The various foes primarily encountered and dealt with by Batman.
Played by: Jared Leto
Dubbed by: José Antonio Macías (Latin-American Spanish), Sergio Zamora (European Spanish), Paolo Domingo (French), Benoit Éthier (Canadian French)
Film appearances: Suicide Squad | Birds of Prey
Other appearances: Suicide Blonde | Purple Lamborghini
- "I execute MY will according to MY plan, and you, doctor...are not part of my plan."
A psychotic supervillain and mob boss from Gotham City who styles himself as a Monster Clown. He is responsible for Harley Quinn's fall into insanity and the death of Robin, which fueled and increased carelessness in Batman's vigilantism, among other horrible things.
- Action Fashionista: This incarnation of the Joker has a wide variety of garish outfits for every occassion most of them straight from the comics.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Metal teeth, lack of eyebrows, and tattoos aside, he's still being played by the youthful-looking real life Pretty Boy Jared Leto; especially since the last two cinematic Jokers were a creepy middle-aged gangster with a botched face-lift and a filthy, scarred vagrant. This version looks more like Marilyn Manson.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: A downplayed example. He traditionally doesn't give a crap about Harley. Here, he appears to genuinely care for her, and even throws her out of a failing helicopter to save her life.
- Adaptational Skimpiness: This version of the Joker tends to be shirtless a lot more than he has in any other medium. It mostly seems like an opportunity to show off his tattoos.
- Adaptation Distillation: Leto's Joker seems to be less of the "evil philosopher" that Heath Ledger portrayed him as in The Dark Knight, and instead seems to be a cross between the garish, larger-than-life Mark Hamill version from the animated series and the Arkham games, and the creepy, deeply twisted Brian Azzarello version. David Ayer had also stated that he looked specifically to the Golden Age Joker for reference, providing reason for many to believe that Leto's Joker is a modern re-imagining of that incarnation.
- Advertised Extra: Heavily featured in Suicide Squad promotional materials, barely appears in the film for more than seven minutes. According to Jared Leto, several of the scenes he shot were not included in the theatrical cut.
- Ambiguous Disorder: In Suicide Squad, most of the time the Joker seems... not all there compared to Harley. In addition of psychopathic tendencies, the Joker has random bouts of maniacal laughter, confusion, and slurred speech-like patterns. All attributes that stem from punch-drunk syndrome. Considering he has faced Batman one too many times, it makes sense that the Joker's mental stability is finally catching up to him.
- Ax-Crazy: Like all the incarnations before him, calling him a violent psychopath is one of the biggest understatements you can make.
- Bedlam House: Spent some time at Arkham Asylum, where he met Harley. Then he broke free from it with the help of both Harley and his gang.
- Chewing the Scenery: An important part of the character is his theatricality.
- Cool Car: A bright purple sports car with underglow lights and a "HAHAHA" license plate.
- Dented Iron: It's subtle, but the numerous scars on his body and metal replacement teeth in his mouth are clear signs that his frequent run-ins with Batman are taking their toll.
- Disney Death: He seemingly dies in the crash of his helicopter... only to come back to free Harley from her high security prison at the end of Suicide Squad.
- Establishing Character Moment: One that takes place before he even makes his official debut in the setting - he killed Robin (a minor) and vandalized his outfit to mock Batman over his inability to save him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Insofar as much as the Joker can love anyone, anyway, but he does seem to genuinely care about Harley.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He considers the brutal murder of a minor as a joke he played on Batman.
- Evil Is Petty: The graffiti on Robin's costume seems to imply that Joker murdered him just to prod at Batman.
- Evil Laugh: It's kind of his thing. One notable example is when he chuckles while surrounded by an arsenal of weapons.
- Faux Affably Evil: Much like past incarnations, he can maintain a cheery demeanor while committing horrific acts.
- Foil: To Batman as usual, but with some new additions. After 20 years, Batman became more jaded and cruel, while the Joker somewhat mellowed out and his criminal activity became more professional. Batman didn't settle down until the death of Superman while the Joker grew attached to Harley Quinn.
- The Ghost: There are a number of allusions to him in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he doesn't actually appear.
