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The Masterminds and their allies
- Arch-Enemy: As always, no one has caused Batman more personal pain than the Clown Prince of Crime.
- Ax-Crazy: One of his main characteristics is his willingness to psycho on anyone, including his own henchmen.
- Bad Boss: Willing to casually kill his own henchmen for any reason, be it part of a plan, for amusement, or simply on a whim.
- Berserk Button: The Joker loves it when people laugh with him, whether genuine or not, but if someone laughs at him, they're most likely already dead.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Joker breaks the fourth wall occasionally. For example, He addressed the writer of the story, and sometimes seems perfectly aware of his status as a comic book villain. He also displays a certain amount of Medium Awareness, by handling his own speech bubbles, or, in the animated series, talking to the camera. This is likely part of the idea his insanity has allowed him to become aware of things other people don't realize.
- Comedic Sociopathy
- Cop Killer: Sometimes police officers are among the Joker's victims.
- Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: Happens frequently, though this may be an indication of the competence of the staff at Arkham. One such time was with Dr. Harleen Quinzel, who bought his story hook, line and sinker and declared him sane, then broke him out of Arkham and started dating him (of course, her exact analysis was that he was utilizing Obfuscating Insanity and it's implied that she was actually right, so perhaps she was the only good doctor at Arkham after all...)
- The Corrupter: His insanity can be highly contagious.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Insanity aside, sometimes the Joker's plans and methods are so out there they just seem stupid. Despite appearances, he's usually very cunning, and always very dangerous.
- The Dreaded: Easily one of the most feared villains in the entire DC universe.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The Joker thinks he's uncontrollably insane, and wants the Creeper to get away from him, so it's more like "Even Insanity Has Standards."
- Evil Genius: Though rarely the focus of his character, Joker is usually an extremely gifted chemist, constantly creating new and better versions of his signature laughing gas. He's also (unsurprisingly) a skilled planner on par with Batman himself, in addition to being extremely charismatic and manipulative when he wants to be.
- Evil Is Hammy: Well, where's the fun in having inhibitions?
- Evil Laugh: He is the archetypical example of the first type of exception (The Joker is also a bona-fide psycho and a Monster Clown, prone to impressive cackling).
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Whether he was in fact a failing stand-up comedian or a two-bit criminal in the beginning, his One Bad Day turned him from Joe Blue Collar Average into a horrific monstrosity that frightens other villains.
- For the Evulz: The usual motives of the Joker.
- It Amused Me: His raison d'etre. Why kill people in horrific ways, ruin their lives, and generally make the entire universe a worse place than he left it? Because it's funny.
- Joker Immunity: The Trope Codifier
- Monster Clown: He's a good representative of everything scary about clowns.
- The Nicknamer: He's prone to giving nicknames to allies and enemies alike. Sometimes affectionate, sometimes snarky, but always undesired. Calling Batman "Batsy" or "Bats" and Robin "boy blunder" are probably his most iconic.
- Only Known By His Nickname: He's only known as The Joker, or "J" / "Mr. J".
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: A general rule of thumb: If the Joker isn't smiling, something very bad is about to happen.
- Purple Is Powerful: Purple is one of Joker's three colors (along with white and green) and he is powerful.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: His signature purple coat, green hair and orange vest.
- Slasher Smile: He wears one almost by default.
- The Sociopath: A skilled and gleeful manipulator, a vicious butcher who brutally tortures and murder others simply because he thinks it's funny, extraordinarily impulsive given that hes prone to turning his murderous urges on his own men on a whim or because one upset him in some way, shape or form, and has not even the vaguest notion of empathy, neither for his men or his victims.
- Stalker with a Crush: The Joker seems to have a certain fondness for Vicki Vale and has never intentionally hurt her, even going so far as to shoot one of his men who bruised her face while kidnapping her. Also, while incarcerated at Arkham, Joker writes letters to Vicki. She passes them off to Bruce for analysis into Joker's psychological state. They are, surprisingly, not that deranged and seem actually quite mundane.
- Would Hurt a Child: He killed Jason Todd while the boy was an underage minor.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has neon green hair caused by the chemicals he fell into.
Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel)
- Affably Evil: Harley is insane, no doubt about it, but she's also one of the more social members of Batman's Rogue Gallery, having genuine friendships with several of the other rogues.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Thanks to Poison Ivy, she's now immune to various toxins.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is, by far, the nicest, sweetest member of Batman's rogues gallery. However, do not think her lovelorn origin and bubbly demeanor means she isn't a homicidal psychopath.
- Bi the Way: While her relationship with the Joker is the most famous, her relationship with Poison Ivy is much healthier.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde to Catwoman's brunette and Ivy's redhead.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even when she does get declared sane, she's still weird.
