Commissioner James Gordon
Commissioner James W. Gordon was the head of the Gotham Police Department. He had one child, a daughter named Barbara, who would go on to become Batgirl and later succeeded him as Head of Police.
- Action Dad: To Barbara.
- Art Evolution: He received a redesign due to the Retool. In Batman: TAS, he was fairly heavy, had a sort of "whippy-doo" as part of his hairstyle, and carried a pipe. By the time of TNBA, he was positively gaunt in comparison, had a crew cut, and lacked the pipe.
- Badass Mustache: He has a moustache and it emphasizes how competent he is.
- Badass Normal: He is a useful ally to Batman even though he's just a normal man.
- The Commissioner Gordon: Acts as the chief liaison between the official authorities and Batman.
- This notion is deconstructed in "Over The Edge": If Gordon were to stop tolerating Batman, in the supposed death of Barbara, then Batman could no longer operate since Gordon could easily shut down Bruce's operation and take him into custody.
- Cool Old Guy: For the most part.
- Knight Templar Parent: In Over The Edge, Barbara feared that he would become this if she ever died in the line of duty, his grief driving him to destroy Batman. See Open-Minded Parent.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: He has a square jaw.
- Open-Minded Parent: After an incident with Scarecrow, Barbara decides to come clean with her father, Commissioner Gordon, about being Batgirl. Before she can tell him, however, he interrupts her and explains that while he can't approve of what she does he's still proud of her in a way that heavily suggests he knows she is Batgirl.
- Outliving One's Offspring: In "Over the Edge," Barbara's death drives him insanity. Thank goodness it turns out to have been All Just a Dream...there's a reason it's said no parent should ever have to bury their child.
- Parental Substitute: Batman admits this to Dick Grayson."He was a friend. More than that. Jim Gordon is the same age my father would have been had he [lived]."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He trusts Batman and knows he's doing the right thing.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He was implied to be this for Barbara - when she tried to tell him the truth, he told her that he was proud of her and she didn't need him to approve her actions anymore. His dialogue suggests that he can't admit to knowing Barbara is Batgirl because it'd put him in an uncomfortable legal position.
Lieutenant Harvey Bullock
Lieutenant Harvey Bullock was a top investigator for the Gotham Police Department who worked directly under Commissioner Gordon. Known for his love of food, he was still quite an effective cop in his own right, although probably not quite as effective as he would like to think he was. He doesn't trust or like Batman, even considering him a criminal at times, but has still teamed up with him to keep Gotham safe on numerous occasions.
- Acrofatic: He often displays surprising agility for a guy with his build.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, he started out as a Dirty Cop who grew into an honest one after working for Gordon. Here, he is never portrayed as corrupt, but still as a fat jerk.
- Aloof Ally: Eventually to the Batfamily.
- Anti-Hero: He despises Batman, works below the board, lies about his accomplishments, has zero respect for people and their privacy, and in the words of Alfred, "looks like an unmade bed". Yet he's also a startlingly skilled fighter and wholeheartedly dedicated to getting rid of Gotham's "scum". He's essentially the kind of cop who would be a huge supporter of Batman's vigilantism if his own ego would let him.
- Badass Boast: From "Vendetta", "I just want all the scum buckets and dirt bags in this town to know they better lay low, cause Bullocks back and ready to kick butt!"
- Badass Normal: Manages to give an almost Batman-level beatdown to a roomful of thugs without taking a single hit in "POV".
- Berserk Button: Revealed in "A Bullet for Bullock." He's pretty willing to admit that he's slovenly and willing to bend rules to get perps off the street, but don't accuse him to his face of being on the take...Bullock: Watch it freak! I never took a dime from nobody!
- Big Eater: To Montoya's disgust.
- Brooklyn Rage: While he's not too hotheaded, he does have a Brooklyn accent and uses aggressive methods.
- Butt-Monkey: In several episodes, especially "Harley's Holiday".
- Characterization Marches On: In the early episodes, he and Gordon were constantly at each other's throats, with Gordon even threatening to have him fired a few times. Later episodes portrayed him as being fiercely loyal to Gordon.
