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Yes. The truth is you are NOTHING without me. You are plain, less than plain. This place, my realm, it is full of worlds created from fears and failings. And have MORE than any other hero, my son. Whole galaxies of worlds built by the unspoken terrors in your heart. I showed you three but there are thousands. Look around you. People think you are a great hero of humanity. Maybe even the greatest. They strive to be like you, all because I willed it. So when your nature was revealed, they would shrink back to the dark. Now look! Look!!! Because THIS is who you are without my help!

The main antagonist of Dark Nights Metal whose main goal is to drag the Multiverse into the Dark Multiverse.

  • Arc Words: "In the end, all roads lead back to darkness." Alternatively, "All roads lead to Barbatos."
  • Bat Out of Hell: Just look at him!
  • Bound and Gagged: His final fate. After the Justice League lifts their Earth out of the Dark Multiverse, Barbatos is left at the bottom of the Dark Multiverse, locked in chains made from Element X/Tenth Metal by the Over-Monitor. There, he is forced to watch the Forge of Worlds burn bright again, creating new worlds.
  • Call-Back: Barbatos is referenced way back in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth, but not by name. He is mentioned as a bat demon that was rumored to have driven Amadeus Arkham insane.
    • He makes his true appearance in Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City where a cult, two of its members being Thomas Jefferson and Dr. Simon Hurt, tries to summon him via human sacrifice.
    • His whole plot began when he witnessed Batman being sent back in time in Final Crisis and his return to the present in The Return of Bruce Wayne.
  • The Corrupter: Everything he touches becomes corrupted with darkness.
  • Destroyer Deity: One of the oldest beings in creation alongside the Over-Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, he once was tasked with destroying unstable worlds in order for them to be recycled and reused by the Forger of Worlds to make new, stable ones. Unfortunately, his lust for destruction turned him into a conqueror, and it led him to killing the Forger.
  • The Dragon: Both literal and metaphorical. He was a dragon who served under the Forger of Worlds until he turned on him and destroyed him. Later, he makes Carter Hall into this.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A demonic bat-like dragon monster capable of corrupting anything and draining the life force out of anyone just by touching them.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Perhaps his biggest flaw. Being a destroyer deity, Barbatos only knew one thing: destruction. In his eyes, he believed that all worlds are doomed to fall into darkness. To him, leaving the dark at all, to explore outside it, is the ultimate mortal sin. That is why he went through so much trouble to drag Earth Prime and its inhabitants into the Dark Multiverse.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: If what he says is true, Barbatos is responsible for creating Batman's entire life following his trip through time in The Return of Bruce Wayne.
  • I Let You Win: Says this word for word to Superman and Wonder Woman when they say they beat gods like him before.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kendra Saunders stabs him through the back and chest with Wonder Woman's Tenth Metal clawed gauntlet. It's not enough to kill him, but it gives the heroes enough time to trap him.
  • In the Hood: Wears his hood up constantly, showing nothing but a glowing purple mouth and pair of eyes underneath. The one time his face is revealed is when he transforms his appearance to that of Bruce Wayne's as he's torturing Batman.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Barbatos has pet dragons that resemble the Joker. Hell, Barbatos himself is a dragon that resembles a giant bat.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Is it pronounced "Bar-Bat-Os", "Bar-Buh-Tos" or "Bar-Bei-Tus"? Not to be confused with Barbados.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Nth metal is his only weakness. Tenth metal, or Element X, is even more effective against him and it's the metal used to shackle and imprison him in the Dark Multiverse.
  • Life Drain: He can reduce his victims to husks clinging to life just by touching them.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Claims to be the true father of Batman, having manipulated his entire life following his trip through time in The Return of Bruce Wayne. He built up Bruce Wayne's entire life so that when Bruce fell, so would everyone who believed in him.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Barbatos' shriek is the final push needed for him to drag the Earth into the Dark Multiverse and rule it forever. Carter Hall slams his hammer into his chest to prevent that from happening.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Barbatos claims to be the true father of Batman, having been there since his first case.
  • Meaningful Name: In demonology, Barbatos, whose name is derived from "barbatus", the Latin word for "bearded"; is an earl and duke of Hell, ruling thirty legions of demons and has four kings as his companions to command his legions. He can speak to animals, can tell the future, conciliates friends and rulers, and can lead men to treasure hidden by the enchantment of magicians.

The Dark Knights

Seven twisted, corrupted versions of Batman from the Dark Multiverse, who teamed up to drag the Multiverse down with it. They were specifically handpicked by Barbatos because he considered them to be the worst out of all the evil Batmen in the Dark Multiverse.