- The Dog Bites Back: When working with the Joker, she takes a lot of abuse. But there's only so much she'll take before she turns on him and hits back hard.
- Drop the Hammer: Harley's Weapon of Choice is her iconic huge mallet.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She has a soft spot for animals and does NOT take kindly to people who abuse them.
- Everyone Went to School Together: She went to the same school as Barbara Gordon a few years ahead.
- Genius Ditz: She may act ditzy and insane, but she's still an accomplished psychologist.
- Genki Girl: Hyper cheerful all the time.
- Girlish Pig Tails: When out of costume she usually has her hair in pigtails. Fitting considering how childish she is.
- Glass Cannon: Even though she definitely can fight, she isn't very resistant and is often easily knocked-out when things get physical.
- Happy Harlequin Hat: Completing her harlequin inspired outfit is her iconic red and black hat, though it has two flaps and no bells.
- Love Makes You Crazy: She fell in love with The Joker. Crazy doesn't even begin to describe it
- Mad Love: The Trope Namer.
- Morality Pet: Oddly, not just for the Joker or Poison Ivy; almost all the other inmates at Arkham seem to have a bit of a soft spot for Harley.
- Mood-Swinger: Diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, and her mood changes at the drop of a hat.
- The Nicknamer: She lovingly calls the Joker "Mr. J" and "puddin". She also refers to Poison Ivy as "Red", Catwoman as "Kitty", and (occasionally) Batman as "B-Man"
- Of Corsets Sexy: Her outfit features a red tiny, barely closed corset.
- Power Trio: She, Selina and Ivy formed the Gotham City Sirens and they still work together on occasion.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: She wears a black and red playing card motif.
- She-Fu: She studied to be a doctor, but can do Olympic-level gymnastics as she went to college on a gymnastics scholarship, and received superhuman abilities from Poison Ivy during the first of their adventures.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She wears them whenever she's not in costume, and are a good reminder she's actually really intelligent.
- Villainous Friendship: She's on genuinely good terms with Poison Ivy and Catwoman.
- Villainous Harlequin: Her name and costume is based on a Harlequin.
- Woman Scorned: She's none too please to find out Mister J has replaced her with a younger model. Luckily she takes it out on him and not on Marian.
Hellequin (Marian Drews)
- Affably Evil: Much like Harley, she's not that much of a bad person when separated from the Joker.
- Bare Your Midriff: Both her costume and civilian outfits shows her navel.
- Batter Up!: Her Weapon of Choice is a baseball bat.
- Canada, Eh?: She's from Maple City, Canada.
- Composite Character: Hellequin's real name is Marian Drews, the Neo Joker of Batman: White Knight who's the narrative for the current and controversial interpretation of Harley Quinn in the New 52, Rebirth, DCEU, and to an extent the Arkham games.
- Foil: Marian and Harley are both Joker's Unwitting Pawns while Harleen is the first (and real) Harley Quinn and Marian the second (and "Fake") Harley. Marian wields a baseball bat while Harley uses a giant mallet. She wears red and blue Hot Topic clothing while Harley uses red and black jester motif.
- Girlish Pigtails: Another deliberate choice to imitate Harley.
- Gone Horribly Right: Amanda Waller wanted someone capable of turning into Harley Quinn to gain the Joker's trust, well, she got it.
- Multicolored Hair: She sports blonde hair with red and blue pigtails.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Her costume featured a tiny, barely closed corset.
- Perky Female Minion: Takes over as this from Harley.
- Replacement Goldfish: Deliberately one of Harley Quinn.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She does.
- Undying Loyalty: to Joker.
- Villainous Harlequin: Like Harley her costume and motif is based on a Harlequin.
- Youthful Freckles: Which help differentiate her from Harley.
Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot)
- Bad Boss: Despite being overall much more sane and composed than the other Batman rogues, he will not hesitate to brutally murder and abuse his minions at the slightest transgression.
- Classy Cane: Or Classy Umbrella in any case. He's rarely seen without one. He will use his umbrella as a cane to help him walk sometimes.
- Evil Debt Collector: More Apathetic than evil. Not long after graduating college and prior to officially becoming a criminal, Cobblepot is unable to make a required payment because his mother's long illness had run up enormous debts, and everything in his store including the birds who were Oswald's only companions were seized by creditors.
- Fat Bastard: He's usually portrayed as fairly portly.