- Cowboy Cop: He is a well-meaning cop who usually bends the rules by roughing up suspects during interrogations.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's often a reckless oaf, but he can be very competent and agile when he needs to.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- "A Bullet for Bullock".
- To a lesser extent, "P.O.V".
- Donut Mess with a Cop: His love of donuts goes without saying. There's one scene early in the show's run, in "Pretty Poison", where most of the police rush out of headquarters in response to some emergency and he lingers to grab one. Twice.
- Fat Bastard: He's rude, filthy, in love with donuts and a general mess. His only saving grace is that he is an honest cop: this is what puts him on Commissioner Gordon's side.
- Fat Slob:Alfred: Harvey Bullock? The detective who looks like an unmade bed?
- Fire-Forged Friends: As noted in Characterization Marches On, he starts out as one of Commissioner Gordon's biggest headaches, but eventually the two became staunch allies.
- Good Is Not Nice: During the episode, "A Bullet for Bullock".
- Hidden Badass: Bullock's anti heroic qualities, low hygiene standards and his Butt-Monkey status make him seem stupid to the audience, but Mayor Hill recognized him as a detective that "get results" making him someone between Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass and Let's Get Dangerous!.
- Hidden Depths: He also has some good forensic skills, like in "The Laughing Fish" when he determined that a Japanese tang had come from an aquarium at the same time Batman did.
- Inspector Javert: Twice.
- It's All About Me: Most of the time he keeps his prideful attitude from interfering with his work. But during the episode, "A Bullet For Bullock", it went out of control when he starts to care more about his well-being and safety. To the point that he won't go to the police department for help.
- He also tries to be a glory-hog in "P.O.V.", but ends up screwing up the sting operation.
- Jerkass: He's shown himself to be quite inconsiderate on several occasions.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After a Humiliation Conga that only can be considered epic, Harvey genuinely tries to thank the Batman for all his help. He's also fiercely loyal to Commissioner Gordon, and comforts Barbara when the man is framed for taking bribes. Also hands some money to the young daughter of a criminal that he put behind bars once he finds out who she is in the New Adventures holiday special.
- The Lancer: To Gordon.
- Never My Fault: In "P.O.V.", he blames Batman for ruining the whole operation, and accuses Montoya and Wilkes of being late, outright lying about much of what happened. Meanwhile, the other two are honest in their testimony (though Wilkes' account is heavily colored by his perception of Batman's mystique, he's still as truthful and accurate as he can be).
- Nice Hat: He wears a fedora.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: He pounds several thugs in "P.O.V."... and manages to ruin the sting operation and set the building on fire in the process.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge:Bullock: Let's get something straight form the git-go, I think you're a freak and a menace, and those are your good points. But the Commish says you serve a purpose, so I go along.
Batman: I appreciate your honesty.
- Not So Different: He suggests this to Batman in "A Bullet for Bullock" while explaining that he (Bullock) doesn't want to get Internal Affairs involved in a case because Bullock is implied to have leaked information to the press and violated the rights of suspects. Batman rejects it but considering that a few minutes later he intimidates a drug dealer for information by dangling him in front of a car...Batman: Are you on the take?
Bullock: Watch it, freak! I never took a dime from nobody! (now smiling nervously) I just bend the rules a little bit. You understand. We're not all that different.
Batman: We're on the same side, but we're not the same.
- Oral Fixation: Constantly chewed a toothpick, in a way that made it rather clear he either used to smoke, or still did when the camera and censors weren't around. Once used for Squick, when he flicked it at his officious landlord. It stuck.
- Pet the Dog:
- He has a soft spot for Barbara and Montoya.
- While posing as a Mall Santa in "Holiday Knights", he acts apathetic and insulting to most of the children that sit on his lap, but when he learns that a little girl who asked for her father to be home for Christmas is the daughter of a criminal he arrested, he tactfully tells her that sometimes not even Santa can make every wish come true and gives her some money he encourages her to use to buy herself a present. When she asks if she can use the money to buy something for her father as well, he replies that she can as long as it's not a hacksaw.
