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.
- Badass Bisexual: She operated as a costumed vigilante for a period of time, and makes a point to never give up in the face of adversity.
- Bi the Way: Harper confirms she's bisexual during a conversation with Jean-Paul Valley in Detective Comics (Rebirth) #945.
- 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.
- Jerkass: She has a tendency to be unpleasant to others, though she's usually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Precocious Crush: Downplayed. Harper, in her mid-to-late teens, has a crush on Batwoman, who is 10-15 years older.
- 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.
- 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.
- Unwanted Assistance: Batman tries to get her to stop. She doesn't.
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.
- Ret Gone:
- 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.
- Ascended Fangirl: Became a fan of Batman thanks to her brother, and now works with Batman.
- Break the Cutie: She's became mentally unwell, courtesy of Hugo Strange, Psycho Pirate and her brother's death.
- Cast From Hitpoints: 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.
- Expy: Of Supergirl. Her appearance and costume invokes it, at least until she cuts her hair.
- 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.
- Strong, but Unskilled: 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.
- Super Power Lottery: The Clovers got their money's worth.
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 grave stone.
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 gratitide 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.
- Adaptational Sexuality: She's more 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.
- Badass Gay: Even before becoming a superhero.
- 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.
- Despair Event Horizon: The murder of her partner Cris Allen.
- 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.
- 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.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Not that it was not well-done, but she had canon boyfriends before the revelation of her sexuality. Word of God handwaves this with the explanation that the previous boyfriends were beards and good friends.
- Twofer Token Minority: Renee is a woman, a Latina, and a lesbian.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Now that Damian's gone there's no one really left for him to interact with.
- 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.
- 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).
- Eldritch 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
See his page.
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 organisation 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.
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.
More info on Batwoman personal page.
- 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.
- 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: While he does allow a vigilante to patrol the city, he will absolutely not tolerate said vigilante killing anybody.
- There's actualy 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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 corrupt 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.
- 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."
- 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 years 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Badass Gay: A lesbian and an extremely capable cop.
- 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 power's 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.
- Black Best Friend: For Renee.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: When working with Renee, he was the good cop.
- Irony: Allen respects Batman, but views Bruce Wayne with withering contempt.
- 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.
- Non-Idle Rich: Martha was a philanthropist specializing in helping children.
- Your Cheating Heart: During Grant Morrison's run, "evidence" appears claiming Martha cheated on Thomas with Alfred, who immediately denies anything of the sort. And indeed, she didn't.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Jeremiah was once brainwashed into believing he was Black Mask.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Blood: 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.
- Psycho Psychologist: See "In the Blood" above and also when it's revealed that he was actually Black Mask in Batman: No Man's Land, 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.
- 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.
- 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 Mentor: Taught Bruce a lot about medical practice, which he's put to good use in his investigations.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She's chewed out Batman on a few occasions for letting the younger Batfamily members fight crime at their age.
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, though again like Jim it is never outright stated.
- Distressed Dude: Many of his appearances involve him getting kidnapped or threatened in some way.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's helped invent a lot of Batman's equipment.
- 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.
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 a blatant Plagiarism of the Superman comic books who appeared primarily during Batman's Dork Age in The Interregnum, 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.
- 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 less than stellar quality, Vicki more or less disappeared from all adaptations. When she returned to comics she had now been shown as 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 her.
- Secret Keeper: Pieced together the identities of the Bat-family's male members, and has kept it secret. Averted, in that the only reason she keeps the secret is because she can't prove it.