- Freudian Excuse: Teased and bullied by other children and rejected both at school and his family's wealthy circle for his appearance, lonely socially-awkward little Oswald, despite yearning for human company, turned to his mother's pet birds as his only friends because they wouldn't judge the strange-looking misfit. His overbearing mother, the only one to show him affection, suffers a stroke and became invalid (and in some stories dies), leaving him with a great deal of debt that sent their holdings into foreclosure and he loses everything he had clung to for security, the prosperity, the pets, even the birds get repossessed. Cobblepot, strapped for cash, went to a known criminal and his confederates, and offered his services, only to be kicked out and mocked for his appearance.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Penguin was little more than an unpopular child who was teased by other kids because of his appearance. When his mother died, her long illness costing him so much that the bank foreclosed on the family business, he turned to crime, only to be mocked by criminals too. This caused him to find some backbone that he never realized he had, stand up for himself by taking over a criminal gang by force, and eventually become one of Batman's greatest enemies.
- High-Class Glass: His signature monocle. He's so used to it he squints when he doesn't have it.
- Improbable Weapon User: Umbrellas. It also serves as a metaphor for the Penguin's character and nature.
- Mad Scientist: He's a gifted engineer who usually makes his umbrellas and other mechanisms himself when not delegating the job to his employees to save time and uses his devices in his schemes.
The Riddler (Edward Nygma)
Two-Face (Harvey Dent)
- Ax-Crazy: In terms of being completely unpredictable; he can switch from a vicious but well-meaning antihero to a sadistic psychopath at any given moment. All it takes is one coin flip.
- Badass Normal: Despite being one of Batman's most prominent villains, Two-Face doesn't actually have any special powers.
- Beauty to Beast: As one side of his face shows, he was handsome before the acid incident.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Two-Face is a very clever opponent. He often comes up with cunning plans to achieve his goals and he has also shown some degree of skill as a detective.
- Duality Motif: Ever since he became Two-Face, he's been obsessed with duality as seen in his outfits. In Arkham he even damages his prison suit on one side to replicate that duality.
- Facial Horror: Currently supplies his bio's image.
- Fallen Hero: Used to be district attorney and fairly good one too.
- Guns Akimbo: Much less than you'd think, but still there occasionally.
- Reluctant Psycho: Harvey Dent is one of the only inmates in Arkham who is actually trying to rehabilitate himself rather than treating Arkham as a second home. Unfortunately, Two-Face isn't open to rehabilitation since he knows it will kill him. Harvey's efforts always end in failure and tears.
- Tragic Villain: His fall from grace is the end result of one tragedy that allowed his repressed mental-issues to boil over his mind broke.
- Two-Faced: He serves as the Trope Namer as well as the Trope Codifier.
- Two-Headed Coin: Harvey Dent uses one of these, but then one side gets scratched up, making it back into a fair coin. Its emotional/symbolic significance to Two-Face makes it a #1 Dime as well.
Black Mask (Roman Sionis)
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His trademark white fancy business suit.
- Bad Boss: He regularly beats or kills his own henchmen for little to no reason, can make one wonder who would still want to work for him.
- Color Character: Black Mask.
- Does Not Like Women: He's noticeably and considerably nastier to his female victims than his male ones, not that he treats them particularly well.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Really, really loves torturing women. That's not to say that he doesn't also do it to men (because he does), but when he does it to women, he does it with a special zeal and plenty of comments evocative of this sentiment.
- Knight of Cerebus: When he's not being Laughably Evil, he's among the darkest of Batman's foes.
- Made of Iron: Part of what makes him an effective hand-to-hand combatant. He's definitely not as skilled as Batman or Catwoman, but he's a big man who can hit hard and take a lot of punishment.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Loves his mask, and loves to kill people.
- Torture Technician: Loves to torture his victims.
- Eye Scream: She lost her left eye as result that she got a blue gem on her left eye socket. She herself is the one who stabbed her own eye with the scalpel she used to stab her own father's eye, killing him from shock.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Alexandra is able to shoot perfectly aimed shoots at small objects like ropes with extraordinary precision.
- Mafia Princess: She was the leader of the Odessa Mob after her father's death
- Woman in White
Great White Shark (Warren White)
- Alliterative Name: Warren White.
- Animal Motifs: He was a corporate shark and even his passwords were shark oriented before his accident.
- Bald of Evil
- Facial Horror: He was locked in a freezer until his hair, nose, lips and ears fell off due to frostbite.
- Fingore: The frostbite also took six fingertips, forcing him to get prosthetic fingers.
- Shark Man: Not actually a Fish Person, but close enough.
Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley)
Mr. Freeze (Victor Fries)
Scarecrow (Dr. Jonathan Crane)
Clayface (Matt Hagen)
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Hagen hoped to cure his illness thanks to the Lazarus Pit... but it turned him into a mud monster instead.
- Composite Character:
- Kind of literally. Many of the identities he has taken are people who have become Clayface in the comics. As Roy puts it: "There were too many Clayfaces".
