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    Batwoman II (Katherine Rebecca "Kate" Kane) 
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Katherine “Kate” Kane first appeared in 52 as an old flame of Renee Montoya, a rich socialite who turns out to be Batwoman.Kate is a military brat, with her parents working in intelligence. When she was 12, she, her twin sister Beth, and their mother Gabi were kidnapped by terrorists. During their rescue, Gabi and Beth were killed.Afterward, Kate aspired to be a leader and find a career in the Army like her parents, especially to have the inner strength and resolve she saw in her father Jacob. She attended the United States Military Academy and excelled there, eventually achieving the rank of Brigade Executive Officer. However, she was expelled under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell when she refused to lie about her sexuality. After her expulsion, Kate drifted for awhile, relying on alcohol and romance to help with her crippling depression. One fateful night, she took down a thug right before Batman showed up. With the bat symbol as her inspiration, she began crimefighting on her own. When her father found out, he agreed to help her if she would go through with training he specifically designed to get her to quit. She made it through regardless and returned to crime fighting. Kate protected Gotham City in Batman’s absence, and after he got back.Kate is Bruce Wayne’s first cousin, and has an unofficial place in the Batfamily. She prefers to keep to her own cases, and has repeatedly turned down Bruce’s offers to join Batman Inc. or join him, for fear that he would take over. As of Detective Comics (Rebirth), she has agreed to take a position leading and training a team of young vigilantes (and Clayface).
  • Academic Athlete: In middle school, Kate played soccer and took gymnastics, the second of which she continued through high school until she became part of the Senior Elite program, while maintaining her grades at the top of her class. At West Point, she took up boxing and excelled academically to the point that she became Brigade Executive Officer and was ranked in the top 5% of her class in academic, physical education, and military skills.
  • The Ace: Not to the same degree as Bruce, but Kate is still a highly-trained and extremely competent individual (even before she became a vigilante), and she knows it. She's also well-liked and respected by many who know and/or have worked alongside her, such as Barbara Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, and Wonder Woman.
  • Action Girl: The reveal of her Post-Crisis incarnation is a full-page splash of her knocking out two mutated human/leopard/lion cultists at the same time, breaking one of their heads through a table while kicking the other one clear across the jaw. Even before becoming Batwoman, Kate was a top West Point cadet who excelled in all areas, including military and phys-ed skills.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: She’s a Jewish lesbian following in the (dubiously canon) footsteps of predecessor Kathy Kane.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Her first appearance in the New 52 depicts her as extremely muscular and toned in addition to the fact that she was previously established as rather tall for a woman.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Deals with the psychological aftermath of hearing her mother and twin sister Beth die. Beth was Not Quite Dead, but Kate wouldn’t learn that until Beth almost died again.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Of the several times Kate has held some sort of gun, she almost always has her finger on the trigger (even when resting) or points it in unsafe directions (such as carrying a rifle pointed at the ceiling). A trained soldier should know much better than that.
  • Artistic License – Military:
    • Kate's discharge is often referred to as a dishonorable one. This is a mistake, since most discharges under DADT were honorable, and there's nothing about her otherwise exemplary conduct at West Point that would require such severe consequences.note 
    • In Elegy, BTO Reyes says that if Kate decides to accept a demotion rather than resign, she'll give up the chance to become First Captain during the next semester. However, the First Captain (or Brigade Commander) position is not decided each semester, but each academic year. Since Kate was already in her final year, there's no way she could become First Captain barring some kind of calamity befalling the small number of cadets outranking her.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Kate is capable of this in regards to hand-to-hand combat. Also see Sherlock Scan, below.
    Batgirl: She's calculating. She's learning how to beat me.
  • Badass Gay: She’s a lesbian who survives getting stabbed through the heart and is off the pills and back fighting incredibly quickly.
  • Badass Normal: As is usual in the Batfamily.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She was protective of Beth due to her aggressive personality. She even once beat up an older, larger boy who had been bullying Beth.
  • Blood Knight: Downplayed. Kate doesn't absolutely relish fighting, but she smiles so often while putting the hurt on people that it seems she genuinely enjoys it.
  • Boxing Battler: Kate was a boxer at West Point, and it's implied that she beat her then-girlfriend Sophie Moore in a match sometime before their senior year. Kate continued to train in this style (among others) during her Batwoman training.
  • Broken Bird: Subverted. Considering the trauma of being kidnapped, having her mother killed in front of her, and later struggles with alcohol abuse and other debauchery, Kate ultimately ended up rather well-adjusted, and worked through other lingering and relatively minor personality issues.
  • Butch Lesbian: Her civilian garb tends toward this style.
  • Casual Kink: She practiced bondage with Safiyah Sohail, and a conversation with Maggie Sawyer the morning after one of their lovemaking sessions described it as happening all over Kate's apartment, with the implication it was also rough.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Her training to become Batwoman involved a number of superhuman-like feats, such as fighting blindfolded, catching arrows in flight, learning to ignore pain, and building up resistance to drugs and other chemical agents. The results left her with incredibly high pain tolerance and durability (best seen when she was stabbed in the heart and fully recovered), speed (Batman estimates her reaction time as faster than an eyeblink), and strength well above that of an average human (such as being able to shatter a stone statue with a single punch or knock around the likes of Bane and Killer Croc).
  • The Charmer: Kate is very confident and often flirts with other women in social settings if she's single. She's so good at it that she was able to charm her way into dating Renee Montoya, the cop who pulled her over for a DUI, during the actual stop and while drunk.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She tends to shut down fights quickly and practically, with a minimum of showboating, and often with improvised weapons from the environment. While she has the same no-kill rules as the rest of the Batfamily (usually, anyway), she is also much less reluctant to use guns.
  • Cool Car: Kate definitely owns a 2005 Porsche Boxter, and (based on the context of their appearances) almost certainly owns a 1960s Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible and a 1968 Shelby Mustang convertible.note  Car collecting seems to be something she inherited from Jacob.
  • Covered with Scars: When artists remember to draw them, Kate is shown to have extensive scarring on her arms and back, as well as on her chest from the time her heart was almost cut out.
  • Creepy Child: She displayed shades of this in the aftermath of her kidnapping and rescue. For instance, at Gabi and Beth's funeral, she expressed to Bruce a serious desire to hunt down and kill the people responsible for harming their families.
  • Cuddle Bug: She's quite comfortable giving hugs to those she's close to, and especially so for romantic partners.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father is her role model and support system after her mother dies, and she admits at one point that she loved having him take care of her. This only makes their fallings-out more dramatic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kate has a very dry sense of humor.
  • Demolitions Expert: Part of her training involved defusing bombs, and she's been shown using detcord and shaped charges effectively.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Becoming Batwoman gave her life direction and purpose after she was expelled from West Point.
    Kate: That bat they shine in the sky... civilians think it's a call for help. The bad guys think it's a warning... but it's more than that. It's something higher. It's a call to arms... I've found my way to serve...I finally found a way to serve.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Averted, unusually for a member of the Batfamily. She owns at least seven (most of them assault rifles) and has target shooting experience from both sets of training.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: To her trainees in Detective Comics (Rebirth). She recognizes it and compares it to an experience of her own, saying that it was for the better and made her a leader.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Played with. While she's not an official soldier, Kate's Batwoman training was conducted by members of the US Special Forces, Navy SEALs, the SAS, and other special operations units. Before that, she was a decorated and high-ranking cadet at the United States Military Academy, a very prestigious school.
  • Famed In-Story: Downplayed. As Batwoman, Kate's reputation has preceded her a few times, mostly for being hellaciously tough.
  • Friendly Rivalry: She's implied to have had one as a cadet with Sophie Moore, her then-girlfriend. Early in their senior year, for example, they had a private and illegal bare-knuckle sparring bout, during which Sophie hints to the reader that Kate had previously beaten her in an official boxing match.
  • Friend to All Children: Kate loves kids and will not harm them even if they attack her.
  • The Gadfly: Subtle, but she does seem to enjoy messing with people when not on duty (particularly her stepmother). Crosses over with I Shall Taunt You while she's on patrol.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Kate generally gets along well enough with anyone who's not an enemy (or acting foolish). But toward enemies she's arguably more brutal than Batman himself, and isn't beyond using lethal force if necessary.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Zig-zagged. In dedicated relationships, Kate and her partners are shown or described having fulfilling, intense sex. When she was more into one-night stands, however, the sex is not particularly remarkable.