    In General
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of the Dark Judges.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Each of them takes over the hometowns of their Justice League counterparts, the Watchtower and the headquarters of various government agencies.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Literally; they are all nightmarish versions of Batman who hail from the Dark Multiverse.
  • Body Horror: Each Dark Night has some level of deformity or disfigurement as a result of their own good intentions going sour. For example, the Batman Who Laughs has the Joker’s pale skin, green hair and grotesque grin and the Devastator is a hulking cross between Batman and Doomsday, a trait that made even Lobo VERY uncomfortable. Their corrupting abilities also have a rather nasty impact on those around them. For example, the Devastator’s very touch turns people into twisted parodies of Doomsday, with Lois being the first of his victims as she ends up slowly being mutated into one of them and the Drowned can turn people into aquatic zombie mutants.
  • The Chosen Many: The seven were selected by Barbatos because they, of all the evil Batmen in the Dark Multiverse, were the absolute worst available.
  • Composite Character: Each of them is a composite of Batman and another Justice League founder, or, with the Trinity's counterparts, of Batman and one of their villains, Doomsday, Ares and the Joker.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They deliver them to pretty much everyone for most of the event.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Each one of them had some tragedy set them on their path.
  • Dark Is Evil: Each one of them bears a twisted, evil mockery of the original Batman’s Dark Is Not Evil theme and they are very evil.
  • Evil Counterpart: On multiple levels - each one of them is this to both Batman and one of the founding members of the Justice League and come from a universe that is reflecting some aspects of one of the worlds in The Multiverse.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Their disastrous decisions seemed to have given their looks a rather harsh makeover whether it be from body modifications or a toxin that made them monstrous. Could also be seen as a form of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Deconstructed: each of their worlds has been doomed to die because they're not part of the proper Multiverse. They're not happy about it.
  • Expy: They share numerous parallels to the Dark Judges from Judge Dredd, with The Batman Who Laughs being outright stated to be based directly on Judge Death.
  • Fallen Hero: The majority of them were genuinely heroic before being pushed off the deep end.
  • For Want of a Nail: Each of their backstories has something happening to them that didn't happen in their positive universe counterparts or the main DC Universe.
  • Hero Killer: After killing the villains (or having some involvement in the deaths of their villains), the Dark Knights started killing their universes’ heroes.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Each one of them became corrupted in their pursuit to fight crime, ultimately becoming evil monstrosities in the end.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Considering how they killed the villains of their respective worlds, this could be seen as this.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Nth metal will kill these dark matter monsters. Tenth metal, or Element X, is even more effective against them.
  • Man of Kryptonite: They're made of dark matter, which apparently makes them resistant to Superman's punches - instead, every punch sucks up some of his own power. Furthermore, each of them act as this to their specific Justice Leaguer.
    • Devastator is essentially Doomsday, with all that implies to Superman, coupled with high intellect.
    • The Drowned controls corrupted water that neither Mera nor Aquaman can have an effect upon.
    • The Murder Machine can control technology near-effortlessly, on top of being able to be in multiple places at once, to battle Cyborg.
    • The Dawnbreaker can absorb the light cast by a Green Lantern Ring.
    • The Merciless's helm can counteract the divine powers of Wonder Woman.
    • The Red Death can release a corrupted Speed Force that can infect others with Rapid Aging.
  • Psycho Rangers: To the main seven members of the Justice League.
  • Shadow Archetype: They represent Batman's greatest fears, as well as his relationships with people important to him and his traits, all taken to a dark, horrifying extreme.
  • Start of Darkness: Each of them gets a one-shot to show the reader how they become monsters.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Apart from The Batman Who Laughs, they try to take over the light Multiverse to escape the cycle of cosmic abuse in their home dimensions.

     The Batman Who Laughs
To win, you need to adapt, and to adapt, you need to be able to laugh away all the restraints. Everything holding you back. You see... A Batman who laughs... is a Batman who always wins. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

The leader of the Dark Knights, he hails from Earth -22, where he was a Batman who killed the Joker only to be infected with a special version of Joker Toxin that rewrote his mind to adopt the Joker's beliefs and ideas.

