Orphaned at a young age, billionaire Bruce Wayne took on the identity of Batman to serve as the protector of Gotham City. Five years prior to the start of the film, Batman suffered his greatest failure when his surrogate son, Jason Todd, who was the second Robin, was brutally murdered by the Joker.
- Badass Baritone: He has a very deep voice courtesy of Bruce Greenwood, and the badass part should go without saying. He is Batman after all.
- Badass Normal: He has no superpowers, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the most badass superheroes in the setting thanks to a lifetime's worth of training. Granted, the cool gadgets he buys from his fortune also help.
- The Cowl: The Trope Codifier of the shadowy superhero who works at night and uses fear and intimidation to combat villainy.
- Failure Knight: The plot of the movie revolves around his greatest failure in being unable to save Jason Todd from the Joker. Jason's Robin costume has a permanent place in the Batcave as a constant reminder of the surrogate son he lost. He chooses to keep the costume up as a monument even after Jason's fall to villainy and his inability to redeem him.
- The Fettered: Unlike Red Hood. He states he's been tempted to kill the Joker, many, many times, but he's afraid that if he starts killing he will take a step too far and never stop.
- Heartbroken Badass: A non-romantic version. Jason's death and subsequent downfall into villainy left him broken and angry at himself for not being able to save Jason and leaving him with the wish that he could have done more for him if he had the chance.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Bruce is still eaten up by guilt for failing to save Jason from the Joker.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acts cold and aloof in the beginning of the movie, particularly when he keeps insisting he doesn't need Nightwing's help despite Dick's continued assistance. Though never warm and cuddly, it's clear he cares about him.
- My Greatest Failure: Jason's death and his downfall into becoming Red Hood.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Jason was his surrogate son, and the beginning of the movie has Bruce too late to save him from the Joker's death trap.
- Papa Wolf: Once he finds out that Jason Todd is the Red Hood, he pays a personal visit to Ra's al Ghul to find out what part he played in it, effortlessly going through his guards and threatening to dislocate his shoulder once he finds him. Earlier, he nearly kills the Joker when he visits him in Arkham after he mocks Jason's death.
- Parental Substitute: To both Dick Grayson and Jason Todd whom he adopted as his surrogate sons and trained to fight alongside him as partners in crime.
- Pet the Dog: After acting like he didnt need Nightwings help and in general acting the part of the bitter loner, he sincerely thanks Nightwing for his help after Dick injured his leg.
- Save the Villain: Saves Red Hood more than once throughout the film, and later saves the drug dealers and gangsters Joker tries to set on fire. His moral code is so strong that even saved the Joker.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: His classic code against killing puts him at odds with Red Hood, who has no such reservations. The climax of the movie is Jason trying to force Bruce to break his code by murdering the Joker.
Formerly the original Robin, Dick Grayson has since become an independent superhero in his own right known as Nightwing. Though he's no longer his sidekick, he still lends a hand to Bruce whenever he needs it.
- Badass Normal: Like Batman, he's a superhero with no actual powers, just a load of gadgets and skills earned through rigorous training.
- Butt-Monkey: Batman keeps leaving him behind.
- Deadpan Snarker: "I'm chatty. It's part of my charm."
- To Jason Todd. He's upbeat and doesn't resort to excessive force. The Joker points this out a few times.
- To Batman as well. While Batman is a classic example of the cold, aloof and intimidating superhero, Nightwing is charming and funny.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Injuring his leg while he and Batman chase after Red Hood both writes him out of the story and references him wearing a brace on his leg in the original comic.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: He's one of the more light-hearted and funny characters in the movie. Once he's forced to sit out the rest of the film because of a leg injury, things continue to get darker.
- Sidekick Graduations Stick: Dick has become Nightwing, an independent superhero in his own right, while the mantle of Robin was adopted by his successor, Jason Todd.