- He seems genuinely upset about Batman's supposed death in "The Man Who Killed Batman". (part of it may be sympathy for Gordon, who is "taking it pretty hard", but that merely shifts the focus a bit).
- The Pigpen: So much so that Nivens, his landlord tried to scare him to make him leave town, and when that didn't work he tried to kill him.
- Rabid Cop: Hoo boy. During his Limelight episode, "A Bullet for Bullock", he proves how out of his mind he was when he eagerly rummaged through Summer's office instead of waiting patiently. He eventually gets better by the end of the episode, though.
- Stout Strength: He sure can fight.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Gradually develops a grudging acceptance of Batman.
- Undying Loyalty: Though he does often go off on his own when he disagrees with Gordon's methods, he is intensely loyal to him - and it is this loyalty if nothing else that shows his heart of gold. All of the other cops under Gordon's command have it, but Bullock is the one in whom it is most often shown.
- What Does This Button Do?: Asks this about one of the Batmobile's buttons. Batman half-grins and says, "Passenger ejector seat".
Officer Renee Montoya
Renee Montoya was an officer and later a detective of the Gotham Police Department.
- Action Girl: One of Gotham's most competent and toughest police officers.
- Canon Immigrant: In the comics, she becomes one of the central characters of both Gotham Central and 52. In 52 she becomes The Question...note However, while the character is now known as a lesbian, that is a case of Adaptational Sexuality as the original series bible of Batman: TAS originally had her having had a husband that died before she joined the GCPD and her sexuality is never established in the series proper.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: In the sexy elf costume in "Holiday Knights". In the comic book version, she's more concerned about her costume not being warm enough.
- Deadpan Snarker: More serious than some of the other characters, but she has her moments. After a night of frustration with his boorish ways she makes bedroom eyes at Bullock after Harley kicks him. She was dressed as a police stripper and Bullock tried hitting on her.
- Fair Cop: She's very attractive.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Mutters Spanish upon learning of Batman's "death".
- Curses when Harley and Ivy got away.
- Hardboiled Detective: She tracked down and rescued Batman in "P.O.V.", and was also one of the main officers hunting him down in "Over the Edge".
- She's Got Legs: In the elf suit in "Holiday Knights".
- Spicy Latina: She has an implied Hispanic heritage and is beautiful.
Zatanna is a magician and stage performer with real magical powers, who joined the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion.
- The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of her appears in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Characterization Marches On: Zatanna was an exceptionally talented but otherwise non-powered stage magician in Batman: TAS. A subsequent appearance in The Batman & Robin Adventures featured her unwittingly using an actual magical spell and by the time of Justice League Unlimited, she had gained full-fledged spell-casting like her comic book counterpart.
- Childhood Friends: She was good friends (as well as possessing a crush) with his father's student "John Smith" that actually was Bruce Wayne during his training to become a crime fighter. This becomes adapted into the mainstream comics.
- Combat Stilettos: She has pointed high-heeled shoes.
- Disappeared Dad: Zatara passes away. However, the Unlimited comic reveals that hes trapped in another dimension.
- Hot Witch: She is a very beautiful female magician who has a very voluptuous body with nice breasts and sexy legs and wears a skimpy outfit.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: She wears a tight fitting tuxedo jacket with tails and a white bustier that highlights her impressive hourglass figure as well as her very voluptuous yet toned body and buxom breasts.
- Magicians Are Wizards: Zig-zagged. She is portrayed as a normal magician without magic powers in Batman: The Animated Series, but she does have magic powers in her appearances on Gotham Girls and Justice League Unlimited.
- Most Common Super Power: She has a very impressive bust.
- Ms. Fanservice: Zatanna is a very beautiful woman who has a very voluptuous body with buxom breasts, an impressive hourglass figure, and long toned yet shapely legs and wears a costume comprised of a tight fitting tuxedo jacket that has tails, a white bossier, a top hat, black panties, and fishnet stockings instead of pants.
- Mundane Utility: In Justice league Unlimited, she mixes actual magic into her traditional stage magic to make her finishes more impressive.
