Mr. Freeze (Dr. Victor Fries)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Batman And Mister Freeze Subzero | The New Batman Adventures | Batman Beyond
"Think of it, Batman: to never again walk on a summer's day with a hot wind in your face, and a warm hand to hold. Oh yes, I'd kill for that."
A respected cryogenics expert who was once employed by GothCorp, Victor Fries fell into a life of crime when his wife, Nora, grew ill and he was forced to sustain her in cryogenic containment until such time that a cure could be delivered. A freak accident in his lab caused Victor to become doused in cryogenic freezing compound, altering his body's structure. Although the effect of the incident made him very durable physically (he is nigh-immortal as his body's low temperature reduces his aging to a crawl), it left him unable to sustain himself outside of below-freezing temperatures. Fries developed a special suit that allows him to exist at these temperatures in normal climates, becoming "Mr. Freeze" in the process. Mr. Freeze's criminal activities are typically unconcerned with personal gain but instead motivated by vengeance and desperation.
- Adaptational Badass: He's much more serious and formidable than he previously was in the comics, which resulted in him being reintroduced in the comics and featured in two films (granted, the latter did not go very well).
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He was a stereotypical and unremarkable Mad Scientist in the comics that were created before the series. In this adaptation, he's a heartbroken guy who is trying his best to avenge and later save his wife, but takes extreme measures in order to it. He's still a villain, but on the whole much more sympathetic and never gleefully destructive like his previous incarnations.
- Always Save the Girl: Much of his villainy is motivated by his desperate desire to save Nora, often at the expense of his own safety, emotional wellbeing, and the lives of innocent people.
- And I Must Scream: His eventual fate as shown in Batman Beyond.
- Anti-Villain: When he's not obsessed with vengeance, he just wants to be left alone with his wife.
- An Ice Person: Thanks to a Freak Lab Accident.
- Art Evolution: When Batman: TAS was revamped into The New Batman Adventures, Mr. Freeze had received a redesign through the fact that he became more robotic has a simplified yet intimidating suit with a taller stature and made from black metal. His goggles were also removed, making his very eyes red instead with black where the whites would normally be. As the result of his condition causing his body to wither away, Freeze's head was now attached to a spider-like robot, which resided in the chest cavity of the suit.
- Badass Boast: He has performed more than one over the course of the series:"Rest well, my love. The monster who took you from me will soon learn that revenge is a dish, best served cold."
"Sooner or later, all who stand in my way must feel the icy touch of death!"
- Badass Bookworm: He is a former scientist who created all of the technology he uses. There are clues that before the suit, he was a bit tougher than he looked. (He seemingly knew how to handle a pistol, for example.)
- Bad Boss: He does not care about the fates of his henchmen, at least not in his first appearance, where he refuses to help one who got caught in his freeze ray even when that arguably amounts to Stupid Evil.
- Bald of Evil: The accident that made him Mr. Freeze caused his hair to fall out.
- Big Bad: Of Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: In place of his goggles in The New Batman Adventures.
- Blessed with Suck: He is immortal and can survive quite well in subzero temperatures. He'll also die in anything warmer without his suit on, and hates his life.
- Body Horror: He starts out with a body unable to survive outside of subzero temperatures. It gets even worse in the fourth season, when all of his body, save for his head, has decayed away.
- Breakout Character: This version of Mr. Freeze became the quintessential archetype of "Mr. Freeze" going forward with constant references to "TAS Mr. Freeze". Fans instantly took to his reworked Dark and Troubled Past involving his wife making him an Anti-Villain which made this his preferred origin.
- His debut episode, "Heart of Ice", is also widely recognized as the most popular episode of the animated series; having two films (animated "Sub-Zero" & live-action "Batman & Robin") and an entire "Arkham Origins" DLC "Cold, Cold Heart" being directly inspired by it.
- Chronic Villainy: After his debut, he really just wants to be left alone, but something always seems to drag him back into crime.
- Clingy Costume: His temperature-regulating suit, which can't come off unless he has a place kept roughly the same temperature as a meat locker.
- Creepy Monotone: To enforce the idea that he has no emotions.
- Crusading Widower: The loss of his wife is the whole reason he became Mr. Freeze.
- Despair Event Horizon:
- Losing his wife. Both times.
- Losing his body to degeneration, reducing him to a disembodied head.
- He gets another one in Batman Beyond. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
- Determinator: "Nora was the only good thing in my life and they took her from me. I don't care what I have to do to get her back!"
- Disabled in the Adaptation: While he shares his comic book counterpart's inability to survive in normal environments without a suit to keep himself below zero, his condition here ultimately cost him his body and resulted in his becoming a disembodied head with robotic legs.
- The Dragon: To Grant Walker in "Deep Freeze".
- Dramatic Deadpan: He usually talks in an emotionless Creepy Monotone.
- Driven to Suicide: When Powers and Lake try to kill him, Freeze reverts back to his old ways, and after taking his revenge on them both, sets the compound to explode, with the intent to kill himself (and anyone unlucky enough to be caught in the blast radius). Ultimately, Freeze refuses Terry's offer for help, and perishes in the building as it crumbles around him.
- Dub Name Change: In his first appearance in the venezuelan dub, he is named "Capitan Frio" (Captain Cold, like the Flash villain). Future appearances would name him correctly as "Señor Frio", only for his appearance in "Cold Comfort" to name him Señor Hielo (Mister Ice).
- Even Evil Has Standards: Exclaims You're Insane! towards Grant Walker for his plan in "Deep Freeze".
- Evil Is Petty: Good grief! In "Cold Comfort", he goes around breaking fossils and paintings just to make people miserable.
- Famous Last Words: "Believe me, you're the only one who cares."
- Fate Worse than Death: He certainly seems to view his new state as this, often citing that he'd prefer death or a life very close to it.
- For the Evulz: After apparently losing his wife Nora forever, Freeze goes around for a while destroying what people love in order to spread his misery.
- Freeze Ray: His trademark weapon.
- Heartbroken Badass: His suit and abilities are awesome, but that is nothing to think about, when he's giving his life to save his own wife, yet people still think of him as the bad guy.
- The Heavy: While rarely the worst villain in the episodes he appears in, he's always the most prominent.
- Ill Girl: His wife, for whom he commits his crimes.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Gotham Adventures, Nora has remarried, and Freeze is happy to save her husband's life when Grant Walker comes back and kidnaps him.
- Jerkass: His loss was tragic, but his means always endanger people and he does not care.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite how his incident has made him even literally coldblooded, Freeze just wants to save his wife, Nora, though he would kill anyone just to do it, even if he has to kill an innocent. He even let his soft side out a couple of times.
- Kick the Dog: While trying to hit Batman, he accidentally freezes one of his henchmen's legs. He then blames the accident on said henchman and leaves him for dead while the poor guy begs them to help him. It happens the same way to one of his ice maidens in "Cold Comfort". But then again, "Cold Comfort" is a Kick the Dog episode for him.
- Lack of Empathy: Subverted; he insists that he is this trope, but anyone paying attention can see that he still has an emotional side underneath it all.
- Loners Are Freaks: Where Batman has Robin, who he treats as a teammate, Mr. Freeze is completely ruthless when one of his henchmen gets accidentally frozen.
- Losing Your Head: He suffers this in the show's revamp as another side effect of his condition.
- Love Makes You Evil: His love for his comatose wife, Nora.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He tries to do this in a comic book tie-in to the show, where Nora had remarried. Though this applies more to Francis D'anjou, who was actually framing Freeze in the hope that Nora would stop loving him.
- Necromantic: He turned to crime for funds to cure his sick, cryogenically frozen wife and revenge on a Corrupt Corporate Executive for pulling the plug on his first attempt.
- Not So Similar: Freeze is like Batman personality-wise: Jaded, brooding, not very social, but of good intentions. However, the difference is that Freeze is willing to kill anyone in order to save Nora, and while Batman sympathizes with him, he cannot let him kill people for it.Mr. Freeze: Vengeance! Vengeance!
Batman: No... Justice.
- Only Sane Man: In Arkham—he's only there because he's a special needs prisoner, not insane.
- People Jars: Keeps Nora in one until he can find a cure. And in the sequel series, he ends up in one himself.
- Powered Armor: His suit, which is said to triple his strength, making him more than a match for Batman physically.
- Pungeon Master: He makes some cold-related puns in his debut episode.Mr. Freeze: I'm beyond emotions. They've been frozen dead in me.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His goggles from his first appearances make him look like he has these.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In "Heart of Ice", towards Ferris Boyle.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Mr. Freeze fires his freeze gun directly at you. In the commentary, the directors are surprised they got away with it - they wouldn't have been able to with a regular gun, in case some kid decided to try it.
- Silence, You Fool!: In "Deep Freeze", Mr. Freeze say this twice to Batman.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Freeze believes his efforts to save and be reunited with Nora is this by the events of "Cold Comfort".
- Snow Means Love: His most iconic scene is him talking to the snowglobe that contains a statue of Nora, begging for forgiveness. Sad version of this trope. The comics reveal that in college the two spent much of their courtship outside in the snow.
- The Stoic: But also Not So Stoic when his wife is brought into the equation.
- Stupid Evil: Refusing to help his fallen henchman in his first-appearance episode. It makes sense to consider him expendable as such, but actively refusing to render assistance when that would cost Freeze very little amounts to this. Not only does this have a visibly negative effect on his other followers' morale, but it also leaves Batman with a live witness and potential informer who is familiar with his operations.
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: "Freeze!" "That's Mister Freeze to you." (fires)
- Tin Man: Despite claiming that he can no longer feel any emotion, his despair at losing his wife and his cold hatred to those who took her is demonstrable.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While always having been vindictive since his transformation into Mr. Freeze, his crimes were motivated by a devotion towards his wife, whether it be avenging her supposed death or attempting to developing a cure her for her terminal illness. In "Cold Comfort", however, Freeze has become a Straw Nihilist who targets innocents for little reason other than to bring them the misery he feels.
- Tragic Villain: A desperate man trying to save his dying wife, and whose life was destroyed by an accident and confined into a refrigerated suit to survive. There's a reason he provides the page image.
- Vocal Evolution: Early on, his voice, with or without the suit on, was heavily modulated in a high pitched, reedy and robotic, almost alien sounding voice as a homage to the voice of the Ebonites from the Outers Limits episode "Nightmare". This was significantly toned down in his later appearances, to where his voice merely sounds filtered through his suit.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Any temperatures over freezing; he can't survive them without his suit. In his debut episode Batman defeats him with a warm thermos of chicken soup (the temperature difference breaking his helmet). To be fair, a thermos-ful of boiling-hot viscous fluid in the face would probably incapacitate most villains.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: "Deep Freeze" states that, even if he's not immortal, he can likely live for thousands of years. And he wants none of it.
