A criminal overlord with ambitions to conquer the Gotham underworld. For years Harvey Dent has attempted to put him in his place but has never been able to pin anything on him fully.
- Adaptational Badass: Thorne is a much more powerful figure than in the comics as he's one of the few mob bosses still around after the "freaks" took over Gotham. See Composite Character.
- Art Evolution: Subverted. Thorne received a relatively minor redesign in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. Aside from losing some weight and being streamlined, the character looked more-or-less the same as his Batman: TAS design.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Penguin in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
- Big Bad Ensemble: While not on the same level as the Joker or Ra's al Ghul in this regard, Thorne is the series' most prominent white collar criminal. Notably, he is directly responsible for Two-Face's creation and he hires Bane in an attempt to have Batman killed, sparking the former's antagonism towards and obsession with the latter. His criminal empire takes a large portion of the series's run to topple.
- Bullying a Dragon: His attempt at blackmailing Harvey Dent, even though he knew that Dent had a violent temper stemming from his mental issues and was a large, strong adult who had barely been able to restrain himself from ripping one of Thorne's goons to pieces.
- Composite Character: While Thorne had connections to the mob in the comics, his role here as an untouchable mob boss is more in line with Carmine Falcone or Salvatore Maroni. He also fills the latter's role of causing Dent's disfigurement and transformation into Two-Face.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments of sardonic wit, such as when Batman crashes through his greenhouse window:"You'd better have the money to pay for that."
- The Don: The most powerful mobster in Gotham city at the start of the series. His old-school methods provide a contrast to those of Batman's more colorful foes.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he didn't make life easy for his brother Matthew, he still genuinely cares for him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Stromwell's son goes missing and he accuses Thorne of being behind it, Thorne points out that he never goes after a person's family. Thorne is actually planning to kill Stromwell right then, betraying him at a peace summit, but he seems legitimately shocked at the accusation and is (in this case, at least) indeed sincere in his assertion of innocence.
- Fat Bastard: He is an overweight crime lord .
- Faux Affably Evil: He likes to make himself appear pleasant, but he has never been shown to harbor good intentions.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In his attempt to bring down Harvey Dent, he created his worst nemesis Two Face - who threatened his businesses, turned his books over to the authorities, and nearly killed him.
- Hypocrite: That Even Evil Has Standards moment above would have been more effective if the previously-produced episode before that one hadn't shown him using Harvey Dent's fiancée to get at Two-Face. Possibly via Loophole Abuse, as Grace had only been engaged to Harvey and thus wasn't technically part of Dent's family yet.
- Karma Houdini: Whilst defeated by Batman on a regular basis, being arrested doesn't seem to mean that much to him.
- Mood-Swinger: For all his suave attitude, he loses his temper very easily. A good example of this is towards the end of "The Man Who Killed Batman".
- Not Me This Time: "It's Never Too Late" (as far as Stromwell's son is concerned), "Vendetta", and "Second Chance".
- Pragmatic Villainy: At times. This is what sets him apart from most of Batman's other regular enemies. At heart, Thorne remains a classic criminal motivated by profit above all. He doesn't indulge in pointless acts of villainy or destruction if it doesn't bring him some kind of profit.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Smug, ruthless mobster whose brother is a morally troubled, yet sympathetic, disgraced surgeon.
- Villain Has a Point: When threatening to share Harvey Dent's psychiatric file with the press, Thorne sarcastically quips that the people have a right to know who they're electing for office. Not that Thorne really cares, and he deliberately made the situation worse, but this is actually a pretty valid concern: Would you vote for someone if you found out they've been desperately trying to sweep their violent dissociative identity under the rug?
Roland Daggett was a business entrepreneur. His company competed with Wayne Enterprises, which left Daggett resorting to dubious schemes to gain the competitive edge.
- Asshole Victim: Almost became this in the hands of Clayface and later Catwoman.
- Canon Immigrant: Though there had been similar characters in the comics, Daggett himself was created for the series. That said, when Detective Comics (Rebirth) decided to port over Hagen's backstory for the New 52/DC Rebirth version of Basil Karlo, he came, too.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Deconstructed; in each of his four appearances, Daggett gradually loses his fortune as legal fees and criminal charges catch up to him.
- He finally faces jail time after his fourth appearance and is not seen again afterwards.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Roland is a realistic take on what would happen to a Corrupt Corporate Executive if he engaged being a Card-Carrying Villain for a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme. All of Roland's plans just end up losing him more and more money as they tend to be Awesome, but Impractical and each time he tries, the law closes in more and more. It gets to the point were he's basically bankrupt and can't use money or resources any longer to keep out of jail.
- Evil Counterpart: He's an evil mirror to Bruce Wayne; Daggett pretends to be the caring philanthropist Wayne really is, and the secrets they hide from the public place them on opposite sides of the law.
- Evil Old Folks: Implied due to his resemblance to his voice actor, who was 63 when the show began, and the fact that redheads retain their natural pigmentation longer than other hair colors.
- Evil Redhead: He has red hair and is corrupt to the core.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Was this to Hugo Strange in "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne" as he was mentioned to be the owner of Strange's relaxation clinic.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Depending on the artist, he sometimes has blue eyes that accentuate his evil nature.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He does have a resemblance to his voice actor Ed Asner.
- Jerkass: He doesn't seem to have any qualms with ruining other people's lives just to get what he wants, as shown in his first two appearances.
- Karma Houdini: In "Appointment in Crime Alley", Batman is able to stop his scheme and capture his mooks, but not pin the dirty deeds on him.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In "Cat Scratch Fever" his criminal activities are exposed, completely ruining his reputation. Later we see by the time of "Batgirl Returns" his failed schemes have left him so in the red, he is forced to steal a priceless artifact for money. When that and his attempt to kill the Bat Family fail, he finally goes to jail.
- Kick the Dog: His part in turning Matt Hagen into Clayface.
- Kill the Poor: His scheme in "Appointment in Crime Alley" is to kill all the residents in a run-down slum and Make It Look Like an Accident so he can profit from redeveloping the land.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He does this in "Batgirl Returns". After capturing Catwoman and Batgirl, this conversation takes place.Batgirl: So what are you going to do? Leave us hanging over one of these vats with acid burning through the rope?
Daggett: *Evil Laugh* If there's one thing I learned over the years, it's that you crime fighting types are very resourceful.
- Poison-and-Cure Gambit: In "Cat Scratch Fever", he has stray animals infected with an incredibly virulent new strain of rabies that he plans to sell the cure for.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He presents himself to the public as an Honest Corporate Executive who had Gotham's best interests at heart. It doesn't last.
- Would Hurt a Child: He tries to destroy an inhabited neighborhood in his second appearance, and it's later shown that some of the residents were children.
Doctor Achilles Milo
Milo was an unscrupulous scientist who worked for Daggett, and was also involved with Romulus' case. In the later Justice League series, he eventually joined Cadmus.
- Asshole Victim: In Justice League, he has a grudge against Amanda Waller, his employer, and releases Doomsday to get revenge. He only lives a few seconds after that.
- Back for the Dead: His surprise appearance in JLU ended very, very badly for him.
- Butt-Monkey: Anytime he appears, he's always on the receiving end of some kind of humiliating defeat. Cat Scratch Fever saw him falling into freezing water and getting captured by Batman. He gets badly injured by the werewolf and arrested in Moon of The Wolf. And his final appearance in Justice League Unlimited revealed that he's now a disgruntled toady working under Amanda Waller and finally seeks revenge on her by freeing Doomsday... only for Doomsday to finally end his life.
- The Dog Bites Back: It always backfires on him... Even when he's the dog.
- Evil Genius: He made a living of it.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: After being drafted into Cadmus, he tried to wheedle Doomsday into assisting him in destroying the organization from within. Doomsday didn't cooperate.
- Harmful Healing: He is a medical doctor, but uses his skills for morally bankrupt ends, such as designing performance-enhancing drugs or tailored diseases. And some of them have harmful side effects, too.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Doomsday.
- Mad Scientist: Well, an evil scientist for hire.
- Poison-and-Cure Gambit: It seems he designed the plague that was to be released for Roland Daggett's plan to do this to Gotham in "Cat Scratch Fever".
- Psycho for Hire: He is always shown on a payroll. He's essentially the scientist for hire in the Gotham underworld.
- Sinister Schnoz: He's a close second to the Penguin in that department.
- Three Stooges Shout-Out: He has Moe's signature hairstyle, and his two henchmen in "Cat Scratch Fever" resemble Curly and Larry.
- Too Dumb to Live: For such a gifted biochemist, he has a real tendency to ignore basic safety precautions. He was badly injured after deliberately triggering Anthony Romulus' lycanthropy. A few years later, he was foolish enough to convince himself that Doomsday was a useful ally.
Hugo Strange was a corrupt scientist who discovered Batman's secret identity.
- Adaptational Dumbass: He's far less clever as a manipulator or as an inventor than his comic book counterpart who is Psycho Psychologist and Mad Scientist.
- Adaptational Wimp: He's far less menacing and dark compared to his other incarnations.
- Bald of Evil: He is an balding evil scientist.
- Beard of Evil: To cement his appearance as a Freud stereotype psychologist.
- Big Bad Wannabe: For the one who discovered Batman's identity, he's outed of the spotlight quickly once the Joker and co. enter the scene. His scheme also falls apart rather quickly when he's manipulated, and the Joker quickly puts him in his place.
- Blackmail: He ran a clinic for the wealthy and powerful where he had a machine that let him read the minds of his patients, allowing him to dig up their darkest secrets and shames and later force them to pay for his silence. When Bruce checks in undercover he discovers he is Batman, but decides to have an Auction of Evil with Penguin, Two-Face and The Joker as the bidders. Adapted from the Pre-Crisis story where Strange first finds out Bruce is Batman, except blackmail had nothing to do with that one.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: It turned out that inviting Gotham's worst criminals wasn't such a good idea.
- Herr Doktor: He is a psychologist, has a (vaguely) German accent, and his Germanic first name also hints at a German origin. His last name is then presumably Anglicized.
- Mental Picture Projector: His machine, which he uses to blackmail people.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He arguably failed to make an impression due to be surrounded by far more colourful villains, most notably a Joker at his hammiest.
- Psycho Psychologist: A little different from most incarnations. He's still evil, but motivated mostly by greed, using a device to read the minds of his patients and then use the dark secrets he learned to blackmail them.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: A trademark of the character.
- Smug Snake: Turning his facility into a blackmail tool, and then bragging about how brilliant it was, might not have been such a good idea.
- Sunglasses at Night: The coloring of his glasses makes it look like shades.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is introduced as a legitimate celebrity psychologist who treats the rich and famous. However, his good reputation is destroyed after Bruce Wayne and Batman expose his criminal activities.
