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The Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot)

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Voiced in English by: Paul Williams (Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, and Superman: The Animated Series), David Ogden Stiers (Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman)
Voiced in French by: Philippe Peythieu
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
"Sorry about the intrusion, sir, but at least you were ransacked by a man of impeccable taste."

A short, chubby, well-dressed man, who fancies himself a classic Gentleman Thief, but his manners leave much to be desired. Has a penchant for using birds to aid in his crimes.


  • Affably Evil: Especially in Birds of a Feather.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: To cultivate a gentlemanly image.
  • Art Evolution: The Penguin received a drastic redesign when Batman: TAS was revamped into TNBA through the fact that his appearance was altered to be more human resembling his classic comic book appearance. He was also given normal human hands, rather than flippers.
  • Big Bad: In Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
  • The Beastmaster: Of sorts. Oswald has an affinity for birds and, as depicted in "Almost Got 'Im", he's managed to train a variety of fowl to be uncharacteristically aggressive.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Though he is usually eclipsed by other villains like the Joker or Ra's Al Ghul in the threat stakes, Penguin is actually a surprisingly successful villain all things considered. For one, he has managed to destroy both the Batmobile and the Batwing, and he once (accidentally) left Bruce Wayne blind for days, meaning he has effectively crippled Batman. In later seasons, he further managed to avoid being sent back to jail by becoming a Villain with Good Publicity, via establishing a shady nightclub where he manages his criminal enterprises with enough finesse to not be caught... for a good while, anyway.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Jay, Lark, and Raven.
  • Characterization Marches On: He was originally a Wicked Pretentious, grotesque Large Ham with animalistic behavior. After his revamp in The New Batman Adventures, he became a more classy Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Chronic Villainy: Chose to abandon crime one day when he was released from Stonegate, deciding that he never wanted to return to jail again, but when he learned that the woman he began to fall in love with was only spending time with him to mock his uncultured ways he relapsed into villainy. However, unlike the other villains, he does manage to stay out of jail in The New Batman Adventures. He didn't really reform and uses his nightclub as a front for shady deals, but he does a much better job of ensuring his legal safety. Batman is well-aware that Penguin hasn't changed, but keeps him around because he is just as often a good source of information about other, more dangerous criminals.
  • Composite Character: His mannerisms and character for the most part were based on his comic version while his first design was a carbon copy of Danny Devito's portrayal in Batman Returns.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is The Snark Knight when he deals with the lower classes (prison guards, bus drivers, Batman). When he at last deals with the upper classes, he becomes a Stepford Snarker.
  • Dirty Old Man: Has dipped his flippers into this from time to time.
    • He addresses Poison Ivy as a "dainty dove" in "Almost Got 'Im."
    • Becomes very smitten with Veronica Vreeland, before things sour.
    • Openly flirted with Roxy Rocket, which she playfully rebuffed.
    • That's not even getting into whatever might be going on with his 3 aids.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Much like the Batman Returns version, he's shown with fused fingers in Batman: TAS. While the transition to The New Batman Adventures would see him with normal hands, it's unknown if this was merely an artistic choice or if the Penguin got a corrective operation to fix his hands.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Once tried calling a trap he'd set for Batman in a zoo as his "aviary of doom". The other villains he tells the story to are bemused, at best.
    The Penguin: (narrating) Welcome, my ebon-winged adversary. You have taken the bait, just as I knew you would. Now, prepare to meet your end within my Aviary of Doom!
    Poison Ivy: (interrupting the story) Aviary of what?...
    The Joker: Sheesh, Pengers. How corny can you get?
    The Penguin: Fah! Just because you mundane miscreants have no drama in your souls!... Anyway, there he was in my Av... * Sigh* ... My "big birdhouse"...