  • Affably Evil: At one point in the miniseries of the same name, he has this kind of interaction with the Jim Gordon of Earth Prime.
    The Batman Who Laughs: There. You can see! So good to finally meet you, Jim. I never told you this, but when I was Batman, you were my best friend. After all, you were the one who taught them how to see Batman for who he was. The light in the sky...but me, as I am now, I never got to meet you. See, on my world, I was born just after Joker finally crossed the line, killed Croc, Freeze, all the villains, hundreds of people, dead. You, though, even then you were determined to bring him in by the book. So to be funny, Joker booby-trapped your notebook with this spring-loaded acid...Yes, you made a sound just like that. The thing I remember most was catching your glasses. I didn't understand what was happening yet, then I looked up and saw it was because you didn't have a nose anymore. But here you are, nose and all! Haa! Funny, because if it weren't for your death...Batman wouldn't have killed the Joker and there'd be no me. See, in a way, you're my best friend, too. Haha!
  • Ambiguous Situation: It is not clear whether he killed his Joker intentionally or he snapped his neck by accident, while desperately trying to stop his latest killing spree.
  • Badass Longcoat: His longcoat is a cross between the Joker and Batman. Enough said.
  • Badass Normal: Outside the bonuses given him by being from the Dark Multiverse, he still doesn't seem to have any powers.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: This version of Batman killed his archnemesis the Joker, which inadvertently caused him to become the Joker's successor through a Psycho Serum gas released from his corpse.
  • Breakout Character: The Batman Who Laughs has become incredibly popular among fans and even has his own comic series.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's unapologetic about being absolutely evil, he likes being evil and considers himself Eviler Than Thou compared to the Joker. Another moment to point about his acceptance of being evil is when he briefs the Batfamily on the Joker Toxin turning him evil. The thing is, he was already completely turned, so at that point he was freely admitting that his moral core had turned into the Joker's. In fact, the real reason he called them was that he knew they would be the first to alert the other heroes that something is wrong with him and do everything they can to save him...something he can't let happen. And then he does something that they are unprepared for: pull out a pair of machine guns and shoot them dead.
  • Composite Character: Batman's logical, methodical mind combined with the Joker's love for chaos.
  • Confusion Fu: He inherited the Joker's unpredictability. This doesn't seem to work on the Joker himself.
  • The Corrupter: He seems to enjoy trying to twist and corrupt everyone he can grab his hands on. He brags about driving his world's Damian to jokerize himself, and tried to make Raven unleash her Superpowered Evil Side of her own free will. He also killed his world's Superman, Superboy and Supergirl with a strain of Black Kryptonite, which turned them into mad monsters before killing them.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He still has Bruce Wayne's mind, after all. In the end, there is only one thing that he couldn't see coming: Batman and the Joker working together against him.
  • Dead Man's Switch: He is subject to this in a form of Joker gas that was released from the Joker's body after he killed him, which physically mutated him into a new Joker and warped his mind to match.
  • The Dragon: While the Dark Knights serve Barbatos, the god relegates actual leadership to him. In fact, Barbatos even considers him to be his "favorite knight".
  • Dragon Ascendant: As the only one to survive Barbatos' defeat he went on to become a threat in his own right.
  • The Dreaded: The Legion of Doom is absolutely terrified of him and for good reason. They have him chained up, put 3 different lines of otherwordly defense between themselves and the Batman Who Laughs and still quake in their boots when Luthor goes off to speak with him.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He is a Batman who accepted the Joker's ideology, the most like Prime Batman out of the Dark Knights, and an Eviler Than Thou counterpart to the Joker.
    • His world is a counterpart of Earth 22. On both Earths killing the Joker lead to more chaos and an outright apocalyptic scenario.
  • Evil Feels Good: Upon nearing the final stages of his infection, the Batman Who Laughs not only accepts his fate as a newly Jokerized version of himself, but actively embraces it.
  • Eviler Than Thou: The Joker himself explains this point blank to Lex Luthor once the Batman Who Laughs is captured by the Legion of Doom. No matter how horrific the Joker's schemes are, they are nothing compared to whatever the Batman Who Laughs will do the instant he breaks out. Lex knows this, but says he needs the dark Batman for his own plans for Perpetua and the Multiverse. It's for this reason the Joker quits being in the Legion of Doom. He knows just what the Batman Who Laughs can do and he's leaving the team so Lex can face the consequences of his actions.
  • Expy:
    • Of Judge Death in both looks and goals.
    • He also bears some resemblance to Pinhead from Hellraiser with none of Pinhead’s redeeming qualities.
  • Fatal Flaw: Due to being a composite of Batman and the Joker, he's prepared for every eventuality... that Bruce's mind could come up with. He certainly didn't imagine Batman teaming up with the Joker at the last minute.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Joker is absolutely against ever dealing with him. To paraphrase him, he prepared plans to humiliate Lex: constructing an entire museum dedicated to his failures, inescapable deathtraps for every member of the Legion of Doom with a final protocol to toss the entire HQ into the sun at the end, the absolute destruction of his empire, leaving him to the mercy of Batman and Superman, and for the piece de resistance, a supertoxin tailored to corrode Lex's brain while leaving him in absolute agony and complete awareness as his mind slowly dies. And at the end, Joker drops everything and leaves Lex with the final warning: whatever the Batman Who Laughs has prepared for him, it's going to be hellishly worse than that.