Robin II/Jason Todd
Jason was a troubled kid who first met Batman while he was stealing the tires off the Bat-Mobile. Batman ended up taking him under his wing and Jason became the second Robin, only for his crime-fighting career to meet an abrupt and tragic end when he was murdered by the Joker.
- Anti-Hero: Flashbacks show him more willing to injure people than Batman would like.
- Darker and Edgier: In-universe. His costume changes to something more serious as he gets older, while he himself becomes more temperamental.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he captures the Riddler he spends most of his time snarking. This trait disappears as he gets older.
- Dead Sidekick: He's killed by the Joker in the opening.
- Death of a Child: He's only a teenager when he's murdered by the Joker.
- Defiant to the End: Even after the Joker collapses one of his lungs with a crowbar, his only response is to spit a gob of blood at his face when he gets close enough.
- Delinquent: Not only did he do a stint in juvie, Batman first met him when Jason had successfully stolen the tires off the Bat-Mobile.
- The Determinator: Even after the Joker beats him to a bloody pulp with a crowbar, collapses one of his lungs, and leaves him broken and handcuffed on the floor, Jason contorts himself so his hands are in front of him, rather than behind, and walks then crawls to the door. He only gives up when he realizes there's bomb nearby that's about to go off in seconds.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he finally sees the bomb the Joker left behind with only seconds left on the timer, he merely adopts a look of calm resignation before it goes off.
- Legacy Character: He was the second Robin after Dick became Nightwing.
- Leotard of Power: In his early Robin days.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Due to his quicker temper and more emotional nature, hes more willing to utilize excessive brutality when fighting criminals. Bruce chews him out for shattering a criminals clavicle, sending him into shock even though they needed him for information. Jason apologizes, then insists the man deserved it anyway.
- Posthumous Character: Initially appears to be this given the fact that the story opens with his murder by the Joker.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Young Jason is voiced by Alexander Martella, while Teenage Jason is voiced by Vincent Martella. And then there's Jensen Ackles as Jason as Red Hood.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Though he started off as a street tough, when he was adopted by Bruce as the next Robin, he was shown to be an adorably cheerful and wise-cracking sidekick. As a teenager, he became more hot-headed and ruthless when fighting criminals. Tragically, the final scene of the movie is Jason about to embark on his first night of crime fighting as Robin, declaring it the best night of his life.
Bruce's faithful butler and confidant.
- Cool Old Guy: A polite, snarky, and supportive father-figure to the middle-aged Bruce Wayne.
- Not So Stoic: Alfred is in top form, unflappable in the face of everything Batman-related. But when the computer confirms that the Red Hood is Jason, he drops the tray he was carrying, and can only stare at the screen in numb recognition.
- Parental Substitute: Just like Bruce ended up being a father-figure to Dick and Jason, Alfred became Bruce's parent after the death of the Waynes.
- Servile Snarker: Being a devoted butler to Master Bruce doesn't mean he won't lay on polite-sounding snark when the occasion calls for it.
A mysterious new player in Gotham City's underworld. Seeking to forge his own empire, he's begun waging war against the crime boss Black Mask. It quickly becomes apparent that he's no ordinary criminal. Instead, he's incredibly skilled and he seems to have a history with Batman.
- Antagonistic Offspring: In spirit, if not connected by blood. Jason was Bruce's surrogate son and sidekick, before he became the villainous Red Hood.
- Anti-Villain: His first act upon assuming control of the various gangs is to make children untouchable to the drug trade, and he only ever targets criminals in the course of his various activities. As he tells Batman during their first real chat, he's actively attempting to control the criminal element of Gotham, but we don't find out why until the climax.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He sets himself up as the drug kingpin in Gotham and rival to Black Mask by showing up at a meeting of the "heads" of the organizations under Mask's thumb and giving them a bag full of the heads of their lieutenants.Hood: I did that in two hours. Wanna see what I can do with a whole evening?
- Back from the Dead: Courtesy of Ra's al Ghul and the Lazarus Pit.
