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The Joker

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Voiced by: Mark Hamill
Dubbed by: Pierre Hatet (French)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker | Static Shock | Justice League

"It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic... Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway!"

A lowly unnamed gangster that worked for Sal Valestra who, one night, during a mishap encounter with Batman in a chemical factory, falls into a vat of unknown chemicals which stain his skin a sickly white, turn his hair green and leave him with a twisted smile. From then, he rose to become the greatest villain known to the streets of Gotham City (and beyond), The Joker, "the most deranged nut-job in Gotham". He is the arch-nemesis of Batman and has a penchant for turning all his crimes into a game for his own amusement. He developed a strange toxin called "Joker Venom" (or "Laughing Gas" on occasion) that can cause a victim to laugh themselves to death, leaving them with a disturbing grin.


  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: He threatens Charlie Collins' wife and son.
  • Answers to the Name of God: He pulls of a more family-friendly version on a copyright official.
    Mr. Francis: Great Scott!
    Joker: Actually, I'm Irish.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: His reaction to Batman's "death." Because he wanted to defeat Batman and because "without Batman, crime has no punchline."
  • Anything but That!: He does pick his targets; "I'm crazy enough to take on Batman, but the IRS? No thank you!!!"
  • Arch-Enemy: To Batman, as always. He is the Joker after all. In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (years into the future), Terry McGinnis noted that while the retired Bruce Wayne openly discussed his other enemies, he avoided mentioning Joker. Bruce criticized the notion of the Arch-Enemy by pointing out:
    "It wasn't a popularity contest. He was a psychopath, a monster."
  • Art Evolution: The Joker underwent a revamp in his design when Batman: TAS was retooled into The New Batman Adventures. Joker's redesign was relatively minor. However, he lost his trademark red lips, his green-tinged hair was almost completely black, his eyes were turned black with a white dot in the center of them in addition to becoming more sinister, the colors of his primary suit were changed from purple and yellow to purple and green, and he was made to appear physically smaller and thinner as well with a prominent jawline and a thin face.
    • He received another redesign in the flashback sequence that’s featured in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. This design, using elements of his original Batman: TAS design (such as his face, which is reinvented with sharper features, darker lips, and occasionally red pupils) with his TNBA design's angular style and clothes, was later used in all subsequent (albeit retroactively and chronologically earlier) DCAU installments, including Justice League and Static Shock. Just like how he did back in Batman: TAS, the Joker also is shown to have red lips and green hair, although they were depicted in an extremely dark manner that the color is only identifiable via highlights.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is this whenever he ticked off. His general unpredictability is part of what makes him the scariest criminal in Gotham.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He does sport a pretty cool one, as always.
  • Badass Longcoat: His long coat is not particularly stylish when compared to his suit, but it still looks good.
  • Badass Normal: You can't be Batman's biggest threat otherwise now can you? He has absolutely zero superpowers and also came closer to killing Superman than anyone besides Darkseid and Doomsday.
  • Bad Boss: In case you ever forget how much of an asshole he is, just look at the way he abuses Harley sometimes.
  • Berserk Button:
    "That's enough, nobody likes a brown-nose."
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The Joker is funny, goofy, a clown with a bombastic sense of showmanship... and a psychopathic maniac at the same time.
  • Big Bad: He is the main antagonist in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. He's also the most recurring threat out of all the villains, although in terms of scale, he doesn't quite match Ra's. Until he gets his hands on Ace or a government Kill Sat later on.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: He has these in The New Batman Adventures.
  • Blunt "Yes": In “Joker’s Millions”, he and Harley Quinn ran out of gas during an escape. When he berated her for not refueling the car, she reminded him they were broke and asked what he wanted her to do: "fill the tank, shoot the guy and drive off?" The Joker silently nodded and she complained he didn't tell her before.
  • Bond One-Liner: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm has Joker delivering a death threat to a foe's apartment via phone...at the same time as a remote-controlled plane bombed said apartment to smithereens. Unfortunately, Batman was in said apartment to snoop around and managed to divert the plane with a Batarang, but it would have been a straight example for the intended recipient. The telephone used for the threat is intact enough for the Joker to deliver the following gem:
    Joker: (over the phone) Hello? Hello, operator? I believe my party's been...disconnected! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
  • Book-Ends: In the Batman: TAS episode "Christmas with the Joker", his first appearance in the DC Animated Universe (production-wise), the Joker hijacks a television station to air his own personal Christmas special. In the Justice League episode "Wild Cards", his final appearance in DCAU (by the order of release date), he hijacks several television stations so as to enact a plan involving the Royal Flush Gang and several bombs placed all over Las Vegas.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: About 2/3 of the way through "Christmas with the Joker", he tells all the Gothamites who are watching that his Christmas special will return after "a word from our sponsor." Both the fictional program and the episode itself then cut to a commercial break in our own world (the gag is kind of ruined on DVD, where there are no commercial interruptions).
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: His ultimate response to ruining Charlie Collins' life and then (apparently) killing him is akin to someone finishing off a collection—he just decides to get a new hobby.
    Joker: (casually) Looks like I'll need to get a new hobby now that Charlie's... ("dead" gesture) ffft.
    Harley: (even more casual) Macramé's nice.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mask of the Phantasm has a mobster that appears in the back of an old photo and is seen when Andrea and Bruce are about to talk to Andrea's father about the engagement. Turns out that's the man that would later become the Joker.
  • Combat Pragmatist: One reason he's so dangerous in a fight.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Hamill's iconic performance gave the Joker a high, thin voice that lent itself well to psychotic laughter.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He tries to do this in "The Laughing Fish" by infecting all of the fish in Gotham with a toxin that gives them Joker grins, then claiming that that gives him the right to copyright all fish in Gotham. He clearly thinks of this as a great way to get money legally. Unfortunately, copyright law doesn't work even a little bit like that, and he grows quite angry when this is pointed out to him. His "solution" is to start poisoning the staff of the copyright office one-by-one with his Joker venom until they agree to see it his way. Its hinted that he already knew he wouldnt be able to copyright the fish, and was just doing it as an excuse to torture the copyright clerks and draw in Batman for a trap.
    • In "Joker's Wild", the Joker initially wants to blow up the casino that a corrupt entrepreneur has opened in his likeness to cash in on his popularity...and the huge insurance payout he'll get when the Joker makes good on his threat. Instead, the Joker decides to run the place himself...after bumping off the casino owner, of course.
  • Dartboard of Hate:
    • A TV example where he throws a pie on his own TV as if he's hitting the Mayor's face.
    • He flings darts at a newspaper's front-page photograph of Commissioner Gordon.
    • A dartboard with a photo of Batman on it can be seen in his hideout on several occasions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In his less hammy moments he can be quite a smart ass. Not on Batman's levels though.
    Two-Face: Get out of my face clown !
    Joker: Which one ?
  • Death Dealer: He packs razor-edged playing cards on occasion.
  • Depending on the Writer: He's either just a trouble making jerk or a complete psychopath with no redeeming qualities.
  • Dirty Coward: Whenever the tables are turned, he begs for mercy, to the point where he'd yell out for Batman's help once someone made his threats bite him in the ass.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He was guilty of this on more or less a regular basis.
    • In "The Laughing Fish", the Joker introduces his smile toxin into the fish supply of Gotham Harbor, hoping to trademark the red-lipped, grinning ichthyoids and sell them in supermarkets. When told that he cannot trademark fish, he retaliates by carrying out an elaborate scheme to murder everyone in the Gotham City patent office until he gets his way. Subverted in that Batman points out that Joker is smart enough to know that the law doesnt work like that, and he's just doing it For the Evulz.
    • In "Joker's Wild", an entrepreneur opens a casino in Gotham City based on the Joker's likeness and gimmicks. Joker is so incensed that a complete stranger would try to "cash in on my image" that he plots to blow the casino up. Ironically, the entire point of the entrepreneur cashing in on Joker's image was that he wanted Joker to come and trash the place. The entire place was set up for an insurance scam. Too bad for him, the Joker eventually decided he would rather kill the guy and run the place himself...
    • In "Be a Clown", Mayor Hamilton Hill (who despises Batman) appears on television claiming that Batman and the Joker are equally as bad. Joker finds this comparison so insulting that, disguised as a party clown, he crashes a birthday party held at the mayor's estate for his son, Jordan, and attempts to blow up Jordan's birthday party (along with all the guests) with a stick of dynamite in the cake.
    • In "Make 'Em Laugh", the Joker, bitter about being disqualified from an annual stand-up comedy competition (because he hadn't registered as a competitor), steals some mind-control implants from the Mad Hatter, kidnaps the three comedians who serve as judges in the annual competition, fits them with the implants and warps them into becoming costumed criminals who attempt reckless capers (with one of the brainwashed judges winding up in the hospital after falling off a bridge) and replaces the judges with his own men just so he can win the trophy. Batman puts it well: "Only you would ruin three lives for a silly piece of tin."
      Joker: It's not about the piece of tin! It's about the title!
    • The most extreme example, however, had to be that depicted in "Joker's Favor". After rudely cutting off another motorist, Charlie Collins, on the freeway, Joker is yelled at by Collins and retaliates by forcing him off the road and chasing him into the woods, threatening to kill him when he catches him. Collins begs for his life, and Joker agrees to spare him if he will perform "a favor" for Joker sometime in the future. Collins promptly changes his name and relocates his family to Ohio, but Joker obsessively stalks him and finally tracks him down, forcing him to honor the favor owed to him. Once Collins has done this favor (which makes him an unwitting accessory to the attempted assassination of Commissioner Gordon), Joker tries to do him in for good. When Collins survives and finally works up the nerve to confront his tormentor, Joker threatens to kill his family. All this because of a minor altercation on the freeway.
      Charlie Collins: Exactly at what point did I become life's punching bag?
    • Inverted in "The Last Laugh". After Batman destroys the Joker's pet robot Captain Clown (which Joker considers murder, since Captain Clown was his best friend). Joker retaliates by...dumping a forklift full of smelly garbage right on top of Batman.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: He does this all the time, most notably in "Christmas with the Joker" and "Wild Cards".
  • Domestic Abuser: The Joker and Harley have what is, beneath the make-up, a classic abusive relationship filled with emotional trauma and physical violence.
  • Don't Try This at Home: He escapes from Arkham with a rather dangerous-looking stunt—tying a rock around a rope made from bedsheets, using it as a grapple to snag a truck passing by the asylum, and using it to pull himself over the fence. He laughs "Don't try this at home, kiddies!" before he pulls it off.
  • The Dragon: To Luthor on occasion, notably "World's Finest" and "Injustice For All", in which he strong-arms his position into Lex's right-hand man.
  • The Dreaded: Not so much in the beginning, but once word got out about how frightening he was?
  • Driven to Suicide:
    Batgirl: Don't be stupid! You can't save that money!
    Joker: I don't wanna save it! I wanna go with it!
  • Electric Joybuzzer: A favorite gadget of his.
  • Entitled Bastard: He antagonizes Batman all the time, but he'll still ask for the Dark Knight's help when things go south for him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Joker might crazy enough to take on Batman, but not even he has the guts to take on the IRS. There is also his meetings with the Creeper.