  • Graceful Loser: Kate usually takes her losses in stride and good spirits. At worst, she'll be even more galvanized to do better.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: After 52, where Kate had light auburn hair, she's been consistently depicted with unnaturally bright red hair, even in contexts that make it clear it can't be dyed that literal color (such as a young child or as a cadet).
  • Has a Type: Almost all of Kate's relationships have been with women who hold some type of power: Sophie Moore was a fellow high-ranking West Point cadet, Renee Montoya and Maggie Sawyer are cops, Safiyah Sohail was the de facto ruler of a pirate nation, and she's dated at least one lawyer. This attraction also extends to superpowers, as Kate as expressed desire for both Wonder Woman and Zatanna (though she's not been in a romantic relationship with a meta yet). On a more physical basis, she tends to be attracted to either women of color with wavy dark hair, or short-haired blonde women.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Her decision to leave West Point rather than lie about being a lesbian, which prevented an investigation and spared any other closeted cadets from being outed.
  • Holographic Terminal: In the Rebirth era, she has these built into her gauntlets, along with capacitive elements on their outer shell. The projections can form from either the palm or the forearm.
  • Honor Before Reason: She gave up her future in the Army, where by all accounts she would have excelled, rather than lie about being gay.
  • I Have Many Names: In addition to her given name and Batwoman identity, there's her cadet/boxing nickname of Candy, and "Red One", used by Julia Pennyworth on their global mission.
  • Improvised Weapon: As a Combat Pragmatist, Kate makes extensive use of these. Examples include a rock, a desk, a stalagmite, decorative lanterns, a chandelier, and a concrete wall.
  • In-Series Nickname: At West Point, possibly because of her participation in boxing, her nickname was "Candy".
  • I Shall Taunt You: Her banter, when it happens, tends to be employed to irritate her opponents.
  • Jewish American Princess: Subverted. While she is Jewish and from an affluent background, Kate isn't selfish or materialistic.
  • Knife Nut: Downplayed. Kate almost never actually uses knives, but does have quite a few in her collection of weapons (including a bolo, a Ka-Bar, and several karambits), and her training flashbacks show she's quite capable with blades.
  • Lady Swearsalot: Downplayed. She's not quite at sailor levels of cursing, but she is one of the more foul-mouthed Batfamily members.
  • Le Parkour: This was a specific part of her Batwoman training, and she would have also been required to learn similar concepts as a cadet.
  • Lesbian Jock: During her academic career, Kate participated in soccer, gymnastics, and boxing. She has also been implied (to differing degrees) to be a fan of baseball, basketball, and football.
  • Made of Iron: She's weathered a good deal of severe injuries with little lasting damage. Most notably, being stabbed directly in the heart and not only living, but killing the man who stabbed her with the same knife.
  • Nerves of Steel: Kate developed this trait after seeing it in Jacob and wanting to emulate it for herself. She's trash-talked demigods to their faces, to name just one example.
  • Not Afraid to Die: She is fully aware that any given patrol could be her last, and records a goodbye message for her father before each outing, just in case.
  • Power Is Sexy: Related to Has a Type, above. Kate tends to find women in positions of power attractive; not necessarily in higher positions of power, though (Kate outranked Sophie Moore, for example).
  • Product Placement: Kate owns (or owned) a Volkswagen Jetta, a Porche Boxter, a Jeep Wrangler, and a Ducati motorcycle. She also uses an Everlast heavy bag.
  • Real Award, Fictional Character: At West Point, Kate earned the Air Assault Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, the RECONDO Badge, and the Superintendent's Award for Excellence. She also received the National Defense Service Medal.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Like her inspiration, Kate maintains this image, and before finding her purpose she really was one. In the first issue of her run in Detective Comics, her girlfriend breaks up with her because she thinks Kate is not responsible enough and has been "tomcatting around" when she has actually been fighting crime. When Batman begins to shadow Kate Kane in order to determine if she is the woman in the Batwoman costume she goes clubbing, apparently picking up random women, before he loses sight of her in a dark alley.
  • Self-Deprecation: She sometimes does this, such as saying "[She] was never much of a student," when in actuality she was at the top of her class in both high school and college.
  • She-Fu: Downplayed. Kate was a champion gymnast in high school and will use those skills in combat should the situation require it, but she usually fights with more standard martial arts techniques.
  • Sherlock Scan: Downplayed and related to Awesomeness by Analysis, above. She can identify whether someone has a military background based on how they move and fight.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: She is incredibly fond of this tactic. In contrast to most of the Batfamily, she isn't very into battle banter, but you can bet that if she says anything, it'll probably be this variety or perhaps even a breaking speech.
    • To Tahani after Tahani tries to blame her for the end of Coryana.
    • To Maria whenever Maria tries to make her give in to her sorrow.
    • To Scarecrow when he tries to intimidate her.
    • To Jacob Kane when he tries to talk her over to his side on the Colony.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Kate's official height is 5'11", and multiple characters have mentioned that they find her very attractive.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Especially while on duty, Kate can often be stoic, harsh, and very violent. But she also loves children, has a sense of humor, and is generally friendly and emotionally open to people she likes, particularly close family and romantic partners.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Her Special Forces arrowhead tattoo on her right bicep is a match to one her mother Gabi had, and after her Batwoman training also came to symbolize those skills; her nautical star on her back is a vintage symbol for lesbians in the '40s and 50s; and her bluebird on her left shoulder covers a bullet scar.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Zig-zagged. Kate will almost always adhere to Gotham's typical no-kill rule, but if an enemy needs to be killed (as in justifiable homicide or other lawful forms of killing), she'll do it without hesitating, and won't be bothered by it afterward. But on the other hand, mercy-killing doesn't sit well with her.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Kate is a lifelong athlete, swears a lot, is rather stoic and amazingly tough, and generally wears more masculine fashions (and sometimes hairstyles). But she also loves children and owns a decent number of feminine outfits.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Downplayed since it's never been directly commented on and it's not a specific dish, but Kate has been shown eating various Asian foods more than any other.
  • Training from Hell: Kate's father sends her to train with the Murder of Crows, a group of his old brothers-in-arms, after finding out she's working as a vigilante. Just a taste of what she goes through: chased by men with nightsticks through the Paris catacombs for thirty-six miles with broken ribs; tortured for a full week with waterboarding, electric shocks and sleep deprivation; crossing the Sahara Desert on foot with few supplies; and learning to fight effectively with a concussion, while blinded and deaf, and while standing in a pool of her own blood. Badass, indeed.
  • Trauma Button: Subverted. Kate has been in a variety of situations that mimic or contain elements of her previous traumatic experiences, but she doesn't have this kind of reaction to them.
  • The Unfavorite: Downplayed. Unbeknownst to Kate, Jacob tearfully admitted to a comatose Bette that he loved Beth more than Kate, because Kate reminded him too much of himself. Made worse considering this feeling is based on a skewed perspective on Jacob's part (see Doesn't Know Their Own Child in his entry below).
  • Use Your Head: Batwoman's used it to great effect on the likes of Cutter and Batgirl.
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    Bat-Girl / Flamebird / Hawkfire (Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kane/Betty Kane) 
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During Pre-Crisis, Betty Kane was the niece of Kathy Kane and dressed up along with her aunt in order to meet their heroes (and potential love interests) Batman and Robin. She was routinely turned down by Robin, as seen below, but that didn't deter her! That is, until the Crisis on Infinite Earths occurred. Post-Crisis, Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kane (pronounced the same way, mind you!) was a teenaged tennis prodigy who, after becoming infatuated with the red and green fellow with a cute butt and a domino mask, decided to become a superheroine herself. From there, she created the identity of Flamebird, making a metajoke on "Nightwing and Flamebird," a Kryptonian superhero legend that there really wasn't a way for Bette to know about.She was part of the Teen Titans for a while and did her best to attract that cutie Dick Grayson, eventually failing and giving up on the whole superheroine thing. However, not being a superheroine and just being a tennis prodigy with perfect grades and lots of money got boring after a while, so she attempted to reignite her Flamebird identity.In the New 52 (& Rebirth), how much of Bette's history is still intact is left vague. She is the cousin of Kate Kane, who treated her as a rookie who needed lots of training, although Batman implied in his study of Kate that Bette had been first on the scene. When Kate tried to fire her for her own safety, Bette responded by taking to the streets to prove herself. Her uncle Col. Jacob Kane promised to train her if she still wanted to be a vigilante when she was gravely injured and rendered comatose by the villain Hook. Under the tutelage of him and his Murder of Crows, she became Hawkfire and successfully took down Hook. As of Rebirth, she is enrolled at West Point and seems to be in her yearling (sophomore) year.