  • Et Tu, Brute?: A rather depressing example. In the episode "Birds of a Feather", he is released from prison and declares that he's reformed and will become a model member of high society. A group of snobbish aristocrats decide to bring him into their social circle so that they can laugh at his social ineptitude and appearance. He generally doesn't care how life had gotten him down through the rest of the episode, but when he overhears the woman whom he had fallen in love with talking about this plot, he loses it. The real slap in the face is that he had genuinely reformed until this happened.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: In "Birds of a Feather", Veronica Vreeland brings him into her social circle as a publicity stunt. He eventually finds out he's being used, and in his true flamboyantly villainous fashion, kidnaps and tries to kill her.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: Actually worked better for him when he was faking it.
  • The Family for the Whole Family: In his first appearance, he and his henchmen are continuously foiled by the local children who have Batman in their basement. This is one of the reasons that the production team does not think very highly of this episode, since they were hoping the series would avoid kid heroes and bumbling villains.
  • Fat Bastard: It's always been a staple of the Penguin to be overweight and unpleasant.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His default mode, as he has been shown very willing to hurt women and children.
  • Feathered Fiend: Has a collection of deadly birds ranging from poison-billed hummingbirds to trained attack-cassowaries.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Most of his snarking come with a veil of sophistication.
  • Gentleman Thief: He invokes this trope, without success, you could say.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Always has a cigarette holder in his mouth.
  • The Grotesque: Similar to the Burton films, the Penguin is almost this trope played straight. He's nowhere near as evil as, say, The Joker, but then again he's not even all that ugly. It's implied that deep down he really wants to go straight, but he just likes stealing priceless artifacts too much — and he just can't keep from lashing out at people who make fun of him when he does try to reform.
  • Hidden Depths: As Veronica Vreeland discovered, if you can stand his Sad Clown jokes, his Jabba Table Manners and his Small Name, Big Ego attitude, Oswald can be quite The Charmer in a Large Ham way.
  • High-Class Glass: Kept from the comics (despite being absent from the movie).
  • Honor Among Thieves: Best shown in "Second Chance".
  • Improbable Weapon User: Umbrellas. Some of them even have live rounds.
  • Jabba Table Manners: As seen in "Birds of a Feather".
  • Just Got Out of Jail: He did try to live a honest life and among Gotham's elites (which he thought possible thanks to Veronica Vreeland). While she cleared a misunderstanding when Batman wrongly thought the Penguin was one of the muggers robbing her, it was eventually revealed to him she just wanted someone to be made a fool of at a party. He was so revolted he returned to a life of crime.
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: The Iceberg Lounge. Though the bar itself is designed around high society and is completely legit he uses it as a front to do illegal smuggling in the back.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Always wears a formal tuxedo, stylistically similar to actual penguins (who look like they're wearing one).
  • Mugging the Monster: In "Birds of a Feather", a reformed Penguin is out on a lunch date with socialite Veronica Vreeland when a group of muggers (completely unaware of who he is) decide to rob them. Cobblepot may be a short, middle-aged fat guy, but he also frequently crosses parasols with Batman. Even without any trick umbrellas at his disposal, he easily schools them and likely would have driven them off completely without Batman's intervention.
  • Nice Hat: His top hat.
  • Only Sane Man: This is carried over from the comics. He's one of the few Batman villains who goes to jail rather than Arkham. He also sometimes grows annoyed with the other rogues' "eccentricities" when forced to work with them.
  • Origins Episode: Averted and given the series, the aversion is notable. Almost every other recurring villain gets a backstory in the show and in most cases this leads to their first clash with Batman. Penguin however is one of the very few villains- along with the Joker- who has already clashed with Batman by the time of his first appearance, and the only recurring nemesis note  who isn't given a background of what he was like before he became a supervillain.
  • Orphaned Punchline: He has one in "Birds of a Feather": "—and I said, 'But, warden—those aren't my pants!"