- Villainous Breakdown: Strange brags on his arrest that he knows Batman is Bruce Wayne, then Bruce Wayne (Dick in disguise) shows up, turning his smugness into absolute shock and disbelief.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: A part of his stereotypical Freud-like persona.
Red Claw was the leader of an international terrorist group, who colluded with a Corrupt Corporate Executive in Gotham to steal a bacteriological weapon from the US military and extort the nation.
- Appeal to Force: Her schemes revolves holding cities for billion dollar ransoms with the WMDs that she steals.
- Amazonian Beauty: She is very beautiful and has a very strong and muscular body.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: She had an unspecific, vaguely "European" accent. Where she and her terrorists came from is not elaborated on, except that they were not locals.
- The Baroness: A middle ground between the Sexpot and the Rosa Klebb.
- The Bus Came Back: She appeared as a relatively minor villain in "The Cat and the Claw" (which was actually about Catwoman) and then vanished - only to return a couple of years later as the Big Bad in "The Lion and the Unicorn."
- Canon Foreigner: She was created for the series.
- Color Character: She wears red and is named Red.
- Dark Action Girl: She appears to be capable of some form of martial arts and fought Batman once or twice. And defeated Catwoman one time.
- Dramatic Irony: On her first defeat, she's last shown cowering fearfully under the claws of a mountain lion.
- Empty Quiver: "The Lion and the Unicorn" revolves around Red Claw's hijacking of a nuclear missile.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Red Claw keeps her promise not to release the stolen biological agent if the government pays what she demands, taking care to seal it away safely in a deep fallout shelter. Though of course, she also seals Catwoman in with it...
- Gender Misdirection/Samus Is a Girl: Batman thought "Red Claw" was a man until they met. Apparently so did the authorities, with Gordon complaining that the Feds have been looking for a male Red Claw for years.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: She has zero background and little personality. She was also clearly created to provide the conflict Catwoman couldn't.
- Genius Bruiser: A pretty buff lady but an ambitious criminal mastermind.
- McNinja: More like European kung-fu fighter.
- The Plague: She planned to use a government created one to hold Gotham hostage.
- Skunk Stripe: She has a white stripe in her hair.
- Starter Villain: Air-date wise, she is the first villain that Batman encountered. In the episodes' production order, she was preceded by Man-Bat.
- Tattooed Crook: She sports a red claw tattoo on her shoulder.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: Her group's immediate plan is to extort the government for money, presumably to fund further activities. What their longer-term aims are is not elaborated on.
- The Strategist: A villainous example.
- Western Terrorists: Her and the group she led.
Kyodai Ken (The Ninja)
Kyodai Ken, also known as the Ninja, was a skilled ninja and enemy of Bruce Wayne.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's one of the only characters who can pose a real threat to Batman hand-to-hand... and would've killed him if Bats hadn't sort of cheated. He's also a complete lunatic who just likes beating people up.
- Bald of Evil: He has a shaved head and he is not a nice man at all.
- Beard of Evil: A nice goatee to go with his plate.
- Canon Immigrant: He originated and died in the series. However, over two and a half decades after his appearances in the animated series, he made his official debut in the comics in Detective Comics #996, although this version is much more noble than he is here.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Oonemuri aka "eternal sleep", a two-fingered death stab he learned from his ex-master's Secret Art. The only reason it fails is because of Batman's trademark Crazy Preparedness.
- Face Death with Dignity: In his final showdown with Batman, Kyodai is stranded in the middle of lava. While Bruce tries to save him, Kyodai calmly rejects the attempt and stoically bows to him before he's engulfed in lava.
- Fighting Fingerprint: Kyodai is able to discover Batman's secret identity by having fought both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Bruce uses these specific words when discussing this with Alfred.
- Graceful Loser: At the climax of their duel, Bruce and Kyodai are separated when the ledge they're fighting on breaks in two, leaving Kyodai stranded on a narrow precipice in a sea of magma. After rejecting Bruce's offer of help, Kyodai actually gives Bruce a respectful bow before being killed by a lava geyser.
- Hand Seals: A frequent user of these.
- Killed Off for Real: Despite Bruce trying to save him, Kyodai is stranded in the middle of lava when Mount Kijiki erupts during their final showdown. All that was left for Kyodai to do was bow to Batman in honor of his Worthy Opponent.
- Never My Fault: Later in life, he blames Bruce Wayne for having gotten him thrown out of Yoru's dojo, forcing him to become a thief. Batman retorts that he was expelled because he was already a thief.
- Ninja: From Japan, even. He tries to make this claim of Batman as well, but Batman identifies more with the honor of the samurai warrior.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Hinted to have been Yoru Sensei's best student. At least was more experienced than Bruce.
- Revenge: He blames Bruce for getting him expelled from Yoru Senseis dojo when they were younger, even though he tried to steal one of Yorus swords and was caught.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: His katana and shuriken.
- Tattooed Crook: Kyodai has a huge tattoo of a Japanese demon's head on his back. This is how Batman first recognizes him, when his ninja suit is torn during battle.
H.A.R.D.A.C. was a supercomputer created by Karl Rossum that has gone rogue.
- Artificial Intelligence: It has this due to being a supercomputer.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Executed Rossum's plan to replace humans in leading positions in society by robotic copies, using their influence to bring about a utopia. Rossum later repented of this idea, but H.A.R.D.A.C. was already programmed to further it by any means necessary—and so turned against its creator when he sought to halt the program, adding him to the list of those to be replaced.
- Canon Foreigner: Created for the series (while also inspired from a Mythology Gag, below).
- Copied the Morals, Too: This is what undoes his attempt to have the Batman duplicate recreate H.A.R.D.A.C. and restart the plan to replace humanity in "His Silicone Soul". The robot duplicate was such a perfect copy of Batman that it also had at least some of his morals, most prominently Thou Shall Not Kill.Batman: [After seeing his robot duplicate pass up numerous chances to kill him] You can't do it. H.A.R.D.A.C. built you well. Perhaps even better than he could have imagined.
- Cyber Cyclops: Had a single glowing red lens that flashed in time with his speech.
- Evil Knockoff: Was able to create them.
- Fun with Acronyms: "Holographic Analytical Reciprocating DigitAl Computer"
- Gone Horribly Right: In the case of Batman's H.A.R.D.A.C. clone. While it was meant to copy Batman in appearance and persona upon killing the real Batman, it couldn't handle taking a life and kills itself. The real Batman used this to his advantage to survive.
- Kill and Replace: The evil computer HARDAC decided that humans were too dangerous due to their imperfections and began replacing them. While it was planning on killing its victims once it had extracted all the information it could, they are ultimately rescued before it can do so.
- Killed Off for Real: Tried to get Back from the Dead with his Batman duplicate's help and failed.
- Machine Monotone: Well, when you think emotion is bad (for causing suffering)...
- Master Computer: One who masters robots.
- Mythology Gag: To a Filmation Studios Batman cartoon episode, "The Crime Computer".
- Omnicidal Maniac: Well, a wannabe one.
- They Look Like Us Now: The Reveal of the androids, whereas previously, all robotic minions had been clearly recognizable as such.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Originally, its master plan had its builder Rossum's approval. When he attempted to pull the plug on the mad scheme he had once authorized, but long since rejected, the computer replaced him, too, with an android and carried on with the program.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: It pursues Rossum's original utopian objectives and still sees its work as one carried out in the service of humanity, the aim being to create a safe and peaceful world for humans to live in but since humans can't be trusted with power, computers must rule them to make this possible. Also, individual humans (even quite large numbers of them) are eminently expendable in the pursuit of the greater good.
Lloyd Ventrix (Mojo)
Lloyd Ventrix, also known as Mojo, was an ex-con who acquired a suit that allowed him to turn invisible.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
- Clothes Make the Maniac: He was already slightly unbalanced, but the invisibility suit became toxic when it was activated and apparently drove him completely over the edge into complete psychopathy.
- Determinator: What more can you say about a guy who's willing to pose as his daughter's imaginary friend while stealing gifts for her, just so he can earn her trust?
- Deadly Upgrade: It's revealed that the plastic he uses for his suit is toxic.
- Disappeared Dad: Due to being a convicted felon, he was never present for much of his daughter's life. His ex-wife even says she wishes he would just disappear advice which he takes a bit too literally.
- Dramatic Drop: When Kimmy tells him they're moving, he drops her doll in shock.
- Expy: He's a homage to the The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells.
- Freudian Excuse: It is implied that he was already a criminal before, but in his onscreen appearances, he carried out his crimes because he wanted to buy his daughter pretty things, and be able to see her again after her mother left him and took the girl with her.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has what appear to be unsightly acne scars on his cheeks, and he's definitely not a good person.
- Imaginary Friend: He uses his invisibility to pose as his daughter's imaginary friend to get close to her.
- Invisibility: Developed a suit to turn invisible.
- Invisibility Cloak: Stole a supply of a plastic that could bend light around it, and made himself an invisibility suit out of it. He also similarly outfitted his car.
- Invisible Jerkass: And jerkass is putting it mildly.
- Jerkass: He's nothing but a sleazy asshole who prioritizes his selfish wants over the well-being of others, and it's implied that he abused his wife.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Masqueraded as imaginary for his daughter.
- Obviously Evil: It's easy to tell just by looking at him (when you can, anyway) that he's a bad guy; his waxy complexion and glassy red eyes make him look almost inhuman.
- Sanity Slippage: He ends up becoming more unhinged the longer he uses the suit, until he reaches the point where he doesn't care if it kills him—he just wants his daughter back.
- Toxic Phlebotinum: His invisibility suit, the fabric of which bends light in unusual ways when electrically stimulated. Unfortunately, it also gives off dangerous nerve toxins in the process, negatively affecting his sanity.
- Tragic Dream: All he did, he did to be with his daughter... but when he reveals himself to her, she rejects him and wants nothing to do with him. At the end, she told Batman that she and her mother will move far enough away that her father will never find them again. He could never be with her.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Batman tries to warn him about the suit being toxic (and right before he gets defeated), Lloyd replies:"Who cares if it is? With this suit, I can take back my daughter whenever I want! Her mother won't stop me, and neither will you!"
Arkady Duvall was the son of Ra's al Ghul.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His ultimate fate is an old man who is destroyed by hardship and unable to be healed by the Pit as it took his father too long to find him. He is left to die in peace as an old man.
- Ambiguously Related: Downplayed. We know Arkady is the son of Ra's and thus Talia's brother, we just don't know if they were born of the same mother. The fact he has the surname of "Duvall" rather than "Al Ghul" implies he might be her illegitimate paternal half-brother.
- Ax-Crazy: He gets into duels, hits women, whips subordinates, kills prisoners (well, tries)... You got the idea.
- Bad Boss: He gives The Joker a run for his money.
- Bastard Bastard: Implied. The fact he doesn't even have his father's surname while his sister Talia does implies he is illegitimate.
- Beard of Evil: Well, friendly muttonchops of evil, anyway.