  • For the Evulz: He's just a maniac who kills for fun, not for any real reason. Best summarized when he killed his Justice League and forced his Superman and Jon to kill Lois and then each other.
    Earth -22 Lois: You don't have to do this!
    The Batman Who Laughs: I know. Catch.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Dishes one pretty much every time he opens his mouth in proximity of anyone except Barbatos.
    • He ends up on the receiving end of one by the Joker who explains his flaws to him as he's slicing his fingers off with Bat-a-rang switchblades. Batman Who Laughs just...well...laughs, even as Challenger's Mountain starts to collapse on him.
  • Hope Crusher: Interestingly seems to be his go-to strategy - he likes to create desperate scenarios with a Hope Spot for the heroes to try to grasp - only for him to reveal it was a part of his Xanatos Gambit all along.
  • Human Pet: He has pet "Rabid Robins" at his command. Once they were ordinary children until the Joker of his world killed their parents and exposed them to a strain of Joker Toxin that turned them into monsters. Now, they've been trained to become his human attack dogs. The only thing the Rabid Robins say is "Crow", to which, when Batman Who Laughs wants them to halt, he'll respond with the phrase "Bar". This is a reference to the weapon the Joker used to kill Jason Todd in A Death In The Family - a crowbar.
  • I Let You Win: Both the Joker and the Batman Who Laughs explain this to Lex point blank. If a Batman found himself caught, it's because he let the bad guys catch him. The Batman Who Laughs even states to Lex he can break out any time he wants to...just not right now.
  • Mythology Gag: To all those times Batman was infected by the Joker toxin in other media, particularly in Batman: Arkham Knight and "The Laughing Bat" an episode of The Batman, only that the full effects of the toxin in this continuity would be fully realized.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He murdered his entire world and joined Barbatos only to do it again.
  • Practically Joker: Exists as the Joker's attempt to turn Batman into him, and represents Batman's fear of becoming as bad as the Joker.
  • Sadist: He really enjoys watching or hearing people suffer. For instance, while enacting a plan to corrupt Gotham with a serum made from other Bruce Waynes, he goes to the Court of Owls to ask them for a favor. When they refuse, he shows them that he has literally disarmed their Talons, leaving them defenseless. And he lets them run away in fear to die in their own remodeled base. Then he confronts the wheelchair-bound girl who was to decide to hear him out, now reduced to a sobbing, begging mess who promised to listen to what he had to say if it meant that he let her live...
The Batman Who Laughs: But my favor...all I wanted...was to hear you all die screaming. a guy out?
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents Batman's fear of becoming as bad as the Joker, how much he is defined by the never-ending war with the Clown Prince of Crime and his regret he cannot stop the Joker for good without killing him.
  • Social Darwinist: He has shades of this in his dialogue, describing his transformation as "evolution" and remarking about his ability to adapt to any situation.
The Batman Who Laughs: But Batman should be the perfect survivor. The apex predator. That's his final form.
  • The Sociopath: It's a requirement for any version of the Joker to be this.
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only confirmed Dark Knight to have survived the final battle in Dark Nights Metal, despite having his fingers chopped off by the Joker and a mountain collapse on him. He's even found himself a new position: a member/captive of the Legion of Doom.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Has spikes on a metal band around his cowl that obscures his eyes, and they aren't just for show, an example of their use being the death of an alternate Bruce Wayne via a spiked headbutt.
  • Superior Successor: Sees himself as one to the Joker, whom he considers too narrow-minded to realize his full potential. The Joker doesn't seem to agree, calling him "The Batman Who Talks".
  • Tempting Fate: Two days after he killed his Joker, Batman swears that he won't slide down the slippery slope despite his lack of remorse for his role in the clown's death. Take one guess what he starts doing three days after that.
  • That Man Is Dead: He considers himself to no longer simply be Bruce Wayne or Batman, and even outright states that he was only "born" as a result of his transformation.
  • Token Evil Teammate: More like Token Eviler Teammate for the sake of his villainous motives compared to the rest of the Dark Knights, which all amount to becoming heroes again. Trying to save your city by sacrificing another? Pretty understandable. Getting your parents back? What kid doesn't love his family? Trying to make your birth significant? A little narcissistic, but okay. Avenging your lost love? Sounds pretty noble if you leave out the plan to drown the entire world. Having nothing to lose and everything to gain? Even the Merciless can feel grief and sadness. Trying to make people hate Superman to save them from him? Sounds extreme, but the Devastator's hardened heart's in somewhat of the right place. But this guy? He wants to slaughter the entire Multiverse and everyone in it For the Evulz.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: His specialty, if the quote above is to be believed. He sees it as a natural evolution of strategies used by both Batman and the Joker.

Dark Robin
See? They all turn on you, brother! They don't trust father, they don't trust you, they never did! And now that you see... I'll tell you what I came here to tell you now, before you bleed out... See, the Dark Multiverse, it's not just a place where your worst fears live. It's also where your greatest hopes come to life. So here's the thing no one wants to tell you but I will. The Dark Knights. The Batman Who Laughs. Me? They call us father's greatest fears... but the opposite is true, brother.

Damian Wayne of Earth -22.

  • Body Horror: Not only does he look like the Joker, the Robin emblem is branded onto his chest.
  • The Corruptible: The Batman Who Laughs convinced him to turn himself into a Jokerized monster.
  • The Corruption: He used Joker toxin to turn the captured members of the Teen Titans and the Suicide Squad into his minions.
  • The Dragon: To the Batman Who Laughs, seemingly in command of his army of Rabid Robins.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Given the fact that his hands and feet have become claws, who can blame him?
  • Evil Counterpart: To Prime Earth's Damian Wayne.
  • Evil Former Friend: To the Jon Kent of Earth -22...until Batman Who Laughs exposed Jon to a strain of Black Kryptonite which turned him into a monster before it killed him.
  • Facial Horror: His face resembles a impish version of The Joker, complete with sharp teeth.
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents Damian Wayne's fear that he might revert back into a killer, how much he'd grown from a psychopathic brat to a team leader and friend and his regret that he might not be good enough to receive his friends and family's love and trust.
  • We Can Rule Together: He tried to goad his main universe counterpart into joining the Dark Knights. Damian responded by stabbing him to death with a Nth metal arrow.

     The Dawnbreaker
With darkness black, I choke the light. No brightest day escapes my sight. I turn the dawn into midnight. Beware my power.... Dawnbreaker's might!

A teenage Bruce Wayne from Earth -32, who became a Green Lantern... on the night of his parents' murder.

  • Cop Killer: Murdered his world's version of James Gordon for trying to talk back to him about his manner of dealing with criminals.
  • The Corruption: He managed to corrupt his Green Lantern Ring by sheer force of will.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He is a Batman who, instead of becoming motivated to fight crime by the death of his parents, decided to make everyone else suffer like he does.
    • He is a corrupted Green Lantern.
    • His world is Earth -32, counterpart of Earth 32, where Bruce became a heroic Green Lantern.
  • Hate Sink: He never had the time or need to gain any traits that make Batman sympathetic, and due to his age is very immature, making him the most disliked of the Dark Knights.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Turns out making constructs fueled by your vile thoughts is not the best strategy against a dark empath like Raven - she takes them over and has him beaten up by his own creations.
  • Kick the Dog: He murders his world's Jim Gordon just for calling him out on his unnecessarily violent deeds. The character lost any sympathetic trait after that.
  • Lean and Mean: As Dawnbreaker, he has a gaunt frame.
  • Light Is Not Good: He has a Green Lantern ring, and he uses it to create monsters and kill people.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: Invoked. An ability called Blackout allows him to suck away all the light in the area, including that of other Green Lanterns.
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents Batman's fear of how dangerous he would be with superpowers but lacking his adult discipline, his inner despair taken to its extreme and the regret over his inability to get over his parent's deaths.
  • Stealth Parody: Many fans pointed out his origin story feels like all the tropes commonly found in a bad Dark Fic, taken to ridiculous extremes.
  • Tagalong Kid: The youngest of the Dark Knights, not counting the Batman Who Laughs' Rabid Robins. Even his teammates refer to him as "kid" on occasion.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He is one of the vilest among the Dark Knights and also a teenager.


     The Devastator
I want you to know that I saved them, Clark. Lois, Jimmy, all of them, your whole damned city. I finally gave them the strength they needed to see through that easy smile and that damned colorful shield. I hardened their hearts so that they will never believe in the cruel fairy tale world you told them was the truth.

Batman from Earth -1, where Superman went mad and Bruce was forced to dose himself with the Doomsday Virus to stop him.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Bruce has his arm burnt off by Superman, and would have croaked if he hadn't taken the Doomsday Virus, which grows it back.
  • Arch-Enemy: He is absolutely obsessed with bringing down Superman and everything he stands for.
  • Breath Weapon: He can breathe out kryptonite gas. He uses it to greatly weaken his world's Superman.
  • Broken Bird: Extremely cynical and badass as a result of his broken trust in his best friend.
  • Broken Pedestal: His world's Superman turning evil hit him hard.
  • The Corruption: He spreads the Doomsday Virus wherever he goes.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Be it his world's Superman or Prime Earth's teams of Supergirl, Superwoman and Guardian or Lobo, Firestorm, Wally West Flash and Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, nobody can stand in his way... until Prime Superman arrives with the Nth Metal.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He crossed it when he was forced to inject himself with the Doomsday virus.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He is a Batman who abandoned hope and came to resent it and its symbol - Superman - making him what Batman could become had he never come out of the dark place he went into following his parents' death.
    • He has the powers of Doomsday, making him the evil counterpart to Superman.
    • Earth -1 is one to Earth One, home of DC's Darker and Edgier Ultimate Universe stories. His story is an epitome of one taken to apocalyptic extremes and he firmly believes in the ethos behind many of such stories.
  • Genius Bruiser: He still has his brilliant mind intact in Doomsday's body.
  • Hope Crusher: He turns people into unfeeling, raging monsters and destroys their hope. Worse, he thinks he is doing them a favor.
  • Horrifying the Horror: As mentioned above, even Lobo is creeped out by this guy.
  • Hulking Out: The Devastator is capable of returning to a human form, though with a few obvious signs he's not entirely human anymore.
  • Monster Progenitor: He's the first of a new generation of Doomsday monsters and he's spreading it around to humans and non-humans alike (he turned Supergirl into a Doomsday off-screen).
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We sadly don't get to see his fights with the Green Lanterns, Flash, and Firestorm nor with Supergirl, Superwoman and the Guardian.
  • One-Hit Kill: Superman, empowered by Element X, knocks out the Devastator in a single punch. If the Batman Who Laughs and the Grim Knight are the only Dark Knights left alive, then that punch broke Devastator.
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents Batman's fear of losing hope, how important his friendship with Superman is and both the fear and regret that he cannot fully trust the Man of Steel.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Oh, if only his beliefs were that simple. He believes that hope will only hurt you, and that power is the only true constant.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Besides the ones on his body, he can also transform things at a distance into spikes. To kill his world's Superman, he turns the ground beneath a knocked-down Superman into a spike.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to turn the whole world into Doomsdays so that everyone can be safe from Superman.

     The Drowned
My water, my rules.

Bryce Wayne, Batwoman of Earth -11, where all genders are reversed. She lost her lover, Sylvester Kyle, and waged a war against Aquawoman.

  • All Your Powers Combined: She took genetic material from all kinds of sea metahumans, including Atlanteans, to give her all their powers.
  • Body Horror: The process she underwent looks extremely painful.
  • The Corruption: Can turn people into Dead Water and in fact did it to her entire Earth.
  • Dark Action Girl; She's as badass as any male Bruce. Unfortunately, her heroism is inversely proportional to any Bruce.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To both Batman and Aquaman.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • She is a Bat(wo)man who cannot trust anyone but herself, similar to how most bearers of the cowl keep their cards close to their chests.
    • She gave herself powers similar to those of Aquaman.
    • Earth -11 is a counterpart to Earth 11, home of gender-flipped supers.
  • Face–Monster Turn: Turned Aquaman's wife into a giant monster.
  • Fantastic Racism: After a gang of metahumans killed Sylvester, she declared war on them all. She even attacks a peaceful Atlantean congregation and murders the queen, which starts their retaliation. She dismisses her action as the Atlanteans being secret invaders, insisting she saw through them.
  • Heel Realization: She starts having doubts whether what the Dark Knights are doing is right, after seeing the damage they're doing to the Multiverse. It appears to be only temporary.
  • Hypocrite: Hates superhumans, yet gave herself superpowers.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Bryce impaled the Aquawoman of her world on her own trident before taking it as her own. Also Bryce's own Ironic Death as Aquaman impales her in an almost identical manner on claws made from the tenth metal, Element X.
  • Mad Scientist: Has taken this path in her crusade against metahumans and performs many unethical bio-science experiments.
  • Making a Splash: Can control water and uses it to drown a city on Earth Prime.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her distrust of metahumans doomed her world. Even the Batman Who Laughs points that out.
  • Not So Different: When Devastator accuses her of trying to start a mutiny, she appeals to the fact they're both Well Intentioned Extremists to convince him she is willing to do whatever it takes for her world.
  • Pirate Girl: Has the look on lock.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Stole and uses Aquawoman's trident after murdering her.
  • Shadow Archetype: She represents Batman's fear of going too far in the fight against superhumans, his love for Catwoman, and his inability to trust anyone but himself.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only woman in the Dark Knights.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: All she did she has done for humanity's survival, no matter the cost.
  • You Are What You Hate: Turns herself into a metahuman in her crusades against metahumans.

     The Merciless
I stare at these so-called...warriors in the war room. They fight like dogs because they cannot protect themselves from my presence. You would expect too much from them, Diana. You would expect them to band together, negotiate, compromise. I miss you.

Batman from Earth -12, where Ares attacked the world with a helmet amplifying his powers and killed the Justice League. He took the helmet and used it to kill Ares, after the god seemingly murdered Wonder Woman. Except Ares merely stunned her. When she woke up Bruce had been driven mad by the helmet and killed her when she tried to take it off his head.

  • Artifact of Doom: The Helmet of Ares.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • While all members of the Dark Knights are killers, he is the only one who has an entire inner monologue on how the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule doesn't work, making him a representation of what Batman would be if he abandoned it.
    • He has the powers of Ares, making him the counterpart to Wonder Woman.
    • Earth -12 and Earth 12 are two worlds where Batman and Wonder Woman are romantically involved.
  • Evil Old Folks: Once he takes the helmet out it turns out he has long, gray hair and a beard, indicating he's been waging his war for years, if not decades, before the Batman Who Laughs recruited him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He's especially vicious to Steve Trevor; not only was Trevor one of Diana's earliest love interests, but he has the humanity that Bruce lost long ago.
  • One-Man Army: Single-handly wrecks all military forces in his path.
  • Rage Helm: It apparently morphed to resemble a bat after he started wearing it, giving him a Judge Fear-like look.
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents Batman's fear of who he would become if he started killing, how Wonder Woman helps him see the good in people, and his regret that he really cannot end his crusade since his villains keep coming back.
  • Superpower Lottery: The helmet gives him a number of powers, including Super Strength, Telepathy and Energy Absorption.
  • Tragic Monster: He still mourns his world's Diana.
  • War God: Since he's replaced Ares in this position, he can outright take control over the minds of military commanders.