- Guttural Growler: This Joker is noticeably more snarly than previous incarnations.
- Handshake Refusal: He doesn't like to shake hands, as Monster T finds out.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a purple crocodile skin duster at some point in the film.
- Joker Immunity: He appears to die when his helicopter is shot down about halfway through Suicide Squad. To absolutely no one's surprise, he shows up alive and well in the final scene. It helps that he's the Trope Namer.
- Love Epiphany: Well, "love" is pushing it, but Joker realizes his affections for Harley when she dives in the chemical bath that ultimately turned Joker into what he is. Symbolic in the sense she was agreeing to join him in madness. Further adding to the complexity of the scene; Joker was tying up a loose end, having used Harley to escape from Arkham. He lead her to her demise and intended to leave her for death but at the same moment realized she had entered his world and his madness. Joker never anticipated the amount of utter devotion Harley would have for him, something inside him just couldn't walk away from her, so he jumped in to save her.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated Harley into helping him escape Arkham because she fell in love with him. When she served her purpose, he would have had her kill herself jumping into a bath of chemicals to prove her feelings. He instead saves her from this demise because he has a Love Epiphany in the moment.
- Monster Clown: Like the previous film versions, Joker is an Ax-Crazy criminal with clownish makeup. Green hair notwithsanding, his white makeup, red lipstick and absence of facial scars make him look closer to a mime than his predecessors.
- Noble Demon: In Suicide Squad his whole motivation is to rescue Harley Quinn. His commitment is so strong he doesn't even waste time with pranks or petty acts of cruelty. Everything he does is for someone else.
- Only Known By His Nickname: He's only known as The Joker, or "J" / "Mr. J".
- Outlaw Couple: He and Harley Quinn are lovers and partners in crime.
- Sadist: Even though there was only a few select scenes of him, one of them is him torturing Harley. It's disturbingly obvious that he is positively gleeful over it. And he doesn't seem to have lost any sleep over murdering Robin, either.
- Satellite Love Interest: To Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. His characterization revolves entirely around Harley, not even getting involved with the main plot.
- Scary Teeth: Several of his teeth are made of metal. According to David Ayer, Batman punched his teeth out after he killed Robin, leading him to replace them with metal teeth.
- The Sociopath: He's chaotic and remorseless, much like his previous versions. Special mention goes to his murder of Robin, which he topped off by spray-painting a cruel taunt for Batman onto the boy's costume.
- Tattooed Crook: His torso is covered in jester-themed tattoos. He also has a few on his arms and face.
- Villain of Another Story: He mainly appeared in Suicide Squad, but his biggest act of villainy to date — killing Robin — happened some years before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which he doesn't appear. The spray-painted message on Robin's empty suit ("Ah ah ah joke's on you Batman!") in the latter film can't be anything else than his doing.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Is seen with a rather impressive arsenal of guns and knives. And even says to warden Griggs, at some point, "I can't wait to show you my toys." note Notably, he manages to hijack the gunship which was sent to extract Waller and the squad so he can rescue Harley.
- Would Hit a Girl: In the past, the Joker electroshocks and manipulates Dr. Harleen Quinzel into allowing her to fall into a vat of chemicals, in order to become Harley Quinn.
- Would Hurt a Child: He killed Batman's sidekick, Robin, while the boy was an underage minor.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is bright green.
Played by: Margot Robbie
Dubbed by: Karla Falcón (Latin-American Spanish), Isabel Valls (European Spanish), Kanako Tôjo (Japanese), Dorothée Pousséo (French), Catherine Brunet (Canadian French)
Film appearances: Suicide Squad | Birds of Prey
Other appearances: Suicide Blonde
- "What was that? I should kill everyone and escape? Sorry... the voices. [beat] Ha ha, I'm kidding! That's not what they really said..."
A former psychiatrist who was once supposed to treat the Joker. She instead turned into a crazed supercriminal after being tortured by the Clown Prince of Crime and taking a bath of chemicals that bleached her skin, and became his lover. Together, they committed some infamous crimes such as the murder of Batman's sidekick Jason Todd/Robin, and had the reputation of being the "King and Queen" of Gotham City.