- Break the Haughty: It is deserved considering his nasty temper.
- The Caligula: The reason Ra's decided against making him heir to his empire was that he realized Arkady would likely become this.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
- Dirty Coward: Once at Jonah Hex's mercy, he begged him miserably for his life after failing to bribe him.
- Fate Worse than Death: Sentenced to 50 years of hard labor, and actually living through that whole amount of time? That'll do it.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His, dating from his years of fencing at Heidelberg, would actually be a typical good one.
- It's All About Me: Unlike Ra's, who's a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Duvall only seems to care about gaining an empire for himself.
- Laser-Guided Karma:Winds up serving 50 years of hard labour under (we can assume) even worse conditions and harsher treatment than the workmen he lorded over.
- Really 700 Years Old: By the early 90's, anyhow.
- Royal Brat: He's not royalty (at least, not on Daddy's side of the family), but he definitely has the 'tude.
- Smug Snake: Has all of Ra's' ego without any of his nobler qualities. Best exemplified in his duel with Jonah Hex:Duvall: You cannot defeat me. I am a Heidelberg fencing champion.
Jonah Hex: My heart's all aflutter.
Duvall: I'll chop you to pieces!
Jonah Hex: Talk, talk, talk.
Dr. Gregory Belson
An old colleague of Mister Freeze who is kidnapped for his medical expertise when Nora's cryochamber is damaged in the movie Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created exclusively for the film.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Contrasting Mr. Freeze's red goggles.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. He'd never murder an innocent woman...unless you pay him enough.
- Dirty Coward: Abandons everyone to die on the oil rig while he steals an escape boat.
- The Dragon: Not a true example, but close enough.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Or a landing deck. Not much time is spent on his death aside from a brief shot of him screaming.
- Fat Bastard: Well, chubby.
- Hate Sink: As Mr. Freeze has more sympathetic motives, Belson is greedy and has no scruples.
- Jerkass: He's hardly a villain but he would surely sell his mother.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Although unlike most examples, he isn't afraid to go along with whatever his captor says.
- Only in It for the Money: Its established that he's rather desperately in debt by the time Victor finds him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Encourages Victor to stop throwing temper tantrums and shooting at Barbara in case they accidentally damage the organ(s) they need.
A billionaire park owner who kidnaps Mr. Freeze from Arkham in the episode "Deep Freeze" in the hope of becoming immortal like him.
- Actor Allusion: Given his Utopia Justifies the Means opinion and being a Corrupt Corporate Executive, Walker could be summed up as "What if the head of Omni Consumer Products wanted to become like Mr. Freeze?" Alternatively, given said means involve mass murder for something he believes in, he could also be summed up as "What if Conal Cochran wanted to be Mr. Freeze?"
- And I Must Scream Walker was immortal and trapped under the ocean in a block of ice, although it's eventually reversed by the show's tie-in comics.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created exclusively for the series.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Wants a world without anyone he doesn't approve of, where everyone has to obey him.
- Evil Counterpart: As pointed out by a reviewer for the episode Deep Freeze, Walker and Freeze stood in deliberate contrast to each other. Freeze claims to be dead to emotions, but his compassion betrays him several times during the episode: he at first refuses to subject Walker to the same confinement as Freeze himself, and Batman eventually convinces him to help stop the deaths of innocent people. By contrast, Walker is an outwardly warm, paternalistic figure, but he is as dead to emotions as Freeze claims to be, coldly planning mass murder just to create his own fantasy of a perfect world. His transformation into "the second Mr. Freeze" is more appropriate to his inner self than Freeze's ever was. He is a rare example of a evil counterpart to a villain.
- The Evils of Free Will:Walker: My world will have no crime, violence, or pain.
Robin: You can add free will to that list, too!
Walker: A small price to pay for order.
Batman: Your order. For your select few!
Walker: Excuse me, but I fail to see the problem with that.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very warm and welcoming... for a guy who wants to kill the world to create his own utopia.
- An Ice Person: He becomes this after Mr. Freeze recreates the accident that created his condition.
- Immortality Seeker: He kidnaps Mr. Freeze so he can replicate the accident that turned him into An Ice Person, as it dramatically slows down the aging process.
- Knight Templar: He plans to make a crime-free utopia and freeze Gotham thinking it's too corrupt to survive. Granted, he may have a point there.
- Mr. Alt Disney: Not only a park owner with dreams of utopia, but also ties into the urban legend that Disney was cryonically preserved with his transformation at Freeze's hands.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He could be described as "Evil Walt Disney".
- Small Role, Big Impact: He may have massively failed to create a frozen utopia, but Walker did put Mr. Freeze back in business by giving him the motivation to save Nora instead of just seeking revenge. Had he not found her, Victor's criminal career would've been much shorter.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Seems to believe that freezing everyone on the planet except for his chosen few will help to create a better world.
The CEO of Gothcorp, and the man responsible for the accident that turned Victor Fries into Mister Freeze.
- Asshole Victim: From causing the accident that made Mr. Freeze, to apparently killing Nora, to sweeping all of those things under the table. Can you really blame Mr. Freeze for taking vengeance? Batman does save him, but angrily leaves him frozen.
- Bad Boss: "That 'people company' line is good PR, but when the wage slaves start acting like they own the place, it's time to pull the plug." A phrase here meaning bring large goons along to smash their stuff and possibly kill them.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Claims Gothcorp is "the people company", and that if Freeze has a problem with them, he'd be willing to talk about it. During his meeting with Bruce, he reveals his true greedy colors and calls "the people company" good PR, but he reveals this to Bruce while still acting friendly and cordial towards him, possibly thinking Bruce is a fellow Corrupt Corporate Executive, oblivious to the fact Bruce is a Honest Corporate Executive who is actually subtly disgusted with Boyle's true colors, to the point he declares "I feel ill" (both figuratively and literally, as Bruce was suffering from a cold following his initial encounter with Mr. Freeze) before politely excusing himself due to his cold.
- Canon Foreigner: Ferris was created exclusively for the series.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He refers to his scientists as "wage slaves". And that's the most harmless thing he does in the episode.
- Dirty Coward: Notice he assaults Victor Fries, after he got Fries to willingly lower his gun on him.
- Hate Sink: He's a corrupt dirtbag who not only made Mr. Freeze who he is now, but actually tried to kill both him and his wife for money. To make it worse, he has kept some kind of good guy facade to hide his true nature for years, and has lied about everything he did. Additionally, while most other batman villains have sympathetic qualities, and even Evil Is Cool elements, Ferris has neither, making him a completely unlikable and despicable character.
- Icy Blue Eyes: He has bright blue eyes that signify both his connection to Mr. Freeze and his cold, ruthless demeanor.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: He claims to be a part of "the people company". However, as it's discovered, it's all an act so that he could get money and he doesn't care about anyone other than himself.
- Jerkass Has a Point: See Villain Has a Point below.
- Lack of Empathy: To him, money means more than the lives of his employees or their dying spouses.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mark Hamill modeled his voice on Phil Hartman.
- Meaningful Name / Punny Name: His name is homophonous with "boil", fitting for the nemesis of a Mr. Fries/Freeze.
- Slime Ball. He is greedy, corrupt, and cold-hearted, so he definitely counts as this.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's only in one episode and presumably gets put away for life when his crimes are uncovered. It doesn't change the fact that his actions created Mr. Freeze, who went on to become one of Batman's most prominent enemies, all the way to the distant future. Also, on a meta-example, this role was the very first voice-over role in the DCAU for Mark Hamill, whose performance would lead him to the voice-over role that made him famous, aside from Luke Skywalker, The Joker, which in turn lead him to take up more voice-over jobs up to today.
- The Sociopath: He has a complete lack of empathy for the lives of others, to the point where he doesn't even care if they die, and he's very crooked and underhanded.
- Villain Has a Point: His actions clearly become criminal when he assaults Victor despite Fries having already backed down and his command to pull the plug on Nora is nothing short of heartless, but his complaint is valid. Victor was using equipment that didn't belong to him and essentially stealing money not just from Boyle, but from the whole company. The project was completely unauthorized, and that's not even going into the legal ethics of using a human subject in a secret experiment.
- Villain with Good Publicity: As the head of the "People Company", he almost receives a Humanitarian Award. When he is exposed, it's gone completely.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's never seen again after his one appearance. As he's still half frozen, it's unclear if he eventually froze to death or if we was freed it time (but was still put into jail given Batman provided a tape with damning evidence)
Lock-Up (Lyle Bolton)
A former security guard at Arkham. Fired for his brutal methods, he decides to take the law in his own hands.
- Canon Immigrant: He was created for the show and was eventually introduced to the main DCU.
- Create Your Own Villain: He was formerly a guard at Arkham Asylum who got his position due to endorsement and support from Wayne Enterprises. When he goes insane and begins kidnapping the people he blames for the city's problems (the police, bureaucrats and reporters that he says cause the criminals), Robin snarkily comments "Another fine villain brought to you by the Wayne Foundation." The look Batman shoots him is not happy.
- Informed Ability: Apparently, Lock-Up is such a horrific guard that he has driven even the already-insane inmates of Arkham insane, paralyzing the Scarecrow, "The God of Fear," with fear. When his offenses against the patients are actually given, however, it is debatable as to whether they are extreme or standard asylum fare, apart from his mental abuse of the Ventriloquist, possibly because the show could not portray anything worse.
- The Jailer: He likes to lock the objects of his ire into cells.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Goes from wanting to lock up Gotham's criminals to wanting to lock up Gotham's authority figures for not being extreme enough (such as people like Gordon, who actually captures the criminals to begin with).
- Knight Templar: He may be one of the purest examples of this, being a former head of security at Arkham who was fired for brutalizing the inmates, who comes back as a villain trying to imprison forever the "scum" that he feels represent the people that allowed Gotham to get this way (including the head doctor at Arkham, Commisioner Gordon, Mayor Hill, and Summer Gleeson). In true Knight Templar fashion, he has no idea that he's gone too far (he views Batman as a potential partner, much to the other's disgust).
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A fairly obvious GOP pundit parody. He constantly says that the "liberal media," "coddling doctors," and "gutless police" are responsible for supercrime in Gotham. He believes that the criminals at Arkham don't deserve privileges or even the most basic humane treatment. Obviously, he's hyperbolized, but it's still pretty severe for a kids' show.
- Rabid Cop: Though technically not a cop.
- Sadist: Thinks that criminals deserve to be tortured and clearly enjoys doing it - and when stopped, expands his definition of "criminals" to those who got him fired or condemned his actions, as well as Gordon, the Mayor and Batman because he thinks they are too "soft" on criminals. He is so scary the other Bat-rogues tried to escape Arkham solely to get away from him.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: A security-themed vigilante named Bolton?
- Straw Character/Strawman Political: He even disparages the "liberal media."