  • Paid Harem: Jay, Raven, and Lark. Considering his previous attempt at dating with Veronica Vreeland backfired, he may prefer it this way.
  • Parasol of Pain: His parasols can have anything from toxic gas to actual bullets.
  • The Rat: The only reason why Batman lets him operate his nightclub.
  • Redemption Failure: This happens to him in "Birds of a Feather".
  • Reformed, but Rejected: This also happens to him in "Birds of a Feather".
  • Remember the New Guy?: Much like the Joker, the Penguin is also the only other super villain that Batman faced prior to the series with "I've Got Batman in My Basement", much like "Christmas with the Joker" for the Joker, presented as just Bruce's latest fight with Oswald.
  • Sad Clown: His delusions of being a Gentleman Thief and his Small Name, Big Ego are his way to cope with his crushing loneliness. He is insecure at heart and keeps on running his mouth to fool himself into thinking he's confident or to get people to like him and tends to make jokes at inappropriate times to cope.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: To make himself sound more sophisticated then he actually is. Comes back to bite him in a tie-in comic, where he doesn't know what a word means and makes something up to avoid looking stupid.
  • Sinister Schnoz: It has the appearance of a penguin beak.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite overwhelming evidence on the contrary, the Penguin really believes he is well liked by the rich Gotham elite ("Birds of a Feather") and fancies himself as a ladies' man (he hits on Roxie Rocket on "The Ultimate Thrill"). Those things didn't end well for him.
  • Smug Snake: He's a pretty arrogant bastard.
  • Society Is to Blame: In "Birds of a Feather", he looks to go straight once he's gotten out of prison, but when resident Rich Bitch Veronica Vreeland and her snobby friends decide to make him the butt of an exceptionally cruel joke, he reverts to his criminal ways to exact revenge. In the end, he muses, "I guess it's true; society is to blame. High society." At least Vreeland had the decency to feel bad about her role in it by the end though.
  • Terrible Trio: He was part of one with Jay and Raven before leading two sets: one of males then one of females.
    • He also formed one with Two-Face and Joker when Hugo Strange invited them all to his auction for Batman's identity.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: He could put up with Batman not believing he really reformed, but Veronica Vreeland shouldn't have used him for a pig at a pig party.
  • Villain Ball Magnet: He is this in "Birds of a Feather".
  • Villainous Crush: We've seen him openly crush on Veronica Vreeland and Roxy Rocket. He was ready to genuinely reform in the former case, tho.
  • Villainous Valor: In "Birds of a Feather" at least, he is a courageous fighter, beating back a gang of bullies who are trying to mug him using only his umbrella. In "Second Chance", when Batman is accusing him of having Two-Face kidnapped, the Penguin declares that he were ever going to mess with another villain, he'd do it the honorable way: face to face.
  • Villains Want Redheads: The two women we've seen him shown an interest in were both redheads. Neither worked out tho.
  • Wannabe Line: His club, The Iceberg Lounge, has such a line. In "Joker's Millions", Barbara and Dick get in by Barbara mentioning her father as the Penguin is walking by. Bruce Wayne is seen in the Lounge later.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: To Veronica Vreeland and her Upper-Class Twit friend Pierce in "Birds of a Feather".
  • Wicked Cultured: As always, he most certainly qualifies for this trope more than most of Batman's rogues, which irks him to no end.
    "Bah! Just because you mundane miscreants have no drama in your souls!"
  • Wicked Pretentious: Penguin appears charming and sophisticated compared to the rest of Gotham's criminal element but to the city's actual social elite, he's anything but. Veronica Vreeland is unable to spend time with him without cringing at his bad manners, with her friend, Pierce Chapman, laughing at him from afar. At a party Vreeland invited Oswald to as part of a prank, Penguin repeatedly makes jokes at the other guests' expense, thinking he's witty and clever whereas everyone else is appalled by his lack of tact. Once Cobblepot finds out he's been played for a fool, thanks to eavesdropping on Pierce once again mocking his manners, fashion sense and appearance, he instantly attacks them and kidnaps Veronica out of sheer rage and humiliation, and goes back to being a kingpin. In the New Adventures of Batman, Coppblepot grows out of this, becoming a genuinely refined socialite.
    Pierce Chapman: He's beautiful! Can you imagine tomorrow's papers? There's not enough ink to print all this faux pas!