  • Evil Genius: Beneath the theatrics and flashy outfits, Joker is extremely intelligent with a great knowledge of chemistry which he uses to make his Joker Venom and is a brilliant Gadgeteer Genius. He boasts of this, with some justice, in Return of the Joker by pointing out that he used cutting-edge genetics to orchestrate his Grand Theft Me, claiming that he was "years ahead of his time" in pulling of the nearest thing to a science fiction Soul Jar.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Of the "killing people with laughing gas and bombing a whole city is a hoot" variety.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Sublety is not one of his strong points. Aside from The Hyena, he also has a love of theatrics and gimmicks while also creating as much chaos as possible.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Many people who get him as a Psycho for Hire eventually find this out the hard way, often when they've ordered him around one time too many or the game's just gotten boring. Just ask Lex Luthor and Salvatore Valestra.
  • Evil Is Petty: His schemes often revolve around carrying out acts of terrorism over minor infractions. See Disproportionate Retribution above.
  • Eviler Than Thou: To Lex Luthor. In "World's Finest", Luthor thought he held his strings the entire time and when the Joker failed to kill Superman (though he came closer than almost anyone previously), tries to betray and kill him. This turned out to be an incredibly BAD idea.
  • Evil Laugh: His most marked feature, which Mark Hamill turned into the most strangely magnificent art form. He talked about practicing said laughs while driving to work and remarked about how strange he had to have looked while doing so.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When Joker's voice gets deep, it's a sign that he's not amused, at least earlier on. As Hamill got older, his voice gradually got deeper, with Justice League having his voice at its deepest.
    • The Japanese dub is not a slouch on this department either, courtesy of the late Takeshi Aono.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: In addition to becoming deeper, his voice also got much raspier as time went on.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "That's not funny... that's not..."
    • Technically, his second life has "I can't hear you!"
  • Fatal Flaw: He has two. His desire for recognition and his obsession with Batman. In fact it could be argued that his biggest drive is to be recognized for battling the Bat, which has been used against him at least twice.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A great example of this is in "The Laughing Fish". He politely enters a copyright office and tries getting his fish patented legally, then slaps a copyright bureaucrat with a fish and threatens to murder him when it turns out that's not how it works.
  • Fed to the Beast: He threatens to throw people to his hyenas, though whether or not he actually follows through on this threat is rather unclear.
  • First Law of Resurrection: He appears to die several times in the DCAU, but it never sticks. That is until Return of the Joker.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Darkly invoked in Charlie Collins' case; see But for Me, It Was Tuesday.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Upon coming into possession of $250 million in "Joker's Millions", he immediately blows most, if not all, of it on things like mansions, fast cars and the like. The guy who willed it to him, mobster "King" Barlowe, anticipated that he would do this and made it the cornerstone of his Thanatos Gambit.
  • Forgot to Pay the Bill: He does this in "Joker's Millions".
  • For the Evulz: When he isn't selling his services.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: His origins are rather meager as a thug working for Sal Valestra (shown during Mask of the Phantasm) but after just one botched job, he rises to become so much more...
    In the DC Animated Universe Myth Arc, he starts as a common criminal, becomes a supervillain with a gimmick, and becomes progressively dangerous. After Batman shuts down his operations in Gotham, he moves to other cities like Metropolis and Las Vegas, and becomes increasingly dangerous on a nationwide scale. Back in Batman: TAS, he shifts from both extremes on a daily basis; some days he'll pull of silly crimes like hijacking a comedy competition, while other days he'll launch a city-scale air strike or hold the city ransom by using a nuclear weapon.
  • Funny Answering Machine: Naturally, it's also disturbing.
    Joker: (laughs) Boy, did you get a wrong number. Leave your message at the sound of the shriek.
    Man's voice: No! Please! Don't! (shrieks)
  • Gag Nose: His nose is very long and pointed. It is even this distinguishing feature that allows Batman (and the audience) to recognize him on a photo taken before he got dipped in the chemical vat.
  • Genre Savvy: He has a few moments of this throughout Justice League but special note goes to "Injustice For All", where he immediately calls out Luthor for deciding to keep a captive Batman alive. Sure enough, Batman spends his imprisonment destabilizing the Injustice Gang and finds a way to warn Martian Manhunter about what they're planning before freeing himself with zero effort.
    Joker: Lex, Lex, listen to someone who knows! Don't wait. Do it now.
    Luthor: You don't like my decisions? Leave!
    Joker: (exits) And they say I'm crazy.
  • Giggling Villain: Though it’s often used as a prelude to more maniacal laughter.
  • Giving Them the Strip: Batman tries to grab him, only to end up holding his cardigan, complete with a false set of arms.
  • Grand Theft Me: In Return of the Joker, it is revealed that he survived his death by secretly installing a computer chip with his personality and DNA inside Tim Drake's mind, enabling him to come back by taking control of Drake.
  • Hanging Judge: He masquerades as one during "Trial", complete with powdered wig.
  • Hates Being Touched:
    Joker: Don't touch me, old man! ...I don't know where you've been!
  • Hidden Depths: While the audience knows better and never underestimates him, other villains tend to think he's just a harmless clown at first. The Joker venom is something of his own concoction and virtually every contribution to the story of Return of The Joker is methodical and well-thought out.
    • While generally gleeful and aloof, several episodes delve into just how obsessed he is with killing Batman. In "The Man Who Killed Batman", the prospect of being unable to do so brings him to tears. In "Mad Love", he nearly murders Harley for attempting to kill Batman in his stead. He drops his gleeful façade when Batman notes that Harley came closer to killing him than he ever did, losing his composure and attacking Batman in an much more animalistic fashion than usual. In "Joker's Favor", Joker responds to Charlie Collins' threats by screaming at and violently threatening Collins and his family. His typically lax attitude towards death is dropped when Collins notes that dying then and there would mean never having the chance for a final battle with Batman, at which point Joker starts begging for his life.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Joker's Favor", he's ultimately beaten and humiliated by one of his own dud bombs.
  • Homemade Sweater from Hell: He wears a rather subdued example for his "Christmas special."
  • The Hyena: C'mon. It's The Joker.
    Joker: "Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway. AH-HAHAHAHAHAHA!"
  • Hypocrite: In "Mad Love", he yells at Harley for suggesting that he just shoot Batman. Then, after Harley captures Batman and she tells him to come over, he throws her out of a window and is about to set Batman free, only to try and just shoot him. Considering it doesn't work, he may have been right about the idea in the first place.
    • Despite his comedy gimmick and habit of playing pranks or making light of everyone around him, he can't take a joke or laugh at himself at all. Ironically, being laughed at is a huge Berserk Button of his.
  • I Have Many Names: He's said to have had many alias pre-Joker in "Beware the Creeper". However, it is a retcon as Dr. Bartholomew in "Dreams in Darkness" and a file on Kaiser's desk in "Joker's Wild" both state that, like in the 1989 Batman movie, his real name is Jack Napier.
  • Ignore The Fanservice: To Harley in "Mad Love" and "Beware the Creeper". He even provides the trope image.
  • Implacable Man: He manages to find Charlie Collins wherever he goes, no matter Charlie's maneuvers to lose him.
  • Incoming Hamill: He's introduced via singing Christmas songs while escaping from Arkham on a rocket disguised as a tree.
    Crashing through the roof, in a one-horse open tree...
  • Insane Troll Logic: "The Laughing Fish" revolves around him poisoning all of Gotham's fish so they have creepy Joker smiles, which he then tries to use as a reason to copyright all fish products. When the guy at the copyright office points out that he can't do that because copyright doesn't work that way, he is very angry.
  • Insanity Immunity: In "Wild Cards", Ace has a basilisk gaze, the power to drive people insane just by looking at them, either in person or on TV. Joker claims to be immune because he's already too crazy to be affected, but succumbs to her when she turns her focus solely on him.
  • Instant Soprano: At the time, a Groin Attack could be included in the show with careful positioning. To indicate to the viewer that it actually had happened, the Joker's voice got noticeably higher.
  • Irony: He does want people to laugh, albeit in his own sick, insane way, but as Terry points out in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, he really sucks at being a comedian in any form.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Any affection he shows towards Harley is merely a means to keep her on his side, or at least not genuine enough to stop his usual behavior towards her.
  • Joker Immunity: Survives bad incident after bad incident before being killed permanently in Return of the Joker. He does survive this death by using technology to possess Tim Drake, but that also comes to a permanent end when Terry shorts out the chip enabling him to control Drake's mind.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: He does this in "Joker's Favor".
  • Just Eat Gilligan: When the Injustice Gang has Batman locked up, Joker tells them that it would be better for them if they simply killed Batman while they had him tied up, knowing that Batman would figure out how to escape and dismantle their plans after having experienced it first hand many times.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He causes massacre after massacre and rarely receives any real punishment for it apart from being imprisoned at Arkham. Subverted in Return of the Joker. After gleefully torturing Robin to insanity in the film's flashback sequence, he's either shot or electrocuted to death (depending on whether you're watching the edited or unedited version of the movie). While he does come back from this in the main story by using a chip to control Tim Drake's mind, he is eventually killed for good when Terry shorts his mind control chip out.
  • "Kick Me" Prank: In "The Man Who Killed Batman", the criminals hold a funeral for Batman, who is thought dead. The Joker attaches a "Kick Me" sign to Batman's empty cape and cowl before it is to be sealed in a coffin.
  • Kick the Dog: Harley and especially Tim Drake.
  • Kill Sat: His Evil Plan in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Joker created a satellite jammer and hijacked control of a Hyperion class defense satellite orbiting the planet so he could impose his will on Gotham.
  • Killed Off for Real: In a subversion of the very trope named after him, the Joker eventually got this treatment in the DC Animated Universe. Yes, having proven himself as much of a survivor as his comic book counterpart and every bit the "no one" in No One Could Survive That!. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker took the big leap and put him down once and for all via killing him twice. First, his body was destroyed and buried deep within Arkham Asylum in the flashback sequence. Then, the chip containing a copy of his DNA and memories was burned out just to make sure he won't be coming back. (In just a bit of a cheat, the event occurs at the far end of the universe-at-large's history, allowing him to show up in stories taking place earlier; Justice League took advantage of this.)
  • Killer Yoyo: He has used one at least twice.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Inverted. A lot of his crimes and schemes revolve around comedy, or at least what he perceives as comedy—which is arguably what makes him one of the most threatening and terrifying villains in the series.
    • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, his comedic side is very restrained and his dark side is more evident, which makes him more sinister and evil than his other appareances in the DCAU.
  • Knife Nut: Often wields knives when fighting Batman directly.
  • Lack of Empathy: He very clearly feels none of the pain that he causes others.
  • Large Ham: Did we mention he's The Joker?
  • Laughably Evil: ZigZagged. His sheer insanity is sometimes Played for Laughs as evidenced when he kidnapped three people and threatened to kill them along with several others just for the sake of throwing a pie in Batman's face. Similarly, his propensity for pettiness is also used as a source of comedy in "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Joker's Millions." Nevertheless, despite such occasional moments of levity involving his character, he holds the notorious distinction of being the most sinister and abhorrent of Gotham's Rogues due to his willingness to directly target children, his central role in depriving Bruce Wayne (AKA Batman) of his last chance for happiness in Mask of the Phantasm, his horrific abuse of Harley Quinzel, as well as his torture of Tim Drake.
  • Laughing Mad: Come on. It's The Joker.
  • Laugh Track: In "Christmas with the Joker", he uses a laugh track in grossly inappropriate fashion while discussing violence/terrorism. It's possibly a secondary Lampshade Hanging that the "audience" he's using is revealed to be cardboard cutouts.
  • Lean and Mean: He is a tall, slim, and murderous lunatic.
  • Lost in a Crowd: In "Joker's Wild" and "Holiday Knights".
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Averted. Word of God stated that Joker is not related to the Dee-Dee twins, although Harley Quinn was.
