When she returned to comics she was a bitter pseudo-reporter, reflecting on her unpopularity.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She's red-haired and one of the more notable love interests to Batman, though mostly in adaptations outside of the comics. If Catwoman isn't the main love interest, it's often Vicki.
- Secret Keeper: Pieced together the identities of the Bat-family's male members, and has kept it secret. The only reason she keeps the secret is because she can't prove it.
Silver St. Cloud was a socialite from Gotham City's upper class. She was first introduced to Bruce Wayne during one of his private parties, where sparks flew between them almost at once. However, Silver noticed Bruce's mysterious disappearances and she became suspicious. Silver's suspicions were eventually confirmed when she witnessed the fight between Batman and the recently escaped Deadshot. After the fight was over, Silver deduced the truth that Batman was Bruce Wayne. After this, Silver talked with Batman, revealing to him her knowledge of the truth and despite their strong feelings for each other, Silver was forced to break up with Batman, as she couldn't stand the thought of losing him because of his crusade.
Years later, St. Cloud returned to Gotham with her then-fiancé, U.S. Senator Evan Gregory. Gregory was on a political campaign running for Governor, but he ran into some complications when his opponent turned out to be The Joker.
St. Cloud and Wayne rekindled their relationship after Gregory's death. St. Cloud now understood Wayne's responsibilities as Batman and was more than content to have him during daytime while Gotham had him at night. Wayne seriously considered giving up the mantle of the bat and settling with St. Cloud for good, especially since a new vigilante, Baphomet, had turned up and impressed both Batman and Robin with his crime-fighting abilities. Wayne finally proposed to Silver and invited Baphomet to his Batcave to formally introduce himself and St. Cloud to Baphomet. However, Baphomet then revealed himself as the villain Onomatopoeia and instantly stabbed St. Cloud.
- Affectionate Nickname: In Widening Gyre, Silver constantly addresses Bruce as 'D.D.' (and, no, it doesn't stand for 'Darknight Detective').note
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Inverted. Silver breaks up with Bruce and leaves Gotham because she cannot bear the thought of him being killed because of his crusade.
- Left Hanging: St. Cloud's apparent death was the cliffhanger ending of the first half of the Widening Gyre storyline. The second half of Widening Gyre is still forthcoming.
- Love Cannot Overcome: As much as she genuinely loved Bruce, she couldn't handle his crusade as Batman and elected to save herself the pain of potentially watching him die by breaking up with him.
- Ms. Fanservice: Silver was the first of Bruce's Love Interests to be shown lounging around in her lingerie.
- Secret Keeper: Deduced Batman's identity and kept it secret; even from Batman himself at first.
- Third-Option Love Interest: She's one of Bruce's most iconic love interests (especially during the 70s, where Talia had just been introduced and Catwoman had taken a backseat), and probably the closest Bruce has ever come to loving a woman outside of Selina Kyle and Talia al Ghul. He was even willing to give up Batman just to marry her.