- Matt Hagen being part of League of Assassins, dating Talia and being submerged in a Lazarus Pit as a punishment are nods to Young Justice tie-in comics to the animated series.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Clayface is a walking mountain of mud, and can use his powers for shapeshifting or brute strength.
- Identity Amnesia: Transforming into so many people has made him difficult to remember who he was.
- Kavorka Man: He slept with both Al Ghul sisters Talia and Nyssa during his time with the League Of Assassins.
- Size Shifter: As a shapeshifter, he can change his size to impersonate smaller people.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Can morph his hands into maces, hammers, or other weapons.
- Technically Naked Shapeshifter: Can form clothing out of his own substance as part of his disguises.
- Voluntary Shape Shifting: His primary schtick. He can mimic the appearance of anyone.
- Was Once a Man: Being trapped in a Lazarus Pit for months did cure Hagen's illness, as he wanted it to, but it also mutated him into an inhuman monster.
- Woman Scorned: Becomes a victim of this from Talia after he uses her to access the Lazarus Pit.
Solomon Grundy (Cyrus Gold)
- The Brute: In supervillain team-ups he usually plays this role.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not very bright, but very strong.
- Energy Absorption: Grundy has also proven to be able to absorb certain forms of energy and manipulate them at will.
- Evil Albino: Lost all color in his hair after being raised.
- Healing Factor: Regenerates any injury eventually.
- Implacable Man: Nothing stops Grundy
- Hulk Speak: Grundy can't handle complex sentences.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Falls under "Type V" (Voodoo). He was created by uncontrolled supernatural forces.
- Really 700 Years Old: Died and was resurrected over a hundred years prior.
- Resurrective Immortality: Assuming that you can get past the Nigh-Invulnerability and the Healing Factor and actually put Grundy down, you still haven't won, because he won't stay dead. By the next Monday he'll have crawled out of Slaughter Swamp again and resumed his rampage.
- Super Strength: Solomon Grundy possesses tremendous strength and stamina, the level of which varies with his different incarnations. Sometimes, he can be held by a group of normal humans.
- The Undead: He's a zombie.
Hush (Thomas Elliot)
- Bandaged Face: Covers his face in bandages
- The Dreaded: Even Batman himself is afraid of Hush.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Recognized as having a serious case of this towards Bruce Wayne.
- Mad Doctor: A skilled surgeon, Hush commonly uses his surgical skills for nefarious purposes, whether torturing others or using surgery to impersonate other people. He also commonly uses medical scalpels as weapons.
- Uncertain Doom: His fate after being 'relieved' of his duty by Jane Doe is unknown, but it mustn't have been pretty.
- We Used to Be Friends: From one of Bruce's closest friends to one of his most bitter foes.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Talia al Ghul has Bane kill him and Jane Doe to impersonate Bruce since he was no longer useful.
Man-Bat (Dr. Kirk Langstrom)
- Bat Out of Hell: He's a Were-Bat.
- Bio-Augmentation: Unfortunately, With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
- Flight: One of the few advantages he has over his heroic counterpart.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Dr. Langstrom has gotten control of his mutated form several times, becoming an ally of Batman, but always ends up losing control.
- Magic Pants: Whenever Dr. Langstrom transforms it rips his shirt to give room for his wings, but his pants are always fine.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Langstrom is fairly harmless, but the Man-Bat is violent, animalistic, and destructive.
- Tragic Monster: He was just trying to improve his hearing, but ended becoming a monster instead.
Anarky (Lonnie Marchin)
- Ambiguous Situation: It has been heavily hinted that Anarky is the Joker's son.
- Black and White Insanity: He has a really quick way to judge who are evil, for example he believes Bruce Wayne owns the city and his parents got killed by karma.
- Democracy Is Bad: Anarky's made several statements denouncing democracy on the basis that it is compromised and corrupt.
- Evil Mentor: Served as this for Zhora Mercer.
- Look What I Can Do Now!: As a child vigilante, Anarky was no physical threat to anybody, so his early activity involved no fighting.
- Motor Mouth: He just seems naturally prone to making speeches lamenting the evils of consumerism.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really believes tearing down the government and establishing anarchy would be a good thing. He's also gained a reputation as the protector of Gotham's homeless population.
Mr. Zsasz (Victor Zsasz)
- Ax-Crazy: A nihilistic Serial Killer with a love for carving tally marks on his body.
- Bald of Evil: Completely bald and completely dangerous and insane.
- Berserk Button: Never call him "Tally Man", that's an entirely different person.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Soooooo many evil scars - one for every victim.
- Human Notepad: Zsasz keeps a tally of his kills by carving tally marks into his skin.
- Knife Nut: His signature weapon is a carving knife.
- Related in the Adaptation: Here he's the half-brother of Vic Sage.