     The Murder Machine
Victor...I'm precisely what I want to be. My father will always be there for me. And I will always be there for him. Everyone else is a weakness. A weakness I'm ready to shed.

The Batman of Earth -44, where after Alfred's death he and Cyborg created an A.I. based on him, that then decided to merge with Bruce and turned him into a killer robot.

  • Composite Character: He is only one of Batman and Cyborg in a meta sense, but in story is one of Batman and Alfred.
  • Cybernetics Will Eat Your Soul: Basically what happened to him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's got Alfred; unfortunately one of his few emotions remaining is an obsessive love for Alfred to the point that he doesn't feel anything for his parents.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He is a Batman who decided he doesn't need anyone except Alfred, the polar opposite of most heroic Batmen.
    • His cybernetic powers make him a counterpart to Cyborg.
    • Earth -44 is a counterpart to Earth 44, a world protected by robot superheroes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Bruce wanted to create an AI program of Alfred who would protect him from threats. He got that wish alright...
  • Hard Light: Can manifest holograms of himself and of Alfred wherever there is an internet connection, each armed with Apokoliptian-grade weaponry.
  • Kick the Dog: He forced Cyborg's father to listen to him and the other Dark Knights beating Victor up.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Well, yes, it's Batman, but the Murder Machine's inhumanly wide mouth gives him an extremely deep one.
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents Batman's fear he isn't as self-sufficient as he thinks, his father-son relationship with Alfred and regret of cutting off other people.
  • Take That!: He could be seen as one towards people who complain about Batman having Batfamily and working with other superheroes, which would leave Batman only with Alfred and might as well make him look like a robot.

     The Red Death
My name is Bruce Wayne. I am the vengeance! I am the night! And I am JUSTICE!

The Batman from Earth -52. After losing Dick, Jason, Tim and Damian he begged Flash to go back in time to save them. When Flash refused, Batman assaulted and forcibly merged with him, becoming a speedster.

  • All Your Powers Combined: When attacking the Flash of his world, he used both his gear and that of the Rogues.
  • And I Must Scream: His world's Flash is trapped inside his mind, constantly begging him to stop.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The quote above starts like a Catchphrase of the Flashes before turning towards Batman's.
  • Came Back Wrong: Bruce tied Barry to his Cosmic Batmobile, so he could access the Speed Force. It tore both of them to shreds, then reassembled them as two beings in one body.
  • Cool Car: He built several Batmobiles powered by Speed Force.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He is a Batman who went mad after seeing his sons die, showing what could happen if Batman let everything he's lost consume him.
    • He has Speed Force powers like the Flash.
    • Earth -52 went the way it did when Flash refused to go back in time and stop a tragedy. Prime Earth came to be when he did exactly that.
  • Expy: During his tie-in issue, he acts in a way that would be very in character for one Crazy Steve.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It doesn't seem like the other Dark Knights give him much respect; the Drowned even trips him for no reason at one point. Fitting, since Flash is often said to be The Heart of the Justice League. It's because he has his world's Barry Allen inside his head, so he isn't fully Bruce Wayne - the other Dark Knights just don't trust him. When the Batman who Laughs kills him, the others barely react.
  • Fusion Dance: A result of a forced one between Batman and Flash. Turns out because of it the other Dark Knights didn't fully trust him.
  • Good Costume Switch: When Barry's personality takes over, his costume becomes gold.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Barry takes over the situation requires one and he voluntarily makes that sacrifice, but unfortunately it didn't accomplish much.
  • Hope Spot: Was only kept around to purposely engineer one.
  • Rapid Aging: Can do it to people. Seems to be derived from the Speed Force.
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents Batman's fear of losing members of the Batfamily, his love for them and regret for those he failed. Some of his dialogue and his Speed Force quirk imply he might also represent Batman's fear of old age slowing him down.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: The Flash hits him with a wave of pure positive energy, making the Barry Allen inside him take control.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: Combines "My name is Barry Allen, and I'm the fastest man alive." with "I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!"
  • Unwitting Pawn: Because of being only partially Bruce Wayne, the other Dark Knights didn't trust him and didn't gave him full insight on their plans - so that when he inevitably turns good, he ends up doing just what they wanted him to.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After he fulfills his purpose in creating a Hope Spot, the Batman Who Laughs vaporizes him with a Dark Baby Universe.