- Villain Has a Point: His methods are extreme and inhumane, but Arkham is a Cardboard Prison, especially for the more dangerous criminals like Joker.
- He is meant to be seen as a hard-headed conservative nutcase with his rant about the inefficient politicians and the "liberal media" being the cause of the superpowered psychos. While "cause" might be a stretch, he's quite right about them being part of the problem. The police routinely fail to combat the maniacs, leaving a vigilante to do 90% of the work, the people running Arkham keep it a barely-functional revolving door, and the politicians for the most part do nothing at all to improve Arkham or Gotham itself. Hell, we even see the news treating Poison Ivy as a media darling instead of a murderous eco-terrorist! If they all did their jobs more efficiently and professionally, maybe there wouldn't be so many costumed freaks terrorizing the city.
- Partially subverted throughout the series. Batman repeatedly gives Commissioner Gordon credit for the work he does, naturally this would have to remain an Informed Attribute as Gordon's successes would have to happen off-screen, after all this isn't a show about ordinary cops arresting normal criminals. The fact that Task Force X exists in the DCAU means that Arkham might not be a Cardboard Prison after all. The three villains Bolton is shown to have mistreated are Scarecrow, Harley, and the Ventriloquist, while it's unknown what ultimately became of Scarecrow, both Harley and the Ventriloquist ended up reforming, because Batman showed them kindness.
- He is meant to be seen as a hard-headed conservative nutcase with his rant about the inefficient politicians and the "liberal media" being the cause of the superpowered psychos. While "cause" might be a stretch, he's quite right about them being part of the problem. The police routinely fail to combat the maniacs, leaving a vigilante to do 90% of the work, the people running Arkham keep it a barely-functional revolving door, and the politicians for the most part do nothing at all to improve Arkham or Gotham itself. Hell, we even see the news treating Poison Ivy as a media darling instead of a murderous eco-terrorist! If they all did their jobs more efficiently and professionally, maybe there wouldn't be so many costumed freaks terrorizing the city.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He... well locks up who he thinks is the real source of the problems in Gotham, the lax Police Force (Gordon), the pushover Doctors (Dr. Bartholomew), mindless Bureaucrats (Mayor Hill), and the media (Summer Gleeson) that "glorifies" the Bat-villains. Ironically, he is probably right.
- With Us or Against Us: Actually says, "If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem." (Throughout the episode, he also blamed the "liberal media," as well as "gutless police, mindless bureaucrats, and coddling doctors" for society's problems, so he's really more of an outright parody of conservative argumentation.)
Anthony "Tony" Romulus
Anthony "Tony" Romulus was a pentathlete and philanthropist turned monster.
- The Ace: Started out as a successful pentathlete and philanthropist.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, his surname is Lupus.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Sports a thick, black unibrow. In real mythology, it's a telltale sign of a werewolf.
- Bio-Augmentation: Thanks to Milo's formula.
- Broken Ace: The fame and money made him intolerant of any losses at all. His desperation led to him hiring Dr. Milo to make the drug that turned in into a werewolf.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: The only call which could have been less smart than hiring a shady scientist to make you stronger would have been to throw him out once he wasn't needed anymore. Surprisingly, said scientist isn't exactly in a forgiving mood when he actually turns out to be needed once more.
- Heroic Build: He is an Olympian athlete, and one who juices at that.
- Meaningful Name: Romulus is the name of one of the brothers of Roman lore that was raised by a wolf.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He turns into a Wolf Man due to genetic splicing rather than a magical curse.
- Superpowered Evil Side: The werewolf, as can be expected.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Anthony Lupus in the Batman comics.
- Tragic Monster: Has no control over his animal form and clearly resents it.
- The Unfettered: Did whatever it took to win and it cost him everything.
Vertigo was a rogue who tangled with Batman and Talia. He was the leader of a splinter group of the Society of Shadows.
- Bastard Understudy: For Ra's al Ghul.
- Composite Character: A composite of Ebenezer Darrk and the Green Arrow foe Count Vertigo. His name, powers, and Eastern European heritage come from Count Vertigo, while his status as a pupil of Ra's al Ghul and a turncoat member of the League of Assassins comes from Darrk.
- Death by Irony: His Disney Villain Death was caused by the same level of Sensory Abuse to which he repeatedly subjected others.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He is introduced simultaneously with the Society of Shadows, and played up as their leader, or at least a major big shot. Actually, he is a renegade and leader of a minor splinter faction of the group, and Batman, by defeating him, unwittingly helps the real leader of the Shadows (namely, Ra's al Ghul) to reconsolidate his hold on the organization.
- Disney Villain Death: He's so overwhelmed by the giant bells ringing all around him that he falls from the clock tower into a river; while it's never explicitly stated that he died, it's heavily implied to be the case since he never appears again.
- Eyepatch of Power: He wears a high-tech eyepiece with the power to disorientate his victims, making them lose their balance.
- Long-Range Fighter: Never lets Batman or Talia get close to him in battle.
- Never Found the Body: It's never explicitly shown or stated that he died (possibly for censorship reasons), and the fact that he's never seen or heard from again only further confounds the issue considering that other characters have survived falls from similar heights. Either way, he's out of the picture.
- Rogue Agent: Though Batman does not know this until the still mysterious Talia tells him, Vertigo is no longer part of the Society, but a rogue agent using its resources for his own ends.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: He was a Green Arrow villain in the comics.
- Sensory Abuse: His technology allows him to induce sensory abuse in others; by overloading their visual receptors with his hypnosis ray, he's able to induce extreme dizziness and hallucinations, rendering his enemies defenseless. This trope gets turned against him at the end of the episode when he unwisely decides to hide in a bell tower, allowing Batman and Talia to incapacitate him by ringing the giant bells all around him, overwhelming him with the deafening cacophony until he's so disoriented that he falls out of the tower to his death.
- This Is a Drill: Stole a rifle-sized drill from Wayne Enterprises that uses sonic vibration to dig. Uses it against Batman and Talia al Ghul.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: He speaks with a bizarre, pseudo-Germanic dialect vaguely similar to that of Doctor Strangelove.
Maximillian "Maxie" Zeus
Maximillian "Maxie" Zeus was a former shipping CEO turned supervillain.
- Ancient Grome: Maxie sometimes slips into ancient Roman references, but then again, hes crazy.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Maximillian Zeus had something of an Ancient Grome fetish long before he went crazy, if the architecture of his skyscraper is any indication, plus he had a Heroic Build prior to losing his mind (fitting in with the classical Greek physique).
- Beard of Evil: Post-breakdown, and it's even styled in the manner of vase paintings featuring Zeus and Poseidon.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Before he went nuts, he did business with the mob.
- A God Am I: His delusion runs so deep that, at the end of the episode, he perceives his incarceration in Arkham as a return home to the 'true' Olympus, and identifies Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and the Joker as nature goddess Demeter, two-faced Janus (see Ancient Grome entry above) and trickster Hermes.
- Hope Spot: At the climax of the episode. For a brief moment, it looks as if Maxie is finally coming to his senses... only for the Zeus personality to take over and order Clio to be tied to the electron cannon.
- Large and in Charge: Maxie is huge, being taller than Bruce/Batman and massively muscled. He uses it mainly as an intimidation factor and as a means to fit into his "Greek God" aesthetic, as his build does him little good against Batman.
- Made of Iron: Zeus is electrocuted by his own cannon, blasting him away and he plummets a few stories to a concrete ledge below. He survives despite landing on his head.
- The Muse: Called Clio Droukas, his girlfriend and assistant, though she just sees the title as another sad sign of Maxies declining sanity.
- Napoleon Delusion: He was a shipping tycoon who got into connections with the mob after experiencing financial troubles. The stress from working with them and his losses forced him into a mental breakdown, and he became deluded that he was the actual Greek god Zeus. It went further after his arrest, that he actually believes Arkham Asylum is Olympus, relating the inmates to other Greek Gods.
- One-Shot Character: Only appeared once in the TV series, though he did return in an issue of the Batman: Gotham Adventures comic series.
- Psycho Electro: With his metal thunderbolt and the Lightning Gun he stole from the government.
- Split Personality: One personality is Maxie, the other is Zeus.
- Tragic Villain: Maxie turned to The Mob to bolster his shipping business after an economic downturn and eventually cracked under the stress, forging a personality based on the Greek God Zeus to deal with running his company. His former girlfriend turned 'muse' Clio and his hired goons know that Maxie's lost it, but all are at a loss of what to do about it. Worse, he likely subconsciously stole the Electrical Discharge Cannon as a means to protect himself from probable threats (the Police and the Mob).
Now, at last, mighty Zeus is home...
- How about the ending of that episode? When he is wheeled into his cell at Arkham, he rejoices pathetically—Because in his hallucination, he is finally back home among the gods in Olympus.
Page Monroe (Calendar Girl)
A former supermodel who began to lose work as she aged. Obsessed with maintaining her youthful appearance, she underwent cosmetic surgery after cosmetic surgery, and developed a psychosis where she perceived herself as ugly, leading her to don a white mask to hide her features. She hatches a scheme to kill various figures in the fashion industry as revenge, but meets resistance from Batman and Batgirl.
- Bait-and-Switch: Batman is told a rumor that in an attempt to retain a youthful look, Monroe underwent a surgery that was ultimately botched and disfigured her. There's a lot of dramatic buildup in her avoidance of unmasking, until it turns out this was just a rumor- she's still quite lovely.
- Beautiful All Along: After her Cool Mask is removed, but she can't see how beautiful she is anymore.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created for the series as she was a Gender Flip version of Calendar Man from the comics, but with a different and a less obsessive motive.
- Cool Mask: She believes her face is hideous and deformed, and hides it at all times behind a blank white mask.
- Don't Look at Me!: Calendar Girl covers her face with a mask at all times, at the risk of her Berserk Button.
- The Fashionista: She has a costumes for all four seasons.
- Gender Flip: She is loosely based on Calendar Man.
- I Am Not Pretty: Ageism in Hollywood killed her career, and she keeps her "old, ugly" face hidden from the world because of it. She's not that old and has maintained her youthful appearance.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Sela Ward is the spitting image of Page, and has a similar backstory of being turned down for roles for being "too old".
- Sinister Scythe: Wields one of these. Along with her black clothes and hair and white mask, it evokes imagery of The Grim Reaper.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: She's intent on killing the people who had led to her downfall, wearing full-body covering and a featureless mask to hide what she's become since her fame ran out. The Reveal shows that she looks to be in her 30s and is still beautiful, but she "can only see the flaws".
- White Mask of Doom: To cover up her supposedly hideous face.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She was a former model for calendars, but constantly failed attempts at rectifying her "hideous appearance" left her with nothing else than a desire of vengeance against the people she perceived took away her beauty. She is later revealed to actually be gorgeous, although she still firmly believes her appearance is repulsive despite this.