  • Action Heroine: At some points, written as practically being in it partially for the thrill of it all.
    • Faux Action Girl: Though alternatively, her Pre-Crisis Bat-Girl incarnation as well as her initial Post-Crisis appearances came off as these, as she was more concerned with showing off to look good and to try to gain her crush's attention.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: To her dismay.
  • Ascended Fangirl: This is how she started.
  • Boxing Battler: Implied; if Bette somehow didn't already know how to box before attending West Point, she would definitely learn it there, as it is a requirement for all cadets.
  • Boyish Short Hair: After enrolling at West Point, she cut her hair very short.
  • The Chick: As Bat-Girl she had a utility purse like her aunt, as well as wearing a dress and impractical heels to fight crime with.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome/Put on a Bus: Happens to her so often and for such long stretches of time that she's really more of a permanent commuter. The current reason is that she is attending West Point, but Word of God says she'll be back.
  • Convenient Coma: Played with. While Bette does come out of her coma in a fairly dramatic fashion (after Jacob gives her a pep-talk of sorts), her recovery isn't treated as a certainty by any of the medical characters, and is shown to cause a strain on Kate and especially Jacob.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Turned into one beginning with Batwoman's run in Detective Comics, as an artistic contrast to her cousin. Later colorists however, have reverted her back to having lighter skin (but never as light as Kate's).
  • '80s Hair: Initially had an outrageous perm when introduced as Flamebird.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Robin's attitude to Bat-Girl, which rather undermined the whole "See? Love interest! Not gay!" thing.
  • Invisible Parents: Her parents have yet to be shown or named. When she was in a coma, the staff thought that Jacob was her father, and he was the only one shown to stay by her side. During her recovery, she stayed with Jacob and Catherine. The only mention so far of either parent is a brief reference during her coma that Bette's mother was finalizing preparations for her organs to be harvested.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Oh, so much. It's a side effect of DC not being sure what to do with her, and thus shuffling her around and not giving her any solid friendships. Dove points this out (see below)
  • Magic Skirt: As Bat-Girl, and to an extent with her first Flamebird costume (though she did wear tights underneath).
  • Retcon: Her history as Bat-Girl never happened in the Post-Crisis era, so readers are supposed to imagine her as Flamebird in any instances where she was with the original Teen Titans. Unless you count her cameo in Grant Morrison's Batwoman story as canon, but that's been rendered moot by the New 52.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her middle name is usually spelled "Elizabeth", but was spelled "Elisabeth" in Sean McKeever's run of Teen Titans.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Could be seen as this in her early career as Flamebird, and as Bat-Girl.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied in her appearance in the Hawk and Dove Annual, by Dove's analysis of her personality that she's actually a lonely and depressed girl desperate for company and contact with others.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Subverted. She gets maimed by the Hook, which gives Kate more angst, as well as directly leading to The DEO figuring out Kate's identity, and leaves her in a coma for most of the "To Drown the World" Arc. However, she gets out, copes with the PTSD, and begins to take Crime fighting more seriously. She trains with her uncle, and joins in on the final battle, taking out the Hook, and helping beat Bloody Mary.
  • Surprisingly Normal Backstory: Kate discusses this when telling Bette that she's not cut out for vigilantism. Bette doesn't see it as a reason to quit.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In the Beast Boy mini-series.
    • Took another in the Batwoman ongoing, becoming Hawkfire.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: She really wants Kate to respect her skills and trust her as a vigilante.

