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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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Multicolored Hair: The hair on the "bad" half of his face is snow-white as a result of his accident.
  • My Greatest Failure: Harvey's downfall is this for Batman, who still has hope that he can save his old friend.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 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 looking friend".
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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". 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. The tie-inc comics confirm that 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.
  • 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. 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"...
  • 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: The tie-in comics confirm that 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 give mutually exclusive plotlines regarding her redesign; In the tie-in comics the post-revamp 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.
  • 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". 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 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.

    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.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In the DCAU, his name is pronounced "Ray-sh" instead of the more phonetic "Rah-s".
  • 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".
  • 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: 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.
  • 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: This is especially obvious in "The Demon's Quest".
  • 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.

    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.


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

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