- Younger and Hipper: Both deconstructed, as she was a victim of ageism, but ironically an example of this herself, given she's loosely based on the Calendar Man, yet is younger than Julian Day.
The villain of the episode "Beware the Gray Ghost", a bomber extorting money from the city in a style modeled after an episode of the in-universe show, The Gray Ghost.
- Beneath Suspicion: When Simon Trent had his Eureka Moment, he cannot believe it:Simon Trent: But I'm not the Mad Bomber, Batman. I'm not. I sold my Gray Ghost cars months ago to pay for my... No, it can't be him.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
- Crack Is Cheaper: In-Universe. He turned to crime to fund his toy obsession.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Simon Trent ends up figuring out who he is after realizing the bombs are made from the same merchandise he sold to him, which is why his own fingerprints are on them. He's also ultimately ends up being the one to defeat him while he's distracted with Batman.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Designed after his voice actor.
- Loony Fan: Oddly enough, subverted; although he is something of a self-deprecating joke on behalf of (Bruce Timm) and the rest of the creative team, and still enthusiastically buys Trent's old props despite low customer demand, he's willing to destroy the remaining cars in his scheme. Even despite being inspired by the old show and the toys themselves to re-enact the fictional Mad Bomber's scheme, his goal was never to bring the Gray Ghost out of "retirement" for a fight—he just needed money for his true love of toy collecting. In other words, he's much more loon than fan.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: He has the appearance of a harmless toy collector.
Josiah Wormwood (The Interrogator)
The villain of "The Cape and the Cowl Conspiracy", a mercenary who lures key people into death traps, offering a way out if they give up their secrets.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series, although he's actually based off Jeremy Wormwood, the villain in the comic the story was based on.
- Death Trap: His specialty; he lures victims into them and then extorts information in exchange for freeing them. He first steals a lot of money from a charity by trapping its courier in quicksand. Against Batman, he uses an enormous heat lamp, then some nerve gas when Batman predictably breaks the lamp.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Batman sees a woman tied to a railroad track as part of Wormwood's latest death trap, he goes to rescue her... only to discover she's just a hologram. Wormwood then chimes in to as the Caped Crusader if he really thought that he'd stoop so low as to put innocent bystanders in danger just to get to his targets.
- Expy: He's essentially a prototype Riddler for the show—a deathtrap specialist who uses riddles in his crimes and has an obsession with knowing secrets and matching wits. A few episodes later, the legit Riddler makes his debut. As a matter of fact, the Venezuelan dub actually calls him "El Acertijo, el interrogador" (The riddler, the Interrogator).
- Only in It for the Money: Profit seems to be his only real motive besides sadistically interrogating his victims.
- Out-Gambitted: Batman pulls the rug out on him by disguising himself as his client, Wacklaw Joserk, who Wormwood was trying to steal Batman's cowl for in the first place.
- Smug Snake: Boasts a great deal about the flawlessness of his traps and getting one over Batman...only to find out the detective was one step ahead of him the entire time.
- Took a Level in Badass: After learning that he's been played from the start and becomes forced to deal with Batman without his gimmicks or advanced planning, an unarmed Wormwood is shown to be capable and dangerous in a confrontation by improvising deadly weapons on the spot.
- Villain of the Week: He only appeared in one episode and was never heard from again.
Sidney "Sid the Squid" Debris
A small time bumbling crook that seems to have done the impossible: to kill the Batman.
- Anti-Villain: He is a criminal, but he's not evil by any sense of the word.
- Apologises a Lot: "Sorry" is practically his catch phrase: He apologizes when he ruins Thorne's couch, when he trips over Batman, when he explains what happened at the roof, but the most extreme example may be when Joker placed him in a Death Trap for ruining Joker's right to kill Batman."Will it help if I say I'm sorry? Im really really really really really really sorry!"
- Badass on Paper: He provided the former page image. The guy that killed Batman must be impressive, right?
- Big Bad Wannabe: Wants very badly to be "a bigshot" in the criminal underworld.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Eddie G. set him up as bait for Batman. Sid managed to ruin that plan.
- Canon Foreigner: Mostly so, as he was created for the series, but shares the same moniker ("The Squid") of a comics' Rogue.
- Deconstruction: Sidney deconstructs the Mooks, showing what kind of person would assume the daily risk of working for the Joker or Thorne, or confronting Batman as part of his job.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He's in prison, but what he's gone through has earned him the respect of his fellow criminals and fulfilled his dreams.Sid: A big shot at last.
- Evil Minion: Subverted, Sid is useless at battle, so he could be this trope, but he is also useless in anything else he tries. He is just not useful enough to be a minion.
- Extreme Doormat: He lacks drive, ambition or even opinions. Things happen to him and he barely reacts. The only time he protests his fate is when Joker puts him in a Death Trap.
- Friendless Background: Nobody likes him. The Mooks thinks hes useless, Eddie G. set him up as bait, his mother doesnt talk to him anymore.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: His true dream is to be a Big Shot at Gothams underworld. This is the kind of perverted dream all those Mooks share to justify their volunteering to the Mook Horror Show. The worst part is that Sid gets his wish in the only place he could be a winner: At Stonegate prison, surrounded by Straw Losers. Achieving his dream destroys Sid's life."Like a hungry predator, Sid the squids stretches his tentacles throught the Gothams underworld. Yeah, good! Im on my way, Nothing gonna stop me now."
- Harmless Villain: With his small stature, scaredy-cat nature, and lack of any mean bones in his body, he truly has chosen the wrong profession.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He sincerely thinks Eddie G. is a true friend, and he asks for help from Rupert Thorne.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Sids only motivation, he wants to be special somehow that doesnt involve him doing anything.
- Invincible Incompetent: Sid seems to be The Fool, but at the end of the story, we discover that he was not being completely lucky, and given he ends in jail, Sid certainly doesn't have Karmic Protection.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Doesn't put up any resistance upon learning that he's under arrest at the end of his episode, and is rather understanding about it.
- Line-of-Sight Name: "Sid the... uh... [spots a billboard advertising calamari] Squid!"
- Manchild: When the Mooks gave him a chance to be the look out of a drug shipment, Sid behaves as a Surveillance Station Slacker more interested in making Impossible Shadow Puppets.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He is certainly not one of the combatant Mooks, but he is such a loser he cannot be called Minion... he doesn't do anything useful (he's set up as bait, but Sid doesn't manage to accomplish even that).
- Mistaken for Badass: Played for Drama, even—it nearly gets him killed several times.
- Mythology Gag: A pre-Crisis Rogue called the Squid briefly existed, but was pretty much an expy of the Penguin and so very different from Sidney. The comics' Squid remains obscure and insignificant today, but the story featuring him included the debuts of 2 much more significant DC characters: Jason Todd and Killer Croc.
- Name's the Same: In the earlier Robin's Reckoning episode, "Sid the Squid" was listed as one of several aliases used by Tony Zucco in the past.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His mannerisms, voice and look are intended to be like Woody Allen.
- No Social Skills: Justified, Sid is a Manchild Straw Loser with a Friendless Background that makes him a Horrible Judge of Character. His only way to interact with others is putting up with the abuse.
- The Perils of Being the Best: The Gotham underworld assumes Sid is the toughest man in Gotham when they think he killed Batman. Soon everyone in the underworld from genuine tough guys to psychos to wannabes are gunning for Sid, because they want to get the Villain Cred from killing the guy who killed the Bat.
- Phrase Catcher: After the explosion at the costumes house, everyone salutes him as The man who killed Batman.
- Punny Name: Sid's last name, Debris, is another word for wreckage or litter. It's pretty appropriate for Sidney and everything that he's put through.
- Red Baron: He's nicknamed "Sid the Squid," however this was initially done to "encourage" him into separating from the other members. The Squid eventually became his moniker after killing the Batman.
- The Runt at the End: Subverted. He is the smallest and most pathetic of a gang of crooks, but is also the one who always comes out smelling like a rose because of his ridiculously good fortune. Played straight when Bullock asks all the Mooks for information at Gotham's Police Headquarters: From a row full of ugly angry men, only Sid is showing fear. Who do you think Bullock picks for the interrogation?
- Seemingly Profound Fool: He has no personality of his own, so every competent person sees him as they want Sid to be: Thornes Mooks see him as an evil Idiot Hero even when he claims it was an Accidental Murder. The gang-bangers defy him to fight even when its obvious he is hopeless. Joker is so upset by being stolen the chance to kill Batman that he claims Sid had Beginner's Luck, and Thorne, who has informants who rightly told him Sid is a Bumbling Sidekick, suspects Sid of trying to pull a Scheherezade Gambit on him using Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Shadow Archetype: Sid has no personality of his own, so every incompetent person (the mooks) sees him as they want Sid to be: One mook who achieved the From Nobody to Nightmare dream. Even when he is in prison and everyone can see him as the loser he is, all they will prefer to see him as the guy who almost killed the Terror Hero, made a fool of the Bad Boss, and set up The Don, all the guys that make a Mook's life a Mook Horror Show.
- Straw Loser: Sid has no talent for anything evil (or anything good either), not any proactivity, he is not good nor evil to work for Thorne or the Joker is really the only thing left to him.
- Surveillance Station Slacker: When the Mooks gave him a chance to be the look out of a drug shipment, Sid is much more interested in making Impossible Shadow Puppets.
- Villain Cred: At the end of his episode, the other criminals credit him for almost killing Batman, making a fool of the Joker, and setting Thorne up. This is treated as Sid's happy ending.
- Villain Protagonist: The Man Who Killed Batman is told from his perspective.
- Villainous Valor: The one true thing that can be attributed to him is that when confronted with Batman, even if he's about as threatening as a bug facing a windshield, he tries to fight the Dark Knight. The other crooks think he's got guts with what little they can see of the fight... and then all of the drama Sid suffers ensues because they all think that he had the best kind of luck a Gotham criminal could ask for on his side.
Salvatore "Sal" Valestra was once the most powerful gangster in Gotham City.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Possibly the ultimate mob boss name.
- Badass Mustache: He had a neat pencil-thin mustache during his heyday as Gotham's most powerful mafioso. Said mustache has been reduced to mere peach fuzz by the present day, symbolizing that he's not as fearsome as he used to be.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
- The Don: Was once. Now he is an aged shell of his former self.
- Evil Old Folks: Well too old to try any evil now.
- Expy: He is probably based on Lew Moxon, who also played a role in Batman's mythos.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He smokes cigarettes and is most certainly not a good person.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Ordering the death of Andrea's father led Andrea to becoming the Phantasm. He could also qualify for the series as a whole since his actions forced Andrea to leave Bruce, the lack of companionship allowed him to become Batman. And the hitman he hired to kill Andrea's father would become The Joker.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Is suffering from one in his old age (implied to be the result of heavy smoking in his youth). The Joker kills him first though.