     The Grim Knight

Bruce Wayne of a yet unknown world. When his parents were murdered, he picked up a gun and killed Joe Chill, leading to him becoming a much more violent, gun-toting vigilante. He was summoned from the Dark Multiverse after the events of Dark Nights: Metal by the Batman Who Laughs.

  • Archenemy: There never was a Joker in his world, Bruce killed the Red Hood way before that guy had a chance to become the Joker. In fact he killed every villain while they were just starting. His most determined foe is actually Jim Gordon who fears that Batman is out of control.
  • Ax-Crazy: Losing his parents scarred this version of Bruce far worse than most. He turned into a gun-obsessed maniac, determined to solve all problems via the application of ultra-violence. He even murdered his world's Jim Gordon for trying to stop him.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't seem to have any superpowers aside from what being from the Dark Multiverse gives him.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Literally. And then another. And another. And another....
  • Big Brother Is Watching: He uses Waynetech to keep an eye on the citizens of Gotham, who now live in constant fear of their "saviour". His world's Jim Gordon had to go into hiding in order to escape.
  • Clark Kenting: It took Jim Gordon a while to figure out that Bruce Wayne had been supplying the GCPD with the tech Batman had used to spy on everyone.
  • Composite Character: Except instead of being one for Batman and another DC superhero he is one of Batman and The Punisher.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He took the main Jim Gordon in part, to give him a Mercy Kill. He knows that the Batman Who Laughs has a really ugly death intended for Gordon, one that makes the Grim Knight queasy.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He is a Batman who has fully crossed the line and embraced the use of deadly force.
    • His status as a Badass Normal and lack of hangups about killing make him one to Jason Todd/Red Hood. Interestingly, Batman refused to kill the Joker during the events of Under the Red Hood when Todd forced him to choose between doing so or killing himnote , whereas The Grim Knight killed the Joker when he was still The Red Hood.
  • Evil Is Petty: He changed his mind about mercy killing Jim Gordon; this Batman is so resentful of his world's Jim Gordon bringing him down that he sets a bunch of crazy, cannibal Robins on the main Gordon, all of whom are revealed to be alternate versions of Gordon's son, James Junior. Yup, this Batman is that hateful even though the main Gordon did nothing to him.
  • Expy: Of The Punisher; even his creator described him as Punisher with all of Wayne's wealth at his disposal.
  • For Want of a Nail: Joe Chill falling over and dropping his gun immediately after shooting Martha. Little Bruce picked it up, and... well.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: This Batman insists and wholeheartedly believes that he has made Gotham safer... but in the end, he’s also obsessed with how people view him. He torments Jim because he’s the only cop who doesn’t fear or let him be, he plants a bomb in Alfred knowing his butler doesn’t approve of his crusade, and kills anyone who says a word against his methods. This Batman constantly seeks the validation of others to assure himself that his crusade is just, and will go to deadly extremes to silence the naysayers.
  • Kick the Dog: In his world, he shot the bat that flew in through the window. He also caused Harvey Dent's scarring to make him do as he wanted, and forced Alfred to serve him via Explosive Leash.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He started as Batman by killing the corrupt officials of Gotham, and the criminals. Then he started kicking anyone who complained, or tried to stop him, regardless of why they were doing it.
  • Killsat: He combines this with Hollywood Hacking. He's got a satellite that shows him constant footage of Gotham live. If he sees a criminal, he'll hack into the compromised Waynetech items throughout the city and use those to kill whatever he sees from his eye in the sky.
  • Long-Range Fighter: To a degree, he's really good with guns but between lack of practice fighting experienced supervillains and being a tad reliant on his weapons, he's not the melee monster some of his other incarnations are. His world's Jim Gordon beats him up in a fist-fight at Wayne Manor where he wasn't decked out as Batman.
  • More Dakka: In all pictures that we've seen of him so far, he is carrying dozens of guns.
  • Recursive Ammo: According to Batman Who Laughs, even his bullets fire bullets.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Losing his teammates, the Batman Who Laughs called the Grim Knight to be his new partner in the quest against the Multiverse.
  • Sixth Ranger: Although by the time he joins the Dark Knights, all but one of them are dead.
  • The Sociopath: Unlike The Punisher, he's not a brutal vigilante with good intentions. He's just a petty, impulsive, sadistic bully with too much power, no better than the criminals he kills.
  • Superior Successor: In a way to the other Dark Knights. While he is apparently not evil enough by Barbatos' standards to make the cut for the original team, Word of God says that he represents one of Bruce's worst nightmares, second only to the Batman Who Laughs himself.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He's intent on creating a world free of criminals, as such he's willing to do things such as kill innocent people like Arkham Asylum guards that want his autograph - judging them to be either corrupted or unfortunate collateral damage.


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