- Serial Killer: All the carvings indicate he has killed at least 275 people. Gotham police has only been able to pin him 43.
- The Sociopath: He has no regard for human life, seeing those around him as mindless robots.
Killer Moth (Drury Walker)
- Action Dad: While only indirectly mentioned, he does seem to have a daughter named Kitty Walker.
- Animal Motifs: A decidedly less sinister take on the Macabre Moth Motif.
- Composite Character: Looks like his most recent iteration with some elements from his Teen Titans incarnation.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Beneath the suit he's actually rather normal looking.
Dollhouse (Mathilda Mathis)
Nocturna (Natalia Mitternacht)
- Black Widow: Has been acquitted of the murders of multiple husbands, although the media, families, and she herself all know shes a black widow. She's not particularly subtleshe 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 someones nature.
- Femme Fatalons: Has very long, very sharp fingernails.
- A Glass of Chianti: Drinks red wine.
- Lesbian Vampire: Bisexual vampire, technically.
- Meaningful Name: Mitternacht is German for Midnight.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: She's invulnerable to most forms of injury (certain exceptions apply). Bullets, blades and blunt objects do little to no damage to a vampire's body.
- Our Vampires Are Different: With a bite, Nocturna is capable of completely changing someone's behavior, both with their own recollection and by controlling them to be increasingly violent and subsequently forget what they did in that state, as if possessed.
- The Sociopath: Selfish, manipulative, and sees other people as toys.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'10"/178cm tall.
- Crazy-Prepared: Being the top criminal in the city has led him to make his penthouse office a veritable fortress, complete with bulletproof lockdown shutters on the windows, an arsenal of guns, and a button-activated turret that descends from the ceiling.
- Deadpan Snarker: Falcone has a dry, sardonic sense of humor.
- The Don: Of the Falcone crime family.
- In-Series Nickname: The Roman.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Biological father of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
- Man in White: Wears a white tuxedo.
- Smug Snake: Believes himself to be the untouchable master of Gotham so the shock when Batman pulls the rug out from under him is extreme.
- The Don: Of the Maroni crime family.
- Faux Affably Evil: If you stay on his good side, he'll play nice and friendly.
- The Rival: He and Falcone were in constant competition with each other for control over Gotham's underworld until Batman arrived.
- Self-Made Man: Claims to have begun with nothing, but through hard work, determination, and knowing when to keep his head down, he became a powerful force in Gotham's crime syndicates.
Scarface and Ventriloquist (Arnold Wesker)
- Abusive Parents: His father always berated him for being so meek.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Scarface hates being laughed at, but is so ridiculous that someone's likely to...
- Demonic Dummy: But not so much Gollum Made Me Do It.
- Evil Puppeteer: Until it was taken by Peyton Riley, he always had the murderous dummy named Scarface. Part of the fear factor in the Ventriloquist's character is that nobody knows for sure who's really controlling who - some speculate that the Ventriloquist's meek behavior is just a facade for his bloodlust, while some think that Scarface is actually alive, and forcing the Ventriloquist to commit crimes.
- Name-Face Name: Scarface
Sugar and Scarface (Peyton Riley)
- Demonic Dummy: But not so much Gollum Made Me Do It.
- Eye Scream: She was shot and scarred on the right eye, blinding it.
- Evil Puppeteer: She always carries with her a murderous dummy named Scarface that she took from Arnold Wesker.
- Legacy Character: She's the second Ventriloquist.
- Name-Face Name: Scarface
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers her right eye and scarred face.
- Silly Reason for War: The conflict over possession of Scarface between Riley and Wesker means a gang war over a doll.
- Woman Scorned: Her driving force is to get revenge on her ex-husband, who wiped out the Riley family.
Bone (Louis Ferryman)
Maxie Zeus (Maximilian Stavropoulos)
- A God Am I: In this case, he believes himself to be a specific god, the Greek god Zeus.
- The Chess Master: With his intelligence, he was able to build his gang among the chaos caused by Gotham's super-villains.
- In-Series Nickname: Electrocutioner.
- Napoleon Delusion: Believes himself to be the god Zeus.
- Psycho Electro: He becomes addicted to the asylum's electroshock treatment, which makes him even more insane.
Cluemaster (Arthur Brown)
- Abusive Parents: He's attempting to kill Stephanie after she walked in on him meeting with several of his supervillain friends and commenting that he would have to do better with his next child.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He has a few chances to kill Stephanie but keeps screwing it up by monologuing or going about it in a complicated manner.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: In-Universe. His choice of colors for his outfit are given an annoyed Lampshade Hanging by his daughter Stephanie, who notes that no one takes her warnings about him seriously partly because of how bad his outfit is.
- Hand Cannon: Wields a large revolve.