- Nice Hat: Just like her comic book counterpart and most versions, she often wears a top hat.
- She's Got Legs: She wears a sexy costume that highlights her long toned yet shapely legs.
- Stage Magician: She guest stars in "Zatanna" where it is revealed that Bruce studied with her and her father, Giovanni "John" Zatara, in order to hone his abilities to escape locks and traps. Unlike her comic book counterpart, and her later appearances in the DCAU (I.e. Gotham Girls and Justice League Unlimited), Zatanna does not seem to have any actual mystical abilities, instead she performs traditional sleight-of-hand as part of her act. It's possible they have yet to manifest at that point.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Bruce.
Jonah Hex was an outlaw, and later a bounty hunter in the late 1800s. He was easily identified by the right side of his face being grotesquely scarred, which hides his honorable nature.
- Age Lift: An odd example. Jonah Hex's date of birth in the comics is 1838 and thus he would have been forty-five in "Showdown" yet looks to be in his sixties. By the time of his appearance in Justice League Unlimited, which is set in 1879, he looks as he should at that age.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a long coat.
- Badass Normal: He had no powers, but he's still a formidable fighter.
- Bounty Hunter: A cynical Wild West bounty hunter with a hideously scarred face and gruff manners that hide his heroism.
- Cool Old Guy: Not even his age puts him at a disadvantage. In the "Showdown" episode of Batman: The Animated Series, he looked to be in his 60's; it didn't diminish his badassery one bit.
- Determinator: He never quits until he's got his man.
- Fakeout Escape: He is locked in a cell with an earth floor - so he digs a hole, gets into it, and covers himself with his bed. It is unclear what he did with the soil dug out.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's a decent enough guy when put to the moral test, but his scarring leads to a lot of assumptions from others.
- The Gunslinger: Like most men of the Wild West, he uses guns.
- Guttural Growler: He has a deep, snarly voice.
- Knife Nut: He was able to fight the sword-wielding Arkady off with a Bowie knife.
- Nice Hat: Has a cowboy hat.
- Posthumous Character: Hes almost certainly dead by the present day.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He slaps away Arkadys fifty thousand in gold and is more than happy to take the two hundred dollars hed get by turning the criminal in.
- Seen It All: When he encounters the modern-day Justice League, he just grumbles "time travelers" and gets to work helping them out.
- Two-Faced: A rare heroic example. A gunslinger resembling Clint Eastwood, he has a very ugly disfigurement similar to Two-Face's.
Mayor Hamilton Hill
Hamilton Hill was the mayor of Gotham City during the early years of Batman's crime-fighting.
- Adaptational Heroism: Not in any way corrupt like he is in the comics.
- Alliterative Name: His first and last names both begin with "H".
- Butt-Monkey: Well, he wanted to be Gotham City Mayor... this was to be expected.
- Character Development: He was very distrustful of Batman, but eventually accepted him after being saved repeatedly along with saving his son from the Joker.
- Create Your Own Villain: With the Clock King. Hill was Just Trying to Help Temple Fugate, but given Hill is the Butt-Monkey, that didn't work out so well for Fugate.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He disapproves of his son Jordan practicing magic tricks.
- Parents as People: He is a decent mayor, but at one point he used his son's birthday to promote himself politically. That and his disapproval of his son's interest in magic drove the boy to run away from home.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The animated version of Hill showed absolutely no trace of the corruption that the comics version demonstrated.
Lucius Fox was a well-respected businessman who ran the day-to-day business of Wayne Enterprises.
- Good Counterpart: Although he isn't shown in person, backstory shows that he became a posthumous example of this to Derek Powers in Batman Beyond: after Powers ousts him from Wayne Industries and begins running it as corruptly and ruthlessly as possible he leaves to start his own company Foxteca which, by Beyond's time, is the go-to Good Counterpart to Wayne Industries - in a position similar to Wayne Industries' contrast to Roland Daggett in BTAS.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Since Bruce trusts him to control his company, it's clear that he's an honest person.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: He runs the day to day business of Wayne Enterprise.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Unlike his other incarnations and other characters in Bruce's inner-circle, he had no idea Bruce was Batman.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is another citizen of Gotham who trusts Batman.