     Col. Jacob Kane 
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Kate Kane’s father, with whom she (at times) has a tumultuous relationship. A decorated Special Forces veteran, he helped her become Batwoman by organizing her training and procuring her gear, and later trained Bette Kane to become Hawkfire. In Detective Comics (Rebirth), he is revealed to be the leader of a military unit group modeled after Batman called the Colony.


  • Action Dad: Father of Kate and Beth, and a capable military leader who survives torture, gets Kate out of danger several times in her solo series, and coordinates an army of batmen called the Colony under his inspiration’s nose for at least 2 years. He also taught Kate how to box and, years later, organized her Batwoman training.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Zig-zagged. After finding out that he is behind the Colony, Kate refuses to have anything to do with him and helps lead the fight to take him down. During a greater crisis, though, she talks with him and finds some common ground to take down a bigger evil.
  • Colonel Badass: He’s a Colonel. He’s badass.
  • Cool Car: Jacob collects them and has a large garage full of them, including a vintage Mustang. Kate seems to have inherited that trait.
  • Crusading Widower: His wife and daughter supposedly died at the hands of terrorists. He became even more dedicated to his job at the military and as a father to Kate.
    Jacob: I’ll spend the rest of my life making sure what happened to Gabi and Beth never happens to another family, and I’ll spend that life gladly...There’s a little girl who needs me, and...I will do everything in my power to give her the life she deserves. The life she wants.
  • Doesn't Know Their Own Child: Played with.
    • Despite being a loving father, Jacob never seemed to get a solid grasp on his daughters' personalities, particularly Kate's. For instance, he was disturbed by Kate's lack of emotion when he euthanized the family's sick cat, and let that one instance color his perception from then on, even going so far as to say that Beth was completely unlike him. Later on, however, Kate describes Beth as being the self-controlled one like Jacob, and such self-control was only something Kate emulated after her kidnapping. Jacob also describes Beth as being the adventerous one, when flashbacks contradict that claim (both twins took soccer and gymnastics and played pranks on teachers, for example).
    • He also had no idea Kate was a lesbian until she told him.
  • Generation Xerox: Discussed and enforced. Kate admits to trying to emulate him, and he tells a comatose Bette that Kate was more like him than Beth was.
  • Happily Married: To Gabi and later Catherine.
  • I Have Many Names: Oddly, Kate had several different informal names for him: "Dad," "Pop," and "Sir," used somewhat interchangably and sometimes within the same conversation. And that's in addition to "Uncle Jake" (from Bruce and Bette) and his rank.
  • Is That What He Told You?: Kate is furious with him after she finds out that he lied about Beth’s death, particularly because she found out as Beth was falling from a fatal height.
  • Nerves of Steel: Jacob's ability to remain even-keeled in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murders made him even more of a role model for Kate, and she later developed that same trait.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Beth or so Kate thought.
  • Parental Betrayal: In Detective Comics Rebirth, he takes advantage of Kate allowing him into the Belfry to lead the Colony inside the defenses.
  • Real Award, Fictional Character: Jacob has earned the following military awards: the Army Achievement Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal for Kosovo, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Aviator Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He has also been shown wearing a Navy Combat Action Ribbon, but this is almost certainly just a mistake.
  • Secret Keeper: To Kate as Batwoman, and later to Bette.
  • Secret Test of Character: Stages one of these at the end of Kate’s training to make sure she never kills in anger. Even in general, her training was designed to discourage her as much as possible and get her to quit.
  • So Proud of You: His immediate response to learning not only that Kate is gay, but has also left the Army rather than lie about it, is to tell her how proud he is of her integrity. And that her mother would be, too.
  • The War on Terror: His job in the Army, and his reason for creating the Colony.
  • We Can Rule Together: To Kate after she finds out that he is behind the Colony. The Well-Intentioned Extremist variety.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His chosen way of going about making sure no one goes through what his family went through? Creating an army of drones to kill suspected terrorists and other targets, leading to Tim’s death.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: He promised to be at the twins’ birthday celebration the day they and Gabi were kidnapped, making them threaten to stay home until he came. Averted when, after the attack, he is shown immediately dropping a meeting promoting him to a clearance level above the presidents’ so that he can go take care of Kate.

     Catherine Hamilton Kane 
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Kate Kane’s stepmother, wife of Jacob Kane. Heir to the Hamilton Rifle Company fortune.


  • Loved I Not Honor More: Discussed this with Jacob before their marriage, recognizing that he would be gone frequently and would be unable to tell her about his job in most cases. However, she calls him out on locking her out when she discovers Bette and Kate’s identities.
  • Marry for Love: Jacob is implied to be poorer than her, although he’s still solidly upper class. In every scene together, they really do seem to be Happily Married.
  • The Nicknamer: The only one to call Kate “Katie.”
  • Parent with New Paramour: She marries Jacob and becomes Kate’s stepmother. Kate emphasizes that first syllable, and “lives to offend her.”
    Jacob: Your mother and—
    Kate: Stepmother.
  • Secret Keeper: For Bette.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She found Bette’s costume, confirming her vigilante activities and beginning to suspect Kate and Jacob’s roles without Jacob or Bette realizing until she confronted them.
  • Socialite: She occasionally hosts fundraisers and parties, but doesn’t need to to afford her Simple, yet Opulent lifestyle.

     Gabrielle “Gabi” Kane 
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Kate and Beth’s mother, a member of the Army's 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, who died in a terrorist attack on the twins' 12th birthday.


  • Action Mom: Mother to the twins, military officer, and fought to protect her daughters when they were attacked.
  • Happily Married: To Jacob Kane.
  • Missing Mom: She died during the rescue of her and the twins.
  • Parents Know Their Children: How she isn’t fooled by the twins’ switcheroo tricks.
    Gabi: Except you forget, I’m your mother and I know all of your tricks.
  • Posthumous Character: Dies years before the story begins, although she appears in flashbacks.
  • Real Award, Fictional Character: She earned a Basic Parachutist Badge like Kate did years later (as well as several other as-yet unidentified medals).

     Elizabeth “Beth” Kane/Alice/Red Alice 
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Kate’s identical twin sister, who was supposedly killed in a terrorist attack along with their mother. She resurfaced years later as Alice, the new High Madame of the Religion of Crime, before seemingly falling to her death. Revived by the DEO to manipulate Kate, she was rescued by Bette and took on the name of Red Alice. She’s working to improve her relationship with her family.Unmarked Spoilers Ahead!


  • Acquired Poison Immunity: She keeps a razorblade with a powerful hallucinogen/opioid in her mouth as the High Madame. When she uses it on Kate, Kate’s biosigns quickly enter critical range, implying that Alice must have at least some degree of poison immunity to keep it in her cheek at all times.
  • Alice Allusion: Quotes from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass? Check. Using the nom de guerre Alice? Check. Blonde hair, fantasy Victorian-inspired wardrobe? Check. Madness as a major plot point? Check.
  • The Atoner: Implied to be on the current Prime Earth, but explicitly stated in Batwoman: Future’s End.
    Vampire!Batwoman: I wasn’t in control when I did those horrible things. You know what that’s like. All those awful things you did. But it wasn’t really you, was it?
    Beth: Actually, it was. And I’m gonna spend the rest of my life trying to make up for what I did.
  • Break the Cutie: Kate and Jacob remember her as being sweeter than Kate: less prone to confrontation, willing to forgive more than Kate, crying over a dead cat for two days while Kate successfully stifled her emotions. A kidnapping and unknown horrors that drove her insane later, and she’s a crime boss shooting her minions in the head without emotion.
  • Color-Coded Characters: In flashback sequences, she tends to wear organic-patterned and pastel or light colored clothing, while Kate wears sharper patterns and darker colored clothing. See Identical Twin ID Tag below.
  • Coordinated Clothes
  • Domino Mask
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her costumes draw inspiration from the same sources. Her Red Alice uniform in particular.
  • Evil Twin: As the High Madame. Has since had a heel-face turn.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: As the High Madame, she wears heavy black makeup around her eyes. The effect is made starker by the fact that her most of her face is covered in white makeup.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After her Heel-Face Turn, she adopted a half-shaved hairstyle, although she kept it blonde.
  • High Collar of Doom: Her Alice costume includes one.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: As kids, Beth wore pink and white colors similar to those she wore as the High Madame. Kate wore black and red colors similar to those she wore as Batwoman. As an adult, Beth is blonde while Kate is still a redhead.
  • Mind Rape: Heavily implied to be the reason she went insane and became Alice.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Particular credit goes to the hallucinogen-laced razorblade she keeps in her mouth during her time with the Religion of Crime.
  • Pre-Insanity Reveal: The reveal at the end of Elegy that Kate’s supposedly dead sister Beth and the High Madame are one and the same.
  • Quirky Curls
  • Skeleton Motif: She has numerous skull details on her High Madame costume, including one on her trusty razorblade.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: Up until the very end of the Elegy arc, she spoke solely in quotes from Alice in Wonderland. Although she can speak in other ways, she still occasionally uses them.
  • Speech Bubbles: She gets specific ones: a different font from the rest of the cast, and black speech bubbles when she is Alice.
  • Twin Desynch: At age 12, she and Kate were inseparable and pretty similar. During more than a decade of separation, Kate went to a military academy, abused alcohol, got tattoos, and became Batwoman. Beth went comic-book insane, started talking solely in Lewis Carroll quotes, took to wearing really unnatural makeup, and became the High Madame of the Religion of Crime, putting her in direct opposition to Kate.
  • Woman in White: As the High Madame, she wears an entirely white outfit, her face is unnaturally white, and she dyes her red hair blonde. She’s eccentric, mad, and evil, and at this point, as far as Kate knows, Beth is dead.
  • You Have Failed Me: Kills her main henchman, and then turns her guns loose on the assembly of goons for letting Kate get close and capture her.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: After Kate attacks her with pepper gas, the heavy black eye makeup begins to run. She keeps this look throughout the arc.
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United States Military Academy