- Karmic Death: Murdered by the very psycho he sent to kill Andrea's father.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: Sure those cigarettes made him look tough when he was younger, but they're also implied to be the cause of his Incurable Cough of Death.
The Sewer King ran a child-slavery racket in the sewers of Gotham City.
- Abusive Parents: He sees himself as a good parent to his "beloved children", even though he orders them to steal for him, punishes them severely for talking, and makes them live in deplorable conditions.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The Sewer King's hair was black in his original appearance, but red during his appearance in the comics.
- Agony Beam: A downplayed, realistic example. He tortures disobedient children by shutting them into a small closet lit by very powerful lamps for extended periods. The heat and light are painful, but won't leave any readily visible marks.
- Canon Immigrant: He made an appearance during 52, where he is killed by Bruno Mannheim for refusing to join Intergang.
- Dressed to Plunder: For reasons unexplained, he likes to dress like A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: black leather boots, ruffled shirt, old-fashioned brown suit with a red cloak... he even wears black tea shades with one lens missing so as to look like an eyepatch.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He can't understand why Batman would bother saving his life.
- Evil Is Petty: When Sewer King discovers one of his children is missing, he goes into a screaming rage, overturns his table with all the food on it, and tells his children that there'll be no food until that child is found. That's rich coming from someone who wasn't sharing any of his food anyway.
- The Fagin: He had legions of orphaned children forced to steal for him.
- Hate Sink: One of the most purely loathsome villains in the series; Batman is sorely tempted to break his one rule with him.
- Hypocrite: The Sewer King calls Batman a "costumed freak." He's one to talk.
- King of the Homeless: He's enslaved a group of homeless children, and effectively made himself their king.
- Large Ham: Has No Indoor Voice, and is not so much as a king as he is a violent dictator.
- Light Is Not Good: He punishes a child for breaking his rule against "talking" (he cried out after injuring himself) by locking him in a room filled with bright lights for several hours.
- Monster of the Week: He is sufficiently creepy for a Batman villain, but it's just as well he never returns, since he is really only good for one story (that is, showcasing the evils of child slavery).
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: He keeps his slaves in line by threatening to feed them to his pet crocodiles.
- Shout-Out: His red pirate getup, combined with his long black hair and association with crocodiles, gives him a passing resemblance to Captain Hook.
- Verbal Tic: He seems to have a preference for saying "yes-yes-yes-yes-yes" and "no-no-no-no-no", like he's lecturing a misguided child.
- Would Hurt a Child: More like Would Torture A Child. Would feed them to alligators, too. Would keep them in awful conditions in the Gotham City sewers. Would scream at them till his throat is hoarse simply for talking. The Sewer King would do all that and more. Batman is so disgusted by his mistreatment of children that he is barely able to restrain himself from taking out the trash personally.
Arnold Stromwell was a prominent mob boss in Gotham City before turning himself in to the authorities. His estranged nephew Tony Zucco was responsible for the murder of the parents of Dick Grayson.
- Being Evil Sucks: Being a crime boss also made him a lonely man with no real friends and cost him his marriage. He later finds out how much he indirectly hurt those he loves when he discovers that his son took the drugs his organization was selling and ended in a hospital.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
- A Day in the Limelight: "It's Not Too Late" is almost exclusively about him.
- The Don: Rupert Thorne's rival at the start of the series. It's implied that he ran Gotham's underground for a long time, before Thorne arrived to challenge his power. He's also a Deconstruction, as his episode shows how much his actions have, albeit indirectly, hurt his family and by extension himself. He's currently divorced and later discovers that his son has been hospitalized because he took the drugs that his organization was selling.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son and his brother. They double as his Morality Pets. Seeing the effects of the drugs his organization produced on his son and talking to his brother convince him to surrender himself to the police and close down his organization.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He threw Zucco out of the family due to Zucco's giving him unwanted attention from Batman with his murder of the Flying Graysons.
- HeelFace Turn: At the end of his episode, he agrees to surrender to the police and tell Gordon all he knows about Gotham's criminal world.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's a mobster, but you still feel sorry for him as his personal and professional lives are an utter mess.
- Minor Major Character: In spite of his importance in the settings of the series,note he only appears during one episode (not counting flashbacks) and has a HeelFace Turn at the end.
- My Greatest Failure: He considers himself responsible for the accident during which his brother lost his leg, as the latter was injured while saving him from a train.
- Papa Wolf: When he thought that Thorne was responsible for the disappearance of his son, he was ready to beat him to a pulp to make him reveal where his son was. Too bad that Thorne wasn't the culprit.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He is a crime boss, his brother is a honest priest.
- Tragic Villain: As a poor young boy, he was determined that he should one day be someone, and that the criminals and scum should fear him. Through his underworld career, he got his wish—And also an utterly miserable life to go with it.
- Villain Protagonist: The episode "It's Not Too Late" is almost entirely about him, with Batman playing a supporting role.
- White Gang-Bangers: An Anglo-Saxon mafioso would be a rare thing, even in an age when most "ethnic" criminals were white (e.g., Italian-Americans).
The Condiment King (Buddy Standler)
A oneshot villain who only appeared early in "Make 'Em Laugh". At a glance, he just looks like a small time crook with an incredibly silly theme and costume, but it turns out he was a comedian who (along with two others) was brainwashed by the Joker as payback for kicking him out of a stand-up act (one he wasn't invited to, at that).
Despite only having a few minutes of screentime and solely serving as a joke villain, he gained an unexpected degree of popularity due to the inherently silly nature of him, and was eventually added as a recurring extra in the mainstream DC comics.
- Abnormal Ammo: He uses high-pressure guns to squirt out ketchup and mustard, capable of knocking a full grown man at least fifteen feet through the air.
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. He occasionally popped up in the mainstream DC universe, and in spite of his insipid gimmick, he shows potential to be a legitimate threat, if only because his condiment guns have spices that rank 100,000 on the Scoville meter and can cause anaphylactic shock to those sprayed by him, as Robin and Black Canary find out. He eventually got his weapons upgraded to shoot corrosive acid when he joined General Immortus' army. In spite of this, he's still treated as a joke by superheroes and law enforcement and always ends up getting his ass handed to him.
- Adaptational Wimp: However, his initial comic appearance in Batgirl: Year One made him even more pathetic than his DCAU counterpart. He's just a disturbed young man "armed" with off the shelf ketchup and mustard bottles. He doesn't even manage to harm anybody before Robin hands him his ass on a silver platter.
- Adaptational Name Change: His comic counterpart is renamed Mitchell Mayo.
- Alliterative Name: His DCU comic counterpart has the name Mitchell Mayo.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the DCAU, he was just a comedian brainwashed into being a bad guy. The comics make him a crook of his own volition.
- Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: The Condiment King's most effective attack was squirting a restaurant patron in the mouth with a packet of hot sauce. In the comics, he notes to Robin that his spices reach 100,000 on the Scoville Scale.
- Bottomless Magazines: He seems to have an infinite supply of sauces in his barrels.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In his initial appearance, he was just a comedian brainwashed into being a crook by Joker. His comic appearances just make him a standard crook.
- Breakout Character: Hard to believe, isn't it? In the years since his one-shot appearance in the series, other Creators just can't resist finding ways to include him in the comics and other DC connected media.
- Bring It: As soon as he meets him, King foolishly challenges Batman to a fight. Batman promptly wipes the floor with him.
- Bullying a Dragon: He honestly believed himself to be a legitimate threat to Batman and goads him into a fight—in mere seconds, Batman effortlessly takes him down.
- Butt-Monkey: He manages to become this in just his few minutes in the limelight. He's all but laughed out of the restaurant he's trying to hold up (until he shows he can be something of a threat to them), gets effortlessly beaten by Batman in a fight, and ends up falling off a building onto a police car by slipping on his own ketchup.
- The Cameo:
- Canon Foreigner: He was a new character created just for the episode "Make Em Laugh".
- Canon Immigrant: Originally a oneshot joke villain for this series, he made his way into the mainstream DC universe, where he's still a goofy looking villain, but it is made into something resembling a legitimate, if minor, threat.
- Cheap Costume:
- Just look at him. He wears a jumpsuit that looks like it was dug out of a Goodwill dumpster, dons a pickle headpiece and literally wears underwear as part of his costume.
- His initial costume in the comics isn't even a costume at all—he just wears a normal shirt and pants with a checkerboard tablecloth as a cape, with orange gloves, a backwards baseball cap and a domino mask. In other words, he looks like the kind of teenage loser you'd meet working at a local fast food joint.
- His third costume in the comics is slightly less ridiculous than the previous two (he ditched the underwear and baggy clothing for a black and red jumpsuit), but it has salt and pepper shakers as headpieces, and by his third appearance its clearly falling apart and looks like it was just sewn back together, with clearly visible patchwork and holes in it.
- Chest Insignia: He has a lone C with a lightning bolt on his chest. His comic appearances change it to a cartoonish crown.
- C-List Fodder: He's at the bottom of the villain food chain as far as being a threat to Batman. In Final Crisis Aftermath: Run, he is seemingly killed after being betrayed and bludgeoned by the Human Flame with his own ketchup and mustard guns. He was eventually revived in DC Rebirth.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- All it takes for Batman to beat him is a single punch to the stomach.
- In his appearance in Batgirl: Year One, Robin defeats him with a simple flip and kick.
- In his second comic appearance, he manages to send Robin and Black Canary into anaphylactic shock, Blue Beetle quickly defeats him by spraying him with milk, which knocks him down and douses his spices.
- In his third comic appearance, Batman just knocks him down with a punch to the face.
- In his cameo in The Lego Batman Movie, Batman quickly defeats him with a Groin Attack.
- Disney Villain Death: Averted; he somehow manages to survive a fall from a few stories onto a police car, but he is seriously injured as a result.
- Easily Forgiven: Due to being brainwashed while acting as the Condiment King, Buddy is immediately and rightfully acquitted of charges for holding up the restaurant once the Joker's scheme is uncovered.
- Edible Ammunition: Employs guns that squirt out ketchup and mustard, and also carries packets of hot sauce with him.
- Harmless Villain: He's absolutely no match for Batman in combat. Batman reacts with annoyance upon hearing about him on the Batmobile's radio, and finds him to be such a pathetic foe that he actually offers to go easy on him if he drops the act right then and there.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: However, he at least successfully held up and robbed a restaurant despite only having condiments as his weaponry. In the comics, he manages to get the advantage over Robin and Black Canary by giving them anaphylactic shock with his spices—only for Blue Beetle to defeat him by spraying him with milk.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After Batman mops the floor with him, he tries to squirt Bats with ketchup and tries to make a getaway after some boasting, but he slips on some of it that fell on the floor and nearly falls to his death, only cushioned (and seriously injured) by falling onto a police car.
- Hollywood Acid: In the comics, he eventually gets his guns upgraded to shoot corrosive acid instead of kitchen condiments.