- It's even worse in "Meltdown" where he seems to have spent the last few decades as a disembodied head in an isolated room.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Before the accident he's even shown to be a bit soft spoken and reserved, and backs down easily after a brief attempt at stopping Boyle from shutting down the cryonic chamber Nora was in.
The Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot)
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.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: In "Birds of a Feather" and "The Mechanic", he had a hideout in one.
- Acrofatic: Pretty quick for someone so rotund.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Uses this a lot.
- 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 a 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 finnese to not be caught...for a good while, anyway.
- Bodyguard Babes: Jay, Lark, and Raven.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Brit: He speaks with a British accent.
- 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 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.
- Parasol Parachute: One of its uses.
- 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".
- 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 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.
- 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!"
The Riddler (Edward Nygma)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures
"Do you know what happens to gate crashers? They have to match wits with the Riddler."
A disgraced video game developer-turned-criminal with a knack for very complex and obscure riddles. Unlike most of Batman's rogues, The Riddler typically wants Batman to pursue him as it gives him an opportunity to use his riddling skills to try to outwit the Dark Knight.
- Adaptational Intelligence: He's reinvented as a Gadgeteer Genius, capable of creating advanced Virtual Reality devices and inventing best-selling, sophisticated toys. He even manages to accomplish all of his goals in his first appearance and get away scot-free!
- Adorkable: Perhaps surprisingly. In "Riddler's Reform", we see him interact with a beautiful woman who pays him compliments. He's totally tongue-tied.
- Affably Evil: As long as his "outwitted angry guy" mood is not triggered, he keeps a very elegant and formal demeanor. Though considering he rarely ends a sentence without insulting other people's intelligence, he might qualify for full time Faux Affably Evil.
- Anti-Hero: See HeelFace Turn below.
- Art Evolution: The Riddler received a redesign when Batman: TAS was revamped into The New Batman Adventures. After his original outfit was destroyed in "Riddler's Reform", he now wears a bright green one-piece suit with a giant question mark, rather than a darker green blazer suit and tie. He also no longer wears a mask, and has dark circles under his eyes and his head is now bald.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Even though he actually did not achieve his goal of killing his ex-boss, Nygma escapes justice safely, and terrifies his victim into a permanent mortal fear of his return.
- Bald of Evil: In the revamp, he is bald.
- Berserk Button: The whole reason he wanted revenge on Mockridge was less because he was scammed out of the money of his video game, and more because his boss bruised his ego by saying he had nothing to do with its success, and called him an idiot to his face.
- By the time of "Riddler's Reform", being called crazy is this for The Riddler.
- Calling Card: His riddles.
- Chronic Villainy:
- Sells his persona for a fortune and decides to abandon crime altogether in order to avoid risking his newfound wealth and freedom. However, because he has such a compulsion, he reasons that the only way he can do so is to kill Batman. Naturally, he fails, gets found out and arrested.
- What makes this somehow worse is that it would be the second time he became wealthy outside of crime! In order to pull off his Xanatos Gambit scheme in "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?", he would have had to become independently wealthy, devise his plan, and worm his way into the construction of the "Riddle of the Minotaur" attraction at the amusement park to build his augmented death traps all within the two years between getting canned by Mockridge and making his reappearance as The Riddler. He took Mockridge's insult as a challenge.
- His brief HeelFace Turn in Gotham Adventures results in Batman catching him anyway. He actually inadvertently gives Batman a riddle as to his location. Despite hating being called crazy, poor Eddie has to concede this one and after a Villainous Breakdown dejectedly lets Batman take him back to the asylum.Riddler: You don't understand. I really didn't want to leave you any clues. I really planned never to go back to Arkham Asylum. But I left you a clue anyway. So I...I have to go back there. Because I might need help. I...I might actually be crazy...
- Civvie Spandex: Before The New Batman Adventures, he wore a suit and tie and a bowler hat with the only unusual features of his attire being question mark patterns and a mask.
- Consolation Prize: Batman and Robin may have stopped him from killing Daniel Mockridge for cheating him out of his share of royalties for the "Riddle Of The Minotaur" game, but ruining Mockridge's life by making him live in fear of the Riddler's return makes for a very satisfying end anyway.
- Criminal Mind Games: His M.O.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In "Riddler's Reform", he has sold the license to his persona to a toy developer for a completely legal fortune. However, Batman is convinced that he will continue to commit riddle-crimes, even though it will jeopardize his freedom and financial well-being. When Robin wonders why he would take such a risk, Batman explains that for him it is not about the money, it is an obsession. As it turns out, Batman's right; Riddler is uneasy with his new life, and eventually decides to try to kill Batman once and for all just to remove the temptation to backslide.
- Deadpan Snarker:Riddler: You have 10 minutes, gentlemen— then, Mr. Mockridge is going to be the only good business shark. A dead one.
- Death Trap: Often very elaborately engineered ones that test Batman's intelligence.
- Demoted to Extra: He rarely appeared much in Batman: TAS, but what episodes he did get were quite excellent and put a refreshing spin on the character. By time that Batman: TAS was revamped into The New Batman Adventures, however, ol' Eddie got the shaft, despite getting a new character design more faithful to Frank Gorshin's take on the character. You know that things are bad when the Riddler's biggest role was in a Superman: TAS episode. Paul Dini admitted in the "Art of..." book that they didn't use the Riddler often because his gimmick of using riddles was pretty hard to pull off in an action cartoon such as theirs. On the other hand, he had some truly spectacular moments in The Batman Adventures, set in the same universe.
- Engineered Public Confession: He has this in "Riddler's Reform".
- Evil Genius: Of all Batman's enemies, he's the one who relies most on his intellect.
- Evil Is Petty: In his debut, he flat out says that he doesn't even care that Mockridge is making money off of his own game—he's out for revenge on him for ego gratification, specifically Mockridge calling him a worthless ancilliary to his company, and also called him an idiot to his face.
- Evil Redhead: It was certainly borrowed from the TV series' Frank Gorshin (as the Riddler usually has slick black hair in the comics).
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Inverted when Batman survives his death-trap, but won't tell him how he did it. The episode ends with Riddler ranting and raving as he tries to figure out how it was done.
- HeelFace Turn: He hates being in Arkham, so when he escaped in Gotham Adventures, he opts to become a vigilante detective, solving crimes himself while sending riddles to Batman so he can solve other cases. He's still definitely morally ambiguous, though, and isn't above Electric Torture to get the testimony he wants.
- Guyliner: In the revamp.
- His Own Worst Enemy: Since his Chronic Villainy won't let him stop leaving riddles for Batman to solve.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Was first trapped in his own virtual world then got his confession recorded on his own device.
- Hurricane of Puns: His hints in "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich".(Batman and Robin come across a sign that says "Loser's Ahead.")
Robin: "Loser's Ahead?"
(The duo turns a corner, two giant shurikens come out of nowhere, and the duo ducks just before the blades lop their heads off.)
Batman: Loses a head. I don't know what's worse, the traps or the puns.
- Insufferable Genius: He's a puzzles genius and he wants everyone to know it.
- Karma Enigma: He gets away scot-free at the end of "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?". The producers have stated that they let the Riddler escape as a testament to his intellect.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: In Batman: TAS, he wears a nice green suit and a tie with a question mark.
- Mood-Swinger: he alternates fits of anger with polite interludes.
- Near-Villain Victory: He gets allegedly closer to killing Batman than any of the villains in "Almost Got Im". The Caped Crusader manages to save himself by jumping into a small safe that had no reason to be there, with only two seconds to reach it and get in it.
- Nerds Are Sexy: In "Riddler's Reform", he ends up with quite a few women fawning over him. Unless that's an example of All Girls Want Bad Boys, or Power Is Sexy and/or Gold Digger, due to his newfound fame and wealth from his inventions.
- Nice Hat: A green bowler hat.
- Paranoia Gambit: His origin episode revolves around him going after Mockridge, the man who cheated him out of the profits for a game he designed due to him being 'work-for-hire'. Batman and Robin manage to save him, but the Riddler gets away and hints he will eventually return to finish the job. The episode ends with a terrified Mockridge in his mansion, locking every door and window in the place, checking every shadow, and getting into bed with a loaded shotgun at his side while Bruce muses on the situation:Bruce: Mockridge may have his money, but he won't be sleeping well. "How much is a good night's sleep worth?" Now THERE'S a riddle for you.
- Prophetic Names: During his Start of Darkness episode, Batman lampshades this trope when Edward Nygma reveals his new identity, asking him if it's meant to be a joke.
- Redhead In Green: Probably what made this appearance iconic.
- Revenge Before Reason: Eddie's whole reason for becoming The Riddler in the first place. If his scheme to murder Mockridge in "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" had gone off without a hitch, it's unlikely he would have returned at all - he only changes his plans to include "Kill Batman" when he realizes that Batman figured out his true identity. The entire plot of "What Is Reality?" is Nygma trying to wipe out any record that he ever existed (including murdering the few "in the know"), presumably to move on with his life under a new identity.
- Riddle Me This: The trope namer.
- Sanity Has Advantages: In "Riddler's Reform", he actually goes straight and makes tons of money by designing puzzles for a toy company and licensing his likeness to market them. However, he just can't stop thinking about matching wits with Batman... so he decides that the only way he'll ever be secure enough in his new life to actually enjoy it is to kill Batman.
- Sanity Slippage: Goes from wanting revenge on his ex boss to being unable to stop committing crimes and leaving clues.
- Smug Snake: The mother of all smug depictions of the Riddler.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: His name, when read as "E. Nygma", is a play on "enigma", which is a synonym for "mystery".
- Throw the Book at Them: In "Judgement Day", courtroom-themed vigilante The Judge tells him, "It's about time someone threw the book at you!" and drops a car-sized book on him, nearly killing him.
- Un-person: "What is Reality?" has him erasing all of the records of his existence as Edward Nygma, including birth certificates, drivers licenses, employment records and so on.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has an epic one in "Riddler's Reform.
- Villainous Crossdresser: For some reason, his TNBA design has him in women's shoes.
- Wicked Cultured: Has a thing for greek mythology and foreign languages.
- Was It Really Worth It?: At the end of Riddler's debut episode, Batman states that even though they saved the Corrupt Corporate Executive from Nygma's traps, the experience scarred him for life, and the last scene shows a frightened Mockridge trembling under his bedsheets.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Trial", he's seen among the villains as a juror in their Kangaroo Court. However, he disappears during the second half of the episode and his chair in the jury is even empty.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here! seems to be the answer.