Characters primarily associated with the USMA, or West Point.
     Col. Sophie Moore 
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Kate’s roommate and romantic interest at West Point. When Kate was outed, Sophie was not. They reunited by chance while Kate was engaged to Maggie. By this point, Sophie has been promoted to colonel, but is still not out as a lesbian.


  • Academic Athlete: She boxed at West Point and was also a high-ranking member of the Brigade Staff (S-3, or operations officer).
  • Ambiguously Brown: Her heritage is never commented upon, but she’s clearly non-white and, unusually for comics, consistently depicted as such (though her actual appearance has varied).
  • Artistic License – Military: When Sophie meets Kate again, the maximum amount of time since her graduation is about 13 or 14 years, making it impossible for her to have actually achieved the rank of colonel, which by law requires a minimum of 22 years of service.
  • Badass Gay: She’s a lesbian, she’s in the Army, and she made her way up to colonel by the Medusa storyline.
  • Book Dumb: Implied. She lacks any awards that would put her within the top 15% of her class, nor any that indicate she has an above-average Cadet Performance Score (the average of all scores in academic, physical, and military skills). But she did still earn the Air Assault and Basic Parachutist badges, holds a high rank, and seems to be a good boxer.
  • Boxing Battler: Like Kate, she was a boxer while a cadet. She defeated Kate in an illegal bare-knuckled sparring session once, and has dialogue that implies Kate beat her in an earlier, official match.
  • Friendly Rivalry: It's implied that she had one with Kate at West Point. They were girlfriends, but thought nothing of having a bit of private bare-knuckled sparring, for example. During that very scene, Sophie further implies that Kate had previously beaten her in a boxing match.
  • In-Series Nickname: As a cadet, her nickname was "Gimme", possibly a result of her participation in boxing.
  • Nerves of Steel: Implied. Kate mentions that Sophie's unflappability is a big reason she was attracted to her.
  • The Nicknamer: Frequently calls Kate by her cadet nickname of "Candy".
  • Real Award, Fictional Character: As a cadet, she earned the Air Assault Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge, and received the National Defense Service Medal.

    BTO Reyes 
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West Point's Brigade Tactical Officer during Kate's time as a cadet. He was also the first person she came out to after Sophie.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Kate is accused of homosexual conduct, he cites her otherwise exemplary record as a reason to offer her the option of a demotion, which would still allow her to graduate and be commissioned, rather than the dismissal likely at the end of a full investigation.

    Col. Tina Nair 
One of Kate's former instructors, now retired. Years before becoming an instructor, she was responsible for hiding the blueprints for a mysterious device called the Negahedron after her unit recovered it in the Yukon.

     Sgt. Tate 
One of Kate's military trainers during her plebe (freshman) year.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Downplayed. During training he was aggressive and particularly verbally abusive to Kate, but off the job he showed a kinder and softer-spoken side, and let Kate know he was so strict only to make better soldiers.
  • Rugged Scar: Has a large one running down his left jaw.
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The Murder of Crows

A group of Jacob Kane's closest spec-ops comrades who helped train Kate and later Bette.
    Jason Morley, "Crow 1" 
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    Sean McCairn, "Crow 2" 
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  • The Casanova: He thinks he's one anyway, due to his Irish accent.

    Marcus James, "Crow 3" 
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  • Action Dad: He's a badass, and "taught his sixteen-year-old-daughter to hack into Swiss bank accounts."
  • Friendly Sniper: Seems to be one. He has over 300 confirmed kills, but also has a teenage daughter who he teaches various skills, like hacking.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He "designs and builds self-replicating nanotech," apparently in his spare time.
  • Vulgar Humor: His profile notes that he "can't stop telling dirty jokes".

    Jackson Lloyd, "Crow 4" 
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  • Dreadful Musician: His profile mentions that he "plays guitar, badly."
  • Noodle Incident: Also in his profile is a mention of "a barfight in El Paso," which Lloyd still owes Jacob a beer for.

    Bohashka Zlenko, "Crow 5" 
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True Believers

A heretical sect of followers of the Dark Faith, who split from the Religion of Crime after the failed sacrifice of Batwoman. It is comprised entirely of were-people and shapeshifters.
    Kyle Abbot 
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The werewolf leader of the True Believers.


  • Heel–Face Turn: Abbot betrays the Religion of Crime when he finds out about their plan to destroy Gotham, and abandons their interpretation of the Dark Faith after Batwoman's failed sacrifice. He and Kate later work as allies, though not closely.

    Claire 
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One of Abbot's top associates.
  • Lizard Folk: Her were-form is this.
  • Man Bites Man: She bit a Religion of Crime goon on the shoulder while rescuing Batwoman.

     Hayes 
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Another of Abbot's top associates.

Department of Extranormal Operations

A US government organization that investigates and tracks metahuman activity. They blackmail Batwoman into working for them as part of their goal to unmask Batman.
    Director Bones 
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Head of the DEO.


  • Artificial Limbs: His left leg below the knee is an advanced prosthetic.
  • Cigar Chomper: To the point that he practically chain-smokes them.
  • Invisibility: All of his tissues are invisible apart from his bones, hence his nickname.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Though named Robert Todd before the New 52, he is only referred to as "Bones" or "Director Bones," even by his own agents.
  • Poisonous Person: His sweat contains cyanide, requiring him to wear gloves at all times.

    Cameron Chase 
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A DEO agent tasked with uncovering Batman's identity, and later assigned as Batwoman's partner. Her father, Walter Chase, was the vigilante Acro-Bat; his murder while on patrol lead to her dislike of superheroes.


  • The Chew Toy: Given how unlikable she is, it's rather enjoyable whenever Kate gets to rough her up.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: To Batwoman quite frequently. While she was rude, insulting, and held the DEO's threats over Kate's head, her plans generally accomplished what they set out to do (whether Kate liked the methods or not).
  • No Sympathy: Her focus on the mission sometimes crosses over into this, and she's often quite callous. In particular, she insults Bette and generally treats her with disdain when she finds her after the losing fight with Hook.
    Chase: Another idiot playing dress-up.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Generally wears her short curly hair so that it half-covers her right eye.
  • Stay with Me Until I Die: After Bette is recovered by the DEO and stabilized after her encounter with Hook, Chase invokes this by posing as a nurse and convincing Bette that she's dying from her injuries. Chase asks her to give her a name so someone can be with her, and Bette names Kate, all but confirming to Chase that Kate is Batwoman.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Batwoman. They get their missions done, but really don't like each other.