- Badass Biker: He rides a motorcycle and his "costume" is essentially just a leather jacket with a red, combat helmet. The Joker lampshades it, as per usual.Joker: When I wore that number, it was classy. More flashy maitre d' than motorcycle fetish. (sighs) Kids today...
- Big-Bad Ensemble: He's the main antagonist of the film but he's in a gang war with Black Mask, and the Joker eventually gets out of Arkham determined to raise a little hell of his own. Red Hood has them all beat as the final antagonist and ultimate threat to Batman at the climax.
- Came Back Wrong: According to Ra's al Ghul. Jason himself throws it back in Batman's face, suggesting his current activity is somehow easier to digest if the Lazarus Pit "turned [him] rabid," instead of this just being the real Jason finally showing himself.
- The Chessmaster: The movie's entire events were all a plan to get the Joker out of Arkham and put him in a situation where Batman would have no choice but to kill him.
- Cold Sniper: He kills three people from a significant distance without touching Batman or Nightwing standing to either side of them.
- Combat Pragmatist: Though he has plenty of gadgets up his sleeves, he's not afraid to use anything in the environment to his advantage in a fight, and, as noted under The Unfettered, is willing to use any methods necessary to gain an advantage.
- Complexity Addiction: His ultimate plan to get Batman to realize that sometimes Murder Is the Best Solution, specifically regarding irredeemable people like The Joker. Instead of just finishing The Joker off himself and using that as the ultimate symbol of his new pragmatic approach being more effective than Batman's idealistic approach, he goes to extra trouble to get Batman to abandon his Thou Shalt Not Kill rule and finish The Joker off.
- Cool Helmet: It explodes too.
- Crazy-Prepared: To be expected, as a member of the Bat Family.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first appearance has him set up a gathering of Gotham's gang leaders without them knowing, uses a gun on them when they start to pull out their weapons. Red Hood then announces he will be running the drug trade with each of them giving him 40%, however he makes it known to them to not deal to children otherwise they end up dead. When one of them questions why they should take his offer, Red Hood drops a duffel bag...containing the heads of their top enforcers.
- Evil Counterpart: He has similar skills and training as Batman, and his goal is to protect Gotham by controlling crime and killing the criminals who aren't susceptible to Batman's fear tactics. During a fight between the two, Red Hood claims he's going to be a better Batman than the real one ever was.
- Faux Affably Evil: He has a rather snarky, personable, and somewhat laid back personality, is cool under fire and logical with always a few tricks up his sleeves and sharp tongue to match. However, this belies his true nature of an angry, violent, young man with serious emotional and (possible) mental issues.
- Guns Akimbo: Likes to to use a pair of handguns.
- The Heavy: The main antagonist and the one who drives the plot along for the majority of the film.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He's vigilante with no hesitation against killing, and his entire plan consisted of forcing himself into the criminal underworld to keep Gotham's criminals in line.
- Irony: There's the fact that his actions are based around heroism, but are so brutal that he is a firm villain. But there is also a bit of symbolic irony in a bat family member becoming a new Red Hood, with the original being the original villain alias of who else but The Joker.
- Knife Nut: After the guns, before the fists, he has a knife that can cut Batman's cables.
- Knight Templar: Believes that everything he has done, every life he has taken, has been in the name of bringing order and stability to Gotham.[To Batman] "Yes. You can't stop crime. That's what you never understood. I'm controlling it. You wanna rule them by fear. But what do you do with the ones who aren't afraid? I'm doing what you won't, I'm taking them out!"
- Legacy Character: Many people have adopted the identity of the Red Hood over the years, the Big Bad of the movie merely being the latest. The first individual was the Joker.
- A Million Is a Statistic: The crux of Jason's grievance with Batman. Despite the "entire graveyards" worth of people that the Joker has killed, Jason was hoping he'd be special, that he'd be the one Batman actually avenged.