Following Harley's arrest by Batman and her incarceration at the high-security prison of Belle Reve, Amanda Waller coerced her into taking part to the Task Force X ("Suicide Squad") initiative along with a bunch of other supercriminals.
- Adaptational Skimpiness: From the jester suit covering everything except her face to glittery hotpants, fishnets, and a shirt barely big enough to fit her with some suggestively placed holes in it.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: As in Batman: Arkham City, the tips of her pigtails are dyed—though the red and black are replaced with pink and blue.
- Affably Evil: While Harley's a serious threat, that mostly seems to apply to people who have deliberately crossed her. She's pretty friendly most of the time.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Was smitten with the Joker, despite him being a notorious psychopath who was more than a little weird-looking.
- Ax-Crazy: Joker's torture has left her sanity in very short supply, to say the least.
- Badass Normal: She holds her own very well against Enchantress' supernatural mooks with just a bat and a revolver. Enchantress herself is more of a problem.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Iconic Outfit does this.
- Batter Up!: Carries a baseball bat around as her signature weapon. "Good Night" is written on it in promotional material, while the movie itself has a speech scrawled on it.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: She was a relatively sane psychiatrist before she was seduced by the Joker, and some flashbacks in the film show her being tortured by him.
- Biker Babe: She owns a Harley Davidson and really knows how to use it.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: Her firearm is a .357 Magnum Chiappa Rhino with white grips and gold decorations.
- Breakout Character: The character had a resounding success among audiences when Suicide Squad came out. It allowed Margot Robbie to take the lead in the production of a Birds of Prey movie, in which Harley will have a more central role than she had in Suicide Squad.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Her justification for smashing a shop window and stealing a handbag during the mission.Rick Flag: The hell is wrong with you people?!Harley: We're bad guys. It's what we do.
- Chewing the Scenery: An important part of the character is her being theatrical.
- Cool Bike: Her bike is a Harley Davidson Street 750.
- Combat Stilettos: And ones Margot Robbie said the pain they caused was only matched by how badass they look.
- Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: She was in charge of the Joker at the Arkham Asylum, and she became his lover and a psycho herself.
- Cute and Psycho: Her adorable appearance is matched by her psychotic tendencies. As Griggs puts out, she's "a whole lot of pretty in a whole lot of crazy".
- Disabled in the Adaptation: While she might've been joking, she made a comment about hearing voices in her head, something other versions of Harley never dealt with.
- Drop the Hammer: Harley's mallet makes a short appearance in Suicide Squad.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is as madly in love with the Joker as ever. She also forms a close relationship with Deadshot and genuinely considers the rest of the Suicide Squad her friends. Even Enchantress can't get her to betray them.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is particularly disgusted and even enraged when Diablo doesn't own up to the accidental murder of his kids. Though it could also just be projected guilt, as in this continuity, she was complicit in the murder of Robin.
- Even the Girls Want Her: When everyone in the squad is gearing up, Harley is busy putting on her hot pants and shirt, causing all of the soldiers around her - both male and female - to stop and stare.
- Evil Counterpart: To Robin, naturally. They both wear short-shorts, wield two-handed weapons (a circus mallet for Harley, a halberd for Robin) and they've been irreparably defiled by the Joker. Both are taken out of action (death and incarceration), causing massive personality shifts in their partners.
- Evil Virtues: Loyalty and Love. If you show Harley Quinn genuine kindness and earn her respect, you will be family to her, and she will love you, care for you, and go through fire, water, and Hell itself to protect you. Not even a veritable goddess like The Enchantress can stand up to her wrath when she threatened Task Force X, whom she has come to love like thus.
- Gallows Humor: Her Bond One-Liner after Slipknot got his head blown off.Harley: Now that's killer app!
- Girlish Pigtails: Dons this hairstyle for most of the film and thus highlights the immaturity caused by her craziness. Before she met the Joker, she had a more professional look.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted when teaming up with Floyd Lawton. Floyd avoids melee combat where possible and favours ranged weapons, while Harley relishes the chance to knock heads with her baseball bat and uses her revolver at close range only.
- Hearing Voices: She claims to hear voices that encourage her to kill her guards, then says she was kidding, and adds they actually said something different. While this is probably just Harley playing up her reputation to weird them out, it can't be discarded that she hears voices for real.