    Two-Face 

Two-Face (Harvey Dent)

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"THE LAW?! Here's the only law! The law of averages! The great equalizer!"
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Voiced by: Richard Moll (1992-1999), 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. He always makes decisions based on chance, flipping a two-headed coin (where one side is scratched up) before acting.


  • Adaptational Sympathy: The series goes the extra mile to showcase the tragedy that made Harvey into Two-Face, hammering the struggles he faced with his Split Personality being made manifest, while also placing emphasis on his relationship with Grace and his friendship with Bruce in the two episodes that saw him transformed into his villainous alter-ego.
  • 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. This may also be due to two factors- the initial treatment of the show was following closely on the Tim Burton films, where Billy Dee Williams played Harvey Dent. Al Pacino was also the initial casting choice for Harvey Dent in the series before being replaced by Richard Moll.
  • 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: His left hand is undamaged in his first post-acid appearance and scarred in all subsequent appearances, but otherwise subverted, as 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.
  • Big "NEVER!": When he's hanging for his life off the edge of a skyscraper with the only thing standing between him and death is his own refusal to let go of his coin to grab Batman's other hand, Harvey's personality surfaces enough to let it go and reach for safety...and then Two-Face comes roaring back to the surface shouting "Never!" and punches Batman, almost tumbling to his doom were it not for Batman recovering and him and Robin swooping down after him.
  • Broken Ace: Before he becomes Two-Face. A handsome, successful district attorney engaged to a beautiful fiancé. But he also suffers from dissociative identity disorder.
  • 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, especially when his evil personality sees such reformation as effectively dying.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": After his transformation, Harvey Dent is very clear that he is now Two-Face, even to his fiancé.
  • 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 as this before being given occasional control over the body.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite Two-Face once shouting that "Harvey's friends are no friends of mine!" he does care about his/their fiancé Grace. It's less clear with Bruce since they don't get many scenes together after Harvey's transformation (and Big Bad Harv did threaten to bodily harm Bruce during one of his rages before then), but noticeably in "Second Chance" he muses in his more lucid moments fondly about their past friendship and during their actual encounter at the end he seems genuinely touched on some level Bruce still hasn't given up on him. Also, in "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne", when Hugo Strange tells him that Bruce Wayne is Batman, Two-Face doesn't believe it, saying "I know Bruce Wayne. If he's Batman, then I'm the king of England!"
  • 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. Noticeably, the moments where Harvey takes control are usually marked by the roughness going away and his voice lightening.
  • 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 until his scarring occurred. Now he's one of Gotham's most notorious gangsters.
  • 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". If he can't make a decision without his coin, he's practically helpless.
  • 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. In a clever case of Foreshadowing, he also appears in two episodes prior to his transformation, and said transformation occurs in a two-part episode.
  • 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!
  • Locked into Strangeness: The hair on the "bad" half of his face is snow-white as a result of his accident.
  • 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 the final episode of The New Batman Adventures, 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.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Unlike many of Batman's rogues, Two-Face is severely mentally ill, on top of having split personalities, he's so dependent on a coin to make decisions for him it takes over any other priority, he nearly dies chasing the coin as it goes to the edge of a building.
  • Morality Chain: His fiancee, Grace, tries to be this, but Harvey eventually strays too far down the path of darkness.
  • My Greatest Failure: Harvey's downfall is this for Batman, who still has hope that he can save his old friend.
  • Mysterious Past: The show never divulges anything about his pre-series life.
  • Noble Demon: On his good days, Two-Face, while a ruthless criminal, still has scruples and a code of honor.
  • 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.)
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In the spin-off Gotham Adventures comic, one storyline saw Two-Face going after his abusive father when the man was about to win 2.2 million dollars on a television game show; when one of his gang asked if he wanted to flip his coin before the heist, Two-Face stated that he wasn't because every part of him wanted to do this. Even when Batman stops Two-Face killing his father, Two-Face's plan accounted for the possibility of the coin-toss going the other way by setting it up so that his father's winnings would be destroyed, ensuring that his father would either be dead or lose the money.
  • Pet the Dog: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, he befriends Thomas Kallor aka. Star Boy during Kallor's stint in Arkham. Two-Face acts as something of a mentor/protector to Thomas.
  • 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).
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Even though the Judge takes over his body, making him try to kill Two-Face, there is hope that the Judge will lead Harvey back to sanity. After all, a villain is less likely to escape from Arkham if he thinks he belongs there.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Thorne.
  • Rules Lawyer: Uses this to his advantage in the Gotham Adventures spin-off comic series when he goes after his abusive father; when the man was about to win 2.2 million dollars, Two-Face destroys the money before he can officially claim it, thus ensuring that insurance won't cover the money as it wasn't technically his father's when it was destroyed and the few remaining thousand dollars of it left have to be bagged as evidence.
  • 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: After supposedly hospitalizing a bully when he was a child (the bully was actually in the hospital for appendicitis), Harvey began repressing his anger until it manifested as a second personality known as "Big Bad Harv". During Harvey's pursuit of Rupert Thorne, Big Bad Harv starts rearing his ugly head due to the stress of the campaign, and once he was scarred by a chemical explosion, became the dominant personality, renaming himself "Two-Face."
  • 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 was 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.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Justice League vs. The Fatal Five shows he's a better mental state thanks to Arkham's inmates being moved to a new, more spacious facility (with the implication it's far better staffed and more humane to its patients), so he's able to keep his rage under control. He even befriends the time-displaced Starboy.
  • 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.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Like in other incarnations, Bruce and Harvey used to be very close. The incident that transformed Harvey into Two-Face gravely haunts Bruce, even going so far as to try and foot the bill for his therapy and reconstructive surgery in an attempt to bring him back.
  • Would Hurt a Child: If the coin lands on "bad heads".