- Necessarily Evil: His argument for why establishing his own criminal empire is a good thing. Crime will never be completely eliminated, so the best thing to do is control it so its worst excesses don't hurt as many people as it would otherwise.
- Never Found the Body: Twice over. First, after Ra's brought him back from the dead, as part of his post-resurrection Freak Out!, he jumps out of Ra's hideout into the gorge below. Despite having his men search for months, Ra's never found his body or a trail and presumed him dead. The second time happens in the climax where his body isn't found amidst the rubble after he sets off an explosion in the apartment building he, Batman and Joker were in.
- Not So Different:
- To Batman; A masked vigilante with a penchant for the Stealth Hi/Bye, who preys on criminals and develops a reputation of dread, a small arsenal of various weapons and explosives on his person at all times, listening devices installed in Black Mask's office, an expert marksman with a penchant for firearms instead of thrown weapons, even a grappling line that sees use in their final battle; Really, the only thing that differentiates the two is Hood's willingness to kill. This is the first big clue as to his identity.
- To the Joker; Aside from assuming his old alter-ego, he captures the Joker, beats him with a crowbar, and then tries to finish him off in a building rigged to explode.
- A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: He was once the second Robin, Batman's sidekick and protege, but following his death and resurrection, he becomes one of his greatest enemies.
- The Reveal: Blood analysis shows that he's Jason Todd.
- Tragic Villain: He was slowly growing bitter and more violent as the second Robin, was brutally murdered by the Joker, resurrected by Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pit—which may or may not have effected him mentally—and learned that the surrogate father that failed to save him, didn't even avenge him by killing the Joker. Learning all this made him decide to be a Batman willing to kill to protect Gotham.
- The Unfettered: Will use whatever methods necessary, no matter how brutal or violent, to achieve his end goal of "cleaning up Gotham." Despite that, he still won't tolerate drug dealing to children, even if it would increase his cut of the profits.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He went from a precocious child ecstatic to be the new Robin, to a murderous vigilante with father issues. The final scene of the movie is a tragic flashback to Jason's first night as Robin, proudly declaring it, "the best night of his life."
- Villain Has a Point: He calls out Batman for not killing Joker, as the crazed clown has proven to a dangerous killer who not only has murdered who knows how many victims but also has personally hurt their family. In spite of Jason's dark and murderous revenge plan, it's hard to refute his legitimate criticism towards Batman's reluctance to kill Joker.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was once the partner of Batman and a former juvenile delinquent whose hard background, brutal death at the hands of the Joker, and subsequent resurrection drove him over the edge to become the murderous Knight Templar Red Hood.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: Threaten to kill any of the drug lords if they sold drugs to children.
Batman's archenemy and the original Red Hood. Arguably Batman's first failure, an accidental dip into a vat of chemicals turned the Joker from a smalltime criminal into a psychopathic, mass-murdering, clown-themed supervillain. His most personal act to date was the murder of the second Robin five years ago.
- Adaptational Badass: In most adaptations, Joker is more of a schemer than a fighter, or at best a desperate scrapper when cornered. Here, he quickly and effortlessly murders a room full of armed mob bodyguards while handcuffed. He's got a sturdier build than he is usually portrayed with, and seems more capable of getting his own hands dirty.
- Adaptational Ugliness: His design is more in line with the Joker from The Dark Knight than the comics or cartoons, having greasy hair, haggard eyes and pockmarks all over his face.
- Archenemy: He holds the distinction of being Batman's most personal nemesis, to the point where Bruce says a day doesn't go by when he doesn't think about murdering him. Not only did he murder Batman's surrogate son, Jason, in the beginning of the movie, a line from the Red Hood implies in this continuity that he crippled Barbara Gordon as well.