- Heartbroken Badass: When the Joker appears to have died, she goes from Laughing Mad to Stepford Smiler; her (seeming) agreement to the Enchantress' service is that she "lost [her] Puddin', but [Enchantress] can bring him back". When Joker shows up to break her out, we manage to get a Heartwarming Moment from two of the biggest criminals in Gotham.
- Hidden Depths:
- When the Enchantress uses her power on Harley to see her most desired dream comes true, it's her living a normal family life with The Joker (yes, both of them as completely normal human beings, and not in their insane criminal personas), with two children to boot, suggesting that deep down, she might still wish to lead a normal life devoid of craziness and violence with the man she loves. See I Just Want to Be Normal below.
- Despite being the Joker's lover and accomplice, she comes off as quite heroic in the climax, when she could have run away easily (though the apparent death of the Joker probably helped her to go back to the only other people who meant something for her).
- Hospital Hottie: She was a therapist for The Joker before he turned her insane, and her attractiveness is noted several times in-universe.
- Iconic Outfit: Her look in Suicide Squad was probably the most imitated in cosplays for the year 2016. It is inspired by a look Debbie Harry sported in 1976.◊
- In a very brief flashback, she is seen wearing her iconic harlequin costume, recreating the famous cover art of Batman: Harley Quinn by Alex Ross.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Offers two sides, saying to Diablo it is impossible for them ("Normal is a setting on a dishwasher! Not something for people like us!") yet the vision she has while entranced by Enchantress has Harley and Joker without the Evil Makeover, Happily Married in a regular household.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She changes into her Stripperiffic outfit as everyone, including the women, are watching, and is confused when they are distracted.
- I Surrender, Suckers: In the climax, she appears to be giving up her loyalty to Enchantress, but was getting close enough to cut out her heart to weaken her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A sadistic and violent supervillain and accomplice of the Joker, though she does grow genuinely fond of her fellow teammates, referring to them as her friends right before cutting out Enchantress' heart. She also deeply loves the Joker, and as a hallucination sequence shows, wishes to raise a family with him.
- Large Ham: As any wacky villain needs to be, she has a large presence.
- Love Interest: Of the Joker. So much that he conceives an elaborate plan to get her back.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Helped the Joker escape Arkham and later consented to being tortured so she could join him in his insanity. This means it doubles as Love Makes You Evil.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her glittery hotpants don't leave much to the imagination. She's also seen bending a lot and likes pole dancing. She is very much a Male Gaze magnet.
- Multicolored Hair: She's a blonde and has pink and blue dyed on each side of her pigtails.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The film offers two different suggestions as to what caused her madness. It may have been being (with consent) tortured with electroshock machinery, or it may have been taking a dive into a vault of acid. It may even have started during her therapy sessions with the Joker, since she brings him an AK-47 at his request.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: With her flamboyant and friendly personality, it's easy to forget that she is involved in Robin's murder.
- The Ophelia: Has an almost childlike, peaceful serenity surrounding her when she's in her cell, and is quite Ax-Crazy.
- Outlaw Couple: Her and the Joker are lovers and partners in crime.(Shooting Batman during a high-speed chase) "You're ruining date night!"
- Perpetual Smiler: She's almost always grinning, laughing, or otherwise acting cheerful. If she stops smiling for even a moment, it's a sign that Harley's really upset, or that the situation is truly dire.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She is tiny compared to the other members of the team. That doesn't stop her from beating the living crap out of men twice her size with her bare hands. She also takes some pretty hard hits in the movie with little trouble getting back up, usually immediately.
- Primary-Color Champion: Subverted. She wears red and blue with gold accessories, despite being a crazed criminal.
- Psycho Party Member: One of the most dangerous and mentally unstable members of the team.
- Psycho Psychologist: She lampshades this when she pretends to psychoanalyze Killer Croc and Katana, saying she feels "bored" and wants "a victim, a mind to pry apart and spit in".
- Punny Name: Play on "harlequin".