  • Mad Scientist: At Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, he claims to be one. Fridge Brilliance if you think that he must have been creating Joker Venom from common chemicals:
    Joker: Beneath this puckish exterior lies the mind of a genius years ahead of my time. In the weeks young Robin was under my tutelage, I used him as the subject of my greatest experiment. Using cutting-edge genetics technology which I pinched here and there, I encoded my DNA in a microchip and set it in Bird Boy's bird brain.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He plays this trope very well, being able to manipulate police, Batman, and the Justice League at one point. It's also the entire reason Harley is in love with him.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He usually wears a purple tuxedo.
  • Master Poisoner: He makes all of his own toxins.
  • Money to Throw Away: Hopefully most of the money he was tossing was the counterfeit stuff King Barlowe had tricked him with.
  • Monster Clown: There’s something about the way he looks in Justice League that makes him creepy to simply look at.
  • Moral Myopia: "You killed Captain Clown. YOU KILLED CAPTAIN CLOWN!!!" (Captain Clown was a mindless robot.)
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He is often animated with more teeth than the human mouth should be able to hold.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: "Mad Love" demonstrates that he has offered several tragic backstories to those who ask.
    • Although it's averted in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, in which he's explicitly shown to have been the mob henchman who killed Andrea's father before he took his infamous chemical bath.
  • Near-Villain Victory: In "World's Finest", he has Superman trapped in a room with Kryptonite and dances around him electrocuting him, with no way out. Had Batman not pulled out a Big Damn Heroes, Superman would have died.
  • Nerf Arm: In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, he has the choice to fight the Phantasm with either a giant, menacing, kitchen knife or a processed Bologna log. Guess which one he chooses.
  • Never Found the Body: He pulled this off often during the series.
  • Nice Hat: He occasionally dons a fedora when he's outdoors and wears a top hat in "Harlequinade" (which he then pulls a bomb out of).
  • No One Should Survive That: He has survived falls and explosions and seems immortal. Hence the term Joker Immunity. Ironically, he is Killed Off for Real in Return of the Joker.
  • No Sense of Humor: At least not when he's the butt of the joke.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Several times, much to Harley's chagrin.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: As both Lex Luthor and Superman found out.
  • Off-Model: He in particular seemed oddly prone to this in Batman: TAS.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Specifically in the beginning of "Joker's Favor", where he is able to appear in front of Charlie in a forest despite taking a while to start pursuing him.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: There are some episodes that has Joker showcasing this trope towards Batman. For example, "Mad Love", where even Harley is not exempt from this. In "The Man Who Killed Batman", he is filled with rage when lead to believe Batman is truly dead, throwing his Worthy Opponent a mock funeral before planning to murder the man responsible.
  • Outside-Context Villain: Whenever the Joker encounters a hero that isn't part of the Bat Family, it rarely ends well for said hero. The sole exception throughout the entire continuity, crossovers included, is Static of all people, whom the Joker either doesn't take seriously or doesn't know he exists and pays for it thusly.
  • Overarching Villain: He's the most recurring villain in the entire series. He's also the Big Bad of two tie-in films: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
  • Paranoia Gambit: In "Joker's Millions", he inherits a fortune and uses it to buy his freedom, then spends a montage living it up as a rich man. When asked by Penguin what his scheme is, Joker remarks that he has none; the knowledge that the Bat-family can't touch him and that it's upsetting Batman is good enough.
  • Poisonous Captive: He talked his psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel into becoming Harley Quinn while still in Arkham. And it was implied early in "Mad Love" that he compromised the ones before her in a similar fashion.
  • Psycho for Hire: When he's not freelancing.
  • Pungeon Master: He lapses into this on occasion—puns are a form of humor, after all.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Probably the poster boy for this trope. He'll kill people with laughter on occasion too.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His design in both the flashback sequence (which was reused for Static Shock and Justice League) and future era of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker have red colored eyes (which, according to Word of God, was a deliberate Shout-Out to The Silence of the Lambs along with the slicked back hair on the latter design).
  • RevengeSVP: In "Joker's Favor", though it's more likely he's just taking the chance to kill Gordon while his guard is down, Joker claims that he plans to attack Gordon's testimonial just because he wasn't invited.
  • Sadist: His worst trait which makes him so fearsome. He enjoys every act of malice he commits with no remorse at all. He also loves to torment his victims both physically and psychologically instead of simply killing 'em.
  • Sarcasm Failure:
    • In "Almost Got 'Im", the Joker, who is saving his story for last, spends most of the episode quipping at and mocking the other villains' stories. However, Killer Croc's story is so dumb that the Joker can only stare dumbfounded at him, with this sort of "what-is-this-guy-even-doing-here" expression frozen on his face note .
    • During the flashback sequence featured in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, he spends most of the film quipping, laughing, and generally being his usual Monster Clown self (with a bit of anger on the side). The only scene that makes him drop it all is when Tim Drake shoots him.
      The Joker: That's not funny... That's not...
  • Secret Identity Apathy: Surprisingly averted. This version of the Joker actually doesn't seem to have a problem with finding out Batman's true identity as shown in "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne" when he pools him money together with The Penguin and Two-Face to find out Batman's identity from Hugo Strange. Or in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker where he tortures Tim Drake in order to force him to reveal Batman's identity. Although, he admits that the truth is a bit anticlimactic in the end.
  • Serious Business: The Joker kidnaps and brainwashes three famous comedians all so that he can rig a comedy competition. As he explains, it is not about the trophy, it is about the title.
  • Shamu Fu: In "The Laughing Fish", The Joker hits an accountant with a fish for interrupting him.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Mentions this about himself.
    Joker: WHAT?!!! Compare me to Batman?! I got more style, more brains! I'm certainly a better dresser!
  • Shoot the Television: In "Joker's Millions", he shoots the Video Will in which his benefactor reveals most of the money is fake.
  • Slasher Smile: He wears a permanent one.
  • The Sociopath: The most clear-cut example among Batman's major enemies since he never shows any concern for the people he kills or harms. Even his pre-chemical dip self, who only appears briefly in flashbacks and photos, has shades of this, as he walks away with a smile after killing Andrea Beaumont's father while she grieves over his death.
  • The Starscream: He turns out to be much more dangerous than Luthor in "World's Finest".
  • Stepford Consumer: One of his schemes involved making a commercial. Even with the Joker's usual level of trademark enthusiasm, the commercial barely seemed out of place.
  • Super Window Jump: Despite being aware enough about the silliness, he does one (from a considerable height) of his own in Mask of the Phantasm. But then again, he IS smart enough to be aware of his own Joker Immunity.
  • Sue Donym: In "Joker's Millions", the impoverished Joker is living in a cheap apartment due to money issues. When heading in, he's addressed at the front desk as a "Mr. Kerr", implying he signed his name as "Joe Kerr" when renting the place.
  • Take a Third Option: In "Joker's Millions", since he has two choices (either go to jail for tax evasion or admit that he's been fooled and become a laughing stock), he chooses to commit a crime to get his fortune back.
  • Thanatos Gambit: How he circumnavigates death at the hands of Tim Drake.
  • Thin Chin of Sin: Especially after his first redesign, where it looks sharp enough to poke somebody's eye out.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: He's used a variety of explosives in combat, including seemingly ordinary-looking marbles and grenades with his own face painted on them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he goes all "Grand Theft Me" on Tim Drake, he utilizes the training that he has available to great effect. Even earlier in "World's Finest", he comes perilously close to killing Superman, coming closer than any villain except Darkseid.
  • Train Escape: In "Mad Love", the Joker falls off a ledge onto a train's roof during a chase scene. He tries to taunt Batman, only to find him standing right behind his back.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: He receives one in "Joker's Millions". Most of it is fake.
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    Harley: Puddin'!
    Batman: At this point, he probably is.
    • The episode (and earlier comic) for the Trope Namer of Mad Love features Batman punching him off a moving track and falling directly into a factory's smokestack. He lives, of course, and by this point his ability to survive anything is so taken for granted not even a cursory attempt is made to explain it.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Cameron Kaiser builds a casino themed after him. Joker is understandably incensed, breaks out of Arkham to punish this act of image-theft by blowing up the joint. As Batman finds out, Kaiser had spent too much on his building, and gave it a Joker-theme so the Joker would do just that, and then cash in on the insurance.
  • Victory Is Boring: In "The Man Who Killed Batman", the Joker is clearly unconvinced of his nemesis's demise and goes about robbing a diamond store to force Batman to come thwart him. After a standoff several hours long, he grudgingly admits his greatest foe is gone and that crime is no more fun without him. He orders his gang to take nothing and leaves empty handed.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has a funny one, being bullied by Charlie Collins and calling Batman for help!
    Joker: Don't you laugh at me!
    Terry: Why? I thought The Joker always wanted to make the Batman laugh?
    Joker: YOU'RE NOT BATMAN!!!
  • Villainous Cheekbones: All the better to showcase his enormous smile.
  • Villains Out Shopping: After he throws out Harley, we next see him stumbling around his hideout in boxers, forgetting to feed the hyenas and unable find his socks. The commentary jokes that there's a good reason we rarely see him in his underwear...
  • Villains Want Mercy: Hanging over a pit of molten metal:
    Joker: Batman! You wouldn't let me fry, would you?
    Batman: (humorously considers it)
    Joker: BATMAN! (Batman pulls him up)
  • We Have Reserves: He implies this in "Trial":
    Scarface: Hold on, you'll hit Croc!
    Joker: What's your point?
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: It's not addressed in the episode, but in "Christmas with the Joker", you have to wonder how and when he managed to get the facilities to broadcast a TV show on every channel, turn an observatory telescope into a giant cannon, and construct all those giant toys with his face on them.
  • Worthy Opponent: At least initially the Joker enjoyed his bouts with Batman and while he would have liked to kill Batman, he definitely didn't go all out to destroy Batman. In one episode when it seems that Batman has really died, the Joker genuinely mourns the loss of his great foe.
    Joker: (somber) Without Batman, crime has no punchline.
    • Come Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker you would still think he considers Batman one, but in reality it's averted: the Joker doesn't respect Batman's habit of being unbreakable, he hates him for it, and only goes through all the complex schemes he does because he wants to defeat Batman completely and utterly. As long as it's by his plotting that Batman falls, he has zero problems seeing him dead. This could most likely be that after years of sparring with neither getting anywhere the Joker started to get as fed up with the game as Batman. His last evil act had nothing to do with crime and was meant only to target batman personally. His line in Return of the Joker really hammers it home:
      Joker: "I guess I should salute you as a 'worthy adversary' and all that, but the truth is... I really did hate your guts." *blows raspberry*
  • Would Hurt a Child: He planted a bomb at Jordan Hill's birthday party with several children in attendance and then kidnaps Jordan and has no problem holding him hostage and lobbing bombs around with the boy caught in the fray. And of course, there is the time when he used torture to drive Tim Drake insane.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Joker's first look had yellow sclerae.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: The Joker, oddly enough, occasionally peppers his speech with Yiddish, despite his claim in at least one episode of being Irish. He could be of mixed Irish/Ashkenazi descent, or just following the example of the many famous comedians who had Jewish roots. Knowing the Joker though, he might simply do what entertains him at the moment.
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    Harley Quinn 

Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Quinzel)

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A psychologist who encountered The Joker in Arkham Asylum. She became enamored with her patient, eventually aligning herself with him as his assistant - if anyone could classify as "the second most deranged nut-job in Gotham", it's this woman.


  • Accidental Misnaming: She calls Nightwing "Nightwig" in Batman and Harley Quinn because of the mullet he used to have. He eventually corrects her, but she still slips a few times after.
  • Adorkable: Harley becomes this when she tries to interact with the public after her short lived release from Arkham.
  • Affably Evil: As opposed to the Faux Affably Evil Joker. Thing is, she's not actually a bad person, but she won't come to understand that she's "dating" a psychopath.
  • Afraid of Needles: Cries like a little girl when Poison Ivy gives her a shot in "Harley and Ivy". Harley even lampshades this by saying, "You'd think after livin' with Mistah J I'd be used to a little pain."
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys or Girls: She is dating The Joker, and has a quasi-romantic relationship with Poison Ivy.
  • All Take and No Give: Any relationship with Harley Quinn. She invokes this trope being the lover of The Joker and Poison Ivy's friend. Justified because those two are sociopaths. By the time off Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Harley has this type of relationship with her granddaughters.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Her voice is that nasal "Noo Yawk" accent made infamous by Jewish comediennes such as Fran Drescher, plus she utilizes Yiddish as a Second Language. Kinda helps that both her original voice actress, Arleen Sorkin, and her current voice actress, Tara Strong, are Jewish.
  • Anti-Love Song: She does a truly adorable one in "Harlequinade" called "Say That We're Sweethearts Again" from a 1944 movie called Meet The People.
  • Anti-Villain: Her cheery attitude makes her seem less malicious than most of the rest of the Rogues Gallery. When she's at her nicest - such as in "Harlequinade" and especially "Harley's Holiday" - she barely seems villainous at all, instead coming off as an sweet but uninhibited kook whose impulsiveness causes chaos. In several episodes she seems only a few steps away from a Heel–Face Turn, if she could just shake her obsession - which, naturally, she never does.
  • Appropriated Appellation: She's jokingly addressed as Harley Quinn before becoming a villain.
  • Art Evolution: Averted—mostly. Harley was one of the characters that were left relatively unchanged after the revamp and instead had their character models updated to match the new style. The only real change was a case Early Installment Character-Design Difference, where the first few times we see her unmasked, she sported a Tomboyish Ponytail instead of the Girlish Pigtails that's become her trademark.
  • Ascended Extra: She was originally just a one-shot character who received a positive reception with the fans and writers that she became the Joker's pseudo-girlfriend/top henchwoman, began developing relationships with other characters, and received her own spotlight episodes (including a comic tie-in detailing her origins that got adapted into an episode). Then, she became a Canon Immigrant into the main DC Universe, so she's ascended twice from one-shot to supporting character, from cartoon to comics, in that order.
  • The Atoner: It is implied that she became one after the Joker dies in Return Of The Joker.
  • Ax-Crazy: When she gets crazy, she gets CRAZY.
  • Badass Adorable: She is a very adorable, attractive blonde haired woman with a bubbly personality in addition to the fact that she is a psychotic nutcase that is perfectly willing to shot you and hit you with her mallet.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: From a prim and proper psychiatrist to a prancing clown who's self-admittedly crazy.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She's very bubbly and goofy, and may be the nicest of Batman's Rogues Gallery. She's also a psychotic nutcase who's perfectly willing to shoot you or break your legs.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: She goes back for seconds after giving Batman a "Thank You" peck on the lips.
  • Bi the Way: About as close as you can get on a family-friendly cartoon from The '90s. Explicitly in love with The Joker, but also has a thing going on with Poison Ivy.
  • Bowdlerise: Her questionable academics in her college days as revealed in "Mad Love" aren't mentioned in the episode adapting it for the cartoon.
  • Break the Cutie: All it took was a few sessions with The Joker.
  • Breakout Villain: Harley Quinn was intended to be a one-off character for "Joker's Favor", but she ended up so popular that not only was she added to Batman's main Rogues Gallery in both the show and the comics (including her own series), but had almost as many appearances in the DCAU as Joker himself.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: She is treated In-Universe like one, but that's because The Joker and Poison Ivy cannot recognize her Conservation of Competence. You could say that Harley is a Hypercompetent Sidekick—she doesn't doom the Joker or Poison Ivy's plans, it's just that Batman is that good.
  • Butt-Monkey: Justified, when you seek the company of the Joker and Poison Ivy, this trope is bound to happen. Probably got it the worst in the Superman episode, "Girls Night Out" where she was practically outclassed by everyone involved (Ivy, Livewire, Supergirl and Batgirl)
  • Canon Immigrant: She started out as a DCAU character and then became part of the main DC universe.
    • Harley Quinn's self-titled comic series was the highest-selling female-led book published by DC Comics. Meaning she was outselling Batgirl, Supergirl, Batwoman, and Wonder Woman.
  • Catchphrase: One that followed her to the comics and a few future adaptations:
    (when meeting someone for the first time): "Call me Harley! Everyone does."
  • Character Exaggeration: It depends on the episode, but some episodes - particularly the crossovers - really play up how childishly dimwitted and silly she is, occasionally to the point of making her The Load. It's a major character trait in "Girl's Night Out".
  • Characterization Marches On: You'd never believe it now, but in "Joker's Favor" (her debut), she was actually the calmest person in the room and seemed anything but immature.
    • Her earlier appearances - especially "Joker's Favor" - also implied she had no real fighting skill, and was mostly in Joker's gang for infiltration purposes (and standard Moll duties like cutting Joker's hair). A far cry from later seasons and especially the comics, which portray her as one of Batman's most athletic foes, on par if not surpassing Catwoman.
  • Chronic Villainy: Every time she feels that the Joker is not for her, it's only temporary, and she goes right back to loving him again.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Joker finds this out the hard way in "Joker's Millions".
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Even when she does get declared sane, she's still weird.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In "Mad Love", even Batman himself admitted that she came a lot closer to killing him than the Joker ever did.
  • Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: Was a fairly straight laced psychiatrist until she tried to take on The Joker.
  • Cute and Psycho: She is easily one of the most adorable rogues on the show. Also likes to pummel people and shoot at them for fun.
  • Dark Action Girl: When she's not being Joker's lackey she proves surprisingly capable.
  • Dark Mistress: Although she is prominent in many Batman comics today, it was in this series that she was introduced as Joker's girlfriend/henchman in an abusive relationship.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Keeps a dart-riddled photo of Batman in her cell at Arkham, as shown in "Joker's Millions".
  • Decoy Damsel: Plays one in her own plan in "Mad Love".
  • The Dog Bites Back: Sometimes Mistah J will push her too far, which leads to...
    • Yandere: Fear her when she goes into this mode. Even the Joker is scared of her when she goes into this mode.
  • Domino Mask: Wears one all the time.
  • The Dragon: To the Joker and sometimes Poison Ivy.
  • Drives Like Crazy: As seen in the crossover with Superman: The Animated Series when she replaces Mercy as Lex Luthor's chauffer, causing several dozen wrecks while Lex and the Joker make their deal.
  • Drop the Hammer: Her trademark mallet
  • Dub Name Change: Downplayed, but in the Venezuelan dub she is called "Arley" instead of Harley sometimes, since in spanish, the word for harlequin is Arlequin.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: The first few times we see Harley without her mask, he's sporting a single ponytail rather than her dual pigtails.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • She considers her fellow Arkham inmates her friends, and was disgusted with Joker's plan to atomize Gotham once she realized he intended to leave them and their hyenas behind in "Harlequinade".
    • She fakes this in "Mad Love", pretending that she's decided to turn Joker over to the police in horror at a plan to blow up the town as a trap for Batman.
    • She's also appalled by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue planning to turn all people and animals on Earth into animal/plant hybrids, especially since it had a high chance of killing all life on Earth, plants included.
  • Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: Her hyenas. And Joker.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Inverted. While Harley Quinn, recently released from Arkham and out trying to start anew, her hyenas immediately start barking at the sight of Bruce Wayne. Harley for her part is clueless that she happens to be standing next to Batman.
  • Expressive Hair: Harley's "hat".
  • Extreme Doormat: Deconstructed—this quality is what makes her an incredibly dangerous character, because she is this to sociopaths The Joker and Poison Ivy. Harley Quinn is an Extreme Doormat personified when it comes to the Joker. Lampshaded in this exchange:
    Harley: I'm not a doormat! Am I?
    Poison Ivy: If you had a middle name, it would be welcome!
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: The only work Harley can get after retiring from crime is waitressing at a Cosplay Café called "Superbabes". Aside from porn, that is.
  • Fluffy Tamer: To everyone else the Joker's snarling pet hyenas are a menace; to her, they're her "babies."
  • Friend to Psychos: Harley loves The Joker and is best friends (maybe something more) with Poison Ivy. Both of them are sociopaths: By definition, they could like Harley, but they cannot care for her.
    • She also said hi to a then ranting and raving Scarecrow, who instantly calmed down to pleasantly return the gesture.
  • Genki Girl: Hyper cheerful all the time.
  • Girlish Pigtails: When out of costume.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It's implied at the end of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker that she eventually went straight. Nodded to in Batman and Harley Quinn, where she has gone straight and has successfully avoided a life of crime by being a waitress at a superhero-themed diner in her own costume, with no one being any the wiser (at least until Batman and Nightwing came along).
  • Hello, Attorney!: Her disguise in "The Man Who Killed Batman". She even wears glasses.
  • Hidden Depths: She's not as bad as she is, she's just easy to manipulate. When she's away from the Joker, she's built a respectful relationship with some of the other arkham inmates. She managed to break through Scarecrow's rant and gain a respectful response by greeting him, and she manages to become Poison Ivy's partner-in-crime, if not, something more than that. These relationships imply that they have no personal grudges towards Harley, they just hate Joker.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Who'd have guessed that the waitress dressed as Harley at the Superbabes restaurant is the real deal? Nightwing, that's who. He even applauds her for it.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She always forgives the Joker no matter what, even when he tortures children and has tried to kill her in the past. In this case, she is insane, though, and the show makes it clear that this isn't a healthy relationship.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: The Joker treats her like a Bumbling Sidekick. However, in "Harley and Ivy", it's revealed he depends on her for his daily life. In "Joker's Millions", he asks the replacement Harley for an idea, implying he does that with the real one.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In "Harlequinade" and "Mad Love" regarding her relationship with The Joker.
  • Implausible Deniability: Harley Quinn really was trying to go straight, but after her first day out of Arkham ended with her taking a hostage she pointed out that, with her history, even she would not believe the story that it was all a big misunderstanding.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Subverted. When she makes an honest attempt at killing Batman without anyone else's help, she very nearly succeeds. The only reason why she doesn't is because The Joker finds out.