- Ax-Crazy: As usual. The movie opens with him beating Jason Todd with a crowbar. Almost to death. Then the bombs finish it.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: While Red Hood has his own agenda and plans of his own, the Joker started the plot by killing Jason Todd, and ends up taking advantage of the chaos that ensues when Red Hood shows up to make everything worse.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: First he's hired by Ra's al Ghul to act as a distraction, only to go off mission and violently murder Jason Todd instead. Then, after Black Mask breaks him out of prison so he can assassinate the Red Hood, the Joker tries to burn him alive.
- Darker and Edgier: Kind of; this version of The Joker is more thuggish, but does the Tommy Udo version of the Giggling Villain.
- Deadpan Snarker: His humor and delivery are more sarcastic and measured than his usual bonkers antics. He still giggles like a deranged schoolgirl, but less frequently than many adaptations.
- Evil Is Hammy: This aspect of him hasn't changed.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Black Mask in a moment of desperation, breaks Joker out of Arkham in exchange for him killing the Red Hood. Naturally the Joker betrays him almost immediately. Ra's al Ghul made a similar mistake, hiring him to serve as a distraction, only to be horrified when the Joker actually murdered the second Robin.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Highly unusual for the Joker, but this plays into his Darker and Edgier characterization.
- Eviler Than Thou:
- Twice when he's up allied himself with another villain, the Joker quickly proves himself to be more dangerous than his erstwhile "employers" can handle. Ra's al Ghul was so disturbed by the Joker's actions that he called off his war with Batman, while the Black Mask nearly ends up immolated after he tries to hire the Joker as an assassin.
- He ends up on the receiving end of this at the end of the movie. While the Joker is definitely more evil than the Red Hood, the Red Hood is far more skilled and effortlessly captures him and beats him to a bloody pulp.
- Face Death with Dignity: When Red Hood sets off bombs in the climax to try to kill himself, Batman and the Joker, the Joker actually tries to stop Batman from deactivating them, laughing about how it's the perfect "happy ending" to their story. Batman and the Joker end up surviving the explosion, but the Red Hood disappears.
- Faux Affably Evil: This Joker is one of the most transparently sociopathic versions of the character, but he never drops his fun-loving, friendly and joking manner even as he beats a child to death with a crowbar or tries to set his own allies on fire.
- For the Evulz: Why does the Joker brutally murder a child and kill his own allies at the drop of a hat? For laughs, of course.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: A brief flashback shows him as the original Red Hood, where he's implied to just be a pawn of actual criminals before he slips and falls into a vat of chemicals. When he emerges as the Joker, he's one of the most evil individuals walking the Earth.
- Hate Sink: The Joker from Batman: The Animated Series was a monster to be sure, but his despicableness was counterbalanced by a bombastic sense of showmanship and Comic Relief. Conversely, this Joker is less cartoonish and much more thuggish, despicable and realistically monstrous than usual.
- The Heavy: In the greater scope; the events of this movie are entirely his fault, and he doesn't feel a drop of remorse for it.
- Karma Houdini: At the end of the day he suffered no comeuppance for his villainy other than being returned to Arkham, and he had an utter blast watching Batman's struggle with Red Hood.
- Laughably Evil: Though he's not as funny as other interpretations of the character, he can still get laughs in a Dead Baby Comedy kind of way."So, who's got a camera? Ooh, ooh, get one of me and the kid, first, then [Batman] and me, then the three of us and then one with the crowbar!"
- Monster Clown: Moreso than other incarnations.
- Pretender Diss: Says his time as the Red Hood was "Classy, more flashy maître d' than motorcycle fetish" when initially questioned by Batman and Nightwing, and later to Red Hood himself.
- Psycho for Hire: For some reason, other villains keep trying to hire the Joker to do their dirty work even though it's clear he's too crazy to control. The first time Ra's al Ghul hired him to serve as a distraction for Batman while he tried to blow up banks and cripple Europe's economy. Instead the Joker brutally murdered the teenage Jason Todd, something Ra's never planned on. When the Black Mask breaks the Joker out of Arkham to assassinate the Red Hood for him, the Joker chooses to do so by trying to burn Black Mask, his employees and his rivals alive.
- Sadist: He takes immense joy out of the suffering he inflicts on others.
- The Sociopath: He has absolutely no regard for human life, including his own.
- Villain Respect: He's actually impressed by how Jason came back to life and started all this.
- Would Hurt a Child: His first scene shows the Joker beating a teenage boy nearly to death, and then finishing the job with a bomb."Now, that was rude. The first boy blunder had some manners. I suppose I'm going to have to teach you a lesson so you can better follow in his footsteps. (beat) Nah, I'm just gonna keep beating you with this crowbar."
The first crime lord in twenty years to reign over Gotham's underworld, Black Mask gets his name from the skull-like mask fused to his head. Though he longs to ascend to higher realms of crime, he finds his position threatened when he becomes embroiled in a gang war with the Red Hood.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While Black Mask is still a horrible person, he seems a lot more chivalrous than what the comics had been running with at the time of the film's production. When he punches out his goons one-by-one, he doesn't lay a finger on Ms. Li. Also, the movie leaves out his penchant for Cold-Blooded Torture, reducing him to a crime boss with a temper.
- Bad Boss: When ranting about Red Hood, he's willing to randomly punch his subordinates, notably the new guy who isn't used to his appearance.Black Mask: *suddenly calm* You. New guy. Don't be nervous kid, but if you keep staring at me like that, I'm gonna cut your eyes out.*Black Mask lays him out*
- Big Bad Wannabe: Prior to its theft by Red Hood, AMAZO was to be Mask's ticket into international arms deals, a step-up from his current "bottom-feeding garbage" of small scale drug and weapons trafficking. Later, after a direct attack from Red Hood, Mask decides to get out of the "cross-fire" by breaking the Joker out of Arkham, which goes about as well as could be expected.
- Captain Obvious: During a rant about taking down the Red Hood.Mask: Maybe my last request was too mired in subtlety. I want this man dead. When I say "dead", I mean "seriously dead". Beaten. Broken! HIS-HEAD-MOUNTED-ON-MY-WALL KINDA DEAD!Ms. Li: Understood. We'll be taking further precautions at every transaction.Mask: Screw that! Time he learned that this is a contact sport. We're going on offense. Rough up his business; something big! Something loud! When he shows up to shut us down, have a party waiting for him! And when I say "party" I actually mean a 'whole lot of people who are gonna KILL HIM!Li: I figured.Mask: Just being clear.
- The Don: At the start of the movie, he's the reigning crime lord of Gotham. The first one to have most of the underworld under his thumb in twenty years.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's clearly uncomfortable with hiring the Joker. He has good reason to feel that way.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: He hires the Joker to assassinate the Red Hood for him. The Joker agrees, and then goes about luring Red Hood out by trying to burn Black Mask and a bunch of other criminals alive.
- Genre Blind: To an extent, he hires the Joker but it's clear he was reluctant to do so, only going through with it out of desperation.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Prone to beating up his subordinates for little to no reason. Though, to his credit, he is less homicidal than the comic version.
- Large Ham: His mannerisms are based on Al Pacino in full overblown gangster mode.
- Laughably Evil: While he doesn't make actual jokes, his explosive temper coupled with his hammy mannerisms give him some of the funniest moments in the movie.
- Malevolent Masked Men: If the name wasn't a give away, he's called Black Mask because of the black mask he wore that ended up permanently stuck to his face.
- Man in White: In contrast to his black mask, he wears a white suit.
- Red Right Hand: His skull-like mask is permanently stuck to his face, pretty much making it impossible for him to pass himself off as anything but the villain he is.
- Skull for a Head: His mask looks like a skull that's only barely covered by desiccated flesh.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of the Red Hood; Black Mask is the only one with the connections to spring Joker from Arkham, which was Red Hood's real goal all along.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Downplayed. While he has absolutely no problem taking his anger out on his underlings by wailing on them, he never strikes Ms. Li, his sole female employee. It isn't clear whether it's because she's a woman or because, as his Number Two, she's too valuable to him. Either way, it's a far cry from the comics where he seems to prefer subjecting women to Cold-Blooded Torture.