- Red Is Violent / True Blue Femininity: Her main colours.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Carries a .357 Magnum Chiappa Rhino with white grips and gold decorations.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Joker comes to get her back with technology to neutralize her Explosive Leash and she happily jumps on the occasion. Too bad it's a Short-Lived Aerial Escape.
- She's Got Legs: Most of her outfits show off her shapely gams.
- Slasher Smile: Dons one◊ after happily saying to Deadshot the mission will probably have them kill people.
- Smarter Than You Look: She is a doctor, even though she doesn't act like it most of the time. Best demonstrated after a Flashback to the chemical immersion she was put through by the Joker, she has a brief conversation with Deadshot about love and labels him a "textbook sociopath" at his response.
- The Smurfette Principle: Only woman among the recruited criminals. Though not in the Squad (Katana) and Task Force X as a whole (Waller is the leader) and Enchantress was supposed to be on the Squad as well.
- Stepford Smiler: She's obviously heartbroken when she thinks that the Joker perished but in the moment the rest of the Squad finds her, she starts acting like her usual self despite being heartbroken. She drops the act after hearing Diablo's backstory.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: Shows up twice—when she falls into a vat of chemicals to show her devotion to the Joker and when he drives his car into the harbor with Harley as a passenger. Funnily enough, she claims she can't swim.
- Team Mom: She has shades of this when encouraging El Diablo or when she serves drinks to comfort the team at the bar.
- Troll: The quote above shows she's not above using her insanity just to mess with the people around her.
- Undying Loyalty: For the Joker. She'll partake in any crimes with him, submit to any treatment by him, and by her confession live and die for him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: A flashback shows that her reaction to Batman diving underwater to try and save her from drowning is to try and kill him with a knife.
- Villainous Harlequin: In the flesh; her main getup makes her this.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears glittery shorts over her pantyhose — half red, half blue.
- Whole Costume Reference: Her costume is taken from an old publicity photo◊ of punk rocker Debbie Harry.
Played by: Joe Manganiello
Appearances: Justice League
Other appearances: Test footage
A professional assassin and long standing adversary of Batman.
- Age Lift: Typically depicted as being in his 50s, here Deathstroke is played by an actor who's at least a decade younger than his comics self—and a few years younger than Ben Affleck whereas in the comics, Slade is older than Batman.
- Armored Villains, Unarmored Heroes: He's decked out in head-to-toe armor, while Batman wears much lighter material and relies on agility.
- The Cameo: He appears in the post-credits scene of Justice League, in which he has a meeting with Lex Luthor on a yacht to discuss the creation of a Legion of Doom.
- Cool Mask: Wears a black and orange mask that conceals his missing/sightless eye.
- The Dreaded: Even someone as powerful and deranged as Lex Luthor treads lightly around Deathstroke, remarking that he values living too much to dare risk wasting Slade's time.
- Evil Counterpart: To Batman. He has similar skills and resources, but works as a hired gun rather than acting out of altruism.
- Eyepatch of Power: He wears an eyepatch over his right eye.
- Legion of Doom: He becomes Lex Luthor's first associate as he forms a league following the return of Superman and the Justice League's formation.
- Master Swordsman: Wields at least two different kinds of swords, hinting at his diverse skill set.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He's been set to be one of Batman's main antagonists in the DCEU. Though Slade does encounter Batman fairly often in the comics, he was originally, and most famously, an enemy of Nightwing and the Teen Titans.
- Whole Costume Reference: His black and orange body armor heavily resembles the version from Batman: Arkham Origins.
Garfield Lynns / Firefly
Appearances: From the World of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
A Gotham City-based criminal who specializes in pyrotechnics.
- Destroy the Evidence: He is hired to burn some incriminating evidences.
- Kill It with Fire: He is hired to destroy a building and tries burning Batman upon confrontation.
- Psycho for Hire: He is contracted to burn incriminating evidences. And he loves every minute of it.
- Pyromaniac: True to the text, he loves his flamethrower and explosives.
- Smug Snake: Puts too much faith in his gadgets and flamethrower, believing that's what allows him an advantage over Batman. He's wrong.
Appearances: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice: Crossfire
A Gotham City-based criminal who uses the moral lessons found in Aesop's Fables as his modus operandi.