    Poison Ivy 

Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley)

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"It's just the darnedest thing. I have this natural immunity against poisons, toxins, the pain and suffering of others... Go figure."
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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. 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 possibly canonical 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.
  • Ambiguously Bi: About as close as you can get on a family-friendly cartoon. She dated Harvey Dent (before he became Two-Face). She 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. All this while she occasionally has a thing going on with Harley Quinn whenever she temporarily breaks up with The Joker.
  • 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.
  • Badass Normal: In all of her appearances before The New Batman Adventures, her metahuman characteristics were downplayed; the only superpower she displays is a hyper-immune system that makes her immune to toxins but has also left her infertile. She does not have direct control over plants, instead breeding special plants she uses for her crimes, along with using chemistry and a wrist-mounted crossbow.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Her sex-appeal is as dangerous as her plants.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt her plants.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The main antagonist of Batman and Harley Quinn along with the Floronic Man, until her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is this in "Pretty Poison".
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: She apparently considers killing plants just as bad as murder.
  • Breakout Character: Although created back in 1966, Poison Ivy remained an obscure villain except only to devoted comic readers. Just like with Mr. Freeze, her inclusion in the series elevated her into the top level of Batman and DC villains, and now every media outside the comics always includes her, showing her significance in DC's franchise.
  • Contralto of Danger: Diane Pershing gives her a breathy, sensual voice.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Men: Although not to the point where she doesn't enjoy seducing them. Most examples are more straightforward with their misandry. Poison Ivy is playful about it, often speaking romantically to her male victims. A (slight) exception to this is her behaviour in the episode "Harley & Ivy" and even there she isn't above blowing Batman a flirty goodbye kiss while trying to drown him.
  • Drugged Lipstick: She uses this against Harvey Dent in "Pretty Poison". She later uses it on Batman in the same episode.
  • 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.
  • Dude Magnet: Has many admirers. Just ask Harvey Dent (initially), Dr. Carlyle (to his regret), Batman (if the game cutscenes a.k.a The Lost Episode is canon then he does refer to her as Violet & Lily's "pretty boss" at one point), Scarface (earns him a slap), Jason Woodrue (implicit), Penguin (addresses her as a "dainty dove"), a bungling sweaty mall security guard (Girls Night Out), three rude catcalling frat boys (Harley & Ivy), a quietly smitten wax museum ticket booth cashier (Gotham Girls), several distracted restaurant patrons (Pretty Poison), etc.
  • Eco-Terrorist: Unlike most of Batman's rogues, Ivy has little interest in money or power, but instead is obsessed with preserving plant life, and taking revenge on those who she believes have harmed it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She actually does seem to love Harley to a degree, particularly in Batman and Harley Quinn where just seeing Harley crying makes her abandon her evil plan, as well as bursting into tears herself and hugging her.
  • 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. She decides that the risk of everyone dying outweighs the reward and turns against Jason.
  • 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".
  • Faux Affably Evil: She will occasionally flirt with Batman, speaking in a mocking loving voice to him, even as she attempts to kill him. She has even forced a few kisses on him with the intent of poisoning him.
  • Femme Fatale: Befitting the show's film noir setting.
  • Fetish: Seducing & killing men seems to be hers.
  • Forceful Kiss: In "Pretty Poison", she 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.
    • Her Daphne Demeter guise from "Eternal Youth" particularly embodies this.
  • 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 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. Ivy's also not above physically assaulting Harley when it suits 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.
    • Also, despite her occasional Straw Feminist rhetoric, she's a rapist.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: That waistline puts most supermodels to shame.
  • Kiss of Death: Her main attack in "Pretty Poison".
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Unlike practically every Gotham criminal, she knows when Batman is pushed too far. If you count the tie-in comics as canon, after the events of "House and Garden," she went into hiding and left behind several clones to cover her trail. The Ivy in subsequent episodes is thus a distraction for Batman and Harley.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to the Joker, for whom she is a Foil, as she actually does love Harley instead of just pretending in order to manipulate her. "House And Garden" also shows there is at least a small part of her that wants to stop being a villain and live like a normal, decent person, whereas the Joker loves his life of crime.
  • Mad Scientist: She specializes in botany and chemistry.
  • Master Poisoner: Able to make any kind of plant derived poison.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Although there are exceptions to this, such as Harley.
  • Motive Decay: She at first started out as a Well-Intentioned Extremist who killed those that she saw as a threat to plants. In "House & Garden," however, she admits this agenda wasn't at hand when brainwashing and stealing DNA from Dr. Carlysle; she just wanted a family on her terms and money to support them. Later on, her clone is fine with stealing For the Lulz and brainwashing rich people to get their funds.
  • 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. Not to mention a sultry voice akin to a 1940s film noir leading lady. 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!
    • Arguably Ivy is this no matter what she's wearing, even civilian garb.
  • Mysterious Past: We never learn much, if anything, about Pamela's background in the show. She first appears in "Pretty Poison" already fully formed, with no word on what her life was like up to that point. It's left up in the air if Isley's pre-show existence mirrored the comics or not.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: This line "what has my sweet little flytrap caught this time?" alludes to Ivy feeding other people to her giant, mutant plant monster during those 5 years she waited to assassinate Harvey Dent. Just who did she kill? And why? The world may never know...
  • Not Good with People: Even the ones she likes, like Harley.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: She tries to pull this on Batman, claiming they both punish "evildoers." Batman doesn't always agree with her definition of "evildoer"...
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Frequently. Cruelest example would be in "Eternal Youth."
  • Pet the Dog: She gives Harley a stamina booster. This would later save Harley's life in Return of the Joker.
  • 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.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: She brainwashed Dr. Carlysle into releasing and marrying him, before taking his DNA — aka raping him — to create clones of him to pose as his "sons". Batman is very disgusted by this, especially when they find the real Carlysle in her greenhouse.
  • 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.
  • Ship Sinking: According to the possibly canonical tie-in comics, the real Ivy is not in Gotham. She left after the events of "House and Garden," leaving clones behind to "keep Harley company". She's also not the mother of Harley's offscreen kids.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: The original tie-in comics and Batman and Harley Quinn movie give mutually exclusive plotlines regarding her redesign. In the tie-in comics the New Batman Adventures Ivy is a plant-based clone while the real Ivy left Gotham and went to live with Alec Holland, here a normal scientist. When her plant powers get out of control, the clone looks up Holland for help but dies shortly thereafter. In Batman and Harley Quinn Alec Holland is instead shown as Swamp Thing at a point in time where Ivy has full, proper control over her powers.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: All of her costumes.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is a rare flower.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Her honeyed voice doesn't hide her vicious streak.
  • Smug Smiler: At least once per appearance.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: She seems rather fond of giving these.
    • In "Pretty Poison", after she forces a poisonous kiss on Batman while her mutant plant restrains him, she mockingly asks him in a false flirty voice if he's afraid she has cooties when he tries to spit out the poison before laughing at him. When he keeps trying to spit, she says in a fake sad voice that he's hurt her feelings, and now won't share the antidote with him "like she was planning to".
    • In "Almost Got 'Im", as Batman is suffocating in her poison gas, she stands over him while explaining how she has a natural immunity to stuff like "poisons, toxins, and the pain and suffering of others" in a false loving voice, before mockingly blowing him a goodbye kiss and leaving him to die.
    • In "Harley and Ivy", after she and Harley have captured Batman and try to drown him by tying him to a table and pushing him into some toxic waste, Ivy mockingly blows him a goodbye kiss once he's submerged.
    • In "Chemistry" she attempts to use her Kiss of Death on both Batman and Robin during the climax of the episode, with her grabbing Robin to try to force it on him and holding Batman by the chin. Though she is interrupted during both these attempts.