- Insistent Terminology: He keeps trying to say that he is not to be called Arthur, but rather Cluemaster. Nobody listens, including his fellow C-list villain friends.
- Jerkass: Unlike Batman's other villains it's not covered by his charismatic personality.
- Offing the Offspring: Tries to repeatedly kill Stephanie, but she keeps spoiling his attempts.
- Small Name, Big Ego: This more than anything else drove him to become a villain he seems to have gotten over it as now he's exploiting his C-List villain status for all its worth.
- Villainous Friendship: He is friends with fellow C-List villains like Lock-Up, Ratcatcher, Prankster, and Signalman. They routinely get together to play cards and bemoan their low status on the supervillain totem pole.
Catman (Thomas Blake)
- Abusive Parents: His dad was not a nice guy. So much so that finding out his father was in hell was enough to help him cope with the depression and suicidal thoughts he'd been suffering from.
- Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero on a bad day, Pragmatic Hero on a good one.
- Ax-Crazy: Only when he's pissed.
- Badass Normal: One of the few non-empowered or augmented individuals in the DCU who have managed to best Batman in a straight fight.
- Berserk Button: He will get very violent if people try restraining him in any way, handcuffs included, and he also despises seeing animals being abused.
- Bi the Way: He swings both ways.
- Combat Pragmatist: If he doesn't have his knives or bagh nakhs, he'll grab whatever's handy.
- Give Him a Normal Life: According to his file his son is dead. This is a result of Artemis faking his death and giving him to a different family in order to give him a better and safer live.
- Dating Catwoman: His once relationship with Cheshire.
- Papa Wolf: Do not threaten his son unless you're cool with not having a swift or merciful death.
- Raised by Wolves: Catman lived among a pride of lions, being fully accepted by them and learning from them.
- No Social Skills: While he acts mostly civilized, pretty much any dining scene will show Catman tearing into rare steaks with his bare hands.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Deadshot. The two are pretty sure they're going to end up fighting to the death one day, but other than that they get along well.
- Wolverine Claws: Albeit a very short version.
Firefly (Garfield Lynns)
- Ax-Crazy: Enough so to scare away Killer Moth, who was genuinely terrified of him.
- Cool Helmet: It's made to resemble an insect's head.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: Firefly's Weapon of Choice is a flamethrower.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Made his suit and his whole equipment by himself.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has burn scars over approximately 90% of his body.
- Jetpack: He sometimes uses one to fly.
- Pyromaniac: Up to Eleven, and the only other person to approach his love of fire is Heat Wave.
- Race Lift: He's african-american here.
Copperhead (Larissa Diaz)
Roxy Rocket (Roxanne Sutton)
See The Legends
Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch)
- Alice Allusion: The Mad Hatter is obsessed with finding "his" Alice, who likely isn't much more than a figment of his insane imaginings.
- Berserk Button: Do not touch his hat.
- Hypno Trinket: All manner of devices really, though the most common would be some form of hat.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: You'd think that he's completely ineffective in combat. Hoo-boy, would you be wrong.
- Living Doll Collector: He sometimes kidnaps blonde girls and uses his mind control technology to force them to play at being Alice.
- Mad Scientist: He personally invented all of his mind control technology.
- Meaningful Name: "Tetch" is a variation of "touch", as in "touched in the head".
- More Than Mind Control: Some of Tetch's schemes have become very elaborate through this trope.
- Nice Hat: The Hatter lives by this trope.
- Reluctant Psycho: As mentioned above, he doesn't enjoy his insanity, he suffers through every second of it.
- Spot of Tea: Expect the Hatter's tea to always be laced with something.
Red Alice (Elizabeth Kane)
- 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, Kates 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.
- 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.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain of Kate's Abel.
- Mind Rape: Heavily implied to be the reason she went insane and became Alice.
- Multicolored Hair: One side is her original red hair, while the other is dyed blonde.
- Quirky Curls
White Rabbit (Jaina Hudson)
- Composite Character: Jaina also takes the role of the March Hare.
- Evil Albino: Clone Jaina technically.
- Femme Fatale: Jaina is a skilled seductress who is not above using her physical attractiveness and sexuality to manipulate someone for her own needs.
- Playboy Bunny: White Rabbit dresses like one.
- Psychic Powers: Jaina is a powerful psionic capable of tapping into the Odic field and using her aura to convert the Odic energy into psychic energy to perform a variety of paranormal abilities and actions.
- Psychic Link: Jaina is psychically bonded to her psychic clone. This is a very powerful connection and cannot be blocked by inhibitor collars, but can be blocked by a psionic disruption field. When active, Jaina and the White Rabbit are capable of instant communication and coordination; but only in close quarters. At any significant distance, the connection becomes simplistic and vague.
- Mixed Ancestry: Her father was a U.S. ambassador and her mother a Bollywood actress.
- Sensory Overload: When asserting her powers in excess, Jaina can suffer acute migraines which while may hinder her powers, but do not seem to negate them completely. On occasion, Jaina gets migraines without having pressed herself beyond her usual limits.
- Statuesque Stunner: Both qualify at 5'8"/173cm tall.
Circus of Strange
Professor Pyg (Lazlo Valentin)
- Large Ham: Pyg is very much a showman, as befits his circus background, and is given to espousing his dialogue in a most grandiloquent fashion.
- Mad Scientist: He is an accomplished scientist and chemist who uses his skills to disfigure his victims. He also has the habit of using power tools to aid in his ghastly surgeries.
- Malevolent Masked Man: He wears a horrifying pig mask.
- Pig Man: It's just a mask, but he fits the bill.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He likes ham and bacon.
Killer Croc (Waylon Jones)
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Dollmaker (Barton Mathis)
- Abusive Parents: It's thanks to him his daughter Mathilda is so messed up.
- Beard of Evil: The goatee certainly adds to his creepiness.
- Composite Character: Beneath the mask he looks like his incarnation from the Arrowverse combined with his New 52 look.
- Evil Mentor: Took Anton Schott under his wing, making him kidnap children and teaching him how to turn them into "dolls".
- Genuine Human Hide: Dollmaker wears a mask made from his father's skin.
- Serial Killer: He creates "dolls" out of the skin and limbs of his victims.
- The Sociopath: Hes a violent sadist with absolutely no empathy for anyone or anything.
Phosphorus (Alexander Sartorius)
- Adaptation Name Change: Rather than Doctor, he simply goes by Phosphorus instead.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His red suit, which doesn't catch fire.
- The Brute: He occasionally sells his services to Rupert Thorne.
- Dem Bones: Looks like a skeleton held together by ectoplasmic energy.
- Identical Stranger: Because their powers look similar, he can be confused with Blight from 2027.
- The Needless: While he claims he needs to eat and sleep, Arkham doctors believe he actually doesn't.
Baby Doll (Mary Louise Dahl)
- Badass Adorable: She looks like a child, but is still very dangerous.
- Can't Grow Up: She can't physically age because of an extremely rare medical condition. She can't age because of a condition she was born with.
- Older Than They Look: Is in her thirties but looks like a little girl.
- Psychopathic Manchild: It's stated by other characters that even before the breakdown she was fussy and threw fits when she couldn't have her way.
Cult of Days
Calendar Man (Julian Day)
- Bald of Evil: Bald like Luthor and Zsasz and a serial killer.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very calm and polite when you speak to him. However, hearing about some of his crimes makes you wish you could break some of the other bones in his body.
- Serial Killer: He kills people according to the date.
- The Sociopath: Murder is the only thing he seems to have any passion about.
- Stalker with a Crush: Some of his crimes have this angle.
- Talkative Loon: He's very chatty.
- Tattooed Crook: Has abbreviations of the months of the year tattooed around his head.
Holiday (Gilda Gold)
- Alliterative Name: Gilda Gold.
Calendar Girl (Paige Monroe)
- Berserk Button: Never ask her age.
- Cool Mask: She believes her face is hideous and deformed, and hides it at all times behind a blank white mask.
- Christmas Cake: Became convinced she was no longer beautiful since she became thirty.
- Don't Look at Me!: Calendar Girl covers her face with a mask at all times, at the risk of her Berserk Button.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Mentioning time or seeing mirrors can trigger her wrath.
- White Mask of Doom: To cover up her supposedly hideous face.
Sons of BatmanIn General
- Badass Biker: All of them. Which according to Roy he took big influence to Sons of Anarchy with Jean-Paul Valley look a bit like Jax, but the SOBs and SAMCRO have much different ideologies.
- FaceHeel Turn: The Son of Batman were a Anti-Hero vigilante group led by Dumas and Saint until Joseph Blackfire took over the club in and renamed it as the "Sons of Barbatos".
Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
- Dual Wielding: Jean Paul Valley wileds two flaming swords.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Raised in a test tube and put through various DNA experimentation in his fetal state, Jean-Paul's physiology allows him enhanced strength, speed and reflexes, and even durability.
- Not Me This Time: When questioned about the new Azrael, he admits he had nothing to do with it.
- Flaming Sword: His trademark weapons.
- Omniglot: Thanks to the System, Jean-Paul is able to understand foreign languages.
- No Social Skills: He suffers from this
- Split Personality: His Azrael persona is significantly different from his civilian identity of Jean-Paul Valley.