Summer Gleeson was a news reporter and anchor in Gotham City. She worked for WGOB, and was the host of Gotham Insider.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created exclusively for the series.
- Damsel in Distress: In almost every episode that she appears in.
- Decomposite Character: Alonside Veronica, she was half of a recreation of Vicki Vale, a reporter and love interest from the comics.
- Demoted to Extra: She appeared in a pretty large number of episodes in the first three seasons, as well as the Mask of the Phantasm and SubZero movies. When the show was Retooled as The New Batman Adventures for its final season, she made only two appearances, one of which was a non-speaking cameo.
- Hollywood Beauty Standards: She's an attractive news reporter.
- Intrepid Reporter: She is a news reporter and anchor in Gotham City.
- Is This Thing Still On?: After the theme of the "Jokers Wild" casino is revealed on live television (complete with revolving laughing Joker head), she is caught on camera muttering, "Ugh, that is disgusting."
- Ms. Exposition: Justified as she's a news reporter and she's usually shown on a TV screen, where she's supposed to be addressing the Fourth Wall. This is not an Idiot Lecture: there must be quite a few people in her audience who are interested, else her ratings would tank and the station would have her doing something else.
- She's Got Legs: She usually wears a skirt, so her legs are often exposed.
The Creeper (Jack Ryder)
The Creeper, also known as Jack Ryder, was formerly a news anchorman before his confrontation with The Joker, and now is a superhero and member of the Justice League.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Harley Quinn.
- Appropriated Appellation: He gets the idea for his nickname from being called "creep", which he finds catchy but a little lacking. Before that he tried for "Yellow-skinned Wacky Man!", before switching.
- Badass Back: Even Batman cannot sneak attack him without getting knocked across the room... while he's trying to flirt with Harley Quinn.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Jack Ryder is set up as the regular news reporter in The New Batman Adventures before he becomes The Creeper near the end of the series.
- Clothing Damage: He was running around in severely torn clothes after his chemical bath until he got his costume.
- Cloudcuckoolander: To the point the Joker himself called him a lunatic.
- Creepy Good: The guy is so loco that even The Joker considers him a lunatic!
- Dramatic Pause: "I heard you guys worked for, dramatic pause, The Joker!"
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: He meets Harley and immediately begins flirting with her. While doing so, he nonchalantly uses one hand to punch out several of the Joker's mooks... and also Batman.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: The costume, famously, incorporates a giant red feather boa.
- Fun Personified: Imagine the Joker in one of his wacky phases... as a good guy. Including the part where wackiness doesn't mean not being good at what you do.
- Good Counterpart: To the Joker, being transformed by falling into toxic chemicals placed by the villain as well as being hit by his laughing gas bombs. He acts like a Stalker with a Crush towards Harley Quinn, mirroring her behavior towards the Joker.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: His costume has a red fur boa.
- Intrepid Reporter: As Jack Ryder.
- Insult Backfire: The as-yet unnamed Creeper confronts The Joker's henchmen:Mo: We don't know nothing about no Joker, creep!
Pre-Creeper: Creep? CREEP?! ... I like it! My new name — the Creep! No, wait, too negative...
- Large Ham: But that just comes with the madness.
- Laughing Mad: He giggles like a stoner watching YouTube.
- The Mad Hatter: He doesn't care that he's crazy.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Has a near identical origin as the Joker, yet he has managed to survive having a crate containing a rock statue the size of a car dropped on him, and going through multiple explosions without a single injury. Or hint of Clothing Damage. Also, he's able to send Batman flying with one punch, and break through walls. And easily dances around any attacks. Batman explains that this power is most likely due to a strange chemical reaction of the acid and the Joker's laughing gas.
- Offhand Backhand: He uses it on Joker's mooks and Batman himself.
- Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: He speaks like this even though he has no script."You're working for—dramatic pause—the Joker!"