The Scarecrow (Dr. Jonathan Crane)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures
"Fear is the glue that holds society together. It's what makes people suppress their worst impulses. Fear... is power."
A university psychology professor who has made a career out of studying fear and its effects. In his pursuit of research, he developed a chemical toxin that allows him to induce fear in any subject at his whim, which he later began using as an asset for crime.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Ironically for a series that made majority of its villains more sympathetic, he falls into this. Since in the actual comics while The Scarecrow was still a sadistic Jerkass at least had a sympathetic backstory (to varying degrees depending on the continuity) usually involving him being bullied at some point and more depth. Here, even as a child he was a sadist that scared people for the living hell of it.
- The tie-in comics, however, invert this giving him at least some likable traits such as having a soft spot for teaching and a bit of reluctance to become the Scarecrow at one point.
- Art Evolution: His costume went through several major alterations and changes, even before the revamp from The New Batman Adventures (which settled on a design), more or less because his first designs were a tad on the goofy side.
- As for his redesign, the Scarecrow underwent a large change through completely altering his costume. His costume was reminiscent of a Southern Preacher with a rimmed hat and long black trenchcoat. The scarecrow mask became more dead-like,with a few block-like teeth, a noose around the neck, and he was given long black hair. Additionally, The Scarecrow now used a large wooden staff as his weapon of choice, in addition to his fear toxin.
- The in-universe reason for the design was eventually revealed in the 2016/2017 comic book miniseries Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (Crossing over BTAS with the 2012 TMNT series) where Crane modifies his costume to look scarier after discovering The Kraang.
- Becoming the Mask: In his debut episode, Crane used his Scarecrow persona as a means of disguising his face while he got revenge on the university. As the series goes on, he seems more and more detached from his true identity and wrapped up in his alter-ego. His literal mask is rarely removed in later episodes, usually only by force, until New Adventures never shows him without it.
- Cold Ham: Jeffrey Combs' stint as Scarecrow in The New Batman Adventures is no less grandiose or theatrical in his dialogue or actions; just quieter.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In "Fear of Victory", he starts rigging sports and then betting on the games; he himself points out that chemicals are expensive and his usual crimes of causing wanton terror aren't very lucrative.
- Darker and Edgier: In TNBA, he looks less like a scarecrow and more like a zombie. He also now speaks in a raspy whisper and moves in an almost robotic manner, when he was a bombastic Large Ham back in Batman: TAS.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Even putting aside his TNBA design, his costume design in "Nothing to Fear" was different than his design in other Batman: TAS era episodes, featuring Blank White Eyes and lacking the straw "hair"
- Escape Artist: In "Dreams In Darkness", he's implied to be very adept at escaping from Arkham, as while most rogues seem to have a loud or destructive method of breaking out, he does so without any detection and is only been discovered to have left long after the fact. Later, in "Lock-Up", it's mentioned that he's the only inmate to successfully slip out of Arkham under Bolton's much stricter watch.
- Evil Redhead: Underneath his mask.
- Evil Teacher: His experiments - mostly just locking people in small rooms while dousing them with fear gas - go all the way back to his days as a Gotham University professor.
- Fixing the Game: "Fear of Victory" centered on his plot to raise a lot of money gambling on sporting events (Guess how). He even drops the title "I fixed the games."
- For Science!: "Dreams in Darkness" in particular.
- A God Am I: No remotely "godlike" powers aside from his fear gas, but he's got the attitude in spades.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Has been exposed twice to his own fear gas.
- I Kiss Your Foot: In Fear of Victory, Scarecrow mentions using his Fear Toxin to bring the people of Gotham to their knees and in his own words "...Kissing my feet!"
- Jerkass: Before his redesign, he's a snappy, obnoxious sadist with no tragic backstory to justify his actions or behavior. The tie in comic gives him a more nuanced portrayal.
- Kids Are Cruel: A brief flashback shows that as a kid, he was a bully who enjoying frightening classmates with trick spiders.
- Large Ham: In Batman: TAS. He transitions to a Soft-Spoken Sadist in TNBA.
- Lean and Mean: Just like an actual scarecrow, he is exceptionally thin.
- Mad Scientist: He claims his crimes are experiments in fear.
- Master of Disguise: In Fear of Victory, Crane spends much of the episode in disguise, since he's supposed to be secured tightly at Arkham. While it appears to simply be a fake mustache and sunglasses, it's apparently good enough to fool Dick Grayson, in close proximity no less.
- Master of Illusion: Particularly the scary kind.
- Master Poisoner: Makes all of the fear toxins himself.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Following his TNBA redesign. He's never shown unmasked, and the production team has said that they weren't even sure there was actually a man in the costume any more.
- Nice Hat: Just when you thought there was nothing nice about him, his re-design has him boasting a spiffy wide-brimmed preacher's hat.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Not that he was really harmless to begin with, just... not that scary.
- Pet the Dog: Stops in the middle of one of his raving speeches about being the GOD OF FEAR to say hello to Harley.
- Poison-and-Cure Gambit In "Never Fear", he releases a chemical that takes away all sensation of fear, making people dangerously reckless, with the plan of selling his fear toxin as the "antidote".
- Psycho Psychologist: Before becoming Scarecrow, he held a doctorate in psychology, and even a professorship at Gotham University. His vendetta against the university stemmed from them firing him.
- Revealing Cover-Up: In "Dreams in Darkness", Scarecrow leaks information about an attack on a health spa in order to lure Batman into a trap, succeeding in poisoning him with a slow-attacking fear toxin, so that he won't interfere with his latest scheme. This leads Batman to realise the Scarecrow is behind this, and takes him to Arkham Asylum where Scarecrow is supposed to be locked up, but where he is actually carrying out his Evil Plan since the water from Arkham goes directly to Gotham City, allowing Batman to find and defeat him. If Scarecrow hadn't lured Batman into a trap, then Batman would never have learnt about his plan in the first place and Crane would have gotten away with it cleanly.
- Sadist: Even as a kid, Crane loved scaring people. His love of causing fear developed into his area of expertise, and he still finds it pleasing.
- Save Our Students: The tie-in comic gives him Hidden Depths by showing that he actually is concerned about the city's youth getting proper education. The Annual even chronicles his Redemption Failure trying to be this.
- Scary Scarecrows: His theme.
- Skull for a Head: His mask in the redesign.
- Sinister Scythe: He wields one in "Trial".
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: He is this whenever he is voiced by Jeffrey Combs.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Batman Adventures reveals that, despite all his sadism, he actually does love to teach. A rehabilitative work-release program at Arkham allows him to teach at the local community college, which he enjoys until he realizes that half his students are too illiterate to spell their own names correctly. This leads him to the scheme he employs in issues 4 and 5, where he holds the city for ransom by rendering everyone illiterate in attempt to show the local government the dangers of not reforming the education system.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Scarecrow is the master of using this trope.
- You Got Murder: Fear of Victory had him dosing people with contact poison by telegram. It was only his patented "fear toxin", though.
The Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures
Obsessed from a young age with Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter is always looking for an "Alice" of his own, and primarily uses his hypnotic skills in his crimes.
- Adorkable: When he's either at war with himself, or prior to his spiral into madness. Tetch had some incredibly adorable moments of complete social ineptitude in his office; talking to people, especially pretty people was not his forte. It didn't stick.
- Affably Evil: At least in "Perchance to Dream". And in "Trial", he's one of the only reasonable ones.
- Alice Allusion: He's obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. The other people in his life also mirror the story—he pines after a woman named Alice, and his boss is a stern, redheaded woman who warns him that "heads will roll". His mind-controlled henchmen are also all costumed after Alice characters.
- Art Evolution: After Batman: TAS was revamped into TNBA, the Mad Hatter was redesigned to look more like Sir John Tenniel's illustrations of the original Mad Hatter from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. To this end, the Mad Hatter was made drastically shorter and smaller, and given a more pronounced overbite. The dominant colors of his outfit changed from purples and blues to greens and yellows, though the general scheme of a top hat paired with an overcoat remained. He also aged more, as his hair changed from a faint blonde to a light gray, and his ears also became slightly pointed.
- Ax-Crazy: He actually wielded an ax when he tried to off Batman himself in his introductory episode.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears an overcoat as part of his outfit.
- British Teeth: Like his Alice in Wonderland counterpart.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: And probably with that very example in mind.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Even before he dyed it "school-bus-yellow". He has unusually dark skin for an evil, British blond (as well as an accent that doesn't go with skin tone or teeth). Portrayed as an anti-social, lab-dwelling nerd, it's highly unlikely that he got out often enough to get a tan, either. (In the episode "The Worry Men", where he visits tropical Central America, he covers up with white gloves, sunglasses, and a straw hat.) It's possible the animators darkened his skin just to exaggerate how freakishly blond his hair is.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Though he drops the nice part when it doesn't work.
- Evil Brit: Confirmed to be actually English.
- Evil Genius: Capable of creating mind control chips that can reduce the wearer to a mere puppet.
- Fan Dumb: In-Universe, Jervis is The Monomaniac for Alice in Wonderland, and this is a vital trait of his personality: This is the first clue that Jervis is not interested in reality, but his fantasies...
- Faux Affably Evil: He's pretty sinister in "The Worry Men" and "Animal Act".
- For Science!: He does this in "Animal Act".
- Gadgeteer Genius: He invents mind control devices.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: The actions he used to woo his Alice. Including, but not limited to - brainwashing a pair of thugs to go jump off a bridge to impress her with his bravery when they're about to get mugged; brainwashing the Maitre'd of a restaurant (as well as the rest of the staff) into getting them a seat and the romantic usuals (violin/flowers/etc.). After she reconciled with her boyfriend the same night, though, he uses brainwashing to break them up again, then does the "extravagant Flower surprise" in her house... which he didn't have a key for. Alice is, understandably, creeped out - but mostly because Jervis had no way of knowing that the two had broken up.
- Hypocrite: For all his gushing over Alice, it's demonstrated several times that his obsession doesn't leave any room for him to genuinely care about her.D.A. Van Dorn: You could have respected her wishes and left her alone.
Tetch: (enraged) I'd have killed her first!
- Hypno Trinket: Controls minds without spirals, using cards marked 10/6 which he sticks on people's heads. And that's just his stock device; he has been known to use other things when appropriate.
- I Control My Minions Through...: He used mind control on his minions, which gave him an advantage over Batman, who wouldn't hit people who weren't willingly causing trouble. Once they were free, however, poor Mad Hatter.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Based as he is on the Alice in Wonderland character, he uses these as part of his schtick. In one scene, he taunts Batman from afar with "Twinkle, Twinkle, little Bat! How I wonder what you're at!"