- Super Strength: The LoA messing with Jean-Paul's biology before he was even born seems to have instilled some degree or superhuman strength and agility. At the end of his own series he was experiencing further developments for unclear reasons, which raised his strength to "twist steel rebar into a pretzel with your bare hands" levels.
Black Spider (Eric Needham)
- Animal Motifs: Spiders, obviously enough.
- Badass Beard: Has a well trimmed beard beneath his mask.
- Color Character: Black Spider
- Composite Character: His armored design is based on the Assault on Arkham version.
- The Dragon: Serves as this for Jean-Paul Valley, and later for Deacon Blackfire.
- Knight Templar: Considers himself a hero, but his willingness to kill anyone he views as an enemy pegs him as this.
- Scary Black Man: A mass-murdering Knight Templar who is also African-American.
- Serial-Killer Killer: Black Spider hunts and kills criminals.
Hyper-Adapter (Deacon Joseph Blackfire)
- Back from the Dead: After being decapitated by Jean-Paul, he's brought back by the Anti-Monitor, who still has some use for him.
- Dark Messiah: Claims his is the only path to salvation from Gotham's coming tribulation.
- Composite Character: Deacon Blackfire is merged with Apokalips' agent Barbatos to become a new Hyper-Adapter.
- Magical Native American: He once belonged to a tribe that worshipped Barbatos as a deity, until his tribe realized what he was and sealed him. Blackfire is the only one that remained loyal.
- Off with His Head!: He's decapitated by Jean-Paul with Azrael's sword. It doesn't stick.
The Court of OwlsIn General
- Ancient Conspiracy: Dating back to Pre-Revolution America.
- Animal Motif: Its members wear owl masks when conducting Court business.
- The Dreaded: The most powerful force in Gotham, and those who know of them are very aware of how dangerous they are.
- The Illuminati: They've been manipulating Gotham since olden times.
Talon (William Cobb)
- Badass Abnormal: The Court of Owls has forged William into a master hand-to-hand combatant. He is able to match Batman blow-for-blow.
- The Brute: For The Court of Owls.
- Healing Factor: Due to the synthesized electrum in his blood, William could recover from bodily injuries at a superhuman rate.
- Identical Grandson: He and his great great-grandson Dick Grayson look so much alike, Dick can impersonate him while undercover in Arkham. They're so similar Deathstroke and Ra's Al Ghul do mistake them for each other.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: A trained knife-thrower, William has an uncanny aim with his knives, able to hit specific arteries and veins even in the midst of combat.
- Legally Dead: Looks pretty good for someone who died in the late 1880's.
- Lightning Bruiser: William possesses a degree of enhanced speed, as he was capable of moving out of an elevator and leaving two dead guards in his wake by the time it took Bruce and Lincoln March to turn their heads.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He happens to be Dick Grayson's great great-grandfather.
- Master Swordsman: William is a highly skilled swordsman.
- Multi-Melee Master: William, like all Talons, uses an arsenal of bladed weapons on his missions, ranging from his signature throwing knives to full-sized broadswords and axes.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: William possesses a degree of superhuman durability, as he was unfazed by Bruce applying ten times the force it would take to collapse a normal man's windpipe.
- Ominous Owl: His motif as Talon.
The Black Light Tribe
Neon (Thomas Chatham)
- Angry Black Man: Neon is extremely volatile and prone to bouts hostility and violence, particularly when he's stressed.
- Badass Normal: He has no powers but he's highly athletic and skilled fighter who is prone to use violence to get what he wants.
- Canon Immigrant: He was a minor Mook in the Schumacher era. of Batman Films in the 90's
- Scars Are Forever: Beneath his body paint he has several scars including a gunshot on his left shoulder, a long cut on his lower back and a circular cut in his right pelvis.
- Skull for a Head: Neon has his face painted to looked liked a skull.
- Tattooed Crook: Neon has notable tattoos such as "R.L.D." tattoo on his abdomen, a rose on his left calf and Black Light Tribe on his back.
Children of Arkham
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Lady Arkham is not Vicky Vale like the Telltale games. For now its real identity is a mystery.
- Ambiguous Gender: While they call themselves Lady, the mask and outfit hides their true gender.
- Black and White Insanity: Adamantly convinced they are justified in their actions.
- Boom Stick: Fights with a staff that can fire concussive blasts.
- Canon Immigrant: Originated in the Telltale games.
- Combat Pragmatist: As good a fighter as Batman is but also has some extra advantage in the form of a staff capable of emitting shockwaves strong enough to send Batman flying a good twenty feet through the air.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Their voice is distorted by their mask, making them sound very deep.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Sports a very intimidating one that resembles a skull.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely believes that the Children of Arkham are doing the harsh work that is necessary to purge Gotham of corruption.