Medusa

    Christopher Falchion 
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A demigod and warrior who masquerades as one of Gotham's elite. Head of operations in the city.


    Maro Ito/Sune 
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A sorcerer and shapeshifter in Medusa’s employ, and Falchion's second-in-command; he eventually kills Falchion and takes his place. Possibly sharing a body with a twin named Sune...or possibly just inventing her as a completely new identity. For the purposes of this page, Maro and Sune are the same person.


  • Black Magic: Most of his spells and summons involve the death and/or blood of innocents, and are intended to produce more death, blood, and destruction.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first appearance is a scene of him calmly drowning a child (having drowned another shortly before), indicating both his evilness and the Black Magic nature of his powers.
  • I Know Your True Name: He ties Bloody Mary to him by knowing her name: Mary Worth.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Tells Kate to do this once he introduces himself to her.
    Maro: It is my pleasure to finally know you, Miss Kane. I am Maro Ito, once Falchion’s warlock, now his successor. And I would be honored if you’d kneel before me.
  • The Sociopath: Manipulates people, shows little emotion or regret for the atrocities he commits, chases Kate because he “craved a taste of [her],” and generally fails to see other people as full fledged humans instead of story elements to manipulate.
  • The Starscream: To Falchion. He kills him after various subterfuges, then informs Medusa that Batwoman and the DEO are responsible for the death, while claiming Falchion's literal and figurative power for himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His entire plot revolves around killing, kidnapping, or otherwise hurting children.

     Maria Salvaje/La Llorona 
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A single mother from Gotham City who became the urban legend La Llorona. Her two children drowned in an old boathouse while she was drinking, and she committed suicide in the same location. She is brought back as a ghostly urban legend by Maro Ito, and charged with kidnapping or drowning a number of children for Medusa.


  • Alcoholic Parent: The reason she didn’t realize her children were missing.
  • Apologetic Attacker: After Kate initially dispels her, only for Maro to pull her back.
    Maria: I am sorry. They will not let me rest...
  • Black Eyes of Evil: As La Llorona.
  • Burn the Undead: Although it only dispels her for a bit.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Discussed by Kate right before she dispels her. Maria tells Kate who took the children (although it isn’t very helpful, and she comes back shortly).
  • The Dog Bites Back: She kills Maro for killing her children and keeping her spirit from them.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Her only desire is to reunite with her children in the afterlife.
  • Forced into Evil: By Maro.
  • Nightmare Face: Her face goes between that of a beautiful young woman and a decayed skull, with all the steps of decay in between.
  • Ocular Gushers: To the point that she can drown people using them.
  • Parental Neglect: She wasn’t watching her children, and Maro Ito was able to murder them as a result.
  • Peaceful in Death: Her goal, and implied to be her happy ending after Maro’s death.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She calls the children and occasional others she kidnaps or drowns by motherly pet names in English and Spanish.
    La Llorona: My sweet, sweet girl.
  • What Have I Become?: She is horrified by the monster Maro made her into.

    Rush/Hook 
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A child molester and flunky of the Religion of Crime, Rush was “chosen” and taken over by the Ashoth, a mystical hook. He savagely attacked Bette Kane, but she later took him down and separated him from his hook. It was last seen assimilating a crab.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: First appears in Elegy, where Kate interrogates him on the Religion of Crime. Returns later as Hook.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Justified: the Ashoth is sentient and contains mind-manipulation qualities which drive him to commit atrocities.
  • Evil Hand / Evil Weapon: His hook is sentient, takes over his mind, and can talk.
  • Hook Hand: He is named for the weapon.
  • Organ Autonomy: The hook hand has a mind and voice of its own, and is the one in control when he’s attached to it.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: By Maro, in order to amputate his arm and replace it with the hook.
  • Symbolic Mutilation: Maro Ito cut off his “traditionally female” left hand, which he never used to molest children, to get rid of the schism between it and his right hand. He replaced it with an evil and sentient hook.

    Mary Worth/Bloody Mary 
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A Victorian ghost of sleepover scare fame, Mary Worth was a child bride who tried to kill all of her competition when her husband cheated on her.


    Waylon Jones/Killer Croc 
Killer Croc was briefly recruited by Maro and, through magic, given the ability to transform into the multi-headed Hydra from Greek mythology. After Medusa's defeat, he was tasked with assassinating Batwoman by remnants of the group.

For more info, see his entry on the Batman Rogues Gallery Part 1 page.

Coryana

Inhabitants of the island nation where Kate spent her "Lost Year" during the time between her expulsion from West Point and becoming Batwoman.
     Safiyah Sohail 
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The unofficial leader of Coryana when Kate first came to the island. Former lover of both Tahani and Kate.


  • Alliterative Name: Safiyah Sohail.
  • Casual Kink: She and Kate practiced bondage.
  • Clean Pretty Reliable: She performs CPR on Kate after a mission-gone-wrong. Kate is absolutely fine, and the two stand up and kiss almost immediately after.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: She saved Kate’s life and nursed her back to health. They slowly fell for each other over several months, and they shared their first kiss after Safiyah saved Kate from drowning again.
  • Mercy Kill: Of the infected foxes. It deeply impacted Kate, who helped her take some of them down with a rifle.
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: One of her favorite methods of romancing. She feeds Kate honeycomb and tries to feed Tahani dates, but is distracted by Kate before Tahani can eat.
  • Team Mom: She “leads” Coryana’s warlords by resolving their disputes and negotiating between them in a maternal role. She outright refuses to claim to have more power than that—although everyone knows how much control she has over the island.
  • The Tragic Rose: Her bar is called The Desert Rose and is filled with roses, and the flashbacks with her feature a rose motif. The story of Kate’s lost year and its aftermath is tragedy according to nearly every character, and the loss of Safiyah was the catalyst for the decline of Coryana.

    Rafael 
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Safiyah's right-hand man, who helped nurse Kate back to health after she arrived on the island badly injured.


    Song Tae-Ri 
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One of the warlords of Coryana.
  • Sword and Gun: She first appears brandishing a katana and a Glock pistol.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Coryana is saved from being destroyed, she admonishes Kate for once again leaving without helping to clean up a mess she's at least partially responsible for.

    Deadeye Dick 
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One of the warlords of Coryana. Kate knows the least about him, and was specifically warned by Safiyah not to talk to him.


    Adelaide Stern 
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One of the warlords of Coryana.


  • Multiple-Choice Past: Kate describes her as "the Assassin of Asansol, or Ashdod, or Asmara, depending on who you ask."