- Rummage Sale Reject: He bought his costume (a speedo, boots, gloves, and a giant cape-like red boa) at a thrift store in Gotham.
- Split Personality: He's the alter ego of Jack Ryder.
- Stalker with a Crush: Has a short yet extreme crush on Harley Quinn that causes at least one The Cat Came Back-like moment. Though we actually see him sniffing his way through the town, trying to follow her.
- The Stoic: As Jack Ryder.
- Talkative Loon: Provides the page quote
- Underwear of Power: As part of his Stripperiffic outfit.
Dr. Leslie Tompkins
Leslie Thompkins was a doctor who went to medical school with Thomas Wayne and Matthew Thorne. The three were best friends.
Veronica "Ronnie" Vreeland was a member of the Gotham City elite.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: For some reason her hair was colored blond instead of red in SubZero, probably to distinguish her from Barbara Gordon. Most viewers probably wouldn't know its her unless they caught on to Bruce calling her "Ronnie".
- Alliterative Name: Her first and last names both begin with "V".
- Bourgeois Bohemian: Though usually simply an Upper-Class Twit, she also donated much of her family's fortunes to conservationist causes, sometimes at fancy public events held to promote those causes. Selina Kyle, who considers herself a true animal-rights activist, once observed that Veronica could possibly be getting involved in those causes because she feels tremendous guilt about all the endangered species her ancestors shot when they were big-game hunters.
- Butt-Monkey: Exaggerated because since "Birds of a Feather", where she went out of hey way to make fun of the Penguin, she has been plagued by Gotham's super villains: Shes taken hostage by Harley Quin in "Harley's Holiday", targeted by Catwoman and Scarface in "Catwalk", and victimized by the Mad Hatter in "The Worry Men" and Poison Ivy in "Chemistry". In the future, her daughter Bunny was victim of kidnapping in the pilot episode of Batman Beyond.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created for the series.
- Decomposite Character: Like Summer, she was created for the series supposedly as a composite of Vicki Vale, though she also shows elements of Julie Madison and Silver St. Cloud, two of Bruce's other love interests from the comics.
- Doomed New Clothes: In "Harley's Holiday". There she is, buying a new dress for her date with Bruce Wayne and along comes a spooked Harley Quinn. Her car gets ruined, too. Considering that Veronica actually got taken hostage by Harley, she probably wasn't too concerned about the car at first.
- Face Palm: "Birds of a Feather" has her attending the opera with Penguin. Imagine her reaction when the Penguin starts singing along.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She tends to be a Rich Bitch, but shows some moments of being a good person nonetheless. She cares about conservation, feels guilty for using the Penguin as a joke, and drops all kidnapping charges against Harley after a series of misunderstandings.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Marilu Henner has described her character as follows: "Veronica's the type of person who would reject Bruce for being too boring, then sit around wondering why Batman hasn't called her."
- Rich Bitch: Although her Character Development shows she's only somewhat like this.
- She's Got Legs: Her legs are shown off well because of her choice of wardrobe.
- Simple, yet Opulent: Her dresses are this.
- Socialite: She was invariably portrayed vaguely somewhat negatively, usually as Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.
The Gray Ghost (Simon Trent)
The Gray Ghost, played by Simon Trent, was the eponymous character of an old television show.
- Adam Westing: Simon Trent is a washed-up actor who can't get any decent work because everyone (those that even remember) associates him with his role as the Gray Ghost. Not surprising considering the voice actor is the Trope Namer.
- Badass Longcoat: The Gray Ghost costume includes a trench coat, along with goggles and a fedora.
- Becoming the Mask: The Grey Ghost was initially just a character Trent played on an old television show. Once Batman seeks Trent's assistance with a case, he dons his character's costume and leaps straight into danger to help him take down the Mad Bomber.
- Broken Pedestal: Batman was partially inspired to be Batman because of the Gray Ghost He has a hard time with the realization that his childhood hero was just an actor in a role who's become a bitter and jaded man.
- Canon Immigrant: Many years after his debut on Batman: The Animated Series, an issue of Batgirl has a man named Clancy Johnson assume the identity of the Gray Ghost in a desperate attempt to become Batgirl's sidekick. The Gray Ghost television show is alluded to, hinting that Simon Trent may exist in the mainstream DC universe.
- Posters for his movies appear throughout the Batman: Arkham Series, and one of the New 52 comics reveals that Simon Trent is the drama teacher at Gotham Preparatory School.
- Captain Ersatz:
- Coat, Hat, Mask: In costume.
- Cool Old Guy: And he's voiced by real life Cool Old Guy Adam West.
- Darker and Edgier: He is not only less concerned with criminal's welfare than Batman, but is darker than Adam West's portrayal of Batman.
- Jaded Washout: Years after the show was cancelled. It's a more sympathetic portrayal than most, however, and he eventually does get out of his slump.
- Old Superhero: Subverted, while he only played the Gray Ghost on TV, the Gray Ghost did help Batman defeat the Mad Bomber.
- Rage Against the Reflection: When he learns he's just been turned down for a role again, he smashes most of his Gray Ghost memorabilia collection in a rage, before collapsing in the corner of his apartment, sobbing.
- Secret Keeper: Implied to be one for Batman after Batman tells the Gray Ghost that he was his hero as a kid and then Bruce Wayne tells him the exact same thing at a book signing.
Yoru Sensei ran a martial arts academy in Japan, and was a teacher of the young Bruce Wayne.
- Always Someone Better: Tells Kyodai this while throwing him to the floor after he mocks Bruce after defeating him in a sparring match.
- Badass Beard: He has a long beard.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the animated series
- Expy: He was based on Master Kirigi, a martial arts sensei who trained Bruce in the comics.
- Meaningful Name: In Japanese, "Yoru", means "Night". And he trained Batman, so...
- Old Master: Batman's master, who quickly immobilizes Kyodai Ken, just shortly after Kyodai beat Bruce Wayne in a sparring match. Given that Kyodai was less than half Yoru Sensei's age, and Yoru Sensei himself looks like the man in the trope picture, he definitely qualifies.
- Secret Art: The last living direct descendant of an ancient sensei who had invented an amazingly deadly fighting art. He was tasked to protect a scroll that described all the attacks including a Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Figured out that Bruce Wayne was Batman after studying his moves as Batman.
Charles "Charlie" Collins
Charles Michael Collins was an accountant who lived in Gotham Estates, a suburb of Gotham City with his wife, Bonnie, and his son, Kenny. He was best known for being an exceptionally ordinary man, until an extraordinary day turned his life upside-down by the Joker.
- Alliterative Name: His first and last names both begin with "C".
- Badass Bystander: Let's see, punches the Joker, scares said Joker into calling out for Batman of all people, tricks him into thinking he has a real bomb, and makes Batman laugh.
- Badass Normal: It can't get more badass than actually instilling fear in the Joker.
- Butt-Monkey: Starts out the episode facing mundane problems, like a terrible day at work, and traffic. Ends up chased by The Joker, and is forced into a debt.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': His one attempt at acting rude got him in deep...
- Character Development: Over the course of the episode, we see him evolve from a helpless victim when he meets the Joker, to a guy who seeks help in ingenious ways (when he manages to fake a Batsignal) to a guy who manages to trick the Joker!
- Cornered Rattlesnake: After finally getting fed up with the Joker pushing him around, he threatens the Joker with blowing them both up with one of his own bombs and thereby taking away the Joker's greatest dream: Killing Batman or die trying. The Joker is so scared by this threat that he begs Batman to protect him from Collins.
- Does Not Like Spam: Meatloaf is his least favorite meal. But after surviving his ordeal with the Joker, even that would sound good.
- The Everyman: He's an average man who lives an average life that Joker derides as "mundane" and "meaningless." The fact that the Joker spends two years keeping track of this poor guy only to find him and sadistically hold him up to a promise later, even though it doesn't benefit him in the least, only serves to show what a monster he is.
- Foil: To Batman and Bruce Wayne, in that he actually does have a normal life and barely manages to hold onto it; whenever Bruce gets a sense of normalcy like marriage or family, circumstances manage to hold it off. Charlie has more mundane problems such as not having enough money for his children's braces and disliking his wife's meatloaf, and by the end he comes to prefer those to the madness that the Joker brings to any party. Batman seems to silently agree, given he doesn't call out Charlie for helping the Joker when hearing that the Joker kept Charlie as a "hobby." Unlike Bruce, he doesn't have to put on a mask to bring down the Joker.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Invoked.Joker: You're crazy!
Charlie: I had a good teacher. Say good night, Gracie!
- Horrifying the Horror: When he makes a final confrontation with the Joker, he finds one of his bombs and threatens to kill them both, giving the Joker an anticlimatic end, and denying him the possibility of a Final Battle with Batman. The Joker is terrified at the prospect and starts calling for Batman to save him.
- Obfuscating Insanity: During his Cornered Rattlesnake moment, he pretends to have gone mad, so the Joker will believe that his threat of blowing both of them up is genuine. It works.
- One-Shot Character: His only appearance was in "Joker's Favor". After that, he's never mentioned or acknowledged again. Given he's seen living a much happier life in Ohio than he was in Gotham, it's likely he never moved back.
- Papa Wolf: Is coerced into doing the Joker's dirty work by the mad clown threatening his family. He later threatens to blow himself and the Joker up to protect them.
- Terror Hero: By threatening his greatest dream, HE SCARED THE JOKER!
- Took a Level in Badass: He attempts this at the start of the episode. Big mistake.
- Charlie: Oh, so that's it! No signals! No nothing! Just push me aside! Treat me like I don't exist! Well comrade, not this time.
- At the end of the episode, Charlie takes it for real. If the Joker calls you crazy and Batman grins at the end of it, it's safe to say you pulled off a good prank.Charlie: Hold it!
Joker: [pats his head] Oh, come now. [walks away]
Charlie: I said hold it!! [punches Joker in the gut]
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He's rather schlubby, but his wife Bonnie isn't half bad. Though considering what he did to the Joker, there might be more to him than meets the eye. Or he let himself go over the years.
A mysterious vigilante. In spite of appearances, she is not affiliated with the Bat or any of his companions, and she seems to have goals of her own. She is a costumed identity that is actually used by three women who are working together: Kathy Duquesne, Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine, and Detective Sonia Alcana.
- Action Girl: She is most certainly this.
- Adaptational Badass: Kate Kane, the original Batwoman from the source material, originally became a heroine partly to win the affections of Batman, who was uninterested. This version is a very strong anti-heroine that does not need Batmans affections in order to complete her duties.
- Adaptational Jerkass: She is much of an anti-heroine here instead of being an actual heroine, which is why DC insisted that the filmmakers not actually use the original Batwoman from the comics, Kathy Kane. That didn't stop the writers from homaging her via Kathy Duquesne. Nor did it stop them from making this Kathy one of the Batwomen.
- Bare Your Midriff: A full outfit example. Her costume highlights her toned stomach.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Rocky, Kathy, and Sonia.
- Call-Forward: Her costume covers her entire body, including her mouth, which brings to mind the costume that Bruce, along with Terry, will wear in the future of the DCAU.
- Collective Identity: Batwoman is actually three different women working together, them being Kathy, Rocky, and Sonia.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: The costume she wears is very form-fitting.
- Highly Visible Ninja: She wears a silver and pink costume.
- Ms. Fanservice: She wears a very form-fitting costume that accentuates her voluptuous yet athletic body, nice bust, toned stomach, and long toned yet shapely legs.
- Mythology Gag: Kathy is named after Katherine "Kathy/Kate" Kane, the civilian identity of Batwoman in the usual continuities. Kate Kane was also a wealthy heiress in Gotham.
- Pink Is Feminine: Her costume has pink accents.
- Red Herring: The mystery of the movie seems to lead into one of the other three main female leads being the civilian identity of Batwoman. It's actually all three.
- She's Got Legs: Her long toned yet shapely legs are highlighted by the costume she wears.
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