  • Informed Judaism: It's revealed in the original comic of "Holiday Knights" that she is actually Jewish, which is another reason for Ivy to find Harley's whining for a Christmas tree bewildering and annoying.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!
    Harley Quinn: And here you thought I was just another bubble-headed blond bimbo! Well, the joke's on you, I'm not even a real blond!
  • It's X. I Hate X.: In "The Laughing Fish", she complains at one point, "Again with the fish, I hate fish!"
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: She slinky emerged from an oversized lemon custard pie.
  • Just Got Out of Jail: "Harley's Holiday". Poor Harley even paid for that dress...
  • Lap Pillow: To Joker during the episode "Trial", much to the disgust of the attorney defending Batman.
    Van Dorn: I object to this witness! She's obviously trying to influence the judge.
    Joker: (sounding genuinely confused) What makes you say that?
  • Laughably Evil: She's often very funny because of how perky and childish she behaves.
  • Lima Syndrome: Harley Quinn's origin is Lima Syndrome turned Mad Love.
  • Love Makes You Evil / Love Makes You Crazy: She was a normal psychiatrist until she fell for the Joker and became his accomplice.
  • Love Martyr: It doesn't matter how many times The Joker hits her or calls her worthless, she has hope the relationship will work.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father (or Grandmother): Due in part to Paul Dini not bearing to kill Harley Quinn off, she was revealed to be the grandmother of the Dee-Dee twins, members of the Jokerz gang, nearing the end of Return of the Joker, and was scolding them.
  • Mad Love: Her relationship with Joker, naturally. Despite him being a murderous psychopath she's crazy about him, and always goes back to him even when he's abusive towards her.
  • Magic Skirt: She gets one at the beginning of the episode "Mad Love".
  • Master of Delusion: Played with in "Harley's Holiday". Newly released from Arkham, she's out shopping when she runs into Bruce Wayne. She stops him, then covers the top half of his face, saying, "I recognize that chin..." and then declares, "I knew it! You're Bruce Wayne, boy billionaire!"
  • Meaningful Name: Harleen Quinzel, aka Harley Quinn—Harlequin, the clown character.
  • Meganekko: Before her transformation.
  • Mook Promotion: She was originally supposed to be a minor accomplice of the Joker and ended up a full-blown Super Villain, making appearances in numerous other adaptations.
  • Moral Myopia: In "Mad Love", when Harley is reading a newspaper with the front page article titled "Joker Still At Large. Body Count Rises" , she is more concerned for the Joker than for the victims.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Both as Sexy Jester and in other outfit (police, lawyer, ecc). Not forgetting the famous Jumping Out of a Cake scene and her Les Yay relationship with Poison Ivy.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: This is her truly deranged goal: Without the Batman, the Joker could be hers at last!
  • Now You Tell Me: This delightful exchange while getting chased by the Batmobile.
    Joker: I thought I told you to get gas!
    Harley: WE'RE BROKE, remember? What was I supposed to do? Fill the tank, shoot the guy, and drive off?!
    Joker: (nodding) Mmhmm.
    Harley: *beat* NOW ya tell me!
  • Number Two for Brains: Subverted, as you probably figured.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: It's implied that she puts on a ditzy front to keep Joker from thinking she's upstaging him.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: During the flashback in "Mad Love", she has a generic American accent instead of her regular thick New Jersey/New York one. The accent is implied to be part of the Harley persona. Alternately, it could be her real accent, which she suppressed for reasons of appearance.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: She "rescues" Sidney Debris from the cops in plain clothes and using her real name. Bullock thinks there's something familiar about her, but can't place it.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Or rather, Grandparental hypocrisy. In Return of the Joker, she chews out her granddaughters, the Dee Dee twins, for getting mixed up in crime after she pays for their bail.
  • Perky Female Minion: She is this towards the Joker.
  • Playing the Victim Card: She tries this on Batman.
    Harley: I know. You're thinking, "What a shame. A pure, innocent little thing like her led astray by bad companions." (grabs a knife but Batman stops her)
    Batman: Right. Tell me another. (handcuffs Harley and goes after Joker)
    Harley: Beauty school is looking good right about now.
  • Pre-Insanity Reveal: Harley was once a promising young doctor, and while she was definitely a bit arrogant, lazy, and narcissistic, she didn't go fruit loops until after she tried to cure The Joker.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: She wears one in a flashback when she was a psychiatrist. Also when she was posing as a lawyer to get Sid the Squid out of jail.
  • Psycho Supporter: An interesting take in the trope, because without someone to lead her, Harley doesn’t have the motivation to commit crimes. However, we see at "Mad Love" that of all the villains that compose the Batman Rogues Gallery, she is the one who was the closest to actually managing to kill him:
    • The Joker abuses her with glee, until his death. After that, it is implied she chose a tranquil life.
    • Poison Ivy also abuses Harley and doesn’t want to give her enough credit for her part at their heists. In All There in the Manual, the ''Batman Adventures'' comic book offers a reason why Ivy leaves Harley alone.
    • And at Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, we see that Nanna Harley paid the Delia and Deirdre Dennis (better known as Dee Dee) bail to keep them out of jail. Even when Harley was calling them out, she paid their bail. In an alternate timeline, those two managed to help kill most of the Justice League and kill Terry McGinnis.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She's a dangerous loon and often behaves in a childish manner.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The real frightening part about Harley is that she is a person without any reason to kill, but she will do it, and sadistically, only because someone else tells her it would be fun.
  • Punny Name: Harley Quinn. Even when not highlighting this out, her name sounds like "Harlequin", and her real name is Harleen Quinzel. The Joker even lampshaded this in "Mad Love".
  • Real Name as an Alias: In "The Man Who Killed Batman", she masquerades as the lawyer of the episode's titular character, using the name Harleen Quinzel. Later, the episode "Trial" would confirm this as her actual name.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Wears a black and red playing card motif
  • Redemption Failure: In "Harley's Holiday", though because it is Played for Laughs, this is a borderline Heel–Face Door-Slam example, too.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: In "Harley's Holiday", she tried to reform. The chain of events that got her sent back to Arkham started with her panicking after setting off a detector in a department store. The clerk never got a chance to explain that they just forgot to remove the security tag on the dress she just bought.
    Harley: They won't even let me keep my new dress! And I actually paid for it!
    • Though it could be worse - at the end of the episode, her doctor observes that it was all just a misunderstanding and that Harley was still well on the path to recovery even if she wasn't quite there yet.
  • Retired Outlaw: Return of the Joker depicts her well into her twilight years, where she has become a grandmother who angrily scolds her grandchildren for getting mixed up in criminal activities.
  • Sexy Jester: Batman may not notice, but the Joker sure does (or at least pretends to, being essentially Asexual).
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no qualms about stripping down to her bra and panties in front of Nightwing. Or taking advantage of the results.
  • She-Fu: She is one of Batman's most acrobatic foes. It's natural since she got into college on a gymnastics scholarship.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Only in the adult-oriented Batman and Harley Quinn. About 98% of the profanity in that movie comes from her.
  • Slip into Something More Comfortable: In "Harlequinade", she takes Batman back to the Joker's last hideout to look for clues. Once there, she says, "Have a look around while I slip into something more comfortable," and changes out of her Arkham jumpsuit and into her regular costume.
  • Smooch of Victory: She gives one to Batman of all people. When Batman showed her a bit of kindness by returning a dress she'd bought and told her even though she's going back to Arkham, she should get a little happiness. Touched, she gives him a quick peck. Then, looking playful, gives him a long, long smooch, telling him to call her. Robin and Poison Ivy, watching, seem weirded out.
  • Society Is to Blame: She recites this trope when her attempt at a normal life goes awry in "Harley's Holiday": "I tried to play by the rules, but no, they wouldn't let me go straight! Society is to blame!" Played for Laughs because her "crime" was having paid for the dress... but neglecting to let the woman remove the security tag, and not letting the store's guard explain the situation to her before overreacting.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Suggested just shooting Batman to Joker.
  • Stepford Consumer: Tries to play one for Joker in "The Laughing Fish". That is until she's expected to eat some of the titular product.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Harleen Quinzel.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: In "Harley's Holiday", she espouses this after violating her parole barely moments out of being released from the asylum ("I tried to be good. I really did. But if that's not good enough, fine!"). However, after having to be saved by Batman, she seems to reconsider. Subverted in that most of this was Harley thinking people were acting like this to her - a dress she bought still had the tags, so the security guard tried to take them off for her. She thought he was accusing her of stealing the dress, so in a panic she took off accidentally taking Veronica Vreeland hostage and ran.
  • Trouble Entendre: Uses this trope before exacting revenge against The Joker by beating him with her nightstick.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Just how did she survive the fatal fall in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker? Reportedly, the writers have confirmed that Poison Ivy's stamina booster from back in Batman: TAS is responsible for her survival. It also helps that The Joker himself was a master of this kind of thing.
  • Utility Belt: She wears Batman's utility belt in "Trial".
  • Unwilling Suspension: In "Trial".
  • Villainous Friendship: With Poison Ivy. Stemming from an early heist, the two develop a rather unexpected big sister-little sister friendship. Numerous episodes show them hanging out and cooperating on heists, as well Harley moving in to Ivy's hideout whenever Harley and Joker have a spat (which is very often).
  • Villainous Harlequin: Probably the most classic example ever. She even provides the current page picture!
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: A villainous example
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In "The Laughing Fish" and "Harley's Holiday".
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Demonstrated in "Girl's Night Out". Poison Ivy and Livewire are a bit more subtle when it comes to breaking, entering, and burglary due to their abilities... but all Harley can do is bang things with her mallet.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: In "Mad Love", she is tossed out of a third-story window by the Joker, and whispers "My fault... I didn't get the joke.", quietly asserting Battered Spouse Syndrome.
  • With Catlike Tread: As she and Batman sneak into Joker's hideout, Harley is behind Batman saying "Sneak - Sneak - Sneak". She stops when Batman turns around and glares at her.
  • Woman Scorned: She is not going to take well of Joker dumping her for a new hench-girl.
  • Would Hurt a Child: As revealed in the flashback sequence in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, she (and The Joker) would hurt Robin.
  • Yandere: An episode had Harley getting closer than anyone else to killing Batman because Joker was spending all his time obsessing over him instead of her.
  • You're Just Jealous: "Trial" gives us this piece of dialogue between Harley Quinn and DA Janet VanDorne :
    Van Dorn: Sad, isn't it? Harleen Quinzel was a doctor here at Arkham, until The Joker twisted her mind.
    Harley: HA! You're just jealous, 'cause you don't have a fella who's as lovin' and loyal to you as my puddin' is to me.

    Two-Face 

Two-Face (Harvey Dent)

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Voiced by: Richard Moll, Malachi Throne (as the Judge), Bruce Timm (Justice League vs. The Fatal Five)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Justice League | Justice League vs. The Fatal Five

"Chance is everything. Whether you're born or not, whether you live or die, whether you're good or bad. It's all arbitrary."

The district attorney of Gotham City with a dark side he's repressed for years. Once a powerful ally of Batman's war on crime, an explosion at a chemical plant caused by Rupert Thorne destroyed the left side of his face with hideous scarring as well as pulled his dark side (called "Big Bad Harv") into the forefront of his mind and dividing it in two. He always makes decisions based on fate, flipping a two-headed coin (where one side is scratched up) before acting.


  • Angry Eyebrows: During his origin story, they present Harvey Dent getting pushed to the brink by Thorne... and then entering a Tranquil Fury as his Split Personality, Big Bad Harv, comes out to play.
  • Ambiguously Brown: This version of Two-Face looks to be a lighter-skinned black man, with fuller lips while not as dark skinned as other characters like Lucius Fox. Apparently, he was supposed to be Italian-American (specifically, Sicilian, which explains the darker skin) and appears to be based on actor Humphrey Bogart.
  • Arch-Enemy: Harvey is kidnapped by his in "Second Chance," shortly before he was due to undergo an operation to restore his face and, hopefully, his sanity. The culprit? Two-Face, enraged at Harvey's attempt to destroy him.
  • Art Evolution: Subverted. Two-Face was one of the few characters to go relatively unchanged when Batman: The Animated Series was revamped as The New Batman Adventures. His new look was crisper and more in-line with the rest of the DC Animated Universe (having been given more squared-off shoulders and sharper lines on his suit), but other than that, he remained virtually the same.
  • Ax-Crazy: He becomes this when enraged or when in danger of losing his coin.
  • Badass Normal: He is one of the few supercriminals in Gotham who doesn't have any powers or even use sophisticated weaponry.
  • Bandaged Face: Right after his accident.
  • BFS: Wields one as The Judge.
  • Broken Ace: Before he becomes Two-Face.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Harvey Dent appears twice as a heroic character before becoming Two Face, and in his first appearance he is even shown flipping a coin.
  • Chronic Villainy: Makes several attempts at reforming. Sadly, it takes more than just plastic surgery to cure his problems.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": After his transformation, Harvey Dent is very clear that he is now Two-Face, even to his fiance.
  • Don't Look at Me!: He tries to hide his disfigurement when Grace comes to see him and gets mad when she removes the cloth covering half his face.
  • Dub Name Change: In the venezuelan dub, he is called between Doble-Cara and Dos Caras (The first being a literal translation, the second his official name in most spanish translations) depending of the episode.
  • Enemy Within: Big Bad Harv started at this before being given occasional control over the body.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Bruce Wayne socially, and, as District Attorney, to Batman as well.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His evil personality is accented with a very gravelly, deep voice.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He used to be on Batman's side, but is now one of his greatest enemies.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: When Grace visits him in the hospital after his accident.
  • Fallen Hero: He used to be a morally upright and hard hitting District Attorney.
  • Fatal Flaw: His reliance on the coin. Even setting aside the way it causes him to go into a breakdown, his reliance on it also leads to his downfall. He obviously wanted to reunite with Grace during his six month crime spree, but wouldn't because the coin said no. If he had just done that reunion before Candace had the idea of giving Grace the tracking device, who knows how things would have ended? It's certainly less likely that Grace would have unwittingly led Thorne to Two-Face, at least.
  • Freudian Trio: In "Judgement Day", Two-Face gains a third personality, making him a one-man Freudian Trio. Harvey Dent is the Ego, "Big Bad Harv" is the id, and the Judge is the superego.
  • Grayscale of Evil: His suit was designed to be half-white, half-black.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: A rare, non-comedic fashionnote  when he is unmasked after his surgery
  • Guns Akimbo: He needs two of everything.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: This is what he had before actually becoming Two-Face. His anger is a separate personality that can take even the slightest trigger to incite (such as getting mud kicked onto his jacket by a thug, which almost saw the DA candidate punch someone on live television).
  • Heads, Tails, Edge: "Second Chance" has Batman switch Two-Face's coin with one that always lands on edge. The main result is not so much an inability to make a decision as the fact that the coin rolls away, and he freaks right out and has to chase after it.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: As lampshaded in "Second Chance".
  • Idiosyncrazy: Always commits crimes relating to the number two, like stealing two million dollars in two-dollar coins in "Almost Got 'Im". He also bases most decisions on the outcome of a flip of his coin even though it's extremely impractical, and he completely loses it whenever someone manages to steal it from him.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Harvey Dent and Two-Face. In "Judgement Day", the third personality, called "The Judge", is established.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He becomes one of these under the guise of the Judge. He tries to execute several super-villains, including himself, as a result of a third personality developing because of Harvey's former sense of justice, despising that he had become Two-Face. It ends with Two-Face sitting in a cell, and his third voice demanding what he pleads. "Guilty. Guilty. Guilty".
  • Large and in Charge: Harvey is a pretty big guy (as tall as Bruce and just as built) before his Split Personality starts to take over... which comes in handy when Big Bad Harv (and later Two-Face) wants to get his hands dirty. He's strong enough to heave obese mob boss Rupert Thorne over his head and fling him across the room!
  • Madness Mantra: At the end of "Judgment Day":
    Two-Face: Guilty...guilty...guilty...
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He wears a symbolically split two-tone suit
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: During his final appearance in the DCAU, he developed a third persona: the Judge, a ruthless vigilante who was punishing criminals. Both the Harvey Dent and Two-Face personas were unaware of the Judge's existence. It also seems the Judge didn't know he shared a body with them, since he was ruining Two-Face's plans and tried to kill him.
  • Morality Chain: His fiancee, Grace, tries to be this, but Harvy eventually strays too far down the path of darkness.
  • Multicolored Hair: The hair on the "bad" half of his face is snow-white, evidently as a result of the shock of his scarring.
  • My Greatest Failure: For Batman.
  • Not So Above It All: While Harvey's good side is exactly that, "Almost Got 'Im" reveals that both sides of him fantasize about revenge on Ivy for almost killing him in "Pretty Poison".
  • Numerological Motif: He has a predilection for all things binary. (Translation: He likes things in twos.)
  • Power Born of Madness: He seems to have this. In the episodes when he snaps and transitions to "Big Bad Harv," he is strong enough to lift Rupert Thorne (an obese crime boss) clean off the ground and hurl him into three other thugs. He does something similar in the next episode as Two-Face with yet another thug. Considering this interpretation of Two-Face seems mostly based on being consumed by rage, maybe it is more "Power Born of Being Really Mad."
  • Rage Against the Reflection: Upon awakening after getting caught in an explosion, Harvey Dent demands a mirror. When he sees the grotesque scarring of half his face, he screams with horror and anger, and his transformation into the villain Two-Face becomes complete (except for the occasional Hope Spot that keeps Batman tormented that his old friend might be saved).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Thorne.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: It's not his fault that he has to let a coin flip make his decisions for him, so that, if you toss a ton of coins in as he flips, he can't make a choice anymore! Honest, it's not!!! Naturally, Batman exploits this in "Second Chance" where he replaces Two-Face's coin with a trick one that always lands on its side. The ploy backfires on Batman when the coin keeps bouncing towards the edge of the derelict skyscraper.
    • Additionally (as shown in the tie-in comics), his therapist gives him a weighted coin that is more likely to land on the good heads which prompts Harvey to make good choices. As a result, Harvey begins to take a lot of heroic actions, such as stopping muggers or turning in members of his old gang. But only after giving them a chance to shoot or attack him first.
  • The Scream: He does this at the end of his introductory episode as Two-Face.
  • Second Super-Identity: The Judge is really a new multiple personality of Harvey Dent.
  • Split Personality:
  • Split-Personality Takeover: He eventually gets a third that puts the other two personalities on trial. And I Must Scream indeed.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In "Trial", he offhandedly mentions that he suggested "a quick slug between the eyes" rather than all the theatrics. Naturally, he lost the coin toss.
  • Suppressed Rage: Harvey has this after he thinks that he sent the school bully to the hospital. That is how Big Bad Harv is created.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Thorne's Blackmail leads to Harvey's disfigurement and downfall, so Two-Face's first plan is to blackmail Thorne right back. Subverted when Thorne Out-Gambits him and humiliates him again — Two-Face's resulting Villainous Breakdown drives him to just (nearly) kill Thorne instead.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: When he threatened to release a binary poison on Gotham, he claimed there would be two kinds of people in Gotham: The dying and the dead.
  • Tomato Surprise: The Judge is Harvey Dent, repressed by Big Bad Harv for so long that he developed into a third personality.
  • Tragic Villain / Tragic Monster: A man deformed by repressed anger, stress, and the interference of Gotham's vicious criminal life, to the point of losing everything in his life except the coin.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: In "Judgment Day", "The Judge" is revealed to be his new third personality.
  • Two-Faced: Trope Codifier if not namer.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Every time Batman manages to take his coin.
  • Villainous BSoD: In "Judgement Day", after "The Judge" takes over his mind and puts them on trial.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: After his transformation he leads an extra-legal war on Rupert Thorne's criminal organization, robbing his operations throughout Gotham, but his ultimate plan is to expose Thorne's activities and get him arrested. In “Judgement Day”, he's developed a third personality, "The Judge", who is determined to punish the criminals and corrupt of Gotham City.
  • Would Hurt a Child: If the coin lands on "bad heads".

    Catwoman 

Catwoman (Selina Kyle)

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Voiced by: Adrienne Barbeau
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Gotham Girls

"I am the cat who walks by herself."

She is an animal rights activist with a thing for cat burglaries on the side. Selina doesn't outright oppose Batman but the two don't see eye to eye due to her hobby. In times of mutual crisis, Catwoman has been known to assist Batman for the shared greater good.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Literal example according to the tie-in comics. In Batman: The Animated Series she's blonde instead of her usual black hair, imitating Batman Returns. This Catwoman’s hair color is back to being black by the time of The New Batman Adventures and the blonde color is stated to have been bleach all along in an issue of Gotham Adventures.
  • Affably Evil: When she actually is a villain. She seems to have a soft spot for both Batman and Batgirl.
  • All There in the Manual: Gotham Adventures #4 explains the Art Evolution of Catwoman and why Catwoman cut all ties to the Bat-Family between Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, and the Art Evolution: Batman saw her disfigure a Rich Bitch cosmetic entrepreneur for using Animal Testing. The catch is that Catwoman doesn't feel so bad about that until she realizes someone like the Batman would never forgive such an act.
  • Anti-Hero: After being released on probation, she becomes what is essentially a female Batman for a little while via helping out Batman or trying to stop various criminals on her own. Unfortunately, it doesn't stick and she goes back to being a Classy Cat-Burglar Anti-Villain.
  • Anti-Villain: She doesn't steal from anyone that she doesn't think deserves it, and despite trending towards personal vendettas does good deeds for the homeless (as seen in a tie-in comic) and endangered wildlife.
  • Art Evolution: When Batman: The Animated Series was retooled into The New Batman Adventures, Catwoman's design underwent some major changes through the fact that her outfit changed from dark gray with black gloves and boots to entirely black, the mask (its eyeholes replaced by white lenses) only revealed her mouth and the area around it, and also made her skin appear chalk white.
    • Selina Kyle's look changed as well through the fact that her hair changed from long and blonde to short and dark. This was explained in a tie-in comic, where she stopped dyeing her hair after finding out the company that made the dye she'd been using experimented on animals.
  • Caltrops: She has them in the shape of cats, naturally. She uses them in "The Cat and the Claw" to stop Red Claw's men from pursuing her through a ventilation duct.
  • Cat Girl: Taken to extremes in "Tyger Tyger", where Dr. Dorian kidnaps Selina Kyle and mutates her into an actual catwoman.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Emphasis on "cat".
  • Clear My Name: In "Batgirl Returns".
  • Damsel in Distress: She gets rescued by Batman more than three times in the series.
  • Dating Catwoman: She is the Trope Namer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
  • Designated Girl Fight: In "The Cat and the Claw" two-parter, it is she, not Batman, who fights Red Claw hand to hand.
  • Designated Victim: Occasionally, like in "Almost Got 'Im" when Harley Quinn tries to mince her into cat food.
  • The Dragon: Briefly to Scarface in "Catwalk".
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the revamp. Well, only in costume.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with Batman when she's in over her head.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She will only steal from those she thinks deserves it. And at least in her initial appearances, her crimes had the aim of promoting animal welfare, not private gain.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She tries.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Often goes from Batman's enemy to his friend, then to his enemy again in record time.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Literally invoked by Batgirl when Catwoman is about to drop Roland Daggett into a vat of acid. Selina doesn't buy it, however.
    Batgirl: No! If you let him fall, then you're no better than he is!
    Selina: Oh, grow up. [Smiles sweetly and lets go of Daggett.]
  • Kiss of Distraction: She does this in the animated short "Chase Me" for Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman after she is cornered by Batman after a chase through Gotham. He suddenly sweeps her into a passionate kiss until the police arrive. Batman takes the money she robbed back and leaves and Catwoman thinks he is letting her off until she realizes she has been handcuffed to the fence, leaving her to be arrested.
  • Live Mink Coat: In her first appearance, she is carrying her cat, Isis, around her neck in order to help in one of her thefts.
  • Lovable Rogue: She steals with charm and wit and has clear principles about it.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: She loves Batman, but only considers Bruce a friend. He knows both her identities and, according to the "perfect world" illusion created by the Mad Hatter, would marry her if Batman and Catwoman were out of the equation. Batman Beyond implies that they did eventually hook up later, but Bruces' obsession with his mission drove them apart anyway.
  • Motive Decay: In her first appearances, she robs to help her animal rights charities. In "Almost Got 'Em", she teams up with Batman to stop The Joker for seemingly no gain whatsoever other than, perhaps, just liking the idea of hanging out with Batman. In the final seasons, however, she becomes motivated by thrill seeking, revenge, and greed and generally becomes more selfish. Incidentally, she also appears with Batman less and less, instead crossing swords with other heroes and villains, which might have something to do with it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a very beautiful woman with a voluptuous yet toned figure who wears a very form-fitting costume and speaks in a flirtatious, sultry voice.
  • Non-Humans Lack Attributes: When she's turned into a literal Catwoman in "Tyger, Tyger", her fur conveniently gives her Barbie Doll Anatomy.
  • Out-Gambitted: In "You Scratch My Back", she should have known better that to try and play Nightwing, Batman's protege. He has after all been taught by the best.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: She was willing to painfully kill Roland Daggett as revenge for his crimes against herself and her friends. Also didn't exactly try to help Red Claw when the latter was attacked by a lion. Both villains survived, though no thanks to Selina.
    • The Red Claw case is mitigated by the fact that she spotted Batman nearby and knew he'd probably help her even if she didn't. However, earlier in the same episode she left one of the generic Red Claw terrorists Bound and Gagged alone with a wild lion. We never saw what happened to him...
    • Also, she did "kill" Scarface, though this case is obviously a little different.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Isis.
  • Sadist / Cats Are Mean: She toys with her victims before striking them. At "Catwalk" she destroyed Scarface only to torment the Ventriloquist before using her Wolverine Claws on him. Batman stopped her, but if you see All There in the Manual, you will see how cruel she can be.
  • She's Got Legs: Just like her comic book counterpart, she tends to wear a Spy Cat Suit and other outfits that highlight her long toned yet shapely legs.
  • Snow Means Love: In "Cat Scratch Fever", Batman meets her in the snow, and she has to ask, "Are you getting soft on criminals, or just on me?"
  • Spy Catsuit: She wears a very form fitting body suit that is complete with cat ears.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She gets steadily more manipulative and selfish as the series goes on. Her last few appearances involve trying to trick Batgirl and later Nightwing into unwittingly helping her rob other crooks of their already ill-gotten gains, she flat-out tries to kill some of the (admittedly unpleasant) criminals she runs into, and she goes after innocent civilian Veronica Vreeland out of petty jealously that someone else is trying to help animal rights. She also increasingly talks condescendingly about others behind their backs and her motives become more and more about thrill seeking and greed. note 
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: At the end of "Batgirl Returns", as the police cart her off, Catwoman somehow forces them out of the squadcar and drives away herself. Robin tries to give chase, but Batgirl grabs him by the cape, reasoning that they'd encounter her again sometime.
    • Her final appearance ("Cult of Cat") has the episode ending with her landing the big score she wanted during the whole series. And this time Batman doesn't go after her.
  • Villainous Valor: She takes pride in hardly ever getting scared - and, being a Combat Pragmatist, can physically get the best of men twice her size when she really wants to.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She is this to Batman in "Almost Got 'Im" and saves him from the Joker.
  • Wall Crawl: Catwoman does it by digging in with the Wolvernine Claws in her suit.
  • We Can Rule Together: To Batgirl in "Batgirl Returns". Batgirl's response is not exactly unexpected.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her burglary is half pleasure, half raising money to save endangered cats.
  • Whip It Good: Uses a whip rather than a grappling gun.
  • Wild Card: She could be on any end of the moral spectrum in any given episode.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Batman. They don't. note 
  • Wolverine Claws: Catwoman has sharp steel claws incorporated into her costume's gloves, which she sometimes uses for close-quarters fighting (At "Catwalk", she used them to torment the Ventriloquist) as well as for climbing.

    Poison Ivy 

Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley)

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Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Gotham Girls | Static Shock | Justice League | Batman and Harley Quinn | Justice League vs. The Fatal Five

"They can bury me in the ground as deep as they like, but I'll grow back..."

Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley was a botanist who led a secret life as the eco-terrorist Poison Ivy. Unlike most of Batman's rogues, Ivy had little interest in money or power, but instead was obsessed with preserving plant life, and taking revenge on those who she believed had harmed it. Her ruthless methods frequently landed her in Arkham Asylum.