Black Mask's Number Two woman. She's a much more subdued and calculating individual than her boss.
- Brutal Honesty: She's the only member of Black Mask's inner circle who isn't afraid to be frank when telling him how badly his operations are going.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on deadpan.
- The Dragon: To Black Mask. She doesn't do a lot onscreen, but she's apparently the one who organizes Black Mask's heists and plans out said heist's finer details.
- Gender Flip: The character was Mr. Li in the comic.
- Not So Stoic: She loses her composure while the Joker is holding her, Black Mask, and several drug dealers hostage, and is preparing to set them on fire.
- Number Two: She's Black Mask's second-in-command and top advisor.
- Only Sane Man: While Black Mask is too enraged to think straight and everyone else is too scared of their boss to be productive, Ms. Li always keeps focused on the task at hand.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She is Black Mask's calculating Number Two and planner who wears glasses.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Mr. Li is killed by Jason in the original story, whereas Ms. Li is fine by the end of the movie.
- The Stoic: Takes Black Mask's tantrums without so much as a change of face.
Ra's al Ghul
One of Batman's greatest enemies, Ra's al Ghul has walked the Earth for centuries thanks to the rejuvenating powers of the Lazarus Pit. Once a terrorist who didn't shy away from horrific acts of violence in pursuit of "noble" goals, nowadays he's ended his war against Batman in penance for the part he played in Jason Todd's death.
- Affably Evil: He states that he never resorts to violence or killing unless it's for a "greater cause" and is deeply remorseful that his hiring of the Joker was ultimately what lead to Jason's murder; his attempt to fix things via Lazarus Pit resurrection is what sets off the main plot.
- The Atoner: After Jason's death, Ra's chooses not to oppose Batman again, and tries to resurrect Jason to try and repair the damage he inadvertantly caused.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is greatly upset by the death of Jason, calling it both unnecessary and brutal. Batman points out he never had a problem killing before. Ra's counters by pointing out he has killed for a greater good, never for laughs as Joker did.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Ra's hired the Joker to serve as a distraction so he could blow up European financial institutions to cripple their economy. He admits he underestimated just how psychotic the Joker was when he murdered the second Robin.
- Friendly Enemy: As per usual, though he and Batman are at odds, Ra's continues to respect his foe, treats him with courtesy even when Batman breaks into his lair, and always refers to him as "Detective."
- Immortality Begins at 20: Averted. While an expositionary scene shows him emerging from the Lazarus pit looking like a 20-something, he still ages and by the present he looks to be in his 50s.
- Knight Templar: Ra's is a terrorist but he believes his violent acts are all done on behalf of noble intentions.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After his actions cause Jason's death, and again, after hearing of Jason's actions as the Red Hood, following Ra's raising him from the dead.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's several centuries old thanks to the Lazarus Pit rejuvenating him whenever he ages.
- Retired Monster: While he no longer opposes Batman and feels remorse for Jason Todd's death, there's no indication he feels remorse for any of his other countless acts of villainy, as he still seems to think they were for the greater good.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Ra's only appears in two brief scenes, once in the beginning of the movie and once near the end where he provides exposition to Batman. However, his actions in hiring the Joker to serve as a distraction for one of his own schemes resulted in the death of Jason Todd, and his attempts to atone for this by resurrecting Todd led to the creation of Jason's villainous alter ego, the Red Hood.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Twice. First, when his hiring of the Joker was ultimately what lead to Jason's murder. Second, he tried to resurrect Jason to try and repair the damage he inadvertently caused, but his actions only made things worse.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: At least, he wouldn't needlessly kill one. He went to great lengths to resurrect Jason Todd as penance for the unwitting part he played in his death at the hands of the Joker.