The Many Arms of Death

A global terrorist group introduced in Batwoman (Rebirth) that hides its activities under the guise of a legitimate arms-dealing company, the Kali Corporation. They operate out of the island nation of Coryana and seek to cause massive attacks in heavily international areas to maximize outrage and, therefore, demand for their products.
    General 
  • Cool Airship: The Vorpal Blade, though it's closer to a small helicarrier than a zeppelin.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: They appear to follow this, which makes sense as they're a global organization. Knife is a Nigerian lesbian, and Fatima, the secretary to Elder and Younger, is Turkish. The group also includes agents who are (presumably, given their locations) Japanese, Iranian, and American.
  • Evil Is Hammy: All members who have had a speaking role fit to some degree. Elder and Younger start off that way, and Knife permanently slips into this after having a bit of a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Evil Plan: Their plot to torture Kate mentally and emotionally is quite complex and made up of multiple gambits and red herrings.
  • Expy: Of SPECTRE (down to the similar meanings of their logos), with a dash of Cobra Unit thrown in as well.
  • Flowery Elizabethan English: Their official internal communications are excessively formal.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: They try to invoke this as part of their plan to traumatize Kate, hoping to warp her into a remorseless, psychopathic killer.
  • Multiple Reference Pun: The Many Arms of Death is not just a reference to the goddess Kali, it refers to what they traffic in and is also a reference to their operatives, who use weapon-based codenames.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: It's not clear exactly how the organization is structured, nor what their motives are aside from profiting off the Kali Corporation's weapons sales. Complicating matters is the reveal that the Religion of Crime, longtime adversaries of Batwoman, are just one branch of the group.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The Many Arms invokes this trope against Kate, slowly tormenting her by eroding her mental and emotional well-being through "trials". As of issue #11, it seems to be working.
  • The Unseen: Five of the Many Arms's Dragons have yet to appear: The Fist, The Hammer, The Halberd, The Rapier, and The Spear.
  • War for Fun and Profit: As arms dealers, the Many Arms seek to cause massive terrorist attacks in locations where people from many different nations mingle, in order to maximize the outcry (and potential clients).

    Elder and Younger 
The CEOs of the Kali Corporation. Collectively known as "The Eyes of Death".
  • Creepy Twins: Well, half-twins; they share a father but were born on opposite sides of the Earth at the same time. But they do tend to finish each other's sentences and give off not-subtle incest vibes.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Elder has what is presumably a deep tan and platinum-blond hair.
  • Faux Affably Evil: They're polite to their underlings and seem to be Wicked Cultured, but their intentions to "clean up" Coryana seem like an act instead of a true act of charity. And they really want Kate Kane dead.

    Tahani/The Knife 
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A Nigerian assassin employed by the group, who lived on Coryana before Kali took it over. She abandoned her old name and now goes by one of the weapon-based codenames that the Many Arms assign to their field operatives.


  • Badass Bandolier: She wears a criss-cross one that holds throwing knives.
  • Cool Mask: She briefly wore a stylized skull mask before Kate melted it.
  • Cool Sword: While not her main weapons, at one point she wields a pair of swords that seem to act as Laser Blades while still being made of metal (as they can absorb heat).
  • Dark Action Girl: She's more than capable of giving Kate a run for her money in a fight.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Her revenge against Kate is this. Kate's only "crimes" against Tahani are wooing away Safiyah and accidentally releasing a plague onto Coryana that decimated the island's fox population. To get back at her, Tahani is perfectly fine with utterly wrecking Kate's mental and emotional state in any way possible, including murdering all of Gotham and causing Beth to relapse into Alice.
    Batwoman: You can sell yourself these high ideals, but under all these flowery words, Tahani— you're willing to kill thousands of people 'cause you're pissed Safiyah loved me.
  • Enemy Mine: She hates the Kali Corporation for what they did to the island she loves... but since she holds Kate responsible for causing it to happen in the first place, she's willing to ally with them.
  • Evil Counterpart: Knife is this to Batwoman, and a fair bit of the first arc of Batwoman (Rebirth) compares and contrasts them in various ways, such as through panel design and color schemes, scene happenings and stagings, and their physical abilities.
  • Evil Gloating: She has a habit of doing this and thus sabotaging her own schemes against Kate.
  • Facial Markings: Knife wears white face paint.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears a pair of them, which gives her a balance of dexterity for throwing and hand protection for unarmed combat.
  • Knife Nut: With a name like that? Of course. She has a collection made up of all sorts of blades.
  • Hot Blade: She uses the exhaust from the Vorpal Blade's engines to heat up the blade of one of her above-mentioned swords to the point that it glows.
  • That Man Is Dead: She abandoned her given name since she sees her prior self as nothing but a "plaything" of Safiyah Sohail, Coryana's previous de facto leader.
  • Meaningful Name: She's skilled with bladed weapons, particularly throwing knives.
  • Offhand Backhand: She blocks a thrown vase just by raising her arm, without turning around.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her outfit is essentially a sleeveless Spy Catsuit, and she's rather buff.
  • The Stoic: She's very serious and even-tempered, despite an undercurrent of anger.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She begins to go through one at the end of the first arc of the 2017 series, and is noticably more unhinged by her final appearance.
  • Woman Scorned: And how. A good chunk of her villainy is directed toward Kate, to hurt her as much as possible for "stealing" Safiyah.

    The Rifle 
An Iranian agent operating out of Tehran. Presumably skilled with firearms. Apprehended by Batwoman.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Implied, as she shoots at Batwoman from a helicopter while Batwoman is driving a Lamborghini through the streets of Tehran.

    The Chain 
A Japanese agent stationed in Tokyo. Chain weapons are his forte. Apprehended by Batwoman.

    The Torch 
An agent stationed in Mississippi. Apprehended by Batwoman.

    Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Needle 
More commonly known as Scarecrow, Dr. Crane used the codename "The Needle" during his brief time with the group, though he still employed his usual masked identity. He used funding from the Many Arms to conduct bioweapon research in a lab hidden beneath the Sahara under an artificial oasis, the water in which was laced with fear toxin.

For more information, see his entry on the Batman Rogues Gallery Part 2 page.

    Fatima 
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Elder and Younger's personal assistant.
  • Personal Mook: In addition to acting as Elder and Younger's secretary, she's also a pilot and serves as a liasion between the CEOs and their field operatives, where she is known as "The Voice of Death".

Other Villains

    Sister Shard 
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A monk belonging to the Order of Stone, one branch of the Religion of Crime.


  • And Show It to You: The Religion of Crime in general wants to cut out Kate's heart, but Shard seems particularly fixated on it.
  • Bald Women: She's completely clean-shaven.
  • Cyborg: After Kate kicks her ass in Batwoman: Elegy, she returns with a robotic arm to fix the one Kate snapped in half. After that one gets blown up, she has even more significant enhancements later.
  • Running Gag: Kate beats Shard up. The next time Shard appears, she has cybernetic enhancements to fix the injuries Kate gave her. Rinse, repeat.
  • The Southpaw: Kate specifically notes that Shard uses this fighting stance.

    Evan Blake/Wolf Spider 
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A part-time cat burglar who, as a civilian, is an old friend of Kate's.


  • Cut Himself Shaving: The day after their first costumed encounter, Evan and Kate bump into each other at a police station, where Evan is trying to cover his tracks by reporting a burglary at his apartment. He explains his bruised face as being from said burglar, when Kate (unbeknowst to her) actually did it.
  • False Flag Operation: Of a kind. He burglarizes his own apartment to throw off suspicion.
  • Hates My Secret Identity: Inverted. He and Batwoman hate each other's costumed personas, but as civilians they're good friends and obviously don't know each other's secret.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Batwoman quickly gets the upper hand on him in their first encounter, and he pretends to surrender. When Kate pauses, he tosses some drugged darts into her face and beats her up while she trips out.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: He avoids being captured by Batwoman, but gets beaten up during his dealings with her and ultimately disposes of the gold stash he was after, declaring it cursed. Even if he had decided to keep it, Kate had put out an Interpol alert for it, making it impossible for him to sell the coins and rendering his entire venture as Wolf Spider pointless.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He ambushes Batwoman and Hawkfire, breaking the latter's ribs and dealing Batwoman one of the worst beatings she's ever received (after drugging her first).