- Large Ham: His introductory scene has him introduce himself to a fancy dinner banquet with all the bravado of an A-list supervillain.
- Lean and Mean: His comic book counterpart is considerably more thin than the stockier look he had in the DCAU.
- Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Lampshaded by the King himself in his second comic appearance. He notes that while he was locked up in Arkham Asylum, they gave him a kitchen job for therapy, which gave him time to refine his recipes. He also had the help of Poison Ivy to learn about all the varieties of spices and condiments out there to add to his arsenal."Those costumed clowns locked me away all those years ago. After a while those morons gave me a job in the kitchen for therapy. They let me work on my recipes. Idiots!"
- Improbable Weapon User: You try to find another villain who unironically uses kitchen condiments as weapons.
- Internal Homage: He's a parody of the cartoonishly campy villains of the 1960's Batman TV series.
- Made of Iron: Downplayed, but anyone who could even remotely survive falling onto a police car from several stories has to count as this, even if he was severely injured from it.
- Malicious Misnaming: Batman uses this on him, but its more disdainful than outright malicious, and apparently intended to bring the Condiment King to his senses by pointing out how utterly ridiculous and non-threatening he looks:
- Pungeon Master: He makes no less than six condiment-related puns in his few minutes of screentime. Makes sense considering he's a brainwashed comedian.Condiment King: What's this? Ah, the Big Bad Bat Guy. I knew you'd ketchup to me sooner or later. How I've relished this meeting. You, the Dynamic Dark Knight, versus me, the Conceptual Condiment King! Come Batman, let's see if you can cut the mustard.
Batman: (Batman delivers a single punch to CK's stomach) Quiet!
- Punny Name: His DCU comics counterpart is fittingly named Mitchell Mayo.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: In the comics, his costume dons this scheme, but it hardly makes him look any more intimidating.
- Sinister Shades: He wears a pair of tinted glasses as part of his costume. It really doesn't make him look anymore imposing.
- A fast food themed character with King in his name? Now where could that have come from...
- His comic name Mitchell Mayo is an obvious reference to Mitchell brand mayonaise.
- Slasher Smile: In his second comic appearance, he donned a pale Joker-like complexion and has a mean set of teeth to go with it.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He has a huge ego and is a boisterous, smug braggart. When Batman confronts him, he has the audacity to consider himself his equal and dares him to even fight him.
- Smug Snake: His confidence is proportionate to how ridiculous he looks. He has the nerve to even talk Batman down right to his face.
- Thin Chin of Sin: By sheer coincidence, Buddy Standler had this before he was brainwashed into becoming the Condiment King—it just so happened to match the crooks nature.
- Underwear of Power: He actually wears a pair of tighty-whiteys over his costume.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After Batman beats him, he tries to flee after some boasting, but slips on some of his own ketchup and is sent falling off a railing several stories down. Miraculously, he survives, but is seriously injured.
- Villain of the Week: A D-List villain who only made one brief appearance in the series, but he eventually made appearances and cameos in other parts of the Batman franchise.
- White Gloves: Wears a pair of these as part of his costume. The comics change it to orange and then red gloves.
A low-level mobster under his uncle, Arnold Stromwell. In an attempt to start a protection racket over Haley's Circus, Zucco sabotages the "Flying Graysons" trapeze act, killing Dick Grayson's parents.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In Robin's origin story from the comics, Zucco is an older, obese crimelord. In Batman: TAS, he's in his late 20's or early 30's, has an average build, and seems to be somewhat handsome.
- Bad Boss: Nearly shoots his own mooks with a Tommy gun because the spray of bullets would kill Batman, too.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Clearly has aspirations to get rich and powerful off of his extortion scheme, but is too brash and arrogant.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Zucco seems to have forgotten that he killed the Flying Graysons, as he's genuinely baffled why Batman is hunting him down so aggressively upon his return to Gotham.Zucco: You don't know the Bat. He don't let up. He's a dark angel of death, man, and he wants me!
Henchman: Why you, boss?
Zucco: How should I know?
- Dirty Coward: Skips town at any sign of trouble and fights dirty when he has to get violent.
- Jerkass: He's a loud, rude, and totally remorseless scumbag. He shows no regret in killing the Graysons and orphaning Dick, and when he runs into the poor kid later, he berates him for how inconvenienced he is at Dick being a material witness to the crime.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Zucco frays the ropes used for the Graysons' trapeze act to create an "accident" in retaliation for circus owner Mr. Haley refusing to pay him protection money.
- Shame If Something Happened: His M.O. is sabotage for extortion purposes.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not from military action, but from being hunted by Batman. In the flashback, he was a stone-cold gangster, but by the present day, he is more or less a wreck who jumps at shadows and goes outright crazy when he thinks Batman is coming to get him.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's a small-time extortionist only appearing in one two-part episode, but his criminal activities resulted in Dick Grayson becoming Robin.
- Trigger Happy: Goes nuts with a Tommy gun throughout the final act of his episode. First he blows a hole in the roof of his hideout to force Batman out of hiding, then turns a nearby amusement park to Swiss cheese trying to fight the Caped Crusader.
- Would Hurt a Child: In addition to the unlikelihood that he was ignorant to ten-year-old Dick Grayson being in the trapeze act he sabotaged, Zucco later flat out attempts to kill Dick so the boy won't testify against him.
- Villains Want Mercy: Once Robin gets his hands on him, he proceeds to beat the ever living crap out of Zucco. He desperately tries to get away from Robin, only cornering himself at the piers end and an enraged Robin about to throw him off. When it looked like Robin was going to drop him to his death, Zucco fearfully begs him not to kill him.
- Younger Than They Look: While Zucco was a healthy looking man in his mid to late twenties when he killed Robin's parents, by the time he meets up with the dynamic duo in the present, he looks much much older even though only 8-10 years have passed. His face is gaunt and he has heavy bags under his eyes that suggests he doesn't sleep well. This is almost certainly because he's been fearing that Batman will find him while on the run from Gotham.
The Terrible Trio
A trio of snobby, elitist frat brothers, the Terrible Trio have turned to heisting to cure their boredom.
- Actor Allusion: The isn't the first time Bill Mumy played a spoiled brat who ruins the lives of everyone he interacts with.
- Animal Motifs: Their identities are as The Fox (symbolizing a cunning and ruthless demeanor), the Shark (signifying an animalistic brutality), and the Vulture (representing a need to live off the suffering of others.)
- Delusions of Eloquence: Fox speaks in very posh, flowery language as he's robbing people blind.
- Egomaniac Hunter: They had a passion for hunting which they transferred to crime.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Vulture thinks that Fox plotting to kill his girlfriend to keep her mouth shut is going too far. Earlier, both Vulture and Shark object to robbing people they actually know vs going after random targets.
- Frat Bro: They're fraternity brothers, albeit with Delusions of Eloquence rather than the typical Lower-Class Lout you'd usually see associated with this trope.
- Hate Sink: They're nothing but a group of stuck-up, condescending, self-absorbed sociopaths who steal from and kill people for fun, and because they think their inherited wealth makes them completely above consequences - Fox especially, as he essentially leads them. Batman has nothing but the utmost of contempt for the Trio, considering them worse than even the Joker.
- Hypocrite: Given what we know about him, it can be quite galling to hear Fox call his girlfriend a "spoiled, willful child" when he suspects she'll report him to the police.
- It Amused Me: They're rich, so they don't need the money; they just do what they do because they're bored.
- Land, Sea, Sky: Their alter-egos reflect how their families made their vast fortunes (oil, shipping, and aerodynamics, respectively.)
- Malevolent Masked Men: They pull off their heists while wearing creepy animal masks. Robin even remarks that they wouldn't look out-of-place in a Mardi Gras festival.
- Mythology Gag / Older Than They Think: They're based off a Silver Age comics Terrible Trio who used the same monikers and masks, though the original Trio were three evil scientist/tycoon types in the style of preCrisis-Lex Luthor, with similar grandiose aspirations.note
- Nice to the Waiter: Averted; they treat the working class as little more than cannon fodder and are actually offended that Bruce Wayne would even consider being polite to his hired help.
- Old Money: Their inherited family fortunes ensure that they'll never have to work a day in their lives. Didn't stop them from turning to armed robbery, though...
- One-Shot Character: They never appear after their debut episode.
- Rich Boredom: They got tired of all the safaris, treasure hunting, and deep-sea diving they once occupied themselves with and instead took up crime because they like "the thrill of the chase."
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: NOPE! Despite Fox's posturing that his money and lawyers make him completely untouchable, he still gets found guilty and tossed in prison.
- The Sociopath: Fox in particular. Every attachment or ounce of compassion he appears to have is eventually revealed to be fake or manipulation, and he fails to understand why people would feel those things. People, even the other rich, are just tools or toys to him at best.
- She Knows Too Much: Fox resolves to kill his girlfriend because she knows about his secret life as a criminal.
- The Social Darwinist: They consider themselves to be the superior breed in Gotham City, and that they can therefore treat people however they want.
- Terrible Trio: Well, yeah.
- Too Clever by Half: Riding the high of their successes and entitlement, they soon come to see themselves as untouchable. This backfires on them as Batman slowly closes in.
- Upper-Class Twit: Fox especially, but all of them come from well-off backgrounds and carry themselves with an unearned sense of entitlement.
Boss Biggis is a slaver who kidnaps Gotham's homeless population and forces them to work in his gold mines.
- Bad Boss: Even ignoring the fact that he literally owns slaves that he kidnapped from their families, he seems to go out of his way to abuse them however he can. He forces them to work long hours in dangerous mining conditions, and punishes them for eating by forcing them to work twice as hard. Anyone who even thinks of mouthing off to him gets locked up in a metal box in the hot desert sun for hours. He's not any better to the personal henchmen he presumably does pay, threatening them if they fail to catch Batman and even striking the man who tells him that the slaves need to eat.
- Bullying a Dragon: He never suspected that one of his abused slaves would be Batman in disguise.
- Corrupt Hick: He's a brutal slaver who acts like a stereotypical Deep South overseer.
- Fat Bastard: He's as repulsively evil as he is morbidly obese.
- Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: He provides the page image, and for good reason; he's morbidly obese, he's constantly sweating and fanning himself, and he's a Corrupt Hick in a disheveled white suit.
- Greed: He forces his slaves to toil their lives away in his gold mines, keeping all the profits for himself.
- Guttural Growler: He's got a diabolically low, gravelly voice.
- Hate Sink: There is nothing remotely likable about him at all; he's a greedy, sadistic, hypocritical slaveowner with disgusting personal habits and no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
- Hypocrite: He calls his slaves "lazy" for not working quite as hard as he'd like; pretty rich coming from a guy who does nothing but sit on his duff all day and scarf down unhealthy amounts of food.