- Love Makes You Evil: His unrequited love for Alice is what started the whole thing.
- The Mad Hatter: Actually, not that much.
- Mad Scientist: One who is specialized in mind control.
- Master of Illusion: Via his mind control, such as in "Perchance to Dream".
- Mind-Control Device: This is his schtick. When he did it to mice, it was cute and scientific. When he did it to a female co-worker named Alice on whom he had a huge unrequited crush, it became creepy and stalkerish, but as he expresses regret about it we can assume it was a last resort.
- Motive Decay: As Batman pointed out in "The Worry Men", he went from socially inept and lovelorn to being just another petty crook.
- Never My Fault: Blames Batman for losing Alice, even though she didn't want to be with him in the first place.
- Nice Hat: Well, duh!
- Not Good with Rejection: This is part of his origin. He had a crush on his secretary, who actually was named Alice, but she didn't reciprocate.
- Not Me This Time: In "Make 'em Laugh" and "Knight Time" (Superman: The Animated Series).
- Obliviously Evil: At least at first. He doesn't seem to realize just how bad mind-controlling Alice is, and seems to believe that he's doing her a favor.
- Off with His Head!: In keeping with all of the Alice references, says this about Batman.
- Pet the Dog: In Gotham Adventures he lures Batman into another Lotus-Eater Machine purely in the hopes of letting Batman have a little happiness for once. Sadly, happiness is apparently so unnatural for the Batman that just the feeling is enough for Batman to realize that he's in a fantasy.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: In a milder example, he uses his mind control technology to land Alice, a co-worker he was too shy to talk to, but Batman calls him out on this, asking if a mind-controlled, compliant Alice with no personality was what he really wanted. Tetch has a breakdown and rushes Batman.
- Stalker with a Crush: How the Mad Hatter was first portrayed in his obsession with his co-worker Alice and being too shy to ask her out.
- They Called Me Mad!: He briefly mentions it but that didn't play in his descent into villainy.
- Tropical Epilogue: "The Worry Men" features the Mad Hatter admitting that he's been thinking of retiring from crime, purchasing an island out in the middle of nowhere, and opening up a sun-bonnet shop.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the end of "Perchance to Dream," he breaks into a sobbing rage when Batman escapes from his Dream Machine.
- Wicked Cultured: He sure likes his Lewis Carroll's quotes.
- What Have I Become?: He puts his hands over his mouth and seems truly frightened after he yells at Van Dorn that he would've killed Alice, implying a slight sense of self-awareness regarding his Sanity Slippage.
- Yandere: For Alice.Batman: Why? Why did you do it?
Clayface (Matt Hagen)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Justice League
"I'm not an actor anymore! I'm not even... A man."
Matt Hagen was once a noted actor who became the villain Clayface after over-exposure to Renuyu.
- Adaptational Heroism: Played with. He is definitely not a good guy, but his goals are at least understandable, and he's not actively malicious unless someone gets in his way. In the comics, though, Basil Karlo was a murderous asshole even before becoming a monster, while Matt Hagen was just another superpowered thug.
- Adaptational Badass: Before this particular incarnation of the character showed off his abilities in rather impressive ways, he'd been written off as too goofy to work because shape-shifting was seen as a gimmicky superpower.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He had black hair as Matt Hagen, who was blond in the comics.
- Art Evolution: Subverted. Much like Two-Face, Clayface's appearance underwent little change when Batman: TAS was revamped into The New Batman Adventures. His appearance was a bit lighter and had sharper edges (like most characters at this point in the DCAU), but his design overall was quite similar to his original Batman: TAS look.
- However, when Clayface used his shapeshifting ability on TNBA and Justice League, there was a noticeable visual difference from his previous shapeshifting on Batman: TAS. On a DVD special feature, Bruce Timm credits this improvement with a new studio who better understood how such a power would "flow" visually.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Even when shifted into the form of a naked human, he has no genitalia.
- He was barely human, just humanoid.
- Composite Character: This version of Clayface is essentially a combination of the first three versions from the comics. He was an actor like Basil Karlo, he has the name and powers of Matt Hagen, and he was disfigured like Preston Payne.
- Cosmetic Horror: He used an experimental cosmetic cream to help him look good after a car accident that ruined his face. It was temporary and highly addictive, and when he tried to blow the whistle before it went on the market Daggett's men fed him an overdose, turning him into Clayface.
- Faking the Dead: At the end of his first appearance.
- Gender Bender: He assumes an attractive female form when escaping at the end of his first appearance.
- Humanoid Abomination: Although he was once human and retains his personality. Annie is probably a better example.
- Irony: He's a hot tempered, egotistical ham, but then we meet Annie, his amnesiac duplicate. It seems that stripped of all his ambition, anger, and longing for self fulfillment, Clayface is just a scared and confused child.
- Jerkass: While he is somewhat sympathetic due to wanting to be normal again, he's still kind of a jerk sometimes.
- The Juggernaut: He's absurdly powerful for a member of Batman's rogues gallery. It's justified since he's one of Batman's comparatively few foes with legitimate superpowers.
- Kick the Dog: When he throws his best friend/stunt double across the room when the guy tries to cheer him up and encourage him that all is not lost in living like a regular person"Don't patronize me! I told you, I don't need to eat! I don't need to sleep! And I DON'T NEED YOU!!!"
- Killed Off for Real: He is never seen again after the end of the Justice League episode "Secret Society", when he was blown to bits by the Flash and Hawkgirl.
- Large Ham: He's an actor, so this shouldn't come as a surprise.
- Man of a Thousand Faces: Due to the Renuyu, he could change his features even before turning into a clay monster.
- Narcissist: A rather nuanced and realistic portrayal of one. All of his conversations revolve around his problems (which are admittedly pretty severe); it's also implied that he surrounds himself with people that are in love with him, but that doesn't stop him from being verbally abusive to them.
- Not Quite Dead: In his first appearance, he pretends to die from electrocution, but we see at the end of the episode that he's still alive and shifted into the form of a pretty woman on the street.
- Not So Different/Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If you consider it canon, an issue of The Batman Adventures reveals that when Matt Hagen was a kid, he admired Simon Trent's performance as the Gray Ghost just like Bruce Wayne and it was this very admiration that motivated him to become an actor in the first place, much like how the Gray Ghost served as an inspiration for Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.
- Personality Powers: He's an award-winning actor who was well-known for being "The Man of a Thousand Faces". What power is more fitting than shapeshifting?
- Power Incontinence: He initially discovered full extent of his shapeshifting ability whilst reminiscing about his career as an actor and involuntarily taking on the forms of each of his roles. During his first fight with Batman he only loses because he was still unused to actively shapeshifting and stressed out his body too much. He eventually gains much better control of his powers.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's quite self-absorbed and often raises his voice when he doesn't get what he wants.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His motive in his first appearance, seeking revenge against the men responsible for his transformation.
- Shadow Discretion Shot: The scene of having Renuyu poured on his face provides the trope image.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: He has significantly more mass than a typical human, but has no trouble compressing himself into a human form. He also regularly ejects portions of his own body without ever seeming to get smaller.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: It's explained that shapeshifting is an acquired skill, or "muscle tensing," so he can't just constantly be in another form.
- Shapeshifting Seducer: A truly disturbing variation: a portion of his clay body, in the form of an amnesiac young girl. Poor Tim Drake.
- Shapeshifter Swan Song: Though he wasn't actually dying, he was just Doing It for the Art.
- That Man Is Dead:Batman: Hagen, listen to me.
Clayface: There is no Hagen. It's only me now...Clayface.
- A bit later, when Batman shows Clayface videotapes of his former movie and TV roles and tells him "You can play those roles again Hagen, let me help you find a cure." Clayface outright screams "No! Hagen's Gone, make him stop haunting me!"
- He also said something of that effect to Stella Bates who was watching one of his old movies in "Mudslide".
- Tomato in the Mirror: Well, a piece of him, anyway, in "Growing Pains".
- Tragic Villain: For all his faults, all Matt Hagen really wants is to be normal again.
- Truly Single Parent: He can split his body into multiple shapes, including children. Unfortunately, he doesn't consider them as such.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Annie, at least to Tim.
- Villainous Breakdown: Invoked. His meltdown while shifting into the forms of his various roles was done deliberately as part of faking his death.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can assume human forms, and the blob attack after he was found out.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: He's gradually losing his ability to stay in coherent form. With time he may well become a totally inert puddle.
- He also has trouble with voluntary shape-shifting if preoccupied by another form (almost always an image of himself from an old movie), and will transform into whatever shape is distracting him without thought or willpower.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: He's gradually losing his ability to stay in coherent form. With time he may well become a totally inert puddle.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In Justice League, The Flash and Hawkgirl rather cheerfully blow him to bits. He's never seen again after the episode.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: What Dagget tried to have his men do to Hagen.
Man-Bat (Dr. Kirk Langstrom)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series
The Man-Bat was a creature resulting from crossing of human and bat DNA.
- Bio-Augmentation: Unfortunately, With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
- Fantastic Drug: His Psycho Serum is habit-forming.
- Magic Pants: Every single time Man-Bat appears, it's wearing pants.
- Not Me This Time: "Terror in the Sky" (it's actually his wife) and one issue of the tie-in comic (it's actually an old rival in his field).
- Professor Guinea Pig: He drank serum with bat DNA and became the Man-Bat.
- Starter Villain: By order of production, he is the first super villain that Batman has encountered on-screen in Batman: TAS (along with the DCAU)
- Superpowered Evil Side: Langstrom is fairly harmless, but the Man-Bat is violent, animalistic, and destructive.
- Tragic Monster: He's not actually that bad a person outside of his bat form, but can't control himself when it's happening. Accidentally infecting his wife couldn't have been a picnic either.
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures
"When you grow up lookin' like I do, you gotta learn to go with the flow."
Killer Croc was a deformed criminal with crocodilian attributes, who ran afoul of Batman.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Typically based himself in one.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Croc is (ironically) portrayed much less sympathetically here. His comic counterpart is still a violent crook, but he also genuinely befriends and protects those who show him kindness, usually just wants to be left alone, and is more often than not lashing out at people who hurt him. This Croc inevitably turns on his "friends", just uses his condition as an excuse to do horrible things, and never redeems himself.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His skin color goes from green to grey. Although when Batman: TAS was revamped into The New Batman Adventures, his skin color returned to the green.
- Adaptation Name Change / No Name Given: He is never referred to as Waylon Jones and the only hint at his name is his wrestler alias "Killer Croc Morgan".
- Animal Eyes: Yellow with cat pupils.
- Art Evolution: Killer Croc was redesigned as part of the revamp. His skin color was changed from gray to olive green. He also has broader shoulders, with a leaner physique and waist and his pants were changed from blue to dark grey. His face became less skull-like, with different face and teeth and the spikes on his body almost disappeared.
- Bald of Evil: He has no hair.
- Book Dumb: He's not good with big words, but very cunning.
- The Brute: He tends to be the most aggressive and formidable of Batman's enemies.
- Dead Guy on Display: His ultimate fate, as revealed by Paul Dini in a 1999 issue of Toy Fair: he was stuffed and mounted on exhibition in the reptile wing of the American Museum of National History.
- Dumb Muscle: Quickly degenerated into this. Except it was Batman in disguise.
- Fangs Are Evil: They even can break metal.
- The Farmer and the Viper: He escapes while escorted by train to a prison, Batman in hot pursuit. They fall off a cliff and are knocked out. Croc wakes up in a secluded home owned by former circus performers. It's Croc's perfect chance to start a new life. Naturally Croc claims Batman is evil to get their help in capturing him. Then Croc captures everyone and plans to kill them and run off with their retirement money. When he's eventually foiled, he does seem a little regretful as he's taken away.Billy the Seal Boy: [Why'd you do it, Croc?]
Killer Croc: You said you could be yourself out here, remember? I guess that's what I was doing. Being myself.
- Genius Bruiser: He made his debut with a pretty clever plan to frame Bullock.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Baby Doll in "Love is a Croc".
- Jerkass: He doesn't have many likable qualities. This is best shown by the way he betrays a group of circus freaks who were nothing but kind to him.
- Large Ham: When voiced by Brooks Gardner, Croc has a tendency to bellow at the top of his lungs and generally dines on the scenery around him.
- Slasher Smile: What's the saying about crocodiles and smiling?
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: "Sideshow" had him do this to a bunch of circus freaks who had hidden themselves away from the outside world so they could be themselves. They were willing to let him join them on their farm, but when Killer Croc heard they had $50,000, he couldn't resist. When asked why after he's captured, Killer Croc solemnly admits he had to be himself.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In "Almost Got 'Im", he goes from a somewhat clever, or at least street smart, crook into a near idiot. Justified, since it's actually Batman in disguise likely playing up how others view Croc.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Croc becomes far more vicious and cruel in The New Batman Adventures.
- The Worf Effect: Courtesy of Bane, like in Knightfall.
- Your Cheating Heart: In "Love is a Croc", he cheats on Baby Doll with a couple of unnamed women. She doesn't take it well.
The Ventriloquist (Arnold Wesker) & Scarface
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures
Arnold Wesker was a Ventriloquist who had Dissociative Identity Disorder. Unwittingly, Wesker developed a criminal mastermind personality which was vented through the dummy named Scarface.
- Actually, That's My Assistant: One of the many Scarface's Berserk Buttons is when people rudely insists to talk to the Ventriloquist instead of him, who is the one really in control.
- Adorkable: Arnold can be quite charming and likeable when he's not being manipulated by Scarface.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the original comics, The Ventriloquist act is mediocre, because Scarface has an Speech Impediment (he substitutes the B for a G, an infortunate fact if you are going to fight "Gatman and Rogin") that is a common problem with Ventriloquism. Batman: The Animated Series upgrades the Ventriloquist skills to ridiculous levels: Scarface not only can perfectly pronounce the letter "B", but "Read My Lips" shows the batcomputer analyzing The Ventriloquist and Scarface's voices like two different people. Also, Batman knew the greatest ventriloquist of his time, recognized as the world's best Stage Magician, Zatara (Zatanna's father) and believes the Ventriloquist could teach him lessons.
- Agitated Item Stomping: At "Read My Lips", after Scarface produces the Incredibly Obvious Bug that Batman has planted on the Ventriloquist's suit, he throws it on the ground and start jumping on it. Justified and subverted because Scarface is a Ventriloquist's dummy and this is one of the obvious ways to show emotions, like angry, but the Ventriloquist has to kneed to the ground to help Scarface.
- Bad Boss: Scarface might not be as murderous as the Joker but he makes up for it by being very rude to his henchmen.
- Beware the Silly Ones: A gangster speaking through a puppet might look pretty stupid, but that's a real gun that Scarface is holding on to.
- Book Dumb: Scarface has some trouble saying big words but he's a great planner, almost to Clock King level.Scarface: Woke up last night with one of them whatchamacallits. Prema... Premanotion.The Ventriloquist: "Premonition"?.Scarface: Don't put words in my mouth!
- Catchphrase Insult: Scarface, who is a dummy, always refers the Ventriloquist as "Dummy".
- Cement Shoes: At "Read My Lips", Scarface discuss with the Ventriloquist about putting Batman in ''concrete boots". (see Sycophantic Servant) Later we discover that Scarface was invoking this In-Universe stereotipical gangster trope because he has discovered the Incredibly Obvious Bug Batman has planted in the Ventriloquist's suit and plans to have Batman Lured into a Trap.
- Cigar Chomper: Scarface has a cigar in his mouth, though he no longer has it in his appearances on The New Batman Adventures.
- Clock King: His debut started with an expertly cratfed heist of his.
- Companion Cube: Scarface is this to Arnold, being a supposedly non-sentient ventriloquist dummy.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Scarface (who is modeled after the Trope Maker and the Trope Codifier of this trope), but not the Ventriloquist: At "Read My Lips", we see scarface sleeping in a huge bed located in a luxurious room with large windows, with cookies, water and a cigarette in his desk. Then we see that the ventriloquist sleeps in a small dilapidated room with broken windows, wearing only a nightgown. The ventriloquist lives in Scarface's closet. Scarface is Cigar Chomper, his clothes are elegant and he is a Bad Boss, while the Ventriloquist endures Scarface making fun of his only suit and is an Extreme Doormat.
- Demonic Dummy: Implied on occasion, but never definitively demonstrated.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Its very subtle, but any time anyone slights the Ventriloquist, Scarface will strike him with this:
- At "Read My Lips" Batman uses a Neck Lift on the Ventriloquist as part as his Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique. Some scenes later, Batman is Lured Into A Death Trap made of Spikes of Doom.
- At ''Catwalk'', Selina Kyle is kidnapped into a car only to meet the Ventriloquist and Scarface. Amused by the Laughably Evil duo, she cannot stop laughing and even tries to mimic the ventriloquist act. Scarface offers Selina a job and she accepts it. Later at the episode, the Catwoman will find that it was a Frameup, that she was merely a Unwitting Pawn from the very beginning and now she is a wanted felon, effectively ruining her life.
- At ''Double Talk'', the Ventriloquist Just Got Out Of Arkham and wants to reform. His old gang, Mugsy and Rhino, put a Gaslighting on him in an attempt of Breaking Out the Boss. At the climax, Mugsy and Rhino are Lured Into A Death Trap by Scarface.
- The Dog Bites Back: In "Double Talk", he finally gets fed up with Scarface, and blows him to smithereens.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Wesker isn't the only rogue who tries desperately to overcome his illness, but he's the only one who permanently succeeds, and boy does he have to go through an ordeal to do it.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": See Nominal Importance.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: As Rhino and Mugsy bitterly discovered (though Scarface technically is one).
- Exaggerated Trope: In the original comics, The Ventriloquist act is mediocre, because Scarface has an Speech Impediment (he substitutes the B for a G, an infortunate fact if you are going to fight "Gatman and Rogin") that is a common problem with Ventriloquism. Batman: The Animated Series: upgrades the Ventriloquist Adaptational Intelligence to ridiculous levels: Scarface has no Speech Impediment, the batcomputer identifies The Ventriloquist and Scarface's voices as of two different persons, and Batman think the ventriloquist could give lessons to Zattana, the best ventriloquist in the world.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: For being not technically alive, Scarface got that a lot.
- The creators mentioned once that, as the censors weren't going to complain about what they did to an inanimate doll, they were free to be as vicious and sadistic to Scarface as they wanted - and it shows!
- Gollum Made Me Do It: Wesker is a mild-mannered man being bossed around by a loud mouthed blockhead.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The dummy's are modeled after the ones on Al Capone, the real-life Scarface.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Scarface once more.
- HeelFace Turn: Arnold is among the only recurring villains to stay redeemed.
- Helpless Good Side: Portrayed in a similar manner in the comics. There's a creepy scene at the end of his first episode that shows him making a new Scarface dummy to replace the one that was destroyed earlier, showing that he still has a problem. The trope is averted in his last appearance. Unlike other times the doll is destroyed, Wesker finally gathers enough willpower to destroy the Scarface doll himself. The episode ends with Wesker finally moving on with his life and Scarface is never seen again.
- Jaw Drop: This is Batman's reaction to seeing Scarface for the first time. Even Alfred has to admit that of all the crazy super villains Batman has fought over the years, Scarface is the most bizarre.
- Jerkass: Well, Scarface is one, especially towards Wesker.
- Laughably Evil: A lot of people, like Selina Kyle, laugh when they see the puppet.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: Even Batman was visibly shocked to see who really was the new master criminal in town.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Carried over from the comics, It's not enterly clear if Wesker is putting an excellent Ventriloquism act or if Scarface is a truly Demonic Dummy: "Read My Lips" shows the batcomputer analyzing Wesker and Scarface's voices like two different people. Batman knew the greatest ventriloquist of his time, Zatara (Zatanna's father) and believes Wesker could teach him lessons.
- Mister Big: A frequent source of humor is tiny Scarface bullying gigantic Rhino into total submission.
- The Napoleon: Scarface's got a typical short tempered short guy behavior.
- Nominal Importance: Played with the Ventriloquist. In his first two episodes, ''Read My Lips'' and ''Catwalk'', The Ventriloquist is Not Given A Name, Scarface constantly calls him "dummy" and Everyone Else Calls Him The Ventriloquist. Justified to reinforce his Extreme Doormat personality (Scarface has a name. He is the only one who deserves a name). Only in his third episode in the series, ''Double Talk'' is revealed his name, Arnold Wesker, foreshadowing his Earn Your Happy Ending.
- No Name Given: See Nominal Importance.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: When Catwoman refuses to save Scarface from being cut up by a lumber saw, Wesker goes berserk and attacks her with a stuffed Tasmanian Tiger.
- Opaque Lenses: Wesker has these in his first design.
- The Paranoiac: Scarface prides himself on plans that no one can guess, and is thus incredibly paranoid about "squealers".
- Scary Shiny Glasses: When the attention is put on Scarface.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: One of many differences between Arnold and Scarface.
- Shrinking Violet: Poor old Wesker.
- Smarter Than You Look: Scarface's typical thuggish personality (and his very nature) caused his opponents to cruelly underestimate his actually genuine smarts more than once.
- Split Personality: The series unambigously chosed that path.
- The Stoic: Arnold Wesker, the ventriloquist, truly is one, but only when Scarface is talking. When something happens to Scarface, Arnold can emote like any other.
- Sycophantic Servant / Yes-Man: This is the relationship the Ventriloquist has with Scarface, laughing at every Stealth Insult and his Catchphrase Insult. Really depressing.Scarface: Batman's so hot, let's see him swim Gotham Bay in concrete boots.The Ventriloquist: A good idea, Mr. Scarface.The Ventriloquist:You're such a kidder, Mr. Scarface.
- Tattooed Crook: Scarface's Dumb Muscle henchman Rhino has a tattoo (of a rhino's head, naturally) on his arm.
- They Killed Scarface Again: Justified because he's a puppet. Subverted in "Double Talk".
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: The Ventriloquist is just an unassuming man in an old suit. He has not a Red Right Hand nor a costume based on an Evil Makeover. If not for that dummy Scarfarce, he would seem perfectly normal.
- Scarface: ''Come on, what are you waiting for? For once in your life, do something right.''The Ventriloquist: Yes. (He then shoots Scarface).(Later)...Arnold Wesker: And Mr. Wayne even gave me my job back.Mrs. Segar: I'm so glad, Arnie. Maybe now that you're back... you won't be such a stranger this time. Use the rec room. Sometimes it helps to be around others.
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman | Batman Beyond
"You cannot do this to me! I am invincible! I AM BANE!"
Bane was a chemically-boosted assassin, and a nemesis of Batman.
- Adaptational Dumbass: While not a complete idiot like in Batman & Robin, he still isn't as smart as his comics counterpart, who's a strategist on par with Batman and even figured out Bruce was Batman.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, even without Venom, he was still much stronger than the average person and still capable of giving Batman and Killer Croc a hard time without it. Here, without Venom he's completely helpless as Batman exploited in his debut episode.
- And I Must Scream: Batman Beyond reveals his Venom abuse eventually reduced him into a crippled mess on life support, not able to move or even speak.
- Anti-Climactic Unmasking: Batman's unmasking of Bane reveals, not Venom-twisted monstrosity, but simply vaguely handsome, boyish face with nothing really remarkable about it.
- Art Evolution: When he returned in the revamped fourth season of Batman: TAS, Bane was given a redesign to make him look like both a physical threat and an intellectual one, as the producers felt his last physical appearance was not menacing enough; He became more physically imposing, and gained a black gimp mask in exchange for his traditional wrestler mask (which lacked his original Batman: TAS costume's nose hole and most of its white markings except for those around the eyes in addition to having small metal studs around the mouth hole). He also had a spiked collar of some kind and the tubes of the Venom pump were changed from white to red.
- Badass Boast: He has a few:"Prepare to meet your master"
"I MUST BREAK YOU!"
"Toys? You want to fight me with pathetic little toys?"
"You cannot do this to me! I am invincible! I AM BANE!"
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The suit is nice, he is a badass, but seeing as he wears his mask with it, he looks pretty ridiculous.
- Broken Pedestal: The Batman & Robin Adventures reveals that before he was forced into taking Venom, he held Batman as his greatest hero. However, when Batman is forced to take him down—Bane was about to murder Thorne and his lieutenants as a "service" to the Bat—Bane feels betrayed and returns to full bad guy status.
- Combat Pragmatist: Defies the trope, waiting until he knows exactly where Batman is and calling him to point out that, if he were a common sniper, Batman would be dead by then.
- Dashing Hispanic: A Spanish brute.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: His brief appearance in Batman Beyond shows his Venom abuse has turned him into this.
- The Dragon: Though not always a loyal one.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He briefly worked for Thorne so that he could take over his criminal empire.
- Dynamic Entry: This is how he introduces himself to Batwoman/ Kathy. By smashing out of the crate she was about to put the bomb on.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: As Gordon finds out in "Over the Edge".
- Faux Affably Evil: He is sarcastically and sadistically very polite and professional to Batman and Gordon in "Over the Edge".
- Gone Horribly Right: He's the result of a project by the Cuban government to make a Super Soldier from convicts. You can tell exactly how well that went for them.
- Genius Bruiser: As Batman and Batwoman could tell, he knows how to lure his targets into nasty traps.
- Growing Muscles Sequence: When injecting himself with Venom.
- Hoist Hero over Head: Almost gets to break the Bat like in the comics, but gets outsmarted by Batman at the last second.
- Laughably Evil: Due to his stereotypical psuedo-hispanic voice, he qualifies.
- Large Ham: Once he gets going.Bane: I MUST BREAK YOU!!
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Demands that Batman scream his name for him after he has him dead to rights. Batman doesn't give him the satisfaction.Bane: SCREAM MY NAME! SCREAM!
- Masked Luchador: His look is inspired by a luchador, although he almost certainly never been inside a Lucha Libre ring.
- Monster of the Week: The producers were reluctant to use him in the series due to the fact that they felt that he was a gimmick character. This may explain the infrequency of his appearances as he never made more than one appearance in any of the DCAU installments that he appeared in.
- Phlebotinum Overdose/Phlebotinum Overload: When Batman first defeats Bane, he breaks the Venom pump, giving Bane a massive dose. Bane's eyes look ready to pop out of his head before Bats manages to cut the line.
- Psycho Serum/Super Serum: Just like in the comics, his "Venom" super-steroid. The tie-in comics demonstrate that it's psychoactive and addictive, and Batman Beyond shows that years of Venom abuse turn Bane into a skin-and-bones vegetable.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: To Batman's dismay.
- Super Strength: As a result of his Venom injections.
- The Starscream: He is this to Thorne.
- Tainted Veins: He has these whenever he turns on the Venom pump.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: You'd think his mask would be hiding hideous disfigurements, or at least something distinctive, but no. Without it, he just looks like a regular guy.
- This Cannot Be!: "You can't do this to me!"
- Villainous Breakdown: A nightmarish one where he overdoses on Venom and screams that his defeat is impossible. It's especially unsettling to see his eyes bug out during his breakdown.
- Vocal Evolution: Henry Silva spoke in a lower pitch and toned down the heavy South American accent in his subsequent appearances as Bane.
The Clock King (Temple Fugate)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | Justice League Unlimited
"Well, well. The Batman. It's about time you showed up. I suppose you want to know why I've brought downtown Gotham to a standstill, Batman. Well, let's just say it's because I'm a civic-minded citizen with a lot of time on his hands."
Temple Fugate, also known as the Clock King, was an efficiency expert with a grudge against Mayor Hill.
- Adaptational Badass: He went from a complete joke in the comics to holding his own against Batman only by virtue of being observant.
- Adaptational Intelligence: He becomes a true example of the trope that bears his name, and, just like the Riddler, is one of the few villains to escape Batman in their first encounter.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Well, most probably extreme OCPD. Notably, his has a strongly externalized locus of control- when changing his schedule results in important papers being lost, he starts begging "Don't do this to me!" as though pleading with an outside force.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Even before his Start of Darkness, he knew the place where the subway doors will open. 7 years later, he can go hand to hand with Batman just from having studied Batman's tendencies in a fight from news footage about him.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a nice a brown suit in "The Clock King" and a black suit in "Time Out Of Joint", .
- Bald of Evil: Well, balding.
- Boxed Crook: In a Justice League Unlimited episode "Task Force X", in which he serves as a planner and tactician in the Suicide Squad. He guides the team with clockwork efficiency.
- Canon Immigrant: This incarnation of the Clock King was created for the DCAU and later made his way to the comics, as a legacy character, as the original Clock King's name was William Tockman.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': When he breaks his schedule so he can be more relaxed. Notice that when he was at the park at 3:05, instead of in his office as he had planned, he was very nervous and waiting for certain doom. It's only when he dared to relax when the Disaster Dominoes that would ruin his life started falling.
- Clock King: Deconstructs this trope somewhat: He is utterly obsessed with order (and schedules!) and is always trying to dominate his environment instead of accepting it, but unlike a straight example, it doesn't usually work out for him. Whenever his schedules don't work out exactly, his plans come crashing down.
- Clocks of Control: Always a man obsessed with punctuality, Fugate became a clock-themed supervillain after a friendly suggestion to break his usually strict schedule led to a disaster that drove him insane.
- Comic Book Movies Dont Use Code Names: A rare example in animation; he is almost always just referred to by his (admittedly awesome) real name.
- Complexity Addiction: He even surpasses the Riddler as an addict to overly complicated schemes, but he showed this even before becoming a supervillain. As Temple Fugate, he has a chain pocketwatch, a wristwatch, and in his office he has a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk.
- Cool Sword: A clock-hand-like sword that also works as a cane.
- Creature of Habit: Even before he became the Clock King. It's implied that he was a middle aged man when he broke his routine for the first time in his life.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He lost everything in appeal for $20 million against his company 7 years ago, but when he appears at the episode "The Clock King", he has enough money to buy bombs, maintain a hideout, and can afford to throw away a $6,000 pocket watch. Justified because he never suffers Motive Decay: All he wants is to humiliate Mayor Hill, and then kill him. Notice that after he is arrested, he uses his talents for the government as a Boxed Crook.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He developed an obsessive, murderous grudge against Mayor Hamilton Hill...because when he was a lawyer, Hill suggested Fugate take his coffee break a little later to help him relax for a lawsuit against his company, which resulted in a series of accidents making him late, which resulted in him losing the suit. Fugate reveals that the people who sued his company were represented by Hill's law firm, and thus he believes that Hill was intentionally trying to sabotage him. Thus it's not quite as disproportionate as it sounds initially, but he's still completely off-base and Hill honestly was trying to help.
- Establishing Character Moment: At the very beginning of the episode "The Clock King", everyone is waiting for the subway. In a crowd with individuals with spaced gazes and relaxed facial expressions, only a Sharp-Dressed Man with a parasol seems alert, with a perfect erect posture. The subway stops and opens its doors exactly where this guy is standing. He consults his chain pocketwatch and exclaims:
- Expy: He has more in common with Johnny Witts, a Silver Age Batman villain who had no gimmick aside from being one step ahead of everyone, even Batman himself, than he does with any preceding incarnation of the Clock King.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Before his Start of Darkness, we could see his eyes through his spectacles. After that, they seem like a clock pointing 3 o'clock, or completely opaque at "Task Force X".
- Gambit Roulette: As meticulous as he is, there is a LOT that could go wrong with his plans.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In "The Clock King", Batman uses the tape Fugate left him to escape his Death Trap. In Time out of joint, Batman uses the same time device Fugate stole to stop him.
- Idiosyncrazy: Clocks and time.
- Inexplicably Awesome: From his fighting scenes, Fugate is obviously in excellent (and arguably superhuman) shape, despite being introduced as an extreme Non-Action Guy in the flashback. This is justifiable in itself, since a fanatic like him could easily have spent the years in between undergoing round-the-clock Training from Hell. More remarkable is how he knows everything about Batman, from the details of his equipment to his exact fighting moves. How did he get that information?
- Insufferable Genius: Deconstructed by Fugate, a Schedule Fanatic with No Social Skills that is in the middle of a court hearing appeal about a $20 million dollar judgment against his company and is haggard and nervous. Fugate is aware that his personality plays against him, but not of what to do to change that.
- Jerkass: Even before his Start of Darkness, he was a Mean Boss with No Social Skills.
- Just One Second Out of Sync: Did this when he got his hands on time manipulating technology, placing one on the Batmobile then setting it moments out of sync with time so the on-board trap sensors wouldn't find it.
- Lack of Empathy: As a disciplinarian, he doesn't know how to accept not only other human beings, but the Universe: He is a Bad Boss to his employees and he is sure he will lose an appeal because everyone thinks of him as a Jerkass. Likewise, no one ever displays sympathy for him except, ironically, Mayor Hill.
- Laughing Mad: Being The Stoic, when he does this it is very disturbing.
- Leitmotif: All the music related to him is evocative of clocks, utilizing everything from tick-tocking to the Westminster chime.
- Mean Boss: Threatening to fire an employee for being five minutes late seems mean to a normal human being, but Fugate is a Schedule Fanatic who only cares for punctuality. If you're a punctual employee, Fugate would be civil to you, but never appreciative.
- Meaningful Name / Punny Name / Steven Ulysses Perhero: Tempus Fugit is Latin for time flies.
- Misplaced Retribution: He goes after Gotham City mayor Hamilton Hill. Why? Years earlier, the Clock King (then Temple Fugate) was put out of business by a lawsuit brought by Hamilton Hill's law firm. While Hill wasn't specifically the lawyer representing the plaintiff, the Clock King does consider him completely responsible because Hill also suggested Fugate take his coffee break at a different time...which led to things getting worse.
- Moral Sociopathy: Deconstructed with Fugate—he was a productive member of society with his own efficiency company, but was also a Bad Boss with No Social Skills and Lack of Empathy who ends up becoming a villain. Fugate doesn't seem to realize why his Lack of Empathy plays against him; In his introductory episode, he knows he will lose an important appeal for his company, but it's sincerely unaware why nobody seems to like him.
- Motive Decay: Averted, actually: In "The Clock King", his motivation was simple: to make Mayor Hill look inefficient, and then kill him. In "Time Out Of Joint", he still wants to do that (and destroy the new Judicial building). At the Justice League episode "Task Force X", he works as a Boxed Crook, presumably to get on parole. And in a case of All There in the Manual, The Batman Adventures shows him successfully rigging the mayoral election so that Hill would lose. Batman is no more than a nuisance to him.
- Nice Hat: First a brown bowler with his nice brown suit, then a black bowler, to go with his nice black suit.
- No One Could Survive That!: In his first appearance, he was thought to have died in that episode's last fight. Batman pointed out that, if he survived, so could Fugate.
- No Social Skills:
- At "The Clock King", he knows that he will lose the hearing, but he doesn't realize why (his Lack of Empathy). He also doesn't realize that Hill patting his back is a sympathy gesture.
- At "Time Out Of Joint", Temple Fugate trips over a plump woman, both fall down the stairs, she falls on top of him and begins to attack him with her umbrella. Fugate just asks the woman to get up. He has no consciousness of who has been humiliated.
- At "Task Force X", he works as a Boxed Crook and he's eager to Dispense with the Pleasantries and get to the point.
- Principles Zealot: Fugate is obsessed with punctuality, and the one moment he broke that obsession coincides with a series of events that ruin his life. This obsession then resulted in a paranoia against the person he deemed responsible for his lateness so strong that he stopped at nothing to destroy him.
- Repressive, but Efficient: The way he runs his company before becoming a supervillain is this in miniature. He may not be a nice boss to work for, but he probably does have the most efficient office and staff in Gotham.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: His comic book counterpart is a member of Green Arrow's rogues gallery. In this adaptation, he is a member of Batman's rogues gallery.
- Schedule Fanatic: Here is an excerpt of Fugate's screen laptop we see briefly as a Freeze-Frame Bonus:Things to do today 5/12
- The Stoic: Unless you make him late.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Either in brown or in black, his suit is always classy.
- Suicidal "Gotcha!": Doing one of these onto a train, he prefaces it with the following comment:"I don't know what to tell you, Batman, except perhaps that the 9:15 is always 6 minutes early."
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: He is the only self-created supervillain in the series to avoid the tropes in the Evil Makeover indice. Aside from his gadgets, he's just a guy in a nice suit.
- Train Escape: Uses this trick to make a dramatic exit after his first face-to-face encounter with Batman: "I don't know what to tell you, Batman... except that the 9:15 is always six minutes early."
- Villain Decay: This trope is zigzagged: In "The Clock King", the eponymous villain almost kills Batman and then he is able to go hand to hand with him by simply from having studied Batman's tendencies in a fight from news footage about him. In "Time Out Of Joint", he is captured by a condescending Robin. In the Justice League episode "Task Force X", he works as a Boxed Crook with clockwork efficiency.
Baby Doll (Mary Louise Dahl)
Appearances: Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures
"I didn't mean to..."
Baby-Doll was an ex-actress-turned-villainess.
- Adults Dressed as Children: This is also essentially her entire schtick. She's a grown woman with the body of a young child due to a medical condition in a '50s-style saccharine sitcom (although, going by the episode's time frame, it would have been made in the '70sthe ''DCAU'' seems to have a generally different cultural and technical history from ours). Whenever she shows up in her childish clothing (including visible panties) it generally means she's up to no good.
- Art Evolution: Baby Doll received a drastic redesign after Batman: TAS was revamped into The New Batman Adventures. While she still looked like a 5 year old, her cartoon-like features were significantly simplified and normalized: The oversized blue eyes became smaller and black, while her lips became black. The curls of her hair were simplified as well, and her purple dress was changed to pink with white trim.
- Ax-Crazy: When going through her Villainous Breakdown
- Badass Adorable: She looks like a child, but is still very dangerous.
- Break the Cutie: The only time in her life when she was actually happy was when she was acting the part of Baby Doll on her show.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created and only appears in the animated series, likely because a villain with the appearance of a child would be too difficult to work with in darker adaptations.
- Can't Grow Up: She can't physically age because of an extremely rare medical condition she was born with.
- Catchphrase: "I didn't mean to."
- Classically Trained Extra: It backfires.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: For Killer Croc.
- Creepy Child: Except she isn't an actual child, which just makes her all the creepier.
- Cute Is Evil: Although she certainly tries to invoke the trope, she's definitely evil, though "cute" is subjective.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Tries this on Batman and others. However, because she's actually a thirtysomething-woman that suffers from an extremely rare medical condition that prevented her body from physically aging past the age of 5 (as well as being totally out of her mind), it doesn't work for her.
- The Fake Cutie: Was a child actor with a growth deficiency which prevented her from physically aging, and similarly prevented her career from advancing as well. Years later, she snapped and started kidnapping old cast members, but kept doing so in character as "Daddy's widdle precious". It's only at the end of the episode, when she stumbles in front of a fun-house mirror that seems to show the adult form she could never have, that she breaks character and reveals what she's really like."Why wouldn't you let me make BELIEVE...?!"
- Former Child Star: Subverted—because of her medical condition, she had the looks and body of a small child, so even though she started the show when she was 10 and the show ended when she was 20, she still looked like a little kid.
- Friendly Enemy: She's one of the few of Batman's rogue's that has no personal qualms against Batman and whenever her plans go to waste she surrenders to him without a fight. Though that doesn't stop her from trying to kill him if he gets in the way.
- Happy Fun Ball: Used by her occasionally.
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: She starts out this way...and then goes waaaay further.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: She really had reformed. Everyone accepted her living a normal life but then that one person was Tempting Fate pushing her Berserk Button despite protests to stop.
- Horrible Judge of Character: With Croc.
- Hidden Buxom: Implied. When wearing casual clothing whilst visiting Killer Croc, Baby Doll has a noticeable bust. There is a good chance she is binding herself when wearing her "little girl" clothing.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tiny Girl to Croc in "Love is a Croc".
- I Am Not Spock: An in-universe example—she is never able to escape the role she first played, so she ultimately decides to really become her. After losing it, she suffers from this herself—beginning to see her ex-costars as the characters they played (and getting violent when they refused to play along).
- I Just Want to Have Friends: An anti-villainous example. After her life and career fell apart she began to obsess over the perfect (but fake) family life she had in her old sitcom, and began taking on the personality of the character she played so as to reclaim it. The fact that the family she wants never existed in the first place is part of the tragedy.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: One of the few villains in the series to know when to surrender peacefully when odds are she isn't going to get away with her crimes.
- Laugh Track: As part of her obsession with regaining her former sitcom fame, she carries a laugh track on tape with her everywhere and plays it at moments she thinks are appropriate (along with "Ohhhh..." and "Awww...").
- Love Makes You Evil: Luckily it is merely a temporary case of the "Genre Blindness" variety.
- Mad Love: Briefly with Killer Croc.
- Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: In "Love is a Croc", she falls in love with Killer Croc.Batgirl: What do you suppose they do on a date?
Batman: ...I don't wanna think about it.
- Monster of the Week: She only ever had two appearances, and was limited in both motive and ability compared to other, more menacing Batman villains.
- Mood-Swinger: Switches between sickeningly cheerful to soul-crushingly depressed to violently enraged with very little warning.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: One of her co-stars that she kidnapped mentioned she was difficult to work with on the set, always making extreme demands and throwing tantrums if she didn't get her way.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Before her redesign she looked suspiciously like a Tiny Toon Adventures character (doubtless a Shout-Out by Paul Dini). Her redesign brings her more in line with other Bruce Timm characters.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: A-within-the-show example—People only see and view her as "Baby Doll" and she couldn't find work in other forms of acting because of it. Further complicated by the fact she can't physically age due to a genetic condition.