  • The Tease: She enjoys leading men on.
  • The Sociopath: Outright states that she's immune to "the pain and suffering of others" during a flashback in "Almost Got 'Im". That said, she is upset when Harley starts crying in Batman and Harley Quinn, and even gives her a hug, so she may not be as sociopathic as she thinks.
  • 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.
    • 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 Crush: The subtext baked into her interactions with Batman strongly hints at this. Hell, in "Eternal Youth" she's all but asking him to join her side. Ivy only turns homicidal after he shoots down her offer by labeling her a "fanatic."
  • Villainous Face Hold: Batman is her favourite target for this.
    • In "Pretty Poison" when she approaches Batman while he is restrained by her mutant flytrap to kiss him, she lays one hand on his face and gazes seductively at him for a moment, before wrapping her other hand around his neck and pulling him towards her puckered lips, and deepens their kiss halfway through.
    • In "Chemistry", she manages to stun Batman with her spores and bring him to his knees. While he's down, she grabs him by the chin and forces him to look up at her, chuckling at him briefly before leaning in and attempting to kiss him.
      Poison Ivy: Pucker up.
    • In "Eternal Youth" she briefly rubs his chin before starting her Motive Rant for that episode.
  • 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).
  • Weapon of Choice: Her primary method of personal defense is a wrist-mounted automatic reloading crossbow.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She fights to save plants, in particular endangered species. It's her methods rather than her objectives that are problematic.
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    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.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Climbing the buildings of Gotham has given her quite the toned, broad-shouldered, and gorgeous physique, which her skintight Catwoman costume quite genrously highlights. She loses this muscle tone in her redesign, though.
  • 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 she now wears blue-ish white makeup on the exposed area of her face.
    • 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.
  • Bound and Gagged: She gets captured multiple times in the series and is frequently trussed up, luckily Batman manages to save her skin in the nick of time.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Gets it for her redesign's civilian identity.
  • 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.
  • Defiant Captive: Happens in "Batgirl Returns", although both she and Batgirl are tied up and held at gunpoint by Roland Daggett and his henchmen, she mouths off to them and is able to break her bonds and fight back.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Veronica Vreeland describes her as Bruce's "Attractive date".
  • Friend to All Living Things: This adaptation of her makes her an animal rights activist.
  • Forceful Kiss: She gives a few of these.
    • In "Cat and Claw Part 1", after Batman catches her while falling off a roof she thanks him by kissing him while he is carrying her, but it takes him awhile to even notice it and gently pushes her off him once they safely land.
    • In "Cult of the Cat", she grabs Batman and kisses him as "thanks" when he agrees to help her reform while she fakes repentance. Also counts as a "Shut Up" Kiss since she did it while he was talking to her.
    • An example without Batman in "You Scratch My Back", when after she reveals to Nightwing how she was using him to find and reobtain the Cat's Eye Emerald she originally stole, she offers to split the money with him before suddenly leaping forward and forcing a kiss on him.
    • She finds herself on the receiving end in the "Chase Me" short. After Batman has her cornered she notices he was hurt during their chase and leans in to kiss him, only for him to push her off him. She looks down in disappointment at being rejected, only for Batman to suddenly pull her into a deep kiss himself. Despite the surprise, Catwoman immediately returns the affection.
  • 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 suffers from 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.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She's this towards Nightwing in "You Scratch My Back."
  • 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.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: This is how Batman knows that she's not posing as the mysterious Batwoman. Will Selina kill crooks? Yes, but she always has a reason. Would she kill recklessly? No.
  • 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 bodysuit 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 Wolverine Claws in her suit.
  • We Can Rule Together: To Batgirl in "Batgirl Returns". Batgirl's response is not exactly unexpected. There's hints of this in her famous dynamic with Batman.
  • 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.