  • Actually a Doombot: Poison Ivy is the only character that gets an explanation, albeit loose canon, for her redesign and adjustment in powerset. According to Batman: Gotham Adventures, "House and Garden" is the last appearance of Pamela Isley — the pale-skinned woman with deeper control over plants that appears in TNBA and onward is actually a plant-based clone, who distracts Batman while the real one is shacking up with Dr. Alec Holland.
  • Anti-Villain: Especially later on in the series, where she simply wants to settle down and raise a family.
  • Art Evolution: Due to the Retool of Batman: TAS into The New Batman Adventures, Poison Ivy was redesigned through the fact that she became more plant-like, with her skin turning pale greenish-white. Her hair is less wavy and a darker shade of red, and costume is a darker shade of green which no longer looks leafy. She no longer wears green tights and her lips are the same color as her costume.
  • Ax-Crazy: In her first episode, at least.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Her sex-appeal is as dangerous as her plants.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt her plants.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is this in "Pretty Poison".
  • Bi the Way: About as close as you can get on a family-friendly cartoon. She dated Harvey Dent (before he became Two-Face), but occasionally has a thing going on with Harley Quinn whenever she temporarily breaks up with The Joker.
    • Or Ambiguously Gay, given that she poisoned Dent but seems to genuinely like Harley.
    • She also kidnapped a man to clone him and use the clone as her husband, but it's never revealed if she genuinely was attracted to him or their "marriage" was just part of the backdrop of her new, allegedly normal life.
    • She also has a habit of flirting with Batman, though she does it even while trying to kill him.
  • Characterization Marches On: She started as a pretty hammy activist until she met Harley and became more of a Deadpan Snarker as a Foil to Harley's Genki Girl.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: She somehow managed to afford a gigantic mansion with its own power plant and extensive grounds in order to set up a fake health spa for one episode... complete with a staff of women loyal enough to kill on her part and try fighting the Batman, and a greenhouse full of extremely rare, nearly extinct, fully-grown trees found only in the depths of the Amazon.
  • Dark Action Girl: Downplayed as she isn't as hands-on as the other rogues, but she can get physical if need be.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Being around Harley gives her a lot of practice.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Pretty Poison" (the episode that introduces her), she tries to kill Harvey Dent for building a corrections facility on top of a field containing a flower that was endangered. There is no evidence he knew about the endangered flower. She saved the flower before trying to kill him, anyway. Maybe he should've done an ecological survey to check for endangered species and done an environmental impact statement before starting construction, but she could've tried telling him there was an endangered flower before he started building to see if he would alter his plans in response.
    • She gets another one when she runs a spa and send out invitations to millionaires who have done some environmental wrong, turning them into living plants with her treatment. She targets Bruce when his company was planning on tearing down a forest for building space...except Bruce had found out and stopped the plans long beforehand and she never bothered to look further into this. What's more when Bruce lets his butler Alfred and Alfred's girlfriend go in his place as a vacation, Ivy figures she'll make due with him cause someone gotta be punished.
      • She is, like most of Batman's enemies, a lunatic.
  • Drugged Lipstick: She uses this against Harvey Dent in "Pretty Poison".
  • Dub Name Change: In the venezuelan dub, she is correctly named Hiedra Venenosa, her official name in most spanish-translations, but during the episodes of The Adventures of Batman and Robin, she is for some reason named Ortiga (Nettle). She is later called between "Hiedra" and Ivy depending on the episode in The New Batman Adventures.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Poison Ivy herself is disgusted by the Joker, namely his treatment of Harley, and wants Harley to see how horrible he really is.
    • She's also incredibly hesitant to go along with Jason Woodrue's plan in Batman and Harley Quinn to turn all humans and animals into animal/plant hybrids, especially when Harley informs her that one slip-up could kill all life on Earth, plants included.
  • Evil Is Hammy: This is quite the contrast between perfect girlfriend Pamela Isley and supervillainess Poison Ivy.
  • Evil Redhead: Violent ecoterrorist with red hair.
  • Expendable Clone: Her plant "family" gradually mutates before disintegrating, at which point she grows another to take their place.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: She is this in "House and Garden".
  • Forceful Kiss: In "Pretty Poison", she has gives Batman a poisoned kiss while he is restrained by her mutant plant monster.
  • Green Thumb: Just like most versions, she is very skilled with creating beautiful plants.
  • Guinea Pig Family: Her supposed husband in "House And Garden". Poor Dr. Carlyle.
  • Hot Scientist: She displays some extensive botanical and bio-engineering knowledge and is very beautiful.
  • Hypocrite: In "Harley and Ivy", Pamela insists she and Harley are a team that fights Double Standards, but her relationship with Harley mirrors the one Harley has with the Joker (albeit not nearly as abusive): Though usually cartoonish and Played for Laughs, Ivy tends to get very easily frustrated with Harley, and uses physically imposing body language and outbursts to get points across to her.
    • In addition, Harley is one of the only rogues who has a chance at reforming, but Ivy benefits from enabling her worst tendencies and keeping her on the crooked path.
  • Kiss of Death: Her main attack in "Pretty Poison".
  • Mad Scientist: She specializes in botany and chemistry.
  • Master Poisoner: Able to make any kind of plant derived poison.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a very beautiful, red-haired woman who wears a very form-fitting bathing suit with tights that accentuates her voluptuous yet athletic body, buxom breasts, and long shapely legs. As a result, one of her main features as a villain is her seductive ability.
    • Taken to the peak in "Almost Got 'Im" where she tries to attack Batman on Halloween with exploding Jack-o-lanterns. Her costume is literally a black strapless one piece swimsuit with no stockings, gloves, or even boots. Happy Halloween indeed!
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Bruce Timm set out to differentiate Ivy from the other females in the series (not that there were many of them initially) by giving her a lush, more exaggerated hourglass shape and a heart-shaped face. Until the Art Evolution that came on the fourth season, Ivy also had plumper, more defined lips than anyone else. Even after getting a redesign in TNBA, she still stands out - she's shorter than Harley with chalk-white skin and the same exaggerated figure.
  • Not Good with People: Even the ones she likes, like Harley.
  • Not So Different: She tries to pull this on Batman, claiming they both punish "evildoers." Batman doesn't always agree with her definition of "evildoer"...
  • Plant Person: She creates these in "House And Garden" to serve as her "family" and starts to resemble one more and more in TNBA.
  • Redhead In Green: And constantly surrounded by it, too.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Of a sort. She transforms Alfred and his girlfriend not to get to Bruce, but because "someone has to pay for [his] crimes."
  • Revenge Myopia: In "Eternal Youth". Not only is killing plants not tantamount to killing humans, but also Wayne was only distantly in charge of the operation for which she tries to punish him and was not any more pleased about the ecosystem damage (when he heard of it) than she was.
  • Sadist: All of her crimes have the goal of other people suffering. She is a Control Freak and while most of her crimes fall into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory, at the same time she just enjoys taking revenge on behalf of mother nature. Like Lock-Up, she is a good example of a sadist who truly thinks that their victims had it coming.
  • She's Got Legs: Her costumes tend to show off her nice legs.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is a rare flower.
  • The Sociopath: Outright states that she's immune to "the pain and suffering of others" during a flashback in "Almost Got 'Im".
  • Straw Feminist: Sometimes portrayed this way. In "Harley & Ivy", she goes on a crime spree with Harley Quinn and claims its all about female empowerment. The episode ends with her being arrested by Detective Montoya and another female cop. At least one comic in the show's continuity implies she adopts this attitude around the other female rogues to get them on her side, pretending to only hate men rather than all human life.
    • Not So Above It All: That said, when she and Harley manage to subject Bruce Wayne to Ivy's mind control dust, they go on a stereotypically girly shopping spree on Bruce's tab.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She likes to refer to Batman as "Darling" in a faux-loving tone, even when trying to kill him.
  • Truly Single Parent: Her immune system prevents her from bearing children, so she creates some of her own, albeit from one unlucky doctor's DNA.
  • The Vamp: Next to her control over plants, her feminine whiles are her favored weapon.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Harley. Stemming from an early heist, the two develop a rather unexpected big sister-little sister friendship. Ivy is sometimes frustrated by Harley's dimness, but unlike Joker actually seems to care about her well-being (for instance, repeatedly urging her to break up with him).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She fights to save plants, in particular endangered species. It's her methods rather than her objectives that are problematic.

    Ra's al Ghul 

Ra's al Ghul

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Voiced by: David Warner
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Animated Series | Batman Beyond

"Well done, detective. You are worthy of your reputation."

A centuries-old man who is the head of a vast network of henchmen and wealth. His schemes, some way or another, seek to save the environment from mankind or further his life so he can continue his efforts with the former. The Joker may be Batman's Arch-Enemy, but due to his power, agenda, and clever mind, Batman considers Ra's his most dangerous foe.


  • Affably Evil: As his past encounter with Jonah Hex showed, his good manners aren't only reserved for Batman.
  • Art Evolution: Averted. After the revamp of Batman: TAS into The New Batman Adventures, Ra's did not receive any drastic change in his appearance or a color alteration. However, his only appearance during this time in the DCAU was in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Demon Reborn".
  • Big Bad: Sort of. He's not the overriding threat of the series, but his schemes tend most often to be arc-based, and Batman regards him as a powerful and dangerous enemy, more than Lex Luthor and The Joker combined.
  • Came Back Wrong: The Lazarus Pit revives the dying, but at the cost of temporarily being driven violently insane. The Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Demon Reborn" also demonstrates that each usage has diminishing returns.
  • The Chessmaster: His first meeting and apparent teamup with Batman was just an elaborate way of testing him.
  • Cultured Badass: He's always classy no matter the circumstances.
  • Dirty Coward: In Batman Beyond, he sacrificed his own daughter by taking over her body. He justified it by claiming that he was still needed until his work was completed, but Batman charged that he was simply afraid of death and willing to cling to life at any price.
  • Disturbing Statistic: He doesn't even blink as he drops one of these on Batman:
    Batman: But that will cost countless lives!
    Ra's al Ghul: Actually, Detective, we have counted: Two billion, fifty-six million, nine hundred and eighty-six thousand!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's disgusted by the cruelty that his son Arkady Duvall shows towards underlings.
  • Evil Brit: Even though English is almost certainly not his first language, he has a British accent. Presumably justified, since he most likely learned his upper-class-coded Queen's English well before American accents were prominent in the world.
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • One-sided. He genuinely likes Bruce and wants him as his heir. Batman disagrees, and as a result Ra's will use deadly force on him if necessary.
    • The respect seems to be somewhat mutual as evidenced in "Showdown". It turns out the old man Ra's "kidnapped" is his son. Batman allows them to leave without a fight.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Believes he is its harbinger.
  • Graceful Loser: If somewhat creepy, as he plunged to his (apparent) demise with a big smile on his face.
  • Grand Theft Me: It is eventually revealed in Batman Beyond that Ra's took over his daughters body after his finally decayed beyond all use.
  • High-Class Glass: In 1883.
  • Immortality: Can live forever with the aid of the Lazarus pits...
  • Immortality Immorality:...But each time he goes in it drives him just a little bit crazier and more extreme.
  • Knight Templar: He seeks to save the world by killing most of the human population.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is arabic for "The Demon's Head."
  • Mysterious Watcher: At the end of "Off Balance".
  • Not So Different: He is basically a dark mirror to Batman himself and what he would be like with no moral restraints. Ra's is well aware of this.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Even older than he looks and he's an accomplished fencer.
  • Shirtless Scene: Just like in the comics, his first meeting with Batman culminates in this.
  • Showing Off the New Body: In Talia's body he changed her outfit and clearly flaunts her body around Terry and Bruce.
  • Sinister Scimitar: ... against Batman.
  • Sinister Surveillance: In his first appearance, he is introduced as a Diabolical Mastermind supervising his operations on a gargantuan screen at his mountain base.
  • The Sociopath: Terry calls him one in Batman Beyond, and in that story, he acts like one. Grandiosity aside, in previous appearances he was more of a Noble Demon, though with a touch of Knight Templar.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: When he lays out his plan to destroy humanity, it is accompanied by a series of detailed stills showing the world being saturated by the Lazarus Pits, in chaos, and finally at "a blessed peace."
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Downplayed, since he was always a villain, but he is much worse in the Batman Beyond sequel series than in his original appearances.
  • Sword Fight: In the middle of a desert.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: And fully aware of it, too. He himself projects 2,056,986,000 casualties as a result of his plan in "The Demon's Quest"—and considers it worth it, if it will bring world peace and an ecologically sustainable future.
  • Villainous Valor: Despite being insufferably pompous, self-righteous, megalomaniacal, and a genocidal lunatic, he is a brave man, exposing himself to danger even though most of the time he is a frail old man; he refuses to see himself as a victim, and won't tolerate anyone else thinking that, either. When rejuvenated by a chemical pool called the Lazarus Pit, he becomes strong and athletic and is willing to fight anyone. When he challenges Batman to a sword fight in "The Demon's Quest (Part II)" he demands: "Are you man enough to face your better?" — and is immensely pleased that Batman is just that.
  • We Can Rule Together: He offers Batman a position as The Dragon, several times.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He views his actions as a necessary evil to help repair the damage to the planet that mankind has caused.
  • Worthy Opponent: He views Batman as this, as with most versions.
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    Talia al Ghul 

Talia al Ghul

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Voiced by: Helen Slater (Batman: The Animated Series), Olivia Hussey (Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Animated Series | Batman Beyond

"You must understand, beloved. I share my father's vision and seek the same ends but I do not choose his means to those ends."

Talia al Ghul is the daughter of Ra's al Ghul. She doesn't always see eye to eye with him.


  • Armor-Piercing Slap: When Ra's al Ghul is in Ax-Crazy mode after using the Lazarus Pit to revive himself, she gives him one of these to snap him back to his senses.
  • Art Evolution: Averted. When Batman: TAS was revamped into The New Batman Adventures, Talia did not receive a drastic redesign in her physical appearance (although her only appearance during this time in the DCAU was in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Demon Reborn".
  • Bare Your Midriff: Usually seen with an outfit that shows off the majority of her belly.
  • Cleavage Window: She has one in the outfit she wore in "The Demon's Quest".
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: She got hit pretty bad between Superman: TAS and Batman Beyond. She lost her body to her father and what's left got destroyed, ensuring she's not coming back like her father.
  • Dating Catwoman: She ends up being one of Batman's primary love interests.
  • Enemy Mine: She teamed twice with Batman to choose her father over him at the end.
  • Enigmatic Minion: You can never tell if she's on Batman's side or her father's.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When she discovers that her father's scheme will result in over two billion casualties, she's just as shocked as Batman.
  • Femme Fatale: Batman knows getting involved with her is a bad idea every time it happens, but he can't help himself.
  • Grand Theft Me: Her body is eventually taken over by her father by the time of Batman Beyond, erasing her mind and effectively killing her.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father is Ra's al Ghul, after all.
  • Ms. Fanservice: This is especially obvious in "The Demon's Quest".
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hairstyle.
  • Spy Catsuit: As with most versions, Talia tends to wear a form-fitting black catsuit.

Alternative Title(s): DCAU Batman The Animated Series Rogues Gallery Part 1

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