    Natalie Mitternacht/Nocturna 
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A vampire black widow who begins to date Kate almost immediately after Kate breaks up with Maggie.


  • Action Dress Rip: After her stepdaughter tries to kill her, she performs one of these between panels to join a battle on the rooftops.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Has both male and female partners, but to what degree she actually is attracted to/in love with them and to what degree she’s just manipulating them is left ambiguous.
  • Bed Trick: Downplayed. Kate thinks that she is Maggie, allowing Natalia to get close enough to bite her.
  • Black Widow: Has been acquitted of the murders of multiple husbands, although the media, families, and she herself all know she’s a black widow. She’s not particularly subtle—she goes from sex, to marriage, to murder with one victim over the course of less than five issues.
  • Charm Person: She casually uses her power to get a free newspaper. Her persuasive voice is explicitly confirmed by both herself and Beth to be unable to do anything against someone’s nature.
  • The Corrupter: To Kate, to the point where Kate begins threatening to punish vandals with death. Although she didn’t get Kate to actually become a killer, and how many of the scenes of Kate becoming evil are real and how many are Nocturna’s narratives is left unclear.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appears in the background of Arkham Asylum in pre-Flashpoint Detective Comics.
  • Femme Fatalons: Has very long, very sharp fingernails.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Drinks red wine.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Wears black, dark green, dark purple, dark red...
  • Hemo Erotic: There’s blood all over Kate, but not on Natalia, as they’re making out immediately post-bite.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Bisexual vampire, technically.
  • Meaningful Name: “Mitternacht” is German for “Midnight”.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Her biting Kate did not turn her into a vampire.
  • Playing the Victim Card: When Beth threatens her and doesn’t buy her good intentions, she pulls out a tragic backstory and won Kate even more to her side.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears green and purple to Kate’s reds and yellows.
  • Shabby Heroes, Well-Dressed Villains: When she goes out for dinner with Kate, Kate wears jeans and a t-shirt (she argues that they’re expensive jeans and a vintage T-shirt) while Natalia wears her usual slinky formal wear.
    Nocturna: Opposites attract has never been more clear.
  • The Sociopath: Selfish, manipulative, and sees other people as toys.
    Nocturna: Love you? I don't even like you. You were just so easy to snare. All your broken-hearted martyr-complex self-loathing... it was like a neon sign flashing "Over here!" I couldn't resist.
  • Teeth Flying: Kate's final confrontation with her ends with Nocturna beneath Kate's boot, getting her teeth stomped out of her head.
  • Unequal Pairing: With Kate. She isolates Kate from other influences, acts possessive, commits gaslighting, and has at least some degree of mind control over her.

     Anton Knight/Night-Thief 
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A thief and Nocturna's former lover and partner-in-crime.


  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His main weapons.
  • Cool Mask: His costume contains a white one, with red vinelike patterns and a hair cowl.
  • In the Back: Played with. To date, he is the only character to actually knock Kate out... which he did by sneaking up behind her and suckerpunching her in the head.

     Derek/Killshot II 
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A former soldier turned assassin, hired to kill Nocturna.


  • Blood Knight: Seems to be one. He gets excited at the prospect of a hand-to-hand battle against Batwoman, saying he hasn't done so since his military days.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Former soldier, now a hitman.

     Green Fairy 
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  • A poisonous Arkham inmate who briefly escapes due to a distraction by Wolf Spider.

  • Green and Mean: She's a criminal with green skin and hair.
  • Poisonous Person: Can exhale a cloud of toxic gas.
  • Winged Humanoid: She has standard fairy wings on her back, strong enough to let her fly while carrying another person.

     Simon Samuels/Colony Prime 
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The highest-ranking soldier in the Colony's infantry.


  • Adult Fear: He has a young daughter and is terrified of her joining the military, where she could possibly be killed.
  • Badass Boast: Shortly after meeting Batman and Batwoman for the first time:
    Colony Prime: When the Colony needs their most dangerous work done, they don't send an army. They send me.
  • Cool Helmet: His uniform's helmet is different from the rest of the Colony, being of a unique shape and mostly featureless aside from a triangular lens arrangement.
  • Hypocrite: He frequently accuses Kate of things he himself is guilty of, such as unprofessional soldier conduct.
  • Smug Snake: Thinks very highly of his own skills and very little of Batman and Batwoman's.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Sees the leader of the Colony as a father figure. Kate mercilessly picks apart his "daddy issues."

     Abbadonia 
A fire-themed "vigilante" briefly teased in Batwoman Rebirth. She was a customer of The Many Arms of Death.

Other Supporting Characters

    Renee Montoya 
Officer Renee Montoya pulled Kate over for speeding when Kate was still self-destructive and alcoholic. During a fight, Kate urged Renee to stop lying to her coworkers and come out of the closet.The relationship is solely in flashbacks, and most interactions between Montoya and Kate feature lots of reminiscing in their internal monologues.See TheQuestion and Batman Supporting Cast for more on Renee Montoya,

    Maggie Sawyer 
Kate’s long-term girlfriend and at-one-point fiancée. In-universe, they broke up because Kate made a deal with Maggie’s ex-husband so that Maggie wouldn’t have to waste time she could spend with her daughter fighting for custody. Out-of-universe, creative team of Williams and Blackman said that DC hadn’t let them write the marriage, causing them to leave the book.See Batman Supporting Cast for Maggie’s tropes.

     Julia Pennyworth 
Daughter of Alfred Pennyworth. Former SRR agent. Acts as Mission Control for Kate on their mission to hunt down The Many Arms of Death.See her entry on the Batman And Bat Family character page for more information.

     Felipe and Isabella Lopez 
A young couple whose children were kidnapped by Medusa. They never stop trying to find and rescue their children, and both Maggie and Kate try to comfort and help them.
  • Go and Sin No More: Felipe encounters Maria, tells her that God forgives her, and that he does too for what she’s done to him and his family. Maria, who had been starting to resist Maro, went on to kill the sorcerer.
  • Happily Married: Even during all of the trauma and stress of their children’s kidnapping, the couple is shown as nothing but respectful, loving, and supportive of each other.
  • Who Will Take the Kids?: Maggie uses this reasoning to talk them down from going to confront Medusa on their own.

    Pegasus 
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Falchion’s brother and son of Medusa, Wonder Woman and Kate sought him out for information on how to take down the organization. He gave it in exchange for a quick death.


  • Alien Blood: Like his brother, his blood is blue.
  • Blessed with Suck: He’s immortal, but his healing factor runs on belief. Since belief in the Greek pantheon isn’t very high, he’s unable to die with extremely painful wounds.
  • Immortality Hurts: Falchion tortures him by giving him wounds that won’t heal for hundreds of years, knowing that he won’t die.
  • Mercy Kill: He asks this of Wonder Woman, and she obliges, much to Kate’s shock.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: not because they are necessarily supernatural, but because he is. He can live with them, but healing them will take lifetimes.

     Dr. Alan Huss 
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A psychiatrist recommended to Kate by Maggie, and whom she was briefly a patient of. Maggie and a number of GCPD officers have been his patients as well.


  • The Shrink: Of course. And a good one, too. Despite some initial resistence from Kate, she does eventually cooperate and get some benefit from their sessions, and he shows genuine concern for her after she becomes ensnared by Nocturna.

     Dr. Mallory Kimball 
One of Kate's civilian contacts who works at Gotham General Hospital.

Alternative Title(s): Batwoman Rebirth

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