    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 a 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".
  • Benevolent Boss: Makes clear to Arkady Duvall that as important as it is to complete their armored airship, success shouldn't come at the expense of good treatment of their workforce.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: 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.
  • Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. Batman never looked up to Ra's, seeing him as pretentious and haughty even before he found about his genocidal plans, but he did come to respect him as a Worthy Opponent and allowed him to reunite with his long-lost son. He's absolutely shattered and angry at the man Ra's becomes by the time of Batman Beyond.
    Bruce Wayne: Whatever was in there died years ago.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • According to Talia, Ra's expelled Count Vertigo from the Society of Shadows after realizing how cruel and corrupt he was.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: 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.
  • 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".
  • Offing the Offspring: By the time of Beyond, he's placed his mind in Talia's body, destroying her old personality.
  • 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.

    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: Downplayed. When Batman: TAS was revamped into The New Batman Adventures, Talia did not receive a drastic redesign in her physical appearance, simply being reanimated to match the new style and her purple catsuit was changed to black. (although her only appearance during this time in the DCAU was in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Demon Reborn".)
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit in "The Demon's Quest" 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, only 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.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Although she serves as one of Batman's primary love interests, she also flirted with Superman a bit during their brief encounters. She blows him a goodbye kiss before making her escape in their first encounter, and later dresses up as Lois Lane, his love interest, and puts herself in danger so he will save her. After Superman catches her and is flying her to safety, she reveals her true identify to him and cuddles with him as he carries her, leaning her head against his briefly, and apologies to him for the theatrics while giving him a seductive look.
  • 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.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Her eyes were blue in "Off Balance", but were changed to green for her remaining BTAS appearances. In Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, she has black eyes.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father is Ra's al Ghul, after all.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Like with Batman's other femme fatales, she's a very well-endowed woman with shapely hips, large breasts, and wears a Spy Catsuit with a Cleavage Window. This is especially obvious in "The Demon's Quest", where she dressed like a Bedlah Babe.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hairstyle drapes over the left half of her face, covering her left eye most of the time.
  • Spy Catsuit: As with most versions, Talia tends to wear a form-fitting catsuit.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: During her first encounter with Superman she gives him a Sadistic Choice to either stop her and let the train they are on crash or stop the train and let her escape, with him choosing the latter. As she makes her escape, she flies her vehicle right next to Superman as he is struggling to hold back the train and taunts him "Till we meet again!" before blowing him a goodbye kiss before escaping.

    Red Hood/Robin II 

Red Hood

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'Appearances: Batman: The Adventures Continue, | Batman Beyond

Jason Todd is the second Robin, seemingly killed at the hands of the Joker, he makes his grand return to Gotham and manages to impersonate Batman.


  • Remember the New Guy?: Throughout the DCAU's entire run, Jason Todd was never implied to have existed in the continuity and Tim Drake was always made out to be the second Robin, being a bit of a Composite Character with traits of both Jason and Comic Tim Drake, up to and including his own version of A Death In The Family in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. The Adventures Continue finally establishes Jason Todd as being the second Robin that Batman never talked about out of shame.

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

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