- Older Than They Look: Due to an extremely rare medical condition that prevents her body from physically aging, she has the looks and body of a little kid despite being in her thirties.
- Panty Shot: Her Baby Doll outfit has a nearly horizontal hem, leaving her underwear visible even from a frontal angle. These kind of clothes were once in style for very young girls, but Dahl actually being an adult woman makes it creepy.
- Psychopathic Manchild: It's stated by other characters that even before the breakdown she was fussy and threw fits when she couldn't have her way.
- Rage Against the Reflection: Batman chases her through a funhouse, into the Hall of Mirrors. She's caught up short when one of the mirrors shows what she might have looked like if not for her medical condition that makes her forever look 5-years-old. Cue Villainous Breakdown during which she empties her gun into the mirror.
- Reunion Revenge: She kidnaps her former costars, but just to force them to go through the motions of the show. Except for Cousin Spunky, whom she tries to kill with dynamite.
- Secret Identity Identity: Tries to be this, but it's just pretend.
- Split Personality: Of a sort—muddled, in that it was entirely intentional on her part. She snaps between her mature Mary persona and the childish Baby Doll, but when pressed she shows that she was always in control of herself but chose to fall into the Baby Doll personality because she can no longer stand to be herself.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: In-universe example; her failure at a straight acting career led to her Start of Darkness.
- Tsundere: To Killer Croc in one episode.
- Tragic Villain: Not to the extent of Mr. Freeze but she has a tragic story of never being allowed to grow up, literally (because she can't) and figuratively as was never seen past her famous role.
- Villainous Breakdown: One of the most heartbreaking you'll ever see.Dahl: (Upon seeing an adult version of herself in a Funhouse mirror) Look! That's me in there... the real me! There I am... (starts to frown as she looks at her real, child-like hand) but it's not really real, is it? It's just made-up and pretend like my family, and my life, and everything else! (Turns to face Batman) Why couldn't you just let me make believe!? (Fires at each mirror in turn before facing the one of her adult form and shooting that until her gun runs empty, crying into Batman's leg) I didn't mean to...
- Vocal Dissonance: Unlike her body, Dahl's natural voice is that of an adult. As Baby Dahl, she uses a painfully cutesy voice and manner of speech which is rather transparently affected.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: With emphasis on "Dwarf." She abducted her long-separated sitcom co-stars to relive her glory days.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her first appearance has her on the verge of a Murder-Suicide with her former co-stars (via dynamite "candle" birthday cake), and the second has her attempting to overload a nuclear power plant over Killer Croc's infidelity.
Firefly (Garfield Lynns)
Garfield Lynns was a concert pyrotechnician who worked for a popular singer named Cassidy. After being spurned by her, he sabotaged the pyrotechnics at one of her shows and reinvented himself as the pyromaniac supervillain Firefly as he stalked Cassidy.
- Birds of a Feather: In Justice League, he is briefly shown working with Volcana. You can probably guess what they had in common.
- Cool Helmet: It even looks like an insect.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Made the firefly suit and pyrotechnics himself.
- Flaming Sword: His favored weapon in close combat.
- Jetpack: Wouldn't bring the fly in Firefly without it.
- Pyromaniac: It's his gimmick.
- Stalker Shrine: Had one of these for Cassidy. As Detective Bullock noted upon seeing it, "Oh, he's got it bad."
- Stalker with a Crush: To Cassidy.
- Stealth Pun: As Cass points out herself, he carries...a torch for her.
- Would Hurt a Child: In "Legends of the Dark Knight", he has no problem killing the kids when he sets the blaze.
- Yandere: For Cassidy.
The Phantasm (Andrea Beaumont)
Appearances: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm | Justice League Unlimited
"Your Angel of Death awaits."
After several tragedies, Andrea "Andi" Beaumont became the vigilante Phantasm that would come to cross paths with Batman.
- Anti-Villain: The Phantasm falls somewhere between "Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain" and "Vicious Anti-Hero". Also a Woobie Anti-Villain once her backstory is revealed.
- Badass Cape: The Phantasm wears a cowl like Batman.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Wields a bladed weapon over the right hand.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Did this to Carl Beaumont concerning his remarkably poor decision to be business partners with guys like Sal Valestra.
- The Cameo: Appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue", and is shown refusing to kill Terry McGinnis' parents in front of him.
- Canon Immigrant: It would take the Phantasm nearly thirty years to finally appear in DC Comics proper, becoming a possibly major antagonist in the upcoming maxi-series Batman/Catwoman.
- Cast as a Mask: Stacey Keach plays The Phantasm, but not Andrea. Deliberate misdirection since he also plays Andrea's father.
- Catchphrase: "Your Angel of Death awaits."
- Composite Character: The plot was adapted from the Batman: Year Two storyline. In the comic, the Reaper was Judson Caspian, whose daughter Rachel was in a budding relationship with Bruce Wayne. In the movie, Andrea Beaumont was both the Phantasm and the love interest.
- Cool Mask: Which resembles a skull.
- Costume Copycat: A variation: Batman is blamed for the actions of Phantasm who also wears a costume with a black cape and makes a point of attacking from the shadows and being seen only in glimpses; in this case, the confusion is not deliberate, but results from the Phantasm making similar style choices.
- Dark Action Girl: The Phantasm is actually Andrea Beaumont and is very aggressive and ruthless.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Not that you'd ever guess, with the dark clothes and intimidating visage.
- Darth Vader Clone: The Phantasm takes after Vader, complete with dark costume, scary mask, vocal distortion. A wrinkle because she's a female version, and she's not just a Fallen Hero but a fallen Love Interest. Grief, vengeance, and the death of her parent drives her to become a murderer and fall into the abyss as Alfred said, which is more or less the dark side. The final battle prophetically looks forward to Revenge of the Sith.
- Deadpan Snarker: Andrea has her moments.
- Expy: Heavily inspired by the Reaper, a violent vigilante from Batman: Year Two (who was originally going to be the film's antagonist).
- Everyone Has Standards: The Phantasm is incredibly vengeful, but not toward those who are innocent. She also refuses to kill Terry's family, seeing as it would contradict everything Batman stood for.
- Evil Counterpart: To Batman. Lampshaded by Alfred.
- Fiery Redhead: Sometimes.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Andrea takes a few levels in badass and becomes The Phantasm
- Heartbroken Badass: Before becoming a vigilante, the Phantasm was Bruce Wayne's lover. Needless to say, Batman did not approve of her more extreme crime-fighting methods.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Bruce certainly wanted.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Alfred even notes it when consoling Bruce near the end of the movie.Alfred: Vengeance blackens the soul, Bruce. I've always feared that you would become that which you fought against. You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven't fallen in and I thank heaven for that. But Andrea fell into that pit years ago, and no one, not even you, could have pulled her out.
- Hitman with a Heart: By the time Bruce Wayne retired, the Phantasm had become an assassin for hire. However, deliberately orphaning an eight-year old is going too far even for her.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Trying to justify her actions:
- In the Hood: Mandatory if you want to look like the Grim Reaper.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: We never do find out if the character's ability to disappear and reappear at will is supernatural or simply clever tricks.
- New Old Flame: Never spoken of in the series proper.
- No-Sell: During Phantasm's duel with Joker, his laughing gas is simply absorbed by Phantasm's fog. The character is also seemingly able to vanish when fired on and be completely unharmed.
- Not So Different: Thinks this of Batman and herself. Alfred agrees, to a point, see He Who Fights Monsters.
- Ominous Walk: A favored tactic. It works.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Seems to rely a lot on this trope to get around. A lot of smoke outs were involved though.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Has this philosophy regarding the crime syndicate in Gotham.
- Pet the Dog: The Phantasm is willing to commit many ruthless actions to achieve her goals. The Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" reveals that murdering an eight-year old child's parents in cold blood right in front of him to turn him into the next Batman is not one of them.
- Revenge Before Reason:"I'm not saying it's right or even sane, but it's all I have left, so either help me or get out of the way!"
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Andrea's motivation for being the Phantasm is to make the mobsters who ruined her life (and took her father) pay for what they've done.
- Samus Is a Girl: As part of the big, spoilered reveal.
- Shadow Archetype: Represents what Batman could have become if he started killing people.
- Smoke Out: Uses it for both quick entrances and exits and to avoid projectiles, including bullets.
- Took a Level in Badass: After becoming the Phantasm.
- Tragic Villain: She even admits that she might not be right but vengeance is all what she's got left.
- Walking Spoiler: There isn't much that can be said about the Phantasm without spoiling who it is.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After making the move to the larger DCAU, Phantasm calls out Amanda Waller for her plans concerning Project Batman Beyond.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Being separated from her true love and her father's murder led her to exert vengeance against the culprits.
Roxy Rocket (Roxanne Sutton)
A thrill seeking criminal who is a former stuntwoman and a dangerously avid adrenaline junkie.
- Affably Evil: To a certain extent.
- Biker Babe: She dresses like it, though as the name implies she likes riding rockets. Though she dresses more like an aviatrix.
- Canon Immigrant: Twice—she first appeared in The Batman Adventures Annual #1, then in The New Batman Adventures (along with Superman: TAS), then in the main DCU.
- The Dragon: To the Penguin in her debut episode.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Only worked with the Penguin to sate her need for thrills. When her stunts began to risk exposing him, he decides to get rid of her.
- Fiery Redhead: Moved to crime mostly for the kicks.
- Goggles Do Nothing: In her case, she wears them whenever she rides.
- HeelFace Turn: In the tie-in comics—decides that being a vigilante has as much thrill as being a criminal.
- In Harm's Way: She's in it at least as much for the thrills as for the loot.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a nice figure and wears a form-fitting out that provides a cleavage.
- Not Me This Time: In the tie-in comics. It turns out to be Catwoman, trying to frame her.
- Not So Different: Tries to pull this on Batman, saying that he'll let her go because he enjoys the thrill of the chase as much as she does. It doesn't work.
- Orgasmic Combat: Especially in the climax of the episode.
- Rocket Ride: Provides the trope image.
- Sex Is Violence: When Batman pursues her, she starts laughing more and more and eventually... well, she shows her O-face.
Floronic Man (Jason Woodrue)
A exiled dryad from another dimension who detests humanity. Jason plans to transform all living things on Earth into plants by any means necessary.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Poison Ivy.
- Lack of Empathy: He has no compassion for anyone or anything, but himself. He is willing to sacrifice the lives of billions to create a new green Earth without remorse and sees humans expendable.
- Misanthrope Supreme: He considers humans to be nothing more than "meatbags" and views them as the lowest forms of life in existence.