- I'm a Humanitarian: At one point, he threatens that if his men don't catch the escaped Bruce Wayne, he'll "eat 'em alive" while slurping up food. Whether or not he was serious is left up for interpretation, as that's the point Batman comes in.
- Jabba Table Manners: He's always talking with his mouth full, and his shirt is stained with various foodstuffs.
- Lack of Empathy: Shows no care for anyone who's not himself, outright stating that the slaves should be spending the time they use to eat working with the implication that it means absolutely nothing to him if they drop dead since he can just get more, even throwing a random slave into the Punishment Box for no other reason than to Make an Example of Them to force them to work harder.
- Non-Action Guy: He relies on his henchmen to do the fighting for him because he's too out-of-shape to do so himself. Once Batman has all of Boss Biggis' men taken care of, the slaver's only option is to run.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Subverted; he wears a white suit, but it's disheveled and covered in food stains.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: He's a slaveowner and one of the most despicable villains ever to appear on the show.
- Too Dumb to Live: When he finds out that Batman has come to rescue the slaves, Boss Biggis and his men chase the Dark Knight into a mineshaft and turn off all the lights, thinking that the Boss' goons will have the advantage (since their helmets come with lights that allow them to see.) All this does is make it easier for Batman to pick them off one at a time until only a terrified Biggis remains to fend for himself.
- Villainous Glutton: He's constantly stuffing his face with obscene amounts of food, even having the gall to claim that he is the one who needs to eat while the slaves only need to work.
James "Jazzman" Peake
A gangster with a grudge against Commissioner Gordon for busting a massive smuggling racket Jazzman had created.
Vincent Vinnie the Shark Starkey
A drug lord who was once arrested by Harvey Bullock, and still holds a grudge against him for it, leading Bullock to suspect him of carrying out a series of attempts on his life.
- Not Me This Time: While he's fully willing to take the opportunity to put a bullet between Bullock's eyes when he catches him in the middle of an operation, it turns out he was not responsible for the attacks on Bullock throughout the episode. It was actually Bullock's landlord, driven insane from having to constantly deal with Bullock.
A robotic minion of the Joker's most notable for being killed by Batman via compaction.
- Alas, Poor Villain: "YOU KILLED CAPTAIN CLOWN!!!"
- Avenging the Villain: Parodied; the Joker swears vengeance on Batman for killing Captain Clown, and the Clown Prince gets back at him by... dumping garbage on top of him.
- Evil Redhead: He's got a shaggy mop of red hair.
- Implacable Man: No matter what Batman tried — even after knocking off his head — Captain Clown just kept coming for him. Being compacted into a cube did the trick, though.
- Insane Admiral: He dresses like a typical admiral, complete with ascot and Nice Hat.
- Monster Clown: Being an evil, super-strong robot made to look like a clown, he qualifies.
- Rasputinian Death: He gets crushed into a cube and then dropped in a pool of molten metal. Suffice it to say, he ain't getting back up.
- Robot Buddy: While he was an evil robot, the Joker seemed to consider him a friend.
- Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: He's pretty strong, dexterous, and durable for a guys whose only job was to pilot a barge.
- The Voiceless: He never speaks a word at any point in his only appearance.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played for Laughs; Batman had to send Captain Clown into a crusher because he was too powerful to be stopped non-lethally and showed no signs of being anything but a mindless automaton, but the Joker seems genuinely upset about the Captain's demise.
Charles 'Chuckie' Sol
A mob boss and a former member of the Valestra mob, who has the dubious honor of being the first victim of the Phantasm.
- Asshole Victim: A ruthless and callous mob boss isnt someone easily missed. It seems that even the other members of the Valestra Gang hate him, with Buzz even going to his grave just to call him a loser.
- Dirty Coward: When Batman goes after him, he immediately abandons his men to Batmans mercy, and when he runs into the Phantasm and his attempt to kill the vigilante fails, he immediately starts to break down and sob.
- Famous Last Words: "Now I got you, ya lousy, stinking- WHAT?!"
- Slasher Smile: When he attempts to run over the Phantasm.
- Smug Snake: When hes on the winning side, hell act tough and confident, but the second someone bigger and badder than him shows up, he folds like paper. Lampshaded by Buzz Bronski, who calls him a "loser" for this.
Edward "King" Barlowe
A mob boss and hated rival of the Joker, Barlowe nevertheless saw fit to give the Clown Prince of Crime an Unexpected Inheritance of $250 million in cash, gold and jewels... except not really. Most of it turned out to be fake.
- Bald of Evil: He only has a few strands of hair left on his head when we see him in his Video Will.
- Batman Gambit: The reason his plan went off without a hitch is because he knew the Joker long enough to predict with 100% accuracy how the Clown Prince would act in the situation the fake inheritance put him in.
- British Teeth: Hes got some nasty crooked teeth.
- Brooklyn Rage: He speaks with a thick Brooklyn accent that youd expect from a mafioso like himself.
- The Chessmaster: We can assume he was such a successful criminal because of his almost superhuman planning abilities, as evidenced by how he managed to completely screw over the Joker from beyond the grave.
- The Don: He was one of the most powerful mob bosses in Gotham, making his nickname of King rather appropriate.
- Evil Gloating: His sole appearance in the episode (indeed, the entire series) is a video of him gloating that he completely fooled the Joker and finally got the last laugh over his rival.
- Fat Bastard: Hes noticeably obese.
- Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a smile on his face knowing full well that hes successfully pulled one over on the Joker, and smugly celebrating that the Clown Prince will never be able to get back at him.
- Guttural Growler: He has a low, snarly voice.
- Incurable Cough of Death: When we see him on his deathbed in his Video Will, hes using an oxygen mask and has a coughing fit at one point. Lung problems seem to be common among Gotham criminals...
- Karma Houdini: From what we know of him, he successfully evaded the police and Batman his entire life before dying of natural causes with a huge amount of money to his name.
- Laughably Evil: Lets put it this way: if you can get away with pulling a huge prank on the Joker, youve got to have one wicked sense of humor.
- Manipulative Bastard: He successfully tricked the Joker into falling right into his trap by appealing to his short-sighted greed.
- Posthumous Character: The audience never knows about his existence until shortly after hes kicked the bucket; we only ever see and hear him in a short Video Will — which goes a long way to establish both his character and the episode itself.
- The Rival: Apparently, King Barlowe and the Joker hated one another, which is why the Joker never expected to inherit $250 million from the old man. It turns out the inheritance was mostly fake, as a final f-you to King Barlowes enemy from beyond the grave.
- Sinister Schnoz: Hes got a rather prominent nose.
- Thanatos Gambit: King knew he was going to die soon, so he used his impending mortality to get back at the Joker one last time: he claimed to have left him $250 million, but only $10 million of it was actually real — most of the cash, plus all the gold and jewels, were fake. Barlowe anticipated that the Joker would blow through all of the real money immediately and have nothing left over when the Intimidating Revenue Service comes to collect. Joker finds himself faced with a Sadistic Choice between either going to prison for tax evasion or admitting hes been tricked and becoming the laughingstock of Gotham. Barlowe planned all of this from the start, and it went down like clockwork. Bonus points for using his Video Will to rub it in the Jokers face about how utterly screwed he is and how hell never be able to get back at Barlowe since hes already dead.
- Troll: As it turns out, he's an even bigger troll than the Joker, managing to bamboozle the Clown Prince of Crime and completely screw him over just for a posthumous laugh at his rival's expense. His Video Will cements it:Barlowe, on his deathbed: Hiya, Joker. If you're playin' this tape, you've probably figured out you've been had. Yeah, I left you some cash, but only ten million - which, knowing you, you've already blown. All the other stuff, the money, jewels, and gold, it's all fake. See, I always hated your guts, and this was the perfect payback. By now, you're probably out of real money, the I.R.S. is after you, and you can't admit I fooled you, or you'll be the laughingstock of the underworld. The joke's on you, sucker! I got the last laugh after all! [he laughs, then starts coughing and gasping and grabs for his oxygen tank, but he is still grinning into the camera, then the TV has been shot and blown by a VERY pissed-off Joker]
- White Gang-Bangers: Like Arnold Stromwell, King Barlowe is a rare Anglo-Saxon mafioso.
A gangster who works with Penguin and Rupert Thorne in their arms deal to the Kasnians.
- Bald of Evil: He is a gangster with a shaved head.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: He's bald and is an an African American gang leader.
- Beard of Evil: Has a goatee and, again, is a gangster.
- Being Evil Sucks: It's obvious that he doesn't enjoy his life of crime. It cost him the life of his wife and he has a very strained relationship with his daughter. Rocky even tells Kathy at the end of the film "Maybe he hated his life as much as you hated yours".
- Betrayal by Inaction: Subverted as Kathy is hanging from a broken ledge by her cape. Carlton goes away, Kathy's head drops... and then the lifesaver on a rope he'd gone to grab drops down.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: More like "Earn Your Bittersweet Ending". He ditches his life of crime and repairs his relationship with Kathy, but he still ends up in jail. Kathy mentions that he's making a deal to testify against Thorne and Penguin, hinting that he might get a reduced sentence.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even though he's way too overprotective, Carlton does genuinely love his daughter Kathy. When she's outed as one of the Batwomen, Penguin attempts to poison her for information. Carlton tries to stop him, but is brutally pulverized by Bane. These events ultimately convince him to give up on crime.
- HeelFace Turn: Let's see, his bosses treat him very poorly, they recruit Bane to take his place as their protection, they try to kill Kathy right in front of him, then Bane beats him to a pulp and tries to drown him. Is it any wonder that Carlton made a plea deal to testify against Penguin and Thorne at the end.
- Love Redeems: He is unable to stand by while Penguin tortures Kathy, but is stopped by Bane before he can intervene. Thorne and Penguin fire him, then Bane beats him and attempts to drown him. Kathy saves him, then he saves her when the cruiser explodes, and following his arrest, he makes a deal to testify against Penguin and Thorne.
- My Greatest Failure: While it isn't explored much (at least from his perspective), the death of his wife is clearly this. She was shot in an assassination attempt on him. As a result, he doesn't let Kathy go anywhere without being accompanied by his henchmen. Kathy deeply resents him for it.
- Overprotective Dad: As mentioned above, he keeps Kathy under lock and key most of the time and when she does go out, she must be accompanied by her two "bodyguards". This makes sense, seeing as he has a lot of enemies and already lost his wife in a failed assassination attempt.
- Remember the New Guy?: Carlton Duquesne is treated as if he has always been a major underworld player and partner of Rupert Thorne and the Penguin but was never shown earlier in the series.
- Scary Black Man: He is a large, intimidating black gangster and works as the "muscle" to Penguin and Rupert Thorne.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: The final act hints that gruff gangster Carlton Duquesne isn't that happy with what his lifestyle has done to himself and his family.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Carlton is not the best looking guy, but his late wife, who is only shown in Kathy's paintings, was absolutely stunning. Especially since Kathy is The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter.